Entries tagged "television"
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Awesome! Have you met Ted?
is a weblog devoted to all things How I Met Your Mother
, my current favorite sitcom, season three of which debuts Monday.
I have the biggest crush on Jason Segel, the show's Marshall. W to the OOF!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
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Monday, July 16, 2007
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Monday, July 9, 2007
Clearing the Cache: July 9, 2007
Tricked out Dreamliner 787VIPs
: If I had one, I would totally
make it look like the inside of the TARDIS.
I don't know. If I ever saw a penis that looked like that, I'd run in the other direction.
Folks, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar and a concrete traffic post is just a concrete traffic post. [via Obscure Store and Reading Room
Peter Davison joining the cast of West End Spamalot
. "On second thought, let us not go to Castrovalva. It is a silly place."
Rick & Steve
, Logo's new animated series about the world's happiest gay couple, premieres tomorrow night. Voice talent includes Alan Cumming, Billy West, Laraine Newman, Margaret Cho, Peter Paige and more; it's created and directed by Q. Allan Brocka (late of Boy Culture
) with music bits by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q
Saturday, May 26, 2007
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Monday, March 26, 2007
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Monday, February 19, 2007
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February 19, 2007 at 4:19 PM
Clearing the Cache
Sunday, February 4, 2007
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Wednesday, January 17, 2007
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Well, that's unfortunate but, you know, she's a trouper. Keep smiling, keep singing, hit the notes and sparkle! No one will know the difference.
“Most comedy writers are tall, jocky types,” said Bill Lawrence, the creator of “Scrubs.” “But they don’t like being stuck in the comedy closet. Secretly they have arguments about Sondheim.”
Wednesday, August 9, 2006
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"TubeSock converts YouTube's native FLV file format into H.264, MP4, or MP3 files." You can do it from the command line, but $15 is a small price to pay for convenience. Nifty.
Oh, this poor fella. In television, once things go wrong, they tend to domino. (This is from a hometown station I used to work with, way back in the day, so it's particularly painful to watch.)
Johnny Hazzard has a weblog. As if I needed another reason to drool. How can you not get behind a guy (ahem) who looks like that and has Elaine Stritch singing "The Ladies Who Lunch" as his theme song? Hubba hubba Johnny.
Khoi Vinh modifies the new "standard" syndication icon and offers it up to the world. Just like the Times, ma!
Sunday, August 7, 2005
I feel a bit like Penfold, I do…
I had a chance this week to fiddle a bit with the new Apple Mighty Mouse
and came away impressed enough to get one for each of my Macs. It feels good in the hand, although the side button is a bit awkward to work but I don't imagine I'd have much use for it anyway.
Still, I might have waited to make my purchase if I'd known this
would be available so soon afterward. Crumbs!
Ah, well. I shall simply have to content myself with ordering this DVD collection
August 7, 2005 at 12:19 AM
Get Your Geek On
Saturday, August 6, 2005
I also considered “The Fabulous Barrett Boys”…
Barrett—the Blogger Twins
—are making a bid to be contestants on the next season of The Amazing Race
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Everybody knows its name
A brief look at the man and the moment that created the concept of "Must See TV", There at the creation: Fred Silverman
It was a May day in 1981 when Fred Silverman left his office in New York's Rockefeller Center. He would not return, not that day or ever again. Silverman had been president and CEO of NBC for three years. He left that day very much a failure, and he would have been hard-pressed to find many who disagreed.
NBC was in the tank, the No. 3 network behind ABC and CBS, and the board of RCA, which then owned the network, was scouting for his replacement. Silverman, the man Time magazine just three years earlier had touted on its cover as "TV's Master Showman," was jumping before he got pushed.
But what Silverman left behind was one of modern television's great legacies, what would become known as Must See TV, the programming dynasty that was NBC's Thursday night.
[thanks to TV Squad
Sunday, August 8, 2004
It's not quite
the video-on-demand we dream about, but it can be a lot of fun to cruise around The Feedroom
, which appears to offer footage for sale to television outlets from a variety of sources, including local TV news markets
, corporate entities
Among the digital detritus, that surreal clip of Colin Powell singing "YMCA"
that was much discussed a few weeks ago.
There're tons more, all in Real format.
August 8, 2004 at 11:23 PM
Monday, November 30, 1998
November 30, 1998
THE LOT OF ACTORS: Three people die and find themselves lined up at Heaven's Gate confronted by St. Peter.
