Re: Shatner does Palin

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William Shatner is justified.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 9:50 AM
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I'm not sure I'd realized previously that Shatner is a midget. I can't decide if that's confusing or awesome.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 9:50 AM
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It's part of his incredible acting ability, Sifu. He's actually 6-3.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 9:52 AM
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"I am The Man With No Name: Zapp Brannigan!"


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 9:54 AM
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They should really get Palin on the show to do Shatner, now.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 9:55 AM
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2: I'm not sure I'd realized previously that Shatner is a midget.

Conan O'Brien is very tall; Shatner is old and shrunk.

max
['They put him through the warp dryer at the wrong speed.']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 10:04 AM
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William Shatner is justified.

Right-, left-, or center-?


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 10:06 AM
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I thought nothing could ever make up for "Rocket Man", but now I see it was just preparation for this moment.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 10:16 AM
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Has anyone ever made a more amazing comeback than Shatner? He is pure genius. A Master at his craft. Schtick has never been more schtickier.


Posted by: Will | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 10:20 AM
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Has the unfoggedbot been re-de-commissioned?


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 10:24 AM
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9: Did he ever go away?


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 10:24 AM
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Certainly no one has made a bigger career out of being universally acknowledged to have absolutely no talent.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 10:27 AM
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Rob:

You are dead to me now.


Posted by: Will | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 10:33 AM
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12: What is life like without a soul or the capacity for joy? Are there tax advantages, at least?


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 10:38 AM
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12: I don't know; he's one of the greatest actors ever to do a film in Esperanto.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 10:38 AM
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Has anybody watched any of Shatner's Raw Nerve? That stuff is intense. The other day I saw him asking Fran Drescher what it was like to get raped.


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 10:38 AM
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Don't know if this has been linked.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 10:41 AM
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13, 14: I didn't say I didn't enjoy the schtick. I was just pointing out that he has actually built his career out of being a bad actor.

A few months ago I went back and watched an episode of the old show ("The Enterprise Incident" written by DC Fontana) and was really amazed at how over the top the whole thing was. When you don't have a modern special effects budget, you need to have your actors do the equivalent of Michael Bay explosions in every scene. And the continuity errors! But the whole thing is near and dear to my heart.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 10:55 AM
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I was just pointing out that he has actually built his career out of being a bad actor.

It's not like he had a lot of other options...


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 11:01 AM
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as an actor, anyway.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 11:02 AM
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Certainly no one has made a bigger career out of being universally acknowledged to have absolutely no talent.

No man, anyway.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 11:02 AM
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It takes talent to find just the right cosmetic surgeon, Ned.


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 11:08 AM
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No man, anyway.

Maybe it's just because of the recent thread talking about Viggo Mortensen, but this reminds me of the Eowyn scene in RotK.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 11:22 AM
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Has the unfoggedbot been re-de-commissioned?

Temporarily!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 11:35 AM
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Has anyone ever made a more amazing comeback than Shatner?

When you've been TJ Hooker there's nowhere to go but up.

Shatner's managed to turn a mediocre acting career into a lifetime gig as a beloved pop icon. That takes some kind of talent, if only a talent at marketing.

#16. I haven't seen Raw Nerve but it looks interesting. Chris Issak has a show, too? I chuckled at that a little, I confess.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 1:06 PM
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Aw, the YouTube version was taken down while I was in meetings all day.


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 1:43 PM
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26: It's on http://www.tonightshowwithconanobrien.com/


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 2:04 PM
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More OT: Virginia Tech families, please move on. Your loved ones died because one particularly messed-up young man ran amok, which was possible in part because humans are fallible and in part because it's very very hard to figure out before hand when you're dealing with the extraordinarily unusual case of the troubled person who really is going to start shooting. More investigation really isn't going to add anything terribly helpful.


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 2:08 PM
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As risible as Shatner has been, he ought always to be remembered for his finest moment.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 2:18 PM
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28: Not that I disagree in principle, but despite all the urging we give one another to do so, "moving on" seems to be a vanishingly rare phenomenon.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 2:21 PM
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29: Wrong link.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 2:22 PM
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30: Agreed, but I think that's partly because we've created a lot of cultural support for wallowing in grief as long as possible, much of which consists of various forms of pretending that there's something more useful to be learned than "you were unlucky and it really sucks."


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 2:26 PM
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32: However, sometimes people do move on, whatever that happens to mean for them, but we regard them as unhealthy -- repressed, selfish, licentious or creepy: e.g., Nigella Lawson for proceeding from her late husband to one of the Saatchis, Peter Bogdanovich for marrying his late wife's sister, the recurrent literary figure of the stern survivor of some grievous historical event (WWII, the Holocaust, Vietnam) who doesn't discuss it with his or her memoirist children.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 2:37 PM
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35: Don't forget Michael Schiavo. He's someone who was really punished for moving on.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 2:53 PM
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He wears a toupee too, reportedly obviously.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 2:59 PM
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38: He wears a toupee too obviously.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 3:08 PM
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Peter Bogdanovich for marrying his late wife's sister

We should esteem his embrace of traditional values.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 4:00 PM
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Y'all can just use this thread to comment on my WEEKLY BROADCAST!

RED HOT LUTENIST ACTION going down right now!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 4:23 PM
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Or not. You know. Whatever.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:21 PM
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I'm listening, really.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:25 PM
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I believe you, ().


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:26 PM
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Just tuned in a couple of songs ago. The current thing is pretty great.


Posted by: Bave Dee | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:27 PM
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Look at the effort I go through for you all: editing out the good two minutes of a 17-minute track.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:28 PM
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Why thank you.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:30 PM
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I'm downloading some app since it doesn't want to play on my Mac. But then, I'll listen! Maybe!


