Saturday 10 April 2021
Thursday 8 April 2021
It has been announced that the University of Georgia and the University of Louisville are now scheduled to play football against one another in the years 2026 and 2027. It's always big news when UGA plays a team from a so-called "Power Five" conference that isn't the SEC, but this one is particularly interesting.
A bit of history: UGA and Louisville were supposed to play football in one another's stadiums during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, but that deal got bought out by the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game so that UGA would be free to play in 2011 vs Boise State (which I did not attend and Boise State won). UGA did eventually play Louisville — for the first and, to-date, only time — in the 2014 Belk Bowl (which I attended and UGA won).
You might think that this news of a home-and-home series against Louisville would be great news for me, a Georgia season ticket holder. But I'll probably get to see it the same way most of America will: from my couch.
Georgia is already scheduled to play one game against a non-SEC Power Five school in each of the next five years, but none of those will be in Athens. In fact, most of those are already scheduled for neutral sites, just like the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic or the Belk Bowl. It's a safe bet that by the time we get to 2027, the Louisville game will be moved elsewhere to capture those television contract big bucks — or maybe outright canceled as it was in 2011.
The point of all this is my message that if UGA wants to win, they should hold the game somewhere I will be in attendance.
Tuesday 6 April 2021
Coca-Cola's response to Georgia's passage of the Election Integrity Act of 2021 ("Statement from James Quincey [Chairman and CEO] on Georgia Voting Legislation," April 1, 2021) opened with this sugar-free, caramel-coloring deficient statement:
"We want to be crystal clear and state unambiguously that we are disappointed in the outcome of the Georgia voting legislation."
Georgia Republican House Caucus response to Coca-Cola's response to their new law (excerpt from "House of Representatives letter to Coca-Cola Company," April 3, 2021):
"Given Coke's choice to cave to the pressure of an out of control cancel culture, we respectfully request all Coca-Cola Company products be removed from our office suite immediately."
1. Nothing says you're taking a stand against "out of control cancel culture" like canceling something that you disagreed with.
2. Why would anyone expect Coca-Cola to be happy about the new law when it expressly makes it illegal to give someone a Coke and/or a smile?
(Election Integrity Act of 2121, Section 33: Said chapter is further amended by revising subsections (a) and (e) of Code Section 21-2-414, relating to restrictions on campaign activities and public opinion polling within the vicinity of a polling place, cellular phone use prohibited, prohibition of candidates from entering certain polling places, and penalty, as follows: (a) No person shall solicit votes in any manner or by any means or method, nor shall any person distribute or display any campaign material, nor shall any person give, offer to give, or participate in the giving of any money or gifts, including, but not limited to, food and drink, to an elector, nor shall any person solicit signatures for any petition, nor shall any person, other than election officials discharging their duties, establish or set up any tables or booths on any day in which ballots are being cast: (1) Within 150 feet of the outer edge of any building within which a polling place is established; (2) Within any polling place; or (3) Within 25 feet of any voter standing in line to vote at any polling place.)
3. Enjoy your Pepsi, boys. You've earned it.
Sunday 4 April 2021
It was such a pretty Easter Sunday that I went outside and snapped a pic of Captain Carrot by the mailbox.
One of the biggest differences between Carrot and past yard signs is that this time I put some color on the back, too. This is what it looks like from the house:
Yep, I'm happy with this one.
Saturday 3 April 2021
Feels like forever since I listed a batch of new-to-me movies. Let's get cracking!
18. (1877.) The Woman in Green (1945)
Sherlock Holmes updated into contemporary post-war 1940s works well enough, although he solved this black and white puzzle without ever actually mentioning the color of any of the women's dresses. Misdirection? Lazy writing? I'm not sure.
19. (1878.) The Chronicle Mysteries: The Deep End (2019)
The premise of this series features a podcaster who is really good at solving cold cases. But this case isn't cold, nor does it make a lot of sense. Still, it's about as good as the series gets.
20. (1879.) Green for Danger (1946)
Ah-ha! This time the "green" in the title of this British murder mystery is a very relevant clue, although the film is also in black and white. The highlight is the Scotland Yard detective who thinks very highly of himself but pegs the wrong murderer. Enjoyable.
21. (1880.) The Chronicle Mysteries: Helped to Death (2021)
Another not-cold case, this time our heroine investigates a murder that happened right under her nose, which is exactly the sorts of situations that start happening frequently to heroines in series like these. The villain is obvious almost from the start, so there's a lot of waiting for a motivation that never makes much sense.
22. (1881.) Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)
Woof. This musical was apparently based on a risque play, and Hollywood was forced to cut all the good bits. Too bad. Maybe it's time for a remake.
More to come.
Thursday 1 April 2021
Be careful, Superman; today is April Fool's Day!
DC Challenge #12 (1986)
Of course, that solution wouldn't work today. We don't have phone books anymore!