A quote from a Fox News anchor is making it’s way around the tumblr-verse.
“He’s abandoned some of our key allies like Israel, Poland and Czechoslovakia.” ~Fox’s Liz Cheney attacks President Obama over a country that doesn’t exist anymore (via mediamattersforamerica)
Of course, one has to have a lot of fun at the expense of someone who mistakenly identified a country that hasn’t existed in twenty years.
Don’t get me started on Obama’s treatment of Prussia. A damned shame, that is. (via savagemike)
Personally I’m annoyed about his policies towards Hyperborea, Narnia and Middle Earth. (via iandsharman)
He has been really harsh on the Hyporborians, hasn’t he? (via spastasmagoria)
He hasn’t even weighed in on the scandal in Bohemia. (via alexandraerin)
When is Obama finally going to take a hardline with the USSR? I don’t like how they’re treating East Germany. (via alexcranz)
And what, exactly, is Obama’s policy on Cathay and Atlantis? (via gailsimone)
Better than his policies in regards to Lemuria. (via commodore-sparklebutt)
Obama’s Agarthan strategy drives me to tears of rage. (via melancthe)
You know I heard his family originates in Hibernia, but he never mentions it. Like he’s ashamed of it. (via dimbosama)
I’m simply curious as to whether or not we are, or ever have been, at war with Oceania (via neroon)
And he didn’t even send ambassadors to Westeros to help resolve that petty little war they were having! What the hell, Obama?! (via lonelywerewolfgirl)
And what about Genosha, goddamit? (via gokuma)
Forget Westeros. GALLIFREY IS GONE AND HE DID NOTHING TO HELP. (via ms-meryl)
Man, Obama really mishandled tensions between Ankh-Morpork and Agatean Empire. (via johanirae)
Obama ignores Latveria every time he goes to Europe. We could really use their cheap labor to produce our own Doombots. (via finaldisciple)
Tensions between Florin and Guilder are at an all-time high. Why doesn’t Obama intervene regarding the kidnapping of Princess Buttercup?! (via missworded)
The fact that Obama hasn’t weighed in on the Tortall-Scanra conflict is an outrage. (via crystalzelda)
I’m still waiting to hear Obama’s stance on the conflict between Romulus and Vulcan, and if he supports reunification. And don’t even get me started on the rising tensions between the Caitians and Ferasan. (via timholtorf)
The notes of this have hundreds more. Click the link and have a chuckle.
- Fox News flubs on Obama pirate picture (EndtheLie.com)
- Jon Stewart Blasts Fox News Over Romney Video: ‘Chaos On Bullsh*t Mountain’ (mediaite.com)
- Fox News Spends Better Part of America Live Whining About Obama Campaign Flag, Comparing It to Bloody Consulate Photo [Video] (gawker.com)
- Video: Comedian Poses as “Former Obama Supporter” During Interview, Punks Fox News (complex.com)
- Liz Cheney accuses Obama of abandoning non-existent country ‘Czechoslovakia’ (rawstory.com)
Maybe it’s just me, maybe it’s just the fact that there was a piece of literature out there that I enjoyed a great deal and fell in love with the comedy of it’s words. Thanks for the fish. Don’t panic. Always remember your towel.
I awoke this morning with the not so subtle reminder that today is Towel Day. There on my tumblr dashboard was something that told me not to forget my towel.
I was excited. Filled with girlish glee (and I am comfortable in my manhood to say I was indeed filled with girlish glee), I set forth to spread the message of the day. Naturally, I thought one way of doing this would be to venture into the gaming world of Champions Online. I would take the character I fashioned for the Rocket Fox series and go into a populated area with her towel. One of the more populated areas that players go to happens to be called, Club Caprice. So there I was, playing the role of Senia Felix, commander of the Royal Vulpine Armada’s Nighthawk class deep space fighter. I walked up to the bar, order myself a tea and scones, and made certain that every time I said something or described an action, that the towel would also be mentioned.
Hang the towel over a shoulder.
Use the towel to wipe off the counter of crumbs.
Slip the towel into the weapons belt.
Much to my surprise, and my chagrin, there was no reaction. None at all.
