My Boring Blog

Just a blog about me and whatever I\’m thinking at the time. Ho hum.

Moving the site

Posted by austinburns on August 31, 2006

Allrighty, it’s been fun over here at wordpress, but now that Blogger has categories in addition to the HTML/Javascript editing, there’s no reason not to be there.

I will be slowly copying my posts over to blogger, but the comments will probably be lost. No matter, I didn’t have many comments anyway.

My Boring Blog


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58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Posted by austinburns on August 27, 2006

A couple of thoughts on the Emmys. I’m not a big TV drama watcher, so I don’t have many thoughts on those:

Best Comedy Series: The Office! Yay! I’m so happy! Part of me was sad that the last season of Arrested Development didn’t win, but they did win for their first season, so that’s ok.

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: Amazing Race. There’s just no stopping them. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert presented the award and were hilarious.

Oustanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart! Four years in a row! This is just getting embarrassing for everyone else. Colbert lost, but TDS won, I would have been happy with either.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Keifer Sutherland for playing Jack Bauer on 24. I was pulling for Denis Leary and Rescue Me, but twas not meant to be.

Oustanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Tony Shaloub for playing Adrian Monk on Monk. Bollocks. He’s won it three times now. I was hoping for Steve Carrell. Monk is a good show, though. I’m just thrilled that Charlie Sheen didn’t win for that piece of shit Two and a Half Men.

Oustanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Mariska Hargitay for playing Olivia Benson on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. The only show I watch in the category, so … yay!

Oustanding Lead Actrees in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus for playing Christine Campbell on The New Adventures of New Christine. Never really watched it, but I’m just glad that Debra Messing didn’t win. Not a huge Will & Grace fan.

Oustanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeremy Piven for playing Ari Gold on Entourage. GOB was robbed! I guess anyone is better than Sean Hayes or Jon Cryer. Will & Grace and Two and a Half Men are dumb.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Megan Mullally for playing Karen Walkers on Will & Grace. See above notes for comments. Jamie Pressley should have won. No contest.

Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Barry Manilow for Barry Manilow: Music and Passion. Colbert should have won. When he and Jon Stewart were presenting for best reality show, Colbert told the audience to bow before their god while pointing to the Emmy statue. He then called everyone Babylon. Stewart asked him if this was about the whole Manilow thing. Colbert got very angry and said that what Manilow does isn’t performing. It was very funny.

Outstanding Direction for a Comedy Series: Marc Buckland for My Name is Earl (episode: Pilot). Well deserved win. My Name is Earl is hilarious.

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Greg Garcia for My Name is Earl (episode: Pilot). Another well deserved win. A little sad that Arrested Development didn’t win.

Outstanding Writing for a Varity, Music or Comedy Program: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. This is their fifth year in a row to win this one. Well deserved.

Conan O’Brien was hilarious. I think he did a really good job. The comedy acceptance speeches were hilarious. It was a good show.

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Best. Commercial. Ever.

Posted by austinburns on August 26, 2006

It’s a Volkswagen commercial. The one about the wedding. The music is “One Million Miles” by J Ralph.

This is, in my opinion, the best commercial ever. I still get goose bumps watching it. It’s great because of the twist. It’s great because of the music. It’s great because the only dialogue is, “Speak now, or forever hold your peace.” It’s great because of it’s open-endedness.

This is the best commercial ever. Thank you, YouTube!

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Posted by austinburns on August 19, 2006

Everyone should check out BookMooch, a site that lets you receive books for free! All you have to do is make a list of books that you’re willing to give away. The only thing you pay for is to ship your books to other people.

Check out my profile here, and my inventory here, and my wishlist here!

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Dave Matthews Band Live at West Palm Beach!

Posted by austinburns on August 13, 2006

Awesome two shows at West Palm Beach for the Dave Matthews Band! Highlights include a Proudest Monkey >> Satellite, and the last half of the first night. Last Stop, Pig, Can’t Stop, Crush, Everyday, Ants Marching. Nice way to close.

The second night was good, too. JTR, Grey Street, Break Free, Bayou, Jimi Thing, So Much to Say >> Anyone Seen the Bridge? >> Too Much. Too Much has a great little ditty in the middle when the horn section slows everything down. Encore with Sister and American Baby Intro >> Two Step.

The only complaint was how hot it was. I started up a nice Two Step chant after Sister finished and the rest of the band was walking back on stage. It looks like it was already on the setlist, though, so I don’t think I swayed the band.

Our last show is also the band’s last show. Charlottesville, VA on Sept. 23. Can’t wait.

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Dave Matthews Band Live at Randall’s Island!

Posted by austinburns on August 10, 2006

Ash and I went up to NYC last weekend to catch both of the DMB concerts at Randall’s Island. They were amazing! The first night we caught Gov’t Mule’s opening set, and it was pretty good. Warren Haynes came out later to guest with DMB, and I thought they were going to play Jimi Thing, but they started into Cortez the Killer, an awesome cover of a Neil Young tune. Great version. Later on in the show, they started playing #41, and I about shit myself when Béla Fleck came out. Then I actually did shit myself when the rest of the Flecktones came out. They churned out a near half-hour long #41, then went straight into Ants Marching. Crazy.

The next day, we went sightseeing around the city. It was the first time Ash had been there. We went to Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Flatiron Building, the WTC site, we saw the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park, saw Grand Central Station, and walked through Central Park. For the two nights we were there, we stayed in a hostel on the upper west side. We had our own room (bunk beds), and we shared a bathroom with ~10 people. The only that sucked is that they never had towels. Only $100 for two people for two nights. Not a bad deal.

