Saturday, November 19, 2011
Harvard impressed them with their prowess, did, winning 45-7 today. Witt went 24-39 for 226y, 1 td and 3 interceptions, and can re-apply for the Rhodes next year.
Friday, November 18, 2011
- Cross-dressing comedy Work It! replaces Man Up! on Tuesdays, with Celebrity Wife Swap filling for Dancing With The Vaguely Famous Results until The River (creepy found footage show from Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli) takes over the slot in February for a short run.
- Winter Wipeout leads off Thursdays for a while, until it gets replaced with Ashley Judd/Sean Bean thriller Missing.
- GCB (fka Good Christian Belles, fka Good Christian Bitches) replaces Pan Am out of Desperate Housewives, though ABC may return to Pan Am for a second season.
In addition to Cougar Town, no slot yet for Our Friend Shonda's new crisis management show Scandal, which, if I were a betting man, winds up Thursdays at 10, with Private Practice wrapping its season a little early, or takes the slot from Body of Proof on Tuesdays. Also not scheduled--Don't Trust The B***h In Apartment 23, which I'm guessing they're holding if Work It fails or to launch out of Modern Family.
This article reviews the opinions below, which do not otherwise appear available online, with the majority citing character witness testimony in his favor by "two law professors, an owner of TNR, an investigative journalist, four attorneys (including a partner of the firm where Glass is employed), and a founder and CEO of an educational software company who was a Rhodes Scholar," as well as "declarations of five witnesses, including three lawyers, a director at Human Rights Watch, and an International Relations Officer for the U.S. Department of Labor." A dissenting judge noted, however:
Although he provided evidence of some rehabilitation, the Committee proved that five years after his initial public fraud, Glass was not truthful on his application for admission to the New York Bar. In that 2003 application, he expressed remorse for his lies and promised to be honest. Yet, to gain admission to practice law in New York, Glass understated the number of articles he had fabricated and exaggerated his efforts to help the magazines identify those articles. At a time when he should have been scrupulously honest, he presented an inaccurate application because it benefitted him—the same behavior as his earlier misconduct. And as late as 2005, Glass told one psychiatrist that he was still in the process of understanding and accepting his past misconduct. Just two years later, in 2007, he applied for admission to the California bar.[Also per our earlier discussions on this topic, that other author's name still does not appear among those admitted to practice in New York State (though she did pass the bar exam), nor does her name appear on the website of the firm where she is employed.]
This record does not demonstrate Glass’s complete rehabilitation. If he is admitted to practice law, California courts and others will rely on his word as an officer of the court... Indeed, if Glass were to fabricate evidence in legal matters as readily and effectively as he falsified material for magazine articles, the harm to the public and the profession would be immeasurable. Given the magnitude of his misconduct and his subsequent misrepresentations on his New York Bar application, Glass has not shown proof of reform by a lengthy period of exemplary conduct which ‘we could with confidence lay before the world’ to justify his admission.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
I'm actually fine with the latter, because I like the idea of creating incentives for winning one's division, but a pair of 15-team leagues? Ugh. Interleague play should be a rare midseason treat, not something which occurs every week of the year. From what I've been able to piece together, we're likely instead looking at 18 games against each divisional rival (total 72), 6x each for the other 10 teams in the league (60), and 30 interleague games -- basically, doubling the number of interleague games and inexorably leading us to the destruction of the American and National Leagues as distinct entities and the introduction of the designated hitter into all games. Boo!
- Melissa McCarthy--Sure thing for the Top 10 with the Emmy win and turn in Bridesmaids, but no way she goes to #1, right?
- Daniel Radcliffe/Harry Potter--If he'd gotten a Tony nod, maybe, but they already honored Rowling when Deathly Hallows came out in book form.
- Adele--Another sure thing for the Top 10, but #1? Tough sell, even as inescapable as "Rolling In The Deep" and "Someone Like You" have been. A boatload of Grammy nominations will help her case, and they'll be news right around the time the issue comes out.
- Game of Thrones--Has both a successful TV series and top-selling books, but is it too geek? True Blood draws a bigger audience.
