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Remember When?: The XFL

Nov. 21st, 2018 | 11:00 am
Dancing at: my house
Dancing mood: annoyedannoyed
Dancing to: I Like It, by Cardi B. (yes, again...)

xfl-logo

February-April 2001

Didn't I just talk about this bullshit two weeks ago!?! Oh, wait; that was XPW! D:

This incredibly bullshit alternative football league to the NFL was fronted by Vince McMahon, he of WWE fame.

And it shows. Vincey Boy clearly had no idea how to run a football league; as a result, the actual football was shit, and the games were played way too much like WWE matches (although the games themselves weren't scripted, apparently...), even going so far as to feature feuds between teams! Even Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler served as announcers!

The teams had such OW THE EDGE-ish names like the Chicago Enforcers (which pissed off the Blackhawks, no doubt), the New York/Jersey Hitmen (why he didn't outright call them the Guidos is beyond me...that's the level WWE was operating on back then!), the Memphis Maniax, and the San Francisco Demons.

The fact that the league ran after an NFL season was probably also another strike against it. By April, everyone's sick of football and is moving on to baseball!

Also, HE HATE ME. D:

It should be noted that, despite being an epic fail hunk of utter SHIT that deserved its fate, Vincey Boy is actually planning to revive the XFL in 2020! Whether or not he's learned from his mistakes will have to be seen then. My hope is that he will use the XFL as an actual, honest-to-God minor league for the NFL...the NFL is currently the only one of America's big four ball organizations that doesn't have one, opting to pick its players straight out of college, and sometimes it shows! Minor League Baseball, the NBA G-League, and whatever the NHL's got going on allow those leagues to separate the wheat from the chaff, and allow raw players to refine their talent. Because the NFL doesn't have this, the league is infamous for one-hit wonders!

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Remember When?: Dollhouse

Nov. 14th, 2018 | 11:00 am
Dancing at: my house
Dancing mood: bouncybouncy
Dancing to: Work, by Rihanna

...Did I fall asleep? D:

dollhouse-logo

February 2009-January 2010

Rather...odd show by Joss Whedon that got better for its second season, but was cancelled because it couldn't shake off that crucial first impression.

The show, such as it was, was an almost-blatant vehicle for hypnosis/mind control lovers, and arguably boot fetishists, given what Eliza Dushku dressed as in some early episodes. This show revolved around a bunch of people who owned an organization called the "LA Dollhouse" (apparently, there were others, but I don't think they were ever seen), where they rented out mind-wiped women to wealthy clients. The women, dubbed "Actives", would be imprinted with a specific personality that would do the client's bidding; then, when the client was finished with that woman, they'd be wiped again.

The show stars Eliza Dushku as Echo, who stands out because she is a faulty Active whose mind couldn't be wiped completely. Over the course of the series, she begins regaining her original memories little by little. Meanwhile, an FBI agent who'd had a crush on Echo in the past tries to take the LA Dollhouse down to get her old personality back, but fails. A B-plot involves Alpha, a failed Active, getting revenge.

In Season 2, we get to learn more about the world outside of the Dollhouse. Turns out the company behind the Dollhouse wants to enslave the entire world with the technologies developed; the Dollhouse must try and stop them. Joss Whedon's OTHER "golden girl", Summer Glau, also makes an appearance.

All of the Actives are named after the letters of the NATO alphabet, which means that the LA Dollhouse can only have 26 Actives max. Apparently, the other Dollhouses used other naming systems.

Everything about this show, or at least how I described it, just SCREAMS "sci-fi cheese" and "toxic masculinity"! Did I mention that this was right around the time Tumblr and Feminist Frequency happened and the "social justice warriors" that Joss would later be a total cuck to were just starting to ramp up their games? At least Firefly/Serenity, Joss Whedon's OTHER work that fanbrats put on a pedestal way too much, had SOME kind of engaging plot and likeable characters! D:

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Remember When?: XPW

Nov. 7th, 2018 | 11:00 am
Dancing at: my house
Dancing mood: embarrassedembarrassed
Dancing to: I Like It, by Cardi B.

xpw-timeline

WWE's Attitude Era is often billed as a conflict between WWE and WCW. But those of you who are up on your pro wrestling history know that there was a third competitor in the fight: ECW!

While Extreme Championship Wrestling was never quite the success that the other two promos were, they were hailed as an underdog and have a cult following to this day likely because, while WWE and WCW were trying to be somewhat family-friendly, ECW took a page out of Mortal Kombat's book and RAMPED UP THE BLOOD. Very little was off-limits in ECW, and things like wrestlers "blading", barbed wire matches, and matches where a bomb would be planted in the ring and the match had to finish before it went off weren't uncommon!

