December 16, 2005

Shotgun Post... with SPICY club sauce

  • Showtime, ABC Try Getting “Arrested” - Dec 14, 2005 - E! Online News (tv, comedy, news)
    • Could Arrested Devlopment be moving to Showtime? According to this story, and a similar one in TVGuide… maybe!
  • WhiteTrashXmas (Christmas, animation, flash, funny)
    • I think this is a Bob Rivers song. All I know is, I think somebody ought to put a leash on that dog. Not entirely safe for work, but funny.
  • Weeee.swf (application/x-shockwave-flash Object) (wtf, flash, animation, music, squirrel, funny)
    • Gonads and Strife? What is that hopping mad squirrel singing about? Not really safe for work.
  • Roger Moore’s eyebrows of fun! (flash, funny, humor, wtf)
    • My God. What are Roger Moore’s eyebrows doing? They are serenading you, that’s what.
  • Drag-And-Drop Snowman Builder (flash, fun, Christmas, games)
    • It's raining outside here (well, freezing rain anyhow). So this is about the only way I’m going to get to make a snowman for a little while.
  • Convert PDF to HTML - Free Online Conversion: Tips, Tutorials, Downloads, Hacks (tips, software, free, google, hacks, email)
    • Need to convert a PDF file to HTML, quick? Try this trick: send it to yourself at a GMail account and use Google's "see it now" feature. Also works for Word docs, and a few other formats.
  • nLite - Make your Windows install… lighter (free, tools, utilities, windows, xp, win2k)
    • Ever notice that when you install Windows, Windows installs a lot of junk you don't need? nLight is a free tool designed to help you remove unwanted components. Further, it will then help you burn a CD for a future reinstall that doesn't have those unwant
  • BTbot - BitTorrent Search Engine (bittorrent, search, entertainment)
    • Another BitTorrent searcher. Not that I use BitTorrent for anything other than legal means. Really.
  • Ding Fries Are Done!! (humor, food, music, animation, video)
    • Animation, song and lyrics for a holiday fast food carol. Been there, done that, but at McD’s.
  • The Internet Is For Porn (machinma) (video, animation, pr0n, humor, funny)
    • Some people took that crazy “The Internet Is For Porn” song and animated it with video game characters. Watch it! NSFW
  • ambivalent imbroglio: Hearsay Exception Movie! (law, animation, video)
    • Fellow has created a little movie to aid in the memory of the legal situation known as a “hearsay exception.” You may recognize the tune. Ingenious study strategy.
  • World Wide Wood: A Holiday Faux Pas (humor, blog, local, images, consumerism, holidays)
    • Dear Market Basket: “Happy Holidays” might have been a more appropriate-appearing approach.
  • Conan’s Walker Texas Ranger Clips (tv, humor)
    • Conan O’Brian’s show sometimes features odd clips from Walker Texas Ranger. It’s damn funny. A must see, if you need a dose of “WTF?”
  • Gmail File Space (firefox, extensions, free, google, utilities, tools)
    • Use your gmail account like an online hard drive… through Firefox! Works like acharm, but the files ahve to be smaller than 10MB each.
  • Radical Apathy Features: Dog Owners are Sadists (humor, images, animals, pets, dogs, funny, wtf)
    • If these dogs could talk, they’d never let you hear the end of it since you took their dignity away.
  • Adorable Picard (startrek, video, audio, humor)
    • Picard sings the alphabet for Mr. Crusher.
Posted by James at December 16, 2005 9:31 AM
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Market Basket: That's bad.

OTOH, my cousin's in-laws were "Jewish," but they served and ate ham at all their holiday get-togethers.

My uncle's sister converted to Judaism and made it fairly clear to us that she was mostly doing it to improve her odds of finding a rich guy. She often *brought* the ham.

So, while the ad was perhaps poorly considered, I know a few people who would have gone for it.

($1.89 a pound? Seriously??)

Posted by: Julie at December 16, 2005 10:16 AM

Not everyone keeps kosher, it's true.

But for those who do, they take it seriously, I imagine.

Posted by: James at December 16, 2005 11:08 AM

Roger Moore's eyebrows are wonderful! (Well, the animation thereof, not the actual brows themselves.)

Posted by: Patti M. at December 16, 2005 12:52 PM

I actually thought the greater sin in that ad was the size of the Happy Hanukkah relative to the size of the Merry Christmas. Why bother? If you want to be inclusive, say Happy Holidays or Seasons Greetings. Don't try to sneak a Happy Hanukkah in there like you're embarrassed by it.

Posted by: Julie at December 16, 2005 2:47 PM

Hanukkah is longer, but it's less important to observant Jews than Christmas is to Christians.

It's a toss up! Make it equal.

Posted by: James at December 16, 2005 4:55 PM

Hanukkah's perceived importance comes solely from its proximity to Christmas. If Hanukkah was in June, I bet hardly anyone would notice.

Posted by: briwei at December 17, 2005 2:34 AM

Its good to see that Arrested Development might get picked up. Not that I could watch it on either channel (I dont have cable, and ABC doesn't come in at my house) but I don't really watch it now... I just still plan to someday rent all the episodes.

Showtime I think might be a better bet because they can run a straight half-hour without commercial breaks and they might be able to do some funnier stuff.

But hey, if The Contender got picked up for a second season on ESPN, I think Arrested Development could get a second life.

It still bugs me the way Fox treats its shows. I watch The Simpsons and Family Guy almost every week, plus occasionally weeknight Simpsons reruns and M*A*S*H at 2:30 in the morning. And yet I haven't seen an ad for Arrested DEvelopment in years. Nor for Malcolm in the Middle since it moved away from Sundays. Yet I'm bombarded with ads for their mean-spirited reality shows and that ridiculously unfunny "The War At Home" (aka Married With Children TNG). They need to build a solid night of comedy and actually promote it. And keep it there instead of constantly preempting shows for other new reality shows or another airing of Die Hard.

Posted by: David Grenier at December 17, 2005 12:46 PM

You hit the nail smack dab on the head.

And I may have already mentioned this, but watching the episodes on DVD is far superior to seeing them on TV. One helf-hour at a time is not enough. If it's on Showtime I will almost certainly go the DVD route.

Posted by: James at December 17, 2005 1:13 PM

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