Saturday, December 22, 2007

MERRY HOLIDAYS!

157 comments:

PalmerEldritch said...

he looks a little like george lucas.

just sayin'...



happy holidays right back at you, dharmalars, tli, and SASers.

Minneapolis Ryan said...

Ralph, thats propbably the best christmas card - video ever...

Brooklyn said...

Quite excellent...

Happy Kwanza to you too...

the boob guy said...

boobs.

Terminator 4 said...

Why is Santa smacking you in the package?

Terminator 4 said...

Why is Santa smacking you in the package?

Ralph- said...

santa is not "smacking me in the package".

he is "touching me on the dick...sexually"

stephsmith said...

hehehe

So...
I've been thinking about the Golden Globes. Do you think networks buy these awards? I do. That's the only explanation I can come up with for how Grey's Anatomy is still getting nominations and Lost isn't. On what basis are these shows being judged? Acting, writing, direction?

andrew. said...

Happily Holidays Blogspotters!
i'm posting from my mom's house. It's like a me-centric flashback episode.
They even dressed the set with a bunch of old items like a fax/telephone & pictures of me with what i wish were bad Lost wigs.

-i thought they gave Golden Globes to anyone that lived in Hollywood. Maybe the Losties are disqualified because they get to live in paradise.

stephsmith said...

This looks crazy. Anyone seen it?

FutureAlly said...

what in the hell is that?!?! i've never seen/heard of that before. people are always complaining about directors or whatever not coming up with original ideas and i guess this is what we get.

FutureAlly said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

i hope everyone's having a nice time with their families and that everyone is finally done with their christmas shopping.


/was that santa molesting ralph? it didn't look like he was too bothered by it.

trevor mcfur said...

In regards to Steph's link:

Well, no one's gonna top that.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

memphish said...

Good Urban Dictionary word today:

REPLYMAS CARDS
Christmas cards that you send out in response to Christmas cards you get unexpectedly from others. Usually the recepient of your Replymas Card is someone that you wouldn't have sent a Christmas card to otherwise.


Oh yeah, I sent out some of those this year. I also cut you from my list if I hadn't gotten one from you in 3 years.

Merry Christmas! And unless you want to end up like Ralph, just say no to Santa! We don't want any Amber Alerts ruining the Christmas Story marathon.

Holli

elias said...

Merry Christmas peeps!

I want Santa to polish my Golden Globes.

PalmerEldritch said...

merry christmas!

and a special merry christmas to canadians out there in light of your new olympic mascots. a sasquatch, a bear-bird with a magic orca hat, and an orca-bear hybrid who loves extreme skateboarding!

still cooler than whatever the hell the Atlanta games had for a mascot.

merry christmas!

p.s. before blaming santa, it's important to note that he and ralph are two consenting adults. :)

PalmerEldritch said...

oh. also...

GOB's new gig as a car

and NORAD Santa tracking for the whole family

stephsmith said...

Ally, it's not that Hollywood can't come up with original ideas. It's that Hollywood executives are idiots. Try foreign films and you'll see what I mean.
I'm so psyched for Knight Rider.

stephsmith said...

Palmer, thanks for sharing the "proof" that Santa does truly exist. It was a big hit. I was afraid this year would be the first year he didn't visit the Smith household.

memphish said...

Why did the Canadians hire Japanese people to make their mascots? It looks like they've been drinking Slusho, well 6 Slushos.

Holli

stephsmith said...

Yeah, Holli, my first thought was the mascots look like anime.

FutureAlly said...

i hope everyone is having a merry christmas. let's see if we all get what we want. at the very least, we'll get together with our families and have some cocktails.

Mr. Chris said...

Forsooth, my fellow mankind. As i live in mediæval England, I and my lady wife are awaiting the bacchanalian feasting and drinking extravaganza to be brought on by a visit from Sir Christmas.

To be followed by a pleasant evening's wassail before, on the morrow, settling down to my online job, line managing a bunch of researchers.

Merry Christmas!

stephsmith said...

An online job: my fantasy.
Everyone have a nice holiday. The Smiths are going out to Olive Garden to celebrate mum's birthday so she doesn't have to spend her big day in the kitchen as usual. Hopefully, we won't have bitter holiday workers spitting in our food.

Mr. Chris said...

You did spot that I'm working Christmas morning, didn't you Steph?

It's not all glamour in the world of 24/7 SMS service provision. Especially since I'm still so unwell I can't sleep.

