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by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sat Oct 09, 2010 11:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: Going gently into that dark night?
Replies: 67
Views: 33013

Re: Going gently into that dark night?

Well, the World Court has to catch him first. He's tricky that way. I suppose it's not too late to stir up a proper fatwah though -- if anyone could manage it, probably as a one-liner, it'd be HE. :lol:
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Going gently into that dark night?
Replies: 67
Views: 33013

Re: Going gently into that dark night?

Death sucks. If nothing else, it cuts into one's social life. My brother is sexton (manager/superintendant) of the town cemetery. He took over from Dad, who took over from my great-grandfather, who took over from HIS father, who was the first. So you might say that we think about death a lot. A coup...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:37 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Doctor Who - Season 31
Replies: 111
Views: 95536

Re: Doctor Who - Season 31

Upgraded the cable service last month, & as part of the package got BBCA. First, I wish to gripe at the Beeb for their spotty programming : look, you silly lime-suckers, how about if you show us more BRITISH shows??? Good Xt, why the farq do I want endless reruns of Kitchen Nightmares or ST:TNG ...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:12 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Sounds of Evil: the Metal Thread
Replies: 699
Views: 150190

Re: Sounds of Evil: the Metal Thread

Okay, I have to plug for Type O Negative. The vocalist, Pete Steele, died suddenly in April, but he coulda been the main inspiration for Dethklok's Nathan Explosion, albeit Steel was much brighter. I can't get enough of the 11-minute album version of "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)."
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hospice
Replies: 18
Views: 10281

Re: Hospice

I'm sitting ten feet from where Dad died. We donate every year to the program, from gratitude for their help.
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:54 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Top 10 Comics for a Panel Discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 15920

Re: Top 10 Comics for a Panel Discussion

Late to the party, as usual... You had a hell of a remit there. I don't think I'd have touched it without PowerPoint & a more structured agenda. But I can mention some of the stuff that blew me away. Mostly common-truck publishers, & horribly 1980s. The first year or so of New Mutants . My i...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:31 pm
Forum: The Moving Finger
Topic: Doubts on Writing
Replies: 17
Views: 26148

Re: Doubts on Writing

Piers also is a big devotee of the Dvorak keyboard, so go figure. I don't have much trouble with pounding the PC, but then I started out on typewriter. The problem that I see with many newish writers is that it's too goshdarned easy to do two things: (1) endlessly tweak rather than write, & (2) ...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:10 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Sounds of Evil: the Metal Thread
Replies: 699
Views: 150190

Re: Sounds of Evil: the Metal Thread

I just got the Soul Coughing "hits" CD. For what's essentially a Beat poet fronting a jazz combo & a keyboard sampler, it's pretty solid stuff. "Unmarked Helicopters" & the Propellerhead remix of "Super Bon Bon" kick many metal acts to the curb. Next on order: L...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cornell Woolrich
Replies: 5
Views: 5523

Re: Cornell Woolrich

Remember to check in with Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornell_Woolrich Here's a fun overview: http://www.violetbooks.com/REVIEWS/jas-woolrich.html Barry Malzberg has written about Woolrich, including an essay in [i]Engines of the Night[/url]. It'll make you cry. You could also check out ...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:21 pm
Forum: The Moving Finger
Topic: SORAMIMI? -- Let 'er know right here!
Replies: 6
Views: 10896

Re: SORAMIMI? -- Let 'er know right here!

Gwyn, you REALLY need to submit that to the magazines. When I'm painting or carving or typing, I like to have the radio on in the background, especially NPR music stations. I had to stop when they went to opera, because I'd crack up over the bizarre half-heard conversations they seemed to be having....
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:18 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Sounds of Evil: the Metal Thread
Replies: 699
Views: 150190

Re: Sounds of Evil: the Metal Thread

Just thought of something per Lemmy. He said that he made more cash off the initial royalty payment for penning Ozzy's "Mama I'm Coming Home" than his entire career with Motorhead. I get the feeling the Big Bucks ain't in performing or recording...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:10 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Sounds of Evil: the Metal Thread
Replies: 699
Views: 150190

Re: Sounds of Evil: the Metal Thread

My ex was a big RJD fan. While I got nothing againzt the guy or his talents, his voice just never did it for me. Then again, I'm still trying to figure out how the hell Ozzy became such a big media success, long after being written off by almost everyone after leaving Sabbath. In part, I figure, it'...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sun May 30, 2010 1:47 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Jimmy Caan plays Harlan Ellison
Replies: 1
Views: 1963

Jimmy Caan plays Harlan Ellison

Ah, rapture! The Alfred Hitchcock Hour , season 3 ep 10, aired Dec. 10, 1964: "Memo from Purgatory." James Caan as Jay Shaw / Phil Beldone, menaced by Walter Koenig, Tony Musante, & Zalman King. http://www.nbc.com/classic-tv/the-alfred-hitchcock-hour/video/memo-from-purgatory/953321/
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sun May 30, 2010 1:38 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: new series: The Cape
Replies: 0
Views: 2351

new series: The Cape

...and once again, a major network foredooms what could be a GREAT series... It's called The Cape , sort of a "Frank Castle joins the circus" thing. Corrupt town (a la recent iterations of Gotham City), last good cop, gets set up / hung out to dry / left for dead. Rescued, said cop learns ...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Tue May 25, 2010 8:44 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: LOST (warning: may contain *SPOILERS*)
Replies: 26
Views: 9201

Re: LOST (warning: may contain *SPOILERS*)

I wish they'd done more synopses: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_oPKBaqp9g But this one covers more territory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcatQSyRK6c&feature=related Or another great unanswered question: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgHYM0TZzO0&feature=related

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