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  • Ted Mann 10:24 pm on February 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    I am your brother, your best friend forever 

    I finally broke down and pulled the trigger on the iPhone a couple weeks ago. Totally 100 percent worth it. It’s become the perfect way for me to kill time in lines, shopping with Ana, or waiting for whatnot. The only thing I wish it had more of — or maybe I should say, I wish I wasn’t so cheap about — is video. Put simply, I love watching music videos and TV shows on the gizmo, but I’m hardly the type to shell out for a $20 iTunes movie.

    That’s why i was so thrilled today to find that iTunes is offering a free download of the Renaldo Lapuz tryout for American Idol — quite possibly the best two minutes of television I’ve seen in a decade. I think I already know the entire song by heart: “I am your brother / your best friend forever / singing the songs / the music that you love. … I AM YOUR BROTHER …”

    For all you iPhoners out there looking for a little free video to cheer you up, check it out.


    • jom 6:47 am on March 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      i think that this guy is the #1 american idol in the world i wonder why he didn’t make it? after all simon and him were brothers

  • Ted Mann 2:19 pm on February 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Yeah, what Barack Obama and John Legend said … 

  • Ted Mann 1:10 am on December 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Listapalooza: My top 5 gadgets of 2006 

    Ok, I know this is obscenely dorky, but — well this was the year that I indulged myself in every gizmo I could get my hands on …

    1. Nintendo Wii (I’ve only had it two days, and I’m already firmly addicted)
    2. Verizon’s new VZ Navigator GPS system (which came on my new free Motorola v325 phone)
    3. iPod Nano
    4. Macbook
    5. Olympus DS-2200 digital voice recorder

    Need more evidence that the Wii is one of the sweetest gadgets of all time? I present you with Stephen Colbert vs. Nancy Pelosi in Wii Sports boxing:

  • Ted Mann 1:52 am on December 29, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Listapalooza: My top 10 TV shows of 2006 

    Because I can’t pick just five …

    1. Lost
    2. Weeds
    3. Big Love
    4. The Colbert Report
    5. Heros
    6. The Daily Show
    7. The Office
    8. 30 Rock
    9. The Sopranos It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
    10. The View (which I never actually watch live or TiVo, but has put on an awful good show judging by the umpteen YouTube segments I’ve seen while researching for Suburbarazzi)

    Damn, I watch a lot of TV, don’t I?

  • Ted Mann 1:47 am on December 29, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Listapalooza: My top 5 books of 2006 

    1. “The Areas of My Expertise,” by John Hodgeman (If you haven’t read this yet, drop whatever the f your doing and go get it. Now. It’s the funniest book you’ll ever read.)
    2. “Under the Banner of Heaven,” by John Krakauer
    3. “Guests of the Ayatollah,” by Mark Bowden
    4. “1491,” by Charles C. Mann (and no, I’m not just saying this because he’s my cousin)
    5. “Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs,” by Chuck Klosterman

  • 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 11:58 am on October 22, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Say Hey, Suburb-arazzi 

    At last, I can now blog at work. I mean, I can blog and not feel dread and guilt and a whole host of other anxious sensations as I post.

    As part of my diabolical plan to give the the magazines I work on a half-decent website, I’v also been helping to coordiante four new blogs (all of which will feed into them). The first of these, and also the only one that I expect to contribute to, is Suburb-arazzi (link: suburbarazzi.lohudblogs.com). It’s actually my colleague Robert Zeliger’s baby (I’m just a subordinate blogger), but the conceit is, dare I say, brilliant. Thing Gawker for the Suburbs.

    If that doesn’t knock your socks off — well, then you’re clearly not wearing any. Or else you’re one of those faggy octogenarians who wear garters.

    Anyway, the blog will be all about the celebrities that populate the Lower Hudson Valley (i.e. Westchester, Rockland, Putnam counties). Some of the naysayers at The Journal News have raised an eyebrow or two over the idea — “Are there really any celebrities to write about?” To which I can only say, come on, puh-lease? We got Bedford’s DMX getting arrested every other week, Stephen Baldwin going absolutely looney with his new skateboarding+Jesus “Breakthrough Ministry,” not to mention Martha Stewart, Donald Trump, and literally dozens of film and TV stars. We’ve got the deck totally stacked.

