Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Monday, March 31, 2014
The Evolution Of The Tv Weather Man
The weatherman has become an icon throughout the world. People religiously tune in their televisions to hear a prediction of the upcoming weather. Most of us however, refuse to admit that the weatherman and the weather report is not an exact science. We live by the weather predictions, plan our days, plan our vacations, plan our outdoor work, and dress accordingly. The weather forecast is important to everyone in one way or another and it's not limited to civilians. The military as well as the aviation industry rely heavily on current and future weather conditions. Weather reporting has advanced in step with modern technology, obviously computers play an important role in the forecast nowadays. As advanced as computers are today, they still can only predict the future some of the time. They can make predicting easier and more accurate than weather prediction of years gone by. As a matter of fact, weather is part of every day's news show and a televised news show would be incomplete without the weather segment.
Weather forecasting appeared on the television airwaves in October of 1941. It was the first time a visual representation of current and future weather conditions were presented to the public. There were radio broadcasts of weather forecasts since January of 1921 but nothing could compare to a weather forecast the public could view for themselves. The first weatherman ironically was a cartoon character who sang a tune while the weather was displayed on the screen. It may sound primitive now but in its time it was state of the art. The 1950's brought about a new era. The live TV weather man armed with a chalkboard, some chalk, a sense of humor, and an arsenal of meteorological knowledge was about ot become part of our daily lives. The weather forecasts were vague and primitive but basically better than nothing at all. As confidence in the weather forecasts grew, so did the public's interest in the weatherman. A well-done, inaccurate forecast was better than no forecast at all. As time passed and the weather segment on the daily news program continued to gain popularity, women stepped in and became television weather forecasters as well.
As with everything else, the weather forecast itself evolved. The presentation became much more involved and complex. The weatherman now had to present current conditions along with some detailed statistics for those viewers who were interested in weather-related stats and history. Even those TV viewers who may have never had an interest in the specific details of weather, now had something to talk about at the dinner table or at work the following morning. The weather segment of the news broadcast was becoming mandatory for all news shows based on its growing popularity. The chalkboards of old were soon replaced with cardboard models and then of course by computer animations and even the infamous "green screen". The green screen, in reality a blank green screen, allowed the weatherman to stand in front of a large scale weather map and actually point to various aspects of the map. Television viewers of course see the maps and graphics clear and colorful which totally enhanced the forecast. The visual effects became almost as important as the weather forecasters themselves.
Weather men and women began to earn reputations either good or bad based on their forecasting skills. What the public didn't realize was that the reputation was also earned from pure personality. The presentation and a little luck made some TV weather people stars and others into goats. An incorrect forecast is expected, to some extent, because even the weathermen themselves will admit that weather is not an exact science. Overall it comes down to personal preference, some viewers would rather watch a man deliver the forecast and others prefer a woman, some viewers may tune to a particular TV station based primarily on the computer graphics used during the weather segment and others may choose to watch a weather person purely for their physical appearance. How do you rate your local weatherman and why is he or she your favorite anyway?
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
We could not save your recipe at this time. Please try again in a few minutes. Go to My Recipe Box >> Our two weeks of Recipes from Our Files for parade parties and parade routes have to include dishes made in the classic colors of Carnival. From 1994, we found these two salad recipes. Either one would be a pretty (and relatively healthy) addition to a parade party buffet. Carnival Cole Slaw Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste 1/2 cup mayonnaise Dash olive oil Dash vinegar Shred cabbage by hand, with a knife or in a food processor. Rinse and drain well. Shred carrots in medium-wide strips.
For the original version visit http://www.nola.com/food/index.ssf/2014/02/todays_carnival_food_recipe_fr_1.html
Monday, February 17, 2014
There are a few things to do (and not to do) to ensure your Matron of Honor Speeches is a roaring success. It's easy to get carried away when you start thinking about your upcoming Bridesmaid speeches . If you are not careful, you can start imagining a room full of people cheering and giving you a standing ovation. The trouble is that if you start thinking like that, it will almost certainly end in tears (not just your own!).
The main areas of uncertainty are...
1/ Should I use humor?
2/ How long should the Maid of Honor Speech be?
3/ How should it relate to the other speeches?
4/ How should I deliver it?
Because of the way a wedding is structured, your speech will have to be made after several others. You will have no idea beforehand how this will work out. The previous ones could be short and successful or long, boring or controversial (plus anything in between). You need to have a fairly flexible approach to this or you could end up copping a load of flack (through no real fault of your own).
1/. What About trying to make people laugh. Is that a good idea?
Are you funny (I mean do other people find your story telling funny)? You may want to use a humorous speech but find that the previous one caused offence and people are not in the mood for another attempt just right now. In this case you may need a back up, toned down speech. Keep the emotion but miss out some of the funny (let's face it, embarrassing) content.
The other thing to think about is that you probably know the bride and groom (particularly the bride). Much better than their parents. What you think is a mildly embarrassing story could be mortifying to the family (I don't have to go into too much detail here do I?). It's also possible that a previous speech has stirred things up a bit and yours will only fan the flames.
2/ How Much Time should I Take?
You may have to follow several other speakers who have overrun time wise. The other speeches may have been boring and overlong. The wedding guests may be thinking "Oh no. Not another speech. I wonder how long THIS one is going to be?" It's best to keep it short and sweet. Remember, this is the Bride and Groom's day, not your audition for a talent show!
3/ Make sure it fits in with the rest of the speeches.
Just giving your prepared speech regardless of preceding ones could be problematic. You could be interrupting the smooth flow of the ceremony if you present your prepared speech as is without taking into account what went before. Who knows, someone may have stole your best jokes or stories?
There's always an exception and you may be lucky enough to follow a lousy or egotistical speaker who will make you look and sound brilliant.
4/ The delivery. When even the most well laid plans can fail.
Please, please do not touch alcohol until after you've delivered your speech. With all the emotion of the occasion, you'll find it's got loads more power than normal!
Many people recommend a couple of drinks beforehand to make you less nervous before your speech. That's OK but there is a world of difference between being "calm" and "legless"! On my blog I mention a wedding where the maid of honor was "well oiled" by the time it came to deliver her speech. Trying to deliver it without notes she froze (literally). Whilst all the guests thought she was pausing for effect and waited for something very poignant, she had forgotten her lines (and most likely, where she actually was!). After the best part of a minute, the Bride's father realised what was happening and put her out of her misery.
Just remember, what seems funny after a couple of drinks can be mortifying when watching the wedding DVD in the cold light of day (time and time again). If you are going to make a successful Bridesmaid speeches , keep it short, from the heart and stay sober until after you've made it.