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80th oscarsIt’s 2008 Academy Awards time! The nominations have been announced and the journy to the Oscars has begun. True the writer’s strike might change up the award show but awards will be given in some manner.

OK. Enough with the Writer’s Strike. Let’s talk about the 2008 Academy Awards!

Nominees are the following:

Best Picture

‘Atonement’
‘Juno’
‘Michael Clayton’
‘No Country for Old Men’
‘There Will Be Blood’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies

Best Director

Julian Schnabel, ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’
Jason Reitman, ‘Juno’
Tony Gilroy, ‘Michael Clayton’
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, ‘No Country for Old Men’
Paul Thomas Anderson, ‘There Will Be Blood’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies

Best Actor

George Clooney, ‘Michael Clayton’
Daniel Day-Lewis, ‘There Will Be Blood’
Johnny Depp, ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’
Tommy Lee Jones, ‘In the Valley of Elah’
Viggo Mortensen, ‘Eastern Promises’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies – but I do know who these actors are

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’
Julie Christie, ‘Away From Her’
Marion Cotillard, ‘La Vie en Rose’
Laura Linney, ‘The Savages’
Ellen Page, ‘Juno’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies and barely know these actresses

Best Supporting Actor

Casey Affleck, ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’
Javier Bardem, ‘No Country for Old Men’
Philip Seymour Hoffman, ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’
Hal Holbrook, ‘Into the Wild’
Tom Wilkinson, ‘Michael Clayton’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies and barely know these actors

Best Supporting Actress

Cate Blanchett, ‘I’m Not There’
Ruby Dee, ‘American Gangster’
Saoirse Ronan, ‘Atonement’
Amy Ryan, ‘Gone Baby Gone’
Tilda Swinton, ‘Michael Clayton’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies and don’t know these actresses

Best Foreign Film

‘Beaufort’ (Israel)
‘Counterfeiters’ (Austria)
‘Katyn’ (Poland)
‘Mongol’ (Kazakhstan)
‘12′ (Russia)

Comment – If I haven’t seen any of the American movies nominated, I think you can guess what my comment will be for foreign films.

Best Original Screenplay

Diablo Cody, ‘Juno’
Nancy Oliver, ‘Lars and the Real Girl’
Tony Gilroy, ‘Michael Clayton’
Brad Bird, ‘Ratatouille’
Tamara Jenkins, ‘The Savages’

Comment – AH! Finally! I did see ‘Ratatouille’. It wasn’t bad.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Christopher Hampton, ‘Atonement’
Sarah Polley, ‘Away From Her’
Ronald Harwood, ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, ‘No Country for Old Men’
Paul Thomas Anderson, ‘There Will Be Blood’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies 

Best Animated Feature Film

‘Persepolis’
‘Ratatouille’
‘Surf’s Up’

Comment – Again, I saw ‘Ratatouille’.

Best Art Direction

‘American Gangster’
‘Atonement’
‘The Golden Compass’
‘Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’
‘There Will Be Blood’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies

Best Cinematography

‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’
‘Atonement’
‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’
‘No Country for Old Men’
‘There Will Be Blood’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies

Best Documentary Feature

‘No End in Sight’
‘Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience’
‘Sicko’
‘Taxi to the Dark Side’
‘War/Dance’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies 

Best Documentary Short Subject

‘Freeheld’
‘La Corona’ (‘The Crown’)
‘Ochberg’s Orphans’
‘Salim Baba’
Sari’s Mother’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies 

Best Original Score

‘Atonement’
‘The Kite Runner’
‘Michael Clayton’
‘Ratatouille’
‘3:10 to Yuma’

Comment – Did “Ratatouille” have good music? News to me.

Best Original Song

‘Falling Slowly’ from ‘Once’
‘Happy Working Song’ from ‘Enchanted’
‘Raise It Up’ from ‘August Rush’
‘So Close’ from ‘Enchanted’
‘That’s How You Know’ from ‘Enchanted’

Comment – ‘Enchanted’ has a 3 out of 5 chance of winning. I never saw it but with those odds, it has to win (or they’re just really lame songs).

Best Makeup

‘La Vie en Rose’
‘Norbit’
‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’

Comment – Of course I did see ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ and i agree the makeup was good. But I didn’t see the others. But I do know Norbit involved a ton of makeup (as does most of Eddie Murphy’s movies these days – so sad).

Best Animated Short Film

‘I Met the Walrus’
‘Madame Tutli-Putli’
‘My Love (Moya Lyubov)’
‘Peter & the Wolf’

Comment – Why do they even have this category?

