When the Star Trek parody series turns out to be a better Star Trek than the new Star Trek series.

Plus, it’s free on broadcast.  Suck it, CBS.  You’ve never known a good thing when you had it.

(Yes, we know, FOX was your understudy.  Firefly proves your credentials on that point.)

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And Then, All at Once…

…it was autumn.

This time last week, it was high 80’s/low 90’s.  Since Tuesday, we haven’t broken 65, with lows in the 50’s.  It’s almost as though somebody whispered to the weather gods “hey, the solstice was on Friday,” and they suddenly got their act together.

We approve entirely.  The windows are open, Charlie Parker Radio (courtesy Pandora) is playing, and this weekend will see bean soup and cornbread for dinner.  Recipes to follow, of course.

Smile, and talk amongst yourselves.

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We don’t typically watch NCIS: New Orleans, but happened to turn it on tonight.  At the end of the show, when Pride reopened his bar, we heard a familiar song coming from the stage: “I Will Play for Gumbo.”  The performer had an oddly familiar look to him, but we couldn’t quite place him.  A bit of pondering…take off the scruffy goatee…yeah, it really is him!

Gotta love a surprise Jimmy Buffett cameo!

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Taking a Knee

We think a lot of people need to watch several episodes of Penn & Teller: Fool Us.  Perhaps it’ll get them to comprehend the concept of “misdirection.”

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Maynard did it best, of course, but we recently stumbled across The Manhattan Transfer’s cover.  We’ve always been fans of them, so we present this forthwith:

(With apologies to Wayne.)

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Free to good home or decent Chinese restaurant.

Okay, we’re lying, and he still enjoys sleeping in our bed.

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Season Opener

Eighteen years in Norman–this time around–more than a dozen football games attended (including one in College Station against A&M, and a few in the Santee Lounge), and more than a few basketball games…and we’ve never once paid for a ticket.

Truly, we have good friends.

See you tomorrow evening!

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As a followup to last night’s post, we finally acted upon the recommendation of a dear friend and watched The Prestige.  The recommendation was a good one, and we recommend it in turn.  Very well done.

We’ve always enjoyed Michael Caine; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a particular favourite.

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Penn & Teller: Fool Us, notably Kayla Drescher, was especially poignant tonight.  Those with even a passing interest in stage magic should be watching this show.

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TV Production

It’s well-known that we have a fondness for cooking shows.  New Orleans Cooking with Kevin Belton is a particular favourite; not only do we love his food (we have two of his cookbooks), his personality is as big as the former New Orleans Saints linebacker himself.

We  also quite enjoy Steven Raichlen’s shows (Barbecue University, Primal Grill, and Project Smoke).  The third season of Project Smoke has introduced a new feature at the end: brief interviews with the technical staff on how the show is produced.  The interviews run from the producer clear down to the jib (camera C, the overhead) operator.  For those of us with an interest in video production, it’s quite interesting.

Come for the food, stay for the learning!

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