Monday, June 19, 2017

Meet Cameron Heard - He Doesn't Want to See Your Chewed Up Food. #BB19

This is Cameron Heard, now a proud cast member of BB19.  Cameron is a burst of energy as he begins his interview with Big Jeff.  Unlike a few other house guests, though, Cameron is aware he is not just talking to Big Jeff....he's talking to us, too, and turns toward us frequently.  Nice to meet you, Cameron.

Cameron is 24 and is from Wood Ridge Illinois.  As always Jeff is pleased with the Illinois connection.

Jeff:  Wow.  Illinois!

Cameron reports that he is a microbiologist, and explains that his job is to check the drugs that are injected into patients' veins (cancer patients, etc) to insure they are free from bacteria, mold and viruses.

Cameron:  With the drugs I work with, if bacteria gets injected into someone, they could die.

Jeff:  Oh...thank you for your work.

Cameron:  Yes....I make sure that you don't die.

Jeff:  Yes, it's nice to be alive.

Jeff points out that this is happening....they are live in da Diary Room.

Jeff:  We are live in da Diary Room!

Cameron:  THIS IS CRAZY!

Cameron looks directly at us and says he is a Big Brother Superfan.

Cameron:  I've  been watching the show for years....I watch the live feeds with you guys!  I listen to podcasts like Rob Has a Podcast, I go on the Big Brother Subreddit...I'm a huge fan!

And now Cameron reaches in his shirt pocket for his glasses, but when his pocket is empty, he tells us that "they" wouldn't let him wear the glasses in this interview.

Jeff didn't comment.  I find that interesting, that Cameron just shared that info with us, that Production didn't want Cameron to be presented that way.

Jeff:  Needless to say, you're gonna be one of da smartest guys in da house.

Cameron:  Oh, Jeff I'll be the smartest guy in that house.  MARK MY WORDS, Jeff.

Cameron says he solves Rubik's Cubes for fun, and was ranked 32 worldwide for Halo Wars.  He also plays strategic games like Settlers of Katan and Star Crash.  He thinks these skills will allow him to move easily through the strategy of Big Brother.

His strategy will be like a chess game---every chess game has a beginning, a middle and an end.

Cameron:  In the beginning, you are basically trying not to lose the game, and develop your pieces, so I'll be making friends and getting to know people.  In the middle game, you're trying to move strategically, and to put your pieces in the right spot.  And in the end you just have to execute and win challenges to get to the  end.

Cameron is going to play chess in the house this summer, and maybe flirt with the ladies and play some pool.  He says he's going to do whatever it takes to win the game.  Except hook up with someone, I guess.

Cameron:  No, I'm not single.  I have a girlfriend.  We've been dating for seven years, since high school.  but I'm still going to flirt in there.

Jeff:  So you worked all that out with her beforehand?

Cameron:  Oh yeah.  She's not too excited about it, though.  (***bro laughs fill the air***) But I need to do what I have to do.  There's only one chance for me and I have to make it count.

Cameron lived in a house with seven guys when he was in college, always socializing and having parties.  He thinks this will help his social game in the house, pointing out that his social game is better than Ian's or Steve's.

Jeff:  Whoo.. Whoo.

Cameron:  I'm calling them out!

Cameron wants to have fun with the money if he wins.  He likes to snowboard, and he went on a "really long bike ride" last summer.  Cameron is "looking for experiences, basically".

The last time he cried was in college listening to a song that made him think about his father.  One of his pet peeves is people who chew with their mouth open.  (AMEN Cameron.)

Cameron:  You can see in there and shit falls's disgusting....I mean, stuff comes out of there.

(They were asked not to curse during these interviews, apparently.)

Jeff says there might be some Loud Chewers in there.   What will Cameron do in that case?

Cameron:  Well, hopefully they won't get their slobber all over me......or any of their sh...stuff, either.

Jeff has new Stoopid Kwestions this year, and one involves playing charades to get Jeff to guess their high school mascot.  In the picture below Cameron is imitating an eagle, complete with the "Caw Caw" sound effects.  Jeff guessed it immediately, unlike a few other house guests mascots that left Jeff feeling noticeably confused.

Cameron knew Jeff's Big Question, and answered it before Jeff had to spit it out.

Cameron:  Dude...I don't care what America thinks!  If you're worried about that, you're not here to win this game.  I don't care about America.  I know that if players try to cater to America, the fans hate that.

Jeff has also been asking each house guest to create their own hash tags, and once again Cameron sets himself apart by not creating a fucking HASH SENTENCE.  (A few house guests did not seem to be familiar with the term, 'hash tag'.)

Cameron:  How about #NerdHeard, because my last name is Heard.

Jeff likes it:  Go in there and crush it!

Cameron:  WHOO!


