Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sunday

The sky cleared out so the sun finally came out again and started the big melt.

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But, the clear sky means that the temperature plummets at night so the ice is sticking around for at least one more morning. We’re getting ready for another night below 15 degrees and school is closed again tomorrow.

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At least the melting of some of the ice allowed us to make this very small snowman. It’s the first snowman the kids have been able to make here. It’s hard to believe that the last decent snow had been seven years ago. The last really big one happened when I was in college in the dark ages back in 1994!

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Snow!

Some pictures from this morning – after the all night on and off ice. The ice really packed down the snow so we only have about 3 to 4 inches now due to the glaze of ice on top of everything.

Buried yard raccoon…

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Frozen Contour…

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Everything is shiny and bright! Too bad it will be 7 degrees tonight!

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Have Camera - Will Film Snow

I thought I would be documenting a huge snow today since the prediction was for up to 12 inches. That did not happen - at least not yet.

We have two inches so far and I would rather have 10 more to follow instead of the ice that is falling now. I just walked outside into a steady rain like pouring of sleet. The snow now has a glaze on top and everything that was not covered in snow is coated in ice. All I can hope for now is the power staying on. Luckily, we don't have to get out again until Monday for work. I'm thinking there is no way church will happen.

Time to bundle up and hope for the best. I'll attach my YouTube Snow Collection below.





Thursday, January 28, 2010

The weather and the writer

It takes a tough man to make a tender forecast. That’s what New York TV Anchor Ernie Anastos told meteorologist Nick Gregory back in September. Of course, Ernie followed that up with one of the weirdest farm animal obscenities I have ever heard.

The forecast here is for snow and quite a bit of it. We had the same forecast a couple of weeks ago and got close to nothing. And, just like last time, all of the schools are already closed before snowflake number 1 even hits the ground. You may wonder why this happens over and over in Tennessee. The reality is that very few people can drive in the snow. There are plenty here that have trouble with dry pavement, so snow is especially challenging. If the kids get to school and the snow hits, some kids end up stuck at school for hours and hours since the buses get stuck and the parents get stuck. Traffic instantly gridlocks and your 30 minute commute turns into a 5 hour nightmare.

I was here for the last “big one” in 2002. I think we had 8 inches. It was insanity. I could not get home because they closed the roads instead of clearing them. It was quite the hoot.

So, whatever happens tomorrow, I will be ready and I will take pictures.

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In other news, J.D. Salinger headed off to that great beyond yesterday. Yes, the older I get the more “whiny” “The Catcher in the Rye” sounds to me. I think it is only because I am old and bitter. The 14 year old me “got it”. Above is a scan of my first copy – purchased on February 21, 1988.

It was the book that got me hooked on books. Up until it, I read because I had to. After it, I read because I wanted to. I’m not sure what connected with me or why I read all of Salinger’s other books of short stories after, but I did. The story “Franny” from “Franny and Zooey” is still my favorite. I hope that we will see more writings from him now but I am afraid he did burn them or just didn’t write all these years. I don’t blame him one bit either way.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

2 Podcasts

I travel quite a bit for work and I drive quite a lot. All that time in the car means I could:

  1. Flip channels and listen to a lot of ‘swap shop’
  2. Bring along the XM radio and go through the bother of messing with it
  3. Listen to endless podcasts on the Zune

I’ve done quite a bit of #3. So, for tonight, here are two podcasts I’ve started listening to lately.

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First up, from the CBC: “Wiretap”. The premise is that we are listening in to the host on various phone calls. Some are interviews – some skits – some appear to be oddly random and personal. There are short story readings thrown in depending on the topic.

I’m still trying to figure out my true feelings on this one. I find most of the topics interesting. Sometimes the way the host gets “picked at” by his various friends can get a bit annoying – such as his friend upset with him for not keeping up his end of an agreement for them both to get beards and his talk with an ex-girlfriend that kept almost bursting into an argument. Yes – these are skits but they are just about ‘cringe-worthy’ at times (just like watching “The Office”). I’ll keep listening. Maybe if I had not listened to several hours worth in just a couple of days, it would not be wearing me out.

