Saturday, December 15, 2012

f|break: THANKS @marcmaron

for my #boomerlives women's XL brown t-shirt. and i REALLY mean THANKS!!! your offering a women's XL did not result in my grumbling about purchasing a men's sized t-shirt that would fit meh.

boomer on my chest ... i proudly wore my BOOMER LIVES! t-shirt to cubeopolis (work) on casual friday. (... with boomer story shared here, herehere, and here about the t-shirt)

boomer on my boobs ... one thing that was quite obvious was that boomer's ears lay atop my boobs. while it might have been somewhat entertaining to make his ears wiggle for friends and strangers throughout the day, i opted to forego that exercise (for the most part). meanwhile ...

boomer on our minds ... it turns out that one thing was NOT QUITE as obvious and discovered sometime just before lunch. rather than describe it, enjoy(? ... with some muffin-top) ...

enjoy a quick morning fiber break with boomer (over here) for ~ 20 seconds

boomer haz a sad
boomer has a cheezburger
(l-o-l)
awake boomer
sleepy boomer
boomer we miss you
we haz a sad




Friday, December 14, 2012

#improv this sunday


@MadeUpTheatre this SUNDAY, 12/16 at 8 pm in fremont.
  • where: made up theatre - 3392 seldon court, which is off of osgood road (near fry's).
  • when: sunday, december 16
    • door opens at 7:30 pm.
    • show begins at 8:00 pm (pretty promptly)
    • the show will run for ~75-90 minutes
  • how much: $5 per person (cash or credit card) - great deal! and light snacks also available.

more short form fun ... and here's the scoop. having been taking short form classes with made up theatre (on web, facebook, yelp, foursquare, youtube), we played and/or learned many games during our previous october show, our september show, and our july show


this sunday's improv games ... we have quite a fun collection among guessing, scene, and speed games!
WHAT?! there is more? ... 
  • Chain Murder 
  • Day in the Life 
  • Scantron 
  • Animatronic Jam
  • Dirty Hand Randy
  • Ending Games (possibilities include - I Kissed A, 185, Famous Last Words) 

HUH? you don't know them games? ... we do, so come out, yell out suggestions to inspire us, and let's have fun!


see you THIS sunday (12/16) at 8 pm
REMINDER ...


  • where: made up theatre - 3392 seldon court, which is off of osgood road (near fry's).
  • when: door opens at 7:30 pm - - show begins at 8:00 pm (until ~ 9 pm)
  • how much: $5 per person (cash or credit card)



Monday, November 12, 2012

#improv with @endgames_improv

on the other side ... of the bay area over here.

with fancy ladies,
two man Harold team,
aka guillermo martinez (L) and james folta (R)
(taken the week of james's NYC journey  ... 
tear)
thanks guillermo and james ... for seven saturday afternoons throughout september and october (or six ... i missed a class, but y'get the point), i drove into SF, parked at dogpatch (occasionally had ice cream at mr. and mrs. miscellaneous), 22-muni'd to the mission, had more and new improv stuff introduced through my earholes and grey matter, hung out here/there with fellow classmates over drinks, and then 22-muni'd back to dogpatch, etc... . at the end of october, i finished up with improv i (essentials of play) from endgames improv.

straddling the bay ... i continue to love hanging with the made up theatre (MUT) "hotties" (wink-wink) and other MUTrs. MUT's location is quite convenient and neary my nutkin abode - located nearby in the east bay in fremont. toward the end of summer, i learned i didn't make MUT's first performance group. with MUT's suggestions of continuing to -
"keep up with improv, take classes (even outside of MUT), see shows ..." 
- i continued with other MUT classes and took their advice. i checked out shows, looked to see what improv classes were offered throughout the bay area, found a saturday class, and decided to venture to SF's mission district on saturdays. for three hours each saturday, i gots me more improv fodder from guillermo and james, and i played with a bunch of new people (although steph is missing in the pic).

vampire pony express (VPEdebuts ... our improv grad show, which was originally scheduled in late october at stage werx, had to be rescheduled. as a result, yesterday evening, sunday, november 11 at 6:00 pm, was our rescheduled AND relocated show at the alcove theater near union square.
BEFORE
50% of VPE ... unfortunately, of the 16 of us from the endgames improv i, fall 2012 (saturday) class, not all of our fellow improvisers (and an instructor) were able to join for the performance. we certainly missed their energy, spontaneity, and bold choices!

