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02 October 2014

My guilty pleasures

#1: watching Matador.

I watched the first episode  based on AVclub's review. I gave it a chance. And, you know what? Matador has embraced its inner wackiness!

I am told that this channel is aimed at young adult male Latinos, so don't know what that says about me (white, female, and decidedly old!) but...

Star Gabriel Luna is... how shall I say this?.... easy on the eyes. I happen to pause the video each time he takes his shirt off, but that's a coincidence! Tony Bravo, you are a star!

And the show is... how shall I say this?.... WACKY! Los Angeles has a soccer team and it's called the LA RIOT? Are you kidding me? And their arch-rivals are the (Houston, I think) TERRORISTS?

But Matador seems to have embraced its wacky premises, and it just gets better, funnier and scarier, every episode. And Tony Bravo just gets better.

If you need any other reason to waste your spare time on this gem: it costars Alfred Molina, James Callis, and a bunch more folks who don't have to scrape the bottom of any barrels.

For laughs, I look forward to Brooklyn Nine-Nine. For sexy wackiness, I look forward to Matador. And I'm not ashamed to say it!

04 October 2013

Sweet Caroline

I am so excited about the playoffs this year!

Don't know who to root for more: the Red Sox (corazon!) or the Dodgers (oy veh!) Good thing I don't have to decide for quite some time!

Good times never seemed so good.

25 September 2012

Hooray for Aaron Paul, and love for Giancarlo Esposito

Count me as one of the people who couldn't make up their minds: Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman for the second time? Or Giancarlo Esposito for that tour-de-force role as Gustavo Fring? I kind of came down on the side of Gus Fring, now departed, never to be repeated. [Unless brought back as flashbacks? Can we hope?]

And then Jesse won. And how. It's hard to think this, now, but this wasn't even for his amazing performance in the oh-so-awkward dinner scene, which would tax any actor. (Doing nothing is the hardest! Doing nothing and suggesting so much is... the stuff of another Emmy.) But Aaron Paul has raised the bar so much we now take this for granted. This young actor has a great future ahead of him.

That's all not to take away from the accomplishment of the amazing Giancarlo Esposito. I don't know how the voters for the Emmys watched "Hermanos" and didn't give him the award, except maybe they don't like BB's level of violence. (Pretty hard to take at times, I admit.) But GE? Totally rocked it. And he said he was "over the moon"  regarding his own nomination and fellow cast member Aaron Paul's win, and I totally believe it.

Take another look at that Emmy broadcast. It's so obvious that youngun Aaron Paul was not expecting to win, and that he was expecting castmate Giancarlo Esposito to win. And GE so deserved to win.  (AP's accomplishments notwithstanding!)

Giancarlo Esposito has distinguished himself in a number of roles, most notably (prior to this) in "Homicide". A quiet, meticulous actor, his performances are not designed to attract attention. In Gus Fring he had the role of a lifetime.

And yet - Jesse Pinkman is not a role to attract attention. Yet Aaron Paul has made something of it. For which, Kudos!

[I've tried to find videos of Aaron Paul's speech: not yet, folks. But if you haven't seen "Hermanos", brace yourselves and watch! And if you haven't been watching Breaking Bad? I don't know what to say.]

19 April 2012

Paper towel magic!

I discovered this post during Pesach. Nevertheless, it's amazing. I knew this about gingerroot and lettuces, but did not realize how widespread its results were.

Paper towels are magic, quite altogether.

08 March 2012

Songs that need to be played back-to-back, Gen 3 (I think)

Because that's just how I roll, however long it takes:

Reminiscing, by Little River Band

Dance Hall Days, by Wang Chung

You need to analyze these. Seriously. More to follow.

05 February 2012


I love you, Kenny. And I love this song.

I, too, had a son while on the run, and his love brings a tear to my eye (me too)....

24 November 2011

Because it can't be said enough

the DFH were right.... this is in honor of OWS, who are right too ~ and are being slammed as DFH. It's always the way, my friends.

Book Review: The End Of Loser Liberalism

You have to love this book. Its author has made it available for free! And that is central to its thesis: we on the left should not concentrate on taxation and social services, but look at the effects of all kinds of policy. I agree with the author: the left is excessively naive about these things, although the crumbling of the economy in 2007 has made some of us smarter. Dean Baker's book is well worth reading. Everything from the Fed to copyright is discussed. He does not hesitate to mention things that will be hard to change. And for all that, it's an encouraging read. Dean Baker is one of our public intellectuals, and we are the better for it.

Read it and heed it.

Money, it's a gas!

xkcd lays it all out for you: who has it, where it is, what it does or can do:

and I say:

and also, and this too!