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February 24th, 2009

What the...? [Feb. 24th, 2009|11:50 am]
Okay, I know I posted an actual entry this morning at o'dark o'clock...I even checked it. And now it's vanished?!

Auuuuugh!
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So...that 25 Things About Me Meme (reposted due to LJ brain fart) [Feb. 24th, 2009|11:56 am]
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01) I don't watch that much comedy, but some of my favorite movies are indeed comedies, usually those with a somewhat surreal bent to them. In television this translates to "Scrubs," although I do so like "The Addams Family." In movies, this is Local Hero, the little-known Siam Sunset and, most of all, Airplane! I am pretty much constitutionally incapable of switching the movie off if I happen on it, and the DVD (now the "Don't Call Me Shirley! Edition") is one of my most often played; before that I had the film on tape. I'll even watch Airplane! II, even though it repeats most of the gags from the original and isn't even a third as funny. It does, however, have an appearance by William Shatner that's well worth watching -- and is also more or less the official start of the consciously comedic Shatner -- who has, unlike Leslie Nielsen, managed to keep being funny,

02) When it comes to clothes, I generally like to wear either tan or black.

03) I don't like wearing shoes or boots and will wear sandals even in winter -- although I've lived in places where I was forced to wear boots in winter, alas.

04) I developed an interest in audiobooks as a result of doing a fair bit of driving. The book that sold me on it? Blue Highways by William Least-Heat Moon.

05) I developed cataracts at an unusually young age, and with remarkable speed and ferocity, losing my eyesight almost completely before I was able to go in for surgery to fix the problem. By that point I was dependent on screen readers and other tools for the visually handicapped, and the color scheme on my computer was something out of a nightmare. Audiobooks were a lifesaver as well. Much of my writing was done with large-point black Sharpies.

06) During the L.A. Riots of 1991 my then-roommate and I went after a bunch of rambunctious idiots on our street. Both of us were armed with swords, but pretty much what these guys saw wasn't a couple of geeks coming at them -- they saw a huge Viking Berserker and a short, chubby Japanese berserker screaming their way down the street, waving several feet of pointy steel. Yes, we were idiots, but, Jesus, we were magnificent idiots for that couple of minutes.

07) I saw the very first episode of "Doctor Who" when it first aired.

08) When I was 11 years old I explained, in great and precise detail, levels of radiation exposure and the effects of same to a local Fire Chief, much to the amusement of my father and the astonishment of his friend -- who of course had never seen me reading my way through books about nuclear physics.

09) In the town where I was born, Warsop, I began reading when I was four. Between the age of four and the age of seven, when we moved to Ardsley, in Yorkshire, I read through the entire children's section of the local library and was starting into the grown-up books.

10) I was nine when I wrote my first serious poem.

11) I was cast several times in safety movies for the National Coal Board of England. The one part that I remember most clearly involved getting made up for a section in which I played a dead kid at a birthday party. Apparently someone thought I made a good zombie. There really should have been brain cake.

12) 2001: A Space Odyssey is responsible for my love of classical music...well, at least the beginnings of it.

13) When we moved to Jamaica, there was only one TV station, running perhaps seven hours a day. One day the feature movie was Plan 9 From Outer Space. When our TV broke, we didn't bother to fix or replace it for eighteen months -- why bother? This is despite my father being adept at fixing televisions.

14) The phrase "Always be precise in your terminology" has stuck in my mind ever since it was uttered by a teacher named Nigel P. O. Green, who stood six feet four inches and had rather the air of Dracula. He taught biology and the penalty for inattention was twenty pushups. His class tended to veer between highly attentive and remarkably fit.

15) I didn't have a driver's license until I was in my twenties. This didn't stop me driving in Jamaica.

16) I once read at an arts festival in Ireland between Michael Hartnett and Seamus Heaney. After which we went off and got utterly blinded.

17) One of my favorite authors since I was very young is Alan Garner. I was surprised to discover that we not only have the same birthday, but he's bipolar too.

18) I adore Stephen Fry. We have many similarities, and a fair few differences -- he did eighteen months in prison; I've never gotten that far, despite everything. He's never led a car chase. He's well off, I'm broke. He's gay, I'm about as het as you can go. I suspect he's the person who finally made me accept and be comfortable with being bipolar. Now I need to unbugger parts of my life and catch up to him, although I'm still not buying an iPod or an iPhone or following 75,000 people on Twitter.

19) For one brief shining moment I was set to write an X-Men movie for Orion. This shining moment lasted over a weekend, until the Monday afternoon following, when Orion's suits put the thing in turnaround.

20) As a musician I was initially trained as an orchestral percussionist, but was encouraged later to explore and experiment. When I finally got my hands on a Synthi AKS synthesizer, I was off to the races. Music has been my second driving wheel for most of my life.

