All thanks to quantum levitation and Israelian scientists.
In this video, they show off how a frozen disc of special material can float and tilt in mid air using super magnets. They can even make it float around a circular track.
It's only a matter of time before hoverboards start appearing at Target!
If you're wondering how to pronounce bacakonator, it's "bay cake un ay tur".
If you're wondering what it is, it's a funnel cake covered in chocolate sauce and lots of crumbled up BACON!!!
It debuted at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina and my new lifelong dream is for the Funnel Bacakonator to make it's way to Buffalo.
It's super healthy at only 1,300 calories and 77 grams of fat.
See this awesomeness and learn more about it on the Time Newsfeed website. Yes, Time Magazine (the serious news magazine) did an article about it. So this must be bigtime excitement worthy of worldwide attention.
Find out with this new chart, thanks to The Telegraph (out of the UK).
Once at the page, just slide the bar over to your current age and the percentage will be revealed. I hope your percentage is better than mine lol!
I just talked on-air about the upcoming Superman movie. It'll be in theatres in June of 2013. A long ways off.
The new Man Of Steel will be played by Henry Cavill (who recently starred as Charles Brandon in The Tudors and will be Thesues in the upcoming movie Immortals).
See what the new Superman will look like here.
For the following, visit my Blogger page where I'll be embedding the videos after I talk about them on-air...
- Retirement Community Lip-Syncs To Michael Buble's Feeling Good
- Super Intense Fight BetweenA 3 & 4 Year Old
- Gummy Bear Bratwurst!
- Planking videos
The best moments of American Idol were when Simon and Paula were at each other's throats. The singing just wasn't enough to keep my interest.
So when Paula left, I thought the show became unwatchable. But Simon and Paula will be reunited this fall on The X Factor. And it looks like they still can't agree on who's talented and who isn't.
A 2-1/2 minute preview for the show aired earlier this week on FOX during a baseball game. Had I been watching that, I would have been asleep before the first pitch and would have missed this anyways.
It's clever and it definitely sets the tone for the series...
When I lived in California (and at one point in the Mojave Desert), the sand did a number on my poor car engine. Sand made a mess of everything whenever I'd venture through the desert.
So I can't imagine what a nightmare this was for cars, eyes, computer equipment, etc. It's video from the massive sandstorm that hit Phoenix a few days ago.
The third video with a POV shot of driving into the sandstorm is insane!
The video for Coldplay's latest song "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" features tons of special effects, lots of glow-in-the-dark paint, and non-stop stop-motion visuals.
It's the next best thing to a new video from OK Go (which I'm hoping happens soon)...
The only thing better than an iPhone would be an iPhone smelling like Jelly Bellys!
You can have your phone smelling like Strawberry Cheesecake, Very Cherry, Blueberry, Licorice, and Berry Blue Jelly Bellys.
Find out more here. And look for them in stores & online soon!
So the way my day was going, I wasn't going to get to Starry Night this year. After my shift ended on Star, I had to do some computer work so three of our stations would continue airing things right at midnight.
When I finally left and managed to get to the Botanical Gardens, all I heard was the final note of the final Hanson song when I opened my car door. But I did at least get to meet Hanson after that.
They're all nice. We talked briefly about previous trips they've made to Buffalo. Apparently, Zac has never seen Niagara Falls because he wouldn't get out of the bus when they went there. He was too engrossed in video games. And Isaac says it's just very wet.
Taylor is down-to-earth and a really cool guy. Had they not been getting ready to go in the limo, I would have loved to talk to him more about their music and also Tinted Windows, a supergroup he's a part of (Kind Of A Girl is an incredible song that was wrongly overlooked by radio). If I ever do a radio interview with them, he's the one I'll request to talk to.
Rob did get to talk to all of them shortly before I got backstage. See that here.
There's also video of Taylor driving around the Gardens in a golf cart after the show. Isaac decided to stay back when he found out Taylor would be driving (he stayed with Michelle Branch by the limo. See that here.
And get this, the group helped pack some of the stuff in the limo! They didn't have someone do it all for them. That's the kind of artist you want to support. So go buy their recent CD "Shout It Out".
For the record, from the first time I heard MMMBop, I've always thought Hanson was a great pop group. My favorites are Where's The Love, Penny & Me, and now Give A Little. And in case you're wondering, the version of MMMBop I usually play on Star is the Dust Brothers Mix from the 1997 CD single (it's got a slightly different sound than the album version). Either that or the album version is preferable to the radio version, which fades out before the end.
A post on his Facebook page last week has some of his fans seething.
Here's an article about it.
And here's the picture from its natural habitat.
While I didn't get to make it out to his Hard Rock concert last year, I did hear he's a really fun person and has a very weird sense of humor. I have no doubt in my mind this was not meant as a slam in any way.
