Monthly Archives: February 2009

Have you ever seen Fox Reality Network’s TV show, Solitary? Right now they’re on veriso 3.0 of the show. It’s easily the best reality/game show ever created. The nonsense that passes for “challenges” on Survivor are nothing compared to this. The show is so awesome, it’s actually hard to explain how intense it is.

Essentially there are 8 confinement pods, where 8 contestants compete against each other and themselves but never see or hear one another. The pods are small and they’re in “solitary” the whole time with only VAL (A play on 2001’s HAL) to direct them.

Then they go through tests, to avoid treatments. The treatments are long brutal contests of endurance, physical, mental, etc that go on until someone quits. The tests are usually very hard as well, with lots of things to confuse you.

It’s actually much cooler than it sounds. The psychology of the game is intense. VAL does things that raise the spirits of the contestants and also lower them. Some of these people literally snap. It’s brilliant TV.

Some of the tortures they come up with are insane too. On shows like Survivor, you often find yourself sitting on the couch saying, “Yeah I could do that”, but with a lot of these, you’re definitely not thinking that. It’s not all stupid stuff like Fear Factor either. While there are some gross or torturous elements, it’s the mind puzzles that really get to people.

Did I mention sleep/food/water deprivation? Yeah. It’s crazy.

So check it out!

Some stuff on the horizon include Marvel Universe 3.75 reviews, the best General Grievous figure review, and a metric TON of Doctor Who reviews. This place may become the #1 hub on the internet for Doctor Who figure reviews if I have my druthers. We’ll see.

With Circuit City going out of business, Best Buy has become the only game in town. Of course this also means that they control the market. They’ve removed certain aspects of their business model as a result, including getting rid of commission. This would be considered a good thing if it wasn’t for the ill effects.

Example A: I went to Best Buy this past weekend to buy a new computer. I waited around for nearly 30 minutes before I was “helped”… In which a very rude person told me nothing I wanted to hear. Used to be if you even got near the computer section, six people were trying to help you.

With Circuit City doing some massive advertising for their going out of business liquidation, we’re seeing Best Buy slash prices to compete. This should be a good thing, but instead Best Buy is offering lots of bait and switch ads.

Example B: The computer I wanted, couldn’t be bought. They didn’t have any within a 250 mile radius. Despite a dozen Best Buy stores. Why? Because it was a good deal. No rain checks naturally.

Finally, Best Buy offers a site to store service where you can buy things online, then have them sent to the store… At least that’s what Site to Store is DEFINED as. Best Buy’s version? You can buy it online and pick it up at a store, ONLY if the store already has it in stock. It’s not a site to store service at all, simply a in-store locator.

I wish the Buy More was real. Best Buy can be frustrating at times.

So I’m back finally with some updates. It’s taken long enough. I figured I’d kill all the momentum I had from the TMNT article that got thousands and thousands of hits. Why capitalize on that? Right? Anyway I decided to open a Flickr account. It just made sense.

Today’s Flickr topic of choice is breaking my addiction to Mattel. For years I’ve been buying shoddy Mattel toys because they’re putting something in the water to make me addicted to them. But I’ve finally found something that can break me free of the chains that bind… Doctor Who toys.

Included is a few examples of the greatness that is these toys. Especially for fans of Who, but also for folks who know nothing of it.