Hey, I'm Scrooging the place up. What I should say is that I'll start festivities in the afternoon and have cool stuff to hand over that should bring on a smile or two.

Merry Things!

PalmerEldritch said...

g'night and merry christmasing!

for those not celebrating christmas, merry tuesday!

t-dot kim said...

Merry Christmas! ;)

stephsmith said...

Chris, these work miracles.

Ralph- said...

Have a good one folks!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Mr. Chris said...

Bless you, Steph.

Bleph.

Ralph- said...

HAPPY BOXING DAY EVE!!!

trevor mcfur said...

Merry Christmas all!

Anyone else get Lost DVDs for Christmas? I got season, ummm, one today. :) But anyway, just watched the pilot for the first time in 2 years, maybe, and it blows me away that it's even better than I remembered it being. Those first 10 minutes or so are so amazing and intense. I also noticed that the first discernable line of dialogue for the series is, "Walt!"

memphish said...

Trevor, I bet that's a clue.

I think I already have a Wii related injury. Kiddo has bowled 233 -- twice! I beat him at golf though. Tiger Woods golf is on the TV now.

Holli

stephsmith said...

I got season three. We watched A Tale of Two Cities on me mum's HD tv. Even though the DVDs are plain, regular DVDs the show looked awesome. So rich and vibrant. I miss new Lost. Only 37 more days. I still don't get why Kate was so upset after breakfast on the beach with Ben. She's always been tougher than that. Mum says Kate was upset seeing Sawyer in the cage. I have the smartest mother in the world. Why did the Others take Kate and Sawyer? Did we ever find out? Was it to perform reproductive experiments? Did they know they had the hots for each other?

stephsmith said...

Holli, we should have warned you that warming up and stretching is essential for pre-Wii-ing. I can't get mine off The Simpsons movie game.

trevor mcfur said...

Steph, I was thinking as I was watching the Pilot that Kate was almost falling apart in that scene where the monster was chasing her, Jack & Charlie (after they explore the front end of the plane), and she does the little countdown that Jack taught her. I was kind of like, "Wow, Kate's supposed to be more tough than that."

I had forgotten that Jack gives Hurley his watch in their first scene together (to time Claire's contractions). Can't tell if it's the same watch that Christian give him or not, though.

trevor mcfur said...

I sound like someone who's never seen the show before. My next observation will probably be that there seems to be some repeating numbers.

memphish said...

Steph, there was a deleted scene from A Tale of Two Cities where Kate is put back in the locker room and tries to get her handcuffs off before she's put in the cage. It's pretty brutal to watch. I think it's on DarkUFO's DVD tab. It was on the Brazilian DVDs. Damon and Carlton told Kristin about it back during the season. She was put in the dress to objectify her, her attempt to run didn't work, and she's at her end by the time she hits the cage. Nice call Trevor that it's like Kate in the jungle as well.

Boxing is now occurring on the Wii. It's funny to watch people with no arms hit each other.

Hubby got Tiger Woods golf and the worst of it was trying to make a character. Miis are much easier to make. After everyone is back at school and work I'll have to access Ralph's LOST Mii video.

Holli

memphish said...

My child just KOed a Mii that totally looks like Sawyer.

Holli

Mr. Chris said...

My DVD gift this year was the complete* "Adam Adamant Lives!" but the box got a bit busted up in transit so it needs to be sent back for a replacement. When it gets back, though, I'll be watching excellent stuff like THIS! (But without the too-loud Murray Gold Doctor Who theme in the background).


*Well, being a BBC programme of a certain vintage about 41% of it has been wiped and is lost forever (given the recent discovery of a lost episode, the total is 17 surviving episodes out of a total of 29), but it's as complete a set as Adam Adamant Lives! could ever possibly offer.

MB said...

Well I meant to say this about 15 hours ago but

MERRY HAPPY CHRISTMAS people!

Got Lost S.3 - w000000000t!
Got Doctor Who Series 2 (yeah I need seas. 3) - w00000000000t!
got Kids in the Hall seas. 5 - super-w000000000000000t!

But enough gloating - I leave my sentiments in the capable hands of the tremendous Steve Martin

or for those who tend toward the godless -
George Carlin

OR

Kids in the Hall

Love to you all and your loved ones

Now I'm gonna go watch Kate and Juliet in the mud and pretend it's Dharmawhip

w00t!

memphish said...

Boxing Day Kablamo!

Holli

Mr. Chris said...

I'm working today as well!

