Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Battlestar Galactica Season Four News

Beyond the presentation at the San Diego ComiCon, Ronald D. Moore and David Eick revealed some further bits about the upcoming fourth and final season of Battlestar Galactica. The first is that Moore wanted five years for the series, but could not get the commitment from the Sci Fi Channel. With that failed, Moore opted to go with four definite seasons and end while they were at the top o their game. Boo, Sci Fi. Another season would have been great.

Lucy Lawless will return for two or three episodes late in the season. He will revise her boxed Cylon character D’Anna. She will be a pivotal part of the final series arc. Rumors are the final of the Final Five Cylons will be revealed in the last episode. Evidently D’Anna is a part of that. The Final Cylon is almost certainly someone we have seen before. At this point, I am betting Starbuck or Adm. Adama. Consider the point that it has never been revealed who left the note telling Adama there were 12 Cylon models. Did he somehow do that himself? I have long suspected there is more to him than meets the eye.

Speaking of Adama, he and Starbuck will be at each other’s throats this season. Perhaps it will be transferring from the real onset conflicts Edward James Olmos and Katee Sackhof are allegedly having. Now that Starbuck has seen Earth, she has a new sense of purpose. It will obviously cause tension with Adama.

Baltar will have a shocking arc of his own. He is fast becoming a class warfare hero. There will be tense scenes with him, but few, if any, involve Six. His ultimate destiny is said to be a surprise. Speaking of Six, she will be part of Hera’s final storyline. Now that we know Tyrol is a Cylon, we also know his daughter is half Cylon just like Hera. What are the implications?

Battlestar Galactica returns in February. In the meantime, there will be a number of webisodes and a movie, Razor, airing in November.
Conrad Hilton Cuts Paris Out of His Will

Conrad Hilton, the 79 year old copresident of the Hilton hotel chain, has decided to cut his granddaughter Paris Hilton out of her inheritance in light of her recent behavior. The would be heiress is now out $ 59 million. Grandpa Hilton has been embarrassed by Paris’ behavior for quite some time now, beginning with her leaked sex tape in 2004. Her recent jail stint was jut the final straw. Conrad Hilton will donate his granddaughter’s former inheritance to charity.

A number of celebrity gossip sites have gleefully reported on Paris’ doomed inheritance. You cannot be too surprised. A hedge under $ 60 million is a lot of money for anyone. But what most fail to mention is Conrad Hilton has cut out eleven of his grandchildren’s inheritances in favor of charitable donations. Despite claims the sole motivation is Paris’ bad behavior, Conrad Hilton is an old fashioned patriarch. He believes unearned fortunes are a bad thin for family member to get. Considering how family fortunes have been squandered by never do wells in the past, I cannot blame him.

It is not unusual. Paul McCartney gives his kids nothing more than walking around money. Bill Gates plans to leave his entire fortune to charity rather than family. It is tough love, but I am not so sure it is a bad idea. I can say that easily because I have not and will not lose out on millions when the final will that includes me is read.

I suspect Paris has long since known this was going to happen. Her jailhouse knew found spirituality and desire to establish a charity went the way of the do because it did not impress grandpa. Nowadays she is trying harder than ever to cash in on her family name. Ironically, she will probably become even more of an embarrassment to her family in the process. It just goes to show you cannot win no matter what you do. Conrad Hilton is making an effort to set Paris on the right track, but she is too young, arrogant, and dumb to see it. It will all unintentionally get worse before it all ends Lindsay Lohan style.
The Repair of Gaping Wounds

Today is the day I had my surgery last year. As I wrote yesterday, I managed to fall right asleep the night before without the usual anticipation or anxiety keeping me up until I literally pass out. I chalked it up to resignation. These things sort of flow off me like water off a duck’s back nowadays. I got up with the alarm, dressed in the usual loose fitting, no frills clothe the hospital requests and plopped on the couch while my chauffeur got ready.

Lexi was running around in her usual hyperactive, “I just ate an entire box of Froot Loops” way. Her behavior emphasized for the millionth time that no matter what is happening in your personal world, life goes on around you. Not that I was expecting everything to stop for me. I was just making the observation of how not only insignificant one individual is, but how rotten things are happening to people all around us we never slow down to notice. Because we do not I think we often deserve being ignored when bad things happen to us.

Or I could just be bitter at the overwhelming randomness of it all. Some people are just made to suffer while others are born with a golden horseshoe shoved up their butt. I recall Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets when he explains that no one is ever upset they have it bad. They are angry others have it, picturing friends they will never have, parties they will never be invited to, and beautiful women they will never sleep with. You know yourself well enough to decide which is truer. I will bet you know how I feel about the whole shebang at this point.

