Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Because y'all didn't get it...

So, correct us if we're wrong but a blog is basically an online journal - a place to spill about your feelings, your day, your week, your month, and that time you were spastic and could not drop Optrex drops into your infected eye. (Lol. Refer to Chen Chou. Sorry man. You're just too freaking hilarious). But "The weird, the wacky + the random" isn't a place to pen our frustrations or feelings. The point of this blog, and no, it's not solely focused on reality TV, is to allow Adeline and Karen to share our conspiracies with the world in the hopes that the world will respond, be it good or bad (Ie: Discussions or comments). Cause the world, as we view it, shouldn't just be evaluated on the surface level. What we think, is that there are more to stuff than the eye can see and the brain can conprehend - conspiracies.

Our history: It might look like we have caved to increasing peer pressure to jump on the blog bandwagon but in all honesty, we only decided to do this because we couldn't afford a website (Hence the first post, not coincidentally) It's like this. We've always wanted to create a site where we could share our conspiracies to the public. This, of course, after discovering that we each had not-completely-conventional opinions about everyday events, and after watching this really cool episode of Alias in Season 1, where there was an 'extra' who mentioned the URL
It's a long story.

So, we checked it out and it turns out money is involved in the creation of a website. Not just any kind of money, but US currency kinda money. We're talking US$19.99 at the very least. Disappointment set in a for a little while. Then Karen came up with this kooky plan to carry on our original idea through hosting a blog. And she was pretty apprehensive because as we all know, dearest Addie isn't too friendly towards blogs. Thankfully though, Ad dug deep and decided that for the good of it all, her particular dislike towards blogs had to be put aside.

Thus, much like how God said "Let there be light, and there was light", Ad and Karen said, "Let's do it", and as you are obviously reading, this is it.

Here's to hoping that y'all don't reach the end of this post and still go, "Huh?". C'mon. Bring on the lightbulb. *ting*

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Because we secretly wish we could compete in The Amazing Race...

Grab the remote. Flip on the television. Sigh... Once again, instead of sitcoms or even daytime dramas, you're bombarded with the multitude of reality TV programmes that have somehow made it to our very shores.

Walk out the house. Stone during a lecture. And you overhear the girls on your left gossiping quietly about what a dick Jonathan was AGAIN to Victoria [Amazing Race 6]. Sigh... In a world where technology allows livestreaming multi-player games to be played internationally, reality TV was but inevitable. This sudden influx of programmes that share the basic gist of unscripted, unbarred and unpredictable plotlines have become so common that unless you led the past 7 years of your life in a cave situated in the most obscure of regions, you would go, "Who?" when the name Paris Hilton is dropped.

So, what's the big deal then? For a concept so simple, how can there possibly be any agenda behind it? Well, think again little ones.

Fact: Almost every first season of reality TV programmes that have been released from the year 1999, with the exception of American Idol 1 and Malaysian Idol 1, has fielded a male winner. We'll name you a few - Survivor, The Apprentice, The Amazing Race, The Mole and I'll bet if anyone remembers the first episode of Fear Factor, the winner would have been a guy.

Disclaimer: The only reason Kelly Clarkson won (in my humblest of opinion) was because, seriously, did you ACTUALLY want Justin Guarini to win? Justin who??? Exactly.

Another disclaimer: As for Malaysian Idol, as Karen would very amptly put it, ...

From Survivor 1 (Richard Hatch), to The Apprentice 1 (Bill Rancic). Even when the odds seem against the menfolk to emerge victorious, suspiciously enough, circumstances change and lo and behold, what do you know? The underdog ain't lying so low no more. Let's turn the heat on for the latest installment of Survivor. The odds weren't looking too good for the men as the women picked them off one by one. Let's face it - the women were dominating the game. It came down to 6 women and 1 man. Chris, the winner, was down 1:6 and incredulously, he WON. How's that for a conspiracy? Penny for your thoughts please.

Another classic example:- The Apprentice 1. How is it possible that the women, who have been successful throughout the challenges, did not even make the cut for last 2 'Donald-Trump's-apprentice-wannabe' standing? The men, who almost consistently lost a team member each week, were down to the final four way before the final episodes were even approaching, while the women, at that point hadn't even lost 1 team player. Blink your eyes, and you'll suddenly realize that the final 2 contestants were no other then Kwame and Bill. Huh. Who'd have thunk that?

Not convinced? Well, if this isn't going to make those wheels turn, I'll personally knit you personalized socks. In the latest season of American Idol (4, I think), rules have been changed so that now the final 24 will consist of 12 men and 12 women. Coincidentally enough, Simon Cowell, in an earlier interview lamented the fact that no male contestant progressed to the final four in the previous season. Although no female contestant made it to the final in season 2, were there any changes in the rules? I think not.

Possible conspiracy? Oh yeah. I definitely think so.

Afterthought: And what's up with only the 'good looking' people being selected as participants?[Fear Factor]. There are close to 300 million people in America, with almost half of them overweight, and yet, week after week Joe Rogan introduces yet another batch of contestants; all fit, perky, and looking beautiful. What are the odds, eh?

Need we say more?