Huzzah for the festive season!

stephsmith said...

Why did I complain so much about the first 6 of season three? They are all good this time around. Glass Ballerina has one of the most memorable scenes from the entire show; when Ben properly introduces himself to Jack and shows him the Red Sox winning the World Series. Did you know Further Instructions was supposed to be aired before Glass Ballerina. I wonder what the problem was? Probably not a grammatically correct sentence. Anyway... I wonder if TOQ only got buff for his shirtless scene in the sweat box. Did Lindeluce call Terry up and say "Better hit the gym. We wrote a shirtless scene for you"?

Mr. Chris said...

Steph - consider that since we saw the first mini-pod of Lost season 3 eps, we sat through the endless waiting for Volume 2 of Heroes to offer anything vaguely entertaining.

trevor mcfur said...

Top quotes of the year.

Got all caught up on the Lost mobisodes over the weekend. I liked the Walt one a lot, and thought that it was much more what I was hoping for when they came out than what we've otherwise seen. The most recent one, the Arzt episode, made me realize how annoying that guy is, and I hope that's the last that we'll hear from him over the remainder of the series.

FutureAlly said...

Happy Day After Christmas! How many of us are at work today? Raise your hand.

*raises hand*

Mr. Chris said...

I'm working as we speak. Mostly trying to call various shops to find out if they are open. And just as my voice is recovering.

Can't be on long - just this second I've been tasked with calling four Indian restaurants to see if they are open.

My life is very rich and full this Boxing Day.

FutureAlly said...

Well, it's business as usual here in the office. Speaking of the office, the other day I found out you can party at The Office after you leave the office.

http://theofficebarandlounge.com/

MB said...

*raises hand*

working...sort of

I know there are a million things I could play catch up on...I just have such little drive to DO them. Especially since I'm here by myself.

FutureAlly said...

I'm here surrounded by people that don't wanna do work either, so it's almost as if I was here alone.

FutureAlly said...

MB-
How was The Deuce's first Christmas? Did you get any cute holiday pictures of him?

memphish said...

I've been working my ass off today because we're leaving town tomorrow. By noon I had the tree on the street and had had it with the attic. Anything else that needs to go up there can either be chunked up there or thrown away as far as I'm concerned.

On the plus side I have my Arrested Development DVDs to fall back on. Of course, I'm thinking of joining Lucille in that bottle of wine and it's only 1 pm.

I got a talking Michael Scott Xmas card yesterday. He tells me there are 4 awesome things about Xmas. He obviously never had to take down Xmas. Bah humbug.

Holli

Jordan from the 206 said...

I'm working. Ugh.

MB said...

Ally,
The Deuce's 1st xmas was good - he slept through most of it so I can only assume he was dreaming of christmassy stuff. Perhaps an enormous bottle with bow on it or an eternally self-cleaning diaper...now THAT would be a christmas miracle I could get on board with.

I am gathering pictures from the multiple cameras that were present. I just bought one for the wife as a gift so that one actually got less usage. I swear sometimes I think photo management was actually easier when I just got the prints and threw them into a shoebox - lol. I need a bigger hard-drive :)

MB said...

Holli -
Your post reminds me that, as much as I am one who usually keeps the tree up for a few days at least, this one was a dud and died like a week ago, and I am just praying that it doesn't ignite before I can get it out of the house - lol

stephsmith said...

I am working but Lost is on. Yay! Getting paid to watch Lost! Why do I want out of this business? Oh yeah, because I'm tired of watching people die slow, miserable deaths.

FutureAlly said...

Well it sounds like everyone had a decent day, what would've been more decent was for all of us to get the day off today :)

PalmerEldritch said...

don't have to work until next year.

spent the day spending gift cards and returning stuff. now, i have LOST season 3 on blu-freakin-ray. huzzah!!! and Flight of the Conchords on DVD.

sorry that everyone was stuck at work today. that blows.

i'm going to have to hit up the BBS to see how the Doctor Who Christmas special was.

merry boxing day, gang.

FutureAlly said...

sounds like you had a sweet day, palmer. mine is not looking up too much. man it's been boring today.

memphish said...

No Arrested Development Palmer? I see they've got the first 5 episodes of Seasons 2 and 3 on Hulu now. Why the first 5 of S3 when you don't have all of S2? Beats me. Hulu seems to be quite strange that way.

I envy you watching Flight of the Conchords. It was recently in my queue and I loved it! Everyone who hasn't should definitely stick it in their queue.

