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TV…

An abysmal well from which I could draw bucket upon bucket of writing sustenance to quench the thirst of an army facing a season of hellish desert combat is the subject of television. The reason I have not done this (at least I think I haven’t) since starting this little blog is partly because back then, I used to actually watch a lot of television. So much in fact, the most important advent in technology was the larger capacity DVR provided by my cable carrier at the time. This is in the time of the iPhone 4 coming out- and I was concerned with having more space in my Tivo… That should tell you something. Suffice to say- I didn’t want to expose to the world how much TV I actually did watch. Because though I enjoy it to no end, the fact I can always see more than one side to a situation told me, that’s pretty damn couch potato to watch that much TV, or it would at least appear to be to the reader I thought, so I refrained. Am I saying that I regard critics of other mediums as their negative stereotypes might suggest? The food critic being a fat ass that eats too much? The tech critic or reviewer a recluse socially inept nerd that got along better with his electronics than he did his peers in his youth? Yes, I am. And mainstream media agrees I think. I’ve not seen the depiction of a skinny food critic or a socially adept tech writer unless it’s a woman to this day. And remember- I watch some TV.

What’s different now? I’ve long since cut my cable and pocket that monthly sum, a move I consider both convenient and frugal, as well as defiant to the ridiculous charges we, well all of you pay for simply turning on the television to stay in sync with your friends and co-workers, or to indulge in some entertainment, or both. If someone did a study I’m willing to bet they may find that a larger percent of the population puts more money into having cable than they actually put in their savings accounts each month. A premium package costs anywhere between $80 (with the less desirable and bad weather susceptible satellite service) to upwards of $200 a month with a mega media conglomerate like Time Warner who puts nothing but frustration into their brand of customer service (if you judge by their service).

In any case I’m not here to go over the injustices of American media- there are plenty people writing about that and when they end up disappearing I won’t be on that bus to no where. I’m here to snap off some quick reviews of some shows I still do watch. Because I do still watch shows of course. How? Well I download everything I want to watch. Yes I subscribe to both Hulu and Netflix periodically. I don’t maintain a consistent subscription because I’m proud to say- I’m not riveted to the television anymore. It’s not winter either, so I’m not home directly after work hiding from the elements. Between subscription months though I download shows from a popular torrent sharing site I won’t mention here. If you want to know more you can google the very word “torrent” or search for a show’s name with the word “download” and it won’t take you long to find the same resources I use. I will say the site I use is Kick Ass in how it does it’s thing and I have no need of another. I use the app Vuze to manage downloads as well as convert and stream any media from my laptop or desktop to any device that’s networked. Yes- think about that. It’s incredibly convenient. You move a file around by dragging and dropping it in the right section of Vuze and your device, Playstation, XBox, NDVD, whatever it is that’s attached to both your router and your TV can see Vuze and it’s content- and show it to you.

Now I may not be watching True Blood with you on Sunday night, but I’ll be watching Monday night that’s for sure. And the other part of this being my current viewing habit is because it affords me the control I need when setting entertainment like TV at it’s appropriate priority level in life. Have you seen how many shows are on, on a Sunday night? Right now, if you wanted to stay current for Monday morning water cooler chit-chat let’s see…

You’d be watching in no particular order;
True Blood
Masters of Sex
The Last Ship
The Strain
Falling Skies
The Leftovers
and
Ray Donovan.

All very good shows in their own right. They may not all be your cup of tea, but if you even watch half that’s 3 hours of your evening… You’re done. Seven hours of viewing time if you like it all… all of which start after 8PM… So if you do watch it all- you’re going to bed at 3AM- IF they let you, because they don’t all start at 8 or 9. Some are on at 10, so your second choice can only be seen at 11, third at 12, etc. It’s ridiculous. Why? Because if you’re like most people, don’t you have to go to work Monday morning? and sure- sure you say that’s seven shows, I can watch one a day till it all comes back around again- but no. Because that’s just on one day. Monday’s got a couple shows you like, Tuesday too, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and Saturday too. There’s too much TV on unless you bank it in a DVR for a binge watch, if you have a DVR that big, or save up to wastefully buy the DVD set when and IF it comes out, or subscribe to one of the services mentioned earlier- or be the sucker at the table who missed it. Network shows for example, most likely will not be put out on DVD. They may be repeated nowadays, but only during the season or on rerun when they’re off season. Try scheduling that. They might be recast on Hulu… but maybe not?

