Monthly Archives: September 2009
DJ gets his soapbox talk on while ranting about today’s need to know topics…well almost need to know topics
1. 2 Months, 2 Million
2. Kanye West
3. Tilé vs Tyle
4. Melrose Place/90210
5. Female Friends
6. Tyle & Kanye Alliance
Still ceases to amaze me how many crush girls there are out there. If you have a tv sitcom and you need a ditzy blonde, there’s one person you need to cast. And that person is this week’s crush girl of the week, Kaley Cuoco. I’m also feeling generous and adding Queen of all Nerds, Olivia Munn to the this week’s edition also.
-Her parents are Gary and Layne Ann Cuoco, and she has a younger sister Briana
-Kaley was schooled on the set and graduated high school at the age of 16
-She began her acting career as a child actress at the age of
-Her first major role was on the tv movie Quicksand: No Mistake and then a bunch of guest roles in random shows like My So-Called Life, Nothern Exposure, These Friends of Mine, 7th Heaven,
-Finally in 2002, Kaley got a recurring role on the hit ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules along with the late John Ritter and Katey Sagal, She played the dumb blonde teen daughter Bridget Hennessey (strangely the actress who played her younger sister is actually 6 years older than her)
-In 2004 she did voice work for Disney Channel’s cartoon Brandy and Mr. Whiskers as the lead character Brandy
-8 Simple Rules came to an end in 2005, she then joined the cast of Charmed for its final season as Billie Jenkins as a new powerful witch the Charmed Sisters must train
-Around these two shows she was in the movies: 10.5, Crimes of Fashion, The Hollow, Loonatics Unleashed
-In 2007 got a new recurring role on her current show The Big Bang Theory as Penny, the hot blonde neighbor of the 4 nerds
-She would also have two guest starring roles at the same time on the popular shows Eureka, Prison Break ,and Gossip Girl
-Kaley was once a nationally ranked amateur tennis player, and she loves to play table tennis, she also loves to bowl
-She has many dogs including Chijuahua-dachshund mix dog named Petey and a German Shepherd named Duke
-Kaley is also a big fan of previous crush girl Taylor Swift
-Kaley knows how to play the drums
-Olivia real name is Lisa Olivia Munn, but uses Oliva Munn professionally and personally now
-Her parents are Kim and Sam Munn, she is half white and half Chinese (mother side), her mother remarried to a soldier in the Air Force and Olivia spent her childhood moving around, though mostly lived in Tokyo
-She comes from a family of 5 children
-She moved to Los Angeles and started her acting career in straight to video movie Scarecrow Gone Wild, appeared in Zebrahead’s music video for their song Hello Tomorrow, and had a role as Mily Acuna a surfer on the drama show Beyond the Break
-Soon afterwards she auditioned and got the job as cohost of G4′s Attack of the Show! along side veteran Kevin Pereira and the rest is history (she was the replacement for Sarah Lane)
-Along with Attack! she has showed up in small films: Big Stan and Insanitarium
-She was the Playboy cover girl for July/August 2009 issue in a non-nude pictorial and before that was Babe of the Month in the February 2007 issue (also non-nude)
-Since 2008, she has made it on hot 100 lists, her highest ranking is #85 on FHM’s list
Olivia will be showing up on Attack of the Show! weeknights, but along with that her future projects include roles in the films Iron Man 2, Date Night, Freeloaders, and The Slammin’ Salmon, also she’ll appear on a future episode of Greek
Something happened around 2004, that made comics worth reading again. For the longest time, American comics have just been issue after issue of a new villain facing off against the series hero. This made the hero basically feel alone in a universe where it should seem he/she should interact with others. So the company wide comic book megaevent was invented. There haven’t really been many of these until around 2004 when japanese manga was beating comics with their superior story telling and multidimensional characters. Something had to be done or comics would be done for. When done right the megaevent is like a satisfying summer blockbuster film, when done wrong it feels like you just wasted 6 months of your life waiting on it. So here are my top 5 comic events (sticking to just Marvel and DC to keep it easy on myself).
