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What I Watch: Gotham

How about a dash of pop culture and TV? I’m hooked on the new show “Gotham.” Didn’t think it was even worth checking out, but my wife recorded the first episode, and I’m very impressed.

The Gordon character is well done — trying very, very hard to find a balance between “Doing The Right Thing” and “Going Along With Corrupt People Just Enough To Avoid Being Killed.”

The proto-Penguin is a literal character, obviously, and very well portrayed. Fish Mooney is a hoot. The Mafia-type gangs are stereotypes and a bit comical, but in the alternate Gotham universe, they work just fine.

Weakest points so far: Lil’ Brucie and Alfred, and Gordon’s girlfriend Barbara — although as noted below, there was some progress made in the most recent episode re: Bruce and Alfred.

What I Watch: Gotham

My recent post on FanFare about the “Viper” episode:

Lil’ Brucie has largely been an annoyance up until this episode, detracting from the fun stuff — but in this episode, we began to see how he eventually became “the world’s greatest detective” — which is how Batman was originally presented.

And re: era/style — I’m OK with the mish-mash — remember in the first Burton Batman, the opening scene, with the tourist couple and kid getting lost and taking an alley? When I first saw that, I thought that it was set in the 1940s, and that perhaps we were seeing Mr & Mrs Wayne with young Bruce. But no, it was “modern” — just that everybody was wearing hats.

Remember, this is set in an alternate universe — they can have different styles and eras represented.

And in case I haven’t mentioned it before, I was VERY skeptical about this show — hadn’t even planned on watching, figuring it would be something like “Gotham 90210″ — but my wife wanted to check it out, and I tagged along — and have enjoyed each episode more than the previous one. I’m hooked.

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Sky Doge!

My friend Kelly snapped this photo near Bozeman, and it seemed perfectly suited to a little doge-izing.


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Pain Scale

Made a trip to the doc last week (just meds refill) and was entertained by this Cartman-inspired “Pain Scale” chart.

If your pain level is at “10″ then you are unconscious.


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St. Paul & The Broken Bones

A couple of weeks ago, I was in the kitchen and my lovely bride was watching “The Late, Late Show” with Craig Ferguson. Toward the end of the show, I heard music…good music. Soulful music. Amazing music. It was…incredible. I went into the living room to watch it, and froze in place – it was that amazing.

The band’s name: St. Paul & The Broken Bones. I haven’t been this excited about a “new” band since…um…maybe late 1982, when Duran Duran hit the scene. Seriously.

And believe it or not, three days later, when my wife and I ate dinner at Bert & Ernie’s, THIS SONG was playing!

Check it out:

And wouldja believe that the band will actually be performing IN MONTANA in July? Not in Great Falls. Not in Missoula. Not even in Billings.

Nope. St. Paul & The Broken Bones will be performing in Eureka, Montana — population 1,037. Concert is on July 23rd. In the Lincoln County High School auditorium.

Eureka, I don’t know how you did it, but KUDOS on landing this gig. I predict a packed house.


“That 80s Show”

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No, I’m not talking about the lame attempt to replicate the success of the (abominable) “That 70s Show.”

I’m talking about “The Goldbergs,” which doesn’t quite know what happened when in the 80s.

As I noted previously:

But no – the episode that I watched last night revealed that it won’t be set in the 80s for too much longer, apparently – one of the young characters does a “Say Anything” moment, standing outside a girl’s window, boombox raised high…and “Say Anything” was released in April 1989. That’s firmly in George H.W. Bush territory, and New Kids On The Block and Tone Loc were topping the charts.

And I caught a few minutes of the episode last night, in which “Erica sits in line with Adam for tickets to the premiere of “Return of the Jedi”, reluctantly admitting that she too likes the movie series.”

“Return Of The Jedi” was released in…1983.

And later in the show, the song “The Final Countdown” is heard, which was released in…1986.

Hey, nobody loves the 80s more than me — in fact, I’ve even half-jokingly concocted a plan to create an “80s Museum” in Great Falls (no, seriously) — but come on, Goldbergs, can’t you at least *try* to establish some sort of credibility and continuity?


Tech Support

FINALLY! After reading about and even reporting on these “tech support” scams, wouldja believe I actually got a call from one of them?!

Here’s how it popped up on my phone — from “Tucson Arizona” with a phone number of 520-877-3528:

Tech Support Scam

The man identified himself as Mike from Microsoft technical support…although he sure didn’t *sound* like a “Mike.” He told me that sometime during the last few weeks, when I was “on the internets or online,” my computer had “becoming infected” with a virus.

My response – said in a slightly loud, hysterical manner: “Oh no! That’s bad!”

Mike: “Yes, that can be very bad, but we can…”

Me: “Did they break my computer?!”

At this point, my wife is looking at me and wondering what the hell…

Mike: “Yes, your computer has a virus, and we can tell you how you can fix it.”

Me – sounding increasingly scared: “Oh no, oh no, what am I going to do?!”

Mike: “You have to go to your computer and – ”

Me: “What about all of my pictures?!”

Mike: “Yes, your pictures, of course we can help you with that.”

Me: “What about all of the pictures of the naked girls?!”

Mike: “Pictures of girls?”

Me – nearly hysterical, as my wife watches me wide-eyed and tries not to burst out laughing: “Oh my god am I going to get in trouble?!

Mike: “No, no, you just have to – ”

Me: “Oh my god, I’m going to get in trouble! I have to go!


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