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Cut Steve's Blatherings

Friday, December 30, 2005

I Thought the U.S. Had a Lock on the Weird TV Sweepstakes

        Wrong.

        Hat tip: A close personal friend of mine.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Happy St. Stephen's Day to You All

        December 26th is the feast day of my namesake, St. Stephen, first martyr.  I just thought I'd mention that.

        And here's something from "Best of the Web Today" I thought you'd want to read, because it really clears things up:

"Wisconsin Study: Teens Play It Safe but Still Take Risks"--headline, WAOW-TV Web site (Wausau, Wis.), Dec. 21

        As Taranto asks, "What Would Teens Do Without Wisconsin Studies?"  Other notable headlines of the last week or two:

Thanks for the Tip!--XXVIII
"Health Tip: Teen Years Can Be Tough"--headline, HealthDayNews, Dec. 22

Give Me the Bad News First, Doc
"Study: Impotence Can Warn of Heart Disease"--headline, Associated Press, Dec. 22

If They Don't Ail Him, What Does?
"Parole Board Denies Ailing Kevorkian"--headline, Associated Press, Dec. 22

Shades of 'Soylent Green'
"Films Show Terrorists as People"--headline, USA Today, Dec. 21

That's One Talented Calf
"Moose Captured After Son Plays Saxophone"--headline, Associated Press, Dec. 20

Next They'll Count Moose With Saxophones
"India to Count Tigers With Computers"--headline, Reuters, Dec. 21

That Explains Our Headache
"Researchers: Sweet Tooth May Be in Brain"--headline, Associated Press, Dec. 20

Why the British Are Unlucky in Love
"Fewer Teeth May Mean More Heart Woes"--headline, HealthDayNews, Dec. 22

The First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers
"Lawyers: Don't Let Doctors Perform Executions"--headline, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dec. 21

        And have a Happy Holiday Season, you all.

From a Bulletin Board I Read

What happens when you:

1) have nothing to do

2) own a sharp knife

3) have a large lime

4) own a patient cat

5) drink too much tequila

6) and it's football season?

Answer below:














This.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas, you all.

        We here at St. Onge Manor are mostly spending it asleep, having been knocked for a loop by a cold bug.  I'm mostly over it, K. is close to the trough.  So we lie abed, and sleep.

        But a life where the worst you can say is 'I've got a cold' is a marvel.  I'm thankful for it.

Stephen

Monday, December 19, 2005

Things Happen

        The good news is, I'm finally getting over my cold.  The bad news is that our satellite system is acting up, so I'll probably miss the Battlestar Galactica marathon tomorrow (technician comes on Wednesday). Otherwise, nothing much happening here in Minneapolis — except shivering.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Go See King Kong

        K. and I can sum it up by saying we aren't sure if this is the best picture of the year, or whether The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe beats it.  There's really nothing much else to challenge Kong.  I've reviewed it more thoroughly at Fat Steve's.

        If you go the Internet Movie Data Base, you can find a list of the best films of 2005, as determined by the IMDB voters.  Of those I've seen, I came up with the following list of "major league" movies of 2005: King Kong; The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Batman Begins; Serenity; March of the Penguins; Walk the Line; Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (though arguably, it isn't quite good enough for "the majors"); Mirrormask; and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Of them, Kong and Narnia are in the World Series, tied in the bottom of the ninth inning in game seven.

      I saw and enjoyed Sin City and Star Wars III, but neither ranks with the films above.  Corpse Bride isn't on the IDMB list, although perhaps it should have been.  I haven't seen Murderball, Cinderella Man, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Mad Hot Ballroom, A History of Violence, or Pride and Predjudice, which are the only ones on the list that look like they might even be interesting, much less worthy of inclusion in my "major league" film list.

