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  • fuwalda says:

    Cute baby, playa. Nice work. Although that video didn’t need to be ten minutes long 😉

    And this guy is a decent singer, but he looks just like that Dick in a Box guy from SNL. I haven’t watched a single episode this season, and I don’t think I really watched many last season either. For the life of me, I can’t even remember who won last season. I want to say Adam Lambert, but he didn’t even win, and he wasn’t on last season. He’s just the only previous contest from the past couple years I can remember. I just remember them gushing over him every week, even though he was awful. That was one of the reasons I quit watching. Also, because she show sucks.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      It needed to be that long. Of course, she’s my kid, so by law, I can’t get enough of her. Also, I don’t know how to edit videos.

      Yeah, he’s the most Jewish looking kid ever. He’s so over-the-top Jewish that it’s actually kind of endearing…whatever that means. In an interesting way, he also sort of looks like Disney’s Aladdin. Maybe that’s why I liked him.

      American Idol isn’t really about who wins or loses. You’re excited about the contestants at the time, but then they win (or lose) and go off and record crappy albums, and nobody buys them, because we’ve already forgotten about them and have moved on to the next season’s contestants. Hell, I don’t even care about the ones who went on to be relatively famous, like Carrie Underwood.

      It’s really more about the competition for me, and watching these singers grow as performers and seeing whether or not they’ll be able to be consistent from week to week, with some contestants sucking one week and then clobbering a song the next. These little fluctuations are interesting to me, which is why I’m usually bored by contestants who are always good.

  • Andrea Blum says:

    Is she a Mets fan or a Yankees fan? Those are the only two choices.

    Keep up the good work training her to watch American Idol too!

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      You’re essentially asking her to choose between her grandfather and her uncle. I wouldn’t do that to her.

      Juliet is only sporadically interested in Idol. She loves the more melodic songs, though. Who was it she liked last night? Hmm…I forget. I just remember her sitting there on Liliana’s lap watching the television so intently and occasionally swinging her legs.

  • Andrea Blum says:

    There’s something you’re even more misguided about than your opinions about Idol, fuwalda…..the baby video should have been a lot longer! I’ve watched it about 30 times already and now am ready for more!

  • Lily says:

    I agree, the first video is awesome and adorable!!! I don’t think anybody can get enough of it.

    Regarding American Idol, I think not saving Robbie was the biggest mistake the judges made this season. I still can’t believe they let that girl Ashthon stay instead–she couldn’t sing at all. I enjoyed watching the show last night, by the way.

  • Anna says:

    MORE JULIET VIDEOS!!! She’s adorable! That little squeaky hiccupy laugh! What a doll! She’s getting so big already, jeez, where does the time go?

    On Idol, yeah, I know I just randomly dismissed it the other day, sorry, but here’s my beef with it, and it actually has nothing to do with the show. . . In maybe 2007, my husband and one of my friends decided it would be funny to OUTVOTE me anytime something severely uncomfortable was on tv and just make me watch it. In the case of that ridiculous show (the two Corys? Haim and Feldman?) they actually physically restrained me from leaving the room and I had to watch that horrible scene where Feldman sings some awful song to his GF—it was really traumatic, and this led to the same kind of thing being done during IDOL but only during the first couple weeks where everyone apparently is like tin foil on fillings-bad. I didn’t even know that any good people ever went on the show because all i ever saw were the horrid ones. . . .

    I probably owe it to myself to watch the actually talented contestants, maybe I will someday.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      Thanks! She’s a sweet little kid.

      I think it’s worthwhile to seek out some of the noteworthy performances, though there are some nights when it feels as though none of the contestants has made a connection with the song he or she has chosen. Not as much this season, as I’ve said, but it does happen.

      The interesting thing about it for me is that it makes me appreciate how incredibly difficult it is to deliver the soul of a song. Everybody knows that performing and working a crowd isn’t easy, but if you only ever watch seasoned performers who make singing look so easy, you start to take for granted the vast amount of craft that’s really involved merely in doing a song justice vocally.

