May 17, 2013
The networks have all announced their fall schedules. Here is what I will be watching:
Monday night: I am at work on Monday nights, but I will pretend I will be home. I would watch Bones live and then start The Voice late so I can fast forward over all of the filler. I watched the trailer for Blacklist and think it looks good enough to DVR. I admit I did not watch the trailers for the new CBS shows at 10 and likely won’t bother trying them at all.
Tuesday night: Tuesday night starts with a bang with the SHIELD TV show. Probably the show I am anticipating the most. Marvel and Joss Whedon. What could go wrong? I will also record Dads and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Dads because of Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi and Brooklyn Nine-Nine because of Andre Braugher. Not much else on Tuesday interests me besides New Girl. I will may watch The Voice results just because nothing else is on, but I can save time just looking on Twitter to see who won. My family will have me DVR Person of Interest, but I don’t watch it with them.
Wednesday night: This is my night with major conflicts. I need Verizon to hurry up with a DVR that records more than 2 shows at once. the 8PM hour on Wednesday has Survivor(which I have to watch live), Revolution and The Middle and Back in the Game. I’m thinking Jessica and I will watch Survivor while the others watch something upstairs. I will record the 3rd show and watch what I didn’t record On Demand later. After all of that conflict, not much else is exciting. I will still watch Modern Family and will probably give the Ironsides reboot a try.
Thursday night: Nothing interesting until 9pm when Grey’s Anatomy returns. I will also be recording the new comedies Crazy Ones(Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Geller. Has to be good, right?) and The Michael J Fox Show. 10PM is Elementary, I think a better Sherlock than Sherlock.
Friday night: Last Man Standing and the surprise return of The Neighbors (yay! I know it looks odd, but it is very good) followed by Grimm and Blue Bloods. I will continue to record Hawaii 5-0 for others, but not watch. I will probably give Dracula a try.
Saturday: rent a movie. Nothing to see here
Sunday: The only thing that interests me here is Amazing Race and football.
I will do a night by night, detailed “What’s on tonight” series in the fall.
April 24, 2013
I’ve been thinking about two different ideas of too soon recently. The first is a little less serious than the second.
Spoilers: how soon is too soon for spoilers? How long should we wait before we stop worrying about spoiling shows for other people? So many people watch TV via DVR and DVD now that we will always know someone who has not watched a show, but plans to some day. Many people cry all the time about spoilers and apparently think no one should ever spoil a TV show or movie ever. In a recent Entertainment Weekly article, the writer says he was yelled at for giving away the ending of Citizen Kane, a movie that was released before he was born. Personally, I don’t care if I know what is coming in a show. I would prefer not to be spoiled on major events, but it doesn’t change my enjoyment of the show if I do know. I respect the opinion of “no spoilers ever” and won’t talk about a show on purpose in front of people who don’t want to be spoiled. I do tank, though, that the burden is on them when it comes to articles online. If you don’t want to know, don’t read. Too soon? It is a personal decision and you need to make an effort to avoid it yourself and not impose your view on others.
The other too soon topic is humor? The Onion is known for publishing satire about recent news events. When those news events are tragic, people complain that it is too soon to joke about it. Is there such a thing as too soon when it comes to humor? Are there events that will always be off limits when it comes to humor? I personally like The Onion articles and think they do a good job of covering tragic events without being insensitive to the victims. Are any topics off limits? I don’t think so. I think humor is a very personal thing. If you don like the humor about tragic events, don’t read the articles or stop listening to the joke. Walk away. Don’t impose your humor rules on others.
April 19, 2013
I admit that I am a Facebook addict. I am a Facebook addict because until recently I could count on my friends to post interesting articles, funny statuses, pictures of themselves doing interesting things, etc. It was also fun at the beginning to keep finding old friends I had not seen in a long time. This is no longer the case.
I’m sure I do have some friends who are still posting the things that made me love Facebook. I just can’t see them because of the post after post of “inspirational” posters, the click like if you love X posts, the reposts of things debunked by Snopes years ago and other easy, no thought involved posts that seem to take up all of my feed these days. I’m not sure what changed and when and I don’t want to tell others how to use Facebook. If I don’t like what they post, that is my problem, not theirs. I’m sure plenty of people hate everything that I post over there. It is, however, killing my love affair with Facebook. I also have apparently found all of the old friends I will likely find. I guess I need to look for other ways to kill time online.
