Category Archives: 2012
I keep forgetting that Blogger has a polling system. As long as we have it, we might as well use it, right?
As you can see by looking to the immediate right, the question up for polling right now is: What is your favorite new or returning TV series this season?
Your choices include, in no particular order or preference: The Waking Dead, Dexter, Homeland, Treme, Elementary, The Big Bang Theory, American Horror Story, Sons of Anarchy, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Revolution, Castle, Glee, Person of Interest, Survivor, Fringe, Vegas, Arrow, Copper, Grimm, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, or 666 Park Avenue. And if your choice isn’t reflected there, please click on Other? and let me know what you think, deal?
I just watched most of the opening ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics. I had to turn away. NBC, in the form of Meredith Viera and Matt Lauer, destroyed any enjoyment I may have gotten from the show.
The opening ceremonies were amazing, and fun, and a spectacle to behold. I amused myself thinking that this is what we would get if the UK ever got off its butt and actually won Eurovision for a change. Yeah, it was that kind of spectacle.
There was a battle between Voldemort and Mary Poppins, a jab at America and our lousy healthcare system, appearances by Mr. Bean, JK Rowling, Daniel Craig and The Queen, tributes to the world wide web and children’s literature, and a touching love story told through the history of British pop music. We even had a three second audio cameo of the TARDIS sound during “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Like I said, amazing.
The problem was NBC had Viera and Lauer over-explaining everything to the audience at home. This isn’t the freaking Rose Bowl Parade, and we are not dull children. We have brains, and failing that, Google, we don’t need you to explain it all. I don’t know what shocked me more – the things they did not know or what they thought we did not know. I know I will never watch any program with them involved again. Even with thousands of Twitter folks telling them to shut up live, they continued their idiotic banter.
A note to the folks at NBC who put this together… Do you ever wonder why the rest of the world hates the United States? Tonight, it’s because of you.
Here are the final 26 entrants for the Grand Finals of the Eurovision Song Contest for 2012:
United Kingdom, France, Italy, Azerbaijan, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Albania, Russia, Iceland, Cyprus, Romania, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Moldova, Ukraine, Serbia, FYR Macedonia, Malta, Turkey, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Lithuania.
Clicking on each nation above will take you to the YouTube music video for their song entry. The Final will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
If you’re in a participating nation, who will you be voting for? And if not, who are you rotting for? Let us know!
These are the five nations who are always in the Finals, plus last year’s winner and this year’s host, Azerbaijan.
United Kingdom: “Love Will Set You Free” by Engelbert Humperdinck
The UK always tries to make an effort, like trying to get Morrissey, or getting Andrew Lloyd Webber to write the song. This year they got decades past pop idol Humperdinck. It’s just not enough, UK…
France: “Echo (You and I)” by Anggun
Speaking of trying to win, every once in a while France decides they’d like to win and actually enters something catchy and modern. This is one of those years. Another one that’s growing on me.
Italy: “L’Amore È Femmina (Out Of Love)” by Nina Zilli
I think this one has a real chance of winning. Dancey, jazzy and fun.
Azerbaijan: “When the Music Dies” by Sabina Babayeva
Another power ballad, but a strong one and a real contender for the win.
You’ll have to click the link above to see the Spain video, embedding forbidden by YouTube. It has no chance to win though in my opinion, but then again, just my opinion…
Germany: “Standing Still” by Roman Lob
Europe aside, I think this could be a hit here. I like it a lot, one of my favorites, and another strong contender for the win.
The Grand Final for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest takes place on May 26th in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Ukraine: “Be My Guest” by Gaitana
I’m digging the 1990s power dance diva thing, but how did she get the X-Men as background dancers?
Bulgaria: “Love Unlimited” by Sofi Marinova
More disco, but a decent little dance tune. I like the music video portion, but the stage show is boring. I have to wonder what the real performance will look like.
Slovenia: “Verjamem” by Eva Boto
Another power ballad reminiscent of Serbia’s entry in 2007, boring, but it could win.
Croatia: “Nebo” by Nana Badric
Like Bulgaria, great video, but what will it look like on stage?
Sweden: “Euphoria” by Loreen
Slow build, powerful voice, but turns frequently into house music. Could be a contender.
Georgia: “I’m a Joker” by Anri Jokhadze
Guilty pleasure here, it is sooo Eurovision. Where else in the world could you rhyme ‘joker’ with ‘rocker’ and do your worst Taco imitation at the same time? I love it.
The Second Semi-Final takes place on May 24th in Baku.
Serbia: “Nije Ljubav Stvar” by Željko Joksimović
F.Y.R. Macedonia: “Crno I Belo” by Kaliopi
The Netherlands: “You and Me” by Joan Franka
I’m really not sure what American Indian feather headdress symbolizes in The Netherlands, but Joan Franka is certainly a frontrunner in my mind.
Malta: “This Is the Night” by Kurt Calleja
This kinda reminds me of bad 1990s disco, and I kept expecting to get Rick-rolled. It’s catchy though, and very Eurovision.
Belarus: “We Are the Heroes” by Litesound
Ditto. Pretty too, just not sure about the Power Rangers costumes.
Portugal: “Vida Minha” by Filipa Sousa
The Second Semi-Final takes place on May 24th in Baku.
From the All Things Fun! Newsletter:
So what is Free Comic Book Day? It’s a national event hosted by comic stores every year on the first Saturday in May. It’s a celebration of the comic medium and literacy. All Things Fun! hosts one of the largest celebrations of Free Comic Book Day in the region.
Free Comic Book Day is a great way to see what’s happening in the world of comics. Comic publishers create titles specifically for the event. These books are usually introductions of new characters or new story arcs. Retailers (like All Things Fun!) then purchase these titles from the publishers and give them away FREE!
Join us Saturday, May 5, 2012 as All Things Fun! celebrates with one of the largest celebrations in the region! This event is so huge it spills out to three area libraries!
And as if a huge assortment of FREE comics wasn’t enough we are hosting our famous FCBD MEGA-SALE! Everything in the store will be on sale. Including Buy 1, Get 1 Free Graphic Novels! The first 10 people in line will also get a free copy of Marvel Comics Secret Invasion (Retail: $29.99.) Don’t forget doors open at 11am!
We’ll have random door prize raffles all day long! One lucky customer will win a copy of the New 52 Batman Hardcover Vol. 1 Court of Owls signed by Scott Snyder!
We’ll have costume characters and Artist Dane Cypel from Arcana Studios on hand. All this and a schedule full of great events.
So don’t forget, tomorrow, Saturday, May 5th is Free Comic Book Day, so get to your local comic book shop, and especially if you’re in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area, get to All Things Fun! and celebrate!
Russia: “Party for Everybody” by Buranovskiye Babushki
Hungary: “Sound of Our Hearts” by Compact Disco
Austria: “Woki Mit Deim Popo” by Trackshittaz
Moldova: “Lautar” by Pasha Parfeny
Ireland: “Waterline” by Jedward
Poor Ireland. Why they are not always a part of the Final is beyond me. They always try so hard, and they are the only country to win twice with the same performer. Unfortunately, they went with Jedward again this year. Sigh. Better luck next year, I guess.
I have to admit, Austria is kinda catchy though. We’ll see. The First Semi-Finals take place on May 22nd, in Baku, Azerbaijan.