I've got a lot of fun things I'll be posting about tonight. I just have to wait to play the right song before I talk about them all.
First up is my current obsession: deep fried cherry Kool-Aid. See that along with everything else I talk about tonight on my main Blogger page.
Remember the Magic 8-Ball with it's awesome genie-like powers? Thanks to a company called Nixon, it's now in watch form! It's quite a bit more expensive than the original Magic 8-Ball and doesn't look anywhere near as exciting, but if you're trying to find a gift for a person who has everything, this is probably something they don't have. See it and buy it (for only $120) here.
The other videos I talk about on-air this weekend (including the Hula-Hoop POV and Frank and Rita's birthday picture / video) can be found here.
Here's the full article on the guy who recently spent 100 hours and $2100 to rescue his dog from under a boulder.
All the other videos and links I talk about on-air (including the Bigfoot video) can be found here.
The group that runs Wikipedia feels it's "nothing less than the greatest collection of human knowledge". With this in mind, they want Wikipedia to become the first digital World Cultural Heritage Site.
As crazy as it sounds, I have to agree with them. This would insure that Wikipedia stays the way it is now, which I think is pretty close to perfect.
I talked on-air about Penny Wolfgang's Wikipedia page. If you've gone looking for it, sorry - I was just joking about that (I always have to mess with Penny a bit each week before I leave). Despite being mentioned on a few Wikipedia pages, Penny doesn't have a page of her own.
She's in good company - neither do I. And I'm more than okay with that. What I'm not okay with is the Flying Saucer Restaurant on Lundy's Lane not having a page of its own! That's just not right. And I hope something is done to change that.
The Lego Mini Figures: kids love them, but they're a nightmare for parents or anyone who gives them to a kid as a gift.
Nothing's worse than spending $4 or so on one of these only to have the kid open it and learn it's one of the figures they already have.
I talked to someone today who had this problem. Her son wanted a very specific mini-figure for his birthday, but trying to figure out exactly what was in that package without buying it and opening it up was next to impossible.
Until now. Here's a way to know what's in the package before opening it! For series 1 & 2, it's a barcode tracker. For series 3 & 4, it's a dot decoder. Here's the links you'll need to insure you never end up shelling out $4 for a duplicate again...
Series 1 barcode trackerSeries 2 barcode trackerSeries 3 dot decoderSeries 4 dot decoder
There's a new survey online that lets you know how picky, arrogant, and irritating you are.
It's a short 20-question survey, took me about a minute or so to do, and is completely free.
Give it a try here.
On a scale from 1 to 5, I'm a 2.83. That's about average. I'm kind of picky, not very arrogant, but I guess I am a little irritating.
The survey was created by personality psychologist Robert Hogan for the book Annoying: The Science Of What Bugs Us by Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman.
At 6pm tonight (9pm Eastern time as this comes from California), the world will supposedly end. Although technically, what's actually going to happen is the rapture.
This according to Harold Camping of the Family Radio Network in Oakland, California. The original date of his prediction was September 6, 1994. But that came and went and nothing happened other than Michael Jackson & Aerosmith winning awards at the 11th MTV Awards.
See a picture of this crazy person and read more about how he came up with his theory in an online article from The Independent.
I'll put my take on this on my main blog page, safely off the Star website lol.
I was going to put up a video of Harold here, but I like this far better instead (because I know it will be appropriate at 9:01pm Eastern time tonight)...
It seems everyone is obsessed with that Angry Birds game.
I just haven't been able to get into it though. My favorite right now is Frisbee Forever, easily the best game I've found on my iPhone. And amazingly, it's completely free!
In Frisbee Forever, you throw a frisbee and then have to maneuver it through rings to get through the course. There's tons of levels and I just can't get myself to stop playing this.
Eventually, I'll conquer all the levels and then maybe I'll give Angry Birds another try. One thing I do love about Angry Birds is the theme music - especially when Pomplamoose does it!
They're the group that did all the clever Christmas song remakes this past year for the Hyundai car commercials. The Angry Birds theme is done in their trademark style and the short video is pretty funny (and fits right in with the game)...
Steven Tyler is definitely making the most of his American Idol judging experience. It seems like he's been in the news constantly since the announcement that he would be one of the American Idol judges.
And now the ultimate - a memoir titled "Does The Noise In My Head Bother You". It's been flying off the shelves at bookstores.
Here's a quote he had about the book: "I've been mythicized, Mick-icized, eulogized and fooligized, I've been Cole-Porter'd and farmer's-daughter'd, I've been Led Zepp'd and 12-stepped. I'm a rhyming fool and so cool that me, Fritz the Cat, and Mohair Sam are the baddest cats that am."
Based on that, maybe the book won't be the easiest read. I'm not the biggest fan of autobiographies, so I'll probably pass on this one. But if you want to check it out, get it here.
This is so exciting, I just drooled on the keyboard.
