Monday, July 30, 2007

The More Things Change... The More They Stay the Same...

I recently caught an episode of “77 Sunset Strip,” credited as television’s very first hour-long private eye drama. This episode, filmed and broadcast before I was born, was entitled “The Fanatics.”

The premise was about a group of terrorists from the Middle East who plant a bomb that will blow up their enemy... plus a number of innocent civilians... in a hospital while their enemy undergoes surgery.

Hmm... sound familiar?

The bomb... which looked more like a Radio Shack transistor radio than an explosive device (this was, after all, the 1960’s), was strapped to the waist of the terrorist Kemal’s fiancéé (portrayed by a very young Marlo Thomas). She was told a lie that Kemal wanted her to blow herself up for the cause.

While Kemal commiserates over his love being blown up, his mentor says that her death will be for the glory of their cause. After the good guys find and defuse the bomb, we find that Kemal’s mentor is full of khara. Kemal and his woman see the light and go on to live happily ever after (this was, after all, the 1960’s).

Despite the laughable casting of actors like Bert Convy as Kemal and Joe DeSantis as Mustafa Caleb (this was, after all, the 1960’s), it was interesting to see that the more things change, the more things stay the same.

This classic series is broadcast on the American Life Network... which is available on many cable and satellite networks.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Sylar Gets Spock’s Brain?


The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the actor slated to portray Captain Kirk’s Vulcan friend is none other than the guy who opens heads and removes brains on the NBC /slash/ Sci-Fi Channel hit series, Heroes.

Jeremy Quinto, the Hero that everyone loves to hate, had been campaigning hard for the role, according to Star Trek News. Looks as if his efforts have paid off.

Some may wonder if Sylar can be Spock... but keep in mind that Jeremy has an impressive acting résumé. Quinto previously had a steady gig beside Kiefer Sutherland on Day Three of the Fox series 24. He also appeared on many TV shows, including CSI and Crossing Jordan.

Still no word on who will play the younger version of James Tiberius Kirk.

My vote would go for Matt Damon.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

He Accidentally Started the 60’s

My good buddy Howard Bloom has published his awesome treatise on how he accidentally started the 1960’s.

I thought I would spread the word for those of you who have not yet read this book. It is available for download in a number of easily digestible chunks.

Click here to see the listing for the book at Amazon.

You may also notice that the video selections on our blog currently feature Howard.

Hope you enjoy them!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Lindsay Lohan

Apparently, the cocaine in Lindsay Lohan’s pants wasn’t hers. She swapped pants with someone who had the drugs. Well, that explains it. So, another Paris Hilton prison sentence? Or maybe she will get the Claudine Longet treatment?


Here is an idea:


Saturday, July 21, 2007

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R.I.P. Tammy Faye



We were saddened to hear of the passing of Tammy Faye Mesner, former wife of Jim Bakker and mother of evangelist Jamie Bakker.

Tammy Faye appeared on CNN’s Larry King Show the night before her passing. On the program, she appeared weak and emaciated. Unable to take solid foods, she was only 65 pounds.

We are praying for her family...

And understanding that Tammy Faye is now pain-free and rejoicing in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.

More details available at http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/07/21/tammy.faye/index.html.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Starbuck Goes Bionic

After Katee Sackhoff flies her final sortie on the hit Sci-Fi series “Battlestar Galactica,” she won’ be heading for the unemployment line. The actress who portrays Kara “Starbuck” Thrace will end Season Four of Galactica to begin the first season of another science fiction series.

NBC announced that it reached an agreement with Katee to continue playing Sarah Corvus, the bionic arch-enemy of Jamie Sommers (Michelle Ryan -- formerly from the BBC series, Eastenders) on the new version of Bionic Woman. Universal Media Studios hired Sackhoff earlier this year to play bad Sarah in the pilot episode. It had been rumored that contract negotiations to keep her with the show in recurring mode had broken down. Those rumors heated up after she failed to appear with the cast during the Television Critics Association's press tour.

