19 04 2008

I just finished episode three of LOST. Yes, that means S01E03. Lame, I know, but I didn’t believe the hype. I have to say, the writing and production values blow Heroes out of the water.

Also, there’s something great about the magic of seeing anything for the first time and that feeling you get… I’ll savor it. All the tingles down the spine, the laughs and the guesses on where the plot goes next. I know lots of people have been saying the plot goes nowhere, but I don’t care. This seems like an amazing story.

Heroes and the consequences of the writer’s strike

8 12 2007

My first reaction at seeing the words “season finale” in a patient’s room was shock. How could Heroes be having a season finale now? WTF, mate? NBC is screwing us out of an amazing series end.

I had to sit and stew for a few days of working before finally seeing the “season finale” of Heroes. Having witnessed it, I must now say kudos to whomever put this together.

The Office ended very early due to Steve Carrell’s willingness to strike with the writers. The fact that Heroes kept going as long as it did must only be due to advanced filming of the series. In a couple small ways, you can tell that the plot was rushed to a finish, but they really did a wonderful job ensuring a halfway decent wrap-up and a quality future season.

And now for comments:

***********SPOILER ALERT***********

I was dissatisfied with a number of things. The plot line with Nikki, Micah and [what’s-her-name, whose power of visual muscle memory kicks ass] is very lame. Why should we care about a robbed comic book and a fire when the fate of the world is at stake? Nikke then gets caught in the fire when the house explodes, and we’re left to think that she’s dead. We can be pretty sure that she’s not, though.

That ties into one of the big frustrations for me. Tim Kring stated that one of his big points of creating the series was to make it like a comic book. Characters live and die nearly every episode. The best example of such is the death of Tawny Cypress’ Simone Deveaux, who dies just when you thought Peter might have a shot at getting laid. Suddenly, Claire’s blood is the deus ex machina that heals every character. The only one who seems to be gone “for sure” is Nate Petrelli.  More people need to die, and more need to enter the show. It’s already a great springboard for talent. Just keep the actors coming!

Now for the good: The writers (or producers or editors or whoever is left) did a great job of resolving the Shanti virus issue without making it crazy. Granted, we still don’t know what happened to Caitlin or what will happen with Adam Monroe who, according to Hiro, “won’t be hurting anyone anymore.” I’m still holding out for an Adam vs. Sylar battle royale that take up a whole episode ala Dragonball Z.

Nate getting shot is bullshit, as is the “final” fate of Adam. Peter’s change of sttitude probably should have taken another episode or two, but what can you do? I think that the room of mysterious things (such as a brain, a key and a poker hand with four queens) might mean a lot of things for future episodes. On top of that, there is no more imagery with the Primatech DNA logo, the cockroaches or many other things. They will hopefully start getting more creative like (I’ve heard) lost has gotten… though without going overboard as Lost (again, as I’ve heard) has.

The volume three title, “Villains”, is perfect. The show needs to get back to the intent of good vs. evil. I’m excited for its future stories… and Maya sucks. Why was she brought back to life?

Heroes – “4 Months Ago”

18 11 2007

I’m a Heroes addict, and I just watched the latest episode (via my own devices). I sent a message through Facebook to a friend, and I figured I’d copy the text down to this here blog, since I put some thought into it.

I saw “Four Months Ago”. I am currently scanning the episode, ala comic book store guy… here’s my cool/not/speculation analysis:


  • Suresh narrates again! he gives me shivers…
  • Peter exploding + Nate sacrificing himself + Peter saving him = kickass… we all knew something happened to Nate back there… Jesus
  • Maya kills an entire wedding party
  • Elle’s a brainwashed, sadistic, horny c**t… fo real
  • Bob’s a lying dips***
  • Angela Petrelli’s a lying c**t
  • Micah WANTS to be a hero! DL kicks ass and saves lives
  • Gina? WTF? As if Jessica wasn’t enough…
  • Bob notices [what’sherface]
  • The Haitian has compassion!


  • DL surviving Linderman, then getting shot and killed by some coked up X-head and dying within 10 min
  • the hurried plot exposition of Maya and Alejandro
  • Nikki’s stale acting
  • Alejandro turns Maya in for killing a wedding party in the tens (if not hundreds)? Why would she do that?
  • The Haitian’s a dick!


  • Adam… good or bad? Good until he meets Hiro again? Bob (nor Noah McHornRim) hasn’t f***ed with Hiro yet, right?
  • Adam vs. Seiler/Gabriel?
  • How does Seiler [take powers]!?! Hopefully the writer’s strike doesn’t stop this one…

“Good, then. Shall we save the world?”

I love this s**t.



19 03 2007

I learned recently through navigating the blogosphere that a lurker is one who views blogs, but fails to post comments on those blogs. More specifically (says Wikipedia), a lurker is one who views any of a number of self-published internet media types, but “rarely participates”.

I have reason to believe that there is a lurker viewing this very blog. I get stats on the blog, and I can see hits, as well as search engine terms used to find me. A lot of those terms are for things I’m obsessed with, like Arrested Development references. Others are for obscure things like songs by Godspeed You Black Emperor. Yet there is one search term that makes me suspicious: “co, the badger”. Very few of my friends know about this blog, as I haven’t made it public while I’ve been making my transfer from my old blog. In fact, I’d put money down that there are only two or three people who know about it. I can only think of one name right now, though.

