Friday, February 26, 2010

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #34 - Answer

Did you guess 'Three's A Crowd'? The spin-off of the wildly successful 'Three's Company' was on the air for only one season back in 1984-1985, and was canceled to make room on ABC's schedule for 'Diff'rent Strokes'....



John Ritter and Mary Cadorette, as Jack Tripper and his girlfriend Vicky Bradford, try to maintain a relationship while living together above Jack's restaurant (Jack's Bistro).... Trying to throw a wrench in the gears is Vicky's unapproving father, Jack Bradford (played by Robert Mandan), who buys the building where Jack has his restaurant, and starts to meddle in Jack and Vicky's relationship.... Hilarity ensues!

As an added bonus, the producers decided to add Alan Campbell as E.Z. Taylor, Jack's 'surfer dude' assistant chef, however, there were no cameos from either the Ropers, Janet or Chrissy....

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #34

It's Friday! You know what that means! Welcome back to another exciting edition of "Can You Guess This TV Theme?"!


Thursday, February 25, 2010

My So Called Reunion

In what could be my favorite reunion of all time, Claire Danes and Jared Leto (Angela Chase and Jordan Catalano from My So Called Life) were photographed together for the first time in 15 years at the Elle Fashion Awards in London.


By the way, if you've never seen My So Called Life, the entire series (only 19 one hour episodes) can be seen at HULU.... You'll go directly to the show's page if you click on the picture below....

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Captain EO Is Back!!!

Did anybody else watch the Michael Jackson 'This Is It' movie? It really wasn't what I expected.... I wasn't expecting the Michael Jackson that I saw on stage. He wasn't the Michael Jackson that you saw in the tabloids. He was in control of everything.... He knew who, where, when and what he wanted and he knew why he wanted it.... And if it weren't for his untimely death, I think it would have been an impressive concert tour.

Anyway, way back in the day, Michael Jackson starred in a little 3D film that was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by George Lucas, called 'Captain EO'. The film stars
Michael Jackson as the leader of a 'rough-around-the-edges' crew headed into space to deliver a gift to the 'Witch Queen' and was a vehicle for the debut of two of Michael Jackson's best songs: 'We Are Here To Change The World' and 'Another Part Of Me".

Now, you couldn't see 'Captain EO' in any old theater.... You could only see the film in Disney parks, and sadly, the movie was removed from Disneyland in 1996. This was one of the must see attractions at Disneyland!

Well.... It's back!!!!! Captain EO came back to Disneyland in full remastered glory yesterday, February 23, 2010! Now, I know that most everybody will not be able to make it out to California to see Captain EO, so I present to you the regular video and the 3D version! Seriously, if you have the glasses, watch the 3D version! Oh, and you need the old school red and blue 3D glasses, not the new Avatar 3D type glasses!

REGULAR VERSION




3D VERSION



Life Before Google

The good people over at ShoeBoxBlog.com have possibly created one of the funniest comic panels ever!


Seriously, what did we do before Google? Or Wikipedia for that matter?

I remember having to use something called an encyclopedia when I was in high school.... Remember pulling each 70 pound volume off of the shelf, just to learn a random outdated fact about the population of South Dakota?


I wonder what school was like before calculators were invented? We really do have it easy, don't we? Are we too reliant on the internet?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I'm On A Horse

Back in the olden days, when I was a child, my dad would slap on Old Spice after shave every morning. I remember the white bottle sitting on my parent's bathroom counter. I can barely remember how the after shave smelled, but I remember my dad's customary four slaps on his face, then shaking his hands in the air to get the remaining after shave off of his hands....


Anyway, the marketing geniuses at Old Spice have created one of the best commercials ever! We're not a commercial watching family (The Digital Video Recorder is man's greatest invention!), so I have to give my wife credit for pointing out this commercial....



It's their best commercial since their Neil Patrick Harris commercials! He should know whether or not Old Spice is a good product, he used to be a doctor for pretend!

Monday, February 22, 2010

May Contain Traces Of Peanuts

Possibly the best wordplay ever!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #33 - Answer

They knew everything about everything when it came to academics, he was there to teach them lessons about life....


'Head Of The Class' focused on substitute history teacher Charlie Moore, played by Howard Hesseman of WKRP fame, and the diverse group of students in the Individualized Honors Program at Millard Fillmore High School.


