Operation Empire

This is obviously my personal site but my online content arsenal is vast. It includes Greater Gotham: Going Global, a blog about being out and about in New York City and what happens when you turn Gotham Girl lose on the UK; Fabulous Foodie, where food and food culture are served up a la carte. Last but not least, there is Modern Parlance -- home to my hard-working writer alter ego and headquarters in my nefarious plan to take over the world. It is also home to my work blog - Personal Parlance, where I hold forth on publishing, books, social media, communication, indexing, writing, education and anything else content-wise that catches my eye. 

I had wanted to call the whole thing Operation Empire but several of my friends suggested that might put people off. Upon consideration I decided that a) they were right (so went with Modern Parlance) and b) to effectively take over the world, I would need fewer friends and more minions. Applications being accepted now.

Scribbles & Notes

Of course, the word-smithing started long before the plan for world domination. At one time or another, my personal writing projects have included:

Take 2 Movie Reviews which proved indirectly that I once had a social life where as TV Rants & Raves suggested perhaps that I didn't. (I take comfort in the fact that I haven't updated it lately - which suggests that things are looking up.)

The only thing my ongoing Bibliomania ever suggested was that I needed more shelves and the patience to wait for  paperbacks. Publishing Grunt's Bible came about because working with books isn't the thrill ride that reading or buying them is. 

There were pure flights of fancy like Staving off Ennui, the Server Sees the Sights; there were answers to hypothetical questions like "what should go in a toy hall of fame and then there were the snarkathons - first site website I ever did - Alias Smith & Jones Site and the Dark Shadows Snarkathon.

Much older material is kept in the Ephemera Archives - moved to the backburner but not completely forgotten. Who knows what'll end up catching my attention next...

West Wing

10/31/01: A very random mind blurt on tonight's episode "On the Day Before"

I love Charlie. I love the actor who plays Charlie. I love the way all the other characters interact with Charlie. Charlie for President.

And here I thought this whole season was going to be about the president having MS. Clearly the season is going to be all CJ all the time. Not that this is bad. But if she keeps up at this rate, she will run out of asses to kick. I wouldn't have chosen quite that vibrant a red for CJ but it looked FAB!

Oh Donna, Donna, Donna. OK, you liked him but you KNEW you shouldn't see him. And hey, what was Cliff thinking? Based on how he bolted and left her on the sidewalk that night, I wouldn't have laid money on a date the next day. And speaking of Donna -- man! Josh was pissed but holy moly (I can't believe I just used that phrase)- when she said she saw the guy next NEXT day - well, all I can say is that is Josh had gotten any tenser, he'd have snapped in two. He's probably ground his teeth down to nothing by the end of the night. 

And you know, Ainsley was right last week - Sam needs a hair cut. Sam looked like he was going to be ill when the Republican congressman turned him and Toby down that first time and ripped into them. In fact, he seemed kinda off kilter all evening...he kept having Donna run into ask Josh how to get more time and that strikes me as something Sam would know, yes? And he was still so off that he ended up grasping in a very un-Sam-like when he was trying to suggest to the Pres what to say to the parents of the two Americans that had been killed.

Oh! Look - Tim Matheson is in the scenes from next week. I guess Wolf Lake was cancelled or is due to be shortly. This makes me happy as Hoynes used to be the man I loved to hate - until Bruno arrived. I think Ron Silver has a clause in his contract the requires his character to The Man You Love To Hate.

How many ways can we cover up Stockard Channing's broken ankle?

Best line of the night: "Was any of that food?"

11/15/01: three words: West Wing Rocks! ok, I lied. More words: I loved so many things about this episode - Oliver, Hal, Martin banging his head on his desk, Alison Janey dancing around to Right Said Fred, Ron Silver yelling at Rob Lowe. Can't wait until next week's episode. Ah, Thanksgiving at the White House.

11/8/01: Sorry it's blathery and long and all over the place but I do so enjoy this show, it makes me giddy. Just ignore me. Maybe I'll go away.

Look, it's parade of issues! Gun control, International War Crimes Tribunals, the importance of oratory, big lies/little lies and the REAL question "Hey, Cliff - boxers or briefs?". Speaking of which - how do you 'come across' a diary while looking for your underwear?

