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Spinning Around

Filed under: Spinning — folkcat at 12:27 pm on Thursday, August 31, 2006

As often as not these days, my Knitting Around night at Panera turns out to be a Spinning Around night.

Tonight, I want to try out one of my new CD spindles, so I spread out some of my roving stash on my unmade bed to pick something to work with.

Pile of Roving
Look at the Roving, Not the Bed

There’s a lot to choose from. Some colors attract me more than others.

I did pick up these two balls of Cotswold that I bought at NH Sheep & Wool 2005, but had a disappointment when I looked them over…

Felted Cotswold
Cotswold, in Two Colors

They’re rather felted. The ropes will unwind from the balls, but the fibers won’t pull apart. And this has happened just from sitting in my stash for a year and a half. A roving stash that really hasn’t been moved or stirred around much. So where did they get sufficient rubbing to felt?

I think I bought these from a vendor that was selling fibers for spinning, not specifically felting. And I’m pretty sure they weren’t this matted at the time, but I couldn’t swear to it. I, of course, was buying for felting, and was so new to the concept of roving that I may not have checked how loose the fibers were at all.

I guess these two balls will be moving over to the needlefelting portion of the stash. Darn shame. I like the colors. They’re a bit darker in person than the photo shows, the one on the left being a nice deep magenta, on the right a dark salmon.

I really should do something with the needlefelting stash. I’ve got a large number of needles, a multi-needle tool (a hand-turned one, not the cheapie Clover), and a small supply of feltable roving. Oh, and two books as well. Anyone interested? I can’t give it away, I’ll have to have money for it (the multi-needle tool alone cost around $25). But if there’s serious interest, I’ll bet something could be worked out.

What will I pick tonight?

Really not sure yet. I’ll show you soon!

My Portrait

Filed under: Folkcat's Craft Library — folkcat at 1:06 pm on Wednesday, August 30, 2006

“Your library is your portrait.” – Holbrook Jackson

Is it any surprise that the most active portion of my library is made up of craft and art books? I didn’t think so.

This is the most noteworthy thing I accomplished yesterday:

Folkcat's Craft Library Progress

I’m far from having all my craft books on these shelves yet. The real thing to see here is the shelf dividers we created that help me sort the books by category. Of course, I can organize them by category even without physical dividers – but it’s so much quicker and easier to have a visual clue where “BEADS” actually ends and “COOKING” begins.

Once I’ve organized all the books that can be found in the house, I’ll start sorting and organizing the magazines. I’ve got years worth of Bead & Button and Beadwork, and I might actually do some of the projects if I could ever find them!

Shiny Things; and, Now We Know

Filed under: Daily Life,Spinning — folkcat at 1:08 pm on Tuesday, August 29, 2006

With the arrival of Tuesday, I’m a bit recovered from my Sunday night Emmy posting blitz.

I don’t have much to show you , though. Over the weekend, I worked a bit on my latest entre-lac bag that I’m knitting from Noro Kureyon, but it bunches up on the needles and is hard to photograph well. I also made good progress on some Christmas knitting, but, well….can’t show that!

What I can show you is my latest acquisition of spinning tools:

CD Spindles, Side View
CD Spindles. High Whorl. Eight of Them

Hard to see them well? Not surprising, the whorls on a CD drop spindle are very thin, darn close to invisible to the camera from the side.

CD Spindles, End View
CD Spindles, End View

If one looks different from the others, it’s because that one happened to use an old CD-RW, which is usually gold in color instead of silver. Otherwise, I now have eight identical high-whorl spindles that will make it easy for me to spin up multiple bundles of roving to similar weights before plying them together. Yowzah!

Edited to add: Oh, yeah…kinda forgot to tell you where these came from. Gryphon and I made them, using the instructions in the book Spin It! They’re easy to do, and you know we all have those free CD’s lying around.

