Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
As is the case with many new and popular things, blogging is misunderstood. It's even misunderstood by some people who have advanced knowledge of the media, or even those that blog themselves.
With the advent of the same blogger platform we are all using on this blog for this class, anyone can blog about anything they want, and for free. This has been really empowering for the serious citizen journalist, while also providing a forum for the unintelligent and uncreative. Many focus on the latter, trashing blogs as inherently something less than a newspaper, or a magazine.
We must realize however (and with respected online newspapers and websites increasingly employing professional bloggers serving as a witness) that blogs are not inherently something less. True, they are much more inclusive and so there is a lot of bad to go with the good, but arguably there is a lot of bad in mainstream media too. Consider newspapers, websites, magazines, and television. There is a lot of good, and a lot of bad. Magazines aren't good by virtue of being traditional bound in a physical sense with letters that form words and words that form sentences, right? Some are good thanks to good writing and editing and creativity. In the same sense, blogging isn't bad by virtue of it taking place online and being more easily updated. Some blogs are good because of good writing and editing and creativity.
If the same person writes for a print newspaper and a blog, is the newspaper writing good but the blog writing bad? That's the illogic conclusion some people oddly come to.
Jamie Mottram at Mr. Irrelevant (a blog) does a good job of trying to educate the confused.
Quoting Michael Wilbon: “There are differences between reporting and blogging.”
Jamie Mottram: Right. Reporting is a discipline, blogging is a medium and the latter is an efficient way to do the former. This is why most sports reporters at The Washington Post have blogs and use them to report.
Quoting Michael Wilbon: “Blogging is just having an opinion. Just sitting at the crib, back in the cut, as we used to say, and just regurgitating anything you want.”
Jamie Mottram: That’s exactly how I’d describe what Wilbon has been doing at the Post and on ESPN for many years now.
Quoting Michael Wilbon: “I don’t care.”
Jamie Mottram: Obviously.
Friday, March 28, 2008
For the past 4 years I've used MLB.com's "MLB gameday audio" and "MLB.tv". MLB has worked out deals with every Television and Radio station that has the local broadcasting rights to each team in MLB so they can broadcast them over the Internet. MLB Gameday Audio puts the radio broadcast on the net, and MLB.tv puts the Television broadcast on.
The reason I bring this up now (apart from the majority of baseball opening day starting on Sunday), is that I realized that MLB.com has been ahead of the curve on this. CBS Sportsline has been broadcasting the NCAA tournament online for the past three years, MLB has had "MLB Gameday Audio" for over 9 years (MLB.TV has been operational since 2003). Now, they're not giving this away for free, MLB Gameday Audio is $14.95 for the season for every radio broadcast in the league. and there are two tiers of MLB.tv. the regular version is $80 a year and the premium is $120.
If you're a baseball fan, like me, this is a great service, especially if your team is out of state/market, (while I do like the Brewers and have covered them for work in the past, I'm from Chi-town...my team is the Cubs). So if you didn't know about it yet, go check it out.
Oprah has a history of giving away lots of expensive things (cars for example) and large amounts of money on her show. But now she’s made a competitive reality show called “Oprah’s Big Give” to have other people do that for her. The show started March 2nd and there will be eight episodes in total playing on the ABC network. Oprah makes the contestants work their hardest using their creativity and resources to create the best giveaway. And of course, whoever doesn’t do the best job, gets sent home. Oprah makes appearances as well as celebrities John Travolta and Jennifer Aniston. I watched a few clips on abc.com and so far, it looks like it could have somewhat of a steady following for it’s season. It appears to me that Oprah wants to jump on the reality TV bandwagon and finally catch up with those who already have. Who can argue against giving away money to organizations and people who need it? Well it turns out she isn’t getting all good reviews for this innovative idea. I did a search to find out what critics are saying about the show, and Hollywood Reporter gave me a good idea. It turns out a lot of critics have a hard time with all of the product placement that Oprah allows in the show. Also, many aren’t impressed with the genuine giving feeling that the show tries to put off, arguing that these contestants aren’t giving away their own money – it’s all Oprah’s. Also, it’s down 24% from it’s debut rating which drew 11.83 million showing that perhaps viewers are feeling the same way about Oprah’s “Giving Big”. After hearing the reviews, it doesn’t sound like people are impressed and perhaps this won’t be a big hit for Oprah despite her track record of dominating talk show television. I guess we will just have to see.
