Monday, July 2, 2007

Welcome To My Blog

Hello and welcome to the first posting in my brand new blog. I have hesitated for the longest time to add my voice to the myriad of bloggers that are out there because I have often thought that I really don't have anything to say (ironic since I host both a nightly radio show and a weekly television show).

As a matter of fact a close friend of mine and a frequent radio guest by the name of Evan Berle has often mentioned that I should have a blog of some kind. So if you enjoy what you read here in this space, you can thank Evan for nudging me into this pixel jungle. If you don't like what you see here, feel free to gather up pitchforks and torches to storm Evan's place.

What this space will be, at least in the early going, are some of my takes on the more bizarre news stories that I share nightly with our listening audience in a segment we like to call "The Stuph File."

Back in the early days of news, these used to be known as kicker stories, but with the explosion of the cable networks and the Internet, they have proliferated to the point where there are whole sites like Fark and a library full of books that are devoted to the news that used to be off the beaten path.

I don't know if it's because the serious news is just too much of a downer for people, or human nature is such that we like a taste for the absurd, but whatever the reason, you can now add me to the pile of people who seem to fulfill the prophecies of Jerry Seinfeld in that here is yet another entity that is about nothing.

What kind of stories are bizarre? Well how about this one found on the Ananova news service about the teacher who was handing out marks to write about Angelina Jolie's breasts (where were these teachers when I was in school?)

It appears that a Bulgarian professor has promised students "A" grades if they write about Angelina Jolie's boobs and buy a copy of his new book. Professor Stefan Karastoyanov, of the Geology and Geography Department of Sofia University, made the promise as a protest after he was not paid for three months because of cash problems. He said: "If they write about Angelina Jolie's boobs and buy my book they'll get an A." So far 80 of the 120 students sitting his classes have ordered his book. I'm going on the assumption that the remaining 40 students are either female or gay - not that there's anything wrong with that (okay, that's the second Seinfeld reference in this post, so I'll stop now!)

I actually checked on and found that you can purchase the book. It's called Chechenya: Political & Geographic Portrait. The cover price is actually pretty steep at $89.50 US. While I am all for helping out the educational process, I think I'll pass on this one.

So that's the kind of thing I'll be talking about here. Most of the time I'll deal with stories of the world adding a bit of humour. Now I know there are those who occasionally might be offended with some of the views or comments I will make. Even though this site will remain relatively PG with no profanity, there might be some who are touchy; the kind of people who would find something to complain about even if you were talking about dryer lint. While some comments might be risqué I hope never to cross the line, but that being said, hey it is my opinion.

But if you’re looking for an ongoing brain vomit, gnashing of teeth or a vein popping diatribe, then you’ve really come to the wrong place. That’s just not the kind of guy I am.

I hope to post here every week, perhaps even more as the life of this blog matures, learns to roll over, sit up, take its first steps and hopefully at one point run full stride without slipping on a banana peel – but we’ll see. For now I'll just take it one day at a time.

And that’s the Stuph – the way I see it.

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