Paint drying on a patch of growing grass

I was going to finish the story today but it was boring even me, and I can usually entertain myself with boring things for an unusual amount of time. Like the time I... *snore*. You get the idea anyway, kidney infected & swollen, bladder infected & swollen, kidney stones, blood, pus, excruciating pain, blah, blah, blah, everythings cool now. Who gives a rats patoobie...

I was also asked to do a meme by my new found friend Pal. Now I don't normally do this type of thing, I find pissing kidney stones the size of volkswagons more enjoyable but because Pal is the first blogger I've met who actually understands and enjoys Cricket (the Game and the Puppet) I still wont make an exception but I will link to someone equally 'happy' to provide answers to the questions.

...I'm also thinking of doing some old-old school puppetry (as in 17th Century) but update it for todays sick and twisted audience, although the original scripts are much more disturbing than anything done today.. Or maybe I'll just move house next weekend, finish off the last bit of The Mill, have a weeks holiday, and then talk about why I changed my mind about doing the puppets. Yeah, that seems more realistic.

Take: 32

Blogger SafeTinspector mused...

I have a friend who began making puppets. After about six months he got it out of his system.
The puppets were quite beautiful and disturbing.
I hated them.
I am glad he stopped.

Thu Aug 24, 08:41:00 pm

Blogger pal mused...

Eeeek! Just as well you declined the meme it might have got mixed up with all your expelled kidney stones etc.!!

Get Well Soon

Fri Aug 25, 12:19:00 am

Blogger JLee mused...

I'm still recovering from the last post...I now carry a hanky to open doors and wear Kleenex boxes on my feet. Good luck with the kidney stone...I hear it's more painful than childbirth. It took my husband 3 days to pass a stone one time. Keep that bullet handy to bite (or lots and lots of drugs)

Fri Aug 25, 02:12:00 am

Blogger Wendy mused...

your moving? ohhhhhh, my condolences. I would have rather had pus and blood come out of my peehole than have had to pack, move unpack....uh.

I hope you are feeling much better. That sounded horrible.

Fri Aug 25, 07:02:00 am

Anonymous Rich mused...

Heeeeeeey SafeT

I love puppets, I've made quite a several but mostly for when I need them to do an animation. I definately know what you mean by puppets being disturbing though, check out these scary marionettes.

For the last year or so I've really wanted to modernise some early puppetry, film it, and layer it with digital effects. I was re-reading a script yesterday and although there's a few people I've spoken to who would like to see it I'm not convinced the modernisation would work quite yet. I don't know. Maybe I should just do it.

Fri Aug 25, 09:10:00 am

Anonymous Rich mused...

Hey Pal,

I didn't decline! There are answer available... just not mine. ;) I can just see it now though... kindney stone, kidney stone, meme answer... wait, no, kidney stone... that's so gross it's fantastic!

I'm pretty much back to full strength. My mobility is a little limited still, damnable swollen organs stopping me from bending properly.

Fri Aug 25, 09:13:00 am

Anonymous Rich mused...

Yo JLee,

I wouldn't worry about the last post. The bacteria is very common and you probably come into contact with it daily/weekly. If your immune system is down it'll usually just give you a sniffle. Or if you're really lucky like me, it'll do other things. But even the specialist my doctor consulted said "Hmmm, that's uncommon".

The kidney stones passed, not too bad. I think the most uncomfortable thing was the kidney and whatnot pressing on other things inside me. Oh, and also the Medication I was on has the nasty side-effect of hardening all of the tendons in the body. I've been walking around like a 70 year old. Weeeeeeeeeee, fun!

Fri Aug 25, 09:21:00 am

Anonymous Rich mused...

Hey Wendy, yes *sniff* moving!

The owners of our beautiful little cottage and ginormous backyard have come back from Ireland and want to live in their house. Inconsiderate! No more palace on cheap rent. An equivilant place in Sydney seems to rent for twice the amount we were paying.

We actually could have stayed until November/December but a really cute townhouse opened up a couple of blocks away. So we have to put everything into boxes, travel 2 minutes, and unpack again. Joy!

We'll probably buy another place next year if the market is right so we wont have to put up with rentals for much longer anyway.

I am MUCH better, ta... How you doing?

