Stephen Colbert's Other Life

Now that it's been pointed out to me, I remember.

Stephen Colbert, of the popular Colbert Report, used to be on that weird Comedy Central Show, Strangers with Candy.

Now it looks like there will be a movie based on the show Strangers with Candy. The show and movie were co-written by Colbert, Paul Dinello, and Amy Sedaris.  Sedaris plays Jerri Blank, an ex-druggie who goes back to high school at 40. 

Dinello, Colbert, and Sedaris met in 1987 when they all worked together at Second City in Chicago.

By the way, Amy Sedaris is the sister of David Sedaris, a comedy novelist and NPR commentator.

Tour De France Doping Scandal

They should just let these guys use all the dope they want. This from the AP:
Favorites Jan Ullrich, Ivan Basso and dozens of other cyclists were barred Friday from the Tour de France in a doping scandal, causing a massive upheaval on the eve of cycling's premier race.
Tour director Christian Prudhomme said team managers had agreed that riders implicated in a Spanish drug scandal would not be allowed in the race that starts Saturday.

Rice and Albright are "Sisters"

I heard a great piece on the radio the other day.

Madeleine Albright was Secretary of State during the Clinton administration.  She was the first female secretary of state. Her father was a professor of international relations at some university in Colorado.

Current U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice studied with Albright's father, was his "star" pupil and was very close to him.  Albright tried to recruit Rice for the national security team prior to the first Clinton presidency.

Rice told Albright she was a republican, which shocked Albright. Apparently they share many of the same views on international relations, but very much differ on the approach.


Dan Rather to Leave CBS

Well, everybody is getting all mushy regarding the retirement of  Dan Rather from CBS news. To be honest, I never considered Rather anchor material.  He always seemed to be on the edge of flaking out. Not someone who engendered a lot of trust.

He may be a good reporter but he was simply promoted into the anchor chair at the CBS Evening News. Not unlike Brian Williams at NBC. Rather needs to go to someplace where they do real in-depth, investigative reporting -- like NPR.


Canadian GP

This weekend is the Canadian Grand Prix at the Gilles Villenueve Circuit in Montreal. The McLaren team just completed a test session at Paul Ricard and feel confident going into Montreal.  McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh talked about the Canadian and United States races on Fox Sports web site.
"As both tracks have similar characteristics, dominated by long, fast straights and hard braking zones, we have been working through aero, set-up and brake work. "The adaptability of Paul Ricard has allowed us to simulate the conditions at the two North American races, and the aero testing has included the wing packages for the events," he added.
After last year I thought McLaren would be competing for the championship this year.  I want to like this team but they seem to take one step forward and two steps back.


Frankenheimer’s Grand Prix

John Frankenheimer’s classic auto racing movie Grand Prix is finally coming to DVD.

Warner Home Video will release John Frankenheimer’s ‘Grand Prix’ in the US on July 11, 2006 in a Two Disc 40th Anniversary Special Edition.

When I was eight years old my Cub Scout troop went to see this movie in the theater. It had an incredible impact on my young psyche. Of course, I’ve been in love with auto racing ever since.

No matter how dysfunctional Formula One gets I’ll still be in love with it because of Grand Prix.


Written by Cicero

Section 1.10.32 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum", written by Cicero in 45 BC

"Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sunt explicabo. Nemo enim ipsam voluptatem quia voluptas sit aspernatur aut odit aut fugit, sed quia consequuntur magni dolores eos qui ratione voluptatem sequi nesciunt. Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora incidunt ut labore et dolore magnam aliquam quaerat voluptatem.

Ut enim ad minima veniam, quis nostrum exercitationem ullam corporis suscipit laboriosam, nisi ut aliquid ex ea commodi consequatur? Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem eum fugiat quo voluptas nulla pariatur?

1914 translation by H. Rackham

"But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure.

To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?"

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More LeMans News

The Audi Sport Team Joest cars have qualified 1-2 for this weekend’s LeMans 24-hour endurance race. The Pescarolo cars were close behind but couldn’t get within 2 seconds of the blistering pace set by the Audis.


LeMans News

Pescarollo and Audi have put in the best times during qualifying sessions. This from the official LeMans website.
The cloud cover made the circuit prematurely dark; the track was still very wet, the rooster-tails of spray showing up in the headlights of following cars. The rain had lessened and was much lighter than earlier.
 Here is the official entry list.

