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18 April 2008 @ 12:04 pm
Yes, another rant post.  
The next generation of Americans are idiots with no taste or substance.

I am addicted to MTV's Rock The Cradle. For those that haven't seen the promos, the kids of famous rock stars perform for a chance to get a record deal and money, on their own merits. It is like American Idol but for rock star kids. Each week, they perform, are scored 1-10 by 4 judges, and the person with the highest score becomes "untouchable" and can't be voted off by America.

My mother is addicted as well. But instead of just being a music lover like me, she knows something about music. She was in a Folk Rock band. She pressed an album (yes on vinyl). (And I think I just broke some unspoken internet rule there about having a PhD in everything or another. LOL) She has an amazing voice, plays several instruments, and well, she knows music. (I think I broke that rule again)

I am pretending for the moment that the voting is not rigged. I always think with these kind of shows it is because who wants to put the fate of a record contract in the hands of the same idiots who kept Shrub in office for 8 years. But after tonight, I am positive the voting is NOT rigged. Because again, it is in the hands of the spawn of those idiots who kept Shrub in office.




Last week, mom and I were ASTOUNDED that Chloe Lattanzi (Olivia Newton-John's daughter) managed to stay in the competion. The girl is tone deaf. No really, she is. Belinda Carislie (from the Go-Gos), one of the judges, says she has a unique voice but...she doesn't. She is completely tone deaf and couldn't carry a tune in a bucket. The worst thing was that Jesse Money (Eddie Money's daughter) was kicked out. Jesse had the second highest judges' score and she was good. Mom and I were flabbergasted.

Then, it came to this week and...CHLOE IS STILL IN. What the ever living hell? And again, another fantastic tone deaf performance. The judges kept saying she had such a unique voice. It is the Participant Ribbon Everybody Wins syndrome, I swear to god. Don't say anything bad about her because get this...she is recovering from an eating disorder.

I've got news for the people reading this, I'm recovering from an eating disorder. I've been in treatment for 10 years. I know what someone who is still in the grips of an ED and someone who is in active recovery look like. And if she is in active recovery, I will eat a jar of mayo. She is a pitchy lollipop headed celebutante.

My mom just about had a heart attack when the judges scored Chloe higher than Crosby Loggins (son of Kenny Loggins). Her eyes popped out of her skull and she looked at me like we were in some parallel universe. I was full on expecting a woman in spandex with a backwards K to bust through our doors and tell us we were in a land filled with shrimp. Crosby Loggins can SING. Sure, he is like every other Rob Thomas, Creed, Collective Soul dude out there but still, he can sing. Chloe did a bad Marilyn Manson impression (and she looks like him too. I'm sorry, she does. Don't believe me, check out her Bio Pic)

I usually don't like to bag on people but the fact that she is even in this competition has me reeling. The worst part of it is that A'keiba Burrell-Hammer (MC Hammer's daughter) was voted off. I don't know what America is smoking but my god. A'Keiba has the most amazing, soulful voice that I have heard in a really long time. She reminds me of Angie Stone, which is high praise. I think she could easily give Aretha a run for her money. She harkens back to the old soul singers of the 50s and 60s. I am in love with her voice. What the hell, America?

Oh yeah, and she is a real woman. A real woman who was blasted last week for dressing too old. While Jesse Blaze Snider gets woops and woahs because he prances around shirtless and in leather pants. And speaking of looks are everything in this competition, Lil' B. Sure (Al B. Sure's son) , Landon Brown (Bobby Brown's son) it is nice to see that you are wearing underwear but really, do you need to have your pants so low that you let us know every show? How are you two still on here? You are okay singers but you sure as hell weren't as good as A'keiba in terms of training, vocals, or stage presence.

What killed me too is that Lucy Walsh was in the bottom. She is another one that has a fantastic voice. And I really think she could go places. The judges loved her in week one, she was in the untouchables spot but the week before, this past week, no love for her. She really should just get her own recording contract. She and A'keiba should give a big F-you to the show and go make great albums. I would BUY them. Like in the stores. That is how good I think they are.

I guess it isn't so much the judges that have me riled up (though that is part of it), it is the voters. Then again, like I said to mom, these are the same people who went out and bought Paris Hilton's album. The ones who keep Brit-Brit in Cheetos and HoHan in cigarettes and laxatives. They wouldn't know good music if it hit them over the head with a cast iron frying pan. They are so used to listening to crap, they don't know any better. They are using High School Musical and Hannah Montana as gauges of talent.

