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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.

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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.

February 20, 2009

Things I Noticed, February 20, 2009

Filed under: Entertainment — CPav @ 5:06 pm

Hey, gang.  It’s been a slow week for noticing things, and an even slower week for posting the things I noticed.  Today is Friday, February 20.  The weekend is brought to you by Saturday and Sunday’s Forgotten English word “gwethall”,  meaning household stuff or remnants, which links it to the Welsh word “gweddill”, whence comes the modern word “widow”.  Tomorrow is the Best Picture nominee marathon at AMC Theaters and Sunday is the Oscars, otherwise known as the holiest day of the year at PavCo HQ.

Here are a few things I’ve noticed today:

  • The producers of this Sunday’s Oscar telecast have promised that there are some big changes in store for Oscar night. Somehow, I don’t think these are them, as fervently as we might wish for some of them.
  • Back when she was a contestant on the UK Big Brother, returned for a controversial stint in which she made some racist remarks, and then went on the Indian version, Jade Goody was accused of dying to be on camera.  Now, she’s actually dying on camera, courting controversy one last time to secure her children’s future, while suffering from cancer in a very public way.  Crazy Days and Nights has a summary, and the New York Times and the Huffington Post a longer piece.

February 12, 2009

Things I Noticed, Thursday, February 12, 2009

Filed under: Entertainment — CPav @ 11:38 pm

Today is Thursday, February 12, 2009, the 200th anniversary of the births of both Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln.  Birthday wishes also go out to PavCo Multimedia Synergistics associate Vicki McElfresh, who was born considerably after either of those gentlemen.

Today’s Forgotten English word is “unscience”, Chaucer’s word for the absence of science or knowledge.  Today’s Addictionary word is awestentatious, an adverb meaning “Almost unbelievable, provoking shock.”

Here are the things I noticed today:

  • Everybody is linking to or talking about Joaquin Phoenix’s appearance on the David Letterman show last night, so I might as well.  FWIW, I think it was a total put-on on Phoenix’s part, but I don’t think Dave was complicit in it.


  • Still on the reality front, American Idol has named its 36 finalists, who are exactly the same 36 that were listed on the internet a couple months ago.  I haven’t watched last night’s episode yet, but am really distressed that drama queen Nathaniel Marshall made the cut, though it might be fun to see him and Tatiana try to out-diva each other.
  • Rod Blagojevich just won’t go away.  And one way to milk the spotlight is to call your opponents incompetent “drunkards and adulterers“.  That should help his case.
  • As part of their Truth-o-Meter page, the folks at the St. Petersburg Times’ PolitiFact.com are tracking President Obama’s campaign promises, assigning statuses including “Promise Kept”, “Promise Broken”, and “Compromise” to each of 511 documented campaign promises.  So far the vast majority of the promises are classified as “No Action”, but of the ones that are not either “No Action” or “In the Works”, “Promise Kept” is the clear leader (7 promises there, as opposed to one each for “Compromise”, “Promise Broken”, and “Stalled”).  You can keep track of the tally (as well as other true-false evaluations) on the Obameter.

February 11, 2009

Things I Noticed, Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Filed under: Entertainment — CPav @ 11:02 pm

Today is Wednesday, February 11, 2009, Binding Day in Portland, Dorsetshire, England.  It is brought to you by the word “breachy”, which means “brackish” and is applied to “smuggled spirits which have been impregnated with salt-water.”  (These words and most of the day descriptions come from the Forgotten English desk calendar by Jeffrey Kacirk.)

  • India is marketing a soft drink to compete with Coke and Pepsi.  It’s going to be called “gau jal”, or “cow water” because, well, maybe you should just read the story here.

  • Fox Television has ordered a pilot for the old DC Comics character “The Human Target“, starring Mark Valley, who recurs as John Scott on that networks’ Fringe.  They’re also doing a remake of the BBC series “Absolutely Fabulous”, which no one could possibly think is a good idea.  (Incidentally, Valley married Fringe co-star and Kate Blanchett lookalike Anna Torv back in December.  Lucky guy.)

