Sunday, July 30, 2006

Rumors... Fact or Fiction or Lies?

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I've been hanging out for more than a year now on different Anderson sites, some serious, some funny and some fangirlie. After being around this long I've come to see that the number of rumors about Anderson seem to ebb and flow depending on what's going on in his life and in the world.

The question is... what to believe? My personal opinion is that probably about 95% of what is posted about him by people on the internet is probably a lie or some version of a small truth. Now, we all know the one obvious rumor and I'm not disputing that, but it's the other stuff like, "I saw him at McDonald's sharing a McFlurry with Elton John." or "He was seen with a pack of monkeys raiding the bananas at the local Safeway." or even "He spent last years paychecks on the Elephant man's bones." Ok, so those may not be THE EXACT rumors we're all reading but we all know the ones... Who's he with this week? Who's that person with him walking down Lexington? Does he live with such and such? Did such and such move to Timbuktu and leave Anderson behind? I'm not going to preach and say that we all shouldn't be talking about that stuff or reading it because frankly, we all do. The big thing in my mind is what do we believe? What is a FACT and what is a LIE? It's hard to tell sometimes. People make is so convincing with the details in their little stories that we all want to believe it's true. We all want to know what the real Anderson is like so I think we all buy into these rumors and believe they are true. One sentence on a blog or on a fan site does not make something true. What is it about seeing something in print that makes us all want to believe it's got to be the truth?

I used to belong to a fan forum for a group and being an admin and mod there I saw a lot of things that the average member didn't see. People would come on the forum and say they knew this and knew that or that they went to school with this person. But we could see they were lying because of where they were posting from. I came to see over the years that the VAST majority of these rumors turned out to be wrong and that a lot of these people claiming to know someone famous are full of it. Now, I have no proof whether everything claimed about Anderson is right or wrong but common sense tells me that most is wrong. At times, the rumors and the "I know Anderson's brother's uncle's housekeeper and he said..." stuff gets to be so disrespectful of someone we all claim to admire. This is after all a REAL person, not just a picture in a magazine or an image on TV. It's a person with a real mind, and a real heart.

It's up to each person to believe what they want to believe about someone. I certainly love reading jossip and gawker etc but I think it's best taken with a grain of salt. For me, I assume it's all lies until I see that it isn't. I always remember how our judicial system works.... innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around.

Thanks to BcFraggle for the cap. (You rock!)

Problem With Vacations

I have to agree with some of Anderson's Details article on the problems with vacations. I am about to go on a little vacation myself and went back and reread Anderson's Problem with Vacations article. Here is a snipet.

"I do love nice hotels. There's nothing sexier. Perhaps it's the anonymity of it, the ability to just stay inside ordering room service, watching fishing-lure infomercials all night long.

But the problem with hotels is that it's impossible to resist the DSL connection in the room. No matter how many times I swear I'm not going to check my e-mail, I end up searching the desk for the connection cable, and once I'm plugged in, that's it. Vacation over.

I used to think I was the only one not taking my vacation days, but I recently saw a survey conducted by that said Americans fail to use 415 million days of vacation each year. Which helps explain why the average vacation in America has dwindled to just four days.

Europeans take off a month -- and that doesn't include siestas, strikes, or cigarette breaks.

Sure, Europe hasn't really produced anything of note since the Black Death, but who has time to gloat? We're too busy working.

What's even worse than not taking vacation days is taking them just to catch up on all the work crap you've been avoiding.

I did this last month. For two days I organized files, paid bills, and filled out old expense reports.

When I came back to work everyone assumed I would be all rested and ready to roll up my sleeves. My sleeves had never been unrolled. "

Vacation is a time to do something that isn't part of your normal routine. So, I can see why Anderson would rather not go on vacations. Out of his routine would be sitting at home being a couch potato watching American Idol and Super Sweet Sixteen.

When I told co-workers I was taking more than 1 week off they couldn't believe it. Even though we all have the days it is unusual now to take that more than one week off. Some of my coworkers will just take the one week and not go anywhere - ever.

Anderson has said "the whole thing about being a reporter is that you're supposed to be an observer and to be able to adapt with any group you"re in". I think the reason why is that he has seen the world and has a better understanding of why people do the things they do and are what they are. My friends that don't ever venture out of their hometown are missing out on what the rest of world has to offer and an opportunity to see magnificent places and things.