Fri Aug 25, 09:29:00 am

Blogger Gyrobo mused...

I had a cricket last year that decided to become my neighbor. It was quite the comedy, what with the studio audience and all.

Thank the motorbikers for pesticides!

Fri Aug 25, 10:00:00 am

Anonymous Rich mused...

A Robot
and pest Crickets
Would/could not
sell many tickets
Need subplot
you get rickets
then foxtrot
blowing your spigots

Fri Aug 25, 10:58:00 am

Blogger L>T mused...

I always thought the "Punch & Judy" thing was funny. Ugly people smacking each other over the head with clubs! Really cracks ME up. A pretty simple concept, I think.

Fri Aug 25, 11:35:00 am

Anonymous Rich mused...


Punch and Judy are at the top of my list for things I'd like to do. I was reading an 1823 version of the script yesterday. It's a totally different way of teaching morals to todays.

There's a great scene where Punch tricks his neighbour Scarmouch into letting him look after some sausages by telling him he doesn't like sausages. Punch then tells the audience that he's tricking Scarmouch so he can eat the sausages. The kids in the audience always yell & scream for Scarmouch not to trust him and Punch really DOES like sausages.

It allows the kids to make the moral judgement of right and wrong for themselves. It's great stuff... and hideously violent, when Scarmouch finds out that Punch has eaten his sausages Punch knocks his head clean off with a stick.

My thoughts are that it needs the audience interaction to really work though. But the violence could be fun to do with some digital effects like blood, etc...

Fri Aug 25, 11:50:00 am

Blogger Squid Vicious mused...

The first puppet I made, Mortimer J., was to be a hybrid marionette/puppet. Quite ambitious for my first effort.

My latest fixation is "stick and rod" type. I have made a prototype where the head can tilt side to side. I need to figure out how to form the head around the "framework". I need to learn to sew...and mold clay... and paper mache... and ...

Fri Aug 25, 12:58:00 pm

Anonymous Rich mused...

That IS really ambitious. Marionettes are notoriously difficult by themselves, to build (good ones) and to operate. I have an old video of a guy who could make his marionettes swing around a trapeze. It's not really clear how he didn't get his strings tangled. There's some cool stuff on that vid, but I'd probably get keel-hauled for showing it on the web. I don't think I've met Mortimer J, can I?

I'd also love to see the puppet mechanism, sounds really good. I'll understand if you don't show it though. If you're interested in creating puppets with more mobility I've got instructions on how to make the head/eye mechanisms for ventriloquist dummies. I could imagine the blinking eyes etc would look great in a character like Murp!

If I ever get around to doing some puppeting I'd probably do Hand and Glove puppets, easier to make and they suit the type of stories I want to do.

The craft side of puppeteering can get really involved. The best thing I ever did was a mold & casting course and I can do everything now clay, paper mache, plastics, foam rubber, latex and silcon rubber (maybe I should make sex toys), well, I can do everthing except the sewing. After watching me struggle with hand sewing (for clothes, etc) My girl has been thinking of learning to use a sewing machine to help me out. She's a sweetheart... but she's also busier than I am.

Fri Aug 25, 01:28:00 pm

Blogger L>T mused...

You are right, it does need audience interaction, but, you could have some really uproarious(I'm not sure what they are called)laugh tracks?
Yikes! I think PeeWee used to do that?

Fri Aug 25, 02:07:00 pm

Anonymous Rich mused...

I've thought about 'canned' audience interaction but the idea grates on me. I'd have to record it myself anyway because the audience interaction is specific to the performance. If I did it as part of a live show there are issues about separating the performance sound from the audience sound, getting it shot properly (at least two cameras), and then blending that with the digital elements... all sounds like too much trouble for a puppet show, but maybe not... hmmmm...

Fri Aug 25, 02:22:00 pm

Blogger L>T mused...

maybe you could 'plant' some real audience interaction, do you know what i mean?

Fri Aug 25, 02:58:00 pm

Anonymous RIch mused...

Not really, do explain?????

Fri Aug 25, 03:00:00 pm

Blogger L>T mused...

Are you kidding? I mean have some kid fall down & have a seizure. That would get their attention.

Really, you could pay people to laugh.

Fri Aug 25, 03:23:00 pm

Anonymous Rich mused...

