Month: July 2007

Are you addicted to the Internet?

Are you addicted to the Internet?

Funny Stuff, Listcruft
There is no shortage of press and academic research covering the topic of so-called Internet Addiction. Of course, the first reaction of any true addict is "not me!" This denial is usually followed by surprise, realization, and then descent into an all-too familiar shame spiral. In the interest of science and self-improvement I've spent the last few weeks keeping a meticulous log of my daily activities, in order to better understand just how the Internet fits into my life. The results, needless to say, confirm that I totally have this thing under control. Just take a look at last Thursday's log (time spent is total throughout the day, not consecutive): 45 minutes spent updating my Wikipedia watchlist to make sure some snot-nosed high school punk hasn't vandalized one of my favor...
Peter Criss releases one for the diehards

Peter Criss releases one for the diehards

Music
Longtime Kiss fans recognize that Peter Criss has always lived a double life, musically speaking. On the one hand there is the hard rocking Catman, found on songs like "Hooligan," "Baby Driver," and "Dirty Livin'." On the other hand, there is the tender side of Criss, most evident on his 1978 solo album and the classic 1976 ballad "Beth." Criss's first solo effort since 1994, the self-produced One for All, falls squarely in the latter camp. In fact, it's even more subdued than his '78 solo effort. Of the 12 songs on the album, only one ("Heart behind These Hands") gets any warmer than a simmer. In and of itself that's not a problem, unless listeners were hoping for something harder. What is a problem is Criss, as much as he obviously poured his heart into One for All, lacks the son...
Time to end The Simpsons

Time to end The Simpsons

TV & Radio
I know I'm not the first person to offer this viewpoint, but it has been on my mind as the release of The Simpsons Movie is nearly upon us. On the one hand, even most diehard Simpsons fans admit that the show is not nearly as funny as it was in the Golden Age (then again, you couldn't get five Simpsons fans to even agree on when the Golden Age began or ended anyway). But then there are the Matt Groening apologists who insist that it's still better than 99% of the other shows on TV. But is that good enough? How can The Simpsons look anything other than really good compared to most of the crap on network TV? If merely being better than shows like According to Jim or The Singing Bee is good enough, it will be on forever. So in essence the people who make this argument have already con...
Meet Your GFS Staff!

Meet Your GFS Staff!

Funny Stuff
Maintaining the level of excellence you've come to expect on this blog is not an easy task. And it's one I simply could not perform without the help of some very able professionals. They don't often get credit, mostly because of my enormous ego, but I wanted to take a moment to shine the spotlight on them for a bit. So without further ado, here's a look at the fine folks who make The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit possible (as always, click for a larger view)...
Book review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Book review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Books
So it has come to this. After ten years and seven novels the magical saga of Harry Potter has finally reached its conclusion. The countdowns are over, the hype begins to subside, and the biggest question surrounding J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (besides whether Severus Snape is indeed friend or foe) can be answered - was it a worthwhile journey? (more…)
GFS enters the heart of Pottermania

GFS enters the heart of Pottermania

Books
I'm a pretty jaded person when it comes to really popular things, so I tend to avoid them regardless of the actual quality of said popular things. And yet there I was (with Mrs. Suit by my side) at Borders on Friday night, standing in line with a few hundred teenagers dressed in robes and wizard hats - not waiting to buy my reserved copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but to receive a colored wristband that would allow me to stand in yet another line to buy my reserved copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Yes, I am now officially one of those people, even if I was not in costume. But the thing is, I didn't really care. For once it was nice to part of a huge pop culture movement instead of casting derision on it from the outside. I just wish this particular move...
Happy Hoff-Day!

Happy Hoff-Day!

People
Ah, what a glorious day it is today!  And why, you ask?  Because today is the day we mortals celebrate the anniversary of David Hasselhoff's birth of course!  David Hasselhoff is, as you may already be aware, one of the three most important figures in history - the other two being William Shatner and the Burger King. So happy birthday and a hearty huzzah to you, you big ol' talking car-driving, paunch-sucking, no shirt-wearing, surreal music career-having, mediocre TV movie-making, floor cheeseburger-eating lug you!
Movie review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Movie review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Movies
As J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series has become increasingly dark and complex, filmmakers tackling the source material have found it more challenging to present the stories without compromising the integrity of the novels. This prickly problem first reared its head with 2004's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the first film in the series to meet with angry rumblings from some Potter-philes. The fifth and newest installment, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (henceforth OoP), faces the biggest challenge of all. The source novel was not only the longest of the first five (800+ pages), but it contained numerous detailed subplots and character explorations. For the film, director David Yates for the most part successfully left out what could be without making the st...