The main trick in the process is getting the right rubber grommets to put in the CD hole. If you don’t buy them directly from the author of the book (she sells them at her website), they can be had at a well-equipped hardware store. Don’t hold your breath looking for them at Lowe’s or Home Depot, they didn’ t have them. We went to a local independent that keeps well stocked for farmers and DIY-ers.

I suggest having a couple of CD’s with you in the store to test fit the grommets. That’s the best way to ensure you get the right ones. Don’t rely strictly on the measurements that the book gives – we found them to be misleading, we got the wrong grommets at first and had to start over.

Now We Know

You’ve seen me mention over the summer that my asthma symptoms have come back in a big way, and we didn’t understand why. Well, now we know.

A few months ago, we noticed that the grout in the bathroom tiles was cracked, and the cracks were getting bigger. Gryphon taped plastic over the wall so we could continue to take showers, and notified the landlord. Landlord talked to their tile guy…who never showed up.

In the meantime, Gryphon successfully talked himself into the landlord’s good graces to become a part-time maintenance person for the properties, allowing him to earn the extra income we so desperately needed. Among the tasks that were put on his to-do list: removing the tiles in our own bathroom so they could be redone.

Well, he finally started that this weekend. And here’s what he found:

Bathroom Mold
A Disgusting Mess

All that black you see is mold. And it goes all the way through the backing board. We don’t know how far it extends behind the tiles that haven’t come out yet, but there are cracks all across the long wall you’re looking at, and across the faucet wall on the right.

Meanwhile, my asthma symptoms just kept getting worse and worse. And then, last night I finally made the connection.

I first developed asthma some 20 years ago. I was having an inexplicably bad time with coughing at my job, and was increasingly sensitive to perfumes and smoke. I was seeing an allergist, but we were having a terrible time tracking down the real problem. I did test as positive for allergies to a number of things: dust, tree and grass pollen, and molds and mildews. But not a big enough reaction to account for what I was experiencing.

One day, I realized I felt better at the office. I tracked down one of the maintenance guys for the building, and asked if anything had changed about the A/C system in the last couple of days.

“Yeah,” he said. “They fixed a drainage pipe that had been installed upside down. It was letting water back up instead of draining out. You should have seen all the mold and gunk they cleaned out of the ducts!”

Well, there was my answer. Even a mild allergy to molds could produce the reaction I had if the molds were concentrated enough, and it sounded like they were. And my desk was right under an air vent, piping the stuff into the office and directly into my system.

Shortly after that, my doctor put me on a disability leave from work to see if that improved things. It did. Meanwhile, life conspired to move me out of that job. I was never able to pull things together sufficiently to prove a case against the company I worked at or the owners of the building. And ever since, I’ve been sensitive to perfumes, smoke, and other airborne irritants.

All this came rushing back to me suddenly last night. I was having the same mold problem again, only this time, I live at the location with the problem. No option to go home at the end of the day. You’d think I’d have realized it sooner, but one of the symptoms of toxic mold reaction can be an inability to think as clearly as usual. Plus, the original incident was twenty years ago – it took me time to recognize the similarity.

Knowing the problem is half the battle. The ideal would be for me to stay somewhere else while this gets cleaned up, but we have no friends with room, and no resources to stay at a hotel or motel. Gryphon and I last night stepped up our efforts to seal off the existing mold, keep it out of the rest of the house, and ventilate the entire place well.

It’s already helping. It’ll take a little while for my system to recover from this, and full recovery can’t happen until the mold is out of the house. But Gryphon has talked with the landlord, and it’s been agreed that the work on our bathroom has to take highest priority on his task list. We’ve got a strategy in place for minimizing the spread of the mold as he removes the bad materials. And I’m making plans to be out of the house all day Saturday, to make it possible for him to get a good, long work session in without having to worry about making me sicker.

Please, no suggestions about making the landlord pay for a hotel or anything like that. We’re talking about a woman who comes just short of being a friend – certainly, a respected and loved acquaintance. We don’t feel there’s any need to extract anything extra from her, so long as we can get the problem cleaned up in a reasonable fashion. Plus, this is very small town New England – we just don’t do things like that here.

