Number 336 (Vol. 7, No. 35). This edition is for the week of August 28--September 3, 2006.
It came as a great relief to me when, over the weekend, the next Doomsday storm predicted to hit Tampa, Ernesto, not only shifted East, but was seriously downgraded to a Tropical Storm then a Depression. It never recovered from its encounter with Cuban mountains before it hit the southern tip of Florida. For this I am very grateful.
Last Saturday, the predicted storm track took it directly into and over Tampa. Yes, the storm was still several days out but I take everything seriously storm-wise since Hurricane Charley (2004) screwed up lives in Florida for years to come.
As I write these words, Ernesto has not yet moved northward into the central interior of Florida, but even when it does, it's not expected to be much more than a rain event (altho likely a most drenching one). It is predicted to exit back out into the Atlantic around Daytona Beach, then possibly re-strengthen on its way to the Carolinas.
Case Dropped Against John Mark Karr
In a case twist that shocked virtually no one, the case against John Mark Karr for the murder of JonBenet Ramsey has been officially dropped by the Boulder, Colorado DA's office. Reason being that Karr's DNA did not match any samples taken from the crime scene (nor did he himself expect it to). Obviously a delusional man with serious mental problems and functioning solely on an obsession with the Ramsey case, Karr is expected to be prosecuted on other sex-offender charges later.
What gets me is this guy basically got what he wanted: a free trip to America from Thailand where he was likely about to get serious jail time (in really nasty places) for child sex charges there. Even if he spends time in an American hoosgow, he'll have it better than he would have in Thailand, and he knows it.
On an interesting side-note, a top FBI profiler of serial killers was interviewed about the original Ramsey case. In his opinion, the phony-baloney ransom note was more indicative of Patsy Ramsey's style than anyone else's. Of course, Patsy Ramsey died earlier this summer, so we'll never know from her. If it's true and she was responsible, I believe, eventually, the senior Mr. Ramsey will reveal it.
This Year's Emmy's
Due to my work schedule I could only catch very little bits of this, but the general consensus is host Conan O'Brien did a fantastic job and will likely get the gig again next year.
As for the shows that won, I was holding out for personal favorite, House M.D., which unfortunately got locked out for odds-on favorite, 24, and its star, Kiefer Sutherland (proud papa Donald was in the audience getting justifiably all choked up).
Check the list at left for any other winners you may be interested in. I don't watch much television anymore (independent film has spoiled me on the creativity levels), but I do watch some.
And I will have to revise my references in the future: what I've been calling "Reality TV" turns out to actually be referred to as "Reality-Competition Program" (American Idol, Survivor, and its ilk that I despise). "Reality TV" (Penn & Teller: Bullshit, Antiques Roadshow) are quite remarkable, I'm a big fan and an unwavering supporter. Ah, the name game.
Gilligan's Boat For Sale
I couldn't resist this piece of nostalgia that came across the internet newsscreens the other day. One of four boats used to play the S.S Minnow on the classic '60s sitcom, Gilligan's Island, is for sale.
The 1964 twin-diesel, 36-foot mahogany Wheeler Express Cruiser can be had for the low, low price of $89,000! ($99,000 Canadian. And this is after $180,000 worth of work was done to restore it.) Current owner Scotty Taylor of Parksville, British Columbia, is 70 years old and is tired of the maintenance hassles.
According to the Gilligan's Island website his version of The Minnow was the third out of four used for the show. It is featured under the opening credits of Season 2.