Thoughts

Feb. 18th, 2007 02:10 pm
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Yesterday I was listening to an episode from the MaLyn's Slice of Life Podcast. This was an older episode, okay, so not really old, but from a couple of weeks ago. They were talking about American Idol, and it got me thinking. Before you non-Idol fans skip this, hang on a second. SMILE! They were talking about why they enjoyed the show, and what kept them coming back. I thought it was interesting, and their reasons are very much like mine so I thought I'd explain myself. [livejournal.com profile] kl1964 has explained why he doesn't like Idol, and I totally understand. When I see the judges take apart someone who I thought did a good job, I feel bad for them, and when comments are made that are hurtful, I can understand how humiliating it must be for them. I think though, what I really do like about the show is hearing those that really do have talent competing. I wrote before that they've got their top 24 now. This, to me, is where it really starts to get good because it's a more serious competition and the people truly are trying their best. So, my reason for watching is not to get enjoyment out of other's humiliation, (as KL said previously, I've had enough of that myself to know how bad it feels), but to root for those that are doing well. I'm not trying to defend myself or anything, I just wanted to explain my reasons for watching. I don't want people thinking that I'm coldhearted or cruel or anything like that. SMILE! I don't condemn anyone who doesn't watch. It's kind of like the CBS reality show Survivor. I've never gotten into it and never plan to. I can't see how anyone would want to put themselves into a situation where they might be risking their lives just to win whatever it is they win. I don't get it.

On a slightly different note, there's a new game show that's going to be shown after Idol starting on February 28th. It's called "Are You Smarter Than a 5th-Grader?". The idea is that adults are going to be paired up with kids and will have to try to answer questions out of text books. I think this is going to be interesting. It's hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, so that gives it a little interest factor for me too. I can't wait for that to start.

Finally, tonight I'm going to be going to the Cheese Cake Factory. I've only been there once before, and it was great, so I'm looking forward to another good meal. Later.
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It's almost 5:00 PM and I've shut my phone off just a little early. It's been a long day, not overly busy, just long. I had one of my headaches that I haven't had in a while, and it was making things really difficult. I forgot to put my pain pills back in my purse after I got back from Florida, so I didn't have anything I could take while I was out. We had sun today, and it was glaring off of the snow which really made things bright, and that only made things worse since I'm all ready light-sensitive. I did my K-NFB Reader presentation despite the pain, and we started driving back. On the way we decided that we were hungry so we stopped in at Noodles for lunch. I had their buttered noodles with chicken, broccoli, and mushrooms, along with one of their really soft, large Snickerdoodle cookies. I absolutely love that place but I don't get to go their often. So when I do get to go it's definitely a treat.

When I got back here I took some pain pills and attempted to do some work. It wasn't happening though. My head was hurting and I was feeling kind of nauseous. I figured it was time to go lay down. I had one of those eye masks that you can put over your eyes that are supposed to help you relax or whatever. In my case, it also blocks out all light. I stayed in bed, trying not to move, for about two hours. Cally came up and cuddled with me and did her share of purring. I got to spend a little quality time with my current book as well which was kind of nice. Finally I felt good enough to get up and finish a project that I was supposed to be working on this afternoon. It's nice to have that out of the way, and to have that head ache gone!

On the way home, we were listening to Wisconsin Public Radio. They started a program where someone reads a book over the air. The book they were reading today was Marley and Me by John somebody-or-other. They were starting Chapter ten, so I missed quite a lot, but the book sounded great. Has anyone read this all ready? I looked on Web Braille and the book doesn't exist. I checked Audible, and although the book is there, and read by the author, it's abridged, and I don't want abridged. I don't have a Bookshare account so can't check that resource. But, I WANT TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!! I'd try audio from my regional library, but they don't like me these days because they say that I have too many books out so they won't let me get any more. I'd like to know what these books are that I still have, but whatever. I'll find a way somehow, even if I have to go out and buy the book and scan it myself!

I now have my UPS tracking number for my PAC Mate. It's on its way home! It's too soon to get an arrival date, but I'll either have that later tonight or tomorrow morning. So, that definitely made my day.

