Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Call Me

Robbed!!! She was robbed!!! Last night on MTV's Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Sexes 2 my dear Katie got axed from the show. What is going on here? My favorite drama queens are getting booted from the show way before they can reach their prime. I was upset when Angela got voted off (hardly any of the girls cry anymore) and I was pretty upset when Katie got voted off (I was really counting on an upset; I was hoping either Veronica or Coral would get voted off ... then Katie would lead the "new girls" to the end of the show) but I have come to the realization that their downfalls were due to their own bad judgment. Both girls were very adamant about stating that they would not step up as team leader unless they felt completely comfortable that their team could win the mission. They both staged coups and were able to not only escape elimination but were able to orchestrate the elimination of (arguably) stronger girls (Cynthia and Rachel respectively). Then in the very next mission they foolishly stepped into the leadership positions (I feel, in an attempt to "take charge") of missions the girls had very little chance of winning. This made it very easy for the rest of the girls to vote them off the show. Tsk tsk ... they should have just remained firm, stayed away from being team leaders and coasted on a bit until they were in stronger positions (i.e. after both Veronica and/or Coral were voted off). Ah well ... it's all a game and you can't win all the time (Katie already won a challenge and Angela is brand new -- she is sure to be asked to compete again). And I just realized, I put way too much thought into this whole thing. Let's move on ...

It seems the Federline family is growing ... no, I'm not talking about the latest Britney is pregnant rumors. The Federlines went shopping for a new puppy to add to their family:

I bet the puppy is very cute, Britney's hair is NOT. Hello ... she looks TO' UP ... and I'm a fan ... can you imagine what her haters have to say about her nappy hair?! Gaw ... at least she's wearing shoes .... right ... ???

Moving on ... I've been playing with my cell phones lately (seriously, they're like toys -- MP3 ringtones, fun wallpapers, video games and more) and have been reading about how cell phones have been getting people in trouble. It's bad enough that some people claim that cell phones cause cancer but now we have to be afraid of them blowing up ... literally?! WASHINGTON - Curtis Sathre said it was like a bomb going off. His 13-year-old son Michael stood stunned, ears ringing, hand gushing blood after his cell phone exploded. Safety officials have received 83 reports of cell phones exploding or catching fire in the past two years, usually because of bad batteries or chargers ... Burns to the face, neck, leg and hip are among the dozens of injury reports the Consumer Product Safety Commission has received. The agency is providing tips for cell phone users to avoid such accidents and has stepped up oversight of the wireless industry. There have been three voluntary battery recalls, and the CPSC is working with companies to create better battery standards. Yikes! Well what could be worse ... getting fined for sending someone a text message? ROME (Reuters) - Italians love their mobile phones and often carry out love affairs over them -- but they must beware, flirting with text messages can carry a fine. A judge in the northern Italian town of Padua on Monday found a man who sent an unsolicited compliment by SMS guilty of harassment and fined him 300 euros ($391), Italian news agency Ansa reported. Hahahaha ... well, at least he didn't go to jail or anything crazy like that. A ringing cell phone landed a 17-year-old Patchogue girl facing drug charges in a jail cell this week after an angry district court judge sentenced her to 21 days for contempt ... "If you don't know how to shut it off, go outside and introduce it to the heel of your shoe," he said according to a transcript. When Acevedo's phone subsequently sounded, Alamia called the teenager forward and asked, "Did you think I was playing with you?" She responded, "No. I thought I had turned it off." "Yes, you did. Right," said Alamia, sentencing her to 21 days on the spot. "I know you've been playing with it all morning, sayonara." Geeze ... I just don't get how people can get so pissed off over cell phones so much? But, to be honest, it was her fault. Why in the hell did she need to have her cell phone with her in court? But, she wasn't as dumb as the guy who left his cell phone (full of pictures of himself) at the scene of a crime! A ROBBER who left behind a mobile phone containing his picture has been dubbed Britain's dumbest criminal. David Kelly, 30, dropped his phone as he and an accomplice switched getaway cars after a £6,000 raid on an estate agents. He was jailed for six years yesterday after cops identified him from the mobile's album of snaps of him with his wife. Doh! People, if you're going to court or a robbery -- leave your phone in the car.