I would love to see 1/4 of the places Anderson has seen. Maybe one day I will.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Enjoy part 2

I'm enjoying my travels. Maybe I'll run in to Mr. Cooper since he seems to be on the road also? Enjoy a few more pictures tonight and we'll be back tomorrow with our regular Saturday post by Quitman. Happy Weekend everyone!

Thursday, July 27, 2006


While I'm on the road I thought I'd share a little Anderbeauty. Enjoy!

pictures and caps courtsey of xtina, stillife, jld119, and legionpossessed

Ask and you shall receive!

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Sfacfan posted an interesting article on the Andersphere this morning. It's from the New York Observer's Simon Says column and is titled "Anderson's Wartime Chic Is De Trop on Wall Street" by Simon Doonan. Here's a sample, click the link for the entire read.

None of us New Yorkers want our colonoscopy performed by a lady wearing a plunging Roberto Cavalli leopard-print silk-chiffon caftan. When a medical professional is advancing upon you with a needle or a probe of any kind, you expect that person to be wearing confidence-inspiring garments, such as those designed by Eileen Fisher or Ann Taylor. High fashion and medicine simply do not mix. War is another story. After watching Anderson Cooper’s intrepid reports last week, I am totally convinced that there is room for style on the battlefield. Somehow or other, Gloria‚’s handsome lad, while dodging bombs in Lebanon, became a style icon. Damn him! He looks so wickedly handsome and au courant! His preferred garments‚—a cobalt-blue sports shirt under a matte-blacktop-stitched bulletproof vest‚—have a definite whiff of the Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons or vintage Helmut Lang about them. As a result, Mr. Cooper gets my fashion-in-the-face-of-adversity award.

Yea me! If you read last night's blog entry I mentioned how much I've been missing David Gergan. Someone must have been listening because The Gerg joined Anderson on 360 tonight and the discussion was insightful, as always. Maybe next I should ask for Anderson to do tonight's show shirtless? Well you never know, it might work?

And lastly of all the well spoken, intelligent comments on Anderson's blog, on Wednesday, one stood out to me. I've never had the nerve to say it in my comments but I've thought it many times. Bravo anonymous.

"Thank you again for the comprehensive reporting from the frontlines.
Sure looks very scary. Just stay safe and please don't forget to call your Mom and reassure her that you are fine. I bet she's very terrified for you!"

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Day 14 in the Middle East

Reminder: Anderson's Oprah appearance to discuss "Dispatches" repeats today.
I've just been corrected in comments by scfan. The appearance is the one on poverty in the US with Anderson and Lisa Ling.

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I said it last night and I'll say it again, if we can't have Erica, I'm liking Heidi doing the news segments on 360. And speaking of Erica, she seems to be stuck in some sort of weird CNN menage a trois. Kathy at Andersphere caught a few minutes of the Erica/Glenn Beck banter the other night and posted the transcript.


BECK: It`s a tough one. You go ahead and make the men in your life feel like a king. And I believe...

HILL: I`ll remember that.

BECK: ... I believe I`m one of the men in your life.

HILL: Oh, OK. Yes. You know, yes.

BECK: I mean, what does that mean? That`s not making me feel kingly.

HILL: You are, but my husband would be the number one.

BECK: Yes. I know I`m number two in your life. Wait a minute.


HILL: There`s you, there`s Anderson. I`ve got, you know -- it`s just it`s not easy.

BECK: Oh, come on. I beat Anderson Cooper on that list.

HILL: You two are going to have to fight it out.

BECK: No, he`ll take me. He goes to, like, wrestle with alligators. Every time there`s a story...

HILL: He`s in a war zone, Glenn. Come on.

BECK: Jeez. OK. What`s up in the news?

Do any of you remember back to July 10th and 11th when Anderson covered the problems that Phoenix was having with a serial shooter AND the Baseline rapist? I sort of chuckled when Anderson said the following:
"Well, tonight a city is living in fear from not one but two psychopaths. It is a story we first brought you last night. In Phoenix a serial killer and a serial gunman are on the loose. And until they're caught nobody is safe. "

Even though I enjoy any mention on 360 of my city I felt the lead in was a little dramatic. After all I live here and I felt safe, so it seemed a little exaggerated. This weekend the serial shooter struck again, and this time only a few miles from my house. Again it was seemingly random, again no one saw anything and it happened early in the morning. Anderson has more pressing news issues to cover so I thought I'd keep you all posted.

