Archive for September 2006

 
 

American Idol Rewind

Thanks to Juan for reminding me:

AMERICAN IDOL REWIND premieres this weekend in syndication. Here in the NYC market, it’s on The CW tonight and tomorrow afternoon. Find your local station that’s airing it.

Wednesday Link Dump

  • Quick DANCING WITH THE STARS question: Did Master P outlast Harry Hamlin? Wow, poor Ashly.
  • I don’t make a dime off of Google’s ad sense program. I’ve never made enough to score a check. I stink at it, because I don’t try hard enough. I recognize that. However, there are some people making hundreds of thousands of dollars a month through Google. Well done.
  • Joss Whedon says there is no SERENITY sequel coming, so stop being a rumor monger. Not that this will stop the “Browncoats,” mind you, who look more and more pathetic and sad with each passing month of their single-minded obsession. Isn’t it time they moved onto VERONICA MARS or something?
  • Here’s a Wikipedia devoted to LOST.
  • Will Emma Watson return for the last two HARRY POTTER movies? Negotiating tactic, honest change of heart, or the desire to grow up and move to Hollywood while the fire is still hot?
  • In the meantime, here are some pictures from the now-filming fifth movie.

Yet Another Hybrid FAQ

Hybrids: Seven worries, seven answers

When they’re thinking about buying a hybrid vehicle, people sometimes worry about stuff that’s just silly. Sometimes, though, they’re absolutely right to be concerned. In a survey done in cooperation with Harris Interactive, Kelley Blue Book’s Web site, KBB.com, asked car shoppers who were considering a hybrid what worried them about the vehicles. We’ve evaluated the top seven concerns — for all of them, at least two-thirds of respondents were “somewhat worried.”

Friday Link Dump

  • Marmaduke explained. Your Must Click link of the week for finding humor in humorless comic strips.

  • There’s a bit of a problem using the remote on the TiVo3s in combination with a plasma screen TV. The screen interferes with the remote’s signal, rendering it nearly useless. Whoops.

  • The attractiveness scale.

  • The Mona Lisa in infrared! Did DaVinci change her mind on her wardrobe, halfway through the painting?

  • How Google News got started. Interesting.

  • One man’s Top 10 Weird Al Videos list. I’m not entirely sure I agree with it, but they’re all fine videos. I’d need to look at my complete Al DVD to see what it might be missing. But he has the videos linked via YouTube so you can watch them all today. That’s cool.

Funniest show on TV?

Boston Legal: Season 2 (7pc)I watched this week’s episodes of THE OFFICE and BOSTON LEGAL back-to-back last night. As great as THE OFFICE is, I think LEGAL is the funnier show. I laughed straight through it. The season premiere was a little silly, I thought, but this second episode was classic.

Craig Bierko‘s Jeffrey Coho is a great addition to the cast, providing us with a new Alan Shore type, as Shore’s outrageousness of the past couple of seasons has had to be toned down. (He’s growing as a person, you know.) Coho manages to spit out more dialogue per minute than most characters from THE GILMORE GIRLS or WEST WING. Plus, he’s just outrageous and cocky enough to make for a fun time. He might be a little cartoonish and over the top, but that’s OK. I enjoy the broadness of his character. There are enough serious legal dramas in the television dust bin already.

William Shatner’s fourth wall smashing dialogue in the opening was hilarious for me, but I’m sure others won’t approve. I direct you to yesterday’s link dump for more thoughts on that.

And, of course, we have an on-going case that piques my interest. I wonder how long it’ll be before Kelley writes his Nancy Grace-like character into a storyline not unlike what happened to her in real life recently, where a guest committed suicide after the show. I bet we’ll see that by January.

In January, we’ll also get to see how funny SCRUBS is planning on being this year. Can it compete with these two? It’ll be tricky.

Random Musings on TV Shows

Various observations from some of the TV I saw this past week:

  • GILMORE GIRLS: They certainly do talk a lot, don’t they? The problem is, they’re not having dialogues. Most of the script is spent with one person giving a speech before pausing for a breath while the next person gives theirs. And, ultimately, they’re all going in circles. None of it moves the plot along. I don’t need two minutes of time spent discussing racquet ball for no reason, thanks. Just get to the point, already!