Granted, I do know that some players have identified anyone playing an anthropomorphic character as a “furry”, and there is a lot of stereotypical baggage that comes with that sub genre. Those players often ignore such characters. Their loss, really. Especially when dealing with the members of the Royal Vulpine Armada. Granted, there are those who are mildly entertained by Senia’s actions; an incredibly intelligent mind in such a small frame. A military officer sworn with a duty to protect and keep the peace. A dedicated explorer.
But what I was really disappointed with was there was no reaction at all, even from those that Senia spoke to and interacted with, who mentioned the towel. Who got the reference. Even when some had to leave, there was no comment to “As the intergalactic saying goes, don’t panic” whatsoever. There wasn’t even a reaction to the comment “thanks for all the fish” upon my leaving the club.
Perhaps it was just the morning crowd. I’ll have to try again this evening.
- It’s Towel Day (travelbetweenthepages.com)
- Interstellar Hitchhikers, Rejoice: It’s #TowelDay! (geeksaresexy.net)
Get excited for a four day weekend and all the writing you can get done is just like…
And then the realization that you have a lot of writing to do based on the plot points you want to put in and the character descriptions and scenes and you’re like…
A long day at work yesterday and an early day at work today, makes for a very tired Tim.
There has been a definite lack of postings today. Even reblogs or likes.
So, I will make up for it with funny pictures.
Commentary? Who needs commentary? It’s freakin’ owls!
…here in the office, only much funnier.
Tuesday’s where I work are high pressure. That is in a good way, of course. Because we are growing closer and closer to the deadline when pages have to be sent to the press for the weekly newspaper. If that means we have to stick around until 9 at night, then that’ what we do. I’ve done that before, and let me tell you, it is tiring.
Often when we’re in set up mode, we come up with interesting, albeit by accident, funny moments. One such funny moment came while I was typing up the local news. I should explain, by local news I mean the community news. Specific to small towns in the area. Much like the Globe and Mail having a few pages dedicated to The Prairies, our news paper has a few column inches dedicated to, oh say, Conquest. Yes, that’s the name of a small village. On this particular day, I was typing away what the “correspondent” had sent in. Not all those who write the local community news have access or the know how to operate a computer. Yes, the population of our readership is aging. But I digress…
A lot of times when I’m typing, my fingers fly faster than what I try to get out in my head. It’s worse when I’m typing someone else’s written words. Thank goodness for lessons in cursive writing in school so I can read their writing. However, on this day I became aware just how close the “I” and the “O” keys are on the keyboard, and a simple slip can make a sweet, innocent word become rather vulgar. Possible. That was the word. Good thing I proof read, otherwise “pissable” would have made it into the paper. And the way things go, readers remember your screw ups much more than the awesome things you did.
The other humourous thing today came in the form of a conversation. Between all three of us in the office… yes, it’s a small office… we were discussing what should go on the front page. Our publisher started off with…
“We need a photo for the front page.”
“What about from the rodeo?” asked our reporter.
PUB: “Yeah, get that picture with the guy on the horse.”
ME: “That narrows it down.”
All in all, just another day in our little newspaper office.
Starting this week off with a cute short video entitled At-At Day Afternoon. Putting the massive Star Wars AT-AT in the life of a dog. Filmed by Patrick Boivin.
This weekend Canadians and Americans will celebrate the founding of their countries. The comedy troupe Back Of The Class has some fireworks tips. Note: these are not things you should do.
The Victoria, British Columbia comedy troupe Loading Ready Run has an informative and historically educational take on Canada and the anthem, and offers a suggestion for a new, and updated version.
Patrick Boivin comes in again and offers up, what would Tony Stark have been like if he’d been a bit younger. Okay, a lot younger, when he created the Iron Man suit.
And last but not least…
Wow! Just… wow!
Sometimes, every now and again, you will find that one thing which you can’t stop watching. It may be the most hideous thing you’ve ever seen (like the scene in Hannibal, with Ray Liota at the dinner table, and the… yeah, you know the one, although my girlfriend at the time and I both covered our eyes while her co-worker kinda giggled, which was sorta disturbing in a way). You know those times. It’s not just a train wreck, although it could be. But it’s the type of thing you can’t stop watching. Like when Britney Spears went insane and shaved her head.
There’s a description of that. One that perfectly describes the situation in only the way a picture can.
