Friday, September 30, 2005

You know what really grinds my gears?

False advertising.

I watched the Family Guy straight-to-dvd movie last night, Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story.  Right there on the cover it says "All New, Outrageous, Uncensored!"  Now I wasn't expecting Lois to bounce around naked, or an extravaganza of vulgarity, like the South Park movie.  But, as I was watching, some of the characters used a few words that George Carlin tells us cannot be used on television.  Which the movie bleeped out.  They bleeped the bleeping cuss words.  Uncensored?  My bleep.

In fact, there were only two scenes which I thought would even be questionable for television.  One was a rather violent parody of a Bugs Bunny cartoon.  The other involved a talking scrotum.  But even those weren't far and above the normal happenings in an episode of Family Guy.

Don't get me wrong.  The movie was hilarious.  Just don't bleeping call the movie un-bleeping-censored if you're going to bleep the bleeping cuss words.


Monday, September 26, 2005


This is my favorite news story ever!

At least they don't have friggin laser beams attached to their heads . . . .

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

An Advertisement

You all should really be watching Arrested Development.  It's the best show on television.

That's right.  Let me expand on that, just in case you don't understand what I mean.  I'm not just saying that it is the best sit-com (not that there is a lot of competition in that department).  It is the single best show on TV.  AD is better than Lost, House, The Sopranos, 24, The West Wing, or CSI.  It's better than Family Guy, South Park, or The Simpsons.  It's better than Scrubs or even my beloved Curb Your Enthusiasm.

I've been thinking this for a while, but last night's season premier really confirmed it for me.  The show has never been as popular as it obviously should be, and was almost canceled at the end of last season.  Instead they gave it a new night and time (Mondays at 7 central).  So I was kind of expecting a simple episode, one to try and draw new viewers in.  Instead, it picked up right where last season left off, containing constant references to recurring jokes and all the obscure humor that makes the show so great.

But that is also the problem with the show.  While it is very rewarding to constant viewers, the show makes very little effort to explain what is going on.  There is a narrator, but usually his comments are actually part of the joke.  I'm sure people are confused by the fact that the "Next time on Arrested Development" segment is actually a gag referring back to something that happened in the previous episode.  And they're probably turned off by how damned mean all of the characters are to each other.  You really have to watch several episodes in a row before you fully grasp the style of humor (word of the day: acerbic).

It is all absolute genius though.  I'm not sure that the show will ever catch on like is should, and will probably never get it's full run.  But I'm going to enjoy every minute of it that I can.  And you should too.

P.S.  I have season one on DVD, and will have season two as soon as it comes out, so if anyone is interested in borrowing them, just ask.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

The Agony of Defeat

We all knew it had to happen sometime.

However, I can't help but be disappointed in the way we lost.

On Ga. Tech's first drive of the game, our defense looked completely lost.  I know that Tech's receiver Calvin Johnson had a good 10 inches on David Irons who was responsible for covering him.  But honestly, Johnson didn't have that big a game.  What was astounding to me was the way our defensive line got pushed around.  Tech doesn't have that great a running game, yet they were able to gain 5 yards pretty much at will.

Everyone will focus on Cox's 4 interceptions.  I instead prefer to focus on his 350 yds and 2 TDs.  His only problem was that we called 44 passing plays compared to 20 running plays.  That is not Auburn Football.  I was happy to see that in today's Huntsville Times, offensive coordinator Al Borges took full responsibility for poor play calling.  One of my biggest problems with Tuberville had always been his habit of trying to make excuses whenever we lose.  It's nice to see a coach standing up and saying "my bad".

I do find hope for the season.  We were not beaten by Ga. Tech.  We beat ourselves.  Despite all of our offensive and defensive problems, we were still in the game in the fourth quarter.  We lost because of critical mistakes.  Mistakes can be corrected.  At least, let's hope so.