Burger King's brand new sandwich has two burgers, cheese, bacon AND a full chicken breast all on one bun. If that's not enough, there's an option to add an egg or a fish patty too!
The calorie count is a nice healthy 1,160 (without the add-ons). After seeing it, I'm thinking I could easily eat two.
I only have one problem with this. I'm kind of fussy about mixing different foods before they're in my stomach and I'm not so sure that burgers and chicken really go well together.
But that's a dilemma that can wait - the Burger King Meat Monster is only available in Japan for now and there's no word on when or if it will make it's way to North America.
She was in town for two different concerts today - one at Shea's and another at Canisius College. And she'll be back July 8th with Sugarland at Darien Lake!
A few years ago, I got to hang out with her on her tour bus before one of her Darien Lake concerts. Here's the interview from that day.
I think everything is on YouTube now. I can't believe I found this recipe for deep frying Cadbury Eggs on there.
It's actually a very healthy Easter treat since it's only 350 calories. And when I say healthy, I mean it's more healthy than eating an entire package of Peeps & six peanut butter eggs (which I've done on many Easters).
Throughout the rest of the night, I'll be posting a bunch of videos and links to things I'm talking about on-air.
You can see them all on my main Blogger page.
Here's some of the stuff I'll be posting...
- The country version of Lady Gaga's Born This Way.
- Darien Lake's Facebook ride battles (and my roller coaster ride announcements the park used throughout the 2010 season).
- The insane Air New Zealand flight safety video.
- The killer tire movie trailer.
I'm getting more and more psyched about the Wonder Woman remake every day. It's between this and Fox's upcoming Terra Nova for what will be the best TV show of 2011.
Here's a scene that was filmed the other day on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles with Wonder Woman in full costume!
This is especially cool to me as I used to live right around the corner from where this was filmed (my apartment was right behind the Mann's Chinese Theater). I would walk right by this area when heading to the subway or going to get cheeseburgers from McDonald's.
Maroon 5's song that was completed with fan help has been finished! The final song will be available as a free download on Coca Cola's website starting Friday (Coca Cola was the sponsor for this experiment). Here's the link for that.
I'll also be talking about one of Five For Fighting's songs being used in a NASA video! John Ondrasik has got to be psyched about this...
Some movies are meant to be seen in theaters. After seeing the trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger, I think this is definitely one of those movies. A regular TV just wouldn't do this justice. Check it out...
Captain America: The First Avenger will be in theaters July 22nd!
He's a cool guy and does a ton of stuff for the show besides hosting it. So he's the perfect person to talk to about certain aspects of the game and why some things make it to the show and others don't.
To make my life easier (always a priority for me lol), I posted the link to the full interview and all the links that go along with it on my main Blogger page (just click on that link to get to it).
CBS is the best with making people available for radio interviews. But for some reason, they don't set too many things up for the Amazing Race contestants. I can always put in a request though, so if you're interested in hearing from any of them, let me know and I'll work on getting them on Star as well. And I'm always up for having you help me out with the interview as well (including asking the questions). Just e-mail me at email@example.com with any suggestions.
Red Riding Hood is now in theaters. I'm a huge fan of dark fairy tales, so this is one I think I want to see.
But I originally thought it was only going to be a dark retelling of the story. Then I heard it might be more like a "Twilight" version of the story focusing on a love interest between Red Riding Hood and a werewolf - that I wouldn't be interested in.
Aside from this short 15-second trailer, I haven't seen anything else about the movie as I'm trying to avoid having it completely spoiled. But I'd hate to bother with it if it's too much of a love story. If you've seen it, let me know what you think. If it sounds scary enough, I'll probably go see it sometime this week.
Pilot season has begun for the networks and the fates of those shows will be decided in May. This is one that I hope makes it to the fall schedule for NBC. Especially now that Elizabeth Hurley will be one of the villains in it (according to her at least).
I've been a fan of hers ever since she was The Devil in the 2000 movie Bedazzled. And that's huge for me, since there's very few movies I've actually liked and watched more than once...
So fingers crossed that this show happens. We'll know in a few months...
Mason is 3, Makenna is 5, and Wipeout is one of their favorite TV shows.
Here they are talking about why they like Wipeout.
And just so you know, Mason has been saying the Wipeout sign-off phrase every night before bed. My brother can't stop laughing at this.
Up until a few weeks ago, I pretty much avoided FaceBook. I signed up awhile back, but never did anything much with it.
But then I went completely off the deep end and started posted weird banana Twinkie pictures, videos for songs that will probably never be popular in North America, 80's snowpants pictures, and exciting world-stopping news about TV shows that few people remember.
This of course probably means that the final days are near for FaceBook, because if I like something, it tends to get cancelled or goes away.
