Saturday, October 16, 2010

Tweak The Week

Marketplace Minute 10/15 from Marketplace on Vimeo.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Recap - Week of 10/11/10
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorRally to Restore Sanity

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Recap - Week of 10/11/10
Colbert Report Full Episodes2010 ElectionMarch to Keep Fear Alive

Decapitation Strategy

Although headless torsos left behind in the desert by illegal aliens is, under the most charitable interpretation, at best a figment of the Arizona Governor's imagination, there out is an active group of headhunters at work throughout the country, spending vast amounts of out of state money from undisclosed interests trying to sever heads from the body politic.

In Nevada, the strategy is to kill off the Senate Majority Leader, much as happened to South Dakota's Tom Daschle in 2004. And so the election battle between "Landslide" Harry Reid (who has never won a by very large margins) and Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle (who in 3 terms in the 42-member state legislature never managed to enact a single bill and so often had opposed everything with even the widest bipartisan support, political reporters coined the term "41 to Angle" to describe the lone contrarian) has become one of the most important election races in the country... God help us all, because face to face they both looked like idiots.

Videos: MSNBC

So who won their first and only debate Thursday night?

Political pundits are saying that neither won decisively, but Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun wrote that Reid lost the debate because Angle “looked relatively credible, appearing not to be the Wicked Witch of the West… and scoring many more rhetorical points.”

That gives you a sense of how low the expectations had been.

Jeff Danziger / New York Times

Democrat Barney Frank & Republican challenger Sean Bielat debated 10/11/10.
Meanwhile In Massachusetts
Audio Embed: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now 10/14/10,
Reporter: Fred Thys, WBUR/Boston
As chair of Financial Services, co-author of "Fin-Reg" and backer of Elizabeth Warren, Frank has been targeted for a hit by Wall Street.

On Red's Red Carpet

Robot Skeleton Sidekick Interviews The Stars

Video: CBS... In your World Wide Pants!

Do Wah Diddy

Video: CBS

When Positive Isn't Good

Porn Industry Shuts Down After HIV Test Results


Playoff Fever

Fall's Final Four! No, not March Madness... Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only A Game, evaluates the four teams left vying for it all...
A 5 run rally in the 8th gave the Yanks the win in ACLS game 1.
Who's Left
Audio Embed: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now 10/14/10,
Host: Monica Brady-Meyerov.
Go Small or Go Home

Audio Embed: CBS Radio's Osgood File 10/13/10.

Abbott and Costello perform the classic "Who's on first?" baseball sketch in their 1945 film "The Naughty Nineties." It was first performed as part of their stage act in vaudeville.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Great Debates

Delaware Senate

California Governor
Audio Embed: Berger & Prescott, podcast via Facebook.
Nevada Senate

Cartoon Carving

From the Spongebob collection at Waylou

Strength of Conviction

The film “Conviction” starring Hillary Swank and Sam Rockwell opens today 10/15/10. It tells the true story of convicted murderer, Kenny Waters, and his sister, Betty Anne, a Rhode Island working mother and high school drop out who put herself through law school in order to prove her brother’s innocence with newly available DNA evidence.

Farah Stockman is the Boston Globe reporter who broke the story.

The real life Betty Anne Waters continues her work in criminal justice with the Innocence Project, which helped exonerate Kenny.
Appealing Story
Audio Embed: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now 10/14/10,
Host: Robin Young.

Oh God... Or Not

Journalist Christopher Hitchens is an atheist who says the world would be better off without religion. His brother, Peter, a conservative Anglican, says goodness is impossible without religious faith. The brothers have publicly argued over faith for years. But now Chris's cancer diagnosis makes the theoretical argument very timely & real.
Debating It To Death
Audio Embed: Morning Edition 10/13/10,
Reporter: Barbara Bradley Hagerty

Here Comes The Sun

Who's that guy in the Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwich ads?

The sunny guy at the center of our sausage-powered solar system is Haynes Brooke... Literal and figurative star of the commercials "Spaced Out," "Fog," "Lightning & Thunder" and "Full Moon," among others in the long-running campaign for Jimmy Dean's breakfast sandwiches.

Haynes is also part of the struggling do-it-yourself website-building couple who have yet to discover tools & templates packages available from Intuit.

It's a Bridge, Dam It

Video: MSNBC

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Chi Chi Chi Le Le Le

los mineros de Chile!

Video: CNN

Joy and pride that need no translation... All the rescuers are out, too!

Why It Worked
Audio Embed: Dave Ross, KIRO-FM/Seattle, 10/14/10.

Prejuidice In Plain Sight

Video: MSNBC

Bubbling Over

Washington State approved a tax on candy, soda and bottled water earlier this year. Now it could be nullified by a ballot measure largely funded by the mega bucks of soda makers and big sugar, who are convincing voters to repeal another tax which doesn't exist.
Carbonated Campaign
Audio Embed: Puget Sound Public Radio 10/13/10,
Reporter: Ruby de Luna

Attention: Wanted or Not


Starbuck Drinking Starbucks

Coffee Cannibalism

Katee Sackhoff played Colonial Viper pilot Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace in the 2004–2009 version of the Battlestar Galactica TV series on Sci-Fi.