The students in the IHP program included Robin Givens as speech and debate expert Darlene (pre- and post
-Mike Tyson), Dan Frischman as mathematics expert Arvid, Khrystyne Haje as literature expert Simone, Tony O'Dell as political science expert Alan, Brian Robbins as leather jacket wearing and wisecracking Eric (currently an executive producer of Smallville), Sarah Nevins as Kimberly, Dan Schneider as physics and chemistry expert Dennis, and Tannis Vallely as 12 year old expert at everything Janice.

Did you know that 'Head Of The
Class' is the first American sitcom to be filmed in the Soviet Union? Filmed in Moscow, the episode featured an Academic Olympics rematch with the Russian team.... SPOILER ALERT - USA WINS!!!! Sorry for ruining that for you....

There were two important late additions to the show, in the final season of the show, Scottish comedian Billy Connolly replaced Howard Hesseman as the teacher.


And the most important addition, and in my honest opinion, the reason that 'Head Of The Class' should still be on the air.... T
he addition of Jonathan Ke Quan as student Jasper Kwong! You may know him as 'Short Round' from the Indiana Jones films and 'Data' from 'Goonies'!!!!!

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #33

It's Friday! Note to Blogger users: If you plan on scheduling a post to publish at 7:00 a.m., make sure you click the 'Publish' button and not the 'Draft' button. Let's get to it.... Can You Guess This TV Theme?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Before They Were Famous #2

Everybody ready for a fun game to waste some time on a Thursday morning? Another game of "Before They Were Famous"! Can you recognize these stars from before their rise to stardom?

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8. 9. 10.
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12.
Let's see how you did.... Post your score in the comments!

1. George Clooney

2. Ryan Seacrest

3. Madonna

4. Jodie Foster

5. Brad Pitt

6. Bruce Willis

7. Vince Vaughn
8. Robert DeNiro
9. Sean Connery

10. Ben Stiller
11. Christopher Walken
12. Kate Hudson

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Getting Rid Of The 12th Grade

As our son is about to turn 5, my wife and I are faced with making the difficult decision about the horrible six letter word - 'school'. We've got a little while to decide, but we're leaning towards home school....

A couple of weeks ago, my father and I were having a conversation about my first days in preschool. I don't remember much about it, other than sobbing and screaming for my father to come back and get me while he stood behind the white picket fence that separated the two of us.... He says that dropping me off was one of the hardest things he's ever done. I'm not that way.... I would have knocked down the picket fence and taken my son home.


Luckily, I have the benefit of my wife being able to stay at home to raise and teach our children. Granted, we're not sure whether our son would thrive in a home school, public school or private school environment. But we might as well try the home school thing first. If it doesn't work, we have other options. Although I do have to admit, it does scare the crap out of me to send my son to school for eight hours a day.

Wow, that was not what I wanted to talk about..... Let me get back to my topic.... In an attempt to shrink the state's massive budget deficit, Utah Senator Chris Buttars has proposed that the state cancel the entire 12th Grade. Well, that was his initial proposal, after backlash from the entire State of Utah, he proposed that the 12th Grade become optional to students who have already completed their high school requirements. Senator Buttars says that the proposal could save the state up to $60,000,000 (10% of their total budget deficit).


Why not? My wife always makes the point, we are in school for approximately fourteen years, and that's before we choose whether or not college is our life's path.... That's a long time! Is 12th Grade really necessary? I could have lived without it.... And I probably would have worked a lot harder to complete my required courses, knowing that I wouldn't have had to complete a fourth year of high school. Now, my brother, the high school teacher, will think otherwise (But that's another story entirely, he also thinks that he's Michelle Pfeiffer from 'Dangerous Minds'.... Seriously dude, you teach in Orange County, California - You don't live in a 'Gangster's Paradise'!)....

I do feel bad for the teachers who would be out of work, but seriously, if my son can finish his required high school courses and get his GED in two years while completing school at home, what's the incentive to send him to high school for a required four years? Let him get out and on with his life!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

All The Cute Baby Animals You Can Handle

I know I've posted about this before, but you should really check out ZooBorns.com. The people over at ZooBorns.com provide a daily update of cute and cuddly newborn animals being born at zoos all over the world. If you've never seen the site, here's a few things you've missed....
Baby Koala at the San Diego Zoo

The Inspiration for Happy Feet at the Edinburgh Zoo

Baby Orangutan at the Perth Zoo

Baby Orangutan at the Singapore Zoo

Baby Gorilla at the Budapest Zoo

Baby White Tiger at the Chilean National Zoo

Baby Gibbon at the Schoenbrunn Zoo

Click on the logo to go check out all of the other cute baby animals....

