Not much to report on. Probably going to be gone the rest of the week, cause Roundball and I are jetting off to Florida for Grandma Ross's funeral.
Last night I watched a show called Hurl! on the G4 network. Hurl! is definitely a sign that the American empire is on the downward slide and that the end times may, in fact, be near. Hurl! is a form of reality gameshow where contestants scarf down insane amounts of food, and then participate in nausea-inducing activities while trying not to vomit (they're aided in their tasks by assistants clothed in hazmat suits). There are two ways of being eliminated- during the food eating rounds you can be eliminated for being the contestant who consumes the least food. During the activity rounds, you can be eliminated if you, well... hurl! The whole show is kind of predicated on the "last man standing" ideal in order to pick a winner. The food portion of the show consisted of watching the contestants scarf down between 3 and 4 pounds of macaroni and cheese before climbing into a set of spherical, steel cages to be spun around and upside down for 5 minutes. Following that, the contestants ate a couple of pounds of pumpkin pie before jumping into the spheres to be spun around some more. Then more pie. Then more steel cage sphere spinning.
In the end, the final three contestants all ended up throwing up, although the winner managed to collect his $1,000 and jump around in celebration a bit before he chucked. That's right. The winner stuffs his face and risks throwing up in front of a national TV audience for $1,000. Cash. (and the losers, of course, do the same for free)
You guys really need to check this out. Or maybe you don't. It really is a horrible, but fascinating spectacle. You almost need your own hazmat suit just to watch it. Nevertheless, I predict the sleeper hit of the summer, and it's debuting on the G4 network, of all places (a low rent network which typically focuses itself around videogames and other aspects of geek culture; I have this whole theory about how G4 may evolve to become the MTV of the current generation, but maybe I best save that for a time when I'm not discussing the fact that they're airing shows about vomit).