Look, Major Dad got a promotion! can anyone tell me if there is a clause in Gerald McRaney's contract that says he must play a military guy in every appearance? I loved his scenes with John Spencer. I will never tire of watching John Spencer's face in those long, silent close ups where he reacts to things. Last night when Leo was told he'd hit a civilian target and not the military target he'd always thought- it was amazing. It was like the moment when he found out about Mrs. Landingham's car accident. Just John's face going through a myriad of emotion.

Tim Matheson - oh Otter, I am so glad you're back. I love watching the relationship between the Pres and VPres. Bartlet (as we heard the other week when he spoke to CJ) believes that he wasn't supposed to win and you can see him sort of squirmy about it everytime he talks to Hoynes. Put that together with how much Bartlet blames Hoynes for the whole MS thing going public (Jed, Jed, Jed - Jed, I love you but you really MUST take SOME responsibility for the situation adn if Dolores Landingham were here, she'd say the same) and you have an uncomfortable working relationship. 

And Hoynes is pissed on so many levels it's hard to believe he can keep it together as much as he does but perhaps it's just evidence of how badly he wants to be president. Does Bartlet know that Hoynes is a recovering alcoholic or not? I mean, we know because we the whole discussion with Leo about the AA meetings...but with Bartlet offering the beer, I wondered if he knew or if he just wasn't thinking or was he just being obnoxious or what. I mean, he MUST know, right? I love Tim. "Do you think we need stronger axe control?" Otter, Otter, all the way

Sam and the pennies. I love when they make Sam dorky/cute like that. He gets so wrapped up in what he's researching that it sort of takes over his life. ("I've become one of the funnel people, haven't I?") I'm like that. I identify with Sam. I do NOT identify with Sam's light blue sweater. How is it that I can like Sam SO much and I can't stand Rob Lowe? Damn. I hate that Rob Lowe is that talented. I've seen the penny issue brought up from time to time and it was funny to me that it came up on the show. I personally have piles of them ALL over. I recently took my jars and jars of change to the coinstar machine and came out with $135. YEAH!

I guess Stockard's ankle was better at filming time. That whole "church was good/church sucked" debate being conducted at a full tilt down the hall and not a limp in sight. And POTUS bursting into song - "You make me egg foo yong". Fabulous. 

Heck, if Donna doesn't know why she lied about the diary, I can guess. It's FULL of Josh and she'd like to keep that a secret. Maybe she didn't realize that at the moment she denied keeping one but I bet she realized it the second she saw Josh again. I liked Sam advising Donna about what would happen to her at the inquiry and trying to be reassuring. Donna! You SLEPT with CLIFF! Cliff, what the...?? Kids, are you both INSANE?

CJ likes Mr. "I've been gone for two years" Reporter, Will Sawyer. I can't recall the actor's name but I've seen him in lots of stuff and I believe he is married to Bonnie Raitt. He's a cutie. She likes him a lot. After two weeks of "Asskicking CJ", we now have "Flirty CJ"! I hope they keep him around a bit. I like his description of the news/gossip thing. And I guess that means when he is transferred OUT of the White House Press Corps as he wants, he and CJ can be flirty together. Gee, I wonder where Danny went? 

Toby - poor Toby. Last week, their own party is nipping at his heels and he has to go to the other side for help and now his own people are speaking out of turn. Toby and Sam may the only ones who realize how badly the White House needs to reach and make friends again and reinforce the bonds they still have.

Some favorite lines from this week:
Leo: "I'm fine. I have Margaret." 

Bartlet: He had an audience and he didn't know what to do with it.
Abby: You want him to sing Volari?
Bartlet: It couldn't hurt.

Gen. Adamley: We're eliminating genocide, what are you doing?
Sam: Eliminating the penny. I'll come back."

OK, I've blathered long enough. I would have done the same about the Buffy Musical but I was so happy with it, there didn't seem to be much point in peppering it with blather. It was just a big, happy, tasty treat!

1/16/02: was it just my imagination of was the guy who played Congressman Tandy on West Wing tonight the trench coat-clad Sprint PCS Guy? I love that guy. I think I have a crush on him...Apparently lots of other people do because he was listed in People's Sexist people issue. Weird. Anyhow I thought it was funny to see him sans trench coat.

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