Wednesday Link Dump

DVD Podcast for 29 Nov 2005

This is the forty-seventh DVD podcast:
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Where to find release lists: DVDJournal’s release list – monthly release list

Where to find more information on these movies: Internet Movie Database

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This is the blog that may never die

At least, it won’t be dying for another six years.

‘Idol’ signs for six more seasons – Yahoo! News

The producers of “American Idol” said on Tuesday they reached a deal with the Fox television network for up to six more seasons of the broadcaster’s ratings mainstay. […] [Simon] Cowell has agreed to stay on for at least five more seasons beginning with the next installment of the series in January.

The contract is for four more seasons with an option for two additional. I may never get away from this blog.

Bowling tips

  1. Unmuscled arm swing.

  2. Follow through.

  3. Reach out.

  4. Slower approach.

  5. Hit your mark.

  6. Keep your hand behind the ball.

If I had remembered all of that in the first game last night, I would’ve shot better than 150.

Once I did remember it all, I bowled a 258.

So — don’t forget to loosen up that arm swing, dangit! It kills your ball reaction to muscle up on it.

I considered adding a “Bowling” category to this blog at the beginning of the season to chronicle this winter season. I wish I had, in retrospect. It’s been a good year, with my average up to 188 now, and having bowled something like six 200 games in the last nine games.

But I’ve got to remember to loosen up the arm swing if I am to keep that up.

New releases, 29 Nov 2005

I’m cutting this week’s list down to the bare bones.

First, the tv shows:

Family Guy Volume 3

Freakin’ sweet, indeed!

Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi (Vol 1 and Vol 2)

I still laugh at Katie and Matt trying to say this title out loud during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. BWAH HA HA

Mission Hill The Complete Series

Lotsa people liked this short-lived animated series, which started on the WB and wound up on the Cartoon Network to finish its life.

Project Runway Complete 1st Season

And to think, Bravo used to be a High Class network for the Upper Crust. That’s OK; I like CELEBRITY P0K3R SHOWDOWN enough to forgive them.

The movies are up after the break.

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Tuesday Link Dump

Mac Mini as TiVo killer?

Using a computer in the living room as a home media center and even as a TiVo-like appliance is nothing new. It just requires a little elbow grease and a few bucks. The tools are all there, but it’s not necessarily an easy and cheap thing to go.

Enter the Mac Mini, being reborn in January, and perhaps as the ultimate home entertainment unit? And a “TiVo Killer?” While I doubt the latter claim, the possibility is intriguing. If the Mac Mini came standard with everything needed to be it’s own little DVR and I didn’t need to pay a monthly fee to use it, it would be the kind of thing to bear serious consideration.

Think Secret – Road to Expo: Reborn Mac mini set to take over the living room

Apple’s Mac mini will be reborn as the digital hub centerpiece it was originally conceived to be, Think Secret sources have disclosed. The new Mac mini project, code-named Kaleidoscope, will feature an Intel processor and include both Front Row 2.0 and TiVo-like DVR functionality.

What Would Vin Diesel Do?

The following link is not safe for children of all ages. There’s some language in there, and the occasional mature situation being referenced. It is, however, darn funny.

Random Vin Diesel Fact: Top Thirty Facts

This site’s been around for a while, and I may have even blogged it once before. Now that it’s been around long enough, there’s some hilarious stuff out there. Consider:

“Vin Diesel is the only man to ever defeat a brick wall in a game of tennis.”

“There is no theory of evolution, just a list of creatures Vin Diesel allows to live.”

“Vin Diesel can divide by zero.”

Those are the clean ones I can quote, but for everyone else over the age of 18, go check it out now. It’s good not-so-clean stupid fun.

Posted in Web

Other TV Shows I Watch

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL: For the second week in a row, Tyra and her group of judges chose to kick off a “shocking” contestant, rather than the one with the least chance of being a productive super model. It’s like the producers are behind the scenes telling the judges who to get rid of to produce the most shocking ending.

MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE: My goodness, but the world is filled with tweenie pop singers that I’ve never heard of. Am I completely out of touch, or is the parade run by Radio Disney? It was a nice bit of schadenfreude to see Barney’s leg ripped open, though.

THE BIGGEST LOSER: I still loathe Matt for his touching speech about how Dr. Jeff means the world to him — and then voting his significantly-smaller butt out of the competition.

Can anyone access the video of Andrea that they promised on the website? I haven’t talked to anyone yet that’s been able to get it working. NBC is doubly stupid for not mentioning which video player they’re using on their web site. Stupid stupid stupid web design.

