- Some unfortunates experience The Whedonthrall. For instance, I felt somehow compelled to wish Joss Whedon "happy belated birthday" while waiting for his new cooking or travel or game show or whatever. He turned 44 on Monday.
- So Joss has spent like three years doing eight issues of Astonishing X-Men. And he's supervised turning the Buffy Season 8 comic into a ludicrously half-hearted mess of rushed self-parody. Centaur Dawn? Come ON. Runaways turned out like every Whedonfest: a great big action-and-resolution-filled morass where the cute one gets left or dies and we feel bad about someone who's maybe in love, why not. Just like Serenity. And X-Men. And TVBuffy. But now, there's the hype surrounding some teevee thing called Dollhouse.
- A "special group" of good-looking, if not particularly bright, people called
actors, I mean "actives" (of course) are asked to "take on" characters or "roles" in order to amuse or entertain or inform others. A complicated, unscrupulous, and treacherous system exists to keep these special people working and happy. The rest of the world doesn't know these people are performing, and doesn't see those special people much when they're not performing, but someone takes good care of them.
- Damn! If that doesn't sound a lot like Hollywood. Pretty people -- like, say, Eliza Dushku -- doing things for money and people watch. I guess it's about time for a writer to give legs to that metaphor:
- Speaking of ... Well, San Francisco is thinking about honoring George W Bush by naming a sewage treatment plant after him. So there's that.
- And speaking of sewage, somebody's playing with the concept of voter registration public service campaigns. Y'see, up here, everyone who's registered to vote is registered as "D" while a lot still vote "R." For the same reason nobody uses their signals while driving. So,
The campaign, "Your Vote is Magic!," is in cooperation with the Mayor's Office, the City of New Bedford and the Buttonwood Park Zoo, and offers a summer-long schedule of multi-media messages. The advertising will encourage the public to either register to vote or seek out information that will assist them in making the best decision in the upcoming presidential election.
The campaign will wrap up in September with an event at the Buttonwood Park Zoo featuring a non-partisan political tradeshow and town hall style meeting moderated by local radio personality Ken Pittman. There will also
be a speaker's platform addressing the value of each citizen's vote and the
world premiere of illusionist Lyn Dillies' election year-themed illusion...
- The single most energetic regressive in The SouthCoast is hosting a "non-partisan tradeshow town-hall style meeting?" Lemme guess... It'll be "Fair and Balanced," right? Jeff Beatty is challenging John Kerry for the US Senate seat. Many people, Pitman [sic]included, have been working hard to get Beatty in the position where he can swiftboat Kerry again and get a meaningless Senate seat, where the ex-CIAgent will be a committeeless, nameless, powerless, warmongering frosh in the new Senate that promises to be surprisingly "D" come January 2009. So it must be time for the SouthCoast to get even less power into national politics. But it's never time for concocting a phony Public Service campaign in order to drum up airtime for less-than-suitable candidates (including career "counter-terrorism" contractors who think that it's still 1953).
- It'll be nice to see Lyn again, though.
- I am a member of the Buttonwood Park Zoo, and have volunteered there because it's a great resource for the area. I'd hate to think I've been working for an organization that doesn't understand that non-profits should really stay out of politics.