After a day of undoing Xmas and going out of town preparation hell, Microsoft decided to taunt me leading to an irreperable monitor injury and this message is coming to you from a new widescreen monitor. An added bonus is that I can see more of Santa being naughty with Ralph.

Off to the beach tomorrow. But I'll be checking in with the iPhone bitches. If I don't have a safe and happy New Year in that order. I'm still a mom.

Holli

stephsmith said...

Holli, have fun at the beach, happy birthday, and happy new year.

Jordan from the 206 said...

The word beach doesn't even make sense to me this time of year.

And to Palmer and whoever else is off the rest of the week. Bite me. You guys suck.

memphish said...

My son's friend asked me yesterday why we were going to the beach in the winter. The answer is because it is NOT home. The forecast isn't great, but it will be in the 60s and even if it rains there are 3 bedrooms to hide in in the condo.

Hubby and Kiddo are supposed to go fishing Sat. morning and as long as the rain holds off most days, they will also be able to get in some golf. Me, I play to read, Wii and watch lots and lots and lots of football.

Holli

stephanie said...

Sniff, sniff

open source

ouch!

Why I'm glad I don't work in an actual office

Stephanie said...

Beach is good anytime.

memphish said...

Good news for those of us with crap cable companies like Comcast.

Holli

Stephanie said...

Why did it matter to Ben whether or not Jack wanted to do the surgery or not?

andrew. said...

- Last day in flashbacks, back to the burgh and work in the morning.

- I made a point of going to the beach and seeing the ocean yesterday. It was seagull-tacular but colder than hell.

- Finished my season 3 rewatch. Saving the disc of extras for next week.
>my favorite line was when Sawyer challenged Jack to ping-pong: 'if we don't play every 108 minutes, the island explodes.'
>2nd-half-of-the-season Jack sucks. I like drug-addled, suicidal Jack better than Juliet's errand boy
>Is it wrong for me to hope that Karl gets offed in the Season 4 opener?

- i owned an iPod Touch for 24 hours. I decided that it didn't really match my lifestyle so i returned it. Apple charged me $40 for opening the box. bad robot.

- i saw "The Kite Runner" and i highly recommend it. It's good enough that i'm still interested in reading the book.

- Race to the new year!

Stephanie said...

I completely forgot the cage sex was out of pity.

PalmerEldritch said...

oh, don't worry. the girlfriend gave me seasons two and three of arrested development. heck, she bought them for me before thanksgiving. i guess they've been hiding in her closet for a month.

MB said...

OH MY FUCKING GOD that montage of office rage that Steph posted was HI-LAAAAAARIOUS!!! I am typing this while still laughing. God that's good stuff - lmfao

memphish said...

Steph, it mattered that Jack would want to do the surgery so he wouldn't pull something like the kidney sac stunt. (Hubby still likes to rag on the non-existent kidney sac.) Also it's Ben's MO that you become invested in things.

Andrew, I agree that 2nd half Jack is very annoying. I started Season 3 saying if they kill Jack I'll never watch again and by the end I was ready for him to run off a cliff. I know it's supposed to all be motivated by his broken heart, but damn Jack, grow a pair. Or at least separate your brain from the missing pair.

Arrested Development S2 and S3 are heading to the beach with me today. That show just gets funnier and funnier the more I watch it.

Holli

stephsmith said...

Your hubby is amused by the kidney sac, I'm bewildered by the nerves like angel hair pasta. Those are some big-ass nerves.

trevor mcfur said...

I learned a long time ago that if you work in the medical field, you can't take any TV medicine too seriously. I kind of wondered what that 'kidney sac' is too, though.

FutureAlly said...

"It was recently in my queue and I loved it! Everyone who hasn't should definitely stick it in their queue."

twss.


I go to the beach in the winter, but more to go out to eat and walk around, I don't think I ever go anywhere near the actual ocean. The weather here has been pretty crazy too, yesterday it got to the low 40s and it was freezing, especially at night cause it was super windy. Today is late 40s but it's sunny so it feels cool/a little warm - carm??

PalmerEldritch said...

today was warm... mid 30s to low 40s. and, yes, i'm talking fahrenheit.

there's some 8 minute 15 second official LOST review thing somewhere on the interwebs. anyone watched it yet? is it worth my 8 minutes and 15 seconds?

trevor mcfur said...

Turns out that Chuck Norris' tears don't actually cure cancer.

memphish said...

