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What Does Rob Mariano's Survivor Win Say About Our Mental Health?

On Sunday, “Boston Rob” Mariano won a million dollars on — Survivor Redemption Island — and his win should be a cold shock to the rest of America as a morality cringe and pure evidence of a tasteless failure our societal values.

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Should Two and a Half Men move on Without Charlie Sheen?

Every day, I get on a subway headed for Brooklyn and spend forty-five minutes to an hour listening to music, reading a book, and even sometimes playing a game. I then spend eight to nine hours helping people understand the ins and outs of the software made by my employer. I understand very well that if I were to regularly show up late for my job, or not turn up for days at a time and spend my evening destroying myself, I could not expect anything other than a quick termination — why should my employer continue paying me if I am not doing the job I was hired to do in the best way that I can?

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Medium: How to Ruin the Morality a Television Franchise

Last night, in a horrific ending to a truly great television program, “Medium” concluded its successful seven-year run on network television.  CBS rescued the show after a five-year run on NBC; but after two seasons on its network, CBS drew down the hammer and cancelled the show.

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The Making of a Substantial Role: Neil Patrick Harris vs. Eric Braeden

I am a fan of Neil Patrick Harris — I have been since I was young and regularly watched Doogie Howser, M.D. — in fact, that show somewhat made me want to study to become a doctor, before I decided at some point that I just didn’t have the intellectual ability to learn that much about the human body, biology and chemistry.

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Shit My Dad Says: But Did Sam Halpern Say it or Not?

When people ask me the point of  Twitter, I have often pointed to the Twitter stream created by Justin Halpern in which he posts things that his father has said, verbatim.

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When Mean Girls Cry

Meet Britney.  She’s a Mean Girl.  This Mean Girl currently lives in the Big Brother 12 house.  She’s crying because the house doesn’t like her Mean Girl ways and the other houseguests nominated her for eviction along with her best friend, Monet, The Only Other Mean Girl on the show.

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Big Brother 12: An Icepick, a Yarmulke, and a Pap Smear Walk Into a House…

Watching Big Brother — the Original Televised Panopticonic Pabulum — is a seasonal ritual and last night, the show debuted season 12 on CBS at 8pm and during three hours of live feed on Showtime 2 at Midnight.  The SHO2 feed started with an obnoxious bang as Andrew — “The Alleged Orthodox Podiatrist Jew” who claims to be kosher and observant and who says he cannot work from Sundown Friday to sundown Saturday — made a pure fool of himself.

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