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04 May 2011 @ 12:25 pm
Gah...  
I was up late last night, trying to finish a story for tvnetwork1_las after ratholing down episode recaps of the show in question over at Television Without Pity. I got the draft ending finished, went to LJ to check up on submitting details (in case LJ died again today) and discovered... that the story is due next Wednesday. FAIL.

Randomly, I was talking with HalfshellHusband about multiple-level humor this weekend, which we both enjoy. The Simpsons often falls into that category, and there was a classic example of it in one of the Zero Man episodes I watched. Zero Man is looking for a successor "just in case", and he repeatedly overlooks his flamboyant and muscular assistant, Ty. When Ty pushes him on it, Zero Man responds with some vague rambling blather (as he generally does), which results in this:

Ty: You're a homophobe!
Zero Man: That's ridiculous. I don't even own a home!

On the surface, there's the dimwitted confusion as to what 'homophobe' means. But beneath that, if that word actually meant what Zero Man thought it did, well... not owning a home would tend to prove Ty's point! :D

Speaking of humor, I'm halfway through Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion (and Christopher finished it last weekend). It's a fabricated chronicling of the rise and fall of the world's greatest zombie band, with lots of pseudo-historical interviews. I don't really know what category to put this kind of book in. Satirical parody? It's the kind of humor that definitely works for me. What's more surprising is how well it also works for Christopher, who is only 11. Based on this book, The True Meaning Of Smekday, and a few other things we've read, I'd say he likes this genre better than my husband does. :0

On the topic of TV, anyone know what's happening with V? Or did I just not recognize the season finale as such, a few months back?

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the key of the day and the lock of the night: bookpearlocknkey on May 4th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
multiple-level humor this weekend I love Phineas and Ferb for this - appeals to the kiddo's but there is a layer for adults and a geek/comics/pop culture layer there as well. :)

I need a bad robot icon!

Edited at 2011-05-04 07:59 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on May 4th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
Sounds like something I should check out!

I'm surprised Christopher likes The True Meaning Of Smekday as much as he does, because that book could as easily be for adults as for kids, apart from the 11-year-old protagonist.

Which gave a friend of mine fits: "She's too capable for an 11-year-old. It's not realistic."

Dude-- this is a road-trip adventure involving that girl and a member of the alien race that invaded the Earth. At what point were you expecting realism?

You can snag my Bad Robot icon, if you like. HalfshellHusband got it for me. I love that Bad Robot. And I feel sorry for it, because what can it do? It's a robot. If it's bad, someone made it that way!
the key of the day and the lock of the night: bookstack4locknkey on May 4th, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
I think your whole family might like it - it's very cleaver. :)

Dude-- this is a road-trip adventure involving that girl and a member of the alien race that invaded the Earth. At what point were you expecting realism? LMAO I'll have to check it out. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on May 4th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
It's a hilarious book. Are you part of the Sac County+ library system? (multi-county thingy) You can put it on hold and have it sent to your closest library. :D

I'll look into Phineas and Ferb. We've had a lot of fun with Wallace and Grommit, and Shaun the Sheep, thanks to various recs. ;)
the key of the day and the lock of the night: bookpearlocknkey on May 4th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
I am. :) I use that feature a lot. :)

I love Wallace and Grommit!