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June 26, 2005

The best part is the headline

Maybe they were going for a phonetic attention grabber, to make it seem like Inspector Cluseau was saying it.

Third of Canadians belive 'da Vinci Code'
June 26, 2005 2:11 PM EDT

TORONTO, Ontario, Cape Verde, Jun 26, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- One in three Canadians, who have read the novel "The Da Vinci Code," believe there are descendants of Jesus alive today, a survey found.

They also believe a secret society exists dedicated to keeping Jesus' bloodline a secret, according to a National Geographic Channel poll.

The survey, conducted by Decima Research Inc., of 1,005 Canadian adults was commissioned by cable's National Geographic Channel.

"Dan Brown's thriller was such a phenomenal success because readers felt they were being let in on an explosive historical secret," said Vanessa Case, vice president of programming of National Geographic Channel and Life Network. "It is obvious that 'The Da Vinci Code' has had a huge impact on Canadians and their beliefs."

Nearly one in five Canadians have read "The Da Vinci Code."

Copyright 2005 by United Press International

I also find it amazing that one in five Canadians has read this book. I hope to God (and His living descendants) that there are fewer Canadians than I think there are.

Posted by sferrell at 6:24 PM

A salute to love

love.jpgBrooklyn pays homage to true love. You may laugh, but you'll still cry later, when you're alone with just you... and you.

T&K 4-Eva!

Posted by sferrell at 5:34 PM

June 25, 2005

review: New Avengers #6

newaveng6.jpgWriter:
Brian Michael Bendis

Artist:
David Finch

While this book just keeps chugging along I do wish that Marvel wouldn't keep putting characters on the cover who aren't going to appear, or even be mentioned, in the story. I've always been distracted during a story by deceitful cover art. I'll be reading along and I just know that there's not going to be the ALL OUT WAR between Captain America and Daredevil which appears on the cover (just made it up, to make a point), and by the time I reach the end I have been proven right. That's just the way marketing is--but putting characters on the cover who don't even appear in the book is another thing entirely.

How many times has the Sentry been on the NA cover? How many appearances has he actually made? I think he's been on as many covers as he has panels and that's not just false advertising, it's pointless. He's not a character that people are rushing to get to, is he? At this point, why not put the Hulk, Mary Jane Watson, and the Fantastic Four on the cover too? What about Daredevil, Dr. Strange, hell, The Beholder!! Put em all on!

Now that that's out of my system, this book continues to be great. Brian Michael Bendis continues to feed the story in a way that provides some insight into how dysfunctional this team can be even while working so well together. His use of Wolverine as the "modern day equivalent" of Captain America is genius (Tony Stark makes the comparison, arguing that in today's world the Avengers needs Wolverine, just like it originally needed Cap). And the schism in SHIELD makes for a very good, enduring mystery over which the monster-of-the-week will get the cover art (sort of like the X-Files enduring 'what happened to Mulder's sister' riding shotgun to Flukeworm-man).

As always, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

(Sean Ferrell)

Posted by sferrell at 9:52 AM

June 24, 2005

Tom and his daughter look very happy

katie and tom.jpg
Uh, wait. Yuck.

The best part of the article below is how Tom Cruise reveals that not only should he be on Ritalin, but that he's researched it so thoroughly. I truly believe that he's taken the time to read the research. After all, he is the guy who found God in a sci-fi writer.

Cruise Clashes With Lauer on 'Today' Show - EarthLink - Entertainment News

Posted by sferrell at 3:18 PM

June 14, 2005

Phil, Phil, Phil... what were you thinking.

Phil Jackson at his press conference on his return to the Lakers organization:

"Thank you, thank you. It's wonderful to be back with a top-tier organization like the Los Angeles Lakers. This game isn't about what happened last year, or the year before, it's about moving forward and finding ways to win a championship. That's what I intend to do and that's what we all plan to do. Now, before I answer any questions, where's that punk Kobe, because I'm gonna slap him around for about a half-hour."

SI.com - NBA - Jackson returns to Lakers as head coach - Tuesday June 14, 2005 2:45PM

Posted by sferrell at 4:36 PM

I want one.

Numbmonkey has a close family member, a brother we will call "Toyman" for his love of cutting edge technology. Toyman is usually 12 to 18 months ahead of me when it comes to buying new tech. Well, in this case, I think I'm ahead of Toyman: I WANT THIS.

Motion Computing - Tablet PC Products and Services

Posted by sferrell at 11:19 AM

June 13, 2005

Celebrity news shocker: Katie Holmes to convert to Scientology!!

You didn't have to be a Scientologist to see this one coming.

Katie Holmes Converting to Scientology - EarthLink - Entertainment News

Posted by sferrell at 2:04 PM

Can you introduce me to Magilla?

If you're like me (and I know you are; come on, admit it) you like Clint Eastwood and rock/rap fusion. Given that these two things float your boat you must have been equally impressed by "Gorillaz" and their fantastic first album (which included the uber-song, "Clint Eastwood"). Now comes a new album, slightly different line-up, but they still have that slick Eastwood reference (check out the song, "Dirty Harry"). The article below gives a bit of the background and "who-the-what?!"s of the band.

I can't wait for their third album, which should include a tune called "Josey Wales" or some-such.

CNN.com - The man behind the Gorillaz - Jun 13, 2005

Posted by sferrell at 10:27 AM

June 6, 2005

Why go to the movies?

This excellent article pretty much sums up why going out to the movies has gotten harder and harder, and why my Netflix queue has gotten more filled by anime and foreign, arthouse and classic films.

Why shell out $10.50 (per person in NYC) to see a film which you wouldn't sit through if it was free? I overheard two men on a subway train discussing movies. Tops on their list: "Troy" and "The Day After Tomorrow". I would think "egad" if it weren't for this little tidbit: they were discussing how good they were given that they were pirated disks.

The New York Times > Movies > The Spring of Our Discontent

Posted by sferrell at 3:52 PM