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September 26th, 2006


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10:48 am - Damn.
RIP John M. Ford (1957-2006).


Edit: Herewith, as inadequate tribute, all the JMF .sigs I collected – he wrote a new one for every post – in my time on the Pyramid forums.

                                                                                                  John M. Ford                   Div. of Inappropriate Technology                 Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow Creators of CHIVALRY & SAUCIERS: Boil Dragon Until Tender. Reserve Liquid.

                                                                                                    John M. Ford                   Div. of Inappropriate Technology                 Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow                 Creators of THE NEW, IMPROVED NASA:     Our Motto: An Ounce of Prevention is worth 450 Grams of Cure

                                                                                                    John M. Ford                   Div. of Inappropriate Technology                 Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow   Creators of GOLDEN APPLE JACKS: Part of This Discordian Breakfast!

                                                                                                    John M. Ford                   Div. of Inappropriate Technology                 Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow                       Creators of RED SHIFT:     The Exciting RPG of Interstellar Dialectical Materialism

                                                                                                    John M. Ford                   Div. of Inappropriate Technology                 Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow             Creators of MYSTERY FANTASY THEATRE 1600:   Laughter Galore as a Groundling and two Homunculi are Trapped in the Globe, Forced to Watch the Worst Plays of the Elizabethan Theatre

                                                                                                  John M. Ford                   Div. of Inappropriate Technology                 Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow Creators of GURPS SARTRE: One room. One table. These players. FOREVER.

                                                                                                    John M. Ford                   Div. of Inappropriate Technology                 Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow Creators of THE CYLON-BORG ALLIANCE: "Stop laughing and be assimilated!"

                                                                                                    John M. Ford                   Div. of Inappropriate Technology                 Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow                 Creators of GURPS CELEBRITY ROAST:       Requires WHO'S WHO and the forthcoming COOKING WITH MANA

                                                                                                    John M. Ford                   Div. of Inappropriate Technology                 Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow                   Creators of YOUNG DOCTOR LECTER:   "This man's liver was absolutely saturated with Chateau Margaux '73, and the stomach contents included a duck confit with black truffles and a hundred-year balsamic vinegar.  This, gentlemen, was no boating accident."   "All that was in the lab report?"   "Actually, I did a bit of direct research."

                                                                                                    John M. Ford                   Div. of Inappropriate Technology                 Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow       Creators of THE JOURNAL OF THE DUNGEON MEDICAL SOCIETY: CURE LIGHT BOO-BOO.  Most practitioners successfully use this cheap and easily remembered ("Pain, pain, go away...") as a form of "glue" for sealing cuts and reattaching small severed bits (fingers, ears, and, erm, yes, that one).  It must be noted, however, that as with any glue, neatness counts in application.  Few things are more awkward than sloppily spliced party members, particularly when they are spliced to one another.

                                                                                                    John M. Ford                   Div. of Inappropriate Technology                 Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow                 Creators of YOUNG DOCTOR GODZILLA:     "But, Doctor, there must be another way -- perhaps an emergency amputation?"     "No, Chairman Kaga, the brain tumor has proceeded too far for that.  The only way to save this squeaky-voiced young girl's life is for me to step on a great deal of Tokyo, while howling loudly."

                                                                                                    John M. Ford                   Div. of Inappropriate Technology                 Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow                 Creators of THE TROY ACTION PLAYSET: Hours of Fun as You Load Greeks Into the Plastic Wooden Horse! Exciting Achilles Figure With Action Heel(tm)!  Motorized Dead Hector (batteries not incl.)!  Thousand Ships Sold Separately.

                                                                                                    John M. Ford                   Div. of Inappropriate Technology                 Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow                   Creators of MUPPETLABS ARE GO! "Please watch as my assistant, Beaker, demonstrates how nearly invisible wires attached to his body can make him seem faintly heroic, and gives his walk a spring that he has never before . . . oh dear."

                                                                                                    John M. Ford                   Div. of Inappropriate Technology                 Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow                   Creators of A NIGHT AT ROSWELL: (MGM, 1938)  When there are reports of strange lights and mysterious people in black around a small New Mexico town, zany FBI agents Mullo, Scullo, and Skinno are sent to investigate.  With Sig Rumann as Professor Haldanetenor, Paulette Goddard as nosy magazine writer Doris Parklane, and Margaret Dumont cast against type as Eleanor Roosevelt.

                                                                                                    John M. Ford                   Div. of Inappropriate Technology                 Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow             Creators of ACRONYMS EXTREME REMIX ONLINE: World Headquarters, Allied Tactical Teams for High Ectoplasmic Force Response and Inimical Ghastly Ghoulie Incursion Neutralization, Ha'ant Emergency Countermeasures, and Kicking In Some Terribly Hideous Immaterials, Slimers, Creeps, Revenants, and Un-Dead

                                                                                                    John M. Ford                   Div. of Inappropriate Technology                 Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow             Creators of WINDUX(tm) INSTANT FORCE SPRAY: "This product will make your whole galaxy lighter!  Works -with- your detergent to get out stubborn Dark influences!  Unsightly droid stains on carpets or furniture, no problem!  One shot motivates your hyperdrive faster than mynocks in your pants.  But wait!  Order while you've still got a bad feeling about this and we'll double your supply, and throw in a year's supply of 3-P-GO -- restores regularity to irritable droids!"

                                                                                                    John M. Ford                   Div. of Inappropriate Technology                 Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow               Creators of THE DEAD PRODUCERS' SOCIETY:                       Well, we can always hope.

                                                                        [and one comment from a thread on organization acronyms, à la S.H.I.E.L.D....]

                                                                          Overseas Headquarters, British Unified Ghostie Group Emergency Reserve.

                                                                        [and one general comment...]

                                                                          The continued position of Brannon Braga as an "entertainment" executive is bad for the entire civilized universe.



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