May 18th, 2009



  • 07:56 @DVDBoxSet Hey, I just got a Honda Fit! Don't think anyone has slept in the back yet, though. #
  • 10:48 @samuraifrog And yet no one EVER complains that they can't see MY nipples. What a crazy world! :P #
  • 10:49 @JaredofMo Was it me? #
  • 12:36 I did a little editing on one of my longer Oz manuscripts. #
  • 12:36 I'd like to post some of my Oz writing somewhere for review, but no one ever seems to comment when I do that. #
  • 13:32 I think it's kind of funny how Krispy Kreme seems to be the only doughnut place that spells "doughnut" the way they taught us... #
  • 13:32 elementary school, yet they misspell both "crispy" and "cream." #
  • 14:13 @DVDBoxSet I'll have to remember that if I ever take a road trip. #
  • 14:16 @JaredofMo Unless we found a way to spring fully grown into the world. #
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Writer's Block: Look at Me/Don't Look at Me

Do you seek attention or hide from it?

Seek it, usually. I tend to be desperate for attention. Not when I'm at work, though.

Well, it's season finalé time again. I think they've only shortened the length of each new season by two episodes, but it seems like more than that. Maybe that's just a side effect of time moving more quickly as I get older, though. When I see new Simpsons episodes that deal with issues, I can't help thinking of earlier episodes that covered them much better. In this case, the topic of the week is immigration, and it makes me remember how much funnier and more clever "Much Apu About Nothing" was. That said, despite not being too astute in terms of social commentary (I've heard the "immigrants would have to build the border fence" joke so many times that it's pretty much a cliché), this wasn't such a bad episode overall. I liked the Ogdenvillians, and the lead-up to the main plot with the new Krusty Burger sandwich. I might have mentioned this before, but I think the reason I keep watching the show when I know other people have given up on it is the sense of familiarity. It lacks any edge it might have had in the past, but viewers know the characters and have some interest in their further exploits. As such, episodes that mess with what we know about the characters are a far greater sin than ones that are somewhat lacking in the humor department.

Family Guy had its second out-of-continuity episode in a row. You'd think they could have spaced them out better, wouldn't you? It was all right, but the semi-incestuous jokes were a bit uncomfortable. Yeah, I know it wasn't REALLY incest within the context of the story, but it came uncomfortably close. As for American Dad, it was pretty good, but not one of the better recent episodes. Stan's night out with the guys was pretty amusing.

I'm not sure what to think of The Cleveland Show. I like Cleveland as a character on FG, but I'm not sure he can carry his own show. But then, as long as the jokes are good, I'm sure I'll watch it. I think the most likely danger is that it will end up being too much like FG, just without the Griffins.

Finally, happy one-day-belated birthday to kevenn!

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

When I try to explain the Hungry Tiger to people who haven't read the Oz books, the conversation often goes something like this:

Me: He wants to eat fat babies, but his conscience won't let him.
Other Person: What kind of books ARE these?

I guess it IS kind of a messed-up character trait, isn't it? Especially since he has a particular preference for FAT babies in particular. I guess he should never go anywhere near Maury's show. {g} While he pretends that having a conscience is a burden, some of his friends suspect he's just maintaining an image. The Tiger is officially introduced in Ozma, but there's a minor appearance by a tiger in Wizard that many readers (myself among them) think is the same cat. He's a friend and companion of the Cowardly Lion, assisting him in bodyguard and chariot-pulling duties for Ozma, but he tends not to appear in the spotlight as much as his famous friend. His two most significant (dare I say "meatiest"?) roles are in the short story "The Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger" and (of course) his own book, both of which involve his almost giving in to the temptation to eat people, but not going through with it. In terms of appearance, he's described as "a great Tiger with purple stripes around his lithe body, powerful limbs, and eyes that showed through the half closed lids like coals of fire."

While largely living in the shadow of his cowardly compatriot, the Tiger is still a pretty popular character, enough so that David Maxine's small publishing company is named after him. There are apparently also a few restaurants called "The Hungry Tiger," but it's not entirely clear whether they have any relation to our famished feline friend from Oz.