Well, Cameron was an energizing breath of fresh air for me.  A minty blast of plaid from a guy who is obviously both a student and a fan of the game.

I know he looks different when he's wearing his glasses, but without them I was immediately reminded of Jon Cryer.

Cameron and Jon could be brothers, right?

I think Cameron's best chance in there is to play down the SuperFan aspect, but it's going to be hard for him to play dumb with people.  I hope he lets them all know he's a scientist so he can talk about his job this summer.  I love it when the house guests have such a specific job---it makes them more interesting to me.

I love Cameron's confidence and Big Picture pre-season strategy. I'm concerned that Cameron might be a little cocky, though.  It's okay to be the funny guy in the house, and to be able to lob some zingers at people, but he needs to watch his tone to be sure he's playing to the room correctly.   You know, so he doesn't offend anyone or piss them off.

And he will want to be sure that he doesn't come off smarmy, like a Nick Uhas-type.   Unfortunately I think Cameron has potential to be a Know It All, which isn't a good look for anyone...unless it's in the Diary Room.  (And I do predict we will have some sort of live DRs this season, maybe once a week with written questions like we had in BB OTT.  Just a guess, though.)

Let's check out Cameron's CBS bio to see if we can learn any other juicy information.

I find Cameron's bio to be full of insight about both him and his strategy.  I like the fact that he's considered various strategies for dealing with rational BB players, and also for the Gina Marie's of the world.  And I love that Cameron doesn't GAF about calling her out.  (And also Ian and Steve in his interview with Jeff.)

I hate to say it, but I think Cameron has potential to be the guy that Dan Gheesling tweeted about---maybe they have some video game connections?  (If not Cameron, probably the house guest who knows RHAP's Alex Kidwell.)  But Cameron certainly seems like he wouldn't want Dan's advice, right?

I am looking forward to watching Cameron play BB this summer.  I think he will either flame out quickly, or be there for a long, long time.  I do think someone will get the boot during the premiere, and I can't envision Cameron being that unlucky person.  At least, I hope not.


Dr. Will apparently hates it when former players who didn't win comment on the game.  Every year Dr. Will says he's not watching the show, but he's always right there in the middle of the shit every summer.

Is he referring to Michelle and Tiffany's broadcast tonight to discuss the new cast?    Or is it someone else?  The Dr. is so passive-aggressive these days.

Meet Ramses Soto - He Likes to Play Games. #BB19

Meet Ramses Soto, who is 21 and attends college in Michigan.  Even though he's a student, he listed has occupation as "Cosplay" artist on his CBS bio.

OK, I admit that I've heard of that, but I don't really know what it means.

I mean, I guess I understand what the word means, but still don't understand THE WHAT.  Or THE WHY.  But there are a lot of things going on out there right now that I don't know about.  And I'm sure that's just how the kids want it, so that's fine.  I'm not even someone who enjoys dressing up for Halloween.  But I digress, because this isn't about me.  It's about Ramses, who gets off to a very energetic start with Big Jeff.

Jeff:  Are you a fan of da show?

Ramses said that YES INDEED he's a big fan of da show, and then adds that he just saw the show for the first time "about two and a half years ago", but since then he's binge watched a whole bunch of episodes.  He said he's watched every season, but surely he didn't mean Season 1, because who in the hell could binge watch that, right?  It's fun to watch the first episode, just for the shock of seeing how primitive everything was back then (including Julie Chen), but I can't imagine someone actually watching every damn episode.  I think it was on every weeknight for 30 minutes, so that's a lot to watch.

Ramses only tried out for BB once, and got cast right away, so he's happy about that.  Jeff wanted to clarify how to pronounce his name, and had Ramses spelled it out for us.

It's RAMSES, not RAMSEY.  Ramses would like us to use the ESS, please.  I would have liked to hear some origin information about the name, but since Ramses is Dominican, perhaps it is a Dominican name.  Like "Jozea."....sorry but someone had to mention that.

Ramses feels that his "bomb social game" will take him far in the game.  He thinks he's going to be viewed as some sort of social butterfly, and this will cause the other players to underestimate him.

Ramses:  I'll always be wearing a big smile, though.

As you can see, Ramses uses his hands constantly as he speaks.  I don't think I have one picture of him sitting still.  But that's why Production chose him to kick off the live cast reveal---because of his Big Energy.  (Just like Jason Roy in BB17.)

Ramses said he plans to play a game that's "like, 100% social".  But he'll also "keep an eye on the strategic stuff, too".

Ramses thinks one of his weak spots is that he trusts people too easily, but I guess being self-aware about that is better than having no idea, right?

Unless it leads to paranoia, of course.  Because with all of this energy that Ramses has, I'm a little scared of what we'll be seeing if he starts going negative.  Or maybe I'm excited to see that.  Because Ramses can't be Suzie Sunshine for three months, right?