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:31 PM
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48:? It should play in iTunes.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:35 PM
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48, 49: And I don't have a problem playing it in Itunes on my Mac, or through the browser (firefox).


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:36 PM
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49: Oh. Now it's going. WEIRD.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:37 PM
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It seems the thing one can play from the browser in Firefox and the thing that I can get to play in iTunes (the latter of the two being the one that is definitively labeled as neb's show, while the former doesn't indicate what I'm listening to) are playing different songs. Perhaps they're not synced? Or something?

Right now is a guy singing a capella. Recent lyric "can you play at the ball?"


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:43 PM
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That's the stuff, Stan.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:43 PM
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I like this song.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:44 PM
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that was weird, it was like it skipped a lyric or something.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:47 PM
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What's that high-pitched instrument playing now? Some sort of horn?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:49 PM
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It's odd, whatever it is.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:50 PM
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(And has my cat hiding under the bed).


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:51 PM
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Maybe it's some kind of fancy kazoo.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:51 PM
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Some kind of near-eastern double reed would be my guess, but I'm honestly not certain. A ney or something like that?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:51 PM
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It does sound double-reeded. Actually, rather like a bassoon played by me. (That was an experiment that was never repeated).


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:52 PM
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Something about the sound is reminding me of one of those Berlin-era David Bowie albums.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:52 PM
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You're thinking of the track "Neukölln" [sic], essear.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:53 PM
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That seems to be the one, yes.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:56 PM
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This one is good, as well. Damn you for making it difficult to leave my desk and take out the trash as I should.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:56 PM
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This one is a medley of two tunes.

Guess what the second one is!!!!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:57 PM
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Though at least on the CD case I have it's spelled Neuköln.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:57 PM
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Black is the Color?


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:57 PM
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Huh, I guess my [sic]ing was incorrect and there really are two ells.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:58 PM
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Then I was right to [sic] but wrong about the reason why! Ho ho ho.

68: yes indeedy.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 5:58 PM
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That was a toughie, neb.

(Like this version too. Apparently, if it's a song I like, I'll listen to any variation. I realized the other day that I have about 10 different versions of Wayfaring Stranger).


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:01 PM
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Lemurs!


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:04 PM
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Stanley pawned me before I even managed to type it....


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:04 PM
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Well I hope he can buy you back.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:06 PM
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Yeah, I'm fairly ad hoc but I'm not sure I actually like being in hock.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:15 PM
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And that, right there, is why I should never attempt to make a pun.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:15 PM
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And ham hocks, how do you feel about them?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:15 PM
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Yummy?


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:16 PM
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A good answer.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:17 PM
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Is this still weekly broadcast time? I'm listening to slow violins.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:19 PM
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Sounds right, heebie. Should have just transitioned.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:20 PM
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I shout happily at my cows.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:20 PM
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Whee!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:20 PM
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I like this song better. So far. Oh! Black is the color! I bet this is the right DJ.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:20 PM
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Who does this version?


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:20 PM
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Patience, Paren, and all will be revealed.

or you could go to the playlist.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:23 PM
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Hasn't it already been established that I lack patience? I mean, look at my response times!

Thanks for the link.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:24 PM
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Who's that nerd??


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:25 PM
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Vaccine!


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:25 PM
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with the sexy, sexy voice?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:25 PM
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Nice save.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:28 PM
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You know I'm sensitive about my nasal bray, h-g.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:29 PM
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You know I'm sensitive about my nasal spray, h-g.

You mean your nose flow?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:36 PM
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A very abrupt transition there.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:37 PM
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Yeah, the CD stopped playing back with over a minute on the track to go, so...


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:37 PM
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Ouch.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:41 PM
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Oh dear, this latest song is quite atonal.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:41 PM
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Rather, it's quite good.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:42 PM
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Has neb known love?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:43 PM
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To be clear, my "Ouch"was to the technical problem, not the then-currently playing song.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:44 PM
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There's a cicada trapped in this song.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:46 PM
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Every seventeen years, I know love.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:47 PM
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They didn't even have Tivos back in 1992.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:48 PM
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.oga tnemom a rohtua tnereffid a dah 201 raews dluoc I


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:51 PM
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It did.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:51 PM
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I had to tune out not long after the Crumb, and also missed the first set. Who is this lutenist you mentioned?

Also, it's 104 goddamn degrees here.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:52 PM
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Jozef van Wissem is the lutenist I mentioned.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:53 PM
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Also, it's 104 goddamn degrees here.

If the dashboard melts, you'll still have the radio.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:57 PM
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Oh, this is jaunty!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:57 PM
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109: The reason is because neb's show's over, heebie.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 6:58 PM
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or
http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2009/07/william_shatner_gets_all_groov.html

Shatner's _Mr Tambourine Man_ is outstanding.


Posted by: Econolicious | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 7:01 PM
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110: That explains it. I was wondering (the reason why.)


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 7:05 PM
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I like the show after neb's too.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 07-28-09 7:18 PM
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creepy: ... Peter Bogdanovich for marrying his late wife's sister

And both of his wives are still alive, making this even creepier...


Posted by: gdr | Link to this comment | 07-29-09 5:30 AM
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Wil Wheaton on meeting William Fucking Shatner.

Part II.

I assume everyone has seen Rocket Man.

Most folks don't seem to get that he was deliberately being funny, just as he does today, with the Palin, and Denny Crane, and so on.

Yes, I did the International Talk Like WS Day back in March.

I also like Wil's anecdote of his encounter with Lawrence Tierney.


Posted by: Gary Farber | Link to this comment | 07-31-09 2:38 AM
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