Month: September 2005

007-Q = ???

007-Q = ???

Movies
It was announced the other day that the next James Bond flick will be a reinvention of sorts for the franchise. Not only will we see a younger Bond (around 28 years young), but there will be no Q and no funky gadgets. While I applaud the effort, I have to wonder what prompted all this. I'm sure that the producers of the series were weighing Pierce Brosnan's age when they made the decision. I'm sure none of us is eager to witness another flabby, gray-haired Bond lurch his way across the screen, a la View to a Kill or Never Say Never Again. But at a young-looking 52, Brosnan isn't quite pushing the edge of the credibility envelope like Sean Connery and Roger Moore were at the end of their runs. (more…)
Whole Lotta Landon!

Whole Lotta Landon!

TV & Radio
It's really easy to be cynical about the world these days. Believe me, I am all the time. And this cynicism is found in abundance in popular entertainment. Everything from music to movies to TV is super-slick and EXTREME! Hell, even most commercials are a lot more cynical than they used to be. Sometimes this bothers me, but I must admit that most of my favorite TV shows are very cynical - Seinfeld, The Simpsons, and Family Guy to name a few. These shows are not only not wholesome, they are Anti-Wholesome. To me, wholesome was always associated with boring. Wonder Bread is wholesome (and nasty). Leave It To Beaver is wholesome. Few shows in television history are more wholesome than Little House on the Prairie. I mean, c'mon, it's Michael Landon. I was a bit young to have seen the...
Send me a postcard, drop me a line…

Send me a postcard, drop me a line…

Ephemera
The postcard has become a lost art; a quaint relic of the past. Oh sure, you can still find quantities of them in those spinning metal racks in any airport gift shop. But who really uses them for their intended purpose anymore? Quick – how much postage does it take to send a postcard in the US? Exactly. I came across these postcards at an antiques show a few years ago. Sure, I like to look at all the nice antique furniture and jewelry. And the old books and china are nice. But postcards are where you can really get a glimpse into the past. And since they’re not old letters, you don’t feel like you’re prying. Of course, I like old postcards for more esoteric reasons. I love looking at the cars, the architecture, the outfits and even the old fonts and signs. So many people use the word