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2011: Trendspotting

Published: Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:41:52 +0000


‘The Comcast Evening News’

Wed, 16 May 2012 16:10:22 +0000

Walter Cronkite brought us the evening news for decades; we watched in awe. Uncle Walter packaged stories of import that made tens of millions stop, sit, lean forward, and grab it in. There was never a doubt that Cronkite was in charge. These days we have Brian Williams presenting segments that are for the most [...]

How To Fame

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 17:04:23 +0000

Posture is life. What you say and do, along with how you say and do things are obviously important components of the new verb faming, but achieving favorable results with these two things alone isn’t a sufficient accomplishment: We must always consider who we are with everything we say and do. A scattered personality during communication [...]

Improve Your Life (and Those Of Others)

Sat, 24 Dec 2011 14:39:04 +0000

Every day we act in ways that don’t move us forward. I stay in bed longer than needed, sue me. With that here are a few late-year ideas on ways to make everyone around you like you some and tips on how to be a better human: 1. Stop using “!” in email subject lines since [...]

…being in Athens as it falls down

Sun, 23 Oct 2011 03:52:38 +0000

Athens is the dirtiest, foulest, most-disorganized city I’ve visited in decades. The capital city of Greece is ripe with pollution; there isn’t a motorbike that doesn’t snort emissions far worse than cars. I can’t get enough of it and you can sense the excitement in every section of town. Each person wants to help [...]

The Recession Needs Balls

Sun, 21 Aug 2011 17:09:44 +0000

I’ve been hearing a lot of people tell me they won’t do anything gutsy: Friends advising me against certain actions cause someone might react poorly (as if anyone’s paying attention); colleagues warning they think everything should be on pause while the economy recapitulates; partners saying no to events because they think it could hurt their [...]

Ashton Kutcher’s Lateral Move to Nowhere

Sat, 21 May 2011 19:34:44 +0000

I just watched half of Ashton Kutcher’s romp-com No Strings Attached. By accident. I laughed at a bit player’s line: “The sounds of your sex are ruining my porn!” Then I got bored and started staring at my thumbs. Mr. D. Moore has done the same character in about 12 and a half [...]

Award Shows Mean Nothing–And We Can’t Get Enough

Sat, 26 Feb 2011 15:20:30 +0000

Let’s say you go to work, like me, and at the end of the year you get an award for doing your job. Silly, right? Wrong. That is what the “self-servicing” entertainment industries do: give awards for best film, music, TV, book, magazine, and hairstyle (well, not that). Hello, and welcome to the world of award [...]

The Inanity of Fame & The Death of Gerry Rafferty

Sun, 09 Jan 2011 17:45:49 +0000

It’s so damn sad to think of anyone spending years in a room, depressed and drinking and hoping for a better life. But it’s worse when it is someone you thought “had it all.” Reading about the death of Gerry Rafferty, whom you had to know if you turned on a radio once in the [...]

The Last Decade & Mediocrity……A Look Ahead

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 23:27:25 +0000

There’s a Kurt Vonnegut short (very short) story called Harrison Bergeron. In it the United States Handicapper General, under the auspices of the 211th, 212th, and 213th Constitutional Amendments, has stamped out individual talents and characteristics for the sake of total unimpeded equality. The population is fed mindless entertainment, all their memories periodically wiped clean. [...]

Special Episode of “The El Show” (El-ection Day Wrap-up)

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 13:16:28 +0000

The regular Tuesday El Show on Blog Talk Radio was interrupted this Election Day for a special with guests anchor David Brancaccio and ad man Steve Cone. Listen in. But here is a summation just so you know what’s in store: Blog Talk Radio Presents “The El Show: El-ection Day Special” On this Election Day special, I [...]