Archive for October, 2006

Its an Honor just to be NOMINATED

October 31st, 2006 1 comment
Hugo Hurley Reyes

But winning is soooooo sweet.

Winner – Funniest costume at my place of employment.

Costume: Hugo “Hurley” Reyes from LOST

Note the backpack, the jar of official Dharma Ranch Composite.  (Not pictured: box of  “Lil Dharma Chocolate Swiss Rolls”)  My t-shirt reads “4 8 15 16 23 42”

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Heroes – Better Halves

October 31st, 2006 1 comment

Another good episode, and yet another good cliff-hanger.  I’m impressed that they’ve ran this back to back for six episodes, and have another one next week.  LOST won’t have seven straight until after this first six episode tease.

Michael has a good recap, if you can get past the crowing of  ‘I called it, EDEN is THE MOLE!’

As always it starts off where we left off, and we get some focus on the mystery of Niki’s powers.  Up until now we have just skirted revealing her power, which is somekinda split personality disorder on steroids.

Last episode we left Peter answering present day Hiro’s phone call, and we pick up with Peter saying the battle cry!

Save the Cheerleader, Save the World!

Hiro and Ando have a broken conversation about which no one really knows what the next step is, or who the cheerleader is, but they agree to meet up in New York, while Peter and Issac work on figuring out who the is the cheerleader.  Peter also spills that future hero has a sword, which later edges Hiro into katana geek-out mode.   Spoilers and recap after the break. Read more…

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Sweet NaBloPoMo Bippy

October 27th, 2006 3 comments

nablopomo_120x240.jpgSince my better blogging half is doing it. I may as well sign up to write a bit every day for a month. Last time I did a consecutive posting was on CrazyGator for 40 Days of Purpose.

I’ll be blogging mostly for myself and my 1.5 readers, so I’m unsure of what my topics will be all about. I can blather with the best of them, and I won’t tell you about my lunch (mostly because I hardly ever eat lunch.

I probably also need to be linking to other people more often, and drive the traffic up. I don’t have blogger ads or anything, so you linking and reading me just cost me money, not you. But I’m a traffic whore like anyone else, so feel free to link back to me.

I don’t know if I’m as good at content-free posting as Eric.  I don’t have any important dates looming on the horizon.  I watch way too much TV, and so do my virtual friends.  I dabble on my PC too much, hacking away in vain.  I study and prepare for lessons for Sunday School and Wednesday Discipleship class.  I do take requests, and I love a good meme.  Absolute won’t do any Melissa Theuriau blogging.  And I promise not to video-blog.
Heh!  This thirty-days of posting will practically write itself, then Fussy will have to give me a PRIZE.  If I win.  Which I won’t…

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New ViOSified TV service.

October 26th, 2006 Comments off

somewhere on misplacedkeys I detailed my Verizon FiOS Internet installation.  Still smoking along just fine and dandy.  Recently got a flyer in the mail that FiOS offers TV service now in my neighborhood.

Did the cost/benefit analysis, saved about $25 a month for basically what I had with TimeWarner (nee Comcast) so I booked and install, and today they came and installed.

The savings was enough that I put on some addons (the $25 savings is AFTER all the addons).  Added the HDTV DVR and the MultiRoom DVR, and two extra set-top boxes.  The MultiRoom allows the kids to watch recorded shows on their TV in the other room, while we watch what we want on our TV.  The other extra STB drives the ReplayTV that still is capturing away.

The HDTV DVR is a dual-tuner DVR that can record two shows at once.  It is a different dual-tuner setup, in that the TV actually either shows live TV or a recorded show, you can’t switch back and forth between the two tuners (if you are recording two shows, you can move back and forth between them)

So we can now record that third ‘must see’ show and catch up on somethings that we miss.  If we do that at all.  The things we lose, is mostly in usability.  The old DVR could use a reprogrammed remote to have a 30sec advance, as well as the quick 15-sec review.  That is gone on this system, FFW and REW, but no single button skip, and so moving through the commercials will be a skill building exercise.

The program package is fairly complete, with more HD channels that TimeWarner, and they are grouped ‘intelligently’ you want kids shows, 200-220, HD starts at 801, etc…  Picture quality is excellent.  Programming the DVR is a snap, and will basically record w single shows, or series, with a lot more options than the TimeWarner DVR.  Not as great as the ReplayTV, but very close.

Also the MultiRoom package enables a MediaManager that can serve up music and photos from a Windows Computer.   Which is gimmicky.. but kinda neat.

Video On Demand has some good choices, in both Free and PPV.  Bring on the television shows!

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Lost – Everyman For Himself

October 26th, 2006 Comments off

Not a full recap, just comments, observations.

