Who drove the Komen story? The tweets tell the story

This is pretty interesting–and revealing: Last Tuesday, the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced it would no longer fund clinical breast exams and mammograms through Planned Parenthood. The $680,000 per year that was going to Planned Parenthood helped provide exams for 170,000 mainly low-income and minority women. The organization claimed that they were tightening their rules for [Read More…]

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Fandemonium: another great Super Bowl commercial

What happens when two rec league hockey teams suddenly get thousands of fans cheering them on? You gotta see this.  It’s great. [Read more…]

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“The Amish Project”: life without a cell phone, computer, social media

What happens when a college student walks away from modern life for 90 days?  Jake Reilly did that.  And what he found was a revelation: In the end, having finished this whole thing, is your life different now or did you fall right back into old habits? Reilly: It’s definitely different, but I catch myself doing [Read More…]

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Does your life sound like this?

Mine does. Oscar Hammerstein once wrote, “All the sounds of the earth are like music.”  Here’s the 21st century version of that idea, cleverly conceived and executed. [Read more…]

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Matthew Broderick’s Day Off

For those of us who still have warm, fuzzy feelings for Bueller, try this: a new Honda ad, set to debut during the Super Bowl, but getting an early push on the interwebs. To Honda and Broderick all I can say is: “Danke shoen.” [Read more…]

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Remember this? A classic Super Bowl ad from 1976 starring a monk

With all the buzz these days about the upcoming Super Bowl ads, I thought this one was worth a second look.  The quality isn’t the greatest, but it’s awfully clever. [Read more…]

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The Bark Side: how’d they do that?

That ad of dogs barking the “Star Wars” Imperial March has caused a sensation on YouTube, and now the creator is talking about how he put the ad together: Just how they got the mighty dog choir to sing in tune is a bit of Hollywood magic. We did a quick e-mail interview with Jeff [Read More…]

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“Silence and Word”: the pope’s message for World Communications Day

The day will be marked on May 20th, but the Vatican — in keeping with tradition — released Pope Benedict’s letter on the topic today, the Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of writers and journalists. A snip: Attention should be paid to the various types of websites, applications and social networks which [Read More…]

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“Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven…”

Looking for a recording of the new Exsultet?  Look no further. The version below comes from this website (I believe the text is available there as well, and you can download it to your iPod).  Be forewarned: it’s long.  About a minute or so longer than the version most of us are familiar with.  And [Read More…]

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What’s on TV tonight? Don’t ask

The AP’s David Bauder watches TV so you don’t have to.  And it’s not pretty: Last week seemed typical for CBS’ sitcoms on Monday night, television’s most popular — and raunchy — night of comedy. There was a strip club visit on “How I Met Your Mother,” lap dance included. The stars of “2 Broke [Read More…]

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