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Why This New World Order Digital Google Chrome Commercial is So Amazing, So Unlike Anything Seen on TV (YouTube Video)

April 29th, 2012 No comments

We all watch commercials on television every time we turn on the TV and watch content we like.  Even when we watch TV online we have to endure commercials.  Take Video on Demand.  Same thing, right?  Commercials and more commercials.

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Some really stink.

Others are really good.  How about great?  How about really great like this Google Chrome: Coffee commercial that caught my attention during last week’s episode of New Girl on FOX.

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Not because it was a creative commercial, the type you might see some advertiser spend a couple of million dollars of wasted, unnecessary money on the SuperBowl.  I’ve never understood the long term value of spending so much money on a one day event where  you lose money.  Totally lose money.

Dat be spending a million or two million bucks on the SuperBowl.

But because this Google Chrome: Coffee commercial is the future of creativity on television.  Television created by those in the world of new age digital and new age advertising.

If this commercial doesn’t help to motivate you to become an early adopter of digital toys which is where Google Chrome falls then I can’t imagine what might be able to move you toward a new world digital order.

Just watch it.

If you want to see the future of advertising which is now the combination of the digital world and emotional content, watch this commercial for Google Chrome.

It’s fantastic.

Rick Thomas


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Jimmy Kimmel Awesome, Safe, Fun Go Round at White House Correspondents Dinner (YouTube Video)

April 29th, 2012 No comments

OK so the White House Correspondents Dinner took place at the Washington Hilton Hotel last night and as usual there were a lot of ooooh’s and aaaaah’s flying all around the ballroom last night.  Anytime this dinner invites my two favorite targets on this blog, they being Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian, well you can expect a lot of interesting chatter from those in front of the microphone.

Even the President of the United States.

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President Obama was as usual perfect.  Most Presidents are pretty much perfect on this night.  It’s always fun to watch.  Even Jimmy Kimmel, who played it relatively safe with only one clear shot at President Obama, had a lot of fun with POTUS and just about everyone else.

But the White House Correspondents Dinner went off real well.  Check out the video content and see for yourself.

 


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Saturday Night’s Alright for NBC’s Eye Candy Series ‘The Firm’

April 29th, 2012 No comments

OK so let’s lay this out.  It’s Saturday night.  I have options.  Several by the way.   I could have spent the night watching the White House Correspondents Dinner on C-SPAN, more NBA Playoff games on TNT and ESPN, could watch a couple of episodes of COPS on FOX but those morons running that network decided to take the male version of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills off the air or I could fiddle around on Match.com and go out on a date with another really good looking 45 plus woman with a couple of kids and a jealous ex-husband.  Or these days, just a husband.

THE FIRM -- Chapter 7 -- Pictured: Josh Lucas as Mitch McDeere

'The Firm' - Josh Lucas as Mitch McDeere

But nope not last night.  I did forget to tape Cheaters on KDOC last night but I certainly have not forgotten to keep the series recording set for NBC’s awesome yet under-rated and underpromoted drama The Firm.

THE FIRM -- "Chapter 3" Episode 103 -- Pictured: Molly Parker as Abby McDeere

'The Firm' - Molly Parker as Abby McDeere

Gotta admit…the first couple of episodes which aired during the week didn’t hold me.  Or quite frankly a lot of viewers.  Being on in the midst of a lot of new programming on television, well this show was hard to find.  And hard to follow.  Don’t get me it’s worth the hour of your time, well on any day, as a guy to check out the female eye candy that bounces around on the screen during any episode of The Firm.  Molly Parker, Juliette Lewis and Tricia Helfer, well good Lord!  You gotta believe there is a God and God created some fine women, then cast them on The Firm.

THE FIRM -- Season 1 -- Pictured: Callum Keith Rennie as Ray McDeere

'The Firm' - Callum Keith Rennie as Ray McDeere

 And for women, Jost Lucas who stars as Mitch McDeere and Callum Keith Rennie who plays his brother in The Firm, well both of them are not bad to look at either. 

THE FIRM -- Chapter 8 -- Pictured: Juliette Lewis as Tammy Hemphill

'The Firm' - Juliette Lewis as Tammy Hemphill

But The Firm, with it’s ongoing, non-stop weekly dramatics is a solid program that’s exciting, engaging and worth a look back if you like good, quality television.

