I had about 6 different posts in my head, but the week got away from me. And after tonight’s visit to the Accountant, where we learned how much we’re going to be sending to Uncle Sam on – I should say, starting on, as it’s really quite a lot – April 15, I feel a bit like a male model in a Robert Mapplethorpe photo. So to offset that, here’s some shouts-out to some cool stuff you should be aware of.
The Dangerous Book for Boys, by Conn and Hal Iggulden. The Igguldens have assembled everything a boy ought to know – how to build a periscope, the secrets of Navajo code-talking, how to hunt and cook a rabbit, the laws of rugby(!), the basics of English grammar, the history of artillery, the Seven Ancient (and Modern) Wonders of the World, how to play poker and chess, seven poems every boy should know (no Vogon offerings, unfortunately), and a chapter on girls (“Avoid being vulgar. Excitable bouts of windbreaking will not endear you to a girl.”). The book’s an absolute delight, a reminder that the world’s still a big and exciting place.
Friday Night Lights, Wednesdays at 8:00, NBC. Simply, the best show on, well, TV that you don’t have to pay for. Calling it a show about football is like calling Moby-Dick a book about a pissed off whale. Tremendous writing, even when things veer into Clicheland, and truly three-dimensional characters who never fail to surprise and move you. Tonight’s season finale may be the series finale – although there are some positive indicators that it will be picked up. Do yourselves a favor and watch the reruns and put the DVD’s in your Netflix cue – hell, BUY the set, and if you don’t like I’ll refund your money. If you don’t believe me, believe Scott Tobias. Oh, and the band that does the theme music…
Explosions In The Sky; their latest, All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone, is fantastic. If you haven’t heard these guys, check them out at their website.
Also, a PSA: if you’re a blogger, and are planning on being in L.A. on May 19, LA Daddy’s throwin’ a kegger. If you go, make sure you raise a glass for Kurt.