poemless. a slap in the face of public taste.

July 26, 2010

I’m still alive. Unfortunately.

Filed under: Odds & Ends — poemless @ 5:05 PM

My ratio of drug use to creative output is violating all kinds of laws of nature these days (though one may be interested to note that the singular evil pill that seems to cure the migraine symptoms also cures my desire to write, confirming what we already know and scientists believe…)

I was going to write a rant about morons who call themselves doctors. About the right to live without pain. And something in defense of Sarah Palin.

Maybe I will do those things. For now here are some deliciously weird videos which you have undoubtedly already seen but which nevertheless deserve a home on this blog:

Jesus, the only man on earth who can be a badass on a trike or in a powder blue suit.

Also of note:

~ I am on Twitter, but am not posting anything.

~ Sean of his Russia Blog has relocated to DeKalb, IL, but the earth is still spinning (though freak Noah’s Ark like flooding has occured in the vicinity…)

~ Natalia calls on us to stop dissing Russian men. Geez, apparently the Russians love their fathers too. Someone alert Sting.

~ Vilhelm writes a run down of the “Forbidden art – 2006” case. On the one hand, I am all about freedom of artistic expression. On the other, the fact that the courts have fined them for displaying such works gives the name of their exhibition a bit more authenticity, no?

~ David Suchet is of Russian ancestry. I discovered this while doing my own detective work trying to find out who murderd the art director of the previous “Poirot” mysteries and replaced their divine art deco glamour mystique with the predictable Masterpiece Theater crap. I am not the type of person who will watch all PBS mysteries, but I will watch all of Suchet’s Poirot mysteries, because he is brilliant and because I get weak in the knees for that severe style of the original series. Related or unrelated, the so-called “master” of art deco design, Erte, was Russian. What this has to do with anything I do not know…



  1. strange nothing about China. there was a lot recently, I found it strange to leave you know what twice because of her. This time I definitely going to the Celestial empire to have a look for myself.

    as for Suchet, agreed, he’s best Poirot. However many Russkies think that Western Sherlock Holmes were rather unconvincing and value Livanov’s portray of famous drug-addicted detective.

    Comment by FarEasterner — July 27, 2010 @ 3:21 PM | Reply

  2. Welcome back, poemless.

    Comment by Evgeny — July 30, 2010 @ 9:12 AM | Reply

  3. Oh, about the new Poirots: these are the ones written post WWII. So no Art Deco: they’re trying to make the best of bad 1950s design.

    Comment by Melissa — August 1, 2010 @ 7:11 PM | Reply

    • They changed so much about “Cat among the pigeons,” including setting it in the 1930’s instead of the 1950’s as it was in the book, I cannot accept historical accuracy as an excuse. Not to mention that Art Deco is applicable to the 30’s. But it is not just the fashion or decor. The theme song, mise-en-scene, the whole ethos has been replaced with a formulaic generic look and feel. Suchet still has it, but other than him these don’t LOOK like Poirot mysteries. Even Ustinov’s did that.

      Comment by poemless — August 1, 2010 @ 10:04 PM | Reply

  4. Have you tried any naturopathic treatment, aromatherapy, traditional medicines, anything of that nature? I’m not prescribing, just curious. I imagine if this thing has been with you for a lengthy period, you’ve tried everything. But just on the off chance, that stuff often has a greatly-reduced chance of side effects, and sometimes works.

    Something in defense of Sarah Palin???? I haven’t heard anything out of her crazy gob in what seems like ages, but I can’t recall anything that argued in favour of empathy. Anyway, good to see you back!

    Comment by marknesop — August 1, 2010 @ 9:47 PM | Reply

    • Thanks. Yes I have tried homeopathic medicine, visualization, about everything. The problem is those might work for the actual headache, but the aura crap is killing me. I must admit the Topamax worked like magic, but the side-effects are just too much. I have spent the weekend doing some detox. I was on too much medicine. And got sick on top of it. The downside is most of the original symptoms are back. 😦

      I did not think the smug leftist response to “refudiate” was intelligent or warranted. There are times I feel like people just pick on her for fun, not for her politics (which are stupid evil crap). And it bothers me. Specifically, well educated Democrats routinely speak for hours and say nothing very intelligible. Which is the bigger crime, mispronouncing or misusing a word, or using the entire language not to communicate but to avoid communication? One is a simple faux pas. One is abuse that assumes we are all fools. Where is the outrage when Pelosi opens her mouth and nothing of substance comes out? Why aren’t we laughing at her? I can laugh at Palin for thinking she is qualified for office, but not for refudiate.

      Comment by poemless — August 1, 2010 @ 10:22 PM | Reply

      • I hope someone will be encouraged to take on this medical challenge, because the suffering must be dreadful. I wonder how widespread it is? I’ve heard of chronic migraine, but it seems to me it’s fairly rare.

        I must have missed the “refudiate” thing – this is the first I’ve heard of it. But I find it hard to muster up any real sympathy for Palin, because of how venal she can be when she thinks she’s on a roll and the way she puffs up like a toad with vanity when anyone she thinks has some clout asks her opinion. That said, all politicians are in some measure entertainers; well, they are now, anyway, although it’s hard to imagine JFK as an entertainer. Anyway, you’re quite right that the political scene is littered with talking heads whose grammar might be above reproach, but who are otherwise deadweight.

        Maybe the Democrats are making up for all the times they failed to mock the Most Illiterate President Ever for his mangling of the English language, out of fear for what he might do to them. Palin seems quite a bit like him in her craving for constant flattery and her incurious worldview.

        Comment by marknesop — August 2, 2010 @ 1:18 AM | Reply

  5. Putin on the Harley reminds me of Dennis Hopper’s character, “Deacon” in that cheesy “Waterworld” film. Well, except for the language and the eyepatch. Something about the air of joyous menace. Still, he doesn’t look dorky like Dukakis in the tank. He looks like he might be taking time out from running a bike gang to be Prime Minister.

    Comment by marknesop — August 2, 2010 @ 11:26 AM | Reply

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