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June 18th, 2014

Breaking the Language Barrier

I was recently watching a TV show where the lead character was in a terrible accident and a specialist was consulted from a foreign country. This posed the question of how the two medical fields communicated with each other without the concern of a language barrier with something as important as a medical diagnosis. The lead character is probably also going to need a good legal translation service after the harm that was done to him. There are many translation agencies to choose from, but in this case the doctors and the victim chose to use Rosetta Translation Services, a translation agency that is headquartered in London. This worldwide service also has offices in Shanghai, New York, Luxembourg and Paris. In addition to Medical translations, this translation company also specializes in Financial, Technical and Legal translations. Rosetta Translation Services rises above other translation companies as they guarantee accurate and efficient services. Their translations services are manned by highly qualified translators, proofreaders and editors to avoid any misunderstandings language barriers can cause. Free quotes are available online. One satisfied customer states, “Rosetta always offer competitive pricing when I ring round for a quote and their service is consistently excellent. They have gone the extra mile for me before, dropping off documents by hand after hours. Certainly recommended.”

March 22nd, 2012

Dumbest Stuff on Wheels

Thanks for the article from Glenda Hanson

A show that I just really totally didn’t get until this past holiday season was Dumbest Stuff On Wheels. I am not even sure what channel it comes on but I will watch it if I scroll past it on my guide. I never usually watch things like this but my dad actually got me hooked on it. Over the Christmas holiday I was spending some time at their house and he was watching the show and just cracking up laughing. I decided to watch along with him to see what all the fuss was about. The show is basically video footage of hundreds of different people making bad decisions while on a wheeled vehicle be it a car, a four wheeler or roller blades. Lots of people make made mistakes on wheels evidently. I had no idea there were so many people out there who do really really dumb things on skate boards and dirt bikes. I even saw a guy crash in to a girl on his dirt bike after hitting a jump. Pretty sure they both went to the ER. Check out to find out about getting Dumbest Stuff on Wheels on your T.V.

February 20th, 2012

Hearing About

Contributed by Alec Bates

When I heard about from a colleague I thought “why?” Why would anyone need all those channels? But when my husband signed us up it didn’t take a week before I knew exactly why – the Travel Channel! It’s like you’re on vacation all the time but you’re actually just sitting at home in front of the TV…how can you beat that? You don’t have to take any time off work and it’s really cheap compared to travelling around the world, plus some of the personalities on the network remind me of my actual friends! I love that there are so many family friendly shows, too, and that we can watch with our kids and not have to worry about turning it off when they come in the room. Who would have thought I’d turn into a total travel nut after all this time? I never even used to like getting on airplanes! We’ve got an Italy trip planned for this summer and I can’t wait to do the travelling myself!

December 21st, 2011

Great for Me

Guest post written by my buddy Royce Heath

Being here has been really great for me in so many ways but it’s also been tough moving away from everyone. I found this amazing home online a few months back and I jumped on it – I’ve always wanted to live in a smaller town and generally just get a slower pace of life. I love my family though and they’re so far away so I got wireless internet Lancaster to keep in touch and I’ve been talking to them on the phone a lot, too. I’ve actually been thinking about getting into real estate here since it’s so cheap and I’ve been going to open houses and all that to find out what’s right for me. I love old homes and there are certainly plenty of them around here and I think my next project may just be to buy one and fix it up the way I’d like to live in it now. There’s something to be said for the kind of life I’m laying out for myself and I’m happy with the changes.

November 11th, 2011

Castle Enters the Heartbreak Hotel

Castles wished for a Royal Flush like this Photo by Graeme Main/MOD © Wikimedia Commons

Castle wished for a Royal Flush like this
Photo by Graeme Main/MOD © Wikimedia Commons

Sam Siegel, the co-owner of the Sapphire Resort Casino in Atlantic City, is found murdered on an abandoned delivery dock in NYC. Wanting to see how Beckett performs as a detective without any outside influence, Captain Gates lets Castle tag along with Detectives Ryan and Esposito to Atlantic City. Castle is more excited about hitting the poker tables than he is of finding a murderer and hopes to get lucky playing the live tables as opposed to Olympic Poker  he can play online at home. Siegel, before he was killed, argued with his wife trying to get her to sign over property they co-owned in Queens.