Unfortunately, all this bullshit accomplished was shock value. And shock value eventually wears off. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that there are promos out there that have tried to emulate ECW. The subject of this entry, Xtreme Pro Wrestling, sucked so horrifically even among shit wrestling that it stands out just a BIT too much and needs a special mention!

XPW was founded by Rob Black and Lizzie Borden, who had absolutely no prior pro wrestling experience whatsoever and who had worked in the porn industry beforehand. It showed.

The announcers were fucking idiots who'd make Mark Adamle look good, the wrestlers were shit (mostly ripoffs of far superior ECW wrestlers who botched even worse than Sabu...I didn't even know that was possible!) (Special mention goes to Pogo the Clown, who apparently was a real-life Pokémon with a Choice Band attached, as he could literally only use one move!), the storylines were shit (shooting a guy 20-30 feet up on a cage with a tranquilizer dart at an outdoor arena at night!?! ¬_¬), and the arenas were shit, often looking like they were someone's mom's basement!

But don't take MY word for it...take this guy's! You can also look for Botchamania episode 136, a whole episode of Botchamania that's dedicated solely to XPW. FAHCK-in' BULLSHIT!!!

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Remember When?: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the original version

Oct. 31st, 2018 | 11:00 am
Dancing at: my house
Dancing mood: boredbored
Dancing to: Guzma's battle theme

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July 31, 1992

Many of America's greatest entertainment franchises have had not-so-great starts, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer is no exception. While the TV series has gone on to be a classic and has made Joss Whedon a superstar (for better or for worse... ¬_¬;), this movie, barely above college filmmaking project quality, shows just how green he was initially.

For the most part, the movie plays out like an extended episode and pilot of the show. The key difference is that Kristy Swanson plays Buffy (instead of Sarah Michelle Gellar). Also, for some odd reason, Paul Reubens (of Pee-Wee Herman fame) is in there. Buffy acts like a stereotypical Valley Girl, her watcher is an immortal being (as opposed to a specially-trained ordinary human in the show), her mom is a bitch, and vampires are more human-like (the show's vampires were demon-like).

Needless to say, Joss doesn't like this movie very much. He's had difficulty reconciling its canon with that of the show! D:

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Friendly reminder:

Oct. 24th, 2018 | 07:17 pm
Dancing at: my house
Dancing mood: pissed offpissed off
Dancing to: Meant to Be, by Bebe Rexha

Sending bombs to your political opponents is bad.

Even though I consider myself a liberal, back when this journal was just starting out, as much as George W. Bush and his ilk pissed me off, I never sent bombs to any of them.

Likewise, as pissed off as I am that my political party has now become dominated by fucking idiots known as "social justice warriors", I've never thought it necessary to send bombs to, say, Anita Sarkeesian.

And as much as CBS News might piss me off, I'm certainly not going to send THEM bombs anytime soon!

I fucking hated it last year when a shit-ton of liberals representing "Antifa" or whoever rioted in Berkeley, California, and I fucking hate it that a probable conservative thought it necessary to send bombs to the Obamas, Clintons, CNN, and George Soros earlier today! While I'm certainly not above using violence to prove a point in the political sphere, we have to draw a line somewhere, and I think our bomber crossed it!

Bombing your political opponents is what Muslim terrorists do, and it will likely cause the opposite effect of what you intend. It'll fail to silence your targets...but succeed in silencing everyone else! And you'll probably take down a bunch of innocents in the process!

Remember kids: Play nice, play Pharah fair.

(And on that note, justice is a lot better when it rains from above!)

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Remember When?: William Hung

Oct. 24th, 2018 | 11:00 am
Dancing at: my house
Dancing mood: bouncybouncy
Dancing to: She Bangs, by Ricky Martin... ¬_¬;

Early 2004

Hilariously bad American Idol contestant who, at the time, was a student at U.C. Berkeley, a university now known for OTHER horseshit.

He nevertheless became popular due to his good sportsmanship. (Or people thought he had Down Syndrome and took pity on him...) He took Simon Cowell's criticisms surprisingly well, and wound up getting a record deal anyway. Essentially, he trolled a troll! D:

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Remember When?: Millionaire's competition

Oct. 17th, 2018 | 11:00 am
Dancing at: my house
Dancing mood: ¬_¬;
Dancing to: Umbrella, by Rihanna

Fall 1999-Summer 2000

Not all of America's most iconic game shows come from the 1980's and before. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire may be a relatively new kid on the block, but it's no less awesome. But in one of the better examples of TV executives being lazy-asses, in Millionaire's first year in the States, the other three networks all made near-blatant ripoffs of the show that wound up falling flat on their faces! Let's survey the damage...

