O Frabjous Day!

As some of you may recall from a couple of months ago, our cable company, Bright House, got some new HD channels but wouldn’t let us TiVo users access them. There’s no technical reason we can’t get the channels — they just shut off access to those of us who use CableCARDs, in anticipation of going to Switched Digital Video in a few months. We were given a free Bright House HD DVR, but it’s a piece of shite — it doesn’t get the programming guide like it’s supposed to,. . . Read More!

Commercialism

Hey, Visa — are you implying, in your commercial where patrons of a cafeteria wander around to the delightful tune of “Powerhouse”, that it’s faster to pay for purchases with Visa than with cash? Maybe that’ll be the case in ten years, when we all have barcodes tattooed on our foreheads and RFID chips in our skin, but right now the concept seems totally absurd. Hey, Comcast — yes, you used those cute let’s-go-to-the-lobby animated snacks in your commercial about movies on demand. However, throughout the commercial, the family dog. . . Read More!

BOMP!

Oh, The Amazing Race, I’ve missed you so! Imagine my surprise to see this race start in Seattle. Also imagine my surprise that the racers once again passed within 5 blocks of my home. Now, imagine one more time, seeing the racers on the freeway, headed for the airport. They’re all stuck in traffic, and we finally see why — an accident in which a double tanker truck looks pretty much folded in half. We both freaked out, because we were on the freeway that day, headed down to IKEA. . . Read More!

Several line items

1. Today’s our 10th wedding anniversary. Bring on the tin and aluminum! 2. Reality TV has been really good to me so far this summer season. My chosen favorites have won both Hell’s Kitchen and So You Think You Can Dance, and my first-episode favorite is still doing well on Rock Star: Supernova. I don’t have a favorite for Project Runway yet, but the guy I really disliked already got the boot. Haven’t watched this week’s yet. 3. I was going through my MP3s this morning, to make changes to. . . Read More!

Get it right, people!

This rant comes courtesy of , but it kills me too. Last night, on Rock Star: Supernova, one of the contestants used a bullhorn in part of his song. A little hack, yes, especially since JD Fortune did it last year with “Pretty Vegas”. But that’s not the rant. The rant is that everyone on the show kept calling the bullhorn a megaphone. They are two distinctly different things, but even when searching Google images for an actual picture of a megaphone, the results were mostly bullhorns. In other news,. . . Read More!

Media du Jour

TV: I tried to get into the new show Windfall, but it’s an ensemble piece, and I don’t give a crap about most of the characters. Oh well, at least I have Hell’s Kitchen and So You Think You Can Dance and the not-too-awful Treasure Hunters to get me through the summer. And the new season of The Venture Brothers Read More!

stuffthings

I love watching Scott play video games, because I get to enjoy helping strategize and finding hidden treasure and stuff without having to learn the controls and such. Lately he’s been playing Mercenaries, which is an awesome game. It’s broken up into four parts, based on the suits in a deck of cards. I didn’t see him play any of the Clubs contracts — I only started watching him play halfway through the Diamonds. So I figured I’d start up with a different mercenary (he chose Nilsson, the insane murderous. . . Read More!

Misc. Entertainments

I’m trying out some new shows from the summer reality season. Hit Me Baby One More Time (NBC): Partly cool, partly scary. I was freaked out by A Flock of Seagulls — you could tell by his face that the lead singer (who I always want to call Mike Judge, but is really Mike Score) is the same guy, but the rest of him was totally different. Including his voice. It was horrifying. The other groups/artists sounded OK, and I’ll be keeping this show on the schedule. It does make. . . Read More!

GEEEEEEK

Let’s talk Star Trek. I’m asking the eternal question: Who was the best captain? Also, what’s your criteria for judging the best captain? A while back, Scott got into this very conversation with a woman. She claimed Kirk, he claimed Picard. She was all, “But Kirk is so much more fun to watch!” Scott countered that with his opinion that Picard was a better captain because he was more sensible, less hasty, more of a thinker and less of a let’s-go-make-sweet-alien-love-immediately kind of guy. She looked at him strangely and. . . Read More!

In the Inbox

From today’s Performer’s Callboard: Casting Call: Mark Burnett Seeks Next Great Rock Star (Nationwide) Mark Burnett Productions is looking for the Next Great Rock Star and is holding auditions is several major cities in the upcoming weeks. Ultimately he or she who wins the competition, will become the new lead singer for the rock group INXS and accompany the band on a worldwide concert tour and become part of the group’s next album. For city/venue locations, dates and times, go to http://www.cbs.com/ and click on The Next Great Rock Star.. . . Read More!