It reminds me of something that happened to me in my writing class. This girl, no more than 19, was going on and on about Across the Universe. She said the music was sooo amazing. That it was so great. So I chime in and go "Oh, you are a Beatles fan?" She looked at me, stone faced and goes "Who are The Beatles?" She was serious. My friend, R, snort-giggled and had to leave the room. I just was too shocked to respond. Especially when she goes "No, really, who are they?" How could you go your whole life and not hear a single Beatles' song? How can you...not know them?! My mind, it boggles!

What is this world coming to? No wonder I hate most of the new music today. If this competition is the pedestal on which kids today are judging music, we are in for another long haul of absolute crapola pouring out of the radio. Another reason why I am glad that I have my local Classic Rock station and why my dial rarely leaves it.

Mom still wants to keep watching. I am really not sure if I can. If Lucy Walsh or Crosby Loggins goes and Chloe stays another week, I am not sure I CAN keep watching it. My head just might explode.


And since I really hate to do more than one post in one day when I only have a few things to say, I am taking these two on the end of this post.

I signed up for a ficathon, I pick an awesome prompt for it. I started writing and had about 3/4 done two weeks ago. However, then I got swamped with work, school, volunteer work so I was going to work on it last weekend. Which would have been great if I didn't get hit with this killer cold from outer space. Now it is due Sunday and there is no way I can finish it and get it off to be beta'ed. This sucks ass. I should have just finished it when I started instead of waiting. Kick my ass, please.


Last but not least, a shorty but goody that I know nikkiwawa79 will appreciate.

I have been made of fail lately. Icontests where I usually clean up, I am getting my ass kicked by oversharpened, overtextured, poorly colored icons. What is going on? And I had to keep asking myself today if my vision was going or if my text really did look that pixelated. I looked at other icons I made from way back and all the text looked pixelated. I swear to god, I hope it is just that my text is off or my PS sucks and it isn't something crazy wrong with my eyes. I opened up a PSD of an old icon, the text looked fine. But when I duplicated the layer to another icon, it looked all weirdly pixelated. I am not sure what is going on. Yes, this is me freaking out right now. Damn eyes. Maybe it is just my monitor. It is brand new but maybe I need to change some settings. I am just reaching here cause if the eyes are going, that would really suck.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Heather: BTVS - Anya/Willowamericangrl69 on April 18th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
I don't know what it is but I've been noticing a trend in oversharpened icons from good iconmakers lately. It's not extremely oversharpened but it's bad enough that you notice it easily. It's just so weird. I don't get it.
Kelly: Buffy: W/T Beachxlivvielockex on April 18th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
Maybe it is just a new trend that I wasn't aware of? But I mean, these are REALLY oversharpened. Like you could cut a turkey with how sharp people's jaws are. So strange.
Nikki: buffy/faithnikkiwawa79 on April 18th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
I think this rant made my Friday. Well done, babes :D

You know, I've only caught one episode of Rock the Cradle, and Crosby Loggins was the best, imo. OMG he's hot like his dad was, too lol I admit, I was all about "Danger Zone" and "Footloose". I ain't going to lie. I'm shocked that Chloe is still on and MC Hammer and Eddie Money's daughters are gone. Are these judges tone deaf? Ugh! She looks terrible and she can't sing!!!!!!! I was hoping she had a voice like her mom and when she opened her mouth, I was disappointed. She needs to get off the fucking show, already. What is her appeal?

You're mom is awesome! I bet she's told you some great stories. I think she would know about music in a different way than we do. I love that!

I hope to catch a marathon, soon. That way I can get caught up. P.S., Al B. Sure's son looks nothing like him and is not good looking like his daddy :( He does have a nice voice, though. And, I HATE the underwear showing pants, too. I thought that trend was over!

Don't EVEN get me started on the crappy icons kicking our asses. As you know, I've been having the same problems. I don't get it. As americangrl has said, it's coming from usually good icon makers, as well. I usually don't follow trends, so I'm definitely staying away from this one. We will reign, again!!!
Kelly: iEatxlivvielockex on April 18th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
My mom LOVES Crosby Loggins but she is a Folky kind of lady. I think it is more that freaking America is idiots. They have been raised on the talentless teen pop stars, they have no idea what a good singer sounds like. And basically Chloe is known for being a celebutante down under and an "actress". If it was Paris Hilton versus Aretha Franklin, who do think today's teens would chose?