This form of sexism and stereotyping happens in other forms of media as well. For example, it was widely accepted and even applauded when Brett Favre cried at his retirement press conference. Contrarily, Clinton was made to seem weak when she cried at an event at the Yale Child Study Center in early February. In a country that is supposed to be advanced, we are still operating on gender stereotypes build solely by social constructs. In turn, we may be robbing ourselves of talented and intelligent people.
*Just a note: this is not a reflection of my political association, just my observations of the media!
How much is too much to pay for baby photos? Is this even right? J Lo and Marc Anthony were paid $6 million dollars for photos with their newborn twins Max and Emme. People magazine jumped at the opportunity to be the first to have pictures of the couple and the twins. No price could stop them from getting these photos. People magazine wanted an exclusive photo shoot of the family's home, an interview with the new parents and to capture the lavish lifestyle these parents have made for their "newborn" babies. Not only have the babies cashed in on the big bucks in America, but its expected that J Lo will also receive an undisclosed amount sum from OK! for international rights.
Its funny how stars can collect money on their newborn babies. Don't you already have enough money, why do you have to collect on the kids. Some stars are even thinking about having more children just to cash in on the profit. In recent news its expected that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are expected to get $10 million dollars if rumored Jolie will have twins.
We also found this series called "You Know What's Bullsh*t." The episodes are super short, but amusing to watch. The guy behind them picks random things in life that you may find mildly annoying (but don't otherwise think much about) and picks them apart. You know those stickers they put all around DVD cases that take forever to peel off? Or did you notice the crazy amount of penguin movies that have been released recently? He rants about that sort of thing. My favorite episode has to be the one about the lack of pens at the post office compared to the bank. It's so random, but at the same time, so true:
Apparently, one of the episodes (a rant about the uselessness of pennies) made it as a news story on CNN. I've been noticing the trend of youtube videos as news stories lately. It reminded me of the discussion where the news is more concerned with entertainment than actual news, and I also think it's interesting that the news, in a way, has to compete with online venues like youtube.
The internet really does a great job of bringing together many things that occur throughout the world. Even "the wire" of a news station is an internet subscription that picks up feeds from across the globe. Personally, I think it can only get better. The technology that is comming out has a ton of potential to increase the internet experience for users. Video was very hard to find on the internet a couple years ago. Streaming video was unheard of. With high speed internet, downloads seem almost instant. The world would go into a state of panic if we all had to go back to dial up connections. Things like Youtube.com would never be possible. I really have a great appreciation with the internet and all of it's uses... well everything except the "To Catch a Predator" type crap. That I would consider the dark side.
I think the best part of the internet is it's randomness and diversity. The fact that it is made up by a lot of users makes the whole thing more enjoyable for everyone. For this reason, I usually spend my time on the internet and not sitting infront of my television watching shows that I care little about. The internet is an amazing thing..god bless the internet...
It's a bus company that costs very cheap from $1 to $8 maximum
They have been providing the bus service from Chicago to Milwaukee and Chicago to Indiana etc..
Maybe some of you have already taken the megabus, it is as same as coach bus.
I think there is no sense spending $25 for one way ticket if you can travel with the cheaper cost at a same level of service.
However, this bus does not provide airport service, if you plan to travel downtown Chicago or Milwaukee, it is a great bus service at an affordable cost.
They announced that bus service is now available from Toronto to New York City at the cost of $1. The cost may be a little higher as you make reservation late. They have also announced that the bus system is affordable for everyone compare to other transportation. More specifically, they said they will provide a type of entertainment just like flights, or trains for a long trip, but at a cheaper cost.
Even though they are not so famous yet compare to other bus companies such as, couch or greyhound, but I think they are now making the company bigger.
