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Quieter TV commercials bring loud praise – Life Inc.

December 17, 2012 Leave a comment

The CommercialsWhen it comes to commercials, Life Inc. readers seem to prefer the sound of silence.

A post this week on a new law mandating that commercials have to be close to the same volume as the show that goes on around them brought sighs of relief from many readers.

“Thank You!!! I HATE loud commercials-I ALWAYS mute (but sometimes not fast enough),” one reader wrote.

Under the law, the commercial volume has to be within a range of 2 decibels (db) of the programming around them. That’s in contrast to the often jarring increases in sound that sometimes happens when the commercial break hits.

Even without the legislation, many viewers said they are already taking things into their own hands, or remotes.

About 36 percent of the nearly 23,000 people who took our poll said that they hit the mute button when the commercials come on, while another 34 percent said they change the channel.

About 29 percent said they use the DVR to fast-forward through the commercials, avoiding the whole problem altogether.

via Quieter TV commercials bring loud praise – Life Inc..

Holy car auction Batman! Original Batmobile for sale – Nov. 29, 2012

December 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Bat Mobile. Special Presentation of Cars Used ...NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The Batmobile used in the 1960s Batman TV series is expected to go up for auction in January, the Barrett Jackson auto auction house said Thursday.

The car could sell for millions, said Craig Jackson, chief executive of the auction firm.

Some particularly iconic TV and movie cars have gone for very high prices. For example, a highly modified 1964 Aston Martin DB5 used in James Bond films sold for $4.6 million in 2010.

But Hollywood cars don’t always command such high prices. Often there are multiple versions created for different types of shots and for promotional use, making it hard to to say that one car is definitively “the car.”

Unlike most TV show cars, the Batmobile really is a singular creation. While there have been many imitations, this really is the only original.

The Batmobile started life as the Ford Motor Co (F, Fortune 500).’s 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car which, itself, was based on a Lincoln Mark II. Besides its pearl white paint job, the Futura actually looked very much like the Batmobile it would become over a decade later.

Famed car customizer George Barris — also known for creating the Munster Koach for the The Munsters and the Beverly Hillbillies‘ car — was tasked with creating the Batmobile in 1966. With a tight deadline, he decided that modifying the Futura, rather than starting from scratch, was the way to go.

On television, the Batmobile’s technology allowed it to shoot flames, squirt oil and shoot tire slashers, but the car is not actually designed to do any of that.

via Holy car auction Batman! Original Batmobile for sale – Nov. 29, 2012.

Who’s watching? 3-D TV is no hit with viewers – Yahoo! News

September 30, 2012 Leave a comment

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Phil Orlins knows everything about producing TV in three dimensions. The ESPN producer has captured the undulating greens of Augusta National and the flying motor bikes of the X-Games for ESPN’s 3-D channel. But he can only guess how well his shows resonate with viewers. That’s because 3-D audiences are so small they can’t be measured by Nielsen’s rating system.

“The feedback on The Masters was fast and furious. You could go on Twitter at any moment, and there’d be comments coming in every minute about 3-D coverage,” said Orlins while giving a tour of a production truck at this summer’s X-Games. “But then you go to some other events where it’s pretty quiet.”

Orlins’ problem is that fewer than 115,000 American homes are tuned into 3-D channels at any one time. That’s less than a hundredth of the 20.2 million-strong audience that saw television’s highest-rated show, “NCIS,” this week. 3-D viewership is so tiny that The Nielsen Co.‘s methods are unable to capture any meaningful data about viewers’ programming preferences.

ESPN 3D is one of nine 3-D channels that launched in the years following the late 2009 release of James Cameron‘s “Avatar.” The 3-D blockbuster won three Oscars and ranks as the highest-grossing film of all time, garnering $2.8 billion at the global box office.

“Avatar” was supposed to change everything. Enthusiastic television executives expected the movie to spur 3-D’s transition to American living rooms, boosting sales of TVs and, they hoped, getting people to pay for 3-D channels.

That never happened.

via Who’s watching? 3-D TV is no hit with viewers – Yahoo! News.

“Hey Food” by Sesame Street Music

April 15, 2012 1 comment

There isn’t really a lot you can say about this, except to be happy that some things don’t change and that the people responsible for Sesame Street still maintain the same sense of humour after all these years!

For more like this, you can follow Sesame Street Music on Soundcloudhttp://soundcloud.com/sesamestreetmusic

Enjoy.

Strange Random Cookie Monster Quote:

C is for cookie.

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Be More ‘Finnovative’ | Video – ABC News

February 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Tech expert Jennifer Jolly details financial and innovative services.

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Strange Random Personal Finance Quote:

There are plenty of ways to get ahead. The first is so basic I’m almost embarrassed to say it: spend less than you earn. – Paul Clitheroe

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‘American Horror Story’ House Goes on the Surreal-Estate Market | TheWrap TV

January 7, 2012 Leave a comment

For sale: Historical brick home in Los Angeles. Includes a grand ballroom, Tiffany light fixtures, six bedrooms, five baths — and maybe a body or three in the basement.

The house where FX filmed its pilot for the creepy hit “American Horror Story” has been placed on the market, and for a cool-as-a-corpse $4.5 million it could be yours.

The three-story,10,440-square-foot home, also known as the Alfred F. Rosenheim Mansion, boasts “a museum-quality set of Tiffany glass doors,” six vintage tile fireplaces, and and a formal dining room with antique gold and silver-leaf hand-painted ceilings, among other amenities, according to its listing.

The house is a “one-of-a-kind residence” that “evokes the quality and grandeur of a bygone era,” the listing adds.

We’ll bet …

via ‘American Horror Story’ House Goes on the Surreal-Estate Market | TheWrap TV.

Strange Random Haunted House Quote:

She herself is a haunted house. She does not possess herself; her ancestors sometimes come and peer out of the windows of her eyes and that is very frightening. ― Angela Carter, “The Lady of the Haunted House” from The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

 

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It’s a new Viking invasion of Britain – but this time it’s cultural | Television & radio | The Observer

October 23, 2011 Leave a comment
Cover of "The Vikings"

Cover of The Vikings

Longboats, funeral pyres, glinting helmets and drinking horns: the discovery of a buried Viking boat in the west Highlands a few days ago has given an extra fillip to a burgeoning cultural fascination with all things Norse.

A succession of Viking literary sagas, films and television series, pieces of poetry and avant-garde art, not to mention preparations for a major British Museum show, are now all on the slipway.

More than 50 years after actors Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis donned their woollen tunics for Hollywood blockbuster The Vikings, a television series of the same name and a TV version of British writer Neil Gaiman‘s Nordic gods-inspired bestseller, American Gods, are both in development. The Vikings, which picks up on interest aroused by Kenneth Branagh‘s recent action film Thor, is being produced and written by the team behind BBC2 series The Tudors, and will tell the story of Ragnar, the great Viking leader and his two wives and four sons, who travelled to Ireland, England and France. The semi-mythological figures of Ragnar and his sons were also at the centre of the Curtis and Douglas epic, but this 10-part drama will chart their conquests while aiming to correct misconceptions about Viking society.

via It’s a new Viking invasion of Britain – but this time it’s cultural | Television & radio | The Observer.

Strange Random Viking Quote:

Wake early if you want
another man’s life or land.
No lamb for the lazy wolf.
No battle’s won in bed.

The Havamal (Book of Viking Wisdom)

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