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five pieces of random goodness in my world

March 21, 2008 Leave a comment

Just some random things that have been greatly enjoyed over the last week or so.

Film – saw Juno tonight. Incredibly good. Every performance was spot on and I especially can;t say enough about Ellen Page and J.K. Simmons. If you haven’t seen it – you should.

DVD – King of California. Another movie with incredible performances. Michael Douglas at his best. Hilarious and at the same time a movie that really has something to say about suburban existence.

Books – Thanks to my trip to Vegas I got to read Into the Wild and Earth Abides last week. I love it when I have time to read and find great stuff with which to fill that time. Earth Abides is another in my way too long string of apocalyptic novels.

TV – While I didn’t send any peanuts to CBS, I am a fan of Jericho. I caught the first season on the internet this summer and while it had some incredibly cheesy moments, something kept me watching. I’m glad I did. With only a handful of episodes to tell it’s story, the show has really tightened up and has great pacing and storytelling this time around. If you haven’t been watching, check out season 1 on DVD and the season’s episodes at cbs.com

Hoop – It’s tourney time and I spent a good part of the day in the big chair watching teams I care nothing about play basketball because that’s what you do  on the first day of the tournament. And I plan to do it for the second day as well.

Ah the joy of simple things.

top ten nicknames for the immanent okc nba franchise

March 12, 2008 Leave a comment

Now that it looks like the NBA is coming to Oklahoma City, there are a lot of suggestions flying around about potential nicknames for whatever team finds its way to us (*cough* Sonics *cough*). Most people are trying to come up with names that are appropriate to OK and fit with our history or culture. Here are my suggestions for team names that would reflect what teams will experience when they come to play in the heartland.

10. OKC Weathermen (all you will see on TV the whole time you’re here)

9. OKC Roadkill

8. OKC Drive Thrus (in honor of our role as the nation’s fast food leader)

7. OKC Round Bales

6. OKC Billboards (from the moment you land until the moment you leave, they are everywhere)

5. Oklahoma City Evangelicals

4. OKC Wind

3. Oklahoma City Neocons (“W” could be the mascot since he’ll be looking for work after January)

2. OKC Nickel Slots

or we could just go with the reality of basketball in Oklahoma

1. Oklahoma Football Off-Season

I’m sure Bennett and Co. are taking notes.

top five documentaries that will (should) infuriate you

February 10, 2008 Leave a comment

Over the last couple of years, I have really gotten into documentaries. After watching Maxed Out the other night, I got to thinking about the documentaries that have most struck a nerve with me.

Maxed Out –  On predatory lending and the credit / debt crisis in America.  (good review here)

Who Killed the Electric Car? –  On the different players involved in shutting down the growth of electric cars in the late 90’s.

Jesus Camp –  This is absolute abuse.

Sicko – On the American health care system and other around the world.

Wal-Mart: the High Cost of Low Prices – This one may just set me off because of my feelings towards WM.

five reasons cell phones should be banned

January 16, 2008 1 comment

This message is brought to you by all of the time I spend in public places either for work or school.

1. Ringtones – I know you love Achy Breaky Heart. I’m glad (?) you love Achy Breaky Heart. I have no desire to hear how much you love Achy Breaky Heart every time your kids call to ask when you are coming home. No song has ever been written that is worth hearing the same 10 second clip all day every day.

2. Walkie Talkie feature – The only thing worse that hearing just one side of someone else’s conversation is hearing both sides.

3. The whole bluetooth thing. You do not look cool. You do not look important. You look like you are a) talking to yourself or b) being assimilated by the Borg. It is kind of fun to watch new users fumble with them though.

4. Texting – Beside destroying the English language, texting has made it possible and even socially acceptable to talk to someone else while you are being talked to face-to-face. And don’t get me started about people texting while driving. Or using any function on your phone while driving. I would rather move down the highway with a troop of drunk chimpanzees driving monster trucks (nice image, huh?) than be anywhere near a 16 year old girl driving with a cell phone.

5. Private conversations held loudly in public places. You wouldn’t believe the conversations I couldn’t avoid hearing. Actually, you probably would – you’ve heard them too. Or had them. Headphones – don’t leave home without them.

I feel like I should go out and sit on the porch and yell at kids about getting on my yard.

top 5 2008 movies I’m excited about

January 3, 2008 1 comment

do you care? probably not, but this is a good place for me to remember.

Thanks to The Movie Blog for the links to the lists from different studios.

Cloverfield

The Happening

The Dark Knight

Prince Caspian

Get Smart

Honorable mention goes to: Yes Man, Indiana Jones, Iron Man, and a bunch of others I don’t know anything about yet.

top five tv shows I’m jonesing for

December 20, 2007 1 comment

It’s time for the writers to get this strike over with. I’m dying for these shows to come back or be able to start on time in the spring.

Lost

The Office

Colbert Report

The Daily Show

24 (especially since last season was so bad I’m pretending it didn’t happen.

top five apocalyptic novels

December 3, 2007 Leave a comment

The perfect list for a week of papers and finals.

No way to order this. It’s hard enough to limit it to five.

The Road – Cormac McCarthy

The Stand – Stephen King

A Canticle for Liebowitz – Walter M. Miller

Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood

Children of Men – P.D. James

Honorable mention (sorry I couldn’t resist)
World War Z, The Forge of God, Lucifer’s Hammer, Alas, Babylon