May 3rd, 2006

metaphorical panda

music quiz this evening. i think i caused a net +1 to be added to the team's score. i'm not sure why i bother really (about anything). on the upside, i've had an AWFUL LOT OF CIDER.

so i was talking to the rest of the team and it turns out they'd never heard of POKEY THE PENGUIN, can you believe it?

Some good strips are Pokey #1 Pokey #2 (Pokey and his Friends) Pokey has an Identical Twin The Forbidden Candy Pokey and Yekop (in which pokey deals with his counterpart from an alternate universe) Welcome to Rum Island The Skeptopotamus The Power of Democray/You Can Count On Stalin. How can you not love a comic which has lines like 'HERE ON RUM ISLAND WE DO NOT BELIEVE IN RUM!'?

Also those of you who are geometrically inclined should check out a cartoon which has EVEN WORSE ARTWORK, Triangle and Robert, which is about a triangle called, um, Triangle, and a rhombus called Robert. They insult their cartoonist. A lot. (here for the main page, earlier link was archive)

And bizarre road sign experiment (hunt around the site for more).

oh, and i appear to have ended up with 2 more bottles of beer somehow. the the cupboard with them! (i now have TWELVE!)

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covenant ticket arrived today - which is cutting it a bit close. tomorrow gig, then friday up to sheffield for batfink!

started reading the Kalevala (in English translation), which has been kindly lent to me by cyniborg.

this is the Finnish "national epic", which when read in 1911/1912 by a kid called Ronald from the fringes of Birmingham, caused him to say "we've got to get ourselves one of these" and then a few years later to write one, in some cases just lifting things wholesale (compare Túrin with Kullervo.) i started to write a filk about Túrin once, which is not quite of the same level of inspiration, but hey.

public service announcement

for those people who are awake at the time, or who don't mind staying up in order to look at clocks displaying nice patterns of time - the time 01:02:03 on 04/05/06 approaches, and is less than four hours distant here in BST. americans already had this last month.