The big bus company, such as, greyhound is putting their advertisement on their website to promote give 60% discounts the expense of the income passenger below the $35,000 per year. Since megabus is prodviding the service way cheaper than them, they are trying to compete with them with different stratigies to interest their customers.
If you plan to go to Chicago this weekend, try the megabus.
You can go to Chicago at the lowest cost you have ever paid for transportation.
Here is the website
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Sometimes though, I think about what it must have been like without all the amazing new technologies. Boring? Slow? That might make sense, but I'm not so sure.
These days, new cutting-edge cell phones come out all the time, and if you don't have one of the latest, it's almost like you're out of the loop. Then there are gaming systems. I've never been very much into video games, but the new systems come out, and you must have them. In music, CD's days seem numbered, and DVD's aren't likely the future either. And so we will need to get duplicates, just as people before us replaced their cassette tapes and VHS's. We can even consider school. Thanks to technology, we get to take quizzes and tests online. And we print notes off our printer. But it's not as though we aren't anymore paying hundreds of dollars for textbooks. Or taking real tests, or going to class.
Sometimes it's just too much, and too fast.
I love the technology. I love the internet that I can cruise for five straight hours and consume new, interesting, well-written stories, watch entertaining videos, and learn new things, without ever being bored. But it is also kind of ridiculous when I step back for a moment to think about it.
I guess we just live in a really fast-paced, always-changing culture. And while I wouldn't want to trade it away, sometimes I'd like to just, you know,
sllllooowwww it dowwwwnnnn
and chill it out for a minute.
As an avid baseball, football and basketball fan I am selfish. I want every game in every sport that is from America, to be played in America. I don't care whether or not the major sports in our country see financial benefits and their fan bases increase if they go overseas. I don't want that. But that is not the way the these major sports leagues view it. They are corporate run companies with corporate interests like we talked about in class. All they want is money and they want as much of it as they can get their greedy hands on while maintaining and increasing their fan bases.
Just last year the NFL played their first regular game overseas between the Giants and Dolphins at Whembley Stadium in England. Again, I am not a fan of these changes and I wish that every game in every sport every year, could be played in our country, where these sports were founded. But with globalization in full force the sports that we know and love could some day be stripped from right underneath us. As far-fetched as that may sound now, it could happen one day. I hope it doesn't, but it could.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
One part of the documentary highlighted the way certain bits of information were leaked to the press by the administration. The press gobbled it up like they got a scoop and printed it. Then administration reps like Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and Powell would appear on news shows like Meet the Press and quote the article like it was confirming the B.S. they were presenting. Apparently no investigation by the reporters took place to determine the validity of the "leaked" info.
The press really has to take a lot of the blame for getting us into this mess.
PBS did a thorough job interviewing higher-ups from both sides of the issue. A lot of pro Bush, pro war administrators refused to be interviewed for the show. I wonder why? I also wonder, with all the lies and deciept from this administration exposed, how they can continue to step in front of a TV camera and justify this fiasco.
I read a column in Sundays Milwaukee Journal, the Crossroads section, about the CIA uncovering Hussien/Al Qaeda connections in some 20,000 documents captured in Iraq. Jeez! Won't these freaks ever quit?
okay, so i realize that this show has been off the air for about 2 years, but when it was on I didn't really get it. And then recently I rushed through the entire show in about a month, and i'm not the kind of person to do that but it's just that flippin good.
The show has basically the greatest writing staff ever assembled. A former presidential speech writer, the writer/creator of Dexter, the writer/creator of Dirty Sexy Money, the Writer/Director of In Treatment, the writer of Lars and the Real Girl, and then the aforementioned Ball were the predominant writers on this show, and I don't think that any other show has ever seen it's writers go on to such success, but it's obvious why, becuase this show is movie quality every episode.
The show focuses on a family that run a funeral home, who are united when their father dies. Every episode begins with a death a sort of epilogue, and then the rest of the show details the funeral plans and the interaction with the families, and though this premise might sound like it would get old, it doesn't.
