Archive for the ‘entertainment’ Category
Unlike the prior season, this season’s opener had me glued to the TV set from beginning to end. The episode is titled Time Zones, and Joel Murray as Freddy Rumsen opened it with an entrancing monologue (an ad for Accutron watches) that also serves both as a metaphor on time, and on the value of objects for those of us who are fond of our material possessions – especially our watches.
The pitch of Rumsen’s voice, the flat delivery, and the use of this monologue as the opener for the final season brings us into a Twilight Zone* of sorts, in keeping with the T-Zone title.
Read the rest of my review at Da Tech Guy Blog.
My latest article at Da Tech Guy Blog, Bye-bye, Elementary, on CBS’s Sherlock Holmes and the Second Amendment.
Please read it and leave a comment.
Marcelo El Chino Gutierrez and Katherine Gorsuch
Best Supporting Actor Jared Leto remembered the Venezuelan protesters:
To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight in places like Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to to say we are here, and as you struggle to make your dreams happen and live the impossible, we are thinking of you tonight.
Whoa! Kevin Spacey, too,
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) March 2, 2014
In Venezuela, most TV viewers could not watch the event as the private channel Venevision, for the first time in several decades of carrying the Academy Awards, did not broadcast the show Sunday night, which is hardly surprising, considering the Twitter campaign,
— Daniel Camarinha (@daracaca) March 3, 2014
Mexican Alfonso Cuarón was a double winner: Mark Sanger and he first won for Best Film Editing (a category close to my heart), causing Paco Almaraz to quip,
“And, as if were a livestock fair, the price of Alfonso Cuarón’s semen just quintuplicated . . .”
Y como si fuera feria ganadera, en estos momentos, el precio del semen de Alfonso Cuarón acaba de quintuplicar…
— Pacasso (@DrNetas) March 3, 2014
Once Cuarón took another Oscar for Best Directing, a commenter in Almaraz’s feed was wondering if Cuarón would get cloned.
The World Champions,
Carlos Copello & Anabela Brogioli performing an Apache dance,
Copello is the last guy Sally Potter dances with in this scene:
@DrNetas habla con un pajarito, pero no como lo hace Maduro:
Last year my old cellphone’s charger broke and – since the phone was so old – could not be replaced, no matter where I looked, so I bought a Galaxy S3.
The S3 has more functions than I know how to use or need, and it’s been very reliable. It even gets good signals inside my house, which is a big deal since there aren’t enough cell towers in Princeton.
It’s been a year and now my service provider is sending me emails with tempting “free” phone upgrades, while the Samsung people simultaneously updated the phone.
From the moment I bought it, the phone has been whistling every time I receive a text, sometimes necessitating an explanation on my part, like the time I was in the middle of a doctor’s appointment and the nurse blushed when she heard the whistle.
I named her Gladys.
Nothing much gets past Gladys.
Not only does she pop up to announce how many new emails are there, she sometimes pipes in to make other announcements.
And heaven farfend if you don’t pay attention to her when she wakes you up. Her assertive “Alarm: It is seven o’clock AM” can not be ignored, much less if you let five minutes go by. She’ll nag you every five minutes until you do something.
I wouldn’t mind it so much if they had used a male voice. It would be much nicer to wake up to, say, the voice of Patrick Stewart or Colin Firth, even if they popped up at inconvenient times.
My Garmin (also old) gives you a choice of voices, and I changed the bossy woman voice it came with to a polite, English-accented male voice that reminded me of C-3PO.
I named him Anthony.
Blogging on more serious matters will resume shortly.
As reported earlier, the barriers and fences were torn down in Old San Juan; later on a judge issued an injunction blocking checkpoint searches.
My sister attended the festival yesterday, and reported that this year’s festival is a success:
- She attended Saturday, while the festival had started on Thursday
- Old San Juan was spotless, all the streets were blocked to vehicles, and five cruise ships were docked.
In addition, there were
- Hundreds of craftspeople and food vendors
- Three large bandstands with dance areas
- Many comparsas parading with music
- Heavy police presence
- Sanitary facilities sponsored by Clorox, in addition to the usual chemical toilets
The huge crowd filled the streets, and were polite and friendly.
While the shuttle service from the Miramar Convention Center parking lot never materialized, enterprising (privately-owned) jitneys took people to and from Old San Juan.
The only altercation reported was a minor scuffle that was broken up by a policeman.
In all, a huge success.