Tuesday, October 31, 2006


okay so after being (nearly) the only one in the office dressed up on halloween - with the exception of our sassy cravat-wearing mime receptionist and our too tall pee wee herman theater manager - im ready to get the fuck out of here & have a drink. it's my favorite holiday, hands down. Yes i like it more than christmas or even my own birthday. Its full of candy & foolishness, and you get to be scared for no reason. And I just got told to leave & go trick or treating. this day has just redeemed itself after never-ending meetings. i am so out of here. I expect a full report in the a.m. from all of you on costumes, drunken punkrock karaoke, general foolishness & debauchery. dig up her bo-o-ones!!

Monday, October 30, 2006

joining a community

VideoRose, You are a kind and wonderful person. I am so pleased to accept your invitation to rock out on the Breakdancing Godzilla blog, even if I might just be the only token parental unit on the blog. As a symbol of my esteem, I contribute a beloved shot of Sharky Jinx from last Halloween, here licking her chops! (I gotta get some new material!) PS, Easy on that hairspray, Girl! Love and Light...

Step 0 - the curl pattern

Use no less than 25 rollers to create this simple, yet glamorous style.

My costume wouldn't be complete without the aid of the Hair Archives. Get yourself a beehive today!

I couldn't have done it without Lauren's expert hair consultation from beyond the grave, either. Get yourself a kickass painting today!

War Of the Worlds

Today is the anniversary of perhaps the US' most famous radio broadcast - Orson Welles' adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. You can learn more about it, as I did, on this Wikipedia entry. It's amazing that in 1938, the people listening actually believed it was a newscast of a real alien invasion (thou some stories say people thought it was not aliens, but the Germans invading, as it was on the cusp of WWII).

The story: A meteorite lands in New Jersey after an explosion on Mars. The meteorite turns out to be an alien spaceship & the aliens begin attacking the civilians with heat rays and a poison gas. The military attacks, but is unable to fend of the Martian advances. The Martians take over New York City, but are ultimately killed by human germs.

I happened across the record of this recording somewhere - probably at Plan 9 - so of course i had to buy it ($3). I've never listened to it, and there's no time like the present, as they say. So if you want to come over & listen to a 1938 radio broadcast with me - give me a call! Knitting is optional.
Step 1 - spray till your eyes burn

Friday, October 27, 2006

Sensibletron and I were discussing the Jon Pertwee/Tom Baker era opening sequence for Doctor Who, and I was trying to remember how they do effects like that. Slit-scan photography is the answer.

And here it's put together for Doctor Who.

And here's an unraveling of the images used in the sequences in 2001.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

He's wearing a godzilla outfit so I thought it was appropriate.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Sedlec Ossuary

Well, it's getting close to halloween, so I suppose now's as good a time as any to share this with you. It's from Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic. More excellent photos can be found here.

Run, Metal Dudes, Run!

They're playing at Jaxx on Nov 9 and I think I want to go.

Monday, October 23, 2006

My dog

This is Penelope. Her story is sad but now has a happy ending involving treats and scratches.

Penelope came to us through ben.c's mother, who breeds Bernese Mountain Dogs. My black Lab, Zoot, died tragically in a car accident over a year ago, and I'd been pining for a dog ever since. When we moved to Arlington, ben.c and I purposefully sought out an apartment that was both close to the Metro and allowed large pets.

Ben.c's mom, Susanne, participates in rescue and fosters rescue dogs, so she sent us a few pictures of Penelope when she found out we were finally able to afford a pet. Penelope was in an animal shelter somewhere in Georgia, and was rescued the day before she was to be euthanized. Apparently dogs have a much better chance of being rescued in New England than they do in rural shelters, so one of Susanne's dog contacts runs a van between rural and urban areas--essentially he puts as many dogs in his vehicle as possible and drives them to points north.

Penelope never made it further north than Charlottesville, however. She had come down with a case of kennel cough--she got the shot but it wasn't in time--and so ended up with Susanne. She also had a lot of fleas, and promptly had an allergic reaction to the flea shampoo Susanne used, resulting in a lot of hair on her butt falling out, leaving her with a wrinkly, leathery spot on her behind.