It was kind of cool growing up cause she would get the guitar out and sing to us whenever we asked. Of course, it was always like Peter, Paul, and Mary and James Taylor and Simon & Garfunkel but still. They never got famous, I think their record had like 100 copies if that. She has three or four still left.

And man, if my Nikki-icon doesn't win this week in that comm I entered it in, I am going to be so mad. I loved that icon so much and I was so proud that I finally was able to copy you. LOL
Nikki: so gay for CCnikkiwawa79 on April 18th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
LOL, sadly, today teens would totally pick Paris 'std' Hilton. Which sucks. It just sucks when they keep someone that has less talent than the people who are more talented. It also leads me to believe it's rigged somehow, like you mentioned.

That's awesome. Who doesn't like Simon & Garfunkel? I hope she has those records somewhere safe.

Is it in an icontest that I'm in? LOL, awwwwwww. Well, of course I get inspired by other icon makers, so it's not my style alone :) We all copy from each other lol Lately, I feel like my icons have been crap because I haven't won anything in awhile :(
Kelly: Charisma Gay Assxlivvielockex on April 20th, 2008 06:25 am (UTC)
I am not sure if you are in it or not but it closed so I can show you the icon. I so so so totally copied your style. It didn't win but the icon that won first was totally deserved. I am fine losing, as long as I lose to GOOD icons, you know?

Here is the Nikki-style icon that I made. It is SO copied from you.

I think I forgot to tell you but I bought a turntable that converts records into mp3s. I basically bought it to convert her record. I am going to see if I can get it to work this weekend.
Nikki: CC pretty in pinknikkiwawa79 on April 20th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
OMG I love it! *squee* Telling me you couldn't outline the pic right! Pfft! It's beautiful and pink :D With the trash hand font lol

Yeah, I totally don't mind losing to actual good icons, either. I just get pissed when I lose to crap icons.

That's right. Ooooooh, can't wait to hear that album. That thing is like the best thing invented. I want one now, and so I con convert all my dad's vinyl into mp3s!
Kelly: Cordy: Told You Soxlivvielockex on April 20th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
I TOLD you I copied your icon. LOL Next time you will believe me. And it wasn't too hard with Harm cause the background she was on was blonde-ish too. Can't tell what is her hair and background so it all looks good.

And when I said I copied your icon, I meant I COPIED your icon. I am totally shameless there. But I think it still came out really cute looking. Sometimes, I don't have an original thought in my head.
Nikki: cordy pretty smilenikkiwawa79 on April 20th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
LMAO I believe you, I believe you! :D

See, it's not hard to do. I think it takes the least amount of time, when making an icon. When I don't do that style, I take forever making icons lol

It's all good. When I don't have an original thought, I do the same thing. We all do. That's why I laugh when some icon makers are like "They stole my style" in some icon rant comms. Not really. You were obviously inspired by someone so it technically isn't your style. You totally brought out the authoritative icon lol

Viva La Hollywood tonight! Eeeeeee :D
Kelly: VH: Teamxlivvielockex on April 20th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
I am just glad you aren't "That bitch Kelly stole my style!" At least I always credit you. I am like it is Nikki-style. LOL

And how excited am I? I am totally counting down the hours until Viva Hollywood. I wish we lived in the same time zone so we could call each other and talk about it! You get to watch it and I have to wait 3 freaking hours! JEALOUS!
Nikki: team rosenynikkiwawa79 on April 20th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
Please, I would NEVER say that! You did credit. I was like Nikki-Style? LOL Then, I couldn't wait to see the icon :D

OMG, me too! We all have to wait to talk about it. And, by the time you watch it, I'm all asleep :( WTF! Today, is going to be good with the whole love making scenes LMAO!
beer_good_foamy on April 18th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Now it is due Sunday and there is no way I can finish it and get it off to be beta'ed.

Right there with ya.

*eyes half-finished Dylan ficlet*

*prods it to get it to write itself*
Kelly: Buffy: Welcome to SDxlivvielockex on April 18th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
You don't think we can get an extension cause we are so awesome, do you? LOL
Adelheidi: AtS - C/A Made for Each Otherithinkitisayit on April 18th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
I don't watch American Idol wannabe shows (or even American Idol, or any of it predecessors for that matter). You're not going to hear a lot of their songs on the radio afterwards anyways. What's the point in watching and choosing someone (presumably) with talent, when they aren't going to go on the radio?!

