Saturday, March 31, 2007

Two cop shows. Holy Crap!


It's the normal cop drama/comedy, but with one distinctive difference. Like all the police featured in these shows, this cop is a bit insane. He sees dead people, but not in the normal "twist." In this he imagines the dead people. Wooo. But thats not the distinctive difference referenced above. The distinctive difference is, and this is what makes the show pretty good, the cop is played by beloved actor and nerd god Jeff Goldblum.

It's only three shows in, and so far it has been entertaining. It's one of the few shows that is different enough to peek my interest, but not so much that either the majority of Americans won't get it or NBC will think the majority of Americans won't get it.

It's watchable. a bit obvious sometimes but still fun. Jeff Goldblum really give it his all. Real acting--like in Jurassic Park when the T-Rex is chasing after the car, kind of acting.

Life On Mars

This BBC show is in it's second season, and I've only seen this last season so far. It's about cop, Sam Tyler, who gets hit by a car and wakes up in 1973. He's trying to figure out if he's in a coma or really back in time while still maintaining his cop job.

The idea is basically the best cop show ever made. Sam knows an awful lot about his 70's era British crime, but to his cop coworkers he just seems eerily good at his job.

Sometimes it feel like the writers and director are trying to hard to prove it's actually 1973. A perfectly framed album cover put out that year--the technological backwardness. They seem to try to make the sexism a running theme, but to me the one working woman (she's a pretty high ranking police officer) seems kind of dumb and dull. But despite some problems it's still bloody brilliant, (said in your best Cockney accent) and it's better then any of the crap cop shows we have here.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


I'm trying to write an essay on a fantastic book "When Heaven and Earth Changed Places" and I found an horable fucking joke of a bug. Eveyone knows I can't spell for crap so I rely heavily on words spellcheck. I'm using Microsoft Word 2004 for Mac version 11.2

Ok, so I write the the string of letters "wrighting" and of course it is picked up by the spellcheck. I left click on it to make it correct and Word crashes. I tried it again and it did it again. Every time I've repeated the test Word crashes. What the fuck is that.

I thought I would publish my pain, so there you go.

Hey guess what I saw today.

Down Michigan ave. in Chicago. R2D2 wants your mail. Anyway I got a picture with my phone, but its stuck on it.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Chicago Asian American Showcase

The Chicago Asian American Showcase is coming: march 30th through April 12th. I just found this because wired had an interesting article. Bruce Lee died making his last movie, Game of Death, and they had to replace him with many different actors. It was very obvious, apparently. Asians all look the same.

Anyway, Justin Lin has made a parody of the movie. A pho-documentary, about the casting of Game of Death after his death.

It sounds pretty awesome, and I'd really like to go see this. But I probably wont have the time or money or energy to. that sucks.

Hey look at this

Thursday, March 22, 2007

I'm so glad they put this up

This American Life the TV show is up on Showtimes website. It's awesome they have it online, I was worred I wouldn't be able to see it.

I watched it and I would say I liked it. It was enjoyable. They did a pretty good job formating the video to feel like the radio show, and there was a lot of really nice cinematography. But it was lacking in something. When I saw Ira Glass live, he talked about the intimate feeling of radio. Listening to the radio show there is a connection with the stories, thats not completely there with this TV show. The characters were visable, which was the whole point of the TV, but it replaced the all important imagination the show should create.

Saying that, I still liked the Television verson of This American Life. I wouldn't rate it as high as the original, but thats expected. Definitely worth watching, and I will try to watch the rest of the season.

Pining for Some Sort of Community

After listening to my History profecer talk about the history of chicago, and walking home to run into a wall of cop cars on Argyle St, I've been pining for a community. We discused things like Muddy Waters and Maxwell St. and Emit Till--I don't think I'll be seeing the next one of these where I am right now.

I think thats why I want to go into Journalism. So I have to be in the middle of everything that's happening.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Spring Break Woo

Last week was my spring break. Kind of boring. Only went to Datona Beach and judged pretty lady contests all day and smooched all night with the pretty ladies.

And then had the cutest car chase in histroy!!

Or I actually sat around not doing homework. Either way it was alright.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Hey Everybody Pi Day

Tomorrow is March 14th (3/14) isn't that awesome. Go here for more information.

Have this.

Happy Pi Day.

Edit: Oh also beware the day after. Those crazy Ides of March and all.

Here's a picture of that for good measure.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Im a little down again

Although I did find a dollor on the ground today. But still a little down.


Thursday, March 08, 2007

Is this creepy of me.

Just a few moments ago I found this blog and I've been reading it and injoying it. Mostly because the writer is attractive.

She has other blogs. They're intersting, but not really aimed toward me. But shes attractive.

Edit: Plus. She's apparently geeky. At least according to this blog of hers.

This is More or Less My Dinner

MMMM . . . Beer

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

This American Life is Awesome

This Thursday I went to see "This American Life Live" at the Chicago Theatre. This was so exciting, and I'm really glad I went--even though I paid out the ass for it. This American Life is my favorite radio show, Ira Glass is my favorite radio host. Obviously Ira hosted. Sarah Vowell, Jonathan Goldstein, and Dan Savage wrote stores about everyday people--themselves. Director, Chris Wilcha talked about making the upcoming TV version of This American LIfe. And Mates of State was the house band.

I'm going to call This American Life TAL from now on in this blog--not to sound douche baggy, but because This American Life is to long to write and sounds odd over and over.

Anyway TAL is really something I want to emulate in Robotic Bacon. For those of you who don't know, TAL has been on public radio for more than 10 years and is stories about everyday life. And they interview everyday people. Ira Glass holds the show together with his silky radio voice. He knows a great deal about how the radio works and how to keep people entertained. This is a video clip of him spreading his knowledge.

I like to think I'm at the point he is talking about. I understand what makes most things good or crappie. And I like to think that one day I'll be up to his hight. This is part 3 of 4 if you want to watch the rest go here and go down to Tuesday, February 27, 2007.

Anyway, back to the show I saw. It had an interesting mix of Northern Red Liners and Northern Brown Liners. Hipsters, who like the look of the dirty subway and rich elitists who like the lack of the depressing poor on the EL. A combination of ironic t-shirts and purls.

This was my favorite thing I've done in a while. I'm so glad I went, even though I was by my self. Mates of State was really cool and TAL was hilarious and very informative. If anyone is trying to become an entertainer or journalist or radio host I think TAL is an important study. Very recommended, um if you can go back in time, or go to one of the other cities its going to be at. I believe it's all over by now so your best bet is to go back in time.

The TV show will debut March 22nd on Showtime. And the radio show plays every weekend on local Public Radio stations, or as a free podcast every monday. Download it from the website.

Think I got my gaming libido back

The other day, WTF came in my mail. Holy Crap this is a good game. It brought my love of video games back. It's funny. It's entertaining to play. It's causing horribly panful repetitive motion syndrome in my thumbs.

WTF: Work Time Fun is full of mini games similar Wario Ware, (witch is one of my favorite game franchises) but unlike Wario Ware they are basically never-ending. For most of the games, you get paid for the length of time you spend, and then you use the money to buy new "Jobs," "Tools," and "Trinkets" out of vending machines.

This is probably the major problem. You can buy new jobs, but I havn't found a way to non-randomly pick them to play. Thats kind of pissing me off. But it's still a great game and making me not hate my PSP.