February 2007 Archives

Is this season just ridiculously predictable?

Rob, you said you had a theory -- did it turn out correct? I suspected Tim for the last crime, but during this whole episode it was ridiculously obvious that if there was going to be any twist it would have to involve him -- there just weren't any other suspects. What happened to the insanity & unpredictability of season 2?

Okay, so that's more than one question of the week, but since that's probably the last new episode for a few weeks, it'll tide us over. Might we be getting a third mystery that leaves us at the cliffhanging final episode of the season? methinks yes.

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Not alot of info about the resurrection of the greatest TV show to feature Zoidberg has been available. But there has been considerable confusion about what form the show is taking on its return. Initial reports indicated 4 DVDs, each with feature-length films. Then reports came out of 13 episodes. Then reports came out that both were happening and that the episodes would appear on Cartoon Network or Comedy Central.

Then nothing.

And now, this:

Futurama News posts segment from RottenTomatoes that quotes Matt Groening:

"I was frustrated when it got cancelled, but Fox, 20th Television is the one who came back and said, 'Would you like to do a DVD movie?'" Groening recalled. We said, 'Let's do two' and they said, 'Well, why not three?' and we said, 'Well, why not four?' and they said, 'Okay, four' and then that's it."

After this, Comedy Central won a bid to air the films as new "Futurama" episodes. "We're writing them as movies and then we're going to chop them up, reconfigure them, write new material and try to make them work as separate episodes. Chopped up is an indelicate way of putting it but we are doing them as movies and then we are reconfiguring them and writing new material and narration and this that and the other so that they'll stand on their own as episodes."

RottenTomatoes does not state whether they got a direct interview with Groening or found the quotes somewhere else. But if true it confirms our understanding of the future of Futurama: 4 DVD Movies made into several episodes for TV.

So. apparently this is going to be a disaster. unless they release the movies and then recut them as episodes. otherwise, what's the fucking point of doing the movies?

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Here's a post that is long overdue.

I've been faithfully listening to Beck's new album The Information for the past few months, even though I wrote a trashy review of it here on Pop5. And I mean trashy like britney spears / lindsey lohan trashy. Oh well, it's the not the first or last time I'll eat my own words. At least my words are meat-free. Anyway. Sorry Beck.

I still think the last quarter lags, but the first 3/4 has really solidified in my mind as great great stuff. "Dark Star" finally clicked for me (and actually relates to my post about 'no one writing songs about the war.') In fact, i think a lot of this album is about the war, just disguised by Beck's "what the hell does that mean" lyrical style. And that last song about the spaceship still seems too Scientology-ish, but i'm over that. i'd make a horrible reviewer because it takes me months to like certain things. and months to hate other things.

on that note: I bought the new Menomena album and i hate it. Tune in 4 months from now when I pronounce it brilliant!!

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This is a pretty basic song, and yet it helps to hear it rather than just read the lyrics. but whatever.

"Road to Peace"

Young Abdel Mahdi (Shahmay) was only 18 years old,
He was the youngest of nine children, never spent a night away from home.
And his mother held his photograph, opening the New York Times
To see the killing has intensified along the road to peace

There was a tall, thin boy with a whispy moustache disguised as an orthodox Jew
On a crowded bus in Jerusalem, some had survived World War Two
And the thunderous explosion blew out windows 200 yards away
With more retribution and seventeen dead along the road to peace

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Seriously. I'd admire his rigidness if he wasn't so spineless. Fuck him. Fuck his return to Bush's good graces after what Rove & co. did in 2000. He recently said he couldn't hold a grudge. This from the same man who said he gets nervous around Asians because of his time as a POW. Granted, Bush and Rove didn't clip a car battery to his testicles and tell a lot of "your mama's so fat jokes" -- but seriously. fuck him and anyone who votes for him.

