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One hit wonder

What’s your fantasy band name?

I confess, I’ve never given it much thought.

Until now.

In a current TV ad campaign, a teenage boy asks Siri to remember the band name “Migraine Headache.”

And the terminally-quick Craig Ferguson will label any funny-sounding phrase he utters as the name of his band or the movie he’s writing.

And now I find myself doing the same.

Funny headline on nytimes.com?  Could be a band name.  Someone posts a photo on Twitter or Facebook with an odd title?  Band name.  Someone misspeaks in everyday conversation?  Band name!

My favorite from last night’s Twitter feed?

Mid-Winter Popsicle

Don’t steal that one.  It’s mine.

Going dark

How long would you last off the grid?  Your Internet connection wiped.  No texting, no Facebook, no tweeting, no, no…

Sorry.  Things started to go a bit dark there for a minute.

Last night’s episode of “Modern Family” posed the question as an intra-family competition, which ended up lasting two short, very difficult days for the Dunphy family.  (Phil won.  Then it turned out his oldest daughter tricked him, and that she actually won.  If you didn’t see it, well my goodness, why not??)

Two days off line?  I wouldn’t last that long.

Heck, to write this blog entry alone, I had six browser windows open — WordPress, Facebook,  AOL, Twitter, NYTimes.com and Google.  Plus, I had my Palm Pre at my side.  And I was watching television and Skyping with my sister.

Off the grid?  More like off the charts.

I can’t remember the last time I sat down and simply watched TV.  Tweeting and checking Facebook have become a natural part of the experience.  See an actor that you don’t recognize?  Look them up on imdb.com.  Hear a funny line?  Post it on Facebook…or share it via an open chat window on AIM.

Sitting back and passively enjoying entertainment is a thing of the past.  Interacting with that TV show or movie or Youtube video — that’s the norm today.  And the thought of even 48 hours without that option gives me the willies.

So, cheer up, Phil.  Your daughter might have pulled a fast one on you, but you would have kicked my butt at this bet (if I had the guts to enter in the first place).

Did you know…Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who met while at Stanford University and collaborated on the Google web search engine, originally called it “BackRub” ?  Snazzy.