Monday, December 31, 2007
Tip o' the cap to the loverly Lela Dowling on this, her birthday, as well. Go! Give her some business!
Friday, December 28, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
I know, it baffles me too!
Yes, it is kind of funny....
Eh? What's that? Well, sure I'll go get eggnog...
Merry Christmas to you all out there, and Scarlett as well...
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
There are so many reasons Hitchcock is a Saint of The House of Fun, but I have a very particular one in mind. What's interesting about it is that it's not just about film, or even just about artistic creation generally.
It's really about what you do when you get to the top. Top of what? Doesn't matter. It's about how you deal with things when everyone around you acknowledges that you are the best, the peak, the go-to guy. Most people coast; some pontificate, some simply repeat what got them there, even if that won't work to move them any further.
Alfred Hitchcock in the late '50's was in such a glorious position. His work in the '50's is a string that anyone would envy: To Catch A Thief, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest. All of these, North by Northwest in particular, are in the center of what the studios would want to make over and over; great leading man, great soundtrack, story, direction. I think they would have wanted several 'North by Northwests' if Sir Alfred were willing to grind them out. And, mind, I'm not saying these films aren't great, they are. Let's check out the super cool intro to North by Northwest, thanks to the animation of Saul Bass and the music of Bernard Hermann; watch for Hitch at the end of the clip!
But as great as all these films were, for Hitchcock it simply wasn't enough! He wasn't going to be content to just make product, even really, really good product. He had follow his fetishistic, voyeuristic impulses all the way, past what he had started to show us in Rear Window and Vertigo. He had to give us... Psycho.
Here's what Entertainment Weekly has had to say about it:
[my emphasis] Yes, yes, I know that's a bit much, but it's just to give you the idea!
My point is not about whether you like this particular genre of film or not; it's to give Alfred Hitchcock props for doing what we wish all people at the peak of their profession would do. Spending their hard won cultural capital on not merely vanity or maintaining the status quo, but raising the bar even further! Doing only what someone in that position could do! Just for this alone, Alfred Hitchcock will always be a Saint of The House of Fun.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
as the condition of Cynnie's blog states, here it is!
Everyone who has a blog is welcome to participate:
The first three persons who leave a comment on today's post will have a gift from me within 365 days. But there is one condition they will have to do the same on their own blog and do the same promise. It's Pay It Forward.
Just like Cynnie, the gifts will be silly, and will be sent out...soon as I can!
Monday, December 10, 2007
If you're out there sweet Ms. B, we all want you to return, even some of the Althouse commentariat as well! Otherwise, we'll be picturing you in sequels to Midnight Express....
We hope to find your prose again, under the proverbial tree this year...
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Really if you think of it... more like myself and Camie, the prequel right? Half the people around here I have to treat like Elijah Cook, jr. in Maltese Falcon, and we have to somehow get a picture of Camie in the Breakfast at Tiffany's getup (maybe in front of Tiffany's!!!) Well, we can dream...
At those crazy people amongst the living who don't get what a comedy life really is! I should know -- I direct mighty fine comedies!"
Billy Wilder, Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn (and an unknown shutterbug!) on some set in the Afterlife shooting a mighty fine comedy, no doubt... and finding us even funnier!
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Here's a note from Nappy on the 202nd Anniversary of the Battle of Austerlitz:
I am pleased with you. Everything I expected of your dauntlessness has been fulfilled by you today, at Austerlitz. You have crowned our colors with immortal fame. The enemy army, comprised of a hundred thousand men, led by the Russian and Austrian emperors, was pulverized and crushed in less than 4 hours. Those who escaped the brunt of your weapons were drowned. Forty battalions, Russian Emperor's Guard flags, one hundred and twenty cannons, twenty generals, and more than thirty thousand captured - this is the outcome of this monumental day. Despite its superior size, the reputed Russian infantry was not able to withstand your assault, and you need not fear any opponent anymore. The third coalition was defeated and destroyed within two months. Peace is not far in the future. However, as I promised my nation before I crossed the Rhine, I will establish only such a peace that would provide me with an assurance and ensure our allied with compensation.
