Saturday, February 28, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
ET has been around since the early 80's, but I don't remember it being so superficial and fickle when I was younger. All they talk about is Brad and Angelina, Tom Cat, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, The Osmonds, Dancing with the Stars, etc. When Anna Nicole Smith died they were like vultures with their exclusive reporting which consisted of the same redundant interviews and footage shown over and over for months. I can only take so much gossip and life changing news like who designed Eva Longaria's dress and who Nicole Kidman is now dating. The sad thing about this is that I sometimes find myself yelling at the TV saying "what kind of losers with no life watch this?" I am then quiet for a minute as I realize the answer is stupid people like myself who think it is beneath them.
Another thing I dislike about Entertainment Tonight is Cojo. It's not so much the double take I do whenever I see him as I try to determine his gender, but it has more to do with his condescending attitude. I love movies and can appreciate the Academy Awards but I hate all the red carpet hype. Since the Oscars are upon us, I'm sure we will be hearing his fashion analysis of all the stars over the next few days. Is the fact that Cojo is giving fashion advice ironic to anyone besides myself? Why is he criticizing and ripping on people for what they wear? Just because he paid $1,400 for his ridiculous outfit doesn't mean he has better taste than the masses. Speaking of fashion criticism, if he is trying to look like Pee Wee Herman he should have chosen the red tie->
Entertainment Tonight isn't the only shallow entertainment show out there. There are others like Access Hollywood, TMZ, E News, and Extra. They all follow the same formula. I've only seen TMZ for a few minutes but it was the most brutal of all these shows. They are the definition of paparazzi and I find it ironic that they can actually make their living by ridiculing, stalking, and mocking the very celebrities that give them job security. The only thing worse than shallow celebrities with train wreck lives are those who benefit from exploiting them. This includes bloggers who use their names in the title of their posts to get more traffic. Disgusting!
I admit that my blog is often trivial , superficial, and focused on pop culture too so this post may be hypocritical in nature, but that's OK because I have a deadline to hurry and finish so I can go watch Entertainment Tonight and see who won the award for being the worst dressed celebrity on the red carpet.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
So if anyone reading this is an employer who uses these marketing strategies I understand you need to advertise your business, but try not to make it such a demeaning experience for your employees....unless they are teenagers. If that's the case feel free to humiliate them.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
When I was growing up we had higher animation standards. Sure we had the dirty, lanky, inbred looking Shaggy and the frumpy, nerdy, clumsy Velma from Scooby Doo, but their physical shortcomings were offset by Fred's suave good looks and white sweater and scarf and Daphne's stunning beauty. Zoinks! See exhibit A. Why can't cartoons today counter balance the ugliness of their characters and give equal time to attractive characters? Because ugly is now the in look.
Monday, February 16, 2009
1. Vince Carter-He is amazing. I can't believe his dunking confidence and the ridiculous stuff he has pulled off in games. I still think that when he jumped over the 7 ft. French player in the Olympics was the greatest dunk I've ever seen.
2. Dominique Wilkins-The first guy to consistently pull off playground trick dunks during close games. He popularized the windmill and power dunking.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
So in the spirit of testosterone I'd like to post an insensitive, sweaty, rugged, manly post. This post is dedicated to the following men:
- Guys who test drive trucks on dangerous courses with giant exploding obstacles that feature a brake test on the edge of the Grand Canyon.
- Guys who not only love to hunt but prefer to kill their prey with their bare hands.
- Guys who viciously dunk a basketball on their opponent and then stare them down after.
- Guys who are participants in strong man contests who can pull double decker buses uphill.
- Guys who work in construction or at oil refineries (the hard hat industries) and come home from work covered in dirt or oil.
- Guys who prefer to eat their meal straight out of the can. They don't need no stinking plates and utensils.
- And any others I may have missed like mechanics, bull riders, truckers, and anyone who loves heavy machinery and power tools.
If you fit any of the above criteria or if you are just a normal guy and have been reluctant to blog let me assure you that it is ok. There are many great blogs that are authored by men. You are actually reading one right now. If you think you are too tough for this type of activity you can always start one with a woman's pen name. Some women authors did this when writing was considered a man's professions. Mary Ann Evans submitted her work under the name of George Elliot. If your name is Brutus Strong you could submit your posts under the pen name Leslie Golightly. If you still have reservations and are concerned that blogging will hurt your macho image, just remember it is still not as wussy as scrap booking.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I'm a 7 crosser and I think I started when I was living in Europe as a kid. I remember my teacher was a stern woman who wore a white lab coat who walked up and down the isles as we worked on math. The Austrian kids were doing pre-calculus in third grade but I was still trying to figure out long division. (Don't feel bad I wasted them all in P.E.) Anyway to fit in with the other kids I started crossing my 7's and I guess it just stuck.
This habit may have been reinforced if I mistook a 7 for a 1 and had such a traumatic experience that I swore that would never happen again, but if that did happen I'm not sure because I probably suppressed the memory. Anyway I really struggle when I see a regular 7 because I want to cross it. It even pains me to write this post with a keyboard that will not type a 7 the way I like it. I also cross my Zs so they don't get mistaken for a number 2. I know most people wouldn't usually confuse the two but I work with Vin numbers everyday.
I feel a need to apologize for the lameness of this post, but you have to take into account the boring nature of the subject matter. Anyway if you don't cross your sevens then I challenge you to just try it once to see if you like it or not. At least I'm not trying to promote making a smiley face out of the dot on the letter i.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
The motivation of seeing so many people change prompted me to do try the challenge. I went ahead and participated in the challenge and by the time I finished I lost fat and gained muscle and went from 24 to 14% body fat. I didn't look anything like the winners in the magazine but I still made decent progress. As part of the contest I had to send in before and after pictures. I obviously didn't win and will probably never see the pictures again unless I run for public office someday. I would show my pictures here but I think posting physique shots on the Internet is too narcissistic. (And besides I once again look like my before pictures)
Some people actually put more effort into the before picture than the after picture. The goal with these photos is to show a huge difference so some people try hard to look bad in their before pictures and it is usually obvious. I didn't shave for a couple days and didn't comb my hair. I let my gut stick out and watched that French movie about the red balloon first so I would be all depressed.
Bill Phillips and I are very similar (especially if you keep our physiques, income, and prior successes out of the comparison). I'm going to sponsor my own transformation contest, but it is just to see who can produce the best before and after pictures. There are no rules, no time limits, no banned substances. Anything goes. Send in a picture from your high school days if it looks better. Use Photo shop if it would help or even send in someone else's picture for the after shot. I will be giving the top 5 Grand Prize winners their choice of number combinations.