September 10th, 2006

dark and stormy, reading

Last line answers

Last week, I posted a list of ten last lines, and challenged you to identify the work from which those lines came. Because I have so many smart people reading this, all ten had been correctly identified within twelve hours of the list having been posted. But just in case you read the list before all the answers were posted in the comments, here they are:
1. So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 
2. Hey, I'm not wearing underwear
"The Parking Ticket," from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Once More With Feeling," written by Joss Whedon
 
3. I lingered round them, under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath, and hare-bells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how anyone could ever imagine unquiet slumbers, for the sleepers in that quiet earth.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
 
4. "Well, I'm back," he said.
The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings was also an acceptable answer)
 
5. 'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.'
"Ode to a Grecian Urn" by John Keats
 
6. Well, nobody's perfect.
Some Like It Hot, spoken by by Joe E. Brown as Osgood Fielding III, screenplay by Billy Wilder and I. A. D. Diamond
 
7. The oldest hath borne most: we that are young shall never see so much, nor live so long.
King Lear, dialogue spoken by Edgar or the Duke of Albany depending on what edition of the text you're looking at, written by William Shakespeare
 
8. Someday I'm gonna make her mine.
"Her Majesty" by the Beatles (Abbey Road was also an acceptable answer)
 
9. Hail to the king, baby.
Army of Darkness, spoken by Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams, screenplay by Sam and Ivan Raimi
 
10. Eh bien, continuons...
No Exit, dialogue spoken by Garcin, written by Jean-Paul Sartre

Kudos to sunbrae (who correctly identified no. 8), mmaresca (nos. 4 and 9), abby20 (nos. 3 and 4, plus, the author of 5), angelchicken (no. 2), fizzball (no. 6), petzipellepingo (nos. 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 9, plus the episode in which no. 2 appeared), and ebrookeb (no. 10)

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art

Name That Art 2 answer

Last Sunday I uploaded a new icon for use with my art posts, and challenged you to identify the artist and/or title of the work upon which the icon is based. marinwood, petzipellepingo, mistagoalie, jenelope, and adjrun all were able to name both the artist and the title; caerwynx and lilerthkwake knew the artist. (lilerthkwake said in a comment that she didn't want to mention the title in her poll answer, because she wasn't sure she was remembering it correctly, but that when she Googled it later she found out she was right.) And sunbrae recognized that adjrun used the same painting for one of her icons, which counts for something, I guess.

Anyway, here's the answer:

John Singer Sargent (1856 – 1925)
Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau), 1884
Oil on canvas
Sargent, Madame X
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, N.Y.

The icon also serves a sort of a visual pun. I first used it for last Sunday's art post, which you'll recall was a series of photographs of Baltimore. Since that post was a combination of a list of ten things and a Sunday art post, it was only appropriate to use Madame X as the icon. Haw! I kill me.
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    Blondie - "Sunday Girl"
nerd

Math is hard

In case you were wondering about the word problem Bill Amend worked into today's Fox Trot comic strip, Paige should not accept Mr. Thompson's offer to assign one second of homework for the first week of class, and then to double the amount of homework every week for the duration of the 36-week school year. By the 36th week, her homework will take about 1,089 years and six months to complete.
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    The Police - "Invisible Sun"
10-G

Ten random things: Reader Request Month, day 10

Ten songs by Green Day:

  1. "Welcome to Paradise" (track no. 3 from the album Kerplunk
  2. "J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)" (track no. 1 from the soundtrack album Angus)
  3. " When I Come Around" (track no. 10 from the album Dookie)
  4. "Outsider" (track no. 9 from the album We're A Happy Family - A Tribute To The Ramones)
  5. "Blood, Sex and Booze" (track no. 2 from the album Warning)
  6. 'Poprocks and Coke" (track no. 2 from the album International Superhits!)
  7. "Geek Stink Breath" (track no. 4 from the album Insomniac)
  8. "Platypus (I Hate You)" (track no. 8 from the album Nimrod)
  9. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (track no. 4 from the album American Idiot)
  10. "I Was There" (track no. 3 from the album 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hour

Today's list is for ambereternal, who requested platypus. My first thought was to do a list of monotremes, but then I remembered that I do list of ten things, not lists of five things. So, Green Day songs. "Platypus (I Hate You) is one of the filthier songs I ever heard, but nevertheless a pretty good song.

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    Green Day - "Redundant" (my favorite Green Day song, BTW)
comics

Reader Request Month 2004 UPDATE

During my first Reader Request Month, I posted a list of ten DC Comics characters who, through retcons or reboots, now "never existed." It was not a particularly easy list to compose because, as I wrote at the time, "there is no comic book character too lame or misconceived that he or she won't eventually be resurrected by a comic book writer."

As if to prove the point, jonhex has kindly pointed out the recent reappearance (in 52 #18) of the Yellow Peri, one of the very characters I mentioned in that list. I expect to see Tommy Superman show up any day now.
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