I’ll be okay, folks. As I said, knowing the problem is half the battle. The mental stress over “why am I so sick?” has been relieved, and we can move forward to making it better.

Coming soon: progress on the current beadwork project!

Minimal Monday

Filed under: Folkcat's Fotos — folkcat at 2:06 pm on Monday, August 28, 2006

Having posted enough last night to count for two weeks, I’m going to take a pass today on trying to write much of anything.

Instead, I’ll leave you with this picture from a local nursery this weekend.

Unknown Flowers

I love the colors here – silvery pale sage in the fleshy leaves, silvery butter yellow in the stems, and the mix of pinks and oranges in the flowers themselves. I may try to pull out this colorway for a project some day.

You’ll hear more from me tomorrow – and the rest of the week, as usual. Meanwhile, enjoy the picture!

Emmy Watch-a-long, Part Ten: The End!

Filed under: Television — folkcat at 11:43 pm on Sunday, August 27, 2006

Half an hour to go: At least, if we’re not going to kill Bob Newhart.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Felicity Huffman is one of the presenters. She usually looks more elegant than she does tonight. Tonight, she just looks tired and sloppy.

Helen Mirren wins for Elizabeth I. All the actresses in this category are well-known names and all are worthy of a win, even if I haven’t seen these particular performances.

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Callista Flockheart looks great, not as skinny as she used to look, though she is still a twig by comparison to most women. I hear good buzz about her upcoming series, Brothers and Sisters.

Lots of talented nominees here, too. I’ve started watching The Closer this year, so I’m rooting for Kyra Sedgwick. But Mariska Hargitay wins. Good for her! Not a bad capper for a month that began with the birth of her son, August. She still looks like she’s got some of the baby weight on her, but then she’s got her mother’s bosom to help balance it…

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Who am I hoping wins? Well, Stockard Channing was wonderful in Out of Practice, even if I think the series never found its footing. Julia Louis-Dreyfus does well in The New Adventures of Old Christine, which I continue to watch even if I’m not sure how I feel about it yet.

Julia wins, and makes reference to the supposed Seinfeld Curse which has afflicted all the actors’ from that series in their attempts to start new series. “I’m not one to believe in curses, but…Curse This, Baby!”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Not a one that I watch in this category, either. Though if Meloni wins for Law & Order: SVU, I may have to reconsider that series.

Nope. Kiefer Sutherland wins for 24. Hmm. I gave up on that series after the season of the daughter being chased by mountain lions. Maybe I should reconsider the subsequent seasons?

Bob Newhart Watch: They haven’t shown him again lately, but we only have 14 minutes to go, and only two more awards. He could be safe!

Back from Commercial: Conan brings Bob Newhart out to co-present an award with him. I guess they decided that the running time is okay!

Actually, Conan says that “thousands of people called in, and the majority of callers wanted you to live.” Bob is a little disturbed by the use of majority there. Conan assures him that a full 52% of callers wanted him to live, the other 48% didn’t have an opinion. Ah, that’s so much better!

Outstanding Comedy Series: The Emmy goes to: The Office. I may have to give this one another chance. I stopped watching it mid-first season, but since then TV Guide, critics, and everyone seem to keep raving about it.

Outstanding Drama Series: I’m rooting for House. I love that show.

But, no….24 takes it again. Hmm. Lots of awards for 24 tonight. Really ought to think about this.

And so it ends…

Judging from the timing in my Tivo, they’ve got a couple of minutes to kill here. Will they just let the folks from 24 keep talking? Or has Conan got a way to wrap this up?

Conan says a quick, “I had a blast, I hope you enjoyed yourself, Good Night everyone!” I guess they’re just going to wind it up neatly, then.

Overall Impression?

