Survivor One World: Fueling the (Lack of) Fire with Chicken Hostages

Posted in TV on February 16th, 2012 by Nick

A new season of Survivor brings us One World, but thanks to the Reality Gods, that certainly doesn’t equal One Love. Last night’s premiere was a solid start to what looks to be a great season of Survivor, despite a faulty challenge, wrist injury and lack of a tribal (BLASPHEMY!). But hey man – at least Redemption Island is toast.

As we previously saw in the Amazon and Vanuatu – the ladies vs. gents twist mostly works. Pairing that with the One World aspect of this season is even more genius, I say. In just the first episode, we saw the tribes bickering over supplies, fire, chickens, and more, and we’re only getting started here.

I don’t really blame the men for not giving the women fire or for not finishing the challenge, really. It seems harsh, but it’s a game. The ladies need to learn that on Survivor, they need to build their own fires and take care of themselves (maybe if you find out you’re going to be on a show that sticks you on a deserted island, a light bulb should go off and you should practice your fire-making tactics…just sayin’!) Agreeing to share the chickens and then holding out is an OK move, but they definitely need to sharpen their bargaining skillz.

On Twitter, I mentioned that my friends and I are playing our very own, custom-created Survivor Fantasy Game, and dammitalltohell, Kourtney was one of my three picks. The way it works is we created a list of fancy Survivor happenings (Tribal meltdown, being mentioned for not helping at camp, nudity blur, finding an immunity idol, etc.) and then assigned each “event” a point value. We have about 20 “events,” with each participant holding three castaways. Points accumulate for your three picks, and whoever has the most total points wins. But daaaaamn, Gina…err…Kourtney! Listen to my man Probst when he tells you to fall correctly! He said it like nine times! So in case you care, I’m now left with Bill and Monica. I don’t feel strongly about my ability to win this game.

Here are a few snap judgments from what we’ve seen so far:

Alicia – You crazy. You don’t even have to vote anybody off and you’re STILL makin’ waves and causin’ drama? Classic Survivor 101 rookie mistake. SHUT UP. Actually, get voted off. I don’t really care.

Sabrina - Should’ve held on to that idol for a while. You could’ve used it to better advance your own game, or use it to strategically align with a male much stronger and smarter than Colton! Speaking of…

Colton – Dude. You know what show you’re on….right?!

All in all, it looks like the women have themselves an uphill battle. They need to pull it together and become cohesive as a team if any of them wants a shot at the million. But if Chris Daugherty could pull it off in Vanuatu, after being the only male in a female-dominated Final 7, I suppose anything is possible.

 

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Is Sufjan Stevens worth more than a latte?

Posted in Music on September 21st, 2010 by Nick

Paste Magazine’s Bonnie Stiernberg posted the following today:

His latest album is set to drop in October, and our Artist of the Decade, Sufjan Stevens, is urging fans to avoid picking up a copy on Amazon.

Stevens’ label Asthmatic Kitty sent a mass e-mail to fans that took issue with Amazon’s bulk discounting. “We have mixed feelings about discounted pricing,” the e-mail read. “Like we said, we love getting good music into the hands of good people, and when a price is low, more people buy. A low price will introduce a lot of people to Sufjan’s music and to this wonderful album. For that, we’re grateful.”

It continued, “But we also feel like the work that our artists produce is worth more than a cost of a latte. We value the skill, love, and time they’ve put into making their records. And we feel that our work too, in promotion and distribution, is also valuable and worthwhile.”

Stevens urges fans to pick up The Age of Adz via sites like Bandcamp that allow artists to sell their music directly to fans.

How can a record label tell us, the consumer, exactly where we should purchase his music? Music fans have been overpaying for music for years. That’s exactly why Napster happened – because the industry was flat out greedy and overcharging (remember the days of the $20 disc?).

Stevens and his label should be happy there are people who want to pay for his music at all. To tell us that his music “is worth more than a cost of a latte” makes the message sound extremely pretentious. (I drink plenty of lattes per week, just as I buy plenty of other music…shit gets expensive, dude!) I understand the cool-factor of buying directly from the artist. I understand the artist will see more monies because of that – but it could’ve been expressed in a way-less-douchey and pretentious manner. I may have purchased The Age of Adz, but this intel makes me want to avoid it now.

Or maybe I’ll just pick it up at Amazon.

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Wild About Whedon sale at Amazon

Posted in Check It Out! on February 20th, 2009 by Nick

Click here and saveeee! Amazon is running a “Wild About Whedon” sale and all his DVDs (plus Eliza’s “Tru Calling”) are on sale for 45% off!

Thought I’d pass it on. Spend spend!

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The best purchase of my LIFE.

Posted in Horror on October 17th, 2008 by Nick

…or, yanno…this week.

I got this puppy for 22.99! On Amazon. Click here and pick it up!

In this sweet ass boxset you get: A Nightmare on Elm Street, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, and last but certainly not least, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare.

7 movies. 23 dollars. That’s $3.28 a movie! Buy now, because I’m sure the price will change VERY SOON.

I’m happy as a clam.

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I'm leaving my girlfriend for Amazon Kindle.

Posted in Check It Out! on April 10th, 2008 by Nick

Screw, iTunes. Kindle’s in town.

I’m late to this. I really should’ve checked this out a while back reading Lefsetz rant about it.

It’s FANtastic!

You download a program that is their “Amazon Downloader,” or whatever (I’m a stickler for details, can ya tell?). All the tracks are DRM-free. This means Amazon isn’t telling you what to fuckin’ do with the music YOU PAY FOR.

FINALLY.

Fuck, iTunes. Fuck, iTunes hardcore. Yeah…they’re doing away with DRM. Eventually. Slowly and eventually. And charging MORE for it.

After an intense conversation regarding The English Beat, I just bought another English Beat record and it only cost $8.97. (I bought “Wha’ppen”)

I will 100% use Amazon for all full-album purchases I do online and I wanted to share my positive experience with you in hopes that you’ll think of Amazon next time you buy music online. iTunes isn’t the ONLY digital music retailer now so shop around and explore Kindle.

‘Cuz seriously, I’m in love.

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