Thursday, June 26, 2014

Big Brother Episode 2 Recap

Hello and happy night two of Big Brother.  After the introductions of the next eight castmates the first four in the house are Caleb, Christine, Hayden and Jocasta.  It is mentioned by the new eight that they notice the others from the first night are already aligned.  Joey takes an instant interest in Christine, Brittany and Derrick seem to bond over having kids and Frankie and Victoria are already BFF's.  This being said there was no showing of instant alliances.  Next is the second HOH.  The comp is called "Over the Coals".  There is a bar that everyone must lay on as it spins them upside down.  They go out in this order:  Victoria, Brittany, Christine, Jocasta, Zach (intentionally dropped), Derrick, Hayden and the winner of the second HOH is Caleb (to no ones surprise).

Caleb spinning on a BBQ spit

Once the cast goes back in the house, Julie explains the twist of the two HOH's and the new competition called "Battle of the Block."  The two HOHs' will each nominate two people for elimination.  These nominees will fight in the Battle of the Block and the winners will be safe-similar to veto-and the HOH that nominated them will now be back in the pool so when the actual veto comp takes place the old HOH will now be eligible to go on the block if either of the two remaining nominees comes down.  UGGGG Who is going to want to be HOH?  I guess it is competition ho's who will never throw a comp.

After the next commercial break Julie tells us about Team America and the new three person alliance that will be chosen by the viewers.  The first person chosen was Joey.  I am shocked.  I thought for sure it was a given that it would be Frankie.  It might still be and they put Joey in first,  just out of order.  I love the pick of Joey and I think she will do great representing the viewers.   This summer is going to get messy.  Great twists this time Big Brother.  Keep watching America and we will have a good summer.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Big Brother 2014 Episode 1 recap

Hello and welcome to a new summer of Big Brother!!!!!!!

Tonight the first eight house guests entered the home.  They were Amber, Cody, Devin, Donny, Frankie, Joey, Nicole and Paola.  Right off the bat the group decided that they were going to be an alliance of eight so when the new folks come in they are already on the outs.  Devin approached Donny and now they have an alliance.  Paola saw Frankie and Cody playing chess and took that to mean they are in an alliance.  She ran to the girls and created her idea of elQuatro alliance of four girls.  HAHAHAH... I already see this as doomed.  Paola has the hots for Cody and Devin thought Paola looked good.  Meanwhile Amber is all into Devin but sees him checking out Paola.  This is making for a jealous girl which means doom for this girl alliance.
Next up is the HOH comp.  Julie tells the house guests about the comp and that this season is different and so is the HOH.  Off they go to do the comp.  The comp is called "Go Fly a Kite".  Everyone is on a spinning log and holding a rope that is attached to a kite which is hovering over a sand castle.  Last one still on the log is the new HOH.  First off was Paola then Joey, Nicole, Donny, Devin, and Caleb.  Amber and Frankie were the final two with Amber stating she threw it to Frankie since she was not sure how the new HOH would work.
Shortly after the HOH comp completed Julie came on and told the house guests that there would now be two Heads of Household.  Frankie began to freak and end of the houseguests for now.  Julie tells us about America's Team.  The viewers get to vote for a secret 3 man alliance and they will have to work together throughout the season.  We will see how this goes and how long it lasts.
Tomorrow the remaining eight house guests will enter and we can assume the next HOH comp also.  Catch you tomorrow.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Big Brother Preview

Another season of Big Brother is upon us.  There are several changes to the set-up of the game for this season.  There are going to be two heads of household and then a HOH comp between the two to see who gets to do the final nominations.  Not sure how this is going to play out but we will learn more as the season premiere comes closer.  This season seems to have a lot of plants or people who have never heard of Big Brother.  There are 3 or maybe 4 out of the 15 who have seen more than the most recent two seasons in sequester.  Kind of bums me out.  But, after last season of "super fans" which was disastrous, I can understand why production went this route.  Thus far, I am not relating to this cast but as we have seen in seasons past, things change.  Here are my initial impressions after watching some of the cast introduction interviews.

