For more than a decade, I have taught classes to university students and corporate clients alike, emphasizing the importance of communication.
But the cautionary tale on tonight’s Project Runway team competition drives the point home better than any workshop or one-to-one coaching session.
One team’s inability to communicate — about anything — led to a truly terrible garment and a very expected exit for one (since her partner had immunity).
Sorry Hanmiao — but you kinda had it coming.
Posted in communication, Entertainment, Fashion, Humor, Relationships, Television
Tagged cautionary tale, class, coching, communication, competition, designer, entertainment, Fashion, garment, Hanmiao Yang, Humor, Project Runway, Relationships, spoiler alert, talk, talk to each other, Television, university, workshop
It’s summer, and that means a lot of reality show competitions have been added to the TV schedule.
Food Network Star has been cookin’ with gas on Sunday evenings for several weeks already, and my beloved Project Runway got underway this past Thursday.
I never realize how much I miss them until they come back on they air, and then, when they do —
Posted in competition, Humor, Life, Television
Tagged animated gif, Barney, competition, cookin with gas, Food Network, Food Network Star, Humor, life, Neil Patrick Harris, Project Runway, reality show, summer, Television, wait for it
American Idol is being canceled?
I feel such strong emotions — or I’m trying to, anyway — so I must breakout into song, like any decent musical would:
(My apologies to “American Pie.”)
You are leaving
I am grieving
in a ugly rage spiral
Sure, I’ve spent my nights
watching your network rival, singing —
I’ll tune back in for the big final.
I’ll tune back in for the big final.
So long, AI. (Harry, you were my fav.)
Posted in Celebrities, Commentary, Humor, Life, Music, Television
Tagged American Idol, American Pie, breakout into song, canceled tv shows, celebrities, commentary, competition, emotions, FOX Network, Harry Connick Jr, Humor, Music, musical, parody, reality shows, singing, Television, the day the music died
I haven’t watched Cooking Channel much at all, but a commercial for Cutthroat Kitchen caught my eye.
Host Alton Brown is always good for a laugh.
If you haven’t seen the show, four professional chefs compete in cooking challenges while Alton Brown sabotages them.
But there’s a catch.
He actually gives each chef money at the beginning of the game so that they can bid to sabotage each other, making the timed competition even more challenging. The eventual winner keeps whatever money he has left at the end of the game.
As the episode comes to an end, I realize it’s not for me.
It reminds me too much of hazing…or those degrading initiation days that some of my high school clubs subjected new members to freshman year. The folks in charge are laughing, but it’s more mean-spirited than funny.
Just ask Jon Hamm. That stuff comes back to bite you in the butt.
Posted in Celebrities, Cooking, Entertainment, Games, Humor, Restaurants, Television
Tagged Alton Brown, bite you in the butt, celebrities, challenge, chef, competition, cooking, Cooking Channel, Cutthroat Kitchen, entertainment, episode, freshman, games, hazing, high school, Humor, initiation, Jon Hamm, laughing, mean spirited, money, sabotage, Television, who's laughing now, winner
It’s hard to believe it’s been over three years since I first saw The Trip starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.
I saw it in the theater then. Today was a chance encounter on HBO.
And I watched it again.
I still laughed at the two comedians’ competitive conversations and celebrity impressions. But this time I found myself trying out a few of the characterizations — with very limited success.
Why can’t I do impressions better? And why are they so darn good?
Obviously they have invested far more than 90 minutes towards this endeavor, but I wonder if I would be able to achieve any success with a lifetime of practice.
Do the Brits just have an edge?
I say yes. (This stance saves me a lot of time and effort.)
Posted in Celebrities, Comedy, Entertainment, Humor, Movies, Television
Tagged Brits, celebrities, characterizaitons, comedian, comedy, competition, conversation, entertainment, HBO, Humor, impressions, movie theater, Movies, Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan, Television, The Trip movie
It’s been almost 20 years since Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks put Manhattan’s Upper West Side on the map in the rom-com classic You’ve Got Mail.
Visit my neighborhood today and all the movie’s sights are still here — the local restaurants where they rendezvoused, the farmer’s market, Riverside Park. Everything but her little Shop Around the Corner.
Well, that’s changing.
Book Culture is opening their doors literally around the corner from my brownstone apartment and taking up the ‘small bookshop mantle’ that Meg’s character abandoned lo’ those many years ago.
Their window says it best:
Now, the modern version of the movie’s ‘big bad Fox Books’ exists today — Barnes & Noble is just a couple of blocks away. So it will be interesting to see how this small store will compete on selection and pricing.
