Sunday, February 27, 2005

Answers to Lyric Meme

Answers to the random song lyrics meme I had posted awhile back are below. Answers to my LJ meme (the link there's in my original post) are here just in case you were wondering. :)

The ones that are stricken out have been guessed (and the correct guesser named - in this case all were guessed by James). The ones that are in bold were not guessed, and the answers are underneath. Oh, and it's not your imagination that two songs are repeated. That happens on random play sometimes. *g* The strange thing I noticed was that I listed the same line twice! Ah well ..

1. "The devil came and I swear he made me do it."
"Avignon" by Signal Room

2. "I can say that I don't know what I'm doin' but I can't say I have the time, yeah."
"Have the Time" by The Slackers

3. "Back, he spurred like a madman, shrieking a curse to the sky"
"The Highwayman" by Loreena McKennit

4. "She's the one they're going to miss, In lots of ways"
"Our House" by Madness (guessed by James)

5. "And we still haven’t walked in the glow of each other’s majestic presence"
"Ana Ng" by They Might Be Giants (guessed by James)

6. "All that I have is nothing when it compares to you"
"I've Got You" by Marc Anthony

7. "Woo, woo, to relieve my bellyache, I say"
"Coconut" by Harry Nilsson (guessed by James)

8. "Here she comes like a brand new day"
"Glorious" by Andreas Johnson

9. "this guilt trip that you put me on won't mess me up, I've done no wrong"
"Don't Tell Me" by Avril Lavigne

10. .."All their voices can be heard, Long past their woodland days"
"The Mummer's Dance" by Loreena McKennit

11. "He's jammin' down the pedal like he's never comin' back"
"Go, Speed Racer, Go" by Sponge

12. "Why can't we be ourselves like we were yesterday"
"Bizarre Love Triangle" by New Order

13. "Playing dead and sweet submission, Cracks the whip deadpan on cue"
"Peek-A-Bo" by Siouxsie & the Banshees

14. "I love the way you laugh when I try to be funny."
"Everything You Do" by Marc Anthony

15. "It's not such a beautiful day, but I'll stumble through all the same"
"Stumblin'" by Powderfinger

16. "But my heart got heavy and my hair grew long"
"Staring at the Sun" by Simple Kid

17. "If you wear this sweater, all the kids will love you better."
"So L.A." by Signal Room

18. "A cavern gasps, a dragon screams"
"Dragnet Drag" by Peter Murphy

19. "I wish we could dress in only happy cloaks"
"Wish" by Peter Murphy

20. "Colored lights can hypnotize, Sparkle someone else's eyes"
"American Woman" by The Guess Who

21. "I pray my wish will come true, For my child and your child too"
"Peace on Earth/ Little Drummer Boy" by David Bowie & Bing Crosby

22. "Like the leaf clings to the tree, Oh, my darling, cling to me"
"Wild is the Wind" by David Bowie

23. "Rhinestone fools and silver dollars, Curdle into bitter tears"
"Peek-A-Bo" by Siouxsie & the Banshees

24. "Here she comes like a brand new day, Belly dancing across the room"
"Glorious" by Andreas Johnson

25. "On a long lost ocean wave of light, Submerged and unafraid"
"The Scarlet Thing in You" by Peter Murphy

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Quick Nitpick

Just a quick FYI for non-Bostonians, the two parks in Boston by the State House are called the Boston Common and The Public Garden. It's not the Commons or the Gardens. Their names are not plural. It might be helpful to remember it this way .. the Boston Common is a "common" area in Boston (originally designated as a common pasture for grazing cattle), and the Public Garden is one, large garden with a diverse variety of flowers & plants in its garden. Does that make a little more sense? Good. ;-)

Carry on.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Dancing & Sickness & Crime .. oh my!