It’s actually a show that keeps you wanting the next episode of  The Firm.  Or the next chapter as it’s called for each episode.  Taken from the book written by John Grisham and the movie with Tom Cruise the television series meets the mark for a Saturday night, especially if there’s a choice among FOX’s repeats of The Office instead of COPS, another Match.com date with a woman in front of a jealous ex-husband or the White House Correspondent’s Dinner which was actually done well as always but can watch 30 more times on MSNBC.

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Tricia Helfer from 'The Firm'

But anyway The Firm is worth going back and watching online.  Great cast and of course great eye candy which you can see in the photos embedded in this story. 

Rick Thomas


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Simply Overkill, the Non-Stop Local TV Coverage 20 Years Later, the Los Angeles Riots (YouTube Videos)

April 29th, 2012 No comments
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I almost want to stop watching.  I almost have to stop watching. 

But you can’t.  Strangely enough you just can’t.  I just can’t.  I don’t want to go back.  I hate going back to some of the worst times in Los Angeles history.  I came to Los Angeles seven years ago to build a business, enjoy some fun in the sun by getting away from the snow back east.  I was tired of the snow. 

Los Angeles, southern California here I come.   

This is a strange day in Los Angeles.  At least for me.  I didn’t live in Los Angeles after the Rodney King verdict and the atermath that took place.  The LA Riots as they are now called began a long, ongoing conversation about the police and the relationship between the African American community that has changed the LAPD tremendously. 

It has also changed Los Angeles and America forever.

Interestingly enough the area I live in today, a neighborhood called Koreatown, bore the brunt of the almost week long riots in Los Angeles.  I didn’t know that until this morning.  After watching the non-stop local TV coverage of the LA Riots.  I guess I really didn’t care about those days.  Again, I wasn’t here and more important this type of incident just really pisses me off.  Black people tearing up black people and black neighborhoods.  White people being beaten by thugs.  Korean people that I live next to, especially the older ones, looking warily of me.  Not only do I live in Koreatown but my office is right in the middle of Koreatown. 

Tomorrow, at least for me, will be a different day.  It really will.  

I’ve always told myself that I like the people I live and work around.  “They say nothing to me, I say nothing to them,” is my response when they walk past me and ignore me. 

Wonderful I say.

Little did I know that some of the shop-owners living in Koreatown during the Los Angele Riots actually pulled out rifles, shotguns and pistols to defend their properties against the rioters, most of them African American.

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None of us old enough to remember the live broadcasts of those riots will ever forget the acquittal of four white cops who pretty much beat the hell out of Rodney King.

Now living in Los Angeles, once again it’s a bit strange.  Just watching NBC4 Los Angeles and the station’s coverage of the 20 year anniversary of those riots, it seems so much has changed.  Then as I watch the same news programming of the riots, the talking heads on the news bring up the Trayvon Martin case in Sanford, Florida which seems that so little has changed.

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20 years later, living and loving Los Angeles, there seems to be a calm reflection on those six days of turmoil which took so many lives.  The calm reflection that no matter what the results of the case  20 years ago today that it’s time to take a deep breath and hopefully look toward a better future.

Sure Rodney King’s verdict was wrong.  But re-living those awful days is something most people here in Los Angeles would like to forget. 

To turn back the hands of time, to keep complaining about bias and racism seems futile.  It will always be with us.  It’s never going away.  Some  people on both sides of the spectrum will never let racism die, not matter where they live, what they say or do each day to give those around them the impression that things are changing.  It’s never going to happen.  But to keep whining and moaning about the change which will never happen seems once again futile.

Watching Reginald Denny get beat up again won’t change anything.  What will change something is not forgetting the past but doing our best to move forward.  Well forward.  Anything less won’t move the issue anywhere.

Not the answer, right?  Not sure anyone has the answer.  But 20 years later, watching this video content of the LA Riots.  Well what’s that saying people use…”it’s surreal.”

Rick Thomas


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MTV’s ‘Savage U’s Dan Savage’s “Pansy-Ass” Chat to Christian Students, They Walk Out (YouTube Video)

April 28th, 2012 No comments

Oh my here we go with the gay thing again.  Must be an election year, ya think?  Yes MTV’s Dan Savage took on the Bible, gay people and everything and everybody else during last week’s episode of Savage U and started a mess that’s trending big time on the so called World Wide Web.

