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January 11, 2014

Weekend Television

We stand, on Saturday, January 11, 2014, on the verge of a huge weekend of television.

For the sports minded, the second round of the NFL Playoffs starts today at 3:30 with the Saints at the Seahawks on Fox, followed by the Colts at Pats on CBS.  Tomorrow, the Niners visit the Panthers at noon on Fox, with the Chargers wrapping up the slate in Denver at 3:30.

Tomorrow is also the fourth most holy day on the PavCo Multimedia Synergistics calendar, as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association awards the Golden Globes to the tops in television and movies.  NBC has the telecast, and E! has probably already started its red carpet coverage.  ABC, CBS, and Fox counter with new episodes of their regularly scheduled programs, while Showtime has the season premieres of comedies House of Lies, Episodes, and Shameless.  Those latter three are already available On Demand, and I can say, having watched both House of Lies and Episodes, that they’re welcome returns, even as each takes a different tack:  Episodes is very much business-as-usual, though the interpersonal relationships have changed based on the events of last season’s finale, whereas House of Lies starts with the Pod broken up and scattered and yearning for the old days.

Extending the weekend an extra day, Monday sees the season finale of Major Crimes (as the Rusty storyline (hopefully) wraps up) and the season premiere of Archer

 

September 26, 2013

Breaking Bad Finale “Crackpot Theory”

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There’s a great “crackpot theory” about the finale that comes from the link between its title (“Felina”) and the knowledge that the title is an homage to the Marty Robbins song “El Paso”.  It’s available at Previously.tv and, as noted, is not a spoiler, just a theory which could end up absolutely spot-on.

July 3, 2013

Fourth of July Marathons

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Wondering what you’re going to do this Fourth of July while you’re waiting for it to get dark enough for the fireworks shows, or while you’re sitting in the emergency room behind seventy-five drunk guys who blew their fingers off thinking they could aim the bottle rocket at the neighbor’s cat with more precision if they just held the glass coke bottle?

We here at Fat Guys have the answer: Why not try a marathon?  Many communities have patriotic-themed run/walks.  Ellisville, the home of Fat Guys North (at least for a few more weeks) has one starting at 7:30 a.m.  But, since we’re fat guys, that’s too way too early, and way too much work.  So we’ll opt for another hallowed tradition:  The Holiday tv marathon.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your perspective), with the hundreds of television channels available to the modern fat guy, there is a plethora of choices, beginning today and continuing all weekend.  Also fortunately, since we’d much rather let someone else do the heavy lifting, the great site TV Tango has put together a list of 428 marathons coming to you over the next five days.  Check it out at http://www.tvtango.com/news/detail/id/527

September 19, 2009

Word Sites

Filed under: Entertainment — CPav @ 12:29 am

I received the following as a comment to a prior post, but figured it deserved more attention.  Take a look at Adam’s sites.  They’re very interesting.

Dear Sir

I wondered if you might like a link to both my Foreign word site and my English word website or press release details of my ensuing book with Penguin Press on amusing and interesting English vocabulary?

http://www.thewonderofwhiffling.com

with best wishes

Adam Jacot de Boinod

(author of The Meaning of Tingo)

(www.themeaningoftingo.com)

adamjacot@fastmail.co.uk

or wish to include:

1) THE MEANING OF TINGO
When photographers attempt to bring out our smiling faces by asking us
to “Say Cheese”, many countries appear to follow suit with English
equivalents. In Spanish however they say patata (potato), in Argentinian Spanish whisky, in French steak frites, in Serbia ptica (bird) and in
Danish appelsin (orange). Do you know of any other varieties from around the world’s languages? See more on http://www.themeaningoftingo.com

2) THE WONDER OF WHIFFLING

The Wonder of Whiffling is a tour of English around the globe (with fine
coinages from our English-speaking cousins across the pond, Down Under
and elsewhere).
Discover all sorts of words you’ve always wished existed but never knew,
such as fornale, to spend one’s money before it has been earned; cagg, a solemn vow or resolution not to get drunk for a certain time; and
petrichor, the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a
dry spell.
Delving passionately into the English language, I also discover why it
is you wouldn’t want to have dinner with a vice admiral of the narrow
seas, why Jacobites toasted the little gentleman in black velvet, and
why a Nottingham Goodnight is better than one from anywhere else. See
more on http://www.thewonderofwhiffling.com

with best wishes

Adam

September 7, 2009

Another Saturday Night

Filed under: Entertainment — CPav @ 4:51 pm

So I’m driving through western Illinois. Darkness but for the traffic and the glow of the dashboard and the neon from the strip clubs. The kid next to me sits in a unibomber hoodie, wired to his music, awash in the light from his phone screen. Two pubescent girls sulk in the back seat, one because her stomach’s full to popping, the other because, well, she’s a pubescent girl. I’ve put more than a deuce and a half of asphalt and pavement under my wheels today, and have another fifty to go before my pillow and mattress. God bless the puppy biz.

