Archive for January, 2009

Tarra and Bella Show Us All What Friendship Truly Means

Saturday, January 31st, 2009 | SMASH Technology with 1 Comment

In our cruel, clinical and impersonal world, where we no longer communicate with each other in person and rely on IMs and Blackberrys to convey our emotions, may we present to you the glorious examples that are Tarra and Bella. These are animals, not humans. Read the rest of this entry »

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Live Blogging the Obama Inauguration

Saturday, January 24th, 2009 | SMASH Politics, SMASH Pop Culture with No Comments »

Obama Live Blog

This historic day has come and we have live coverage on NBC, courtesy of talking heads Brian Williams, Lester Holt and the avuncular Tom Brokaw, and some pretty impressive camera work as the Very Important People come from the White House, both the outgoing and incoming Presidents and Vice-Presidents, in new, snazzy, thick-doored Cadillac limousines. We see them wheeling down Pennsylvania Avenue, lights flashing, on their 1.5 mile drive to the Capitol. It’s a clear, very crisp day in the nation’s capital, with temperatures in the teens. Read the rest of this entry »

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An Obama Era Dawns

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 | SMASH Technology with No Comments »

It was hard not to be overcome with emotion while watching the star-studded “We Are One” inauguration celebration from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington yesterday. No need to bear the harsh elements mind you, we all watched it in the comfort of our living rooms (thanks, HBO, for the free viewing). And it was a stirring spectacle from start to finish. Bruce Springsteen singing “The Rising”, accompanied by a legion of gospel singers, Garth Brooks doing a rousing medley of “American Pie”, “Shout” and “We Shall Be Free”, Usher and Shakira holding their own alongside Stevie Wonder for a spunky “Higher Ground”, etc. And it was hard not to tear up when Bono of U2 sang about “Early morning, April 4/The shots rang out/In the Memphis sky” during “Pride (In the Name of Love)” on the day before we celebrate what would have been the 80th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King and two days before his ultimate legacy is finally sworn in as President of “this great land”, as Bono said. “This isn’t even my land”, he continued, but clearly he and his band members were honored, along with a host of others, to be able to take part in history and really live this momentous occasion. Read the rest of this entry »

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More Free Obama Donuts! (And a Star-Spangled-One too!)

Friday, January 16th, 2009 | SMASH Politics, SMASH Pop Culture with No Comments »

Our friends at Krispy Kreme are at it again. To commemorate the historic day that will be next Tuesday, when President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath office in the nation’s capital, all Krispy Kremes are giving away a free donut to all of its customers. That’s right. No purchase necessary. You go in, say, “I want my free donut!”, or perhaps even, “Hey, this is an awesome day. We have a new President. Give me my donut!”, or better yet, “Hey, we now have a President who speaks in complete sentences and who has lived in other countries. Would you please give me a free donut to celebrate?!” Read the rest of this entry »

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Golden Globes 2009: Who Will Win Tonight

Sunday, January 11th, 2009 | SMASH Pop Culture, SMASH TV with No Comments »

Golden Globes

The Golden Globe Awards are no longer the joke they used to be in, say, the 80s and 90s. Once derided as that “other” movie awards show that has been the domain of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. While it isn’t the Academy Awards and it isn’t about what the Motion Picture Academy thinks, the Globes have become more prestigious and therefore meaningful because the movie awards derby has been so saturated in the press –thank you, Access Hollywood and all the other movie promo shows—that it’s become almost a cottage industry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Top 5 TV Trends to Dread in 2009

Friday, January 2nd, 2009 | SMASH TV with No Comments »

Broken, Bad TV

Back in the 90s there was a TV show called “Cheaters”. Deliberately cheesy and tackily filmed in Texas, the show busted real-life adulterers out in the open. With cameras in tow and cuckolded hubby or wife, we got to see the cheaters usually in the act and then, well, fists went flying and so did the expletives. Afterwards, there was a semi-serious but always ludicrous announcement on the screen that invited viewers to call in if they too suspected that their spouses were cheating. Now this was entertainment! Read the rest of this entry »

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