Until next time…
…keep ‘em flyin’!
This week I’ll kick things off with something educational and equally awesome. Members of the metal band Amon Amarth give a lesson on how to make honey mead. Amon Amarth is a metal band from Sweden, and they act very Viking indeed, as many of their songs include the titles Twilight of the Thunder God and Guardians of Asgard. Who says that metal bands can’t teach you stuff.
We go from Vikings and Mead in Sweden to wolf packs in Texas. Werewolves are real! Well, sort of. Seems that groups of students in several schools in San Antonio have started a different kind of clique. It’s called wolf packs. As one parent says “if this is the worst my son does in high school, I’m blessed.”
From werewolves to regular wolves. LaDiDa created a piece of music using the main line for the melody from real wolf howls. Check it out.
A week can’t go by without some video with cats. It’s inevitable. Here’s cats describing the series Lost in less than a minute and a half.
Ten genres of metal in three minutes. Throw the horns and give it up for Razbenari!
With that, time now for Amon Amarth to lead us out with Twilight of the Thunder God!
Forgive me for using the title of an old Peter Wolf tune, but it fit.
Recent storms in this area, which have included rain and heavy wind, have caused massive power outs. While I’m not exactly dancin’ in the dark, with the recent power out, I learned just what exactly I couldn’t do.
Laundry? Nope. Power is needed to run the washer and dryer. Which in this power out really ticked me off because laundry was what I was in the middle of when it went down. This also means that vacuuming is out.
So is going to the bathroom. Not many people know that it takes power to get water to refill the tank after a flush. You have maybe one flush and then you’re pretty much going to go in continuously disgusting water, or hold it until the power comes back on.
Fortunately, this power out happened during the day, so my options were a little more open. Such as reading a book, or playing solitaire. With real cards, not on my computer. Computers take power too. Often I’ve had the power go out while I’m on the computer and thought “well, maybe I’ll watch TV… wait…” Last week, power went out at work while I was in the middle of working on a file. Needless to say, thanks to not saving, I ended up being filled with rage with only myself to blame.
Laptop? Sure, I could use a laptop. No internet connection though. My DSL is run with POWER, through an electrical outlet. And during a power out, that can’t happen. I did turn on my laptop, only to turn it off when I realized there was only ten minutes of battery life.
Can’t cook. Can’t go out to eat, because you need power to pay for the food, which needs to be cooked and can’t because there’s no power. See the circle of frustration. The most I can do is read and play solitaire. Unless the power goes out at night. Which brings a whole new series of problems to the table.
The absence of light being one of them. Yes, I do have a flash light, but thanks to me unwittingly moving my flash light to different areas of the apartment, I can never find it. Candles do work, but I don’t have a whole lot of those. I do have scented candles, though the thought of being in the dark and smelling like lilacs is rather disturbing.
Power’s back now, so that’s a good thing. Time to resume my laundry, and pray that the power stays on.
Until next time…
…keep ‘em flyin’.
Today was kinda boring as I set up a major print job and then let it start. Once the job begins, it really doesn’t need to be baby sat. I can hear the printer from my office. No new ads had come in and all the layouts for the up coming week were put down with sample pages printed off. Didn’t really leave me much of anything to do, so…
…I surfed for a bit, in between odd jobs that would come in, or some random cleaning that needed to be done. But I found something at TheDailyWh.at that caught my eye. It reminded me a lot of a post I made late last year thanks to Pearce.
So to brighten up your day, here is a picture of awesomeness in an advertising manner that I had to share with all. The photo is not mine at all, nor did I add the text to it (the original photo is from the Boston Globe, while the artful and enlightening saying can be found at The Big Caption). This does not detract from how awesome it is. So here we have another item making the day just a little brighter.
…keep ‘em flyin’!
I found these on MSN.ca’s auto section, and just had to share.
- “Tim Hortons has half-price donuts down the road and I was clearing the way for you.”
- Petra Cleary, of Washington D.C., tried the old ‘Call of Nature’ excuse. “I told a State Trooper I was speeding because I had to use the bathroom. He told me where the closet restroom was located, followed me and wrote my ticket in the parking lot as I ran inside to use the bathroom.”
- “I was passing a truck spitting up stones.”
