The Daily Bongo
Sunday, June 30, 2013 -- Evening
Big Brother's Second ShowNow we get to find out some of the things that the rest of us who have been watching the feeds know: that Elissa was MVP, nominated David, and then was nominated herself when McCrae won the veto. I wonder if we will hear all the racist things that Aaryn has been saying about homosexuals, blacks, and Asians. You can find details here..
As the show starts, everyone talks about the MVP and how scary it is. Aaryn thinks she is going to get it more than once. Someone says that it could be hardest on the HOH because he may put two people up, and those two may wind up staying in the house. As Andy says, now you have to suck up to everybody. Jeremy and Judd talk about America voting for girls. Jeremy said that Kaitlin has his vote. Jeremy said in DR that he is going to have to have a snuggle session with all the girls to keep himself safe. The girls say that David's code name is Ken. Nick's is Big (at first it was Manhattan. Jeremy is the sailor. Kaitlin and Jessie have the first hint of both having a crush on Jeremy. McCrae was blown away by his HOH room, since he was a super fan, and knows what it means. Everyone in the HOH room start talking about Rachel. Elissa believes that being Rachel's sister will put a huge target on her back.
Nick and Jeremy go out to play hacky sack, and then wind up talking strategy. Nick says that they should put together a guys alliance. Nick says that they switch up on the girls who are in the guys alliance. Nick then goes and talks to Spencer, Howard. Then Nick goes up to talk to McCrae about the Nick, Jeremy, Spencer, and Howard alliance. McCrae figured ou the alliance, just missing Spencer. McCrae says it is an offer he should not refuse. The guys go up to the HOH room. Nick says that statistically they should go far. They talk about who to put up. The guys want to either put up two girls or a girl and David. They call the alliance the Moving Company.
Aaryn and David go into a hammock to talk. Aaryn thinks David is strong and handsome. Aaryn says that they will be a power couple. David said that he came on the show for the showmance, not for the money. Amanda and Jessie talk about who Jessie likes. Amanda says in DR that any guy who looks at Jessie gets Jessie's motor running. Jessie seems conflicted over Nick and Jeremy. Amanda makes fun of Jessie in the DR, saying that she wants to slap Jessie in the face. Amanda suggests Jessie go for McCrae. Everyone talks about Elissa being Rachel's sister. Aaryn claims to be 100% sure that Elissa is Rachel Reilly's sister. David doesn't know who Rachel is. Aaryn tells him to keep quite, but then starts telling everyone herself. Amanda feels like the biggest idiot not to notice it. Everyone seems upset that Elissa is hiding that she's Rachel's sister. Aaryn wants to know what else Elissa is hiding.
Time for the Have and Have Not competition. Jeremy still has to compete even though he has the Have Not pass. They are split into three teams: yellow, red, and blue. The losing team is the have not. One member of each team has to paddle a boat across a little lake. They get a can from a cooler, paddle back, and put the can into a pyramid on a swing. Then the next person has to paddle to get a can. If the pyramid falls, they have to start again. Howard can't paddle, and he forgets not to breathe under water. Howard is a real loser. Red keeps in last place because Howard sucks, and Judd is no better. Aaryn goes on and on about how gorgeous David is. Elissa thought that red had the best strategy. Yellow couldn't understand how to hold the top. Kaitlin complains because Candice wasn't listening. Red team drops all the cans. Blue finished first. So it's down to Yellow ans Red. Helen said that Red can win if they concentrate. Yellow was two cans away when their cans fell. So Red is still in it. Elissa looks like the Joker in Batman with her red lipstick. Elissa said that no one comes between her and a hot shower. Kaitlin dropped the last can and had to go back. But Yellow team made it up. Red (Judd, Howard, Elissa, Helen, and Andy) were Have Nots. The BB beds are plane seats. Howard says that he has a first class body, and he needs first class accommodations. Kaitlin and Amanda complained about Candice not listening. Howard was giving the girls an eye.
Amanda is talking to McCrae, so she wants to influence him to get things to go her way. She takes it a bit far on the feeds by giving him handjobs. Amanda tells McCrae that no one likes Jessie. Amanda is jealous of Jessie's ass, it seems. McCrae sai that putting up weak players will keep the target off his back, but it would be a waste to not put up a strong player. Elissa goes to McCrae's HOH room. She is afraid that her secret is going to come out, so she tells McCrae that she is Rache's sister. McCrae thinks it's awesome and cool as a BB fan, but he thinks the house might go against him for not getting rid of Rachel's sister. David,, Aaryn, and Jessie got to talk to McCrae and say that McCrae should put up Elissa and Helen. Aaryn really has her claws into Elissa, and for some petty reason, Aaryn seems to be really angry, which I don't understand. McCrae says that he has to play the game for himself.