"Before you enter, I have one question for each of you," St. Peter says. And he asks the first person in line, "How much money did you make last year?"
"About $400,000," the person says.
"Oh, a doctor," St. Peter says. "Please enter through that door there." St. Peter approaches the next person in line. "How much did you make last year?" he asks.
"About $250,000, give or take a little," the person replies.
"Oh, a lawyer," St. Peter says. "That door right there." Then St. Peter turns to the third person. "And how much did you make last year?"
"$5,164," the person answers.
And St. Peter says, "Have I seen you in anything?"
-- the favorite joke of Colleen Dewhurst
Glorious weather! How hard to believe it's the end of November, especially when the temperatures have pushed up into the 60s each day of the past week. I've spent three leisurely afternoons lounging on the back deck, watching the breeze blowing the leaves around (must rake!) and trying to teach myself Perl.
The latter has been an interesting exploration. HTML coding aside, I haven't done anything remotely resembling programming in quite a few years; I mean, dammit Jim, I'm a writer, not a programmer. Turns out, though, UNIX is like riding a bicycle and writing server scripts in Perl looks to be a dern sight less challenging than in C. I can do without a strenuous mental challenge right now.
The eventual goal is to write an online registration hack for COCA Online. Prayers and wishes of luck gratefully accepted.
More reflections on turning thirty:
In other words, thirty is merely one's 10,957th consecutive failure to eat a truly balanced breakfast. [The Finger]
Weblog fun: I continue to discover and enjoy fellow "pre-surfers" through various links and kismet. Flutterby! has been around a while, and is proving an enjoyable mine for interesting reading, including...
Bowers v. Hardwick redux: There is some speculation that the overturning of Georgia's antique "sodomy law" may not stick. [CNN]
Yay! Let's go to the Belt-Sander Races!
A nice website dedicated to the art of Maxfield Parrish.
Weblog fun too: More to explore, including peterme, jjg and Hack the Planet. (The trio is pretty tech-edged, but fun for the layman too.)
Funny Papers: Flutterby! also reminded me that it's been a month or so since I caught up with the folks at User Friendly, a more-Dilbert-than-Dilbert comic set at a small ISP. Recommended daily laffs.
CriticWatch: At least one critic in St. Louis has seen the Dr. Death 60 Minutes segment the rest of the area was denied access to. Rich Byrne sorts out his thoughts. [The Riverfront Times]
Meanwhile, critics across the country are weighing in on the show's decision to run the segment in the first place. [TV Rundown]
My $0.02: I would have liked to have seen the 60 Minutes piece in its entirety. I support the right to choose when one will end one's own life when suffering hopelessly. Kevorkian gives me the creeps. The whole affair is sullied by the fact it took place during the November "sweeps."
Monday, September 21, 1998
September 22, 1998
"Summer is a time of random magic such as this, of surprising spirits conjured up between the sheets of my bed in a room overlooking Provincetown harbor. Here, stranger's kisses expose souls to me. The uneven scar on one boy's abdomen, the crinkles at the corners of another's eyes reveal more truths than I could ever discover in a more consistent lover.
"It is the last summer in which I am to be young." -- from the opening chapter of The Men From the Boys
(q.v. September 17, below)
This sounds like more fun than it probably would be:
I freely admit to being a Disney fanatic. The films and feature-length cartoons are great, of course, but what really enthralls me are the Magic Kingdoms, the theme parks in Anaheim and Orlando, DisneyLand and World respectively. I honestly believe if I were permitted to set up housekeeping in one of the World Villages at EPCOT Center, I would be happy. Disney parks are, after all, billed as the happiest places on Earth. But let's consider just the Anaheim park for a mo: Could one man ride every attraction old Walt's kingdom offers in just one day?
And things like this annoy the hell out of me: Jon Carroll rails at the cold efficiency
of centralized customer "service."
Tried to call your bank lately? You can't. You can call a woman in Omaha who can give you account information, but suppose you have a different sort of question. Maybe you want to ask if the ATM machine is fixed yet, or if you left your sunglasses behind on your last visit, or even if your branch handles trust accounts.
Destined for my "To Read" Pile:
D.A. Miller's Place for Us
, a contextualizing essay on the Broadway musical and its relevance to po-mo (and possibly even po-gay) gay men. [Salon review]
Compare and contrast: Mr. Starr, Mr. Flynt. Mr. Flynt, Mr. Starr
. Both would have probably been impossible under the CDA, but how does Hustler Online really compare to the web-readable special prosecutor's report?
