Posts filed under 'Memes'

THIS Is The Proof That I Have No Life???

Saw this on Facebook.  I’ve seen… 151.  I think.  Some of the sequels kind of blur together.  Man, I sure have watched an awful lot of crap.

SUPPOSEDLY if you’ve seen over 85 films, you have no life. Mark the ones you’ve seen. There are 244 films on this list. Copy this list, go to your own facebook account, paste this as a note. Then, put x’s next to the films you’ve seen, add them up, change the header adding your number, and click publish at the bottom. Have fun.

(x) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
( ) Pirates of the Caribbean
( ) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
( ) Pirates of the Carribbean 3: At World’s End
( ) Boondock Saints
(x) Fight Club
(x) Starsky and Hutch
(x) Neverending Story
(x) Blazing Saddles
(x) Airplane
Total: 7

(x) The Princess Bride
(x) Anchorman
(x) Napoleon Dynamite
(x) Labyrinth
(x) Saw
(x) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
( ) Anger Management
( ) 50 First Dates
( ) The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total so far: 13

(x) Scream
(x) Scream 2
(x) Scream 3
( ) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
(x) Scary Movie 3
(x) Scary Movie 4
(x) American Pie
(x) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
Total so far: 20

(x) Harry Potter 1
(x) Harry Potter 2
( ) Harry Potter 3
( ) Harry Potter 4
(x) Resident Evil 1
(x) Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
(x) The Village
( ) Lilo & Stitch
Total so far: 26

(x) Finding Nemo
( ) Finding Neverland
(x) Signs
(x) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
(x) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
( ) 13 Going on 30
(x) I, Robot
( ) Robots
Total so far: 31

(x) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
(x) Universal Soldier
( ) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
(x) Deep Impact
(x) KingPin
( ) Never Been Kissed
(x) Meet The Parents
( ) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
(x) Joe Dirt
Total so far: 38

( ) A Cinderella Story
( ) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(x) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
(x) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
(x) Halloween
(x) The Ring
(x) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-MAS
(x) Flubber
Total so far: 44

(x) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
(x) Practical Magic
( ) Chicago
(x) Ghost Ship
(x) From Hell
(x) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
( ) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
Total so far: 49

(x) The Day After Tomorrow
(x) Child’s Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
(x) Bride of Chucky
(x) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
(x) Gothika
(x) Nightmare on Elm Street
( ) Sixteen Candles
( ) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
(x) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(x) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
Total so far: 57

(x) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Slevin
(x) Ocean’s Eleven
( ) Ocean’s Twelve
( ) Ocean’s Thirteen
(x) Bourne Identity
(x) Bourne Supremecy
(x) Bourne Ultimatum
(x) Lone Star
(x) Bedazzled
(x) Predator I
(x) Predator II
(x) The Fog
( ) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George
Total so far: 67

(x) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
(x) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
(x) Christine
(x) ET
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
( ) Maid in Manhattan
(x) War of the Worlds
(x) Rush Hour
( ) Rush Hour 2
Total so far: 73

( ) Best Bet
(x) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(x) She’s All That
( ) Calendar Girls
( ) Sideways
(x) Mars Attacks
(x) Event Horizon
(x) Ever After
(x) Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
(x) Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
(x) The Terminator 2
(x) The Terminator 3
Total so far: 84

(x) X-Men
(x) X-2
(x) X-3
(x) Spider-Man
(x) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
(x) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
( ) Catch Me If You Can
( ) The Little Mermaid
( ) Freaky Friday
( ) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
(x) Cruel Intentions
(x) Cruel Intentions 2
(x) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
(x) Shrek 2
(x) Shrek 3
Total so far: 96

(x) Swimfan
( ) Miracle on 34th street
(x) Old School
( ) The Notebook
(x) K-Pax
(x) Krippendorf’s Tribe
( ) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
(x) Boogeyman
( ) The 40-year-old Virgin
Total so far: 101

(x) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(x) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(x) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Total so far: 107

