A Bummer of a Farewell to Gawker.com

One of my favorite websites is going dark today, after having been sued into oblivion and put out to pasture.  Many think that Gawker is getting what has long been coming to them, but the actual machinations of what occurred seems to be complete bullshit and cast quite a bit of doubt on this being Gawker’s “just desserts.”

Frankly, I’m just going to miss there being a website where all sorts of DGAF happen, calling out shit when shit needs to be called out.  Also, plenty of funny pieces of writing were there, as were some really dumb and stupid stories.  But it almost always could be counted on as a great way to find out what was going on in the world.  The commenting section of the site was always an endless rabbit hole of conversation too, although for me, I’ve never felt comfortable throwing my 2 cents into the wind outside of this here website.  When you would read some of the fabulously witty things written in the comments, that would be reason enough for me to bow back into the shadows.

The other sites in the Gawker Media empire will remain, including Kotaku (for which I am very grateful as that is the best video games site), but there’s going to be a big glaring hole in the webspace where previously a great bit of snark and fanfare used to be.  🙁


And We’re Back, As It Just Got Interesting

BB18 Episode 25 – August 14, 2016

<– Previously, I Was OVER This Season

I went a whole like TWO or THREE episodes there.  The Executives alliance and the total dickishness of many of the guys in it was just not my cup of tea.  And lo and behold, it seems the Big Brother producers read this here blog as they went and remedied that situation stat:  as of last night’s episode, that bromance alliance is kaput.  Donezo.  Hasta la vista, baby.   How’d this happen?

We Can Thank Michelle & Bridgette

Honestly, their work in getting Zakiyah out the door last week as the first eviction during Double Elimination was instrumental, as it broke up the “PP” alliance of Paul & Paulie.  Neither agreed on who should go home between Michelle & Zakiyah, and it was clear to Paul that Paulie was just using him and didn’t want to have anything go in Paul’s favor.  Then Bridgette rallied the other side of the house to make a move against Paulie by targeting Zakiyah, getting James on board to use his power of knocking two votes out.  As we saw in the beginning of this episode, that information did get out to Paulie ahead of time and he of course turned his asshole meter up to 11.  Where the fuck did the fairly sweet Paulie go from Month 1?  As this current incarnation has totally lost his mind, and is showing that Cody definitely got the chill vibes of the family.

So then Zakiyah goes, followed immediately by Bridgette due to the Fluke of the Century win by Corey of HoH AND Veto, and it certainly seemed like the “Executives” had made up, but nope nope nope…

Paul & Paulie Are NOT Good

BB18_Ep25_PaulieSeeingHisGameCrashing BB18_Ep25_PPOver_PaulOverItThis bromance is completely over.  They exchange platitudes about moving forward and all that, but Paulie doesn’t trust Paul anymore and Paul is well aware that Paulie’s gameplay is erratic and destructive after witnessing his reaction to Natalie’s conversations and just knowing that Paulie only has Paulie’s interests in mind.  Paul is ready to make some moves and go big game hunting for once.

BB18_Ep25_PaulVictorEmergeAnd happily for Paul, he’s got his original buddy from the newbies to work with, Victor.  It’s clear that Paul is running that twosome for his own purposes and Victor is all too easily manipulated accordingly.  At this point, I’m totally down for a Paul win this season, as he’s really the only one left that has been hustling every fucking second to stay in the house and win.  Let’s see if he can pull it off.

HoH for Victor, But Let’s Be Honest….

BB18_Ep25_HoHComp BB18_Ep25_HoH_VicWinsStep 1 for Paul’s plan is to ensure that Paulie doesn’t win HoH.  Sure enough, that goal comes to pass as in the end of this competition, it’s Paul vs Victor, with Victor grabbing the win.  Or Paul hands it to him, Continue reading And We’re Back, As It Just Got Interesting

So, Yeah, This Will Be Happening

I got a call today that indeed, even if I don’t get on as an Alternate on my initial taping opportunity later this month, I WILL get on the following week.  HO-LEE SHIT.  You guys, this is really really happening.  So many things to keep brushing up on to make sure I don’t completely embarrass myself!  Current things I’m having to focus on:

  • U.S. Presidents
  • World Geography
  • Sports recent events

I’m sure those are easy to study and remember.  🙂

Not Here for the Bro-Fest

BB18 Episode 22 – August 7, 2016

<–Previously, the Narrator of the Season leaves

Um…hmm….yeah, not really feeling the way this season is going.  The guys are not at all appealing at this point as they descend in to the Depths of Douchiness, and there’s not a lot to motivate me to write about the show.  If they bring back the comic book thing, I’ll likely blog again as that’s fun to collect, but yeah, I think I’m done with spending/wasting my time doing this recap for a season I am preparing to endure, not enjoy.   I can instead keep prepping for the big J! and enjoy videogames and/or drinking some good wine.  The sweeter things in life!

Status & Standings:

BB18_Ep22_StandingsHead of Household: Victor
Nominated for Eviction:  Zakiyah & Michelle

Yeah, there’s stuff that happened and a new alliance (“The Executives”) and I just don’t care.  Victor’s ridiculously tone-deaf and fairly rude nominations speech was stupid.  I hate them all. Can I say I almost miss Frank and Tiffany?  I’d rather have a battle of wills versus an asshole-fest.  ANYWAY, there we go.  I’m sure I’ll be checking in with some updates, but yeah, oof.

Next, I Couldn’t Stay Away –>

8 Years Ago Today – Olympics Craziness! (+ Hotness)

I just realized that it’s “8/8/2016” which is 8 years after “8/8/8” (aka 8/8/2008) which was when NBC’s coverage of the Beijing Olympics began.  MAN.  That doesn’t feel like 8 years ago, but here we are.

OS: Second Night – It is 4:27 and it’s also 8/8/08!

It’s sometimes very strange to consider I used to work at NBC!  That’s weird, but it also isn’t.  I was talking to Larry yesterday about how my interest in the Olympics is back to the levels it was before I was employed at NBCU, which is basically nil.  The only things I do care about….the Men’s Gymnastics Team(s), that’s for damn sure – hello Sam Mikulak and Jake Dalton:

Another hobiebarnes.com beckons you…