Sunday, 2 March 2014

09:30 – The freezing drizzle didn’t show up yesterday, although it was cold with a stiff breeze. Today is to be sunny with the high around 70F (21C). Tomorrow, the forecast calls for snow or freezing rain and a low of 18F (-8C).

Barbara likes The Shield. The main character is a corrupt cop who’s utterly ruthless. He’s also likeable, a genuinely nice guy who’s a good family man and takes care of his crew and the civilians he’s responsible for. Like many cops, he divides the world into cops, civilians, and scumbags. I finally figured out who the character reminds me of. Tony Soprano. A great friend, but a fearsome enemy.


29 thoughts on “Sunday, 2 March 2014”

  1. If you like good bad guys, or bad good guys, check out James Spader’s new series “The Blacklist”.

  2. My wife and I really like “The Blacklist”. Spader’s character is so over the top that he’s campy fun to watch. We also like “The Following”, Kevin Bacon is using his mature and rugged looks to best advantage playing an alcoholic ex-FBI guy. The main villain, a serial killer college prof who is obsessed with Poe, is played by James Purefoy, who has extensive stage and TV credits in the UK. He was Marc Antony in the BBC/HBO series “Rome”.

    Both are series that you need to see from the start.

  3. On a totally different note, a sweet video of a meltdown after the UCLA student government defeats a motion to ask the university to divest itself of investments in Israel.

  4. Hmm. The video on that page is marked “private”. How did you get it to play?

  5. “My wife and I really like “The Blacklist”. Spader’s character is so over the top that he’s campy fun to watch”

    I could watch Spader read the phone book. He would somehow make it creepy and entertaining, all at the same time. I really enjoyed “Boston Legal” for the same reason.

  6. In my younger days, Spader did a lot of work in Chicago, and hung out with the folks where I worked who were the producer’s assistants in an open office area known as ‘the fishbowl’, because the whole area was open to a floor to ceiling glass wall that lined the main hallway. The offices of the producers surrounded the open area. The assistants also worked on other film and stage projects, so the people they worked with there, were frequent visitors. I can tell you that the low-key character Spader played in “Pretty in Pink” was how he came across in person, but without the nastiness. He is a genuinely engaging guy, but like me, was totally immersed in the career he chose from an early age. He even quit high school to get on with it. Strange, as his parents were both teachers, as were mine when I was in high school, but geez, I could never have gotten away with quitting school and lived. I’m surprised that he did.

  7. “Great Lakes Approaching 100% Ice Cover – For The First Time On Record:”

    The record keeping isn’t all that long ago, early 70s IIRC. The previous record is from 1994, and they’re just now closing in on that.The lakes used to freeze over all the time. Even the Mighty Niagra used to freeze over, and I mean the Horseshoe falls, not the paltry US falls. Much of this is media hype, same as “polar vortex”. Up here in Canada we call it “Winter”.

  8. Aside from “and I’m like, and I’m like, and it’s not fair” I can’t even understand her. What a pathetic child. However, the caption is dead on:

    “this exemplifies how liberals act when they lose. But I think it’s more than just that. This typifies the level of emotional maturity of the millennial generation who have only heard “yes” their entire lives, who have never been criticized”

  9. Note also the reactions of her peers at the table: look away, look down, don’t tell her to regroup and try again later, don’t tell her to shut up and stop acting like a child.

  10. I wonder when Obama is finally going to break down and cry because,, because,, just because

  11. Aside from “and I’m like, and I’m like, and it’s not fair” I can’t even understand her.

    I ran the audio through a custom-written Wailing Whinger-to-English translator and got “I’ve been a spoiled little shit my entire life and Daddy never told me No and I always got my way because I could cry and I’m a girl and you’re all racists.” Sound about right?

  12. That’s pretty much what I heard. Though I could swear I hear “sexists” in there as well.

  13. To be fair, I’d peg Millenials as only the second worst generation ever to have lived. Boomers are/were worse.

  14. I’m not even sure what a boomer is. I’ve seen end dates for boomers as 1961, 1964, 1965, 1968, and even 1972. I guess I consider standard 20-year generations, with boomers being 1946 to 1965, Gen-X 1966 to 1985, and Gen-Y 1986 to 2005. Of course, originally what are now called boomers were called Gen-X.

  15. I used to be an X-er, back in the early 1990s, when the concept first came up. ISTR that the boomer generation ended 1950-ish, which is a reasonable duration for a post-war boom, then 1960-ish, and now the “boom” has been stretched so that not only I but my younger brother are considered boomers. He’s if anything less pleased than I.

    Once I noticed the boomer definition creeping like an out-of-control slime mold, I figured it was all about marketing and/or AARP. It’s in someone’s interest to have the “cohort” increased, I just am not sure whose.

    Note the book which started the Generation X concept. Note also that “X” is the roman numeral, not the vaguely-algebraic symbol for “unknown quantity”, so people who say “Generation Y” betray their dumbassitude.

  16. Being of the “Boomer” age, I was raised (Pre)20 years out of my time, ha, in the olden days… Most of us “farm boys” had a different raisings…

  17. As a boomer born in 1953, I am glad of that due to Koba the Dread dying and going to Hell that year, plus the Korean War armistice being signed. Also glad that seventeen years later I got to serve on active duty with WWII and Korean War vets. And shaking hands with General Westmoreland–General Pershing–Generals Sherman, Grant and Lee–Lighthorse Harry Lee—General Washington and so on. As former enlisted scum.

    I warn’t a farm boy; grew up in small-town Maffachusetts near the Rhode Island border and later twenty miles west of Boston.

  18. I guess I missed the changing definition of “boomer”. The dates I have in my head from when I still lived in the US are 1946-1964. Which is 19 years, so roughly a full generation.

    Looking at that source of all knowleldge, Wikipedia, Gen-X starts “from the early 1960s” and also lasts 20 years – the 20 year cycle is then carried through for Gen-Y and Gen-Z. How original that one can’t come up with anything better than letters. Apparently the next generation will be “Gen-Alpha”.

  19. “Koba the Dread”?

    I think of the baby boom as 1946-1961, so I’m at the tail end of that.

  20. Koba was a nickname given to Stalin during the Russian revolution. Stalin died in 1953.

    Giving generations a name is rather silly, like naming hurricanes. It’s a title first used by a writer for the Washington Post.

    I am definitely a Boomer (no, not a kangaroo!). My dad fought in Sicily and Italy, then in Korea, then spent five years in Germany as part of the allied-occupation forces. I was conceived in Soest, Germany, but was born in Canada in 1959.

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