Posts from June 2012

Friday, 15 June 2012

Kitty Fantastico “Fuzzy Bean” Harris

Anybody who has been over to our home in the past 11 years will be sad to hear this, but Kitty Fantastico “Fuzzy Bean” Harris has passed away.

Fantastico

By all rights she should have died two-and-a-half years ago when she suffered massive kidney failure, so these past couple of years have been bonus time for which I am unbelievably grateful. Three times a week since January 2009 Carrie & I stuck a needle into the back of her neck and held her down as subcutaneous fluids drained into her in order to keep her healthy. And every single moment was worth it.

Fantastico was my first “complete” person. All of the other cats I’ve lived with either were older than I was so that I didn’t know them when they were kittens, or I moved out of the house between when we got them and when they died. We got Fantastico as a tiny baby (she could fit in Carrie’s shoe) when she was left in a box outside the Tacoma Goodwill. We raised her, trained her, took care of her, loved her, and were with her for her whole life, including when she died.

Though we are incredibly sad (and this has been kind of a shitty year), I am gratified to know first-hand that Fantastico had a good life and was a happy cat (though she was always a little miffed at us for bringing Suki home). Wherever I look in this house I see her, in every single nook, cranny, and corner: sitting on heaters and stealing all of their heat, waiting in the office window for us to get home (known in these instances as “Window Bean”), sleeping on the back of my office chair while I was on the computer, rubbing her face on Carrie’s hair brush (weird, but see the video below), climbing shelves and mantles in order to eat flowers that I brought home for Carrie, hissing at guests and then examining their purses and rubbing on their shoes, “helping” with laundry by burrowing into it, and always running out into the dining room and rolling over for me whenever I got home.

I will let this gallery of photos and videos serve as her memorial. Enjoy! We certainly enjoyed having her. She was a good kitty.

I will be taking about a week-long break from posting here.

Categories: Life, Pictures, Updates, Videos.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

New Review: The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers (2012)

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The Avengers is a delicate balancing act. You have (arguably) nine separate main characters, including the villain. They’re all fully-realized and each needs not only a chance to shine, but a chance to develop and really to be known. Gee, if only the movie were written by someone who had experience writing something with nine fully-realized main characters… [Read my full review]

Categories: Movie Reviews.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Transit of Venus

Today, something marvelous happened. A tiny speck passed in front of the sun. It was Venus.

What’s so special about that? Didn’t that just happen like eight years ago? Well, yes, it did happen back in 2004. But it won’t happen again until the year 2117.

Venus Transit

Venus Transit

So this was a last-chance-in-a-lifetime event for many people (most likely including me). I was at work for most of the transit, but I was able to watch a live feed of it over at
http://sunearthday.gsfc.nasa.gov/transitofvenus/

Also, it was pretty cloudy for most of the day, and though it did clear up at the end I never bothered to make a pinhole camera or anything like that. I don’t like being out in direct sunlight too much, even if it is dimmed by 0.1% because a speck is in front of it.

I hope everyone got to experience it to some degree, whether live-streaming it or in person. It’s SCIENCE. Read more about it.

Categories: Science.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Italian Spiderman: Complete and Uncut!

Some of you may not know this, but one of my favorite all-time internet things ever is Italian Spiderman. It was originally released several years ago as a series of short web videos, but now the creator has finally edited them all together so that now you can watch the majesty of Italian Spiderman as it was intended to be seen: COMPLETE AND UNCUT! Behold the glory:

It’s about 40 minutes long, and is worth 40 days. Believe.

Categories: Videos.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Chris Blount Wins

I would never have thought five or six years ago that today so many of my friends would be musicians (let alone so many hip-hop musicians). Well, my buddy Chris Blount (pronounced “Blunt”) released a hip-hop album last week, I Win. So go on and take a listen to it. Heck, download it; it’s free!

Categories: Music.

Friday, 1 June 2012

“Of the Month” June 2012

Link of the Month:
Dinosaur Dracula Dinosaur Dracula
Back around the turn of the century, before feed readers were much of anything, in those heady, first-ten-years-of-the-world-wide-web drunkenness, one of my all-time favorite websites was X-Entertainment, by Matt. In fact, it was X-E that inspired me to start thisischris.com. Well, after more than 12 years Matt has decided to call it quits on X-E… and start a new website called Dinosaur Dracula. It launched late last night! It promises to be a leaner, more agile sequel of sorts to X-E, full of hilarious pop culture articles. I am very excited.

Album of the Month:
Marian Call: Something Fierce
Marian Call is my favorite geeky & jazzy vocalist. This is a major release, a two-disc, 19-song album that explores an enjoyably large scope of music. Her songs range from fun and slightly silly (“The Avocado Song”) to beautifully wistful (the epic “Anchorage”). Her performance is bright and lively, really capturing the spirit of her live performances, and her voice as always has a lovely burr to it that I just find absolutely charming. Her lyrics are smart and self-aware, and the production is polished and professional. Just listen to “Good Morning Moon” and try not to get it stuck in your head. This is an irresistible album.

Movie of the Month:
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
This is my second-favorite M:I movie (after DePalma’s brilliantly stylish original), directed by heretofore animation director Brad Bird. Coming from animation gives Bird’s action sequences a wonderful sense of space; you always know where everything is in relation to everything else (unless it’s important that you don’t), and action through-lines are clear and exciting. Each action sequence tells a story; it’s not just a bunch of quick cuts and crazy camera moves to generate artificial excitement. M:I-GP was my very first Vidreoview! You can go read it now.

Categories: Of the Month.