Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day wishes from the fish...

memorial fish

Dulce Et Decorum Est

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of disappointed shells that dropped behind.

GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!-- An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And floundering like a man in fire or lime.--
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,--
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

Wilfred Owen

Saturday, May 27, 2006

i am addicted to the fish

an update on, well, everything is even now in the works, but i've gone through most of a bottle of really good wine in celebration and i have never realized how much i yearn for certain data input. currently my brain craves serial experiments lain and the only versions i have are subtitled in swedish or englishized (dubbed). despite my desire to see lain, there is no way i will let those foolish people who think that dubbing anime is a good thing ruin the best mind-fuck i have ever seen. i saw like water for chocolate dubbed and never recovered.

(mysfit's note of sober import: if you like cyberpunk fiction like Gibson's Neuromancer or Stephenson's SnowCrash, you'll love serial experiments lain - just beware of the dvd subtitles, they suck.)

Thursday, May 25, 2006

charitable fish

i know there's a lot of charities & very important causes out there...& i have no idea what portion of the blogosphere is able to donate at all...but since i love 'im, i'm plugging a dear friend's personal exercise in Do-Gooding.

james is in Vancouver now, & i can't remember when he got into bikes really, but it was probably around this time in philadelphia:

james in philadelphia, summer of 2003.

point being, he's participating in something called The Big Fix ("fix" referring to fixed gear bicycles) to raise money for Histiocytosis.
the plan is:
a cross-country bicycle ride, using single-speed, fixed-gear bicycles, averaging 120 miles per day. The ride is from Davis, California to Boston, MA. Thye ride will take place from June 17 – July 14, 2006 (28 days).

point being, he needs sponsors, & if he raises enough cash hopefully the organization will provide food & shelter along the way.
i'm kidding, i have no idea how that aspect's being handled.

in short:
Hey fishies! give money to james so he can do good deeds!

life, the universe, & the fish

if it weren't for anne i would have totally missed that today is Towel Day, on which we celebrate Douglas Adams & the Boy Scout motto ("Be Prepared").

if i can get someone to shoot a photo of me with a towel today, i will share.

some words of wisdom from the Hitchhiker's Guide:

It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.

incidentally, it's also the 29th anniversary of the original Star Wars release, so if i know oldben, we'll be in a galaxy far, far away for much of the evening.

& i...i will have my towel with me.

ps: it's also the day Oscar Wilde was convicted of indecency, the day that John Scopes was indicted for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution, & the day Kennedy announced the plan to put a man on the moon.

oh yes, & the day they convicted Skilling & Lay...

strange day in history...

i love wikipedia.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

A Special HAPPY TUESDAY Tribute!

due to the fact that yesterday was Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday, today we celebrate one of the greatest sleuths of all time (or at least the men who played him and his faithful sidekick). Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes on both screen and radio during the 30's and 40's, along with Nigel Bruce who played Dr. Watson and to my mind there are no others.

(mysfit's edit: i have been reminded that though Basil Rathbone played an excellent and convincing Holmes, another excellent actor excelled at this role as well - so let's just say that there are no others except Jeremy Brett - thanks jp)

"The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes." -Holmes; Hound of the Baskervilles

"But he had not that supreme gift of the artist, the knowledge of when to stop." - The Adventure of the Norwood Builder

"What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence," returned my companion, bitterly. "The question is, what can you make people believe that you have done." - A Study in Scarlet

"Amid the action and reaction of so dense a swarm of humanity, every possible combination of events may be expected to take place, and many a little problem will be presented which may be striking and bizarre without being criminal." - The Adventures of the Blue Carbuncle

"Come, Watson, come!" he cried. "The game is afoot." - The Adventure of Abbey Grange

Monday, May 22, 2006

what fish is your car? err... car-fish? um... i'm:

I'm a Honda S2000!

You live on the edge, and you live for the adrenaline rush. You don't need luxuries, snob appeal, or superfluous gadgets. You put your top down, get your motor revving, and take all the curves that life throws at you at full speed. So what if you spin out occasionally?

Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

the MTA & the 18th dynasty

rode the ferry into the city yesterday for a family field trip of sorts to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where i was most interested in the "Hatshepsut: from Queen to Pharoah" exhibit...
mostly because i have a thing about the monumental remains of ancient civilizations (& sometimes the little details too, like thin gold funerary sandals), & also because of the whole women-in-a-position-of-unusual-power thing. this woman declared herself king (& therefore god) near the beginning of the New Kingdom...all her public statues were masculine while private ones were feminine. she was regent for her nephew Thutmose III, then his co-ruler. strangely enough, about two decades after her death, he declared a proscription against her: all her monuments were smashed to pieces or altered so that her name was replaced, usually with her father's name. apparently no one really knows why he did this; since it was so long after it was probably political rather than personal.
at any rate, because the statuary fragments were buried right away, the pieces have been well-preserved & able to be reconstructed.

you're not allowed to take photos of the special exhibits, but i snuck a few in:

Queen Hatshepsut.

as far as the field-trip aspect of the experience, because of some weird quirk of the Traveling Gods, two ferry boats (that i know of, there may have been more) failed to exist completely for "security reasons", & there was not a single train running downtown that went where it was supposed to. never in one day have i been in the Union Square, Canal Street, 77th Street, 86th street, & Grand Central stations. in one day. we only went up to the Met & back, & we rode like 6 different lines. ridiculous.

in conclusion, we had a fabulous dinner & quite the adventure, & i have just about lost all my patience for Manhattan.

more photos will be going up on the tourist...

edit: i forgot to mention some of the other interesting things that were seen, albeit not by me.
my stepfather saw the Warriors of the Himalayas, which he described, aptly i'm sure, as "not something you see every day."
t's mom wandered off into the Impressionist wing, which i avoided, because i've had enough 19th century French painting to last me through quite a few museum trips.
& my mother saw the Samuel Palmer exhibit, which she loved.
i wandered off towards the end to look for the Hellenistic Greek works, which are in a gallery that apparently won't exist until 2007, so so much for that.

Friday, May 19, 2006


this is a mysfit original.
now that i changed my profile picture, i wanted to show you this and say, "hey you! yeah you, with the eyes and stuff look - at this cool thing i drew!" but then i thought that would be tooting my own horn (for those of you who tend to dwell always in the gutter - yes tooting my own horn, if actually possible, would be really strange - if i even had a horn of my own to toot) - i think i'll just let the dragons speak for themselves.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

happy wednesday!

(because it didn't feel right, the fish without a happy day-of-the-week...)

this one is for carl v:

a toast to a dedicated fish-follower!
also i happen to have a pint glass with his name on it.

also i just want to state for the record that i have been wearing ridiculously oversized sunglasses for a long, long time.

this is me in 2001...i dunno, i like to feel i'm channelling Audrey Hepburn.

the importance of the fish

lately it's been really embarrassing me how not-together my shit is.
an appalling sentence, i know, but accurate.

so i was thinking about the nature of the fish, & where it's taken me thus far, & i look forward to a future full of papers, when i finally get back into school so i can get back out of school & on with my life...
you see, the fish began as a means for mysfit & i to continue the creative conversational collaboration we'd been enjoying since we met--& since we met in within the first six weeks of our respective higher educations--i'm not even going to clarify how long ago that was exactly--a fair part of these conversations revolved around our personal blend of Academia.
that's one way to say it, anyway.
another way might be that a lot of last-minute term paper writing involved wine-fueled brainstorming & me wandering up & down the hallway yelling about how the storm was the real link between Oedipus & Lear & that beauty is the only purpose in life, & that, ontologically speaking, i was kinda like god, while mysfit hung around in the bathroom trying to prove to us that she didn't exist, or prove to herself that she did exist, or whatever.

mind you, academia's one of those things that's really only important to the people doing it.
just have to hope, i guess, that some sorta revolution of thought will eventually occur again. like, a second Age of Reason or some such. we could certainly use one.

on the one hand, i completely understand my stepfather's indignation that my mother kicks him off the computer to follow the fish when he's busy doing whatever it is that people do with stocks & finances & the like. that's important, i agree.
but so's global warming, & i like the thing the fish has value for things like that. sharing information, continuously exploring an infinity of points of view...
& i try not to be too cynical.

on the other hand, the fish recently received its first piece of federal mail, e.g. an envelope containing a Regina Spektor promo sampler for the consideration of the fish.

so that's something.

at any rate, i'm considering changing my Official Status from Unemployed (with occasional odd jobs) to Freelance Photographer, since really i spend most of my time involved with my own photographs (i'm terribly self-centered).
i can't quite bring myself to do it yet, though, because it seems undeniably clear to me that the new title would require at least One Photograph Sold.

so i'm opening it up: i'll "sell" anyone a print of any one of my photos--for the perfectly reasonable price of mailing it. pick a photo, any photo--although i'd have to get really creative if anyone wanted a print larger than 8x10.

um, i really mean it. although i think this means that if you live in another country it'll have to cost more. i have no capital, you see (but i suspect i have an inner Town Hall...)

in the end, i can only say: this Egyptian licorice tea makes my tongue tingle.

