Friday, January 07, 2011

Sedaris - Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk - just not that funny!

I heard about this newest Sedaris piece on the Daily Show, and downloaded the audio book for a long trip.

Sedaris told Stewart on screen about "the squirrel and the chipmunk who ran out of things to talk about." Stewart and the audience laughed, and so did I; it was a chuckle-worthy premise.

However, Sedaris runs out of things to talk about as well. The novelty of animals acting like humans wears off pretty quick, and what's left is a series of dark, sometimes downright unpleasant stories. This book is certainly not suited for kids.

When I read "Me Talk Pretty One Day", I was laughing out loud at every sentence. Turns out that humans and their cultures are a much richer source of humor than critters.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Jesus Christ Superstar!

If you've got the means, you should come check out Jesus Christ Superstar this weekend at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign. I'm an apostle and it's a pretty sweet production. I know people in shows always like to talk up whatever event they're a part of regardless of its quality, so I'll just say, "you will find something to enjoy at this show."

Check out our sweet smoke effects and lights! And my heavy stage makeup! :)

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Triplets of Belleville

Lots has happened since my last post, but writing a paragraph about a movie is way easier than writing about everything that has happened.

My mom brought home the DVD of Triplets of Belleville, a French animated flick from 2003. Imagine the French doing Spirited Away, and you've got a pretty accurate picture of this movie. It's about a Tour de France competitor and his grandma, who live a one-track life of bicycle training until the young man gets kidnapped by some mafiosos for silly, nefarious purposes.

The whole thing is visually weird, surreal, full of caricatures. The French characters have absurd French noses. When the action moves to America, the Americans are absurdly fat and constantly overeating. Such caricatures, no doubt, are part of the reason critics, sadly, have praised this movie so much. Ah, the French, they can poke fun at their own noses, and also at American gluttony. For me, it was over the top.

Spirited Away was visually splendid and imaginative, with an equally engaging story. This flick didn't have much of a story, and the visuals were highly exaggerated but otherwise not very creative. Maybe I just despise French things, who knows.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

TeaParty07 Predictions

Some thoughts on the upcoming "Ron Paul Tea Party" (December 16th):

-Already over 20,000 subscribers (11/25).

-It'll be interesting to see whether it's going to keep losing steam (decelerating) as it is doing now, or whether there'll be a spike or at least an acceleration upwards in the days leading up to the deadline.

-Since Ron Paul supporters haven't disappointed me yet, I'm going to throw my weight behind the idea that we'll see a pretty strong upward trend as it gets close to detonation time. The campaign is putting a bit of a damper on things, however, with its plea for IMMEDIATE donations and its warnings that we cannot "afford to wait for bursts of press activity.

-I think people will donate now, to please Mr. Money Bydlak at the campaign, and they will still donate again come money bomb time. I feel like the supporters still have a lot left in them. This fight is not nearly over.

-As for the numbers: If we see some sexy polling numbers in the next 2 weeks (like a 10% in N.H., 10% Nevada, and maybe a few 7% national poll results), I think people will money bomb the HELL out of December 16th to a level that will blow people's minds. Like, maybe the graph will show something exciting like 35,000 subscribers, but the event itself will drop an even more boggling 7 MIL into the campaign's coffers. Optimistic? Sure. But realistic, considering how passionate supporters are.

-The snowball is accelerating down the mountain. The question is: "can we fix global warming so that it won't melt before it gets to the bottom?"

Monday, November 05, 2007

On being a "Ron Paul Shill", the 5th of November, and more

As I watch Ron Paul's fundraising ticker go through the roof today, the 5th of November, I'm searching for the media's reaction. Here's one article (from the National Ledger) that I felt inclined to vocally disagree with, being the Ron Paul Shill (or SpamBot, take your pick) that I am.

Ron Paul: Cash is King, On Pace for a $2M Day, But Will it Matter?

Here's what I wrote to Mr. Jackson, the article's author:

I would disagree with you that he's bad on television and in speeches. I would certainly agree with you that in general we've grown used to Obama-rhetoric as the model of what it means to be a good speech giver. But "audacity of hope" is nice, but boy is it unspecific. Have you watched the democratic debates? Have you heard Hillary attempt to give answers that will alienate her from no one? Would you call those "good answers?" Is she "good on TV?" The "rabid" and "wild-eyed" supporters that WE are, we actually prefer simple talk." Simple talk with a dose of historical awareness, two tablespoons of directness, a pinch of politeness, and a generous heapful of courage. That's all Ron Paul provides, and for many people, it's the best thing they see.

The author also believes that Ron Paul "won't crack 2.4 million" by the end of today. Hah. The mediaman has just become the Ron Paul fundraising analyst. Sir, I think I'm a bigger Ron Paul stat whore that you, so leave the projections to me. :-P It's currently 1:46 PM, and the day's total from 00:00 (midnight, 11/5) is above $2033K. We're 14 hours into this bomb raid, boys. Typically, Ron's donations pick up in the afternoon hours, all the way until 7 or 8 PM at least.

A lot of the RP SpamBots excitedly dropped their payloads last night at midnight, so we probably won't see the same proportional acceleration towards the evening, but it's going to move along at a healthy pace. I'm guessing, by 12:00 AM tonight CST there will be 3.5 to 4.0 mil. Which would easily be the biggest one day fundraising total for the primary cycle.