Today's cuppa: English afternoon tea
Last night, I tried an experiment and did my first, full-on Twitterblog, of the new episode of "24," live as it aired on Pacific Standard time.
For those not familiar with Twitter, it's a microblogging service that allows users to send out short messages -- 140 characters or less -- called "tweets," either to a closed group of friends or out into the general Twitter stream (which is Google-able).
Users can subscribe to the Twitter feeds of other users, who can in turn subscribe to theirs (not required, but generally considered polite).
For more details, click here.
I may Twitterblog some more shows this week. Open to suggestions. Click here for the beginning of a daisy chain in links to my three season-premiere "24" liveblogs, which introduce the format and the silly names I gave to the characters.
And if you like, you may read the tweets while watching the episode on DVR or VHS, or online. Guarantee they'll make at least 75 percent more sense.
Most importantly, you must read the following Twitter stream (in the interests of full disclosure, I admit that it's been cleaned up a bit from the original for the sake of clarity and readability) from the BOTTOM UP! The date stamp represents the time this morning that I grabbed the tweets from my Twitter home page. Here we go:
Â· So, that was my first 24 Twitterblog. Thanks for playing. It'll be up on the blog blog sometime tomorrow. Nighty-nite!
Â· BadAfricanGuy issues an order. Clock-2:59! Scenes from next week. NotHillary? NotBill, are you all right? You can trust me.
Â· BadAfricanGuy-you mad romantic fool! Sorry, UnsuspectingAmericanGirl, your boyfriend is way too busy being BadAfrican'Guy right now.
Â· Pres.NotHillary gives SeniorAdviser the 411 on GAG. HFChloe has a plan. SoulPatch opts out. SilverFox weighs in. JackBauer gives in. It's on.
Â· The call is made, and GoodAfricanGuy lays out the way it's going to be. He reveals the fate of the McGuffin, but he'll only tell more F2F.
Â· SoulPatch nods, which is enough for SilverFox, who makes the call. ChemStory on the NotFoxNews. Poor ChemGuy. GoodAfricanGuy on the line.
Â· JackBauer needs the guv'mint. GoodAfricanGuy speaks up for Pres.NotHillary, but SilverFox grumbles. FBIChick chimes in. SoulPatch glowers.
Â· Split-screen-2:52! JackBauer, HFChloe and SilverFox deliver GoodAfricanCouple to safehouse. Satellite! Bill, we need to rethink this
Â· OtherBadSecretServiceAgent makes the call to BadAfrican Guy. Split-screen-2:48!
Â· Mr.FirstNotBill! Welcome back from MannequinLand. LockCode. Rats! Oh, no, LingerieGirl is toast. Run, run! Talk for your life!
Â· SeniorAdviser drops the news about Mr.FirstNotBill's side project and his current nowhereabouts. Pres.NotHillary is not happy.
Â· Advisers huddle over Mr. FirstNotBill, who was supposed to be at LingerieGirl's with CSSA. ShortHairedAdviser advises keeping it quiet.
Â· Split-screen clock-2:24.ShortHairedAdviser gives the Chem411 to Pres.NotHillary, who's not quite buying her good fortune.Good thinking, PNH.
Â· Then FBIBabyfaceBoy has to drop one about the McGuffin on FBIGarafalo, who just grew a heart. That was gratuitous. Split-screen clock-2:35!
Â· FBIBabyfaceBoy wants FBIGarafalo to interface. No, I don't mean that, you potty-minded people. Poor ChemGuy. FBIG grows a big heart.
Â· FBIBoss is totally perplexed. FBIBabyfaceBoy goes to the McGuffin, but FBIBoss isn't having it. Oh, now you've done it, FBIBabyfaceBoy.
Â· Let me see your hands, Toast Dad! Boom! Jack, can you hear me? Oops. Now the McGuffin is toast. Run, JB, run! Copy that,
Â· Into the van...BadAfricanGuy goes for ToastDad, whose day just gets worse and worse. But wait, here comes SoulPatch & JackBauer!
Â· Split-screen clock-2:32! ChemGuy, you're still with us! FBIGarafalo tries for human concern, almost makes it. Now, she's there. Hold on, CG!
Â· FBIChick relays the good news. JackBauer goes to the south side. Split-screen clock: 2:28!
Â· Copy that. Give me the C4. Blam blam, boom! Blam, ra-ta-ta-ta-tat, blam, plink, blam! Move, GoodAfricanCouple! Clear!
Â· Oh, no, ChemGuy! BadAfricanGuy realizes that the dead are not so dead after all. BAG wants to fall back and put. FBIBabyfaceBoy is confused.
Â· ChemGuy's on the ball. Go, ChemGuy! FBIGarafalo realizes what an awesome guy ChemGuy really is. 28743. Done.
Â· ChemGuy gives the best advice ever to FBIGarafalo. Now if he can only get her to wash her hair, we'd be making some real progress.
Â· JackBauer gives the 411 to SoulPatch and SilverFox; Heckle may have found the McGuffin's battery; FBIGarafalo tries to talk ChemGuy down.
Â· Oh, right, the McGuffin. Forgot about the McGuffin. HFChloe has the Kidron update; JackBauer's gotta hurry.
Â· Yeah, PresNotHillary, go for outrage! Advisers drop bad Chem news on Pres.NotHillary.
Kidron, Ohio, may be toast.
Â· SplitGet out! Get out!
Â· FBIGarafalo reaches out & touches ChemGuy, who is getting a bad feeling about this. It's not responding! Nothing! Pressure rising. SOB!
Â· FBIGarafalo tries better national security through chemistry and gets all shirty with the receptionist. Way to grow a pair, FBIGarafalo.
Â· HFChloe talks 'em thru the green diagram -- the good one, not the bad one. FBIGarafalo finds a code fragment in Kidron, Ohio.
Â· Well, that's kind of disappointing. Not another crawlspace!, JackBauer will know what a TVdinner feels like. NiceAfricanLady believes in JB.
Â· FBIChick amps up the charm; JackBauer, SoulPatch & SilverFox come in the back; HFChloe's on com;
Â· It's OldHomeWeek for AfricanGuys, but BadAfricanGuy may have just found GAG's Achilles heel, & plans to hit Pres.NotHillary where it hurts.
Â· Fantastic Four in the van, JackBauer needs FBIChick. Meanwhile, BadAfricanGuy brings GoodAfricanGuy in, shows him bad green diagrams.
Â· SeniorAdviser rings CSSA to find Mr.FirstNotBill.Since he's NotBill,won't help to call in the interns. SA reams out FBIBoss, who hits back.
Â· Hah! FBIBoss and FBIChick had a thingy thingy. So called that. FBIGarafalo wants a fresh socket. Certain they have creams for that.
Â· 2 p.m.to 3 p.m. FBIGarafalo found a code fragment and some residue. They have shampoos for that. FBI Boss is all, like, whatever, who cares?
Â· Twitterblogging 24! Beep beep beep crackle, previouslys. Not doing previouslys. You're all big enough now to do previouslys on your own.