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Monday, February 28, 2011

Charlie Sheen is Amazing

I don't usually follow celebrity drama so I've been purposely ignoring all the commotion surrounding Charlie Sheen.
However, heard a clip of one of his radio interviews this morning and had to find more of his genius.

The radio interview:
(If you only listen/watch one, it's this one).


Interview on NBC:


Interview on ABC:


Incredible.

Another Update to Appease the Masses

Apparently my friend Katie thinks all these updates are easy work...

There's also 'copy', 'paste', and adding witty comments!
(via The High Definite)


Bear Grylls makes a seal-shirt:
W.
T.
F.
(via Barstool)


How Star Wars Changed the World:
(via Chart Porn)

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday Comics

As usual, 'The Oatmeal' is spot on:

(The Oatmeal)


Especially when moving large files, they really have no idea!
(Doghouse Diaries)


How has this not caught on in American film?
(SMBC)

Cats in (Cup) Hats

If you're feeling a little wound up and overwhelmed on a Monday morning, just watching this and soak it all in...

(via TBT)

In the News: February 27, 2011

The Academy Awards are on tonight, but more importantly...

M Night Shyamalan's Last Airbender wins Razzie Awards


"M Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender has blown away all competition at the Razzies - Hollywood's Oscar spoof mocking the year's worst performances.

The film won five Golden Raspberry Awards - including worst director for Shyamalan - in a light-hearted ceremony on the eve of Sunday's Oscars.

Ashton Kutcher snatched worst actor for Valentine's Day; his co-star Jessica Alba won worst supporting actress.
"
(BBC)


More than $9 million in opium seized at JFK airport
First a submarine, now porcelain cats... these drug distributors are genius!


"Authorities in New York seized more than $9 million worth of opium hidden inside a shipment of porcelain figurines last month at John F. Kennedy International Airport, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday.

The seizure happened on January 21, the agency said in a press release.

More than 30 porcelain cats were discovered in a shipment from Thailand, labeled "plastic samples" and despite an X-ray scan that yielded nothing suspicious, authorities chose to open the cargo and crack one of the figurines open, according to John Saleh, spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

During the inspection, authorities discovered a total of 205 pounds of a brown, tar-like substance that turned out to be raw opium, mostly used to make heroin, Saleh said. The agency estimated the value of the opium at more than $9 million.

Saleh couldn't comment on the exact source of the package but did say it was intended for an address in the greater New York area.
"
(CNN)


Newspapers, GOP call for congressman to resign
Come on, man! There are only a few Asians in public office and you're hurting our chances for more!


"A photo of Rep. David Wu wearing a tiger costume and other unusual revelations about his mental health are increasing pressure on the seven-term Oregon Democrat to step down.

But the lawmaker says he's not quitting even as an editorial in one of the state's largest newspapers and the state Republican chairman called for his resignation.

Wu said this week that it was "unprofessional and inappropriate" to send pictures of himself wearing a tiger costume to staff members while he was in the middle of a heated campaign last year. He also acknowledged taking two tablets of a pain killer that were given to him by an unnamed campaign donor.

"This was the only time that this has ever happened," the congressman said in a statement of the pain killer episode. "I recognize that my action showed poor judgment at the time, and I sincerely regret having put my staff in a difficult position."

Seven staff members resigned after the campaign following bizarre behavior that concerned his team at the end of the 2010 campaign. The Oregonian also reported that Wu's campaign was fined by state officials for failing to carry workers compensation
"
(via Barstool)

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Quick Sunday Update

Nothing to see here, just a herd* of geese running down the road...

(via Barstool)

*I know technically it's a "gaggle of geese" but come on, that is way too many geese to be just a gaggle.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Well, this is unfortunate...

And a little humorous...

(@Nate_Robinson)

Pet Peeve: Internet Video Commercials

I really hate it when commercials for internet videos are longer than the video itself...
"What's this on men's prostate cancer?!  I just wanted to watch that squirrel water ski for 10 seconds!"

