Monthly Archives: January 2010

Grading Hotels: A “How To” Guide

Hotels come in many shapes and sizes.  Some have nostalgia, some have glitz, some have modern art.  All have beds, night stands, Gideon Bibles, semi-helpful staff, and some what uncomfortably narrow space between the tub and the toilet.  All have names that you have heard of Hilton, La Quinta, Howard Johnson, Holiday Inn, Days Inn, Double Tree, Hyatt, Marriott and myriad others.  “MATT, HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHERE TO STAY,” I hear you cry. Read the rest of this entry

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In case you missed it

Here is a link to the entire transcription of the State of the Union Address:

READ IT HERE

Before you post anything on Facebook, Twitter, or any other site where you can type something and other people can read it OR talk about it openly in public-READ IT FOR YOUR SELF. Read the rest of this entry

FBI agent leases building to FBI and lies about it…BTW that’s illegal

In 2001, Philip Halbert Neilson was placed as the supervisory agent in charge of locating the building that the FBI would be using  in Oxford, MS.  Agent Neilson made his recommendation and the FBI moved in and set up shop.  Everything is cool to this point. Read the rest of this entry

not what i was expecting

So, I do this search for funny pictures and I find this site (which I will not link you to) that offered a package of funny pics for sale.  They posted a screen cap of the file you would receive if you paid them.  Here are their “funny pics” Read the rest of this entry

Finally, a Republican who said what he thinks…even if he didn’t mean to.

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer of South Carolina (R)

Well, just when you thought you had heard the pinnacle of all ignorant quotes by an elected official,  up walks Andre Bauer, South Carolina’s republican lieutenant governor, and makes this gem of a remark concerning free school lunches for the poor. Read the rest of this entry

…and the award for “Best Article Title This Morning” goes to…

Ho Sit Down:  Bristol Palin Preaching Abstinence Now

Bristol Palin’s new goal is to not have any more pre-marital sex. Bristol took the Chasity oath on the Oprah Show Friday and says other women should do the same.

Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol who has been raising her son Tripp by herself says she is vowing not to make the same mistake twice.  Oprah asked Bristol if she thought she was setting herself up for failure, and Bristol replied no.

Sorry Bristol we don’t believe you, you need more people. SMH.

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When I saw this I had to show you, beloved reader.  After seeing it, I had one huge question running through my mind:

Why take the “Chasity Oath” on Oprah’s show?

Shouldn’t that be a personal real moment for a person that normally wouldn’t be shared with a gazillion other strangers?  I think its hilarious that Oprah asked if she really thought that a “Chasity Oath” was an obtainable goal.  Does Bristol really think that we, the uncaring public, think she is a whore?  I personally don’t think about her at all.

...children second.

Well, there is some good news.  The Palin camp has finally figured out a way to make the “return to decency” plausible.  Publicly embarrass the child who had sex before the church said it was o.k. and make her swear on TV to never do it again.  Nothing says “Good Parenting” like public displays of shame masked by public decrees of “I’m Sorry” for the world to see.  I can’t help but feel that  Palin’s “handlers” advised the Gov., Presidential VP Candidate, Fox News contributor to use the girl as a pawn to win back some of the puritanical outliers in the right by having her make a decree of celibacy on national TV.

Well done Sarah, well done!

Full article bossip found here.

Recipe for a good day

1. Shopping objectives accomplished in 1.5 hours
2. Laughing about someones haircut with wife
3. Meeting up with a good friend for coffee and insanity in a craft store (see photo)
4. Finding a 1/2 price Le Creuset Dutch oven and buying it immediately
5. A couple rolls at Sekisui South for dinner

Everyday should be this good

On the go posting

This dim photo is evidence of one less Scotch Egg in the world as of last night.
I can feel your jealousy.

Pseudo-Reality Shows?

“Pseudo-Reality Show” is a term that I have had to create to class a television show that pretends to be a documentary of some sort as the vehicle that allows the camera to capture the “goings on” in the show itself.  This hybrid docu-sitcom thing has made me realize something.  I believe that that the veil should not be broken if you need believability in your show.  “The Veil” that I am referring to is the barrier that allows the viewer to remain INVISIBLE and UNABLE to interact with the show itself.  These newer shows not only pierce said veil they erase the damned thing all together when they have Big Brother diary like sessions that expound on actions and the hilarity of the show.  Another thing that these Pseudo-Reality Shows do is look at the camera in a “Did you see that?” kind of way OR a “I am so embarassed” kind of way.  Both of wich are very effective in getting me to “share” in the moment.  It is a cheap way to get me to like/empathize with the character.  If you don’t know what I mean, here is a senario:

(Fade In From Commercial)
(Lead in Music Fades out)
CHARACTER 1 is discussing a topic with CHARACTER 2.
CHARACTER 2  says something that stuns CHARACTER 1.
CHARACTER 2 walks away.
CHARACTER 1 look into camera and blinks.

That’s it.

Did you notice that there is no dialogue in the above example?  “Why?” You ask.  YOU DON’T NEED IT! The blink by CHARACTER1 and the direct acknowledgment with the look into the camera that YOU experienced that with CHARACTER 1 is all you and the show need to make you, the viewer, relate to the CHARACTER and thereby making you like it.

This seemingly innocent device of making the viewer a cast member does not work on shows where the writing and acting can carry the weight of the plot while building attachment from the audience.  LOST will never have a character look into the camera and shrug as a means to say “Hey you in TV LAND, That was zany right?”

New shows to watch that are good who fit into the Pseudo-Reality Category:

Community

Modern Family

Parks and Recreation

Watch em and see what ya think about them looking at you like you are there.  I find it great when its done well (MODERN FAMILY) comical when its used as sparingly (COMMUNITY) and annoying when its done every 5 minutes to drive home a lame joke (PARKS AND RECREATION).

I am sure there are more than these 3, but you get the point.

You make the call!

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