bjarvis: (Challenger)
We've dodged a bullet on this one, thank god: Discovery cancels Michael Jackson autopsy TV show

Honestly, what were they thinking to even suggest such a travesty?

The only thing sadder than proposing such a program is that it was ultimately dumped for legal reasons instead of for being a tasteless horror.
bjarvis: (Challenger)
We've dodged a bullet on this one, thank god: Discovery cancels Michael Jackson autopsy TV show

Honestly, what were they thinking to even suggest such a travesty?

The only thing sadder than proposing such a program is that it was ultimately dumped for legal reasons instead of for being a tasteless horror.
bjarvis: (avatar)
I've been meaning to write this for a while but I was busy focusing my outrage at other television obscenities like "Tabitha's Salon Takeover," "Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares," "Jersey Shore" and many others.

I'm largely out of higher priority targets at the moment so I'm going to rant on the obscenity that is "Bridalplasty."

If you haven't been exposed and/or tortured by this program yet, the basic premise is too bizarre for me to describe effectively. Let me quote from the producers: "brides-to-be compete in challenges to earn plastic surgery procedures in a quest to win their ultimate dream wedding."

What. The. Hell.

How sad & pathetic does one have to be to design a competition like this? Hey, let's get a bunch of women together to perform in arbitrary and degrading competitions. Better yet, the prize won't be money 'cause that would give them an 'out' by letting them say on camera that they'd use the winnings to pay for great-aunt Martha's dialysis or something like that. Nah, let's make the grand prize plastic surgery! That'll ensure no one can even think of weaseling out of confessing before the entire planet they are so incredibly vain that they'll do anything for a crack at liposuction, bigger boobs and a facelift! And just to ensure the audience doesn't miss what horrible people these contestants are, we'll make them brides-to-be so we can compete with the bridezilla reality programs too!

If you watched more than ten minutes of an episode and didn't experience an overwhelming sense of nausea and/or a compulsion to immediately take a shower, then forcibly toss your television through your living room picture window into the front yard, you should seriously consider therapy. Lord knows these contestants should be forcibly hospitalized & medicated. The producers, however, are beyond help: they should be exiled to a small island in the northern arctic so their remaining families can recover their dignity & hope by telling themselves they're orphans.
bjarvis: (avatar)
I've been meaning to write this for a while but I was busy focusing my outrage at other television obscenities like "Tabitha's Salon Takeover," "Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares," "Jersey Shore" and many others.

I'm largely out of higher priority targets at the moment so I'm going to rant on the obscenity that is "Bridalplasty."

If you haven't been exposed and/or tortured by this program yet, the basic premise is too bizarre for me to describe effectively. Let me quote from the producers: "brides-to-be compete in challenges to earn plastic surgery procedures in a quest to win their ultimate dream wedding."

What. The. Hell.

How sad & pathetic does one have to be to design a competition like this? Hey, let's get a bunch of women together to perform in arbitrary and degrading competitions. Better yet, the prize won't be money 'cause that would give them an 'out' by letting them say on camera that they'd use the winnings to pay for great-aunt Martha's dialysis or something like that. Nah, let's make the grand prize plastic surgery! That'll ensure no one can even think of weaseling out of confessing before the entire planet they are so incredibly vain that they'll do anything for a crack at liposuction, bigger boobs and a facelift! And just to ensure the audience doesn't miss what horrible people these contestants are, we'll make them brides-to-be so we can compete with the bridezilla reality programs too!

If you watched more than ten minutes of an episode and didn't experience an overwhelming sense of nausea and/or a compulsion to immediately take a shower, then forcibly toss your television through your living room picture window into the front yard, you should seriously consider therapy. Lord knows these contestants should be forcibly hospitalized & medicated. The producers, however, are beyond help: they should be exiled to a small island in the northern arctic so their remaining families can recover their dignity & hope by telling themselves they're orphans.
bjarvis: (Zorak)
I was never a fan of the television series. Indeed, the program still nauseates me. I never read the books so I won't comment on those.

It seems that one either loves it or hates the television version, but both camps generally react to the same characteristics: its saccharine treatment of problems with a happy ending in a one hour program. I know people who utterly love how sweet it all is, while others despise it for the same reason. I hate it for totally different reasons.

The program is largely centered on the trials & tribulations of a poor farming family on the American midwest prairie in the late 19th century.

1. There is no intrinsic nobility in poverty. Not having a penny to your name is not uplifting, ennobling or praise-worthy: it's just poverty. The only spiritually enlightening aspect might be a religious hallucination as your body begins shutting down from hunger. Take it from someone who has been poor: it's not a fun time. If you think you'd like to try, feel free to give me all of your money and assets. I promise I'll give serious thought to returning it if you decide poverty isn't for you.

