Eternal Sunshine #62

March 2012

By Douglas Kent 911 Irene Drive, Mesquite, TX  75149

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Quote Of The Month“Ha ha!  You said “I do.”  I guess that means we’re married.” (Clementine in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”)

 

Welcome to Eternal Sunshine, the only Diplomacy zine in the universe which can handle a column by Jack “The Sack” McHugh and all his anger issues.  62 issues…that’s over five years.  They add up, don’t they?  Kind of makes me wonder what you could be doing instead of reading this crap.  Writing it isn’t an issue…I suck at everything I do anyway!

 

Putting the latest Quote of the Month in a minute ago, I was reminded that if you love eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, or any other dialogue-driven modern film, I suggest you check out the Newmarket Press Shooting Script Series (www.newmarketpress.com, although their web site is screwy lately).  You can buy the actual shooting script for a number of films like Eternal Sunshine, The King’s Speech, and many more.  The reason reading them is so interesting is you not only get commentary from some of the people involved, but you also see scenes which were later deleted, or lines which were dropped.  In the case of Eternal Sunshine, the whole storyline of Naomi (Joel’s current girlfriend) was cut, and there’s a lot of wonderful, tender connections between Joel and Clementine which help build their immediate attraction for and understanding of each other.  I don’t know if I would have wanted any of that in the film itself, but treating the script as a separate work they develop into a beautiful piece.

 

I started an online Memoir Writing course this month.  I still feel such disdain for a lot of what I write, and I am hoping the class gives me new tools to work with, focuses my drive on one of the three projects I want to complete, and provides some much-needed feedback from people who know nothing about me.  I have a very difficult time accepting positive comments about what I write, so if I know the person (even peripherally) I can rationalize away their statements as “being kind.”  I’ll never finish anything if I continue along that path.

 

Zine news…hmmm, I’ll probably include another one of my old Guys Explained essays this issue, even though hardly anyone commented on the last one.  I have two homework assignments I can share too, but I am waiting before including either of them.  Other than that, we have the usual crap this issue.  The Twisting Tale returns as Kevin Tighe sends in his chapter.  Game openings sit, waiting for players…sign up or miss your chance.  By Almost Popular Demand has one round left…and votes on what version to run next?  It’s either going to be the same By Almost Popular Demand, or the old By Popular Demand, or perhaps the version Dane Maslen runs where you give five answers to one category (in the order of popularity you predict).  If you have an opinion, speak up now!

 

I’m very happy to finally have my interview with Rebecca Loebe included this month.  It had been in the planning stages a long time, but Becca’s schedule has been so packed since her appearance on the first season of The Voice that I didn’t know if it would ever happen.  She’s a real talent, a sweet fun person, and super cute….what else could you want?

 

This issue also includes the results of the ES Football Contest, the opening of the ES Baseball contest, and an update on the ES Dead Pool.  And, at last, the final entry and overall summary of the 100 Movies to See Before You Die challenge.  It’s likely we’ll try something on TV Series next, but I need to decide what the parameters will be, and you all should get a month or two off anyway.

 

So, that’s it.  Participate or I’ll fold this piece of crap and disappear forever.  See you in April!

 

Playlist: When Did We Do That? – Letters to Cleo; Caribou – Elton John; All the Leaves are Brown: The Golden Era Collection – The Mamas and the Papas; Hearts and Flowers – The Dilettantes.

 

 


Hypothetical of the Month

 

Last month, we gave you these two hypotheticals: #1(from me) – You are an avid fan of a local sports team who has disappointed year after year.  Would you be willing to trade one championship in the next four years for another twenty years of frustration, or would you rather just leave it the way it is and hope for more competitive play in the years to come?  #2 – You are buying a car from someone who is broke and out of work.  Do you offer much less than you think the vehicle is worth, as you feel pretty sure he’d accept it out of desperation?

 

Melinda Holley - #1 - I try to avoid such Faustian bribes *g*.  I'll leave things the way they are, thank you.

 

#2 - No!  I've been on the other end of that type of deal.

 

Richard Walkerdine - #1 - As a lifelong supporter of West Ham United football (soccer) club I am well used to years and years of frustration (though I have seen them win four cups in the last 40 years) so I would leave things as they are. Sometimes being a masochist can be sort of fun.

 

#2 - Yes of course I would offer a lower price – I am neither nice nor generous.

 

Tom Howell - #1 - "... avid fan of [any] sports team..."  No.  I'm not.  About the closest I can get to this is studying someone who fits the description.  Or, imagining what it would be like to be a fish trying to imagine being warm-blooded.

 

#2 - I would offer much less than a) I think it's worth, & b) than I'm willing to pay.  But, not for the reason you cite.  I'd do that regardless of the seller's circumstances because I enjoy the bargaining process.

 

Unfortunately, too many people in this country don't have any idea how to bargain.  That has led to several unfortunate incidents.

 

Andy York - #1 - Competitive play without a doubt.

 

#2 - As you can likely guess, I wouldn't handle this situation at all this way. When I'm in a situation for "bargaining," at most if I don't accept the given price, I'll state something like "is that your best offer, if not what is the real price" and either pay what they say or not. I'm not a dicker and deal person (and, yes, I've tried it a few times and don't like doing it).

 

For instance, the last time I bought a car (it was new), I told the salesmen I talked to that, when I'd decided what cars I was interested in, they'd have one chance to set a price. I'd take the prices for the cars, decide if I wanted to pay it for the car. After determining the best option(s) I'd either buy one of them for that price or I'd toss out all the offers and look for another car.

 

For me, it worked out very well - I didn't spend days car searching, hours going back and forth with salesmen/managers and ended up, as a knowledgeable person in the car business told me, with a pretty good deal overall.

 

So, no....

 

Dave McCrumb - #1 - Depends. By disappointed do you mean bottom of the barrel every year? If so, yes. If you mean usually in the top half of the league and occasionally competing for but not winning the championship, no. While it is great to win it all I like the competition. I’d rather strive and fail than take it all then give up.

 

#2 - If I don’t know them, hell yes. If I do (and I like them or are related) I’d probably go the other way and offer them more.

 

Andy Lischett - #1 - I stick with the team as is. Twenty years of KNOWING they will go nowhere would be too boring.

 

#2 - I would offer less than it's worth, but maybe not the rock-bottom price he would take.

 

Richard Weiss - #1 - I am a lapsed sports fan.  I was loyal to one MLB team for almost 40 years (Reds, finally driven away by Margie Schott's dog shitting on the field), one NHL team for longer (Blackhawks, until I became a seasons ticket holder for the Sharks and sat on the glass at the right goal pipe), one NFL for 30 (Cowboys, until ownership got too sleazy), and was a Royals fan for the NBA, then a Kareem fan, then a local fan (Warriors then Kings then Suns).  If the trade involves some deal with the devil or somehow knowing one championship equals 20 years of frustration, then no. My answer also depends on what "frustration" means.  If good teams that get into the playoffs but never win the ring is the definition, I'll take frustration like that.  If the deal is more like the AZ Cardinals getting to the super bowl despite terrible ownership and then slipping back to mediocre at best, then definitely no.  Overall, in pro sports, since income sharing and the right of free agency, when "any given team can win on Sunday" no.

 

#2 - Duh, what a stupid question.  I would always follow the principles of negotiation, which generally mean not making the first offer.  I always offer less than I think the vehicle is worth. I offer as much less as I think I can without offending the other and ending the opportunity.  Then I negotiate some more.  In Asia, you haven't done a good job negotiating until they run out in the street after you left in disgust at their offer - at least once.  One never makes as much money per minute as one does negotiating successfully.

 

Amazing how many atheists/agnostics there were in the replies about changing religion to marry.  "Brights" love company.  Anyone else ever heard about "brights" as compared to "Supers?"

 

Jack McHugh - #1 - No way--one championship isn't enough for 20 years of sucking--just ask an Pirates fan.

 

#2 –No, I wouldn't do that to anyone--in fact I might offer him more than it’s worth if I could afford it and I think he needed the money.

 

Per Westling - #1 - This is for ones a question that hits home...  The local sports team has been into two finals in recent years, and now they are hanging loose, risking relegation...  I know many fans that start to follow teams than they are small, often because the teams have a golden period then, just to grow up and realize that that period will not occur again. But they seem to thrive in the unhappiness and frustration. Do I want to end up in that kind of misery? Being a grumpy old man says "In my days they played much better"?  No, I think I go for the promising-future, and live with the hope.

 

#2 – No. I do not like taking advantage of people. Would try to give hir a decent offer, and try to avoid giving extra as I don't want to offend the person with something that might be regarded as charity.

 

Don Williams - #1 - Tough question and a good one.  My real answer is that it depends on the sport as all are not created equal and even losing team in some leagues eventually can pull it out, whereas in other sports there are definite haves and have nots who are, realistically, more or less locked in.  But that’s not what this is about, and “it depends” is a lousy answer.  So … I’d pick getting a championship in the next for twenty more years of losing. 

 

#2 -  No, I pay a reasonable amount, for a couple reasons.  For me, the satisfaction of getting a good deal on the car would be forever marred in my mind if I knew I’d screwed someone in the process of getting said deal; the old guilt trip would stay with me and get longer as the odometer rolled on and on.  Conversely, knowing I’d gotten a fair deal and helped someone out would make the car more desirable in my mind.  Years ago, I bought some patio furniture at a great price from someone who was selling because she needed the money due to a divorce.  I paid what she asked at the time and it was a steal.  Later, she asked if I’d sell it back to her (when things had turned around for her again) and I declined.  She was cool about it and never said anything to me again, but it still bothers me the littlest bit twenty years later that I may have taken advantage of her – even though I didn’t set the price for the sale – by not selling the stuff back to her when she asked.

John Biehl - #1 - Leave the team the way it is and hope for competitiveness - no 'Faustian' bargains

 

#2 - This is tough but I'd probably offer less (tho I would try to offer a fair deal) hoping to save some money myself, after all, the seller doesn't have to take a lowball offer.

 

Heather Taylor - #1 – I don’t want another 20 years of misery, I’ll take my chances with hoping they improve on their own.  No championship guarantees.

 

#2 – No, I’d offer a price that is fair to both of us.  I’d feel too guilty taking advantage of them just because they are broke.  Unless I knew them personally and they were a total asshole, in which case they deserve it.

 

For Next Month (For the time being, I am usually selecting questions from the game “A Question of Scruples” which was published in 1984 by High Games Enterprises).  Remember you can make your answers as detailed as you wish.: #1 (from me) – You must choose between becoming immediately blind, deaf, or mute for the remainder of your life.  Which one, and why?  #2 (off the internet) - You are leading 100 people in a survivalist situation, when suddenly your lives are in danger and you must choose between two courses of action. One would cause 10 of the people to die and everyone else would live, the other would have a 70% chance of saving everyone but were it to fail then everyone would die. Which would you choose?

 

 


The Eternal Sunshine Football Prediction Contest Results!

 

The contest was simple: you got one point for each correct division winner, and one point for correctly selecting the wild card teams (two per conference).  Then you got two points for each team you correctly choose as conference championship (meaning they play in the Super Bowl), and three points for correctly picking the Super Bowl winner.  Congrats to John Biehl, just edging out Rick Desper for the win!  I’ll be in touch about prize options.  In the meantime, if this is over, that means it’s time for the Baseball Prediction Contest!