At the Sapphire, the detectives and Castle get passed from one lead to another beginning with the concierge, Nadine, who introduces them to Siegel’s business partner, Charlie, who steers them toward Ralph, Sam’s driver. All this leads to the arrest of Ralph who was hiding out in New York, but he is soon cut free after pointing the cops in the direction of Daniel, the Sapphire’s head of security. Daniel provides security footage of Charlie punching Sam after he found out that Sam had stolen $10 million from the casino.

Turns out Sam didn’t do it. But Nadine’s parents live in the building in Queens that Sam and his wife own. So did Nadine take the money? Charlie gets tired of fielding questions from out of town cops and kicks the trio out of his casino before they can question Daniel about call she received from Nadine.

Castle comes up with the grand plan of infiltrating the casino as Elvis impersonators (of course there is an Elvis event going on in the casino, isn’t there always?). Daniel admits he and Nadine took the money as leverage to get Sam to turn over the building in Queens so her parents wouldn’t be evicted. Once they got the deed, the money would be returned. The big problem is the money wasn’t really Sam’s.

The money belonged to violent mob man Tommy, who Charlie and Sam borrowed from. In a meeting set up by Beckett, Daniel returns the money to Tommy and Tommy releases Nadine who he had taken hostage earlier. Tommy knew about the blackmail and gave Sam extra time to get his wife to sign over the property but Rebecca says she never made the deal. Tommy says different. Being desperate to want to pay back the mob, Sam had forced his wife to sign over the deed at gunpoint. Scared of forever being controlled by Sam, Rebecca killed him.

{Personal Disclaimer: The writer does not endorse gambling of any sort. Paid post brought to you by OlympicPoker and Blogsvertise.}

October 23rd, 2011

Waiting for Better 3D

Thanks to Wm Rowe

Have you ever met someone who has to know or have every new gadget available? Well, my husband is one of those people. If there is a new “toy”, he has to have it or at least see it. When DVD players first came out, he was probably first in line. You couldn’t find a DVD to play in them, but he owned a player. He was the first person I knew to have high def TV and now he is the only person I know interested in 3D television. To be honest, I do not even understand the appeal of 3D television. It seems like a fad. It is cool now because it is a little different, but it is not different enough to hang around. I am looking forward to the type of 3D they had in “Back to the Future” when Marty visits the future and gets eaten by the shark. For that 3D, you can definitely sign me up. I might even be ahead of my husband in line. Now, that would be a first.

August 23rd, 2011

Picking Through my Closet for Sorority Rush

Guest post written by Eve deGruy

Now that I’m all moved into my dorm room and have met a lot of the girls on my hall, I’ve decided that I’m going to go through with Greek rush. It’s something that I’ve thought about doing for a good part of the summer, but decided to just feel it out as I went. Well, some of the girls on my hall are rushing and they’ve kind of convinced me to go through with it. So that’s what I’m going to try and do.

But I don’t know the first thing about being in a Sorority, much less rushing in one, so I’ve been doing a lot of research on how to make the most of it and get success from it. While I was looking through some stuff online about that, I ran across the site After I looked through it a little bit, I decided forward it to my mom because our internet service at home is just plain awful.

I found a lot of resources on tips for how to dress for the rush events. Of course, it will vary by school and what each Sorority is looking for. But it’s really nice to have a general sense of what to expect to wear.