I do not think I said much of anything right on up untl we got to the hospital. When you go straight from outpatient to surgery, they put you in this tiny waiting area. It is a bunch of beds separated only by curtains. There I no real privacy whatsoever, it is freezing cold, especially with the next to nothing gown they make you wear, and you can hear the conversations of everyone in the beds around you. You do not, by the way, enjoy being surrounded by the conversations of frightened, in pain people about to face surgery. Those quiet whispers combined with the cold create an ethereal mood. You cannot help but shiver physically and emotionally.

The surgeon peeped his had in while I was midway through changing from my jogging pants and tee shirt into the gown. Midway is putting it lightly. I was bear to the wind.

“Ready for this?” he asked.

“Ooooh, boy. Am I ever,” I said.

It did not fase him to either violate my privacy or see me freeballing. I guess it should not have bothered me, either. In a few minutes, he was not only going to see my naked body, but my naked intestines, too. How is that for a regular day at the office?

I was sedated to the point of amnesiac incoherence in the stall long before ever reaching the operating room, so the next thing I remember is lying flat on my back in the recovery room with what felt like a ton of bricks on the right side of my lower abdomen. Not pain, per se. Just pressure. They had some sort of problem with the breathing tube, but no one elaborated on it and I did not care to know anyway. I was sprawled out in a dizzy tizzy and did not care about much of anything. It felt good, to be honest. One of my few unburdened moments in recent years, ironically enough. Perhaps that sort of illusion is the appeal of Prozac.

The surgery worked. Te hernia was repaired and a patch was sewn in over the gaping hole wear the scar tissue would no loner heal. I did not have the wherewithal to ask the proper questions about it all until the next day. In fact, my only moment of lucidity came when the saturated bandage was yanked off and replaced while I slept. We call that a rude awakening, just like an unsolicited bikini wax.

I will have some more thoughts about the immediate recovery tomorrow.
Star Trek--"The Squire of Gothos"

The crew meets the childlike, but powerful Trelane. Video is set to "Toy Soldiers" by Marika. Anyone remember her? She was one of the many apparent one hit wonders that populated the '80's. This was a good song. it had a sort of ethereal feel to it.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Tom Snyder (1936--2007)

I had very little experience with Tom Snyder’s long career beyond the praise he was given by other broadcasting personalities. The praise was plentiful and genuine. There are tons of obituaries out there and they all gush on the man. Deservedly so. By all accounts, Snyder was a man who was honestly interested in other people, how they were and what they were up to. You do not find many folks in his position like that. There is too much ego usually.

Outside of what I know about his past career, my only exposure to Snyder was The Late Late Show aired on CBS in the ‘90’s. I used to stop while flipping channels whenever I saw it on, especially when it was just Snyder talking. Many times, that is execatly what the show was. Snyder would sit back and tell you a story almost like you were a guest in his living room. Many times it was about someone famous he knew, but it never seemed like he was name dropping. A lot of times he would talk about some Italian sub place he had just discovered in San Jose or wherever and how much he thought the owner was an interesting guy and why don’t you stop in for a sandwich if you are in the area?

That was Snyder. The friendliest, most interesting guy in the room. Alf the time he would talk like this so long, he would bump off one of his guests and have to apologize. No one ever seemed irritated by it. These monologues were what amused me the most about him. I am sure I am missing out on much more. I recognize he was a pioneer in broadcast journalism, so I know much of what I enjoy about the medium is due to him. Personally, I appreciate the exposure he gave to Harlan Ellison in the ‘90’s. He and Bill Maher are about the only two gentlemen who still gave him a public venue.

Snyder died Sunday after battling leukemia for two years. Godspeed, Mr. Snyder.
The real Seven of Nine

NASA is planning to use new skin tight space suits. One could say they are bringing sexy back, but a form fitting suit only looks as good as the form inside it.You know what I mean?
Dem Bones, Dem Bones

The newest fad among the Hollywood jet set and other assorted megamillionaires is collecting the skulls of dinosaurs. A recent bidding war ensued between Nicolas Cage and Leonardo DiCaprio over the 65 million year old skull of a tyrannosauras bataar, the smaller, Oriental cousin of the rex. Cage walked away with the fossilized noggin after a winning bid of $ 276,000. I have no clue how much status that buys these days, but i assume it must be worth it.

This is no isolate incident. Middle Eastern oil barons, real estate magnates, and the like have grown weary of losing money hand over fist buying race horses and have turned to long dead animals instead. Having a T-rex head on the mantle is more impressive than a deer head and compliments the Monet.

This reminds me of the Ray Bradbury short story, “The Sound of Thunder” in which hunters travel back in time in order to bag a real dinosaur. One of them winds up completely altering the future by a seemingly innocuous act. Think the notion of a butterfly flapping its wing in North America causing a tidal wave in Asia and you have the idea. The story is all about how small things matter, but the hubris of man can be read into it, too.