(x) Baseketball
( ) Hostel
(x) Waiting for Guffman
(x) House of 1000 Corpses
(x) Devils Rejects
( ) Elf
(x) Highlander
(x) Mothman Prophecies
(x) American History x
( ) Three
Total so Far: 114

( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
(x) Shaolin Soccer
(x) Night Watch
(x) Monsters Inc.
(x) Titanic
(x) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(x) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard
Total so far: 120

(x) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
(x) Hulk
(x) Dawn Of the Dead
(x) Hook
(x) Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
(x) 28 days later
(x) 28 weeks later
(x) Orgazmo
(x) Phantasm
(x) Waterworld
Total so far: 130

(x) Kill Bill vol 1
(x) Kill Bill vol 2
(x) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
(x) the Hills Have Eyes
(x) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
(x) Re-Animator
(x) Army of Darkness
Total so far: 137

(x) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(x) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(x) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor
Total so far: 143

(x) The Matrix
(x) The Matrix Reloaded
(x) The Matrix Revolutions
(x) Animatrix
(x) Evil Dead
(x) Evil Dead 2
( ) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
(x) Silence of the Lambs
(x) Hannibal
Total: 151

9 comments February 9th, 2009 at 08:43pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Memes,Movies

123 Is The Magic Number…

Well, Ol’ Froth has tagged me with another one of those memes. I think I’ve done this one before, but it would have been with a different book, so I’ll allow it.

The meme is as follows:

Take the nearest book, turn to page 123.
Look for the fifth sentence, then post the three sentences following the fifth sentence.

Alrighty then. The nearest book appears to be Pastwatch: The Redemption, by Orson Scott Card, which gives me…

Then a young virgin named Blood Woman came to the ball court of sacrifice to see the tree, and there she spoke to the head of One Hunahpu, and the head of One Hunahpu spoke to her. When she touched the bone of his head, his spittle came out onto her hand, and soon she conceived a child. Seven Hunahpu consented to this, and so he was also the father of what filled her belly.

Alrighty then.

I don’t really feel like tagging anyone these days, but anyone who wants to participate voluntarily, please do feel free.

1 comment March 2nd, 2008 at 10:32pm Posted by Eli

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Meme Streets

Well, since both virgotex and ellroon have tagged me with this, I guess I better do it – I only have to do it once, right?

1. All right, here are the rules.

2. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.

3. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.

4. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.

5. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog

(For symmetry, shouldn’t there be eight rules?)

Okay, random things…

1. I have been taking pictures since I was 8 or 9. I started out with a cheap Kodak Instamatic, then got my sister’s old Pentax Spotmatic when I was 12. I took Photography (B&W prints) my first two years in high school, and “Media” (color slides) my second two, plus one disastrous photo class in my junior year of college.

2. Some things that are in my apartment: Star Trek Ken & Barbie, a lava lamp, a currently uninflated inflatable loveseat in the shape of the rear half of a pink ’59 Cadillac Biarritz, one PC, four laptops, four external hard drives (~1.5TB total capacity), five digital cameras, 16 GB of flash memory in four different formats, pink bellbottoms, and a blinking rooster-head medallion. This should be considered a representative sampling and not an exhaustive inventory.

3. I ran cross-country for two years in high school, but now I can barely jog two blocks without getting winded.

4. I don’t drive, smoke, drink, or do drugs of any kind. More for practical reasons than moral ones.

5. I love chocolate, but I don’t like chocolate ice cream at all, or even ice cream with chocolate in it. Well, okay, not counting cookie dough or cookies ‘n’ cream…

6. I used to know pi out to 300 decimal places.

7. I have appeared on Saturday Night Live.

8. I once hit Messy Marvin/Ralphie from A Christmas Story in the head with a dress shoe.

Okay, now, who to tag…

1. Bigezbear (Glenn)

2. belledame222 (Fetch Me My Axe)

3. Ol’ Froth (Froth Slosh B’Gosh)

4. oldwhitelady (It’s Morning Somewhere)

5. Sanjay (karmically speaking)

6. P. Drano (Loser’s Guide)

7. four legs good (Plush Life)

8. spiiderweb

12 comments June 25th, 2007 at 10:02pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Memes

I Think, Therefore I Blog

Thinking Blogger

Well, Polishifter has kindly, if somewhat inexplicably, given me a Thinking Blogger Award, and now it is my turn to spread the love. The rules are as follows:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn’t fit your blog).

