Thursday, August 31, 2006
More proof I'm a geek.
It is like watching a train wreck.
Pants Off Dance Off:
'Not every idea has to be smart to make it on TV. Sometimes stupid works, too.
At the end of busy days in his New York production office, Tad Low will sometimes crank the music loud for his staff to take a dance break. One day someone observed, "How hilarious would this be if we did this in the nude?"
From that offhand remark came "Pants-Off Dance-Off," which has quickly become the Fuse network's most popular series ever. No more complicated than its title, the competition features people dancing in front of a screen playing their favorite music video, while slowly shedding clothes.
"Why hasn't anybody put naked people and rock music together on television before?" said Low, who created the "Pop-Up Videos" series for VH1. "It seems so obvious, like peanut butter and jelly."
Five dancers are featured in each show, from Tuesday through Friday at 10 p.m. ET, and viewers vote online for each night's favorite. Those choices then compete in Saturday's "dance-off." The series is in repeats now until the second season starts Sept. 26.'
Libeskind's Plan For Civic Center
Libeskind unveiled his plans for revitalizing Civic Center, and I have to say, I think it's garish in its modernity. The successful juxtaposition of Modern and Classic elements in architecture, is a tricky balancing act, and I think his plan fails miserably. It seems disjointed next to the existing Beaux Arts design.
Denver Infill has the best images of the plan.
I like his design for the Art Museum extension, but his Museum Residences next door, are butt ugly. They look like modern 'project'-type buildings. If they approve his plan, that whole area is going to be one funky, angular vision.
Urban Legends - School Edition
'In 1981 the United States Congress cut $1 billion from child-nutrition funding and gave the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just 90 days to develop new standards for school lunches that would cut costs but not nutritional value. At the time, the FDA required that lunches consist of milk, bread, meat, and two servings of fruits or vegetable.'
Robert Best is the bees knees.
In my inbox today, I was pleasantly surprised to get a message from future husband, Robert Best:
thankyou. Very nice of you to write. I have been busy back at Barbie and lots of amazing offers, so we'll see what happens. Thanks again, people like you made the whole experience worthwhile in the end. See you on the reunion show.:-)
Which is funny, because Helen got a message from him too recently.
Best of luck Robert!
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
'She is toe up. Our stock would plummet.'
She could have said worse.
CNN 'LIVE From ...' the ladies room?
NEW YORK (AP) - Kyra Phillips, anchor of CNN's "Live From...," unwittingly upstaged President Bush's speech in New Orleans with on-the-air analysis of her husband and the marriage of her brother - all live from a CNN ladies room.
Unaware that her wireless microphone was "live" during her break, Phillips could be heard overriding Bush's prepared address Tuesday as he was seen marking the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
The Atlanta-based Phillips, in conversation with an unidentified woman in an echoey room, dismissed most men with a vulgar term, but called herself "very lucky in that regard. My husband is handsome and he is genuinely a loving - you know, no ego - you know what I'm saying? Just a really passionate, compassionate, great, great human being. And they exist. They do exist. They're hard to find. Yup. But they are out there."
A few moments later, she observed that "brothers have to be, you know, protective. Except for mine. I've got to be protective of him."
Why? "His wife is just a control freak."
At that point, another voice cut in: "Kyra."
"Yeah, baby?" replied Phillips on hearing her name.
"Your mike is on. Turn it off. It's been on the air."
CNN anchor Daryn Kagan, looking flustered, then broke into the telecast with a recap of what Bush had been saying.
Maybe it's his new thing since Paramount dropped him.
ARAPAHOE COUNTY - Sheriff's deputies are searching for a man who steals prescription drugs while visiting open houses.
The suspect is in his 30's, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 180 pounds. He has short dark hair and is described as looking like "Tom Cruise."
Monday, August 28, 2006
Ashlee Simpson On Drugs
Elton John Gets Gangsta On Yo Ass
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Goodbye yellow brick road, hello hip hop.
Elton John tells Rolling Stone magazine that he wants to record a hip-hop album with Grammy-winning producer Dr. Dre.
'I want to work with Pharrell, Timbaland, Snoop, Kanye, Eminem and just see what happens,' John says in the Sept. 7 issue. 'It may be a disaster, it could be fantastic, but you don't know until you try.'
