27.5.09

Of Course! Its So Simples!


Its actually a real site!

26.5.09

On The Sly



This sounds like one helluva interesting read.

You Reap What You Show


I'm pretty damn angry.

I've never really gotten the whole American thing that they complain about tv shows getting canceled. Before the Youtube era, I'd never been involved in the embryonic development of a new show on the telly. Usually it only made it across the water if they were going to make it succesful anyway. No matter how terrible it is. Yes I am talking to you Desperate Housewives. Ugly Betty. The Hills. Grey's Anatomy. 90210. Big Bang Theory. Prison Break. 24 got repetitive and pointless a few series ago. Even Lost has just become a parody of itself.

I'm sure House is rubbish too, and I'm sure Hugh Laurie doesn't give a daaaamn about that either. He might see selling out and spoon feeding Americans tripe as the only way of getting recognised. Fair play to him for it. Scrubs, despite having a full farewell series and an amazingly over soppy final ever episode is somehow getting yet another series.

Its one thing to put or keep these shows on the telly. Its quite ANOTHER to cancel possibly the best new thing on the telly since Flight of the Conchords' series on HBO found us, to find the room for a new one of these awful shows! Looks like FoTC only ended because they didn't want to drag it out 'til it became rubbish. A noble and difficult choice. One I can tolerate, however, as Black Books et al chose a similar path once they ran their creative course.

To strike Reaper down in it's prime is nothing short of malice. It was never given a fair chance. Every episode had to move a hundred miles an hour, pretty big character turnover. Potential new arc's looming at every turn which all gives it an addictive quality. There's never really a lull in the series because a storyline doesnt interest you. All a glorious indirect result of network executives demanding shakeup after shakeup craving ever larger audiences. When really now is that time that comes along every 5 or so years where a new generation of shows needs to take on the baton. Not smothered at birth.

That aside it has thrived under these conditions, because the genius writers never run out of ideas. Everything is hilarious. What you wouldn't expect from what can nearly be seen as a frat-boy comedy, though, is that every episode uses clever and astute motifs aswell. Refreshingly it doesn't even consider slapstick or canned laughter. Everything is well thought out. Excellent accessible characters with substance to them. The Devil is played brilliantly by Ray Wise. Seductively convincing and assured, together with everything you'd expect a Devil character to be. Anybody who watched Reaper's less laidback forerunner Buffy the Vampire Slayer will recognise Sam's actor as a onetime bit part character, so there's pedigree one could say. Tyler Labine keeps the show ticking along, and Rick Gonzalez comes into his own in series 2 when his own unique humour flourishes. Unlike Buffy though, it only pays lipservice to any arc, and episodes can easily be watched in isolation. Its all just epic. If we all watch it now it might just get a DVD resurrection!

So there you go. Episode One right here. Watch it. Thou haveth no excuseth noweth!

There Can Only Be One...


Hmmm, this dry patch is getting ridiculous. I think its down to mental prep for taking a run at Wordpress soon.

Update;
-got through exams
-suffered a month of zero going out
-possible good scamming-government-for-money news
-possibly going Sziget
-Birthday
-reluctantly embraced Facebook

Actually therein lies a source of ridiculousness. The gig is up. Ready yourself. My name is not actually rdlp715, it is Shane Fitzgerald. An observant one at that. I've noticed in my time at UCD there was atleast one other Shane Fitzgerald in my year. Took my seat at an exam once.

I had set up a Facebook last year just for the sake of it, alas it didn't really get my motor running. One day all of a sudden it started getting inundated with friend requests and messages of support. Which I didn't initialy notice, not checking my UCD mail all that often, usually out of fear.

Then BAM!

Phonecall from the Indo on the mobile. Was half asleep so it was a rude "What? No, not me. G'night". Got a few phonecalls from journalists asking for interviews, mainly facebook mails though. The English Indo, The Star amongst others. Some poor SU head from Ljubilana, Slovenia who wanted me to write an article for their end of year handbook. A Portugueuse journalist from "Diário de Notícias" wanted an over-facebook interview aswell. How easy are these people's jobs?!

