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01 June 2014 @ 06:10 pm
With the horror that is Monday on the horizon...  
Last week, I had one of those bizarre moments on the Interstate when I spotted something I couldn't believe I was seeing. This was less weird than the full-out clown-costumed person I once saw driving next to me, more interesting than the transport truck full of golf carts (!), and less dangerous than the slightly weaving car that turned out to be some guy in his 20s showing his cat out the window every couple of minutes.

It was a pickup truck with one of those flat metal utility boxes in the back, and something oddly shaped was clearly on top of that box. But what? It turned out to be a metal dragon sculpture, and a pretty nice one, too! I'd be afraid of having it fall off or get stolen, frankly, but seeing it made my day. :D

My most recent Idol entry turned out well, but I felt like I was poking it along at a snail's pace all last week. Researching language of its era, I rat-holed down trying to find the original source of the phrase "pusillanimous puke." It seemed like a Twain quote, or perhaps a politician, but so many people have REused it that its origins are now buried too far down in the Google results. :(

However, I DID stumble across this listing of formulas for Renaissance-era insults (about halfway down the page). You don't even have to mix up the columns—some of the lines are fantastic going straight across: gleeking flap-mouthed foot-licker, or spongy rude-growing pignut, or villainous tardy-gaited strumpet. Can a dribble-mouthed rude-bottomed gutter-blossom be far behind?

Other news: we are almost to the end of this past season of Justified, and it has been fairly disappointing. There is very little of Raylan this year (and his story arc seems to consist solely of bedding another ill-chosen blonde). Much of the season is taken up with lengthy exploits of the newly-discovered Crowe family (of which Dewey remains the only interesting member, simply because he makes fecklessness a comedic art form) and Ava's travails in prison (zzzZZZZzzz). Much as I like the secondary characters on this show—a LOT—I don't want the show to be primarily about them. This pretty much the same way I feel about this season's Grimm, where Monroe has been domesticated into being boring and the Royals (and now Trouble) have taken over the show. I think it's a bad sign when a show gets bored with its main characters. :(

The premiere of Fargo, though? Very tight, and really good. Oh, Billy Bob... you are a marvelous casting choice for this show. :D

All right, back to reading Idol entries and lamenting the end of the weekend. :O

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CaffieneKitty: reading/researchcaffienekitty on June 2nd, 2014 03:55 am (UTC)
*pops in from spoiler-sequestration* "pusillanimous puke", eh? *fires up Google-fu*

Earliest published usage I could find: "Daisy Swain: The Flower of Shenandoah. A Tale of the Rebellion"
By John Malone Dagnall, published in 1865, page 93. Google Books Link. No idea about the subject of the book or content, though it seems to be a long-form metered prose poem of some sort.


Edited at 2014-06-02 03:56 am (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 2nd, 2014 04:42 am (UTC)
It's a great phrase, and such a colorful-sounding oldtime insult. You'd think it would be easier to figure out who first said it... but perhaps it came up in a literary source, and someone more famous latched onto it.

It's funny how, with the modern availability of ready information, you feel you must know things-- random things-- at the drop of a hat. And it is not satisfying when you don't find the definitive truth!
CaffieneKitty: dunnocaffienekitty on June 2nd, 2014 04:45 am (UTC)
Just trying to help.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 2nd, 2014 05:58 am (UTC)
Oh, and I appreciate it! You may well have found the original source of it. It's so hard to know, almost too much information comes back from Google on it. :O
cindy: the dean show - sam sez tsuki_no_bara on June 2nd, 2014 04:51 am (UTC)
i totally agree with you about a. ava's storyline on justified, and b. the royals on grimm. i tuned out every time the royals or adalind took over. i did try to pay attention to ava in prison, altho after a while i wasn't sure why. it was a boring, pointless digression and such a weird misfire for a show that's usually better than that. i admit that i kinda liked all the crowes, but only because i like michael rapaport. and dewey really is the only interesting crowe. (altho i kept being surprised that he was still alive. seriously, dude's too dumb to live sometimes.) hopefully the next season will be better, since i think it might be the last one. or second-to-last one. i think.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Justified Black As Coalhalfshellvenus on June 2nd, 2014 06:45 am (UTC)
I tried to go with Ava's storyline, but it just bored the crap out of me and took up too much of the show's time. I like Michael Rapaport, but I didn't enjoy the whole diversion over the Crowes at all. It reminded me of the season with Maggs Bennett, except that THAT season worked!

By the end of the season, the fact that Dewey was driving a half-dead Gremlin just seemed SO fitting! What else would he drive? To go with those stylin' shorts/boots combo he's so fond of?
IDK, my BFF Jared Leto?gekizetsu on June 2nd, 2014 06:25 am (UTC)
"...the slightly weaving car that turned out to be some guy in his 20s showing his cat out the window every couple of minutes."

Cannot stop laughing.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on June 2nd, 2014 06:46 am (UTC)
I thought for sure it was someone on their cellphone, and as I pulled alongside them in the next lane and saw what was going on, it was an all-out, "What the actual fuck?!?" moment!
kick_galvanic, zagzagael, skull_theatre: sethbleodswean on June 2nd, 2014 02:39 pm (UTC)
Justified was a huge hot mess and a disaster last season. UGH!!!! Terribly disappointing. I think they were trying to replicate Mags wonderful season and failed. And trying to include more female storylines and that was extremely wrong-footed. Just terrible.

But your post on insults puts me in mind of Olyphant and "Deadwood". Have you watched that? It's flawless and I still weep about its unfair cancellation.

We did a Jacobean play in college that was only about insults and now I cannot remember the name of it but omg LOL back before LOL existed!!!!

This week's prompt was stifling.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Justified Black As Coalhalfshellvenus on June 2nd, 2014 05:03 pm (UTC)
Yes-- this past season of Justified just made me think of the Mags Bennett season gone wrong. The actress had a huge role in how amazing that arc was, but the infighting of her children vying for her affections, and the truly bizarre Dickie Bennett (someone wrote a fantastic fanfic featuring him that completely captured his unique style of dialogue) was hugely different from "Crowes want to bully into everything and just screw it up."

"Hot mess" describes it pretty well. SO much effort and failing, and so little entertainment as a result. :(

I haven't watched Deadwood (I'm actually not a big fan of Westerns, which is why this week's Idol story came about-- it's a genre I haven't done for Idol). Would I like it anyway? I've heard good things about it, and I was avoiding Justified for the same reason until friends and Netflix nagged me into it. They were right. :D

I hated this week's prompt. I've actually hated about the last 4 of them, though the Choose Your Own Adventure story that came out of one of them was worth it. They're usually more open-ended, and we don't get as many WTF or too-specific prompts in a row. :(
kick_galvanic, zagzagael, skull_theatre: sethbleodswean on June 2nd, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
You consider Justified a Western? Hmmmm.... Yes, yes, a million times YES you should watch "Deadwood". It is THE show that single-handedly pulled dramatic serialized tv out of the hole it had dug itself and it is GLORIOUS!!!! Beyond words glorious. Think "The Sisters Brothers" times a hundred. The dialogue makes me squirm in joy. The acting is just...well, it's just GLORIOUS. Watch it.

Yeah, the prompts are...surprisingly difficult. And I think much of the voting is more popular than anything else. But I am having a blast with it overall!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Justified Black As Coalhalfshellvenus on June 2nd, 2014 05:32 pm (UTC)
You consider Justified a Western?
Not exactly a Western, but country-music redneck settings have a similar feel for me. They really put me off.

I will give Deadwood a try, then!