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Comedy Gold / Garry Shandling R.I.P.
« on: December 05, 2016, 06:11:51 pm »
Garry Shandling Dies at 66

Comedian, actor, writer and producer Garry Shandling, known for “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and “The Larry Sanders Show,” died Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed. He was 66.

A spokesman for the LAPD said they received a 911 call from Shandling’s home on Thursday, saying the comedian suffered from a “medical emergency.” He later died at an L.A. hospital.

Shandling wasn’t known to be suffering from any illnesses, and just a few days ago retweeted Kathy Griffin’s photo of himself, her and Bob Odenkirk.

The influential comedian was known for his neurotic observational humor, particularly about romantic relationships, and his no-holds-barred skewering of showbiz in his inventive TV shows. “The Larry Sanders Show” was one of the early pillars of HBO’s original series strategy, garnering Emmy Awards and critical acclaim during its 1992-1998 run.

Born in Chicago, Shandling was raised in Tucson, Ariz., and started out majoring in electrical engineering before completing a marketing degree at the University of Arizona. After moving to Los Angeles, he sold a script for “Sanford and Son” and also wrote for “Welcome Back, Kotter.” He guest-hosted on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and was in consideration to become Carson’s replacement. After a serious car accident, he began working on his stand-up comedy

In 1986, he created his own sitcom “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” also an early original series effort for Showtime. The show, also co-created by Alan Zweibel, was nominated for four Emmys, and ran until 1990. The show was noted for being one that often broke the fourth wall, with Shandling speaking directly to the audience, and he played a version of himself: a stand-up comedian aware of the fact that he is a sitcom character. Even the theme song was self-referential from the opening line: “This is the theme to Garry’s show…”

The seeds of “Larry Sanders Show” were planted on Showtime in 1986 when Shandling hosted “The Garry Shandling Show 25th Anniversary Special,” a parody of a Johnny Carson-esque anniversary special. He starred and co-created “Larry Sanders Show” for HBO, set in the office of a fictional late-night talk show, with Dennis Klein. Shandling was nominated for 18 Emmys for the show and, along with Peter Tolan, won an Emmy for the series finale.

“The Larry Sanders Show” was said to have a lasting impact on TV comedy, influencing such series as “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” It **** several “best of” lists, including Time’s 100 Best TV Shows of All Time. Judd Apatow was among the staff writers on the show who went on to become a major player in the industry.

Among his film and voice acting appearances were “Iron Man 2,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Dr. Dolittle,” “Zoolander” and “Over the Hedge.” The notorious flop “Town and Country,” in which he co-starred with Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton, was a big disappointment for Shandling in 2001.

Television / White Rabbit Project
« on: November 28, 2016, 05:06:12 pm »
White Rabbit Project (Netflix)

I love Mythbusters and White Rabbit looks to be an extension of that. Count me in to give it a go.

Toys / Hot Wheels
« on: November 15, 2016, 09:31:37 am »
Million Dollar Hot Wheels Collection

Music / Leon Russell dead at 74 (1942-2016)
« on: November 13, 2016, 05:08:47 pm »
R.I.P. Leon Russell

Man, I love several of Leon Russell's hits. Timeless classics that will never age.

Short Films / Fat
« on: November 13, 2016, 09:09:54 am »
A uniquely funny animated short. Kind of a Pixar concept on drugs.


Off-Topic / Christmas 2016
« on: November 12, 2016, 03:58:07 pm »
Pssssst.... guys.... come closer... I have to whisper... because I think my wife is going crazy.

As we speak, she is Finishing putting up the Christmas tree. She had me put on Christmas music from pandora...

And get this... tomorrow she wants me to put up the outdoor Christmas lights.

I don't think she is off her meds. She doesn't take meds, but maybe she should be on some.

... I am messing with her so bad. This is so weird. And she told me she just got done talking to her daughter and she's doing the same.WTF.

well, to be honest, we do leave for two weeks in Aruba, the day after thanksgiving, and she realized, when we get back, if we put up the tree, it would be for a very short time.

So I know she's doing for herself, her daughter, and the lady coming to watch our dogs.

