Thursday, May 29, 2008

Harvey Korman: 1927-2008

When I was a kid, one of my favorite things was to watch Tim Conway and Harvey Korman in the Carol Burnett Show, and it was an added treat if Conway could get Harvey Korman to laugh in the middle of the skit.
We lost Harvey Korman today, but we will always have the laughter.

Harvey, here’s to you.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Farworld Blog Tour Site

I was going to use this entry to condemn the big oil companies, and call them nasty names… you know… “sons of motherless goats” and the like, but… hey… everyone already knows that. So, I think that I’ll talk about something far more cool. I’ve been asked to review a book. Ok, so I did the asking… well, ok… there were tears, and I did spend some time on my knees begging him to let me read his book, “please let me use my English Degree for something!” That did it, and he finally gave me the nod, I have an advanced copy coming. This reminds me of the time I drove 8 hours to Las Vegas so that I could see Serenity months before it’s release… before it was done even, only to find out that Joss had killed off one of my favorite characters! That sucked! Ok, so maybe this isn’t like that. But…
Look for the review and my interview with the author in the next few weeks.

His name is J. Scott Savage, and he’s written a book called Farworld, Book 1, Water Keep, which is being published by Shadow Mountain Press and has a release date of September 5th. He’s a local guy (local meaning “he’s in the State of Utah”) I think he lives in Payson.

I got an email from him last night asking for my address so that he could send me an ARC, (which I believe stands for Advanced Reviewers Copy) so I’m hoping to get it in the mail before I leave for Silver Moccasin in a week, which means... that I’m going to have to plow through the Terry Pratchett book I’m currently enjoying.
I’m also watching reruns of Inside the Actor’s Studio, so that I can learn how to interview someone. That guy has some great questions, and since I have a beard as well… you know… I should be able to plagiarize his stuff… right?

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Utah Renaissance Festival and Fantasy Faire

ally2, originally uploaded by browncoat_murph.

We went to the Renaissance Festival yesterday and had a fantastic time.
In this case, pictures speak louder than words so feel free to head over to my Flickr site and check out all of the other pics.
You might even see me and my son in Kilts... Yes, my knees got sunburned.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Local Kid Does Good

I found this sign on my way home today. I took it with my cell phone so it isn’t very good, but I thought that it was funny.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Is Texas Full of Nazis?

There are times that I wonder what has happened to my country, and then there is now.
Not long ago 465 children were taken from… I don’t know how many families of the FLDS church in Texas based on a phone call, purported to be from a 16-year-old pregnant girl. Despite investigation, the Texas authorities can’t find the “girl” who made the call, and are starting to think that it might have been a fake.
(Images of WMD’s are coming to mind.)
So, based on an unsubstantiated report, the “authorities” storm onto private property and take 465 children into custody.
Now, there are reports, that there are a couple of teenage girls who are pregnant or who have given birth while in custody, and I have no problem with the state going after those fathers, if they are indeed adults, but to take every child from an entire community because of a few evil people is just some kind of guerrilla tactic that reeks of the Nazis.

Before I go any further, I want to make something perfectly clear. I am a member of the LDS church, and as such, I do not believe in polygamy. I only have one wife, one mother, and one grandmother. You’d have to go back a bunch of generations before you found polygamy in my family tree. I’m not an expert on the FLDS church and don’t want to be because the FLDS church has nothing to do with my faith.
There have been several unsubstantiated reports in the news and in the tabloids about sexual abuse in their temple and the like, but, frankly, I don’t believe them. I’ve heard all kinds of outrageous things about my own faith that are all untrue, so… I've gotten off track so I’ll leave that argument right there.

Why would the state take an entire community of children for the acts of a few individuals? According to Texas Judge Barbara Walther, the state can take your child if belonging to a certain religion -may- lead to abuse. What kind of nonsense is that?
So according to what she’s saying, if you’re a Moslem or a Northern Irish Catholic, the state can take your kids because there is a remote possibility that your kids might become a suicide bomber?

What’s next!?!

According to Texas Judge Barbara Walther’s philosophy, the state could come to my door and take my kids because there’s a crack house down the street, or a sex offender around the block, or… I don’t know… the neighbors are having swinger parties, and so our neighborhood environment -may- lead to abuse.

Then there’s this article I read this morning:

The conditions that these 465 children have been put in stinks of WWII, German, concentration camps. Oh, except concentration camps were almost better because, from what I’ve read, many times the children could stay with their mothers.
Why doesn’t Texas Judge Barbara Walther just order them all into the gas chamber, since they are, according to her philosophy, mentally scarred for life. Wouldn’t it just be better to end their suffering now? (Did you catch my sarcasm there?)
So maybe the state should just take all children from all parents because, after all, it does take a village to raise a child… oh, that won’t work… a village was raising these 465 children. Maybe we should just outlaw children.
Ya, that’s it, outlaw children and let the human species just die out, because we’re obviously to stupid to live. If we place people like Texas Judge Barbara Walther over us, we are to stupid to remain on this planet.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

The High Kings

A few weeks ago, my wife and I went to see "The Celtic Woman" concert. They were very good by the way, but I really liked their opening act. Here's a sample.

Monday, May 05, 2008

The Great Kilt Controversy

So, in a couple of weeks my family and I are all going out to this Renaissance Festival / Fantasy Faire thing up in Ogden.

When I was a teenager, I used to belong to SCA (the Society for Creative Anachronism) and really enjoyed it. So… when we decided to go up faire, I told my wife that I would like to rent a kilt for the event, and she said ok. The thing is, when she said “ok” it really meant: “I’ll say ok, because I don’t think that you’ll really do it.”
So after I did the research and found out that there is a little scottish import shop in Salt Lake that will rent me a kilt, my wife, whom I dearly love, began to have reservations. Not with the cost, but with the fact that I would be seen in public in a skirt!
It took less than an hour to somewhat acknowledge the fact that my being in a kilt at a renaissance faire would not only be appropriate, but also be DAMN COOL!

Now if I can just get my son in one…

I'll post pics afterward. ;)
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