When my nation placed the Emperor's crown upon my head, I trusted that you would maintain it in the brilliant lustre of fame, which is the only value it holds for me. But at the same moment, our enemies wanted to destroy and debase it. They wanted to force me to place this iron crown, tainted by the blood of so many of our people, on the head of our most cruel enemy. You have suppressed and ruined those arrogant and senseless efforts, on the anniversary of your Emperor's crowning. You have proved that it is easier to threaten and hold us in contempt than it is to defeat us.
When I have completed everything that is necessary for ensuring the happiness and prosperity of our fatherland, I will lead you back home to France. There you will be treated to my most kind and generous care. My nation will welcome you with open arms. It will be enough to say: I fought at Austerlitz, in order for everyone to rejoin: this is a hero!
In our Emperor's tent at Austerlitz, 12 Frimaire of the year XIV.
Situation at 3-4 p.m. on the 2. december 1805
Have a nice Sunday! Invade the various Austerlitzes in your life!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Yep, it's true, the ol' zorichi (sp) bit the farm today....done overcooked the rice and made the stuff stick (and blacken like road tar) on the bottom... Throw it on the Christmas list...
We need many things at The Stuffin, but let's try and sort things out.
1.) Furniture. I have nothing but uncomfortable stuff!
2.) Clothing. Most everything is shot to hell, and I'm a tuff fit!
3.) Car Repair. Nothing major, just lots of small stuff let's harass Camie about it!
4.) Vacation. It's been far too long since I've been outta town, but I think Camie may need one more than even I, so let's send her to London, shall we?
5.) Kitchen stuff. It's old, in bad shape, and not much fun to use.
Just a few thoughts here, maybe more as I think about them.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
I do note that as Thanksgiving draws near, I do get more hits from people searching for 'Stuffin'! So, turkey, turkey, turkey, cranberries, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, football...anything to make my SiteMeter happy...
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Here we are in our Grand Ole Opry phase...
Our Devo-soundalike band almost had a hit with "Flog it", but things went awry...
This is from our glam period...I can't tell which one of us is which, this being 1973 and all... I love our subtle uses of color, don't you?
Fluffy and Camie: Absinthe Police. Christ, don't ask, it was the '70's!
I went on to do a solo gig as a Rouge Supercop for JC Penneys, searching for value like Caine in Kung Fu, while wearing my Chia Chest Hair, lookin' all bad ass!
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Camie and I went out trick or treating with her chillin's last night; none of my 'ween pics came out very well, but a good time was had by all. Here we have a pic before going out at dinner. Little Man insisted on starting outside the frame and racing into the shot!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Smart ass, depressing, talented, hypochondriac; that's Oscar Levant, the "enfant terrible" of America in the 40's and 50's. It's hard not to like a guy who "made insanity America's favorite hobby." And just at the point he starts to get good at something he quits. Pianist, Movie Star, Talk Show Host, you name it, he quit it! Christ, this is a man who is clearly 50 years ahead of his time! Really, he's effectively a bhodisatva for half the people I've ever met! A defining archetype of The House of Fun.
Quips and Quotes:
- Upon meeting Greta Garbo: "Sorry, I didn't get the name."
- To George Gershwin: "Tell me, George, if you had to do it all over would you fall in love with yourself again?"
- Of Leonard Bernstein: "I admire Leonard Bernstein, but not as much as he does."
- Of Elizabeth Taylor: "Always a bride, never a bridesmaid."
- Of Perry Como: "Perry Como's voice actually comes out of his eyelids."
- Of Debbie Reynolds: "She's as wistful as an iron foundry."
- Of Minnie Guggenheimer: "She's a good friend. As long as you're on top she'll stick by you."
- Of Grace Kelly: "She just married the first prince who asked her."
- Of Doris Day: "I knew Doris Day before she became a virgin."
- Of Richard Nixon: "He swings a big mouth and carries a little stick."
- Of Zsa Zsa Gabor: "Zsa Zsa Gabor has learned the secret of perpetual middle age."
- "Someone once asked me where I lived and I said, 'On the periphery . . . '."
- "I paid thousands of dollars to psychiatrists to forget my childhood."
- "My psychiatrist once said to me, 'Maybe life isn't for everyone'."
- "I was thrown out of one mental hospital because I depressed the patients."
- "There is a fine line between genius and insanity, and I have erased that line."
- "Happiness isn't something you experience, it's something you remember."
- "A pun is the lowest form of humor – when you don't think of it first."
- "It's not what you are, it's what you don't become that hurts."
