Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Air Bailey

Air Bailey, the new 'inflatable' version of the Los Angeles Kings mascot is, well, pure awesome in an plastic suit! I saw him in person at a game recently, and I was floored by the brillance of this mascot. I will now link videos for your viewing pleasure, seeing as how words do not describe it properly.





Monday, July 28, 2008

'Evan and Jaron' Ahead of Their Time

The 'band' Evan and Jaron, whose only popular song, "Crazy For This Girl", may have given them some play on the radio, but that's about it.  They have appeared on a few network and cable shows, but this group didn't have what it takes to make it to the big time, and that truly surprises me. If you listen to their self titled album (the one with "Crazy For This Girl"), you may find many similarities to the folky bands of today.
The sixth track of the album entitled "Wouldn't It Be Nice to Be Proud" sounds familiar to something Sarah Bareilles of "Love Song" fame would perform.  The seventh track, "Pick up the Phone," sounds like John Mayer may have had a part in writing it.
(As a side note, I honestly couldn't make it through the rest of the album.  I mean, I grew up listening to the Backstreet Boys and N*SYNC, but, this wasn't cutting it).
This makes me wonder why this brother-love song duo never made it big.  As we all know, people crave crappy music.  People flip crap over folk-style easy rock performers like John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, and the like.  But, maybe America wasn't ready for two brothers to teach us how to love.  Maybe what America was looking for was three brothers instead.  This is the only reason I can think of why the Jonas Brothers are so popular.  What do fifteen year old kids know about love and 'looking someone in the eyes' to prove their love and whatever else they sing about?  They should be singing about stupid crap, like the stuff Hillary Duff popularized four or five years ago.  Which brings me to another point, what does Miley Cyrus know about anything in general?  You guessed it, nothing.  I suppose if Disney slaps it's name on something, then it will automatically turn gold.  And that is a shame.  As Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy would say, 'where are we at in society?' 
Oh, Evan and Jaron are reportedly coming out with a new album sometime soon.  So, go buy it, or not.

Band to Listen to: The Exies, especially their most recent album "A Modern Way of Living With the Truth."

Show to Watch: History Detectives on PBS. Basically, the 'detectives' go out and find the histories of artifacts that people have found, or have been passed down through their family, or something they bought on eBay. Kind of interesting, if you are into a kind of random history of random stuff type of thing.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Crazy for the Candidacy

This picture was on the front of the USA Today May 7th, right after Hill-Dog squeaked by with a victory in Indiana. The quality isn't the greatest, but the picture says it all. There is much I could say about this, so I will. Feel free to comment anything else witty.
  1. She took over as the new Joker for the movie Batman.
  2. She's going to Indiana, and Kentucky, and Oregon, and YYAAAYAYAYAAA!!!!
  3. I wish I could make a post about how the media depicts Hill-Dog as a crazy person, but it is wrong to put someone down for what they truly are.
  4. This is really a picture of Jack Nicholson.
  5. Sadly, I made that last one up.

I'm all out for now. Fortunately, I am not at all political, so I can't make many jokes concerning the Presidential race and whatnot. That is for you, the public to do. But since no one reads this blog, that may be quite difficult.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sidney Crosby Saves the World

Okay, so it has been a while. But here is something to ponder, or stew about.
Watch THIS video:

In this commercial from Gatorade, Sidney Crosby is called upon to help his team win the game in overtime. For those of you who are unaware, Crosby is the young gun hockey player that has been touted as the next Wayne Gretzky, in the troubled world that is the National Hockey League. If you recall, the NHL was on strike due to labor disputes during the 2004-2005 season. Now, in the United States, you can see your beloved NHL on Versus (formerly OLN) and occasionally NBC. Not very prominent media outlets. Attendance has been up, but the league is still trying to recover from the lockout.
Anyway, players such as Crosby and the Washington Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin are being looked at to revitalize interest in the game. That leads me to my point. Subtly, or maybe not so subtly, the Gatorade “League of Clutch” commercial depicts Crosby not only “winning” the game. It also depicts him as a savior, of sorts, for the National Hockey League. The words, “The Fate of the Game- Lies in the Hands- Of a Kid- Every Game Needs a Hero” leads me to believe that if Sidney Crosby fails, the league fails. The league has put so much on Crosby’s shoulders at the young age of twenty. He has his own clothing line, in commercials, and expected to show fans and spectators things they haven’t seen since the hay day of Gretzky. 
Carl Orff's "O Fortuna" from the Carmina Burana makes an appearance in this thirty-second spot, and with good reason.  In Roman Mythology, Fortuna is the goodess of fortune and good luck.  Crosby is the Fortuna in this situation.  He is the NHL's good luck charm.    
Gatorade put it bluntly: Every game does need a hero, and the fate of the game does lie in the hands of a kid.

