Thursday, August 27, 2015

Big Brother 17: Live Feeds into Thursday - August 27

I don't have much for you. Everyone went to bed early except Steve. He walked around practicing his speech.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Big Brother 17: Live Feeds into Wednesday Evening - August 26

Liz in a quiet moment

Here's the latest from inside that Big Brother House of Waiting for Thursday:
  • Gah. They slept in. Noon for them is 3pm for me!
  • They talked again of using Rock, Paper, Scissors for the vote.
  • I'd still be in on that if just one of them would add Lizard, Spock to it.
  • Austin thinks that Rock, Paper, Scissors would leave them blameless for the eviction.
  • @@
  • Damn, Austin. Take a real stand, will you! You're playing all namby-pamby. 
  • Vanessa is still preaching an anti-Steve sermon to whomever will listen.
  • Except Steve, that is.
  • However, Vanessa did tell James and Meg that no one should tell the nominees who they're voting for and just vote for who they want to leave.
  • (Of course, she thinks they both want Steve to leave.)
  • When cornered by Johnny Mac, Vanessa wouldn't tell him by name who she'd vote for. She talked a lot about having to work with others and watch her own game.
  • That, at this time, would mean a vote to keep Steve.
  • While the Austwins keep seeming to go back and forth over the vote, it does come down to the fact that none of them really have any relationship with Johnny Mac. They do have one with Steve.
  • Austin is trying to figure a way to get Johnny Mac out without Johnny Mac blaming him. Ah, blame Vanessa!
  • @@
  • Julia thinks white rice is made from flour.
  • Oh my. I'm speechless. Someone else comment on that, please.
  • James and Meg also talked Rock, Paper, Scissors (sans Lizard, Spock) for the vote. James wants a quarter with Steve and Johnny Mac's heads on either side for a coin toss.
  • What is going on with this crew?
  • Lots of talk back and forth only to conclude that Steve will stay (once again).
  • Yawnsers.

Vanessa's new hat

Breakfast at 1pm

As always, Vanessa on his shoulder

Should be staying ...

Should be going ...

Julia and the evil eye

Big Brother 17: Zingbot Power of Veto Show Blog Party - August 26

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Good evening! Ready for a blog party? We have the Zingbot ahead!

As the show airs here on the East Coast, I'll update this entry with the major happenings. Refresh the page to get the latest. As always, the real party is in the comments area. I hope to see you there!

We have to get through the "Previously on Big Brother ..." segment first. 

Okay, Johnny Mac and Steve are on the block. Austin claims that's the best move for his game. Um. Okay, whatever. Steve gives Vanessa credit for being good. 

Vanessa plays nicey-nice with Austin. He plays along. Steve questions who the target is -- Austin tells him Johnny Mac unless Steve comes off the block, then maybe Vanessa.

James pranks once again.

Time to pick players for the veto comp! Austin draws Vanessa. Johnny Mac draws Meg.  Steve draws Julia (who had just whined about never being picked).

Steve thinks Vanessa might save him and wants to rebuild their relationship. 

Zingbot comes in the house. Newly Zingle and got an upgrade - Zingbot 9000 now on Twitter. To James - Meg will take you to the Friend Zone after the show. Liz - Confused, less attractive, less intelligent, less charming ... oh, wait -- that's Julia. Steve - Less cool than a trombonist who cries for his mommy? Nothing!

Please take out the trash, it stinks in here, that's just Austin! Meg - Your New York attitude is very stuck in the city, too bad your gameplay is stuck in the city. JM - 4/5 dentists agree the only thing less attractive than your laugh is your back hair! Vanessa -- Playing a masterful game, assuming that game is The Crying Game. Liz -- You've become such an important part of Austin's life ... are you more excited to meet his mom, his dad or his GIRLFRIEND? 

Liz is ticked.  

Veto comp time. James and Liz are secluded and allowed to watch. Julia is up first for the morph/Zingbot related comp. 

Julia's time is 4:45.

Steve is up next. Weird, they let Julia in to watch with James and Liz. Steve is out -- he didn't beat Julia's time. Then he enters the room. 