 

 

 


The Eternal Sunshine Baseball Prediction Contest

 

Time once again for the annual Eternal Sunshine Baseball Prediction Contest.  The contest is simple: you get one point for each correct division winner, and one point for correctly selecting the wild card teams (one per league).  Then you get two points for each team you correctly choose as league champion (meaning they play in the World Series), and three points for correctly picking the World Series winner.  We’re not picking winners for individual playoff games…just the division winners, wild card teams, and who goes to the World Series.  Any commentary you want to include with your picks is welcome (and encouraged).  And remember, like all Eternal Sunshine contests, there will actually be a REAL PRIZE for the winner!  In fact, if we get enough entries, I’ll give one to the runner-up too.  If you’ve got any questions, just ask me. So send in an entry and join in the fun!  All entries will be published next issue, so get them in by the deadline!  In case you need reminding (or if you are not a baseball fan and just want to see if you can guess the winners and embarrass these so-called experts), the teams are as follows:

 

American League East: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles.

 

American League Central: Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals.

 

American League West: Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics.

 

National League East: Philadelphia Phillies, Florida Marlins, Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, Washington Nationals.

 

National League Central: St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

National League West: Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants, Dan Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks.

 

Deadline for Picks: March 26th 2012 at 7pm my time

 


100 Movies to See Before You Die

An Eternal Sunshine List Challenge

 

Yahoo Films (part of the Yahoo online pages) has posted two lists of movies “to see before you die.”  The first list was composed of mostly classic film choices, while the “modern” list was 100 films from 1990 onward.  You can find their lists at: http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/100-movies-to-see-before-you-die.html and at  http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/100-movies-to-see-before-you-die-modern-classics.html.  Some of these choices I agree with, and some I think are completely off the mark.  So I issued a challenge to each of you: Submit to me the 100 Movies to See Before You Die that would make your list.  Below are the final entries, and the COMPLETE listing of films, including a count of how often any film was listed.  Two players who submitted the necessary 100 films were chosen at random for prizes, and they are: Dave McCrumb and Brad Wilson.  I’ll be in touch soon about your prize choices!  Any additional commentary is welcomed for next issue.

 

Paraic Reddington:

 


The Wild Geese

The Wizard of Oz

Titanic

To Kill a Mockingbird

Toy Story

True Grit

Unforgiven

Up

Vertigo

When Harry Met Sally



Larry Cronin (with 2 extra films):

 


Bullworth

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Austin Powers

Wayne's World

Tropic Thunder

Roshomon

28 Up

Burden of Dreams

Most John Sayles' movies

Singing in the Rain

Rear Window

Vertigo


 


Douglas Kent:

 


Halloween

Midway

Schindler's List

Election

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Amadeus

The Hunt for Red October

The Shawshank Redemption

The Great Escape

12 Angry Men


 

 

Brad Wilson:

 


91) Henry V (Branagh Version)

92) Ordinary People

93) Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip

94) Monty Python and the Holy Grail

95) The Blues Brothers

96) The Searchers

97) Young Frankenstein

98) Life of Brian

99) Trading Places

100) Duck Soup


 

Dave McCrumb:

 

Bedknobs and Broomsticks – This is fun movie. All my kids loved it and it was so much fun watching it with them. They all wanted a magic bed.

 

Bell, Book and Candle – A/most seems like a theme but it is just coincidence. Fun movie.

 

Kelly's Heroes – This is so off-the-wall it’s funny. I LOVE the scene where they accidently shoot the Panzer with a paint shell rather than an armor round.

 

My Favorite Year – This rings so true, at least the star handling, that it has to be based on someone’s recollections.

 

No Time for Sergeants – This was Andy Griffith’s first star role and his best.

 

Pygmalion – It has been a long time since I saw this but remember every bit of it.

 

Return of the Secaucus Seven – The inspiration for and much better movie than The Big Chill.

 

Stalag 17 – Supposedly Hogan’s Hero’s was based on this movie, but this is a serious movie. Very good.

 

Star Wars – The original was a wonderful fun-filled no-brainer ‘western’. After that they turned to crap.

 

The Guns of Navarone – The book was fabulous; the movie was good enough to make my top 100 list. Force 10 from Navarone was also very good.

 

The Sand Pebbles – Steve McQueen makes most movies better.

 

Topper – One of the better ghost movies ever made.

 

P.s. - The Gary Grant & Rosalind Russell movie should have been listed as “His Girl Friday” rather than “My Girl Friday”.

 

Kevin Wilson:

 

That last turn exhausted my initial list.  I didn't/couldn't come up with 100 by myself.  So, these 10 are some mentioned by others that either rang a bell, I've rented and seen since or get a face palm because I didn't think of them myself.

 


Apocalypse now

Mississippi Burning

Ordinary People

The African Queen

The King's Speech

The Grapes of Wrath

The Graduate

The Great Escape

M*A*S*H

12 Angry Men


 

 

Kevin Tighe:

 

Creature of the Black Lagoon - best 3D movie from the '50's.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers ('56 and '78) - they're both good.

Harold & Maude

King of Hearts

The Producers ('68) - the musical is almost as good.

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein - it works because the monsters play it straight.

Resurrection - Ellen Burstyn is wonderful. Has a sweet ending.

Field of Dreams - has a great game of catch.

Life as a House - only movie in my top 10 from the last 20 years.  See it.

Abyss

Titanic

Terminator

Aliens - yeah, I like Cameron.  Sue me.

Die Hard

Serenity - pure bliss for Firefly fans.

Fifth Element

The Mummy ('99) - yep, the Brendan Fraser one (again the monsters play it straight).

Long Kiss Goodnight - Geena Davis & Samuel Jackson,

Catch Me if You Can

Mask of Zorro - a bit hammy, but good fun.

Children of Men

Eternal Sunshine - first saw it after a recent breakup and it helped a lot.

Big Fish - wonderful stories and the ending gets me every time.

Hot Fuzz - I think it's funnier than Shaun.

Saved - a very funny christian Mean Girls.

Galaxy Quest - quoted more often around our house than Princess Bride.

Gattaca - futuristic genetic perfection tale with a young Jude Law.

Network - their wild ideas for TV shows seem almost tame now.

Cool Hand Luke - no one can eat 50 eggs.

 

Dane Maslen:

 

12:01 - now that I finally know its title.

 

A Shot in the Dark

 

Noises Off - This is the film of what I consider to be the funniest play I've ever seen.  The film isn't as funny as the play, but even so it's pretty good.

 

Shallow Grave

 

Deliverance

 

The Shawshank Redemption - I finally got round to watching this in its entirety about a week ago, having stumbled seen just part of it several years while channel hopping.

 

Time After Time - I would have preferred to have seen this again before adding it to my list, but I do recall enjoying it greatly the first two times I saw it.

 

Now for a few more that I've watched again recently and will add to my list with the reservation that if I had to make a list of 100 films, then I suppose these would be on it, but I'm not entirely convinced that one really has to see them before one dies:

 

A Fistful of Dollars

 

Local Hero - I always find this an enjoyable film to watch, but I don't really know why!

 

North by Northwest - though it has one of the most ridiculous plot flaws in any film I've ever seen (more on that next issue: I don't have time right now).

 

The Sting

 

Tootsie

 

And finally a list of films that might or might not have made it on to my list if I'd had the opportunity and the time to watch them again to confirm recollections, sometimes vague, of having enjoyed them in the past:

 


Assault on Precinct 13 (original)

Batman (1989)

Clockwork

Dr. Strangelove

For a Few Dollars More

Four Weddings and a Funeral

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World

Men in Black

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Rear Window

Star Trek: First Contact

The 39 Steps (original?)

The Birds

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Third Man

Wages of Fear

When Harry Met Sally


 

Jim Burgess:

 


Breaker Morant

Alien

If

The Man Who Would Be King

Andy Warhol's Frankenstein

Fight Club

Seven Samurai

Star Wars


 

Rick Desper:

 

Last 10?  Oh, the pressure!!!  Just some scraps that were falling through the cracks.

 

1. Wizard of Oz - it's been a long time, but this is a classic

2. Do the Right Thing - Spike Lee deserves some recognition

3. Breakfast at Tiffany's - for Audrey Hepburn

4. The Full Monty - kind of a genre by its own self

5. Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - with Gene Wilder, of course.  Best movie for kids.

6. Rebel Without a Cause - gotta have a James Dean film.

7. Some Like it Hot - and a Marilyn Monroe film. 

8. Alien - epic alien horror film.

9. To Kill a Mockingbird - is a sin.

10. Being John Malkovich - slightly ahead of ESSM for my Charlie Kaufman film.

 

And now, the full list of films chosen, in order of popularity (and then alphabetical in the case of a tie)…

 


#

Film

12

Star Wars

11

Alien

11

The Silence of the Lambs

9

The Lord of the Rings (Trilogy or Single Film)

9

The Shawshank Redemption

9

The Wizard of Oz

8

2001 A Space Odyssey

8

Citizen Kane

8

North by Northwest

8

The Godfather

8

The Great Escape

7

Apocalypse Now

7

Blazing Saddles

7

Casablanca

7

Gone with the Wind

7

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

7

Raiders of the Lost Ark

7

To Kill a Mockingbird

6

12 Angry Men

6

Back to the Future

6

Blade Runner

6

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

6

Dr Strangelove

6

Lawrence of Arabia

6

Patton

6

Rear Window

6

Saving Private Ryan

6

Singin’ in the Rain

6

The Third Man

6

When Harry Met Sally

5

A Clockwork Orange

5

Being John Malkovich

5

Ben Hur

5

Fight Club

5

Goodfellas

5

Jaws

5

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

5

Psycho

5

Seven Samurai

5

The African Queen

5

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

5

The Graduate

5

The Matrix

5

Titanic

5

V for Vendetta

5

West Side Story

4

A Shot in the Dark

4

Animal House

4

Braveheart

4

Brazil

4

Das Boot

4

Dirty Harry

4

Galaxy Quest

4

Harold and Maude

4

High Noon

4

Hot Fuzz

4

Independence Day

4

It’s A Wonderful Life

4

Life of Brian

4

Mary Poppins

4

Planet of the Apes (Heston)

4

Pulp Fiction

4

Schindler’s List

4

The Big Lebowski

4

The French Connection

4

The Godfather II

4

The Hunt for Red October

4

The Maltese Falcon

4

The Usual Suspects

4

Time After Time

4

Toy Story

4

Trading Places

4

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

3

A Fish called Wanda

3

A Touch of Evil

3

American Beauty

3

Annie Hall

3

Avatar

3

Blue Velvet

3

Breaker Morant

3

Breakfast Club

3

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

3

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

3

Dogma

3

Double Indemnity

3

E.T.

