July 14, 2006

There was lots to hate this week.: But there were ten things to love

Ten things I love this week.

1) The Delays “You See Colours”
A CD I picked up in London, it has been really excellent for copy editing to. It’s upbeat enough to keep me going without being oppressively jolly.

3) UnrulyRedhead.com
The mighty queen of redheads blogs about her adventures in New York! Why does the site look suspiciously similar to mine? Because she’s using Larry’s tool (content management system tool that is–Kenneth, get your mind out of the gutter).

2) Berry Burst Cheerios
I really like the strawberry banana kind. Even though I know it sounds disgusting it really isn’t and when the weather is in the 90s I don’t feel like eating much more than cereal anyway.

4) The Doctor Who 2006 season finale
Sure it felt like having my heart ripped still-beating from my chest and thrown to a pack of rabid wolverines. Yes, it left a huge chunk of fans feeling dazed and depressed. But my oh my, such good entertainment!

5) Don’t Hassle the Hoff
Hasslehoff is back, this time with “Jump in my Car,” a song aimed at launching his musical career in Australia. You have to watch the whole video to be really sure, but yes, he is laughing at himself.

6) Hitler Cats
As Erin put it: “My cats already sort of scare me, and they don’t look anything like Hitler.”

7) Pet Shop Boys “Fundamental”
Love it. Absolutely love it. And how could you not love an album with a song called “The Sodom and Gomorrah Show”?

8) CostOfWar.com
OK, so it is pretty depressing, but fascinating all the same.

9) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
The best movie I’ve ever seen? No. But good clean summer fun and so very full of eye candy you barely notice the plot holes. You’ve got Johnny Depp being as outrageous as ever, and of course there’s Keira and Orlando for those of you that like that sort of thing. But I was pretty much all about what I like to call the “New and Improved Scruffy Commodore Norrington Hotness” (or just “the Norrington Hotness” for short).

10) The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
One of the gazillion books written by Terry Pratchett, this won a Carnegie Award for Children’s Literature and doesn’t really feel like a children’s book at all. ]

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June 10, 2005

Matt 101: An introduction to the Matts

After some recent confusion among my friends about which Matt was posting on my blog (Pavik), I thought it might be a good idea to give you all a crash course on the many and varied Matts of the Doc Smartypants world. Don’t worry, you won’t be tested on this.

Matt the Hobbit

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Matt Fields

aka: Chef Matt, Matt the Hobbit, Mattymoo

How I met him: Matt came into CC&G while I worked

there and I recruited him to play cards with Larry. Later we worked there together and amused the ladies of Regis Hair Salon by doing the “mall dance” to the Ramones.

Currently living in: Bellingham, Wash. (with Perrycuda)

How to tell him from the others: He’s the shortest; likes to cook; fancies boys.

I once saw: him wrap his entire hand in cellophane and tape so he could shower (to protect his stitched-up thumb, which he almost cut off while cooking).

Quote: “Oh my gawd, it’s like butta’!”

Perrycuda

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Matt Perry

aka: Perry, Perrycuda

How I met him: Perry knew Fields from Port Townsend and they lived next door to each other when they first moved to Bellingham.

Currently living in: Bellingham, Wash. (with Mattymoo)

How to tell him from the others: Single and looking for a lady; likes a spankin’; plays online games.

I once saw: Larry break a boat oar over his ass.

Quote: “You bastard!

Matt of the Broken Monkey Glass

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Matt Pavik

aka: Matt of the Broken Monkey Glass, Matttty, Kinko’s Matt

How I met him: Worked at Kinko’s in Boston with Larry. While he was on an out-of-town trip we were at his place to feed his fish and I broke his monkey glass. The gravity was much stronger in his kitchen than on the rest of the planet.

How to tell him from the others: Lives in Oregon; in a long-term relationship; is the only Matt so far to post a comment on my blog (as “Mattttty”).

Currently living in: Portland, Ore. (with Librarianna of the Broken Monkey Glass)

I once saw: him sing “YMCA” at a karaoke bar.

Quote: “It was wicked pissa’.”

June 7, 2005

Doc Smartypants vs. the Infamous Meme!: It’s about books, OK?

My buddy over at homefries.org tagged me for this book meme. You’ve probably seen it around. Below are the four questions and my answers to them:

What is the total number of books I’ve owned?
I spent an absurd amount of time trying to come up with an answer to
this. I was tempted to just lie and say 15,657 or something, but where’s
the fun in that? The trouble is that I started buying books when I was in elementary school and I never stopped, but multiple moves have really thinned the herd.

I’m going to make the educated estimate that the total is somewhere in
the 2,000-2,500 range. Give or take several hundred.

What was the last book I bought?
This, I believe, was a used copy of Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi, which I purchased in a used bookstore in Bellingham on my last visit home and read in my book club. It was good, but I found the ending disappointing. (I’m sure there’s a deep symbolic message about life in that last sentence if you care to ponder it long enough.)

What was the last book I read?
Fluke, Or I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore. (I’m reading another of his now, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal)

Five books that mean a lot to me:
I went with the homefries interpretation here and focused on importance rather than just making a list of my favorite reads. What I love is not necessarily what is most important, but the things I think are important are certainly loved.

Don’t laugh.:

The AP Stylebook Even though I am now expected to use Chicago Style, AP was what I originally learned and what I know best. My poor old stylebook has been almost everywhere and is pretty thrashed now. As part of a college class I went on this hike that almost killed me and when I got to the top
and was pulling my lunch out of my backpack a friend sitting nearby looked over and said, “What the…? You brought your AP style guide?!” Which, for the record, was mostly for the drive there, but you never know when you might need to know the proper style for “yo-yo” (formerly a trademark, now a generic term).

Glory Lane OK, so my first impulse here was to say Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy because I’ve read it a gazillion times and it was
my intro into the sci-fi/fantasy genre (at least as far as grown-up books). But then I remembered that the Guide actually doesn’t hold that honor—Glory Lane does. I read Glory Lane at least two years before I ever touched the Hitchhiker’s Guide.

The Random House Dictionary of the English Language (Unabridged) A constant feature in my life
since childhood. I was delighted when I realized we have the exact same edition at work that I grew up with. I used to love looking up weird words, studying the flags of the world, and trying to make useful phrases (such as “rattle the hedgehog”) out of the English-to-French, or English-to-German sections. One of my absolute favorite bits was the page in back with the solar system.

Thalberg:
The Last Tycoon and the World of MGM
A benchmark on two fronts, this book sparked a lasting love of both film history and biographies. I have not moved anywhere without it (even brought it to Boston for my summer internship).

And last but probably least…

Which Witch? OK, go ahead and laugh if you want, but hear me out first. This is the only book from my childhood that is still in my possession and that made the trip to Boston. I’m not sure exactly when I first read it, but it was probably third or fourth grade I guess. It is important because I say it is.

So that’s all. Took me long enough! I would encourage those of you who read
this to answer this meme yourself, either here or on your own blog/LJ. H-Bob and Miss Erin, you do not get a choice in this matter. Just do it!]

Update: H-Bob has responded on her LJ. Matt of the Broken Monkey Glass and Librarianna of the Broken Monkey Glass have responded, too.

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