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February 3rd, 2008


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02:22 pm - Inside the Journal's Studio
As promised, I have finally constructed a proper LJ profile for myself!

Who are you? I am Polter-Cow! Kneel before me and despair.

No, really, who are you? I am Polter-Cow. Please like me?

One last chance, buddy. I'm a medical writer who's just a little obsessed with television. And movies. And books. And storytelling in general. Also, music. Plus, I have all sorts of wacky adventures and familial angst that I feel compelled to share with the world.

But what's with the name? A long time ago, I used to play games. Toejam and Earl 2: Panic on Funkatron on the Sega Genesis, for one. One of the enemies was this ghostly cow that possessed your character and caused him to have convulsions, making him lose energy. I dubbed it a "Polter-Cow" and thought it'd make a good story. And then, to my surprise, I actually wrote that story. Like I needed to pay attention during driver's ed. It was the first big story I'd written simply for the sake of writing it, because I had a story I wanted to tell. It's a symbol of my beginning as a writer. I am spectralbovine here because I am anal about my hyphen: "poltercow" simply does not look right.

Did you just copy that from this meme answer? Ouch, you got me! </surfer voice>

Was that a Veronica Mars reference? Well done! I would not be famous on the Internet were it not for Veronica Mars. I'm part of the team behind Mars Investigations.

You're famous on the Internet? And I have the shirt to prove it!

Well, I can't argue with that, although I would prefer a signed affidavit. Get used to disappointment.

So, Mr. Television Guy, what do you recommend I watch? I'm glad you asked.

But most of that is old stuff! What are you watching NOW? I'm currently following Battlestar Galactica, Dexter, Prison Break, Chuck, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Heroes, Weeds, Reaper, Pushing Daisies, Smallville, My Name Is Earl, 30 Rock, Supernatural, Lost, The Office, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Friday Night Lights, Entourage, Doctor Who, and Skins.

I guess you sound like a decent bloke. Why should I read your journal? I am a decent bloke! But don't take my word for it:

latropita: I read this journal because I need constant reminders of what I should be watching. Plus other reasons, but mostly that one.

serrana : Twice, in recent weeks, I have been asked, in my very own living room, if I am familiar with this Polter-Cow person. Both times I have been able to respond that yes, not only am I familiar with him, in his online aspect, but that he has persistently made insinuations about my default icon. I am not sure what this says about me or, indeed, about the gentleman in question (never mind the default icon). I am, however, confident that, should the question arise a third time, I will again answer in the affirmative: yes, we have engaged in conversation, and I will very likely go on to add, "Say hi for me."

bsidetales: I tend to read your journal not only because you are clever and funny and write very good reviews on stuff, but because there is something endlessly thoughtful and true about you, too. You are quite compassionate, and that always captures me.

pixie37373: I read this journal because Sunil is the kind of guy who will buy you a stuffed puppy and let you squeeze all of the feeling out of his hand because you are sad. And I love him.

etherealclarity: Aside from the ridiculously impeccable taste in television, hilarious anecdotes about meeting celebrities and LJers, emotionally moving diatribes about personal experiences, and an extremely intelligent, witty style of writing, what is there to love about reading spectralbovine's journal?

How about the fact that underneath all that internet popularity is a genuinely warm and caring human being who would call someone he's never met before and cheer them up by singing songs?

glasseseater: Have you met Sunil, sweetheart of the internet? This cyberweb darling will woo you in with his magic tales of a land called television! Follow him on his journey to find himself, other people, and sometimes even an entire band! He sings, he dances... into your heart!

I tried Sunil and I lost thirty pounds in two hours! My teeth have never been whiter! Results may vary!

You have strange friends. Yeah, I love 'em.

So can I friend you? Absolutely! I don't mind being friended without asking, although I do like knowing how you came upon me in the first place, just to satisfy my own curiosity. The days when I could just assume you were here for my Veronica Mars posts are gone, after all. I have a sizable friendslist already, so I don't friend back automatically, especially if I have no idea who you are. But I try to make an effort to visit the journals of people who have me friended, and it is not uncommon for me to friend someone back later, after getting to know them a bit better. I don't flock anything, so don't worry, you're not missing anything.

I'm glad we had this talk. Hey, what are you listening to these days? I'm glad you asked.

Weekly Music Addictions
 
Polter-Cow&apos;s Last.fm Weekly Artists ChartPolter-Cow&apos;s Last.fm Weekly Tracks Chart
 
Overall Music Addictions
 
Polter-Cow&apos;s Last.fm Overall Artists ChartPolter-Cow&apos;s Last.fm Overall Tracks Chart


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Thanks to those of you who submitted testimonials!
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Franz Ferdinand - All My Friends

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Comments:


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From:squaringkarma
Date:February 3rd, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
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Well done, chap. Aw, yay, Beeth made a testimonial.
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:February 3rd, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Bravo, ol' boy.