Austin is up next. He also can't beat Julia's time and is out, in the room with the others.

Vanessa is up. Her time is great! 2:51. She takes over the lead.

Johnny Mac next. He's out now. 

Meg goes up. Heh. She's out.

Vanessa wins the Power of Veto.

Vanessa talks to Johnny Mac. She quizzes him about his previous alliances (that have been voted out). He tells her he's alone in the game. She claims to be alone in the game, too. He offers to work with her going forward. She hints that she might use the veto, but has to talk to Austin. (So, the blame won't be on her if she doesn't! She's thinking ahead, for sure.) She does push for JM to stay with Austin. He's not keen on her idea of putting James on the block.

She tells JM that Austin doesn't want her to use it and, if she does, the Austwins will target her. JM tells her that he was in a five-person alliance last week to get her out. She confronts Julia who tells her it was Steve's idea.

She lights into Steve. He denies orchestrating it and she says he doesn't have her vote.

Veto meeting time. 

Steve - Will respect whatever strategic decision you make.
JM - A gazelle asking a tiger to hang out, don't use it on me.

She gives a short bitter speech about Steve.
Vanessa decided NOT to use the veto to save either of them.

Big Brother 17: Live Feeds into Wednesday - August 26

Vanessa attacked Steve ... for the HoH cam

Did you notice I didn't post last night? Well, they didn't give me a heck of a lot of fodder. One of the problems when the hamsters have been in the house this long and it's that three day lag between PoV meeting and eviction ... there's not much new ground for discussion. Of course, had there been a brouhaha or ax murder, I would have posted. Here's the latest from inside that Big Brother House of Dwindling Days:
  • There were no ax murders.
  • BB doesn't allow them to have axes or even hatchets, most likely to keep them from becoming ax murderers or victims of such crimes.
  • While Vanessa is giving Steve noogies in the screen cap above, it was all for the HoH camera.
  • Those were fake noogies.
  • Leave it to BB to remind me that noogies even exist. Now I'll have childhood nightmares!
  • Despite many talks back and forth, it's still probable that Steve will stay by a vote of three (Vanessa, Liz, Julie) to two (Meg, James) or even that Meg and James or a combination thereof might flip.
  • Anyway, it's going to be Johnny Mac going out the door.
  • That's even though he agreed to a deal with the twins that if he remains and gets HoH, he'd go after whomever returned from the jury.
  • Liz and Julie were talking to Vanessa -- "We don't know anything about this game! We were recruited because we're twins!"
  • I wonder how BB decided which twin to feature in the "initial" hamster cast. Did they Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock it?
  • Julia pointed out that BB hasn't given them any more alcohol since Meg was hit in the eye during one of their chocolate wars.
  • I personally think that BB should give all Chocolate War participants penalties as chocolate, dear to me, was meant to be imbibed ... not thrown about like that!
  • After all, you could put an eye out with that stuff.
  • Austin prepared a pork dish, shared it and then said the pork expired last week, but still smelled good.
  • Heh. They almost choked.
  • He was kidding. But I have seen many cases of expired food in the house over the years.
  • Liz talked to Meg and James about their vote and the discussion turned to Rock, Paper, Scissors.
  • Had they added in Lizard, Spock ... it would have been something.
  • Meg and James wouldn't commit their votes to Steve and told him they'd let him know Wednesday night.
  • I still say three to two unless it gets into one of those house votes again.
  • I don't think there's much point in house votes at this time because the lines are clearly drawn.
  • We'll see. 

Meow James posed

Vanessa schemed

Johnny Mac was given false hope

Crowds gathered for tomfoolery

We don't know this game!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Big Brother 17: Live Feeds into Tuesday - August 25

It's making me pull my hair outuuuh!

