Summer TV makes me feel fine...

....blowin' through the jasmine in my miiiiii-iiinddd....

Wait. What? Oh, I got distracted. That song popped into my head out of nowhere, and now as I think about it, what the hell is the "jasmine in my mind"? What does that even mean? I digress. I came online to talk about Summer TV. Just a few points:

  • I'm loving the new format for So You Think You Can Dance. It's only on once a week, and there will be two winners: a girl and a guy. I've always felt that's how they should do it, and now that they're at their 200th episode, they're finally doing it. I also like that they combined the announcement of the Top 20, and the introductory dances into one show. The show has become very efficient. Hopefully Nigel will apply some of the same methodology to Idol.
  • Dallas. OMG. I can't say I was a huge fan when this show was on before--I was too young to pay attention. My mom watched it though, so I was familiar with it. Well, after 3 episodes, I'm totally drawn in. At least once every show, I actually guffaw out loud at something J.R. does. It's hilarious.
  • True Blood. I'm anxious for Eric & Bill to get back to town--I don't like the separate story line they have going on, but I LOVE Chris Meloni on there. I've been a big fan of his since Oz.
  • Duets. I wasn't sure about this show at first, because the rules and show structure weren't really that clear, and I didn't know if they'd always be singing the stars' own songs (they only did that on the first show). There's some really good talent on the show. To wit:

  • Really looking forward to the new season of Louie, which starts Thursday. I love Louis C.K.
  • I watched the pilot episode of Newsroom and so far, so good.
  • Can't wait for The Closer. Political Animals looks good too.
Pretty good lineup this summer. I'm enjoying it and the jasmine in my mind is just fine.


I'm behind on watching So You Think You Can Dance, and am now watching Audition 2 from Los Angeles.  I don't have much to comment on during auditions, and prefer to get going once we know who's on the show, but this deserved some attention and praise.  I've never seen anything like it.
Beautiful. (Unfortunately, he dropped out during choreography, so we won't see him this season, but I'm glad we got to see this audition.)


The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and BusinessThe Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I admit that after seeing Charles Duhigg on The Daily Show, I knew I wanted to read this book in hopes that it would have the answer for how to finally break some of my bad habits. But, as the author tells you at the end of the book, "This book doesn't contain one prescription." He also read my mind and said, "most people, when they hear about this field of research want to know the secret formula for quickly changing any habit."

Okay, okay. So this book didn't provide the magic solution I was hoping for (changing habits takes quite a bit of work), but it did provide a lot of interesting information about how habits are formed, how companies and corporations use that knowledge to their advantage (Target knows WAY too much about its customers, and I'm paying cash from now on), how whole societies have habits of their own, and tips for looking at your bad habits and trying to break them down to create new habits.

It was an enjoyable read that I'll be thinking about for a while.

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Viggle, Viggle, Viggle, Viggle--Yeah!

A friend was in town recently, and she told me about an app called "Viggle."  Basically, you earn points and rewards for watching TV.   With all the TV I watch, why shouldn't I try to get some free Starbucks or iTunes cards for my efforts?

The app is simple to use.  You click "Check in" -- it records the sound from the TV and identifies what you're watching, and when the show is over (or you check in to something else), the points are credited to your account.  It works for shows that have been DVR'd and you essentially get 1 point for each minute watched.  Shows that are being specially advertised will add an extra bonus.  For example, tonight you can get an extra 300 points for checking in to the MTV Movie Awards (which I won't be doing), or 150 points for Drop Dead Diva, which I will be doing.  (I'm so glad that show is back!)  (Note:  the app is for iPhone, and I use this on my iPod touch.  It's my understanding that it's in beta for Android.)

So simple.  I'm watching TV anyway, so why the hell not?

The whole thing makes me wanna dance.