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Published On: March 2, 2021

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Published On: March 2, 2010

The last couple of weeks our tv-watching time has been mostly consumed with the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Despite NBC’s relatively awful coverage, I still greatly enjoyed the Games, because I love Olympic sports. Perhaps because I grew up in an area where snow has ever been a novelty, I love the Winter Games even more.

Now this year, much like in the last few games, we watched exclusively on the TiVo, often 24 hours behind the results (and after falling behind over the weekend, as much as 3-4 days behind), but it meant we could easily skip past sports that aren’t interesting (I’m looking at you, cross-country skiing), in favour of sports which are more exciting. Even if we failed to avoid spoilers, it’s usually fun to see HOW the results came about, so we oohed and ahhed over the snowboarding and the figure skating.

Aside from relatively un-telegenic sports, we also skipped most of the commercials. Honestly, I miss most commercials on television, because I simply never stop to watch them. (I had to go look up the “I’m on a horse” Old Spice commercial on YouTube, because I had no idea what aiela and davehogg were babbling about). But over the course of several breaks, it’s impossible not to see a few of them, and hence we were exposed to Continue Reading

Published On: March 2, 2006

Seen in stakebait‘s journal:

The New Orleans Public Library is asking for any and all hardcover and paperback books for people of all ages in an effort to restock the shelves after Katrina. The staff will assess which titles will be designated for its collections. The rest will be distributed to destitute families or sold for library fundraising.

Please send your books to:

Rica A. Trigs, Public Relations
New Orleans Public Library
219 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112

If you tell the post office that they are for the library in New Orleans, they will give you the library rate which is slightly less than the book rate.

Published On: March 2, 2004

Jerome Lawrence, co-author of such wonderful plays as “The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail” and “Inherit the Wind”, has died

In 1986, I got to meet Jerome Lawrence, while attending the International Thespian Society festival in Muncie, Indiana. He gave a wonderful speech about being an amateur theatre person, concluding with “Never forget that amateur means ‘lover’. So even if you decide to make a career out of theatre, never give up your status as an ‘amateur’ — never give up the love that brought you here.”

Got to shake his hand afterwards, and exchanged a few words. Very pleasent guy, and one of my happier memories of that week.

The year following that, I had a bit part in Martin Community Players’ production of “Inherit the Wind”, playing the Mayor. (I had secretly wanted the Hornbeck role, since I was already at that time a big H.R. Mencken fan, but I had a lot of fun with it anyway.)

If you’ve never read “Inherit the Wind”, do. Or, get the wonderful 1960 movie, starring Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly, and Fredric March. You won’t regret it.

Published On: March 2, 2004

This song had been sitting nearly finished in my ideas folder for a while. i finally took it out, cleaned it up, and released into the wild at the housefilk Saturday.

Published On: March 2, 2004

I don’t normally bother to watch the Oscars, but with a good chance to see Lord of the Rings actually win in important categories, I figured it’d be worth while. kitanzi and I snuggled up on the daybed so we could pass the time constructively during the boring bits and the commercials (TiVo has really spoiled us with regards to commercials.

Billy Crystal was very amusing as host, and I enjoyed the song and dance number at the beginning. kitanzi was particularly amused at the Lord of the Rings/My Favourite Things parody (anyone have a sound recording or transcript of the opening number? I’d love to transcribe bits of it for my filkbook). We had fun critiquing the various outfits and otherwise kibbitzing over the entire affair.

The best song presentations were all well done, and I really enjoyed seeing “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow” performed in character, which is somewhat unusual, but it was an unusual movie. 🙂

Of course, the story of the evening was Lord of the Rings and it’s unprecedented sweep of all eleven categories it was nominated in. I’ve been amused by the reaction afterwards, with plaintive cries of “Well, did it *really* deserve to win all those awards”…and fully half of those cries coming from the same people who were furious at Fellowship and Two Towers being passed over for any important awards the last couple of years. For those of you who don’t follow the Academy Awards on a regular basis: they’re always capricious and arbitrary. Don’t spend too much time on this, it’s not worth the energy. 🙂

All in all, it was a fun way to spend a Sunday evening.