Really, what is the ego value of having old bones? Twenty years ago we all thought Michael Jackson was a loon for buying the skeleton of John Merrick, aka the Elephant Man. Now it has become a fashionable hobby for the wealthy and bored. So much for going to the museum of natural history. We all have to camp out at Nick Cage’s place instead. Later this year a 20 foot full dinosaur skeleton will go up for auction. It is expected to fetch up to $ 400,000.

Read the article here.
Ali Larter at ComiCon

The photos hit the net a day later than I thought they would, but here are photos of the lovely Ali Larter from the San Diego ComiCon:

Precipice

Exactly one year ago was the day before surgery. I have had them so many times at so many stages of life they have become routine. No less tense, mind you, but routine. Those are the days that drag on forever. It is the mixed feelings that make them so. You want the moment to hurry up and get here but when it does, you wish you had some of the time back. You eat a couple Jello cups at noon, have some water, then twiddle your thumbs until bed. Assuming you can sleep, that is.

Last year, it was on a Sunday. Sundays are lazy, dragging days anyway. I do not remember much of what I did that day. I do recall posting a bunch of chapters of my pretty much defunct novel as a way to have a lot of content on the days I would be away. I wrote those on autopilot. It shows.

I did not realize it until an hour or so ago while fumbling alone in the kitchen, but my previous surgery in which they tried to reverse my colonostomy was on a Monday as well. So I spent another Sunday in the doldrums two years previously. A matching pair? Sure. Why not? Interestingly enough, I was more anxious then. I did not sleep well and wound up watching television at 5: 00 AM. The apprehension was warranted. A surgery of that type rewires the digestive system. Even at its most successful, I was looking at weeks of pain and difficulty tolerating food. It did not matter, of course. The worst came about instead. I am stilled mired with it.

I believe I went to sleep peacefully last year without much fuss. I guess it was something of a resignation. At least there would not have to be months of recovery. Just a slam bam thank you ma’am operation. I still wound up surprised about the loop it knocked me for. It just reiterated how much my resilience has faded over the last few years. Seven or eight years ago I would have turned somersaults within two days of the anesthetic wearing off. As it turned out, things were not quite so peachy when it was all said and done.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Iron Man/Hulk Footage

This looks completely cool.

Here is some conceptual art for The Incredible Hulk as well:

An intriguing fact I just learned is that Ed Norton will not only star, but has written the script. Apparently he is a long time Marvel Zombie.
Hall of Famers

Cal Ripken, Jr. and Tony Gwynn, two class acts and throwbacks to abygone age, have been enshrined in Cooperstown. I cannot think of two more deserving.

May Barry Bonds never get another home run in his career.
FreemaAgyeman's Whovian Future

When Freema Agyeman’s Martha Jones character makes the jump to Torchwood for three episodes next season, she will practically be a nun compared to the rest of the cast. Torchwood’s first season was filled with obnoxious levels o unnecessary x and swearing to the point kids (Doctor Who’s biggest fan base) were encouraged not to watch. A proposed Dalek episode was scrapped due to fears of enticing kidsto watch. Due to the character crossover, changes had to be made.

Russell T. Davies literally sat down with his team of writers and took out every swear word and rewrote some suggestive scenes in the scripts for the three episode featuring Martha. Presumably the rest of the episodes will be cleaned up some as well considering kids will be watching the entire episode and not just the scenes featuring one of the Doctor’s companions.

After her Torchwood stint, Martha will return for the latter half of Doctor Who’ fourth season. For whatever reason, RTD opted to bring back Catherine Tate as the regular companion for the entire season. Word is that Freema Agyeman will finish out the fourth season after which her contract will not be renewed. The news irritates me. I liked her character much more than Billie Piper’s Rose Tyler. It baffles me how few agree with me. Heck, I cannot figure out why the Doctor is so attached to thechav Rose when Martha was such an intelligent, capable companion.

There is a strong possibility there will be house cleaning at the end of the season anyway. Davies, and David Tennant are expected to depart. Perhaps the end of Freema Agyeman is simply a part of that. Still, it is a shame to see her go.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark

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While I am on the subject of comic book based movies, here is a shot of Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark wearing one of his armor's guantlets. I have a lot more faith in this movie than in The Dark Knight. A lot of it has to do with me being a Marvel Zombie, but you cannot argue with how much Downey looks like Tony Stark. I think this film has a lot of potential to follow in the steps of Spider-Man and the X-Men as far as Marvel movies go.

Man, 2008 is going to be quite a year for genre films and television.
Heath Ledger as the Joker


Here is the first decent photo to appear of Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight holding a knife to the throat of the lovely Maggie Gyllenhaal. That jackass. The make up job does not inspire confidence. Evidently they are not going to use the traditional origin of him being deformed in a chemical accident. I suppose that would be too much like Tim Burton's 1989 effort.

