February 22, 2007




I have it from an unimpeachable source that Babel will win the Oscar for Best Picture. My source is the ultimate insider for this sort of thing. Let's just say that it's as if she's already opened the envelope, if you catch my drift...UPDATE: Never mind. She's telling me she's just guessing, and has no real clue who's going to win. I'm such an idiot for believing her.
Back when variety shows were ubiquitous on American TV, occasionally you would see pairings like this one, between two giants:

I believe this might have been Dylan's debut on network television....

February 21, 2007

An opinion of a non-Academy voter:
"A lot of the mannerisms were right. But the problem was the walk -- Forest didn't get that. My father strides and his hands would go like a paddle because of his wide shoulders. Whitaker is knock-kneed -- my father was bowlegged."
--Jaffar Amin, son of the late Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. He returned to Uganda in 1990, and now makes a living, swear to Kobe, doing voiceovers for advertisements. My essay on other scions of deposed dictators can be found here.
Rabbi Haggard? The Rude One is on to something, concerning this quote from a Michael Medved op-ed:
Tim Hardaway (and most of his former NBA teammates) wouldn’t welcome openly gay players into the locker room any more than they’d welcome profoundly unattractive, morbidly obese women. I specify unattractive females because if a young lady is attractive (or, even better, downright “hot”) most guys, very much including the notorious love machines of the National Basketball Association, would probably welcome her joining their showers. The ill-favored, grossly overweight female is the right counterpart to a gay male because, like the homosexual, she causes discomfort due to the fact that attraction can only operate in one direction. She might well feel drawn to the straight guys with whom she’s grouped, while they feel downright repulsed at the very idea of sex with her. (emphasis added)
Besides the offensive bit of racial stereotyping ("love machines of the National Basketball Association"?), Medved seems to have a complete lack of knowledge about what straight men are doing when they take a shower in a public place. They're trying to wash up after a game or work-out, not hoping that some Charlize Theron-lookalike will walk by and give them some complimentary wood while they're soaping up with the boys. Who wants to advertise their shortcomings to the world? It's a question of modesty.

February 20, 2007

The New York Times is reporting that former Mass. Sen. Edward W. Brooke is still alive. Others who this day yet live include him, her, him, her, him, her, him, her, and him. Him too.

February 19, 2007