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Next up, “A Life Well Wasted”. This is a podcast about video games and other video game related topics. The newest episode had an interview with one of the main pinball designers of the 70’s and 80’s. The show has no real regular schedule but it is worth the wait. The production rivals “This American Life” and the interviews are fascinating – at least to me. You don’t just hear the history of a game – you learn about the personality behind it. And, you learn about the people who love playing games. This is one of my new favorites.

So, that’s the update from the road – another random hotel room in a random city. Tomorrow I will be back home just in time for the winter storm that is supposed to roll in late tomorrow night. There will be pictures a plenty if it actually happens.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

School Project

Why Lindsay shouldn't let me help her with her school project:

Monday, January 25, 2010

School Program Night

Let me preface what I am about to write with this: I’m not against school programs and I do support the kids school. However, sitting on bleachers for almost two hours is pure, unbelievable torture. We had dinner at the school and then had to go and sit in the gym for an hour before the program even began! I remember sitting on the bleachers plenty when I was in school since it seems like I didn’t miss a home football or basketball game for years and I never remember the act of just sitting wearing me out. I always thought the knees were the first things to wear out, but I guess it is actually the buttocks.

Enjoy the attached video and be thankful that I edited the whole thing down to just over three minutes for your viewing pleasure. Watch it now before the evil corporately controlled zombies at YouTube strip the music out of it because some egomaniac musician doesn’t want me attaching his/her intellectual property to my home movies.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The one where I talk about the rain and share Prince’s new horrible fight song

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We’re starting to get used to the yard looking like this. I can’t complain much since there are plenty of people still in a drought. Our drought ended last year and the rain seems to come every 5 days or so.

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A few weeks ago, we got rain like this and then a 30 degree temperature drop. This caused the actual ground to freeze and you could hear the frozen grass and soil cracking as you walked across it for about a week. That gets old.

In honor of the games today, I want to post Prince’s Minnesota Vikings Fight Song here for your listening pleasure. It is horrible. I heard it Friday night on Keith and The Girl. Just picture a team running up onto the field with this playing:

You want to hear a better version? Here is the Chipmunks singing it:

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Two Farewells

Two farewells in the world of popular culture tonight that oddly share a personal link for me back to September of 1993. Ah, the memories. I was turning 20 and living in Bowling Green, Kentucky attending Western Kentucky University. What a fun, confusing, and surreal time it was.

First, Conan said his goodbye to "The Tonight Show" after only seven months. Conan premiered at "Late Night" on September 13, 1993 and I started watching immediately. A lot of episodes of the show starting out were pretty bad but they finally got comfortable toward the middle of 1994.

The clip here of his actual goodbye was quite moving. So was Neil Young singing "Long May You Run" which would have been a perfect ending. Unfortunately, we got a horrible redneck Will Ferrell version of "Freebird" as a closing act that felt more like a Bruno-style practical joke than a way to end an albeit short tenure at one of the premiere shows on television. It was incredibly weak and it showed that Will is getting to the point where he is nothing more than a weak parody of himself.


Second, we said goodbye to Jean Simmons yesterday. She was wonderful as Sarah Brown in the movie version of "Guys and Dolls" from 1955. In September of 1993, I was working with the Warren Central High School Marching Band on a "Guys and Dolls" show. This is one of my favorite movies (it is the only movie I own two DVD copies of) and it will always remind me of a lot of good memories of that time.

Friday, January 22, 2010

One last Tonight Show

"There have been three hosts of Late Night and if there's one thing I've learned from Dave and Conan, it's that hosting this show is a one-way ticket to not hosting The Tonight Show.” – Jimmy Fallon

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Tonight marks the end of the 7 month run of Conan O’Brien as the host of “The Tonight Show”.