21) I discovered American comics when I was a kid through working on market stalls on Saturdays. Marvel was the main fascination but there were some DC interests -- often the odder things such as Metal Men. The one big DC love affair? The Legion Of Super-Heroes. That remained with me while I drifted away from Marvel.

22) I've never gotten over the fact that two of my literary heroes are also amongst my fans. Well, one no longer is, due to a bad case of death.

23) My novelette "Silken Dragon" was the result of one of those literal moments of "I can write better than this shit!" and hurling a very bad book across the room.

24) I broke my back playing rugby. It was a number of years before an MRI turned this up -- a hairline fracture that fortunately healed -- with the result that my chiropractor was seriously pissed off. For me it explained some of the odd back pains over the years. What unnerved me most of all was how close I came to spending my life in a wheelchair (or being killed, or left a vegetable; apparently all three happen with unnerving frequency in the game.) I also know exactly when it happened. Rugby is a dangerous game, trust me.

25) I can drive a trolley (or tram, or streetcar, your choice of terms.)
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Tweets I have known [Feb. 24th, 2009|04:04 pm]
Twitterings from the past day, served here with crunchy bits:

  • 16:14 @Colleen_Lindsay I still suggest seeing if @Consumerist can find you an exec email to EECB over this. #sony #
  • 16:22 @amber_benson It's that wonderful L.A. air. All kinds of crap in it that gets pulled into computers. Worse here in Tucson...tons of dust. #
  • 16:29 @Agent_M Hare Krishna Death Metal? Sounds like something I'd do, that does.... #
  • 17:12 @sarahw Well...I'm still reading Ross MacDonald. I don't read Parker much though. #
  • 17:20 @PapaVic9758 Pray that it isn't Monday all week. #
  • 17:22 Head feels like it's in a vice and battling the neuralgia has left me feeling swampily toxic. Bleaaaaah. #
  • 17:24 RT @tweetbomb: In a ridiculous act of hometown spirit, I will get a Fail Whale tattoo if @BaltimoreMD gets 3k followers 2nite by 1AM EST. #
  • 17:40 @Xombiekat Dr. Manhattan - Captain Atom; Comedian - Peacemaker; Nite Owl - Blue Beetle; Silk Spectre - Phantom Lady #
  • 17:40 @Xombiekat And Ozymandias - Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt #
  • 17:45 @sispurrier 'Being Human' doesn't rev my engine either...I find myself uninterested in watching any of it. And I watched all of 'Demons'. #
  • 17:46 @Templesmith If the bathroom light is out, just wave it around until you hear splashing. Nobody cares when it's the men's room. #
  • 17:48 @FrankTieri @Agent_M never sucked mine. I feel deprived now. I'll have to unfollow him now. #
  • 17:54 twurl.nl/pkol23 Tucson Unified School District waiting to see what Fed. stimulus money does for them. Depends on Brewer, eh? #
  • 18:49 @ToplessRobot 4th futurama dragged through the first half I thought. Picked up in the second. #
  • 18:50 That head in a vise feeling? Yeah, that's an inch from a bloody migraine. Fegh. #
  • 19:00 @sfpanda I don't drink, no alcohol in the house. Caffeine may help. More damn pain pills of course. #
  • 19:32 @sfpanda I seem to be spending all my time napping right now...bloody neuralgia started it, and it's gone on from there. #
  • 19:34 @greggrunberg Parkman turning dark? Fluffy you? #Heroes #
  • 19:36 @ImFusspot Daphne was shot a couple of episodes back. #
  • 19:48 @chronic_rift I don't believe it. I think this is just the Scum being grump about the British losing Rhodesia to Mugable. #
  • 20:08 @ImFusspot For some of us it wasn't much of a spoiler. :) #
  • 20:08 @Agent_M That Palin story is an old one. She was doing that before the VP run. #
  • 20:14 Law & Order UK: Weird hearing Jamie Bamber talk normally. No Mike Post theme variation...weird. They kept the clung-clung though. #
  • 20:16 @ImFusspot Well, I did say "shot" not "killed" didn't I? #
  • 20:18 Law & Order UK: I hope NBC picks this up to run in the US. It'll baffle everyone with the accents I suspect. Bunch of mushmouths! #
  • 20:20 @Colleen_Lindsay L&OUK so far seems halfway decent despite Chris Chibnall producing/writing. Of course they're redoing US scripts.... #
  • 20:53 twurl.nl/gqykyn - for everyone who had a Monday From Hell. Sums it up.... #
  • 21:17 RT @tweetbomb: I will get a FailWhale tattoo if @BaltimoreMD gets 150 more followers in the next hour. TELL YOUR FRIENDS!! #
  • 21:55 @Colleen_Lindsay www.megaupload.com/?d=SDL4NU80 L&O UK MP4 file. #
