Saturday, October 3, 2009

Geek & Weak

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Recap - Week of 9/28/09
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorMichael Moore

Forklift Operator's Home Improvement

Pull another pallet apart to make a nifty hand rail:

As seen on There I Fixed It

Remembering Rod Serling

A 2009 postage stamp honoring Rod Serling's 'Twilight Zone' television show (AP)Did you wake up in the same place you last went to sleep?

How can you be sure?

Fifty years ago, Rod Serling raised that question and more when he took American TV viewers into "The Twilight Zone" by way of his new television series on CBS.

Ithaca College in New York is where Serling taught from 1967 until his death in 1975. Here and Now host Robin Young, one of his students, celebrates his life and work in a piece originally presented in 2007.

The school is hosting a similar conference this year.

Audio: BBC, PRI & WBUR's
Here & Now.
Host: Robin Young.

Spider Pope

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorMichael Moore

Free Form 013

A few minutes of music...
Led Zeppelin
Hey Hey, What Can I Do
Box Set #1 (1990)

Steve Miller Band
Living In the U.S.A.
Sailor (1968)

Desire [Hollywood Mix]
12" UK Single (1988)

Old and Wise

An older man approached an attractive younger woman at a shopping mall.

'Excuse me; I can't seem to find my wife. Can you talk to me for a couple of minutes?'

The woman, feeling a bit of compassion for the old fellow, said, 'Of course, sir. Do you know where your wife might be?'

'I have no idea, but every time I talk to a woman like you, she appears out of nowhere.'

Relayed by Ken Morgan

Friday, October 2, 2009

Damage Control

Much of what we know about John Ensign's affair with a staffer has been from the Las Vegas Sun's Jon Ralston. And although that paper did win a Pulitzer earlier this year, the town isn't exactly teaming with media heavyweights... Enter the New York Times with a first rate investigative reporter, not the free lance stringer who usually contributes whatever local color informs the "gray lady:"

Then on The Late Show, another sex with your staff shoe dropped:

A double whammy for CBS, with employees on both ends of blackmail:

Instant fodder for other TV talkers...

Letterman's taping schedule is 4 days a week... Normally Friday's show is pre-taped on Monday, so if the Friday show omits references to the controversy don't be surprised.

Happier Days

The night before his explosive grand jury testimony, David Letterman & Madonna discussed A-Rod, marriage, her infamous appearance and enjoyed a slice of NY pizza.

Assassin Nation

Stargate Universe - Extended Sneak Peek : Episode 101/102

Premiers tonight at 9p.

Free Form 012

A few minutes of music...

Marvin Gaye
What's Going On
What's Going On (1971)

The Commodores
Night Shift
Night Shift (1985)

Jackie Wilson
Higher & Higher (1967)
Brunswick Top 40 R&B Singles 1966-1975

Van Morrison
Jackie Wilson Said
Saint Dominic's Preview (1972)

Farewell To Blogging

This series of video blogs was a failed attempt to generate interest in the movie "Perfect Stranger" (2007) starring Halle Berry and Bruce Willis. As told through the perspective of 10th billed "Josie" (Dutch model/actress Daniella Van Grass) the story didn't go viral, although a clip of her in leather pants did.

If you don't place the face, imagine her wishing for healthy skin...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Jackass of the Month (September 09)

House of Misrepresentative

Rhetorical hyperbole is par for the course...

Some of Rachel's discomfort with Grayson's use of the word holocaust comes from way society's use of the word changed.

Originally from the Greek words for burnt whole, modern usage can still encompass a sacrifice consumed by fire -- a burnt offering. But more commonly it's a thorough destruction (especially through fire), or a mass slaughter of people involving extensive loss of life, such as a nuclear holocaust or genocide.

The word holocaust has been used since the 18th century to refer to the violent deaths of a large number of people. For example, Winston Churchill and other contemporaneous writers used it before World War II to describe the Armenian Genocide of World War I.

When capitalized as "The Holocaust," or the Hebrew word "Shoah" is used, the term refers exclusively to the genocide of approximately six million European Jews by Nazi Germany during World War II.

That definition isn't complete, because the Nazis' program of state-sponsored systematic murder extended to ethnic Poles, the Romani (gypsies), Soviet civilians & prisoners of war, people with disabilities, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, and other political and religious opponents. By this definition, the total of WW II Holocaust victims is believed to be between 11 and 17 million people.

