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|Wednesday, December 15th, 2004|
I have a new blog up over at typepad that is really wonderful. I am now able to host online photo galleries and other things. So, with a small teaspoon of sadness, I will now longer be updating my LiveJournal. LJ has served me well for almost a year and I recommend it for first time bloggers.
My new blog url is:http://superasianman.typepad.com
Hope to see you there!
|Thursday, December 9th, 2004|
Well, some of you may remember my tirade when I found out that G4TechTV was "tinkering" with my favorite show on television: "The Screen Savers". Scroll down and you'll see that I was less than amused. A refresher: G4 suddenly (and without warning) fired 90% of the staff of "TSS" back in November and retooled it for a relaunch.
The New "TSS" debuted after Thanksgiving, and it has been painful to watch. They are taking all of the "Tech" out of it and filling it with stupid celebrity interviews and movie set visits.
The only good part about the show isn't even intentional. There is obvious tension between old tech-minded hosts (favorites Kevin Rose and Sarah Lane) and the new non-tech-savy hosts (Kevin Pereira and the ridiculous Chi-Lan). Chi-Lan may be pretty to look at, but she is an idiot when she speaks about tech things... and I am just waiting for the day when her and Sarah end up going at it with fists flying.
The tension between the two Kevins isn't quite as obvious, but Kevin Rose always tries to trap Kevin Pereira with a tech question that Rose knows Pereira won't be able to answer. Pereira didn't even know VA was the abbreviation for Virginia, for Christ's sake!
Granted, there are parts of the show that are still good... mostly coming from the witty sarcastic humor of Kevin Rose... but I really miss Yoshi, Dan and the others who were abruptly fired last month with only four hours warning from a job they had been working for over two years. The sad part is that this version of "TSS" will more than likely fail, and G4 will blame it on lack of viewer interest and on the show... when ^4 is the one who is solely responsible for ruining it. Current Mood: aggravated
|Wednesday, December 8th, 2004|
|Hide the Bone
I worm in a Christian Education School here in town and, while working with the 1st-3rd graders, we (the adults) were taught a new game to play with the kids called "Hide the Bone". Now while this is a slight variation on a whacked out Duck Duck Goose/Random Guessing Game hybrid, the name of the game made me laugh. A group of kids sit in a circle, one of whom hides a fake dog bone... and a selected child has three guesses to pick which one is holding it. Its an innocent game, but one would think that someone could have come up with a better title than that. LOL! Current Mood: amused
|Friday, November 26th, 2004|
|Filled with turkey
Well, the holiday season is "officially" upon us. I've seen Christmas ads on tv for the past three weeks, but with that troublesome Thanksgiving holiday out of the way, we can now go full force into the Christmas (a.k.a. "Nasty rude customers only out for themselves and their pennies") season.
And what about that NBA brawl in Detroit with the Pistons and my Pacers? While I do think that as a professional athlete, one should not charge up into the stands to attack a fan... fans today are so stupid and inconsiderate. They think their ticket gives them the right to do anything to anyone -- other fans, athletes, performers, etc. I think whoever threw that cup of ice and beet on Ron Artest should have his ticket rights revoked for life, and also have his picture printed in the papers so everyone can see what a moron he really is. Those fans turned into a wild, angry mob, doing everything from punching players in the back, to dumping popcorn/beer/water/pop on Indiana players as they were leaving the arena, to hurling chairs into a crowd. What absolute idiots. And then the commissioner comes out and suspends Artest for the entire season (when he wasn't even the one who started it all), and two other Pacer players for almost a combined 50 games... saying he needs to do whatever it takes to protect the fans. Well, Commissioner, what about protecting your NBA players??
The guy that Artest attacked first in the stands may not have been the one who threw the beer at him, but if you look at the replays, he was up there cheering and taunting Artest as if he was the culprit... so he deserved to be beat down. They need to take away alcohol at these games so those redneck hotheads don't have anything to fuel their stupidity.
|Thursday, November 18th, 2004|
|I am a Turkey
Does anyone ever get tired of walking into a store (let's say... Wal-Mart) and feeling like you are the smartest one in there?
With the recent merger between K-Mart and Sears, it got me to thinking about how Wal-Mart became the most powerful retailer in the world and why it stays at No. 1.
My guess is that it gets all of its merchandise in bulk or from sweatshops, sell it all for dirt cheap while still making a hefty profit, and laughing all the way to the bank. They also pay their workers for crap.
As much as I dislike Wal-Mart, which is a mecca for people who have horrible attitudes, screaming out-of-control kids and poor grammar (come on, admit it ... you know its true)... I do find myself shopping there a few times every so often. I mean, why should I buy a DVD at Target for $19.99, when I can get it at Wally World for $15.96?
