Sunday, July 03, 2005

"Well, 'ow did you become king then?"

ARTHUR: Be quiet! I order you to be quiet!

WOMAN: Order, eh -- who does he think he is?

ARTHUR: I am your king!

WOMAN: Well, I didn't vote for you.

ARTHUR: You don't vote for kings.

WOMAN: Well, 'ow did you become king then?

ARTHUR: The Lady of the Lake, [angels sing] her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water signifying by Divine Providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. [singing stops] That is why I am your king!

DENNIS: Listen -- strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

ARTHUR: Be quiet!

DENNIS: Well you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!

ARTHUR: Shut up!

DENNIS: I mean, if I went around sayin' I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me they'd put me away!
link from yesterday

I never tire of that. Quoting Monty Python is like chicken soup - never a bad idea.

I'm batting 0 for 10 today. Not literally 0 for 10 but in schoolwork product effectively so. For those keeping score at home, that is very not good. I'm not without my paddle yet but I'm certainly up the creek in the bottom of the 9th (so to speak).

In other news..

Well, I really don't have any news per se. I did finish my book though, William Gibson's Pattern Recognition. Fascinating book. A little futuristic but not nearly so like the first book of his that I read, Neuromancer. Pattern focuses on the patterns woven behind the commercialism running rampant in today's society. It also touches a little on 9-11, in an ancillary way. I think what really did it for me was the style of the book. Very short, abrupt at times, always to the point, and yet very descriptive. It's the descriptive aspect that really stands out for me. He would write something like "The morning sky was gray like an executive's desk and just as bleak." Short but very punchy, very visceral, that's the word. It's not even Sci Fi now that I think about it, though it feels like Sci Fi. I don't know. I rather enjoyed the book so take a look at it if you like. Read the inside inside cover (not a typo) and see what the story is about. Hey, you might like it too.

Tomorrow I get to test out my new headset/microphone thing. Yay! It'll be interesting for 2 big reasons. One, I'll learn how few of the in-game female characters I know match up to real-world females. (My bet is one out of a possible 6+.) Second, I'll hear voices of people whom I've known for 3+ years now but never met. Third, and I know I didn't promise a third but you're getting it anyway, third, I'll learn more information about people I've met online. E.g. "Ah, from your accent I gather you are a Southener. LONG LIVE THE NORTH!" That sort of thing.

Reminds me of a time in '92 when I went to Tennessee with a group from Boy Scouts. We went to this rodeo show called The Dixie Stampede. It had the North competing with the South in a variety of rodeo events. Of course the South won in the end. And of course almost everyone in there was rooting for the South. And of course us being a group of boys (ignoring the adult chaperones) from the North we were rooting for the North. Vocally. Loudly. Our adult chaperones thought we might get attacked in the parking lot on our way out. 'Twas fun. (Incidentally, we made it through unscathed. I still have the flags purchased for the show, small hand-held ones.)

Every now and then I hear various pops and bangs from outside in the neighborhood and/or surrounding area. I always things it's kind of funny how people light off their personal fireworks before the 4th. Not sure why. Me, if I had any to light, which I of course do not would not cannot never not, I'd light 'em off on the night of the 4th. To each his own. (Or her own.)

Tomorrow you get your 4th of July post. I'm not entirely sure what it will entail though I just had an idea to include fireworks you will never see me lighting off. Not a comprehensive list but more of a realistic one. For example, M-80s. (About M-80s. Fireworks Glossary.) After reading that 'About M80s' page I got pretty scared. Now I want to see what kind of m80's I don't have never have cannot will not never not have willem not wantem light fire. More on that in tomorrow's post, I guess. Sheesh.

On the other hand, my brief search did lead me to this page on Destroying M&Ms. Amusing.

Okay, see you tomorrow for some festive notes and fun!