Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Say what?

A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reinterpret the first part; it is frequently used for dramatic or humorous effect.

Where there's a will, I want to be in it. - anonymous

War does not determine who is right, only who is left. - Bertrand Russell (attrib.)

If you're going through hell, keep going. - Winston Churchill

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. - Oscar Wilde

I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it. - Groucho Marx

If I am reading this graph correctly--I'd be very surprised. - Stephen Colbert

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Muppets Most Wanted

Overall:  We enjoyed it.  The Muppets were good and they didn't spend much time on peripheral Muppets, which I liked.  I was never a hardcore Muppet fan; I liked Kermit and Miss Piggy but didn't really watch the TV show.  Gasp, I know; am I even an American?!

It was less heartfelt than The Muppets, more of a madcap comedy but well-done and enjoyable.  Pretty clear what was happening at all times; only really young kids may get a little confused.

Music:  The music was good, much like the first Muppets reboot.  Bret McKenzie did a great job with the songs, I think.  I wasn't sure if he was involved with this one until one of the songs started -- I think it was "The Big House" -- and I thought, "That sounds a lot like Flight of the Conchords."  And sure enough!

Cameos:  I know people love cameos but I felt like some of them were just distractions and didn't add anything at all.  Except Tom Hiddleston wasn't in it enough.  Honestly, I didn't realize who he was at first; he is one of those people who can look drastically different from one role to another and in this he does not resemble Loki at all.  I would say that's a good thing since this is a kids' movie but he plays a criminal in a Siberian gulag, so...  In general, though, I'm always ready for more T.Hid.

Acting:  Tina Fey did a good job, funny and pretty consistent with the Russian accent.  Ricky Gervais was okay but it seemed like he has decided he is a little too cool to enjoy being in a Muppets movie.  Not too cool to be in one, especially since The Muppets did so well, but too cool to really enjoy it.  I don't know, maybe it's just the way he interpreted the character he was playing, but it just felt a little flat.  As far as I'm concerned, the movie's saving grace was Ty Burrell.  He was completely entertaining.  Not only was he consistent and funny, but it seemed like he was genuinely having fun.  Like he was thinking, "I can't believe they're paying me to do this!"  Not like he signed on because The Muppets did so well but because he just thought it would be a hoot.  Ty Burrell FTW!

Takeaway:  If you have kids or just love the Muppets, it's worth watching.  Two frog legs up!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Bad Luck, Fans!

One of Disney's family shows, Good Luck, Charlie, is ending in a few months.  I think it's the best one they've got right now but apparently Disney would have to pay more if they keep it going, so OH WELL.  The Mouse House can churn out another one, right?

Well, yes, they can, but this one is actually good.  It's genuinely funny and the cast is actually talented, which you don't always find in Disney shows.  Some of the other shows we watch are only okay, with a lot of the "humor" mean-spirited and lazy.  I guess Disney doesn't think kids deserve more.

Also, I've noticed that commercials on the Disney Channel say things like "Proud sponsor of the Disney Channel."  Huh?  I thought companies sponsored non-profit channels and programs, like public television.  Why on earth would DISNEY need sponsors?  It may be only semantic but it's odd.  Disney is very much for-profit.  Famous for being all about the bottom line.  So I don't think they need corporate sponsors.  Money from advertisers, sure, but sponsors?

Whatever.  I'll come back from that tangent.  I'm just disappointed that Disney has a quality family show and they're going to let it go because they won't make as much money off of it once they have to pay the cast and/or crew more.  Boo, Disney!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Happy Halloween!

"The Thing on the Fourble Board" from Quiet, Please (1948)

Widely considered the best and scariest story from radio's golden age of horror and mystery programming.  It's 25 minutes long but worth it!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


So there is a pair of Peregrine Falcons that has been nesting on top of the library at UMass Amherst for 11 years.  That's commitment!  Some people there have set up a webcam because they have baby chicks.  Go here to see:

So I'm watching the little babies, sleeping, grooming, sleeping a little more.  Then I go away because there's only so much watching I can do of ugly (sorry, but it's true) little baby birds sleeping.  You've heard "they're so ugly they're cute," right?  Well, in this case it's true.  They just look so darn vulnerable.

I come back in a while and lo, Mama is there!  Mostly just blocking the babies from the wind.  Awwww.  A tweet informs me that I missed lunchtime by about an hour.  I am bummed.  It would be interesting to see little baby falcons being fed worms!

I go back to work.  Periodically, I check on them and they are mostly just huddling.  Boring for Mama, but necessary and maybe birds don't mind just sitting and staring at a wall.  Every once in a while Mama shakes and does something to the babies that I can't see because she has her back to the camera.  Rude.  (Kidding!  I love animals and think whatever they do -- well, mostly -- is the jam.  Because it's naychur.)  She's grooming them or something.

I notice something that looks like a clump of feathers that I hadn't noticed earlier.  Hmm, I think, did Mama lose some feathers?  That's a lot of feathers.  That looks like a... wing.  Is that a wing?  No.  I don't see anything else.  Must be feathers.

I go back to work.  Checking on them again in a little while, I see movement!  Mama is doing something!  The babies are up and interested!

She's in the corner, doing... something...  Oh, she's going to feed them!  She's going to feed them... CHUNKS OF BIRD.  That was in fact a wing!  Fortunately I just finished eating my sandwich so I'm okay.  And she is behind the babies so I don't see the carcass, just little downy babies vying for chunks.  So she is considerate of weak human constitutions, keeping that away from the camera. Thanks, Mama!

Then I start to worry because two of the babies are getting all of the bird bits.  The middle one is just ignored and jostled.  Feed the middle one, Mama!  Don't let the pushy ones get everything!  Nature is tough, y'all.

Then I notice that the piggy one seems to be sort of full so the middle one gets his chance.  THEN the piggy one moves from the right (my right) to the middle, FACING THE CAMERA, and just sort of lolls on the other two.  What up, dude?  Don't food-block your brethren!

I just went and looked again, just in time to see Mama downing a bird FOOT.  Nature is gross, y'all.

There's a clumping sound now, too, so guess what?  It is either raining or snowing or hailing up there!  As if the wind wasn't enough!  They seem to be pretty protected where they are, though, so that's good.  The babies are huddled and sleeping and Mama is protecting them and staring moodily into the distance.

Okay, that's my update for now.  I will watch them until something bad happens and then no more.  I keep worrying that one of the babies is going to get blown away when Mama goes to get food (WHOLE BIRDS, Y'ALL, I FORGOT THESE ARE FREAKING FALCONS) or something.  They are superior predators, I know, but these are baaaabbbies.  Scrawny little ugly baaaabbies.