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Friday, January 15th, 2010

THANKS FOR ALL THE SUPPORT!  Keep checking back, I’m experiencing  some difficulty with a few of the technical aspects of the site.  Basically, I’m like a monkey with keys to a rocket-ship right now.

Who is Really Responsible for the Break-up of Jon and Kate? As it turns out, I am

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

I know. I was surprised too. Usually content to let people ruin their own relationships, I can trace this one back to the tabloid magazine that inevitably appears in my hands during any trip to my in-laws.  There they were, ten glossy grins spread over two color pages. Despite never having seen an actual episode of TLC’s Jon & Kate Plus Eight I read the article.   I don’t have any kids, so the fact that these people have enough to fill two magazine pages was intriguing to me.  The piece had accentuated the balance between a large family and a growing public profile.  I can’t be certain, but I believe the words “humor” and “decency” were both used.  I called it right then.  I should have phoned the Gosselin house and demanded to speak to an adult; anyone would have sufficed.  I could have prevented this whole mess, but instead, I passively waited for information and color pictures to come to me.

Each time I saw Jon and Kate after that they seemed more tanned and manicured.  I noticed Jon’s ever-fancying eyebrows and growing penchant for distractingly absurd graphic T-shirts, but look, his kids don’t seem to mind, I convinced myself.   I should have spoken up when they took their family and camera crew on, what seemed to be, weekly “private” get-aways, but the pictures looked too pretty.  I was about to step in, but then I started seeing less of the kids, assuring myself that they were safe in Pennsylvania occupied by some Truman Show-style construct TLC had designed to simulate normalcy.

I observed these people through the tabloid media without ever watching the show that celebrated their life, not for their extraordinary accomplishments, but for the NASCAR-magnitude of wreckage that it could potentially produce. I only stopped myself from interfering because of reality television’s impressive track record in providing a launching pad for so many of its former stars’ successful career longevity.

Eventually, as happens so often, my concern became contempt.  I participated in goofing on Jon for hiking in flip-flops and trying to sound righteous on Larry King.  I spent time wondering who all those people were holding Kate’s kids while she splashed in the ocean.  It was fun … everyone else was doing it … but I know that’s no excuse.

So I’d like to go on record and admit my own culpability regarding the demise of the Gosselin family and their dignity.  I apologize to Jon and Kate for paying attention to them.  For the record though, everyone else is on the hook for this Tiger Woods business.

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Big thanks to all the attendees at Providence’s Pecha Kucha last night.  See what you missed at

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

A BET’S A BET will be read at Bravo in Providence, RI 8:30 on January 13th.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Take a deep breath.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

“Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

“I love that Ed Hardy fashion.  It’s like a uniform for jackasses.”

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

“Even if you don’t want to go to the party, it’s nice to be invited.”

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

“Kids, ‘drunk’ is not an emotion.”

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

“Seriously fellas, quit sculpting your freakin’ eyebrows.”

Lessons in Bad Media Franchising and Merchandising

1) Saw 8: The Reality Television Gameshow 2)Live action movie of Hungry, Hungry Hippos 3)The Tonight Show, starring Chewbacca 4) Deadpool vs. Punisher: The Musical 5) The Human Centipede sleeping bag 6) C-Span Live Action Role Playing Group 7) The new Texas Chainsaw Massacre ride at Six Flags Over Texas 8) Your Parents Basement is Always […]

Where is Our Modern Barney Miller?

The single camera glory that was Barney Miller can probably never be reproduced.  There’s heavy debate in the office whether it should be or not. It was essentially a 22-minute, 3-act play with minimal characters and only one set (after Season One that also featured Barney’s dining room at home).  The thing is, the writing […]

Non-John Hughes High School Movies from the ’80s

Yep. Most of the high school biggies were our man, Hughes. But if you can name the 1980s high school movie quotes listed below, your might have been paying attention to something else in ’88 other than the MTV Beach House and that cute girl with freckles in your 11th grade Chemistry class. 5)”Last night, […]

Mark Your Calendar, Nerds!!!

This Weekend is legendary Indy 500.  Please don’t think geekdom is limited to cosplay and app programming.  Oh no, my friends. Two years ago our Mid-West correspondent, Billy D, and I watched those car dorks jump a humongous Hot Wheels truck  over a bunch of school busses and twice as many drunks while Florence Henderson […]

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  • MONDAY – Movies. Their glory and their hilarious tragedy.  

  • TUESDAY – Television.  Our favorite drug; constant and comforting, but often packaged with regret.  

  • WEDNESDAY – Wildcards! Probably a piece of weird fiction in which Spider-Man has to talk down Laura Ingles from making a bad decision.  

  • THURSDAY – Thesis-level Dorkdom. Jargon, geek terms and weird insight explained for the rest of us.  

  • FRIDAY – Fantasy, Sci-fi, and comics.  Like living in your parents’ basement only without the inherent desperation. Well…