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October 24th, 2005


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11:36 am - Weekend Update of the Dead or "What do we want?" "Brains!" "When do we want them?" "Brains!"
I love Madison.

In the years I've lived here, I've seen everything from gay rights marches to white supremacy rallies, from Michael Moore and Al Franken to Tim Michels and "Four more years!" "Free Kevin!" "Free Mumia!" "Free Tibet with purchase of lesser or equal value!"

Last year's robot protest was pretty bizzare, but I think Saturday's zombie rights march has them beat.

On Saturday I joined fuzzyinthehead and agaysexicon on State Street for the Zombie Lurch, and it was quite a surreal experience to see the Living Impaired make their way from the Capitol to the University Mall. The participants came from all walks of life -- mostly college students, but families, children and middle-aged couples all showed up in support of Zomb-Aid and Proposition I8-U, bearing signs with slogans like "Undead and proud!", "Another pro-brainz zombie that votes", and "ARGH." There were also normal people carrying signs like "Proud parent of a zombie teen," and counter-protestors with their "Stop eating us!" signs. You can find pictures and more detailed accounts of the Zombie Lurch here.

I saw plenty of people I know but didn't want to talk to (primarily Dave and Jenn of Dave and Jenn fame). jinxedkisses and r3507 were there and I would like to have said hello, but given the circumstances, I didn't. After the zombies had passed, Liz, Nick and I went to Chin's, where defaultlisa and her boyfriend Michael (both zombies now, apparently) harrassed us through the window.

After the Lurch, we picked up nocturne152 and went back to Liz and Nick's place where Liz made wassail. angelic667 showed up, and I was introduced to SolarQuest (better known as Monopoly in Space), which I was doing really well at until Nick convinced me that I needed to buy some fuel stations.

The plan for the evening had been to watch zombie movies, and I went so far as to bring Plan 9 from Outer Space (a bad zombie movie), Ed & His Dead Mother (not really a zombie movie), Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead (good zombie movies), but instead we watched Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (not a zombie movie at all). It was entertaining, but it also exemplifies why TV shows don't translate well into movies. The Family Guy makes an incredibly funny, tight half-hour of television, but stretched out it sort of plods along. That's not to say that Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story is without merit. I mean, I'd recommend it to other family guy fans, but there's not enough good material to justify 81 minutes, and not enough superfluous material to trim it down to a single episode. It's designed to be chopped into thirds and broadcast, and it might play better that way.

We also watched Shaun of the Dead. koriandrkitten and Phil (who also has a livejournal but I'm too lazy to look it up) also came over, and we rounded out the night with Evil Dead and Clue, after which we were all movied out.

Anyway, I talked about Saturday first because I wanted to focus on the Zombie Lurch. Let's go back to Friday.

On Friday night, Ellen and I went to the Mill Street Inn & Pub (where offBeat sings) to check out their food since I had gift certificates which were expiring at the end of the month. Not bad, and certainly more pleasant than the usual Olive Garden/Applebee's/Pedro's sort of atmosphere. The seating wait wasn't long, but Friday must be their busiest night. I don't imagine that there are a lot of dining destinations in Cambridge.

After dinner we went to see Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, which I think we would both heavily recommend to anybody who's curious. It's incredibly entertaining, a little more adult in a way that kids won't catch, and it's a lot of fun. I was very glad to see that the jump from thirty minutes to eighty five worked better than, well, The Family Guy. Wallace & Gromit shares little in common with other well-transitioned short subjects like Beavis and Butthead Do America and South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, but in all three cases the flavor and nuances of the source material remain in the forefront. With Wallace and Gromit, it's as if the execs from Dreamworks read the script, looked at Aardman Animation's credentials, shrugged, and signed off on the project with a hearty "you folks seem to know what you're doing -- call us if you need the rights to any music."

Anyway, you'd like it. Go see it if you haven't.
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Current Music: Heavy Classix -- The Great Gate at Kiev

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From:laviorli
Date:October 24th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC)
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I do want to see the Wallace and Gromit movie, I'm glad to hear it's worth it.

What kind of food does the Mill Street Inn & Pub have? I'm not expecting much in the way of veggie options I'm just curious.
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 24th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
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I think you'd really like Wallace & Gromit. Unfortunately, I don't think you'd find much at Mill Street that you could eat, but I wasn't actively looking for vegan-friendly menu items. They probably have something you could eat, but I wouldn't be surprised if you had to order a normal menu item without some of its ingredients.
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From:laviorli
Date:October 24th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
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I haven't had a nice salad in awhile I'm sure I could get that there(you're right about possibly needing to order it with out some ingredients since places like to add beef/chicken to salads too) I'll have to see if I can round up some people to go to your next show. :)
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From:tlhinganhom
Date:October 24th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
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Not to be a grammar nazi again, and completely disregarding the previous preposition, this looks super-funny to me:

"angelic667, and I was introduced to..."

(angelic667 and I were introduced to...)

and phill is bluntobject

Ok, I guess that's all for now.
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 24th, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)
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Woah. Actually, the grammar was correct, but I was missing a couple of words. The sentence should have read:

"angelic667 showed up, and I was introduced to..."