New Desktop for Fall

Photo: 'Autumn in Hand' by Steve Marwedel'
Photo: 'Autumn in Hand' by Steve Marwedel

Stargate Universe - trailer #2: 2009 Comic Con

Premieres tomorrow at 9p.

Free Form 011

A few minutes of music...

Mick Jagger
Memo From Turner
Performance [OST](1970)

Gregg Allmam
Midnight Rider
Laid Back (1973)

Molly Hatchet
Dreams I'll Never See
Molly Hatchet (1978)

Mia, Please Forgive Me

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Using Our Heads

Conan explains what knocked him off his feet and off the air...

I took a spill on Monday morning... Complete with a full contact sidewalk face plant. In my last job, out of town business contacts would all ask if I was a gambler upon learning I was based in Vegas.

My answer: "Yes. Every time I cross the street."

I was good for a laugh then... It's all too true now.

Finance Fiasco

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
The Word - Out of the Closet
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorMichael Moore

Ghostwriters In The Sky

I can see the editor of the book review cringing from my house.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Moment of Zen - Going Rouge
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorRon Paul Interview

Stargate Universe - trailer #1: 2009 Comic Con

Free Form 010

A few minutes of music...

The Beatles
Strawberry Fields Forever
Magical Mystery Tour [US] (1967)

Alanis Morrissette
All I Really Want
Jagged Little Pill (1995)

Mellow Gold (1994)

Michael Franti & Spearhead
What I Got
Tribute To Sublime (2005)

Missed Opportunity

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Another Day, Another Lie


More With Moammar

F-Bombs Away

And bug bombs, too...

Stargate Universe - On air Promos

Premieres Friday at 9pm.

Free Form 009

A few minutes of music...

Shawn Colvin
Sunny Came Home
A Few Small Repairs (1996)

Neil Young
Old Man
Harvest (1972)

I Mother Earth
So Gently We Go
Earth Sky & Everything In Between (1993)

Simon & Garfunkle
Bookends (1968)

Vindictive Sneaky Cow

Monday, September 28, 2009

It's Late September

Rod Stewart - Maggie May
(Live at Royal Albert Hall, 2004 with Ron Wood)
Original from "Every Picture Tells A Story" (1971)

Earth, Wind & Fire
Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 (1978)

Healthcare As Of The High Holiday

Congress is officially off for Yom Kippur today... And polls say they're just plain off, period.

Give Us Just One Victory (post 1000)

And we're on our way.

AP Photo: Matthew Stafford of the Lions
After 19 consecutive losses Detroit comes out on top. The team, no make that the city, needed a long overdue win.

Long-lived Right Wing Conspiracy

David Gregory posed a question to a former President familiar with what others have called the "attack machine." Mr. Clinton says it isn't quite as vast, but it's just as nasty...

The ranks of conservative thinkers beyond the blabosphere is thinning out with the deaths of William F. Buckley Jr., Robert Novak, Irving Kristol and most recently Bill Safire on Sunday.

Free Form 008

A few minutes of music...

Counting Blue Cars
Counting Blue Cars [EP](1996)

Fast Changes
Seal (1994)

Steely Dan
Black Cow
Aja (1977)


Sunday, September 27, 2009

The War On Acorn

Seemingly easy target acquired... Bigger problems ignored.

Everybody Yawn

Why does even thinking of the word 'Yawn' or reading it, make you end up yawning?

This and other contagious behaviors have been studied by Dr. Mel Goodale of the University of Western Ontario. He explains how "mirror neurons" work in poulations of people, and primates.

Audio: CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks. Host: Bob McDonald.

A Retail Rx For Primary Care

Long wait times and primary care physician shortages have patients increasingly turning to what are called retail health clinics, operated by stores like Target and CVS and intended to treat minor ailments. A new study shows that the clinics may be less expensive than a doctor’s office, without sacrificing quality of care. Dr. Ateev Mehrotra is lead author of the study by the Rand Corporation, and also a professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School.

Audio: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now. Host: Robin Young.

Sexy Dinosaur

Free Form 007

A few moments of music... As if a real live person with access to a really big library selected and sequenced the music to present a contemporary experience of what some FM radio was in the past... More personal, less random... Open to the possibility you might enjoy something you may not have heard before as part of an enjoyable context.

Keb' Mo'
Every Morning
Keb' Mo' (1994)

Pearl Jam
Yellow Ledbetter
Jeremy [Maxi Single] (1992)

Stevie Ray Vaughan
Honey Bee
Couldn't Stand The Weather (1984)

B.B. King
Bad Case Of Love
Blues on the Bayou (1998)

Doesn't Miss a Trick