From the Canyon Edge -- :-Dustin

Friday, June 5, 2009

The Goode Family

Mike Judge
's new cartoon sitcom, the Goode Family, has made a few headlines on Planet Ubuntu already. I'm throwing my endorsement in the ring.

It's pretty funny so far. Of course, it's great to hear "Ubuntu" on prime time television. The Goode's have an adopted son named Ubuntu from Africa -- South Africa. They're really having a blast with the pronounciation. Different characters pronounce his name in different ways -- something we certainly see in the Ubuntu Community as well. Quite entertaining.

I find it strangely ironic how my life has tracked Mike Judge's shows...
  • I was in junior high and high school in 1993-1997, listening to plenty of Metallica and Guns N Roses when Beavis and Butthead was on MTV (1993-1997).
  • I moved to Texas in 1997, still living there now. King of the Hill (1997-present) is quite thoroughly set in Texas, and makes fun of plenty of idiosyncrasies that have baffled me as a non-native Texan.
  • I started my first real internship with IBM Tivoli, in Austin, Texas in the corporate computer/tech industry in 2000... Office Space was filmed in Austin and released in 1999.
  • And here I am now, 2009, living in Austin. I find myself working on Ubuntu, with my wife driving a bio-diesel VW Jetta, buying over-priced organic groceries, stuffing them into reusable grocery bags, trying vegetarianism (unsuccessfully), and installing solar panels on the roof. The Goode Family could really be any one of a number of real households in Austin, quite a green-minded, hippie community ;-)
On a separate note, I've always wondered if Greg Kroah-Hartman and Mike Judge might be related... The resemblance is amazing!


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