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UI alum vying for Superbowl airtime

A man with ties to Champaign-Urbana is hoping that this weekend's Superbowl will be his big break in getting nationwide acting exposure.

Rich Warren: 'Smart' appliances coming ... as if we need them

Las Vegas regressed to normal. Visitors once again reverted to losing money on the slot machines rather than betting on the latest hot technology. The overall take on this year's International Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month was that it focused on an interconnected world of things.

Reluctant Townie: Stuff I almost watched on Netflix: A review

Some nerd once said you can't judge a book by its cover. (That nerd has clearly never read "100% One Direction: The Unofficial Biography.") But nobody ever said you couldn't judge a movie by its cover.

Top of the morning, Jan. 24, 2014

Brrrr. Double brrr. It's time to hunker down (Loren Tate term) and catch up on your favorite comedies, dramas and awards shows. Speaking of Loren Tate (Way), why isn't the honorary street designation being extended beyond 10 years? In TOTM's mind, once you name a street for somebody, you keep that name forever.

TV news from consumer electronics show

Last week, we test drove the International Consumer Electronics Show. This week, we drive CES home.

The major nongadget action at this year's show in Las Vegas concerned TV, mainly 4K Ultra-High Definition TVs.

Ex-prof has big stake in Super Sunday ad

Homemade Doritos commercial is finalist for $1 million prize

On Super Bowl Sunday, when you're glued to the tube and your fingers are sticky and orangey from salty snacks, you might look up to see a familiar face.

Look Back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

A week or so ago I went to The Iron Post, Urbana, to hear Condition Blue, a pickup group of talented local jazz players. The play the music of the early '60s Blue Note period — hard bop that feeds out of the music of Art Blakey, Horace Silver and other greats of the mid- to late '50s. Condition Blue didn't make me and others in the bar feel blue, though. Instead we felt uplifted.

Ask 'Mimi' Jan. 19, 2014

This from Richard Mohr, Urbana: Is the C-U public sculpture program a case of too much of a good thing not being wonderful? The cities are starting to look like sculpture graveyards, not sculpture gardens. And what's up with all the silver ones? Does the committee think we are magpies and will leap at anything spangly?

UI well represented in 'King of the Nerds'

Here's an odd statistic: Three out of 11 nerds are former or current University of Illinois students. That small sample is taken from the composition of "King of the Nerds," a TBS reality show that returns for a second season on Thursday night.

Top of the morning, Jan. 17, 2014

Nothing like cold and snow to make you question your life priorities. For example: Is my television viewing experience optimized?