Arbitrary Randomness
Friday, February 28, 2003
 
I'm not sure when the "sweeps month" officially ends, but it seems like it has, since they are showing reruns again. I have to say that I was disappointed with sweeps in general. I'm not saying that the shows weren't good, but I wasn't drawn to anything that I wouldn't normally be drawn to. I watched my usual shows, and that was about it.
Thursday, February 27, 2003
 
Hey you locals.... keep your eye out for Dave Barry. He's in the Detroit Area.
 
While watching the commercial for the twins episode (ta-wins being two words, which makes sense, since it's not even two syllables) of Meet My Folks, I think I figured out the shocking twist..... they are actually millionaires!!!!!
 
On last night's episode of The West Wing, I was a bit confused... wasn't the First Lady in Washington (when she talked with Josh) then all of a sudden was campaigning for Sam in California. I know there are things called airplanes that can fly a person across the country in a few hours, but it just seemed like one minute she was in D.C., and the next she was in California.
 
It's a sad day in the neighborhood.
Wednesday, February 26, 2003
 
If you're bored from 10am - 1pm, and want to hear a good national sports radio show, give Tony a try

I know this isn't new, and I haven't discovered some hidden secret, but I looked about a year or so ago for a link to listen over the internet and didn't find one, and finally got around to looking for a link again, and found one this time.
Tuesday, February 25, 2003
 
I'd like to give the show A.U.S.A. a try, but it's on opposite of 24. It seems like the sit-com that is half-way decent, but will get cancelled because of poor ratings. I should set my VCR one of these times.
Monday, February 24, 2003
 
Is the Big Ten in trouble? This year, the Big Ten will be fighting to get 5 teams in the tournament. They will also be fighting to be one of the top teams. In the 18 years that the tournament has been 64 teams (I only went back this far, because that is all I could find quickly), the Big ten has had AT LEAST one team represented in the top 4 seeds of each region (i.e. top 16 teams). 1996 and 1997 were the only two years when the Big Ten sent only 1 team with a top 4 seed, and both of those were #1 seeds.

True you can argue that Michigan would be the 6th team to go, but the Big Ten doesn't have the strength that they have had in the past. I hope they prove me wrong, but I don't see any team that can make it to the Final Four.
 
I saw a commercial yesterday to order Heart's Greatest Hits CD. The best part of the commercial is when they say that the CD contains "All the songs that you know by Heart." I thought that was a pretty clever pun.
 
You know that you listen to too much AM radio when you don't know half the nominees for the Grammys (and why isn't it GrammIES instead of GrammYS?)

Speaking of the Grammys, I'm glad that they opened with Simon and Garfunkel. Then I didn't have to watch anymore of it.
 
Another account of the Julie Kavner/Inside the Actor's Studio issue from this site:

"I believe I know why Julie Kavner was not seen doing Marge Simpson on air during the "Inside the Actor's Studio" episode. I recall seeing an interview with her on a talk show several years ago where she declined to do her Marge Simpson voice on-camera because it would "ruin the illusion." In addition, she felt that if her face was too closely associated with Marge Simpson, it would typecast her and prevent casting directors from considering her for other non-voiceover roles."
Friday, February 21, 2003
 
I know that I would watch the Grammy's for this.
 
I still crack up at the "Yo...Yao" commercial, but it's not because of the premise of the commercial. I crack up everytime Yao says "can I write a check?"
 
Do you know what City Chicken is?

My grandma has always made City Chicken, and it's one of those things that you grow up with and assume that everybody knows what it is, but apparently it is not as well known as I thought. City Chicken is not chicken. It is little chunks of pork and veal on a stick (a little smaller than shish kabob size) that is dipped in egg and then bread crumbs, pan fried to brown, then baked.

We're not sure why it's called city chicken. I've always wondered this, and first came up with the explanation that it is CITY chicken because there are no chickens in the city, so they use pork and veal instead (because of the abundance of pigs and calves in the city = ). Maybe it's a Polish dish.
Thursday, February 20, 2003
 
If you have fantasies that involve what may look like illegal activity, be careful to do it within your own house, and don't tell other people that someone broke into your house.

