Obama “loses” Maureen Dowd, for the 15th time in five years

Did you read Maureen Dowd’s column in the New York Times over the weekend, when she took the controversial, cutting-edge position that President Obama plays too much golf? Did you conclude from that column that liberal president Obama has abruptly lost the support of liberal columnist Dowd, which means horrible, horrible things for the future more »

Fin: Dumb Ditka, dueling SNL weeks and what’s so R-rated about being gay?

On the Mike Ditka “Redskins” comment, I ask of you: Have you ever once heard Ditka say something out loud, whether in his coaching or broadcasting careers, that didn’t make you think to yourself, “this man is a blithering idiot?” I’m just glad he never followed through on his threats to run for political office. more »

Why everything you know about Millennials is wrong

Hey, did you hear about the Millennials? “Suddenly, as you may have noticed, Millennials are everywhere.” That’s how the New York Times’ Sam Tanenhaus began his look at the Millennial Generation, which ran in the paper of record last weekend, published, at least in web form, with the strange headline  “Generation Nice: The Millennials Are more »

Framily is gone, but Sprint’s Hamster Dad family may live on

Sprint last week may have jettisoned its “Framily” pricing scheme, its CEO Dan Hesse, and its plans to merge with T-Mobile. But its nonsensical national ad campaign- the one with the human family led by an Andrew Dice Clay-voiced Hamster- may outlive them all. According to AdAge, the fate of the “Frobinsons” campaign is “up more »

3D printing documentary headed to Netflix in September

3D printing: it’s that strange, mysterious technology of the future, starting to appear in retail stores and, in some cases, people’s homes. There’s a documentary about 3D printing that did the festival circuit earlier this year, even winning the documentary feature award at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival, and now it’s headed to Netflix. “Print more »

Hey, Megyn Kelly: Ferguson is about “the death of an American” too

From the continuing war in Israel and Gaza to the unrest in Ferguson to the rampage by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, there’s almost too much misery going on to keep track of, even if you’re merely a consumer. News outlets have had to make decisions about which stories to cover, with some cable news channels emphasizing more »


Only in America: The saga of Nate Green, formerly gay country singer 

There’s a completely bonkers story bubbling up from the world of country music that illustrates a lot of things, either about the fluidity of human sexuality, or the never-ending American capacity for human reinvention, or  the moral and creative bankruptcy of the music industry. Or possibly all three. Here’s what happening according to website WeHo Confidential, more »

Geddy Lee and his bobblehead do the Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge has reached Canada- with a challenge performed by the Great White North’s preeminent 61-year-old ponytailed bass player/frontman. Yes, I’m talking about Geddy Lee. You know- Geddy Lee? Of Rush? Of Salesmen? That’s right Meatwad. Challenged by fellow rock star Les Claypool of Primus, Lee first did the challenge with a bobblehead figurine more »

Pass the BL margs: DadBoner headed to TV 

The Twitter persona known as DadBoner- the hard-drinking, hard-partying, Guy Fieri-worshiping Michigan single dad known as Karl Welzein- has already written a book and even wrote Fieri fan fiction for Flint, Mich.’s CraigsList page. Now, he may get his own TV show. Deadline reported Wednesday night that the Comedy Central has commissioned an animated pilot based more »

Fin: Mormons place “Book of Mormon” ads, the revival of Comedy Central and the best movie mix tapes

I saw the touring production of “The Book of Mormon” last night here in Philadelphia, having never seen it before or heard any of the music, and I loved it, it’s every bit as great as everyone says. But I noticed something interesting: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints- the actual Mormons- placed more »

End the ice bucket challenge before everyone gets hurt

You, dear reader of Technology Tell, are not an idiot. You’re savvy. You live a good part of your life online. And yet you may be wondering, what the hell is that ice bucket challenge all about other than raising awareness of ALS or some fundraising deal, but the people who splash themselves are not more »

Fin: Baseball’s best fans, drug-testing comedians and Fareed gets nailed 

One of my favorite Twitter accounts for the past several years has been @BestFansStLouis, a feed consisting entirely of retweets of unfair and often racist things posted by fans of the St. Louis Cardinals. The idea is to push back against the notion that Cards fans are somehow classier or more friendly than those of every more »