Category Archives: Entertainment

Reflections on The X-Files

I recently finished the last of my DVD’s of The X-Files and, sadly, won’t be buying the next set, season 8, any time soon. Maybe for Christmas or birthday, but the last two seasons kind of suck and I vaguely … Continue reading

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Chris Farley – Japanese game show

This was one of my favorite Chris Farley skits on Saturday Night Live. Chris Farley’s first line is the best part. Get the Flash Player to see this content.

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Design flaws in Star Wars and Star Trek

John Scalzi is pretty much awesome as a blagger; I am now tempted to further investigate his merits as a novelist. He blags at the Sci-Fi Scanner, which is, oddly enough, part of AMC television’s website. His last two posts … Continue reading

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Homeless stories

These are a few musings I had that were unconnected except by virtue of the fact that they all have something to do with the homeless. My favorite game or segment on all the radio shows I’ve listened to is … Continue reading

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Outer Limits: “Tribunal”

When I lived in Maryland, I caught the beginning an episode of The Outer Limits while eating lunch one lazy afternoon, and I decided to leave it on that channel to see if it struck my fancy. It was quite … Continue reading

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Photographic/cinematic moments

I have a strong penchant for certain motion-picture or still-photography shots in movies or TV shows that are captured in a really perfect, cool, poignant, or subtle but powerful way. I’m not sure if that sentence makes complete sense, so … Continue reading

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Seinfeld – The Magic Loogie

This is even better than Homer Simpson in the Land of Chocolate. I’ve thought this was absolutely brilliant since the first time I saw it, on TV about 10 or 12 years ago. The best part is hearing the audience … Continue reading

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Fathom Events at movie theaters

Have you seen commercials for Fathom Events at the movie theater before the previews start? I think they are a pretty good idea for affordable entertainment that’s a substitute for seeing the real show live and in person, but I … Continue reading

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Homer Simpson in the Land of Chocolate

This is one of my favorite scenes in all of television, ever. And here’s a funny anecdote about it, which I heard in the commentary to the episode on DVD: The writer, Jon Vitti, wanted to include a street sign … Continue reading

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The G.I. Joe movie is INCREDIBLY lame

I’ve only seen the preview, but that’s all you need to determine that: Let’s see, what in this trailer exposes the movie as the over-priced suck-fest that it is? “We have never faced a threat like this. A team is … Continue reading

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Triumph the Insult Comic Dog at Bonnaroo

Apparently Bonnaroo is some hippie music festival like a modern Woodstock or something, and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog meandered the grounds making fun of the fans for his first appearance on the Tonight Show:

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Stephen King’s “Gunslinger” series

Based on the testimony of my friends and acquaintances, Stephen King’s “Gunslinger” series is a phenomenal achievement of literature that everyone should experience if they want to live a full and rich life. At first I was surprised at the … Continue reading

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Norm MacDonald on the Tonight Show

Everything involving Norm MacDonald is glorious. His standup was awesome, he was better than all the other Weekend Update anchors combined, and he cracks Conan up every time he’s on his show. Here are the two halves of his most … Continue reading

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My Firefly story

[This appeared in my livejournal on October 21, 2008. I deemed it good enough for a reprint.] I finished my third run through Firefly and Serenity on Sunday. It was actually the third time seeing the episodes but the fourth … Continue reading

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Board games, card games, and computers

Hmm, that could be the title of a long and fascinating post. Instead, I’ll give you some links that are pretty interesting. Have you heard of the ancient Chinese strategy board game, Go? It might remind of you of chess … Continue reading

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Bush–Gore 2000 SNL debates

Here’s a blast from the past: I have these classic Bush–Gore debates from Saturday Night Live on my computer, and since NBC, in its infinite wisdom, calculated that it was in its best interest to limit its own presence on … Continue reading

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Miss Universe

I think a funny premise for a movie, or at least a portion of it, could be: Aliens come to Earth and they mistake Miss Universe as the leader of the human race. Maybe they just want to make contact … Continue reading

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Hammer pants

WRIF-Detroit had MC Hammer in studio this morning. He’s performing in a concert with 2 Live Crew and someone else at the Detroit Fox Theater this week, possibly for charity. If you’re asking, “What, is the charity for MC Hammer’s … Continue reading

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No, not that Jayne

Your ’80s song of the day: The Ballad of Jayne by L.A. Guns (1989). It was voted #93 in VH1’s list of the 100 best one-hit wonders of the 1980s. Kathy and I recently caught numbers 40 through 1 on … Continue reading

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Hilarity of the day

John’s featured video of the day: the Sklar Brothers, on the unmitigated awesomeness that was Cheap Seats, cover the National Spelling Bee:

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