Friday, June 16, 2006

Surprise blog

Bush’s Visit to Iraq.
It was described as a “surprise.” What does that mean? Did he just happen to be in the neighborhood and drop by? Did he get on the plane and say, “You know fellas, I feel like going to Baghdad! Just for the hell of it!” He must drive his staff crazy with his impulses and shenanigans!

From the WCCO website:
When a young St. Paul boy got to pick the theme for his third birthday party, he didn't pick Nemo or the Wiggles or Dora the Explorer. He didn't even pick his favorite sports team.

Henry Schally picked "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer".

His mother, Jennifer Schally, designed party hats complete with pictures of the PBS news program's regular contributors.

"I think most kids get their favorite show for their birthday party theme," Jennifer Schally said.

Henry's father, Troy Schally, explained he and his wife have watched the show during dinner since their son was an infant. He believes the show's distinctive theme caught his son's attention.

"I don't know if it's a fluke this year and he'll be into something next year or if it's a sign of things to come and he wants to go into broadcast journalism, who knows?" Troy Schally said.

The party was over Memorial Day weekend, and the Schallys made all their guests wear the hats Jennifer Schally designed. They got a cake with the photo of the show's correspondents and Jennifer Schally arranged for Jim Lehrer to send an autographed photo for a birthday present.

It read, "To my youngest fan" and was signed, "Jimmy Jimmy BoBo", which is the nickname Henry gave Lehrer.

The unusual party got nationwide attention in Thursday's Washington Post, with the headline, "'Jimmy Jimmy BoBo' Lehrer Makes Birthday Party Newsworthy".

Henry clearly enjoys watching the program. When the anchor came on screen, he burst into a huge smile and yelled out, "Jim!"

Henry later noticed a change in the theme orchestration saying, "It's new music!"

When correspondent Kwame Holman started delivering his report, Henry yelled out "Kwame Holman!"

"He's really a normal kid," Jennifer Schally said. "I think beyond this, he's pretty fun-loving."

"Outside of 6 to 7 o'clock every weekday night, he's pretty normal," Troy Schally clarified.

What annoyed me this week?
An Apple v. PC ad.


It features two geeks, a round-ish geek in an ugly suit who represents the PC, and a weedy skinny geek in casual clothes who represents the Mac. He’s supposed to be the hip one, though the PC user reminds me vaguely of Bun E Carlos from Cheap Trick. And the Mac’s scrotty little beard makes me want to strangle him.

This whole campaign could backfire. The PC looks like a younger Karl Rove, who went on to become adviser to a President. The Mac reminds me of every guy I see sipping lattes at an Internet café. He’s busy re-polishing his resume, while the PC already has a job. Mac is busy selecting tunes for his iPod, while PC conducts a symphony. Mac is chatting with his friends on AIM, while PC is plotting the overthrow of a third world country. I mean, really, who would YOU rather be?

“It’s Kwame! It’s Kwame!” The little boy was beside himself with excitement, jumping up and down on his stubby little legs.
Other kids, in the meantime, are catching up on their comic books. DC is re-introducing Batwoman as a lesbian. And Spiderman held a press conference where he revealed himself to be Peter Parker. Of course, regular readers of SPIDERMAN already know he’s Peter Parker.

The Howling Part XXX
From AP: Some students are downloading a ring tone off the Internet that is too high-pitched to be heard by most adults. With it, high schoolers can receive text message alerts on their cell phones without the teacher knowing.

Won’t you please help?
From AP:

The GAO concluded that FEMA was hoodwinked to pay for season football tickets, a tropical vacation and a sex change procedure. Prison inmates, a supposed victim who used a New Orleans cemetery for a home address and a person who spent 70 days at a Hawaiian hotel all were able to get taxpayer help, according to evidence that gives a new black eye to the nation's disaster relief agency.

Jimmy Jimmy Bo Bo
Jimmy Jimmy Bo Bo!


Blogger Elayne said...

Re: "What Annoyed Me..." : I believe the two actors are supposed to superficially resemble a younger Steve Jobs (the Mac guy) and Bill Gates (the PC guy). The trouble is, I believe the PC guy is played by occasional Daily Show cast member John Hodgman so when I watch this ad series I'm always thinking about his "Resident Expert" bits on that show.

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