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Friday, September 11th, 2009
3:26 am
I'd Like To Take This Moment To Congratulate, Well, Me

Your result for The 3 Variable Funny Test...

the Wit

(62% dark, 35% spontaneous, 16% vulgar)

your humor style:

You like things edgy, subtle, and smart. I guess that means you're probably an intellectual, but don't take that to mean pretentious. You realize 'dumb' can be witty--after all isn't that the Simpsons' philosophy?--but rudeness for its own sake, 'gross-out' humor and most other things found in a fraternity leave you totally flat.

I guess you just have a more cerebral approach than most. You have the perfect mindset for a joke writer or staff writer.

Your sense of humor takes the most thought to appreciate, but it's also the best, in my opinion.

You probably loved the Office. If you don't know what I'm
talking about, check it out here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/theoffice/.

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Jon Stewart - Woody Allen - Ricky Gervais


The 3-Variable Funny Test!
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(2 Contenders | Force doubt)

Monday, September 7th, 2009
3:04 am
The First National Bonk
I watched this at least five times over the course of the night and it never gets old.

Amazing how many subtle touches can be planted in something so simple.

Current Mood: infraggable

(Force doubt)

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
11:37 pm
Poetry Stuff Check It Out Y'all

Took them long enough -- if USC can keep this site up to date, it'll be a great resource for any South Carolinian poet!

I already shot them a message for crediting me with a poem I didn't write ///_~

(Force doubt)

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
1:33 pm
THIS is what a summer RPG blockbuster should look like!

Time to beat it before the new semester...

(1 Contender | Force doubt)

Saturday, July 4th, 2009
1:42 pm

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Saturday, June 20th, 2009
12:29 pm
Virtuous Mission Is Complete!
Held me from midnight to 4 am last night and never let me go. So warm... ///_^

(taken from hiimdaisy)

(Force doubt)

Thursday, June 18th, 2009
4:04 pm
Another Opportunity For Poesy!
From an e-mail I received from the SC poetry initiative...


Discover what Saluda Shoals Park inspires in you. Come create your art - visual, sculptural, literary or performance - amidst wooded trails that wind along the banks of the Saluda River.  This natural setting is the perfect environment for your expression, and a true gift to park guests as they witness your blending of art and nature.

A select group of artists will be invited to participate in unearth 2009.  unearth will be held October 1-4,
2009.  Demonstrations and performances in the park are on October 4th.  Activities include but are not limited to:

· Art demonstration and interpretation
· Musical/dance performances
· Theatrical vignettes
· Poetry readings

To be considered for inclusion in this unique artistic
endeavor, please submit the following to the Saluda Shoals Foundation by June 30, 2009:
· The Artist Application
· 3-5 photos or digital images of your work"

(Force doubt)

Sunday, June 7th, 2009
9:13 pm
Passport Express
Chicago's ALA conference? Hahaha that fell-the-hell through pretty fast, much as I 'd love to see my favorite cousins.

Greece, on the other hand....

*begins begging process with relevant professors/student leaders*

(3 Contenders | Force doubt)

Thursday, June 4th, 2009
3:31 am
Hey! Free Stuff!
Paying this chain-offer forward a friend put out:

The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations, so please read carefully:

1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make. What you get is what you get.

2. What I create will be just for you, with love, or at least with gusto.

3. It'll be done this year.

4. I will not give you any clue what it's going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something internetty. It may be weird or beautiful. It might or might not be edible.

5. I reserve the right to do something strange or quirky, but I promise not to embarrass you in public. I also reserve the right to do something fairly predictable and boring, but with, you know, thought and love.

6. In return, all you need to do is post this text into a note of your own and make five things for the first five to respond to your note.

This offer is null and void if I do not see you post your own note to pay this forward.

Have fun, kids.

(and now ME)

Oh, boy! If you responded to this post, would you get a poem? A book? An attempt at drawn art? A painting, even? Hmmm...!

(7 Contenders | Force doubt)

Friday, May 29th, 2009
5:09 am

(Force doubt)

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
11:22 am

(1 Contender | Force doubt)

Thursday, April 16th, 2009
1:50 pm
Read Up! She Helped Make Reading Better
 from an editorial in the NY Times by Douglas Martin on 4/14/2009

Judith F. Krug, who led the campaign by libraries against efforts to ban books, including helping found Banned Books Week, then fought laws and regulations to limit children’s access to the Internet, died Saturday in Evanston, Ill. She was 69.

The cause was stomach cancer, her son, Steven, said.

As the American Library Association’s official proponent of the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech since the 1960s, Ms. Krug (pronounced kroog) fought the banning of books, including “Huckleberry Finn,” “Mein Kampf,” “Little Black Sambo,” “Catcher in the Rye” and sex manuals. In 1982, she helped found Banned Books Week, an annual event that includes authors reading from prohibited books.

She also fought for the inclusion of literature on library shelves that she herself found offensive, like “The Blue Book” of the ultraconservative John Birch Society. The book is a transcript of a two-day monologue by Robert Welch at the founding meeting of the society in 1958.

“My personal proclivities have nothing to do with how I react as a librarian,” Ms. Krug said in an interview with The New York Times in 1972. “Library service in this country should be based on the concept of intellectual freedom, of providing all pertinent information so a reader can make decisions for himself.”

In 1967, Ms. Krug became director of the library association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, which promotes intellectual freedom in libraries. In 1969, she was appointed executive director of its Freedom to Read Foundation, which raises money to further First Amendment issues in court cases.

The issues have changed over time. In December 1980, Ms. Krug’s observation that complaints about the content of books in public libraries had increased fivefold in the month since Ronald Reagan was elected president was widely reported. In an interview with The Times, she said that many of the complainants identified themselves as members of Moral Majority, a strongly conservative group, but the Rev. George A. Zarris, chairman of Moral Majority in Illinois, denied there was any organized effort.

