Friday, September 20, 2013

John & Julian Lennon

"John used to play with Julian on his skateboard. When skateboards first came out in the 60s, they were quite small. Basically, it was just a board with roller skates. They used to play outside on the slope leading up to the house."

"Once while Cynthia was away with Mrs. Powell, I was staying in the house with Julian. I had put Julian to bed, but he was having an earache and was very upset. I put him to bed, but he was in so much pain, I sat up with him that night. When John came in quite late, he came along to Julian's room to see what was wrong. The light was on and I explained about the earache. John said, 'You got to bed, Dot, I'll stay up with him'. He was always concerned, like a good father. He was a good man." 
-Dorothy Jarlett
"Little two-year-old Julian came to the door to greet the new visitors. Uncle George scooped the toddler up in his arms to say hello. As I aimed my camera to capture the moment, John began smoothing down Julian's hair. I loved seeing John, the long-haired idol of millions, fussing over his son,s hair like any other doting parent. This was a side of him I had not yet seen."
-Photographer Henry Grossman
"Lennon seemed to have a very traditional love for Cynthia and would call nightly to check in and talk, in baby talk, to his son Julian. It was exciting to watch. Here was a Beatle, the idol of millions, savoring a few minutes on the phone with his wife"
-Broadcaster Art Schreiber

"Well, I just want him to grow up happy. That's the main thing."
-John Lennon (1964)

"Just love, that's the main thing you know. He's just going to be happy and know he's wanted. I'm not having any of that boarding school or sending him away. He's going to be with us all the time"
-John Lennon (1965)

"It's not the best relationship between father and son, but it is there...Julian and I will have a relationship in the future"
-John Lennon (1980)

"He doesn't owe me anything. I'll make life as easy for him as I can but it's no use me thinking what I would do if I was him, because I'm not him and he isn't Little Me"
-John Lennon (circa 1960s)

Friday, September 6, 2013

So Long "Futurama"

This week was Futurama's final episode that aired on Comedy Central. And I'm not thrilled! I love Futurama, it's one of the cartoons that I can watch the same episode over and over again without getting sick of it. I was thrilled when Comedy Central picked up Futurama from the dead after a few years when Fox cancelled the show (Fox is famous for cancelling great, and bad, shows) and then earlier this year the channel broke my heart. I do hope that in the future (haha punny!) Futurama will at least have some specials or even come back! Preferable come back...
So, in honor of Futurama's last day on air with a new episode, I wanted to to do something for the cartoon.
-It was created by Matt Groening, who created The Simpsons
-Billy West was on Ren & Stimpy and is the Red M&M for M&Ms; he's been in numerous cartoons
-Katey Segal was from Married with Children and currently on Sons of Anarchy. I remember her appearing on the Emmy Awards (the technical kind that is a few days before from the very popular Primetime Emmys) saying that it's great to play a cartoon because her character's weight never changes- always skinny! I thought that was funny.
-John DiMaggio is on Penguins of Madagascar as Rico who I happened to name my cat after. He voiced Bender, one of my favorite characters on the show.
-Lauren Tom was on Friends as one of Ross Gellar's girlfriends as well as being one of the voices on my other beloved cartoon King of the Hill 

I do love the friendship between Fry the human and Bender the robot. It would seem that Bender treated Fry badly but at the end of the day, Bender would feel remorse and sorry for hurting his best friend. Yet whenever Fry got into trouble or needed help, Bender is always quick to help his buddy. They became roommates in the second episode and it was there that Bender told Fry that of all the friends Bender has had, Fry was the first friend. Bender's dream goal was to kill all humans and at one time admitted that he would quietly said to himself "Except for Fry" and I do believe that- Bender would spare Fry's life.

There's also the relationship between Fry and Leela. From the first day he saw her, Fry was in love. Leela was a mutant (the mutant community lived in the sewer) with one eye and yet Fry doesn't care. There were moments when bad things happened to Leela- like growing tentacles or was thought dead and at one point was thought dead so Fry had her into a robot so he can be with her, he didn't care. Fry loved and wanted Leela. At first Leela didn't want him: Fry was an idiot, pretty dumb and naive, lazy, messy, so she wasn't interested in him. Sure they both had some other relationships before eventually Leela realized Fry was genuine and they started to date.

