7.31.2001

Magnetic poetry

I bought one of the original magnetic poetry sets as soon as they came out, and it's been on my refrigerator ever since. Every time I'm waiting for water to boil I doodle with some words, and when friends come over, they like to give it a shot as well. The best thing about magnetic poetry is it frees you to use words and styles that you would never think of on your own. It also transforms nearly everyone into an erotic poet!

Worship Size / Ann Marie

Worship size
And ask me
When death sings
After some lazy drunk felt his chain snake
And swim in my flood.
I want to leave the bed.

Then What?

It be me - he - we -
Weakness.
Nearly summer,
Then what?
Want life - light - gone.

Still

At blackest languid day,
All is still -
Say for
A thousand lakes
And go-go like suits.

The Wind

Mad cook.
Purple produce.
Bloody underarm.
Rusty butt wind.

Advice

Never rob mean men.
Think about it.

Blue Boy / Mikey

Blue boy said,
"May I smell your
gorgeous bare peach -
a soaring symphony of beauty
like a luscious white playing puppy
beneath your gown?"

The Moment / Mikey

Picture the moment -
a knife ripping the void.
You could ask how she does it,
but why?
She will say,
"Please stop whispering."

Iron Moon / Mikey

Above a forest of stormy mist -
delirious,
panting,
aching
like some frantic girl -
these two pound together -
one time fast,
next falling
like an iron moon.

Wax / Mikey

Woman of wax
sweating milk.
Smooth hot skin
drooling honey.
A cry like music.

Shine / Shelly

Love your friends.
Lick the sky.
Dream in the rain.
Always shine.

Power Pole

Fiddle my rock sausage!
Manipulate her rosy diamond!
She eats red power pole,
breast smear after boil over,
repulsive only, as in
butt love... trudge for chocolate.

Lusting

She is lusting.
My goddess moaned as head beat egg.
I screamed
as I shot juice on her leg.

Mother / Chris

Watch my enormous raw pink apparatus
spray mother's delicate behind
with man lather
and tongue
her fluffy ass hair.

The Urge / Ernesto

Sordid ugly urge.
Spring garden vision.
Finger up your dress.
Tiny club feet.

7.30.2001

Random thoughts

Wow, what a week. I'm a little too braindead to write anything interesting, but I felt like I should post anyway. Here are some totally random thoughts:

  • Helping someone move can be very satisfying (I slept very well afterwards).
  • I have yet to watch The Wizard of Oz without crying when Dorothy says goodbye to the Scarecrow - not even a few hundred screaming gay men at the Paramount could stop my eyes from tearing up.
  • My dad is retiring from his DBA job, and I'm so happy for him!
  • Zannah is having too much fun at Disneyland and now I miss my daily link fix.
  • I feel like a lousy pal for not visiting Bay yet. Gomen!
  • Did the Sailor Scouts' skirts get shorter in the second season?
  • I have about 12 things to get reviewed for Last 5. Yikes!
  • Reboot Vol 2 : 4 of 5

    It seems like years since I watched Vol 1 of this series, but it took Netflix forever to get Vol 2 back in stock. It was worth the wait - Reboot is still really incredible. Little wimpy Enzo has grown up and now calls himself Matrix (he even has beard stubble), and he and his companions are lost in the games, desperately searching for their home. This volume features some great Star Trek parody characters, plus a cool switcheroo where Matrix reboots as Megabyte and has to face his old pal Bob - so dramatic!

    7.29.2001

    Transformers: The Movie : 3 of 5

    I was never a huge Transformers fan as a kid (since I'm part of the Micronauts generation), but I did watch the cartoon quite a bit, which made this film a great bit of nostalgia. The story is goofy, the animation is silly (but really fun), Leonard Nimoy does a voice to pay the rent, and the soundtrack is the cheesiest 80's pop in existence (featuring "You Got the Touch", sung by Dirk in Boogie Nights!). The sad part is that Optimus Prime dies in the first 20 minutes - total bummer! I guess this really deserves a rating of 2, but it gets 3 for sheer hilarity.