Why is this happening? For starts, NBC seems to think that Jay Leno is the most important person at the network. In order to keep him at NBC, they demolished their own prime time schedule by sticking him at 10PM 5 nights a week. Then, when the affiliates all screamed uncle due to the awful effect this decision was having on their 11PM newscasts, they decide that Jay Leno should be moved back to 11:30PM in order to fix what they see as a troubled performance of the “Tonight Show”. This, of course, is just a stupid excuse to keep Jay in the fold and has probably been the behind-the-scenes engineered plan all along.

NBC seems to be ignoring the obvious. Let’s not take into account that Conan is going up against David Letterman, who has been in that time slot for over 16 years. Let’s not take into account that having no lead in at 10 destroyed multiple affiliate newscasts across the country and also destroyed any lead-in advantage Conan might need. Let’s not take into account that Conan was winning the 18-34 demo which is supposedly why they wanted Conan there in the first place.

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I have watched Dave pretty much since year 1, which was 1982. I still have a stack of old video tapes where I would set him on the VCR and watch him the next day (except for those nights where I would sneak back in the den and watch him. No wonder I don’t remember much about school.) I know that I owe most of my demented personality to David Letterman.

I’ve continued to watch Dave but more often than not, I’ve flipped over to Conan during the last 7 months because I want a change of pace and Dave rants quite a bit now. Sometimes it just gets old.  Maybe he’s just tired. It’s weird how Conan is a lot like Dave was in the early years. If you go to You Tube and search on Late Night with David Letterman, it’s amazing to watch. You forget how fast paced and frantic Dave was – the energy was endless and he still had the gentleman personality of Johnny Carson. He’s changed quite a lot but I guess we all have in the last 28 years.

Johnny would be just plain sick and probably disgusted with all of the disrespect and back and forth happening now between all of the late night hosts. In 1992, when Jay wrangled the “Tonight Show” away from Johnny and Dave, nothing much on-air was said. Johnny just humbly left. Dave went to CBS and started his own legacy.

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So, what is the deal at NBC? Aside from incredible egomaniacal stupidity, NBC is falling victim to a problem that is all across our society today – an incredible lack of patience. Never mind that Conan was making money and showing results. NBC acts like it wants to be number 1 in late night – right now. (Of course, I believe this is just another part of the “Leno Plan”.) Are they number one anywhere else on their schedule? Only in the morning. It’s this extreme lack of patience that has caused NBC to become a last place network. They take good quality shows (like “Southland”) and throw them all over the schedule and then just bail on them. They leave shows like “Law and Order” (yes – it is good and consistent but so is Creme of Wheat) on for years and wonder why the younger demo is elsewhere.

They think they are in touch with the youth of America because they throw SNL specials all over the schedule (like the horrible SNL Christmas special) and roll out stinkers like “Community” (which is a shame because I had high hopes). And, don’t they realize that a lot of the younger set is watching shows on their computers and not on televisions? They are not just stupidly sitting there watching this crap because nothing else is on. Don’t they realize that most HDTV’s are giant computer monitors just waiting in our living rooms for someone to get Apple TV right? When this happens, we’ll have a choice of content and we’ll finally no longer be held hostage by astronomical cable prices that stick us with hundreds of channels we don’t watch.

So, for the future of “Tonight” after Leno, look at “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”. They came on the air completely connected to the culture of the internet. Their website is full of exclusive content and they know the power of the viral video. They already see the future and Jimmy is perfectly set up to be the next host of the “Tonight Show” once Jay is carried off the stage in a body bag.

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But, for now Jay Leno will come back on March 1 and all the nursing homes will turn their patient room televisions to him because he is an excellent alternative to sleeping pills. This spike in ratings will make Jeff Zucker think that he is the man. David Letterman will continue to unload on Leno and the late night fights will continue.

And Conan will go down the road in September and start his own legacy on another network just like Dave was forced to do in 1993. And, Conan and Dave together will destroy Jay’s little empire.

I can’t wait.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Dare to Diss the Mighty Ford Contour

The crazy people at BusinessWeek magazine decided to declare the Ford Contour a loser in a recent article!


I am saddened, disgusted, and embarrassed. I know that I look totally cool driving down the road in the Contour.