One thing I won't do - no games for me. I prefer board games - in person, not online. But I do like keeping in touch with people there as no one seems to bother with e-mail anymore. Although stangely enough, two of my closest friends are not on FaceBook.
Today I posted a thought provoking question which I'd love to know the answer to. I'd ask it here, but then what's the point of posting it on FaceBook? So that's where it is along with all the other deeply disturbing things I mentioned above.
Cursive is gone, over, and probably never returning. I only print, and usually only in capital letters (and that's even very, very rare).
Earlier today, one of my co-workers said my handwriting was impossible to read. I disagree. It may look like a 10-year old wrote it, but that's because I don't like to waste time writing stuff and rush write things.
Visit my FaceBook page to judge for yourself.
I just posted the viral video of a girl walking while texting in a mall, who ends up falling in the mall fountain. Too funny!
See it on my FaceBook page.
I'll also be posting the picture of the banana twinkies there (if I find them tonight)!
No, Mama is not going to be making an appearance on Jeopardy - again (that actually happened in a season 4 episode of Mama's Family). These are two separate videos I had to share with you today.
The first is Vicki Lawrence as Mama (from the Carol Burnett Show & Mama's Family). She put together a video making fun of the media craziness surrounding Ted Williams (the homeless guy turned media sensation).
It's funny (I always liked her show), but the language is far from G-rated. And naturally, the video has already angered some people. But people whine and complain about everything, so let's not bother with that and just laugh at Mama.
The embed code won't work, so here's the link to the 2-1/2 minute video.
The other video is a practice run for an upcoming series of Jeopardy episodes.
IBM has spent years putting together a supercomputer that's specifically programmed to be good at this game show. I have to wonder about the money thrown away on such a ridiculous project, but maybe they'll be putting this to good use for something else eventually.
The computer's name is Watson and in the practice run, he competes against two of Jeopardy's most successful contestants: Ken Jennings (who holds the record for the most consecutive wins with 74) and Brad Rutter (who holds the record for most total winnings).
The full episodes featuring Watson will air sometime this February. For now, here's the test...
Anand talked about Donald Trump “cheating” and using loopholes in the boardroom last week, but that was cut from the show. I guess they needed more time to hype up Kim Kardashian’s perfume.
I only played a small part of the interview on Star 102.5 tonight. Hear the full podcast from Tyana’s RealiTyana Talk here.
I tried posting the full story and the links here, but the formatting for Wordpress blogs is a mystery to me - I can't make the paragraphs & pictures show up right lol.
So I moved the post to this page.
The audio from my talk with Mahsa earlier today is here.
If there's anyone left on The Apprentice that you'd like to hear from on Star 102.5, just e-mail me and let me know. I can't promise anything, but at least I'll know who to try to bring on-air here.
Nick & Vicki came in last place last week, but were spared elimination.
Normally when that happens, the last place team needs to complete a Speed Bump along with all the regular tasks and not come in last in the next leg to stay in the game.
But there was no mention of a Speed Bump last night. And looking back at the previous episode, there was no mention of that penalty when they came in last but were spared elimination.
So what's up? There's online murmerings that there might have been a judge's mistake in the previous episode. See more details on that here.
I'm not going to post the spoilers here just in case you don't want to know.
But I think the cheater has been revealed! Find out who that is and one of the people that makes it to the final two here.
And here's the preview for next week's episode...
If crazy high ticket prices annoy you, you're not alone. The people that created this video are mad about that too.
And on top of that annoyance, there's also the fact that the best seats are usually only available presale to select fan groups. So you better research online bigtime long before the concert goes on sale if you want any shot at a really good seat.
The video goes on and on, but the end is worth the wait. And while they picked on Bon Jovi here, this definitely applies to a lot of acts...
Yve was voted off last Wednesday on Survivor. I was sad to see that as I was rooting for her to win - she was such a nice player. But nice doesn't always help win Survivor.
I talked with her this morning about why she was voted off and who she blamed right after watching it on TV (you'll be surprised by that if you haven't heard about it already).
She also talked about some of her tribemates, including NaOnka's vicious confessionals and Dan's laziness.
Here's the full 6-1/2 minute interview (portions aired on Star 102.5).
I always love talking to Linda Hastreiter from Buffalo's Iron Island Museum. Every year I invite her on Star 102.5 and she always brings along the coolest EVP's from the museum.
EVP's are the sounds ghosts make on tape. You usually don't hear them when you're recording. But when you play it back, they're there. Strange. I record tons of stuff at the station and that never happens to me there, so why at the museum does this occur? Maybe electronic equipment is a way ghosts can communicate with us.
She's got a whole new batch from the past year and some of them are kind of spooky - perfect for the week leading up to Halloween.
Hear the EVP's in the full 11-minute interview with Linda (portions aired on Star 102.5). This online version includes three extra EVPs that didn't air (along with the two that did).
