"...as human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience."
Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point.
HOW TO DO A REALITY SHOW: There's the right way, which Toledo has demonstrated with its enthusiastic response to the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition coming to town. And then there's this from Paul McCartney's ex, Heather Mills, who had the chutzpah to bump heads with The Donald. You don't do that. (RL)
IN A FLASH: Try this for a random movie this weekend: Flash Gordon. From Dino De Laurentiis, the Italian producer who brought you the 1976 ill-fated remake of King Kong, the 1977 Jaws rip-off Orca, and the 1979 disaster of a disaster movie Hurricane, comes a campy re-imagining of the 1930s comic strip and film serial fav with little-known Sam J. Jones in the title role. (The movie assured that Jones stayed little known, too.) Forget the recent TV series on Sci Fi channel or the proposed remake for the big screen in the works. The 1980 Flash had it all: over-the-top costumes and set designs, an anthemic
Queen score that will burn the devilishly catchy "Flash" chorus into your brain, and dialogue and acting every bit as hammy as Rocky Horror. What's not to love? (KB)
CUE REALITY SEQUENCE: You've got a new house but now you've got new taxes. This money and personal finance blog from Silicon Valley illustrates some examples of taxes on winnings. Follow the money. (KC)
WE OBJECT!: Not to get all rock snobby or anything -- far from it, actually -- but the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame still makes some ridiculous nominations. For example, check this list out. Bon Jovi? Chic? k.d. lang???????? Donna Summer? But still no KISS. Still no J. Geils Band. And you're going to nominate Billy Bragg, but not Graham Parker? Please. Looking on the positive side, here's hoping Iggy, Rush, Metallica, and Stevie Ray Vaughan are voted in. Why? Because they deserve it. (RL)
THE PARTY'S OVER: Looks like the freakish fun at Coney Island's Astroland in
Brooklyn is done since it has closed its rides for the last time. At least the famous Cyclone roller coaster and the 150-foot-tall Wonder Wheel will keep on keepin' on; they're separately owned. Just make sure you don't eat too much goat meat before taking a ride. (RS)
GEEK FIGHT: Microsoft has enlisted Jerry Seinfeld to appear in commercials, the first of which - featuring Bill Gates and churros - aired Thursday. Will they be as successful as those quirky Mac commercials? You decide. (RS)
SCIENCE IS COOL: Who says the Thin Slices staff is a bunch of English geeks? We can appreciate science as much as the next person, as long as it's as cool is it looks in some of these amazing videos of physics experiments. (RS)
HAIRBALL: Don't tell us you were one of the few to witness "Bangkok Dangerous." The Nicolas Cage thriller churned up a meager $7.8 million in three days. But better that this bomb is a photo collection of Nicolas Cage hairstyles highlighting the infamous H.I. McDonnough. (KC)
MOM-DAUGHTER BONDING: Actress Halle Berry's infant daughter, Nahla-Aubry, who was born in March, was photographed for the first time Labor Day weekend at the Los Angeles Zoo. Nahla has gorgeous, piercing eyes - Halle, too - but the celeb shades put the direct comparisons on hold for now. (CA)