Anyways, I don’t care if you tell me who you are or not, but stop lurking and start commenting. You can do it anonymously, you know. You are my only regular reader, after all.

Well, another completely exhausting day. Time to hit the hay (before 11:00 tonight! YAY!) A lot of interesting projects are boiling in my brain stew. I’ll let them out soon, my pretties! MUAHAHAHAHA!

Will Arnett

12 03 2007

Apparently I come up to some degree in searches for Will Arnett and GOB Bluth. Will, if you ever Google yourself (and of course you do), know that you are the glory that made the Bluths so dysfunctional. And my last name is Arnett… and I was GOB for Halloween… and I know that Blades of Glory kicks ass… and we all miss Devo.

Some pictures for evidence:

The Bluths… and Toby

Franklin Delano Bluth (Facsimile)Toby Gets Carried Away

The Consumerist Reports on Charter Communications

12 03 2007

I was horrified to read this exchange with a Charter Communications customer service rep, as reported by The Consumerist.

This reminds me of another instance that occurred in Madison as relayed by Laura Kalinowski of the Daily Cardinal.

Arrested Development – Where are they?

7 11 2006

I was investigating NBC’s kickass new show, Heroes, when I found a link to some clips of Peter Jeffery Tambor’s new project, 20 Good Years. For those not in the Arrested Development fan base (and you should feel my scorn and contempt over that), Tambor plays George Bluth Sr., the family’s embezzling, corrupt patriarch. His role was amazing, and he and the rest of the cast cast deserved more credit and love than FOX gave them. Anywho, Tambor co-stars with John Lithgow (yeah!). They play two guys who decide that they’re going to make the best of the rest of their lives and have “20 Good Years” before they die. I only saw part of one clip, but the writing seems sub-par. Maybe that’s because I’m comparing it to Devo, though.

A banner on YouTube caught my eye when I thought I saw Will Arnett (GOB Bluth) in it. Turns out he’s in a movie called Let’s Go to Prison which doesn’t look half bad. Wikipedia (an always reliable source) says he’s got 10 movie projects lined up for the next two years! Wow! I guess he was in the latest Robin Williams movie, RV. My parents said it wasn’t the greatest, but they mentioned that Will Arnett and Tony Hale (Buster Bluth, see my icon) were both in it.

AND I just dug up this picture of Jason Bateman (Michael Bluth) from something like Tiger Beat. Holy crap, huh?

Lastly, I know I don’t get much of a readership, but PLEASE, go vote!
And, Inkysunset, your link was broken. I have a guess as to who you are, but… I don’t know.


4 05 2006

Only FOX news, upon a search for “popular blogs” would have a story on the “Green House Myth“.

One of the first grafs of the story:

Greenhouses work by physically blocking heat transfer (by convection) from inside to outside – the same effect that heats the inside of your car when it’s parked in the sun on a hot day. Opening the doors and windows allows air currents to flow and the heat to dissipate.

But neither the atmosphere nor “greenhouse gases” block convection, so there is no literal atmospheric “greenhouse effect.

That’s this guy’s working arguement? Sick. The author is Steven Milloy, author of the book “Junk Science Judo”. You must have heard of him! His site is www.junkscience.com. Though the prefix “Doctor” does not appear before his name, Steven Milloy seems to pose as an expert on various issues.

His philosophy on Junk Science:

Junk science?

“Junk science” is faulty scientific data and analysis used to advance special and, often, hidden agendas. The junk science “mob” includes:

  • The MEDIA may use junk science for sensational headlines and programming. Some members of the media use junk science to advance their and their employers’ social and political agendas.

  • PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS may use junk science to bamboozle juries into awarding huge verdicts. Large verdicts may then be used to extort even greater sums from deep-pocket businesses fearful of future jury verdicts.

  • SOCIAL ACTIVISTS, such as the “food police,” environmental extremists, and gun-control advocates, may use junk science to achieve social and political change.

  • GOVERNMENT REGULATORS may use junk science to expand their authority and to increase their budgets.

  • BUSINESSES may use junk science to bad-mouth competitors’ products or to make bogus claims about their own products.

  • POLITICIANS may use junk science to curry favor with special interest groups or to be “politically correct.”

  • INDIVIDUAL SCIENTISTS may use junk science to achieve fame and fortune.

  • INDIVIDUALS who are ill (real or imagined) may use junk science to blame others for causing their illness.

It sounds to me like he’s actually a lobbyist, or at least he’s paid to tell people what they want to hear and back it up with absolutely no peer-reviewed research (the foundation of scholarly science), just data and graphs he has compiled himself. He used no researchers to speak of as sources in his story.

Upon further inspection of his website, I found this:

Mr. Milloy holds a B.A. in Natural Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Health Sciences in Biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore, and a Master of Laws from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Mr. Milloy is a frequent advocate for free enterprise/free market principles and policies in conjunction with the Free Enterprise Education Institute. FEEI is supported by individuals, foundations and businesses, including ExxonMobil.

Mr. Milloy is president of Steven J. Milloy, Inc., which provides news and consulting services on environment- and health-related public policy issues to food, beverage, and other consumer product businesses and organizations.

So he’s no idiot, but he has a neocon agenda, and he’s trying to discredit genuine science.