Monday, October 31, 2005

Trick or Treat re-cap...

Even though today is Halloween, we celebrated on Saturday evening. For all those who don't know what our costumes were, Honey went as Strawberry Shortcake, and I was The Purple Pie-man. Honey's costume was absolutely fantastic, she and her mother and her aunt spent many hours painstakingly attending to every little detail. I loved it!!! My costume on the other hand, worked only when we were both seen together. As I predicted, very few people, if any, figured out who I was. One of my partners-in-crime from work had his annual costume party, a typical Halloween party/modern day Bacchanalia! Then it was on to the bar downtown where Honey had to work, in costume. Some of my friends that I had not seen in a while came out (a wonderful surprise!) to see Honey and I in our costumes and to enjoy an evening at the bar. It was packed, libations flowed, and there was much rejoicing. The myriad of costumes ranged from blase to spectacular. There was Rainbow Brite, Smurfs, Knight Rider, The Burger King, Darth Vader, G.I.Joe, vampires, hippies, and a lot of "normal everyday people (nurses, cops, etc...) only slutty" costumes. All in all, a great Samhain celebration. Tonight Honey and I are going to pass out candy to the little ones, (steal some for ourselves!) watch a scary movie, and sip warm pumpkin-spice lattes.

*I knew I forgot something. I want to talk a bit about the lunacy that was Rome last night. I think I have finally come to grips with the fact that HBO is merely producing a soap opera set in ancient Rome. The supposed incestuous affair between Octavian and Octavia was utterly ludicrous and even more laughable than Servilia and Octavia's affair. It also looks as if future episodes will be following along this nonsensical journey into fallacy, and so I am now preparing myself to settle into a long season of disappointment and jeering at the TV screen. I am so not looking forward to the episode when Caesar is assassinated not by stabbing, but rather by a curse placed upon him, and the ground opening up and swallowing him, much to the dismay of his secret lover Octavia (because she was everyone's secret lover, duh). Sheesh and P'shaw I say.

Journeyman actor of the day-Tommy Flanagan

Friday, October 28, 2005

Il Purgatorio...

Thanks to Jess for this one,

Your fate has been decided....
You are one of the lucky ones! Because of your virtue and beliefs, you have escaped eternal punishment. You are sent to Purgatory!


Purgatory
You have escaped damnation and made it to Purgatory, a place where the dew of repentance washes off the stain of sin and girds the spirit with humility. Through contrition, confession, and satisfaction by works of righteousness, you must make your way up the mountain. As the sins are cleansed from your soul, you will be illuminated by the Sun of Divine Grace, and you will join other souls, smiling and happy, upon the summit of this mountain. Before long you will know the joys of Paradise as you ascend to the ethereal realm of Heaven
.


*OK, not too shabby. Compared to some of the other levels here, I think my trip through Il Purgatorio is quite the vacation.

In other news, I am an avowed fan of suspense/terror/horror films. Being that this is Halloween week, I've made Honey watch a bunch with me. Poor thing, she's nearly catatonic by now. After our "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" viewing earlier this week, (the remake, which I liked...a lot) I rented "High Tension" and "AI DIOS MIO!!" Some of you who do not like horror movies, refrain...at all costs...refrain. It is a French film, and one that brings suspense/gore to a whole new level. Apparently, the film-makers have some serious metaphysical connections with the thoughts and practices of the Marquis de Sade, and have combined those with the physics of wounds to a human body, things that go CRASH in the night, and came up with the visceral treat that is "High Tension". Very disturbing, but a good horror film nonetheless. I liken it to Wes Craven's classic "The Last House on the Left", only it provokes an even greater sense of nausea/terror. Finally, I want to wish everyone a happy haunting this weekend, enjoy!!

Journeyman actor of the day-Mako Iwamatsu. (We've discovered a trove of minority journeyman actors, hence the past 2 being of Asiatic descent.)

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Leave the gun...Take the pumpkin...