One last thing before I go. Finally CNN has good John and Michael Ware back on the air. But how about some David Gergan? I miss his take on things.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

I'm feeling a little blissless tonight.

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I'm a little blissless tonight. I'm not sure why, but I couldn't get excited about 360 or much of anything. My thoughts went back to when I was a kid and my mother would get hospitalized, just like the movie stars of today, for exhaustion. Don't get me wrong, these were not your ordinary hospitalizations. She would have a 2 room suite, with a sitting room and full maid, errr nurse, service. I remember visiting her and having lobster served for dinner with linen tablecloths and crystal and china. All paid for by her insurance. All she had to do to get this pampering was endure some pesky little tests. There was never anything wrong with her, she just needed to slow life down for a few days. I'm not sure what brought back all those memories for me today but I could sure use some pampering. Just can't imagine my insurance paying for a suite or lobster.

I managed to jot down a few thoughts during the show tonight:

*It was really great to see Heidi Collins back doing the news. I'm not kidding, she sure beats bad John.

*Did I miss the memo that orange is the new black? Heidi tonight and Randi last week, just struck me as odd.

*Where's Erica been lately? Is there any truth to the internet rumor that she is pregnant?

*Candy Crowley's piece was probably the most insightful, to me, of the evening. If you missed it she said (I'm paraphrasing) that by the US toppling Saddam Hussein we disrupted the balance of power in the Middle East, thus giving Iran more power than they previously had. A more powerful Iran begot a more powerful Hezbollah and that brings us to where we are now.

*Great to see good John back on the air.

*Bad John doesn't bother me nearly as much when he reports from the field. Wonder why?

*Tell the truth, when you saw this photo in Anderson's Reporter's Notebook were you wondering who he was talking to? I thought, so that's what it would look like if he ever called me!
I've got a favor to ask. There is an internet survey running to determine who is the sexist anchor in the Middle East. Anderson and Bill Hemmer are running in almost a dead heat. Take a minute and put AC over the top. You can vote as often as you want, and it's free.

Monday, July 24, 2006


Knowing that Anderson has always said he "doesn't like to take sides" I always try to look at the way he reports and the segments he has on the show more closely to see if he really does present both sides. Sometimes, it's hard to do that but I try to watch for it.

Usually, I think he does a fair job of this and I don't really normally see any glaring biases. (I'm sure the people over at Fox may disagree.) However, I've noticed some people on his blog over the past week making comments about his reporting and the reports on CNN, in general, being slanted towards Israel in their coverage. I guess since I watch a lot of CNN I have to disagree with those comments. People keep complaining that they aren't showing the Lebanese side or the civilian casualties as much in Lebanon as in Israel. They do show this and they show how it is effecting some of the people there as well. But just how much can they show when they don't have a lot of access?

Also, after reading Charlie Moore's (CNN producer) blog entry about their trip with the officials from Hezbollah, I can understand a bit more why they have a hard time covering that aspect. In his entry, Charlie reported that the tour of destruction by Israeli bombs and rockets seemed a bit staged. There were commenters on the blog responding saying how bias it was of him to report that. I personally didn't think so. Is reporting the truth of what you actually see bias? When does something become bias? It seems to me that reporting the facts as opposed to opinion is what makes something bias or not. They were accused of not reporting what Israel said as propgranda too. Is this because it's not propaganda or is it a bias?

So the question is, where is the line between reporting what you see and holding back for fear of being bias? Do you hold back to not seem bias or do you tell the whole story?

Thanks to Bcfraggle for the cap!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Tell Me Your AC360 Posting Secrets

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Short 1 hour show tonight. Apparently, Anderson didn't get to do his Hezbollah tour today. I'm not complaining. Over 300 people have died in the last 11 days and I'm concerned about his safety as well as the other journalists and their crews that have made the trek.

These pics are caps from AC360 but I think the original pics were taken by Yoray Liberman, a photographer from Getty Images that is following Anderson around the Middle East.