So here are my five picks, in alphabetical order:

1. The Anti-Essentialist Conundrum (Sylvia)

2. Bouphonia (Phila)

3. Fetch Me My Axe (belledame222)

4. The Silence Of Our Friends (Donna)

5. Zuky (Kai)

On a different day, I’m sure I could easily pick a completely different five blogs, but these are the blogs I picked today, because today is the day that I am picking on. Um… yeah. Is it too late to give the award back?

5 comments June 2nd, 2007 at 03:15pm Posted by Eli

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Belated Meme

Sorry, Sylvia – I had every intention of getting to this sooner, but everything kinda hit the fan all at once and I got sidetracked…

A- Available or Single? Umm… neither?
B- Best Friend. Spear and Magic.
C- Cake or Pie. Pie, especially pumpkin, rhubarb, or banana creme, not necessarily in that order.
D- Drink of Choice. Dr Pepper.
E- Essential Item. My Treo. My laptop and my camera would be close runners-up.
F- Favorite Color. Black. No, re- AAAIIIIEEEE!!!!
G- Gummi Bears or Worms. Worms.
H- Hometown. New York City, but currently living in Pittsburgh.
I- Indulgence. Cheesy sci-fi and horror movies, especially the ones on the Sci-Fi Channel on Saturdays.
J- January or February. January. More holidays.
K- Kids. None, nor likely to.
L- Life is incomplete without… Seasons.
M- Marriage Date. None yet.
N- Number of Siblings? Four half-siblings, so I guess that would technically make two.
O- Oranges or Apples? Oranges, navel.
P- Phobias/Fears. Heights, Republican politicians.
Q- Favorite Quote. “If there’s one piece of truth in your insect soul, I want it!” – Gary Cooper in They Came To Cordura.
R- Reasons to smile. New York teams in the playoffs, Mansquito, congressional oversight.
S- Season. Fall. Baseball and football, and hardly any basketball or hockey.
T- Tag Three. Glenn, Sanjay, and, of course, the shadowy and mysterious Codename V.
U- Unknown Fact About Me. This is, like, a paradox, right?
V- Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animals. Oppressor.
W- Worst Habit. Picking at my nails. Or blogging.
X- X-rays or Ultrasounds. X-rays are cooler, and it’s not like I plan to have kids…
Y- Your Favorite Foods. Sushi, pizza, the pineapple cheeseburgers at Kirk’s in Palo Alto, avocado milkshakes (no, really!).
Z- Zodiac. Gemini.

2 comments April 20th, 2007 at 07:49am Posted by Eli

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Interview Meme

Well, I opted into this rather open-ended and voluntary meme over at Fetch me my axe:

Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
I respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better. If I already know you well, expect the questions may be a little more intimate!
You WILL update your journal/bloggy thing/whatever with the answers to the questions.
You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

So here were my five questions from belledame:

1) If you could pick -anyone,- not just the most likely candidates (living or dead), who would you want to see leading the nation?

Wow, I can think of a lot of options here. For various intangibles, I like obvious suspects like TR, FDR, Truman, JFK, RFK, Lincoln, Washington, and some less-obvious ones like Jim Webb, Paul Hackett, Russ Feingold, and Paul Wellstone. But for right now, I think I have to go with Al Gore, just because he has an excellent grasp of the issues we’re dealing with today, and the nature of the right-wing media environment that poisons our discourse. And speaking of environment and poison, that might be the single most important issue in the world right now, and Al Gore is totally committed to tackling it.