It would also seem, if I may let my inner comic book geek run on a long s leash for a moment,they are going for the Alan Moore psycho Joker rather than the manic but deadly Neal Adams version. The former has been the norm for twenty years and is the one who killed the Jason Todd version of Robin and crippled Batgirl. The latter was more enjoyable, methinks, because Batman did not have the two good reasons I just mentioned to finally break tthe Joker's pasty white neck. It is a bit implausible nowadays that he does not.

I really liked Batman Begins. I hope Christopher Nolan is not in for a sophomore slump.
Consultations & Confrontations

Last year at this time I was havng my pre op consultation. It was the beginning of a pretty blah weekend. In an of itself, such a thing would not even be worth noting a year later (as if any of this is, I suppose) but it turned out to be an odd, out of character experience for me and for the poor guy who was in charge of my case. He probably has not forgotten me.

If you have never had the pleasure of a pre op consultation, it goes a lot like the following. You fill out a ton of paper work assuring the hospital you can pay for everything they are about to do. Before they will even consider performing any procedure, they have to make sure you have the cash. Like Steve Martin said in The Three Amigos, “No dough, no show.”

After that, you are taken to another desk where you have to answer general health questions. Here is where the trouble began. Evidently this is a job for the new guy. The flunky so to speak. It is probably because it is an incredibly boring job, but I suspect in his case it was so his incompetence would not screw up something really important like painkiller dosage. I will be honest, I was on edge at the time. I was mad about having surgery again. I am further sure my irritation was boiling to the surface already looking for a chance to explode. This fellow popped the cork.

After a slew of health question I had answered a million time before, he started in on the peculiar ones. He never even looked up from the form he was filling out while reading them off.

“Highest level of education?” he asked.

“Law school,” I answered, apparently mumbling as far as he was concerned.

“Twelfth grade?” he asked.

“LAW SCHOOL!” I shouted. “I have a doctor of jurisprudence!”

I think if you yanked aside anyone with four floors of where I was thatday and asked them my highest level of education, most anyone not under anesthetic at the time could accurately tell you I was a law school graduate. The fellow was pretty sheepish about asking further questions. To his credit, he did not press anything else. I could not tell if my sister was squirming over my behavior in the chair adjacent to me, but I will bet she was. Sometimes being half blind has its avantages.

But that was not the end. The fellow needed to record my vital signs. He took one look at me and promptly grabbed the children’s size blood pressure cuff. I am scrawny, especially now, but I am not that small. He hooked it up to the automatic pump. It tried three times to get an accurate reading but could not because it was too freaking tight. Not tight as in, “Wow that is uncomfortable. Let it out a bit.” Tight as in my eyeballs are about to shoot out of their sockets and ricochet across the room. Hide the glassware.

“You know you have high blood pressure?” he asked.

“Why, yes. Yes I do,” I said.

Finally I escaped him and made it to the lab where they took samples of ever basic body fluid one has. All pretty routine without anything further wacky or irritating happening. I was in away surprised at how I had been looking for a reason to chew someone out. I always have an acerbic comment on the tip of my tongue, but even I was surprised by the frustrations that came out that day sparked off by one innocent question and a misheard answer.

Maybe it was the disappointment of the law degree being all for naught. I had not really dealt with the issue at that point. It was more likely just anger in general. It did not really matter at that point. As bad as I thought things were then, they got worse to a point that even surprised this old pessimist.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Talk About Beer Goggles

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been voted one of the top ten most beautiful people on Capitol Hill. The sad part it I think they really mean it.
Lost Tidbits from ComiCon

Some of it die hard fans already know and have known for a while, but I will post again for the sake of completion. Season four will feature both flashbacks and flash flash forwards. Certain episodes may have neither. At least one whole episode will follow Jack and Kate’s adventures away from Dharma Island. The description makes it sound as though this episode will be the one without flashbacks or flash forwards.

Some story elements to look for: Harold Perrineau arrives. The plan was always to bring Michael back, is the claim. Who knows if that is actually true. There will be an explanation how en Linus got trapped in Dannielle Rousseau's net. Richard Alpert “may” get limited screen time, as Nestor Carbonnel is now a regular on CBS’ Cuban-American nighttime soap Cane. (One suspects it will be canned within six episodes.) The story of Hurley’s sweet pea, Libby, will be told in season four. There is a definite connection between her and DHARMA Island. Rousseau will likely get a flashback in seasons four or five.

* The session ended with a new Dharma orientation film. It’s for the “Orchid Station.” The man who identified himself in previous Dharma media as Mark Wickmund and Marvin Candle now calls himself “Edward Allawitz.” Allawitz apologizes for deceiving people with regard to the nature of the station’s research, which does not concern botany. Allawitz holds up a rabbit marked “15.” A nearby shelf is marked “16.” A small earthquake ensues. Could this be the incident referred to a number of times? It is not clear.