I think the best quote in this story was: "She was not fully clothed. She was in a state of ... she was naked,"
Wednesday, February 19, 2003
 
I'm trying to be a less aggressive driver. I don't think I am a horrible driver, but I do stuff to counteract pet peeves of mine. For instance, it is a pet peeve of mine of people who drive in the left hand turn lane. I will intentionally go the same speed as them, so they can't get over. I am doing my best to change my habit. I'm not saying that I am always nice and let them in, but I am trying to not let other drivers effect my driving. In the case where I come across the guy riding the left hand turn lane, I will continue with my current speed, and drive as if he wasn't there.

I have had a problem lately of driving too slow. Which is strange, because I used to not be able to stand when people were passing me. I've been driving many times lately, and I'll glance down at the spedometer and see that I'm going between 35-40 in a 45. Or my wife will say something like "speed up grandpa". After realizing I had this problem, I was driving behind another guy who was going much slower than the speed limit. Frustrated, I yelled out, "what's going on? am I driving that car?"
Monday, February 17, 2003
 
I sometimes wonder why there is scrolling text on webpages.... I mean, on the TV screen, it saves space, but on a web page you could just scroll down and read the entire text of whatever is being said. Plus you can do it at your own speed, rather than waiting for it to come across, or if it comes across too quick, then you have to wait for it to start all over again to read the part that you missed. I suppose it is nicer for those of us who are lazy, and it saves us from scrolling. It is kind of annoying, too, as it has almost a "blinking" or "jumping" quality to it. It doesn't seem to move smoothly unless you make it move really slow like this.

then again, you can do this

and confuse people with this

This is the end of my marquee editorial
 
Maybe it's because I'm a game show junkie, but those "Outrageous Game Show Outtakes" shows crack me up.
 
I haven't jumped on the Survivor band wagon. I have seen a total of about 2 episodes (both of those coming in the first two "seasons"). Now that the 6th one has started (it is the 6th one now, isn't it?), I am wondering how long it will last. I am thinking it is going to get old at some point, and that it would have been better have spaced out the series, rather than cramming them one after another. It would seem to me that they would be more special, and have more excitement for each one to start if they only came out once a year.

But then I thought, maybe they are right.... maybe this "reality" craze is just a fad, and they need to get in as many of these as they can while the fad is still hot.

Is there an end to all this? We've been in this "reality" fad for about 3 or 4 years now. Is anyone else sick of it? I suppose it will last as long as the ratings are up, but I haven't got sucked into any of them yet. There was a time when I watched Road Rules and Real World almost religiously (Road Rules 1-3, and Real World Seattle), I can't say I have been even a part time watcher of anything recent (Survivor, Mole, Bachelor/ette, etc), although I did get sucked into the initial try-out episodes of American Idol this second time around. But that was more for the humor value.

My prediction.... "reality" shows will start to show their decline in the ratings next season ('03-'04), but stick on and continue to drop the following season ('04-'05), with maybe a few last attempts at doing something mid-season replacements in '05-'06. By 2007, it will be a "remember when {insert reality show here} was on the air?" and sweeps months will be filled with "Reality Show Contestants: Where are they now?"
 
Is it me, or is there way too much on TV about Michael Jackson. Do we really care? I wonder if Michael Jackson is smart one in all of this, probably raking in quite a bit of money from all these interviews and TV coverage. Maybe not. I really don't think people care about him as much as TV stations think we are.
Friday, February 14, 2003
 
Speaking of comedians, we went to Mark Ridley's last night to see Bill Dwyer (Battlebots, Dirty Rotten Cheater, Comedy Central Presents). It was very entertaining. Nothing agains Bill Dwyer, because he was funny, but one of the other comedians, J. Chris Newberg, was great. He's the former guitarist for Vudu Hippies, and combines his humor with his improv comedy for a very entertaining show.
 
Jim Gaffigan is on Comedy Central tonight at 11:00 PM.... If you haven't seen him before, and you don't have anything else to watch, I would recommend him... his bits on lazyness describe me almost perfectly.

