Friday, February 09, 2007

The Friday Five

Five things that made life more interesting this week:

1. Web 2.0 in less than five minutes. This is like watching one of those evolution-of-man videos -- fascinating and a little scary. Plus it's a good reminder of how fast technology is moving. Five years from now, this'll probably be a relic.

2. UNC beats Duke. I've got no dog in this fight so I just root for a great game, and this one delivered. Now that football's over it's time to start developing a sports crush on some teams and players in preparation for March Madness. Right now my favorite is the Tar Heels' Ty Lawson. At the end of the game, he was the best player on the floor.

3. Van Morrison does "Comfortably Numb." This is apparently from a Pink Floyd performance of "The Wall" from Berlin in 1990; it turned up again last year on the soundtrack to the movie "The Departed." I've never been much of a Floyd fan but this is just astounding.

4. Jack's evil dad on "24." How could the gentle farmer from "Babe" turn into an arms dealer who killed his own son (not Jack, the other one) at the end of the last episode? Hollywood magic.

5. "Love is a Mix Tape" by Rob Sheffield. Shy indie boy marries loud punk-rock girl, girl dies, boy mourns -- and, eventually, gets his life back -- through the tapes they made. Will make you want to dig out your old cassettes.


jenn said...

Tommy, thanks for the link to "Comfortably Numb"! I've been a Floyd fan since college (early 90's) and a Van Morrison fan since his "Someone Like You" was used in the movie Bridget Jones' Diary. Great stuff. (I'll look for the book about mix tapes at the library... thanks for that too!)

Anonymous said...

Tommy I like the Van Morrison tune doodoodo dooooit doood dooto doood doodoodoododit dooya da doota and Blue Money tommy I am trying to find a greatest hits van morrison complete with Brown eyed girl . Im invited to Tommys table where the food is great and I make fables.

Anonymous said...

you guys wont believe this ; I was driving on JOHNS rd near Jim Blacks eye shop and spotted him driving to his business; He didnt look good after the recent news and was smoking a cigarette like he was nervous; Anyway I went to the Shell station at Pineville -Matthews and bought a lootery , get it lootery, scratch off and won 25 dollars yes ,yes maybe they put money back in them

Anonymous said...

Regarding Jack Bauer's dad on 24: I never saw the movie "Babe," but that actor (James Cromwell) did a marvellous, menacing turn in the wonderful "LA Confidential" a few years back, filled with many of the same surprises.