Friday, January 19, 2007


Thanks to ORF, I've been tagged with a pop culture meme that gives me posting material that I didn't have to come up with. I don't really tag, so I'll tag the people that would most like to do this. Only you know who you are. Pretension.

Seven Easy Steps to Complete Pretentiousness—And How To Avoid Them

1. Name a book that you want to share so much that you keep giving away copies:
I've loaned out Shampoo Planet by Douglas Coupland twice and never gotten it back, so let's say that one. It's not the best, but it's the only one that fits the criteria.

2. Name a piece of music that changed the way you listen to music:
One piece of music: Gnossienne No.3 by Eric Satie. The look of the sheet music made me realize that I needed to learn how to play it, and the four different versions I've ever heard (including mine) really made me appreciate how someone approaches a piece of music. It's classical, it's jazzy, it's free, it's a story.
One musical album: Wrong by NoMeansNo. My first "punk" album. Completely changed my perspective on music, which up until then was fairly pedestrian. The frenetic angriness, variety of styles, and incredible craftsmanship of lyric and music opened my eyes to what music could be.

3. Name a film you can watch again and again without fatigue:
There are SO MANY, but it doesn't say name the film, it says name a film, so I will say Raiders of the Lost Ark. I could watch that movie at LEAST three times in a row without needing to take a break.

4. Name a performer for whom you suspend of all disbelief:
Don Cheadle. The man could play Anne Frank and I'd be willing to give it a shot.

5. Name a work of art you'd like to live with:
Extremely University dorm room poster-y of me, but Relativity by M.C. Escher. I love that picture, impressive to non-art fans (like me) but still with enough artistic merit to not be weird. Also: someone made it in LEGO, which is awesome.

6. Name a work of fiction which has penetrated your real life:
Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson. For better or for worse, it focused my caustic personality traits and made me more critical of things, as well as making me tell stupid people "SHOW ME YOUR THUMBS!" for a period of about two weeks.

7. Name a punch line that always makes you laugh:
From Futurama:
Morbo: Morbo forget how you spell that letter that looks like a man wearing a hat.
Female Anchorperson: That's a "t". It says "tuh".
Morbo: Hello, little man. I will destroy you!

SO classy. I don't know how pretentious this is, but it's as accurate as I can make it.


Shannon said...

HA! Someone lent me Shampoo Planet, and I never returned it either! I don't have it now, so I must have given it away. It's possible that there are really only three or four printed and they just get passed around.

ORF said...

Wow Doc! I think this is impressive. With the exceptions of Don Cheadle and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, I'm blissfully unaware of any of the other things you listed. Ok, I know what Futurama is, but not who the characters are by name. I think that you're so UNmainstream makes you quite unpretentious. To which I'll say, "WELL DONE!" and "FEH! LOSER!!!"

Yasamin said...

don cheadle!? your fired. its okay though. im waaay worse. lol i wont tell you my choice. you'd probably ban me from ever coming back here again.

this is a pretty neato meme. im stealing it.

sideshow bob said...

I, for one, agree with your choice of Don Cheadle...I didn't even hate him after he did those annoying commercials for the NFL playoffa a couple of years ago.

Of my favorite Futurama punch lines, I'd have to say my top two are Morbo's "Windmills do not work that way!" and Fry's "That's the saltiest thing I've ever eaten...and I once ate a bowlful of salt!"