October 4th, 2008


Some of the good noise

Steady, fall-like (oo! "autumnal"!) wind is blowing outside. Portland and the rest of northwest Oregon also had a fair amount of rain last night.

(We're really not as wet as we sometimes claim. I say that as someone who doesn't mind when it does rain.)

Wind. Not a bad noise to wake up to. I really like waking up to the murmur of a stream, but that's been rare; I last was really able to do that when my dad's parents owned a small second home off of Slick Rock Creek, in the Oregon Coast Range. We used it as a vacation home; a couple of times in 2003, I stayed at Slick Rock by myself to have quiet time. REALLY quiet time, which I need sometimes. I'm glad I can be alone and not feel lonely; and I think it's hard to feel lonely at Slick Rock.

We've since sold the place; other people live there now. We still have a sort of connection there: in December 2005, my family scattered my grandparents' ashes at the creek that flows past the house. (Don't mind reading a wistful entry about that? You can read this.)

My day continues to start; I'll have a quiet, relaxing morning here. The noise is not bad noise. It's a good sound. Again, good for waking up.
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Good Omens

The acronym A.T.E. ain't as scary as it needs to be

I've been hearing a new band named Airborne Toxic Event, and their name makes me think "Doesn't that sound like what inspired Stephen King's The Stand?"

(Short version of what's at the link: a toxic cloud of spilled chemicals in Utah killed a bunch of sheep. People realized that had the wind been blowing another way, the cloud would've headed towards Salt Lake City.)

Speaking of The Stand, a while ago I commented that I was surprised there haven't been more songs and pop-culture references inspired by that book. Well, Wikipedia provides: Not only is there the song "The Stand" by The Alarm, but also songs by Anthrax, Glenn Frey, and others. Oh, and I should have remembered Patton Oswalt's quote from Feelin' Kinda Patton:
The Apocalypse is coming. That's the one thing I like about George Bush: I really think he could get us into the fucking Apocalypse, like the Biblical...I think he really believes that he'll be the guy, y'know, in the white hat. I think he's read that Stephen King novel The Stand a couple times, y'know, and he really thinks there's a dark man in the desert somewhere and he's gonna fight him or something like that...
Blow My Mind

A Ghostbusters ponderable

Something to think about before I write a full wrap-up of last night’s Cort and Fatboy Midnight Movie:

You think Ghostbusters was an influence on Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

Both show a world threatened with being overwhelmed by supernatural forces that specialists in arcane arts must destroy or contain;

Both are matter-of-fact about how those specialists attack the bad guys;

Both have heroes researching arcane manuscripts (or not-so-arcane building blueprints, but you get the idea) to find the info needed to stop the Big Bad;

Both are funny;

Both are sexy (our audience heartily approved of Signourney Weaver, Annie Potts and, of course, the sex ghost)…

Both are insanely quotable;

And, um, the villain in Ghostbusters II is, er, kind of vampire-like. Um. *theory comes crashing down like torrents of melted marshmallow*

(If y’all can somehow wrench in to fit apply this theory to, say, Supernatural, The X Files, or whatever, go for it.)

(And if any of my readers use this as an excuse to picture Willow or Xander or whomever wearing a proton pack and nothing else, well, I’m not gonna stop you.)