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So, in short, for one reason or another, America decided that Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was its final answer!

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And now, today's burning question:

Oct. 13th, 2018 | 06:29 pm
Dancing at: my house
Dancing mood: blahblah
Dancing to: Chandelier, by Sia

(...other than "How many burning questions have I had since I started this journal, and why have I never thought to make a "series: burning questions" tag!?! D:")

bmw

^^^^^Why the fuck does BMW insist on using the term "gran turismo" for its GT models? Why can't they just call it a "grand tourer" like Wikipedia does, or just use the initials, as Ford does with its higher-end V8 'Stang?

As it stands, BMW comes off as a bunch of weeaboos, as well as a bunch of posers trying desperately to be "hip" and "cool"! Fucking stop that! ^^;

(And on a related side note, what the fuck is a "gran coupe"? D:)

Also, I can't speak Italian worth a shit, so if you have a better translation for the pic text, let me know. In particular, I think I got "prepare, protect, defend" wrong, translating those words as infinitive verbs ("TO prepare, TO protect, TO defend") rather than commands! ^^;

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Remember When?: The Montreal Screwjob

Oct. 10th, 2018 | 11:00 am
Dancing at: my house
Dancing mood: blahblah
Dancing to: Numb, by Linkin Park

November 9, 1997

The 1990's were certainly a weird time to be a pro wrestling fan. Most shockingly, the 90's were arguably a time when the seemingly-invincible WWE wasn't cool and was actually in danger of dying!!!

In 1997, the Monday Night Wars were in full swing. WWE was locked in a vicious battle with WCW...and WCW was winning! WWE was desperate for something, ANYTHING, that would keep it alive...and you know what they say about desperate times calling for desperate measures, as well as how the desire to win can bring out some nasty urges in people...! ¬_¬

Enter Bret Hart. The reigning WWE champion at the time, he was planning to move to WCW, where he would become their highest-paid star. However, Vince wanted Bret to lose the championship belt first so Bret could start in WCW with a clean slate; Vince feared that if Bret retained the championship, it would lead to a rerun of Debrah "Madusa" Miceli (then competing as "Alundra Blayze")'s move to WCW, where she outright shat on WWE before tossing her belt in the trash can, a reversal of what Ric Flair did when he moved to WWE!

Since these incidents allegedly led to numerous legal issues, it was in Vince's best interest for Bret to drop the belt. But Bret refused to back down. Well, Vince McDouchebag decided that, one way or another, Bret was losing that belt!

So, now we come to the 1997 Survivor Series. This match was originally scripted so that Bret would be DQ'ed in a match against Shawn Michaels. This would cause him to lose, but under WWE rules, titles don't change hands via a DQ win, so Bret would retain the championship...only to be left open to dropping it at a four-way match the following month, which was to be his last WWE appearance.

But Vince and some others conspired to change the outcome of the match behind Bret's back. While Shawn had Bret in his famous Sharpshooter, ref Earl Hebner suddenly decided to declare Shawn the winner by submission, even though Bret hadn't tapped out!

This pissed off practically fucking everyone in attendance! Bret spat on Vince and went batshit, Shawn just stood there confused, a bunch of other behind-the-scenes turmoil ensued, and the audience went crazy! Vince had to actually lock himself in his office for a while!

And so, the face of professional wrestling was changed forever. Whether that change was good or not, I leave for you to decide. ¬_¬

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Cheerleading Practice now dances on Linux!

Oct. 8th, 2018 | 03:54 pm
Dancing at: a Starbucks
Dancing mood: bouncybouncy
Dancing to: Good Riddance, by Green Day

linux

Because fuck Micro$oft, that's why! ^^

I've been "anti-copyright" since about early 2006, and slowly started switching all the software on my computer to free/open source stuff around that time. Yet up until now, I'd stubbornly clung on to using Windows as my main OS, mostly because I thought of the other OS'es as inferior, and mostly because their fanbases were fucking uber-nerds with their heads up their asses.

So, what finally pushed me to switch? The same thing that's pushed a lot of others to switch: the stupid fucking Windows Update mechanism in Windows 10! I refuse to use a computer that routinely tries to subvert my authority.

So fuck it. I'm gonna go with the fanbase that's got its head up its ass!

At this point, my Linux installation is "in addition to", not "instead of", as I still need my Windows installation for some tasks (fucking Fitbit, I swear! >_<). I've still got some things to set up on here. But my hope is that by the end of this calendar year, I can delete Windows from this laptop altogether and say "Bye, Felicia!" to Bill Gates! Until they bring back the old methods of Windows Update seen from Windows XP to 8, I can't really see myself using a Windows system ever again...

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