Daily Archives: April 28th, 2010

Survivor: Amanda sunk JT

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Yeah, this is about last week’s episode of Suvrivor. If you don’t like it, feel free to vote me out of the tribe.

The key moment that put the noose around JT’s neck, at least in my humble opinion and based on the editing of the episode, was the conversation between Amanda and Parvati.

Amanda knelt down and submitted to the Alpha Dog. Parvati was playing the game of Survivor. Amanda was doing something else, I’m not quite sure what. Maybe she was hoping to get some. Why not, everyone else seems to think Parvati is all that and a bag of chips. Personally when it comes to beauty I think Amanda leaves Parvati in the dust.

But in the game of Survivor, it was game on for Parvati and lost puppy dog eyes for Amanda. Parvati pressed hard and got exactly what she needed from Amanda. The truth. Parvati was able to know with certainty that she was safe. Amanda gave away the store in that conversation and as far as I can tell got nothing in return. No doubt she will be tossed aside when she is no longer useful.

Oh, JT, poor JT. Whatever made you think you could trust Russell? Why did you assume so much about a tribe where you literally had no information? I think it was a combination of wishful thinking and pure greed that let poor ole JT down the wrong path.

His plan may have actually had a snowball’s chance in hell if not for that conference between Parvati and Amanda. Unfortunately it will probably turn out to be one of the biggest blunders in Survivor history and JT will no doubt take the brunt of blame.

The key moment, though, remains Amanda’s manipulations at the hands of her Master. Amanda appears to be severely outclassed as far as the game is concerned and pretty much has cost herself any chance of winning. JT was just another causality of her mistake.

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Star Trek and Star Wars with a bit of poo poo

Today we have two readings, one from the book of Star Trek and one from the book of Star Wars.

Note: Those are two different things. Anyone who mixes up one with the other will incur my wrath. You have been warned.

First up, Star Wars …

The other day my wife had a Starbucks gift card so we did the Barnes and Noble thing. (The stores are literally joined at the hip.)

First I checked out some books on blogging. There wasn’t much there, but I did pick up some ideas. Then I just sort of wandered. Eventually a book by Carrie Fisher caught my eye. For the uninitiated she played Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars. The book is loosely a “memoir” but is actually just damn funny and cleverly entitled “Wishful Drinking.” Oh yeah.

This isn’t exactly breaking news. The book has been out since 2008. But this story was new to me and hopefully will be the same for you.

So I’m standing there in the bookstore flipping through pages as fast as possible. My goal is the first mention of Star Wars in the book. Yeah, I’m a geek. I found it and read a couple passages that really cracked me up. One was about George Lucas (the creator of Star Wars) being expressionless during filming of the original Star Wars movie. Fisher quipped something along the lines of THX being invented to provide Lucas with a new facial expression and also providing a cool sound effect. 🙂

The part that literally made me laugh out loud in the store, however, was something she wrote about the famous trash compactor scene. Anyone who has seen the original movie knows that after Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca rescue Princess Leia from the cell block, Leia ends up blasting a hole and they all dive into what turns out to be a trash compactor full of icky space garbage.

During the scene Mark Hamill is attacked by a monster that the script referred to as a “dianaga,” a term which was never actually used in the movie. (Lucas often names characters like this, including names like Salacious Crumb.) Anyway, this dianaga creature lurks around a bit and then wraps around Luke Skywalker who disappears underwater while being strangled. What crazy fun!

Here’s what Fisher writes in her book about the filming of the scene:

“… in between takes of Mark simulating the strangulation, he would pick up a little piece of rubber trash and start singing (to the tune of ‘Chattanooga Choo-Choo’), ‘Pardon me, George, could this be Dianoga poo-poo?’ (Okay, I guess you had to be there.)

LOLOLOLOL! That one really got me. 🙂

Next up, Star Trek …

The power of technology to improve our daily lives never ceases to amaze me. Thank God at last we can tweet in Klingon.

Today is a good day to die, indeed!

And, if you want you can Tweet in Klingon, too!

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