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Brithday links will follow; I just wanted to get this in on time.
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Beyond the shadow of the ship,
I watched the water-snakes:
They moved in tracks of shining white
And when they reared, the elfish light
Fell off in hoary flakes.



http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/171/8/3/big_bear__water_snake_by_xuniquelyxweirdx-d546s5i.jpg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNS3gibU9qA
http://www.artsycraftsy.com/dore/mariner_watersnakes.jpg
http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/pogany/16.html
http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/5810333

Your own faith's chief winter holiday may fall a month or two after most people's, but I won't allow it to go overlooked; Happy New Year to [livejournal.com profile] kosaginolegion!
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News of a pregnancy is automatically the cue for interminable gossip, speculation, and unsolicited advice; when you're the Duchess of Cambridge in the age of Twitter, the globe is your Old Wife Pool(1).

I'd like to take the opportunity to address one old saw that I keep hearing relentlessly repeated in the media coverage: no matter how hard you folks may be longing for a little princess to squee over, GUT-WRENCHING PROJECTILE MORNING SICKNESS IS NO GUARANTEE OF A FEMALE CHILD.

(Disclaimer: I am neither a certified Old Wife nor a mother--but I know one whom I'm pretty sure I can cite with absolute confidence.)

(1) Particularly when your father-in-law happens to be an alternative health-care buff who no doubt has the cream of Britain's Old Wives on call.
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It may be a while before you're in a position to check this out, but I thought I'd share a beautifully executed fanvid for "Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo, set to footage from Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride fro a Danny Elfman trifecta; this is one that I like to cite as a demonstration of how timing and the precise marriage of lyrics to imagery can make a video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UbGtjnluyY
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[livejournal.com profile] dungeonwriter, it's good to hear that you and yours are alive and accounted for; that said, I'm not even going to pretend that I can understand how you must be feeling right now; I wish I were in a position to offer you hot minestrone and tuck you in.

[livejournal.com profile] dochermes, good to know that you made it through all right (and I hope Lajka hasn't taken it into her fluffy little head to go surfing down Wall Street or any such foolishness.)

[livejournal.com profile] dferguson, you were around at least as of midnight or so, when you posted a link to your SKY CAPTAIN review over at Doc's; weigh in and let me know how you're doing.

[livejournal.com profile] pfeffermuse? I know that your LJ activity these days seems to be limited to an occasional [livejournal.com profile] fanficrants post, but let me know how you (and your household) are doing when you get a chance. (I've been given to understand that an increasing number of shelters are taking in pets, but there can't be many places prepared to accommodate horses.)
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Cut for indulgence of my penchant for long-winded list-making. )
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...for that peerless purveyor of pop-cultural potpourri, [livejournal.com profile] dochermes!

One commenter's mention of the Reverend Horton Heat in a recent post of yours wound up leading me to this medley of one of the all-time great cartoon theme songs with..a rather sillier one that the Reverend's psychobilly hoedown treatment manages to turn oddly cool.

As long as I'm on the subject of Saturday morning cartoons, I may as well toss in the infamous Alpha Team remix of the Speed Racer theme song.

Here's an excerpt from the pioneering silent animated film Prince Ahmed by Lotte Reiniger; I caught this on my local cable network's Classic Arts Showcase feed.

The Southern White-Faced Owl demonstrates the peculiar abilities that have earned it the nickname "Transformer Owl."

This gem from Set Phasers To LOL brought a number of people immediately to mind; you're one of them.

Japanese comedian/pro wrestler Korikki is the guest for Rasmussen Family Karaoke Night.
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...to [livejournal.com profile] dferguson--biographer to Dillon, grandmaster of the grindhouse, and Writer of the Purple Prose!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VST2KKIYn50
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...to [livejournal.com profile] dungeonwriter!

(I'll add a link to my virtual birthday gift once you let me know whether my choice is appropriate.)

