22.1.07

i quite like mondays

Yes, posting's been a bit spotty on PTSD lately and it is likely to continue. Please amuse yourselves, for now, by reading about:

1. The kerfuffle (isn't that a lovely word?) about an Indian actress being taunted on the British TV show Big Brother.

Get this: "[her treatment] has attracted more than 30,000 complaints, caused a minor diplomatic incident and prompted the show's sponsor Carphone Warehouse to pull out."

Did anyone else find it rather disturbing that millions of people even watch Big Brother?

2. Don't miss Heroes tonight. An (ex)Doctor himself will be on! I do hope he's getting well paid for this stunt.

3. Did anyone catch the first episode of the new weekly show, the Dresden Files, on the SciFi Channel yesterday? It's about a magician who is also a private investigator.

But, did yous see who was sponsoring the show? Yes, the US Army--the military might of the free world. Now that they have changed their motto from "An Army of One" (which made little or no sense) to "Army Strong" ("you make them strong. We make them Army strong". Presumably this is "very strong" or some such), yous could hear the motto in each advert break.

One moment, Harry (that's the magician's name) is getting (soft) tortured by a "skinwalker", the next moment, the US Army is telling you to contact them if "your son or daughter asks about joining...". There were also repeated adverts for a movie coming up on Saturday. Its tagline was "Gryphon: the Ultimate Weapon of Mass Destruction". How do we combat that, I wonder? Future Army personnel will just have to tune in next week.

4. And in non-TV show news, this goes in the "I was never fond of Qantas" category: "Flight ban for anti-Bush T-shirt". Isn't it ridiculous? Oh, read all the way to the end until you get this:

A Qantas spokesman defended the airline's decision, saying: "Whether made verbally or on a T-shirt, comments with the potential to offend other customers or threaten the security of a Qantas group aircraft will not be tolerated". (my emphasis)

Oh, really? I suppose the bloke was subjected to all the fun stuff we have to go through in airports these days and, yet, is still a security risk because of his bloody t-shirt? Whatever happened to free speech?

2 Comments:

At 1/23/2007 1:38 PM, Anonymous serena said...

we attempted to tape dresden on the dvr and then the wonderful thing called comcast cable happened and half was taped and half was not as the cable successfully went out during the all important patriots v. colts game! UGH!

 
At 1/23/2007 6:22 PM, Blogger Priya said...

I'm not sure Dresden's a "must see" but the guy who plays him is fairly watchable ;-)

The usual storyline so far: Some sort of magical high council, evil relative (uncle in this case), committed parent (father), dead one (mother), similarity between Dresden and his first case. I reckon I'll keep watching for a couple more episodes at least.

As I noted, the best bits were the adverts. Almost made me want to join the U.S. Army (before I realised that I don't think I can)

 

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