August 26th, 2004


Help me help you

Earlier this month, mistagoalie lightly complained that I failed to include Augustus Gloop in my list of people named August. I promised him that before the end of the week, I would post a list that included Augustus Gloop. Unfortunately, once I did him this one tiny favor, he went mad with power and demanded I post a list about Oompa-Loompas. I told him to hold his damn horses until September, during which, I decided as I was posting the response, I would post lists based on requests from my readers.

So here's your chance. You have two options. You can suggest something that you want to see featured in a list of ten random things, such as when mistagoalie asked to see Augustus Gloop. Alternatively, you can suggest a topic for a list, as when mistagoalie asked for an Oompa-Loompa list. Suggest as many of either kind as you like, but each request will be part of its own list, unless I can think of a particularly funny or clever way to combine them. The text entry field below will hold up to 255 characters; if you need more space, or if you don't have an LJ account, feel free to post your suggestions in a comment.

Incidentally, if you make a request that is impossible to fulfill—say, people who have run 100 meters in less than 9.8 seconds—chances are that request will be ignored. Sorry, but as they say, but ye canna change the laws of physics!

Thanks in advance for for your help with this admittedly ridiculous project. And hey, the more the merrier, so encourage other people you know to make suggestions.

Poll #341128 Reader requests

What item(s) do you want to see featured as part of a list of ten random things?

What kind of things do you want to see ten of in list form?

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Ten random things: Washington Post week, day four

Datelines of articles found in the front section of the August 23, 2004, edition of the Washington Post:

  1. Jenin Refugee Camp, West Bank
  2. Boone, Iowa
  3. Columbus, Ohio
  4. Baghdad
  5. Punta Gorda, Fla., Aug. 22
  6. Athens, Aug. 22
  7. Rhinelander, Wis.
  8. Kuching, Malaysia
  9. Najaf, Iraq, Aug. 22
  10. Paris, Aug. 22

Don't forget to give me your suggestions for Reader Request Month

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Seeing all the nattering in various journals about the Farscape trailer reminds me that I meant to post the "answers" to my list of fictional planets. So here goes.

  1. Blorch is the home of the slaughtering rat-creatures. It was mentioned in several episodes of Invader Zim, and was, incidentally, what inspired me to compile the list.
  2. Bismoll is the home planet of Tenzil Kem, a.k.a. Matter-Eater Lad of the Legion of Super-Heroes, and also of Taryn Loy, a.k.a. Calorie Queen, his erstwhile would-be replacement in the LSH and, later, his actual replacement in the Bismollian Senate.
  3. Decapod 10 is from Futurama. It's the home planet of Dr. Zoidberg, staff doctor of Planet Express. Speaking of which, my Futurama season 4 DVDs arrived yesterday, making me a happy boy.
  4. Kree-Lar was the home planet of Mar-Vell, the first person to go by the name Captain Marvel after Marvel Comics stole the name, not to mention the seat of government of the Kree Empire.
  5. Betazed was the home of Deanna Troi, from Star Trek: the Next Generation, and her crazy mother Lwaxana.
  6. Geonosis is a "harsh rocky world less than a parsec away from Tatooine." According to Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, there's a big droid factory there, and it was the site of the first battle of the Clone Wars.
  7. Delvia is the home planet of Zotoh Zhaan, who apparently is a Farscape character.
  8. Vortis is perhaps better known as the Web Planet, and is the home of the Menoptra, one of the stupidest-looking alien races ever to appear on Doctor Who, a series widely known for its many stupid-looking aliens.
  9. Cimmeria is, according to Stargate SG-1, the home of the Asgardian gods. I guess this is no more unlikely than Pollux IV being the home of the Greek god Apollo.
  10. Lusitania is featured in three Orson Scott Card novels: Speaker For the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind. It's home to a colony of settlers of Portuguese descent, and to a sentient race dubbed Pequininos by the settlers. And later Ender Wiggin settles there along with ... well, read Speaker For the Dead if you want to know. It's good! (But the other two aren't, so skip them.)

Congratulations to caerwynx, mmaresca, rustydog, alena, and Greg for correctly identifying one or more of them.

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