Just a reminder that I’ll be hosting another episode of Housewives Hoedown, the online show where we talk about nothing but the Real Housewives. Joining me again will be Flipit from TVgasm, and we’ll be discussing Miami and Orange County and anything else that might be on your mind.
If you’re unemployed and looking for a career makeover, this might be your lucky day. My friend is casting a reality show that gives people who are out of work a chance to team up with a top notch head hunter. The series is looking for people in SoCal; so if you feel like you fit the bill, feel free to contact the casting office. All the information is above (click for a larger view of the casting notice).
About forty-five minutes ago, I posted an item about Chinese Walmarts that had been sent to me by my true friend Neil. No sooner had I posted it than my other friend IndianJones popped up to remind me that the link was in fact “OLD NEWS” on account of it apparently having been a viral hit four months ago.
This, of course, led to my other friend jash firing off an email insisting that I retroactively dole out a tag for IndianJones on the post because IndianJones had actually sent out the very same link to all four of us (among others) back in May. Clearly, tags on this blog are a big deal (jash and IndianJones are in a heated competition to have the most tags — so that jash would insist that his competitor should earn a precious tag was quite noteworthy). Nevertheless, this soon led to an angry email from IndianJones who wrote, “BEN I demand a tag or at least acknowledgement.”
So what to do? WELL. IndianJones, after much thought and deliberation, I am giving you acknowledgment in this post for having sent the link at some point in our lifetimes; however, you do not receive a tag because you were not the reason why I posted the link. It was in fact Neil (true friend) who inspired me to post the link.
If there’s one thing I love to do, it’s shamelessly promote myself. Today I actually have a good reason for it. My friend Caleb Bacon and his compatriot Tim Hammer have a fun podcast named The Gentleman’s Club with Hammer and Bacon, and I was lucky enough to be a guest host on this week’s episode. This was actually my second time on the big shew, the first being on the very first premiere episode (I believe I shared billing with Darryl Strawberry, thank you very much).
We recorded the episode last Thursday when Emmy nominations came out; so we spend a bulk of the show talking about that. However, there’s some passing chatter about The Hills too, which sadly ends tonight (in case you weren’t aware). Anyway, do yourselves a favor and head over to the site (or iTunes!) and listen to the latest Gentleman’s Club podcast!
There are many things to be thankful for this year, but chief among them, as far as this site is concerned, is the growing B-Side Blog readership over the past year. Thanks for coming back to read, even when my posting schedule has been erratic at best. Also, thanks for recommending the blog to your friends (and if you haven’t done that, well, then I’ll reserve quiet disdain for you). I am most appreciative!
Hope you all have a safe and fun turkey day. And you can thank IndianJones for the photo above. He insisted that I post something bloody.
My friend Meeshie is taking part in a very important and good cause next week. No, she’s not finding me a benefactor to fund this site. She’s participating in the annual bike ride to support MS Research. Last year, I encouraged readers to help support Meeshie and her team, and this year, I’m doing the exact same thing. Multiple sclerosis affects a huge number of people, and hopefully events like this can help us move closer to a cure (why aren’t I quite the sincere blogger this morning?). Anyway, here’s the formal pitch:
On October 4 the National MS Society’s New York City Chapter is hosting its 25th annual Bike MS event where 5,000 individuals will ride their bikes toward a world free of MS. I am joining the movement by participating in Bike MS. You can support me by making a tax-deductible donation to help raise much needed funds for people with multiple sclerosis.
Over 400,000 Americans live with the challenges of multiple sclerosis. This disease brings uncertainty to those living with it and stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. Together, we can turn the uncertainty into hope by doing something about MS now.
Lest you forget, Big Brother 11 premieres tonight at 8 PM on CBS. That means that on the East Coast, there’s t-minus one hour until you surrender your summer to many wonderful, glorious hours in front of the television, watching lunatics scream and fight and battle it out for half million dollars.
So very excited…
For those who don’t watch Big Brother, I assure you â€”Â it’s worth getting into. The rule of thumb is that you need to watch three episodes before you get hooked. Don’t worry: they might seem a bit bland or boring at first, but after three shows, you won’t be able to turn away. This I promise you.
