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The other day James and I watched Sabretooth on the SciFi channel.  The movie has something to do with a sabretooth tiger and some hikers.  There’s a guy with lots of hunting gear and of course some hot ladies.  The biggest surprise for me was that John Rhys-Davies was in the movie.  Why would John Rhys Davies, who played Gimli the dwarf in Lord of the Rings and Sallah in Indiana Jones, be in this horrible made for tv movie?  I looked up his filography and apparently Rhys-Davies is only in horrible movies.  He’s in movies that are so bad, you didn’t even know they could possibly exist.   Anaconda 3 – check.  Anaconda 4 – check.  The Legend of Sasquatch, Chupacabra Terror, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement – check, check, check.  I feel so confused.  Were LoTR and Indiana Jones only good by accident?

(Image Sabertooth Cat originally uploaded by MattNJohnson)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 20%

The Henry Rollins Show

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I stumbled across The Henry Rollins Show the other night. Henry Rollins was interviewing Christopher Walken. I think Christopher Walken wasn’t taking the interview very seriously because he told Rollins that he really wanted to play a nice Ozzie and Harriet type role next. The show ended with a weird unfunny monologue by Janeane Garofalo while she sat in her bedroom.  It was like watching public access television, but with less talent.  I almost wish the show was on BCAT (Brooklyn Cable Access TV) to really complete the picture.  I can’t wait until the writer’s strike is over!

(image Henry Rollins Band originally uploaded by Chad Wadsworth)

Pre-Season Football

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Pre-season sucks. 4 weeks until football season.

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John From Cincinnati

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John From ConcinnatiI am sitting here watching John From Cincinnati wondering why I keep watching it every week.  I think at this point I have put enough time into it that I deserve for the show to make sense.  The high point of last week’s episode was a character played by Saved By The Bell’s Mark-Paul Gosselaar.  This week involves a lot of Shaun Yost so it is sure to include a lot of short dialog and awkward pauses.  Everyone is so upset by the prospect of Shaun dying, but I’m not sure who would notice.  He is an adolescent robot surfer.  Also, if Butchie is off drugs, why does he still look so dirty?  At one point does his hair get clean?

Image from http://flickr.com/photos/microtard/538961246/)


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CNNRunning at the gym and watching CNN the other day, I was thinking about the recent hubbub where CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta tried to challenge Michael Moore’s Sicko and CNN ended up having to apologize for mistaken coverage. Sure that’s all boiled down, but it is the gist of the story.

During the 30 minutes that I was on the treadmill, I saw two different inaccurate/biased stories. One was on video games that get children exercising. They made the bold claim that children playing Dance Dance Revolution burn twice as many calories as children playing regular video games. That is an amazing statistic… what is twice of nothing? I wonder what the statistic was compared to actual exercise. But that isn’t what bothered me. They said that DDR is an XBox product. While DDR can be played on the XBox, it can be played on Sony and Nintendo platforms as well. I know Wikipedia isn’t the most reliable source, but even Wikipedia knows that DDR is a Konami product.

The second story was about the impact of Youtube on politics. They showed the video of Senator George Allen calling his competitor’s volunteer macaca. Then they turned to an analyst who said that George Allen very likely would have won the election if it weren’t for Youtube. I’m sure it had nothing to do with The Daily Show repeatedly and mercilessly covering Allen’s mistake. Did I mention that the CNN Youtube debates are tomorrow? I wonder if setting up Youtube as a huge political tool will help that effort. Was anything actually newsworthy going on in the world?
For shame Wolf… for shame.

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Man vs. Wild

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Man vs. WIldLate on weekend nights, I keep finding myself watching Man vs. Wild. Last night, he dropped out of a helicopter and swam over to a deserted island in the South Pacific. He explained how to get on shore without smashing on to the rocks. Then he collected some coconuts, fell some bamboo, weaved some palms and made a raft. He drifted on the raft until he was able to attract attention of a ship by reflecting light off of his knife and he was safe. At one point, he jumped in the water for a swim and accidentally attracted the attention of some tiger sharks. He spent some harrowing minutes with tiger sharks bumping against his raft. I still catch my breath a little when I am swimming freestyle and the floor of the pool falls away from me in the deep end.

Clearly, Bear Grylls is a little crazy. I did notice that he was born in ‘74 and attended Eton College. I wonder if my sister’s good buddy JD knows him. They could be old school chums. Maybe that’s how JD got his tough guy smarts and calm demeanor.

(Image from Bear’s blog)