Monthly Archives: January 2008

Thursday Thirteen: The Joker.

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(“Pick a Card” by Ed Benes, from Upper Deck’s Vs. System)

1.  Nina and I have been cooking up a short story/novel/screenplay for months, with the myth of The Joker as its focal point.

2.  Yesterday Heath Ledger died tragically, and was quoted in multiple interviews saying his portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime in The Dark Knight took him to such frightening places that he had trouble sleeping.

3.  The myth has been around for 68 years, first appearing in DC Comics’ Batman #1 in 1940.

4.  Two years ago, The Joker was chosen as The Greatest Villain of All Time by Wizard magazine.

5.  The Joker was created by Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger, and Bob Kane.

6.  He has been previously portrayed by Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Hamill’s voice.

7.  Yes, Luke Skywalker and The Joker shared a career.

8.  An actor named Conrad Veidt painted his face in a silent film called The Man Who Laughs in 1928.  He was the model for the myth.

9.  Batman once said that The Joker’s motives and actions “make sense to him alone”.

10.  Heath Ledger’s biorhythms were really messed up that day.

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11.  The Joker once tricked Mr. Mxyzptlk into giving him total control of reality.

12.  When The Dark Knight comes out this summer, it will be a filmgoing experience unlike any other.

13.  Rest in Peace, Heath Ledger.  Our prayers go out to your family and friends. 

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Fifty First Question of the Day: Favorite Heath Ledger Scenes.

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Art leaves a residue.  Film is a medium that makes it last a long time for large groups of people.  Heath Ledger lives on in his movies, and our memories.  Nina and I are especially fond of A Knight’s Tale.  We have seen it 24 times.  I can hear the bubbling remix of David Bowie’s Golden Years tickling my ears.  I can see Heath’s smirking hips.  I can feel the clap of the hands.

It is my favorite scene of Heath Ledger’s short but brilliant career.  What’s yours?

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The Only Constant is Change.

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(Incredible stuff by Mark Brooks.  More can be found by clicking here.)

Sigh.  Things at work are in a major fluxus mode.  My Rogue-like superpowers have the empathy melt sizzling like grilled cheese.  I love change, and yet I also love a sense of direction.  So I juggle.

In another sort of change, WordPress just gave us so much extra space with the upgrade that my meter went from 70% full to 99% empty.  The eye candy store just bought the whole mall, for free!  Outstanding news indeed.

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Fiftieth Question of the Day.

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(Wicked cover by Simon Bisley)

Happy MLK Day everybody, I get to stay home from work!  I need to finish my latest article before Nina wakes up.  It’s all about Doom Patrol.  They are cuh-razy.  Bonkers.  Messy nuts.  I love them more with each new part of their myth I study, they remind me so much of my surrealist dada days.  My life often gets THAT bizarre.

How bizarre is yours?

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Weekend in Heaven: Fantasy Cards.

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Sweet.  I just downloaded a great little toy called Magic Set Editor, thanks to Doc Jones and his call for a Realms set.  The program is keen fun, I hope I can stop playing with it long enough to get my next article finished.  That pic is the first version of a cardboard encapsulation of my true self.  I welcome any suggestions for future expansion. 

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Happy Friday, to Angel and Human alike.

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So yesterday our spaghetti straps of love got swollen enough to fly this blog straight to the heart of the sun.  We were featured on www.thursdaythirteen.com and held the top Religion post on WordPress all afternoon.  Our feet won’t be feeling the ground for a few more days.  A huge sincere Thank You goes out to all those who send good vibrations our way, we could not have done it without you.  Now we have some celebrating to do.  And we have a four day weekend to frame it in.  Every day, in every way, better and better.  Happy Friday!

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Thursday Thirteen: Protected By Angels?

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(Space Bears by Juvaun Kirby, from Upper Deck’s Vs. System) 

I swear there are forces outside me that are guiding my shoes to step in EXACTLY the right piles.  And then I figure that my self is probably big enough to absorb everything outside of me anyway.  So I scamper off in my mind and discover a whole new corner.  I absolutely adore new explanations of life and how to live it.  Yesterday I saw a bumper sticker that said “Protected by Angels”.  I know the feeling.  Today, again on the way to work, the exact same car was stopped in front of me at a red light.  Sixty seconds earlier or later, and I would have not gotten the same synchronicity.  So I decided to jot down thirteen explanations for the phenomenon.

  1. Angels are formed by swirly vortexes of luck.  Being in the right place at the right time is a skill, if you can follow the invisible connections that join every thing to every other thing.
  2. We have spaghetti straps of love stuck to our shoulders.  This is a little bit like karma.  Everyone who is thinking good thoughts about you is sending you good vibes.  If you build up enough of this positive energy around your head, you will turn to look just in time to see the perfect thing.
  3. Desire attracts.  There is a very interesting theory that we always get what we really want.  Your deepest desires have much more chance of happening, since you want them so bad.  Not many people can understand that, since they don’t really know what they really want.
  4. This is God’s ant farm.  Who knows?  I tend to think we are all wrong, so this one has as good a chance as any.
  5. There is no spoon.  You are a brain in a jar in my lab.  There is no way you can prove to me that you are not.  When you feel angels protecting you, you are having a real good trip.
  6. Our selves play dominoes all over the place.  Like, if there are parallel universes created from the temporal branches proceeding from each moment, then the wings are created by all my other possible actions.
  7. Some people just can’t let go.  Maybe the whole ghost thing happens when someone is too attached to the human with all its exquisite beauty.  Many cultures have believed it, so there has got to be something to it.
  8. The human brain can create its own reality.  We cannot escape the images of the angel in this culture.  The pictures are everywhere.  What we see is what we get.
  9. Rationalization is fun.  Saying “I accidentally stepped out of the way at just the right time” is fairly boring.
  10. Space Bears!  That’s right.  You knew it was coming.  Aliens.  They are everywhere, and when they are not conducting their pointless probing experiments, they are angels.
  11. Animal totems ROCK!  I have merged with squirrels.  Maybe the angels are human/bird hybrids who were really curious about the sensation of flight.
  12. There is a war in heaven.  Tom Robbins had the best version of this in his masterpiece called Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates.  He talked about the neutral angels.  Some of the funniest profound prose ever.
  13. I am an angel myself, and we protect our own.  It always feels good to belong to an exclusive club.  Whatever feelings make you feel best, those are the feelings you should practice.  Give yourself permission to choose the explanation of life that serves up the most bliss inside your little angel heart.  You’ll be glad you did, whether it is “true” or not.

Now you know where angels come from.  As soon as you come down from the heights of inspiration, write your own list of thirteen things you like to groove on and link them here: www.thursdaythirteen.com

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