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Dave and I are having a disagreement about the plot twist in the season finale of Battlestar Galactica (I liked it; he didn’t). Fortunately, BSG now has something of a choose-your-own-adventure option. Fans are being encouraged to create their own BSG video clips online. The Sci Fi Channel site gives you visual effects, sounds and music clips to use in your own video masterpiece. You put the whole thing together and submit it by June 1st for a chance to have your clip aired during an upcoming episode. (“Upcoming” means 2008, which is when BSG actually continues…)

Personally, I think the Sci Fi Channel should provide actual footage of the BSG actors for fans to use. Watermark them or make them low-resolution, but don’t make people rely on the bad acting of their friends.

Maybe Lost hasn’t jumped the shark after all… things haven’t been as bad since the Hurley-asteroid episode. But I haven’t made up my mind if I’m still watching because I really like the show or because I just want some answers.

Anyways, for the Lost fans out there who are also fans of SNL and Andy Sandberg, you can’t miss this video:

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We get several dozen press releases a week. Some are relevant, but most are not, and a few are downright crazy. I think it’s time to shine a light on some of this silliness…

Today, I received an open letter to American Idol’s Sanjaya from KFC’s President (who isn’t named Colonel Sanders). Here’s an excerpt and a sheared mock-up photo:

kfc-bowl.jpgThe judges and critics may think you’re a long shot for a recording contract, but at KFC, we think you’re a real “original.” And as the experts in Original Recipe® Chicken, we know an original when we see one! In fact, today, I would like to sweeten our tasty offer by serving you up your very first recording deal.

If you sport a bowlcut hairdo in a nationally televised performance, KFC will grant you a free lifetime supply of KFC Famous Bowls and a charitable donation in your name – plus $5,000 in cash and your own starring role in our next KFC Famous Bowls advertisement.

This is what Web video was made for. Forget real news, video blogs and gadget demos, turn your browser to the Onion News Network.

In case you missed it, the Onion debuted its online video broadcasts late last month. And if you’re a fan of the print version, the short-form videos are a must. There are only a few clips posted so far, but they have the same irreverent tone as the daily print fare. They’re not dissimilar to clips from The Daily Show, but with no TV heritage, the Onion crosses into territory that even cable broadcasters fear to tread.

Don’t want to bother with Onion video news on your computer? Download it to your TiVo with TiVoCast or take it on the go with Helio.

So far my favorite clip is the immigration one embedded above. It’s just as tasteless and hilarious as you’d expect it to be.

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Dave Zatz —  March 30, 2007

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cartman_ass.jpgI love my Xbox 360 (with video download service) more and more each day. Tomorrow, South Park will be available in HD and for free (two weeks only). While 16:9 HD cartoons won’t change my life, it’s pretty cool to see high def content finding alternate avenues onto our televisions. (Note to Comedy Central: Not only do I not need to see the Sarah Silverman Program in HD, I don’t need to see it at all.)

I still have a few gripes with the Video Marketplace, and would like to see better navigation as the catalog grows and generally less advertising within the Xbox GUI. As long as I’m requesting features, instead of buying a Wii… how about Microsoft hook me up with a motion-sensing controller and associated games (in HD – take that Nintendo!). If they can’t deliver in the next few weeks, I’ll just have to pick up Guitar Hero II.