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.


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