    7.28.2001

    Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker : 3 of 5

    This poor project has suffered from so much controversy, and now I know why. Without going into detail, this film was delayed at the last minute so they could rewrite, reanimate and totally screw up several key scenes to get a wider audience. Comparing this to Mask of the Phantasm is a joke. Anyway, Return of the Joker is still really enjoyable, though the "transformation" (you'll know what I mean if you've seen it) is pretty extraordinary (and pretty lame). Just another case of "This could have been so good if only...".

    7.27.2001

    Planet of the Apes : 3 of 5

    I took a lot of flak from friends for liking this movie when I first saw it - now I think I liked it mostly because I wanted to like it. I'm a great fan of the Apes series (I own all the DVDs and I've even had an Ape watching party), so I really wanted something special. I don't really have a problem with the campiness, or even the wacked out ending (I knew it was going to be "Ape Lincoln" as soon as he landed in DC), it's just that there was no spirit there. The story is very cool, and the movie just doesn't realize that, I guess. Besides the lack of respect for the material, it was still fun to watch.

    7.24.2001

    More than meets the eye

    I saw a car with a Transformers Decepticon logo in the back window on the way to work today. Retro is such an amazing concept. Everything is cool in it's own way.

    I rode my bike route yesterday for the first time in several weeks. My legs were so sore that my thighs hurt when I tapped my feet at the Elephant Room jazz jam last night!

    7.22.2001

    Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp's Adventure : 3 of 5

    Coming up with a sequel even close to the beauty of the original Lady and the Tramp would be impossible. Disney did a nice job with this, though, but the animation suffers a bit (as it does with all direct to video releases - they take too many TV broadcast shortcuts). The story is a nice reversal (just like The Little Mermaid sequel), and the songs are particularly good for a smaller scale production. I especially like how they recreated several backgrounds from the original - the house and park are identical!

    7.21.2001

    Le Petomane

    During June 2001, I was part of the Tongue and Groove Theater production Le Petomane: Anatomy of a Fartiste. This is a musical based on the life of Joseph Pujol, an actual entertainer of turn of the century France who could fart music (try a Google search - you'll find out more than you want to know!). The play is set mostly in the Moulin Rouge, and involves an on-stage band to back up the musical numbers, including several rousing can-cans! I had a fantastic time doing it, as it was entirely different from my other musical experiences. Learning to pick up cues and follow tempos (rather than setting them) was fun, not to mention playing in costume.

    My good friends Ian and Jonathan wrote some of the music and were instrumental (pun intended) at getting me into the show to play drums in the band. I was able to enjoy the great stuff about performing theater that I remembered from high school, but without having to learn a single line. And who could ask for a better role than to sit back and watch can-can girls kick for seven performances?

    View photos: Le Petomane Rehearsal
    View photos: Le Petomane Backstage

    Austin Chronicle Review

    Le Petomane: Anatomy of a Fartiste: Sweet Toot
    June 22, 2001

    It might be hard to imagine that a story about a man who breaks wind for fame and fortune could be called "sweet," but this Tongue and Groove Theatre original musical about Joseph Pujol, written and directed by David Yeakle, combines good humor, fun song, bawdy dance, and just enough ribaldry to make for an engaging, if somewhat long, late night of theatregoing. This production, first aired in shortened form at this season's FronteraFest, returns here in a full-length version.

    The subject of Yeakle's musical, the famed Pujol, discovered early in his life that he had a gift for making all sorts of sounds from out of his anus. From bird and animal calls to simple melodies and orchestral arrangements, "Le Petomane," as he called himself, created a variety act of his finely tuned rear end, amazing spectators at Paris' Moulin Rouge around the turn of the last century. (Utilizing a method of "breathing" air in through his sphincter Pujol could create his sounds sans smell -- how perfectly modern: all the entertainment value with none of the noxious gases.)

