2013 and 2014 Predictions

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For those of you who don’t read my other blog, I make annual predictions of what I expect for the New Year.  This year I am moving my predictions to this blog as I feel it is much more appropriate here.


Let’s see how last year fared:

  • JCPenney will be out of business by year’s end.  The revamped store format just won’t work  (this didn’t happen yet)
  • Sears will spin off Kmart to survive on its own.  It won’t work and Kmart will inevitably die off.  (didn’t happen despite closing several Kmart stores including the one I have previously shopped at in Portsmouth, NH)
  • Another mass shooting brings the U.S. government to ban all automatic and semi-automatic weapons no matter what the NRA says. (shootings happened, but no ban)
  • Chicago murders will top 750 by year’s end.  (nowhere near that number which is good news)
  • Kim Kardashian aborts her baby after public break-up with Kanye West much against her family’s wishes. (didn’t happen)
  • Ali Lohan, Lindsay’s younger sister, will join her older sister for a Playboy layout. (didn’t happen, but Lindsay did appear nude in an NC-17 film)
  • A major earthquake will strike in Alaska disrupting the oil pipeline in the area.  It will be disrupted for at least 4 weeks and gas will go up to at least $4/gallon again. (earthquake never happened)
  • Simon Cowell calls Demi Lovato his “new Paula” as he decides to keep her for another season of “X Factor”.  Unfortunately, Mario Lopez will be running solo as another Kardashian sees herself out of a job.  (mostly correct, but Lovato is gone for the 4th season)
  •  “American Idol” will have a female winner for the first time in a few years.  However, the drama between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey increases as the weeks go on causing both to storm off the show for at least 2 episodes.  Replacement judges are called in to fill in until the two return.  (female winner yes, however the fireworks kept both on the show)
  • Beyoncé will have a wardrobe malfunction on the Super Bowl.  However, she won’t even realize it happened.  (no wardrobe malfunction, but we question whether she performed her songs live)
  • Nickelodeon cancels Big Time Rush, but the show is picked up by Disney Channel for a fall schedule addition.  (cancelled and broken up – no future for any show)
  • Hilary and Haylie Duff will return for a TV movie in 2013.  More than likely to air on ABC Family channel(Haylie had a Christmas movie, but Hilary nowhere to be found)
  • And finally my former want-to-be girlfriend Tanya will return to Maine wanting to get a real relationship going after her stint in California didn’t quite work out  not calling her because I misplaced her phone number.  (I will have more to say about this in my other blog at a future date—all I can say is that it didn’t end the way I ever thought it would)

Overall, I did better than last year.  I got 2 ½ correct.  Let’s see what the crystal ball has up its sleeve for this year.

  • Justin Bieber will go to jail.
  • Kim Kardashian will admit that “Baby North” really never existed and that her pregnancy was fake.
  • Kim Kardashian will marry and divorce Kanye West all within the year.
  • RadioShack will be out of business.
  • JCPenney will be out of business.
  • Kmart will be out of business.
  • Amanda Bynes returns to TV in a new comedy show, but will also do an interview with Oprah describing the last few years.
  • Time Warner Cable will be sold and broken up into pieces leaving smaller markets such as where I live without any providers at all.  This means that many small independent cable operators will start up after many years.
  • Lady Gaga will do a Playboy layout proving that he/she is dual gendered leaving many fans disgusted.
  • Nickelodeon will scrap “Sam & Cat” and Dan Schneider will leave the network and produce shows for rival Disney.
  • Hilary Duff will divorce and sister Haylie will marry.
  • ABCFamily cancels that horrible “The Vineyard” and “Twisted”.
  • Fox News fires Karl Rove after making offensive statements that the network hates.

I predict out of this year’s 13 that at least 3 of them will be true.  We will find out a year from now.




The Million Second Quiz and Double Standards

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Well, it is finally over.  After nearly a week and half, the show that started out interesting crashed and burned on its big finale.  I am talking about the Ryan Seacrest hosted and produced show “The Million Second Quiz”.


If you missed this 24/7 train wreck, congratulations you survived the mess that could have been interesting.  Unfortunately, given that only one hour of 24 aired on television and most of that was filled endless commercials, only about 20 minutes was actual gameplay.


Add to this that I watched the show in standard definition to zoom in closer to the questions at the bottom of the screen which was still too small even in this format.  Given that the television I used also has closed-captioning enabled and that the writing appeared right across the question area at the bottom of the screen, this show was impossible to read the questions or enjoy whatsoever.


Given that Ryan Seacrest wants to become the next Dick Clark, this certainly wasn’t the way to start even though Mr. Clark had many show failures over the years.  To make matters worse was that the big finale episode was such a lopsided game; it was not even fun to watch.  Hopefully this hourglass and chair get retired for an eternity.


My Score:  2


However, things were not much better for long-running shows “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” during their premiere week.


On “Wheel”, a contestant misspoke the word “curio” in the phrase “Corner Curio Cabinet”.  Unfortunately, because of the error, he lost the round and his eventual chance at winning a million dollars.  On “Jeopardy”, a player mispronounced the word “Equus” in his response; however Alex Trebek corrected him and gave him credit for the answer.


Ironically, the “Wheel” video went viral and hit all the major talk shows, whereas the “Jeopardy” flub was never mentioned.  So it’s ok to screw up on “Jeopardy”, but not ok on “Wheel” unless you write the wrong spelling which should not matter (so they say) in Final Jeopardy as one kid did last year by miswriting “Emancipation Proclamation”.


I guess these shows pick and choose who they want to win or lose just by what they write or mispronounce.  At this rate, this double standard will cause both of these shows to join “Million Second Quiz” on the cancellation list.  Let’s hope that doesn’t happen in the near future and these shows should standardize how they handle what people say and write.