Monday, November 25, 2002

Which is it?

From a box of Lean Cuisine Spaghetti with Meatballs:

"Roasted and seasoned meatballs in a chunky tomato sauce accented with basil and mushrooms. Served with a side of freshly-made spaghetti."

So... is it really Spaghetti with Meatballs or is it actually supposed to be Meatballs with Spaghetti?

Monday, November 18, 2002

Cartooneys

The same thing happened to me with Encyclopedia Brown. Damn him!
With Thanksgiving coming up soon, there's something I want to say:

I'm thankful to live in a place where, if someone contracts a mysterious illness that the doctors aren't familiar with, that it wouldn't automatically be assumed to be caused by a magical cartoon villain.

(And those idiots can't even get their imaginary cartoon character mind-control diagnosis right! If it had been the character mentioned in the article, the boys would clearly have become unstoppable killing machines with "M"-shaped markings on their foreheads. Don't they know anything?!? Geez!)

Monday, November 11, 2002

Recent Dream:

It was the beginning of my freshman year of college. The school in my dream was all one big building/complex--some kind of strange combination of a school, hotel, office building, and shopping mall. It was a really nice place, and located in some kind of big scenic valley with a lake nearby. I was looking around the place, familiarizing myself with the surroundings while lugging around a couple of suitcases as I looked for my dorm room. After finding my room and dropping off my things, I went off to find my high school friend who was also going to be attending this school. She was a combination of Willow Rosenberg from Buffy and my real-life high school & college friend Janice, and I think we may have been dating or having some kind of flirtation going on. The school also had a warehouse-type section, where we went snooping around the loading docks after hearing stories of an evil mummy that had come to life and was lurking around there.

Poochie Lives

Commercials for kids' stuff can be really horrible examples of marketing drone faux-hipness. There's this macaroni and cheese commercial with this totally-radical-to-the-extreme "Maxaroni" character that's so much like Poochie it's frightening.

"Yo! Icee Maker's in the house!"

Thursday, November 07, 2002

DVD City

The day was 12 November, 2002. Three huge DVDs were being released. Star Wars II, Lord of the Rings Extended, and South Park Season One.

I went ahead and ordered them all. I found a coupon for CDNow at cdshopper.cjb.net that takes 15% off (I also had some credit there). It ended up costing a lot less than if I were to zip into Best Buy or something, especially since CDNow costs less anyway.

For those getting South Park, if you don't know, Comedycentral.com is offering a free 5 CD set of the audio commentary for the shows. You only pay for shipping. The Man didn't want to release their dirty talk as part of the DVDs, so the boys are being nice about it and letting us have it by other means. I assume we just have to listen to them (since it's CDs), but I guess we could play the CDs at the same time as the episodes if we want to follow along.

For those getting Star Wars... Yoda Man.

The Lord of the Digital Video Discs.

Monday, November 04, 2002

Plagiarism

My new album Plagiarism is online for downloading and streaming until Christmas here. But, wait, it's not just an album: it's a game!

The idea behind the album was to write original songs in the style of existing artists, so the game is to guess which artist I was plagiarising. So far Tommy Burton is in the lead, getting 9 right, and Liza Marshall in second place with 7.

Who will get all twelve? Who, who, who?
Ad-Nauseum

I haven't seen the Star Wars DVD yet, but I'll be looking for it. What's funny is that they're still using the faux-hip terms of like ten years ago. Apparently, no one watched the "Where's Poochie?" episode of The Simpsons.

Saturday, November 02, 2002

The Power of Advertising

I was planning on getting the Attack of the Clones DVD. (Well...at least after The Fellowship of the Ring extended version and Spider-Man and Babylon 5 and G Gundam and the MST3K boxset and South Park and Cowboy Bebop Best Sessions and the new volumes of Excel Saga and Dai-Guard and all the other billions of great DVDs it seems are being released this month) Then I saw the tv ad they're running for it:

"Who da man?"
"Yo-da man!"

Intellectually, I know that it's just a stupid ad that shouldn't have any real effect on whether I want this movie on DVD. Emotionally, though, it's actually managed to sour me on it. Were they trying to deliberately create an ad campaign to decrease interest in the movie?

On a similar note, those Wal-Mart ads with "in-yo-face!" type guys who are so overenthusiastic they must be on some kind of serious stimulants... they manage to somehow make the Spider-Man movie--and the DVD format as a whole--seem a lot less cool.