My spectator-only relationship with tattoos continues as I watch more and more episodes of Best Ink on Oxygen.
Hey — some people watch morning talk shows; I watch Entertainment OnDemand.
Maybe that’s why I have started noticing tattoos on people in the street… and on television… and in random Google searches.
Get a load of this girl.
I may have commitment issues with tats, but I think hers will stand the test of time.
She chose right.
Posted in Art, Commentary, Design, Fashion, Humor, Life, Television
Tagged art, artwork, Best Ink, commentary, design, Fashion, Humor, life, Oxygen channel, tattoo, tattoo artist, Television
Call me crazy…
but I didn’t enjoy Macbeth.
It’s not because Alan Cumming didn’t commit 100 percent. He did everything but open a vein (and there was so much fake blood at one point, he may have).
I just couldn’t understand him.
It’s embarrassing to admit, but when the text is Shakespeare to begin with — which means I already have to concentrate really hard instead of simply let the words wash over me like God intended — it is a challenge to follow the aforementioned text when it is being delivered in a thick, emotionally-charged Scottish brogue.
If I knew the play backwards and forwards like many people in the audience did, it would be less of an issue. But I don’t. So it was.
Add a very, very warm, packed theatre, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a semi-miserable evening.
It wasn’t you, Alan. It was me.
(Well, and your accent.)
Posted in Broadway, Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Life
Tagged accent, Alan Cumming, audience, Broadway, celebrities, commentary, entertainment, fake blood, Humor, life, Macbeth, play, Scottish brogue, Shakespeare, theatre
If Star Trek Into Darkness opens in your city today, I encourage you to see it.
I saw it yesterday in IMAX 3D, and it was amazing…especially the new enemy of the Federation portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch.
You know Sherlock on BBC? He’s the one.
But if you can’t get to the movie theatre today or even this weekend — I understand there are people who can actually wait weeks and even months; go figure — take a look at the “Star Trek Challenge” Audi spot featuring Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto.
It’s too much fun.
Posted in Advertising, Automobiles, Cars, Entertainment, Humor, Internet, Life, Movies, Shopping, Television, TV
Tagged 3D, advertising, Audi, automobiles, BBC, Benedict Cumberbatch, cars, entertainment, Humor, IMAX, Leonard Nimoy, life, live long and prosper, movie premiere, movie theatre, movie villain, Movies, Sherlock, Star Trek Challenge, Star Trek Federation, Star Trek Into Darkness, Television, TV, Zachary Quinto
Who’s watching The Office finale tonight?
And who’s watching the show for the first time in two years?
I’ll admit it.
When Michael Scott aka Steve Carell left The Office in 2011, I was part of a highly vocal minority — perhaps it was even a majority in some circles — who felt the show should end with his exit.
But the show producers — both in shock that Steve left and in denial that the money train was running out of steam — deluded themselves that they could keep on keepin’ on.
The first season without Steve floundered. The second became ‘the farewell season.’ And now that Dunder Mifflin is finally closing its doors, I feel a teeny tiny bit responsible.
Did I show any loyalty after Steve left? No.
Did I check in from time-to-time to see if my instincts were right that the show would suck without him? Yes.
Will I watch tonight and wish the show wasn’t being canceled? No.
Am I hoping Steve Carell shows up somewhere? Yes.
(It would be the best episode in two years.)
Note — Steve DID appear on the finale. It was amazeballs.
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Tagged comedy, entertainment, episode, farewell season, Humor, life, Michael Scott, money train, show producers, sitcoms, Steve Carell, Television, The Office finale, The Office tv show, TV, vocal minority, watercooler
One of the many advantages of a) working from home and b) having HBO is being able to watch Oscar-nominated documentaries during lunch.
Today’s featured selection: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossoms.
I’ll admit that I had not heard of this film before I saw it listed on HBO OnDemand. If perchance you haven’t either, I strongly encourage you to invest the short 40 minutes required.
Director Lucy Walker chronicles the tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011. Survivors share their stories of loss, and work together to rebuild their communities — already making progress a mere month after the storm hit.
And what are the ‘cherry blossoms’ in the title, you ask? I’ll let you watch the film and find out.
It is a vital part of their history and culture, and one reason a tsunami could never break the Japanese people.
Posted in Academy Awards, Commentary, Entertainment, History, Life, Love, Movies, Oscars, Travel, Weather
Tagged Academy Awards, cherry blossoms, commentary, documentary, entertainment, HBO, HBO OnDemand, history, Japan, Japanese people, life, love, Lucy Walker, movie director, Movies, Oscars, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossoms, Travel, tsumani, weather
New Yorkers are a the nicest people. I see proof of it all the time.
Take today, for instance.
I had taken a cab to the vet to pick up my dog. The driver gave me my change, which included several singles, near the open door.
The wind instantly picked up the bills and scattered them in the street. Did the rude, me-me-me New Yorkers of TV and movies jump upon them and run for it?
Not a chance.
Instead, three people stepped on the loose bills and stood waiting for me to retrieve them. We all shared a laugh as I collected my change and thanked them for their help.
Nice folks. Yep, we’ve got lots of ‘em here in NYC.
Posted in Commentary, Friends, Humor, Life, Relationships, Travel
Tagged Big Apple, big hearts, cab, commentary, community, dollar bills, friends, good samaritan, Humor, life, Manhattan, money, New York City, New Yorkers, nicest people, NYC, Relationships, taxi driver, Travel
When you think about shows in Vegas, sitting on folding chairs under a small circus tent outdoors may not be the first thing that comes to mind.
But it should be.
We went to see Absinthe last night at Caesar’s Palace.. or, more accurately, in front of the famous hotel and shoppes.
It is filled with amazing feats of physical strength and beauty ala Cirque…but with a personality all its own. What I am saying is….
It’s filthy. And takes shots at every ethnic and social group on the planet….especially if they are audience members.
Funniest. Show. Ever.
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Tagged absinthe, Caesar's Palace, comedy, entertainment, Humor, life, Travel, Vegas
Don’t become a pussycat doll who dances in Vegas. In view of the restaurant with kids. Classy.
Sin City, I am in you!
Fifteen years ago, when I made my first trip to Las Vegas, I stayed at the New York New York Hotel. At the time it was fairly new to the strip, and a bit trendy.
For me it was also a tad bit aspirational. I didn’t live in NYC at the time and wanted to…why not get some good karma?
We have returned there. This time the property was simply a deal…and a fun reminder of home. But I still want to ride the rollercoaster.
May have to do that on my own. (Not everyone appears to have packed their cahones.)
Next stop — Rock of Ages and Ray Romano!!
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Tagged blackjack, comedy, Las Vegas, life, New York City, New York New York Hotel, Ray Romano, Rock of Ages, rollercoaster, Travel, Vegas
Guess who’s headed to VEGAS??
I’ll give you great odds.
Gotta love those sparkly dice, am I right??
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Tagged dice, double or nothing, entertainment, great odds, Humor, Las Vegas, life, Travel, Vegas, Vegas baby