3

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

3

Fanny and Alexander

3

Fantasia

3

Fargo

3

Forest Gump

3

Glengarry Glen Ross

3

Glory

3

Gran Torino

3

Grease

3

Jurassic Park

3

King Kong

3

M*A*S*H

3

Miracle on 34th Street

3

Ordinary People

3

Paths of Glory

3

Rain Man

3

Rebel Without a Cause

3

Rio Bravo

3

Se7en

3

Spartacus

3

Star Trek (2009)

3

Star Trek IV

3

Steel Magnolias

3

The Blues Brothers

3

The Bridge on the River Kwai

3

The Caine Mutiny

3

The Departed

3

The Exorcist

3

The Fugitive

3

The Gods Must Be Crazy

3

The Green Mile

3

The Incredibles

3

The King of Hearts

3

The Lion in Winter

3

The Man Who Would Be King

3

The Princess Bride

3

The Producers

3

The Searchers

3

The Seventh Seal

3

The Shining

3

The Sound of Music

3

The Sting

3

The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3

3

The Verdict

3

The Warriors

3

True Grit

3

Unforgiven

3

Up

3

Vertigo

3

Young Frankenstein

3

Zulu

2

12:01

2

300

2

12 Monkeys

2

A Bridge Too Far

2

A Few Good Men

2

A Hard Days Night

2

Aliens

2

All About Eve

2

All Quiet on the Western Front

2

Amadeus

2

American Graffiti

2

An Affair to Remember

2

BAT 21

2

Batman Begins

2

Being There

2

Beverly Hills Cop

2

Bonnie and Clyde

2

Bridge Over the River Kwai

2

Bringing Up Baby

2

Bull Durham

2

Bullitt

2

Caddyshack

2

Carrie

2

Catch 22

2

Chinatown

2

City Lights

2

Dangerous Liaisons

2

Dark City

2

Desperately Seeking Susan

2

Dog Day Afternoon

2

Drop Dead Gorgeous

2

Dumb and Dumber

2

Excaliber

2

Fahrenheit 451 (60's version)

2

Four Weddings and a Funeral

2

Fried Green Tomatoes

2

Gettysburg

2

Ghost

2

Goldfinger

2

Gorky Park

2

Gosford Park

2

Gregory's Girl

2

Groundhog Day

2

Halloween

2

Heat

2

Heavy Metal

2

In the Company of Men

2

In the Heat of the Night

2

Inception

2

Inglorious Basterds

2

Inherit the Wind

2

It's a Mad Mad Mad World

2

King of Hearts

2

Koyannisquatsi

2

Labyrinth

2

Little Children

2

Love Actually

2

May

2

Memento

2

Midway

2

Mississippi Burning

2

Moulin Rouge

2

Mulholland Drive

2

Nashville

2

Ninotchka

2

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

2

Office Space

2

On Golden Pond

2

On the Waterfront

2

Papillon

2

Pay if Forward

2

Picnic at Hanging Rock

2

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

2

Platoon

2

Raging Bull

2

Remains of the Day

2

Resevoir Dogs

2

Rocky

2

Romeo and Juliet (1967)

2

Rosemary's Baby

2

Salem's Lot

2

Serenity

2

Sex, Lies, and Videotape

2

Shallow Grave

2

Sling Blade

2

Slumdog Millionaire

2

Smokey and the Bandit

2

Some Like It Hot

2

Sound of Music

2

Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan

2

Stripes

2

The Abyss

2

The Battle of Algiers

2

The Bicycle Thief

2

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover

2

The Dark Knight

2

The Evil Dead

2

The Frighteners

2

The General

2

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

2

The Grapes of Wrath

2

The King's Speech

2

The Lion King

2

The Longest Day

2

The Magnificent Seven

2

The Music Box

2

The Outlaw Josey Wales

2

The Philadelphia Story

2

The Pink Panther

2

The Rules of the Game

2

The Shootist

2

The Wicker Man

2

Thelma & Louise

2

Throne of Blood

2

To Catch a Thief

2

Tootsie

2

Trainspotting

2

True Lies

2

Wall Street

2

Where Eagles Dare

2

Wild Strawberries

2

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

2

Wings of the Dove

2

Winter's Bone

2

Woodstock

2

Yellow Submarine

2

Zodiac

1

1776

1

13 Conversations

1

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

1

28 Days Later

1

28 Up

1

400 Blows (and its 4 sequels)

1

A Beautiful Mind

1

A Brief Vacation

1

A Chorus Line

1

A Christmas Story

1

A Day at the Races

1

A Face in the Crowd

1

A Fistful of Dollars

1

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

1

A Midnight Clear

1

A Night at the Opera

1

A River Runs Through It

1

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

1

Across the Universe

1

Adaptation

1

Airplane

1

All of Me

1

All That Jazz

1

All the President's Men

1

Allegro Non Troppo

1

Almost Famous

1

Amelie

1

An Affair of Love

1

An American in Paris

1

Anatomy of a Murder

1

And Justice for All

1

Andy Warhol's Frankenstein

1

Animal Crackers

1

Apocalypso

1

Apollo 13

1

Area 51

1

Army of Darkness

1

Army of Shadows

1

Arsenic and Old Lace

1

As Good as it Gets

1

As it is in Heaven

1

Auntie Mame

1

Austin Powers

1

Away We Go

1

Bad Day at Black Rock

1

Battle Royale

1

Battleline

1

Beauty and the Beast

1

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

1

Before Sunrise/Before Sunset

1

Bell, Book, and Candle

1

Bernard and the Genie

1

Best Years of Our Lives

1

Big Fish

1

Big Jake

1

Bill Cosby: Himself

1

Bird

1

Blade 2

1

Boiler Room

1

Bram Stokers Dracula

1

Brassed Off

1

Breakfast at Tiffany's

1

Breaking the Waves

1

Breathless

1

Bride of Frankenstein

1

Brining Out the Dead

1

Brokeback Mountain

1

Bullworth

1

Burden of Dreams

1

Burn

1

Cabaret

1

Capricon One

1

Captain Blood

1

Cars

1

Catch Me if You Can

1

Charade (original)

1

Charley Varrick

1

Charly

1

Chasing Amy

1

Children of Men

1

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

1

Clerks

1

Close Encounters of the Third King

1

Colussus: The Forbin Project

1

Cool Hand Luke

1

Coraline

1

Crash

1

Creature From the Black Lagoon

1

Dances With Wolves

1

Dave

1

Dawn of the Dead (Original)

1

Dazed and Confused

1

Dead Again

1

Dealing Dogs

1

Death and the Maiden

1

Death on the Nile

1

Deathproof

1

Defiant Ones

1

Deliverance

1

Demolition Man

1

Der Himmel ueber Berlin (Wings of Desire)

1

Diabolique

1

Dial M for Murder

1

Diamonds are Forever

1

Die Hard

1

Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry

1

Do the Right Thing

1

Donnie Darko

1

Don't Look back

1

Downfall

1

Downfill Racer

1

Dragonslayer

1

Driving Miss Daisy

1

Duck Soup

1

Dune (Sci-Fi Channel version)

1

Eating Raoul

1

Edvard Munch

1

El Dorado

1

Election

1

Enchanted

1

Endless Summer

1

Enemy at the Gate (siege of Stalingrad)

1

Enemy Mine

1

Event Horizon

1

Executive Suite

1

Exorcist Three: Legion

1

F/X

1

Face Off

1

Fail-Safe

1

Father Goose

1

Fellini Satyricon

1

Fiddler on the Roof

1

Field of Dreams

1

Finding Nemo

1

First Wives Club

1

Flashback

1

For a Few Dollars More

1

Fragile

1

Frenzy

1

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel

1

From Hell

1

From Here to Eternity

1

From Russia With Love

1

From the Ashes

1

Full Metal Jacket

1

Gallipoli

1

Gandhi

1

Gaslight

1

Gattaca

1

Gentlemen's Agreement

1

Get Carter

1

Ghost World

1

Ghostbusters

1

Good Night and Good Luck

1

Good Will Hunting

1

Grand Canyon

1

Grapes of Wrath

1

Grease 2

1

Greed

1

Guarding Tess

1

Gypsy 83

1

Hairdresser's Husband

1

Hamlet (Kenneth Branaugh)

1

Hannibal

1

Happiness

1

Hardcore

1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part II

1

Harvey

1

Heavenly Creatures

1

Hellraiser

1

Hell's Angels

1

Henry V (Branagh)

1

Henry V (Olivier)

1

High Plains Drifter

1

His Girl Friday

1

Hitman

1

Holy Smoke

1

Home Alone

1

Hostel

1

Hotel Rwanda

1

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini

1

How to Train Your Dragon

1

Hunting Humans

1

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

1

If

1

I'm Not There

1

In Bruges

1

In the Mood For Love

1

In the White City

1

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

1

Invasion of the Body Snatchers ('56 and '78)

1

Invictus

1

Iron Giant

1

It Happened One Night

1

Ivan the Terrible

1

Jason and the Argonauts

1

Jerry Maguire

1

Jesus of Montreal

1

Journey to the Center of the Earth

1

Judgment at Nurenberg

1

Kafka

1

Kelly's Heroes

1

Kentucky Fried Movie

1

Key Largo

1

Kill Bill

1

Kill Bill, Part II

1

Kiss of the Spiderwoman

1

Knight and Day

1

Kramer vs. Kramer

1

Krull

1

La Femme Nikita

1

La Jetee

1

La Salamandre

1

Lady in the Dunes

1

Last Action Hero

1

Last Tango in Paris

1

Legends of the Fall

1

Life as a House

1

Life is Beautiful

1

Little Miss Sunshine

1

Live and Let Die

1

Local Hero

1

Lost in Translation

1

M

1

Macbeth (Orson Welles version)

1

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

1

Magic Christian

1

Magnolia

1

Magus

1

Major League

1

Maltese Falcon

1

Man Who Planted Trees

1

Man with a Movie Camera - Dziga Vertov

1

March of the Wooden Soldiers

1

Marnie

1

Matewan

1

McLintock

1

Meetings With Remarkable Men

1

Men in Black

1

Midnight Cowboy

1

Midnight Express

1

Miracle Mile

1

Misery

1

Missing

1

Moby Dick

1

Modern Times

1

Mon Oncle d'Amerique

1

Mona Lisa Smile

1

Monsters, Inc.

