Went to the Avalanche game last night, and now I’m sad. We’re down three games against Detroit, so this series is pretty much over.
Other than that, a quiet morning. Just have to ship a lens, put a camera body up for sale, and get Melissa’s laptop into the shop for a new screen (or at least a new backlight). OK, so maybe it’s not such a quiet morning.
Let’s file this under the “More Money Than Sense” category:
Harrison Ford, whose fourth Indiana Jones movie is coming out next month, had his hairy chest waxed to make a statement about the environment.
In an effort to showcase the pain involved in deforestation, Harrison willingly subject himself to the painful process of stripping his chest of all its follicles.
… it was Harrison’s hope that his trip to the salon might just shock people into thinking green.
Which, you know, is dumb enough all by itself. But look at that photo again. What is he doing with his right hand?
If there really is a Bradley Effect in 2008, Zogby sees November peril ahead for Obama in blue states. John McCain is a potential winner not only in Pennsylvania but also Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, and can retain Ohio. But there seems no way Clinton can overtake Obama’s lead in delegates and the popular vote. For unelected super-delegates to deprive Obama of the nomination would so depress African-American general election votes that the nomination would be worthless. In a year when all normal political indicators point to Republican defeat on all fronts, the Democratic Party faces a deepening dilemma.
Of course, Novak is quoting Zogby, which is always a perilous endeavor. Nevertheless, this should be a landslide year for the Democrats — and in fact I think it will be in the Senate, and maybe the House, too. But what does it say about a party that has every advantage, including two ideally representative candidates to choose from… neither of whom is exactly positioned to win?
A short chapter of opera history is being written by the current cast and production of the Gaetano Donizetti comedy opera “La Fille du Régiment” (The Daughter of the Regiment). Monday night during the opening performance at the Met, tenor Juan Diego Florez elicited a rare encore and an unheard-of standing ovation from the audience, all before the end of the first act. Last year at La Scala a similar encore by Florez was granted to the audience, leaving a decades-long ban against encores at La Scala lying shattered at his feet. Juan Diego Florez has an effortlessly soaring, stunning, light tenor voice. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is something. (at least to opera fans)
But really, it is soprano Natalie Dessay who rules the roost of this cock-a-doodle comedy. Her singing is clarion, her acting inspired. Here is Natalie Dessay, performing “Chacun le sait, chacun le dit” (Everyone knows it, everyone says it) from Act 1 of “La Fille du Régiment”
All of the scheduled Met performances of “La Fille du Régiment” are sold out. The Met Live HD broadcast is this Saturday, April 26, at 1:30 eastern. This opera is a romp that the whole family can enjoy. Check here to find a participating movie theater near you.
UPDATE: Speaking of future ice ages, did you happen to catch “Sunshine?” I thought it would be some fun, maybe creepy, science fiction. Turned out to be very, very smart sci-fi and the best thriller/horror flick since “The Machinist.” Rent’em both this weekend.
Oh, and “Sunshine” on Blu-Ray? Stunning. Jaw-droppingly stunning.
ANOTHER UPDATE: I talk scary movies, Ed Christie talks opera. I was hoping bringing him on would class up the joint.
Dick Morris says Hillary’s big win yesterday “didn’t mean anything.” I have the feeling Morris is probably right — although I’ve predicted, I think, three of the last zero times Clinton has bowed out of this race.
But that sure doesn’t mean yesterday didn’t mean anything.
Obama is going to win North Carolina in a couple weeks, everybody knows that. But if Clinton can win in Indiana that same day the way she just won in neighboring PA, then there’s absolutely no reason for her not to go all the way to Denver. Because other than Kentucky and Montana, the remaining votes will be held in blue collar states where Clinton has done well all season.
Would you drop out if you had a real shot at winning six of the last nine contests?
Ten points is a big win, and it’s repeatable in Indiana. Even her fundraising should improve, if it hasn’t already. I don’t know if Clinton will survive until Denver, but she can sure as hell make the case for hanging on until the last vote in South Dakota on June 3.
Totally unrelated to anything important, but I’m switching my Nikon photo gear over to FX-size lenses. As a result, I have a mint-condition Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens for sale. For what I paid for it originally, it was the best all-’round DX-size lens available.
Now you can buy it, complete with five-year USA warranty, for far less than the retail price.
If you shoot Nikon dSLR, you should check it out. Say you saw this ad on VodkaPundit, and I’ll throw in a Hoya multicoated (that means “primo”) UV filter for absolutely free.
I’ve been squeezing an hour here and there to catch up on HBO’s “John Adams” miniseries. After tonight I’ll be only three (or four?) episodes behind.
The show has one flaw typical to most every historical drama: the historical figures always seem to work their most famous aphorisms into casual conversation. But you know what? It’s forced, but it if done well it works.
And that’s “John Adams” in a nutshell. It’s forced sometimes, but done well enough that you don’t care. Sometimes you even get swept away in the patriotic drama of it all.
Paul Giamatti might seem an unlikely choice to play John Adams, and he probably is. To me, William Daniels in the sillier-than-silly (but wonderfully so) “1776,” will always be Adams. But Giamatti really inhabits the role, even if he does seem too often too modest. But still: Kudos.
But the biggest kudos (do they come in sizes?) go to Tom Wilkinson as Ben Franklin. He never goes for the laugh, but always lets you see the good humor behind the spectacles.
If there’s a weak point, it’s Stephen Dillane as Thomas Jefferson. Dillane does what he can with the part, but as written, the character lacks fire. I never found myself believing that this was the guy who penned the Declaration of Independence.
Finally, who would have picked David Morse to play George Washington? An unlikely, but inspired pick. HBO and HBO2 will be showing the miniseries near-endlessly, so set your TiVo if you already haven’t.
UPDATE: Almost forgot. Laura Linney as Abigail Adams? It’s the best thing she’s done since “Mystic River” and she absolutely blew me away in that movie.
I dare you to watch this entire video without wondering why her ratings aren’t down even more.
“That cat with multiple lives?” Not only is that about the silliest thing I’ve ever heard a major network anchor say (minus everything ever uttered by Dan Rather), but she didn’t even get the idiom right.
Between mid-March and mid-April, al Qaeda suffered major losses in Iraq. American and Iraqi troops killed or captured 53 al Qaeda leaders. These include men in charge of entire cities (or portions of large cities like Mosul or Baghdad), as well as men in charge of various aspects of terror operations (making bombs, placing them or minding the bombers). Most important, nine of the ten most senior men involved, were captured, and interrogated. This led to locating more al Qaeda staff, and assets. Hundreds of weapons and explosives caches have been discovered this year, as a result of interrogating captured terrorists. The result has been a sharp fall in suicide bomber attacks, and the ones still carried out are against soft targets (civilians), including the recent funeral of two men earlier killed by terrorists.
I’m still full from Saturday night’s Birthday Dinner Extravaganza. I’ll post pictures in just a few minutes. Short version: Melissa cooked for days and we ate for hours. While I upload the pics, click over to PJ Media for full Pennsylvania Primary coverage — including stuff all day and all night from yours truly.
Nooooo!! Overlord Gore, call off the attack! Abort destruction of Arizona and Florida! I know you’re still sore at Florida, and I know you don’t want another Republican in the White House, but please don’t take it out on all of us! Call off the attack from Global Warmening One, hovering high up in thine heavens, dear Overlord.
We surren…, we surre…, we sur…. … We sure are enjoying the light show. Just call off the attack already, Overlord Gore, before someone gets hurt. Place us in the lockbox of thy divine protections and grace, just like you did to your mega-manse in Tennessee. Thank you, Overlord Gore. Amen.