Sunday, November 29, 2009

Movie-a-Day Month rules!

December 1 begins the first annual Movie-a-Day month. Here are the rules:

1. As there is no prize or reward for following the rules, you may bend all rules. But because if you break the rules you aren't playing the game, no breaking the rules. Example of bending the rules: You go to bed at 2 AM, so before you go to bed you write about the movie for the previous day. Breaking the rules: Skipping four days and writing five times to make up for it. Exception - with the holidays, you can front load some movies if you know that you will travel or have other holiday obligations. Don't skip the Feats of Strength to write about a movie.

2. A movie must be written about everyday. More than one movie is encouraged.

3. You must have seen the movie from beginning to end, credits excluded. The exception is if you were in a theater and the movie was so bad that you left. If you snuck into that movie and didn't watch it all, it doesn't count. You shouldn't sneak into movies anyway.

4. You aren't a professional movie reviewer, so full length reviews aren't necessary. A quick rehash of the plot is fine, but don't retell the story. Tell me what you think about it!

5. While you don't need to be an expert about the movie, the internet, and especially IMDB, is at your fingertips. Feel free to take a moment to get the character's name spelled correctly. Go ahead and give us the exact quote if it's easily available. However, you don't need to rewatch the movie just to get the quote. If it isn't on the internet, let us know that you are quoting it from memory.

6. The movie you write about should be generally available to your readers. If you want to go in a slightly different direction and write about an internet movie or made for TV movie, cool. But writing about Foot of the Bunyan or CA Iverson: The Move: Part 6 might not resonate with all of your readers.

7. Spoilers! Use your best discretion when using spoilers. If it's a movie that has been out awhile, maybe just put a warning right before you spoil something. If it's an essential part of your movie blog, don't avoid it, but let the reader know at the beginning. If it's a newer movie, make that warning a little bigger and sooner. Feel free to use inviso-text (making the letters the same color as the background so that you have to highlight it to read it.) Yeah, your reader should expect that you're giving away a little bit of the movie.

8. Optional - use some kind of uniform rating system. Thumbs up or down. See it, Rent it, Skip it. Letter Grades. Stars. The only key word is "uniform." Pick a system and stick with it for the month. Be aware that some of these might just be trademarked.

Friday, November 20, 2009


What's Friday? Tea time
It was fun and games until
They mocked my num nums

Thursday, November 19, 2009

'Round Springfield

Jello Puddin Pops
rap will give you brain damage
Hippin, hoppin, jazz.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Feelin Kinda Patton

Two more sips, he said
Sorority girl is scared.
Refill the flagon!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fresh start

Constitution Test
I've given it many times,
but this one is new.

Monday, November 16, 2009


A puppet head said
Shooting star? Meteorite.
Then sang about cows.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


chili is doing its job
burning off my face

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Weekend Fun!

Doing the same things
But looking for something new.
It's insanity.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Where Your Eyes Don't Go

Tonight in S.F
I will Meet the Elements.
They Might Be Giants!

Thursday, November 12, 2009


During a tough sweep
We watched a 300 game.
Cohesive unit.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What's the point exactly?

Teaching is a job
Where the reward for hard work
Is lots more hard work.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Too late

Getting home past nine?
I think that's preposterous.
No work tomorrow

Monday, November 9, 2009


upset stomach blues
buggin me the whole day through
but! There was no puke.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Popular Science

Cockroach Stowaways
Entomology study
Mites munch moist debris

Avon, Natalie. "Cockroach Stowaways." Popular Science September, 2009: 13

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Hide your mind

Take these words away
And hide them for tomorrow.
Create memory.

Friday, November 6, 2009

French Onion Soup

Unibrow on fire
Puts a twinkle in your eyes,
Saint Joan shakes her head.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Vierendelen

Don't disembowel
yourself before a contest.
No guts, no glory.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

What do hobos talk about?

The stinky old men
Debate their theories of life.
Pretentious hobos.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Muted Gyms TVs Haiku

Sleazeball defendant
versus the trashy plaintiff.
Judge Judy yells, "No!"

Monday, November 2, 2009

Laptop blues

My laptop is crap
I bought the good warranty
I need it again

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Daylight Savings

An extra hour.
When should I spend it today?
Sleep, now or later.

The Final Chapter!

Today we move along to Haiku-a-Day month. It's certainly much less stressful than Blog-a-day month. That's what I intended when I first made it. The first B-a-D month wore me out, but I wanted to keep blogging in some way or another each month.

I originally intended to fill in the whole year, but clearly that didn't happen. You might have read last month that I have declared December to be Movie-a-Day month. Just to quickly recap, just pick a movie and write about it. If you've seen at least 31 movies, you can take part. If you haven't, then watch more movies.