5. Annihilation (Marvel, 2006)
This was a gamble that paid off big time for Marvel. They had a bunch of “space” characters invented from the space craze of the the 70′s and 80′s who haven’t seen the light of days in years. Characters with the dumbest names like Blastaar and Annihilus got a completely new makeover that made them 100 times cooler than they used to be. The storyline is basically Annihilus gathers up just about everybody who would serve him in the Negative Zone and formed an army of about a trillion guys (the Annihilation Wave) and then sent them out all at once to just blitzkrieg the universe. They took out a bunch of characters that seemed invincible at the time including Thanos, a Watcher, and even incapacitating Galactus. It ends with an epic scene of Nova ripping the spine out of Annihilus, cementing him as one of the most kickass characters ever. Marvel made two followup series Annihilation Conquest and War of Kings which continue to bring interesting stories to the Marvel Space line.
4. 52 (DC, 2006)
Ok American comics defintely don’t do weeklies like manga, but DC goes hey we’ll give it a shot. Taking 5 of the best writers and a bunch of artists, plus with J.G. Jones on covers, it was going to take a lot to make it work (hey at least manga only has to be like 10 pages a week in black and white, these guys had to pump out 22 page full colored spreads for 52 weeks straight). 52 began straight after DC’s Infinite Crisis event showing the aftermath of all that went down. It was special because it didn’t highlight the big characters, but focuses on the C listers of the DC universe and introduced newer characters as well. There were all sorts of intersecting storylines in 52 including Booster Gold discovering the mystery of Rip Hunter’s bunker, Elongated Man avengeing his wife’s death, Wondergirl trying to resurrect Superboy, the path to become the new The Question, and Lex Luthor’s deadly Everyman Project just to name a few. 52′s ending was satisfying though the adjacent ending of World War III was kind of stupid and random. DC continued to do weeklies with Countdown to Infinite Crisis (good at the beginning, got worst by the end), Trinity (this just confused me), and Wednesday Comics (kick back to good ole newspaper style).
3. Infinite Crisis (DC, 2005-06)
Some could say that this was a desperate attempt to make a storyline, by pulling an old one and redoing it. But it turned out a lot better than expected. So “Crisis” events are used for only one reason and that is to jump start DC comics, the first Crisis on Infinite Earths (back in the 80′s) was used to tidy everything up since there were too many versions of the same character. Infinite Crisis did the opposite and broke and messed everything up, but in a kind way. The story is that there are a few survivors of the first crisis who are deem the current universe too corrupted and evil to keep going, so the crazied mind of Alexander Luthor tries to make the perfect world. Though the bad guy that stole the show had to be Superboy Prime (which just showed that Superman isn’t as perfect as we think he is). Grant Morrison followed Infinite Crisis up with the epic fail that was Final Crisis (which is weird since he usual is a terrific writer). This seems to be the end of the Crisises for now anyway.
2. Sinestro Corp War (DC, 2007-08)
They really should just have Geoff Johns on these epic events because he’s really good at them. The dude single handedly resurrected Green Lantern and give it one of the greatest runs in history. In the second of a 3 arc Ultimate Green Lantern epic was Sinestro Corp. Now most comic readers know that Sinestro has a yellow ring which does the same thing as the green ring. Johns went with the idea of what if Sinestro started recruting his own lantern army. He did and boy did he do some intense recruiting. The big 5 of his team was himself, Cyborg Superman (massacred an entire city), Parallax Kyle (the strongest Green Lantern corrupted), Superboy Prime (umm the event above this one), and finally the friggin Anti-Monitor (killed just about everybody in the first Crisis). The DC heroes had to ban together and pull every trick they had to even win this one. This event was different from the other DC events as it wasn’t its own title but collected in both the Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corp books. Green Lantern has risen to be one of DC’s top titles and just started up John’s epic finale of Blackest Night.
