Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The reason that I started this blog

was to have a home for the footnotes in my other blog.  Just like Terry does in his books.

So here we go.  BTW - if you have not read the Frog on the Pumpkin blog post, this will likely make no sense to you. :)

* from the box, PumpkinHead sounded a lot like the gargoyles from Fable :D

** Every time I see PumpkinHead I play the XTC song - The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead in my mind.....love that song. So I am fine with that.

Friday, July 29, 2011


As many of you know I just love me some british comedy.  And one of my favorites was, actually let me clarify that....my favorite IS Black Books....LOVE that show.

So, from that I discovered Dylan Moran....who I equally love, and this particular piece of his has stuck in my mind for years....he does a bit about potential  and why most of us never "open the door" to our potential....cause if you never open the door, it is always like you see in your mind....we are all afraid of the reality....what if I am not what I think I am.

So maybe the under achievers have the right idea, you should stay away from your potential...you might mess it up!

I did not say that well or funny.....but he did.

Yes.....in my potential room....there are flamingos serving martinis!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

One arch down

Lots more to go! This is two vetical 8 foot panels to the arch and one 4x8 on it's side for the top.
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So it begins

First load of foam for the new abbey! Let the madness begin!
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Friday, June 24, 2011

Saw Tim Minchin in concert

last night - it was amazing.  He is better in person that on DVD (no surprise) - I think he was genuinely touched by the standing ovations....I was shocked to see so many people in Portland at his show.

I was really wanting him to close the show with "White Wine in the Sun" - but I think I am equally happy to hear a great version of a cover from one of my favorite song writers. He sang "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen (in the Jeff Buckley style) I liked how part way through the song when we were all singing the chorus "Hallelujah" over and over again.....he turned to the audience, smiled and said

"You are all getting the irony in this right?"


I did not record the show - the venue police were quite on top of cameras last night.  But here is a link to a version he of the song he did in London earlier this year.

It is like Halloween, just got to get out there and find your people.  It was nice to be a heathen among heathens. I wanted to turn around at the end of the show and say "Hey, everyone can we exchange emails......yes, all of you."

But I didn't and they all disappeared into the night.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Kate Bush trumps all other scheduled posts

New Kate Bush is out....well, not new exactly - reworks of her old songs....but when it comes to Kate you have take what you can get :)

Cool video for Deeper Understanding featuring Robbie Coltrane and Noel Fielding - love them both.  She is always able to get cool actors in her videos!

For all those that say they like to original better...if pressed, I would have to agree (Mostly because I love that CD as a whole so much) - but I do appreciate and very much enjoy this new interpretation.  

Monday, May 9, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Tim Michin x2

Guess what?

After I bought the Seattle Tim Minchin tickets, he is now playing Portland!!  And at probably the closest club to my house in town.  Woohoo!!

So, I will be at that show.....and maybe Seattle if I cannot sell those tickets - let the Tim Minchin stalking commence!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Besides Terry Pratchett

and a host of other talented writers....Neil Gaiman is one of my favorites. Something about how he puts a sentence together always moves me. I have been very busy this year so far, almost to the point of feeling out of control, madness in the not good way.

For some reason sitting in my office wondering how in the world I was going to get through all this I remembered this poem from last year from Mr. Gaiman.

Helps me keep things in perspective :)

If you have never heard this, click on the link, it is always a pleasure to hear him speak, or you can just read the poem at the bottom of the email.

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

…I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I got Tim Minchin tickets

Woohoo!!! He is playing in Seattle....about a 5 hour drive from here - love Seattle gives me an excuse to spend a weekend hanging out up there!

I will be there on Friday, June 24th  - I could not be happier.  I finally get to see him live.

Now if Billy Connolly would just play Seattle that would be perfect!  Cause as much as I love Tim Minchin and Eddie Izzard and Dylan Moran and Tommy Tienan and Lee Evans and Bill Bailey and Chris Rock and Kat Williams and Robin Williams and Paula Poundstone and Jimmy Carr and Catherine Tate and Russel Brand and Ross Noble and Sean Locke and Stephen Lynch the late George Carlin and Richard Pryor and Sam Kinison and Noel Fielding and Dave Chappell and Demetri Martian and Steven Wright and Lewis Black and Mike Ward and Eddie Murphy and of course, Lenny Bruce (I am sure I forgot a few) - Billy Connolly is my all time favorite.

