May 20th, 2008

Victor

Don't worry who these jokes will all be lost on

Today, I received the new Dresden Dolls album, which is called No, Virginia, as it's essentially a counterpart to their excellent 2006 release Yes, Virginia. I remember They Might Be Giants coming up with a similar joke when they mentioned that they were considering naming an album Yes!, to go along with their children's album No! I don't know how seriously they really were about this, though, and red tape resulted in No! not being released until almost a year after the other album (which turned out to be Mink Car), so the joke wouldn't have worked so well anyway. Anyway, I guess No, Virginia is sort of a rarities collection, and I don't think it's quite as engaging (or, for that matter, quite as manic) as their other two albums. It's still a strong collection of songs, though, and undoubtedly...uh, Dresden Doll-ish, I guess.

And if I may turn to a different musician, check out what Weird Al bought at Amoeba Records.

Not much else to report now, really. My latest Oz manuscript has actually been coming along pretty well, but does anyone reading this care about that? I'll be watching the American Idol finalé, but I don't particularly care who wins. I like David Cook better, but a David Archuleta win would be such a victory for his insane stage dad. I think past years have pretty much proven that whether or not you win on the show has bugger all to do with how successful you become in the music industry. And I want to see Prince Caspian, but I'm not sure when I'll get the chance.
wart

The fate of the games is in your hands!

Last time I saw my mom, she brought a box of old games, including Advance to Boardwalk, Where in the USA Is Carmen Sandiego?, and some Trivial Pursuit sets from the eighties. I tend to doubt I'll ever play any of these again, but I hate getting rid of things, so I thought I would put it to a poll. (Apparently I can do that with a plus account, although I didn't realize it before.) And since I was doing a poll anyway, I decided to add some other questions as well. The convention referred to in the second question is the 2008 National IWOC Convention described here, and Fayetteville is about 300 miles away from where I live.

Poll #1191197 Choices, Choices, and Only One Choice

What do you think I should do with these old games?

Keep them! There's novelty value in old games!
3(23.1%)
Take them to the thrift shop.
5(38.5%)
Give them to me!
2(15.4%)
Other (explain in comments)
3(23.1%)

Should I go to the Wonderful Weekend of Oz?

Yes! It's time you went to another Oz Convention!
9(75.0%)
No, that's a dumb idea.
0(0.0%)
I have mixed feelings. (Explain in comments.)
0(0.0%)
Why should I care whether you go to some Oz thing?
3(25.0%)

Who do you think will win American Idol?

David Archuleta
0(0.0%)
David Cook
2(15.4%)
David Dinkins
0(0.0%)
David Duke
0(0.0%)
David Foley
2(15.4%)
David Matheson
0(0.0%)
David Spade
1(7.7%)
David Cross
2(15.4%)
Goliath
1(7.7%)
It'll be a tie!
0(0.0%)
I really don't care.
2(15.4%)
I don't even know what you're talking about.
3(23.1%)
Other (explain in comments)
0(0.0%)

What kind of pasta do you prefer?

Spaghetti
1(7.7%)
Lasagna
2(15.4%)
Manicotti
0(0.0%)
Rotini
1(7.7%)
Ziti
2(15.4%)
Linguine
0(0.0%)
Penne
2(15.4%)
Ravioli
2(15.4%)
Macaroni
0(0.0%)
Tortellini
1(7.7%)
Fetuccine
1(7.7%)
Mussolini
1(7.7%)
Other
0(0.0%)

What's the best album that's come out so far in 2008?

Shall I part my hair behind?

Go for it!
4(33.3%)
No, part it in the front.
4(33.3%)
Maybe you should try growing bangs instead.
4(33.3%)

Do I dare to eat a peach?

Yes! Dare to eat that peach, damn it!
5(38.5%)
Try a nectarine instead, so you won't have to deal with the fuzzy skin.
2(15.4%)
I think a pear would be a better idea.
1(7.7%)
Maybe you should wear white flannel trousers and walk along the beach.
3(23.1%)
Come on, even an English major wouldn't find this funny!
2(15.4%)

Potato frog's legs however stylus purring?

Grizzafrillamus.
12(100.0%)


DISCLAIMER: The results of this poll are not guaranteed to affect the course of action I take. In fact, I might totally ignore the popular vote, and leave it up to the superdelegates.