-Blackest Night (DC, 2009) Though it has only been 3 issues this event seems to have enough steam to be greater than even Sinestro Corp War
-Identity Crisis (DC, 2004) I wouldn’t count this as a megaevent, but it is a definite must read, this basically showed that the DC Heroes can have character flaws and not just superpower weaknesses
-Secret Invasion (Marvel, 2008) The whole who can you trust thing was cool at the beginning, though it got old really fast. Big thing about this event it brought back a bunch of cool missing characters including Nick Fury and Mockingbird
-Planet Hulk (Marvel, 2006) Hulk didn’t show up in the #1 comic book event, why? Because he was unleashing the beast on a gladiator planet. For the first time there were those who could easily best the Hulk and he would have to take his game up to another level just to survive
-World War Hulk (Marvel, 2007) Which the Hulk does and for this event just beats down everybody in the Marvel U (badly I do say) and it takes the uber Sentry to knock out this Hulk
-House of M (Marvel, 2005) This one broke barriers with the first of the modern age megaevents and the first modern storyline that combines an alternate universe with the main continuity.
-Grand Theft America (Marvel, 2006) Yeah this is basically a modern day retelling of the Avengers origin story, but good god was this an epic event. It would totally be #2 on this list if it wasn’t for being in the Ultimate Marvel line of comics. If they do make an Avenger movie, they should just take Grand Theft America as the basis and redo it scene by scene, because it reads like an action movie.
1. Civil War (Marvel, 2006-07)
I don’t care that Brian Michael Bendis wrote all the events up to and after Civil War, you get Mark Millar and Steve McNiven on something and you get epicness. DC just wrapped up their Infinite Crisis and Marvel released this and gave DC a huge F U. What made it great was it made it more then just being a fanboy’s who’s better one hero or another. It gave readers a really deep question they needed to answer who was right? The story was that something bad happened and many innocents were killed because of reckless heroes, so should anyone become a hero? Iron Man lead the U.S. effort to register all the heroes of America and keep them in order. While Captain America wants to stand for freedom and the privacy of the lives of the heroes. It’s basically a liberal vs conservative clash out with superheroes. It pushed just how far these characters would go to defend their ideals over the others. It included many amazing moments including Spider-Man’s public unmaksing, the hiring of villains to take out the enemy, the deadly clone of Thor kills Goliath, the creation of a superhero prison, and Captain America going to jail and killed afterwards. Marvel learned the power of tie-ins from this event, by releasing other titles besides the main one to add more to the main storyline. Marvel used this as a launching point and every Marvel comic still feels the ripples of what happened during Civil War.
infoMania’s Sergio’s White Hot Top 5 inspired me to do this post. This countdown is based on the top 10 songs being downloaded today on iTunes. Which songs on the list make me RAGE and which songs do I approve of? Well you have to read and find out…
10. Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
I totally liked this song…like half a year ago. Come on guys, the Kings of Leon’s Only By The Night is a great cd and there are plenty of other songs to listen to. And the band didn’t even try on making the music video, its just live footage, come on guys.
9. You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift
Taylor Nation grows epecially after getting Kanye’d at the VMA’s. Probably the best song on her Fearless album, so no argument here. Though I starting to get Taylor is trying to convince of something with all her videos, ok we get it you want to be a fairy tale princess.
8. Run This Town – Jay-Z ft. Rihanna and Kanye West
I still cringe a little with Kanye singing on this song. Jay-Z’s Blueprint III album kinda sucks, with two song exceptions. This one and Empire State of Mind, though both of these songs are only good because of Rihanna and Alicia Keys (welcome back to sucess you two), the dude just raps about his hometown, we get it.
7. Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys
Oh come on! I just said everything I needed to say, one song spot above! NEXT!
6. Forever – Drake ft. Lil Wayne, Eminem, Kanye West
Another entry in cramming as many rappers into one song to make it more sucessful. I have to say its really different tone then Drake’s other hit Best I Ever Had. I also swear the only thing Drake is singing on this song is the hook. Nothing really stuck out about this song for me, I’ve heard better collabs.
