Thursday, January 31, 2008

Tonight

Tonight one of televisions most anticipated season premieres finally arrives after a nine month break, and there is no doubt that people everywhere are going to be glued to their couches for this one.


LOST Season 4 starts tonight, Thursday January 31st at 9PM, on ABC.

"See you in another life brother"

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

As i sit in my school library I wonder why the fuck I came to school 5 hours before my class even started. (cinema and gender at 7)

So now that i'm over studying I decided to drop a line on the coolest kids in the room .

Now that I started this I realize that I have nothing to actually talk about, so I'm just gonna post videos of things that I think are visually as well as mentally stimulating and/or just bull shiet videos I think are funny.









For anyone who I haven't caught up with since high school...



Here's an aim convo with an update of what some of the coolest kids from Mt. Carmel have been doing for the past couple years since graduation

nazer: everyones married and shit
nazer: good careers
nazer: cept us for whatever reason
nazer: we walk in with a big ass group
nazer: all scrubby and shit
nazer: nooooooooo
lance: yeah and fucking play video games all day
lance: drink beer at night
nazer: hang out at davids house
lance: and then talk about the girls we secretly jocked in high school
lance: god were losers
nazer: yeah fuck

Monday, January 28, 2008

Credit Well Deserved

Unfortunately, due to the lack of my own personal access to cable television while living in the dorms, I missed the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG). Come to think of it, if I did have access to it I probably wouldn't have watched it because I'm not the biggest fan of red carpet award shows, but thanks to the internet I was able to view this clip.

Huge congrats to coolkidsroom favorite Tina Fey for winning in the category of Outstanding Performance of a Female Actor in a Comedy Series. She also gives a shout out to the writers, and apparently the SAG gave tons of credit to the WGA throughout the night. It's an awesome sight to see all these units in Hollywood really coming together in these harsh times.

Other notable winners were 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin, the entire Sopranos cast, The Office cast, and more, but I would've loved to see people behind Mad Men accept an award on stage in front of many since the Golden Globes didn't air in its traditional fashion

The full of list of award winners can be found here.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

To Keep Yourself Busy

Since the writers strike is still going on, and the only thing on cable is American Gladiators and American Idol, I'd like to divert your attention to these brilliant pieces of writing.

Why We Write
is a project put together by Charlie Craig and Thania St. John, two prominent media industry professionals who thought of having writers who are on strike provide essays on why they write. Writers from many of our favorite shows including Lost, 24, and so on have submitted pieces on why writing has been their calling. There are a ton of inspiring works on this page, so I highly encourage all of our readers to check it out.

One of my favorite submissions is by Damon Lindelof, writer for Lost. If you decide you don't want to read all of those posts, then at least read this one. It really is a truly compelling piece of work.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Top 11 Songs to Start Your Day

In an homage to Spinal Tap, the following 11 songs are my favorite tunes to get me goin in the morning. Some of these songs just make me feel like the day is gonna be good or that for some reason, the rest of the day will be better or bigger than the mundane routine that I'm used to. The rest of them are just fucking intense and wake me the up while I'm on my way to school so that I can sit through lecture for a couple hours.

11. Guns N' Roses - Welcome To the Jungle

This song is awesome, the kind of song that makes you wanna kill someone during a football game. The guitar riff that starts the intro is probably one of the most recognizable bits of music to the American ear. Unfortunately, because it's such a great sports song, it's also probably one of the most overplayed songs in stadiums across the country. This is especially annoying when Gilette Stadium is blasting it while the Patriots are running the ball down our throats. A good song nonetheless...

10. KRS One - Step Into a World

BUKU! BUKU!



This is probably KRS One's most recognizable song and what I have to say does little to pay proper tribute to one of hip-hop's finest emcees. But his forceful delivery on a sharp and percussive beat in this song does as good as Folgers in the morning.


9. The Killers - All These Things That I've Done



The Killers are a personal favorite of mine dating back to high school, and this is probably my favorite song of theirs. The solo bass line with the "I've got soul, but I'm not a soldier" mantra is one of my favorite white music moments. The whole song has that "anthem" quality that I look for in a lot of rock songs.