2. Farming isn't a more noble profession than any other. There's an old literary myth that if you want to write a hero character, make him a farmer; if you want an evil antagonist, make him a banker or businessman. But guess what? I know farmers who are vile human beings. I also know bond traders and lawyers who are honest and sincere individuals.

I can easily tell you from childhood experience that farming is a body-breaking, hard scrabble, thankless way to make a living and, unless you're inheriting a farm, a painful introduction to the world of poverty. Not Recommended. Ever.

3. Small town life isn't paradise. Again, from bitter experience, I can assure you that small town life can suck, especially if you're The Other. Sure, it's a great place to live if everyone is Just Like You: the same colour, the same religion, kids going to the same school, everyone in happy marriages, etc.. Want to experience hell in a small town? Be divorced. Be non-white. Speak another language or with an accent. Have premarital sex or, worse, be a single mother. Be gay. Belong to the "wrong" religion. Be different in any way and you'll find out just how supportive one's small town might be. If you're especially lucky, there will be someone even more unpopular than you to attract the worst of the community ire.

So I hope you'll forgive me if I reach for the remote, leave the room or possibly shoot the television should re-runs of LHotP make it's insipid appearance.

We now return to you "Dancing with the Stars," "Glee" or whatever the hell kids are watching these days.
bjarvis: (Zorak)
I was never a fan of the television series. Indeed, the program still nauseates me. I never read the books so I won't comment on those.

It seems that one either loves it or hates the television version, but both camps generally react to the same characteristics: its saccharine treatment of problems with a happy ending in a one hour program. I know people who utterly love how sweet it all is, while others despise it for the same reason. I hate it for totally different reasons.

The program is largely centered on the trials & tribulations of a poor farming family on the American midwest prairie in the late 19th century.

1. There is no intrinsic nobility in poverty. Not having a penny to your name is not uplifting, ennobling or praise-worthy: it's just poverty. The only spiritually enlightening aspect might be a religious hallucination as your body begins shutting down from hunger. Take it from someone who has been poor: it's not a fun time. If you think you'd like to try, feel free to give me all of your money and assets. I promise I'll give serious thought to returning it if you decide poverty isn't for you.

2. Farming isn't a more noble profession than any other. There's an old literary myth that if you want to write a hero character, make him a farmer; if you want an evil antagonist, make him a banker or businessman. But guess what? I know farmers who are vile human beings. I also know bond traders and lawyers who are honest and sincere individuals.

I can easily tell you from childhood experience that farming is a body-breaking, hard scrabble, thankless way to make a living and, unless you're inheriting a farm, a painful introduction to the world of poverty. Not Recommended. Ever.

3. Small town life isn't paradise. Again, from bitter experience, I can assure you that small town life can suck, especially if you're The Other. Sure, it's a great place to live if everyone is Just Like You: the same colour, the same religion, kids going to the same school, everyone in happy marriages, etc.. Want to experience hell in a small town? Be divorced. Be non-white. Speak another language or with an accent. Have premarital sex or, worse, be a single mother. Be gay. Belong to the "wrong" religion. Be different in any way and you'll find out just how supportive one's small town might be. If you're especially lucky, there will be someone even more unpopular than you to attract the worst of the community ire.

So I hope you'll forgive me if I reach for the remote, leave the room or possibly shoot the television should re-runs of LHotP make it's insipid appearance.

We now return to you "Dancing with the Stars," "Glee" or whatever the hell kids are watching these days.
bjarvis: (home)
[livejournal.com profile] kent4str's ongoing love affair with television has had some bumps in the road, thanks mostly to Comcast. The picture quality on some channels truly sucked, there were frequent incidents when whole blocks of channels would freeze for hours on end and most recently, Comcast has been pushing our preferred channels to digital-only which would require a far-too-expensive converter. The only thing Comcast has done right over the many years is its billing, but even that has become rather expensive.

On Thursday, Dish Network arrived at our house. All the channels are crystal-clear, we have the channels we want and all seems to be working well for less than Comcast's costs.

Dear Comcast:
Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.
Luv, [livejournal.com profile] kent4str, [livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr & [livejournal.com profile] bjarvis
bjarvis: (home)
[livejournal.com profile] kent4str's ongoing love affair with television has had some bumps in the road, thanks mostly to Comcast. The picture quality on some channels truly sucked, there were frequent incidents when whole blocks of channels would freeze for hours on end and most recently, Comcast has been pushing our preferred channels to digital-only which would require a far-too-expensive converter. The only thing Comcast has done right over the many years is its billing, but even that has become rather expensive.

On Thursday, Dish Network arrived at our house. All the channels are crystal-clear, we have the channels we want and all seems to be working well for less than Comcast's costs.