ETA: Presenting: "Batman: Death Wish" by Matthew Hiscox and Jennifer Zhang--I thought of you the instant I saw it.
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To [livejournal.com profile] kosaginolegion in particular; as a Taoist, your big religious winter holiday foofaraw occurs at least a month after most of the others; I wish you health, prosperity, the favorable attention of publishers, and scallion cakes. (And today's sneak preview of an April wind and thunderstorm barrage seems to have gone overboard in underscring the symbolism.)

Some thematic images befitting the occasion:

Bending The Water Dragon by PeridotKitty.

Shiryu by Alfatico.

Water Dragon by Tiantian1008.

Year of the Dragon 2012 by Vijfentachtig.

And the real live Chinese Water Dragons who live under the care of one Tricia at BambooZoo.
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A motley grab bag of Metal and/or Rabbit-themed Netgleanings for [livejournal.com profile] kosaginolegion:

"Goggles", by The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing (who presumably were completely innocent of The Midnight Bombing Wot 'Appened At Midnight.)

Sundry Metal Rabbits--as well as a Roomba Rider.

A Wallace and Gromit AMV, to the one Oingo Boingo song that gets reliable airplay on 80's Rock stations.

The True Story Behind The Fez (TM) can be shoehorned into qualifying; after all, Bunny Ears Lawyerhood has been a constant throughout the Doctor's incarnations.

Happy fondueing--if that's what they call it!--to you and the Long Suffering Hubby.
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[livejournal.com profile] dferguson: I seem to recall that you and the Missus had plans to retire to Florida in the near future, but so far you're still in the Big Apple, right?

[livejournal.com profile] dochermes: You're upstate, and (I hope) far enough inland to be reasonably out of harm's way; you don't seem to do much commenting on other blogs, but I'll take your continued posting as a sign that you're doing okay. (And this discussion, no doubt, will have developed an acutely personal relevance.)

[livejournal.com profile] dungeonwriter: You picked an excellent weekend to spend out of town; again, I'm hoping that the brunt of Irene's onslaught will be well east of where you're staying, and that all your loved ones in the area are safely bunkered down.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] pfeffermuse: I hadn't realized that you live in that general area, too; your post on the subject seems to suggest that the farm is at a safe remove from the coast. The impression created by today's news coverage isn't boding well, but I hope your house in the city came through all right or is at least salvageable.

Take care of yourselves, everyone.
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Stormy sulphur skies--
like the cover of an old
SF paperback.


*"Ghost Riders on the Storm" by the California Guitar Trio.
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Journalfen, thanks to the kind intercession of [info]pfeffermuse (1), has finally consented to allow me into the clubhouse, where I'll be going by the same nom de net; that account will be serving chiefly as a home base for forays into several metafandom communities.

(1) Pfeffer has also considerately compiled a number of HTML instructions into this handy tutorial--enabling me to progress beyond the old repertoire of USENET typographic conventions and thereby advancing my cyberhousebreaking. (The Goat has, for reasons best known to himself, seen fit to scatter them throughout  LiveJournal's FAQ in an exasperating scavenger hunt.)
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You know it's a bad sign when they let the groundhog sleep in.

ETA: If you have difficulty finding the notice, that's because the folks in charge of the Boonshoft's website cleverly camouflaged it by (A) putting it at the top of the page in a tiny cadet-blue banner that barely contrasts with the lavender-blue background, and (B) printing it in mousetype barely discernable against the banner background.
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...to [livejournal.com profile] dungeonwriter !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiElEQxGsdw


(Cut me and I bleed trivia: you share your birthday with, among others:

Maria Von Trapp [1905]
Ellen DeGeneres [1958]
Bessie Coleman [1892], the first African-American woman to pilot an airplane.
Morita Akio, [1921] co-founder of Sony.
Gene Siskel [1946]
Philip Jose Farmer [1928], SF legend and creator of the Wold Newton Mythos.
Jules Feiffer [1929]
The Octo-Kids [2009] .)

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