Cure for Bedbugs


I’m so glad that Calvin and Hobbes didn’t survive the internet age.

I’m so glad that Calvin and Hobbes didn’t survive the internet age.

I mean this isn’t even a joke anymore.

I mean this isn’t even a joke anymore.

The Chewing magazine thread of Calvin and Hobbes was so amazing. A friend reminded me of this strip today.

The Chewing magazine thread of Calvin and Hobbes was so amazing. A friend reminded me of this strip today.



Because I work in a business where people get asked this, I occasionally get asked what my favourite advert ever is. It is this, which I never even saw at the time.

The product is fucking horrible, obviously. If there was a “golden age” of British TV advertising in the 1970s I’m pretty sure that was the reason: if you have to sell shite like Smash, you need to be good.

wow daleks looked different in the 1970s


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Is it a dethroning ‘cause there’s four more blurbs? Statheads will argue for years… [Read, comment and vote on The Singles Jukebox ]

Huh. So what would nu-Jukebox give Medina these days?

Finally blurbed something for the Jukebox (new Taylor, natch). My god, am I actually nostalgic for Alison Iraheta?

35, 44

Favorite Poet

Yikes! I am so (SO) stupid about poetry. I just don’t, like, get it. At all. So I’m going to have to go ahead and say Shel Silverstein, since it’s the most poetry I’ve read in years. The only books of poetry I own, that I’m aware of, are an e.e. cummings collection (which I’ve barely skimmed) and Khalil Gibran, whom I quoted in a wedding, but it’s practically prose!

Best adaptation of a novel to a film

I never did much more than skim _Rum Punch_ but it seems like _Jackie Brown_ managed to stand on its own legs as an adaptation, comment on film (sort of), and (above all) is actually a really good movie.

The one person whose work I’ve never seen adequately adapted even though it’s just begging for it — and it just wouldn’t be that hard! — is Carl Hiaasen. _Hoot_; might be an exception (never read the book), but that no one has done a film of _Sick Puppy_ is a real shame. 

I also wonder why D.B. Weiss, whom I mostly know from his novel _Lucky Wander Boy_, hasn’t done more film work (he’s a co-creator for _Game of Thrones_; and also guest wrote a fantastic episode of _It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia_ with the other _GoT_ guy). 

55 Reading Questions
1. Favorite childhood book?
2. What are you reading right now?
3. What books do you have on request at the library?
4. Bad book habit?
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
6. Do you have an e-reader?
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)?
10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
12. What is your reading comfort zone?
13. Can you read on the bus?
14. Favorite place to read?
15. What is your policy on book lending?
16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
18. Not even with text books?
19. What is your favourite language to read in?
20. What makes you love a book?
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
22. Favorite genre?
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
24. Favourite biography?
25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
26. Favourite cookbook?
27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
28. Favorite reading snack?
29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
35. Favorite Poet?
36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
38. Favorite fictional character?
39. Favourite fictional villain?
40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
52. Name a book that made you angry.
53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
I know you all hang on my opinions, so ask away