Show Notes for Friday, July 07, 2023

Today we visit with Eric Nelsen. He's an actor in the new Paramount+ Hit Series 1883. This is the origin story for the Dutton Family from the Hit Show Yellowstone.

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July 07

National Day Of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Global Forgiveness Day

National Dive Bar Day

World Chocolate Day

National Macaroni Day

National Strawberry Sundae Day

National Father Daughter Take A Walk Day

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Despite the importance of the internet in our everyday lives, the television is still the central entertainment hub of most homes. (And yes, I’m aware that most TVs these days are internet-enabled). That said, it stands to reason that the average consumer believes that the more you spend on a TV, the higher quality you’ll get. But according to a new study, that’s only true to a point. PerfectRec analyzed 262 popular TV models available in the US, and found that above the one-grand mark, there are rapidly diminishing returns for 65-inch TVs. The team determined that $1,250 is the sweet spot for picture quality on 60″ to 69″ TVs. Once you pass this price range, picture quality doesn’t improve much at all. In fact, unless you’re willing to pay hundreds or thousands more, you most likely won’t be able to tell the difference in picture quality.

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If you’re hoping one day to know if there are aliens out there, it just may be that your computer knows before you do. A Harvard professor of astronomy predicts that extraterrestrials will make contact with artificial intelligence before humans, mostly because they would feel a “kinship” with technology. Avi Loeb, featured in the upcoming documentary “God Vs. Aliens”, says that interstellar travel would be “done with electronic gadgets and devices rather than with biological creatures because the journey takes a long time”. He points out that with our existing technology, it would take 50,000 years to travel to the nearest star. And that means that artificial intelligence systems could remain dormant during that time, and “survive the journey.” His point? Loeb feels that extraterrestrials visiting earth would likely reach out to A.I. before humans, because, chances are, they would share more similarities with our computers than with us. But that could also be a good thing, because, if we ever play host to unearthly visitors, “we can use our AI systems to interpret their AI systems.”


We haven’t had a “bizarre behavior from Nicholas Cage” story for a while, but now there’s this: Minnie Driver claims he once paid for an airplane seat for his son’s imaginary friend. She told the story while trying to prove that Cage is not the mean-spirited person a fan tried to make him out to be in an Instagram post. She commented: “Was once on a plane with NC and his son — and a seat had also been purchased for his son’s imaginary friend. 🖤” It’s unclear which of Cage’s sons — Kal-El or Weston, that she was referring to .

The Conners” and “The Righteous Gemstones” star John Goodman says he misses his “Roseanne” co-star Roseanne Barr, but he’s not sure he’d work with her again. The sitcom was canceled in 2018 after a racially-charged tweet by Barr, for which she later apologized. At the Monte Carlo Television Festival, Goodman was asked in an interview if he regrets speaking up for Barr. His answer: “No. At the time I remember…it just turned into an attack. And that made me very uncomfortable.” Goodman said he “felt bad for her…And I love her. She’s just her own person.” When asked if he’d work with Barr again, he said: “I just don’t know. I miss her.”

Jon Hamm is a married man. He wed his “Mad Men” co-star Anna Osceola on Saturday at Anderson Canyon in Big Sur CA, where they filmed the show’s 2015 series finale. 52-year-old Hamm and Osceola, who is 35, beamed while saying “I do” during their ceremony overlooking the sea at sunset. One of the couple’s co-stars, John Slattery, was on hand to support them, plus A-listers including Paul Rudd, Larry David, Tina Fey, Brooke Shields, and fellow newlywed Billy Crudup.

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Power outages knocked out Instagram servers last Friday night, and it was still out in some places on Saturday morning.

The American Heart Association has released a list of songs you can do CPR to.

It’s a commonly asked question, but now we have an answer, straight from the source. How often should you wash your jeans? Not very, says Levi’s design director Paul O’Neill. He has personally shared that he washes his every “30 to 50 wears.” O’Neill told the Australian Financial Review that he recommends washing jeans alone on a gentle cycle with cold water so the color doesn’t fade, and hanging them outside to dry — never in the dryer. And remember, he says: “The more you wash your denim, the lighter it will become”. He did point out, however, that how often jeans should be washed is up to personal preference, and there’s no “official” rule. Rather than washing them, some people have other ways to freshen their jeans, such as putting them in the freezer, spraying them with vinegar, or hanging them in the sun for a “UV wash” to kill off bacteria.

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Japanese ATMs sterilize cash before dispensing it.

Apes make human laugh-like vocalizations when they are tickled.

Canadians say “sorry” so much that The Apology Act was passed in 2009, declaring that an apology can’t be used as legal evidence of admission of guilt.

If a man’s tie is too tight, his vision gets worse.

Some clouds travel up to 100mph (161kph) across the sky.


Question: 15% of people say THIS is the talent they wish they had. What is it?

Answer: Dancing

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A man accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint outside her Indianapolis home insisted she ‘friend’ him on Facebook…then asked her out – on Facebook. Amber Beraun says she was checking her mailbox when a man approached her, pulled out a gun and demanded to get inside her home. She declined to let the man, identified by police as Damien Boyce, into her home, instead handing him $100. Boyce then allegedly pointed the gun at her and demanded she add him on Facebook, according to court documents. She told a TV station: “I thought if maybe I added him on Facebook, he would leave, and he did.” Soon after, she began receiving messages from the alleged gunman, including one where he asked to meet up with her to “chill. One of the messages read, “Damn, you was too pretty to rob.”

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Serviette — Why use a napkin when you can use something as fancy-sounding as a serviette?

Pencil crayons – A distinctly Canadian term for colored pencils.

Eavestroughs — Sounds a lot more extravagant than rain gutters, eh?

Chocolate bar — Others call it a candy bar, but when you get right down to it, what is it made of…candy or chocolate?

Stag — A bachelor party. The female equivalent: stagette.

Humidex — The measurement used to gauge the combined effect of heat and humidity. (None of this “real feel” business for Canadians…)

Gitch or Gotch — A very classy term for men’s underwear.

Dinged — In the U.S., cars get dinged. In Canada, it’s our wallets, as in, “I got dinged 110 bucks for that speeding ticket.”

Housecoat — The item of clothing that others refer to as a “bathrobe,” or (if they’re classy) a “dressing gown,” is known to Canadians by its true name: the “housecoat”.

Gong show: To most, “Gong Show” is an intentionally awful TV talent show. For Canadians, the term “gong show” (sometimes shortened to “gonger”) is slang for anything that goes off the rails, a wild, crazy or just plain chaotic event.

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