Palmer the 8:15 recap is pretty entertaining though you might want to save it for your working hours.

Holli
at the now dark beach

stephsmith said...

Ben Stein gets controversial.

PalmerEldritch said...

strange how fiercely dogmatic a lot of academics are. they can be real jerks when people question their findings and beliefs. to me, a lot of research just seems like a mad grab for grant money.

while i'm not big on using science to prove the divine, if some weirdo can get funding to ride around town on a unicyle (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7153584.stm), then we can fund people who question darwinism.

of course, if they OPPOSE darwinism then they're probably not very objective researchers. which i suppose is actually ben stein's point on the scientific community's OPPOSITION to ideas besides darwinism. i guess that's my problem with a lot of academic and scientific research: that they've become subjective in order to secure grants.

anyhow, the whole thing reminds me of Neal Adams' theory on the expanding earth. :p

stephsmith said...

Yep, even science is a business.

The earth HAS to be expanding. How else do you explain the way the continents fit together perfectly when the oceans are removed. Who better to bring this to our attention than a comic book writer?

Where is everyone, p? I was wondering if there was another post and I was left behind.

PalmerEldritch said...

they're probably all enjoying the sweet swag they got for the holidays.

either that or they're working.

actually, holli's at the beach. no fair!

stephsmith said...

What movie should I see tomorrow?

Mr. Chris said...

I am here
But am working
Also
Want to punch my computer
For tying me up so much with irritating work shite

FutureAlly said...

I had to go to court today to go transfer the title of my car to my name. Hence, the lateness, but I am here. There are some interesting characters down at the courthouse.

Steph- I really want to go to the movies this weekend too, but can't decide on whether to watch Juno or Sweeney Todd. I was supposed to go to the movies last week and didn't make it.

Jordan from the 206 said...

I'm working. (picks up computer monitor and bangs head with it)

stephsmith said...

I think I'll see Juno while mom and the kid see National Treasure 2. I can't stand Nicholas Cage. He needs to accept the fact he's old.

FutureAlly said...

if only it were another day at the beach....

but i guess we can't all be that lucky.

FutureAlly said...

Amen, sister! *raises up both hands*

Jordan from the 206 said...

To all you eagerly anticpating Juno, especially the ladies here. Don't let my rant from the other day about the dialogue get you down. Our own Ms. T-Dot went and saw it with some female friends of hers, and they all LOVED it.

Again, remember I said that I actually very much liked it. Just that I was close to wanting to strangle the 29 year old first time screenwriter for all the self-aware, "look how witty this is" verbiage. But I think that this is the kind of movie that most females are going to be so touched by and able to relate to that it won't register the same as it did for me. Maybe it's the subject matter? Maybe it's the fact that it is a female screenwriter? I dunno. But especially with my ranting and raving, I'm betting you'll all come back glowing, and wanting to have George Michael's baby.

Jordan from the 206 said...

Damn you, Minneapolis!

Jordan from the 206 said...

Sorry Steph & Holli. But I can't help but laugh @ #1 & #2 on this list.

trevor mcfur said...

I'm seeing Sweeney Todd tonight with the in-laws. I'll report back if it's any good or not. Times have changed ... two years ago, I said that I didn't want to see the selected movie, and the trip got cancelled for two years. This time, my sister-in-law says that she doesn't want to see the movie, and my mother-in-law says, "Oh, well if you change your mind, let us know".

trevor mcfur said...

How did Philly not even make the top 20 fat list? We were the fattest of all 2 or 3 years ago, and really haven't gotten any skinnier. Has everyone else just caught up?

FutureAlly said...

Houston didn't make it, but San Antonio is #3 which is the closest city to Houston. That would've been weird, if all the "girl" cities would've been top 3.

/do these jeans make my butt look big?


-------------------------------------
so you postponed your movie trip to tonight? was this the one that was supposed to be on christmas day?

memphish said...

Yeah I saw that fat list a while back and was hoping it would slip by. Memphis has a giant percentage of the population under the poverty line and we never walk anywhere and we have very little outdoor recreation plus sweltering humidity and Mosquitos. The perfect recipe for obesity especially to given the increasing Latino population and the obscene amount of sweets my family got for Xmas.

Beach report is cloudy with some sun, temp about 70. I went for long beach walk; kid and hubby went golfing; hubby and I scored new personal bests in Wii bowling.

Holli

stephsmith said...

Jordan, I am not surprised. However, it does seem counter-intuitive that the poorest cities are the fattest. Only in America.