It's been a busy two weeks. Two Sundays back I went to a Flamenco performance in Boston with my Mom. That night I got sick. I dragged myself into work that Monday and survived. *g*

I came home early two Fridays ago to play with my little neice before my sis picked her up. The little one was getting over an ear infection and wasn't eating as much as usual. When my sis arrived, she (my sis) had a headache which required aspirin. The next day, my sis was sick (no fever but weakness, dizziness & nauseau). On Sunday she was better but weak, achey and tired. Saturday night into Sunday it was my Mom's turn, so I spent Sunday running errands for ginger ale, bread and crackers to help settle my mom's stomach. She, too, was better Monday but achey so she opted to stay home from work. I find out at the end of the day that my brother-in-law (my sis' husband) was home sick, with the same thing that my sis and Mom had, Monday. So what happens to me Monday night? Yep, you guessed it.

No fever, but boy! does this thing take a lot out of you. All of a sudden I was sooo tired .. then shortly after, sick. Something similar happened that first Sunday (though the tiredness had been accompanied by a killer headache that time & I literally couldn't move for at least a half hour that Sunday). So, Tuesday morning, I call in sick promising that I'll be there as soon as I feel better. I dragged myself into the shower around 2pm on Tuesday and hauled myself into work for two hours. The dizziness had passed so I figured it was safe.

You might be wondering why I went into work at all on Tuesday. I wouldn't have bothered if I didn't have Jury Duty on Wednesday. On the busiest day of the week, made even busier by the fact that it was the first day my boss was back from his mini vacation in Florida, I had to go into Jury Duty. I've been called once before for Jury Duty and was excused before the afternoon began so I had no reason to think this time would be any different. So I made sure all the records were ready and all the insurances had been checked for Wednesday's work day Tuesday afternoon, and Wednesday morning I left my house, still tired, two hours earlier than usual to trek over to the court house. It was a busy day at court, too, it seems, and I ended up being chosen for a jury on a criminal trial. I still went into work after wards, but one of the patients had to be rescheduled because I wouldn't make it back in time for her appointment to help with contact lens fitting/training. I arrived at work around 4pm; the last patient left around 7:30pm, and I remained there until 10pm preparing the records & insurances for Thursday, and reviewing everything that had happened while I was out.

Then Thursday's court day came & went, with a bit of delay in the beginning (well, three hour delay), and I returned to work again around 4pm. I only stayed about an hour this time, you see, because my coworker was distressed that I wanted to get coffee to wake myself up. In the hour that I was there I was fixing mistakes that she brought to me and helping her with her work and answering her questions. I hadn't even gotten to preparing anything for Friday yet, including gathering up the tax info. for the bookkeeper. She reminds me that I had a lunch earlier in the day while serving on the jury, and I remind her that I am not legally obligated to come into work at all. Then she starts to yell at me, and I realize that I don't need to do that to myself, so I tell her goodbye and head home (picking up coffee along the way).

Friday was the final day, and then it was over. Exhausted (and stressed) I stopped by work, ever so briefly, to let my coworker know that it was finished, head home and experienced a brand new work day Saturday.

Oh, and I read Jo's account of her drive down to a convention in D.C. That definitely put a smile on my face. *g*

Tuesday, February 08, 2005


I'm trying to learn some Flash, and I decided to see if there were any more sites like my favorite Flash puzzle site, The Secret Garden of Mutabor. I found a fun surprise called Treasure Box. Feel free to check it out. :)

Oh, I also submitted a photo to this week's Photo Friday challenge: Distorted. It's actually more of a .. fuzzy than distorted, but it's what I found that was already in my computer. *g* If you're interested, please have a peek here. Comments are always welcome. :)

Monday, February 07, 2005

Normalcy Defined

It's funny, when you think about it, what the general public considers "normal."

