Companion books for HBO’s The Pacific

If I had the time and the energy, I’d love to write a review of each episode of HBO’s The Pacific.  The miniseries has completely blown me away, as it shows the filth, despair, carnage and courage of some oft-forgotten World War II battles.  The war in the Pacific was really an entirely different affair from the European theater, and Hanks, Spielberg and crew are paying homage to those veterans.

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Categories: Books

Things I don’t understand about teen pop idols

April 11, 2010 2 comments

This morning, I was able to catch last night’s SNL on the DVR. Host was Tina Fey with musical guest Justin Bieber. Besides a stellar effort by Fey in all phases of the performance – another dead-on Sarah Palin impression and a very memorable brownie commercial – this show was notable for all the Justin Bieber-ness that it put forth. Seriously, a kid hasn’t gotten this much SNL airtime since a pre-druggie Drew Barrymore hosted in the 80s.

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Categories: Music, TV

The girl, the bunny and an Easter parable

Since we just got out of the Easter season, and several million folks just made their once-a-year church appearance (you know who you are… sinners), I felt like I needed to tell a story via parable. Here we go. Read more…

Categories: Sports

Tales too long for Facebook

March 11, 2010 3 comments

Every so often, I come up with thoughts that I’d like to post on Facebook or Twitter.  But, they’re either too long, complicated or just downright out-of-the-blue for these vehicles.  Let’s face it… the 140-character limit of micro-blogging is a bit too micro for bloggers.  So, here are a few vignettes that I couldn’t cram into social media.

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Categories: Leftovers

Enduring the Olympics, the 2010 version

February 27, 2010 2 comments

Here’s a sign that you’ve had a personal blog for a little too long.  Tonight, I sat down to write a missive about how I’m a bit fatigued watching the Olympics.  You know… how after a week-plus of near saturation of coverage, you start to feel tired yourself, as if you’re a cross-country skier dragging into the homestretch with nothing left in the tank. Read more…

Categories: Sports

Honk if you’re confused by this bumper sticker

February 6, 2010 2 comments

A while ago, I wrote an entry about the 10 signs for “slow driver ahead.”  While not the most popular thing I’ve ever scribbled, it was nonetheless a favorite of a co-worker whose SMP codename is Skipper.  Skipper and Mr. Skipper live in the hinterlands outside of Raleigh, NC, and they both know what it’s like to get stuck behind a pokey driver. Read more…

Categories: Leftovers

SMP 200th post extravaganza (an all-clip episode)

Remember those classic sitcom episodes when the writers just get lazy and show old clips around a bare minimum of new content?  Just a trip down amnesia lane, where everybody gets paid for another week of work even though nobody, you know, works?  Well, welcome to the Sweet Monkey Pie blogstravaganza, as the site has reached its 200 posts! Read more…