    Yeakle makes good use of the cabaret motif for his production, aided by Kari Perkins' excellent costumes and moody lighting by Elizabeth Doss and Jennifer Rogers. Amiable Can-Can era showgirls and a talented musical combo linger onstage to maintain the pleasant mood. Robert Pierson plays Pujol, striking that famous, slightly bent pose with index finger raised (as if to discern the direction of the, er, wind) as he entertains with his arse. Pierson is as charming as the rest of the charming cast, exuding quiet confidence that his path to success is behind him, so to speak. As Monsieur Zidler, manager of the Moulin Rouge, Michael Stuart is amusingly wry and amazed at the "discovery" of Le Petomane, although not without a little bite when he is crossed.

    The subtitle, "Anatomy of a Fartiste," indicates that this production is as mock-educational as it is entertaining. Much time is spent dissecting just how Pujol's musical bottom functions. This leads to some very funny sketch comedy in which Jenni Rall and Ellen Kolstö lead the audience through a pseudo-medical explanation of Pujol and his musical sphincter.

    "Much time" may be the single thing that detracts from this colorful musical: Writer-director Yeakle lets almost every scene, and some of the songs, continue way past usefulness, and often at a snail's pace. Jokes, while good, tend to wear, and scenes feel like they'll never end. Mark Stewart's monologue, for example, in which he attempts to emulate the great Pujol begins with charm, but then continues past the point of humor. Some judicious use of the standard cabaret "hook" could help restore the sweetness of the tale.

    American-Statesman Review

    The story may sound odd, but 'Le Petomane' is a gas
    June 18, 2001

    "Le Petomane: Anatomy of a Fartiste" is a strange, whimsical, musical romp through the life of a most unusual man. Joseph Pujol had a talent for, well, musical flatulence. He left his family and his job as a baker in Marseilles for Paris and the Moulin Rouge where he became one of the most popular performers during the last years of the 19th century. After presenting an abridged version of "Le Petomane" earlier this year at FronteraFest, David Yeakle, artistic director of Tongue and Groove Theatre, unveils his full-length, two-act version at the Vortex Theatre.

    Replete with cancan girls, mustachioed emcees and a crack Django Rhinehart-style quartet (which also provides the necessary sound effects), and with the cast sporting period attire and goofy French accents, this eccentric show is nothing if not entertaining. With music by Yeakle, Ian Case, Jonathan Hoyle, Art Davis and Mark Stewart, "Le Petomane" loosely follows Pujol's life from anonymous baker to celebrity. Appropriately, Yeakle laces the tale with plenty of anachronisms, incongruities and spoofs. In one of the first all-ensemble numbers, the music switches suddenly from melodic music-hall jazz to something distinctly contemporary and the cast begins to rock out. And in the seemingly sentimental number "Are You on Your Way?" singers hang on to one note at the end of a phrase, effectively spoofing the maudlin song about Pujol's conflicting feelings of homesickness and ambition. Robert Pierson plays the affable and resolute Pujol, who feels it's his destiny to perform, with a good sense of presence. Mark Stewart does a great comic turn as the weird and almost unearthly sometime-narrator, X.

    This is by no means a slick production. Some of the singing was not great; a few actors weren't able to hold a pitch or project sufficiently over the band. Still, "Le Petomane" is fun. It's an odd little musical that's a gas.

    Superman: The Movie : 5 of 5

    A fantastic movie that sucks me in everytime, Superman is even better after watching the second DVD in this set, full of excellent documentary and screen tests (can you imaging Stockard Channing as Lois?). It's amazing how simplistic the effects actually were, considering they still look great today, and all of them were accomplished with only an optical printer. Wow! I really think they did a great job with their version of the origin and characterization, too. In fact, nothing is really bad about this movie at all (well, OK, the Hoover Dam miniatures really suck).

    7.20.2001

    Jurassic Park 3 : 3 of 5

    My cool anecdote about Jurassic Park 3 is that I was visiting Universal Studios while they were filming, so I got to see them loading huge trees into a giant soundstage. I really enjoyed JP1, but JP2 got really silly for me when the Tyrannosaurus was stomping around in San Diego. So, JP3 was really enjoyable for me - nothing fancy plotwise, just great dinosaur action. I also loved how they used the aviary scene from the original book (which is the only book on tape I've ever listened to).

