Thursday, January 28, 2010

Movie Meme Thing: The Return Answers!

Original quotes. Hints.

1. Fantastic Mr. Fox, Kristofferson

5. Bubba Ho-tep, JFK

6. Moon, GERTY

8. Juno, Juno

10. Some Like It Hot, Jerry, aka Daphne

14. Alien3, Clemens

15. Majo No Takkyûbin (aka Kiki's Delivery Service), Jiji

16. Jersey Girl, Maya

17. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Judge Turpin

18. Event Horizon, Dr. Weir

20. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Jar Jar Binks

Well, that wasn't nearly as fun as last year.

I did the math.

Including the unpublished/not deleted drafts, I've posted a little less then 29% of the posts.


Also, hint.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Where the jobs at?

She came to work this morning cursing under her breath. On a good day, she travels an hour, over a bridge and through hills, to get to work. She moved to her house 18 months ago when she was hired to be a lead around there. The pay was better and the commute shorter. The job... well, it didn't work out. So, she ended up working here, again.

Her complaints got louder as she got closer to people. Not louder because she was suddenly closer, but louder because the closer she got the more she raised her voice.

"I can't do this no more," she said. "Those god damned people." She shook her head. "I need a different job. I swear, those people are going to kill me." She reached her cubie and stripped off her coat. "I just can't do this no more. I'm gonna march myself into the judge's office and tell him I'm gone." She set her coffee and keys on her desk. "Tell him I can't do this no more." She left her cube. "I'm gonna find me a new job and get the hell away from here." She walked past my cube and into the judge's office. "This place is gonna kill me." She found out the office was empty and went back to her cube. "I think I can't do this no more."

After that, she continued to mumble and grumble for a while, but I couldn't hear anything specific.

Twenty minutes, or so, later, I walked past her cube on my way to the scanner and saw what she was looking at online: eHarmony.

On the way back to my desk: eHarmony.

On my way to the mail area a hour later: one monitor our crappy system, the other eHarmony.

90 seconds ago: one monitor our crappy system, the other eHarmony.

I never thought of eHarmony as a place to look for work. (You know, other than the work involved in dating and other human relationships.)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

To East or to Err

Been seriously considering not going to Easter this year.

This is the first time, ever, in my life, that it's even occurred to me not to go. I've missed two Easters. The first was missed because I was away at college, with out a means of getting back because the guy would was going to be my ride up had dropped out a week or two before. The second was because my boss, or the assistant boss, I don't remember which, was a horrible bitch and even though I had requested the day off months in advance she still scheduled me for a shift in the middle of the day and of course no one was willing to trade with me because it was fucking Easter!

I know that I've never adequately explained my obsession with Easter here. I know because I checked to see if there was a post that I could point people back to so they'd be reminded of why this is a big deal for me. And, to be honest, I don't want to explain it here, either. So, trust me when I write that it's been an important part of my life for as long as I have been alive.

Which is why I was surprised when, while I was drifting off to sleep a week or so ago, my brain told me that I didn't really want to go this year.

Part of the thought, I think, comes from the fact that WonderCon is that weekend.

Part of it comes from being pretty sure that brothers aren't going to be there.

Part of it comes from Christmas.

Part of it comes from work.

None of them are significant parts. They don't even build to a significant part. But there's enough there that there is doubt.

Movie Meme Thing: The Return Hints

Link to the quotes.

1. Dahl

5. JFK in a wheel chair.

6. Emoticon'd Hal

8. Not Alaska

10. "Nobody's perfect." is the final line.

14. Most people think the one before this one is the best. I disagree.

15. Sweet Anime

16. No Bob

17. River of blood

18. Really wanted to be Hellraiser

20. The crappiest of the crappy ones.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Baby's are pretty new.

So, old friend had a baby this weekend. Or, at least, labor was induced. That should damn well mean a baby came out, right?

Anyway, congratulation to that old friend and her husband. Hope all is well and soon her family will be away so the pestering can stop.

(Also, no, I don't know the baby's sex. Just know it was had. I'm sure some of you are friends with her on Facebook and could probably know as much or more than I do already.)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Movie Meme Thing: The Return

A) Post quotes from favorite movies (originally 15 or 16 or 20 or whatever).

B) People respond in the comments with the movie the quote is from.
(For extra special points, name the character!)

C) No cheating with the internets, because we'll all know and you don't want to be shunned as a dirty, dirty cheater right?
(Although I don't really care if you cheat. Thems just the rules as pulled from another blog.) (Also, my movie one from last year is found here.)

1. "Uh, do you mind if I slide my bed roll slightly out from under the train set? It's hard to sleep in that corkscrew position."

2. "You're a phony! Yes, you are! And you know what, you can't even sing! Your voice was dubbed!"
AE, Jan 21, The Great Muppet Caper(, Miss Piggy)

3. "I hate that word. It's a return, a return to the millions of people who have never forgiven me for deserting the screen."
AE, Jan 22, Sunset Blvd(, Norma Desmond)

4. "And on the third day, God created the Remington bolt-action rifle, so that Man could fight the dinosaurs. And the homosexuals."
AE, Jan 21, Mean Girls(, Home-schooled Kid)

5. "Would you like a Ding-Dong? Oh, I don't mean mine! I mean a chocolate ding-dong. Of course mine would be chocolate now that I've been dyed."