- Christine Pulliam works at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., and can’t believe the ‘out of this world’ excuses people create. “I once had a woman call to ask if a solar eruption could affect radar guns. Her son had been pulled over for speeding and she was just sure it was a problem with the radar and not his driving! I had to gently let her down and tell her that no, solar storms don’t have any effect on traffic radar.”
- “The cop was coming the opposite direction but turned his lights on. When I went to court for the ticket the judge asked why on earth I was driving 100 mph (160 km/h) on a county road. I quickly told him that I was late for a movie with a really cute girl. Then I got an earful for about 15 minutes about how young and dumb I was.”
- “My car is a 2010 Corolla, and Toyota just released a recall for acceleration. It’s all over the news, and the officer still charged me!”
- “I was low on gas so I wanted to make sure I had enough speed to coast home.”
- “I rapidly accelerated to 90 mph (145 km/h). Cop pulled me over. I said I was showing off how quick car was.”
- “I wasn’t speeding, I was only going 10 km over.”
- “I didn’t want to get caught driving unaccompanied with my beginner’s licence.”
I love getting funny little time wasters in my email, whether it’s at home or at work. They’re a great way to brighten up a dreary day. However, this morning I got a good one from a friend of mine, who happens to run his own blog, Paper Hat Pirate. Pearce has commented on a few posts here, and I did up his banner for him at his blog. Both of us are amateur writers (with the hope of getting something published).
And yes, we have an idea for a sci-fi serial series that is begging to be told.
The item in question that Pearce sent me was a simple picture, along with a simple comment that spoke volumes.
I don’t usually send these out to people, but it definitely turned the start of a crappy day into something better. The deeper meaning is
that, you should really enjoy the moment you are in. That and bug-eyed marsupials are funny.
This was the picture.
And he’s right, on two counts. This picture managed to smooth out a hectic day of publishing. As well, we all need to take time to enjoy the simple things in life. To stop and smell the roses, as it were.
And yes, bug eyed marsupials are funny.
Until next time…
…keep ‘em flyin’!
Yar – har – fiddle-dee-dee, being a pirate is all right to be!
Do what you want ’cause a pirate is free, you are a pirate!
You are a pirate! (Yay!)
We got us a map (a map!) to lead us to a hidden box,
Thats all locked up with locks (with locks!) and buried deep away.
We’ll dig up the box (the box!), we know it’s full of precious booty
Burst open the locks, and then we’ll say ‘HOORAY!’
Yar – har – fiddle-dee-dee,
If you love to sail the sea, you are a pirate!
lyrics from Lazy Town – You Are A Pirate
Avast ye hearties an’ welcome ta September 19th. An’ as ye guessed it, t’day’s the day when the world stops an’ take note o’ pirates ’round the globe. Ta be certain it be talk like a pirate day. So raise yer main sails, grab a cutlas an’ head fer the high seas. There’s plunderin’, booty an’ riches ta be found. An’ after, wenchin’ an’ singin’!
Talk Like a Pirate day b’gan years ago by Cap’n Slappy an’ Ol’ Chumbucket. Ye can set sail ta their web site fer more details, but be warned, there be no plunderin’ ‘r booty ta steal (but they do have some nice things with which to buy).
So get yer eye patch, put on ye best buccaneer face, an’ repeat after me…
Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest–
…Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest–
…Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
From Robert Lewis Stevenson’s Treasure Island
Cap’n Zodi’s pirate attack!
Let’s give you a bit o’ history on t’ word pirate. It wasn’t always t’ this cool thin’ we know and love today. Pirates were mean people, they weren’t flamladant like Cap’n Jack Sparrow. They’re only goal was t’ get rich and take others down with them.
Even today we have some modern day pirates. Only instead o’ bein’ equipped with a saber, they’ve got guns with more than one shot, makin’ them much more dangerous.
Piracy accordin’ t’ wiki says it’s a “war like act committed by private parties (not affiliated with any government) especially robbery and criminal violence. Scary stuff when you think about it. And truth be told, I’d be more scared o’ these blokes then I would some college kid downloadin’ your music. However, let it be known I that I do not support piracy. At least not in a literal sense.