On her suggestion, Honey and I went to a different place to get our pumpkins this year. (a rather inauspicious start) The kind sir working at the pseudo-pumpkin patch directed us to the largest of the orange gourds. Honey quipped, "They're really inexpensive" In Honey-ese of course that means no so much. We selected the perfect autumn squash, checked with the pumpkin-monger and found that it cost nearly as much as the baseball hat I was wearing. Imagine my surprise. We bought it anyway, and then went to the place where we got the pumpkins last year and bought another one, equal in size, for about 1/2 to 2/3 the price. What I've learned from all this is; the outdoor seasonal traders in pumpkins, melons, Christmans trees, etc...are really organized crime families, having among the best rackets around.


-Journeyman actor of the day-James Hong.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Halloween in the Isles

I finished the costume! It didn't take much, and I'm pleased with how it turned out. I don't expect it to be the most fantastic costume ever, but it will suffice for what Honey and I are going for. On today's "Rebalancing" we're taking a look at how Halloween is celebrated in the land where it was born.

-In Britain and Ireland, a turnip was and sometimes still is used, but immigrants to America quickly adopted the pumpkin because it is much larger and easier to carve.
*Really a turnip, that is pretty lame, no cooked seeds, no big carved faces, silly Islanders.

-In Scotland, children or guisers are likely to recite "The sky is blue, the grass is green, may we have our Halloween" instead of "trick or treat!"
*WHAT!?! That's horrible, and what about the wee lil' lads and lasses that can't speak well? Are they just screwed out of candy, or haggis or whatever the hell Scots give out?

-"Punkie Night" is observed on the last Thursday in October in the village of Hinton St. George in the county of Somerset in England. On this night, children carry lanterns made from hollowed-out mangel-wurzels (a kind of beet; in modern days, pumpkins are used) with faces carved into them. They bring these around the village, collecting money and singing the punkie song. Punkie is derived from pumpkin or punk, meaning tinder.

*Mangel-wurzels, that is fantastic. I would have thought it was some sort of Anglo-Saxon supernatural creature, but no so much.

All in all, I think Halloween's evolution form Samhain in the Isles has certainly had its share of interesting twists. I will argue that dressing up, going door to door for candy, and watching Charlie Brown is still the best way to go, but hey there's something to be said for turnips, beets, and Mangel-wurzels...

Journeyman actor of the day-Miguel Ferrer

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The witching hour is near...

Well I have approximately 5 days until we reach Halloween weekend, and the parties we're attending. Normally, my costume would have been finished a month ago, normally. However, I'm running a bit behind. Thankfully, this year I have decided to shy away from the use of any makeup. I have a prosthetic moustache to apply and that's about it. The costume is not very elaborate, and the rest of the pieces should be easy to attain, it's just a matter of having the time to go assemble them. I'll get there. As I said before, Honey and I have a couple's costume, and hers came out absolutely fantastic. Everyone will know who she is instantly. On the other hand, my costume will only be discernable to an individual who can rack his brain for nostalgic memories of his halycon childhood days. Moroever, if you are under the age of 25 you may not be able to fully appreciate it, unless you are well-versed in pop-culture beyond your years.

*Update, my parents only lost 3 roof tiles on their house, and my sister's is fine. No damage, no flooding, in fact she and her fiance went out rollerblading yesterday afternoon, after Wilma roared through. Good news!!

-Journeyman actor of the day: Richard Masur

Monday, October 24, 2005

Batten down the hatches...

I talked to my sister in Naples this morning. She was sleeping. Ai Dios Mio. She said the sky was pitch black interrupted by sharp flashes of blue when transformers blew. The wind was howling, and the rain was lashing the windows. The good news is, no structural damage at this time. She and her fiance plan to venture out and check their house and my parents' house this afternoon. Hopefully there will be no significant problems, or flooding.

-In other news, it's a real shame that Brady Quinn will not be one of the leading candidates for the Heisman. He threw for 6 TDs Saturday, bringing his total to 20 on the year. (at the halfway point of the season.) The most important thing though is the Irish won!

