December 4th, 2008


Writer's Block: Gone but Not Forgotten

Many beloved television shows are no longer with us, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Six Feet Under, and Mystery Science Theater 3000. What defunct television show do you miss the most?

Mystery Science Theater 3000 is a big one, although with Cinematic Titanic I've got something 99% as good. :)

The One, True Mission: Impossible is another biggie.

Star Trek, not so much ... given how wrong it's tended to be post-1980, I think it may be just as well to let Star Trek go.

However, the real biggie has got to be A&E's brilliant Nero Wolfe Mysteries with Timothy Hutton as Archie Goodwin and Maury Chaykin as Nero Wolfe. That was one seriously awesome show, murdered by an idiot incoming program director who cared more about his own ego than quality content.

Doctor Who is technically still around, of course, but I do miss it's older, more in-depth storytelling, as opposed to the contemporary "Cliff Notes" plots.

-The Gneech
Kero Power Tie

Two From Softpaw

My LJ is full of fluff today! :D Here are two bits of fluff, both courtesy of softpaw.

Fluff the First:

Normally these guys ain't my thing, but I find this one amusing. :)

Fluff the Second:

Your Spiritual Number is Six

You bring communication and empathy into people's lives.

You are very open and understanding. You can accept difficult people.

Right now, your life is about being understood. You have trouble with your own vulnerability.

You end up playing the role of therapist in relationships, and it's hard to get people to ask about you.

You will take time out for those you love, even if you don't have much time. You can't help but be nurturing.

You are very responsible and ethical. You deliver on your promises.

-The Gneech

PS: More fluff to follow. But I'm pacing myself. ;)
Party Guy

Berfday Fluff!

Happy belated berfday (yesterday) to sk_1! Here's your Forgotten English (© Jeffrey Kacirk):

Cape Cod turkey

The cod fish — a slang term which is used interchangeably with Marblehead Turkey [in] Massachusetts.
—John Farmer's Americanisms Old and New, 1889

America's First Thanksgiving in Berkeley?

The first true American Thanksgiving feast took place on this date in 1619 at Berkeley Plantation, in what is now Virginia — about a year before the better remembered 1620 arrival of the pilgrims in Massachusetts. On this date, thirty-eight colonists from England's Berkeley Parish who had dropped anchor in the James River came ashore, led by Captain John Woodlief. He spoke for the group: "Wee ordaine that the day of our ship's arrival at the place assigned for plantacon [plantation] in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God." But it was not until November 26, 1789, that what Americans call Thanksgiving was first commemorated as a national holiday, at the behest of George Washington, to celebrate the adoption of the US Constitution. The date remained until Abraham Lincoln changed it to the variable-date Thursday format in 1863.

That's US Constitution, the document, not U.S.S. Constitution, the ship.

-The Gneech

The Final Fluff of the Day!

Yoinked from maxgoof:

01. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times: The original Star Wars is an obvious choice. Casablanca is another one.

02. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in a theatre: Fellowship of the Ring

03. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie: Harrison Ford, Hugh Jackman, Stephen Fry

04. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie: I won't deliberately watch anything with Tom Cruise in it. I also avoid John Travolta, but not to the same degree. I hope I never meet Tom Cruise, because it would be a major struggle to force myself not to deck him for what he did to Mission: Impossible.

05. Name a movie that you can quote from: Lots! I am a quoting machine. How about "Whoa! That's not riiiight!" from Galaxy Quest for starters?

06. Name a movie musical that you know all the lyrics to all the songs: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

07. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with: I don't generally "sing along," because I'm trying to watch the movie. I sing later.

08. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see: Casablanca — it really is as good as people say it is.

09. Name a movie that you own: Where to begin? I'll say Street Fighter: The Movie just for the fun of it.

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops: Does Hugh Laurie count? I mean, he was always an actor, but he started by playing silly clowning roles. If not, I'll say The Rock. He may not be up to Hamlet yet, but I'm willing to bet he could work up to it if he tried.

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? Alas, no. There was a drive-in at the end of West Ox Road when I was a kid, but it was closed ages ago and I never got to go there.

12. Ever made out in a movie? Of course not, I'm trying to watch the movie. Duh.

13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven't gotten around to it: Right now, Madagascar 2. Lots of others.

14. Ever walked out of a movie? Darkman. Awful movie.

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theatre: Both Fellowship of the Ring and Return of the King. Also, surprisingly enough, Speed Racer.

16. Popcorn? M&Ms.

17. How often do you go to the movies? About five times a year. Would do more except I never want to spend the time.

18. What's the last movie you saw in the theater? Get Smart, I think. It was either that or Forbidden Kingdom, but I forget which now.

19. What is your favorite/preferred genre of movie? Good fantasy, which is very hard to find. Followed by 2-D animation, followed by romantic comedy.

20. What was the first movie you remember seeing in the theater? It was a double feature of The Jungle Book and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang — I don't remember which one played first, tho.

-The Gneech