Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Justine the Last Human-Human on Earth, and amateur philosopher, contradicts her attacker (or suitor?): "There is no 'what if...?'. There is only 'what now...?'."
"Here we go again," complains the vampire, rolling his red eyes. "Blah."
Thursday, October 29, 2009
That potential victim is Justine the Last Human-Human on Earth. She begins tries to distract the easily-distracted Nosferatu, saying, "Well..."
"No more delays."
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Trying to delay the inevitable again, Justine (the Last Human-Human on Earth, incidentally) asks, "So...what are you going to do for Halloween?"
"Oh, no, you cannot do this. Fool me once, aah, shame on you." Some vampires like numbers, and our Vampire Lord is one of them. So he continues: "Fool me twice, aah aah, shame on me."
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
"I heard you went to a Pearl Jam concert earlier this month," states Justine the Last Human-Human on Earth, with an ace up her sleeve. "How was it?" (She's not wearing sleeves.)
"As always, they played an epic show."
"You can't beat an energetic main set plus two encore sets." And with that, the Vampire Lord talked about a two-hour concert over the course of six hours.
Monday, October 26, 2009
They dance into the late hours of the night. Swept off her feet, Justine exclaims, "I don't want this to end!" which ignites the Vampire Lord's fear of commitment. (Alternatively, the sun is rising, and the Vampire Lord does not want to be reduced to ashes at first light. I'd say it's both his fear of commitment and of annihilation.)
"I totally forgot I have things to do. Deadlines, you know. I must leave. Blah," he says, dropping the woman to the floor.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
It's been a while since I've blogged without producing a webcomic, and this one's going to be hilarious (for me, anyway)! At the risk of giving away too much information (in a TMI sort of way), this morning in the bathroom, it occurred to me come up with a "new language," or rather speed up the evolution of the English language (among other languages) to a state of simplicity, softness, and strangeness.
It starts with the alphabet and basic phonemes. As babies, so it is said, we can and do speak every possible human sound. This ability is lost when we learn our first language, in such that, some sounds in other languages are hard to reacquire. For a native English speaker, even the gutterals involved in a closely-related Germanic language like Dutch can be odd to reproduce with one's own vocal cords.
In any case, there are way too many characters and vocal sounds in English: Twenty-six letters (capital and small), various vowel sounds, various consonant sounds, and some relatively nasty sounds when recording on a mic (plosives and sibilants, for instance). And so I resolved to reduce the complications with this evolved, new language.
I hashed out much of this alphabet system this morning with my friend Neeru on Twitter: She asked questions; I made stuff up.
The Ground Rules (tentative):
1. All vowel sounds are schwas (ə).
2. Hard sounds, like hard-c, k, and hard-g are eliminated.
3. Historically similar consonant sounds are grouped together, and the subjectively softest sound is in the new language.
4. Plosive sounds like b and p are reserved for the nastiest of curse words. I've chosen the Thorn Rune (þ) to represent this sound, even though that symbol is used as th elsewhere. In this new language, plosives are pronounced by spitting on the person to whom you are addressing. Hence, it is nasty.
5. The consonants d and t, as well as the th sound, are consolidated as Theta (θ). The words vater, vader, and father are all the same.
6. That said, the letters f and v are now represented by the letter w.
7. Soft-g sounds like j. In Spanish, j sounds like h. In German, Dutch, and other languages, j sounds like y. All those letters are consolidated as y.
8. The letters l and r (interchangeable or even mutually exclusive in some languages) are represented by the letter w, like Elmer Fudd saying, ""Be vewwy vewwy quiet; I'm hunting wabbit." This is called a Fuddian slip.
9. The consonants m and n are too close, and one must go. Since m doesn't require your tongue against the back of your teeth like n, I chose m.
10. The letter q is now w. (Also, when in doubt, use w.)
11. Sibilants like soft-c, s, x, and z are now a lisped θ.
12. There are no capital letters.
In short, the letters of this new language are ə þ θ w y m. There are only six letters, and þ /spit/ is rarely used!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
"Wow," patronizes Justine the Last Human-Human on Earth. "You've had an exciting month!"
Oblivious to her sarcasm, the Vampire Lord continues: "Yes, I went to a lot of shows and amusement this October. Blah."
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
This is the final set of Pearl Jam concert photos from the October 1st show, at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, that I'll post here; it is a baker's dozen this time. Incidentally, this is the final "Waiting for 2010" blog entry at DeRamos.org, and it's not even November yet. We're going to focus on the Webcomic, and there ain't no use waitin' for next year, when there's lots to do right now.
As evidenced by this new backdrop, these snapshots are from the final set, or second encore, of the show:
Monday, October 5, 2009
Once again, here are a dozen more snapshots from the October 1st, 2009, Pearl Jam show at the Gibson Amphitheatre:
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
As promised yesterday, here are the first dozen (of many) snapshots from Thursday's Pearl Jam concert at the Gibson Amphitheatre, in Universal City:
Friday, October 2, 2009
Last night, my brother and I went to a Pearl Jam concert at the Gibson Amphitheatre. The opening act was Ben Harper & Relentless7. The amphitheater sounded excellent, and both bands were brilliant! It was a perfect concert!
Here are some snapshots from Ben Harper & Relentless7's part of the show:
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I am extremely excited that it is the month of October, once again. This is one of those situations where I have to eventually "show" rather than "tell," so please stay tuned.
In any case, a friend posted this link on Facebook, and now I am seriously bummed out. It is the story of a mother who, due to the douchebaggery of her family's health insurer, chose her daughter's eyesight treatment and ceased her own treatment, ensuring her inevitable blindness. This is an example of how broken the American health insurance for health care system has become. This video was embedded in the linked article:
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