Category Archives: tv

Let’s Make A Deal

Let’s Make A Deal and Monty Hall

You’ve seen the show, right? Well, maybe it’s been a while.

The Game Show ran in the 60’s and 70’s with host Monty Hall (the game show was revived with host Wayne Brady in 2009). People in the audience dressed up to get the attention of the host so they could become game contestants.

In many (most?) of the games, the contestant was presented three doors with a prize behind each. It was well known that behind one of the doors what a dud of a prize (like a live goat!). The contestant would pick one of the doors as their prize but there was a catch. The host would offer a counter-prize (such as cash) to switch their choice. Invariably, the contestant would either take the newly offered prize and/or switch their guess for the best door prize.

Well it turns out there is some solid math, probability, and psychology in this type of situation and it’s explained by AsapSCIENCE (The Monty Hall Problem – Explained):

Now you know.

Critics of A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas is a staple among Christmas TV specials…but it almost was never seen.

From an interesting read from Neatorama, I learned about how much the CBS execs hated the show. Among their criticism:

  • They didn’t like using children to do the voices of the kids
  • They didn’t like that there would be no laugh track added
  • They didn’t like Linus quoting Scripture
  • They didn’t like composer Vincent Guaraldi’s jazzy soundtrack
  • They didn’t like the final edited version

But in December of 1965, the Special aired and and half of the American TV-owning population watched it.

Since then the Special has received some of the following praise:

  • The children’s voices makes the show sound more authentic
  • The laugh track version has never aired
  • Linus quoting scripture is considered a highlight
  • Vincent Guaraldi’s jazzy soundtrack is one of the most popular Christmas music collections of all-time
  • The final edited version is now the second longest running animated Christmas special

So if you know what you’re doing makes sense and you think your critics are out of touch, don’t listen to them. You might just have a blockbuster idea on your hands.

LOST soup is served

Some of you may know I’m a big fan of LOST.  I’ve shared a lot of thoughts and web resources here and there about it.  The other week I created a new web resource for LOST that you, as a fan of the show, might enjoy.

I call it LOST soup.

There’s a few reasons for the name. First of all, it’s all hosted on a relatively new web platform at  It’s an interesting site that is similar to Tumblr (if you’re familiar with it).  Of course I’m always trying out new stuff so I of course have  The site allows you to make quick and simple posts but also allows you to automatically feed it or aggregate many web resources that publish on a regular basis (RSS feeds!).

The other reason is becuase to make up the LOST soup, I’ve added several hand-picked “ingredients” that I think make the best blend of LOST content.  The site is automatically updated from several LOST resources such as TV Squad’s LOST category, Lost…And Gone Forever, Zap2It’s guide to LOST, my LOST channel, and the LOST blog to name a few.  You can always read it there or click through to the original post.

The site is mostly spoiler-free.  I like it that way.  There are plenty of blogs out there about LOST that contain plenty of spoilers.  Those are not ingredients for a tasty LOST soup!

So go get your serving of delicious LOST soup.  Bookmark it, share it, subscribe to it.

(and if you have your own, “friend” LOST and/or orangejack)


The Big Picture – Olympic Opening Ceremonies

1.  I’m never a real big fan of the Opening Ceremonies of any Olympics.  But last night’s Beijing presentation was incredible.

2. If you have never been to The Big Picture from then go there now and subscribe to the RSS.

3. Go see some awesome big photos of the Opening Ceremony.

4. I thought it was cool that they talked about how China sees harmony and other virtues as ideal.  They know they don’t have it yet.  In the US it almost seems that we either believe we have our virtues or we don’t.  There’s no middle ground or vision for the ideal.  Just an observation.