AFTER
(and introducing half of the ... Vampire Pony Express
)

thanks to family and friends
who came to witness 
the "mourning" of peggy with and by 
vampire pony express


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

50 by 50 = math meets #fluevog


thanks @Fluevog ... for continuing to feed my eyeballs with shoe love that translates to happy feet and then some.

back in october 2010, after purchasing my first two pairs in late 2008, i took my first inventory of Fluevogs - thirteen pairs of Fluevog shoes and your fabulous weekend bag - and i was not quite sure how far my love would travel.

thirty-four (or thirty-seven, depending on how one counts) ... as the "Madam" of MotleyFlue with For the Love of Vogs, this nutkin shall cross the half-century mark and wonders whether 50 by 50? countdown to halloween 2013 shall become a reality. given the support of the MotleyFlue and others, it is likely that 50 by 50 is a possibility, and then again ...

it's all about the journey, 
a few steps at a time

(with a Fluegasm here and there, of course)


Thursday, October 25, 2012

thanks @endgames_improv

for #improv fun ... with fancy ladies instructors james folta and guillermo martinez. saturday afternoons have been fun!

show time ... our endgames improv I, fall 2012 saturday class is looking forward to our grad show -
  • where: Stage Werx, Upstairs (in SF)
    446 Valencia Street
    between 15th and 16th
    BART and MUNI nearby
  • when: Monday evening, October 29
  • show time:  7:30-8:30
endgames improv ... they have classes and shows, so check 'em out.

meanwhile ... 
hope to see you monday night!


bold choices and committing!

 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

oh my #fluevog love

thanks to joanne
who started something special for the Fluevog IV.

we are celebrating our Fluevog love as 
the MotleyFlue at 
For the Love of Vogs
it all began in May 2011 on Haight Street
L-R: Dorothy, Gladys, Joanne, Shirley

here's my "about" bio ...

Name: Shirley R

Moniker: The Cubevologist

Flue-sona: "The Madam"

Shirley proudly admits to being rightfully blamed by Joanne for bringing Fluevogs into our closets, hallways, and shoe racks. Shirley has recruited those who have found another way of life for their feet. As the oldest (and therefore "The Madam") of the MotleyFlue, she will hit the half-century mark in 2013. Who knows? Will she celebrate her 50th birthday with a 50th pair of Fluevogs? If so, she'll be picking up the pace, given she tallied up 23 pairs when she turned 48 yrs old. While the MotleyFlue's beginnings may be attributed to Shirley, in late 2008 her friend Kate served as her guide  to the Haight Street store; Kate kindly entertained hastily heading to the Haight after a day in cubeopolis. Shirley's virgin voyage was celebrated with a pair of Fellowship | Kathy and with a pair of Operetta | Malibran the very next day. She would later learn about the phenomenon the MotleyFlue have coined as Fluegasm. And she has not looked back!

Meanwhile, as "The Madam" of the MotleyFlue, Shirley also calls herself the "Anthrocubeologist" - passionate about discovering how peer-to-peer interactions can affect workspace cultural shifts (and vice versa). Sure she holds a degree in chemical engineering, but who says the left brain can't meet the right brain?! As a workspace explorer, storyteller, catalyst, improv performer, randomness connector, and servant leader, Shirley often wonders - can the workspace become a playspace simply one Fluevog pair at a time? Join her as the cubevologist, smiling at her Fluevog-donned feet while making others smile.

On style: "Born among the tail end of the Baby Boomers and beginning of Gen X, and working among Gen Y Millenials and Gen Z Digital Natives,  my style is as varied as the generations - choosing from what's comfortable and timeless. I keep my dry cleaning bill to a minimum. Iron clothes? Meh. Steam clothes? Here and there. Wearable off the clothesline or out of the dryer? Preferred. And while I grew up with Glamour's Do's and Don'ts, am a believer in Tim Gunn's 10 Essentials, and get excited when Stacy and Clinton of What Not To Wear have tips for the curvy and petite, none of these have taught me what my MotleyFlue have - enjoy dressing from your Fluevogs up, treat yourself to fun pairs of socks and tights, and remember your feet deserve style, as well."

