May 2007

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Who Is Brad Pitt? 

I've been reading about plans for an Atlas Shrugged film or TV mini-series for over 20 years (and apparently they began before that).

But now, it looks like there's active development on the movie(s). They say that Angelina Jolie is confirmed to play Dagny Taggart and Brad Pitt is rumored to be cast as John Galt.

I understand that the principals all "get" and appreciate the novel, and are dedicated to doing it justice.

I hope it turns out well.


Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Book Recommendation 

I've been commuting on the bus for the last few months. Not because I think it will help with global warming, but because the company I'm working for pays for it, and I thought letting somebody else drive would be less stressful. It doesn't save me time, but I think it's an improvement.

One major benefit is that I have so much time, with so few options, that I've been able to catch up on my reading. I'm actually reading fiction again.

So, what I wanted to pass along is that after reading and enjoying John Scalzi's Old Man's War, I read the sequel: The Ghost Brigades. And, I enjoyed that even more! I think I'll read the rest of his works, now. He's got a great sense of humor. Check his works out, if you get a chance.


Sunday, May 06, 2007

Hard To Be Humble 

Sorry I haven't posted for quite a while. I didn't have much original to say about the Virginia Tech shootings, or any other news lately.

Here's an odd thing I thought about recently, though. I'm not sure what the point is, but I figured it was something I could pass along...

I must have heard the Mac Davis song: "Hard To Be Humble" dozens of times since 1980. I always found it cute and amusing. One part of it goes like this:

Some folks say that I'm "egotistical",
Hell, I don't even know what that means!
I guess it has something to do with the way
That I fill out my skin-tight blue jeans.

I always thought it was just funny/silly; that this conceited hick didn't understand the word, and just assumed, egotistically, that it was a positive reference to his form.

But, I heard the lines the other day and thought for the first time that maybe it was also a play on the similarity between the last three syllables of "egotistical" and "testicle". That would better explain the jump from an unfamiliar word to the filling out of his "skin-tight blue jeans."

I have no idea if that's right (I couldn't find any corroboration on the net with a quick search), but it just struck me as odd that I made a connection this time that I failed to make all of the previous times I'd heard the lines.

It's just another example of how strange brains are (especially mine).