Sunday, July 27, 2008

In Which I Download Thoughts From My Brain

Hey! Remember me? Oh my goodness, have I been itching to write stuff on this blog and it's been difficult finding a moment to do so. Blogging is good for my mental health (no, really!), so I miss it when I can't do it.

I have been keeping a list of things I've been pondering lately. Here are some of the vitally important issues I've been considering (in no particular order):

Dr. Horrible! Too funny. Laugh out loud funny. Dare I say: Peein' Funny. I didn't like how Act 3 ended though--too malevolent for me. But overall the show is worth watching, over and over, until you know all of the lyrics to the songs because you want to be prepared for the possibility that they'll show it in a theater ala the Buffy Sing Along and you know you will have to go and see it if it does.. Ryan is dying to watch it, and Brendan was on the plan until I reminded him what the hammer was, and then neither of us wants to 'splain that to Ryan just now, so I think we'll hold off for a while.

Thinking about Dr. Horrible brings me to this interview/online chat thing with Neil Patrick Harris, in which he discusses lots of things and is often very funny about it. I'm liking him lots. Still have yet to see more than a random episode or two of HIMYM, but that's on my birthday/Xmas list (so if you're trying to decide!). Interview link via ODonnellWeb.

And thinking about Neil Patrick Harris reminds me to bring this movie to your attention: Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. I caught some of this a couple of weeks ago on Comedy Central or something and it had some laugh out loudiness to it, too. Need to see the rest of it one of these days. It may surprise you (or possibly not) that I'd find this kind of movie funny, since I'm certain that 37 year old mommies are not the target demographic for this show, but I have that kind of sense of humor. I just do. And, as my aunt always says, you may grow older, but you can be immature forever. And so movies like that make me giggle. Good times.

Thinking about Harold and Kumar (and their big old case of the munchies) reminds me to tell you that I have the messiest cereal eating kids on the face of the planet. After either one (or, heaven forbid, both) of them eat a bowl of cereal, the kitchen looks as though the Tasmanian Devil has had a Harold and Kumar kind of party in there with all of his Tasmanian Devil friends. Thus, we have called for a Moratorium on Cereal, until such time as people can A) demonstrate adequate cereal-eating competence within normal messiness parameters or B) are willing to clean it up every time without making a big huge federal case out of it.

Thinking about federal cases--we've been watching a big old amount of America Rock by Schoolhouse Rock lately. Both Ryan and Morgan really enjoy The Shot Heard 'Round the World. They really are good videos. We've also watched all of the other videos, too. In Grammar Rock, the preposition one, which I don't even remember, is their fave--mine is Lolly, Lolly, Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here. Science Rock is very popular and the general favorite is, unsurprisingly, Electricity, and everyone hates the whiny one where the Earth complains about humans using too much energy (yay). Nobody is too keen on Multiplication Rock just yet, but they do enjoy the 5 one and Morgan and I just sang it again today. Also on our DVD is a whole category of videos that I have no memory of: Money Rock. There's a really funny one about the Tyrannosaurus Debt--about the National Debt!

And thinking about America Rock reminds me to tell you that we finished John Adams and it was amazingly well done. I highly recommend it. I like the Pop Up Video! feature, too, but it is a bit distracting to use while watching it the first time. It's good for your subsequent times around though. The acting was phenomenal.

Finally, thinking about John Adams and our government reminds me to tell you to dash over to Gus Van Horn's blog and read his account of his recent adventure with some of our current government officials. This is an important post for two reasons. First, it demonstrates the "thinking" about socialized medicine and where our country is heading. Second, and perhaps more importantly, it's a valuable lesson in modern civics--in how our government officials are communicating with us, the citizens. Makes me wonder what other kinds of meetings just like that one are being held around the country, meetings in which decisions that affect the lives of many or all of us are being made. Seriously--read the whole thing. It's kinda scary. Which brings me back around to evil super villains like Dr. Horrible. If only the government were as incompetent and powerless as he.

More later! :o)


Jessica Lee, Adam Ross, and Evan Ross Cooke said...

Jenn, first off, thanks for commenting on my (our) Blog (Evan Almighty). I forget how I found yours, but I remember it being comforting finding an adult calling themselves an Objectivist. I have found so many that "agree with Rand on many points," but wouldn't go so far as to label themselves thus. Wusses. I consider myself an Objectivist as well, which is interesting considering I was raised by liberals. I guess you just can't fight the Rational Lodestone. The fact that you are homeschooling your children also attracted me. I may have questions for you in the future if that's acceptable.

Mainly, I just wanted to drop a line and say we too are watching "John Adams" and absolutely loving it. I actually started tearing up a little when they read the Declaration (and I'm Canadian!). Jes and I are waiting for disk 3 from Netflix with mixed feelings. On one hand, elation at continuing the story, however, on the other hand, perturbation at the loss of such great entertainment. I guess we'll just have to go back to watching "Weeds."


Rational Jenn said...

Hi Adam! Thanks for stopping by! I like the term "rational lodestone." Might have to borrow that one.

My favorite scene from John Adams was when he met with King George. Wow.

Now that we're finishing up our second round of Buffy, we're looking for something else to watch. So Weeds is good, huh?

Baby is screaming, gotta go!

Jessica Lee, Adam Ross, and Evan Ross Cooke said...

Yes, the King George scene was powerful. It, like many other scenes, had me asking, "I wonder just how much of this is fact, and how much is artistic license." Perhaps the scene where Adams is critiquing Trumbull's "Signing ..." is telling?

Weeds is excellent. For such a simple show, it manages to be surprisingly complex. I fear the "constant catastrophe" formula might get stale after awhile, but for now (we're starting the 3rd season) it still pleases. Jes, my wife, made the comment, "man, there is just nothing redeemable about any of these characters." I disagree, in part, but it's done the most important thing TV can do; got us discussing something. Yup, I'm going to drive Evan nuts by asking what he thinks about everything.