Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Joss Whedon Passed on 'Buffy' Reboot

Well well.

Although the news is a bit of a surprise (in that he said nothing about it last week), it makes sense. He does not want to be known only as Mr. Buffy.

Later--from Whedonesque. (Tip of the hat to Beth Rambo.)

Quote of the Day (11/30/10) ("How I Met Your Mother Week")

Marshall: [looking for his password] Jelly beans, fluffernutter, Gummi bears, ginger snaps- this is a grocery list.
Robin: For who, a witch building a house in the forest?
Marshall: Sugar helps me study.
Barney: This is the kind of shopping a ten-year-old does when he's alone for the weekend.
Lily: Who leaves a ten-year-old alone for the weekend?
Barney [Sarcastically]: Oh, and your mom was perfect.
"Spoiler Alert" [3.08]

Monday, November 29, 2010

Dylan Thomas Reads "Fern Hill"

Wonderful (after you endure the commercial).

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Quote of the Day (11/29/10) ("How I Met Your Mother Week")

Ted: Wha...I don't get it! Why won't Robin tell me why she hates malls?
Barney: Ted, you should be happy Robin has a secret. The more you learn about a person, the better chance you have of hitting the fatal "Ohhh..." moment.
Marshall: The "Ohhh..." moment?
Barney: Yeah. That moment when you find out that one detail about a person that is going to be a deal-breaker.
[Flashback to Barney with different girls]
Girl #1: It's a promise ring. I made a pact with God to stay a virgin till I'm married.
Barney: Ohhhh.....
Girl #2: I don't have an eating disorder, it's just when I put food in my mouth, I chew it and then I spit it out!
Barney: Ohhhh.....
Girl #3: I just turned 30.
Barney: Ohhhhhh.....
[back to present]
Barney: So trust me, you want to postpone knowing anything about each other for as long as possible
Ted: Hmm...I disagree. If there's some potential "Ohhh...." moment, I wanna know about it right away. I mean, what's the alternative?
[flash to Robin and Ted at the altar]
Priest: I now pronounce you man and wife.
Ted: I love you.
Robin: I used to be a dude.
Ted: Ohhhhhh.....
"Slap Bet" [2.9]

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Happy Birthday Jon Stewart

Today is Jon Stewart's birthday.

Quote of the Day (11/28/10) ("How I Met Your Mother Week")

Robin: I'm a genetic goldmine! No family history of diabetes or heart disease, and everyone has non-porous teeth and perfect eyesight. I had one schizophrenic uncle, but even he had perfect vision... which was unfortunate for the people around the bell tower he was in.
"Brunch" [2.3]

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Quote of the Day (11/27/10) ("How I Met Your Mother Week")

Robin: I am Canadian. Remember? We celebrate Thanksgiving in October.
Ted: Oh right I forgot. You guys are weird and you pronounce the word 'out', 'oot'.
Robin: You guys are the world's leader in hand gun violence; your health care system is bankrupt and your country is deeply divided on almost every important issue.
Ted: [pause] Your cops are called 'mounties'.
"Belly Full of Turkey" [1.09]

Friday, November 26, 2010

Addy's Greatest Hits, Thanksgiving, 2010

Favorite Addy moments from Thanksgiving 2010.

1. Curling up on Charley's dog bed, with a look back at us to make sure we saw she was being adorable.
2. On a walk in her stroller imitating the sound of ducks overhead.
3. On the same stroll, on a blustery morning, holding out both hands to ward off the wind in her face.
4. At the Porterfields' Thanksgiving banquet: the look on her face (like she had just sucked a lemon) when Gayle let her suck a lemon. (She demanded more, and the look cracked us all up again.)

