Friday, October 12, 2007

Quick Clicks

This is what Ellen DeGeneres had for lunch on Thursday. Every day on her Web site, she posts a picture and a description. It's always very tasty and healthy looking. I didn't know this, but Ellen has a personal chef, Sean, who prepares her midday meal. On this day, she dined on a poached seafood platter of freshly caught fish, accompanied by tartar sauce made from pickle, mayo and a little lemon juice, squeezed by Sergi, her "personal squeezing chef." She also had a salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, almonds and "various sprouted things." There's no picture from Friday. Maybe she skipped lunch, or ate out. Thanks to the USA Today Web site Pop Candy for the link!

Of all the images in "An Inconvenient Truth," one has stayed with me. It's soon-to-be Nobel laureate Al Gore walking by himself, through a practically empty airport terminal, dragging a suitcase behind him. It conjures up an image of the lonely, tireless crusader. Obviously, Gore was not alone. There was probably a retinue of aides out of view of the camera. I'm not accusing the filmmakers of dishonesty, and I liked the movie, although it did get kind of tedious after awhile. It just seems to me an interesting example of how all art tries to manipulate our emotions to some extent.

A column in Time magazine quotes a study that shows 37 percent of Americans over the age of 12 sit on the couch using their computers while watching television. Yep, that's me. The columnist, Bill Tancer, general manager of global research at Hitwise, calls this "couch multitasking," and he's glad to have company: "With the U.S. population exceeding 300 million ... that gives me a potential membership of about 100 million for a computer-television addiction group, should the need arise." Tancer sees new opportunties for interactive television. Personally, I'm hoping to break the addiction. Too often after a night of television/computer multitasking, I can barely remember the movie or television program I watched.

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