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Happy Anniversary Firefly!! September 20, 2013

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Just a quick note that today is the 11th anniversary of the airing of the first episode of Firefly.  Thank you Joss Whedon for giving us this band of lovable space travelers.  (Curse you FOX for cancelling it too soon!!)  I won’t go on and on waxing poetic about this fabulous show.  (You’re welcome haters!) But if you haven’t seen this show, it’s worth becoming a couch potato for a day to binge watch all 14 episodes and the concluding feature film, Serenity.  If you love Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Ron Glass, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, or Joss Whedon, it is a necessity as a true fan that you know this show!  And have an impressive ability to throw a quote from the show or film into everyday conversation,  including a curse or two in Mandarin. emoticonbigsmile

I have attached a You Tube video, made by user jblottingink, of the 50 best quotes from Firefly and Serenity.  The 37th quote, at the 3:00 mark, is my favorite.

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Happy Firefly Day!!! November 11, 2012

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As some of you know, I am a big Firefly fan.  The show cancelled too soon, yet has still kept flying in the minds and hearts of fans.  A show with such ardent fans (known as Browncoats) that Universal Pictures green lit a movie version, Serenity, giving Joss Whedon his feature film debut and fans a few more hours of time with their favorite family of space cowboys.  A show where they cursed in Mandarin, and that family consisted of two war veterans, one career criminal, an ace pilot, a brilliant and wide-eyed mechanic, a companion, a preacher, a doctor, and his genius sister who had been experimented on by the government.  And you think your family screams dysfunctional!  A show which kicked off the careers of Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Morena Baccarin, Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, and reignited our affection for Ron Glass.  As you saw from The Avengers, one of Whedon’s greatest abilities is to showcase, through strong storytelling, a cast of varied individuals wrapped in fun and witty dialogue.  But he is also expert at casting talent. Throw a stone at 80% of the television shows today, and you will find either an actor or actress or writer from a Whedon show.  In the remaining 20% you will find someone with a connection to a Whedon cast member.  It’s the new Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon……the Six Degrees of Whedon.

In honor of its 10th Anniversary, the Science Channel has been running a Firefly marathon today ending with an hour long special, Firefly 10th Anniversary: Browncoats Unite.  It’s comprised of interviews with the cast, (more…)

My No Good, Very Odd Tuesday October 18, 2012

Posted by Alichat in Books, Duran Duran, Humor, Life, Music.
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John gifting his book to friend Nile Rodgers (Photo courtesy of DD)

When I woke up Tuesday, I was nervous and worried, but I thought it would be a good day. I plopped down in my chair with my coffee, cereal, and banana and flipped on the Today Show. They had scheduled an interview with one of my favorite people on the planet, John Taylor, co-founder and bassist in Duran Duran. DD is my favorite band, and their music is one of the few things that can pull me out of a funk, perk me up….just basically turn my frown upside down! They weren’t performing today, but John was on the show to promote his new autobiography, In The Pleasure Groove. I can’t wait to get the audiobook so I can hear it read in John’s beautiful, but slightly Americanized, British accent and calming cadence. So, I’m thinking this day won’t be so bad. Any day that starts out with Duran Duran is a good day, right?

GAH! I spent my morning dealing with customer service people who didn’t do their job properly. Word of caution, if the customer you are speaking with

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Yes Sir Cap’t Tightpants! September 21, 2012

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I would be remiss if I didn’t do a small, but loving post about one of my favorite television shows which premiered 10 years ago today. (Well it was today when I started this post….on Thursday Sept 20th.)  Yes, ladies and gents, Captain Tightpants was introduced to the world on this date in 2002!  Who is Captain Tightpants?  Captain Mal Reynolds of the ship Serenity on one of the best shows on television…….Firefly.  Yes Castle lovers, he was our Captain before he was your Castle.

Firefly is the Emmy winning, third show created by mastermind Joss Whedon.  Why yes Avengers fans, Mr Whedon created kick ass TV shows too! It is a space western which followed nine characters: the five man crew (Mal Reynolds – Nathan Fillion, Zoe Washburne – Gina Torres, Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburne – Alan Tudyk, Kaylee Frye – Jewel Staite, and Jayne Cobb – Adam Baldwin) of the Firefly class ship, Serenity; their three passengers (Shepherd Book – Ron Glass, Dr Simon Tam – Sean Maher, and River Tam – Summer Glau), and one renter, a companion named Inara Serra (Morena Baccarin,)  as they travel through space taking odd, sometimes illegal, jobs and try to stay one step ahead of the Alliance…..and Reavers.  Set about 500 years from now, in a world were Earth is decimated, and we’ve  (more…)