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Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
11:19 am
Whaaaaaat? A Post?
 I know, I know, haven't posted on this thing in forever.  More than likely nobody even follows the feed anymore.  *sob*

But if any of you feel like humoring me, I'm starting (no promises on keeping with it, of course - haha, like you didn't already know that) a blog.  Of lists.  A list blog, as it were.

http://tom-thinks-hes-all-that.blogspot.com/

Share and enjoy!
Thursday, November 12th, 2009
10:27 am
BtVSRRP (Episode 1.9: I Robot, You Jane)
Hey guys, have we done a robot yet?  No?  Alrighty then! 1


Episode Summary in Five Sentences or Less

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
4:58 pm
Oh, right, there are vampires in this show! 1

Monday, October 19th, 2009
7:17 pm
BtVSRRP (Episode 1.6: The Pack)
I'm baaaaaaaaaaack! 1

Episode Summary in Five Sentences or Less

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
5:55 pm
BtVSRRP (Episode 1.5: Never Kill a Boy on the First Date)

Now THAT, my friends, is an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Daaaaaaamn.

 

Episode Summary in Five Sentences or Less

 

 

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Monday, September 28th, 2009
1:50 pm
BtVSRRP (Episode 1.4: Teacher's Pet)

I was dreading this one from the moment I started the project.  Let's try to make it through together, shall we?


Episode Summary in Five Sentences or Less

Thursday, September 24th, 2009
4:12 pm
BtVS Retro Review Project (Episode 1.3: Witch)
Three episodes down!  I might even make it through Season One!  Commence the celebrations!


Episode Summary in Five Sentences or Less


Buffy tries out for the cheerleader team.  Bad-ish1 things happen to the top cheerleader contender and then to girls who made the squad until shrinking-violet Amy makes the team as second alternate.4  The gang quickly settles on witchcraft as the likely culprit, and figure that Amy is consciously or unconsciously getting rid of the competition to please her driven live-through-your-offspring6 mom.  When they confront said mom, Buffy deduces that the mom is the witch and has switched-places with Amy to more directly re-live her glory days.  Giles manages to reverse the spells and Buffy uses the awesome power of mirrors to have mom's imprisonment spell flip back on her so that everyone7 can live happily ever after.

Monday, September 21st, 2009
2:51 pm
BtVS Retro Review Project (Episode 1.2: The Harvest)
I made it to Episode 2!  Moral victory! 

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Thursday, September 17th, 2009
4:05 pm
BtVS Retro Review Project (Episode 1.1: Welcome to the Hellmouth)
 
Hrmmmm, format, format, my kingdom for a format.

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Current Mood: obsessive-compulsive
3:31 pm
A new project!

What's this then - A LJ post from Tom? Is there a new Britney album or Underworld movie worthy of reviewing?

In reverse order, no and yes.

This is something I've been pondering for a bit and a recent conversation* where papa_funk  posited that Joss Whedon shows start slow and [info]mojojono*** noted that it is generally taken that the first season of Buffy was bad (or at least the worst of the series), that was enough to get me off my butt and get this started. Thus, I give you:

The Buffy The Vampire Slayer Retro Review Project

Or, using the zippy acronym, BtVSRRP.

Hrmmm, that sounds pretty bad. And mildly offensive. Well, we'll see if I come up with anything better as we go along.

The basic idea here is, as usual, incredibly intricate. I'm going to re-watch Buffy (and Angel, assuming we get that far), and post something resembling kinda-sorta reviews. This may delight and/or amuse you.****

The current thought is to do all seasons of both shows, but let's be honest here, how likely is that really? Will I complete season 1 before flaming out? Who knows! That's part of the excitement! Or not! Yeah!

Of course, if any of you are like-minded, nothing would make me happier than to make this more interactive. Maybe we could have a book club kind of vibe going on, everybody watching the designated episode beforehand. Nothing better than a book club. Other ideas encouraged.

Anyway, enough blithering.***** Anyone continuing to read at this point should darn well know what they're getting into.

