Tag archive: Entertainment

Omnious Sounding

Yahoo seems to have changed the layout of Yahoo Movies recently. I was looking at what was playing locally and saw this:

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It sounds ominous. If I don’t sign in are they going to close The Nugget?

In the Category of “Just No”

Do you ever turn on the television and think “Oh my, why hasn’t Fox TV adapted Ab Fab into a US sitcom?”

Me neither.

Unfortunately, it appears that Fox never got the memo, and are in the process of doing just that. Complicating matters is the fact that Jennifer Saunders is helping write the new version. Which means that I’ll probably try watching it at least once, damn it.

[From Ab Fab New Pilot For Fox TV]

Battlestar Galactica: Both Back and Ending

BSG is coming back this week for its final batch of episodes.

I have mixed feelings about it, if only because I’m really going to miss it terribly when it’s over. I’m glad it’s limited; there’s a specific story to tell and end, and the fourth season has been tight. But I’ll miss looking forward to it every Friday night.

The new episode will apparently run 3.5 minutes long, so set make sure your DVRs are catching that because I suspect you’ll be very unhappy about missing the last few minutes of the new episode.

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Futurama: “Bender’s Game”

“Futurama” unfortunately never got the love that “The Simpsons” gets, but I’m still grateful for the fact that Fox gave the show another chance in the form of four direct-to-DVD releases (“Futurama – Bender’s Big Score”, “Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs”, “Futurama: Bender’s Game”, and the forth-coming “Into the Wild Green Yonder”).

All I really know about “Bender’s Game” is that it involves D&D, robots and Leela as a centaur. It being “Futurama” was enough to know that I wanted to see it; that’s all icing on the cake.

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Brian Eno Is Alive and Well in My iPhone

Bloom screenshot

The most entertaining iPhone app I’ve seen so far comes from Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers and is called “Bloom”.

Given the current events in the US (or global) economy, “Bloom” rescues me from continually listening to only chill-out music and Radiohead’s most apocalyptic songs.

Instead, “Bloom” allows me to anesthetize (or lobotomize) myself with a mini-Eno, embedded in my iPhone, happy to produce ambient music on demand or from my cue.

The screen is a fuzzy pastel color, varying with your mood (“Bergamot”, “Vetiver”, “Ylang”, “Banzoin” and others). You can choose to have it create music for you, or to give it some cues by tapping various parts of the screen. Tap out a few notes and it will play them back, looping them into a piece of ambient fuzz that could just as well be a song from "Music for Airports". You can freeze the melody from evolving if you like it, but there are no provisions for saving, recording or sharing it, which is just as well.

I was so enthralled with it after buying it that I lost track of time and was late to an appointment.

“Bloom” costs $3.99 and you can buy it through the iTunes Store. Here are screenshots of the preferences:

"Bloom" About Page

"Bloom" preferences

"Bloom" preferences

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