Monthly Archives: January 2007

And the nominations are…

Complete list of Academy Award nominations

I haven’t seen any of the movies up for Best Movie, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Anything, or Best Director. I’ve seen one of the nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay, and I hope Borat doesn’t win. I’ll be rooting for Cars in the Animated film category, and Pirates of the Caribbean in the handful of technical categories it’s nominated for.

Excerpt you might otherwise not notice…

23. Live Action Short Film:
“Binta and the Great Idea (Binta Y La Gran Idea),”
“Eramos Pocos (One Too Many),”
“Helmer & Son,”
“The Saviour,”
“West Bank Story.”

It’s unfortunate there’s no category: Best Actor in a Live Action Short Film.

I know my Bible

You know the Bible 85%!

 

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses – you know it all! You are fantastic!

Ultimate Bible Quiz
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I’m particularly proud of my results considering the sheer number of questions based on several books from the ‘alleged’ NT.

For Stephen King fans…

Fan of Stephen King?
Fan of the Dark Tower series?
Did you know that there’s a comic book series being released by Marvel based on The Dark Tower?

Issue #1 is hitting comic bookstore shelves on Wednesday, February 7th, though Marvel is allowing stores to open at 12:01 am. And about 150 stores are doing it.

In Missouri three stores are:

Comic Relief
1325 N 2nd Street
St. Charles, MO 63301
www.comicbookrelief.com

Comic Relief
15425 Manchester Rd.
Ste. 8
Ballwin, MO 63011

Dragon’s Lair Comics
1400 W. Battlefield
#100
Springfield, MO 65807

King was smart, and instead of writing the comics himself, when he has no experience writing comics, which is a different medium than novels entirely, he let Marvel select one of their top writers — Peter David.

I’m not going to be there. I will likely pick up a copy of the first issue at least. I used to read a lot of King’s novels. Haven’t for several years, though. I’ve read several Peter David novels, and comics, and have enjoyed them immensely. But none of the stores are close, and this is a weeknight. I’ll be getting my copy from All American on Chippewa.

For Stephen King fans…

Fan of Stephen King?
Fan of the Dark Tower series?
Did you know that there’s a comic book series being released by Marvel based on The Dark Tower?

Issue #1 is hitting comic bookstore shelves on Wednesday, February 7th, though Marvel is allowing stores to open at 12:01 am. And about 150 stores are doing it.

In Missouri three stores are:

Comic Relief
1325 N 2nd Street
St. Charles, MO 63301
www.comicbookrelief.com

Comic Relief
15425 Manchester Rd.
Ste. 8
Ballwin, MO 63011

Dragon’s Lair Comics
1400 W. Battlefield
#100
Springfield, MO 65807

King was smart, and instead of writing the comics himself, when he has no experience writing comics, which is a different medium than novels entirely, he let Marvel select one of their top writers — Peter David.

I’m not going to be there. I will likely pick up a copy of the first issue at least. I used to read a lot of King’s novels. Haven’t for several years, though. I’ve read several Peter David novels, and comics, and have enjoyed them immensely. But none of the stores are close, and this is a weeknight. I’ll be getting my copy from All American on Chippewa.

RIP Art Buchwald – 81

The Washington Post has a great article on Art Buchwald.

My favorite Buchwald column isn’t mentioned in that article though, perhaps because Buchwald didn’t write it. Buchwald’s friend, Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, did. Buchwald published it in his column though, and it possibly had historical, as well as hysterical results. A 2003 Natiional Review article has the story:

The next year [1972], Seuss published Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! Like The Cat in the Hat, it’s an early-reader book meant for kids who are just getting started:

The time has come.
The time is now.
Just go.
Go.
GO!
I don’t care how. …
Marvin K. Mooney,
I don’t care how.
Marvin K. Mooney,
will you please
GO NOW!

Here’s how the Morgans describe the book’s political legacy in their biography: “In the spring of 1974, as the Watergate scandal neared its climax, Ted met the satirist Art Buchwald at the San Diego Zoo, and they became mutually admiring friends.” Soon after, Buchwald dared Seuss to write a political book. Eager to comply, Seuss “grabbed a copy of Marvin K. Mooney and, with a few strokes of a pen, deleted each mention of that name and substituted the name of the president.” On July 30, Buchwald’s syndicated column was based on Seuss’s revisions: “Richard M. Nixon, will you please go now!” Nine days later, Nixon really did go — he resigned — and Seuss was delighted. “We should have collaborated sooner,” he wrote to Buchwald.

How to look on the ocean that is Shakespeare Hugo

Victor Hugo, in 1864, published a work entitled William Shakespeare. He began to write it as an introduction to a French translation of Shakespeare’s plays written by his son, Francois Victor. But it got longer and longer, and by the time he finished it, he realized 300 pages is too long for an introduction. So he wrote another introduction for his son, and published his work separately.

[Now you may understand why Les Miserables is 1500 pages. Victor Hugo was unfamiliar with William Strunk, Jr.’s sage advice: Omit Needless Words. Mostly because Elements of Style was first published 33 years after Hugo died. Strunk’s advice however wasn’t for Hugo. It was for the average writer. No one really cares if John Newmark thinks St. Louis’s sewers are symbolic of a tortured mind. However, Hugo can take the reader on a journey through the sewers of Paris, and the reader is enchanted. (Or some readers at least.)]

