Sunday, August 31, 2008

I'm ready for the new season of Pushing Daisies!

It's been quite some time since we've seen anything new from our friends at ABC's Pushing Daisies thanks to that pesky writers' strike last year. But no worries, new episodes are right around the corner and I must say: I'm pretty darn happy about that.

Pushing Daisies stars Lee Pace, Anna Friel, and Kristin Chenoweth and if you've never watched before, here's the starter kit provided by ABC to get you up to speed:

It's just a really fun show, with a whole lot of very imaginative sequences. Kinda Dr. Seuss-ish. So, you should watch it.

Pushing Daisies begins again Wednesday, October 1st at 8/7central.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

College Feels A Lot Like High School

So today's my first day of school at the University of Texas.. I have an 8am class now so I'm required to get up much earlier than I'm used to. And as you can see, I'm not much of a morning person:
Getting up this early has got me feeling like it's high school again, when we started class at 7:30 in the morning. Isn't that crazy? 7:30 in the morning is too early to be doing anything, much less writing impromptu essays on The Odyssey.

But I'll get through. It just might be a little ugly...

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Disney Plans Blu-Ray Releases and I scramble together $400 for a PS3

The New York Times reported today that Disney plans to release 5 animated Blu-ray titles over the next two years in addition to Sleeping Beauty, which had already been announced. The new Blu-rays will be: Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Fantasia 2000, and Beauty and the Beast. No word yet on what order those will be in, or if that is in fact the order. Disney's vault schedule would hint that B&B won't be out until 2010.

This does get me very excited though. I've had the opportunity to see some animation in the Blu-ray format and it really does make a huuuge difference.

Now I just have to come up with $400 spare dollars to buy a Blu-ray-disc-playin' PS3...Oh ya, AND an HDTV. Oops...

Anyone need a dog walker?via>NYT

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Ashley Tisdale is My Girlfriend

I realize I haven't posted today and I apologize for it. So here's the latest picture of myself and Ashley Tisdale to make up for it.Yes, that is me, and her. Don't question it.

Her new movie, High School Musical 3: Senior Year opens October 24th.. look for me at the premiere.

PS: just a little side note: I just read on IMDB that one of the development titles for HSM 3 was High School Musical 3: Gradu-Dancin'.... Let's all be glad that didn't happen. I would have boycotted.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Nike: Everything You Need is Already Inside

I caught this new, or at least new to me, Nike commercial last night and really enjoyed it. Therefore I am passing it along to you.
Enjoy.

Makes me want to be an Olympic athlete!

Maybe I could pick up curling by 2010...

Song: "All These Things That I've Done" by The Killers

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Life with ONE TV channel is hard!

This week I moved into an apartment in Austin, Texas to begin my junior year of college at the University of Texas. Also this week, I have experienced what life is like with only one TV channel, a challenge I have never before faced. To make matters even worse, that one channel is FOX.

It's one of those "you don't know what you've got until it's gone" things. Being restricted to watching shows like Cristina's Court, Divorce Court, and rerun episodes of MASH have really helped me to appreciate the shows that I had at first considered "the most annoying," but now by comparison see how truly wonderful they are, like The View and Rachel Ray.I've also gotten my helping of the Saturday morning infomercials. Investools was slightly boring, and I'm not convinced that all those people at their "seminar" weren't hired infomercial extras.

But I will say that Cindy Crawford's Meaningful Beauty infomercial for face moisturizer was awfully convincing. And that was even with the sound turned off.The good news is: all should be back to normal again come Tuesday morning when my cable will be installed. But for now, I'll enjoy living the simple life and maybe even catch my first episode of The Simpsons.

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Don't Use Cell Phones Under Anesthesia !

A few weeks ago I finally had my wisdom teeth removed.

Now, after looking through my phone, I've just discovered that apparently while I was recovering from being under the influence of the anesthesia, I unknowingly took pictures of myself. (Note the puffy cheeks and headphones they gave me to listen to while I was "asleep").
It's not that the pictures are really embarrassing or anything, it's just that I have absolutely no recollection of taking them, which is not good. And that nurse is looking at me like "What the heck is he doing?!"Anyway people, learn from this: be careful, and next time you go into surgery, just leave your cell phone in the car...

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Sears, are you kidding me?

Someone has got to get a handle on this... if I hear 3 different versions of Vanessa Hudgens simultaneously whining "PICK ME! PICK ME! PICK ME!" one more time, I'm gonna throw a shoe at the TV.

