Friday, February 25, 2005

That's Just a Little Bit More than the Law'll Allow?

Apparently, one can secure oneself a hefty, 100K salary for one year as the Vice President, CMT Dukes of Hazzard Institute. "How does one attain such a goal?" you ask.

Years of schooling? Nope.

Alumni status (didn't my dad attend the Dukes Institute?)? Wrong again.

Hours of study and hard work? Well, kinda.
All you have to do is watch hours upon hours of the Dukes of Hazzard TV show. It also wouldn't hurt to learn the theme song . . .

Check out the above link (the title) for details.


Blogger David said...

I think I am a professor emeritus of this institution . . . since I watched every episode as a child, owned the ERTL die-cast Hot Wheels version of the General Lee, owned the theme song on 38 LP, and if I didn't own the iconic Bo and Luke poster, I lived two houses down from a girl that had that poster on the back on her bedroom door.

(Growing up in Georgia in the 1970s you had to be proud of two things--Jimmy Carter and them Duke Boys. It was a down time for the state, you see.)

Yep . . . that's it.

And hurray to Shirtless for FINALLY posting! Keep it up!

10:31 AM  
Blogger David said...

Naturally I made (at least) one mistake above. I didn't own a 38 as Tegan pointed out. I owned a 45 record of the theme song. If I had owned a 38, I might have been put in jail.

1:49 PM  

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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Big Doins' on ABC Wednesday night

So, if you (like me) watch Lost each week, last night provided (at least) one interesting development.

Warning!! Spoiler ahead!! During Jin's flashback, when he first visits the Energy Minister's house to "deliver the message" the minister tells him not to do it in front of his daughter.

The camera then shows the daughter watching TV and WHO is on the TV?!!!

Thanks to eagle-eyed Raisinette and Spec, who pointed this out during lunch, it shows the DUDE himself--Hurley getting into a car! I verified this tonight when I rewound the tape from last night's episode and still framed the scene. There are Japanese characters across the screen that I can't read, but they probably say something like "Dude . . .what's up?"

So, what is up? Is he (as Tegan immediately suggested), a sumo? I doubt it, since he is not heavy enough for that. But what else could it be? Does it have something to do with his real name?

In other news . . . the Rimbaldi subplot is back on Alias and me likey!

I have always liked the absurdity of the Rimbaldi prophesy stuff and now it is back in the newly revamped Alias. We can only hope Sydney and the gang have to construct a elaborate Rube Goldberg machine out of paper that emits a single word--Dude!


Blogger David said...

You probably know that I made a mistake in this comment. It is probably incorrect to suggest that the characters on the TV screen during the Hurley shot are Japanese, since we know that Sun and Jin are Korean.

This also means that Hurley is even less likely to be sumo.

So, what COULD it mean?

Is anyone going to venture a guess??

2:18 PM  
Blogger flipper said...

What I can't figure out is why a minor (and, as it turns out, false) drug arrest would make it onto Korean television. I mean, does this happen a lot--every time a suspected drug dealer is arrested in the U.S., they broadcast it in Korea? That makes no sense to me. Either 1)it's obviously wrong and the writers didn't think about it, or 2)it means something bigger, and we just don't know yet. I'm going with #1--the writers wanted to tease us and make us go "Look, there's Hurley!" without realizing the lack of logic in their little joke.

9:08 AM  
Blogger David said...

Flipper, I don't think the Korean broadcast was of the drug arrest--at least not that alone.

I think it was either

1) news footage of when he first won the lottery, which might make a little more sense as a Korean news broadcast--but not much more; or
2) footage of the famous lottery winner being released from jail after a false drug arrest. Also not entirely Korean news-worthy but . . .

His clothing on the TV, if my memory serves me right (and I believe it does)was more t-shirt and jeans and less the glammed-up jacket he wore in the Hummer post lottery and during the arrest scene. That (of course) would demand that the writers had already figure this sequence of events out a week ahead of time, but maybe?

9:20 AM  

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Monday, February 21, 2005

Snippets of Oscar coverage, via "Entertainment Weekly"

On Jamie Foxx's portrayal of Ray Charles, from another anonymous actor, followed by his thoughts on Cate Blanchett's portrayal of K. Hepburn in The Aviator:
"[Foxx's] Ray was an imitation. To get an Academy Award, you have to create it all yourself."
"I forgot about her imitation after a while and I started watching this character and her sadness, whereas Ray was a strict imitation."

More on imitation from an anonymous producer:
"At first, I thought she was imitating and mimicking Katharine Hepburn, but then she manages to make her a fully realized, three-dimensional character."

One more view, from a screenwriter:
"The question is, is it an impersonation or a good acting role [for Blanchett's performance]? So then you say to yourself, Why is Jamie Foxx likely going to win for impersonating Ray Charles? I feel like Blanchett is imitating someone who is already known on screen and therefore it doesn't have value, whereas Foxx is imitating a musician so you buy it more."


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Saturday, February 19, 2005

Fast Food paraphenaglia

You know, I doubt that anyone cares about this, but I have a bad habit of reading advertisements, cereal boxes, whatever . . . so, when we ate our fish sandwich dinners last night after spending too much time at work and picking our kids up later than we should have . . . well, I read the many "hip" paragraphs on the wrappers, whatever of the Burger King meal.

So, sue me.