Now thar were some pretty scary fellows who raged up and down t’ seas, sometimes, they were with governments and kin’/queendoms. But who’s discussin’ politics eh? some o’ these pirates you might o’ heard about. Men like Blackbeard, Calico Jack and even Barbarossa. Aye that’s starboard I said Barbarossa. He isn’t just a fictional character in t’ Pirates o’ Caribbean movies.
England had a lot o’ pirates. People like Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raliegh. I remember readin’ about them in me history books and enjoyin’ t’ mayhem they caused. beauties weren’t exempt from piracy either, thar were some pretty sassy wenches who took t’ a life o’ crime on t’ sea. None more famous than Grace O’malley and Anne Bonny. These wenches did their fair share o’ trouble with a ship under their feet.
Don’t go thinkin’ you can get away with such a life. No, today thar be hefty prices that go along with piracy. Doesn’t matter what kind o’ piracy it is. T’ lawmakers o’ t’ world be crackin’ down on piracy in all forms. Whether it’s open seas or open internet. Stealin’ be stealin’ no matter how it’s done.
Here are some interesting fun pirate links.
Keep it real and rockin’
I pick up my newspaper this morning, scan the headlines and take note of one splash in particular.
The heralded wedding of Archie to Veronica is just around the corner.
For those that don’t know, the world’s oldest teenager has reached adulthood. And he has made his decision as to the great debate; Betty or Veronica. It would seem that Archie has chosen financial stability with his announcement of marriage to the wealthy Veronica Lodge. Daddy’s got a lot of money, and Archie needs to plan for the future.
But what of Betty? As the article in the Star Phoenix stated, there could be a change of heart, but Archie Comics headquarters is on lockdown.
So, why is the wedding of Archie to Veronica so different than any other comic wedding? The answer is simple. Archie and his pals could very well exist in our world. Archie is everyman, Betty is the all American girl next door. Veronica the pin up girl we all dream of. Jughead, the best friend who happens to be a geek. All the characters of Archie comics are stereotypical in a way of people in real life. So that’s why there’s so much fan fare. Sure, it was great Peter Parker was able to settle down with Mary Jane Watson, but c’mon. None of us can shoot webbing from our wrists and wall crawl (without the proper safety equipment, that is). Archie’s got his beat up jalopee, which has evolved in a way, into something akin to my Hyundia Accent.
But the question is, will the marriage last? Is there a possible surprise in store? I doubt there’ll be the earth shattering attack by super powered villains, as has been seen with the wedding of Scott Summers and Jean Grey. But off in the side is Betty, who’s always been pining for Archie. And there’s Reggie, who’s always made a habit of trying to make Archie look the part of the fool.
Sure, the wedding of Archie of Veronica or Betty has been speculated, even fantasized about. And, granted, it’s not the first comic book wedding, but it’s probably the one with the most hype in other forms of media as well. Archie’s upcoming nuptials has received press in newspapers, radio, television and through internet forums. Quite possibly the only other wedding which has compared was the wedding of Superman and Lois Lane.
I guess we’ll have to see what issue #600 of Archie comics presents to us, and see what transpires over the planned mini series. Like I said earlier, Archie Comics HQ is being tight lipped about information, but the fan base is a buzz with speculation. I find it entertaining, to say the least, as comic book weddings only held a passing interest for me. Probably the only one which I had even the faintest interest in was the wedding between Green Arrow and Black Canary. Being a very Winter/Spring wedding, it would be interesting to see if Dinah Lance could tame the wandering eye of Oliver Queen. Come to think of it, Archie has that quality as well, as he often falls to temptation from the fairer sex.
Maybe a peek at the prenup is in order.
Until Batman announces his own nuptials…
…Keep ‘em flyin’!
Last night a close to a very wonderful chapter came to television. SURPRISE! I’m not talking about Battlestar Galactica. I’m talking about a Saskatchewan made sitcom called Corner Gas. Corner Gas was the brainchild of Tisdale, Saskatchewan native and stand up comedian, Brett Butt. Brett Butt is a great comedian with his dry humour and quick wit. His idea for Corner Gas started small, but grew like a wild fire.