And by the likes of shows like Lost, The Black List, Elementary and The Mentalist, we can’t discount network for it’s quality. They’re still competitive for sure, and they’re worth tuning in for.

Lastly, not that I’m trying to get anyone else to cut their cable and put that money in a savings account for a well deserved vacation or anything, that decision is on you… But even I forget one of the bes things about going of grid like this so to speak… It’s the fact that I don’t watch commercials people. The shows I download are com-plete-ly commercial-less. Black screen to next scene. So whoever is providing these for their fellow share-ers out there is kind enough to omit all commercialism from them. An hour show is in the 45 minute viewing time zone. Not only do I enjoy not having my brain trained to have ADHD or whatever it is every 5 minutes, but I’m saving time in whatever I choose to see anyway. Sure- premium cable shows don’t have commercials, you’re right. But you paid for that, and I’m watching it for free. Basic cable does have commercial interruption, and I don’t pay to miss those either.

OK! So I don’t watch as much TV any more and I keep the habit inconvenient enough to be managed to an acceptable level, and convenient enough to be streamlined and at my fingertips when I call on it, not the other way around. I’m not forcing myself to watch a show because the DVR will erase it if I don’t, I’m not choosing to watch a show based on what the DVR will allow me to because it’s busy recording three others, or missing a show because it conflicts with other recording times or they’re just not streaming it via any service at all. It’s all under my control now and if I get to it when I get to it.

Allllll that being said… want to know what I have bookmarked for download?

Get ready. Because the last person who asked me what shows I like to watch almost shot themselves as the list went on and on. But again, keep in mind, I’m not watching all this every day. Some is off season, some is on season but I’m letting it pile up, and some, very little in fact, I choose to watch before bed after a long day at work, the gym and school. And come to think of it, looking at the list now… some of it is even cancelled, or they are shows I haven’t even downloaded to watch yet- but I’ll indicate each as I go down the list, and give a quick little recommendation if not a review, which is why we’re here.

Rectify – Excellent thought provoking drama
Dominion – Slightly cliché but compelling theologically based action drama.
Gang Related – I’m currently letting this one pile up for a binge viewing (DLPU)
Satisfaction (US) – Somehow this “real people” drama came to my attention- DLPU
Graceland – Highly recommend this undercover police drama. Good actors and decent writing.
Extant – Giving this a try. Sci-Fi, so I have to… so far not liking the attempt at suspenseful endings.
Suits – Excellent legal drama with an absolutely likable and attractive cast- all of them.
The Bridge (US) – Excellent quirky police detective drama.
Covert Affairs – I was with this for the first season, and have been letting it pile up since – lost interest.
Perception – Big fan of the main character actor, but it’s piling up- will definitely catch up one day.
Under the Dome – A Stephen King story, so I have to see where this goes. I think he’s a bit overrated.
Longmire – Pretty good modern day western police drama.
True Blood – Last season of this silly show. It’s fun.
Masters of Sex – The entire show is piling up.
The Last Ship – I’m a military show buff, so I must see this. So far not bad.
Halt & Catch Fire – Totally missed this show and binge viewed it in one night. Great nerd drama.
The Strain – This is going places I didn’t expect. Sci-Fi sort of fantasy horror kind of thing. Intrigued.
Falling Skies – Big fan of Noah Wiley- Ended up liking the show through my doubts.
Ray Donovan – The quintessential tough guy takes on the world drama. Love it.
The Leftovers – This seems indulgent to the spectating of the main character- but interesting so far.
Hell on Wheels – I grew to really like this old western drama about the building of the trans continental railroad.
Power (2014) – Co-workers asked me to watch this- I’m feeling it’s a low brow partner to Scandal
The Killing – I’m a sucker for the darkness perfected in this murder mystery detective drama.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – I can’t keep up with a nightly show like this but it’s fun when I do.
Real Time With Bill Maher – Feed the high brow- no pun intended.
The Daily Show – Feed it some more, but again, it’s Daily, so I can’t keep up. Brilliant though.
The Soup – Feed the low brow. Hilarious and scary at times.
UFC Fight Night – When I can keep up with the evolution of pugilism I do.
24 – I mean to see this entire series, but it seems neurotic to me in it’s attempt at action.
Hemlock Grove – When I can be tolerant of the extremely strange, I’ll get through this horror online series
The Ultimate Fighter – Pugilism 2.0
The Art of… – just a very cool “how do they do it” kind of show.
Californication – This show is finished actually, last two seasons weren’t 100%, but overall a lot of fun.
Penny Dreadful This show is well done horror. Love it.
Nurse Jackie Love this character drama. One of the few at the top of my must see now list.
Orphan Black – Season two awaits the opportunity for viewing. Interesting, but a little cliché.

