I missed the first half, but so far I think Miller's doing a fine job in the booth. My favorite quip: "Al, I think the kids on Survivor have a better per diem than we do. I had to trade for a BLT with fur pelts this afternoon." He's interacting well with Fouts and Michaels; I think this experiment is going to pay off. About the game itself:
(1) Go Pats!
(2) I'm not crazy about the new Pats color scheme on the unis.
(3) I like the "Umpire-Cam" but I'm not crazy about the audio, hearing so much field noise it's drowning out the play-by-play.
I'm off to Madison straight after work tomorrow. Back Monday. I hope there are dozens of cool posts to read when I get back. Hey Mega, guess what I'm eating for breakfast all weekend ... that's right, the Scrambler! Ah, the Scrambler, a plate full of fried potatoes, covered with eggs that've been scrambled with sausage, the whole thing smothered with sausage gravy, and topped with a generous portion of Wisconsin cheddar. A chocolate malt and a cup of coffee on the side and you don't have to eat again all day. That's the stuff.
Like having the President and Vice-President fly in the same plane, it's one of those things you wouldn't ordinarily tempt fate with, but in the course of congregating to celebrate Tim's wedding the minds behind Triptych Cryptic spent much of the weekend in the same room(s) together eating stuffed mushrooms and chicken tenders, singing a cappella versions of "The Circle of Life" & "Ring of Fire," fighting over climate control in the hotel room (equatorial jungle vs. cool mountain breeze), playing Oh Hell, and listening to Mega rant about "tall ships" being gay code. (Not all at the same time, I'm condensing for brevity.) Sadly, things have returned to normal.
It's not a particularly well written article, but Kurkjian's "A man born to play behind the plate" at ESPN.com does articulate two of the main reasons Carlton Fisk is a deserving Hall of Famer and one of my favorite players -- though I could never stand to see him in those crappy Chisox unis. That he was one of the best catchers ever is obvious; that he could be abrasive and confrontational while still being in the best tradition of the game, that's the real reason Bosox fans still love him. Well, that and the home run.
You don't even want to know what I thought the lyrics of "Too Shy" meant. OK, I'll tell you. I thought the girl was too shy to go down on the guy. I thought the "eye to eye" bit was her eye to his one-eyed trouser schnauzer, that's why he wants her to move a little closer. HD is probably closer to right than I am though. Now that I've written this, I wish I could sign this post "Mega."
Most common misspelling on the web since X-Men came out: "Rouge" for "Rogue."
I think the Matrix sequel should take place more in the "real" world, less in the Matrix. Hard to imagine how Neo's new powers will remain interesting if they spend much time in the Matrix-- they've got the "Superman Dilemma" and will have to struggle for something more interesting than kryptonite to foil Neo. I think the way to go is to expand on the Joey Pants character's crisis: some people will prefer to stay in the Matrix and how will Neo use his powers against people who have aligned themselves with the agents?
"Smithers had thwarted my earlier attempt to take candy from a baby; but, with him out of the picture, I was free to wallow in my crapulence."
Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night unable to remember what I was dreaming about with, what I suspect, is an entirely unrelated bit of pop-kitsch ephemera lodged in my frontal lobe. Part of the problem is I've been falling asleep with the stereo tuned to ESPN Radio and hearing the score of the Braves-Tampa Bay interleague game for the 50th time seems to interfere with my dreamscape.
I was reading about Jackie Chan's Gorgeous at alt.asian-movies and it turns out the version I have is actually a hacked up edit. It was still good, but why do Columbia and New Line feel the need to mess with these movies? The people who want to buy them want the original, full-length versions. They are never going to be mainstream big sellers, so why alienate the fans who would gladly plunk down their hard earned $20 for movies as they were originally released?
I don't remember how I signed up for it, but I got my $20 off at BestBuy Online today. Their DVD collection is predictably crappy and overpriced. With $20 off though, can't go wrong. It was a tough choice ... I thought about getting Ninja Scroll, and one of the Avengers collections, but finally settled on Grosse Pointe Blank.
PGA asks Supreme Court to consider Casey Martin case. The pros on the tour seem to be afraid the cart gives Casey and unfair advantage. I wonder if they're weighing that against his painful circulatory condition? There's a real advantage. "Hey, look at me, I can barely walk from the cart to the tee. You suckers are going down..." vroom, vroom.
This page is on GeoCities. So is my personal page. This link is a fun way to see what other folks are doing with their pages: Random GeoCities page. It's easy to see why smarmy bloggers dog these pages, but every now and again you stumble across an interesting one. Keep your expectations low and file this link under: Timekiller.
Mark has posted a Fight Club commentary in the Pocketverse. I had a somewhat different take on the movie's message, I think, and I'm always ready to admit I could be wrong, but I didn't think the revolutionary group/frat-boy bit was meant to be an "answer" to the the emasculating effects of consumer culture. I felt the movie was portraying that response as missing the point and being a false solution -- actually, I thought the anti-consumer message was more of a "paste-on" theme and that the only thing the movie was unambiguous about was that the Norton character wouldn't be healed until he could connect with Helena Bonham Carter character, thereby placing it, with Howard's End, in the fine tradition of movies that pander to my secret desire to "connect" with Helena Bonham Carter.