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|Friday, October 28th, 2005|
Hey! It's those low ranked books, part deux!
From Wing & Glark's journal Hissyfit
today, Wing discusses the release of the Hey! It's That Guy book, and the Amazon reviews so far received:
I've been compulsively checking our sales stats and waiting for the first reader to offer a review...so of course the very first one that went up was negative (one star!):
A Kid's Review
Everyone's entitled to his or her opinion, of course, but this one might wound me more if the reviewer used capital letters.
i did not like this book at all. it was so pointless and has nothing in it that improves or adds to the website. waste of money
Good thing for 'A Kid' that Wing doesn't rule the Amazon review section with the TWoP iron fist, or else BANNED!
|Tuesday, October 18th, 2005|
Why Sars's recaps suck (and Jessica's rock)
Okay the one thing I have to tip my hat to on TWoP lately is the Hurricane Relief effort (then again parting sheeple from their money has never been difficult). And more importantly some of the Mundo extras we have been given as extras.
For me Jessica's review on the Melrose Place episode 2x28 "The Bitch is Back" a.k.a OMG she ripped off teh wig!!!111one!!! is for me at least best. recap. ever. It basically everything I love about Jessica and why she is and will forever be my favorite recapper (plus she comes across on the board as a genuinely nice person - even if a little fangirly - unlike the other twats).
Anyhoo, Sars-rhymes-with-cars did her review on the pilot of "Beverly Hills 90210" and I kept reading it thinking 'this is the lamest thing ever' and 'Jessica so would of done a better cooler job'.
Basically Sars doesn't know how to write good reviews or if she did once (I have to admit I am not a big enough fan of 'Dawson's Creek' to bother looking) she lost it along time ago. First of all she for the most part wrote the review as a straight review with only snide pop-culture references to the fashion. I mean we live in a post-Clueless world and that pilot offered so many Clueless type moments and yet she skipped them all for a straight up and down recap.
God it was painful.
Sars-rhymes-with-cars just has no sense of humour, wit and snark. If anything BH 90210, at least the early seasons would of been brilliant to rip apart in a recap, we would've had the wit, snark and manicured nails flying everywhere!
I counted a couple of times in the recap that I thought I was on the verge of something hilarious and witty and was let down (hey when you have a paragraph talking about the Kelly-Steve conversation about Kelly's nosejob over the summer... I expect something... yet I got nothing).
|Tuesday, October 4th, 2005|
Pamie's Busy Day Job
"Boobs, boobs, boobs, boobs, boobs, boobs, boobs, boobs. That may seem excessive, but it's precisely how many times the word is used in just 17 minutes of this new sitcom. (Yes, I am counting, and yes, I am ashamed.) Gail O'Grady, Nicole Sullivan, and the top-heavy Sophia Vergara play Realtors who, when not seeling apartments, talk incessantly about Oprah, younger men, and gaydar. Apparently, operating under the "more is better" philosophy (see: boobs) the producers try to cram in as many jokes per second as possible. AS a result, the few genuinely funny lines ("Excuse me, I am not slutty--I am easy. It's subtle but there is a difference," says Sullivan in the only one that actually comes to mind.) are immediately buried in an avalanche of canned laughs. Hopefully this show will be buried right alongside them. D"
-Dalton Ross, Entertainment Weekly, 10-7-2005
OMG you guys, SHOUT OUT! Because, like, Pamie totally wrote that line! OMG, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY LOVES PAMIE! Awesome!
|Sunday, September 18th, 2005|
TWoP and those bloody Invasion Ads
I did something I thought I'd never do - I downloaded adblocking software basically because those ads for that new ABC TV series "Invasion" at TWoP where fucking my computer over badly (and I have a pretty damn good computer AND I use Mozilla Firefox to boot).
I mean everytime I passed my mouse over the fucking ad it frooze up my brower to play the same damn thing, over and over and over again. I am not going to NOT watch that show on Principle now (heck the reason I never saw "The Core" was because of those horrible 'electrical superstorms' ads it did).
I actually do believe in advertising to support sites but:
A: TWoP isn't a favorite site of mine. I stick to the lower decks/basement forums to talk in a few shows well away from the mods. Occasionally popping into an odd thread. I don't like the site period, but it is the only damn place to talk about some of my favorite childhood shows.