    I’m gonna make a bold promise (and one I would never pledge here): Three posts a day before noon.

    For at least two or three days.

  • Ted Mann 8:53 pm on February 16, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    TurkeyMonkey Endorsement: Proof 

    ProofEver since going to see a production of Proof in the Village last week, I’ve been meaning to plug it. The play — the first production in NYC since it finished on Broadway, I think — starred Dan’s girlfriend Kate Middleton who was riveting. I haven’t seen the movie or other theatrical versions, but I feel confident saying that she’d give Gwyneth Paltrow or Anne Heche or Mary Loise Parker a run for their money. Alright, maybe not Mary Loise Parker — she’s awful purdy — but definately the other two.

    The theater they’re performing in, Manhattan Theatre Source on MacDougal Street, is worth the $15 price of admission alone. It’s adorable, with a coffee shopish first floor and a second floor library stocked with bound plays. While the actual performance space is tiny (about 40 people, I’m guessing) and drafty, once the action heats up, it’s cozy and intimate. The play is only going through this Saturday, and I’m not sure if there are any more tickets. But if there are, go see it!

    And all you kids out there, stay in school!

  • Ted Mann 11:04 am on November 18, 2005 Permalink | Reply  

    Soft Paws, Holiday Colors 

    I’m not sure whether these would go to cats on the naught or nice list. After all, most cats aren’t thrilled at the prospect of you clipping their nails and then gluing on a kind of kitty Lee Press-On Nail. But oh, those adorable colors. Who wouldn’t want to subject their cat to a little inhumane anguish for the fleeting joy that red-and-green Soft Paws bring?

    (Should I just go ahead and rename the site? “CatKook” would be a much more appropriate name these days.)

    • Gwynne 10:27 pm on December 2, 2005 Permalink | Reply

      Great. Now I can scratch (no pun intended) Lucy & Ethel off my gift list. I know they’ll just love ’em!

    • Lovecats_dogs 8:54 pm on January 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Softpaws are awesome! They are just as good on dogs as they are on cats! Check out http://www.softpaws.com for all the best colors and most available sizes for cats and dogs!

  • Ted Mann 12:39 am on November 18, 2005 Permalink | Reply  

    Panic Mouse and Friends 

    Well, that plan to post regularly is pretty much shot at this point. C’est la vie. But enough of my self-defeating crap. After all, what could be more rude than posting about not posting when there are cat toys to be endorsed?

    To wit, I hereby present you with my three best attempts to up our household’s feline fun:

    1. Panic Mouse: By far the coolest cat toy I’ve ever purchased. An orange half-orb with a built-in motor that spins a small wire arm around. The key? Inside the “mouse” portion of the package is a computer chip that send the arm in a haphazard motion, with a plastic wand and pom-pom that goes all squirly, twitching this way and that. After three weeks with this brilliant device, I retrofitted it with a cat dancer (one of those long wires with cinnamon sticks at the end) and a red bullet laser. My cats have been enjoying regular epileptic fits ever since. I’ve even been known to swat at the spastic cinnamon a few times myself.

    2. Feline Frollic (aka Cat Attack): Ana picked up this bad boy from Sharper Image. Though it functions on the same principle as Panic Mouse (an unpredictable plastic wand whipping around a fluffy toy), it’s not nearly as cool — mainly because it can’t support heavier objects like lasers. But it does get plenty of cool points for long battery life (can stay on for 4+ days), the ability to motor forward and back, and remote-controlled operation. I’m just wondering how long I have to wait to get the motion-activated model.

    3. Cat Sitter DVD: I always thought those kooks who left their cats at home watching Animal Planet were probably in need of kitty Prozac themselves. But then my mom popped in a VHS called “Cat Sitter,” and Fuzzy and Scout went bonkers. Watching the static shots of birds and squirrels, they attempted to catch every one as it flew out the side of the screen. We ultimately upgraded to the DVD, a three-hour nature bonanza that plays on a loop, so that we could leave it running for them all day. Trust me, you gotta see this.

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