Archive for February, 2010


“24” – Starbuck is a sissy!

February 11, 2010

Katee Sackhoff, “Starbuck” to you BSG fans, is playing an entirely different part in “24.” Unfortunately, as of the last episode I saw, 8-9 PM, she’s kind of a sissy. This is NOT our Katee, guys, the girl who kicks ass and lets underlings take names.

I blame Brannon Braga. But then, I blame him for lots of stuff, including the 12 inches of snow we got this week and the fact that Sibelius runs slow lately on my home iMac…and that the America’s cup races have been scrubbed both of the first two race days. And maybe that asparagus tastes nasty, too.


Twenty-five-year-old bad sports rap becomes marketing tool!

February 8, 2010

Maybe that was unkind…but nobody says that the “Super Bowl Shuffle” was great art. When the Bears did it in 1986 it was a curiosity. I don’t know how much anyone thought of it outside of Chicago. We had just moved here that year. I don’t know how much anyone outside of got a kick out of it. I was on a plane coming back from LA that January and they played it on the plane to great cheers and applause, but the plane was coming back to Chicago, and was a couple of weeks before the Super Bowl.

It’s just surprising to me that a cell phone company would consider that video to be well-known enough in pop culture to bring those guys back, and then spend that much money on a Super Bowl commercial.

Here’s the original:

More cowbell!


Chilling, even after all these years…

February 8, 2010

This video of the Challenger explosion was recently brought to light. The info can be found on the link. It was absolutely chilling to watch, and a large part of that is because of the commentary by the guy doing the video.

I missed the actual explosion. I remember that day like people remember Pearl Harbor or 9/11. I heard about it on the radio after it happened, then saw the video of the explosion that evening. I think in many ways it was more of a history-defining moment than the loss of Columbia because there was no good video of Columbia’s breakup.

Still, it’s heartbreaking to watch, twenty-four years later.


Well, I was really wrong on that one…

February 7, 2010

I believed, like many Americans, that the Indianapolis Colts were going to tromp New Orleans. I even predicted they would win by two touchdowns.

I was wrong. This is why I do not gamble. I like Las Vegas – the shows, the weather (sometimes), the air show at Nellis – but I don’t gamble.

31-17. Gads.


Obama a slow learner? Don’t tell Rahm!

February 4, 2010

Oscar Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas, talking about how Obama seems to always have something bad to say about his city, and that it has a negative impact on convention and other business.

“Everybody says I shouldn’t say it, but I’ve got to tell you the way it is. This president is a real slow learner,” Goodman said.

With Rahm Emanuel under fire for his “f—ing retards” remark, maybe we should keep Obama’s learning difficulties on the down low…


Tuesday TV questions and comments

February 2, 2010

Does it make him less interesting if you know that LL Cool J’s real name is Todd Smith?

NCIS: What’s up with Agent Fornelle’s beard? (He’s played by Joe Spano. The beard appears in next week’s episode.)

NCIS: Gibbs is getting a new girlfriend (played by Rena Sofer)? She’s not a redhead, and that would break the rule! (Which of Gibb’s rules is that, anyway? At leas, it breaks Rule: #23: Never, ever involve a lawyer.)


Liquid Glass?

February 2, 2010

This stuff sounds too good to be true. If it is true, it will change many things – for the better.