Saturday, August 29, 2009
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Saturday, August 8, 2009
New television advertisements in Brazil are encouraging people to pee in the shower as a way of conserving water. Our own nation, you may remember, stood divided on the issue a few years ago during Big Brother 3 when Alex was appalled by Jonny's unwillingness to make a distinction between loo and shower basin. The new campaign, however, undoubtedly marks a new stage – or high water mark, if you will – in the world's development, and with new mores comes new etiquette. Remember, you may be weeing in the shower, but there's no need to be rude.
• Don't start until the water has. The water not only provides a cloaking effect, it also avoids lingering contact between the non-lavatory bowl porcelain and your urine. The idea is that it is whisked away down the plughole almost instantly, thus minimising breaches of basic hygiene and allowing maintenance of the pretence, even unto yourself, that you have not just peed in the shower.
• For similar reasons, it also behoves the micturator to do his/her business right at the beginning of his/her ablutions, thus providing a full rinse cycle.
• Don't do it in a friend's shower. Nothing ruins a friendship quicker than inappropriate urination. Keep it for post-pub antics in shop doorways where it belongs.
• Don't do it in public showers – for the obvious reasons, but also because public showers very often involve wooden slat arrangements and we are talking about an activity that should only be undertaken on very, very non-porous areas indeed.
• Don't get carried away. You may, if you choose, pee in the shower. But don't wash in the toilet, and never, ever poo in the bath.
Friday, August 7, 2009
From NPR.org:Movie director John Hughes, who died suddenly Thursday at age 59, made films that helped teenagers define — and maybe survive — their high school years. One 15-year-old fan was so moved by Hughes' film The Breakfast Club that she wrote a letter to him.
"I kinda spilled my guts to the guy," says Alison Byrne Fields, who grew up to become a diversity educator and social-media strategist. "I just told him that he had touched me, as a teenager who was uncomfortable with being a teenager, uncomfortable with life in general."
A month later, she got a form letter in response — and she got "pretty irate." She let Hughes know it, too, in a follow-up letter, whereupon one of Hollywood's hottest new properties wrote to apologize. That began a pen-pal relationship that lasted for years.
"I think he was sincere about his desire to tell the story of young people in a way that was honest," Byrne Fields says, explaining why she thinks Hughes made the time to keep up their correspondence. "And that having a conversation, a communication with a real young person ... maybe it helped him.
"He said, 'I make these movies for you,' " she says. "He would laugh at the slang I used, and he would ask me about teachers and talk to me about my relationship with my parents, and so I think that it did inform him. But I like to think he just also cared."
Yesterday, when news broke of Hughes' sudden death from a heart attack, Byrne Fields blogged about those exchanges and about what happened when she and Hughes got back in touch a decade after their initial correspondence had lapsed.
The post became the focus for an outpouring of nostalgia and emotion, both on Facebook and across the Twitterverse. On Friday, Byrne Fields — who works not far from NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. — visited the studio for a conversation with California-based All Things Considered host Madeleine Brand.
They talked about what she learned as a teen from the man behind some of the most memorable teen-angst comedies of the 1980s — and what he told her, once she had grown up, about the reasons he chose to leave Hollywood behind.
Tribute to John Hughes: http://wellknowwhenwegetthere.blogspot.com/2009/08/sincerely-john-hughes.html
John Hughes bio is available at IMDB. To jog your memory, here are the movies he directed (as you can see from his bio he was involved with many more as a Producer and Writer):
- Curly Sue (1991)
- Uncle Buck (1989)
- She's Having a Baby (1988)
- Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
- Weird Science (1985)
- The Breakfast Club (1985)
- Sixteen Candles (1984)
Saturday, August 1, 2009
My application stated that I would write and compose an original piece of musical theater that paid homage to the fantasy culture, with Bill and Matthew as the main characters. The real Bill and Matthew spent a couple minutes on their podcast/XM radio show discussing the idea, pushing me through to the "final round." Ultimately, however, they decided to go with what they admitted had shades of affirmative action: one Seattle fan, one member of the US Military, one female fan, etc. My application was excluded on the grounds that they did not know me, and that it was entirely possible my musical would be an absolute train wreck. Fair enough, I suppose.
Well, having been locked out of the "SimmonBerry Fantasy League," my motivations changed. I no longer cared about joining the celebrity league. My aspirations instead became three-fold:
1. To create a piece of theater that would celebrate the world of sports fandom I am proud to be a part of
2. To invite sports fans who do not consider themselves "theater-goers" to a show they would legitimately be excited about
3. To introduce many in the theater world to the reasons why being a sports fan is just so fantastic
When people ask, "What's your show called?", the response is either mild confusion or wild excitement. I encourage people with either reaction to come and check it out. You'll have a good time. And there are gonna be hot chicks.
For more information go to Fantasy Football The Musical.