The top 24 have been selected for American Idol now, so the public takes over from here. There's someone from Wisconsin on this year, and although it's not one of the two people they showed in the original Minneapolis audition, she's in the top 24, so I'm obviously rooting for her. Her name is Gina, and I think it's going to be interesting to see how far she goes. At this point, she seems very snobby, kind of the "I'm better than everyone else" attitude. However, I think that's going to change as time goes on. Before next Tuesday I need to go through the list of people in the top 24, watch their videos, and read their profiles so that I can make my lists again. It really helped me to have people's information in front of me while they were performing so that I could keep things straight in my mind. I also need to program the VCR because all the programs I set are finished. If I could I'd just set it to record everything, but since the dates and times are so weird it's not really possible to set up an actual schedule without putting each night in its own slot. And, I can only go three weeks in advance since that's all Zap2It will show me at one time. Oh well, it works.

My PowerPoint class went well last night. Now I need to prepare for my next session on Monday, but there really isn't much to do there since I'm going to be using my hand-out that I use in my Word class when talking about how to create outlines. We covered the first two ways to create slides, and now we're going to cover the third. Once that's done, the fun will start. Animation, sounds, colors, pictures, you name it. It'll be great!

Well, I think that's about it for now. Oh, I've all ready put my votes in for this week's LJ Idol, but it looks like [livejournal.com profile] imafarmgirl and [livejournal.com profile] johnmill79 are both safe this week anyway, but it's still neat to be able to follow this. I'm seriously thinking of entering next time if they offer it again. It might be kind of fun, and I haven't really done any serious for-real writing in a long time. We'll see.

Okay, so this time I'm really going to go. More later, maybe.
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I'm sitting here watching American Idol, and I just had to post an entry. At this moment, there's a couple who are trying out. They've been dating for two years and they met at the bus stop. That's always where I liked to go to pick up men before I found Jim. It's so romantic! SMILE! Wow, the girl can't sing, but I'll be curious to see if the guy can. It's got to be better than what she did. GRIN!

Um, no. He's definitely not any better than she was. Wow! This is almost scary! And, now he won't stop! Yikes!!!!! I think the judges are going to tell him no. So much for bus stop love.

Oh, cool! The news tonight is going to have something about Harry Potter. And, there's a rumor that Paula is going to be removed from Idol. This should be news worth staying around for. I suppose I should post this before my laptop battery goes, huh? Later.
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In exactly two weeks American Idol returns to Fox. This will be the second season that I've followed since the show started 6 years ago, and I personally am looking forward to it. There are some though who feel that the show is terrible, and I do understand where they're coming from in some respects.

Just in case there's someone on the planet who doesn't know how American Idol works, (I didn't until last year so I imagine that there may be others around), contestants perform in front of three judges for the right to go to Hollywood, California, where they compete for the chance to get to the top 24, and then the top 12, and then of course, to become the top performer overall and receive the title of American Idol. Sounds fairly simple, but it's not. From what I understand, before you even get to the judges you have to perform for the producers of the show, who then decide whether you can move forward or not. It's very obvious that the show is for entertainment purposes since there are times when truly terrible singers are let through and good ones are told to go home. However, once the viewers get the chance to start voting for their favorite, things get more interesting.

The three judges are interesting as well. I like to think of them as good bad and indifferent, but it's not always the case. Paula, Randy, and Simon are all fairly interesting, however Simon is the one that I think most people have problems with because he is so rude. He has been known to make comments that are extremely cruel, and it seems to me as if those comments are the ones that make it to the evening wrap-up things on the news. Paula normally seems to be more balanced, giving both positive and negative feedback, but she's been known to take little jabs from time to time herself. And, whether it's a real thing or not, on-screen, Paula and Simon don't seem to get along very well. Randy usually has decent things to say and I'm trying to remember if I've ever heard him put down a performer and I honestly can't remember. But it's Simon, I believe, who really helps to give American Idol the negative spin that many people see. I think it'll be interesting to see how this season unfolds.

And now, let's see how many of you will be watching this season.




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