Mr. Chris said...

Heck, I want to have George Michael's baby.

PalmerEldritch said...

i also want chris to have george michael's baby

/playstation 3 post

Mr. Chris said...

Cute - mine was posted via Wii.

Irritatingly, this one isn't - this one is powered by an iBook.

I'm not sure my wife would be happy with me having George Michael Bluth's baby. Although it would be sure to be so adorable that it may well win her over in the end.

Mr. Chris said...

Also - can you tell it'[s gone 4am here and I can't sleep? I bet you can!

trevor mcfur said...

It's the same movie trip, but it was always supposed to be sometime between Christmas and New Years, tonight was the most convenient night.

Anyway, Sweeney Todd is excellent. I don't know anything about the stage show, so I can't compare, but it's a very, very dark film. There's some classic off-kilter Burton comedic moments, but it's definitely not a comedy. I liked the music, and thought that Depp and HBC were both very strong. It is also the goriest movie I've ever seen. I don't mind gore, but I have to say that this was so over the top gory that it detracted from the film ... it's hard to take a dramatic moment seriously when there's blood squirting across the room like it's coming from a firehose.

stephsmith said...

I'd rather have Gob's baby.

memphish said...

I bet no one wants to have Buster's baby.

Holli

PalmerEldritch said...

i'd rather not gestate anyone's young. thanks.

hey, we're getting awful close to 108. go crazy, folk.

Alirio said...

happy holidays to all.

I'll be in London for the first time from Jan 7 until the 9th. Anyone have any interesting suggestions of things to see or do that a member of the Dharmalarmy would like?

Cheers!

Jordan from the 206 said...

Kablammo! :P

PalmerEldritch said...

nicely done, jordan.

alirio, i went to london in the 90s. i'd wiki Picadilly Circus and Leicester Square. i remember those names. one of them had a giant flea market full of exotic weapons.

also, they have that London Eye thing which was most certainly not there when i visited.

there's the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

and Buckingham Palace too.

and a bunch of cathedrals which are pretty cool looking.

i was definitely a tourist so i only know the touristy things to do...

Alirio said...

Thanks Palmer!

I was thinking about a few of those...

I'm only going to be there for a short period of time as my girlfriend and I are visiting a friend in France AND we're bringing our 17-month-old son along.

I'll be glad to visit a few sites and keep him entertained enough to compensate for jet-lag :-)

Mr. Chris said...

Steph: I'd rather have Gob's baby.

STEVE HOLT!

Being a resident of London I don't find any of it as interesting as visitors may. I would have suggested the South Kensington museums (esp The Science Museum), but with a 17 month old you may be better off with the simpler pleasures.

London Eye I've never done, but I understand it to be one of the better ways to get a view of the city, and you can reminisce about that botched rescue attempt in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

stephsmith said...

I defied half the church signs in the area and saw The Golden Compass. A fighting polar bear who sounds like Al Swearengen? Thumbs up.

Mr. Chris said...

I didn't realise that Ian McShane was voicing BearFace.

We don't deal well with Swearengen as in this country we still associate McShane with granny's sex object Lovejoy.

elias said...

further London stuff - Covent Garden, The British Museum, Westminster Abbey, Hyde Park, St.James' Park, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern.

Alirio said...

Thanks sooo much for the advice you guys!

Will definitely report back once we're back

Back to packing baby clothes...

stephsmith said...

alirio, I am so jealous. Ride the London Eye for me.
I've been watching Bourne in HD. I can't imagine what secrets he must possess to have the CIA so desperate for him. Jason Bourne is awesome at hand to hand combat but jeez, how many fights and chase scenes can you watch?
Is Lovejoy like Matlock?

stephsmith said...

Do you think it's ok to give ibuprofen to a cat?

Ralph- said...

no

stephsmith said...

too late

Ralph- said...

is the cat alive still?

i hope so, cause i know that chocolate can kill dogs or something, so i was afraid of what people medicine would do to a cat.

stephsmith said...

I think he'll survive. From what I read, ibuprofen-toxicity can cause bleeding ulcers. I won't give him anymore. I'll take him to the vet Monday if his leg is still swollen. He is walking on it but he acts like he doesn't feel good in the evenings. Poor, poor Midnight.

Ralph- said...


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trevor mcfur said...

Steph, what's the reason that the god squadders are all up in arms about Golden Compass?