Journeyman actor of the day-Colm Meaney

Friday, October 21, 2005

Wilmaaaaaaaaaa...

Well now that Wilma's wrath has been unleashed upon what used to be the lovely tourist trap of Cancun, apparently her future path is still undetermined. However, Naples, FL has issued an evacuation order, so that's not really encouraging. I'll have to keep trying to get a hold of my sister, and see what the situation is there. I'm still hoping that Wilma will die down over Mexico...

In other news, ND looks toward BYU tomorrow. This is not a gimme as BYU shocked ND last year. Go...Irish...Go...Irish...Also, I just checked the roster, and noted that there are few if any seniors leaving after this year, which means that the team should be virtually the same next year! That is most excellent news.


Journeyman actor of the day-Chelcie Ross

Thursday, October 20, 2005

I hear a hurricane a blowin'...

Whew!! I got the call this morning that the Doc and Mama Goose have left their house in Florida and are on the road coming home to L-ton. That is most excellent news what with that bitch Wilma spinnin' round and round. My sister and her fiance however, now live in Naples, FL... Sooo, they may be hit. Hopefully, Wilma will either not blow across the Caribbean, or peter out over the Yucatan. I'll be praying.

-On the journeyman actor front. Gravy pointed out that Philip Seymour Hoffman should not be considered a journeyman any longer. We have had a split opinion now- right down the line 50/50, so I will say, that due to that response, PSH will be put on hold.

-Journeyman actor of the day-James Rebhorn

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The Dark knight...

Well kids, I watched the highly praised Batman Begins last night and I have mixed feelings on it. I liked the murkiness of it, the backstory, Christian Bale,(fantastic) and Ra's Al Ghul as the bad guy. Gary Oldman was ok, Morgan Freeman and Michael Cain were good. Here's what conflicted me, it didn't feel like a Batman movie. I had listened to everyone tell me how amazing it was, and yet I felt that it was a great action movie, but not necessarily a great superhero movie. I thought Katie Holmes was atrocious. I wished that the anachronism of the movie was not so blatantly obvious. To date, I still feel that Spiderman has nailed the superhero/comic-book movie archetype, and everyone else is playing catch-up. With that said, I did enjoy the movie, it was good, but I think there could have been more done with it. The best scene for me was the last one, and I think the sequel will be much-improved. Perhaps, I'll have to watch it again, these are only initial thoughts, maybe upon later viewings I'll feel differently. If that is the case I will let you know.

-Journeymen actor of the day: Joe Don Baker

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Catch a Fire...

Well the name your favorite "Journeyman Actor" game is starting to blow up, which is great, because it really is a fantastic pastime. I have received no less than a dozen emails, text mssgs., and phone calls with suggestions over the past 48 hours. Keep 'em coming.

-In other news, I rented "Kingdom of Heaven" on Sunday and watched it while making a fresh vat of meatballs and sauce. It is an entertaining film, but not necessarily well thought out/made. I am looking forward to returning it today so that I can pick up Batman Begins, a film that I should have seen, but just never got around to doing so. From what everyone has told me it is an excellent film, so I am quite excited. More importantly though I cannot wait to rent/watch on TV, an assortment of scary movies for the remaining month of October. Honey and I turn the lights off, light our numerous Halloween themed candle holders, (Honey went a little holiday crazy, but it's cute) settle in with some popcorn, and get the poo scared out of us. It's great fun!!! I think the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake might be our next venture.

Question of the week: Why is it when you transport something by car, it's called a shipment, but when you transport something by ship it's called cargo?

Journeymen Actor of the day: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Monday, October 17, 2005

Only in hand grenades and horseshoes...