Pretty good show, well-paced. Enough fluff to be interesting and enjoyable, some good winners, some I’m not sure about. And they finished on time, so Bob Newhart is okay.

I like Conan as a host. I hope they have him back sooner than four years.

The winners this year gave me some things to think about for my Tivo Season Passes, too. Some shows that I’ve overlooked win so consistently, or won so many tonight, that I think I should re-evaluate them. Like The Daily Show, the Law & Order collection of shows, and 24.

As for this watch-a-long concept, well, I managed to last the whole thing, and it only took me 45 minutes longer than the actual broadcast. Tivo is great that way – I could replay segments to transcribe dialogue, hold the show while I took a bathroom break, or just pause it so I could get the names down correctly.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this experiment. I know I generated a lot of content in a very short time. But if enough of you liked it, I’ll consider doing the same for other awards shows and events. Please, drop me a comment if you have an opinion one way or the other, I’d love to know!

Emmy Watch-a-long, Part Nine: In Memoriam

Filed under: Television — folkcat at 11:14 pm on Sunday, August 27, 2006

In Memoriam: It’s always a shock to watch this montage. I try to note when someone in the business dies, but sometimes the news gets lost in the shuffle. Or I make note of it, then forget until the In Memoriam segment of an awards show reminds me.

Here’s who we lost this last year:

Dennis Weaver (Gunsmoke)

Barnard Hughes

Mrs. Philo T. Farnsworth (The first woman ever to appear on a cathode ray tube.)

Don Adams (Get Smart)

Dan Curtis (Producer/Director)

Lew Anderson (Clarabell the Clown)

Ralph Edwards

Curt Gowdy (Sportscaster)

Robert Sterling

Michael Piller (Writer/Executive Producer, Star Trek Voyager and Star Trek Deep: Space Nine)

Red Buttons

Mike Douglas

Scott Brazil (Producer/Director, Hill Street Blues)

Anthony Franciosa

Phyllis Huffman (Casting Director)

Darren McGavin (Night Stalker)

Gloria Monty (Exec. Producer, General Hospital)

Jan Murray

Pat Morita (Happy Days, Karate Kid)

Al Lewis (Grandpa Munster)

Maureen Stapleton

Buck Owens (Hee Haw)

Jack Warden

Don Knotts (Barney Fife)

Robert Wise (Producer/Director)

John Spencer (The West Wing)

Louis Nye

Shelley Winters

Richard Pryor

Talented folks, all of them. They created dreams for us all to share in. They showed us possibilities. They changed our lives, or just helped us pass the time better.

You will be missed.

Emmy Watch-a-long, Part Eight

Filed under: Television — folkcat at 11:05 pm on Sunday, August 27, 2006

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Again, no programs that I actually watched, so I have no preferences to state here. Andre Braugher wins for Thief.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Steve Carell, Larry David, Kevin James, Tony Shalhoub, Charlie Sheen. I have to say, I love the last three listed there, I don’t watch the first two.

Not much surprise here, though – Tony Shalhoub wins for Monk. He makes a pretense of saying, “There’s been a terrible mistake. I never win anything.” I know perfectly well he’s won a number of times already, Emmys and Golden Globes, for this role.

Commercial Break: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is another show I’m eagerly watching for.

Candace Bergen: Looking a little thick around the waist, she maybe shouldn’t have worn that bulky silver belt.

Tribute to Aaron Spelling: Love or hate his shows, there’s no denying that Aaron Spelling was one of the most influential television producers ever. Lots of his programs came under the category of Guilty Pleasure, but what’s wrong with that? Guilty Pleasures are the programs that we turn to when we want to feel good, and that’s always a good thing.

Stephen Collins, Heather Locklear, and Joan Collins all come out to speak about Spelling. Joan is looking particularly good. She should give her plastic surgeon’s name to Joan Rivers.

I didn’t realize that Spelling actually began with acting. They showed clips of him in Gunsmoke and I Love Lucy. Go figure!

