Golden Globes

Last night I watched the Golden Globes. I had not seen any of the movies that won awards and many of the TV shows were new to me as well. I guess I need to catch up on TV and movies. The show itself was really good. Everyone dressed in black to show support for women who have been sexually harassed or abused by men in Hollywood. The #timesup hashtag was huge.

But the big deal from the show was Oprah. She won the Cecil B. DeMille Award. But her speech was simply amazing. She was very presidential. Everyone started tweeting Oprah2020. I did the same. I would love it if she ran for President. But I know she wouldn’t win. Our country is still too backwards to have a black female president. I still think she’s great.

I walked 1.45 miles today inside.

The Newsroom

Are you watching the recently new series on HBO called The Newsroom? I have watched it from the beginning and I have been skeptical about it’s success and if I even like the show. But Sunday’s episode solidified it for me. I like the show. The characters are likable and the stories are real. It goes back a couple of years in the news and shows how a cable news show could have covered some of the major stories of the day. Sunday’s episode tackled marriage equality and the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. I really liked the way they handled the story and told about the events.

The character of Sloan Sabbith (played by Olivia Munn) really shined in Sunday’s episode. I have liked Olivia Munn since I saw her in a short lived series on NBC called Perfect Couples. It only lasted a half a season but I enjoyed her character on the show. I think she’s a good actress (even though she’s so young). She really does a great job on The Newsroom.

Have you been watching this show? What do you think? I know, too much use of Wikipedia in this post, sorry.


I don’t read comic books or graphic novels so I’m not at all familiar with Watchmen. Last night I was flipping through the channels and found Watchmen playing on HBO. I’d only missed the first few minutes….credits mostly…of the movie so I decided we should watch this one. Most of my readers are probably familiar with the movie since it was a big hit last year.

I won’t say that I particularly liked the movie, I just found myself sticking with it to see what happened next. Also, once we saw the big blue penis, we had to stay to see what other things we might see. After a few more scenes, the boyfriend decided the movie was grossly violent and depressing. I wouldn’t go that far. Yes, it was very violent with lots of blood and death but I don’t think it was depressing exactly. What the boyfriend didn’t know was that it was supposed to be an alternate history where superheros help the government win wars and control crime.

I think what kept me watching, besides the blue penis, were all the references to history. Several scenes had the twin towers in the background. There was a Macintosh SE30 painted black on a desk in one scene. There was lots of music from the 60’s and lots of period clothing from different decades. I just kept watching without necessarily following the story. I did enjoy the imagery…the doom and gloom of the Nixon years, the wars, etc. I found it funny they let Nixon win a third term in the alternate history.

Mark over at Running With Blue Sponge has begun rating the movies he sees with sponges ranging from 1 to 5….5 being the best. I’m going to steal his idea and begin to rate the movies I see with A’s. I use the same scale he does. So knowing that, I’ve decided to rate this one three A’s.

I’m Watching You

Just finished watching a documentary on The History Channel about the Ku Klux Klan. It was quite amazing and scary. I couldn’t help seeing though that the republican party has many similarities. Now, I’m not saying the republican party is the Ku Klux Klan, I’m just saying that they have many of the same prejudices as the Klan. I would bet though that some of the republicans, especially the old white males, had an association with the Klan at one time in their past.

Day 227 of 365

Obama Night

As much as I admire Obama and really want him to win the election, I'm not sure how I feel about him having a 30 minute infomercial on several stations tonight. Does anyone feel weird about it?

Update: Okay, I just watched it and it was pretty good. I know it was the images, the music, and the stories, but the video gave me chills to think he just might be our next President. I'm feeling really good about it now.

Reality Shows

Is anyone else getting tired of the reality shows? I mean, I love watching them and all but it seems like all the shows this season…..which are all ending soon….seem to be very predictable. I'm still loving Project Runway and Big Brother but I have no interest in seeing the new Survivor. I don't know. Maybe I'm just ready for a new season of TV.

Childhood Memories

There are times when things show up on the news that remind me of my childhood. That happened today when I saw that Evel Knievel died. Instantly my brain started to provide memories of my childhood.