Kelly Clarkson, to the best of my knowledge, has only had 3-5 songs go to radio. And she won American Idol some random year. It seems pretty obvious to me that the record companies (who pay people to request songs to be played on the radio, because paying the radio to play songs directly is illegal) don't give a fuck what America wants to listen to, and the older generation of America doesn't buy into the singing reality shows (the older generation meaning the baby boomers who make up the majority of America right now, and who would know a good singer/good music even if it didn't bite them on the ass ;)).

I personally despise reality TV with the firey passion of a thousand burning suns. They pay random people to act out these stereotypes (though, it probably doesn't happen for the singing reality TV, but the singing reality TV never fails to bore me all the same), and these people are willing to work for less than an actual actor/actress (maybe they think they're gonna be someone someday, that this is their step to stardom? Who knows).
The only reality TV I've ever enjoyed was Double Dare and What Would You Do? from the Nickelodeon (sp?) Channel

Hell, I don't even watch TV these days. What I watch on Joost is syndicated episodes of shows like Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie (I have yet to find other shows that I like and want to see again). I'd like to get I Love Lucy, The Nanny, The Golden Girls, Strong Medicine, Angel (DUH!), Buffy (seasons 1-6 because season 7 blows sweaty goat balls), Firefly (and Serenity! Don't forget Serenity!), The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Munsters, The Addams Family (the original, DUH!), Designing Women, The Andy Griffith Show (Seasons 1-5 because 6 and 7 totally blew after Don Knotts left), The Beverley Hillbillies (I miss this show so much!) and various cartoons on DVD. By various cartoons, I mean the stuff I grew up with. Woody Woodpecker, Tom & Jerry, Wile E. Coyote vs. Roadrunner, Porky Pig, Loony Tunes (basically), the cartoon that has that HUGE chicken, the cartoon that has Sylvester and Tweetie, etc. I *loved* these shows. They were *awesome.* The cartoons out these days are pure and utter bullshit. They're such crap, and are nowhere *near* as good as the old Warner Brothers cartoons! OOH! I'd love to get the Flinstones, Felix the Cat, The Jetsons, the Original Scooby-Doo show, Garfield (yes! There was a show!), and a few others I know I'm forgetting, but can't recall. I *loved* the Garfield show. I used to watch it on Sunday mornings. After the lame ass news came on, I'd go to some channel (I think it was USA) and watch Scooby Doo, the Jetsons and the Flinstones before it was time to go get dressed for Church.

OOH! I'd also love to get that science show that had a rat on it. I don't think it was Bill Nye the Science Guy (in fact, I'm quite positive it's not), but it was a show along those lines. And the rat was always farting (if I recall correctly. It might've just been one episode).

I'd also love to get Salute Your Shorts, Hey Dude, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Rocko's Modern Life, Beetle Juice, Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on DVD as well =) I *loved* those shows (though, ironically, I can't recall anything from Batman or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, other than the fact that I loved them). It's possible I watched Spiderman but I honestly don't recall doing so. Those days of TV were amazing in my opinion.
Adelheidi: AtS - C/A Made for Each Otherithinkitisayit on April 18th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
About the icons: Try rebooting the computer. That's happened to me a few times when I have too many fonts and/or if the computer has been on too long.

If you've recently rebooted and the problem is still there, you might need to get rid of some fonts.
Kelly: C/A Wafflesxlivvielockex on April 20th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
I always reboot my computer before I use PS. Otherwise, I get this weird thing where if I try to make a layer, the help menu opens. LOL Very strange. :)

I did delete a ton of fonts, about 750, and it seems to be a little bit better. They are still pixelated but it isn't as severe as it was. Thanks for the advice.
Adelheidiithinkitisayit on April 21st, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
No problem =) The advice came from my friend (tinier) to me back when we were about 15/16 or 16/17. She used to be a amateur graphic design artist. She was *really* good.

She's currently studying something to do with graphic arts. She aspires to work at Pixar one day, and she's bloody brilliant. She's an excellent speller, and is far better than me, which is saying something since English isn't her mother tongue, and since she pretty much taught herself the English language (if I recall correctly).
Adelheidi: AtS - Cordy Creepy Antlersithinkitisayit on April 21st, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
PS: Obviously, she has had English classes at school (she's from Brazil), so she hasn't entirely taught herself the English language, but she did teach some (I'd like to say 'a lot,' but I'm not sure if that's true or not) of it to herself by reading online message boards that were in English only at the time.
diseased_inside: thirsty and miserablediseased_inside on April 18th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
I hate that show.

