Are You XPerienced?

XP X-its: Microsoft displays the same callousness that’s come to be the hallmark of the Redmond, Washington company, who probably don’t realize that their high handed behavior is contributing to Microsoft’s doom — more rapidly than they realize. I have already set the stage to become an XPatriate. My XPosure to Microsoft just can’t be summarized overall as a very pleasant XPerience. Continue reading

It’s My Tenth Blogiversary

It had a very intimate feeling, and I availed myself of the amazing free comedy improv show for months. Once Harvey Lembeck asked me why I was auditing, and I told him that I wanted to write comedy dialogue, and understanding the actors’ process would help me and help them. He liked that and let me stay … Continue reading

Communicating the Atomic Fart

  by Walter Brasch   My son’s best friend bought an iPhone shortly after they were first released in 2007. Not long after my son’s friend got his Apple iPhone, he got an app—the Atomic fart. It appealed to his—and millions’ of others’—junior high school sense of humor, although by … Continue reading

The Boozy, but not Newsy, Mass Media

by Walter Brasch   The Big Story this past week was the Golden Globes awards. The Golden Globes, sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and broadcast by NBC, drew 21 million viewers for the three-hour ceremony, preceded by a one-hour Red Carpet gush-fest hosted by “Today” show personalities. There … Continue reading

Springsteen and Fallon Mock Christie as He Struggles to Distance Himself from Scandal

On Tuesday, Bruce Springsteen released “High Hopes,” his 18th studio album. Springsteen also took to the stage on “Late Night” with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday to mock New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the wake of Christie’s BridgeGate Scandal: Christie’s intial explanation, “that it was a move to punish a Democratic … Continue reading

The New Yorker Hits Christie with Hard Cover

Governor Christie is getting hit on all sides, including Barry Blitt’s hard hitting political cartoon on the cover of the new issue of the New Yorker: “I’m hoping this cartoon diverts a lot of traffic to my Web site,” Barry Blitt says about “Playing in Traffic,” the image of New Jersey Governor … Continue reading

Duck Dynasty Star Cooked His Own Goose

The morality judging, conservative, Constitution clingers in the right wing are pouring on the support for Duck Dynasty star, Phil Robertson, who cooked his own goose in a recent interview with GQ Magazine. His no holds barred sort of interview has landed him in hot water and he was put on indefinate “hiatus” … Continue reading

Legendary Actor, Peter O’Toole Dies at 81

Legendary actor, Peter O’Toole has passed away, he was 81. O’Toole rocketed to fame in David Lean’s epic masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. He was eloquent, dashing and seemed to spring out of nowhere. Peter O’Toole was “born in Ireland and grew up in Leeds, Yorkshire.” After honing his acting skills … Continue reading

50 Years Ago When People Read the Newspaper

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assination. Here’s an interesting Tweet with a look at 50 years ago, when people still read the newspaper on public transporation: Commuters leaving New York City read of John F. Kennedy's assassination, Nov. 22, 1963. http://t.co/zIFNoyndro pic.twitter.com/lQdtaZL3lv — LIFE (@LIFE) November … Continue reading