1

Most John Sayles' movies

1

Most Werner Herzog movies

1

Move Over, Darling

1

Mr. Frost

1

Much Ado About Nothing (Branaugh)

1

Muppet Treasure Island

1

Murder on the Orient Express

1

Mutiny on the Bounty (Brando)

1

My Cousin Vinny

1

My Dinner with Andre

1

My Favorite Year

1

My Life as a Dog

1

My Man Godfrey

1

My Night at Maude's

1

My Sister's Keeper

1

Mysteries of the Organism

1

Mystic River

1

Naked Lunch

1

Napoleon Dynamite

1

Network

1

Night and the City

1

Night of the Generals

1

Night of the Living Dead ('68)

1

No Time for Seargants

1

Nobody's Fool (Newman)

1

Noises Off

1

Nosferatu (original)

1

Notorious

1

Number 23

1

Once

1

Once Upon a Time in the West

1

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denistovich

1

Open Range

1

Operation Petticoat

1

Other People's Lives

1

Overboard

1

Pale Rider

1

Paris Je t'aime

1

Pather Panchali of The Apu Trilogy

1

Paul

1

Pepe Le Moko

1

Phantasm

1

Phantom of the Opera

1

Philadelphia

1

Philadelphia Story

1

Pillow Talk

1

Pinnochio

1

Play it Again Sam

1

Pleasantville

1

Please Don't Eat the Daisies

1

Point Blank

1

Pork Chop Hill

1

Practical Magic

1

Presumed Innocent

1

Pretty in Pink

1

Pride and Prejudice

1

Prime Suspect

1

Princess Bride

1

PT Boat 109

1

Pygmalion

1

Quadrophenia

1

Raise the Red Lantern

1

Raising Arizona

1

Ran

1

Rashomon

1

Ravenous

1

Rebecca

1

Red (2010)

1

Red River

1

Remember the Titans

1

Repo Man

1

Resurrection

1

Return of the Secaucus Seven

1

Reversal of Fortune

1

Richard III (McKellan)

1

Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip

1

Rio

1

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

1

Rocky 2

1

Roger and Me

1

Roshomon

1

Rounders

1

Run Silent, Run Deep

1

Sahara

1

Sanjuro

1

Saturday Night Fever

1

Saved

1

Saw

1

Seargant Rutledge

1

Secret of the Roan Inish

1

Secrets of the Divine Ya-Ya Sisterhood

1

Senna

1

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

1

Seven Chances

1

Seven Men From Now

1

Seventh Seal

1

Shakespeare in Love

1

Shane

1

Shaun of the Dead

1

Shelter Dogs

1

Sherlock Jr.

1

She's Having a Baby

1

Shine

1

Siberiade

1

Silent Night Deadly Night

1

Silverado

1

Simply Irrisistable

1

Sin City

1

Sixteen Candles

1

Sleepless in Seattle

1

Smiles of a Summer's Night

1

Snatch

1

Somewhere in Time

1

South Park

1

Speed

1

Spider-Man

1

Spirited Away

1

Splendor in the Grass

1

St. Elmo's Fire

1

Stalag 17

1

Stand By Me

1

Star Trek

1

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

1

Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back

1

Stealing Heaven ('88)

1

Stopping By in the Evening

1

Stranger Than Fiction

1

Strangers on A Train

1

Streetwise

1

Sunday Bloody Sunday

1

Sunset Boulevard

1

Super 8

1

Sweet Home Alabama

1

Tangled (2010)

1

Tarkovsy's Stalker

1

Taxi Driver

1

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

1

That Obscure Object of Desire

1

That Touch of Mink

1

The 39 Steps (Richard Donat version)

1

The Adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn

1

The American President

1

The Apartment

1

The A-team

1

The Aviator

1

The Big Sleep (1946)

1

The Birdman of Alcatraz

1

The Birds

1

The Bishop's Wife

1

The Blind Side

1

The Bourne Identity

1

The Bourne Ultimatum

1

The Buddy Holly Story

1

The Candidate

1

The Cheyenne Social Club

1

The Chosen

1

The Commitments

1

The Day the Earth Stood Still

1

The Dead Zone

1

The Deer Hunter

1

The Descendents

1

The Devil Wears Prada

1

The Dirty Dozen

1

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

1

The Dream Team

1

The Emperor's New Groove

1

The Emporer and the Assassin

1

The Enemy Below

1

The Expendables

1

The Family Stone

1

The Fassbinder Trilogy

1

The Fifth Element

1

The Fifth Quarter

1

The Final Countdown

1

The Four Seasons

1

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

1

The Full Monty

1

The Game

1

The Gold Rush

1

The Goonies

1

The Grand Illusion

1

The Great Dictator

1

The Guns of Navarone

1

The Hudsucker Proxy

1

The Illusionist

1

The Insider

1

The Italian Job (1969)

1

The Killers

1

The Killing Fields

1

The King and I

1

The Lady Killers

1

The Long Kiss Goodnight

1

The Love of the Game

1

The Madness of King George

1

The Magician

1

The Magnificent Ambersons

1

The Man Who Came to Dinner

1

The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance

1

The Mask of Zorro

1

The Meaning of Life

1

The Milky Way

1

The Missing

1

The Mother and the Whore (Jean Eustache)

1

The Mummy ('99)

1

The Navigator (Keaton)

1

The Ninth Gate

1

The Notebook

1

The Odd Couple

1

The Phantom of Liberty

1

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

1

The Quiet American

1

The Rainmaker

1

The Road Warrior

1

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

1

The Sacrifice

1

The Sand Pebbles

1

The Sixth Sense

1

The Station Agent

1

The Sunshine Boys

1

The Tailor of Panama

1

The Teminator

1

The Ten Commandments

1

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Original)

1

The Triumph of the Will

1

The Umbrellas of Cherborg

1

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

1

The Vanishing

1

The Voyage Home (ST4)

1

The Wages of Fear

1

The Wall

1

The Watcher

1

The Wild Geese

1

The Women

1

Thin Man

1

Three Days of the Condor

1

Three the Hard Way

1

Thunderball

1

Titus Andronicus (Hopkins)

1

To Live

1

To the End of the World

1

Tommy Boy

1

Too Big to Fail

1

Topper

1

Tora, Tora, Tora

1

Touches Pas Au Grisbi

1

Toy Story 3

1

Training Day

1

Transformers

1

Treasure of Sierra Madre

1

Trois Coleurs

1

Tropic Thunder

1

Truth about Cats and Dogs

1

Twelve O'Clock High

1

Twilight (Newman)

1

Uncle Buck

1

Unstrung Heroes

1

Vacation

1

Velvet Goldmine

1

Victor/Victoria

1

Waking Life

1

Walkabout

1

Wall-E

1

War of the Worlds (1953)

1

Wargames

1

Water for Elephants

1

Wayne's World

1

Welcome to the Dollhouse

1

What the %$@# Do You Know

1

White Chicks

1

White Christmas

1

White Heat

1

White Men Can't Jump

1

Wildcats

1

Win Win

1

Wings of Desire

1

Winter Light

1

Witches of Eastwick

1

Witness

1

Witness for the Prosecution

1

X-Men: First Class

1

Yankee Doodle Dandy

1

Yojimbo

1

You've Got Mail

1

Zombieland (2009)

1

Zookeeper


 


The Top Ten Things Women Do Which Frustrate Men

By Douglas Kent (originally published on the Guys Explained website)

 

A female reader wrote and asked that in a "fair is fair" attitude, I should provide a top ten list of things that women do which frustrate men. I don't think this is really so much a "payback" list, because it could also provide insight into how the male works, and perhaps give you ideas and strategies on how to accomplish the same goals without damaging the male ego. Remember, not all of these will apply to evey man, but you'll know which do and which don't to the male in question. So in David Letterman style, we'll go backwards and count down.

#10. Women Love Romance. This frustrates men, because they worry that women set the bar on romance from movies and television. When a man and a woman watch a scene like the proposal scene in Serendipity or the radio scene in Say Anything, the woman is enjoying the romance and the emotion of the characters...the man is thinking "Great, how the hell am I going to top that? Is this what she expects from me?"

#9. Women Love Dancing. Most men hate to dance, or fear it. Maybe they just don't know how to do it, or maybe they are terrified of making the wrong move. But women love dancing, and they think it is romantic and magical. This also frustrates men because women love to watch the four hundred dancing shows now on television, when he'd rather watch some guys blowing each other up.

#8. Women Take a Long Time to Get Ready. I understand why this is. A woman's clothing choices, makeup, and hair prep are complicated. Even when I wore a suit and tie I could get ready in 10 minutes or less. But most guys don't get it; they just know you take forever. But if you speed it up or skimp on the makeup, you're likely to get some comment later about how you never want to look nice for him.

#7. Women Cry. Okay, some guys cry - I do all the time. But most guys hate to see a woman cry, because they either can't understand why, or they assume its something they did, or else its the mysterious hormone thing. If the man doesn't understand it, he can't fix it. And the possibility that this leads to #1 on this list terrifies him.

#6. Women Are Bad Drivers. This is not true, but it is so accepted that it pisses men off to no end. A guy who drives badly is just being "an asshole" and doing it on purpose. A woman makes the same moves because she is a terrible driver, and shouldn't be behind the wheel.

#5. Women Spend Money. If the woman does the grocery shopping, the man is convinced he could do it twice as fast at half the price. Women's clothes are 50% more expensive for no reason, but guys blame that on the woman's expensive taste. A 50% off sale is a blessing to a woman...to a man, it's an excuse to spend. Again, an attempt to cut back in this area will result in the same complaints anyway, plus whining about how you never dress up for him anymore.

#4. Women Do Not Understand Money. Again, not true. But in many households the man wants to control all the money, all the bills, all of everything. This is because he is "better at it" and so he can hide any activity he knows he shouldn't have done (the new putter, the unexplained bar tab, the room at the Super 8 motel). So the woman is left with no real idea of what they have, what they can afford, or where the money goes. All they know is the man "isn't made of money."

#3. Women Get Jealous. So the guy flirts with a waitress, hits on his secretary, or fantasizes about that new girl in accounting. Big deal! He can look as long as he doesn't touch, right? Why should you get jealous over that. It isn't like he's cheating or anything. Inevitably, if he does cheat, it is because you "drove him to it" because of your constant bitching about his innocent flirting and ogling.

#2. Women Make Plans. Most guys like to fly by the seat of their pants. Why did you agree for us to have dinner with the Wilds on Thursday? I hate that guy. You KNOW I've got to watch football on Saturday, I don't want to go to that stupid thing at the botanical gardens. Can't you go with one of your Yenta friends? As usual, the flip-side is if you don't make plans, his suggestions involve odd sexual requests or a lot of staying home...at which point you become "boring" and he looks for excitement elsewhere.

and finally:

#1. "We Have to Talk" The most feared words in the English language to a male. Most men would rather jump out a window (3rd floor or lower) than be subjected to twhatever is going to follow. Even a fake stroke or heart attack is not out of the question.

So there you have it. Another in-depth look into the male mind.

 

 


You Don't Know Me

The Eternal Sunshine Interview

 

After months of planning and trying to connect properly, this issue we have an interview with the amazing Rebecca Loebe, musician extraordinaire and a contestant on the first season of The Voice.  Oh, and Heather and I both have crushes on her.

 

What is your name: Rebecca Loebe.

What is your astrological sign:
Leo for sure! Capricorn rising! (I think).

How old are you (exact or approximate):
28

What is your earliest childhood memory:
It's a tie between the day my twin brothers were born (I was 3 years and two weeks old), our babysitter sat my sister and I down on the front porch and tried to explain to us what was up. I also remember diving headfirst out of our van, as if the asphalt parking lot below were a swimming pool. That may have been shortly before they were born, not sure.

Describe your immediate family (present day):
I have three younger siblings and two fabulous parents. Everyone is opinionated, hilarious and talented in their own ways. We're a little geographically spread out right now, but we're still really close. Everyone gets along really well.

What do you do for a living:
I write songs and sing them for people.


Where were you born:
Fairfax county hospital in Arlington, VA.


What did you want to be when you were growing up:
When I was little I tended to want to do the job of whoever was pissing me off at the moment -- if I had a bad babysitter, I'd think that I should be a babysitter so I could be the best babysitter ever and SHOW them...then I'd have a bad teacher and want to be a teacher when I grew up...You get the pattern. Somewhere around high school I started feeling like I wanted to make music for a living, and I've been working with that ever since.

