20 January 2010

On Biting Thumbs & Late Nights

The rain has made it hard to get to the gym to work out. With the weather the way it is, my dog stays inside all day, so I have to rush home to let him out, and he's not too keen on being alone in his cage for another two hours after I get home. Then the wife arrives back and the motivation to stay home with her grows while the motivation to go anywhere else, let alone the gym, wanes. Angela is way cooler than any of the people there anyway. At least I can say I've been eating better, so hopefully the progress lost in not going these last four days isn't too severe. I just hate to lose that momentum, but the alternative ain't half bad.

Two other things before we get started on the day's events:
  1. Everybody should turn in the first outside reading update tomorrow.
  2. If you're not paying attention to the recent dust-up between NBC, Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien, you're missing out on some of the most interesting developments in late night television in almost 20 years. The original brouhaha that developed when Johnny Carson vacated his throne as the King of Late Night is one of the first entertainment stories that actively received my attention. The fact that there are three times as many people on at late night nowadays (the aforementioned Jay and Conan, Dave Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, the largely silent Craig Ferguson and the largely unfunny Jimmy Fallon, not to mention the tag team of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert) has made this particular story even more interesting. In case you're wondering, I'm with Coco.

So how about that test, huh? Keep those terms in mind for our time reading the play.

The first and last scenes in Romeo & Juliet are the longest in the play, which is something I never really noticed before. However, diving in to Shakespeare is tough but it gets easier the more people read it. Keep up with the study guide for each act because those will be invaluable (which is better than valuable because it is priceless, you see) later on when having to write about the play or when taking a test.

Well, the storms sure did honk up the testing time, didn't it? I hope you did well regardless.

The Royal Shakespeare Company's version of Macbeth starring Ian McKellen and Judi Dench is definitely interesting...and also sometimes laughable. BUT! It's important to understand that seeing the different interpretations of Shakespeare provides the opportunity for nuances in the story that could be there even if they are never explicitly stated. When Duncan orders the Thane of Cawdor's execution, he appears to address Ross in the text, but this particular version instead sees Duncan order Malcolm to take care of it. Malcolm's moment of hesitation allows Ross to step in and carry the burden for the Prince of Cumberland. What does this particular interpretation say about Malcolm? I'd love to see what you have to say in the comments.


  1. Jay Leno is a terrible comedian, really, and just anti-funny.

  2. this is like a regular blog! mixed with school! go T-Bot!