  • fuwalda says:

    Well, the people have spoken. You need to release your extended director’s cut version of this video.

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If I’ve been silent lately, it’s because I literally have nothing to talk about. Ever since my mother-in-law left, it’s just my wife and me with an extremely adorable but lifeforce-devouring baby of less than six months. That affords little time at all for actually doing anything that demands my attention for more than five minutes at a time. So movies are out, as is most television drama. I suppose that’s why American Idol is pretty much the only show that we watch these days.

It’s funny–for many years in a row, I told myself that I wouldn’t watch the show next season. I’m not quite sure why, to be honest, though I suppose it has something to do with how you’ve got to watch it twice a week and historically, it has pulled me away from geeking out on other things.

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  • fuwalda says:

    Looks cool. I mean, as bad as Star Wars Galaxies was, even that was a lot of fun… for a few days, anyway.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    Star Wars Galaxies was a weird game. All it was was a sandbox. I mean, how do you release an RPG with no quests? Were there even dungeons? I don’t even know. All I remember were these vast planets filled with largely nothing at all and no purpose to any of it. I did hear it got better over the years, but you could never get away with releasing a game like that in the aftermath of World of Warcraft.

  • fuwalda says:

    My brother-in-law played it for years. He finally ended up selling his character a few thousand dollars I think. That’s insane.

    It was a bad game to be sure, but I still have fond memories of it… for some reason. It was basically just a glorified chat tool where you could talk to other people in a Star Wars like setting. As you said, there was so little game content that you really had to make your own fun. Too bad there was so little of that fun to be found.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    I mean, it was kind of neat, I suppose. You could visit Mos Eisley and go to the cantina and stuff like that. I remember that C-3P0 and R2-D2 were hiding in some Rebel fortress somewhere in the middle of nowhere on some planet. All I remember is that it was a real bitch to get to.

    The major problem with the game, though, apart from the fact that there was no content, was that it didn’t really feel like Star Wars. It was set in the world of Star Wars, but that was it. The classes didn’t feel epic. You couldn’t strap on a jetpack and launch a rocket at an enemy from the air or do anything remotely cool.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic PAX East Trailer

I’m generally pretty conservative about my expectations for upcoming online roleplaying games. It’s pretty easy to get burned with these things, and the way it often goes is that the more promising the premise and the grander the claims made by the development team, the more buggy and ill-thought-out the game systems are at release. To be sure, I do have some niggling concerns about the upcoming MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic, but the more I see of it, the more I think Bioware might actually beat expectations and produce a truly solid Star Wars gaming experience. I’ll certainly be playing, in any case.

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  • fuwalda says:

    “Was I the only guy who got excited when Kittridge from Mission: Impossible showed up? They should have left that character unnamed, so we could have assumed it was Kittridge.”

    I had the same reaction. I was hoping for some kind of in-joke, but it never materialized. I don’t blame them, of course, since it would’ve been completely pointless to put in a little joke that would’ve been appreciated only by the two of us.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      We can’t be the only huge nerds out there. At the very least, they should have also hired the guy who played Barnes to tag along behind him.

  • Lily says:

    Yeah, my boy Casey was good as usual. 🙂 As expected, James and Pia were good, too. I was expecting Jacob to do a lot better, but, you’re right, his performance was a big mess. I don’t remember much about the other performances… Oh yeah, the Karen girl was a big mess, too.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      I didn’t mention Pia, because it goes without saying that she crushed that song. She’s a talented singer, to be sure. It’s kind of boring, though, when somebody is consistently good.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    Oh, also, I still miss Simon Cowell. This show needs a judge who will outright say, “That wasn’t any good.”

