August 22, 2006

The Mic Is On and Cartoon Characters Are Here!

published this at 7:00 pm

It’s Like Open Mic Only Different

Here’s how it works.

open mike night

It’s like any rambling conversation. Don’t try to read it all. Jump in whenever you get here. Just go to the end and start talking. EVERYONE is WELCOME
The rules are simple — be nice.

There are always first timers and new things to talk about.

Tonight we’re talking cartoon characters!

Fred Flintstone Snoopy Porky Pig

We might also talk about


Basil the code-writing donkey.

Bring your loony tune friends with you!

–ME “Liz” Strauss

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268 Comments to “The Mic Is On and Cartoon Characters Are Here!”

  1. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:01 pm
    katiebird said

    So, huh… “What’s up doc?” (ducking)

  2. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:02 pm
    ME Strauss said

    How did you get back so soon! That must have been some power nap!

  3. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:09 pm
    katiebird said

    That’s one of my specialties. But I’m not sure I’d of done it if I knew that Big Brother was delayed an hour…

  4. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:11 pm
    Tony said

    Hi guys … first time at this.

    How does it go? πŸ˜‰

  5. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:11 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Sometimes folks are slow to start, but don’t worry. They’ll be here acting silly. I was just looking for some audio files I used to visit for the cartoon characters. I found them once when my husband and I were discussing which character used to say, “despicable.” He thought it was Sylvester. I got a copy of the audio so that he could hear it was Daffy.

  6. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:13 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Tony!

    That’s Katie!

    Have a cold one each of you!

    There’s always snacks and plenty of beverages in the sidebar.
    Talk to whomever and whenever you want to, as slow or fast as you can. :)

  7. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:14 pm
    Service Untitled - Douglas said

    I’m here. I never got an email, though?

  8. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:14 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I’m trying to figure out how to link to that audio file that’s on my computer so everyone can hear it. I’m so brain dead. I don’t know how to get it in the comment box.

  9. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:15 pm
    katiebird said

    Oh, good I’m always shy with strangers. Something cold will be good for breaking the ice.

  10. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:15 pm
    Joe said

    Flintstones, meet the Flintstones… the modern stone age fam-i-ly.

    From the, town of Bedrock…

    I really do know all the words.

  11. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:16 pm
    ME Strauss said

    HI Doug,
    Yes you did, It was from Scot!

    Can you help me with the problem in comment 8?

    That’s Katie and Tony. They’re new here.

    Doug’s the new b5 business channel editor.

  12. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:16 pm
    candice said

    Liz, just upload it somewhere random. Then link to it.

  13. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:17 pm
    Tony said

    b5 media? Wow I am out of the loop … what’s that? Is that a(nother) blog network? :)

  14. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:18 pm
    Service Untitled - Douglas said

    Liz, try uploading it to a service like YouTube or as an attachment to a blog post?

    Hi Katie and Tony!

    Ooh! I see “Business” is in the blogroll now, though there are no blogs. πŸ˜›

  15. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:18 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Tony,
    Look in the sidebar. See that long long list?

  16. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:19 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Candice!
    I’ll put it in photobucket, Thanks have a cold one!

    Beer or something else? Ma’am?

  17. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:19 pm
    Service Untitled - Douglas said

    Tony: third largest blog network out there! and the one Liz is a part of.

    Liz, I did get an email from Scot, but not from you talking about Open Mic night.

  18. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:19 pm
    Joe said

    Nobody likes Fred & Wilma, Barney & Betty, Pebbles & Bam-Bam?

  19. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:20 pm
    Service Untitled - Douglas said

    I like the Flinstones and also happen to know the words to the song. I can play it on the piano (though not well).

  20. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:21 pm
    katiebird said

    Hi Doug, Tony, Candice and Joe and Liz! This is my first open mike. I might mostly lurk while I get the hang of it…

  21. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:21 pm
    candice said

    I’m actually drinking coffee. I had enough beer last night watching the really depressing Saints game on Monday Night (preseason) Football.

    Still working…

  22. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:21 pm
    Joe said

    Well Doug, One keyboard works as well as another. πŸ˜‰

  23. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:23 pm
    Service Untitled - Douglas said

    Joe, I’m actually fairly good at the piano (and a good typist as well), but the Flinstones theme is not my best work.

  24. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:25 pm
    Tony said

    Third largest, eh? NICE. πŸ˜‰

    What are #1 and #2?

    (Hi to everyone here, btw — be gentle, this is my first time!)

  25. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:25 pm
    Joe said

    Ok, It’s still early…
    Five FAVORITE CARTOON’s of all time…

    1. Popeye
    2. Flintstones
    3. Jetson’s
    4. Tom & Jerry (not Ben and Jerry)
    5. RoadRunner

  26. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:27 pm
    Tony said

    I’ll betray my own age (or lack thereof) by giving my fave 5:

    1. Transformers
    2. GI Joe
    3. G-Force
    4. Naruto
    5. TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

  27. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:29 pm
    Joe said

    LIZ, You must share…

  28. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:30 pm
    Danielle said

    Hi all, first open mike, and just to be annoyingly different, I prefer anime (Japanese “cartoon characters”), but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying a good 1940s WB cartoon or two. And Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. :)

  29. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:31 pm
    Service Untitled - Douglas said

    Tony, do you know I have said that b5 is the third largest about 50 times over the last two weeks and no one has asked which networks were 1 and 2? I was surprised,

    According to, b5 is the second largest (in terms of number of blogs) – behind 9rules, though with the business channel, we should be bigger than them.

    By pageviews, I *think* we are behind Weblogs, Inc. and one more – Gawker maybe? I have no idea.

  30. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:31 pm
    ShadowsEdge said

    *chuckles* cartoons, eh? Have to admit that some of mine are anime – Battle of planets, anyone?

  31. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:31 pm
    Joe said

    Tony, Most of my favorites were made when I was really, really little.

    But the first time I saw a cartoon on TV it was B&W. I didn’t know they were made in color until I went to the movies…

  32. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:32 pm
    Tony said

    Danielle — I am digging you already. πŸ˜‰

    What are you top 5 anime?
    (I am plugging through Naruto right now … awesome stuff)

  33. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:33 pm
    katiebird said

    Joe, me too. I was amazed at how different they looked when I finally got a color TV.