8. Eric B. & Rakim - I Know You Got Soul

This song has one of the most recognizable first lines in hip-hop that you've probably heard in about a million other songs. Rakim just kills it on this song and it's probably my favorite of all of Eric B.'s beats. A realistic sounding drum kit with real fills in a hip-hop song is always a bonus for me.


7. A Tribe Called Quest (w/ Leaders of the New School) - Scenario


"Raow! Raow! Like a dungeon dragon!"

The bass line is just 3 notes but it really makes this song. All the verses are dope but this is probably my favorite Busta Rhymes verse. And for some reason I just want to play basketball after hearing this song, that's how black it makes me feel.


6. Journey - Don't Stop Believing



One of the most recognizable keyboard intros in popular music, that beginning keyboard riff, the guitar solo, and lyrics are all awesome. This song has a way of making you feel like something epic is about to take place, even if you're just on your way to work, or about to eat dinner (Sopranos anyone?). I've decided to put the Zoo cover version up, just as an excuse to highlight Arnel Pineda and Filipino people again.



5. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit


Vh1's #1 song of the 90's, and probably deservedly so. The opening guitar riff is so awesome. My favorite aspect of this record is the contrast in intensity between the verses and the balls out chorus. The song doesn't just have an anthem quality, it's pretty much the anthem for disgruntled youth everywhere.


4. Jay-Z - Can I Live

"I'd rather die enormous than live dormant that's how we on it"



Jigga's verses are all tight, but the horns on the beat really make the song. Horns on the beat of a rap song always give it a larger than life quality (Roc Boys?) and this song definitely makes me feel like I'm a part of something bigger than myself.

3. Kanye West - Jesus Walks

"I wanna talk to God but we ain't spoke in so long"


If horns make a hip-hop song larger than life, then a choir and strings makes the song truly epic. If I didn't look so stupid, I would do Kanye's Jesus Walk all the way to campus with this song blastin on my iPod. This song pretty much sums up how every young Catholic or Christian feels with so much temptation in the world and conflict in our hearts.


2. The Who - Baba O Riley


"Teenage Wasteland..."


I would say about 75% of the time I always find old school synthesizers to be pretty cheesy in a song. I would also say most of the remaining 25% are songs by The Who. The keyboards on this song are so great and thematic and the synths work as a great drone against the rest of the song. The song was a great fit for the "Invincible" trailer and it's the kind of the song that gives you confidence before a big day.

1. Rick Ross f. Young Jeezy & Jay-Z - Hustlin' (remix)



One thing that all of these songs have in common is a great intro. I pretty much listen to this song just for the intro. The remix is dope because you have two rappers with some of the realest stories in the games rappin' about what they know best. Kat Williams nails his routine on this song, you could do anything whether its walking to school, chillin at the library or flippin burgers at McDonalds and you're gonna feel 10x better about yourself.

So...am I an idiot? Did I leave any of your favorites out? Give me props or shit on me in your comments.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Super Bowl XLII is officially a bust














If you had told me last season that this year's Super Bowl would involve the Patriots and Elisha "I'm too good for San Diego" Manning's Giants I would've jumped out of the fucking window right then and there.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

GAME DAY BABY...


believe...

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Haiku You Ku We all Ku

I guess you could say I'm the "poet"or the "activist" of the group or am I just thinking highly of myself? Well anyways at first with every post I wanted to throw a poem in there somewhere, but writing a full blown poem at times is rather tedious. Therefore, I think I'm going to just do haiku's because there way more simple. If i remember correctly haiku's contain 17 syllables with three lines of 5,7,5 and from what i understand they don't have to be in that particular order.

My suggestion to my fellow cool kids is to post a haiku of your own about something random or about one of our homies. Especially if you have nothing better to write about, but it's just a suggestion

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Haiku dedicated to floyd on the last irvine trip

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Chicken Sandwhich gone,
"and your eating my tacos"
no reason to live

moral: don't fuck with a man's chicken sandwhich

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Who Got Game?

So i didn't write this, but i figured it's relative because i personally think what the cool kids are lacking including myself is some GAME. Also posting it because i like to promote good poetry for free...