I’ve got to take a break right now and get back to the rest later… This is my second seating trying to get this post done… It’s easier to download and watch a show here and there it seems, than to actually chronicle them all. In total there are 128 shows on this list. There are some good ones down there I’ll add descriptions or opinions to next time. I’m considering taking this a little more seriously too and maybe starting a page on TV reviews, but we shall see.

Crisis
The Pete Holmes Show
Fargo
Game of Thrones
Vice
The 100
Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey
Turn
Orange is the New Black
Last Call with Carson Daly
Tosh.0
The Writers’ Room
Silicon Valley
Comedy Underground with Dave Attell
Hannibal
Revolution (2012)
The Mentalist
Saturday Night Live
Grimm
Elementary
Reign
Suburgatory
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Person of Interest
Chicago Fire
The Blacklist
Hawaii Five-0 (2010)
Blue Bloods
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Bates Motel
The Tomorrow People (US)
Resurrection (2014)
Vikings
The Following
Community
Scandal
Being Human (US)
House of Lies
Shameless (US)
Bitten
The Walking Dead
Talking Dead
Helix
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Mr. Selfridge
Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory
Wahlburgers
Episodes
Black Sails
Banshee
The Bachelor
True Detective
House of Cards (2012)
The After
White Collar
American Horror Story
Dracula (2013)
Sleepy Hollow
Sherlock
Hostages
Strike Back
Real Husbands of Hollywood
Homeland
South Park
Sons of Anarchy
Boardwalk Empire
The League
Eastbound & Down
Hello Ladies
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Low Winter Sun
Talking Bad
Breaking Bad
Dexter
Satisfaction (CA)
Siberia
The Newsroom (2012)
Do No Harm
Joe Rogan Questions Everything
The Glades
Magic City
Luther
Doctor Who (2005)
Southland
Monday Mornings
Last Resort
Hunted
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew
Damages
Hit & Miss
One Man Army
Comedy Central Presents

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WordPress, but not WordPress…

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Special thanks to the developers at Links Alpha for such a great plug in. Also at Dallas Pro Web Designers for their plug in/ widget. Both made it really easy to move this blog off the Wp servers and keep some of the functionality.

Told ya… I was gonna do it. And it’s done.

I have a couple other blogs to move under my main domain umbrella and I’m done, at least publicly, with WordPress. After initially looking at the glamorous and glitzy Tumblr sites, I was impressed, but I couldn’t find comparable themes and templates. Mind you, they have some nice ones, but the really nice ones are about 20-60% more costly than those you would pay for in Wp format, and even if I did swallow that small pill, I would be losing the familiarity with which I’ve grown into, aesthetically, on my blogs.

Initially I was dismayed at the thought of eating my words and coming back, tail between my legs and continuing my begrudging relationship with the ever-silent racist sympathizer WordPress has become in my eyes, but no. Despite my keep-sh*t-simple life-motto, I knew that I wanted out from under and this was it, this was the time.

I could part with a layout I thought, if the layout is pleasing to the eye, as I feel mine are now- and I loved the fact I could apply the actual domain name without the subdomain (.wordpress.com) suffix to my blogs (something WordPress would reach into your pocket for!) at Tumblr… Then there were some functionality issues… Wp format is just more control-freak friendly, which I am. I needed a bit more control than is offered over there at Tum-Tum, as I’ve come to know affectionately refer to it. So what did I do? I took myself out of my comfort zone and got into the code a bit, installed the WordPress Application into my GoDaddy hosting account, and moved everything over. Some re-formatting glitches after familiarizing myself with the new operating procedures and log-ins, and here we are.

There are some tweaks on each site (two so far) that I have to come back to- but for the most part- the work is done.

I figure once in a while, I may repost an entry in the old (.wordpress.com) blog to attract some hits from the internal mechanism they have, freshly pressed and whatnot- but for the most part- we are free (and you can be too).

And we are under our own flags as well.

When you type in www.theoccasionalopinion.com you are led to the main domain The Occasional Opinion, then redirected to the subdomain under Damian Dezign. Looks the same as this one, so will you know the difference? Sans the stink of a background support staff that says nothing to you when you complain of racial epithets espoused upon you by other users of the free service- nahhhh, no difference at all.

