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Hi DS to DA,

wow, the new promo really rings my chimes... AND *I* get a thank you!  I'm not sure just what I did to earn being thanked, but you are certainly very welcome!

It's been forever since I last watched the 1995 storyline.  I love it because it has such a Twilight Zone feel to it, and it's completely focused on Barnabas and Julia, AND they included several of my other favorite actors on the show--Nancy Barrett, Clarice, Thayer, and Selby--in roles that allowed them to do stuff that was really different from their other work on the series.  All in all, it's a great two-and-a-half weeks that's a unique period in the show's history.  Love what you've created here in honor of it.  I don't know the music you used--I do enjoy the soft, romantic feel that it gives your montage.

It looks as if you had to disable the Feedback page due to troll activity--sorry to hear about that.

Again, congratulations on a stunning new promo!

Best,

Steve

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: Do We Have the Power to Bring About A DS Revival?
« on: November 28, 2004, 11:53:40 PM »
Hi dear,

"Book of Shadows" was the title Gerald Gardner (founder of Wicca, which started out life as a lineaged Witchcraft Tradition and now is a popular teen role-playing game spreading amongst fans of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer DVD releases) gave to his book of spells and ritual lore.  At one point, he had titled it "Ye Bok of ye Arte Magical" and then he spotted a title in a catalogue of books published in South Asia, "The Book of Shadows."  He decided it would be the perfect title for his own workbook.

It's an ironic title since so many of today's tele-Wiccans reject "the dark side" as something evil and ugly... sigh.

Steve (sure he's boring everyone to tears with this latest recital of arcana)  PS Dear hope you are feeling better!  When I get bored with DS I usually switch to another of my cults, such as "Dr. Who," "The Avengers," or "Blake's 7," or "UFO."

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This show just got a rave review in the Boston Phoenix.  It may be available on their website: http://www.bostonphoenix.com.  Sounds as if it is Weiss' show all the way, too.

Midnite honey, I *really* wish you could invent an excuse to come to Boston right now...

hugs, G.

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Luciaphil's Idle Thoughts '05 / Re: Employee Loyalty -- Episodes 5 & 6
« on: November 24, 2004, 12:41:22 AM »
Luciaphil, darling,

you remind me again that Happiness is a good pot of strong tea, a plate of chocolate biscuits, and the latest edition of Luciaphil's Idle Thoughts.

Grazie, Bella!

G.

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: Julia, the sly minx *Spoilers, darlings*
« on: November 23, 2004, 11:29:52 PM »
Jean-Claude, querido mio, what fabulous photos.  The first one looks as if Julia was *thrilled* to discover a copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover in Liz's Library (thinking of what Heather wrote above).  "AND it's ILLUSTRATED!" Dave looks less than thrilled with ALL of it.

G.

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re: ANOTHER IE Thing??
« on: November 17, 2004, 11:44:31 PM »
And now one of these wretched smilies has crept into my post above--AARGGHHH!!!

Where's Garth Blackwood when you need him?

G.

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re: ANOTHER IE Thing??
« on: November 17, 2004, 11:40:24 PM »
Patti,  I noticed the red x's on the posting coupon thingie (maybe its official name is a "dialogue box"???) because I was *desperately* searching for the old spoiler text button earlier today.  Not a sign of it.  I suspect the boxes with red x's where images should be is indeed an IE issue.  Personally, so long as I can read and post what I wish, I really don't care.

I do wish I could kill ALL those wretched smilies that nod, blink and wink at me like a pack of demented floozies in an Irish bar at 1:55 a.m. on a Saturday night...

your friendly neighborhood Gothick-man

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Everybody I know who has read it just loves Wicked.  As you probably know, it's now an off-Broadway musical that has been a huge success, too.

