Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A BIT SMALLER THAN THE ZOO TV OUTSIDE BROADCAST SET:  U2 is trying to intrude on our friend Paul's turf.

[One long-forgotten memory my brother reminded me of last week: every time the "Where The Streets Have No Name" video came up on MTV, my dad would start shouting at the band, Get off the roof! What are you doing on the roof! like he was one of the police officers.]

Monday, May 4, 2015

WOCKA-WOCKA-PELLA:  The Muppets explain how to sing a cappella. (HT: Sara.)
LET THE TODAY BE WITH YOU:  Dear Obi-Wan, stop being kinda-sorta-racist:
Now that Han and Chewie are up front flying the ship and the droids are in back powering up, I need to talk to you about that thing you said back there about “Sand People.” 
Yeah, not cool. They have a name: They’re called “Tusken Raiders.” “Sand People” is just — I don’t even know what that is. It’s awful, is what it is. I mean, I believe it when you say you lived in a cave the last 20 years — because you act like it. Listen to me: That is a very, VERY offensive term. You cannot go around thinking that that word is okay to say out loud. 
I mean, we’re about to visit royalty on Alderaan. We can’t have some situation where we’re at dinner and the queen asks us, “So, how was the trip?” And you pipe up, “Fine… except for the goddamn Sand People.”...

[HT: Russ. Your own Star Wars ephemera is welcome today.]
YOU MAY BE WALKING ALONE AFTER ALL:  The Muscular Dystrophy Association's Labor Day telethon is no more.  For your unending begging for money needs, might I suggest public radio pledge drives?  (Note:  I love me some public radio, and am a member of my local station.)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

MEANWHILE, THE REPLACEMENTS AND SUPERCHUNK PLAY PENN'S LANDING IN NINE DAYS:  According to a new study, we stop discovering new music around age 33.

Monday, April 27, 2015

EGOT WATCH:  Stephen Schwartz will receive this year's Isabelle Stevenson award at the Tonys, with six nominations and no wins (Pippin lost to A Little Night Music, Godspell lost to Annie, Working lost to On The Twentieth Century, Rags lost to Les Mis, and Wicked lost to Avenue Q), Tony was the surprise missing leg for him.  He already has 3 Oscars (for Pocahontas and Prince of Egypt) and 4 Grammys, so keep an eye on him doing something for TV.
DESPITE ALL MY RAGE, I AM STILL JUST A RAT IN A STEEL CAGE MATCH:  Billy Corgan, not content to settle for his work in music and in cat pictures, is pursuing a new endeavor as a Senior Producer for TNA Wrestling, where he will apparently help develop storylines and characters for them.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE:  Lurker Racquel writes:
Hi thing throwers! I am a long time lurker and I remember a while back you had some advice for Disney World. Well my 3 1/2 year old daughter, husband, and I are leaving in 3 days and I was wondering if the group had any strong thoughts about the place now. 
We live in New Mexico, so are closer to Disneyland. Also of note, my veteran husband has PTSD and it gets worse with large crowds (especially crowds of kids). Any tips?
My advice: At that age, focus on the princesses and character greetings, based on the schedule you'll receive at the entrance.  (Be sure to check in at City Hall for her "first time visitor" button and special greeting.)  In terms of rides, go for the basics: Small World, Tea Cups, Peter Pan, Snow White.  Spend more time at Disneyland than California Adventure. Learn to love the railroad. As far as the crowds issue, just go as early in the day as you can.
ROCK AND ROLL, THE COLA WARS:  It's the 30th anniversary of the launch of New Coke.  Maybe the commercials should've been the first sign of the fall of a pop culture icon.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ACROSS THE ATLANTIC SEA: The ThingThrowers have been gracious enough to provide reading suggestions for my mother during European trips--her request this time:
This time travel will take us from Lisbon, up the coast via Oporto to Santiago de Compostello, then through the Pyrenees with stops in Leon, Bilbao, Pamplona, Bielsa and ending in Barcelona. Oh and there are pre and post tour stops in Manchester, England.  I've already read Shadow of the Wind, which I loved.  Go!
WHAT IF MY MOM IS THE D.A.?  Okay, I'm taking one of the last seats on the Amy Schumer bandwagon, because I'm an admitted newbie, but that was some freakin' brilliant stuff last night.