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Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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  • 08:10 Is there a dating site for people with STDs? #
  • 14:02 How can the Cheesy Gordita Crunch be "back for a limited time" when I've already had a few earlier this year? #
  • 17:00 I've noticed that cell phone salesmen are desperate to avoid telling you how much anything costs. #
  • 17:01 We went to the Verizon store today, and the guy was trying to get us to wait until April to upgrade our phones. #
  • 17:02 Seems to me it would have made more sense to get new phones sold as soon as possible, but who knows how that whole racket works? #
  • 17:06 @NowIsStrange You're welcome. I'm sorry I only got you one. #
  • 17:07 @TheRealTavie There's no way to have partially protected updates on Facebook, is there? #
  • 19:39 @Clamanity Yeah, that's one possibility. #
  • 19:44 Photo: Dewey (the dachshund) sings along with my wife’s clarinet playing Picture by Tavie tumblr.com/xpy42stfy #
  • 20:19 @colleenanne Do I look like I'm made of Camcorders? I'll try to get video at some point, though. #
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Jinxin' the Land
First of all, happy birthday to annamatic!

Next, I think I'll follow up my Oogaboo post by featuring another kingdom on the outskirts of Oz. This time, it's Jinxland, an area in the southeastern Quadling Country with a rather tumultuous political history. It's largely separated from the rest of Oz, being surrounded by mountains and a great gulf, aside from where it borders the Deadly Desert. Because of this isolation, it's a popular dwelling place for illegal witches, most prominently the one-eyed Blinkie. Jinxland is a quite beautiful land, but when Trot and Cap'n Bill arrive there in The Scarecrow of Oz, it has a quite unpleasant ruler, with the rather telling name of King Krewl. Not too long before, the ruler had been the beneficent King Kynd, but his Prime Minister Phearse pushed him into the Great Gulf, and usurped the throne. Phearse later got into an argument with his own Prime Minister Krewl, and the latter buried the former under rocks at the bottom of a lake. During the course of the book, Krewl himself is eventually deposed by the Scarecrow, with help from a flock of Orks.

Another significant part of the plot of Scarecrow involves Kynd's daughter Gloria, who is being raised by her uncle King Krewl, falling in love with Phearse's son Pon. At this time, Pon is working as a gardener's boy, and the King is determined to marry Gloria to the old and rich Lord Googly-Goo. The American visitors don't think much of Pon, who's somewhat of a wuss. Really, though, I can kind of identify with him, and he's quite loyal despite his fragility. Anyway, after the Scarecrow shows up and conquers King Krewl, Gloria is crowned Queen of Jinxland, and Pon becomes her consort. Krewl himself is demoted to gardener's assistant, and forced to change his name to Grewl.

As with Oogaboo, Jinxland also makes some return appearances in apocryphal books and stories. Most significantly, Phyllis Ann Karr's The Gardener's Boy of Oz provides a lot of additional details about the history of the kingdom. According to this story, King Kynd's wife and Gloria's mother was named Tralynda, and she was also largely responsible for raising Pon. Phearse never married or had children of his own, Pon actually being a child he bought from the Wicked Witch Blinkie so that he could marry Pon to Gloria and legitimize his own reign. One issue that remains confusing, however, is how Krewl and Gloria are related. She refers to him as her uncle in Scarecrow, but since there's a reference in Gardener's Boy to Krewl wanting to marry Tralynda, he's obviously not her brother. So he's either not technically her uncle (which is certainly possible), and Kynd and Krewl are brothers. While this latter would make sense, I don't recall anyone in Gardener's Boy acknowledging it, and wouldn't Krewl's being a blood relative of Kynd's mean he would have been ahead of Phearse in line for the throne? Then again, that's assuming we really know how the laws of succession in Jinxland work. Anyway, Gardener's Boy reveals the fates of Kynd, Tralynda, and Phearse; and the former two are restored to the throne, leaving Pon and Gloria much more free time.

More Fun with Bands
This meme was shamelessly appropriated from SamuraiFrog.

List 10 musical artists (or bands) you like, in no specific order (do this before reading the questions below). Really, don’t read the questions below until you pick your ten artists!!!

1. XTC
2. Frank Black
3. "Weird Al" Yankovic
4. Neko Case
5. Dresden Dolls
6. Nellie McKay
7. They Might Be Giants
8. Fastbacks
9. Tori Amos
10. Stephin Merritt

What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
I think it was "Ding Dong."

What is your favorite song of 8?
I'd say "Old Address of the Unknown."

What kind of impact has 1 left on your life?
A fair amount, I'd say. I associate them very closely with my college years.

What is your favorite lyric of 5?
"Coke and Pepsi finally found a compromise." (From "Modern Moonlight")

How many times have you seen 4 live?
I think maybe seven? Once was with the New Pornographers.

What is your favorite song by 7?
It's Not My Birthday

Is there any song by 3 that makes you sad?
By Weird Al? No, I don't think so.

What is your favorite song by 9?
Black Dove (January)

When did you first get into 2?
My senior year of college, when I bought Teenager of the Year used

How did you get into 3?
Not even sure. While I didn't actually get any of his albums until high school, I've been familiar with his work for much longer than that.

What is your favorite song by 4?
Deep Red Bells

How many times have you seen 9 live?
Several. I've lost count, but I saw her once in college, and bethje and I have seen her most of the times she's come to the area in the past few years.

What is a good memory concerning 2?
Seeing him at both an in-store and a regular concert in November 2002

Is there a song by 8 that makes you sad?
I can't think of one, but some of them are kind of melancholy.

What is your favorite song of 1?
Burning with Optimism's Flames

How did you become a fan of 10?
I heard a few Magnetic Fields songs through the magic of the Internet, and eventually decided to buy the albums.

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