Thursday, November 22, 2007

4th\SW Quadrant 11/26 '07

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 26, 2007

"Keeping Up With the Kardashians"

Kimberly Noel Kardashian (born October 21, 1980 in Los Angeles, California) is one of the three daughters of the late lawyer Robert Kardashian who worked on the sensational OJ Simpson trial. Kardashian's initial media attention was centered on her close friendship with Paris Hilton, but her notoriety exploded and fame rose after it was revealed that she had made a sex tape with ex-boyfriend Ray-J. (Wikipedia)

The series, featuring Ryan Seacrest as executive producer, follows Kardashian's increasingly hectic life of boutique owner by day, burgeoning tabloid fixture by night, and also delves into the goings-on of the entire Kardashian brood.

The show also features her sisters/rivals Khloe, 23, and Kourtney, 28, who first exercised her reality show chops on E!'s Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive last year; half-sisters Kendall, 11, and Kylie, 9; momager Kris; and Olympic gold medalist stepdad—and sole non K-initialed family member—Bruce Jenner. (E! Online)

Felder's Anti-Pigeon Bill

City Council member Simcha Felder, D-Brooklyn, has put forward a proposal that would put a cap on pigeon crap.

On the steps of city hall Monday afternoon, Felder held a press conference describing his plans to control the growing population of pigeons and to reduce their “droppings splattered throughout New York City.”

Felder’s proposal put forth legislation that would outlaw pigeon feeding, enforced by $1,000 fines. It also recommended actions to support the city’s hawk and falcon populations through installation of $4,072 robotic hawks. It would also promote the practice of pigeon birth control, and establish a citywide “Pigeon Czar,” who would oversee all systematic pigeon-control measures.

“There should be no one allowed to feed pigeons,” Felder said. He added that if people care about pigeons so much, “Let them crap all over the place in your living rooms.”

City pigeons deposit an average of approximately 25 pounds of droppings each year and result in nationwide damage of about $1.1 billion, according to a press release from Felder’s office. The composition of their droppings is high in salt and organic nitrogen compounds, which can lead to metal corrosion. (Columbia Spectator)

Golic's Steroid Use

Former Oilers, Eagles and Dolphins defensive lineman Mike Golic, now an ESPN commentator, provided more context today for his admission last week that he used steroids when he was an NFL player.

Speaking on the Mike and Mike in the Morning show, Golic said that he used steroids "I believe it was '87 ... sometime probably in March up until the beginning of May," and that the purpose of his steroid use was to help in recovery from a shoulder injury.

"As I've said time and time again with steroids now, a lot of the time it's the fringe players, it's the guys who are trying to get to the next level, and a lot of times it's for recovery," Golic said. (AOL Sports)

Cell Phones for Good Grades

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg brought only condemnation upon himself when he announced last Thursday [November 1, 2007] that he is thinking about giving free cell phones and minutes to some public-school students who perform well on tests. The proposal is part of a larger effort (financed with private money and means-tested) to pay students in low-income schools for testing well. (Slate)

Vera Wang on "Ugly Betty"

Marc Jacobs on "The Hills"

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