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    Monday, December 11, 2006
    Randomly Entertaining Thoughts

    Know how it feels when you're clicking around and you find a string of awesome blogs? Here ya go:

    I Hate the New Yorker - hate its pretentiousness but love the occasional good writing? This blog is for you. Incidentally, if you're into this sort of thing and you've never read it you should try James Thurber's The Years With Ross. It's great reading. I, for one, never knew that James M. Cain was an editor at the New Yorker for about five minutes, until he decided that his world of homicidal two-timing wives and their paramours was healthier than the atmosphere of the magazine and beat it for California.

    The Mrs. Columbo Website. Remember Mrs. Columbo? The best never-seen character of all time? Of course you do. Kate Mulgrew - later to be Captain Janeway of Voyager - really got the deck stacked against her when she was hired to appear as this beloved invisible character. Peter Falk said it best: "It was a bad idea. It was disgraceful." Soon enough the writers folded and said, no, she was the wife of some other Detective Columbo, and then caved altogether and changed her name to Kate Callahan. Feh.

    Casino Royale. I am including this because I saw the movie last night and it's freaking awesome. If you like Bond, go see it. If you aren't a fan of Bond in particular but you like action movies, go see it. Daniel Craig is hot, the dialogue is well-written without a lot of cheap double-entendres, the action is gritty and there is no Q nor cutesy-pie inventions. And, for a bonus, Judi Dench as M. What more do you want?