Friday, July 29, 2011

The 90s Are All That Celebratory Recaps Continue--Please Welcome Part 2


Based on all the buzz on Facebook, Twitter, and in the news, TeenNick's new The 90s are All That is a major hit. We children of the 90s have braved the wee hours of the night (or, more likely, braved the complicated recording-settings on our DVR) in record ratings numbers to land these 15-year old shows in the top ten for their late-night timeslots. The block has started with Kenan and Kel, Clarissa Explains it All, All That, and Doug, but Nickelodeon has been heavily hinting that viewer response could add many more shows to the mix.

The hilarious Andy Shaw (@wildarschase) and I teamed up earlier this week to reminisce about some of our favorites here. We're back today to discuss three new shows. You can catch the full content on Andy's blog at http://andyshawcomedy.com but just in case you're so eager you can't wait the time it takes a new page to load, here's a little preview of what you can find there:

Are You Afraid of the Dark?


WildARSChase: The answer is yes, because of this show. Good God, was it creepy. There was always that magic shop they went to with the guy who I later thought was Hagrid from “Harry Potter”. It was genius of Nickelodeon to make a scary show for kids. There was nothing else like it on TV.

They had that whole “Midnight Society” thing going on, too. Very cult-ish. I always wondered what the hazing ritual was to get into that group. Did you have to wear the red bucket on your head? Did you have to tell a ghost story in Spanish? Was there an orgy (Wait, that’s the plot of “Vanilla Sky”)? I think more kids should get together in the woods and tell ghost stories. Of course, saying, “I think more kids should get together in the woods” doesn’t sound good these days.

Fun fact: One of the Midnight Society members grew up to be the very attractive and very charming Joanna Garcia.

Children of the 90s: I will be the first to admit I was absolutely terrified of “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” I do, however, like a show so conversational that its very title is an opening to learn more about you and your most intimate fears and phobias. In my case, the answer to “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” was “Yes, absolutely. But especially that thing that was in the pool. That was pretty gross, and I’m probably only going to be able to sleep with a nightlight on until I’m about 22.*”

(*Age exaggerated for comedic effect. I’d say it actually was closer to 21.)


Hop on over and visit the post on Andy's blog for more 90s Nickelodeon goodness about Doug, Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Salute Your Shorts! We've had a lot of fun with this series and we'd love to put out a few more installments, but we need some reader input to help us decide what should come next. Check out the blog, send some comment love our way, or tweet us at @wildarschase and @childrenof90s to find out what we’re up to next.




Lotus Pond - Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, India - Photos

Hidden in the concrete jungles of Banjara Hills there is a very beautiful place called the Lotus Pond. Developed jointly by the HUDA and the Builder's Association, this place is a veritable paradise in the middle of the busy city.

The Lotus Pond is a beautiful place with a nice "walkway" around a pond. Nice landscaping and lush green lawns add to the attraction. The park is filled with greenery - plants and trees cover the walkway and the pond itself is filled with fish. You can almost put in your hand and catch millions of them!

Lotus Pond is home to more than 20 species of birds. A few of them are Pied Kingfisher, White Wagtail, Common Moorhen, Little Grebe, sunbirds, Common Coot, and Little Egret. The pond is maintained by the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad(MCH).

The pond was believed to be an eco-preservation project contributing natural components into the concept of this project without troubling the ecosystem and preserving the natural rocks and the pond. The construction of the project was launched on 20 November, 1999. The project was finished in the year 2001.

The pond is home to a good number of species of birds the scientific names of which I am unaware of. I am a man who enjoys simple things of life without needing to complicate them. Anything with wings is a "bird" to me. Onward. Some species of migratory birds also seem to find this place very homely and land here in good numbers during the not so hot winters of Hyderabad. The only bird I can be dead sure of is a very wise and sage-like Kingfisher which sits on the same pole everyday and keeps brooding mysteriously and all the others are just "ducks" or "some birds".

This park+pond is a very good example of a self-sustainable ecosystem with little need for human intervention. The aquatic fowl (nice and technical eh?) feed on the teeming multitude of fish and the fish in turn feed on the underwater plants and lotus leaves and so on down the food chain. You can find a few thatched huts with wooden benches loosely scattered inside the park for the weary-of-leg and the lazy-to-walk.