My personal experience of Wicked was that it was a wonderful thing to read, UNTIL the author had to follow the Baum narrative which then brings us to the end of his own book.  The events as he collapsed them into what was already a far more complicated tapestry than anything Baum ever wrote (I'm pretty sure I read them all back when I was a teenager, including The Sea Fairies which was much better than any of the Oz books) made less and less emotional/narrative sense, TO ME as a reader, as he got further along with the events of the novel.  [spoiler]his basic thought seems to have been that what has happened to Elphaba drives her psychotic by the time Dorothy arrives... it wasn't plausible to me.  I think he meant the events of Dorothy's visit to seem like a waking nightmare to Elphaba--I found it all to be a pointless jumble.[/spoiler]

Anyhow, like I said, everybody but me loves it.  He's written several other books as well.  I think the latest one is about the Wicked Queen in Snow White, which certainly sounds like a promising topic!

G.

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: (Dirty Subject)
« on: November 17, 2004, 04:30:03 PM »
On DS they did make use of this old legend in one short plot arc (it lasted a couple of episodes) during 1897.  I think we're still a couple of months away from those shows.

The legend about the vampire needing to have earth from his burial plot with him does indeed come from Dracula, and I imagine Bram Stoker found it amongst the materials in the British Museum he studied as research for his novel.  If you checked through the books by Montague Summers, The Vampire in Europe and The Vampire: His Kith and Kin, you could probably find some citations about this.  

Graveyard soil has a number of magickal uses in the US "root-doctoring" or "hoodoo" lore of the Deep South (this is a major source for so-called "New Orleans Voodoo").  This doesn't really relate to vampire lore, but I thought I would mention it anyway.

Anne Rice is different from the old writers such as Stoker, M. R. James, Rider Haggard, et al in that she simply invents things rather than researching.  Her views on ancient Egyptian culture in Queen of the Damned and Cleopatra could most tactfully be described as highly original fantasy.  ... backs slowly away from Steve's pet rant territory....

G.

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Luciaphil's Idle Thoughts '04 / Re: The Vivarin Girl - Episodes 3 & 4
« on: November 16, 2004, 12:00:30 AM »
Luciaphil, my darling, I lap this up with a silver spoon!

thank you for bringing a few smiles into a most wearying day.

your servant,

Gothick

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: Fountain of Youth?
« on: November 15, 2004, 10:53:46 PM »
Jean-Claude, beloved, these are soooo fabulous that I want you to make a slide screen show to run at our Wedding Reception.  You can do that, cantcha, .... sweet cheeks???

Ah, looking at these pictures, I can well recall those dulcet tones:  "DAA-AAA-AAAA-AAAVE! o-o-o-oh-h-h-h, DAA-AA-AAAA-AAAVE! No-ho-hohohohoho, noooooo!"

A friend of mine took the infamous "Grayson solo" video (MPI tape 27) with him to an Oscar party a couple of years back, and I am delighted to report that Grayson's glory completely upstaged the statuette show.  Everyone at the party declared as one man that Grayson had more talent in her thumb than *any* of that year's nominees showed in their entire bodies of work!

violets for my beau,

G.

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Luciaphil's Idle Thoughts '04 / Re: Young and Innocent - Episodes 1-2
« on: November 12, 2004, 10:32:32 PM »
Excellent work!  I also was bothered by the over-the-top gown Liz wears in the first shows, but since Joan looks so stunning in it, I do my best to suspend disbelief.

I think KLS said in the original Scrapbook Memories that they worked on the first episode for a month. It may have been two weeks,and that may have included the first trips to film in Essex and Newport.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 II / Re: Don Briscoe Tribute Article
« on: November 12, 2004, 05:06:02 PM »
How very sad!  It's nice to know that he did have a couple of friends to whom he could talk.

Praying he is at peace now...

Steve

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: Voice Overs
« on: November 10, 2004, 09:53:16 PM »
Yeah, but the good ones (including the ones by Lad Karlen) are quite performative, and they've obviously read over it a couple of times and perhaps made notes... I would guess that Lela or Kaplan or whoever it was decided during the morning read-through of the script.

G.

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re: Smileys
« on: November 10, 2004, 08:33:49 PM »
I HATE SMILIES!!!

just thought I'd share.

snerk, G.

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