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11.41 AM :: More crazy dreams.

I think I've got to let up on listening to the Ricky Gervais podcasts, because at least two of the three dreams I remember from last night included either Ricky Gervais or his writing partner, Stephen Merchant. The dreams may have also been influenced by our watching the final episode of the first series of "Extras" last night.

Dream #1: a group of Japanese artists are presenting their latest works at a gallery opening, but what they haven't told anybody is that the artists have all agreed that their artwork is to be smashed at the end of the show. Somehow the artists begin to trash the artwork during the opening reception, and the owners of the gallery try to get them to stop in a scene reminiscent of the Spike Jonze Gap ad.

Dream #2: Ricky Gervais is working on a new romantic comedy musical, but instead of taking place in a regular theater the production takes place at various locations in London, so you have to follow the actors around the town to see the play.

Dream #3: I'm presenting a script that I've completed to Stephen Merchant, who counters by giving me a script that (he claims) was written years ago. The two scripts are almost exactly identical, line for line, and I agree to rewrite my script.

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05.28 PM :: Breakfast bowl!

bowler forehead

Today we celebrated my recent birthday with a breakfast meal at Pick Me Up Cafe, and then a couple rounds of bowling at Waveland Bowl. We haven't been bowling in quite some time, so we didn't do so hot. Waveland Bowl is one of those places with the weird computer animations whenever you bowl a strike, a spare, or a gutter ball, and it was part of the fun to see the freaky animations that accompanied each ball. So that was a nice day.

After bowling I went over to the Old Town School, because they were having a sale at their music store for OTS members. Unfortunately, the only stuff they had on sale was guitars and amps. Nothing for us ukulele fans! So I had to console myself by simply buying a Members Only jacket.

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05.20 PM :: Holidays.

trimming the MSI tree

Today we went over to the Museum of Science and Industry to decorate a Christmas tree for their Christmas Around the World pageant. Our performance group did a tree for Hawai'i, and we decorated it all nicely with ornaments and garlands and hand-made lei decorating the tree.

One thing that we didn't even think of was how to keep the ornaments on the tree. One of the museum staff gave us a box of green wires that we wrapped around the ornaments' strings, to keep them securely fastened to the branches. So the next time you pass by a decorated tree in a public place, check out the ornaments; odds are they've been fastened to the tree, to prevent children from swiping them and from people bumping into the tree and knocking stuff off.

A full photo set of the tree decorating is here on Flickr. We perform at the Museum's holiday stage in 6 weeks. More info on that when they have a schedule posted.

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04.48 PM :: Beware the fly wife!
I'm frightened of waking up one morning to a fly wife, smart, well-adjusted kids, and a good-ass job. I don't want to be confined to a paint-by-numbers existence. .... I am scared to death of having to work for a living. I'm sure Russell Simmons and the writers for Grey's Anatomy and 50 Cent call what they do work, but it really isn't. (Ronald Clayton)
Don't worry, Mr. Clayton, I'm sure there's a reality TV show somewhere in this world that would love to have you on.

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01.24 PM :: 49 Up!

Excellent film. A group of 14 British citizens have been interviewed every 7 years of their lives on how their lives are progressing, and in 2005 the people turned 49. According to IMDb the original film runs for 3 hours, but the version playing in US theaters runs only a couple of hours. So you have to get the video release to see the full movie. I think it'd definitely be worth it; the interviews were very interesting, mostly because the subjects are having to deal with seeing the resulting films and feeling bad because the director and editors are focusing on certain aspects of their lives for dramatic interest, and not talking about other more positive things in their lives. The whole series of films is out on DVD, and would make a very good present for the person in your life who's interested in interviewing people.

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02.23 PM :: Taking it easy!

In honor of my birthday I am staying home from work and goofing off. I just watched the commentary on the Darkplace DVD, which was not as funny as I was expecting. Best to stick with the show itself.

Tonight I believe I'll be going out to the movies to see 49 Up, the latest in the "7-Up" series of films made for British TV that follows a group of children through their lives, checking in with them every 7 years. I haven't seen any of the previous films, but I think I'll be able to follow the plot: a bunch of kids grow up. There, I've got it.

Okay, off to enjoy the day. See you tomorrow.

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01.35 PM :: Bad Music sample.

"Jimmy Carter Says "Yes""
Gene Marshall

Yeah, it's another song-poem this week, but it's the only thing that I could find politically related this morning. Unfortunately my Spiro Agnew LP developed a skip, or else I'd be treating you all to a dose of his wit. So count your blessings, Chester. Let's all just reflect on the events of the last 24 hours, and let Gene Marshall croon a tribute to the 39th President (he has spoken "yes").

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05.20 PM :: Robyn Hitchcock album name generator.

You don't have JavaScript enabled in this browser, so this won't work for you. Sucka.

 

Just a random idea that I had today. Robyn Hitchcock has a lot of albums whose names are two words long, and they're always two weird words (Groovy Decay, Perspex Island, Gravy Deco, Queen Elvis, etc.), and so I threw together a quick JavaScript function to throw together two random words from a couple of lists. Not the most clever thing, but it amused me for 5 minutes. Enjoy. (And hello in advance to the tens of thousands of Robyn Hitchcock fans who'll be linking to this blog posting. No, I'm not making fun of Mr. Hichcock. I thought he was great in that Denzel Washington movie.)

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01.24 PM :: Yeah, I voted.

My polling place was using optical scanners, so no problems. I even had some information on which judges to vote for, thanks to VoteForJudges.org, a very handy site that collects the ratings of Cook County judges by various bar associations so you know which judges to not vote for. That site should really be expanded to cover more places, because it's very handy information.

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01.46 PM :: Jimmie Vestal!

This week's MP3 is an insane song by Jimmie R. Vestal, a guy who records songs like he's stuck in the 1950s. If you buy his CD at CD Baby you can get a 45 of two of the songs. Jimmie has put together promotional deals for his songs to be used at drive-ins, at a time when drive-ins are few and far-between. The song, "Fishin' Wire Eddy", is a demo version of a song that ended up on a CD. I haven't heard the re-recorded version, but if it's anything like this demo, it's gotta be a treat.

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Today's amusing factoid: the publishers of a new anthology of Dick Tracy comics apparently swiped the book's design from the Fantagraphics series of Peanuts comic strips. Feel free to use that at your next cocktail party.

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