Archive for January, 2006

Review: LaZiza Non-Alcoholic Malt Beverage

Posted in Reviews on January 29, 2006 by brokenheadphones

I came across this LaZiza stuff being sold for 50 cents in a store, so I checked it out.

I liked it.  I didn’t realise until after I’d drunk it that it was supposed to be a kind of BEER substitute; I swear, I thought it was POP.  It’s a very good, apple-flavoured beverage.  If you see it, I highly reccommend it.  I can’t believe, though, that they thought they could sell this stuff in America with Arabic writing on the label.

Warning: Rocket Surgeon At Work

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2006 by brokenheadphones

This is probably making the internet rounds right now, but I can’t resist helping spread this: Here is a man with apparently more money than brains trying to fix his three-hundred-thousand-dollar Maybach with a crowbar.  Pure Genius, I tell ya…

Posted in Infectious Agents on January 25, 2006 by brokenheadphones

Watts Martin, whom I just mentioned but forgot to provide a link for, has an interesting post on his site on the current state of writing in furry fandom, which memeset I thought I should help spread.

Watts was the first of the “superstar” furry writers; his stories were all you heard about in the early days of the fandom, after the artists.  A collection of his writing, “Why Coyotes Howl“, was published last year by Sofawolf Press.  He also edits the currently-in-flux “Claw & Quill” webzine.

Canadians Elect American Wannabes

Posted in stfu on January 25, 2006 by brokenheadphones

On behalf of the United States of America, I’d like to welcome our ten newest states.  Welcome to America!  Now give us the oil and we won’t beat your ass.  Okay, maybe we’ll beat your ass anyway.  Muah-hahahahah chumps.

What?  What’d you say?

Bitches!

NOW look what you made us do!  Why’d you make us hit you like that?

Con Blather: Further Confusion 2006

Posted in Moral Corruption on January 25, 2006 by brokenheadphones

I wasn’t actually staying at the hotel during the con, so I kinda feel like I missed a bunch, and I certainly missed the drunken wandering through the hallways at all hours.  I ran into Eric Elliott, one of the Guests of Honour exactly once.  There was much eating though, and some really good conversations (especially with Watts Martin, and some discussion of possible collaboration with fabulous, FABULOUS illustrator Susan Van Camp), and the shopping was great as usual, so I guess it was good overall.

The fursuiters had a huge march through the main halls, and there were hundreds of them.  The first furry convention I went to, ConFurence III, had about 350 attendees.  It looked like there were that many in fursuits this time.  Amazing.  My friends and I realised that we’re so used to seeing fursuits walking around furry conventions, we don’t even notice them anymore unless they’re of an exceptional design.  A decade ago, seeing just one was an event.

I never take any pictures, because furry conventions are such a media-oriented event that pages of photos usually turn up on websites anyway (not to mention the DVDs), but this time I decided to share with you the top five quotes of the con.  All identifying utterances have been removed, in case it was something *I* said:

#5: “This…can only end badly.”

#4: “Our television show will have a message, but without getting into the tanks, the guns, the killing and the blood.”

#3: (The following exchange)  “Who is *that*?”

“I dunno…’Painfully Cute’ is what I’d call it.”

“Yeah.  Yeah, I’m kinda with that.”

“Which part, the cute or the pain?”

“Yes.”

#2: (TIE)  A: “Welllll…that was educational, but not in the way I’d hoped.”

B: “Uh!  Uh!  Ah!  AH!  AAAAAAAGGGGHH!  Check THAT out!”

#1: “I got enough tiger -u— to last ALL YEAR!”

Oh, I did manage to score a pint of Jack Daniel’s, so I guess everything works out in the end…

Review: S.A. Sabdoprijono, “Pandawa Kumpul”

Posted in Reviews on January 15, 2006 by brokenheadphones

I imagine, based on my previous knowledge of Javanese shadow plays, that we were treated to a rather truncated version of this well-known excerpt from the Mahabharata (the part where the five Pandawa brothers get bored with being in exile, and help a king, their grandfather, fight a war), although at nearly three hours, it was tough to tell.

The shadow puppet mastery of Sigit Adji Sabdoprijono (currently a professor-in-residence at University of Michigan) is irrefutable.  People were encouraged to have a peek behind the screen to see him at work, and throughout the play the crowd watching him was large (I had a gander myself, and this was an artist at work, I’m telling you).  The problem was that all of the English narration was done before the start of the play, leaving a bewildered audience of 1100-plus trying desperately to figure out what was going on (Except for the Indonesians in the audience, of course, who could follow the native-language narrative just fine).  I lost the thread around the halfway point, so when one of the characters pulled out a pistol and shot another, the only way I could tell it was a good guy shooting a bad guy was that I remembered that all of the bad guys came from the right side of the screen.

It has been 15 years since the last full-on Wayang Kulit was staged in SE Michigan, so I do feel priviledged to have seen this one.  Let’s hope next time an English narrative is added, or at least a libretto is provided, so that the intricate, hypnotic world of the shadow play is more fully opened to us Yankee swine.

French Mistake

Posted in stfu on January 13, 2006 by brokenheadphones

How droll.  I kill me.

Anyway, I said ‘accent aigu’ there, which is wrong.  I should have said ‘accent circonflex’.  Vive la Langue.