Angel did not play SolarQuest.
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From:tlhinganhom
Date:October 24th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Ohhhh, ok; that makes a lot more sense. Lol.
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 24th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I appreciate you pointing it out. It's a small mistake, but I'd rather have it fixed.

Oh, incidentally, you seem to like photos of me which I find embarrassing, so I should mention that my Halloween 2005 page is up. There's one photo like that, and sometime in the next couple of days there will be others.

I just know I'm ruining any chance I have at running a good political campaign.
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From:tlhinganhom
Date:October 24th, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)

You're still the awesomest guy I know.

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Just so you know, it's very tempting to make an LJ icon out of that.
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From:evil_jim
Date:October 24th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
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Zombie lurch? & I wasn't invited??!

Actually, I'd heard of it Sunday whilst evesdropping on a fellow at Pegasus Games & found it hard to believe. I didn't know it was this weekend tho'. If you ever hear of this type of thing in the future, please lemme know.

Jon & I tried the Sunday brunch buffett at the Mill Street In & Pub a couple months ago to use up his coupons. The food was delicious and I'd go back if only I could remember on the right day.
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 25th, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
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Yeah, sorry I didn't get back to you at all this weekend. I appreciate your working with Sony on the WoTW thing, though. As for the Zombie Lurch, I found out about it more or less at the last minute. There's a Zombie Pub Crawl on Saturday night, but I don't suppose you'd be interested in that...
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From:defaultlisa
Date:October 24th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC)
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Hope we didn't disturb your lunch too much. We were feeling a bit peckish, ourselves.
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 25th, 2005 03:17 am (UTC)
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Oh no, you didn't disturb anything. Mostly I was going through my mentally-stored Table of Reactions, and couldn't think of an appropriate response to zombies interrupting my dinner. So did you guys eventually find the brains you were seeking? Or did you have to settle for something else?
From:renny1780
Date:October 24th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
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I had heard of the Zombie Lurch but I wasn't feeling too compeled to go to Madison for said event. Actually, I wasn't feeling too up to doing anything this weekend.

I've been trying to decide if I want to see 'Wallace and Gromit' or not. I wanted to see 'Corpse Bride' but no one wants to go with me. I suppose I should just bite it and go by myself. I'm supposing, too, that I should just bite it and go by myself to see 'Wallace and Gromit'...hrm.

Woo for having fun this weekend. Yours has been more entertaining than mine.
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 24th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
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That sucks. I'm surprised nobody wanted to go to those movies with you. I'd offer, but I've already seen both and money's always kind of tight for me. I think you'd like Wallace & Gromit (but then, I can't imagine anybody not enjoying it)). See if Mary wants to go -- she expressed an interest (you probably noticed if you read the comments),
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From:agaysexicon
Date:October 24th, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
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It was lack of fuel stations that diddley done kilt me. And it was your own damn fault for listenin'. Not that it would have helped you. You'd have landed on one of my satelltes and owed me another $1100 federons.

But kudos to Scott who was almost out of fuel and still managed to win.

Glad you had fun. Sorry I passed out shortly into Clue, but uh, I wasn't going to be awake much longer, and I didn't think Liz would liked to have dragged me into bed by my feet.
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 25th, 2005 03:18 am (UTC)
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You passed out during Clue? I didn't noticee. I was trying too hard not to pass out myself. That's more a reflection on my caffiene consumption on Saturday than on your party. I had myself a good time.
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From:crabmoon
Date:October 24th, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)
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I looked at the pics, why didn't you dress up like a zombie? I would of if I hadn't been in janesville entertaining several children at the time.
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 25th, 2005 03:20 am (UTC)
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I would have dressed up as a zombie, but I didn't actually find out about the Lurch until Saturday afternoon. If it happens next year, I'm taking part.
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From:koriandrkitten
Date:October 24th, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
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Glad you had fun.
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 25th, 2005 03:22 am (UTC)
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So am I. You have fun too?
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From:koriandrkitten
Date:October 26th, 2005 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Yes, yes I did. Though I was rather disappointed that no one brought Evil Dead 2 or Army of Darkness. Now I've been in the mood to watch both.
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From:evil_jim
Date:October 25th, 2005 07:57 am (UTC)
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Current Music: Heavy Classix -- The Great Gate at Kiev

Is this something you've told me about already? It sounds interesting.
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 25th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC)
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I think I might have mentioned it waaaay back when. It's a good collection of "classical music for headbangers" taken from various orchestral recordings. I found it some years ago at the Elves' Palace when I was looking for a cheap copy of The Montagues and the Capulets (which ELP recorded as Romeo and Juliet).

Heavy Classix has a really good selection of tracks, and I guess you can still get it new from Amazon, but I'd really only recommend it to somebody who thinks they don't like classical music. It might be worth your time to glance through the tracklisting to see if there's anything you don't know that you might like to familiarize yourself with, but you already have a better copy of Pictures than what's on this album.
Weekend Update of the Dead or "What do we want?" "Brains!" "When do we want them?" "Brains!" - Garmonbozia for the soul.

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