Having just procured the latest kickass phones available I think I'm all set for a while ... but who knows ... when a new phone might come along ... hmm ....

Enough, enough ... let's do the news:
  • Last thing about cell phone stuff -- Virgin Mobile is trying out a new service that will stop you from making drunken calls to the wrong people in the middle of the night [via Endgadget]. ... [Starting] tomorrow [Dec. 1] Virgin Mobile, or at least the Australian Virgin Mobile, is going to offer a new service to help stop you from drunk dialing your ex or your boss. You just call up a number, enter the number you want to make sure you don't call, and then you're automatically blocked from making calls from that phone until 6am, by which point you'll probably be passed out on a sidewalk somewhere. Hahahhaah ... what a great service! US cell company's should do the same here.
  • It seems like Ken Jennings' winning-streak on Jeopardy! has finally come to an end. ... [T]he new mark of 75 shows will likely stand for centuries -- or until the next ratings sweeps. The streak has been great to Jennings, who banks $2.5 million US (before taxes). The other big winners have been stations that carry Jeopardy! In its 21st season, the Merv Griffin enterprise has leapt ahead of Wheel Of Fortune to top the U.S. syndicated program list ... After sweeping nearly 100 categories and acing close to 2,600 questions, what finally trips up Jennings? Okay, here's the scoop: The game comes down to Final Jeopardy. The category is business and industry. The clue is: "Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months of the year." If you want to know more read the rest of the article HERE. Erik and I caught an episode of Jeopardy! on Friday night and were both very surprised that he was still the reigning champion. We watched him cream everybody else ... ah well, his time is done.
  • Hey you LOTR/Peter Jackson freaks, are you dying for King Kong movie news? Then THIS SITE is for you.
  • We know who is going to play Superman in the new blockbuster movie but who's going to play Lois Lane? Superman-V.com [claims] that the Lois casting search has proven "a little tricky" as "many actresses are hesitant to take the role for fear of being typecast and playing second fiddle to Brandon Routh's Superman." The site claims that Kate Bosworth (Beyond the Sea), Elisha Cuthbert (24) and Claire Danes (Terminator 3) are the finalists for the role of the Man of Steel's intrepid reporter love interest. Hmm ... what happened to Eliza Dushku?! Whatever!!! They better keep Lois a brunette!!! Boo! I object! Actually, I don't particularly care ... I'm gonna see the movie no matter who's in it.
  • 'Cuz we need another reality show ... Martha Stewart is in talks with NBC to create an Apprentice-type reality show. LOS ANGELES - Martha Stewart is making big plans to return to the small screen next year following her five-month gig in a West Virginia prison. Sources said Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, having tapped former ABC Entertainment chief Susan Lyne as its new CEO this month, is close to sealing a deal with NBC for a primetime reality series to feature the domestic diva. It will be produced by "Survivor" Svengali Mark Burnett. Um, shouldn't Martha be spending her time being remorseful for breaking the law ... not cooking up new reality shows? I'm not saying I'm not going to watch it but ...
  • Did you hear that Shelley Long OD'ed on pills a couple of weeks ago? Neither did I ... The 55-year-old actress -- depressed over the bust-up of their marriage -- was rushed to UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles Nov. 16 after taking an overdose of painkillers in an apparent suicide bid ... Long's publicist, Regina Miyamoto, said the actress "took an extra pain pill for an injury she sustained on her back several years ago when she slipped on the set of 'Cheers.' " "She had a bad reaction to the extra pill and went to the hospital," Miyamoto said ... Asked if Long attempted to injure herself or was depressed about her breakup, Miyamoto would not comment. Actually, I did hear about this last night on Entertainment Tonight but still ... poor Shelley.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaand that is all. Today will be my long day because I got to go home early yesterday. To top it all off, I have to go to a "IS Tech Meeting" tonight at a colleague's home. Someone in our department went to South Africa and we are going to hear all about it over dinner. I toyed with the idea of skipping out but ... I'm a sucker ... I said I would go.

Boo! I want to be sleeping now.