Douglas Kent: In what ways did your father influence your musical taste, and your choice of career?

Rebecca Loebe: When we were kids, there were always musical instruments around. I remember coming home from pre-school singing some children's song I had learned there, and sitting down with my dad while he figured out the chords. I'm guessing they were G, C and D. I say that because, about a decade later, when I was in middle school and began showing interest in playing guitar/singing songs, my dad had a marvelous talent of distilling any modern pop song I wanted to learn down into those three chords. When it was time for me to go to college, he didn't bat an eye when I applied to seven music colleges and nothing else, and he drove me to Boston himself 2 weeks after my 17th birthday, to begin at Berklee. His support and non-judgment has probably been the biggest way in which he has influenced my choice of careers.

Douglas Kent: Who else would you list as your strongest early musical influences?

Rebecca Loebe: I grew up listening to a lot of pop music from the 50's and 60's, girl groups specifically. In fact, for the first 6 years of my life I thought that the music industry was completely run by women. So much so that when I first heard "Thriller" by Michael Jackson, I thought 'Wow, that's really good for a boy!'

Douglas Kent: Aside from introducing you to a number of new fans, how has your  involvement with The Voice changed your outlook on the industry? Or has it?

Rebecca Loebe: I had a wonderful experience as a contestant on "The Voice," and you are right that it introduced me to a much wider audience than I may ever have accessed before. In terms of my outlook, I'd say that for me The Voice was a perfect illustration of the entertainment industry vs. the music industry. I think that the actual process of filming/ performing on "The Voice" had very little to do with the music
industry, that was all entertainment industry stuff. What happens post-Voice (either by getting signed to a label or building your own music career with the notoriety you have gained) is when you start operating within the music industry.

Douglas Kent: A number of people have coincidentally commented recently that once your personal life and relationships are going well, it is much harder to write songs. Do you agree with that?

Rebecca Loebe: Yes. I find that when my personal relationships are going well I write a lot more from other people's perspectives.

Douglas Kent: Of all the independent artists I've talked to, you seem to be at the forefront of using social networking and technology to expose more people to your music, and to give the avid fan the additional access
they crave. Your .net website is a perfect example of what I mean. Was that your idea, or did someone suggest it? Or, did you see someone else doing the same thing?

Rebecca Loebe: I've really enjoyed having an additional outlet to share content with my fans at www.rebeccaloebe.net. I've got to give credit to a singer/songwriter named Matthew Ebel -- he's been running a subscription-based .net site for a few years now, and when I began scheming to build one of my own I reached out to him for advice.

Douglas Kent: You mention that Mystery Prize was entirely fan funded. Was that through Kickstarter, or some other method?

Rebecca Loebe: I spent two years raising funds for Mystery Prize, beginning in the spring of 2007. At the time Kickstarter did not exist, though it's the same pre-order based premise.


Douglas Kent: Mystery Prize has a more country feel than Hey, it's a Lonely World (to me anyway), or perhaps just it's the production. Are you finding your musical tastes and writing style changing as time goes on, or does it stay rather static?

Rebecca Loebe: I find writing to be a completely organic, evolving process. Nothing static about it. When I'm recording songs, I always try to figure out what the songs 'want' in order to tell their stories most effecively,
and with the songs on "Mystery Prize," a more americana/country approach emerged.

Douglas Kent: Speaking of musical taste, who are some of your favorite artists (well known or independent)?

Rebecca Loebe: Most of my favorite artists happen to be independent, let's see...Raina Rose, Matt The Electrician, Randy Newman, AJ Roach, Nels Andrews, Carrie Elkin, Danny Schmidt, Robby Hecht, Jenn Grinels, Alexa Woodward, Anais Mitchell, Feist, The Lascivious Biddies, Patty Griffin, Joni Mitchell, Gillian Welch are all long-time favorites.   Mainstream-wise, I also really enjoyed Mumford and Songs and Adele's
releases in the past year.

Douglas Kent: I was struck by the delicious harmonic mix between you, Jenn [Grinels], and Raina [Rose] at a recent show I caught. In a way it reminded me of the way Crosby, Stills, and Nash fit so uniquely together. Have you ever considered a CD entirely of collaborations, or as a trio? Raina has done The Gypsy Moths of course, so she has some experience outside of solo performing.

Rebecca Loebe: We love singing together! We've never discussed a project together, although I'm sure none of us are opposed. Whenever we sing together we talk about touring together more. Hopefully soon!

Douglas Kent: Which leads me to, what's your performance history? Were you part of any bands before going it on your own?

Rebecca Loebe: I've been playing and singing solo my whole life, and just in the past year I've begun putting together a band. Two bands, actually -- one in my old hometown in Atlanta, and one in Austin where I have moved to.   I've still only played with a band maybe 15 times in my life, so I learn something new about it every time. It's been a really fun new way to make music.

Douglas Kent: What musical instruments would you consider yourself skilled in?

Rebecca Loebe: Guitar, guitar, kazoo and guitar. I can spell chords out on the piano, but it's nothing to write home about.

Douglas Kent: On stage you carry a tremendously fun, energetic, loving-every-minute kind of attitude. Do you think that is a good representation of you as a person too?

Rebecca Loebe: That about sums it up
J

Douglas Kent: Is there a specific dream or goal musically you have set for yourself, one you'd like to achieve someday?

Rebecca Loebe: I just hope to make a reliable living performing original music for people who feel a connection to what I do. I'm working towards that every day.

Douglas Kent: Your vocal style has a tremendous range, but not just in tone. You seem to move between serious, joking, and this hidden sultriness which I find sooo appealing. Were you voice trained at all, or is this just natural ability?

Rebecca Loebe: I took voice lessons in high school and a bit in college, which were very focused on control, breathing, exploring range, etc. I think that 5 years of full time performing is teaching me more about expression, honestly -- how to use my voice to convey an attitude or an idea separate from the words I'm articulating.

Douglas Kent: Any plans yet on your next full-length CD? Your EP was a change-of-pace treat.

Rebecca Loebe: I'm in the studio right now, working on a new full length CD to be released (hopefully!) sometime in the first half of 2012. It's going to be a fun record, somewhere between the irreverence of the Bees & Zombies EP and the more pensive side of "Mystery Prize."

Douglas Kent: How did you enjoy the experience of making your first true music video (for The Bees)?

Rebecca Loebe: It was really challenging! Believe it or not, I shot the video a few days before taping began on "The Voice." It was a great warm-up for being on camera!

Douglas Kent: I have a lot of other questions, but I think I've overstayed my welcome, so a few typical closers: Five of your favorite books?

Rebecca Loebe: The Awakening, The Time Traveller's Wife, A Short History of Nearly Everything, Pride and Prejudice.

Douglas Kent: And five of your favorite movies?

Rebecca Loebe: Tank Girl, The Godfather II, The Professional, Bullworth…and can I please count 30 Rock as a movie? Cuz I love it.

 

Douglas Kent: You’re the boss, so I can’t see why not!  Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions, and I hope everybody reading visits www.rebeccaloebe.com (and then perhaps www.rebeccaloebe.net) to find out what you’ve been missing if you aren’t familiar with Becca’s music!

 

 


The Dining Dead -
The Eternal Sunshine Movie Reviews

                     

It seems to get harder and harder to find films we want to see enough to justify the expense of going to see them.  Between that and another busy month we were 100% DVD again.

 

Seen on DVD – Scream 4 (D, of the entire series, this had the fewest scares, the most plodding plot, and the least number of laughs).  Hanna (B, well-acted and directed, the “mystery” was not crucial to enjoying the film).  Midway (B+, I’ve seen it too many times for it to get a higher grade but it is still an excellent representation of the battle and how much dumb luck played into it).  Love and Other Drugs (A-, between the moving script and the always terrific Jake Gyllenhaal this was a much better movie than I expected it to be).  Doghouse (B, pretty funny British zombie film, where all the zombies are women).

 


Meet Me In Montauk
The Eternal Sunshine Letter Column

 

Cal White: Doug, would it be possible to put some sort of "advertisement" in ES and/or DW about my favorite web site for Diplomacy? You've probably heard of BOUNCED (www.dipbounced.com). It's been around since 1999 and the creator (Christian Shelton) won the Miller Award for putting the site up. I have been playing Dip for nearly 40 years and that site is by far the best place I have ever found for playing the game. He has had a couple of hardware issues (hard drive failures which were quickly fixed) which have led to the loss of a few players. The site needs (and deserves!) some new blood. Thanks for any help you can provide.

 

[[I think this qualifies!]]

 

Kevin Tighe: A good transition between 100 films and 30 TV shows could be 5 Guilty Pleasure films - movies that have few fans and generally negative reviews, but we enjoy them.  You know, like Grease 2 or any Matrix sequel.

 

[[Hmmm, I’ll have to keep that in mind!]]

 

Andy York: About the movies, I gave "Everything Must Go" a 'B' when I saw it last year. It wasn't a typical Ferrell movie, but his comments at the preview showing about making it might have given me a different spin on some of it.

 

Speaking of running Dip at Cons (you mentioned Texicon in the letter col), Jeff J ran one session at OwlCon last weekend. I think he had five or six (thought pre-reg had the game full). It turned out a good game from what I saw (I was running a game on the adjacent table) with A/G/I doing quite well (as I recall).

 

[[You would have won easily…you’re Andy York!]]

 

Andy Lischett: Brad Wilson chose The Big Sleep for a lot of great lines. Coincidentally, soon after reading Brad's choice TCM ran the movie with (unless someone convinces me otherwise) the greatest movie line of all... "Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!"

Walter Huston won an Oscar for best supporting actor in the Treasure of the Sierra Madres, but the Mexican bandit (Alfonso Bedoya, according to Wikipedia) should have.

 

Paul Milewski: Friday Sandee and I both took a day off to go to Dayton to take her daughter Sarah for a scheduled checkup at the hospital for her high-rsik pregnancy.  The day in Dayton was interesting.  The first thing I noticed when we reached their apartment (it’s a very small building with just a few parking places) is that I didn’t see Sarah’s car.  At the hospital, while Sandee and I were sitting in a waiting room while Sarah and Troy (the biological father, or so we're told) went for her first test, Sandee tells me she asked Sarah and Sarah told her, “That’s another story.”  Later Sandee found out from Sarah that Sarah simply turned the car over to the bank, as Sarah couldn’t afford to keep making the payments (or maintain it in running order, for that matter, but I add that as an aside of my own), so now she has no car and still owes about three thousand on the car loan (the bank didn’t get much for the car when it was sold).  Her guy Troy (I don't know the term currently in vogue for that type of relationship--"boygriend" sounds too casual) didn’t seem to shut up the whole time we were there.  He is quite a talker.  He also kept playing with his cell phone, taking the battery out and putting it back in.  He told me he has an app that lets him check the weather any time.  Great.  No job, no prospects, no car, no driver's license, but he knows if it’s going to rain or snow.  I am thoroughly disappointed in the guy.  At any rate, it looks as if Sarah will go to the hospital to have labor induced on or about February 29.  She’s been doing better, and the doctor doesn’t think a caesarean will be necessary.  If we hadn’t gone up to take Sarah to the hospital Friday, we wouldn’t have known about the car.  Sandee is disappointed that Sarah isn’t being “truthful” but it’s more a case of Sarah not wanting to tell Sandee anything.  I suppose that’s a thin line.  You might think she's simply reluctant to tell her mom all the bad news, but Sarah is dirt poor and desperate and pretty much one of the most unrealistic and impractical people I've ever known.  Sarah told Sandee that Troy won't get a refund from the IRS because he is behind on child support for his 17-year-old daughter (he fathered out of wedlock, as the quaint but accurate expression goes).  That may be, assuming he's telling the truth about that, but I don't have a lot of confidence in his truthfulness.  He lost the job he had waiting tables because he quit showing up for work.  He also got himself arrested for stumbling around the neighborhood drunk.  Sandee tells me Sarah told her that he got into their "jar" and spent what little savings they had.  I just wonder what will be next.

