Tuesday, June 8, 2010

"People Will Pay More to be Entertained Than Educated." -- Johnny Carson


OK, quick update today, only 'cuz I'm feeling weird...

Wife Ran Around Town On Me: OK, so Wifey ran her marathon on Sunday 5 hours and 1 minute finish time. Of course, it didn't seem to matter than she beat her previous best time by 24 minutes -- it was all about that one minute over 5 hours. "Why didn't I run just a bit faster!!" Wild. Marathon Summary: crowds, sunburn, long wait, 100 Elvis's, loud music, trolley rides, crazy-expensive celebration lunch.

All in all, a good time.

Second Time Around Is Ungood: So I'm 160 pages into Shadow's Edge, which is part 2 of the Night Angel Trilogy, and I am thoroughly underwhelmed, to the point where I almost want to pitch the book and read something else. Man, would I love to rant about it... in fact, I'm going to.

SPOILERS, YOU ARE FOREWARNED: So what to do when you've become a peerless super-assassin? Well, that means you can ignore your master's Rule #1 about never falling in love, of course! So just when you can put your superheroic-assassin Night Angel skills to use for your country in their time of need, your woman makes you promise not to be a killer anymore, cuz it's yucky, and convinces you to settle down and be a giggling, soft, simpering family man. And then you can get all angsty about how you're not doing what you were meant to do. Hilarity ensues! Dang, if it wasn't for the fact that Laythe told me to stick it out and keep reading, I would have filed this book away on the shelf with a fart and a scowl. I want to read about this guy cutting loose and working to undermine the baddies, all while doing the Batman thing with the local scumbag population. I don't want to see him running a little herbalist shop and going home to snuggle with wifey, while she says "now, you remember your promise, right? Right?"

Spare me.

END OF SPOILERS


Make Me Laugh: So I found a treasure cache on NetFlix the other day. I love watching stand-up comedy, but there are things that bother me about it. The language, of course, and sex humor, I could do without. So trying to find a comedian I can laugh at who isn't crude is often a crap shoot. So when I found the collection of Comedy Central Presents episodes, I was thrilled. First off, there are 216 of the 20-minute episodes! Yes, 216! Most of these comedians I'd never heard of before, too. And since these are all episodes that went on TV, the material is cleaned up. So crazy variety, good production, relatively safe material, and 20 minutes at a pop. Perfect! I can pull them up in the background as I work, instead of music.

Although I've watched enough stand-up comedy to wince when I hear certain topic starters come up. "So I recently got married" or "I recently had my 5th/10th/20th wedding anniversary" followed by applause... this is the signal that we will now hear 15 minutes worth of marriage humor. "I recently had a baby" or "I have 3 kids" followed by applause... this signals the "raising children" humor. "Where are the single people out there?" followed by applause... here comes the "dating/relationship" jokes! Whee! Observational, 'round-the-house humor seems to be the defacto go-to joke source for many. Also huge is racial humor, hinging on the race of the comedian. I've noticed that only the bravest of the white comedians do "racial differences" humor, while most black and latino comedians spend the bulk of their time there.

Anyway, I dig stand-up. I wish I was funny enough to do it, actually. Looks hard, but rewarding. Like acting, I suppose...

I hear ya, Keanu. I hear ya.

So I have a broken link on the right side there. For the past week or so, the blog This Is Why You're Fat has been down. It's either dead outright, or it's been moved without a forwarding address. Maybe it's just going through a massive redesign, I don't know. I mean, they just released a book - you'd think that would be a signal that things were good (and getting better) for the site, as opposed to a sign of doom... I guess I better nose around on Google and see where they went. Their facebook page is still up...

Still haven't had the mold thing taken care of, but the home management place is supposedly sending someone by today. I hope it's an easily-fixable problem and not something that will cause a major uproar to rectify. Otherwise I'll whine! And God forbid, I do that!

OK, a comic strip, and I'm out...


That's from Left Handed Comics. Click THIS LINK to go there and read, as though you've got nothing better to do...

Adios.

Dave

7 comments:

logankstewart said...

Ho hum. Just what I need. Another comic to add to my daily feed account. After you've mentioned it so much, I finally checked it out and I love the LHC stuff. The perfect kind of oddball humor.

As for comedians, one of my favorites is Dimitri Martin. That kid is hilarious, smart, talented, and odd. You should see if Netflix has his Person and These Are Jokes dvds. Both are exceptional.

havah said...

The whole marathon thing sounds like fun...as long as I don't have to run.

Oh, Dave...you know something will happen to the character's wife, and he'll be obliged to obliterate large portions of the population. Never fear! Annihilating action is at hand!

I love the eraser comic! *lol* And the LHC too. I wish that gum on the shoe worked for me...but out in the country, all you'd pick up is....well, nevermind.

I'm not big on stand-up comedy, mainly because of the reasons you mentioned. Of course, that wasn't the case when I was in my youth. I won't even tell you I liked watching then. O_O

David Wagner said...

Logan: Glad you liked the comic. Thanks for the recommendation of D. Martin. He has an episode on Comedy Central Presents, as well as his Person" disc on stream. I'll check it out.

Havah: I get tired just watching people run. About the book, yeah, I know, I know... still, it's just so unoriginal and expected, you know? I keep rolling my eyes, and that's never a good thing...

Abbie said...

haha, I just was at that site yesterday, wishing that I had those skillz with my left :P
Hope the mold problem gets dealt with soon! Good luck!

havah said...

Eye-rolling is very good exercise, Dave! Keep up the good work! You shall have slim pupils very very soon! :D

I am sooooo tempted to start up my blog again! So tempted, tempted, tempted! Advise me against it. Go on. Do it!

(Please?)

whiskey jack said...

Have you ever read The Chronicles of The Raven? I just started the first one a little while ago. And I must say it is really quite excellent. The characterization is pretty darn good, and the story line is interesting and new.

logankstewart said...

Most excellent. I hope you like him. For the most part he's a pretty clean act, but not always. His sense of humor is priceless, though, and I like him a lot.