If you have trouble with the clip pausing too much, right click to download it to your computer and it'll run smoothly.
See the Iron Island Museum featured on Discover Channel's Ghost Lab Thursday, November 11th at 10pm (or possibly the week after).
And don't forget to visit the Iron Island Museum and try to get your own EVP's. Overnight hunts are available by reservation year-round. Or check out some of these upcoming events (visit the museum website for more info and to make reservations)...
10/28/10 (Thursday) - Candlelight Ghost Tour at 7pm
Yesterday, I did a live broadcast from the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence.
This was the first year I've gone to this giant event. I was stunned at how much there is to do in addition to the 5-acre corn maze!
There's a bunch of amusement park rides (which everyone knows I love), pig races, tractor & horse-drawn hayrides, a petting zoo, magic show, singing chickens, giant pumpkins, tons of food, a massive pumpkin cannon, and more.
The event continues today and then ends after next weekend. If you've got kids, this is the perfect place to take them - they'll have a blast.
Yesterday was especially fun because while I was there, they gave away a West Herr Toyota Corolla! It's always cool when my workday involves someone winning a car.
Here's a short video of some the Great Pumpkin Farm activities...
She's loud, obnoxious, and even unprofessional according to Ivanka Trump. But she's one of the reasons this season is so much fun.
I talked with Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy from The Apprentice earlier today. I had to ask her thoughts on Ivanka's opinion now that she's seen that. I was also wondering if there was anyone on the women's team that she does like. And of course I played the "jealous cow" clip back to her and got the story behind that.
Plus, Mahsa has been in the entertainment news for recently quitting her job at the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office. I found out more about that too.
It's very rare when a network wants a reality show contestant interviewed before they're actually off the show, so I'm wondering what's up. The previews make it look like Mahsa is going to cause trouble in the boardroom on tonight's episode.
After talking with Mahsa, I have to admit I'm a fan. Not only is she adding excitement to the TV show, but she was also a lot of fun to talk to. And not once did she scream or yell.
Here's the full 8-1/2 minute interview with Mahsa. And see more of Mahsa tonight at 10pm on The Apprentice on NBC.
The news of The Munsters remake for NBC just came out last week and already TMZ has hunted down Butch Patrick (who played Eddie Munster on the original series) to find out what he thinks about this.
Read his thoughts & his casting suggestion for Herman Munster on the TMZ website.
In addition to being in The Munsters, did you know that Butch Patrick was also in another strange 1/2-hour show a few years later? He played Mark in a Saturday morning live action series called Lidsville from 1971 - 1973. It was one of the early Sid & Marty Krofft shows (which I'm a big fan of) - the main characters were mostly hats.
Here's the intro to it...
The Macy's and Verizon / Samsung commercials seem to be on constantly the past couple weeks. And because of the awesome music they're using, I actually listen or watch every time instead of just skipping over them.
The Macy's commercial contains a remake of Olivia Newton-John's Magic. The Verizon / Samsung commercial has a remake of The Human League's (Keep Feeling) Fascination.
Find out more about the remakes here...
The reason I love reality shows is because I like crazy. And there was a whole herd of crazy on last night's Survivor!
As I expected, the second episode of Survivor picked up. The first episode is always bogged down by getting to know the new castaways. The second episode is where the drama begins.
And drama there was. Sunken shoes & stolen socks (in two totally separate instances) caused the drama. And neither situation made much sense and didn't further the players (Holly & NaOnka) in any way. But it sure was funny.
And if you're thinking it was familiar - yes, it definitely is something similar to what Russell did during his two seasons on the show. And this season of Survivor was filmed after those two seasons aired, so these Survivors did have a chance to see them. But they also had a chance to see that even though Russell made it to the end both times, he also lost both times.
Anyways, things that make no sense started off the episode and it continued on right through the Tribal Council. That was insane. And it was mostly personal. The goal this early in the game should be to unite the tribe and get rid of the negativity so they can win every immunity challenge.
I knew there would be negativity - I just didn't expect it to come from where it did! And based on the previews for next week, there's still a lot of negative & a whole bunch of crazy left on that tribe. NaOnka should have been the target last night. As miserable as the booted contestant was, I think they're all going to regret keeping her around.
Survivor is back and better than ever! And on Wednesdays (don't forget that). If you missed last night's episode, check it out here.
The group Paper Tongues (four of the seven members) stopped by the station today.
If you're heard the song "Ride To California", you know that's a killer song to perform live. Acoustically, even more difficult. And with the lead singer (Aswan North) just getting over a cold - probably impossible.
But they did it and it sounded unbelievable! Here's the acoustic performance and an explanation of how the song came to be...
Permission to post this video was given by the band's representative.
Three reality shows collided last night. Survivor began it's new season while Big Brother and America's Got Talent finished theirs.
