September 24th, 2007


Zombie, Zombie, Zombie

Apparently to my dream-self, nothing says "flirting" like "letting her see me take part in an impromptu zombie crawl."

And I probably know some geek-babes who would feel that that's flirting, too. Which probably tells you about my taste in women...
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    Peter Gabriel, "Sledgehammer"
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iAm iSaid

*sees the burnt corpse of John Williams* "Oh, great, now we have to finish it with Danny Elfman."

My reaction to last night's Star Wars episode of Family Guy included both laughing and going "huh?" Which has been my reaction to Family Guy in general.

I doubt I'll ever fully warm to the show. The first episode I saw -- evil toddler Stewie wants to prevent his parents Peter and Lois from having another baby, so he miniaturizes both himself and a cool Fantastic Voyage-type shuttle so he can fly into his dad's body and start destroying his dad's sperm -- I found to be half funny and half unpleasant; the show is harsh, and I don't think I've ever gotten used to that. And I think the show relies too much on its trademark awkward silences; those pauses sometimes seem more like attempts to fill time with minimal animation. (You thought I was going to complain about how random some of the gags are? Everyone who's seen the show knows how random some of the gags are. You don't need me to remind you.)

But I do kind of like that it's a sitcom that can suddenly launch into giant fight sequences with rip-roaring Ron Jones action music. (So how often does that fighting giant chicken show up? Punch, Wap, Pow, Boom, Crash! I've seen two episodes where he and Peter start walloping on each other.) I was a big fan of Jones's Star Trek: TNG work, and I'm glad he found this job that allows him to be wilder; Jones spent some time "in the wilderness" rebuilding his career after he got fired from TNG. In fact I was surprised Jones wasn't the composer who supplemented the John Williams score cues last night.

So yeah, I laughed some big laughs during Family Guy's retelling of Star Wars, and also kind of went "tilt" at other parts of the episode.

Any thoughts, Family Guy fans reading this?
Whale fluke

I've posted before about the Giant Scary Empty Korean Hotel, but I'll post about it again

Your daily dose of creepy and odd: When I saw a link this morning about "the ghost towers of Bangkok," I was reminded of the unfinished 105-story-tall pyramidal Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea. There is a photo and a video at that link.

This is its Wikipedia page. Here's another article on it. (I quote: "The hotel, which was once found on city maps before the construction even began, has now been completely stricken from the official maps. Tour guides usually claim not to know where it is.") And someone made a Google Earth 3D model of the thing.

If only North Korea allowed film crews. That structure screams to be used as a location in a science fiction film.
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iAm iSaid

Ah, the specialness of comfort food

My friend zarhooie has asked (nicely; she's nice) for recipes for people's favorite comfort foods. You want to read and contribute. Yes, you do.

I'm better at letting other people make comfort food for me. I've said it before, I'll say it now: truck stop food is a very special kind of comfort food. To this day, my favorite clam chowder was served at the T&R truck stop right off I-5 in Albany, Oregon. It's gone now, but it was around for decades; Mom and Dad would stop there when they were both University of Oregon students in the '60s, as I'd be in the '90s, and were traveling between Portland and Eugene.
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    Amy Winehouse's album "Back to Black"