Monday, August 10, 2009

Hundreds Leave, a Handful Stay. Only One Looks Back.


"Rolling pin" or "bowling pin," which one?

Remember that time you fell asleep at the dinner table and your head dipped forward into your bowl of soup? Some people thought you were crazy for wearing that snorkel at the table, but I knew there was a method to your madness... that snorkel saved your life that night! And that is why it should - nay, it must - be on display at the Smithsonian. It is an important piece of American History...

Today reminded me of that song from Fiddler on the Roof about Anatevka... a little bit of this, a little bit of that... went into the Rug Shop while the rest of the Wagner Woman endured the ever-so-slightly chilly weather at the beach. So much for global warming - Al Gore is full of soap. He needs to be kicked in the nuggets. So does "John" from that show "John and Kate Plus Eight." I think next season it will be called "John and Kate Plus Eight Minus John."

Oh, what the heck, I guess I'll make an official list...

Dudes That Need To Be Kicked in the Nuggets
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- Al Gore
- John
- Al Franken
- Dude with multicolored hair at nearby Starbucks
- GRR Martin
- Raymond Fiest
- Dude that does the voice of Elmo
- Carrot Top
- All guys that work for Wells Fargo
- Dudes that make little quote marks with fingers while talking
- Barney Frank
- Carlos Mencia

OK, I guess that'll do for now... better reign myself in before every man on earth (except Vye, of course) gets a shot to the pills...

I found some more blogs worth following over the last day or two... one is Skateboard-related, a couple are Fantasy/Sci-fi-related, and one is Krista's newly-started blog. Hey, I'm always looking for new blogs to read... Anyway, the skateboard one is awesome. It's called The Chrome Ball Incident (no clue as to why), and the guy scans awesome skate photos from old Skateboard magazines, and displays them all gallery-like. Probably won't mean much to non-skaters, but hey, if you're into that at all, take a look. I think you'll likey. Looks like he updates it just about every day.

Funny T-Shirt of the Day


Common Observation #208: The Food Network
You cannot watch Food TV programs without then becoming hungry. It's a cold, hard fall when you salivate over some unbelievably yummy food item featured on TV, only to wander into your own kitchen and find Top Ramen, half a jar of peanut butter, a partial loaf of bread on the brink of sprouting fuzz... it is sublime torture. The fam is currently watching a program called Diners, Drive-ins and Dives... I just made the mistake of leaving this blog post and going to see what they were featuring today... now, I am depressed...

Better change the subject...

I was pondering today how cool it would be if you could earn achievement medals in real life, like you can in the military. For funny, everyday stuff though. This one is for going a whole week without swearing,. This one is for the loudest fart of the LAN party. This one is for going a whole month getting Starbucks every day. This one is for getting my oil changed when the sticker said to instead of waiting a thousand miles over. This one is for calling a national radio talk show and actually getting on the air...

You could actually make medals and wear them on your jacket. Great conversation starters, I'd say. Also a great internet business idea... novelty achievement medals. Wonder what the best way to manufacture them would be..?

I took another stab at The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield last night, and boy, am I glad I did. I've never read a book that started out so flat that picked up so strongly. I was *this* close to tossing it back on the shelf, too. It's safe to say I'll be finishing the book. Soon, too... it's not a very long book. I'm used to attacking 900-1100 page monsters and devouring them without problem. This one's not even 350 pages. Expect a review soon...

Not much interesting in Todayve In History worth mentioning for August 11. It says that Spartan King Leonidas died on Aug 11, 480 BC. Well, he died in the battle at Thermopylae, but who knows how accurate the dates were way back then. Slightly ironic, in that, as mentioned yesterday, my favorite ever book, Gates of Fire, chronicles that battle, and was written by the same Steven Pressfield mentioned above. I saved a great monologue by King Leonidas from that book. I may have even posted it in this blog back in January or so. I'd post it here, but it's kind of long, and I'd have to key it in... if I copy/paste from MSWord into the blog window, I will get HTML errors. Meh, if I'm feeling up to it later tonight, I'll come back in and type it in here. It's worth reading.

But I'm feeling lazy now! So I will end it here. Until tomorrow, remember, No retreat, no surrender. That is Spartan lore. And by Spartan lore we will stand and fight... and die.

Current Book: The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield
Current Game: FATE: Undiscovered Realms, and Scrabble/Scramble on Facebook
Current Movie(s): Watchmen, Push, Blind Spot
Current TV: Colbert Report & Daily Show
Current Bible Study: 1 Corinthians

19 comments:

havah said...

