Thursday, May 29, 2014
3:17PM - The new LJ
Wow. Rather than going quietly into the night, LJ has really stepped up. I'm over on Google+ these days, but I must say that this is impressive.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
8:50AM - Amusement
Monday, July 5, 2010
10:10PM - Ahem...
...*tap* *tap*... (is this thing on?)... *cough*...
ROCKY HORROR ROLL CALL!!!!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Two short notes, one personal, one public.
First, to Sarah: Well, it's hit that time. The trigger has been announced, and we're going to have to get a BluRay player. Not a big deal — we can upgrade magenta (ed - our media player) for about $100 with a new drive.
Second, to most people who follow this: They will be filming a live shadowcast for the BluRay release of RHPS. They are looking for players (and will presumably also need an audience at some point) for a "You Are There" feature on the disc. Visit MidnightInsanity.com for more details, although they haven't posted any info yet (I just got an email about it an hour ago). Auditions in LA, London and New York, to be filmed in LA.
That is all.
Wait... also: EEeeeeEEEEeeeeeeEEEEeeeeeEEEEeeeee!!!!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
9:27PM - Come with me, Marty!
I am currently video chatting with Sarah, who is above the American southwest aboard a jet. We live in the future. That is all.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
12:17PM - For those of you in California
AB 1121 is a tiny little bill that needs some support. It is very very boring, but it increases democracy and is one of the few ways to defeat partisanship and increase representation. From somebody's else's blog, where he posted the letter he wrote:
1. Go to the CA Assembly website.
2. Look up your Assembly member ("Find my district").
3. Go to their website and find their contact information.
4. Tell them to please support AB 1121 which would allow a limited number of non-charter cities use Choice Voting (Ranked Voting) when approved by the Secretary of State.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
1:14PM - 3000 miles.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
12:44PM - And afters...
A chunk of people are heading up to San Francisco to do Rocky Horror after Old Spaghetti Factory. It will be at The Clay Theater. I figured a heads up on the plan would be important, as if you might be interested, bringing a change of clothes may be useful. Many thanks to Neal who suggested it.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
ETD: 2 and a half hours, arrival at SFO 11:13a. This weekend we attend a wedding in San Francisco, do family stuff most of the week, and next weekend we head up to Davis/Sacramento. We will be somewhere there Friday evening, followed by all day Saturday in Davis and dinner in Sacramento. Care to guess where Sarah wants to go? I'll give you a hint: it is Old, and involves a Spaghetti Factory. We'll call around to firm up plans, and post here if you can. Then off to Rocky in... well, Neal told me which one is playing that weekend, but I've forgotten. Somewhere in the Bay area.
We've been horribly busy all week; Sarah pulled two all nighters to get a paper ready she's publishing, and I'm dealing with the relocation of our main offices. Two and a half hours... two and a half hours and we are headed west.
Hope to see you soon.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
4:17PM - No details, but...
Sarah and I will be in Northern California for the week of the 20th and through the weekend of the 27th. We have no idea what our exact schedule will be due to family commitments. It is possible we'll be knocking around the Bay Area during the business day of the latter weekdays. It looks like the weekend of the 27th will be our Sacto/Davis end of the trip (probably involving Rocky on the 27th). It has been very frustrating to us because we can't pin down details closer than that, so we've held off telling people. It's starting to get out during conversations, so I'm tossing it out publically. I'd hate it if somebody put out this vague a notice, but I also didn't want to surprise everybody at the last minute and be unable to get together with people as a result. As soon as we have details, we'll start letting people know. Sorry for the vagueness, but we'd like to see as many people as we can.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Dick Wilson, the actor who played Mr. Whipple has passed away. It is an odd little branch of character acting, the advertising persona, and out of the thousands that get run up every year, only a few really catch on with the public as well known characters. I have nothing but respect for working actors, the kind that are scratching out a living doing dinner theater or an ad campaign, and it somewhat mystifies me why the working musician gets far more more of an aura of "artisté" for putting bread on their table with their art. So remember -- The donuts are soaking in it because they have nothing to do. And for the love of Bob and all that is holy... don't squeeze the Charmin!
(For some reason I think Rob will be most affected by this news).
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Our weather this week (or, what the heck happened to fall?)
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Meat Loaf told his Halloween audience that it was "the last concert of his life," and left the stage during the opening of Paradise. His voice has been horribly uneven for the past year, ever since the promo stuff for Bat III. Sometimes it's good, sometimes his throat sounds so blown out, you wonder if he's in serious pain. He's threatened to do "just one more tour, and that's it", but this sounds like it may be the end.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
It has been a heavy week in the valley, my home town. I've been behind in a ton 'o work, so I've been working all hours. Finally catching up, I can tell you a bit about it.
I had a fly decide to take a dip in my iced coffee Monday morning. A housefly. I picked him or her out and set it on the floor of the coffee shop. I've never seen a fly actually look confused... I'm curious as to if the caffiene had an effect on it, but it flew off and enjoyed the lightness of being a fly. I went and got a new cup of iced coffee. Such is life. (I'm not quite sure when I started writing in the style of Russian literature, but I will stop now).
Over there on the left is an image from Google Earth. It is my old Rocky Horror theater in Florida, The Carefree Theater. Those large gashes in the roof are hurricane damage... from what I've heard, it is going to be razed. In no way shape or form can I explain what happened inside those walls. Jess, Rob, Q and I once went to the spot of asphalt where the Birdcage theater was before it was torn down. Someday I'll be standing there. I did perform in other theaters, some for quie awhile, but the Carefree was my second home... I even moved to a house at the end of the street for awhile just to be next to the theater. A Rocky theater being torn down is an odd combination of a church and a home being torn down. You learned about yourself, but more importantly, you were forced to learn to relate to a wide spectrum of people while having fun doing so. It's not like a workplace, where you can keep your head down; you have to become friends, even if it's friendship by mutual loathing, since you're there by choice. When they tear that building down, it will be a rubble composed of wood, plaster, tears, hot sauce, hope, memories, ky jelly, twinkie crumbs, sequins and a variety of bodily fluids. And that damn fairy dust... and about fourteen years of my Saturday (and sometimes Friday) nights.