Does not know BB and does not seem to have the intelligence to hook up with someone who does know what is going on and does not come across as a smart person at all.  I think she will be a floater as there are bigger threats so will not necessarily go too early.

Mom of 3 who was picked up to be a cast member two weeks ago.  She comes across as pretty intelligent with potential to latch onto someone who knows more about the game and learn something from them.  I think she might last awhile as she comes across as a quick learner.

A hunter from Texas.  He sounds a bit like a jerk.  He might be the nicest person on the planet but he does not come across that way on camera.  He seems more interested in a showmance than in winning the game.  I think his bad attitude will get him out pretty early.

A BB fan and a barista from Arizona.  She seems to be a genuinely nice person.  She loves to play Settlers of Catan.  Woo hoo.  Her strategy is to get an alliance on one side of the house then become friends with some folks on the other side and keep that secret.  I pick her to go far and be in the final three.

A twenty something plant.  He comes across as likable and big into working out.  I am not sure how he will fit in.  If there is a cool kids alliance, he will definitely be a part of it.  He will probably last a bit as there are bigger characters but I do not think he will win.

An undercover cop from Rhode Island.  He comes across as a confident gun loving kind of guy,  His plan was initially to keep his cop status a secret and then wants to teach the world to play with integrity.  LOL Integrity and Big Brother...NOT! Remember Kappy?  I think he is doomed and will not last very long at all.

He is a big buff guy.  Generally big guys are big targets.  He stated he quit baseball to be with his daughter.  Not sure I buy that or not.  He seems somewhat aware of BB so not necessarily a plant.  Very happy for a showmance.  Not usually a good road to take but he comes across likable.  I think if he can survive the BB curse of buff guys not going early.  I think he can last awhile but probably not make it to the jury.

Groundskeeper 42 who looks like he came straight from the cast of Duck Dynasty.  States he is a big fan of the show.  He reminds me more of Chicken George, fun loving and worried about being loved by America.  Comes across as a nice good guy.  I think he will make it through to the jury and possibly to the end.

He is a crazy head of the Cool Kids Alliance.  He is a bit loud and can be perceived as obnoxious in close quarters.  He is a YouTube personality and his sister is Ariana Grande so if there is any Americas Vote then he will win it hands down.  That will be similar to last season and Elisa getting the vote from fan favorite sister Rachel's fan club.  I think seems fun and likable.  I hope America keeps out of this season and he can make it to jury.

So Cal biker seems kind of like a hippie wannabe...surfer bro type.  Another plant from production who is does not show a lot of BB knowledge.  He reminds me of David from last season and is ready for a showmance.  I do not think he is going to be considered a big threat but more along the lines of the expendable member of an alliance.  He wants to be like Frank or Hayden from seasons past and I do not think that is necessarily the route to take.  I do not think he is going to last a long time.

A loud minister from Atlanta.  I think if there is a bible alliance she will do ok.  I am worried about her ministering the rest of the cast.  If she keeps away from that, maybe she can make it to jury but otherwise she will go early.

A hairdresser from Seattle.  Says her fav player is Gina Marie.  LOLOL She is another plant and my guess is she has only seen the last half of last season.  UGGG.  She seems nice and is determined to be the first nice girl to win the game.  HAHAHAHA  She appears to be a bit obnoxious but I think there will be a lot of bigger targets so she will last until jury.

Nurse from Michigan, seems quiet I think she is a bit of a floater.  She says she is a big fan and she reminds me of Danielle with Dan and Ian and she likes Ian.  I see her not being a big threat so will last a long time. 

Otherwise known as PAO-PAO a DJ from NY.  I think she is a bit crazy.  She is not looking for a showmance and is a friend of Gina Marie....ugg.  She is charismatic but I do not think she has enough game chops to go far.  Fun to watch but I think she will annoy people too much and will get ousted too early.

Photographer from Brooklyn.  Another recruit.  Gross.  Comes across as stuck up.  Says she will manipulate people with her smile.  EWWW I am not a fan.  I think she will become people enemy number one or at least two.  I think she will not last long.

