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  • Ted Mann 1:38 am on December 29, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Listapalooza: My top 5 songs of 2006 

    Because I don’t buy full albums anymore …

    1. “On the Radio,” Regina Spektor (or really, anything by Regina Spektor)
    2. “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,” KT Tunstall (or anything else by KT, with the exception of “Suddenly I See,” which was in just about every TV pilot this year and got totally played into the ground)
    3. “Save Room,” John Legend (my favorite off the new album)
    4. “Busting up a Starbucks,” Mike Doughty
    5. “Let Me Go,” Sonya Kitchell

  • Ted Mann 4:38 pm on September 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Tunstall Lash 

    Is it just me, or has every single TV show premiere this fall used a KT Tunstall song? It’s freaky. I swear, we watched one night of TV where three shows in a row had the same tune, “Suddenly I See.” Much as I dug KT when “Eye to the Telescope” came out earlier this year (even posted over on Plugs about it), this is getting out of control. I just hope the same overexposed fate doesn’t befall my new love, Regina Spektor.

  • Ted Mann 11:01 pm on August 5, 2004 Permalink | Reply  

    The Action News Theme 

    An interactive post, courtesy of Matt Johnson.

    Ever since my days at UTV13, Penn’s abominable excuse for a campus TV station, I’ve been in love with “The Action News Theme.” Back then we pirated the music for our evening newscast (basically a collection of highlights from WPVI’s news, which we also pirated and re-edited), and I’ve been humming the upbeat ditty ever since. Turns out the original version, composed by Al Ham, went by the title “Move Closer to Your World” and had some moving lyrics. Matt sent this link to a site that has the original music and all of its iterations. I can’t say for sure which version is the best makeout music, but I’ll let you all be the judge.

    • Kim 1:15 pm on April 29, 2005 Permalink | Reply

      Here is one for you, I was in Syracuse for 2 years, I was so homesick, that I had the great thundering sounds of ActionNews on my answering machine. Including the trademark “The Big story” The big story is that Kim is not home right now…it drove my syracusan acquaintences nuts..now I am back home in South Philly and even have the theme as a ringtone on my cell..if u go to WPVI.com u can download it

  • Ted Mann 12:10 am on July 19, 2004 Permalink | Reply  

    Hair Watch: NPR Weighs In 

    I don’t know how I missed this one! On July 13’s Talk of the Nation, there was a fabulous episode called “The Politics of Hair,” with guest Peter Sagal, the follicly-challenged host of the NPR quiz show Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me. Most of the discussion was from the perspective of the bald voterhow he must weigh the Sophie’s choice of having to vote for one full head of hair or another. Seeing as how the chance of people actually listening to the RealAudio of the episode is slim, I’ll recap the high points in the extended entry, below. Among the issues tackled: How did Ike get elected with his barren scalp? Is Cheney the bald man’s candidate? The fake baldness of Jesse Ventura. And the real tragedy of Jack Ryan.
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  • Ted Mann 3:59 pm on July 16, 2004 Permalink | Reply  

    How to Cure Sweating 

    Over the July 4th weekend, I leaned an ugly truth about myself. In the course of walking about West Philly with my brother’s family, I realized how disgusting my sweat truly is. Thanks to massive salt stains circling my man tits and underarms, I now see that, with three months until the wedding, drastic measures are necessary. Surgery, as I’ll explain below, might be an option.

    On the recommendation of my friends Pete and Kim, I downloaded the audiobook of Dr. Atul Gawande’s Complications last month, and have been listening to it on my iPod ever since. Gawande is one of the New Yorker’s two nonpareil medical correspondents (the other being Dr. Jerome Groopman), and the book is basically a collection of his essays from the magazinemost of which are drawn from his days as a medical resident. You get a peek into gastric bypass operations, Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) conferences, and the ever-so-pleasant discovery of Necrotizing Fasciitis (aka “flesh eating bacteria”) in a 23-year-old woman. But what fascinated me most was the story of a female TV news anchor who had a case of chronic blushing. Because the embarrassing redness was interfering with her career, she sought out an experimental Swedish surgery to sever the nerve that controls facial blushing. But, as luck would have it, cutting this fiber had an unintended, if convenient, side effect. It eliminated almost all of her upper body sweating!

    (You can read the New Yorker incarnation of this particular story, “Crimson Tide,” here. Definitely the best part of the book, in my opinion.)
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    • Gabe 2:10 pm on July 17, 2004 Permalink | Reply

      Ted, I never thought I’d say this, but: please go back to talking about the presidential candidates’ hair.

    • Ted 3:52 pm on July 18, 2004 Permalink | Reply

    • andy 9:00 am on July 21, 2004 Permalink | Reply

      Uhh, before you go down that road, try some botox.


    • Carole 11:23 pm on August 31, 2004 Permalink | Reply

      This “experimental Swedish surgery” that is mentioned in the article has been stopped in Sweden over a year ago. Websites are going up from many countries around the world trying to warn people of the potential severe side effects. I hope you have not had the surgery yet because although your hands may be dry at your wedding, you risk having your groin and lower body from the nipple line down soaked in sweat.


  • Ted Mann 10:22 am on June 24, 2004 Permalink | Reply  

    Glory, Glory, Fallujah! 

    There was a great segment by Sarah Vowell on last Satuday’s This America Life about the bizarre evolution of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Who knew that a song we use to mourn the 9/11 victims and rally the troops in the war on terror was originally written to commemorate the first American terrorist?
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    • Gwynne 10:11 am on June 25, 2004 Permalink | Reply

      I’m so glad you heard this too. I thought this was great! Of course, I could listen to Sarah Vowell talk about anything in her ironic, drowl voice, but this happened to be a really wonderful piece. I too thought the “Hang Jeff Davis” connection was interesting.

      Ahhh may NPR live forever.
      (okay, have I revealed myself to be a big enough dork now?)

    • Ted 2:34 pm on June 25, 2004 Permalink | Reply

      I’m so glad you heard that segment, Gwynne, but even more glad that you’re reading my blog. In the words of Josh Groban, “You lift me up.” I think Ana’s looked at this site all of two times: First, to figure out what on earth I was doing on the computer instead of wedding planning. Second, to see pictures of the handicapped bathroom in the Kalamazoo Holiday Inn (at my request). It’s nice to have the freedom to post about our personal life, without censorship. Even nicer to actually have someone out there reading the posts. High five!

    • andy 12:28 pm on June 26, 2004 Permalink | Reply

      Its sad that the internet is overrun with Julia Ward Howe silly version of the song. Here is one of more more original versions:


      Documented by PBS.

  • Ted Mann 8:01 pm on May 27, 2004 Permalink | Reply  

    Hey Ya!/Hey Ma! 

    As a one-song fan of OutKast and an occassional cat enthusiast, when I saw this little clip, “Hey Ma!” on GMA, I couldn’t resist the temptation to post it. Just be warned: One lyric, “Hey I’ve got the kitty … Oh, I’ve got the kitty … And I put it in the toilet for a ba-a-ath,” will have you humming for days, often to the looks of confusion and disgust from co-workers.

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