February 28, 2013
The guy ahead of me in line at the truck rental store was as agitated
as a washing machine. He kept spinning around to see how many people
were behind him in line and then twisting to see how many people were
ahead of him. His black knit cap sat high on his head, keeping some of
the air above him warm. He spun around like a top until it was his turn.
Just as the customer in front of him was served, the clerk announced
that there were no more clean trucks.
With a sigh and a lurch, the young man asked, "Does a truck need to be
cleaned? What if I'm not going to use the ... uh... cargo section."
The puzzled clerk asked, "Do you want a truck or a van?"
The guy rented a truck.
I think this was him.
Music Association: Simon And
Garfunkel - Slip Sliding Away
February 26, 2013
Despicable Me 2
is due out on July 3rd.
As a sequel, it will be like the first movie, and the first movie was a
mix of other movies and TV.
says the big similarity is Miss Hattie from Despicable Me and Dolores
Umbridge from Harry Potter.
Maybe Grace the secretary in Ferris
Bueller's Day Off is more like Miss Hattie.
Both seem equally unimpressed.
Here's Dr. Evil from Austin Powers and Gru from Despicable Me.
Here's the Addams Family house and Gru's house in Despicable Me.
Here's the martians in Toy Story and the minions in Despicable Me.
Here's Boo from Monsters Inc and Agnes from Despicable Me.
Here's the pointy-haired boss from Dilbert and Mr. Perkins from
Here's the Genesis effect from Star Trek 2 and moon shrinking from
Here's the shark from Jaws and the shark from Despicable Me.
Here's Vinnie Barbarino
Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever and Gru in Despicable Me.
(2010) is like episodic television -- you've seen it before;
you saw it just last week.
rest of the movie
Music Associations: Foreigner -
Cold As Ice "I've seen it before; it happens all the time." (the looping Gif theme
(cover of The Beach Boys - Barbara Ann)
Novel Association: Minion is a character in Hopes and Dreams: Stuck on
The Side Effects of Television
February 22, 2013
I don't watch much television, so it can have more of an impact on me
than on regular viewers.
Recently watching TV, I was stunned by what I saw and heard. I should
have been better prepared for its effects.
It was a commercial
(zolpidem tartrate) by Transcept Pharmaceuticals of Point Richmond (on
the San Francisco Bay) in California. Visually, the ad told the story
of a light bulb that wouldn't turn off in the middle of the night. The
audio story was brief before launching into the side effects of
Allergic reactions such as shortness of breath or swelling of the
tongue or throat may be fatal.
eating, or engaging in other activities while not fully awake without
remembering the event the next day have been reported.
• Abnormal behaviors may include
aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations, or confusion.
• In depressed patients, worsening
of depression and increased risk of suicide may occur.
The Wikipedia page for Zolpidem
says it "is a short-acting nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic of the
imidazopyridine class that potentiates gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA),
an inhibitory neurotransmitter, by binding to GABAA receptors at the
same location as benzodiazepines." Its side effects include:
"headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, anterograde amnesia,
hallucinations, delusions, altered thought patterns, difficulty
maintaining balance, sleep walking, sleep talking, sleep driving,
euphoria - dysphoria, increased appetite, increased or decreased
libido, uninhibited extroversion, increased impulsivity, and impaired
judgment and reasoning." Yeah impaired reasoning caused the patient to
take zolpidem in the first place.
This raises a whole night's worth of questions:
1. Are they
2. Is a full night's sleep that necessary?
3. They must be kidding.
4. Who would sell this stuff?
5. They're kidding, right?
6. Who can't sleep so much -- what must they
do in their waking hours -- to be this troubled?
I wondered about this all night.
Music Association: Bobby Lewis -
Tossing and Turning
Q: Why did you shovel your yard?
A: Did I? I must
have been sleep shoveling.
Okay, that's cute.
Music Association: Elvis - Teddy