Dubbed the Canadian Seinfeld, Corner Gas was a show about a gas station and restaurant in the small Saskatchewan town of Dog River. It glamourized everyday life in rural Saskatchewan, and exaggerated the common things that are often talked about on coffee row, and made them funny. Each Monday night, over 1 Million Canadians would turn their TV to CTV and watch this half hour show. For six seasons it became a part of our television ritual, which was a breath of fresh air considering how in today’s world we are bombarded by media of all types, whether it be from satellite, cable television or the Internet. It didn’t just have a following in Canada, there were viewers around the globe and as far away as Australia that would sit down to watch the antics of the small cast that made it’s home in rural Saskatchewan.
The show did two major things economically for Saskatchewan. For the six seasons during it’s run, Rouleau became a mini tourist mecca, all because of the show. It was calculated at least 20,000 people toured the community over the six years, which is thousands more than the town usually receives. Not everything was good for the town, however, as some residents felt they were being invaded. Many of the homes were used as store fronts, such as the newspaper office for the Dog River Howler. The owner of the residence described finishing a shower and walking back into his living room to find people standing there.
There were new businesses that cropped up because of the show, such as a gift store and ice cream shop right in Rouleau.
The biggest exposure though, came for the Canada Saskatchewan Sound Stage in Regina. The sound stage is built specifically for television and film. Because of Corner Gas, the centre has been given some much needed exposure.
Saskatchewan isn’t unfamiliar with major motion picture projects. They are just few and far between. Films are always being made, and Saskatchewan can prove that they have just as talented and can produce as good a film as anywhere else.
Maybe Corner Gas day should become an official holiday, then we could get the Monday off. That’d be sweet!
Until next time…
…keep ‘em flyin’!
Yeah, it’s been a while since I posted up anything in the new Black Mask & Pale Rider series. That’s because I’m busy crafting the missing chapter of the first series.
A while ago, I got talking with Zodi and asked “Do you think there should be a chapter between this and this?” Her response was a very quick, without hesitation YES! So, I’m now writing the first draft of the missing chapter, which I will post up the first part by this weekend.
For those who are sitting back looking at today’s date, yes indeed it is April Fool’s day, but this is not a joke. April Fool’s day is, traditionally, celebrated first thing in the morning before noon. As tradition holds, any jokes told after 12 noon make a fool out of the prankster. For complete details, here is the wikipedia entry.
It is confusing as to when the origins of April Fool’s day are, but wikipedia does attempt to produce some valid points.
The origin of April Fools’ Day is obscure. One likely theory is that the modern holiday was first celebrated soon after the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar; the term referred to someone still adhering to the Julian Calendar, which it replaced. In many pre-Christian cultures May Day (May 1) was celebrated as the first day of summer, and signalled the start of the spring planting season. An April Fool was someone who did this prematurely. Another origin is that April 1 was counted the first day of the year in France. When King Charles IX changed that to January 1, some people stayed with April 1. Those who did were called “April Fools” and were taunted by their neighbors. In the eighteenth century the festival was often posited as going back to the times of Noah. An English newspaper article published on April 13th, 1789 said that the day had its origins when he sent the raven off too early, before the waters had receded. He did this on the first day of the Hebrew month that corresponds with April. A possible reference to April Fools’ Day can be seen in the Canterbury Tales (ca 1400) in the Nun’s Priest’s tale, a tale of two fools: Chanticleer and the fox, which took place on March 32nd.
Whatever the true origin is, the day has produced some interesting pranks, only bettered by the advancements in media technology.
Until next time…
…keep ‘em flyin’.
A recent twitter conversation between The Zombie Chronicles author James Melzer, co-blogger Tim Holtorf and myself have inspired this blog.
This all started last night when I couldn’t figure out how to get The Zombie Chronicles to download to my computer. I admit, I had a complete blond moment and forgot how to right click and save as. James pointed this out on twitter moments after I outsmarted myself and remembered to do that.
Once I listened to the weekly podcast, I decided I needed to call the Bloodline and totally fangirl the episode. I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest with the story. In fact I was left wanting more, which happens weekly and when Wednesday comes around I squee like an anime fanatic seeing their favorite toon cos played at an anime con.
It just so happens that last week, was the first time I called the Bloodlines to tell James that I couldn’t wait for Wednesday. Sure enough when I went to download the podcast for last week and I was pleasantly surprised to hear he actually put my message on the podcast. Cracking up and being completely embarrassed at the same time, I thanked him graciously.