The AC360 blog was hopping this week with 18 posts, many of them from Anderson himself. I bet advertising space on the site is at a premium price. While Fox may be winning the TV ratings race, CNN is far ahead of the game with their website.

If you have posted to the AC360 blog more than once tell me you secret. I have tried and tried to post intelligent, non-fangurly comments several times and have only managed to get posted twice, once for Rob and finally last week for Anderson.

There are a couple of Anderfans whose comments get posted on every one of Anderson's posts. What's their secret?

On many Anderson fan sites I'll see fans complaining on how they can't view the comments certain times during the day. Other fans will reply saying CNN has locked down the comments or people trying to post are overloading the system. I don't know why it acts weird but I do know how to get around the problem.

So, I'll make a deal with you. If you'll tell me your secrets in getting your comments posted, I'll tell you the secret to viewing the comments even when it looks like its hosed up.

Here's my little trick! Usually when you can't view the comments for some reason the blog has been placed in archive (roll your mouse over the post link and you'll see 'archive'). When it does this, look on the right side of the page for the orange XML button. Clicking on it will take you to Feedburner which manages the AC360 blog RSS feed ( ). From there, find the topic you want to view. Clicking on the topic will take you straight to the post with the accompanying comments. Hope this helps!

Now, tell me your comment posting secrets!

Raw Data
On Sunday night (23rd), Anderson will host a special edition of AC360 at 10PM EDT.

I'm loving AC360 7 nights a week but please CNN give Anderson a day off to sleep! His reaction time is slower (lots of uhs and stumbles) and the bags under his eyes are only getting bigger.

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Friday, July 21, 2006

A little bit of this and a little bit of that

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CNN has spared no expense in covering this crisis in the Middle East. When you consider most reporters have at least 2 others traveling with them the costs for this total coverage must be staggering. Sanjay arrived in Beirut today and did a segment on the ability of Lebanon to maintain it's hospitals in the midst of war. I find pieces like this so much more interesting than some of the interviews with world leaders who really just talk in circles. It was a very pleasant surprise to see Nic, in a suit, at the presidential palace in Beirut. I don't think I heard one word of the interview, I was a bit gobsmaked. I can not imagine packing to cover a war and including a suit. Anderson isn't know as the most phenomenal packer. But he did manage a sportcoat when he interviewed the US Ambassador at the American Embassy.
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Most of you don't know me in my regular life but if you did then you'd know how much I despise Wal-Mart. I started a new book today, which I love BTW, called We're Just Like You, Only Prettier by Celia Rivenbark. I wanted to share a small bit with you because it made me feel that someone truly does see Wal-Mart as I do.
"The other day, as I stood in the "twenty items and under" checkout at the new Slap-Yo-Mama-Fine Super Wal-Mart, I grew increasingly irritated. It's supposed to be faster but it isn't because it allows all kinds of credit and debit swiping and swooshing and Espanol and what-not. No one actually pays with cash money anymore, like when I was a girl. I know this because I gave the cashier a twenty-dollar bill and she looked at it , puzzled, like it was badly aged lettuce.
Before that, I'd tried three lines that turned out to be not moving at all. They were, apparently, faux checkouts. Wal-Mart seems to have more of these than anybody else. People who look like real customers stand for hours at a time talking with people who look like real cashiers but no one actually moves."
And that, ladies and gentleman, is why I hate Wal-Mart and love Ms. Celia Rivenbark.

I can not for the life of me understand what the hell James is thinking. I know Chicken George bugs the crap out of him, but come on. He's not a threat, no way. Today James nominated Chicken George and Will with the intent of voting out CG. Will wants to go and that usually means you get to stay, we'll see. IMO James should be sending Jase home. Time will tell.

All good things must come to an end....

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There's lots to discuss in the Anderworld today but I'd like first to address the closing of the Anderson Cooper Corner Blog. Like so many of you, the first Anderson blog I ever read was ACC. I would check it daily for all the latest news and comments on my favorite newsman. I really considered it to be the gold standard of AC blogs. As I understand it, Reese (owner of ACC) would rather go out on top then see ACC be neglected, and I can certainly understand that. These blogs become like one of our children. We take great pride in the good days and feel awful on those days when our writing is less than ordinary. There are a great deal of ugly things that can befall you as a blogger. In my experience the worst of the worst are the trolls. Ugly little creatures that take get pleasure in mucking up all things good. What ever the back-story is for Anderson Cooper Corner we're sorry to see them go and wish Reese and Christian all the best.

