June 24th, 2009



  • 09:15 My dreams involved dressing up as the Tin Woodman and being yelled at for using a urinal too late at night. #
  • 14:04 @samuraifrog I remember when he came up with an action figure of Dorothy in bondage. #
  • 14:05 @amandapalmer Do they get invisible ones, then? #
  • 14:06 Ed McMahon died? I guess that shouldn't have been unexpected, but it was anyway. #
  • 14:11 I wonder if I should recreate my summer mix from a few years ago. #
  • 14:12 I assume the name of @eehouls's Twitter page doesn't have anything to do with the Carolyn Mark song that just came on? #
  • 14:13 @InBloomers No, but I'm saving time in a bottle. #
  • 14:15 One of the suggested Google searches when I typed in my own LJ username was "vovat livejournal zoe." Did someone really search for that? #
  • 14:15 For all I know, maybe I searched for it, and just can't remember. #
  • 15:05 I recreated the mix, but I can't get iTunes to submit the tracklist to the CDDB. Am I going to have to do it all manually? #
  • 15:44 @eehouls www.yousendit.com/download/cmcxOGNTeFVZY1RIRGc9PQ #
  • 17:39 Happy birthday to Sonic the Hedgehog! #
  • 23:18 I kind of regret eating at the Olive Garden now that I know they stopped sponsoring Letterman over the Palin thing. #
  • 23:19 All I can figure is that the Olive Garden is Sarah Palin's favorite restaurant. #
  • 23:20 Aren't those who claim that universal health care will automatically lead to waiting years for operations missing some intermediate steps? #
  • 23:27 Happy Midsummer's Eve! Let me know if you see any dancing fairies! Because Titania owes me a dollar. #
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Midsummer Madness

The date of Midsummer varies somewhat from one country to another, but in the United Kingdom and some other countries, it was the twenty-fourth of June. A few days off from the solstice, to be sure, but so was the Sol Invictus (and, hence, Christmas). Or maybe the solstice dates changed somewhat over the centuries? I think I've seen both explanations. Regardless, happy Midsummer's Day, or belated Midsummer's Day if you celebrated on the actual solstice! Which, this year, was also Father's Day, possibly leading to Oberon expecting TWO presents from each of his children.

Like most old pagan holidays with a large European following, Midsummer's Day was given a Christian makeover by the Church, becoming St. John the Baptist's Day. Not because John had any particular connection with summer (at least as far as I know), but because, according to the Gospel of Luke, Elizabeth was six months pregnant with John when Jesus was conceived. Hence, his birthday would have been six months before Jesus', which is celebrated at Christmas. See how it all works out, even though there's no evidence for Jesus having been born on Christmas, and the story of John's birth isn't supported by any of the other canonical Gospels? Anyway, the Wikipedia entry gives the impression that a lot of societies have combined old Midsummer traditions with celebrations of the baptizing saint. You know, sort of like how people still decorate trees for Christmas?

Toadal Recall

Take a look at the trailer for New Super Mario Bros. Wii!

Looks like a cool game, but I have to wonder why the two playable characters other than the obvious ones are just generic blue and yellow Toads. This got me thinking about how the original Toad was sort of a filler character. There were four characters in Doki Doki Panic, and after changing them into the two heroes and the damsel in distress from the original Super Mario Bros., they were still left having to come up with a Mario universe equivalent of the small but strong Papa. Hence Toad, described as the Royal Mushroom Retainer, making him one of the seven who tell Mario or Luigi that the Princess is in another castle (or at least someone with the same job title). At least for me, I think a large part of what made him a distinctive character was the cartoon part of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, which made him sort of a sidekick to the Marios with a gung-ho personality and a desire to be a hero. Even though all of the Mushroom People came to be known as Toads, I still think of THE Toad as a specific individual, and it seems that the makers of the games often do as well. So, assuming the two extra Toads in the Wii game make it to the completed version, will they be given their own names and personalities? I suppose only time will tell. I'm not really sure why they didn't just use Toad and Toadette, as that would lend some credence to the character who was just kind of thrown into Mario Kart Double Dash. But apparently Nintendo likes having some characters who only exist to play sports. I don't think Waluigi has ever appeared in an official Wario game, has he?

Anyway, long live Toad!