This place is chock full of "subjects" and would make any photography enthusiast go frothing at the mouth (at least I did). There are great opportunities for wide angle landscapes, tiny macros, good sunset/sunrise reflections, birds on wing shots etc.

Visiting hours:
All days- 06.00 to 10.00 Hours, 16.00 to 20.00 Hours


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Monday, July 25, 2011

To discuss an exciting 90s TV development with a very funny guest blogger

In honor of tonight’s very exciting TeenNick premiere of “The 90s Are All That” programming block, a fellow blogger and I thought it would be fun to combine forces to reminisce about some of the shows that will be rebroadcast after years in the Nickelodeon vault. For those of you who are unaware of the impending television greatness in our midst, behold, the glory of The 90s Are All that promo:



You should probably set your Tivo or DVR immediately so you can enjoy this amazing 90s Nick lineup at your leisure. Go ahead, we’ll wait. Done? Okay, great.

For readers who have not yet met the hilarious Andy, here’s your formal introduction:

Andy Shaw, known on Twitter as @WildARSChase, now runs andyshawcomedy.com, where he's combined forces Captain Planet-style to show his improv and stand up performances as well as his WildARSChase blog. He also wonders why Tori was ever on Saved By the Bell.

Now that we all know each other, I think we’re ready to begin. We could go on and on about our memories and the collective greatness of these shows, so we just picked a few of our favorites to start with. Be sure to stop back by Andy’s blog later this week for the next installment!

Legends of the Hidden Temple:



Children of the 90s take: Looking back, Legends of the Hidden Temple is a gold mine of highly transferable life lessons. For one, always wear a helmet and a mouthguard for all activities. I don’t care if you’re walking your dog or baking up a hearty batch of oatmeal cookies: you never know what kind of dangerous obstacles you could encounter that could potential damage your cranium or cause you to unsuspectingly swallow a molar. That’s just basic safety.

I also learned never to count my pendants before I’ve exited the temple gates. In life, it seems just when you think you’re about to run out of the temple scott free with the Walking Stick of Harriet Tubman, a terrifying and vaguely Mayan temple guard pops up and you’re back at square one. A figurative temple guard, of course. I think I’ve let this life lesson metaphor get away from me, but hopefully you’re still along for the ride. Bonus points if you’re wearing your helmet and mouthguard.

Legends of the Hidden Temple is also a classic example of how loosely we defined shows as “educational” in the 90s. By defining the stories as “legends,” the level of research integrity required by LotHT producers dropped significantly. I’m also a tad suspicious that Olmec was just a primer to prep us for subsequent years of gleaning our news from talking heads on TV. To be fair, though, many of those cable news pundits come off more stone-faced than Olmec.

WildARSChase take: Children, it all comes down to which team were you rooting for? A Silver Snake? A Blue Barracuda? Or were you cheering for a super slutty Red Jaguar?*
* Based on vague memories. Not scientific.

And might I add, Olmec was a douche. He was completely full of himself and very judgmental. I am quite sure host Kirk Fogg wanted to punch Olmec in his fat face.

Let me get to my biggest gripe, though: Why couldn’t those stupid kids assemble the Shrine of the Silver Monkey faster? My God, it was three pieces! And then they would waste so much time giving the temple guards the pendants. Drove me crazy. Kirk Fogg would scream at them. I’d scream at them. It was rough.

Children of the 90s: I was a Blue Barracuda girl all the way. I never quite understood how they came up with the color/creature combos for team names. Orange Iguanas? Red Jaguars? It just doesn’t add up.

I’m with you about Olmec. Can you imagine Kirk and Olmec’s off-screen relationship? I feel like there was some serious tension there when the cameras were off.

Speaking of the temple guards, it kind of makes me wonder who exactly was showing up for work everyday to dress up in the full Mayan garb. Were these guys Nickelodeon interns? Or real actors? I’m trying to picture some poor aspiring actor padding out his resume with “Temple Guard #3,” or if he was feeling especially creative, maybe he even gave it an authentic Mayan name like “Ixchel.”