August 7th, 2011

Play Poker in the Comfort of Your Own Home

A Royal Flush. Photo by Graeme Main/MOD  © Wikimedia Commons

A Royal Flush.
Photo by Graeme Main/MOD
© Wikimedia Commons

Do you love playing poker but can’t afford to physically go to Atlantic City or Las Vegas to play? Now you can play in the comfort of your own home by accessing – that’s Registration is free; just click here and follow the instructions provided. Follow their online guides, tips and tricks to become a poker whiz in no time at all.

Poker is not just one game. There are many variations of poker such as Texas Hold’em which is currently a very popular poker game. It is also the easiest one to learn. Playing poker online also means you don’t have to spend your hard earned money to ante up. Using play money still makes the games fun along with socializing with fellow players. They may even teach you a trick or two or you may visit the forums and message boards to find helpful information or to have any questions you may have answered.

At each poker table you will discover multiple personalities playing. There are sharks, fish, rocks and monsters. Come on in and create your own personality. Which one will you be?

Remember, go to – that’s – to register. Registration is free; just click here and follow the instructions provided.

{Personal Disclaimer: The writer does not endorse gambling of any sort. Paid post brought to you by AtlanticPoker and Blogsvertise.}

July 24th, 2011

Six Flags is Always Crowded in the Summertime


Customers wait in line for a coaster at Six Flags. Photo by Jeremy Thompson © Wikimedia Commons

Customers wait in line for a coaster at Six Flags.
Photo by Jeremy Thompson
© Wikimedia Commons

There have been very few times I have visited Six Flags in the summertime when it did not seem to be overly crowded. Stanchions, velvet ropes, and barricades are all good items to use for crowd control as guests line up for their turn for some summertime fun on one of Six Flags famous rollercoasters. Barricades such as traffic cones are used in the parking lot to direct the driver to the next available parking spot so visitors don’t have to wander the parking lot looking for an empty parking space. A good way to tell how crowded it is in the park is by how long you have to stand in line for a ride while being herded through the stanchions like cattle. Without direction on how to get to the ride people visiting the park would have a hard time finding the entrance to their favorite ride. With belted stanchions guiding the way, (some can even be printed with a name or title or whatever you want) people know where the line begins and where it ends. Just because Six Flags is crowded doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your day there. At least you’re not at work!

[Photo: Guests wait in line to ride The Great American Scream Machine at Six Flags Over Georgia Photo Credit: hagerman © Wikimedia Commons]

March 21st, 2011

Sharing Tron with My Kids

The Author of this post is Velma Baird (Guest Poster)

Tron Lightcycle Photo by Pacifier © Wikimedia Commons

Tron Lightcycle
Photo by Pacifier
© Wikimedia Commons

Back when I was a kid, the original Tron movie was such a big deal for me that I was really excited when I heard about the new Tron Legacy movie. I was even happier when I found out that it had a PG radio so I could take my 8 and 10 year old to go and see it. But first I wanted to show them the original Tron movie.

I had a VHS tape of the movie from way back when, but I thought that it wouldn’t hurt to buy a DVD copy of it. I went online to try and find a good deal on one and while I was doing that I ran across some Satellite Internet Deals and signed up for one of them for our home internet service.

I think that the kids liked the original TRON even though they got kind of lost in the plot during the first one. But I think that they paid more attention during the new movie because it was just so neat to see it in the movies with all of the great visual effects and music. My 10 year old even said that he loved the music so I picked up the soundtrack for him for Christmas at the last minute.

March 19th, 2011

Doctors and Nurses on Days of Our Lives

Pink Scrubs Photo Permission from ©

Pink Scrubs
Photo Permission from ©

A lot of TV soap operas have a hospital scene in their show. The hospital on Days of Our Lives is University Hospital where characters such as Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian), Dr. Carly Manning (Crystal Chappell), Dr. Nathan Horton (Mark Hapka), Dr. Lexie Carver (Renee Jones) and nurse Melanie Layton-Kiriakis (Molly Burnett) work. When at work they all wear doctor and nursing scrubs, but they are distinguished by the doctors wearing green colored scrubs while the nurses seem to wear pink nursing scrubs. And gone are the days when nurses looked big and frumpy in their nursing uniforms. Nurse Melanie wears scrubs that are both fashionable and flattering.