- "I've given up reading books. I find it takes my mind off myself."
Here's the cool Wikipedia link on him. Read and be edified!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I may go downtown just to check out the city... that's fun....
I hope you good activities planned for your weekend.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
put some olive oil on the bottom of a good size baking dish.
spread the tomatoes in the dish, add salt, pepper, more olive oil on top, some garlic, and some chili flakes and bake for 30 minutes at 375.
boil an lb of rigatoni noodles.
combine finished tomatoes -- don't forget the juice! -- pasta, and feta cheese to taste.
Thanks to City Cook for the recipe!
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Hey, it's the 90th anniversary of Marshmallow Fluff the stuff not that dreams are made of, but for which this dippy blog may well be named!
Here -- edify yourself with the History of Fluff!
(kudos to Slashfood for pointing it out!)
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Let us know here at the Stuffin', how life is treating you!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Ah....the coffee's done...hang on a second, whilst I pour a cup.
Thanks for waiting...I'm back.
There's been some company here lately, as my old friend Evan showed up with wife and baby in tow. Evan was a grad student here for 10 years, and he was one of a crew that hung out here on the weekends for many years. It's was good to see him all adult-like and everything! He brought me a coffee cup (now being used) from near his work, the Nevada Test Site. It's nice and black with a glowy nuclear fireball on it. Good work!
Health update: At present all is well, medications are being taken, and I've even lost a pound or two. Many more to go on that front!
Work update: ummm...there is none. The dude I worked for briefly didn't get the funding he said he would, so I am back to struggling.
I have gone to writing bits again, and am trying to integrate these in the ol' novel still kicking around my head.
My friend Bob is now in London for the next year. His wife may visit in Jan, perhaps to teach a course on London theatre. We'll see.
Good friend and all around swell person Lela (Art Gurl) will be getting married soon. I'd love to see if I could swing the Northern California trip needed to see that!
I'll write more frequently; I've just been a bit of a skunk! Mea culpa.
Monday, September 03, 2007
You're Les Miserables!
by Victor Hugo
One of the best known people in your community, you have become
something of a phenomenon. People have sung about you, danced in your honor, created all
manner of art in your name. And yet your story is one of failure and despair, with a few
brief exceptions. A hopeless romantic, you'll never stop hoping that more good will come
from your failings than is ever possible. Beware detectives and prison guards bearing
Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
1.) The foot is what it is. My doctors haven't been much help for which they will get a buttkicking soon.
2.) Exercising will also commence. I'd like to get a recumbent exercise bike, which is around $350. I have one spotted.
3.) The big news is that I have some biz that I have now started. The first two months here funds will just cover my existing, but starting in Sept., much more will be arriving! I'd say more, but I have to discuss how much I can say with the new employer. I'll still be working mainly out of the house.
4.) One of my good friends will be working for an entire year out of London, so this may be my chance to come and see English blog-friends! For various reasons, it wouldn't be until January, but he's place that he's staying is only a block and a half from Harrod's!
Camie and Cynnie and I have been playing around on Facebook a lot, another reason for much of my absence.
But hopefully that will change.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
I've been running around on Facebook lately, with Camie, (amongst others!) and that's been fun like watching squirrels chase each other in the yard. I'll be back posting more at length later.
I hope my friend Victoria at Sundries returns soon; come back Shane!
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Much thanks to Camie, LK, and M.Morrow for their much appreciated goading and support. You're the best of the best...
Now if I could just sleep...
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Cool Food Blog: Tigers & Strawberries.
Wanna know about every snack food known to man?: Taquitos!
As a general purpose food review site, Chowhound is like riding a wave of questions, and responses about food. I love just watching the topics and posts fly by!
For those of you here in the US who want to bring back the Pure Funk of '70's basketball, there is no better site than Remember the ABA.
I grew up with a cartoon magazine about cars called CarTOONS....and, of course, there's a site about it.
Need to know about Soviet Calculators? Here ya go!
It hasn't been edited in 13 years, but if you need to know how to make a blowtorch out of a Strawberry Pop Tart, this is where you go.
Need an agent?
A really cool blog by a woman who drives a cab in New York. She now has a book coming too! Excellent writer!
Is that guy dead or not? Find out here!
The Mother Lode of Audrey Hepburn knowledge!
