27 January 2008

Non Sequitur

Today I'm involved in a totally retarded blog-community building exercise, known as International Hijack Day. What this means is: I'll be asking a discussion question here, and people will be answering it. However: they won't necessarily be answering my question here, and they will also be answering completely different questions from elsewhere.

If you haven't heard of this before, click through above to see the detailed rules. Everyone is welcome to join in! Otherwise: feel free to attempt a discussion of my question here while trying to ignore the non sequiturs that will be going on in the comment thread. :)



What's the most creative thing you've ever done with a pine cone?

(Feel free to just make something up if your real answer is too boring. For the writerly types, feel free to make a Ficlet out of it. :) )

26 comments:

Tania said...

Anne, you're killing me. I'm getting ready to start dinner, and now I want to make crepes. Maybe later on this week.

I love to make Crepes Suzette, because they not only taste good, but you get to set them on fire. Flaming food is the best!

Michelle K said...

(crawls backwards from the backwards zone and climbs the nearest tree, grabbing the plaid flag)

Nenner! Neener!

Jeri said...

Ra sucks! He's a god for the establishment and his name means oppression and corruption.

Follow Anubis, and you shall experience true bliss.

Jim Wright said...

yeah, Calvin Ball, I'm in - er, or 'out' actually as I'm currently standing the 'opposite' zone.

Nathan said...

Tom,

To re-iterate how much I don't care about football, when you asked me the other day about the Giants and the Patriots, I didn't realize we were talking about the Superbowl game. I thought it was still playoffs or something. Meh.

Tom said...

Nathan, the one thing about J-Walk is it's safe for work. I used to do Boing-Boing a lot, but it's now blocked at work. Along with U-tub, and others. Maybe that's why I gravitated to the "e" and CFU.

Michelle K said...

Speaking of James Bond...

1) I have never seen a James Bond movie. I've caught pieces here and there, but never seen an entire movie.

B) When I read the books (I was a teenager at the time), Piers Brosnan was how I imagined Bond looking and sounding.

3rd) From what I have heard about the movies, they are nothing like the books I read. Which is too bad. Although I heard the last movie was true to the nature of the books.

Nathan said...

I've got a regular off-the-shelf MacBook Pro that I use for everything. Apple gave it to me when they finally agreed that the G-4 I had before this really was a lemon.

Jeri said...

I actually think Tom Cruise was well-suited to Interview with a Vampire. He does slightly menacing pretty boy quite well... and as we saw in the last few weeks in his Scientology video, it seems that he doesn't need to act for that.

Jeri said...

Oops, I typo-ed Nathan's name. Sorry, guy!

Tom said...

No, no. You've got it backwards. Keanu was well-cast in everything but the Bill and Ted stuff. I'm talking everything from Johhny Mnemonic to the Cold Fusion one.

Jeri said...

Oh, that's too easy. One of my best blog friends is Canadian. Or does that really count as international? ;)

Michelle K said...

I disagree. I don't think they had to change the character much from how it was written. I just think it fit perfectly.

And I'd never say Keanu Reeves is not so bright. He reminds in many ways of a friend of mine: big guy who looks like the ex-high school football player he is, blond, southern WV drawl, and an open, guileless face.

He's also finishing up his PhD in physical therapy, has been president of his class every year, and continually gets sent to conferences and meetings.

Problem is they both just look inherently naive. And that's his problem as an actor. It's not that he can't act (although I used to think that) --it's that no matter what he does he's trapped into his looks.

I think in some ways he'd do far better on the stage, where facial expressions don't mean quite as much, since most people can't see the actor's faces.

Jeri said...

Nathan, you responded to my pink herring in the same thread, immediately following the comment!

Bad Nathan, no biscuit.

Janiece Murphy said...

Hm...oatmeal.

Anne C. said...

I agree with Jeri, Nathan. There was nothing in the rules about not being nice to "normals" so PBBBBT! No rule, no FOOM.
Jeri and Michelle, thanks for being nice to my sister. Here's a plateload of virtual cookies for each of you. No, not sugar cookies this time... Buckeyes. A gal at work made 'em - ball-shaped peanut butter cookies dipped in chocolate. Yep, no calories. Ain't the internet grand?

Nathan said...

Michelle,

Where's the link for your 7-layer bean dip. All I saw was a tease.

And, I'm agreeing (in advance). Hawaii (we got none), Puerto Rico (we got none), US Virgin Islands (we got none) and Alaska (2 participants and 1 confused family) are NOT international. They're American.

Islamabad, Bakho, and Jeri's Canadian friend are still completely invited.

Michelle K said...

See! That's another point.

I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with naive, and the fact that Keanu Reeves doesn't act like Tom Cruise is an added bonus.

However, I think THE most overrated actor is Jack Nicholas. Every time I see him, he seems to be playing himself. In fact, he was the only weak spot in "The Departed". If they'd had someone who could carry an Irish or Southie accent, that would have been so much better.

Tom said...

Kate is in the spirit as defined by Nathan. She is participating as a participating non-blogger, even though she has a blog and could participate as a blogging OHP.

Snarky troll Kate! Sneaking in like that and messing up everybody's preconceived notions.

Nathan said...

Today, Janiece has picked up the topic of memorials you wouldn't want. How about this one?

In 1994, some nutjob went crazy and shot up a van full of Hassidic students crossing the Brooklyn Bridge. One of them died. The city proceeded to put up something like twelve signs declaring the "Ari Halberstam Memorial Ramp". Yes, the on-ramp to the bridge from FDR Drive is the Ari Halberstam Memorial Ramp.

OK, I might accept a section of Highway (no less than a mile). I'd take a square (rename Times Square). I'd be up for a park or a plaza or a building or something else with sufficient grandeur.

I don't want a fucking ramp. Or a bridge abutment. Or a scarred tree.
Wilted balloons, wet dirty teddy bears, votive candles with cardboard windbreaks are absolutely pathetic.

In the event that I require a memorial, I think I'd like a web page. When anyone clicks on the page, it automatically copies your IP and places random incomprehensible comments on 10 random blogs attributed to you. Yeah. That works!

Anne C. said...

I love Princess Bride. Every single line is quote worthy...

"Are there rocks ahead?"
"If there are, we'll all be dead!"

Jeri said...

My Canadian friend Holy Schmidt (who carries a Swiss passport) has weighed in on Nathan's blog... in Dutch and German no less. Is that international enough? :)

She is awesome.

bakho said...

I'm impressed Jim...not many people even know we don't speak English in Croatia. Or even if they catch a word or three of the language, they're usually something in the lines of mentioning someone's mother or private parts:D

and even I've heard about the widespread rumor that Canadians and Alaskans live in igloos! It's common knowledge, you know:P

Jeri said...

Hey, this is almost over! And given your unexpected evening off, you can start posting sensible things instead. ;)

Jeri said...

On a subject completely unrelated to any current conversation - thank you for the recommendation of Secret Garden. It turns out that the community theater in the next down over is doing it this spring.

After listening to some of the songs, my drama & music geek eldest son is mesmerized. He's singing from the cast recording, and he's called to set up an audition at the end of Feb.

So - being able to see it AND potentially see the son in it is a great combination!

Jim Wright said...

bakho, well, to be truthful I have built a few igloos. Last year my wife, son, and I built a large, rather lopsided, one in the front yard. I wouldn't have wanted to live in it, but I did want my son to know how to build one.