  • AMAZING RACE: Quick hint for all future teams who want to do this race: Always know where you’re going before you get there. Even better, know where you’re going before you leave. I think I have to root for the Indian team, just because the guy wore a MacGyver shirt on the first day of the race.

  • DANCING WITH THE STARS: Jerry Springer is George Hamilton, minus the tan. Tom Bergeron is one of the quickest wits on live television. And I don’t know how Sarah Evans stayed in her top, or how Willa Ford can walk — let alone dance — in those heels. And, yeah, that Lawrence kid may have more muscles than I’ll ever have, but I still have my hair! Most of it, anyway. . .

  • AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL: It’s inevitable: The “conservative” (Southern, young, Bible Belt contestant) will be asked to strip for the camera. The long-haired girl will be asked to cut all her hair off. And someone will hog the house phone.

  • LAGUNA BEACH: “Like, like, like, like, like, like.” Oh, and it’s just “Formal” now, and not “The Formal.” Just like “Prom.” UGH I can’t wait for that reunion special five years from now when they look at themselves and realize just how bizarrely stupid those bug-eyed oversized sunglasses look.

  • BIGGEST LOSER: Not watching it. I can’t commit to a two hour episode every week. Is NBC crazy?

The SCO Legal Lottery Coming To An End?

One can only hope. . .

IBM files for summary judgment against SCO

All has been quiet on the SCO v. IBM front lately, but that may be about to change. Yesterday, IBM filed several motions for summary judgment covering all of SCO’s claims and two IBM counterclaims. SCO countered by filing a single motion for partial summary judgment on four of IBM’s counterclaims.

The judge handling this didn’t go for the summary judgment last year, but cited SCO’s lack of a case. A year later, SCO hasn’t been able to produce any of the proof they claim to have that Linux infinges on their IP. It’s possible the judge might see that lack of progress and finally bring this case to an end. It’s a case that never should have gone this far to begin with — it’s been clear from the start that SCO was out to extort money from IBM to save their failing company.

Guest Judges for Idol Auditions

Newton-John turns judge for ‘Idol’

Olivia Newton-John spent her birthday Tuesday pulling duty as a guest judge for “American Idol” auditions and came away impressed by the singers. […] Other celebrity judges for next season’s auditions include Jewel, who took part in the Minneapolis tryouts, and songwriter Carole Bayer Sager in New York.

Wednesday Link Dump

Something to scare myself with

Yesterday’s link dump was post #4000.

Sort of. The number includes all the blog entries that I created, but never posted and deleted. It includes stories that were eventually merged into others.

But, still, I’ve done somewhere just shy of 4000 entries to this blog now. That’s not counting the 750 or so on the politics blog, which gets updated every now and again these days. Overall, I’m pushing 5000 since I started this blog four years ago.

Speaking of which: I missed my Fourth Blogiversary a couple of weeks ago.

Time flies.

Heh, I just looked back at some of those early entries. In #9, I was convinced that Jason was going to win BIG BROTHER 3, and that Lisa was next to be voted out. Whoops.

Let me quote myself from that entry:

“Oh, and Will was entertaining. Will saved BB2 and the entire franchise, particularly post-Chicken George.”

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

New Releases, 26 Sept 2006

The Adventures of Dick Tracy: The Complete Animated Series

Between this and the recently announced archival reprints of the complete comic strip series, we must be entering a new Golden Age of Dick Tracy Appreciation.

Curious George (widescreen) (2006)

I’ll give you one for the kids here.

Danger Mouse - The Final SeasonsDanger Mouse: The Final Seasons (3-disc set)

And, yeah, this one is for the kids, too. Right.

Drop Dead Sexy (2005)

Nice of you to notice.

The Fast and the Furious - Tokyo Drift (Widescreen Edition)The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (widescreen) (2006) The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (pan-and-scan) (2006)

It’s a movie series whose titles are just grist for the parody mill — they define poor sequel title choices, or exlempify the best because they’re so memorable. You make the call.