Nick talked to McCrae right before nominations. McCrae said that it is pretty much Elissa on everyone's radar because of the Rachel connection. Time for the nomination ceremony. The keys pulled out in order are: Nick, Jeremy, David, Aaryn, Kaitlin, GinaMarie, Elissa, Helen, Amanda, Andy, Howard, Spencer, and Judd. So Jessie and Candice are nominated. McCrae said Candice is strong and wants her to play for the veto. He said Jessie has a good social game. Jessie vows to win the veto. Ha! McCrae wants the MVP to get the blood on his/her hands.
Saturday, June 29, 2013 -- Evening
I Watch, Therefore I Am by Gregory Bergman and Peter ArcherWhen I was in college, one of my favorite courses was on the philosophy of ethics. Since then, I have always found the topic of ethics and philosophy interesting. In my writing courses, I devote a class to professional ethics. So when I saw I Watch, Therefore I Am by Gregory Bergman and Peter Archer in the library, I was very excited. Who wouldn't want to see the connection between philosophical principles and television? Whenever I watched Star Trek: The Next Generation, I would pay special attention to the ethical issues that would confront the crew of the Enterprise. I thought that's what I Watch, Therefore I Am would do, talk about the philosophical issues presented in series television.
Imagine then, my disappointment when I discovered that the book gave a very quick and superficial overview of different philosophical ideologies while making a rather lame connection to some television show. I think in most cases the connections between the philosophical principle and the show was rather tenuous. For example, the authors made a connection between All in the Family and faith and reason. I was hard pressed to see the connection or to see how the example dialog illustrated anything about faith. The book is extremely quick and easy to read because there isn't much depth, and there are blank pages between most of the chapters. If you are looking for something entertaining or that looks at the philosophical elements in a particular show, you will probably be disappointed with I Watch, Therefore I Am. I know that I was.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 -- Evening
Big Brother Returns!I am so excited! For me, summer starts when the Big Brother season starts, and tonight was the night. Julie started by telling the audience that we would have a major impact on the game. Then we got to see screaming, happy house guests. Aaryn said she is a Texas girl who can tell if people are lying. Nick says he's going to be the hardset working person. Helen talks about having two jobs: mom and politician. Spencer says he's a train conductor. David is a life guard who likes to look at himself in the mirror. He says he loves the ladies and the ladies love him. Barf! Elizza, looks like Rachel. She's going to try to keep that secret. Andy is really annoying. He says that he teaches public speaking and teaches lying. Kaitlin hopes to manipulate guys. McCrae just desires to deliver pizza and be a clown. GinaMarie had a Staten Island accent and says she coordinates pageants. Howard says he has the eye of a tiger and heart of a lion. Jessie claims to be a leader, and mentions all the things she leads. Of course, girls are always jealous of her. Jeremy lives on a sail boat, but he was rarely on a boat before he bought one. He also claims to be Cherokee. Amanda is a realtor in Florida. Candice found out at 26 that she was adopted. She has a black and a white family. Judd (J-u-double d) says that people have to keep an eye out for his schemes.
Packing shows McCrae packing hats, David packing V-necks to show off his pecks, and Howard packing his Bible. After packing, everyone heads out for the show. At the entrance to the house, Julie says that this year is going to be more difficult than every before. She says that they have to stay in the house for 90 days. First four into the house: Candice, GinaMarie, Judd, and Andy. They go in search of beds. Andy said as a super fan it is all very surreal. Judd is excited to be in with GinaMarie. Next: Elissa, Jeremy, Kaitlin, and McCrae. McCrae is really out of place and socially inept. Next: Howard, Helen, Jessie, and Nick. More screaming ensues. Helen claims to be a huge fan. Howard is just overwhelmed with the beautiful women. GinaMarie loves Hoard's muscle. Elissa wants to form an all girl alliance (for the first time, she says). Kaitlin doesn't get along with other girls and promises cat fights. Jessie says she's the prettiest. Finally: Aaryn, Amanda, David, and Spencer. David is confused on whether he wants to sleep with the girls or the guys.
