June 29th, 2007

Whale fluke

An Argh. Not a full Argh. Maybe point-oh-three-seven of an Argh.

A rare work post: Yesterday and today I've been madly updating our doctor database with the new residents at our hospital. The TWO HUNDRED NEW RESIDENTS AT OUR HOSPITAL. (As co-worker David said yesterday, "we've expanded a lot.") Almost done, thank everything.

Here's the very slight "argh" thing: there are some wonderfully-named doctors here, and as I'm an aficionado of cool names, I want to mention some. But that's info I can't share: it's company information that should not be on unsecured parts of the Internet. (The database is on a secure website. Occasionally I've updated it from my parents' computer. I'm glad I can trust my parents.)

I remember a couple of the writers I know (greygirlbeast and blubeagle come to mind) had the great suggestion of getting names from tombstones. Good idea. It's safer, for one thing.

Is this what the Clash meant when they sang "The Right Profile"?

Hey, people-who-want-to-see-what-I-look-like! Here's more evidence I'm real!

Here's another photo of my right side, taken in line at the "Serenity Now" screening last weekend. I wasn't feeling social yet, and I wanted to finish the book (Skipping Towards Gomorrah by Dan Savage), and I didn't even realize I'd been photographed...

(thanks for the link, Mr. Russell!)
  • Current Music
    The Kooks, "She Moves in Her Own Way"

Rest In Peace, Joel Siegel

Joel Siegel, Good Morning America's longtime film critic, has died of colon cancer at 63.

He got a lot done in his life. He had experience as a radio DJ and a freelance writer. He created with Terry Gilliam the satirical 1966 book The Cocktail People around the same time as the two of them were surviving jobs in an advertising agency (they got out with their souls intact). And in 1997 -- I just found this out -- Siegel wrote a book for his son Dylan before he was born, because he didn't know (due to his cancer diagnosis) if he'd live long enough to see Dylan be born. That was 10 years ago.

Godspeed, Mr. Siegel. It's always too soon with cancer, isn't it?
  • Current Music
    Danny Elfman's score to "Red Dragon"