What I look for in a Fluevog: "It's all about the Fluegasm. Four characteristics intersect to create that special moment when I know a pair(s) of Fluevogs will come home with me - (1) my Greek feet are nicely accommodated, (2) Percy Jr. (a bunion on my left foot) is not cranky, (3) the shoes/boots add more color and texture for my feet-wearing options, and (4) when I look down at my Fluevog-wearing-feet, I am always in a better mood. Comfort, happiness, and a little biofeedback kickstart are what Fluevogs offer me.  Admittedly, I own shoes and boots from other designers that also offer comfort and happiness; however, it is far and few between that they are mood changers.  Simply put, everyone deserves a Fluegasm."


Monday, October 15, 2012

thanks @madeuptheatre


for #improv fun ... our group had our second show (sunday, 10/14) for this round of the advanced short form class.
  • back row - andrew
  • middle row - nick, tanu, shirlnutkin, jessica
  • front row - kyle, karin, jenn, jacob
  • not pictured - dan, patrick

oopsie! took pictures too late after the show so two of our players are missing. also, i missed buddy MUTr kate who wasn't able to make out, but BIG HUGS to her. this is the first time she and i have not been in a show together since starting out at MUT.



thanks for coming out ... was great to see first-timers julie (from endgames) and jasmine come out to MUT, and it's always a treat to see gadgetman joel.

the games we played ...
as shared over here in much more detail, we played the following games and had the following fun, as much as i can still remember ...






  • my movie, my movie ... titles of movies created based on audience suggestions, with a scene based on the selected movie synopsis - including a scene built on the suggestion canada and and on the suggestion quinoa (and i'm thinking there was another one, also)
  • i can do better ... with a scene that began with the audience suggestion of running
  • oscar winning moment ... fabulous scenes that are a must see for each player's oscar winning scenes!
  • blitzkrieg ... with 7 (seven) things including - pulp fiction, friends, super mario brothers, cain & able, green eggs and ham, psycho, and the big bang theory (got 3 out of 7- oh well, it was all about the fun!)
  • four square ... with audience suggestions that included cafe, bathroom, space station, and gym (oh, what a bathroom!)
  • stage directions ... quite fun suggestions including - entering with a cartwheel, karate chop, and speaking in an eastern block country accent
  • tag team tale ... who would have thought a story would emerge about a hunter with a change of heart toward wallabees, a little cave searching, and a witch that cast a special spell
  • string of pearls ... scenes created that involved a nascent building and godzilla and another scene that involved a car that burped
  • animatronic jamboree ... simply put, the matrix was the suggestion (ya had to be there to see the mr. smiths and the matrix/computer screen - priceless) 
  • ending games ... rounded out the evening with back in my day and no you didn't.
once again,
thanks MUT for keeping up the fun!

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

short form #improv show

a little lovin' from performers and guests
after sept 9 MUT short form improv show
yes, again! ... TOMORROW, october 14 at 8 pm in fremont.
  • where: made up theatre - 3392 seldon court, which is off of osgood road (near fry's).
  • when: sunday, october 14
    • door opens at 7:30 pm.
    • show begins at 8:00 pm
      (pretty promptly) 
    • the show will run for ~60 minutes
  • how much: $5 per person (cash or credit card) - great deal!

since our july 29 and september 9 shows, we have been learning and playing more short form improv - games, punny and clever stuff, exercises, and just plain quick fun. take a sunday evening break before your work week begins on monday - - - bring your suggestions and have some fun!

sunday night short form ... while there are many short form games we have learned (check out this MEATY LIST back in july), we've continued to learn many more. with a ~ 60 min. show, there's a couple handful of games the eleven (11) of us will be performing.


 SEAN
"SCIBIDA-BAH"
show host!
who's performing which games? ... we have been told this much - there will be at least 10 games and a certain amount of people will play in a given game. a quote from sean (our instructor and show's host) - 
"i will announce the performers on the fly,  so be ready for all of the games."
- so for a refresher for fellow performers, here are the games and the number of players for each.

for guests of the show - feel free to skip the description and just come an enjoy! or maybe you want a sneak peek description-ish ...

MY MOVIE, MY MOVIE (5) - scene game ... players on stage are each chosen by the "producer" to make up a movie title based on an audience suggestion. the goal is for the player to boldly and enticingly state his/her movie, so that it is chosen by the producer. the producer points to one widening the space between his hands which gives that person the go ahead to give a short synopsis of the film. if it sounds like a movie the audience wouldn't want to miss, the producer says, "play it" and the people on stage begin to act it out.

I CAN DO BETTER! (6) - scene game ... two people on stage do a scene, while other players offstage are looking for things in the scene that they can say "I Can Do Better!" The host will say a player's name, and the player will say "I can *VERB* better than *PERFORMER*." The host will either say yes or no. If yes, then the player taps out the performer being replaced and takes on his/her character, then does the *i can do better* action.

