Dodge (clotildes) Wed 23 Jun 04 07:49
Emy's mom returned Coraline today and she will start on Wolves and I have to bring in a couple more books tomorrow. Coraline doesn't go home with me today though as it has been passed on to my boss for his daughter. I hesitated on that because she's rather younger except she's already read the first 3 Harry Potter books and there's certainly more to terrify in them than in Coraline. Apparently an avid reader this little girl.
Cynthia Dyer-Bennet (cdb) Wed 23 Jun 04 09:50
Have a good break, Will, and come back soon.
the webby updatey (miss-mousey) Wed 23 Jun 04 20:38
See ya Will. Don't forget to let us know you're still alive once in a blue moon. :) Anyone wanting to see photos of the newest addition to the family, as well as a couple of newer pictures of Thing, I've finally put them up: http://www.snafu.org/michelle/thing_e.htm There's a second movie clip that supposed to go up there too, but I haven't downloaded it from the camera yet. On the bright side, I've been on a big kick to get web updating done, which means I'm nearly done putting together all the Burning Man photos from last year (urgh). But after that, the only stuff left to do (webwise) is a page of wedding/honeymoon photos. And since when is 'scrapbooking' a bona fide hobby that requires its own aisle in a craft shop? Sheesh. -squeaks who was glad to find the stuff she'd need, but not at those prices!
Dodge (clotildes) Fri 25 Jun 04 13:28
Got from EBay yesterday, Darth Vader mask - whole head rubber thingy. For a dollar. When I opened the box at work, I called the LotR/Star Trek guy and he rushed over to see it. His comment: When are you going to grow up? Mine: Around the time you do. Never. Gonna put it on one of my wig head thingys and put it on top of a book case on display.
mrs. larson, a.k.a. (miss-mousey) Sat 26 Jun 04 00:56
I just got back from the new Michael Moore movie "Fahrenheit 9/11". Actually, I meant to write about it earlier today, but I got too busy with Life(tm). I guess it's only showing in something like 1000 theatres across the nation, so it's up to the movie-going public to boost the box office rating this weekend and maybe get it showing in other theatres soon. If you're the Michael Moore movie type, or you just want to hear someone else go on about the corruption of our current 'leader', go THIS WEEKEND, when it really counts. I was kind of impressed (though mostly depressed) by the whole thing. Very emotionally wrenching, though. I should have brought some Kleenex. -squeaks very tired and off to bed.
Sharon Lynne Fisher (slf) Sat 26 Jun 04 06:13
I was crying by the opening credits. I'm just so ashamed that this guy ended up President, and I feel so impotent about it.
The scary thing is, Neil doesn't need drugs either! (tinymonster) Sat 26 Jun 04 12:40
Popping in real quick to say: Happy 19th Birthday, Holly! and Whoever's going to the Harveys, have a good time and give Neil a hug for me if you can. (Thought about going up, but weekends are precious and few these days.) Work is finally picking up, so I'm quiet; maybe I'll catch up over the weekend, but maybe not. In the meantime, thank gopod for the "pre" command!
the squeakinator (miss-mousey) Mon 28 Jun 04 11:42
I remember when weekends used to mean something, and that something was "woo hoo!" You know, I'm only working an average of 3 days a week these days and I still have no time to do anything that needs to get done (ack! and now I have two kitties on my lap -one atop the other). Back to working on about 100 hundred projects I'm in the middles of, some of which help pay for things. -squeaks
a freshly-plucked water-vole burbling on about The Hitchhiker's Guide to BBC Radio 7 (daveysnyder) Tue 29 Jun 04 21:18
Today's exasperating news is that I was outbid for a replacement Libretto on eBay this morning. I am only mildly mollified by how far beyond my budget the winning bid was--I couldn't have matched it, but nobody else should be able to spend that much on a laptop that _I_ want... Yesterday's could-have-been-much-worse news is that the suicidal mirror on the bathroom medicine cabinet didn't manage to kill me when it leapt off the cabinet door (all on its own. We speculate that the securing glue simply weakened beyond stability over time) and crashed into the sink. It did get its licks in, though--when I went racing in to the bathroom to find out what had happened and leaned over to turn off the hot water (the mirror had twisted the tap open in its Plummet to Destruction), the edge of the glass sliced my forearm open along a good two inches, and deep. That took long steady applied pressure to close, but no stitches. Christy: So did you get all the /p/l/u/m/b/e/r/s/ wolves safely sealed back into the walls? Will: All success; we'll catch you on the flip side. Squeaks: Scrapbooking is baby-boomers trying to hold on to the intangible; of course it's a large-scale profit margin, er, hobby, now.