LEGO is going Asimovian, with neato-mosquito robotics kits
that will probably appeal as much to big kids like me as to little ones.
Meanwhile, in TV Land...
It's time to start picking the weak and infirm from the new fall lineups, so head on over and hang with The Vidiots for the latest round of the TeeVee Ghoul Pool
Of course, everyone scans the fall TV sked and thinks they could do it better. I mean, c'mon, Meego
was a joke, right? Something that got blurted out at a pitch meeting while the network execs were high on crack?
Well, maybe some folks can
do it better. The New York Times Magazine
asked some to try, and a few of the tongue-in-cheek ideas might actually fly. Hell, I'd tune in! Check out what Conan O'Brien
and Tony Kushner
suggest putting on the air.
Must-She Monday First Impressions:
: Suddenly snoring.
Caroline in the City
: Not for very much longer, she isn't.
Will & Grace
: First effort was funny, if stilted. If it survives, it could fly.
Wednesday, September 16, 1998
September 17, 1998
"Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play." -- Immanuel Kant
Just finished reading: The Catch Trap
by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Now in the middle of: Media Circus: The Trouble With America's Newspapers. Added to the to-read stack: Gossip
by Christopher Bram; The Men From the Boys
by William J. Mann; and The Best Little Boy in the World Grows Up
by Andrew Tobias (nee John Reid).
I can't say I'm terribly impressed
with The New Hollywood Squares
. Whoopi Goldberg is funny, but she's just going through the motions here. She's certainly no Paul Lynde, but then, who is? And, "Rosie O'Donnell to block" is no replacement for Rose Marie. (In St. Louis, you can see the travesty at 11:35 p.m. on Channel 4.) Maybe I should subscribe to the Game Show Channel, where George Gobel lives!
Macintosh columnist and inveterate smart-ass Andy Ihnatko
has landed over at MacCentral with a weekly gig. His hilarious supersite Colossal Waste of Bandwidth is still homeless, but promised to return soon.
A problem for the Information Age:
What happens to your files after you die? A surviving daughter contemplates
what to do with her dearly departed dad's disks.
1998 is now a memory, and Halcyon, one of the Internet's most compelling egos has his own photo album
from what passes for the counterculture this decade.
Another empty promise? The Daily Instigator
sez it's finally going live on Monday. Will it be worth the wait?
The Ice Rhapsody
page has been updated, with new photos and news of the team's exciting win at ISI. </SITENEWS>
Monday, September 14, 1998
September 15, 1998
"For six years I was a visitor to a distant celestial body, the planet Television... Six years later I left, awed by the peculiar wonders I encountered on this voyage... I learned that even if they lose money... the networks will preen when they win the prime-time ratings race, like three vain toughs battling for bragging rights to a street corner. I learned network officials can sound like cancer patients, who, after a rare peaceful night of sleep, delude themselves into believing their long nightmare is over." -- Ken Auletta, Three Blind Mice
Quote quoted from a quote on TeeVee
Television commercials often disturb me.
It's not simply the worship of the mercantile they practically demand, it's the gol-darned lack of common sense too often displayed. Have you seen the Enterprise Rent-a-Car "Pick Enterprise; We'll Pick You Up" spot? Doesn't it seem odd the car speeding to pick up the stranded motorist is completely wrapped in Kraft paper? Does this strike you as safe driving behavior?!?
I taped the Emmy Awards Sunday night
(all four hours), but I still haven't watched most of the tape. The first few minutes with Costas were tedious and the first few video retrospectives enormously unsatisfying. But David Hyde Pierce's acceptance speech was quite moving. I'll soldier on.
I'm visiting Los Angeles and Las Vegas later this month
, and I'm taking suggestions for places to enjoy a quintessentially cheesy Vegas experience. I'm already planning to stay at the Excalibur Hotel, resplendent in its Arthurian camp. A visit to the Liberace museum is on tap. And, of course, I'll be taking in the Star Trek thingy at the Hilton. But I'm open to any and all suggestions of classic Vegas cheez.