Here's the latest from inside that Big Brother House of Workin' Things Out:
  • When I last left you, Vanessa was all kinds of mad at Steve because Johnny Mac told her Steve orchestrated a five-person alliance against her.
  • Of course, things are different now.
  • This is BB17.
  • Steve is no dummy. He often just plays one in the house. He knows that his relationship with Vanessa has been rocky all along and, more that a few times, she's wanted him out.
  • He has a lot of damage control ahead. 
  • He also knows the Austwins are closer with him and trust him more than they do Johnny Mac.
  • His one game feather in the cap to "prove his loyalty" is that he got their nemesis Jackie out during his short-lived HoH reign.
  • In talking with Austin, Vanessa has decided that Steve has too much dirt on them to go now, so she needs to play nice with him.
  • And 'round and 'round it goes.
  • Meanwhile, James told Meg that it's best Johnny Mac goes because he's his main competition for the kind of competitions he does well.
  • Got that? In other words, the physical comps -- to James, Johnny Mac is more of a threat to him than is Steve. I believe he's giving Steve the fact that he'd win the remembering stuff comps over either of them.
  • Meg, being Meg, isn't sure who she wants out.
  • Steve and Vanessa had a talk during which he used the confusion over dates card about when the alliance was formed.
  • In actuality, he's protecting Austin and company. He can't come out and say it was Austin and him forming the alliance -- then he'd have everyone mad at him.
  • But, whether she's just playing nice or whether she's changed her mind (again), she and Steve mended fences.
  • With the accusations that Steve and Johnny Mac have a final two deal, Steve denied it was such. He said they had a team, not an alliance. And, they called themselves Rock Stars because they're both musicians.
  • Austin kept insisting that the team was a final two alliance because you don't make a bond like that without it being one.
  • Hmm. What would you call what Austin has? A final three deal, leaving both Steve and Vanessa in the dust.
  • Hmm.
  • Anyway, things are back to Johnny Mac probably being voted out three-two.
  • We still have a few days.

Steve, Johnny Mac, Vanessa pow-wow

Don't lie to me!

Vanessa and Steve smooth things over

Back in


Monday, August 24, 2015

Big Brother 17: Live Feeds into Monday Evening, PoV Meeting - August 24

Entertainment Boy safe this week

Here's the latest from inside that Big Brother House of Kerfuffles:
  • Vanessa did NOT use the veto -- either Steve or Johnny Mac will go out this week.
  • Johnny Mac went to Vanessa telling her that Steve orchestrated a five-person alliance against her.
  • Vanessa blew up at Steve who hemmed and hawed when confronted.
  • She screamed at him that he's lost her vote.
  • Steve immediately kind of called out Austin in public and Austin could only say that he (Austin) didn't orchestrate it.
  • Liz and Julia are mad at Johnny Mac for telling Vanessa about the alliance.
  • Steve is befuddled.
  • Austin talked to Johnny Mac and JM said he'd go to Vanessa and tell her they were all a part of it and Steve didn't start it.
  • @@
  • Austin told him he ought to work things out with the twins instead.
  • Austin is laying all the nominations blame on Vanessa.
  • That's even though we all know he wasn't going to backdoor her anyway.
  • But he's acting to both Johnny Mac and Steve as if he was going to do it.
  • The twins want to convince Vanessa to keep Steve as they think that James and Meg will vote Steve out.
  • They need three votes.
  • It's a mess.
  • And, it all could change (and be a bigger mess) by Thursday.

You've lost my vote, Steve!

What are we going dooooo?

You made Liz and Julia mad

It's all Vanessa ...

Big Brother 17: Live Feeds into Monday Morning - August 24

She can occasionally talk a good game

Here's the latest from inside that Big Brother House of Well, It's Tomorrow:
  • And, because it's tomorrow, things have changed once again in the house.
  • This drama is all because of Vanessa, mind you.
  • It's Vanessa who holds the PoV and will use it or not.
  • It's Vanessa who's going around from hamster to hamster mind-boggling them into thinking of reasons to target others.
  • When I left you in my last post, it looked like she was going to use the veto to save one of the nominees (probably Steve) and James would be the target.
  • Scratch that.
  • It's now tomorrow.
  • Now it looks once again like she will not use the veto and Johnny Mac will go.
  • I cannot predict how this will go down. She's too hard for me to read and, unlike some, she doesn't talk to us. 
  • In other news, Julia claims she's lost Liz because Liz is "in a relationship."
  • @@
  • Okay, then break up the relationship!
  • Austin continues to have delusions of grandeur about how the show's fans perceive him and how we see his "relationship" with Liz.
  • That boy is in for a shock when he gets out.
  • He also thinks Johnny Mac's speeches (at ceremonies) are unintelligent.
  • Need we get a transcript of his own speech from last night's show? That had some mighty big words in it, yet made no sense at all. It was written like he thought he'd be impressing people, but instead it just perplexed us and gave us more reason to want to chop off that ponytail beard.
  • The poll on the website for live feed voters had us wanting them to play hide and seek. Johnny Mac was the winner, finally scaring Julia when he leaped from under one of the dentist's chairs.
  • I guess we'll see whether Vanessa uses the veto or not.
  • Then we'll see who Vanessa wants to go home.
  • I'm so glad that Vanessa won HoH again this week!
  • Heh.