The 59-year-old says he is a fan of Blackstreet's "No Diggity" and Tupac Shakur's 'California Love.'
'I want to bring my songs and melodies to hip-hop beats,' John says. 'I love these beats, but I have no idea how to get them.'
John performed Eminem's song 'Stan' with the rapper during the 2001 Grammy awards.
John's new album, 'The Captain and the Kid,' is due in September.
Little Miss Sunshine
Friday, August 25, 2006
My Friend Sarah
'But if I knew where my husband was, I'd like to know. Because I would like a divorce. How, very Jerry Springer of me. I just want my implants."
'She said there's too much caffeine in your bloodstream'
So, I take my time getting ready for the day, and leave my domicile.
On the way in, my mp3 player's battery dies.
I look in my backpack. I'm out of batteries! Now I have to stop somewhere to buy batteries. Curses! Additional time out of my morning trek. I stop by Russel's and complete my purchase without incident.
Soon after, I make a stop at Einstein's, because I was having serious gastronomical rumblings. [I drank coffee on an empty stomach and I needed something to nosh, or I would wretch].
Lo and behold, there was a major line.
Normally, I would have skipped it, but my stomach told me to suffer through. I join the queue, when all of a sudden, one of the staff comes by with a newfangled, Blackberry type, device to take my order.
'Sundried Tomato bagel, toasted, with plain cream cheese, on the side, to go'.
'Cool', I thought. Maybe it won't be so bad.
I get to the counter, pay, and wait for my order. What do I get? A poppyseed bagel, un-toasted, with the cream cheese all up in it, 'for here'. How does Sundried tomato sound like poppyseed? It was almost the antithesis of what I had ordered.
Again, normally, I would have gone all diva on their asses, and make a big stink, forcing them to remake my order, but I wanted to be able to enjoy the fact, that this was one morning I didn't have to rush to make it to work on time. For, at least, it wasn't an onion bagel.
I make them bag it, whilst grumbling to myself, feeling my rage, boil and simmer.
I begrudgingly take my bagel and leave.
I get on the shuttle, and what do I see? Not one, but two people in wheelchairs. 'Oh great, there goes more time', I think to myself. Of course, both of the wheelchair people had to get off at different stops. Fuggers. [It takes a while for the shuttle operator to get out and deploy the ramp so wheelchairs can exit].
By now, my early morning lead, had delved in to a mad rush to make it to the station on time.
All this time, I am getting more, and more, livid.
It's then that I think to myself, 'you know, in the grand scheme of things, I am being ridiculous'.
People in Africa are killing each other over charity-donated food, and wishing for a pot to piddle in, and here I am getting all pissed off for having the wrong bagel to eat for the morning, and handicapped people making me late.
But then I think to myself, this is the privilege of the American life; being able to sweat the small stuff.
And then blog about it.
God Bless America.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Anderson Cooper On John Karr's Mugshot
'Here's his most recent mugshot from Boulder. He's lit from below. Not very flattering'
Later about Pluto not being a planet anymore:
'It doesn't look that small'.
--Anderson Cooper - As just stated on 360 Anderson Cooper 'Keeping Them Honest'
I dunno. Something smells fishy to me; if he actually did it. I kind of get the feel that he is just a morbid stalker. Although it's pretty evident he has a thing for young girls, I think it's some weird form of celebrity-seeking in work here. We'll see how this plays out.
But by the end of the day, I would have one major, honkin' headache.
So I just played with the contrast and brightness on the monitor, and I can already feel the relief. I had way to much contrast going on, thus, my eyes were having a hard time making things out; causing eye strain.
This all came about when I had to re-set up all my preferences that resulted from the computer change.
I feel dumb because, I knew better. I did a whole study on contrast as it replies to senior citizens, in regards to Senior Healthcare Design.
That's why my blog is light text on a dark background. For all us agin' folks out there.
I'm sure this is all over the 'nets...
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
NYC In Legos
'At some point (sooner, rather than later), there will be a housing-finance-related 'accident,'due to an incendiary combination of housing debt and derivatives. That is what lies ahead. What remains to be seen is exactly when the financial bomb gets detonated.
