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Game of Thrones, Season 7 Episode 2

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July 23, 2017 at 10:22 pm

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Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 1981 BBC series

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Every so often I re-watch this. It remind me of the first time watching this when I was in high school. The first time through, I missed the first episode; it was long before you could just watch a missed episode of anything on the internet. But in retrospect, the first episode is the worst of the bunch. You see, the most fun characters of the series are Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian, and Marvin the depressed robot, and they don’t appear until episode two. And unfortunately, they disappear (literally) ten minutes into episode six, leaving the final episode rather unsatisfying.

The actress who plays Trillian, the blonde-haired astrophysicist with the squeaky voice and air-headed demeanor, was 32-years old when this was filmed.

This time watching, I noticed that all of the characters are white. Even the aliens. Anyone who played anyone who resembled a human is white. Zaphod has two heads, but both heads are white. The only exception is one of the many background scenes: a black female scientist is seen for a brief moment.

I like the talking animal at the restaurant Milliways who’s the main dish, and is able to express his desire to be eaten.

ARTHUR I think it’s horrible. It’s the most revolting thing I’ve ever heard.

ZAPHOD Hey, what’s the problem Earth man?

ARTHUR I don’t want to eat an animal that’s lying there inviting me to. I think it’s heartless.

ZAPHOD It’s better than eating an animal that doesn’t want to be eaten.

The animal objects after Arthur asks for a green salad instead.

ARTHUR Is there any reason why I shouldn’t have a green salad?

ANIMAL I know many vegetables that are very clear on that point, sir. Which is why it was decided to cut through the whole tangled problem by breeding an animal that actually wanted to be eaten. And was capable of saying so, clearly and distinctly. And here I am.

When this was filmed, the idea of vegetables not wanting to be eaten was probably considered pretty far-fetched, but there was my recent blog post where I wrote about people talking on the internet about avoiding eating certain plants “because of the pain they suffer when we rip them out of the earth.” So what was absurd 35 years ago is today not so absurd.

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Holy sh** When I wrote the above, I was completely unaware that in the 2005 movie version, Arthur’s friend Ford Prefect, the alien who looks exactly like a human such that Arthur was completely unaware his friend was an alien, is played by a black guy (rapper Mos Def).

Political correctness no longer allows all of the main characters of a movie to be white.

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July 1, 2017 at 11:20 pm

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Sense8

Just finished watching the second season on Netflix.

This should be a show I hate considering that it’s propaganda for the homosexual transgender globalist agenda. And on top of that, the science-fiction part of it makes no logical sense.

Yet, I still can’t help liking it. The visuals, the background music, the interesting characters, it’s all so captivating.

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I think that my favorite character is Lito, the gay Mexican actor.

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May 25, 2017 at 8:34 pm

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Silicon Valley, Season 4

The second episode of Season 4 of Silicon Valley aired on HBO this Sunday. Great show.

This episode features Dinesh’s hilarious transformation from goofy butt of Gilfoyle’s jokes to coiffed super-egotistical CEO.

So why haven’t I given Silicon Valley the same attention I gave to Girls? It just seemed like there was a lot to comment on in Girls. Silicon Valley is the more enjoyable and funnier comedy series, but there isn’t much I have to say about it.

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May 2, 2017 at 8:33 pm

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Erin Moran’s sad end

Erin Moran, aka Richie Cunningham’s little sister Joannie, died from a heroin overdose, at age 56, while living in a trailer park in Indiana.

What a sad end. From famous teen actress to heroin-addict trailer-park trash.

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Latest update from CNN: she died from cancer, and no illegal narcotics were found at her trailer.

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April 23, 2017 at 10:37 am

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Ross Douthat NYT op-ed on Girls

Excellent read.

(Thank you David Pinsen for the link.)

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April 20, 2017 at 7:49 pm

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Girls final episode “Latching”

This was very disappointing. Really, last week’s episode was the final episode, as it wrapped up all of the storylines that weren’t wrapped up in the episode before that.

In this episode, it’s five months later, and Hannah is living in the country in upstate New York, probably in or near the town of Red Hook. Marnie is living with her. It’s like they are an old married couple. Hannah is a real asshole to her. And she’s a real asshole to her mom who comes because Marnie calls her.

Hannah comes to her senses after encountering a high school girl who ran away from home, crying, because her mom asked her to do her homework.

The baby looks very brown, browner than I would expect for a half-Pakistani baby, especially considering that Hannah has very pale skin.

There’s a lot of misinformation about the benefits of breast feeding. This is a topic I’ve written about before. The only reason there’s a correlation between breast feeding and good outcomes is because formula is primarily used by a lower class of women; but it’s really a low-class mother that causes the bad outcomes and not the formula. Women in Hannah’s situation, where breast feeding is causing problems, should use formula without guilt.

And there’s a scene in which Marnie has video-phone sex.

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April 16, 2017 at 10:54 pm

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Ray from Girls and wisdom from Jimmy Soul

It’s good that this video shows the lyrics, because they’re hard to understand from just listening.

Do view, it’s such a fun song, and perfectly safe for work.

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I’ve been thinking about “Cookie Monster’s” comment:

I like Ray ending up with the fat girl. Ray is probably the most (only?) really redeemable character on the show and deserves better than Shosh and certainly Marnie. Fat or not Abigail is the kind of woman who fills gaps with a guy like Ray, and vice versa. I know some awkward guys like Ray who end up with less-attractive-but-more-open girls like Chubs. Sometimes it even works.

Plus she’s not exactly unattractive, at least IMO.

If we look at the photo in this Huffington Post article, I would sadly have to disagree with Cookie Monster that “she’s not exactly unattractive.” Even though I think that skinniness is highly overrated in women, Abigail is simply not a physically attractive woman. Not even in a chubby kind of way.

But at least with Abigail, Ray, who’s not buff and in-shape like Adam and Elijah, doesn’t have to worry that she is going to start criticizing him for having a pot belly and being flabby.

Cookie Monster is right about Marnie. This stanza from the Jimmy Soul song describes Marnie perfectly:

A pretty woman makes her husband look small
And very often causes his downfall
As soon as he married her and then she starts
To do the things that will break his heart

Marnie is the most self-centered and toxic of all the girls on the show, even more so than Hannah. If you like her, it’s only because her looks have blinded you to seeing who she really is.

Now let’s talk about Shoshanna. Most male viewers consider her to be the most likeable of the four girls. Her body isn’t marred with ugly tattoos. She’s nice to Ray.

But let’s be honest about her flaws. She’s not very smart. Yes, she’s the only girl with a corporate career, but that’s a conceit of Lena Dunham and the other script-writers for the show that creative people like themselves are a lot smarter than corporate workers, so they made Shoshanna, the dumb one, a corporate worker. In the context of the show, having a corporate career is not considered a positive trait, even though I suspect that most readers of this blog would disagree and hold the opinion that having a corporate job demonstrates responsibility and groundedness.

Also, Shoshanna is very shallow. For example, in the penultimate episode, she touts her new friends as being better than Marnie, Hannah and Jessa because, among other reasons, they are “pretty” and have “purses.”

Shoshanna will never get, the way Abigail does, Ray’s interest in his late friend’s collection of audio tapes, because it doesn’t help Ray make more money so that his future wife can buy expensive purses.

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Another significant line from the Jimmy Soul song:

Don’t let your friends say you have no taste
Go ahead and marry anyway

A lot of people let society tell them what to do instead of doing what will make them happy.

For example, suppose Ray were a real person, and then he read my post about the episode and read all of the comments disparaging Abigail and saying that Ray could do better. If Ray were an insecure person, he might very well take that stuff to heart and dump Abigail, even though she would make him happy for the rest of his life.

