Archive for February, 2009

Showtime at the Apollo. If you know what I mean. And I think you do.

Umm… Kyle, Jesse. Ignore this post.

Maybe you can look here instead and watch a pretty lady sing a pretty song.

But, yeah.  Jamie Bamber did one of those naked ads for PETA.  Here it is. Nothing really to add, because there’s nothing really to say.

Have a great weekend, everybody. I have the internet now in my new place so maybe I’ll have something to say by Monday.


2 comments February 27th, 2009

The Simpsons map: That’s a lot of stuff

simpsonstownSometimes I get bogged down by how much work there is to do in the world. There are so many problems to be fixed — the economy, international relations, addressing the national pleated pants issue. It’s like we can only invest so many hours in the day to fixing it all.

And then there’s this — an interactive map of The Simpson’s hometown of Springfield. It has everything from the staples of Moe’s and Monty Burns’ estate to obscure, nerds-only landmarks like Fireworks, Candy and Puppydogs and Styx and Stones Records.

Holy crap, you guys. Can you image the level of research that went into this?  Just in terms of sheer labor in time invested. I’m not thinking that the creators of this map were deciding between this and curing cancer, but wow.  Just wow.

February 27th, 2009

The More You Know: And cue sad trombone

Wah Wah Waaaaaah

February 27th, 2009

Don’t Hate Me for Being Typical

It's back to college with you, Tatiana.

I watch American Idol. Wanna mess?

I’ve been watching it since the first season. My sister got me hooked over a summer, then I went back to college before the first finale and made my whole house watch with me and vote for Kelly Clarkson. (Later that year, on the day of our senior formal, we had two finale parties in my house on one night. The American Idol season two party was in the living room, and the Buffy series finale party was upstairs.) So yeah, I’m well versed in the reasons American Idol is not so good. The episodes are full of filler. The contestants are train wrecks looking for publicity. The judges are one-third to two-thirds idiots. Unlike So You Think You Can Dance (which I also watch), there’s no new material, so the best you can hope for is an okay rendition of a song you don’t really like that much anyway. It celebrates the most corporate-machiney aspects of the music industry.

But, before those of you with better taste than me ask me to step outside for lowering this blog with talk of American Idol, here are the defenses I’ve prepared for myself as to why it’s okay that I support the show.

1. Remember that one time that something great came out of an American Idol alum? That was awesome. What would the world be like without “Since U Been Gone?” I don’t even want to imagine. (There certainly would not be a Ted Leo cover of “Since U Been Gone.”) Isn’t that worth eight seasons alone?

2. DVR is my friend. Through the magic of DVR, I can watch Idol without ever hearing the eager-to-please squeak of Ryan Seacrest. I also fast-forward my way through contestant interviews, group numbers, 90% of the results show, and, sometimes, half of the contestant performances. The whole thing goes from a three-hour-a-week commitment to about 45 minutes total.

3. Give me a break. Last Tuesday’s episode of Idol had more than 25 million viewers. This is probably the only show I watch where I don’t have a lurking fear that it’s going to get canceled. Why would you deny me this peace of mind?

4. Bonding. I can talk about Idol with my coworkers, with my extended family, and with strangers who’ve never watched Pushing Daisies and who wouldn’t know a Cylon from a cyclone. Beats staring and blinking in silence.

5. Every once in a while, something surprising happens.. The contestants sometimes come out of nowhere with an awesome performance. For instance, I have little use for Carrie Underwood, but she CRUSHED Heart’s “Alone” when she sang it. Take a look:

6. Clay Aiken. Without Clay Aiken, there wouldn’t be an awesome New York profile of Clay Aiken where the writer basically straight-up (and correctly) calls him a liar about his sexuality, prompting a hilarious response from the so-called “Claymates.” But, more importantly, without Clay Aiken there would be fewer “Wake Up, Wakefield” sketches on SNL.

7. This year, there’s totally a blind guy competing. And he’s totally gonna win!

Photo Credit: Frank Micelotta / FOX.

3 comments February 26th, 2009

The More You Know: TV character ruins Republican’s future career

February 26th, 2009

How To on Hulu

Again, not a lot to give you today — but here’s some “How to” stuff from your friends at Hulu and the “Howdini.”  It’s like Houdini.  Except “how.”

I’m so tired.

Anyway, first up, how to make mini-quiches.

Second, and more importantly, here’s how to housetrain a puppy.  This is recommended viewing, whether you have a dog or not.

February 25th, 2009

The More You Know: Trusting models with secrets not the best idea

1 comment February 25th, 2009

Top Chef: You no a-like-a tha sauce?

Last week, Padma and company gave the boot to spicy meatball Fabio in the episode before the finale. Now that leaves bald and obnoxious Stefan, bald and desperate-to-defeat-Stefan Hosea and Carla, the spazzy underdog whose remarkable ascent has been really fun to watch. I’m completely obsessed with her and I think I want her to win more than any other Top Chef contestant ever.

In any case, here’s Fabio’s exit interview with scenery-chewer extraordinaire Andy Cohen.

Also, my posting might be spotty for a while.  I just moved and have no TV or internet — two vital ingredients for running a TV blog.

February 24th, 2009

TV on DVD for February 24th, 2009

Title Season
Breaking Bad The Complete 1st Season
Canterbury’s Law The Complete Series
Cities of the Underworld The Complete Season 2
Dirty Jobs Collection 4
Enemy at the Door Set 1
Futurama Into the Wild Green Yonder
Girlfriends The 6th Season
Jacked: Auto Theft Task Force Season 1
Just Shoot Me The Complete 3rd Season
Lair, The The Complete 2nd Season
Make Room for Daddy Season 6, Vol. 1
Mighty B, The Vol 1: We Got the Bee
My Wife and Kids Season 1
Oliver Twist (mini-series) Oliver Twist
Painted Lady (mini-series) Painted Lady
Spider-Man vs. The Vulture
Summer Heights High Season 1
Trial & Retribution Set 2
Universe, The Collector’s Edition Megaset (Seasons 1 & 2)

February 24th, 2009

The More You Know: We’ll always have mankini

February 24th, 2009

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