  34. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:36 pm
    Danielle said

    Tony — Probably not your top 5, let’s put it that way. πŸ˜‰ I don’t watch a lot of anime, I’m more into manga, but:

    1. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
    2. Full Moon wo Sagashite
    3. Tsubasa Chronicle
    (and in no particular order hereafter, but ranking alongside 1 and 2)
    4. Laputa, Castle in the Sky
    5. Porco Rosso

  35. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:37 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Sorry, to be gone there.
    I lost my DSL. I’m now on dial up!
    Doug, please put AT&T in the cage for me.

  36. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:37 pm
    Joe said

    I think we’re showing our age a little.

    I also like Futurama, SouthPark, the Simpsons and Family Guy.

    Anime reminds me too much of Speed Racer and Johnny Quest when they first came out, (nothing moved but the mouth).

  37. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:38 pm
    Tony said

    Well, Danielle you’re right — Shojo ain’t my bag, but as they say , different strokes for different folks (like Aoi).

    I think its tremendous that the explosure of Manga has created an entirely new generation of English-language readers.

  38. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:39 pm
    ShadowsEdge said

    Anime’s come a long way since then. I do remember Speed Racer and Johnny Quest though.

    I usually try to catch TriGun on Cartoon Network when I remember its on

  39. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:39 pm
    Tony said

    Liz — what happened? “Lost DSL?”

    Wow … kudos to the fact that you had backup.

    How many others of us have a “backup” system?
    (I don’t have the foresight).

  40. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:40 pm
    Danielle said

    Yeah, it’s good and bad for older fans — I love that I can now walk into Barnes & Noble and pick up any number of great series, and the translations don’t (shock!) suck, and likewise, many things are out on DVD that were unobtainium just a few years ago…

    But then, especially at my older fansites (I’ve run BSSM sites for nine years now), the profound amount of new/young/clueless emails I get is staggering… not in a good way. I kinda miss the late 90s internet, when anime was still either Pokemon or porn. πŸ˜›

  41. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:41 pm
    Tony said

    Doug: congratulations on the new position under b5.

    How fast is b5 growing?

    Need any new blogs to add to the network? πŸ˜‰

  42. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:41 pm
    Danielle said

    I’m with Joe on the Futurama love — that show was fantastic. (And I owns it alls on DVDs.)

  43. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:42 pm
    katiebird said

    It sounds like we’re of an age (and probably not one that’s bragging worthy — at either end)

    Amazing we’re very similar. The rest of the family loves it but, I’m not that big a fan of Family Guy. But, I love Futurama, SouthPark, the Simpsons and I’d add King of the Hill

  44. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:43 pm
    Tony said

    Oh Danielle, there will always be fansubs won’t there? :)

  45. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:43 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Thanks Tony,
    Yeah, I’m in the wall with my telephone. Ugh!
    I like Bugs Bunny. I used to do the Bugs Bunny dance that he did with the cannibals to freak the editors out. They would just look at me and say “Bizarre!”

  46. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:44 pm
    ShadowsEdge said

    Sounds like you’d fit right in where I work Liz! πŸ˜‰

  47. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:44 pm
    katiebird said

    (raising hand) We’ve got an emergency dial-up account. It’s come in handy several times.

  48. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:45 pm
    Danielle said

    Tony, I still have mine on VHS, lol. Although the tape is degrading from wear and tear, hehe. Still, it’s fun to see a new generation come into the general fandom, I like “meeting” the kids… although some seem so young, I wonder where the parents are, heh.

    I like the Simpsons as well, but I just can’t get into South Park.

  49. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:45 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Shadowsedge, Hi Joe, Hi Danielle, Hi everyone!

    Scot is the one who comes to open comment night. He is the email I was talking about this morning. He probably comes to comment night after you’ve gone. He’s in the Pacific NW.

  50. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:45 pm
    Joe said

    What if the name of ? Chicken? it’s not really a cartoon, more like live action puppets without the strings…

    I really like that show.

  51. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:46 pm
    Tony said

    Yeah, I’m not sure what it is, but here in frosty Toronto, Canada (can I get a holla for Canada?) I have never experienced a dropped “signal”.

    I’m on DSL and I literally leave my machine on for days and days (weeks even).

    Emergency backup dial up is something I considered when I *had* dial up though ….

    … it is something worth considering though.

  52. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:48 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Do you sing show tunes for no reason.

    Joe are you taking about the muppets?

  53. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:48 pm
    candice said

    I don’t have an emergency dialup account anymore – no phone line to use it on.

    In theory in September my neighborhood is getting free city wireless. Right now my backup is a faint signal to someone’s dsl line nearby. (Or drive down the street to the coffeehouse and use -theirs-.)

    Lessee. Cartoons. Pink Panther anyone?

  54. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:48 pm
    ShadowsEdge said

    Joe, I think its Robot Chicken. Not one of my favorites, but they’ve had some funny skits

  55. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:48 pm
    Danielle said

    (There’s nothing wrong with the Pac NW, except us being behind all the rest of you lovely peeps. ;))

    I’m happy to have stopped in for a bit! Unfortunately that’s it for me, my internet access is only during “work” hours lately. Nice meeting you all, hope to see you again Tony! πŸ˜€

    (Hi/bye Liz!!)

  56. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:49 pm
    ME Strauss said

    You’re from Canada. We have a Open Comment comment that everyone from Canada knows everyone from everywhere.

  57. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:50 pm
    candice said

    Joe, Robot Chicken? In the middle of the night on cartoon network? (Some of the bars in n.o. play cartoon network at night.)

  58. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:50 pm
    ShadowsEdge said

    I don’t *laughs* I just make cryptic comments. But I think there’s a co-worker or two who’s been known to warble a show tune or three

  59. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:50 pm
    Tony said

    Joe I think you’re talking about Robot Chicken.

    Its from that twisted mind that brings Family Guy to Fox every Sunday … and its bloody brilliant.

    So twisted … but so brilliant.

    Sadly, its not a cartoon — don’t want Liz to mod me out of the conversation (ha ha).

  60. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:51 pm
    Joe said

    I just remembered as ShadowsEdge came up with the answer…

    I did like the Muppets though, my son and I would watch the Muppet Show before I put him to bed. (right after I changed his diaper)

  61. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:52 pm
    ShadowsEdge said

    I cheated Joe. LOL. I have the Adult Swim site up because I couldn’t remember the names of some of the shows.

  62. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:52 pm
    Tony said

    Liz — do you mean that everyone from Canada knows all Canadians? Or that we’re omniscient and know everyone from anywhere?

