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March 14, 2011

NPR now more popular than ever

This is partly due to the fact that NPR has adapted to the internet extraordinarily well, with podcasts available early and often for all their shows. Yglesias -- Cable News Sinking, NPR Rising
Of all the traditional media, the audience for AM/FM radio has remained among the most stable. In all, 93% of Americans listened to AM/FM radio at some point during the week in 2010, according to data from Arbitron, and this has dropped only three percentage points in the last decade. News may have suffered more. According to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, 16% of Americans say they get most of their national and international news from radio, down 6% from 2009. And 34% of Americans said they got some news on the radio “yesterday,” down from 43% in 2000. NPR, by contrast, has flourished as commercial all-news radio programming has become scarcer. NPR’s audience grew 3% in 2010, according to NPR internal data, to 27.2 million a week. That is up 58% since 2000.

March 11, 2011

Charlie Sheen's Act is an Act that is not an Act

This article articulates the ambiguity that I felt when I...

March 10, 2011

Nicholas Courtney, Doctor Who's legendary Brigadier, mourned by fans

The Brigadier and the Third Doctor played huge roles in my childhood. Nicholas-Courtney-007.jpg Nicholas Courtney, Doctor Who's legendary Brigadier, mourned by fans | Television & radio | guardian.co.uk
News today [Feb. 23] of the death of actor Nicholas Courtney has struck genuine sadness through the geek community and the world at large. A fine actor and a seemingly genuinely lovely man, he was also the longest-serving actor in Doctor Who history. His character, the unflappable Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, was one of the most beloved characters in the entire Whoniverse. He made his first appearance in 1969 adventure The Web Of Fear, then a mere Colonel, head of the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, the international community's line of defence against alien threats. When the series went Earthbound in 1970, the Doctor was employed by Unit and the Brigadier became central to the series' "Scooby Gang". The Brigadier occupies a unique position in Who lore. It is the Doctor's defining quality to abhor violence, refusing to use weapons even when absolutely necessary. Lethbridge-Stewart was a military stalwart, his instinct to shoot at the alien threat with a catchphrase of: "Five rounds, rapid!" The two men's differing approaches tested as much as complemented each other. Famously, in the Third Doctor Silurian story, the Brigadier orders the destruction of the underground Homo Repltilia settlement, to the Doctor's disgust. But he also served as a human, and humane, counterpoint to the Time Lord's alien eccentricities, and the pair developed a professional respect and personal affection.

March 08, 2011

The alignments of The Muppet Show

Mightygodking.com -- ALIGNMENT CHART! The Muppet Show

February 28, 2011

The Thundercats reboot actually looks kind of amazing

But how annoying will the new Schnarf be?