Mary Roane (the-roane) Wed 30 Jun 04 11:30
I saw Fahrenheit 9/11 Monday afternoon. It is very good. Go see it. Take some Kleenex. The Terminal is quite good, as well. That Tom Hanks--he can act. Am in the process of turning into Chinese Art Film Girl--have watched many Tony Leung Chiu Wai flix in the past week, and will watch more, as soon as I can find a copy of Chungking Express...... The Orson Scott Card festival *continues*, with the arrival of Shadow of the Hegemon on the day I finished The Crystal City. Will it never end? Mary (who recommends Ïnappropriate Men by Stacey Ballis for summer chick lit reading, as she knows Stacey, and she is a Cool Chick)
she purrs, she meows, she crawls up my leg when I'm typing... (miss-mousey) Wed 30 Jun 04 17:43
eek! Davey! I'm glad you didn't need stitches. Perhaps you should start sending all the breakables in the house to counseling, so they don't get ideas? As for the scrapbooking, in general I agree with you. And it's ridiculous how much they charge for sheets of paper these days. But for big things you want to remember (like weddings), it's kind of nice to have something different from your standard photo album. Then again, if you look at any of my photo albums from the past 5 years, they're not exactly normal any way. note to self - consult Mary when you have questions about Chinese films. :) Sounds like you're having fun! And that Tom Hanks guy, you mean the one from Bosom Buddies? He can act? (insert faux shock here) hee hee. -squeaks who has at least 11 pairs of craft scissors
the 'wrong side of the door' game (miss-mousey) Sat 3 Jul 04 11:06
What is it with cats always needing to be out when they're in and in when they're out? Any way, the reason I'm posting is to remind anyone reading this today that it's Free Comic Book Day. (http://www.freecomicbookday.com) That is all. -squeaks who only hates today because she has to work it
Mary Roane (the-roane) Sun 4 Jul 04 00:16
Neil--Congratulations! I loved "A Study in Emerald" and "Closing Time", but you just reminded me that I haven't read that Nalo Hopkinson collection yet, so I shall go do that ....soon. It's 2:00 a.m. Give me a break! ;-) (For anyone who doesn't know what I'm talking about, Neil won three Locus awards! Check the journal at www.neilgaiman.com ) I wish I'd known about Free Comic Day before now. I always miss it. I should go online earlier in the day, huh? Must crash, because tomorrow the Old 97's, They Might Be Giants, and Counting Crows play for free, and I must be there! Happy 4th, yáll! Mary (reading Clinton's autobio and Shadow of the Hegemon *at the same time*!)
We don't need drugs. We've got KITTEEEEEEZ!!! (tinymonster) Tue 6 Jul 04 14:08
Yes! Congrats on the Locus awards AND the Fountain award! Funny, I just looked at the McSweeney's teaser page for "Closing Time" right before I read that, having forgotten about it for months. Well, I missed saying "Good luck," etc. to Will, but I'm not too late to say: Squeeeee! Michelle, I love your kitty pictures! Thanks for putting them up. "Scrapbooking" has been huge for a few years now, and sometimes it seems that every one of my female friends works as a consultant for a scrapbooking company called Creative Memories. Though candle companies seem to be catching on, too, as in the apparent: *Timeline of In-Home Marketing Party Trends* as calculated by C.J. Smith 70s: Tupperware 80s: Longaberger Baskets 90s: Creative Memories 00s: PartyLites ... Having two kitties piled on your lap sounds like a cool thing to me! Davey -- Great comprehensive pseud. Yep, the wolves all seem to be back inside, though not before one of them flirted with my mother. I still need to move some things back into place, though. Glad you didn't get taken out by the mirror.
We don't need drugs. We've got (tinymonster) Tue 13 Jul 04 07:18
http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal/2004/07/maddys-molar.asp Neil roolz because he gives us Maddy stories. <vbsg>
drive by posting (miss-mousey) Wed 14 Jul 04 19:49
Hey, not sure if anyone here is going to be at Fiddler's Green in November, but: 1.) Jill Thompson has agreed to be a guest there (yay!) 2.) If you're going to San Diego next weekend, we could use a couple more bodies to help promote FG - please drop me a line. -squeaks who prefers to be murderous rather than just plain old mad
We don't need drugs. We've got (tinymonster) Thu 15 Jul 04 09:11
And if you're going to San Diego next weekend, hug Neil for me and then go pick on my brother at the Metropolis Collectibles, Inc. booth! ;) I told Ben about Neil's appearances, though he will probably have to be working the booth instead of actually going to anything. (Neil sounded as though he'll only be there long enough to work, too. I'm learning something about working at a convention -- you can go anywhere you want, if only you had the time!) Re: http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal/2004/07/stardom-of-lorraine.asp , man, Folk Underground supporting Puke and Snot would be a fun thing to see. And I actually did have a little crush on either Puke or Snot the one time I saw them; it was the sharp-looking grey-haired one. Rather unusual, in that I don't normally go for old guys with bodily secretions for names. Speaking of Lorraine, Neil, how is her arm?
