Friday, May 23, 2008

New Weezer Video!!!

Goodness gracious! How great is this? The new Weezer video is official and the release date on their CD has been moved up to June 3. Of course, you'll know what when you read spunkybean's What a Week It's Bean feature each and every Friday. Enjoy your nice holiday weekend.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Gen X Rules the World

You can tell Gen Xrs have now entered into a phase where they are the primary influence on key decisions at networks and among retailers. Though I'm confused as to how we're marketed to via teen-based sitcoms and dramas. But do you doubt this show is counting on us 30-somethings to watch?

FEIGNING: Disinterest. Like with the original version called Beverly Hills 90210, I'm going to pretend to not look forward to watching every week and when its on TV and my wife is watching, I'm going to be reading a magazine. So what if I only read two pages in an entire hour. I'm hardly watching.

ANTICIPATING: 30 Days returns June 3rd and airs every Tuesday at 10pm for your summer viewing pleasure. Mad Men also will be back in July right after a CD soundtrack is released as well as their Season 1 DVDs. Look at that SAHweet packaging!

: Breaking Bad also renewed for a 2nd season and a full 13 episodes. Gotta wait for this fall, unfortunately. Also coming back this fall? It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

LISTENING AND OBSERVING: Loverboy doesn't get enough credit. It's as if one person said Loverboy sucks and everyone else just fell in line. My favorite on-line streaming station, Slippery When Wet, just played three Loverboy songs in a row and my volume was up high. Discuss. And, listen. Turn that dial, all the way...

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Check. Check. Is this blog on?

Holy crap! A whole week has passed and I've given you nothing. Zippo. Nada. Zilch. Well ...what a week it's been (not to be confused with the hilarious What a Week It's Bean feature over at More on spunkybean in a moment.

LOVING: This site, or more the project they've embarked on. Seems they've taken children's drawings and recreated them as photos. What a cool idea! I'm neither artsy nor a photgrapher, but I'm going to try this with some of my kids drawings. I hope they draw me standing against a white wall, because that'd be pretty easy.

WATCHING: Lost, of course. But tonight I'm a little more excited about The Office's season finale. Will Jim (a) propose to Pam, (b) get fired, or (c) miss his chance to propose because Pam finally has the gumption to quit and move to NYC or Philly to pursue her art career? In the end (and by that I mean the end of the series), they'll be together, but I'm not prepared to spend the entire summer wondering. I mean wife won't be able to handle it. Me? I don't really care. I'm tough and manly.

WRITING: The usual ...American Idol recap(s) over at spunkybean, but this week I had the chance to stretch a bit and write a letter to my younger self. I hope you like it. 6 of the spunkybean writers did the same thing and we promoted our efforts back to the author of If I'd Known Then, Ellyn Spragins and she actually read all six letters. Not only that, she thought maybe she'd include our letters on her site or possibly in an upcoming book. Wild, right? I know.

There's only 5 weeks remaining until the new Weezer CD is released. It keeps me going and waking up every morning, I'll tell you that much. See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Awesome National Recognition!

One of my favorite shows on TV, and one I never miss, is The Daily Show on Comedy Central. They draw humor from huge, national and worldwide stories and expose the hypocrisy and lunacy for many a laugh. So imagine my delight when my hometown, Detroit, made their headlines. Part of me wasn't sure Detroit's Mayoral scandal was truly worthy of national headlines and, maybe, Detroit has been a punch line for so long I just assumed a sex scandal here mixed with purgery and cover-up was no better than a 'woman-find-alligator-in-kitchen' story you might hear from Florida. A novelty, if you will.

Luckily, The Daily Show legitimized it. Brilliantly. My blog entry will be short, but I just had to share this huge news . . .

And, of course, don't forget to read my recap of last night's American Idol over at spunkybean. Proud, proud days. Later and ijfgb.

Monday, May 05, 2008

A Mini Blog Entry

It's May. It's 70 degrees outside, the flowers are blooming, and spring has finally sprung. Spring means my office will be 80 or 90 degrees each afternoon while the office complex explains that the air-conditioning doesn't activate until mid-May and I'll sweat like a pig every afternoon until then. Spring also means 'new-car-fever'.

COVETING: A MINI Cooper. I've made up my mind that this is my next car as long as I keep my current 2001 Saturn L300 and I can convince myself (and my wife) that having 3 cars isn't completely insane. This plan involves keeping the Saturn because its a bigger, roomier sedan with a big trunk - a family car, if you will - and then remodeling the house to add a 3rd garage stall to house kids toys, stuff, and ...oh ....a MINI Cooper. I think I agree replacing a family sedan with a MINI Cooper is foolish, but having a 3rd, 'fun' car seems do-able.

DISGUSTING: Me. Project Washboard isn't going so well. I can blame birthdays and birthday cake, I can blame sadness and comfort-eating, and I can blame my anniversary and a wedding and big meals and many drinks. At some point, however, I'm going to run out of things to blame. I tipped the scale at 180 pounds, Saturday, and measured a 38-inch waist at my belly-button. HOLY DISGUSTING! I'm 5'5"!!! Something has to give. I ran two miles Saturday in 22 minutes and 3 miles on Sunday in 33 minutes. I'm going to get those washboard abs. I ...just ...need ..discipline.

PANNING: Bee Movie. What a horrible movie. It is neither a quality kids movie, nor a clever adult movie. It is long. It is boring. It's an idea so lacking a clever idea, it decided to make a bee talk to humans. I turned it off with 20 minutes remaining in the movie. Normally I don't use blog space to rant or rave about a movie, but this one was so bad, I had to put it out here in cyberspace.

ANTICIPATING: Game 2 of the Pistons-Magic series, The Bachelor: London Calling (The Women Tell All), Greek, and my viewing of the Oprah-Cruise interviews. I'm going to write a column on these interviews for spunkybean.

APOLOGIZING: For a boring post. I just figured I had to write something. It'll be better, tomorrow.