Best Live Action Short Film

‘At Night’
‘Il Supplente (The Substitute)’
‘Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)’
‘Tanghi Argentini’
‘The Tonto Woman’

 comment – What the hell are these movies????

Best Film Editing

‘The Bourne Ultimatum’
‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’
‘Into the Wild’
‘No Country for Old Men’
‘There Will Be Blood’

Comment - I saw ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’. Sure, I guess it looked like it was edited well.

Best Sound Editing

‘The Bourne Ultimatum’
‘No Country for Old Men’
‘Ratatouille’
‘There Will Be Blood’
‘Transformers’

Comment – I saw ‘Transformers’, ‘Ratatouille’, and ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’. They all sounded good to me.

Best Sound Mixing

‘The Bourne Ultimatum’
‘No Country for Old Men’
‘Ratatouille’
‘3:10 to Yuma’
‘Transformers’

 Comment – see above

Best Visual Effects

‘The Golden Compass’
‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’
‘Transformers’

Comment – Now this one is a toughy. ‘Transformers’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ both had some good visual effects.
 

Best Costume Design

‘Across the Universe’
‘Atonement’
‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’
‘La Vie en Rose’
‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’

Comment – What about Transformers? Those Transformer costumes were awesome (and must have cost a ton)!
Hmm. It looks like I might not be an entertaintment buff after all. Oh well.

First the Movie Trailer

I was recently forwarded the movie trailer for the upcoming Baby Mama movie by a friend of mine. I had no idea this movie was in the works nor was my life missing a movie about a 37 year old successful business woman who wants kids but can’t so hires the assistance of a Philadelphia air head to be her “baby mama”. That’s pretty much the story. And I’m sure hilarity ensues and there’s probably a twist ending and at the very least this movie will be flooded with Saturday Night Live (SNL) cast members. Now all of this really isn’t that bad. I mean one of my all time favorite movies is Night at the Roxbury which is an SNL skit made movie, so my tastes aren’t that refined to begin with. But there are still those movies I won’t see. I might just see this one.

Enough with the Baby Mama Movie Trailer. Now time for the DEBATE!

Saturday Night Live Weekend Update

At this point, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are probably most known for doing Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live. And Tina Fey is known to have a cult following of geeky guys who think she’s hot. Well here’s where the debate begins. I don’t necessarily think Tina Fey is hot. I’d rather have Amy Poehler. And here’s why…

Why Amy Poehler is better than Tina Fey – Based on Looks Alone

Benefits of Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler

1) Amy Poehler’s got “that look”. It’s a look that some call “unique”; meaning “you’re not ugly, you’re not beautiful, you’re something in between; but definitely not dull.” Basically in some lights she’s HOT. In other’s, she aint so HOT. I like this look.

2) Amy Poehler can pull off a great twisted face. I’m one for crazy facial expressions and she’s one for making them. A good wacky facial expression can bring a smile to your face and forget about world hunger completely.

3) Amy Poehler’s confident but not conceited (at least that’s what I’m guessing). For some reason I get the vibe Amy Poehler is one chill girl. She’s confident but not conceited. And it doesn’t seem like she needs to be the center of attention (ala Jim Carey or Robin Williams). I could chill with this woman.

Downfalls of Tina Fey

Tina Fey

1) Tina Fey has the same constant expression on her face. Is it just me or does she only really have on expression? OK, maybe I’m being picky here, but it’s just an observation. I think it’s that smile. It looks evil (I will say she does have good hair).

2) Tina Fey has the 1,000 mile stare. It just seems like she’s looking right through the people she’s talking to. There’s just something about her eyes that give her a glazed over look…zombie like. It’s a bit creepy, and kinda cold.

3) Tina Fey wasn’t in Upright Citizens Brigade. OK, I know this one has nothing to do with her physical appearance, but I liked Upright Citizens Brigade. Honestly it took me a while to catch on to it, but once I did, I was hooked. And to be honest, at the time I wasn’t all that into Amy Poehler. It wasn’t until she appeared on Saturday Night Live did I start looking at her differently. So this reason really sucks (I know).

Disclaimer: Don’t get me wrong. I can see how some people would be into Tina Fey and the whole “Geek Chic” thing, but it’s just not for me. I’ll take wacky over geek any day (and there IS a difference).