I mentioned a few days back that I'd discovered James Lileks' site on the web
, and I bring it up again because I'm thoroughly enjoying my exploration of it, particularly his memories of his youth and hometown. Latest fave: a gentle, annotated photo memoir of his father's filling station
If any restraint at all has been demonstrated in the whole MonicaGate (and why the hell did "gate" become the suffix of choice to denote "scandal"?), I think it's been on the part of The Gap
for not immediately running a big sale on little blue cocktail dresses. But maybe it's just that they are making enough money
-- piles and piles, in fact -- on the Old Navy side. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Saturday, September 12, 1998
September 13, 1998
If only just for today, The BradLands is a safe space on the Internet, free of discussion regarding Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, Kenneth Starr or even hometown favorite Mark McGuire. I can't take anymore. Can you?
I saw Clay Walker
in concert at Six Flags
last night, maybe the most fun I've had at a show all year, despite the sucky comp seats I was assigned and the fact the show started 35 minutes late. This kid is gonna be better and bigger (in the fame sense) than Garth
maybe someday really soon.
<SITENEWS> As a consequence of my crazy schedule, The BradLands hasn't seen much except perhaps weekly refreshing lo these many months. The infrequent summer entries have been moved to the archives (see BradLands Backwash
below). I'm trying to do better. Really I am.
I've also adjusted the parameters so that any links you select from this newspage will open in a separate window on your browser for (I think) more convenient surfing.</SITENEWS>
Reminder: St. Louis International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
continues through Thursday at the Tivoli
welcomes comedian Reno and her film Reno Finds Her Mom
today at 5 p.m.
For now, short takes on a few links of interest I've been accumulating...
How long do we, collectively, spend waiting for web pages
to load? [New York Times]
<DIGRESS>For various reasons, a significant slowdown in web and general Internet response times was predicted for last Friday. I didn't notice any untoward pauses; did the network strain actually materialize?</DIGRESS>
A nice review of the new Sondheim biography
that, IMHO, is a surprisingly sterile treatment that goes pretty far but often not far enough. [Washington Post]
a sport you don't see on ESPN! Hey kids, let's all go squirrel fishing this weekend (now with RealVideo)!
What?!?! Orlando is still standing? Hmmm...I guess it's OK
for gay people to visit DisneyWorld after all. Robert Kirby gives the right-wing a ribbing. [Salt Lake Tribune]
"Idea moguls" sounds like something you'd want to avoid while skiing your id, but it's also the headline on this look at the young turks behind the TV scenes
these days. ("Skiing the id?" Jeez, I'm tired.) [Forbes]
Friday, September 4, 1998
September 5, 1998
"While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior." -- Henry C. Link
(Quote thanks to the A.Word.A.Day
I'm contemplating a redesign of The BradLands, primarily to better integrate some new on-going features. Given my schedule, it may be awhile coming, but I welcome suggestions.
I mentioned the St. Louis International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
last update, and they refreshed the site the very next day. Check out the diverse lineup of films coming to the Tivoli Sept. 9-17. Also noted, Lileks.com
is back up and with a wonderful re-design.
Holiday weekend reading:
Don Marsh, possibly St. Louis' finest broadcast journalist (in an industry where that's increasingly an oxymoron), called it quits at KDNL a few weeks back. In this RFT interview
, he candidly reflects on the status quo in local TV news. [The Riverfront Times]
Within the past week, two things have happened --- and I can give you 1,000 of them. Just before I left Channel 30, I was asked, "How do you spell 'Maryland Heights'? Is it M-A-R-I-L-Y-N?" And I went, "What?" And this is by somebody who's been in this community for four years. Another one of our reporters asked me, "I did an interview and a name came up that I didn't recognize. Have you ever heard of someone named James Michener?"
Is it possible that purity remains in America's pasttime?
When James Reston died, I said to the 10 o'clock producer, "We ought to have something on that - a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner." And he said, "Who is James Reston?" And this is a graduate of the journalism school at the University of Missouri at Columbia, and didn't know who James Reston was, but could make a graphic sing on the air.
The Arizona Diamondbacks' Travis Lee, profiled in the long piece, seems almost too good to be true. [Phoenix New Times]
He's as innocent as a saint. He is devoutly religious. He doesn't smoke or drink. He rides his bike to the field and lets his high school buddies crash at his apartment. He bakes chocolate chip cookies for his family. He chews Dubble Bubble gum, which he frugally buys by the case at Costco. Although he's a multimillionaire, he calls home only on Fridays when the rates are lower. He'd like to meet a nice girl and settle down and buy a house with a couple of golden retrievers in the yard. He volunteers to work with children at middle schools -- though he calls it "hanging out" and not "work."
