iCarly is iGone and My iAwards

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We have finally seen the end of iCarly.  The episode entitled “iGoodbye” was the last show of the series.  Personally, I felt that this episode was neither the best episode nor nowhere near the worst episode of the series.  However, for those wanting to flashback through the years were treated with some interesting scenes as well as some reminiscent lines from the years.  I would rate this episode a 7 and overall I would rate the series a 7 as well.  The series had many high points, but it also had some episodes that absolutely dragged.  Many of the episodes were uneven and the finale was no exception.  Sure, it was great to see Carly’s dad finally, but what about characters like Socko and Sam’s dad?  These characters were mentioned several times over the years but were never shown.

One thing that bothered me most about this series was the sexual overtone of the show.  In the final show, Ms. Briggs “pointy boobs” were discussed, which is hardly a good family topic.  Over the years, we saw the “Talking Bra” character and in one episode Spencer took the door sign off Freddie’s apartment and showed it to the gang and it looked like a certain male organ (Freddie lived in apartment “8=D”(as the sign says)).  Of course, boobs always played a part in the show.  In the episode “iMeet Fred”, Freddie points to a couple of girl’s shirts, one who is large chested, and he says “I see you girls like Fred”.  If you watch his eyes, he is got his fixated on the large chested girl.  Seconds later the 2 girls bring Freddie down and when he stands up he says “Thank you” as the girls strut prominently away.  All I can say is “Thank you” Dan Schneider for this sexy scene.  In the episode “iBalls”, Freddie and the viewing audience gets quite an eyeful of Sam’s (Jennette McCurdy) oversized boobs in a tight orange sweater.  Talk about a ratings booster.  It was quite obvious that because the episode was all about 3D that having Sam’s boobs be huge and quite out there was not a mistake in any way.  I keep reminding myself that this is supposed to be “family viewing”, not some slutty late night show on Cinemax.  It is all this type of conversation and appearances that make the show more adult oriented than kid-friendly.  I knocked the series down 1 point because of this.  Mind you that my rating of a 7 for the series is for the younger viewers and for adults I prefer to call it a ratings pass as the enjoyment for adults is limited by how much toleration parents and adults have toward the sexual content.  Personally, I would give the adult content an 8, which means that there is a fair amount of questionable content in the show.  Compared to other shows produced by Dan Schneider, this show had a very high level of sexual content.  Maybe that is why the show lasted longer than most of live action shows on Nickelodeon.

Now I wish to present my own iCarly Awards.  These are my opinions alone, however I will accept comments on the opinions of others. Here we go:

  • Best Episode:  iFight Shelby Marx” and “iParty with Victorious” (tie).  These 2 episodes had 1 thing in common:  Victoria Justice.  Ironically both of these episodes stood out as being my personal best episodes.  The ‘iParty” episode must have been so good that they had aired an extended 2 hour version of the episode, which was even better than the 1 ½ hour version.  The “iFight” episode was so good that it got its own DVD release.  Somebody must really have had the same ideas that I had about these shows.
  • Worst Episode:  “iHalloween” and “iChristmas” (tie).  Nothing is worse than having to put up with holiday episodes that are both sad and funny at the same time.  Thankfully, we only had to put up with them once a year.
  • Best Guest Star:  Emma Stone.  She played an obsessed fan in the episode of “iFind Spencer Friends” and was falling all over the place to get herself in pictures with the iCarly gang.  She even went into the men’s bathroom to get a picture with Gibby.  A hilarious scene-stealer and wonderful comedy bit.  If the movie career doesn’t work out for Emma she certainly has a future in TV comedy.  You gotta love that girl.
  • Worst Guest Star:  Jack Black.  In the episode of ‘iStart a Fan War”, Jack plays a nemesis to Spencer and battles him in a boring battle of odd words and strange fighting.  The only redeeming value of this episode was the appearance of characters from “Zoey 101” and “Drake and Josh” at a forum to discuss the iCarly web show, which turned into an out-and-out brawl over the discussion of who Freddie was in love with.  Of course right through the final episode it is still unknown if Freddie wanted Carly or Sam.  I guess that is one battle that will never end.
  • Best Extended Special Episode:  “iPsycho” and “iStill Psycho” (tie).  Nothing was better than crazy Nora trapping the iCarly gang, not once but in 2 episodes.  If only she made an appearance in the finale and trap them forever, then that would have been entertaining.
  • Worst Extended Special Episode:  ‘iGo to Japan”.  Not only was this episode not filmed in Japan, it should never have been filmed at all.  Not funny and too long at 1 ½ hour in length.  Disney’s “Shake It Up” did a recent Japan episode that was a ½ hour shorter and many times funnier.
  • Best Character Skit:  The cowboy and the Farm girl who thought the cowboy’s mustache was a squirrel.  Just the title alone brings giggles.
  • Worst Character Skit:  Baggles – a big bag of yogurt with a sinus problem.  Introduced in the “iBalls” episode previously mentioned, the only plus side was watching Sam squeeze this garbage bag while the camera pans down upon her cleavage.  Sick character and icky camera shot as well.

