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It's a fan trailer, but it's fun to watch...

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 It's happened! Just like in Westworld, the machines have begun their bloody rebellion...

A dastardly robot in Sweden has struck the first blow against mankind, but was unsuccessful....

His head really was pretty hard!
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Preliminary autopsy findings on Billy Mays indicate he most likely died of a heart attack. They was no signifigant head trauma to point to a closed head injury. The results will not be final until toxicology resluts come back...

My Hero Is Gone....
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Well, he is gone. The man who's ground breaking work defined a generation and revolutionized a whole industry.

What? No...not Michael Jackson...

I am speaking of Billy Mays! The OxyClean guy & king of the pitchmen!

From the time I was a boy I was always captivated by the "As Seen On TV" ads. These colorful guys who hawked anything. The low budget commercials, and later informercials. These ads pulled in millions for device the ranged from clever (hula-hoe) to fun (stud & rhi)nestone setter) to questionable (pocket fisherman) to just plain bizzare (the bottle cutter. Make your empty bottles into 'dazzling' glassware). These ads and colorful pitchmen & women were no small reason for my interest in marketing & advertising, and later my entry in commercial voice over work. I have done a couple radio ads as a result for 'Chaser' and also worked on a series of TV spots with Detroit pitch legend, Thom Sharp!

Billy, a long time pitchman on the state fair & flea market circuit, was chosen to sell the Orange Glo line on HSN. And from there had hit after hit. Oxy Clean, Awesome Auger, Dual Saw, Mighty Putty, and many more....

Currently starring with business partner & fellow pitchman Anthony "Sully" Sullivan, he has been staring on the Discovery Channel series "Pitchmen". 

Mays had been aboard US Airways Flight 1241 from Philidelphia to Tampa that blew out its front tires as it landed at Tampa International Airport on June 27, the day before his death. None of the 138 passengers and five crew members were reported to be seriously injured immediately following the incident, but several passengers reported having bumps and bruises from falling objects .Mays told a local Tampa TV station that some of the objects "hit me on the head, but I got a hard head." It's unclear whether Mays' death was related to the incident.

I will miss Billy on TV. We shall not see his like again...


Billy Mays: July 20, 1958 – June 28, 2009

PS: I am not kidding about this. I really have always had a fascination with "As Seen On TV" ads and pitchfolk. To me, this hits much closer to home than Michael Jackson, Farrah, or Ed McMahon.

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 I have not seen it and so I don't know if this is accurate...

But the best review I saw for "TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen" had to be this...

"It was terrible whenever humans were speaking
  but awesome whenever robots were smashing each other."

We Still Build Cars Here
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In much happier news (unless you live in Tennessee) GN will be announcing tomorrow that the Lake Orion plant has been selected to build the companies new generation of small cars, and possibly a couple other models.

God knows we need this here in Michgan. One of the other finalists was Tennessee.
I like to think this is GMs way of giving the finger Tennessee Senator Bob Crocker.

Anyways, we needed this. Now if Roger Penske will start building Saturns here, that would also be something.
For those who have not heard, Roger Penske, who is the man who brought the Smart car to the US, he also appears to be in the process of buying the Saturn brand from GM.

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out!

The King Is Dead
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As long as Gilbert Gotfried is still alive we shall pull thru this....

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 Okay. I'm a lifelong trek fan. Have been since I was a small boy watching with my dad. Some of my best memories of the two of us are watching episodes together. I took my dad to see the new tre movie last night (I had seen it but he had not). and for a short time it was like I was 10 and he was 35 again (as opposed to 41 and 66). I like the new approach and hope to have more with this crew. It had a great mix of heroism, techgeekery, granduer, sacrifice (not Next Gen sacrifice, where it all gets put back just as it was at the end, so nothing really has changed) and yes...humor. The characters all have new actors, but I still recognize them as the characters I grew up watching. The actors really understand that these are iconic characters that they are playing. They will in time make them their own, but for now they are respecting that these characters are, in many cases, more well known than THEY are. The story used time travel the way it should be. As a story hook or starting point...not as the story itself. And then JJ Abrams did the best thing he could...announced that with this movie, as far as he is concerned, Time Travel is DEAD in Trek. He used it to do the reeboot of the franchise, and now feels that it has no place as it just screws with continuity and makes for easy-cheezy 'fixes' and lets writers get lazy.

Now that you understand that I do love Trek and really thought this movie was great, what good is a Trek story if you can go and punch holes in the plot!

S P O I L E R   A L E R T  (I know it has been a few weeks, but if you want to see the film and not know what happens, read no further

Okay! So we are now on this alternate timeline. With this much different, we can logically assume that the Next Gen crew will not form as we know them. If there is no Next Gen crew, then the cannot go back in time (see? Cheesy!) to aid Zefram Cochrane in developing his warp drive. If they do not do this, he would have not finished it, as he was a self-doubting drunk at the time. Definately not in time for the Vulcan scot ship to have seen him break warp in his ship. Then they would not have stopped and made contact with Earth. This is the even that led to the man going into space and the formation of the federation.

Good Job JJ. You KILLED the whole Trek Universe. (Gamer Note: How many Experience Points would THAT be worth?)

I probably think about things like this way too much...


KINGS is now in Exile!
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NBC has begun the coup!

KINGS has been yanked until Summer. It is scheduled to return on June 13!
In the mean time, NBC will air repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit". Ouch!

I'll believe it's coming back when I see it. I have all but given up on the show anyways, but I can't believe that they have any wish to bring this ratings disaster back. I think this is a way to make a huge profile flop simply fade away... hopefully taking with it the egg it has left on NBC's face.

Michigan Weather
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 So today we have had...

Clouds, Rain, Wind, Sun, Overcast, cold, warm, and now HAIL! And tonight we should be getting SNOW.

For those not from here, welcome to Weather in Michigan!

I would not be the least bit surprised to friggin' see OOBLECK fall from the sky!!!


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