It was put to me to take advantage of this. False-quote the false-quoter. Get an interview published full of bull and then call them on THAT aswell. "Yes, that's right. I invented the question mark." The scent of irony was delicious. However, an American I've come into acquaintance through all this advised against, saying the guy could get the sack. Not worth it.

You see the Shane Fitzgerald they were looking for was also a UCD Arts student, and correspondance back from one of the journalists informed me that there are in fact THREE of us in UCD Arts. I am the only one who was on Facebook so I took the brunt of the media hysteria.

The most ridiculous thing is how this all became such big news. This wiki-meddling has been done many times before over the years. Indeed they're changing the structure to have registered peer editors to stop such messers. Also, the Shane Fitzgerald lad also got his own wiki entry for a day or two before it was deleted for being, well, pointless. I'd bet my last few cent that it was actually done by him, maybe the only person with the ego for it.

Saying that though many people have congratulated me(thinking its him) as a hero. Utter dumbassery. A man, a legendary French composer dies, and his eulogy, covering his life is known globally as the vehicle hijacked by some bored kid who fancied pulling a prank.

Anyway it all quietened down, and after exams and such I returned home to C-Bridge for first time in about a month. Only to find theres ANOTHER one of us running for election here! And hes in the Greens! The people who want us to Prius our poverty and inequality away. Shake a stick of homegrown celery at the Catholic Church maybe? He ran a few years ago and now I have one of his election posters which the lads superglued a picture of my drunk face on to. Its damn frightening when you see it coming in at night. Its all been kinda like when Jim Carrey's character copped on in The Truman Show.

I have a genuine question though for anyone able to answer. This triggered a massive freakout on how they got my contact info. Is it illegal for a journalist to ring up UCD asking for my details and be allowed my mobile phone number?

I'd say I need a new alias, but I've got like 10 already. Prizes to whoever can amass them all.

13.5.09

Epic Lizard Lashing

Glorious

The Mighty Stef pumpin' it all up in his system.


The Mighty Stef TV on MUZU.

11.5.09

Hipposexual

Incase yee missed zee tweet. This fella has to get out there. Every soul has a right to bask in its reflected glory.


Gruff

I thought of this blog when I got a text earlier in the library. Quasi-related I also thought of jacksgraff. Two blog models of limitless potential!

Text said;

"Nude pics of RIhanna have been leaked to the web!! I cant look at them in work and they might be taken down v quickly due to legal action. Find them and save them please!!"

Well, set your phazers to horn, because here they are.

Maeces

I'll rarely say this, but you can morealess skip the Joe intro.

Whatever Happened?

Alfonso Ribeiro aka Cartlon Banks, as you knew him.




Behold... here, here and here.

And the best here. Thanks for bringing it to the worlds attention Dave.

10.5.09

Man Crush

I'm a sceptic about things that get hyped. Whats left after sceptism is found to be (thus far) unfounded and the hype increasingly appears accurate? When the hyped is probably the most hyped thing of our lifetimes.

You get guy-love Barack "Be Cool" Obama.




Didn't Nostradamus say the final anti-christ is due around now and he'd be the most charismatic good guy we'd ever known?

9.5.09

Captains Log


Firstly, apparently there is a type of penguin called The Jackass Penguin.

Now. If my abacus is trustworthy, this is PintofUnspecific's 50th post. Been very sparse lately, wont use exams as an excuse, so its been first real dry patch since conception. Not that we're usually covered in... wet-patches? Needlessly disgusting and vulgar is a strong theme here lol

Progress report so. Started this as vent/somewhere to put the ridiculous trove of interesting crap I find on the web. Somewhere can exercise writing where its not a chore. Then February-ish alot of established bloggers suddenly finished up. Figured was the right time to give it a bash. Had been following blogs for, could say about 4 years. Really proper for the last nearly 2. Favourites/ones who inspired were Unarocks, RickO'Shea, TwentyMajor, Mulley, mp3hugger, OnTheRecord. What I still notice/makes me feel thick is that just when I think I know who the main blogs are, there is always a whole extra blogoverse.

