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Best of “Modern Seinfeld” (2012)

In future, present, writing on 02/27/2013 at 13:28

For those of you without a twitter, the “Modern Seinfeld” account has been extremely active since early December and midway through January went viral. To learn more about the feed click here and to check “Modern Seinfeld” on twitter, go here.

With sometimes a dozen tweets a day, it’s easy to miss a gem. “Modern Seinfeld” embraces current popular trends (Kramer selling black market large sodas, becoming obsessed with people on social media who have his name, taking bets on American Idol; George learning he under sold rare war memorabilia via Pawn Stars; AutoCorrect ruining Jerry’s relationship, getting dumped for not writing on his girlfriend’s wall for her birthday) while also pitching what feel like classic episodes in 140 characters or less (Kramer sells his car for a golf cart, uses a catheter at the movies; George gets into an argument with a coworker who always takes the elevator to the second floor).

Here are some of the best “Modern Seinfeld” tweets from December 2012.

Jerry joins Twitter only to find that a Jerry parody account has 50k followers. It’s run by Bania who will stop if Jerry buys him dinner.

It's gold Jerry, gold!
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Using Sports To Teach Children How To Hate!

In boston, sports, TV, writing on 10/16/2012 at 17:15

I remember the chant dimly, a Red Sox/Orioles game when I was seven or eight years old. It didn’t seem odd, or menacing, just slightly out of place. A few months later, when my parents took me and my brother to a taping off WWF Thursday Night Smackdown, it erupted again. Finally, when it burst out randomly in Faneuil Hall one evening, I had to ask. “Dad, why do people yell ‘Yankees suck’ all the time, even when no Yankees are around to hear it?”

I can’t remember my dad’s exact response, but it went something along the lines of this: those people are idiots, that chant is senseless, and it’s embarrassing that Red Sox fans–and Boston citizens in general–took it up as an unofficial slogan.

While it’s a regional example, the “Yankees suck” chant is an example of how we can all learn a lesson between uneducated hatred and spirited competition.

Do they!?

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Bruce Willis Threatens To Upend Modern Society (again)

In music, writing on 09/04/2012 at 16:37

One of the great things about living in the digital age is the inherent environmental preservation: no plastic packaging to cut through, no stack of price tag stickers existing just to be peeled off and thrown away—just a few megabytes of data stored harmlessly in the folder of your choosing. We all assumed that one day everything would be done digitally, even grocery shopping, and we would no longer have to worry about where to bury all our plastic wrap.

This plastic free future has been undermined by none other than Bruce Willis

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Predicting Another MTV Cancellation: “The Inbetweeners”

In TV, writing on 08/24/2012 at 19:44

Start an office pool. Considering MTV’s newest series The Inbetweeners is set to wrap up in early November, a safe wager on its cancellation date would be right around Christmas.

The Inbetweeners

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LLWS: Where to draw the line?

In sports, writing on 08/20/2012 at 12:41

As I predicted, with the Olympics and Shark Week having fully run their courses, summer TV hit a real rut; shows that started in May/June have wrapped up, new seasons don’t begin for a month at least, and my preview HBO subscription has run out!

Which leaves us with one of the more peculiar American traditions: the Little League World Series.

LLWS

Founded in 1947, LLWS is not a cultural flash in the pan, but an institution that rivals the Olympics in American history and crushes Shark Week by a cool 40 years. But the intensity with which the tournament is covered, along with the increasingly globalized competition, makes one wonder if maybe Little League baseball has gotten too big for the little kids who play it. Read the rest of this entry »

Retro TV: “Boy Meets World” Season 3

In TV, writing on 08/18/2012 at 13:46

The dog days of summer are on us, and while the Olympics and Shark Week have us glued to our TV sets, secondary viewing options are slim pickings. And so let us step inside the Wayback machine, travel to the pleasant days of yesteryear, and dust off a TGIF classic.

Today we look at the season three set of “Boy Meets World,” which originally aired 1995-1996. With twenty-two episodes over three discs, season three of “Boy Meets World,” in many ways, represents the golden era of the beloved 90’s comedy, with the characters floating between the irreverently written episodes covering sixth and seventh grade, and the often over-the-top college years.