I am legend movie poster I recently saw I Am Legend because the story line intrigued me. Just about any post-apocalyptic/world widecatastrophe story that results in only 1 man being alive or not infected always seems to peek my interest (sometimes I wouldn’t mind having all of New York City including all apartments, cars, parks, shops, etc. all for my own use). Of course most of these types of scenarios involve mutated humans or nuclear fall out so it’s not a happy world to live in, but the idea still intrigues me. And that’s exactly why I wanted to see I Am Legend.

My Review of I Am Legend

NOTE: If you haven’t seen it, don’t read this. I give out some spoilers here.

I really only had a few issues with I Am Legend:

- Background story not detailed enough (how New York City came to be
- Interaction with other people still in New York a bit awkward and short

What I Liked about I Am Legend:

- They painted an excellent scene of a destroyed, post-breakout New York City
- The premise of a cancer cure turning extremely bad and destroying a good portion of humanity is exciting
- Will Smith was believable as a military scientist determined and risking his life to find a cure

However….What would have made me a huge fan of I Am Legend is if they DIDN’T make it a move, but rather made it into a TV Series

Why I Am Legend Should be a TV Series instead of a Movie

As a TV series, you could expand greatly on the story. At the start of the story, Will Smith’s character has been in New York in its current state for 1,000+ days. He’s managed to compile an arsenal of weapons, vehicles, and fortify his extremely nice apartment with shielded windows and doors, lights, and explosives. He’s also managed to experiment with cures for the disease on a significant number of infected humans and rats. I want to know how all this came to be. When did he first become immune to this disease? How did he get the keys to all these cars? How did he fortify his home? I want details! This is a story that could go on and on and on. And you could have flashbacks to when this cancer cure first started to mutate. This is a very rich story that shouldn’t be confined to 101 minutes. Even though we already know how it turns out, you could have years after years of seasons building up to the very end. I would tune in.

Already there is a buzz about a Spiderman Four movie coming out. I saw Spiderman One and never saw any of ther proceeding films. I have no idea what the story line is for Spiderman Two is and all I know about Spiderman Three is that Tobey Maguire has an emo boy hair cut in it (lame). Basically the First Spiderman movie didn’t impress me. I’m not a comic book guy so I never read any of the graphic novels (if you can call Spiderman a graphic novel). Regardless, there were tons of non-comic book people who loved this movie and probably can’t wait until Spiderman Four comes out in theatres. I am definitely not one of those people. “Spiderman Four? I’ll Pass.”

Reasons why I Don’t Care About Spiderman One, Two, Three, or Four

1) Tobey Maguire

I couldn’t see him as Peter Parker or Spiderman. He seemed too young (I’m not sure how old he is in the comic books but regardless, he still seemed to young). I don’t know why, I just couldn’t. And since they’ve kept him as Spiderman in Two, Three, and possible upcoming Spiderman Four, I’m not going to see any of them. They’d have to replace Tobey Maguire with someone pretty good to impress me. Rumors of Jake Gyllenhaal taking over the role doesn’t attract me either. What would be really cool is if they took the original cast of the first Batman Movie (Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, etc) and fit them into the characters some how. Now that would be cool (and different).

2) Kirsten Dunst

She just didn’t seem to fit the part. She also seemed a bit too young but also not as attractive as I’d expect a leading lady to be (especially for a comic book blockbuster). And just like with Tobey Maguire, they kept her in all three Spidermans, so I’m out. Just like with Maguire, they’d have to replace her with someone very HOT to get my attention.

3) Because There’s the Possibility of a Spiderman Four

I thought they were stopping after 3? I don’t blame them for making another one since each one tends to make a ton of money, but to say they weren’t going to make one and then go ahead and make one just rubs me the wrong way.

What I DO like about Spiderman

1) Willem Dafoe

I like Willem Dafoe. They should pay him a lot of money.

The End

CloverfieldI admit it – I’m drawn in by the mysterious movie previews of CLOVERFIELD. Finally a movie trailer that doesn’t give away the entire movie in 2.5 minutes! I am c urious about what this mystery monst er is who’s terrifying New York city and ripping the head off The Statue of Liberty. We’re all guessing as to what this CLOVERFIELD monster might be, and there are a ton of interesting theories, guesses, and ideas.

However, I’m not here to discuss monster theori es. I’m here to tell you 5 things this mystery CLOVERFIELD monster definitely ISN’T.

Here they are…

A Toyota Prius Transformer

Prius Transformer

There’s no way this unknown monster is a Toyota Prius Transformer. If there existed such a transforming eco-friendly car, it surely wouldn’t spend its days destroying things (unlike yo

ur typical Transformer who would inadvertently destroy downtown Las Vegas in a blink of an eye). Instead, it would drive to Congress and then transform into robot form only to discuss

global warming the United State’s reliance on foreign oil.

