Thursday, September 21, 2006

TV - Wednesday

DVRed Bones because we had a Den Meeting to go to. Watched it shortly after we got home. Bones has been really very very good so far this season.

Can't wait for tonight!! My Name is Earl, The Office, 'Til Death, and CSI. Oh yeah!!!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

TV - Tuesday

DVRed Boston Legal because we still have several episodes to watch from last season. This show, to me, is one of , if not the, best show on TV.

Watched the Two and a Half Men we had on the DVR. It was excellent although I missed seeing Candy. ;-)

I'll have to BT Nip/Tuck. I still have almost all of last season to watch first. :-(

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

TV - Monday

Watched Prison Break. It was good but this season seems to be a little on the totally unbelievable side.

Watched Gene Simmons Family Jewels. It was great.

DVRed How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men.

Watched How I... later, slept through a third of it, it was alright.


Having fun today with Talk Like a Pirate Day! Arrr!

Monday, September 18, 2006

TV - Sunday

Yesterday was the last day of the WB network. They showed the pilots of Felicity, Dawson's Creek, Angel and Buffy. I watched the Angel and DVRed the Buffy.

Last night was the season premiere of The Simpsons, watched it, it was good as usual.

And Amazing Race 10 started too. Watched it, it was good as well. Two teams were eliminated in the opening show.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

'Til Death

If you aren't watching this new comedy on Fox on Thursday nights, you are missing some funny stuff. The comedy after it isn't bad either.

Star Trek Inspirational Posters

Some of these are quite funny. Note that there are several pages worth.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Star Trek Remastered

In Houston? Catch the 1st remastered episodes this weekend!

Balance of Terror - Saturday night at 11:35 pm on KTRK, channel 13. Lots of exterior ship shots in this one, I can't wait.

Miri - Monday morning at 1:05 am on KTRK, channel 13.

And then probably every Saturday night, channel 13 will show a "new" episode until September of 2007.

Alanis Morissette to guest star on Nip/Tuck

Singer Alanis Morissette has signed on to guest star in three episodes of the FX drama Nip/Tuck. During her run she will play the lesbian girlfriend of Dr. Liz Cruz (Roma Maffia). The show itself, which recently kicked off its fourth season on FX, has already included guest stars Larry Hagman and Kathleen Turner into its story lines.

While now known primarily as a signer, Alanis is no stranger to television. Back in 2000 she guest-starred on HBO's Sex in the City where she shared an on-screen kiss with Sarah Jessica Parker during a game of spin the bottle. Recently she's been seen on American Dreams and Degrassi: The Next Generation.

And, of course, how can we forget that her career began on a little known show called You Can't Do That on Television, which was a staple on Nickelodeon for the longest time.

How to Dissuade Yourself from Becoming a Blogger

What a buzz all the bloggers are making these days! It seems like just about everybody is pouring their musings into a text box. Are you feeling tempted to start a blog of your own? Here are some ways to bypass the trend.


1. Find five completely random blogs, and read them daily for a month. After thirty days, you will absolutely dread your self-imposed requirement to read all that dreck. Any blog you create will most likely be on par with what you've been reading. Don't put anyone through that.

2. Consider that your voice, even if it is truly a good one, is a tiny peep against the massive wave of tripe out there. The odds of anyone you don't already know finding your blog are low.

3. Write on a regular basis in Wordpad instead. If that doesn't satisfy your urge, and you feel that you must post your blog online, then you might just be craving attention and validation--which you'll never truly find in a blog. If you give up on your Wordpad journal after about three days, you'll do the same with a blog that just takes up server space.

4. Ask yourself if you really have the time to commit to a blog. What about that treehouse you wanted to build? Or the book you wanted to write? Or the car you wanted to fix up? Or the restaurant you wanted to take your wife to? Or the new career you wanted to pursue? Instead of writing about pretty much nothing, or whining about all the things you wish you were doing instead, start doing something that'd actually be worth writing about. And if it's really worth writing about, you'll be having too much fun doing it to tear yourself away from it.


If attention and validation is what you're looking for, know that you will get neither from blogging. As above, very few people will ever know that your blog (or you, by proxy) exists. Of those who do find it, a large percentage will be flamers and trolls, who will only post comments to you about how you suck. The remainder of comments posted to your blog will be sappy treacle, which you won't trust as being sincere anyway.

Consider writing on a wiki instead. Unlike most blogs, wikis like Wikipedia and wikiHow are read by millions of people each month. Several wikiHow authors receive "fan mail" messages every day from appreciative readers. In addition, many authors discover that they enjoy the wiki collaborative writing process more than writing in solitude.


The information you post on the Internet is likely to linger for years and years to come, as web pages are archived by "snapshot" services like the Wayback Machine. Once it's out there, you can't take it back. An employer running a Google search on your name years down the line might be turned off by your now documented obsession with your cat.