2) If you decided/had to become an expatriate, where would you go?

Probably New Zealand; beautiful countryside, English-speaking, and I don’t think they have a right-wing looney in charge. Canada would be a close second, since it’s conveniently located and I have some family there.

3) Are there decent takeout joints in your neighborhood?

Not that I know of. I’m not a big takeout guy, though.

4) What’s a “luxury item” you -really really- want?

iPhone, assuming it can meet all of my mobile blogging needs (will I be able to select text precisely enough by dragging with my fingertips instead of a stylus?). I’m hoping they’ll have more video capacity by the time I can actually get one.

5) Who’s your favorite fiction author?

I think I’m going to have to go with Greg Bear on this one. He’s written some stuff that just blows my mind (Queen Of Angels, Forge Of God, Eon/Eternity). Iain Banks is a close second, with very honorable mention to David Brin (Kiln People, Uplift Trilogies), Octavia Butler (Patternmaster and Xenogenesis series), and Stephen R. Donaldson (Thomas Covenant and Gap series). Yes, they’re all sci-fi – I find their universes to be as compelling as their plots and characters.

If you want me to interview you, just ask in the comments. I warn you, I kinda suck at it…

9 comments March 17th, 2007 at 12:37pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Memes

Celebrity Dead Pool

Well, The Kenosha Kid has tagged me with a morbid meme:

1. Pick ten celebrities who you think will die in from 1/1/07 to 1/1/08
2. You aren’t allowed to murder the celebrity.
2.5 Saddam Hussein doesn’t count.
3. The point system works like this: you get one point for every year UNDER the age of 90 that the celebrity dies at. Anyone over 90 gets negative points.
4. Whoever gets the most points, wins.

It’ll frankly be a miracle if I get any points at all, but I’ll take a stab at it. In no particular order:

1. Courtney Love
2. Larry Flynt
3. Andy Dick
4. Pete Doherty (sorry, Jenny)
5. Whitey Ford
6. Fats Domino
7. Henry Kissinger
8. Bob Feller
9. Mickey Rooney
10. Fidel Castro

I’ll just tag the shadowy and mysterious Codename V, who likes these sort of things.

9 comments December 27th, 2006 at 10:27pm Posted by Eli

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It’s All About Meme

I knew this would happen…

Donna at The Silence Of Our Friends
has tagged me with a book meme:

1. Grab the book closest to you.
2. Open to page 123, go down to the fifth sentence.
3. Post the text of next 3 sentences on your blog.
4. Name of the book and the author.
5. Tag three people.

I went to Marshall’s, charged a new wardrobe. Loud shirts and outrageously designed pants.

I went to Supercuts, got a modified mohawk.

I had done it.

It’s from The Ignored, by Bentley Little, which I, uh, haven’t read yet. It’s about a guy who’s, well, ignored. And then he’s not, and then a Mysterious Stranger With Horrible Plans finds him. That’s about all I know about it until I actually read it.

*mutter about Donna quoting from Jane Austen to make me look bad*

I tag… let’s see… the shadowy and mysterious Codename V, oldwhitelady, and fourlegsgood.

12 comments December 10th, 2006 at 10:39pm Posted by Eli

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Totally Not A Meme. Nope.

Technically, since the shadowy and mysterious Codename V. received this via e-mail, and did not tag anyone, I therefore have no obligation to participate. Besides, there’s no way I could improve on her responses.

Mmm… Hammer pants…

(Would the world be better or worse if Batman wore Hammer pants? Discuss.)

UPDATE: Christopher Hitchens really needs to start reading V’s blog…

5 comments December 8th, 2006 at 02:05pm Posted by Eli

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It’s All About Meme

Lizzy at Night Bird’s Fountain has tagged me with a surprisingly difficult meme: My Five Weird Habits. This should theoretically be easy, what with me being kinda peculiar and all. But truth to tell, I have a hard time thinking of any habits, much less weird ones. I actually had to resort to asking other people, in the hopes that they might have some perspective on the matter.