February 2008 is going to be a long wait, no?
Zachary Quinto Confirmed As Spock

At San Diego's Comic Con today, the producers of Star Trek announced Leonard Nimoy will reprise his role of Spock in the next film. I think most everyone assumed he would play his old character in some capacity, but the Powers That Be felt the need to assure fans regardless. They also confirmed Zachary Quinto has officially been cast to play young Spock in the new film. It makes a lot of sense when you heck out the resemblance between Quinto and Nimoy below in the photo below. The producers were still looking for someone to play the young James T. Kirk, however, and are currently searching for a way to include William Shatner in the production. Apparently fans are demanding it and Shatner appears to be eperiencing a late career revival with Boston Legal and his new talk show.
Star Trek--"The Galileo Seven"

A shuttlecraft crashes on a planet of hostiles. Video is set to "Miniature Disaster" by KT Tunstall.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Ali Larter Photo Mix

I am not certain if Ali Larter will be featured on the Heroes panel at the ComiCon this weekend in San Diego. If she is,, I some photos will hit the net before Sunday. If not, you will just have to make due with this batch of photos of the lovely Ms. Larter.
Oodles of Ood

According to the London Times, the Ood will be making another appearance in Doctor Who fourth season. I think that is pretty cool and so do a lot of other fans. The Ood were voted the sixth scariest aliens in Who’s 43 year history despite appearing in only one adventure.

You may recall the Ood were a telepathic, subservient race that was willingly enslaved by humanity until they became possessed by the Beast. They were last seen hurtling to their doom in a black hole during “The Satan Pit.” The Ood are a favorite of show runner Russell T. Davies. He allegedly created them from to replace the much less popular Slitheen who were the original antagonists of “The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit.” Their inspiration has not to my knowledge been revealed, but the resemblance the H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulu is uncanny. Then again, RTD lifts many things from movies, television, literature, and comic books sans credit and with seeming impunity, so I guess it is all one big secret.

The episode will be entitled “Planet of the Ood” and be one of the adventures the doctor and new companion Donna share without Martha. Last time around, Rose was the companion. She expressed concern at the servitude of the Ood even if it was willing. We have not quite yet determined Donna’s sense of social justice. Her possible reaction is pretty much unknown at the moment.
The Hulk Will Square Off Against the Leader

Tim Blake Nelson has joined the cast of The Incredible Hulk. Nelson will play a scientist named Samuel Sterns. In Hulk lore, Sterns is one of the Hulk's major antagonists, a menial worker in a chemical research plant who is bombarded with gamma radiation.He emerges from his accident not only green-skinned but also super intelligent-- not to mention eaten up with megalomania.

The Abomination, another Hulk villain is to be featured in the film, so one wonders whether Sterns is being introduced now in order to become the Leader in a sequel or if he will have his accident here. He has always made for an interesting villain because his genius was a stark contrast to he Hulk'schild like, sometimes beast like, demeanor. The conflict would be enough to carry a film on its own apart from another villain like the Abomination.

Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, and William Hurt round out a fine cast thus far. The Incredible Hulk is set to be released in 2008.
Star Trek--"Shore Leave"

The crew visits a planet where their fantasies come true. Video is set to "Permanent Vacation" by Aerosmith.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Natalie Portman is Sort of Naked

Natalie Portman has warned gossip web sites and blogs, which may or may not include mine, not to pot nude photos of her from her upcoming movie, Goya’s Ghost. Portman says there is a long shot of a naked woman in it, but it is a body double and not actually her. Therefore, she oes not want anyone claiming it is.

So why use a body double you are embarrassed to be mistaken for, Nat? Especially when you look like the above photo when you are in the buff?
Jessica Alba is Single

Not that any of us have a chance with her. Jessica Alba broke it off with fellow, Cash Warren. they met on the set of Fantastic Four in 2005 when Warren was an assistant to director Tim Story.

Let us see. Warren was good looking, is an alumnus of Yale, and has a bright future in Hollywood. She still dumped him. Yes, we have no chance with her.

Honesty in blogging: I am not all that fond of Alba. She is attractive, no doubt, but does not do much for me other than serve as a potential target of opportunity. But for the rest of you lusting after her, my condolences.
Lost News

This weekend's ComiCon will have some tidbits about next season. Two biggies have already leaked. First, Harold Perrineau will be returning to the show as Michael. Second, the season will feature flashbacks, flash forwards, and neither. That is the exact description given.

Evidently the most basic rule about Lost is there are no rules.
News on 24 Season Seven

Executive producer Howard Gordon spoke at the FOX Summer Press tour about what to expect from te seventh season of 24. We already got some tidbits like the next president will be a woman played by veteran actress Cherry Jones. She will be a brand new politician unattached to either the Palmers or Charles Logan. I have to admit that is a wee bit irritating considering the loose ends left last season with Palmer being severely injured and Logan supposedly stabbed to death with no further word on the staus of either. Hopefully they will at least get a mention next season.

