by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & Window to the Future & r & & r & Soon nearly everybody will be streaming live video from their cell phones directly onto the Web. Some people already are. We heard that some good samples were at qik.com, so we clicked over there. The first two things we watched were a pillow fight and a drunken woman cheering at a hockey game.
Those events must've been really fun when they were actually happening. Once recorded, though, not so much.
We're becoming a nation of people who inflict our vacation movies on others.
Television shows are three parts bullshit, so we turned in despair to reality TV. That's obviously scripted, so now the latest plaything is to film our own self-referential videos. Look at me! I'm at a hockey game! And you're not!
But maybe, you know, people could check out these other technologies we've heard of? They're called, like, "books" and "movies"? We heard that people actually labor over them for months.
That sounds like a lot of work. Pillow fights are way easier to record.
Open the Briefcase
Organizers estimate that as many as 4,000 shy and retiring types will respond to the open casting call for Deal or No Deal at Northern Quest Casino on Tuesday, April 1. (No fooling. Really!) Show up between noon and 4 pm, and you'll be evaluated by the show's sadistic casting directors. Call 242-7000, then start practicing Howie Mandel's oh-so-portentous praying-hands gesture. Yeah, that'll get you selected.
We Like Old Stuff
The first of three Spokane-filmed Antiques Roadshow episodes will show on KSPS on Monday, March 31, at 8 pm. Watch for the aerial map of Spokane.
Just Ask for Heather
We got so excited about the Tin Roof's victory last week in our Best Furniture category that we misreported owner Heather Hanley's name. Here she is, and you can check out her fine home furnishings at 1727 E. Sprague. Congrats, Heather.
The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.