So, in order to counter these horrible lies, I have created a video to let everyone know the true joy that I experience as a Ford Contour driver.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I review things – Windows Live Writer

I really can’t stand the editor in Blogger. I shouldn’t say that since it is free and I have zero right to complain but if you are actually going to update on a regular basis, the limitations are quite annoying. I can never get the formatting right without posting then editing 2 or 3 times. The pictures slide around. There are annoying gaps around anything embedded.

Well, all that is fixed with the Windows Live Writer. I downloaded the Windows Live package so I could get Movie Maker on my Windows 7 laptop.

Download it here: Windows Live Essentials

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Once you install, you will be able to add several programs. You don’t have to install them all. One caveat – be careful at the end because you will be prompted to make Bing your search provider and change your homepage to MSN. There is always a catch.

Choose Windows Live Writer and wow! kaboom! whammo! It is an actual word processor with easy to use features specifically made for posting to blogs.

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It works with multiple sites (not just Blogger) and now I’ve installed it on the netbook and my work laptop (for those exciting travel updates).

And, no, I don’t work for Microsoft nor do I receive any $$ through this blog. This has just been a very helpful program and I wanted to share it. So, you now have no excuse. Get out there and start blogging!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Imagined Conversation

(Phone ringing)

“Thanks for calling Foot Locker – home of the best prices on Nike Shox. This is Dan”

“Dan, it’s me Rob.”

“What do you need, Rob? Don’t tell me you another day off for another audition.”

“No – I got the callback. That’s why I need Thursday off.”

“Now, Rob. We’re having a big sale this weekend on Hyperize and there is a lot of set up to do. I know you’re not here for a career but some of us are and we have to take up the slack when you are out living the dream.”

“Come on, Dan. This is big. This is national level. I’ve got a gig at the Auto Show. I’m going to be right up front and there will be press from all over.”

“I dunno, Rob.”

(long silence)

“Dan, I’ll pick you up some freebies – some totes and keychains and stuff – just like I did when I got that spot dressed as a tomato at the No Pesticides Produce Convention.”

(more silence)

“Dan…this could be my big break.”

“O.K. Rob. But, I want some bumper stickers too.”

“It’s a deal. Thanks, man.”

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Letterman Fun

Well, I was getting tired of the Conan vs. Leno deal until I saw this early post of Dave sticking it to Leno head on.

I am enjoying it just as much as Dave appears to be.

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It took right over 5 hours to get home from Atlanta. I also left about 2 hours later than I expected to. So, I hit just a bit of traffic.

The drive from Atlanta is just plain exhausting. It’s weird that I used to enjoy driving long distances but now it just wears me out. Anyway, I can’t complain. I made it home. I unpacked. I ate. I got to watch “Chuck”. And, I don’t have any urgent trips on the horizon.

In other news, it appears that Conan is going to get a slight mea culpa from Jay tonight:

http://www.tmz.com/2010/01/18/jay-leno-conan-obrien-the-tonight-show-nbc-monologue/

In other other news, I am watching too much TV. I’m burnt out on the Jay-Conan deal and just wish they would settle it with a game of laser tag on live TV.

I’m just ready for sleep. Maybe I’ll have something creative to write tomorrow.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Dear CNN

Your definition of “breaking news” and my definition of “breaking news” appear to be at odds. Who is winning Golden Globes is not “breaking news”. It barely even qualifies as news. 

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I thought I had subscribed to a “Breaking News” feed from the Cable NEWS Network and not from Entertainment Weekly or Variety.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

If you love a rainy night…

…then Atlanta is the place for you.

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It is pouring here in Atlanta tonight. It is odd, you may think, for me to be travelling for work on a weekend. I would agree but we are switching over some computer equipment and the best day for this is a day where no production typically happens and unfortunately, the clearest day is Sunday. Fortunately, I work with people that have a good plan in place and things are looking quite good. I like the fact that I feel confident about the change and it is a big one and a better one. So, I am not disappointed to be here because I think it means good things for our company long term.

The drive down was a wet and nasty mess. It poured and poured but the Contour got me here in one piece. Don’t doubt the fantastic 1999 engineering.