June 27, 2009

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April 23, 2009

A Couple of Things That Impressed Me

Filed under: Entertainment — CPav @ 9:56 pm

I haven’t posted in quite a while, and I apologize. I’ve been Twittering and Facebooking, but not blogging.

But a couple of things caught my attention in the past couple of days that I really wanted to share.

The first came as something of a surprise in today’s world of short-memoried athletes who change teams for a bigger paycheck, then badmouth the team that gave them a chance when they were young, and gave them the last big paycheck.  Torry Holt, the NFL wide receiver who didn’t fit in the St. Louis Rams’ future plans and therefore is now a Jacksonville Jaguar, and a few parting words for the St. Louis fans.  And amazingly — or perhaps not so, for those who have followed Holt’s career — they were kind ones.  He thanks the fans, the club, the city.  He has nothing but good things to say.  Read the whole thing here.  Maybe the most notable thing is that Holt’s attitude is so refreshing and, quite frankly, rare.

The second thing is a bit more personal, and requires some background.  As many readers know, my wife is the director of a dog rescue that specializes in pregnant moms, moms with babies, and young puppies.  We often get litters of puppies into the rescue that have no moms, or who have been taken away from their moms.  A while ago, we got a litter of 10 Great Dane pups.  They were full-blooded, but their breeder didn’t get the proper paperwork from the owner of the father, so they couldn’t be papered.  Shortly after we got them, they came down with a large number of maladies, but we only ended up losing four of them.  Of the survivors, all were girls but one.

Just about as soon as we put them up for adoption on Petfinder, they were spoken for, with long waiting lists for each dog.  Unfortunately, the little boy, Hamlet, was diagnosed with something more serious — a liver shunt, where the blood that’s supposed to be flowing through the liver for cleansing instead bypasses it, exposing the dog to all sorts of blood-borne toxins.  There is surgery that can correct it, but it’s expensive.

Hamlet’s foster mom a web site called Fundable (www.fundable.com) which allows users to set up a fundraising site to raise money for — well, anything.  Their homepage lists a large number of things that Fundable has been used for, from organizing snowboarding trips to paying for a newspaper ad to lobby Congress for more Katrina relief.  She set up a Fundable page to raise the $1100 for Hammy’s surgery.  I thought it was a neat idea, but kept to myself the opinion that it probably wouldn’t amount to much, considering the economy and such.

Boy was I wrong.  The fundraiser was set up to last for 26 days, from April 20 to May 16.  It took under 3 days to reach the goal.  Under.  3.  Days.  To raise money for a puppy to have surgery.  It included friends, strangers, and some of the families who adopted Hammy’s siblings.

It’s enough to warm my curmudgeonly little heart.  Hamlet’s story, in his foster’s words, is still available on his Fundable page.  Thanks to those who spread the word, and especially to those who donated.

March 10, 2009

Things I Noticed, Friday, March 6, 2009

Filed under: Entertainment — CPav @ 3:51 pm

I’ve had this sitting on my compute since last Friday.  I present it unedited, as it would have appeared if I hadn’t had my head up my butt then.

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted.  Life has just been very hectic here at PavCo HQ, with family issues, puppy issues, and work issues.  It seems like things are resolving themselves now, thanks in no small part to the efforts of Mrs. PavCo, so hopefully I’ll be able to decompress and get back into more of a routine.

For today’s word, I’m going to step back to yesterday on the Forgotten English calendar, which featured the phrase “March-mad”, meaning “Rash to an extreme”, and harkening back to the belief (evidently questionable) that hares become “wild, flighty and strange” during the March rutting season.

  • Today is the premiere of Watchmen, a much-revered graphic novel (it actually started life as a 12-issue comic book, but more people have been exposed to the collected book) which follows a group of retired super heroes in an alternate universe version of 1970s America.  Reviews have been mixed, but none have been abysmal.  The wife of a co-worker saw it at the midnight show last night and loved it.  The boys and I (and a couple of friends) will be at the Chesterfield Galaxy theater for the 11:05 Mega-Screen show.  I’ll let you know how it is this weekend.

