I was going to post the link for a site that is all about bad facelifts, but just took a gander at it, and I don't think it'll pass the smell test here. (And I had to gouge my eyes out after looking at that site, and I've seen just about everything...)
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This is the quote I'm living my life for now:
"With a plan and a monkey, a man can do anything."
It is so true. I'm learning so much by watching Curious George with my kids. I saw that monkey conduct an orchestra!!?? And he's really not a monkey, either. He's a chimp, but he'll always be that crazy monkey to me.
The only other thing that kinda freaks me out is Martha Speaks. Apparently if you give your dog vegetable soup, the letters go to the dog's brain instead of her stomach. Genius!! The thing that really freaks me out, though, is that this dog can carry on quite the conversation and no one blinks. I so seriously want to see the episode where some slacker drops acid, and meets Martha.
Let me be the first to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
This has always been one of my favorite holidays, this year it won't be. I have never missed one. This time I will be 2500 miles away. My wife tends to stress out during holidays, especially when it involves traveling to someone elses house, a few times in the past she elected to stay home. My daughters enjoy the trip up to my moms but who knows what will happen this year.
Man I sure do hope everything goes smooth. I hate getting those calls with an angry woman on the line with crying teenagers in the background.
Enjoy your day everybody, and route for the lions for me. I could use the good news of a rare victory.
Doing Thanksgiving this year meant getting to bed about three hours late---'cause I still had to get up at eight PM to be at work at ten PM. I made it, but I don't enjoy doing it. (By the way, work was a disaster.)
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I got up on Friday at 2am, showered, and drove 30 minutes to Best Buy with plans of getting a new Sony laptop. There were already about 200 people in line. I stood there in the cold for 2 hours waiting outside of Best Buy. When I finally got inside, I found that the laptop I wanted was sold out. There were already about 70 people in line for laptops. I got a few movies and stood in line for another 45 minutes to get out of the store. Fun, fun, fun!
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Oh I'm a big Black Friday Aficionado, this year We-Are-Toys opened at midnight, and that threw everything off for everybody else. You see We Are Toys is a three hour commitment if you are in first third of the line, six hours if in the second third and so on. Now the sharks knew that they could get in and out in time to go to their second store, usually We Are Toys is the only one you go to, if you do go. (Even if you decide not to buy anything you have to fight to get out of the store.) So a bunch of the people who would have normally been stuck in a brightly colored building full of toys were instead free to get in line at Chest Guy and Bullseye and K-Ma-Part and Wal-Ma-Part and copSho and Old Lady. (Normally I wouldn't even look at the Old Lady add, but they had a free Lego Rockband on the docket, and I do mean to use the singular there.)
Speaking of another thing in which I am an aficionado, kid's shows. I love Martha Speaks, my favorite parts are when people don't actually believe a dog is talking to them so they jump to different conclusions which are much more absurd. I also love Word Girl, I'd like to get those on DVD. That show has more narrative than I've seen in a kid's show in a long time. Curious George has it's good moments, (and a lot of them are quotable) but it is strange to me that half the time they live in the country and run a farm and the other time they live in the city. About the only one I don't like is Super Why, I usually like new takes on nursery rhymes and such but they screw them up so terribly I can't stand it. To solve the conflict in a story they rewrite the story so there is no conflict. Instead of the wolf chasing red riding hood dressed as grandma the wolf hugs red riding hood and then they play on the swings together. So basically they take a story and turn it into a non-story. It really bothers me.
I'm a big WordGirl fan, too. Reminds me of the old Electric Company show way back when Mel Brooks, Joan Rivers, and Morgan Freeman were regulars.
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I like a lot of what are ostensibly children's shows---either it's a sign of second childhood or a sign of never having left first childhood. Most of my current favorite movies are animation...most of what I watch on TV are cartoons...most of the channels I flip to when bored with the news are channels for children. (But not entirely. I can't figure out how something like Disney or Nickelodeon can put on animated fare that's so good, while putting on live action stuff that's so lame.)
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Five or six pages ago, we talked about the Beatle Box, the new remastered CD bodybuilder package that came out in September. I bought one that first day and enjoyed listening to it over the next couple of weeks; I found the stereo separations to be interesting and nostalgic-making and all that...I haven't yet downloaded any to my iPod (the older versions are already there), but probably will at some point.
Yesterday in Best Buy I happened across the Beatles Mono Box, and bought one and brought it home. (I would have bought it sooner but I hadn't seen it, and didn't know any were in the store.) This is another package---the other box contains stereo mixes and this one contains (mostly) mono mixes. Arguably, these are the proper and correct mixes, the way the Beatles intended their work to be heard---the Beatles spent more time on mono mixing and often handed the stereo mixing over to other hands and ears. Mistakes were made from haste. There are a lot of difference between mono and stereo versions, some almost amounting to different takes.
So far, I've only had the time to listen to one, but I did catch a long-talked-about difference---in the mono version of "Please Please Me," John Lennon doesn't blow the last verse, as he does in the stereo version. I look forward to running through these, and maybe later adding them all to my iPod as well.
(Or almost all..."Revolution #9" is still off my list, and I still have to figure out how to make most of Side Two of "Abbey Road" into one big single track.)
((Also by the way, you won't find "Yellow Submarine," "Abbey Road," or "Let it Be" in this package---they were exclusively mixed for stereo. The latter two are omitted...mono mixes of the four original songs for "Yellow Submarine" are included in this package's version of "Past Masters." (Later only-stereo singles are omitted as well.)))
[edited 'cause I meant "Revolution #9" and not "#1"]
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Ah, good old Revolution #9, Yoko Ono's way of saying she's really the fifth Beatle. (Although she would probably count as the sixth or seventh depending on where you put George Martin and their old drummer.) This is the reason I have a "Good Beatles" playlist.
Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy, No TV And No Beer Makes Homer Something Something Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine . . .
Here's another musing. Personality strengths can transform into weaknesses during the writing process. Pacifists struggle to write fictional conflict. Ponderers are tempted to see every word as flawed and edit endlessly. Truth-seekers recoil from presenting layers of secrets kept by characters. I like to dream that every weakness may be improved, though.
In the Internet fanfic community I used to hang out in, we had a rhyming contest with different rhymes to "ain" / "ane" / "ayn" etcetera. (It rhymed with one of the main characters' names.) The thing lasted for months, and I could always come up with another one.
What is that nice green glow? (Actually at first we were trying to stay pretty close to the whole structure of the never meant to know line. But mutation is natural.)
I'm a pretty easy going, calm, optimistic person and yet everything I write tends to be genocide, disease and murder, not usually in a nihilistic way. (Although there is this one story where everyone dies.) I try to write happy things but it always turns down a terrible road.