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The Apprentice

I’m not much of a fan of most so-called “reality” shows, but once in a while I do venture to watch.  One that I’ve watched before and will be looking in on is the upcoming season of “The Apprentice”.  It’s essentially a really long job interview where a bunch of candidates compete in various tasks to win the big prize: A job as Donald Trump’s Apprentice.  It’s interesting because it’s not just about who has what qualifications for the job.  The various tasks put them in a wide variety of situations from operating a car wash to creating advertising campaigns for Manhattan condos for sale in one of Trump’s high rise towers.

In the end the person who wins is the one that’s got the most overall flexibility and ability to function and succeed in more situations.  The problem is when Trump chooses the wrong apprentice, which I think he’s done more than once.  ‘course, it’s his money…..

btw-I’d have included a link to the page for this new season I saw a tv commercial for yesterday, but NBC doesn’t seem to have on up yet.

Writer’s Strike

Y’know, I like to think that I’m not nearly the tv addict that most people are. I know for certain that I’m not nearly as into it as I used to be.  Then another one of these writer’s strikes happens.  All of a sudden some the few programs I do watch drop into unexpected reruns.  This is fine if there’s something that I couldn’t watch the first time around but mostly it’s just ridiculous.  I’m expecting a new episode of Heroes or and instead end up finding out that they’re re-running an episode from a few weeks ago where Hiro figures out that he’s not getting any cell reception because he’s gone back in time to feudal Japan.

That’s a good story, yet I’d rather see the current stuff…. like what’s going on with Bennet and the Petrelli brothers, why Sylar (and the Petrelli brothers) is still alive after Peter went up in what looked like a nuclear explosion at the end of season one?

We don’t need no reruns, we need more story.

Virtual Makeover

Virtual Makeover “Before”Being a guy that likes little ‘what if’ kind of programs just because they can sometimes be interesting, I couldn’t resist playing with this “virtual makeover” for a few minutes just for the heck of it.

Basically, this is actually a fairly sophisticated program, especially since I believe it’s a flash program.  You can upload a picture or start with one of their basic pictures of average types.  For this little experiment I decided to start out with the bald guy to the left.  Once you’ve chosen a starting picture (or uploaded your own!), the next step is to pick the hair.  You can choose from several different hairstyles or you can opt to see how you’d look with a celebrity hairstyle.

I decided to give him Orlando Bloom’s hair.  All by itself that did a whole world of good, whoever this guy is he’s not the Howie Mandel type… bald just doesn’t work for him.  My next stop was facial hair.  What can I say?  I wear a beard myself and like it. [though my wife doesn’t care for the fact that my favorite style of beard is the “Grizzly Adams/Wildman” look. ;-) ] So I gave him a full beard and made it black to match the hair.

Virtual Makeover - AfterI decided to skip over the cosmetics options, though there is a lot of them for anyone who’s interested.  I opted for a pair of Versace Eyeglasses and decided that he was done.  The end result is pictured here.  Not bad for only spending a few minutes looking over the possibilities.  There’s also a makeover gallery showing before and after shots of makeovers that others have done.  It really is an interesting way to see how you’d look if you changed something.

Virtual Travel

I think that most people are interested in a certain amount of travel simply because there’s so many places in this world to go to and see for yourself.  I mean, you can look at pictures and videos all day long and when it’s all said and done it’s still not the same thing as seeing it for yourself.  The thing is though, that travel can get real expensive quickly.  I think that’s one of the big reasons that a travel blog can be such a big hit, because it caters to those of use that might want to travel but for whatever reason, can’t do so.

Once in a while I’ll look at a travel blog myself.  I know it’s not the same thing as being there but it’s still interesting because you can pick up all sorts of little tidbits about various places around the world…. History, Culture and of course, one of the big things about a travel blog is that if you’re reading a good one, you can get treated to some really good photos of the places they’re talking about.  Just today I ran across a really spectacular winter shot from a mountain top of a cabin just above the tree line overlooking a really great sunset (or sunrise).

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“Earl” T-shirts?

Sometimes I get the feeling that maybe I’ve been living in a cave someplace and I’ve got that feeling once again.  I mean, I have actually heard of the ‘My Name Is Earl’ tv sitcom, but I’ve never watched it, well, because I’ve seen commercials for it.  Apparently however an awful lot of people do watch it.  Enough that Cafepress now has a full line of T-Shirts derived from the show.

There are three main designs starting with a basic “Free Earl” message (I suppose they’re assuming that you already know who Earl is and why he should be given freedom.), The next one bears the message “Hey Crabman” and is another reference that is totally lost on me.  Finally there is one bearing the single word “Karma“, which I suppose has to do with Earl’s philosophy or somesuch.  I don’t believe in Karma myself except in the Biblical sense that you reap what you sow and of course again, because I’ve never watched Earl I have no idea what any of these are talking about.

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