If you don't know who he is, he was the guy that was on the Rolling Rock commercials that they ran about a year or two ago. He was also the geeky guy that Carol dated on "Ed" a few weeks ago.
Thursday, February 13, 2003
 
Why is the Detroit City Council passing resolutions against the Lions. What good does this do? This is an NFL issue, and the NFL will deal with it how they deem appropriate. The only thing I can see happening from this is that some people might boycott the Lions, which will prevent them from going to Detroit for Lions games, and prevent them from spending money in Detroit. Way to go, Detroit City Council. You've done well. It's nice to know that you've solved all the problems in the city (crime, homeless, etc) that you can focus on trivial things such as this.
 
Kind of strange... I meant to comment on the fact that on "Inside the Actor's Studio" the other night, Julie Kavner was only on half of the episode. the second half, there were only 5 of them. I just took it as maybe she had some other engagement to go to, or wasn't feeling well. I've had more than 10 people hit my blog looking for "Julie Kavner Inside the Actor's Studio" or something along those lines. I'm just curious if there is a story behind why she left.

I did some searching found these:

First site:

Kavner left midway through the 5 hour taping saying she had to use the bathroom and never returned

Second site:

Lipton was so thorough in his zeal to include as many of the show's characters as possible on his show, that when Kavner tried to run to the bathroom he ordered her to sit back down and channel the voices of Marge Simpson's sisters, Patty and Selma.

Afterwards, Kavner didn't return to the stage.
Wednesday, February 12, 2003
 

Warning: 24 Spoiler


I am putting some text here so I don't give the spoiler away in case someone who doesn't want to know (i.e. they taped it and have yet to watch it) about what happened. This is an attempt to bury what I might give away in the middle so at a glance, a person who doesn't want to see it, won't... OK, enough babbling, and on to what I want to say. I was listening to Tony Kornheiser today, and he was talking about last night's episode, and said something to the effect of how he was surprised, and everyone was surprised that the kid wasn't actually killed. Was that really a surprise? As soon as he kicked down the chair before shooting, I said to my wife, "he pulled a 'Negotiater' " (for those who haven't seen "Negotiator" with Samuel L. Jackson (no, not Sam Adams, Bill) you should, and I've probably ruined a scene for you (and part of the plot) if you saw last night's 24 and are reading this. Now that I've completely confused everyone....). I just didn't think it was that big of a surprise that he didn't kill him. I would have been surprised if he actually did kill him. Ok, now I am padding the end of this paragraph (and a lengthy paragraph at that) with more text as a hope to stop the person who doesn't want to know anything about last night's episode from accidentally seeing it while scanning down. Hopefully it worked, and I didn't spoil anything.
 
I know it wasn't really a trade, but who would have thunk that the "trade" of Grant Hill for Ben Wallace would have been so one sided.......for the Pistons.
Tuesday, February 11, 2003
 
Speaking of "Still Standing" I couldn't stop laughing at the card that Bill gave Judy....(actual text might be a little off)

{Front of Card} Every day you take my breath away
{Opening card makes a farting noise} Now hold yours
 
This might sound dumb, but I've been meaning to ask it, but didn't want to look stupid (is it too late?).

Can British people speak in an "American Accent"? If so, is that what Mark Addy from "Still Standing" is doing? I've seen him in other movies with a British Accent, and he is from the UK.

Just curious.
Monday, February 10, 2003
 
You yawn when you are tired. When you are tired you sleep. Yet, you do not yawn while you are sleeping. This baffles me.
 
JCPenny has a few commercials out that I'm surprised aren't getting more complaints from women. The commercials show kids acting up, and the father saying "where is your mother?" implying that she is at the JCPenny sale (by the way, is it me, or does JCPenny have sales every week?). What is wrong with this is that the commercial is implying that (1) women go out and shop a lot, and (2) the father can't take care of the kids, and it's the mother's responsibility.

While I'll agree with the fact that women do in fact tend to shop more than men, I don't agree with the second part. When I become a father, I hope I am not like that, and acting as a babysitter while mom is out. It just seems wrong. I realize they are going for the humor factor, but I just don't get it.

 



While watching Inside the Actor's Studio, I noticed a slight resemblence of Harry Shearer to Barry Williams. What do you think?
 
I am a chronic channel flipper. No matter what is on, I have to check and see what else is on. Even if I KNOW that I will watch whatever I have on, I will still flip through the channel guide to see what I'm not watching.