</end of rant>

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Movies(ish)!

Another 'Oscar Winning Boston Movie'

(ImprovAsylum via The High Definite)


Trails of Tarnation: Lights Out
A western from Nicholas Gurewitch, creator of Perry Bible Fellowship!

Uhh... Black Oil anyone? (So much X-Files love recently!)
(Trails of Tarnation via The Daily What)


And a HISHE: The Dark Knight

(HISHE)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sports Nation

Thought these were pretty cool:

Poor Montana...
Guess that's why no one ever mentions/cares about 'Mountain Time'.
(reddit)


Still wondering why New York gets three teams, while five states have to share the Broncos.
(reddit)

Previously, on The X-Files...

"Previously, on the X-Files... is a random image generator that uses Markov chains and ImageMagick to construct semi-coherent bits of random X-Files dialogue, based on community transcripts available from e.g. Inside The X.

The Markov code driving this is a refinement of the code I used to create Garkov, a random Garfield strip generator.
"


OK, so maybe this concept isn't really funny for non X-Files fans, but I thought these were pretty funny.






Best Costume Ever

I don't watch 'Castle', but just saw this clip of Nathan Fillion's character (Richard Castle) dressing up for Halloween:

Just really makes me miss 'Firefly'...
(thanks to Krithika)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Question: What happened to LATFH?

I saw a hipster today and made me realize I hadn't checked LATFH in a while.
To my surprise I hadn't missed much; the latest post was from September 10th.
What happened?*

“I can take off my shoes if I want to. I’m sheriff of this coffee shop on foursquare.”

Just quality pictures and captions all around...

And the best reoccuring character ever:
“BEEEEAAAANS HAAAAAS GRREEAAAAAT ASSSS!!!!”


*Pretty sure the 'author'(?) published the book, cashed it in and is sitting on his ass somewhere, not thinking about work. It's what I would do.

Stuffs

The Sid 'Like' is a nice touch.
(lamebook)


Let's hope they're not members of the Teacher's Union...
(failblog)


This one's for Matt:

"The most amusing thing about this jokey dubbed-over video is that it's probably accurate. Ibrahim Affelay is from Holland, the new signing by Barcelona, potentially a good one and clearly not versed in Catalan. Is nobody studying Dutch in grade school anymore?"
(deadspin)

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy President's Day!

Speaking of presidents...
Curious to see how our current president invested his money in 2009?
(MintLife)
Low end of his 'Illinois General Assembly Benefit Pension Plan' aside, I wish my salary was any one of his investments...

Side note: Anyone else think it's a bit ridiculous that he'll still get a pension from the State of Illinois at the end of all this?
Not to get all Wisconsin here, but I really think your publicly-funded pension should be overridden if you also qualify for another pension of greater value.
Especially if you're the president, who can expect to receive in excess of $200k when he retires. (Based off George W.'s figures).

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Facebook adds 'Civil Partnerships' to relationship status options

But still no 'gay marriage'...

I was going to use another stock image, but this one was too good to pass up.

"Facebook has added a few extra options to its “relationship status” drop-down box. Effective immediately, options like “in a civil union” have been added alongside single, married and engaged.

The exact wording, or even inclusion, of the new relationship tags comes down to geography. If you live in a country where same-sex marriages are legal — like South Africa or Spain — you won’t see the new terms at all. In the United States, Facebook users can choose between “In a domestic partnership” and “In a civil union” (the terminology changes between different states), while in the UK we get “In a civil partnership.”
" (Wired)

Really, what is marriage, but a word?
If it is legally defined as the union between a man and a woman, so long as "domestic partnerships" are granted the same legal benefits, it's all good.
I propose a 'separate but equal' law. I heard that worked well before, right?

Friday, February 18, 2011

In the News: February 18, 2011

Accents make the news so much better...

Immaturity in Australia

(via The Daily What)


Not much better in England...

(via TBT)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

In the News: February 17, 2011

Quick update for those that don't read the news:


So... apparently it's revolution season in the Middle East.