Meanwhile, though this mess has just started, the end game is (and has been) very predictable, as the story states: 'Some borrowers are opting to sell homes they can no longer afford.' Unfortunately, folks like the accountant from Detroit are going to find that as this occurs, there won't be enough buyers, as many people will need to sell.
The inevitable scenario: 'Some California brokers say they are beginning to see a return of 'short sales'- transactions in which the sales price isn't large enough to cover outstanding loans.''
Cruisenfreude - It's about time
Paramount Cuts Ties With Cruise Company
'It's Tom Cruise vs. Sumner Redstone in a case of I quit-you're fired at Hollywood's highest level. On one side is the chairman of Viacom, Inc., which owns Paramount Pictures. On the other is the industry's biggest and most bankable star, whose last seven films have each generated over $100 million.
Redstone said Tuesday that Paramount would sever its long and profitable relationship with Cruise/Wagner Productions, Cruise's company with producing partner Paula Wagner. Redstone told the Wall Street Journal that Cruise's 'recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount.'
'As much as we like him personally,' Redstone is quoted as saying, 'we thought it was wrong to renew his deal.' He then cited Cruise's "recent conduct" as the reason.
In the past year or so, Cruise couch-hopped on Oprah Winfrey's talk show while proclaiming his love for Katie Holmes, criticized the use of antidepressants and claimed that postpartum depression doesn't exist. He also got into an angry exchange with Matt Lauer on the 'Today' show while defending his opinions.'
Somewhat oldie, but goodie.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Pee Wee's Tip Of The Day
He needs to take Pete Doherty with him.
'LONDON -- A planned U.S. tour by Keane has been postponed while singer Tom Chaplin is being treated for drug and alcohol addiction, the British band said Tuesday.
In a statement posted on the band's Web site, Chaplin, 27, said he was "having to deal with an increasing problem with drink and drugs, and the time has come to get the professional help I need to sort myself out."
The tour had been due to start in Chicago on Sept. 7.
"I feel desperately disappointed to be letting down our fans, but I want to get myself right now so that I can be back on the road for the rest of the year," Chaplin said.
Keane had already canceled several appearances, citing Chaplin's "exhaustion."
The trio released their melodic debut album, "Hopes and Fears," in 2004. Their second album, "Under the Iron Sea," entered the British album charts at No. 1 when it was released in June.'
YouTube bets on Paris Hilton
Lame, if you ask me.
'LONDON - Turner Broadcasting is scouring more than 1,500 classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, including old favorites Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo, to edit out scenes that glamorize smoking.
The review was triggered by a complaint to British media regulator Ofcom by one viewer who took offence to two episodes of Tom and Jerry shown on the Boomerang channel, part of Turner Broadcasting which itself belongs to Time Warner Inc.'
Christina Ricci looks great in her spread.
Monday, August 21, 2006
Lack of posts.
So, I am going home, taking a shower, throwing in the DVDs for 'The 4400' I got from Netflix, and going to bed early, in hopes of being somewhat normal tomorrow.
Osama Loves Whitney
'Boof says bin Laden couldn't stop talking about his favorite singer and had lofty plans for her. "He said he wanted to give [her] a mansion that he owned in a suburb of Khartoum. He explained to me that to possess Whitney, he would be willing to break his color rule and make her one of his wives."
But bin Laden's murderous side also emerged in his fantasies about the pop superstar. "[He would say] how beautiful she is," Boof claims, "what a nice smile she has, how truly Islamic she is but is just brainwashed by American culture and by her husband - Bobby Brown, whom Osama talked about having killed, as if it were normal to have womens' husbands killed.
"In his briefcase, I would come across photographs of the Star [magazine], as well as copies of Playboy. It would soon come to the point where I was sick of hearing Whitney Houston's name," Boof writes.'Defamer
Friday, August 18, 2006
Scissor Sisters - Don't Feel Like Dancing
Keane - Crystal Ball
Some of the sketches are pretty funny. The show is actually produced by Seth Green. They manage to get celebs to participate. They made a spoof of Cannonball Run, and even got Burt Reynolds and Dom Deluise to do voice overs.
Maybe if you're high...
it would look like the Virgin Mary.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Alisongate - Andy Speaks!
