Sunday, September 19, 2010

Survivor: Nicaragua

I realize this is a bit late (and by that I mean almost a week) but I just got to see the premier of Survivor Nicaragua thanks to my handy Verizon FiOS on demand! The discovery of which, if I may say so, was almost as exciting as the premier. Who knew I have access to a whole bunch of the latest shows and it doesn't even take up space on my DVR!

I think it's interesting the way they divided the teams. 30 and younger and 40 and older is a dramatic twist, I just don't know how long I can stand watching the frat party happen over at La Flor. Thank god they don't have access to alcohol. It's mildly interesting, but mostly exasperating. Like Big Brother. "We can't let a girl win," What are you, ten? Among other things that blend together, I found this outrageous. Not that I can remember who said it- all the young guys seem like the same person. Minus Fabio, of course. The only guy that stands out from the super-tan, muscly, chauvinistic, boxer-brief wearing crowd. But it's not like Survivor to write in comic relief. Their ratings must be slipping, or else they need to attract more viewers after their move from Thursday to Wednesday nights. One of the best quotes from Fabio: "It's like being in a zoo with no cages" Yeah, I think that's also called being outdoors.

Oh yeah, and what was with the creepy war cries girls of La Fleur?

I don't know about you, but I hope Jimmy Johnson stays on for a while, he seems like a nice guy. I don't know why everyone says that he's BS-ing about wanting to help someone win the million, or why they think that it's not a good idea to keep him around. The guy's right, no jury would give him the million. He's got enough already. Unless of course he went to the end with someone who had back-stabbed the entire jury, which would be the ideal situation for him. If anyone was going to take him to the end thinking he wouldn't get the vote just because he has money already, it would be the back-stabbing one. Hm, maybe he can win it. I love that he wanted to be on Survivor for the "adventure" of it. I guess when you're Jimmy Johnson you can do whatever you want for a vacation . . . Not that it hasn't been hard on him. It was great hearing him give props to all the past survivors after the first night. I never really heard anyone else say that it was that much harder than they thought. Or at least I didn't believe them. When it wasn't Jimmy Johnson saying it, it really just sounded like whining.

Another one that it seems will be early to go is Kelly B., the medical student with the prosthetic leg. I honestly don't think it's fair to vote her out just because you think she'll get a sympathy vote in the end. But I suppose that's the game. I hope we get to see a least a little more of what she can do.

I am glad that the goat girl got voted off though. To think that so many of her tribe mates were unsure about who they were voting for, and then she just goes and ruins it for herself. Talk about drawing a target on your back, that was completely ridiculous. If that was her true personality, I'm glad I didn't have to watch an hour of it. Who questions Jeff Probst? I don't think it has ever been done. Not to make a completely obscure reference, but I was reminded of Umbridge interrupting Dumbledore during his opening speech. It just isn't done. And when it is, you end up getting beaten up by a heard of angry centaurs or, in this case, voted off the island.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

She Dissed a Boy...

Katy Perry seems to be everywhere these days. Personally, I think she's catchy. In fact, I tried to boycott both Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, but found it nearly impossible. I'd have a song stuck in my head that I didn't really know because I'd only heard it in the background at work (I don't listen to the radio). Come to find out, it's Katy Perry singing in my head. Oh, and that fan video that I love so much? Yeah, that background music is Love Story by Taylor Swift. Guess it just goes to show how hard it is to get away from mainstream music.

Anyway, two days ago, Perry organized a free concert for her old high school, Dos Pueblos High School in Santa Barbara CA. During the concert, she called out an old classmate who she claimed never wanted to date her. Unfortunately, her diss fell short of her desired effect. The boy, Shane Lopes, couldn't care less. He's now engaged to his high school sweetheart and couldn't be happier.

Just goes to show that Skater Boi syndrome is something that famous people make up to make themselves feel more important, although Perry fans think that Lopes just wasn't about to admit how he really felt. I'm not so sure about that one, I mean, who would want an attention seeking, barely clothed "Christian girl gone wild" as their fiancee? Unless of course they were equally as hot a flash in the pan of stardom. Just ask the people at Go Fug Yourself what they think of Perry- they sure have a lot to say.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A.I. no longer means Artificial Intelligence...

I remember sitting in John Pantalone's Journalism 110 class in my freshman year of college. More specifically, I remember him asking of the 300+ students sitting in new Center for biotechnology and life sciences who, if any, do not have cable at home. As hands went up, Pantalone clarified. "I don't mean you have satellite or Fios, I mean, who has NO cable, only broadcast stations?" While the confused hands all lowered, mine stayed raised. Of over 300 students, I was the only one who fit the bill.

I didn't realize how culture deprived I was until this past week, when I finally sat and watched COX cable at my rental house in Narragansett. The first thing I did was find the channel guide. And, what's more interesting to the culture-deprived girl than an American Idol recap?

Yes, I realize that American Idol was one of the few shows I could have actually watched without cable. But until I saw this recap I was convinced nothing of interest to me could be found on local broadcast stations. You can imagine my surprise when I learned that one of my new favorite artists- Chris Daughtry- was discovered via American idol. And not only that, but he was in the final four with Katherine McPhee, Taylor Hicks, and Elliott Yamin. I was shocked that all these names, minus Elliott Yamin (who I'd never heard of ) came from American Idol. Or AI as it's now known as, apparently.

As I start to come out from under my rock and figure out what else I've missed these past years, where better to turn than Idol Chatter ? However, as I found in class last week, AI chatter isn't limited to an intense fanbase. "Breaking News" now includes the fact that JLo has signed on to be a judge for one year (only one year? scandalous!).