I believe that they do give anti-inflammatories to animals, but I would bet that the toxic dose for a 10 or 15 pound cat is a lot lower than what it is for a 150+ pound human being. A bigger concern from one or two toxic-level doses would be liver or kidney damage rather than the stomach problems. He'll probably be fine, but I wouldn't give him any more (and include acetaminophen and naproxen in that 'don't give' list too) until you talk to the vet.

Ralph- said...

Golden Compas, from what i have heard, is a story about the "creator" of the universe getting bored with humans, and the world is falling apart.

but i think that it takes place in the second book or something.

All i know, Eva Green is rad!

memphish said...

The "problem" with Golden Compass is with the author who is an evangelical atheist. The report is that in the series of books the children eventually kill God. The author was supposedly okay with soft-peddling GC hoping that kids would read the rest of the books. The problem with the Catholics in particular is allegedly that there's a villainous type that is that church specifically. At least that's my understanding of the "issues."

Holli

trevor mcfur said...

I wonder if any of the people protesting the movie have actutally seen the film to judge for themselves.

memphish said...

I doubt it since it's really more of a protest about the author and his beliefs rather than the actual movie. I don't know if they've read the books or not either.

Holli

PS Today at the beach it is 70 with intermittent sun, clouds and rain. All in all not too shabby.

stephsmith said...

I understand why folks wouldn't want to monitarily support something that is in direct conflict with their religious faith. But I just wanted to see fighting polar bears. I imagine the author of the books probably has a lot of resentment for being forced to attend church. I know many people like that. One positive thing I took away from the film- don't accept everything you're taught without question. Find out for yourself what the facts are. Don't be mindless. A good lesson for everyone. Eva Green is gorgeous. Trev, my mom read the all the books and paid to see the movie twice. She's the most religious person I know and she's ok with it.

trevor mcfur said...

I can understand people not wanting to support something if they think it's contrary to their beliefs ... it does bother me when protests and boycotts are organized and the people involved have never even seen what they're telling others to boycott. It is a fantasy series aimed at kids, so I have to wonder how aggressive the religious overtones can be. Of course, I read 'Chronicles of Marnia' about a dozen times before age 10 and had no clue that the lion being sacrificed for someone else's crime, then being resurrected a few days later and saving the world was supposed to be a Jesus analogy. Yeah, maybe I was a little slow.

memphish said...

There's plenty of stuff we're all exposed to everyday that we don't agree with. We need to know and teach our kids how to deal with such things. It's a case of not blindly following either side of media hype. My son wasn't interested in seeing the movie, but if he had been I would have gone with him and talked to him about where the movie and our beliefs differed. Different viewpoints are great jumping off points for discussing what and why your own beliefs are what they are. At least the ruckus hopefully caused some parents to think about what their children are watching and talking to them about it which I'm willing to bet is something Philip Pullman would want as well.

Holli

memphish said...

Oh and Trevor reportedly the religious overtones in the books get very overt by the end of the series which has ironically led to less good reviews. Militant atheism doesn't interest the critics any more than other militant religious views.

Holli

Alirio said...

stephsmith:
I'll definitely ride the Eye. One of two things I told myself I wouldn't miss. The other is the Regent street Apple store
:-)

andrew. said...

i guess i don't begrudge the Christians' right to protest, but i'd hate to see the stink raised if people protested every film that was a pro-Christian allegory. Srsly, you've got 6 more Chronicles of Narnia movies coming out, be a little gracious.

Mr. Chris said...

I have never seen Matlock, but having done some research I would say that Lovejoy is not similar. It's a programme about an antiques dealer who often gets on the wrong side of dodgy customers. Lovejoy himself was often loved by senior lady viewers, but in a kind of younger bit-of-rough style (in other words he was vaguely unpleasant). One episode featured Stephanie Powers as a love interest and another co-starred folk rock back Hothouse Flowers as a young hip group, long after their hit single.

trevor mcfur said...

That's probably not surprising. Anytime an author's personal agenda becomes more important than the story, the story is going to suffer.

Mr. Chris said...

Mother of Hannah Montana competition winner:

"We did the essay and that's what we did to win... we did whatever we could to win,"

memphish said...

Has everyone here heard there's a new LOST ARG launching tomorrow? You can start at www.flyoceanicair.com

Holli

trevor mcfur said...

New lingo for 2007.

andrew. said...

- Oceanic Airlines sure does hire some pretty stewar... flight attendants. None of them can hold a candle to Cindy, but atleast they try to honor her memory.