I'm sure by now everyone knows of the devastation that occurred on Saturday last. The glorious Irish of Notre Dame wearing their resplendent dark-green jerseys, succumbed to the ticking of a clock, a fumble that went backwards, an illegal push of a QB over the goal-line, a time-out called when one didn't exist, and the men of Ilion. I am still stung (hope it's not obvious), and thus have no words, and so now-and-forever, I shall speak of it no more.
Moving on to other topics, again HBO ruined Rome last night, though the BS lesbian scene was even more pathetic than last week's. This scene was absolutely, positively, out of place, as the characters were not even in the episode save for the visual-dreamlike sequence showing their affair. At least the rest of the episode was good, but wait, oh that's right there was more crap to be served on a heaping platter. Was Celopatra a bit of a strumpet, most assuredly, just as one would say Benedict is a bit of a Catholic. However, to insinuate that Ptolemy Caesarion could have been the son of a legionaire and not Caesar himself is ludicrous. To HBO, "Your series is good, very good, please stop cheapening it with outrageous scenes and storylines, there is no need."

Final topic, and pay attention kids, a friend of mine met me out Saturday evening for some drinks and we started somehow on the topic of what we called "journeymen actors/actresses" What ensued was a trip into hilarity as we thought of all the journeymen actors we could.(we've since been calling back and forth naming as many as we can.) What defines a journeyman actor you ask? Well it is as you may suspect, an individual who is not A-list, but is in every movie. Some examples:

-Eric Roberts, Skeet Ullrich, Joe Mantegna, Scott Bakula, etc...

-comment with some of your favorites, and we'll add them to our list. We'll also now be posting this as a daily Rebalancing feature.

Journeyman Actor of the Day: Rene Auberjonois

Friday, October 14, 2005

"Outlined against a blue-gray October Sky...

...the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore they are known as Famine, Pestilence, Destruction and Death. These are only aliases. Their real names are: Stuhldreher, Miller, Crowley and Layden. They formed the crest of the South Bend cyclone before which another fighting Army team was swept over the precipice at the Polo Grounds this afternoon as 55,000 spectators peered down upon the bewildering panorama spread out on the green plain below".
Grantland Rice, October 19, 1924



Oh Mr. Rice, if only we could summon the Four Horsemen to "ride" once more across the field of battle tomorrow afternoon. Tomorrow is Armageddon, and I can hardly wait. I haven't seen a game of this magnitude in over a decade. It's been far too long, the ancient spirits of ND have been restless. The Gipper, Rockne, Leahy, the afore mentioned Four Horsemen, these echoes must be awoken tomorrow. It is time. No team is unbeatable, no earthly force unstoppable. I am clinging precariously at the edge of anticipation. Tomorrow I shall fall from that precipice into the sea of green, blue, and shimmering gold. I'm dialed in, let's go boys. I'll be there tomorrow waiting until from what seems like a far-off hollow, voices barely above a whisper begin: Here Come the Irish...Here come the Irish...now it becomes a little louder...Here Come the Irish...Here Come the Irish...now the crescendo rises...HERE COME THE IRISH...HERE COME THE IRISH...87,000 people chanting, whipping themselves into a frenzy like blazen, celtic berzerkers of old, and NOW THE CALL HAS REACHED A FEVERISH PITCH...HERE COME THE IRISH...HERE COME THE IRISH!!!
Then they emerge, charging out of the tunnel in brilliant shining gold helmets, focused, determined, and unfazed by the heathen opponents from far-off Ilion, awaiting across from them.

I already am in a perpetual state of adrenaline rush, and the game is 28 hours away...Go...Irish...Go...Irish...

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Equinox moments...

I was out early this morning walking my dog and noticed that it was the first perfect autumn day. The sun was waxing over the horizon, the air was cool, crisp, and clean, leaves had tinges of amber and crimson to them, and I loved it. As I have stated before, October is my favorite month. (May is a close second) Honey and I are feverently working on our costumes. For the second year in a row we're going to have a couples costume. I find that a theme like that facilitates the costume decision making, it may not provide the most unique of costumes, but it does limit the choices down quite a bit. The idea for this year is a secret kids, but I'll drop hints as the day approaches so stay tuned. My question for all today is: What is everyone's fondest Halloween memory?

