John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
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Questionnaire ganked from cagewench

Name a CD you own that you doubt anyone else on your friends list does.

I'd be very surprised if anyone else has a copy of this one: Speed by Alpha Team. It's an EP featuring three dance remixes of the theme to and dialogue from an episode of Speed Racer. You really need to hear it to believe it, so I've made a couple of them available via my new jTunes service. I've uploaded two of the mixes: the radio edit and the hardcore mix. You might want to listen to the radio edit first, to provide context for the hardcore mix. The second one isn't work-safe, but it is very, very funny.

Name a book you own that you doubt anyone else on your friends list does.

Thanks to my extensive collection of Max Allan Collins books, I would imagine I have no fewer than fifty books that no one on my friends list does. But instead of singling out any of those, I'll instead mention Junk Food, a very strange volume written and compiled by Charles J. Rubin, David Rollert, John Farago, Rick Stark, and Jonathan Etra. For the most part, it's a relatively straightforward collection of essays, cartoon, interviews, and photographs paying tribute to and gently mocking American junk food. But starting about halfway through the book, you start seeing references to and mock advertisements for the 1983 World's Fair, the Century O' Progress. (The book was published in 1980, incidentally.) Then things get really bizarre. First, there are twenty-four pages "reproduced" from the Century O' Progress Guidebook. And it ends with a five-page comic about a nuclear accident that results in the state of Illinois being blasted into the stratosphere. It's completely twisted, but wonderfully so.

Name a movie you own on DVD/VHS/whatever that no one else on your friends list does.

The DVD I own that is most likely unique to my collection is Happy Accidents, a delightful romantic comedy starring Marisa Tomei as a woman who falls for a man (Vincent D'Onofrio) who claims to have traveled back in time from the year 2470. Don't let the sci-fi trappings scare you away! It's really very sweet.

Name a place that you have visited that no one else on your friends list has.

Hm. Kampsville, maybe? It's a tiny little town on the banks of the Illinois River in west central Illinois. I was there in, let's see, 1979 and 1980 for an archaeology summer camp. The first summer I was there, it literally rained every single day, so we weren't able to do any actual digging at the site. We did do some digging the following summer, but I don't remember finding anything of interest. A few pot sherds, some chert flakes, but nothing particularly exciting. I do remember playing cards at the dorms using Sprees as chips, though. And I remember there was a tiny little storefront library in "downtown" Kampsville, and a general store that sold a Dr. Pepper knock-off called Dr. Wells.

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