Wednesday Trivia Question

What series was James Parker talking about when he said in the January/February 2013 issue of The Atlantic: “Preposterous as history, preposterous as drama, the show succeeds magnificently as bad television. The dialogue spins light-operatically along in the service of multiplying plotlets, not too hard on the ear, although now and again a line lands like a tray of dropped spoons. The acting is superb—it has to be.” Continue reading


Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Back in the 1990s, UNC-TV revamped its on-air image. (Nothing out of the ordinary there – broadcast entities do this all the time.) The image consisted of a shadowbox-laden animation featuring various UNC-TV programming logos and objects, along with some North Carolina-themed material. There was a replica of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, the Wright Brothers flyer, Big Bird, Lamb Chop and references to Tar Heel staples like BBQ, basketball, dogwood and NASCAR. Maybe you remember the on-air image when it aired. If you’re a longtime UNC-TV viewer, I guarantee you saw it.

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The photo above is of some of the artwork used to create this on-air image and of the finished product. It was framed and displayed within some staffer’s office, I guess. However, it recently made it’s way to a common area, where I snapped this picture.

Sounds Familiar

“Up there in the immensity of the Cosmos, an inescapable perception awaits us. National boundaries are not evident when we view the Earth from space. Fanatical ethnic, religious or national chauvinisms are a little difficult to maintain when we see our planet as a fragile blue crescent fading to become an inconspicuous point of light against the bastion and citadel of the stars.” – Carl Sagan, COSMOS