Anyway, here’s what I ended up with:

1. As documented earlier, I must have Dr Pepper after every softball game or batting practice.

2. I end all of my e-mails with some variation of “These _____ are making me thirsty.”

3. While I successfully broke the habit of biting my nails as a child, I replaced it with what can best be described as “peeling” my nails.

4. I always lock my car door after getting out, even if I’m in the middle of nowhere and will only be away from the car for a minute.

5. I can’t pass a clump of clovers without slowing down to look for four-leaved ones (often successfully).

And now for the fun part: I shall pass the meme baton along to the shadowy and mysterious Codename V, NTodd, watertiger, Thersites, and Philalethes, in hopes that they can do better…

4 comments April 21st, 2006 at 06:26pm Posted by Eli

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What A Strange, Strange Meme…

Ol’ Froth has hit me with a rather unusual meme, which I’m kinda liking because it doesn’t require me to think very hard:

1. Go into your archives.
2. Find your 23rd post.
3. Post the fifth sentence (or closest to it).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag five other people to do the same thing.

Hell, I can do that…

Rick theorizes that this was used to awe citizens into deep respect for (and therefore obedience of) the priesthood.

Now, let’s see… Who shall I bestow the joy of this meme upon?

1. The shadowy and mysterious Codename V.

2. NTodd.

3. Thersites.

4. NYMary.

5. watertiger.

4 comments January 22nd, 2006 at 09:47pm Posted by Eli

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7-Up, 7-Down

Well, I’ve been tagged by Phila, NTodd, and scout prime to answer these seven-y things, and I have no idea what I’m going to say. So I’ll just start typing and hope some magic happens…

Seven Things To Do Before I Die

1. Orbit the Earth
2. Wave at Bush, Cheney, and Rove as they’re frogmarched to the hoosegow.
3. Piss on Bush, Cheney, and Rove’s graves.
4. Get a front-row seat to President Bootsie Collins’ inaugural address.
5. Hit for the cycle.
6. Learn to make a really killer avocado milkshake.
7. Be a zombie extra in a Sci-Fi Saturday horror movie.

Seven Things I Cannot Do

1. Learn a dance step.
2. Get blogrolled by Atrios.
3. Pay a lot for this muffler.
4. Get to bed on time.
5. Laugh at Howard Stern.
6. Win the lottery.
7. Get my shit organized.

Seven Things That Attract Me To… Blogging

1. Chainsaws.
2. Leaping from tree to tree.
3. My best girl by my side.

Oh, wait a second – blogging with a B? Umm…

4. The need to spew random thoughts into the air.
5. Sense of community.
6. Delusional vanity.
7. The hope that I might someday come up with an idea that helps the Democratic party turn itself around and start kicking some ass. (See: Vanity, delusional.)

Seven Things I Say Most Often

1. “This/these ______ is/are making me thirsty.”
2. “I’ll come in again.”
3. “Okay, so…”
4. “Is it just me, or…”
5. “Lordhelp.”
6. “These are not the droids you’re looking for.”
7. “Is that your final answer?”

Seven Books That I Love

1. Dune – Frank Herbert.
2. The Uplift Trilogy – David Brin.
3. Queen Of Angels – Greg Bear.
4. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever – Stephen R. Donaldson.
5. The Gap Series – Stephen R. Donaldson.
6. Zany Afternoons – Bruce McCall.
7. Science Made Stupid/CVLTVRE MADE STVPID – Tom Weller.

Seven Movies That I Watch Over And Over Again

1. Fatty Drives The Bus.
2. Koyaanisqatsi.
3. Almost anything by the Coen Brothers, esp. Hudsucker, Lebowski, O Brother, and Miller’s Crossing.
4. Evil Dead 2/Army Of Darkness.
5. Napoleon Dynamite.
6. The Eye.
7. Blood Dolls.