Dear Comcast:
Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.
Luv, [livejournal.com profile] kent4str, [livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr & [livejournal.com profile] bjarvis
bjarvis: (Default)
After work, I dropped by a local watch shop for a little work on two watches. The watch given to me by my Dear Employer needed six links taken out of the watch band; it now fits perfectly. A watch [livejournal.com profile] kent4str gave me some years ago needed a new battery; it now works. :-)

Last night, [livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr and I danced Advanced with John Marshall and the Phantom 8s. As expected, we had a fun time dancing and I tried very hard to remember as many little choreographic tricks as I could. Chatting with John & Mary is always a hoot and I'm sure he'll do well as incoming Callerlab chair beginning next Wednesday.

Comcast has pissed off [livejournal.com profile] kent4str once too often. Now that they're switching Cartoon Network to their digital line-up, we either had to upgrade our Comcast service (already $65/month) or toss them overboard to go with a satellite service. The satellites won: we're going with Dish Network. We have an installation appointment for next Thursday.

Our Harper's Ferry Hoedown venue nightmare may soon be over. We have a candidate site selected in the general area of the last venue, has wood dance floors and reasonable rental charges. The search committee seems to be in agreement so now it's a matter of getting a contract. More news when it happens.
bjarvis: (Default)
After work, I dropped by a local watch shop for a little work on two watches. The watch given to me by my Dear Employer needed six links taken out of the watch band; it now fits perfectly. A watch [livejournal.com profile] kent4str gave me some years ago needed a new battery; it now works. :-)

Last night, [livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr and I danced Advanced with John Marshall and the Phantom 8s. As expected, we had a fun time dancing and I tried very hard to remember as many little choreographic tricks as I could. Chatting with John & Mary is always a hoot and I'm sure he'll do well as incoming Callerlab chair beginning next Wednesday.

Comcast has pissed off [livejournal.com profile] kent4str once too often. Now that they're switching Cartoon Network to their digital line-up, we either had to upgrade our Comcast service (already $65/month) or toss them overboard to go with a satellite service. The satellites won: we're going with Dish Network. We have an installation appointment for next Thursday.

Our Harper's Ferry Hoedown venue nightmare may soon be over. We have a candidate site selected in the general area of the last venue, has wood dance floors and reasonable rental charges. The search committee seems to be in agreement so now it's a matter of getting a contract. More news when it happens.
bjarvis: (Opinionated Furry Bitch)
We currently have cable TV via Comcastic. Contrary to their marketing campaign, they are not comcastic: they are craptastic at best. Just last week, we observed 11 channels frozen for over 3 hours. Frequently, tv programs paused, garbled or lose audio. They suck.

I know satellite systems have their own issues: I've had Bell ExpressVu for some time. Still, we've reached the point where we're willing to bear the misc pains of satellite rather than continue with cable.

Does anyone have a strong opinion of Direct TV versus Dish Network? As near as we can tell, the channels we want are available on both and the prices aren't all that different.

Thoughts?
bjarvis: (Opinionated Furry Bitch)
We currently have cable TV via Comcastic. Contrary to their marketing campaign, they are not comcastic: they are craptastic at best. Just last week, we observed 11 channels frozen for over 3 hours. Frequently, tv programs paused, garbled or lose audio. They suck.

I know satellite systems have their own issues: I've had Bell ExpressVu for some time. Still, we've reached the point where we're willing to bear the misc pains of satellite rather than continue with cable.

Does anyone have a strong opinion of Direct TV versus Dish Network? As near as we can tell, the channels we want are available on both and the prices aren't all that different.

Thoughts?
bjarvis: (Default)
I ordered this DVD and this DVD online almost two weeks ago... they've finally arrived! Yay!
bjarvis: (Default)
I ordered this DVD and this DVD online almost two weeks ago... they've finally arrived! Yay!
bjarvis: (Default)
The past day has been interesting.

Work has been somewhat slow. New policy directives from upper management has temporarily suspended a number of new projects and various others are in the process of winding down to completion; I'm rather enjoying the lull while it lasts.

After work, we had a quick dinner at home, then headed to Baltimore for club night square dancing. Dayle Hodge was calling, but claiming that he was made to call on every one of his birthdays, he put me on mic for a Mainstream tip towards the end of the evening (which I think went well).

The Chesapeake Squares surprised me with a birthday cake & card, as well as a singing of 'Happy Birthday,' thus continuing my birthday embarrassment tour. Dave R. gave me a present of several deluxe chocolate bars of various flavours, which I intend to sample and report on in due time.

