Persons Unknown: Ep. 2 
I watched the 2nd episode of Persons Unknown last night, and I'm still intrigued.

There's a few things worth mentioning.

Firstly, the mystery is still compelling enough to leaving me excited about next weeks episode. Without that, what's the point, right?

Secondly, they've made a big deal in the promo spots about the fact that it's a mini-series and that we'll know what's going on by the end of the summer. I can't help but wonder whether they're throwing a bone to us Lost fans who might be concerned that we're about to commit the next 6 years of our lives to another show.

I don't regret the time spent watching Lost. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It did make me happy at the end of the 4th season though when they announced when the end would come so we could all look forward to some sort of conclusion. With this new series, we're being given that up front. Hopefully it's not a scam and they don't let the success (which it will hopefully have) drag it outside the planned plotline.

Finally, I like the fact that they're already answering questions I've been asking. The end of the 2nd episode really amused me. I've wondered more than a few times "why aren't they bashing in the cameras??". Well... finally they knocked one out. The result was most excellent! :)

So... if you haven't watched it, you need to start from the beginning and get up to speed.

And if you're a racing fan but think you hate NASCAR... tune in this weekend for Sonoma's race on Infinion Raceway. NASCAR on the road courses is always great fun!!

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Persons Unknown 
Last night I watched a new show called Persons Unknown.

If you haven't heard of it, now is probably the time to try to download or otherwise find the first episode, as this could well turn into the next Lost.

The premise is a bit of a mix between Lost, where you have a bunch of people stranded in some mysterious place, and a sort of forced Truman Show existance, where they seem to be stuck in this place for someone's entertainment or something.

There's also a bit of the Saw franchise thrown in for good measure.

It seems a bit derivative, but the premier was good enough to leave me looking forward to the next episode. For now, I'm definitely recommending it.

Let's just hope they don't go on a couple month break and then move the timeslot so I miss a few episodes like what happened with V. I guess I'll have to pick that one up again once it comes out on disc.

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TNT's Amateur NASCAR Coverage 
I've read some comments over the past few weeks about how bad TNT's NASCAR coverage is through the middle of the season. I didn't think too much of it as it hadn't been particularly memorable in the past, but it made me pay closer attention during yesterday's race.

I hate to say it, but the comments have been pretty spot-on. It's as if they took the FOX commentators as a template, and then hired their mentally-challenged cousins to fill in for them at a fraction of the cost.

I mean, some people don't like Darrel Waltrip, but I think he does a great job of showing enthusiasm and adding both amusing and interesting commentary. When he talks about things like what drivers are thinking and how they're going about trying to win the race, you get the impression he knows what he's talking about. The man knows a thing or two about winning.

Kyle Petty gives the complete opposite impression. When he talks about what he thinks is going through the driver's minds, I can't help but think "Really... what do you know about what it's like to run up front? What do you know about winning Sprint cup races?" For the most part, he's just sort of annoying. Beyond his family name, I have no idea why anyone lets the man on television at all.

Beyond Kyle seeming generally out of place, I was downright amused at how many times the other commentators just couldn't manage to spit out a sentence. I mean... their job is to talk. If they can't talk fluently, they shouldn't be there, no matter what their history with the sport is!

On the bright side, at least Digger's gone.

Here's hoping the coverage gets better as their stint progresses.

As for the race itself... well... it really wasn't worth watching until the final 20 laps or so. For some reason I remembered Pocono being more entertaining than that in the past. I'm sure next week will be more of the same, with Michigan being one of my least favourite races.

Then it's on to Sonoma, Loudon, and Daytona though! Lots of great fun coming right up!!!

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Why Do Real Books Cost Less? 
I'm really just curious. As I look at eBook prices, they seem to be a buck or two more than the same book in paperback, and that doesn't account for the cost of the eReader itself, no matter which one you choose.

So why is this? The publishers already have the text in electronic form. Formatting it for an eReader is surely a rather small effort.

Then, to get it to me costs them very near nothing.

To get me a paperback has to cost more. First, they have to MAKE it. Then someone has to ship it to somewhere I can get my hands on it. So how can that be cheaper than just sending me a file over the Net?

And once I have the eBook file, can I lend it to my friends?

It seems to me that there might be something wrong with this pricing model.

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Why Are People Slobs? 
I take a train to work almost every day. A few times a week, there are announcements about not leaving garbage on the train and taking all your stuff with you. Sometimes they specifically mention newspapers.

I think some people might think that if they leave their paper on the seat, some other person might get some use out of it. I find that to be a bit of a gray area when it comes to what's acceptable behaviour and what isn't.

Some people, however, are just slobs. Take this woman for instance. Here she is:

As the train made its way along, she was sitting in her seat with two newspapers in her hands, reading away. When done with the first, she just chucked it on the ground in front of her, as though that were the most natural place in the world for it. She didn't leave it where someone might use it. She didn't recycle it like some civilized person. She just chucked it on the ground, obviously thinking that the world is her personal trash can and that someone else should clean up after her.

It's mostly irrelevant, but it's worth noting that the seat next to me was empty, so if she had the slightest inkling that someone might use it, I expect she'd have put it there. Instead, she just chucked it on the floor for someone else to deal with.

My first thought was that maybe I should say something. Maybe I should point out to her that she had "dropped" her paper and perhaps should pick it up. My morning lethargy got the better of me though, and I just wasn't in the mood to make a scene.

My next thought, then, was to take her picture and publicly shame her. I figured, I've got my own personal media outlet with a global audience (of at least 3 people), so why not use it to do some good?

The problem with that, however, was that she still had her second newspaper up in front of her, so it was obscuring any opportunity to snap off a couple quick pics.

I'm sure you can guess what happened next.

Sure enough, she chucked the second paper onto the ground, to join the first as some maintenance worker's unnecessary bane.

It was too much to resist, so out came the camera phone.

So my question to the readers is this... firstly, do you know this woman? I'd love to get a first-hand explanation of why she finds it acceptable to just chuck garbage on the floor of the train. Is she perhaps a member of high society, whereby it is the duty of the legions to pick up after her? Is she perhaps mentally handicapped and just not know any better? Is she physically unable to carry the heavy weight of two newspapers the 20 yards or so to the nearest recycle can on the train platforms? If so, how did she get them to her seat? Were they there when she got there?

Secondly, what do you think of people who litter in public spaces? Are they doing society a favour by keeping other people employed to pick up after them? Are they just inconsiderate slobs? Do you think their mom's didn't hug them enough as kids, or teach them any sort of manners?

For me... I'll just look at them in disgust and expect that Karma will have some way of evening things out for them.

And here she is again, prettying herself up. I guess she's not expecting mobile beautician to drop by and take care of this for her.

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