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Draw Something III

Celestial Nomenclature

or Why I Stopped Watching Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader, Reason 227 I wanted to open this blog with the actual clip from Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader, episode 107 (S01E08), but I could not find a copy anywhere on the Internets. This was way back when that show was brand spanking new and I thought I’d watch a few episodes to see how it was. This was the last one I ever watched. Awful show. Anywho, I’ll have to describe it. The second contestant of the episode, a man, eventually got asked the following question: [ . . . ]

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Poirot on Fish Paste

This will be one of those posts in which only I have any interest whatsoever. Sorry. I adore David Suchet’s portrayals of Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective for British satellite television. Suchet has filmed nearly every Poirot story and hopes to finish them out before retiring. Most of the short stories were filmed in an hour-long episodic format in the early and mid ninties. The longer stories are shot as TV movies. One of the longer stories, Sad Cypress, first aired in late 2003. If you do not know the story and don’t want it spoiled, you should go away now. [ . . . ]

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De Minimis Establishment Clause Violations?

I just saw this ad on telly: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Ad Council (both organizations about which I have nothing positive to say), has funded and produced an advertisement featuring religious figures endorsing and promoting government programs. No mention of the featured anthropomorphic vegetables’ religious affiliation is mentioned. Something about using explicitly religious characters to encourage children to follow government health advice strikes me as something less than neutral to religion, despite the secular purpose. But because promoting the health of children is a “legitimate secular purpose”, this kind of thing doesn’t [ . . . ]

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Oh, Alex IV

This one isn’t a faux pas. Atlas Shrugged was featured as the question to the $200 answer in this evening’s “Literary Titles” category (Jeopardy Round). It was the first answer of the game. I don’t think the Jeopardy! people like having clips from the show up on the YouTube, so I can’t post a video. The clue was cute. Alex gave a spoken clue (“1957 novel about a strong female executive”) while a video clip ran. The clip depicted a member of the “Clue Crew” with a giant inflatable globe on his shoulders, which he set down and “shrugged” in [ . . . ]

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Kathy & Andy

Kathy Griffin co-hosted New Year’s Eve at Times Square with Anderson Cooper on CNN last night. And she claims to be D-List. That’s a squarely C-List activity. Kathy tried her hardest to get Anderson fired, at one point asking him who, in the current administration, he would most enjoy waterboarding. Of course we all know Anderson’s position on waterboarding (even though he never really comes out and says it), so he was quite perturbed, refused to answer, and accused Kathy of “crossing the line.” To which Ms Griffin responded by looking at the camera and saying, “That’s what I’m here [ . . . ]

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It’s Like Sophie’s Choice!

Warning: Project Runway spoilers ensue! Augh! For some reason, I’ve been watching Season 4 of Project Runway. I blame Flibbert, but it’s not really his fault. Last week, Chris March left. I disagreed with that choice, purely on quality-of-product grounds. I think the judges booted him because of his poor performance as leader, rather than the quality of his own work. Leader in a group challenge. A group challenge really early in the show. The second group challenge in the show. On the fourth episode. In my uneducated and inexperienced opinion, group challenges this early in the game are putting [ . . . ]

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