Adriel Luis - Rendition of a basketball player telling a girl he jocks that he doesn't mind being her rebound.
Girl, I don't mean to be forward

Because I know you have your guards up,
But lately you've been the center of my attention
And I'm usually one to call the shots
But girl I'm not down for no suicide runs
So tell me if I'm stepping out of bounds
And I'll take some time out
But if you're you're down to pick and roll

Then baby,I think we could make a dream team.
Oh yesThey call my lovin the NBA
Cuz it's Nothin But Affection

Holler at a player.



heres iLL-literacy's site
http://www.ill-literacy.com/

if you ever get tired of reading our own shiet fellaz go here, and i think they use blogspot, but their page looks WAY COOLER THAN OURS.

oh and i'm down for the Lance mascot idea.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Something is inherently missing.. (with tongue-in-cheek)

Proposal:

If one was to define the coolkidsroom family as a collaboration of writers, affiliates, and readers with a variety of hopes and dreams for this blog, but with the collective intent of entertaining, self-enjoyment, venting, combating boredom, and addressing issues, then one can also assume that coolkidsroom is also… a TEAM!!!

In sum, this sorry-attempt at essentially, a useless dissertation is my lame excuse for discussing the following idea: Since we’re all in this together, and because we’re essentially a TEAM, it’s no question that also, just like a sports team, every team needs a…

MASCOT!!! woooohoooooo

Yep, a mascot is much needed. If Disney has Mickey Mouse, XBOX has Master Chief, the Padres have the Friar, the Steelers have Steely McBeam, D.A.R.E. has a lame-o lion, and if Subway has that fatass Jared, what about coolkidsroom?

After a little brainstorming, I’ve compiled a short list of possible poster-boys that would best-represent and embrace the overall “feel” of this blog. In no way, shape or form is this a list of definite or restricted possibilities; instead, I hope others could help me critique and comment on my suggestions, or even better, come up with their own potential mascots.

My Top 5 Candidates:

JAMAL WILLIAMS


The 350 lb. Pro-Bowl defensive tackle of the Chargers, a 10-year veteran of the NFL who eats blockers for lunch, runningbacks for dinner, and QB’s for dessert.

Why: Besides just being a badass, Jamal Williams personifies everything coolkidsroom is and has to offer; an unstoppable force, rock solid performances, hard-work ethic, selfless teamplay, longevity, and a fatass’s love for food.

Why not: Picking Williams would mean playing favorites among Chargers players, since all of them are well-qualified for the mascot gig. (except for Legadu loser Nanee). Furthermore, his intimidating glare alone would scare off our more ‘sensitive’ readers.

THE D.A.R.E. LION

The cute, cuddly, but bipedal freak of nature that is exploited by the Pigs to attract unsuspecting kids into a life of drug-abstinence.

Why: He has a rich history (1,2,3) at coolkidsroom, being the butt-end of many jokes, so it is with a sense of loyalty and obligation that we pay homage to his prolonged suffering. As a bonus, in case the feds come sniffing around for obscene material, they’ll just pass us up as another dedicated anti-drug website when they see him smiling back at them.

Why not: He’s pathetic. Likewise, he’s failed miserably on his quest to prevent our generation from drug abuse. (i.e. See all the names on the column to the right)

TINA FEY

The smart, talented, funny, and attractive Emmy-award winner & nominee, writer of Mean Girls, former SNL cast member & head writer, and mastermind and star of 30 Rock. In sum, the most gorgeous women on earth.

Why: Because I have an unhealthy obsession with her.

Why not: Because I have an unhealthy obsession with her.

CALIFORNIA BURRITOS

Delicious morsels of carne asada and French fries, with pockets of cheese and sour cream; all wrapped in a warm tortilla for a savory meal of Mexican-inspired goodness. Found at a Taco Shop near you. Typically accompanied with hot sauce, and often enjoyed following a night of excessive alcohol consumption.

Why: This burrito captures the essence of the Southern California culture and lifestyle of our generation. Plus, coolkidsroom and family owe much to the legendary Cali Burrito for our continued nutritional growth (and deterioration).

Why not: We would all gain 15 more lbs. due to unwarranted cravings caused by the Cali Burrito’s constant image.

