Friday, December 29, 2006

My New Year's Resolutions

Your New Year's Resolutions

1) Keep in better contact with my friends and family

2) Find a job

3) Learn to appreciate Houston

4) Volunteer

5) Floss more

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

What makes something a "classic"?

I love A Christmas Story. It has become a part of the fabric of Christmas thanks to the annual 24 hr Christmas marathon on TBS (used to be on TNT before they went all serious and dramatic). I'm not even sure how many years that marathon has been running, it can't be that long, the movie only came out in 1983 and yet, it seems like forever, I can hardly remember Christmas without it. I watched it yesterday, as I do every Christmas. Not all at once, but we usually turn it on in the morning and then leave the tv on as we go about our day. I caught the ending first this year as I waited for my turn to shower - the goose "smiling" at the family as they are introduced to "Chinese turkey". I saw Flick get stuck to the flagpole as we returned from Church and ate breakfast, and as we went about the usual traditions of the day - the eating, the present opening, the eating - I caught flashes: the bunny suit; Fuudddgggeee!; the decoder ring; Fra-gi-le, it must be Italian; that wierd kid in the goggles that stands next to Ralphie in the line to see Santa.

There is no doubt in my mind that this is a classic holiday movie. In my world I put it right behind A Charlie Brown Christmas, and right before It's a Wonderful Life, though I'm sure you have your own list.

I wonder though, is it a classic because it's good (which it is, of course, really good), or is it a classic because the annual marathon has made viewing it a part of our family's Christmas day traditions (and apparently some 35 million other households as well according to Wikipedia). Without the marathon viewing would it have had the same impact?

Friday, December 22, 2006

Merry Christmas to All and Welcome to My Blog

Well, here we are on the Friday before Christmas and in an effort to avoid doing any actual work today (my brain left for vacation yesterday), I decided to start a blog. Frankly, everybody else seems to have one and I was starting to feel left out. Plus Time just voted me person of the year because of my ability to change the world through my use of the Interweb and I'm just not sure that the half dozen articles I've written on Wikipedia is contributing enough (though my space weathering article did recently get nominated for "good article" status). So I've decided to further clog up the series of tubes with my ramblings.

I hope to cover a wide range of topics here, from serious topics (like space policy and television) to the frivolous (like Bush's space policy and reality television). There will be a little something for everyone (if you're really into pop culture and science policy, that is, if you're more into civil war reenactments and model trains, this may not be the blog for you).