TV watching

Canned TV, that is what in Colombia people call American sitcoms. I am not sure if a similar term is used here or not, but I am proud to say that Colombia finally returned the favor. A new sitcom from ABC, Salma Hayek produced Ugly Betty, was actually first a Colombia “novela” (Soap Opera). I watched the Soap Opera called pretty much the same thing “Betty la fea” (Betty the Ugly) a couple of time and it seems to be a pretty accurate adaptation. The story centers around unattractive Betty, who lands a job for a fashion magazine out of pure luck. The season premier was an hour long and it was a pretty good show, it almost had a Brit flavor to its humor at times. I think you should catch it, and ABC made it pretty easy since if you missed the first episode you can watch it online for free. Not to spoil it for anyone but this is an ugly duckling story and Ugly Betty ends up being not so ugly after all. Check out the actress that played in the Colombian version.

CBS also captured my attention with Jericho. This new show is very interesting and seems to give you more questions than answers in an episode. I enjoy that format so far. I actually did not catch the season premier, but my friend Mark told me what happened and I was able to catch on pretty quickly. Here is a little recap of what has happened so far. Jack, the main character, returns to his town of Jericho. No one really knows where he has been but he seems a natural born leader as well as the rest of his family. Then the worse happens, there seems to be a nuclear explosion in Denver. Even though Jack was just visiting he now has to play the role of here and get people to safety. The whole town ends up split in groups. The nuclear rain is coming and everyone is looking for shelter, those with basements seal themselves in their houses, then some go into the fallout shelter under city hall and the rest Jack seals inside of a mine. There are several plotlines developing and you really want to uncover all the secrets.

The only show that returns that I enjoy just as much as when I started watching it is The Unit. This military drama where the Allstate guy is the unit leader delivers the perfect mixture of drama and action in every episode. I have to say that the acting level in this show is excellent. This show is easy to pick up since the story line is not overly complicated and every episode involves a different mission in a remote location of the globe while the wife’s have no idea if their husbands will come back in one piece. The first season just came out on DVD and even though I am not the biggest fan of TV on DVD, this one is worth at least a rental.

CSI is disappointing me a little. Even though the show is still something I like to watch, they are doing something very annoying. The first two episodes have been connected by one of the murders that gets resolved in the following episode. While this creates a syndication headache I don’t like the cliffhangers from this show. One of the cool things about CSI is that in previous seasons one episode would solve two murders, and even their “to be continued” episodes did not feel like they dragged. This new format takes away the instant gratification that past seasons delivered.

Last but not least is Survivor. The race tribes have been merged and the game is now truly starting. I am not sure if Survivor is starting to get stale or not, but I really need to see something new and not another race like gimmick. So that is what the fall season is looking like to me. I hope that the new shows keep on delivering.

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Feast One Hundred & Thirteen

Why don’t you just come out and PLAY!

Appetizer
What is your favorite herb or spice?

Oh man, there is way too many… I love cumin for that Spanish flavor, Saffron for color, Cayanne for heat, Cilantro for a flavorfull garnish… I cannot just pick one.


Soup

Name a song you like but haven’t heard in a long time.

Take on me, A-ha.

Salad
If you were to take just one minute to write down as many things as you can think of that you need (not want) to do, approximately how many things would there be?

  • Sell our house.
  • Eat better.
  • Clean more at home.
  • Take a vacation.
  • Visit family.
  • Start a workout routine and stick to it.
  • Visit friends.

Main Course
Tell something interesting about one of your family members (nothing scandalous, please, just something unique).

My Grandfather started one of the first Unions in Colombia at the chemical plant he used to work at.

Dessert
What’s the latest you’ve ever stayed awake?

I’ve gone a whole day without sleep for work(putting in a 28 hour workday)… for fun, I have partied with my family until 6 A.M.

Fear

“Courage is not the lack of fear. It is acting in spite of it.”
- Mark Twain.

This has been one of those topics that I have not been able to truly flesh out but I feel that it needs to be talked about. If you have not see this video about how easy it is to bypass most locks, that is one of the digg top links, you need to before you keep on reading.

Scary, isn’t it? The thought that what you think makes you safe is really not all that secure. I personally feel that like with computer security, it is only a matter of time and someone’s persistence to get through any type of security. If it was made by man, it will be broken by man.

