Archive for September 14th, 2009


Patrick Swayze: Real Men Do Dance

September 14, 2009

When Dirty Dancing came out, my girlfriend dragged me to the theatre at least 10 times. When it hit VHS, she bought it — in the days when movies cost a fortune to buy — and we watched it every day. Every day. I can recite that movie to you verbatim.

By the 50th time or so, I had decided two things: I hated that movie, but Patrick Swayze was a pretty cool guy. He had looks, charm, talent and wicked dancing skills. In everything he did, from good films to cheese, he was a class act.

You had a good run, Patrick. Thanks for entertaining us.


Night Arrows

September 14, 2009

This is a rough transcription of a conversation I had with a guy in a robe at an SCA event here this weekend:

  • Him: “What does your T-shirt say?”
  • Me (pulling camera bag strap away so he can read it): “Prepare the Night Arrows.”
  • Him: “What does that mean?”
  • Me: “In the movie Timeline …”
  • Him: “Oh, from Timeline, okay.”
  • Me: “I guess you’ve seen it.”
  • Him: “What’s Simply Syndicated dot com?”
  • Me: “It’s a podcast network. Night Arrows is kind of an in-joke.”
  • Him: “I’m not even sure what it means.”
  • Me: “Okay, remember the battle scene with all the flaming arrows? And suddenly the English decide to use night arrows? Which are just regular arrows, but the French can’t see them in the dark? It’s used as an example of movie stupidity.”
  • Him: “I don’t remember that part.”
  • Me: “Were there ever such a thing as night arrows?”
  • Him: “I don’t think so.”
  • Me: “It’s one of the problems with that movie.”
  • Him: “Timeline had way bigger problems than that, forsooth, verily, etc.”

I might have exaggerated that last bit somewhat.

Learn more about Night Arrows here, and visit Simply Syndicated here.