LANCE

aka our very own CommanderCacho. San Diego born-and-raised and former Prom King of Mt. Carmel High School, he now currently attends UCI.

Why: He’s Lance damnit! If with any doubt, spend an entire day with Lance and a bottle of Hennessey, and experience his funness for yourself.

Why not: The real-life Lance would probably get mad. He’s probably mad at me right now as he reads this.

I’ll probably narrow down these choices and other suggestions later. Decisions, decisions.

Best,
Adonis

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

A Political Booster Pack

John McCain after the New Hampshire primaries in 2000

An interesting topic that's floating in the air of this political war is something that I've had a growing interest in, which is the fact that young voters are beginning to really show up and share their voice. With the children of baby boomers beginning to take their first steps into the political world, reports everywhere show that people of our generation are starting to vote. In New Hampshire today polls were actually running out of ballots, which is a clear sign that with things like stronger media coverage and the internet, people are becoming more aware and more involved in our America. So all of that aside, lets take a look at the primaries so far.

THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE

In Iowa, Obama took a huge lead with 38% of the total votes, with Edwards in second with 30%. Clinton took 3rd place with an extremely close 29%. These results really stirred up the democratic world because Obama came out on top with such a big lead above the other candidates. With these results its easy to assume that Obama would be the primary democratic candidate for the 2008 presidential race.

But in New Hampshire today, the results of today's polls are coming in, and with 21% of the current results, Clinton is currently in first place, imitating her husband and making a big come back from Iowa. Obama holds second for now, and Edwards is in third. I'll update these numbers when the full results are in.

So when Edwards and Clinton seemed out of the race by some, Clinton comes back and takes the lead, so it's once again an even battle. Edwards seems to have finished 3rd today, but if you know you're voting democrat, keep a close eye on these three names, because this race is extremely close.

THE REPUBLICAN SIDE

In Iowa, Mike Huckabee took the lead with 34%. Romney came in second with 29%, and Thompson came in 3rd with 13%, and then John McCain in fourth with 13% as well. Huckabee's huge lead came as a great shock to the republican party, and had crowds really speculating about what would happen in New Hampshire and beyond. Other notable candidates Ron Paul and Rudy Giuliani closed with lower numbers, but it's still too early to rule these guys out.

In New Hampshire today, with 21% of current votes in, John McCain holds the most votes with 37%, and it's predicted across the board that he will take first place in New Hampshire. Romney came in second again with 29%, and Huckabee came in third with 12%. Republican candidates have already made calls to McCain congratulating him on his win. Once again I'll update these numbers once the full results are in

So like the democratic side, the primary candidate is still really up in the air. Many are speculating that if Romney doesn't take a lead somewhere soon, he will be looked over as the primary candidate, but it is in fact still really early.

So keep an eye out for the rest of the caucuses. Develop a good understanding of each of the candidates, focus on the issues, and make sure to vote later this year. Potential group blog topic: Who Will You Vote For? Tune into CNN for prime, up to date news coverage, and if you don't want to do that, then just read this blog, I'm sure we'll be updating on things like this in the future.

UPDATE on 1/8/08 7:47 PM: The Associated Press has just projected that Clinton would take the victory for New Hampshire. With 71% of the votes in, Clinton leads with 40%, Obama in second with 36%, and Edwards in third with 17%. On the republican side, with 67% of the votes in, McCain holds his victory with 37%, Romney with 31%, and Huckabee with 11%. The candidates on the Republican side have spoken, all declaring that its still early in the race, and with 48 states to go, everyone seems hopeful that they can take the lead candidate spot. John Edwards has spoken on the Democratic side, giving a speech about many individuals in America who deserve better, and focused on issues, stating that he's still eager to make a come back in the future.

UPDATE on 1/8/08 8:22 PM:
Hillary Clinton just finished giving her victory speech, with an unexpected win in New Hampshire. She focused on being one with the people of America, and many are declaring that this is the first time that they've seen her act genuine. Tears aside, fact is that this race is much closer than it was only a few hours ago. Obama gave his speech prior to Clinton's, speaking on unity in America, focusing on young voters and stating that when he is president, he would do what he could to change America. In New Hampshire, with 82% percent of the total votes in, Hillary Clinton is the projected winner with 39%, Obama in a very close second with 37%. On the Republican side, with 80% of the votes in, McCain is the projected winner with 37%, with Romney in second with 32%, and Huckabee in third with 11%, with Giuliani not far behind with 9%. After the results of Iowa, the political community has really been shaken up with the extreme comebacks from Clinton and McCain. This race just got much more interesting.

