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DC Visit Causes Nostalgia For Jhoon Rhee Self Defense Commercials

I spent several days in DC this week. The primary purpose was to visit my alma mater, Sidwell Friends. More on that later, though. I also recorded some DIY commercials for Obamacare, because I finally have insurance. Vine and Instagram have the goods so far. Again, more on that later.

I'm writing now because I found myself overwhelmed with memories not frequently encountered. Walking through the halls of one's high school and middle school tend to do that. I found myself humming "Nobody bothers me," and the old commercial for Jhoon Rhee self defense kept playing on loop in my mind.

Now the song will be stuck in your head, which is the only way to get it out of mine.

You're welcome.

Seriously, we need A Man Called Hawk right about now

A few minutes ago, I tweeted that I missed the TV show, A Man Called Hawk. A lot of people didn't know what I was talking about. Here's the TV show intro, and I just want to thank Jesus for inventing YouTube.

and here's a 10-second bumper for the show. I'll never forget the way the announcer used to say, "a man called haaaaaaawk."

The show was a spinoff of Spencer: For Hire, which is interesting cause I just found that out today! All I knew was that in 1989 there was a bad-ass, clean-shaven, goatied black man running around the streets of my city (D.C.) fighting crime with a shiny gun, playing chess and appreciating African art. I wanted to be that dude! 

I would wear long black trench coats and run fast so that the fabric flapped in the wind just like "a man called haaaaawk." America needs Hawk, now more than ever. 

Here's the wikipedia entry for the show. It's worth a read.

Video: Google Pop/Politics Panel w/ Me, Winstead, Obama Girl Guy, etc.

Friday I was so annoyed that I couldn't get my Tivo to record our Google Pop Culture and Politics panel as it was aired by C-SPAN. I completely forgot that this event took place at Google, and thus, is on YouTube. I'm an idiot. Anyway, here's the 45 minute video of our panel. They cut the opening Onion News Network video I showed right after my intro, but you can see it here. I haven't replayed the entire thing, so they may have also cut the second Onion video I showed, which is friggin hilarious. Highlights:
  • My hot shirt. Seriously, you know you love that shirt. Jill Sander baby! Bought it myself
  • Christopher Hitchens. Look at his beverage. That ain't ginger ale
  • Lizz Winstead. My hero. Twas an honor to tag team with her against our cable news-defending moderator
  • After the panel, the Google folks got short one-on-one interviews with all of us. Here's mine.
And now, the panel...
For some reason, Google disabled comments on the YouTube video, so feel free to heap praise and scathing criticism here.

Today I'm Speaking At Google DC On Politics & Pop Culture

Update: the panel video is now on YouTube This afternoon, I'm speaking on a panel at Google in DC, repping the Onion. The full lineup and schedule are below. 2008: The First 21st Century Campaign Date: June 11, 2008 Location: Google DC Time: 2:30 pm ET - 7:00 pm ET Overview: Gathering to highlight new tools on the campaign trail and winning strategies that leverage this technology. Event MC: Jim Barnes Schedule 2:40 pm - 3:45 pm :: Covering the 21st Century Moderator: Judy Woodruff Participants: Mark Halperin Katherine Ham James Kotecki Phil Singer Kevin Madden 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm :: Running the First 21st Century Campaign Moderator: Ron Brownstein Participants: Joe Rospars Peter Daou Mindy Finn Mark Soohoo Joe Trippi 5:30 - 6:30 pm :: Pop culture Politics Moderator: Tammy Haddad Participants: Baratunde Thurston, The Onion Ben Relles, Obama Girl Zoe Stagg, CitizenSugar Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair Lizz Winstead- Creator of the Daily Show