“I didn’t even remember that Cabbage Patch was dead at the end of the movie! WTF? Talk about bad casting. I mean she is straight up unattractive. All she does is smile while she delivers her lines. When Heath says, “Well, hello, beautiful,” I almost laughed out loud. Seriously, anyone else would have been better. Anyone… except Katie Holmes.”—
My people — which is to say, the geeks — are driving me up the wall with this one.
Listen, motherfuckers, Bruce Wayne is dripping with women who are dripping with sex, and the point is that he has no interest with them. His attraction to the Rachel character is because of their shared history. Dent’s attraction to her is somewhat unexplained, but seems to have something to do with their professional relationship. The character itself is sort of a mess, in part because Katie Holmes was a disaster and everything since is damage control, but the constant and repeated complaints that Maggie Gyllenhaal is simply not cute enough are pretty much straight misogyny.
(Side note: I am talking only about how the character is presented in the movies. I’m not qualified to talk about how cute she is in the comics or whatever.)
(Side note 2: Not to pick on S. Sloan, with whom I agree about 99% of the time.)
“Restricting Python’s grammar to an LL(1) parser is a blessing, not a curse. It puts us in handcuffs that prevent us from going overboard and ending up with funky grammar rules like some other dynamic languages that will go unnamed, such as Perl.”—PEP 3099 — Things that will Not Change in Python 3000
“The truth is I fucking hate the web. It’s sucking the brains of geniuses who could be out disproving String Theory. It makes me sad to think there’s young women and men spending their life trying to win the VC Lottery rather than doing something meaningful. They will look back at this time they wasted on selling advertising and say, “I could have been significant.”—Zed Shaw
A couple months ago, an anonymous blogger set out to try to be the ESPN.com featured comment of the day. He was armed only with a careful study of the cheerful banalities that usually appeared, and endless patience.
This is another one of those topics that comes up often in these parts after watching an especially amazing TV series. With the new season of “Mad Men” starting next Sunday, I believe it’s time to drudge out this list again.
In no particular order, here’s a rough list of great TV characters in my opinion:
Homer Simpson from “The Simpsons”
Alan Partridge from “I’m Alan Partridge”
George Costanza from “Seinfeld” / Larry David from “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
G.O.B. from “Arrested Development”
Omar from “The Wire”
Al Swearengen from “Deadwood”
Don Draper from “Mad Men”
Nancy Botwin from “Weeds”
Dean Learner from “Darkplace”
Lindsay Weir from “Freaks & Geeks”
Anybody else got any ideas?
Obviously, I have nothing but respect for Reinhardt, given that I’ve probably written 400 comments on various blogs he’s written. But sometimes he shows his age. I can’t really argue with anyone on this list (Lindsay Weir!), and I love the fact that he froze out all Whedonistas. But I’m sort of doubtful that the greatest characters in the history of television are from the past ten or so years. It just seems unlikely.
Possible avenues of exploration:
Someone from M.A.S.H., but I’m not sure who. Possibly Hawkeye, possibly Klinger.
I don’t like Star Trek much, but Spock certainly deserves to be up here (and possibly Data as well)
"Number 2" from the Prisoner, although this is really a meta-character.
I’ve watched it a couple of times now. Fuck. I just started reading “Another Roadside Attraction” (took a break from “Tree Of Smoke), but I’m going to have to dig out the old “Watchmen” graphic novel like today. Sheeeeeiiiitt.
The original link appears dead, but I’ve updated it to point to a YouTube copy.
Updated: YouTube link is dead too; changed link to firstshowing.
“A state employee has resigned and officials have disavowed an international advertising campaign that led to calls for an investigation of tourism posters proclaiming “South Carolina is so gay.”—MSNBC (via Laughing Squid)
It’s a miracle that all of East Boothbay didn’t burn down — the buildings are packed in pretty tight on the road side, and the structure basically went off like a bomb. There were two tugs under construction at the time; like everything else, they’re completely gone. “It’s like the building melted,” said my dad over the phone. Water pressure south of East Boothbay was non-existent, since it was all going to fight the fire. Most of the trucks in Lincoln County seem to have showed up.
Jason Whitlock is the only interesting sports columnist in America
At least, the only one working for the MSM. Despite this, I still only read his stuff when I remember to, like when Deadspin links it. He’s not the first to complain about the growing cast of “Football Night in America” (Simmons has devoted at least 5,000 words to the subject), but he may be the most precise in his analysis (“Tiki Barber quit football in his prime because the entire concept of the game utterly bored him…”).
I think he’s wrong that the Terry/Howie/Jimmy/Curt show on FOX is any better, though. Their segment breaks are like watching a bunch of high school jocks stoned out of their minds, giggling through highlight reels.
(The only interesting football coverage on television, of course, is NFL Primetime, which ESPN mysteriously buries at something like 4am Eastern.)
“Before the trial started, in early September, an offer was communicated to Mr. Reiser that if he would reveal the location of Nina’s body and to state, for the record, what had happened, that he would be allowed to plead to voluntary manslaughter. Voluntary manslaughter carries a sentence of 3, 6, or 11 years. This court personally communicated to Mr. Reiser that it would impose the low term of 3 years…. had he accepted the deal, Mr. Reiser would be freed from custody in 292 days, or approximately May 2009.”—Judge Larry Goodman, via the Chron