Saturday, May 12, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
- Treatment of daughter on birthday throughout the Magic Kingdom. Received special call from Goofy (Are you Lucy, from Philadelphia?) on checking in at Disney City Hall.
- random run-ins with characters outside of Official Greeting Opportunities -- Lucy just happened to wander into Aurora yesterday within minutes of entering the Magic Kingdom
- It's A Small World. Still.
- Fastpass. Why doesn't everyone use it?
- Splash Mountain, the ride.
- Disney's Philharmagic 3-D smell-and-water-o-vision movie. Why aren't all films done in that format?
- Robot Lincoln.
- The stamp-and-tag collecting program at Epcot's world showcase, because otherwise, I don't know what Lucy would have gotten out of it.
- Marrakesh lunch and entertainment
- Princess breakfast -- food good, visits from Jasmine, Belle, Mary Poppins and Aurora even better
- That Pluto (who Lucy still calls "Poodle") can sign his name.
- Seeing daughter ask for ketchup at the Whispering Canyon Lodge
- Running into a middle school's run-through of Annie's greatest hits at Epcot.
Things that are less than awesome:
- Four-year-old daughter's reactions during Splash Mountain ("I don't ever want to remember this!"), "scary" parts of Philharmagic.
- Somewhat lackadaisical service at some restauarants
- Splash Mountain's reliance on Song of the South characters as its narrative, since no one knows who Br'er Anyone is anymore.
- I get the sense they're still not sure what to do with the non-World Showcase parts of Epcot.
- Robot LBJ and Robot William Howard Taft not built proportionately.
- Excessive promotion of Vacation Club plan, including voicemail message in room.
- My stamina. Two more days!
As you can see, awesome remains in the lead.
eta: Did anybody read this book?
Thursday, May 10, 2007
- Fact: The boarding school was "old" and "covered in vines," indicating insufficient funds for routine upkeep, even though matriculants appeared, from well-tailored clothes and gifts of "toys and candy and [a] dollhouse," to be affluent.
- Fact: Matriculants slept in an axially-oriented room with "two straight lines" of beds along the long (assumed east and west) walls of the room. Double-doors opening upon a second-story hallway or landing occupied the center of the assumed north wall of the room. A curtained window opening to a balustrade occupied the center of the assumed south wall of the room. See graphics inscribed "and went to bed" (first) and "Little Madeline sat in bed ...."
- Fact: The matriculant initially diagnosed with "an appendix," (subj. name "Madeline," aliases unk., blonde, approx. 40" tall per description as "the smallest one") occupies the bed at the assumed northeast corner of the sleeping quarters. See graphic inscribed "Little Madeline sat in bed ...."
- Fact: During "Madeline's" time in the hospital, the empty bed is at the southwest corner of the sleeping quarters. The northeast corner bed, formerly occupied by "Madeline," remains occupied (by brunette, approx. 40-44" tall). See graphic inscribed "and went to bed" (second).
- Fact: Matriculants again rearrange their quarters, vacating subj. "Madeline's" northeast corner bed and reoccupying formerly vacant southwest corner bed. This rearrangement required complicity of more than one matriculant, since new occupant of southwest corner bed (blonde) is not former occupant of northeast corner bed (brunette). See graphic inscribed "And all the little girls cried, 'Boohoo.'" Assumption: This change was an attempt to escape detection by correcting prior error.
- Fact: As described above, alleged doctor's (subj. name "Dr. Cohn") diagnosis of subject Madeline was "an appendix." As most persons are born with appendixes, this is not a known medical diagnosis. It is akin to diagnosing a person with "a muscle" or "some skin." Assumption: "Dr. Cohn" was not actual medical personnel.
- Assumption: Headmistress (Subj. name "Miss Clavel") is an unreliable witness. She twice describes waking "in the middle of [the] night," though graphic evidence demonstrates that these events occurred at only approximately 9:55 p.m. See graphics inscribed "In the middle of one night ..." and "In the middle of the night ...." Although Miss Clavel claims to have acted posthaste in both instances, documentary evidence shows an unexplained three-hour gap between Miss Clavel's first awakening and Dr. Cohn's attendance at the boarding school. See graphic inscribed "'Nurse,' he said, 'it's an appendix!'" Documentary evidence demonstrates that before running "fast and faster" upon awakening a second time, Miss Clavel first paused to attend to her appearance. See graphic inscribed "And afraid of a disaster." Subj. Clavel's credibility is further impaired by her failure to notice (or, at least, to acknowledge) the aforementioned bed-shuffling and her refusal to provide information in response to follow-up questions, insisting that "that's all there is -- there isn't any more."
- Assumption: Other textual details may be unreliable as a result of compromised investigating personnel. The file is written in uneven meter and inexact rhyme, likely in an attempt to create the appearance of translation from an original French account. Investigating author Bemelmans, however, was American. Note also the Americanized spelling of "Madeline."
- Fact: After the initial appendix removal, remaining matriculants demanded removal of their appendixes.
- #20--A playable copy of Where on the El is Carmen Sandiego? in a medium of your choice. Make sure to include a suitable analog to the trusty Fodor's.
- #47--Trepanation Barbie(TM)
- #79--The GOB-stacle course! Ride a Segway! Wield the sword of destiny! Show us your Hot Cops routine! Eat a frozen banana! Dramatically hurl a letter into the sea, from when it came! Shot lighter fluid from your sleeves! Demonstrate to the Dean of Love that he's a chicken! Cut an album with Franklin! 100 pennies! And if you've got the wrong music, well, you've made a huge mistake.
