Archive for the ‘Entertainment’ category

What The….???

Tue,16 May, 2006

So a week ago, I had my computer set to wake me up with some easy-listening via the internet. I had the pleasure of waking up to Rocket Man by Elton John, which has been stuck in my head ever since. Of course that begs the question:

What the hell is that song about anyways?

Will have to set an alarm for Mambo #8 (Hello Office Space) by Perez Prado. "So if you could just do that, that'd be greaaat!"


Popping My Brokeback Cherry

Fri,7 April, 2006

So I got a copy of Brokeback Mountain tonight on a trip to Wally World. I guess I'll watch it this morning, even though I wanted to wait and see it with TGCpartner.

BTW, Wasn't there a kerfuffle (there you go, James) the other day because Wal Mart wasn't selling it?


I thought it was a good movie. Very good story. I think I ought to read the book though. For example, I wonder why Jack was beaten. Did he hit on someone or was it a mugging? I dunno.

Ennis' accent. Sounded like maybe his speech coach had aphasia with a chaw of tobacco on top of it, but I eventually got over that.

I have to wonder why they were herding sheep instead of cattle. Maybe the book explains it.

I liked the makeup showing the age progression. It was better in Driving Miss Daisy of course.

Stemming the rose? That's funny. I gotta write that one down and use it whenever possible. 😉

Did it ever get warm in that movie? Snow in August. They were always wearing jackets or coats.

That's all I have for now. If I think of anything else, I'll add it later.


Fri,24 March, 2006


Just found a cool game I want for my Xbox. Blazing Angels by Ubisoft.

Evidently, you can play RAF, USAAF, Luftwaffe, & JAF over London, Paris, Dunkirk, Midway, Pearl Harbor, Berlin, Rabaul and Normandy.

I love WWII planes and get choked up seeing them and watching them fly. Remember the scene in Empire of the Sun  when the P-51 Mustangs straffe the POW camp and Jim starts cheering the pilots? That’s me, well on the inside anyway, even at age 32.

Some of my favorite games have been Battlehawks 1942, a Battle of Britain game (which I think was Lucas Arts too), and a B-17 Flying Fortress game. They’re all old school and I wish I could still play them.

Of course I would give anything to be able to fly in one of those planes.


If you love to see them fly too, check out the Commemorative Air Force (formerly the Confederate Air Force).




BTW, I also found a new Churchill quote which I’ve never seen before and I think it fits these days too:

“If you are going through hell, keep going.”  – Sir Winston Churchill


Doctor Who?

Sun,19 March, 2006


O.k. I’m not a huge Sci-Fi fan, but I do enjoy some Sci-Fi stuff if it catches my eye.

Case in point, I never got into Star Trek TNG or Deep Space 9 until after the shows were over and in syndication. No, I’m not a Trekkie.

At any rate, I recently saw that the first two episodes of the new Doctor Who series was on Sci-Fi channel the other night. I caught the last 15 minutes of the first episode and about the first 15 minutes of the second episode and then TGCpartner called me. While I can’t really say for sure, based on what I saw, this sorta looks cool.

Back in the day, when Tom Baker (I have no idea why I remember his name) was “The Doctor”, my older sister was into watching the show. I watched it because when she was watching it, that was all I was allowed to watch. I never got what the heck was going on in the episodes, but it was sorta cool. I mean, who isn’t curious about travel throughout time and space?

I haven’t watched much TV the last couple of months, and before that, if it wasn’t Law & Order or on the Military Channel, I didn’t watch it. However, I think I may make an effort to watch a few more of these episodes.

And Another…

Sun,26 February, 2006

Prolific actor Darren McGavin dies at 83


Associated Press

LOS ANGELES – Darren McGavin, the husky, tough-talking actor who starred in the TV series “Mike Hammer,” played a grouchy dad in the holiday classic “A Christmas Story” and had other strong roles in such films as “The Man with the Golden Arm” and “The Natural,” died Saturday. He was 83. McGavin died of natural causes at a Los Angeles-area hospital with his family at his side, said his son Bogart McGavin. McGavin made his film debut in 1945 when he switched from painter of movie sets to bit actor in “A Song to Remember.” After a decade of learning his craft in New York, he returned to Hollywood and became one of the busiest actors in television and films. He starred in five series, including cult favorite “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” and “Riverboat,” and became a prolific actor in TV movies. Among his memorable portrayals was Gen. George Patton in the 1979 TV biography “Ike.” Despite his busy career in television, McGavin was awarded only one Emmy: in 1990 for an appearance as Candice Bergen’s opinionated father in an episode of “Murphy Brown.” He may be best recognized for his role as the hot-tempered father of a boy yearning for the gift of a BB gun in the 1983 comedy “A Christmas Story.” The film has become a holiday-season staple on TV.


Read the rest at the link above.


 I know I’ve seen him in other roles, but of course the one I’m most familiar with is his role as the father in A Christmas Story. Of course my favorite line is:

[Mr. Parker reads a side of the box with the prize that he won]

 Mr. Parker: Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian.

Mrs. Parker: Uh, I think that says FRAGILE, dear.

Mr. Parker: Oh, yeah.

That sounded exactly like something my dad would say.

Go With God, Mr. Knotts

Sat,25 February, 2006


Actor Don Knotts Dies At 81

(AP) LOS ANGELES Don Knotts, the skinny, lovable nerd who kept generations of television audiences laughing as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show,” has died. He was 81.

Knotts died Friday night of pulmonary and respiratory complications at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, said Paul Ward, a spokesman for the cable network TV Land, which airs “The Andy Griffith Show,” and another Knotts hit, “Three’s Company.”

Unspecified health problems had forced him to cancel an appearance in his native Morgantown in August 2005.

The West Virginia-born actor’s half-century career included seven TV series and more than 25 films, but it was the Griffith show that brought him TV immortality and five Emmies.

The show ran from 1960-68, and was in the top 10 of the Nielsen ratings each season, including a No. 1 ranking its final year. It is one of only three series in TV history to bow out at the top:
The others are “I Love Lucy” and “Seinfeld.” The 249 episodes have appeared frequently in reruns and have spawned a large, active network of fan clubs.

As the bug-eyed deputy to Griffith, Knotts carried in his shirt pocket the one bullet he was allowed after shooting himself in the foot. The constant fumbling, a recurring sight gag, was typical of his self-deprecating humor.


  Read the rest here.

Joined iTunes Tonight,

Sun,19 February, 2006

So I guess I’ve joined the rest of the world. No, I don’t have an iPod. I do, however have a Sansa M240. I decided to go with something easy and economical before I dove into a fancy Mp3 play with video and all that.

Another thing is that I don’t think I listen to enough music to justify a Terrabyte Mp3 player that will do everything but cook me dinner.

So what does TGC have on his player? I’ve seen news articles titled What’s on ____’s iPod, and I thought I’d do my own. So far, this is what’s on mine: