Thursday, September 29, 2005

Procrastination and Adam Baldwin

Don't infer from the title that Adam Baldwin procrastinates. What do I know about his behavior? What I just learned was about his lineage, and I need to make two points.

1. The main reason I haven't posted anything in several weeks is that I had resolved that the next topic I was going to address was where blame should appropriately be placed for deficiencies in the relief efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina. I know it's a topic that's been pretty well covered by many, and I don't have anything actually new to add at this late date, but I do want to clarify some points for folks like a friend of mine who seemed to be, like many others on the left, blaming only Bush, seeing Ray Nagin as a victim, and overlooking Kathleen Blanco. On the one hand, I wanted to make dealing with this question a priority before moving on to other subjects and on the other hand, it's a big enough undertaking that I've avoided it out of laziness, like I did with papers for college classes (getting extensions on due dates and then missing those extended deadlines). I still mean to do that post but am going to allow myself to post other stuff in the meantime.

2. I'm a big fan of the Joss Whedon series Firefly and am very much looking forward to seeing Serenity, the movie from it, in the theater tomorrow. Watching through the whole series on DVD, I consistently enjoyed the performance by Adam Baldwin as Jayne Cobb quite a lot. It felt wrong, though. It felt like a compromise of principle to be a fan of one of the Baldwin brothers. It seemed unfortunate. I'd watch it and think, "he's really funny and cool; it's too bad he's...." But it turns out he's not, I was delighted to discover today. No relation. See this page, including at the bottom, where it says "Other Baldwins," and this Fametracker profile. ("It's Alec, Stephen, Billy, Daniel, Tito, Donnie, Ryan, "Ace," Stretchy, and Kip. No Adam.")

Man, Firefly/Serenity gets cooler all the time--now a taint has been removed from the cast.

Monday, September 05, 2005


I'll have some real content up on Wednesday, I expect, but just want to say in the meantime I apologize if the blogroll that belongs on the right-hand side is missing. BlogRolling, which I've been using for the past month or so, seems to be screwed up presently, and I haven't gotten everything set up as I'd like with Bloglines yet. The feeds should be there, at least. Hopefully, BlogRolling will get its act together in the meantime, so I don't have to go back to hand-coded links.

Friday, September 02, 2005

A little less truth in the music, please.

It occurred to me that the first song I ever loved by one of my favorite bands, The Tragically Hip, off their early album Up To Here, has a title that was once starkly poetic and a little darkly whimsical but is now only creepy, sad, and depressing--"New Orleans is Sinking."

I then discovered when I searched my music library something much sadder.

Besides that song and the instrumental by R.E.M., the other song I have with the city's name in its title is one I first heard at Preservation Hall this spring and received on a CD of Bob French's Original Tuxedo Jazz Band when I visited Donna's on Rampart a few nights later: "Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?" I do now. I do now.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Surreal Defamation Humor

Via Radley Balko at The Agitator, it's Libelous Claims About Large Corporations. Laugh-out-loud hilarity.