December 23rd, 2009

20111112, Marilee

The Van Has a Mohawk

The snow on top of the van melted into a triangle that looks like a mohawk (particularly since the snow & van are both white) and the top is about six inches today.

I dropped a DVD by the post office and went to Kaiser to get my H1N1 shot and pick up the 75mcg levothroid that the primary ordered Friday. It turns out that there's a national shortage of levothroid and they're back-ordered on 75mcg, so they gave me 50mcg with 1.5 as many as usual, and a pill cutter. I almost turned it back because I have 50mcg at home -- that's what I've been taking for the last three months -- and getting it from the pharmacy is $3 more than getting it in the mail. On the other hand, getting a new pill cutter is a good thing, so I went ahead and got it there.

The line was very long when I got to the pharmacy and there were only two booths open, so I did what I'd been told to do the last time that happened -- walk up to one of the booths and tell them I can't stand long enough to stand at the end of the line -- and that worked for the pharmacy clerk, but I did get mean looks from the people in line.

Junie just dashed at Spirit and hissed. And things had been working so well.
20111112, Marilee

Free Enterprise

This is from 1999 and even if the rest of it doesn't sound good to you, is worth watching to see Shatner do Julius Caesar in hip-hop near the end.

Two young boys, Mark and Robert, have Captain Kirk/William Shatner as their dream superhero. He can fix everything for them. When the boys grow up, they get into the film business themselves. Neither of them are very satisfied by what they're doing and then they run into Shatner in a bookstore. He tells them he wants to do Julius as a musical with him playing all the parts but Calpurnia. They go through the actresses they think might make a good Calpurnia, but don't really think Shatner should do it.

Both guys want to date/mate, but Mark is too uneasy to really settle down and Robert puts too much into his collection of action figures and his ego to keep women. When Mark turns 30, he dreams about Logan's Run, and Robert throws him a surprise party and that's where Shatner hip-hops with The Rated R and his posse.

This is a great movie about geeks, love, fantasy, and fitting in to real life. I highly recommend it.
20111112, Marilee

Some Media Things

I love today's xkcd!

Courtland Milloy is the WashPost's black columnist who mostly writes about black things. Today's column is about Avatar and uses Annalee Newitz's story on io9 to compare to his ideas.

We have news that Robert Byrd is back in form after his recent illness and is doing fine getting in and voting.

Finally, some of you probably remember the Salahis, the couple who crashed the State Dinner for India. The WashPost has just put out a series of very revealing articles on them.