Archive for January 3rd, 2007

Not Exactly An Elvis Sighting

January 3, 2007

On my way to work this morning I was waiting for a green arrow in the left turn lane when I noticed the driver behind me. I swear the guy looked exactly like the late Steve Irwin. Now if it were before his death on September 4, 2006 I could’ve given it serious thought that it might actually be Irwin since I was in such close proximity to Sea World in San Diego — he may have been there for some sort of conservation event, or such.

Anyways… There’s a guy that looks exactly like Steve Irwin in the San Diego area — and he chomps on hearty-sized sandwhiches while driving a silver convertable Mustang with a black top.

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My Pick Six Of ’06

January 3, 2007

Let’s start 2007 by taking a look back at 2006 with my Pick Six of ’06. Now I didn’t see as many new movies as I should have. I didn’t read as many new books as I should have. I didn’t listen to as many newCDs as I should have. I didn’t… etc, etc, etc…

But yet, I feel that I’m still qualified to pick the best from the various forms of media that the year 2006 had to offer. And in my oh-so-clever way I’m picking my favorites from six different catagories. Let’s start picking…

Comics: The Pride of Baghdad. Written by Brian K. Vaughan with art by Niko Henrichon, and published by Vertigo. This 136-page hardcover graphic novel is a must read for anybody and everybody — not just comic book readers. I praised this title earlier when it was first released (Vaughan Can Be Proud Of Pride Of Baghdad) and I still stand by my words of praise. Set during the spring 2003 U.S. bombing raid on Iraq, a pride of lions escape from the Baghdad Zoo. They wander the war-torn streets confused and hungry, yet free — struggling for their survival. Now this is the sort of animated talking animal movie that George Miller of Mad Max and The Road Warrior fame should be making instead of a flick with dancing penquins.

Movies: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Now while the second installment of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise may have been my favorite movie of the year, it wasn’t exactly a perfect movie… It was long. It was long and it still managed not to tell a whole story. Now don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the flick, but you wade through a lot of movie for what is essentially the set up for third Pirates of the Caribbean movie. My viewing tip — do not drink a large soda during a two and a half hour movie that takes place mostly at sea.

Music: Stadium Arcadium – Red Hot Chili Peppers. I’ve been a Chili Peppers fan for a long time and this two disc set did not disappoint. While there may not be anything ground-breaking regarding this outing — their 9th studio album — it definitely shows maturity in their craft. Stadium Arcadium made a long eight hour road trip much more tolerable. The single Dani California is definitely memorable, but for me it was the track Snow (Hey Oh) — a mellower tune reminicent of their earlier hit Under the Bridge — that seems to have made the heavy rotation playlist in my head.

Podcasts: Keith and the Girl. If it weren’t for the Keith and the Girl podcast I probably would’ve driven my pickup off a cliff during my hour and a half commute each way to work and back. Although they premeired in 2005, it was in 2006 that I became hooked on this “no holds barred” podcast that Keith and his girlfriend, Chemda (the Girl) have themselves described as free comedy and a talk show where they “talk shit.” Nothing is sacred, nothing is tabboo, and I’m hooked. I’m probably never going to recommend Keith and the Girl to my mom, but if you’re not easily offended and like a good laugh (often at the expense of others) at the end of a long day you should give Keith and Chemda a listen. Note — you’ve been warned.

Television: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. My favorite new show to premiere during fall 2006 — without a doubt. It’s dramatic, it’s poignant, it’s humorous, it’s probably too good for television. Like Aaron Sorkin’s short lived Sports Night, Studio 60 is a look at the hectic behind the scenes going-ons of television — only this time the show focuses on a weekly latenight comedy/variety program (ala Saturday Night Live) instead of a cable sports channel. And like Sorkin’s previous effort, Studio 60 may just be too good for television, and although NBC has ordered a full season this smartly written and witty drama is having a hard time finding a steady audience. Do yourself a favor and check it out before it’s too late. Episodes of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip are available on iTunes.

Video Games: Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy. I’m probably the last guy who should offer any sort of video game review since I very rarely play any at all. If it weren’t for thePSP that I won at Dave & Busters this catagory pick would not even exist. But I did find out in ’06 that a PSP is a nice little device to take along on long business trips when you’re spending countless hours in airports and on planes. Of course, being a fan of the original Star Wars trilogy doesn’t hurt while playing this game which is filled with cute (yes, I’m using the term “cute” in my review) scenes featuring Lego minifig Star Wars chracters that are as entertaining as the gameplay itself.