Now on to the reason we're all here. Time to discuss Thursday's 360 and the ever handsome Anderson Cooper. Just when does Anderson Cooper sleep? He finished doing 360 at 7 AM (all times listed are Cypress time) he hopped a helicopter for Beirut at 1 PM, arriving at 2 PM. He covered the evacuations and appeared on TSR at 2 AM, Paula Zahn at 3 AM and LKL at 4:40 AM. Then did 360 at 5 AM. Did anyone else notice the shot of him taking a nap on the helicopter? I think that was him leaning against the wall with his arms folded and his head down when they showed the wide shot of the rear door open. Adorkable, as always.
And is it just me or does he look like he's lost some major weight in the last 10 days. Looking at him last night I couldn't help but think I know 6th graders who weigh more than he does. I would kill to have those hips (take that any way you want!).

CNN has really pulled out all the stops on covering this war. I was really surprised to see Dr. Sanjay show up on Cyprus tonight. Who's next? Good John please!!!!

Last I wanted to mention a comment we had yesterday from a new reader to ATA. She said we are a riot. Is that a good thing? And she went on to mention that she had interviewed Gloria Vanderbilt while she worked for her high school newspaper. That got me to thinking. If I had the chance to meet Anderson or his mother Gloria, who would I pick? Surprisingly, I think I'd pick Gloria. The interior designer in me has so much I'd love to talk with her about. And when we've covered Bauhaus and Bohemian, etc I could also listen to those stories that only a proud mother can tell about her famous son. Brilliant, huh? I'll wager I'm the only one who feels this way, right?

And I guess the word for today is Tetterboro? Who knew?

Thursday, July 20, 2006


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The Reporter's Notebook, at the end of Wednesday's 360 was the best part of the show. Anderson could have done the rest just as well from behind a desk in NYC. I'm not big on political rhetoric so hearing the former Israeli prime minister, UN ambassador John Bolton,the spokesman for Hezbollah, etc just sounded to me like blah, blah, blah. I'm starting to tune them out because their talking points are so predictable. Barbara Starr reporting from USS Nashville was interesting. I hope they had a camera crew with her. And my new favorite Nic Robertson always has a unique vantage point, being stationed in Beirut. Other than that and of course, Anderson, I really could have watched Rock Star SuperNova and not missed much. I'm wondering how much longer Anderson will stay on Cypress? Is he just marking time until he's off to The Congo? Since his coverage is supposed to start there on Monday, maybe AC will be taking a long weekend. We'll find out tomorrow night.
One more thing that bugged the heck out of me. Did you hear Bad John say 'hey Anderson' at the beginning of the first news segment? Who does he think he is, Erica Hill? The man seriously annoys me, but he does seem to get good ratings. Some people have no taste.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

3 Strikes and I'm out

Have you ever just had one of those days? Well my truly bad day has been going on for a while now and I've about had it. As most of you know my mother passed away 3 weeks ago. This morning we got an emergency call that my mother in law is in the hospital with congestive heart failure and to top it all off my husband lost his job yesterday. We sort of saw the job thing coming and he's been interviewing for a while, but jobs in his field and at his salary are few and far between. Add to it the fact that I'm being stubborn and don't want to move and you see his dilemma. We had a deal that he could drag me all over the world before the kids were school age but after that I got to put down roots. Well my roots are firmly planted and it's going to take a lot to uproot me again. They say things happen in 3's so if that is true the worst is over. Keep us in your prayers.
Now on to the good stuff:
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I had a lot on my mind during the show tonight but when I could concentrate I did find the coverage enlightening. Someone in my life recently compared the struggles of Israel to a schoolboy who is picked on daily by the bigger kids. They finally snap and are like a whirling dervish, striking out at any and all things in their path. King George is letting them do the dirty work for us, taking out Hezbollah. I'm sure, at some point, he'll even suggest they take on Iran too. Can't blame Israel but I can't condone our support of them either. When we criticize Iran for supply Hezbollah with fire power isn't that a little like the pot calling the kettle black?

