- Which bombshell's image was painted on the first nuclear bomb tested after WW2?
- In what country was Mata Hari executed?
- What team has won the most NFL championships? (note: not Super Bowls)
- Indianapolis is the second-largest state capital city, based on population. What's first?
- What artist, who would have turned 113 today, painted "The Problem We All Live With"?
Saturday, February 3, 2007
- Allows us to enter the world of high-quality people being allowed to demonstrate high-end work to impress us: Yes.
- High-class production values: Yes.
- First elimination is clearly based on "who's going to make for good television?" and not "who did the worst job at this challenge?" Yes.
- Does a decent job explaining what it is these people are doing so well: Eh.
- Has a confident lead host-judge who conveys mastery of this sphere and doesn't sound like a Muppet every time he speaks: Hells no.
Friday, February 2, 2007
edited by Adam: According to Jerome Armstrong, today's other song choices were Chris Dodd -- "Get Ready", by
- Final score.
- Game MVP
- Company responsible for the commercial receiving the highest rating in Monday's USA Today Ad Meter survey. (Dan Rubin has your prep material and links.)
- Assuming he does three songs, predict the three-song setlist that Prince will perform during the halftime show.
Your prize, as always, is Fame and Glory Forever. Benner, how's that working out from last year?
Thursday, February 1, 2007
- In high school, I was president of the David Letterman Fan Club, an officially recognized student group. Our only activity was to meet once and awhile after school in the library to watch a video tape of a recent episode. I have no memory of the club ever doing anything beyond that.
- The NY Daily News has a lame list of Dave's Top 10 Shows that includes only a single episode from the far, far superior NBC era (the Sonny and Cher reunion).
- Entertainment Weekly's Whitney Pastorek recalls her brush with fame and how she subsequently got banned from the audience.
- Bill Murray is tonight's guest, just as he was 25 years ago. Cue the Olivia Newton John music.
- It's nice that Dave's hometown of Indianapolis will at least have one thing celebrate this week.
- Dave's first post-9/11 show was quite simply captivating.
- I still can't phantom why people voluntarily watch Jay Leno rather than him.
- Two words: Chris Elliot.
- YouTube appears to be down right now, so I can't link to some of the great musical performances from the show over the years, but the one that always stands out is a shy and shaggy haired Michael Stipe belting out "South Central Rain" from 1983.
- Who knows what other surprises are in store for tonight? Gruff-but-lovable Gus, anyone?
It will be quite a week -- on July 13, the weekend before, Order of the Phoenix hits theaters. Our lengthy discussion of Half-Blood Prince from two years ago is here.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Hereabouts, watching those two meals go down while munching on a mundane bowl of shells in parmesan pesto created a sad sort of dissonance. To answer Adam's question from the earlier post, a meal prepared by any of this year's contestants would be happily received as long as I didn't have to listen to them rehash the competition while I ate.
With that, the floor is open for further, more specifically-spoileriffic discussion.
And we haven't had a quiz in a long time so, guess which list each of these belongs on:
- 12 Major Championships
- Double Nickels on the Dime
- Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
- Seven PGA Tour Victories in a Row
- Tiger Slam
Ivins told a pretty salty story (esp. when you consider all the old blueblood grandmas in the audience). When she was covering the Texas legislature ("the leg," she calls it), she covered passage of an anti-sodomy bill (probably the law overturned in Lawrence, I now realize). Afterwards, apparently there was a lot of (literal) back-slapping among the right-wing good ole boys behind the measure. One of her fellow progressive journalists, watching them all shake hands and pat each others' backs etc., turned to her and said, "Hey, I thought it was illegal for a prick to touch an asshole in this state."
Video of her telling the story is over here (contains bawdy language, and the story starts about halfway in), and an archive of some of her recent work is here. From the NYT obit:
The Texas Observer has a lengthy tribute as well. One has to love a woman who autographed her books with the note, Raise more hell!
After Patrick J. Buchanan, as a conservative candidate for president, declared at the 1992 Republican National Convention that America was engaged in a cultural war, she said his speech “probably sounded better in the original German.”
“There are two kinds of humor,” she told People magazine. One was the kind “that makes us chuckle about our foibles and our shared humanity,” she said. “The other kind holds people up to public contempt and ridicule. That’s what I do.”
Finals are tonight. Predictions are welcome here, as would be your running commentary. Phil, I believe, will wrap up a great season of recaps with the post-game show.
"two trouble-making, 1980s-graphic-like characters called "mooninites," named Ignignokt and Err -- who were pictured on the suspicious devices. They are known for making the obscene hand gesture depicted on the devices."Or is it? It kind of is, seems to me. "Omigawd it was like Space-Invaders for real and they were so vulgar!!"
Hat tip: Atrios.
I'm glad that Boy Wonder has finally been revealed as a member of Team Mutation -- even if his Eriq-LaSalle-in-Coming-to-America hair and shave-it-or-bleach-it upper lip are really getting on my nerves. I'm unimpressed so far with the introduction of the Invisible Man, but thought that the fakeout in the hallway was a nice touch. I continue to love the sense of humor in the subtitling of Hiro's communications. (The "gasp" wasn't as funny as last week's subdued "whoosh", but still -- pretty funny.) I'm bored with Not-Detective Weiss's parlor tricks with the wife -- she didn't accidentally think about her little secret even once during all those giggly "guess what I'm thinking" games? And I'd like an explanation as to exactly which power led to Sylar's nifty trick.
Lots more one-off ruminations brewing, but I'll leave them for the comments.
*thanks to frequent commenter Jenn for the nomenclature suggestion
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Anyway. Not much to say about the actual performances except that two of my least favorite performances were among the judges' favorites: Baby Sandy (aka Elisabeth Shue Sandy), whose "I Love Rock and Roll" seemed more angry than sexy, and Ambitious Danny (aka Flailing Danny), whose "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" must have played better live than on TV. I particularly liked Spiritual Sandy -- she sang that "Beautiful Girl" song that the AI folks seem to like -- as well as Serious Sandy. As for the Dannys, I have to say that Hot Danny (aka I Was a Teenage Geek But Now I Am Hot Danny) gives me the oogies -- he's just a little too, well, oogy for me. Wholesome Danny and Slacker Danny were my favorites among the guys.
Anybody watching this one, or is this another show like So You Think You Can Dance regarding which I draft posts for my own amusement?