Seven People That I Want To Join In Too

1. The shadowy and mysterious Codename V.
2. oldwhitelady.
3. Ol’ Froth.
4. Neil Shakespeare.
5. Jeffro.
6. Desi.
7. Elmo.

I don’t have to do this twice more, do I?

4 comments December 22nd, 2005 at 11:01pm Posted by Eli

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From NYMary…

List ten songs that you are currently digging…it doesn’t matter what genre they are from, whether they have words, or even if they’re no good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying right now. Post these instructions, the artists, and the ten songs in your blog. Then tag five other people to see what they’re listening to.

Well, I generally just let my iPod cycle through in alphabetical order at work, so I don’t really hone in on any specific songs. Generally speaking, when I need to put together a quick playlist at home, it’s usually New Pornographers, Killers, and Keane. I’ll try to “current-load” my favorite songs, but this is probably more of a mix of current favorites and all-time favorites, in no particular order:

1. “It’s Only Divine Right”, by The New Pornographers. Love the keyboard on this one. They have at least two other songs that could easily go on this list as well.

2. “Mr. Brightside”/”Somebody Told Me”, by The Killers. Honestly, I just cannot choose here. Both absolutely great songs – I like “Somebody Told Me” more musically, but I just can’t resist the bitterness and anger of “Mr. Brightside”.

3. “Bend And Break”, by Keane. I also like “Somewhere Only We Know”, but I like the melody of this one better. Man, what a voice. Even sounds good live on SNL, which is rare, IMO.

4. “Hatred”, by The Kinks. Not sure why this song never became popular. I find it catchy, and angry and bitter is always a plus.

5. “Asleep In Perfection”, by Augie March. Just exquisite. Beautiful, beautiful song.

6. “Skin Deep”, by The Stranglers. Smoothly sinister in both lyrics and music. Had a pretty keen video, too.

7. “I Go To Work”, by Kool Moe Dee. I’m not a huge rap fan, but the lyrics are great, and the horns really make it work musically. Best. Rap. Song. Ever. I’m sure that’s probably blasphemy, but what the hell.

8. “Please Remember Me”, by The Swans. I found this song by accident, mislabeled as “100” by Nick Cave, who my girlfriend and I are big fans of. It turned out to not be Cave, or even anyone in Cave’s orbit, and my girlfriend drove several huge Cave fans mad trying to figure out what it was. It’s very spooky and haunting, and everyone I know of who’s heard it has really dug it, including the Cave fans.

9. “Sonne”, by Rammstein. I really like Rammstein, but most of their songs are relentlessly driving and ugly-in-a-good-way. “Sonne”, however, has a chorus that mingles their usual German gutturals with very ethereal female vocals, and the effect is just beautiful. And the video where they’re the Seven Dwarves and Snow White is a sexual sadist who shoots up the gold they mine, well, that’s just icing on the cake. They also have a video with soccer-playing ants…

10. “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”, by The Darkness. Very catchy, and I like how the lead singer’s voice always seems to be just on the verge of spinning completely out of control. And yet another cool video. If this video were somehow beamed back in time to the 70s, these guys would have been worshipped as GODS.

Really, there’s at least 10 more songs that could easily go on this list – I think it’s probably just a matter of what day you catch me on. Some honorable mentions:

Rolling Stones – “Paint It Black”
Oingo Boingo – “Not My Slave”
Bach – “Singet Dem Herrn Ein Neues Lied”
AC/DC – “Thunderstruck”
Erasure – “I Love To Hate You”
Benny Goodman – “Sing Sing Sing (With A Swing)”
Nick Cave – “Nature Boy”, “Supernaturally”, “There She Goes My Beautiful World”
Delerium – “A Poem For Byzantium”
Sisters Of Mercy – “This Corrosion”
Europe – “The Final Countdown”
The Jack Rubies – “Wrecker Of Engines”

And so on (okay, more than 10)…

I’m not sure I can come up with 5 people who haven’t been tagged already either, so if you want to list your Current Top Ten here or at your own place, please feel free.