OSCAR WINNING MOMENT (4) - scene game ... hbased on an audience suggested title for a movie that has never been made, the players act out the scened. during the scene, the "director" calls out a player's name - a player who is bound to win an Oscar for his/her performance in the scene. when selected by the director, the player continues to perform in that scene (with the others) - it's not intended to be a solo performance; it's an opportunity for the player to bring his/her "A game" on - for the Oscar! the director could call on each of the players for different a Oscar.

BLITZKRIEG (4) - guessing game ... similar to 5 things, but this time, movies, tv shows, video games, biblical tales, books, etc. are received. the clue-givers try to put the guesser in these things using gibberish and pantomime, until the guesser figures it out and guesses.
    (what's 5 THINGS? guessing game ... one person leaves the room. 5 activities are collected. each activity gets one or two changes, i.e., for baseball, the bat is a jigsaw puzzle and the ball is a chihuahua. the clue-givers use gibberish and pantomime to convey the clues. clue-givers must get the guesser to do the activity before they can do it.)

FOUR SQUARE (4) - scene game ... four players begin with each at the corners of the stage. suggestions for each of the 4 pair combinations are sought from the audience. two-player scenes are performed between the pair of players that is in the front of the stage. each combination of pairs does a short scene based on the suggested words. the host directs the players to rotate (left or right) and the pair at front stage performs their scene (with time having passed).

STAGE DIRECTIONS - scene game ... just like blind line, but actions are obtained, maybe a line of dialogue, too (lines of dialogue would be written like, SAY: "You're fired!") so you do WHAT is written rather than say it (unless it says so). this game is just like blind line; it's now a part of the scene (but it doesn't control the scene).
    (what's BLIND LINE? scene game ... lines of dialogue are collected and written on paper, while the performers are outside. the performers come back in and do a scene. every so often, a performer picks up a line of dialogue, reads it, and incorporates it into their scene.)

TAG TEAM TALE (6) - rotation and scene game ... beginning with 3 players in line (one behind the other) on the left of stage ("left team") and 3 players in line on the right of stage ("right team"), a story (tale) is created by an audience suggestion. the 1st person on left team begins to tell a story, while the 1st person on right team mimes the story in the middle of the 2 teams. when the 2nd person on the left team taps the 1st person who has started the story, the 2nd person takes the 1st person's place in line (the 1st person goes to the end of the left team line) and continues the story, while the right team person continues to mime. when the show host signals to 'switch', the left team assumes the role of the right team ... that is - a right team person continues to tell the story and a left team player continues to mime the story. and the fun is in the crazy story telling and switching!

STRING OF PEARLS (all) - scene game ... we'll be split up into two teams. one team will do the "string of pearls" narration, and the other will then act it out. then our host will switch our roles so each team gets to narrate and do a scene.  HOW will the "string of pearls" team start out? all will start off in the back. with an audience suggestion, one person walks at the front of stage and contributes a sentence about a story that eventually will be performed. another team member steps forward with another sentence - standing to the left or right of the first person. at the point, the two people say their sentence in the order of LEFT to RIGHT - as if left is near the beginning of the story and right is toward the end. a third person joins with a sentence to contribute to the story and can even wedge in between those already on the front of stage. EACH TIME a person delivers his/her line, all those in the front of stage say their lines in order of left to right. this continues until all team members are on stage, with a full story described. then the second team does a scene inspired by the "string of pearls."

ANIMATRONIC JAMBOREE (all) - guessing game ... think disneyland - it's a small world, pirates of the caribbean, etc. one person leaves the room, and a suggestion is given (e.g., movie, television show, etc.). each player assumes a position on stage that would make up the scene of that suggestions - a person or object. starting of "powered down" ("OFF" position), the guesser comes back into the theatre. the host "powers up" the players for a bit - moving in animatronic style - and then the host powers down the players. then the guesser is to guess the scene. if guessed correctly, one by one (or by two), the host powers up the players for the guesser to state what/who the player was in the scene until all players have been guessed.

