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Television

March 05, 2014

"How Hannah Horvath is Like Jo March"

The latest attempt to attribute Big Meaning to HBO's Girls: it's just like Little Women

Bzzzzzt. Uh . . . not really, no. Thanks for playing, though. 

February 28, 2014

"The Complete History of SNL's Celebrity Jeopardy"

It got a little too exaggerated toward the end, but overall, I think this was one of SNL's finest efforts

February 23, 2014

Introduction to the TV show Taxi

This is a guide to ten representative episodes of Taxi

January 22, 2014

"The Best Of Jerry Seinfeld’s Reddit AMA"

Jerry answers some questions from the folks at Reddit. 

See also "Jerry Seinfeld Explains How To Be Funny Without Sex Or Swearing".

January 21, 2014

TV sports journalists apparently don't have to take American literature courses

At least this one didn't: "Is that a quote?"

(Deadspin's pseudo Hemingway, on the other hand, is pretty good.)

January 14, 2014

"A 'Price Is Right' Contestant Won A $150,000 Audi R8 And Went Totally Bananas"

Very nice and made me smile

But somebody should show the video when she finds out she's going to have to pay taxes on the market value of that car

December 12, 2013

"How Intel's Attempt To Revolutionize TV Ended Up A Disaster"

Even the best-run companies screw up every once in a while.

Earlier this year, Intel Corp rented temporary retail space in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago for a splashy launch of Intel TV, a new Internet entertainment service that the chipmaker promised could revolutionize the television industry. 

But when customers walk into those stores this holiday season, they will not find any set-top TV boxes or programming services for sale. Instead, they will see ultra thin laptops and new tablets from a variety of vendors that Intel hopes will help boost its massive but flagging computer chip business.

October 28, 2013

A selection of recent readings related to the Affordable Care Act

As Mike Myers, doing Linda Richman on "Coffee Talk," might have said: "The Affordable Care Act is neither affordable nor caring. Discuss." (And we're all a little verklemmt!)

"Obama and Sebelius: 'The Dog Ate My Homework'".

When I first started reading comic strips more than 40 years ago, one of the most popular was Bil Keane’s Family Circus, a lighthearted look at childhood and family dynamics. One running gag had to do with the typical child’s response to accountability for errors and mischief. 

Keane would draw a ghostlike figure running through a scene, behaving badly with a manic sort of glee while the mother demanded to know who had broken the lamp, created a mess in the living room, or let the dog out.  Keane gave the ghost character the name of the inevitable response from the children – Ida Know.

Welcome to the Ida Know administration.

"The Definitive Guide to How Obamacare is Destroying American Lives".

On Sunday night, I wrote a short post soliciting stories from my readers about how Obamacare has already immediately impacted their lives. I asked that all of these emails be directed to ObamacareMakesMeSick@Yahoo.com. I expected a response; I didn’t expect it to be quite so overwhelming.

Over the last 24 hours, my inbox has been flooded with hundreds of emails.

"Everything you need to know about Obamacare’s problems".

What exactly is broken?

It’s helpful to divide the problems into three categories: Getting in, getting eligible, and getting insurance.

"Obama has declared Healthcare.gov problems unacceptable. Problem solved."

The “unacceptable” speech is a staple of the Obama presidency. Through gritted teeth, the president acknowledges something he’d rather not, usually something his administration has screwed up royally—Benghazi, the IRS scandal, or the push for intervention in Syria. He detaches himself from the situation and all responsibility for what he’s acknowledging while offering a stern lecture for those who caused the problem— usually someone he hired and under his direct instruction— and promising to get to the bottom of it. He might show a flash of barely contained Spock-Obama anger to send a thrill up the legs of newscasters.

In the South Parkian parlance of the underpants gnomes, that’s Step 1. Step 2: ? Step 3: Problem solved.

"To fix Obamacare website, blow it up, start over".

Experts say the major problems with the Obamacare website can't reasonably be solved before the end of 2013, and the best fix would be to start over from scratch.

Continue reading "A selection of recent readings related to the Affordable Care Act" »

October 03, 2013

The ending episode of Breaking Bad

If, like me, you thought--counter to the mountains of praise it received--it was logically and physically extremely implausible, know that we're not alone. Two commenters have offered a persuasive case that the whole episode, after Walt finds the car keys a couple of minutes in, is actually his fantasy. Norm McDonald's take. Emily Nussbaum's.

I feel better.

My wife says this explanation reminds her of Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge".

August 24, 2013

"ESPN Will Never, Ever Do This Again"

Norm MacDonald's monologue at the 1998 ESPY awards
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