Mephistophelian?

Look, selling books is a business. No different from selling cars.

Novel Adventures may simply be another way to place a product, in this case, Saturn cars, it looks like fun and may get people reading.

Daphne Zuniga stars in the webisodes. Four female friends will take off on adventures inspired by classic novels. They drive Saturns (natch). The first episode will air November 3. The friends go deep-sea fishing.

According to Yahoo News,

“[e]ach of the eight episodes in the order will be presented for a 48-hour window on CBS.com, TheInsider.com and TV.com and then roll out across the CBS Audience Network. The series was created by Jonathan Prince, whose credits include A&E’s “The Cleaner” and CBS’ “Cane.”

After which, the episodes will be broadcasted in the entire CBS Audience Network, including AOL and Yahoo!

Mediaweek says,

CBS will encourage viewers of Novel Adventures to participate in online discussions following each episode, as well as parallel discussions on the books which are featured in the show.”

Examiner.com has a good write-up here.

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Cassius, is that an ides of March in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Why wasn’t I taught this in high school?

I may come to enjoy Shakespeare. Finally, a book about what we all think about constantly, namely sex. At least most guys do, Lexi Revellian on her blog differs a bit with this in Men and women, sex and writing…

… men appear entranced by the mechanics … while women’s interest is more romantic and diffuse. Women will go for quality … conversation and emotion are an important part of the picture.

Nevertheless, “Filthy Shakespeare: Shakespeare’s Most Outrageous Sexual Puns,” is written by a bona fide British Shakespeare expert, Pauline Kiernan.

According to the NY Times Paper Cuts blog.

[The book is] handily arranged by body part and sexual proclivity, with an appendix featuring an impressive variety of “pun words” for male and female genitalia…

Culture seems more accessible now.

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The TSA – Keeping ‘the people’ safe from sex bombs since 2001

I had a minor rant about the TSA in March (see my previous post, Back in the USA). TSA, the people who have taken what little joy there is in these days of Greyhound-Bus-programs-the-sky, and wrung its neck. They add inconvenience, without the value added plus of security, to a dreary travel experience. It’s Kabuki security, style and elaborate costumes.

I am not alone. In an article titled, The Things He Carried, Jeffrey Goldberg writes in the Atlantic,

I’ve also carried, at various times: pocketknives, matches from hotels in Beirut and Peshawar, dust masks, lengths of rope, cigarette lighters, nail clippers, eight-ounce tubes of toothpaste (in my front pocket), bottles of Fiji Water (which is foreign), and, of course, box cutters. I was selected for secondary screening four times—out of dozens of passages through security checkpoints—during this extended experiment. At one screening, I was relieved of a pair of nail clippers; during another, a can of shaving cream.

To be fair, the TSA has brought some humor into our lives. As an example, we now know some of the funnier things that people bring as carry-on. You can enter Vanity Fair’s Sex bomb caption contest.

I do take TSA’s point that most bad guys are not brain surgeons. This from the TSA’s blog:

…the person agreeing to carry [the bomb] may not be super smart.

Except when they are brain surgeons (or at least highly educated doctors) as they were in London.

From what I’ve read, the smartest things done for air security are the locked doors for the pilot’s cockpit and air marshals.

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