Speaking of Rocky, Amazon seems to have typecast my buying habits.
For the NSFW portion of this post, I have three photos. One of Sarah's favored actresses, Maggie Gyllenhaal, is the new model for Agent Provocateur (MNSFW). She's done a whole series of risque photos, which are notable because she's not a typical lingere model; it is her expression that makes these photos great. But what really warms the cockles of my heart are really odd sex acts involving inflatable ducks, crops, contact lenses and cross dressing Harry Potters (NSFW).
Last but not least, if all of the above leaves you cold, here are dinosaurs having sex with cars (NSFW). This, I feel, shows exactly how much I truly care about you.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Well, it has been a quiet week here in the Nittany Valley. We're still trying to pick up the prize for the Harry Potter costume contest: the "community relations" manager took a two week vacation, and nobody can find the prize. Ah, well. Here's a photo of Sarah as a member of MCIS, the Magic Criminal Investigative Service. Alas, it looks like there are no photos of me as Hagrid. A couple photos of were in the local newspapers, so I'll scan some later.
Last week marked my return to net activities after about a month away. Other than email and the single feed for the OnePaper community sites (which I need to monitor for work reasons), I cut off all RSS feeds, community sites, etc. On Monday I posted to LJ, and on Wednesday I added some RSS feeds and started editing DavisWiki again. Interesting that within 24 hours, I had three emails from new editors asking for help. The "critical, earth shattering important issues" that the community is debating With Great Vigor are the exact same ones that existed when I left, with the same players acting as the polarizing characters and with the same ideas being bandied about. I believe observing that fact adds good perspective, and staying away for awhile restored my patience for such things.
On Thursday and Friday, Turner Classic Movies (which runs commercial free movies) ran a full day of Dana Andrews (from Science Fiction Double Feature), and Myrna Loy, an actress I love to watch. I managed to get two full days of Best Quality on the TiVo, constantly downloading, editing, encoding and burning. I should be done today -- the next Tuesday -- with the last of them. I now have all of the Thin Man movies, plus some of her older stuff like The Naughty Flirt.
I still have a pile of wedding gift Thank You cards that Sarah gave me... there was a long delay as we waited for the photographer to get us the photos to include, and any continuing delay is utterly due to my pushing them to the back of my to do list. That will have to end soon, as the batch we did get out was good, but a good chunk of them are sitting on my desk.
The weekend had us moving furnature and hanging LED lanterns around the porch. It's beautiful in the evenings, and the heat of summer is just starting to give way to autumn. When we leave in the morning in the 6 o'clock hour, it is now chilly. On Sunday we made French onion soup, lit a dozen or so candles and sat out on the porch with the lanterns and candles giving everything a warm glow, just enjoying the ineffable pleasure of existence.
Quickies from the week:
* Sarah has never lived anywere other than a valley with I-80 running through it.
* I don't like Alan Rickman as Snape. He is not at all what I envisioned when I read the books. I'd rather see Kevin Eldon in the role, although Sarah pointed out that Richard O'Brien would be pretty good, although he's now too old to play someone the age of Harry's father. You need somebody who is sneering, snivelling and angrily vindictive. Rickman nails the sneer, but lacks the other qualities. Possibly Dylan Moran.
Monday, August 6, 2007
Sarah and I hit the local drive in on Sunday and saw the Simpsons Movie and Transformers. Well, we both watched the Simpsons, and the first half of Transformers... by the second half, she was snoring in her seat. We brought the mice, and they scooted around on the dashboard and ate popcorn with us. You can fit at least five people comfortably in the front seat of the bug if three of them weigh a dozen grams a piece.
Sarah expanded my Everyman's Library on Wednesday by giving me the pocket poetry volume "Love Poems". There's a poem I especially like in the Persian Poets volume that happened to be in the Love volume, and that was the first one I flipped open to. A cute touch is the bookmark: all the rest of the Everyman's Library poetry volumes have red cloth covers and gold bookmarks, but the Love Poems volume has a red bookmark.
I think we are about to pop the very last bag of microwave popcorn that came from Campus Cinema. It is almost sad, and I go a bit maudlin thinking about it. We've shared so much of that popcorn with so many friends... it seemed endless. Take that last pronoun as ambiguously as you wish.
Quickies from the week:
* Observation: A dog in bed is the possibly the worst use of space possible. It takes the space of a large rectangle, and either has a back to you or you face evil sinewy appendages of doom tipped with rough claws. Plus drool. Dog-in-Bed Simulator: Dip one end of a body pillow in KY, lay in center of bed and place lawn equipment to one side.
* Music: Gogol Bordello, Rroma influenced folk rock. Jethro Tull is to English folk as this band is to Gypsy music.
* Quote: "A dog and a steak could never be friends" (Sarah, on compatible pets)
Thursday, July 12, 2007
- - or - -
A post long delayed
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Monday, June 11, 2007
3:17PM - Wedded bliss
So, despite water from the skies, it happened. What happened next will amaze you...
Or maybe not, still, I'll post/email/mail a summary in the next 2 days or so for the people who couldn't make it or are interested in the -- ahem -- *incidents* after people left. In the meantime, have a photo or two!
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