  • On this week’s Slate Magazine’s Gabfest podcast, one of the commentators mentioned a New York Times piece about performace artist Tehching Hsieh, who, in the late 70s and 80s, did a number of year-long “pieces”, including spending a year tied by an 8 foot rope to a woman he barely knew; spending a year punching a time clock every hour on the hour, and spending a year outside.  His website is here.

  • I’m a few weeks behind on most of my tv viewing, so I may have missed the Taco Town ad on SNL recently.  But thanks to this MySpace page, I was not only able to watch the parody of the “let’s throw five different things together” craze (Although I will confess to really liking the CrunchWrap Supreme), but was able to feel my arteries harden as I did.  Oh, they’ve also got pictures of a couple of guys who actually tried to make the thing.

  • Breaking Bad, the AMC original series starring Bryan Cranston (the dad on Malcolm in the Middle) as a high school science teacher who turns to methmaking to provide for his family’s future when he’s diagnosed with cancer, returns on Sunday night.  I have some issues with the show (the handicapped son seemed a little over the top), but by and large it’s very good, pretty much up there with other cable standouts like Burn Notice and In Plain Sight.

February 26, 2009

Things I Noticed, Thursday, February 26, 2009

Filed under: Entertainment — CPav @ 8:00 pm

Today is Thursday, February 29.  Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday passed almost unnoticed here at PavCo (almost literally…I didn’t realize what either day was until well into each).

  • Evidently Beyonce had a wardrobe malfunction during the production number of Sunday’s Oscar telecast, but it almost falls into the “you’ve really got too much time on your hands if you noticed” category of freeze-frame zooming.  Sharon Stone’s sheer dress with no underwear on the other hand…
  • The Hollywood Reporter has the first real review of Watchmen, and it ain’t good.
  • Remember how much trouble you had drawing a circle with an Etch-a-Sketch?
  • The New York Times notes that The Simpsons has been renewed for another two years, making it (at the start of next season) the longest running entertainment series in television history, surpassing Gunsmoke‘s 20 years.  Only 60 Minutes has survived longer, though Law & Order will tie Gunsmoke if it’s renewed for next year.
  • TV Barn‘s Aaron Barnhart tweets that three former Defamer editors are looking to start up the long-defunct Movieline web site.  The link will take you to a page where you can sign up for updates.

Following his cameos in last summer’s Marvel movies (Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk), Samuel L. Jackson has signed to play Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD (actually, Director of SHIELD, but that wasn’t the title of the old comic) in 9 upcoming Marvel movies, including possibly one of his own.

February 23, 2009

Things I Noticed, Monday, February 23

Filed under: Entertainment — CPav @ 10:00 pm

Today is Monday, February 23, the birthday of Samuel Pepys.  The Forgotten English word of the day is “diurnalist”, a word for a journalist, dervied from diurnal (daily).  Over the weekend, the Hasbro company presented a rather interesting word of the day.  It was taken down quickly, but, this being the internet, screenshots remain.

  • The New York Fed has released a study predicting that the recession will end somewhere mid-year.  And they’re evidently pretty accurate about these things.  It involves things like probability and math, so we here at PavCo are out of our depth.
  • Free Food alerts:  Quiznos is giving away coupons for free subs.  Sign up for yours at http://www.millionsubs.com/.  And tomorrow (Tuesday, February 24), IHOP is offering a free short stack of pancakes in honor of National Pancake Day.  Thanks to Whitney Matheson’s Pop Candy for both tips.
  • I didn’t get a chance to post Oscar predictions this year, the result of an extremely busy weekend, but I got them all right.  Trust me.  Seriously, I didn’t have any problem with any of the winners, though I would have rather Mickey Roarke won Best Actor; I think Sean Penn still has a lot of good performances ahead of him, whereas this may have been the role of a lifetime for Roarke.  I also thought that Viola Davis’ two scenes in Doubt, in which she went toe-to-toe with Meryl Streep, were easily the most powerful of the nominated performances, but, again, I didn’t have a problem with Penelope Cruz’ win.  I also thought it was criminal that Bruce Springsteen’s title track for The Wrestler didn’t even get nominated for Best Song, but am looking forward to them performing Jai Ho as part of those “We’re now going to sing every Best Song winner” medleys in the not-too-distant future.
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