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Sunday, July 28th, 2013
07-28-13

11:49p
Tripping for money
Tomorrow morning is when I earn my money from this medical study, by getting injected with ketamine (special K) and trying to do a bunch of brain tests without tumbling headfirst into a K-hole. Wish me luck.

The idea is that the experimental drug I've been taking for the last four mornings is supposed to lessen psychosis, so now they're giving me something that causes temporary psychosis to see how well it's working. So ask me your questions now before I go nuts. Temporarily.

Look forward to some interesting posts tomorrow. Now to go chug water since I only get ice chips after midnight.
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07-28-13

10:13a
Who would you rather live with, from classic TV?
Hiya folks! Been too long, you look well, all fancy and high-tech. Keep doin what yer doin.

I'm in another med study after not doing them for a while, here at Pfizer in New Haven, CT, and since I've got way too much time on my hands, here's what plopped out of my brain just now.

Shake-up here at Pfizer's lab rat hotel this morning, one group of guys is leaving as 3 more groups come to replace them. My old roommate left before I could get his name and there's probably going to be one or two taking his place, so let's pick some theoretical new ones.

(Note: I'm not re-posting some stupid survey, I'm MAKING MY OWN stupid survey, which I guess is worse.)

CLASSIC TV SURVEY: WHO WOULD YOU RATHER LIVE WITH?
1) Bert or Ernie? Ernie no question. Sorry Bert.
2) Oscar or Felix? Tougher but I'm gonna go with Felix. May be uptight but two slobs wouldn't be good, and I hate cigars.
3) Laverne or Shirley, Lenny or Squiggy? Laverne & Lenny, I love Mike McKean.
4) ALF or Harry of the Hendersons? ALF duh, long as he doesn't eat any cats.
5) Evie (Out Of The World) or Vicki (Small Wonder)? Evie natch, Vicki's a bore.
6) Punky Brewster or Arnold Jackson-Drummond? Arnold!
7) Samantha Stevens or Jeannie? Tough one, but advantage Jeannie cuz of the outfit, and the wish-granting.
8) Boner Stabone (Growing Pains) or Vinnie Delpino (Doogie Howser)? Vinnie, he's got heart and I'm watching the Sopranos.
9) Kimmy Gibbler (Full House) or Six (Blossom)? Can I pick neither?
10) Michael Knight or Thomas Magnum? Magnum all the way. Fuck the Hoff.

I could go on with these for an entire book, kinda scary since I didn't have TV growing up. I'll probably post about fifty more if nothing exciting happens or I don't fall asleep watching The Sopranos.

Of course, tomorrow is the big day of this study, where they dose me with horse tranquilizer, ketamine (Special K) in an effort to drive me temporarily crazy and see if this experimental drug they've been giving me prevented or softened any of the craziness. So expect some interesting entries tomorrow night
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Monday, July 28th, 2008
07-28-08

12:00p
When Wikipedia Makes Me Puke
Part 1 in a series I'm calling "Why I Hate Opossums".

From entry Opossum > As Food

Historically, hunters in the Caribbean would place a barrel with fresh or rotten fruit to attract opossums who would feed on the fruit or insects. Cubans growing up in the mid-twentieth century tell of brushing the maggots out of the mouths of "manicou" caught in this manner to prepare them for consumption. It is said also that the gaminess of the meat causes gas.

In Mexico, opossums are known as "tlacuache" or "tlaquatzin". Their tails are eaten as a folk remedy to improve fertility.

Opossum oil (Possum grease) is high in essential fatty acids and has been used as a chest rub and a carrier for arthritis remedies given as topical salves.



Current Mood: gamey
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Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
07-17-07

11:06a
my favorite Facts Of Life episode summaries
Everyone has them, right? Here are my top three.

"Blair is running for class president, but things get out of hand when one of the candidates commits suicide."
What?! (Teenage Suiciiiiiide... Don't Do It!)

"Mrs. Garrett's musician son, Alex, stops by Eastland for a visit, with tales about how he rubs elbows with other musicians like Neil Diamond and Carly Simon. However, Blair smells a rat when she contradicts one of his stories and when she learns that Mrs. Garrett is still supporting him."
Yes, I guest-starred in that one. I am the illegitmate love-child of Mrs Garrett and Jim J Bullock.

Here's the one I'm actually going to download though:
"The new year brings a new girl, Jo, a tough girl who hot wires the school van and takes off to the Chug-a-Lug bar with Blair, Natalie and Tootie to meet guys. However, one of the guys they meet happens to be an undercover police officer who hauls them all off to jail."

(Feel free to peruse these summaries yourself.)