More pearls as I find them...
Friday, May 18, 2007
There's little that can match 4 screamers at the TV and a long-distance call to boot for sheer entertainment...Mike M. fiddled with the short cable for the rabbit ears, but lacking an F-to-F connector (an "Indigo Girls" connector, he calls it) we could only go so far, but we did get color.
We finally cast the Bulls back to the hell-pits whence they came, and we probably get to duke it out with Bron-Bron from Cleveland, but hey, maybe Jersey! 5 straight Eastern Conference Finals for this crew of 'stons; Mighty Damn Impressive.
Monday, May 14, 2007
This is the view directly opposite my bedroom window.
And here we have the view across the street, looking into a portion of a golf course.
The lilacs won't last long, and I thought I'd share them before they go.
Friday, May 11, 2007
But this is a post to show by comparisons, where the House of Fluff is at. Things aint too good.
In many ways, I'm getting overwhelmed here, much the same way Camie was last year. And now I'm having difficulties with my foot which makes things even worse. I have been in this state for a long time, and I'm sick to death of it.
I wanted to mention specifics here, but I find I can't do it. It's just all too touchy right now; I'm a roil of a variety of feelings and those feelings are keeping me from acting as best I can. But something that is different and positive is that I'm slugging through things a lot better. A few years ago I actually had some temporary respite financially, but I wasn't acting on that! That's because my mind was not in that good place it should have been, which just goes to show how bad things have been for a very long time. The base of the change from then to now, is really Camie, and being able to help with The Little Man as he has been growing up. They are as much family as I have ever known.
There are many, many problems remaining, but with love and support I will work through them as best as I can. Maybe next year a house of my own.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
(BTW, I love how in the Wikipedia article, Mick Jagger tells Leni Reifenstahl at his wedding that he's seen Triumph at least 15 times...What is Leni Reifenstahl doing at Mick Jagger's wedding?)
This place is really cool if you're into building models;
I want the Empire State Building -- with Blimp!
This place is just way cool also!
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
The key may be my ability to keep a positive tone about the process. For the most part, past efforts were grim affairs, which frankly were doomed to failure. Nor will scare tactics help the process. No, I've got to want to do this, and keep doing 6 months from now. I am intrigued by the prospect, and will rely on my friendly readers for support.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Second, hashbrowns with onion and a lot of black pepper, topped with a fried egg, well, ok two fried eggs, each loaded up with hot sauce, mucho slices of bacon, (baked in the oven!), sourdough toast. A ginger scone for later, as a digestivo! It's too early for grappa...
Third, That Darn Interweb. It used to be the Sunday Times, at first just reading above the fold, but plowing through most everything. Now, blogs, blogs blogs! It may be a good idea to organize my blog bookmarks that way: "Above the fold/ below the fold." Were I not a lardy carcass, I'd do that; as it is, I assign it to my Invisible Personal Assistant to do for me.
Fourth, sunshine? Eh, maybe...
Fifth, writing. Oh, yeah baby...
Find what bliss you can on this, the day of freedom from your corporate masters.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
I've again been having trouble sleeping, which this time is leading to panic attacks that last all night and into the morning. These are terrible; I feel like a leaf in the wind, and just trying to calm down is difficult.
My left foot is sort of swollen and sore. Every answer for 'why' I bet won't cheer me up.
I'm running around doing a lot of small tasks to try to make sure I'm not thrown out of the house at the end of the month. So far, only about 25% good. Panic sets in.
My lungs are having a very hard time breathing, and they hurt in a raspy way, such that I have zero breath. I feel like I'm a 100 year old man.
But still....All this writing about AL has gotten me to start writing scenes, and filling out the plot more this week. That and watching all my Kubrick movies.
When I'm not panicking, I'm oddly centered. I think this is because I've been making a lot of efforts to connect to people lately, and these have tended to be women with small children, whom I'm enjoying more as I get older. I've also been a help to people lately, and have had some help come my way as well (Camie's futon!)
I've actually had 3 interviews this last week; not a job yet, but this is more progress than I would have thought.
Except for the lungs and the foot, I feel surprisingly good, physically! I've seen this in myself before. Once I can clear up the lung problems somehow, I get quite a bit of good energy.
I have to get The Little Man a birthday present soon...suggestions?
