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Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
12:01 pm
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
12:01 pm
My tweets
  • Mon, 16:58: Ryan Lochte's sponsorship being dropped is a good excuse for the news to say "Speedo" over and over again.
Monday, August 22nd, 2016
2:51 pm
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Sunday, August 21st, 2016
12:01 pm
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Saturday, August 20th, 2016
12:01 pm
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Friday, August 19th, 2016
12:01 pm
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Thursday, August 18th, 2016
12:01 pm
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Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
12:01 pm
My tweets
  • Tue, 21:50: Are the Second Amendment People like the Village People, but with firearms?
Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
9:29 pm
My tweets
Monday, August 15th, 2016
5:21 pm
Cracker vs. Krueger
This past weekend was pretty eventful. On Friday evening, I went to see Cracker at City Winery. I believe it was advertised as an acoustic show, but while David Lowery did play an acoustic guitar, Johnny Hickman played an electric one. They were joined by a guy called Pistol on steel guitar. Most of the cheaper seats at the venue have obstructed views, and none of the pictures I took came out well, but it was still a lot of fun.

The set started with "Pitchforks and Torches," which David said had become much more relevant since he wrote it. I don't remember everything they played, but I'm pretty sure it was the first time I ever heard them do "Dr. Bernice" live. For some reason, somebody cheered after the line that mentions Karen Black. The stripped-down arrangement for "Teen Angst" was pretty cool as well. For the encore, they did a cover of "It Was a Very Good Year," then closed with "King of Bakersfield" because the first line mentions wine. I didn't have any wine at City Winery, but I did have mozzarella flatbread and Diet Coke. David has been in the news recently for his lawsuit against Spotify, which led to an article referring to him as a "cranky rocker" right in the headline. Funny, I know Taylor Swift didn't let Spotify use her catalog, and I don't recall anyone calling her cranky. It kind of reminded me of the recent Last Week Tonight bit about journalism, and how you can easily get news for free these days, but people still need to pay for newspapers in order for the journalists to be able to do their jobs. And I don't think it's fair to blame the consumers in such cases. Entertainment is expensive, so who isn't going to take advantage of the ability to get it cheaply or for free? Remember when file sharing was first becoming a thing, and there were arguments that it was hurting record sales, but also that people were being introduced to bands they wouldn't otherwise have heard of? I'm sure both were true, and it's difficult to prove which was more common. But then, artists generally don't make that much from record sales anyway. That said, I did buy both a Cracker compilation including a live recording and a Johnny Hickman solo album at the show, so I'm doing my tiny part.

I took the bus down to South Jersey after the show, and drove to Cherry Hill for the Monster-Mania Convention the next day. Beth and I were both quite tired, but even the panels that weren't all that interesting tended to go by pretty quickly this time. The panels are often in the form of reunions, which basically means several actors who were in the same movie, and often not the most famous ones.

Lee Majors did the first session, then after him were reunions for Fright Night, Revenge of the Nerds, The Fog, and Halloween 6.

We've seen the first and the last of those. I've heard people say the producer's cut of the Halloween film is better than the official version, but I've also heard it involves Dr. Loomis becoming evil, which doesn't sound right. Apparently there was a lot of difficulty in getting the movie made, including the director finding Loomis' character boring when Donald Pleasence largely carried the earlier movies (well, except 3, which he wasn't in, and neither was Michael Myers).

Jason Patric, who was in The Lost Boys, had his own question-and-answer session. I have seen that one, but I don't remember it much. It does have the distinction of being the first R-rated movie Beth saw at the theater, but I'm sure that's unrelated to how much attention the convention gives it. Then came two actors from the Bates Motel television series, followed by five stars of Nightmare on Elm Street 4.

These included Robert Englund, who is pretty much just known as Freddy Krueger when he's known at all, but has actually worked with a lot of different actors and done just about every sort of acting work. While he could easily fill an hour by himself, he's also quite good at directing attention to his co-stars. We've made a habit of eating at the nearby Friendly's after the convention, but this time they were out of Diet Coke, and the waiter said he'd accept a coupon but the manager wouldn't take it. He could have told us these things when we first got there.

I started a new temp job today, which is supposed to be full-time for a few months, but today and tomorrow it's only five hours per day. Then I don't come in at all on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or Monday. For me, training is pretty much always more tedious than actually doing the work.

Current Mood: tired
12:01 pm
My tweets
  • Sun, 13:21: RT @NoThoughtsHere: Most psychopaths work this way. Batman never figured out the Joker. America still doesn't understand the Unibomber. htt…
  • Sun, 13:25: RT @drewtoothpaste: ME: anyone but trump GARY JOHNSON: I will outlaw schools. JILL STEIN: Crystals are the only technology we need. ME: ok…
  • Sun, 13:34: RT @Sickayduh: NBC: remove all tweets with our olympics footage Twitter: of course Girl: a guy is harassing me Twitter: we don't have th…
  • Sun, 13:43: RT @david8hughes: [inventor of the piano] Tables aren't noisy enough.
  • Sun, 13:46: RT @P0TUS: Donald, stop whining about the NY Times and pick on someone your own size, like the Bugtussel Daily Varmint.
  • Sun, 13:52: RT @jonrog1: "I mean, they do this thing where they just play back what I said! WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?!" https://t.co/BhUAOlb066
  • Sun, 14:54: RT @middletonlakevi: @Brimshack @realDonaldTrump I hope Trump never gets to show us his version of freedom of the press.
  • Sun, 16:31: RT @morninggloria: I one day hope to love something as much as my cat loves every box she's ever seen
  • Sun, 17:26: RT @xor: We as a nation signaled that we'd allow a candidate have Trump's relationship to the truth when we agreed to call them "hoverboard…
Sunday, August 14th, 2016
12:01 pm
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Saturday, August 13th, 2016
12:01 pm
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Friday, August 12th, 2016
3:24 pm
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Thursday, August 11th, 2016
12:01 pm
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Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
3:25 pm
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Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
9:39 pm
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Monday, August 8th, 2016
3:22 pm
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Sunday, August 7th, 2016
3:21 pm
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Saturday, August 6th, 2016
12:01 pm
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