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It does not get more random than this

1. Among the few things that inspire me with a visceral hatred: animated smiley-faces that bounce and leer and roll their eyes and generally act starved for attention.

2. You don't need as many Grape-Nuts as you think you do. They are denser than any other cereal; denser, even, than many a rock.

3. You might think from point #2 that I dislike Grape-Nuts. Actually I like them.

4. Am reading George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones. So far, so good. Very similar to Robert Jordan in subject matter and structure, but thankfully much cleaner writing. Also, unlike Jordan's, Martin's teenage characters do not act like they just stepped off the WB.

5. Speaking of which, is it me, or does every preview for a new episode of 'The O.C.' involve one teenage boy punching another?

6. No, I don't watch 'The O.C.' No, I don't want to, either.

7. My eldest sister, a certified nurse-midwife in the Portland area, has the best stories. There was the one about the girl who ran away with a circus and then got pregnant, and wanted to know if there was a test to see if your baby has webbed feet. (Answer: there is; and your baby does. Congratulations, Freakshow Frog Man, you're a father.) This weekend my sister told me about another couple: the father was wearing a "Whoop Ass" T-shirt in the delivery room, and snacking on pepperoni sticks and sour-cream-and-onion potato chips, and saying he liked the name "Savage Hunter" in case it was a boy. Why? Because he's a hunter, and Savage is his favorite kind of gun. My sister, remarkably good at the straight face, suggested "Colt" or "Remington" as alternatives. He liked those as well. Fortunately they had a girl, and named her something normal. I tell you this just in case you thought Oregon was nothing but hippies. In truth we have the other extreme too, and everything in between.

8. I say "we" even though I live in Washington now. Oregon is where I was born, but besides that, Oregon and Washington are pretty much the same big state (Pacificnorthwestia) in the minds of their residents.

9. I expect to get howls of protest from Oregonians and Washingtonians alike for saying that.

10. I don't care. The internet doesn't matter.

11. So, any sneak-preview reviews out for 'Goblet of Fire' yet? The internet's good for distributing those, at least.

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madbard
Nov. 14th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
George RR Martin's book maintain a consistent high quality throughout (if anything, the series gains a frantic momentum as it continues), and the plots are tight and well-constructed. Jordan's series took a nosedive in book 5 and has never recovered. At this point, Martin's output is worlds better.

blagden
Nov. 14th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
Gearge R.R.'s stuff is very well written, however I think it is a disservice to both he and RJ if you compare them to each other. Yes, they are both in the 'Fantasy' genre, but the worlds they have created are too entirely different to invite serious critical comparisons in style. A particular type of world would predicate a different type of style of writting. A Song of Fire and Ice, I feel is set up as having a much more realism aspect than the Wheel of Time series. When characters exist in a more fantastical world, they will naturally have more fantastical elements to their personalities. So, it seemingly would come down to a matter of personal taste as tot he style of story a person likes. Personally, I thought the ending RJ's Book 6 was great. After that, they certainly could be said to have gone downhill in a few respects, 7 and 8 in particular really seemed to drag for me. But the ending of book 9 picked it back up. Having not read the recently released book 11, I cannot comment on it. I am looking forward to the release of the 4th book of George R.R.'s which is, supposedly, the last in that series. I am going to hold off on an ultimate rating of both series' until they are completed. As far as HP goes, I am looking forward to it. This Friday, when it is being released in my area (maybe others too I don't know) also happens to be my 28th birthday, so I will have at least have one present that day. Yay!
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deliciouspear
Nov. 14th, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
"8. I say "we" even though I live in Washington now. Oregon is where I was born, but besides that, Oregon and Washington are pretty much the same big state (Pacificnorthwestia) in the minds of their residents."


HA! I include British Columbia in that too!
mollyringle
Nov. 14th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
Heh! Might as well. Then we could just tack on Alaska and call it done.
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kalquessa
Nov. 14th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
Martin, eh? *makes note to investigate via amazon*

Also, unlike Jordan's, Martin's teenage characters do not act like they just stepped off the WB.

Heheheh. You just summed up one of the things that irritated me most about Jordan. Of course there's also the fact that half of his plotlines are ripped right out of Dune and plunked into his own version of Middle Earth with barely a cursory dusting to remove most of the spaceships and giant worms off. But whatever, it's not like I spent hours of my adolescence reading his worthless, derivative drivel when I could have been doing something more...wait...

And Remington would actually be kind of a cool name...but it might be best to just not Go There and name the kid after a nice uncle or something.
mollyringle
Nov. 14th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC)
half of his plotlines are ripped right out of Dune and plunked into his own version of Middle Earth

And with the character and place names lifted from Arthurian legend. :) Actually I haven't read Dune - sounds like I should have gone there instead of RJ. I shall yet go there!

I guess with "Remington" there is at least the precedent of Remington Steele...
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(Anonymous)
Nov. 14th, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC)
11. So, any sneak-preview reviews out for 'Goblet of Fire' yet? The internet's good for distributing those, at least.

My younger brother goes onto a fan website - Mugglenet.com - and said he read about 7 reviews and that they were "all positive". So I guess that's promising. I actually read an article by a kid who saw a sneak preview and he described the movie scene by scene. They took out a lot of stuff, but it sounded like they didnt screw it up that much.

-Sara
mollyringle
Nov. 16th, 2005 01:28 am (UTC)
I think I saw the blow-by-blow review (might have been Ain't It Cool News), but I didn't spoil myself by reading it. Anyway, sounds like it's certainly not a total train wreck, so good.
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trilliah
Nov. 14th, 2005 11:24 pm (UTC)
*prints this entry*

I'm going to start an anthology. Notable Lemony Moments. I might just forward part of the proceeds, too.
mollyringle
Nov. 16th, 2005 01:36 am (UTC)
Heheh. Eh, buy some expensive chocolate with it, and send me a few pieces. I'll ramble more often if it will help pay the bills!
beckyzoole
Nov. 15th, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
7. My Mom is a retired RN. Her favorite bad-baby-name story is from when she was in nurses' training back in the 50s. A patient tried to name her baby daughter Gonorreah, because she'd seen it on a poster and it sounded so pretty.

I assume you're see Baby's Named a Bad, Bad Thing?
mollyringle
Nov. 16th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
Ahahaha...
a. I think "Chlamydia" is prettier.
b. That website does indeed have some bad, bad names. But the commentary is pretty funny.
berlynn_wohl
Nov. 16th, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)
I'm a little late to the party here, but I think that it would be more accurate to say that Western Washington and Western Oregon are kind of one state, and Eastern Washington and Eastern Oregon are kind of one state. *shrug*
mollyringle
Nov. 16th, 2005 01:48 am (UTC)
Nez! *smooches Nez*
But yes - you make a good point. That would make more sense in drawing new state lines. And while we were at it, probably the eastern portion could merge with Idaho and maybe Nevada.
jerusha
Nov. 16th, 2005 03:02 am (UTC)
Re: Grape Nuts
I like them cold, but I really love them warm. Put them in a bowl, add milk, nuke for a minute or so. Adjust nuke time depending on your microwave and your texture preference - the longer you cook, the softer they are, until you get to sort of Grape Nut-porrige. Which I like, but I know oatmeal-texture isn't everyone's favorite.
mollyringle
Nov. 16th, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Grape Nuts
I actually do that fairly often. They put the "hot Grape-Nuts" on the box once in a while, and I tried it years ago and liked it. It does soften them up a good deal. In fact, I also have a Grape-Nuts muffin recipe, and you would never know there were Grape-Nuts in them. They get completely absorbed into the muffin batter.
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