If I hear it one more time after that, I'm gonna throw a rock at the TV.

And if I hear it just one more time after that, I'm just gonna throw the whole TV out the window. And that would not be good considering there is a family of brand new baby kittens living right outside my window.

So watch it Sears, cuz it'll be your fault if something happens to those precious and innocent kittens...

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Target: Trade Fat for Merchandise?

I've made umpteen trips to Target this week for random things with which to furnish my apartment. And I still need to go back because the trash can I got was tragically left at the register..

Anyway, while I was there, a certain black floor lamp caught my eye for a moment, but only until I noticed their odd pricing of it as costing
"29 lb." I mean, 29 pounds of what? Regardless, I didn't have 29 pounds of anything to give them. If this all would have happened a week earlier, I still would have had a ridiculously large bag of Mexican pinto beans in the trunk of my car... 29 pounds though?

I don't think so.

So I just decided to stick with my totally-awesome $10 WALMART lamp-- which is better anyway cuz it comes with an attached reading light. So HA!
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Thursday, August 21, 2008

DVD Sale at Target: Separated at Birth

Target had a special running on DVDs today and apparently the criteria was to include movies that had basically the exact same covers. Which, I mean, is fine and all, I just figured the designers could be a little more creative.

Exhibit A: In the Name of the King and Live Free or Die Hard
Exhibit B: Surf's Up and Open Season
What's more, not only do Surf's Up and Open Season share very similar DVD covers, but they also share in their terribleness!

DISCLAIMER: I haven't seen either of those movies, I'm just taking a wild guess...

Look for these movies and more on special at your local Target today!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I Hate when Technology Doesn't Work

I bought a new 1 TB SimpleTech external hard drive to move everything onto from my nearly-full 500GB hard drive that stores all my movies and movie projects. BUT, the thing doesn't seem to work. I've tried to reformat it for Mac three times and all it will do is just sit there and pretend to be working.. AHH!

Anyone had problems with SimpleTech before?
Or is it just supposed to take a really long time?

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Monday, August 18, 2008

It's Raining in Dallas!!!

Depending on where you are in the country, a post such as this may seem to be a little overdone, but in Dallas, Texas, we shouldn't just be having blog posts saying that it's raining, we need a freaking parade.
It hasn't rained here much in a good long while, so the sight of rain dripping off the gutters in August is about as inspiring as snow falling on Christmas day.

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You should probably watch Queen Bees

My friends Logan and Whitney recently got me hooked on a new show on The N called Queen Bees. It's a reality show where a group of queen bees (aka "mean girls") live together while trying to overcome their meanness. The girls participate in themed challenges and group therapy sessions with "Dr. Michelle," which lead to weekly progress reports where the girls earn stars based on how well they're doing with becoming nicer.

Needless to say: it's REALLY entertaining.

My favorite bee is Stassi (pronounced STAH-SEE. I know, annoying, right?) from New Orleans. So last night I'm perusing the Internets trying to find more info on this Stassi girl, when all of a sudden I come upon her IMDB page which reveals that Queen Bees wasn't the first time Stassi was on reality TV. That actually came in 2005 when her family participated in The Amazing Race: Family Edition. I can't help but note the fact that Stassi is basically unrecognizable in this picture and looks more like Hayley from American Dad than the Stassi we know and love from Queen Bees.Anyway.. it's a REALLY entertaining show and you should watch it. If only to see how crazy "Brittany" is.

If you haven't seen any Queen Bees yet, don't worry, you can TiVo replays Sunday, August 24th on MTV beginning at 6am. OR you can watch full episodes for free (and also commercial-less) on the-n.com/theclick.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Phelps Wins His 8th Gold!

Michael Phelps, with the help of the men's 4x100m medley relay team, just beat the record held until now by Mark Spitz for the most gold medals in one Olympics! Phelps just won his 8th gold medal for this year and his 16th Olympic medal overall. I didn't expect to be so engaged in this year's Olympics but they've actually proven to be really exciting!

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Disney's "Bolt" Moved Up

In response to Warner Brothers ruining 2008 by moving the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from November 21st to summer 2009, a couple studios have jumped at the chance to fill the weekend release schedule. Summit Entertainment already moved their December release of Twilight up to Nov. 21st, and Disney has just announced that their new CGI flick, Bolt, will open on the 21st instead of their planned premiere on the 26th to take advantage of the huge vacancy at the box office left by Harry Potter.
Bolt features the voices of John Travolta (as the movie's title character, Bolt, a dog TV star) and Miley Cyrus.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Are You Kidding Me Harry Potter?

