You are what you watch.

TV, Movies, Web, Books, and other extraneous things, and why some are worth your time and money - mostly

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Happy Days: The Musical

One Horseman Down
Three to go.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Viking Youth Power Hour: Podcast Profile #1

As Promised, earlier this week, this is the first in a series of Podcast Profiles.

First up is the Viking Youth Power Hour. The Viking Youth's are a group of guys in Chicago who get together on a regular basis to drink, smoke, and discuss philosophy. Recent topics include UFOs, Aliester Crowley, LSD, Robot Intelligence, and Hunter S. Thompson. As you can tell, they're a little out there. They're absurdly smart and interesting, and occasionally very funny.
They do tend to intersperse their show with painfully bad techno (which I fast forward through) and they think LSD is a spiritual experience, which is a little bit odd, but I tend to ignore they're flaws because they're so interesting. It's kinda hard to describe, you really ought to go listen.

They're website is here or you can subscribe in iTunes.

Next week, I'll profile Yeast Radio.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Parthenon Threw Up

All over the Oscar Stage:

VIA: The Gilded Moose

Or you can read some BS about the set in the official press release.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Spongeback Mountain

Ahh, the tireless trend of BrokeBack Mountain Mash-ups continues: this time, it's spongebob squarepants.

New Feature: Podcast Profiles

Two of the most important parts of being an Active Media Consumer is grabbing on to cool, underground media and being in complete control over it.
Blogs are a good example of this, but, since you are reading this, I can assume you know about blogs already. But podcasts are still pretty new and wicked cool. A Podcast is serial audio (usually mp3) or video content sent out via RSS feeds or an aggregator, which can then be transferred to a portable music player. Although pretty much everyone has heard of podcasting because of iTunes, most don't know where to start.
So, I've decided to start a new series of posts: Podcast Profiles. Every couple of days, I'll write a profile of one of the podcasts or vidcasts I like. Who does it, what it is, why I like it, etc. I'll also be adding them to my newly rehabilitated blogroll, at right, since I use iTunes and not Bloglines.

1st up: The Viking Youth Power Hour

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Lost Remote: 'The end of TV as we know it'

Lost Remote: 'The end of TV as we know it'

Basically what this blog is, in theory, about. Unfortunately, because of my tv induced ADD, I didn't read the whole article, but Lost Remote's lovely summary made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. They almost sound like they're reading my mind.
Plus, I'm finally one of the "kool kids." So are you, LR, so are you.

Art School Confidential - Trailer

Art School Confidential - Film Database

So I just checked out the trailer to Art School Confidential, based on the comic by Daniel Clowes (Ghost World). It actually looks really good, especially based on the cast: John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent, Anjelica Huston.
Now, I hated Ghost World (the comic, I never saw the movie), because the characters were all so familiarly obnoxious. Turns out, Clowes is an alum of my High School (a little before my time, since I haven't graduated yet) and based on the whiny, self-satisfied, pseudo-punks in Ghost World, it hasn't changed much.
I haven't read the comic of Art School yet, but it appears to make fun of all the things that I hate about modern art, so, uh, check it out, maybe it'll be good.

PS. My school's other famous alum, murderer Richard Loeb, of Leopold and Loeb.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Flying Cars - Real Life not Sci Fi

How cool is this? Seriously, how fucking cool is this?
Tech Start-up Planning Flying Car via Gizmodo with more at CNET

I know that this is supposed to be a media blog (hey, it's there in the title), But when something this, let's say, sweeeeeeeet comes along, how can I not repost it?

Just think about it. Flying Cars. Flying cars. Let that sink in. This may well be the best new I've heard all month. Flying cars. I don't even know what to say!

Debbie Downer: On the other hand, these will be so popular for suicides....

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Wired News: Tune In, Turn On, Veg Out

Wired News: Tune In, Turn On, Veg Out

Wired has a cute little essay about falling off the cable bandwagon after a 5 year dry spell. I was perhaps expecting something more substantive but at least it was cute. Here's a sample:
I also understand that there has been a lot of island-based entertainment over the past few years. People have been voting about their islands, is that right? And there was an island plane crash that caused the survivors to suffer from near-constant flashbacks? Is that a different island?

Sunday, February 12, 2006

So, I lost.., Meh. so sad

I'm not sure if this is technically leaked info or not, but I lost the Modfab 6 smackdown. Not really surprised. I can think of a lot of things I did wrong, like going to a net free retreat for the last 48 hours of voting, leaving me unable to campaign; having a blog without readership who could support me; being a closet blogger, and therefore unable to ask friends and family to vote for me; and being overall self-promoted out from applying to college.
I also probably confused people by describing myself as Woody Allen but using a thumb of the cowardly lion, and alienated others by dissing the soon to be sainted Daniel Vosevic.
I'm pretty sure the other candidates are better than I am, anyways.