- #83--Send Phoenix, Edgeworth, and Von Karma to the Law School to raise an OBJECTION!
- #255--The Black Hills are neither black nor hills. Discuss, with the appropriate backdrop.
- #285--Man, this lecture class is so boring. If only a giant pitcher would burst in to distribute fruit punch!
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Still, I saw what the Idol results were, and, well, yeah, okay. I'm peace with that.
The police had a burn-injured "person of interest" in custody (speculation on the radio this morning was that it was either a homeless person or a golfer; who can tell the difference?) but they cleared him after citing him for smoking in a no-burn zone. Even if it's not his fault, this is a good opportunity for me to re-beat a dead horse: throwing a used cigarette on the pavement is littering, and throwing one on the grass is actually dangerous. If you must smoke, use an ashtray, and if you can't use an ashtray (or you don't want your car to smell like cigarettes), don't smoke.
- "caselaw" (e.g., "the caselaw in this district requires this court to grant summary judgment")
- "case law" (e.g., "under prevailing case law, a plaintiff must prove the following elements")
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
- Both Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan are trying "Lead Actor" for 30 Rock.
- Men In Trees and Ugly Betty will both play in the comedy category.
- Felicity Huffman is going with the "Supermarket Hostage" episode and not one from the recent "Nearly Having Affair With Cokehead Chef" arc.
- No submissions for anyone on HIMYM except Neil Patrick Harris, who's going with the episode where Barney moves in with Lily.
- No submissions for B.J. Novak or Rashida Jones, but Rainn Wilson, Ed Helms, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, and Melora Hardin are all in.
ETA: The forums have other goodies, including:
- Lauren Graham is going to try her hand in Drama this time (huh?) and is submitting "Farewell, My Pet," the one with the dog funeral. This strikes me as a moronic move, both because the comedy category is less competitive (gets her out of the way of Falco in particular) and she has better material (i.e., last week's karaoke).
- Sally Field and Calista Flockhart are the "leads" of Brothers And Sisters--Rachel Griffiths is supporting.
- Connie Britton is playing "lead" as well, with "I Think We Should Have Sex."
Now that we've got the final four we've wanted, what do we want to see happen? As for me, as much as I enjoy Blake in this competition, I just can't imagine his becoming The Next American Pop Superstar, so maybe it's time for him to go. I feel the same way about him as I did about Melrose from cycle 7 of Top Model, where you have someone who's clearly excelling in the competitions within a reality show, but is unsuited for the real-world demands of the top prize.
Your predictions, hopes and fears are all welcome, as always, as well as comments as to whether you can look at Barry Gibb the same way once you've seen his talk show.
Monday, May 7, 2007
- Show to run three more seasons (2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010) and then conclude.
- Each season to run 16 episodes, rather than the normal 22-24 episodes most shows do in a season.
- Each 16 episode "season" will run uninterrupted, followed by a hiatus of some length. (Likely, new episodes January-May non-stop, similar to what we've seen the second half of this season.)
- No word on cast status, but Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse both get hearty paydays and development deals.
The finite calendar (even if it's a kind of long one) will be helpful in moving things along. This'll take the show to 120 episodes. At three days on the Island per episode, that (interestingly) is right around a year of "Island Time." I somehow expect that's not a coincidence.
“What I want to do is win the nationals, and, if I do, then there is a chance that my mom and dad will have a better chance of coming back,” Kunal said, sitting on his bed in a room stuffed to the ceiling with sprachgefühl, a word he was stumped by in a spelling bee last year. It means things that are linguistically appropriate or intuitive. Everything in Kunal’s room, from his dictionaries to his spelling trophies, is linguistically appropriate. “The anger is pushing me,” he said. “The anger is just telling me that yes, this year I have to win.”ABC will once again broadcast the finals live in prime time -- Thursday, May 31 -- from 8-10pm. That this happens to be the same slot as the premiere of "Pirate Master" means that, for yet another Thursday night in our house, Mark Burnett gets skipped on a show we'd otherwise watch. And, yes, live-blogging will return for our fifth straight year of covering all the drama.
e.t.a. Alan's take: "I really do hope something is coming of all this. Since this final season began, I've been warning everyone that Chase and company may not be going for an earth-shattering conclusion, but more of a life-goes-on finish. But the writers have spent so much time over the last five episodes hinting that some apocalypse is coming -- whether it's Phil making war with New Jersey, Tony taking out Chris or vice versa, the FBI completing their RICO case, Muhammed and Ahmed up to no good -- that if none of that comes to pass, every bit of anger from the fans is going to be justified."
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Please, take yourselves back to May 2002 to see how a Race ending in San Francisco is supposed to end, because this was all kinds of wrong.
- Hugh Laurie as the Queen's advance man.
- Alec Baldwin as Tony Bennett liking things that are great.
- The Blizzard Man performing "Rap Song."
- The Dakota Fanning Show.
- Scarlett Johansson talking about mah-ble cah-lams (you can have dis one, or dat one).
Anything else that was missing? Because lord knows there's a lot I'd have cut and replaced (Julia Louis Dreyfus being molested by a boom mike? Extended boring Weekend Update clips?)