So Ethan told me a funny story yesterday after we watched a replay of the latest South Park episode. Apparently at the 2000 Oscars Trey Parker was nominated for the song Blame Canada. Being the constant jokers that they are, Trey Parker and Matt Stone decided to channel their inner JLo and Gweyneth by wearing replicas of previously worn red carpet looks.
But it gets better. Parker and Stone also decided it would be a fun idea to drop some acid before the big event. During the red carpet interviews it was apparent they were under the influence of something, but they smartly decided to respond to all questions about their attire with, “It’s such a beautiful night.”
Ethan showed me video from the event, and it was really funny to watch. The only downside Parker and Stone later shared was that they found themselves coming down from the acid in the middle of the Academy Awards and discovered the event was rather boring.
Unfortunately, Trey Parker did not take home the statue and he and Stone have yet to return to the big event. They weren’t sure if their presence was appreciated. Besides, they find the variety of MTV awards to be far more exciting.
So you may or may not have caught a new show called Prodigal Son on Fox (Mondays at 9:00 pm EST). If yes, keep watching. If no, check it out.
The show stars Tom Payne, who you may know from his role as Paul Rovia aka “Jesus” on The Walking Dead. I loved his TWD role, yet I feel it was sadly underdeveloped. Payne trained in the martial arts in order to offer realistic action scenes and put his heart into the character beginning in season six. I was sad to see his character go when he was killed off in season nine and was hoping a new series would come his way.
Well, it did in the form of Prodigal Son. Payne plays Malcolm Bright, a brilliant criminal psychologist who helps the NYPD solve murders. What makes his character particularly interesting is his wide array of neuroses that are ever changing, and the fact that his father is a serial killer eager to bond with him.
I love this character and I believe they had Payne in mind before he even auditioned. The show is intriguing and unpredictable. And if, like me, you can’t watch on Monday nights, you can catch it streaming on FOXNOW.
So have a peek at Prodigal Son, and let me know what you think…
So Stef and I had a great time last night at the House of Blues. Four local bands came together to rock: M99, Leaving Haven, Soul Switch, and Devil’s Envy.
It got me thinking about how important it is to support local music. People often spend a small fortune to see a big name group, but you can have an enjoyable evening listening to musicians from your own back yard. And the price is right…either very reasonable or, like last night, FREE!
House of Blues offers the opportunity for up and coming bands to play on the same stage as nationally signed artists. Plus the musicians are available to meet with after their set. I’ve gotten to know some band members after attending a couple of concerts, and it’s incredible to hear what inspires them to create.
So take some time to check out the local scene. Today’s new musician might make it big some day, and you can say, “I knew them when…”
So, it’s happened…At least one prediction from Ray Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 may be coming true…
We’ve all observed televisions getting larger and larger of late. Well in his novel, Bradbury describes an environment in which reality television has taken over the world, and televisions have grown enormous. Specifically, your social status is defined by having television take up your entire wall. The more walls covered, the higher your standing in society.
Titan Screens, a British company, has recently created the world’s largest TV. Called “The Zeus”, it measures 370 inches diagonally at a cost of over one million dollars. This dwarfs the current average television size of 32 inches for a flatscreen. But if such a large one is now out there, you know it’s just a matter of time before Bradbury’s image of society and television become a reality.
It’s a cautionary tale, as the key element of Fahrenheit 451 is the acceptance of book burning. Unfortunately, the more we watch TV, the less we read. This lack of reading creates an environment that is naturally more accepting of limiting reading and therefore authentic knowledge acquisition. Don’t go there, people! Turn off the television, and open a book, please!
So my son, Ethan, has successfully done it. He has turned me on to South Park. I must confess, that show makes me laugh out loud every time I watch an episode. But my love for it also raises a couple of questions…
How do they get away with it?
In the current PC climate of America, how does a program like this stay in the lineup? I think it has to be because Trey Parker and Matt Stone are equal opportunity offenders. I am not kidding, they offend everyone! There is not a group protected from their attacks. I think this indiscriminate attitude somehow keeps them from the proverbial ax.
How many times are they called to the principal’s office?
If you are a teacher, could you imagine having one of their children in your class? The statements that must come out of their mouths…I believe it was Trey Parker’s daughter who was taped saying a line for South Park: “Daddy called you a pussy!”
When my youngest brother, Todd, (by the way, not so young now as he’s 48) was in kindergarten he had teenage siblings. One day in music class, as the teacher was instructing the students to sing “How much is that doggie in the window?” Todd spoke up and said, “Enough of this shit. Let’s have some Eagles!” Yes, mom was called to the principal’s office…
Whether you like South Park or abhor it, what are your thoughts on my two questions? And do you have some questions of your own?
So Geico made a smart move bringing back some of their classic commercials in “The Best of Geico”. With heavy competition in the insurance industry, anything that will get people talking about a company should translate into dollars.
From Maxwell the Pig to the Humpday Camel, Geico had us laughing back in the day. Those of us who are a little older love nostalgia, so a return to their most humorous and classic advertising campaigns may give Geico just the edge they need to overtake the competition. And there is competition…
Other insurance carriers should take note, and perhaps hire the ad company that Geico uses…