Friday, December 31, 2010

Followed by a Happy New Year

Talk about from beyond the grave! I ran across a reference to a real live (dead?) zombie situation when I read Yves Smith's post at Naked Capitalism, "Woman Deceased in 1995 Continued to Robo Sign Till at Least 2008". It appears that Wolfram & Hart isn't the only firm that keeps their employees around courtesy of their "standard perpetuity clause". (Minor clarification 1/1/2011 - the dead robo-signer was actually the mother of one of the company's employees.)

I'm actually hard at work on my next post, which is a review of "Lineage" from Season 5 of Angel. I can't give you an exact ETA, but I'm hoping it comes out sometime over the weekend.

Thanks for being so patient with me everyone, and please have a wonderfully Happy and prosperous New Year!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Last I heard Santa was making his way over Bintulu in Malaysia, but you can keep track of his progress for yourself at the NORAD Tracks Santa website. Remember to wave when he flies over your house!

Merry Christmas to all and I hope everyone has a safe and happy Holiday Season.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Denisof Genealogy

I knew some of Alexis Denisof's ancestors came from Russia, but this takes researching family history to extremes.

(H/t Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism).

(The Denisof family has evolved quite nicely since then.)

Not So Giant Leap

I've often wondered how Fred made the jump from being a history major to becoming a physics grad student as described in Season 4 of Angel's "Supersymmetry". John Horgan offers a clue in his Scientific American article, "Science Faction: Is Theoretical Physics Becoming 'Softer' Than Anthropology?"

(H/T to Mark Thoma at Economist's View.)

Finally, thanks to a h/t from reader Patrick at Economist's View, Columbia University physicist and mathematics lecturer Peter Woit, Ph.D., informs us in his blog Not Even Wrong what's currently happening in the theoretical world of string theory and low-energy supersymmetry. Short answer, not much.

Afterthought. Per this post from Peter Woit, I wonder if this New York Times article from 2000 influenced Fred's story line.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Vote for Your Favorite Celebrity Parents of 2010

I'm pretty late with this, but it looks like you still have time to vote for your favorite celebrity parents of 2010 over at Celebrity Baby Scoop. As of this time, Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof have a huge lead, with well over 55% of the vote!

One pet peeve I have is that these articles never seem to have a cut-off date for voting. I'm such a stickler for detail.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Alexis Returning to HIMYM

(Alexis Denisof as Sandy Rivers)

Great news! According to Velda Gelman's post at the Los Angeles Times Showtracker blog, on January 3, 2011, Alexis Denisof will make a return appearance as Sandy Rivers on CBS' How I Met Your Mother. Of course, his lovely wife Alyson Hannigan plays Lily Aldrin on the show.

I have never seen any of Denisof's performances as Sandy Rivers, mostly because his character looks like a gorp and is reportedly quite annoying. Not that Alexis has any experience playing those types of roles!

As a side note, a few days ago I found another article online that seemed to indicate that Alexis would be returning as Sandy Rivers. I almost pulled the trigger to post the link to that particular site, but then I realized that the article was very poorly written and was perhaps simply stating that Alexis is one of the recurring characters on HIMYM. I still have no idea if that article was providing an early scoop or not.

I promise to tune in on January 3 to see what all the fuss is about.

And the Award for Asshole of the Year Goes To ..... (Updated January 3, 2011): .....nice job, Alexis, in being both horribly obnoxious and funny. I certainly wouldn't have minded showing up at Sandy's apartment and giving him a good, swift kick in the balls.

Regarding the numbers countdown and the "Bad News" at the end of the show, I really can't say anything since this is only about the third episode of HIMYM I've seen in my entire life. I'm so far removed I can't put anything in perspective. However, I can't help but notice a lot of interesting reactions that people are having to feeling sad after watching a sitcom. Shades of M*A*S*H in the early 1970's when the show was criticized for not being strictly a comedy or a drama.

Top Angel Episodes Reprise

Whedonesque is currently featuring a thread based on the recent Syfy/UK blog post, "Top Five Angel Episodes". Naturally, readers are chiming in with their Top Five or So favorites. This is still kind of early in the game, but so far I'm struck by the fact that Season 5 episodes seem to be faring quite well.

Here's a Top 10 list of favorite episodes that I compiled back in July 2009, plus a Top 6 Story Arc list companion piece I did a few weeks later. My lists would definitely be different today, but I don't obsess over that too much since my favorites change all of the time depending on my mood.

Without putting too much thought into this, here is yet one more list from me, (in chronological order), Top 5 Criminal Omissions From My Top Favorites Lists:
  1. "Darla" (Season 2), with all of those wonderful flashback sequences plus a magnificent performance from Julie Benz.
  2. "Dead End" (Season 2), the episode that proved that the series just wasn't big enough for both David Boreanaz and Christian Kane.
  3. "Waiting in the Wings" (Season 3), which is absolutely the loveliest episode of the entire series. (Technically I included this in what I called an ill-defined Cordelia arc of early Season 3. However, "Waiting in the Wings" certainly deserves its own top spot on a podium.)
  4. "Apocalypse, Nowish" (Season 4), a very taut, exciting piece of storytelling that managed to rise way above its basic everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink approach.
  5. "Not Fade Away" (Season 5). The only thing wrong with this series finale episode is that I like the preceding episode "Power Play" just a little bit more.
Any thoughts from anyone out there?

Monday, December 13, 2010

I'm Easily Amused

I should be watching and reviewing and Angel and Buffy episodes. Instead, I'm playing this game while I'm waiting for the gingerbread to bake. (Click here for the game.) (Object - you're WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, and you're trying to steal secrets from President Obama's laptop.)

(Wikileaks: The Game, at (H/T Switched, via reader Ninel).

I hope everyone is having a lovely time preparing for the Holiday Season. Hopefully I'll be back for good at the beginning of 2011.

Joyeaux Noel, everyone!