    I’ll take the latter rather than the former. πŸ˜‰

  63. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:52 pm
    Service Untitled - Douglas said

    Liz, yes Scot emailed me. Already working on it. :)

    Tony, b5 is growing quite quickly. It isn’t that old and is already a formidable competitor to more established networks and larger than quite a few.

    We just closed blogger applications Friday.

  64. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:53 pm
    Tony said

    Robot Chicken Hilarity:

    The Emperor Calls Darth Vader:

  65. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:54 pm
    Joe said

    It’s amazing how this time warp works…
    I answer one question, and the answer shows up 5 times before I hit enter.

  66. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:54 pm
    Tony said

    Doug — well I had to try πŸ˜‰

    Do you have an opinion of BlogBurst? I just became member of that blog network.

  67. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:55 pm
    ME Strauss said

    We’ve decided that everyone from Canada knows everyone everywhere.

  68. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:55 pm
    ShadowsEdge said

    Is anyone keeping tabs on the new Transformers movie they’re working on? From what I’ve heard, I’m almost afraid to see it when it comes out.

  69. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:55 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    Hey, gang! I brought tomato soup with macaroni in case anyone wants – though I think I overdid it on the macaroni. It looks suspiciously like macaroni in tomato sauce…

  70. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:56 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I’ve been trying to say that I want your life to get better. Either that or I want to come down there and get drunk with you. :)

  71. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:56 pm
    Tony said

    Shadowsedge: Yeah, I’ve heard some scary-bad things about that Transformers movie. Scary in a sad way πŸ˜›

    Mind you, I’ll still see it … but the hype is sad, not mad. (Mad == good)

  72. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:57 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    Oooh, transformers! Huh, what’ve you heard that makes you worry? The promo bits and production stills I’ve seen so far looks really good – though they’ve “compressed” the story somewhat in terms of where exactly the transformers are coming from…

  73. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:57 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey AdLib,
    Look at all of the new faces!!
    I’ll go make some grilled cheese sandwiches.

    Anyone want anything else?

  74. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:58 pm
    ShadowsEdge said

    They’re changing Bumblebee into a camero! At least they got Cullen to come back and voice Optimus Prime though

  75. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:58 pm
    Tony said

    Liz — actually, it is a state secret that Canadians do in fact know everyone from everywhere.

    What is also not known is that we know everyone from any*time*.

    That’s right — it crosses space/time.

    Our taxes are high … but what with universal health care, omniscience is sort of the frosting on the cake. πŸ˜‰

  76. August 22nd, 2006 at 7:59 pm
    Service Untitled - Douglas said

    Tony, I’m not too familiar with BlogBurst.

    I’m on my way out. Lots of things to do. Talk to everyone next week.

  77. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:01 pm
    Tony said

    Thanks for coming out Doug!

    (really quickly: its a blog network that is associated w/ Pluck, and has struck some deals with some newspapers … … I’ll let you know how it turns out!)

  78. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:01 pm
    Tony said

    Headingout for a bit myself … its been great everyone!

    Thanks Danielle, Doug, Liz, Shadows and everyone I wasn’t ignoring, just late in getting to… πŸ˜‰

  79. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:02 pm
    Joe said

    Didn’t BumbleBee use to be a (vw?)?

  80. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:03 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Bye, Doug,
    Don’t forget to put AT&T in the cage for me.

    And turn the blade server up high!

  81. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:04 pm
    Service Untitled - Douglas said

    Will do, Liz! Bye bye!

  82. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:04 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Bye Tony,
    If you make it back to this day and age. Stop in we’ll probably still be here.

  83. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:04 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    Well, I guess VW didn’t pony up enough cash to get product placement? What do you think of Optimus as a Peterbilt truck, by the way, which is what the promo clips show him as?

  84. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:05 pm
    Joe said

    Bye all who are leaving.
    You must all be from Europe or some far away place. (Not Australia, they come around later).

  85. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:05 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Thanks Doug!
    I’m giggling just to picture it!

  86. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:06 pm
    ShadowsEdge said

    Bumblebee was a yellow VW bug. I haven’t had a chance to actually go look at the promo clips yet.

  87. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:07 pm
    Joe said

    I’m not sure if Optimus Prime should be Peterbilt or Mac, but I’m sure he’ll never be Ford or GM.

  88. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:08 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Is it making sense yet? (It’s not really supposed to).

  89. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:11 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    Heh, if they’re from Europe, they’ve got weak constitutions – I’m from Norway, and it’s now 3:08 AM here… and as usual I’m hooked to the BBC world service.

  90. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:11 pm
    Joe said

    Here we go again, either everyone is typing at the same time, or the Internet Crashed…

  91. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:11 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    ~wave! Hey everybody ~~

    Pssst Tony: I’ve been sent by the Canadian Thought Police Council .. you weren’t supposed to reveal anything about “space and time” yet ..

    HART’s favorite “currently running” Cartoons:

    Family Guy
    Home Movies
    Wrong Coast
    Sons of Butchers

  92. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:12 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Quote out of context:

    Heh, if theyÒ€ℒre from Europe, theyÒ€ℒve got weak constitutions

    Two points for Liz

  93. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:13 pm
    katiebird said

    (looking around, me?)

    Liz! Yes — What does it say about me that I’m having the time of my life.

  94. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:13 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Mutiny makes me very angreeeyyy!

  95. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:14 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi HART!
    I think that Tony got out of here just in *time* before you caught him.

    Maybe he’s one of the Canadian aliens that we were wondering about last week.

  96. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:15 pm
    ShadowsEdge said

    Well, as much as I’m enjoying myself, if I don’t go get dinner now, I won’t get to eat tonight. πŸ˜‰

    Have fun everyone!

    Oh, and Liz – I’m loving the Lists story you’re doing!

  97. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:16 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I think it says that you get why we do this every Tuesday! It’s just plain old ordinary fun!

  98. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:17 pm
    ME Strauss said

    The aliens brought you back!!
    Are you Chris??

    What would you name a donkey?

  99. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:17 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Hi Liz .. :)

    And, hi to Chris, Joe, Adv.Lib., Tony, Doug (contrats btw) ..

    and Katiebird .. hi .. was browsing your site.. nice .. nice … perhaps we can link up? I have a (dormant) site that I will be getting up and running again.

  100. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:18 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    Argh πŸ˜› You know what I mean, Liz – though I must say that the way your president has been using the American Constitution for ..lavatory paper… lately isn’t very comforting, considering that ours is modeled on yours….

