Yep, I'd probably go & see this one!
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Hugh Jackman selling makeup:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118015362.html?categoryId=13&cs=1&nid=2248

Say Hey!
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/11/willie-mays-on-the-daily_n_458232.html

Willie Mays on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Awesome.

Pitchers and catchers report in six days...
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And 84 sleeps until Australia!!!

85 sleeps until Australia!
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That's all for now...

Sleeps until Australia - the countdown
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I've got 86 sleeps before I leave. YIKES!!! So much to do!

Olympics and other entertainments
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So, NBC (in their glorious and infinite wisdom) are tape-delaying broadcasts from the Vancouver Olympics for viewers on the West Coast. Seriously! We're in the same! frakking! time zone! as Vancouver and our coverage of opening & closing ceremonies, hockey games, ice skating, skiing, etc. will be delayed for three hours so the bozos can charge prime time advertising rates.

Get me the CBC on satellite so we can get *LIVE* coverage! I know, I know, the far-flung reaches of the world are watching at far more awkward times with far more potential for being spoiled for results and I shouldn't grouse about it, but when you're in the same bloody time zone...

OK, for hockey, women and men, the rule is gold & silver for North America. I don't really care which country wins the gold & which the silver, as long as Canada & the US are top two. Actually, I do care - I'm pulling for the Canadian men to take gold because we've got (that is, the San Jose Sharks have got) four players on Team Canada. (One whole line has been nicknamed the Team Canada line - I'm stoked!) One on Team USA, and one each for Russia (go Nabby!) and Sweden and Germany. And I'm really, really, really hoping Olympic success will inspire Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton to get past their post-season histories with the Sharks. In other words, I want the Cup and I want them to feel successful enough not to fail again in the first or second round. No, I'm not *that* demanding a fan! (Obviously not that demanding, otherwise I wouldn't be leaving the country during the Stanley Cup playoffs!)

Caprica - I've begun watching this (we get Syfy now on "basic" cable!) and am thoroughly enjoying it, puzzling out the beginnings and motivations for the Cylons. Will have to go back and catch the series of BSG I've missed, for the full picture.

Callum Keith Rennie is now a baddie on 24 - I fully expect his character to die sooner rather than later, but am enjoying seeing him again, bad Russian accent and all... If he doesn't die in the next few episodes, my money is on him sticking around until the end and he & Jack will both die. Again, I'll miss all this as, get this, I'm leaving the country in May! ;D


'Australia' - finally got around to renting this. I'm sort of sorry I didn't see it on the big screen, if only for the scenery. I'd have embarrassed myself, though, with my reaction to the first sight of Hugh Jackman in white dinner jacket, Wolverine whiskers gone. *KLUNK*!!! doesn't begin to cover it! (To borrow the old DS quote yet again, "Now there's a country that knows what to export!")

As a movie, though, it was probably too long and too unfocused for the American audience. I kept thinking of the description of Baz as "the gayest straight man ever" and thus found myself laughing at inappropriate moments. Like the first sight of the clip of 'The Wizard of Oz' - all I could think of was "Friend of Dorothy!" and it sort of went downhill from there.

Then there were the closing credits, lots of music, OK, fine. But there's the specially written "The Drover's Song" and it's sung by Elton John?!? The hell? As though Hugh Jackman didn't star in a musical on Broadway *and* win a Tony Award for his efforts singing & dancing? Really? Oy...

Was he trying to make a Western or a war movie? It didn't have focus or that much of a point. And for all the prettily couched words at beginning & end about the Stolen Generations, it really didn't deal with the notion much beyond the superficial. Maybe I'm being too "white liberal" about it, but once again this sort of story is told essentially from the white person's point of view.


Due South - I dug out the episode 'Asylum' the other evening, my very small Paul Quarrington tribute. What great fun that one was! Will have to carve out some time to re-watch more episodes.

Destiny? Signs? Synchronicity?
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Earlier on in January, the sign was seeing the Melbourne streetcar/trolley twice on different parts of the F Line route within the same day.

Today, having looked at the links to the Tilba sites & seen the map, it's hearing the newsreader on ABC's News Radio mentioning Bateman's Bay - now I know where it is & can find it on the map!

I'm going to Australia!!!

Monday again
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It's Monday again. Not too bad, as Mondays go, at least so far... And that's without benefit of the first cuppa of the day!

Happy Australia Day!
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I know, I know... It isn't quite as we celebrate the Fourth of July, but any excuse for a party, right?!

Meant to grab a small branch of acacia/wattle to bring into the office today - will get one for tomorrow, when we catch up to 26 January. As ever on the West Coast of NA, we're a day late and a dollar short.

"Seeing is Believing"
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From the NY Times, Friday, January 22, 2010, for my far-flung baseball correspondent:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/21/seeing-is-disbelieving/

On McGwire, Godzilla, and the state of the game.

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