Monday, February 28, 2011

Loving These...

The Viewsonic TEN INCH Android Tablet is perhaps the best deal we have seen to date at our partner J&R. If you need portability with kewl apps, this is the tool… with free shipping! The ASUS Air Internet Radio is perhaps the second kewlest item today. Or maybe it is the Jarden electric ice cream maker? Of course, you can check out all of today’s great deals and make your own determination.

Pioneers of Television


If you saw the segment of PBS’ Pioneers of Televison miniseries about local children’s programming, you may have noticed, as I did, a glaring omission.

While major cities like New York and Los Angeles were featured, along with Chicago, Phoenix and Green Bay… Philadelphia was sadly ignored.

With six local commercial and two local PBS stations... Philadelphia had enough locally grown programming to fill a network lineup.  Stars from that era included:

  • Pixanne
  • Lorenzo the Clown
  • Chief Halftown
  • Captain Noah
  • Sally Starr
  • Gene London
  • Wee Willie Weber
  • Uncle Floyd Vivino
  • Sergeant Sacto
  • Tottle
  • Pete Boyle
  • Bertie the Bunyip
  • Rex Morgan
  • Dickory Doc
  • Adam Android

Check out TV Party’s Philly TV Page for more on what PBS woefully ignored...



Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Go Hiking and Take Pictures

I still own what was my first digital camera. I imagine it still works… although the storage medium 3½ inch floppy disks are not a commodity that I use these days. And so, I made sure that my latest camera uses the SDHC memory card.

With this awesome 16GB (sixteen gigabytes) card on sale, you can imagine the amount of still and video footage you can record for so little money! But throw in the $99 one-terabyte USB portable hard drive and you are in business.

Today’s deals also include items for the hikers, including GPS systems , backpacks, wind-up emergency radio, walkie talkie set… and more!


Monday, February 21, 2011

Presidents Day Top Sellers

Our sponsors at J&R have assembled a great selection of items for President’s Day. Today’s deal is the Panasonic digital camera with optical zoom lens at under $200. To go with is, you can get 4GB SDHC storage for under $8. Other faves are the Sony multi-room music system and a 7” Android tablet. Check out these and more!

Buh Bye Big Bird...

I was part of the first generation to grow up getting more educational material from television than from the teachers in the classroom. With the exception of ABC’s “School House Rock,” the majority of it was on the Public Broadcasting System.

We enjoyed Rita Moreno’s “Hey You Guys” and Morgan Freeman’s “Easy Reader” on The Electric Company. We enjoyed the multi-cultural cast of kids on WGBH Boston’s Zoom. And, our younger siblings enjoyed the Muppets on Sesame Street.

As I grew older and began to travel the world, I was impressed to be able to follow the exploits of those same characters in Germany’s Sesamstraße and on Israel’s Shalom Sesame. But for us Americans, the era of Public Television may be limping to a close.

Check out this article in The Wrap about what could be the demise of PBS… thanks to the on-going budget wrangling between the Democrats and Republicans.



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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Grim Fairy Tale


With the popularity of vampires and other mythological figures in today’s motion pictures and television... it only seemed obvious that fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm and others should get a reworking by Hollywood.  And while the pundits have fun finding threads to pull... it is important to stop and realize that this is not really a re-imagining of classic fairy tales.

The truth is that the original fairy tales were not cutesy children’s stories.  While Walt Disney gave them that presentation (and his polar opposite Max Fleischer took them into a more esoteric direction), these stories were definitely not for children.  But what does Leonardo DiCaprio’s reworking of Red Riding Hood bring to the table?

First, it gives us a fantasy picture that replaces Kristen Stewart’s dour countenance with the doe eyed beauty from Pennsylvania (the best thing about Allentown since Dorney Park), the industry’s top inegnué Amanda Seyfried.  Hmm... did we cram enough compliments and superlatives into that sentence?

Check out this trailer from the film and let us know your opinion.  And, if you are a fan of Amanda Seyfried... check these out:

Otis Ford

My first car was a classic Ford Falcon. It didn’t have power anything… but what great memories. So when our sponsors at Otis Ford asked us to say a few words about their dealership… I had no qualms in saying okay.

This New York Ford dealership has been around since 1946 and while models and stylings have changed (can you even find a Ford Falcon anymore?) and automotive technology has certainly grown by leaps and bounds… it is nice to see a business that has been trusted since, well, since before I was born.

The last leased vehicle I had was a Ford Explorer… and I drove that vehicle everywhere. It had a great sound system that could read my home-burned MP3 CD files and could handle everything from groceries to the “honey do” items you need to get from Home Depot.