I can remember being a kid and watching Evel on the Wide World Of Sports jumping some outrageous amount of cars or buses lined up in a row. All my brothers and sisters and I would crowd around the TV to see if he would make it or if it would be one of his crazy crashes. I'm sure a few of us were hoping that he'd crash to see him tumble on the asphalt. I also remember when he tried to jump the Snake River Canyon in 1974. I was only ten years old but remember it well. They build up to that jump was a big waste of time for a 30 second jump. Of course he didn't make it.

Anyway, it's sad to see him go but his death does bring back some fond childhood memories.

Charlie Brown Christmas

I just finished watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” I'm not religious or anything but that show always brings back great memories of childhood and Christmast time. Things were simpler back then. Too bad we can't go back and enjoy those great times. I think the message is a good one even though I'm not religious. I do enjoy the show. And I don't have to always catch it when it's on TV, the boyfriend has it on DVD.

BB8 Is Done

Now that the Donatos have secured their place in the final two, BB8 isn't even worth watching. I don't care for either of them so it won't be a big deal to watch the final episode on Tuesday. Yes, I know, they have been great players and deserve to win but when it gets dominated like this, the show just isn't any fun anymore. Where's the drama now? It's the drama that we all tune in to see each week. It's over now.

The View Sucks Now

I've never liked Elisabeth Hasselback. She's just stupid and her politics are fucked up. Barbara is old and irrelevant. Whoopi is okay but she's no Rosie. I think the only reason I'd tune in to see the View is Joy Behar. I like most of her politics and her opinions on topics. The rest of the show sucks. I guess it's time to take it off my DVR record list.


I'm not a fan of the Simpsons and could really care less about the movie that's coming out but I just had to find out what I would look like if I was Simpsonized. So here it is. This is me Simpsonized. I think they took out the fat because I used a recent picture of me that clearly shows me as a fat guy.

Goodbye Rosie

I am so saddened by the news that Rosie will be leaving the View in June. I think she has brought a change to the show and a voice that so many of us wish we had in the public eye. She says things I wish I could say to large numbers of people. I hope she gets her own show out of this and continues to voice opposition to the current administration. We need more honest talk like she provides everyday. I will miss her!

Next Season On Survivor

This was sent around my school today. I thought it was funny and thought anyone in education could relate to it:

Have you heard about the next planned “Survivor” show?

Three businessmen and three businesswomen will be dropped in an elementary school classroom for 6 weeks. Each business person will be provided with a copy of his/her school district's curriculum, and a class of 28 students.

Each class will have five learning-disabled children, three with A.D.D., one gifted child, and two who speak limited English. Three will be labeled with severe behavior problems.

Each business person must complete lesson plans at least 3 days in advance with annotations for curriculum objectives and modify, organize, or create materials accordingly. They will be required to teach students, handle misconduct, implement technology, document attendance, write referrals, correct homework, make bulletin boards, compute grades, complete report cards, document benchmarks, communicate with parents, and arrange parent conferences. They must also supervise recess and monitor the hallways.

In addition, they will complete fire drills, tornado drills, and [Code Red] drills for shooting attacks.

They must attend workshops, (180 hours), faculty meetings, union meetings, attend curriculum development meetings. They must also tutor those students who are behind and strive to get their 2 non-English speaking children proficient enough to take the SOLs. If they are sick or having a bad day they must not let it show.

Each day they must incorporate reading, writing, math, science, and social studies into the program. They must maintain discipline and provide an educationally stimulating environment at all times.

The business people will only have access to the golf course on the weekends, but on their new salary they will not be able to afford it anyway. There will be no access to vendors who want to take them out to lunch, and lunch will be limited to 30 minutes. On days when they do not have recess duty, the business people will be permitted to use the staff restroom as long as another survival candidate is supervising their class.

They will be provided with two 40-minute planning periods per week while their students are at specials.

If the copier is operable, they may make copies of necessary materials at this time. They cannot surpass their daily limit. The business people must continually advance their education on their own time.

The winner will be allowed to return to his or her job.

Christmas TV Shows

Seems like ABC has decided to bring back all the popluar Christmas shows from my childhood. Tonight “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” was on and I watched it of course. It brought back so many memories of being a kid and sitting in the “rec room” with the rest of the family with our eyes glued to the tube. Ah, such memories.

I've already seen “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and I'm sure “Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer” will be on soon with “Frosty The Snowman” soon behind. These are just the shows from my childhood. What I really enjoy watching as an adult are the Christmas movies that have begun playing on TCM. I'm sure in the weeks to come I'll be spending lots of time watching my favorites.