 

[[May you be blessed to live in interesting times?  Or is the expression “cursed” instead of “blessed?”  Either way, that what you have.]]

 

Dave McCrumb: Please take any criticism that you get from your writing class with a grain of salt. Listen to what is said but you must then decide if the criticism is valid. I do not subscribe to the generalization of  Those that can, do; those that can’t, teach” statement, but in the case of writing it is more often true than not. Successful authors don’t have the time or can’t afford the pay-cut to teach writing courses. Occasionally they will teach a weekend workshop or even a week long class because they enjoy it, but that is rare and events are far apart. Besides, their advice is the same as for anything else in life, you improve by practice. You should be writing every day. You should be reading books similar to the style you intend to emulate but don’t limit yourself as other genera may give you a different perspective to help improve your own work. Dans les champs de l'observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits préparés.  Or to paraphrase - Chance favors the prepared mind.

 

Many creative writing teachers have one excuse or another on why they are teaching rather than writing. It usually boils down to they can’t get published. There are many reasons for that, some valid. Most of it is about desire. If you really want it you will learn how to make the connections necessary to become published. Of course, today anyone can get e-published or self-published. If that is all you want, that is fine. It all depends on your goals and what you hope to accomplish.

 

The best way to tell if your teacher is good is if they help guide you rather than criticize your work. If all you hear is criticism, you have wasted your money. The goal of a teacher is to make you better, not point out your flaws. You already recognize most of them which is why you are trying to get help. As an example, Sharyn taught a 5-day course (2 hours per day) last summer at Chautauqua, NY. One man told her about another week long course he had attended. The teacher was critical about everything they wrote that week, no positive reinforcement given to anybody. For the last day he had written out part of a chapter of one of Sharyn’s books. The teacher was ripping it to shreds: horrible grammar, not writing in dialect, ridiculous plot, etc. At the same time he was passing around his copy of the book with the section highlighted with a list of her awards. He told Sharyn while the class didn’t get a lot out of that class, they did learn that they needed to be selective about where they received advice.

 

So my advice is: determine your audience, practice, accept all comments but with a grain of salt and above all be persistent.

 

[[To be honest, I am as interested – or more – in the reactions and comments from the other people taking the class.  However, the teacher seems to be very positive-focused, and so far I think she may be quite helpful with motivation and focus.]]

 

Jim Burgess: re – 23 Tunes - There are different ways to run it, yours was as good as any. I had a great deal of fun with it, like David McCrumb I found myself thinking about my songs all month.  And I tried hard to skate across a wide range of my musical interests.  I would be really surprised (and somewhat interested) if anyone was familiar with all of the tunes.  An interesting fact I just realized today in looking at the whole list.  I've seen at least one of the band people who did these songs in person (and heard most of the songs performed in person) and in a REALLY wide variety of forums and locations (some even within the same band, as with U2 from one of their very first concerts in the US where they obviously performed "I Will Follow" to a more recent stadium type concert where they played "Sunday Bloody Sunday") and for the classical pieces I've performed them all (the Messiah and Sacred Head Sore Wounded singing two different parts, not at the same time). The memorable ones are the ones where I was in some sort of tiny venue right next to the stage (Nektar, Synergy, Peter Gabriel, Anthony Phillips, Crooked Still, U2 (the first time), The Go-Go's, Silly WIzard, The Pogues, The Waitresses, Richard Barone, the Tom Robinson Band, and most especially Mark Cutler who is the only one of the group that I've talked to personally).

 

The Intergalactic Touring Band, of course, NEVER ever toured, which was part of the joke, but I saw more than half of the members and other people participating in the actual studio-only album live in their other music lives.

 

Amber had the most songs I don't know, Andy Lischett's list was actually much more diverse than I thought it was as it unfolded piecemeal, and Rick Desper had the most songs that went and grabbed me and made me listen to them again.  It has been difficult to get Carmina Burana out of my head ever since (which I wish I could sing some time!).

 

I think Richard's TV show idea would be good as long as you HAVE to choose obscure TV shows (you would have to define in some way), not allowed to choose M*A*S*H* or the Tonight Show or the Super Bowl.

 

[[I don’t know about obscure, but I think part of the requirement will be that it is a show worth watching NOW.  We all know how some shows that were terrific in their day don’t hold up in the slightest.]]

 

 


The Twisting Tale

 

This is a rotating story, with a different author every issue, and a chapter of 500 words.  If you’d like to participate, please email me and let me know, and I’ll let you know when your turn comes up.  We need more particpants!  Email me at dougray30@yahoo.com if you’d like to participate!

 

WE NEED MORE PARTICIPANTS!  ONLY MEANS YOU DO AN ENTRY EVERY 3 OR 4 MONTHS!  IF WE DON’T GET MORE PARTICIPANTS, THIS WILL END SOON!

 

Chapter 10 by Kevin Tighe

 

OUR STORY SO FAR:  Our main character was blamed for the murder of Wilber Woode in San Diego.  He then borrowed a car and landed in Seattle at a place owned by Joe, a very talkative man who is into movies, trivia and a Wizard of Oz devotee.  Joe says he has a special job for our unnamed hero, but first he wants to show off his Dorothy costume. Meanwhile people are being murdered by an unknown man silently wielding a syringe.  So far there’s been only one murder per coastal town in the Western U.S.  Their only warning is the message “I love you.” left on their PC.   He’s working off a list of 12 names and so far 9 people are dead.  The last one was a woman named Laura Palmer, who also was missing a liver.  The man who found Laura was on the hit list but managed to survive the syringe and the ensuing house explosion.  We last left our killer going after a baker in the early morning hours. 

                                   

Chapter 10 LIONS, TIGERS AND BEAR CLAWS, DUDE

 

Newport, Oregon

Three teenagers Summer, Clover and Mead were just a block away from the bakery.  Mead whiningly says, “Whoa, I can’t believe it’s morning already, Skyrim is so like engrossing, you know?

“Dude” replies Clover flowerily, “Totally, like, I mean, wow.”  “You know?”

“Hey dudes, why is that dude laying on the pavement?  What’s wrong with him?  I don’t want to step over him to get my donut,” said Summer hotly.

“We agreed to bear claws you numb wit.  Hey, I think it’s like Mr. Foster, man he looks dead.”  Clover kicks him.  “Yeah, he’s like dead.”

“Look there’s a cigarette butt next to him, he must have died of smoking, you know?”

“Dude you don’t like die while you’re smoking.  You sort of die after like 40 years and you’re lying in a bed coughing your black lung out and there’s blood and it’s gross.”

“Yeah, totally, my uncle died like that.  Only way you die of smoking while cruising down the street is if you get hit by a cigarette truck.”

“Hey, good one, so Mead why don’t you 911 this.  Summer and I better blow.”

“Dude!?”

“You’re the only one without weed, so call.  We’ll meet back in the basement.  Cool?” 

 _________________________________

 

Seattle, Wash.

The man was sitting in a Starbuck’s just staring at a note in his hand.  A waiter came up to him, “Excuse me sir, but you’ve been sitting here for the last hour and you don’t have a laptop or a newspaper.  You need to order more or free up the table.”

“Hmmm?  Oh yeah, I guess so.  Say you ever meet the guy next door?”

“Yeah, Joe?  Did you know he really hates Asians?  We don’t let him in here anymore.  Say you look pretty shaken.  He didn’t show you his Dorothy outfit?   .  .  . Oh, that is just sad.  So what’s so important about that paper you’ve been staring at this whole time?”

“It’s something I have to do and I’m pretty sure I don’t want to do it.  But you see I have no choice.  No choice at all.”

This is the second month in a row the selected player failed to submit their chapter.  So, last chance.  It’s open to anybody.  Send a chapter in.  Or, if nobody does, I’m ending the story here.

 

Next up – Paraic Reddington

 

 

 


The Eternal Sunshine

Dead Pool

 

 

Another update: Jack McHugh picks up a point for Gary Carter, and Martin Burgdorf snags one for Johannes Heesters.  Nelson Mandela was hospitalized a few days before the deadline, but then released.  So there are still some players with two points, some with one, and a few still have none.  Nobody has three yet.  Remember, if someone on your list expires, drop me a note in case I haven't heard about it!  Here’s a copy of the current table:

 

LIFEBOAT!

A game of survival, bad breath, and fish odor…

 

This is the simple game of Lifeboat.  Everyone plays this, whether you participate or not.  Each turn everyone still alive in the lifeboat may make a single vote to throw someone off the lifeboat, or a single vote to remove one vote from yourself (a defensive measure).  The high vote getter is thrown overboard, as well as any player getting 2 or more net votes (due to the damage caused when Sanka was tossed overboard).  In a tie, everyone with that score is thrown over.  Last one in the boat wins.  I’ll probably give a prize, as usual.  Press is encouraged.  Note that the votes themselves are NOT revealed.  I just simply announce who is thrown overboard.  If you’re not listed as in the lifeboat right now but want to be, email me and I will add you next issue.  If you are listed and don’t’ want to be…well, too bad.  There is no suicide in this game; you just can ignore it if you want to. 

Currently in the lifeboat:

 


Allison Kent

Amber Smith

Andy Lischett

Brendan Whyte

Cal White

Carol Kay

David Burgess

David Latimer

David McCrumb

Geoff Kemp

Graham Wilson

Hank Alme

Heather Taylor

Hugh Polley

Jeff O'Donnell

Jim Burgess

John Biehl

Kevin Tighe

Kevin Wilson

Lance Anderson

Marc Ellinger

Mark Firth

Martin Burgdorf

Melinda Holley

Michael Cronin

Michael Moulton

Pat Vogelsang

Paul Milewski

Per Westling

Rick Desper

Robin ap Cynan

Tom Swider

William Wood



I can’t condone their actions, but a number of the surviving lifeboat passengers had grown tired of Jeremie Lefrancois.  He talked constantly, and they found his accent quite irritating.  He also snored.  So in a display of self-sacrifice, Brad Wilson and Harley Jordan grabbed Jeremie and the three of them went overboard.  Brad and Harley held Jeremie’s head underwater until they were sure he had drowned, and then happily dove into the mouths of nearby hungry sharks.  A job well done!

