cryin Lib

We may have lost Frances, but Ms. Gumm never lost her flavor!

My sister Laurie's memory is even more detailed than mine, and even though forty years ago tonight
was so long ago that it was the summer before we started kindergarten, she actually recalls something
from June 25, 1969. I guess we were watching TV and our dad was upstairs listening to the radio.
She remembers him coming into the living room looking very sad and telling our mom that
they wouldn't be able to see Judy Garland live in concert now, because she had died.

Today is not about MJ's scandals nor Farrah's illness.
It is the 40th anniversary of the death of Judy Garland,
and June 25 1969 used to be considered the origin
of the moden gay rights movment.

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And for those of you who are history buffs,
the "midget hanging himself in the enchanted forest"
is merely an urban legend, or something to look for after
the Dark Side of the Moon is done playing, 45 minutes into the film
when you turn the sound back up...

The most likely explanation I have heard is that it was a pelican or some other kind of
exotic creature the producers had placed around the set for some reason...

Thank you for visiting my Livejournal.
It's been too long since I was in here clacking away at ya.
Take care everyone, and have a fun & safe weekend :-)


those arent grooves those are wrinkles

By the time Laurie and I hatched, in 1964, on the very precipice between the baby boomers and Generation X, pop culture was mixing up the kitschy and the surreal like crazy, as if it was serious drama! Sci fi and horror are really fun. Movies that are called thrillers or suspense, not so much. In that way I am similar to my young friend Nicklaus who claims to "need a little more genre than that." Hence, to really enjoy the screen-viewing experience, I need colorful scenery, or intense black and white textures combined with maudlin, overplayed music, at least most of the time. I love the way the millenial kids (or Gen-Y or whatever Nick is) use words so diffeerntly, like the word "random," to refer to incongruity, or even merely a surprising or unfamiliar event. I like it though, it's cute. I am entranced by vincent price at any age, doing anything. On the few feature length sci fi selections at, you can see Vincent play THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, and we learn very early on in the film that the earth's last man is also the world's fussiest fussbudget. But all the furious fussbudgeting in the world, ultimately, cannot protect you from zombies, Vincent.

But I could have told you vincent, this whirled was never meant for one as beautiful as

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Yeah man. Still fresh. But I'll take only what I need. It's gotta last.

Art is science made clear. -Jean Cocteau


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Life here at the SRI has been busy and not without its good times,
however I am putting a lot of mental effort into lots of things.
Some Vocation some Avocation and all quite interesting,
but sometimes mentally exhausting.

This week a strange event occurred,
last night over in Research Park.
Not necessarily a loss of real close friendship
but it makes me at least, in the granda scheme of
things, momentarily sad, to lose my sense of trust.

But enough of that!

It's time to take your shoes off and relax with Ann and Nancy!

The following link I found out about from the very groovy verucas_chaos
If I could get my own island, I'd want to power it
as green as I could possibly do! Way to go, Johnny!


Watch, Rinse, REPEAT

Susan Olsen is raising the bar on reality-show-quality
by focusing on kitten foster care in a humorous way,
but this is a cause she promotes all the time, seriously.

Part of staying on the show is about Susan getting
the most views on her entry in the show's YouTube video contest!
The more you click on the video the more of a victory it is
for Brady fans and animal lovers everywhere! And it's funny!

Click here to help her WIN

Additionally, please spread the word to your friends who are Brady Fans, Animal Lovers,
or just Spending A Lot of Time Online Anyhow

cryin Lib

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Glad to find out there are some communities for the grownups on LJ,
don't know why I didn't search for them until the fifty_something community was spotlighted.
I have joined it a few years early, yo :-)

I found another groovy community, the over_forty list! Hello.

My most recent very fun synaesthesia poll got a great response but the
cohort is skewing a little young over there. You can fix that by
participating in my synaesthesia survey!

In honor of another currently spotlighted LJ community, toon_memories
here's one of my favorite toon memories from when Saturday Morning meant something.

Also, today's clip celebrates that two people I care about will soon be rolling along to better places. My faraway sister into a better neighborhood in our hometown, and my local friend fiLAh into a more comfortable place in which to make new happy memories.