Libya protests: Death in al-Bayda as unrest spreads

Complete respect for the protesters. I'd be terrified to go up against this guy; Gaddafi looks like he does not fuck around.

"At least one person has been killed in protests across Libya on Thursday in what anti-government activists described as a "Day of Rage".

Amnesty International says a man was shot dead when security forces opened fire in the city of al-Bayda.

Police and protesters also clashed in Zentan and Benghazi, where one witness told the BBC at least 16 people are believed to have been killed.

This week's protests are the first in Libya, where dissent is rarely allowed.
"
(BBC)


Bahrain urged to show restraint after bloody clampdown


"Washington has urged Bahrain to show restraint in dealing with protesters and called for meaningful reform in the small Gulf state kingdom.

Security forces cleared hundreds of demonstrators from a square in the capital Manama on Thursday, leaving four people dead and hundreds injured.

Prayers and funerals are due to take place in the city on Friday.

A pro-government demonstration is also expected to be held, just hours after Bahrain banned public gatherings.
"
(BBC)


BBC also has this informative (and interactive) map on the recent unrest in the region:


(BBC)


Is there any other news besides revolution in the Middle East?
Let's find out!
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I want to see this movie: Atlas Shrugged

Both excited and terrified of this movie being released.


On the one hand, if they made it right, hopefully more people will appreciate Ayn Rand's philosophy as she envisioned it, instead of the distorted "selfishness" most people see it as.
On the other, if it's done poorly, it will turn people away and may further encourage that stereotype.

Other thoughts:
- Supposedly this is part 1 of a trilogy. It will be interesting to see where they cut it and when parts 2 and 3 are released.
- I'm relieved Angelina Jolie is not playing Dagny
- Grant Bowler looks too young (and slight) to be Hank Rearden
- Ragnar isn't listed in the credits on IMDB...
- Michael Lerner looks like the perfect liberal politician.
- The movie should be in four parts. Parts 1, 2 and 4 can be story, part 3 will be the John Galt speech

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Song of the Moment: Cee Lo Green - Wildflower

Finally got Cee Lo Green's album 'The Lady Killer'.
Highly recommended.

Working my way through it, but here's an early favorite:



God loves entertainment!

Was just sent this article from a buddy...

God at the Grammys: The Chosen Ones
Why do so many musical superstars think that their careers are part of a divine plan?


One night last summer, Lady Gaga sat in a tour bus in England, covered in stage blood from her concert that day. She told me that she had cried hysterically before a recent show because she'd had a dream that the devil was trying to take her. She then said, in earnest, that the spirit of her dead aunt was literally inside her body and that she had eaten a bovine heart to face her fear of her father's heart surgery.

If a stranger on a train had said all of this to me, I would have moved a few seats away. But this was one of the most famous women in the world. "It's hard to just chalk it all up to myself," Lady Gaga said of her success, explaining that there was "a higher power that's been watching out for me."

Cut to…Snoop Dogg in the living room of his home outside Los Angeles, smoking a blunt and discussing his comeback after leaving Death Row Records. "God makes everything happen," he said. "He put me in that situation with Death Row, and he took me out of it."

Cut to…a hotel room where Christina Aguilera is gorging on junk food and discussing her success. "All of this isn't something that I did," she told me. "It's something that is totally there for a purpose." In a separate interview, Ms. Aguilera's mother explained that fame was her daughter's destiny: "We thought there must be some divine intervention. Early on, I realized…God has plans for her."

When this year's Grammy winners accept their awards on Sunday night, God is likely to be thanked and praised more than a few times. It's a longstanding showbiz tradition, after all, prevalent at the Oscars, the Emmys and even the AVN Awards for adult movies. Until I began interviewing many of the winners of these awards two decades ago, I thought this was a sign of humility and gratitude (or at least an affectation of them). But the truth is more interesting than that. (WSJ)

Which reminded me of this article I read last year:

When did God become a sports fan?

