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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Farewell, Conan

It's a sad day in late night comedy. Conan O'Brien finally had his last day in "The Tonight Show", after just a short seven months of being handed the reins.

Conan O'Brien leaves NBC in 45 million dollar deal: reports

Conan O'Brien has left NBC in a reported 45-million-dollar deal, it was confirmed Thursday, ending an ugly public feud surrounding the fate of US television's long-running "The Tonight Show."

NBC Television said in a statement it had reached a settlement with O'Brien and later confirmed that the funnyman's predecessor Jay Leno would return to host the show he helmed for 17 years until he stepped down seven months ago.

"NBC and Conan O'Brien have reached a resolution of the issues surrounding O'Brien's contract to host 'The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien,'" the statement said, adding O'Brien would be free to work elsewhere after September 1.

What would comedians do in the middle of a big controversy as this one? Well, what anybody else would. Fight it out. Here's how the funniest comics do it, and see how they're trashing their home network in the face:

Kimmel was heartless, Leno was speechless.

A $1.5 million comedy bit!

Too bad I wasn't able to catch the last episode so I'm scrapping for videos. This was the best I found: Conan's final 'Tonight' tops Friday ratings

See you in September, Coco!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

CES 2010 Picks

The Consumer Electronics Show has just concluded and, as always, came up with a good roadshow of what's up and coming in electronics and high tech gadgetry. This is the ultimate peep show to what's going to be ubiquitous in two or three years time (well, if the products succeed).

Here are some cool finds:

Minority Report user interface - We'll probably see widespread use in five years... I can imagine our grandkids saying, "What's a keyboard?"

3D high-def TV - Your very own 3D theater at home. 3D games next?

Slate PCs - This is the second attempt to introduce tablet PCs in the consumer market. Nothing new really, as this was introduced in the early 2000s. But since more innovative interfaces like multi-touch have sprung up, slates might have more success this time.

USB 3.0 - 10 times faster than 2.0! Enough said.

And enough salivating.