This will be the last post here for a while, so if you don’t hit the link, and rss link or feed or do whatever it is you do to keep up at the new site, you will not receive an update when I comment on the absurdities of our world.

I’ve got some pent up thoughts on Lindsey and Hale, racism, white male model on black baby crimes, as if we need more daddy issues in this country… and more, waiting to come out…

All of which will not be posted here.

See you on the other side folks!

bye bye you mother f%&*($#s =P

Maura Kelly & Should “Fatties” Get a Room? (Even on TV?)

October 28, 2010 2 comments

The following is a reply I’m posting to all blogs responding to the Maura Kelly blog about fat people- feel free to follow suit if you are as offended as I am at the spineless BS of the media- as IF we don’t have enough problems in this country getting honesty from the press;

“The real shame is when someone responds honestly to a question and instead of being asked to expound, they are instead Pounded into submission by a spineless editorial leadership. Ms. Kelly expressed what everyone feels and was brave enough and honest enough to innocently express it. It’s a crying shame indeed that when this happens a woman is not lauded for her frankness but instead is run asunder by the needing to be politically correct and thus giving misogynists even more reason to say the glass ceiling is there for a reason. Do you all know the damage you have done for sparing the feelings of people whose time has long seen past for this kind of

tough love help? America is overweight. Plain and simple. It’s a problem in part because it’s not addressed honestly, and an environment and market is made wide open for the deception of consumers desperately seeking solutions. Part of the solution is to be honest about what feelings obesity create in the general public. Speaking from experience, when one is made aware, clearly and without compromise the gravity of ones situation, that is when change begins to happen. No watered down apology or endless health news reports will do what the cold hard truth does. I think Marie Claire should reconsider their position and do their job in GUIDING the communication they are generously providing to their consumers rather than cowering and kowtowing to what they fear by mere presumption will be a backlash they cannot come out on top of. Today could have been a day where Marie Claire was heralded albeit controversially, for providing the truth in publishing, drawing more attention and readers than this scared little position they are taking. I feel sorry for women, having this type of representation. My respect goes out to Maura Kelly, and a slap on the wrist, but with understanding still, since we all have to pay the bills and are in the position where we cannot help but do as we are asked at times. The real shame as I’ve said twice already- is that she doesn’t work for editors with more spine- and that there seems to be a swarm of fellow women eager to take bites out of her like a veritable feeding frenz

y instead of rallying to support her, when all of you know you think the same thing- or you would all allow yourselves to get in the shape of those Ms. Kelly justifiably criticized.”

Additionally 

Disclaimer: marie claire logo is used for reference only,this blog has no affiliation with that entity

Disclaimer: marie claire logo is used for reference only,this blog has no affiliation with that entity

I think it’s a clear example of the low intellect of the American public that the media, be it Marie Claire or all who followed their lead in reporting the story, do it without one hint of the sentiments I’m expressing here. It’s as if the general, and accepted consensus is that people are too stupid to think for themselves and recognize that this is simply a blogger being honest. Leaders, as editors and news professionals are- like it or not- take no initiative in guiding communication in the appropriate- and INTELLIGENT direction for fear of being “unpopular”. And if being “popular” means keeping the attention of a majority group- then thats saying “the majority of the general public is stupid, so lets keep them happy”. As much as an obesity problem, America has a Stupidity, or rather, Education problem. This hasn’t been news to me, as I am a victim of it, but its in the news now because as is the case, pathetically, America doesn’t care about an issue until there’s a movie made about it (Waiting for Superman). And this little blip, is a direct result in my opinion- of that lack of education and resulting lack of intelligence in the public.

True Blood; Shut Up Sookie, Shut Up!

Who else is is sick of Sookie?

This season seems to be gearing up steadily episode by episode. Nicely done. Nicely done. With the exception of a little note here and there, I can’t say I’m disappointed. I’m not one of these end-all be-all has no life glued to the TV or seem like it die hard series watching shlubs, so for me, if I happen to notice that Bill could have easily outrun the werewolves in the first episode and I ask myself- well why would he stop and slaughter them if his intent was to get back home in the first place… I won’t be a dick about it and I’ll let it go.

As it turns out, or is turning out, we are seeing that Billy bill, the faggy-est vamp, is to my suspicion, some kind of a double triple secret under cover other agenda having lieing sack of shit 007 vamp- so far as we can tell. His stopping unecessarily for a bunch of stank wolves makes sense now that we see how he wanted to infiltrate the Missisipi King’s lair.