  101. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:18 pm
    Joe said

    Uh Oh, Now we have AdLib, HART And Chris Cree on board.

    Avast, me mateys and shiver me timbers, it’s time for the Popeye and Olive Oyl show.

    From the far reaches of Norway to the shores of the river in Savannah and whatever water they have in Canadidia, they are out to fine Wimpy, the Hamburger eatin varmit.

  102. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:19 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Bye Shadow,
    Thanks for the support for the List Story. It’s a lot of fun and a lot of work. Next is American Tourists and then Romance and Intrigue

  103. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:19 pm
    katiebird said

    Sure Hart — I’ve got a contact me link at the top of my left sidebar. Let me know what’s going on.

  104. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:20 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Hey all! I figured if I was going to be abducted by aliens last week then perhaps I could come back as Marvin Martian this week. (I hope that was a good impersonation.) :)

  105. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:22 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Hello to Katiebird! (My sister’s name is Katy *ahem* Katherine. Anyway I’d call her Katiebird sometimes to bug her. Nice to meet you.

  106. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:22 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    “I yam what I yam, I’m Popeye the sailor man!”

  107. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:23 pm
    Joe said

    Hey Chris, I thought you were trying to be a Roman Centurian with a Ray Gun.

  108. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:23 pm
    ME Strauss said

    You aren’t Chris, ARE YOU????

  109. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:23 pm
    Chris Cree said


  110. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:24 pm
    candice said

    Hey Liz, thanks! I’m okay, really. I’m actually better off from a work/money/business standpoint than I was pre-storm, due to lots of things cropping up. I just have no free time.

    Feel free to come have a drink, the closest bar is two blocks down the street…The ones that play cartoons are a little further away. (Though being a midwesterner you might die of the heat and humidity right now, it’s the hottest part of the year.)

  111. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:25 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Yep. I’m Chris. At least I’m wearing his underwear anyway.

  112. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:25 pm
    katiebird said

    Hi Chris — I’m a Catharine in real life, so we’re almost siblings! It’s good to meet you.

  113. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:26 pm
    Chris Cree said

    I like katiebird. I’ll take it, sib!

  114. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:27 pm
    ME Strauss said

    The real Chris would know what to name a donkey and he would have picked on Joe at least three times by now.

    What did you do with Chris and why are you wearing his underwear?

  115. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:28 pm
    Joe said

    My sister’s name is Kathleen (I’ll take you home again, Kathleen), but we never called her Kate. Kathy, but my pop calls her Liz.

    We never figured out why, and he won’t tell, but he is the only one that can call her that.

  116. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:29 pm
    mike dunn said

    hi all – just got home and thought i’d put in my 2 cents…

    so the coolest job i ever had was working for hanna-barbera, when my boys were very young – gave me a built in excuse for watching cartoons anytime :)

  117. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:30 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    Hi y’all! What’d I miss? What’d I miss?

    Gotta love cartoons!

  118. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:30 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Actually He had a brain flush driving back from Jacksonville tonight. I think he OD’d on the highest quality motivational CD’s and now naming asses is significantly beneath him.

    Although he seems to have a weird fixation on the word booger tonight for some reason.

  119. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:30 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Mike
    Did you get to meet Mel Blanc?

  120. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:31 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    It’s a Chris PodPerson-Cree this time, then?

  121. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:32 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I’ve listened to plenty of New Orleans Jazz in August heat. It sounds better when you’ve gone out in the morning and gotten your glasses all steamed up. :)

  122. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:32 pm
    katiebird said

    Hey Joe, I had a foster sister named Kathleen. I was called Cathy back then and so was she. Those were crazy days. Does that make us siblings too?

    Who knew this would turn into a family reunion?

  123. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:32 pm
    Joe said

    Liz, I think Mel worked for WB… if I’m not mistaken

  124. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:33 pm
    mike dunn said

    nope – but i did meet his son, and lots of folks doing the voice tracks…

    plus bill and joe were still around – very cool guys…

  125. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:34 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I think it’s a Chris Pod-Person, except the booger part sounds like Chris.

  126. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:34 pm
    Joe said

    katiebird, sis, yeah, I think it is a good get together. πŸ˜‰ Who knew?

  127. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:35 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    Huh, I didn’t know it was possible to OD on motivational tapes. Conant-Nightingale?

  128. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:35 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Sorry Ben, HI!!

  129. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:35 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Sorry if I’m too quiet .. i’ve been visiting katiebird’s site and big brother is on, and um, Rockstar is on next.. ugh

  130. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:36 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    No problem, Liz. Trying to catch up on cartoon talk.

    I love ’em all. Ok, maybe not all of them, but many of them. Of course Joe will ask, “which ones?” and I’ll say, “I can’t remember.” But it’s true, I dig cartoons!

  131. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:36 pm
    mike dunn said

    eureka’s on in our house hart…

  132. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:37 pm
    katiebird said

    Oh, and I left off the most important point — I’ve got a brother named Joe. Who’s about (my estimate of) your age.

  133. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:38 pm
    katiebird said

    HART, are you me?

  134. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:40 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    Eureka’s one of the shows that Rogers of Kung Fu monkey writes for – if you look for Kung Fu monkey in my teensy blogroll you can catch Rogers at work. Right now he’s discussing how he’s developed the scripts for his episodes – well, him and the rest of the writing staff, that is. It’s an interesting look backstage at an area of writing that’s very different from writing for the page…

  135. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:40 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    oh, we don’t get eureka, but seen the promo’s… how is that show Mike? that’s the one about the town of scientists or something?

  136. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:40 pm
    Chris Cree said


  137. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:43 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Ad Lib, Gorgeous and I are all about Eureka!
    We TIVO it so I can hang here and then watch it later in the week. I’ll be sure to look that blog up.

  138. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:43 pm
    Joe said

    katiebird, you are kidding, right? I won’t say how old I am, but HS 71, is a clue.

    @ Ben, WHICH ONES???

    @ mike, I have that on also, but I haven’t really been watching, I guess I’ll see it in re-runs, they seem to play them 3 times a day.

  139. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:43 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Katiebird.. no… i’m your long lost twin brother .. and we went to different schools together.

  140. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:45 pm
    Chris Cree said

    What is this? Pick on the new girl night?

    Liz did you invite Katiebird to take the pressure off you?

