Wednesday, February 10, 2016

YOU HAVE WON SECOND PRIZE IN AN ENNUI CONTEST: A clever new strategy to win Monopoly, make everyone angry but convince them never to ask you to play Monopoly again.

THAT'S NOT THE PICTURE OF A MOCKINGBIRD I WANT: Aaron Sorkin's quest for EGOT continues, with a stage adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird allegedly coming to Broadway in 2017-18.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE 2014 SEASON, WE HAVE A CHANCE:  Frozen: The Musical will arrive on Broadway in Spring 2018.  So, who are you casting?
1990S FLASHBACK NOTES:  Ever wonder what happened to Bubbles the Chimp? Like many aging primates, he's living it up in South Florida at an ape sanctuary which tends to former showbiz celebs.  There is no word on whether he's had the chance to enjoy the early bird at Wolfie's Rascal House, and don't you dare remind me that they closed in 2008.

In other news, tonight is White Ford Bronco night on The People vs O.J. Simpson, and if it's as good as the pilot episode, you will want to watch, and not just for the gratuitous Kardashian Kids references. So much fun.
MIND YOUR OWN CHEDDAR BAY BISCUITS:  Perhaps courtesy of Beyonce, Red Lobster's sales on Sunday were up 33% from the prior year's numbers.

Monday, February 8, 2016

I WAS THERE TO MATCH MY INTELLECT ON NATIONAL TV:  Ever wonder what happens on Jeopardy! for one of their two-week tournaments, when there's a tie in determining the final entrants based on most dollars among those who didn't win their individual nights? Because it happened in the present college tournament, and it's kind of a clusterfuck.
IMAGINE YOU WERE GOING TO BE A WAITER, BUT YOU DIDN'T KNOW WHAT SORT OF WAITER YOU WERE GOING TO BE AHEAD OF TIME:  John Rawls and Robert Nozick walk into a restaurant.
UPSET CITY:  Denver won the game, Hyundai (featuring George Washington High School's own Kevin Hart) won the Ad Meter, Gaga was right on the border, and so Lou Wainwright, who forecast a narrow Denver win with Von Miller as MVP, wins our 11th annual pool.

According to the Ad Meter, America's not really interested either in whether we're defecating too much or too little. Go figure.

added: We should also use this space to talk about Queen Bey and the halftime show, and your general thoughts on "Formation," which is as chock full of signifiers and ambition and ... whoa. It's something.

Friday, February 5, 2016

ELEVENTH ANNUAL SEASON-ENDING BIG GAME POOL: Five questions, one blog:
1. Winner/final score.
2. Official Game MVP.
3. Which advertiser tops the USA Today Super Bowl Ad Meter?
4. Eff Coldplay. There is no question 4 this year. Just name your favorite Earth, Wind & Fire song.
5. Will Lady Gaga's rendition of the National Anthem run longer than 2:20?
Tiebreaker: pick a prop bet. Get it right. The tougher the odds, the better you do.

Previous winners: 2006: Benner; 2007: me; 2008: Joseph J. Finn ; 2009: Scott; 2010: Scott again; 2011: GoldnI; 2012: Phil; 2013: Benner; 2014: Isaac Spaceman, and 2015: StvMg. As they will tell you, the prizes are Fame and Glory within this community, but nothing financial.

My picks: Carolina 27-20, Newton, Anheuser-Busch, "Groove Tonight," shorter. And Stephen Curry points (-4.5) (-115).

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

ONE MAN, TWO AWARDS SHOWS: James Corden will host the Tony Awards in June, which are exiled from Radio City due to a summer Rockettes show.  A Brit hosting a show in which tons of awards go to Hamilton will certainly be amusing.
OKAY, CAMPERS, RISE AND SHINE, AND DON'T FORGET YOUR BOOTIES 'CAUSE IT'S COOOOOOLD OUT THERE TODAY: It's February 2, so it's time to talk about the movie again. Do you buy the whole Buddhist thing, or should we just quote lines for a while and generally discuss its awesomeness?

Participate in this thread, or it's gonna be cold, it's gonna be grey, and it's gonna last you for the rest of your life.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

EXPERIMENTAL PROTOTYPE COMMUNITY OF THE NEXT FIVE YEAR PLAN: The Americans (Season 4) premiers in March, but the released episode titles give you good hint about the which period of the Reagan administration they'll be covering.

Friday, January 29, 2016

AMERICAN (HIGHWAY) GOTHIC:  The Federal government is backtracking away from Clearview, the typeface it adopted in 2004 for federal highway signs, and has re-adopted Highway Gothic.  I much prefer the classic typeface -- not only because I am a reactionary when it comes to changes on the highway (California only adopted mileage-based Exit Numbers in the last 10 to 15 years) -- if it was good enough for Tower of Power, it's good enough for me.