Monday, August 24, 2009

A Mean Pinball

  • The Monologue:
    • Allen Iverson is headed to Charlotte to reunite with Larry Brown. I thought he might go out to Phoenix since he's apparently a big fan of cactus. Cactus? Cactus? We talkin' 'bout cactus?
    • This is a dumb story about a guy who found his ring on the ocean floor. The kicker is that he's from New Zealand and he's been dubbed the Lord of the Ring. Took a few minutes to come up with that one, huh?
    • A pretty cool story about a plant that actually eats rodents. I tried having Rick Moranis sing the story, but he wouldn't return my calls.
  • Random Pop Culture:
    • Every episode of Mad Men is fascinating, but this one was particularly so. You had the normally unflappable Don get into a bad mood and start getting aggressive, even snippy, at people. Even better, you had the great Peggy story. The first shot of her coming out of that subway was fantastic -- even though Don had described New York as filthy earlier in the episode, the city they always show is clean and smooth, Bohemian at worst. The stairs coming out of the subway tunnel were overcrowded and the camera first focused on some garbage before pulling back to show Peggy fighting her way through the crowd. In terms of her story, after having been told time and time again that women don't know what they want or shouldn't be marketed to differently, Peggy lashed out using the only power she knows will always win, her sexuality. Just some meaningless college student, but it was a man that she could control. Really good stuff.
    • I've been meaning to go through all five of the original Planet of the Apes films and this morning, I watched the third, Escape From the Planet of the Apes. The acting was surprisingly solid and the story was okay for most of the movie. It got a little weaker towards the end, but so far I've enjoyed the second and third films much more than I thought I might.
    • Way too busy a weekend to get out and see Inglorious Basterds. It's killing me.
    • Eric Bruntlett of the Phillies turned an unassisted triple play today in the 9th to end the game, but the video is a bit anti-climactic. The concept behind it is much more impressive than the actual execution.
  • Random Music Video:
    • Last week was the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. The good one. With no Beatles and no Stones, The Who were the best band there. They kicked off their set at 4 A.M. on Saturday and played Tommy. Here's the best song from that album:

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