Twitter Bard BadBanana On Social Media Hot Topics

"The only way the new jobless claims report could be more disturbing is if Bob Dylan sang it on his new Christmas album." That's a tweet from BadBanana, otherwise known as Tim Siedell, who catches us up with what people are thinking, talking and laughing about on social media networks.

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

Here's one of the best lines I've read this week: The only way the new jobless claims report could be more disturbing is if Bob Dylan sang it on his new Christmas album. That's a Tweet from BadBanana, who we've spoken to before on this show. We'd liked to catch up with him to get a sense of what people are thinking, talking, laughing about on social media networks, including Twitter.

BadBanana, otherwise known as Tim Siedell, a creative director at a greater Nebraska ad agency, joins us from his home in Lincoln. Tim, thanks very much for being back with us.

Mr. TIM SIEDELL (Creative Director/Co-Founder of Fusebox): Good morning, Scott. Thanks for having me.

SIMON: And I'm guessing what, Balloon Boy, executive pay, health care debate?

Mr. SIEDELL: Yes. And I would say Balloon Boy kind of dominated the early part of the week and, of course, the end of last week when it unfolded live on television during the workday.

MARTIN: Mm-hmm.

Mr. SIEDELL: Ray Adverb said, the sad thing is now nobody will believe the thousands of families whose children really are trapped inside runaway balloons.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: I had the same thought, as I was watching that coverage. I really did. Anything on the release of Windows 7?

Mr. SIEDELL: This week, Microsoft, as you know, released Windows 7 and MODAT had this to say, I set my Sleep Number bed to Windows 7. Now my bed has bugs and no support whatsoever.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: I want to ask you about some of your Tweets, which I enjoyed this week, okay?

Mr. SIEDELL: Mm-hmm.

SIMON: You talked about your Halloween costume.

Mr. SIEDELL: Yeah. For Halloween, I'm going as Michael Jackson and Roman Polanski in a saucer balloon, made out of health care bills and Rob Blagojevich hair.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Is it a fair generalization that the worse things get economically, people kind of seek refuge in certain kinds of humor?

Mr. SIEDELL: I think that's absolutely true. I get notes all the time from people who say that sometimes a funny note on Twitter here or there is kind of the highlight of their day. I think people are trapped in front of computers.

SIMON: Mm-hmm.

Mr. SIEDELL: I think people are hearing gloomy news at night and seeing gloomy news on their computer screens during the day, and I think they're looking for reasons to smile.

SIMON: Speaking of gloomy news, if you give credit to the Mayan calendar, the end of the world's at hand isn't it?

Mr. SIEDELL: Like I said earlier this week, screw the Mayan calendar. This Dilbert Desk Calendar speaks of nothing beyond December 31, 2009.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: You know, in your own Tweets, Tim, you're evenhanded politically. I must say I was struck by the sharpness of something you said about something to observe on Saturday.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. SIEDELL: Well, today is a...

SIMON: Which I think is a fair observation.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. SIEDELL: Believe it or not, today is a holiday.

SIMON: Yeah.

Mr. SIEDELL: And earlier this week, I had this to say, Saturday is United Nations Day. I will celebrate by doing nothing.

SIMON: Oh...

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: I think the United Nations can take that kind of observation. Tim, thanks so much.

Mr. SIEDELL: Thank you, Scott.

SIMON: Tim Siedell, better known on Twitter as BadBanana speaking to us from his home in Lincoln, Nebraska. This is NPR News.

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