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As soon as I heard the breaking news of the death of Steve Jobs last night, I felt compelled to write a thank you note to him and bring it, along with a rose and a red apple, to his flagship store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
Maybe maybe the public restraint I saw is generational, but if Steve Jobs is to be the Princess Diana for us geeks, we’re going to have to do much better in our spontaneous expression of love, honor and appreciation.
Someone magical has left the planet, no matter how we all will forever live in his iClouds. And I feel shameful for my greed in wishing we all had many more years of him. I feel a lot of pain that his family didn’t have enough. Read the rest of this entry »
I have sampled the new season, and so far, it’s not pretty.
On Fox, I like X Factor, but am not finding it compelling enough to “must see.” Fringe is still brilliant and thrilling appointment viewing — in my house, but not enough others.
On NBC, what were they thinkin’ with their tacky Playboy Club drama in primetime? This Mad Men clone doesn’t begin to shake a tail feather.
And ABC? The best thing about their clone, Pan Am, was the hilarious impressions of the pilots by Dana Carvey filling as guest host of Regis and Kelly. Craning his neck backwards, he showed how the Pan Am actors in the cockpit have to play to the camera.
On CBS, Charlie Sheen’s (character’s) funeral on “Two and a Half Men” scored big, as apparently did its newest star, the freshly single Ashton Kutcher, which might stem the aging of their audience.
At 92, Andy Rooney just left 60 Minutes, but now rumors are swirling that 69-year-old Charlie Rose will be the new anchor of The Early Show. It’s not so much his age I’m noting, (as a former senior executive producer of the show.) As a student of the art of the interview, I can promise that Charlie Rose won’t be finished his first ever-so-thoughtful-and-complex sentence when his competitors are on their third news story of the morning. Read the rest of this entry »