The highlight (lowlight) of today’s news was a brat in a balloon (or, as it turns out, NOT in a balloon). It was vaguely reminiscent of the OJ chase…though, this time I was not hoping for a spectacular crash to end it.
Going with Gary Gnu’s theory that “No gnews is good gnews”…it just feels like an Open Thread sort of night.
Ken Follet’s The Pillars of the Earth is the book I have recommended more than any other over the past 20 years. It is the rare book that appeals to readers of near any genre..and, imo, TPofTE fits the bill. It is a sweeping novel that is centered around the building of a cathedral during the middle of the 12th century. With factual history as the backdrop, Follet weaves an engaging fictional tale that quickly pulls the reader in. I read it the year it came out and it has been on my ‘favorites’ list ever since. A National Bestseller in its own right, I must admit to bein’ a bit miffed when Oprah chose it as one of her ‘Book Club’ selections in ’07. Her ‘stamp of approval’ that is now plastered on the cover of each copy purchased offends me. Ignore the ‘big O’ on the cover, I assure you, this is a book well worth reading, Oprah endorsement notwithstanding.
Time Bandits is the first movie in Terry Gilliam’s trilogy on the ages of man (followed by Brazil and Baron Munchausen…both of which I also recommend). It is a ‘fantasy’ film written with the cheekiness one expects from Gilliam and his Monty Python pal Michael Palin. Those familiar with the Monty Python movies will see the similarities in style. The movie follows Kevin, the eleven year old son of very modern parents, and a band of time traveling dwarves intent on pillaging history for riches. What follows is both madcap and endearing. I saw it in the theater when it came out..but, I don’t think that this flick ever got the recognition that it deserves. So, add it to your Netflix queue. There are far worse ways to while away an evening.
Oh No You Didn’t! Tonight’s song originates, oddly enough, from a clever ditty penned for a video game commercial. Written for a Mercenaries 2 television commercial, the song became an internet hit and eventually found its way to Jumbotrons across the nation during the ’08 NFL season. While the lyrics consist of the vengeful rantings of a gamer who got ‘played’, the song itself is a catchy sing songy geeky white boy rap sure to bring a smile. The odd juxtaposition of the words with the musical styling makes for an infectious tune that now finds its way to near all of my road trip mixes. Hope it brings a grin your way.