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Archie Comics - Random Topics
Perhaps the next story arc can explore Mr Weatherbee's decision to get a sex-change operation. (Granted, South Park beat them to that one....) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 15, 2011, 2:09 am

2000s - Random Topics
Ahh, the Information Overload Century.... I know the human brain is capable of absorbing an impressive amount of input, but it really is amazing to me that most of us can endure the levels of sensory bombardment to which we are subjected, every waking moment (and possibly in our sleep as well), without turning into homicidal berserkers. In that sense, at least in terms of scale, the 2000s are unprecedented. In terms of news events, however - your basic wars and natural disasters and socio-economic upheavals and dumbass political bickering and so on - this century isn't showing me anything new so far. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 15, 2011, 1:50 am

Snuggy - Random Topics
I find that it's hard to use my ShamWow, work out with my Shake Weight, or play with my Chia Pet when wearing my Snuggie due to the length of the sleeves... -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 15, 2011, 1:25 am

Classmates.com - Websites
I am discovering the hard way what a lame site Classmates is. Even after signing up for a short subscription - they were offering a $7.50 rate for three months, which seemed reasonable - I found that there was very little I could either access or leave for others to read. They apparently discourage members from exchanging email addresses and phone numbers and whatnot, preferring communications be through them. If that isn't the stupidest setup I've ever encountered, I don't know what is. And much of the format is so saccharinic I'm worried about my blood-sugar level when I'm there. Plus I can't stand all that Memory Lane crap they've attached to the site; why do they automatically assume that just because a person's high school career took place in a particular decade that the person is eager to revisit that decade? -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 15, 2011, 1:11 am

Star Trek: Deep Space 9 - TV Shows
I was disappointed in the ending - Sisko's non-death death and all - but this series never came close to boning. It was the darkest, most complex and well-written of all the Star Trek incarnations, and arguably the best-acted too. And it was nice to see Starfleet portrayed as having a dark side (the amoral, CIA-esque Sector 31). -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 13, 2011, 4:04 am

Star Trek - TV Shows
Some third-season episodes weren't so bad. "All Our Yesterdays" was fairly well-written, and "The Tholian Web" was quite good. "Day of the Dove" was a rip-snortin' Klingon-heavy episode, of which there were never enough. And who can resist "Turnabout Intruder" (the very last episode of the series), in which Shatner got to portray a woman in a man's body? I'll admit, though, that my own candidate for worst episode was the third-season stinkfest called "Spectre of the Gun". -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 13, 2011, 3:43 am

It's Garry Shandling's Show - TV Shows
Sometimes I put on my lounge-lizard voice and sing (and whistle) the theme song in the shower.... -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 13, 2011, 3:12 am

2001: A Space Odyssey - Movie Series
In fairness, quite a few audiences back in 1968-69 weren't sure what to make of it either. I saw it not long after it first came out, in my little redneck town's sole theater. The "Dawn of Man" scene at the beginning drew alot of laughs from the uncomprehending yokels surrounding me - "Looky at them dang ole monkey men a-jumpin around, har har har!" - and quite a few of them walked out before the movie ended. And let's face it; that last "Starchild" scene couldn't help but be a head-scratcher if one hadn't read the book beforehand. Still, the comments on this thread about the 21st-century American attention span are right on the money. I might also add that certain realistic details of 2001, such as the lack of sound in space, were jettisoned in the making of 2010, probably as a dumbing-down sop to audiences conditioned by Star Trek and Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica to expect explosions in space to be really noisy. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 13, 2011, 3:09 am

Domino's Pizza - Random Topics
All large pizza chains blow. There is zero attention paid to craftsmanship, and the finished product is pretty much tasteless. (The same can be said of large beer manufacturers and their equally mediocre product. But folks who are willing to settle for watery, tasteless beer are also perfectly okay with eating lowest-common-denominator pizza like Domino's.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 12, 2011, 8:42 pm

Earth Liberation Front (ELF) - Random Topics
If their mission statement were interpreted as broadly as it could be, the ELF's goal could easily be "to return humanity to a pre-civilized state". Even basic agriculture would seem to come under their definition of activities worth waging "guerrilla warfare" against. At heart these people are children in adult bodies. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 12, 2011, 8:34 pm

Ax Men - TV Shows
A stand-alone documentary would have been sufficient. But no; we have to have this soap opera, with its contrived conflicts and a frankly irresponsible competition that might end up getting someone killed. (I live near where the Rygaard crew is based; in real life those guys aren't at each other's throats like they are portrayed on the show as being. The show's producers basically tell them to ham it up, so that's what they do.) And that fool who salvages timber from rivers is little more than a cartoon character. (He is also breaking quite a few laws in doing what he does, and I wish they would hurry up and cart his ass off to jail.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 12, 2011, 8:26 pm

