Monday, July 27, 2009

The Bachelorette Musings - Jillian - Season Finale

Sup. I skipped over "The Men Tell All" cuz I heard Wes was booked putting on a concert for his adoring fans in Chihuahua, Mexico. Ergo, I'm out. Onto the finale! If you really think about it, could this franchise's track history make their finales any less climactic? All we'll learn tonight is who Jillian will date for 6 months before they break up, right? ANYWAY I guess watching the train wreck unfold is what it's all about.

Tonight's questions: will Ed wear his green shorts again? Does Kiptyn have a 12 pack or a 24 pack? Will Ed be able to give Jillian the "passion she deserves?"* Let's find out.
  • Apparently tonight is the most emotional season finale ever, but I still don't think it will top the most dramatic outside shot of a hotel room light turning on ever from the last episode. Ah, memories.
  • In a show filled with "journeys," "connections," and "staying true to yourself," what exactly does "slaying dragons" mean? Is Wes the dragon? Or maybe she means Ed's pride?
  • [Gasp!] White pants!
  • Jill to Ed: "Do you wanna tell everyone our story?" Ed: "Let me start." Jill: "Okay you start." Me: "Yeah, that's what 'do YOU wanna tell everyone our story' means. You don't need to ask to start when someone requests a story directly from you."
  • You know what's fun? Job interviews -- er, I mean, a conversation with Peggy. Oh wait, same thing.
  • Hey, Peggy. 1) I think you're a robot. 2) How 'bout you slow down your blinking subroutine?
  • Anyone else notice that the family went equally apeshit for Jillian's arrival on both her family dates? Seriously what's with the squeal from Jill on both days and the hopping from the cousin? And what's with Peggy remaining emotionless and seated on the couch during the Ed/Jill arrival and then standing and hugging for the Kiptyn/Jill arrival?
  • You know what Jillian has here in this episode? She's got "the choice to choose between two guys." Couldn't have said it better myself, Peggy.
  • Seriously what is WRONG with Peggy? Why is she not facing Kiptyn on the couch and instead facing forward and rotating her head 100 degrees to her right? I used to like Canada, but this woman is giving me serious doubts.
  • How old is the Cousin Tory? 24? 38? 34? 27? 43? There are very few ages you could throw at me that would result in me blinking.
  • Do the producers of the bachelor understand that it is possible to go on a date that doesn't involve a helicopter ride? I'm pretty sure I'd be bored on a helicopter ride at this point.
  • She's picking Kiptyn. No way she doesn't. The chick that took the so-called "bad ass" Wes all the way to the top 5 ... is going to pick the dude that is playing hard to get. And that dude is Kiptyn.
  • See what they did? See what they did there? They showed the hotel room light turning OFF! And then they showed a volcano erupting! Kaboom! And then they showed a train going into a tunnel! Slam-zam! And then they showed a hot dog going into bun! Shame on you, ABC! This is a family show!
  • Nice to see they put the two dudes up at different hotels. Wouldn't want to have a "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" scenario on our hands ... or would we? Mental note made for next season.
  • If you fell asleep or walked the dog or entered into an extremely short term coma during the 20 minutes between the end of Kiptyn's date and Jillian's arrival at the final decision spot, let me catch you up ... I had some yogurt. It was good.
  • Well I'll be gd'd, Jillian. You're the first chick ever to dump lil' Kippy. Well done.
  • I'd pay a decent chunk of money to see Jill take a wrong step on the bridge and go head first into the pool. At least it would break up the most boring hour in bachelorette history.
  • Bigger twist? Reid showing back up in Hawaii? Or Reid showing back up in Hawaii wearing those ridiculous shoes?
  • Reid's following one of those age old mantras: if a girl rejects you, wait for her to have two overnight dates with other dudes and then propose wearing no tie and ridiculous shoes. Tale as old as time.
  • Just when you thought getting the boot on the last episode was embarrasing, eh, Reid?
  • How horrible is it that I'm giggling as Reid drives away? I mean those shoes were just ridiculous! No, but seriously shoes aside ... ridiculous.
  • Jillian drops the f bomb for the crane shot. Pretty endearing there, Canada. Well done.
  • ED! Purple tie! Sup, dude. Here's what I would have said if I were Chris Harrison: "Holy shit, ED! Dude, you have no fracking idea what has gone down here today. Man, seriously this is crazy times! Uh, that is a ... that's a purple tie there, my man. Anyway, for real, you really have no idea. Man you're lucky. Now get the f out there!" [pat on the ass]
  • Just after the proposal, cut to Chris Harrison: "Play them out, Wes!" How great would that have been?
Well ... another finale, another let down compared to Big Swayze. Good effort, Jillian. Good effort.

*When they say passion, they mean boner.

PS ... looks like the Simmons household agrees with me. Check the timing of my tweets vs. theirs.

