Happy 2013! Man, did 2012 suck or what? Put garlic in its mouth, chop its head off, and pound a stake through its heart!
Starting off on a happy note, big GF congrats to George Lucas on his engagement to Mellody Hobson, his girlfriend of six years (does she know he just gave away all his money?). Best of luck, Uncle George. You kids have a sweet life together, ya hear.
While in Star Wars mode, this report over at Geekoligie caught my eye: According to a recent British census, Jedi is the leading “other religion” choice “and the seventh most popular religion overall (behind Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism). People identifying themselves as Jedi totaled 176,632—about 0.31% of the population,” the report said.
This isn’t really all that new of a development, so here’s a tip for those preparing census questions: add Jedi Knight as a choice of mainstream religions. I went to catholic school for 12 years but have learned more from Yoda than I ever did from the nuns. Thinking back, I’m sure some of the good sisters actually were Sith! Probably had lightsabers under their habits—bwahahahaha!
Comics App Climbs
If any more proof is necessary that geekdom is the mainstream, as the embers of 2012 died out I received an email from Comixology—the digital comics platform available across the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and the web—stating that the Comics by comiXology iOS app charted as iTunes’ #3 Top Grossing iPad App of 2012 and is the only app repeated in the top ten in both 2011 and 2012. The app moved from the number ten slot to third place.
The latest rehash of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise hits theaters today. The new twist on basically a one-note idea is that you get Leatherface in 3D. The film wasn’t screened for critics, which means the producers know it’s such a dog that they’re afraid terrible reviews will kill any box office earnings it would have made from the suckers who’ll see anything. Even if critics panned it, that meant that there was enough confidence behind it to screen it. No reviews means it’s beyond bad. A saw coming at your face might be fun the first few times, but that will get old fast, so it’s probably best to avoid it.
Births and Deaths
GF remembers cowboy actor Harry Carey, Jr., who passed December 28 at age 91. For those unfamiliar, Harry costarred in many of the best John Ford/John Wayne westerns including The Searchers and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. He was the last male member of the “John Ford mafia,” leaving Maureen O’Hara the lone survivor of that prestigious group.
Lots of big-time birthdays this week: J.D. Salinger (Jan. 1), Issac Asimov (Jan. 2), and J.R.R. Tolkien (Jan. 3), and still among the living, Beatles’ producer and honorary band member Sir George Martin turned 87 on January 3. Jan. 6 marks the traditional birthday of Sherlock Holmes, the man who never lived and the man who will never die, as Orson Welles said. T.S. Eliot died on Jan. 4 1965.
And on January 3, 1841, 19-year-old Herman Melville went to sea, sailing out of New Bedford on the whaler Acushnet—and jumped ship as soon as possible in the South Seas, which, ultimately, provided the experiences chronicled in Typee and Omoo.
Lastly, early birthday wishes to Elvis, who, if he wasn’t up in hillbilly heaven stuffing his face full of bacon, would be 78 on January 8 (he probably now would actually now look like Bruce Campbell in Bubba Ho-Tep!).
Thanks for tuning in. Have a good weekend and get your geek on, baby!