I watched Survivor and Big Brother, then called my friend Mary who told me the winner of America's Got Talent.
I'm happy I didn't watch the two hours of America's Got Talent. A singer won?! Pathetic. Fighting Gravity was easily the best in my mind as they're completely unique and the best fit for a Vegas show. So naturally when America voted, they came in 3rd. I'm sure they'll end up with a Vegas show, just as I'm sure the two singers who came in 1st & 2nd will be forgotten by America within days.
On CBS, Survivor began it's old versus young experiment and it wasn't all that exciting. There are some fun / crazy people this season (it's a miracle Jud / Fabio survived the hour and I'm sure the Survivor medical staff will get to know him well as the season progresses), but one of the crazies has already been voted off. I thought she wasn't much of a people person throughout the episode. Then the end came and she interrupted Jeff at the Tribal Council with a loony speech that helped get her voted out. Have these people ever seen the show before?
I'm sure Survivor will pick up as the season progresses - the first episode of the season is usually one of the weak ones.
After that it was the two-hour finale for Big Brother 12. Two hours is usually way too much for Big Brother, but last night it worked. That was the best finale of the show ever.
The Zingbot was there in the beginning, which was promising. Sadly, that was the only appearance it made in the episode. That's okay though, as the rest of the episode provided plenty of entertainment.
One of the highlights was when the Brigade made it to the end of the game, wearing T-shirts they made for their alliance. Unfortunately, the final two didn't know how to spell the name of their alliance. Maybe it was an intentional misspelling, but I kind of doubt that.
Enzo provided a lot of comic relief throughout his appearance. Especially during his post-eviction interview where he proclaimed his love for CBS, thanked himself, thanked his parents for making him, thanked the audience, etc.
Another highlight - Britney being completely disgusted by Brendon & Rachel. Julie Chen called her on it when Britney mouthed "I am so disgusted" to the camera while they were talking. Julie Chen was at her absolute best last night calling people on a lot of things throughout the finale.
The live aspect of the show was evident when Julie was reading the votes for the winner and was putting the wrong names in the slots. Oops. She had fun with this though - and that's one of the things that makes live shows fun to watch.
As for the ultimate winner, I was happy that Hayden won. Lane already has a lot of money outside the house and recent things that he revealed on the live feeds made me not want him to win (let alone remain in the game). And Hayden did seem to be one of the nicer houseguests. At the end, I was rooting for either him or Enzo to win.
And Britney, who I originally wanted to win, at least got something out of this. She took home the America's Favorite Houseguest $25,000 prize. And the show ended with Rachel's complete disgust over this. Her eye-rolling was kind of funny over the end credits, although completely understandable from her point of view.
Overall, it was a good season of Big Brother, but not great. To be great, it needed a lot more drama. But to have that, they needed more annoying people and there really wasn't many of those this season. Nice people and big drama don't mix. But I'm happy to see another nice person win. And Julie Chen was incredible constantly calling people out for things and making them give better answers than they were giving.
As for the future of Big Brother, get ready for season 13 next summer! CBS announced the renewal of the show earlier this week.
CCH Pounder portrays Mrs. Frederic on the popular SyFy Channel series Warehouse 13.
You never know when or where Mrs. Frederic will pop up next. Until tonight. I know she'll be a big part of the two-part 2nd season finale.
I talked with her earlier today and found out her thoughts on the mysterious Mrs. Frederic. I also asked about Leena and if there's a possible family connection there, Mr. Frederic (who so far we know nothing about), and I brought up the possibility of Mrs. Frederic being killed off the show.
Here's the full 6-1/2-minute interview.
And here's some links and a video that go along with the interview...
WAREHOUSE 13 SYFY CHANNEL WEBSITECCH POUNDER'S OFFICIAL WEBSITEANSA WEBSITE
The video below is a promo from an early FOX network sitcom CCH Pounder starred in. She appears at the 7-second mark...
Finally, something that might even scare Mrs. Frederic - it's mascots that eat humans!!! (This has nothing to do with Warehouse 13 - it's just something else I mentioned on-air tonight.)
The Basil car giveaway is this weekend at Darien Lake. That's always one of my favorite days of the year - I love the excitement of someone winning a car.
I almost always hang out at the back of the line rooting for them to get a shot at picking out the ice cream sandwich with the gold star (the car star I guess). Of course, I'll also be rooting for anyone who qualified with me on Star this summer. :)
On the way to the giveaway, I always have to make a quick stop at my favorite ride - the Silver Bullet / Enterprise. This weekend will be no exception.
The Viper is also one of my favorites - especially this year. This season, I've been the voice on the ride announcements for three of Darien Lake's roller coasters. The Viper is one of them - the Mind Eraser and Boomerang are the others.
So if you go on them - listen for me!
Here's the ride announcements I did for the Viper...
