Thursday, August 27, 2009

It's Daria in the Movies Day! Yay!

Today is the ninth anniversary of the MTV premiere of Is It Fall Yet? and the seventh anniversary of the DVD release of Is It College Yet? The infamous live Daria-Jane chat was also held online nine years ago today, a special event in which the show's characters (or so we were led to think) answered your questions, even the stupid ones. Those were the good old days, indeed.

Today is also the 126th anniversary of the loudest sound ever known in human history: not a Led Zeppelin concert, but the 1883 final eruption of Krakatoa, which blew an entire island to smithereens. Unfortunately it was an inhabited island. The lesson of Vesuvius is apparently a difficult one to learn: if you live near a mountain that makes noises, leave at once. You would think this was simple, but as recently as the eruption of Mount St. Helens, people still hadn't gotten it down correctly. Doesn't give you a lot of hope for the future, does it?

Don't know if I've mentioned this news story before, but there is a great little article on fictional TV shows that appear within TV shows. Sick, Sad World gets mentioned, but so do a lot of the other shows that would make great background bits in Daria fanfics. Does Upchuck watch Miss Sally's School Yard?

Still looking for Daria-themed wallpaper for your computer? Try the Daria Fan Club.

Brother Grimace, JPAGC, Disco316, Richard Lobinske, Doggieboy, and others have contributed enormous amounts of useful data to DariaWiki of late. Some of the pages new or modified include (in alphabetical order):
  • D Is for Daria, by Fringeperson (Part 1): Almost on cue, the doorbell rang. It was either Daria or Tom, and Jane was really hoping it was the former, she needed to get her head examined, and apart from Trent, Daria was the best person at it that she knew. Keeping her thrice-pierced ear pricked, she heard Trent loaf to the door and the hinges wail slightly as the barrier swung open to permit entry. “Oh, hey Tom. Janey's up in her room.”
  • Kisses and Dichotomies, by NoLogique (Part 1): Tom was fascinated by woman's makeup. Before Ruttheimer had thrown him into the basement and had tried to beat out the world from him, Tom would go to dive bars near the pier and see the pale faces of the cabaret ladies, clownish with their purple eyes and bright red lipstick.
  • Pigskin Caduceus, by HolyGrail2009 (Part 3): “Now, we’ve been introduced to two characters in Wuthering Heights: Heathcliff, and Cathy, his daughter-in-law. Who here can explain how the two of them are alike?” A few brains sitting in the front of their class raised their hands, but Mr. O’Neill looked towards the back of class, where all of us popular kids sat. “What about you, Jeffy?” he asked.
  • The Awakening, by TAG (COMPLETE!): The lasagna that Daria’s mother often made for dinner had always had a metallic aftertaste, but it wasn’t until Daria was hunting for the salt very late one Friday night in July that she discovered another salt shaker in the top shelf of the cabinet behind the drinking glasses that no one ever used.
  • A Child's Book of Tom Sloane's Deaths, by Roentgen (COMPLETE!): [I won't spoil this. Just read it. ]
  • Daria's Not So Little Helper, by Greystar (COMPLETE!): "So, what should we do to O'Neil today, amiga?" Jane asked. "Convince him that Michael Myers is just the product of a miss-spent youth?"
  • Farewell, My Cornholio, by Peapotmaster (Part 1): “I just wanted to tell you cretins that next week will be my last day here in Highland High,” said Daria. “Are you going to score?” Beavis asked. “No, buttmunch, Daria’s pregnant,” corrected Butt-Head.
  • Rolling the Dice, by Ajar (Part 4): Jane continued with a spot check. “The door flies open revealing what at first seems like a fairly average office space: One desk, one chair, one motivational poster and another door on the opposite side. In the first minute, or so, of entering the room you notice a residue, similar to the one you found earlier, around the poster, on the other door and all over the floor.” “Well,” said Quinn. “Since there's stuff around the poster and not on the poster, I'd guess that we should look behind the poster.” [Jane as a Dungeon Master? Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned....]
  • Stacy Rowe, Seeker (Part III), by jtranser (continued): Berlin, Cabaret Wandersmann, August 1928: Dense swirls of blue smoke saturated the atmosphere, replacing the noxious oxygen that occupied the place during daylight hours.
  • Unnamed story (Iron Chef: Unwanted alien pets! Next, on Sick Sad World!), by OverlordMikey (COMPLETE!): "Daria... this is a dream right? I'll wake up and Mom will be my mom and Dad will be my dad and no one will have died. I'll be hanging out with my friends pretending you're not my sister."
  • Unnamed story (Iron Chef: Unwanted alien pets! Next, on Sick Sad World!), by Richard Lobinske (COMPLETE!): Daria folded her arms. "My own daughter. I'm a little surprised at you. Why did you get a pet if you can't take care of it?"
  • Unnamed story (Scenes That Should Be: Brains for Rent), by Tsrcroggs (Part 1): The public did not take well the idea of powerful meta-humans with a literal case of multiple-personality disorder. Laws had been enacted placing any known Oversoul into Facilities for their "care and treatment." Daria was the tenth Oversoul to be identified and the fifth to enter this particular Facility at the age of 13.
  • Warm Colors, by thatLONERchick (COMPLETE!): Daria sat on the end of her unmade queen-sized bed, flipping through the channels as Jane swept her brush through a dense tangle of colors rioting across her canvas. It was one of her abstracts, brilliant red and green swirling into the center. The effect was that of a person being sucked down into the center of a vortex.

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