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Branson dumps water on Colbert

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 10th 2007 8:42PM

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Some interesting news coming from writer Ian Bogost. Bogost was a guest on The Colbert Report recently, and he revealed on his blog that there was another guest on the show that got into a water fight with host Stephen Colbert, and that the segment wasn't exactly lighthearted and might not even air.

Now it can be revealed that the other guest was billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson. He was on the show to talk about his new Virgin America line of jets, one of which was going to be named after Colbert. Supposedly Branson wasn't happy that they didn't have enough time to talk about the new venture and poured a mug of water on Colbert, ruining his suit. Colbert got some water from a stagehand and dumped it on Branson. Now, no one knows for sure if this was a staged bit or serious, but Colbert had to change clothes to do another segment, and in video for Bogost's segment you can see a Poland Spring water bottle on the mantle (see pic above).

[via Boing Boing]

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What is Dora exploring?

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 20th 2006 7:36PM

DoraI've never seen an episode of Nickelodeon's Dora The Explorer. My Nickelodeon viewing is limited to The Fairly Odd Parents and maybe SpongeBob SquarePants once in a while. What is the show about, exactly? Is it one of those shows that's animated but is really for adults more than the younger set? Does Dora work for the vice squad or maybe an escort service?

The reason I ask is because of this, the Dora The Explorer Aquapet, from Wild Planet Toys. Oh, it's wild alright, if wild means offensive. And please note that it says that the toy is "fun for all" and "interacts with you." Frankly, it looks like something that a woman would buy at Spencer's Gifts, or, as one of the reviewers says on the Amazon page, "maybe as a prank for a bachelorette party." Did the company realize what they had when the product was done, or even at the drawing board stage?

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And now, some Battlestar Galactica cakes

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 17th 2006 5:45PM
Battlestar cakeI was going to use the title "Battlestar Galacticakes," but Boing Boing beat me to it.

A fan named Matt had a 31st birthday recently, and he decided to make a bunch of cakes as a tribute to Battlestar Galactica. I'm not that familiar with the show, actually, so I'm not sure if these are to scale or not, and I'm not sure if he has all the technical specifications right. But they look delicious. Check out all the cakes in his Flickr set.

I think we should start making cakes and other desserts based on other TV shows. How about some Nip/Tuckcakes? Or maybe Boston Cream Pie Legal? Or maybe a Lost cake? That would be pretty cool.

[via Boing Boing]

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The groovy Grovetube

by Keith McDuffee, posted Dec 19th 2005 10:47AM
groovetubeGot a funky party coming up and need some light show grooviness to throw into the mix? If the party doesn't involve watching what's actually on the television (the collective souls at TV Squad gasp), you can try getting your hands on the Groovetube. This cool gadget attaches to your television screen via suction cups (I'd suggest not doing this on your non-glass screened TV), "converting" what's displayed on the television to colored blocks (as pictured).

[via BoingBoing]

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Wife Swap looking for geeks!

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 11th 2005 10:00AM
You know who you are. The ABC reality show Wife Swap is looking for "a very techno-saavy family" (*cough* geeks *cough*) to be on the show for an upcoming episode. How serious are they about having a "techno-family" (what is that exactly, a family with DSL? A family of robots?) that they sent a letter to the editors of Boing Boing

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