The Lake House (2006)

Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock return to prove that love can conquer all.

Mama’s Family: Season One (2-disc set)

It’s come to this. Every other TV show must already be out on DVD.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (Two-Disc Infinifilm Special Edition)A Nightmare on Elm Street: infinifilm (1984)

Wow, they’re still trying to do something with the “Infinifilm” label? I haven’t heard a squeak from that line in forever. . .

The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)

No doubt someone reading this blog will be interested in it. Gretchen Mol plays the good girl.

Save the Last Dance: Special Edition (2001)

We need another dancing movie this year, don’t we? Was the direct to DVD sequel to BRING IT ON not enough in the wake of TAKE THE LEAD and STEP UP?

Whose Line Is It Anyway? - Season 1, Vol. 1 (Uncensored)Who’s [sic] Line Is It Anyway: Season One, Vol. 1

This here is your release of the week, even if DVDJournal.com has the first word so horribly misspelled. I miss this show. I think it’s time for another revival of it. I need my Ryan Stiles fix, dangit!

Pictured at left is the “uncensored” edition of the release. The regular edition has all the swears artfully edited out, don’t worry.

Next week, though, has a couple of highlights worth mentioning right now. The third X-Men movie comes out. But, more importantly and after years of waiting, Disney is finally releasing their special edition of THE LITTLE MERMAID. Details to follow next week.

Tuesday Link Dump

Straight Outta Lynwood* And don’t forget that the new Weird Al Yankovic album drops today! (Yeah, that’s right. I said “drops.” I’m hip to MTV’s jargon, yo. Would you prefer I use “streets?”)

Gentlemen, start your engines!

Aaron Carter Breaks Engagement, Singer Proposed To Former Playboy Playmate A Week Ago

Pop singer Aaron Carter has broken off his engagement to his older brother’s ex. The 18-year-old called off his engagement to 22-year-old actress Kari Ann Peniche just a week after he proposed onstage in Las Vegas, Us Weekly reported on its Web site Sunday. Peniche is an ex-girlfriend of Carter’s older brother, Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter. She’s also a former Miss Teen USA and former Playboy playmate.

Just remember: You’d be sloppy seconds after the Carter Bros. . .

White and Nerdy

The new Weird Al Yankovic album drops tomorrow. Laugh along with all the internet references in his new video, from the Star Wars Kid to O’Reilly’s JavaScript book. Not to mention Jim Lee’s X-Men, Luke Kirk versus Picard, the Star Wars Christmas Special, and a whole lot of stuff the “outside world” just won’t get. ::sigh::

Monday Link Dump

  • this new image of The Face on Mars just makes it look even creepier, like a face being pulled out of the sands below it. Weird.

  • The Wallflowers’ Jakob Dylan did the theme song for SIX DEGREES, the new ABC drama. I didn’t watch it. Did anyone else?

  • Ricky Gervais is done podcasting. I couldn’t get into his podcast when it was free. I listened to the first two or three, but that’s about as far as I got. It did fairly well as a pay concern, though, so somebody was listening. . .

  • 1,000,000 [tag]Wii[/tag]s will be available when [tag]Nintendo[/tag] launches the system in November. Why do I still get the feeling that you won’t be able to get one if you haven’t pre-ordered one already. Has anyone here pre-ordered theirs yet? I haven’t, and I’m getting nervous now.

  • Open question to one and all: Are there still Day Traders out there? During the Dot Com boom time, there were always stories of people who stayed at home all day to play the stock market to make their millions. (Or, occasionally, thousands. Or, mostly, lose money.) In any case, with the market not being quite so gung ho anymore, are there still day traders around?

  • Best thing about iTunes 7: When I hit the subscribe button for a podcast in the iTunes Store, it subscribes me in the background and downloads the most recent podcast. In iTunes 6, it switched back to the Podcasts library and logged you out of the iTunes Music Store, where you had to go back to searching around for podcasts again. This is a lot more efficent now.