Harry Potter hasn't really ticked me off before, until now. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince WAS to be released November 21st, 2008, but now Warner Brothers has completely thrown us a curve ball by delaying it's premiere until NEXT JULY.

Wait, WHAT?

Yes, the next installment of the Harry Potter movies will not be seen for basically another year. Why you ask? WB's official reason is that "we are still feeling the repercussions of the writers strike, which impacted the readiness of scripts for other films — changing the competitive landscape for 2009 and offering new windows of opportunity that we wanted to take advantage of," by pushing the release to next July to "perfectly fill the gap for a major tent pole release for mid-summer."

Translation: "It's waaay not ready."

I mean, it's their movie, they can do whatever they want. I've just never heard of a movie being delayed for that long because of any reason other than it not being ready.

Who knows, maybe they forgot to press record when they thought they were filming, only to realize at the very end that they'd been acting out an entire movie's worth of scenes for no reason.Or maybe, just maybe, an intern sent all the reels of film through that giant Magic Eraser that is the airport X-ray machine...

In any case, I'm not too happy about it but I think I'll live. After all, High School Musical 3 is still coming out in October, so I'll just have to depend on that to hold me over.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

New Season: New Shows: Kath and Kim

Fall TV season is just around the corner and even though following the writers' strike of '08 I experienced a lessening of my need to constantly watch television, I'm still looking forward to what the new season will bring.

Of course old favorites like The Office and 30 Rock will be returning with new episodes of TV brilliance, but there are also a few new series that have caught my attention. In particular, NBC's Kath and Kim.
This is an American adaptation of a very successful Australian comedy, and we all know adaptations can go either way, but with Molly Shannon as its star, I'm kinda not able to see where it could go wrong. However, I was at first I was a little skeptical of Selma Blair's ability to amuse. I've only ever seen her in Legally Blonde where, let's face it, she wasn't a very nice person. But after seeing this preview she looks like she will indeed be funny (possibly).

Molly Shannon plays Kath, and Selma Blair plays her daughter Kim. Kim moves back into her mother's house after she decides to separate from her husband, and with the two of them now living together, HILARITY ensues. (I'm guessing, I really have no idea, I've only seen one commercial. Nevertheless, I am very much so looking forward to it). Mikey Day from MTV's Wild 'N Out and John Michael Higgins from The Breakup and every Christopher Guest movie ever made, also star.Kath and Kim premieres Thursday, October 9th at 8:30/7:30 on NBC.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A Thousand Splendid Suns.. go read it!

My summer book reading this year (for myself, not for school) was Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns. I'm a pretty slow reader, and this was a pretty busy summer, so it took me a little while to finish, but it ended up being reeeeally good. The same author wrote the very-popular Kite Runner, which I've also read, and really enjoyed.

It's very interesting to get perspective into the lives of children and families living in the Middle East.. places we normally only hear about through television news stories.

Here's what some Amazon.com reviewers had to say about it:

"I have never read another book that has touched me the way this book did."
-Puneet Kaur

"What a fabulous story filled with depth, feeling and haunting moments."
-A. Customer

"I read many books in a year. Some I read for entertainment and others to increase my knowledge. Then there is the rare book that does both of those things, plus touches your heart as well. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini does just that. Hosseini's The Kite Runner was a magnificent book, and I enjoyed A Thousand Splendid Suns even more."
-Cynthia K. Robertson

As for me, I'll just say that "I highly recommend this book," and Kite Runner, if you haven't read that yet.

SO GO GET READIN'!

Enjoy!

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Monday, August 11, 2008

I Like the Olympics

I wasn't sure if I would embrace the Olympics this year or not, and considering the scheduling issues, I didn't even know if I'd get to see any of them.

But luckily, I caught a majority of the incredibly cool opening ceremonies (I ducked out after USA's Olympians were introduced cuz there were just too many countries). And let me tell you: the Chinese can put on a show. But everyone's already talked about all that so I thought I'd just highlight a couple of the buildings that I thought were awesomely cool.The Birds Nest, aka Beijing National Stadium, where the opening ceremonies took place is just about the coolest looking stadium I've seen. It currently holds 91,000 people and will house the track and field events as well as the closing ceremonies. After the games are over, the stadium will be home to the Beijing Guoan Football (soccer) Club and they will be auctioning off naming rights to it. So with that being said, I would like to invite investors to go in on it with me so it can eventually become "The RuckitUp.com Football (Soccer) Stadium." I would even be willing to call it "The RuckitUp.com/Oprah Winfrey Football (Soccer) Stadium" if Lady O happens to be reading this entry...The other really awesome building is simply called "The Water Cube" which is a giant ice-cube-looking building that houses the swimming races. (This is where the 4x100m Mens Relay took place and the United States whooped up on France. Watch that awesome race HERE if you missed it).The sections on the outside of the cube are all equipped with fancy schmancy LED lights that can change color and make for a pretty cool effect.So so far I've gotta say: the Olympics have been pretty cool and I'm pretty sure I'll keep watching.

