Weblogging since November 1998
November 22 - 26
"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."
-- Mr. Carlson, WKRP in Cincinatti
So . . . it figures that after promising updates for this Thursday and Friday, I up and catch a cold or something. Somehow a sinus-headache does not inspire one to spend many hours staring at a computer screen putting together webpages. So, um, enjoy the TV picks and the stuff that's already here and have a fab weekend. No promises on when the next update will be, but there'll be at least a little something next week sometime. Hopefully sooner rather than later.
Marv Kitman on big NBC blunders, most notably the cancellation of Homicide: Life on the Street:
Yes, it did finally snow in Minnesota for the first time this fall. Lileks:
I was crabby about the snow, too. Pretty to look at, but I knew I'd be driving in it well before the snowplows had a chance to do much. With people (like myself) who hadn't driven in snow in at least a few months. Plus, it'd been 51 degrees the previous day. Word is it's supposed to climb back up near 50s for Turkey Day or Friday . . . we shall see. There's still snow around right now, but it's melting fast now.
Last night, I dug around in my quotations file to find some more topical Turkey Day quotes for use here, in my .sig file, and elsewhere. And then, as usual when I do such a thing, I found myself revisiting old web haunts that house many cool quotes. And I searched for some new ones, too.
Faves? This NewsRadio page probably has the best selection of NewsRadio quotations. Lovely. And the list of links is good, too. This Sports Night page has a quotes database that's searchable by character and/or episode. Also has some video clips.
And here's a page of quotes from WKRP in Cincinatti which shares a site with a bunch of cool pages o' quotes from other series as well.
Of course the page you're looking for is the page with quotes from "Turkeys Away" episode:
Much more stuff to come later this week. I expect there'll be at least one update each weekday. I've been a busy girl. And even managed to leave the house and be social this weekend (well as social as a shy hermitgirl can be).
StarTribune coverage of the big mess that is the U of MN scandal. Feh. And to think, I once believed in Clem Haskins and the MN Gophers men's basketball team . . . Oh, well. Does kinda tarnish some fond memories.
True, but it was a lame episode. Almost hard to believe Vince Gilligan wrote it (given he's written so many truly great ones. I'd consider him my favorite X-Files writer who isn't Darin Morgan). I'll admit, I channel surfed and watched most of Jack and Jill instead of X when it was on, then went to the tape of the episode and was sorely tempted to fast forward through it. 'Course it was the first episode filmed and both the stars weren't meant to be in the episode much. I'd much rather have had another Lone Gunmen episode . . . Oh well.
Don't miss Autumn Tysko's reviews of The X-Files. Okay, you can skip any reviews of the most recent episode if you like. Tysko's reviews of the two-part season opener are spot on. And, as usual, they're also funny and point out the little things that many (including apparently those working on the show) miss.
Someone was talking about New Year's plans and I (yet again) got the Steve Goodman/John Prine song "The Twentieth Century is Almost Over" stuck in my head. Read all about Steve Goodman. And buy some of his albums (they make great gifts, too). One of my all-time favorite songwriters and performers. Gone, but far from forgotten.
I saw Being John Malkovich last week and liked it quite a bit, though I was disappointed with the last half hour or so of the film. I also suspect all the rave reviews had my hopes up a bit high. Still, well worth seeing. A fine flick.
Then there's The World Is Not Enough which I saw this past weekend. Eh. Sigh. Disappointing. Can't say I recommend it unless you're a big Brosnan and/or Bond fan in which case you've probably already seen it or will want to see it regardless. Just don't get your hopes up. Ebert liked it a lot, Harry Knowles didn't. I know some who really liked it, some who really didn't. I don't regret seeing it and I enjoyed some parts a lot, but I was disappointed, especially in the final sequences. Perhaps the rest of the film suffered because the opening sequence was pretty darn cool and none of the pieces thereafter were as good.
Still, I liked the opening sequence. And M and Q and R. M has more to do than usual. But ultimately, disappointing.
"I've named this Thanksgiving. I'm calling it 'The Thanksgiving of Mom's Disapproval.'
Included on the two-record set are the hit songs 'Why Aren't You Married?' and 'Sports Is No Place
For An Educated Woman,' and 'Didn't Anyone Ever Tell You How To Cook A Turkey?'
Do you know what today is? Well, November 23rd is the day a lot of stuff happened in one of my favorite episodes of Sports Night. If you've got a tape of "Thespis," watch it. If not, read the transcript.
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace limited rerelease to benefit charity (via AICN). Huh. Cool. I just realized I forgot to go see the movie one more time when it was at the cheap-late-run theater. Starting December 3rd, for one week only, the film will air in select theaters. With absolutely all proceeds going to charities chosen by the theaters.
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