Friday, February 17, 2006

Charlotte Observer's Blunder-o-Fun

This is an actual ad from the Charlotte Observer back in the late '80's. From what I gather some employees (teenagers) were playing around substituding words in several ads as a joke, intending to remove them before print time. They forgot one.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

So what do you TIVO? My list of shows

In no particular order, these are my main season passes. I recommend any of these if you have not seen them.
  • Battlestar Galactica (Gritty, realistic, complex)
  • Lost
  • The Daily Show
  • The Cobert Report
  • Stargate Atlantis and Stargate SG-1 (comedy in space)
  • My name is Earl (Hilarious. Its "Raising Arizona" meets Seinfield.)
  • Medium (Kolchack meets Kojack)
  • House (A fun show: genius doctor hates people, people hate genius doctor)
  • South Park
  • Nova, Frontline (haven't seen a new one in a while)
  • CSI (the original one. The spinoffs are particularly awful)
  • The Simpsons

Most of the above dramas (except Medium, Galactica, and Lost) follow a formula. Take CSI for example. You know when they have a suspect in hand and its not the final three minutes of the show then it's the wrong guy. House has this problem too. He comes up with a crazy diagnosis and unless we are in the final three minutes of the show, the diagnosis is wrong. They are still great shows though.

Medium depicts a neat hyper-realistic family life that reminds me of That Speilberg classic Close Encounter of the Third Kind, and even Poltergeist. Those movies captured the feeling of a normal, chaotic home filled with children, toys, and TV despite the otherworldy storylines.

Here is an article on upgrading your TIVO's recording capacity:!4B6D7A9716A8E96!150.entry

Friday, February 03, 2006

My "serious" blog

"Doug's Blog of Righteous Chocolate" is the name of my review site:

Lots of engineering projects and reviews. Don't ask me why but it gets a lot of hits and rss subscribers.

Thats my boy!

I'm a great dad. Probably the best. Surely I'm in the top 5 of all time. If there was a dad hall of fame, I would be a first-ballot member.

Anyway, one of my great dad things is messing with my kid's mind. Every day before leaving for work I give him a hug and a kiss (he is 5, so its legal in Florida -- but no photos of it, that would be wrong). So being a great dad, I decided to charge him one penny for every hug. After all, why should he get something for nothing? Teaches him the value of money, and that love is purchased not earned. Besides, with the savings I could send him to college. Ok, city college. Well, maybe mail order degree. All right then, UNC-Charlotte. But that is as low as Ill go.

Well I ask him for a penny every morning and he gives me that long sad "I just want a hug" look, so I give him a freebie. For weeks he has been getting off of paying me my hug dues.

One morning my wife overheard me ask him for my hug penny and said "That's why he is charging me a dollar for every kiss!".

Heh, true story. Little bastard was getting rich off of my scheme. At this rate he can go to NC State.


Thursday, February 02, 2006

Doug's Blog of Righteous Chocolate is in the House

Hey, this theme is "No 565". Not sure what that is, but its damn important.