In addition to their friendly and honest sales force, you will also find convenient automotive service that can be reserved by phone or on-line. They have genuine Ford and Motorcraft parts that are specific to your vehicle… whether you drive a Ford, a Lincoln, or a Mercury vehicle.

What more is there to say except to head over to Otis Ford in Quogue New York and prepare to leave with your next new car.

ECHO

A son and his father were walking in the mountains. Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!! ... why did that stump trip me?


To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!! ... why did that stump trip me?


Curious, he yells: Who are you and why did you put that in my way?! 


He receives the answer: - Who are you and why did you put that in my way?! 


Angered at the response, he screams: - Coward! 


He receives the answer: Coward! 


He looks to his father and asks: What's going on?" 


The father smiles and says: My son, pay attention. And then he screams to the mountain: I admire you! 


The voice answers: I admire you! 


Again the man screams: You are a truly gifted creative being with unlimited power! 


The voice answers: You are a truly gifted creative being with unlimited power! 


The boy is surprised, but still does not understand. 


Then the father explains: People call this echo, but really this is life. It gives you back everything you say or do. Our life is simply a reflection of our thinking. 



Friday, February 18, 2011

Is Winning the Lottery Worth It?

A lot of people (including myself) have wondered, “What would it be like to win the lottery?” Well, take a look at the real life story (from The Associated Press) of a man who won the lottery and lost everything.


FRANKLIN, Pa. -- William "Bud" Post III, who won a
$16.2 million jackpot and bitterly called it the “lottery of
death” after his life turned sour, has died at 66.

Post, who died of respiratory failure Sunday at a hospital
in Seneca, won the Pennsylvania lottery in 1988 after
pawning a ring for $40 and buying 40 tickets.

Up until then, he had worked odd jobs, had been married
five times and was living on Social Security disability
income because of a job-related injury when he won.

But the winnings, which were paid out in annual
installments of $498,000 after taxes, brought trouble.

Various businesses he started with siblings failed. His
sixth wife moved out, his brother was convicted of trying
to kill him, and his landlady and sometimes girlfriend
successfully sued for one-third of his winnings. She had
purchased 20 tickets with him and the winner was
among the 60.

Post was also convicted of assault for firing a shotgun
over the head of a man who came to his mansion to collect a
bill in the early 1990s.


“For the lack of a better term, he was like the ‘Beverly
Hillbillies,’” said John Lacher, a bankruptcy lawyer who
assisted Post. Lacher described Post as impulsive, saying
Post was the type of person would buy 30 of the same item.


“He did everything you would expect of a guy who became
a millionaire overnight,” Lacher said.

In 1996, a bankruptcy judge auctioned off what was left of
Post’s prize payments - $4.9 million - to pay off his debts,
leaving him with about $1 million.

“I truly won the lottery of death, I think,” he said.
Survivors include his seventh wife, Debra Wice, and nine
children.
Something to think about... if your mindset is one of poverty, then an abundance of money will only hasten your demise. Seems that we should first change our minds... and then the rest will follow!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Buzz... Boing! YEOW!!!

One thing I just absolutely hate about the beautiful spring and summer seasons are the bugs. And the worst bugs are the ones who are hungry… FOR ME!

I remember walking through a wooded area in Singapore with someone when all of a sudden hundreds of mosquitoes flew out of a bush and surrounded us. It was like something out of the twilight zone!

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Little More Something for Everybody

For the connoisseur in the kitchen:

You will appreciate the Hamilton Beach compact can opener and the Bread Machine Cookbook for making Gluten-Free delicacies.

For the techie:

Check out the Iomega 4GB SD Card Backup and Charger Dock for the iPhone. If you prefer the droid, there is a vehicle mount.

For everyone:

There is something for you. Check out these great deals from our partner J&R.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Baubels... Bangles... and Belly Button Rings...

Let’s be honest. You see a hot woman with a shirt that doesn’t go all the way down… exposing her well-toned abs. And then… buh-LING! You see that ring in her belly button.

 Then you realize what Frank Sinatra meant when he sang the classic song, “Baubles… Bangles… and Beads.”

 Our sponsor bodybling.net is a purveyor of a multitude of belly button rings as well as rings for just about any place you would like to have ring bling.

For Techies and Cheffies and Others

Today we see only one item for the computer nerd including a 23-inch HP Pavilion LCD Monitor. But for the home chef… lots of goodies including a mesh Tea Ball, a Thermofresh coffee maker, a Toast-R Oven, and a 13 piece knife block set. And of course there are some other fun goodies including a full HD digital camcorder. Check them out!


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