Friday, January 26, 2007


32nd post

Let's try this again (my computer went on the fritz in the midst of composing this post last night):
OK, so this is my 32nd post. For those of you who have been paying attention, 32 is my favorite number. Does this mean I'm going to do something 32-related in honor of this post? Heck no! That's very predictable and nowhere nearly random enough. That is why I have already gotten out of the way of discussing the Top 10 #32's of All Time (16th post) and the Mets Who Wore #32 (23rd post). In case you were wondering, that was done deliberately. Cheers.
Cereal Killers and a Dangling Modifier. So I have seen. Ha! 52!
If you can't buzz, you are hereby forthwith barred from my party.
Wake me when June ends and throw another turtle on the barbecue.

TODAY'S BOOK: "The Westing Game", by Ellen Raskin ((c) 1978)

TODAY'S MOVIE: "One Hundred and One Dalmatians", from Disney (1961)

WWWW2?: Noah Webster.

TODAY'S WEBSITE: This is the place to go for breaking news on every comic book in publication, as well as reviews, previews, sales figures, and interviews. Attractively-designed and well written articles, along with the obligatory message boards.


Monday, January 22, 2007



The above three cartoons (the bottom two are in fact one) are my first cartoons to have been published! (Actually that's a lie, I once had one reprinted in a magazine because it won a contest. Whatever.) Nearly three months after getting an Honorable Mention in the Teen Titans FanArt contest (see 3rd post), I have achieved fame once again as the official illustrator for the local bi-monthly real estate newspaper... [drumroll]... QUEST!
[drumroll fades]
OK, so it's not The New York Times. So sue me. At least I'm getting paid for this but YOU'RE not. Ha ha!

TODAY'S BOOK: "A Whole New Ball Game", by Sue Macy ((c) 1993)

TODAY'S MOVIE: "Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo", from Warner Bros. (2006)

WHO WON WORLD WAR TWO?: The Great Kreskin.

TODAY'S WEBSITE: Having already plugging the bestselling British author Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, I now present the site that will give you the lowdown on all the obvious and obscure references the talented Mr. Pratchett tends to pack his books with. Not for those missing a sense of humor.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007


30th post

I may not be quite like Gaston of Beauty and the Beast fame, but at least I have one thing in common with him--we're both "covered in hair" to every last inch. (In fact, judging from what we see in the movie, I may have him beat in this category.) On the other hand, I can quite candidly say, in the words of Aladdin's Genie, "You ain't never had a friend like me." Some things just depend on how you look at them.
Time to break the habit of wreaking havoc.
My class has hit rock bottom and now it has started to dig.
Wakka wakka. Wakka wakka. Wakka wak wak wakka. Wak! Wakka wakka wakka. Wakka, wakka, wakka. Wak.
[This sentence seleted due to insufferably nonrandom content.]
"Tenzing Norgay" is such a delightful name, don't you think?

TODAY'S BOOK: "Joey Pigza Loses Control", by Jack Gantos ((c) 2000)

TODAY'S MOVIE: "The Land Before Time", from Universal (1988)

WWWW2?: Bea Arthur.

TODAY'S WEBSITE: Don't tell me you didn't see this one coming, eventually. So, in my 30th post (and 16 posts after plugging, I have randomly selected to present for your viewing pleasure--tarantara!! Google.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Rister and Rob

These two fellows are Rister Mogers (pronounced "maw-jers") on the left and Rob Banks on the right. They exist within an alternate universe contained in my imagination. They are a pair of popular comedians with a long-running TV show:
that ol'
(just like any other show except when it isn't)
They usually play it so that Rob's the straight man and Rister's the funny guy, but are perfectly capable of swapping roles. They have also appeared in several "buddy" films, such as Troubles Come in a Pair and II: Sequel to Nothing. They are as funny as I can imagine.
...I understand if you're backing away from the computer screen right now. That's okay. If I were you, I'd be doing the same thing. But if I were you, then you'd be me, and you'd have enormous glasses and a weird moustache and I'm not sure just what would happen next.
TODAY'S BOOK: "Half Moon Investigations", by Eoin Colfer ((c) 2006)
TODAY'S MOVIE: "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", from MGM (1968)
WWWW2?: Lon Chaney.
TODAY'S WEBSITE: Not a new website, but a new one updated. has since become, and its focus has widened to include many more esoteric aspects of the best-selling series.