You got recognised by a friend of mine over on the Book of Face. She was checking out my friendwheel, and it went thus:
"Sunil? Why does that name sound familiar to me?"
"You'd know him as SpectralBovine over on TWOP, or via his massive Veronica Mars superfan status."
"Oh him? Cool. How do you know him?"
"We go way back. Long story that involves a boat and some robots."
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 3rd, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Ahahaha! Nice! Who was that? Do I know her?
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:February 3rd, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Roo Granfar. She's on LJ under rouhahaha, her own name on facebook and I have no idea what on TWOP. I have no idea if you know her beyond that, though.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 3rd, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
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Doesn't ring a bell. Although she and brouhaha ought to be friends, eh?
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:February 3rd, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
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By gum, I think you are on to something.
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From:newsong
Date:February 4th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
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I am so going to start calling it the "Book of Face"
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From:electricmonk
Date:February 3rd, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
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But don't take my word for it

I just hope I'm not the only one who thinks of Levar Burton every time anyone, anywhere uses that phrase.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 3rd, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
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Definitely not.
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From:punzerel
Date:February 4th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
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Oh, you most certainly are not. I always read that line with the exact Reading Rainbow intonation - "but don't take my word for it.." Then I imagine multicultural little children piping in with the next lines. Hee.
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From:morganna_gaia
Date:February 3rd, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Aw. Figured I oughta make myself known. You used to be on my faves list on OD years ago.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 3rd, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
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Oh, hi! Who were you on OD?
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From:morganna_gaia
Date:February 3rd, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
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Morganna. Actually claimed the name again, but my main one is almost the same as this
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From:fickledame
Date:February 3rd, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, I like!

Isn't the Veronica Mars quote ouch, you got me? Not ooh. Sorry, very nitpicky of me, I know! :)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 3rd, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Is it? Uh oh! I'll fix it.
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From:briasoleil
Date:February 3rd, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
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I have new music to share with you! Canadian music! They're from Halifax and they're called Wintersleep. I really love their single, Weighty Ghost. Check them out!

Also, I love the finetuneage. Excellent lj profile update!
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From:eldritch_flame
Date:February 4th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
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I have been hearing about Wintersleep so much lately. Course, I live in Halifax, so that might explain it, but I don't normally hear about local bands! Unless my brothers are in them, and even that's not a guarantee.

In any case, I checked out the link you posted, and they sound really good. Thanks!
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From:briasoleil
Date:February 4th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
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I've only heard about them starting this week and, now, I'm all about them. Well, sort of. I love Weighty Ghost and look forward to hearing more from them.

I'm somewhat aware of the Edmonton music scene, mostly because of the local "modern rock" station, which does a Band of the Month thing. And those bands are all local (Edmonton and surrounding area).

Though, truthfully, I'm more aware of Edmonton actors. Nathan Fillion, ftw!
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From:eldritch_flame
Date:February 5th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
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Part of my problem may be that I don't listen to the radio much. I know the Dalhousie radio station plays a lot of local bands.

And Nathan Fillion is so much better than Ellen Paige. *jellus*
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From:incidentist
Date:February 3rd, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
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Awesome.
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From:soleta_nf
Date:February 4th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
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AWESOME profile! :D
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From:eldritch_flame
Date:February 4th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
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Very nice profile! "You have weird friends" made me laugh, and is "Get used to disappointment" a Princess Bride reference?
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From:eldritch_flame
Date:February 4th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
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Er, make that "strange friends". God, my mind is a sieve lately!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 4th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
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It certainly is.
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From:bsidetales
Date:February 4th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
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EEEEE. Exciting. Snazzy! Fun.
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From:miniglik
Date:February 4th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
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Aw, you do your t.v. list by day of the week. Starting on Sunday, instead of Monday, which loses you points, but still. (Also, more than half are on Thursday and Friday. Hee!)


You done a good profile.

I don't understand the music list thingy, because I am terminally un-musiccool.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 4th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
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Aw, you picked up on that. And Sunday is the first day of the week! Don't take away my points, woman!
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From:latropita
Date:February 4th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
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Aw, I'm in your profile! Sweet.
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From:pidgehuss
Date:February 4th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
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No way. Eddie from Ohio made your top-10 overall music list? I am impressed. Absolutely my favorite driving music, hands down. Until, that is, one of their CDs got stuck in my car stereo and it was my ONLY driving music for eight months until my fiance got my car stereo fixed for me for Christmas. Still love them, though!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 4th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
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I love EFO! I've seen them live three times. alannaofdoom got me into them years ago. And it's easy for them to make the top 10 because they have SO MANY SONGS.

I'm sort of amused at the people just now responding to the last.fm box that has been in my profile for years. Amused and slightly saddened.
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From:towers_of_ivory
Date:February 4th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
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Ohhh, you're a dork. I loves ya.

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