- am i supposed to be running that video through the bat-computer already or will it all become more clear tomorrow? was this publicized anywhere? i'm so confused already!!!

- i think its perfectly fair for a manufactured orphan to win a contest for tickets to see a manufactured pop star.

andrew. said...

Happily Birthdate Holli!
(gleemed from her excellent blog)

stephsmith said...

Happy Birthday, Holli. At what restaurant will you be dining tonight?
I believe we've diagnosed Midnight with a GSW to the front, left leg. He would be the third animal we own to be shot. I want to go door to door asking neighbors to kindly stop shooting my pets.

PalmerEldritch said...

happy birthday, holli!

steph, some fucker shot your cat? wtf?! here's hoping for a speedy (and full) recovery. wow. that's really not cool.

my parents had a neighbor up the road years back who found bullets lodged in the side of her house. she tracked it down to people illegally using a gun range too close to her home. the kicker? it was the police.


that oceanic airlines page has a phone number to call. who's going to call and report back? :p

trevor mcfur said...

Happy birthday Holli!

Steph, who shot your cat?

memphish said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes. We went out for breakfast to Another Broken Egg, but had dinner in. Hubby made me Beef Wellington, Potato Galette and sauteed spinach for dinner and bought chocolate cake with chocolate icing for dessert. I'm still stuffed.

I know people who've called the number, but they haven't learned anything. You have to leave a message.

Happy New Year's Eve everyone! Keep it a safe one.

Holli

PalmerEldritch said...

happy new year's eve and whatnot!!!

chinese food on someone else's dime today. fan-freakin-tastic!

too bad that there's yet another boatload of snow in my driveway trying to stop me from getting to the restaurant...

happy new year's, blogspotters!

/is it 2008 for gillian already?

PalmerEldritch said...

not because of any time travelling abilities but because i think she's living in Hong Kong. right?


although, if she COULD time travel, that'd be pretty rad.

andrew. said...

-Happy 1 month until Lost day! (and the beginning of writing-the-wrong-year month)

- i called the Oceanic Airlines phone number. got an answering machine message basically saying 'thank you for the surprising volume of positive response to our press release, please leave your name and number.' i did leave my name and number, hoping for a callback from the game. if my non-Lost-watching housemates answer the phone they'll be really confused.

stephsmith said...

Tomorrow we can actually say that Lost is back this month. Yay!
We have our suspicions as to who is putting wholes in animals but we have no proof.
Be safe, all y'all younguns who go out on New Years. I remember those days. Tonight we'll be toasting our Welches juice while watching Ryan Seacrest.

Mr. Chris said...

Those of us residing 5-8 hours into the future would like to wish you a happy new year!

Champagne!

memphish said...

So the ARG is live. One place you can follow along is www.oceanic-conspiracies.com. DarkUFO probably has something too as well as the ABC boards. Speaker is back at Inside the Experience. It looks like so far it's about 815 going missing.

Holli

memphish said...

Sorry wrong website. It's oceanic-conspiracies.blogspot.com.

Holli

PalmerEldritch said...

happy new years from the east coast of ye olde US of A.

there was futurama for all (bender's big score) and some yahoo lighting off fireworks somewhere in the neighborhood. joy.

stephsmith said...

Happy New Year. I'm a little early because as expected 2 glasses of wine has made it difficult to stay awake. We watched Shrek the Third which sucked as well as Hairspray which was surprisingly good. Good night.

trevor mcfur said...

Happy New Year all. We stayed in last night and had a nice surf and turf dinner. We then watched The Simpsons Movie, which I enjoyed more than I thought I would (being an old-school Simpsons fan who thinks that the show jumped the shark around season #5). Then we watched Dick Clark, who still looks ok, but sounds terrible. Hope everyone had a good one!

memphish said...

Happy New Year!

We watched Auburn beat Clemson, War Eagle!, enjoyed the fireworks someone was shooting on the beach, and ate crawfish étouffée. Then we pretended we were on the Eastern time zone so we could go to bed. And guess what? It managed to become 2008 without us.

There's been an Oceanic Air billboard found in Portland, OR and a couple of new websites have surfaced in the ARG.

Off to watch hours and hours of football. Back home tomorrow. Waaahhhh!

Holli

stephsmith said...

War Eagle!
Ryan Seacrest is looking a lot like Nicole Kidman. His face doesn't move.

memphish said...

I saw a picture of Seacresf with Fergie the other day and thought they were separated at birth.

Holli