Jim and I are attempting to watch the Leonard Cohen "I'm Your Man" on On Demand -- I say attempting because Comcast seldom lets me get through any of my "OhMyGod! Free!" programing if it's over 30 minutes long. Usually I get the "Oh Dear! Something is wrong! Why don't you call us" message about 45 minutes in. (I know- why don't I call them? Well, I used to, but honestly I've gotten fed up with the whole thing. I shouldn't have to call for *every* program!) Of course, I usually watch in the little hours of morning, 3 or 4 am, so it will be interesting to see if my pet theory that they have a vendetta for night people holds true.
I almost bought the dvd of this for Jim's birthday, so I'm glad to get a chance to preview at least some of it. We're long time fans, and there are a few performers we got to present when we were doing that (Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson) and that always makes me nostalgic for how much fun it was.
So far I am most boggled with Nick Cave's speaking voice, which is just *so* different from his singing voice.
Previously we were watching a dinosaur/mammal program on the evil science channel which for some reason brought back a memory of a game we used to play back sometime about 1980 called "Quirks."
Quirks was a simple sort of game - instead of a board, it had a long paper strip divided into environments, and a set of little cardboard cards that went together in head/body or head/body/tail in the manner of those children's picture flip books where you can give the deep sea diver ballet shoes, etc.
Each card had a couple of letters (mostly from the name of the actual animal it was based on, but sometimes totally random) to make up the name of this imaginary thing. On your turn, you could change one card making up one or two of your animals if you wished, and then you would roll dice to see how far along the climate change strip to move the indicator for the next person.
The various body parts had points that were good or bad in that environment, and the trick was not to become extinct. We quickly changed the kind of dice we were using to get a more random effect, and honestly we would usually get more involved in making outrageous animals than in game play.
One night our friend He-Fritz discovered the ultimate animal, the one that just sailed along without ever needing a change, mopping up the other animals that were not adapting well to the climate changes. Graced with the unlikely name "Tawbsy", it was a two card animal with the head of a Tyrannosaur and the body of a mallard duck.
I know that ducks will mate with anything even remotely duck-like - it's my understanding that more species of duck have become extinct through interbreeding themselves into something else than any other way. I can only feel enormously lucky that Tawbsy never occurred in our world.