A Minimal Level of Fame (beta version)

I went to our doctor today. (Noble Girl has an ongoing sinus infection.) I’ve known our doctor socially for a long time before she became our doctor so when I showed up with Noble Girl she said, “Speak of the Devil!”

Seems that, for the second time in a little over a month, she’s been cleaning the iguana cage and, on putting fresh newspaper in the bottom, has found my face looking up at her.

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Extrusions Into the Third Dimension

Noble Girl made me my Headcrab Zombie doll and her mom was so impressed (and jealous!) that NG has been working on a project specifically for Laura. From the Analog cover for Glass Houses, Laura J. Mixon’s 1992 critically acclaimed novel, comes Golem and Ruby.

You can see a C-Print of the original cover in the background.

Click to embiggen.

Sock Robots Rule!

Snow Day

It’s not very much snow at all but it came with wind that blew the relatively heavy metal chairs off my deck and iced up the streets. Anyway, they canceled school.

Twilight Ninja and Noble Girl are delighted.

Laura, whose office in the house doesn’t have a door, is less so.

Steve, whose office is a separate establishment far across the snowy plains of the backyard, is just fine.


We went to see The Golden Compass, a movie which has been discussed already, and this is the first time I’ve seen the posters in person. (Don’t know if there was a trailer playing at this particular cinemaplexoid but there certainly wasn’t one in front of TGC.)

To be fair, no one really gets much easily seen credit in the large scale Jumper cinema display. It’s very big and hard to miss, but even the director, Doug Liman, just has two of his more commercially successful films listed prominently but not his name. Not even Samuel L. Jackson’s name appears.

Down at the bottom of the poster artifact, though, we did find the credits. There printed in dark gray type on a black background and, son-of-a-gun, there, along with Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson and Doug Liman and Jamie Bell and Simon Kinberg were the words based on the novel by Steven Gould.

I held my cell phone as a poor-man’s light while Laura took a snap with hers. The people in the theater, both employees and other theater goers, looked at us very strangely, but here it is:

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Rag Doll

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (click here for soundtrack in different window.)

Ooh, oo-oo-oo-ooh (Ooh-oo-ooh)
Ahh, ah-ah-ah-ahh (Rag doll, ooh)

(Hand-me-down) When she was just a kid her clothes were hand-me-down
(Hand-me-down) They always laughed at her when she came into town
Called her rag doll, little rag doll
Such a pretty face should be dressed in lace

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