But I for one am excited to see life imitate art just feet from my doorsteps.
Wonder if the proprietor will be as photogenic?
Posted in Advertising, Books, Business, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Movies, Shopping
Tagged advertising, Barnes & Noble, big bad Fox Books, Book Culture, books, bookshop, bookstore, brownstore, celebrities, competition, entertainment, farmer's market, Humor, life, life imitate art, Manhattan, Meg Ryan, Movies, neighborhood, New York City, price, rendezvous, restaurants, Riverside Park, rom com, romantic comedy, selection, Shop Around the Corner, shopgirl, shopping, Tom Hanks, Upper West Side, You've Got Mail
I have been verbally spanked by more than one person for my lack of enthusiasm for the World Cup.
I’m not a soccer fan. To become an SSF (Sudden Soccer Fan) because of the frenzy surrounding the event doe not feel authentic to me.
Turns out it’s practically un-American.
To add insult to injury, I’m writing this post during the US / Portugal World Cup match.
Which I’m not watching.
Don’t get me wrong — I truly hope the US wins — but it’s still soccer.
I’m okay with getting the score later.
In other sporting news, the Championships Wimbledon begin tomorrow, where many Americans will be competing on its famous grass courts.
I love tennis and will be watching as much coverage as my schedule allows. I won’t verbally abuse you, however, if you have other plans.
Posted in Commentary, Humor, Life, Sports, Television
Tagged add insult to injury, Americans, Championships Wimbledon, commentary, competition, frenzy, grass courts, Humor, life, soccer, soccer fan, sporting life, Sports, sports coverage, Television, tennis, unAmerican, US Portugal soccer match, verbally spank, Wimbledon, World Cup
SPOILER ALERT — this blog talks about last night’s shocking elimination on Dancing with the Stars.
In hindsight, it was inevitable.
Host Tom Bergeron and the judges were aghast that Olympic ice dancer Charlie White and professional partner Sharna Burgess were eliminated just one week shy of the finals.
But with his ice dancing partner Meryl Davis also in the competition (paired with popular-bad-boy dancer Maks Chmerkovskiy), Charlie was dead in the water. The two were bound to split their fans’ votes, and Maks is way more popular than Sharna.
The celebs that remain have their unique voting blocks as well. Candace Cameron Bure (of Full House fame) can’t go a show without evoking Jesus’ name, so she has the conservative right sewn up. Singer James Maslow of the boy band Big Time Rush has the hottie vote. And Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy is dancing brilliantly on two artificial legs — artificial! — and paired with Derek Hough, who is popular enough to win with almost anyone.
So yes, strangely enough, Olympic ice dancer Charlie White was the clear underdog.
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If you were on Twitter at all on Halloween, you may have noticed that one of the trending topics was #potterday.
It seems the fans of the Harry Potter books and films were chatting them up, and why not? On a holiday where ghosts and goblins walk the earth, talk of wizards and death eaters seems apropos.
But when I read the potterday tweets — and added one of my own (heck, I like Harry as much as the next muggle) — I noticed a few felt it necessary to slam “Twilight” in the process:
“Who needs vampires? We have magic.”
Why do you have to dislike “Twilight” to like Harry Potter? Are the two mutually exclusive? Why is life always a competition?
It reminds me a bit of my youth. (Yes, I can remember back that far.) When “Star Wars” came out, many “Star Trek” fans — and I am pointing the finger straight back at myself — were insulted by the very presence of this new saga and boycotted it. Years passed before I saw “Star Wars” in its entirety, and that was mainly because of Harrison Ford. He was big time by then, and I wanted to see his take on Hans Solo.
In retrospect, it was a ridiculous reaction.
I think the same thing about the Mac/PC wars. I own a PC, and always have — mainly because an overwhelming majority of the business world operates on PCs. I have worked on a Mac in the past, and I personally didn’t find the transition from PC to Mac to be difficult. I think both platforms have their pros and cons, and I am entertained by the vehement love/hate that people display for the different platforms.
I just don’t see it.
But, that’s me. I like PCs. I like Mac’s. I like “Star Trek.” I like “Star Wars.” (Okay, I’ll always like “Star Trek” a bit more…it was my first sci-fi.)
And I love Harry Potter and “Twilight.” To me, they are very different and are not competing or attempting to muscle one another out at the box office.
Can’t we all just get along?
Posted in Holiday, Humor, Movies
Tagged competition, death eaters, ghosts, goblins, Halloween, Harrison Ford, Harry Potter, Mac, magic, PC, potterday, Star Trek, Star Wars, trending topic, Twilight, Twitter, vampires, wizards