Quote of the Day (11/26/10) ("Modern Family" Week)

Phil: “I thought we were past all that, I’m all about taking it to the next level.
Claire: “Really? I thought you were all about keeping it real?”
Phil: “Yes, but the whole point of keeping it real is so you can take it to the next level- did you really not know that?”
--“Come Fly with Me” (1.3)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Addy at Our House, Thanksgiving Eve 2010

Whedon on Doing "The Avengers"

Indexing Joss Whedon: Conversations I came across this question about what was then hypothetical--directing The Avengers:

Kozak: Given how you seem to embrace ensembles, does Marvel’s Avengers project over at Paramount offer any particular appeal?
Whedon: Y’know, the thing about the X-Men is they have a coherent core. The Avengers to me is tough. I wouldn’t approach The Avengers, I wouldn’t approach the Fantastic Four. The X-Men are all born of pain, and pain is where I hang my hat.

Quote of the Day (11/25/10) ("Modern Family" Week)

Phil: Every realtor is just a ninja in a blazer. The average burglar breaks in and leaves clues everywhere, but not me. I'm completely clueless.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

North to Alaska

In a recent dream Joyce and I moved to Alaska and our realtor/tour guide was Kathy Bates. What Misery.

Sarah Palin get out of my unconscious!

"Wall" to Wall

On Sports Center just now heard a reference to "Roger Waters' favorite player."

John Wall (Washington Bullets) meets The Wall.

Quote of the Day (11/24/10) ("Modern Family" Week)

Cam: We’re a very traditional family.

Mitchell: That’s what the disabled lesbian shaman who blessed Lily’s room said, too.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

"Eye of the Tiger"

Just watched Rick Fox and Kurt Warner dance to the Rocky theme on the Dancing with the Stars finale.

Personally, I'll take Jensen Ackles.

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Palin goes down (in the ratings).

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An Alternate Cover for "Joss Whedon: Conversations"

We were thrilled with the cover of Joss Whedon: Conversations.

But if only we had waited perhaps we could have used this one instead (from The Guardian, via Diane Arbus).


It pains me to say this, but after two weeks I am finding the new Conan almost completely lame and almost devoid of trademark O'Brien imagination.

I am not sure I can bear to watch another minute of Conan's quirky-silly facial impressions, or his endless exchanges with audience members, or completely predictable monologue jokes, or tired banter with Andy. Every show has seemed a double of the one before.

His Tonight Show was much better.


Last night's HIMYM was very funny--a rich helping of turturkeykey (you had to be there).

I especially liked the LOST references. Guest star Jorge "Hurley" Garcia--aka Steve, aka "The Blitz"--not only spoke of his time on "the island" but even offered THE NUMBERS (4, 15, 16, 23, 42) as a destination for Marshall's phone photo of his junk.

Disaster Endings

i09 has "30 Awesome Disaster Movie Money Shots."

Votto, MVP

Joey Votto won the NL MVP. Congratulations.

Go Reds.

Quote of the Day (11/23/10) ("Modern Family" Week)

Phil: "I am brave. Rollercoasters? Love ‘em. Scary movies? I’ve seen Ghostbusters like 7 times. I regularly drive through neighborhoods that have only recently been gentrified. So yeah, I’m pretty much not afraid of anything….except for clowns. Never shared that with the family so, shh- I do have an image to maintain. I am not really sure where the fear comes from, my mother says it’s because when I was a kid I found a dead clown in the woods- but who knows?"
--“Fizbo” (1.9)

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Worst of the Hack Pundits

Salon ranks the 30 worst. (The series is just beginning.)

Quote of the Day (11/22/10) ("Modern Family" Week)

Phil: "Claire I know you've got your methods, but so do I, and I'm sorry but I'm not a micro-manager. Trust me, I can provide Luke with the tools and guidance he needs with out smothering him."
Claire: "You think I smother our children?"
Phil: "It's not your fault honey, mother is part of the word. You never hear of anyone being sfathered to death."
--Starry Night” (1.18)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," Part I

Saw HPDHI with Sarah and Jason today.

I really think Damon Lindelof was wrong. Not an inviable task--the first half of the grand finale, but I thought it was very good. Not at all disappointing.

Quote of the Day (11/21/10) ("Modern Family" Week)

Phil: "I always felt bad for people with emotionally distant fathers. It turns out I'm one of them. It's a miracle I didn't end up a stripper."
--Travels with Scout” (1.21)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Olivia Has a Message for You

Her name is Olivia, and she has a message for you: she's trapped in the other universe.
-Woman on the phone with Peter Bishop in Fringe ("The Abducted")

Imagine getting this call on your cell in the middle of the night. Fringe continues to be amazing.