Monday, January 7, 2008

CRY MORE NOOB

Weekend Wrapup:


Chargers kick ASS

Give credit to the Chargers’ and their photographers, this picture is a masterpiece. Poor Vince Young, I can almost see the tears swell up in his eyes as he holds his fatass runningback ever so gently. I get the notion that after the game, Philp Rivers, being a dick as usually, ran with his notorious trash-talking mouth for another week in a row… He must’ve said some really mean things, as it appears Lendale White got his feelings hurt pretty bad as he rushed to cry on Young’s shoulder. “Don’t worry baby, he can’t hurt you anymore…”

While I am a firm believer in sportsmanship and conducting yourself with a sense of “class” like good ol’ LT, San Diego’s triumph over the Tennessee Titans could make me care less. While this matchup at the Q wasn’t the most impressive or prettiest of wins, (e.g. LT managed only 42 yards on the ground and Antonio Gates became a casualty of war after stubbing his big toe) it was a satisfying PLAYOFF victory, nonetheless, and there’s much more to be overjoyed about along with this win.

Mainly, my jumping for joy and cheap shots towards Titans fans stems from the fact that a San Diego sports teams has finally gotten over this time-honored San Diego tradition of teasing with a promising regular season, and then LOSING disastrously early on in the playoffs, as recent history of the Chargers and Padres suggest. Likewise, a loss would’ve thrown the city in chaos, as this defeat would’ve coupled with the Padres' pathetic meltdown (this day sucked) to the Colorado Rockies only a few months earlier, resulting in impending dark times for San Diego. Besides being shited on by the media, the coaching situation would be in disarray, A.J. Smith’ life in jeopardy, the crime rate would rise, the economy in shambles, and for some reason there’d be another crazy wildfire.

Of course, one could argue that the REAL matchup is still to come, as the Chargers head to Indianapolis to play against the defending Super Bowl Champs. The Colts present a stiff challenge for obvious reasons; Unlike Vince Young, Peyton Manning is white and actually knows how to pass. Plus, the Colt’s boast a respectable D, (allowed the fewest point per game and ranked 3rd as an overall defense) and will have the porn star-mustached tight end, Dallas Clark, as well as Manning’s partner-in-crime wide reciever, Marvin Harrison, both available at his disposal.

Regardless of the tougher matchup, I hope to see a lot of this next Sunday:




Spoken WHAT?: Fist Pumps, Finger Snaps, and Head Nods(Not another new dance craze)

So I'm not gonna post a BEST OF 07 tribute post because theirs just to much to recall I am attempting to post a real post instead of just a video because that's all i've been contributing lately. So here it goes...

Now that I'm sitting here trying to do this i honestly have no idea what so ever as to what i should talk about. So I'm gonna go ahead and speak on a topic that i know a lil something about and that my friends is, Spoken Word. Spoken what? Spoken word. Oh yea, that's right i said it spoken word. insert- fist pump, finger snaps, head nod -here.

Spoken word is a form of literary art or artistic performance in which lyrics, poetry, or stories are spoken rather than sung. Spoken-word is often done with a musical background, but emphasis is kept on the speaker. (wikipedia)

Now i don't mean in anyway self promote myself or toot my own horn so to speak, but i have been known to get down on the mic with some poetry *ahem* *ahem* if you don't know now you know...

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i know its hard to tell that its me, but i have so much substance and passion for mines that the camera has trouble capturing the moment...

memorable quote by adonis after watching this performance "my breath smells like longaniza"
that being his best attempt at appreciating and grasping the message behind the poem. (that quote is taken out of context and isn't even what was said) oh adonis we love you

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All narcissism and funny adonis pics aside, (note to self: possible group post topic favorite adonis pics) we live in an age where popular culture seems to dictate our every decision. It is important to aknowledge an art form that almost literally can and does say FUCK THAT!

