Hoosierdaddies on Glee

The end of Season 4 of Glee showcased a new formidable competitor for New Directions. At the Regional competition, the group Hoosierdaddies (or Hoosier Daddies, or even Who's Your Daddies) showed they were superior in every way to ND, but since the show is about the dysfunctional group from Lima, Ohio, the show's writers gave them the win. So even though the fictional Hoosier group from Indianapolis was cheated out of their victory, hopefully they will be back again in future seasons.

The main reason for the Hoosierdaddies' superior performance was the singing by Jessica Sanchez performing as lead singer Frida Romero. She was especially strong singing Zedd's Clarity. The choreography also added a lot to the group's entertainment value. The steps performed by actor/dancer Jared Murillo were particularly good, albeit brief.

I did some research to find the actors/performers in the Hoosierdaddies. See the answers at the link below.

Glee Hoosierdaddies' dancers

Writer's Block: Take me back

Is there any song that reminds you so much of an ex-partner that you can't stand to hear it? Details, please.

I Can't Make You Love Me, by Bonnie Raitt. The lyrics fit my recollection of a bad situation after it was over. While it was going on, my feeling was totally different. I was more inclined to think, "Hell yeah, I can make you love me, or else this is not going to end well for anyone!"

But looking back on it, I knew I felt the power although the other person didn't, and I knowingly pretended otherwise just to try to enjoy savoring the moment and to fix it in my memory for when it would be no more.

Fortunately, since it was a long time ago, I can now use the alternative lyrics: "I'll close my eyes, then I won't see, your rotting head, up in that tree..."

Writer's Block: Doing the time warp

If you could travel through time with someone you know, who would you choose, and why?
I think it would have to be someone I didn't care for, who probably deserved a fate worse than death. I would travel back in time with them, to like the age of the dinosaurs or the time of The Black Death, and then leave them there. After that I would come back and probably watch TV or go shopping or something. If it were possible to have a layover on the way back, I'd like to stop at the 1893 Chicago's world fair and check it out.

I Love Monsters And Brett Spigelman

As I have mentioned before, I like a good commercial jingle. One that has been in my head for awhile is for the new website FreeCreditScore.com. The commercial features the band I Love Monsters. The voice of the lead singer, Brett Spigelman, kind of stays in your head and gives your brain a reach around while it screws the musical area of your consciousness.

Brett is cute and bouncy, which also helps to keep you in your happy place. On the other hand, there is sadness that my appreciation is unrequited. I move on.

Read more about I Love Monsters at the link above,

Writer's Block: Built to last

If you could build a monument, like the Eiffel Tower or Statue of Liberty, what would you build, and where would you build it?

I would erect a giant statue of myself and place it in Times Square. On the pedestal would be my name and the words "Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" On New Years Eve, a ball on the statue would descend to mark the advent of the new year. During the rest of the year the statue would advertise freecreditscore.com.

The Poets Dance for FreeCreditScore.com

The Poets DanceLike a lot of other people, I really liked the commercials and jingles for FreeCreditReport.com. It was sad to know that the advertising campaign had ended and that there would be no new commercials in the series. However, it was reported that a new campaign would be created with a new band (that would actually be a real band instead of actors lip-syncing). They would be used in advertising for the new site, FreeCreditScore.com It remained to be seen if the new commercials or jingles would be as good as the old ones.

To select the band, a contest was held to pick the winner. The candidates were narrowed down to four finalists and then the public was allowed to vote on them. The voting continues through August 9th.

The group that I like best is The Poets Dance, a group from Rockford, Illinois. I really like their electronic sound. I might actually buy some of their real songs.

Writer's Block: Out, Out Damn Spot!

Have you ever been passionate about something to the point of an obsession? If so, how did it impact the rest of your life? Did you ever (or would you want to) break free?

Hell yeah, and what I doing here is it. It may not be an obsession as much as a compulsion, but I spend way too much time online. Like from the moment I get up until I go to bed, including time at work. It impacts my life in that so many other things don't get done. I only focus on the off-line things that require immediate attention. Everything else just goes undone.

I want to break free, but I have a long list in my head of things I want to accomplish online, like writing specific stories. I wonder if I should ever complete the list if I would be able then to walk away. I don't know. I only know I need to get out more.

Writer's Block: Vampires, again?

Is there a TV show that everyone around you watches that you really don't get or like? If so, what is it? To what do you ascribe the odd fascination?

At one time I would have said Lost. I watched the first episode when it originally aired and decided that I wasn't interested in devoting an hour a week to it to find out what was going on. I'd hear people talk about it as time went on, and so I had a vague notion of the show's structure. From time to time I would see bits of it on TV, and you couldn't help but see speculation about the show online and in the media. None of this inspired any interest in me to jump onto the show's bandwagon. Since I would be coming in late, I wouldn't know what had occurred before and wouldn't be able to see or appreciate how events and nuances in later episodes related to the past. There didn't seem any point to start watching.

Eventually, I read wiki information about everything that happened and starting watching the next to last season. I found the show interesting enough to keep watching it to find out what it all meant. By the end of the last season I was hooked on wanting to understand the show's mysteries. I was counting down the episodes to the finale. I didn't care how it ended I just wanted to know the answers. So after the finale I felt great relief, not because it fit any speculation or desire of mine, but because it was just over, and I could stop wondering. I also felt a lot of satisfaction, knowing that I had not wasted time watching all the prior seasons. As the last season showed, those seasons were just filler, and didn't explain or impact anything.

I think the show proved that audiences are willing to watch and enjoy shows that make them think and speculate, as long as they are well made and have interesting characters.

On the other hand, a popular show I will never appreciate and never stop loathing is The Bachelor. Don't get me started on that sick piece of crap. The premise is disgusting, to have a bunch of women fighting to gain one man's favor. It's dehumanizing and no one should watch it.

Writer's Block: Capital offense

What is your opinion of the death penalty? How important is this issue in deciding which political candidates you support?

Forget about deterrence, or the punishment fitting the crime. What matters is that punishment applied is relatively more severe for crimes that are worse than others. For any level of punishment, think about for what crimes that punishment is meted out. Then think of another type of crime. Is it worse or not as bad as the first crime? If worse, the punishment should be greater. If not as bad, the punishment should be less.

Now think of crimes that rate life in prison. Is murder worse than those crimes? If it is, then the punishment should be more severe. What punishment is beyond life in prison, if not capital punishment? Technically, torture would be worse, but we can't do that.

The troubling thing is how horrible the jury system is. We have jurors who vote guilty when the "evidence" only suggests a defendant is guilty. To counter this, these jurors should be held responsible for their actions. If a person is later found to be innocent, the jurors should be forced to pay monetary compensation to the person whose life they ruined. Perhaps then jurors would start to actually use the "reasonable doubt" threshold.

Unfortunately, with the broken jury system, we can't use the death penalty the way we should. We know that juries convict innocent people so we have to have long periods of review to resolve the problems that they cause. We must not allow innocent people to be executed. Better 99 guilty people go free than one innocent person be found guilty.