Out of the blue near beginning there was Luncheon Roll giving us a shout. Then after the stampede of traffic to Irish blogs after RP was linked, the guru himself Rick O'Shea gave us a mention. Absolutely humbling. Very soon after, the daddy, Mr Mulley himself included us in his regular excellent fluffy links. Props to mp3hugger who I emailed before and after created this on advice for blog. His quick off-the-cuff review was hilarious;

-"Yeah you're bonkers and yeah you're into football (hooray - sick to death of all this rugby). "
-24/3/09

Whirlwind romance with bloggery! Everyone in the blogosphere very welcoming, thought it'd be a hard clique to crack, really isn't. The new media really is open to everyone. Hopefuly now with a summer of probable unemployment ahead of me, the blog will really kick on. PofU 2.0

Thoughts on the actual blog itself? Right now its too general and needs to specialise more. Theres been football news, political rants, stoned ramblings, music reviews, absolutely ridiculous state of affairs. Self-restraint needs to be exercised more. I think I'll set up an extra music specific blog to channel that, maybe not. This will make interesting reading looking back in a few years when it becomes some sort of cooking blog or something cant even imagine! One of the hobbies of mine is looking back on original years old posts bloggers did in the day, similar to this then seeing it evolve and progress. Half recall few great ones on Unarocks, think there was one that said "I'm liking this band Arcade Fire, listen out for them, their my tip, can go all the way, debut album next year". Had a minefield of great predictions actually.

Appearance wise, I've realised that wordpress should have been the way to go. I've been told as much by fellow bloggers, that the template here is terrible lol. There isn't even a specific banner, not very unique at all. Unfortunately I do not know how so until I do this will remain some sort of test-run blog, or atleast thats how I view it/explain away its shortcomings lol. Also I've this thing where I don't proper tag posts, just put a random associated fun sounding word. This is beginning to stockpile at the bottom of the page and one day I'll have to sort it out... reluctantly.

The blog has also finally made me appreciate the point of Twitter. Before I was very much left cold by the idea of saying what you are doing every 5minutes. Never utilised it that way at all. Whole new world of, for lack of a better word, awesomeness! Been able to communicate with different people in new ways. Brings new people into reading blogs and that.

Found myself skipping essays and that instead just writing excessively large posts on stuff that interests me (and I don't have to footnote). Skipping readings by just reading the never ending web library, again on things that interest me. Never realised blogging could be so addictive or time consuming. Blogs are like heroin, that make the internet so much better and the sphere of my brain that makes me take bad medicine has been completely neglected. I'm expecting it to blow up in my face any day now, its not gonna be pretty. But by fuck will it have been worth every overly long bloaty blogpost that I know is terrible but dont care.

My biggest source of frustration though, is it turns out that 95percent of traffic the blog gets is because I inadvertently linked a globally popular picture of a monkey. Nothing to do with it being decent. What can ye do but laugh?

1.5.09

Hot'n'Bold



... Gogol Bordello aint the only crazy Ukrainians on the scene any more. Also, Katy Perry has just been proven to be obsolete.

/related

http://susiesbigadventure.blogspot.com/2009/03/x-treme-censorship.html

Holy Frinkin Schnitzel!

Its a given that all politicians are corrupt. (Except Joe Higgins, vote him up). However, I always found myself inexplicably fond of the European Parliament, possibly because its composition is about 0.5 percent Fianna Failers.

In recession season, lazy opportunist journalists are always hungry for the easy scoop on how politicians are bent and their crazy expenses. Ze Germans, are no exception.

http://www.eudebate2009.eu/eng/article/29859/parlorama-eu-website-censorship-flavien-deltort.html

A pan-eu site detailing the performance/attendance rates of your MEP was forced to shut temporarily while the MEPs gathered a legal position. So some German tv crew stood a perch over the sign-in stop in the parliament building. MEPs need only sign the register and they get their massive expenses and then leave. Off galavanting, fluttering away their ill-gotten fortunes no doubt.

Watch resulting hilarity.



(Don't miss Nazi woman Kathy Sinnott threatening to sue if the clip is released. Apparently she started work at midnight and worked 'til 7am, vampire like as she is)