Although she grew up not knowing her mother and father, Melanie eventually chose to become a part of the medical field and later learned that her biological mother and father were none other than Dr.’s Jonas and Manning who had a one night stand some eighteen to twenty something years ago. Now they all work together at Salem’s University Hospital.

[in photo: Nurse Melanie Layton and Dr. Nathan Horton from Days of Our Lives]

February 22nd, 2011

My Two Favorite Reality Shows

Cowboys Jet and Cord with a fan Photo by Ryulong (C) Wikimedia Commons

Cowboys Jet and Cord with a fan
Photo by Ryulong (C) Wikimedia Commons

This past week my two favorite reality TV shows, Survivor and The Amazing Race, began a new season. Thanks to my Satellite TV I was able to enjoy them both. Boston Rob and Russell Hantz, two of the biggest villainous stars in Survivor history, are back to go face-to-face to see who rules the Survivor Island. Will the tribes keep the villains around for their experience, or will they vote them out early? But this season there is a twist as Survivor has added Redemption Island to their hat of tricks. When a Survivor gets voted off, they go to Redemption Island where they will fight other players that have been voted off for a chance to return to the game towards the end and a chance at the big prize.

On the Amazing Race, eleven teams of contestants have been asked to return for a chance to redeem themselves in this season’s Unfinished Business. Some of viewers favorite teams are once again racing around the world, but the one thing they all have in common is that none of them have ever won the race. Cowboys Jet & Cord are my favorites, but they are lagging behind right now. I’ll have to stay tuned to my local Satellite TV to see how they fare next week.

January 18th, 2011

Disney World is Always Crowded!

Monorail_disney by M. Minderhoud

People line up to ride the Monorail at Disney World. Photo by M. Minderhoud © Wikimedia Commons

There have been very few times I have visited Disney World when it did not seem to be overcrowded. Stanchions, velvet ropes, and barricades are all good items to use for crowd control. Barricades such as traffic cones are used in the parking lot to direct the driver to the next available parking spot so visitors don’t have to wander the parking lot looking for an empty parking space. A good way to tell how crowded it is in the park is by how long you have to stand in line for a ride while being herded through the stanchions like cattle. Without direction on how to get to the ride people visiting the park would have a hard time finding the entrance to their favorite ride. With belted stanchions guiding the way, (some can even be printed with a name or title or whatever you want) people know where the line begins and where it ends. Just because the park is overcrowded doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your day there. At least you’re not at work!

January 13th, 2011

Back to My Reading Roots in 2011

Guest post written by Natalie Bushnell

I’d say that just about everything that I know about men I learned from Jane Austen, but Cosmopolitan magazine has also played a large part in that too. Perhaps Cosmo has been more helpful in dating in the modern world, but Austen still lets you know how people don’t always let others know their feelings. Plus, I think that if Jane Austen was alive today, she’d read Cosmo. But it’s been so long since I’ve read any of her novels, so I’m going to re-read all of her novels in 2011 as a New Year’s resolution.

I started reading Austen in middle school and I think that I have almost all of her books. I did a check to see if I had all of her books and went online to find the ones that I didn’t have. When I was doing that I came across some information about internet packages and decided to click here to order one of them for my home service.

I’m excited about my reading New Year’s resolution and have already started reading “Pride and Prejudice” to kick it off.

January 7th, 2011

Surprise New Year’s Eve Party

Guest post written by Renee Templeton

This year we sent out invitations to all of our friends and family and told them that our New Year’s Eve party was going to be our engagement party so that they had to all be there. But little do they know that they won’t just be celebrating our engagement, they’ll be attending our wedding!