Starbucks has told its baristas to slow down a bit, in an attempt to maintain a higher quality product, but does slow really mean better? Dave Ross and Luke Burbank conduct a taste test vs. McDonald's.

Cyber Singing

Eric Whitacre’s choir compositions have drawn huge crowds and sold records around the world, his latest release “Light and Gold” comes out 10/19/10. He’s also gone online looking for talent. Around the world, aspiring choir members record their parts, upload the videos on to YouTube and they are mixed into a Virtual Choir.

He’s asking people to join him in his next effort: to create the world’s largest online choir ever.
Voices From Beyond
Audio Embed: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now 10/13/10,
Host: Robin Young.
Eric Whitacre introduces the Virtual Choir concept.

Production Wizardry: Scott Haines

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Billionaires, Bagmen & Bozos

Where's the money coming from?
Audio Embed: Dave Ross, KIRO-FM/Seattle, 10/12/10

Videos: MSNBC

Marching Orders

Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Enforce, Don't Appeal

Videos: CBS & CNN

A group of Senate Democrats have again asked the administration not to appeal a judge's ruling that Don't Ask, Don't Tell is unconstitutional and the military must stop enforcing it immediately and permanently.

Senator Mark Udall (D-Colorado) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder last month after U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips first announced that DADT violates the First and Fifth amendments. Now Udall and Gillibrand are back, with 19 other cosigners: Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Roland Burris (D-IL), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Bernard Sanders (I-VT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Al Franken (D-MN), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Ben Cardin (D-MD)... No R's at all.

Lean And Mean

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
MSNBC Left Behind
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorRally to Restore Sanity

Corporate America: A Catwalk?

CBS Early Show contributor Taryn Winter Brill reports on a University of Florida study on how weight and gender are linked to salary.

Andy Rooney Goes on a Diet

He has a plan to lose 20 lbs... Angling for bigger bucks, Andy?

Videos: Comedy Central & CBS
He's too sexy for his shirt; so sexy it hurts... At his age it all hurts.

Lovely, But Obsolete


The cheese previously available here has passed its shelf life.

Movement For Misfits

Cast of Glee by Carin Baer/Fox
Dan Savage is writer of the syndicated sex advice column "Savage Love" and editor of a Seattle alternative weekly. His message to (especially gay) teens facing bullying, sexuality issues, or both is simple: It Gets Better.
Hang On, Hang In There
Audio Embed: PRI & WNYC's program The Takeaway 10/12/10, Hosts: John Hockenberry & Celeste Headlee.
Savage put up a YouTube video with his partner, Terry, talking about their experiences being bullied as teens and how they survived to become happy adults. Those videos have now grown into a burgeoning website, the “It Gets Better Project.”

Paul McCartney's contemporary solo version of the 1967 Sgt. Pepper classic.

Quick Read

An Elevator Pitch For English Lit

Students looking for some help understanding literature classics may now turn to a website featuring a Boston woman summing up great books in one minute. CBS's Manuel Gallegus reports.

60 Second Recap website

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Being Gay Is Not Okay

Pander To Shlomo*, Screw The Homo

Is It A Symptom of Something Wider?

Videos: MSNBC &

*Shlomo is the Hebrew name Anglicized as 'Solomon,' the Biblical king.

Kick Off Cook Off

A Tasty Tailgating Fail

Want more? Thursdays at 10 on TLC.

I Love This Game

Original version

Lifechanging, Yet Disposable

Premium Cardboard Cup Carrier

vs. Standard Cardboard Carrying Tray

Via Geekologie

Hang In There

The exotic ringing metallic sounds of a "Hang" (steel drum), permeate the chamber jazz improvisations of English group Portico Quartet.
Wholly Modal Music
Audio Embed: Echoes, an ambient music program on public radio with extensive archives of subscriber downloads.

California's Going To Pot

You could tell where it was headed when the "Medical Marijuana" movement enlisted Tommy Chong, co-star of "Up In Smoke," as a spokesperson during that ballot initiative campaign. The vote and subsequent law change were a step toward the ultimate goal...

November 2nd California will decide on Proposition 19, which would allow adults 21 and older to grow and use marijuana recreationaly. CBS's Bill Whitaker reports.

A conflict between the Feds and the Altered State of California would be argued along the same lines as Arizona's anti-immigrant law.... Meanwhile, more advice from Chong; no fan of Mexican imports.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Real Slim Shady

CNN's Anderson Cooper profiled Marshall Mathers, the chart-topping rapper Eninem from Detroit, who's trying to reclaim respect... And the status of being the biggest selling artist of the past decade, even though he spent half the years away from music, battling addiction.

Sunday Sound Bites

And So Do Many Of Those Making The Noise


Remaking A Vampire

Matt Reeves made his name in Hollywood by directing the movie Cloverfield. After it became a surprise hit, he picked an unusual challenge: Doing the English-language remake of a Swedish vampire flick that had just become a cult classic. NPR's Guy Raz speaks with writer/director Reeves about the new film Let Me In.
Boy Meets Vampire Girl Story
Audio Embed: All Things Considered 10/10/10.