Julia wouldn't mind if Austin was OUT

Continues to run the house

Can he hang in?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Big Brother 17: Live Feeds Sunday into the Evening - August 23

A new look?

Here's the latest from inside that Big Brother House of the Many Faces of Vanessa:
  • I've decided that Vanessa is one of the best BB hamsters ever for facial expression screencaps.
  • She's not doing too shabby at the game, either.
  • Although I often find her annoying, she's a fantastic manipulator.
  • Most of the day was lazy Sunday stuff, but the dilemma of this week's eviction remains.
  • Vanessa has gone from anti-Steve to working a movement to get James up on the block as a replacement nominee.
  • Now Vanessa is working with Steve again.
  • My head continues to spin.
  • Steve himself seems to have taken on a bit of Vanessa strategy gameplay as he talks to Austin.
  • So, right now it looks like Steve is once again safe.
  • If the veto is used, either Meg or James (most likely James) will be backdoored and Johnny Mac stays.
  • They're worried about who might come back in, of course.
  • All will hinge on whether or not Vanessa uses the veto.
  • At the moment, it looks like she will.
  • That may change by tomorrow, though.


New glasses?

Steve among twins

Praying to keep staying

Big Brother 17: HoH Outcome, Nominations Show Blog Party - August 23

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Good evening! Ready for a blog party? While many of us already know the results of the PoV comp, tonight's television episode will focus on the  HoH comp outcome from Thursday evening, as well as the nominations.

I'll update this entry with the major happenings as it airs here on the East Coast. Refresh the page to get the latest. As always, the real party is in the comments area. I hope to see you there!

Before we get started, I'd like to thank those who donated to the blog this past week! You guys rock! 

The recap ends with Meg out first on the HOH comp and James scaring Julia. Let's get on with the show!

Round Two ... ready, set, crow! Austin tells us it would be in his interest NOT to win as he doesn't want to be responsible for sending Vanessa home. Julia accidentally moved her hand off the buzzer and is out.

Round Three ... Ready, set, flow! Vanessa out with a false start.

Round Four ... Ready, Set, No! Johnny Mac was last to finish, out.

Round Five ... Now Austin wants to win. Steve, false start, out.

Round Six ... it's James and Austin. It's a footrace and James is short. (Heehee) Austin is the new HOH! He gives us some scripted (?) Judas lines about being Judas and betraying someone. Yeah, right.

Liz is worried about getting "more blood on our hands." Too bad, so sad. Steve thinks it's win-win for him. Well, he might have another think coming before long.

Austin tells us he's aligned with everyone in the house. Not so good when you're HOH and have to put someone on the block. He tells James he's going to tell everyone he has a deal with Meg and James so he can't put them up. He can only target Vanessa, Steve or Johnny Mac. Johnny Mac (and everyone else) thinks he's safe.

Austin tells us that Vanessa is not running his HOH. We'll see about that. He tells the twins he's thinking about putting Steve and Johnny Mac on the block. Then Vanessa comes in to run his HOH for him. 

In a talk with Meg and James, we're led to believe that Austin might seriously consider taking out Vanessa.

Yeah, right. 

Meeting with Austin, Vanessa, Steve and twins. He tells them he can't put Meg or James up and the target is Johnny Mac. "The pawn has to come from this room." Vanessa says Steve would be best and pretty much volunteers him for the pawn position. He's reluctant. 