Christmas is Coming

Would love to have any of these Onion t-shirts, though I am not sure where I could wear them.

New Suggested TSA Logo

By Oleg Volk

The Bush Tax Cuts

Those arguing for sustaining the Bush era gifts to millionaires need to look at the NY Times (David Leonhardt's) chart.

Tip of the Hat to Andrew Sullivan.

Quote of the Day (11/19/10) (Copernican Revolution Week)

So you have degraded the earth despite the fact that you live by her and receive everything from her. I won't have it! I won't have it! I won't be a nobody on an inconsequential star briefly twirling hither and thither. I tread the earth, and the earth is firm beneath my feet, and there is no motion to the earth, and the earth is the center of all things. and I am the center of the earth, and the eye of the creator is upon me. About me revolve, affixed to their crystal shells, the lesser lights of the stars and the great light of the sun, created to give light upon me that God might see me, Man, God's greatest effort, the center of creation. "In the image of God created He him." Immortal. . . .
--A Cardinal in Bertolt Brecht's Galileo

Thursday, November 18, 2010

"Green Lantern" Trailer

One of my favorites as a kid. I've been waiting 50 years for this.

All the Secret Words

All of Pee-Wee's secret words in one compilation. We can't wait to introduce Addy to the Playhouse.

The Jane Austen Controversy

The always illuminating Geoff Nunberg on the "Jane Austen was Her Editor" controversy.

Harry Crews in "Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus"

I found Andrew Douglas' film completely engaging. Most of all I "enjoyed" being reunited with Harry Crews.

When I was a post-doc at the University of Florida in 1979, I was assigned as a discussion leader for a section of a huge (600+ students) Introduction to Fiction taught by the ever-inebriated Crews, impossibly a full professor in a department that had (as he used to brag) once denied him admission to the graduate program. I ended up leading a full-scale protest about Harry's incoherent "lectures" (he once told the assembled multitude "An omniscient narrator is one who doesn't know what the fuck is going on") and found myself terminated soon after. Harry, Harry, Harry.

Quote of the Day (11/18/10) (Copernican Revolution Week)

What was so shocking in Galileo's astronomical discoveries? That he found so much going on in the sky, and that as a consequence the astronomical order was so much less rigid than people had been able happily to believe before. If the heavens began to show such a lack of rigid reliability, if they approximated the restlessness of terrestrial conditions, who could feel secure in his most important beliefs? This primitive fear inspired the furious attacks which the Aristotelian in his time directed against Galileo. It seems quite possible that the excitement produced by Harvey's discovery of the circulation of the blood contained a similar element of fear, because the discovery suddenly disturbed the conception of man as a rigid structure. With so much unrest in his interior did not life itself become a more precarious affair?
--Wolfgang Kohler, Gestalt

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hurley on "HIMYM"

It's official: Jorge Garcia will be on the Thanksgiving episode of Mother.

"Legend"--wait for it--"dary!"

"Hardball"--without Chris Matthews

I just watched the November 17th Hardball with guest host Michael Smerconish.

So much better than the usual with the cringeworthy Matthews, who has me rolling my eyes much of the time.

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Quote of the Day (11/17/10) (Copernican Revolution Week)

Among all discoveries and postulates none has exerted a greater effect on the human mind that the Copernican theory. Scarcely was the world acknowledged to be round and complete in itself, when it was asked to renounce the enormous privilege of being the center of the universe. No greater challenge was perhaps ever issued to mankind, for many things went up in smoke with its acceptance a second paradise, a world of innocence, poetry and piety, the testimony of our senses, the convictions of romantic faith. Small wonder people were reluctant to let all this go, that they opposed by every means a doctrine which challenged and empowered those who embraced it to practice a hitherto unheard-of freedom of thought and greatness of mind.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"The Narrative"

Talk of the Nation interviewed Paul Payack, the President of The Global Language Monitor, yesterday, and, as someone increasingly interested in narratology, I found his discussion with Jennifer Ludden about the 2010 rise of the word "narrative" very interesting:

Mr. PAYACK: The narrative caught us as being very interesting because the narrative seams in politics. You know, in academic studies, people have been studying narratives and all for years, then we all remember the narrative of Frederick Douglass, et cetera, et cetera. But what happens with the narrative in politics, this has been going on for probably four or five election cycles, but it's peaking now is that people talk about the narrative, they don't talk about platforms anymore. And it's almost like comparing the words...