The original idea for next season was to feature Jack Bauer in Africa trying to find himself but getting caught up in a coup instead. The plot was described as being very similar to Blackhawk Down. The story would have lasted twelve hours in Africa, then time shifted to have the final twelve hours take place in the United states. The plans were scrapped due to high production costs. Too bad. It sounded like a good idea.

The plot will now center on Bauer in Washington, DC. It will be set three years after season six. The president will be firmly in office at the time and have no knowledge of Jack Bauer. How that is possible is beyond me. She will slowly learn of him as the day’s crisis unfolds. As expected, CTU will not be featured. The FBI will serve as Jack’s aides or perhaps his deterrents. It has not been made clear yet precisely what Jack will be up to this time around. I am sure that will leak out eventually, as will the expected big name stars joining the cast in supporting roles.
Make Your Own Kind of Music

I had a rather rude awakening this morning. Lately I have been going to bed around 6:00 AM and waking up mid afternoon. Sometimes my sleep pattern just gets thrown off that way. I finally had myself on a fairly normal schedule when I had one of my semi frequent, shall we say, spells. I will not elaborate for the sake of sparing you, but it kid of comes with the territory. At least it has for me. I spent a good while before anyone else was up tending to issues. It ruined a perfectly good snooze. I cannot image now when I will doze off and eventually wake up now. Talk about disorienting.

I signed up to a couple blogging communities last night as per a friend’s advisement. I had to categorize the Eye and frankly I am not so sure how to do that these days. Politics was the main focus of old as well as whining about law school. I still grind my ac about Regent from time to time, but politics has fallen by the wayside. As a for instance, the online community is buzzing about the Democratic debate the other day on YouTube. I paid it absolutely no attention. First, I am not a democrat. Second, it is way too early to care much about the 2008 election. Do you wonder why we suffer from candidate fatigue? It is a mystery to me. Third, I would not care even if the election were a month away. I think I may have overdosed in the last decade or so.

I have started labeling the eye as a personal site and letting the chips fall where they may. I have lost most of my politically interested readers anyway by becoming more of a realist in my views as opposed to towing a conservative line. Being a realist means you wind up cherry picking from all sides of the spectrum if you are intellectually honest about looking at things. I suppose that is the best explanation of why I am fatigued about following the drama that is American politics.

Now you watch. Now that I said that, I will go on a tear of political commentary as a rabid conservative enough to make Michael Savage blush with shame. In the meantime, expect me to follow some odd whims at odd times of the day until I find my bearings. Considering how many of you have seemingly headed for greener pastures, I feel a lot less pressure. Besides, the sound of the crickets chirping in the distance is rather soothing.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The Google Meme

(It has been a rough week as far as blog hits are concerned. time for drastic action. Here is a nifty meme for those with large blogs that get a steady stream of Google hits. The idea is to take the most popular search terms and make a post out of them just to mess with the search results. I have run across the meme on the blogs of writers Ken Levine and Lee Goldberg. They made it look like fun. Ergo, I am giving it a shot.)

Jessica Simpson took off her hot pink bikini and stared at her naked boobs in the mirror. She was in a hurry, but could still hear the water running in the shower. She shifted on her bare feet impatiently until she heard the water cut off. Amanda Tapping stepped out of the shower, naked and dripping wet, with her golden locks slicked back.

“Were you waiting long?” she asked.

“No,” came the curt reply. Jessica Simpson’s pouting lips told another story. Amanda Tapping knew Jessica simpson had been angry for days now and did not take it personally. There was a sibling rivalry going on between Jessica Simpson and her sister Ashlee Simpson. It began when Billie Piper quit Doctor Who. Jessica Simpson was a fan of Freema Agyeman and thought she would make a fantastic companion for the Doctor. Ashlee Simpson had seen Jennifer Ellison naked and thought she should have joined the cast instead. They argued and argued until finally Ashlee Simpson gave an up skirt flash and stormed off. The two could agree that Allison Mack has nice boobs, but little else.

Amanda continue to dry off her naked, wet body while trying to sooth Jessica Simpson’s bruised ego.

“You, I just read an obituary for Richard Dean Anderson and he is not even dead. It is worse than when they said I, Amada Tapping, had an affair with Richard Dean Anderson. I wonder if that is why Richard dean Anderson left Starate SG-1?” she said.

But Jessica was not listening. She marched out o the bathroom naked. Her boobs bounced righteously as she walked past Kte Hudson in a bikini. She was starring at Locke’s blast door symbol painted on the far wall by some DHARMA operative. Kate Hudson called out to Jessica Simpson as she blew passed.

“Say, have you heard anymore about the Kevin Smith fued with Reese Witherspoon? Even when Reese Witherspoon is wearing a blue bikini on the beach, he calls her Greasey Reese Witherspoon. Isn’t that hilarious?”

