Friday, February 5, 2016

ELEVENTH ANNUAL SEASON-ENDING BIG GAME POOL: Five questions, one blog:
1. Winner/final score.
2. Official Game MVP.
3. Which advertiser tops the USA Today Super Bowl Ad Meter?
4. Eff Coldplay. There is no question 4 this year. Just name your favorite Earth, Wind & Fire song.
5. Will Lady Gaga's rendition of the National Anthem run longer than 2:20?
Tiebreaker: pick a prop bet. Get it right. The tougher the odds, the better you do.

Previous winners: 2006: Benner; 2007: me; 2008: Joseph J. Finn ; 2009: Scott; 2010: Scott again; 2011: GoldnI; 2012: Phil; 2013: Benner; 2014: Isaac Spaceman, and 2015: StvMg. As they will tell you, the prizes are Fame and Glory within this community, but nothing financial.

My picks: Carolina 27-20, Newton, Anheuser-Busch, "Groove Tonight," shorter. And Stephen Curry points (-4.5) (-115).

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

ONE MAN, TWO AWARDS SHOWS: James Corden will host the Tony Awards in June, which are exiled from Radio City due to a summer Rockettes show.  A Brit hosting a show in which tons of awards go to Hamilton will certainly be amusing.
OKAY, CAMPERS, RISE AND SHINE, AND DON'T FORGET YOUR BOOTIES 'CAUSE IT'S COOOOOOLD OUT THERE TODAY: It's February 2, so it's time to talk about the movie again. Do you buy the whole Buddhist thing, or should we just quote lines for a while and generally discuss its awesomeness?

Participate in this thread, or it's gonna be cold, it's gonna be grey, and it's gonna last you for the rest of your life.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

EXPERIMENTAL PROTOTYPE COMMUNITY OF THE NEXT FIVE YEAR PLAN: The Americans (Season 4) premiers in March, but the released episode titles give you good hint about the which period of the Reagan administration they'll be covering.

Friday, January 29, 2016

AMERICAN (HIGHWAY) GOTHIC:  The Federal government is backtracking away from Clearview, the typeface it adopted in 2004 for federal highway signs, and has re-adopted Highway Gothic.  I much prefer the classic typeface -- not only because I am a reactionary when it comes to changes on the highway (California only adopted mileage-based Exit Numbers in the last 10 to 15 years) -- if it was good enough for Tower of Power, it's good enough for me.



Thursday, January 28, 2016

OR ARE YOU JUST HAVING FUN?  Ready to go down a rabbit hole? Vulture's Maura Johnston has ranked all 168 finalists in American Idol history, and there is much Youtubage you will want to explore and re-connect with involving many names with lively, lively eyes whom we haven't discussed here in years. Andrew Garcia! Siobhan Magnus! school teacher Anwar Robinson! promiscuous eye-fucker Constantine Maroulis! bearded wonder Casey Abrams! Yeah, stuff like that.
TO TOUCH THE FACE OF GOD: Thirty years ago today, I was sitting in my eighth grade Unified Math class when the news came in. The Challenger had exploded, and all on board were dead.** To many of us, it was our Kennedy Assassination, our generation-defining-where-were-you-when until 9/11, when faith in our institutions, in science, in progress, got knocked around quite a bit. (Among my peers, the immediate speculation was that Arafat had to be behind some kind of bombing.)

Today, we remember the fallen, and I, at least, hope to see our non-terrestrial ambitions rise again.
Commander Michael J. Smith, Pilot
Commander Francis R. "Dick" Scobee
Ronald E. McNair, Mission Specialist
Ellison Onizuka, Mission Specialist
S. Christa McAuliffe, Payload Specialist (and teacher)
Gregory B. Jarvis, Payload Specialist
Judith A. Resnik, Mission Specialist
** As we've previously discussed, there had also been talks about Big Bird joining the mission.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WELL, LET'S JUST SAY IT'S FILLED WITH SYMBOLISM AND THINGS LIKE THAT:  My recent discovery of a delightful Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/Mad Max: Fury Road trailer is just the slender reed I need to open up a long-delayed holy shit, Fury Road was awesome discussion thread here, because part of what Blizzapocalypse 2016 wrought was the opportunity I needed to watch it finally.

And, um, yeah. You get slammed in media res and by golly, it's a hell of a race. I don't want to spoil anything plot-wise (let's save that for comments), but, seriously, what a gorgeous movie. I think I'd have to go back to some of my favorite Baz Luhrmann films (another Aussie, go figure) to find a film where it felt like this much thought was put into every nook and cranny.  Highly, highly recommended.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

ALOTT5MA PREMORSE HALL OF FAME:  According to the Associated Press, character actor Abe Vigoda is, finally, no more.