mysfit's slacking

i'm sure all you fishies were just devastated that mysfit's dead celebrity tuesday failed to appear yesterday. due to temporal concerns, it shall be postponed till at least next week - i've got some worky issues to work out.

in the meantime, go ask a ninja

(mysfit's note: this podcast (a podcast, as the ninja explains, is like apple pie for whales) is so funny that i can barely feel my lips - WATCH IT!! especially the one on net neutrality - it's funny with a message)

Monday, May 15, 2006

jennsee and her magnificent fish!

i'm sure jennsee is just too tired from all her work or is waiting for your fish to discover it all by it's onesy - i however am not so patient (note: if you are working on a notification, jennsee dear, i will remove this post as soon as you are ready to reveal the secrets of your magic yourself - until then i humbly take the task upon myself)

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Step right up and see jennsee and her amazing fish! She'll astound you with juggling!! Wow you with curiosities!! And boggle your senses with images from your wildest fantasies!!**

First, swim down the river of sidebar links and see jennsee's brilliant archiving abilities! Wonderful prizes await the unwary who browses through our past! Go now - the mirror-maze of ideas awaits!

Then wiggle your tail over to the tourist for a sentimental dose of mother's day magic! Over there you will find exotic women eager to serve your every whim!!**

Finally, notice how silent the site is right now? the autostart video (wonderful in its time) has been replaced with a lovely picture of Captain Jack for your viewing pleasure - though a link to the trailer is still there!

Thanks to jennsee for all her fishy work!

**Not necessarily true**

Friday, May 12, 2006

everyone can see my fish

in the future, we will all be watch... we um... in the now we are all being watc-- um... what the hell, i've always known the faeries were keeping close tabs on me. if the government wants in on that action, they're going to have toe-the-line, put up their elbows and make a deal with the sprites:
               © Brian Froud                             ("Bush" is property of the US Government)

in an epic battle royal!! the winner gets to peek in on me taking a... what? oh - get your mind out of the gutter... i'm taking a stand: here check this out and do something:

ordering a pizza in 2040

(i was about to ask a silly question about who would win or something, but then i realized everyone can see my fish). by the way, that first picture is my favorite image by brian froud - for more on the artist go to World of Froud - and please don't steal it for devious purposes or my fish will get mad and eat you.

carl v. over at SSD has posted a list of trailers for summer movies and yet somehow, despite his turn toward science-fiction, he has missed A Scanner Darkly (let's just hope he doesn't miss this):

(cue announcer)
FROM THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP, the director of Waking Life and Warner Independent Pictures comes a new vision of the not so distant future.

so i'm a geek, ok?

you may recognize Philip K. Dick's book linked above by the more common and sci-fi-ishly cool title: BladeRunner. this kinda pisses me off and is one of my soapbox-topics. (probably because i love the original title of the book). see, after the movie came out, they re-released the book, as they often do, with a movie cover - however instead of saying it was the inspiration for BladeRunner, they changed the title of the book. which makes no sense! "blade runner" is nowhere in the book (they're called bountyhunters). there, i've said it and am done. it's an awesome book - READ IT!

Geek Part 2: the director, Richard Linklater also directed Dazed and Confused and Fast Food Nation. and as far as Warner Independent Films, well, that's probably not what it seems either, but my fish knows not.

it's not really a "new vision" of the future, is it? A Scanner Darkly was published in 1977 and many other books have portended a bleak and fearful future. i am sad to say i've not read this one, yet - but i'm about to!! i'm ashamed that i missed this sci-fi masterpiece, which apparently pulls up along side A Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451 and 1984.

you see, there are times that i slip very swiftly into the, "oh my god, this is cool but where, oh where will it lead humanity?!?" mood and about all i can do to avoid running around like paul revere in a schitzophrantic fit ("the government is coming! the government is coming!") is buckle down, listen to they're coming to take me away and read about how bad it really could be.

people, like the heroes and heroines of our most beloved stories, we're the only ones who can stop this.