WildARSChase: My guess is Olmec used to date Kirk’s girlfriend and was still calling her because he felt lonely stuck on the side of a temple. And Kirk couldn’t handle it and would sometimes rub it in Olmec’s face how hot his girlfriend is. I imagine the girl was Lori Loughlin from “Full House.”

The Mayan thing cracks me up because I’m sure it was so completely historically inaccurate (as you astutely point out, it was “legends.”) I am sure there’s an IMDB page out there with Temple Guard #3 out there. And I’m also quite sure Keanu Reeves would be the one to do it.

Children of the 90s: So I actually went to look that up on IMDB, to no avail. Too bad. I did find out the host Kirk Fogg had a bit part as a district attorney in the Veronica Mars pilot, though.

All That:



Children of the 90s take: All That understood the difference between adult comedy and children’s comedy. How do I know? Because at the time, I thought each sketch was more brilliant than the last, but as an adult I question my very sanity for laughing out loud at some of this stuff. “He’s Earboy! Earboy! His Ears are really big!” Really? That’s your tagline? At least no one could argue it would go over kids’ heads.

I was also a big fan of the Goodburger fast food sketches, foreign exchange student Ishboo, crazy write-in advice dispenser Dear Ashley, and of course Vital Information for your Everyday Life. I credit Vital Information with teaching me the value of non-sequitor humor and building me a strong base of sarcasm. I never could nail a deadpan delivery quite like Lori Beth Denberg, though. Not every line was a winner, but the concept was pretty clever for a kid’s show.

Best of all, If I didn’t think something was funny, it was also incredibly brief-there was usually a ten minute wait at most to enjoy Coolio or Boyz II Men or whichever other top-billed musical artist the show managed to pull for a performance.

WildARSChase take: I can still remember that theme song. Did you know TLC performed it? RIP, Lisa Left Eye Lopez.

That show created a ton of spinoffs: Kenan & Kel (everytime I see SNL and see Kenan Thompson, I think of the “Goodburger” movie), The Amanda Show and more. Amanda Bynes was clearly gunning to be the star of All That. I never liked her as much.

I also forgot that Nick Cannon was on that show, preparing for a life ahead with Mariah Carey.
The best thing about All That may have been the music guests. I loved how culturally diverse it was - I am sure it is one reason I’m into R&B and hip hop today. Aaliyah, Erykah Badu, Da Brat, Busta Rhymes … and they weren’t singing kid-friendly songs, either. Actually, I can’t believe half of them were on a kids’ show.

Children of the 90s: ARS, you’re bringing back way too many memories here, I’d completely forgotten about Nick Cannon being on All That. Remember the spinoff Nick Cannon show? Now I just think of him as the well-dressed hipster host of America’s Got Talent who’s whipped enough by Mariah Carey to allow his children to have names like Moroccan and Monroe.

Looking at that list of musical guests, it’s definitely a far cry from the Disney-ified music in kids’ entertainment today. I actually went to see Busta Rhymes a few weeks ago and I can vouch that it is definitely not kid-friendly. Maybe the show’s content advisers just assumed he rapped so fast parents wouldn’t catch all the drug references.

And of course, I loved the TLC theme song. CrazySexyCool was one of the first CDs I owned. I’m pretty sure I spent a whole year deeming things I liked not just as cool, but as crazysexycool.

WildARSChase: You went to see Busta Rhymes? You just got bonus points in my book. That’s gangsta. Aaliyah sang “One In a Million” on All That, a song clearly about sex. By the way, how come I keep referring to dead 90s singers?

I had CrazySexyCool on cassette. I remember listening to “Red Light Special” and knowing it was dirty but not quite sure why.

I wonder if a show like “All That” would make it today. Since I’m not a kid anymore, I’m not sure what all is out there, but I’d be worried that someone like Miley Cyrus would be on a new “All That.” And that would be a tragedy.

Children of the 90s: You just reminded me I should go listen to Red Light Special so I can figure out what the heck I was misunderstanding as a child. Be back soon.