Monday, February 15, 2010

Buried Alive

Do you ever watch LOST? Did you see the episode where two island dwellers are paralyzed after being bit by a rare spider, and when found by the other island dwellers, they're thought to be dead, only to regain consciousness after being buried alive?


How about Heroes? Did you see the episode wher
e the character who can never die (unless shot in the brain), gets buried alive and is sentenced to his shallow grave for all of eternity.... You can watch it here, just click the link.... (With some dubbed in lines from Star Trek so they would allow it on YouTube.... You'll still get the gist of it....)

Those two scenes have scarred me for life.... I think it's part claustrophobia, part slowly conceding to death, part knowing your loudest screams are going unheard and unanswered by people only six feet above you.
Come to think of it, being trapped in a small space where nobody can get to me might be my greatest fear....

Well, he won't be buried, but starting today, journalist Tim Shaw is being locked in a
metal box in an undisclosed location for 30 days and 30 nights. Mr. Shaw won't even know where he's located.... All he knows is that he'll be somewhere in the United Kingdom and it's somewhere he has been before. The box is only 3 feet high, 4.5 feet wide and 8 feet long, and will contain only himself and mattress.

Only once a day will he have any contact with the outside world, when a silent source will bring him a delivery of food and water through a tiny hatch in the box. The entire 30 days and 30 nights will be filmed and broadcast online with a short delay (to remove anything offensive that might be said), and the lights will be on in the box from 12:00 p.m. GMT to 12:00 a.m. GMT (That's 4:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. PST and 7:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. EST). However, the microphones will be running 24 hours a day.


Throughout Tim Shaw's stay inside the isolation box, viewers will be given an opportunity to guess his whereabouts.... If someone can correctly guess where he is, the lights on the door of the box turn green and Mr. Shaw is released. Oh, and the person who guessed the location of the box correctly will receive approximately $47,000 (30,000 pounds).... By the way, if nobody figures out where he is..... He'll complete the entire 30 days and 30 nights in the box.... There are three types of clues that will be given to help find Mr. Shaw:
  1. A cryptic object, with relevance to the location of the box, will be delivered to Mr. Shaw daily.
  2. Mr. Shaw will be able to talk about his life and the places he's been while inside the box. Since the place he's hidden is somewhere he's been, he might reveal it while talking to the camera.
  3. Mr. Shaw may mention the names of people of interest while inside the box. Contact of people Mr. Shaw may mention during his time in the box may be helpful in finding his location.
This whole thing intrigues me and scares the crap out of me at the same time. Just thinking about watching this man trapped inside this super tiny space makes me cringe..... But on the other hand, I'm fascinated and I want to have the website up on my computer all day to see if he'll crack! The incentive to win $47,000 doesn't hurt either.....

You can get more information on Mr. Shaw, and watch him throughout the ordeal at the following site. Just click the logo to visit....:


By the way.... While you're here.... What's your greatest fear?

Friday, February 12, 2010

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #32 - Answer

Congratulations to TS Hendrick over at The Non-Review! I though I had everybody stumped this week, but he and his brother teamed up to guess this week's TV theme....



I have to be honest.... I have never seen 'The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.' show. However, I did spend the last 5 minutes reading about th
e show, and I can tell you that it sounds like the worst show ever (It's a western where the cowboy's use futuristic gadgets and fight a bad guy from the future).... However, it was created by Carlton Cuse, the executive producer of a little show called 'LOST'....

Here's a summary of the plot....


'Harvard Law Graduate Brisco County, Jr. searches for the members of the infamous John Bly gang, the same men who killed his father. Along the way, he encounters mysterious golden orbs with strange abilities and colorful characters who help or hinder his mission as he hunts down the Bly gang one by one.'


Not only was the theme used for 'The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.' show, the theme is used by NBC during the Olympics as the intro music when they introduce the upcoming events! GO USA!

Wham-O-No!

I really hope this doesn't mark the start of the February of Death.... After losing Art Clokey, Donald Goerke, Jan C. Gabriel and Glen Bell, I didn't think I could take any more.... Well, on February 9, 2010, America lost a legend. At the age of 90, Walter 'Fred' Morrison succumbed to cancer at his home in Monroe, Utah....

Walter Morrison gave us a little known toy called THE FRISBEE!!!! That's right!


