Superb interview with Jon Stewart by national treasure Bill Moyers.
Jon Stewart makes a variety of hugely interesting points many of which are relevant to comments made in this post:
Saw this video on CNN today courtesy of Dr. Gareth Higgins:
I have to say it's probably the best thing I've ever seen on ever CNN, (don't actually know if there are '10 Best Surprises' in this clip but you see I've just read some crap web-post saying that to get big in the Blogospherrrrrrre you need to have posts with that kind of heading: 5 Best Bods on the Net, 8 Reasons Why Linux Rulez, 32 Ways to Get Big in the Blogospherrrrrrre, zzzz).
Well, as we can all see, Erin is classin' up the place with her informed, opinionated and witty posts. To add some balance we present today a collection of some extremely bad commercials. You see, Dear Listener, the way the T.V. distribution system evolved in the U.S. meant that there was a space for a lot of 'local' programming. Unlike here in Euroville, the States is dotted with small channels that can be independent or in some cases affiliated with larger networks. This gives room for small business to advertise their wares directly to their neighbours - the following post from the Phat Phree, (via Metafilter), offers up a wonderful collection of these commercials:
Some of my favourites from the list:
Somedays I really do miss the What-the-Hell-Lot-O-Gumption-Get-the-Lead-Out-Crazy-Irrational-Exuberance of the States.
Not every day, mind you.
Thanks to the listeners who emailed with info about 'The 1/2 News Hour:
This at last is the show we first discussed here:
Have had a look at the various clips floating around. A couple of the jokes made me laugh, but mostly it looks pretty dire. Have a look for yourself:
How bout that laugh track? Maybe we can use it on the podcast.
(Photo above not relevant in any way. Was just happy that is was sunny today for a change here in cold, wet Belfast).
Richard Dawkins Previously on LTA:
I like the contrasting styles, both in presentation and content between Dawkins and Paula Zahn; Dawkins with the posh English accent and Zahn with all the Botox Action make for a nice pair - like to see them fight supernatural crime on a weekly series - she would see God and a pattern behind all things / he would find the 'real-life' scientific, natural causes behind the events they battle.
Anyhew, he's right about the misunderstanding of Atheists - I think they get a bad rap. News from the States:
Am sure many find Dawkins annoying - he can come across as a supercilious prick - but think he's alright in this clip, forthright and with out the usual condescension and patronising attitude.
People often ask me:
"Jett, what's it like directing the number one hidden camera show in the world?"
My answer? It's all Glamour, Baby!
This gag was directed by the man below.
He goes by the name of Keith Law, enjoys his job, and of course is known to fans of Letter to America, the Irish Podcast, as the creator of the 'Yes, But What Does a Muslim Think?' jingle.
The BBC was here at 'Letter to America' Central and documented the recording of Chapter 20. I've worked with a lot of different crews over the years and sometimes they can be real hard-cases but these guys were nice and easy-going and seemed like all-around good folks. That's producer Ruth standing on the left and presenter Joe Lindsay who you hear in Chapter 20 sitting down in the last photo. If you'd like to see Joe in a more expansive mood click here.
Holy Mother of the Infinite! It's Letter to America - Chapter 20!
All this and more on your Irish Podcast. Or Northern Irish Podcast. Whatever.
For those interested in all the Red Light Action here in Belfast we present for your edification and enlightment the BBC News report of the meeting called by the SDLP tonight, (once watched it will be apparent why I felt it should be included on the Letter to America site - but if anyone at the BBC has a problem with my hosting this clip just email me).
from the archive