April 10, 2009 · 6:43 pm
Sure, the Bible sequel didn’t pan out. Seems the church wasn’t willing to sponsor the project and adamantly refused to do weekly readings from the new “good book.” Fine. I can live with it. Also, editing the new book with a million covers and titles has proven disheartening, and the publisher is prepared to just call it Swill and release it without my approval. You know what? That’s fine, too. Cause I’ve concocted my surest firest success yet.
Yep, I’m going to get into the world of crank-‘em-out mystery novels. You know the kind – woman in her forties goes into a bookstore, says to herself that she’s looking for something that “looks like something I’d read.” They hit upon the mystery section – bingo! – find a book that seems to have a pattern in its title, almost guaranteeing an extended trip with the same characters down non surprising roads for many books to come, and next thing you know, this slightly pre-menopausal lady is out on the back porch, reading about some taxidermist getting himself stuffed in a department store, populated by wacky employees, and bringing in a wacky detective with wacky neuroses, making for interesting reading and light, fluffy evenings of enjoyment.
How hard could it possibly be? I’ve never even considered writing a mystery novel, but honestly, it’s gotta be ridiculously easy. I’ve read a few of the cheesy variety and you don’t even need a twisty plot. All it requires is a quirky enough detective and a catchy title. So let’s formulate this strategy. Continue reading →
Filed under humor, Publishing, Writing
Tagged as Bookstores, Endicott, Grocer, Hot librarian, humor, Librarians, Milkman, Mystery novels, NY, The Bible Part II, Writing
August 15, 2008 · 4:47 am
As we all know, the Fall of the Roman Empire is considered to have taken place on or about September 4th of 476 A.D. when the last Western Roman Emperor Romulus Augustus was deposed by the general Odoacer, which in essence kicked off the Dark Ages, the Middle Ages, the heyday of the Byzantine Empire, and ultimately, the Bubonic Plague, the Red Menace, and the Slipper That Ate Chicago. Fun stuff. But what has been lost by history is how this was able to take place at all, or moreover, how it all began. Directly enough, the Fall of the Roman Empire was caused by the Great Eunuch Uprising of 476. Continue reading →
Filed under History, humor
Tagged as Anabaptists, Eunuchs, humor, Huns, Julius Nepos, Odoacer, Roman Empire, Rome, Romulus Augustus, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Vandals, Visigoths
August 8, 2008 · 4:38 am
With various polls showing him trailing Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama by a substantial margin, Republican nominee John McCain made a stunning announcement yesterday that he too appeared in the 1987 sci-fi action hit Predator, along side future governors Jesse Ventura and Arnold Schwarzenegger, with hopes that this would convince young voters that he was not only qualified for the Presidency, but also that he was “cool,” “hip,” and “with it.”
“I have been reluctant to share the details of my involvement in the film for many years,” McCain told a surprised crowd at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. “This is mostly because filming occurred during my first run for the Senate, and I thought it would reflect badly if the people of Arizona knew I was skipping off to Mexico for weeks at a time to make this action film. But yes, I too was in Predator. No one has recognized this all these years because I, in fact, was the Predator.”
"Six hours in the make-up chair, every day."
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Tagged as 2008 Election, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barack Obama, Bill Duke, Carl Weathers, Danny Glover, Howard Dean, humor, Jesse Ventura, John McCain, John McTiernan, Kevin Peter Hall, Mike Huckabee, Predator, Predator 2, President, Satire, Sonny Landham, Tim Pawlenty, Vice President
July 18, 2008 · 5:07 am
Shit. This is ridiculous. I’ve been laying here for an hour. I’ve got to fall asleep. I’m exhausted! How the hell is it that I’m not asleep? I’m wide awake! This is bullshit.
“And crazy learner’s permit girl gave me a ride to Babbage’s.”
Aw Christ, and now I’ve got that stuck in my head. Great. I can’t fall asleep and this damn cartoon song is running through my head. Fantastic. I’m fucked. No way I’m going to work tomorrow. But I can’t not go in. But I’m worthless if I don’t get some sleep. Maybe I should take some pills. Maybe I should take some Nyquil. Sarah’s still got some of that Tylenol PM, that shit knocked me the hell out last time. She still has that, right? Did it expire? I don’t think so. But if I get up, it’ll be that much longer before I fall asleep. Continue reading →
Filed under humor, Life
Tagged as Excelsius Dei, Homestarrunner, humor, Inner Monologue, Inner Voice, Insomnia, Nyquil, Science, Sleep, The X-Files
July 17, 2008 · 8:06 pm
The landscape of cinema and entertainment was irrevocably altered on June 28th of this year, with the release of Pixar’s latest computer animated epic, WALL·E, which proved itself to be not only the best yet production of the Disney-owned company, but to be unquestionably, inarguably the greatest motion picture ever made.
