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Saturday, January 24, 2004

QUOTE O' THE DAY - 200401something

"The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest."

--Kurt Vonnegut as Kilgore Trout

Thursday, January 22, 2004


This is most unusual. I think this squirrel works for the Dean campaign.



Productivity-enhancing software of the day..


Wednesday, January 21, 2004


So Blogger has this thing where you can record a message and post it to your Blog. If I:

1) had money to waste on a blog


2) had the creative energy to do it

I would totally introduce the world to Blog-A-Song. Or if Steve and I lived in the same town. I mean, it only took us like 8 hours to write "Peruvian Nights," and only like 3 to write "Abe Lincoln," (did we ever finish that one?). And we weren't even trying very hard.

By the way, if you don't know what Dial-A-Song is, it's probably time you learned.



Save a tree, get it on.



OK. I think we figured out refried beans. 3 keys:

1) put garlic in with the beans while they're boiling

2) blend them immediately after you finish boiling them, and use bean water to make them soupy

3) add in an assload of olive oil, a little bit o' salt, a little bit o' cumin, a little bit o' cayenne, and cook for awhile



So, apparently, Kevin Bacon won't have much going on soon. Good. That should make it easier to get him to play Seldom Seen Smith when I make the movie adaptation of Monkey Wrench Gang. The rest of the cast, as I see it, so far:

George Hayduke: Mark Wahlberg or Hugh Jackman
Bonnie Abbzug: Famke Janssen or Catherine Zeta-Jones - a third choice would be Angelina Jolie, but that's mostly only a ploy so I could meet her.
Doc Sarvis: Sean Connery (too old, too Scottish, but otherwise perfect)
Bishop Love: John C. McGinley (trust me on this one)
Jack Burns: Jack Palance (is he still alive?)

Am I forgetting anyone? Any other suggestions? Obiously, my preference is Hugh Jackman for Hayduke, and Famke Janssen for Abbzug, since X2 showed that they definitely have the chemistry for it.

That's what I have so far. And about 5 minutes-worth of the opening scene. Of course, I have the soundtrack roughly laid out in my head. But that's a secret.


Tuesday, January 20, 2004

QUOTE O' THE DAY - 20040120

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety...."

--Henry L. Mencken, In Defense of Women, 1923

Monday, January 19, 2004


Saw Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns the other day, and I have to say, if you see only one documentary about a band this year, I wholeheartedly recommend that you see I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (IATTBYH). But if you see two, then see Gigantic. Unless you happen to be, like...Bennet. In which case you should probably just see Gigantic.

Yeah. So the overall quality wasn't as good. It didn't follow any logical order, it left out some important things, and some of it looked like it was shot by a kid with a vhs recorder. Maybe it was. Unlike IATTBYH, it didn't make you think, 'Sweet Merciful Mothra!..these guys are geniuses and I need to purchase all of their albums, all of the albums by bands that these guys were also in previously, and all the albums that were made by guys who were once in the same band as members of this band before they were in this band!' Instead, it just made you think more like, 'Yup, They Might Be Giants are pretty cool.' Not that I didn't already know that. It will also make you pull out all the bootleg cassettes Bennet made you in like 8th grade. At least the ones that aren't on Then. But, in it's defense, it almost got as good a rating at Rotten Tomatoes as did IATTBYH. And it was funny throughout. Also, it wins the award for "the most porno sounding name for a non-porno film."

The other benefit of cool movies like these is that it allows you to attune yourself to the tastes of the reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes. For instance, John Patterson, L.A. WEEKLY: asshat. MaryAnn Johanson, FLICK FILOSOPHER: know-nothing dill-hole. Roger Moore, ORLANDO SENTINEL: ...man...what can you even say about that guy..?!?!

Also saw Johnny English. It's not worth going into except to say it was better than the reviews indicated, and that if you happen to think Rowan Atkinson is a genius then you will like it.

So that about wraps it up...

[get up noise]


QUOTE O' THE DAY - 2004019

"I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat."

--Will Rogers

Sunday, January 18, 2004


OK, this is why I am opposed to Fake President Bush's proposed Mars mission. We're getting rid of proven, outstanding scientific equipment all for the benefit of a TV show (which is what manned space flight gives us) and a few hundred thousand sci-fi votes for Bush. And guess what else...we're not going to go. Oh, we might make it back to the moon. And then we'll get more obnoxious movies of astronauts hitting golf balls and jumping in slow motion..but Mars is a way tougher goal. And more importantly, way more expensive. So, Hubble will come crashing down in a few years, and we will still never make it to Mars. See, Bush isn't good at math. Remember? So even though he says we can afford it, there is just no fucking way.

We learned more from Hubble than any other space endeavor thusfar. BBC called it "one of the most productive scientific instruments of all time." And now it will be abandoned for no good purpose other than to make pretenses at flying to Mars. Which won't happen anytime soon. Sure, they say it's not because of Bush's sudden interest in Mars (a pre-emptive attack?), but they ain't foolin' me.


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