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

It's that time again...

Hello kids,
Here it is again the amusing article of the week. This week I've selected two amusing little anecdotes regarding our friends in the animal kingdom, and one that just left me shaking my head. Enjoy:

Awesome Animals

More Weird Mating Habits: The longest-lasting copulation, according to University of Arizona biologist John Alcock (interviewed for an August Knight Ridder story), is that of the lowly "stick insect" (of the phasmida family), which goes on for several months at a time, even though, he said, it is "not clear this is welcome to the female." The male attaches himself to the female's back, which allows her to continue with her daily routine during the mating, while also discouraging competitor males. According to other biologists, some ticks spend up to eight hours on what resembles foreplay, and butterflies, snakes and houseflies can also go on for hours. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch-Knight Ridder Newspapers, 8-28-05]

*SEVERAL MONTHS?!? That's one helluva long pants party, er party with the pants...

At Northern Ireland's Belfast Zoo in September, Phoebe the chimp and two others managed to climb out of their compound, and armed security guards had to come round them up. In an effort to frighten the animals into submission, they fired shots into the air, and according to the reporter for The Guardian newspaper, the chimps not only became docile at the sound of gunfire, but they put their hands up. [The Guardian (London), 9-8-05]

*Hmmm very interesting habit.

In September, nine-year veteran weathercaster Scott Stevens of KPVI-TV in Pocatello, Idaho, resigned to pursue his obsession of proving that the massiveness of Hurricane Katrina must have been caused by a Russian-made electromagnetic generator employed by the Japanese Yakuza in retaliation for the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The "patterns and odd geometric shapes" in the sky are "unmistakable" evidence, according to his Web site, that "our weather has been stolen from us." Station manager Bill Fouch said that Stevens was great at forecasting local conditions and that he was sorry to lose him. [Idaho State Journal, 9-23-05]

*Now this just vexes me, I'm terribly vexed, because I thought the hurricanes were George Bush's fault because: he doesn't care about black people, his actions in the middle east, his refusal to adhere to Kyoto accords, etc... Well at least I got that straightened out. (I knew it had to be a commie conspiracy afterall!!) Oh we'll get them, just wait until global warming thaws Siberia. That'll be a brilliant response. And you thought the Cold War was over....

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

There is no joy in Gooseville...

This has the potential to be a very...very...bad sporting week for your friendly neighborhood Goose. Last night my beloved Bronx Bombers fell, and this weekend the vaunted heathens from USC will take on the glory that is the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Titan vs. titan. Yes to be sure this matchup, although it is #1 vs. #9, certainly has more of a Goliath vs. David feel to it. I, like many others who support the Golden Domers, am worried about the juggernaut that is USC, but I am proud of the Domers, and what they have done this season to date. They have been ebullient in their play selection and coruscating in their execution and that gives me more than just a false sense of hope. For you see, the only way to stop an irresistable force is to never allow it to begin its motion. In order to actually accomplish this seemingly sisyphus-like task, ND will have to utilize the entire panoply of offensive schemes in its possession to control the ball and keep it out of the hands of its arch-rival. I shall steadfastly keep the faith and cheer cheer for Old Notre Dame just as I've done every other Saturday of every other autumn.

Question of the week: Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?

Monday, October 10, 2005

Et Tu??

Well it finally happened kids. I was afraid that it would have happened earlier, but no matter, it has happened. Last night on "Rome" HBO and the BBC used a tired, insipid tactic in a pathetically overt attempt to create dialogue amongst critics such as, "Provocative" or "Ground-breaking" or some other such nonsense. The worst part is, the show didn't need to employ the use of such drivel to garner critical acclaim. For all who may be wondering what has me so full of vitriol, I shall elaborate. The episode was going along quite well, much like all of the rest, (I wish they would have shown more of the actual battle of Pharsalus, but I digress) until the moment that someone in production decided that the series' attention to historical accuracy should finally end. At no point in time has it ever been recorded anywhere, in any text, at any time, that Octavia Thurina Minor ever had a lesbian affair with Servilia Caepionis of the Junii. I was not surprised that HBO would employ such bush-league games, what with their past productions, but I was a little taken aback with the BBC .

