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March 9, 2023

'The Big Lebowski' Turns 25: "People Didn't Get It," Jeff Bridges Recalls


Twenty-five years ago, The Big Lebowski blew into theaters like a tumbleweed on an empty street.

Domestic audiences barely showed up, with the comedic detective tale only earning $18 million. Audiences gave it a B CinemaScore. Critics sniffed that it wasn’t as good as Joel and Ethan Coen’s last release, the Oscar-winning Fargo.

But that was just, like, their opinion, man. ...

Behind-the-scenes photos and descriptions at link.
February 16, 2023

The Chat GPT stages of grief.

It's a screen cap from a podcast that is referencing Twitter.
December 17, 2022

Stanley Tucci's Beloved Italian Food Show Was Just Canceled By CNN

Stanley Tucci's adventures in Italy are officially finito. At least for now.

During his Dec. 14 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the beloved actor revealed that his Emmy Award-winning food and travel docuseries, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, has been put on the chopping block.

"Unfortunately, CNN has canceled all of their original programming. So hopefully we'll end up on another streamer, network—we don't know," Tucci told Fallon. "But yes, I have plans to do season 3 and more."

Fallon joked, "So Searching for Italy is searching for a new network," to which Tucci responded, "It's not as appetizing."


October 15, 2021

Babylon 5 returns. (And it won't be Babylon 6.)

It's going to be a complete reboot to be produced and aired on the CW network.

This link has more.

October 15, 2021

Dan Rather interviewed Geddy Lee of the band Rush in 2017.

An interesting and fun interview.

October 1, 2021

The second greatest ensemble-cast, Sci-Fi, TV show franchise is getting a reboot!


It will not be Bablyon6, but rather, a complete reimagining of Babylon5, brought to you by the original creator J Michael Straczynski.

IMHO, B5 was the only TV show to threaten Star Trek (in its various forms) for the very top position of greatest Sci-Fi franchise.
September 1, 2021

I got my booster (3rd shot) from Publix today. It's very easy.

You will need your medicare or insurance ID numbers, if relevant. No insurance, no problem.

1. Go to Publix.com.

2. Click the link at the top of the page for COVID-19 to start the appointment-making process.

3, Choose Moderna or Pfizer, as appropriate.

4. Choose third immunocompromised dose. (No documentation is requested regarding your condition. No questions are asked.)

5. Answer the rest of the questions.

Since there are so many who will not get their shots, it's up to the rest of us to be solid and protect our families.

Be sure to bring your vaccination card listing the info from your two previous shots.

Go people! Good luck.

May 12, 2021

Dick Cheney will have his revenge - 10 ways he can kill you

It's an oldie, but never fails to make me laugh.
March 10, 2021

An interesting article from Politico discussing the origin of the pandemic.


In 2018, Diplomats Warned of Risky Coronavirus Experiments in a Wuhan Lab. No One Listened.

... By April, U.S. officials at the NSC and the State Department had begun to compile circumstantial evidence that the WIV lab, rather than the seafood market, was actually the source of the virus. The former explanation for the outbreak was entirely plausible, they felt, whereas the latter would be an extreme coincidence. But the officials couldn’t say that out loud because there wasn’t firm proof either way. And if the U.S. government accused China of lying about the outbreak without firm evidence, Beijing would surely escalate tensions even more, which meant that Americans might not get the medical supplies that were desperately needed to combat the rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the United States...

... What they were worried about was something called “gain-of-function” research, in which the virulence or transmissibility of dangerous pathogens is deliberately increased...

... This pattern of deception and obfuscation, combined with the new revelations about how Chinese labs were handling dangerous coronaviruses in ways their Western counterparts didn’t know about, led some U.S. officials to become increasingly convinced that Chinese authorities were manipulating scientific information to fit their narrative. But there was so little transparency, it was impossible for the U.S. government to prove, one way or the other. “If there was a smoking gun, the CCP [Communist Party of China] buried it along with anyone who would dare speak up about it,” one U.S. official told me. “We’ll probably never be able to prove it one way or the other, which was Beijing’s goal all along.” ...
February 28, 2021

The Rise and Fall of Joss Whedon

An article that I found quite sad.


Personally, I loved Firefly, Dollhouse, Avengers, and more from Whedon.

So sorry to see he's a jerk. Alas, much of this has been known for a while.

(Another reason I'm posting this is that he destroyed Justice League, and I'm still pissed about that. I think when Mr. Whedon sees the four-hour JL miniseries that Zack Snyder is creating for HBO, he will be rightfully humiliated!)

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