austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Call me, beep me if ya wanna reach me

Feeling kind of generally funky. I'm not sure if I'm actually catching something or if my sleep and eating habits are off just enough it's hard to get to sleep or eat enough, a nasty feedback loop that did make me think I was getting sick about eight months or so ago.

But there's an up side to just sitting at home watching cartoons, largely Kim Possible, which I'm beginning to suspect was made solely for my enjoyment. Today's episode: The (inevitable, really) Batman episode, featuring Ron Stoppable as ... The Fearless Ferret, Mark II. Rufus the naked mole rat got to be Wonder Weasel. It's meticulously based on the Adam West version (guess whose voice was Timothy North, Original Fearless Ferret) and the Batman of the Future series. As if I wouldn't enjoy riffing from the 1960s show (the best superhero show, really) enough, they toss in ferret, weasel, and skunk fursuits (the last for the supervillain, of course), and top with a giant balloon skunk terrorizing fanboys (not my kick, but fun to see). For icing, there's Laugh-In asides. You know, I was delighted enough last month when they had an alternate-future Rufus Rambo-esque descendant voiced by Michael Worf who had the ``Boo-yah!'' battle cry and had to get back to avoid contaminating the time stream and get cookies out of the oven; this is just getting indulgent.

Plus, Cartoon Network's ``Toon-O-Scope'' for the month, Cancer, is Popeye, so they're showing a medley from the Fleischer era through (the ads implied, but they didn't today air) the 1978 Hanna-Barbera stuff. I'd have thought Popeye was Capricorn or Aquarius, but I won't let that stop me watching.

Trivia: The original charter for the New York and Erie Rail Road Company prohibited any connections to any lines leading to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Ohio. Perhaps as a result it held to a six-foot gauge (as opposed to the U.S. standard four foot, eight-and-a-half inch gauge) until 1878, much later than typical for northern railroads. Source: The Story of American Railroads, Stuart H. Holbrook.

Currently Reading: Dolphin Island, Arthur C Clarke.


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