And you know what I think about most of America.

And boobs. Lots of boobs I think that would make it better.

And a Henry icon in celebration of the rant.
Kelly: Heart Beastyxlivvielockex on April 20th, 2008 06:14 am (UTC)
Yes, yes I do. LOL We just need to pack up and move to Vancouver together. Come on, it will be great, just you and and me, eh? How aboot it?
Sarah: ABOFL:  Hair cutboy_named_susie on April 18th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
If you do manage to finish that fic, you know I'll do a last minute beta for you, even on Sunday night. Just send me a text message. I finished my last class today and don't have a final for ten days, so I've got the time.
Kelly: Fry/Laurie Aussiesxlivvielockex on April 20th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
At least without anymore finals, you can spend more time with your latest family addition. :) ADOOOOOOORABLE. And I am muy jealous.

I didn't finish it. I had...a strange Saturday. Now we could talk during the week since you don't have class anymore. Mwahaha!
samsom: the horrorsamsom on April 19th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
You've really pin pointed my disgust with the public in general. Other than the fact that they'll (we'll) choose looks over talent every time and that's why there's so much crap music to weed through.

But more than that, morons like Paris Hilton and Linsday Lohan, Britney Spears, they do what they do but we're the ones eating it up, buying the stupid magazines and songs and products with their names on it. I remember seeing a pic of Paris Hilton in Hawaii, right after her release from jail, this was when just about at the height of people's disgust with her, and there in the background of the pic were tourists giggling and staring at her, taking her picture with their cameras. So, these girls and boys not worth the print space they get, are there and continue to be there, because the public - those morons who voted that Shrub into office - is still interested. I have no words to explain why or wtf, you know?

Also, that Chloe chick looks like she's already been Botoxed. WTF?
Kelly: iEatxlivvielockex on April 20th, 2008 06:20 am (UTC)
I'll be honest that I don't know when the tide turned. Americans have always loved the cult of celebrity. I have dozens of copies of Confidential and both Kenneth Anger Hollywood Babylon books. But there seemed to be a point (I think it really was about the late 70s) where the tide turned. Before, you had people interested in talented stars. Now it is interest in just about anyone who has some money. I get Us Weekly and every week there is stuff in there about the girls from The Hills. I don't get it. It is a reality show and just because they are rich, they are instant celebrity.

I am not sure if it is so much worse now because of the internet and the concept of a global village. Now anyone with a cameraphone can get their 15 minutes by snapping a picture of Hohan's downstairs smile and we eat it up.

I am with you. I just can't figure out WHY. I could care less about any of the celebutantes and the divas but damned if my friends send me a link to DListed or something, I am so clicking it. I say I don't care but I just can't stop either. Like if you don't know what brand of beer Britney likes, you are behind on the times. I just can't figure out when we decided that we were going to go for style over substance when it came to our celebs.
Katie: friends foreverkatiesangels on April 19th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of glad we don't get such a show over here. Most people who vote/call on such shows seem to have something wrong with their brains. It's more often than not, 'looks' and not the quality of a voice that counts. I just don't get it.

I have so noticed the love for overly oversharpened icons lately. It's just creepy with some. And they get dozens of votes and people say how cool those are. There's one iconmaker in particular that weird me out but oh well. No, it's two actually.

Don't know about the pixelated fonts. Maybe show an example and I could say how it looks for me?
Kelly: Pug Cuteness Cupcakexlivvielockex on April 20th, 2008 06:21 am (UTC)
I deleted a whole buttload of fonts and it seems to be a little bit better. They are still sort of pixelated but not as bad as it was. There were two icons in particular that I made for icontests this week that the font looked super pixelated. If you can, when they close, I would love for you to take a look and tell me what you think. It would help me out more than you realize.
Katie: brain quotekatiesangels on April 20th, 2008 09:16 am (UTC)
Sure thing. Just show them when the contests are over.

I didn't even know it could cause problems if you have many fonts. Might have to stop saving more and more but I love fonts.
cradlewillrock on April 21st, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
Jesse Blade Snider to a big risk covering his dad;s hit " We're not gonna take it" but it paid off. However i think that Crosby Loggins is the only one with talent, what do you think?