Charlie’s Angels Reunion: Nice seque at the end of the clip montage. I wondered why they showed the Charlie’s Angels titles so out of sequence chronologically, but then we blend the clip of the Angels walking towards the camera with the real world Angels walking forward on the stage. Farrah, Kate, and Jaclyn all look good. Wouldn’t it be cool if they did a real Reunion Show? They all give very tearful speeches about how wonderful it was to work with Spelling.

Outstanding Made for Television Movie: The Girl in the Cafe wins. Again, not a single nominee that I’ve seen. Interesting note, the director, David Yates, can’t be here tonight because he’s directing the next Harry Potter movie.

Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart present, and nearly steal the show. This is a category I enjoy, I watch a lot of the programs nominated. I’ll be upset no matter who loses, and happy no matter who wins. If I had to pick one that I enjoy the most, though….Hmm. I don’t know that I can.

Winner: The Amazing Race. Which has won this category every year, four times in a row now. I really, really enjoy this show. Though I would have been happy if Project Runway or Survivor had won.

Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special: Another category where I’ve seen nearly none of the entries. In fact, only High School Musical. Which I thought was okay, but then the teenagers who are making this a cult classic don’t know from movie musicals.

I’m not dissing High School Musical. Just saying that I hope the kids who love it use it as a gateway drug to trying out Oklahoma, Gigi, The Sound of Music, Hello Dolly, etc. You get the idea.

Winner: Elizabeth I‘s director.

Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special: Winner: The Girl in the Cafe.

Outstanding Miniseries: Another blind category for me. Emmy goes to Elizabeth I.

How’s Bob? It’s been a while since they showed us how Bob Newhart is doing in that sealed container.

To Be Continued…

Emmy Watch-a-long, Part Seven

Filed under: Television — folkcat at 10:24 pm on Sunday, August 27, 2006

Our American Heritage: Simon Cowell introduces a tribute to Dick Clark and American Bandstand. Listening to Cowell talk about Clark’s empire of producing, hosting, and creating shows, it’s clear to me that the Brit sees Dick Clark as a model to emulate. And he has, from American Idol on through to America’s Got Talent.

And now, we get the man himself. Dick’s speech is obviously still somewhat impaired since his stroke. But it’s good to see him looking as good as ever, if a little more saggy in the face.

And Dick introduces Barry Manilow, who of course sings his hit song, Bandstand. Accompanied by clips of dancers on American Bandstand as he sings, it’s a lively musical tribute to one of our great American legends.

Outstanding Individual Performance in a Comedy, Variety, or Music Program: Hugh Jackman has my vote here for the Tony Awards. He was amazing.

But here, the winner is Barry Manilow. Hmm. Not sure how I feel about this. I like the man’s music well enough, and I didn’t see the show he was nominated for. Ah, that explains why I didn’t see it. It aired on PBS during pledge drive time. Since I watch nearly everything on Tivo, which can’t account for the way the schedule is thrown off by pledge drives, I mostly avoid PBS programs during pledge drive time.

Outstanding Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama Series: Another pair that were given out at the Creative Arts Awards last night. Christian Clemenson won for Boston Legal, and Patricia Clarkson for Six Feet Under. I was pleased with Christian’s win, his character on Boston Legal was a tour de force.

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: One of the nominees directed an episode of Lost, so I’d have to say he’s my favorite, but…

The Emmy goes to John Cassar for 24.

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos. I guess I’d have to vote for Lost again, that being the only show I’ve seen. But it’s the writer for The Sopranos who wins.

Commercial Break: Is anyone else as intrigued by this show Heroes as I am?

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Again, nothing I’ve actually seen. The Emmy goes to: Jeremy Irons for Elizabeth I.

Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Academy Awards director is nominated, and I seem to recall that this was a pretty good show. Louis J. Horvitz wins for directing them, and as usual (I’ve seen this happen to him before), he’s actually in the truck directing tonight’s Emmy broadcast. And so they take a camera and the Emmy out to him instead of making him come on stage.