Jessica paid her no attention. She also nearly knocked over Torri Higginson, who was admiring her boobs in a hallway mirror. Her buddy, Col. John Sheppard, liked her boobs, too. Unfortunately, neither one of them knew why Billie Piper left Doctor Who, only that they would both like to see her naked. Especially her butt.

Jessica Simpson finally made it to the bathroom at the other end of the house only to find Evangeline Lilly in the shower. He was, of course, naked and therefore showing off her boobs. She thought about starting up a conversation with Jessica Simpson about how difficult it would be to impeach Bush, but she noticed by looking at Jessica Simpson in the nude that was not a good idea.

“Have you heard the lyrics to “Joe Sure Knows How to Live?” The line moonlight bouncing off Betty’s blonde hair keeps running through my mind,” Evangeline Lilly told Jessica Simpson.

“No,” Jessica Simpson impatiently answered. “I have been more concerned with what President Bartlet said in Latin in “Two Cathedrals.” I am also curious what is the real reason Michelle Rodriguez left Lost, how Thelma Todd died, and where I can find either a video of the Smurf village being bombed or Saddam Hussein’s execution. But mostly I have been thinking about Ali Larter naked.”

“I see. Well, the shower is all yours,” Evangeline Lilly said as she walked away, her naked boobs jiggling. Before she left the bathroom, she bent over to pick up her bikini off the floor. Before she left, she turned back to speak to Jessica Simpson again. “Just so you know, I just saw Katee Sackhoff naked. She had a detached retina and has contracted diverticulitis. I believe she is going to have a colonoscopy, but I think most of her pain is from eating blueberry muffins. You can’t do that with diverticulitis, you know. They do not go together like two ships in the night, so it is a wonder she did not have a single hair on her head after eating one.”

After saying that, Evangeline Lilly left, showing off her butt as did so. Jessica Simpson did not get her last statement, but Dolly Parton forgave her anyway. She stepped into the shower and her naked body got all wet. She wondered to herself out loud, "Is Aaron Sorkin an atheist," but quickly lost herself in the steaming hot water before any answer came to her.

The bright spot in all this is that while Sonya Walger and elizabeth Mitchell will not be naked after joining the cast of Lost, Jewel Stair may be naked when she joins the cast of Stargate: Atlantis. Don Imus was said to think they are all nappy headed hoes. He is probably just upset Billie Piper is divorcing Chris Evans.
Lindsay Lohan Busted for DUI, Cocaine Possession

Well, it finally happened. That train wreck Lindsay Lohan has been busted. Her lovely mugshot is presented above. You would have had a better chance to see her looking good on The Tonight Show this evening, but I suspect you will no longer have the chance.

She was arrested by cops in Santa Monica early this morning after they received reports of a car chase in progress. Lohan was pursuing a Cadillac. Why? Heaven only knows. She was pulled over, but reused a breathalyzer test. Smart girl, there. Never take the breathalyzer test. It is one less piece of evidence that says you were intoxicated. Of course, having that knowledge meant she was prepared for such an arrest to occur at some point. She was made to walk astraight line. She failed miserably.

Lohan was arrested for possession of cocaine, driving under the influence, transporting a narcotic into a custodial facility and driving on a suspended license. She had cocaine in one of her pockets. She was released on $ 25,000 bail, but is in serious trouble. She is looking at jail time much more considerable than Paris Hilton’s stint. Even Tina Fey cannot save her now.

It is a shame to see someone so young with so much going for her e ruined in this way. It is probably another case of too much, too soon. It is going to be tough for her to recover from this at any rate even if a judge takes sympathy on her with just a slap on the wrist and forced rehab. I have doubts she can ever turn thisaround. The big question is whether the media will be as fascinated by her as they were with Paris Hilton?
Zachary Quinto is Spock

It is still a rumor which may or may not be confirmed at the Star tek panel at the ComiCon International, but it has unusually strong legs, so I am going with it. Word is J. J. Abrams has cast Zachary Quinto, who plays Sylar on Heroes, as the young Spock fo Star Trek XI, expected to hit theaters next Christmas. Why this casting tidbit has leaked out but others have not is anybody’s guess and may or may not count to its validity. We do not have long to wait before finding out.

I ave not yet watched Heroes. I thi k it is so far turning out to be a Buffy the Vampire Slayer situation in which everything logically says I should like it, yet I do not. Thus I cannot comment on Quinto’s acting chops. I have not heard any detrimental statements regarding it. He does bare a striking resemblance to a young Leonard Nimoy, as you can tell by the accompanying photo.