Now, pulling this off has been so hard. I’ve had to be so careful about not letting my roommates see all the planning that I’ve been doing and I’ve been obsessively hiding all my planning documents in my room so they won’t find any of them. One night when I was looking up table centerpieces, I came across the website and after I read through it a little bit, I decided to sign up for one of the internet packages that I found on there for our new home.

I had thought about the idea of having a New Year’s Eve wedding for next year, but then we found out that my fiance will probably have to go away to grad school in the fall, so I think this will work out much better.

December 21st, 2010

Ginger Molasses Christmas Cookies

Ginger Molasses Cookies Photo by snowpea & bokchoi © Wikimedia Commons

Ginger Molasses Cookies
Photo by snowpea & bokchoi © Wikimedia Commons

Guest post written by Jessie Douglas

There’s a little Christmas tradition in our family around Christmas time. We always make these really good cookies with molasses and I always get lost of compliments on them when other people try them or I give them to them as gifts. I have the recipe written down somewhere, but I’ve made it so often that I don’t even have to refer to the recipe because I have it memorized.

But this year I thought that it might be neat to find some kind of twist on our traditional molasses cookies, so I went online with our Clearwire Wireless Internet to search for something a little different.

What I found was this recipe for ginger molasses cookies, which I thought would be pretty neat. I’ve always liked the taste of ginger, so I really liked the result of the recipe. When my husband tried them he really liked them, even though he made sure to assure me that he still really likes my family’s classic molasses recipe. I think he was afraid to admit that he likes the ginger cookies better.

November 20th, 2010

Harry Potter Books are Magical

Guest post of the week by Jae Woodard

Even though many people think the Harry Potter book series is for children, I find it to be very entertaining as well as full of great insight into life and its struggles.

While I enjoy watching satellite TV a great deal when I am not reading, I find that reading these books are a way for me to feel even closer to the characters that I can on any TV show. Harry Potter, the hero in the series, is faced with an impending meeting with ultimate evil in the character of Lord Voldemort. From the first book in the series, Harry is not completely aware of all the tools and powers he has at his disposal. Like many of us in real life, we face challenges that seem daunting but as we grow, we find friends, mentors and powers that help us overcome the evil or bad in our lives.

In a particularly poignant moment in the last book of the series, Harry is at the place for his final battle against Lord Voldemort. As he walks toward the confrontation, his final powerful tool is given to him as he whispers into a gold orb, “I am going to die.” That unleashes the gift that allows him to draw on the power of his dead parents and teachers. It was an awesome moment that teaches us of the wisdom and strength of our ancestors.

November 18th, 2010

Finding Some New Books to Read

Guest post written by Rita Howard

I have this thing where once I read a book that I like, I scope out every other book by that author and try to read it. Maybe it’s a little obsessive, but if I like one book by a certain writer there’s an extremely good chance that I’ll like other books by that person too. I just finished all of Sophie Kinsella’s books, the lady who wrote the Confessions of a Shopaholic series, so I’m looking for another girly author to read all of the books by her.

I went online and found some stuff about the author Nora Roberts that seemed pretty positive. I read that her stuff is kind of funny and very romantic. When I was reading up on that author I found some stuff about a new internet service and decided to get some more more info on it.

I ordered a few Nora Roberts books for myself to get started, well the ones that my library and its partner branches don’t have listed on their card catalog. This habit can be really expensive if I buy all the books.

