Monthly Archives: January 2009

Don’t Be a Dick

I have a very abrasive personality, some folks might just push the politeness to the side and get right to the point and say I’m an asshole. I’m not insulted, I know how I am, even though abrasive is more friendly. That said, I know when to keep it in check for the most part. For instance, if I was on a reality television program, I would be on my best behavior.

And then we come to tonight’s episode of ABC’s “Wife Swap” entitled “Long/Stephens-Fowler.” The Comcast program grid describes the episode as follows: A mother from a mid-western family who loves paint ball and fast food trades places with a mother from a family in California who focuses on health and education.”

Now the show is set up so the families directly contrast and specifically conflict. It’s part of what makes the show fun to watch. Or why else pit a health Nazi against a family who eats junk food after all, right? My problem is with the Californian husband Stephen who is a naturalized American citizen born in Great Britain. He continually berates the swapped wife. He insults her, he verbally abuses her, he makes her cry. All manner of belittlement is hurled her way by this man. If the woman’s husband beat this man down, I doubt he would be convicted for defending his wife’s honor. What is wrong with this guy?

This guy is more than an abrasive asshole, he’s a dick, plain and simple. At one point during the show he even demands that the show is over unless he gets what he wants. The producers talk the big baby back into doing the show, but the hostility continues.

I should note that he does all this in front of his kids. He insults and calls this lady horrible names in front of his kids. Isn’t that abuse? Where’s child services? I mean, this man was an absolute monster. But then again, there might be some scrap of goodness there. After all, you know what they say, even Hitler was fond of dogs.

Just goes to show you, if you go on reality television – don’t be a dick.

Go Veg!

It would seem that so far the coolest and the hottest of the Super Bowl commercials this year, is the one that has been banned from being shown. PETA shoots and scores!

Shopaholic – Sneak Peek

Sophie Kinsella‘s Confessions of a Shopaholic comes to the big screen, or more accurately that book and also parts of “Shopaholic Takes Manhattan.” The film stars Isla Fisher and opens February 13th.

Better Frizzled Onion Rings

John Updike Passes at 76

Pulitzer Prize winning author John Updike, who won for his works “Rabbit Is Rich” and “Rabbit at Rest,” passed away this week from lung cancer. We have lost one of the greats. He will be missed.

Best and Worst?

The All Things Fun! Podcast Begins Season Two

Ed Evans and his co-hosts as they discuss what’s new in games and comics. Recorded live in a comic and game store!

Presenting Season 2: Episode #1: Return of the All Things Fun! Podcast

Join Ed Evans of All Things Fun!, Wes Hitchins and the gang as they return for a new season of podcasting greatness!

Ed and Wes open the show, Glenn Walker and Allison Eckel answer listener feedback. Ed, Glenn and Allison then discuss the best in 2008 comics. Later Ed & Wes pick their favorite game titles of 2008 followed by an in-depth review of the new Fantasy Flight game, Battlestar Galactica.

Air Date: January 26, 2009
Runtime: 1:10

Check it out here:

Dark Avengers #1 Review

“New World” – my comic book review of Dark Avengers #1, by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato, is now online at Avengers Forever.

Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin, the hero of Secret Invasion takes over and starts to put together his own Avengers team, and nothing is as it seems – all this and more – check out my review here:


If you want to discuss this review, this issue or anything Avengers, please check out the Avengers Forever Forum.


Hip Hop Wendy’s

The Only Thing Better than French Fries?