Thursday, February 13

The Trivial Eye: Hair of the Doctor

by Jason Toon

Different actors, different personas, but most significantly, different hair: so goes the evolution of the character we insist on calling Doctor Who. (We're masochists for outraged, pedantic lectures from geeks.) For a time-traveler, the Doctor sure has followed the hairstyle trends of his time, hasn't he? Keep that in mind as you try to match the hair with the Doctor.

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Wednesday, November 27

Mmmm, Tastes Like Black Friday!

by Jason Toon

On Black Friday evening - when the shopping bags are full, the credit cards are maxxed out, and the minor contusions and lacerations are treated - it's time to gather round for a hearty, traditional Black Friday dinner. The secret to Black Friday entertaining is simple:

  1. Prepare some delicious dishes according to the recipes in Mom's recipe file, a popular magazine, or on a can of sliced beef tongue.
  2. Dye some of the food black.
  3. Serve with ugly dishes, unsettling dolls, and barf bags and/or buckets.
     

Just look at how a splash of black food coloring can bring your Black Friday cuisine to life! Mmm, dusky!

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Wednesday, October 30

The Trivial Eye: Halloween Costumes of the '70s & '80s

by Jason Toon

For all their cheap, mass-market ubiquity, the boxed costumes of the '70s and '80s manufactured by such outfits as Ben Cooper and Collegeville were pretty avant-garde in their way. Rather than attempt versimilitude, they splashed logos across kids' torsos with total disregard for what the subject of the costume looked like, thus turning the wearer into a walking billboard in a bold commentary on the commercial nature of such commodified celebrations.

Or maybe they were just really crappy. You tell us. And tell us who these eight disturbing costumes were supposed to represent.

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Friday, October 18

Watch This First: Puppy Chuck Wagon commercial, 1976

by Jason Toon

Yes, we've been featuring pet videos during our Heavy Petting pet week at Sellout.Woot. But it wouldn't be Watch This First without the occasional vintage commercial. So we'll end the week with a visit from the elusive stop-motion Chuck Wagon. Where did it come from? How did it get so tiny? What did it do when it wasn't leading dogs to dinner? Oh, how I longed to grab the Chuck Wagon as it raced under the dining-room table, talk to the cowboys inside, pet those tiny horses, or at least just get a good look at it before it could run back into the bag. Come back, Chuck Wagon! Come back!
 


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Thursday, October 17

Watch This First: Brazil's Tiger Family

by Jason Toon

A good idea: our Heavy Petting pet week deals on Sellout.Woot. A bad idea: taking several tigers into your home as pets. An even worse idea: letting your children and grandchildren play with the tigers. I can't imagine this ending well for the Borges family of Maringá, Brazil.
 


Watch Watch This First first, weekday mornings at 7 Central. Because the best way to start the day is to start it a few minutes later.

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Wednesday, October 16

Watch This First: Cats Stealing Dog Beds

by Jason Toon

How you feel about today's video for our Heavy Petting pet week at Sellout.Woot will depend on how you see cats and dogs. Are cats assertive individualists or heartless monsters? Are dogs gentle and tolerant, or dumb and wimpy? Whatever your feelings about dogs and cats, this collection of cats taking over dog beds will provoke them.
 


Watch Watch This First first, weekday mornings at 7 Central. Because the best way to start the day is to start it a few minutes later.

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The Trivial Eye: Exotic TV Pets

by Jason Toon

On this third day of our Heavy Petting pet week over on Sellout.Woot, let's remember that TV pets aren't all like Lassie, Eddie, or Toonces. Recognize any of these weirder companions that TV characters have cuddled up with?

Answers are here. Please post your guesses, speculations, or arguments below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.

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Tuesday, October 15

Watch This First: A Girl and Her Bee

by Jason Toon

As our Heavy Petting pet week continues at Sellout.Woot, here's a beloved video from 2008 that reminds us that pets don't have to be cuddly, or cute, for kids to respond to them. Julia talks about nursing her carpenter bee Lemon back to health after the bee lost its ability to fly. Pretty sweet.
 


Watch Watch This First first, weekday mornings at 7 Central. Because the best way to start the day is to start it a few minutes later.

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Monday, October 14

Watch This First: Bull Terrier Puppy vs. Crab

by Jason Toon

Pet Week is taking over Sellout.Woot starting today, so pets are taking over Watch This First all week, too. But jeez, I dunno, do people like watching animal videos on the Internet? Let's find out with this intricate dance between a playful bull-terrier puppy and a freaked-out crab.
 


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Thursday, October 10

Watch This First: LG's Apocalyptic HDTV "Prank"

by Jason Toon

Maybe I'm just uptight. Maybe I'm hypocritical, because I enjoy some pretty intense pranks (including this coffeeshop horror made to promote the Carrie remake). But I think tricking people into thinking their city has been destroyed by a meteor goes way too far. I guess LG makes their point about how realistic this "Ultra HD" TV is, but, uh, you know, making people believe their families and friends have been killed doesn't seem all that fun.




Watch Watch This First first, weekday mornings at 7 Central. Because the best way to start the day is to start it a few minutes later.

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