Archive for January 13th, 2009

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I Just Got Dissed By Sarah Palin

January 13, 2009

The governor of Alaska doesn’t seem to like me very much. She told CNN this week she’s sick of “bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie.” I assume she means me. Although I wouldn’t call myself a “liar” as much as a “spoofer.”

In an unintentionally hilarious interview, Sarah Palin says she continues to be hounded by reporters wanting answers about the so-called coverup of her son’s birth (an issue I have never addressed here, by the way). This is later refuted by the newspaper editor in question.

She also claims she should have told the McCain people she’d be “callin the shots,” but didn’t. I take that to mean if she had been allowed to run things, she would have been elected, but she let the “professionals” do it and they failed. As usual, Sarah blames everyone else for her shortcomings. Remember, these include:

  • Not knowing very much
  • Not being able to answer questions
  • When answering questions, answering them incorrectly

She also revisits the “I can see Russia from my house” comment by insisting it’s true. Maybe it is. But the gist of the reaction to that comment was not that she said it, but that she used it an example (actually, the only example) of her foreign policy experience. That was stupid.

So yeah, governor, I am an anonymous blogger, and I will keep pointing out the stupid things you do. Please don’t call me a liar, though. And for the record: as long as you keep talking, I will never be bored.

If you want to read some of my earlier Palinisms, here they are:

There are plenty more; just search for Palin in the box over there on the right.

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Lost: Desmond Hume

January 13, 2009

(Indulge me. As we near the Season 5 premiere of Lost, I’m going to run through the current crop of main characters. There are spoilers.)

What did one snowman say to the other snowman? Smells like carrots …

Desmond made one of the most memorable first appearances on Lost when we first saw him in the season 2 opener. And he made one of the most memorable re-apparances towards the end of that season. He’s the show’s prophet, an accidental mystic with the ability to see the future and the power to move through time … whether he likes it or not.

Henry Ian Cusick was a total find as Desmond. He brings rugged masculinity and tender grace to the role, a rare combination and something lesser actors would not have been able to pull off. His was the most compelling off-island storyline, and it appears to have come to a close … but we all know that Desmond’s luck isn’t that good.

Highlights:

  • The Constant. That season 4 episode is one of the best hours of television ever made, and Cusick carries it. His season 3 timewarp episode, Flashes Before Your Eyes, is another example of Lost doing what it does best.
  • How he met Jack the first time, during that L.A. tour de stade, and how he met him the second time, down in the hatch.
  • I like the idea that he was a drunk monk.
  • His reunion with the love of his life at the end of season 4. That was some powerful love being shown.
  • Desmond actually caused the plane crash. Talk about guilt …

Problems:

  • I’m still trying to sort out the timelines. If I get this right, when he met Jack in L.A. he should have already known who he was … or maybe not, if things are diverging. I’ll have to get out my quantum theory textbooks again.
  • The idea that he stayed alone in the hatch for years, pushing the button on faith alone, never rang true to me. Like Sayid’s instant romance with Shannon, I felt it was not in keeping with the rest of the character’s story.
  • I believe in conclusions, and I’m a little wary that Desmond is back for season 5. Some things should just be left alone.
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Buck Rogers in the 21st Century

January 13, 2009

Hey, Buck is back. And it’s the real Buck Rogers, not that Flash Gordon clone in the serials or the cheese-drenched Gil Gerard version. It’s the 1920s Buck Rogers original.

This is happening thanks to James Cawley, creator and star of Star Trek: Phase II (formerly New Voyages). That’s the web-based fan continuation of Star Trek: The Original Series. Cawley makes that not-for-profit show out of love; he’s making this one for real, as a business, with commercials and proper actors and all that.

Cawley has landed the rights to make a web-based Buck Rogers series. He’s aiming to recreate the original take on Buck Rogers, when our hero was a WWI soldier frozen for 500 years who fights evil on a wartorn Earth knocked back to the early industrial age.

This is the Buck Rogers I grew up with. As a child, I received a massive hardcover collection of the original Buck Rogers newspaper comic strips from the 20s and 30s. This was a real treasure for me, and I wish I still had it … it was fun, fast and wild, and at its best before Buck went into space. That’s the main reason I look forward to this new show (the photo of Buck with a classic pistol helps; let’s hope the characters wear jumping belts.)

However: there are two big problems.

  • In the original, the Mongols had taken over the world. They were portrayed as scarily stereotyped Asian bad guys, which wouldn’t fly today.
  • Buck was a sexist dickhead. Granted, the creators played that well, by having the thawed Buck in a steady state of astonishment that 25th-century women were doing the same thing as the men, like fighting Mongols. This would also have to be handled carefully.

I like the idea that this is being made, and I like the idea that it’s a web series. And I’m okay with Cawley being behind it; the flaws with his web series have nothing to do with his production ability (it’s the acting, okay?), and I’m confident that if he sticks with trained actors, he can make this work.

Here’s the official site. There’s very little on it as yet, but you can bookmark it for later.

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Lost: The Fray

January 13, 2009

I don’t usually like this kind of music, but this one is growing on me. Probably because of the video, but also because the radio station Mrs. Weathereye listens to plays it eleventy-nine times a day.

Also, it has spoilers.

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