And, I’m about to settle down and get some sleep. And, in even better news, I will be home Monday evening! This is my shortest and most productive trip in years.

All good here in Atlanta. Good night!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday

What a weird week. When we started the week, the big news was Conan vs. Leno. Then, as Haiti collapsed, so did the University of Tennessee football program.
By the end of the week:
Let’s start this weekend off right with some “Pants on the Ground”. If you are one of the ten people left that haven’t seen it, I am adding the clip from “American Idol” here. But, what I really want to share is Jimmy Fallon’s awesome Neil Young version. It is one of the funniest Fallon bits so far.

The original:
 

The Neil Young cover via Jimmy Fallon. I want the MP3 so any time I feel sad or discouraged, I can play it.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Goats and Teddy Pendergrass

Tonight, we had the opportunity to take the kids to visit some 5 day old goats. These are the kinds of things you do in Tennessee.

Mama Goat was a tad protective but knows how to pose for the camera.


They look all cute and adorable until they eat your couch.


In other news, I couldn't sleep last night and was listening to some "Coast to Coast AM" when I heard the news of the passing of Teddy Pendergrass. What an incredible singer.

Click this link to hear my favorite Teddy Pendergrass song "Stay with Me". If there is a video for this one, it's nowhere I can find it.

Another great talent gone!


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

For the record

Sara and Lindsay have this little music night thing coming up at school. So, Sara asked me if I had "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun". I said, "Of course. I bought it when it came out."



I think she was expecting me to pull it up on the computer. There were "Ooh's" and "Aah's" as she admired the ancient technology.

This lasted until Sara asked if I could copy that record over to her MP3 player. I do not have the ability to do that. She wondered how we dealt with living in the dark ages. You either dealt with it or copied your records to cassette tapes and listened to them on an overpriced Walkman that ate batteries like kids in Halloween costumes eat candy.

Still hoping for an MP3, Sara then requested "Footloose" and I exclaimed with glee, "Yes! I bought that when it came out also!"



Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tuesday: Conan addresses the people of Earth


Another busy day around the home office today but it is finally winding down. I am also at the start of a sinus headache so that's even more unexpected fun. It stinks to feel decent at work all day and then feel like crud at night.

On that note, I will take the easy way out and share Conan's message today that let us all know he would not accept a 12:05AM "Tonight Show". I've been watching Dave and taping Conan and I really think NBC is blowing it here. Conan has really found his groove and it's a shame that NBC/Comcast will throw that all away. But, Comcast is probably on the verge of dismantling the whole thing anyway. It will probably end up being just another superstation when all is said and done.

Also, notice the excellent Conan graphic courtesy of http://imwithcoco.com/


People of Earth:

In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky. That said, I’ve been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.

Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over The Tonight Show in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.

But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with my Tonight Show in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.

Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn’t the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.

So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn’t matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.

There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.

Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it’s always been that way.

Yours,
Conan

Monday, January 11, 2010

Monday!

Notice that the title is Monday! not "Monday Monday" or "A Case of the Mondays". Why is rare happiness associated with this Monday in particular?

Yesterday morning, we bottomed out at...










Today, it is above freezing! It has been most of the day and still is even as I write this. Of course, the gutters keep puking ice and the loud noises resemble someone climbing on the roof.



 
 
 
 
 
 
Second, school was in session today! Everyone to the north and east of us wimped out but our schools came through for me before I suffered the first nervous breakdown of the new decade.
 
Of course, most things are still in various states of freeze. The lake is still iced over and this is enough for the television stations to be repeatedly warning everyone not to try to walk out on the ice. They even had to say that just because the ducks are out there walking around that we should not try it. Hmmm - if a 7 pound duck can walk out there, surely a 190 pound man can!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So, Monday was pretty decent. And, I plan to numb my brain with television tonight.
 
New "How I Met Your Mother" where we might find out the identity of the mother thus causing the show to automatically end which would free up another timeslot Jay Leno can squat in!!
 
New "Chuck" which gives me 3 hours of new "Chuck" in one week!
 
