January 5th, 2009

schott

Schott's Miscellany 4 January 2009

The peak of the annual meteor shower, the Quadrantids


TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC EPOCHS

Traditionally, the Catholic Church divided the history of man into six epochs, viz.:

1Adam to Noah
2Noah to Abraham
3Abraham to David
4David to the Babylonian Captivity
5capitvity of Judah to Christ's birth
6Christ's birth to the world's end



If we had no faults of our own, we would not take so much pleasure in noticing those of others.
Duc de la Rochefoucauld (1613-80)
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fo' shizzle, rifftrax

Bitch Slap

The trailer for Bitch Slap, a movie that reunites all four opening-credits regulars from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess in a movie that would've been right at home as one of the Rodriguez/Tarantino Grindhouse pictures.

The movie looks like it's beyond dreadful, but it also looks like the moviemakers know precisely how dreadful. And it's got Michael Hurst in what appears to be a significant role, Kevin Sorbo channeling his not-so-inner Terminator, and Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor as lingerie-wearing nuns. What's not to like???

Thanks to yendi for the heads-up.
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Farscape #1 second printing!

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Eddie Izzard, great human being

Rather than retype it, I'll just copy what infinitydog said in this post on his LJ:

I am pleased to bestow my first Great Human Being Award to actor and comedian Eddie Izzard.

In the Friday, January 2, 2009, final edition of the New York Daily News, on page 22, a story caught my attention. Its headline: "Victim's dose of humor"

In summary, a 28-year-old Londoner named Will Pike suffered grievous injuries during the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai. He might be paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of his life. Because of his continued forced convalescence, he was unable to use tickets he had purchased to see Izzard's sold-out live show last month.

Pike's father, Nigel, wrote Izzard a letter asking if the comedian could send his injured son a note to buoy his spirits.

Eddie Izzard visited Will Pike in the hospital and performed his entire 90-minute routine for the injured man, gratis. It was Pike's father who praised Izzard to the Times of London, while Izzard and his people sought no PR for the visit whatsoever.

I've long been a fan of Eddie Izzard's work, both as an actor and as a comedian. Now I can say I am an admirer of the man himself. And so I name him the first recipient of my Great Human Being Award.

What Dave said. That's just cool, and bravo, Eddie!
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