The terms of her contract with Universal are undisclosed, but who cares? The best thing is that the sexiest Viper pilot in the colonial fleet will stay on television after the Galactica crew retires.

Bionic Woman will premiere on NBC Wednesday, September 26 in the 9-10pm time slot. To see more about the series, visit http://www.bionicwebsite.com/

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Perverted Justice

CNN reported that NBC is facing a $100-million lawsuit following the suicide of a man targeted in a sex sting by the network’s “Perverted Justice” series on NBC Dateline.

According to Smoking Gun, an NBC producer was another victim of this show... which on one hand does the admirable job of having predators who go after teenagers brought to justice. But, on the other hand... it could be circumventing due process of the law.

Granted, this is the most highest rated segment on the network’s news magazine. It will be interesting to see what happens.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Freudian?


I was fortunate to have an opportunity to view Terry’s innovative web site, “Bent Objects” following its recognition by blogger.com.

I was amused by this somewhat Freudian work of art in which a bun refuses the intentions of a hot dog.

This site has great avant-garde artwork and is a MUST SEE.

Check it out: http://bentobjects.blogspot.com/.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

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Friday, July 6, 2007

TSA: Take Something Away

Ah... memories...

I remembered a trip to Miami. I was walking downtown (seeing sites, meeting people, and burning calories) and saw this cigar shop. Not a big smoker, but I used to play lots of golf and something about exchanging stogies with the fellas on the green. So I am looking about and the owner offers me a free smoke. Well, now I have to buy something.

I see this great lighter... he called it a “torch.” It would maintain its flame even in a hurricane. I thought that it does get windy some days, and it would be great to light a cigar in the wind or even a light drizzle.

I said, “I’ll take it!”

On the way home, the TSA agent who scanned my bag asked if I had “A Tradesman’s Tool?” I had no idea what he was talking about. After several repeated searches and x-rays of my bag... he determined the red flag was my brand new lighter.

He said, “I’ll take it!”

And, with that, he confiscated my brand new $80 torch.

That memory came as I stood in the security line at LAX while the TSA guy insisted that I must have had a knife in my laptop bag. He removed all of the contents and nuked the bag repeatedly... but no knife. Finally, he determined it was one of my pens, but they were not nice enough to confiscate (I keep the Mont Blanc and Waterman pens on my person at all times).

Can’t win them all.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Dinner


Had some left-over beef short ribs from the 4th and so I wanted to come up with something interesting to do with them.


Acting on autopilot, I grabbed a ceramic casserole and lined the bottom with potato sliced about ¼-inch or slightly thicker, single layer. Added a few dabs of butter, then placed a sliced yellow onion on.


Put the ribs on top and seasoned with garlic salt, cayenne and black pepper. Finally, put a sliced red capsicum on top and added enough Clés des Ducs Vieil Armagnac V.S.O.P. to douse the ribs and cover the potatoes. Covered and baked for 45 minutes at 350°.


Served with steamed veggies and a lovely Barton & Guestier Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

R.I.P. Beverly Sills


We are sad to report that one of the greatest voices in Opera has left us at the age of 78.

Beverly Sills died Monday at her Manhattan home. She was suffering from inoperable lung cancer despite the fact that she she never smoked.

Sills performed on a number of classic television shows and specials. My favorite was her teaming with comedienne Carol Burnett. She was also a special favorite of the Metropolitan Opera crowd.

Sills had the honor of interviewing singers on PBS and other outlets. She also served as the main host of the popular PBS Live from Lincoln Center specials.

Her final vocal performance aired on PBS in 1981 during a Great Performances episode entitled “A Lincoln Center Special: Beverly! Her Farewell Performance.”

Sills also thrilled European audiences with her energy and voice at famed opera houses like The Royal Opera in London and La Scala in Milan. No funeral or memorial information has been released to the press yet.

She will be missed.

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