 

 


Thrown Into the Shark Infested Waters: Douglas Kent, Jack McHugh, Richard Walkerdine, Chris Babcock, Paraic Reddington, Sanka the Cat (safely made it to land), Andy York, Toby the Helpful Kitty (safely made it to land), Phil Murphy, Fred Wiedemeyer, Don Williams, Kayza the Dog (safely made it to land), Michael Quirk, Dane Maslen, Larry Cronin, Chuy Cronin, Richard Weiss. Tom Howell, Jeremie Lefrancois, Harley Jordan, Jeremie Lefrancois.

 

PRESS

 

Swider to Howell: Thanks for jumping in, now maybe they won't see me  'cause there's only one 'Tom' left.

TH to MH: take a peek at the current Variable Pig.

Howell to Kent: "Ice cream cake"? That may have been how that old sharkey gobbled me down, but I can guarantee you that isn't what I tasted like!

 

BOOB to ANDY LISCHETT: I'm not sure begging to get thrown off works, unless you were trying to work on reverse psychology.  I do feel like you might have helped Jeremie to Shark Chum though.

 

BOOB to TOM: I think your szine just disintegrated in the water....

 

BOOB to WATER ZOMBIES: I think you can be as involved as you want to be!  As soon as I join you, I plan to stay involved.  Despite Gandalf's dig, which is uber true, there is much we can do.

 

WILLIAMS to KENT:  You say “dissolved in salt water” like it’s a bad thing.  I think the disposition of a fair number of the people who are still left in that little rubber dinghy of yours would be improved if they were to be dissolved is salt water.

 

WILLIAMS to KENT:  I liked writing “dinghy” there.  I liked it again.

 

OVERBOARDERS to LIFEBOATERS:  We know what this is and it’s outrageous that you have allowed it to go on for so long!  This travesty has recently been exposed on Fox News for the assault on decency and American values it is – you Ninety-Niner lifeboaters are all engaged in extremist and genocidal class warfare against us ‘one-percenters’ in the water!!!  Just wait ‘til we write our Congressmen and raise holy hell!

 

HOLY HELL to ETERNAL SUNSHINE MANAGEMENT:  We know who you are and how you are working with the moneyed elite to keep us downtrodden masses in the pages of ES held in bondage.  Well, you have been officially put on notice that we, representatives of OCCUPY ETERNAL SUNSHINE, have arrived from Oakland and intend to camp here in the pages of this zine until you meet our demands.  Right now, we demand that you give the remaining survivors in that lifeboat some serious lessons in hygiene because, geeze, they smell worse than we do.

 

Deadline for your vote and any press is March 27th at 7:00am my time


 

 



Eternal Sunshine Index – ESI

A Scientific Measure of Zine Health

Current Index: 50.24 +0.75%

 

 

The Eternal Sunshine Index is a stock-market-like index of the zine. You don’t do anything in this game, except write press or commentary on price movements (or why you think your stock should have gone up or down).  I move the prices beginning with next issue based on my own private formula of quantity and quality zine participation (NMR’s, press, columns, etc.).  Any new zine participants become new issues valued at at 50, but the stock for anyone who disappears will remain listed.  The average of all listed stocks will result in the ESI closing value each month, which will be charted issue to issue after we have a few months’ worth of data.  If you don’t like the stock symbol I have assigned you, you may petition the exchange to change it.  Blame Phil Murphy for suggesting this section to me.

 

Market Commentary: The long-lost participants drop to the minimum trading level one at a time, or fall in that direction.  But not even Lance Anderson’s NMR is enough to drive the index down overall.  The ESI is trading at all-time high, albeit only up slightly from the original 50.

 


Stock

Price

% +/-

AJK - Allison Kent

62

1.6%

ALM - Hank Alme

56

3.7%

AMB - Amber Smith

55

-9.8%

AND - Lance Anderson

52

-14.8%

BAB - Chris Babcock

15

-25.0%

BIE - John Biehl

77

2.7%

BRG - Martin Burgdorf

67

3.1%

BWD - Brad Wilson

70

4.5%

CAK - Andy Lischett

69

3.0%

CAL - Cal White

15

-25.0%

CHC - Chuy Cronin

0.01

0.0%

CIA - Tom Swider

6

-40.0%

CKW - Kevin Wilson

71

2.9%

CKY - Carol Kay

6

-40.0%

DAN - Dane Maslen

70

2.9%

DBG - David Burgess

3

-40.0%

DTC - Brendan Whyte

66

3.1%

DUK - Don Williams

55

5.8%

FRD - Fred Wiedemeyer

65

3.2%

FRG - Jeremie Lefrancois

4

-33.3%

FRT - Mark Firth

67

3.1%

GRA - Graham Wilson

12

-29.4%

HDT - Heather Taylor

67

3.1%

HLJ - Harley Jordan

65

3.2%

HPL - Hugh Polley

33

10.0%

JOD - Jeff O'Donnell

67

3.1%

KMP - Geoff Kemp

67

4.7%

KVT - Kevin Tighe

68

6.3%

LAT - David Latimer

66

3.1%

LCR - Larry Cronin

0.01

-99.0%

MRK - Mark Nelson

33

-17.5%

MCC - David McCrumb

71

4.4%

MCR - Michael Cronin

0.01

0.0%

MIM - Michael Moulton

66

3.1%

MRC - Marc Ellinger

65

3.2%

OTS - Tom Howell

63

3.3%

PER - Per Westling

58

1.8%

PJM - Phil Murphy

38

-13.6%

QUI - Michael Quirk

25

-16.7%

RAC - Robin ap Cynan

60

1.7%

RDP - Rick Desper

64

4.9%

REB - Melinda Holley

71

2.9%

RED - Paraic Reddington

73

2.8%

RWE - Richard Weiss

57

0.0%

SAK - Jack McHugh

92

4.5%

TAP - Jim Burgess

74

8.8%

VOG - Pat Vogelsang

6

-40.0%

WAY - W. Andrew York

68

3.0%

WLK - Richard Walkerdine

106

5.0%

WWW - William Wood

0.01

0.0%

YLP - Paul Milewski

76

4.1%


 

PRESS

 

OCCUPY ETERNAL SUNSHINE to ETERNAL SUNSHINE INDEX:  Nowhere is your attack on the Ninety-Nine percenters more blatant than in this rank capitalism-infested index!  The very existence if the ESI is an affront to all good and decent ES members anywhere.  Trading in the sick coinage of human creativity and social participation is disgusting beyond belief!  We are here and we are outraged, and we will camp in the pages of this zine until you meet our demands.  And right now our demands are that you bump up the DUK listing by at least 4% for this press item alone.  Or we will never leave.  Ever.

 

ESI – OES: Be careful what you wish for.  Never leave?  Not a fun thought.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


                                        Brain Farts: The Only Subsubzine With It’s Own Fragrance

By Jack “Flapjack” McHugh – jack@diplomacyworld.net

(or just email Doug and he’ll send it to me)

Issue #40

 

 

 

I’m back…I still have my job, I’m still going to lose my house sometime in the near future, and my home life is like the torture scenes in Hellraiser but without the fun.  I do derive an ounce or two of pleasure with the idea that I offend at least a few of you jackasses with this monthly column.  I guess I can call it a subzine now, since super-dope Jim-Bob has withered into a subzine himself.  Who cares anyway?  I hope you are all following the debates and the upcoming election, because it is completely pointless.  Nothing is going to get better.  We’d do as well if Katy Perry became President.  This country might have five or ten years left before it completely falls apart.  I’m just not sure whether to make my goal to live that long, or NOT to live that long.

 

I thought about offering a Dip variant or something, but why bother when Doogie can’t even fill his?  So fuck you all.  Missed your chance.  So here’s a contest instead.  See how many times you can kiss your own ass in one hour.  The winner gets photos posted on Facebook.

 

 


MAMA'S BIBLE

 

Four brothers left home for college, and they became successful doctors and lawyers.  One evening, they chatted after having dinner together. They discussed the 95th birthday gifts they were able to give their elderly mother who moved to Florida .

 

The first said, "You know I had a big house built for Mama."

 

The second said, "And I had a large theater built in the house."

 

The third said, "And I had my Mercedes dealer deliver an SL600 to her."

 

The fourth said, "You know how Mama loved reading the Bible and you know she can't read anymore because she can't see very well. I met this preacher who told me about a parrot who could recite the entire Bible. It took ten preachers almost 8 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $50,000 a year for five years to the church, but it was worth it  Mama only has to name the chapter and verse, and the parrot will recite it."

 

The other brothers were impressed. After the celebration Mama sent out her "Thank You" notes.

 

She wrote: “Milton , the house you built is so huge that I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway."

 

"Marvin, I am too old to travel. I stay home; I have my groceries delivered, so I never use the Mercedes. The thought was good. Thanks."

 

"Michael, you gave me an expensive theater with Dolby sound and it can hold 50 people, but all of my friends are dead, I've lost my hearing, and I'm nearly blind. I'll never use it. Thank you for the gesture just the same."

 

"Dearest Melvin, you were the only son to have the good sense to give a little thought to your gift. The chicken was delicious Thank you so much."

 

 


THE ATHEIST

 

An atheist was walking through the woods..”What majestic trees!  What powerful rivers!

What beautiful animals!” he said to himself.

 

As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him.

He turned to look. He saw a 7-foot grizzly bear charge towards him..

 

He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder & saw that the bear was closing in on him.

 

He looked over his shoulder again, & the bear was even closer. He tripped & fell on the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up but saw  that the bear was right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw & raising his right paw to strike him.

 

At that instant the Atheist cried out, 'Oh my God!'

 

Time Stopped…The bear froze…The forest was silent.

 

As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky. 'You deny my existence for all these years, teach others I don't exist and even credit creation to cosmic accident.' 'Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a believer'?

 

The atheist looked directly into the light, 'It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps you could make the BEAR a Christian'?

 

The light went out. The sounds of the forest resumed. And the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together, bowed his head & spoke:

 

"Lord bless this food, which I am about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord, Amen"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


There was a man who lost one of his arms in an accident. He became very depressed because he loved to play golf.  One day in his despair, he decided to commit suicide. He got on an elevator and went to the top of a building to jump off.

 

He was standing on the ledge looking down and saw this man skipping along, whooping and kicking up his heels.  He looked closer and saw that this man didn't have any arms at all.

 

He started thinking, what am I doing up here feeling sorry for myself, I still have one good arm to do things with. There goes a man with no arms skipping down the sidewalk so happy, and going on with his life.

 

He hurried down and caught up with the man with no arms. He told him how glad he was to see him because he lost one of his arms and felt useless and was going to kill himself. He thanked him again for saving his life and said he knew he could make it with one arm if that guy could go on with no arms.

 

The man with no arms began dancing and whooping and kicking up his heels again. He asked, 'Why are you so happy anyway?'

 

He said, 'I'm NOT happy.   My balls itch.

 


HEARTTHROBS PART 10

by Richard Walkerdine

 

This really is probably the last in the series (well maybe just one more) though I am wracking my brain to come up with something else as a replacement – alas, so far to no avail. But I am sure I can think of something eventually. So this month we start with the delightful Francoise Hardy.