It makes me feel bad sometimes because I am so cheap and I end up contributing to the Evil Empire... but what can I do? I save $4 on at least one new release dvd every week. Am I so wishy washy that I can sell my soul to the devil for $4? I must be because I keep going back.
Now granted, I do shop at other places as much as I can -- such as competing Target, K-Mart, Meijer and Best Buy... but Wal-Mart's prices are generally so cheap that it is hard to ignore them. And that, my friends, is what is call grabbing you by the short and curlys and having their way with you. Current Mood: frustrated
|Wednesday, November 17th, 2004|
My favorite show is being DISMANTLED!!! "The Screen Savers" is a great show that started on TechTV -- on which it talks about the latest hacks and offers up some great computer advice. Well, G4TV (TV for Gamers) bought out TechTV over the summer, but "TSS" was spared the cancellation axe.
Well, come to find out, G4TechTV has FIRED the entire cast of "TSS", save for two people. This is OUTRAGEOUS! I wish there was something that could be done, but I am sure all the email campaigns and letter writing will fall on deaf ears. I feel about as helpless as I did in the 2000 election. Word has it that the staff reported for work at 11am, and were fired and told to leave the premises by 3pm the same day. Classy. What a bunch of F'n BullS**t!
When "The Screen Savers" returns in a couple weeks, it is supposed to merge with G4's "Pulse", which is a video game news show. So G4 is managing to take all the "Tech" out of this once beloved TechTV program.
Some of TechTV's other popular shows are under the axe as well... "Unscrewed" has already been cancelled, and rumor has it that "Nerd Nation" (another great show) and "Robot Wars" could be next.
G4 has raped TechTV and their fans. This was not a merger, but a takeover. It is becoming clear that G4 only wanted TechTV's higher installed base of customers. G4 is slowly but surely removing almost all remaining elements of TechTV... and sometime in January, it will relaunch as "G4TV" once again instead of "G4TechTV".
This, coupled with 4 more years of Bush... the world is on a downward spiral. Current Mood: angry
|Monday, November 15th, 2004|
Colin Powell has submitted his resignation to President George W. Bush, and it really makes me sad. Powell is a very respectable, very knowledgeable man, and was one of the only people in Bush's cabinet to offer differing opinions on issues such as the war on terror. And I can't believe that Bush is just letting him go.
This isn't a good start for the next four years. Thank you for your years of service, Mr. Powell. You will be missed.
UPDATE: Bush has chosen to replace Colin Powell with Yes-Woman Condolezza Rice. Its always nice to eliminate people who may disagree with you and go with their own free thinking... and surround yourself with Yes-Men. Current Mood: aggravated
|Thursday, November 11th, 2004|
|My Fellow Citizens
"America has spoken. And I am humbled by the trust and confidence of my fellow citizens." -- GWB
Bush won the election last week by getting the most votes ever cast for a candidate in election history. But what people don't seem to realize is that John Kerry ranks second in most vote getting.
This, my friends, was a hotly contested election, and by no means a "landslide" like Fox News likes to call it. Bush may like to think that it was a solid voice by the people that wanted him in for a second term... but he also forgets that while 57 million people voted for him, 55 million people (including Nadar's million or so votes) voted *against* him. And I would hardly call a 2 million vote spread out of 110+ million votes a "decisive" victory.
Was it as close as the 2000 election? No. But that doesn't mean it still wasn't very close. Given the fact that Al Gore should have been president anyways... this whole 2004 scenerio and ill-advised war against Iraq should have never happened.
|Tuesday, November 9th, 2004|
Remember this past summer when there was all sorts of hype around a swimmer named Michael Phelps? He was the one who had the quest to get eight gold medals... and "only" ended up getting six or something like that. Ah, what happens to the mighty when their star fades.
This week, 19-year-old Phelps was pulled over for running a stop sign and arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. What an olympic hero he turned out to be. I wonder if his gold medals can be used for bail. Current Mood: cheerful
|Thursday, November 4th, 2004|
|Fight the Power
Well, this year's election didn't take as long to sort out as the one in 2000. But the result is still the same... George W. Bush in the White House for four years.
Regardless if your guy won or lost, I hope a lot of you got out to the polls to vote. Voting does matter (even if you live in a republican state like I do)... it makes you feel good and it is your voice. It is your right and priviledge to vote. I am proud to say that I voted and I look forward to the next elections.
|Thursday, October 28th, 2004|
I am very picky when it comes to my DVDs, and their packaging. But as the DVD user base continues to grow by astronomical numbers, what was once a simple format to produce and decide upon has quickly become cumbersome and confusing... and downright annoying.
