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Sunday, January 16, 2021

backwash
The flavor of chemical essences without the buzz? Mmm, good!

That’s the concept behind the Bong Water line of bottled beverages. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like it translates into refreshment.

But maybe you’d like to sample for yourself. If so, check out a location near you. No guarantees on that, though; the entire website looks comically out of date, so don’t be surprised if that list turns out to be mostly wrong.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 01/16/2005 05:49pm
Category: General
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life-like
SEE UPDATE, BELOWDid you know that actress Jennifer Garner is the daughter of veteran actor James Garner?

No? Well, that’s because she isn’t. Her father, Bill Garner, is a former chemical engineer.

But somehow, this week’s issue of the reconstituted Life Magazine says that these two Garners are related.

Unfortunately, the online version of the current issue doesn’t include any articles. But on page 13 of the print edition, the “Golden Moments” feature (part of a lead-up to tonight’s Golden Globes show, where Jennifer is a favorite for Best TV Actress) offers it up as a trivia tidbit, and even uses it as a photo caption. (If I can get to a scanner tomorrow, I’ll post an image of this boner.)

It’s not a very promising sign for Life. Half the time, I haven’t bothered to look through it when it arrives bundled with my Friday newspaper. But I have noticed that it’s been pretty flimsy. I’m guessing parent company Time Warner isn’t putting any money into it, if this lack of basic factchecking is any indication.

UPDATE, 1/17/05: Well, label me a chump. Here’s a scan of the Life article referenced above:
Life, 1/14/05
And there it is, in print: “Best TV Actress nominee Jennifer Garner is the daughter of James Garner.”

Yet somehow, I managed to miss the “True or False?” headline that preceded that statement.

In other words, the Garner item was a quiz question, designed to test your knowledge of Hollywood trivia. The answer, of course, is “false”, as noted in the answer key at the bottom of this same page.

In other words, Life didn’t mess up, and I did. I jumped the gun, and now look foolish as a result.

I won’t make excuses. I will mention that the accompanying photo of the lovely Ms. Garner, with the caption referring to father-daughter question, did throw me. In fact, I probably wouldn’t have noticed this piece at all had they not run it. But that just points out to how the photo did what it was supposed to do: Catch the eye. I still should have paid closer attention to what I was reading from there.

I suppose I could have just deleted this entire post. But I’ll leave it up, with warts, corrections and all. I’ll be more careful in the future.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 01/16/2005 05:19pm
Category: Celebrity, Publishing, TV
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use the force-shuffle
He already pimped himself out doing wake-up calls for Target. So it should come as no surprise that Darth Vader would appear in one of those iconic iPod silhouette ads.

How much you wanna bet he’s listening to the techno remix of the Imperial March?

No, the ad’s not real, and not likely to be. But if Vanity Fair can have a Star Wars pictorial by Annie Leibovitz, why can’t Apple recruit the characters too, as an eyecatching promotional run-up to the release of Revenge of the Sith?

(Via Prognosis Negative)

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 01/16/2005 02:20pm
Category: Advert./Mktg., Comedy, Pop Culture, iPod
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