One announcement we will not be hearing is the casting of Matt Damon as Kirk. Damon himself shot down the rumor after speaking with Abrams. They are looking for a young, 20 something Kirk fresh out of Starfleet Academy. At 37, Damon is just a wee bit too old. That is older than William Shatner was when he played the role in the original series. Fret not, kiddies. Damon had no particular desire to ply the role in the first place. so I doubt we have lost out on anything—assuming you cared about Damon playing Kirk to begin with. I did not.
Star Trek--"Balance of Terror"

Two young lives are shattered in an encounter with the Romulans. Video is set to "Sanvean" by Dead Can Dance. Take note this is the first of several appearances by Mark Lenard. here he is playing a Romulan captain and not his most famous role as Spock's father, Sarek. Enjoy.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Lindsay Lohan Shows Off Her Boobs

Rumors abound, from such ultrareliable sources as the National Enquirer, Lindsay Lohan cavorted about her rehab stint naked. Much to the delight of the other alcoholics and drug addicts, I imagine. One suspects they thought it was all an after effect of withdrawal. It also reminds me of the scene in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me where David Bowie just shows up and starts dancing. David Lynch is one strange dude.

I have no naked pictures of Lindsay Lohan to share, but here are some good boob shots with her bending over. Enjoy.

Drew Carey to Host The Price is Right

Word is CBS has settled on its new host for The Prie is Right. The search was supposed to continue on all summer, but after seeing Drew Carey’s hosting chops on The Power of Ten and Who’s Line is it Anyway?. It is likely Carey will announce his taking over on David Letterman tonight.

The producers of TPsR were looking for a host with blue collar appeal. If that is what they were honestly seeking, then they made a good choice by going with Carey. I would have assumed TPiR’s audience was made up of mostly bored housewives and retirees rather than working class stiffs, but what do I know? Carey isa genuinely humble guy. He will not be fake as some of the entertainment news anchors who were considered or call a lot of attention to himself like Rosie O’Donnell would have.

But what I with stand up comedians taking on game show hosting duties? The job used to be the venue of local TV weathermen and disc jockeys. Game shows are not exactly the best forum to display a comedian’s talent. Carey has already had a successful sitcom, but that used to be the main goal of every stand up comic. Sitcoms were the most llucrative and financially satisfying way of utilizing their material. I do not see how game shows could have replaced that ambition. Is it all about the death of the sitcom? They certainly do not rule the airwaves like they ounce did.
Beckham Bores

Amidst all the hype, coming out parties, reality shows, and a lackluster game debut, do David and Victoria Beckham realize no one in America cares about scoccer or the Spice Girls?

Is this a matter similar to Paris Hilton? We only think the pair are noteworthy because they are famous even if we have no interest in what they actually do, if anything?

It all baffles me.
Star Trek--"The Conscience of the King"

Kirk and Riley are the only two left who can identify actor Karidian as the notorious murderer Kodos. Video is set to "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins. Simpsons fans take note that one half the Kang and Kodos alien duo on that show was named after the character here. Enjoy.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Perspectives

I understand I have been la in covering the latest news here, but man am I impressed with how my readership number have gone down in the last couple days. I chalk it up to thee things. First, there really is not much interesting going on. Second, there are not a whole lot of folks around. It is the end of July and everyone is out enjoying themselves on vacation rather than wasting time at work online. Finally, I am distracted. Then again, what else is new, right?

I hate to sound self-absorbed or like I cannot let go of things, but I am a history buff on top of letting the past gnaw at me personally. I cannot help but mar certain occasions. It is compulsive. So for whatever reason, I have been down in the mouth over the arrival of my last surgery’s first anniversary. Truth be told, it should not matter as much as the obstruction that occurred a week later since that incident and its aftermath brought about an epiphany that still nags me.

Over the last few days I have wound up sleeping hours on end through most everything that has gone on around me. I have been on autopilot during the times I have been awake. Those times have usually consisted of crossword puzzles, staring blankly at mediocre Doctor Who serials, or staring out the dining room window until… whenever. I cannot say I have accomplished much beyond learning a few new things by Googling crossword clue and deciding Colin Baker should have been given a longer stint as the Doctor.

I am not sure where this leaves me. I imagine things will become clearer when the actual days arrive for me to mark. I already know what I want to ay on several. Fret not, the posts will not be whine fests. I have, in fact, drawn some interesting insight over the last year. Healthy? Maybe not, but if I have learned nothing else over my lifetime in general and the last few years specifically, it is that thing hardly ever seem to be for the best until time has granted perspective.
Kato Casting

Seth Rogan wants Kung Fu Hustle actor and director Stephen Chow for the role of Kato. A very comedic take on The Green Hornet it would seem. Not to mention a very bad idea in general.

No Jet Li? Come on....
Jessica Simpson's Bikini Line

Sorry if you mistook the title of this post to have more exciting offerings than it does. These are photos, quite nice mind you, of JessicaSimpson at the debut of her new swimsuit line. She is still looking pretty good in them even if they are sans bikini. At least you have her boobs.