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Wheel of Fortune - TV Shows
It kind of annoys me that this show isn't even vaguely about skilled play anymore. My family and I rarely fail to get the right answer 3 spins/vowel buys before any contestant, and we're hardly geniuses. Every other night a contestant will guess a letter that's already been guessed. They also show the contestants/hosts forever and give a shot of the actual puzzle for just a few seconds at a time, making it frustrating to play from home. Also the show has so much advertisement and other filler. We Tivo it and sit down 15 minutes in and we're caught up by Jeopardy. Without Tivo to cut the crap out I don't think we'd have the patience for Wheel anymore. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on August 18, 2010, 7:23 pm

Star Trek TNG - TV Shows
There were a LOT of TNG episodes that were bad. The average episode was actually not that good, especially the ones devoted to the lamer characters. Then a lot of episodes weren't exactly duds but they were gimmicks that introduced something dramatic then it was all resolved by the end of the hour, never to be spoken of again. Jordy gets tortured and programmed into being an assassin, Riker discovers he has a clone, Picard discovers he has a son... they're all their generic selves a week later. The series was redeemed by the 2-part episodes, which other than the series premiere ranged from good to great. Also saving the series were a handful of excellent standalone episodes. But in between was a LOT of filler. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on August 18, 2010, 6:54 pm

ESPN - Random Topics
You know, I think ESPN has always been for the casual fan. At one point it was entertaining enough to appeal to everyone when Sportscenter was in its golden years, but really they've always been about watered down coverage for casual fans. A serious sports fan wants to see all or most of their team games, hear quality coverage and analysis from a full-time reporter... a serious fan is never going to be satisfied with Joe Morgan reading the notes someone else prepared for him and Chris Berman screaming cliches in lieu of providing any kind of meaningful analysis. But hey if you just want a bit of entertainment with sports in it, ESPN is there for you. That's their game plan. They have been doing this for decades. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on August 17, 2010, 9:41 am

Domino's Pizza - Random Topics
As far as I can tell the new recipe is the old one with herbs in the crust. An improvement but... the ads are overstating the difference a bit much. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on August 17, 2010, 9:35 am

Murder, She Wrote - TV Shows
Haha I just don't get expecting a TV show to actually be realistic. It's TV! None of them are realistic. "The Wire" is far and away the closest thing there's ever been to a realistic crime drama on American TV and even that is clearly fiction. Just sit back and enjoy the fiction. Of course it's not realistic. If you want real crime stories, read the papers. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on July 30, 2010, 3:55 pm

Law and Order - TV Shows
Ani that's so dead on. L&O did get annoying over time as so many episodes fell into that mold. You just knew the first 10 minutes of the police investigation was going to be revealed to be an amusing but misguided romp, then Van Buren would make some smart crack and send them on the path of the real killer. It just got so repetitive. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on June 18, 2010, 6:52 pm

Pizza Hut - Random Topics
MCS I remember that about the best thing in the world as a kid in the 80s was going to Pizza Hut after Little League or various other kid activities. And I could have been bribed into absolutely anything with a trip to Pizza Hut afterward. It seems to have lost that mystique for kids... oh well, I had my fun. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on April 27, 2010, 7:06 pm

Where's George? - Websites
I guess this site's interesting, but from what I can gather the power-users mostly just get thousands of ones from their bank, enter them all, then re-deposit and start again. So they tend to log new bills. I've put about 500 bills in the system, just of cash that's floating around in my wallet and hardly fresh from the mint. I've found about 10 bills entered by power-users but none of my entries have been found by anyone, in years of using the site on a casual basis. Maybe I'm unlucky but it just seems like using the site the casual way isn't very rewarding. I'm not gonna go to the bank and get a thousand ones... just not gonna happen. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on April 27, 2010, 6:51 pm

Wikipedia - Websites
I don't think Wikipedia is worthless exactly, it actually does tend to provide pretty useful articles. The community itself behind the article pages is incredibly toxic... I was bitched out by a guy with a few zillion edits because I dared ask a question about one of his pet articles. And god forbid you actually make an edit to an article that an elite user doesn't agree with (or assumes is incorrect because you're a newbie)... they'll revert it within an hour and you might get blocked. But oh well, that doesn't seem to interfere with the quality of the articles too much. They're good for basic reference but I mean, don't expect everything there to be the gospel truth. One problem seems to be articles can get too long and fixated on recent events. An article on a sports team for example will usually devote like 80% of its body to the last 5 years, even if the team's sucked during them and their most important years were 30 years ago. Also some articles are just far too long to be read in one sitting... someone should tell the editors they're writing an encyclopedia article, not a book. In short, most problems seem to trace back to Wikipedia's power-users being too egotistical. But then again, maybe that's inevitable... not many normal people feel like making a zillion edits to an encyclopedia. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on April 27, 2010, 6:43 pm

Murder, She Wrote - TV Shows
Yeah I have to agree that the premise, while implausible, didn't really bone the show. I mean, a lot of people just said "I'm gonna suspend my disbelief and enjoy some good mystery TV". The show did start go go downhill when half the episodes were Jessica relating a story in which she appeared for maybe 5 minutes and other people were on screen most of the time. I mean, it's not like people were watching because they loved the inept nephew character and wanted to see a whole hour of him, you know? -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on March 15, 2010, 7:42 am

Public Libraries - Random Topics
I have to say ditto to the other comments. It's sad how the library seems to focus on internet access now. I wouldn't mind it if they were geared towards letting poor people browse Wikipedia, newspaper databases, etc. and use word processors and so on... but honestly, you barely ever see people doing that. Everyone is there to play games, listen to rap videos and watch porn. If the library tried to restrict it to educational sites, fine. But it's ridiculous that my tax dollars are going to basically letting people blow hours on fun websites with no redeeming values. At the branch I go to, 1/4 of the floor space, half the staff and the majority of the patrons are in the internet area. The last straw was when I was told I'd have to wait 2 hours to get computer time to access a newspaper archive that was only available inside the library... I had a legitimate research task but the library was catering to people watching pornographic videos. If they wonder why people always vote down library tax increases, there's why. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on February 12, 2010, 6:44 pm

