There is just something funny about the not-too-distant past, especially when it comes to explaining technology. Here the interestingly named (and still in the media) Kim Komando explains computers for a TV audience in a series called Komputer Kindergarten. The editing is choppy, but still fun to watch. Email readers can watch here. Via Gizmodo.
When I was a wee lad, I remember seeing these little animated tv shows that seemed to be mixed in with my Saturday morning cartoons. They were only a few minutes long and were focused on a single subject. But these little shows were unlike anything else on TV. I learned something real. I remembered. I knew, at a very young age, how a bill becomes a law. It was Schoolhouse Rock! and as of January 13th, it turned 40 years old. Speider Schneider is a family friend of David McCall, the creator of... Continue Reading
The new HBO show Newsroom, written by Aaron Sorkin, follows the lives of a team of TV journalists at a fictional news station called ACN. Instead of making up a constant stream of news for the show, Sorkin opted to set the show in the recent past and cover real-life events like the Gulf Oil Spill and the rise of the Tea Party. Some speculate that the show represents Sorkin’s vision of how the stories should have been covered in the news. Hindsight is always 20/20 and I do not wish to dwell on... Continue Reading
If only more people would take this seriously.
The whiteboard he used on election night 2000 (not the one above) is now a part of the Smithsonian. Tim Russert has been a staple of our Sunday mornings for years. He is someone for which I had a great deal of respect. Not only was he very, very good at his job, but it was obvious that he loved it and looked forward to it everyday. His enthusiasm was infectious. May we all be so lucky. R.I.P. Tim Russert, you were a huge inspiration.
The Venice Project (TVP) is a new online video application from Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis - the team who brought us Skype, which was sold to eBay for over two billion dollars in 2005. So, not only does the team have resources, but an amazing track record. This time, they are focused on merging the best of TV and the Internet. From what Iâ€™ve seen so far in the beta, they are off to an amazing start. Iâ€™ve only been playing for a day or so but I want to tell you about my first-blush... Continue Reading
Chris pointed me to the Family Guy Blog and my first thought was, oh man, this may suck. The Family Guy is such a clever and painfully funny show, I had low expectations for how it would translate to the blog world. Would it be Stewie's character? Would it be another crappy character blog? From what I've seen so far, they've done it right. I'm impressed. In Channel 9 fashion, the blog offers a view into the production of the show and the people behind it. It has RSS, comments and all.... Continue Reading
A while back I posted about Ken Jennings, the record breaking Jeopardy game show champ. The post was Jeopardy and the Power of Engagement, and was about how the effect of Jeopardy's change in policy that allowed champions to keep winning instead stopping after 5 wins. (This was back when he had only won a paltry $231,000). My point at the time was that Ken's streak was engaging- his winning streak made me want to keep watching Jeopardy. I felt a connection to this guy and the change in... Continue Reading
OK, So I'll be back in 213.5 hours... For those of you that may not be aware, the television game show Jeopardy changed it's policy recently. For as long as I can remember, a player could only win 5 times in a row. Once they won five times, they got the money and a trip back for the tournament of champions. This policy changed recently. Now, a player can win, and keep on winning until they lose. This is pertinent today because the current player has won seven shows in a row and racked up a... Continue Reading
Study: Internet tops TV in battle for teens' time I have a couple of nephews that have grown up wired. They've been using instant messaging for years and now one of them is planning to start a photo blog. If you think online communication/social software is growing now- wait until these kids start making business decisions. I thought this quote from a teen was key: She doesn't have cable TV, but if she did, ''pretty soon I'd just get bored of it,'' she says. On the Internet, ''you can actually... Continue Reading