  141. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:45 pm
    candice said

    Liz, the music does suit the weather. (Though lately it’s been more normal-tropical than it has been in recent years. Lots of august rain.)

    And I am out to take the dog for a car-ride, now that the weather has cleared and it’s too late to go to audubon park.

    Take care y’all.

  142. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:45 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    Dang it Joe. I knew you’d ask me.

    Thundercats was cool.

    Transformers. X-men.

    Dragon Tales is hooking me with their 60s chill-out theme song.

    Smurfs in French. Which is Les Stroumphs (pronounced: ‘str-oom-fs’) — which sounds cool.

  143. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:46 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    Cool :) Generally he writes quite well – he’s even managed to survive writing the script for Catwoman. Well, the original script. What was filmed didn’t much resemble what Rogers turned in…

  144. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:47 pm
    mike dunn said

    i’ll checkout that eureka writer’s blog – thanks…

    i love the show – very fun out-there sort of stuff – plus my teenagers like it too and will watch it w/ me…

    that alone is worth it :)

  145. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:48 pm
    Chris Cree said

    I guess that might be one of the dangers of writing for hire. If the people who pay you don’t like it they may not use it!

  146. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:49 pm
    ME Strauss said

    See you later Candice!

  147. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:49 pm
    mike dunn said

    thundercats was very cool – i was @ hb when it was created…

  148. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:50 pm
    katiebird said

    Ah, Joe how about HS ’72 (me) my brother was a few years later so I was a little off.

    Well, HART — I got confused, maybe I shouldn’t identify so closely with TV shows and Internet sites!

    Wow — 3 new siblings in one night. It’s a good thing I have 7 brothers and sisters already. I’m used to a big crowd at the table!

  149. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:50 pm
    D.T. Kelly said

    I admit I didn’t like the pilot of Eureka. But it has started to grow on me, and is being TiVo-ed as I type this.

    The show has some interesting aspects.

  150. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:50 pm
    Joe said

    Chris, that’s one reason why I turned down a gig to write for someone elses Blog.
    I had no control of what would be seen at the end of the day.

  151. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:52 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Joe, I totally appreciate that. Something about blogging attracts us free spirits.


  152. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:54 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    It’s one of the perils of freelancing and ghostwriting – though at least when you’re ghost writng you’re not blamed for what turns up no matter what the customer did to your defenseless work….

  153. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:54 pm
    Joe said

    Sis, I mean katiebird, what are the plans for Labor Day? BBQ sounds good to me…

  154. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:56 pm
    mike dunn said

    tonights show is cute, w/ a msg – had us smiling

  155. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:57 pm
    Chris Cree said

    La-la-la-la…. I’m not listening to Mike! Don’t want to spoil what’s on TIVO. πŸ˜‰

  156. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:57 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey, Anyone say Hi!
    to DT?

    What are we a bunch of cretins??

  157. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:59 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Actually, Liz, my great-grandmother told me before she stepped into the ever-after that we were distantly related to a clan of CREEtins from the old country…

    Hey DT!

  158. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:59 pm
    Joe said

    Hey, DT,
    Chris said Hi in his own way, and everyone else was watching the end of Eureka

  159. August 22nd, 2006 at 8:59 pm
    mike dunn said

    hey – no spoilers, just cute and msg is all πŸ˜‰

  160. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:00 pm
    katiebird said

    Oh, Joe — your timing couldn’t be worse. I had BBQ yesterday and today and for a person struggling with obesity issues, that has to be it for the next year or so.

    Labor day is usually grilled burgers (no sauce) and Cole Slaw for us. Wanna come?

  161. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:01 pm
    Joe said

    Ok, what I want to know is WHAT DOES ECW ahve to do with Sci-Fi??????????????????

  162. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:01 pm
    mike dunn said

    ‘night all – need to get my youngest to bed, he has football practice first thing in the a.m.

  163. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:01 pm
    katiebird said

    DT? I must have been watching the VETO competition on Big Brother (priorities must be observed, even on Open Mike night)

  164. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:02 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said


    I must have missed something, I’m exhausted.

    Hi DT!

    Who is DT?

    I’m not even watching Tv…

  165. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:03 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    Ooops, hi, DT! If you’re worried about spilers by the way, don’t read Rogers’ before you’ve seen the episode. I think tonight’s one is one of his, you see.

  166. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:03 pm
    Chris Cree said

    You know, Joe. I seem to pretty much do most things my own way. 😎

    You still curious about my new blog?

  167. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:04 pm
    mike dunn said

    hahahah – my son and i just said the same exact thing joe, we don’t get it either…

  168. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:04 pm
    ME Strauss said

    DT. forgive us.
    It happens when the conversation gets rolling, Jump back in and well keep you in here.

  169. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:05 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    Chris has a new blog?!?!

    Wow, I’m totally lost.

  170. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:05 pm
    katiebird said

    Hey DT — I’ve got an extra drink if you’d like a cold one!

  171. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:05 pm
    Joe said

    Sis (aka katiebird), If something is cooked on a grill, it needent be overly unfriendly.

    If it’s grilled right, (I have grilled corn on the cob) it is not really a problem, it’s what is added after that, that is not good for you.

  172. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:08 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Ben, don’t feel bad. You didn’t miss anything. He’s been keeping it a secret.

  173. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:09 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    Nah, BBQ is pretty healthy for you as long you lay off the BBQ sauce and the beer – barbequing keeps the food lean, yeh?

    Besides, barbequed corn on the cob is delicious…

  174. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:09 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    Bah! Don’t keep secrets! Tell us! Tell me!

    Does Basil know? Ggrrr…

    And that Google sitemaps plugin for WordPress is cool.

  175. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:11 pm
    Joe said

    Chris, YES!!!
    @ Ben, Chris mentioned it the other day on his personal blog.
    @ Mike, yeah, I never figured that out, let me know if you do.

  176. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:11 pm
    katiebird said

    Joey (I’ve had one too many “cold ones”) — I guess after living in Kansas City for a million years, I think of BBQ as big fat greasy (juicy) slabs from a professional and everyone has their favorites….

    Grilling at home is something completely different. And much safer. In fact, we do it every Sunday night 3 seasons of the year. And one year (when we couldn’t afford to fix the the oven) we grilled every night. We made pizza, bread — anything you’d do in an oven, we made on the grill.

    Yikes, I think something’s gone to my head. I didn’t mean to babble on so long.

  177. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:13 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    Ok now I’m starving. All this BBQ talk.

