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The Time Traveler's Wife.

The Time Traveler´s WifeOnce upon a time, I wrote a time-traveler screenplay (Merlinsky), so I know how hard it is to keep a story popping along, while holding the paradoxes to a minimum.

And that's the only reason I wanted to watch "The Time Traveler's Wife," when I saw it listed on our cable TV schedule: professional curiosity. Did they maintain continuity? Did they keep the story moving? But most of all: did they make any mistakes? ;-)

I am happy to report they didn't make any mistakes. But I'm also happy to report this film is a real gem: a well-written, well-acted, well-directed romance, with an uplifting message... about how important it is to treasure our loved ones, and to cherish every moment we get to spend with them.

-YouTube trailer
-HBO (for upcoming showtimes, hover your mouse over the "Schedule" button near the bottom, then click the "All Showings >" link)
-Time-Traveling for Dummies: A physicist looks at The Time Traveler's Wife
I am the Eggman, goo goo g'joob.

Re: U.S. Rejected Hen Vaccine Despite British Success (The New York Times)...

OK, lemme get this straight: the FDA decided, in its infinite wisdom, there was not enough evidence to conclude that vaccinating hens against salmonella would prevent people from getting sick. Government regulators reached this unusual non-conclusion even though Britain has seen a 96% drop in salmonella infections since they started hen vaccinations in 1997.


The vaccinations would have added about a penny to the price of a dozen eggs, so I'm guessing that cost also factored into the FDA decision.

It usually does. That's the way Americans like to do business. We pinch pennies 'til Abe farts.

So the FDA's newly-minted safety rules, sans mandatory vaccinations, went into effect in July.

Flash forward one month, to August: salmonella infections tracked down by the FDA and CDC force the recall of more than half a billion eggs.


Omigosh, what a surprise.

This, of course, has an enormous effect on the country's egg supply: prices skyrocket 30 to 40%.


In my neighborhood, that translates to a 55¢ increase. Just because America was too cheap to spend a penny per dozen on vaccinations.


You gotta admit it: we Yanks are thrifty shoppers.

Save a penny, lose a pound. More precisely, £.35381.

Those Limeys must be chortling over their greasy fried eggs right about now.

Plus, American experts are predicting an additional 30% increase before this situation plays itself out.

A lot of the problem is surely price-gouging. After all, the United Egg Producers industry group says this recall has affected less than one percent of U.S. egg production.

Can't you just see them, rubbing their hands together in greedy glee?

But I have a feeling that a Real American Entrepreneur would take this absurd scenario even further... straight out to its logical conclusion:

1) Wait 'til the tainted eggs cause vomiting and diarrhea at the local IHOP.

2) Then sell 'em as a trendy weight loss program: Salmonella Omelettes by Jenny Craig. Yum.


Ah, I remember the seductive sight of salmonella swimming upstream, their shiny scales shimmering in the sun, striving to lay their eggs in the sparkling pools where they were spawned. What a sweet memory to recall...
Without You.

Dirty Vegas"Days Go By" is a 2001 song by the band Dirty Vegas from their eponymous album. The song became a radio hit in 2002, peaking at #14 in the U.S., and received the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. "Days Go By" received significant public exposure in a commercial for the 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse.

The music video for the song largely consists of two dancers representing one character performing a routine of popping, locking, the robot and breakdancing in front of Chroni's Famous Sandwich Shop in East Los Angeles, California. The young dancer in the video is Garland Spencer. The older dancer is Byron McIntyre.

The song was featured in a commercial for the 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse. In the commercial, a man is driving the Eclipse while a woman (Dusty Paik) dances to the beat of the song in the passenger seat.

The Eclipse commercial was in turn parodied by a skit on Chappelle's Show in which Dave Chappelle is driving a car and the woman is dancing in the passenger seat. Dave says, "What the f*ck are you doing?" (due to the weird moves she is making) and then leaves her by the side of the road. He then puts on some hip-hop music and a black woman sits in the passenger seat and starts dancing. Although this is a parody of the Eclipse commercial, the car actually used in the commercial was Dave's own Nissan 350Z.

Killer Heartburn: executionees' last meals.

Franchise prognostication for all you eager-beaver restaurateurs out there:

1] Since the Stage Deli in NYC features menu items named after the famous and infamous, (ex: a DOLLY PARTON contains twin rolls of pastrami and corned beef),

2] And since the media scrambles to publicize the last meal choices of death-row inmates (ex: we now know that Peter Cantu ate 6 chicken enchiladas, fajitas, wild rice, 12 fried links and 4 cinnamon rolls last night),

3] Someone will eventually open a restaurant chain--probably starting in Texas--offering menu items named after executionees and their last meals.

PS: You can get historical research info at places like and

PPS: If you actually run with this ball, just name something after me...
Less is more.


Little Jimmy Dickens - May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose:

Roger Miller - Do Wacka Do (give it 10 seconds):

Margaret Cho - Eat Sh*t And Die:
Buddhist monk searches for his master's reincarnation.

Unmistaken ChildUnmistaken Child (2008): Anikó kept bugging me, "We've got to get this movie, we've got to get it." So, OK. Order the d*mn movie.

Yowza. What a film. This beautifully-photographed documentary provides an intimate peek into the process and rituals followed by a young Nepalese monk who searches for the reincarnation of his recently-deceased master. Tenzin Zopa had been the disciple of Geshe Lama Konchog for 21 of his 28 years, and his superiors in the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy felt Zopa was the natural choice for this search. So they dispatched him to find the toddler.

