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D Block

Retro ran an April Fools Joke with a retro look at what their site MIGHT look like back in 1996 – complete with the dial-up modem when you view a clip. Some of the flashing text and “Best Viewed in Netscape Navigator” are jokes that only web design geeks like myself would appreciate, but it did get me thinking. started in February of 1996 and has evolved quite a bit since then. Thanks to the Internet Archives and their “Way Back Machine” I’ve been able to bring us a look at in 1999. Check it out at: Be aware that not all links will work – and you may feel yourself being pulled into a time-travel wormhole.


Move Over iPhone Now Barbie Shoots Video

From: Mashable

So they’ve placed a video camera in Barbie’s necklace pendent and an LCD screen in her back. Now she’s “Video Girl!”

If you you felt goofy walking around with a Flip Camera… try a pink laden barbie doll.

Ok, I laughed out loud when I saw this, but all of a sudden it made sense for two applications – and ONLY TWO.

1) Convince your young daughter that video production is a cool career. )There’s even a simple edit software to teach proper sequencing)

2) Undercover camera – send a child in with her Barbie to get great undercover video.

“Barbie Video Girl — who doubles as a video camera with LCD screen and comes with video editing software — is actually a product of a collaboration with YouTube star iJustine, hence the resemblance.”

Enjoy… just beware of where you plug in the USB cable.

Hatcams Look VERY Uncool…

From: Gizmodo

This is kind of scary.

It’s already hard to take people serious with microscopic baby cameras and “Flips,” but this is taking it to a whole new level.

Granted, mom and the kid look very happy here, but I imagine this will make you the laughing stock of your next family gathering.

Order your new “Hatcam,” today. Just in time for your next “undercover” story.

b-roll GIRLS

Back in the early 2000’s (what do we call the decade?), was known for a famous group of gorgeous women – collectively dubbed the b-roll GIRLS.

Kimberlea, Kathy, Trista and Shelly were all hardworking television professionals whose work in the business was as beautiful as they are. Some of the “GIRLS” have moved on to other careers, but at least half of them are still lifting a camera on a daily basis.

The regularly appearing photos were retired back in 2004, but a mention on the FORUM made me think to bring back the archives.

So here’s to the b-roll GIRLS!

117 Words You Can’t Say on Television (at least at Tribune)

From: NewsLab

“Those words and phrases recently banned by a top executive at Tribune Broadcasting have turned up on television. All 117 of them. In the same piece.”

Read more…

In case you want to create your own drinking game, here are the list of words.

  • “Flee” meaning “run away”
  • “Good” or “bad” news
  • “Laud” meaning “praise”
  • “Seek” meaning “look for”
  • “Some” meaning “about”
  • “Two to one margin” . . . “Two to one” is a ratio, not a margin. A margin is measured in points. It’s not a ratio.
  • “Yesterday” in a lead sentence
  • “Youth” meaning “child”
  • 5 a.m. in the morning
  • After the break
  • After these commercial messages
  • Aftermath
  • All of you
  • Allegations
  • Alleged
  • Area residents
  • As expected
  • At risk
  • At this point in time
  • Authorities
  • Auto accident
  • Bare naked
  • Behind bars
  • Behind closed doors
  • Behind the podium (you mean lecturn) [sic]
  • Best kept secret
  • Campaign trail
  • Clash with police
  • Close proximity
  • Complete surprise
  • Completely destroyed, completely abolished, completely finished or any other completely redundant use
  • Death toll
  • Definitely possible
  • Diva
  • Down in (location)
  • Down there
  • Dubbaya when you mean double you
  • Everybody (when referring to the audience)
  • Eye Rack or Eye Ran
  • False pretenses
  • Famed
  • Fatal death
  • Fled on foot
  • Folks
  • Giving 110%
  • Going forward
  • Gunman, especially lone gunman
  • Guys
  • Hunnert when you mean hundred
  • Icon
  • In a surprise move
  • In harm’s way
  • In other news
  • In the wake of (unless it’s a boating story)
  • Incarcerated
  • Informed sources say . . .
  • Killing spree
  • Legendary
  • Lend a helping hand
  • Literally
  • Lucky to be alive
  • Manhunt
  • Marred
  • Medical hospital
  • Mother of all (anything)
  • Motorist
  • Mute point. (It’s moot point, but don’t say that either)
  • Near miss
  • No brainer
  • Officials
  • Our top story tonight
  • Out in (location)
  • Out there
  • Over in
  • Pedestrian
  • Perfect storm
  • Perished
  • Perpetrator
  • Plagued
  • Really
  • Reeling
  • Reportedly
  • Seek
  • Senseless murder
  • Shots rang out
  • Shower activity
  • Sketchy details
  • Some (meaning about)
  • Some of you
  • Sources say . . .
  • Speaking out
  • Stay tuned
  • The fact of the matter
  • Those of you
  • Thus
  • Time for a break
  • To be fair
  • Torrential rain
  • Touch base
  • Under fire
  • Under siege
  • Underwent surgery
  • Undisclosed
  • Undocumented alien
  • Unrest
  • Untimely death
  • Up in (location)
  • Up there
  • Utilize (you mean use)
  • Vehicle
  • We’ll be right back
  • Welcome back
  • Welcome back everybody
  • We’ll be back
  • Went terribly wrong
  • We’re back
  • White stuff
  • World class
  • You folks

Fun at the RTCA “JR” Prom

I can easily be convinced to put on a monkey suit – every now and then. It’s a nice change of pace from my daily uniform. So, I was secretly excited when my wife asked if we could go to the Radio / Television Corespondents Dinner. This annual DC tradition brings together network journalists from all over for a big party.

It’s known as the “Junior Prom,” as it is overshadowed by the more exclusive “White House Corespondents Dinner,” coming up later this spring, but that didn’t stop us from having a blast and doing a little star-gazing. Ted Koppel and Bob Schieffer walked by during cocktails. The D-List, Kathy Griffin, joined the fun. And, many congressman made the rounds.

Clare got her photo taken with Miss America and I interrupted Bill O’Reilly long enough to take a picture. No one would sit at Senator Lieberman‘s table (political metaphor, anyone). And, in the end we got within 4 feet of the VP.

It was a great night to play with the “big wigs,” but also nice to lose the maitre d’ duds and go back to the “photog” life today. Don’t worry – the BASH will NEVER be a “black tie” events.

CSPAN has the video.