Next up is the champagne and boisterous talk. Candice talks like she has a speech impediment, which is funny considering she is a speech therapist. David sounds stupid. Jessie thinks Jeremy looks like Taylor Lautner. Helen doesn't want to say she is into politics. Kaitlin says that Andy will be her gay-mance. Howard immediately talks about religion, and McCrae talks about how cut Howard is. Spencer is really annoyed by GinaMarie's constant talk and laugh. No one believes McCrae is a pizza boy. David says he can stare into Aaryn's eyes forever. Judd thinks Elissa familiar.
The guys walked around checking out doors. Jeremy, Howard, and Spencer start talking about a secret alliance. Spencer thinks that they will make a good alliance. Then Jessie gets David and Jeremy together to talk alliance. She wants to make a good looking alliance. Jessie thinks all the girls are going after her because she is so beautiful. Barf! Jeremy said that they have to keep the alliance secret. McCrae breaks up the alliance talk. Everyone meets in the living room. Julie tells the house guests the rules and to expect the unexpected. The summer's twist is that there will be three nominees every week. Howard is overwhelmed. Andy was not expecting this. The HOH nominates two house guests. Julie is not saying how the third person is selected. Then Julie uses Rachel's quote of "floaters get a life vest." The house guests are now realizing that game is on.
Time for the first HOH competition. It's called Popsicle Factory. The house guests have to climb onto a huge popsicle looking object. The last person hanging on wins HOH. Elissa wants to win because she is afraid of the Rachel connection. David and McCrae also want to win. Judd is the first person down. He didn't want the first HOH. Then Howard fell. Howard didn't want to be too big a threat so he threw it. Then Candice was down. Then they sprayed water on the house guests and swiped the popsicles with a big tongue. Candice realized that Elissa looks like Rachel. Judd says he is going to keep it to himself. Then Amanda fell, followed by Spencer. More spraying happens. David said he doesn't know if he can take having the competition messing up his hair. McCrae thinks it's intense. Kim is down next, then Jessie. Elissa falls, then GinaMarie, and Andy. Six people are left. Caitlin fell after two hours. Aaryn is the last girl standing. Two hours and 43 minutes have passed. Jeremy thinks Aaryn is a competitor. Aaryn fell at 3 hours, 2 minutes. Andy thinks they were way too into the competition. Julie has a proposal for the next two who fall. There are two lunch pails. One has a pass to never be a Have Not all summer. Nothing is in the other. They all talk David into dropping. He dropped at 3 hours 55 minutes. David got nothing. Then Jeremy dropped so he could get the Never Not pass. Candice said it's like giving a super hero another power. Nick and McCrae make a deal. McCrae claims on his life to not put Nick up at any time. So McCrae is the first HOH. McCrae comments that he delivers.
Julie tells them about the third nomination, which will be made by someone in the room. So the deal is that America votes for a BB MVP. That person will make the third nomination. That person can do it anonymously. The BB MVP will be revealed right before the Veto competition. McCrae realizes that the two he nominates might not go home, and he might be in trouble. The MVP will be revealed in the next episode.
Monday, June 24, 2013 -- Evening
Night Train to MemphisAll I have to say is "wow!" I just finished reading the fifth book in the Vicky Bliss series, Night Train to Memphis by Elizabeth Peters. I really liked the first two books in the series: Borrower of the Night and Street of Five Moons, and Night Train to Memphis rivals them for my favorite of the batch. This one started with Vicky wondering what the heck was going on with Sir John Smythe. He had been incommunicado for around six weeks, and she was sure that something was up. When she was approached by the Munich police asking her to go on a cruise because she might be able to identify a criminal, she knew that it had to be Sir John. The Munich police try to get her boss, Herr Schmidt, out of the picture on a trumped up museum purchase, and Vicky went off to Cairo to be a Egyptian art expert on a Nile cruise for wealthy tourists. Imagine Vicky's shock when Sir John was on the cruise with...his wife! The twists and turns that follow as Vicky tried to figure out what was going on, and who was threatening her and Schmidt. Peters has always been great with all Egyptian plots, and Night Train to Memphis has tons of excitement and chase scenes as Vicky and John try to escape from the baddies.
There were so many things that I loved about this book. First, we found out that Sir John's real name was John Tregarth. Then, if you do a careful reading of the book, you find tons of references to the Tregarth history. Peters always alluded to the connection between John and the Emersons (of the Amelia Peabody Emerson mysteries). It's easier to pick up the clues when you know to look for them. If you haven't read any of the Vicky Bliss books, you really need to get cracking!