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Dad and Daughter

I’m tired and I’m about five chapters behind on my novel. If I wasn’t tired I’d say that there was the musical this weekend, that it went really well, that Holli did a great job taping, and that there were nearly 230 people in the Gregg household all at once watching the play they had just performed. At first I thought it was a little silly, but then I remembered being in High School plays and how I’d probably do the same thing. The kids were happy and that’s all that matters.

If I wasn’t so tired, I’d also tell you that I got lots of pictures, and I’d say that you could check out Little Shop of Horrors – 11, 12 Nov 06.

I’d also say that on Sunday Larry, Carol, Holli, Marissa, MacBook, and myself recorded Musebleep 007: Chapter Eight. It went well, and you can hear the fruits of our labor, if you haven’t already, on the Musebleep site.

I’d finally close by saying that whenever I think of something in Lost, like “Who is that strange character we’ve never seen before?” or “I wonder what Hurley’s back story is…” then they explain it in the next episode. How cool is that?

What is your guys’ favorite musical and why?

2006 Fall TV Lineup

Our Pumps

I’d like to welcome a new member to the MilesRausch.com family: Lindsey! Be sure to bookmark and subscribe to milesrausch.com/lindsey and welcome her!

This weekend, Holli and I travelled back in time! No. We drove back to Hawarden. There we were originally going to aid Holli’s father, Larry, in constructing the set, but we didn’t have to. So, instead, we got a relaxing weekend. I did get some video of the Little Shop of Horrors rehearsal, and I got some pictures from the weekend. We carved pumpkins! Also, if you looked at the Thoughts section on the sidebar, you’ll see that there’s a new Musebleep up. Also, I updated a set called Office Magic with more office-related pictures.

One other thing we did this weekend was watch an episode of The Office. I’m a big TV buff. I think what appeals to me is that television shows can have nearly the same quality as motion pictures, but TV comes in bit-sized chunks. Some television show budgets run into the millions of dollars per episode and boast enormous crews to handle effects (practical, special, and computer), and you get a brand new 22 minutes or 48 minutes every week. Also, with my brand new Internet TV Show, Newsbleep, I can consider every second I spend watching television as “research”. And not the boring, Computer Science Journal Weekly type of “research”.

So, here are my thoughts on some of the shows in the 2006 Fall TV Lineup.

Heroes (NBC, Mondays) (website)

This show has caught my attention. I wasn’t sold at first, but as the show has gone on, I’m a fan. Heroes is a complex show about a group of seemingly unconnected individuals who all suddenly find themselves endowed with super heroic traits: flying, foretelling the future, bending time and space, and indestructibility to name a few.

I like:

  • The super hero theme
  • Hiro, a quirky, enthusiastic Japanese guy
  • The complexity of the story (so far)

I dislike:

  • The “symbol” that shows up everywhere
  • Some of the cheesy effects that aren’t that good
  • “save the cheerleader, save the world”

Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip (NBC, Mondays) (website)

This is, by far, the best show on television. It centers on a sketch comedy show that is trying to make a comeback. Created by Aaron Sorkin, the creator of West Wing, this hour-long drama follows a number of key characters, from the head writer to the president of the network. I really like that Matthew Perry, who plays Matt Albie, has found a nice dramedy to hone his dramatic and comedic skills. In most ways, he’s the main character of the show so far, a decent portion of the show exploring his (ex)relationship with actress Harriet Hayes (… real name). Perfect everytime.

I like:

  • The comedy
  • The drama
  • The music: same guy as West Wing
  • The writing
  • The acting
  • The directing
  • The everything else

I dislike:

  • It’s only on once a week
  • It’s only on for an hour at a time

Gilmore Girls (The CW, Tuesdays) (website)

This is a show for moms and daughters, or, in my case, moms and sons and sometimes girlfriends. Really, the general consensus on Gilmore Girls is that it’s a girl show. That is probably because the two mainest characters are female, both named Lorelai and both with a formidable vocabulary and pop culture knowledge. However, every guy who I’ve talked to who has given the show a fair chance (Seth Larson) has decided that it really is one of the smarter shows on tv. Unfortunately, the creator and head writer for the show, along with her husband (writer and director), left the show at the end of last season, and I’ve felt that things have been amiss. This may be the last season for Gilmore Girls.

I like:

  • The fast-paced, reference-laden banter between L&L
  • How everyone in the show seems to be really smart
  • The music

I dislike:

  • That Lore and Luke broke up
  • That Lore and Chris are together
  • How the show doesn’t seem as vibrantly witty as before

Mythbusters (Discovery, Wednesdays) (website)

This show really could be considered research, and it is by far the most educational show that Holli and I watch. If you’re not familiar with it, Adam and Jamie, and the rest of the cast, take on urban legends and myths, and then they work on either proving it, disproving it, or reaching no conclusion.