So, no hard feelings. congrats to the other winners. It's off to watch the Olympics for me.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Arrested Finale I missed it

You know how Everyone said Fox shot itself in the foot by moving Family Guy/arrested development around it's schedule? Well, in case you didn't know, tomorrow is the season (code for series) Finale. I had no fucking clue, and because of poor timing on USA today's part, I freaked out and thought I missed it. Turns out I'm going to miss it anyway, which will make me cry.
Instead all of you, all three people who read this post, must as a moral obligation, watch the finally tomorrow.

Hope? -Showtime or ABC could get 'Arrested'

Damon Demarco on Clay Aiken

nakedcityboys - In defense of Clay
could care less about Clay aiken (I'm not even sure what he looks like) but Damon Demarco has some great thoughts on closeted celebrities and the gay community:
I am disappointed by the gay reaction to the whole "sex scandal" because it is everything wrong with the gay community, and why we have the public image as being Catty, Superficial, Sex Crazed, and Bitchy. Nothing is less interesting than a Bitchy Queen who has nothing better to offer than to "Dish" so people will keep listening.

Warning: his site isn't quite work safe (He is a porn star after all)

Wednesday Night Triple Threat: Update

So, I caught my three shows last night. Pretty much everything I wrote last night has to be revised, though.
Lost - totally amazing now that it's getting away from the mid-season lameness (certain deaths, a certain overhyped flashback episode, that stage I went through where I was complete Lost nerd and studied it for I-Ching connections)
It is still totally amazing, but I've relapsed into Lost nerddom. Not so far that I'm listening to the sycophantic podcasts again, but J.M. Berger at Egoplex pointed me in the direction of some really interesting theories that I just wasted an hour and a half reading.
Invasion - I think I've already mentioned that it's my favorite show ever
Last night's episode was mediocre. Although it usually does a great job of introducing characters and plot elements in episodes prior to their relevance, it brought some stuff out of left field that, without spoiling, really ought to have been mentioned.
This is one of my pet peeves, classically embodied by an episode of Full House where a best friend was written in for that Olsen girl only so that she could be sad that her best friend (who, in addition to never appearing on the show before, never appeared again) was moving away.
And although Invasion usually uses it's aliens as metaphors to great effect, the puberty metaphor was just tacky. On top of all that, most of the episode was predictable, too. Not cool Invasion.
On the other hand, the preview of next weeks episode looked amazing. There is still hope.
Project Runway - My guilty pleasure... If Nick doesn't win I will be very sad. I seem to be the only person who hates Daniel Vosevic and a lot of his dresses.
While I was gratified by Dan V's runway chewing out, it was all for naught since Nick was eliminated. And they kept Santino's ugly ass, falling apart jumpsuit. A jumpsuit. It looked like dirty long underwear. Which is worse, dressing a girl in long underwear that highlights her every flaw or making a slick suit but picking bad fabric?

PS. Welcome Modfabbers. Non modfabbers follow that link, then vote for me (I'm #11)

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

TV: Triple Threat Night

Depending on how you look at it, Wednesday is either the best or the worst night of the week. See here's how it goes.

8 PM (Chicago Time) - Lost - totally amazing now that it's getting away from the mid-season lameness (certain deaths, a certain overhyped flashback episode, that stage I went through where I was complete Lost nerd and studied it for I-Ching connections)
9 PM - Invasion - I think I've already mentioned that it's my favorite show ever
10 PM - Project Runway - My guilty pleasure, the one I gave up Desperate Housewives for. If Nick doesn't win I will be very sad. I seem to be the only person who hates Daniel Vosevic and a lot of his dresses.

Plus free bonus:
11 PM - Cartoons on either comedy central or Adult Swim. There's always some nice Combination
12 midnight - Daily Show and Colbert

That's a solid three hours of television plus the extra two I tack on at the end when I'm not tired (I am tired)
Now, I could indulge fully, watch all my shows, make ABC happy and my math teacher mad. Or I could skip lost, and buy it legally, or I could skip Invasion and steal it (I could steal Lost, but since I can buy it, I feel obligated to) and Runway I can theoretically catch in reruns, although I've been saying that about last years finally all year and I still haven't seen it.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Wizard of Oz

Right now, I am supposed to be writing a paper about the Wizard of Oz and I’m completely out of ideas. I already wrote one about how the Cowardly Lion is a flaming queen, so that’s out, and my teacher doesn’t seem to believe that Glinda is either an incompetent stoner or an insidious Machiavellian schemer.

Billie Burke doesn't always know what's going on

PS. The Scarecrow (Ray Bolger)’s Kansas doppelganger is, more than appropriately, named Hunk.