In case you missed it, watch it here.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Some car companies will make your car payments if you lose your job:
DETROIT – Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. are offering payment protection plans to help reassure consumers who may be putting off buying a new car because of worries about losing their job.
The offers come as auto sales have been battered by the recession and tight credit, reaching their lowest levels in 27 years.
Ford said Tuesday it will cover payments of up to $700 each month for up to a year on any new Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicle if consumers lose their jobs. The program runs until June 1.
Hours later, GM said it will make a similar offer. GM's new CEO, Fritz Henderson, said the company will make up to nine car payments of $500 each for customers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
BERLIN - It's a nightmare scenario worthy of a sci-fi movie script: A scientist accidentally pricks her finger with a needle used to inject the deadly Ebola virus into lab mice.
But in this case, it really happened — to an unidentified 45-year-old woman in Germany.
Within hours of the accident on March 12, several of the scientist's colleagues held a trans-Atlantic telephone conference to map out a way to save her life.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
California is facing a nearly 12% unemployment rate:
California's jobless rate will climb to a staggering 11.9 percent between April and June next year, and double-digit unemployment will linger in the nation's most populous state at least through 2011, according to a new economic forecast.
The somber outlook in the quarterly Anderson Forecast from the University of California at Los Angeles, to be released Wednesday, came as the state struggles with a housing meltdown, budget crisis and slack consumer demand that has hurt the retail, manufacturing and trade sectors at the heart of the state economy.
The projected jobless rate would grow to 11.9 percent between April and June 2010, and average 11.7 percent for that year. The figure stood at 10.5 percent in February. Forecasters say it will average 11 percent for 2009.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
It didn't happen overnight. For the last couple of years, MySpace has been horribly unreliable. Often the service just wouldn't work. Any link you clicked on, or anything you were trying to do, was "out of service," and I lost count of how many error messages I had to sit through.
Then, it started crashing browsers. IE, Firefox, it didn't matter.
What pushed me over the edge was when I found out that when I posted a link to my personal blog – archervox.blogspot.com – MySpace blocked the link.
They didn't just block it. They linked it to a NASTY warning that my link was a malicious website, and called me – I'm not kidding -- "head lice on the Internet."
Ha ha, "Tom," you are too funny.
Now I'm sure it wasn't personal. I'm sure that's their usual template for warnings about "malicious websites" that just happen to be affiliated with MySpace's rival companies, like Google's Blogger service.
So I sent an email to customer service explaining that my personal blog was not a malicious site, did not have trojans, was not a spamming site. What did I get back? An automated form letter explaining how to use THEIR blog (which doesn't work, by the way – the formatting is screwy). So I sent another email. I got the same automated response back.
Thanks, but no thanks, Tom. You can keep your MySpace.
I announced on the air during Saturday Night 80s why we would not be using MySpace to set up our show page. I will explain it over and over again, and convince as many people as I can to use Facebook and Twitter instead, which are superior social networking sites.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
For the last hour and a half, while I've been trying to go to sleep, there's been a police chopper circling low right over my neighborhood. Occasionally, it's close enough that I can feel the floor vibrating, and then searchlights wash through my windows.
I went outside to see what's going on, and up and down the block, there are cop cars, lights flashing, just sitting there.
There have been two murders in this neighborhood in the past year.
L.A. is such a dream!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Family Guy is planning a tribute to Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Fox describes the upcoming episode:
In the episode titled “Not All Dogs Go to Heaven,” the "Next Gen" crew (Patrick Stewart, Levar Burton, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton, Denise Crosby, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Jonathan Frakes) will provide guest voices as the Griffin family heads to the annual Quahog “Trek” convention.
Stewie blows a fuse when he doesn’t get a chance to ask his favorite ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ cast members any questions," reads the logline. "He devises a plan, builds a transporter and beams the entire cast to his bedroom so they can spend a fun-filled day together in Quahog.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
Thursday, March 05, 2009
The newest Star Trek trailer (showing before Watchmen this weekend) appears at the bottom of this page:
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Heaven is Where:
The Police are British,
The Chefs are Italian,
The Mechanics are German,
The Lovers are French
It's all organized by the Swiss…
Hell is Where:
The Police are German,
The Chefs are British,
The Mechanics are French,
The Lovers are Swiss
It's all organized by the Italians.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
“We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace — business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering. ... Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me. And I welcome their hatred!"