First off, FedEx delivered the last part of my computer order yesterday...a widescreen 22" LCD monitor. Now THIS is impressive. To give you perspective, it was a bit of luxury when we bought our 17" monitor for home, and at work I've been using a 15" monitor for all of my 5 or 6 years here (feeling no need to upgrade) (well, at least until we start having Call of Duty parties here). This monitor is huge, and combining that with a nice graphics card, a much better speaker system, and a computer that can actually handle COD4, it is rather immersive!
Side note: The embedded FireFox spellchecker tells me, in its supreme insolence, that "immersive" is a misspelled word. Bollocks I say. Hah, it thinks that is misspelled as well.
Secondly, I have a surefire recipe for grilled Italian sausages, tried out last night. Not so much a recipe as a process or method. First, take chunks of hickory or mesquite and light them in a chimney starter. No charcoal, just wood. After they are well let and evenly burning, put them in one section of the bottom of your grill. A drip pan under the opposite side works well to keep the coals from moving over there. Then place some Italian sausages (preferably good locally made ones) on the grill over the drip pan, and close the lid. Adjust the vents so the fire is no longer flaming but the coals are still burning and putting out a heavy smoke. For my grill this is wide open on the bottom and half open on top, but yours may vary. Then let it go for an hour, turning the sausages at 1/2 hour. Finally, open the grill, and move the sausages over the coals. I like to char them a bit with the open flame and then close the lid to smoke them a bit more directly, then flip them and repeat, but I would say cook them until done according to your preference. Very nice on buns with BBQ sauce and pickles.
Lastly, the Promised Rant. We got the first disc of Band of Brothers last night; we'd heard lots of people talking about how great the series was. Honestly, other than how it boosted our adrenaline levels before we went off to sleep, it was great. My beef came with the casting.
So I put the disc in, click for the first chapter, and on the first chapter submenu, I think, I know that guy.
No, I know that guy.
Debra says, that's David Schwimmer.
I say, no.
That isn't possible.
They did not put "Ross" in "Band of Brothers". I mean, I could see "Joey" typecast as the essential Italian guy (notice how WWII movies always have Italians and Vietnam movies never seem to?) and I would even buy Matthew Perry as a green lieutenant, but David Schwimmer? I laughed it off and started the movie, feeling safe in the assumption it was just someone who looked like him.
Getting into the episode, there it was in the credits. I groaned. Also featured prominently was that guy from Office Space (his name will never be widely known, he will forever simply be "That Guy from Office Space"), who I saw as a good example of casting...he fit right in naturally and you bought his character. Then the flashback scene starts, and good God, it is David Schwimmer doing his entire "Ross" schtick...high whiny voice, the whole thing. He was good at his role of playing an unlikable character, but to me at least it was enormously distracting. Imagine Rob Schneider or Adam Sandler playing the same sort of role in a serious drama and you get my point. Schwimmer himself is not deserving of criticism as he did decently well, but the casting was poor, I thought.
I mean, if you are going to cast a comic actor for that role, at least cast one that will be more amusing and less annoying. Jon Lovitz! Although I still want him cast as Mister Darcy in a remake of "Pride and Prejudice". The words of Jane Austen would be but putty in the hands of the master. Imagine the following scene, text borrowed from an online source:
Jon Lovitz: So this is your opinion of me. Thank you for explaining so fully. Perhaps these offences might have be overlooked had not your pride been hurt by my honesty...
Elizabeth Bennet: My pride?
Jon Lovitz: ...in admitting scruples about our relationship. Could you expect me to rejoice in the inferiority of your circumstances?
Elizabeth Bennet: And those are the words of a gentleman. From the first moment I met you, your arrogance and conceit, your selfish disdain for the feelings of others made me realize that you were the last man in the world I could ever be prevailed upon to marry.
Jon Lovitz: Forgive me, madam, for taking up so much of your time.
But still, "Band of Brothers" was great!