ENDING GAMES (all) - speed game ... these are quick clever-line names that are based on an audience suggestion. we may do 1, we may do a few, ... we just don't know. it'll be a SURPRISE!
  • 185 ... with an audience suggestion, a player says "185 *BLANKS* walk into a bar, and the bartender says "We don't serve *BLANKS,* so the 185 *BLANKS* say PUNCHLINE."
  • NO YOU DIDN'T ... with an audience suggestion, a player says "i kissed a *BLANK*" and other performers chime in "OH NO YOU DIDN'T? and the player says "yeah, then PUNCHLINE." 
  • LAST ACTION JOKE ... with an audience suggestion, a player faces the audience, "kills" someone with the suggestion, and gives a cheesy action hero line. 
  • WORLD'S WORST ... with an audience suggestion, and you provide the world's worst example of that suggestion. 
  • HEY WAITER ... an audience member is seated onstage as a customer, and each player comes up to him/her. the audience member says, "Hey Waiter, there's a *BLANK* in my soup." You respond with a punchline.
  • MORNING COMMUTE ... with an audience suggestion, each player mimics driving a car and makes (yells, belt's out, ...) a "morning commuter" statement 
  • BACK IN MY DAY ... with an audience suggestion, a player says something similar to - "back in my day, we didn't have no *BLANKS*. if we wanted  *BLANKS*, we'd say PUNCHLINE."

ANY MORE? . . . not for sunday night's show. just for the record, in addition to the list over here and what has been shared above, we did learn a few others. YES! REALLY - 
    . halloween
    . fortune teller 
    . da do run run
    . debate
    . shakespeare switch
    . valley girl/shakespeare switch
and while couple of these were performed at our september 9 show, who knows what'll be next?!

see you sunday (tomorrow, 10/14) at 8 pm, perhaps.
REMINDER ...
  • where: made up theatre - 3392 seldon court, which is off of osgood road (near fry's).
  • when: door opens at 7:30 pm - - show begins at 8:00 pm (until ~ 9 pm)
  • how much: $5 per person (cash or credit card) 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

PR epi10 - nutkin'rs picks & scores

#ProjectRunway ... (SPOILER) here are episode 10 results - the chosen few picks, episode results, and scores heading into episode 11. recap links will be MAY BE are posted by those i mentioned in the first post over here. let's just get to the resulting scores ...

who retained all his original picks?
zoe's buddy garnering 2.5 points which he donated to himself - for 1st place.
without those points, 2nd place harold's girl would have been 1st.
who wants shiny penny to beat zoe's buddy?
5th place pho queen moved shiny penny into 3rd place by donating 2.5 points.
squirrel is in 4th getting ready for her strategery.


fashion week offerings ... once again, here are the designers' offerings compiled by tom and lorenzo's project runway recaps. those that have been AUF'd are ... well, in strikethrough. (avert your eyes)
Collections for: Sonjia | Ven 
Collections for: Fabio | Gunnar | Melissa

episode 10 - the  rockettes challenge ... designers were asked to design a rockette outfit (... remember the past seasons similar challenges - figure skating, something with prom dress, blah-blah?)
there were MANY special quotes ... but
6 designers remaining
50% of these peeps will NOT be in the final 3

the chosen few ... for epi9, here are each nutkin'rs' predictions, point system explained in this post over here, and the added scoring of
  • ADD 1 point for each correct top3 and for each correct bottom3; predict all 3 in a category, ADD 2 points.
  • SUBTRACT 0.50 point for each reverse top3 or bottom3 pick.
  • ADD 1.5 points if kept original season winner; ADD 1.0 points if kept original season final 3.
thank goodness this was ANOTHER  normal episode - with top3, bott3, and one AUF'd (and what an AUF it was). here are some highlights of picks -
  • shiny penny earned 5 points for top3 picks, received 2.5 points from pho queen, and had zero (0) negative points (!!!)
  • pho queen decided to give 2.5 points to shiny penny, just because.
  • zoe's buddy moved into first, mainly because of keeping his original picks, otherwise, without the 2.5 points, he would've been 1 point behind harold's girl
  • oh harold's girl, you have been on a steady course in 1st or 2nd place for most of this season - impressive.
  • squirrel is just glad she chose well for the episode's AUF'der.

standings after episode 10 ... the 1st place tie has been broken with harold's girl hopping over zoe's buddy, and pho queen holds down the fort with the other side of the anchor for 5th place. and once again, squirrel and shiny penny dance around 3rd and 4th, respectively. we have a 13 point spread.
  • zoe's buddy + 7.5 +2.5 - 0.5  = + 9.5 points for  1st place (last wk 2nd) with 58.25
  • harold's girl + 6 - 0.5 = + 5.5 points for 2nd place (last wk 1st) with 56.75 
  • shiny penny + 11.5 + 2.5  = + 14 points for 2rd place (last wk 4th) with 54.75
  • squirrel + 7 - 1 = + 6 points for 4th place (last wk 3rd) with 50.50
  • pho queen + 5 - 2.5 - 1 = + 1.5 points for 5th place (last wk 5th) with 39.75
tomorrow for epi11... i will survey out this evening. not sure how to approach scoring for top3 and bot3, thinking i should do something different.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

PR nutkin'rs - EPI 10 picks time!