MTV's Dan Savage of 'Savage U'

MTV's Dan Savage of 'Savage U'

Dan Savage talked about sex and relationships with those students at the National High School Journalist Conference in Seattle but some of his comments to these Christian students were not taken to heart by those in the audience.  “We can learn to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about gay people,” said Dan Savage during his talk with those Christian teens that had some of them, or should we note that many of them decided to get up and walk out on Dan Savage and his get together.

But wait there’s more from Dan Savage.

While some students just walked out and one appeared to be crying from his comments, Dan Savage went on to say “It’s funny, as someone who is on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible, how pansy-ass some people when you push back.”

OK Dan Savage…

Whatever you say.

Many are calling for an apology from Dan Savage, especially after his pansy-ass comment but so far nothing from the MTV host.  As you should expect, more to come but check out the video.

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‘Cedric “The Entertainer” is ‘The Soul Man’ on TV Land New Sitcom

April 28th, 2012 No comments

And he’s got Niecy Nash on board with him as the comic moves from NBC’s It’s Worth What which quite frankly had about four people who watched that waste of an hour of television time but Cedric “The Entertainer” is back in business.  The upcoming TV Land is bringing another original comedy series with The Soul Man that heads in to production and set to premiere on the network June 20th. 

Cedric "The Entertainer"

Cedric "The Entertainer"

In typical black comedy television content, The Soul Man has Cedric “The Entertainer” starring as an R & B singer turned minister who was making big bucks, living the high life and getting that call from the man upstairs to turn religious. 

Niecy Nash

Niecy Nash

If you’ve been a fan of the TV Land comedy Hot in Cleveland, you saw the Reverend Boyce The Voice Ballentine who popped up in a season two episode of that show.  Now comes the spin off as The Voice and Cedric “The Entertainer” gets a new show on the cable network. 

Niecy Nash is part of the cast playing the Reverend’s wife.  The Soul Man airs on TV Land at 10PM premiere night.


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This Won’t Be The Warm, Fuzzy Presidential Race, Watch Obama, Clinton Take on Mitt Romney

April 27th, 2012 No comments

Nobody said this was gonna be easy.  Or cordial.  Heck the Republicans are finishing up their primary effort with a lot of bruised egos, a lot of families in ruin and the type of chatter from all of the candidates that have temporarily destroyed the image of the GOP.

 

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

 

Well the real campaign is about to begin.  It looks like all Mitt Romney all of the time now as he is the presumptive nominee of the GOP to take on Barack Obama.  And the televisions in each of our homes will be inundated with political advertising non-stop and each side will pull out all stops to win the White House.

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney

This commercial from the Obama Campaign is just the beginning.  Just the start.  And this is calm compared at what many expect will be the nastiest run for the White House ever.

Yeah we say that every four years but this is for real.

 

 

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The amazing element you’re left with is the calmness of this commercial.  And shows that each campaign is ready to yell and scream but also relax us during this intense political season.

One thing we can all say…this is going to be fun.


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Emotional Sendoff Via Yes Network for the New Jersey Nets, Gov Chris Christie Says “Good Riddance”

April 24th, 2012 No comments

It’s been 35 years since the New York Nets of the old school American Basketball Association became the New Jersey Nets after they gained entrance in to the National Basketball Association.  You may remember that the great Julius Erving, more known as Dr. J, played for the ABA team but he ended up in Philly playing for the Sixers but the New York Nets became the New Jersey Nets.  See the New York Knicks would have nothing to do with another team with a New York first name.

Hello New Jersey.

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Yeah it was ego and a mess as the ABA folded and four teams became members of the NBA.  Let’s see if I can remember…the Nets, the Indiana Pacers, the Utah Stars which became the Utah Jazz and the San Antonio Spurs.  All ABA teams now in the NBA.

Well the New Jersey Nets are dead.  Gone.  Now becoming the Brooklyn Nets with limited partner Jay Z and a Russian multi billionaire guy that decided to move the team to Brooklyn.   Now they are to become the Brooklyn Nets.

Sounds kinda dumb, ya think?  Well don’t bring this up to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

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It was emotional.  More emotional for Chris Christie who made a typical Chris Christie response of  ”good riddance” to the team, showing once again why New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will never be President because he’s not gotten the word that being a smart ass is not a personality trait for a guy that would sit in the Oval Office.

But his response was damn funny.