        It is perhaps worth noting that of the "majors," none is rated R, and of those that missed the cut or weren't seen, only three of nine are.  <sarcasm>We see here the terrible effects of censorship: when the movie maker isn't allowed to use the swearing and tit shots he wants to film, he's forced to replace it with inadequate substitutes like good writing, good plotting, good acting, and good directing.  Any day now, we'll see the complete collapse of the film industry, replaced with propoganda for decency, justice and bravery, and lacking any redeeming qualities except artistic excellence</sarcasm>.

        To repeat: go see Kong, Lion, and Walk if you haven't already.  Great films.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Moderately Ill

        Me, that is.  I have a cold and sore throat, and for the past few days have done as little as possible.

        Tonite, it's going to snow several inches.  If I can bear to do it, I'll shovel, and then, if I can bear to do it, we might go to the movies and see King Kong, which opens tomorrow.

        Speaking of movies, K. and I, and our friends L. and T. saw The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Saturday.  Very good, though you may wish to buy tickets in advance.  Half the shows at the theatre we went to were sold out.  Excellent movie, highly recommended.  But then, you've probably already seen it — last week, it earned more than all other movies listed at Box Office Mojo combined.  I've got it up in Fat Steve's Archives, though as usual there's a ton of white space on top (Blogger doesn't like tables).

        Stay well, and warm.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

A Reminder

        On Friday, K. and I went to the Mall of America, to buy a present for a co-worker.  It was a great reminder of why we hate the place.

        The Disney story is on the south side of the Mall.  But you basically can't park on the south side.  There's a big sign, saying Mall of America, and a big entrance, but there's hardly any parking there.  So, we tried, then we headed west, to the parking ramp.

        There are two big parking ramps at the Mall of America, on the east and west sides.  You can't, though drive in like a normal ramp and keep going till you find a space.  No, you have to pick a level, drive into it, and then hope there's a space there.  So we messed around on parking level three, then went up to level four, and finally found a parking space.  From there, we walked south to an entrance and we were finally in the mall — on level three.  The parking ramp levels don't correspond to the Mall's levels.  Welcome to confusion.

        So, now that we're there, we find the store on the map, and head over.  That part, at least, didn't go so badly.  After K. bought her presents, we looked for a restaurant.  Ah, there's one on level two, south, that will do.  But where is it?  The maps only show the store locations for the level you're on, and while each store has a number, such as S255 (south side, level 2, store fifty five), the numbering system isn't consistent.  In other words, the store directly under S255 will not be S155, it will be S187 or some such.

        Well, we ate, and as we sat there K. marveled at the fact that the place is so popular.   What can I say, but, my wife and I are weird.

        But I tell you, we don't like the Mall, and we won't be going back there for another year or so.  The rest of you are welcome to it.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Yesterday was Cold and Annoyingly Mystical

        K. and I took the Spring Forest Qigong™ class I've mentioned before.  It continues to annoy my engineering mind by working well.

        Otherwise, it was cold, and it snowed.  Very light, big puffy flakes, so it was easy to clear.

        Another half a day today.  If you're interested, the Spring Forest Qigong site is supposed to be here, and if it's still down (as it was a few minutes ago), the Google cache had it here.

        I have to get ready to leave now.  Have a good day, stay warml.

Friday, December 02, 2005

A Good Day, if a Little Cold

        After dragging myself out of bed, I did the semi-daily exercise routine, and then a Chi Gong workout.  That left me feeling better than when I'd just finished.  Today, not yet, but I'll be doing it later.  Tomorrow I may miss the workout.  K. and I are going to a day-and-a-half long Chi Gong workshop, and I may not have the energy to exercise tomorrow night.

        After yesterday's workout, I did some errands, then we went to the movies and saw Walk the Line.  Consider this a rave review.  I had no idea Reese Witherspoon could do drama.  And Joaquin Phoenix just nails Johnny Cash.  Ginnifer Goodwin, who plays Cash's first wife, Vivian, also does a great job.

        K. doesn't like country music, so she was dubious, but afterwards, she said she was glad I'd persuaded her to see it, and she thought even the music was good.  Witherspoon and Phoenix did their own lyrics, by the way, and they sang very well.

        So go see it.  And have a nice day.