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February 1, 2006

Don't Tell My Kids that the British Have all of the Cool Toys

This is a pretty interesting if not pretty exclusive poll from the BBC about British children and their toys:

A poll of 1,300 families found that seven in 10 children have their own television while six in 10 have a games console.

A third of children have gadgets worth up to £2,000 in their rooms, according to the survey for Lloyds TSB Insurance.

The article continues:

More than half of the children involved in the survey have a DVD player, about 50% have a hi-fi system in their room, while about one in three have a digital personal music player or a computer.

£2,000 worth of gadgets in their rooms? That's like $3500 in US dollars. Do all British kids have Plasma TVs in their rooms? I can't imagine too many American homes that have more than a thousand dollars worth of gadgets in their kid's rooms. Just be sure not to tell your kids about the survey, or they might get a bit jealous. Seems to me like this was a pretty selective survey from an insurance company that wants parents to run out and insure their kid's toys.

Makes me reminisce about the good old days (translate: sucky days) when I had AM/FM radio in my room with a metal coat hanger for an antenna.

At BBCNews.com

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January 31, 2006

TVSnob Logo Contest Reminder

We just wanted to remind that our TVSnob logo contest ends in about 2 weeks. So if you haven't got started yet, you might want to break out a bottle of Yoo Hoo and fire up your graphics software. You can click on the link below for more details:

TVSnob Logo Contest Details

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January 30, 2006

CSI Doesn't Make an Idiot a Smarter Criminal!

Do crime dramas make criminals smarter? Some people apparently think so. According to an article in the USAToday:

Prosecutors have complained for years about "the CSI effect" on juries - an expectation in every trial for the type of high-tech forensic evidence the show's investigators uncover. It also appears the popular show and its two spinoffs could be affecting how some crimes are committed.

"They're actually educating these potential killers even more," said Capt. Ray Peavy, also of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and head of the homicide division. "Sometimes I believe it may even encourage them when they see how simple it is to get away with on television."

The article talks about a murder committed by a CSI fan:

Jermaine "Maniac" McKinney, 25, allegedly broke into a house, killed a mother and daughter and used bleach to remove their blood from his hands, prosecutors said. He also covered the interior of a getaway car with blankets to avoid transferring blood.

The article continues by telling you all of the tricks he saw on CSI to cover up his crime. Sounds like a genius right? Well, maybe you should read about his next move:

He tried to throw some evidence into a lake, including a crowbar used to bludgeon one of the victims. The lake was frozen though and he shouted a profanity when the crowbar remained on the surface, according to the affidavit.

Yep, the moron threw evidence onto a block of ice hoping it would sink. Obviously CSI didn't help him as much as he thought it would. I guess the moral of the story for this guy is " If you're going to cover up a murder using the things you saw on CSI, only do it during the summer, you dumbass!

At USAToday.com


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January 25, 2006

WB and UPN Networks to Become One

Did you hear the exciting news? The WB and UPN networks are combining to become WAYBORING. Okay, I made the last part up. Both WB and UPN are going off the air and merging to become the CW network. According to Newsday.com:

Calling the elimination of UPN and the WB and the creation of the CW a "pretty historic announcement," CBS Corp. president Leslie Moonves said during a morning news conference in Manhattan that the new network will "draw upon the programming and executive assets" of its predecessors, adding that it will program six nights a week. And commenting on the name, Moonves joked, "We couldn't call it the WC for obvious reasons."

Dennis FitzSimons, chairman and president of Tribune Co. (parent of Newsday), described the new network as "the best of all worlds," saying "we get to continue working with our longtime partners [while] our TV stations will have a stronger prime-time lineup and better lead-ins for late news programming."

"Pretty historic announcement" and "the best of all worlds". Huh? How about "no one really cares"!

At Newsday.com

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January 24, 2006

TVSnob Logo Contest Reminder

We still need your help with our logo contest and we just wanted to give you a reminder not to wait till the last minute. As Napoleon Hill once said:

Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.

Or as my dad use to say:

If you don't quit fartin' around and get to work, I'm gonna' put my foot right up..............

Dad's proven motivational techniques almost bring a tear to my eye. Anyway, we're just eager to see your ideas so make sure you add "TVSnob Logo Creation" to your calendar.

More Details of the TVSnob Logo Contest

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January 23, 2006

Sleuth Channel - A Bit of Crime Nostalgia


I was flipping around the channels this weekend and noticed the "Sleuth Channel" on cable. According to SleuthChannel.com:

Sleuth, an NBC Universal Cable network, launched January 1, 2006. Sleuth is currently available to more than 5 million homes. Sleuth is the first entertainment cable channel dedicated entirely to the intensely popular and enduring mystery and crime genres. Sleuth offers an exclusive lineup of exciting television shows, movies and other mystery and crime programming from NBC Universal’s vast collection. Popular show titles: Miami Vice, Knight Rider, The A-Team and Homicide: Life on the Street

Yep, you can relive your teenage years a little (if you're as freakin' old as me) with shows like the A-Team, Knight Rider, and one of my favorites Simon and Simon. There's not a lot of variety yet, but hopefully we'll see more older crime dramas down the road.

More at SleuthChannel.com

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January 20, 2006

Are You Bored?

It's Friday night and you've got nothing to do? How about doing a little logo designing?

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January 18, 2006

TVSnob Logo Contest


Well, the new year is upon us and as promised, we're working on taking TVSnob to the next level. First we want to say thanks for checking us out everyday and giving us your valuable comments and suggestions.

Our first goal is to create an identity for TVSnob with a logo that one of our talented readers creates for us. We really don't have a logo idea in mind, so use your imagination. We want to see what our readers can come up with. Here are some basic guidelines:

  • Obviously, the logo has to be something original with no use of copyright material.
  • We're not picky about formats, but we'd prefer something in jpeg or gif format. We'll resize it to fit our needs but we'd prefer you to submit
  • Something that's around 300x300 resolution (not a hard and fast rule).
  • All submissions will be judged by our editorial staff for a final winner but we'll post every submission so that you can show off your ideas.
  • The chosen submission will become the property of Blogpire Productions.
So what do you get in return? We'll reward the top submission with a $50 Amazon gift certificate and lot's of praise and recognition. Please submit you entries as soon as possible to . Deadline for submissions is Feb. 15, 2006. The winner will be announced on Feb. 20, 2006 Please attach your logo and title the email as:

TVSnobo Logo Contest

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us at the address above.

So fire up Photoshop and see what you can come up with. We'll give you updates as the contest goes along.
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Run Onto a Football Field - Lose Your TV Priviledges!

So what do you do with a football fanatic who ran onto a football field during a Pittsburg and Cleveland Game. Well, according to The Rocky Mountain News.

Nathan Mallett must spend Super Bowl weekend in jail and won't be allowed to watch or listen to the February fifth game.

Municipal court judge Joan Synenberg also ordered the 24-year-old Mallett not to attend Browns games for five years and to perform 150 hours of community service with Browns charities.

I love it! Ground the lawbreaker from TV during the biggest football weekend of the year. For you non-football fans it may not seem like a big deal. But trust me, it is!

At RockyMountainNews.com

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January 17, 2006

63rd Annual Golden Globe Winners Announced

Did you watch the Golden Globes last night? Nah, me either (I had to wash my hair or something). I did like this announcment though:

Actor, Musical or Comedy: Steve Carell, "The Office," NBC

Congratulations to Steve Carell and "The Office". The funny thing is out of all of the shows in the television category, "The Office" is about the only show I ever watch. Long live cable!

Complete List of Winners at SeattleTimes.com

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