Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
The creepy part is, after I finished, a link said, "Find out how to live to be 94". The page of hints shows how changing one's behavior can increase life expectancy. For example, if I stop drinking coffee, I'll add a year to my life. I'll have to think about that. One more year in exchange for no more coffee? For now, I'll stick with the coffee.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Comedian Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live, Blades of Glory, Baby Mama) and comedian husband Will Arnett (Arrested Development, Blades of Glory) welcomed new baby boy Archie Arnett into the world on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008. Set an Outlook Calendar appointment for around October 25, 2028: if Archie chooses to go into comedy, he has the genes to be perhaps the funniest person ever created! Amy Poehler is highly funny and talented, as is Will Arnett, whose work on Arrested Development often left me hurting from laughing so much. Together, they play a hilarious brother and sister ice-skating couple in Blades of Glory.
Read the full story here
Read the Movie Review Zoo review of Blades of Glory
Read the Movie Review Zoo review of Baby Mama
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Scientists at the Audobon Center for Research of Endangered Species have created the first glow-in-the-dark cat in the United States.
Unlike normal cats, the eyes, gums, and tongue of 'Mr Green Genes' glow lime green under a black light, the result of a gene sequencing change. Mr Green Genes is now 6 months old. The successful experiment was performed as a test, in hopes that this kind of gene sequencing can be used to substitute or remove genes that cause diseases that are fatal to various species.
With Halloween only a few days away, Mr Green Genes has perhaps the best 'costume' ever.
Click here to read the full article
click to watch Shatner's video
click here for Takei's response
Friday, October 17, 2008
John McCain made sure that he was on time for his 'appointment' on the David Letterman show this time. He didn't want another two weeks of lambasting by Letterman like he got last time he cancelled his scheduled appearance on the show, especially now that it is close to the election. I know...any publicity is good publicity - but maybe not when you are already the #2 public figure and you are running for president of the USA.
Letterman questioned the possible hypocrisy of McCain's attacks on Obama for ties to 60s terrorist William Ayers, asking McCain about his ties to Watergate member G. Gordon Liddy.
I'm also wondering if McCain is a hypocrite. After all, first he said he wouldn't sit down and talk with terrorists, and then he shows up for the debate. :)
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Maureen McCormick (who starred as Marcia Brady on TVs The Brady Bunch) has joined the ranks of troubled child actors, as she reveals in her new book, Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice. Ms McCormick tells all about her abusive father, string of affairs (which included Michael Jackson, Steve Martin, and co-star Barry Williams), and her problems with drugs (namely, cocaine and Quaaludes). The drug use started after her run on the show, and were coupled with a lack of confidence that saw her fail in an interview with Steven Speilberg and seriously curtail what she probably could have parlayed into a very successful career.
McCormick, now 52, has emerged from all that now, and is once again a successful actress, as well as being on Celebrity Fit Club and, of course, a writer.
I had a big crush on her, as did 99.9% of other boys who watched The Brady Bunch, so I'm glad to hear she's doing all right and still looking good. I also once saw her in person in New York, in about 1980. She would have been about 25). I was walking down the street, around 57th St and 6th Avenue, and was admiring, in as respectful a way as possible, an anonymous woman who was walking with her 'back' to me, about 15 feet in front of me. Suddenly (I don't know why) she turned around and looked straight at me - and it was Marcia Brady! I just kind of half-smiled at her, and that was that. Those kinds of things happen in New York a lot.
I wished she asked me to do some drugs with her (hypothetically, of course).Read the full story here
The current bookie odds on this event have been cut down to 100/1, and include the proviso that either George Bush or Gordon Brown will confirm the existence of intelligent alien life with the next year.
The fully prediction tells that the spaceship will be attacked by governments around the world (I agree with that part) but the ship will not respond because they come in peace. In truth, George Bush does not strike me as the type of president who would be reaching out with an olive branch if an alien spaceship kept hovering. It would also seem rather provocative if this spaceship continued to hover after it was fired at. This would simply confirm to most people that it was a threat.
Also hard to believe is the idea that aliens are going to travel here just for the purpose of getting fired on by these primitives, for the sole purpose of helping us out and teaching us about peace. I mean, I want to believe it. It would be great if it did happen. I just find it a bit, well, unrealistically optomistic.
Read the news story here and more here
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The National Debt Clock, an up to the minute LED readout of the US National Debt, was until recently robust enough the display the current debt amount. However, when the national debt flipped from 9 to above 10 trillion dollars, the clock no longer had enough digits to display the full amount (they had to lose the dollar sign to account for the extra digit). The clock's owners say they will add 2more digits to account for the growing amount.
