Happy Centenary

On Tuesday the 12th, children’s author Beverly Cleary turns 100.  I remember reading her Henry Huggins and Ramona the Pest books when I was four or five; I still remember fair chunks of them — Henry trying to get his dog on the city bus, Ramona thinking ‘a quarter past eight’ was 8:25, since a quarter is 25¢ — and I hope they’re still in print.  They were well written, funny, and maybe more to the point relevant: certainly I knew kids like those in her books.

No doubt they’d seem old-fashioned by now, but there’s nothing wrong with that.  We really did used to go outside and play before there were iPads and PlayStations.  I can highly recommend it.

Because she made me do it.

What the hell, I haven’t memed in ages.  Schnarfed from Az:

I am in high school
I am in college/university
I’ve graduated college/university
I like my job
I’ve worked a job I’ve hated
I’ve never had a job
I am shorter than 5’5
I wear glasses
I have a tattoo
I have more than one tattoo
I don’t have tattoos but I want some
I’m vegetarian
I have allergies
I’m self-conscious about my body
I’m sarcastic when annoyed
I’m shy (for which I try to cover with humor)
I’ve been called over-emotional
I have a strange sense of humour

I’m atheist
I have red hair
I have blonde hair
I dye my hair regularly
I wear a piece of jewelry at all times (never, not even a wristwatch)
I am an only child
I have more than three siblings
I have a niece (two)
I have a nephew
I’ve failed a class
I couldn’t choose a favourite song

I can play an instrument (more than one)
I can speak two or more languages (sorta, and I can read about five or six)
I’ve hugged someone in the last 24 hours
I’ve kissed someone in the last 24 hours
I have a best friend
I’ve known my best friend for more than 10 years
I have met a friend from the internet (hell, I’ve met a partner on the internet)
I’ve kissed someone of the same sex
I’m in/have been in a long distance relationship

I’ve had a one night stand
I’ve had sex in the past month
I’ve been dumped more than I’ve dumped someone
I’ve cheated on someone
I’ve met someone famous
I’ve been out of my home country

I’ve broken a bone
I’ve spent more than six hours straight online (pff!  Six?  Amateurs!)
I’ve done volunteer work
I’ve won a prize at school
I have friends who are married
I have friends who have children of their own
I have been in a wedding party

I’ve ridden in a limousine
I am a morning person (much to my shock)
I am a night owl
I like anime
I like Disney movies
I like comedies more than action films
I like action films more than comedies
I always order dessert
I hate fast food
I can’t cook
I enjoy puns
I enjoy being alone

I read for pleasure
I don’t play video games
I believe in ghosts
I believe in aliens (but not that they’ve been here)
I enjoy conspiracy theories (and think they’re all bullshit)
I’ve been somewhere considered ‘haunted’
I’ve stayed up all night for no reason
I’ve had a Skype call with more than four people
I can’t keep secrets
I’m good with children (odd, considering where I work)
I’ve cheated on a test
I’ve watched an entire season of something in one day
I am wearing something green right now
I am wearing something yellow right now
I am wearing something purple right now
I’ve never tried alcohol
I’ve had alcohol while underage
I’ve played a drinking game

I’m scared of snakes
I’m scared of heights
I’m scared of spiders
I’m scared of clowns
I collect stamps
I collect comic books
I keep old bus/train tickets
I have more than three keyrings on my keys (I have three exactly)
I don’t know the words to my national anthem
I’ve been to a professional sports game
I’ve had my hair cut in the past month
I’ve cosplayed
I can’t swallow pills
I miss someone right now

I am very happy with my choices

I can’t imagine any of the Repubs handling these questions with the same ease and humor.



It’s been 15 years, the long national nightmare is over…



At least three new episodes of MST3K are going to be made!

Ten years already? Wow.

That’s how long it’s been since my last cigarette.

Can I have a “Woot!”?

Can’t handle any more good news, but sure, bring it!

Okay, between the Philae waking up and the New Horizons mission and the new job and a whole bunch of other things, I thought that pretty well should handle my quota for good news this summer.

Nope, here’s a goodie for everyone: Bloom County is back!  And, weirdly, providing the first good reason I’ve ever seen to visit Facebook…

What’s new around here?

Not much.  I’m just permanently employed for the first time in five years.  Can I have a “WOOHOO!”?


I don’t often shed a tear over the news, and even more rarely one of happiness.  I really hadn’t expected anything quite so sweeping; I figured there would be a narrow decision requiring states to recognize marriages performed in other states and then punting on the question of equal marriage.

There have already been marriages in downtown Columbus, right out in front of the county courthouse.

And if this isn’t a reminder of the dangers of a Republican administration next year — what kind of person do you want named to the court in case of a vacancy?  Someone who believes in equal protection under the law, or another Scalia?

Today, perhaps, the country changes.

It’s a little weird to contemplate that when I wake up around noon, equal marriage may be the law of the land by Supreme Court decision.

May be.

It’s appalling that we can’t be sure of the outcome in this day and age.  The correct decision is blindingly, agonizingly obvious, and yet we cannot be sure that the Supreme Court will reach it.

It’s my bedtime now.  I really hope that when I wake up, it’s in a better, more equal country.

File under: so wrong it’s right

Funniest thing I’ve seen in a while: voice actor panels at Emerald City Comic Con where they, uh, reinterpret the Star Wars scripts.  They’ve got through the first two movies; one hopes they’ll be doing ‘Jedi’ eventually (looks like they didn’t have a voice talent guest list this year).  Jim Cummings’ ‘Darth Pooh’ is disturbingly hilarious.  :D

Not generally work safe, once they get good and going…

Part 1 (2012)

Part 2 (2013 1st set)

Part 3 (2013 2nd set)

Part 4 (2014)