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Stuff

I'm running out of subject lines for these catch-all posts....so excuse my lack of creativity. Nothing in particular to post about but a few things to note....
Are you watching the Winter Olympics? We are at our house, and for the life of me, I still haven't a clue of how NBC determines what its audience wants to see or when to televise any event. For instance, they televised over an hour of recorded ski jumping last night in prime time. Admittedly, if you're around my age and you used to see this sport only on ABC's "Wide World of Sports" way back when, you probably remember spectacular crashes more than notable athletic achievement in this event. Yet, there it was last night, and to be fair, no one was injured, which was a good thing, but it was so BORING. And my wife is an early riser due to her work schedule, so several times during the Games she's had to give it up before her preferred competitors (ice dancers, skiers, skaters, etc.) were shown …

Recent observations

No particular subject for this posting, just a few things that caught my attention....
Watching the Winter Olympics? I do not care at all for most of the sports featured therein, except during the Olympics. I mean, I don't ski, skate, sled, snowboard or shoot (I think that covers most of the sports one way or another) but I've watched several hours of coverage since the Games began last Friday night with one of the longer and less exciting opening ceremonies I can recall (but after the opening ceremony in Beijing a couple years ago, who could top that?). I felt especially bad for the final torch-bearers Friday night, standing there with their torches while waiting for the stagers to fix their technical problems. And whose idea was it to have all of these athletes clad as though they'd be sitting outdoors for several hours, and then march them all into an indoor football stadium? Nice seeing young, fit people sweat while at rest.
Next subject....as a larger-than-average …

Burning questions

If you're read this blog once or twice, you understand that I see things a little differently than some, so here are some questions, some rhetorical, some unanswerable, that I feel the need to ask at this particular point in time.....

Since the Oscar nominations were just announced, here's a good one (or, actually, a few good related ones): How is it that a movie can win Best Picture but its director NOT win Best Director? Or, if a movie director is responsible for coaxing a performance from a given actor, how can the actor win one of the acting awards and the director not win the corresponding prize for his/her category? And does the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences TRY to find obscure arthouse films to recognize, year after year? Nothing more frustrating to me than to really like a movie, hope for it to be nominated for SOMETHING, only to lose out to a movie that I've barely heard of!
Here's a similar question regarding the Grammy awards for the music in…