Collections for: Sonjia | Ven 
Collections for: Fabio | Gunnar | Melissa
Collections for: Christopher, Dmitry, Elena
nutkin'rs ... apologies for being late.

show time ... today's the day for project runway's season 10, episode 10.

honor system ... unlike past episodes when you've submitted your predictions before showtime (in your time zone), you are on the HONOR system for submitting your predictions anytime before sunday evening (09/23). however, please do so sooner than later, so i can post the results (as soon as all predictions are in).



good luck,
and let's hope fugly
is under control!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

dear #gamification12

THAT(!) will never happen again. yeah, THAT! my wondering whether i submitted my written assignment a hair early or a hair late.

and in fact, i missed my 7:30 pm advanced short form improv class this evening mainly because i VERY NAIVELY believed (at 2:00 pm) that i would cobble together within 4-hours a responsive 500 words (maximum) for the second written assignment of coursera's gamification course. not so much. i had more than enough words, and it was the trimming down that got me flustered beginning at ~ 8:52 PM. (i haz a sad.) and in fact, as part of the process for submitting the assignment, there is a clear reminder on the course website-
"If you do not submit your work before the deadline, you will not be allowed to evaluate the work of your peers and your own work will not be evaluated. Don't wait until the last minute, in case you have unforeseen problems such as power outages. Note that after you submit, you can still make changes and re-submit as long as it's before the deadline -- so submit early."
my unforeseen problem? ... not being able to predict the future. nevertheless, shortly, i will know by 11:59 PM this evening (tick-tock) whether i pressed that all important button early enough to have my assignment evaluated.
(that all important button)
and if not, i'll look forward to writing a kick-ass assignment #3 to make up my score on the 1,500 word (maximum) written assignment due september 30th. (tick-tock)

UPDATE 
(12:05 AM, Sept 17)
PHEW!!!
this means i was a hair line on time.




f|break: puppet me

improv @UnDashScripted and SNL ... puppets galore!

at #SFIF ... fun to see (for the first time) several members of the un-scripted theater company (on web, facebook, twitter) creative ensemble. my friend and i really enjoyed their clever bollywood puppet extravaganza from the audience suggestion of "jaws" - yes, their SFIF jaws bollywood puppet fun (over here on ustream, resolved technical difficulties at 14:57 min) was FUN! totally looking forward to their november-december show - history: the musical - with or without puppets - gonna check 'em out.

SNL season premiere ... meanwhile, this weekend's season opener of SNL reminded me of puppet fun. with an introduction to puppetry class led by seth macfarlane's character, it was definitely bill hader's character (anthony peter coleman) and his puppet tony - that got the belly laughs going ...
from NBC's SNL clip over here
enjoy this fiber break with introduction to puppetry (over here)
for ~ 5:12 min while warming up to tony (the puppet)

i'm clark, and i like biscuits and waffles


Saturday, September 15, 2012

f|break: mr. creosote

mr. creosote
monty python's the meaning of life
monty python memories ... i-beam (san francisco, on wiki) - in the '80s. memories of college student night dancing - cheap, strong drinks - videos.

side bar ... back in the day, awesome concerts for way cheap (hovering around $10 give or take - and mostly take). i remember seeing erasure (1987) because my friends and i were near the front, staring up at andy bell's red jockstrap-like costumey thing. ALSO, i remember my girlfriends and i were in the area one evening and HAD TO PEE BIG TIME, so we actually found parking just in front of the i-beam, asked if we could go pee, and they told us we had to pay cover. we paid $7 each (i think) to go to the bathroom and then hung around for the cat heads and the meat puppets (apparently on jan 20,1986 per this poster).

anyway, back to the video clips. AH YES, video clips of movie scenes. well, this fiber break is not for the faint of heart. REALLY! IT'S NOT . if you remember the monty python movie the meaning of life, then you MUST remember mr. creosote and john cleese (as the waiter) with a rather infamous line -
"it's only a wafer thin."