An Aside: I’m reminded by this that one of the best moments in last night’s Creative Awards came when the Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special award was given out. The camera first cut to a man rising from the audience to walk to the stage, but I thought there was a technical glitch as the next shot showed one of the Steadicam operators walking across the stage. When we focused again on a view of the microphone and the recipients saying thanks, though, I realized that one of the winners was actually working the Creative Awards for the night, and had to walk on with camera and all to accept his statue!

Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program: As usual, the nominated writing teams made their own funny videos to show the nominees. Some of these programs have huge lists of writers. The best was for The Daily Show, which had a man under water holding his breath as he flipped cards with the individual names on them. The list was so long, he started to drown (faking it!) before reaching the end. Luckily, Jon Stewart was there to dive in and save the day, making sure that his own card got flipped. Oh, he didn’t try to get the guy to the surface. He just flipped his card.

Winners: as usual, the team from The Daily Show. I’m really going to have to put this on my Tivo.

Halfway Home: I’ve reached the halfway point of the broadcast now. At least, the halfway point if Bob Newhart is going to live! They have shown him once or twice, and Jon Stewart announced that he’d decided to kill Bob Newhart before starting his acceptance speech.

Heh…during the commercial break, we just had a look-in at Bob Newhart, trying to get someone’s attention as the countdown timer ticked away below him.

I’ll see you in Emmy Watch-a-long, Part Eight!

Emmy Watch-a-long, Part Six

Filed under: Television — folkcat at 9:33 pm on Sunday, August 27, 2006

Conan is funny, relevant, in his opening remarks. References to Mel Gibson having a new show on Al-Jazeera. Ellen Burstyn nominated for a supporting role that lasted 14 seconds. (“Folks, let me speak from experience. Just because something only lasts 14 seconds doesn’t mean it’s not spectacular!”)

About guidelines for speeches: “Please don’t thank your parents. Anyone who was raised in a nurturing environment wouldn’t be in show business!”

Talk about the changing fortunes of NBC leads into a song, a spoof on the Trouble in River City song from The Music Man. “And worst of all, TV’s biggest night of the year is kicking off with a song and dance number performed by a host with limited musical ability!” “To prove things are going to hell, we’re relying on Howie Mandel!”

And so to the first award: Presented by two stars of Grey’s Anatomy (I don’t watch, I don’t know who).

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: I don’t get pay channels, so a few of these nominees are lost on me. But I’m rooting for Jaime Pressly of My Name is Earl.

And the Emmy goes to…Megan Mullally of Will and Grace. Okay, that would have been my second choice, I’ve been a Will and Grace fan for a while.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: I don’t watch The West Wing, but I love Alan Alda. Lack of pay channels on my cable means I’m Sopranos and Huff impaired. I gave up on 24 after season two. Boston Legal is a favorite show, but though I’d like Shatner to win (his Denny Crane character is hilariouis), he has won several times.

And the winner: Alan Alda, who wasn’t present to accept.

Funny Interlude: To prevent the broadcast from running long, Bob Newhart has been placed in a sealed container with exactly three hours of air. If the broadcast runs one second over, Bob Newhart dies. His reaction is hilarious as he sits on the chair in the clear cylinder, he clearly wasn’t told about this. And a countdown timer is shown at the bottom of the screen. I have a feeling this will be our running joke of the night…

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Candace Bergin is my choice, again because of Boston Legal. Grey’s Anatomy isn’t on my radar, I tried watching once and it didn’t click for me.

Winner: Blythe Danner, Huff. I have loved her in other things, but again, the lack of pay channels on my home cable puts this one in a television blind spot for me.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Never got into Arrested Development or Malcolm in the Middle. I love Two and a Half Men, so I hope Jon Cryer gets it.

Winner: Jeremy Piven, Entourage. Another pay channel show.