Penelope also has what one might call a "winning smile." She has an underbite so her bottom teeth stick out in the wrong direction and look like Chiclets, and simply doesn't have any teeth in between her two front canines up top.

She's obviously not a Bernese Mountain dog but is probably one of the other Swiss Mountain Dog breeds, although there's a lot of other stuff mixed in there as well.

Despite the coughs, the fleas, the bald spot, and the busted grill, Penelope was sweet and loving and made a good impression on Susanne, so we met her halfway to Charlottesville and took Penelope home for a test week, to see if she worked out well in our apartment and could negotiate stairs.

Luckily for all three of us, she's turned out amazingly well and is really coming into her own. Her butt's healed up and the cough and fleas are thankfully gone, and she gives us goofy smiles all the time. She's full of wags and enjoys scratches and treats like all good puppies.

She has slowly grown to trust us and will now lay down near us. She's also started to play with her toys, although I've never seen a dog play quite the same way she does. She enjoys shaking her toys really hard and then tossing them into the air. Ben.c and I will be sitting on the couch and a farty tomato or squeaky plush toy will sort of whiz by. Nothing has broken yet but I have christened our apartment the House of Flying Tomatoes.

Anyways, I just wanted to share some of Penelope's story. We're not sure where she was from before she ended up in the shelter in Georgia, although she knows to sit when she's being given treats and is frightened of sticks and the broom, which means that at some point in her life, people both did and didn't care for her.

Penelope enjoys visitors who know how to greet a new dog, so come visit her sometime.

It's not Funny

It's really more depressing, but definatly worth watching, in my opinion.


At least mainstream media is pissed too.

It's alive! So read me!

I'm so glad you folks are getting into this. this rules. recipes! kittens! rants! it's everything Godzilla and I could have hoped for & more.

So, here's how to BreakdancingGodzilla:
*Anyone, who signs on can post whatever their heart desires, and we'll all keep reading & responding to it.
*Everyone should get to do whatever they want to the blog, so if you have already joined & want 'admin' privileges - which let you change...everything & invite whomever you want to participate, let me know. If that's not egalitarian enough, i'll just make it so that everyone who signs on can have admin privelages. because thats how i think democracy works. (someone who knows better than I about democracy should confirm or deny).
*If you want to sign up to post - awesome! Email me, videorose & I'll send you the invite.

The dog pictured is, I'm pretty sure, my friend Andy's muttdog, thou i received the photo via mass email. Wouldn't it be strange to find a photo of yourself in a mass-distributed 'Hey entire office, isn't this hilarious?' email? That dog, thou a scruffy, longhaired and old dog - generally traits i'm not usually fond of in a pup - is, as advertised, 100% pure love. Hooray for Andrew's dog that I don't know the name of!! (sorry pup!)

I'm happy that the BG is magically updating itself and that I am eating yogurt seitan curry. This day may turn out okay afterall! Keep up the good work everyone! xoro
DIY Gingerale. Or, if you're like me, double the amount of ginger, and make it DIY gingerbeer.

Seriously, you may not be into brewing, but this is ridiculously easy. There's nothing in here that you can't get at the supermarket. Just mix all the ingredients and wait 24-48 hours. For my next batch, I'm thinking about going with lime instead of lemon juice, for use in Moscows Mule.

This is a breakdancing cat. GIS yielded no breakdancing lizards.
I composed a very well-written recipe for making your own chili powder. Sadly, my lack of experience in Blogger resulted in about an hour of composition being lost.

MIND YOUR BACK BUTTON!! More on the chili powder later, I suppose.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Welcome! The BG is so glad to see you here. he and I (rose) felt like we needed a place to put all the random things we like. its like a mass email featuring dog halloween costumes to entertain you whilst you should be working, but with more stuff, and on your own time. I was tired of checking my blog and being dissapointed that there was no new content and then realizing, SHIT! new content is MY job. So, now I'm making it your job, too.
More content coming soon! Here's a picture of a sexy zombie to tide you over.