Showing posts from October, 2012

Survivor Philippines Episode 7 Spoiler Review

(I think there was more of Artis in the recap opening this show than there was in the previous 6 episodes.)

At Mike's tribe he told his tribe that it was at this point in the season 24 seasons ago that he fell in the fire. He told them this with scabs on his face and missing a bunch of skin on his right shoulder. One of his tribe mates noted the small irony to him.

A boat arrived on the each of the respective tribe beaches saying they were merging and that they had 10 minutes to pack up what they could. The new merged tribe had the traditional tribe feast.

Lisa went through everyone's bags to hang up their clothes. Because she's helpful, not nosy, and discovered the Hidden Immunity Idol in Malcolm's clothes. So Malcolm confronted Lisa, who instantly fessed up, and Malcolm decided that it was, on the one hand, fine because the "church lady" found it, but, on the other hand, not fine because he was now in an involuntary alliance with Lisa.

Meanwhile, Jonathan, who …

The Amazing Race Season 21 Episode 5 Spoiler Review

We start with James engaging in a video chat with his wife, where he finds out that his dad has really bad cancer. It's a rare glimpse behind the scenes on the show.

The teams had to a bazaar for their next clue, and then it's off to find another clue under a bridge. The Roadblock involved constructing a scale and then balancing 4 rocks with wood on the other side. Abby and James completed the task while maintaining their lead.

From there, it was the Detour - making a jute bag, or deliver bamboo to a construction site. Abby and James picked the bamboo option.

Back at the Roadblock, there was much "GO TWINNIE!" again. Please, let the twins be eliminated. The non-participating twin even got a kid screaming it. Argh.

Meanwhile, back at the start line, the Goat Farmers were having trouble finding their first clue, which was at a marked taxi stand. Trey and Lexi caught up to them in a battle for the basement.

The Twins passed Abbie and Ryan at the Roadblock and moved into seco…

Survivor Philippines Episode 6 Spoiler Review

At Jonathan's tribe, Katie has realized her position is precarious, and she moved to get rid of Jonathan so that she can get through the merge.

At Mike's tribe, Mike is eating raw rice and there's not a lot left for the tribe. Even Artis was upset! And Artis is making only his second appearance in six episodes. So he must be mad!

So, basically, 5 minutes into tonight's episode, the theme is both returning Survivors are being targeted.

The reward challenge was a version of American Gladiators' Atlas Ball competition. The winning tribe got a Survivor bistro. After an hour, it was a total stand off in the mud. So they started negotiating an agreement to end the game, considering they had to score 3 points to win and no one had scored anything after what seemed like 100 days. Jonathan was willing to trade the rest of their rice for the sandwiches. Artis wasn't happy.

Jonathan's tribe chowed down from lunch and also got their letters from home. Everyone cried.

Back a…

Mike's Mini Music Review - Newsboys: God is Not Dead Live in Concert

I've said repeatedly that all albums should be recorded live, and the Newsboys "God is Not Dead Live in Concert" release out today (a rare Monday music release?) is just another example of why. There is an energy with live music that just can't be replicated in a studio setting, and I daresay that anyone who has ever performed with a band in front of a live crowd would agree.

And this is a fantastic live album - full of songs that are better than the studio versions of same, and pumped up full of vibrancy and the kind of passion that comes from singing with a big crowd. It's at least as good as the "old" Newsboys previous live album, Houston We Are Go, which is another tremendous collection of songs.

As an aside, I've done a complete 180 on the "new" Newsboys. When Michael Tait joined the band, I was really kind of "meh" on the whole deal and some of the early concert videos I saw on YouTube of him with the band didn't rock …

The Amazing Race Season 21 Episode 4 Spoiler Review

The teams are off to Bangladesh and then have to head to a bus repair shop for their next clue. Of course, the first flight isn't until the next day and everyone is on the same plane, so it's another airport equalizer that drives me crazy.

At the airport, all the teams rushed out into traffic to get a cab and the Monster Truckers casually walked over to the taxi stand and ordered a cab, and got into first place. Although they didn't arrive at the Roadblock first as they took a scenic tour of a garbage dump first. The Roadblock also had the Fast Forward clue. One member of the team had to repair and refurbish a bus.

The Rock/Law team went for the fast forward, that involved grabbing dead rats from three different locations. From a bucket. So the rat part wasn't that much of a challenge. It was harder to find the locations.

The Chippendales struggled with the bus task while the Twins not only did well, they annoyed everyone with their "GO TWINNIE!" screaming. Whic…

Saturday morning weigh-in - 175.8 lbs

I'm up a couple of pounds from my last post 2 weeks ago, which I'm not thrilled with, but sometimes these things happen. Will redouble my efforts and keep trying to move that number back down.

Survivor Philippines Episode 5 Spoiler Review

So, we have a tribe of 2 now. I'm thinking that tonight is either the merge or some kind of draft to split them up, because otherwise there's no real resolution to THAT Tribal Council vote. The 2 of them went looking for the immunity idol and Malcolm eventually figured it out and got it from the top of the rice basket.

