Category Archives: Television

Little Darth Vader: You Don’t Know What I Got

If you saw the Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial you’ll understand where this parody came from.


Brazenly stolen from

The Trunk Monkey

Apparently these ads from Suburban Auto Group (Sandy, OR) have been on YouTube since 2006. But until my BIL RJ sent this to me, I had never seen them before. How about you?

The first couple of spots are not as funny as the later ones. Stick with this one for a minute or more.

Muchas Gracias to RJ.

The Real Scooby Doo, Shaggy, Wilma, Daphne and Fred

As a kid I was a big fan of the Scooby Doo cartoon series. As a young adult I did quite a bit of voice-over work for corporate training videos and radio spots. Later in life I was also very fortunate to have done over 80 hour-long live radio shows on a couple of big-time stations.

Long story short: I’m an aficionado of professional voice talent and a sucker for Shaggy – who was voiced by Casey Kasem of American Top 40 radio fame. I hope you enjoy this interview with the people behind the characters as much as I did.

BTW: I hope to meet Frank Welker one day. He’s a great talent in spite of his weird name.

The Top 10 Cartoon Theme Songs

While I don’t agree with most of Time Magazine’s choices on this list (where’s Tom Slick, George of the Jungle or The Banana Splits?), it’s still a fun trip down memory lane.


The Doll Husband

She never says no

Regular readers know that I often question why women put up with men. But let’s face it ladies, life with you guys isn’t always a joyride.

As quoted from an episode in the original Star Trek series, women are truly “The bringers of pain and delight.”

So what’s a guy to do? You can’t live with ’em and you can’t live without ’em.

Apparently, thousands of American men (like Dave Cat, pictured here with his half-white, half-Japanese “wife” Shidora) have decided that the answer is to pay $6,500 for a lifelike doll.

According to the National Geographic web site promoting their series Taboo:

  • Doll lovers can sometimes be referred to “iDollators,” and seek a community of others online, mashing together the ideas of art and pornography that brings a very thin line between desire, lust, and fetishism.
  • Thousands of men pay $6,500 for each doll.
  • The reason for having a love doll vary among owners. Psychiatrists say there’s no one common denominator behind all love doll owners.
  • For some men, doll love can hinder normal emotional development, since intimacy with real people is an important part of maturity.
  • Men sometimes carry on the complete control over the dolls to relationships with real women, which may inflict harm, emotionally and physically.

In spite of my myriad issues dealing with the opposite sex, I’m not ready to go quite this far.


Sammy Pimps Suntory

Check out Shammy Davis, Jr. beat-boxin’ his way through a 30-second spot for the Japanese single malt whiskey brand Suntory:

You go Candy Man!

IBM Supercomputer to Appear on Jeopardy!

This is pretty spooky. According to this article on cnet news, an IBM supercomputer named Watson will compete against two human opponents on the game show Jeopardy! as soon as this fall.

I’ve been a fan of Jeopardy! since back when Art Fleming was the host, but never thought I’d see this day come. I also “auditioned” for Jeopardy! recently using their online testing and failed miserably.

If this machine can not only come up with the answers, but understand and process human speech, vet through the puns and hints, convert the answer to the form of a question – and click the button – faster than a couple of the best trivia players in the world, we’re all in big trouble.