SURVIVOR: Speaking of stupid website decisions: CBS does a nice thing in webcasting the Thanksgiving night episode. I imagine a lot of people missed it or forgot about it, assuming there wouldn’t be new episodes on a holiday evening. Not two inches to the right of that offer, though, is a large picture of the contestant who had just been voted off with a caption explaining that. Whoops. So, you can watch the episode, but only if you don’t mind having it spoiled for you first.

GILMORE GIRLS: I don’t know how they cram that much script into one hour of television, but I’m glad they do.

AMAZING RACE: FAMILY EDITION: I don’t get the people who say this show has lost it this season. It hasn’t, and it’s just as compelling as ever. It’s interesting to see the team dynamics both within each team and then between teams. Thanks to this show, I’ve also added the Grand Canyon to the list of places I need to see in person before I die.

I’m rooting for Wally and the girls, since they’re the last team left that hasn’t proven to be annoying in their own way. The Linzes are in second, though the dumb brother occasionally grates, and their sloppy game play doesn’t earn them any favors.

BLOCKBUSTERS: Bill Rafferty is no Bill Cullen. Cullen is just so smooth and fun to watch. He’s a smooth version of the grandfather we all liked to have around the dinner table.

GREED: The best game show of the past decade, easily. The rules are perfect. The play between the contestants is compelling. The lights and music are great, even if obviously borrowed from MILLIONAIRE. And Chuck Woolery ranks up there on the list of great game show hosts. He plays the slightly more serious host in GREED even better than the light banter type host in LINGO, I think.

(tyg – Did I miss your episode already? I’ve been trying to keep an eye out for that one, but I know I’ve missed a couple… I also want to find the infamous episode with the contestant who claims to have followed Chuck’s career closely, but didn’t know he once hosted WHEEL OF FORTUNE.)

Also found it funny to see Michael Konik on as a contestant in the show. Konik is a writer and co-host on FOX Poker Superstars Invitational.

Konik slightly creeps me out with his CD covers, though.

Yes, I’m watching GSN a lot these days. I really hope they manage to finagle the rights to SCRABBLE someday, which is one of my favorite game shows of the 80s.

PROPERTY LADDER: It’s both fascinating and frustrating. People this stupid should not be allowed to make this much money this quickly. They are given a gift in the expert flipping host of the show, and they all ignore her every step of the way. In the end, almost all of them make $50,000 to $200,000. I don’t get it.

NEXT: Surely, this show is a sign that we’ve lost the culture wars. It’s over, right? The fact that the writers sit in a back room somewhere to come up with just the right double entendres to stick in these kids’ mouths shows us how little anyone cares anymore.

Posted in TV

Sunday link dump

Belgian Beats Madonna

My people!


A virtually unknown Belgian songwriter has succeeded in putting the freeze on a Madonna tune. Composer Salvatore Acquaviva sued the Material Girl in May, claiming the singer had engaged in some unauthorized borrowing from his 1993 song “Ma Vie Fout L’camp (My Life’s Getting Nowhere)” to augment her 1998 hit “Frozen,” off her album Ray of Light.

Where do you people come from?

Thanks to Google Analytics, I can see the searches people are using in the major search engines to find this web site. It’s a staple of many blogs to look at what insane searches drive hits to their sites, so why not me for once?

I’m somewhat saddened to report a complete lack of nutty search terms driving people to Various and Sundry. Really, the number one search has been “George Takei Soundboard” which I linked to almost a year ago already now. I imagine “Country Music Awards” is a new search based on this week’s review of same. After that, it’s a little of this, and a little of that. Lots of ROCKSTAR INXS searches, a few BMW Films look-ups, and even some O.A.R. references.

About the only one I can’t explain is the five hits for “matthew mccaughnehey.” Besides being horribly mangled in its spelling, I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned him before today on this blog. Matthew McConaughey can rest easy.

But since it’s Thanksgiving here in the States today, let me just say THANKS for stopping by to read this blog, no matter the path you took to get here.

Where did this story go wrong? – Foxlife – Former Joel, Simon Tour Manager Murdered

The former tour manager for superstars Paul Simon and Billy Joel was stabbed to death yesterday by his prostitute girlfriend on his 57th birthday, cops said.

I can see Chuck Woolery interviewing this guy at the top of a LINGO episode:

“So, Danny, tell us a little more about yourself.”

“My name is Danny Harrison. I’m 57. I live in New York City with my live in prostitute girlfriend. She’s good with knives.”

I mean, really: The second you tell your friends that your live-in girlfriend is a prostitute (20 years your junior) is the moment your friends need to stage an intervention.