LUDDEN: Oh, a party is narrative. Right. The political party is narrative.

Mr. PAYACK: Right. It's like - does this fit into narrative? It's like, wait, wait, what about a platform? What about, like, ideas? What about, you know, these truths we hold to be self-evident? No, it's the narrative.

LUDDEN: Is narrative a fancy word for spin?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. PAYACK: It's getting that way. It's kind of interesting.

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And then there's this.


As my boy Dexter would say, "Tonight's the night."
--Stuart Scott, talking about Michael Vick's big game (Philadelphia vs. Washington, 11/15/10)

Quote of the Day (11/16/10) (Copernican Revolution Week)

His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge. Of contemporary literature, philosophy and politics he appeared to know next to nothing. Upon my quoting Thomas Carlyle, he inquired in the naivest way who he might be and what he had done. My surprise reached a climax, however, when I found incidentally that he was ignorant of the Copernican Theory and of the composition of the Solar System. That any civilized human being in this nineteenth century should not be aware that the earth
travelled round the sun appeared to me to be such an extraordinary fact that I could hardly realize it.
"You appear to be astonished," he said, smiling at my expression of surprise. "Now that I do know it I shall do my best to forget it."
"To forget it!"
"You see," he explained, I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skillful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones."
"But the Solar System!" I protested.
"What the deuce is it to me?" he interrupted impatiently: "you say that we go round the sun. If we went round the moon it would not make a pennyworth of difference to me or to my work."
--Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "A Study in Scarlet"

Monday, November 15, 2010

"The Shadow Scholar The man who writes your students' papers tells his story"

Ed Dante tells the tale for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Vampires v Zombies

James Poulos offers a helpful comparison and contrast.

Crossing [Off] the "Rubicon"

I missed this sad news last week. Rubicon will not be returning.

AMC has its first failed series, but I thought it was riveting. AMC's marketing is to blame: it was pitched as a thrill-a-minute show, and it was never that, which turned away viewers early on.

Quote of the Day (11/15/10) (Education Week)

If they gave you the virus at full strength it would overcome your resistance and produce its direct effect. The doses of false doctrine given at public school and universities are so big that they overwhelm the resistance that a tiny dose would provoke. The normal student is corrupted beyond redemption, and will drive the genius who resists out of the country if he can.
--George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah

Sunday, November 14, 2010

AUTORENSERIEN: Die Neuerfindung des Fernsehens

The book that came out of the Merz Akademie TV symposium last January will be published next week.

My essay "The Imagination Will Be Televised" is in it.

Congrats to Christoph Dreher on getting it out so quickly. Our granddaughter Addy was born upon my return to the US, and she's not even one yet.

Not Your Mother's Tinkerbell

Next week's Supernatural is the much talked about Ben Edlund fairies episode. "Clap Your Hands If You Believe" is evidently going to give us much more:

While Sam and Dean are investigating a UFO sighting, Dean is abducted from a crop circle. However, when he awakens, he discovers he isn't dealing with aliens, but fairies! Unfortunately, only Dean can see the fairy that keeps attacking him which makes tracing and stopping them difficult. The brothers become even more perplexed when Sam's investigation leads them to a world full of elves, gnomes and a leprechaun.

Quote of the Day (11/14/10) (Education Week)

The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
--George Santayana

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Heard on "Wait, Wait"

Peter Sagal claimed that, during his recent visit to India, Obama marketed a special version of the Snuggie with six arm holes.

Grocery Store Confessional

When I was checking out this morning (my weekly trip to Wal-Mart), I found myself thinking about how much I was laying my soul bare before someone I don't even know. This cashier might as well be my priest, learning all my food sins right in a public confessional with a conveyor belt and a twirling plastic bag dispenser.

