Thursday, September 23, 2010

HEY, WHAT'S UP:

Not much, really.

HOW'S IT GOING:

It's going OK. Things get a little depressing now and then, but I'm trying to deal with it... or ignore it, or whatever.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO:

Not a whole lot, really. I went to the Como Zoo recently... that was fun. I really don't have much to say about it, other than September seems like an absolutely amazing time to go to the zoo, since the exhibits were still out, most everyone was still in school and field trips wouldn't be made so early on in the year.

I've also been watching a lot of television, which has given me a way to not actually do anything with my time, which has been exciting. Actually, I guess I can somewhat attribute it to the fact that I have this idea for a television show that's been racking around in my brain for a little bit (I think it's actually an old idea of mine, but revamped a little bit), except that I really don't have a grasp on what makes quality television quality... so I've been STUDYING! There, that makes it sound a lot better.

So, let's see... past few months I've been watching (watching meaning at least a couple episodes)... Freaks & Geeks, Party Down, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Community, Futurama, 30 Rock, Arrested Development, Better Off Ted, Louie, Mystery Science Theater, Stella, Eastbound & Down... other stuff that I'm probably forgetting. I would write about these shows in a more detailed recapesque form, but... my general confidence in anything I do right now is kind of nearing an all time low, so I feel like I wouldn't do most of these shows justice.

I also saw the first episode of Boardwalk Empire that aired the other day, which was alright... kinda just watching it now simply because the cast is pretty much stellar. The fact that I can watch it as it airs however is a nice perk at living at home. Staying in a room with HBO AND a DVR. So, you know... aside from feeling pretty much like a failure for failing to make it out on my own and resorting to moving back, it's been pretty beneficial to me.

COOL.

Indeed it is.

GOT ANYTHING ELSE TO SHARE WITH US:

Yes! Yes I do! I would like to announce my general love for this really cool site called FeedFliks, which shows exactly what's coming out on Netflix's instant streaming thing in the near future. It's been pretty useful, cause it tells me that wouldn't you know it, 30 Rock season 4 will be streaming in just a few days, which means that there's no need to put it in the DVD queue! Awesome! It's not actually exciting but whatever!

It also has statistics for your Netflix usage, which is pretty stupid but kinda cool. For instance, I generally don't watch the DVDs I get fairly quickly, so the calculated amount I spend on each DVD I get (given that I spend $15 a month with my subscription) is about $7. But, if you factor in each item I watch on instant streaming, it comes down to about $0.33 per item watched! Sweet!

(Although technically that's probably not the actual worth I'm getting out of my subscription, since I've allowed my brother to use his PS3 to watch stuff on Netflix. Which he does fairly occasionally.)

(Also, the only problem I have with him using my Netflix subscription is that sometimes the stuff he watches appears on my "recently watched" category on the Netflix homepage. So for instance, I can see that he has recently watched The Love Guru... which means that I am pretty much failing as a brother. You usually don't like seeing reminders of cold hard facts like that.)

SO, HOW ABOUT THEM VIKINGS:

Yep. How about them.

....THEY PRETTY MUCH SUCK, DON'T THEY:

Indeed they do. I'm kind of expecting the Lions to beat us this week. It's actually pretty weird because after all the hype for us coming into the season, it's kind of all falling apart. Our run defense even hasn't looked all that decent, which has been our specialty for the past 4 or so years.

Also, Brett Favre is old. And yes, I am hoping that he uncerimoniously gets benched in favor of Tarvaris Jackson if things continue to go poorly. I would consider it a fitting end to perhaps my least favorite player of all time. Yes, I am a bad person.

BUT HEY! THE TWINS JUST MADE IT INTO THE PLAYOFFS!:

Heck yes they did! Might even stand to have the best record in baseball!

SO DOES THAT MEAN THAT WE MIGHT MAKE IT PAST THE YANKEES IN THE FIRST ROUND THIS YEAR:

Probably not.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

... blah blah blah...

I'm sick and I'm going to probably be up until at least 3 AM. That's the kind of intelligence I like to display.

...

The Vikings start their season tomorrow, and I for one am dreading it terribly.

I have absolutely no good feelings about this year... for a few reasons I'll explain now. First, the score tomorrow is going to be something like Saints 42, Vikings 27... something where we're technically within striking range, but New Orleans controls throughout and kicks the s*** out of our secondary.

Anyway, the reasons I'm not feeling this season:

1) Last few times we made the NFC championship, we went into the next year with heightened expectations... only to sorely disappoint. The only reason we made the playoffs in 1999 was because Jeff George had some strange magic in his arm (to the point where I was pissed off we didn't keep him the next year).
2) Favre is going to play all 16 games, cause he likes to seem tough and all, but he's going to be banged up like crazy. (Cause he's 80.) To the point where he's going to ostensibly retire in 2011 in order to heal all his injuries... before announcing he's coming back to play in 2012.
3) They are essentially going all in on this season, which worries me. I know they probably don't have a realistic chance past this year, but the idea that this is their only chance... well, it might work out, but it might just blow up completely in our faces. Something doesn't go right for the team and panic mode might set in. I don't know. I just don't feel good about it.

I haven't been up to anything else, by the way.

Just... breathing, mainly.