Good grief... I'm not liking this turn of events.

What next, leave the tree up all year and start taking in cats?

I'm gonna turn on Bad Santa

The Concert Venue / Post Modern Jazz
« on: November 04, 2016, 10:46:50 am »
Post Modern Jazz

Ha, speaking of 'Bad Romance', the band starts off the concert with this number. Coincidental? I don't think so.

So in my two vain attempts at trying to land tickets to Roger Waters (and failed) and El Monstero (and failed), I happened to run across an ad for band... Post Modern Jazz. Then I looked further and they were coming to town... in a week. Long story short, I was able to grab front row seats at a 30% discount. I guess the angels were feeling sorry for me on the other losses.

Beyond watching just a video or two, I didn't know what to expect. Over time, I'm liking the genre of music more and more, and decided to see it live.

Last night was an absolute blast. Talented artists all around. Eclectic group of folks who play with each other and off each other. It was funny. It candy for the eyes as well.

PMJ takes current songs, mostly pop, and restructure it into a Postmodern jazz sound. It works and it works well. Admittedly I didn't recognize about half the songs, because quite frankly I was not familiar with the pop song. Nevertheless, it sounded awesome. It was 1-1/2 hours of real fun. My wife loved it too and this is not exactly her strong suit with music. They had some burlesque, some tap dancing, IMO, almost stole the show. Yes... tap dancing that was fun to watch. She is beautiful.

There must be several iterations of the band. Like Cirque du Soliel, they have troops that tour. The video below has several member changes from what we saw. Other video's the whole band and singers are different.
Love the evening and they had the audience from the very first hello. Well produced and sounding fantastic. I can see this show getting big. Once it catches on, it could do very well.

Short Films / Borrowed Time (Pixar)
« on: October 20, 2016, 09:32:35 am »
This just launched and getting a lot of attention. It's dark.

Borrowed Time - Pixar

The Concert Venue / Roger Waters Us + Them Tour (2016)
« on: October 13, 2016, 12:15:11 pm »
Just announced, right off from the Oldchella event. And St. Louis is in the tour...
I hope to snag some tickets.

Roger Waters Us + Them Tour (2016)

Roger Waters Announces 'Us And Them' Live Tour[/size

Days after playing the Desert Trip festival in Indio, Calif., Roger Waters is announcing a new, multi-state tour. It's his first since the 2010-2013 tour of The Wall and starts in May of next year, with stops in more than 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada.

Waters has named it the "Us And Them" tour after the song he wrote for Pink Floyd's 1973 album The Dark Side Of The Moon. He told NPR Music its themes about the haves and have-nots are more relevant and topical than ever.

    "I was listening to [the song] the other day. There's a line which goes, 'With, without, and who'll deny that's what the fighting's all about?' And the answer to the question is this: Almost everyone. Almost everyone will deny that 'with/without' is what the fighting's all about. My contention is that it is. That's why my new tour is going to be called 'Us and Them.' It's specifically about that line."

You can hear more from Waters about the tour by pressing the play button at the top of the page. The excerpt is part of a sometimes intense and exhaustive interview with NPR Music that covered everything from global warming and famine to the U.S. presidential election, racism, education and the military industrial complex. We'll post the complete conversation in an upcoming episode of All Songs Considered.

Waters' "Us And Them" tour will start May 26, 2017, in Kansas City and end Oct. 28 in Vancouver. Tickets go on sale Oct. 21. Waters says it'll be a mix of his solo work and Pink Floyd songs, with a number of newly written tracks for an upcoming album.