Andy, a VP of Programming for Bravo, has this to say about last night's Runway:
'I am not going to defend the decision last night by the judges. When I saw the rough cut of the episode I called Nina Garcia to ask her what the judges were thinking.
She told me how awful the dress looked going down the runway and how the panel all were disgusted by how the model looked from head to toe, and that it was Alison's fault for doing this to her model.
I am bummed out for the show that Alison is gone. She was one of my picks to go to fashion week. So the question becomes -- why choose Vincent over Alison? My answer is, "I don't know."
The naysayers today will say that Vincent is great TV and that's why he's still on. IS HE, though? Would you rather watch Vincent than Alison? I personally would not. If it were up to me, I would've gotten rid of Vincent in Episode One with that lampshade on the model.'
Consumerist - Tips To Save Money
Consumerist posted this tip list of money saving tips, that was given to potentially laid-off Northwest Airlines employees. The list is unintentionally funny, as if you followed the list to a tee, you would be one miserly cheapskate.
So it in inspired me to add additional tips in the comments, and lo and behold, fellow commenters joined in. Yay!
Queen And Shaun Of The Dead
'Suwat quoted Karr as saying he tried to kidnap JonBenet for a $118,000 ransom but that his plan went awry and he strangled her. Patsy Ramsey reported finding a ransom note in the house demanding $118,000 for her daughter.
'He said it was second-degree murder. He said it was unintentional,' Suwat said. He said Karr told Thai interrogators that he picked JonBenet up at her school and brought her to the family’s basement.'
And if you were going to kidnap someone, why would you take them back to their house?
Did he kill her accidentally, and figure that if he returned her home, it would look like an accident? And why 118k?
Alison, I know this world, is killing you.
Alison was purdy. Too bad she got auf'd. I liked the concept of her dress. But it did look like a 'paper brioche'. I can't believe they kept Vincent. He's insane in the membrane; and not in a good way.
As for Kayne's dress, yeesh. Horrid. But he knew that.
I must say, Kayne, and future husband, Robert, cracked me up. They are quite entertaining. Hopefully they stick around for a while.
You have to check out the extra videos at the Runway website.
Jeffrey's dress wasn't bad, but he is still an arse. I loved the look on his face when Michael won, again.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
This deserves it's own post.
'The person killed is my sister. The person airlifted is my mom. My mom is still in ICU in Wyoming. It is still touch and go. The stretch of road in Thermopolis is lined with crosses.
It is a narrow, uneven stretch of road. It is not a regular stretch of road. It was a freak accident that is sad all around. I am just devastated by it all, most devastating is that my sister was a generous, kind person who treated others well and volunteered for many charities.
She doesn't deserve to be remembered by glib little comments made by folks who do not know the whole story! How about finding out about a person before you post something.
She did not leave an email address for a response, so this is it. While I chalk up her reaction to the post as a result of her loss, and feel sorry for the incident and its effects, she totally misread my post.
I was not being 'glib'. I merely stated a fact that indeed, our Driver's Ed class told us to NOT brake, or swerve, for small animals because they can cause fatal accidents. I even commented that the incident was 'sad'. In fact, that's the only reason why I posted that article in the first place.
Justin Timberlake on Britney
Janet Rowland - Ignoramus
She's Republican Bob Beuprez's running mate for Governor.
'Welker is the retiring state representative who gained infamy by saying Colorado needed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, because otherwise, people might marry their dog or horse.
In the March appearance on Rocky Mountain PBS, Rowland added sheep.
'For some people, the alternative lifestyle is bestiality,' Rowland said. 'Do we allow a man to marry a sheep?''I think (same-sex couples) already have those rights they are trying to get,' she told me. 'I think (the initiative) is trying to get their foot in the door to legalize gay marriage.
It's really not about the benefits. And when did marriage become about getting life insurance or health insurance or any of those other benefits?
People can leave their property to whoever they want and be visited in the hospital by whoever they want. People can give custody of their children when they die to whoever they want. And they don't need additional protections to do that.'
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Big Brother All Stars - Janelle Is Stoopid
James is like a cancerous, lying tumor, that needs to be extracted. And Allison, and Robert, producers for the show; if you ever suggest/show Boogie being naked, I will poke my eyes out with a flaming kebab skewer, and sue you for personal damages.