GUTS:



Children of the 90s take: As a child, I was certain the the culmination of life success was determined by one’s ability to navigate the treacherous terrain of a color-coded craggy mountain plagued by frequent glitter storms. For many years, my life’s major ambition was to someday own a piece of the famed aggro-crag. I certainly wasn’t athletic enough to ever make it as a contestant in the Extreme Arena, but that hasn’t stopped me from searching periodically for souvenir aggro crag trophies on eBay.

One of the best parts of the show was the little “Spill Your Guts” human interest segment. I spent hours brainstorming what my GUTS nickname might be. Did I exhibit the shiftiness and stealth of “The Jackal” or did I boast more of the grace and quick-footedness of “The Jaguar”? Plus, these kids knew how to celebrate their athletic achievements: I still think the best way to celebrate a milestone is to drape yourself proudly in your country’s flag and take a victory lap.

WildARSChase take: Mike O’Malley was introduced to me through GUTS, a show so awesome it demands a caps lock. DEMANDS IT. Who’s Mike O’Malley, you say? I’m guessing you don’t know him through his seminal work on “Yes, Dear,” which lives on in TBS infamy. I bet you know him as Kurt’s dad on “Glee.” Yep, that guy.

He was the host, always pushing kids to the limit and keeping sexual tension with Mo Quirk, the (female) referee. Mo went on to do great things, such as “My Life As a Teenage Robot” and an “additional voice” credit on Microsoft Flight Simulator X.

GUTS was all about the Agrocrag, wasn’t it? The Agrocrag makes Mount Doom in “Lord of the Rings” look like a sandcastle. It separated the men from the boys, the women from the girls and the destined to be a pro athlete from the destined to be an accountant.

Looking back, that show was great because it promoted physical activity and being adventurous. It’s the exact opposite of another old Nick show that evidently won’t be re-broadcast, Nick Arcade … clearly, that show doesn’t stand the test of time because the graphics would look horrendous.

Children of the 90s: I’ll admit I actually had a huge crush on Mike O’Malley in his GUTS days. What can I say, I like a guy in a hockey jersey. I was definitely not a Yes, Dear fan, but I do like him on Glee when I remember to watch it. I suppose if he has to be getting old and bald, at least he can be accepting of his gay son.

That kind of makes me sad about Mo, because I always admired her intensity and how serious she took this announcer gig that must have been, at best, her third choice show biz job. My fiance and I actually went one year for Halloween as Mo and a Guts Contestant...I’d highly recommend it if you’re ever in a market for a 90s costume idea.

I’m also all for the physical activity aspect, but I actually loved Nick Arcade. Didn’t you think it seemed cool at the time? Obviously the technology seems pretty crappy now, but back then I was amazed those kids were in the video games. All hail bluescreen technology.

WildARSChase: Mo and a GUTS contestant? You’re racking up bonus points left and right. I think you also were Mike O’Malley’s only groupie, so that’s minus points.

GUTS really did have an international flair. I almost had forgotten how they flew the country flag. Of course, then you also found yourself rooting for America, which seems a bit xenophobic in hindsight. Screw you, other countries! This here is America, and our kids are the best!

Nick Arcade did seem awesome at the time. I couldn’t believe how it was done. Actually, if they did a new version of that it would be amazing, wouldn’t it?

Children of the 90s: I’m not ashamed, I was totally a Mike O’Malley groupie. Try watching the video above and telling me he didn’t used to be pretty good-looking in his relative youth.

I would totally go for a new Nick Arcade. Are you out there, Nickelodeon executives? I’d watch that. Whip that up, please, with some new technology. And maybe they can make into Global Nick Arcade, just so I can continue to feel good about rooting for my American compatriots.

WildARSChase: Come over to AndyShawComedy.com on Friday for the next installment of our recap of Nickelodeon shows of yesteryear. What shows will we do next? You'll have to visit to find out! Follow us on Twitter to find out when our series is updated! @wildarschase and @childrenof90s

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sachin Tendulkar closer to get Bharat Ratna?

Sachin Tendulkar during the first Test Match(July - 2011) against England at Lord's in London

Sachin Tendulkar is a step closer to getting India's top award. Home ministry has recommended sports be made a category for Bharat Ratna consideration, as told to Time Now.

