(yes I posted this on August 1st, but I am back dating due to 1. my site kept going down 2. my cable service went out as soon as my site was back up = not my fault)
Got the Western Digital 250gb external hard drive I talked about last week. It’s back to it’s normal price of $156.95 this week, so glad I swooped in and picked it up at $99! Still amazes me though how cheap storage is getting. We all seem to need more and more of it. I now have a 250gb internal hard drive, 2 Maxtor External 300gb drives, a Seagate 250gb drive and now the Western Digital 250gb hooked up to my computer. So I am running 1200gb, or 1.2tb of storage. Yikes.
Now, I admit some of that is because I am a worrier. My 100gb of music I mentioned recently? That resides on one of the Maxtor drives…and is backed up on the Seagate…and now the Western Digital. Yeah, I’m running 3 copies of my music, so sue me. My view though is I have spent a considerable amount of time building that collection, if one drive fails, I want to make sure I don’t lose all those files! That would suck beyond belief.
Do I think I have too much storage? No. You can NEVER have too much storage.
For those unfamiliar with the wonders of Boo Berry, it was introduced in 1975 with Frankenberry, Count Chocula and Fruit Brute. Fanken and Count met with decent success, but Boo Berry and Fruit Brute stumbled, but Boo Berry kept just enough sales to say active. In 1983, General Mills discontinued Fruit Brute, but kept Boo Berry around in limited production. (the last of the “Monster Cereals” was Yummy Mummy, who popped up in 1974 and again in 1988)
Over the past few years, finding Boo Berry has been a chore. Sometimes Hy-Vee would have it, but it looks like they’ve dropped it now. Wal-Mart suddenly has it, but never count on them restocking anything. I have no clue how long Amazon will have him in stock, but if I wasn’t trying to lose weight right now, I would’ve already placed my order darn it!
Luis over at BlogD was being all smart-assy today mentioning the blogs he reads that he hasn’t linked yet. Since he mentioned mine, I felt obligated to do something thought provoking…
Instead I ripped off a joke entry by CosmicBudhha, another blog Luis linked to. TAKE THAT LUIS!
24 is one of those shows you almost feel guilty watching. It is so improbable, so insanely over the top, you aren’t sure you’re enjoying it for story or sheer amazement at the next idea the writers pulled out of their ass. Keifer Sutherland plays Jack Bauer, a tough, take-no-prisoners agent of C.T.U. (Counter Terrorist Unit). The show is done in “real time”, with each season being only 1 day in the life of Jack.
In 5 seasons we have never seen Jack:
- Sleep (well kinda, he took a power nap in the first season for like 30 seconds)
- Go to the bathroom
I think he’s had a drink of water here or there, but I can’t remember for sure. Combine this with his “unique” interrogation skills and his “I’d shoot you as soon as put up with you” attitude, has led to a massive cult following. Said cult have come up with a massive list of things Jack is capable of, including such gems as:
- The city of Los Angeles once named a street after Jack Bauer in gratitude for his saving the city several times. They had to rename it after people kept dying when they tried to cross the street. No one crosses Jack Bauer and lives.
- Passed out, surrounded by terrorists and nerve gas, and handcuffed to a table leg, Jack Bauer laughed to himself and said, “I have them right where I want them.”
- Jack Bauer doesn’t need to eat, sleep, or use the bathroom because his organs are afraid of making him angry.
- Lets get one thing straight, the only reason you are conscious right now is because Jack Bauer does not feel like carrying you.
And so on. You can check out the full list here. If you are fan of the show, you will laugh yourself silly. If you don’t watch the show, you will think everyone who does is clearly insane.
Use iTunes/Media Player to find out these statistics….
Total Number of Songs -
Total Length of Music
91 days, 05 hours, 54 minutes, 45 seconds
Sort By Song Title :
First Song : ’39 – Queen
Last Song: Zydeco X – BeauSoliel
Sort By Time:
Longest Song : Alphabet Street / Glam Slam / Anna Stesia / Dance On / Lovesexy / When 2 R In Love / I Wish U Heaven / Positivity – Prince And The Revolution
Shortest Song: Let’s Hear It For Nine Inch Nails – Nine Inch Nails
Sort By Artist:
First Song: Voices Carry – ‘Til Tuesday
Last Song: Legs (remix) – ZZ Top
Sort By Album:
First Album : ’74 Jailbreak – AC/DC
Last Album : Zoot Suit Riot – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Sort By Last Played:
First Song : Peeping Tom – Placebo
Last Song : Waiting For The Weekend – Loverboy (stupid shuffle!)
“Sex” , how many songs come up? 116
“Love” , how many songs come up? 796
“Death” , how many songs come up? 185
“Hate” , how many songs come up? 82
“Wish” , how many songs come up? 198
Frank George is a 55 year old from Mojave,CA. He was born in Cuba and immigrated to the USA when he was 7. Now Frank is a US citizen and he believes, strongly, that illegal immigration is wrong. He has gone so far as to join the Minutemen Project, patrolling the borders for illegal crossings. He heads off to East L.A. to live for 30 Days with the Gonzalez family (not their real names). He will A)give up all ID B)work as a day laborer C)he will live in their 500 square foot home for 30 Days with the 2 parents and 5 children. Fun!
Honestly, 90% of the enjoyment of this episode came from the discussions between Frank and 17-year-old daughter Armida. I would imagine most of this came from her ability to speak English (Frank does speak fluent Spanish), but their debates over immigration were fascinating to watch. Armida seems very intelligent and very passionate about the immigration, but so did Frank. The vast majority of their episode was their back-and-forth, with neither really giving an inch….until Frank headed to Mexico.
Rigorberto, the father, suggested Frank go see his brother in Mexico and see what was they had left behind. As he didn’t feel he would ever get such a chance again, he did so and found living conditions he didn’t feel were “fit for any human being”. (his words, not mine) As the episode drew to a close, he seemed to soften a bit, but kept his view that illegal immigration was wrong, but he did tell Armida that if she left and came back legally, he would have no problem in sponsering them. As he drove away from the Gonzalez family, he shared this in the van:
“It’s surprising to meet people, that you don’t want to be in this country because of the way they came in, and liking them so much. What a shock. Never forget that…never forget that.”
Now…he’s where the fun is. Every summer there is a gathering of critics called the TCA events where producers talk about their upcoming seasons. At the 30 Days event, producers Morgan Spurlock, R.J. Cutler and Ben Silverman were treated to a verbal attack by Frank Geroge over how they manipuleted what he said. Stealing from the TVWeek Blog entry about the event:
â€œYou guys screwed me,â€ George said. â€œIt was out of context. They were able to shape the story in the manner they wanted to. I thought [the portrayal] was grossly unfair to the American people.â€
George admitted that the vast majority of the hour-long episode was accurate, but took issue with the last five minutes, when he seemed to shift from his hardliner views. Producers calmly defended the episode.
â€œThings are not out of context,â€ Cutler said.
â€œYes they are out of context!â€ shouted George.
â€œThereâ€™s a [title card inserted] at the end about his continued involvement in â€¦â€ Cutler said.
â€œBecause I made them do it!â€
Raise your hand if you think Frank got back to his everyday life and caught flack for turning in to a softy. *raises his hand* Yes, I am sure things were taken out of order, as happens on every reality show. But you (meaning Frank) said the words, so, guess what Frank…you said them, deal with it. I am not taking a side on either side of the debate, but I think his attacking of the producers as the show is about to air was cowardly. Live with what you said.
Who in the world is directing All My Children this week? A film school drop out? They changed film stock and it look horrible, and now you have overcomplicated shots being filmed that the camerman can’t handle! Boom shots? POV shots? The show looks like absolute dreck this week! I’m hoping we go back to standard fare soon.
“I have personally taken the time to view some of the programs where we have run advertising, …Candidly, some of the choices we have made are clearly inconsistent with who we are and what we stand for.”
As for the show’s themselves, an FX spokesman said:
“The shows air at 10 p.m., they are marketed to adults and we do a good job of making viewers aware that it is adult content. More than 90% of the audience for ‘Rescue Me’ is 18 or older.”
Again, I have to state, YOU have the power to control what YOU watch. YOU have the remote control in your hand, turn the channel if it OFFENDS YOU! I happen to like Rescue Me, but I fully realize my grandmother might now, so you know what she does? She doesn’t watch it! You know what I do about shows I don’t like? I don’t watch them! However, Rev Wildmon, the founder of the AFA, feels that no one should watch them. At the rate he’s going, he might very well get his way.
I know no one will do anything, but don’t cry to me when they next target one of your favorite shows. We have to speak up just as loudly as they do if this is ever to stop. How can such a small group, they claim 3,000,000 supporters, so about 1% of the entire population, control what the rest of us watches? I don’t think so. Think about that for a second. A group that adds up to 1 out of every 100 people is dictating what you see on television.
Would someone care to explain to me when Hollywood and advertisers decided this country was minority rules? I would like to know. Ok, thanks.
I give up. It’s the same thing every week. I enjoy watching the show, but writing the recaps is boring me in to a coma. I really doubt anyone is couting on me for these anyway. Oh well, 30 Days starts this week!