New "Big Bang Theory"!
 
Let's leave on a high note. For those who don't suffer enough seeing my stream of weird pictures on TwitPic, I offer the following re-post from lunch. I was at the Waffle House today and observed a new and exciting use for Waffle House menus - cold weather radiator protection!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Movies: "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past", "The Ugly Truth" and "Paper Heart"

Oh, Redbox - you make it so easy for me to spend a dollar and watch movies I would have never paid full movie ticket price to see. You curse me.

Actually, you cursed me twice this weekend. Unfortunately, I paid 6 whole bucks for this first stinker.


First, "The Ugly Truth". Let me lay this out as simply as possible - it is one of the worst things I have ever sat through. It was painful at times. I'd rather be numbed into a stupor but this was so bad I actually had to get up and walk around the room. 

The story - the acting - all bad. Worst, I felt myself hoping that no one actually thinks like these people think. You can't have buy-in with the characters because she has no common sense and he is an all out egomaniac.

I guess that's all you need for true love.

Worth 25 cents of the 6 dollars my wife insanely spent by renting this on pay-per-view. I am blaming the poor decision making on her post-surgery pain-killers.




Second up, "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past". I heard this was TERRIBLE and I believe I saw it on some worst movies lists. Maybe because I saw "The Ugly Truth" first, I really don't think this one was that bad. At least you feel like all the characters in this movie are in on the joke - the guy knows he's morally corrupt and he will change it in the end! Blah blah blah. By comparison, the characters in "The Ugly Truth" seem to celebrate their shortcomings and have no desire to change! C'est La Vie!

One note - both of these actors are getting a tad too old to play characters that are still trying to find that first real love and still seem completely unsure of themselves. You can't keep making this same crap over and over for years!

Worth 75 cents of the dollar I spent - and it is only that good because Michael Douglas is in it and he was top notch as always.




Finally, the only movie I picked was "Paper Heart". I came in expecting little and got exactly what I expected. The potential for something unique is there. The little "interviews" they did across the country are great. The little touch of what seems like the real Hollywood scene today was kind of cool. I rented it because I really liked "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" and Michael Cera is in here. He is fine.

But Charlene Yi can't stop making goofy and annoying faces every five seconds. She did it while doing press for the movie and she does it all through the movie. Maybe as a character on a stage that works. Here, she could be a touch real, maybe? We get the nerd thing - we get the whole schtick.  In little portions, funny. For 88 minutes, ugh.

Worth 50 cents of the dollar I spent.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Videos

A couple of videos today to share some of my recent song "rediscoveries" thanks to XM radio.

First up - Rock of Life by Rick Springfield. This one is from the spring of '88 and I have a weird memory that I still associate with this song. I was in 9th grade and we went to downtown Nashville for some sort of school trip. I can't remember what we did - must have been a play or the museum. I do remember it was a rainy day. We're on the bus heading out of downtown and this very skinny and tall black gentleman was walking down the street. He looked like Kid from Kid 'N Play and dressed in the finest pastel colors of the day with white pants. He was a great target for a bus full of freshman. Everyone was waving and hollering and he turned and smiled really big and gave us all the finger.

Yep - that's what I remember from 9th grade and weird stuff like that highlights most of my public school memories. Spanish? Forgot it. Algebra? Gone also. We ate at Quincy's steakhouse after and had big fat yeast rolls with honey butter (which was the Quincy's specialty).

Why would I associate something so dumb with that song? I assume I brought my Walkman with me and had the cassette single of Rock of Life.

Anyhow, the song has held up quite well. You need to fire it up with headphones. Who knew Rick could rock out like that? The video is typical late 80's weirdness but all the explosions are somewhat cool, I guess. Why there is a guy packing a suitcase and why the woman sitting in her room is not surprised when Rick Springfield jumps in with a guitar is beyond me.




Second up is "Show Me Love" by Robin S. It became a hit in 1993 and I heard it again on XM the other day. It sounds excellent on the Zune. Sounds like a great song for driving really late at night or early early in the morning. I'll give it a shot one day when I have to drive to the airport at 4AM (Nothing is planned yet but it will happen eventually). I have no good story to go with this. I would imagine that I was working at the Taco Bell and just generally goofing off in the summer of '93 when this was out.