While enjoying a family picnic in 1937, Morrison and his future wife started tossing around the lid of a popcorn tin.... The popcorn tin lid dented easily, but did that stop Walter? NO SIR!
They moved on to their next best option - cake pans.... on to cake pans. Soon Morrison was off and selling the 'Flying Cake Pans'.


In 1955, Morrison added a deeper and thicker rim and sold the disc known as the 'Pluto Platter'. And finally, in 1957, Wham-O purchased the marketing rights to what two years later would be known as 'The Frisbee' (a spin-off of the name of the 'Frisbie Pie Co.')

Anyone care to join me in a memorial game of frisbee golf on Saturday?

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #32

Happy Friday everybody! Is it just me, or was this week the longest week ever? Well, I'm not going to make it any easier by giving you some simple 'Can You Guess This TV Theme'! However, I will give you a hint..... There are two possible answers! There you have it.... Can You Guess This TV Theme?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Gorilla-Faced Piglet

This is the craziest thing that I've seen in a long time.... A pig born in Fengzhang village, Xiping township in China has the face of a gorilla!

The horrifically ugly creature is reported to have a simian jaw, bulging forehead, small snout and eyes that are so close together that they appear almost attached.

Its front legs are much shorter than its back legs, causing it top hop rather than walk on all fours like a normal piglet.

The piglet’s rare condition is thought to be caused by a form of holoprosencephaly, a brain development disorder that can cause cyclopia (the failure of eyes to properly separate).


By the way, if you're looking for a good show to watch, check out 'Weeds'! It's so much more than a show about marijuana.... The show starts with a recently widowed housewife selling marijuana to try to keep her family afloat, but the show has blossomed into so much more.... I just finished the fifth season (all five seasons are available on DVD), and I'm really excited about season six starting later in 2010! Every season just gets better and better!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Taylor's Not So Swift and Kelly Clarkson Is My Idol

Since Taylor Swift's performance and success at the Grammy Awards, including winning the 'Album of the Year' Grammy Award, the internet has been abuzz about her badness..... Everyone has been complaining about her live performance with Stevie Nicks being pitchy and just plain poor, and most are debating why she won the most prestigious award in music when she has so much trouble performing live....



Scott Borchetta, head of Big Machine Records, has released a statement to the Associated Press in defense of his star against the recent criticism.

In his statement, he wrote:

“Maybe she’s not the best technical singer, but she’s probably the best emotional singer because everybody else who gets up there and is technically perfect, people don’t seem to want more of it.

This is not American Idol. This is not a competition of getting up and seeing who can sing the highest note. This is about a true artist and writer and communicator. It’s not about that technically perfect performance.

I think [the critics] are missing the whole voice of a generation that is happening right in front of them. Maybe they are jealous or can’t understand that, but obviously the people that she talks to are engaged with her. No one is perfect on any given day. Maybe in that moment we didn’t have the best night, but in the same breath, maybe we did.

The facts say she is the undisputed best communicator that we’ve got. When she says something, when she sings something, when she feels something, it affects more people than anybody else.”

Perhaps Mr. Borchetta is not helping Taylor as much as he's hurting her.... Apparently it's not about being good, it's about entertaining your audience....


After his comments to the Associated Press, Kelly Clarkson wrote a blog post directed at Scott Borchetta in defense of herself and other entertainers..... The post reads as follows:

"Dear Scott Borchetta,

I understand defending your artist obviously because I have done the same in the past for artists I like, including Taylor, so you might see why it's upsetting to read you attacking American Idol for producing simply vocalists that hit ‘the high notes’. Thank you for that ‘Captain Obvious’ sense of humor, because you know what, we not only hit the high notes, you forgot to mention we generally hit the ‘right’ notes as well. Every artist has a bad performance or two and that is understandable, but throwing blame will not make the situation at hand any better. I have been criticized left and right for having shaky performances before (and they were shaky) and what my manager or label executives say to me and the public is “I’ll kick butt next time” or “every performance isn’t going to be perfect” ……I bring this up because you should take a lesson from these people and instead of lashing out at other artists (that in your ‘humble’ opinion lack true artistry), you should simply take a breath and realize that sometimes things won’t go according to plan or work out and that’s okay.

Sincerely,

One of those contestants from American Idol who only made it because of her high notes"

I can't get enough of this feud! I can't wait for the next round....

Maybe Taylor should get some tips from Pink, who had an amazing performance while spinning upside down and soaking wet and suspended in the air by cloths....


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