About Pay Channels: I’m sure these shows are all great, but I just can’t justify adding the expense of the extra channels. So I’m late to the party with these things. A slightly sanitized version of Sex and the City in syndication, for instance, means that only now am I finally finding out what all the fuss was about.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini Series or Movie: Ellen Burstyn’s category. They nearly her entire performance in the clip. I’ve seen none of these movies, so I can’t form an opinion here.

And the Emmy goes to, Kelly MacDonald, The Girl in the Cafe.

Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series: I don’t watch any of these shows, though I do want to check out The Daily Show. Hmm…they win this category again, I should probably act on that eventually. My brother told me earlier tonight he watches it, and finds it a better source of news than, say, the actual news channels. Hmm.

Outstanding Guest Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series: The Guest Actor/Actress awards were actually given out last night at the Creative Arts Awards. Which I actually watched, since they aired on E! Leslie Jordan and Cloris Leachman won. Eighth Emmy for Cloris, which set an Emmy record.

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Only one nominee that I’ve seen, Marc Buckland for the pilot of My Name is Earl. And he wins! Yay!

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Again, I hope for the My Name is Earl writer to win…and he does. Double yay!

This guy’s hilarious. He’s chosen to “Not Thank” people who don’t deserve his thanks, since it would be easier. “My eighth grade social studies teacher who told me to sit down and shut up because I wasn’t funny – No Thank You, Mr. McAdoo. My boss when I was a PA on the show Step by Step who made me clean gum off the executive producer’s shoe, No Thank You, Ma’am, tonight I do not share this with you. And, finally, God. I’m sure you’re responsible in some way, but you took my hair, and that’s not cool, man. Not cool.”

More to come….

Emmy Watch-a-long Notes, Part Five – the Awards Begin!

Filed under: Television — folkcat at 8:44 pm on Sunday, August 27, 2006

And the Show begins…

Conan on a Plane: Saying to the stewardess, “What could possibly go wrong?”

Next, he’s walking out of the ocean and collapsing on a beach. Okay – Lost spoof. LOL…he ties some sticks together and makes a blowdryer for his hair. Then Hugo from Lost walks up. They talk, and go running through the jungle. Conan finds a hatch.

“Dude, you don’t want to go down there,” says Hugo.

“I’ve gotta get to the Emmys! You wanta come with me?”

Hugo looks wistful and disappointed. “Well, we weren’t exactly invited.”

“Really? But you won last year!” Conan glares in rage at the camera. “Nothing makes sense anymore!”

He drops through the hatch, and lands on a desk in The Office. Some Office-like business is done, and Conan runs out. He’s out on the street now, calling Chloe from 24 on his cell-phone, and on a three-way call with Jack. Jack and Chloe tell him off, and he runs into a building.

He finds himself in House‘s office, being diagnosed by the doctor himself. “Epidermis: pale, clammy. Subject could be anemic, possibly albino. Grossly swollen cranium: probable macrocephaly. Lips: thin, wormy. Eyes: beady. Age: (draws in breath) 92. Or 12. Body awkwardly proportioned. No apparent muscular development. Subject emitting an odor of burnt cheese.”

Conan gasps as House grasps him in the crotch. “But the genitals seem healthy. You are a woman, right?”

“I’m hosting the Emmys,” Conan squeaks.

With mock awe, House replies, “Oh, what a feather in your cap!”

Conan runs out, and into…

South Park! In one of the kids’ rooms (I don’t watch the show, so I don’t know which one). The kid confronts him, and terrified, Conan runs into the closet. “Dad! Conan won’t come out of the closet!”. Dad comes running.

“Mr. O’Brien, you need to come out of the closet!”

Conan runs out, calling, “There’s someone else in there!” before running away. Tom Cruise pulls the closet door behind him. before we cut scene to:

A kitchen, with a view from a camera obviously hidden in a corner of the ceiling. It’s Dateline NBC, catching sexual predators. After trying to explain his presence away, Conan runs off, and finally finds his way to the Emmy stage.

To Be Continued…

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