- The Best Film of All-Time
That’s right. Ever. And it’s not even close. This is a film in a class so distinctly its own that it barely can be squeezed into the existing parameters of how we define a movie. It so outdoes everything that’s come before that it is almost like watching some new, far superior form of entertainment unlikely ever to be duplicated. Continue reading →
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Tagged as Beethoven, Brahms, Chaplin, Disney, Don Giovanni, Greatest Movie Ever, Hamlet, humor, Hyperbole, Keaton, Michelangelo, Mona Lisa, Mozart, Oedipus, Pixar, Romeo and Juliet, Sarcasm, Shakespeare, Tchiakovsky, Tongue in cheek, Wall-E, WALL·E
July 16, 2008 · 1:11 am
Let’s face it, the nation has gone completely to hell. This isn’t a euphemism either. I believe the explanation for the country’s ailments is that leadership bargained away our collective soul and we are now beginning the descent into the fiery abyss, replete with hot pokers aimed at the colon and demons ready to roast your tootsies on shish kebabs. Better stock up on Bermuda shorts and capris, cause the heatwave is about to become a year round event.
Thankfully, this is an election year, in which new leadership will attempt to right the rickety ship of state, and bring us back to prominence in the global community. America came in just behind Nairobi and Columbia in the popularity vote from this year’s Earth Prom in May (China won again, and we suspect voter tampering as always). Our poor showing may be due to the fact that we brought Iraq, again, as our date, and that bitch is really holding us back on the dance floor. And rumors persist that we’re practically married to that hag by now, and that we’re going to same college in the fall, so there really is no end in sight.
I have assessed the situation to the best of my political science abilities, surveyed the state of things and determined the direction best for this once great land, coming ultimately to two quick conclusions: 1) I know slightly less about international politics than I do about ice fishing and 2) I am primed and ready to announce my candidacy for President of the United States. Continue reading →
Filed under humor, Life, Politics, Work
Tagged as America, China, Columbia, Deep Impact, humor, Iraq, McCain, Morgan Freeman, Nairobi, Obama, Old Style, Oval Office, President, Presidential Election, Prom, White House
July 15, 2008 · 4:35 am
Over the years while writing, or more often reading, I’ve run across a select group of words that I just don’t care for. For the most part it’s nothing I have personal against the words. They never stole my woman or cheated me at cards or lured me into a van with candy as a boy. No, it’s more the manner in which they were foisted on me that grinds my gears.
There are things in this world that I absolutely hate, but the words naming them aren’t necessarily words I can’t tolerate. Panda is a fine example of this. As some of you may know, I hate pandas with all the passion normally reserved by the American male for the NFL, Coors Light, and Las Vegas. I abhor pandas. I can’t stand them. Their entire existence and society’s insistence that it continues despite any bit of interest in it displayed by the fluffy ignoramuses boggles my mind. But the word panda itself isn’t verboten with me. Hell, I liked Kung Fu Panda quite a bit. Continue reading →
Filed under humor, Life, Reading, Writing
Tagged as humor, Ignominy, Kung Fu Panda, Lichen, Liquid, Macadam, Pandas, Rage, Reading, Walden, Writing
July 10, 2008 · 11:57 pm
Back in the day, people used to email surveys around to their friends, with a bundle of generic questions on them, so their friends could get to know them better, and in theory would then fill out these surveys themselves, perpetuating a cycle of information exchange and harmless secrets being divulged.
Then Myspace came along and turned this innocuous novelty into an even bigger pile of time wasting than it already was. Now there were surveys about every stupid thing imaginable, from your favorite sport survey to favorite Gatorade flavor surveys to Do You Remember the 80s? surveys to Do You Remember Last Thursday? surveys. Survey overload commenced, and yet people still fill this silly shit out. Usually it’s the same people filling out essentially the same survey over and over again.
Hey, that’s fine, do what you like, but how do you think the surveys feel about this? They aren’t taken seriously by anyone, not even their moms and pops (which I guess would be the archaic email surveys). They are used to blow a half hour before passing out in the wee small hours of the morning. So what happens when the surveys finally have enough and put your sorry ass in its place? Well, worry no longer, because I encountered one of these pissed off motherfathers the other day… Continue reading →
Filed under humor, Internet, Technology
Tagged as Cartoons, Catholics, Facebook, humor, Kim Possible, Myspace, Online surveys, Priests, Scranton, Surreal, Surveys, The Little Mermaid
July 2, 2008 · 4:39 am
A perfect storm of a media blitz, incessant buzz, A-list filmmakers and cast, and being centered around one of the most beloved institutions of popular culture the world has ever known has created what will likely go down as the seminal entertainment event in the lives of everyone currently sucking oxygen on July the 18th. In a summer that has already born witness to smash critical and commercials hits the like of Iron Man, Kung Fu Panda, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and Sex and the City, the granddaddy of them all is about to be unleashed on a ravenous public, and cinema, humanity, the concept of enjoyment, and the sublimity of being are about to be changed forever.
Space Chimps blasts off in theaters on July 18th. Continue reading →
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Tagged as Andy Samberg, Apollo 11, Challenger, Cheryl Hines, Dumb and Dumber, Eddie Murphy, Fandango, Happily N'Ever After, Hot Rod, humor, Indiana Jones, Iron Man, Jeff Daniels, Joe Somebody, Kirk DeMicco, Kung Fu Panda, Mamma Mia!, Meet Dave, Meryl Streep, Monkeys, Movies, MovieTickets.com, NASA, Patrick Warburton, RV, Sarcasm, Sex and the City, Space Chimps, Spider-Man 3, Sputnik, Steven Spielberg, Summer Movies, Titanic, Tongue in cheek, Valiant, Wall-E