Unemployed self described con-artist.  He is agressive and funny.  I think he is awesome.  He is all about the money and does not care who hates him.  I think he is hilarious and hope he goes far.  I think he will last until jury at least.  

These are just my opinions.  Let me know what are some of your thoughts and tune in Wednesday for the season premiere.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rockstar: INXS

I have a tradition.  Whenever I go on vacation to Colorado, I watch  Rockstar: INXS.  This was a show on CBS that originally aired back in 2005.  This show was a reality singing competition show where the band INXS was looking for a new lead singer to replace the deceased Michael Hutchence.  There were 15 contestants that made the cut and were put on the air.  Brooke Burke was the host and Dave Navarro (how hot is he anyway?!?!?) was the liason to the band. 
Each week there would be a night of performances and then a night of elimination where one of the contestants would of course go home.  There was also a special mini episode which showed what Dave called Clinics.  The clinics gave the contestants some lessons in being a lead singer for a huge band.  These clinics ranged from Fashion to Vocal Coaching and several others.  Elimination was based on voter returns.  The three contestants who received the least amount of votes were then asked to sing an INXS song.  After those performances the band chose who was safe and who would be eliminated that night.  Most of the time you could kind of tell who had a bad night and could guess who would be bottom three and then who would be eliminated by their performances.  There were some shockers but not many.
From the beginning of the show there was a group of contestants that you could tell had the vocal chops to make it to the end.  For the most part they did.  There were some early departures that I to this day think: "How did they even make the show?" There were other eliminations that I thought were totally erroneous.  I hold most of these views even after re-watching the entire season for the umpteenth time.

There were several memorable performances.  There were those that were memorable for a good reason and others for bad "Stop Go" anyone?  Who would think of listening to a song called "Stop Go"?  Every week on elimination night someone got to choose a performer to do an encore performance.  Sometimes it was INXS, sometimes others chose like Dave or the audience.  Some of the best performances of the entire show were Mig Ayesa singing Baby, I love your way by Peter Frampton,  Marty Casey's original song Trees and my all time fave Suzie McNeil and her version of Queens Bohemian Rhapsody.  Heck, I loved Marty singing "Hit Me One More Time" by Britney Spears.  I have all of these on my iPod to this day and if I hit random and get Suzie it is inevitable that I get goosebumps. 
I love this show.  I love the music, the performers and the house band lead by Paul Mirkovich.  I love Dave and Brooke.  It is great to see INXS too but it is more of the music that I love.  

I will not go on to say who won for those who have not seen the show or who are familiar with recent INXS albums but I will say I think that if INXS would have chosen Suzie they would have been able to bring in a whole new generation of INXS fans. 

Here are a list of my favorite performances in no particular order:

Performed by Jordis Unga
The Man Who Sold the World by David Bowie 
Imagine by John Lennon

Performed by Brandon Calhoon
Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Performed by Mig Ayesa
Baby I Love Your Way by Peter Frampton

Performed by Ty Taylor
Everybody Hurts by R.E.M.

Performed by JD Fortune
California Dreamin by The Mamas and The Papas
As Tears Go By by The Rolling Stones
Money by Pink Floyd

Performed by Marty Casey
Lithium by Nirvana
Mr Brightside by the Killers
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
Trees by Marty Casey

Performed by Suzie McNeil
Losing My Religion by R.E.M.
I Can't Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

Monday, June 16, 2014

The World Wars

I am a history buff.  I always have been.  I finally finished watching the World Wars and I think they were pretty good.  I like how they intermingled live action and then the commentary from the historians/veterans. 

The World Wars is a three part mini-series or documentary on the History Channel.  I laugh....the History Channel does more than Pawn Stars these days?!?!?!?!  The show takes us from before the beginning of the first World War and to the end of the second.  The actors began by illustrating the beginning of Patton and Hitler before the beginning of WWI.  There is also a lot of narration and commentary by historians and the like.  They take the story of Patton and Hitler through to the end of the war.  All the while they include tidbits of the war and others involved.  While the story has a lot to do with Patton and Hitler, they are not the central focus.  The commentary explains more of their little known history and brings it to the forefront to better explain their actions later in WWII. 

