Wednesday, November 14, 2018

FoxNews Cucks Big Time

So, Jim Acosta is the only citizen of  the United States with a unique constitutional right to barge into the White House and bloviate at the president.   This right is immutable, huh?  He can commit a no shit on camera second degree assault in the performance of this right?

You're really going with that FoxNews?

Fox was always going to go this way.  The Murdoch brothers are New York liberals that are tired of their friends on the cocktail circuit making fun of them.

I knew it would happen and I knew it would be sudden.  I just wasn't expecting it to be this much of a drunken clown car pileup.

Amazon's Decision

For better than a year, every city in the country was rolling out the welcome mat for Jeff Bezos and company.  And I do mean just about every city that remotely met Amazon's qualifications.

Finally, Amazon announces it's decision and it's New York and Washington DC.

Forgive me for being the suspicious type but I suspect that Jeff selected the cities that he was always going to pick.  In truth the choice was always obvious.  Amazon is pretty close to the legal definition of a trust. So, it needs to have a lot of influence in two key cities in the U.S. It needs New York's financial district and it needs Washington's politicians.   It will now have both.

The thing is, it would have been very, very expensive for Amazon to just declare it's intentions and move in.  These cities are horrifyingly expensive for any business to operate in.  But when Bezos announced that there would be a competition to decide which city gets the Goose that Lays Golden Eggs, things changed immediately.

All of a sudden the two places that Amazon clearly needed to move into forgot who was the customer, who was the buyer and what was for sale in the first place.  The deal New York cut with Amazon was like your car dealer being so anxious for you to sign for the extended warranty that he actually buys the car for you.

No denying it.  Jeff Bezos is a very, very smart man.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Doctor Who's Ratings Slide...Unexpectedly

Look It's the Doctor and her new sonic...uh...
Well she says it'a screwdriver but I suspect she does something else with it.

Doctor Who has shed two million viewers from it's season opener of Eight million plus.  Now, six million is way better than Capaldi was doing at anytime during his last season but it is nowhere near the kind of numbers that Tennant and Smith used to routinely harvest.  Regardless, Chibnall and company can soldier on at those levels for quite awhile because the BBC is government owned and therefore doesn't have to make a profit.

However the question now is, will those ratings stabilize at six million a week?  Or will they continue to slide?

Some viewers complained that the reason why they no longer wanted to watch the show is because it was too 'PC' for their liking, as one wrote on Twitter: 'This show has become so PC ive actually stopped watching. And 99% of my friends and family have aswell. (sic)'

Another said: 'Well after years of watching #DoctorWho this new series has put the nail in the coffin for the time being. Capaldis last season was bad enough but this is now pure PC boring tripe nowadays. I honestly wish they cast Bradley Walsh as the doctor. He'd have been great!'

But others suggested that it was the series' writing that was the problem as another user complained: 'Just caught up on Dr Who episode 4. I love #JodieWhittaker as the Dr. I even like the 3 side kicks instead of one. I can just about stomach the constant PC agenda, but what i can't stand is the lazy, dumbed down writing under #chibnall (sic)'

I honestly can't tell you if it has continued to suck or not.  I stopped watching after the season opener bored my ass off.  However as the Doctor was battling racism with Rosa Parks in Alabama last week, I would have to say, yes.

Chris Chibnal is delivering what his bosses at the BBC want.  The problem is, no one else wants it.

Monday, November 12, 2018

This Makes Two Today



Dave...I'm Sad

The voice of HAL 9000 from 2001, Douglas Rain has passed on.

Douglas Rain, the veteran Canadian stage actor who provided the soft and gentle voice of the rogue HAL 9000 computer for Stanley Kubrick's classic 2001: A Space Odyssey and its sequel, has died. He was 90.

Rain died Sunday morning at St. Mary's Memorial Hospital outside Stratford, Ontario, the Stratford Festival announced.

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Rain trained at the Old Vic Theatre in London, performed in a host of Shakespearean plays at the Stratford Festival and received a Tony Award nomination in 1972 for his turn opposite Claire Bloom in Robert Bolt's Vivat! Vivat Regina!.

The first drafts of the 2001 script had HAL being voiced by a woman and was called Athena; afterward, it was decided that the computer should sound more like a man. Nigel Davenport, Martin Balsam and others were tried out — and ruled out — before and during filming of the 1968 sci-fi thriller.

"Well, we had some difficulty deciding exactly what HAL should sound like, and Marty just sounded a little bit too colloquially American, whereas Rain had the kind of bland mid-Atlantic accent we felt was right for the part," Kubrick told Newsday film critic Joseph Gelmis in an interview for the 1970 book The Film Director as Superstar.

Kubrick told Rain that he had made the computer "too emotional and too human." So, in late 1967, the actor flew to New York City and spent a day and a half — about 9 1/2 hours in all — to voice HAL.

As reported on the blog 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Rain "did the recordings with his bare feet resting on a pillow, in order to maintain the required relaxed tone."

Rain rarely spoke about the work in 2001 that made him an aural immortal. He left that to others, including 2001 star Keir Dullea.

"He's the main character of the film as far as I'm concerned," the actor, who played Cmdr. David Bowman, said in a 2016 interview. "It was brilliant casting. Something about his voice, it was perfect. It was unusual."