Unfortunately, many of us are like Shoshanna. We can’t help but base our own happiness on what other people think about us and how we stand in the rat race for status, and how our purses and other clothes and accessories compare to our friends (last clause only applies if you’re a woman or a gay man). Even if we have a genuine desire to change, we can’t overcome our nature.

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April 14, 2017 at 1:09 pm

Girls penultimate episode “Goodbye Tour” with WGWAG!

This episode repeats a theme that keeps coming up on Girls. New York City sucks so bad compared to other places, why can’t we just move to one of those other places?

Hannah interviews for a job teaching an internet writing seminar at a college somewhere in the Hudson Valley with a SWPLy town center. And then receives a job offer while riding the train back to the city.

Elijah tries to talk Hannah out leaving the city. And Hannah sees too younger girls (who in my personal opinion are radiating with sexual desirability) talking to each other, with one saying she doesn’t care if the apartment they found smells, as long as she can live with her best friend. This makes Hannah remember the feelings of friendship and hopefulness for the future that she had when she first moved to the city, but have now been lost.

Hannah wanders around the city very happy, she has the happiness of someone who’s going to be making a big life change and his hopeful for the future again. That is until she tries to stop in at Shoshanna’s apartment because Shoshanna’s phone number is disconnected, and she discovers that Shoshanna is having an engagement party. Hannah, of course, is really pissed that Marnie, Jessa and even Elijah were invited to the party, but not her.

Who is Shoshanna marrying? I was wondering if maybe she got back together with Ray. But no, she’s marrying an Asian guy with a WASPy name!

But where is Ray? Shoshanna would have invited Ray to her engagement party. She doesn’t hate him the way she hates Hannah.

This season isn’t about Shoshanna, and it’s pretty clear this is the last episode with Shoshanna in it. At least we find out what happens to her. I hope that in the final episode next week we get to find out about Ray’s future. I would hate to think that the last we saw of Ray was when he was hanging out with the fat girl.

Some questions for the final episode:

1. Will Paul Luis show up? [That’s the father of Hannah’s baby for those who forgot.]
2. Will Hannah really move to the Hudson Valley, or will she chicken out?

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I feel really stupid for not realizing, until now, that Hannah’s dad is played by Peter Scolari, the same actor who played Tom Hank’s buddy in Bosom Buddies, and Julia Duffy’s boyfriend in Newhart. I bet I’d also be disappointed to see how Julia Duffy aged, so I’m not going to try to look her up.

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In the after-discussion, Lena Dunham mentions how the actresses who played the two girls that Hannah sees in the store, were so excited about being on a TV show for the first time, and they were even excited about the great food they served on the set. Every time I walk buy a shoot going on in the city, I’ve always looked with envy at the great buffet setups they have. How do the actresses stay so skinny with all that free food? (Well, most of them. Obviously, Lena Dunham has helped herself to a lot of the food.)

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Did I miss anything really deep about this episode? I hope not. Sorry it took so long for the write-up.
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I couldn’t resist the temptation

Julia Duffy

She still has nice hair, and I’ve seen many cases of much worse aging, but she still looks like an old woman in her 60s and not the pretty young Stephanie Vanderkellen from Newart. I would not have realized who she was if I saw her.

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April 12, 2017 at 10:53 pm

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Girls S06E08 “What Will We Do This Time About Adam?”

Only two more episodes left.

Obviously we will not get any more Shoshanna in this series. Although she appeared in tonight’s episode, it was mostly about Ray meeting Shoshanna’s fat former coworker. I know it’s not nice to throw around the word “fat,” but that girl is fat. Nevertheless, if she makes Ray happy, then I’m happy for Ray. Jimmy Soul would approve.

Jessa looks like some alcoholic woman who lives in a trailer park.

Unrealistically, Adam wants to marry Hannah and help her raise her child. I predict that next week, Adam, Laird and Elijah will all be fighting over the opportunity to raise Hannah’s bastard with her. In real life, I don’t think that would happen.

I guess the big mystery is whether Paul Luis will show up at the last minute.

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April 3, 2017 at 8:12 pm

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