Our country runs on fear right now. We are so afraid of terrorism that we have changed the way we think. I remember how many people would use the line “keep on living just like before of the terrorist’s win.” but look at your life now and see how much it has changed. Starting with gas prices, airport security, police procedures and the military conflict, our life in the U.S. is a lot different after 9-11 and the terrorist did just what they intended to do, they terrorized us.

What is worse is that the majority of the population in this country was so already full of fear before even 9-11. I am not a Michael Moore fan, but his documentaries as propaganda filled as you might want to consider them do have some interesting ideas. I remember one of them being the locked door piece of one of their documentaries. He goes to Canada to see if it is true that most people there don’t lock their doors, and the movie showed that several people did not. Now, that could have been just movie magic, but from personal experience I know that if the doorbell rings in a house in the U.S. everyone is surprised and almost startled by the premise that someone is at the door.

Back in Colombia you would have a parade of people come through your door at any given day. People would show up to visit for an afternoon unannounced all the time. You knew who your neighbors were and security came on the way that you knew everyone in your block, not from ADT. There was a couple of times when someone made the mistake of trying to steal around our neighborhood in the middle of the day and ended up getting pretty beat up and tied up to a post for the police to come and pick them up. Would you feel more secure if you had a united neighborhood always looking out for you, or the paid friend you make out of ADT?

While it is true that we have the internet available to get all the international news we want, most of America still does not get a fair world view from the news media. Perfect example is how Newsweek feeds their U.S. readership a story about a Celebrity Photographer and the rest of the world a story about how the Taliban is gaining control of Afghanistan again. It seems like in this case the media was trying to protect us from fear or maybe since the Taliban is not using a tumble key to open our door it should not be news.

Fear is a powerful emotion and right now I believe our country is being dominated by it. The things that we should be afraid of must people are not even aware of. I guess as long as we are scared about “terrorism” but can go back to seeing what celebrity got a DUI this week, or who broke up and hooked up, everything will be ok.

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Disgusted by KC local politics

I am new to the area, and while I don’t have a ton of time to read up on the political landscape I do want to be informed. I had not started reading blogs or political candidates to the senate websites yet when I started to see on TV something that turned my stomach. Claire McCaskill has an ad where she begins the smear campaign that is almost a staple of today’s politics, then today I saw Jim Talent’s ad for the fist time. If I was the kind of person that voted from just what the TV ads say, right now I would feel like neither of the people can do the job.

Since when is better to just make the other guy look bad rather than making yourself look good? Politicians promise a lot of things and when they deliver, they gain credibility. I have not even looked at their political affiliation and I already feel like flipping a coin to decide who to vote for. Maybe the local Kansas City man that is annoying Oprah so that she will run for President in 2008 is not so crazy after all. At least we know where Oprah stands.

I remember the last presidential election and see that it was a lot of the same. Even the mayor newspapers in America turned into celebrity like gossip columns to see who could dig up the worse smelling dirt. Some of you might argue that it does not even matter since the next elections is going to be hacked anyway.

I am not sure if going back to the empty promise ads is the answer, but making informed political decisions is important in a democratic society. Why do we have democracy if we don’t even have a clear view of what we are choosing? I guess is back to picking just a mascot and voting for whoever the donkey or elephant is standing behind on or on top of depending on how you look at it.

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Monday Logtar Geek Humor

Programming is like sex because…

because…

* One mistake and you have to support it for the rest of your life. (Michael Sinz)
* Once you get started, you’ll only stop because you’re exhausted.
* It takes another experienced person to really appreciate what you’re doing.
* Conversely, there’s some odd people who pride themselves on their lack of experience.
* You can do it for money or for fun.
* If you spend more time doing it than watching TV, people think you’re some kind of freak.
* It’s not really an appropriate topic for dinner conversation.
* There’s not enough taught about it in public school.
* It doesn’t make any sense at all if you try to explain it in strictly clinical terms.
* Some people are just naturally good.
* But some people will never realize how bad they are, and you’re wasting your time trying to tell them.
* There are a few weirdos with bizarre practices nobody really is comfortable with.
* One little thing going wrong can ruin everything.
* It’s a great way to spend a lunch break.
* Everyone acts like they’re the first person to come up with a new technique.
* Everyone who’s done it pokes fun at those who haven’t.
* Beginners do a lot of clumsy fumbling about.
* You’ll miss it if it’s been a while.
* There’s always someone willing to write about the only right way to do things.
* It doesn’t go so well when you’re drunk, but you’re more likely to do it.
* Sometimes it’s fun to use expensive toys.
* Other people just get in the way.

Taken From Push cx.

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