November 17th, 2010

Girls Are Taking Over “The Big Bang Theory”

The Big Bang Theory Cast Photo by MelodyJSandoval © Wikimedia Commons

The Big Bang Theory Cast
Photo by MelodyJSandoval © Wikimedia Commons

Thanks to Direct TV, I have been enjoying the hit comedy The Big Bang Theory on my big screen TV ever since I found The Big Bang Theory offered in DirecTV packages. The geeky boys of The Big Bang Theory are being infiltrated by girls on my DirecTV! Melissa Rauch who plays Bernadette (Howard’s girlfriend) was bumped to a series regular recently will be joined by Mayim Bialik (from Blossom) who has received a similar bump according to Deadline Hollywood.  The two girls will join Penny (Kaley Cuoco) who has anchored the lone female role thus far in the series. Bialik who plays Sheldon’s non-girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler, (Sheldon claims she is just a girl who also happens to be his friend, but that does not make her his ‘girlfriend’!!) has a 1-season contract for recurring roles on the show as does Rauch. The character of Amy comes off as a female Sheldon (Jim Parsons) which has some viewers turning off. Others compare her to Star Trek’s Data, the humanoid robot. Amy acts more like she should be Sheldon’s twin sister, just not funny like Sheldon. As a permanent addition to the show, Melissa Gilbert’s Leslie Winkle character would have been a better choice. With all the viewer messages I am reading left on articles about The Big Bang Theory regarding these new female editions, I predict they will not receive a contract renewal offer after this season.

[Source: Deadline Hollywood; Photo Courtesy: CBS]

November 15th, 2010

Holiday Traditions

Macys UNderdog Balloon 1979 by Jon Harder

Underdog balloon in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Photo by Jon Harder © Wikimedia Commons

Turkey Day is right around the corner! And you know what that means – parades and Christmas specials on TV. Thankfully, local TV satellite programming is available at, so you don’t have to miss the biggest parade in America, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which is a holiday tradition across the U.S. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is typically hosted by anchors from the Today show. Or you may choose to watch a different Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS where Carrie Underwood is set to perform along with the Broadway casts of “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” and “Billy Elliott.” Whether you are standing on the sidewalks watching the parade live or at home watching the parade on TV thanks to, you will be able enjoy the festivities in HD! Other holiday TV programming coming soon is the children’s favorite “Merry Madagascar” followed by a new special in “Kung Fu Panda Holiday,” both airing on NBC. In December, get ready to rock around the Christmas Tree with famous musical talents and watch the lighting of the Christmas tree in “Christmas in Rockefeller Center.”

November 11th, 2010

“Castle” on ABC

Posted by Gaylord Campbell

Nathan Fillion Photo by Jo Anslow (C) Wikimedia Commons

Nathan Fillion
Photo by Jo Anslow (C) Wikimedia Commons

My husband and I recently switched to a Directv HD DVR and the other night I decided to see what was on that I might want to watch. To my delight I found “Castle” on ABC. If you haven’t seen this show I am here to tell you that if you like crime shows you’ll love this one.

“Castle” is about a smart, sexy mystery novelist named Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) who helps the NYPD solve crimes; namely homicides. Castle teams up with NYPD detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) who initially is not thrilled to have him as her partner. But, as time passes, she starts to appreciate his particular brand of help and they become quite the team. Two other contributors to the show that you will enjoy are Castle’s teenage daughter, Alexis (Molly Quinn), and his diva type mother, Martha (Susan Sullivan).

“Castle” is a murder mystery show that is also fraught with sexual tension and lighthearted banter. If you want to watch a crime show that yes, involves murder, but is also fun and not as dark as some of its competitors, Castle is the show for you. Check it out!

November 5th, 2010


Jamie & Adam from Mythbusters photo by  Roger Jones (C) Wikimedia Commons

Jamie & Adam from Mythbusters
photo by Roger Jones (C) Wikimedia Commons

Guest post from: Marion Slater

I love the show Mythbusters but I never seem to be home when it’s on. It either seems to play in the very middle of the day or even in the middle of the night. I really enjoy watching the show but not enough to cut sleep out of my life to do it. I am very fortunate that I can watch it for free On Demand using my satellite from Direct Star TV. The first time I was ever searching around on there I wasn’t really sure what I’d find. I was pretty certain that I wouldn’t recognize any of the shows and that they wouldn’t be something anyone would be interested in watching. Believe it or not several of my favorite shows were on there but the one I was the most thrilled about was Mythbusters.