enjoy (?) a fiber break with mr. creosote (over here)
for ~ 5.43 min and a reminder about gluttony (?)
another bucket for monsieur ...
and here is where IT ALL begins 
(~ 4:08 min into the clip)





MAÎTRE D:
And finally, monsieur, a wafer-thin mint.
MR. CREOSOTE:
Nah.
MAÎTRE D:
Oh, sir, it's only a tiny, little, thin one.
MR. CREOSOTE:
No. Fuck off. I'm full.
MAÎTRE D:
Oh, sir. Hmm?
MR. CREOSOTE:
[groan]

MAÎTRE D:
It's only a wafer thin.

MR. CREOSOTE:
Look, I couldn't eat another thing. I'm absolutely stuffed. Bugger off.
MAÎTRE D:
Oh, sir, just-- just one.
MR. CREOSOTE:
[groaning] All right. Just one.
MAÎTRE D:
Just the one, monsieur. Voilà.
MR. CREOSOTE:
[groaning]
MAÎTRE D:
Bon appétit.
MR. CREOSOTE:
[groaning]
[suspenseful music]

MAÎTRE D:
Thank you, sir, and now, here's ze check.


PR epi9 - nutkin'rs picks & scores

#ProjectRunway ... (SPOILER) here are episode 9 results - the chosen few picks, episode results, and scores heading into episode 10. recap links will be MAY BE in a separate post. let's just get to the resulting scores ...
WHOA!!! it's a 13 point spread.
1st place harold's girl with zoe's buddy just 2.5 behind
then the pack behind - squirrelshiny pennypho queen

fashion week offerings ... thanks to tom and lorenzo's project runway recaps, here are the designers' fashion week runway offerings.
Collections for: Sonjia | Ven 
Collections for: Fabio | Gunnar | Melissa
Collections for: Christopher, Dmitry, Elena
(really, some of you all?! okay.)

episode 9 - the  HP Intel print challenge, aka"textile-heritage-spigot-of-tears" challenge ... designers were asked to design a textile representing something about them. (question for lifetime/project runway ... was this suppose to be where we were to warm-up to the designers, as if each has a heart and is likable? i'm not falling for it. NO VEN, i will not like you.)  nevertheless, surprisingly, i must admit that some of dmitry's side bar comments were a bit ringtone-worthy statements.

here are a few words/descriptors uttered about designers' prints ... vibrant, traditional, penis, vagina,  crazy, cowboy handkerchiefs, tropical, kindergarten doodle, copulation, crazy table cloths, an homage to a menstrual cycle, maxi-pads, a scrub (nurse), sheet of bird postage stamps, ... 

7 in 10 of 10
7 designers heading into episode 10 of season 10
the chosen few ... for epi9, here are each nutkin'rs' predictions, point system explained in this post over here, and the added scoring of
  • ADD 1 point for each correct top3 and for each correct bottom3; predict all 3 in a category, ADD 2 points.
  • SUBTRACT 0.50 point for each reverse top3 or bottom3 pick.
thank goodness this was just a normal episode - with top3, bott3, and one AUF'd, otherwise the math gets funky, and i have to make up more scoring rules. here are some highlights of picks -
  • only 1 nutkin'r - appears to have deja vu moments, with harold's girl choosing all top3. on top of that, ALL positive points.
  • last week's tied for 1st each predicted a winner or a loser. 
  • only 1 nutkin'r had it out for gunnar in the all the pair 'em ups 
  • no one lost points for the bottom3
  • all final 3 are in tact, where one nutkin'r got luck that his bonus 4th is still in the game
episode 9 predictions and results
standings after episode 9 ... the 1st place tie has been broken with harold's girl hopping over zoe's buddy, and pho queen holds down the fort with the other side of the anchor for 5th place. and once again, squirrel and shiny penny dance around 3rd and 4th, respectively. we have a 13 point spread.
  • harold's girl + 11 = + 1 points for 1st place (last wk 1st tie) with 51.25 
  • zoe's buddy + 9 - 0.5  = + 8.5 points for  2nd place (last wk 1st tiewith 48.75
  • squirrel + 10 - 0.5 = + 9.5 points for 3rd place (last wk 4th) with 44.50 
  • shiny penny + 6 - 0.5 = + 5.5 points for 4th place (last wk 3rd) with 40.75
  • pho queen + 6 - 0.5 = + 5.5 points for 5th place (last wk 5th) with 38.25 
next week epi10 ... nutkin'rs can change their winner, fan fave (need to pick one), and final 3 without subtracting any points.  
epi10 ...
odd (and prime) number designers left
and REMINDER to check out collections
Collections for: Sonjia | Ven 
Collections for: Fabio | Gunnar | Melissa
Collections for: Christopher | Dmitry | Elena