Have it your way . . . part i: The bag

In case of over-excitement.
Getting hot fresh food is exciting. But for some it can be too much to handle, leading to heavy breathing, lightheadedness and in a few cases, fainting. If you feel you're getting much too excited here's what to do: quickly remove the contents of this bag. Hold it up to your mouth. And slowly breathe in and out. Once you've calmed down, put down the bag, finish your meal and try concentrating on other things like slow-flowing streams or sleeping kittens.

Have it your way . . . part ii: The fries

Right to fries,
You have the right to dip these fries in ketchup or mustard or a vanilla shake if that turns you on. You have the right to stuff them in your sandwich or stack them like the boyhood home of Abraham Lincoln. You have the right to have these fries your way, even if that means eating them like a normal human being.

Have it your way . . . part iii: The wrapper (in which several items are discussed)

(iiia) BK Big Fish
While it's true the BK BIG FISH is one of the biggest fish sandwiches around, nothing says you can't exaggerate it an inch or two when you talk about it to your friends. It'll be our little secret. [Don't worry BK. Guys know all about exaggerating a few inches amongst friends.]

(iiib) ORIGINAL Chicken Sandwich
You know what they say. Originals order originals. And you're proof. They broke the mold when they made you, didn't they? Oh yeah.

(iiic) ENORMOUS Omelet Sandwich
Call the office and tell 'em you might be late. Seems there's a big 'ol breakfast sandwich staring you in the face and you've got business of your own to tend to. You'll get there when you get there. With a very contented smile on your face.

(iiid) The manifesto
They say you are what you eat. They're wrong. You are no chicken. you know how you want it and you're bold enough to make sure you get it your way. That's why you're here, isn't it?

HAVE IT YOUR WAY. You have the right to have it your way. The right to a sandwich just how you want it. The right to start your own sandwich etiquette school. The right to have your own one-man sandwich eating contest. The right to raise this wrapper above your head as a sign that you are a king.

Have it your way . . . part iv: The cup

Maybe you want a lot of ice. Maybe you want no ice. Maybe you want your top securely fastened, or maybe you want to go topless. Hmmm? Maybe you want to mix COKE and SPRITE? Maybe you want to let your cup runneth over (we wish you wouldn't). Whatever you do, make sure to have things your way.


Blogger lulu said...

Oh. My. Gosh. Bush's "Ownership Society" has already permeated our culture. "Get your own bag, sucka."

8:17 AM  
Blogger Spec said...

I quite enjoyed your post Burb. It is a little disturbing to think that anything would be printed on those wrappers... let alone something that seems to have been researched, planned out, and purposeful. What happened to the good old days when our bags just said: "Warning: choking hazard. Keep away from children."?

2:03 PM  

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Friday, February 18, 2005

Do You Feel Holy, Punk?

David Edelstein has got no use for Neo the Demon Slayer. (If you don't believe me, then click on the linked title and read the review for yourself.)

Some good points that Edelstein points out . . . well, ConstantiNeo hangs out in a bowling alley. And apparently there is some interesting Swedish guy, but I don't think he is known as "Big Swede."

Other than that? I believe he uses the words "borderline incoherent" and also prominently uses an attack on dwarfs to further "belittle" the movie.

My take, since I am blogging on this? Well, I don't know, cause I haven't seen (nor plan to see) the movie. What WAS the last movie I saw? Sadly, it was Stepford Wives on DVD. (It was as bad as you expect it to be.)

I haven't even had time to watch the awesome "Mad About You" DVD collection that I bought as a joint Valentine's present for Tegan. So far we have only watched the first episode, the pilot. If I am not careful, I will rekindle the my love for Helen Hunt.


Blogger David said...

Is this movie some thought piece on the idea of Platonic form?

11:29 AM  

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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Super Ads?

Prior to last year . . . and for the decade prior to that, this week was one of great anticipation for people like me.

There were many news stories, discussions, speculations . . . about the Super Bowl? NO! About the Super Bowl ADS.

For ad-lovin' media freaks like me, this was IT . . . the Super Bowl of advertising. All the best ads were created, dynamic ones, creative ones, flat out weird ones. But they were ads that you deconstructed during the game's inevitable third-quarter lull as one team took over. They were the ads you talked about the next day at work. They were exciting.

But when the dot-com bubble burst, a lot of that advertising hubris disappeared along with it. (Where are you now Sock Puppet?) And lately, the football game has actually been engaging and gripping into the fourth quarter and EVEN down to the last minute.

So far, I have seen no media coverage or speculation this week about advertising that we might see on Sunday. And that makes me a little bit sad.


Blogger David said...

Yeah . . . that was the other factor that I forgot the put in the original post.

Maybe we can call it the FCC Puritan Effect.

3:23 PM  
Blogger A P said...

Here is a link with some info and still pics for this year's ads:

3:34 PM  
Blogger David said...

"American Dad," huh?

While the involvement of Seth McFarlane makes me feel encouraged, that title makes me think of Gerald McRainey in the title role and a Lee Greenwood theme-song.

Let's hope it goes in another direction.

4:16 PM  
Blogger David said...

Just today . . . two days before the game I heard a bit of news on this topic (NPR's Morning Edition).

Mostly about how previous advertisers are choosing to better allocate their budgets. Clearly the excitement and bloom is off the rose for Super Bowl ads.

A few hints about some ads, via LeBron James will star in a Bubblicious ads and (wait for it) . . . the one I am most interested in . . . a DUKES OF HAZZARD movie ad.

But, mostly, meh . . .

4:05 PM  
Blogger David said...

Go to for more info on the Super Bowl Ad meltdown of mediocrity.

5:11 PM  

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