Remember that 1980 movie Serial in which the cashier is appalled at Martin Mull's (pictured) purchases in a Marin County grocery? "Are you going to put all this in your one and only body?" she asks, voicing the fear we all have that our purchases might be critiqued. "No," Mull wittily replies. "I have a spare at home."

Quote of the Day (11/13/10) (Education Week)

Nature does not have
Separate departments of
Mathematics, physics,
Chemistry, biology,
History and languages,
Which would require
Department head meetings
To decide what to do
Whenever a boy [throws]
A stone in the water,
With the complex of consequences
Crossing all departmental lines.
--R. Buckminster Fuller, Intuition

Friday, November 12, 2010

John Slattery Takes "Tea"

Mad Men's Roger Sterling had great fun on 30 Rock last night as Tea Party wacko Steve Austin. The image is from an ad espousing his gun-toting, birth-controlling ethos.

His "Stone Cold" name, he claims, leads people to vote for him because they mistake him for the wrestler.

A Book Labyrinth on "Fringe"

On last night's Fringe, Fauxlivia and Peter visit the rare book dealer Markham and acquire Seamus Wiles' The First People (1897), learning about the human ancestors whose invention of the vacuum may have destroyed them and somehow brought about Earth 2.

This wonderful image of Markham's labyrinthine mess of a bookstore seems now a nice figure for the increasingly complex maze of Fringe's complexifying narrative.

On a darker note, Katie Huddleston explains why the series may be doomed.

Quote of the Day (11/12/10) (Education Week)

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
--Henry Brooks Adams

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Useful Dog Tricks

OMG. Dogs are the best people.

Tip of the hat to Andrew Sullivan.

Moore "Wild Wild West"

Well well. The man who co-reimagined Battlestar Galactica is going to bring back The Wild Wild West.

This could be good.

"Sarah Palin Meets 'Seinfeld': Politics and American Television"

My new Telegenic is up. Read it here.

As Seen on "The Colbert Report"

News of the "World's Tallest Jesus" statue in Poland prompted Steven to lament that America was falling behind in the WTJ competition, though he did take some solace in the possibility that the US could still win the "World's Fatest Jesus" competition and revealed his version of Christ of the Ozarks who he assumes "ate his last supper at the Cheesecake Factory."

Quote of the Day (11/11/10) (Education Week)

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
--Mark Twain

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"TV Guide" Shills for "Glee"

My new TV Guide arrived today, and Amber Riley, Chris Colfer, and Glee are on the cover:

Hit songs, A-list stars and backstage gossip.

If TVG were actually journalism it might be reporting that last year's darling is in deep trouble. The last two episodes in its sophomore slump have been rated "F" and "D" by Onion TV Club. Glee may have worn out its welcome already.

"You don't need CGI to make a cool giant monster"

i09 has made this claim to accompany two YouTube clips from Jack Arnold's classic Tarantula. How true.

Heard on "The Colbert Report"

It's like War and Peace, without all that Peace.
Colbert talking about publication of W's Decision Points

Quote of the Day (11/10/10) (Education Week)

A liberally educated person meets new ideas with curiosity and fascination. An illiberally educated person meets new ideas with fear.
--James B. Stockdale

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Lindelof's Favorite Films

What the What?

Draper's whats.


The problem with a hiatus, especially for a serialized show like The Event, is not only that the audience forgets what was going on in the story, but that some of them will realize that maybe they just don’t care that much.
--Joshua Alston, Onion TV Club

Quote of the Day (11/9/10) (Education Week)

It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty. To the contrary, I believe that it would be possible to rob even a healthy beast of prey of its voraciousness, if it were possible, with the aid of a whip, to force the beast to devour continuously, even when not hungry, especially if the food, handed out under such coercion, were to be selected accordingly.
--Albert Einstein

Monday, November 08, 2010

"Take Back America"

The first Sarah Palin? Tip of the hat to Andrew Sullivan.

The DEXTERverse

Todd VanDerWerff (Onion TV Club) makes the following comment about last night's Dexter. I think he is right.