B: I actually have been fiddling with the popup blocker program majorly so the only site effected will be TWoP and thus only it will be hurt in terms of revinue source (well this isn't counting any old site that still does popup ads or takeover invasion ads - those sites can go to Hades - but any site advertising a few resonable non-invasive ads to earn a few extra bucks to keep it running I have no issues with and I'll happily allow those ads to appear).
Anyway. First post. *waves*
|Tuesday, August 9th, 2005|
Do People Actually Write These?
From a Vine posted a couple of days ago
----------------------------------------O mighty Sars,
I write not with a question, exactly, but with an observation relating to advice you've given, and I'd like your take on it.
Reading through the Vine archives ('cause there's no better way to waste time at work), I see a lot of people asking what to do about an unpleasant friend, roommate, or relative. A lot of your answers rightly suggest firm, polite confrontation.
These answers are usually so obvious that I find myself wondering, what's so difficult? If your upstairs neighbor is having exceedingly loud sex all the time, go ask her to please keep it down. It's not that complicated.
What I realized is that most people are deathly afraid of making enemies. Avoiding even the possibility of a situation where you might encounter someone who doesn't like you is a huge, subconscious priority. It goes double for people afraid to confront their close friends about bad behavior; you don't need to read Shakespearean tragedy to know that best friends can become the worst enemies.
This is a common thread that runs through a vast number of the emails on The Vine, and I wondered whether the same thought had occurred to you.
My Wife Is A Sociologist
Yes, I would say that people are deathly afraid of other people disliking them, even temporarily, even in a situation after which they'll never see the other party again. And yes, it had occurred to me. I've done the column for five years; certain patterns do emerge.
Patterns like...people not really having an actual question. Heh.
I just don't see the point of a) writing in to an advice column to point out that people tend to ask for the same advice over and over again, and b) publishing the letter to point this out.
|Saturday, July 23rd, 2005|
Did anyone else notice (or more aptly, how long has this been on offer) that Sars is making a Tomato Nation Spoken Word album.
|Saturday, June 4th, 2005|
Couldn't think of a better place to ask what happened to the TWOP_Sucks boards. The links are telling me I need to be registered to read them, and there's something at a different link about servers going down and the like. I've been internet-free for the past week or so.
Current Mood: Candy-Coated
|Saturday, May 21st, 2005|
Testing a non-future entry
Testing the ability to enter stuff in this year
|Sunday, May 21st, 2006|
Mouse report of the future
This is a place for mice to post their TWoP comments, but first I need to test the backdating function.
|Friday, May 20th, 2005|
If there is anything TWoPish you'd like to start a thread for, but are anonymous, please put it here.
Ok, so I can't backdate. Dammit.
Current Mood: eek eek cheese etc
|Saturday, April 23rd, 2005|
needs an icon
Does anyone have an icon for this community? My mind has gone completely blank. Pictutes of "Tubey" being mistreated would be much appreciated.
Current Mood: Obsessed
|Tuesday, April 19th, 2005|
In the "Hmmmm..." department
So, we're agreed that the "Tubey's Kids" charity auction is probably a good thing, right?
Except, here's something a bit hinky.
The auction closed on April 4th. Today is the 19th. So... where is this recap that people paid $542 dollars for?
Given that it was on-demand, for-charity, a "we'll get to it when we get to it" atttitude seems inappropriate.
|Friday, April 8th, 2005|
Enough with the supposed "Shout Outs"
It seems that most every TWOP recapper is flat out obsessed with the alleged "Shout Outs" that they get from every producer or writer in Hollywood. Deborah's most recent "Joan of Arcadia" recap includes this:
Grace: "My client was a working man, exploited by the interests of the wealthy, i.e. one Mr. Giant." (TWoP shout-out?)
Now, in this case Grace is playing Jack's defense attorney in a mock trial about Jack and the Beanstalk. She's talking about an actual giant. Not, a reference to TWOP recapper M. Giant. Yeesh.
I know that there have been actual cases of bona fide shout outs, but honestly, people.
Current Mood: GRRRRRR
|Thursday, April 7th, 2005|
No More Nicknames?