Lead Singer of an Emo Band (especially one who wears eyeliner)

Emo Band Singer

These sissy boys can barely make it through the day without crying about lost love, being unpopular in school, or animal cruelty let alone knock off the head of lady Liberty. And besides, terrorizing New York would probably mess up their perfectly sculpted emo hairdo (and we wouldn’t want them to do that now would we?).

The 2007 Miami Dolphins

miami dolphinsThese guys can barely win a football game let alone send New York citizens running for their lives (The Miami Dolphins are 1 – 15, as of week 18). This mystery monster has a better chance of getting to the Super Bowl this year (literally) than the Dolphins do.

French

French

This one is self explanatory. For starters, the French aren’t known for their “battle skills” or causing terror in the streets of any city in any part of the world. They’re more known for getting themselves conquered/defeated or opting not to fight at all. And besides, the French would be the last ones to destroy The Statue of Liberty (they wouldn’t dare destroy a French-made piece of art).

My Ambitions

Ambition pictureThis one might be confusing to some but let me put it this way. The CLOVERFIELD monster is obviously driven, determined, powerful, and big…all of which my ambitions AREN’T. I’m not DRIVEN nor DETERMINED to accomplish anything BIG or POWERFUL (understand now?).

Some of you might not understand how coffee can be a form of entertainment. But I look at coffee differently. I don’t see it as a caffeine-drenched, “dirty water” beverage. I see it as its own medium that provides me with auditory, visual, social, and (of course) tactile entertainment.

Here’s what I mean….


(coffee and cigarettes are both entertaining, but coffee is healthier, kinda)

Auditory Entertainment of Coffee

If you’re a true coffee lover, you already understand what I mean. But if you’re new to coffee or don’t understand coffee, let me explain. In order to make coffee, you need a coffee maker. And coffee makers have a distinct sound — especially when they’re finishing the job. It has a “bubbling”, “hissing”, even “belching” sound. that announces the end of the coffee making. Now of course I don’t sit in front of my coffee maker and wait in anticipation for the sound to come. But if I happen to be in the kitchen or close enough to hear it, it always seems to bring a smile to my face.

Visual Entertainment of Coffee

Just like with the auditory entertainment value of coffee, the visual aspect starts with the coffee maker. It take a few minutes to make a full pot of coffee. It doesn’t happen instantly (unless you’re making instant coffee). Coffee makers drip water onto the grounded coffee which then mixes and seeps through the coffee maker were it ultimately lands in the coffee pot. Now the only aspect of this “coffee dance” that you can see is the final seeping of the mixed coffee/hot water into the coffee pot. This slow drip is a show in itself; especially if you’re waiting patiently for the coffee to finish. Again, I don’t sit in front of the coffee pot and watch the entire pot fill, but as I pass it, it’s somewhat entertaining to guess how full it will be the next you walk by it or check. If you were to watch the pot fill, it would feel like an eternity and the anguish of waiting for the coffee to finish would kill any entertainment value. But if you set the coffee making in motion and go on with your choirs/morning preparation/breakfast making, you actually take time to check (aka watch) the coffee from time to time. In other words, you’re tuning in to the coffee making (like watching TV). And when the coffee making ends, it’s a big crescendo (complete with an audio and visual presentation that can’t be beat by the making of tea or milk).

Social Entertainment of Coffee

This is an easy one to understand. And it’s all thanks to Starbucks. Coffee drinking has become a social event that people of all races and classes share in. The coffee shop has been accepted and praised by popular culture and has become as treny a “hang out” as a night club or bar. People meet at coffee shops to drink coffee, do homework, telecommute, and just socialize in general. People these days say “let’s get coffee” as an excuse to hang out. Without coffee, we’d be stuck hanging out at bars (DUIs), nightclubs (too dark), and the library(too quite).

And finally… the Tactile Entertainment of Coffee

When it comes down to it, only about half the coffee shop goers actually enjoy the taste of coffee. They go to hang out with friends or classmates and merely order a cafe mocha (aka hot chocoloate – if you ask me) or lattes (dirty milk), or some other sort of blended coffee based drink. What these people are missing out on is the pure tactile enjoyment and entertainment of just plain old coffee (black, no sugar or cream please). I am a big fan of black coffee. I enjoy the taste and the varying aromas that come with different types of coffee. And I’m open to the varying types. Starbucks coffee is stronger and darker but great when you’re in the mood, as is true coffee shop-style coffee (Denny’s, Norms, etc.). I even enjoy a cup of decaf (I personally can’t taste the difference). And the most tactile entertainment value of coffee is first thing in the morning on a cold day or right after a big holiday meal. Now if that isn’t entertainment, I don’t know what is.