I certainly hope not.

Jeff wondered if Ramses would consider getting in a showmance, which resulted in a pretty sick burn when Ramses pointed out to Jeff that he lost the game twice because of his showmance, so it wasn't a good idea.

Jeff enjoyed that sick burn, and even the haters have to admit that Big Jeff is getting really good at these short house guest introduction videos.

But then Jeff pointed out that recent seasons of Big Brother have been all about the relationships, so that might be important this year, too.

Jeff:  Like last season, there were three relationships that came out of the house, but none of them are together now.  But Nicole won!

Jeff pointed out that Jordan won, too, and Ramses had to acknowledge that Jeff was right.  It's probably hard to get a real feel for the mechanics of a BB season if you just binge watch the CBS episodes on your tiny cell phone screen.  In fact, you might be better off not watching the old seasons at all, since the CBS episodes just gloss over so much of the interpersonal dynamics.  But I guess you can learn about the competitions.  And the costumes, of course.  I'm sure Ramses is into the BB costume situation.

After some prodding by Big Jeff, Ramses admitted he's probably going to be emotional and cry in the house like Big Meech.  He kind of dissed Big Meech on that, but then seconds later he gave her a big shout out.

Jeff:  Maybe you'll have some tissues for your issues.

Ramses thinks his bubbly and optimistic qualities will serve him well in the house this summer.  He is hoping to come out of the house with new friendships for life.

If he wins the money, he plans to pay off his mother's house and buy a car before paying off his student loans.

Ramses is really hyped up about the season and can't wait to get started.  It was a good first interview for Big Jeff, because he didn't have to work very hard.  Ramses just started talking and it all flowed from there.


I don't have a whole lot to say about Ramses, because it seems like Ramses is a "get what you see" type of person.  He is the youngest member of the cast, and if I didn't know he was 21, I might have thought he was in high school.

I think there is at least one other "nerd stereotype" in the house this summer, but I find it interesting that the "other nerd" told Jeff that Production wouldn't let him wear his glasses in the interview.  (Cameron Heard)  But they let Ramses wear his glasses......only one at a time, I guess.  I find that little factoid very interesting...

There are some big personalities in the house this summer, but I guess we'll have to see how Ramses reacts to that.  Will he be assertive about getting his voice out there, and play a role in the decisions?  Or will he shrink back in the crowd, going along to get along.  That might be his best bet, at least in the beginning.

I think I found Ramses' real Twitter account, which is locked for the summer....a smart choice on Ramses' part.  Is that one of his little costumes in the bio picture?  Somehow, after reading his CBS bio I was expecting a little more.

Because some parts of his bio give me a Project Runway vibe.  Super-creative house guests can be fun to watch, because they come up with ways to entertain themselves in there.  

Here is his CBS bio, for easy reference.

I know everyone is going to rip on Ramses' statement above that he enjoyed watching Dan's Funeral during BB14, and would like to use it for inspiration this summer.  But he's from Michigan, so he has to like Dan, and he was barely a teen when that season aired.  He probably thought Dan Gheesling was the coolest guy ever.

I found some pictures of Ramses on a website called Lookbook, and it certainly seems like Ramses has style and knows how to pose for pictures.

I kind of wanted to see some weirdness.....some Cosplay realness, such as a dragon costume, or an anime warrior.  Or whatever.  But maybe those pictures are all locked up in his Twitter account or something.  If those pictures exist, I'm sure we'll all see them, soon enough.  I guess I' was also imagining a sort of  Club Kid look, but that was another decade, another time.

Like this:

Or this:

Anyway, to be honest I'm not very optimistic about Ramses' chances of winning this summer.  In fact, I think a few of the house guests who know the game are going to want him out, and fast.  That "nerd" sterotype may end up working against him.  No one is going to want to let "another Steve" win the game.  But that doesn't mean it can't happen, of course.

Ramses might be able to shrink into the scenery and coast to the Jury.  He certainly doesn't seem to be someone you'd be worried about, particularly with the beefcake-type players Ramses will be playing with. And he seems like the type to be easily influenced---and easily fooled.  I don't think he has the life experience to match up against some of the other players in there.  But I think he'll have fun, anyway.

I saw this entertaining Twitter exchange between Dan and Janelle.......I wonder who Dan is referring to here?

It seems like it would be Ramses, right?  Since he lives in Michigan and might know someone that Dan knows?  But would Ramses be so disrespectful to his hero?   I don't think so....

Instead, I think Dan might be referring to the male house guest who happens to be acquainted with one of the RHAP live feed correspondents.  More on that later, maybe, when I get to that guy's intro posting.  I'm sure we'll figure it out, sooner or later.  We always do.