Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hodgepodge

I have a couple thoughts in my head and felt like throwing them all out there. Humor me.

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I still haven't really gotten off of my Red Hot Chili Peppers kick that I blogged about recently. I'm at least listening to some other music now, so that's a start. I've been listening to some Van Halen the last couple days.

The David Lee Roth-led version (the real version...) of the band doesn't get enough credit for being a hard rock band and true innovators of rock. I think a lot of that has to do with David Lee Roth. He's so charismatic and wrote a lot of cheesy lyrics, that I think that took some of the focus off of the amazing guitar work of this band and some of their non-cheesy lyrics.

I think a lot of people just associate Van Halen with the synthesizer sound of "Jump," which is a shame, as they have a lot of great songs. If you take away the lyrics from "Hot For Teacher," and listen to the drums and guitar, you'd see that it's a pretty heavy song.

If you don't know a lot about Van Halen, check out the following links for some non-cheesy Van Halen songs - "Ain't Talkin Bout Love," "Running with the Devil," "Humans Being."

I'm not a huge fan of the Sammy Hagar-led Van Halen, but there is one of their songs that I really like - "Poundcake." Look it up (or click here). I'm guessing that "Poundcake" means "vagina."

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Have you been following the whole Conan O'Brien/Jay Leno/NBC mess? Well, it's not really a mess right now, as it's been mostly sorted out. Conan is out as "Tonight Show" host and Jay is back in at 11:30 p.m. after the Winter Olympics are over next month.

I was reading an article in the New York Times that had a pretty interesting point. One of the more interesting things about this whole ordeal has been the groundswell of support Conan has had. Facebook groups have popped up, "#teamconan" was a really popular hash tag on Twitter for a while, and people even staged protests outside NBC offices.

The article noted that if all of these people pledging their allegiance to Conan had actually been watching his show, then he would still likely be hosting the "Tonight Show."

The article discussed some of the problems that TV shows have been having recently - the proliferation of online viewing of shows. A lot of people tended to watch Conan's highlights or entire show on Hulu or NBC.com. It shows that people like Conan, but it doesn't produce ratings. Another point that I hadn't heard yet was that the peak time people use to watch shows they recorded via DVR was the 11 p.m. - midnight hour.

Personally, I've always enjoyed Conan. I think he's a lot funnier than Jay Leno. I was never a religious viewer, but back when he was on at 12:30 - after Jay - I would go through spurts of watching for a couple weeks at a time. I made a point to watch the first three shows when he took over the "Tonight Show." They were funny, and he was funny. Just not enough people watched.

Although, to be honest, the "King of Late Night" is David Letterman.

Another interesting article I read looked at who the next successor for Jay would be. It put the spotlight on Jimmy Fallon, the current host of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." The article talked about how Fallon didn't take any sides in the Jay/Conan feud, hasn't bashed NBC in the press for any of this, and comes out looking like a company man. The really interesting part of the article noted that Fallon would be a good choice to replace Jay only if he has somewhere near a 10-year-run on the show. If Jay leaves the "Tonight Show" after only a couple years, which would likely mean the ratings weren't that good, then NBC would likely scrap the late-night talk show format.

I tried to give Jimmy Fallon a chance. I watched a couple of his early shows. I didn't really enjoy them. One of the criticisms in the article I mentioned earlier was that it seemed like Fallon was simply "playing dress-up" as a late-night host, instead of coming across as the real thing. And, that was my main criticism as well. I haven't checked him out in a while, so he may have improved. It may be time to give him another look.

Oh, and "Last Call with Carson Daly," um... nobody cares.

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I mentioned in my last blog that I had signed up for this "Formspring" thing, which is like an anoymous questionnaire thing. You type in a question, and I answer it. If you sign up for an account (or sign up through your Facebook page), you have the option of leaving your name on the question. I've gotten some interesting feedback from it.

Here's a couple sample questions I've answered -

what is your greatest ambition?

Do you believe in God?

If you had the opportunity to live one year of your life over again, which year would you choose?

Are you afraid of dying?

Besides school related things (low grades, etc.) what do you regret most from the last few years? What's been the best part?

Would you ever fuck a dude


If you'd like to know my answers to the above questions (and more), check out http://www.formspring.me/chrisslater

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If you still haven't, it's about time to just accept it and sign up for Twitter. I mean, why not? It's so cool. Check me out at http://twitter.com/chris_slater. If you can't think of a use for Twitter, then you're either not thinking hard enough or you're not very creative.

You can do so much with Twitter. I like to think of Twitter as a 140-character box. You can put anything your heart desires in that box. The possibilities are endless.

You can communicate with friends, post pointless status updates, post art, read USA Today,, read Playboy, you can keep up-to-date on just about anything. Heck, you can even watch porn on Twitter!

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That's it for me. Thanks for humoring me while I purge some thoughts in my head. I mentioned before that I'm still sort of on my Red Hot Chili Peppers "kick." I'll leave you w/ one more RHCP song. Give me a few more days & I'll be completely done with this band for a little while.

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