Thursday, December 21, 2006


from Jane Espenson:

Tightening lines like that is especially important for comedy, where timing is an integral part of the whole point of the exercise. As a spec writer, you don't have the -- advantage? distraction? -- of a whole room full of people chiming in on the best way to tighten a line, so you have to do it on your own. It's worth making a whole separate pass through your script, just looking for words to cut.

Yes yes yes.

I am horribly about rewriting,
but I do go back through and make
small word changes,
and cut any line,
any word, that I can...
I can not emphasize how important that is...
I've seen shows that
just cutting 40-60 words
outta their script would
make them fly.
but those extra words are
just hanging there,
mucking up the rhythm
not adding to the meaning
not bringing the magic
just extra words.

every word costs ya somethin'
so every word better do somethin'

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Merry Christmas from The Defenestration Unit!

Kid Ornery presents...

Crazy Sounds from Houston, Tx.

Hark the Herald Angels Scream!

Enjoy! -- Kid Ornery

Sagan blog-a-thon

Sagan blog-a-thon :

from -

In the essay, Sagan said marijuana inspired some of his intellectual work. "I can remember one occasion, taking a shower with my wife while high, in which I had an idea on the origins and invalidities of racism in terms of gaussian distribution curves,'' wrote the former Cornell University professor. Sagan also wrote that pot enhanced his experience of food, particularly potatoes, music and sex.

Sunday, December 17, 2006