The End.

P.S. the caffeine in coffee is kinda fun too ;)

As I am only one man, I’ve decided to post some links to other related Entertainment websites and stories. This way, you’ll have so other places to go to. I’d be selfish not to share these with you. So here you go. When there’s nothing new of mine to read, check out these online destinations:

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Danny Bonaduce

Before I begin my review, here’s a brief history of the 97.1 radio station and I …

97.1 and Me

I am an avid talk radio fan (more FM talk than AM talk) and have been listening to the local Southern California FM talk station 97.1 Free FM for years (way before the new Danny Bonaduce radio show was even an idea in Jack Silver’s head). I’ve listened to the station change quite a bit, from Howard Stern to Adam Carolla and Jonathan Brandmeier to Frosty, Heidi, and Frank. Through all the changes, I’ve remained a loyal fan (although my tendencies are more for Howard Stern and I’ll always have a place in my heart for Johnny B).

What??? More Station Changes?? (more station history)

The most current (and unexpected) change that happened on 97.1 Free FM was the introduction of Danny Bonaduce (of Partridge Family fame) into the Adam Carolla Show and then the sudden exit of Mr. Bonaduce from the Carolla show and the creation of his very own 1 hour radio show smacked right between Frosty, Heidi, and Frank and Tom Leykis. Previously this hour was simply a rebroadcast of the first hour of the FHF show so creating a new, original, live show for this hour isn’t a bad idea. However, for those of you who are old fans of the station (back with it was simply 97.1 FM Talk), there was an hour (or less – depending on how much Howard Stern wanted to talk) between the Howard Stern show and the Frosty, Heidi, and Frank show where KTLA Morning News entertainment reporter Sam Rubin had his own show. In my opinion, it wasn’t very good. And I must not have been the only one who had this opinion because it’s no longer on the station. But you can’t blame it all on Sam Rubin. Following Howard Stern is a very tough job. In any regard, this negative stigma is still connected in my mind with 1 hour transition shows on this station. So when I first heard of this new Danny Bonaduce radio show, I was a bit skeptical.

Before for my review, here’s my opinion of Mr. Bonaduce

I’m sure most of you already know who Danny Bonaduce is but none of you know my opinion about him. My opinion is this: I don’t really have one – yet. I’m not an avid Adam Carolla listener so I didn’t really get a feel for how he is as a radio DJ, but I do know he has had previous radio show gigs so he can’t be that bad. Aside from his prior stint on the Carolla show and child actor status as part of The Partridge Family, the only other things I knew about him were what the tabloid press painted him as – which was the picture of a pretty outrageous guy and a man’s man (which is OK in my book). So based on all of this, and the sudden introduction of this new show, I decided to listen to the new Danny Bonaduce radio show and see what he has to say.

My Review of the Danny Bonaduce Radio Show – Broadcasting Bonaduce (finally!!!!)

I listened to the hour show on Friday, 1/4/08. DISCLAIMER: Now I wasn’t able to dedicate my full attention to his show since I was listening to his show at work through the 97.1 Free FM online stream (and was actually working) but I was able to listen to solid portions of his show. And besides, I think most radio listeners only listen or consciously tune into radio shows for a portion of the time. And I am a fan of FM talk. So basically I’m the perfect “typical listener” to review such a show.

Can we get to the actually review now?????

OK, OK. Here’s my review in one sentence: The Danny Bonaduce Radio Show (Broadcasting Bonaduce) is a high-energy roller coaster ride of sharp topics and unexpected tangents that gets your adrenaline pumping yet leaves your brain wondering “what the hell just happened” once the 1-hour ride is over.

Translation: Basically Danny Bonaduce isn’t afraid to talk about anything, has a bunch of edgy stories to tell, yet is somewhat spastic and goes off on mini tangents quite often. He is actually a pretty good fit for the hour between Frosty, Heidi, and Frank and Tom Leykis as his topics could fit in either radio program.

Will I listen Again?

The answer to this question is YES. However, I’m probably not going to rearrange my schedule just to catch his show. But that doesn’t mean I’ll completely avoid his show if I find myself in my car or with time to spare at work between the hours of 2pm and 3pm (PST).

