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Friday, December 23, 2005

Well, I just have to share the one website I've been wasting a lot of time at lately: Al Lowe's Humor Site!

For those who've never heard of him, Al Lowe is a world-renowned, critically-acclaimed, and award-winning video game designer and computer programmer. His biggest claim to fame is the cult-classic Leisure Suit Larry series of games. (Although, he had nothing to do with last year's Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude.)

Anyway, Lowe is largely retired now from the world of video games. And you know those jokes that people always e-mail to you? Lists of raunchy jokes? Obscene yet funny pictures? Crazy commercials from around the world? Well, Lowe seems to have made it his mission - or at least his hobby - to compile all these jokes into an online, searchable database.

And the end result is Al Lowe's Humor Site! It's a work in progress, with new stuff added every month or so.

He even offers up hints and tips and "behind-the-scenes" stories on some of the classic video games he's made.

Al Lowe's Humor Site! Check it out!

Acutally, you know, now I can confess my dirty little secret.

After years of mocking reality TV and avoiding reality TV...

I got hooked on a reality TV show.

And, in true Mark fashion, I got hooked on one that tanked.

The show was...The Apprentice: Martha Stewart.

It all started out innocently enough. My mother, a big Martha Stewart fan, wanted to check out the first episode out of curiosity. And then I had to see what happened next week, and the next, and before you knew it, I was hooked!

Anyway, the final episode was Wednesday night, and we saw budding young publishing magnate Dawna get hired to be Martha Stewart's Apprentice. Dawna's prize was a brand -new car and a job in Martha Stewart's empire with a $250,000 US/year salary. The job? She's in charge of Martha Stewart's new magazine.

If there's one thing I've got to hand it to, though, it's Mark Burnett's style. For those who don't know, Mark Burnett is regarded as being the god of reality TV, having Americanized Survivor and creating The Apprentice. He is such a master of editing. He knows exactly how to edit this reality to generate a sense of suspence and wonder.

He's a good editor, that Burnett.

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