Renault Make a Mistake

Renault made a big mistake in re-signing Giancarlo Fisichella to a new contract for next year. Fisichella is too timid.

My dream team at Renault for 2007: Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Bourdais. Renault clearly has the fastest cars right now. They should also have the fastest drivers.

UN Secretary General Clinton

I got a telemarketing call from the National Rifle Association the other day. I know how I got on their list. They got my name from the state database of individuals with a concealed weapons permit.

After explaining that I have NO money to give them numerous times, the telemarketer had one final pitch. The NRA probably thinks it’s the greatest scare tactic of them all and I could see a lot of right-wingers thinking it’s a plausible scenario.

The telemarketer said that the U.N. wants to pass a law or rule that would take all the guns away from the citizens of the United States. She said that former president Bill Clinton was attempting to become the next U.N. Secretary General. She said that if former first lady Senator Hillary Clinton becomes the next president, then Bill Clinton as head of the U.N. would pass the law disarming all U.S. citizens and Hillary would somehow make it legal in the U.S.

What a delicious conspiracy theory! There’s so many people that hate the Clintons that I could see how that pitch would get to some right-wingers. The NRA probably gets a lot of donations from that  pitch.


Oh! Mellie!

I just found out that the last Olivia DeHaviland who played Melanie in Gone With the Wind  is still alive and will turn 90 on July 1.

Read this article from the AP and published in the Orlando Sentinel.

F1 Notes - Silverstone

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Here are a few random thoughts on F1.

Dispite Raikkonen's podium finish at Silverstone over the weekend, it looks like Kimi is simply "phoning it in".  The old drive and determination seem to be gone. Raikkonen hasn't announced where he will be next season, but everyone agrees that it's unlikely he will be with McLaren. Rumor: Montoya says he would drive for McLaren without pay next season.

 Apparently he hasn't gotten any good offers from other teams. I can't help but wonder whether Alonso is rethinking his decision to go to McLaren next year.

An empty seat at Renault leaves a place for Kimi. It would be interesting to see Kimi in the blue and yellow car next season! Schumacher still seems to have the old drive and competitiveness.  But it's looking less and less like he will be a contender for this year's championship.

At the beginning of the year I was thinking if Schumacher won the championship this year he would finally retire.  Now I'm not so sure. Not sure he will win and not sure he will retire.

It looks like Rubens Barrichello is doing better than Jenson Button at Honda.  I thought Rubens would be a washout. Now they need to overcome mechanical problems.

Next weekend begins one of the most significant motor races of the season, LeMans. I'll be watching and enjoying this classic contest.


First Post

It seems appropriate to make one of my first new blog posts about Formula One.  I've been a fan for years and while my interest has waxed and waned I still find myself strangely attracted to this European "sport".

This weekend finds our precious drivers contesting at the legendary track in Silverstone, England.  This used to be an old World War Two airbase where brave British flyboys would venture into the skys to defend their homeland against Messerschmitts and Folkkers.

It seems our two main contestants, Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher represent a new European sport montage. A Spaniard driving for a French team versus a German driving for an Italian team. Both battling in Great Britain. Many teams are headquartered near Silverstone and sometimes team members complain about the weather.  Too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer.  

Courtesy of Yahoo and senior meteorologist Martin Chuter, here is the weather forecast for this weekend at Silverstone.
Friday - A mild start to the day, but expect spells of very warm sunshine during the morning and afternoon. Little cloud, and dry, becoming hot by mid to late afternoon. Quite breezy, with south-easterly winds providing slight relief from the heat, with mean speeds of 14mph. Top ambient temperature 27C, 79F. Zero per cent risk of precipitation.

Saturday - Another dry and fine day expected. Very warm during the morning, becoming hot for the afternoon. Clear, blue skies, with lots of sunshine. Some patchy cloud developing, with moderate south-easterly winds, mean speeds reaching 17mph. Top ambient temperature 28C, 82F. Zero per cent risk of precipitation.

Sunday - the ambient temperature rises, along with the humidity, showers and thunderstorms are likely to break out across the Midlands. Isolated around midday, becoming more widespread later in the afternoon. Hazy sunshine mixed with a good deal of cloud. Lighter southerly breezes, mean speeds around 10mph. Top ambient temperature 29C, 84F. Forty per cent risk of precipitation.