I love the McRib! (At least I used to...)
Fast Food Facts
has "deconstructed" one of my all-time favorite bad foods, the McDonalds McRib boneless, uh, pork sandwich. I had been mourning the recent retirement of the McRib, but now having seen the meat from the sandwich, with the protective coating of sauce carefully removed, I think I will just have a piece of fruit...
Star Wars in 30 seconds with bunnies
There are many, many versions of Star Wars available on the net, but Star Wars in 30 seconds with bunnies
is my favorite so far.
Even the bunnies know that Han shot first.
OK, so my Mom suggested that I change the name of my blog, because I hadn't made any posts lately about thing that bug me. Thankfully the Olympics has provided me with a plethora of things to complain about. (I just love any opportunity to use the word "plethora.") I must begin with the disclaimer that I love
the Olympics. I mean, really love them. I love the Winter Olympics, in particular, and I'm thrilled with the amount of coverage available on NBC's family of channels, particularly on
Universal HD. The Alps look spectacular in High Definition. I think I watched about 40 hours of coverage last weekend, thanks to the extra day off. That being said, here are the things that have pissed me off so far:
- NBCOlympics.com posting results BEFORE they have shown them on TV, on the front page. I went to the site only to vote for Angela Ruggiero of the US Women's Hockey team, who for some reason wants to be on the Apprentice, only to see the headline, Apolo Oh No! Now, I didn't actually read the article, but the headline pretty much gives it away, don't you think?
- The new scoring system in figure skating. The new system seems to make everyone, the men in particular, do an endless series of jumps, with no artistic elements whatsoever. The fact that Scott Hamilton, et al, feel the need to explain this to the viewers incessantly before, during and after every performance only makes the experience more painful.
- Endless repetition of information by the commentators. Did you know that contact is very common in snowboard cross? I do, since I've been told this about 300 times.
- Ice dancing. I love figure skating, for reasons I cannot fully explain, but even I can't fathom this event as an Olympic sport. I can't imagine anything less interesting than watching the compulsory program, where all 24 of the couples skate the same program to the same music. Oy.
- Bode Miller. I'm sick of this guy. Get over yourself, buddy. (This isn't a complaint about the Olympics, really, but I just had to get it off my chest. I feel better now.)
Update: If you just want TV listings, you can go to nbcolympics.com/tv
, instead of the main page, and remain spoiler-free, as long as you don't click on anything...
Animal Planet :: Puppy Bowl II
Well, just when you though the Animal Planet Puppy Bowl
couldn't get any cuter, they add a kitten half-time show. You wouldn't think you could watch three hours of puppies and kittens running around, but you can. The water bowl cam is adorable. The kittens seemed a little freaked out by the huge confetti at the end of their portion of the show, so hopefully they will do away with that next year.
Creature Comforts Coming to the US
According to a Yahoo! News story
, Creature Comforts
is coming to US television on CBS. In case you are unfamiliar, Creature Comforts is a wonderful British show, by the wonderful fellow who gave us Wallace and Gromit
, in which dialogue from ordinary citizens in interviews with Claymation animals, in a documentary format. It's absolutely hilarious, but I can't imagine how it is going to translate to American television. Doesn't anyone remember Payne
? No? Of course not. It was a horrific attempt to take another great British show, Fawlty Towers
, and Americanize it. It didn't work. Maybe we'll get lucky this time...via TV Squad
How To Avoid Marrying a Jerk
The Army is countering a high divorce rate among the troops, exacerbated, at least in part, by the wars in Iraq in Afghanistan with a helpful program entitled: How To Avoid Marrying a Jerk
. The program utilizes awkward Army acronyms such as F.A.C.E.S. - family background, attitudes, compatibility, experiences in previous relationships and skills, and R.A.M. - the Relationship Attachment Model, which helpfully suggests that you not allow your level of sexual involvement exceed your level of commitment to the other person. Problem solved, or dare say, "Mission Accomplished?"
First wild born black-footed ferret found
OK, so this may not seem like big news, but a wild born black-footed ferret has been found in Colorado
. Black-footed ferrets, distant cousins to my beloved domestic ferrets
were thought to be extinct in the early 80s. Every black-footed ferret in the wild today is a descendant of 18 ferrets scooped up from Wyoming to join a captive-breeding program, and save the species. All the ferrets released into the wild are microchipped, so the discovery of a female with no chip confirms that the little guys are breeding in the wild. Go ferrets!
contains a great quote on the second panel:Under what theory are the competent obliged to help the incompetent?
The quote is much better than the punchline on the third panel. Ahhh, I love Dilbert.
The Dark Crystal 2
is reporting that not only is the Dark Crystal 2 proceeding, it has a director, Genndy Tartakovsky
, of Samurai Jack and Clone Wars fame. I agree with Cinematical, he is a genius, and this is great news for this much-anticipated sequel. (At least it's much-anticipated by me, I can't speak for anyone else.)