You gotta love the guy though.  You really do.  The New Jersey Nets have ended 35 years in the state of New Jersey and feel that it’s best for them to move to Brooklyn.  Which long term is a good move most would think but because the team pretty much stinks.  And with Jeremy Lin-Sanity going on at the New York Knicks, nobody in New York give two hoots about the Nets.  Brooklyn or New Jersey.

But anyway watch the videos.  They are damn funny.  One truly emotional from the announcers on the local cable channel Yes Network, the other from fat boy Chris Christie.


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TV’s Newly Reigning ‘Most Followed Couple’ Guiliana and Bill Rancic, Finally Having a Baby

April 24th, 2012 No comments

Most times with these people in the reality television world, I say who cares.  I write about it but I really, truly, deep down inside say who cares.  But I have to admit that I started this blog as a getaway.  A getaway from the every day trials and tribulations of my real business of marketing for big and small clients who sometimes drive me to a very expensive glass of scotch.

I love my clients.

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'Today Show's Ann Curry with Bill and Guiliana Rancic

But after writing about the stupidity and the lack of morals from most reality show characters like Snookie or any of the Kardashian’s exploits, the knuckleheads on any of the Real Housewives series, for some reason Guiliana and Bill Rancic are worth following. 

And writing about on this blog.

You just feel a part of their “arduous journey” as one of my friends titled her very similar battle with breast cancer.  Guiliana and Bill Rancic have gone through this process together as a couple.  I can say that my friend’s “arduous journey” with the same medical issue as Guiliana and Bill Rancic ended with her boyfriend taking a hike.  I guess that’s a pretty good reason to follow this couple and give Bill Rancic a lot of props for sticking around.

On the reality series Guiliana and Bill, those of us interested in their journey watched as they discussed their goal of having a baby.  And now that dream, after Guiliana’s battle with breast cancer continues, has come to reality.  The couple announced on NBC’s Today Show that they are expecting.  A baby that is.

“It was just another world,” said Guiliana Rancic with husband Bill on the Today Show after learning of the pregnancy.  Bill and Guiliana know the sex of the baby but have not revealed that to the general public.

The baby is being carried by a surrogate mother.  But surely you just can’t help but follow this couple and really it’s so strange that a guy could care about reality personalities doing anything.  Gotta figure doing something good makes the difference.

Stay tuned.  More to come on Bill and Guiliana  Rancic.


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Read This Article, MIT Professor Takes on Our Limited Social Skills Via New Technology

April 23rd, 2012 No comments

Every day I get an e-mail from the New York Times with headlines of the past day’s activities and great commentary.  Sorry to have to say that I haven’t picked up a physical edition of the newspaper in many years.  I, like many, have gone completely digital when receiving news beyond the entertainment stuff in the TV world that I write about every day.

But this article from MIT shrink and professor Sherry Turkle takes everyone of us down from our high horse in the new age of technology and smacks us right in the mouth.  Without question one of the best articles written detailing the decline of conversation among us with the increase use of texting, emailing and posting on social sites.  Her examples of how we have all become members of The Walking Dead with our focus on cell phones and earphones leaving zero time for conversation are perfectly crafted in this story.

MIT Professor Sherry Turkle

MIT Professor Sherry Turkle

What professor Sherry Turkle writes is so true.  So true.  To the point where everyone that has sent a text, an e-mail or posted some content on a social site will relate to the simple question as to why we just can’t pick up a phone and call that person or persons.  Communicating like we used to do, not so many years ago.

One part of the article titled The Flight from Conversation is below.  Once again probably the best article I’ve read in a long time and I’m sharing the New York Times link with everyone I know because it will relate to each one of us in a lot of ways.  We can each chat about several examples of The Walking Dead among us.  We each could probably chat about these examples several times a day.

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“I am a partisan for conversation. To make room for it, I see some first, deliberate steps. At home, we can create sacred spaces: the kitchen, the dining room. We can make our cars “device-free zones.” We can demonstrate the value of conversation to our children. And we can do the same thing at work. There we are so busy communicating that we often don’t have time to talk to one another about what really matters. Employees asked for casual Fridays; perhaps managers should introduce conversational Thursdays. Most of all, we need to remember — in between texts and e-mails and Facebook posts — to listen to one another, even to the boring bits, because it is often in unedited moments, moments in which we hesitate and stutter and go silent, that we reveal ourselves to one another.”

Sherry Turkle, New York Times article - The Flight from Conversation – April 21, 2012

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/opinion/sunday/the-flight-from-conversation.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120422

 


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