  • One of the classier tie-ins to the upcoming Watchmen movie is a book of black and white portraits of the characters.  EW Online has a preview of 17 of the images, though I still don’t understand the “I forgot to take off my panties” look of Silk Spectre II (Malin Ackermann) in picture #5.  (It’s a look that doesn’t appear to carry through any of the trailers I’ve seen)  And while I love Carla Gugino and the whole 1940s look, I’d have loved it even more if her portrait had been of Silk Spectre I instead of alter ego Sally Jupiter.

  • Looks like the next coin to get a makeover will be the penny.

  • Both the Catholic Church and the Church of England appear to have no problem reconciling Darwinian evolution with Christian teachings.  I’ve been saying that for ages, since before Intelligent Design became a dirty word.

  • My senator is Twittering (@clairecmc).  Is yours?

February 10, 2009

Things I Noticed, Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Filed under: Entertainment — CPav @ 9:02 pm

Today is Tuesday, February 10, the birthday of English poet and essayist Charles Lamb and the 50th anniversary of the legendary 1959 St. Louis tornado and the 20th anniversary of the death of Dan Kelly, who introduced a generation of St. Louisans to hockey.  It’s sponsored by the word “karimption”, a party; a set of people, a crowd, implying unity, relationship, or nationality.

Here’s what I noticed today:

  • Thank goodness.  Esquire online says it’s okay to wear a rumpled shirt.  Who knew I was a fashion trendsetter all this time?
  • Slate magazine lists their Top 10 court cases pursued by the Bush administration that the Obama administration should revisit.
  • PetSmart and Hill’s (a pet food manufacturer) are sponsoring the “Second Chance for Love” adoption event this weekend.  Details at the link don’t include the fact that the rescue that adopts out the most pets over the three-day event will receive a sizable cash prize, so if you’re in the St. Louis area and thinking about adding a puppy to your family this Valentine’s Day, please stop by the Mostly Mutts area at the Chesterfield PetSmart.  We’ll have a number of older dogs (moms whose babies have been weened) for adoption as well.  You can take a look at the Mostly Mutts web site for a preview of our adoptable pets.
  • A great blog started three weeks ago.  The Beatles Complete on Ukulele aims to present, well, the complete works of the Beatles (185 original compositions), one a week, as played on ukulele, with guest artists and an accompanying essay each week.

February 9, 2009

Things I Noticed, Monday, February 9, 2009

Filed under: Entertainment — CPav @ 8:26 pm

Today is February 9, the anniversary of the first documented striptease performance (at Moulin Rouge in Paris, but not featuring Nicole Kidman), and is brought to you by the word “peelaflea”, a light person, not heavily clothed, from the idea of stripping a fly of its covering.

Here’s what I noticed today:

  • So you’re saying to me, “Wow, Chuckles.  I understand that The Sopranos broke quite a number of barriers involving violence and sex on episodic television.  But what I really care about are the $*%($% swear words.  Since I don’t have time to sit and watch the whole series, is there a way to just boil it down to the dialogue and, even moreso, to just the cussing?  Pretty please?”  Well, I certainly don’t have time to do that for you, so it’s fortunate that a director named Victor Solomon has.  Here it is from Boing Boing.  And don’t call me “Chuckles.”

  • Amazon’s coming out with a 2.0 version of its Kindle e-book reader, but assuming the price point will stay the same as the original model, I’ll stick to my smartphone.

  • Google has released a new utility to allow users to sync contacts and calendars with mobile phones.  I’m going to try using it instead of the free version of OggSync.  I’ll let you know how it works out.

  • New Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered senior Justice officials to review all instances in which the Bush administration invoked the spectre of state secrets to prevent information about warrantless wiretapping from being made public.
  • Evidently a Craigslist ad looking for a woman with adult entertainment experience to run for public office has resulted in a potential candidate being identified.  There appears to be a grass-roots effort to draft Baton Rouge’s Stormy Daniels to run against incumbent David Vitter.

February 6, 2009

Things I Noticed, February 6, 2009

Filed under: Entertainment — CPav @ 9:42 pm

Today is February 6, 2009, the anniversary of the death of Charles II of England.  Today is sponsored by the word “landfall”, a sudden translation of property in land by the death of a rich man.  Today’s Addictionary.org neologism is “sportscashter”, one who roots against their own team because they’ve got money on the game.