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Today is a great day for the park. The Blue Streak roller coaster reopened today after being closed the past four years.
The Pennsylvania state inspectors approved the ride yesterday after an extensive summer of ride rehab. The main reason the Blue Streak was closed was money - the park itself was closed for two years, then when reopened the money to restore the ride was slow in coming.
Conneaut Lake Park is just south of Erie, PA (a little over two hours from Buffalo). It's one of my favorite parks as it reminds me of what amusement parks must have been like back in the early 1900's.
It's a small park, but there's quite a few great rides - The Flying Scooters, Devil's Den, Witch's Stew, Tumble Bug, and Skydiver being my favorites.
This is one of those small parks where you feel like they're open just for you and your group when you go. This is kind of like Crystal Beach Park in a way. But unlike that park, Conneaut Lake Park has managed to survive (although barely).
Here's video I took at the park this summer. It shows all the fun rides and some of the devastation brought about by a park fire over two years ago. Me and Mike, Heather, and Mikel Lynn even walked along the outside of the Blue Streak and took video of the first drop and the new track with permission from the park...
I got the press release from CBS earlier this morning. The upcoming season will feature home shopping channel hosts, Ivy League acapella singers, beach volleyball partners, and a birth mother / daughter who were recently reunited after the mother gave her newborn daughter up for adoption over 20 years ago. And of course there will be the usual pairings of newly dating, best friends, etc.
Amazing Race 17 will debut Sunday, September 26th with a 90-minute episode starting at 8:30pm.
This season's cast of racers will travel over 32,000 miles, covering four continents and 30 cities, with first-time visits to Bangladesh, Ghana and the Arctic Circle. Additionally, for the first time in the history of the Race, the team to finish in first place during the premiere episode will be awarded a surprise, game-changing advantage.
The big entertainment scandal this week has been that the UK version of The X Factor (a show similar to American Idol) used Auto-Tune to manipulate the audio of one of the contestants on a performance show.
It's kind of obvious Auto-Tune was used when watching Gamu's aired performance...
The producers of The X Factor UK have admitted they did use sound filters to remove excess background noise, but stopped short of saying it was Auto-Tune. And it wasn't just for this one contestant - others were manipulated as well.
They also went on to say that the process was done in editing after the show was taped to give the aired version of the show a better sound.
Even knowing there's something extra being used there, it's still obvious that Gamu is talented. Unfortunately, the producers must have decided her natural talent wasn't good enough. That's not fair to her or the other contestants, especially when people watching from home call in to vote for their favorites later in the season.
Gamu will continue on with the show. Her next performance will show off her real talent without anything extra being used.
The Hollywood Reporter has an article about Simon Cowell's banning of Auto-Tune. He's taking this very seriously and is making sure the US media knows it as his X Factor show (minus the manipulation) will be coming to Fox next fall.
Wondering about the US American Idol now? Well producers of that show responded to all this by telling the Associated Press they've never used Auto-Tune and never will.
In other reality show news, there was confusion last night on Big Brother when an evicted houseguest said a word that at first sounded inappropriate for network TV. Much like live radio, this is why live TV is so much fun - when disaster strikes (or in this case almost strikes). See the video of this and find out the definition of what turned out to be an okay word here.
You know the show - the short green-screen weird-looking series with a guy sitting on one of Saturn's rings explaining the night sky.
I remember watching it growing up. It used to air just before the PBS station in Rochester would sign off for the night. And it's continued to air all these years. This Labor Day Weekend's episode will be the last though.
The show's host, Jack Horkheimer, was the executive director of a Miami, FL planetarium. He passed away Friday of a respiratory ailment at the age of 72.
Star Gazer was geared to the general public and amateur astronomers and focused on things in the night sky you could see with your naked eye. You might remember it as Star Hustler, but the name was changed to Star Gazer when the show went online (done to avoid confusion with a magazine that has a very different theme).
Here's the final episode of his series (which was produced for this coming Labor Day weekend)...
Visit Jack's Horkheimer's website for more video from the series (including a few from the 70's & 80's), the show scripts, Mars images, and more. And as Jack always said, keep looking up...
One of the best things about season 6 of Lost? Apparently, the squirrel baby according to the cast of crew of the series.
The squirrel baby part starts at 1:21 (after a bonus feature about Lost in other languages)...
Season 6 of Lost (along with the 12-minute epilogue "New Man In Charge" will be in stores Tuesday (August 24th).
The original evil Visitor boss from the 80's version of "V" will be featured as a recurring guest star in the upcoming season two of the revival.
Jane Badler played Diana in the original series. In the new series, she'll be the mother of Anna (who's now the Queen of the Visitors). Her character's name will be Diana, although that's just a nod to the original series. It wouldn't make sense for her to play her original character since this series is a reboot and not a continuation of the 80's version.
