Chester, the cat in my user picture, has passed away at age 20.
Goodbye, old friend. We love you.
Cincinnati-area artist Dan Biggs died yesterday. He was a very generous and supportive fan of my band back in the 90s. Here’s a post about an exhibition he did a few years ago. He’ll be missed.
Yesterday the mail carrier brought me a padded envelope. Inside the envelope was a mint tin. Inside the mint tin was…a little guy.
Meet Lego Scott.
Lego Scott bears an uncanny resemblance to his new owner. He even has a laptop that opens! (Judging by the proportions, it has a gigantic screen.)
And he even has his very own C: prompt coffee mug.
Who knows: perhaps someone in the Scott residence will put together Lego Desk and/or Lego Big Man Chair.
Gosh, I wish I’d thought of this. A very special nativity scene. Did Lady Gaga have something to do with this?
Well, I’d hoped this was just a Twitter rumor, but apparently it’s not. Actor Leslie Nielsen has passed away at 84.
I think my favorite Nielsen moment (aside from “don’t call me Shirley,” which probably tops a lot of lists) is in The Naked Gun 2 1/2 when the bad guy tells Drebin (Nielsen): “I want the pleasure of killing you myself.”
With gravity and an edge of menace, Drebin replies, “The pleasure is all mine.”
Nielsen did great slapstick (like trashing the office of Ricardo Montalban’s villain in The Naked Gun), but his biggest asset was delivering absurdity with utter solemnity and dignity. Lt. Drebin was clueless nearly all the time, and Nielsen played that flawlessly, remaining completely unflappable—or acknowledging some massive screwup with little more than an “oops” look—throughout the chaos Drebin created.
Which is not to shortchange Nielsen’s career as a dramatic actor. On the contrary, he probably wouldn’t have been so funny without it: he inhabited Drebin as a character, instead of clowning with him as a schtick.
So long, Leslie. We’ll miss you.
If I’ve posted nothing else by 12:00 AM EST, it’s safe to assume I’ve thought of no more profound reflection on 2007 than this: I joined Vox. Bang the drum.
(Maybe I should have chosen “trixon” as my Vox URL? Ooh, that looks cool. Or “trixon-wgermany”? Hmm. Naaah. I like the Voxy URL I’ve got.)
Happy New Year to everyone, Voxers and non-Voxers alike.