Neil frightens children (notshakespeare) Thu 15 Jul 04 09:23
Hey squeaks, How is registration going? One of these days I have to get off the fence and register or not register.
Dodge (clotildes) Thu 15 Jul 04 10:48
Went to Microcenter during lunch to get a keyboard. Ha! Finally put my computer together at home last weekend only to discover the keyboard was the old hurricane ruined one. WHY do I hold onto non-working computer parts? And since it's faster to just buy a new (cheap basic) one than find the box of the many that are still in my 2nd bedroom, I took my lunch hour to drive across the freeway to Microcenter. AAAAaaaaarrrrrgh. They are having a 75% off everything sale and have 6 long shelving units full of discontinued closeout sale items. Many of which I want. I didn't go hogwild. I'm so proud of myself. I got out with just an Epson scanner, a surge plugin thingy, a couple packs of rechargeable batteries and, of course, the keyboard - with mouse and with another special mouse as well. I WANT to go back for the laptop and some other stuff. Sigh. I do need to dismantle my computer and see what fan I have in it as it's making funny noises. MUST resist searching for my credit cards and going back.
We don't need drugs. We've got (tinymonster) Thu 15 Jul 04 11:02
Be strong, Dodge. BE STRONG!
the squeakinator (miss-mousey) Thu 15 Jul 04 12:05
Registration for FG is going ... very slowly. LOTS of people talking about turning in registrations, but either not having the money to do it just yet, or just lacking in other inspiration. We're hoping our presence at San Diego will help a lot. For my part, I think it will. Also, not as a committee person, but just as a Sandman fan, I really think it will be cool. Sandman fans are such a diverse lot that we've got lots of different ideas for panels and things that I think will interest a wide variety of us. Not to mention, most of us Sandman fans are pretty cool people and tend to get along well even when we've never spoken to each other before. Any way, I think if you've got any inclination to go, and you won't go bankrupt from it, then you should register. :) Dodge - You have the will power! Just keep telling yourself "Yes, these things are cool, but do I NEED them?" and I'm sure you'll do alright. Lastly, several of you are cat folks, so I'll ask you. Have any of you ever had the problem of introducing a new kitten to a household with one cat already, then after a week and a half they get along splendidly... then for several weeks they're peachy and cute together, and then they start trying to kill each other? Thing was injured about a week back (neighbor bully cat), was brought into the house FREAKED out of her gourd. Minor puncture wound and a strained muscle. She's nearly fine now, just a minor limp. But a couple of times since then the two cats have, without warning, just looked at each other and gone nuts! Hissing, poofy tails, yowling, followed by trying to kill each other (sadly, not an exaggeration in the least). Sometimes it takes a couple of hours apart and their right as rain again. Once it only took 10 minutes before they curled up together and fell asleep. This time ... well, it's been 5 hours and the little one is still growling at me (presumably because I smell like Thing). Any suggestions? -squeaks
Neil frightens children (notshakespeare) Thu 15 Jul 04 12:09
Unfortunately, the cats sound like they are trying to work out the dominance issue. Since one was wounded, it may be time to pick out a new leader.
Dodge (clotildes) Fri 16 Jul 04 06:30
I take it Thingy was the dominat, original cat? I think this may be symptomatic of the freaky that came with being injured - by another cat. The potential competition is uppermost in the mind. And the injury (weakness) is there too. Possibly when the pain goes away and the injury is healed, they will settle down again. Or they'll work it out and be ok. I'd suggest just give it time and keep separating them when necessary.
Dodge (clotildes) Fri 16 Jul 04 11:57
http://www.405themovie.com/download405.asp Somebody sent this to me in an email. You can play it straight on the screen without downloading. We all were FOTFL here.
death cab for kitty (miss-mousey) Fri 16 Jul 04 12:37
Thanks for the words of wisdom guys. They're doing significantly better today (grumbling, rather than growling, and only half as much hissing, tho' Polly has learned how to spit - gross). That movie is pretty great, dodge. =) Ooh, and anyone who hasn't been reading the journal, it appears as though things are looking up for Coraline, the movie, though it's unclear just how. Still, it makes me happy. =) Off to the daily grind again.
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