Season two of "V" begins in November on ABC. For now, here's some awesome clips of Diana being super evil in the original series (Diana shows up 15 seconds into the first clip)...
Reality shows get slammed sometimes because of the worthless dredges of life they dig up and feature. "The Real Housewives..." series on Bravo is one of those shows that spotlights some of the worst the human race has to offer.
And the worst of the worst would have to be Michaele Salahi, featured in The Real Housewives Of D.C. - you might also remember her from when she and her husband made worldwide headlines when they supposedly crashed a White House dinner last fall.
Now she's made headlines again. This time she's accusing Whoopi Goldberg of assaulting her on yesterday's episode of The View.
Unfortunately for her, it's partially on tape. You can see the "assault" in the video below...
Obviously, Michaele is an attention-hungry loser for trying to play that up as assault. Her motives become a lot clearer when you learn that her season of "The Real Housewives..." debuts tonight.
Read more about this on People Magazine's website.
Discovery Channel is going berserk with their advertising of Shark Week this year.
It's worked on me though. And I'm sure they'll be happy to know that in addition to watching the shark-themed programs, I've also been watching season two of The Colony on Discovery. Once again, a worldwide disaster is simulated and volunteers must attempt to exist despite all the odds against them.
It's not a typical reality show like Big Brother or Survivor as there's no cash prize for lasting - it's more of an educational experiment that's surprisingly entertaining to watch too. That's on Tuesdays at 10pm.
But back to the sharks - here's an amazing video of a guy putting a shark in a trance! Not something I'd ever even consider trying...
Finally, a sequel to one of the biggest movies of all time.
This one won't be breaking any box office records though - it's going straight to DVD on August 24th.
The preview doesn't look bad. It kind of looks like one of those SyFy Channel movies..
I also talked on-air about the Survivor twist for season 21. Learn all about the twist here (I'm trying to avoid spoiling it for people who don't want to know). You'll also find details there on the upcoming season of Undercover Boss.
Last week, I went down to Pigeon Forge, TN with family and friends.
I'm not the best at taking video as I'm not a fan of carrying things around with me. So the camera never made it into Dollywood during any of the three days I was there.
But I did get video of the Seven Springs, PA alpine slide on the way down, the New River Gorge Bridge, a little from the Smoky Mountains National Park, and an apparently popular Pigeon Forge activity. Here's my vacation in 90 seconds...
As for Dollywood, I love that park. The rides are always fun (especially Thunderhead & Mystery Mine). And the shows are incredible (coming from me who usually only wants to be on the rides or eating, this is a very big compliment).
As usual, Dreamland Drive-In was my favorite. The acting & singing in it is Hollywood-quality. If some of these actors tried out for American Idol, they would definitely win.
I'm not really a fan of 50's & 60's music, but this show makes me like the songs. There's two in particular I absolutely love and they're both back to back in part four of the video - Pony Time followed by Mashed Potatoes at the 0:53 mark.
Here's the first few minutes of Dreamland Drive-In...
Sha-Kon-O-Hey was also excellent. The acrobatics, acting, and the set in this one was also impressive. Again, here's the first few minutes...
In addition to Dollywood, there's all the Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Gatlinburg attractions. Go-kart tracks, random amusement park rides, awesome diners, indoor skydiving, the Zorb, lots of outlet stores, and tons more. And that's not even mentioning the surrounding areas including the Smoky Mountains National Park.
I'll probably head back in November for the annual Christmas festival. The entire town (along with all of Dollywood) will be covered with Christmas lights - it looks amazing. So now I'm already looking forward to summer ending. Well, kind of - it's more like I'm already set for my next vacation.
The destination isn't always the highlight of a road trip. Sometimes it's getting there that's the best part.
There's the unexpected places you stop at along the way and the roads themselves.
Favorite Road is a website for people who love road trips. And it's completely free. If you've got a favorite road, contribute here. Here's some recent entries...
I talked on-air with Nancy Griffin & Brian Clark from favoriteroad.com today. Here's the full interview (including portions that didn't air on Star 102.5).
And here's one of my favorite roads. Click on the picture for more details about it...
Here's a screencap from Thursday's episode. Could this be the saboteur?
That's either Andrew or Brendon I think. But I'm not sure. I really can't tell a lot of the guys apart yet - they're all like clones of each other (the casting for the show tends to rely on a certain look I guess).
But I'm leaning towards thinking it's Brendon if this clip can be believed. As we all know though, the producers of reality shows have led us off course before. It's possible the lock was put on the door shortly before the blackout and the cast just didn't notice.
We'll find out who the saboteur is for sure on Thursday's episode.
It's been almost 10 years to the day that Big Brother first started on CBS. And it's a very different show than it was in the beginning.
Season one was the one with Chicken George and the potential revolution against the producers of the show.
Here's the first episode...
First episode: Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5
And here's the "Meet The Cast" video for the current season...