September 14, 2014

They Might Be Tunes.

Thank you Moe Lane:

Just, thank you.



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Groundskeeper Willie Speaks on the Scottish Question

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August 30, 2014

I'll Just Leave This Here


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August 21, 2014

Freudian Radio

To my utter astonishment and joy, the car only cost 288 Sacagaweas to be resurrected after rolling an 18 on its "save versus ants" skill. 


As I drove around performing all the errands I had needed to do this week, I listened to NPR's All Things Considered and one of their segments was a special on the 200th anniversary of the burning of Washington DC. Instead of just having some historians come and talk, they did a mock new report...as if NPR was covering it at the time. 


"Boy howdy! Did they ever! "


The NPR reporter was embedded with the advancing British troops . They seemed to imply that the Madisons were having marital problems (not mentioning WHY they left the capital separately). To my surprise. they seemed to give fairly short shrift to Dolly Madison's heroics in getting certain national treasures out of DC .There was no mention of the one other bright spot in the debacle ( The President taking charge and turning what was a rout into an organized fighting retreat, as well as changing the direction of the shattered army towards Baltimore and away from the hinterlands).  One of the embedded reporters noted a Redcoat carrying a decorative pillow as he applied gunpowder paste to the White House. Robert Siegel asked if she meant that they were looting and she said that was not the case, but rather, the British troops were just taking souvenirs. 

An NPR reporter in a tavern tried to interview the American general who had just been defeated, but said officer was too inebriated to say much. 

There was actually some credit given to Madison, though it was for the empty but quite inspirational gesture of having Congress re-convene in the burned out ruins of DC.

Finally, a pair of commentators (actually Historians) discussed what they thought was likely to follow and argued a bit before making different predictions, that, with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight were nevertheless, both highly prescient. 

Not able to be captured in this run-down is the palpable glee with which the whole catastrophe was reported. 

At one point I was actually wondering if this was a parody, but no, it was completely straight, just not terribly self aware. At the end of the broadcast, they were happy and I was perversely amused, so a good time was had by all. 

I guess that counts as some quality radio. 

UPDATE: Duh...It's NPR so the actual broadcast is archived here. The whole episode, most of which lacked the spectacular levels of self parody is here

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August 14, 2014

Gallows Moe

I really should not have been surprised that this exists. And yet....




 Kowaii > Kawaii

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July 29, 2014

TOS Follies

Well, this just popped up in my instant messenger.




So I looked.
It's...special.

Anyway it's below the fold as it might interest some of you who fopllow such matters.

Be warned though that the usual advisory on such documents applies.



more...

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July 26, 2014

Creepy Horror Story Takes Unexpected Turn

Via Ace of Spades, we have a follow-up to that disturbing story about the dolls who appeared on the doorsteps of young girls (each bearing a resemblance to the girls in question). It has been solved. Astoundingly, the resolution did not involve dreadful discoveries in a basement or shallow graves.
It appears that the dolls were intended to be gifts from a woman who attended the girls church.
It was a scary story involving dolls, yet it appears to have just been someone being nice. Who on earth would have expected THAT!?



OK. 
Who else?

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July 20, 2014

A Caption With Worrisome Implications

New Jersey has a snake problem of a sort that is, hype notwithstanding, fairly unremarkable. However, this caption is troubling.




I find that I'm far more alarmed about the 30-40 foot tall man holding it. 

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July 01, 2014

I Would Normally Be Skeptical

...but I got this via Tam, so it must be true.



In these uncertain times it is important to be aware of every weapon at one's disposal.




"YEP!"

(Chen by Kishiri.)


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June 28, 2014

As if the Last Post Wasn't Enough of a Downer

Now there is this unspeakable injustice...




"Halb! Ninduhz sdole by doze!"


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June 23, 2014

Stuff and Things

Apropos the previous post. My utter contempt for the people involved exceeded the scope of my Thesaurus. I don't think I've ever dropped 'f bombs' in a post before and I certainly do not intend to make a habit of it. 


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Frequent commentor Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts makes an interesting observation... 

Send cause concoction towards large zip major naff plastic bag. Increase sirloin to successfully tote  

Well, it might be an observation. 

Of course, given that this faithful commentor has helpfully provide similar insights twenty times this weekend, my first impulse is to violate the promise made in the first paragraph.  It occurs to me however, that perhaps what I need is not a bigger thesaurus, but a cypher.  It could be that this is a coded message and all that stands between me and a great adventure is deciphering this! What if all of these comments, together form a sort of Rosetta Stone that has the potential to unlock the secrets of the Voynich Manuscript? Solving such a puzzle would have the potential to unlock wealth beyond the dreams of avarice. Formidable enemies would seek to suppress that disruptive information, but the potential to bring about a golden age of enlightenment would surely be worth the risk!
Heck, cute girls might talk to me!
If only...I hadn't deleted all those comments....
Once again I have sabotaged myself.