Here's a complete list of his upcoming performances:

    May 26, Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
    May 28, Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
    May 30, St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
    June 1, Tulsa, OK BOK Center
    June 3, Denver, CO Pepsi Center
    June 7, San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose
    June 12, Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
    June 14, Phoenix, AZ Gila River Arena
    June 16, Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
    June 20, Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
    June 21, Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
    June 24, Seattle, WA Tacoma Dome
    July 3, Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
    TBD San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
    July 6, Houston, TX Toyota Center
    July 11, Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
    July 13, Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
    July 16, Atlanta, GA Infinite Energy Center
    July 18, Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
    July 20, Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
    July 22, Chicago, IL United Center
    July 23, Chicago, IL United Center
    July 26, St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
    August 2, Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
    August 4, Washington, DC Verizon Center
    August 8, Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
    August 9, Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
    Sept. 7, Newark, NJ Prudential Center
    Sept. 11, Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
    Sept. 12, Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
    Sept. 15, Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
    Sept. 19, Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
    Septt. 27, Boston, MA TD Garden
    Sept. 28, Boston, MA TD Garden
    Oct. 2, Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
    Oct. 3, Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
    Oct. 6, Quebec City, QC Videotron Centre
    Oct. 10, Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
    Oct. 16, Montreal, QC Bell Centre
    TBD Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
    Oct. 24, Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
    Oct. 28, Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena

Television / Channel Zero (SyFy)
« on: October 12, 2016, 10:22:17 am »
The new 6 ep. series of Channel Zero premiered last night. Without a doubt, the trailer caught my attention. Just like American Horror Story, they throw out some strange imagery to suck you in. It was unknown to me if Channel Zero was different and actually incorporated what was in the trailer.

My first reflections were, this has a nostalgia feel to it. Kinda Like Stranger Things, but less pronounced. It looks and feels creepy. Sudden jump scares were incorporated. I'm thinking yea, this could be fun. Let's figure out what the story is.

Well, they do lay out the story with flashbacks and such, but it's all very medicore stuff. I want to stay involved, but the energy level is way low. The creepy or dread factor is getting washed away. By the 30 minute mark, I'm getting a little bored. By the 45 minute mark, I lost most of my interest in the show. I read, there was a twist and I guess I missed it.

Anyway, I'll try again and see if this is a continuing story or something new in the anthology.

The Concert Venue / Desert Trip aka Oldchella
« on: October 06, 2016, 09:56:48 am »
Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan: It’s ‘Oldchella!’

With an average age of 72, some of the biggest — and ancient — names in rock and roll will take to the stage starting Friday night in Indio for what some are calling “Oldchella.”

The Coachella Valley festival, official called Desert Trip, will run this weekend and next and feature rock legends Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, The Who and Roger Waters.

With tickets costing from hundreds of dollars to thousands, the shows are expected to bring in about $160 million, according to festival officials.

The set times for this weekend, to be repeated on Oct. 14-16, are as follows:

— Friday: Bob Dylan at 6:50 p.m.; The Rolling Stones at 9:40 p.m.

— Saturday: Neil Young at 6:15 p.m.; Paul McCartney at 9:15 p.m.

— Sunday: The Who at 6:15 p.m.; Roger Waters at 9:10 p.m.

The Empire Polo Grounds will open to festival-goers at 2 p.m. each day.

Playfully dubbed “Oldchella,” the big name performers and older audience demographic are expected to have the festival generating that $160 million that would be almost double the record $84 million raked in during last year’s Coachella festival.

Music promoter Goldenvoice, which also organizes the annual Coachella and Stagecoach festivals, has arranged for a plethora of amenities catering to an older crowd, including a top-shelf “culinary experience” featuring renowned chefs from across the country and stadium seating, something unheard of at Goldenvoice’s other festivals.

In addition to the live performances, the festival will feature “The Desert Trip Photography Experience,” a 36,000-square-foot exhibit of more than 200 photos of the performers, housed within a massive, air-conditioned indoor tent.

Passes for the festival’s first weekend long ago sold out, but various three-day packages for the second weekend are still available.

Those seeking to camp just outside the Empire Polo Grounds throughout the weekend may begin settling into their camping spots starting tomorrow morning. Free day parking is available, along with designated shuttle drop-off and pick-up areas. The parking will open at noon each day.

Music / Roger Hodgson
« on: September 28, 2016, 09:35:25 am »
Roger Hodgson

Gahhhhhhhhhhhhh. Un freaking believable. Roger Hodgson, writer, singer, keyboards, guitarist talents to the highly, but defunct Supertramp, is coming to St. Louis... AND I'M NOT GOING TO BE HERE.