Also, for those who wish to discuss the live feeds, feel free to join the conversations in the forums. Registering is easy and free! Who doesn’t like that?
Tremendous news today: I’ve launched forums for this site. Now while you wait hours or days for me to post content, you can entertain yourselves with the power of gab in this brand new section. With any luck, it’ll actually function a tad bit better than the commenting system.
I’ve installed the software phpbb, and I’m still learning it a bit; so there might be some light wonkiness at the outset, but fear not, I will do my best to optimize the forums as best I can. I also plan to revamp its look as right now I’ve only got the generic template going on. Nevertheless, it’s up and running and ready to be populated by users and such. Please go in there and talk. There are plenty of categories and forums to explore. Plus, this is only the beginning. More categories will certainly be added, and if you have suggestions on that front, visit “Forum Suggestions” and pass along an idea.
Enjoy! http://www.bsideblog.com/forums/ (there’s also a tab in the menu bar)
Last time when this dumb bitch wrote me an angry email, I got pissed and told her to go away. I also happened to have been very hungry at the time and prone to crankiness. Today comes a new entry in psycho-ville. I think it’s clear she didn’t read my previous scourge against her, which is why she’s come back with this email. I know it comes from a place of love (in some warped, demented kind of way), but now it’s just getting funny:
Seriously!!! Just stop!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEEEEEEEASE JUST FUCKING STOP!!! WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS!!! THIS RE”CRAP” SUCKS!!! All I’m saying is why would you put the recap up and then no pictures??? If MTV didn’t post the pictures up yet then wait!!! Don’t put a half ass recap up!!! Look maybe you misunderstood the last time but I simply asked you to recap The Hills like you used to!!! Meaning recap from the beginning of the episode to the end along with your funny captions and screencaps in between!!! THE WAY THAT YOU USED TO RECAP THE HILLS!!! The recaps used to be so funny and witty and full of snark!!! I used to laugh so hard at your recaps!!! This is the second week that you just skipped around the episode!!! What are you going to do post the pictures later!!! HOW LAME!!! Just remember you have fans from the Laguna Beach days and beyond and I hope you find the strength to dig up some recaps like that again!!! You don’t even blog about the gossip of the people on Laguna Beach, Hills, etc…… Did you know that Kristin is going to be on The Hills for six episodes??? DID YOU!!! [ed. note Ã¢â‚¬â€Ã‚Â this was actually posted on my blog earlier today] When Lauren leaves they’re going to bring Kristin in!!! This is what I’m talking about!!! You don’t post news like that!!! As far as I’m concerned you don’t even deserve to recap The Hills anymore or deserve to breathe the same air as the people on The Hills!!! JUST BRING IT IN YOUR RECAP NEXT TIME!!!
I don’t mind when people are critical of my blog. Heck, my friends pester me about changes I should make all the time. And I understand that you can’t please everyone all the time. That being said, I do have a breaking point. This just arrived from a reader who seems a bit displeased with things around here of late:
This recap sucks!!! I have been a fan of your recaps since the Tvgasm days when Laguna Beach Season 1 started. I love this franchise and I like reading your recaps after I watch the episodes. I think this season of The Hills is going to be good like Season 2. Lately it seems like you don’t enjoy The Hills as much as you used to. You stopped your recaps during the end of Season 2 and the beginning of 3 which I understood between leaving tvgasm and setting up this blog and I still followed. You didn’t recap Newport Harbor, Bromance or the City (fyi these little photocaps or screencaps don’t count as a recaps). You have many people who still like your recaps of Laguna and The Hills from back in the day. Maybe if you would recap like that you would have hundreds or a thousand comments like you used to!!! You didn’t even recap The Hills Season 4 Finale!!! Don’t think I forgot about that!!! All I’m saying is step it up and bring your A GAME or forget it!!! Don’t start something so good and don’t finish it!!! I truly hope this is the last Hills re”crap” like this!!! I just expected more from you!!!
To which I say, shut the fuck up and go away.