    7.19.2001

    Ugly archives

    You can get to my blog archives now, but it isn't very pretty. Comedy is not pretty. At least now things will get indexed by Atomz for your searching pleasure (and yes, I can tell when you search for your own name!).

    Audiogalaxy is cool

    Thirtysomething and a glass of wine - three nights in a row. Just the thing for an exhausted mind.

    Audiogalaxy rocks the shutters off the windows (does anyone have shutters anymore?). I read about it a long time ago as the oasis for former Napster addicts, but I didn't really check it out until my buddy Scott gave me a demo. Nothing like listening to Julianna Hatfield sing Police covers for free! Get your fix before they get sued.

    I love getting WEBmikey email from folks I don't know (two popped up in my inbox recently). Thanks! (I would really love someone to make use of my Amazon wish lish! See that link on the left?)

    7.18.2001

    Thirtysomething therapy

    Work has been a little intense lately, so I've been spending some time in front of the old TiVo to wind down. I'm simply ecstatic that Bravo is showing my old favorite, Thirtysomething - they're running all 85 episodes! I watched the first two yesterday, and one today, so there are plenty more to come. When I was married, this show was total therapy for me - for both of us, actually. Nothing makes you feel better about life than watching other "real" people struggle, make mistakes, repair things, and do it all over again. Yay Michael and Hope! Yay Elliot and Nancy! Yay Gary and Melissa and Ellen! (I know, I'm in love with a soap opera. At least I temper it with a healthy dose of Battlestar Galactica.)

    7.14.2001

    Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within : 4 of 5

    While I am a much bigger fan of traditional animation over computer animation, Final Fantasy is still an amazing film. Some characters are much more convincing than others - although there is fluid motion and lots of facial movement, most expressions are still a little stiff (they reminded me a little of the creatures in The Dark Crystal), which is why the "stiff" personalities (like the doctor) seem more realistic. Most folks I've talked to didn't enjoy the plot, but I loved it - the spiritual theme and esoteric ending are very anime-like, which makes perfect sense to me. The backgrounds and effects are stunning, of course, and the energy-like creatures are fantastic!

    Haiku

    Perching pidgeons coo
    Seventy-five degree morn
    I need some coffee

    7.13.2001

    Showing off

    I took the slower way home from work just to catch an eyeful of the usual cute joggers - there were none. Oh well.

    I'm heading to dinner at the Salt Lick with my usual crowd because Ernesto's family is visiting. My friends and I have this great habit of all going to dinner when our parents are in town, just so we can show off our friends. Is that great or what?

    Streaming music sites

    I listen to streaming music all day - I switch between many different sites, methods, and genres, too. Right now I'm into Spinner. I used to listen to them back in the old days, and I thought they were gone by now, but they seem to have been reborn. They have a cool new player (it's way too huge on my desktop, though) and tons of channels of cool stuff, including TV themes, surf, and other obscure things.

    When I'm not listening to Spinner, I tend to drift between SonicNet (the celebrity DJ stations are nice), Live365 (for WEBmikey Radio, Takoyaki Radio, or other cool favorites like Music for Hackers, Secret Surfin' Spot, or Silly French Pop), or LAUNCHCast, which used to be really cool until they had to reduce their catalog by 2/3rds because of RIAA pressure.

    7.12.2001

    Hot Club is hot

    I've been neglecting my blog lately, so I'm going to try to write a little more often when the mood or thought strikes - that's what these things are for anyway, right? (Now if I can just get in gear and make an archives template, I'll be all set.)

    I went to the Continental Club tonight to see Hot Club of Cowtown again. I have to say I'm not a Western Swing fan, but watching Hot Club live is a fantastic experience - they are all so talented and creative and too damn cute! I love watching Elana play and bounce around (remember, talented equals sexy). Chris said she looks like one of the Olsen twins (you know, Mary Kate and Ashley), so now I have to get past that before I start my starry-eyed gazing.

    All of that TiVo watching is paying off - I can safely say I've seen 90% of all Batman Beyond episodes, since now I remember almost every episode my loyal TiVo records. Thank goodness I still have lots of Sailor Moon to watch (I haven't picked a favorite scout yet, but I've ruled out Sailor Mars and Sailor Moon)!

