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TV and Church

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So today I finally got around to taking the wheels into the shop. We had four slow leaks.

The auto shop is pretty cool. In a grubby end of town under gentrification. The shop has been around for years, unchanged, and is pure Starsky and Hutch. The characters coming and going… I swear I could write a successful TV pilot from just a few hours there!

But I didn’t stay the whole time. I had to get away. So I walked to the downtown core, which is getting more congested every year. Felt more like Chicago or New York instead of my once modest Toronto.

After an icky visit to the Eaton Centre – don’t like it much any more – I hopped over to the newly renovated St. Michael’s Cathedral. I haven’t been to Mass for about a week and felt like a fish out of water… happily diving back into the tank after almost thirsting to death for the waters of heaven.

But it was a huge change from the auto shop.

Leaving, I noticed a brand new flatscreen monitor by the exit. It seemed strange and unnecessary. But what do I know?

I just took the picture…

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Instead of watching the Academy Awards…

English: Zappa and band. Bob Harris, Yamaha CS...

Zappa and band. Bob Harris, Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer and vocals, Arthur Barrow, bass. Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY. Oct 25, 1980 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, I didn’t watch the Oscars tonight. It just seemed too trivial this year for me to waste my time. Just wasn’t into Americano pop culture. At least, not that version. Not this year.

I do like a lot of US movies though. And Frank Zappa, who was a born and bred American.

So what did I do? I listened to an audio course about early Christianity. Learned about a sect, the Ebionites, who were Jewish but accepted some version of Jesus as the Messiah. Not the official version, though.

Then I listened to some 70s Chick Corea, which reminded me of this gem:

Somehow seemed appropriate for NOT watching the Oscars.

Eat That Question – Frank Zappa In His Own Words

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Presty the DJ for Feb. 14

Frank Zappa on Guitar Soloing

Frank Zappa plays a hunchback on a children’s show narrated by Vincent Price, 1983

Some Thoughts About Innovation From Various Authors


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David Suzuki “The Green Guru” on CBC TV

I hope I’m this cool when I get to be Suzuki’s age…

http://www.cbc.ca/thehour/videos.html?id=898495314 (Video)


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Rod Serling did it better… but Battlestar Galactica still hot

SPOILER ALERT… don’t read this if you haven’t seen the final episode for 2008!

BSG fans no doubt delighted at the 2008 season finale where all sorts of insane tensions mount between humans and Cylons.

And Xena (oops, I mean Cylon number Three), that ever-enchanting toaster, offers an innocent civilian up to death before a truce is made between humans and Cylons.

Interesting that the truce isn’t achieved by brute force but by human and Cylon goodwill, along with President Apollo’s diplomacy.

All round great job… kudos to all concerned in the production.

Except for one thing… the final scene where Earth is trashed? Rod Serling did it way better.

If you don’t believe me, just check out the episode “Time Enough at Last.”


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BSG Razor – Way better than I expected

Battlestar Galactica: Razor – Trailer / Preview

Let’s face it. Galactica peaked for a while and then got increasingly lame. So I only had a mild interest when I saw the ads for Razor. But I did watch it. And I’m glad I did. All expectations surpassed. Just like the ‘old’ Galactica Re-imagined before it got all bloated out of shape.

Don’t miss this one (if you like Galactica, that is…). The new character Kendra Shaw (played by Hong Kong-born actor Stephanie Jacobsen) is nothing short of fantastic. Jacobsen charges right into the Galactica scene as if she’d been there a very long time. Impressive, to say the least. And Admiral Cane (remember Ensign Roe from Star Trek TNG?) is pretty good too (even if her hair is a bit different from her previous appearance in the episode Pegasus, which is supposed to be the same time period as Razor).

As for the old cast, they seem to be getting a bit bored with it all. Kara Thrace just doesn’t have the pluck. Admiral Adama is still solid but not quite as soulful as before, as if he’s thinking about his swimming pool while competently going through the motions… And Apollo, well, even he isn’t quite as sparkling as usual.

The cylon blonde (played by Tricia Helfer), however, is far more convincing than before. At least one of the old crew got better with time… even if she is a cylon!

But what I’m wondering is why they don’t give actor Sebastian Spence a fair chance? He played Cade Foster in the cult classic First Wave. And I thought that was a great show (in a campy sort of way). So far I’ve only seen Spence smile and a mutter a word or two on Galactica…

Anyhow, let’s hope that Razor portends the upcoming 4th season of Galactica. For a series that was getting pretty soft, Razor restores the edge.