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Reuben Flagg, Your Life Is Calling

My former employers have summoned Orville Redenbacher back from the grave to pimp dat popcorn. Can Donald Sutherland be far behind? Oh, wait, he's still alive...but so was Reuben. (Lileks)

One of the founders of Greenpeace tells other enviros it's time to leave the loggers to their logging and quit lying about endangered species. (Kate)

The Mount Soledad cross stays; atheist plaintiff in its removal suit dies. ACLU promises to bash on regardless against the new owners of the veterans' memorial, the VA. (Relapsed Catholic)

I blame John McCain for starting this shit. Now Dennis Kucinich wants to get in on the Straight Talk"Free speech for me but not for thee" Express and bring back the "Fairness Doctrine". I guess if you can't beat 'em in the marketplace of ideas, you can always legislate them out of existence, eh Dennis? (Instapundit, though I actually saw the post by Captain Ed first.)

The price of regular up here is under $1.95/gal at a number of places, and some folks think it's not just the warm weather. Does seem interesting that the Saudis don't see a need to cut production even though the price of crude is lower than it's been in over a year. Maybe the sheiks are doing W a favor by sticking it to Chavez and the Iranians, both of whom need oil revenue. Maybe it's a subtle yet unspeakably evil plan by our Dark Lord. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

On that note, I'm calling it a night and crashing early.


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Jan. 17th, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC)
From the Orville Redenbacher article: "Advertising psychologist Carol Moog says there's "a certain creepiness" to reviving Redenbacher but expects it'll sell popcorn. "There's going to be a macabre fascination."

I've seen the ad, and thought it was "ooky"*, but not as ooky as the idea of watered down necrophilia used to sell snack food.

*And not in the good, wholesome, Addams Family way
Jan. 17th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
While it does give a whole new dimension to "creepy", I have to admit I'm more interested in the consequences of being able to reanimate all kinds of dead actors/actresses and use them in new/contemporary movies. For that matter, you could freeze an actor in their prime and have, say, the young Sean Connery around forever to use in all the Bond flicks.
Jan. 17th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
What I think is kinda funny is that Harlan Ellison, after a bad experience working on a science fiction t.v. show, wrote about pretty much exactly what we're talking about here.
Jan. 17th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
Must have been one of his stories that I missed. The first time I remember seeing the idea was in Howard Chaykin' American Flagg! comics, although you could make a case for Walter Miller's story "The Darfsteller".
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