Thursday, May 11, 2006

mysfit's mad world

i don't know about the rest of you, but whenever i try to play something from MTV it asks me to download some sorta security update...screw that, says i, & screw MTV also.

but i wanted to hear the song, which always makes me cry a little, because i haven't heard it in i checked out google video & found this:

which is just a homemade life-in-highschool vid, but i dug the fisheye lens (naturally) &, i dunno, this is such a depressed-teenager song (that's, er, not a bad thing, just to clarify) that it made such perfect sense to me i had to share.

more on nostalgia later...

hard to sleep with that fish knocking at my door

Gary Jules - MadWorld
(from the
Donnie Darko SoundTrack)

(clicking on the song title will take you to MTV where you can watch the video.; clicking on the movie title will take you to the super-cool movie site - requires flash)

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places
Worn out faces
Bright and early for the daily races
Going no where
Going no where
Their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression
No expression
Hide my head I wanna drown my sorrow
No tomorrow
No tomorrow
And I find I kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles its a very very
Mad world
Mad world
Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy birthday
Happy birthday
And I feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen
Sit and listen
Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me
No one new me
Hello teacher tell me what’s my lesson
Look right through me
Look right through me
And I find I kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles its a very very
Mad world
Mad world
Enlarging your world
Mad world

Tuesday, May 09, 2006


“I'm not trying to stump anybody, ... It's the beauty of the language that I'm interested in.” - Buddy Holly

“Death is very often referred to as a good career move.”
- Buddy Holly (1936-1959)

Sunday, May 07, 2006

sunday afternoon fish

i love the fish!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

another (quicker) movie fish

saw an ad for Art School Confidential last night whilst viewing the Daily Show, & almost choked on my wine.
it's the first i've heard of it...but it looks promising.

but more importantly:


(edit: ok, i couldn't find a trailer to embed that didn't start automatically, so in the interests of our sanity i'll just link to the official site...)

i probably won't leave this up for very long, since i think it'll play anytime the page is opened, but does have fish people in it.
&, um, if it starts to drive the rest of you mad before it gets to me...which is highly possible...just, uh, scream in my general direction & i'll silence it. the madness, that is. not my piratical glee.

ye gods i loved the first one.
the only film i have ever seen eight times in the theater.
this is me twitching with glee & anticipation.

& finally:

this is the sky as seen by oldben.
had to share.

that gobshite couldn't find his way out of a pillowcase

so i was looking through drafts and came upon a list of links i had added to and neglected to post - so here's a whirlwind account:

once upon a time, my fish had wandered over to fence's entertaining site, stumbling upon a fantastic title for a post - not from the site itself but from here. this title was so wonderful that my fish immediately copied it down and stared at it for hours, unable to decide how best to follow it. frustrated but not put off, my fish went to bed, (exciting, huh?) , and that night dreamed of the future. it dreamed of cloaking devices and though my fish could not taste the dream, it dreamed it could through the "Brain Port" a military scientist had installed on my fish's tongue.

(for those of you who wish to object to the non-temporal nature of this narrative and thereby, disprove its truthfulness, remember it is my fish we're talking about)

over the course, of the next few weeks, the post became a depository for links that my fish instantly fell in love with, copied and then just as quickly forgot (this is the sad part). it had become a graveyard of my fish's interests. soon, my fish even forgot about this post. left behind was the super-cool new keyboard, with its ultra-customizable LED display. if my fish could remember, i'm sure it would tell me why a link to Umbero Eco's writings was found in a dusty corner of this post or where to find Ben & Jerry's new flavors of ice cream: Black&Tan and Vermonty Python.

for now though, i think we will just have to move on as my fish has already packed its bags and left for an extended trip to Lithuania's new amusement park: Stalin's World. however, my fish left a farewell note:

"peel back the metal walls to see how it all works"


Tuesday, May 02, 2006


"Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than the skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one's soul; when birth places have the weight of a throw of the dice and all men are born free, when understanding breeds love and brotherhood."
- Josephine Baker
"The secret to the fountain of youth is to think youthful thoughts."
- Josephine Baker

Monday, May 01, 2006

this fish is late for april

Happy May Day!

a maypole in Merrie England...

so i meant to post a few things afore April (aka poetry month) ended, specifically a new poem of mine & a piece on Anselm Berrigan & his possible goatee, but i'm, well, late for everything.
but i'm working really hard on my time machine, so hopefully i'll succeed in going back about a week & writing all the necessaries, at which point i'll be back waving flags of typeface.
if you don't hear from me again i've probably ended up in the 14th century.
physics was never my strong suit.

until then, i did manage to visit Rutgers' annual Agricultural Field Day, photos of which are going up on the tourist, all full of sunshine & so forth.

so entertain yourselves whilst i scamper off to stitch a poem out of loose change & flower petals & other bits of things that end up stuck like dead flies to the pages of my journal...

file under i-can't-believe-they-did-that fish

but this time, that's a good thing.

i still can't believe they let Stephen Colbert speak at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

but they did.
(scroll down to see parts 1-3 of his speech.)

(did i spell that right?)

('m actually in the midst of cooking dinner & drinking wine, but i felt i had to share this right away.)