Greatest Facts Of Life Guest Stars:
  • Charo as herself
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor as Countess Calvet
  • Seth Green
  • David Spade
  • Mayim Bialik (yeah, Blossom)
  • Helen Hunt (episode: Dope)
  • Jermaine Jackson as himself (episode: Starstruck)
  • Juliette Lewis
  • Richard Moll as himself (Bull from Night Court!)
  • Moon Unit Zappa



Current Mood: reminiscing
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Thursday, July 5th, 2007
07-05-07

5:43p
3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510
Love it. LOVE. IT. (Simultaneously an order and an admission.)

"Pi" by Hard 'N Phirm


Current Mood: nerdishly giggling
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Saturday, April 21st, 2007
04-21-07

1:23p
Just Say No!
For those of you who were praying that this journal would start looking like a MySpace profile, here's another YouTube selection.

I was searching for Bruce McCulloch of Kids In The Hall because I love the two albums he did, and found this 1985 PSA spoof he wrote starring himself, Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Downey Jr and a token black friend who I'm probably a schmuck for not recognizing from his role in Fame. I won't ruin the ending but it could have been made yesterday, it's so relevant.

Enjoy.

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2007
04-10-07

7:28p
"It Could Change Your Life"
80's commercials, anyone? This really makes me want to play Centipede, or at least listen to the song Centipede by Buckner & Garcia.

See if you can spot Barf, the cook from You Can't Do That On Television.



This German one is the real gem, though:
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04-10-07

1:50a
New un-Space Monkey-related Content!
Click For HEREBOYFor all you hardcore ¡hereboy!™ Fanboys and Fangirls, here's three brand new features of the sumptuous and richly colored ¡hereboy! multiverse™ (now playing at a hereboy.net near you).

First up, ¡hereboy!™'s first PDF, of a newsletter I designed for the Prometheus Radio Project, a West Philly-based group that works to bring low-power FM community radio stations to neighborhoods around the world. They're amazingly productive, one minute building a station for former Black Panthers living in Tanzania, the next raising a homemade antenna onto the roof of their headquarters in my neck of the woods for a freeform non-commercial station that reaches much of the Philly metro area. So check it out. As you'll see, I'm a big fan of: drop quotes, drop caps, thick borders, word balloons and Google Image Search. It was kind of a last-minute hack job as examples go, but if you need something laid out, I'm your man. (Double entendre unintended.)

Next up, two new photo albums! one of this year's Mummers' Parade and one from last Halloween. (Not the wacky, sexualized-pumpkin ones from our trip to the pumpkin patch, though. Coming soon.)

These are the first of many new albums to come; I'm really backlogged with too much good material to dig myself out from under. (Mixed metaphor, anyone?) For instance, now that it's rotting in a landfill somewhere (after rotting in our apartment/pants for a year), the hundreds of pictures of us treating the Ninja House's butternut squash/official mascot like the glorious phallus/friend that it was, will be whittled down to the best 50 or so and illustriously published to wide acclaim and inevitable fame.

So enjoy this manna from ¡hereboy! heaven™ while it lasts, and savor it slowly, friends, because Jesus Christ only knows when the next stork-load will bless your open window's sill. Literally.
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Tuesday, February 6th, 2007
02-06-07

10:02p
What is this, CNN?
Since I depend strongly on this part of my Google Homepage for the truly important stories of the day, I naturally found it more than a little disturbing when the whole feed was taken up by one story that really isn't all that weird.  I mean, sure, it'd make a decent plot for a pulp crime novel, but who would believe the astronaut part?

So where can I look to for my Weird News now? Fortean Times?

Reuters: Oddly Enough



Current Mood: disappointed
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02-06-07

10:54a
Announcement: You Are More Bacterium Than Human
This Boy is 90% Bacteria!UNDERSIZED WARNING: OCD sufferers and Mysophobes steer clear of this entry!
Human Skin Populated by
Veritable Zoo of Bacteria

(I think they just mean my skin, though.
Damn do I need a shower.)


Researchers published a report Monday stating they'd found 182 species of bacteria living on human skin, meaning that there is probably at least 250.
"In comparison," Blaser added, "a good zoo might have 100 species or 200 species. So we already know that there are as many different species in our skin, just on the forearm, as there are in a good zoo."

The researchers noted that microbes in the body actually outnumber human cells 10-to-1.

"Our microbes are actually, in essence, a part of our body," Blaser said.

"Microbes have been living in animals probably for a billion years. And the microbes that we have in our body are not accidental. They have evolved with us," Blaser said.

GERMSAnother, much stranger finding of the study was that all of these bacteria actually do have mean cartoon faces and appendages, just like all those grade-school illustrations and nail-fungus commercials suggested.