But I guess I've gotta start making plans if I'm gonna be running the RuckitUp.com/Oprah Winfrey Football Stadium soon...

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Movie Prices are Freaking Insane

So yesterday I went to see Wall-E at the AMC Movie Theatre at Northpark Mall in Dallas. The showtime was 5:05 so I was expecting to pay whatever the matinee price is, however I was informed that there wasn't a matinee price (and after looking it up, I found that AMC only runs matinee pricing Monday-Thursday). OK, "Do you have a student price then?" I asked. "No. Student prices are only on Thursdays." WHAT THE HECK?!

OK- "Just give me one freaking ticket for Wall-E then."

"That'll be 10 dollars."

Cue my minor heart attack. I realize that some people around the country (LA and NYC) have been paying more than 10 dollars for a movie for quite some time, but I have NEVER in my life paid 10 dollars to see a movie that was not IMAX. So it got me to thinking, if people are paying $10 and more to see movies, it's no wonder movies like The Dark Knight are making such obscene amounts of cash at the box office. And yet, people celebrate it like it's such an amazing thing to have been completely ripped off.
That's not to say Dark Knight wasn't a great movie, but come on! News programs will literally run a story on how outrageous gas prices are, showing people complaining about how much money Exxon makes, and then run the box office tallies and celebrate that Warner Brothers has made $440 million on Batman. We're paying more than double what we were 10 years ago, which is close to or more than the price of owning the movie on DVD, to see it just one time, and yet people don't really seem to notice or care.

I'm just saying: you can't complain about gas prices and then drop $50 on seeing Mamma Mia! five times. It just doesn't add up.

PS: shout out and "thank you" to the Culwell's for buying my $10 Wall-E ticket yesterday!

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

I Guess I Can't Watch the Olympics

Tomorrow is 8/8/08 which means two important things will be happening: 1- the Olympic Summer Games will begin, and 2- Bob Costas can come out of hiding (but only if he promises to go right back when the Olympics are over).

With the Summer Games beginning tomorrow, I decided to use a few minutes this morning to set my TiVo to record all the events which I deemed important. NBC is claiming to have spectacular coverage this year with "3600 hours on 7 networks." And I'm sure their broadcasts will indeed be wonderful, however they did forget one thing which may cause a heck of a problem:

You see, we live in 2008, the age of TiVo and DVR. No one. I repeat, NO ONE watches TV on time anymore. Even my 88-year-old grandfather watches everything on TiVo.

So I was shocked this morning when I went to set certain events to record, that instead of splitting up the Olympic events into any sort of logical programs with normal lengths, NBC has lumped them all together in outrageously long blocks of coverage, some up to EIGHT HOURS LONG. (There is literally one from 9am-5pm).

And this is what I have to say about that:

First of all, most people don't have 8 hours worth of recording available on their DVRs for ONE day, let alone the entire duration of the Olympics. Second of all, I know NBC probably doesn't like to admit it, but there are actually good shows on OTHER networks (including the other networks covering the Olympics) that people may want to watch. I suppose they may think that if you're forced to record the entire day, that will keep you on NBC. But if most people are like me, they'll just forget about recording the Olympics altogether in favor of catching their regular shows on other channels.

Not to mention all the people with season passes for Oprah, they'll never cancel out for the Olympics...The YouTube/TiVo generation likes to have exactly what they want, when they want it. You won't find me sifting through 8 hours of shot putting to find that 10-second-long 100 yard dash that I want to see. They'd be much better off grouping events together into shorter blocks of an hour or two where they'll get many more viewers. Selective viewers, but MANY more.

I'm just saying NBC: adapt to the times.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I took my dad to the John Mayer concert...

My Father's Day present for my dad this year was tickets to John Mayer. He was loves John Mayer, especially his song Gravity. He was even more thrilled just to go to a concert; because the last one he said he had been to was the Judds...

Come along with us as me and my 58-year-old dad go see John Mayer...
Enjoy!

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