Steve talks to Austin alone. Steve throws Vanessa under the bus and brings up her throwing Austin under the bus and so on and so forth. The others return and Vanessa goes off on Steve and claims he's not loyal to the alliance because he doesn't want to be a pawn. I don't see her volunteering. 

Again, we're led to think Austin might go after Vanessa. 

Liz tells us she didn't like Austin at first, but now she does ... 93%. A gag-inducing Liz/Austin hammock segment ensues.

Austin tells Steve that he's considering a backdoor for Vanessa. He has to put someone up next to Johnny Mac. Steve SO doesn't want to go up with Johnny Mac. He says he'd rather go up against Vanessa. Austin agrees that it won't be him next to John. Yeah, right.

Julia runs to Vanessa and tells her Steve doesn't want to be a pawn next to Johnny Mac. Of course, SHE can't be a pawn, so she goes to work her mojo on Austin and the twins. 

It's time for the nominations ceremony. Austin wears his Judas hat. @@

He nominates Johnny Mac and Steve. He says he's conflicted. He goes off on a whacko speech about life and knowledge. Thinking about Liz, too. Victims are we all.  

Steve tells us he's in awe of Vanessa's gameplay.

Off Topic: That Was the Week It Was - August 23, 2015

Good morning! Welcome to my weekly off television topic reflection of the past week in both words and photographs I've taken along the way; This post is a year 'round "feature" on the blog. If you're looking for Big Brother posts, they can all be found at this link right here. If you're not interested in this particular post, please feel free to skip on by it. I'll be posting a Big Brother blog party post coinciding with the East Coast airing of the show and, late this evening, another live feeds post. Stay tuned.

Oh my ... what a week weatherwise we had around here this past week! We had an extended heat wave with humidity that made the air thick as pea soup some days. Well, perhaps not THAT thick, but ...! It was the kind of weather in which some folks have trouble breathing and others fall to heat strokes. I didn't have either of those issues, but it was definitely the kind of weather that made me miserable anytime I was outside in it. Gah.

On Wednesday, thankfully a day off from work for me, we had this strange storm which hung over our relatively small section of New Jersey with downpours lasting a few hours. I'm talking constant downpours. Sure, there was lightning and thunder, too. But the rain amount within three hours was more than we usually get for a month. While my direct neighborhood was no more than an inch or so flooded in parts, just a few blocks down the street from me people were abandoning their cars in the high flood waters. Neighboring town Scotch Plains was even worse.

My neighborhood has only flooded once in the fifteen years I've lived here. That was a few years before Sandy with another hurricane, if memory serves. While we got flood predictions and evacuation notices over Sandy at my building, that was more wind damage than water here. I'm not on the ground level, so floods don't worry me so much. Wind, on the other hand, is an issue. There are big trees lining the parking lot and we have above ground electricity wires. Sandy knocked out my power for almost two weeks.

That was the big excitement for the week. Other than the weather, everything was same old, same old. I keep telling myself vacation (more of a staycation) is coming soon. Alas, not soon enough!

Here are the photos for the week -- clicking on an image will give you a larger version!

Got his leggings on!

This is one of the pigeons born this past spring at the Bridgewater Train Station. To be honest, I have no clue whether it's male or female. However, I do know this one has cool leggings!

Gruesome discovery

Who could have perpetuated such a heinous crime? These remains were discovered on the grounds of the Plainfield Train Station. Obviously, no house fell on her. Those aren't ruby slippers and we had a flood, not a tornado. The rest of the victim's body remains missing. If you have any information, notify the authorities, please. We cannot let a vicious killer like this continue to roam the streets of Plainfield! Citizens beware!

Plainfield ambulance rushes to flooded area

While my block and the next were relatively unscathed by the flooding on Wednesday, just east of where I live was underwater with many cars stranded. As Route 22 and many other streets on the east side of town (my side) were closed due to the flash flood, traffic was backed up as far as you could see heading westbound as this all went down during rush hour. I took this shot about a half-hour after the storms subsided and the sun came out.


Big Brother 17: Live Feeds into Sunday, Power of Veto - August 23

But, is his mind racing?

