I enjoy reading NPR’s pop culture blogger Linda Holmes, and she had a witty post last week that involved what to do with a slightly-damaged bobblehead of Jamie Hyneman from “Mythbusters,” now that she’s replaced it with a brand-new and undamaged bobblehead. Quoting part of that post:
[S]omeone pointed out to me on Twitter that this is a perfect opportunity for me to destroy Broken Jamie in some spectacular manner, which I might even be able to document for you.
I am not sure, however, whether this is the right end for Broken Jamie. Wouldn’t I feel guilty?
Well, Holmes’ post made its way to the flesh-and-blood Jamie Hyneman, who had his own ideas about what should be done with Broken Jamie.
By the way, I’ve been enjoying Kari Byron’s new show “Head Rush,” although there’s less new content than I was expecting. basically, the show is just an excuse to show edited-down “Mythbusters” episodes, with a little bit of new wraparound content.
If you tend to think of Adam Savage as the comedy relief on “Mythbusters,” you may be surprised at the first half of this – a quite thoughtful and enlightening look at the nature of problem-solving. It’s long but worthwhile, and includes things you may not know about his past experience in the theater, as a pool player, and as an artist.
Then, after the prepared remarks, he takes questions from the audience, and the goofy, explosion-loving Adam from the TV show comes out. He also tells a somewhat gruesome story – which I’d heard once before – about the only myth filmed but never aired. It involves lab mice and the old saying that you can get more nutrition from the cardboard box than from sugary children’s breakfast cereals.
If you’re a fan of “Mythbusters,” and especially if (like me) you’re a fan of Kari Byron, check to see if you get the Science Channel (a corporate sibling of Discovery Channel). Today, Kari started a new daily show called “Head Rush,” a commercial-free science show for kids which adults will enjoy too. I, personally, would watch Kari read the phone book for 30 minutes, but that’s just me.
I’m watching the first episode, which I DVRed while I was at work (the show airs at 3 p.m. Central). It contains extended clips from “Mythbusters,” interspersed with science material (think “Bill Nye, The Science Guy” or “Beakman’s World”) hosted by Kari. Grant Imihara reassured his Twitter followers today that Kari is not leaving “Mythbusters,” by the way.