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Dealing with Job Obsolescence

I remember when I’ve been out of it for a couple of days. I had a cold and lost my appetite. (The only good thing about being sick and not eating is that I am back to my pre-Christmas weight.) In the midst of my lethargic response to being ill, I watched Wheel of Fortune; […]

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Black and White in a Technicolor World

I dream in black and white. I’ve always assumed this was because I grew up watching black and white TV. Occasionally my black and white dream contains one item in color—a more recent cinematic effect that my dreaming has likely emulated. A couple of times an entire dream scene is blasted with vibrant, blinding color. It comes […]

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Why Are TV Channels Packaged?

Television providers have packages for various programming levels: basic, deluxe, and premium or by theme: movies, sports, music, and Spanish. This can be frustrating for consumers who may end up buying an entire package just to watch one channel or perhaps even one show. Why is this? Why can’t we just buy the channels we […]

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How to Deal with Olympic Overdose

Although I don’t watch a lot of sports on TV, I get really excited every couple of years when the Olympics roll around (both the summer and winter games). The Olympics gives me an abundance of sports, both in terms of variety and amount. I gravitate towards the contests that are quantifiable: points, goals, time, and […]

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Super Bowl Game and Super Bowl Ads

By now, anyone who cares knows that the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl last night.  The Colts came out strong, dominating the first quarter and building up a nice lead.  The momentum shifted in the second quarter, even though the lead did not.  After a halftime show with the Who — great production, […]

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Doritos Consumer Produced Spots on the Super Bowl

I recently blogged that Doritos will be running consumer produced spots during the Super Bowl.  In January, voting took  place to determine which three of the finalists will be aired during the Super Bowl.  I watched all six and ranked them in the following order: 1) “Casket” 2) “Underdog” 3) “House Rules” 4) “Kids These […]

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Doritos Ads to “Crash the Super Bowl”

With only four football teams left in contention, the Super Bowl is fast approaching — and with it Super Commercials. This year, Doritos will again be running consumer produced spots during the Super Bowl.  Their Crash the Super Bowl promotion generated over 4,000 submissions.  The top six were selected as finalists and the voting has […]

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The Advance of Digital TV

Over the weekend, the final phase of the United State’s conversion to digital TV was completed — but not without some angst from angry viewers. For my part, it was a non-issue, since I do my TV viewing via satellite.  Even so, I do have an antenna as backup and bought a converter box so […]

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Super Bowl with Not So Super Ads

This year, the Super Bowl was a great game, but the ads were not so great. This game was even more exciting and interesting than last year’s, which was also an anomaly, with many past games being uninspiring blowouts. Usually I watch just for the commercials, but not so much the game.  This year I […]

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Analog TV Gets a Reprieve

A few weeks ago, President Obama indicated that he wanted to delay the long-planned, mid-February date for discontinuing the broadcasting of analog TV signals.  This has been in the works for several years (I think more over a decade) and has been much discussed and promoted over the past year.  Yesterday, congress gave their approval […]