5. Down – Jay Sean ft. Lil Wayne
Hey this song has hit the Server’s Top Ten Countdown, so I guess I approve of it?
4. Whatcha Say – Jason DeRul0
Why would you ever choose to sample Imogen Heap’s Hide and Seek? Jason DeRulo’s rap isn’t anything special, and probably the only thing that sticks out in this song is the Imogen Heap, which many will think is his music, damn you hip hop!!!
3. I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Just one question to ask everyone on iTunes…WHAT THE F*#! IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!!! Ok lets move on…
2. Paparazzi – Lady Gaga
She performed this at the VMAs, probably why people are downloading it now (I did anyways), its typical electropop Gaga song continuing to do what’s she’s good at. The video has her killing her boyfriend in outfits that a sane person just wouldn’t wear, only Gaga would use a wheelchair in her music video.
1. Party in the U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus
Oh god here it comes…IT’S MILEY!!! Besides this being Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus or whatever, that’s not the problem. It’s Miley trying to be hip hop with G rated lyrics. Her voice just sounds soooo wrong for it. Be very careful when playing that video that I attached for this (its 3 minutes of my life I wished I had back :<)
The Portland Trailblazers accomplished goal number one last season by taking the team back to the playoffs. They got beat pretty bad by the unexpectingly good Rockets, so its back to the drawing board for the team to give the team a stronger push. Blazers who are known for blockbuster trades ever since promating Kevin Pritchard to GM, have remained pretty quiet. The core and most of the bench will return and most are in good health (that’s good). Pritchard have made 2 moves to add veteran leadership and experience to the team. This is different turn then the usual drafting new guys to fill the positions needed and taking a gamble they will be good. So here’s the need to know about the two new Portland Trailblazers…
Andre Miller #24
PG 6’2″ 33 years old 11 years in NBA
Miller will get the job done and is a consistant point guard. He isn’t an incredible point guard like Chauncey Billups or Steve Nash, but he is extremely dependable. Of his 11 years in the NBA, he has only 2 years where he didn’t play more than 80 games and 7 of them he played the entire season. He holds the record for playing the longest amount of consecutive games with 502. For the last 2 teams, the 76er’s and Nuggets, his presence on the team led them losers to being Eastern/Western Championship contenders. We also know he isn’t greedy with the ball as he has one of the highest assist averages in the NBA. He was signed earlier this summer to a 3 year $21 million dollar contract with the Blazers. The only problem with his presence on the team is who will start at PG, him or 2 year starter Steve Blake. Miller is the better all around point guard, but Blake already has mastered the Blazer offense and a constant threat from 3 point range. Most likely Blake will start the first game and whoever does a better job will get the spot later in the season.
Juwan Howard #6
PF 6’9″ 36 years old 18 years in NBA
Juwan is one of those players that has just been around everywhere. He entered the NBA back in 1994, and had a strong impact, scoring an average of 22 points a night in Washington. He would go on to also play with the Mavericks, Magics, and being a starter on a strong Rockets team with Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. His last two years have been pretty unproductive with being a bench player on Mavericks, Nuggets, and Bobcats teams. He signed a 1 year contract with the Blazers last week after trying out with other Power Forwards, Blazers thought he was the best choice. Howard also thinks the Blazers are the right fit for him with a team that’s going up as his career wraps itself up. The signing of Howard is serious business for the Blazers, he will most likely end up as the main backup to starter LaMarcus Aldridge over the rookies Pendergraph (who’s injured right now) and Cunningham. He will defintely getting more minutes than what he’s got for the last few years, he is also going to be looked at as a mentor figure to the younger Blazers including Greg Oden.
Trailblazer training camp begins September 29th and there is one spot on the roster up for grabs and it will be decided by Pritchard based on what happens in camp. Then they will begin preseason play in October and then Blazermania starts all over again.