Classic Dishes...

Give Me Liberty, But I’ll Settle For A Free IPod

Okay, so my man Peter over at Static Zombie got me all tied up in this IPod thing. Well, I got in on the ground floor, and now it’s my turn to get hooked up. So maybe one or two of The Four Of You would like to help me out. (Well, help US out, really, ‘cuz the sooner we can confirm I’m hooked up, the sooner we get along to the next person on the list.)

So if you wanna help, just click this link and have a look at the offers on that page. If something strikes your fancy, by all means, feel free to sign up. You do that, I get credit for a referral. When I get five, they send me an IPod. (I’ve already got two, and one of them already has credit for his offer!) If you wanna get five for yourself, you can get one too.

(Yes, it’s a little pyramidish, but Wired did a story on them, and apparently they’re for real. Most of the deals are trial offers that cost nothing (for example, the Blockbuster Online deal is a two-week trial, but you’re credited for having completed the deal almost immediately, so there’s no reason you couldn’t cancel it at the end of the trial), and some even give you free stuff…the one for Infone asks you to register a credit card to sign up for their service, but it never gets charged as long as you don’t use it, and they kick you a free $10 gift certificate. Can’t beat that with a stick, right?)

(“But Chris, I don’t see the Infone offer!” you wail. Yeah, I did too. But we’ve got an angle. When yer on the offer page, copy and paste the following into your browser’s Address line: “javascript:OpenOfferWindow(‘433’);”. Voila, instant Infone offer. You might need to reload the page a time or two or surf their site a little to get the whole thing to load, but it eventually did for me. That seems to be the lowest-risk deal, and plus you get that ten bones at Amazon! Everyone wins!)

So, there’s my plea. Like I said, don’t feel obligated, I totally understand if the whole idea makes you squeamish, but Peter’s a bright guy and I figure he wouldn’t have thrown in his hat if he hadn’t checked it out. So, I figure, in for a penny, in for a pound. Just be careful about what deals you sign up for. (Again, I recommend either the Blockbuster or Infone ones.)

And I’ll even let you listen to if it this all works out! :)

Newsflash: Houseguests Outthink Fred

It’s genius, really.

After that idiot Jase managed to win Veto power last week on Big Brother 5 (sealing Scott’s fate, so it wasn’t ALL bad), and Nakomis scarfed up Head of Household, I had it all figured out: nominate Jase and one of your faction-mates, and the four people in the Veto contest simply ensure that neither Jase or his champion win the Veto. Certainly they can’t handle a four-on-two dogpile, right? But would they think of this? In the past, Big Brother contestants haven’t exactly been known for being mental giants.

She did me one better. Even I didn’t realize at the time that the Anti-Horsemen have enough bodies in the game now (especially with the addition of Natalie’s delightful body playing alongside her sister, and yes, that [CLANK] sound you heard when Natalie walked through the door was the sound of Jase physically shitting a brick) that they could COMPLETELY frontload the nomination block, thereby guaranteeing a Veto win, which would then be used to free up a spot to throw Jase onto, with no opportunity to defend himself. Freakin’ BRILLIANT.

This last week of shows, from the point of Scott’s ejection up to the present, has been about as satisfying as it gets for reality TV fans: Finally the asshole gets his, and he gets it through the thoughtful and clever strategizing of his opponents who he has wronged in the past, not some lucky vote. Jase even made it that much more enjoyable for us in that it actually took him several days to piece the puzzle together, and the Oh Shit moment when he finally figured out he’d been screwed was utterly priceless.

And now he’s out for revenge, he’s gonna try and break things up between Drew and Diane. Well, frankly, I’m not sure that would break my heart, either. So if he can make himself useful on his way out the door, all the better.

I picked up on The Amazing Race this season, and it’s been reasonably good, but that “screw you” moment hasn’t come yet, mainly because the soccer twit^Hns and Mirna & Schmirna are still in the game. (I was, however, delighted to see Alison’s attempt to extend her fifteen minutes derailed quickly and quietly.) I’m enjoying it, but host Phil Keoghan’s effort to be the Clint Eastwood of reality TV is starting to grate on me a little bit.