May 4th, 2009



  • 02:21 I tend to forget to take my pills when I don't eat breakfast at home. #
  • 02:22 @huggythuggy Didn't I tell you Spike was a jerk? #
  • 02:23 @amandapalmer - Now that's what I call multitasking! #
  • 10:20 Why is the Scarecrow hanging around with a black stereotype? #
  • 10:25 How did I ever manage to accumulate so much junk in my old car? I still need to sort through all the stuff I removed yesterday. #
  • 11:20 An ad for some numerology website uses the tagline "Your Name Is No Accident." Well, I would assume my parents named me on purpose, right? #
  • 12:01 Getting @NowIsStrange to get out of bed is akin to one of the Labors of Hercules. #
  • 12:02 To be fair, though, I'd probably sleep just as long if I were capable of it. #
  • 12:41 Gender-specific electronics marketing #
  • 12:41 I hate gender-specific advertising, by the way. Except possibly when it comes to maxi pads. #
  • 14:15 Edited Wizard of Oz clips #
  • 14:16 And my personal favorite: #
  • 16:34 As far as Final Fantasy merchandise goes, has anybody made a Chocobo Choker yet? #
  • 16:48 Do they publish TV Guide anymore? #
  • 17:17 I wish I'd gotten a free comic book yesterday, but all the shops had closed by the time I'd finished getting my car. #
  • 17:34 @NowIsStrange Look, it's Beth! Look, she's doing stuff! #
  • 18:11 @heiditron3000 Yes, because unlike a combination of deafness and blindness, swine flu does not automatically make you good at pinball. #
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  • 18:17 The Army is now using Twitter and Facebook. (That's what that last link is about.) #
  • 19:47 @eehouls Nobody enjoys stale bread! #
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Squatting in Waverly Hills

Eh, I didn't think much of last night's Simpsons episode. The premise was actually pretty interesting, but nothing really came of it. The crazy school inspector was kind of funny, but that's pretty much it. Not to mention that I found the timeline kind of confusing, since they seemed to be cutting back and forth to storylines that weren't even taking place at the same time of day, as far as I could tell. It's hardly the first episode to do this, but it struck me as particularly confusing this time. Family Guy wasn't that great either, although I did think the live-action clips were a nice touch. I did enjoy American Dad, and appreciated that it gave more background for Roger, but I can't help feeling sorry for the guy.

All right, that's all for now, and I have to get going soon anyway. In the works for tonight is a post about Kaliko.

Kaliko's Corner

I'm sure everybody who's read more than two Oz books knows about Roquat, later known as Ruggedo, the former King of the Nomes. Somewhat less prominent in the series, but still a significant recurring character, is his replacement Kaliko. Kaliko is first introduced as Roquat's Chief Steward in Emerald City. He might also be the unnamed Chief Steward in Ozma, but that's by no means guaranteed, considering how often Roquat "threw away" his officials at that point. He's presented as obedient to his monarch, yet not afraid to argue when he knows there's nothing the King can do. Roquat/Ruggedo has a habit of throwing his scepter at Kaliko, but fortunately the Steward became an expert at dodging it. In Tik-Tok, Kaliko has apparently been promoted to Royal Chamberlain (possibly a position he managed to obtain for himself when Roquat lost his memory and changed his name), and he plays an important part as a mediator between Ruggedo and his subjects. When Ruggedo is driven out of the kingdom at the behest of the Great Jinjin, Kaliko takes his place as Nome King, and it's implied that he'll be a kinder, gentler Metal Monarch. When we see him again in Rinkitink, however, he's pretty much just as nasty as his predecessor. The literary reason for this is that L. Frank Baum wrote Rinkitink as a non-Oz manuscript that was somehow never published, so he eventually made some minor changes to work it into an Oz book. Since Kaliko had become the Nome King by this point, Baum placed him in that position in the rewritten book, even though it was most likely originally Roquat/Ruggedo. We could perhaps say that the power had corrupted Kaliko. Ruth Plumly Thompson seems to have wanted to create somewhat of a balance between the two personalities, making him devious at times, but never openly nasty. He's also a quite nervous ruler in Thompson's characterization, both fearful and resentful of Ozma's interference in his affairs.

Scepter-dodging is not Kaliko's only useful skill. He also reassembles Tik-Tok after Ruggedo breaks him in one of the Little Wizard Stories, showing a great mechanical aptitude. Rinkitink shows him working magic, but it's the only canonical book that does.

As for Kaliko's appearance, he's described as having a "fat, round body" in Emerald City, but John R. Neill usually drew him as being skinny (perhaps to present a greater contrast between him and Ruggedo), and Thompson followed suit in the text of Gnome King. And while I've heard people pronounce his name "Coleco" (like the electronics company), I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be pronounced "calico" (like the fabric or the cat). Usually, if I can find some sort of wordplay in a Baumian name, I assume it's intentional.
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