Sopranos, The - TV Shows
I find there are a lot of inconsistencies in the Sopranos, really. More than just them forgetting about the car export scam (although they do kind of mention it in S5 when Feech steels the cars from the Jewish Wedding). Two incidents of glaring inconsistencies for me begin in season 1. Perhaps most blatantly, Tony delivers a grade A ass-kicking to made-guy Mikey Palmice, complete with using a staple gun on his chest several times, and nobody cares. Then in Season 3 it's a massive multi-family incident when he smacks made guy Ralph, even though it doesn't really hurt him. What the hell? Then there's the way the family no longer seems to do much with the "garbage business" from S3 onward. In the first two seasons this was their bread and butter, but other than using his waste management job to show income, Tony seems much more concerned with the strip club than the garbage business from S3 onward. Just seemed like an incident of them sacrificing mob realism for storylines that were "more fun". -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on February 1, 2010, 5:17 pm

Hotmail - Websites
Hotmail didn't suck from the start. Way back in the day it was the only webmail available to the public. So it couldn't have sucked, it was the best there was. But yeah once better alternatives emerged it did suck by comparison. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on January 25, 2010, 8:17 pm

FreeCreditReport.com - Websites
Basically just a scam. You can get a truly free credit report from annualcreditreport.com which is operated by the government and the three credit agencies. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on January 25, 2010, 2:19 pm

Jerry Springer Show, The - TV Shows
I have watched maybe 10 episodes of this and even in that time I saw some of the "guests" were the same person with different names and haircuts. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on January 25, 2010, 1:49 pm

Mission: Impossible - TV Shows
I tivo'd a bunch of these episodes and at first I was like "This is pretty amazing for a 60s show" but after seeing 6 or 7 I realized it was always pretty much the same thing. It's very impressive the first time around, but quickly I realized I had seen all the tricks before and was paying more attention to how unbelievable the stories were - they go to foreign countries where everyone speaks English? They go to soviet block countries and no one is surprised to see a black guy? They base entire plans on 10 different people reacting exactly the way they want, and it always works? In the course of a few days they gracefully topple regimes and effortlessly have despots assassinated... all using a team of 5 people and modest funds? This is at the time when the US was spending billions of dollars and hundreds of lives a month to lose a war against a third world country. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on January 25, 2010, 1:48 pm

X-Files - TV Shows
The "Monster of the Week" episodes were good for what they were, typical hour-long formula drama fare of the time, just adding a paranormal twist. They were good, and probably would have carried the show through a few seasons, but the "conspiracy" episodes were obviously where everyone was pulling out all the stops. These were always intended to be the best episodes of the season. And I think they're the biggest single factor in why the show developed such a passionate fanbase. Remember that the idea of a series-long storyline with mature and sweeping themes, and characters actually changing and developing over the seasons, was relatively novel in the 1990s. Mainstream dramas, prior to that, had tended to focus an endless chain of standalone episodes with no particular overall story direction or character development. A diverse group of 90s and 2000s shows, from 24 to Babylon 5 to The Sopranos, added a new dimension to dramas, and The X-Files was one of the shows that was a part of this change. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on January 23, 2010, 5:07 pm

Taco Bell - Random Topics
Yeah they do seem to force their drive through people to ask "How are you today?" - I hate that question. The last thing people want when they ask it is an honest answer. At any rate, Taco Bell gets a bad wrap (pardon the pun). You can eat there if you're a vegetarian or if you're on a diet... and real food too, no salad or fruit bowls (if I wanted that I wouldn't be going to a fast food place, buddy). Try to get a reasonably low-fat, non-rabbit food alternative to a Big Mac at McDonald's... it's just not happening. The big problem with Taco Bell is consistency. When they actually use fresh ingredients and make the item the way it's supposed to be, it's pretty delicious. That unfortunately happens a lot less at Taco Bell than at burger joints. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on January 21, 2010, 9:21 pm

Domino's Pizza - Random Topics
Their new ad campaign touting how much their old pizza sucked might not totally backfire (it's hard to quickly kill a fast food chain once it's gotten established and has a few thousand locations) but it still seems like it's a mistake. Dominoes spent 30 years branding themselves as the fast, cheap pizza chain so of course people perceive the pizza as mediocre. To announce you actually liked Dominoes Pizza was akin to saying you had horrible taste. But just because it was lame to admit liking Dominoes doesn't mean people didn't like Dominoes, and that's where the focus groups and ad agencies seem to have screwed up. Sure people say they don't like Domino's in public, but you have to reconcile that with the fact that it was still selling a ton of pizza. Obviously a lot of people really like their pizza, even if it's uncool to tell people about it. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on January 21, 2010, 9:15 pm

Star Trek: Deep Space 9 - TV Shows
I respected DS9 for actually having plots that were vaguely realistic, building much of the series on mature thoughts about how a diverse bunch of alien races really would deal with eachother in space - politically, economically and militarily. So much of the other ST's, when you get down to it, basically just did the same story 500 times and it was a variation on "we were floating through space and encountered something really weird, we almost died but devised a clever solution just before the credits rolled". It was often entertaining but rarely did it deal with any actual issues and when it did, it dealt with them only in a very shallow way, and next week it was on to the next bizarre phenomenon, wacky planet or holodeck malfunction. DS9 may have missed the mark occasionally but at least it tried to do something new. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on January 21, 2010, 8:54 pm

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