Waiting for hours on a chilly day outside the football stadium for the football players to arrive? Normal
Waiting for hours on a sunny day outside a television studio for the actors to take a cigarette break? Abnormal

Wearing your favorite sports team jersey and cap while cheering loudly in front a news camera? Normal
Wearing your favorite science fiction inspired t-shirt while shopping in a comic book store? Abnormal

Paying a lot of money for tickets to a game, food & drink, and souvenirs? Normal
Paying a lot of money for tickets to a science fiction convention, food & drink, and souvenirs? Abnormal

Shouting obscenities at the opposing team while at a game? Normal
Clapping enthusiastically during a Q&A at a sci fi convention? Abnormal

Discussing the game from the night before and reciting the scores for a game that was played years ago? Normal
Discussing a tv show from the night before and reciting lines from an episode that aired years ago? Abnormal

Doing the wave at a game? Normal
Greeting people with the Vulcan "Live Long and Prosper" sign at a con? Abnormal

Painting your body in the colors of your team? Normal
Wearing Spock ears? Abnormal

Decorating your room with your favorite sports team paraphanelia, including posters, newspaper clippings and tickets from past games that you've collected and saved? Normal
Decorating your room with your favorite tv show paraphanelia, including posters, magazine articles and tickets from past cons? Abnormal

Getting a baseball autographed? Normal
Getting a headshot autographed? Abnormal

Traveling out of state to watch your favorite sports team? Normal
Traveling out of state to watch your favorite tv personality? Abnormal

Taking a day off from work/school to stand in a large crowd for the opportunity to applaud, support and see players from your favorite sports team go by? Normal
Taking a day off from work/school to stand in a long line for the opportunity to applaud, support and shake the hand of your favorite actor? Abnormal

and in case anyone was wondering, ..
Go Pats! =)
Daytime Emmys! =)
Watch Farscape! =)

Hm, what does that make me? *g*

Thursday, February 03, 2005

David: Update

David's funeral was yesterday. We weren't given the news of that until after the fact last night. It would've been nice to know beforehand so we could have made the decision ourselves to attend or not. That's just the way things are, I suppose.

It was confirmed that David had had a heart attack, died in his sleep. His father didn't even know that David was having heart problems. Supposedly they spoke often, and David had never mentioned it. Many people do that - keep those little details from others so not to "worry" them. As for me, I would prefer knowing the little details before something happened and not find out about it after the fact. My family has a tendency to "hide" such information from each other. I wonder if all families are like that.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Photo Friday: Youth

I just posted my entry in the Photo Friday challenge, "Youth." If you'd like to see it, go here.

Some of my favorites from those that were entered by others:
javajive: innocence preserved
shutterberry: stuffed lamb
shadow mirror

All of the entries posted are awesome, by the way. I just happened to choose a handful as examples. You can see them all by clicking on the links on the Photo Friday site.
The Mysteries of Production

I'd always read that the best resource for the small, independent producer for getting a film out there and seen is to submit to festivals. You raise the funds; you hold creative control on the film. Distribution deals come after unless you're a bigger name producer in which case a studio will fund or partially fund the film. I've also read or heard that presenting your film at the American Film Market (AFM) and/or the Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM) is important in getting it picked up for possible distribution in theaters and overseas.

I started reading John J. Lee, Jr.'s "The Producer's Business Handbook" and his advice is the opposite. He suggests that the independent producer should not rely (solely) on the festival circuit. Too many producers max out credit cards and borrow money from friends and family to make their films, then submit them to festivals. Only a small percentage of the films are ever accepted at the larger, more prominent festivals (like Sundance), and of those films shown at the larger festivals, maybe one or two will actually get picked up by a distributor. Mr. Lee suggests seeking funding from a distributor and getting a distribution deal before the film is completed.

I haven't gotten far enough yet to discover how he thinks the indie producer should go about doing this, or what other avenues of funding are available, but I find what he says interesting. An independent producer will rarely or never make any profit on a film that is presented this way (self-raised funds, festival circuit). True enough, it does makes sense, but if you're a beginning filmmaker, how do you get your films seen if not through the festivals? (or online like Atom Films or self-distribution/DVDs on demand?) I'm curious to see if he offers any concrete advice and examples in his book.

As a comparison, I think I'll read up on any articles posted at well.