Wednesday, June 30, 2010

How to Not Hold the iPhone 4

Apple recently told a customer who was concerned about his brand new iPhone 4 losing reception when he held it in his left hand to, "Just avoid holding it that way."

"That way" is when your hand touches both sides of the antenna strip in the side of the phone. And in case you were wondering what that looks like, look no further than Apple's iPhone 4 FaceTime commercial, where nearly every cast member holds the phone "that way."
Interesting...

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Savage the Dog Sings Spongebob

I was visiting a friend's house this week when I met Savage the dog and discovered that he had a special talent for singing the theme song to Spongebob Squarepants!

Savage is a Bouvier.

He has never had vocal lessons.
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Friday, June 11, 2010

It's Called a Vuvuzela

That annoying hum numbing your brain while you watch the World Cup isn't the sound of a swarm of killer bees, it's 90,000 people breathing through these annoying plastic horns called "vuvuzelas."

They are apparently a long time South African tradition, but goodness me, they are as irritating as 90,000 mosquitos buzzing in your ear.

To learn more, watch the video below.

And to hear more, just turn on any game at the World Cup.

Enjoy!

(PS: I kinda want one...)

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Oh My Glee... Thoughts on the season finale

"We didn't even place," Artie laments during last night's season one finale of the FOX hit, Glee, after the team loses at the glee club regional contest. To which my immediate reaction was:

"Of course you didn't place. You NEVER rehearsed."

So is my main gripe with the television show said to spark the fire in America's youth to pursue the arts.

(And before I get the inevitable defenses from the diehard Gleeks, I acknowledge and understand that this is a show not fully based in reality and that it's more about having a good time with music than it is about accurately portraying lives of American high schoolers. Also, I generally enjoy the show so just hear me out.)

I just had a hard time watching this group of kids feel sorry for themselves about losing a contest they didn't really work for.

Here's the deal kids: when you DO practice, you look like Vocal Adrenaline with great music and sick (in a good way) choreography. When you don't practice, and instead spend the entire year pointlessly performing countless songs that you'll never sing again, you end up huddling around Artie in his wheelchair and clapping.Just look at Sue Sylvester's multi-award winning cheer leaders. Any episode we see them in, what are they typically doing? Rehearsing.

But the glee club on the other hand always just seems to magically pull numbers out of thin air complete with stage blocking, CD quality vocals, and new costumes. The only real issue the group faced this year was when Rachel came down with a case of "laryngitis." Not the kind of laryngitis that takes away your voice, but the kind that just makes you sing wrong notes to Miley Cyrus songs.

There were no late nights in the auditorium perfecting choreography, no hectic fundraisers to find a way to pay for costumes, and no dress rehearsals for the contest that the entire spring semester was dedicated to preparing for.

I wanted to pull for them, but I almost had no reason to (besides the fantastic song selection).

Here's to hoping Sue Sylvester becomes a for real co-director next year and that she breaks out that megaphone and whips those kids into shape, Cheerio style.

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Besides that matter, I really enjoyed the music last night. "Any Way You Want It" reminded me of freshman year of high school performing that with my glee club, the Showboaters. Memories. Lea Michelle and Jonathan Groff's vocals were spot on and the rest of the cast had definitely improved over the course of the year (woo, Santana!).

I'm glad Glee's been renewed (for two more seasons already), and I'm eager to see what they do next.

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

My Problem with "Parenthood"

I like the show, but I can't stand most of the characters! The only cast members that I enjoy seeing on screen are Lauren Graham, Peter Krause, and Mae Whitman. Unfortunately, as this is a show about a huge family, there are nearly 1 million other cast members to deal with.

The premise of the show is appealing. After all, I've enjoyed watching the drama in the huge Walker family unfold for the past few years on ABC's Brothers and Sisters. But what Parenthood doesn't seem to understand is that you can be flawed and dramatic and still likable.The patriarch and matriarch of the family played by Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia are not only flawed, they're annoying. They could stand to take a few lessons from the Sally Field School of Endearing Angry Acting. These characters, who are supposed to be foundation of the family, and the show, are the ones who make it uncomfortable to watch. The rest of the family is fine, but characters like Erika Christensen's Julia and Sarah Ramos's Haddie are so emotionally hard that it's difficult to like them.

I hope that in its second season, the writers work to make these characters into real people you want to succeed rather than people you don't care to see failing.
PS: I have to give the "I Thought I'd Hate You But You Turned Out Alright" award to Dax Shepard for stepping up and being great in the show when I completely expected him not to be.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Losing It With Jillian Michaels

The show is called "Losing It" in reference to the people's loss of weight (and baggage), but let me just say: its other meaning is that you, the viewer, will also lose it emotionally.

I watched the first episode featuring the Mastropietro family, and GOOD GRIEF! Tears I didn't know existed in my body flowed down my cheeks as they spilled their emotional baggage that led them to become as unhealthy as they were. I was very surprised to be so pulled into the episode, as tears are rare on my face and are usually only reserved for shows or movies with scenes depicting unfortunate circumstances involving dogs.

Jillian has one week to do a complete 180 change in a family's lifestyle. This means the hour's time is split among exercise, emotional, and nourishment needs. At times it may seem the family changes too quickly to believe, but you have to consider that editing a week's worth of footage into 40 minutes makes it impossible to see all that happens. Besides, they build entire mansions in one week on Extreme Makeover, so who says a little diet and exercise isn't doable? Plus, we get to see Jillian's trademark rage monster unleashed on several occasions, making the time watching the show well worth it, regardless of how it turns out.Sure, the premise is cheesy: "Dad only has 6 weeks to slim down and fit in his tux for the wedding, can he do it???" ...6 weeks later... "He did it!" But that's what feel-good reality television is all about. Cheese. And tears. And more cheese.

This show won't give you specific diet plans or exercise regimens (Jill probably wants you to go to JillianMichaels.com for that), but it will inspire you to work harder on whatever it is you are doing, and it will prrrrobably make you shed a tear.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

LOST Series Finale Recap Video

I've had a blast filming live reaction and recap videos for this final season of LOST.

My friend Allison and I put together a fun pre-finale special where we talk about our favorite episodes of the series, flash into a sideways universe as Jack and Kate, and present our favorite moments of the season in music video form to "Lost in the Moment," by Oh, Hush!
For the series finale, we were invited to Kristin Dos Santos's party at the E! studios in Hollywood, and we had an awesome trip, which we recapped in our finale video.

Thanks for watching with us this season and make sure you're subscribed on YouTube and Twitter for more fun!

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