For example, the remake of "Dawn of the Dead" has just arrived on DVD -- a long ten months after its original theatrical release. It comes in FOUR formats: full screen R-rated, widescreen R-rated; unrated fullscreen and unrated widescreen. That in itself is passable as some people don't like those "darn black bars". I chose the unrated widescreen verison. On the DVD, there are a handful of "exclusive" featurettes... but I commented to a friend that I was disappointed that there were no actual behind-the-scenes cast interviews or set footage present. But today, as I was browsing the DVD section at a local store, I saw that there IS a full blown on-set documentary available -- but its ONLY on the R-rated versions of the DVD. Die-hard fans of the movie will obviously pick up the unrated version of the DVD, but why place this documentary only on the R-rated cut? Its a cheap ploy to get people to fork out money to buy both versions, and it stinks.
Packaging of DVDs are also becoming a problem. Universal has started packaging their DVDs in a wierd snap case that has little "tabs" on the sides -- supposedly to prevent theft. But there are instructions that you are supposed to "twist off" those tabs when you open the case, thus leaving huge ugly gaps in the packaging. And even if you don't twist them off, they will probably break off in the future anyways. Annoying. Aren't those stupid "security device enclosed" stickers on the sides and top/bottom enough?
And I am all for getting my favorite TV shows on DVD in season sets. But, for the love of God, package them in similar cases! I will use the show "Alias" for an example, even though I don't watch it. Seasons one and two are in similar cases... but the newly released season three is in a completely different case... that is thinner and even smaller (height-wise)! Therefore, if you collect the seasons of this show, not all of your sets will look the same on your shelving. This may not bother some, but to collectors... this is a travesty.
One more quick rant... is that I am getting tired of movies coming out, only to have a bigger, "extra-special edition" to be released awhile later. "Resident Evil", "The Fast and the Furious", "Christine", and "Independence Day" are just to name a few. "The Passion of the Christ", which was a $370 million blockbuster, is certain to be a re-release candidate since its original issue in August was a shcokingly bare-bones version. And I would bet the farm that "The Ring" is amped up by the Spring in time for "The Ring 2".
|Thursday, October 21st, 2004|
It's been almost two years since my last cigarette. I went a two year stretch without smoking back in 1995-97... hopefully, this stretch will last much longer.
It's been almost two years since my last cigarette. I went a two year stretch without smoking back in 1995-97... hopefully, this stretch will last much longer.
Well, its been about two years since I had my last cigarette... and after avout ten solid years of hardcore smoking (save for about 2 years around 1995-97), I am surprised I was able to give it up so easily. I mean, I've heard horror stories about how you just can't go "cold turkey", but I must be blessed or something.
|Friday, October 15th, 2004|
Yesterday's entry was pretty foul and I apologize for it. I just have so much going wrong in my life sometimes that I just don't think, and I get angry when someone points it out. I had thought about deleting the entry, but this is more of a diary -- and it should reflect the highs and lows. Current Mood: blah
|Thursday, October 14th, 2004|
|I am an addict
Hi, my name is Eric, and I am a addicted to cell phones. I am on like the 10th phone this year... this one is a prepaid camera phone. A really nice phone for a prepaid one... and it works really well. But that's not the point.
I have always been a fan of technology, but for some reason, I have a real weakness when it comes to phones. I participate in cell phone news boards... I collect pricing brochures from multiple carriers to compare prices... I love browsing in cell phone stores and playing with their demo phones...
This has become a real sinkhole for me. Just in the last year, I have had service with T-Mobile, Sprint PCS, AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless and Virgin Mobile -- the latter two being prepaid service. The formers I have been able to get out of contract with by claiming my mother died and didn't have enough money to bury her.
I think everyone has a vice in life that they just cannot (or will not) break. Mine is cell phones. I have one friend who has a vice when it comes to gambling... sure, he wins occasionally and is a very shrewd gambler... but is his vice all that much better than mine? They both cost money, they are both expensive to maintain, and are both time consuming. This guy spends probably 90% of his non-working/sleeping life playing partypoker.com (or discusssing partypoker.com, thinking of partypoker.com, or calling his married friend whom he got hooked into partypoker.com to talk about partypoker.com), or he buys lottery tickets or goes to the gambling boats.
In my situation, I shouldn't really be buying multiple phones because I am not fully self-sufficent yet. But it is an addiction. And its not like I throw all my money into it, either. I would like to challenge this friend and say that I would go a couple months without acquiring a new phone if he'd go the same amount of time without partypoker.com or lottery or hosting/participating in poker parties, etc. I bet he couldn't do it.
