I Shouldn’t Like These Commercials But I Do

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Customer wants purple but not purple

I know I shouldn’t like TV commercials. I also know and most studies show that people don’t remember the product being advertised especially if it is a funny commercial, but here are a couple of ads I find funny. One from Ace Hardware and the other from AT&T. I have no real view on the products but I liked the ads.
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Blue Monday is 30

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New Order today

A friend posted on Facebook that Blue Monday a song by the techno group New Order was released today in 1983. Thirty years ago?!? I am sooooo old. I remember when the song came out and I wanted to hear it on a loop forever – that’s how great and ground breaking it was then. It changed my taste in music for the better.
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Golden Boy Starts With A Dumb Premise

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Theo James, Kevin Alejandro and Chi McBride in Golden Boy

CBS gave new show “Vegas” a couple of weeks off to preview the new show “Golden Boy” in the Tuesday 10 PM slot after the NCIS block. Police procedurals are a staple of CBS so there isn’t really anything new on that front with “Golden Boy”. The gimmick it uses to try to make the show stand out from the crowd is actually the one thing I hated about the show. I really don’t see this being added to my regular viewing schedule.
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Oscars Were Actually Entertaining This Year

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image of a fake Oscar awardI wasn’t going to spend time watching the 85th Academy Awards show this year but it sucked me in and I did end up watching the full 3 hour plus marathon. It turned out to be pretty entertaining. Of course the show is a nerd prom for the Hollywood elite but the producers decided to remember us slubs who watch from home and they also used it as a chance to plug the other shows they produced. I also thought Seth MacFarlane decent for his first time as host.
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RG’s Beatles Best Bets

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classic image of The Beatles showing the head shots of the four in shadow over their logoEven more than 40 years since playing their final notes as a band, The Beatles don’t sound dated. I could listen to their music 24 hours a day. I love the usual hits like “I am the Walrus” and “Hey Jude” but I wanted to share a playlist of some of the tunes I like the most.
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The Americans – A Retro Spy Trip Back To The Early 80’S

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Poster for the FX series The AmericansA new drama on the FX channel debuted Wednesday night called The Americans. It stars Keri Russell and some other guys. I like a good spy story and this show had some good plot points but I was disappointed on how obvious it was overall. It did have a good soundtrack.
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More Interesting Than The Awards Themselves

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image of the SAG Awards logoAwards shows bore me. Either the people who I want to win don’t or the awards are kind of faked like the Golden Globes. The SAG Awards held on Sunday night is another opportunity for the best of Hollywood to get dressed up and party. Downton Abbey won for best ensemble cast in a drama which was a bit of shocker. My favorite part is the red carpet and seeing what different people picked to wear to the event. Here is a gallery of the looks that caught my eye or someone I support as a fan. For me the best look was from Jennifer Lawrence but YMMV.
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The Taste Is A Cooking Contest That Levels The Playing Field

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logo for the show The TasteSinging talent shows not only allowed little to no talent singers to get on TV, it also made the competition format a trendy way to do a reality talent show. It has been used in cooking shows like Top Chef and Chopped and now shows up on the new ABC show The Taste. The twist is similar to the NBC singing talent show The Voice where the judges pick a team based on a blind test. The Taste uses a single blind taste of a dish. The two hour first show was a bit much, but I liked what I saw and might tune in again.
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