Rich Man, Poor Man (TV miniseries) - TV Shows
This series never boned. (The sequel, however, was terrible.) To this day, whenever I see the great character actor William Smith on TV or the big screen, I immediately think "Damn you, Falconetti..." -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 12, 2011, 8:11 pm

Sopranos, The - TV Shows
I will say that much of the sixth season seemed hastily slapped together, as if the writers had only a few days to write a whole season's worth of material. (Chris M's death was not only deeply anticlimactic but had the feel of a last-minute decision.) And I'd be lying if I said I liked the ending at the time it aired. (It was only years later that I came to appreciate what Chase was trying to do there. Could he have done it in a more decisive manner? Sure. But I've never written for television so what do I know?) All in all, though, the journey meant more to me than the journey's completion. (By the way, as much as I liked The Shield, I don't place any more weight on the opinions of that show's producers, vis-a-vis up-in-the-air endings, than I do on anyone else's. If anything, those guys played it a little too safe with their own finale.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 12, 2011, 8:06 pm

Maude (TV series) - TV Shows
OF COURSE Maude was a hypocrite! (For the record, so was Mike Stivic, aka Meathead.) That was one of the points Norman Lear & Co sought to make in their shows. Just because they were all liberals didn't mean they couldn't poke fun at the contradictions and double standards (and insecurities!) of many members of their own political tribe. In fact, the characters in Lear sitcoms who tended to be the most consistent, and consistently honest and decent, were those - both Florida and Edith Bunker come to mind - who didn't wave their political views in everyone's faces. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 12, 2011, 7:47 pm

Pawn Stars - TV Shows
The staff squabbles and forced humor aside, this show has a certain value in that we get to learn about the history of alot of interesting items (and sometimes a little U.S. history too). -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 12, 2011, 7:25 pm

Oz - TV Shows
I voted "never boned", but I never lost sight of the ridiculousl premise of this show, or of the increasingly unrealistic story arcs. The only saving grace was the acting, which was consistently first-rate. I'm glad so many of the alumni have had so much post-Oz success. (It's especially nice to see J.K. Simmons - who was so brilliant as Schillinger - doing so well on both the big screen and the small screen.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 12, 2011, 7:15 pm

Rosie O'Donnell - Celebrities
JayD, that look you see on Rosie's mug is "terminal psychological constipation". Her awareness of the fact that she was dealt a really shitty hand by the Fates has clogged up her plumbing, and I doubt she'll ever find an adequate laxative to flush it all out. (Sorry for whatever mental image this comment may give you....) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 10, 2011, 11:49 pm

Ann Coulter - Celebrities
It's one thing to defend your ideology, and assail the opposing ideology, with sharp-tongued passion. It's something else again to revel in rhetorical eye-gouging, character evisceration, and the politics of personal dismemberment. Ann Coulter clearly enjoys the toxic, slash-and-burn wasteland that is the modern American political landscape. The more polarized we all are, the more bloodthirsty the language spewed by the hardcore partisan freakazoids on both sides, the more aroused this woman seems to become. I have a feeling she may have been Elizabeth Bathory in a past life. (Hopefully she will be an insect in the next.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 10, 2011, 11:36 pm

Sarah Palin - Celebrities
I am square in the political middle, and I have no love for either the left or the right. But I do require that those who want power over me make a decent effort to read a book once in awhile. (And I'm not talking fiction books here.) Ms Palin appears to share the mindset one finds among certain corners of the conservative community which holds that reading books is overrated. While I would not argue that book knowledge is a good substitute for life experience or common sense, I do think it's a necessary companion to those traits for any person who wishes to wield great power in America. (History books in particular ought to be on the shelves and nightstands of every aspiring leader. Is that really so much to ask?) I can't possibly trust anyone who wants to rule over me but has little curiosity about the world beyond his or her limited horizon. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 9, 2011, 7:21 pm

Ronald Reagan - Celebrities
A good man, with a heftier intellect than he's been credited by the left with having. Setting aside ideological biases (and the myths created by them), a good case can be made for ranking Reagan relatively high among presidents. But he was no Abe Lincoln or George Washington (and he would have been the first to tell you so), nor is he any more deserving of the right's fawning idolatry than he is of the left's hatred. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 9, 2011, 6:57 pm


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