Friday, October 30, 2009

Quotation of the day

The Connecticut Independent [Sen. Joe Lieberman] told ABC News that he'll likely campaign for some Republican candidates in next year's midterm elections.

"I probably will support some Republican candidates for Congress or Senate in the election in 2010. I'm going to call them as I see them," he said, adding that "sometimes, the better choice is not somebody who's not a Democrat."
--The Wall Street Journal

Hmm. Am I reading this correctly? Let's parse. Sometimes, the better choice is not someone who's not a Democrat? That means that sometimes the better choice is a Democrat.

See that, Democrats, fed up with this member of the Democratic caucus? He does give grudging respect for you! Or, wait ... do you think he just doesn't know how a double negative works?

Democrats should not be incapable of not allowing him to stay in the caucus. Hey, that's a triple negative! I need to lie down.

They're tapping the wires

Recently discovered the CBC radio show WireTap, with Jonathan Goldstein. Funny stuff. It's available as a podcast, and it gets The Velvet Blog Official Seal of Approval.


(If you want your own seal, you can create one here. Be warned, though, the site is buggy and you may need to try over and over before it works.)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Photobucket - Video and Image HostingMommy, why is the kitty #&$@ing a pumpkin?

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingMommy, the patients from the burn unit at the hospital are here.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingMommy, there's something about the shape of the tombstone that's making me extremely uncomfortable.

Quotation of the day

Other than being arrested at 18 for burglarizing the home of an ex-girlfriend, George P. Bush appears to have all the right credentials to carry the Bush legacy well into the future. --Yahoo News

Other than? Other than?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Quotation of the day

I have trouble listening to what [Cheney] says sometimes because of the blood that drips from his teeth while he's talking. But my response is this: He's just angry because the president doesn't shoot old men in the face. But by the way, when he was done speaking, did he just then turn into a bat and fly away? --Rep. Alan Grayson

I'll be appearing here all week. Don't forget to tip your waitress!

(If you gave me the quote and asked me to guess who said it, I probably would have said Hugo Chavez.)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Happy Mole Day

So psyched to find out that today is Mole Day! Who among us doesn't love that deep, dark, velvety chocolate sauce, the secret weapon of fine Mexican cooks? Yum!

What, not that mole?

Oh, well, who among us doesn't love the sweet little vermin that burrows under our front lawns, making them all bumpy? Adorable!

Not that mole, either?

Hmmm. You mean, there's a holiday celebrating Cindy Crawford's beauty mark?


Well, then I guess there's a holiday derived from the Avogadro constant, defining the number of particles in a mole, one of the seven base SI units? Seriously?

Well, fine, but now I'm in the mood for mole sauce on an avocado, served by supermodel being chased by vermin. I'm funny that way.

UPDATE: Mole Day activities! (Wait ... why won't he return my mole? That's so unfair.)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Due to overwhelming demand,* here are a few sheep pics from vacation.

More pics to come.

*Note: sarcasm.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Well, that's one way of dealing with the problem

I'm surprised the conspiracy theorists aren't grabbing this and running with it. You know those FEMA camps we're told don't exist? They do -- and they're being used for the extermination of children with swine flu! Really! It was in The New York Times! Buried on an inside page! First, pigs were discovered with swine flu at the Minnesota State Fair. Then it was theorized they caught it from 4-H kids. Then ... well, it's just too horrible to contemplate:
A veterinarian for the Minnesota State Fair, Dr. Tom Hagerty, was traveling on the East Coast late Friday and said he had not heard of the test findings. Dr. Hagerty sounded surprised at the news but not alarmed, because most of the pigs, or perhaps all, that were at the state fair at the same time as a group of 4-H children who became ill were to be sent to the slaughterhouse shortly afterward. --The New York Times

If they were turned into bacon, I hope the children were at least free-range.

Yes, The Velvet Blog has returned from vacation. Shall I bore you with vacation photos? There are sheep, goats, and dogs involved. Not, as far as I am aware, pigs or 4-H kids being led away to be aged in a smokehouse.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Radio silence

The Velvet Blog will be going dark for for a week or so.

As usual, I must beg you: Don't miss me too much. You know, the normal amount is fine.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Random 10

Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, "Here and Now"
Sufjan Stevens, "Prairie Fire That Wanders About"
k.d. lang, "The Consequences of Falling"
World Party, "Vanity Fair"
Nellie McKay, "Baby, Watch Your Back"
Rilo Kiley, "Does He Love You?"
R.E.M., "Stand" (from Green)
Elvis Costello, "A Man Out of Time"
The Knickerbockers, "Sweet Green Fields"
Fleet Foxes, "Oliver James"

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Look around you!

The "Look Around You" shorts, originally aired on the BBC, are very funny and pitch-perfect.

For more, search on the phrase "look around you" on YouTube.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Question for the teabaggers on Main Street in Sayville on Saturday

Before the question, a complaint. When you put up signs around town with "TEA PARTY" on them, the first thing I think of -- indeed the first thing anyone other than inveterate Fox News viewers think of -- is orange pekoe and crumpets, not 50-year-olds dressed up like George Washington railing about health care. And who knew the Boston tea party was organized to protest against universal health care? I, for one, did not.

Don't get me thinking of crumpets and then renege. It's just not fair.

But I digress.

Among the "patriotic" songs you were playing was "Sweet Home Alabama." So, at last, my question to you is, what the hell???

Sunday, October 04, 2009

I still haven't been to the main market

10/4/14: Hey, I'm putting this update at the top because my Cashiers du Cinemart article on After Last Season is now online

I've taken down my review of After Last Season, because a much-expanded version--featuring original interviews with three of the actors--will be published in issue 17 of Cashiers du Cinemart, slated to be published in November.

More info forthcoming.

UPDATE: Issue #17 of Cashiers du Cinemart, featuring my article on After Last Season, is now available in a number of formats. Here's a link to the Kindle version, and here's a link to the print version. (The issue also features articles on Bloodsucking Freaks and the Findlays' Flesh trilogy, so it also makes a great Christmas gift. The print version has illustrations that the Kindle doesn't have, so I think it's worth the extra $3.)

UPDATE UPDATE: Other posts on the movie: On initially discovering the trailer. The reviews are in.