F*ck me. I've loved the talents of Hodgson since the begininnings of Supertramp, sad during their split up and then have a been a big fan of his on all his solo stuff. And that was years ago. I've got all the solo stuff. I've got even the concert he himself put out. I subscribe to his website. He for years only toured in Europe and Canada. I actually tinkered with going to one of the rare Canadian concerts.

Suddenly last night, out of the blue, I get an email about his latest leg of his tour will come to St.louis. That sold out immediately and he added a second show. I'm floored. I could still get good seats.

Well, it slowly dawned on me, the Dec 5th date was flagging me. Yep, going to Aruba on vacation for two weeks. The concert is dead in the center of that time away.

Oh well, guess, it was not meant to be.

Off-Topic / Education aka College
« on: September 26, 2016, 09:51:08 am »
Education aka College

I had to start this thread because there are more and more ridiculous stories of colleges and their practices. Some are so absurd, you'd think it was the Onion. But there is so much stupidity coming out of various colleges... I'm just glad I'm not going or have kids that attend. With trigger words and Political Correctness going overboard, we've lost what it means to go to college. It use to be THE place to go for open thinking and discovering the world. Not today...

I wish I was making this up....

Let's start off with the latest BS coming out of Vanderbilt

Overpriced Fancypants University Festoons Campus With Absurd ‘Ze, Zir, Zirs’ PRONOUN POSTERS

Vanderbilt University has festooned its campus with professionally-designed posters which instruct students to use an exotic set of pronouns to refer to students and professors who refuse to admit they are either males or females.

The posters provide third-grade level instruction to college students at the obscenely expensive private bastion about how to use the pronoun groups “he” and “she.” (“I support him in the classroom by honoring his pronouns.” “I support her in the classroom by honoring her pronouns.”)

The fancypants university’s “Faculty Senate Gender Inclusivity Task Force” created the posters (“with input from LGBTQI Life”). The posters are entitled — in huge font — “What Should I Call You?”

After a remedial lesson on how to use “they” pronouns, there is instruction for two exotic sets of pronouns: “ze, zir, zirs” and “ze, hir, hirs.”

The way to use these comically stupid pronouns — which have exactly zero chance of becoming part of the English language — is: “I support zir in the classroom by honoring zirs pronouns.” There’s also “I support hir in the classroom by honoring hirs pronouns.


Television / American Horror Story: 6 (2016-17)
« on: September 15, 2016, 10:03:18 am »
American Horror Story: 6 (2016-17)

It premiered last night and I saw a whole lot of nuttin'. Nothing creeped me out. Nothing hooked me. This better collect some interest for me real quick, if they expect me to stick with it, especially after that famously huge breaks over winter.

Theme revealed?

Right now... not sure I'm gonna stick with it.

Off-Topic / Bicycles
« on: September 10, 2016, 08:37:06 am »
Call on my PennyCan-onites

Getting a bike is becoming a new priority for me. I use to be a bike riding mofo, but haven't for 30 years or so (except our leisure bike ride in Florida this past May).

So I went to Dicks and REI and couple local bike shops. They are soooooo different today. Well, a bike is a bike, but it has evolved.

A co-worker just so happened to clue me into Boeing Discounts. Currently they have 40% discount on Diamondbacks. So I'm doing due diligence and finding out everything I can about bikes today and in particular Diamondbacks. All roads seem to point to the dual (road/city) bike. Diamondback has the Trace line and I'm liking the Trace Sport. So with the discount, I can get it delivered for about $390.

Huge problem. It just went out of stock. Expected inventory will be Dec 12, 2016. Apparently it was a big hit and now is the time to buy bikes? Knowing myself, a little bit, getting this bike in the middle of winter, probably will be buzzkill.

I was wondering if any of you folks have wisdom as to what you heard is good. Maybe I should focus my attention on another brand and model?

My intention is to ride along the roads and paths (never off road). I want to be comfortable. I want it to be light. It's really that simple. Oh, and I don't want to pay a lot for it.

The goober I talked to at Diamondback suggested I look at the next model up... Haanjo (holy crap... at Lamborghini prices)

2016 Trace Sport

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