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Bachelorette Musings: The Final 3 in Hawaii with Jillian

Well, what better way to spend my last hours of twenty-dom than with the triumphant return of the musings! None, says I. I missed the first 10 minutes thanks to the lovely service at Fry's Pharmacy, but I think it's safe to say I didn't miss out on the moment that all the previews seem to be hinting at ... yeah, that moment. Before it happens, let's just reel off some jokes, shall we?
  • It's the limpest moment in bachelorette history! Kaboom!
  • Yes, we choose to forego our individual rooms tonight ... and any chance of arousal. Pazing!!
  • Jillian. Gentlemen, this is the final boner tonight! Zang!
  • Gentlemen, I'm sorry. Take a moment. Say your goodbyes ... to getting it on! Kuh-zingo!!
  • Ed, do you accept this Viagra? Cuz you seem to need it. Zorp!!
  • Fantasy suite? More like can't-asy suite! Hello!
Okay, onto the show ...
  • While I appreciated Jillian's rejection of all fantasy suite cards last week, have there always been dub-fantasy-suite opportunities in a given season? I mean, if the chick holds out on one fantasy suite, but not on the next, does that still count as holding out?
  • Jillian's aboot / about comes and goes like Cruise's German accent in Valkyrie.
  • Jillian's dress for her outdoor date with Reid looks like a gray top with a yellow skirt ... but it isn't! It's totally a two-tone dress. It's not a skirt/top at all. I'm serious. It's like a hypercolor and those Magic Eye paintings from the mall got together and had a baby. A dress baby.
  • Reid: "This'll be my first helicopter ride." Jillian: "This'll be like my 5th helicopter ride ... televised ... on ABC."
  • Helicopter pastor? As Puck from The Real World says, if you get married on a helicopter, you stay on the helicopter. Too obscure of a quote? I agree.
  • Jillian confirms the answers to her questions way too much. "Did you have fun today? Yeah?" "Did the marriage talk on the helicopter make you nervous? It did?" "Is it insanely hard to figure out if I'm cute or not? Is it?"
  • Last chance to nominate me while I'm in my 20s! 866-739-3150! Oops, too late.
  • Is Ed a big Magnum P.I. fan or are those shorts really short? Like Stockton short.
  • Holy crap, Ed. This is some boring times. Did y'all catch my 10-minute-road-trip music video? Much more exciting than meeting Ed's parents.
  • Woah! Jillian. That is quite the white out-of-the-bathroom top-thingy you've got there.
  • Okay, so "I couldn't show Jillian that I really, truly love her" = shoulda ordered up some Cialis from room service, right? Way to keep it ambiguous there, ABC.
  • Yeah, but, Ed ... did you do IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITTTT!!!?!?!?
  • If there's one thing you should know about these videos that the guys prepared for you, it's that they're private. Very private to be exact. So private that only you and eventually all of America will see them.
  • Is Jillian a robot? Did she just have a reboot or something? "Ed, I do. Have con-ssserns. That I ffffeel like are getting. In the way. Of my. Deh-ssssision." Run that tape back and laugh.
  • Ed and KG agree: anything is possible.
Well, that was sufficiently boring. Next week does not look bad. Hopefully Wes wasn't previously booked for a show in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Road Trip!

This is where we went.
So Ando and I took a road trip to all these places.
There are lots of pictures. And now there's video.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Luke's iPhone headphones / earbuds review

I have owned a lot of headphones.

A lot.

I figured I could use my spending for good and review them here. Let's go.

Earbuds in ascending order of goodness

Sony MDR in-ear headphones
These are good as far as comfort and sound goes. Don't buy the ones with the cord extender. The extender thing is heavy and weighs on your ear. Without the extender, the cord is too short.
V-Moda Vibe II Earbud Headset with Microphone

These have great sound, but the iPhone control is cased in steel and hangs where the two earbud cords meet. Another set with a pet peeve for me: weighty microphone and iPhone control.
Sony MDR wrap-around earbuds

These are basically the same earbuds as above except without the cord extender and with the wrap around. I prefer these to the ones above. Same great sound.
Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic

These have the latest and best iPhone control: play, pause, fast-forward, and volume up/down. The comfort is great. The problem for me was that the sound was just not the full sound I was looking for. Maybe they didn't fit my ears right. I got them for my dad and he digs 'em a lot.
V-Moda Vibe Duo Earbuds

These are the best earbuds I've ever owned in terms of sound. I wear these every day when I'm working out. Only problem is no iPhone control/microphone.
iPhone Stereo Headset

After all my searching, I ended up with the latest "standard" iPhone buds (which now come with the iPhone 3GS). I prefer the sound of these to the in-ear (allegedly superior sounding) Apple buds above. And the weight of the mic/control is perfect (aka not noticeable) plus the latest ones have volume up/down compared to the old fast-forward/pause only.
My cans review soon to come ...