Please do not mistake the point of this post, I'm not trying to whine, because I think that accomplishes nothing, but rather I am merely attempting to explain my disappointment in revisionist history and the ills it foments upon society. As a lifelong student of history, I am no stranger to different sources, different viewpoints, etc... However, revisionist history is nothing more that a tabloid approach instituted by fringe groups that are unhappy with the way things happened. It has been that way since the Vulgate tradition defiled Alexander of Macedonia,(perhaps even before) and undoubtedly will continue on long after we're gone. Sooner or later every major historical figure will have had: a homo-erotic affair(s), illegitimate children, a debilitating, scandalous, compulsion of some sort, and if the figure is male and of Western-European descent, he will have been in actuality, a tyrannical megalomaniac. With works of fiction I don't mind if someone wants to take a different view as long as nothing major changes (ex: Count of Monte Cristo not getting revenge, Frodo falling into the lava and dying, etc...), it's artistic intrepretation. (I understand these works are important to society hence my claim that "major changes" should not occur) However, the key to remeber with fictional literature is, it's not real to begin with. Now, when those liberties are taken with history, and the revised viewpoints are presented in such a way that the layman can conclude they are fact, (or worse they are written about, and avowed to be factual) it's abhorrent, and professionally repugnant. Before anyone can say anything, yes, I am familiar with the petty argument that "History is written by the victors". Yet, even if I were to give credence to such a petulant charge and say that maybe things did happen differently, it remains that without proper documentation, it is not up to anyone to change fact into what amounts to fallacy, because they feel it is more apropo to show it the way they want it to be. Oh I'll still watch the show, because I truly do like every other part of it, and because like Doc, sometimes my hypocrisy knows no bounds. Though should HBO and the BBC fail miserably in this fashion again I can only hope that they fall upon their own sword.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Vive Le Resistance!!

Thanks to my friend A-Rod over at BA Start for this little gem of a quiz. Here's my report:

The ResistanceAchtung! You are 38% brainwashworthy, 22% antitolerant, and 52% blindly patriotic
Welcome to the Resistance (Der Widerstand)! You believe in freedom, justice, equality, and your country, and you can't be converted to the the dark side. Breakdown: your Blind Patriotism levels are borderline unhealthy, but you show such a love of people from everywhere and a natural resistance to brainwashing, you would probably focus your energy to fight the Fuehrer with furor, so to speak. Conclusion: born and raised in Germany in the early 1930's, you would have taken up ARMS against the oppressors. Or even your friends' oppressors. Congratulations! Less than 5% of all test takers earn a spot in the Resistance!

You scored higher than 53% on brainwashworthy
You scored higher than 25% on antitolerant
You scored higher than 72% on patriotic

**And now back to the news of the day. Apparently the final four contenders for the next Bond are: Daniel Craig, Goran Visnjic, Sam Worthington and Henry Cavill. WHAT!?!?! That is a surprise to say the least. Apparently, being that this new movie is "Casino Royale"(the first Bond story), UA and the Broccolis want a younger Bond. Makes sense right? Then why even bother with Daniel "I was that guy in Road to Perdition" Craig, or Goran "I'm the NON-ENGLISH guy from ER" Visnjic? They're both late thirties/early forties. Sam Worthington was in this year's The Great Raid as well another WWII film Hart's War. He's young, decent looking, and Australian (closer to being British than a Croatian). Henry Cavill played the son of Mercedes and Edmond in The Count of Monte Cristo. Again, he's young, decent looking, and British to boot! I don't know what my choice would be, but I believe UA will choose one of the two younglings.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Play it again Sam...