If you've just tooned in, Welcome to the Sunshine Rewind Institute

Friend me here, friend me there
if you like. I haven't been making time to post here a lot lately, but I do always read my flist ;-)


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I'm now doing Thursdays on the 1word1day community. And I accidentally crossposted it on my own LJ but it's a pretty good word this time. And I recommend that community every day for good words.

noun, the quality of not being intimidated; fearlessness

click here for the entry!

from : Middle English daunten, from Old French danter, from Latin domitre,

Citizens of the United States

must face the future with absolute dauntlessness

if we are to survive this economic recession!

Godspeed, everyone :-)


New and Improved LB post!

Edit: Good coincidence, I finally got around to writing a much longer
review of the writing class I took last February, and now you
can hear
Lynda talking about creativity on NPR June 2nd, 2008!!

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You can enjoy some groovy current Lynda Barry content in:

her contribution to the book The Best of American Comics 2006, available through booksellers or your local library.
(watch for the 2008 Best of American Comics, as Lynda Barry is editing it)

To enroll for the Chicago August 23-24 email the class secretary,
Kelly Hogan, at

Check the Writing the Unthinkable Myspace to see a whole bunch of
neat stuff, including info about the
Chicago class in August! ,
and you can see the current Ernie Pook's Comeek episodes in the pics section.

If you want to read What It Is,
Get Lynda's new book locally!
If you don't have time to go comic book shopping, Hank will ship any order
for one flat rate! Worth it!

In other news, now that she has gotten not only burglarized,
but now a couple weeks ago, robbed in her parking lot,
Laurie is finally willing to move to a bettier place in a nicer neighborhood.
I'm very happy that she is doing that and so impressed by the
many hometown friends who have really stepped up to be supportive and helpful!
It has made this whole situation a lot easier.
And one very special non-hometown friend, in a faraway urban sprawl land,
sent wonderful words of encouragement. (I like-you-way-too-much too !-)
To everyone who responded, and those who might in the future,
I am amazed and grateful beyond words.
Thank you doesn't begin to cover it.


This pie tastes ... like ... Pi

Since my previous post was long and newsy, today's will be short 'n' sweet.

Click here to take my synaesthesia survey.

Not sure if non-LJ users can take LJ polls, but I did make it open to everyone.
The online quiz my new friend gypsyapple found, to get your own results for the meme below is more challenging than my poll above, but you might find it interesting!


Time was, i thought everyone visualized language in colors, but I have read in some science-like article that it's relatively rare. By the way, I think lots of synaesthetes are creative, but everyone I know who is not very synaesthetic is also very creative, so don't let the syn-challenge discourage ya. I was theorizing that a larger percentage of LJ writers would be synaesthetes than the general public (meaning the handful of people i've asked at the more normal of my workplaces). So far, I seem to have guessed correctly :-)


Hello Again from the hustle-bustle of the Institute

Too much good stuff happening to even take time to blog about it,
but since I have met some new local folks on LJ and in "real" life,
and finding people I used to know on the internets,
(mostly MySpace), here's a link back to the tags of glory.
The bar-graph of visitation is pretty lame now, because I haven't been doing polls or posting here for several days. Hello. Really I need to do a new & improved welcome page, but since I've been too busy to have a theme-of-the-month on my LJ for the last few months, that ol' November welcome page is still remarkably comprehensive. Lots of good entries between then and now, but they are sort of random, as the kids say. Actually they really are random, not the way kids use the word random, which seems to mean surprising or out-of-context or something. Lil' slackers.

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Even though I've been neglecting to post here, I've been finding springtime-relevant clips to share! In today's clip the Jolly Green Giant wasn't really a tv icon yet, and he was SCARY. You have to imagine the green. Imagine the greeeeennnn...

The youtube uploader claims it's from the year that Laurie and I hatched, which means lotsa shows were in black 'n' white and the ones that weren't still proudly advertised "In Living Color" or had "technicolor" as a subtitle or in the credits. Now, who all of my readers is also a synaesthete and can imagine gray images as green? Please indicate by a show of hams. Anyone, Anyone?

Time travel movies from the Netflix queue are finally here. Yes, they will be disappointing mostly, but that's okay because there's always that first few minutes where it seems like they're gonna do something interesting with the premise. More on that (and everything else) later, taters.

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