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Okay, so I'm a little late in posting about Randy Newman's 2-3 years-too-late song about how the current administration sucks. So sue me. The only reason I even looked it up was because the song, "A Few Words in Defense of our Country," is being sold on iTunes. How fitting. I thought at first the song would be like one of those crazy Neil Young "i love america, you haters better leave" freak outs that he goes through every other decade. Instead, it's an anti-war song. In 2007. After the war has been going on since I was born, if not sooner. (I jest). But I'm disturbed that Randy Newman's anti-war music is posted in the NYT and that it took me 20 minutes to come up with the list of bands I know of that have bashed the president and/or the war:
Neil Young
System of a Down
Bruce Springsteen
Green Day (sorta)
Tom Waits (sorta)
Beck (sorta)
Tupac (from the grave! just kidding.)

Part of the issue is that I'm just not as hip as I like to think. there are probably a ton of under-the-radar bands that Rob can point out that have written entire CDs about Bush and how he sucks.

But I want to know -- where are the so-called political bands? Is it that U2 really does suck this much? I mean, is How to Drop an Atomic Bomb anything more than a metaphor about how love can save us all? (Seriously, does U2 suck my ass, or what.) Is REM really that irrelevant after all? Leaving New York's never easy? Fuck new york! Exhuming McCarthy, you bastards! EXHUMING FUCKING MCCARTHY!

I don't even know why I'm outraged. perhaps I just expected that at this point more bands would blatantly denounce shit. And we wouldn't have randy newman to thank for pointing out that
'"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”
Now it seems like we’re supposed to be afraid
It’s patriotic in fact and color coded'

Gee, isn't mocking the color-coded fear factor, like, 2 years too late???? ugh. Someone help me out here. I think I'm suffering from outrage fatigue -- but i'm outraged that there's very little anti-war music written by people who are under 30 (eminem? is he our Dylan?). I thought people were supposed to start liberal and get conservative? Rob? Buddy? Mike? Vicki? (I'm leaving out Rama since he doesn't listen to anything after 1980, and even when he does it's usually just on karaoke night). Someone help me out here. Give me a reason to believe!

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I don't know if this article is real or fake (you can check, Evan, if you want to) but i found this and thought it was funny.

Gay Airlines

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OK, so the wife and I are getting fed up. We have a nice new HDTV with HD rabbit-ears. Unfortunately, when our TV loses the signal for a HD channel, it forgets that the HD channel exists so we have to re-program the TV after adjusting the rabbit ears just to get the channel back (which takes 5 minutes each time). Since we only watch about an hour of TV a night (and not even every night) this is not a major issue. But the past week has been bad for reception and it cut into our viewing of My Name is Earl & The Office tonight.

So, even though we hate cable, we thought it would be less annoying to pay a monthly fee than fuck with the rabbit ears. That and the external antennas are $100 and may not work (though at the rate we're going, I may be up on a ladder). Plus, i remembered my old tenants saying you could get basic cable that was just local channels (and ESPN and a few others) for $10/month.

Here's where it all goes wrong. Despite the fact that this statement appears in a number of places:

"HDTV broadcast feeds (ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, FOX, WB and UPN) are included in limited basic service and may not be available in all areas."

I have been told that i need to subscribe to the $50/month ENHANCED service to get LOCAL channels in HD. Sure it says "may not be available in all areas" but Comcast didn't know where I was when I asked. They just said, outright, "No."

I just composed a long email quoting the various places on their website where, even in the FINE FUCKING PRINT, it states that local HD channels can be received with subscription to basic cable and the purchase of an HD converter ($10). And yet, I'm still told it ain't happening.

Despite the fact that I am infuriated by their obtuseness, I have emailed them and will call them until one of two things happens: they change their website or I get HD local channels for $10/month. Or I go on a massive toilet papering of the Comcast factory -- where nightmares are created.

Let the games begin.... [UPDATE]

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One of my students clearly has too much free time. But it seems to be time well spent!


