The Week in Entertainment
TV: Grimm - caught up on last week's (who didn't know Monroe's dad would help them out?) and things are boding ill all around.
Language Liberalism Freethought Birds
Verbing Weirds Language only if you're expecting it to work in a simple way. This is a special case of the more general truth that Language Weirds.
Only when a republic's life is in danger should a man uphold his government when it is in the wrong. There is no other time.
The church says Earth is flat; but I have seen its shadow on the moon, and I have more confidence in a shadow than the church.
If we can't find Heaven, there are always bluejays.
Live: First, the fabulous The Book of Mormon at the Hippodrome. What a blast! Such a fun show. Then Prince Igor at the Met, with Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role and the splendid Oksana Dyka (who must have been thinking about her homeland's troubles, reflecting the plot of the opera) but who really stole the show. The staging was new and kind of odd (why do they insist on describing things as "timeless" when they have stuff like rifles, electricity and late-19th or early-20th century uniforms in them???) but intriguing. Having the first act take place in a poppy field of Igor's injury-haunted mind sets the stage for his return (though having the scene where his son elects to stay behind rather than escape back home is rather confusing; at first I thought they were saying that she had followed all the way). Igor is a mess, of course, since Borodin died before he'd finished it, and at least in this version it's all his music.
An eighth season of Lewis is coming this year! YAY!
The description reads:
A man who spins fables and fantastic tales from his life is dying - his journalist son finally wants his father to tell the truth in director Tim Burton's colorful, eye-popping story.I'm not sure, but I'd bet this is the result of a fear of infinitive splitting.
Caitlin Dewey takes to her WP blog to tell us "Why we’re actually mad at ruthless ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant Arthur Chu".
Since time immemorial — read: at least September 1984, when the Alex Trebek-hosted daily syndicated version of the show launched — “Jeopardy” has almost always followed a simple pattern: Contestants pick a category; they progress through the category from top to bottom; they earn winnings when they, through their hard-earned and admirable knowledge, get the questions right.O rly? I can't think of a time when running the category was the norm. Many contestants do some bouncing around, working from closer to the bottom if they're confident of the category, and sticking to the top when they're not. Heck, it was way back in 1985 that one of them invented the "Forrest Bounce" strategy for hunting the Daily Doubles...
Most unforgivably to many, Chu tries to squeeze in the most questions per round by pounding the bejesus out of his buzzer and interrupting Alex Trebek. This is Alex Trebek, North American icon (he’s Canadian by birth), we’re talking about here.well. Come on. I love it when they clear the board. And you can't ring in before he's finished reading the question; the buzzer doesn't work. Buzzer timing is what made Ken Jennings such a killer, not to mention that machine Brad Rutter, who was handicapped by playing in the "only five games" era and still is the biggest money winner. As for interrupting Alex, well, Alex does occasionally just start to make some little point, and you never know when. If Chu's into the game, he won't be expecting that.
From one of Fred's excellent linkfests, a lesson about lying:
Here, then, is another consequence of encouraging a bit of paranoid conspiratorial delusion and fiscal magical thinking among your base for decades: The crazy letters are coming from inside the House. Various people on the inside now actually believe these formerly convenient fictions! If the emails didn’t come directly from a member, they were most likely sent from someone who got the list of internal email addresses from a member.
It's not often that the two Washington papers have the same story on the front page. Today is a good case study.
Just got my 2014-15 Met season brochure. My subscription doesn't have Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk! Oh noes!
First, Jan Brewer woke up and smelled the coffee - the angry, angry economic coffee, of course - and vetoed Arizona's Jim Queer law. This doesn't by any means change the hearts of those in the legislature who voted for it, or those in the state who support it, but it does avoid enshrining hate and discrimination into the law there.
Sort of snow, anyhow, though only the Post acknowledges it. The Times is, as usual, fixated on domestic troubles and old, desperately-clung-to scandals while the Post admits the rest of the world (though only GWOT-related countries) do exist...
with the dead laptop, I missed a couple of weeks...