Related wikiHows
How to Start a Blog
How to Write a Famous Blog
How to Keep a Diary and Stick to It
How to Write a Featured Article on wikiHow
How to Defeat a MySpace Addiction

External Links
Top Ten Blogger Lies
Top Ten Reasons Why Nobody Reads Your Blog
100 Reasons Not to Blog

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


Target has the complete series DVD on sale this week for $18.99!

Go out and buy many of them for Christmas presents.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Check out this blog

Reel Fanatic

Some interesting entertainment commentary here. Nice header too.

One of my favorite movies is on tonight...

Harold and Maude (1971) on TCM at 7:00 pm CST.

I love this movie. Be sure to catch it if you have never seen it. The soundtrack really goes well with this movie, it made me a Cat Stevens fan.


An eccentric but idealistic octogenarian who's been on her own for years hooks up with a rich, ghoulish, not-yet-twenty loner who's been in search of love. Both grasp at enjoying the simple pleasures in life--regardless of what the outside world has to say about their quirky winter-summer romance.

A good quote -

Maude ... "A lot of people enjoy being dead. But they're not dead, really. They're just... backing away from life. Reach out. Take a chance. Get hurt, even! Play as well as you can. Go team! GO! Give me an L! Give me an I! Give me a V! Give me an E! L. I. V. E. LIVE! ...Otherwise, you got nothing to talk about in the locker room."

Happy Birthday Star Trek!!

Star Trek at 40: September 8, 1966

It was the new television season, just like any other, and NBC was about to debut their new science fiction show. That in itself wasn't a novel idea: CBS had Lost in Space, ABC had contemporary shows like The Time Tunnel and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. It was pretty standard that networks had something on the air that fell into the general category of science fiction. And while these other shows had their own quaint charms, they lasted a few seasons and mostly drifted off into memory, and later syndication. (The other one-hour drama that every network had was a Western; NBC already had a bona fide hit in Bonanza and CBS, with Wild Wild West, neatly combined the Western with sci-fi.)

On the evening of the 8th of September, following Daniel Boone, this new NBC show premiered with an episode called "The Man Trap." The angle of the story was different, to say the least: It was a love story with a sci-fi twist, borne of a relationship from the doctor's past, featuring a monster that, in the end, just wanted to live. It was moving, tragic and anything but cheesy. The viewers — at least the ones who were paying attention — were hooked.

This show proved it had something different. It had a unique life that would go on to exist beyond expectation. It stood outside of time, as it tapped into universal themes and epic struggles, and put the cosmos on notice. Things have changed! Primetime on NBC eventually proved that this was no place for something so big, so broad in scope. This three-season show, after all, would go on to spawn four live-action spin-offs, an animated series, ten movies and counting, plus a licensing empire that, to this day, embraces books, videos, exhibits and assorted merchandise.

Like other cultural, artistic or philosophical phemonena (think Mozart, Van Gogh or Jesus) this new show was largely unappreciated in its own time and only later would be seen as what it is today, a world-wide, cultural juggernaut. Thanks to a form of TV recycling called syndication, the show became a hit to generations of young, impressionable kids, including many future scientists, astronauts and actors. What's ironic is that by today's ratings standards, it would have been a hit in its original run. But back then, with only three major networks, it didn't quite pull its weight. It was only with the need to syndicate TV programs, to get more than one bite out of the entertainment cherry, did this show become what it was all along. It just needed a form of resurrection; the people who had heard of it from their parents, teachers, friends or older siblings tuned in after school, prior to the dinner hour. It turned out to be the perfect time to hit this new, fresh audience and the show became lodged in the collective minds of a nation.

But why?

There have been many soundbites trying to explain its success. ("It's an optimistic vision of the future" being the most common.) Newspaper and magazine column inches, books on how the philosophy of this show has influenced people — from politicians to scientists to philosophers — and now websites and blogs have all been devoted to explaining its personal, and mass, appeal. Everyone, it seems, has their take on why one little show has lasted throughout the ages, and the beauty of it is that everyone is right. It's the infinite diversity of opinion, from an infinite combination of people, that has helped lend the show its uniqueness.

Yes, it had a crew that said discrimination was a thing of past; it had a future that said we were not all annihilated by nuclear holocaust; it had an economy that was driven by progress and achievement, not simple wealth accumulation; it had science as a guiding force, not mysticism or superstition; it had technology as a means to explore, not just make life easier; and, perhaps most importantly, it had a peaceful mission at its core, not one of conquest. The show screamed peace in a time of war. All of these reasons helped contribute to the show's success, but so did the iconic characters, the top-notch writing, the new technology and the great — for then — special effects.

The show that aired that night was called Star Trek, and today is its birthday. We would therefore like to wish a Happy Birthday to Star Trek, and a big Thank You to Gene Roddenberry for having the intelligence and foresight to see into the future — a future at least — and dream the possible dream.