Cake, Pudding and Cheese are the three alien babies who named themselves after food because food is always popular among humans. Apex predators aren’t supposed to name themselves after food, that is just wrong, but some of the babies have names like Doofus (“Nobody will be afraid of an alien named Doofus” and Etazonia (which is a variant of États-Uni, so one of the kids named herself after the United States, which is also pretty bizarre.) They have briefly shown up at a family reunion – just long enough to mention that they’ve been rehearsing, and to sing a three part version of “The Giant Squid has Not” – with animations, sound effects, and stage business – on their way to a gig on the Island. So I didn’t really write 500 words yesterday, it was 500 less the words I quoted from Brooke’s song, which was just the first verse. Hey, their dad’s a filk fan, and why the hell not. I’m going to write about what I know, right? bwa ha, ha ha.
Some of the babies were named by their mother and their mother’s current squeeze (Kima and Michel are a very cute couple.) But when you’re having 175 babies at once some of them get away on you before you can name them. Hey, it was an accident. It’s hard to do something right when you’ve never done it before and there’s no precedent.
Jeff, who is a life-saver, got treats yesterday AND got malware off my Mac, which is very very happy making.
Margot jumped up onto the sofa to say hi yesterday and accept skritches when we were watching some tv… She rarely does this when both of us are there. Buster is usually sitting on my side of the sofa and I must threaten him with the Giant Setting Bum of Allegra which usually means that Jeff rescues him from being crushed milliseconds before he gets mashed into the cushion because he is unconcerned by impending doom. He is the least ready-to-take-offense-or-be-frightened cat I’ve ever met.
Hell on Wheels continues to entertain, the new Patrick Stewart sitcom (Blunt Talk) is uneven but when funny EXCRUCIATINGLY so, Brent Spiner shows up in a guest slot that will make all the fans go squee, and if you don’t want to watch Walter Blunt /Patrick Stewart down three Ambien when he was expecting three Provigil while sucking back marijuana edibles like an East Burnaby ‘hood rat and washing them down with scotch, you shouldn’t watch it. Jeff and I were both very entertained by the opening shot. Patrick Stewart doesn’t just have a bald head, he has an ICONIC bald head.
It seems clear that a new generation of comedy writers is taking on the half hour sitcom format and making it new. Grace and Frankie, the Brink and Blunt Talk (and bunches of others we haven’t seen because we’re not fans of the writers or stars) are sophisticated, funny, humane, well-acted, written and directed and they move like screwball comedies on rails.
Did you know that JFK was accidentally shot by his own security detail? Many things about the shooting now make much more sense in the light of this new theory.
The Mr. Robot season finale didn’t air because some content was too similar to a shooting in the US which happened during the same news cycle, so they had to can it – we’ll see it later. And props to the show runners and network for giving it a rest. The fans will wait. The Rick and Morty was okay, there were some good laughs and Keith David as a voice actor is always worth the listen.
Almost every single episode of West Wing that we’re watching is pulling its news from CURRENT headlines – and the show’s been off the air almost a decade. Sometimes the overlaps are so freaky that Jeff just look at each other all o,O like what the HELL man. Last night it was ‘we’re really close to curing cancer’ and it was so similar to the recent news it was surreal. And people torching AME churches and school shootings, it’s all…. yeah.
Everybody drive safe this weekend. There may be flash floods and overwhelmed streams and sewers may make for trouble in low lying areas. We’re still going to be on water restrictions.
Mike has returned from South Africa, the single most brutal business trip he’s ever been on, and Jarmo had his last day yesterday at Evilcorp. Mike took me to supper last night. Just for future reference, the steak sandwich special for 10 bucks on Thursday night is totally worth it; best beef for the price I’ve had in ages.