[O]ne of the problems I increasingly have with Dexter is that it seems to take place in a clockwork universe. In the show, every single character has a role or a part to play in that season's storyline, and there's nothing in the way of an expanded universe. This far into Dexter's run, what do we know about the world it takes place in, other than the fact that the populace seems to consist solely of cops, serial killers, and people getting killed? When LaGuerta's boss comes down to chew out the department for getting unfavorable notices in the press, it doesn't feel threatening at all because the press is largely an unknown entity to us. It doesn't feel like the public turning against the police department would hurt all that much because it largely seems like everyone we know already works for the police department. This is not a big deal when the show is so plot-driven, but it does keep the show from being one of the great dramas, keeping it on the side of fine entertainment. This season, every little element that's come into play has had larger implications for the story as a whole, and the only real challenge to the audience at home is figuring out how, say, the nanny's going to slot into the picture.

Quote of the Day (11/8/10) ("The Devil's Dictionary" Week)

Un-American, adj. Wicked, intolerable, heathenish.
--Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Quote of the Day (11/7/10) ("The Devil's Dictionary" Week)

Accordion, n. An instrument in harmony with the sentiments of an assassin.
--Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Voting for the Dead (Heard on "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me")

Peter Sagal, talking about the four dead candidates who won their elections this past Tuesday, noted that in one case voters said they really liked the deceased's message, which was


"After this the savage god!"

The title is supposedly what William Buter Yeats exclaimed at the premiere of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring--Le sacre du printemps--in 1913.

Tonight, Joyce and I will see the Nashville Symphony perform it at TPAC.

Quote of the Day (11/6/10) ("The Devil's Dictionary" Week)

Admiration, n. Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.
--Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

Friday, November 05, 2010

Heard on "Sherlock"

Sherlock: "I'm not a psychopath. I'm a high functioning sociopath. Do your research!"
--in the pilot for the BBC reboot

Heard on "30 Rock"

Tracey Jordan, we learn, owns the world's only professional giraffe basketball team, the New York Necks.


There are so many people on the right to hate these days, but Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is now close to the top of the list.

What an egomaniacal asshat!

Quote of the Day (11/5/10) ("The Devil's Dictionary" Week)

Apologize, v. To lay the foundation for a future offense.
--Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

Thursday, November 04, 2010

"Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"

I tried to watch this drek today and quit 20 minutes in.

Completely unwatchable.

Wild. Nocturnal.

This ad captures everything I love about CoCo.

Quote of the Day (11/4/10) ("The Devil's Dictionary" Week)

Conservative, n. A statesman enamored of existing evils, as opposed to a Liberal, who wants to replace them with others.
--Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

A French "Buffy" Conference

Go here to read all about it--in French.

"Fear God, Tell the Truth, Make a Profit"

According to Rachel Maddow (and The Washington Post), the above title is on a wall plaque in the office of Joe Barton (R-TX), the asshat who apologized to BP.

Barton will now chair the House Energy Committee.

A Moving Victory for Orange Americans

Olivia Munn is deeply moved by John Boehner's ascent to Speaker of the House, "the highest elected office ever reached by . . . an American of orange descent." Begins at about the 4:06 mark.

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Quote of the Day (11/3/10) ("The Devil's Dictionary" Week)

Cynic, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Hence the custom among the Scythians of plucking out a cynic's eyes to improve his vision.
--Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

"Essential Sopranos Reader" Catalog Copy

It's in the Spring U P Kentucky catalog.

Palin Makes "Seinfeld" Reference

In an e-mail to the Daily Caller website attacking Politico's recent much talked-about, anonymously-sourced "the Republican establishment wants to stop Palin from running for President" article, Palin drops a Seinfeld reference (as the Daily Caller reports):

Palin also mocked Politico’s use of anonymous sources, saying, “I suppose I could play their immature, unprofessional, waste-of-time game, too, by claiming these reporters and politicos are homophobe, child molesting, tax evading, anti-dentite, puppy-kicking, chain smoking porn producers…really, they are… I’ve seen it myself…but I’ll only give you the information off-the-record, on deep, deep background; attribute these ‘facts’ to an ‘anonymous source’ and I’ll give you more.”