Anyways… I called the bloodline last night about midnight ish, I think. It’s dark and late so I had to behave myself on the phone; I was standing outside smoking when I made the call. I told him that I was pleased with the podcast, and that I did have to keep the fangirl in check. When I was finished, I went back inside and then called the bloodlines a second time; claimed I couldn’t keep it in any longer and let out another shrill squee of delight.
I knew, through twitter, that James had to get up early this morning and go to work. Knowing the retail industry all too well, I know that early mornings are usually left for paperwork and getting the store ready for opening. I just realized, I am so easily sidetracked…. Anyways, I wasn’t sure if he had gotten the messages on the Bloodlines or not, so during a lull in the work day he popped on twitter and started tweeting. This was my chance to make sure that he had received them.
So this how the conversation went:
Zodiac_: Did you hear the bloodlines this morning? *grins*
Melzer: I’m being stalked by the Zodiac_ listener
Zodiac_: :-O !!! i am not stalking…
TimHoltorf: Zodiac_ is addicted to good stories. Which is much better than what some people get addicted to.
Melzer: Hmmmm…ok maybe that was a bit harsh. Fangirled?
Zodiac_: Yeah! What Tim said. I mean he knows how much of a fanigrl I can be. I am his number 1 fan.
Zodiac_*feels the like creepy girl and skulks off to watch anime* I don’t stalk I fangirl. There’s a difference. LOL Not much of one but it’s there
Melzer: Tim, Don’t forget my sexay voice.
Zodiac_ <.< *Drool* I blame broadcasting *nods and flees before charges are pressed*
That is how this post was started.
Now the difference between a stalker and a fangirl is a very fine line. According to Urban Dictionary:
1. fangirl A rabid breed of human female who is obsessed with either a fictional character or an actor. Similar to the breed of fanboy. Fangirls congregate at anime conventions and livejournal. Have been known to glomp, grope, and tackle when encountering said obsessions.
4. stalker One who exhibits a sick unhealthy insane obsession with an ex friend who rejected him. This obsession can lead to various results. Such as following, bugging, writing definitions on Urban Dictionary, calling and getting me to try to harass other people. When friend’s feeling by said girl is not returned nutter in question starts exhibiting dangerous psychotic behaviors that can last for years.
While I do not go to anime cons or sit on livejournal, I am a fangirl.
What do I do as a fangirl:
- I squee. Loudly.
- I glomp
- I read/listen/watch all works
- I get really really really excited when the new works come out
- I tweet on twitter and follow that person
- I do what all fans do just louder and more frequently. This is what makes me stand out from the average fan.
I’m not a stalker. I just get addicted to things that are better than drugs. That’s right James, The Zombie Chronicles are like heroin to me; I just can’t get enough.
It’s this sort of encouragement that keeps authors like Tim and James going. I know it’s not just me, it’s everyone who has told them they’re work is awesome.
Tim knows how much of a fangirl I really am. I’ve been his number 1 fan for two years now. His personal cheerleader and leaning post when things get tough. When he gets writers block, I’m the one to kick him in back into gear. I do it because I love his work.
So please don’t confuse me with a stalker, because I’m not nearly as creepy as that.
Another conversation between myself, James and Tim:
Zodiac_: hahahahhaha I googled fangirl. Urban Dictionary came up with this entry.
Zodiac_: Pray we never meet. I will glomp you.
Melzer: I’m afraid to ask what ‘glomp’ means….
Zodiac_: *evil fangirl grin* I can give you the definition… or a video. Video would be ideal for proper reaction.
TimHoltorf: I get glomped a lot by her.
Melzer: Video me! I’ll watch it when I get home.
Zodiac_: A Glomp
Zodiac_: The Glomp Project Enjoy
So as you can see there is a different, but very fine line between creepy stalker person and a fangirl. We don’t aim for creepy, we aim for extreme enthusiasm
Please make sure you to check out James Melzer site. You won’t regret it. James has an awesome story that he is telling so catch up with The Zombie Chronicles and you will definitely hear me squee like the fangirl I am.
Also to give love to my other two favorite podcast/novel authors please check out Phillippa Ballentine‘s Chasing the Bard and Mur Lafferty‘s Playing for Keeps. You can also listen to and download works from either their site, or from Podiobooks.com. It is well worth the listen.