Send what vibes you can.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Eva, in particular, is a person who is stuck in a particular moment. It's as if achieving a personal "nirvana" means that's it, you'll not need to change anymore. Eva senses that she will fall behind the times soon, and thinks Frank is a 'divining rod' for the future, but Eva will see that 1.) he is not, and 2.) she still likes the self she has established so she couldn't get rid of her defining traits.
Evil Mrs. Partridge, (EMP) despite constantly hanging around artists, doesn't really like them. She hasn't seen one whom she doesn't think is either slow-witted or gullible, which are terms that arouse a lot of disgust in her. She realizes that Frank is neither of those and yet, she perceives his artistic temperment, and latches onto him in an effort to create a more sensitively attuned version of herself. She can't grasp that Frank may have a sensitive sense of perception, but this doesn't make him any more caring about others than she is.
Still more to come about these two.
Friday, April 06, 2007
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
So if you love Camie as we here at Fluffy Stuffin' do, go on over to her blog, and give it up! Don't hold back! Say great things, things you and everyone who reads it should remember the rest of the day! There aren't a lot of these days, days where you actually encouraged to say your heart of hearts praises, sing 'em if you must, make 'em rhyme, make 'em crazy, obscene, delightful, personally yours, just be, as the Manolo says, SuperFantastic!
Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
What is the best trait of your perfect girl?
Intelligence is most important in a girlfriend. You like to be able to talk about everything that is on your mind, and if your partner can't keep up, well, you know. You are very attracted to someone who can challenge you, and make you see things in a whole new way.
Take this quiz at QuizGalaxy.com
I throw myself on the mercy of the blog populi!
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
What interests me is what his mind set inspires in others. Eva thinks he can be "saved", Evil Mrs. Partridge thinks he just needs to "learn what reality is." Both approaches are doomed to failure, even though they couldn't come from more different premises. This never stops people from trying...
More on the ladies next.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Our band is a kinda of 3rd rate Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young clone. They think they're striving for social relevance, but they haven't really thought about things that much. They're in it for the money and chicks, really, but they bring themselves to admit that. In the band are:
The Lead Singer -- Handsome, but as much as he thinks he is, and he can sing, but not as good as he thinks he is here either. He can play the guitar, but he's a poet and thinks that that's beneath him, despite counter -examples like Dylan. He's the object of desire of the groupies.
The Rhythm Guitarist -- The most talented member of the group, he thinks if he's just great that rewards will come his way. Yes, he believes that.
The Bass Player -- Been with the two guitarists forever, but hates rock and wishes he were a jazz soloist. Not enough guts to leave the band or be a soloist, so here he is!
The Drummer -- Implacable, inscrutable, kinda like Charlie Watts only more laconic.
Evil Ms. Partridge -- She drives the bus, she manages the group, and is taking them for every penny. Take every story you've ever heard about corrupt band management, and put it here.
Frank -- Our lead. Nervous, anxious, he just knows in his heart that the right combo of drugs, women and music will bring him to a higher state of being. He's a great guitar tech, and makes the group sound better than they are. He could care less.
Eva -- Sublimely beautiful lead groupie of a pack of groupies who define themselves in a pack hierarchy. Eva sets the aesthetic character of the group, and symbolically represents a truly sexually powerful woman whose great flaw is that she is eternally stuck in 1968.
This is just to start us off. I have a lot of this in my head and more will emerge.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Oy! maybe not so bad around the corner?...
Double Oy! Well, I was in line for some time...Fortunately, the ZingerVolk kept us pleased with many free samples, and Cappuccinos for only a $1! (I later enjoyed their awesome brownies, also only a $1!) We enjoyed 4 kinds of potato salad, a very nice turine, gingerbread, a spicy kind of cream cheese, all just for waiting.
When we got to the front of the deli what awaited us in the window? A model of the deli in gingerbread!
In the front of the model are the two Head ZingerNauts, Ari and Paul!
They look like they were done by ala Wallace and Gromet in marzipan!
I must include some of my infamous cheese porn for fans of same!
The wheels of Neal's Dairy Yard cheese were especially nice looking in their gold wrappers:
Here we have a tip o' the cap for the many who have been to/worked at the deli, like Camie! Note that 'soccer ball' patterned cake which looks like the deli floor!
When you got sandwiches today...you got a piece! Whoops I'm eatin' mine already!