For more information on the Danny Bonaduce Radio Show, visit http://www.971freefm.com or http://www.dannybonaduce.fm .

Sirius Satelite Radio Logo

I am a subscriber to Sirius satellite radio – and I enjoy it very much. I originally signed up just to listen to Howard Stern but also enjoy a number of their other music stations. They have a great straight-ahead jazz channel, great garage rock shows, and a slew of other talk, rock, and jock (sports) programming. You can even listen online! I am a very satisfied customer.

However, there are a few things about Sirius satellite radio that future members might want to know before they sign up. They took me a little by surprise but they’re nothing really to discourage you from getting the satellite based radio service. They’re just minor details that are good to know before you sign up.

Here are 3 Things I Think You Should Know about Sirius Satellite Radio

1) The FM Transmitter Isn’t Perfect

Volkswagen Golf AntennaAs is the case with any device you try to transmit a signal via your car radio, the Sirius satellite radio FM transmitter has some minor static issues. It’s the same issue many of you probably have with your iTrip transmitter for your iPod. I’ve been told that the FCC actually required Sirius to downgrade the intensity of its built in transmitters and that older models tend to transmit clearer than newer ones (this is actually what I was told by a Sirius satellite radio customer service rep).

However, there are some solutions to the static:

a - Hard wire your Sirius satellite radio into your car (they offer kits to do so)

b - Take off your antenna (this is what I did. It eliminates the external interference from other radio signals. I have a 2001 Volkswagen Golf and you can actually unscrew the radio antenna from the back. It provided a static-free listening experience for both my Sirius satellite radio AND my iPod transmitter).

2) Not All Sirius Satellite Radios Work with All Accessories

sirius satellite radio boomboxThe bottom line is there are different types of Sirius radio units available. There’s the Sportster (which have various models), the Stiletto, the Stratus, and the Starmate. Within each type, there are different models (old and new). I have a SportsterR which is 1 radio back from the newest Sportster model. To receive a signal, it doesn’t really matter which radio model you have. Each one offers a few varying features (the Stiletto offering the most advanced). However, when it comes to accessories, you need to stick very close to your exact make and model.

For example, like I said, I own the SportsterR which really isn’t that old. I actually got it for 50% off at the local Radio Shack because they were getting rid of the older models and making way for the newer ones. However, looking back, this might not have been the case. That’s because recently I tried to get a boombox for my Sirius radio. However, all accessories they sold for my model are no longer available in stores.

However, there are some solutions to getting accessories for older model Sirius Radios:

a – You can get them at varied online stores that still have older accessories in stock

b – You can check Craigslist for used accessories (this is what I did. There was someone in the local area selling one so I opted to go with used over new old stock).

3) Their Lifetime Plan Technically isn’t “Lifetime”

headstoneSirius satellite radio offers a lifetime subscription plan for around $500 or so. Based on the name of the plan, you’d think you’d be able to listen to Sirius satellite radio as long as you. Well, technically it’s not as long as you live but as long as your radio lives. And it’s not really that bad. Basically the Sirius satellite radio Lifetime subscription plan lasts as long as 3 radio units. This means that you can transfer your Lifetime subscription 3 times. In other words, if you want to upgrade your radio or after a number of years your radio dies and you need to get a new one, you just need to purchase a new radio, call up and they’ll transfer your subscription to the new radio. However, this means you’re 1 down and 3 to go. So depending on how much you abuse your radio unit or want to upgrade to the latest model, your Sirius satellite radio Lifetime subscription might just last you a lifetime (or it could last you 3 years if you have constant road rage and your fist likes your Sirius radio unit.

However, there are a few ways to make your Sirius satellite radio subscription last a true lifetime

a - Take good care of your radio units

b – Only upgrade your radio when you need to or really, really, really want to

c – Simply settle for listening to Sirius satellite radio online (If your 3rd radio dies, just listen online for the rest of your life. It’s not like your subscription will automatically end the second your 3rd radio dies. Now if you wanted to listen in your car, you’d have to resign with a new plan.)

In Conclusion

Like I said previously, I am very satisfied with my Sirius satellite radio service. I listen daily in the car and online. I am lucky enough to have a car that allows me to improve the FM transmitter signal by removing the antenna and am not the type to sacrifice 1 of my 3 Sirius satellite radio lives just to have the latest radio unit – so I should have years and years and years of enjoyment listening to Howard Stern (as long as he resigns every 5 years) and other great programming.

I hope these 3 details have helped you get a better picture of Sirius radio. They’re not huge issues, but they are details I think consumers should be aware of.