What I would look like in South Park:
You can make your own as well.
Link courtesy of HOWBlog.
Congressman David Wu (D-Oregon) warns: “Don’t let faux Klingons send real Americans to war!” Sage words, indeed.
Link courtesy of TV Squad
Update: Yes, by including the video in the page, the XHTML 1.1 validation is completely screwed up.
Actor Drake Hogestyn — John Black on Days of our Lives — and his family were attacked by a deranged man who wanted to exorcise Satan out of John Black, apparently confused about his Satanic possession storylines. He also hadn’t watched Days recently enough to realize that John Black is a supersoldier who can grab you by the hair and punch you in the face justlikethat. 🙂
Everyone’s fine, except the deranged man. No word as to Stefano’s involvement.
The blog Girlfriend ’07 lists ten fictional women who make it difficult to date real women:
Hollywood has a tendency to create female characters who make it nearly impossible to ever be truly satisfied with real women. Because not only do these women tend to be beyond beautiful on the outside, but they’re always unbelievable on the inside too. They’re cool. They’re fun. They always know what to say. And they always have that one little thing that makes you fall in love with them. Maybe it’s because they usually have guys writing their lines and making them perfect, but either way they’re a tough act to follow.
I either don’t agree or I’m not familiar with much of their list, except for Terry Griffith from Just One Of The Guys. That was pretty cool, although disturbing for the male lead. Anyway, I decided to put together a list of fictional women that either have or do set expectations for what I expect out of real women.
Betty and Veronica (Archie Comics)
I don’t know how popular they are now, but when I was growing up a boy could be defined by his preference for Betty, the quintessential girl next door, or Veronica, the rich, hot girl. I was always more of a Betty fan, but as I grew up I appreciated how the Veronicas of the world could be really distracting. Now? Let’s see, the girl next door who’s good-looking, modest, compassionate, smart, low-maintenance, and loves sports? Definitely Betty.
Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell)
Intelligent problem-solver. Intuitive thinker. Independent, yet still ends up being a great daughter and a better girlfriend than her boyfriends deserve. She’s a college student who solves murders. What else do you need?
Willow (Alyson Hannigan in Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Great with computers, willing to fight vampires, one of the most powerful witches in the world. For the sake of this list, we’ll ignore the lesbian part. Considering the fact she acts almost the same part in How I Met Your Mother, it just leads to the idea that maybe the character is a real woman.
Susan Ivanova (Claudia Christian in Babylon 5)
Second in command of the most difficult outpost in the galaxy, Ivanova can charitably be described as “prickly.” That being said, she was honest, direct, and could likely kill you before you realized she was moving. There’s something sexy about that, particularly when it wrapped up a conflicted soul who had felt guilty for most of her life about tragedies she couldn’t control.
Elizabeth Bennet (Pride & Prejudice)
Independent, intelligent, witty, and outspoken, during a time when women were encouraged to be anything but. Played by Jennifer Ehle in a memorable movie version, the written one is still the best.
Susan Vance (Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby)
The best of the screwball comedies, Bringing Up Baby features Susan, a person who, if older, would probably be described as eccentric, looking for a lost leopard with an uptight Cary Grant. Sometimes you need a woman who’s a little crazy.
Drusilla (Juliet Landau in Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Take Susan Vance’s craziness, add to it the ability to rip out your throat, mix in a cool accent, and you’ve got Drusilla. You’d enjoy it, for a little while.
McMurphy (Dana Delany in China Beach)
Sad, lonely, stuck in a war she didn’t start, a compassionate person who was forced to watch people die for little reason she could find, Colleen McMurphy was distant in a way that begged for people to try to get her to open up.
Completely overwhelming the traditional heroine (Rowena) in Scott’s work, she keeps the protagonist alive and has the antagonist fall in love with her. A classic character, highly intelligent, resourceful, and practical.
Honorable Mention: Lauren Bacall
Real person, so she doesn’t really belong on the list, yet throughout her career she played some of the sexiest characters in film, a status she imparted to them.
Luckily, unlike the guys at Girlfriend ’07, I’ve already found a real woman that I dated and married. Note any common themes above? It’s possible to find smart, resourceful, sexy, caring, independent, a little crazy, and mysterious women in the real world, and I have, thank goodness. Otherwise, I wouldn’t want to watch much TV. 🙂
Original link courtesy of Best Week Ever.
Apparently Brett Favre brings his own weather with him on the road. Green Bay and Seattle are playing Monday Night Football in a snowstorm, in Seattle.
According to the USA Network, we shouldn’t just respect Pearl Harbor veterans for being great
soldiers fighters. They were also great lovers.
Quote from a commercial for the Xbox 360 version of Dead or Alive Xtreme 2:
“9 girls…1 island…You do the math.”
What? I guess I don’t understand math well enough.
I still laugh when I see the commercials for Clerks II, even though we’re now down to the DVD release.
On the other hand, a little part of me wants to throw up when I see the commercials for Turistas.
Mattitude is still cool.
It doesn’t take much effort to get an “USA!” chant started in Pittsburgh.
When I run across interesting things to link from my blog, I usually send them to my Gmail account with the best intentions of blogging about them “when I get some time.” Well, that doesn’t happen as often as it should, so I’ll clear out a few items now:
Wikipedia Brown and the Case of the Captured Koala – Wikipedia creates reality. A take-off on the Encyclopedia Brown books I devoured as a kid. Link courtesy of Too Many Topics, Too Little Time.
Ancient Crash, Epic Wave – Did a comet hit the Earth 4,800 years ago?
PHP Eats Rails for Breakfast – Is tracking new lines of code the best way to compare the relative popularity of two languages? That assumes languages evolve to the same level of code complexity when addressing common problems. Might not be a bad assumption, but it would be nice to see some analysis of it. Link courtesy of O’Reilly Ruby blog.
Empires with Expiration Dates – Niall Ferguson examines the short shelf lives of modern empires. Empires are defined as largely political and military entities, with direct power. The question I have is whether global capitalism encourages indirect power, namely economic and cultural. Link courtesy of Arts & Letters Daily.
synerG Web Site Design Competition – Deadline December 31, 2006.
Election Day 2006 – Whose Side is your Favorite Superhero on? – Dave’s Long Box predicts how superheroes would vote. The Hulk’s a Libertarian…he just wants to be left alone.
The New York Television Festival has some featured animation pilots on the web, including Squid Dragon Legend. It’s a decent sendup of anime, featuring the same sorts of thoughts you probably had the first time you saw it. It’s at its weakest when it strays from that into conventional jokes.
Great line: “Or maybe he’s seen the future in some sort of crystal skull, with skulls all over it?”
The unfortunate bit is that the NYTF site, hosted by MSN, requires Internet Explorer to work correctly.
Link courtesy of TV Squad