And what of the fast life and death of Philly dentist Stephen Grosse? The former frat boy and party doyen met with an appropriately dramatic end
. But did he have to? [Philadelphia Weekly]
(These last two links courtesy of the ever-fabulous Obscure Store & Reading Room
September 4, 1998 at 11:20 PM
Monday, August 31, 1998
September 1, 1998
"Friendship is like money, easier made than kept." -- Samuel Butler
I just discovered one of my favorite humorist-columnists
has a piece o' the web. Of course, with my usual incredible timing, I run across the site just after he's suffered a catastrophic server crash, but he promises to re-build. Check out the daily ruminations of the author of Notes of a Nervous Man
and Fresh Lies
, James Lileks.
Who knew? KMOV-TV
(Channel 4 in St. Louis) has a website? Looks to be mostly CBS
-stock content, but it's nice to welcome another local station to the web. (KETC
, I note with some vestige of former employee pride, was first among St. Louis teevee to stake out a website, followed shortly thereafter by KPLR
. Perennial ratings leader KSDK
's site has been "under construction" and devoid of content ever since it went up. And where, oh where, is KDNL? KTVI? KNLC? Huh? Hmm?)
Speaking of sites under construction, the 7th Annual St. Louis International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
comes up September 9-17. The film lineup hasn't made it to their site yet, but I've scanned a bunch o' stills for the webmistress, so it should be there real soon now.
Wednesday, August 26, 1998
Young and sexy recreational drug users encouraged to apply.
"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." — Alvin Toffler
Sorry, sorry, sorry. Lately my brain just hasn't had all the RAM it needs to run many applications simultaneously, and this website is the process that got dumped. I'll try to do better as my life settles down appreciably for the fall. Your patience over the past couple of weeks is, as always, appreciated.
So, let's clear the cache (short takes on links I've been accumulating):
This web-based guide to, well, everything fancies itself the Earth-bound equivalent of The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but in recent weeks, it's become less promising as a concept and more of a geek-clique inside joke club. Oh well.
A nice gathering of short pieces and essays by progressive writers, performance artists and assorted others, all bearing Witness.
Esprit descalier gotcha down? Coulda, shoulda, woulda-pangs? Come up too late with the witty or bitchy retort to the devastating personal affront just dealt you? There's hope! So There.
A nice, short profile of writer David Sedaris, bard of the bitter. [LA Weekly]
It happened in Nashville, where he recently appeared on a local variety show. "I was on with somebody who made fish out of scrap metal," he recalls, "and an elderly couple who had just won Fabio's I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Romance Competition. They were in their mid-80s, and they got up there, and they said, 'When we were first contacted with the news that we had won the Fabio's I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Romance Competition, Curtis and I were just floored!' And then, 'We're going next weekend with the other four finalists of the Fabio's I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Romance Competition on a cruise!' And 'On the following Sunday we will announce the final winner of the Fabio's I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Romance Competition!' I was just beside myself. I wanted to ask them, like, 'How many times are you going to say I can't believe it's not butter?'"From the Department of Ridiculous Double-Standards: A Sandy-Eggo newspaper rejected an advertisement for a new movie because the ad contained a picture of two guys apparently about to kiss. Puh-leeze. [San Francisco Examiner]
What's the deal with all of these dreadful lesbian hairstyles? [Washington Post]
I've said it before and I'll say it again (and apparently Jon Carroll agrees with me): the best way to get people to watch local TV news is to make it local and to make damn sure it's news. [San Francisco Chronicle]
Quite fun: A top-notch Matt Drudge parody-portal, The Drudge Retort.
Monica, Schmonica: You want an interesting practicum? Try interning for the King of the Gonzos. Fear and Loathing, indeed. [P.O.V.]
Wanted: Editorial Assistant job description: Must enjoy late-night hot-tubbing, chain-smoking, binge dessert eating, drinking hard alcohol, mixing margaritas and driving large cars in a reckless manner. Should be able to withstand frequent yelling and loud noises, unintelligible rantings, and handle firearms and exploding targets with ease. Knowledge of soft porn a plus. Curiosity about the limits of sleep deprivation helpful. Knowledge of housecleaning and faxing imperative. Young and sexy recreational drug users encouraged to apply.I WANT MY WTV: The Brunchers look at the line-up on the new cable web, White House TV. [Brunching Shuttlecocks]