Never has a show provoked so much thought in me as this one did, or effected me as strongly as Six Feet Under does. I highly recommend to anyone who likes to watch TV on DVD to head out and rent the first few episodes of this show.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
So I’ve been spending a lot of time on The Office’s section of nbc.com because they have full episodes from season four on it. Since the strike was going on for so long, I ended checking out these episodes and also found that they have added a ton of features to their website. You can download a Dunder Mifflin Infinity calendar (the company the show is based on), buy Office merchandise, and take personality quizzes to see which character you are like. But those are only the small features of the site that aren’t too unique compared to what another site for a TV show might have. But what makes this site different is the “spaces” they have created for the characters Dwight Schrute and Angela. The character Dwight has a “Schrute-Space” which is basically a blog meant to have humorous thoughts that the character would have on the show. It’s also regularly updated with new blogs. The character Angela has the section “Adventures with Angela” where you can get to know the “real Angela” with her own stories and photos. There are several videos ranging from a day spent shopping to spending time with characters from the show outside of filming, for example with the characters Pam and Oscar. The character Creed makes an appearance throughout her miniseries as well. She also has an “Ask Angela” where anyone can ask questions about either the show and her character or even her personal life. Although I would probably never spend the needed hours to go through all of this stuff, I think it’s pretty cool. I think it helped a lot of The Office fans keep from getting bored while the strike was going on, I know it's helped me.
iPods and iTunes is really huge on this. On iTunes, you can download almost anything you are looking for. Most of the crap is even free. It is huge on promoting other things. Even games like Guitar Hero help sell cd's or songs of the bands featured on the game. Hell, I even saw a Guitar Hero soundtrack the other day at Best Buy.
Just take a look around. Take an extra second to notice just how crazy all of this is. The idea of cross promotion (synergy) is not new, but it has a far greater platform to shine on during this digital age.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia that is written by the public. Somewhat similar to Wikipedia is the free online slang dictionary urbandictionary.com, which is also written by the public. Instead of information you'd find in an encyclopedia, Urban Dictionary offers online users a slang dictionary. You can find anything from someone's definition of a person's name to the definition of "fo shizzle". No lie, you can look up pretty much any word you can think of. Urban Dictionary is pretty odd and it is definetly not a website you would site as your source for a paper, but it is kind of interesting to check out since we have been discussing Wikipedia and its advantages and disadvantages. I couldn't find the history behind Urban Dictionary on their website, and when I 'Googled' it I couldn't help but laugh a little when I looked at what popped up as the first result. It was none other than Wikipedia's result for Urban Dictionary. According to Wikipedia, Urban Dictionary is very similar to its own site in the way that it is written and edited by their users. However, on urbandictionary.com the users can also rank their definitions, making the most popular posts appear first. Although Urban Dictionary is probably only used for entertainment purposes, I found it really interesting comparing it to another publicly-open site.
This year’s Rock and Roll hall of fame induction ceremony was ridiculous. Madonna, whom I enjoy and admire for her punk rock attitude, babbled on and on about crap that didn’t seem to matter at all. The craziest part of the whole event is that Madonna didn’t perform at all; she had The Stooges play a set of two of her songs instead. It’s especially interesting since The Stooges have been rejected six times to be inducted since they became eligible almost a decade ago, even though all the inspiration and influence their music has served up to be. After The stooges did their thing, they met Madonna below the stage in a kitchen area where she didn’t even seem to know the band or legendary bassist Mike Watt. The Stooges or Mike Watt don’t need publicity whore Madonna to do them any favors, they paved the way for her.
Friday, March 14, 2008
The other game that is being released is Major League Baseball 2K8. This game is also going to run you $59.99 but it is available for the XBOX 360 as well as the Sony Playstation 3. This game is said to be fairly sloppy in gameplay although the makers of the game, 2K Sports, are known for innovative ideas in the sports genre. This game is supposed to be more rewarding to videogamers because it takes more skill to pitch and to control the runners on base. I love to play MLB 2K7 and I know this from experience. It was always hard for me at first to become accustomed to the gameplay but I found myself playing it multiple times a day because of how rewarding it really is.