    Katie — I like your blog btw. Looks great. Tasty too.

    But eating before bed is BAD. Still…my wife is upstairs busy, no one’s looking except the cat.

    (chomp chomp chomp)

  178. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:14 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Joe, What is ECW? I’ve been watching Eureka and I’m not sure what you’re talking about.

  179. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:14 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    Hey, long is good – and how does barbequing pizza work? Do you have a recipe?

  180. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:16 pm
    Joe said

    I changed the channel to Spike. One of the Bond, James Bond movies is on. It doesn’t really matter which one, I’ve seen them all.

    Never mind, it’s DR NO, that is one of the Best with Sean Connery

  181. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:17 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    Ok folks. I’d love to stay up, and I feel like I haven’t contributed a darn thing tonight – except the Stroumphs bit which many some people didn’t know.

    Nevertheless, I’m beat. My eyelids are closing and I’ve got BBQ on the brain. Literally. My wife just smacked me with a piece of BBQ pork I was trying to eat. She got down those stairs FAST when she heard the fridge open. So I need to fix up my head, try and sneak a bite to eat and crash.

    Next week I hope to be in better form! Night!

  182. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:18 pm
    katiebird said

    AL — I’m not the cook, but I think what we did was cook the crust for a little while first, then add the toppings and let it cook a while longer on a low, low fire. But, I’ll have to ask mister when he gets back.

    It was about 12 years ago and while it was fun to figure that stuff out (we did a corn suffle (sp) also) we never did it again once we had the oven back.

  183. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:21 pm
    Joe said

    Chris, ECW is some type of Wrestling thing that they have on Sci-Fi and I can’t figure out why.

    Maybe it’s just because I have a remote and change the channel as soon as it comes on, but I don’t think it really fits in the genre.

    BTW, You still haven’t said anything about your new Blog, Buddy.

  184. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:22 pm
    Joe said

    BTW katiebird, you must be family, they are the only ones who get away with calling me Joey. πŸ˜‰

  185. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:23 pm
    ME Strauss said

    good night, Ben,
    This being without DSL really stinks.
    I’m spending my night watching your comments refresh. :)

  186. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:23 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Wrastling!? Oh, how I love TIVO. With all the Sci-fi we watch I hadn’t even noticed.

    The new blog, you say?

  187. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:24 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Liz, I’ve been out o’ the loop. I didn’t realize you were having computer issues. I’m sorry! πŸ˜₯

  188. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:25 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    Well, it sounds like an interesting way of doing it – a lot of restaurants around here do the whole stone oven thing which is mostly a gimmic because the physics of cooking doesn’t change that much even if your oven is wood-fired… but a barbeque is different.

    And Ben? Learn to duck!

  189. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:26 pm
    ME Strauss said

    New blog, Chris’s underwear, nice to Joe, no Jack, booger.

    Where is the pod . . . where is the pod?

  190. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:27 pm
    Chris Cree said

    As far as the new blog goes, I’ve been re-writing my intro post while we were gabbing here. I was in a bit of a hurry to get it out before I went down to Jacksonville for work this morning. I didn’t want to take the time to set up my Performancing with the new blog. So I wrote the post live on line.

    Then just as I hit “Save as Draft” my server crashed. Lost the whole thing!

  191. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:27 pm
    Joe said

    Liz, I’ll send you an article I saw today about Verizon raising rates just as the Fed subsidy is about to end.
    @ Chris, You brought it up, now you have to at least give us an Idea of what it’s about.

  192. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:28 pm
    katiebird said

    This evening has been so fun. I hate having to leave. But I’ve GOT to go to sleep.

    Goodnight Liz, this was wonderful. My new siblings, Joe, Chris and HART — it was wonderful to find you!

    Advice Librarian, we never had a chance to ‘talk library’ — but I’ve worked in libraries since the 70’s in about every department there is (while never getting my MLS.) Maybe next time?

    Everyone else (and I know I missed dozens) I hope to get to know you better next week.

    And thanks for all the lovely things you’ve said about my blog. XXOO Good night!

  193. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:30 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Good night, Katie,
    Sleep well. thanks for coming. Glad you enjoyed it. We enjoyed having you here.

  194. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:31 pm
    Joe said

    Nite Sis

  195. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:32 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Liz, I’m definately sleep deprived enough to be Chris. There’s no pod (not even an iPod!)

    I’ll do you one better, Joe. The new blog is going to explore success and all that is wrapped up in it. You can check it out at

    It needs a lot of work. But I’m not waiting ’till I get it all worked out this time. Truly a work in progress.

  196. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:33 pm
    ME Strauss said

    That server crash thing, Chris . . . isn’t that how it always happens. Right when you do things in a hurry and want to get out the door?

  197. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:35 pm
    Chris Cree said

    So true, Liz.

    The good news is that it gives me good fodder for tomorrow’s post! πŸ˜†

  198. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:37 pm
    ME Strauss said

    It’s VERY elegant Chris and what a great first post! How does gorgeous feel about blog # 2?

    How does blog 1 feel about it? Is there a blogling rivalry?

  199. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:39 pm
    Chris Cree said

    No blog rivalry. I think it helped keep feeling from getting hurt that the new guy put up a feed blaring what the old hand is up to!

    Gorgeous is with me on this. But I have strict time allotments for blogging. To keep the addiction in check, you understand.

  200. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:40 pm
    Joe said

    Chris, as long as you don’t change you address, I have it in my Favorites already.

    It looks like you have a real good idea of what you want to do, so just keep taking “one step after the other” and you will have something you will be proud of.

  201. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:42 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    Ooh, Katie’s a real librarian? I’m just a hangaround – ever since I was a kid and won the “most active borrower” award by beating everyone else by two orders of magnitude in the numbers of books I borrowed…

  202. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:44 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Thanks, guys! I’m confident that this one will become my primary focus eventually. CREEations was always intended to be more for me than for the reader.

    This way I’ll be able to do that even more so without being so obsessed about how many page views I’m getting.

  203. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:45 pm
    ME Strauss said

    You’re a real librarian to us.

  204. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:46 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Ad Lib, what you lack in paid profession you more than make up with your overflowing resource knowledge. You truly have a trivial mind! πŸ˜‰

  205. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:48 pm
    Trisha said

    I can’t believe I’ve been missing cartoon characters! I love cartoons!

  206. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:48 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Hey Trisha! How’s life out west?