 

A French singer and actress, born in Paris in 1944 and, in my opinion, one of the prettiest girls I have ever seen. The auburn hair, the piercing blue eyes and the pouting lips all combine to perfect effect.

 

She began her singing career in the early 60s and although most of her songs were recorded in French she also sang in English, Italian, Spanish and German – a very bright girl by any measure.

 

She also appeared in several films including ‘What’s New Pussycat’ and ‘Grand Prix’, mainly for her looks I suspect. In 1965 she had an international hit with ‘All Over The World’ which she sang in English (yes, I do have it in my collection) and which reached No 16 in the UK charts and was a hit in many other countries. Her soft, gentle voice is simply lovely.

 

Although now well into her late 60s she is still recording and her last album (La Pluie Sans Parapluie) was released in 2010. A very, very lovely lady.

 

 

But I have saved the best till last, the absolutely iconic Kylie.

 

When you get to the point when you no longer need to use your last name and yet everyone still knows who you are then you have truly reached the level of a superstar. Elvis is of course a perfect example but Kylie is certainly up there.

 

The picture dates from the early 90s when a girlfriend who was starting her career as a fashion designer asked Kylie if she would be one of her models at her first fashion show. Kylie was happy to agree and, as usual, held nothing back.

 

Kylie Minogue was born in 1968 and first came to fame in 1986 playing Charlene Mitchell in the Australian soap opera ‘Neighbours’ where she played opposite Jason Donovan. The episode in 1987 where the two characters finally got married was watched by 20 million viewers in the UK alone (and that was more than one in three of the entire population).

 

 

(Doug, don’t you DARE refuse to print this picture – it is absolutely lovely).

In 1988 she released her first single ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ which stayed at No 1 in the UK charts for five weeks. Hit after hit have followed and of course her stage shows, and costumes, have become ever more spectacular. An icon in every sense of the word.

 

But in 2005 she was diagnosed as having breast cancer. Surgery followed soon after and then she had to undergo chemotherapy. She finished her treatment in France by the end of that year and, thank god, made a full recovery and her records and concerts are as popular as ever.

 

In 2008 the French Cultural Minister, Christine Albanel, stated that doctors were now saying there was a ‘Kylie effect’ which was encouraging young women to have regular checks for the disease. It’s so nice to know that good can come from bad.

 

I absolutely love her to bits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PASTOR PATTER

by Richard Walkerdine

 

Pastor Brown was driving to church one Sunday in his BMW when he saw Pastor White on a bicycle. He pulled over and asked him, “What happened to your Chevy?”

 

“Things have been very tight lately,” replied Pastor White. “I had to sell it to pay for the church mortgage.”

 

“You need to preach your sermon on the importance of sharing one’s wealth with God and the church, Pastor White. How else do you think I got my BMW?”

 

The next week he saw Pastor White again, but this time he was walking.

 

“What happened?” asked Pastor Brown. “Did you have to sell your bike?”

 

“No,” replied Pastor White, “I think one of my congregation must have stolen it.”

 

“Oh that is terrible,” said Pastor Brown. “Look, in your next sermon preach the ten commandments and when you get to ‘Thou shalt not steal’ lay it on extra heavy. I am sure your bike will be returned.”

 

Sure enough the next week Pastor Brown saw Pastor White back on his bicycle. “You see,” he said, “I knew the ten commandments would do the trick.”

 

Pastor White, looking a bit sheepish, replied, “Well it did help, but not in quite the way you thought. It was when I got to ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery’ I remembered where I had left my bike.”

 


THE BLOND BARMAID

by Richard Walkerdine

 

A guy walks into a bar and orders a beer. The barmaid who serves him is a blond. It is just before 6pm and a TV is on at the back of the bar. After a minute or so the 6 o’clock news comes on and the first item is showing a man standing on a ledge high up on an apartment block and threatening to jump.

 

“I bet he jumps,” says the guy.

 

“Oh no way,” replies the blond barmaid.

 

“Well,” says the guy as he takes a $20 bill out of his wallet and puts it on the bar, “I reckon he will. You want to bet on it?”

 

“Sure I will,” says the blond as she covers the bill with one of her own.

 

A minute or so later the news bulletin shows the man jumping off the ledge and falling to his death. The blond shrieks as she sees it.

 

The guy laughs. “It’s okay honey,” he says, “I won’t take your cash. That was a recording. I saw the original on the 5 o’clock news earlier.”

 

“Well so did I,” replies the blond. “But I never thought he’d do it twice.”

 

Author’s note: Apologies to any blond readers – I don’t actually believe that hair colour (or gender for that matter) has anything to do with intelligence.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ABYSSINIAN PRINCE #330

February 26, 2012



Jim Burgess, 664 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908-4327 USA, (401)351-0287, jfburgess of gmail.com



E-MAIL/WEB ONLY ISSUE! PDF will be available on the website. Join the tidal wave of Dippers going to World DipCon in Chicago in August, we can overwhelm Shark Chum with 330 warm bodies!



Web Page Address: http://www.diplom.org/DipPouch/Postal/Zines/TAP/index.html



Some of you are still not on the E-Mail list for this szine, I keep trying to sign you up, please accept the offer! I am being a bit more systematic about that right now. I am going ahead and finishing all the games here, and then we'll see what happens.

This issue establishes the continuation of the szine/subszine inversion. As most of you know, this thing began as a ßubszine" to Terry Tallman's North Sealth, West George, then became its own szine with a host of subszines. The subszines remaining will appear as sub-subszines to our new flipflopped home in Doug Kent's Eternal Sunshine. Doug will keep us on schedule so we will charge forward and finish the remaining games that I have in here. After that, we'll see how it goes and what I do next. I'd like to keep writing and doing some game GMing. You all should see first what I actually do.

For production, in addition to the HTML's of each separate product on the web page, I will also have a PDF that you can print of the entire subszine (including my famous handdrawn maps!). You can just print the maps if you like, but remember maps are for pikers anyway, you don't need no steenkin' maps, keep them up in your head where they belong. I don't think there are very many people I owe money, but if you think I owe you money, just ask and I will pay. ONE GROUP that is definitely owed money is the players with NMR insurance. NMR insurance still continues, I will still call you for it, and when your game ends, I will refund the money.

I have now tried to sign up all the players, some multiple times, but please check. THIS IS A PROBLEM, sign up now if you're playing so you get proper notification!!! General information about the mailing list is at: http://www.diplom.org/mailman/listinfo/tap

You can sign up from there, or send E-Mails to: Tap-request of diplom.org; with the word `help' in the subject or body (don't include the quotes), and you will get back a message with instructions. You must know your password to change your options (including changing the password, itself) or to unsubscribe.

 

THE ABYSSINIAN PRINCE LETTERS SECTION

((Let's keep talking about FTF tournament diplomacy! Note below my write up for the recently held TempleCon 2012. The website for the Convention itself is http://www.templecon.org/12. Looking beyond that World DipCon is fast approaching in August, I'm about to put a real hard full-court press on getting every single one of you reading this to come. Why not? E-Mail me with your excuse and I'll shred it. The convention is in beautiful downtown Chicago and has five rounds beginning first thing Friday morning, August 10th and ending on August 12th. Find more information at: http://windycityweasels.org/wdc or contact Jim O'Kelley (aka Shark Chum) and come meet me and maybe you'll see my "Alice" T-Shirt coming out of the closet... let's especially get some of the old crowd to come join us, there remains a rumor that Pete Gaughan might show up.))

((For these and other upcoming cons around the world: http://devel.diplom.org/Face/cons/index.php))



Drew James (Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at 9:18 AM)

Jim,

This is turning out to be a fun sports year. My Giants came out of nowhere to win the Super Bowl! I was thrilled when they beat the Cowboys to win the division and would have been more than satisfied if they had lost in the first round of the post season. Of course, the team I care the most about is SU basketball. They are #2 in the country and winning the Big East. They have a chance to go undefeated at home which certainly has made it a great year to be a season ticket holder. Expectations are properly sky high and anything less than a Final Four berth will be a major disappointment to Orange Nation. I think they have a good shot at the Final Four, but they certainly aren't a shoe in. They have issues in terms of rebounding and shooting threes. Their zone defense is especially strong this year and is the bedrock of their success. While they have depth, that aspect is over-hyped. Basically only 7 players are getting any minutes. The "bench scoring" stat is highly misleading as CJ Fair comes off the bench, but is playing more minutes than any other player on the team. The "starter", Christmas, only plays for about 2 minutes a game - he is typically out of the game before the first media time out. The fact that two McDonalds All Americans are sitting the pine, though, is a good indication of SU's experience and talent level, though. Given the success of the Giants and SU, at times I dare to believe that maybe, just maybe, the Mets could overachieve this year and actually be simply bad - or even mediocre, rather than god awful. I know, I know, that is probably too much to hope for...

((You may want to join our little baseball prediction group, that will come next issue, as usual!))

I sure am glad that SU is heading out of the Big East. What a mess!

I've started listening to XM radio more frequently these days - more specifically "Alt Nation". I've enjoyed listening to "new for me" bands such as The Bombay Bicycle Club and The Wombats. I particularly enjoy the Wombats song "Let's Dance to Joy Division" not just because it is a great song in its own right, but also gets me thinking about my all time favorite band (along with New Order). Speaking of New Order, it is too bad that they have had a falling out which seems to finally be the end of the band. I'm OK with that given their age, but I'm still hoping that they release the outtakes from their last album to put a final wrapper on the band.

Regards, Drew, karelanddrew of gmail.com

((I agree, Joy Division's live album is still one of the small number of CDs that is always in my car. New Order always was somewhat more listenable.))



Eric Ozog (Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at 7:49 PM)

Hello- I wanted to let you know that a new The Goblin Market album, Beneath Far Gondal's Foreign Sky will be released in early March on Seattle's Green Monkey records. I normally don't endorse albums, but this one is special. The third Goblin Market record-by Jeff Kelly and Laura Weller of the Green Pajamas (who Cathy and I know personally, we've been to several of their shows)-is their best yet. I bought an advance copy and was so impressed I had to listen to it twice in a row. Haunting and achingly beautiful, the 12 well crafted songs of this concept album are so integrated, with one flowing into the next, that one has to listen to it whole to appreciate the full context. The overall mood is melancholy, like their two preceding albums, but there is just enough rock interspersed to wake things up. Listening to this record is like being inside a movie.

If interested, you can buy a copy of the record on CD from: www.greenmonkeyrecords.com

View videos at (or UTube): www.thegreenpajamas.net

Listen and download previous Goblin Market songs at: www.thegoblinmarket.bandcamp.net

Best, Eric, elferic of juno.com

 

TEMPLECON 2012 Report (First Round of Four Tournament Nor'Easter)

Thanks to everyone and to the great TempleCon hosts, I reserved one crash room and that ended up with four people in it, Rob Premus, Carl Ellis, Alex Amann, and Phil Weissert. I think having a crash room is a really important part of helping travelers who come from a distance to the con.

Here are the board results with detour09 basic points in parentheses)

Round 1, Board 1

Austria (Steve Cooley):

5

5

5

5

6

 6

 7

 7

 9

 9

 9

 9

 9

(22.58)

 

England (Carl Ellis):

4

3

2

1

0

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