Thursday, August 31, 2006

Bobo the Monkey Tank Goes to Mongolia



You might think it's a bedtime story I made up for the babies, but it's actual news! Which may end up being converted into a bedtime story for the babies.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Recently Watching

Animal Planet's Meerkat Manor and FitTv's Deadly Arts. The meerkats are fascinating to watch, like dogcatmonkeyroos, they scamper around and whatnot. I'd love to see a show like this (or The Monkey Prince) about the chimps in Gombe. Animal reality tv so much more interesting than human reality tv.

Deadly Arts follows Josette, a 40 something French (or French Canadian?) with a bad knee around the world as she studies a variety of martial arts with masters in their discipline. From karate to capoeira to kalaripayattu, no method of punching or kicking another person is left unexplored. Good stuff. But, for crying out loud, if she's just going to complain every week about how much her knee hurts, can't we get someone able to actually train to do the show? Where the meerkats are at home on Animal Planet, I think someone at ESPN's original entertainment wing should be taking note and trying to get a Donnie Yen or Mark Dacascos signed on to redo this one.

Trying to find a site for Deadly Arts, I found this bit about an upcoming special on the National Geographic channel:
Martial Artists' Moves Revealed in "Fight Science" Lab

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Just Because You Are A Character Doesn't Mean You Have Character


Joss Whedon lists his Top 25 TV Characters. I'd like to give that a try. Here are mine (reserving the right to revise) in no particular order:
  • Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) - I just think about the character and start laughing. Kind of like how I can't control myself when I think about the bear jumping on John Candy in "The Great Outdoors".
  • Basil Fawlty (Fawlty Towers) - Right up there with Larry David as funniest character ever.
  • Archie Bunker(All in the Family) - Sublime.
  • Kramer (Seinfeld) - More funny.
  • George Costanza - (Seinfeld) - Shaking his hands, glasses off, pleading shrinkage. Falling on the floor, pants around his ankles.
  • Swearengen (Deadwood) - Badass. More than a little evil. Pure capitalist.
  • Jayne (Firefly) - Badass. Goofy, but a little evil.
  • Xander (Buffy) - Should I have started with two Whedon characters? So many are so good! I pick Veronica later over a strong supporting cast, so why Xander over Buffy? Maybe it's because when the show started to slide, Buffy became insufferable. And Xander was our 'in'. Willow got witchy, Cordy left, Giles was a watcher, Buffy was the Slayer, and Xander was pretty much just Xander all the time.
  • The 4th Doctor (Doctor Who) - Tom Baker, all teeth and curls, petulant and proud.
  • The 9th Doctor (Doctor Who) - Eccleston was brilliant for the role. Sad to see him go.
  • #6 (The Prisoner) - So aggrieved, even when he's trying to be charming and act like he's playing along, you can see the simmering hatred and rage.
  • Mrs. Peel (The Avengers) - I don't feel the need to justify this!
  • Lorelai (Gilmore Girls) - Hyper-realistically charming, all that dialogue to blast through, and yet still engaging.
  • Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars) - I can't believe Whedon picked Logan. The show could live without him, not without Veronica. I mean, c'mon, it's not just because it's named for her.
  • Jeremy (SportsNight) - Smart and principled, his struggles with Natalie make him just right (and wrong) enough to be sympathetic.
  • Bertie Wooster (Jeeves and Wooster) - Whedon picked Hugh Laurie for House, but as much as I like him there, I think comedy is so much harder -- and he aces Wooster.
  • Frank Pembleton (Homicide) - Nobody was better in the box than Frank. TV is littered with cop shows but Pembleton stands out as the detective's detective.
  • Jack McCoy (Law and Order) - An arrogant prick, dallying with ADA's, pig headed and sometimes wrong ... not a likeable person ... but the best character in the L&O franchise. Except for maybe ...
  • Bobby Goren (Law and Order: Criminal Intent) - Sherlock Holmes of the Major Case Squad.
  • Fox Mulder - (The X-Files) - I feel like it's too easy and obvious to take the lead character on some of these shows, but as much as I like Scully, Mulder was the show.
  • Simon Templar (The Saint) - Going way back to my youth here.
  • Jean Luc Picard (Star Trek: TNG) - Best of the captains.
  • Dwight - (The Office [US]) - I know I'm supposed to take Ricky Gervais's character on the original, but Dwight kills me and I've only seen a couple eps of the original series.
  • Bill McNeal - (NewsRadio) - Half-truths and gorilla dust.
  • Joel Fleischman (Northern Exposure) - I see him as Mac from "Local Hero" -- one of my all time favorite movies -- translated to TV. For all the references to inspiration for this show, I'm surprised LH is never mentioned.

Revisionism

W now admits Iraq had nothing to do with the 9/11. After he answers the question, "what did Iraq have to do with the attack on the World Trade Center?" by blurting out what he's known all along, "Nothing," you can actually see the neuron fire right after it comes out triggering him to start dissembling and resume the smoke and mirrors dance to get back on the "Freedom Agenda" message.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Tiny Houses


Tiny houses for sale. The niche seems to be between shed and mobile home? Wealthy hermits take delight!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Thai Boe


The trailer for Tony Jaa's follow up to the amazing Ong Bak is out and looks pretty good. Not sure why they decided to give it the same name as the weak Jackie Chan/Danny Aiello movie, but I guess Tom Yung Goong wasn't marketable.

Here's a little Tony Jaa in action:

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The Axis of Liberalism


WEEI's morning sports talk hosts, Dennis & Callahan, bash and malign liberals like Ann Coulter on amphetamines. I get a kick each morning out of how they blame every bad thing that happens in the world on liberals and Democrats. Case in point, a piece of the Big Dig falls and kills someone: Tip O'Neill's fault ... I'm not kidding.

When they start going off on liberals, the names they reel off as the worst of the worst are Ted Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Al Gore, Mike Dukakis and Jimmy Carter. A new name has cracked their Rogue's Gallery of Libs ... Ned Lamont. Somebody in England questions whether some wiretaps were legal, Kerry and Ned Lamont must be behind it!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Are You a Group of Affluent White Men ...?


Regardless of whether the AAFL is a good idea, you have to love their ideal group of owners.

UCONN Dream Team


It's been a couple years since Mega and I went to Calhoun's All-Star Charity game, so I'm glad to see it's still going strong with this year looking like the best group of alumni yet, including (It's Late, It's Great, It's) Tate George finally putting differences aside.

Looks like K-Free can still put it in the bucket just fine. Freeman remains one of my favorite Huskies, not a star, but an outstanding role-player who always seemed to play huge in the big games.
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