I think that John Oliver is really getting the hang of things now. Make no mistake I didn’t think he was bad on his first week of The Daily Show. No he was very good. But he still had the feel of a substitute teacher. He has what I consider a faster pace than Jon Stewart and I don’t think they accounted for this at first. What made me notice this was there were several bits that seemed to be accounting for a long pause or beat which a lot of the subtleties of Jon Stewart’s style seem to depend on which got tripped over constantly.
They seem to have gotten the bugs out over the weekend and now I think we have something that is very much John Oliver’s own thing, which I definitely approve of.
And he is absolutely right about Sara Palin, we should stop feeding the trolls. (even if I just have to get my Victoria Jackson said something stupid fix every once in a while.)
I was spending most of the afternoon doing grunt work for the setup for a memorial service at Meeting and I had an hour off when the memorial actually started. I decided to go to Gasworks Park and chill for a half hour. and then get back to meeting in time to help with the final bit of setup (and access to the potluck). But when I got there there were a group of Cuban dancers rehearsing for their part of the Fremont Solstice Parade. So I sat down to sketch it.
It wasn’t my best stuff. When you’re drawing dancers it never is. Pretty much you go in knowing it’s gesture work with a lot of improv thrown in. If you have something you can work with later on great, if not… you got your artistic pushups for the day in. Much to my surprise it was very well received by several of the people who saw I was drawing them. I’m always surprised how people react. If I had a camera it would be “who said you could take a picture of me, &#$%le?” but here I am with a sketch book and the reaction is “wow that is so cool!” Even if the picture is way subpar.
Just something fun when I was at my favorite comic book store and hangout , The Dreaming, yesterday.
A woman came in with her daughter shopping for a friend’s birthday present. Apparently he was a big Doctor Who fan so they were shopping for a Dalek toy. It seemed that the daughter was a fan as well. Because let me tell you there is something amazing about an eight year old girl all in pink with a blond ponytail chanting “exterminate.”
She was a bit disappointed that the little Dalek model that they bought couldn’t all the things a “real” Dalek could do… like eat people’s brains or commit acts of mass murder.
While they were at the counter Corey, the manager, tried to get her interested in the Mythos.