Saturday, April 19, 2014

"Walkman" Perplexes Today's Kids

Any adult who has ever watched in jealous amazement as a child intuitively operates an iPad with casual ease may enjoy watching THIS one minute segment from Good Morning America where a series of kids were handed a Sony "Walkman" from the 1980s  and asked to make it work.


Test For You: Lindsay Lohan's Lovers

As part of her recent stint in rehab, Lindsay Lohan apparently had to write down a list of all her former lovers.  Perhaps predictably, that list has now leaked to the public. 

Seeing THIS headline in the New York Daily News,  about how many of the names on it were Hollywood celebrities, suddenly confronted me with an unexpected test that would give me insight on my very soul. Do I click on that link to view the photograph of the actual list, handwritten by Lindsay Lohan herself? 

There are two types of people in the world, I think: those who eagerly view a purloined list like that (hoping for a scandalously long list of famous names), and those others who don't bother, who genuinely don't care.

Which type are you?

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Real History of Easter

Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays.  But I never knew much about how (and why) all the secular traditions, like Easter bunnies and Easter baskets and egg hunts, evolved alongside the religious festival.

This 3 minute piece from the History Channel addresses a lot of that in a quick, whimsical way. 

1906 San Francisco Earthquake: Four Days Before

A massive earthquake famously struck San Francisco on this day back in 1906, an anniversary that brought to mind this excellent 60 Minutes piece about stunning, digitally-restored movie footage of San Francisco taken just four days before that earthquake (and subsequent fire) nearly destroyed the city. The camera is mounted on the front of a streetcar rolling down Market Street, vying with horse-drawn carriages and automobiles and pedestrians. "The film is a time traveler's glimpse of a joyous city on the brink of disaster," explains Morley Safer."The odds are, some of the people you see have just days to live."

Al Jazeera America's Low Ratings

"Al Jazeera America is averaging just 15,000 total viewers, roughly half those who tuned in to its predecessor, Current TV, according to Nielsen figures... The channel draws fewer than 6,000 viewers in the 25-to-54-year-old target audience for news."  You can read more in the New York Post HERE. "The network’s financial backer, the government of Qatar, paid a hefty $500 million in January to purchase Current TV and gain US distribution."

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fake Art Worth Real Money

"It's a fake, yes, but a very important fake. Just because it's a fake doesn't mean it's not valuable, socially and culturally," explains the curator of a new exhibit of prized counterfeit artworks, which this CBS Evening News segment from last night highlights raises intriguing questions about, "what is art?"

(I also thought that the distinction between 'fake" and 'forgery' in this context was interesting.)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

KFC's "Double Down" Will Be Back

Why did the USA Today tout THIS as "Exclusive" news today, I wonder?  Is this either "exclusive" or "news," really?

Anyway, KFC announced that they will be bringing back their notoriously bread-less "Double Down" chicken sandwich for a limited time starting April 21. You may remember that the Double Down caused an indignant stir when it was first announced back in 2009.  (I wrote about it HERE.)

Curious what it actually tastes like? This reviewer says in part, "Wow that's salty... The nice thing about that is, if you really don't like this sandwich, you can use it as a salt lick for your horse."