Category Archives: television

In the interest of dogs…

Here’s an interesting article by Malcolm Gladwell, writer for The New Yorker and author of The Tipping Point (mentioned in my previous post), in which he discusses how dogs perceive our body language.  He uses Cesar Millan from the cable TV show, The Dog Whisperer, as an example.  I myself have noticed how perfectly Cesar is able to mimic the facial expressions and movements of the dogs he rehabilitates.  He obviously is in tune with the animals and understands that they don’t think or reason the way we do, although many humans refuse to accept this.  Just watch the show (on National Geographic Channel) and you’ll see.  But read the article first.  I’ve just happily discovered Gladwell’s website.  He has a fresh and often fascinating viewpoint on an eclectic mix of topics, and I always enjoy reading his material.

Here is another article about the Michael Vick merchandise, in particular, the 22 dog-earred, chewed up Vick trading cards that went for $7,400 on eBay.  A comment in the article reminded me of Gladwell’s concept of “stickiness” Continue reading

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What is a vast majority to you?

Are there words or phrases that bug you when you hear them used?  I don’t mean expressions like, “like,” “you know,” “so anyway…,” or any other patter that occurs during casual communications.  No, I’m talking about vague terminology and euphemisims used so often in the media and by the government that it makes one wonder if all of them are totally unaware of how annoying that is to the vast majority of people.

Take vast majority for instance. What percent constitutes a vast majority?  I tried to find out by Googling the exact phrase, “vast majority” and examining some of the 18.6 million results. Continue reading

Upcoming Topics:

I’ve made a list of topics to write about.  These topics come from two categories:  observations about life in general (my life, of course) and observations about television.  Here are some examples from my list:

  • The bigger the purse, the more that gets stuffed into it:  How to keep your shoulders level.
  • New surprises in the laundry.
  • “So you’re 46, huh?”
  • A review of the literature on shaking hands — what literature?
  • On emotional intelligence.
  • Dangerous pets.
  • Oh, the irony of it all!
  • Why we love those pharmaceutical commercials on TV.
  • Does Steven Tyler really drive a Lexus?  Dream on!

Set your dial right here for these exciting essays and more!

Writer’s Block

If you’ve been reading my earlier posts, you already know I’m living with a sports fanatic.  You should see how his face lights up when he’s telling one of his baseball stories or blabbing out statistics — he’s clearly into it.  But since I was getting tired of hearing it all, I turned him on to blogging so he could find a wider audience.  I didn’t realize I was creating a monster!

Two distinct traits of my sports nut’s personality make this possible.  They are a craving of competition (in any form possible)  since he’s not pitching anymore, and becoming obsessed with whatever he’s into at the time.  Last weekend, it was the new Harry Potter book, but I’m sure he had a lot of company there.

Now he’s back to blogging compulsively:  comparing his stats with mine, obsessing over checking “the score,” and making sure he blogs daily to keep his numbers up.  He expects me to do the same. Continue reading