At the reward challenge, Malcolm and Denise were, in fact, drafted to the other tribes. Malcolm went to Mike's tribe and Denise to Jonathan's tribe in a blind buff pick. The reward was coffee and cookies. The challenge was hand to hand combat that involved knocking an idol out of the other person's hand. Malcolm brought home the victory of his new tribe, making himself very valuable and a target at the same time.

Everyone on Mike's tribe was happy to have Malcolm except RC, who suddenly had flashbacks to being bullied in school. That was strange.

Pete grabbed Malcolm and worked him into his alliance and he told Malcolm that he has the idol.

Over at …

I am not an athlete. I'm just a guy who likes to ride a bicycle.

I am not an athlete. I'm just a guy who decided three year ago that it would be fun to cycle to work in the summer. Eventually, that turned that into a 2012 goal of cycling a total of 2,000 km. That was a pretty lofty goal, given that in 2011, my cumulative total of running, walking and cycling was a mere 1,363 km (and I originally figured I'd try to reach 1,500 km in 2012 before expanding that).

So I'm happy that I not only achieved my goal, I crushed it - and I would have crushed it sooner had it not been for my August cycling accident.

But I'm not going to rest on my laurels. I've already set another goal of cycling an additional 400 km before the end of the year. And for 2013, I think 2,500 would be a good start for a guy who isn't an athlete but just likes to ride his bicycle.

The Amazing Race Season 21 Episode 3 Spoiler Review

Oh, this is great. I was 50 minutes into this episode and had a big long review typed out and then I accidentally closed BlogPress on my iPad ... and I hadn't saved the review. Argh. So I lost about 600 words worth of review, including a classic rant about last week's nonsensical "bull racing" task, which basically involved watching other people race bulls. It was easily the stupidest thing ever on the Amazing Race.

So, the quick by memory recap of tonight's episode after I nuked my longer review: teams had to stack 20 plates of food at a restaurant, take a train, either have a coconut lit on their head and have eggs cooked on it or wear a giant lion's head in a parade.

Amongst the teams, the Divorced Dating duo who won the first leg won this leg as well, with Texas a close second.

The Twins fell behind early and came in sixth.

The final 2 became a battle between the U-Turned Gary and Will and the Caitlin and Brittany, the latter of whom argued with their pedal b…

Survivor Philippines Episode 4 Spoiler Review

We start at Russell's decimated tribe and approximately 2 minutes of no dialogue. Just a lot of sitting and staring. In the rain. Russell decides it's time to mount the greatest comeback ever. Well, it beats the alternatives.

Over to Mike's tribe, and it's still raining. Pete stirred up stuff by having the the immunity idol clue suddenly appear, and that set Abi off against RC.

Meanwhile, at Jonathan's tribe, Jeff made himself useful to Jonathan and continued their alliance, although it's apparent that Jonathan trusts Jeff more than the other way around. Carter joined the group. And then the girls started plotting against the guys.

Back at Russell's camp, he actively goes looking for the immunity idol, and he narrates his own search by talking about how he's going to be walking past it over and over again while people at home are screaming at the TV. Fantastic editing there by CBS.

Denise sees Russell digging around the corner of the shelter, and tells Malc…

The Amazing Race 21 Episode 2 Spoiler Review

It's Canadian Thanksgiving and we have family over, so no detailed review tonight.

The twins were first and won the Express Pass.

The team eliminated was Amy and Daniel. Everyone in our house went, "Awwwww!"

Next week: Double U-Turn!

Friday morning weigh-in - 173.6 lbs

Really good week in the weight loss department! Within striking distance of 170 lbs and the UFC Welterweight Championship.

Survivor Philippines Episode 3 Spoiler Review

Abi and RC are chilling on the beach, arguing. And RC says that they "clicked" on day 1. Geez. I'm not sure how you can click and do nothing but bicker. And RC gets tired of the arguing and gets up and leaves and that starts a bigger argument. Tremendous.

So Abi goes and tells Peter about her and RC finding the immunity idol clue and decides she wants to find it before RC does.

Meanwhile, Pete tells Lisa that the tribe wants to get rid of her, and plots to take out Mike instead.
Over at Jonathan's tribe, Jeff and Dana notice that the emblem off the rice box is gone, an figured that might have been the immunity idol, and figured Jonathan had it. So they plot to get rid of Jonathan.

Russell's tribe didn't properly secure their raft and it floated out to sea. These guys can't do anything right. Denise, the sex therapist, believed that Malcolm, one half of the Power Couple, would cut Angie loose when the time was right to keep their alliance.

September RunKeeper stats - 226 km

A pretty good September, totalling 226 km. I'm currently at 94% of my cycling goal of 2,000 km in 2012 (1,875 km as of yesterday), and in my RunKeeper life, I've gone 3,405 km of cycling, walking and running.