Amy Austin | October 20, 2005
Is it just me, or does Sean Hannity look like the "bastard love child" of Jay Leno and Hank Azaria? Or maybe it's George W. and Hank Azaria??? (In any case, Hank is a definite here...)

BTW, I had a hard time pinning this discussion down as "Culture"... which begs the second question: is it just me, or should there be a 5th category, entitled "Just Plain Dumb"???

Amy Austin | October 20, 2005
Hmm, and...

Is it just me, or is Alan Colmes the offspring of George Hamilton and a Sleestak??? (You remember Sleestaks, right? From Land of the Lost?) Yeah, between that fake-looking tan or make-up -- whichever it is -- and that lizard-like appearance he has, those are the only parent figures I can think of... (I should probably go to bed now.)

Scott Horowitz | October 20, 2005
Amy, I think you need to get to sleep at a reasonable hour...

David Mitzman | October 21, 2005
Or how about we have the ability to create our own categories? It wouldn't be a difficult thing to achieve programatically

Scott Hardie | October 21, 2005
I agree, and I let people come up with their own categories back on TC3 (this being TC4). But that's how we wound up with three separate "Film," "Cinema," and "Movies" categories. Hmm, maybe I shouldn't let players tag goos after all...

This is Culture, because it's TV-related.

Amy: Yes, but I think Sean Hannity looks even more like the vampire from "Beetleborgs." (link) Or maybe Jay Leno does.

Scott Hardie | October 21, 2005
My own meaningless pondering: If "fridge packs" are such a convenient way to dispense cans, how come they never seem to open correctly? I can never get the diagonal part unless I use both hands and come at it from the side.

And how come no one has invented an oven that mechanically slides out its own racks at the press of a button? You have to pull them out yourself at the risk of grazing your hand against another rack and burning yourself.

And what about an electronic piggybank for your car? You drop in any change you get in the course of your day. Then, when you're at the drive-thru and your order comes to $4.37, you press 3-7-ENTER on the keypad and it drops a quarter, a dime, and two pennies into your hand, so you can add the bills and be done with it. (Honest, I'm not too lazy to count change; I always prefer to do so. The problem is having so few seconds from the menu board to the window.)

Amy Austin | October 21, 2005
On "fridge packs"... no, it's not just you. Ovens, neither, but I haven't spent much time thinking about that one (a side effect of all the cooking I do, no doubt...). The electronic piggybank concept? Brilliant! I think that would be way cool -- but of course, if anyone ever does decide to incorporate that one, I suspect that it will be as a feature of a "luxury" model car that I neither want nor can afford...

Hahaha... Hannity does indeed resemble the Beetleborg vampire -- that's funny. And so does Jay Leno -- that's great. ;-D

Lori Lancaster | October 21, 2005
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Scott Hardie | October 22, 2005
I still miss the traditional flat 24-packs of yore (at least you can still get beer that way), but at least today's fridge packs are a vast improvement on the cube-shaped packs of the late nineties that refused to fit conveniently in most refrigerators.

John E Gunter | October 27, 2005
Ah, you guys just don't know how to open the fridge packs, you gotta whip out that knife and cut along the perforated lines. What you think they crease the cardboard deep enough that you don't have to cut it? Come on, this is capitalism at its best! ;-)


Lori Lancaster | October 27, 2005
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John E Gunter | October 28, 2005
Nails, knife, only difference is, nails can be used for fun things that I wouldn't want a knife doing! ;-)


Aaron Shurtleff | October 28, 2005
Scott, are you telling me you're one of those dirty SOBs who sit at the drive-through at Wendy's and take over ten minutes (no lie) get the the hell out of the way becuase they have to dig through their car for exact change?!?! It's fast food! Be quick! We don't have time to wait for making exact change! I got arteries that haven't fully hardened yet!!!

Aaron Shurtleff | October 28, 2005
Oh, and Amy, if they bother so much, stop watching Hannity and Colmes!

I recommend watching that lovely Wolf Blitzer! He's so smart!!!

Amy Austin | October 28, 2005
Heheh... I don't watch them with any frequency/regularity -- it was just what I happened to have on at that moment (nothing else captured my attention, and so stopped surfing just then) -- hence, the title of the discussion. They do bother me entirely too much to watch, but not just because of their looks...

And I'll pass on the journalists who sound like they were made up for a comic book, thanks.

Scott Hardie | November 19, 2005
No, I can't wait to get my food either. If I have the window, I hand over my cash like a responsible citizen of our fast-food republic. But I'm usually stuck behind the other bozos, which gives me time to count change, and also time to think up inventions that would save me the trouble of counting change, which would only make me notice how long I'm actually waiting, which would probably only increase my road rage. It's a vicious cycle.

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