Location: Vienna, Virginia, United States

A graduate of Dartmouth College (2005) and Washington and Lee University School of Law (2010). These are my personal blogs, and the musings expressed on them do not reflect the positions of my employer. They do reflect my readings, thoughts, and aspirations, which I figure is good enough.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Ready or Not

This is just going to be a few of random observations.

1) What's more productive, Barry Bonds hitting home run number 707, and telling the media that Congress should stop focusing on steroids and should look more at Hurrican relief instead, or Florida Marlins closer Todd Jones going to Houston and handing out T-shirts and toys to those devastated by the hurricane?

Sometimes, you have to wonder what sports agents go through with athletes like Bonds. Sure, negotiating a 22 million dollar a year contract is one thing. But trying to make your prima donna athelete keep himself from making himself odious to the general public? Why do I think that would be the bigger headache?

2) If John Donovan make the point that Ryan Howard is the NL Rookie of the Year, is he taking into account defense like most people are taking it into account when considering AL MVP? In other words, if we must discount David Ortiz's non-play on defense, should we also consider Howard's play at first and Francoeur's defense in right field?

3) Mandy Patinkin has a new TV show. It's about him and his team of criminal investigators. I wonder if he has a long standing grudge which drives him to solve crimes. I wonder if said long standing grudge will eventually lead up to a climactic confrontation with Christopher Guest...

4) Mandy Patinkin has a new TV show.

5) Why did no one complain that Fox premiered a TV show called "The War at Home" on 9/11? This seems at best callous to me. And I've never heard anyone else talk about it.

6) The movie coming out of Matthew McConaughey (sp?) and Al Pacino just looks like a gambling version of The Devil's Advocate, with Al Pacino playing the same role.

7) Why the heck would they cast Zhang Ziyi and Michelle Yeoh in "Memoirs of a Geisha," a movie about a Japanese woman? I believe the third major female is played by a Chinese woman too. Are there no Japanese actresses out there? What kind of accents are they going to have in this movie, considering that Zhang Ziyi speaks English with a heavy Chinese accent? Do they really think that the American theater going public can't tell the difference between a Chinese and a Japanese accent, or a Chinese face from a Japanese face? Ok, don't answer that.

8) Walking to work today, I saw a homeless man whose clothes were in tatters. He was mumbling incoherently as he walked with a black garbage bag over his shoulder. A woman in tight blue pants walked by him. Her pants were tight enough that you could tell that she was wearing a thong. Guess which person more people were staring at?

9) I wonder if the people who produce shows like Law and Order or CSI will ever be sued when someone commits a copycat crime. I can't believe that it hasn't already happened.

10) Mandy Patinkin has a new TV show.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Do they really think that the American theater going public can't tell the difference between a Chinese and a Japanese accent, or a Chinese face from a Japanese face? Ok, don't answer that."

Will answer the with the obvious response. We Americans are stupid and/or inobservant and therefore cannot tell the difference between asians.

All y'all look alike.

5:50 PM  
Blogger Satchmo said...

Fine. That might be. I'll give you the face thing. But not the accent.

Chinese and Japanese are stereotyped differently, especially in the way they talk (they are). Which is why I think most theater goers will still catch on to Zhang Ziyi speaking with a distinct Chinese accent.

Honestly, they should just dub her with a Japanese accent. I'm sure it would cause tons of trouble within both Chinese and Japanese communities as well as the Screen Actors Guild, but I'm just saying that it's going to be a very silly contrast in the movie.

The obvious response to that is that no one will go see the movie for Zhang Ziyi's voice.


3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do they really think that the American theater going public can't tell the difference between a Chinese and a Japanese accent, or a Chinese face from a Japanese face? Ok, don't answer that.

- actually, i don't think that almost anyone who ain't asian can tell the difference between a chinese and a japanese accent. and i don't think that most non-asians can tell the difference between a chinese, japanese, korean or vietnamese neither.

and in case you forgot, the media ASKED bonds his opinion on congress having roid hearings. exactly what DID you expect him to say? no comment?

lisa gray

7:39 PM  
Blogger Satchmo said...

You know, it's kind of funny, because I said "don't answer that," the implication being that movie producers don't think the movie going public can distinguish between appearances or accents. I still think accents are pretty easy to distinguish though.

And re: Bonds, no, I don't expect him to have had no comment. He could have just said "I think baseball can take care of its own business," and I would have chalked it up to Barry being Barry. He could have said "I think Congress should focus on the Hurricane, and by the way, I donated X dollars to X cause and we should all be thinking about the displaced peoples of the gulf states right now," and I would have been fine with it. But this is what Bonds said:

“I think we have other issues in this country to worry about that are a lot more serious,” Bonds told reporters. “Talk about the athletes that are helping Katrina. Ask yourselves how much money y’all personally donated and have helped. …

“You know what? There are still other issues that are more important (than steroid use in baseball). Right now people are losing lives and don’t have homes. I think that’s a little more serious, a lot more serious.”

Bonds is right to a large extent. Focus on the athletes who are doing good things like Todd Jones. Focus on the Hurricane. But good lord, Barry, don't tell the journalists to "ask yourselves how much money you've donated personally." This is why the media hates Barry. He tweaks them constantly by elevating him and his ilk (athletes) and their salaries above the poor attention grubbing sportswriters.

I guess it's too much to expect a good quote from Barry. Even when he's right that Congress should be investigated FEMA and the handling of relief with an impartial panel, and the relief effort itself, he can't resist throwing in a jab at the reporters and their comparably meager salaries.

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