When Benry came in to get Juliet and tell her about Colleen getting shot, did he says, “The Sub is back?” The Sub, as in submarine? Or sub as in sub-group? Thoughts?

Didn’t learn much about anyone, we knew Sawyer could dupe and be duped. We knew Henry was a lying sack of manure. We knew that Sawyer gets beaten up … a lot…

So What’s New?

We got a glimpse of the island from the nearby island where Jack, Sawyer and Kate are being held. So the zoo is an another island, and if the zoo is where they kept the polar bears, then how did the polar bears get to the other island If the Others illylic town on the new island, or the main island? Ethan and Goodwin were able to ‘run to the beach in about an hour’, so I think they live on the main island, and are currently in the zoo research wing. Perhaps there was a land bridge across the two, and Dharma sunk it for research programs.

Kate, didn’t leave Sawyer alone… why? She’s been known to take care of herself, and she could have gotten back to the main camp (well maybe not given they are on another island…)

AHA — The SUB!

Okay… they do have a sub to move back and forth from main island to ‘the zoo’. They covered their captives head on the dock, before they moved them to their cages/tanks. They raided the sailboat, from the water side not the peir side (thought it was a continuity error before). They let Hurley go before thy hooded the rest of the captives. So I think the submarine actually !!!!! makes sense.
UPDATE: Added Screecaps, click to embiggen.
boatdoock-lost.png This is how the boat was docked on the pier, the bow facing the beach, port side to the open sea.

boatrraid-lost.pngThis is when the Others came aboard the Elizabeth. Note the port side of the boat is boarded, as the sail is tending to the stern. You can make out two sets of handrails, one for the sailbaot, and one from the SUB!
Okay, back to Kate. I think she’s been turned, and her role was to help turn Sawyer, then they’ll both battle Jack. The Other borg will assimilate them.

Desmond has some pre-cog, he wanted to move Claire’s tent, to avoid the lightening strike, then ruined Hurley’s radio antenna using it as a lightening rod… If you can’t move one, move the other. It’ll be interesting to see what they develop from that new power. I wonder if he’ll be able to contact Hiro Nakamora and have him call in the help in the big battle with the Others…

Okay.. That’s all I got… What are you’re theories?

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Jericho – 9:02

October 26th, 2006 Comments off

Okay… I’m stating for the record that this showed has Jumped, quite possibly the proverbial shark.

9:02 – I gather is the time of ‘Federal Response’ and the time that the magical EMP blows out ever electronic part, everywhere.  Impressive range, but I call plot device.  Like someone would explode an EMP over rural Kansas, because … we’ll there just is so many Military Industrial Complexes…  *grr*

So now we really get into post-nuke phase.  Back to the stone age, and HAwkins is ‘compromised’ so he’s getting ll domestic, looking out for number one.  The hoodlums are being hoodlums, and Ms. IRS chick is going after farm boy.

Nothing much else happens, except we learn a little about why Jake left… he was involved in a theft gone wong apparently, and some poor kid got shot.  *yawn*

I watched happy days after the shark jump, so I’ll keep watching.

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Heroes – Hiros

October 24th, 2006 2 comments

Save the Cheerleader – Save the Future.

C’mon, say it with me!

This show is getting better with each episode, I hope that NBC’s showing the first three post-pilot episodes back-to-back on Sunday night, brings more audience to this awesome show. The standard cliff-hanger re-applies without the gore, infact this was the least gory Heroes I’ve seen. The powers are coming out, as the cast starts migrating in the right directions. Click to read the spoilerish? spoilery? recap.

Other links:

  • Michael has his recap up, and thinks this is a treadwater episode.  He’s right of course, but there are some good reveals.  Peter’s power takes shape, as does Nathan’s and Matt’s.  Hiro does no time stopping, and Claire finds a new wardrobe.  Ya gotta look for the bright spots!

Read more…

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That big glowing box in the living room.

October 23rd, 2006 Comments off

From Snarkwife, who got it from Becky, a list of well things that keep my living room warm, because the HDTV can get pretty hot being on all the time.

Shows I Love

  • Lost
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • What About Brian
  • Boston Legal (Denny Crane.)
  • The O.C. (reserving JTSiness until we see post-Marissa post-high school OC … um okay that just might be the definition of jump-the-sharkiness…)

Shows I Like

  • Wife Swap
  • Desperate Housewives
  • The Amazing Race
  • House

Shows that have been on but I just started watching and they’re pretty decent

  • How I Met Your Mother
  • The Office

Shows that have either jumped the shark or suck, yet I still watch (or my Replay Slavishly records…)

  • The O.C. — see above…
  • nip/tuck — Right when I think I’ve escaped, it drags me back in…
  • CSI (I’m sorry, but my Thursday nights have become too busy, forgive me!)
  • CSI: Miami (Horatio Caine is my homeboy!)
  • Survivor — It is the strategery, stupid.