ATA had some wonderful comments yesterday. I always enjoy your opinions and feedback, keep it coming. I'm especially intriged by Cyn's comment that there is an podcast of Nic Robertson shirtless. If anyone has it uploaded would you send it to me? It would surely cheer me up!

One question I would love to ask Mr. Cooper. Did that helmet you were wearing in Haifa have one of Cher's protective liners in it? If not let me know, I'll take up a collection and we'll purchase one for you. None of us would want any damage done to our favorite newsman.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

CNN's Newsmen

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What is wrong with me? I think I've officially crossed that invisible line between sanity and nut job. I am developing these very unreasonable crushes on CNN newsmen. I've recently added John Vause and Nic Robertson to my list. As I've said before, I'm a news junkie, but where is it written that this malady has to translate into fangirl crushes? I'm more than puzzled by the phenomenon. My friends all have the normal crushes, George Clooney, Orlando Bloom, Johnny Depp, Patrick Dempsey, etc. Oh Patrick Dempsey, I guess I have that one too. My dream would be Patrick reporting the news on CNN, or Anderson Cooper in shades posing like this.
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On to more important matters. I really appreciate CNN's efforts (especially Anderson and crew) to keep us updated on where they are and that the team is safe. If you haven't checked out the 360 blog today, do so when you have a minute. It's interesting reading and it makes me feel that I'm not the only news junkie obsessed with Anderson and 360.
I am confused about Anderson's inability to get into Lebanon. I was recently reminded that Anderson mentioned, in an article, that he has two passports. Usually, two are issued so that you can travel between Arab countries and Israel or other countries that don't recognize each other. Maybe AC just needed to go to neutral Cypress before entering another warring country using his second passport? Guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Good Vibes

Tonight we had a special edition of 360. I, for one, was happy to get a chance to see him. He said on Friday that he'd be in Beirut and I have to say I was happy he wasn't!

It used to be that I didn't understand what drove Anderson (or anyone else for that matter) to be in a place during war. After reading his book and hearing him talk I understand his need to be there. I guess it goes far beyond wanting to report what is going on for others to see. Until I really started paying attention to Anderson and his reporting and then becoming a fan, I took for granted the job that all of the reporters do in these situations. They are risking their life to bring us the story... to show us what is really going on in the world. When you really think about it, it's amazing that we are able to sit in the comfort of our living room and watch a war going on. That's just beyond amazing. But in order for us to see it, these brave men and woman have to go out there and take their lives into their own hands to bring it to us. I know we all worry about Anderson but I think we should really take a minute to send them all our prayers (or our good vibes if you aren't religious) and our gratitude for the job they all do, be it CNN, FOX, NBC etc.

Thanks to Anderson and the whole CNN team for bringing us the story! Also, thanks to bcfraggle for the cap!

Determine Someone's Sleep Position Based on their Personality?

The Late Show with David Letterman July 14th, 2006
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Watching Anderson on TV Friday night looking a little nervous wearing his Kelvar vest I immediately thought of that Channel One video from Sarejevo where he is nervously pacing around his hotel room. In Dispatches From the Edge, he says "I was afraid to sleep in the bed in my room at the Holiday Inn. I kept thinking some shrapnel might kill me during the night. So I lay on the floor, trying to sleep, listening to the dull thud of mortars landing on nearby buildings."

In the footage, when I saw Anderson curled up on his mattress in the floor I immediately thought of the old AC360 clip where Anderson visited a sleep clinic.

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In both clips Anderson is sleeping in the same position. A couple of years ago the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service in England conducted a study analyzing a person's sleep position to see if it is reflected their personality. The study came up with 6 possible positions shown below.

The Fetus(41%): Those who curl up in the fetus position are described as tough on the outside but sensitive at heart. They may be shy when they first meet somebody, but soon relax. This is the most common sleeping position, adopted by 41% of the 1,000 people who took part in the survey. More than twice as many women as men tend to adopt this position.

Log (15%): Lying on your side with both arms down by your side. These sleepers are easy going, social people who like being part of the in-crowd, and who are trusting of strangers. However, they may be gullible.

The Yearner (13%): People who sleep on their side with both arms out in front are said to have an open nature, but can be suspicious, cynical. They are slow to make up their minds, but once they have taken a decision, they are unlikely ever to change it.