Here’s what I noticed today:

  • I really like Whitney Matheson’s Pop Culture blog on USA Today.  Every week following a new episode of Lost, she opens up a comment thread to fans of the show to discuss, then culls out the best 10 comments in a digest on Friday.  This week’s is here.
  • I’ve thought about trying to get involved with Yoga, but have never quite gotten around to it.  This documentary sounds kind of interesting, though.
  • Could you run a bank for 500k a year?  James Boyce thinks he can.
  • That mom who had octuplets back in January?  She’s single, on disability, and has six other kids, and all sixteen kids have been born via in vitro fertilization.  Does that change your opinion of her “miracle”?  It sure does mine.  As do the comments here.
  • You may not be able to buy next week’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue at Wal-Mart, but it won’t be for the reason you think.
  • With the news that Supreme Ruth Baded Ginsburg is recovering from pancreatic cancer surgery, Esquire magazine revives an old profile of the woman who could be President Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee.
  • AMC Theaters is repeating its Best Picture showcase the Saturday before the Oscars (Saturday, February 21 this year).  It’s a great chance to catch up on films you might’ve missed, and if you sign up for one of their MovieWatcher cards, you can get $5 off the $30 entry fee.  I’m planning on attending at the Chesterfield Mall theater (so that I can hit the food court during the dinner break).  See you there?
  • We have good friends that have a son with Asperger’s Syndrome, but I never associated him with The Big Bang TheoryUntil now.
  • The CEO of Netflix objects to President Obama’s plan to restrict executive pay, but not for the reason you’d think.

This weekend is the Feast Day of St. Meingold, a patron of bankers sponsored by the word “clocking-hen”, a sum of money put out to interest in a bank, from Aberdeenshire.

Things I Noticed, February 5, 2009

Filed under: Entertainment — CPav @ 9:28 am

I forgot to actually publish this yesterday.  Apologies.

Today is the Feast Day of St. Agatha, a patroness of bell-ringers, and is brought to you by the word “jack-o’-the-clock”.

Here’s what I’m noticing today:

  • The Digital TV Conversion, originally scheduled for February 17, has been pushed back to June.  Congress cited a need to free up rebate money for 200,000 consumers who are on a waiting list for the converter box coupons, and a White House spokesperson said “The passage of this bipartisan legislation means that millions of Americans will have the time they need to prepare for the conversion…”  Um, excuse me?  What about those annoying PSAs and the crawl across the bottom of my tv screen that I’ve been seeing for a year and a half?!?!?  That’s not enough time?  I can see if they blamed it just on the rebate delay, but to imply that consumers haven’t had enough time?  Come on, folks.
  • The US Copyright office has an FAQ answer on copyrighting your sighting of Elvis.  What boggles the mind is that enough people have asked about this that the office would think it prudent to include it in an FAQ.  Although I guess the same general information would apply to sightings of Bigfoot, the Chupacabra, or Rod Blagojevich just as well (although one of those things is not anywhere near as uncommon as it should be at this point).  (Thanks to boingboing.net)
  • Now this one really has me jazzed.  One of my favorite Disney songs, which doesn’t receive the play that often because it’s not a generic song, but narrates a bit of the action, is the short “Oo De Lally”, by Roger Miller, from Robin HoodThis great page has versions of the song (video included) in a wide variety of languages.

February 3, 2009

Things I Noticed, February 3, 2009

Filed under: Entertainment — CPav @ 5:42 pm

Today is February 3, 2009, and is sponsored by the word “unkard”.

Today is the day that Alexander Selkirk, the man on whom Robinson Crusoe was based, was rescued after 5 years on a deserted island.  It’s also the 50th anniversary of “the day the music died”, immortalized in the Don McLean song “American Pie”.

I didn’t see any links to pass on, but am finding it interesting how many of these folks that President Obama wants to be in his cabinet are having trouble paying their taxes.  I don’t think for a minute that it’s a Democrat-only phenomenon, but I’m wondering if maybe I’m doing something wrong.  I mean, if it’s that easy for them to not pay their taxes properly, then maybe I should be trying harder not to pay mine.  Of course, that would be wrong, and since I’m not a hooked-up Washington politician, chances are I’d get caught and punished sometime before I was called to testify before Congress.  Ah, well.

More tomorrow.

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