Well, that was a bit of an odd day. Let me explain.
An email and then a call with a producer at Comedy Central last week led me to the (historic) Hollywood Center Studios today. I was to do an appearance in a little comedy “bit” that will be part of a show to air next year. They wanted scientists for a fun piece, but I won’t say what they were doing with us since I don’t know if they’d like it revealed before airing (probably not). It’s a new show too, with some very well known and smart comedians on it. I’ll tell you more when I can. All I can say is that it looks as though it will be a refreshing take on the scientist image for a change.
There was a lot of fast thinking on one’s feet to be done, since there was no script (of course) and so everything was improvised. I hope I did not get too much muddled in the process…
So I’m not telling anything really, which must be annoying. Sorry. But here’s the odd thing. I showed up, and was being directed to the studio/room where the shoot was taking place and, rounding a corner, ran into another person leading someone in the other direction. It was another science blogger that I know. I’d just been wondering earlier today about how he was doing, and there he was! He was in the same shoot too, and was finished with his part and was on his way out. Who am I talking about? I’ll let you guess – see if you’re keeping up with the relationships in this tiny corner of the blogosphere: He’s the co-blogger of a co-blogger of mine.
Well, a little while later, I talked to the producer some more and she mentioned who else was on the shoot. Yep, more coincidences. Oddly enough, an ex-co-blogger of mine and his science blogging partner were appearing too: they’d be along in another half hour. It’s doubly or triply odd since just last night I’d said hi to them over email after not having had contact with them in a long while*.
How very odd.
To complete things, since I was in the area I decided to end the day out with an early evening showing of the new Coen Brothers’ film “No Country for Old Men”, based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel. It is a film I’ve been waiting to see for some time (I love the Coen Brothers’ work). Excellent, chilling, odd – highly recommended (though quite violent, if you’re not used to that sort of thing). Wonderful acting, photography and dialogue. Definitely left a bit of a chill on me, I have to say. Avery affecting piece of film-making.
*You may submit your answers to who all these people are by using initials if you like.