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Buried, Not Dead.
Everything below is totally free, totally already read by yours truly, and totally worth reading yourself. If you don't live in the Boston area, I only ask that you cover the cost of shipping. I would also be up for a swap if you have an interesting book that you're ready to part with.

David Kushner, Masters of Doom - NON-FICTION (history of id Software, focusing mainly on the lives of John Romero and John Carmack) - HARDCOVER

Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller, Live From New York - NON-FICTION (history of Saturday Night Live consisting mostly of interviews with former cast members) - HARDCOVER

Kim Stanley Robinson, The Years of Rice and Salt - FICTION (alternate history detailing what might have happened if European civilization died out and various Asian and Islamic cultures came to dominate the world instead) - HARDCOVER

John Kennedy O'Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces - FICTION (comic novel about the misadventures of an anti-social medievalist living with his mother in New Orleans) - TRADE PAPERBACK

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein - FICTION (do I actually need to explain the plot?) - HARDCOVER

Bruce Sterling, Tomorrow Now - NON-FICTION (futurist overview of what might happen over the next fifty years from the author best known for his cyberpunk novels) - HARDCOVER

Barry Unsworth, The Songs of the Kings - FICTION (re-imagining of the events leading up to the Trojan War that depicts the Greek heroes - Odysseus, Achilles, and so on - as anything but) - TRADE PAPERBACK

Daniel Evan Weiss, The Roaches Have No King - FICTION (imagine a nihilistic Watership Down but with roaches and a lot of gross-out humor, very cool book) - TRADE PAPERBACK

Nick Hornby, High Fidelity - FICTION (novel on which the John Cusack movie was based; the plot is largely the same, though the action takes place in London instead of Chicago) - TRADE PAPERBACK

Jared Diamond, The Third Chimpanzee - NON-FICTION (reflections on human evolution focusing largely on the 2% difference between human and chimpanzee DNA, a thematic prequel to Diamond's better known "Guns, Germs and Steel") - TRADE PAPERBACK

Ann Patchett, Bel Canto - FICTION (guests at a birthday party for a wealthy Japanese businessman are held hostage by leftist rebels in an unnamed Latin American country, possibly Peru; contrary to what the premise may suggest, this is not some Tom Clancey-esque technothriller but a truly worthwhile read) - TRADE PAPERBACK

David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest - FICTION (Quebecois terrorists threaten the U.S. with a film so entertaining that anyone who watches it loses all desire to do anything but mindlessly watch it over and over again until they die - but that doesn't really even begin to describe the plot, this fucker is almost 1,000 pages long and has more subplots than a season of Battlestar Galactica) - HARDCOVER

Nikos Kazantzakis, The Last Temptation of Christ - FICTION (retelling of the New Testament with Christ as a reluctant messiah and Judas as his most loyal apostle; this is one of my all-time favorite books, the only reason I'm parting with it is to clear up space on my bookshelf) - TRADE PAPERBACK

Current Mood: productive productive
Current Music: Cex - "Dead Bodies"

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Snatched from locke61dv's journal:

"The Johari Window was invented by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingram in the 1950s as a model for mapping personality awareness. By describing yourself from a fixed list of adjectives, then asking your friends and colleagues to describe you from the same list, a grid of overlap and difference can be built up."

Follow the link below and choose the six adjectives that you feel describe me best. Go ahead, be brutal. Create your own and I'll do the same for you!


Current Mood: curious curious
Current Music: Something classical on NPR

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I'm compiling a list of Christmas songs that don't (completely) suck, possibly for a mix CD. Here's what I've unearthed so far:

The Pogues - "Fairytale of New York"
The Waitresses - "Christmas Wrapping"
Angry Johnny and The Killbillies - "6 Bullets for Christmas"
Ringo Starr - "Come On Christmas, Come On Christmas"
AC/DC - "Mistress For Christmas"
Tralala - "Christmas Never Comes (When You're Alone)"
Monster Magnet - "Dead Christmas"
Nat King Cole - "The Christmas Song" (my obligatory nod to the "classics")
Brian Wilson - "The Man With All The Toys"
Weird Al Yankovic - "Christmas At Ground Zero"
Martin Atkins and the Chicago Industrial League - "The Spirit of Christmas"

Any suggestions of your own? What (if any) would top your own list?

Random Christmas factoid: Did you know that "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" was written by Charles Wesley, brother of John Wesley, who founded the Methodist Church?

Current Mood: jubilant jubilant
Current Music: The Meteors - "Michael Myers (Still In Shape)"

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A little guessing game yanked from Kotoriky's journal. Warning: extreme geekery within.Collapse )

Current Mood: geeky geeky
Current Music: Camper Van Beethoven - "Take the Skinheads Bowling"

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This has been around forever, I know, but I never took it until now. I'm rather surprised I got Level 7, though. I've never attempted suicide and I can probably count the number of fights I've been in on one hand. But if a violent addiction to fluffernutters merits being boiled for eternity in a river of blood, then, well ... guilty as charged.

The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Seventh Level of Hell!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Very Low
Level 2 (Lustful)Very High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Moderate
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)High
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Extreme
Level 7 (Violent)Extreme
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Very High
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)High

Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test

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Current Music: T.S.O.L. - "Code Blue"

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My entry for locke61dv's winter album cover contest:

I went for an "Eddie the Head as Frost Giant" motif. The logo is way too small (and hard to read, I don't have Photoshop, alas), but maybe I'll win the grand prize anyway!