I just got back from Kevin Smith’s latest film, Clerks II. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Smith, well, he’s not for everyone. His films are filled with pop-culture references, gutter humor that would make a sailor blush, and a geek sensibility that will just be beyond most people.
His first film was the original Clerks, released in October of 1994. He made it for $27,000, cast his friends, and shot it at night in the convenience store he worked in. I saw it for the first time in the summer of 1995 and it spoke to me in so many ways because I had already been working retail for years and years. We fondly referred to it at work as “the training film” for new employees. You would encounter the customers who made no sense, like “the mild maid”. A woman who would go through each gallon of milk, thinking the mystical jug with expiration date weeks away resided in the back of the case. The film was still considered a success because it went to gross $3,151,130 domestically.
Smith has went on to even bigger success with Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, and his mis-step was Jersey Girl. During all this time, he was asked about doing a Clerks II, but he kept saying he didn’t think it would happen. It was when he was working on the 10th Anniversary Edition of the movie for DVD, he realized he did have more things he wanted to say with his original characters. So he sat down and wrote a movie that seems to be a normal Kevin Smith letter on one level, and on another, the first truly mature film of an all new filmmaker.
Smith peppered the film with just enough of his old school tricks to keep his rabid fan base satisfied, but at the same time he told the tale of what will become of his fans in their mid-30′s if they don’t wizen up. The first film dealt with Dante (Brian O’Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson) being 20-something slackers, stuck in dead-end jobs. You were left debating if Dante was getting nowhere in life due to circumstances, himself or listening to the messed up advice of Randal.
Clerks II picks up 10 years after the first with the Quick Stop store burning down, leaving Dante and Randal without jobs. They then go to work at the Mooby’s fast food chain (if you’ve seen the other movies, you get the joke), and after a year of slinging fries, Dante has met the girl he wants to marry, Emma (played by Kevin Smith’s real life wife, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith) and they’re moving to Florida the next day where Emma’s parents will give them a house and Dante will have a car wash to manage. All this is complicated by the fact a few weeks previous, Dante had a night of drunken sex with his manager, Becky (Rosario Dawson) which leads to other problems. I don’t want to spoil the entire movie for anyone who wants to see it, but it is well worth seeing, but don’t go expecting to see your typical Kevin Smith film.
This is a film about what happens to those 20-something slackers if they never snap out of it. How do you make your mark in this world if you wake up one morning and realize you are in your 30′s and done nothing of substance with your life? Do you do what is expected of you, get married, become a responsible adult, and do things that don’t make you happy? Or will you realize everyone leaves their mark in their own, special and unique way? Just because you haven’t lived up to the normal standards of society doesn’t mean you are a failure.
Dante is really the same person he was in Clerks, still lost, still being told what to do by his girlfriends, and still trying to grow a backbone of his own. Randal is the one who has changed. He still acts like the same idiot he was in the first one, but when you scratch the surface, you find a lost guy too afraid to break free of his comfort zone. In one of the most poignant scenes (yes, a poignant scene in a Smith film), after a confrontation with someone they went to high school with, Randal wants to borrow Dante’s car and leave for a little while. Dante chases after him and goes with him on this unknown errand. When we next see them, they are driving go-karts, set to music, smiling and laughing like the old Dante and Randal we know. This scene seemed so out of place at first, but as it went on, it started to get you in the gut, these guys are lost. They don’t know what to do and they retreat to a simpler time for comfort. The next scene where they are driving back to work, it’s almost as if Smith sensed his audience wouldn’t get what the scene was about, so he spelled it out for everyone, this is what â€œcentersâ€ Randal, what calms him down.
The movie is 94 minutes long, and honestly, I could rave about it for twice that long. This is a film made by a maturing filmmaker who has reevaluated his life and reset his priorities. He wants to say to his entire rabid fan base, “It’s not too late, it’s never too late! Grab life and do with it what you will, but don’t be afraid of it!” It is a movie written by a middle-aged man with a middle-aged man’s sensibilities, voice and experience. It should be required viewing by all Gen Xers who still carry that chip on their shoulder that the world doesn’t understand them. They’re right, the world doesn’t understand them, but you pick-up, carry-on and get out of the world what you put in to it. And you also don’t let the “milk maids” get you down. And a tip of the hat to Smith for bringing back the original milk maid to once again look for that magical gallon in the back of the cooler.
Shameless advert time! V For Vendetta comes out August 1st, I can not wait to get this! Best movie I have seen in the theater in ages! You can get a Full Screen (why do people still buy this format?), Widescreen or the Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition. I’m going for the two-disc set, but because I’m wacky like that. And for the die-hard fans, you can always check out the graphic novel.
Course, I am going to be on a business trip the day it comes out so I will have to wait a week to watch it! GAH!