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February 25th, 2006

Hey, you're kind of cute.

o/`
IN-ter-jections!
Show excitement!
Or emotion!
And are usually set apart from the sentence
by an exclamation point,
or by a comma if the feeling's not as strong.

So if you're happy (Hooray!)
or sad (Aww!)
or frightened (Eek!)
or mad (Rats!)
or excited (Wow!)
or glad (Hey!)
an interjection starts the sentence right!
o/`

-The Gneech

Saturday Workout Report

Yourself! Fitness
Focus: Cardio (oh GAWD not cardio, I hate cardio)
Duration: 30 minutes (of sheer agony)
Calories Burned: 314 (per second?)
Result: there is a special level of hell reserved for whoever invented the jumping jack

-The Gneech
Went with laurie_robey and jamesbarrett to see The Pink Panther. Well done! They really nailed the Blake Edwards/Peter Sellers feel, without just "making a copy" of what came before. The weakest part, IMO, was Kevin Kline as Chief Inspector Dreyfus, which is not any reflection on Kevin Kline, it's just that he wasn't really right for the part. Of course, I didn't expect him to be another Herbert Lom any more than I expected Steve Martin to be another Peter Sellers, but his version was a little too "slick weasel who gets his comeuppance" rather than "hardworking career man cursed to endure Cleuseau or go mad trying."

That's just a minor nitpick with what I think is a very good Pink Panther flick. It hit all the right notes, didn't have any of the random "long, unexpected boring parts" that plagued the early PP films, and didn't have any of the "wow, this is totally unfunny" parts that plagued the last of the Sellers and post-Sellers PP films. It's very nice to have a movie be better than I was expecting. :)

I should say a word here about the previews that came before it. There are a lot of really lame-looking comedies on the way. Pink Panther is supposed to be goofy, dumb fun, yes? Well these previews made Pink Panther look like dry, intellectual wit. Yikes. (The movies in question were Bench Warmers, The Shaggy Dog, Nacho Libre, RV, and Madea's Family Reunion. Even the least awful ones, looked really awful.)

I also saw a trailer in the lobby for The Wild. This is all I've got to say about that:

DISNEY SHOULD NOT BE MAKING "ME TOO!" MOVIES.

...I don't care how cool the lion looked.

So anyway, to sum up: Pink Panther good. Lame previews bad. Thank you and good night.

-The Gneech

Conventching

I sent off a "Guest Application" to Dragon*Con tonight requesting to share an Artist Alley table with Bill Holbrook. Normally D*C is a purely attendee con for me, but as Jeff Darlington won't be there to help Bill with the table, and I want to make some cash to pay for Comic-Con, I'm pretty much turning D*C into a working con, at least during the day.

Previous times that I've put in Guest Applications to D*C, I haven't ever heard back a peep, much less been selected. My first year (2000) I was there as a guest, but that had all been arranged by Plan Nine. Bill and Jeff, on the other hand, get invited every year.

Not that I feel rejected or anything. *sniff, sniff* ;)

So, we'll see how that goes.

But now, it's late and I must sleep. I've got some heavy-duty arting to do tomorrow. Monday's strip in particular is very art-intensive. Next Friday's, on the other hand, was very writing-intensive. Either way, it's going to be another week of pushing myself to higher levels than I've worked on in the past. That's the only way to get great!

-The Gneech

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