Current Mood: more metal than you
Current Music: Judas Priest - "Breaking the Law"

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Remember Danica McKellar? Or, to clarify, remember Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years, as played by child actress Danica McKellar? Like many a child actor before her, Danica eventually grew up. And again, like many a young thesp before her, perhaps as a reactionary strike against the stresses of being a tot in a very "adult" industry (not the adult industry - I am not getting sued!), little Danica served some time.


There she apparently picked up a BS (that's Bachelor of Science, not the other "BS") in Mathematics. She even co-authored her own proof: Percolation and Gibbs states multiplicity for ferromagnetic Ashkin-Teller models on Z squared. It's a thrilling read, be sure to check it out. Her presentation of an Ising Hamiltonian equation in three steps is particularly riveting. At least, I think it is.

Her published work is beside the point, however. The reason I'm highlighting Danica McKellar today in my own decaying housefly-encrusted corner of the Web is because she - yet again, like many a prepubescent performer before her - has her own online Fortress of Self-Promotion. Contained within, of course, are the quintessential resume, clips, and head shots. What sets DanicaMcKellar.com apart from the WilWheaton.net's and the KirkCameron.com's of the Netiverse, however, is that Danica will answer your math problems online. That's right, Danica McKellar, "Winnie Cooper" from The Wonder Years and "That Nympho Chick I'm Too Lazy To IMDb" from Working, will answer your pressing mathematical conundrums: algebra, trigonometry, even simple arithmetic is by no means beneath her.

Danica's fast-paced schedule only permits her to answer a handful of submissions each month, so I'd advise you make your question a good one:


Current Mood: intimidated intimidated
Current Music: June Cleaver & The Steak Knives - "Necrophilia"

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Last week I reactivated my paid account to ... what end, exactly? I immediately changed the journal's appearance to something that didn't look like a repository for Peter Murphy lyrics. My bio and interests also got an overhaul, and the Freud jokes desperately needed purging.

So now what? What the hell was I thinking? I paid my $5, yet I feel like I've only gotten 15 cents worth, at most.

While browsing through my old entries as far back as fall 2003, I was struck by how different they were in tone and length. Once upon I time I seemed to fashion myself as some kind of P.J. O'Rourke of the Mundane Urban Experience. Clearly, I was trying to impress someone. I can think of a few candidates. Some may even be reading this entry now, others probably aren't, and at least one undoubtedly is but wouldn't admit it under torture.

Perhaps I'm loath to write something substantive because my life for the past few months has been so wrapped up the process of propelling myself to (what I hope is) the next phase of my existence. I mean, how many times can I write, "Yup, still fretting over grad school applications." "I wrote another two pages of my current screenplay. Still have another two acts to go." "Still raising money for my film, which may or may not happen depending on how grad school pans out." Tolkein may have written that it was in the journey, not the destination, that the meat of every story lies, but he neglected to mention that the beefy chunks are usually interspersed between passing legions of identical telephone poles and rest stops.

Christ, now I'm paraphrasing Tolkein, king of the rambling narrative. Nurse, get me 40 cc's of A Point, stat!

Perhaps I just need to stop thinking of this journal as my "memoirs." As Frank Oz's hand stuffed inside a Muppet's colon once sagely noted: Self-importance leads to delusions of grandeur, delusions of grandeur lead to emo behavior, emo behavior leads to LiveJournal posts guaranteed to ruin you when the tabloid press Googles your name a decade down the road.

From this point on I think I'll limit myself to the bite-size, "cluster bomb" school of LJ posting that allegedly and locke61dv use to great effect. Perhaps I'll even resummon my inner Drew Curtis and bring back my weekly "News You Need" posts. Those were always fun to write. Perhaps not so much to read, but that's the beauty of the Internet: you can scroll past the drivel. Like this post.

Speaking of which, apologies if anyone felt like I monumentally wasted their time with all this low impact introspection. But at least I wrote something other than two sentences or a cranky, pop culture hit list.

Current Mood: contemplative contemplative
Current Music: The Stranglers - "Golden Brown"

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Also Job. Or at least it feels like it today.

I just found out that my sweet little gig as a receptionist at a building that receives no phone calls has been sized down. As of today. I still have my weekend gig at WGBH, thankfully, but a man (sadly) cannot live on two days of work alone.

If anyone happens to know of an opening somewhere that pays decently and would allow me to maintain at least a shred of dignity, I would be forever in your debt if you clued me in ASAP.


Current Mood: frustrated frustrated
Current Music: the sucking noise coming from my bank account

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And now, back by complete absence of demand: Things That Need To Go Away, Vol. II

1. Internet disease
2. "Cybergoth"
3. Webcomics about nerds and their uncommonly hot girlfriends and/or fuck buddies
4. Musical ring tones
5. WWII-themed video games
6. Haters
7. Jay Severin
8. Al Franken
9. MySpace Music
10. Friends-only journals (if you really need to share something with 743 of your closest friends, you already have the means to do so: it's called e-mail)
11. Ads for True.com (anyone who can actually make gratuitous T&A oversaturated and irritating deserves to die)
12. 12 oz. Mouse (which is ruining my otherwise enjoyable Sunday night Adult Swim line-up)

Current Mood: thirsty thirsty
Current Music: Angry Johnny and the Killbillies - "Jerri-Lynn"

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