8 comments July 24th, 2005 at 10:21pm Posted by Eli

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The Memepire Strikes Back

Okay, I admit, I’ve kinda been procrastinating on this book meme that Phila tagged me with, because I, like, already did one, and I’ve been generally distracted by various goings-on, but here goes:

Number of books I own: Jeez, that’s a toughie. I’d guess I probably have at least four or five hundred here, and maybe two or three times that in my mom’s garage in California. So we’ll call it an even 2,000. Of course, I’m about as good at estimating this sort of thing as Christopher Walken was in that census sketch…

Last book I bought: I’m not sure if that’s actually changed since the last book meme, so I’ll say either 1602, a graphic novel that takes place in an alternate past where a whole bunch of the Marvel heroes were roaming around in 1602 instead of modern times, or Gridlink’d, by Neal Asher, “where the main character is a government agent who has been gridlinked (connected to the cyberuniverse in realtime) for so long that he’s started to forget how to be human. His eccentric and mysterious boss has him disconnect from the net to reconnect with his humanity while investigating a massive teleportation disaster, while being chased by a crazy vengeful terrorist and his goons and evil psychotic android.” And did I mention that the terrorist may be in the pay of an enigmatic space alien composed of a three giant spheres that calls itself “Dragon” and is able to create dinosaur-men to do its bidding? Or that the evil psychotic android likes to collect souvenirs from its victims (kid stuff, like a rubber ball or binoculars) and arrange them around himself when he’s not killing people?

Last book I read: Altered Carbon, by Richard Morgan. I think I had just started in on it when the last book meme rolled around. Essentially, the main character is some sort of terrorist or anarchist, who was killed and had his mind (which was stored on a hard drive at the base of his skull, as is customary) put in deep storage for a while, but got pulled out of it and “resleeved” in a new body to investigate a 350-year-old filthy-rich guy’s apparent suicide, because the filthy-rich guy doesn’t believe that he would kill himself when he knows full well that he has a backup copy of his mind in a remote storage facility. Devious, twisty stuff, set in a very intriguing, seedy and coherent universe that hangs together very well. May one day be a Major Motion Picture, although that looks like it’s stalled right now.

Five books that mean a lot to me: Wow, that’s another serious toughie. There are a lot of books that I really like, but I don’t ordinarily form emotional attachments to them. I’ll take a stab at it, but my choices are going to be a little strange…

Queen Of Angels, by Greg Bear. I scrounged this from my older brother’s paperback collection many many years ago, and it totally blew my mind. Not only was it the first book I read to really explore the possibilities of nanotechnology, but it had a description of how the mind works that profoundly resonated with me – very compartmentalized, with independent agents and personalities for different tasks and functions.

The Book Of Strange Facts And Useless Information, by George H. Morris. My first and very favorite book of trivia, which I got when I was probably about 10 or 11. I’m pretty sure my love of trivia started here.

National Geographic Atlas, 1981 Edition. Just a bloody huge honkin’ book with all kinds of good stuff in it. I loved that book as a kid, and used it to memorize state and world capitols, and to find weird/cool place names, like Sexmoan in the Phillippines. I also remember noticing that almost every town & city in Madagascar started with an A.

World Almanac And Book Of Facts, 1989 Edition. Another great source of trivia, with fascinating facts like the number of female urologists in the US between the ages of 55 & 64 (two), which I tormented my college suitemates with for weeks, if not months. Plus I needed to get caught up on my world capitols, since there were some new ones.

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, by Hunter S. Thompson. I only have a hazy recollection of the actual content, but I have fond memories of my dad reading it to me as a kid. My dad is very cool. And a bit weird.

Theoretically, I’m supposed to pass this along to five more people, but I’m a little hesitant to do that, since this is so similar to the book meme that passed through the blogosphere just two months ago. So I’m going to make my link in the chain more of a voluntary, opt-in one: If you didn’t get the last book meme, or if you’d like to do another, please do, and let me know so I can take lots of credit for it.