The home ministry has written to the Prime Minister's Office to include sports as a category in Bharat Ratna. The recommendation will pave way for cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar to be awarded India's highest civilian award.

If awarded, Sachin will become the country's first sportsperson to bag  Bharat Ratna and the clamour has specially grown especially after Sachin helped India lift the World Cup earlier this year.

Tendulkar deserves to get Bharat Ratna, says Deshmukh

Newly-elected president of the Mumbai Cricket Association, Vilasrao Deshmukh, on Friday said that Sachin Tendulkar deserved to get Bharat Ratna and no one would object if the champion cricketer got the country's highest civilian award.



"Sachin deserves Bharat Ratna. Being the president of Mumbai Cricket Association, I would talk to the sports minister, home minister and Prime Minister and request them to change the norms for the award to include sportspersons too in its category of recipients," Deshmukh said.

Deshmukh chaired the first managing committee meeting of the MCA after his election to the president's post at the biennial polls of the association held on July 15. The former Maharashtra CM had vanquished former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar comfortably in a straight contest to succeed another politician, NCP leader Sharad Pawar, as the MCA president.

List of 100 Records of Sachin Tendulkar:Its been 21 years since Sachin Tendulkar stepped in to the International arena of Cricket. Sachin has been breaking cricket records ever since his debut, and will surely break more records in the time to come. Following Sachin Tendulkar records list has been growing ever year, and will grow until he plays.
  1. Record number of matches played – 442 matches
  2. First player to play a record 400 innings
  3. Number of consecutive ODI appearances – 190 matches
  4. Cricket grounds played on – 90 grounds
  5. Highest individual score by a single player – 200*
  6. Most runs in a cricket career – 17,598 runs
  7. Record number of ODI centuries – 46 Centuries
  8. Record number of centuries in ODIs against an opponent – 9 Centuries
  9. Record number of centuries in tournament finals – 6 Centuries
  10. Record number of centuries in all formats against an opponent – 19 centuries
  11. On Sachin’s Debut, he was the second youngest debutant after Aaqib Javed of Pakistan
  12. First player to score 10,000 runs
  13. First player to score 11,000 runs
  14. First player to score 12,000 runs
  15. First player to score 13,000 runs
  16. First player to score 14,000 runs
  17. First player to score 15,000 runs
  18. First player to score 16,000 runs
  19. First player to score 17,000 runs
  20. Only male player to score a double century in ODIs
  21. Tendulkar has scored more than 1,000 runs against every major cricket playing nation
  22. Sachin is the only player to score more than 3000 runs against a single opponent – Sri Lanka and Australia
  23. Holds the record to score more than 1,000 runs in a single calender year. He has done this 7 times so far.
  24. Most number of runs in tournament finals – 1833 runs
  25. Most fours in an innings – 25 against South Africa
  26. Record number of scores above 150  in an innings – 5
  27. Most Half Centuries in ODIs – 93 Half Centuries
  28. Highest number of scores over 50 – 139
  29. Most Man of the Match awards in ODIs – 61
  30. Most Man of the Series awards in ODIs – 19
  31. Most half centuries in world cup matches – 13
  32. Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for the most runs in ODIs in a calendar year – 1894 runs in 1998
  33. Second Fastest to reach 8000 test runs. Record recently broken by Kumar Sangakarra
  34. Fastest to reach 12,000 test runs
  35. Fastest to reach 13,000 test runs
  36. Record centuries in a calendar year – 9 centuries in 1998
  37. Highest partnership for any ODI wicket – 331 runs with Rahul Dravid
  38. Highest partnership for 2nd wicket in ODIs – 331 runs with Rahul Dravid
  39. Highest partnership for 3rd wicket in ODIs – 237* runs with Rahul Dravid
  40. Highest partnership aggregated by a pair – 8227 runs with Sourav Ganguly
  41. Record opening partnership pair – 6609 runs with Sourav Ganguly
  42. Most century partnerships – 26 partnerships with Sourav Ganguly
  43. 4 wickets and Century in the same match – Against Australia in 1998
