Friday, April 21, 2006

Major Discovery at Spins'n'Needles!

You know I love making things and I love a groovy beat, so Spins'n'Needles is my kind of fun. This month it was especially crowded. Maybe because it got Make'd this week.

They gave us clocks to decorate and I set to turning mine into a representation of the Vendetta II on a 60-second circular orbit of a small planetoid.

Between my difficulties getting an even coat of paint and all the people there, it wasn't until the end that I looked up and saw someone I've not seen since the hurricane.

"Aggie!" I couldn't believe my eyes.

"Hi, Dwarfie." She waved and held up the clock she'd been working on.

"I thought you were dead! Where have you been?"

"I don't remember," she said.

And that's all she could tell me. She's back, but there's a big amnesiac gap in her memory.

Her clock doesn't work. She likes it that way.

Mine works, but I had to take it apart and clean out paint that got into the mechanism.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Check it OUt: I'm a mIxed caSe PoEt

It occurred to me this afternoon that "let's assume that i agree" would be a good line for a song. So I googled it to see if some hack in Nashville had beaten me to it. Looks like, no. And google had so many great things to go with the sentence that I cut and pasted them into this lyric. Now I just need a tune.

let's assume

let's assume that i agree
with that, too
with everything Jesus said
that there ought to be a privilege

let's assume that i agree
with you on that point
with your idea
that GOD was a concept developed to ward off EVIL
with the idea of installing a benevolent dictatorship -- lead by me
with the statement that drunken consent is not consent.

For a moment, let's assume that I agree with Ashcroft
with You
to... this
with The definition of Capability

let's assume that i agree
with you On that point

For the sake of argument, let's assume that I agree with or I understand the reasoning

let's assume that i agree
We Are spending too much on defense, which I don't.

But okay, let's assume that I agree with you
that happiness really is from God

Then -- let's assume that I agree to all this
with you completely
to this charade

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Is it really over?

time for a break, or a change of scene
I had my first internet dream last night. I'd opened the Fifth Muse's blog and above her Well, it is time for a break posting, there was a new posting. It was completely different from her previous postings because it had buttons to download podcasts.

The podcasts were recordings of her and R. The first one ran 90 seconds and it became clear as it played that it was R and 5M at marriage class. I could hear Father Joe in the background using his charismatic inflections, while 5M muttered "I can't take it, I'm going to kill him" and R whispered "just a few more minutes, let it go a few more minutes and we're out of here."

Then I woke up. After I turned on the computer, I opened IE (6.0 with a screen res of 1280x1024 on a Rogers connection for those of you who check on those things) and saw that it really had been only a dream. She has "other more important things to do."

Which isn't such a big surprise. She's been infrequent with the postings lately. Engaged bliss appears to be as bad for blogging as it is for situation comedies.

As for the bile, of course there's the whole internet anonymity thing that seems to let us be rude to each other.

Given that 5M was open to having her blog gain a wider following, or move it to some other published form, I've often wondered how she could be so free with writing that is strongly based on the reality of her life.

Philip Roth's protagonist, Nathan Zuckerman, seems to be Roth's alter-ego. Zuckerman encounters enormous hostility from relatives and former friends who feel they have been cruelly or even anti-semitically portrayed in his books. I've always assumed that Roth was writing from experience, and marvelled that this hostility didn't stop him dead in his tracks.

I know an author who has written some novels and short stories that are based completely on her real life. Some of the characters do not come out sympathetically. (She is fair enough that it sometimes includes her protagonist.) I asked her once how the reaction of the people she writes about affects her.

"It gives me pause," she replied, "I'm not sure I can do it any more." Since then, she has switched to pure fiction and seems to be doing well with it.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

5M - the Movie

The rumours are true!

An all sock-puppet version of the story of 5M and R is in production. An inside source at the studio sent me this advance artwork of the poster.

Exactly which celebrities have been signed to do voices is cloaked in secrecy. However, Ed the Sock has refused to deny rumours that he will be playing "the Dude".

Monday, April 03, 2006

No Ring for the Princess?

Sad news for the Muse today. ["The Importance of Bling"]

Does anyone have R's address? Perhaps we should chip in and get UPS to deliver him a Princess Diana (only $60US). Or would we need her ring size?

There's nothing wrong with cubic zirconia!