Video via Trailer Addict

Graphic Language

Companies change logos to make a statement, but much like "sending a message" in diplomacy, it's not always clear whether the intended audience gets the point... But debate about the merits of such logo changes rages at industry publication Adweek's AdFreak blog.

This change by (sing: fall into the) Gap clothing stores (was cancelled October 12th as the company reverted to the previous design, but) prompted the magazine to dig into the archives for other examples of controversial changes in corporate imaging.

One major change I know about was the rebranding of UPS in 2003.

In 1961 the company commissioned renowned brand designer Paul Rand to create a streamlined United Parcel Service logo which featured a bow-tied package above the previously familiar shield shape to express the mission of the company... Package delivery, within a limited number of metropolitan areas, was its sole service.

Within the company there's a story that executives debated whether to adopt the design, because the company didn't accept packages tied with string. But when a young grandchild of the company's president saw a proof and exclaimed "Presents!" the deal was done.

Going to calling itself only "UPS" reflected diversification into multi-modal transport beyond packages carried on the original brown vans: including pallet and truckload freight services via ground and air, as well as ocean and rail; operating one of the world's largest airlines; business mail services; expanded delivery to every postal address in the lower 48 (except p.o. boxes); warehousing and supply chain services; and franchising over 3,000 locations of "The UPS Store."

In March 2003 the grandchild of corporate mythology was by then middle aged and played no part in the naming & design change.

Cable News Wars

Thirty years after CNN created the concept, the format of 24-hour cable news network is alive and well. But CNN has publicly struggled with how to define itself as viewers have steadily migrated to the partisan prime time programming of Fox News and MSNBC.

Gabriel Sherman, contributing editor of New York Magazine, explains the strategy and strife of the last decade of cable news wars and questions whether CNN's non-partisan passion by anchors & correspondents involved in stories with pathos can be sustained daily.
Channeling Emotions
Audio Embed: WNYC's On The Media 10/9/10,
Host: Brooke Gladstone.
Illustration by Gluekit, from Gabe Sherman's "Chasing Fox"

Or, Take A Break From That Argument

Video: CBS

Who Dat?

Who's the big-eyed brunette with bangs in all these commercials?

York Peppermint Patties - Closeup Venus

Bing - Search Overload, Pregnant

On Star - Live On

She's Alexi Wasser, an L.A. born & based actress who has a highly confessional blog, plus self-produced videos on YouTube & Vimeo.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Just Days Away

Videos: CNN

First Rule Of Reporting

Don't Become The News, Or A Laughingstock

Friction Fiction

Silly Season Meets Slime Time

Video: MSNBC

Aerial Assault

Out here in Nevada, we're knee-deep in attack ads. And by law the big money outside groups who've commandeered all available airtime can't really spend their Supreme Court-sanctioned unlimited money telling you to vote for anyone. So, their anonymous deep-pocketed hit job money attacks viable opponents of the person they support.

The candidates could positively advocate themselves, but by and large they don't... They follow the tune of outside money, and attack, too.

The tactic isn't novel, but the look is. In the latest official Sharron Angle attack, the on-camera spokeswoman in her new commercial bears an eerie resemblance to Delaware's Christine O'Donnell.

If your campaign was already under fire for "nutty" stances on public policy, why choose an actress who's an "I'm not a witch" lookalike?

Really, Mrs. Angle... It doesn't do anything to make you look sane.

Melissa Block talked with voice-over artists Dennis Steele and Scott Sanders about how to make a threatening voice for a political ad, on the day prior to the 2006 midterms.
Dire Predictions & Disastrous Votes
Audio Embed: All Things Considered 11/6/06.

Nobel Prize Falls Flat

Professor Andre Geim and his colleague Konstantin Novoselov, Russian emigres now both from the University of Manchester (UK), earned the physics prize for their experimental work on "graphene", which is a very special form of carbon. Atoms in graphene form a single plane - a two-dimensional lattice only a single atom thick. Graphene is amazing stuff: it's strong, stiff, flexible, transparent and impermeable with remarkable electronic properties as well.
Atomic-scale Chicken Wire
Audio Embed: CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks 10/9/10,
Host: Bob McDonald.

Perfect Ten

10/10/10, a binary day (all ones and zeros). It's one of 9 this year:
  • January 1st, 2010
  • January 10th, 2010
  • January 11th, 2010
  • October 1st, 2010
  • October 10th, 2010
  • October 11th, 2010
  • November 1st, 2010
  • November 10th, 2010
  • November 11th, 2010
And the binary 101010 also equals the number 42.... Which according to "The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy" is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.

To fourth grader Krista from Carver, Massachusetts, it's her tenth birthday.

“It was about two years ago that I figured it out,” she told a local reporter. “I’m really excited because it’s a very rare birthday.”

This morning at 10:10 AM a baby girl will be born. And although only one in 1.42 people per million people in the U.S. would receive the name normally...
I'll bet that today the parents will be tempted to call her Tenley.