Sunday, November 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Miley Cyrus

Today is Miley's 22 birthday. Seems like we've been talking about her for a lot longer than that.

miley cyrus terry richardson

That pic is from a shoot with ole pervy himself Terry Richardson. Miley cleans up nice when she wants to. I'm not going to waste time reposting her naughtier stuff, look here if you've been living under a rock for the last year and haven't been bludgeoned with the Miley topless overkill.

Final thoughts on the NASCAR season

kevin harvick wins sprint cup championship 2014

First off -- congrats to Kevin Harvick for winning the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship.

If you've followed NASCAR for any length of time, you may be familiar with Harvick's tumultuous time at RCR. There's tons of audio of Richard Childress yelling at Harvick during the races when Kevin was bitching about his cars. My favorite is Childress telling Harvick to just shut the f*ck up and drive the damn car. heh

Harvick's move to SHR was a blessing and as promised it brought him a championship. Along with Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, Harvick was a dominant driver all season long.

I'll be interested to see what happens at Stewart-Haas for next season. Harvick was a man among boys over there. Kurt Busch did okay, but was wildly inconsistent. At year's end, they swapped entire teams -- cars and everything, between him and Danica, to try and find something. Busch seemed to do okay in her stuff, but Danica went straight down driving in Busch's setups.

These guys need to take a page out of Rick Hendrick's book and get all the crews on the same page. Btw, it was nice to see a SHR driver beat the Hendrick juggernaught with their own equipment. Again. heh

But back to my point yes, I was making one Harvick's crew chief clearly found something in their set up that made them really dominant all season long. They have to spread that tech around. Tony Stewart needs to find the right crew chief to work with. And they've got to get Danica up towards the front on a regular basis. I believe she has the driving chops to be up there, but something's holding her back. In a garage full of alpha male drivers who aren't known for being shrinking violets on the track, perhaps she can pick up some of that hard-nosed edge that she may be lacking to enforce her will on the track.

As to the Championship itself -- despite my buddy at work's disdain, the new format gave NASCAR exactly what it wanted. Drama. And tension. We haven't seen tempers flaring like that, on a race-to-race basis . . . ever in my memory of the sport. Plus the guys were driving harder than ever too. Watching Jimmy Johnson weaving his car from top to bottom of the track in that final elimination race (for him) was something we never see from the cool and calm Johnson.

I doubt NASCAR will alter the format. The fans were energized (I think Homestead was the only track to sell out all season), non-fans were peeking in to see what the hub bub was all about and could follow the simple set-up -- first driver among the four to cross the finish line wins the Championship. No tedious points or trying to count how many cars each had passed, etc. And no one tooling around the track with their arm out the window knowing all they had to do was finish the race and they had the title. It was simple and it worked.

And the drivers were exhausted at race and season's end. Hamlin and Logano looked pale and washed out like they had just run marathons during pit road interviews after the race. Tough break for Logano to lose his shot at the championship on a pit road snafu. Look to see that jack man working at a dirt track next year. Also, not surprising to see Hamlin lose on strategy. Folks seem to forget that Darian Grubb was fired by Tony Stewart after his championship season because of all the races he lost on strategy plays by Grubb. Also useful to remember here is that Grubb came to SHR from Hendrick Motorsports in the deal that gave SHR motors and chassis for their teams. If Rick Hendrick thinks a guy is the fifth best engineer/crew chief in his garage, that sort of means something.   just sayin'

NASCAR is of course tweaking the cars for next season. Lowering horsepower and decreasing the rear spoiler height (supposedly to compensate) which they say will level the playing field a bit. They've also outlawed private testing at tracks to stop monied teams for doing extra testing during the season. Don't know how that will all play out. But this season worked out okay, and I'm certainly looking forward to next year.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

And speaking of Red Sonja

My previous post on Rose McGowan referencing her aborted turn as Red Sonja is just the segue I need for a little more Maitland Ward hotness. Here she is at a ComicCon type thing as the afore mentioned barbarian warrior:

maitland ward as red sonja
maitland ward as red sonja

Sometimes these things just fit together perfectly   :-)

Nice to see my Rosie again

I've always been a fan of Rose McGowan from way back during the Jawbreaker days. I liked her pulpy turn in Planet Terror and of course Charmed with both her and Alyssa Milano . . . woof, must see tv indeed!

But during her time working with then husband Richard Rodriquez, she had a rash of physical problems -- an injury on the set of Red Sonja and then a car accident that caused some serious facial damage. Her reconstructive surgery changed the dynamics of her face, and perhaps she thought (or was poorly advised) that other cosmetic surgery might be a plus . . . she just didn't have the same look that had captivated me before.

She's done a few things since, most notably that awful Conan reboot, but she turned up in some behind-the-scenes stuff for some recent photo shoots that have her looking better than I've seen in a while:

rose mcgowan topless
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rose mcgowan topless
rose mcgowan topless
rose mcgowan topless

Her face looks softer (as to the contours) and that might be simply make-up and/or lighting, but she looks beautiful in a way she hasn't for years. Rose isn't going to make anyone's list of the top ten actresses of all time, but she does credible work, isn't going to ask for body doubles all the time (*cough* Jennifer Aniston *cough*), and is certainly a better actress than quite a few of the younger stars getting work today.

Here's hoping she gets more on-screen work in the near future.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Kim Kardashian does the Micaela Schaefer

In something called Paper magazine (yeah, I know . . . beats me too, it's effin' New York), Kim Kardashian gets naked as all get out. Not sure if this is a subscription thing or a newsstand thing, but whatever:

kim kardashian naked in paper magazine
kim kardashian naked in paper magazine

Saw a tweet by Naya Rivera who dissed Kim by suggesting that she remember that she's a mom now. heh

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank goodness Lorde is 18 now

And thank goodness for pasties otherwise the sensitive young singer might have been scandalized by Jennifer Lawrence's breasts falling out of her dress all night long:

Jennifer Lawrence pasties

Since Jlaw called everyone sex offenders for looking at her hacked iCloud pics when they were posted online. I can't wait to hear her go off on whoever notices these pics online. And this will be coming from an actress who manages to script pratfalls at every red carpet to make sure she gets maximum news coverage and is wearing a dress this night she knows is dangerously low cut (hence the pasties).

Maitland Ward is promoting her new project right

maitland ward descent into the maelstrom

My new favorite nobody Maitland Ward is workin' it in a promo photoshoot for something called Descent into the Maelstrom which I'm assuming is a movie. But these days could be a video game. Anyway, she's doing her thing . . . and making me like her more and more:

maitland ward descent into the maelstrom
maitland ward descent into the maelstrom
maitland ward descent into the maelstrom

Found some more Maitland Ward hoochie hotness . . . man, I'm lovin' this chick:

maitland ward descent into the maelstrom