Archive for January, 2011

Audio: Outlaw(s)

Okay, so this poem passed muster with the birthday girl, so here’s the recording of Outlaw(s) in all its snarky splendor.

Outlaw(s) by themusecalliope

Posted on 30th January 2011
Under: Podcast, Poetry | 3 Comments »

Poem: Outlaw(s)

This poem fought me tooth and nail, as befits one on this topic, I suppose.
(Initially, I went hunting the data for a particular poetic form, but all I could find was a bunch of “how to write a poem” and “how to read a poem” nonsense. I even went to the bookstore, and found more of the same. Growl. I’ve taken any number of classes in reading/writing/etc. poetry. At one point, I could even analyze poetry in French, for goodness sake. There has to be the equivalent to a programmer’s guide to a language for poetry out there, yeah? Form, description, usage, and a quick glossary? The opposite of a Dummies’ Guide? Just for a quick review? Anyone? Sigh.)

And this poem kept mutating into all sorts of forms. (At one point it even tried to be a song…) You should see all the notes.

Sorry. Got a bit riled up there. The rant is now over. Now on to the poem… (Happy Birthday, DJ! If you like it…I’ll go ahead and record it.)


You’ll find that I’m no hero
Like Robin Hood of old
If I should chance upon you
I’ll damn well keep your gold

Oh, I can draw the fastest
Call thunder to my hand
Don’t bother with your challenge
‘Les you like eating sand

It’s true I fled my home, but
The Sheriff chose to die
They branded me an outlaw
…Mostly I miss the pie

So, I’ll just keep on riding
My partner by my side
She’s wicked fast and clever
My darling blushing bride

The Marshalls best forget us
And Rangers do likewise
We don’t like being hunted
It’s really just unwise.

Posted on 30th January 2011
Under: Poetry | 5 Comments »

This is not the poem you’re looking for

So…I promised to write a poem for a certain friend’s birthday (which is tomorrow). This is not that poem. It’s what happens when you’re trying to work on a poem and your brain is being cantankerous. Call it the proto-birthday poem if you like. (I don’t even know…) Right. Now I’ll go back to that other one…

Outlaw Haiku

thunderclap echoes
pistol spun and resettled
weary hoof strikes stone

Posted on 29th January 2011
Under: Poetry | 1 Comment »

A Poem by Billy Collins (and read by me)

This is just a quick reading of “Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep a Gun in the House” by Billy Collins. (So…I hope that you enjoy it…)

Billy Collins Poem 1 by themusecalliope

Posted on 21st January 2011
Under: Podcast, Poetry | 7 Comments »

Definition: Fuzzy Logic

Definition: Fuzzy Logic:

  • I like fuzzy things.
  • You are fuzzy.
  • Therefore, I like you.

Posted on 21st January 2011
Under: Language | 5 Comments »

Historic LOLs?

I encountered this today and just about died laughing. Obviously, I had to share it with y’all.

This Revelry Shall Be Off The Chain!
see more Historic LOL

Posted on 20th January 2011
Under: Link, Photo | No Comments »

Art Break: Jellyfish Rainbow!

I’m reliably informed that your computer desktop isn’t supposed to be so very cluttered that you can’t see your desktop wallpaper. Hunh. Who knew? So, in an effort to accomplish a spot of tidy (and actually see my wallpaper again) I’ve decided to post some of the art-y bits and pieces that I’ve made…and then not properly filed. (Did you hear that? I think my library degree is trying to get in here. Uh oh…)

To start with, as you can see above, is my shiny new Jellyfish Rainbow. (You can find a bigger version here.) And no, before you ask, I did not mess with the colors. They came from a color changing light in the Jellyfish tank at the Steinhart Aquarium. It just worked out that I took enough pictures for once.

Next up are a couple of icons featuring an opinionated duck:

The idea for these actually came from a story that was reading, where someone mentioned a theoretical dream scenario featuring a bunch of disapproving ducks. So…I immediately opened my image program and got to work.

And speaking of icons, here are a few that I made from the cover of I Shall Not Want by Debbie Viguié.

*whew* Well, that’s a few things taken care of. Hope that y’all enjoy them.

Posted on 19th January 2011
Under: Art, Photo | 10 Comments »

An image…and an idea

Last weekend, I had the joy of attending a Sherlock fanmeetup in San Francisco. (Yes…that’s on my list. Huzzah! one more down.) We met for food at the Pig & Whistle pub, and then went to the California Academy of Sciences. A great time was had by all, I I took many photos (some of which even look decent.) When I finally returned home and started working my way through said photos, though, I had (as Hercule Poirot would say) “a little idea.”

So, if I can pull it together, stand by for a couple of posts about a similar trip into The City, that may have occurred in a Universe quite close to ours…

Posted on 19th January 2011
Under: List, Photo, Travel | 2 Comments »

Whatever will she post next?

Well, I can answer that for you:

1) Here is the audio version of “This is not a proper poem.”
This is not a proper poem by themusecalliope

2) Ian McKellen Reenacts The Bridge of Khazad-Dum (…sort of)

3) And a comment on the Huck Finn controversy by Tom the Dancing Bug.

Posted on 14th January 2011
Under: Film, Link, Podcast, Poetry, Video | No Comments »

A Pronunciation Meme

So, I saw this over at FayJay’s Blog, and I was inspired (and amused enough) to do it here.

You know those memes that attempt to show your particular linguistic variations? Yeah. This is like that, but you can actually hear it (if you want to).

The Pronounciation Meme by themusecalliope


Your name and/or username: Calliope/Celticangel
Where you’re from: Sacramento, CA
The following words: Aunt, Roof, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting Image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught, Orange, Coffee, direction, naturally, aluminium and herbs
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house? T-Ping
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called? Soda
What do you call gym shoes? Sneakers
What do you say to address a group of people? Y’all
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs? Daddy Long-legs
What do you call your grandparents? Nana/Grandpa, Grammy/Grandpa
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket? Shopping Cart
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining? Sun shower
What is the thing you change the TV channel with? The remote.

Posted on 14th January 2011
Under: Meme, Podcast, Rambling, Silliness | No Comments »