Apr. 20th, 2017

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1. Well, I tried the first episode of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix last week, then went online and read the synopsis and thought...hell no, not watching that. This is Why.

spoilers for 13 Reasons Why ).

2. Decided to look up Seth McFarland, who'd I was listening to at work on my ipod -- and has an insanely good voice. It's the musical equivalent of a fine wine. He's a crooner in the same fashion as Sinatra, Crosby and Tony Bennett. Apparently he started out at RISD, got a BA in animation, drew like crazy but got the job at Hannah Barbara Cartoons for his writing -- he wrote for Johnny Bravo mostly. (The RISD connection I found interesting -- he's about five years younger than my brother and sis-in-law, who went to RISD and also Ohio and Halifax School of Design. They even taught at RISD breifly. My brother did a summer program there, he didn't get into the undergrad, but did get to teach a semester -- which was hilarious. Neither thinks highly of the school. Both sisinlaw's parents went there -- along with Andy Warhol, John Waters, and Debra Harry. Yes, sis-in-law has 'connections' which do not extend past sis-in-law.) But also Cow and Chicken, Dexter's Labatory, and Cow and Chicken. When he came up with the pilot for Family Guy, he did all the animation and voiced all the male characters. His sister did the female characters.

He's also a huge proponent of gay rights. It's one of his main causes, which I found to be interesting.

And a big time fan of musical theater. He sings like Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Apparently he had the same vocal coach that aided Streisand and Sinatra.

I just don't like his comedy. But, to be fair, I don't like most American comedy... I prefer British comedy or subtle comedy. My favorite television sitcoms were Cheers, Fraizer, News Radio, WKRP in Cinncinati, Barney Miller, Murphy Brown, Night Court, MASH, Mad About You, Coupling (by Stephen Moffat), Fawlty Towers, As Time Goes By, Doc Martin, Monty Python, and Big Bang Theory. Happy Days was okay for the first five years, before Fonzie jumped the shark. Didn't really like any of the other ones though in that group. And not a fan of the documentary comedies. I don't really like satire that much, apparently, or political satire -- possibly because our national news media is an on-going fest of political satire? I mean when your government is more satirical than anything anyone has ever tried to do...you know there's a problem.

McFarland specializes in crass, embarrassment humor that has a sharp satirical edge, and he likes to hit you over the head with it. Not my style of comedy.

3. I don't know what is up with me physically. Yesterday, I got really depressed. And I do mean, really depressed. Didn't care. Kept crying. And wanted everything to just stop. Today, I'm perfectly fine in that regard, don't feel the slightest bit depressed, but IBS was bad (ended up taking an anti-diarrhea pill - two at work), tired, chilled, and now have a sick headache. WTF? (Maybe I should go off chocolate completely? I'm down to 85=90% dark chocolate now. Went off practically everything else. Have decided not to do the NutraBullet smoothies any longer -- apparently my system doesn't like vegetarian smoothies with plant protein powder in the morning.)

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