Honey and I watched the remake of The Amityville Horror last night, and thought it was pretty good. More importantly though, I noticed something while renting the movie at our local Blockbuster. There are an awful lot of "new releases" out that maybe are no so much "new". My query is, "Hollywood, what's with the remakes?" Is it because filmakers have lost their muse? No, I think it is a nostalgia thing. I believe execs. are continually betting on the fact that audiences want to "re-live" their first experiences with these films. Therefore, the poll I am beginning is:

What films would you like to see remade?
What films should me remade?
What films should never be remade?

-Personally, I'd love to see The Omen, Where Eagles Dare, Rosemary's Baby, and The Lion in Winter remade.
-This category is tough for me, I'm not entirely sure any film should be remade, (thoughts???)but if I have to vote, then I choose Ten, Serpico, Salem's Lot (I don't count the TV series from last year), Zulu, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Caligula.
-The last category may be rife with the same obligatory answers from many people. I know my 'laundry list' of films that should never ever be made is voluminous to say the least. I will try to mention ones that are not as popular. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Hustler, Mary Poppins, Jason and the Argonauts, Ben Hur, Papillon, Old Yeller.

*I know that there are throngs of others available that at this point in time, I am missing. As they randomly pop into my head, I'll add them. I am keenly interested in what you all think, so lemme know!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Let's Review...

Hello kids, I promised you all a review of Franz Ferdinand's new album "You Could Have Had It So Much Better" after I had given it a few listens. Well, it hasn't left my CD player for 5 days now so that should be a worthy testament to its quality. I like it about as much as I liked the first eponymous titled album, which is to say, quite a bit. This album can be differentiated though in the fact that there seems to be a touch more funkiness to it. I don't mean to say that it's like absorbing "GC and the P-Funk All- Stars", but it has a gritty hint of funk to it. Also, there are a couple of ballads, sprinkled throughout to mix it up a little. Certainly the album has its share of catchy tunes as well, especially the new single "Do You Want To?". In fact, I dare say that catchy is too light a term to use, infectious would be a more appropriate word. Often I find myself singing a ditty or two from this album repeatedly, much to "Honey's" dismay. She'll have it in her head, then her cousin will, then it spreads from there. In fact, it is my belief that the next great pandemic will not come so much from any type of avian influenza, but rather from the simple line, "Doo-Doo, Doo Doo-Doo Da Doo Doo"

*All-in-all, it is a great album I enjoy it, perhaps you all will too.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

I knew he had to be at least part paisan...

The amusing article for the week comes early, because I just read it and I'm not sure I'll find something better than this all week. Here it is, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9579059/. Officially I am claiming this to be the zaniest celebrity baby name. However, I will admit it made me laugh out loud upon first reading it. Oh that kid is still going to grow up getting the sh$! kicked out of him, hating his parents, and maybe changing his name to Frank or something. It's still funny though. To my friend Garv over at the RT, I'm sorry they stole your master plan ;) To his wife, my friend Lisa, I believe all finger-crossing, candle-lighting and novena praying, has paid off, you're in the clear!

Monday, October 03, 2005

Pillage and Plunder

Late Friday afternoon could not arrive soon enough. That was the day I was slated to pick up my copy of the highly anticipated expansion of my favorite computer game "Rome:Total War" (shocking I know) The add-on (entitled "Barbarian Invasion") certainly has a new look to it. The whole point of this game is to either take one of a multitude of barbarian factions and destroy a now split Roman Empire, or take one of the Roman partitions and attempt to save and even reunite the two. I chose the latter, and after fastidiously developing a strategy to re-create the Pax Romana, realized why that didn't happen. To say that this expansion game has its share of challenges is an understatement. Custer had challenges, this is going to take FOR-E-VER. All in all, it is fun, not quite as good as the original, but a good expansion nonetheless.

As for "Rome" the HBO series, last night's episode was very good again, with war on Caesar's doorstep, and Octavius losing his virginal status, it had something for everyone. Next week's episode should be spell-binding. (Battle of Pharsalus)


-Question of the week: Why do our noses run, and our feet smell?

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