Soldier (8%): Lying on your back with both arms pinned to your sides. People who sleep in this position are generally quiet and reserved. They don't like a fuss, but set themselves and others high standards.

Freefall (7%): Lying on your front with your hands around the pillow, and your head turned to one side. Often gregarious and brash people, but can be nervy and thin-skinned underneath, and don't like criticism, or extreme situations.

Starfish (5%): Lying on your back with both arms up around the pillow. These sleepers make good friends because they are always ready to listen to others, and offer help when needed. They generally don't like to be the centre of attention.

It looks like Anderson is a Fetus sleeper. Do you think he is "tough on the outside but sensitive at heart" and maybe "shy when he first meets somebody, but soon relaxes."? Take a look to see if your sleep position matches your personality.

Raw Data
On Sunday night (16th), Anderson will host a special edition of AC360 at 10PM EDT.

Looking for the Anderchronicles? A new episode featuring Snarky the Snake has been posted. Check it out at:

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Anderson in Nahariyah and on Letterman

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I spent a good part of today thinking, and even worrying, about Anderson Cooper. There is a big difference between enjoying 'field Anderson' in NOLA and 'field Anderson' in the middle of an armed combat zone. Anderson's Blackberry post, to the 360 blog, telling us he was racing into Nahariyah didn't help calm my fears either. And then there was the heart stopping moment, during the show, when Anderson ducked and whipped around to see what the noise was behind him. At least it caused him to put the flack vest on. I guess Anderson is an adrenaline junkie 'cause he sure seems to enjoy nights like tonight.

Anderson said at the end of tonight's show that he'd be broadcasting a special edition of 360 on Sunday night and again from the region on Monday night. I'm not sure what to expect after that. The elections in The Congo are scheduled for July 30th. Does that mean Anderson will be taking some much need vacation time before covering the elections or will he return home? My guess is vacation, but only time will tell. I usually don't look forward to the Andervacations but ATA's good friend Bleedblue has sent us a supply of Nth degree videos for downloading. I'll be sharing them with you in the days to come.

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Moving from the scary to the adorkable. If you watched Letterman tonight (and I'm sorry I forgot to remind you) you know we were treated to some new stories, some new young Anderson footage and some interesting conversation. Most of you know the Letterman appearance was filmed on Monday night, before all this turmoil started. Anderson appeared relaxed, engaging and semi embarrassed by the footage of himself on 'To Tell The Truth'. I have heard him describe this appearance but never have I seen the footage. Truly adorable. And, like his appearance on Jeopardy, again he won!

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Taking it to the Nth......October 6, 2004

Tonight we heard from Larry King that Anderson is on his way to yet another combat zone. I look forward to 'field Anderson' but worry about the danger he faces. For tonight lets look back to one of Anderson's old Nth degrees.

Sorry I can't credit this fan picture, taken in Los Angeles during the recent Mexican immigration protest march. I believe it came from Anderson Cooper Effects.

Anderson Cooper: "Finally tonight, taking crowd control to "The Nth Degree." We admit it. Doing the program like we did last night in Cleveland with a live audience is kind of fun.

Certainly being buffeted by the gail force winds of supporters of Bush or Kerry is tough, but hey, we'll take it over the winds of the hurricane force winds of Frances, Ivan or Charley any day. Which is not to say it's without danger. A few dozen rowdy supporters armed with signs can be just as danger as any category 4 storm.

First, there are the big trees. See this guy behind me? He doesn't have just one sign, he's got a half dozen, totally overwhelming the lone Kerry sign in this case.

Then you've got the "Hi Mom" sign and just about every other sign known to man, including "The Lou Dobbs For President" sign.

Can we outsmart the signers by doing a close-up shot? No way. The poor lady behind me is practically coldcocked by signers trying to get their message across. And a guy with a button. Talking about being outgunned.

But the best move we have to say was the guy with the dog. He clearly knew what suckers we are for animals. Let's just hope the next time someone doesn't bring an alligator or something."

If you're missing Anderson and a Nth degree isn't enough here's a little Anderson video for your enjoyment. If you wonder what Anderson looks for in a date here he is working on his application for along with Arthel Neville.