Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Random but fairly important stuff


Emmys has a new beat with 'Idol' package
Call it a contest within a kudo-cast.

In an effort to add some pizzazz to the Sept. 18 Primetime Emmy Awards EDITOR'S NOTE: ANDREW...NOTE THE DATE. (MEA CULPA, I THOUGHT IT WAS THE WEEK PRIOR TO THIS). SO....PARTY AT YOUR HOUSE?! telecast, producers plan to stage an "Emmy Idol" competition that calls for stars ranging from Kristen Bell to William Shatner to belt out classic TV theme songs. EDITOR'S NOTE: OH THOSE WACKY SHOW PRODUCERS; WHAT WILL THEY THINK OF NEXT?!

Viewers will be able to vote for their favorite performance via the Web site and through a text-messaging option.

After years of declining ratings for television's most prominent awards content, officials at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences vowed to shake up the status quo and take this year's live telecast beyond the routine of award presentations and breathless acceptance speeches. EDITOR'S NOTE: I THINK THIS WILL BE VERY ENTERTAINING. MAYBE FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS, BUT FUN REGARDLESS. WE CAN EITHER ENJOY THE MUSIC OR REALLY REALLY ENJOY THE SNARKY EVIL FUN OF DERIDING IT ALL. (WIN/WIN).

Magazine: 'CSI' helps criminals escape police
LONDON -- Television shows like "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," depicting forensic scientists at work, are helping criminals avoid identification, New Scientist magazine said Wednesday.

Not only are the criminals getting detailed insights into police detection methods and how to avoid them, but the shows have led juries to expect too much certainty from scientific witnesses.

"Jurors who watch 'CSI' believe that those scenarios, where forensic scientists are always right, are really what happens," the magazine quoted forensic sedimentologist Peter Bull from Oxford University as saying EDITOR'S NOTE: SO.....UMMM....ALL YOU CRIMINALS, STOP WATCHING! (AND POTENTIAL JURORS? UMMM....YOU CAN WATCH, BUT DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE?)

Report: Samsung to launch dual-standard DVD player
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Samsung Electronics Co. will bring out a DVD machine next year capable of playing both Blu-ray and HD DVD if backers of the rival standards fail to agree on a unified format, a newspaper said. EDITOR'S NOTE: SAMSUNG ROCKS!

Competition between the two camps has hampered the launch of the next generation of optical discs, which will have greater capacity and higher definition, as movie studios hesitate to commit to printing discs on either standard.

Samsung's head of consumer electronics, Choi Gee-sung, told the Financial Times Deutschland: "We would welcome a unified standard but if this doesn't come, which looks likely, we'll bring a unified solution to market."

"It won't be simple but you'll see our solution in the coming year. Consumers will be too confused otherwise," he added in the interview published Tuesday.EDITOR'S NOTE: MANY ARE ALREADY CONFUSED, AND THAT'S JUST WITH EQUIPMENT THEY ALREADY HAVE!


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