But since Billy is not coming to Seattle and Tim is....on June 24th - he will be my favorite comic!!

A little Minchin to celebrate!!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Fright Club: Blog vs. Blog Challenge: Creative Sites of Horror

Go to the Fright Club blog and help settle this once an for all - who has the better creative blog site.

I hope you guys can help sort this out....I can't choose, love them both. :)

Fright Club: Blog vs. Blog Challenge: Creative Sites of Horror: "ShellHawk's Nest vs. Adeles SpOOky Art Adeles SpOOky Arthttp://adelesspookyart.blogspot.com/ShellHawk's Nesthttp://shellhawksnest.blogspot.c..."

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

If there was less pink

...actually let me state that correctly, if there were "no" pink. I would so want this.

Spirited Away is one of my favorite movies.

Friday, March 25, 2011

This one is dedicated to


This Tim Minchin Friday is dedicated to my lovely and almost always happy husband - First time I heard that I had to laugh.  Every time I hear it I am reminded how lucky I am to have such an understanding and patient husband....heaven knows he needs patience being married to me :D

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Okay so it is technically Saturday

But here is your Tim Minchin Friday video.

Evolution....not just a good idea....a fact.  Thank you, all my hard core christian friends can go now.....ha, who am I kidding.....I have not firends! :D

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Husband discovered

Kahn Academy and we are both just completely hooked.  This is an absolutely brilliant idea and a great story of how it came to be.

If you have kids in school, this site is perfect. Or if you are just like husband and I and are curious about things....just "things' - calculus, physics, finances, etc.  This is the site for you.

He talks about many, many subjects in short videos that are easy to understand. I so wish this would have existed when I was in school!

Check it out when you get a chance.


Friday, March 11, 2011

We now return to

Tim Minchin Fridays

This is probably my favorite love song.  Frog Queen is not a big fan of soft and mushy songs....so this suits me right down to the ground.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Better Be Home Soon

One of my favorite pair of song writers and performers are Tim and Neil Finn.  Love Split Endz, Crowded House, ALT, Finn Brothers and both of their solo works....not to mention all the albums they have played on with others and the many people they have written for and/or produced.  I have a very large chuck or real estate in my CD collection dedicated to those two.

Very talent brothers that I have admired for a long time.

And as you might have noticed I recently discovered Tim Minchin.....so imagine how happy I was yesterday to see his latest YouTube video.

Tim Minchin covering a Crowded House song.  Now, when I first hear this I thought.....well many of the older Split Endz songs are rather funny, Hermit McDermit or That Was My Mistake - would probably fit well into his style.....but when I heard him singing Better Be Home Soon, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

How about

Tim Minchin Fridays.....at least until I run out of Tim Minchin stuff to post :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Japanese fighting spiders

My folly blog....my follies.....so more comedy.  Dylan Moran is one of my favorites.  Black Books is one of my favorite TV show ever.  It is the show that I discovered both Dylan Moran and Bill Bailey.  A gift that just keeps on giving. 

Here is one of my favorite Dylan Moran bits.....not only because it has a spider reference....because it just cracks me up

.....and then the cage comes down.....

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Well, he mentioned spiders

so I have to post this on my blog.  Husband and I are big fans of Ricky Gervais.  While traveling we picked up his latest DVD - called Science.  Frog Queen loves when he goes after the bible.....so I knew I would love this one.  And the set is just fantastic! 

This is a bit about the story of Noah.....and it starts with a bit about spiders.....perfect for the frog queen.  Grab a beer and enjoy!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Yeah, another one

So my current folly is British comedies.....you will find this happens every time I get a large stack of DVDs from Amazon UK :)

This cracked me up...."No mate, it is this kind of situations swearing was fucking invented for!"   I want to use that line, thank you very much.

If have not already met.....may I introduce Sean Locke.....Sean, meet everyone.

Monday, January 10, 2011

I know what will work

I remember a long time ago when I got into blogging, one of the first memorable blog posts I recall is from ShellHawk (at least I think it was her) - she was lamenting on how a blog "written" by a cat was more popular than hers.  Made me giggle and the fact that I had 2 cats at the time (and three cats now) how funny that would be.  But I did not want to do something like that because I was too new in the blog world and did not want piss off any bloggers.

