Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Stuff I'm Doing Now

Did a bit more of my scarf tonight while we watched Blade Trinity. It's really strange how the desire to knit comes when I'm watching comic book movies. Go figure.

Am also watching Mrs. Parker and The Vicious Circle, starring Jennifer Jason Leigh as Dorothy Parker. I am watching it in small doses, because it's a really big chick movie. I watch it in the morning when I'm having my coffee. It's a nice way to start the day.

As far as books, I am currently listening to John, a biography of John Lennon by his first wife, Cynthia Lennon. So far, very good.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Kick Arse!

I worked on a bit of my scarf tonight while watching Hellboy and Heroes, which we are planning to watch religiously. One of the characters is a hospice nurse!

Knitting Again!

I've been too ambitious in my knitting in the past. Therefore, I have three or four grossly overdue knitting projects lying around the house, including a much overdue Virginia Tech blanket for my sister- she graduated last year. She can still use it for alumni football weekends, but still, how douchey to put it off so long!

So I'm starting up again, but I'm starting slow. The nubby scarf I started a few weeks ago. Finish the pink Baby Yarn sweater from last winter. Then the blanket. Hopefully it will be finished by the time Shannon's kid goes to Tech!

Wish me luck!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Is it really A Special Thing? A Dissertation of Complaint

NOTE: This is my opinion of my experience. Some may disagree. Don't send hatemail. Thanks.

For a few months now, I've been posting over at A Special Thing.com Comedy Community. It's basically a forum dedicated to comedy, and the main reason I wandered over there was because Patton Oswalt does a Q and A thread, where you can ask him basically anything in the world, and he'll answer. Lately, though, I've become disillusioned with AST for a number of reasons. First of all, although I've met some nice people there, the general populus there can be downright douchey. It is without a doubt the douchiest message board I've been a part of. I kinda expected a forum that attracted comedy fans to be, well, funny and creative. Instead, each day it turns more vapid. The people are less funny as they are cynical and bitchy. No one really puts anything original out there, and usually the common attitude towards everything, from Clerks 2 to The new season of The Office, is pretty much: eh, this sucks. Those who do post encouraging things are often ignored or ridiculed. Flame wars are common and threads are often hijacked with instigators trying to prove who is the biggest geek elitist. Also, there have been times when I've asked questions or contributed something to the board, only to be uber-corrected by someone else or flamed for the question I've asked, thus defeating the purpose of why I am there in the first place. John and I have discussed this liberally and we theorize that a lot of the problem stems from the fact that a lot of these people are younger (late teens) and appear to be followers of My Space, as well as the nu metal and nu punk scenes, since that seems to be a heavy topic of discussion on the board. These things are fine to be into, but I've found that I get along better with people who were less, well, uptight. I'm still lurking on the AST board for nuggets of good info (without it, I would not have found an article in which Patton is interviewed by Brian Michael Bendis, and would not have found a lot of his comics), but also will be slowly breaking away from it in due time. If you like watching nerds fight, go and visit AST.com.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Blogs Aplenty

I've decided to do something a little different here. Since forming a marital unit with the man I adore several months ago, I realize how neglected our co-blog, Floyd Loves Janice has been. Poor little bloggie. To allievate any kind of guilt I have about wasted space, I've decided to make Floyd Loves Janice about us as a fam, and leave this blog for my own little spin on the world- the stuff solely about me. Hence, I've moved the post about the Comedians of Comedy tour Floyd Loves Janice, and will discuss more stuff like road trips and our nutritional endeavors in greater detail there.

Cool Comics

The Last Christmas (by Image): It's the apocolypse, and terrorist have laid the smack down at the North Pole. Santa's now looking a lot like an older Billy Bob Thornton, and when the terrorists kill Mrs. Claus, Santa goes off the deep end. A nice little kid get thrown into the mix, and you have The Last Christmas, which is written by Comedian Of Comedy Brian Posehn. It's pretty funny. Go get it.

Goon Noir #1 (by Dark Horse): Black and white, it's a collection of stories about the seedy underworld of The Goon and his cohorts. This issue features a story by Patton Oswalt, drawn by Mike Ploog- talented as fick. Fun.

JLA: Welcome To The Working Week by DC. Okay, you start to see a theme here. But this little read, also written by Patton and drawn by Patrick Gleason, is a quick, lunch-hour read about a young writer who publishes a Superhero tabloid-type zine who manages to infiltrate JLA Headquarters to see exactly how Batman and Co. really work. Look for a beefy hotter version of Aquaman.

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