Month: April 2008

Please do not look away from…the nozzle.

Please do not look away from…the nozzle.

TV & Radio
Oh happy day! After what seems like years of waiting (1 year, 7 months, 17 days actually - but who's counting?), The Venture Bros. will finally return to [adult swim] on June 1st! But as the last month-plus of waiting ticks slowly by, I can at least amuse myself with the recently released teaser trailer for season 3. According to Jackson Publick himself, this trailer only draws from 3 1/2 episodes of the season, but man does it bode well for the whole shebang! It's so good to see many of my old friends - Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend, Rusty Venture, the Alchemist, Master Billy Quizboy, Brock Samson, Hank Venture (no Dean though). And how awesome is that G.I. Joe tribute??? (If the embedded trailer above doesn't respond, just follow the link in the first paragraph.)
Showdown: Isiah Thomas vs. George Costanza

Showdown: Isiah Thomas vs. George Costanza

Funny Stuff
I'm not a huge basketball fan, but being in the New York radio & TV market and being a sports fan has made it nigh impossible to not know something of the disaster that was Isiah Thomas's reign as head coach and president of basketball operations for the New York Knicks. In four full seasons as the team president and two as head coach, Isiah's Knicks set new standards in futility, twice tying the team record for losses in a season (59 of 82 games). Playing in a city with a proud sports heritage, the Knicks became the real-life equivalent of the Washington Generals. But losing was only part of the humiliation - tawdry scandal and general piss-poor decision-making reared their ugly heads at every turn with Thomas. In trying to think of a sports executive who displayed equal pa...
Over 10,000 served!

Over 10,000 served!

Blogstuff
While you've all been consumed with trivial stuff like the Democratic Pennsylvania primary, climbing gas prices, or the little imbroglio over the Beijing Olympics, a pretty major milestone occurred right here on this site. Earlier this morning GFS welcomed its 10,000th visitor since I made the move from my old blog in February 2007. Sure it doesn't seem like all that much compared to really popular sites, but I'm continually amazed that anyone wants to read my drivel after all this time. So I didn't want to let the occasion pass without offering a hearty huzzah and thank-you to everyone who's stopped by over the last 14 months, whether they visited once or visit often. My solemn pledge is to continue offering the same brand of mediocre humor and warmed-over insight that I am committed t...
What’s your music IQ?

What’s your music IQ?

Music
I received an interesting email from eMusic today that challenged me to test my musical intelligence. Naturally I got right on that. I scored a 129 out of 180 (how it's scored I have no idea), which makes me a Mix-Tape Master (aw yeah!). Here's what it says about me: You are a music evangelist: the person in your network of friends who always has the coolest new song, the one whose iPod gets picked to DJ every party. You understand the art of the segue, how the key to the best mix-tape isn't just the songs you pick, but how they interlock with each other. You also know who the up-and-coming acts are and are quick to recognise where their influences lie and whether they will make it big. You work hard at the pursuit of this knowledge, scouring music blogs, magazines and record stores. Mo...
And the idiot of the week is…

And the idiot of the week is…

Funny Stuff, People
District Judge Robert Patterson Jr., who admitted (without embarrassment, presumably) that he found the "magical world" of the Harry Potter book series "hard to follow, filled with strange names and words that would be gibberish in any other context." (Judge Patterson, by the way, presided over the recently concluded copyright trial involving J.K. Rowling and RDR Books, would-be publishers of the Harry Potter Lexicon.) Now this is a first - an adult actually claiming that Harry Potter is too confusing. And not just any adult, but one who presumably graduated from law school at some point and is capable of reading and comprehending rather complex legal briefs and literature. And a quick check reveals that, indeed, the Hon. Judge Patterson graduated from Harvard and Columbia Law. Of cours...
Gray Flannel Mixtape: Seinfeld songs

Gray Flannel Mixtape: Seinfeld songs

Music
These days it's commonplace for music to function as an integral part of a television show; think Grey's Anatomy, Smallville or Dawson's Creek. With Seinfeld, not so much. Nevertheless, there are more than a few classic moments during the series that can be called to mind with just a few notes. With that in mind I give you the Seinfeld Songs Mixtape. The following songs were played on at least one episode of Seinfeld, which started featuring much more non-original music during its last few seasons. There are numerous instances of songs being sung by characters on the show, but unless at least a small clip of the song was played or performed, they don't qualify for my mixtape. "Desperado" and "Witchy Woman" (Eagles), heard on "The Checks" - Here's a classic rock two-fer. "Desperado" ...
Vintage ephemera: The Hopalong Cassidy Savings Club

Vintage ephemera: The Hopalong Cassidy Savings Club

Ephemera
These are troubling financial times, my friends. Jobs are being cut, houses foreclosed on, and now the dreaded "R" word is being tossed around. In these dark days, who can show us the way toward fiduciary responsibility? If you answered "a fictional cowboy who looks eerily like Ernest Borgnine," give yourself a gold star. That's right boys and girls, our old pal Hopalong Cassidy will show us the way to fiscal solvency! So break open that piggy bank, look under those couch cushions, and rifle through grandma's purse while she's busy taking her meds, 'cause we got dimes to collect! But tell us Hoppy, how do we get started with all this savings fun? (more…)
Tube talk – The Office and Scrubs return

Tube talk – The Office and Scrubs return

TV & Radio
I missed watching new TV shows less than I thought I would, but it was nonetheless good to have some of my favorites back this week. Last night marked the post-strike return of The Office and Scrubs, and the two shows basically picked up where they left off in '07. The Office, "Dinner Party" There were lots of great lines in this one, but I think I was more entertained than amused. The cringe factor was kicked up about three notches (to a level approaching the Ricky Gervais original), as Michael and Jan's relationship was put under the microscope. To call them dysfunctional would be an affront to dysfunctional couples everywhere. I rather enjoyed Michael in this episode, as he was more sympathetic than he's been in recent episodes. And did anyone catch that he outsmarted Jim n...
Retrotisements: Prohibition Repeal Edition

Retrotisements: Prohibition Repeal Edition

Retrotisements
Yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of the practical end of Prohibition in the United States. On that day in 1933 -- eight months before the passage of the Twenty-First Amendment to the Constitution -- it became legal brew and sell beer with 3.2 percent alcohol by weight (4.0 percent by volume). For reference purposes, a can of regular Budweiser is 5.0 percent alcohol by volume. To celebrate this auspicious occasion I've grabbed a sample of beer ads throughout the years. Because I know how to party. (The main site has many more vintage alcohol ads for your viewing pleasure.) Hamm's From the Land of Sky Blue Waters (Minnesota) comes this vintage TV ad for Hamm's combines a few of my favorite commercial elements -- wonderful animation and a super-catchy jingle. Sascha, th...