I like:

  • The science aspect
  • The interesting way they present the science aspect

I dislike:

  • How it’s on Discovery channel, and I never think to watch it

The Office (NBC, Thursdays) (website)

The Office is back with its third season. There were many who thought the show wouldn’t make it past season one, but it really has proven to be the sleeper hit of the NBC lineup (hence the move to the Thursday Primetime spot from Tuesday last year). I’ve been losing faith in this show, however. I feel that, in order to cater to a more popular audience and in order to satisfy more artistic whims, they are sacrificing their own rules on how to direct and write it. I hope that this doesn’t keep up, or that they keep it minimized, because I really want the show to keep that quirky aspect. We’ll see. So far, I’ve found the show entertaining, and I hope they really develop Jim’s story-line (and find more humorous situations for him and his coworkers to be in) to keep us all interested in the “other branch”.

I like:

  • That the show is still going strong

I dislike:

  • “Artsy” direction and writing
  • A somewhat weak Jim treatment so far

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS, Thursdays) (website)

This is the CBS workhorse. No one can even think the letters CBS, in that order, without thinking about CSI. With that said, I’ve been unimpressed with this season so far. I just haven’t managed to get really interested (or perplexed) by any of the cases so far. Maybe they need another genius serial killer, or maybe they just need to hang up at the end. I think this may be CSI’s last life, also, but we’ll have to see if they pull out of it.

I like:

  • The dramatic/science mixture
  • The combination of dramatic/frightening episodes with humorous/ridiculous episodes

I dislike:

  • That it seems they’ve exhausted all creative avenues for the show (or so it would seem)
  • That Grissom is getting gradually less and less attention overall (phasing him out?)

And that’s what you gots. Those are my takes on this season of television. Anything to add? Disagree with something? Let me have it.

The Great Diversions

The Great Diversion

Hey! There’s a new Off the Record up with an important announcement. I’ve changed the name, so now it’s called Musebleep. If you’re subscribed in iTunes or Odeo, go to the Musebleep site and subscribe to the new feeds. I’m taking Off the Record off the web on Monday, so get switched by then.

Last week around this time, Holli was having nightmares about her upcoming directorial debut. Well, all went well. This year’s setup was quite a bit different. Since our tech director is a playwright, first and foremost, it was decided that the showcase be of his works. I got to meet him, on Thursday, and I was a little taken aback. He’s about 3 or so years older than me, had a backwards baseball cap on, and was playing tetris on his cellphone. Also, he has an amazingly deep voice. I have to remember to email him.

I thought the plays went well. Especially considering the short time frame and the rampant apathy amongst the actors. Holly Smith had to actually act in hers because her actress dropped out of it and there wasn’t time to recast. That was probably the most horrifying part. I remember when we had a very devoted group of actors, but it’s waned with graduations, and there don’t seem to be very many new actors coming in. It feels like watching someone’s soul die.

But it went well; Holli’s parents and grandparents came up to watch on Wednesday (and to buy us ice cream). I got to run the camera for Holly Smith, who has plans to edit the showcase into a DVD, for both nights. I got rid of two canned and nonperishable goods, also. The turn outs were good. See the photos in my 2006 Freshmen Showcase photoset.

This weekend I headed home, but Holli was unable to join me because she was on duty. I had to sign my loan papers, so I drove down on Saturday, helped walk around Clear Lake for a little bit, signed the papers, and met Tony for lunch at Pizza Ranch. We called David who decided that he didn’t want to hang out with us. The day was then spent listlessly dreaming of adventures. The only adventure we had was getting three 12 packs of Coke with Lime, during which time Holli was also purchasing a 12 pack of Coke with Lime, during which time my mom was purchasing a 12 pack of Coke with Lime.

Then I got Tony totally hooked on Studio 60 (Mondays at 9pm on NBC), and I gave all kinds of people rides in my car. Sue loved it, and we had a long, heart-felt talk about growing up.

This week I started on a viral marketing campaign for Newsbleep, but all it’s managed to accomplish so far is making my friends and family add a new friend for MySpace and Facebook. So far no new blood. I think MySpace is going to be the key gateway to any sort of popularity, but the key is going to be to drive people to the website itself. I’ll have to work on my Profile in both to generate that. Also, Facebook just informed me that my Newsbleep account has been shut off, so I emailed them, and I’m waiting on a reply. *sigh* I think it was the 52 groups I joined in one day.