    I just bought my 5th CD case yesterday, which means I have over 400 CDs. I haven't decided if that's really, really cool or really, really scary.

    7.09.2001

    The Corrs / Talk On Corners : 3 of 5

    The other day, TiVo recorded a special about The Corrs - I was mostly stunned by the beauty of the girls, but the music sounded nice, too. I was a little apprehensive to try them out, since I was worried they would overplay the Irish schtick, and I was right. The CD is great - don't get me wrong - but must they go into a silly little flute/fiddle jig during the fade out of 80% of the tracks? I mean, come on, I know they're Irish already! The vocals and tunes are nice enough, however, so I guess I'll keep listening.

    7.08.2001

    American Ballet Theater : 4 of 5

    My pal Tom has a habit of winning tickets on the radio, and I'm lucky enough to be his companion when the dating scene doesn't pan out. This performance featured a married couple of Ukrainian dancers who were incredible. Seeing them dance at such close range in this small theater really added to the performance - you could actually hear toe-shoes on the floor, plus witness their truly emotional expressions. They were really beautiful - actors as well as dancers. A few numbers featured a live string trio, but unfortunately when they didn't play the music was extremely low quality recordings. I'm glad the dancing more than made up for it!

    The Apples in Stereo / The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone : 3 of 5

    I put this on my Amazon wish list a long, long time ago - I don't even remember why. Thanks to a coupon I needed to use, I now own this mysterious album, and I like it! There are a few really great tracks that lean toward funky pop with great singable background vocals, and some neato horns, too. The overall production is a little light on the bass side, though - there's plenty going on, but nothing fills the ears. Still a very enjoyable groove, though.

    Anastasia : 3 of 5

    Yes, I'm still renting feature animation films that I neglected to see in the theater. I probably never made it to Anastasia because the plot didn't sound very exciting (and actually, that's true). The film is still beautiful, but I do have some issues with the animation - it's actually too perfect in most places. I don't know, but I think a rotoscoped character (animated from humans filmed for reference) walking around in a computer generated mansion is kind of like cheating. My other complaint is with the music - the songs are great, but there are too many of them! Enough complaining, I still really enjoyed Anastasia, but it's not something that will keep me coming back to watch it again.

    7.07.2001

    Lend Me A Tenor : 4 of 5

    I've only attended a few productions at Mary Moody, but I have to say that I've enjoyed all of them. Lend Me a Tenor takes the cake, however. To begin, the play itself is just great - hilarious writing and a wonderful plot. Next, the acting was fantastic - the timing (so important in a farce like this) was perfect (and the ladies were easy on the eyes, too). Finally, the set was unbelievable, consisting of several wrought-iron doors, lighting elevators, and furniture I wouldn't mind in my house. It was great to see a high-dollar production for a low-dollar price!

    Pontoon Fun

    A bunch of friends tooling around Lake Travis in a rented pontoon boat.

    View photos: Pontoon Fun

    7.04.2001

    4th of July

    Chris and Eliza host a swim party and BBQ for Independence Day.

    View photos: July 4th 2001

    Site map

    WEBmikey finally has a site map! It's hard to believe the way this site has grown - I never dreamed I would keep it going this long. Now it's rather an obsession for me - I love finding elements of life that can be organized into neat little lists (because life never seems "neat" or "little" while it's happening). For you poor souls who read this stuff, maybe the map will help you find parts of the site never before discovered.

    For any interested web folk, I'm slowing starting to convert to style sheets. I didn't even know what they were when I started this site, and now I can't live without them. Subconsciously you will realize that the site is becoming more attractive (and not just because of those goofy self portraits on the home page - I especially like "Matrix Mikey").

    7.03.2001

    A.I. : 4 of 5

    A.I. is much more of a Kubrick film than a Speilberg one - the look of the piece is stark and somewhat 2001 influenced. If you haven't heard, A.I. is a modern-day fairy tell - a retelling of Pinnochio with some great reversals in the plot. My one complaint is that the feel of the film is a bit inconsistent - it starts like pure science fiction, moves into dark fantasy, and ends as pure childlike enchantment (not sure if this was intentional, but it was jarring). The final moments of the film are wonderful (and will mean so much more to you if you realize that David's benefactors are not from another planet), but the Flesh Fair sequence is morbid and unnecessary. But even with these flaws, A.I. Is beautiful and thought-provoking.