  • 22:20 @Colleen_Lindsay *bows* I'll try to get you the info each week. #
  • 23:10 It's late Monday night, and you know what that means don't you? Yes, the weekly 24/7 tweet session! @jackbauerkillcount, where are you?! #
  • 23:13 24/7, hour 10: beep beep brrrp...previously on! We're all set for a calamity, and now there's MORE moles. CTU was never THIS bad. #
  • 23:18 24/7,hour 10: Aaaaand they lose the innocent, but Evil Overlord is apparently actually In Lurrrrrve. tracktracktrack SS/FBI moles quivery. #
  • 23:22 24/7, hour 10: Car Chase! Zippy Taxi! Jack crash! Dubaku Crash! And Jack adds one to the body count. FIRE JEOPARDY! Ka-BLAM! #
  • 23:24 24/7, hour 10: Awwww...poor innocent snuffs it (no silent clock?) Evil Overlord is hanging on though. Madame Pres is wayyy pissed. #
  • 23:29 24/7, hour 10: and it's time for Jack Torture right out on the street. Chip's on the way to good FBI guy, that's going to go SO well. #
  • 23:38 24/7, hour 10: Nerd anxiety, happy moles, DEAD mole, that sure looks real...I don't think Chloe believes this guy though. Good Chloe. #
  • 23:39 24/7, hour 10: I do love 24 Tech though. Files deleted? Utterly gone. In the real world? You have to blow up the drives to be sure. #
  • 23:42 24/7, hour 10: Chloe did the impossible of course, but I bet she's in trouble.... The FBI's all messed up. Oddly, I want bacon right now.... #
  • 23:45 24/7, hour 10: Agent Freckles is all broken up and pissed at Jack. This is the start of a fresh new romance isn't it? Yes it is. #
  • 23:50 24/7, hour 10: Madame Pres is ticked, 1st Daughter is even more ticked. and now the clock starts ticking on the next plot chunk. Tony! #
  • 23:56 @azurelunatic The Mythbusters could conceivably get half a season out of 24. #
  • 01:54 @Templesmith Robot Chicken convinced me that all the Adultswim folks are from a well-baked alternate universe. #
  • 02:27 Heroes...HRG proving himself the equal of ALL of them is always fun. But why does The Hunter look four feet tall? #
  • 10:06 @richjohnston Oh shit. Major sympathies Rich. Good luck on landing a new gig. #
  • 11:37 @stephenfry Bit squiffy with the virii, what? And baked right on top of the virii, alas. Sympathies, mon frere, and speedy healing. #
  • 11:39 Corpus is cranky on awakening, brain is staggering rather than staggeringly brilliant, music shuffle is feeding loud and grouchy music. #
  • 11:41 @richjohnston So what we all want is a stage musical version of WATCHMEN, right? Hmmm...I'd write that, I would. Laughing. #
  • 11:48 Okay, I know I posted an LJ entry this morning...but it's vanished completely from sight. I even checked it after it was posted... #
  • 11:58 @Templesmith Maybe the NYT is planning a story on werewolf necrophilia? #
  • 12:00 @Templesmith But that would just be me demonstrating my typing method to you...! Dickslap Touchtype. #
  • 12:02 @blockbuster_com Per #LeWar -- Twitter Is Hell. Actually, it's all quiet on the wasted front at the moment isn't it? #
  • 12:05 @Templesmith The possibility of a con table penis slap is why we carry stapleguns. Aim for the meaty part, not the edge. #
  • 12:16 @blockbuster_com I've examined the plaints of the combatants and found them as thrilling as a 3 hour French documentary. #LeWar #
  • 12:18 @WildStorm Is coming around to that time when i should pitch WS again (the last time was a few years back. It was a weird time.) #
  • 12:19 @WildStorm And that should have been phrased as a question with an "it" as the second word. Knackered this morning, I am. #
  • 12:20 @Templesmith Well, penis power's worked wonders for Watchmen hasn't it? BOW BEFORE THE POWER OF THE DONG! #
  • 12:21 @Templesmith You're not scum, you're Australian. #
  • 12:22 @YatPundit Good that Napolitano is doing something worthwhile I guess. Meanwhile Brewer's destroying Arizona. *sigh* Hard times. #
  • 12:28 twurl.nl/1fwa7e A little court case that could very well whack music monoliths in the wallet over artists royalties from digital. #
  • 13:34 @YatPundit Oh, I only wish AZ would skew blue suddenly. Brewer might be the deciding factor there though. This is gonna hurt. #
  • 15:36 @ToplessRobot Chargeback, and bad feedback. #
  • 15:36 @ToplessRobot Don't reship. #
  • 15:48 @michaelianblack "We shall kick his tachyons until he cries 'Enough!'" #LeWar #
  • 16:02 @blockbuster_com That should have been CAAAAAAAAAAAAAN'T!...wait #
  • 16:03 RT @greenoptions: Ebola Virus Strain Found in 6,000 Hogs: The virus Ebola Reston has been identife.. tinyurl.com/cpkjpn #
More tomorrow, same tweet time, same tweet channel!

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