Since I know a lot of people here hate the Constant Nicknames Thing on TWoP:
"...introduces himself with, "I'm Liam. I used to be known as Liam the lab tech, until I got bumped up from the DNA lab to the CSI squad. And then, because my nickname was no longer contextually appropriate, I went as Grasshopper, Gil's Adopted Son Number Three. And then, because my nickname ceased to be funny to anyone except the recapper and she'd rather be funny than consistent, I returned to the simple, elegant 'Liam.' We all clear?" Oh, he does not either. I'm just engaging in a particularly clumsy form of explaining why Grasshopper, Gil's Adopted Son Number Three no longer wears his adopted family status on his sleeve and has returned to his old name."
From the Recap for CSI
, by Sobell.
Maybe they're listening? Current Mood: Prettiful
|Wednesday, April 6th, 2005|
FT does yet another lame lazy, unfunny list
And shouldn't the 2 Stars, 1 Slot
entries use two stars that actually are similar, instead of a vague, lame thread of connection as an excuse to talk about them both?
|Tuesday, March 29th, 2005|
Patting Itself on the Back....
From today's Tomato Nation (last question on The Vine)Sars:
I somehow expect that you'll be getting a lot of email over this, but here goes anyway. Here's my problem: the Fametracker forums have closed. This may not seem like a big problem, but there were maybe four parts to my online routine: FT and its forums, Go Fug Yourself, TN on Vine days, and MUA (Makeup Alley) every day. The FT forums easily take up the most of my time.
I'm very sad about FT closing, but I'm sure I'll get over it; my only question is, what websites are even half as good as FT in terms of snark, grammar, and organization? I have absolutely no idea what I'm going to do with my time online now that FT is gone.
By the way, if TN ever closes, I will just die. Just die.
Already in withdrawal, pretty much, only slightly less glamorous
Dear Don't Die,
Damn Hell Ass Kings has a whole plethora of well-written, well-edited sites, but as far as forums go, that's harder to find. You could check out the relocated publishing section of the FT forums, here
; you could head over to the Chicklit forums
; Threeway Action
has a whole stew of discussion topics on the stove, and so do the cool kids at MATH+1
and The Usual Suspects
; you could start your own forum, if you wanted to.
Good luck! Current Mood: Freakish
|Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005|
My issue is this week's 24 recaplet.
( An excerpt. Spoilers. )</blockquote>Can anyone tell me why that recaplet sucks?
Ooooh, I know! There is not one single character mentioned by their FUCKING NAME! The forever unanswered question: Why do they insist on coming up with so many nicknames instead of writing, like, funny stuff?
Remember when the recaps were to tide over those who had missed an episode, as opposed to punishment for someone who hasn't read every episode recap ever?
I don't blame M. Giant. Perhaps I feel guilty hatin' on someone I've met (*waves at Miss Alli*), but really. Gustave started that "SpindlyBeckLookALike"* nickname crap.
*The exact moment I gave up on the S2 24 recaps. What's wrong with, like, Lackey Guy? Those recaps read like they've been Babelfished and back. (Don't even get me started on NoDaddyNo/Jonbénet, Rolaide(????), and Poor Man's _____.)
Um, I think if I just link and excerpt we won't get sued...? Current Mood: Bitter
|Saturday, March 19th, 2005|
From the latest Fametracker Entry
:For instance: Mabel Vernon in last year's Iron Jawed Angels, in which she played an American suffragist. Hilary Swank and Frances O'Connor kind of hogged the movie with their showy hunger strikes and other prison protests
Pretty audacious of Swank an O'Connor, the leads of the film, in their "hogging of the movie". What with their "showy" hunger strikes and prison protests that, you know, actually happened, since their playing historical characters. But screw them and their movie hogging.
More of the typical FT "being too cool" attitude in which leads are damned for being the leads.
|Friday, March 11th, 2005|
FT go boom
Seems they got tired of the Last Days freedom and decided to close the board a little early
:"It's Troll City and the FT forums are the mayor!
Three cheers to the FT regulars at their new homes. Here's hoping the trolls you left behind here do not follow you there."
But don't fear - the mods will be sharing even more of their wit with us in future:Thanks for everything to everybody. Look for the first of serveral new features on FT in the next week or so. Current Mood: le sneerCurrent Music: ade was robbed, i tell you...
|Saturday, March 5th, 2005|