So, tell your friends about Musebleep! Tell your friends about Newsbleep! Subscribe in iTunes! Watch and enjoy.

Off the Record 002

If you guys aren’t busy, you should check out the Freshmen Showcase tonight at 7:30pm at the Underground. Bring a canned food item and see Holli and three other directors duke it out in a no-holds-barred directorial cage match!

Yes! You’re THAT lucky! I made a special birthdayesh Off the Record. This one is called a Drive-by, because it’ll go quick if you like music. It’s just me, some commentary, and lots of good tunes.

You’ll get to hear: Interpol, Radiohead, The Mountain Goats, Sunset Rubdown, Snow Patrol, and In Ink Please. Or, if you don’t like music, if you hate good music, then you won’t hear any of that music because you’ll just skip chapters to listen to me talk.

Anyway, go and listen to Off the Record 002, or, in iTunes, just Refresh the podcast and it will start downloading the new episode.

Off the Record 001: Death

Guess who’s still getting the most out of his MacBook? That’s right. I’ve made a podcast. It’s called “Off the Record”, and it’ll hopefullly be entertaining to listen to. I plan on updating Off the Record more than I’ll be updating Newbleep because it’s a lot easier to just talk than it is to be in two places at once. Plus I do all my podcasts naked. The topic for this one was “death”, but you can’t listen to it here.

There is an entire other website devoted to Off the Record: http://offtherecord.milesrausch.com. And it’s a podcast-enabled site, so that means you can subscribe using iTunes, subscribe using Odeo, or you can use any other Podcast program by subscribing to the feed. And, as if that’s not enough, you can listen to the podcasts on the website itself using a nifty flash player. The mp3 version of the podcast is album art-only, but the m4a version is an enhanced podcast with chapters and multiple album arts for your enjoyment.

This podcast I had a lot of help, and I think having group involvement really makes it interesting. Participants were Bob Davidson, Holly Smith, and Holli Gregg, with a special segment by David Rausch. Also, Holli made the awesome graphic. So, please head on over to the Off the Record 001: Death post and give it a listen!

Also, this weekend was spent in Hawarden, Iowa. David was nice enough to come with us, and we all had a good time. We saw a West Sioux football game, which was nice, since they won. We also met and talked to more family (which always makes me nervous), but it went well, and I really like Holli’s aunt’s voice. I know that sounds weird, but you should hear her voice, then you’ll see what I mean. It feels odd to meet her cousins because they are so much older than her. Her cousin Brody, for instance, is 30 years old. I didn’t even know that they made cousins that old.

No, but seriously, it was nice. We watched some Office, Carol had a birthday, and got a MacBook on Sunday. And, on the way back, we had a stimulating conversation about religion and it’s misuses and the way the public shapes and is shaped by religion. It was enlightening.

In Other News: Mom, the reason I didn’t answer my phone is because I was performing with Comedy Bytes from 7 until 11ish.  But, yes, if I could have planned it I probably would have avoided your call.  And, no, I haven’t seen the Gilmore Girls yet this season, so don’t ruin it.

Yes, that’s right. I thought last semester was my last show, but I agreed to stay on until auditions, which meant entertaining Freshmen during the first week of school, doing a quick 10 minute bumper at Monday night’s Coronation, and a full 45 minute show last night in the Underground. I think the show went really well. The turn out for the show last night wasn’t as big as I would have liked, but it was still a major crowd, and they laughed. Afterwards, they gave Holli, Mike, and I long underwear and a card with no money inside. It was touching.

In Related News: I got Digital Cable today, and the guy who hooked it up was a sexist. He had on The Price Is Right, and they have glamorously dressed girls, but I would say it’s quite tasteful. Camera pans to a girl. He says, “I think she should take her shirt off.” I was floored, not at the joke, because I’ve said so much worse, but at the fact that he was assuming I was the kind of person who would enjoy a joke like that. That, and she wasn’t wearing a “shirt”, it was a dress. There is nothing in my apartment to suggest that: no rifles or antlers, no posters of half-naked chicks fishing, no swimsuit calendar. There was a slightly awkward silence. The camera pans over to another woman, African-American, dressed in similar attire. He says, “I think she should, too.” So, feeling that I needed to respond, and knowing that he wasn’t yet down installing my cable, I said, “Well, if they did things like that, I don’t think they’d be on CBS anymore.” Laugh. He says, “Yeah, but I would watch religiously!” Ironic choice of words. I smirk, and go into the kitchen. That’s the last time I make small talk ever again.