The second night we had seats, so that was good. Our dogs were barking from walking around the city all day. Béla came out again for Lie in Our Graves and the rest of the ‘Tones came out on Jimi Thing. Another great concert. These were probably the best two concerts I’ve seen, and I’ve been to 10 or so DMB concerts. It was so awesome to see both my favorite bands share the stage. When the Flecktones were up there, there were 11 people on stage! That’s insane!

The great thing is, we are going to see DMB again this Friday and Saturday down in West Palm. Can’t wait for those shows, too!

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New blog!

Posted by austinburns on July 22, 2006

Hey, everybody!

Check out my new blog where I review movie trailers!

Hopefully, it will be a good read!

Movie Trailers Reviewed

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Ramifications of the Bush “shit”

Posted by austinburns on July 18, 2006

So we all know that President Bush dropped the “s” word (no, not “shut up”) in casual conversation with PM Blair at the G8 Summit in Russia. What I find odd is the various censorship/lack of censorship over the president’s usage of the word. For instance, the Orlando Sentinel printed the word without censorship. However, I cannot find a printing of the word online. The Daily Show, however, allowed the audio to go uncensored, but censored the caption that accompanied the video. CNN and BBC News have also published the word uncensored.
Why is this utterance allowed to go uncensored while Jon Stewart can’t say it without a bleep? Is the president uncensored only because he’s the president?

I have no problem with the president cursing. In fact, I wish he would do it more often. Many situations in this modern world require cursing. Israel and Hezbollah blowing each other up is such a situation. I, too, wish that something could be done to stop that shit.

We will likely not hear very many criticisms of Bush’s speech by the conservatives. If this had been Clinton or Gore or Kerry, we probably wouldn’t have heard the end of it. Why do we tolerate moral posturing?

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Superman Returns

Posted by austinburns on July 17, 2006

Superman Returns

What can I say about this movie? If I had to sum it up in two words, it would be “perfectly mediocre.” Everything about this movie was plain. Let’s start with the acting.

  • Brandon Routh as Clark Kent/Superman, thumbs up. I thought he was very believable as Superman. He barely was in there as Clark, but he did good in that role as well.
  • Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane, thumbs up. Ashley didn’t like her, but I thought she was fine.
  • Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor, thumbs down. I didn’t care to much for him. He swayed between hamming it up and understating the performance. He really needed to either rein it in or overplay the whole thing. Uniformity would have been nice.
  • James Marsden as Richard White, thumbs up. He had a shitty role, but he did well with it. He plays editor Perry White’s nephew and Lois Lane’s 5 year romance and father of her 5 year old kid. Or is he? I really liked the Superman love triangle when it was between Supe, Lois, and Clark. It was intriguing to have a love triangle with only two people. To add a third person means that there’s not much else for Clark to do. That being said, the Richard character was all to predictable, but Marsden brought some empathy to the role, which is all he really could do. At least it wasn’t a cliched love triangle where one guy is a total douche, but the girl doesn’t realize it. Richard is truly a good guy, believes his son is his son, but how can he compete with Superman?
  • Some supporting characters: Parker Posey as Kittie Kowalski, thumbs up. Ashley seems to think that she and Lex were romantically involved, I’m under the impression that Lex likes the man-meat (prison will do that to you). If she and Lex weren’t an item, then her role in the movie is a little less clear. Basically, she’s a henchman (henchwoman? henchperson?), but she’s funny when she needs to be. Sam Huntington as Jimmy Olsen, thumbs up. It’s really hard to screw up Jimmy Olsen. Kal Penn as Stanford, thumbs up. Stanford is Lex’s main techie henchman, and the only one who is not an idiot. Kal did a great job with a role with no speaking parts. His role in the movie has a pretty shitty farewell, however.
  • Lastly, Frank Langella as Perry White and Eva Marie Saint as Martha Kent, thumbs up. Langella was a prefect Perry, even uttering the classic, “Great Caeser’s ghost!” at one point in the movie. A very different contrast to J. K. Simmons and his portrayal of J. Jonah Jameson from Spider-Man. And Eva Marie Saint was perfectly cast as Martha Kent. Hardly in the movie, but played a worried/grieving mother perfectly.

The direction was just there. Maybe I expected too much of Bryan Singer after his masterful directions of X-Men I and II. It seemed that just about any action director could have directed this movie.

The story was also pretty ludicrous. Superman has been gone for five years. No one knows where he went. One day, he just left. Turns out he went looking for Krypton. Lois is super pissed at him for not saying goodbye. Superman saves a bunch of people, including Lois. Lex’s plan involves the crystals from Supe’s fortress of solitude to build a new continent off the coast of New York City Metropolis. Wanna guess how it ends? After Singer turned the X-Men story into a thoughtful allegory of homosexual acceptance, I had high hopes that he would do something similar with the Superman story. There was only one mention of something more. Lois writes a piece titled, “Why the World Doesn’t Need Superman” while Supe was gone. When Superman asks Lois about it, she replies that the world doesn’t need a savior. It’s easy enough to draw a line between Superman and Jesus, and Singer could have used that a little better. He could have articulated the difference between the need of a savior and the want of a savior. Instead, there’s one line, a bunch of shots of Superman ascending into the clouds, and a shot of a fatigued Superman falling to earth with his arms outstretched in a cross-like fashion. Singer dropped the ball.

With the average acting, the directing needing work, and the story needing help, I give it a generous


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The Onion’s 10th Anniversary

Posted by austinburns on July 14, 2006

The Onion celebrated their 10th anniversary over the past two weeks by featuring some of their best articles for each year. Here are some of my favorites:

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