March 2006 Archives

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Here is my Friday Top Ten courtesy of Silent Bob.

1. Tom Traubert's Blues - Four Sheets To The Wind In Copenhagen by Tom Waits
2. Oomingmak by the Cocteau Twins
3. Zooropa by U2
4. Down in the Depths by Lisa Stansfield
5. I'm Diggin' You (Like An Old Soul Record) by Me'shell Ndegeocello
6. Man Who Sold the World (acoustic version) by Nirvana
7. King for a Day by XTC
8. Patience of a Saint by Electronic
9. I Just Wanna Love You (Give It 2 Me) by Jay-Z
10. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? by Prince

And Buddy, stop biting my style, hater.

Love and Mittens,

Rob

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hey everybody! it's time for another t-shirt vote. this is my twister design. hope you like it.

My Threadless.com Submission

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I stole this list idea from Rob (once again another breeder stealing a gay man's idea)

1. Clover Over Dover; Blur
2. I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better; The Byrds
3. Rock On; David Essex
4. Play With Me; Extreme
5. You Sexy Thing (L.P. Version); Hot Chocolate
6. Summertime Blues; Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
7. Gold Plated Door; Evan Dando
8. Poor You; Daniel Johnston
9. Bloodflowers; The Cure
10. Heartbreak Hotel; Elvis Presley

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here is an illustration i did for a stamp project. sad to say the illustration might not make it to the final rendition.

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1. Box Of Rain, Grateful Dead
2. Drift Away, Various Artist
3. Where Did You Sleep Last Night, Leadbelly
4. Lust For Life, Iggy Pop
5. Blue, The Jayhawks
6. Jackson, Johnny Cash
7. Success, Iggy Pop
8. Star Star, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
9. Wicked Little Town, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
10. It Ain't Me, Babe, Johnny Cash
11. Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps, Cake
12. Something In The Way, Nirvana
13. Straight to Hell, The Clash
14. Lovesick Blues, Hank Williams
15. Generals and Majors, XTC
16. The City of New Orleans, Arlo Guthrie
17. My Bonnie, The Beatles & Tony Sheridan
18. London Calling, The Clash
19. Falling From Grace, Gentle Waves
20. Bird on a Wire, Johnny Cash
21. Girlfriend, Matthew Sweet
22. I've Been Waiting, Matthew Sweet
23. Wide World, Wreckless Eric
24. Some Might Say, Oasis
25. Androgynous, The Replacements

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Yay! I heard today that I was accepted into the doctorate program! "Doctor" is almost as good a title as "Admin Tyrant."

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So I have not been refraining from talking about my Walt Disney World trip because I had a horrible time - I have just been busy. Actually, I had a good time at WDW, surprising even (and maybe mostly) myself.

Cinderella's Castle

From everything I had heard about WDW, I was most leery of the much-touted excellent customer service provided throughout the resorts. This made me have visions of harried employees grimly acting appropriately cheerful to avoid getting cattle-prodded by the Mouse. I was pleasantly surprised to find it pretty normal. There were some absurdly cheerful "cast members," but i got the feeling they were that way naturally, and not through employee abuse.

Sorcerer's Hat

The weather was excellent - the first day was a little cloudy, but the others were bright sunshine and in the low 80s. And I think we went at a good time, because although it was crowded, it wasn't the kind of insane crowded that I have heard is possible. I don't think I would ever visit in the summer, what with the crowds and the heat and humidity.

Spaceship Earth

In fact, my only complaint was that it was not relaxing at all. There was so much to see and do, and I only had four full days there to do it in. By the end, my body ws just exhausted. Luckily my ankle held up, although I did have to start taking painkillers by the end, which I haven't had to do in a while. After I came back (to a midterm), it felt like I needed to take a vacation to recover from my vacation. And then I went to Washington to see the panda.

I Heart Carbs
The cutest t-shirt in Disney

All in all, I think I would go back, but I would want to do a much more relaxed, "adult" visit. The weird thing about WDW is that it is just so big and encompasses so much that you can imagine countless trips where you do everything completely differently and never exhaust the possibilities.

Disney-MGM Studios Sign

But I also feel like I am glad I have done it at least just once, so it is not a huge deal if I never make it back there. My problem is, once I have a great vacation, I am torn between going back to the same place, or going to one of the many other new and different places that I have never been before. With so many possibilities, do I really want to spend time someplace I have already been?

Tree of Life and Everest

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Another diner that I barely know anything about (other than that I have been there once) is the Red Lion Diner. I think I will have to make Mike go back there, too, since I hardly remember anything about it. Again, feel free to fill in information in the comments section.

Red Lion Exterior

My ignorance about the Red Lion Diner is so great that I don't even know for sure where it is or how to get there. It is close to Medford, because the one time I did go was with Mike and his parents when they lived in Medford. Which explains why we don't usually go there now, because it is not exactly in the neighborhood.

Neon Lion

I don't remember much about my one dining experience there either. The service was good, I remember. I think I got breakfast. The food was good, too. Basically the only reason we don't go more often is because it is so far away.

Lion

As you can see, they decorate with the lion motif in mind.

Red Lion Sign

I do know that Mike's family prefers it to the Medport, which was closer to their house, so I'm going to give it 3 Coffee Cups based on that and my one barely-remembered experience. Maybe we will stop there on our way to the shore sometime this summer.

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Butterstick in the Tree

Butterstick in the Tree

Butterstick in the Tree

Butterstick in the Tree

Mike and I got tickets to go back and see the Stick again in early April.

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Here is my Friday top 10 courtesy of Silent Bob.

1: Love You All My Lifetime; Chaka Khan
2: It Takes Two; Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock
3: Oblivious; Aztec Camera
4: She Don't Have To Know; John Legend
5: Seguranca; Maxwell
6: Creepin'; Stevie Wonder
7: Home and Dry; Pet Shop Boys
8: Silly; Denise Williams
9: the Corner; Common
10: Set Out Running; Neko Case

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If you have been reading this website for any length of time, then you know that I am a little obsessed with PandaCam, and the baby panda Su Lin in San Diego. Well, there is a baby panda on this coast as well, and his name is Butterstick.

Butterstick on the Tree

Well, that's not his real name, it is the name that some DC-area bloggers have christened him. His real name is Tai Shan. This weekend, Mike and I went to visit him and his mother Mei Xiang in the National Zoo.

Butterstick with Bamboo

The National Zoo is free, but you have to get tickets for a time slot to enter the panda viewing area. I was taking no chances that I would miss the baby panda (since they can't guarantee that he will be out), so I ordered four different time slots, starting in the early morning, when they are supposed to be most active. We got there a little after the zoo opened at 8am. Then we quickly realized we wouldn't even need our tickets, because the Stick and his mom were already out and about, and you could see them from above as well, at the Panda Pavilion. The baby panda bumbled around while his mom ate bamboo, and then disappeared down a little slump. After watching for forty minutes (and taking hundreds of photos), we went around to the ticketed entrance and used our first ticket.

Butterstick in the Tree

We were only there for a few minutes before the Stick emerged again, to the "ooohs" and "ahhhs" of the crowd. It was kind of funny, because they had put metal around most of the trees in their area to prevent the Stick from climbing them, which is typical panda cub behavior. There was only one tree that he could get up in, and it looked well-used. When he climbed up it, the crowd immediately began speculating how he would get down again. "He'll fall out," one woman said. "That's what he always does."

By the time we left to go to the gift shop, I had filled both my memory cards with pictures of the Stick. After the gift shop, we started back to the car, and Mike said, "Let's stop by the pavilion once more before we go." It turned out to be a great intuition, because when we returned, the Stick was wrestling with his mom. I immediately started erasing pictures from the day before to make room for even more panda pictures.

Butterstick and Mom

We left after that, having spent two and a half hours and several gigs of memory on panda photos. All told, a successful Panda Weekend! Except for the pandas, DC was kind of lame. We went to the Smithsonians (Natural History and Air and Space), and they seemed (to me, who'd never been before) boring and outdated, and (to Mike, who had been as a kid) much smaller than remembered. Is there anything cool about DC besides pandas?? The cherry blossoms weren't out yet.

I also went to Disney World last week and returned in one piece, so I will post about that soon, too.

Butterstick in the Tree

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March 1: Philly Film Fest announces genre-film lineup

The Danger After Dark section of the annual Philadelphia Film Festival has always provided a fine showcase for genre fare, and this year’s edition (running March 30-April 11) is no different. A fest source gave Fango an early look at the Danger lineup, and it’s a hot one; the films (exact days and showtimes to be announced) and fest descriptions are as follows:

A BITTERSWEET LIFE (South Korea): This visually stunning tale of gangland revenge from the director of TALE OF TWO SISTERS has style to burn and shootouts that make vintage John Woo look like romantic comedies by comparison. (East Coast premiere)

THE DESCENT (UK): Whether it’s the best horror film of the year (as many claim), or simply the scariest, this British chiller about young women fighting monsters in a cave has become an instant genre classic. (East Coast Premiere)

DISTRICT 13 (France): Action movie as pure, stripped-down adrenaline rush, this Luc Besson-produced futuristic fight-fest has enough acrobatic spills and thrills to make you reel and squeal. (East Coast Premiere)

EVIL (Greece): Greece’s first zombie movie, this apocalyptic bloodbath—a veritable low-budget epic—puts its tremendous energy towards creating a crowd-pleasing “splat-stick” gore comedy. (North American premiere)

EVIL ALIENS (UK): This riotous, comic British science-fiction/horror bloodbath about extraterrestrial visitors with a taste for dismemberment, decapitation, alien impregnation and anal probes has become a recent international film fest favorite. (East Coast premiere)

FEED (Australia): The Danger After Dark gross-out film to end them all, this Aussie thriller about a cop hunting a cybercrime cult devoted to force-feeding obese women to death requires you to have a, er, strong stomach. (North American premiere)

THE GLAMOROUS LIFE OF SACHIKO HANAI (Japan): The only Japanese sex film that manages to combine explicit sequences of carnal lust with discourses on existentialism and a satire on the Bush administration, this movie is an absolute riot.

HELL (Thailand): Like a Bosch canvas come to grotesque life, this grisly Thai horror film bumps off its entire fresh-faced cast and has them spend the rest of the film in the deepest bowels of the landscape of eternal suffering. Enjoy! (North American premiere)

ISOLATION (Ireland; pictured): Genetically mutated cow fetuses terrorize a small farm—a concept which this Irish horror film treats surprisingly seriously, delivering a genuinely scary old-school monster movie.

LADY VENGEANCE (South Korea): The final chapter in director Park Chan-wook’s remarkable “Vengeance” trilogy, this grim tale of a woman seeking revenge for wrongful imprisonment is the most complex and challenging of the trio.

MEATBALL MACHINE (Japan): Full-throttle splatter-ific Japanese cyberpunk science-fiction/horror at its most aggressive, this mind-blower about alien parasites that turn their human hosts into slave “Necroborgs” will leave you dizzy and drained—in a good way. (North American premiere)

REINCARNATION (Japan): Japan’s foremost cinematic master of the macabre, Takashi (JU-ON) Shimizu, returns to Danger After Dark with this SHINING-like tale of a hotel haunted by its violent history. (North American premiere)

STRANGE CIRCUS (Japan): SUICIDE CLUB director Sion Sono is back in Danger After Dark with this disturbing, visually electrifying shocker about a sexually abused young woman and her hallucinatory hold on a constantly shifting reality. (North American premiere) NORIKO’S DINNER TABLE, Sono’s sequel to SUICIDE CLUB, is also screening in this year’s festival, albeit not in Danger After Dark.

TOKYO ZOMBIE (Japan): Japanese horror-comedy at its most outlandish, this hilarious parody of zombie movies features Tadanobu Asano (with an afro!) battling a very funny invasion of the undead. Destined to be a Danger After Dark favorite. (North American premiere)

WILD COUNTRY (Scotland): A Scottish horror film about a werewolf stalking a group of camping teens, this is a fine example of low-budget independent genre moviemaking from a country not often known for its cinematic shockers. (East Coast premiere)

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Special guest Evan joins us for Podcasts 7 and 8!