Well, time has passed and I have had the immense pleasure of now knowing said blogger personally, and she has a brilliant sense of humor.  So the worries were unfounded.

Anyway....the idea has been in the back of my head for a while, I even got the blog "Graveyard Cats" attached to my profile....nothing there yet, but at least I have it when I finally get my act in gear and get on that one of my many projects.

Then I saw that Bean from the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee Blog was selected by a cat food company to wear a camera around and be part of a film.

That is it.  If I really want to have a Youtube video that people watch, or a blog that gets more than a few hits a day......I am going to have to use more of my resources and involve the cat.

Since Hal is kinda/sorta famous in the (agreeable very small (less than 50 hits a day) part of my haunt community,) I thought this would be perfect.

I will get the silly cat (sorry Hal), majestic, handsome, and entertaining cat, a video camera to wear around the yard at Halloween!   F*cking brilliant.  Not original mind you.....but I am not proud.  I am in marketing, I am used to selling my soul on an almost daily basis. :)

And in this case....I am willing to sell Hal's soul too.

But my dreams have dashed by the fact that it is virtually impossible to find a cat collar camera!  Seriously, someone lend me some money, we are going to make cat/dog collar cameras for under $100 (and preferably shipped from the US) - we are going to make a fortune....cause I know from market research.....pet people spend a ludicrous amount of money on their pets.....you just have to see the set up in my house to prove that.

Hummmm, I bet you are all wondering if there is a point here.....there is, maybe.  I am not guaranteeing that....remember this is my folly blog.

So the other day I was listening to Tim Minchin (I know HUGE surprise) anyway, he does a song that proves this point perfectly, I see that he too understands my pain........it is called Yourtube Lament. (lyrics below)

All my carefully measured metaphor

All my flat nine dominant seven chords

All of my shtick

My lyrical trickery

All of those bows

All that applause

All my intertextuality

All my self-aware hypocrisy

All of those rhymes

My irregular times

All my softly spoken sophistry

All my make-up, all my lights

All my photo shoots in tights

All my pretensions

All my intentions

All my glitzy opening nights

All my brow-dependent jokes

All my mirror balls and smoke

All my tilts at wit and whimsy

All my poetry

My swear words and my smut

Will never get as many hits

As Kitten Waking Up

Home Haunters DVD collection

So now that that is all over, can all of you now submit to the the Home Haunters Video DVD set? Please?  Please?

We only have about 10 haunts at the moment. :(  - Thanks to all 10 of you!

There has normally been around 100, if we do not get more soon, we will have to cancel the DVDs due to the cost of producing and duplication.

There are awards for these also....they are just trophies and no fancy prizes that the Home Haunters Association has.....sorry, my budget is much smaller :D  It is all for the fun of it anyway....right?  :)

Looking forward to seeing what you create in 2011.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Really short history lesson

Why does the frog queen keep mentioning the Reformation and "thanking Henry" :D

Reformation? - Henry said f*ck you to the Catholic Church started a new church and ordered all the Catholic churches to be dismantled

....most of them were "unroofed" this meant taking the lead roof off the church to use elsewhere.  Without the roof, the buildings fell to ruin and many were dismantled to build fancy homes to the people that Henry granted the church land.  (that is the really short poor American education version - if someone wiser knows more....please help me out.)

....not that I am all that big a fan of the Catholic church (in fact you could go so far as to say it is quite the opposite :D) but it is very sad to see all these ruined cathedral/church because of the reformation

....and not that I am a big fan of Henry VIII (didn't know him personally) but his decision to break away from the Catholic church (which I personally understand, been there myself much to the dismay of my family) was the downfall of so many amazing buildings

.....the more I travel over there, the more sad I feel

....then I think, man, does that mean I am rooting for the Catholic church? Wait, that can't be!! Oh no!!

......quite a quandary I tell you.  I try not to think about it too much makes my head hurt :D

Monday, January 3, 2011

But this blog is my folly

so, here is another whim of mine.  While in the UK we got the latest Jimmy Carr DVD - now, really, I am not exaggerating.....this guy can offend - even those that don't easily offend.  He has gotten in a bit of trouble more than once for his jokes.  So, you have been warned: