It’s an off-day, so it’s time for some more not-so-random thoughts. I’ve had some things on my mind. Here are a few of them…
—I don’t know what this is, but I love it.
–I’m going to Baltimore this weekend to watch a soccer game. No, really, I am: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool. I can’t wait. But that’s all the soccer I’m gonna mention in today’s NSRT. Well, except that you really ought to watch David Beckham play “Ode to Joy” by kicking balls against drums.
–Do you like The Simpsons? If so, enjoy: The best of Ralph Wiggum. My favorite: “Me fail English? That’s unpossible!”
–Speaking of television, I’ve spoken many times in this space about my love of The Wire. One of the three best television programs I’ve ever seen. I’m telling you, if you haven’t watched it, you are in for a treat. Start at the beginning.
Here is an interrogation of “the Makers and Stars of The Wire.”
—Dora The Explorer: The Search for the Infinity Orb. I kinda wish this were a real movie.
–Some of you may know that, in a previous life, I was a pretty hardcore political junkie. Had to give all that up when I took my current job, but I liked this: 69 politicians, as they were in high school.
—This is kinda strange. Evidently, it’s a photo of Osaka Stadium in Japan. After the home team moved out, they built a bunch of family homes inside it. Bizarre. How would you like to life in left-center field?
–They misspelled “Science” at the beginning, but I still enjoyed this: one joke from every episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
–Last TV note: the best television program I’ve ever seen. It’s a British show, but I demand that you start watching it. Simply brilliant. I’ve never seen anything like it on television before.
–I have seen “Moonrise Kingdom” (director Wes Anderson’s latest) twice already, and I may go see it again tonight. I talk about Wes Anderson in every edition of NSRT, so I won’t belabor the point again today. Go see the film. It’s incredible.
–Finally, I’ve listened to this a hundred times over the years, and I still laugh every time. It’s Andy Griffith, before he was Andy Griffith, performing “What It Was, Was Football.”