-T

* Does one call a sequential exchange of emails a conversation? An e-versation? I mean, ye gods, it's 2009 and there isn't an accepted term for this sort of thing yet?**

** Yes, I'm using posterisks. I like them. Get over it. And if you don't know what a posterisk is, well, shame on you for not reading: http://joeposnanski.com/JoeBlog/

*** Man has it been forever since I've posted on LJ. Had to look up those user names. Mojojono? Really?

**** Delight and/or amusement not guaranteed. Or likely. Or encouraged, really. Honestly, why are you reading this?

***** This is a lie. There can never be enough blithering. Isn't that the entire point behind these social networking sites in the first place?



Current Mood: stupid
Sunday, April 23rd, 2006
8:21 pm
On this, the occasion of the 442nd anniversary of your birth
This is just way too cool.

Mine?

You, minion, are too saucy.

Ahhhhhhhhhh..... :)
Tuesday, March 21st, 2006
2:23 pm
For all your serious stathead baseball afficionados
Finally! Someone treating one of the epic historical moments in the game with the seriousness that it deserves!
Thursday, March 2nd, 2006
12:25 pm
Unfortunately, we have already missed the most impressive moment of Spring Training
On Tuesday, five Florida Marlins were struck out in an intrasquad game.....by a pitching machine!

Now, sure, I might well not be able to catch up to a pitching machine. But then, I'm not being paid cash money to be a professional baseball player.

I can hardly imagine why the K victims didn't want to talk about the experience to the press afterwards...
Friday, February 17th, 2006
2:31 pm
I don't normally do this sort of thing....
...but this was too much to resist.

Sunday, January 29th, 2006
4:03 pm
Underworld: Evolution
So, I saw the first one of these movies in one of my "Vampires are Cooool" phases, and liked it well enough.

Okay, no, that's not fair. I really, really loved all the Kate Beckinsale in the first one.

Most of the main characters were back in the sequel - Kate, the Vampire-Werewolf Hybrid guy, and of course the star of our show, Kate's black leather catsuit. Niiiiiiice.

I was going to give this a miss, but then Joey (known as "Scary Joey" to those at my bachelor party) called me up and reminded me that, well, Kate Beckinsale was in this film. So off we went.

We were confused at first, at the initial 20-30 minutes of the film were weighed down with what I later discovered is called "plot." Much fuzzy nonsense about the origin of vampires and werewolves and the like. Of course, it's totally different both from what we were told at the beginning of the first movie and what we were told at the end of the first movie. So I can only assume it'll change again for the next movie. But here they were, drastically missing the goals of the audience by giving us alot of backstory.

Anyway, eventually Kate and the leather made their appearance, and oh my what a nice time that was. Indeed. Most of the rest of the movie was, if somewhat obvious, quite enjoyable. Kate still doesn't get a wardrobe change (and this picked up from the end of the first movie, so she's been in that catsuit for some time now, prompting the question of whether vampires sweat - well, [Unknown LJ tag]? There was a quite unexpected lust scene where the catsuit gets discarded, and while romance wasn't the main thing on our minds when we went to the theater, let's just say that nobody minded.

Much silliness, of course. There is this great conceit that someone's blood carries clear memories from their entire lives, even if they don't remember it consciously. (I wonder how that works with transfusions? And if a vampire drinks the blood of someone, mixing that blood with theirs, wouldn't the vampire then carry the memories of that person too? And don't blood cells get broken down and recycled at all? I thought only brain cells stopped growing at a certain age.) Even better is when both the villain and the heroes find a nice bright colored-chalk cave painting...that was originally drawn about 600 years ago. In a cave with about two feet of running water in it. That's some damn impressive chalk.

I should also note that this was a pretty bloody film, although most of the gore was presented in such a way that it was extremely humorous (at least to my diseased brain). There were no less than four instances of someone's head being cut apart, with the capper being accomplished by way of...well, apparently, it's been long enough since Indiana Jones that the filmmakers thought that the world was ready for some more death-by-helicopter-blade. Of course, this being 2006, there's no "shoot from in front and see the spatter" nonsense, but nice in-your-face exploding body bits. Joey and I were laughing for about a full minute.

