Last week was a hell of a cliffhanger and the start of a massive call to arms. This week we discover that the answer to the question “Where is the worst place in the universe to be standing?” is easily found out when you kidnap Amy Pond. A baby is born, a baby is kidnapped, a trap is sprung, some old friends return for the first time, we finally discover who River Song is, and this week on Doctor Who we discover that a battle can be lost and won simultaneously and that demons run when “A Good Man Goes To War.”
This is a lot of yogurt:
This is a picture of James Cameron in the Amazon:
This is a picture that I found mildly humorous:
This is just a few search terms used to find us (as of 3 PM EST on 09/16/10):
Here’s Jack and Juliet’s fake kid totally checking out his mom’s rack:
This is both a picture and a “meta statment” about Counterforce:
This is a picture that just plain confuses my penis:
Today is the day you were warned about.
Honestly, I just like saying: “Beware!” And telling people to beware various things. Like, “Beware those calories!” Or, “Beware Justin Bieber!”
Recently on Counterforce:
We’ve been comparing things, things like the manic pixie dream girl vs. the amazing girl, Heroes vs. Battlestar Galactica, and Kirsten Dunst vs. Kate Hudson.
And we celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
The lovely Karen Gillan as a soothsayer of sorts in Doctor Who.
People tend to believe that God believes what they believe, we learned, and then we watched a bit of Chris Marker’s documentary about Andrei Tarkovsky.
Conrad talks about two of his favorite things: Prince and Kevin Smith (but more so Prince than Kevin Smith, he assures me).
Oh, and my iphone is apparently waiting to me, amidst the sea of pornography, sex pills, and mortgage help that the internet is just dying to offer me.
Fun fact about The Ides: It’s the 15th day of the month, but only in March, May, July, and October. In every other month, it’s the 13th of the month. The Roman calendar is really so weird.
All this talk of soothsaying and foretelling has me thinking… Here at Counterforce, when we’re not complaining about shit, we’re typically just slicing up bits of our subconscious, things that we like from all over the place, and sharing them with you. Sometimes it’s planned, and sometimes it happens on a deadly whim, but I wonder… Perhaps we should be planning and sharing what we’re planning more beforehand, teasing you a bit… Hmm. Maybe, right?
Or, more dangerously, just throwing out random things at the start of a month, or any time period, and then talking about them at some point, in some way. Maybe the topics are user generated, or just things the author knows nothing about but have always been abstractly interested in, I don’t know. And then they go off and learn something about that topic, or maybe they don’t. But they find an angle and attack it. Maybe it’s predictive blogging, maybe it’s something else.
OR! And this, this right here, is insane, but let me start earlier… at work, sometimes, when we’re bored, my co-workers and I will play a game, a silly, stupid game that we call “The Wikipedia game.” We generate a large group of topics and subjects, then you pick two randomly. You go to one of those topic/subject’s wikipedia pages, and utilizing only links on that page, you have to, in five clicks or seven clicks (or whatever) or less, you have to arrive at the second topic you picked. Think “Six degrees of Kevin Bacon,” but more infotastic and time wasting. Mind you, I”m just talking out loud here, so maybe this is lame, but what if blogging was like that?
Google shuts down MP3 blogs on Blogger.
How to turn off Google Buzz.
Nurses and “horizontal violence.”
SETI opens it’s data to “citizen scientists.”
Bees can recognize human faces.
Cosplay and Avatar in the Middle East.
Dr. Dre sues Death Row records.
Robert Pattinson: “I’m allergic to vagina.”
Courtney Love on Kurt Cobain.
Valentines in ancient Rome were all about pain. Story of my life.
Just a reminder:
Is The Book Of Eli remarkably Zardoz-esque? (Zardoz is awesome, BTW.)
Damon and Carlton reveal the identities of Adam and Eve.
It looks like Kathryn Bigelow (who could be facing off against ex-husband James Cameron at the Oscars) has picked her next project.
Speaking of which, Google employees in China may soon be laid off, but at least they’re getting free passes to Avatar.
Blah blah Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson, blah blah.
Pack a gun to protect valuables from airline theft or loss.
I want to see the new Andrea Arnold movie.
Skeezy husband tries to seduce own wife on Facebook (not realizing it’s her).
Porn on the big screen can stop up traffic.
Jetting into the Quark-Gluon Plasma.
1. A possible Spiderman 4 (and most likely a 5 and 6 as well) featuring Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, and Kirsten Dunst? Nope. Fuck that. Sony has decided to take Spidey back to high school in a reboot.
2. NBC is tired of watching Leno lose at 10 PM, so they wanted to take him back to 11:35 PM or a half an hour and push Conan to 12:05. It’s kind of sad, but when the Peacock had to option of really backing either the Hair or the Chin…
People of Earth:
In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky. That said, I’ve been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.
Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over The Tonight Show in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.
But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with my Tonight Show in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.
Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn’t the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.
So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn’t matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.
There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.
Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it’s always been that way.
Conan’s manager says that the statement came from Conan’s heart and wasn’t about strategy or negotiating, but it smells like it was. Either way, everyone loves Conan, right? At least, everyone on the internet. But how many people on the internet commenting about what a raw deal he’s getting are actually watching his show or any late night TV? We live in a day and age where if something interesting happened on one of these shows, somebody we know saw it and can point us out to a good youtube or Hulu link.
And now Sarah Palin is a Fox new commentator, which makes a kind of perfect sense. That’s a whole other story though.
That’s the ha ha, and the funny. Oh, the drama of the late night comedians. And the comedy of Sarah Palin. But also this week…
Sounds like Heroes is still firing on all cylinders.
The Avatar blues.
The Pope says that gay marriage threatens creation. Ha ha.
The oceans are losing the ability to absorb greenhouse gas.
Christopher Nolan on Inception.
Youth anticipate early death.
No domestic terror attacks under Bush? Really?
Immortality is within our grasp.
“I’ll see you in another life, brotha!”