October 24th, 2009


two down....

Tonight was the second night of the promotion, in which we went over kata and a few other things we're supposed to know, and also talked about our essays. I only had to do seven of the 16 katas I know. (For those who might know them, they included Pinan #5, Sanchin, Geki Sai Dai, Tsuki No, Sai-Ha, Tensho, and Kenshikai Kata #4.) But I felt I was very strong in my form and spirit, and I did all the other stuff as well.

In general, I am very pleased with how the second night went. And the black belts who observed were effusive in their praise, which was good to hear. (We really do have some fantastic black belts in our discipline....)

Sunday morning is fighting. Bleeee......
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Soupy Sales, RIP

Milton "Soupy Sales" Supman, one of the funniest people who ever lived, has died at the age of 83 in a hospital in the Bronx.

Among other things, he popularized the pie-in-the-face gag. So now I hope the Yankees get at least one more walk-off win this year, because A.J. Burnett has started giving a pie in the face to whoever is responsible for the walk-off win (the Yanks have had a lot this season, plus a couple in the postseason), and there needs to be one more for Soupy.

*raises glass*
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some notes on White Collar and The Jeff Dunham Show (no spoilers)

White Collar is very very good. Excellent cast, crisp writing, sharp dialogue -- they hit the trifecta. And the show actually has legs as a concept. In a lot of ways, it's the same premise as Castle, except Detective Beckett has no actual control over Richard Castle. But it works, and I hope this makes Tim DeKay the household name he's always deserved to be. My only complaint about the pilot was that Mark Sheppard didn't get nearly enough screen time.

The show also reminded me that I've been meaning to download "Hold On, I'm Coming" by Sam & Dave off of iTunes.....

As for The Jeff Dunham Show -- sigh. I wanted to like this, as I'm a huge fan of Dunham's, but the sketches just weren't funny. Dunham's skills are best used on stage, and in fact the show was at its best when it was him on stage bantering with the dummies. Sadly, once they cut to a pre-filmed sketch, it just tanked. It might get better, but I suspect that this is a misuse of Dunham's talents.
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Schott's Miscellany 23 October 2009

The United Nations General Assembly met for the first time in New York


In autumn 2007, the French university Lyons II began offering a one-year, postgraduate course entitled "Art of the Clown." Students are taught anthropology, sociology, and economics (in case they "go on to manage a troupe"), and are then instructed in practical clowning at the House of Circus and Clown Arts.

The three traditional varieties of clown are the "whiteface," the "Auguste," an the "character" clown. The whiteface is the oldest of the clown forms and is characterized by a pure white face and neck, a bald head, and, very often, a ruff and a pointed hat. The Auguste, whose role tends to be that of general buffoon and pie-in-face receiver, can usually be identified by his large, ill-fitting clothing, bulbous nose, and brightly colored wig. Character clowns are the most realistic and tend to be based on characters such as the "sad tramp" or the "happy hobo." The archetypal character clown was Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp from The Kid (1921).

On the first Sunday in February every year, a church service is held for all UK clowns in memory of "the father of modern clowns," Londoner Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837). Clowns attend the service at Holy Trinity Church, Dalston, East London, in full "motley and slap," and can often be persuaded to perform for the public afterward.

There is no blue without yellow and without orange.
Vincnet Van Gogh (1853-90)
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