(That title is supposed to be read like Ed McMahon introducing Johnny.)
First a little housekeeping. If you haven't noticed, there have been a few changes over on the sidebar. First and foremost, I've removed my Badge of Shame. I started NaNoWriMo and put their little bug up in a prominent spot on the sidebar. I wrote diligently for three (count 'em...three) days logging a word count of over 6000. This was slightly above the target for each day. (In fact, this was about 20% ahead of goal for those three days.) Then, I just...stopped. I left that little bug there, publicly shaming myself for all to see. No more.
I've also retired any reference to Charlotte Misner. She made it further than I got in NaNoWriMo, but she too just ceased to be. I wouldn't want to shame anyone for being the interruption in the chain, but you know who you are Santa. :D I'm not the only one who can inflict Writus-Interruptus! Yay. (Pointing fingers and snickering is a fine time-honored tactic for taking the attention away from my own failings.)
I'm planning to add some more blogs to the sidebar today. For some odd reason, I'm missing a few UCF blogs and that's just unforgivable. There's also some film crew blogs that I've started following and they'll be added as well. This is going to be on the part that updates as people post, so you won't have to look at some enormously long list unless you click to expand the list.
Note: For those of you who are new and don't know what the hell the UCF is, it stands for Union of Collaborating Founders. Our logo, created by Teh Awesomest Michelle, is over there on the sidebar as well. Click on it to embiggen. I think if you search GoogleBlogs, for Union of Collaborating Founders, you'll find some answers. It's morphed meanings a few times, but the short answer is that its 20-30 of us who have become online and offline (as opportunity arises) friends.
Last but not least, down at the bottom of the sidebar, you'll see that I've added the widget denoting that according to Blogged, this is a "very good" blog with a rating of 7.5 out of a possible 10. When you register at Blogged and submit your blog for review, they come back a few hours later with a rating. On the one hand, I think one of their criteria is how often you post...and I'm nothing if not prolific. I update constantly. On the other hand, I doubt they'd look at any newly registered blog, give you a 1.2 rating and a note that say, "Dude, you suck". (I may test this theory. I could start a little "test blog", put up two posts from a year or more ago seperated by three weeks, and see what they think about that.)
Anyway, there's a link on the widget that says, "Rate this blog". Go ahead, give me some clicky love. With a little diligence, I think we can beat that "ten" limit.
Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and...
Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Marty DiBergi: I don't know.
Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.
MultiPost Part 2
Once upon a time, when they would run trailers for new movies, the music often wasn't ready yet, so they'd just borrow the music from some other movie and slap it on the trailer. "Hey, it's a dramatic action pic. Just get some dramatic actiony music and slap it on there." I'm not sure how often "waiting for the music" is the excuse for using previously used music on trailers now, but it seems to be standard operating procedure anyway.
Me? I find it distracting. I always go, "I know this music" and then, instead of watching the trailer, I wrack my brain trying to figure out what movie its from. I've actually been able to watch the trailer for Australia now because the music from Pirates of the Caribbean is pretty instantly recognizable.
MultiPost 3: A little Bitching.
It's 27º here this morning with a windchill of 19º. I'm completely aware that for many of you, that actually qualifies as just plain balmy, but this is NY. The average low for today is 39º. The last week or so has been consistently 10º below normal averages.
Oh, and it isn't bitching and has nothing to do with the temperature here, but I'm just swimming in Schadenfreud over Sarah Pallin doing that lame Turkey Clemency thing, but setting up the event so that other turkeys were being slaughtered in the background as she announced it. That's some savvy media manipulation, huh?
MultiPost Part 4
Tadaaaaaaaa! Roomba Kitty!