Last night, I flipped on the Simpsons for the first time in awhile. After I saw that "Spongebob is not a contraceptive" (or whatever it was that Bart wrote on the board) I flipped though the guide. I got to Bravo and found that "Inside the Actor's Studio" was on, so I hit the Info button to see who was being interviewed. I found out that it was the people who do the voices of the Simpsons. They had:

Dan Castellaneta .... Homer, Grampa Simpson, Krusty, Barney, Mayor Quimby,
Julie Kavner .... Marge, Patty, Selma
Nancy Cartwright .... Bart, Nelson, Ralph
Yeardley Smith .... Lisa
Hank Azaria .... Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy,
Harry Shearer .... Montgomery Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Reverend Lovejoy

It was pretty humorous. James Lipton interviewed each of the actors, then went back and interviewed different characters. His list of questions that he usually does at the end of the show was divided up between all of the characters. All and all it was pretty entertaining. I taped it if you are interested in seeing it.

Friday, February 07, 2003
 
OK, I've had enough of all the crap about how the Lions violated NFL policy by not interviewing a minority candidate. How is it the Lions' fault that they didn't interview when they offered an interview it was turned down???

And I hate the argument that "80% of the players are black and only 3 black coaches". Why isn't this argument reversed? Why isn't it argued that 90% of the coaches are white, so there should be more white players?? Because that sounds ridiculous. Both arguements are to me. Just hire the best dang person for the job.
 
I watched the movie State and Main. It wasn't the greatest movie, but it wasn't horrible either. My main (no pun intended) disappointed that it had nothing to do with the downtown Ann Arbor.
 
Have you ever tried to cure boredom by twiddling your thumbs. It really doesn't entertain me for that long. I'm curious if I should be worried that it does in fact entertain me for a brief period of time. And can you twiddle anything else, or is twiddling restricted only to the thumbs?
 
The Honda Civic commercial that is out now cracks me up. Not necessarily the whole thing. I'm referring to the one where there is a guy and a girl checking out a car, and the guy is pushing down on the car, kicking the tires, etc. In one shot, you see the girl looking though the passenger side window, and the guy is testing out the drivers seat. That part cracks me up.
 
I was watching TV and the McDonald's $1 menu commercial comes on, the one with the lady that thinks she's the millionth customer since she's being offered a small cup of yogurt with a few berries for just a dollar. When they show the sign that show's the ad for the dollar menu, at the bottom of the screen, it says "$1 each". Really? huh, so that's what "dollar menu" means.
Thursday, February 06, 2003
 
I have to admit, that in the past few years, my interest in the NHL has gone down. Even last year with the Red Wings winning the Stanley Cup, I think my interest was down since it was almost a given that they would win it all. I realized how bad it was the other night when I flipped over to catch the score of the game, and I didn't recognize the uniforms of the Nashville Predators. I also couldn't tell you what the Atlanta Thrashers uniforms look like. At least I know the team names.
Wednesday, February 05, 2003
 
Why do DVDs come in such large cases? They are the same size as a CD, yet the case is much bigger.
 
In a test to see if anyone else watches the same dorky show...

Do the words "Bertoli Olive Oil" and "Farmer John Hams" mean anything to you?
 
My archives are messed up... i'm not sure what's wrong with them
Tuesday, February 04, 2003
 
Floss.... Who flosses?

-I floss

I floss, too!!!
Monday, February 03, 2003
 


In an effort to watch some more intelligent TV, last night we decided to flip over to see what was on the Discovery Channel to see if we could enlighten our lives more than watching another re-run of Match Game or finding out some useless information on some Actor/Actress on E!. (is there supposed to be a period there after the exclamation point since the exclamation point is a part of the channel name E!?)

We flipped it on, and were introduced to a competition known as Punkin Chunkin. It's an annual event held in Deleware where people create machines in different categories (catapult, air cannon, etc.) to launch 8-10 pound pumpkins as far as they can. Each category has its own winner but the longest distance was from the air cannon division where Second Amendment from Howell, Michigan, launched a pumpkin 3,881.54 feet. They had another launch that appeared to have launched farther than that, but it went into the woods and they couldn't find it. Here are some results if you care..... the term "Pie" means that the pumpkin exploded during the release.



Powered by Blogger