Monday, January 27, 2014

1750 - Classic Bite Commentary: June 6th, 2006 (06-06-06)

The first new Bite commentary since September 2004 was posted on June 6th, 2006 - or rather 06/06/06. Clever, huh? Well, not really.

If I recall correctly, the decision to revive the Bite came about due to the fact that Tripod's blogging software wouldn't publish my blog post on account of being too long, so I had to upload the whole thing as a webpage and provide a link through said blog post. So while I enjoyed writing blog posts, I didn't enjoyed being imposed length limits to how long each blog post should be. I can happily say that, thus far, I haven't suffered the same limitations on my current blog.

My current day thoughts and reflections (in bold, of course) will be at a minimum here, because this isn't as ancient of a post as some of the other stuff I might toss here in the future, but I'll chime in here or there.

"Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666."
From the book of Revelations

June 6th, 2006 - My kind of day.

Does this date mean the apocalypse? Hell, no. It means many other things. One of those things is the long-awaited... okay, maybe not, but it's the return of the Bite. Now I know that some of you folks aren't all that thrilled about the prospect... in fact, chances are you really don't give a shit. But then there are those few people (yes, all four of you) who are probably glad this thing is coming back, so I can go back to all-around commenting, moaning, bitching, and other stuff.

Funny thing is it's been well over two years since I wrote one of these. I sort of lost the motivation to write one of these since it was easier to post a blog entry that was shorter than to produce a multi-page commentary and upload the page onto a website. Not to mention there weren't any minimums to follow.

On the 275th DTM Blog post, I wrote an entry that was way too long for Tripod to allow the post, so I uploaded the page and gave it a link. While the 300th post isn't as big, it makes up for it by providing some nice tidbits, such as this commentary and other noteworthy uploads concerning my web-based projects... of course, it would help if said post was... well, UP! So I figured that if I can find the drive to punch one of these out again every month or so, why not do it? So here it is... a new Bite commentary for all to enjoy... or not.

Is it somewhat convenient that the first Bite in over two years is being posted within the same time as another World Cup tournament is going on? Possibly. In fact, the fact never dawned on me that the first Bite was posted during the height of the 2002 World Cup tourney until recently. Difference is that there won't be much in terms of soccer-related discussion in this return to Biting mode (not that there was much in the originals).

So for the first grand-standing edition of the Bite, I should have semblance of exciting material on hand. Unfortunately, I have none because I've been working as of late. Yeah, it's true. I actually work now... or at least, for the moment, since the company (who I shall not name yet) hadn't made an offer yet... but enough about that. The first posting of the Bite - dated June 23rd, 2002 - talked about soccer, Power Rangers, a bit of wrestling, and a trial run at an N64 game, so who cares what monumental importance any of this has.

Let's talk about some other stuff... like Extreme Championship Wrestling.

So yeah, for those who haven't heard, WWE is bringing back ECW full-time and has secured a timeslot for the new brand on the Sci-Fi Network. While some people are psyched about the revival of a well-respected indy promotion that died due to financial problems, I can't help but feel as though there's a catch... oh yeah, that's right. WWE is running the show. So don't expect a different product as the internet writers or on-air hyperbole are leading you to believe; expect the same garbage sports-entertainment you've been seeing on Monday and Friday nights.

It's been stated that we can't go back to the old ECW and that's true. Guys are older and can't take it as much as they did before and then you have to cater to the sci-fi geeks who are adamently angry about a wrestling show on their network. However, any idea or anticipation of a product being different from RAW or SMACKDOWN coming from McWrestling should be erased immediately. I seriously doubt that McMahon is willing to give his paying customers an alternative product to their tedious crap on TV, especially when the ECW show is being taped on the same night as Smackdown.

So a 12-week deal on the Sci-Fi channel? If things turn out the way I think they will, ECW will be lucky to last a week on air before getting shitcanned for the weekly TV movie about exploding volcanos and alien conspiracies. On top of that, you have a PPV coming up that looks more like aging ECW stars getting matches against WWE stars instead of a reunion of former ECW alumni like the first one was. It seems more like an extension of the WWE vs. ECW TV special, except it's on another day and you have to pay for it.

Far for me to say it, but this should have been a one-time deal. I had never believed a full-time ECW revival was a good idea (may or may not have mentioned it), but here's hoping that Vinnie-Mac is actually daring in his offerings for once.

As for last night's RAW, the less said the better. Particularly the last sequence which seemed pointless. In fact, I think Vince on-air is pointless.

So people have been wondering about the status of my on-web projects. As a matter of fact, the fact that I was supposed to launch a Trek fic this month hasn't escaped my mind. Currently they're all on the back burner until I can get my shit together. There are a bunch of stuff I got either ready or close to ready, but am nowhere in that frame of mind. Don't know why other than laziness, especially since there was supposed to be a major update today and instead, all you're really getting is a commentary that could have easily fit on the Blog. Still, one can only hope what happens now.

(Based on past experiences, only a few ideas I had here came to fruition.)

For those wondering, I STILL haven't seen the current Power Rangers [Mystic Force] incarnation. Don't know what's keeping me, but I do know that from what I have seen in terms of reviews and discussions, it's a love-it-or-hate-it type of situation as opposed to the majority-hatred that spawned with SPD. Considering the same guy responsible for that is also responsible for this, I think the bitter taste that a couple viewings of SPD left me with has furthered my reluctance to check out this show. I'll eventually sit down and take a glance at the show, but it'll take some time before it happens.

And before anyone brags, I will not watch more SPD to get into it a little more. A couple episodes is all I really need to determine if the show is worth following or not and usually it's a case when I'll need at least ten episodes before it shows promise or not. Like I said, when the bitter taste of SPD is gone, maybe I'll try Mystic Force... maybe.

(I've long since mellowed out on SPD... Mystic Force was okay-ish, but didn't keep me hooked for long... which is more than what I can say for its immediate follow-up, Operation Overdrive.)

So that's it for this first edition. If you wanna check out the real first edition, by all means click here. The formatting is a bit off, the subject matter is a bit old, but hopefully you'll be entertained or shocked by how much of a jackass I was back then. I promise more classic stuff will be uploaded in the coming months. Of course, there will be new ones too.

Now with the Bite back in business, what does this mean for the DTM Blog? Well, you'll still get quickies from me every once in a while, but that's all you'll be getting anyway from this point on until the 400th post anyway.

Take care, kids. See you next month. (Or in two weeks.)

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