    Cowboy Bebop: Session 4 : 4 of 5

    The best of the series so far! This volume contains some fascinating stories. After my complaint about not going deep into Faye Valentine's character, the very first episode does just that, revealing some very interesting aspects of who Faye is (and why she is over 50 years old!). There is also an excellent episode about Jet's past, concerning his career as a cop and his former partner - a very well constructed and emotional story. Next is a goofy episode about mushrooms, full of laughs, and then another wonderful story that ends with more insight into Faye. This episode features a really funny discussion of antiques, namely Betamax and VHS VCRs! Every episode was entertaining down to the last minute.

    7.02.2001

    Jan and Dean / Anthology Album : 2 of 5

    After buying so many Beach Boys albums in the past months, I thought I would listen to their contemporaries for a change. I really wanted a recording of Surf City, since Brian Wilson penned it, and I was curious about their other material anyway (I think I had only previously heard Dead Man's Curve once). There are some really cool tunes on here - I love Honolulu Lulu - but there is also some real crap (like an extended live performance with weird sound effects - I don't know what they were trying to pull off!).

    Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 Vol 2 : 4 of 5

    This series has officially become addictive - I'm going to have to keep rearranging my Netflix queue. The Knight Sabers are getting much more character development, and they are all unbearably cute (even Priss, who is so darn tough). Sylia's "younger" brother shows up and he's a mechanical genius - very ayashii. There's still a lot of weird intrigue and subplot going on with the old Genom president that I don't understand yet, but maybe it will all make sense someday.

    7.01.2001

    Le Petomane wrap party

    Le Petomane is over. We had two great final performances, a cast party that kept me out until 4:00 AM, and then a fish-fry swimming party at the director's lake house today. Being in this play has been like summer camp - it's strange to say goodbye to everyone. If you haven't already, you can read the reviews (and check out some photos) at my new Theater page.

    Emma Bunton / A Girl Like Me : 4 of 5

    Baby Spice was always the best thing about Spice Girls, so I actually ordered this as a UK import. Emma is just too cute not to own this album, and it actually has some cool songs on it (don't tell anyone, but I even think she can sing!). The sound is a little overproduced, of course, but most of the tracks work - this is pop, after all. I got a little tired of the echo-y Spanish guitar by the end of the CD, but I could never get tired of Emma's freckles.

    YH Chang Heavy Industries

    I have seen very little of what I would call innovative art on the internet, but YH Chang, a poet/artist in Seoul, Korea, has created something truly innovative. Her works consist of text only Flash animations that present the text of a poem set to an excellent jazz soundtrack. The words are timed to appear and transform right on the beat with amazing accuracy, so what you have is the equivalent of a beatnik coffee house reading presented at a speed that is readable but not speakable. The first work, Lotus Blossom, is by far the best (with the most music synchronization), but all of the works are fascinating. Many of them feature of some explicit lyrics (oh dear), and Half Breed Apache has some of the best sex metaphors I have ever read. (Don't be put off by the plain-jane home page - just sit back and watch the art!)

    Visit site: YH Chang Heavy Industries

    The Sword in the Stone : 3 of 5

    Another nearly forgotten Disney film, but important in that it was the beginning of the music of the Sherman brothers, who went on to write just about every Disney song you love today. This is the story of the young Arthur and Merlin before he travels to England and ends with the pulling of the sword from the anvil. The plot, if you can call it that, is just Merlin turning Arthur and himself into animals so they can enjoy cute little outings and sing so-so songs. There is a clever magic battle at the end, but until then, it's calm and low key. The DVD includes fantastic features to make up for the short little fluke of a movie, including the Sherman brothers singing several songs that didn't make it into the film (but should have!), plus some great Disney cartoon shorts and a long B&W segment from Disney's TV days.