My prediction is that Bill and Eric are truly the bestest of buddies and to some extent- they’re working together. They have a history according to what we’ve seen in previous seasons and they’re quite vague about that history aren’t they?

In any case, back to my original point…

I hate Sookie.

She is the most annoying character on television that I have ever known of. Almost as annoying as The Greatest American Hero, or Jon Cryer’s character on Two and a Half Men or whatever that series’ name is. I could rip my friggin head off rather than be exposed to too much of any of them.

That said, I really enjoyed Sookie’s possible death in this last episode. If even for a moment it was nice to imagine the series going on without her. Enough of her stupid self indulgent bla bla blaaaaaa lectures and advice to everyone who isn’t asking. If I have to hear her say the words ” well I think…” followed by another empty headed ridiculous collusion of words that if given a choice would probably not allow themselves to be united in any kind of sentence for the purpose of communication coming from her mouth in that stupid southern accent of hers again I think I’ll gut myself and rabidly gnaw on my own entrails unitl I pass out to be able to escape the torture of the experience.

Brilliant writing if that was the intent I have to say.

I want someone to come in and punch her dead in the face like Bill did Lorena a while back- but like, every other scene as she starts saying something. “Well I thank..” PUNCH! “but yall know whut eye thank?” PUNCH!

I’d definitely enjoy the series alot more if that were the case.

But of course, that’s not what’s gonna happen is it. I’ll have to put up with her nonsense and try and enjoy every other storyline as much as I can. Crossing my fangers of course, hoping and praying, that maybe, just maybe someone will come in out of no where and BAM!

Sook goes down like a sack of potatoes just as she opens her big ass mouth.

Shut Up Sookie! Just Shut the Fuck Up!

OK,OK, I watched Lost too…

But I’m not gonna go blogging on it, so sorry to the the vacuum of that ilk…

Instead here you go, you can listen in on a conversation and get my thoughts on it that way…

10:33 AM

M~: that was my fave part… Juliet and sawyer
I almost lost it
Claire and Charlie
Kate and jack

Yours Truly: yeah she can illicit a response that actress
freckles was killin it in that dress

M~: lol
ye she looked dope 

YT: it was all about Jack btw
it was all in HIS head

M~: yesss
it was all in his perspective
the closed it with his eye closing 

YT: he was Lost

M~: I’m gonna watch the Kimmel thing tonight, I was out cold right after

YT: it could be said all of it happened in his mind, after the plane crashed and he wandered through the bamboo forest injured, dying, that’s why everyone dies in water
yeah I couldn’t watch it either

M~: ye there’s so many ways to interpret
they did that on purpose – yes they’re all literary references 

 YT: all the names of the characters, authors he’s read

 YT: yeah I thought that a while back, but they talked abt it in the interviews
cute I thought, but now I see 

 M~: ah I was about to say that 

 YT: poor Jack
father issues, love issues, no son issues

 M~: ye he was the center of it all 

 YT: I don’t like how it all wraps up for me

 M~: what do u mean 

 YT: I want someone
else’s version 

 M~: ah
they’ll be lots on the blogs today. EW.com has a good one but won’t be up until after 12p EST

 YT: find one for me that’s nice and tight, because it kills it for me to think of Jack lying on the beach with a head injury and dreaming all this up – this fight between good and evil, this insecurity of not being able to keep the girl, this wanting to be a hero, reluctantly, never having a son, this basic thing – the flash of life before your eyes one has before one dies
– an embolism dream comprised of all the literature he’s read, all the desires he’s had, the unfulfilled unfinished feeling of a man trying to put it all together in a last ditch effort to be ok with his bad luck of being on a plane that goes down in flames

A metaphor for his life

 M~: that’s a good way to summarize it
  well written (exp)!

YT: copy paste and credit me, lol 

M~: noooo 

YT: but it’s not the ending I want

M~: ye I know, that’s why it’s a little disappointing 

YT: it’s sad, like seriously they can rename it- “Poor Jack” 

M~: lol so true
  or “lost in Jack’s head” 

YT: none of it ever existed- it was all his imagination built on his life and the ppl he saw last
  or…
  spirit dreams
  limbo… “Where are we?” he asked his dad

M~: I hope the producers like come out and explain things at one point

Yours Truly: Me too.

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