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Let’s Get Political (For a Second)

Now, I normally don’t post politics. It happens, and long-time readers know I’m a stark-raving far-right lunatic fairly conservative. It’s highly likely I will never say anything nice about anything our President says or does over the next four, or heaven forbid eight, years.

Except for this.

I saw Arne Duncan on Meet the Press last week, and have been meaning to blog about it every since. Wow, was he awesome. I wanted to go out and change my vote in the last election to Obama, just so I could say that I helped put that man in charge of Education. The man might have single-handedly changed my opinion about whether we need a federal DOE (having 50 state ones already). I’d support the DOE just so he’d have a job.

I hope it’s not just talk. It takes a lot for a politician to overcome my natural cynicism of, well, politicians. But he did it. He was articulate, passionate, knowledgeable, and right.

I just figured out why I liked him so much: he sounded…conservative.

Go on iTunes and look at the Meet the Press from last week.


News This Week

I hope to have some news this week about the job situation. Wish me luck.

Defying Gravity

I like this show.

“We can rethink our choices a million times, but what we decide…we own.”

And set to great music, which I’ll include in this post in the next day or so.

And it stars Ron Livingston, who I will always love from Office Space, but who also did a great, really great, job in Band of Brothers (as did so many others.) For a great scene with him, check out the 10:10min mark in the last episode, Rubicon, “I’ve walked on Mars. I’m just throwing that out there between colleagues.” And “How am I ranked 12th?! I could have tolerated 2nd because Ted Shaw is a hell of an astronaut, but 12th?!” (Ted was standing right next to him).

It also stars Malik Yoba (who plays Ted Shaw), who for some reason I know even though I went through IMDB and I don’t watch anything he’s been in. But I know I’ve seen him before (and liked him).

It also has a nice ensemble cast, including that woman from that really bad vampire show that somehow lasted a season. (Blood Ties. Thank heaven for IMDB). Most of the others are pretty much unknowns.

The show is set in two time periods (so far). The basic plot is this: it’s an astronaut show in about 2050. There is a crew on a spaceship that is just starting a 6-year mission around the galaxy. One part of the show is set on the ship. The other part is set about 5 years earlier, when the current crew were trainee astronaut wannabees (less Livingston and Yoba, who were instructors) competing for a spot on the mission. Livingston and Yoba, in their characters Maddox Donner and Ted Shaw, had, five years before—this is now ten years before the mission—gone to Mars where, because of their officious ship commander and some bad “weather”, they stranded two people there to die, one of whom was Donner’s secret girlfriend/love-of-his-life. Donner is scarred by this. Five years later, in the five-years-ago-trainee period, he’s fallen for one of the trainees who he got pregnant even though he’s had a vasectomy. Let’s talk about that for a second, because it’s the other major plot device. There’s evidently some entity, “Beta,” who we haven’t seen, don’t know what it is, that communicates through images of a storm on Mars. Don’t ask, there’s nothing more I can tell you. Except it gave two crew members arterial plaque to disqualify them so Donner and Shaw could be on the mission, and it’s “changing the DNA” of not only the crew but also one of the Houston Flight Control people, who it also communicates with (it’s apparently fairly selective.) And it reversed Donner’s vasectomy. The only one who knows about Beta on the spaceship is Shaw, this mission’s commander, who can’t tell anyone. But a number of crew members are seeing things that aren’t there, and hearing things that aren’t there. Donner has seen the woman he left behind on Mars; Zoe (the trainee, now astronaut, who Donner now is falling for) is hearing a baby’s cry…she apparently aborted Donner’s child in the five-years-ago period.

Sound complicated enough?

Well, they kind of make it work. I have to say that I like it alot. It’s a very re-watchable show. I’ve seen several episodes more than once. They really replay well. But even as I watch it, I’m like, “there’s no way this show is going to get picked up.” But I really hope they do pick it up. What’s really extraordinary about this, and I find myself noticing it more and more, is how they use music within the show. They do it very, very well.

Oh, and one great thing? As of now, the first three episodes are free on iTunes.

So try out Defying Gravity.

How Are They Going To Not Get Cancelled With This Many People to Pay?

How Are They Going To Not Get Cancelled With This Many People to Pay?

Get a Better Logo

Get a Better Logo

Celebrity Traffic Whoring

Well, I posted the other day that my stats shot up this past weekend, and have actually kept up in the 50s for the last several days.  Mostly, if not entirely, for the Chuck review I did, with pictures of the stars (female and famous).  I think that I’ve gotten more hits from people searching for those stars (Yvonne Strahovski and Jordana Brewster) than for my posts. You’ve got to ask yourself, though, why now? Seriously, that post has been up for a little while now, maybe a week (Hello!? Went back and checked: it’s been up for almost three weeks!) But this weekend the traffic just pops. Jane says it’s my natural genius (however you spell it) coming through. I’d have to agree. Or it could be that I posted pictures of hot girls.

So here’s an interesting twist.  I’m going to post a picture of a famous actor and actress, once per week, and we’ll see who gets the most hits.  I’ll announce winners once a month.

Starting today:

Angelina Jolie and George Clooney.  Might as well start out with the biggies.

I look like him...except for that I don't

I look like him...except for that I don't

No one looks like her, except Megan Fox

No one looks like her, except Megan Fox

Feel free to nominate actors and actresses I should shamelessly rank on the site. My dream is that this will become a thing, and actors and actresses around the world will vie for the top spot on the Hank LNU contest. And I’ll win the lottery, and fly to LA on a unicorn. /sarcasm and dry wit.

Can I just say, Wow, these two are just too damn good looking.

It’s wrong of me to use these pictures to generate traffic, isn’t it?

All in the guise of a contest.

Sad, really.

By the way, and apropos of nothing whatsoever, can I get your opinion, Internet, of tattoos?  Me?  I hate them.  I don’t care if you look like Angelina, tattoos are just yucky. Hey, don’t hate me ’cause I’m honest. And no, not even a little one on the ankle.

It’s convenient that religious Jews aren’t allowed to have them anyway. Of course, even before I was religious, I didn’t like them. Not even in my most rebellious phase did I ever even come close to wanting to get a tattoo. Not once, not even the drunkest I’ve ever been, in the middle of my most rebellious phase, did I even consider it for a moment.

Well…My Sister is a Ship. We Had a Complicated Childhood.

I love Firefly.  The line is at 34:08.

At Hulu.

The Best Invention, Ever

Seriously, free TV on demand.  And some decent movies (Last of the Mohicans is on there).  I’m going through that great show, Firefly.  I also went through the entire 13-episode run of Six Degrees.  There was a reason it was cancelled, but it had one of my favorite actors.  I’m going to try to find my favorite scene with him and get back to you.  Look for updates.


Woo hoo!  I love the Internet era:

Great Photographs

I’m surfing the web with my son on my lap.  Going through Flickr like I go through blogs.  Very, very interesting.  Some are obviously pikers, like me.  But some are real photographers.

I remember feeling exactly like this when I used to read Runner’s World.  The runners there were real, well, runners.  I was a jogger.  They logged 40 miles a week.  I logged 6.  On a good week.  I felt like a dilettante.

Else Kramer is no dilettante.

Else Kramer’s photostream of her best shots.

UPDATE: By the way, I got that “pikers” term from Ben Affleck’s line in Boiler Room.  It’s at 2:51.