I saw an episode of South Park where the class had to read Catcher in the Rye as it had just come off the banned book list. After reading it, the boys couldn’t figure out what about this book caused it to be banned or why everyone made such a big deal about it (the same reaction I had after reading it) so they wrote their own book, making it as disgusting and offensive as they possibly could. Somehow it got published and became a best-seller. People read all kinds of deep, profound meanings into it which simply weren’t there.
Why do people always want to find things in books and movies that just aren’t there? Take, for instance, March of the Penguins. It was simply a very nice documentary film showing how penguins survived in the harsh environment of Antarctica. Yet various fundamentalists and other religious nut cases somehow saw it as a statement on “Intelligent Design.” It’s just a charming and educational film about penguins. As Sigmund Freud said, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”
Have you ever noticed that almost nobody finds deeper meanings and profound truths in everyday television fare? I suspect that’s because no matter how deep you dig or how hard you look, you’re not to find any real substance in the junk food for the mind that passes for lowest common denominator entertainment. It’s pap for the hoi polloi, nothing more.
The first half of Comedy Central’s new show, Secret Girlfriend was about all the stupidity I could handle for one evening. I was curious so I tuned in and I only suffered through the first half because of the train wreck effect; I was hoping to see something interesting. I didn’t. It’s just another poorly executed half-assed attempt at lame-ass frat boy humor from a network that doesn’t apparently know squat about “comedy” even though it’s in their name.
And speaking of lame, tonight’s new South Park episode was just that. I liked the premise of recently dead celebrities stuck in limbo being channeled through Ike but the execution fell apart about ten minutes into it. I think Trey Parker and Matt Stone are getting stale. The show has run its course.
I’m hoping the network didn’t have too much influence on The Jeff Dunham Show. He’s good, I’d hate to see a lame network bring him down.
Song: You Oughta Know
Artist: Alanis Morissette
Album: Jagged Little Pill
I heard the song on the radio this morning and a couple of the lyrics jumped out at me in a genuine WTF moment. I didn’t know the artist or the title so I did a Google search on a partial lyric. After reading the lyrics online, I realized that I’d heard the song a number of times before on the radio. Maybe I had heard an edited version before and somehow the station happened to play the unedited version this morning. Trust me, I will not complain to the FCC about it. In fact, I wish the FCC would get out of the business of censorship and infringing on First Amendment rights and go back to managing the allocation of the radio frequency spectrum. I won’t mention which station I was listening to. I won’t confirm or deny anything in my efforts to protect the station’s First Amendment rights to play it as well as my First Amendment right to hear it.
Today’s Quote: “Seek simplicity, and distrust it.” ~ Alfred North Whitehead
In my daily spam report there was one with the subject line “we caught you naked! check the video”. Uh, so what? Lots of people, most of them total strangers, have seen me naked. It’s no big deal. There may even be naked pictures of me floating around on the Internet. But if there is a video of me frolicking naked, please send it to me.
Seen on a tow truck on my way home yesterday — “Dayton’s finest hookers”. I’m glad to see people take pride in their work, whatever it is that they do.
This week’s South Park is good. I highly recommend it In a way, it’s every bit as good as Major Boobage. Some parts of it are just plain wrong. Kyle saves the day.
Song: Heavy Metal.
Artist: Sammy Hagar
Album: Heavy Metal Soundtrack
Today’s Quote: “Censorship reflects society’s lack of confidence in itself.” ~ Potter Stewart
Last night’s South Park was awesome! Put the kids to bed and then watch it.
Today’s Song: Come And Get It
Album: Magic Christian Music
Notes: Paul McCartney wrote this song for the 1969 movie, The Magic Christian. Badfinger was one of the first groups to sign with Apple Records and this was their first single. McCartney recorded the demo, playing all the instruments. He produced the song and insisted they play it exactly the way he had played it on the demo. Therefore, Badfinger’s single and Paul’s demo sound exactly alike.
Today’s Quote: “The true patriot supports his country at all times, and his government when it deserves it.” ~ Mark Twain
Today was an incredibly long and dreary day. I was doing some serious multi-tasking this afternoon. Okay, heavy task-switching. I was dealing with someone’s wireless connection, reloading a hard drive, installing AutoCAD, taking care of my backup tapes, and moving a bunch of phone lines on the punch block. I’m not supposed to be that busy when I’m at the Troy office. That’s supposed to be where I go to relax. I was busier than a one-legged man in an ass kicking contest. But when the smoke cleared around 6:30 this evening, I stood alone.
I watched the second part of the South Park trilogy. Among the evil beings in Imagination Land I noticed some classic villains as well as a few that were more obscure, for instance, Mordred, from the movie Excalibur. I thought it was great that Stan’s imaginary Christmas critters were the most evil beings in Imagination Land. Those characters were beyond evil.
The Council of Nine on the good side was quite an eclectic group but Luke Skywalker? I found it interesting (and probably disturbing to some) that Jesus was included. Not so much that he was on the council but that he was considered “imaginary”. That probably went over most people’s heads.
Cartman’s valiant attempts to revive Kyle were not selfless. He needed Kyle alive to suck his balls. Ah, there are so many Cartmans in the world, demanding that we suck their balls..
I was kind of disappointed with Drawn Together. It was weak. I think the writers are getting desperate. They’ve lost the original premise of the show which was a Big Brother type of reality show. Now it’s become Friends.
Today’s Song: Gimme Some Lovin’
Artist: The Spencer Davis Group
Album: The Best of the Spencer Davis Group
Notes:The Blues Brothers covered this song in the movie The Blues Brothers in 1980.
Today’s Quote: “I like nonsense — it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope…and that enables you to laugh at all of life’s realities.” ~ Theodor S. Geisel (aka Dr. Suess)
I just don’t care for nonsense in government or the current administration’s fantasies and distortions of reality. Forget the telescope!
I can’t believe it. I dozed off whilst watching something about a lost Egyptian queen who was really a king or maybe a king who was really a queen. But that’s not important. When I woke up I switched over to Comedy Central, only to catch South Park at almost the same point in the story where I caught it on Thursday. I still don’t know how it began. I’m sure it was interesting. Why did a judge order Kyle to suck Cartman’s balls? Is Cartman one of those self-loathing, homophobic, deny it all costs, homosexuals?
Drawn Together was a little weird. I take that back. It was very weird. I haven’t decided whether or not I liked it. Captain Hero is what I suspect Cartman might be.
This morning I learned that my countertop is not as level as I had thought when I installed it. I made coffee this morning and when I went back out to pour it, I found it pooled in the back corner. Apparently, I hadn’t set the pot into the coffee maker correctly. Scheiße! Shazbot! Crap! My Monday morning is off to a very ominous start. I think I should call in sick and go back to bed.
Today’s Song: Charlotte the Harlot
Artist: Iron Maiden
Album: Iron Maiden
Today’s Quote: “It’s a very, very dramatic and simultaneously joyous experience. To see so many people naked together takes you to a universal place. I’m not sure where, but it’s a place where we all belong.” ~ Carlos Betancourt, a Miami artist who took part in Spencer Tunick’s 8 Oct 07 installation at the Sagamore Hotel in Miami Beach, FL
This week’s South Park was just so wrong but I loved it for its wrongness. The truth about Bono revealed?
The jury is out on this week’s Drawn Together. I liked their treatment of Charlotte’s Web. Charlotte’s comment about inter-species sex was priceless. Captain Hero is still in gay denial. What a wuss. Ling-Ling’s story was quite touching but his usually are. The Pokemon reference was quite blatant, wasn’t it?