Of course, there was a

Filed under:General — eric @ 10:11 am

Of course, there was a pile of work waiting for me back at the office. I’ll sprinkle Madison tidbits in with regular weblog entries over the next few days.

Just down the block from my friend Marjorie’s place is the Crystal Corner bar, where apparently many blues legends have played. Where, I couldn’t tell you, as the place was very small. Average neighborhood-bar-sized, really. But they had well-kept pool tables and cider on tap, and is a nice place to unwind. I was there for a bit on New Year’s Eve afternoon, and while playing pool, I was treated to fun games of pool with Marjorie, the Simpsons on one TV, some football game on a second, and a discussion between two wizened bar patrons about the Chinese calendar, the Gregorian calendar, the origin of year zero, and the whole arbitrary nature of the millennium. That’s a bar worth going to.

One of the most-watched religious

Filed under:General — eric @ 5:30 am

One of the most-watched religious cults can be found near Athens. On New Year’s Eve, they held a big bash here in town, and front-page news in our local paper. The group, known by many names but most commonly called The United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors is an odd blend of Christain, Muslim, Egyptian, and American Indian beliefs. Their focus if the arrival of a spaceship that will arrive in 2003 to take away a select 144,000 people. There have been many articles written about them, including this one in Time and this one in the New York Times (scanned in, including photo). The Freedom of Mind Center also has a page on them. They run a bookstore directly across the street from my apartment, and I went in the other day. Right as I entered, a tall man in a fez showed me a book and told me that if I read it, “no one could touch me. Not the FBI, not the CIA, not the president, nobody.” I didn’t buy it, but I did admire the cover artwork on all the books. Much prettier than the Watchtower artistry.

On Sunday, February 20, 2000,

Filed under:General — eric @ 3:28 am

On Sunday, February 20, 2000, the Cartoon Network will air Brak Presents The Brak Show Starring Brak. Brak is, of course, one of Space Ghost’s old enemies who suffered severe, um, brain damage while passing through some sort of nebula. Now he sings a lot and tells jokes. He has his own page on the Cartoon Network servers. He has reviewed his own show. You can find more details via Kim’s Brak Scrapbook, including a few screen grabs from an unannounced preview aired while I was away. And, just to round things off, you can see me dressed up as Brak several years ago for Halloween. It sounds like Brak could use a vacation to Madison: “I am so tired. I’ve been taping my new show and hobnobbing with the big time celebrities appearing on my show and eating butter. I’m worn out, buddy buddy!