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|June 28 & 29, 2006 - Pre-season
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Big Brother season, that is.. although press releases now say we'll be looking at a burning fireplace instead of fishies this year when being denied the "everything they won't show you on TV" that we pay for
Yep, aside from having a continuously burning fire going in the 80-90-100° SoCal summer, they're going to replace the fishies cam with a fireplace cam - I guess we complained too much about the fishies and/or the televised live yule logs on Christmas got extra good ratings.. watch us get a gas log, for even less action
Other official announcements pouring out lately are that every episode will be available to view the day after it airs on Innertube, the same CBS sub-site that will host Housecalls (and is currently featuring Best of Housecalls bits).. I guess CBS is taking a cue from ABC, who's been day-after webcasting some of their shows for awhile now
It sounds like the CBS BB site will be much the same as last year - HOH blog, hamster photos, etc (even though they're announcing most things as "all new") but this year they've also announced a cell phone package with "video clips, alerts to action inside the house, and contestant diaries".. if they're anything like "The Apprentice" text message alerts were, save your money
CBS and Real have also sent word all over town that the feeds "may be blocked or delayed for certain events" - delayed is new - and that the quad view on the feeds will allow us to "simultaneously see four different video feeds".. I'll believe that when I see it
In other news..
The 20 hamster hopefuls are headed off to sequester, although nobody can figure out why: early alliances have probably been formed by now, and they all know who the others are.. they're surely aware of the power-vote trends & results and CBS isn't announcing any official results until Thursday's show.. remember, official results may or may not have anything to do with the auto-vote tallies
Final numbers in the auto-vote game had Kaysar on top at the big numbers machine Cybonica with Janelle leading at TheSleaze.com, and Cowboy second on both.. strong last-minute efforts by Howie & James fans placed them 4th & 5th at TheSleaze and 3rd & 4th at Cybonica, where Janelle was 5th.. Dr. Will & Diane landed 6th & 7th on both tallies, and Dana came in last on both
Aldav was one of the leaders in getting out the auto-vote all week, and watching the counts go up & down made for some good fun during an otherwise mostly dull week
It's been said that Cowboy's rise to the top was a cruel joke played by people who want to laugh at him if he gets in.. I'm sure that's true for some, but I think more would genuinely like to see the guy in the house again: his good heart and die-hard loyalty would surely be a twist in what's bound to be a cutthroat game full of lies & schemes, and some hamsters (say, Dr. Will, James or Ivette) won't know what hit them when they meet Cowboy.. anyway we can all benefit from his vocabulary: words like nervousing and moreless are truly handy
And speaking of James.. let's just say I never wanted to start or be involved in website wars.. it's all strictly about entertainment for me.. after some of the stuff posted at his site (thread linked below) I exchanged emails with James privately and wished him well in the game, and he in turn promised to try to be more entertaining.. it's all good.. best wishes also go out to Swampy, his site admin, who's ill
Oh yea, a couple last things to clear up on all that: hamsters are the folks inside the house/cage, not me, hence the name of this site, HamsterWatch.. also, I was hoping the James Gang tag would catch on - I thought it might around mid-season, if at all - but it really refers to James his allies (pre-game perceived or in-house actual) not his very strong & vocal fanbase, who have adopted a Kiss-type fan moniker
Oldies will remember Joe Walsh's James Gang - reminisce, listen to clips or buy at Amazon.com.. it has nothing to do with the Old West outlaw (although a distant relative of mine was an official at the time the Jesse James gang was broken up.. nope, it has nothing to do with Sandra Bullock or custom cycles)
Last tidbit for the day: Nakomis' MySpace page has been found and added to the ballot.. I'll bring forward all the official sites & MySpaces for the 12/14 when they're announced
"Never worried, just buxom"
She said she hadn't made any alliances yet and didn't give up any dirt about plans there.. she wondered if she'd done enough campaigning (see above), and she asked her fans to keep voting
She was very diplomatic about questions or comments about the other hopefuls, saying she likes them all, so no dirt there.. she did say she finds Cowboy's vocab "interesting" - don't we all? She also had a few choice words for a certain poster on another site, but I won't get into that here.. and she said she's looking forward to sequester because she can entertain herself just fine
She's hoping to avoid backdooring people and she may throw HOH comps.. she also vehemently denied that someone posting around as her younger sister was her - little sis is only 11 and doesn't type.. when asked if she's worried about having to deal with some of the tougher players she said "Never worried, just buxom"
She said she's a size 2 now but isn't worried about gaining some extra pounds in there as last year's came off easily.. she says to expect to see her in sweats & shorts, her Ugg boots, cozy robes, and some new t-shirt slogans this year
Thanks for having the chat, Janelle! and thanks to her site admin Zack for putting it on
Cowboy riding home
I said I wasn't going to get into all this but nothing else is going on this week
Cowboy has shot ahead in the auto-voter race in the most surprising Big Brother event since he finished second in BB5.. what was a Kaysar/Janelle/Howie/James race for first has turned into a stunning upset by the lil cowpoke.. so far
Dr. Will, who was pretty much a non-player in the auto-voter game at first, has put some major efforts up in the last day or so and has gained a lot of ground - possibly because someone posted a screencap of the totals on his MySpace page when he was down near the bottom.. Diane, Lisa & Nakomis seem to be in a revolving three-way door in the top half.. George (who's probably a producer pick) lingers near the bottom with Bunky (who probably isn't).. Dana remains last.. Marcellas may never get over losing to Cowboy, not to mention the other 10-15 who have stayed above him
Will these votes count? Probably not.. whether CBS tallies them or not is irrelevant - they can't ignore them
Some folks on James' site found & posted my James piece and called me a couple names for quoting his "Early Show" 27/teacher self-intro.. yea, I'm aware of the background of the teacher story - I noted it - but I don't know if the entire "Early Show" audience can be expected to know every detail and nuance from the feeds, and that's where it aired
A few also denied his team was using auto-voters to push James' numbers up, yet he's been sending bulletins to his MySpace friends saying things like "it's rally time - I'm slipping in the polls" and giving the auto-voter URL.. <shrug>.. Howie's also been using his MySpace to campaign
Anyway I'm all about entertainment - I really don't care who gets in or who wins - and James just wasn't very entertaining in there.. his MySpace page last year even said "I'm rather boring. Actually... I am booooooooooooring" so he can call me a dumbass and his minions can call me idgit or moron, but he said it first.. although he did provide a few yucks when he held a diary interview with himself towards the end of last season.. give us more of that stuff and I'm a happy camper
And yea, I know James & several others have been having chats - I've linked a few - so why am I highlighting Janelle's here? Because Janelle enjoyed this site when she got out (and let me know she did), she & her mom have been more than kind to me, and because I was invited to this one
As you pack & prep for the summer ahead, please keep us feedsters in mind.. we dwell on your every word, analyze your every gesture, and obsess, argue, and often complain about your every word
Bearing that in mind - and the fact that we are your public, your people - please heed our pleas.. we aren't asking a lot
Your BB7 feedsters
Thanks to Attw x for contributions to this list
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