Codename V. has already asked to be included.

3 comments June 8th, 2005 at 06:49pm Posted by Eli

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And Eye Meme, Eye Meme So Far Away… Couldn’t Get Away.

Okay, here they are. I hope y’all are happy. Posted by Hello

Now, where to spread the love?
How about Jeffraham, Phila, and John- er, charley.

It’s all NYMary’s fault.

12 comments April 20th, 2005 at 07:56pm Posted by Eli

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Wacky Book Questions!

Well, thanks to Thersites, I am now obliged to answer some pointless-yet-thought-provoking book questions…

You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?

Solaris. Unless there’s a novelization of Waterworld

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

I’m sure there’s hundreds of them, but I think Mrs. Stainless Steel Rat comes to mind first. Dead sexy, resourceful, lethal, smart, and tolerant.

The last book you bought is:

I will take this to mean “intentionally”, rather than “by default ’cause I didn’t decline the book club selection fast enough”…

I’m not rightly sure, actually – I think it may have actually been a cheesy Marvel graphic novel called 1602, where various Marvel characters like Dr. Doom, Dr. Strange, Daredevil, Nick Fury, and The X-Men are living and heroing (or villaining) in 1602.

As far as a real book without any pictures, I think it might be Gridlink’d, by Neal Asher, where the main character is a government agent who has been gridlinked (connected to the cyberuniverse in realtime) for so long that he’s started to forget how to be human. His eccentric and mysterious boss has him disconnect from the net to reconnect with his humanity while investigating a massive teleportation disaster, while being chased by a crazy vengeful terrorist and his goons and evil psychotic android.

It’s, um, not exactly literary, but fun stuff all the same.

The last book you read:

Lempriere’s Dictionary, by Lawrence Norfolk. My stepmother raved about it and loaned me her copy. The main character is a bookish young 18th-century classical scholar who gets sucked into a mysterious and elaborate conspiracy involving the East India Company. The arcane Greek mythology references made it difficult to get into, but after the scene with the village priest who could only achieve sexual climax by covering himself in mashed potatoes, I was pretty much hooked.

What are you currently reading?

Altered Carbon, by Richard Morgan. More cheesy sci-fi, it’s kind of like a mild amalgam of noir and cyberpunk. It’s set in a future where everyone (except Catholics, for religious reasons) has hard drives in their heads that store their consciousness, so if their body is killed they can just be “resleeved” in a new one. There is almost no death penalty at all; instead, punishments are in terms of “dislocation”, where the criminal’s consciousness is stored for months, years, or decades and then resleeved. Seems a bit ineffective to me compared to prison, but what do I know. Anyway, the main character is a criminal who also happens to have outstanding detective training, conditionally reprieved, hired and resleeved by a 350-year-old gazillionaire who wants answers to his own death. You see, he was found in his study with his head blown off (fortunately for him, his consciousness is remotely backed up every 48 hours), and he wants the protagonist to prove that he was “murdered”, and did not commit “suicide”, which is what the police have decided. Pretty intriguing so far – I have a broad-outline theory on what might have happened.

Five books you would take to a deserted island:

Ouch, that’s a toughie. Definitely Queen Of Angels by Greg Bear, which is just amazing. Possibly the Watchmen graphic novel by Alan Moore. Dune, by Frank Herbert (only the first one, though…). If I may combine a bit, I would round it out with Tom Weller’s Science Made Stupid and Culture Made Stupid, and both volumes of Monty Python: All The Words.

UPDATE: Okay, much as I love Dune, I think I would have to replace it with How To Build A Seaworthy Raft Out Of Palm Trees And Coconuts, by Hibiscus J. Moped.

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons)? And Why?

The shadowy and mysterious Codename V., whose reviewing skills are exemplary.

driftglass, because he’s a honking great bibliophile and borderline insane.

, because she’s a writer herself, and maybe this’ll get her to come back…

7 comments April 11th, 2005 at 09:29pm Posted by Eli

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