Now, some of you may remember some other dude publishing a book called Letters from a Nut back in 1994-5. I remember it, because it was my first year at Borders (Bridgewater, not stinky Marlton where the only good thing that happened was I met some of you). The premise -- Jerry Seinfeld was at a party where he 'found' these letters that just happened to be lying around. The letters were 'written by a nut' and sent to various companies with outrageous claims/requests. My student may not be aware of this, but since he wrote over 200 letters last year, I don't want to destroy him by saying "Dude, it's been done." Plus, he's funnier than I remember that other nut being.

Anyway. Enjoy!

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Last night's episode was a classic return to Veronica Mars scandalous hilarity! Right up there with getting raped in a drugged stupor by your boyfriend and some kid named Beaver who has the clap is a storyline about a forced abortion. And it was right out of the gate! Was it funny? yes. Did it have a nice twist where the TV-preacher actually was a nice guy who loved his daughter? Absolutely. Did it fail to pass the Feminist-science test? Nope.

Look -- shows have a responsibility to be entertaining, not to get medical information right. If anyone takes medical advice from a show, than that person deserves whatever disease they end up with. Especially if it's clamydia.

But what's more interesting is that this site -- which I keep thinking is FeminineFisting.com -- tries to claim that Veronica Mars should be more responsible in its reporting. Says the blog: "I realize it's just a crappy TV show. But this is the sort of propaganda the antis love to spread about abortion providers -- that they are so careless in their provision of abortion that any woman can waltz into a clinic, simply tell them she's pregnant, and walk out with RU486 in her pocket."

So, if anti-abortionists start using VM as a source, why would we be upset? It's just like this article about 24 I recently read, where right-wingers were using 24 as an example of what happens when we cut funding to fight terrorism.

It's called fiction. it's entertaining. sometimes it seems real, but it's not.

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I started this post under the assumption that I had heard something. But I heard it slightly wrong. I'm not as annoyed as I was, but I still find all the Jesus stuff irksome.

Here's what I was writing before I double-checked the quote in question:
Okay, I know this is gonna make me sound like some kind of hateful, atheist bastard. But I really don't want it to come across as that. I really don't care if people are religious (unless they're scientologists, and then I have no respect for them).

Tonight Tony Dungy (the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, you sports hating bastards) said something during his trophy acceptance speech that irked me. When he was asked about how it felt to be the first African American coach to win the Super Bowl he said some of the same stuff he's said all week about how it feels -- nice stuff about he's not the first who could've won it. But then he said this: ""But again, more than anything, Lovie Smith and I are not only African-American but also Christian coaches, showing you can do it the Lord's way. We're more proud of that."
Hrmph. I could have sworn that when he said this, he said you can only do it the Lord's way. So, maybe I'm just a hater. But still, who the fuck cares? Is it really Jesus that made Addai and Rhodes unstoppable today? Is it really Jesus who made Rex Grossman have his regularly scheduled bad game? Did Jesus make it rain, causing 4 fumbles? Did Jesus get Hester to run back the opening kickoff -- the first time that's ever happened in a Super Bowl? Did Jesus decide that was to be the highlight of the Bears' night? Did Jesus make the MVP voters vote for Manning when he was not the MVP? Did Jesus make Vinetari shank that field goal?

Screw all this Jesus stuff. Maybe Jesus helped Dungy and Lovie Smith become nice, good people. But that's not what won and lost the game. Everyone knows it was the Miami hookers that infected the Bears defense with an STD that makes it burn when they pee. Combine that with the fact they were on the field for about 45 minutes in the first half (which is only 30 minutes long) and you can see that Jesus had nothing to do with it.

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I just hear the news of the next Harry Potter book's release date. (it 7/7/07 by the way) Funny thing a year ago I wouldn't have given a shit about this and more likely bitch about all the idiots making a big deal over this stupid book ,but after Vickie and Mike recommended the Harry Potter book. saying the books series were a pretty good read, I finally broke down and read the HP Series. Now I find myself hooked. I was actually felt like a kid again at hearing the new of the next Potter book. Well mind you I well not be camping out at border with the other Potterfile(or what ever there called) in costume I'll just order off the amazon.com like a normal person, while wear a costume.

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Special guest Evan joins us for Podcasts 7 and 8!