Saturday, May 12, 2007


I'm a little late on this:
Let me tell you something. I want you to go to Philly, and you will appreciate how clean New Orleans is. Just go and walk around Philly a little bit. You will appreciate – am I lying? You will appreciate New Orleans. We still have work to do but we definitely beat them by a long shot.
- New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.

Oh sure, it's easy to knock Philly as being a dirty hellhole rotting from the inside, but I think a more pragmatic description of the city would also include its terrible smell.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Terminator 4 and more

From Dark Horizons:
After much talk and posturing over the future of "The Terminator" franchise in recent years, something surprising has happened - producers Mario Kassar and Andy Vajna have given up their baby.

The Halcyon Co. has acquired the franchise rights to the popular "The Terminator" movie series and intend to make a new trilogy that would anchor their movie company.

"Terminator 4" will be based on a script by John Brancato and Michael Ferris ("Terminator 3"), and Halcyon plans to immediately begin preproduction on the film with the hope of a Summer 2009 release.

Neither creator James Cameron or original star Arnold Schwarzenegger will be involved in the project, which picks up with John Connor in his 30s leading what's left of the human race against the machines.

The deal includes the right to produce any future "Terminator" projects in any format (film, TV, etc.). It also includes all future merchandising and licensing rights, and certain rights to the upcoming TV series "The Sarah Connor Chronicles."
(emphasis mine)

The two Terminator films were classic sci fi, well-crafted films that comfortably mixed action, fantasy, and emotion. Even if you don't like science fiction or androids, you could watch The Terminator and its sequel as legitimate films. T3, on the other hand, humped the franchise into the ground by being a generic action flick that invalidated the film before it. Terminator 3 was basically Highlander 2 with robots. Do I want to see another Terminator film by the same guys? Not really.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Porn just not doing it for pandas anymore

Captive pandas, who for whatever reason aren't very interested in sex (perhaps it is the crushing depression of being in prison, or perhaps it's because they have just one more level to go before beating the Black Warlock and obtaining the Victory Sword), used to be able to have porn jump start their, well, penises. Traditionally, this has encouraged the pandas to mate, leading to a boom of babies (who will eventually retire and soak up all of the animal kingdom's social security benefits). However, this year, the porn is not having the intended effect.

I don't know how you look at porn, but maybe the scientists could stick the pandas in a viewing area that helps the mood. Not, you know, this:

Either that, or we have to have them consult with the ducks.