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Wednesday, December 8

Too much tube 

Awhile back, I got into a little debate with my friend Steve about television. I argued that it's all right to have some TV as long as it doesn't overrun your life and that includes spending a little extra to get basic cable in the home. Steve took another position essentially that letting the TV into the home _is_ going to overrun your life -- especially because the glowing box is practically begging for attention.

Well, we parted ways and I was inclined to think that a little TV is all right. However, I was at the House of Blues in Chicago last Thursday listening to Big Al and the Heavyweights. It's a great venue with the friezes of blues legends gazing downing from the ceiling and a great Louisiana blues band, but I was constantly being distracted by the bloody TVs in the venue. I can understand why one might position TVs in a bar area (or even a whole sports bar), but it's sooo distracting to have my attention diverted by needless glowing screens during a concert (publicizing upcoming events at the venue).

Perhaps I'm like a moth being drawn by flame, but some television has got to go.

Paging Hollywood scheduling 

Tis the season ... for a vampire thriller. I thought it was weird when the Ben Affleck film Surviving Christmas was released Oct. 22 -- more than two months before Christmas. It's equally puzzling how Wesley Snipes' Blade: Trinity is being released today -- more than a month after Halloween and firmly entrenched in the holiday season.

Did they get their release dates switched in the mail or something? This is almost as puzzling as when Affleck's Reindeer Games decked the theater hall in late February 2000. While not a holiday movie, Reindeer Games had some holiday things -- like a store getting robbed by people in Santa suits.

Who knows? Maybe Hollywood knows something that I don't. I just know that my entertainment dollars will probably go elsewhere this holiday season.


Monday, December 6

Getting into the holiday spirit 

While I'm clearing things from around the house, I decided to decorate my online persona for the holidays. I think it was due in part from my visit by the ghosts of Christmas past, present or future. Or maybe it was the avatar discussion on my favorite discussion board.

This is me before: before

And this is me imbued with the holiday spirit: after

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Radio journey 

While driving through Chicago, I played around with the radio dial and found WXRT Radio. The Infinity-owned rock station was like a breath of fresh air compared to the stale satellite stations played over the local airwaves in Houghton.

While I was listening, they were airing their new music show which actually played albums released that week. I really enjoyed listening to the new tunes.

Although I find it hard to listen to music during extended car trips, I had this station tuned in until it faded away.


Sunday, December 5

Where's the outrage? 

Tongue-in-Cheek Theater proudly presents...

HANCOCK -- Given the tremendous and mostly unjustifiable uproar over people seeing a woman's nude back on Monday Night Football, I'm curious about where our self-appointed guardians of virtue are to protest the promos for the upcoming film, "Meet the Fockers."

Clearly, the name is meant to inspire people to think of the word "fu--er." And everyone knows that "f-ck-r" a naughty bad word that shouldn't be used in polite conversation because it refers to something sexual. Outrage! After all, if you're going to be offended by implied nudity (the woman with the exposed back was wearing pasties and cut-off shorts), you should be up in arms by implied swearing -- heck implied anything.

And if you think that people won't think of that word during the promos, you haven't heard Pat O'Brien nasally say "Focker."

On a related note, I'm anxious to start seeing woman on television to start donning veils and other coverings. We, the American public, can't handle seeing any exposed female flesh at all.

Also, what right does that woman have to be seen in public without being escorted by a male member of her family? She's just asking for trouble going around without an escort, especially because men can't be held responsible for their actions when they're whipped into a frenzy of passion.

Disclaimer - I wouldn't recommend any of the measures in my post -- including veils, escorts or being outraged about "focker." I also ordinarily wouldn't have any problem using the F-word but I don't want any Web censors to block my site simply because I used profanity.


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