  • Andrea Blum says:

    Casey is my favorite too, but did anyone else like Haley? As soon as I heard that song I thought I haven’t heard anything like that since Patsy Cline. I’m sorry Randy was bored with her song, but I loved her. I know this is an unpopular opinion, but the one who bores me is Pia. I would like to see Ashton go home tonight.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      Oh, yeah. The yodeling. It was aiight. It definitely was sleepy, and maybe not the most exciting thing to do on the American Idol stage, but when she was singing it, I was thinking, “This sounds like Patsy Cline”, and then later Stephen Tyler said that was a song Patsy Cline never got around to recording for one of her albums, or something.

      Pia is a great singer, but I’m not really interested in her.

  • Andrea Blum says:

    Last week I was thinking that as good as everyone is this year, no one is as good as Adam Lambert. I felt bad for Karen last night, but her mother was annoying with her comments about her whole life being about Karen. I mean, didn’t Karen say she has a sister? I guess you have to be a star to bring joy to her mother’s life. We said Karen’s mother got her kicked off. Her rendition of Hero was beautilful, so that made you feel particularly bad. Now we only need Naima to go and I’ll be happy.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      I actually missed most of the stuff with her mother, but what I did see did seem saccharine. I wonder who the judge was who wanted to use the save?

      I called it the night before that she would be the one to go this week. She had been pretty boring a couple of times in a row. In fact, the week before, I’d probably go so far as to say she wasn’t even good at all. But her rendition of “Hero” was nice. Even I admitted that. It was a good way to go out.

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The A-Team, More Idol

The A-Team (2010)

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

About two months ago, I mentioned that I had seen The A-Team, so for all one of you out there who cares, here’s (briefly) what I thought.

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  • Andrea Blum says:

    We were disappointed about Robbie too, and his being from Long Island made us even stronger supporters. Not only can he sing, but he really knows how to use the cameras to his advantage. I’m glad to hear your negative comments about the Jennifer Hudson song. I’ve heard several people sing that song and it always nearly brings me to tears, but that rendition left me cold. I hear Pia is now considered the favorite. I think if she wins, she’ll do well with the kind of music they’ll make her do (which you know in my opinion is garbage). I guess it’s what people want. I liked Carrie Underwood when she was competing but can’t stand her music now. Since she’s super successful, that shows that I know nothing. Naima is the only one of the girls who vaguely interests me. That’s probably because she sang old time classics.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      If you were just going by the performances of those six last night, the panel’s wildcard decisions seemed weird.

      Naima is okay. I’ve really nothing against her. I just thought Robbie was better. In any case, he was in a different class from that Ashthon.

  • fuwalda says:

    I haven’t watched any of American Idol this season. The previous few seasons have been terrible, and now they don’t even have Simon to keep things entertaining. Maybe it’s good, but I don’t care.

    However, I’ll watch that Total Recall sequel.

  • Lily says:

    Yeah, I was shocked they didn’t save Robbie. I agree with you regarding the girls, too. Kendra sang so much better. I’m glad they picked Stefano, though. Out of all of them, Casey is my favorite so far.

  • fuwalda says:

    My favorite performer was that girl with three boobs. Oh wait… I got confused there for a second.

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Total Recall 2, American Idol Wildcards

So I had a dream last night that I was either watching or filming or maybe even inside of a sequel to Total Recall (it might have been all three–you know how dreams are). I distinctly remember thinking it was awesome, so I’m a little sad that I can’t remember much about it. I do know that it took place 20 years after the first film and starred an older Arnold Schwarzenegger. I believe the general idea was that Schwarzenegger’s character, Quaid, wakes up in the chair in which he began his “dream” in the first film, and he’s led to believe that he’s been stuck in a sort of coma for the past 20 years, and that nothing from his adventures has been real. But there were immediately some suspicious things that made you believe this was some sort of con. Anyway, the thing I remember most distinctly from my dream was how well my mind was able to capture the architectural style seen in Total Recall and translate it into how it might look with modern special effects and art design.

In any case, that would be an awesome movie. Now that Arnold is no longer the governor of California, they should make it.

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