Friday, March 27, 2009

My inner Opus

Note: JoCo = Jonathan Coulton

My favorite December special is A Wish For Wings That Work. It features Bill the Cat and Opus the penguin most notably from comic strips Bloom County and later Outland.

Since it was made in 1991, I do not feel guilty about spoiling because I am going to talk about the episode and if you have not seen it by now, you should:

The idea is that Opus is unable and really wanting to fly like those around him and his attempts end up failing spectacularly causing him to receive much grief from those around him who do fly.

What ends up happening is that a situation arises where Opus's ability to swim saves the day as the wings of a penguin are designed for swimming instead of flying.

OK, what does that have to do with this post? I do enjoy music and love the idea of singing. However, my inability to determine pitch or tone won't allow me to do it competently. I did try to learn how but knowing what to do and being able to do it are two different things.

It has caused me unnecessary anguish and frustration and until I realized I show every symptom of a person with Asperger's syndrome including tone deafness, I had no clue why.

It makes sense to work on what a person can do well and not worry about what a person can't and to trust the intentions of those one calls friends.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Minion L Wood reporting

Comedy music artists Paul and Storm have a mostly weekly podcast where they "Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average)"

In their most recent cast they asked people to compose a diagram explaining their Scooby Doo ratio in which they state what percentage of themselves they associate with someone on Scooby Doo. (or other group of people)

Being a member of the Paul and Storm minion squad and someone who posts a chart or diagram almost every week, I felt it was my duty to oblige.

FYI: Gary Coleman did apprear on an Adult Swim version of Scooby Doo made in 2001 and as the Ookla the Mok song goes, There's a little Gary Coleman inside us all. (I had to explain that reference to my best friend so it is an inside joke only to the writer)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

One last post about last weekend

Of the 20 performers last weekend including the 12 who had their own main stage concert and the 8 who either split time on the main stage in the sideshow slot or had a show in a small room, this is the break down of the full length CDs I own from them. I did not count EPs or any CD not available for purchase last weekend in making this chart.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


On February 27th, I discovered I weighed exactly 270.0 lbs, .2 short of my 5% goal. As usual, my weight was a pound higher the Monday after but still the lowest Monday weight. Since my weight drops during the week when at work, though I did not officially step on a scale and had it read my goal of 269.8, I believed that by the time I left for the con, I had reached that point.

Returned van Tuesday morning. Drove it about 838 miles, everything with van went well.

Music was awesome. Guest of honor Wally Pleasant did a show worthy of the title along with his lovely wife who I discovered has read this blog.

Much alcohol was consumed; much fun had.

My pictures:

Pictures of me were taken by others. I will link them in future posts.

Most interesting performance was based on this video: