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The 18 most cringe-adorable TV commercials from technology's awkward years

The 18 most cringe-adorable TV commercials from technology's awkward years | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it

Before there were laser discs, there were Capacitance Electronic Discs, which transmitted video content by way of analog vinyl discs...


Via Andrew Federici, Ally Greer
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I still have some of the Pets.com videos on a HD and I have the puppet, too!!!

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Andrew Federici's curator insight, November 15, 2013 4:57 PM

A bit of fun for Friday--can you imagine how much money collectively was spent on these ads?  And what the metrics of success were?

Ally Greer's curator insight, November 18, 2013 3:30 PM

Who doesn't love some awkward commercials?

Chris Parsell's curator insight, November 25, 2013 10:10 AM

How can you start off a Monday without the Pets.com mascot?

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And that’s why you should learn to pick your battles. | The Bloggess

And that’s why you should learn to pick your battles. | The Bloggess | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
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Knock knock MOFO

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Seeing a 600-Year-Old Voyaging Canoe Up Close

Seeing a 600-Year-Old Voyaging Canoe Up Close | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
Having reached New Zealand using the same techniques as their ancestors, modern Polynesian voyagers pay a visit to a fascinating artifact.
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 It's incredible to think that 600 years ago daring islanders ventured 145,000 nautical miles of voyaging - Fascinating!

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Take Flight with These 25 Drone Films From the NYC Drone Film Fest

Take Flight with These 25 Drone Films From the NYC Drone Film Fest | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
'People have never seen the inside of a volcano before. But drones have gone there.'
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Next year, Dad...this could be YOU!

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House of Cards Season 3: The Binge Review (Episodes 1-10)

House of Cards Season 3: The Binge Review (Episodes 1-10) | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
A continuously updated account of watching the new installments of Netflix's political drama
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Hello, Sweetie! Spoilers!

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Ballet Dancer Sergei Polunin Simply Slays Hozier's 'Take Me To Church'

Ballet Dancer Sergei Polunin Simply Slays Hozier's 'Take Me To Church' | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
What happens when you combine the talents of Russia's ballet bad boy Sergei Polunin, Irish gospel luminary Hozier and photography pop wizard David LaChapelle? Apparently, a whole lot of angsty, sexy, beautiful dancing ensues.



LaChapelle direct...
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Nude Ballet Tights & Lots of Tats? WOW!


"What happens when you combine the talents of Russia's ballet bad boy Sergei Polunin, Irish gospel luminary Hozier and photography pop wizard David LaChapelle? Apparently, a whole lot of angsty, sexy, beautiful dancing ensues" --- SO Hot!

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Library Quotes at BrainyQuote

Library Quotes at BrainyQuote | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
Library Quotes from BrainyQuote, an extensive collection of quotations by famous authors, celebrities, and newsmakers.
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I love library quotes!

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This Insane New App Will Allow You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes

This Insane New App Will Allow You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
The reading game is about to change forever. Boston-based software developer Spritz has been in "stealth mode" for three years, tinkering with their program and leasing it out to different ebooks, apps, and other platforms.
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OK, I can do it - but it's not relaxing!

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When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents?

When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents? | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
non-rhotic
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Interesting arcticle. Sorta bummed about the whole Tangier Island Elizabethan-era English accent thing because I've been there and they do have a quite the unique accent!

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WATCH: Baffled QVC Hosts Can't Figure Out What The Moon Is

WATCH: Baffled QVC Hosts Can't Figure Out What The Moon Is | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
Here's a video that has us more than a little bit concerned about the state of science education in America.

During Monday's broadcast on the QVC shopping network, host Shawn Killinger and designer Isaac Mizrahi found themselves in a spirited disc...
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Great teachable moment video to show Science classes - start a debate. Then, between you and me can we debate about why QVC hired this woman?


Literally, @shawnqvc is the MOST ANNOYING WOMAN EVER! 

And literally, uses the word literally ALL the time. Literally!

I love it when Joel McHale continually mocks her on The Soup - a must watch primer for pop culture updates.


Not too bright is she, as evidenced by this clip.


And I really wish QVC would give her the boot - doesn't have to be a cowboy boot, or a White Mountain suede boot, just FIRE HER.


Yes, I teach positivity and ignoring the haters, but my snark side comes out with annoying people on TV. They're fair game.

Like a Kardashian. Or someone who chooses to call themselves

Shawnie Sue  OMGosh, really?


/rant


 

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A Very British Murder with Lucy Worsley - Episode guide - BBC Four

A Very British Murder with Lucy Worsley - Episode guide - BBC Four | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
The history of our curious relationship with murder is explored by Lucy Worsley.
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Love a good British Murder Mystery!  Cool series, saw EP 1 on Ovation TV -  waiting to record the rest - not avail on Netflix or Amazon :-(

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Bully Reviews

Bully Reviews | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
Below is a post we published on July 17, 2012 to show our readers exactly what we meant by personal attacks on authors in reviews.  It was because of these reviews and the attention our blog receiv...
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This whole saga is fascinating!


Apparently, there's a whole culture or cadre of Book Review Bullies and trolls out there who glom on to those who disagree or authors who dare to comment and then it's FLAME FLAME FLAME!


WOW....maybe that's why I never got attached to @GoodReads but leave most of my reviewing to Amazon (yes, the owner) Yelp, and TripAdvisor


Side note: the main bully the Blythe character who is supposedly a teacher was later found to be NOT an educator but a 40 something insurance adjustor who had created a whole pretend persona for her online life as a Good Reads bully.  All exposed by YA author @halekathleen


Again, fascinating.