With Mr Punch killing everyone from babies to satan I don't think you'd have trouble getting peoples attention.

Why would I pay anyone. Two options;

1. I know teachers. Just arrange an 'excursion', put on the performance and film it. [issue: it'd be a show aimed at adults and kids involvment might not go down well]

2. Have a huge costume/cocktail party, get everyone drunk and film them interacting with the performance. [issue: it may not work due to the involvment of alcohol]

I don't know, it just seems like a lot of work and prep for something that'd just get posted on the web. But it would be FUN.

Fri Aug 25, 03:36:00 pm

Blogger L>T mused...

O.K. I didn't get all that, but, O.K.

I'll read it again tomorrow. ;]

Fri Aug 25, 04:01:00 pm

Anonymous Rich mused...

Hahaha, yeah, it must be pretty late over there l>t.

Basically, the logistics of making something like this is completely doable but I'm just pondering if the massive investment of time and energy is worth outlaying on something that's a mere whim. I guess I have wanted to do it for over a year... but I DO keep putting it off for this exact reason...

With my move next weekend I'll probably have a house warming - could be a good excuse to put on a puppet show... maybe.

Fri Aug 25, 04:32:00 pm

Blogger L>T mused...

Yeah, I know all about the whim thing. sometimes it's like when you are a little kid & you put so much thought & imagination into preparing for a game, the mental stimulation turns out to be much more fun then the game.

Sometimes, when I do a character(persona) in real life & blog, I make elaborate plans for it, which come to naught. It's the same principle.

I keep wondering when i'm going to get bored with this blogging stuff.

Fri Aug 25, 11:06:00 pm

Blogger pal mused...

Oh for goodness sake ... what do you make of the latest installment of the cricket debacle.

Sat Aug 26, 07:10:00 am

Blogger pal mused...

Sorry about the url left among my comments. I somehow got it into my head that I was able to drag a piccie in here!

That's what happens when you play around with a new browser in combination with the beta.blocker - which is what I call the new version of Blogger!

Sat Aug 26, 07:17:00 am

Blogger ticharu mused...

I'm late for the party, as usual! Did you save any swollen bladder for me?
Dude, it sounds like you was really sick and not sick as in outrageously cool but actually ill like you was gonna die all mortal and stuff.
Stop doing that!

Sun Aug 27, 11:04:00 pm

Blogger JLee mused...

Once my coworker brought his kidney stone in to show us all what he had passed. I didn't want to think about it, or how he happened to retrieve it!

Mon Aug 28, 06:55:00 am

Anonymous Rich mused...

Maybe that's it l>t

I'm not much of a live-performer. I prefer animation because it gives me a buffer from the audience. The puppet show would mean that I'd have to give a public performance. Possibly why I keep putting it off. I'll give that some thought, if it turns out to be true I'll have no choice but to put on a show.

Mon Aug 28, 10:21:00 am

Anonymous Rich mused...

Hey Pal,

I've been fairly busy packing up my house so I didn't know there was a development. But I know see Hair has been trying to sucker some cash to walk away from it all.

I think that's tantamount to saying his decision to stop the match was wrong. If he'd been right he would stand by his decision not offer to leave the sport. To me that means that Inzy should be cleared of all charges and Hair should be suspended by the ICC until they can make a decision on his umpiring future. Personally I wouldn't pay Hair a penny to leave, nor would I pay him a penny to umpire another match.

Ha! Don't worry about the pic, I've done the same thing. I could work out what it was at first, I thought it looked like someone in a toilet cubicle. Imagine my relief when I discovered it was a lift. Is that you?

Mon Aug 28, 10:31:00 am

Anonymous Rich mused...

Tich, the sickest people always turn up late to a party. I'm not sure it works the same for blogs but lets just pretend...

Totally sick!

Mon Aug 28, 10:35:00 am

Anonymous Rich mused...

JLee, I'm not sure I'd be shaking your co-workers hand... unless he retrieved it with his teeth.

Cool, I just made myself go ewwwwww.

Mon Aug 28, 10:37:00 am

Blogger pal mused...

I think this Hair is going to run and run. The latest is that his payoff was suggested by the ICC .....

Toilet? - relief? - yes its us - in a lift! :0)

Tue Aug 29, 06:03:00 pm


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