Even better

Way back in December I was celebrating the return to television of the dramady Ed.

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I had fond memories of the Gilmore Girls-esque show,  but the real thing is so much better than I remembered.

I smile the entire time I watch it, which I really appreciate right now.

Thanks Tom Cavanagh and Julie Bowen. And Michael Ian Black. And Justin Long.

Spoken word

I got up at 3:30am to watch the men’s singles final at the Australian Open.

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Djokovic is playing; of course I did.

There’s a video that has been shown repeatedly throughout the tournament featuring a poem by a native Aussie and images of the continent.

It’s very high brow and thoughtful.

Wimbledon produces similar films which befit its formal air and traditions. But I would love it if the US Open would follow the same format but make them funny.

Same earnest delivery.  Same chamber music.  Heck, you could show the same type of beauty shots.

But have Tina Fey and Amy Poehler voice them and add their hilarious takes.

That would be poetry.

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Thanks, Eggers.

America’s Greatest Innovation

What is America’s greatest innovation?

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John Hockenberry, host of The Takeaway on WNYC Radio here in Manhattan, has that question up for a vote.

There are nine candidates vying for the title, and it’s far harder than I expected.

How do you choose between the mobile phone and the hearing aid?  The sewing machine and air conditioning?

GPS and the electric guitar?

Review all the candidates, and then cast your ballot here.

One life too many

Cats is coming back to Broadway this summer.

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Even the article announcing the news wondered why.

When the show originally opened,  the Great White Way was struggling. Cats helped revive the musical and Broadway.

Both are flourishing now.

I think the current generation is okay experiencing this show elsewhere.

I know I certainly am.

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Wouldn’t it be nice

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New year, redo

Our office did a bit of rearranging this afternoon.

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Thanks to technology, all I had to move was some files, my purse and my laptop computer. Everything else could be networked to my new desk.

I couldn’t help but compare it to reorganizations I have lived through in the past. They took much more manpower and many more hours to complete. Also, they were more mentally stressful; in today’s move, I changed locations by a factor five feet or so.

I think I can deal.