What a story! The DVD was enthralling. In fact, I couldn't quite believe it was a documentary, until the Dalai Lama appeared in one segment, to verify the boy that Zopa had found.

Anikó says this movie changed her opinion about reincarnation; she's now a believer. I don't know if I would go that far. After all, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool doubter. But the movie does tell the compelling story of how a young monk, who was once a bereaved disciple, changes into a gentle and loving teacher to the tiny boy he wholeheartedly accepts as his late master.

The exotic scenery is stunning, and the cinematography is exquisite. I was also touched by the filmmakers' insight into the emotions involved, especially as the parents willingly but sadly give up their boy to a far-away life so different from their own peasant existence.

6 out of 5 stars. A must-see.

[YouTube trailer] [Netflix] [Amazon] [Kundun] [Little Buddha] [Seven Years In Tibet]
The song of the future has been sung.

Gordon Lightfoot: The United Artists CollectionCanadian Railroad Trilogy
by Gordon Lightfoot (1966)
1967 recording and 1971 video

There was a time in this fair land when the railroad did not run
When the wild majestic mountains stood alone against the sun
Long before the white man and long before the wheel
When the green dark forest was too silent to be real

But time has no beginnings and history has no bounds
As to this verdant country, they came from all around
They sailed upon her waterways and they walked the forests tall
Built the mines, mills and the factories for the good of us all

And when the young man's fancy was turning to the spring
The railroad men grew restless for to hear the hammers ring
Their minds were overflowing with the visions of their day
And many a fortune lost and won and many a debt to pay

For they looked to the future and what did they see
They saw an iron road running from the sea to the sea
Bringing the goods to the young growing land
All up from the seaports and into their hands

Look away, said they, across this mighty land
From the eastern shore to the western strand

Bring in the workers and bring up the rails
We gotta lay down tracks and tear up the trails
Open her heart, let the life blood flow
Gotta get on our way 'cause we're moving too slow

Bring in the workers and bring up the rails
We're gonna lay down tracks and tear up the trails
Open her heart, let the life blood flow
Gotta get on our way 'cause we're moving too slow
Get on our way 'cause we're moving too slow

Behind the blue Rockies, the sun is declining
The stars, they come stealing at the close of the day
Across the wide prairie, our loved ones lie sleeping
Beyond the dark oceans in a place far away

We are the navvies who work upon the railway
Swinging our hammers in the bright blazing sun
Living on stew and drinking bad whiskey
Bending our backs 'til the long days are done

We are the navvies who work upon the railway
Swinging our hammers in the bright blazing sun
Laying down track and building the bridges
Bending our backs 'til the railroad is done

So over the mountains and over the plains
Into the muskeg and into the rain
Up the St. Lawrence all the way to Gaspé
Swinging our hammers and drawing our pay
Laying 'em in and tying them down
Away to the bunkhouse and into the town
A dollar a day and a place for my head
A drink to the living, a toast to the dead

Oh the song of the future has been sung
All the battles have been won
On the mountain tops we stand
All the world at our command
We have opened up the soil
With our teardrops and our toil

For there was a time in this fair land when the railroad did not run
When the wild majestic mountains stood alone against the sun
Long before the white man and long before the wheel
When the green dark forest was too silent to be real
When the green dark forest was too silent to be real
And many are the dead men too silent to be real
Screenwright(R) 100,000!

Screenwright(R) formatters have passed the 100,000-downloads mark:

You Can Call Me Al. Or not.

Paul Simon: GracelandAt the height of his career in the late 1980s, Chevy Chase earned around $7 million per film and was a highly visible celebrity.

He appeared alongside Paul Simon, one of his best friends, in Simon's 1986 second video for "You Can Call Me Al."

(Simon didn't like the first one.)

Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels came up with the concept.

Chase is 6'4". Simon is 5'3". But you knew that.

Chase also played saxophone onstage at Simon's free concert in Central Park during the summer of 1991.
Wave your hands in the air like you don't care.

The Best of CameoWord Up!
Writers: Larry Blackmon, Tomi Jenkins (1986)
Performer: Cameo

Re: Dance Week
YouTube: 12-inch version (5:54)

Yo, pretty ladies around the world
Got a weird thing to show you, so tell all the boys and girls
Tell your brother, your sister and your mama too
'Coz they're about to throw down and you'll know just what to do

Wave your hands in the air like you don't care
Glide by the people as they start to look and stare
Do your dance, do your dance, do your dance quick mama
Come on baby, tell me what's the word

Word up, everybody say
When you hear the call, you've got to get it underway
Word up, it's the code word
No matter where you say it, you'll know that you'll be heard now

All you sucker DJs who think you're fly
There's got to be a reason and we know the reason why
You try to put on those airs and act real cool
But ya got to realize that you're acting like fools

If there's music, we can use it, we need to dance
We don't have the time for psychological romance
No romance, no romance, no romance for me, mama
Come on baby, tell me what's the word

Word up, everybody say
When you hear the call, you've got to get it underway

Low, Dial 'L' for Low
Low, Make it low

Do your dance, do your dance
C'mon, tee dance
Do your dance, do do do do your dance, do your dance
Check it, baby

Do do do, do your dance, do your dance

Say like that, Say like that, Everybody is gonna dance

C'mon, all you people say

W-O-R-D up, W-O-R-D up, W-O-R-D up...