Keep it real and rockin’
Zodi the Fangirl <3
Because they are so filled with awesome, and at the same time hold absolutely no merit in the real world, here’s more amazing facts for your reading pleasure.
Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.
Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a “Friday the 13th.”
Coca-Cola would be green if colouring weren’t added to it.
On average, a hedgehog’s heart beats 300 times a minute.
More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.
The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.
More people are allergic to cow’s milk than any other food.
Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.
The placement of a donkey’s eyes in its’ heads enables it to see all four feet at all times!
The six official languages of the United Nations are: English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.
Earth is the only planet not named after a god.
It’s against the law to burp, or sneeze in a church in Nebraska, USA.
You’re born with 300 bones, but by the time you become an adult, you only have 206.
Some worms will eat themselves if they can’t find any food!
Dolphins sleep with one eye open!
It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open
The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old!
The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds.
Queen Elizabeth I regarded herself as a paragon of cleanliness. She declared that she bathed once every three months, whether she needed it or not.
Slugs have 4 noses.
Owls are the only birds who can see the colour blue.
A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years!
A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!
The average person laughs 10 times a day!
An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
I had a few people talk to me about these today, so I thought I’d share some of them, plus a bunch I’ve found online and in books.
The word “queue” is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon.
Of all the words in the English language, the word ‘set’ has the most definitions!
What is called a “French kiss” in the English speaking world is known as an “English kiss” in France.
“Almost” is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
“Rhythm” is the longest English word without a vowel.
In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child
A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off!
Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath
There is a city called Rome on every continent.
Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day!
Horatio Nelson, one of England’s most illustrious admirals was throughout his life, never able to find a cure for his sea-sickness.
The skeleton of Jeremy Bentham is present at all important meetings of the University of London
Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people
Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, everytime you breathe!
The elephant is the only mammal that can’t jump!
One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet!
Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different!
The first known transfusion of blood was performed as early as 1667, when Jean-Baptiste, transfused two pints of blood from a sheep to a young man
Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!
Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin!
The present population of 5 billion plus people of the world is predicted to become 15 billion by 2080.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
Where I work, we produce a small coffee perks type publication. It’s free to pick up and filled with classified ads and jokes. Often, we’ll find the most bizarre things to put into each week’s publication. Here’s some interesting factoids that I found, and just had to share them.
No word in the English language rhymes with month.
The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
There are 2 credit cards for every person in the United States.
The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.
Cat’s urine glows under a black light.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
It takes about a 1/2 gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon to clean the pot.
The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously. Who would try?
If you have three quarters, four dimes and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount in coins, without having change for a dollar.
Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
The first toilet ever seen on television was on “Leave it to Beaver”.
In the great fire of London in 1666, half of London was burnt out but only 6 people were injured.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s son invented Lincoln Logs.
Only one person in 2 billion will live to be 116 or older.
The name Wendy was made up for the book “Peter Pan”.
If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.
On average, people fear spiders more than they do death!!!
The strongest muscle in the body is the TONGUE.
It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath.
I’m a fan of the classic Abbott and Costello skit of Who’s on First. It’s been recreated a few times, but this video I found at Stupidvideos.com has got to be one of the best I’ve seen in a long, long time.
This is a WOW recreation of the classic Abbot and Costello routine, Who’s On First. If you haven’t seen the original, shame on you! Go find it!
Speaking of, in order to make the search easier, here’s the original Abbott and Costello skit.
Old man winter just couldn’t let us forget that he was still kickin’ around during the New Years celebrations. Much of the prairies woke up to a lot of snow. And that continued into today. At least the temperatures weren’t so bad. However, the problem was digging out from underneath all the snow. Spend about fifteen minutes digging your car out, then realizing that driving may not be a good idea. But I live in Saskatchewan, what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.
Environment Canada is not forecasting warm sunny days over the next week. The high today reached -17 Celcius while the mercury may drop to -29 for tomorrow. At least by Monday day time highs of -13 are expected. And yes, I can actually deal with -13 Celcius. And I always remind myself, Saskatchewan is a province of extremes. Give it five months and I’ll be complaining that the temperature is +35 Celcius.
As for the snow, it felt a lot like this video that was forewarded to me today from a friend.