Thursday, January 04, 2007


Story time - Part 2

"Terry Harkness awoke from his slumber when he heard a slight sktch from the direction of the hotel room's closet.
After listening for a few moments, he decided it was nothing and went back to sleep. Then the sneaking assassin stabbed him in the bed and he died. The End."
Aww, come on!
I thought we'd agreed not to let him die right now, at the beginning of our story!
But... it's so ridiculous.
Write. Your readers are waiting with bated breath.
Oh sure, all 2+ of them.
You just wait. Bide your time! Remember, Robert Ludlum was an advertisement performer and nearing middle age when he wrote his first novel.
Hmm... OK, OK, so you got me. But once Harkness survives Chapter One, all bets are off.
A novel, man, a novel. That's what you're here for.
Hmph. "Terry Harkness awoke from his slumber when he heard a slight sktch from the direction of the hotel room's closet.
The former CIA operative with hair-trigger senses--"
Good, good, I like it.
Pardon me?
The character expansion. Defining the guy. Good work.
You're not mad at me for giving him "hair-trigger senses"?
Well, I'll let you off the hook this time.
"The former CIA operative with hair-trigger senses waited, as was his habit in these matters, a full five seconds; then he heard the slight noise again. Triangulating it with his keen ears, he deduced that it was being made by a raccoon grooming its fur."
Tee-hee. Just to make sure you're paying attention.
You're killin' me, man, just killin' me. Now get back to the plot and no more funny business.
Sorry, it's getting long enough as it is. Until next time--which is whenever I feel like it--this is MetFanMac, signing off!

TODAY'S BOOK: "The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got That Way", by Bill Bryson ((c) 1990)

TODAY'S MOVIE: "Sister Act", from Touchstone Pictures (1992)

WWWW2?: Mother Theresa.

TODAY'S WEBSITE: The alternative to Hollywood's Little Gold Naked Men and the rest of the "serious" Arts & Entertainment awards, the Golden Raspberry "Razzie" Awards have been giving the final word on the year's "berry" worst and handing out $4.97-value awards to the "winners" (losers?) since 1980. Their entertaining and pithy website is updated daily and is fun to read.


Monday, January 01, 2007



This is most definitely not a New Year's post. It just couldn't possibly be. Put simply, writing a post for New Year's Day is absolutely nowhere near random. It's expected; what's worse, it's conventional. So, Happy Non-New Year's Day to whoever actually reads this stuff. (Besides, the New Year started on the 23rd of September--veha'meivin yaveen.)
I reject this reality and substitute it with my own. It's more fun, and in addition it's cheaper on the gas bill.
J.K. Rowling must know that her books are translated into about 70 languages. So why in the name of Deborah Norville has she given her purportedly final Harry Potter novel the nigh-unstranslateable name "The Deathly Hallows"? Uh-uh. Sorry, Mrs. R, that's a major boo-boo.
Flapjacks flip-flopping through the foggy evening while the brass band plays on and on and on with 56 bits of the Energizer Bunny lodged in the tuba. With a hey-nonny-nonny and a ha-cha-cha!

TODAY'S BOOK: "Belles on Their Toes", by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey ((c) 1950)

TODAY'S MOVIE: "Beauty and the Beast", from Disney (1991)

WWWW2?: Johnny Cochrane.

TODAY'S WEBSITE: The name says it all--if you want to know something about the New York Mets, it's all here. Also contains links to recommended reading at Yahoo!.


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