By the way, in looking for illustrations for this entry, I came across the most amazing collection of oil paintings by a guy named Victor Powell, including medical illustrations like this one of brain surgery, and this page of insane pop-surrealist, Dali-meets-Robert Williams montages. If you like that sort of thing...


Current Mood: science-y
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Sunday, January 28th, 2007
01-28-07

2:57p
Teacher, Look What I Just Made!!!
In the spirit of professor_drums' last post to answermethis,

Write Your Own Caption To This Little Gem

  
 
  
 
  
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Ifigure as long as I'm stuck in here without my myriad of helpful programs at clicks' reach, I may as well use the opportunity to see how much I can produce on a computer without them all. Apparently, not much.

This is my first MS Paint masterpiece in at least 10-15 years, finished in about 5 minutes and begun with my first lazy looping test stroke across the canvas with the pencil tool, then continued with that loop eventually forming the eye socket of a face. I find it funny 1) that I can't resist using text and word bubbles in any drawing, 2) that the text came out in the form of bad freestyle beat poetry, and 3) that perhaps since I'm colorblind, I only thought to add any color after it was done, and then decided against it.

Ibelieve that this piece has something important to say about the state of art today and of my generation, and carries some deep significant philosophical message linking science, pop culture and mortality. I just don't know what that message might be. If you can think of one, tell me.


Current Mood: bemused
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Sunday, January 21st, 2007
01-21-07

2:10p
SPAM Subject Poems
Since I have nothing better to do, I was taking the time to sift through all the SPAM in my Yahoo! Inbox, when I noticed how beautifully the subject lines complemented one another.

Here are some very personal and heartfelt poems I pieced together from them; some by selecting and rearranging, and some by extracting long chunks in the natural, beautiful order they arrived. I suppose I should post them to bestspamevar.
And the Utmost Christian Poetry Contest.

If you have any of your own SPAMetry(c) creations, please post them here, and if you set some of these to music, I'd worship at your feet forever. Look for the audiobook — read by Kelsey Grammar — to be released this autumn.
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Current Mood: peaceful
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Saturday, January 20th, 2007
01-20-07

11:42p
A Letter Home From The Front
Since you seem to be the ones reading this journal the most...

Dear Mom & Dad,

I'm back in B-More Maryland again for this ongoing osteoporosis study. This is my fourth four-night visit, and I'll be staying here every week from Saturday to Wednesday until Valentine's Day, trying to read TIME and The New Yorker and Confederacy Of Dunces over a din of daytime trash TV and BET sitcoms (well, okay, so I put them on), listening to This American Life on my MP3 Player, eating hospital food (surprisingly good! I guess when an international pharmaceutical company is footing the bill...), and of course, writing long, laborious (to read) e-mails to everyone naive enough to respond to them. (Feel free to try your luck at doctorthunder at gmail dot com.)

I'm probably going to get kicked off this computer soon since it's almost midnight and this room's supposed to close at 11pm, but suffice it to say that I'm safe and sound and warm down here, dressed in blue scrubs, no catheter in my arm yet, not even any drugs in my bloodstream til Monday morning (chalky drink I've taken three times now), and trying to keep myself from spending my newfound wealth on every personal electronic device invented in the last 20 years. I think it'd look nicer in savings, or in a new wardrobe, don't you?

Cassie finished her first house as Habitat For Humanity site supervisor. It was a rehab job in a rather run-down part of South Philly and it looks amazing now, especially since it was unsuitable even for livestock when I first saw it. I'll put up pictures soon. Now she's started framing a new house out in the cold weather. I think it snowed on one of the first days.

There's a person living in every one of my house's seven rooms now, and we're getting along pretty well despite our differing views on cleanliness and warmth. If any house is in need of some rehab, it's ours. The basement's being cemented this week to try and stop the periodic flooding (remind me to post my photos of the mushrooms that grow down there), but I think the lack of any insulation whatsoever and the gaping holes around the windows are the more pressing problems. Dad's heard all this before. The warm winter (until this week) lulled us into a false sense of security, but now we've got to plug the holes in our sinking, freezing ship.

Well, if there's anything else you'd like to know, ask away. I've got nothing but time, unless the rest of the participants continue to hog the computers for days at a time. Remind me to start a poker game to distract them long enough for me to grab one.

Your son,
Captain Gingersnap


Current Mood: dorky
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Tuesday, January 16th, 2007
01-16-07

12:12p
Wrong Journal, Bub.
Why are you reading this?

You should be at...

answermethis


(Do as the nice man says, dear.)

Answer the questions, punk!

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