New shows that I really like

  • Heroes
  • Six Degrees

New shows that I kind of like and am still “trying out”

  • Men in Trees
  • Ugly Betty
  • Jericho
  • Friday Night Lights

New shows that I tried but didn’t like

  • The Nine
  • Men In Trees
  • Brothers and Sisters

New shows that I liked but have already been canceled

  • /dev/null

New categoryOld cancelled shows that I mourn, and shake my fist at respective network muckity mucks that pulled the trigger.

  • Joan of Arcadia
  • Firefly
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Lost – Further Instructions

October 19th, 2006 3 comments

My anticipation pre-show: 9

My feelings about it post show: meh 6.

Some other people thought is was great.

I was all excited because we get to see what happened to Locke, and Eko, and Desmond post hatch ‘incident’. Opening, bright light, Locke’s eye. The dude had the wickedest scar from the crash, with the vertical slice down the center, made him look like a comic book hero/guru person thing. He’s on his back in a grass clearing. He hears Desmond run by in his flash-the-island quest, but can’t say, DUDE? Where are your pants?

Click on to read the rest.

Read more…

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Jericho – Federal Response

October 19th, 2006 2 comments

Ohhhhh where to start…

Jake is tired of war… the card game… get it? Oh such tired cliches so early in the show. We could play crazy-8s.. oh come on, the bar is open all night? I think that Jake and friends must go fill up the generator every four hours or so to keep that joint in business.

We have POWAH! And then all the phones ring at once. While a literary device, the calls would in reality rollout as the system dials out… but Jericho is small, so the telephone company might be able to simu-dial everyone… Not without someone knowing that WORKS at the phone company… but this is Jericho, suspending belief is step one.

Further on suspending relief. A powah surge attacks the library. And since it is an electrical fire the firemen will stand by their hoses until that political lackey of a mayor gets off his rump and shuts down the breaker. Oh, and that breaker, yeah it shuts down the fire pumps too. WHAAAaa? Okay, I’m with the dude that is calling for an investigation. No way! No how! and silliness abound in this whole tepid plotline! *deep breath*

Lets get to the main points. Hawkins, no long content with dial-up, can take his lappy outside and fireup his portable satellite dish to get broadband. And then web-surf on sites where the only readable text is the word security. Also, it seems that the small town of Jericho has muni-wifi, since the power came up everyone flips open their lappy and starts IMing:

dude1: hey, did u c the shroom cloud

dude2: we r so pwned

Actually, no one can do anything because it seems the DNS servers are down, but the wiley teenage miss popular is also a sooper seekrit computer nerd and knows about IP addresses and how the intertubes were made for surviving the big nuclear bubble. She tries one of the IP addresses she’s memorized, you know the one staring with 308, I. kid. you. not. *fume* (okay, plot device like all phones in tv-land use a 555 prefix, get over yerself geekboy!) But that IP has been redirected, to a Government run webite (that is now silently melting, not from nuclear radiation but from overloading… unless they had some super-seekrit mirroring program… okay, I give up, enjoy the show!

Oh.. and Hawkins, used to be a ‘pool guy’ like Jake. Now they can be bestest FF. (Pool guy is code for someone that knows how thing work mechanically, or have a mini-van with a real live electrical plugin in the back.. um.. WHY haven’t these been used in the first six days post armegeddon?

… … … *sigh*

Okay, I’ll just skip all over the municipla services discontinuitys… Michael has done a better job hitting the actual plot points. So I’ll recount, no, is too much, I’ll sum up.

  • Eric’s a jerkwad who’ll break both his wife and mistresses hearts, because that is all that matters after a nuclear attack, protecting the knowledge of your infidelities.
  • School teachers can call up their kids and start recess whenever they want, so play in the fountain next to the library, don’t worry about the sparking transformer, just keep playing in the puddles.
  • Jake is gonna come clean with his dad about where he’s been. okay.. next week, first we gotta drain this scotch and eat mashed potatoes.
  • The President doesn’t ever show up on time for television appearances. And because of this, it seems… That retaliation will be delievered without informing the people of the United States.
  • Ballasitic missle launches cause earthquakes in Kansas.

Next week, or maybe in weeks to come, the stupoid writers will start actually writing scripts that make sense. (congrats Jericho, though, you got a full season buy, so we have 18 more epis to let the writers practice… go you can do it!)

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