  207. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:52 pm
    Trisha said

    I’m fine Chris – thanks for asking!

    Is Joe still here? I believe you mentioned Popeye earlier – the town I’m from is the ‘home of Popeye’, the guy who created him was from there.

  208. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:52 pm
    Trisha said

    Any adult swim watchers here? I love venture brothers!

  209. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:53 pm
    Joe said

    I figured it out… The time warp works on the transition from one 25 count to the next.

    If you don’t flip the page you just keep seeing the same thing over and over again.

    I knew if I kept looking for an answer, it would finally come to me. :-)

    Hi Trisha, sorry, didn’t want to forget to say Hi, Liz gets upset if we forget to welcome people into the conversation.

  210. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:53 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Trisha!!
    I’m a little slow tonight, but I’m here!

  211. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:54 pm
    Chris Cree said

    So Popeye the Sailor was from no where near the sea? Who’da thunk it?!

  212. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:54 pm
    Trisha said

    Hello Joe!

    Hello Liz!

  213. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:55 pm
    Trisha said

    Nope, he was from near the Mississippi river

  214. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:56 pm
    Trisha said

    Three of the characters were named after people from the town, Popeye, Olive Oyl and Wimpy.

  215. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:56 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    Hehe, it could be worse – he could be a sailor in the Swiss Navy πŸ˜›

  216. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:56 pm
    Joe said

    Trisha, Venture Bros is pretty good, but my favorite is not really a cartoon (Robot Chichen).

  217. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:57 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    I’m fond of the old Spiderman cartoons….

  218. August 22nd, 2006 at 9:58 pm
    Trisha said
  219. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:00 pm
    Trisha said

    My husband likes robot chicken a lot too. I like aqua teen too, I just wish they had new ones though.

  220. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:00 pm
    Joe said

    Ok, another question…
    Why do the old cartoon male characters have no pants and the female have no tops?

  221. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:02 pm
    Trisha said

    Joe, you mean mickey mouse, with no pants?

  222. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:03 pm
    Chris Cree said

    My folks discouraged me from TV viewing in general, cartoons in particular. “Go outside” was our family mantra.

    I feel like I’m missing out on most of this conversation. :(

  223. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:03 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Yeah, Minnie wears a dress.

  224. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:04 pm
    Trisha said

    Well, too much TV isn’t good.

  225. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:05 pm
    Joe said

    I think in those days they called him Steam Boat Willie.
    And Minni without a top, only the skirt.
    Even the pic Liz has of Porky, has no pants.
    Fred has a dress and poor Snoopy only has a hat.

  226. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:05 pm
    ME Strauss said

    That’s right. Too much TV takes away from blogging, :)

  227. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:07 pm
    Trisha said

    yeah, I still have to watch the House from tonight, I taped it earlier. House is kind of like a cartoon character.

  228. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:08 pm
    Joe said

    I beg to differ, I have two hands, one for typing slowly and the other for the remote. 😎

  229. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:08 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    It’s because pants are really, really, hard to draw and worse to animate – and the techniques used in early animation didn’t lend themselves very well to spending the time needed to do it right, I think.

  230. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:08 pm
    Trisha said

    I wish I had a TV and internet connection near each other.

  231. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:11 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Your knowledge and your critical problem solving skills always amaze me — how quickly you come to the answer.

  232. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:12 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    I don’t have that problem – I put my TV in storage a couple years ago and I don’t miss it at all.

    Boxed sets of seasons of the few good shows made are a lot more effective than wasting time trying to find something good in the wasteland of TV…

    By the way – my “Firefly” boxed set is far too small on accounf of Fox killing off their good show.

  233. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:13 pm
    Joe said

    Liz, are you still with us?
    I know how long it takes to refresh the comments, but it has to be really bad on dial-up.
    Sorry it had to happen now, but we are still talking thanks to the way you set the open mic up.

  234. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:13 pm
    Trisha said

    I try not to watch too much, but there are a few shows I really like.

  235. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:15 pm
    Chris Cree said

    You can’t take the sky from me…

  236. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:17 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Malcolm Reynolds is one of my heroes, Ad Lib.

  237. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:19 pm
    Chris Cree said

    I just pushed my contact off my eye. I think that is my signal that it is time for me to retire for the evening.

    Thanks all for your encouragement and all on the new blog. See you next week.


  238. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:19 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    Browncoats forever :)

    “I aim to misbehave, ma’am” :)

  239. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:21 pm
    Trisha said

    Good night Chris!

  240. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:24 pm
    Joe said

    From Yabba-Dabba Doo
    to That’s All Folks
    It’s time to say good night
    and that’s No Joke.

    When Chris starts an new Blog
    and AdLib quotes the Hog
    it’s time to say again
    That Rooster is No Hen.

    So when the Robot Chicken says
    “in heaven there is no pez”
    The only thing left to say
    “That’s All Folks” Good day.

    Berma Shave

    Nite Liz
    Nite All

  241. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:26 pm
    Trisha said

    good night Joe

  242. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:28 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    ‘Nite, gang – well, I ain’t going to bed, I’m just going into the kitchen to put on another pot of coffee.

    Though if y’all are knocking off for the night, I think I’ll go back to beating the tar out of my opposition in Civilization :)

  243. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:31 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Good night, Chris
    Good night Joe
    See you, Ad Lib

    Sorry I was so slow with my dial up.

    Guess you’re going to go now too Trisha?

  244. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:39 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    Hey, did I say I was leaving? I was just out in the kitchen getting more coffee :)

    My brother says I should cut down, but I’ve already cut down from three to two litres a day, and I’m not willing to go below that line. My 16-cups-a-day caffeine habit is what keeps me going :)

  245. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:41 pm
    ME Strauss said

    So sorry, I thought you were off to redesign Civilization. . . . I’ve finally got my DSL back!

  246. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:53 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    Whee, Liz in da House :)

    I’m in the middle of invading the Aztec territory after Ghandi asked me for help against the invasion of his lands… and then I’m going overseas to show Tokugawa how much I disapprove of people attacking me πŸ˜›

  247. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:53 pm
    candice said

    Ad lib, dear something. I thought I was bad with the diet coke habit. (It stands at three or four cans a day. And maybe a 20-oz.)

    (I have broken the coffee-in-morning addiction, I enjoy coffee now more, usually just in the evenings.)

    And yay DSL!

    (And I am back out and to the coffeehouse down the street to work in different surroundings. And play with brand new shiny ipod!)

