Thursday Cat Blogging Travel Edition

Cynikitty two years ago

I’ll be travelling the next few days (Off to Miami to visit Mrs. C’s family) and I don’t intend to do any posting while I’m gone. No posting. Not one post. Seriously! Aren’t bloggers allowed some vacation time?

Cynikitty is in charge of Two O’Clock trailers and the Daily Dose of Ingersoll and I’m sure he’ll do a terrific job. (I’ve connected the wordpress panel to his mechanical feeding bowl. Expect a lot of posts!)

I’ll be back Tuesday so everybody play nice and have a good weekend.

Battlestar Galactica and the Mormon Church


Religion and television directly influence one another. This often is made obvious when television programs openly talk about or are based on religious themes. The same is true when religious figures decry the influence of television on American culture from the pulpit. However, sometimes this connection is not always so obvious. This is made clear by the influence of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints (popularly known as the Mormon Church) on the 1970s science fiction television series Battlestar Galactica. The show was heavily based on similarities in plot with the Mormon Church and several of the church’s doctrines were incorporated into the series…

There are many parallels between the story of Battlestar Galactica and Mormon teachings. The Book of Mormon tells the story of how the Prophet Lehi took the remnant of the Tribe of Joseph to ancient America around the year 600 BC. In Battlestar Galactica, mankind founded twelve different colonies. In addition, mankind also founded a thirteenth colony on Earth that was lost from the other twelve. In the same way that The Book of Mormon has a Tribe of Israel lost on another continent beyond the knowledge of the other tribes, Battlestar Galactica has a lost colony of man separate from the main body of humanity. The lost Tribe of Israel is central to The Book of Mormon in the same way that the lost colony of Earth is central to Battlestar Galactica.

Billy Redden

Some Dueling Banjos trivia:

Billy Redden (born 1956 in Rabun County, Georgia) is an American actor best known for his role as Lonnie—the “banjo kid”—in the 1972 movie Deliverance.

Redden, then sixteen, earned his role in Deliverance during a casting call at Clayton Elementary School in Clayton, Georgia. To add authenticity to the film, the filmmakers found Redden to fit the look of the inbred and mentally retarded banjo boy called for by the book (although Redden is neither inbred nor mentally retarded). The scene depicts Redden playing the instrumental Dueling Banjos opposite actor Ronny Cox on guitar. Redden could not play the banjo or even convincingly fake playing, and thus director John Boorman had another child slip his hand through Redden’s sleeve to finger the chord changes. At the end of the dueling banjos scene the script called for Redden to harden his expression towards Drew Ballinger, Cox’s character; however, Redden was unable to fake dislike for Cox. To solve the problem they got Ned Beatty (whom Redden truly disliked) to step towards Redden at the close of the shot. As Beatty approached, Redden hardened his expression and looked away exactly as intended.

And the Dueling Banjos scene:

The Gyros Project

Preserving Chicago’s gyros signs
. I now know what I’m getting for lunch today. (Greek Corner II in Harvard Square. I love that Tzatziki sauce on their gyros.)

Gyros signs are among Chicago’s best street art. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the best display a loving devotion to one of the city’s most intense fast-food experiences. Sadly, the signs are as short-lived as the sandwich’s afterglow. Except for Central Gyros, every one of the restaurants on this page is gone.


I’m really much too impressionable.

I’ll smell like garlic for the rest of the day but this thing is too damn good.