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Archive: February, 2007

POSTED: Sunday, February 4, 2007, 7:05 PM
Filed Under: Sports

Federlinebyap Looks like Kevin Federline might find more work after his Nationwide spot. The former Mr. Britney Spears courted some controversy in his ad that shows him sunken to the level of a fast-food employee. Adrants reports that Taco Bell's president, Greg Creed, wrote Federline:

We know you respect those who work in our business. In fact, last year you said in an interview, "My kids are going to have to learn what a real job is, what life is. You don't have it easy with me. Period. My kids are going to work at Taco Bell."

We're flattered, but obviously they're too young to work for us. So here's our offer to you: Come work for us, just for a one hour shift. We'll get you a uniform, a custom name tag and show you what a great place Taco Bell is to work. We'll even reward customers who visit that restaurant with an order of our new Carne Asada Steak Grilled Taquitos for free.

POSTED: Friday, February 2, 2007, 12:20 PM
Filed Under: Weekend Tunes

Brombergcvr300 For this weekend's tunes, we look toward the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, where - supporting his first album in 17 years - guitar maestro David Bromberg and his Big Band take the stage Friday night.

"Try Me One More Time" comes out Feb. 27. Its 16 songs of acoustic folk and blues feature Bromberg and his guitar, and was recorded at the Delaware Center for the Arts' Baby Grand Theater. You can find some two-minute samples here.

The Philly-born, Columbia-educated picker and singer emerged from the Greenwich Village music scene as an in-demand session guitarist, playing on records like Bob Dylan's New Morning and Self Portrait. After his solo performance at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, he signed a record deal and "The Holdup" from his 1971 debut was a favorite of underground radio.

POSTED: Friday, February 2, 2007, 4:26 PM
Filed Under: TV

NutstoyouNo Careerbuilding chimps this year, we're promised. They've evolved. Maybe into those Geico cavemen.

No farting horses. No Britney Spears.

But Kevin Federline got the callback. So did Robert Goulet and the dangerous curves of the GoDaddy girl. And three ads and one jingle come up from the crowds - citizen-generated spots, made with with a little professional help.

POSTED: Friday, February 2, 2007, 3:20 PM
Filed Under: Modern Times

Presumably, this will wind up in their FBI file. The suspects in the Boston bomb scare/Aqua Teen guerrilla marketing campaign face the media.

The Man still does not understand.

Posted 02/04/2007 07:05:35 AM
POSTED: Thursday, February 1, 2007, 12:10 PM
Filed Under: Media

Ivins A correspondent from the other cubicle was moved to write a little something for this space to mark the death of Molly Ivins.

Carrie Rickey writes:

Ordinarily I’d say that we should declare a moment of silence for the passing of Molly Ivins, the Lone Star State political scribe who dubbed then-Governor George W. Bush "shrub" and opined of a dim congressman that, "if his I.Q. slips any lower we’ll have to water him twice a day." Yet given Ivins’ silver-tongued wit, let’s just declare a moment of Molly-isms. She was even funny about the surgery, chemo and radiation therapies for the breast cancer that ended her life at 62. "First they mutilate you, then they poison you, then they burn you. I’ve been on blind dates better than that."

POSTED: Thursday, February 1, 2007, 10:34 AM
Filed Under: TV

275439429656 We were in the Columbus, Ohio, airport yesterday when the lady on the loudspeaker told us we gone to Threat Level Orange. I thought it was the plot to behead a British soldier. Who could guess it was little electronic men giving America the finger?

Philadelphia did not go as high anxiety as Boston did when the first blinking icon - put there to promote a late-night TV cartoon show - was found wired to a bridge yesterday. Traffic stopped in the Bay State as highways, bridges and part of the Charles River were shut down.

But 56 devices have been found in Philly as well, police say, and other cities fell victim to a viral marketing campaign gone mad. Philly didn't seem to pay as much attention. Maybe giving someone the finger isn't as unusual here.

POSTED: Thursday, February 1, 2007, 7:24 PM
Filed Under: Weather

Phil_1 It is good to know that Punxsutawney Phil and his shadow will be carefully watched tomorrow from across the ocean. Again this year, already staking out strategic positions to record the meteorologically gifted groundhog's behavior are a German radio station a German television. More are expected. Phil and his shadow for some reason are big in the Fatherland.

I know the Germans have always had a thing for the American West, from the Karl May novels (think: the Zane Grey of Saxony) to an empathy for the story of the American Indian. Once I approached the shores of the Oder River near the Polish border to find hundreds of teepees fanning across the horizon. The Germans were painstakingly re-enacting the lives of Sioux, Blackfoot etc... and the former DDR residents told how they, in particular, grew up identifying with the struggle of the noble native.

I did not know they identified with an Eastern whistlepig as well.

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