Anyway, there you have it. No idea whatsoever why I felt compelled to spend this many words on this flick, but it was awfully fun. Probably would've been better while sitting around with a bunch of like-minded punks so we could openly mock it with greater ease, but in any event I recommend it to anyone who thought they might like to see this sort of thing and/or anyone who likes staring at Kat Beckinsale (who should be, well, pretty much everyone).
Thursday, January 26th, 2006
3:31 pm
Don't blame me
Blame papa funk (and how does one insert one of those username link things, anyway?). He sent me the link, and after having had to set myself on fire just to stop the hurting, I had to pass it on to the rest of you. To share the....um....pain.

The best thing is that I know you won't be able to resist anyway.

Welcome to the Eighth Circle of Hell!

For true Pour-Lye-All-Over-Your-Skin-And-Gouge-Your-Eyes-Out-With-Pencils terror, click on "Videos."
Friday, January 13th, 2006
4:23 pm
...in which baseball geekdom gets even further entrenched
Some of you may read USS Mariner already. For those that don't, it's a baseball blog about the Seattle Mariners. For those of you not in the Seattle area or otherwise uninterested in the Mariners, I highly recommend it anyway. One of the primary authors, Derek Zumsteg, is a former Baseball Prospectus guy and I just love his writing.

Anyway, I wanted to recommend this mostly for the series of posts that they have started, examining the meaning of being a Mariners fan through the lens of various philosophical systems. It's pretty damn funny. Or totally geeky. Or both. Whichever.
12:07 pm
Humans
From the New York Times of all places:

"Experts believe that the 300 millionth American will be conceived this month somewhere in the suburban South or West."

So, ok, it's kind of a cute story to put a human face on the whole milestone thing, I get that.

But why why why would they try to predict *where* the specific human will be born?

Perhaps more importantly, is someone going to try to keep official track? Shouldn't the 300 millionth American get free Pampers for life or something? I mean, if it's good enough for the Sextuplets, isn't it good enough for Baby 300M?
Saturday, December 31st, 2005
7:33 pm
Laziness
I would like to claim that the reason that we still have a stack of Christmas Cards sitting on the desk at home is that we're participating in an experiment on when, exactly, one reaches the point of procrastinating on something enough that it would be more embarrassing to actually follow through. I mean, these cards, if they ever get sent, would be about two weeks past the event at this point by the time they're received.

Would it be better to essentially admit up front to everyone we know that yes, we're pathetic, we couldn't even sign a bunch of cards and send them out on time this year? Or to have people just assume that we forgot about their treasured friendship this time out?

It's all even worse because in past years we always sent these cute cards with a picture of our completely adorable (adorable - do you hear me? They're ADORABLE I tell you!) kids on them. Perhaps the reason that these cards are still staring at me on December 31 is precisely because we didn't get our act together for the nice cards this year. Thus, less motivation to inflict ourselves on everybody.

Ah, it's all a crock. We just got lazy. Sorry everyone. Expect an embarrassingly late Christmas card in your mailbox sometime soon....well, sometime, anyway. If we get around to it that is. Maybe we'll send double cards next year.

Best wishes for a Happy 2006 to all.
Thursday, December 22nd, 2005
12:58 pm
Fascinating or Just Plain Sick and Wrong
This almost makes me want to watch a football game:

Some guy is going to "use" a deer in his scoring celebration.

Seriously, just what is the dude going to do? Shudder.

Best of all is that he has already identified the poor deer in question - one that he allegedly hit with his car but was uninjured.

Okay, so the whole thing is so absurd it's almost certainly just ranting, right? But just the very chance will at least have me watching the highlight shows just in case. I am desperately hoping that the NFL will become more and more like pro wrestling. Where is He Hate Me when we need him?
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