Sorry, I digressed a bit there. There were some French critics who suggested that the work, William Shakespeare, was mistitled. They suggested it should have been entitled Myself. I’ve only read the first chapter so far, but I suspect they’re right. But I’m going to keep reading, because I’m more interested in that subject anyway.

For those who think something written 150 years ago can’t speak to today, here’s one quote from the first chapter:

“That arrogance in commanding, which proceeded so far as to give orders to men’s thoughts, characterized certain ancient governments newly arrived at one of those firm situations where the greatest amount of crime produces the greatest amount of security.”

I’m trying something new. I am reading a book simultaneously with typing it in. This could take me awhile. Most of what I’ve typed in for my Victor Hugo site has been short, like poetry, and essays. Some might point out that one can read it online, though that’s scanned text, which is less easy to read. There are also programs that can convert PDF to text via “optical character recognition” but the resulting file still needs to be read line by line and edited because there are always mistakes. And when I’m done, I can give the text to WikiSource, like I did with Claude Gueux.

Meme Time: When I Was 18…

My birthday’s approaching so I thought this could be fun. Three Parts.

Part I Found on Blog on the Edge of Forever

NSTRUCTIONS
1. Go to http://popculturemadness.com/Music/index.html, and find the greatest hits for the year you turned 18 (on the left-hand side)
2. Select at least the first 40
3. In some way categorize them into these 4 categories (Some people like bold, italics and strike-thrus. Others like lists.

(I threw in two songs lower than 40 on the chart because I felt like it.)

Like

8. La Bamba – Los Lobos
9. You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon
20. (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) – Beastie Boys
47. Dude (Looks Like A Lady) – Aerosmith
61. Touch of Grey – Grateful Dead

Hate

Indifferent

1. Living On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
2. Mony Mony – Billy Idol (1st released in 1981)
4. Lean On Me – Club Nouveau
11. Faith – George Michael
13. Bad – Michael Jackson
18. Girls, Girls, Girls – Motley Crew
26. Funky Town – Pseudo Echo

Not Familiar With

3. (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
5. Songbird – Kenny G
6. Always – Atlantic Starr
7. Oh Yeah – Yello
10. With Or Without You – U2
12. Don’t Give Up – Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush
14. It’s Tricky – Run DMC
15. You Got It All – the Jets
16. U Got The Look – Prince
17. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2
19. Didn’t We Almost Have It All – Whitney Houston
21. Keep Your Hands To Yourself – Georgia Satellites
22. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) – Whitney Houston
23. The Lady In Red – Chris Deburgh
24. Brass Monkey – Beastie Boys
25. La Isla Bonita – Madonna
27. Girls – Beastie Boys
28. Wanted Dead Or Alive – Bon Jovi
29. The Final Countdown – Europe
30. True Faith – New Order
31. Open Your Heart – Madonna
32. Where The Streets Have No Name – U2
33. Casanova – Levert
34. Looking For A New Love – Jody Watley
35. In Too Deep – Genesis
36. Let’s Wait Awhile – Janet Jackson
37. Tonight, Tonight, Tonight – Genesis
38. Somewhere Out There – Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
39. Rhythm Is Gonna Get You – Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
40. Shake You Down – Gregory Abbott

Part II and III are based on the above, but I had to do a little searching to find the lists.

Part II

1. Go to http://www.hawes.com/no1_f_d.htm and find the list of #1 books (NY Times Bestseller List) for the year you were 18
2. Select all of them (Since books stay #1 on the NYTimes Bestseller List for multiple weeks, there might only be ten or so)
3. Categorize them similarly to the music above

Like

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King (Viking) – February 1, 1987
Misery by Stephen King (Viking) – June 7, 1987
Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow (Farrar, Straus) – July 26, 1987
The Tommyknockers by Stephen King (Putnam) – November 29, 1987

Hate

Indifferent

Unread

Windmills of the Gods by Sidney Sheldon (Morrow) – February 8, 1987
Fine Things by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) – March 29, 1987
The Haunted Mesa by Louis L’Amour (Bantam) – May 31, 1987
Patriot Games by Tom Clancy (Putnam) – August 2, 1987
Kaleidoscope by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) – October 25, 1987

Part III

1: Go to http://theenvelope.latimes.com/extras/lostmind/ratings/ratings.htm for the top rated television shows for the year you turned 18 (stats for 1950-2004) Since the seasons run Fall to Spring, if you were born in the summer, choose the season before or after.
2: Categorize them into the following: Those you watched regularly, those you sometimes watched, those you never watched, those you’ve never heard of.

Watched Regularly

1 – The Cosby Show
2 – Family Ties
3 – Cheers
7 – Night Court
8 – Growing Pains
10 – Who’s the Boss?
12 – Newhart
30 – Head of the Class

Sometimes

5 – The Golden Girls
14 – 227
16 – CBS Sunday Night Movie
17 – NBC Monday Night Movie
20 – NBC Sunday Night Movie
28 – Alf

Never

6 – 60 Minutes
4 – Murder, She Wrote
9 – Moonlighting
11 – Dallas
15 – Matlock
18 – Monday Night Football
19 – Kate & Allie
21 – L.A. Law
22 – My Sister Sam
23 – Falcon Crest
24 – Highway to Heaven
25 – Dynasty
26 – Knots Landing
27 – Miami Vice
29 – Hunter

Hunh?

13 – Amen

Now you know a lot about what I was interested in 20 years ago.