Posted in Culture, Life and death on March 23, 2007 |
A couple of decades ago I started watching the reruns of a 1970′s BBC comedy show on our local PBS station. It was broadcast at 10 pm on weeknights, and I strongly preferred it to watching the local news. That was back in the far away past before cable TV gave us all more options.
The show was Are You Being Served? It was old and corny and politically incorrect and cringe-inducing, but it cracked me up anyway. I’ve probably seen each of the episodes at least six times, either on PBS or BBC America.
I learned today that John Inman – pictured at left – died earlier this month. He was a key member of the AYBS ensemble, playing the over-the-top campy Mr. Humphries, whose deep-voiced intonation of “Mens’ Wear” on the phone, outrageous costumes, perpetually sunny outlook, and way with a measuring tape when getting that inside leg seam measurement, will no doubt remain fresh in my memory long after I’ve forgotten my own address.
I really liked Mr. Humphries. I just knew that he would be a loyal friend to the end no matter what foolish things you did, that underneath the campy exterior beat a strong, brave and wise heart.
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Posted in Uncategorized on March 23, 2007 |
Uh-oh. My sort-of old Daewoo LCD monitor (Model F227B) has been misbehaving. I thought that the problem originated with with my old desktop PC, which has some shortcomings anyway, but it may turn out to be a failing of the monitor. The strange happenings have been intermittent so far. Garbled video display on startup of PC, then if I wait long enough the display eventually normalizes, generally from the top down. Or sometimes it has to be shut down and restarted a few times first. But it’s been working OK for most of this morning and now I can’t get it to replicate the crazy things it was doing all day yesterday and first thing this morning. Go figure.
I found this blog entry about a Daewood LCD monitor failure, with pictures yet. The one I’ve copied here looks a lot like my monitor when it’s gone all ga-ga.
I’ve backed up and archived all the computer files I can think of into an external hard drive. And I’m about to go shopping. I may come home with a new desktop PC and new monitor. Or I may come tottering home clutching only my wallet in sweaty hands, stricken with sticker shock.
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Posted in Books, Movies on March 23, 2007 |
My inner child is a pretty happy camper this month. Having convinced me it was time to retire – I swear she wrote that notice of retirement letter to my boss – she’s sleeping late and eating lots of treats and reading lots of fun books. And going to movies. Way more movies than has been the norm in my so-called adult life.
Day before yesterday my inner biker chick picked the flick: Wild Hogs. Certifiable Princess had recommended it, and we weren’t disappointed. It was a complete hoot, with a fun plot, lots of nice loud action, and so much eye candy of the male variety onscreen that it was easy to watch. Sweeet. The theater I saw it in – Colorado Cinemas’ Cherry Creek Stadium 8 – leaves much to be desired. Explanation below the fold.
Then yesterday my inner policy wonk chose An Unreasonable Man. A documentary, yet. More than two hours of talking heads, all about Ralph Nader. (more…)
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