Another couple I do love is Amy and Kif. Kif is a pretty funny squishy alien who was a suffering assistant to an A-hole commander Brannigan who was a selfish pretty-boy who had eyes for Leela (even slept with her once) and she can not stand him.

I love that Beatrice Arthur got to voice on Futurama as a robot-wall who did not like men and didn't want them on her planet until Bender discovered she was an actual robot.

I love how Amy would insult Leela and Leela would glare at her

I did enjoy the final episode, but I thought the scenes where Fry was falling off the building and kept looping it was too much.

Best Quotes:
*note: the quotes that are in color were from the same episode and a conversation piece.
This may be updated again once I remember other great and funny stuff

"Bite my shiny metal ass!" -Bender

"You know, Fry, out of all the friends I've ever had... you're the first." -Bender

"Bender, we didn't mind your drinking, or your kleptomania, or your pornography ring." -Leela
"You have all been very naughty! Very naughty indeed! Except you, Dr. Zoidberg. This is for you." -Evil Santa Claus Robot
"They're like sex, except I'm having it!" -Fry

"Blackmail is such an ugly word; I prefer "extortion". The "X" makes it sound cool" -Bender

"You jerk. I thought I was your best friend. What kind of two-timing kill-mobile are you?" -Fry (to Bender)

Fry: I can't believe this! Bender is supposed to murder his closest friend, which I thought was me. But he went straight for you. He didn't even try to second-degree murder me.
Leela: Could you give me some help? I think Bender crushed my foot.
Fry: Stop rubbing it in!

Bender: Oh, God! Fry, I'm so glad to see you. I didn't hurt you, did I?
Fry: Not physically. But why don't you ask your new best friend, Leela?
Bender: I tried to run you over?
Leela: It was very sweet of you, Bender.

"You win again, gravity!" -Zapp Brannigan

Zapp: Well, well. This looks to be one disturbingly erotic date.
Leela: Half-date.
Zapp: Waiter, bring us a bottle of wine.
Leela: Half-bottle.
Zapp: And some oysters on the half-shell.
Leela: Quarter-shell.

Amy: This women-only planet is sounding better and better.
Leela: I'm already looking for apartments.

"No fair! Leela was training me to be captain. She even let me sit in her lap and steer... in this comic I drew." -Fry
"Kids have names?" -Bender

"Leela must have impregnated me when she grabbed my ungloved hand. That explains the poster in hygiene class: "No Glove, No Love".-Kif

"Yeah yeah, we don't care how squishy alien get pregnant. All we care is we have grandchild now." -Mrs. Wong

"Oh, I don't have time for this. I have to go and buy a single piece of fruit with a coupon and then return it, making people wait behind me while I complain." -Professor Farnsworth

"My life isn't as glamorous as my web page made it seem." -Leela

"But I like being old! No one asks me to move stuff, I don't have to talk to my parents, and I don't need to understand today's hip, edgy sitcoms." -Professor Farnsworth

"All those times I said "Kill all humans," I'd always whisper "except one". Fry was that one. And I never told him so!" -Bender

"I can't watch this 'cause it's creepy and wrong and sick. However I will watch out of curiosity." -Fry

"I tell you they're not evil. But don't be confused. They are jerks." -Leela

"Oh this is awful. Somewhere there's a Bender more evil than me. I do my best dammit!" -Bender 2

"And I love Leela. Any Leela" -Fry (2- who later turned out to be a robot)

"I hate being a man. I smell bad, my face is scratchy, and the food at those strip clubs is terrible." -Leela

"We were planning on enjoying a relaxing vacation. But since you're here, we'll have to do some meddling." -Mr. Wong

Kif: The point is, it's just so humiliating working for that man. Once, he actually ordered me to... shave his armpits while he was in the bathtub. So, I said-
Leela: Y'know, why don't we talk about something besides Zapp for a while?
Kif: Oh, alright. Um... well... how 'bout then, um... OK, well, there he was in the tub, right?