During the time between the wars they switch to two new characters, Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt.  They explain their rise to power and how their earlier actions impact their decisions later. They also show us the beginnings of the Nazi party and their rise to power.  WWII is most of the second and all of the third episode.  I really appreciate the tidbits they added from their 'experts' and their opinions.  Pretty cool really.  I am glad I took the time to watch.

Complete This Sentence

I found this at staples the other day an put it up on my wall.  Just curious what you would say to complete the sentence.  Currently mine would be "Keep Calm and Keep on Moving".

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Wil Wheaton Project

Wil Wheaton has a new show on SyFy called the Wil Wheaton Project.  The show has been on two weeks now and I am concerned.  The show is a bit like Talk Soup but all in the Science Fiction genre.  The first episode I thought Wil seemed a bit nervous and giggled a lot.  The second episode he was a bit more relaxed and came across more at ease. 

I love Wil and I hope this show can continue but it has a few areas in need of improvement, in my opinion.  The really over the top laughs, whether it is a studio audience or a laugh track it needs to go.  Will needs to slow down and truly talk about what he is presenting.  His thoughts and opinions are cherished by the masses.  Just share them. 

Wil also has an internet show called TableTop.  He is relaxed, personable and having fun with friends.  If he can bring this ease to his new project this will be golden.  I mean you can now go into Target and see "as seen on TableTop" tags in the games section.  This is huge! 

If he can calm down and be a bit more personal, I think this will work.  He is loved by his fans.  I am one of them and I will continue to tune in for awhile.  I know he has anxiety issues and I am glad he is able to overcome them for the show.  I hope that this show is a success for Wil's sake.  Please, for the love of Wesley Crusher, give it a try.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Quiet Feminist

Once upon a time there was a girl who believed in equal rights for all.  No distinctions between gender, race, religion, size, sexual orientation or beliefs.  She was a quiet girl, for in her formative years her classmates laughed at her for voicing her opinions as they were extreme.  Over the years the young girl grew up and remained restrained.  As the new decade came, so did changes.  Rape was no longer expected to be hushed up, and women as a whole were once again standing up together.

I confess, the little girl was me.  The outspoken dorky girl in school is no longer afraid to say what she feels is right.  What I want to say is, what the fuck took so damn long?  Rape and "rape culture" has been around forever why did it take so long to get out of the closet?  I know why it is finally out though.  It is because of all of the brave women who have not taken their horrors lying down.  They are fighting and making it public.  For them, WOO HOO you are AMAZING and I am so happy that you are strong enough to not only survive but to tell your story.

This is the one and only case in which I am happy for cell phones with cameras.  Boys, yes boys, no matter of their age who are so self important and stupid take all the photos and videos you want, share them because it only proves your guilt assholes.  I do not like cellphone cameras for much else, but in this area, bring it on jerks!

As for the men that dominate society, in the US, Pakistan, or anywhere else.  Watch out, here we come.  No longer are we standing by quietly, we will fight for our sisters and all of our rights as human beings.  The police and judicial branch of all governments (which are of course are ruled by men) need to get a fucking clue and get off of their asses.  This can NOT be tolerated ANY LONGER.  The more we shout out the stories of the misogynistic society the more the Santa Barbara police have to pay attention and maybe, just maybe, they might stop that asshat before he shoots a dozen people.  The more we publicize the stoning of women in Pakistan, the more her government will have to take action.  After all, they do not want to look cruel and ass backwards to the rest of the world.

I have some questions.  Why are little girls not allowed to play in most little leagues?  Why are softballs made bigger than baseballs?  Why are they yellow?  I do not understand.  Look at the rest of the physical qualifications of softball players.  Are they really all that different from baseball players?

I am sure this will anger some men out there.  For those that take offense, why are you offended?  I am not challenging you in any way.  I am stating that things are changing and equality is a good thing.    No one, and I mean NO ONE is more important or better than another because of the gender they are born with or the gender they choose.