As 2K Sports gears up for the baseball season so do millions of baseball fans around the country and world. Baseball is one of the great pasttimes of America. GO BREWERS!!!!
Although I am not proud of this, I was and am a member of the Myspace network. I say “was” because it has been years since I have made any effort to be active on the site with the exception of messaging a few relatives here and there (yes that seems sort of strange to me too). When I do sign in from time to time to check my messages, I usually become irritated by the features on the site. For instance, I truly despise the bulletin feature. For one, there are a number of spam incidences where a friend of yours will post a small message full of advertisements or just plain old crap that you don’t want to read. Secondly, it just appears that people write the stupidest things in these bulletins. They fill out surveys about their personal life (with perhaps a little too much personal information for the world to read) and even sometimes use them as a form of blogs (even though blogs are a major separate feature of the site). Okay, let’s move on past the things I dislike about Myspace, and talk about the new feature that I noticed a couple months ago. They probably added it long before then but like I said, I hardly take the time to sign in to my account. I noticed that they now provide a “news feed” feature very, very similar to Facebook’s creation. It will tell you about blog posts of your friends’ (similar to posting “notes”), adding of new photos and changing of profile information. What seems to be the reason in my opinion is that maybe Myspace is realizing that many people have moved onto Facebook now that it no longer requires a specific college network to join. Facebook was once, and for the most part is, considered a safe social network. One where members most likely wouldn’t be approached with private messages from creepy people they don’t know and the goal of the site was simply to unite friends met through school. So in my experience of talking with people, no one really cares that much about Myspace anymore. It’s almost seen as where the creeps hang out. Which, isn’t far from the truth because I have had my fair share of creepy messages. But I just found it interesting that Myspace might have been noticing their audience trickling away and jumping onto Facebook instead. I think even though Myspace added this feature, it probably won’t compete with growing popularity of Facebook despite their attempts to copy it.
Well according to the Summerfest website , only 104 days, 11 hours, and 7 minutes til the best thing to visit in Milwaukee is underway!!! It is hard to imagine a day over 60 degrees, OH THE PAIN!!!!!!!!! Anyway.. Summerfest is on the horizon. Not only is this the greatest, relatively cheapest, and best thing to happen to Milwaukee, but it is a clear definition that summer has arrived. No more 20 degree mornings, no more snow covered cars, and no more icy sidewalks. This year, rennovations are underway on the Miller Oasis stage I believe. I saw it driving home from class yesterday. And wow, driving past the Summerfest grounds everyday sure makes me anxious for it to start.
By the way, if you are new to Milwaukee or have been under a rock since birth, Summerfest is "the worlds largest music festival" and it is located a mile or two south of campus, on the lakefront. The setting is perfect at night. The bands are all loud and usually the weather is just perfect down there. The admission is somewhere around $14 for an all day ticket. Usually there is some sort of promotion going on and you can get in for essentially free. I think the figure I saw was something like 700 bands playing from June 26th-July 6th.
Like the previous years, the only schedule that is out right now is for the Marcus acts. Once again, many country artists, washed up artists, and a couple bands that are for the kiddies. From my experience, the "free" acts on all the different stages are far more enjoyable than paying upwards of $65 for a band that isn't exactly my favorite. The smaller bands usually surprise me and I say, "oh wow...can't believe this show is free!" If this year is anything like last year, it should be awesome as always. I tried to browse different forums to see and find some of the bands not playing at the Marcus, but I had no luck :( The forums on the Summerfest website is like a ghost town. I shall post any new updates most likely in the near future ;) Until then, we can only hope for better weather and some sun to melt all the snow away.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
But the ones that I can't get over are the little hilarious toddlers that don't even know they're being funny. There's one of a three-year-old who's response to the monster in her closet is that she's gonna kick his ass, then there's a four-year-old who rocks out to Jukebox Hero into his sucker. But for some reason my favorite has to be Charlie bit my finger...I don't know if it's the toddler's English accent or the way you just know that little baby is gonna be a real punk when he's older, but it's just too cute.
