TV series to watch for: The Newsroom

I’ve become more and more jaded and at times infuriated by mainstream news programs as I’ve grown older. Perhaps that’s why I’m so intrigued by the upcoming HBO series The Newsroom.

“From the mind of Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and screenwriter of The Social Network and Moneyball, comes The Newsroom, a behind-the-scenes look at the people who make a nightly cable-news program. Focusing on a network anchor (played by Jeff Daniels), his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), the newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel) and their boss (Sam Waterston), the series tracks their quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles – not to mention their own personal entanglements.”

Not sold yet? Check out the tasty trailer below. Series begins June 24 (should keep us busy between Game of Thrones seasons).

Cool thing to check out of the day

Google Maps has introduced 3D photo tours of famous places. It’s a little different from Street View because it takes a series of photos and composites them into a moving, transforming view so you can just sit there and enjoy a brief visit Manneken Pis or Buckingham Palace from the comfort of your own home.


Here are Google’s favorite tours (after you click one, it’ll ask you to enable WebGL – do it, it’s no biggie). You can also go here for all of the tours (click “take a photo tour” on the bottom right of the picture of the place you want to see).

Here’s looking at you, movie stars

An alluring (or creepy?) compilation of movie characters making eye contact with the camera (or us?), brought to you by ClaraDarko2.

If there’s one thing these supercuts always remind me it’s that I’ve managed to watch (and remember vividly) a pretty absurd amount of movies in my life.


On an unrelated note, the iPhone app Sigmund, which claims to allow users to manipulate their own dreams, has been getting a lot of buzz. Developed at Harvard and MIT and based on the latest scientific studies of dream modification, the app works by whispering verbal stimuli to you while you sleep. Years ago I read about lucid dreaming, followed some steps to train myself to have lucid dreams, and was able to do it several times. Point being, the idea of being able to manipulate your own dreams isn’t nonsense. So I’ll give Sigmund a try. Sweet dreams.

Tearjerker of the Day

Proctor & Gamble, there’s no way you’re gonna pull my heart strings with this celebration of moms, you sneaky bastards! Because I know it’s only my wallet you’re… oh, you used swimming as one of the sports… funny, I used to be a competitive swimmer… and wouldn’t you know, my mom always took me to practice… and saw every race… whether I won or lost she was always there to support… isn’t that something… *sniff*… TAKE MY MONEY P&G.