Friday, September 26, 2008

Letterman Lambastes McCain

Posted this on The Televisionista, but thought it deserved some play here as well. As Anthony said, DON'T piss Letterman off. Especially if you're running for president:

Thursday, September 25, 2008

24 torture tactics?

Don't get me wrong. I'm thrilled at the idea of 24 returning, even for just a 2-hour special. But it's such a tease. After the series being postponed because of the writer's strike last season and not airing at all, and now this 2-hour tease ("24: Redemption," set to air Sunday November 23), I really just want to see the actual series as it's meant to be seen.

Programming-wise, it's a good idea to get everyone remembering this show again. But is it really the show, if it's a self-contained 2-hour special? They claim that this sets the stage for what happens in Season 7. But part of what's so great about the show is the hour-to-hour urgency as you race through 24 episodes of craziness. The serial nature of the show is why we love it. Why tease me with 2 hours 2 months before the show actually starts?

Jack Bauer, you are breaking my heart. "There's no time!!!!"

Click to watch the trailer for 24: Redemption.

Debatable?

I'm not quite sure what to think about the debate between McCain and Obama over the debates.

From what I understand, McCain is putting his campaign on hold to go back to Washington and deal with the economic crisis. He wants to put the debates on hold too. Obama says the future president should be able to do more than one thing at a time and he wants to forge ahead with the debates.

What's really going on here? Is McCain panicking about the debates like some pundits are saying? The Daily Show and Colbert Report last night made some very funny jokes about the whole situation. (Watch this "Stephen Suspends the Show" video clip from last night's ep.) Does McCain putting his campaign on hold really accomplish anything except giving him more time to prepare for the debates?

On the other hand, like this article from AdAge says, Obama is a junior senator who doesn't have much on his record in terms of actual legislation. Would it behoove him to go back to Washington and concentrate on this, rather than practicing for a debate? And does he really want to come across as someone more worried about getting elected than about helping the country? Or is he right that you can't just shut down and concentrate on one thing, you have to be able to do it all? Or is that not even the issue?

To be honest, I'm not really sure what I think. I wouldn't want to be either of these guys right now, I'll tell you that. What say you, blog readers? What would you do?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Gmail and Wario

Two great things I found today:

1) GMail tips from the GMail blog. This is great stuff if you use GMail. Check it out here.

2) The Wario Wii YouTube "experience." This is a vid of some cool scenes from the new Wario Wii game. But the coolest part is what happens to your YouTube screen as the video plays. Awesome. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/experiencewii.

Colbert Quote of the Day

"Like 9.11, no one could have seen this coming. Although, there was that memo entitled 'Banking Industry Determined to Strike Within the US.'" - Stephen Colbert

Icy!

National Geographic's pic of the day today is pretty cool.



Caption:
An expedition member hauls a custom-built ricksha laden with supplies across the desolate Chang Tang alpine steppe in northern Tibet. A group of elite mountaineers put together the expedition to witness births at the remote calving grounds of the elusive chiru, or Tibetan antelope.

The expeditioners chose to use lightweight rickshas instead of four-wheel-drive vehicles, which would get stuck in the mud and spook the chiru with engine noise.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Candystand has a new Mama

Well, according to today's Advertising Age, Wrigley's is selling CandyStand.com. I love that site. Here's hoping they don't get rid of some of my favs, like Gummy Bunny Egg Hunt!! :)
"Wrigley Sells Advergaming Site Candystand"

Friday, September 19, 2008

"I'm a PC"

As an extremely biased Mac user who helps create ads every day for a PC company which is not Microsoft (holla IBM), it's really difficult for me to like this ad. Actually, I really dislike it. BUT, I have to give Microsoft (actually, Crispin Porter ad agency) props for trying this campaign.

But what do you think, as someone less-biased than I am? Do you think this seems smug, whiny, cruel or maybe desperate coming from Goliath? Or do you think this is an important message to get across after all of Apple's attack ads? And probably most importantly, would this make you more likely to go out and buy a PC?

And what about those Seinfeld-Gates ads that were supposedly setting up this campaign? Crispin Porter and Microsoft are claiming the plan has always been to transition directly from those to this. It seems unlikely to me. What do you think?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Journalistic Responsibility?

Ben sent me this link due to my love of Bill Moyers. If you haven't seen it you should check it out -- Moyers gets into it with a producer from The O'Reilly Factor.

Speaking of Bill Moyers, watch some of his speech from the National Conference for Media Reform in June 2008. I love this guy.

And just to throw this in because I can't get enough of it, I've embedded Jon Stewart's interview on Crossfire below. Enjoy. Again. (Hopefully this isn't your first viewing.)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Quote of the Day

"In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress." - John Adams

Palin/Moyers showdown?

YES. Genius. Rob McElvaine at the Huffington Post today raised the best suggestion I've heard in a while -- "Let Bill Moyers Question Palin." It's brilliant.

Why is this brilliant? A number of reasons:

1) I am in love with Bill Moyers. I know it seems weird because he is old, but he's a terrific journalist.

2) As McElvaine says in the article, some of the questions in Charlie Gibson's interview may have stumped Palin, but he didn't actually talk about some of the tougher issues, like Palin's evangelical background.

3) McElvaine's quote about Sean Hannity says it best: "Sarah Palin's second interview is scheduled for Tuesday with Sean Hannity of Fox News. We can hope he will surprise everyone and attempt to act as if Fox were a real news organization by asking her the questions that need to be asked. But who's going to hold her or his breath on that one?"

4) Moyers is a Christian and may venture to actually engage her in a discussion about her beliefs.

It's genius. Please, McCain-Palin campaign, let Bill Moyers interview Sarah Palin. It's the interview we all need to see.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Note from the Universe

I subscribe to the "Notes from the Universe" daily messages (http://www.tut.com), and today's Note I thought was post-worthy:

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For those who ponder and wonder and wrestle with the idea of what it is they really want, I have an answer that each would wholeheartedly agree with: "HAPPINESS."

And for those who ponder and wonder and wrestle with exactly what will bring them true happiness, I have an answer that each would wholeheartedly disagree with: "Just do something, do anything, as soon as possible, and do it with care."

And I'd add, "Trust me."

Tallyho,
The Universe
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