My Dad is also a big fan of the show so we spend a lot of time watching it when he visits. I think I’ve noticed that he has been visiting more frequently now that he found out I can watch the show with just a few clicks any time that I want. There are also some other shows on there that interest him. I think even if I wasn’t home he would come to watch my television for me. Now that’s a myth I would like them to put to the test.

October 29th, 2010

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Still a Classic Favorite

Post contributed by Fletcher Vargas

Since the days of black and white console TV’s, Mickey Mouse has thrilled audiences with his Clubhouse show. Children, and adults, enjoy a new version of computer graphic generated artistry. Gone are the days with black and white characters. Today, the vibrant colors and familiar faces are quite welcoming.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse has all the old favorite characters like Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Daisy and more. There are a few new faces that are sure to be instant favorites like Toodles. Even the Clubhouse has a personality that brings it to life.

Each show presents a problem or mystery that needs to be solved. In order to solve it, children at home are asked to respond, make choices and interact. Children learn to problem solve and use rational thinking to get through the end. There’s even a chance to use memorization skills by knowing sayings to call for Toodles or make the Clubhouse appear. The skills kids learn from the show are life skills they will use daily at school or home.

Whether you enjoy watching shows with your kids on tv or just happen to be a Mickey fan, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is bound to be a favorite. It’s fun to see what new challenge each show presents and how they solve it. The bright colors, familiar faces, catchy music and interactive activities draws everyone in, young or old.

October 28th, 2010

Merlin (BBC)

Thanks for the article from Robin Woodard

Colin Morgan Photo by Kurohitenshi (C) Wikimedia Common

Colin Morgan
Photo by Kurohitenshi
(C) Wikimedia Common

Mischief, magic and mayhem, oh my!

Those crazy Brits have done it again – years after Harry Potter burst on the scene and made believers out of all of us, they’ve brought another boy wizard onto our screens and into our homes. I’m talking, of course, about the BBC version of Merlin. It gives us a familiar legend with a new twist: instead of Merlin as a wizened old man looking after the young Prince Arthur, what if Merlin was the same age? What if he was Arthur’s friend? What if they run around having epic adventures in their shared destiny to save Camelot?

Merlin is a great show. It’s fun, funny and a fantastic ride, full of wonder and adventure. The characters feel like people you could really know, even as they’re the living legends of storybooks. You want to root for Merlin to always save the day and for Prince Arthur to grow into a great king.

As a bonus, the show is very kid-friendly and family-oriented, so you can watch it with everyone from your grandparents to your kids. And you don’t even need to be in England to enjoy it – I just catch reruns on satellite TV.

If you’re looking for a fun, tasteful show you can watch with your whole family, give Merlin a chance. I’m glad I did.

October 22nd, 2010

Survivor – My Favorite Reality TV Show

Guest post written by my buddy Fidel Hernandez

Putting people on a deserted island and having them leap at each other’s throats has been a staple of fiction for centuries. Only now, through the magic or reality TV, can we watch this exercise happen in real time. Through Survivor, the greatest reality TV show ever, we get to see backstabbing, conniving, and constant tomfoolery as ordinary folks battle for prizes at the cost of their humanity. Survivor allows us to see humanity at its basest instincts, and that is why it is the premier reality show of them all.

Survivor has a simple enough concept. Put people on an island away from all their technological gadgets and wonders and turn them into savages. Any man who has lived a day without their cell phone and a hot meal can attest to turning into a rambling, angry beast. Now if you imagine a dozen or so of these individuals all stuck together eating maggots and unable to call anyone, then you have a recipe for television gold. People will do anything, go to any limit, all for the sake of fame and money. As a Wall Street tycoon who lives by moral justifying his crimes, I like to watch this show to remind myself that I am simply doing what any person in my position would do. I watch Survivor every year on CBS through satellite TV from