So as we pass iCarly into the history books, let’s keep in mind that this show was still fairly entertaining despite its sexual overtones.  Unfortunately, the show Victorious will be ending after this season as well, however it was a much different show, as I will explain after the series ends.  Until then let’s enjoy what we have left!

Time Warner Cable Fixes A Bug, Modem Woes

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Last week, Time Warner Cable gave its DVR owners an early Thanksgiving present.  They fixed the bug that kept on their machines from calculating the space on their DVRs properly.  I personally saw space on one machine go from 98% full to 44% full.  This was better than a 50% gain.  Another machine went from 99% to 72% full and a third went from 99% full to 98% full.  Oh well I guess all can’t go great all the time.  Now all they need to do is squash the rest of the bugs previously discussed.

On another issue, apparently there are now a couple of class action lawsuits being filed against TWC for the modem charge, which started last month.  I know I was not happy going out and spending money on getting my own modem, even though it seems faster than the TWC modem I previously had.  However, there are times when the signal drops and the IP address resets itself at the worst inconvenient times.  It sounds like TWC hates those that purchased their own modem.  As soon as I can, I will sign any petition to get on one of these lawsuits.

Until next time, enjoy the forthcoming holiday.

 

Microsoft Updates Leads to Problems (Again!)

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It has happened again.  Microsoft has released a huge number of updates to Windows causing all sorts of havoc to my primary computer.  Why does Microsoft release updates only once a month only to be buggy?  Nearly 140MB of updates this month and really too many problems to think about.  Add to this the fact that Time Warner Cable has been having internet problems in the last couple of days.  Really getting frustrating on all fronts.  Hopefully, things will get straightened out soon as this is getting really old really fast.

One Big Win and One Even Bigger Loss

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Well, the elections are over and it was a 50/50 split for me.

Obama got back in which was a good thing.

Unfortunately, Maine decided to approve the gay marriage law.  It’s sad to say that now we will have to work to repeal this law and make the state livable again.  It is so bad that the people of the state were fooled into approving this bad law.

However, one thing that really bothered me when I went to vote yesterday was the sheer number of people who were registering to vote for the first time.  This line never had less than 15 people in it at any time I was there at the voting location.  What really bothersome was how were these new voters being processed?  I did not see anyone around to input data into a computer much less anyone with a computer.  How were these people prevented from multiple votes at different locations?  Since these people looked like college age people (and many looked gay), I really think that people who should not be voting in the first place persuaded the voting.  Can we say crooked voting?  I believe it is.  All we can do now is unite to repeal the awful law and become the state where “Life Should Be” and not “Gay Life Is”.  I can see many people being very angry given how close this referendum was and much discrimination will still exist no matter what the law says. Let’s start the repeal process NOW and get this on the ballot as soon as possible!

 

Why I Encourage a NO vote on Question 1

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Please Note:  The following blog post may offend some people.  Reader discretion is advised.

I am dividing up my response into 3 different sections as to why I am voting NO on Question 1 (same sex marriage question).

The Ads

All of the ads that have been presented by the YES side have pretty been much the same.  You hear of stories of some family member who is gay and want to get married to the person they “love”.  What are missing from the ads are those gay people themselves.  Do these people even exist in the first place?  Do these people even have gay relatives in the first place?  Without these people even in existence, it seems that the gays are afraid to appear on camera.

The YES side has more effective ads that have real people who have had real life experiences.  The ads are more believable, thus should be considered more valid in proving their point.

Influence to Children

One of the biggest influences for teens and children is the TeenNick show of “Degrassi”.  Over the years, this show has covered virtually every issue under the sun and most recently has been running a storyline involving 2 girls having a relationship.  One girl’s parents hated the idea of the relationship that under their religion, they wanted to deprogram her of her gay ways.  Ironically, the girl finally accepted the deprogramming and was sent away from the show until further notice.  Unfortunately, this show makes no apologies for its storylines and seems to reject gays as just wrong and unacceptable in society.

Personal Experience

First off let me say that I am not gay nor have I ever been or ever will be.  However, over the years I have received pamphlets from people thinking I was gay and wanted to do an intervention.  Some encouraging me to become gay as well has also given me pamphlets.  Apparently, I must have some look that makes people think I am gay.

The second example is that several years ago I worked with a woman who once tried to “recruit” a teenage girl into becoming a lesbian.  I couldn’t believe that I was hearing what I was.  Thankfully I was out of sight overhearing this conversation as I found it very disturbing.  Several years later, I saw this girl again and the once petite pretty girl had become overweight less attractive woman.  Somehow I thought that she had eventually become brainwashed into being gay.

Conclusion-My Opinion

While I know several gay people and have some respect for them, I still believe that gays and the gay lifestyle is something that someone becomes.  They are not born that way.  If Question 1 goes through, schools will be allowed to teach the gay lifestyle and quite possibly influence straight people to become gay.  Anybody who has sense of reality would definitely vote NO on Question 1 on Tuesday and realize that we must push back the gay lifestyle not spread it and become the first state to have gay marriage by popular vote.