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Sunday, February 5, 2006
The Commercials
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 10:24 pm

Of course, for a Trekgeek such as myself, I have to say I loved the Nimoy Aleve commercial.

Supposedly you can view all the ads here: IFILM - Watch the Superbowl Commercials-but it is slow at the moment, and is only showing some of the ads, not all of them.

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Thursday, February 2, 2006
Presidents and Rock Stars
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 11:05 am

For some reason, photos of Presidents and rock stars are amusing to me. I don’t know if it is the juxtaposition of politics and pop culutre (and therefore the convergence of the serious and the frivolous-at least after a fashion), or the fact the Presidents are ultimately fairly uncool old guys and rock stars are supposed to be the embodiment of cool.

So, along those lines, is the lastest example from today’s the National Prayer Breakfast (photo from the AP):

Ya think that maybe Dubya is giving him some shaving tips in that photo? (”They’ve got these nifty devices called razors. And is Cher with you?”)

Of course, nothing can beat this classic:

And, of course, at least one President of recent vintage actually aspired to be a rock star after a fashion (and, to large degree, succeeded).

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Thursday, January 26, 2006
Utterly. Classic.
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 7:53 pm


Inspired by this plus this.

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Monday, January 23, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 4:31 pm

Via the AP: Buttafuocos, Amy Fisher Plan TV Reunion

Oh, the humanity!

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Sunday, January 22, 2006
Blogs go Mainstream
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 3:35 pm

In the last week I have seen two different commercials for TV shows that mention blogs. I just saw a CSI: Miami commercial wherein there was something about them finding evidence via a blog and there was some throw-away line on a commercial for How I Met Your Mother wherein Doogie Howser asks “don’t you read my blog?”

So it’s official: we aren’t cool anymore-everyone knows about us.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006
To Boldly Buy What No Man Has Bought Before!
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 6:23 am

Via the BBC: Actor Shatner sells kidney stone

Star Trek actor William Shatner has sold his kidney stone for $25,000 (£14,000) to an online casino, to raise money for a housing charity.

The 74-year-old actor agreed on Monday to sell the stone to

“This takes organ donors to a new height, to a new low, maybe. How much is a piece of me worth?” said Shatner.

I was going to say “I think I’ll pass” but that would be too much of an unintended pun.

The money is going to Habitat for Humanity, so more power to them. However, I must confess to some trepidation over anyone who would want to buy the darn thing.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005
The Return of The Prisoner
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 9:17 pm

There is a remake of the British cult classic The Prisoner in the works. I am intrigued, but have to say, it is a show that strikes me as incredibly difficult to redo.

The basics are here.

And via the BBC: No Portmeirion for new Prisoner.

Intriguing, to be sure.

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Saturday, December 10, 2005
A Sign of the Apocalypse
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 3:49 pm

Via the AP: Man Creates Paris Hilton Christmas Shrine

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In Memoriam: Pryor and McCarthy
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 3:34 pm

The BBC is reporting that Richard Pryor has died at age 65 and that Senator Eugene McCarthy has died as well. No links at the moment.


Via Reuters: Comedian Richard Pryor dead.

Via CNN: Comedian Richard Pryor dies at 65

Via CNN: Former Sen. Eugene McCarthy dies

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bRight & Early » Richar Pryor, Eugene McCarthy Die linked with [...]  | trackback (right click and save) |  Dr. Steven Taylor (PoliBlog) alerts us to the news that comedian Richard Pryor and former Senator Eugene McCarthy have died. From the AP: [...]
Thursday, December 8, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 7:21 pm

Via Reuters: Valderrama saddles up for ‘CHiPs’ remake.

I’m sorry, but some things should stay dead (although I will admit, Valderrama does look a lot like Estrada, now that they mention it).

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O’Reilly: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (or Else!!)
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:11 am

Apropos of my post yesterday, we have, via Media Matters the following transcript excerpt from Bill O’Reilly’s 12/2/05 radio show:

I am not going to let oppressive, totalitarian, anti-Christian forces in this country diminish and denigrate the holiday and the celebration. I am not going to let it happen. I’m gonna use all the power that I have on radio and television to bring horror into the world of people who are trying to do that. And we have succeeded. You know we’ve succeeded. They are on the run in corporations, in the media, everywhere. They are on the run, because I will put their face and their name on television, and I will talk about them on the radio if they do it. There is no reason on this earth that all of us cannot celebrate a public holiday devoted to generosity, peace, and love together. There is no reason on the earth that we can’t do that. So we are going to do it. And anyone who tries to stop us from doing it is gonna face me.

First off, this snippet underscores one of the many reasons I can’t take O’Reilly: the sheer egomania here is palpable. Yes, he has a top-rated cable news show, and there is some power to be associated with that many eyeballs and ears. However, the people he thinks he has “on the run” probably pay him very little attention. Meanwhile, he pumps up his viewers and listeners with all this bravado. Plus, his “me versus the powerful” shtick wears on me in a general sense.

Second, and more importantly, is this really the way to promote the values of “generosity, peace, and love”-by threatening to “bring horror” to those who don’t see your point of view? All this kind of talk does is harden positions and creates even more animosity towards Christianity by those predisposed to oppose it in the first place. Trying to bully people isn’t a very good method for changing their minds.

Clearly, this is about attention and ratings-not about promoting “generosity, peace, and love.”

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Wednesday, December 7, 2005
A Get Smart Flick?
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 1:14 pm

Cinerati has the scoop.

Although outside of the Cold War mileu and the 1960s spy era, I am not sure how well the concept will translate.

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The Florida Masochist linked with Would you believe?
Saturday, November 26, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 1:20 pm


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Friday, November 25, 2005
In Memoriam: Pat Morita
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 11:14 am

Via the AP: Actor Pat Morita Dies at 73

Morita died Thursday at his home in Las Vegas of natural causes, said his wife of 12 years, Evelyn. She said in a statement that her husband, who first rose to fame with a role on “Happy Days,” had “dedicated his entire life to acting and comedy.”

Ultimately, he was Mr. Miyage, but he’ll always be first and foremost Arnold in my mind.

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A Knight's Blog linked with Sayonora, Mr. Miyagi
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 10:34 pm

Whoever told Mariah Carey that this looked good should be fired.

(And yes, it seems I have stooped to the level of celebrity fashion critiques).

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