Oh my. I didn't really see that one coming. Here's the latest from inside that Big Brother House of Zingle and Ready to Mingle:
  • Blocked to the feeds, the comp was a mixture of the Zingbot and face morph.
  • Apparently Meg did horribly and was crying when the feeds came back.
  • That made Austin and company worry that she doesn't trust them not to put her up if the veto is used.
  • First, she shouldn't worry -- Vanessa isn't planning on using it.
  • Second, they shouldn't worry -- I think the stress and doing so poorly on every comp in the book is getting to Meg in addition to the Zingbot zings. She can get a bit teary anyway. I don't think she's all that worried about being evicted. She told Vanessa it's because she feels like a "total ditz" on the show.
  • Yeah, she is a bit of a ditz. But she's very likable and personable. That's far more than some past (and maybe present) hamsters.
  • It's Steve and John who should be worried. One will definitely go home this week.
  • So, now we have the big conundrum in front of us -- which one to send home? Steve or Johnny Mac?
  • I can see this quandary being discussed and dissected until Thursday.
  • While Vanessa has been pushing for a Steve ouster (and still is), I did catch her saying that he'll be out next week when she wins HoH.
  • Hmm.
  • Heh. Liz won't talk about her zing and it was mentioned it's a sore point. It has to be about her using/being with Austin, methinks.
  • They keep going back and forth over who will go. Ack. I can see these revolving door conversations going on for days!
  • I might just have to go join Meg in a good cry!
  • The zings included ones about Vanessa crying so much, Steve being a "nerd dude," James living in the "friend zone" and some kind of reference to Austin's (at home) girlfriend. Eep.
  • The latest on which should go home is Vanessa saying that she knows Steve is loyal to Austin and should be kept.
  • Round and round it goes.
  • Steve kept reading what looked like his HoH letter from home (from his short reign).
  • They're all in bed as I get this posted.

Will this week be his last?

Watching "Netflix" (HoH spy cam)

Johnny Mac approaching the Twins

Steve lied to me!

Talking mostly about Steve

In deep thought

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Big Brother 17: Live Feeds Saturday into the Evening - August 22

Playing games

Here's the latest from inside that Big Brother House of Tomfoolery and Frivolities:
  • As you can tell by my lead, I ain't got nuthin' earth-shaking in the way of news from today.
  • Johnny Mac is still foolishly trusting Austin, thinking he's a pawn.
  • He even asked who he should pick as Houseguest's Choice if he draws that chip.
  • Hopefully JM is just playing along, not totally being duped.
  • He doesn't talk to us as does Steve or, as of late, Austin.
  • They're pretty sure it's time for the Zingbot Veto.
  • That's what you get with BB fans on the show. They should really juggle these comps around.
  • I'd say get all clueless recruits who have never seen the show, but I don't like them. Plus, so many people who have watched every season of BB really want to be on the show.
  • Not me. Nuh-uh. Nope. No way.
  • Austin is sure that he and Liz are very popular with the fans.
  • He'll find out when he leaves.
  • McCranda.
  • That's all I got to say.
  • Austin thinks that James is probably unpopular because he broke up Clay and Shelli.
  • He'll find out when he leaves.
  • I'd dare say that James is more of a fan favorite than the twins and Austin all together.
  • They're on indoor lockdown. So, it's going to be a bit boring for today.
  • They don't have as many places to scheme.
  • Vanessa is still telling Austwins that Steve needs to go sooner rather than later.
  • She really wants him gone.
  • While Steve knows that Vanessa is bad-mouthing him, he probably wouldn't nominate her if he won HoH.
  • She's workin' her mojo, I say.
  • Finally the veto players were picked. Steve got Julia, John got Meg and Austin got Vanessa. Liz will be the host.
  • Then hours and hours ... and hours went by.
  • They fooled around playing games, throwing chocolate and eating cookies.
  • Meg declared it, "The most boring day ever!"
  • I can't argue with that.
  • Seeing the hour it is here on the East Coast and they just went to Jeffish a few minutes ago, I might be reporting on the outcome in the wee hours.

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How can you sleep in a winter hat?

A private corner