This friend in question has recently tried to give me advice on how to handle my finances... and I appreciate it. He is very knowledgeable and trustworthy when it comes to that kind of stuff. But he looks down on my cell phone addiction so heavily, yet failing to realize that he has his own addiction as well. I don't mean for this to sound like such a rip on him. I like the guy and he is a good friend, and, contrary to what he thinks, I do appreciate the advice he gives me, and he has a lot of solid points. But I wish he'd stop looking down on me for my addiction to cell phones when he has an addiction that (in my opinion) can be just as bad. Current Mood: blank
|Tuesday, October 12th, 2004|
|R.I.P. Christopher Reeve
Man, three major celebrities dead in about a week's time. Janet Leigh and Rodney Dangerfield passed last week, and now we have Christopher Reeve's shocking death. And what is so sad about this one is that he was making such progress and had become a beacon of hope for so many people all over the world.
Best known for his role in four "Superman" movies, Reeve also starred in the romantic cult-fave "Somewhere in Time" (with Jane Seymour), "Remains of the Day" (with Anthony Hopkins) and "Villiage of the Damned" (with Kirstie Alley) -- which turned out to be his final theatrical role before his 1995 accident.
Reeve also starred in the TV-movie remake of "Rear Window" in 1998, for which he won a Screen Actors Guild award, and directed HBO's critically acclaimed "In the Gloaming" (starring Glenn Close). He just wrapped up directing a movie for the A&E Network that is set to air in a couple of weeks.
Christopher returned to the "Superman" legacy by guest-starring in the hit WB series "Smallville" in scenes opposite the new Clark Kent, played by Tom Welling. This season, Margot Kidder (who was Lois Lane in Reeve's theatrical "Superman" films) has a guest starring role in the series and there was hope that an episode could be filmed reuniting Reeve and Kidder. The series also stars Annette O'Toole, who played Lana Lang in "Superman III".
Christopher Reeve will be sorely missed.
|Monday, October 4th, 2004|
|R.I.P. Janet Leigh
The horror community and the movie community lost an icon yesterday -- actress Janet Leigh. She was best known for her role in 1960's "Psycho", and became perhaps the most famous screen heroine in a horror movie of all time. Leigh had a rich history in Hollywood and was one of the nicest ladies you could ever hope to meet. As well as being an Academy Award nominee, she was also an accomplished author. Daughter (and fellow Scream Queen) Jamie Lee Curtis was at her bedside.
R.I.P. Janet Leigh. You were a classy lady and you will be missed. Current Mood: sad
|Thursday, September 30th, 2004|
I get annoyed so easily by inconsiderate people anymore. You know the ones I am talking about -- the fat and loudmouthed mothers who cannot control their brat children and therefore, let them run wild in libraries and stores. Or how about the grandma or grandpa at the checkout who is insisting on arguing about a .50 cent price error because its the "principle" of the thing... nevermind the long line of people behind her who want to get on with their lives. Or how about the gaggle of loud teenagers who think being obnoxious in public is funny. Or how about the guy who's credit card was declined, and instead of moving aside to solve the problem, he bitches out the cashier and then whips his cell phone out to call his bank... all while never moving away from the counter.
And speaking of cell phones... how about the people who use cell phones loudly in public places, like restaurants and parks or libraries or theaters? Anyone who knows me knows that I love cell phones, but there is a time a place for talking on them... and squaking about "my baby's daddy not givin' me no child support" in the library is not appropriate. Nor is the "funny" game teens play now where one girl calls another girl in the same theater (and sometimes even in the same row) and play "phone tag".
Ugh. When did life get so complicated?
|Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004|
|Rock the Vote
Election season is upon us. And every four years, I am absolutely stunned with how many people do not go to the polls to vote. I vote every two years at the minimum, and I think that voting for the President of the United States every 4th year is the very least someone as a citizen should do.
In the history of our country, people fought and died for our right to cast a ballot. I am tired of hearing people say "I can't stand either candidate" or "I'm not into politics at all" or the worst "I just don't care, my vote doesn't count anyways". But yet, its those same people who then complain about who is elected and whine and moan about what direction the country is going in.
Now, I voted for Al Gore in 2000, and he didn't win the electoral vote. George W. Bush is in office. But even though the guy I voted for didn't win, at least when I complain about policies and the war, I can do so with a clear mind. At least I voted and made my voice heard in the closest election in our country's history.
Whether you back Bush or John Kerry (or, heck, even that nutjob Nader), please go out and vote. Its not too late to register to vote if you haven't yet. People died to give you the right to vote. Honor their memory and honor your right as a citizen. Current Mood: determined