Tuesday, March 07, 2006

COM:Blogarithmic #95

It's one thing when someone you link to finds something on your blog and crosslinks back to you about something they found interesting. It's a whole other ball game when one of your favorite all-time blogs finds you independently and gives you some credit on a topic they're already blogging about. That happened to me over the weekend when a super blog, and one of my favorites (no surprise to those of you who know my linguistic interests), Language Log, posted a link to me about something i'd written about a couple of months ago. They were commenting on Mel Gibson's language stunt at the Oscars, and in the course of research probably Googled Yucatec and ran up on my site. Now i had some pithy language comments of my own way back when, but they were interested in my biospoiler note about the "black panther" used in the film. Check out the post at LL here. That'll lead you back to my original post if you're interested. Thanks to Language Log for the note and all the traffic that came with it.

Daniel Meek writes that he and Stephen Dietert have a new band playing around Austin now -- The Freewave. If their CD from Wally's Toy is any indication, this band ought to be hot. Check 'em out at www.myspace.com/thefreewave.

Then my bro, who is a search optimization guru and Microsoft genius, let me know he wanted to interview me for a podcast concerning my appearance in Blogosphere's Best of Blogs book. Cool. Check out his work at The Agency Blog and Kinetic Results.

Got to see a couple of onstage shows this past weekend -- high-schoolers all. First let's talk about the homers. Ingram Tom Moore's thespians took their One-Act Play competition piece Playing for Time (Arthur Miller) to Menard for a festival. There were some technical issues (lights, SFX and timing difficulties are still being smoothed out as we speak). But the kids did a fine job, and the play is finally beginning to take on some theatrical shape, and the kids will have much to be proud of. District comp is coming up in two weeks or and among the competition are Bandera doing The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and Wimberley doing Man of La Mancha. Along with Llano, those are usually the toughest competitiors. Wimberley last year won runnerup at state, and the superb Miss Helyn Messenger won the Samuel French award as best actor.

Our Lady of the Hills put on the third spring production in the young school's history, doing You Can't Take It With You at The Point. It was most enjoyable. Sally Ritch directed a cast of many. Especially considering the youth of the school and its size the cast was remarkably proficient, and perhaps best of all, they all seemed to be having a really good time performing. My faves were a group with not only considerable previous stage work, but a couple also have had film roles for me. Those were Peter Navarra who quite nearly stole the show as the dance instructor Kolenkhov, and Joseph Hinkle who was perfectly cast as the grandpa. Meg Lewis danced her way through the role of Essie. Among the others i know or have seen previously were Sean Tokaz (who was part of the Locker Room Writers group during our state capitol performance year), Deen Howell who cracked me up, John Dean Domingue as the revenuer (who we recently saw in Jesus Christ Superstar), Zach Domingue who was crack-upingly over the top as Donald, and veteran Alan Zaizar as a G-Man. Nicely done all.

In last week's showdown between Smithson Valley and Churchill in soccer, Churchill scored once to win it. They're on their way to the playoffs again. Even though SV is ranked 9th (down from 6th after the loss) they will have to push hard to make the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Tivy boys and girls continue to struggle and both appear to be out of the running this year. Sadly the girls have only won three games this year after a run of 7 or 8 straight playoff years. In fact, they have never missed the playoffs in their history. In their defense they graduated a phenomenal class last year, and this year had two leaders/scorers go down with ACL tears. Coach Sletten ought to have them roaring again by next season.

The Tivy girls basketball team made the state title game for the first time in school history but fell to Waxahachie by four when the final buzzer sounded. They had led late in the game. Congrats to them for a great season.

Have run into Troy Neal, Greg Peschel and Dite Steinruck while out and about town this week.

Well, the Oscars were something of a surprise. I missed picks for Best Picture, both supporting nods, and for documentary, but nailed everything else i think (as if that were all that hard). And as i said in my preview -- i could cheer for Crash -- but am still mystified that it didn't go to Brokeback (which our local newspaper The Kerrville Daily Times called Bareback Mountain).

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