I’m not a big sci-fi guy, but I have been in a post-apocalyptic mood lately, and the premise of Battlestar Galactica intrigued me. Humanity is on the run from an angry AI entity called the Cylons, and a seriously flawed group of people are called upon to fight for the very survival of the human race. I raced through the four seasons of BSG, overcoming my frustration with a show filled with emotional highs and screen-writing lows by learning when to anticipate a weak episode and skipping it. In the final analysis, unfortunately, I cannot recommend this show, because the ending is just too disappointing. A great finale is not essential to all TV shows (see Seinfeld), but for an epic tale that absorbs juicy plot-lines into an ever-building avalanche, the ending just does not provide the pay-off.
LTDers know that this site is a big fan of music tournaments. From 2010-2012 we held a 512-song “Best Rock Song” tournament, a “Peoples’ Choice Tournament”, a “Best Cover Song” tournament, and finally, “Last Band Standing.” It’s been exactly a year since the Peoples’ Choice Tournament, so we are running it back.
For a crash course, read up on Guillermo’s most excellent guide to the Peoples’ Choice Tournament. We don’t have a comprehensive list of ineligible songs yet, but it’s probably only going to be songs used in last year’s tournament and winners of other past tournaments. Email your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them below. Everyone is entitled to two nominations, past participants/coaches are eligible for four. We’ll likely start in a week or so. Last year “Somebody to Love” (live in Montreal) (Queen) defeated “Dog Days Are Over” (Florence and the Machine) in a raucous finals held in five different cities.
If you’re an NBA fan, you’re probably still reeling from the blockbuster trade that landed Dwight Howard in LA. First, for non-NBA fans, get ready for Kobe Bryant to be back in your lives on a regular basis. For fantasy players, how do you react to all the free agency and trade shake-ups? My bet is that the Lakers, barring major injury, will cruise to the Finals and beat the Miami Heat. (I had to edit that last sentence after accidentally drifting into the Grantland-esque tendency to only use the present tense, i.e. “the Lakers cruise to the finals”).
If you weren’t at Sippy’s wedding on August 4, you should have been at Horsefest X, or both. For the tenth summer in the row, Brian Orce delivered one of the finest parties of the year- an all-day & night pool party extravaganza. Keep this party in mind when you plan your next summer.