But while I'm on the subject of kids on YouTube...the UWM Post just featured an article on Magibon, also known as Mririan. OK, well she's actually 21 but she definitely looks and talks like a 12-year-old. What bothered me was this article seemed to give this girl credit for her postings, but I think they are a waste of time! She is number 75 on YouTube for most subscribers and I don't even understand it because this is what she does: Stares into the camera, blinks, waves, flashes the peace sign, and occassionally speaks Japanese. People are actually seriously into this, and it makes me wonder who and why. Well, I guess it's all about people's preferences, but I for one would much rather watch a video about a kid who doesn't know they are being cute than a girl who is using her childish looks to make people think she is cute.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
This is very cool. The site also says each game will be archived and available for viewing shortly after it is over.
The whole concept of free, live television is interesting. With the technology clearly available, where will this stop, and if it does, why? It seems inevitable that in time televisions will become a lot more like computers, or computers will have the same capabilities as television.
Friday, March 07, 2008
However, it was reported that this was a craft planned prank that Ashton Kutcher had played on the Paparazzi. It has been reported that Ashton has a new show in E! called Pop Fiction where he with his celebrity accomplices will prank or punk the paparazzi.
This could be a really funny show and could slow does that paparazzi boom that has happened over the past two years or so. Celebrities, especially young Hollywood, have been caught doing some out there things and it would be hard for tabloids and paparazzi to determine whether or not these are really actions or Ashton actions. We will soon find out.
I had never heard of the show “Always Sunny in Philadelphia” until I got the first two seasons on DVD for Christmas. At first, I was sort of critical. It’s a fast moving comedy and some of the content is really out there. Just to give you an idea, one episode is based on two characters that quit their jobs and lie about one of them being mentally handicapped for the chance to get on welfare. The whole episode is based around their friends convincing them that need to come back to work because welfare isn’t meant for lazy people, like them. They take a pretty serious topic in society, and turn it around to be pretty funny. I was surprised. The show could probably be described in between a Seinfeld and Arrested Development. The scenarios of the show are so just appalling, embarrassing, uncomfortable and entertaining that you can’t stop watching it. I’ve watched every episode on all three discs and now I’ve read news that they are coming out with the third season on DVD, along with starting up a season 4 all in this fall. This website gives an interview with the main writer about the show and what the new season has to offer. Least to say, I’m pretty excited. One of the coolest parts of this show is that the main three actors are also the writers and producers. I think it is refreshing to see a sitcom on TV that is trying new things, creating its own borders and ideas without pressure from the show’s writers and producers. I think the reason that the show is acted out so well is because the actors are truly acting out exactly how the script was written. They all have the same idea about the episode, and are able to work together so well that they come out with a great, clean cut comedy such as this.
These two men have the top rated radio program in the mornings. Listening to them is the only cult-like thing I do. You know, how most people have a tv show that they can't miss and make time in their schedule to watch it, well...thats what this program means to me. The "Bob and Brian Morning Show" airs on 102.9 the hog from about 5:45 until 10:10ish. This show has an amazing fanbase of dedicated listeners that have been following them for the past decade in Milwaukee.
Throughout the day, Bob and Brian about anything and everything, usually topics that are completely random. Some personalities that they interview weekly include: Santana Dotson, Matt Kenseth, Chris Capuano (Brewers Pitcher), Mark Metcalf (from Animal House), and their sports guy Steve Czaban (www.czabe.com). The show even does podcasts every day during the week. You should check some of them out!!! The podcasts can be found here.
The cast for the show include Bob Madden, Brian Nelson, Carrie Wendt, and the producer Eric Jensen. Each of the cast members brings something different to the show. Bob tends to be very talkative and laughs a lot. Brian is the smart one, also can do a lot of different immitations. Carrie is the news woman and often spins off into wild tangents that have nothing to do with the news. Eric is the producer of the show and runs the behind the scenes stuff. He is a big sports fan and I think he even announces for the Milwaukee Bucks...
Anyway, it is a great program and I suggest you all just check it out for yourselves. You can always listen live at www.1029thehog.com or catch them on the dial at 102.9 FM.