- Twilight--God, I hope not, but it sells magazines to stick them on the cover. (That said, they're doing a Breaking Dawn cover this week--would they do two that close together?)
- Emma Stone--Several big movies this summer, and "starlet of tomorrow."
- The cast of Modern Family--Swept the Emmys, big critical and commercial hit? Seems like a recipe for success.
Anything I'm missing that's blatantly obvious, or that should be there?
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
To learn about fifteenth-century hygiene, she forwent showers for a week and brushed her teeth with powdered cuttlefish bone.Forwent? For real? Google had 137K hits for "forwent" (and 120K for "forewent"), 143K for "foregoed," and a whopping 967K for "chose to forego," which I'd employ rather than either of the prior formulations. (Ngram prefers forwent.)
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
- Parenthood will wrap for the season in February and be replaced by a Project Runway ripoff. Inexplicably, despite its severe ratings erosion, they're sticking with two hours of Biggest Loser to open the night.
- Wednesday gets a thorough scrubbing--we still start with a comedy block (now, Whitney and Are You There Vodka, It's Me Chelsea?), with Rock Center replacing Harry's Law (which moves to Sundays).
- Thursday gets a reshuffle--30 Rock, Parks and Rec, The Office, Up All Night are the new "Comedy Night Done Right," with The Firm getting the 10 PM slot. Community is being "put on the bench" with no specific return date, though Sony is clearly going to make a push to get through season 4, which gives them 100 episodes for syndication.
- NBC's post-NFL Sundays? Dateline, Harry's Law, Celebrity Apprentice.
- Total of 8 hours of reality and 3 hours of newsmagazine in 19 hours of non-scheduled reruns in primetime.
- Also not on the schedule--Awake (the much touted Inception-y series starring Jason Isaacs, which I had assumed would get Thursday at 10), Fear Factor (which will apparently be used as Holiday season filler, because nothing says Christmas like "eat some slimy bugs!"), or Prime Suspect, which appears to be a goner.
ETA: Also announced--TAR will not be back on Sundays, at least for a while, once this race ends--they're giving that slot to Undercover Boss, making the night an utter whiplash of tone/audience, and new Rob Schneider sitcom ¡Rob! is getting the coveted slot out of Big Bang Theory on Thursdays.
- The owners correctly understand that they have a present monopoly in government-subsidized professional basketball facilities and IP (trademarks and all of the team loyalty that come with them), with high barriers to entry for potential competitors for player labor. The owners also have legally-sanctioned cartel status (which prevents the development of a free market in player labor) and legacy contracts that impede player mobility. The owners want to leverage their monopoly and legal-cartel status to set a below-market rate for labor.
- The players correctly understand that they have a present monopoly in a specialized good (elite-level basketball ability), with legally-sanctioned cartel status and natural scarcity creating a high barrier to entry for potential competitors in that good. The players want to leverage their monopoly in that good to extract monopoly rents for it.
I'm rooting for the crash and burn, because, ugh, the NBA. No group of owners has so greedily squeezed fans and governments, and no group of players has been so frequently placated by huge salaries into indifference to substandard product. The NBA (and particularly NBA owners) are counting on their losses being small enough for the duration of any lockout that they will make it back quickly with the benefit of a new labor model and the corresponding increase in franchise values. What I hope is (a) that fans remember that NBA owners would rather murder fans than give up a penny of revenue; and (b) more importantly, that local governments realize that the lockout-loving NBA is the same NBA that, when the lockout is over, will promise endless economic bonanzas to induce arena subsidies and tax breaks for NBA teams. Hey, cities: what's Oklahoma City's return on its $210 million investment to steal the Sonics going to be this year?
Because I have, from time to time, written about the stalkertastic video for Lionel Richie's "Hello," for which I and any number of sculptors have great affection. Well, Grantland's 24-year-old Rembert Browne just watched it for the first time, and has captured his moment-by-moment observations:
He doesn't just do one or two creepy things in this video. Remember, this is Lionel Richie we're talking about. Instead, he pulls out every stop and crosses every line of teacher-student conduct that isn't a federal offense.