Spoken Word not only is a form of expression, but it means so much more to me as well as many others. It has become a movement that has allowed thousands if not millions to be inspired to make a change and in my opinion has helped to create a level of awareness not only in our country, but all across the globe. The Spoken Word community has become it's own sub culture consisting of Poet's who speak on topics ranging from sexuality to politics, racism to love whatever the human mind can thing of is a potential poem. Of course i come from a pretty biased point of view, but one can't help but have some level of apperciation for Spoken Word.
As a poet i believe in writing for myself as well as performing in order to build a connection with other people at the same time addressing issues that i feel need to be addressed. Tupac said it best when he said "i'm not saying that i'm gonna change the world, but i guarantee that i will spark the mind that will change the world..."

Instead of continuing on and on about this i figure i'll just post some videos and other forms of media to create a visually eye catching hook to my whole spiel.

Adriel Luis- Slip of the tongue


If my memory serves me right this video actually won a emmy for best short film or something like that. Anyways the poet's name is adriel luis and he's a 1/4 of the group iLL-literacy a spoken word group/collective that travel the world moving crowds with their poetry. iLL-literacy also consists of Nico Cary, Ruby Veridano-Ching, and Dahlak Braithwaite. All of whom have are amazingly talented.

iLL-literacy promo video


watch the iLL-Literacy movie at ill-literacy.imeem.com

Last Spoken Word related video for the night...

Shihan-This Type Love


special thanks goes out to Brent and the 198 kids for helping to make it extra hard to finish this post cuz i had to go to the bathroom like 5 times cuz i got the alcohol shiets from last night

Saturday, January 5, 2008

CommanderCacho's Best of 2007

These awards had little to do with the artistic credibility or quality of the choices I’ve made. Moreso, they reflect the things that I helplessly enjoyed throughout the year of 2007, even if I tried not to like them.

Best Poker Player: Me


Wow, what can I say…an unprecedented three wins in a row, not to mention four victories in five games. I was simply unstoppable this year. I really wish I kept that stats site going, but maybe that’s what lifted the jinx and allowed me to go on my streak. Ok sorry, I will now take my own dick out of my mouth.

Best New TV Show: Chuck



Chuck has cool (ok, maybe cheesy) action, sexy girls, comedy, and awesome nerd references. As good as Pushing Daises was, this was the new show I looked forward to most during the new season. It also presents one of the finest examples of the Slave Leia costume ever.


Best Video Game: Rock Band


Don't those guys look cool...

Rock Band singlehandedly changed the way I look at two of my favorite things in the world, music and video games. I’ve bonded with my roommates and my friends for hours upon hours over this game. Time simply gets lost with this shit on. If you’ve seen me rock out on drums during Metallica’s “And Justice For All…” or belt out Radiohead’s “Creep” or attempt to keep up with the crazy solos on The Outlaws’ “Green Grass and High Tides” then you can understand how much I love this game on such a raw level. It brings out a side of me rarely seen and I simply lose myself in the music when I play this game.

Best Song: Buy U a Drank




This song sure as hell isn’t the best song in terms sheer quality and musicianship, but it's the song that will always remind me of 2007. The popular choice right now would maybe be “Crank Dat” as 2007’s hip-hop jam, but I just think this song is so much better. Thanks to Adonis, I know all of the words to this song. And you know you motherfuckers agree that this was the jam when it came on the radio or at the club.

Best Movie: Transformers


Let my preface this by saying that I haven’t seen a lot of the award favorites (or just fan favorites in general) this season and am going only by the movies I saw, which wasn’t very many. But, not since maybe the first time I watched Star Wars (holy shit, I’m a nerd) have I had such a great basic reaction during a movie. I was on the edge of my seat when Bumblebee and Barricade were racing down the street. My heart was pounding when the cars would transform and prepare for battle. I felt the adrenaline rush when Bumblebee was getting towed down the street while he took out Decepticons. I had a boner when Megan Fox opened the hood of the Even Stevens guy’s car. It was a well-made popcorn flick, and overall, a great movie.

