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Pornography - Random Topics
Indeed misogyny has now completely given porn a bad name, but, I couldn't honestly say it boned as far back as in the 1970s. The way women are routinely treated as part of a so-called scene these days is a total turn off. All those guys who are: spitting on; stepping on; choking and face-slapping any woman as part of porn can't possibly LIKE women in real life. The males almost try to one-up each other in their depravity if there's two or more present. It kinda reminds me of a circle of bullies taunting a smaller child or some unfortunate pet in some sad TV movie about a future serial killer. Just all kinds of wrongness. In the 1970s most old-school male stars seemed to actually like having sex with WOMEN. It was always the same twenty or so guys cuz, according to a certain documentary, very few men could actually "work" on-camera. Now any kind of guy can pop a blue pill and go through the motions. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on October 13, 2011, 9:10 pm

Father of the Pride - TV Shows
Just noticed Roger the orangutan bears more than a passing similarity to Roger from American Dad. I guess Seth MacFarlane, who played the snail, might be another connection. Roger the alien is basically the orangutan shrunk down to one third size and colored gray. Same characterization too, or darned near. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on October 2, 2011, 7:05 pm

Jennifer Aniston - Celebrities
Average looking girl-next-door type who lucked into making a crap load of money on a sitcom. The boxy jaw no longer can be overlooked in a woman past 40. Since she was only ever about some faint kind of cuteness appeal, I don't get why the entertainment media pays her any attention in 2010. Past her sell-by date. Sorry. It's true. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on November 24, 2010, 5:46 pm

In Search of... - TV Shows
Oh snap! William Shatner (no less) is debuting HIS new show Weird or What right now on History Channel. It's pretty much another of the shows like those other imitators of In Search Of. He's doing a segment on "green ice"" now. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on September 2, 2010, 6:27 pm

Babe - Movie Series
It's like they had no clue why the first one worked. Pig in the City joins Speed 2 Cruise Control and Short Circuit 2 as some of the most puzzlingly bad "sequel" ideas ever. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on June 16, 2010, 6:14 pm

Fawlty Towers - TV Shows
Fawlty Towers is the poster child for why British comedies seem to be such high quality. THEY KNEW WHEN TO STOP!!! They shot a series of six GREAT episodes, then, came back by popular demand (more than three years later) to knock out another six "quite good" episodes. It's possible to sense a different aura with Series 2 though; instead of nature's vista, we got a really exceptional landscape done by master artists. They were WORKING hard at being funny rather than just BEING funny. Most important - we never had to see them do any weak material stretched out to 7 or 8 series. Never boned. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on June 16, 2010, 6:10 pm

9/11 Truth Movement - Random Topics
The 9/11 "truth" proponents give legitimate skeptics a bad name, and, ultimately lend comfort to the supposed Big Brother or Illuminati (whatever) by making genuine skepticism synonymous with a crackpot movement. http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/06-09-11/ Back in the cold war era, Project Blue Book was essentially launched to address the UFO fad because there was a real concern that credible sightings of enemy aircraft could be confused with the trendy sightings of "Martian Saucers". Wolf! Wolf! Wolf! The reality about 9/11 is a horribly tragic but pretty straight forward case of mass murder by a determined terror cell. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on June 12, 2010, 12:00 pm

Peanut allergies - Random Topics
Speaking of those busy Aggie researchers, I saw this on the news a couple of days ago... http://www.foodnavigator.com/Science-Nutrition/Polyphenols-could-lead-to-allergen-free-peanut-butter-Study Ask and you shall receive. Man calling himself "baldrick" wins $50 million lottery jackpot... See you in the papers! -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on June 11, 2010, 11:08 pm

In Search of... - TV Shows
I remember this show from when Leonard Nimoy did the narration. It was kind of a cool a forerunner of a whole class of shows: "Urban Legends" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_Legends_%28television%29 ; "Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction" and "Ripley's Believe It or Not!". In Search of... had less stress on entertainment and more effort on the credibility front. Some clever network should pick up the rights for a song and relaunch it with another narrator. Maybe someone like... what's Bernard Shaw doing these days? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Shaw_%28journalist%29 -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 25, 2010, 3:11 pm

Duckman - TV Shows
Oh yeah! "You Put Your Down Down and Thrust Your Pelvis! Uh!" Duckman Rules! THAT was great irreverent humor. It wasn't the best looking animation style by a long chalk but it puts a few recent high-budget shows to shame. Never Boned. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 25, 2010, 2:55 pm

Baby Bob - TV Shows
I don't recall that I ever caught more than three or four episodes of Baby Bob before it was yanked to oblivion. The five main actors were all people that I'd liked elsewhere and it made me chuckle. The talking baby idea was, of course, played to death under another brand by that time. However, in THIS show, they were actually making the magic happen. The guy from Herman's Head was perfectly cast to voice the baby, also, they didn't try to let the baby gimmick carry all the laughs. The rest of the family and the sitter made things interesting too. Lets' say "Well executed version" but poor timing! -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 25, 2010, 2:28 pm

