May 6th, 2010

Kermit And Piggy

"Saint Mel?" Really?

It didn't take long for Mel Gibson to go from "cool guy" to "douchebag" in my eyes.  First, there was his drunken altercation with the cops and his insistence that he doesn't really think the things he says (making him the only person I'm aware of who gets less forthright and truthful when they are drunk).  Then, there was dumping his wife (an Episcopalian that Gibson has openly stated will be going to Hell because she isn't Catholic) for a Russian actress he was having an affair with and knocked up.  Things like that happen in Hollywood, but when you consider it is "St. Mel", who everyone is treating as a deity because he made what basically amounts to a snuff film, I'm amazed when people hold him up as a model of a great Christian when his behavior is anything but (well, okay...there was Solomon.  Solomon built the temple, but built his attached palace so that it was bigger than the temple, and part of the reason was to hold his thousand wives (notice, plural) and mistresses.  I quote Mel Brooks -- "It's good to be the king!").

Was Russian actress Whatshername with Gibson just to social climb?  After all, he was already working on gigs for her and helping her record an album.  He even got his dad, a high ranker in the splinter Catholic group he belongs to, to nullify his marriage to his wife of thirty years claiming she tricked him.  Then, Whatshername and Gibson broke up.  I was wondering why, and continued to think Gibson was a slimeball because now he's trying to make nice with his wife and reconcile.

So, what caused the break-up?

Maybe this....

Violet Kowal is a porn filmmaker from my ancestral home of Poland (I'm guessing Gibson has "meet Russian ladies" bookmarked on his computer).  I'll pause for a moment while you Google her.  She claims that she and Gibson had a three-month affair while he was trying to spin his affair with Whatshername with the same success Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have and pretty much failing miserably.

I hope Gibson's ex-wife keeps all this in mind.  There are people who can't be married.  And then there's people who shouldn't be married.  Gibson is near the top of that list.
Picard

Being Different Just Like Everyone Else

Comedy Central has announced that they are developing an animated cartoon called "JC" about Jesus Christ.  He wants to get out from under his dad's shadow and goes to live in NYC (may I suggest a job as the Knicks' coach?  They need all the miracles they can get).

Now, don't get me wrong.  It's not that I find this offensive.  I was listening to George Carlin albums when I was 12 (my dad does occasionally wonder what he was thinking, as they were his albums I was borrowing).  And just a cursory skim of my Stress Puppy strips reveals I enjoy a funny blasphemous cartoon.  The only Lobo comic I really enjoyed was Lobo's Back #2, which had some hilarious stuff about the Afterlife going on.  My buddy Chester and I could do some Monty Python bits exactly down to the second, and one of them was the painting of the Last Supper, which ranks up there with the Dead Parrot sketch and the Cheese Shop sketch.  So I don't let my faith get in the way of "funny."

But here's the thing..."funny."  Comedy Central is going to present this as a fish-out-of-water deal.  And all I can think is, "That's the best they can do?"  It just seems like such a limp concept.  You could swap Jesus out with anyone who basically had never experienced modern life before and it would run pretty much the same.

Comedy Central is usually best when they let the inmates run the asylum.  Parker and Stone's South Park, the original Man Show, the Joel years of MST3K, they succeeded because you had a bunch of people chasing their muse.  As CC got bigger, their shows became one-note (L'il Bush, Resident Of The United States).  It's like a Saturday Night Live sketch -- ooo, isn't this an edgy idea?  Well, not really.  And it takes more than an idea to make something creative work.  Look at Adult Swim, with shows like Assy McGee.  Ideas are nothing, execution is everything.

Maybe I'll check it out.  But given all the missed opportunities of their newest original shows, I'm not holding my breath.
Peter G

Okay, I'll Play Along...

I don't usually do memes, but I'll do this one....

SIX NAMES YOU GO BY:
1. Peter G
2. Peter
3. My real name while at work and dealing with family
4. The Blue Sky Ranger (my handle on Groklaw)
5. Hey, you!
6. Dude!

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW:
1. My drum necklace my teacher sent me
2. Black shorts (foundations are crucial)
3. "Ride Free" camp shirt

THREE THINGS YOU WANT VERY BADLY AT THE MOMENT
1. wisdom
2. easier mastery of my skills
3. relevance

THREE PEOPLE WHOM YOU HOPE WILL DO THE MEME
1. That guy!
2. Oh, and him!
3. And you know who I'm talking about....

THREE THINGS YOU DID LAST NIGHT
1. practiced drums
2. drew another Sound Waves page
3. cooked a pot of jambalaya

THREE PEOPLE YOU LAST TALKED TO ON THE PHONE:
1. mornblade
2. My mom
3. My dad

THREE THINGS YOU ARE GOING TO DO TOMORROW:
1. See Iron Man 2
2. Work more on Project X
3. Depending on how work goes, either pray for the reaper's scythe, or give thanks it hasn't swung yet

FOUR OF YOUR FAVORITE DRINKS:
1. Iced tea
2. Chocolate milk shake
3. Peaches and cream smoothie
4. Bottle brewed sweetened iced tea with lemon.  Has to be a glass bottle

THREE THINGS THAT MADE YOU SMILE TODAY:
1. Drawing Raff and Holly in today's Stress Puppy strip
2. Drawing Rhapsody in Sound Waves
3. Jamming out to some ska-core at maximum volume (Bosstones rule!)