Friday, January 8, 2010

NBC's "Late Night" curse continues and a Weather Update

It's appears that NBC's habit of burning each and every host of the show that follows "The Tonight Show" is live and well.

Let's take a look back:


Tom Snyder: Host of "The Tomorrow Show": Dead (O.K. Maybe not NBC's fault directly. Or was it? Hmmm.)



David Letterman : Host of "Late Night with David Letterman". Cheated out of the "Tonight Show" job by NBC and Leno in 1992. Of course, now Jay Leno is fussing about NBC not honoring a contact. Talk about the pot and the kettle. But, Jay always wins. Ask our next contestant.


 Conan O' Brien: Host of "Late Night with Conan O' Brien". NBC seems only concerned about keeping Leno from jumping to Fox or ABC so they will throw Conan right under the bus. Is Conan the best fit at 11:30 against Dave? Well, not yet. I have watched Dave for years but I think Conan is pretty good too. In fact, he's a lot like Dave was in the '80's. He is a bit out there but that is what he's good at. And, the Conan "Tonight Show" is 10 times better than the "Jay Leno Show" disaster.

 
NBC needs to get a grip and give him a break. Conan is not the problem here. All kinds of NBC affiliates are complaining that their newscasts are down as much as 50% because of the poor lead in from Leno. Duh - Leno kills the ratings for the news which are the lead in for Conan. Do we not see the relationship here? Conan would be just fine if NBC would clean up its act.

So, other than Conan - who else gets hit by the curse?



Jimmy Fallon: Host of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon". In most scenarios, Jimmy gets pushed back to 1:05 AM or later. The people up all night making the donuts won't notice the difference but this is graveyard infomercial time. Jimmy gets it double because he is actually doing pretty well at 12:35. Why is that? Because of his strong lead in.

What? We just said that Conan is not doing well at 11:30. That's true. Jimmy is getting a lot of the Letterman lead-in. You read it here first. It's because I am like a lot of people who can't figure out what in the world Craig Ferguson is talking about. I automatically flip from Dave to Jimmy as I suspect a lot of others do. Jimmy is a great companion to Dave. It's also a better written show than "The Jay Leno Show" and Conan's "Tonight Show". Yes - there are weird and stupid things (Wheel of Carpet Samples? Yuk.). But, this show is the best bet for leading NBC back into the 11:30 top spot after Letterman retires if NBC would exhibit a little patience and just let Jay go.

That's right, NBC. Let Jay go. That's what you wanted to do in the first place. Quit being gun shy and cut the cord!

Fox has proved they cannot make a late night show work. ABC is OK with Kimmel but why take on the debt of adding Leno at 11:30 when they already make plenty of money and ratings with "Nightline"? I guess time will tell how all of this shakes out. I will be sticking with Letterman and Fallon.

In other news, aside from the warmth of the massive sausage fire in town tonight, it's been extremely cold. Yep - I said massive sausage fire. Make up your own jokes.



Brrrrr.....



But, only enough snow for the kids to create a very spooky looking snowman face on the trampoline.



That's it. Time to put on the Snuggie and warm up in front of the TV.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Snow Day!

A typical Tennessee snow day means you barely get any snow.


So, you have to make the most of what you get.


Even the lawn decorations seemed annoyed.


That's all we got.


But, since Mother Nature knows I need to drive in to Nashville for an 8AM appointment, it is now snowing like all get out. And it is supposed to be 14 degrees with a wind chill of -10 tomorrow morning.

Snow day - fun for kids, lousy for adults.

Snow Cam is Up!

Updated! That's all the snow and school is already out for tomorrow. I guess with the 9 degree low expected tonight, there is a small fear of ice in the morning!

I'll keep the snow cam up just a little longer until dark but I believe we've seen the last of the snowflakes.

Finally, a little snow!

The cam is down now but this was the view: