October 15th, 2004

Tom Lehrer is Smug

OH WE GOT QUESTIONS

Ok, time for a round of answers. As in the aussie_nyc tradition, I'll just give the answers. If I am unable to answer a question or come up with a suitably snappy answer (Al Jaffee's not returning my IMs) I shall just cut and paste a snippet from Wikipedia's "random page" function.

arielblue: Because Nature is a Democrat.
clickie: Actually, after a C&D from Mr. Lawyer and Ms. Attorney, I am no longer able to use the Mr. Clever name. Mr. Clever actually lives in Schenectady, New York, and runs an advertising agency.
ericrapp: Dmitri Mendeleev's first periodic table in 1869 helped cement the view, prevalent throughout the 19th century, that matter was made of atoms.
sandrylene: You mean that bean curd that's gained sentience? First talk to it and ask what it wants. If the demands are unreasonable, then say "This administration does not negotiate with bean curd!" and set it outside. Hopefully the bean curd fairy will come and take it away, or perhaps a raccoon. Raccoons have their own brand of negotiating and you won't have to worry about it anymore.

Woo! I'm spent, albeit temporarily. More later!
Tom Lehrer is Smug

Afternoon Question Cavalcade

Ok, here's another round. Boy oh boy is there a queue!

hyperina: This may sound cliche but there was a wonderful sunset a few nights ago I watched from my third-floor deck. It was one of those sunsets that turns the entire world pink for a while, and the sun underlit the clouds in a very dramatic sort of way, plus the view from the deck gives the biggest sky view I've seen in Somerville. It was just very very enjoyable to watch.
annilita: It's the dopey janitor Stanley Spadowski, as played by Michael Richards, from Weird Al Yankovic's movie UHF.
antiquated_tory: I think it has to be Droopy. There's just something about a low-key, deadpan dog who exists in an insane Tex Avery maelstrom, surrounded by wolves and Irish bulldogs named Spike and red-hot redheads and extremely exaggerated facial takes. "Y'know what..." Yeah, I think it's Droopy.
betweenstations: Fresh mozzarella. One basil leaf lightly placed on top and a tomato sitting nearby to just whisper "hey... tomato" at it. Yeah. That's the stuff.
androidqueen: No, but I would have! Damn. I do want to go see Frank Ferrante's "Groucho" review which plays next week at the Majestic. Anybody know where I can get cheap tickets?
karyn: With a little bit of this and a little bit of that and a hefty supply of antacid.
hemlock_martini: As of 12/03, 177. I don't think I rode any new ones this year, which is a bit of a shame but that's how the world works sometimes.
mykwud: WHATEVER!
aussie_nyc: I know I used a variant on this in a previous melancholy post, but yes: Next year, in Pittsfield. How about Keyspan Park too?
cheezdanish: Over easy. Or scrambled. Or Benedict. Bismarck.
lexinatrix: Wooden, with as much airtime as possible. A nice Intamin hypercoaster made of steel will do, too.
weds: WHAT WOULD THIS FAIR CITY BE WITHOUT BACON? YES, I HAVE SUCH INFORMATION.
oakenguy: I've already played it; Teddy in Arsenic & Old Lace. I'd do it again, too, in a heartbeat. Failing that, I could brush up my Marx and be one of the brothers in a stage revival of Animal Crackers or Cocoanuts. I'm not picky.
captain_slinky: I'm trying to do this without consulting IMDB, but -- wasn't it one of the Coreys?
lordfeepness: Like Prince trying to tell Vanity a secret while Morris Day listens in.
grumqa: I've always been partial to Williams tables. Some of my all-time favorites are Williams tables, so, uh, Williams.

Wow. This project is more complicated than I thought! More soon.
Tom Lehrer is Smug

The End of the Questions

Okay! These are the last questions I get to answer. As a reward for being so patient, you all get to listen to this. Cheesetastic!

coffeebeanben: Keep it short but not too short. Under the ears is best.
charva: Yes for the most part, but it depends on what they're throwing the washcloths at.
subbes: I don't know if I will or not. Neither opposed to the concept nor obsessively committed to making it happen right now. I wouldn't rule anything out, though there isn't anybody on the scene right now.
gismonda: I didn't grow up with one, but I've cultivated one over the years. I can turn it on and off like a switch. Some words automatically come out that way, though, like "medium regulah."
pecosy: The Smith Brothers would.
trysha: Of course not, which is more the pity.
clawdia: Mummies can teleport which is why when you run away from them and turn the corner, THEY'RE ALREADY THERE IN FRONT OF YOU AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.
archangelsk: A better question is how many times can they publish a letter from someone that contains nothing but "mulch"?
kleric: Extra-hard Parmesan. HIYOOOOOOOO
maga_dogg: HE WAS ORPHANED AT AN EARLY AGE AND BROUGHT UP IN A SECRET MONASTERY IN TIBET, MAYBE THIS STORY WILL BE REALIZED IN A LATER EXCITING STORY ARC
phonemonkey: The five-year-old would, cause I would be funny like my Uncle Dave and have lots of candy on hand. The fourteen-year-old, well, I dunno. He wouldn't believe me if I told him "Listen, don't sweat it. It's gonna turn out cool."
ungratefulninja: NATHAN, THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE.
seph: Because if they were called P-Tips nobody would know what they were for.
acsumama: No thanks, there are rumors on the Innernets that I got a lumber yard full of the stuff.
zorndeslammes: Do what you want, but leave the ignition wires for me!