But the situation illustrated a frequent conflict in issues over library censorship. Ms. Krug pushed what she often described as a pure view of the First Amendment against what her opponents often said was the democratic will.

“What the library associations are trying to do is make the voice of the people null and void,” said Nancy Czerwiec, a former primary school teacher who led the fight to ban a sex education book from the Oak Lawn Library in Illinois.

That controversy was settled when the library agreed to lend the book only to adults.

Ms. Krug later became a leader in fighting censorship on the Internet, an issue taken up by libraries because many people with no computers at home use library computers. The question involved not just a limited number of books for a particular library’s shelves, but efforts to keep theoretically unlimited amounts of indecent material from children by means of technological filters.

In 1997, an alliance of civil liberties groups, with Ms. Krug a principal organizer, persuaded the Supreme Court to strike down the indecency provisions of the Communications Decency Act of 1996.

Jerry Berman, founder and chairman of the Center for Democracy & Technology, which promotes free speech on the Internet, said in a statement, “Her legacy rests in the constitutional challenge that secured the free speech rights for the Internet that we exercise today.”

More recently, Ms. Krug fiercely fought a provision in the USA Patriot Act that allows federal investigators to peruse library records of who has read what. Former Attorney General John Ashcroft dismissed protests about the law as “baseless hysteria.”

Ms. Krug credited her parents as inspiring her passion for free expression. In 2002, she told The Chicago Tribune about reading a sex-education book under the covers with a flashlight when she was 12.

“It was a hot book; I was just panting,” she said, when her mother suddenly threw back the bed covers and asked what she was doing. Judith timidly held up the book.

“She said, ‘For God’s sake, turn on your bedroom light so you don’t hurt your eyes.’ And that was that,” Ms. Krug said.

(Force doubt)

Friday, March 20th, 2009
9:17 pm

(1 Contender | Force doubt)

Thursday, March 5th, 2009
12:29 am
The Bibliography Takes Shape

 *EDIT* Updated! Apparently I can trust Amazon for ISBN's, but dimensions and page counts can get tricky. Not too many fields left to fill out!


(1 Contender | Force doubt)

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
2:29 am
2009: The Tezuka Collection Lands
The requirements for the Book Collection Contest are well within my geekish means. Over 25 of Tezuka's books, can easily write an essay about his stuff, and I plan to "develop my collection" by buying more of his stuff on Amazon and anywhere I find the out-of-print stuff.

The list of previous winners may look intimidating -- Faulkner! Mummies! -- but notice 2005 and 2006 had no award. I think Thomas Cooper Library struggles to get an interested entrant every year. They will not expect the level of interest/enthusiasm of an early-20s comics fan! I am prepared to lower the boom of annotated bibliography on their dull heads and squeeze all the history possible out of stacks of cheaply-printed comics.

And then TCL sends their annual pick to some NY-based collection contest!

Do you feel the love? I am broadcasting on all intimate frequencies over here.

Current Mood: excited

(Force doubt)

Friday, February 27th, 2009
12:32 am

(Force doubt)

Thursday, February 26th, 2009
12:39 am
Patty's Day
The race: http://www.eggplantevents.com/gettothegreenraceinfo.htm

The music festival: http://www.stpatsinfivepoints.com/entertainment.php

So run three miles with 2,000+ people in the morning, wind up at the festival grounds, watch some killer shows, go home without any sort of hangover.

Bands I Know I'll See: Airborne Toxic Event, The Heist & The Accomplice, Josh Roberts & The Hinges

That's the order in which I plan to see them, anyway. Gotta keep a tight schedule!

Also, thanks to my boss/professor, I know how to scalp tickets to sporting events. It was perfectly legal.

Current Mood: you like basketball?

(Force doubt)

Thursday, February 19th, 2009
9:52 pm
The Duck Chronicles, Part Infinity +1

One day, the last shall be first and the first shall be last. And they will all have contributed to and read from the List of Ducks.

Current Mood: hopeful

(3 Contenders | Force doubt)

Thursday, February 12th, 2009
3:32 am
Old Book
The rare book collections curator at USC's Thomas Cooper library told me a couple months ago that USC holds the 4th-largest collection of John Milton in the world. Having enjoyed the recent Milton exhibit myself, I can confirm that USC's holding onto a handsome collection full of history and a variety of illustrated takes on Milton's work. Good job!

Here's an odd position, though: I've been browsing Thomas Cooper for a copy of Paradise Regained (sequel to Paradise Lost), and only one available copy shows up. The check-out-able section of Milton stuff in the university library has a couple of "Lost and Regained" editions, but I jsut want to lug around Regained. There are three books each titled, "Paradise Regained," but they are each books of criticism and literary analysis (snore).

But talk about a diamond in the rough! I only searched so thoroughly because USC has one copy of Paradise Regained for check-out, and the book and its print are small, enough to require good lighting, if not a magnifying glass. The pages are browning, and all the bottom-of-page footnotes are done in a wise, antiquated voice from way back when.

How far back when? This "New Edition" was published back in 1806! I'm flipping through a 203-year-old book! This is a piece of history! USC should store this in a vault or under glass or something -- what if I spill a drink or slobber spaghetti all over this relic? I'm a damn grad student!

Anywho, I just get a small thrill out of reading such an old edition of Milton. BOOKS AND ALL THAT JAZZ.

Current Mood: bookish

(2 Contenders | Force doubt)

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
11:31 am
One of Those Dreams
And in it, Cassandra was pregnant! Also, Tom Waits called me out for having worked in comfy jobs. I think he was also upset that I interrupted him while he was giving Severin fatherhood advice.

All of this took place in a dark theater.


(5 Contenders | Force doubt)

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