My original third month was going to be Photo-a-Day month. I'll start that up sometime in the next year, I think. The basic idea isn't to take a photo everyday. I have a feeling that if I did that, a lot would be of a few things around my room, since I wouldn't remember until the end of the day, much like many B-a-D month entries.

So the concept is going to be to take some time before the month begins to get started. Go somewhere and take a bunch of photos. As any photographer would, edit out the bad and pick the best 30 (or 28 or 31, depending on the month). My camera has a dot somewhere inside of it. I discovered it in Europe, and you might see it in some of the vacation pics I've posted so far. It's really easy to see in the videos. It isn't on the lens, so it's something inside, which sucks. I'll wait for Photo-a-Day month until I get it fixed or a new camera.

Sometime in the Spring I will probably start my Annoying Things of the Week. Those are pretty fun to write. I enjoy keeping track of stuff during the week, then narrowing it down to four topics to write a bit about. It's usually much easier than Blog-a-Day since I write it on a non-workday.

So back to Blog-a-Day month. This year proved to be my most successful as far a readers and reactions. I found out that a lot more people were reading than I knew. As I've told a bunch of you, and forgot to tell a few others, it would be nice if you commented on the blog instead of talking to me or emailing, but I appreciate your time.

While there were definitely five or six real pieces of crap, this year was a lot more hit than miss. And I think that had to do with the pressure of more readers. The Scott C. Harris vs. Scott C. Harris blog received the most positive reaction, and it was probably the most fun to write. I'll probably write more of those in the future. Also, I want to get the rest of the photos from my Europe trip online. I'll do that over the next couple months. Perhaps I'll write a Scandinavian Haiku or two to go with them.

Also, while I don't really want to pre-write too many entries, I definitely want to have a list of topics started earlier for next year. One of the things that makes it difficult is that my blogs are all first drafts. I never proofread or even reread them because the "deadline" is too short. So by the time I stare at the screen long enough to pick a topic, it's getting later and later. And with a space bar that doesn't work one out of every seven clicks or so, it gets frustrating. It might be nice to actually write a blog or two with an actual prepared structure.

And here's a few more words on the other two things happening last month, the Stan Lee Challenge and Namaste It!

I was really worried about the Stan Lee Challenge at first because it's not a writing style that I was comfortable with. More importantly, I don't have any of my Essential Editions, which contain the Stan Lee stories. I was able to find a website that listed the titles of issues of Amazing Spider-Man, so all of mine were based on titles from the first 75 issues of that series. I think I was able to pull out a few good titles,and a couple decent puns to go along with it. I was trying hard not to repeat too many, but I have a feeling that I did. Today's last one is the exact title from an issue. The Stan Lee Challenge made for a different twist on this year's Blog-a-Day month. So thanks to Lance for creating that idea.

And thanks to Lance again for Namaste It! I made it through a month without meat. As I've mentioned before, it wasn't nearly as difficult as I thought it would be, at least as far as defeating cravings and shear willpower. There were only a few times where I really wanted meat, but never felt like I needed it.

Yesterday was actually the most difficult day. I started with a six hour drive down I-5, as I stated yesterday. And the only real food options are fast food. Then when I arrived at my grandma's birthday party, there was a Mexican Buffet, everything filled with meat. There were some quesadillas that looked like they were just cheese. I took two. I opened the first one, and it had no meat. So I assumed that neither did. My first bite into the second one revealed something with a little more substance. Chicken. So it sucked to have to spit out the chicken, but even worst that I was only left with the options of chips and salsa and spoonfuls from the fruit plate.

The second most difficult day was the day I spent in San Francisco. I was surrounded by really good restaurants, but I was more hesitant to find good vegetarian food. I was happy to find a crepe place, but the meat fillings looked good. Eating at home was rarely as difficult. And the fact that I won't eat every meal at home for the rest of my life means that I'll never be a vegetarian. but I now know that I can cut out meat more often and just cut portion sizes of meat much more easily. I don't have the "Must Eat Meat!" gene.

This morning, I even went with the vegetarian omelet, even though it was my first chance to eat meat. But it was more of a practical decision. To state it nicely, I knew that the first time in a month could wreak havoc on my insides, and I was going to sit in a car for six-plus hours with many miles between restrooms. But I had a tasty burger when I got home. In addition to less meat, I had stated that I wanted to eat fish a couple times. I actually didn't since it the vegetarian diet was easy enough, but I want to start eating more now. I'm right on target to lose the 20 pounds. I hit 189.9 a few days backs. I'm hoping that it starts to actually show sometime soon.

So there you go. Another successful Blog-a-Day month. Even if this long post doesn't show it, it's nice to be done. But October 2010 will bring the fourth installment. And you're invited to take part.