  44. Sachin Tendulkar has been dismissed a record 3 times on 99 in ODIs
  45. Sachin has been the most dismissed batsman in the 90s in International cricket – 24
  46. Most 200 run partnerships in ODIs – 6
  47. Most century partnerships by an opening pair – 21 with Sourav Ganguly
  48. Record number of runs in a cricket world cup – 673 runs in 2003
  49. Most runs in cricket world cups combined – 1796 runs
  50. Most centuries in International cricket – 94 centuries
  51. Most Test cricket centuries – 48 Centuries
  52. First batsman to complete 31,000 International runs
  53. Most test runs – 13447 runs
  54. Most dismissals in the 90s in ODIs – 17
  55. Most number of Test appearances - 169
  56. Most fours in test cricket – 1734+
  57. Most century partnerships in Tests – 17 with Rahul Dravid
  58. Highest score by an Indian captain – 217 against New Zealand
  59. More than 1000 test runs in a single calendar year – 5 times
  60. Record number of man of the match awards by an Indian in Test matches – 14 times
  61. First batsman to score 50 international centuries
  62. First batsman to score 60 International centuries
  63. Tendulkar holds the record for being the only batsman to score 70 International centuries
  64. Tendulkar holds the record for being the only batsman to score 80 International centuries
  65. Tendulkar holds the record for being the only batsman to score 90 International centuries
  66. Sachin Tendulkar is the only player to have scored century on debut in the Irani trophy, Ranji trophy and Duleep trophy
  67. Most Centuriess in World cup Cricket – 4
  68. Most Half Centuries in World Cup cricket – 17
  69. Most boundaries in International cricket – 3675
  70. Most half centuries in International cricket – 149
  71. Most runs in a single edition of the IPL – 618 runs
  72. Most runs scored in test matches away from home – 7819 runs
  73. Highest overall partnership runs, in all formats combined – 12,400 runs with Sourav Ganguly
  74. Most matches in a career – 606 matches
  75. Sachin Tendulkar has played for a record number of consecutive matches for India – 239 matches
  76. Highest partnership for the 3rd wicket in World Cup – 237 runs with Rahul Dravid
  77. Fastest to reach 10,000 Test runs
  78. Sachin is currently second after Sanath Jayasuriya for the most ODI appearances, soon expected to overtake
  79. Sachin Tendulkar scored 5 centuries before he turned 20
  80. Most fours in ODI cricket – 1927 boundaries
  81. Ranked by Wisden as the Best ODI batsman of all time
  82. Ranked by Wisden as the Second Best Test batsman of all time
  83. Highest Indian last wicket partnership – 133 runs with Zaheer Khan
  84. Most number of Man of the Match awards in World Cup
  85. Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli were involved in a 664 run partnership in Harris Shield game in 1988. A record broken this year
  86. In 1992, Sachin became the first overseas player to play for Yorkshire at the age of 19
  87. Has the least percentage of Man of the Match awards when on the losing side. Out of the 56 times, India has lost 5 times
  88. Sachin has won the Padma Shri, Arjuna Award and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards, and he is the only cricketer to receive them all
  89. One of the few batsmen to have Centuries against all Test Playing countries
  90. The first batsman to be given out by a Third Umpire TV reviewal system
  91. Sachin holds the record for being the only player to have 40 wickets and 11000 runs in Test cricket
  92. Sachin holds the record for being the only player to have 150 wickets and 15000 runs in ODI cricket
  93. Sachin Tendulkar holds the best average amongst the batsman who have crossed 10,000 ODI runs
  94. The highest run scorer in the 199 and 2003 cricket world cups
  95. Sachin is the only player to have more than 100, fifty plus scores
  96. The only batsman to have scored more than 2 centuries against all Test playing nations
  97. Sachin has completed his Century by hitting a 6, on four different occasions in test matches, a record shared by Ken Barrington
  98. Only cricketer to have done 10,000 runs, 100 wickets and 100 catches in ODIs
  99. The only player to be in Top 100 of ICC rankings for 10 years
  100. Sachin is the cricketer to have a record number of records.

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