I should have gone to bed as soon as we arrived back home, but Futurama caught my eye until 11:30 PM. Figures. When we did finally crash, a certain someone was snoring intensely so I ultimately spent the bulk of my sleeping hours on the couch in the living room anyway.

Alas, this morning, [livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr had to return to Cleveland. I drove him to BWI airport early this morning, making good time on that leg of the trip; indeed, because of this side trip to BWI, I missed much traffic ugliness along I270 northbound, my normal commuting path.

With a little luck, today will also be a quiet work day. Tonight, we'll be dancing C1 in Arlington, VA, although I hope I can squeeze in a short nap prior.
bjarvis: (Default)
The past day has been interesting.

Work has been somewhat slow. New policy directives from upper management has temporarily suspended a number of new projects and various others are in the process of winding down to completion; I'm rather enjoying the lull while it lasts.

After work, we had a quick dinner at home, then headed to Baltimore for club night square dancing. Dayle Hodge was calling, but claiming that he was made to call on every one of his birthdays, he put me on mic for a Mainstream tip towards the end of the evening (which I think went well).

The Chesapeake Squares surprised me with a birthday cake & card, as well as a singing of 'Happy Birthday,' thus continuing my birthday embarrassment tour. Dave R. gave me a present of several deluxe chocolate bars of various flavours, which I intend to sample and report on in due time.

I should have gone to bed as soon as we arrived back home, but Futurama caught my eye until 11:30 PM. Figures. When we did finally crash, a certain someone was snoring intensely so I ultimately spent the bulk of my sleeping hours on the couch in the living room anyway.

Alas, this morning, [livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr had to return to Cleveland. I drove him to BWI airport early this morning, making good time on that leg of the trip; indeed, because of this side trip to BWI, I missed much traffic ugliness along I270 northbound, my normal commuting path.

With a little luck, today will also be a quiet work day. Tonight, we'll be dancing C1 in Arlington, VA, although I hope I can squeeze in a short nap prior.
bjarvis: (avatar)
A few nights ago, on a whim, I purchased:
Dr Who original television soundtrack

Yeah, I listen to a lot of odd-ball music. There's news.

Cassandra's Waltz is fun in a twisted sense... It sounds like something Danny Elfman would compose. I was surprised with The Lone Dalek as well... not what I was expecting but if is from the scene I remember (Series 1, "Dalek", final scene with the dalek in question), it makes sense. My favourite by far is Doomsday, the background music of the series two finale where Rose and the Doctor are tragically compelled to part.

This will be my background work music for the next while.
bjarvis: (avatar)
A few nights ago, on a whim, I purchased:
Dr Who original television soundtrack

Yeah, I listen to a lot of odd-ball music. There's news.

Cassandra's Waltz is fun in a twisted sense... It sounds like something Danny Elfman would compose. I was surprised with The Lone Dalek as well... not what I was expecting but if is from the scene I remember (Series 1, "Dalek", final scene with the dalek in question), it makes sense. My favourite by far is Doomsday, the background music of the series two finale where Rose and the Doctor are tragically compelled to part.

This will be my background work music for the next while.
bjarvis: (sleeping)
I didn't sleep worth a damn last night.

For starters, I shouldn't have turned on the TV set in the early evening. Around 9 PM, I wanted to park my butt on the couch to reward myself a little for tackling a number of other items earlier in the day. Then I became engrossed in "The Chronicles of Riddick" on TNT. It's not a great movie but the visuals & sets are pretty good --someone opened their wallet wide for this one. It kept me watching more or less continuously until 11:30 PM. By the time I was actually in bed, it was already past midnight. And that's when I found myself staring at the ceiling.

I'm not sure exactly when I finally drifted off to sleep but it was late and not particularly restful.

This morning, I'm at my desk about 15 minutes late --still hours before anyone else on my team will appear-- but I have a roaring headache and am not especially cheery.

May this day pass quickly. At least I have no activities booked for tonight.
bjarvis: (sleeping)
I didn't sleep worth a damn last night.

For starters, I shouldn't have turned on the TV set in the early evening. Around 9 PM, I wanted to park my butt on the couch to reward myself a little for tackling a number of other items earlier in the day. Then I became engrossed in "The Chronicles of Riddick" on TNT. It's not a great movie but the visuals & sets are pretty good --someone opened their wallet wide for this one. It kept me watching more or less continuously until 11:30 PM. By the time I was actually in bed, it was already past midnight. And that's when I found myself staring at the ceiling.

I'm not sure exactly when I finally drifted off to sleep but it was late and not particularly restful.

This morning, I'm at my desk about 15 minutes late --still hours before anyone else on my team will appear-- but I have a roaring headache and am not especially cheery.

May this day pass quickly. At least I have no activities booked for tonight.

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