April 2, 2013
Recently, I heard some news that made me think of old friends and how long it has been since I have seen many of them. My friends from high school and college have become pictures and status updates on Facebook. I guess that is to be expected when you live over 500 miles from where you went to school. It is still a little sad that I have pretty much lost touch with everyone from those days.
I would like to blame the distance completely, but I can say the same for the people from my old church and that is five minutes from my house. Once I started attending another church and stopped seeing them on a regular basis, the same thing happened. They are just like my old friends from school: pictures and status updates of Facebook.
It makes me wonder about the people I call my friends these days. If I changed jobs, would I lose touch with my friends at work as I did with all of the others? Why is it so easy for me to lose touch with people? Finally, if it is so easy for these connections to be lost, am I really making any sort of impact on people’s lives at all?
I should probably stop thinking and just watch some more TV.
March 25, 2013
I made the mistake of reading comments on a news article posted on Facebook. Even though it prompted a blog post, it is never a good idea. The article was about the Maryland House of Delegates approving medical use of marijuana. The comments were all people against the measure. There were two main reasons they gave:
1. People will use marijuana and then drive and might hit them and injure them or damage their car. Could that happen? Yes, it could. They could also be hit by someone who has been drinking, is texting, talking on the phone, changing the radio station, shaving, driving while stupid, etc. is it bad to do all of these things while driving? Yes, it is. Does this mean we should outlaw cell phones, radios, razors and stupid people? No, it doesn’t. Should we make doing these things while driving illegal? Probably. Do these people also believe in an alcohol ban? Maybe, but I doubt it.
2. People will cheat to get it and abuse it. Yes, they probably will. Just as people do every day with prescription medications. Should we ban all prescription medications because some people will abuse it? I doubt these people would say yes. You can’t prevent people from getting medication they need because some people abuse the system.
So, why the uproar over medical marijuana? If it provides relief to sick people, why do we want to prevent them from getting it? Is it just a PR problem? Because for years we looked down on “potheads” we can’t admit there might be benefits, but we are OK with all of the other prescription mess out there because they have the backing of the pharmaceutical companies?
If marijuana can bring relief to those who need it, I’m all in for them having access.
March 18, 2013
Here are my predictions for the tournament:
Upset specials – Ole Miss over Wisconsin, Belmont over Arizona, Bucknell over Butler, Colorado over Illinois, South Dakota St over Michigan, Minnesota over UCLA, Northwestern St over Florida.
Surprise Sweet 16 teams: only one close is UNLV instead of Syracuse
Final Four: Louisville, New Mexico, Miami, Kansas
Louisville beats Miami in the championship game.
March 8, 2013
Anyone who has been paying attention to college basketball this year is aware that the UK basketball team has been struggling this year and are on the wrong side of the bubble going into the last game of the regular season. What’s worse is that on top of the struggles, they are not a fun team to watch and people are growing frustrated with the perceived lack of effort on the part of some of the players. Last night, this resulted in many complaints about the team on Twitter followed by complaints about “fair weather fans”. I don’t think these complaints make someone a fair weather fan and I admit that I was one of the complainers(shocking, I know).
A fair weather fan is not someone who complains when the team is struggling. A fair weather fan is a someone who stops watching the games when things go bad. A fiar weather fan is someone who jumps ship and starts cheering for another team who has a better chance of winning. The refusal to speak of the obvious shortcomings of a team does not make you a better fan than those who speak loudly about them. Personally, I think the real fan is the one who wants the team to play their best and won’t just sit back and accept an inferior product without complaint.
My history as a fan speaks for itself. I was a huge Braves fan in the 80′s when they were the worst team in baseball. People used to laugh at me for being a Braves fan. I was eventually rewarded with a team that consistently made the playoffs and won a World Series. I was at most UK home games during the down years at the end of the Sutton and the beginning of the Pitino era. I remained a fan during the Tubby Smith and Billy Gillispie years. I paid for ESPN Full Court to watch games on TV and attended games whenever I could over Christmas. My son has been to mutliple UK basketball camps with both Gillispie and Calipari and we both attended a father/son camp under Gillispie(he didn’t make me sit in a toilet stall, but probably should have). I think I have earned to right to complain without my fanhood being called into question.
I will be in front of the TV at noon tomorrow watching the game. I hope it is a more pleasant experience than the last few. I hope I have nothing to complain about. I might rant on Twitter if they play poorly and then I will be back in front of the TV for the SEC tournament and any other postseason games they play. Also, as much as I complain about the effort of some players, I will follow their NBA careers and hope they do well at the next level.
Fair weather fan? I don’t thin so.