I'm sick again, and I've been getting by on DayQuil and various energy drinks. During my downtime I've been cruising hulu.com again, and I've stumbled onto something called 30 Rock. It's a sitcom starring Tina Fey, and it might be fair to call it a Saturday Night Live spinoff. I never liked Tina Fey when she was the newsanchor on SNL, but frankly I don't think SNL's been funny since, well, since a very long time ago. Pretty much everything I learned about SNL I read in Stephan Fatsis's book Word Freak, where one of the people profiled is an unsuccessful former SNL writer. Yeah; losers and quitters: they're the best way to understand almost anything.
I hate Alec Baldwin too. I hate all the Baldwins. But he's well cast on 30 Rock as the sort of person he'd hate in real life. I'm not saying; I'm just saying. And Tracy Morgan is excellent; it's a shame he never got this sort of screen time on SNL.
hulu.com also features a show called Firsthand. I'd never heard of it before, and it doesn't even have a Wikipedia entry, but it appears to be something like Outside Magazine meets Warren Miller, but in a half-hour format.
I really like hulu.com, but I have to wonder if they're long for this world: priceline.com ads, so far as I can tell, are the Internet equivalent of the smell of death. Well, those and ads from the Ad Council. I suspect that like their radio ads they're a symptom that somebody's decided they can make more money by donating their airtime than by selling it.
I have to admit I like the We Can Solve It ads featuring Al Sharpton and Pat Robertson. Not because I believe for a second that those two media creations care about global warming, the future of the planet, or anything other than getting themselves more media exposure, but I kind of like the idea of the two of them sharing a couch, in danger of being washed out to sea, somewhere on a beach on a doomed planet. Shame that planet is this one.
Believe it or not, Fey and I went to the same school at about the same time; she was an undergrad while I was slaving away in what was sometimes uncleverly called "gradual school." She wrote for The Declaration, a weekly humor magazine. I was a Yellow Journal fan. I suspect that like SNL, The Dec had its pecking order and political games; I'm glad to see Fey finally got around all that and got a show where she apparently has some creative control. It's a shame she still has to put up with Lorne Michaels (see Stuart Saves His Family, The Colin Quinn Show, etc.).
I can't wait to get well. I miss reading books.
exercises in compound storytelling