6. "Sam, get some sleep. You're very tired."

7. "Within an inch of sunlight, the arrows begin to fly. If I am to die in battle, please, please do not let me die bewildered!"
AE, Jan 21, Camelot(, Arthur)

8. "I'm guessing it looks probably like a sea monkey right now and we should let it get a little cuter."

9. "I was hiding under your porch because I love you."
AE, Jan 21, Up!(, Dug)

10. "Will you look at that! Look how she moves! It's like Jell-O on springs. Must have some sort of built-in motor or something."

11. "The air is clean, the water's clean, even the dirt, it's clean. Bowling averages are way up, mini-golf scores are way down. And we have more excellent water slides than any other planet we communicate with."
Matt, Jan 21, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Rufus

12. "Obviously at the place for people that weren't very generous and didn't adopt anybody. I'm at the Continental. Come over one day; we'll paint it."
AE, Jan 21, Defending Your Life(, Daniel)

13. "Stand-up philosopher. I coalesce the vapors of human experience into a viable and meaningful comprehension."
AE, Jan 21, History of the World, Part 1(, Comicus)

14. "Some sort of apocalyptic, millenarian, Christian fundamentalist, uh..."

15. "You'd think they'd never seen a girl and a cat on a broom before."

16. "Man cannot live on porn alone."

17. "Oh yes... such practices. The Geishas of Japan, the concubines of Siam, the catamites of Greece, the harlots of India. I have them all here, drawings of them. Everything you've ever dreamed of doing with a woman. Would you like to see?"

18. "She tore a hole in our universe, a gateway to another dimension. A dimension of pure chaos. Pure... evil. When she crossed over, she was just a ship. But when she came back... she was alive!"

19. "Why the whole bloody place is the most unspeakable matriarchy in the whole history of civilization! Look at yourself! The way your wife and her strumpet of a mother push you through the hoop! As far as I can see, American men have been totally emasculated - they're like slaves! They die like flies from coronary thrombosis while their women sit under hairdryers eating chocolates and arranging for every second Tuesday to be some sort of Mother's Day! And this infantile preoccupation with bosoms. In all time in this Godforsaken country, the one thing that has appalled me most of all this this preposterous preoccupation with bosoms. Don't you realize they have become the dominant theme in American culture: in literature, advertising and all fields of entertainment and everything. I'll wager you anything you like that if American women stopped wearing brassieres, your whole national economy would collapse overnight."
AE, Jan 21, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World(, Hawthorne)

20. "I don't know. Mesa day startin pretty okee-day with a brisky morning munchy, then BOOM! Gettin very scared and grabbin that Jedi and POW! Mesa here! Mesa gettin' very very scared!"

I'll cross-out the ones that were figured out and write the answerer and the title under it.

On Tuesday, I'll give hints to the ones not answered. On Thursday, I'll give answers to what ever is left.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

What's It Called When You Feel Proud and a Little Ashamed?

So, I wasn't ever planning on ever talking about this here, but, uh, well, I've been nominated for a 2009 Daria Fanworks Award. I only wrote one (complete) story and it was nominated in five categories. Wow.

So, if you want to read it, go here.

I think I'll be jittery all day long.

Monday, January 11, 2010


Of course it was sent on a furlough day and after 7PM.


January 8, 2010

An Open Letter to State Employees:

Last year, we confronted what history will record as the “Great Recession.” The state made the profoundly difficult decisions necessary to close a $60 billion budget gap, the largest in California’s history.

With our national economy still struggling to recover, California, like most other states, is now confronting a nearly $20 billion difference between expenditures and expected revenues. We are taking steps to rebuild our economy and to turn deficit years into surplus years – but it will take time and require your help.

Over the past year, you’ve helped our state deal with the challenges of a struggling economy by making your own economic sacrifice in the form of furloughs. These furlough savings are helping us preserve the safety net for many Californians and maintain essential services.

As of now, the furlough program will end as scheduled June 30, 2010. In the face of a $20 billion deficit, we are forced to call on you again to help us through the next fiscal year. That is why I am seeking the following changes to take effect July 1:
  • Five percent increase in your monthly employee contribution for your CalPERS pension benefit. This change will apply to all retirement categories.
  • Five percent reduction in salaries. This change will apply to all employees in the executive branch, including civil service, non-civil service and non-elected officers.
In addition, through an executive order today, I will direct departments to cap the size of their workforce so that we can achieve an additional five percent salary savings in the 2010-11 fiscal year. In most cases, departments will be able to rely on normal attrition rates to meet their workforce cap by the time the fiscal year starts July 1.

I appreciate and thank you for the sacrifices that you have made and continue to make on behalf of this great state. I want all Californians to know how proud I am of your hard work, dedication and commitment.


Arnold Schwarzenegger
Executive order S-01-10.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010


Last night, I recognized someone on TV. And I don't mean I recognized that person like it's some celebrity or something.

I mean I recognized my brother's best friend. He was an extra on Scrubs. He gave the flashback keynote speech.

Weird world.

Monday, January 04, 2010


Do you pronounce that number "twenty ten" or "two thousand ten"?
Why do you think that is?