Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

Google Hawks Radiation Monitors in the Japan Times

March 31, 2011

Not even a nuclear reactor meltdown will deter Google from trying to make a buck on advertising.


Google and the Baptists

February 6, 2010

What’s the difference between the Baptists who kidnapped the “orphans” in Haiti and Google that unlawfully scanned millions of “orphan” books?

The Baptists said they were doing good for the orphans.

Google said it was doing good for the orphans.

It turned out that some of the “orphans” in Haiti weren’t really orphans.

It turned out that millions of the books that Google scanned weren’t really orphans.

The Baptists went to court in Haiti and their attorney apparently tried to bribe the court.

Google went to court in the United States and apparently tried to use the court system to bind their victims and people who they had not yet victimized into a court ordered business arrangement that totally benefits Google.  Not exactly a bribe, but still an abuse of the justice system.

That’s how Google and the kidnappers are alike.

“The Birds” Are Coming Back to Bodega Bay

April 6, 2008

Well, maybe not.

Michael Bay is working on a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” filmed in Bodega Bay and the town of Bodega in 1962.

The Tides Restaurant is still here, but unrecognizable, as it was totally remodeled years ago. The school house in Bodega is still there and has recently been repainted.

Still, it’s a good bet that none of the remake will be actually filmed on location.

Tippi Hedren isn’t so thrilled about the idea. Naomi Watts will be playing the part Tippi Hedren played in 1962. Others in the original were – Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, and Jessica Tandy.

I suppose all the birds will be produced by computers.

Here’s what one movie site quoted in July of 2006 about the project:

“Well it looks like the film is really going to happen, it’s just a matter of when. According to an interview with producer Brad Fuller over at IGN, he reveals that they’re not remaking Hitchcock’s film, but adaptating their own version from the original short story that Hitchcock based his film on.”

Here’s what he had to say:

“That movie stands on its own and it is a wonderful piece of filmmaking. It’s a very difficult thing to say, ‘We’re remaking a Hitchcock film.’ What was interesting to us was that the short story [by Daphne Du Maurier] the Hitchcock film was based on was chock full of stuff that Hitchcock didn’t use in his film. And so we went to those things and that’s the basis of our film. It’s the same title because it’s based on the same short story but we don’t have characters like what they have. The concept of birds, certainly, that’s the core of the movie but the situations and the plot come from the short story not from the Hitchcock film.” So in other words they’re using the same title as a marketing ploy to gain interest from fans of the original. Fuller also briefly goes over the fact that the film will revolve around a family that has been living in the town as opposed to the original that followed a young woman who arrived in the town at the same time of the time attacks.”

Progressive Radio?

January 26, 2008

Did you ever wonder why with “San Francisco values” and all, why KKGN only is rating a 1.0 share in the Fall 20076 Arbitron Ratings?

While at the same time, KSFO, which evolved from “The World’s Greatest Radio Station” to host for a stable of conservative talkers rates a 3.4 share in the Fall 2007 Arbitron ratings.

KNEW a Clear Channel station, that also owns KKGN, is host to Michael Savage came up with a 1.3 share in the latest Arbitron ratings.

Even up here in Sonoma County, with all the Greens, aging hippies, crystal gazers, and bumper sticker liberals, KNEW and KSFO beat out KKGN in the latest ratings.

What’s going on here?

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Attack of the Killer Parasites

December 19, 2007

Mental_Floss magazine has created a video about killer parasites from little pieces of public domain material.

Strange Convergence

April 14, 2007

Something weird is going on here.

There’s a strange convergence between the Don Imus/Rutgers Basketball team episode and the unfortunate Kathy Sierra incident.

There’s no need to repeat what happened with Don Imus.

The Kathy Sierra incident is a bit more complex, but still both boil down to inappropriate statementments about women.

Just How Far Will This Go?

April 12, 2007

Something ugly has been started here. 

Don Imus has been doing goof ball stuff for years. The North Coast Curmudgeon is old enough to recall him being kicked off radio station KXOA in Sacramento in the late 1960’s.

"Hired as DJ for the Sacramento station KXOA, Imus once (in about 1969)
called a local fast-food restaurant while on the air and ordered 1,200
hamburgers to go, giving specific instructions on how he wanted them
prepared. As a result, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that
disc jockeys must identify themselves when they telephone listeners."

Then there was this in 1997:

Don Imus, the host of a talk show on radio station WFAN-AM, said
yesterday that he was ready to fight a $50,000 libel suit filed against
him on Monday by Harold J. Rothwax, a State Supreme Court judge. The
judge said he had experienced ”embarrassment, ridicule and disgrace”
because of Mr. Imus’s broadcast comments.

”The thing that the
judge doesn’t understand is that he’s a public figure,” Mr. Imus said
yesterday. ”I have a right to criticize him. And I thought I was

Does Mr. Imus still think he was right in calling the
judge, among other things, a ”senile old dirtbag” and ”Judge
Scuzwax”? ”Absolutely,” he said.

”I obviously went overboard, but I don’t think I called him anything that was out of line.”

Mr. Imus said he had hired David Boies as his lawyer. 

dispute started in September, when Mr. Imus’s wife, Deidre
Coleman-Imus, was a fourth alternate juror in a murder case in Judge
Rothwax’s court.

Mr. Imus has said the judge treated his wife disrespectfully when she asked to be dismissed.

But still, there’s something like a lynch mob mentality going on here.

"Media Matters seems to be itching to go after others:

But as Media Matters for America has extensively documented, bigotry and hate speech targeting, among other characteristics, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and ethnicity continue to permeate the airwaves through personalities such as Glenn Beck, Neal Boortz, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Michael Savage, Michael Smerconish, and John Gibson."

If everyone who ever said anything wrong on radio and television were to go the way of Don Imus, we will find ourselves sitting around looking at test patterns and listening to Emergency Broadcast System test messages.

Just how far will this go?