Today, I discovered MoneyMailer. Some of you may have already used this site, but for those of you who haven't, it's awesome. When you visit the website, you can search by city, state, or zipcode for coupons in your area. They site has discounts for food, automotive, home improvement, general services, salons, retail, travel, and more. For those of you that haven't done their taxes yet, there are even coupons for accountants and tax services.
After you search for the coupons you want, you simply print them out and bring them to the retailer, restaurant, service provider, etc. They even have discounts for grocery stores!
I love a good deal, and saving money wherever I can always makes me happy. Visit MoneyMailer today...good luck finding coupons!
stripped down then their last album, but really shows well written songs and their ability to try new things. As I know the band does everything themselves that they can and have no interest in being signed to a major label to be told how to sound. It seems that there are so many bands out there that just want to be the next big thing, but don’t take the time and effort
to find their sound and feel. If there were no big labels to constantly try and shape bands a certain way we would have a lot more fresh ideas and local flavor. It’s pleasing to see a band that can be successful and do it all themselves, but I guess that takes a lot more talent and drive then what most bands have. Fever Marlene’s playing at Turner Hall tonight if anyone’s interested.
An example, would be Flavor Of Love, being the first to air the washed up "old-school rapper" Flavor Flav, followed by I love New York, Flavor of Love's Charm School and the newest show to air in the fall of 2008: New York goes to Hollywood. The show will star Tiffany "New York" Pollard as we watch her attempt to become a professional actress.
Along with New York's show, VH1 has added four other new reality shows to hit the 2008 fall lineup. Keep your eyes and ears open for The Cho Show staring Margaret Cho, Luke's Parental Advisory, which follow 2 Live Crew's Luther Campbell as he balances parenting and producing adult videos. Ten episodes of the now famous Brooke Hogan Knows Best, spin-off from her dad's show Hogan knows Best. The show will focus on Brooke Hogan moving away to Miami to get away from her strict father. Adding to Rock Docs "The Night James Brown Saved Boston" and Elton John: Me, Myself and I.
Has VH1 lost all of its ingenuity and creativity? Will the station ever be able to regain its popularity as music station?
Thursday, March 06, 2008
I ask because I was just thinking the other day that I probably like miniseries better than full season-type series. I remember watching a few based on famous novels back in the day, and just recently I picked up on one called The Thornbirds, which is your typical forbidden love story set against the Australian Outback. (If you like that kind of stuff though, it's a great miniseries!) In middle school, we had to watch Roots, which I also liked a lot.
There are a lot of decent TV shows, and some that I really enjoyed, but I really wish there were more miniseries because they tend to be more story and character focused. Sometimes TV shows start out great, but eventually, they drag out until there's nothing left to be done. Eventually, they end up ending on a rather bland note. Obviously, some shows (like sitcoms) work better in the current format, but I don't see why some shows couldn't actually have a solid ending at some point.
According to court documents, Isenhour got upset when a red-shouldered hawk began making noise, forcing another take. He began hitting balls at the bird, then 300 yards away, but gave up. When the bird got to about 75 yards away he started firing at the bird again.
Isenhour allegedly said "I'll get him now," and aimed for the hawk.
After about 6 shots Isenhour was getting really close to hitting the bird and on the seventh shot he hit the bird. As it turned out the bird was a federally protected migratory species. When the golf shot hit the bird, it fell to the ground and bled from both nostrils.
The maximum fine for hitting a federally protected bird is 14 months in jail and $1,500 in fines. Isenhour later released some statements for the press and told them he was deeply sorry and that he never meant to actually hit the bird, he was just trying to scare it away.
I just think it is kind of a funny that he told reporters he never meant to actually hit the bird. He is a professional golfer on the PGA tour. He is accurate. You have to be accurate to make it into the PGA tour in the first place. I hope that the law comes down hard on him and gives him the maximum penalty that they can because he was so damn stupid.
The site is completely free, and the people on it in my experience have been really friendly. There are some semi-famous bands who have accounts even, so that is an encouraging idea. In the age of the internet and television producing the next big bands it is something that you should check out if you have musical aspirations.