March 20, 2004

Cowboy up

There’s a line in the thinking-man’s action flick, Tears of the Sun, where Bruce Willis’s character tells Sammi Rotibi’s Arthur Azuka to “…cowboy the f* up…”

I’ve wondered what that meant. As someone who’s studied the American special ops community since middle school, I thought I had something of a grasp on most of the lingo used, but this one was new to me. A Google search revealed that the term “cowboy up” comes from the rodeo circuit (and recently co-opted by the Boston Red Sox, who will use anything in their repeated pathetic attempts to beat the Yankees).

semantics etc.
Slang City
Contra Costa Times

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March 05, 2004

2004 March of Dimes WalkAmerica

Next month, my wife will be leading her firm at the annual March of Dimes WalkAmerica in Dallas. She has registered to raise money for the event, and we’re asking for donations, which you can contribute by going to the web site set up just for her:

Our son, now a healthy 7-month old, was born 9 weeks premature and spent 6 weeks in the Neonatal ICU. During that time, we witnessed the good things done by the March of Dimes first hand. We’d appreciate any support you can give to this great event. Thanks!

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March 03, 2004

Disney to do Narnia


If there is one set of fantasy fiction that would rival The Lord of the Rings, it would be The Chronicles of Narnia, by Tolkien’s contemporary, C.S. Lewis. Both feature timeless examples of the battle between good and evil. Both authors were also Christians who explored elements of their own faith in their written works.

Disney acquiring the rights to the Narnia tales for film is not encouraging. I’m sure none of the faith lessons, so clearly evident in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, will be promoted. You can be sure to see an incredible marketing blitz, with toys and other products abounding, that is typical of Disney fare.

This is also further proof that Disney has run its course creatively. It has ridden the shoulders of Pixar for the past nine years, and will continue to do so for the next two, as the animation house finishes its contractual film commitments to Disney. One doesn’t have to wonder why Eisner and company have fought so hard against the loosening of copyright law in this country; without Mickey and the gang as corporate copyright figures and trademarks, Disney wouldn’t survive. I’m still not sure if that wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.

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