  248. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:56 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I think a coffeehouse sounds like such a nice diversion riight about now. In my own mind I’m right with you. (I love that Lyle Lovett song “In My Own Mind.)

  249. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:57 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    Oooh, shiny!

    I’m simply not functional without coffee – when the blood level in my caffeine stream gets dangerously high, I start making stupid mistakes.

  250. August 22nd, 2006 at 10:58 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I agree. I disapprove of people attacking you also. Go let them know that it’s not a good idea.

  251. August 22nd, 2006 at 11:00 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    Well, you can always do like me and make your own lattes and frappuchinos:)

    My favourite cofee drink is still the “red-eye special”, though. You know, a regular large latte with a double shot of espressso in it…

  252. August 22nd, 2006 at 11:03 pm
    candice said

    There’s only like, four of them 24-hour anymore around here. I’m lucky enough to have one of them about five blocks away.

    (Much shiny. Adorable shiny teeny black nano. The death knell of my resistance to apple things came with the black ipod.)

    I’m not functional without caffeine, but I did cut back a lot a few years ago. I still get headaches if I don’t have any of it.

  253. August 22nd, 2006 at 11:03 pm
    ME Strauss said

    That “red-eye special” sounds delicious. I think it would keep me up for days though. I only weigh 120 or so pounds. My metabolism couldn’t handle that much espresso in one cup. :)

  254. August 22nd, 2006 at 11:08 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    Tech toys are always shiny, even when they’re not actually physically shining.

    As an almost complete nonsequiteur – last time I borrowed my “nephew”, we built an X-wing out of Lego and much fun was had by all. (His parents call that babysitting, but I’m more inclined to think of it as a playdate between the big kid and the smaller one…)

  255. August 22nd, 2006 at 11:11 pm
    ME Strauss said

    It’s no wonder we all get along. Not a one of us every grew up!

  256. August 22nd, 2006 at 11:28 pm
    Trisha said

    sorry – I went and watched the House I taped

  257. August 22nd, 2006 at 11:29 pm
    Trisha said

    now its time for bed! See you next week!

  258. August 22nd, 2006 at 11:30 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Good night, Trisha.
    Sleep well. Thanks for coming to spend the evening with us.

  259. August 22nd, 2006 at 11:33 pm
    Advice Librarian said

    Good night, Trisha!

    Looks like the party’s winding down, so I’m off to finish my invasion… see you all next week :)

  260. August 22nd, 2006 at 11:54 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I can’t do any more AdLib. I’m crashing like a plane on fire. I’ll catch you on the other side of this post. :)

    Sweet dreams when the espresso wears off. :)

  261. August 23rd, 2006 at 1:26 am
    webduck said

    I am a little off-beat in my cartoon favs.

    1) I really liked Mr. Peabody on the Bullwinkle show.

    2) The Martian cracked me up.

    3) Loved Tom and Jerry too, Joe.

    4) Popeye (along with Peepeye, and and Poopye, can’t remember the third one)

    5) Scooby do

  262. August 23rd, 2006 at 1:33 am
    Samuel John Klein said

    Back in message 36, Joe in his first book wrote about wrote about, Joe in his first book wrote about thus:

    Anime reminds me too much of Speed Racer and Johnny Quest when they first came out, (nothing moved but the mouth).

    Actually if you want really really bargain-basement ‘animation’ you want this bizarre thing called “Syncro-Vox”. This technique took still mattes and overlaid actual, moving actors mouths where the cartoon character’s mouths were. This resolved the problem of crafting animated mouths to move with the voices, cutting expenses greatly. Johnny Quest and Speed Racer were amazingly lifelike in comparison.

    The closest modern analog would be those ‘moving mouth’ jokes Conan O’Brien does, but where that’s funny, Syncro-Vox is kinda creepy.

    Go Google “Clutch Cargo”, which was an adventure serial that ran around 1959-1960. Wikipedia also has an artcile on Syncro-Vox, and links to Clutch and a couple of other series that used it.

  263. August 23rd, 2006 at 2:02 am
    Samuel John Klein said

    As long as we’re all putting in our favorites, one suddenly springs to mind. It maybe only ran a season or two and it was in the mid-70s, and it was called “The Adventures of Waldo Kitty”, and it combined two of my favorite things; animation and…well, kitties.

    The format was pretty simple really; live action kitties with voices over that you were supposed to believe that the kitties in the film are saying to themselves and each other. There was Waldo, who was a black-and-white mediumhair who was kind of timid but had a wonderful fantasy life (like Walter Mitty, of course), a Persian who was Waldo’s putative girlfriend (it’s always a Persian, you know), and a big brute of a snub-nosed bull terrier who was always pushing poor Waldo around.

    They’d have a situation where Waldo had a a problem, then the live action would dissolve to a cartoon where Waldo would play a heroic persona-anything from a kitty pirate to a kitty Captain Kirk-then he’d get clever, inspired by his inner adventure, and beat the bully and win the girl.

    Real sweet stuff. Brings a tear to my eye right now just thinking of it.

  264. August 23rd, 2006 at 5:53 am
    ME Strauss said

    I love everyone of the characters that you name!! I forgot about all of the little Popeyes. :()

  265. August 23rd, 2006 at 5:58 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Samuel John!
    I bet Joe remembers Clutch Cargo! I know that I sure do. In Chicagoland, he was part of the Garfield Goose show. We got to see him every afternoon.

    Personally, even as a kid, I didn’t get what the appeal was. The stories were boring to me and the mouth was too distracting to pay attention to anything else that was going on.

  266. August 23rd, 2006 at 6:03 am
    ME Strauss said

    Waldo Kitty! Samuel John!
    That just reminded me of . . .

    MIghty Mouse!!!

    But still the cartoon that comes to mind first when people mention cartoons is this. Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam are in the Old West. They meet in the aisle of a moving train.

    Yosimite Sam puts his hands at ready near his guns and says to Bugs, “Draw!”

    Bugs pulls a pad of paper out of nowhere and draw a picture of a gun.


  267. August 23rd, 2006 at 7:24 am
    MamaDuck said

    LOL you all are too funny! Sorry, we are still sick so I went to bed last night rather than jump on over here – I did think about you and hope to be around next Tuesday night ;).

  268. August 23rd, 2006 at 7:26 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi MamaDuck,
    Sorry to hear that you’re household wasn’t feeling good. Hopefully that will not be the case today. Get better. I’ll be sending you good thoughts.

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