Monday, August 07, 2006

Never Too Old, Dirty Words, -and- Memorex

Never Too Old - grandmother celebrates 90th birthday with parachute jump
Dirty Words - China's karaoke police censor unclean lyrics
Memorex - court says officers must tell drivers they are taping

On this day in history: August 7, 1882 - Ellison Hatfield is stabbed 26 times and shot in the back by Tolbert McCoy and two of his brothers. Two days later, the Hatfield clan captures the three McCoys and executes them by firing squad. Thus begins generations of bloodshed between the families, ultimately causing about 100 casualties.

Born on this day in history: August 7, 1950 - Rodney Crowell (1950 - ____) singer, songwriter. He wrote many songs recorded by Emmylou Harris; top ten single, "It's Such a Small World," 1988, was recorded as a duet with his wife, Roseanne Cash.

We watched Garfield: The Movie. [It's the purrfect blend of live action and CGI as everyone's favorite cynical, overweight tabby--Garfield (voiced by Bill Murray)--finally makes it to the big screen in this film based on Jim Davis's syndicated cartoon strip. Garfield's comic misadventures begin when he finds himself competing for his owner's affection after a new pet, a dog named Odie, takes up residence in the household. Also stars Jennifer Love Hewitt. Meow!] This was a delightfully funny movie that I highly recommend. The mating of live actors and animation is flawless, and Garfield is adorable. I added Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties to our Netflix queue.

We watched The Gospel of John. [This word-for-word adaptation of the 21 chapters of the Gospel According to John tells story of Jesus' life--mostly focusing on his final hours, his crucifixion and the events that followed--from disciple John's point of view. The epic film draws its audience into antiquity through meticulous re-creation, including an original musical score complete with instrumental sounds of the time. Christopher Plummer narrates much of the film.] This is a beautiful movie that faithfully follows the Gospel of John. The acting and photography are first-rate. It is a 3-disc set, and we eagerly await the arrival of discs 2 and 3.

It rained during the night! Apparently it did not rain a great deal, yet it did rain. Today will be most humid no doubt.