Title and the last lines are all from 300

havah said...

Ahem...I had to google some of those guys who will soon be talking soprano. I'm really rather clueless about some things.

Agree about the Food Network. Especially when they do those desserts. *sigh*

I love the medal award. Could I get one for most sleep in a week??

Let me know how the book reviewing goes. Maybe I should do something like that. If nothing else, it'd get me reading again. :-/

Bobinho said...

lol, i guess there will be no more quotes? :D

David Wagner said...

Yeah, I'm kinda spent. I may resurrect it at some point, but for now, we're done... You win a Movie Quote Medal...

Hope you still pop in here though! It wasn't all about the quotes, wazzit?

havah said...

Sorry...didn't mean to spoil the fun, Bob. :(

Anonymous said...

Since you are an artist, you might also be interested in Steve Pressfield's "The War of Art" or the series he launched on his blog, titled "Writing Wednesdays" - the topics apply to artists across the board, though they are written in terms of writing. http://blog.stevenpressfield.com/

Bobinho said...

no problem.. i still read your blog, whenever i can ;))

thanx for the e-medal :D

Paula Titus said...

I guess you sent all the heat east - in the 90's here.

Those cooking shows always inspire me to become a better cook. It's too bad I've never heard of half of the ingredients.

The medal idea is actually pretty neat, I could see that catching on. Especially if they were in the form of something you could "pin" to your Facebook (or whatever) page. Are you going to run with it? :)

Hope you have a good day!

logankstewart said...

So many pertinent things to talk about. Hmm...

1. Why does GRRM deserve a kick in the nuggets? Is it from his lack output and making the world salivate in anticipation?

2. Jon & Kate Plus Eight Minus Jon made me laugh. That whole drama is disappointing, as my wife and I really enjoyed their show back before things went crazy.

3. Achievement Medals is a brilliant idea, and you could be so creative with every one. They could be like pogs.

4. I hate the HTML conversion errors for pasting from Word to Blogger. The solution I've found is to paste in Notepad, which kills the formatting, and then recopy and paste into Blogger. This works for now, as long as you don't mind reformatting.

Krista said...

Hey, LOL! Glad you’re into to the book now! Way to stick it out, Dave!

Thanks for the mention, cool!

Also, I’d loved to hear what you think about Watchmen and Push when all is said and done! I really enjoyed Watchmen, however, I've heard the Graphic Novel was its superior, though. And Push was okay, in my opinion (shrug).

David Wagner said...

Havah: You didn't spoil anything! It usually takes an extra half hour or so to try and track down and wedge in movie quotes each post - I've just kind of burnt out for now, that's all...

Lisa: I have a copy of The War of Art on my shelf... I'll have to give it another read-through. Thanks for the blog link.

Paula: (cue Mel Gibson... action!) Give me back my sun! lol... man, I made myself laugh on that one... how sad... and I don't really know how one would proceed with the medal idea. I think it has merit. (BUAHAHA!!! I made myself laugh again! 2 puns in one comment! I'm a pro!)

Logan: GRRM has taken WAY too long to put out ADWD. Punishment? A shot to the pills. Thanks for the MSWord - Notepad fix! I shall most certainly make use of it!

Krista: My kids wanted to get Push... thought I'd watch it with them. No clue what it's about. From what I read about Watchmen, I don't think I'll be watching that one with the kids...

Krista said...

David, no, definitely not a movie for kids... The sexual content is a little much. Hope you enjoy!

Abbie said...

dave, I agree with you about Barney Frank, but my wells fargo guys are pretty okay, so, i'd have to stop ya there :D
and you got on the air!! nice... I need a medal for being a facebook addict, then mom won't be mad at me for being on so much, lol :D

Joseph said...

:O

What do you have against Raymond Feist?

David Wagner said...

Apparently, you haven't seen his blog lately...

http://www.crydee.com/raymond-feist/blog

He's a bit unhinged, I'd say... a good kick to the coin purse might help clear his head...

Joseph said...

lol, wow. I just skimmed through the latest post and ... wow.

I think unhinged is the nice way of putting it. Fantasy authors should just stick to writing fantasy. A blog about how hurt they were by their stripper/waitress ex-girlfriend should be left to the professionals.

I read so many of his books though. I'm just going to pretend I didn't see that and read more of them.

It's a good list, should be a daily thing.

cmartin8 said...

300?

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