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Wrath of Con
William Shatner was in Riverside, IA, future birthplace of Capt. James T. Kirk, last week. He said he was making a movie entitled Invasion Iowa, and he was going to film parts of it right here in River City, er, I mean Riverside. He cast some of the locals, hired some to be set dressers and extras, and even his own personal assistant for the duration of his stay.

Yesterday, he dropped the bomb, after some of the townsfolk got suspicious. No, he wasn't really filming a movie. No, he wasn't making a documentary about the making of a movie. He was duping the whole town into believing these things for a new reality show to run on SpikeTV early next year. Muahahahahahaha! I think I like him now. >:)

The story made the front page of the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Read their articles Riverside and Hoax.

I'm definitely going to watch the show. After "Joe Schmo 2," I'm all over the we-tricked-you-into-thinking-this-was-such-and-such type of shows. Tee-hee!


Banned Books Week
I got my eReader.com newsletter today and learned it's Banned Books Week. They picked a few that they liked especially:
D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers
Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five
Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species
Ernest Hemmingway's A Farewell to Arms

Read a banned book. They aren't hard to find. The American Library Association has more here. I'm stunned at the list of names on the Top 10 Challenged Authors 1990-Present. I highlighted the ones I've presonally read; check it out:
1. Alvin Schwartz
2. Judy Blume (various from Superfudge to Forever)
3. Robert Cormier
4. J.K. Rowling (the entire Harry Potter series to date)
5. Michael Willhoite
6. Katherine Paterson
7. Stephen King (dozens of his books, including the Dark Tower series I-IV)
8. Maya Angelou (various poems)
9. R.L. Stine
10. John Steinbeck (Of Mice and Men, of course)


Google's Crashed and It Can't Get Up!
Eep! I can't search with my favorite toolbar! I can't type in [define:word] and find out what word means! This is terrible! It's the end of the world as we know it, and... I can't find the lyrics!

Oh, yeah, I could use Yahoo! Search. Duh.

Of course, LJ is on and off, too. I got 6½ entries from my Friends page the first time. I got jaka_talbot's entry to "*yawn* So tired. Not inspired to work. Maybe I'll get" and then it stops! I'm in suspense!


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Sep. 30th, 2004 10:07 pm (UTC)
Re: My first reaction..
I don't know if you read the articles, but it's turning out really well for the town. Riverside is getting $100,000 and the school got a bunch of money, too. Of course, if I were mayor (do they have a mayor?), I'd ask for residuals from the inevitable DVDs that will be sold later.
Oct. 1st, 2004 08:57 am (UTC)
Cut off post
Sorry I didn't deliver on the suspense! You were anxious to read what turned out to be an ordinary and quite boring end to a similarly boring post. ;)
Oct. 1st, 2004 01:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Cut off post
Oh, it was compelling, like a Lifetime original movie: One womans struggle against ennui. BTW, which of the Gorey Ghastlygrims died of ennui?
Oct. 1st, 2004 02:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Cut off post
The Gashlycrumb Tinies: N is for Nevile who died of ennui.

I was able to come up with that by memory, but then had to check myself at http://www.wishville.co.uk/gorey/index.htm
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