Ashes to Ashes News

Filming has started for the final season of Ashes to Ashes, and Cathode Ray Tube has this nice post about it, including some pics of the cast… which includes a few pictures of Keeley Hawes’ new circa 1983 haircut:

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It’s a good read; if you’re an Ashes fan, you should really check it out. In case you’re concerned, it’s pretty much spoiler-free, although Philip Glenister does talk about John Simm’s (lack of) a role in Ashes.

Mad Men: “The Fog”

This episode begins with Don and Betty having a conference with Sally’s teacher. Apparently, she’s been acting up and causing trouble since Gene died. Sally’s teacher, Miss Farrell, knows that Betty is pregnant but also knows that she has a little brother… so she asks if anything else has changed in the home. Betty says that her father died “last week.. the week before, two weeks now”. Miss Farrell apologizes for prying, the asks why they didn’t send a note along with Sally. She also notes that Sally didn’t miss any school from it, to which Betty says that they “didn’t want to put her through that” and Don says that “children don’t belong in graveyards”. Miss Farrell also says that this explains why Sally has been asking so many questions about the death of Medgar Evers. Betty excuses herself to go to the ladies’ room, while Miss Farrell talks to Don about “the pain of losing someone at that age”.


Meanwhile, back at Sterling Cooper, Lane heads a meeting where he takes everyone to task for wasting money on expense reports and office supplies. Don, having been at the teacher conference, walks in late. Lane complains about the discrepancy between Don and Sal’s expense reports from the Baltimore trip ($70 vs. $82), to which an irritated Don notes that he signed all of Sal’s receipts. Lane sighs and then complains that the amount of pens, pencils, pads, paper and postage “suit a company four times our size”. Don, having heard enough, gets up and leaves.

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“A National Embarrassment”

The QC Sports Blog has come down hard on John Fox and the Carolina Panthers’ management team for starting Jake “11 Interceptions” Delhomme next week:

It’s official; John Fox named Jake Delhomme the starter next week at Atlanta. This is unbelievable. Could you imagine if the Panthers were coached by Bill Parcells or Bill Cowher? Delhomme wouldn’t just be benched; he would be cut. Instead, he was given a vote of confidence to remain the starter of the John Fox-led Panthers.

We are rapidly joining the Bengals and Raiders as the laughingstocks of the league.

I’ve followed that blog since last season, and I would normally consider the author to be a pretty level-headed guy. But if he’s this pissed about it, I wonder what the really hardcore Panthers fans are thinking!

via A National Embarrassment « QC Sports Blog.

R.I.P. Norman Borlaug

Norman Borlaug, perhaps the most important person you’ve never heard of, has died of cancer. He was 95.

Scientist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug, who developed a type of wheat that saved one billion people from starvation, has died.

Borlaug, 95, died on Saturday from complications of cancer at his Dallas home.

Josette Sheeran, executive director of the U.N. World Food Program, said that “Norman E. Borlaug saved more lives than any man in human history”.

Dr Ed Runge, retired head of Texas A&M University’s Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, said that Borlaug “has probably done more and is known by fewer people than anybody that has done that much”.

It really is a sad day. Please read the entire linked article to see the genius that the world lost today.

via Norman Borlaug dies aged 95 | Mail Online.

Nifty WP Plug-In

There are several kinds of WordPress plug-ins. Some you install on your blog, find out it doesn’t do exactly what you wanted it to do, so you uninstall it. Others just don’t work at all, so you uninstall them too. Others (like Akismet) do their job quietly in the background, so you don’t think about them much. But then there are the plug-ins that you actually use interactively on a regular basis that make your job easier. They make you happy. Smart Youtube is one such plug-in.

You might think to yourself, “why do I need a plug-in to put YouTube vidoes on my website? All you have to do is paste the embed code into the WordPress editor!” And you know what? You’d be right. But Smart Youtube has some features that pasting an embed code can’t match.

For starters, to use it, you simply paste the YouTube URL into the editor window, then add a v to the end of the protocol type (httpv://). This turns the URL into a WordPress short code. And unlike pasting an embed code, you can easily change the alignment of the video simply by using the “left”, “center” or “right” text buttons, something you can’t do with embed codes.

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Random Vacation Pics

The reason the Mad Men recaps were so delayed is that the missus and I went on vacation last week (and then we spent Friday doing a “deep cleaning” for some guests we were having on Saturday night, then had the guests over Saturday, then helped some friends move on Sunday, then had a cook out on Monday). So I’ve been busy. But I thought I’d share some cheesy cellphone pics from the trip with you.

We went to Myrtle Beach. It’s a fun place, but in many ways it’s sort of a “land that time forgot”. 1950s hotels and “motor lodges” are everywhere, as are Confederate flags. There are restaurants named “Mammy’s Kitchen” and “Tar Baby’s”… and this one:

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Shucker’s? Really? Does the NAACP know about this?

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FRIDAY FUN: Atlanta’s Air Force

I was searching the other day for something specific about this season’s Georgia Tech football uniforms, when I accidentally stumbled across this fine piece of circa-1986 cheese from my home city:


The song (and the production quality, and the haircuts, and the outfits) is simply horrendous, but there are some great clips of some mid 80s Hawks action, the old Omni, Harry the Hawk, Mike Fratello jumping up and down like a loon, and that longtime assistant coach who looks like Neal Boortz.

All of which reminds me… what, exactly, was wrong with the Hawks’ old “Pac Man” logo:

Atlanta Hawks old logo

I think it kicks ass, personally! May the Hawks be cursed with mediocrity (snerk) until they bring the old logo back!

Vegas analyst favors Steelers 16 times!

Now here’s something you don’t see every day:

While none of USA TODAY’s NFL analysts picked the Steelers to appear in the Super Bowl, Las Vegas oddsmakers are still looking favorably on the defending champions this season.

RJ Bell of has the Steelers favored in all 16 of their regular-season games this year. The Patriots, who trail the Steelers by one spot in the power rankings, are favored 15 times.

Woooooot! Football season starts TONIGHT, baby! I can’t wait!

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