Is it possible she actually gets this reference to Seinfeld's "The Yada Yada" (8.19)? Here's the exchange between the customarily deranged Kramer and Jerry:

Jerry: So you won't believe what happened with Whatley today. It got back to hime that I made this little dentist joke and he got all offended. Those people can be so touchy.
Kramer: Those people, listen to yourself.
Jerry: What?
Kramer: You think that dentists are so different from me and you? They came to this country just like everybody else, in search of a dream.
Jerry: Kramer, he's just a dentist.
Kramer: Yeah, and you're an anti-dentite.
Jerry: I am not an anti-dentite!
Kramer: You're a rabid anti-dentite! Oh, it starts with a few jokes and some slurs. "Hey, denty!" Next thing you know you're saying they should have their own schools.
Jerry: They do have their own schools!

Someone else is surely writing her e-mails, somebody who can pull off such a witty pop culture allusion? This is not Palin's voice. Too ironic.

But then again watch the last few seconds of this.


Yada yada yada.

Tip of the hat to Andrew Sullivan

Quote of the Day (11/2/10) ("The Devil's Dictionary" Week)

Marriage, n. The state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress and two slaves, making in all, two.
--Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

Monday, November 01, 2010

Tea Party Seen from Abroad

According to Kate Zernike (in Foreign Policy):

It has affirmed the love-hate relationship the rest of the world has with the United States. The questions foreigners ask and the assumptions they make often reveal a desire to affirm their biases about Americans -- their presumed lack of sophistication, their reflexive jingoism. The Tea Party, to them, is a sign that Americans could really be as hopeless as they thought all along.

Pretty much how I feel as well.

Tip of the hat to Andrew Sullivan.

"The Walking Dead"

I don't remember ever seeing entrails eaten in a show produced specifically for television before.

Quote of the Day (11/1/10) ("The Big Bang Theory")

Sheldon: Leonard is upstairs right now with my archenemy.
Penny: Your archenemy?
Sheldon: Yes: the Dr. Doom to my Mr. Fantastic, the Dr. Octopus to my Spiderman, the Dr. Sivana to my Captain Marvel...
Penny: OK, I get it, I get it...
Sheldon: You know, it's amazing how many supervillains have advanced degrees. Graduate schools should do a better job of screening those people out.
The Codpiece Topology [2.02]
Howard: Not Sheldon. Over the years we've formulated a number of theories about how he might reproduce. I'm an advocate of mitosis.
Penny: I'm sorry?
Howard: I believe one day Sheldon will eat an enormous amount of Thai food and split into two Sheldons.
Leonard: On the other hand, I think Sheldon might be the larval form of his species and someday he'll spin a cocoon and emerge two months later with moth wings and an exoskeleton.
Penny: Okay, well, thanks for the nightmares.
The Cooper-Nowitzki Theorem [2.06]
Sheldon: Oh, look! Saturn III is on.
Raj: I don't want to watch Saturn III. Deep Space 9 is better.
Sheldon: How is Deep Space 9 better than Saturn III?
Raj: Simple subtraction will tell you it's six better.
Leonard: Compromise. Watch Babylon V.
Sheldon: In what sense is that a compromise?
Leonard: Well, 5 is partway between 3 and…never mind.
Raj: I'll tell you what. How about we go 'Rock-Paper-Scissors'?
Sheldon: Ooh, I don't think so. Anecdotal evidence suggests that in the game of 'Rock-Paper-Scissors', players familiar with each other will tie 75-80% of the time due to the limited number of outcomes. I suggest 'Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock'.
Raj: What?
Sheldon: It's very simple. Look -- Scissors cuts Paper, Paper covers Rock. Rock crushes Lizard, Lizard poisons Spock. Spock smashes Scissors, Scissors decapitates Lizard. Lizard eats Paper, Paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and as it always has, Rock crushes Scissors.
Raj: …Okay. I think I got it.
Sheldon & Raj: Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock! [both play Spock and groan in frustration]
--The Lizard-Spock Expansion [2.08]