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The Best Hate-Reads of 2014 — School of Pop — Medium

The Best Hate-Reads of 2014 - School of Pop - Medium
Why do I hate read? It’s not just for the purpose of being evil.
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Hate reading, comment baiting, & Interweb controversies - all fun stuff. Until it isn't fun and just hateful. Can we look away? Should we know what's going on around the pop cultures? You decide!

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Tinselmania: 221 vintage aluminum Christmas trees - Retro Renovation

Tinselmania: 221 vintage aluminum Christmas trees  - Retro Renovation | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
Well, I’m just having a party analyzing all the retro Christmas decorations that readers have uploaded.  How about this one: A special slide show of all 62 73 aluminum Christmas trees. Mini, small, medium, large… Found at the Goodwill, in Aunt Bertha’s attic, or on ebay… Decorated with vintage ornaments, elves, Barbies — even pickles. Above: Steve …
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Want. So bad. I would really like an Atomic mid century house, too.

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Jamie Lannister rides through South Centros in 'SNL's' 'Game of Thrones' spoof

Jamie Lannister rides through South Centros in 'SNL's' 'Game of Thrones' spoof | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
John Singleton brings you an eighth kingdom
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OMFG*, Hilarious!

This was just awesome! Loved the cameo! Get's me ready for GoT!



*Oh my fairy godmother

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Winners of First Drone Aerial Photo Contest Announced

Winners of First Drone Aerial Photo Contest Announced | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
We are pleased to announce the winners of the first National Geographic France/Dronestagram contest for aerial photographs made with the use of drones.
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Gorgeous cinematography by drones. Don't tell my dad else he will want to make one for next year! LOL

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Netflix's Sunny, Dark Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Is the Best New Comedy This Year

Netflix's Sunny, Dark Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Is the Best New Comedy This Year | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
Why it's must-binge TV
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This looks like a new fUN counterpoint to House of Cards!

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Why you should be watching 'King of the Nerds'

Why you should be watching 'King of the Nerds' | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
TBS' competition is nonstop fun
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So many reasons....and believe me, there have been 2 female winners so don't let the King throw you off my militant sistahs!

mostly I love it because it exemplify 


POP CULTURE NERD FUN!!!!

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Laura Ingalls Wilder - Google Search

Laura Ingalls Wilder - Google Search | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
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In 4th grade I was the new girl at school - I made friends with some of the little girls who had a clique. They played Little House on the Prairie at recess all the parts were picked (even Nellie, who I really wanted to play) I ended up being Jack.....the dog! Womp womp! 

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Melanie's Marvelous Measles

Melanie's Marvelous Measles

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Melanie's Marvelous Measles [Stephanie Messenger] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Melanie’s Marvelous Measles is a book written by Stephanie Messenger who has devoted her life to educating people about vaccines and natural health choices. This book takes children on a journey to learn about vaccinations for childhood illnesses
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Oh my WORD! This is just cra cra!!

You gota read the comments, such as

Doug's Delightful Dysentery

Crap Science!

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SNL Revisits Your Clippy Nightmares With a New Assistant Named Pushie

SNL Revisits Your Clippy Nightmares With a New Assistant Named Pushie | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
Microsoft's Clippy is the oft-bemoaned helper of Windows software until the friendly and overzealous paper clip was killed off for Office 2007. Detested by consumers and Microsoft alike, Clippy didn't leave behind much adoration. But last night, SNL preyed upon our Clippy nightmares with a new office assistant, named Pushie.
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I could murder Pushie.

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Mean Girls in the Retirement Home

Mean Girls in the Retirement Home | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
I couldn’t believe people were shunning my 99-year-old Nanna.
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Mean Girls in the Retirement Home - the ever hilarious @jenniferweiner exposes BAD grannies!

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Fox News Expert Said Non-Muslims Don't Visit Birmingham And Created A Meme

Fox News Expert Said Non-Muslims Don't Visit Birmingham And Created A Meme | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
A guest on the US news channel said that Birmingham is "totally Muslim" and "non-Muslims simply don't go in". The internet responded mercilessly.
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I don't go for politics usually, but this might be a great example of RESEARCH for a Journalism Class!

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Anne Rice Sics Her Fandom on Unaffiliated Lone Blogger for One Poor Review

Anne Rice Sics Her Fandom on Unaffiliated Lone Blogger for One Poor Review | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
If there's one valuable lesson a creator can learn, it's not to engage with reviewers. With very few exceptions, railing against a negative review reflects m
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I'm now exploring the gritty underground world of authors who cause havoc w/ their fanbase in the book review world!


Dirty, dark, confusing, surprising, fascinating.

A brisk shower might be needed later.

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'Am I being catfished?' An author confronts her number one online critic

'Am I being catfished?' An author confronts her number one online critic | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
Kathleen Hale
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Lesson 1. Don't feed the trolls

Lesson 2. Curiosity can be corrosive

Lesson 3. Practice positivity

Lesson 4. Sometimes you just gotta go deep into the rabbit hole.

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Ranking The Characters On HBO's “The Wire” By Likability

Ranking The Characters On HBO's “The Wire” By Likability | Daring Fun & Pop Culture Goodness | Scoop.it
"Ain't nobody got nothing to say about a 40-degree day."
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Brilliant!Though #46 is my #1!


And our next James Bond!

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