Daily Archives: November 13, 2019

A beautiful “Jeopardy” moment between a contestant and Alex Trebek. A robot-fighting video makes me scared for humans’ future. And HBO invents a product no one actually needs

Alex Trebek has been in our lives for so long.

Longer than the furniture in your house, longer than your kids’ first-grade report cards as they graduate from college, and longer than most of our friendships with people.

The “Jeopardy” host has been around in charge of America’s best game show since 1984. You know how long ago that is? LeBron James was born in 1984, and now he’s one of the oldest players in the NBA. Trebek has been a warm, comforting presence for so long in so many millions of homes, taken for granted like those old slippers and that warm cup of tea at night.

As has been very well documented, Trebek is battling pancreatic cancer, and after initially getting a very good report following his initial treatment, he announced in September he was going to be getting more chemo, and well, that’s obviously not good.

But he’s still on “Jeopardy!” and this week continues the “Tournament of Champions” starring my man James Holzhauer (who advanced to the finals starting Thursday, and so millions have continued watching, since Alex is part of our lives.

Anyway, I bring all this up because of a little, beautiful moment that happened at the end of Monday’s show. A contestant named Dhruv Gaur didn’t know the answer to Final Jeopardy, so wrote a little message in his response that caught Trebek completely by surprise, and made him lose his composure for a moment on the air.

Just a warm, wonderful human moment that I wanted to share.

Man, the power of words.

**Next up, it’s been a while since I’ve written on here about how robots’ advancement completely freaks me out, but my Dad sent me this clip this week and well, yeah, I’m completely freaked out.

This is as realistic a fighting depiction from robots as you’ll ever see; it’s from something called Robo One, and it’s Metallic Fighter vs. Blue Thunder.

Just look at how intricate this is. Our robot overlords are coming, people of Earth. And they’re coming with tiny swords and really cool outfits.

**Finally today, sometimes ideas for new products from otherwise intelligent people and companies just piss me off.

Like HBO. I heard on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me radio show this week about this ridiculous new invention the cable giant has come up with.

It’s called the HBO Box, and it’s designed for people who want privacy in their TV viewing habits, if they don’t live alone.

It’s a cardboard box that you assemble, put on your bed, and presumably watch TV in the kind of privacy that you just can’t get anywhere else.

You know, like IN ANOTHER ROOM. Or by putting up a curtain if you share a room with someone. Or, you know, going out in the hallway, or waiting until your roommate or spouse or whoever is asleep. Or, I dunno, just spitballing here, WATCH IT ON A LAPTOP and no one will be able to see your screen!

I mean, watch this ridiculous, over the top commercial HBO put out for it. This cannot be a real product!

Who is buying this, my fellow Americans? Ostensibly this is marketed for college students, but no college in America is so small that you have to watch ALL of your TV and video in your room, on your bed.

If we want to watch porn, are there really NO other ways to do it, then put ourselves into this ridiculous contraption?

Who is sitting there going, “you know, I really want to watch this X-rated clip on my laptop, but I just have no way to watch it without being seen. So I’m going to climb inside a giant cardboard box, then no one will suspect a thing!”

I’d say this is a terrific April Fool’s joke, but it’s November.

A box to watch TV in. What a time to be alive.