Saturday, September 8, 2012

PR epi8 - nutkin'rs picks & scores

#ProjectRunway ... (SPOILER) here are episode 8 results - the chosen few picks, episode results, and scores heading into episode 9. recap links will be in a separate post. with this week's episode of  three teams of three, it made for a somewhat interesting episode - somewhat. what i did not enjoy was the amount of air time for gunnar. i was surprised about the amount of air time for elena and alicia. and i WISH there was more tim gunn air time. (I WANT MORE GUNN!)

thanks again to harold's girl not only for texting epi8 results before the west coast viewing but also for chatting a little about the episode during my commute home.
TIE for 1st place (aka 1st/2nd positions) - zoe's buddy & harold's girl
point spread increased by 1 more point for a spread of 7.50 points
squirrel and shiny penny switched positions
pho queen is handing in there
episode 8 - the "fee-for-tee" challenge ... designers had to make money in order to purchase their fabric and notions. they were given arts & crafts stuff & tee shirts. in an attempt to pimp their tee-shirt designs, the 3 teams took the NYC streets to beg negotiate some fee-for-tee. check recaps elsewhere for more details.
8 designers left heading into episode 9
the chosen few ... for epi8, here are each nutkin'rs' predictions and then the math explained - point system explained in this post over here. rather than a bottom 3, there was a bottom 6 in epi8, but at least in this episode, someone was AUF'd (awwww - sad face). here are some highlights -
  • only 1 nutkin'r - zoe's buddy - predicted the loser
  • only 1 nutkin'r - harold's girl - had a bottom 3 with a 3 for 3!
  • all nutkin'rs had only 1 correctly predicted top3 
  • all nutkin'rs' predicted winners and final 3/4 are still in tact
episode 8 predictions
(good showing harold's girl!)
standings after episode 8 ... while zoe's buddy  is holding on to 1st place, he has company - harold's girl. yup! scoot over. shiny penny inched by 0.25 point ahead of squirrel, who is moving down in standing from 1st, 2nd, and now 4th place. pho queen is just 2.25 from 4th place - she can move up! and now we have a point spread of 7.50 points. now for the math!
  • zoe's buddy + 8 - 1.5  = + 6.5 points for  1st place TIE (last wk 1st) ... + 1 (final 3/4 in tact) + 1 (predicted the loser would be alicia) + 3 (predicted alicia in the pair 'em ups) + 1 (predicted one of the top 3) + 2 (predicted two for the bottom 3) - 1 (predicted two in reverse in the top) - 0.50 (predicted one in reverse in the bottom). 
  • harold's girl + 10 - 1 = + 9 points for 1st place TIE (last wk 3rd) ... + 1 (final 3/4 in tact) + 3 (predicted alicia in the pair 'em ups) + 1 (predicted one of the top 3) + 3 (predicted three for the bottom 3) + 2 (BONUS for all bot3) - 1 (predicted two in reverse in the top).
  • shiny penny + 7 - 1.50 = + 5.5 points for 3rd place (last wk 4th) ... + 1 (final 3/4 in tact) + 3 (predicted alicia in the pair 'em ups) + 1 (predicted one of the top 3) + 2 (predicted two for the bottom 3) - 1 (predicted two in reverse in the top) - 0.50 (predicted one in reverse in the bottom). 
  • squirrel + 5 - 2 = + 3 points for 4th place (last wk 2nd) ... + 1 (final 3/4 in tact) + 2 (predicted alicia in the pair 'em ups) + 1 (predicted one of the top 3) + 1 (predicted one for the bottom 3) - 1 (predicted two in reverse in the top) - 1 (predicted two in reverse in the bottom).
  • pho queen + 7 - 1.50 = + 5.5 points for 3rd place (last wk 4th) ... + 1 (final 3/4 in tact) + 3 (predicted alicia in the pair 'em ups) + 1 (predicted one of the top 3) + 2 (predicted two for the bottom 3) - 1 (predicted two in reverse in the top) - 0.50 (predicted one in reverse in the bottom). 

epi9 ... (hurry up)



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