I know Nazer has made some pretty valid points about how this movie is seriously lacking in basic movie essentials like plot and character development. But for me, this movie was like that pretty class council girl that bats her eyelashes and the encounter somehow ends with me going “DURH…PRETTY GIRL…ME DUMB…ME BUY 20 FRUIT BARS.” If Transformers was a class council girl, I would have bought all her loaves of Dudley’s bread.

Best Album: Fall Out Boy – Infinity on High



I saved this award for last because I realize that this choice above all will most likely result in me losing any credibility I had in taste. I tried so fucking hard this year to like a CD made by a black person more than I liked this one. I just couldn’t resist its catchy pop rock goodness. God, what the fuck is wrong with me.

The BIG DEAL is Back


So after dissing Jack In The Box's sirloin burger a few days ago, they quickly bounce back with the almighty BIG DEAL. This is a slight modification from the last big deal, which featured a chicken sandwich, 2 tacos, and a drink, but now you can substitute the chicken sandwich for a cheeseburger. Time to take a fatty tip from Jack and start the new year off with a big deal combo. Here's the press release.
SAN DIEGO – If holiday shopping has left you with nothing in your pocket but lint and a few fuzzy breath mints – don't panic! Jack is here to help you weather your cash crisis. Today, Jack in the Box® restaurants introduce the Big Deal, a bundled, value-priced combo meal that offers the choice of a chicken sandwich or cheeseburger, plus two tacos and a 20-ounce soft drink for the bargain-basement price of ... are you ready for this ... $2.69!

"Following the spending frenzy of the holidays, many consumers have to tighten the purse strings in January," said Teka O'Rourke, director of menu marketing and promotions for Jack in the Box Inc. "Our Big Deal offers a variety of flavorful, filling menu items at an affordable price, so guests don't have to sacrifice taste and satisfaction for cost."

The Big Deal is available for the suggested price, excluding tax, of $2.69 at all participating Jack in the Box restaurants for a limited time.

Jack in the Box Inc. (NYSE: JBX), based in San Diego, is a restaurant company that operates and franchises Jack in the Box® restaurants, one of the nation’s largest hamburger chains, with more than 2,100 restaurants in 18 states. Additionally, through a wholly owned subsidiary the company operates and franchises Qdoba Mexican Grill®, a leader in fast-casual dining, with more than 400 restaurants in 39 states.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Warner Bros Goes Blu

Barry Meyer, CEO of Warner Bros

I know many of our readers have been following the ongoing high definition format war between HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc, and another recently announced report just made the battle a bit steamier. Warner Bros announced that they will be releasing HD content exclusively for Blu-ray starting later this year, so PS3 owners rejoice! Here's the press release.

(January 4, 2008 – Burbank, CA) – In response to consumer demand, Warner Bros. Entertainment will release its high-definition DVD titles exclusively in the Blu-ray disc format beginning later this year, it was announced today by Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. and Kevin Tsujihara, President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.

“Warner Bros.’ move to exclusively release in the Blu-ray disc format is a strategic decision focused on the long term and the most direct way to give consumers what they want,” said Meyer. “The window of opportunity for high-definition DVD could be missed if format confusion continues to linger. We believe that exclusively distributing in Blu-ray will further the potential for mass market success and ultimately benefit retailers, producers, and most importantly, consumers.”

Warner Home Video will continue to release its titles in standard DVD format and Blu-ray. After a short window following their standard DVD and Blu-ray releases, all new titles will continue to be released in HD DVD until the end of May 2008.

“Warner Bros. has produced in both high-definition formats in an effort to provide consumer choice, foster mainstream adoption and drive down hardware prices,” said Jeff Bewkes, President and Chief Executive Officer, Time Warner Inc., the parent company of Warner Bros. Entertainment. “Today’s decision by Warner Bros. to distribute in a single format comes at the right time and is the best decision both for consumers and Time Warner.”

“A two-format landscape has led to consumer confusion and indifference toward high definition, which has kept the technology from reaching mass adoption and becoming the important revenue stream that it can be for the industry,” said Tsujihara. “Consumers have clearly chosen Blu-ray, and we believe that recognizing this preference is the right step in making this great home entertainment experience accessible to the widest possible audience. Warner Bros. has worked very closely with the Toshiba Corporation in promoting high definition media and we have enormous respect for their efforts. We look forward to working with them on other projects in the future.”

