Tuesday, October 17, 2006


In our ever-evolving (read: glacially lazy) attempt to keep this blog interesting to our rabid readership (What's up, Mom? Sorry I didn't call you back last night!), we like to introduce new features here at the Shaking Blog (that we will eventually abandon like so many of Jay's childhood pets [by the side of the road and/or in the basement freezer]). Well today happens to be such a day, and the new feature is called "Odds-N-Ends." It will basically be a compendium of short things of interest (as opposed to a compendium of "things short on interest," which would make it Gothamist).

Ready? Steady? Here we go...

Check out this week's New York Magazine. (Yes, I know I said this would be things of interest, but go with me for a minute.) See this issue features an article on Monsiuer Baguette, aka, Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, aka Renee's papa, and we couldn't be prouder! (Even if we think he's much more handsome than the photo of him Frenching a baguette suggests.)

Watch Friday Night Lights tonight on NBC at 8 pm EST. The show is SO good. Not Showgirls good. Genuinely good. And it stars Kyle Chandler, who I worked with on that horrible Joan Cusack sitcom. Kyle may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but holy shit is he hot. And you know what the irony is? He plays the crumbly old dude on the show. NBC is clearly marketing this puppy wrong because no one is watching it, which is a sin because ladies, it ain't about football, it's about sexy men in tights.

Look what appeared in my e-mail box the other day: a complimentary subscription to Log Home Living. At first I thought this was a magazine for self-hating gay republicans. Then I realized, no, there's apparently a niche for people who live in log cabins. Then I thought, I didn't think people who live in log cabins read, I thought they just wrote manifestos... and who would've guessed they trusted the government enough to deliver their mail?

Barbie: Mystery Diaries, an incredibly hilarious and stunningly compelling video game is now out on virtual shelves everywhere. Listen closely enough to some of the characters and you might just hear a familiar voice (yes, mine). And since someone also happened to write the game, let's just say there's a new Barbie in town (read: flat chested B-Cup Babs), and this one's a Mathlete.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. A shot at Kyle Chandler. What exactly made him so dumb and made you so much smarter?

October 17, 2006 5:32 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

That's a good question, Anonymous, and to be honest, I worked with him about 5 years ago, so I can't recall a particular episode to illustrate my point. It was more an overall feeling. Then again, my overall feeling is that most actors are dumb.

But I do think Kyle's a great actor, especially in this new role, which it seems he was born to play. So sounds like you* and I are going to have to duke it out for presidency of his fan club. (*Hi, Kyle!)

October 18, 2006 9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*No, I am not Kyle. But someone who knows him, and you both. Kyle is not dumb, and since you worked with him on that "horrible" show I would have assumed you would know that. Kyle is a nice guy and I'm sure his feelings would be hurt if he read your blog. I also think, and this is just my opinion, that one should reserve a judgement as harsh as this if one "can't recall an episode to illustrate" your "feelings." You preach/complain a lot about injustice and lack of tolerance on your website. Maybe you should start by cleaning your own side of the street first.

October 19, 2006 2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What makes Kyle Chandler "hot"? Seriously?

October 19, 2006 10:35 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

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October 20, 2006 10:01 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

Not Anonymous, have you seen this man? He could make Tom Cruise gay... oh, wait a second.

October 20, 2006 10:04 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

Now, now, Anonymous, let's remind ourselves what I said first. It was: "Kyle might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer but holy shit is he hot." I'm not sure where you live, but that's not really considered a "harsh judgment" where I come from. And actually, yes, I can cite specific instances in which he behaved with petulance towards the executive producer (which, I have to believe you'd agree, is not smart behavior... though maybe you've forgotten these instances yourself?). I won't go into these episodes in the comments section of a blog, however, because they're water under the bridge and I did like Kyle. If he reads this and it upsets him, I'll be sorry about that. (I'd be shocked about it, too.) Frankly, right now I think he has a lot more to worry about than a stray comment on a blog cause unfortunately it looks like boyfriend's going to be out of a job again soon.

October 20, 2006 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, at the risk of arguing semantics, I somehow feel compelled to hold your feet to the fire. Maybe it's OCD - who knows? So here goes:

Where I come from (the good, old USA public school system) the phrase "may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer" indicates he's dumb. You reiterated he was dumb by saying your overall feeling is that "most actors are dumb." So, you are telling me that calling a man dumb isn't harsh because you cut it with "he's hot?" Where is it eactly you DO come from, Robin?

You then say you can't recall "a particular episode" to back up your claim because his "dumb" behavior happened five years ago. Now, today you claim you CAN RECALL petulant behavior which you somehow equate to dumb. Barbra Streisand, it has been said, is petulant. Does that make HER dumb? Stephen Hawking has been known to childish outbursts. Is he dumb under your definition also? How about Sadam Hussein? He's certainly acted petulant. Is he dumb? Or just evil?

And what do you mean, "...maybe you've fogotten about these instances yourself?"

One last thing..."boyfriend's" show has been picked up for the back nine (at least scripts) so his job at least appears to be safe for a while.

A thousand lashes with a wet noodle to you, Robin. Being mean to Kyle Chandler...

October 20, 2006 12:34 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

First of all YAY! happy to hear that about Friday Night Lights, recall the intent of the post was to encourage people to tune in because I am, actually, a huge fan.

Secondly, you're right: I did go back on my claim about not being able to remember instances of said dumbness. We never compared SAT scores as far as I can remember, which, when asked to prove what "made me so much smarter" was the hard evidence I thought you wanted. But in thinking about it more, I would say that when you're an actor it is dumb to "act up" in a non-productive manner to the show's producers. Am I wrong? (Your anonymity, Anonymous, made me guess you were one such producer. Season One. When such behavior did take place.)

As for Barbra Streisand, I will offer no defense of her because I think she's a shrieking harridan who should keep her mouth shut. Forget it, I'll say it: yes, she's dumb. Stephen Hawking? Well, if he threw a hissy fit at a physics convention, I'd start to question him, too. The point is, dumb behavior in your professional setting is never wise. Then again, I went but to a mere PUBLIC SCHOOL myself, so who knows, maybe I was miseducated.

Finally, in regard to the 1000 lashes with a wet noodle thing, is that something you learned from "Rec Sex"? Honestly, that book is full of exciting new ideas, isn't it?

October 20, 2006 1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay - have Robin give you Gwen's number - she'll have Joan's number - and Joan will have Kyle's number.

Although it appears, I repeat, that Robin doesn't have Kyle's number at all.

Is this the record of "comments" for one particular post?

And does anyone know how I can make that $800 or more a month?

October 20, 2006 3:53 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Yep, this is just the one post's comment list. It's the most spirited debate we've had here, um, ever. You should comment on some of the others, too. I'm sensing you might have a lot to say about some of our other subjects.

BTW, did you know Joan has a new show on the Travel Channel?! I woke up on the couch last night around 4 am and thought I was still mid-nightmare when I saw her gesturing wildly on my TV set. Was almost as frightening as watching an episode of Studio 60... when is that show about a comedy show going to get funny?

October 20, 2006 4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now you're attacking Joan?!!!!!

October 20, 2006 6:37 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

You're right. Too easy.

October 20, 2006 8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joan who?
Gwen who?

October 21, 2006 6:15 PM  
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