So go a head, Sid the Kid, save the game.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Moment of Truth For Dummies

Okay, so basically it would be a waste of my time to sit here and point out each individual problem with FOX’s show "Moment of Truth,” and how it is slowly leading to the demise of everything humans have done to separate themselves from the animals. If you disagree it is striving for that conclusion, I urge you to watch two minutes of it, and no more, and then check to see how active your brain is. The before and after results are uncanny.
The producers/ creators of the show were not smart enough to steal another British game show or try to resurrect something that resembles the show “Temptation Island,” and that saddens me.
But, other than the think-tank of individuals who created this, my problem is with the contestants on the show and the studio audience. Now, if you have not seen the show, basically a contestant gets hooked up to a lie detector before the show, goes on the show, gets re-asked some of the questions they were asked before the show, and try to answer twenty-one of them truthfully in hopes of winning money ($500,000, to be exact).
Of course, it is not my place to put down these contestants because they all have obviously made many mistakes in their lives, but haven't we all? (Their biggest mistake so far has been going on this show). My problem is that when they are asked these personal questions about the "bad" things they have done in their life, they break down and freak out. Now, I understand most of the questions they don't want their friends and family members to hear (or a national TV audience), but that begs the question: WHY ARE YOU EVEN ON THE SHOW!?! Mr. Walberg is not going to ask if you love your puppy or if you ever lied to your parents.
While the television happened to be on FOX when I walked in the other day, I watched some of this show. I thought watching some of the show and then complaining about it might be healthier than just complaining about the obvious problems of it without having watched it. Healthy, in that, I know kicking myself in the balls hurts, but I just might do it to see how bad. The woman on the show was asked if she was ever fired from a job because she stole money from her employers. The answer was obviously yes, but this woman started to get nervous and timid. Ma’am, if you did not want people to know your problems, then do not go on the show. I hope no one forced you to go on national television and reveal your deepest secrets. If you are having money problems, and can not get a job because you steal money from your employers, please do the human race a favor and just play the lottery, or read enough assorted literature to go on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” with good ol’ Meredith. Please. Or, if you must go on the show, just flat out say that you would steal a bus, find your brother-in-law on the street, and hunt him demolition derby style, human vs. bus, through the streets of town just for sport. And when it comes down to the $500,000 question of whether or not you see yourself with your spouse in ten years, just answer what you feel. Your significant other will be happy if you see the relationship going nowhere ten years from now if they still get a share of the $500,000. Plus, if you say you don’t see each other together, and the result is false, you have already completed the first step in marriage counseling: Admitting your significant other has many problems. Recovery is funny that way. But all I’m saying is, just tell the truth as it is.
But, of course, her friends and family members give her weird looks because she is telling the truth and revealing things to them they may not find to be all that good. Leave it to Mark Walberg to pry into people’s deepest subconscious.
But, that leads me to the studio audience. In keeping this simple, they boo random crap, and applaud when the person reveals the truth.
Another Example:
Same show, same three minutes I watched. The woman is asked, being a veterinary assistant, if she would rather give food to a starving dog rather than a homeless person. She says that is true, and the audience boos. Not that I am advocating letting a fellow human being starve, but she helps animals as a profession. Think about it. Who would she probably rather help? They did the same thing on a few other occasions, but I quickly tuned them out.
My point is: the flaws of the show are not just the premise, poor set-up, or ridiculous amount of stress put upon the people (who apparently don’t feel they should be revealing their secrets even though they decided to be on the show for no particular reason). They go much deeper. What are the contestants really thinking when they agree to be on the show and who are these family members that allow them to do it? It seems like a whole lot of stress just to get $500,000, half of which will disappear after taxes. I guess one can always say, “I love my new Lamborghini, too bad my husband left me because he found out all I really loved was his money.”

Of course, none of this matters since I believe the contestants and their families to be actors. But that is a different story.

Friday, February 22, 2008


This is a new blog.  Yay!
This blog is meant to express the strange musings of a wandering mind.  The best thing to do would to just not think too much about what is written.