[This post makes me feel like the comic book guy from The Simpsons].
Big Brother All Stars - Dr. Will
Further proof that people are grody.
I made a pit stop to the lavatory before leaving work for the day.
Upon using the urinal, instead of the detergent-chemical smell of the urinal cake, a different scent wafted violently, from the urinal. It was the funkiest mutant smell of man spunk I had ever encountered.
Now, I'm thinking to myself, 'some dude, didn't really just rub one out in the urinal, did they?.'
I look closer, and see that there are short and curlies, on the lip of the urinal. [Dude, you can buy a pair of clippers for $20 to take care of your molting problem].
Now, I don't mind if you have to 'do the deed'. At least make an effort to flush so I, and other innocent victims, don't have to smell your mutant seed, when we are just trying to relieve the pressure. Seriously, that was one smell I never want to smell again. Thinking about it...blegh....can't finish sentence.
The worst part of it is, I think it was the guy who was leaving the lavatory, as I was entering. He was the only one in there.
And since his curtains matched the color of the carpet samples on the urinal, I am pretty sure it's him.
So now I am going to be cursed every time I see him, with the mental image, and smell, of him pudding the thud.
Maybe it's kismet, as on Helen's blog, the topic of masturbation came up. Plus, I posted about that mastubation-a-thon.
Another reason Big Brother UK is better than ours.
He reminds me of Ren.
'Cracked' is back.
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Unfortunate Boy George Photo
Kinda tacky if you ask me.
Desperate Housewives - Spoilers!
'Walking down Cahuenga Boulevard I noticed a homeless kid who looked extremely familiar. As he got got closer, I noticed that it was Shawn 'Andrew' Pyfrom from Desperate Housewives.
Turns out they were filming DH in the alleys and Shawn's homeless look is what we have to look forward to. He looked great, very personable (said hello to me as I walked by), tight little body and new shaved head that makes him look a lot older and hotter.'
He's legal, so I can say I'd hit that. Especially if he has shaved his head and is maturing.
This song cracks me up now.
Wings - Let' em In
Someone's knockin' at the door
somebody's ringin' the bell
Someone's knockin' at the door
Somebody's ringin' the bell
Do me a favor open the door and let'em in.
Phil and Don
Open the door and let'em in.
Someone's knockin' at the door
somebody's ringin' the bell . . .
Phil and Don
Open the door and let'em in.
Fatal Attraction - Alternate Ending
The wife runs out of the house with the tape (presumably going to the police) and the film ends with a flashback of Alex slashing her throat in the bathroom while listening to "Madame Butterfly".
When preview audiences hated this ending, a new one was shot (where Alex is killed by Dan's wife with a gun). The original ending still appears in the Japanese release and was added to the US video and laser editions.'
Pretty In Pink's Original Ending
Additionally, Molly Ringwald was sick during the filming of the ending, and John Hughes wasn't satisfied with the editing. He was also concerned that audiences would take the original ending as a message that poor people and rich people don't belong together.
When the ending was re-shot, all of the principal actors had to be called back. Andrew McCarthy had already lost a substantial amount of weight and shaved his head for a new role in a New York play called "The Boys of Winter". Although he wore an auburn wig, he's noticeably more gaunt in the re-shot scenes.'
When the coworker comes back, he says that the peeps at the store had no idea what I was talking about. So they made a blended concoction of vanilla, ice, and milk.
Duh. That's what it is supposed to be.
But the best part, is they decided to not charge me for it, since they didn't know if that's what I wanted. Coworker explained to them that I am pretty picky, so maybe persnickety-ness does pay off sometimes.
Monday, August 14, 2006
Big Brother All Stars - Spoilers!
Pre Celeb Photos
That's one way of putting it.
Grazin' In The Grass Is A Gas, Baby, Can You Dig It?
'The dandelion greens sold in markets are cultivated for eating; they longer and more tender than wild greens.
If you choose to pick wild dandelion leaves from lawns or meadows, be sure that the area has not been treated with lawn chemicals such as weed killer or fungicides.
Also avoid dandelions growing near heavily traveled roads.'
You think she'll name it 'Hohan'?