tmcg: (happywilly)
Illumination has come out in German. Yay! I got copies today, and family members who can actually read German snarfed them up, so I had only a moment to savor. But I'm psyched.

The weird thing is: On German Amazon, I've acquired a middle initial W. On U.S. Amazon until they fixed it, and still on, for Illumination I've been listed with a middle initial M. Neither W nor M is my middle initial, and I've never used my middle initial in my byline (although I think some magazine printed it once, for some reason I never got to the bottom of).

I can kind of see the M; it's the sort of typo you'd make when you start typing the last name, get distracted, then come back and type the last name in from scratch, leaving the first letter of the aborted attempt as a vestigial middle initial. But the W is a mystery to me.

It's the constellation Cassiopeia of middle initials.

I've been twmed.

tmcg: (Default)
Via [ profile] fastfwd, Knitted Digestive System. This is much more creative than the Visible Man and Visible Woman model kits I had when I was a kid, and appears to have more structural congruity, reducing the likelihood of finding little tiny plastic viscera under the furniture years after an accidental knocking-over; this woollen version you'd end up lumping into a box in the back of the closet, for someone to come across with no small bemusement while, say, helping you sort things for a move.

tmcg: (gargoyle)
Making this was fun--you type in names and Condemn them, Redeem some if you change your mind, then run through deciding who's more evil--but I think some of my Condemned got maybe a little too serious. I also had too many of them, so I had to Squish the theatre talkers and Domino's drivers.

Whoever keeps putting my middle initial on my convention badges
Circle I Limbo

The people who canceled Firefly in favor of "reality" programming
Circle II Whirling in a Dark & Stormy Wind

Cellphone performance artists
Circle III Mud, Rain, Cold, Hail & Snow

Anyone who contributed to making Microsoft Word suck
Circle IV Rolling Weights

People who talk in theatres during shows /// Homicidal Domino's Pizza drivers
Circle V Stuck in Mud, Mangled

River Styx

The corrupt and inept people destroying the library where my friend works
Circle VI Buried for Eternity

River Phlegyas

Racists, homophobes, and the other socially intolerant
Circle VII Burning Sands

Cheney, Rove, and Dubya
Circle IIX Immersed in Excrement

Abusers of children, the elderly, animals, domestic partners
Circle IX Frozen in Ice

Design your own hell


Aug. 11th, 2005 04:44 pm
tmcg: (gargoyle)
Hey, this journal is three years old today. :)

The sky's putting on a fireworks display for the next couple of nights. Around here the best viewing will be after 11pm. If we go out to watch tonight, I'll be in chat on the pretty late side.

tmcg: (pirate)
In other stunningly good news, in one game of pinochle tonight I was able to meld a flush, four aces, a royal marriage, a marriage, and pinochle. I had another straight flush in my hand, too, but it wasn't in the trump suit so it did nothing but confuse me for a while.

Note to [ profile] ferragus and [ profile] dpva: I may soon be in dire need of a game of Fluxx.

tmcg: (happywilly)
Apropos of nothing but how much I suck at geography and how I avoid the G category in Trivial Pursuit as if it were a little blue oval of ebola-anthrax blotter, the drag-and-drop European Geography Level 3.

Apropos of nothing but delight, my blooming spiraea plants continue to attract big, fat, fuzzy, wonderful bumblebees, who go patiently about their work, perturbed by nothing, and make me happy.

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I scored only 5, which was enough to get Bush into second grade. I enjoyed the brainsplats of my misses way too much.

Play the game.

Thanks, Dan and Geoff.

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I want to say that Savage Love is particularly worth reading this week. But it's particularly worth reading every week. So I'll just say that after it's about activism, it's about the beauty and (one can always hope) power of language. There's more along the latter lines in an older column here.

tmcg: (googlewilly)
Found inside the pressure cooker today when I went to clean it out for dinner:

A June Tabor CD (Against the Streams)
A white cardboard tab
A paperback copy of The Low-Carb Cookbook
A paper clip
A .60mm nylon guitar pick

Can the contents of inappropriate containers be read like tea leaves?

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My Unitarian Jihad Name is: Sister Rail Gun of Compassion.

Get yours.

Via Electrolite.

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I had a link for Michael Jackson's "Thriller" music video remade entirely with Lego figures. I lost it. That may be for the best.

[ profile] fastfwd posted this link. It's better. Go there.

tmcg: (Default)
I'm finding myself tempted to become enamored of Uglydolls.

tmcg: (Default)
Via [ profile] planetalyx, who got it from [ profile] jaylake: this. Especially for [ profile] akaspeedo (note the head-to-head comparison with a video card).

Some secret diary entries from [ profile] beth_bernobich.

Via [ profile] lindajdunn:

fencing quiz )

Oh, and these pictures (link Googled) came in email, and maybe it was funnier when I opened them up one at a time because my mailreader won't open anything I don't expressly tell it to, but I admit it, they made me laugh pretty hard.

tmcg: (duet)
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

And happy birthday to my dad. Wish he were here. Kinda think maybe he is anyway.

tmcg: (happywilly)
One of [ profile] thirdstreet's skits is a regional finalist in the Stand and Deliver Comedy Contest on CBC Radio One. Way to go! You can listen to "Gay Marriage--A Year Later" (and vote) here. Voting deadline is midnight Eastern on Thursday, March 17th.

Dan Persons has some more interviews up at

Bob Balaban on his role in Mamet's Romance

The directors of the mockumentary Mail-Order Wife

Bite Not

Mar. 14th, 2005 12:20 am
tmcg: (kimba)
I meant to post a while ago about Bite Not collars. They're a great alternative to (clunky, awkward, miserable) Elizabethan collars for pets that have to be restrained from, say, chewing at sutures. Right now they're available only through vets, but my vet doesn't stock them and if not for a sympathetic vet tech (brainstorming with me on possible solutions for a Harry Houdini kitten) I wouldn't have known they existed. Alas, the small size isn't small enough for kittens, but I'm keeping the one I picked up; it's good to have on hand.

tmcg: (googlewilly)
Today's results from the Surrealist Compliment Generator. Found poetry?

Thine right eye so plitherates that thine left eye doth graze upon it.

You have been blessed with the egregious qualities of a duffel bag in His Majesty's Royal Navy.

You are as frightful as an engine developed solely for the countenance of sexual innuendo by country music.

My elbow sockets sharpen pencils when you pass by on divine fumes of industrial combustion.

Entranced by the bitter harmony of your lips, I gaze beyond reason to find the oasis of your ruptured soul.