Coming November 30 To A&E – It’s Bob Saget With A Twist…

Mr. Pop History – I had the pleasure to preview a new A&E show coming tomorrow. If you like Bob Saget on TV, or you’ve seen his live shows – you’ll love “Strange Days With Bob Saget.”

In each program, we see another facet of Saget – as he explores and reacts to such experiences as joining a motorcycle gang, hanging with those who hunt “Bigfoot” and more. It’s reality the Bob Saget way and he seems strangely at ease with all of it. Don’t miss the fun!

The Simpsons In 3D? It Happened… Pop. Culture. History.

Mr. Pop History – Thanks to IMax – I took this from the week of January 22, 2000:

“Imax is set to open “CyberWorld” a compilation of eight ‘Simpsons’ cartoon segments and ‘Antz’ converted into three-dimensional computer-generated animation in October.”


Doing A Website – HTML Has Given Way To XHTML and HTML5… Pop. Culture. History.

Mr. Pop History – Those of us who do websites are aware of what’s coming. From html to xhtml and the new standard on the horizon – html5. All use tags – you just have to know the tag lexicon and when to use them. Those of us who know xhtml will find html5 a breeze because a lot of the tags are shorter.

Boy George Back In His Prime. Pop Culture History.

Q: When was Boy George and his band, “Culture Club” at their peak?

Mr. Pop History – I’d say 1983 just after “Do You really Want to Hurt Me” from the album “Kissing to Be Clever.”

Boy George was made for MTV. His half-masculine half-feminine look got people talking and helped keep the hits coming into 1984.

When Was Miley Cyrus On “American Idol?” – Pop Culture. This Week In History.

Mr. Pop History – It was a big, big deal when Hannah Montana appeared on “American Idol.” Her first AI appearance was back in April 2008. She’d be back a year later – almost to the date. Here’s that announcement – from the first week of April, 2009:

More Miley… She’s coming to “American Idol.” The 16-year-old superstar, who is gearing up for the release of “Hannah Montana The Movie,” pre-taped a performance of her hit song, “The Climb,” for the hit FOX reality competition on Wednesday night. The performance will air on April 15.

When Was The Fox-TV Show, “X-Files” At Its Peak? Pop Culture History.

Mr. Pop History – I took this from the week of January 15, 2002 – when the show was being canceled. Can you believe it’s been that long?

After nine years, Fox-TV’s “The X-Files” will be folding. Overall, the show has been averaging 8.7 million viewers, downdramatically from its peak season (1996-1997) when the weekly audience was 18.3 million.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – November 24… Face Getting A Trademark… Don’t Mess With Sheen… Cowell Loves Tyler… American Pickers Returns… This Week In History…

Facebook has received a notice of allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the trademark on the word “face” when used in the context of online chat rooms or bulletin boards. Facebook filed for this trademark in December 2005. The notice of allowance does not mean that Facebook has been granted the trademark just yet, but it’s getting really close. In the next three months, Facebook must pay a fee and file a statement of use, at which time it must prove that it is actively using the mark to provide goods or services, and then get the approval of an attorney.

Charlie Sheen has countersued Capri Anderson, claiming that the adult-film actress tried to extort him for $1 million after their encounter in a New York hotel room. “This case involves a shakedown and extortion of the internationally known actor and celebrity Charlie Sheen … by an opportunist pornographic film star and publicity-hungry scam artist,” the lawsuit states.

Former “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell says he’s happy that Steven Tyler will take his place. Cowell says, “I always said it had to be someone who wasn’t better looking than me and they achieved it.” He poked fun at Tyler before collecting the Founders Awards at the International Emmy Awards in New York on Monday night. Cowell said the Aerosmith frontman seems like a nice guy, and Randy Jackson told him they were having a lot of fun.

Coming In December On History:

History presents all new episodes of “American Pickers.” Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are once again searching the back roads, junkyards, and filled-to-the-brim barns in America for “rusty gold.” AMERICAN PICKERS, the #1 new cable series of 2010, returns for new episodes of its second season beginning Monday, December 6 at 9pm ET on HISTORY.

Traveling along with the duo, viewers will meet an assortment of American originals and watch as a patchwork of history unfolds – one treasure at a time. “We’re caretakers of treasures and the stories behind them,” says Mike.

Following A Facebook Conversation: Cell Phones… The Audio Is Poor… And That’s That. Pop Culture History.

Mr. Pop History – A reverse tech trend – something that’s actually gotten worse with technology – is the average phone call. Between sub-par audio quality and dropped calls – it’s taken us back to the days of party lines – practically. I was on Facebook and such a conversation came up – the subject was bad telephone audio and such. Here are four responses:

“It is not just cell phones in 2010. There is a LOT of BAD audio out there and it has somehow become acceptable. And the dropped calls on AT&T have bceome so bad that the network is almost useless. I talked to some techs up on a mountain a few weeks ago that tell me that the VErizon iPhone IS happening first quarter 2011. Can’t wait to dump my ATT iPhone.”

Mr. Pop History – Apparently – AT%T cell service stinks! That guy can’t wait for his iPhone to go Verizon – which I’m told is much better. Here’s another Facebook reply – same subject:

“No wonder no one talks on the phone anymore. My 16-year-old nephew had only 54 minutes of voice usage in a recent month. So different than when _we_ were teenagers. But it’s hard to have a nice long conversation with your friend when every other syllable goes missing.”

And another:

“Between cell phones and mediocre mp3 conversions, a whole generation has gotten used to crappy audio.”

And finally on Facebook under poor telephone audio:

“Digital sux.”

Gary West –

Apple iPhone June 2007 Debut – What Made It Innovative?

Mr. Pop History – These features are old hat now, but back in 2007, when Apple was press-releasing us to death about its new iPhone, I found these features intriguing:

Service – switches from cellphone to Wi-Fi. Nobody was doing that as well as the rotate screen feature. I didn’t like that you could only get service through Cingular. But lets face – the whole look and feel of the 2007 iPhone was pretty cool – and you had everything in the palm of your hand – Internet, music, phone etc. And – even the camera – at 2 megapixels – was surprisingly good.