Short Circuit - Movie Series
Short Circuit was a surprisingly good little film. Short Circuit 2 was a typical weak sequel. When the third string sidekick is now the lead and everything that was kinda cute in the first film is now a cliche, there's not much left to admire. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 24, 2010, 8:26 pm

Transformers - Movie Series
Aside from any other problems, they chose the wrong guy to shoot these films. Bay's style of putting the camera tight inside the action works for music videos, but, these larger-than-life Transformers need some "scope" so they don't just look like interchangeable bits of steel engine parts whizzing past one another. The actions scenes could have saved a film series like Transformers, instead, Bay made them a liability. The quality of the performances and a few clever bits of dialogue are not enough to salvage my boyhood toy stories on the big screen. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 24, 2010, 8:17 pm

I Dream of Jeannie - TV Shows
A story about a genie needs to have restrictive elements or there's only about 24 minutes of story until "happily ever after..." or "the end of the world..." so we need to accept that Tony is too moral to "cheat" etc and whining about the examples each time is kinda pointless. Buy into each fictional reality or maybe don't bother following the show. I had no initial problem buying into ALF, Jeannie, Bewitched, Star Trekkers or Jedi, however, Lost, Mutant X, You Wish, Teen Angel or Surface just couldn't draw me so I passed. There's little value, say, in quibbling over Trek science like "artificial gravity" if you've watched the shows for more than 20 minutes - you just buy into it and move along. If they had suddenly said the device was running off a 9Volt Duracell after the seventh season of TNG, I might call that a Bone to pick at. A powerful sensual blond female wanting to make a straight healthy astronaut's life better against his orders was a comedy concept I bought into from Barbara Eden so I went along and enjoyed the ride. Now if Jeannie had suddenly become the Lieutenant Governor of Florida... Realistic Fantasy versus Stretched Credibility perhaps? -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 24, 2010, 4:08 pm

Peanut allergies - Random Topics
Pelirojo, I was merely describing a current state of affairs not endorsing a particular action. People need to reclaim ultimate responsibility for their own specialized needs though. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Severe_combined_immunodeficiency Kids are commonly forbidden to bring any peanut butter to school and, in some day care situations, parents must sign a pledge that their kids must be nut-free at home too in case any traces should remain. It's not labeling that concerns me, the more info the better, rather it's a strategy which would seem to have only dire counter-evolutionary results. A similar misguided strategy may be connected to the dramatic rise in childhood asthma rates, but, let's not digress. The world is a difficult environment and is not getting easier. To foster a fatal weakness into future generations is a poor tactic. Better to figure out how to switch off that gene in ourselves or to take the specific toxin out of the peanut crop. I'm sure there's an Aggie working on this in a university lab right now. Treating peanut butter as if it's the new Sarin is just crazy. An unscientific internet check shows that more people are at severe risk from bee stings (2%) than peanuts (0.4-0.6%), yet, bee-allergic people just tend to keep an EpiPen handy and try to avoid bees. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 24, 2010, 3:22 pm

Speed - Movie Series
This is really not even a series at all, they just took the Speed name and tried to "brand" it as a concept after the first film's success. Turned out it wasn't marketable on its own. A similar travesty is when Hollywood takes a successful brand from elsewhere (gaming culture for example) and tries to affix that brand onto some mediocre script treatment like Lara Croft or Monopoly etc. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 22, 2010, 1:18 pm

Dinosaurs - TV Shows
This was one of my all-time favorite shows. Gotta love the Grapdelites' attitude towards the food chain and their imminent ectinction - It's our own fault for being delicious... http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Grapdelites -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 22, 2010, 1:02 pm

My Three Sons - TV Shows
This page must be a spam magnet for some reason that I can't be bothered to decipher. Such a huge number of votes and posting about a minor character on an ancient family comedy... -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 22, 2010, 12:34 pm

I Dream of Jeannie - TV Shows
High-concept shows like I Dream of Jeanie or ALF get an exemption from some of the usual JTS/BTF reasons because, as a viewer, one needs to accept the stupidity of each show's reality and just go with the concept that this Air Force astronaut is too prudish to take advantage of every guy's dream situation because he's an officer and a gentleman. Shows with genies or witches or extraterrestrials merely have to make their own kind of sense, not make real sense. For this reasoning, I disregard any idea of Day One for such shows except when they just fail to convincingly sell their reality at all. Surface, The Cleveland Show, American Dad and Lost anyone? -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 22, 2010, 12:11 pm

2point4 Children - TV Shows
Remembered liking this show even if it negotiated a couple Boning markers. Same Character/Different Actor when the daughter Jenny was recast; then, New Kid In Town when Declan became a classic "cousin Oliver" in the last year. They weren't playing it safe as a normal sitcom and I applaud that. Respect also for wrapping the show once the male lead passed away instead of trying to import David Spade as an uncle or something. Rona and Bill had some classic Lucy & Ethel episodes through the years. Also, the writers were able to get serious - even morbid without feeling like A Very Special Episode. I'll reserve voting until I re-watch my old VHS tapes. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 22, 2010, 11:42 am


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