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I may have to check out this show. Not only is this barista into military history, I hear tell she has good trigger discipline too!

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June 14, 2014

Paraskevidekatriaphobia...Missed

I had intended to do two posts yesterday including one on the silly Friday the Thirteenth nonsense. Unfortunately my Friday involved, getting off work late, having my car stuck in the shop (where it remains over the weekend), a letter from the VA telling me I owe them 1800 dollars, an attack of sinusitis and a power failure. 


On the other hand, while yesterday was the only such quirk of the gregorian calendar this year, there will be no less than three opportunities to post on Paraskevidekatriaphobia next year. Also, today has involved leveraging last nights power failure into about 13 hours of sleep, so things are definitely looking up.....embedded video notwithstanding.   




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June 01, 2014

Liebster Award

We here at Brickmuppet Blog wish give our sincerest thanks to Don of Zoopraxiscope infamy fame for nominating this site for a Liebster Award.  This nomination brings with it many privileges...most of which are like those 'privileges' I'm constantly asked to check.

 The Quasi-Official Rules of the Liebster Award

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:
1. thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a "widget” or a "gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
3. answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4. provide 11 random facts about yourself.
5. nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
6. create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
7. list these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)


Don has helpfully provided 11 questions


1. Who should write your biography?

 James Joyce (in the style of Finnigan's Wake). 

2. Who should direct the movie version?

Ridley Scott: Seeing his choices in lighting, set design and camera angles  on the mobile home would be fascinating. 

3. Who should do the musical score for the movie?

The Puppini Sisters. 

4. Please tell a favorite joke (keep it tasteful, thank you).

[ insert joke here ]

5. What book should everyone read?

I'm gonna go with Animal Farm. It would be imprudent to elaborate at this time. 

6. What obscure movie is worth tracking down?

There are many, but the 1916 version of 20,000 leagues under the sea is surprisingly good. 

7. Do you have a battle song, i.e., a tune that you hum, sing or stomp your feet to while on the way to a difficult day at work or an unpleasant appointment?

No. But upon refection, the Benny Hill theme might serve to reduce tension. 

8. What fictional character do you particularly identify with?

Walter Mitty I'm afraid. 

9. Which mode of literature do you find most congenial: comedy, romance (in the Arthurian, high-fantasy sense), tragedy or satire?

Romance ( In the Arthurian Sense)

10. Who is a writer you once thought highly of but have since outgrown?

David Webber

11. What neglected writer, composer or performer deserves rediscovery?

Marguitte Harrison, a producer who's filmography is sparse, but who was a fascinating person people should know more about. 


I am now obligated to reveal 11 heretofore unknown facts about myself...which will be difficult given the sheer banality of my Walter Mitty lifestyle. 

1: I  enjoy spearfishing and SCUBA diving. But have done neither in 3 years. 
2:  I've been blogging since 2003.
3: In high school I was on the chess team, the track team and played the trombone.
4: The only rescue I participated in while on duty with the Coast Guard was assisting in saving a St. Bernard. 
5: I was a college DJ in 1990-91 and 1994-6.
6: The name of this blog is actually a Hayao Miyazaki reference....by way of a wild rose.
7:  I started following anime in earnest in 1987. The format debate at the time was not MP4 or FLV. It was VHS and Beta. 
8: After an Identity theft incident some years ago, I shut down my Facebook account. When I attempted to reactivate it I discovered that I am now banned from Facebook. 
9: #8 does not bother me in the least. 
10: I did community theater for 6 years. 
11: As a cub scout I once had to save a group of children including an infant from a herd of wild hogs.

Now to spread the gift. 

Listen up...

CONGRATULATIONS! 

Here are your questions.
1: The number of states you have visited. 
2: The the number of countries you have visited.
3:What books are you reading now or are on your 'to read' pile?
4: Name a hobby you have that don't involve QWERTY or DVORAK keyboards?
5: You have 1 billion dollars. It must be spent within 3 days. The complicating factor is that it cannot be spent on any property or food for yourself. What do you spend it on?
6: If you had a chance to move off planet, to say the Moon, Mars or a NEO knowing it would take about 10 years to get beyond the "rustic" phase, would you?
7: If you were given (pinky under the nose) ONE MILLION DOLLARS but had to leave the US and never return...would you?
8: Jazz, Electronica or Symphonic Metal?
9: What period of history most interests you?
10:What city would you most like to visit if you had a week off? 
11: Which anime has the highest re-watch value for you?

Your only hope now is to follow the rules above or else an unexpected phone call will surely befall you. 







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May 25, 2014

Well then,


That succinctly explains why those songs are rarely translated.

However, it can be done.... 
more...

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May 15, 2014

Is That Foamy?

(Language warning.)

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