November 12th, 2011

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Thank everything, Monday was not a harbinger of how my week would go. My week got better. This weekend should be good. I'm also now relaxed. All of this was not guaranteed.

Better is good.
Good Omens

I feel the earth move under my feet...

Plate tectonics was advanced and developed as a theory for the inner workings of the Earth's crust in the 1950s and 1960s. Continental drift was an earlier theory, upon which plate tectonics as a theory was built, but again: we only figured this out within the past century, which really isn't that long.

I'm telling you this to tell you this: At one time in his college teachings, my three-years-older brother T.J. (University of Virginia, Class of 1993) had a science textbook where his professor told the students that they'd use part of the book, but not all of it. Some parts of this book were still relevant and provable while some parts were out of date. What was out of date? The part that said that continental drift was caused by "a force from the east."
Clay. Bill...Clay.

For this Gratuitous Icon Post, how about a shit-eatin' grin?

Now I express my fondness for Die Hard in icon form.

Trivia! I love that a friendship resulted from that movie. Composer Michael Kamen once admitted that when he saw a very rough early cut of Die Hard, with some scenes and a lot of special effects missing, he wasn't that impressed -- he generally wasn't a big fan of action movies, though he scored a lot of them ("some of which I love, and some of which I can appreciate as commerce," he once said) -- but he thought Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber was a phenomenal bad guy. After the film, Kamen and Rickman became friends. Later, Rickman was one of the people who spoke at Kamen's 2003 memorial. (Kamen had quality friends just in general. They included at least two members of Monty Python and at least two members of the Beatles.)

I'll see that shit-eatin' grin in the icon to the upper-left of this next month, as the Cort and Fatboy Midnight Movie on Friday, Dec. 2nd will be Die Hard. I was lucky enough to see the film first-run in 1988, and I'm really looking forward to seeing it that way again, this time (maybe) with beer! And before the film, the second C&F live show will take over the front of the Bagdad, with as many of the show's weekly guests as are available broadcasting from a table in front of the 650 people who'll be in the Bagdad Theater. Choice. The live show, by the way, will be called What Could Possibly Go Wrong?