BMWs3
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A Quarter-Century of SHARK WEEK

In TV, writing on 08/17/2012 at 18:31

Shark Week creeps up on us every year. Much like in ’08, this year’s serving of shark-related programming snuck up extra undetected under cover of the Olympic Games. But Shark Week is back with a vengeance, and in its 25th year, it’s become less of a week-long special and more of an American tradition.

Tiger Shark

Considered the longest running cable-program event on TV, Shark Week is just hitting its stride, with the 2010 edition logging 30.8 million unique viewers, its most ever. In this day of Twitter, forget mere Shark Week parties—there are now people live-tweeting the event for a week straight. Restaurants have Shark Week specials. Other channels assimilate with shark-like programming of their own (Syfy whips out the big guns—we’re talking Sharktopus, Mega Shark, and of course Shark Attack 3). Read the rest of this entry »

Opinion: Donald Glover to join the cast of GIRLS

In TV, writing on 08/11/2012 at 15:27

This article from the Huffington Post was published back in May, but since the second season of HBO’s “Girls” isn’t close to airing, an opinion in August is as valid as it was two months ago.

Glover/Dunham

I’ve had this conversation many times, involving many different shows and movies, and in fact–as the Post article states–the accusations of an overly white cast on “Girls” began before the first episode aired, so I’ve thought about it in this specific context already.

“Girls” is exactly what you’d imagine it to be: girls living in New York, hip writers and fashionistas talking about boys, indie movie references, quirky one-liners ready to hit tumblr in a flurry of reblogs. But for all the cliche/super-indie aspects, “Girls” is actually very funny, and a fairly clever look at the lives of young people today. To be clear: I watched the first episode and was hooked, and while Dunham’s self-obsession became a little too much to handle at times, I watched the whole first season and enjoyed it.

The biggest criticism of the show, outside of adults not understanding why a girl whining about how hard it is to get a job but not really trying that hard to get a job is a TV show, was the casting. “White-washed” was a phrase used to describe it.

Enter Donald Glover. While my feelings about “Girls” might be mixed, I’m a full-on Glover fan. “30 Rock” is brilliant, “Community” is a revelation, and Childish Gambino has some dope-ass tracks.

My issue isn’t with the casting of Glover, but perhaps the reasoning behind it? Dunham is quoted as saying she wanted to avoid “tokenism” while casting, and with Glover’s spot on the show being described as a “guest starring role,” it seems that’s exactly what she’s done.

Again, nothing wrong with the casting, there are plenty of black dudes in New York and its a bit odd none of them had any speaking lines during season one, but it seems Dunham heard the criticism, said “Hey, I need a black guy in this show, at least for an episode,” and called Donald.

That’s sensitive America for you, demanding something be changed even though it’s our reality: the four main cast members of “Girls” and their four male-counterparts are all white, and guess what? That’s life. This is likely what Dunham grew up with because, guess what, it’s what we all grew up with! Almost 90% of the country is white.

What it really boils down to is jobs. Dunham didn’t hire any black actors to be on her show, and now she’s trying to remedy that. That’s good. It has nothing to do with the story. Stories shouldn’t change to please outside criticism. It would be so much sweeter if the title of that Post article was “Girls Gets Donald Glover,” and the whole “To Pacify Racism” bit was unneeded. But it is needed. Those who sounded the alarm last season will keep a wary eye on the race tally for season two. Hopefully they’ll still be able to enjoy the jokes, the raunchy sex, and tender/introspective moments….oh wait! There’s no Asians either! Or Eskimos! Someone call Lucy Liu!

Old Sports, New Technology

In sports, TV on 08/09/2012 at 14:55

As the 2012 Olympics draw to a close, we can look back at some special moments: Michael Phelps becoming the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time; Wimbledon’s favorite son Andy Murray finally winning a title at the All England club; not to mention dozens of tiebreaks, overtimes and single arrow shoot offs. Amid the triumphs and tragedies, there’s been plenty of controversy.

Korea's Shin got the shaft

But when half of the Women’s Doubles quarterfinal field in badminton was disqualified for tanking, the scandal overshadowed a greater injustice, one that begs the question of what we as people enjoy about sports, and how our increasingly technological world will impact that. Read the rest of this entry »