But sometimes even the Googler finds he is living under a rock, as he just discovered that Whedon has released an Internet movie called Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. You can watch Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog here for free. And please buy the DVD when it becomes available; it is important that we nurture the forum of original Internet content. If talented writer/directors like Whedon can make a living producing content directly for the Internet, it will allow them to fully realize their creative expression without having to shape their product for often-misguided corporate executives with small (or large) private parts (depending on their gender - we must choose the appropriate insult).
Read my full review of Dr Horrible here
I am grateful to Moses Lei, a talented musician who has painstakingly created karaoke tracks for many of the Dr Horrible songs. I was in heaven tonight, singing along to Brand New Day, Freeze Ray, and On the Rise! Click here to visit the Moses Lei karaoke page
Felicia Day (Penny)
I was not aware of Felicia Day's work until seeing her in this video. She has been around for awhile. The connection is that she has already created a successful internet series called The Guild (which, unfortunately, I haven't been able to find). She also starred in Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer series a few years back. Recently, she guest-starred on House. Felicia has a wonderful naturalistic way about her that makes her seem like a real person, not an actor - but she still has a captivating on-screen presence. Click here for Felicia Day's blog
UPDATE: More good news about Dr. Horrible! Michael Hinman at SyFyPortal.com reports that a sequel is in the works! Other good news is that the DVD release of Dr. Horrible will include the 10 best fan video submissions of possible entrants in the Evil League of Evil. If you know a little bit about Whedon/Firefly fans, they are funny, witty, clever, talented...much like the guy they idolize. It's weird that way Read the full article here
The film itself is just a small trifle and only mildly amusing, but the concept is great. So is the greater concept, that of bypassing the big networks and producing high-quality film directly for the Internet. Here's looking forward to much more of that, too.
click here to view Nailing Your Wife
Monday, October 6, 2008
Over in the USA, the FBI has a policy I have just become aware of that is ill-advised from a cultural standpoint. When someone dies, their secret files are released to the public. Of course, they are highly redacted (i.e.: lots of black marker used to cross out names and places), but they still are consistently going to place the deceased in a bad light by presenting outdated, often unsubstantiated evidence. It's too late for the family of the accused to prove their innocence, and, in many cases, the general public will make assumptions about guilt. This has just happened with famed motorcycle stunt rider Evel Knievel.
Knievel, it turns out, was the subject of an ongoing investigation into violent incidents that he either was personally involved in or was alleged to have orchestrated. Working off the limited information available in the article, there is no doubt that on at least a couple of occasions, Knievel did react violently and personally (once with promoter Shelly Saltman, and once with fellow stunt rider Bob Gill). Other incidents were never proven and were denied.
True or false? We will never know, but perhaps this is not the time to be accusing him of these crimes again. However, they should consider throwing the book at him for being involved in the so-bad-it-is-funny movie Viva Knievel!, a film that critic Rob Gonsalves summed up nicely with the phrase, "jaw-droppingly stupid".
Click here for a link to the full article
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Some people will use this conviction as an indicator that Simpson did kill his wife Nicole. (Simpson was cleared of that charge in criminal court, but convicted of the same charge in civil court).
Strangely enough, despite all that has happened, when the Night Googler hears the name OJ Simpson, the Googler still gets a pleasing visual image of an freakish athlete with unique lateral mobility weaving through would-be tacklers on the way to another long run for the Buffalo Bills. It seems it is hard to separate the beauty of an elite athlete's movements with that same athlete's flawed personality.
Friday, October 3, 2008
When I was a kid, I had this cool Morse Code flashlight with a big opening and sort of venetian blinds covering the lens. There was a trigger that opened and closed the blinds, and a basic Morse Code 'glossary' on the side for easy reference.
Wish I'd kept it!
At this point in the election, most of the undecided/likely to change voters are lower middle to middle class. So both parties are trying to appeal to those groups. When Palin talks about tax cuts for business, she talks about how it's going to help 'our families'. Biden mentions meeting a friend in line for gas who doesn't know how much it costs to fill up his tank because he can't afford to fill it up anymore. Palin says that Joe Sixpack and Hockey moms need to ban together and just say 'never again' by managing their investments and not over-borrowing.
The Night Googler IS decided but would rather not bring politics into this forum, preferring to simply say, "I wish the election was over and the party I want to get in gets in." I'm sure you agree.