Friday, September 07, 2007

Random Musings

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  • Why are there still water towers? Do they serve a purpose anymore? Doesn't our water come from pipes under the ground? Are they only decoration, to advertise the town's name and school mascot and provide a place for Dick to announce he loves Jane? (Never mind. God bless internet research.)

  • When you know it's not your day: You're a state trooper, you get busted for DUI, and oh yeah, you spend your jail time in a facility named for your father, a longtime judge.

  • All I needed to read about why I'm now sure I want to see "Shoot 'Em Up" is defined in the opening sentence of the Associated Press's review: "Certain people are certainly going to be offended by this intentionally over-the-top action flick, with its objectification of women and its juxtaposition of sex and violence." Darn tootin'!

  • Courtesy Thomas Sowell:
    A joke says that a poll was taken in California, asking if people thought illegal immigration was a serious problem. The results showed that 29 percent said, "Yes, there is a serious problem." But 71 percent said, "No es una problema seriosa."

  • An elementary school has banned tag on its playground after some children complained they were harassed or chased against their will. School officials say that the new preferred game is called "Pardon me, but if you don't mind you are now the person who must, only if you are willing, of course, pursue your classmates." Might want to squeeze down that title a bit, though.

  • Cincinnati Reds' prospect Joey Votto on how excited he was to get the call to the big leagues: ""I sat on the bench for a second. It smells like sweaty man out there. A bunch of sweaty ballplayers sit on the bench. I can't wait to join them." Um, yeah, Joey, you might want to avoid any wide stances in the bathroom, is all I'm sayin'.

  • Speaking of, I'd be much less concerned about my Republican senator trolling for gay sex in the bathroom than my Democrat congressman being charged with misdemeanor assault and battery for shoving a baggage employee at the airport.

  • Thanks For Noticing Me Public Service Announcement: Beginning September 17, you can enter a random online drawing to scream your head off in the bleacher seats flanking the red carpet at next year's Academy Awards. I hear those are a big deal.

  • More movie links, courtesy Filmspotting:

    The Top 10 beginnings to movies.

    A one-year exploration of the best (and worst) films to ever earn cinema's highest honor.

    Top movie role reversals.

    Southern Girl said...

    Mr. Sowell needs to work on his Spanish. "Problema" is a masculine word, despite ending in "a" so it should be "No es un problema serio."

    Yes, former Union U. Spanish geek at your service. ;)

    Jeff said...

    Glad someone was paying attention in Spanish at Union. I sure wasn't.

    Scott said...

    I personally think the opening scene of The Matrix is one of the best in film history. Trinity kicks some serious ass, and barely escapes the agents. In that one scene we get pulled into the story, and we get some vital info - although we don't understand it until later in the film. Good stuff right there.

    I'm surprised that not a single James Bond movie made that list.

    I definitely want to see The Seventh Seal now. How has this escaped my notice?

    Jeff said...

    The list was obviously compiled by someone closer to "film snob" than populist viewer. How else to explain an obvious choice as Ace Ventura, with Jim Carrey the nitwit and the UPS box?

    stacy said...

    Yay shout out to filmspotting!