Pushing Daisies on Blu-ray here we come!

From Deadline Hollywood Daily, an awesome blog that you should all check out.

UPDATE on 1/5/08: Sister company New Line has also gone Blu-ray exclusive. This war really seems to be closing up, time to daydream about Lord of the Rings in glorious blu-ray high definition.

The Good, The Bad, And Some Other Shit (Part 2)

Interesting feedback from the first entry, many who agree with my picks and then many more who don't, but to each his own right? So now it's time to take a step away from the negative and look at the things that made my 2007 enjoyable.

THE GOOD

2007 was an amazing year for media. So many music releases that left me with a pair of broken speakers, TV newcomers that quickly got themselves a ton of recognition, and so much more. It was difficult looking back on such a long year, but here are my 2007 picks.


This year spawned so many new and incredible shows, but in the end I had to go with the fanboy in me and pick this years season of LOST. Critics everywhere agree that it started out slow, but once January came around, the show really picked up the pace and had viewers stuck to their screens like San Diegans on Mexican food. TV shows usually get stale around their third season (cough Grey's Anatomy cough) but the season finale of this show really threw you into a different perspective, and brought a whole new scenario for us to get Locke'd into. If you're not watching this show, you're missing out on one of our generations absolute television phenomenons.


A few years ago we had the 40 Year Old Virgin, a movie that brought our nerdiness into the public eye, and left viewers like us in a state of endless laughter. There hasn't been a movie since that really brought back the memorable laughter, until SUPERBAD. Under the direction of Greg Mottola and writing by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, this movie had theaters all over the nation LOLing all throughout it. Jonah Hill (Grandma's Boy, Knocked Up) and Michael Cera (Arrested Development) return to keep our generation laughing our asses off in a story of two not-so-cool boys who have a desire to fill their stereotypical high school obligations before they leave for college. The result is an incredibly hilarious adventure that is highly recommended by many, so if you haven't seen it be sure to pick it up on your next trip to Blockbuster.


It was another incredible year in the music world, but one band in particular that really stood out to me was Radiohead with their release of "In Rainbows." Radiohead is a band with a ridiculously large fan base, with well known hits like Creep and High and Dry, and their latest musical endeavor continues to impress. Tracks like Nude and Reckoner continue to mix complex rhythm and harmony while vocalist Thom Yorke leaves our bodies in a state of complete astonishment with his singing talent and moody lyrics. Not only was this an amazing album, but it was FREE. Radiohead left the music industry stunned by releasing their album on their website, and offered a system in which customers chose how much they wanted to pay for the digital download. I'm slightly ashamed to say that I payed absolutely nothing for it, but I do plan on picking up the hard copy sometime in the future. This was an extremely gutsy decision by the band, but in our age of continuous 0's and 1's, it's interesting to see where the musical industry will go after this.

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And now to fill everyones dream of becoming a rock star and sing Radiohead songs, my video game pick of the year is ROCK BAND. This was an insane year in video games, with consoles like the Wii selling out everywhere, Xbox360 shattering records with the release of Halo 3, and the Playstation 3...uhh. But yeah, I haven't played a game this much since Counterstrike in middle school. Taking everyones guilty gaming pleasure Guitar Hero, and then adding drums, vocals, and bass, results in a fun night for everyone, non gamers and non musicians included. This game really is a sight to see, I mean look at how much fun those guys are having in the video, you know you want to jump in and try it. With new song packs available for purchase every week, this game really never gets old. And with the potential to add new features to the game through patches, I really don't see this thing going anywhere but up, so get used to seeing away messages everywhere reading "Rocking Out!" or "Out playing drunk band!" for a really long time.

So 2007 really was an awesome year, and there is so much more that I didn't add to the list. Heroes "Five Years In The Future" episode, freshman TV shows like Mad Men and Pushing Daisies, CD releases by Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse, and so much more. Look forward to a few honorable mentions in the coming weeks with SOME OTHER SHIT. So feel free to comment on some of your favorites of 2007, I wanna hear about what made your year one to remember. Time to go play Rock Band, see you all next time.