In addition to musical fame, apparently god likes to give douches (the people, not the shower) superior athletic abilities too.

Rich Franklin cornered the man who challenged him and launched a looping kick that caught him on his jaw.

The man's face flushed red, and his knees wobbled. Franklin moved in, pounding his opponent with haymakers until he collapsed, grimacing.

Franklin, an Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight, had just scored another victory. The chiseled fighter took the ringside microphone and faced the roaring crowd.

"I want to say thanks to God, all praise to him," he said. Then he bowed and folded his hands in prayer as his groggy opponent was led outside the ring.

Was it Franklin's right hand or was it the hand of God that helped him smite his opponent? Ringside viewers may disagree, but God seems to be standing in the corner of a lot of victorious athletes these days.

Baseball players point to the heavens after hitting home runs; NFL players pray in the end zone after scoring. Competitors routinely thank Jesus, along with their sponsors, in post-game interviews.

Thanking God from the winner's circle has become so common that one British newspaper published a letter to the editor entitled: "Leave me out of your petty games --Love, God."

The British letter raised a question: Does God care who wins on game day? And, if so, do losers somehow have less faith?

Praising God or selling one's goodness?

Franklin, the UFC fighter, says he doesn't know if God cared if he knocked out Travis "The Serial Killer" Lutter in Montreal, Canada. But "it doesn't hurt to ask."

"Win or lose, I always thank God for what he's given me," says Franklin, an evangelical Christian.

Franklin says he thanks God after victories because he has felt God's presence in the midst of mixed martial arts battle.

"There are times when I've been in fights and I felt like I was about to lose and all of a sudden things turned around on me," he says. "My opponent lost his position. I wiggled my way out of a submission. I felt like there was a hand in it."

Yet some sports commentators say assuming God is a sports fan trivializes faith.

Athletes who publicly thank God for victory are often calling more attention to themselves than their faith, says William J. Baker, author of "Playing with God."

They are selling their goodness, and their brand of faith, to a captive audience, says Baker, who describes himself as a Christian.

"I don't think it's the right place and it's not the right gesture," says Baker, a former high school quarterback. "It's an athlete using a moment to sell a product, like soap." (CNN)

London 2012: Ticket Prices and Schedule have been announced!

Click here for schedule/ticket prices.

And of course the events I want to see most have the most expensive tickets...
Why no £20 tickets for the 100m finals, 4x100m finals, or 4x400m finals??

Also, worst logo ever...

Monday, February 14, 2011

Grammy Results: Eloquently Summed Up



To help decipher, Deadspin adds captions.


Oh yea, and some awards were given out....

Some band called 'Arcade Fire' won 'Album of the Year'?


(Who Is Arcade Fire??!!? thanks to DiP)

Songs of the Moment: Valentine's Day soundtrack

In further celebration, four songs from four of my favorite romance-filled movies*:
Ten points if you know them all! (Answers in the 'labels' if you give up).


Willy DeVille - Storybook Love


Bap Kennedy - Moonlight Kiss


Frank Sinatra - It Had to Be You


Lynden David Hall - All You Need Is Love



And a bonus song:
(Since I can't really hide the title from the video).

*Some might call them chick-flicks but come on, everyone can enjoy them!

Happy Valentine's Day!

To celebrate this Valentine's Day, here are some choice cards to give to your loved ones; or lucky, unsuspecting crushes:

Darwin to the rescue!

(reddit)


someecards:



And some for you to print out and pass around!
(College Humor)


Follow the jump to get some helpful V-Day tips from mint.com:

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Grammys: 'Forget You'

Cee Lo Green, Gwyneth Paltrow, and a bunch a Muppets, perform "Forget You".
                                       
(via The Daily What)


Sad to think that very few people realize it was a tribute to Elton John's performance on 'The Muppet Show':

Sunday, February 13, 2011

3 Animals

Sloth: This man was found dead not more than five minutes after this photo was snapped...
(reddit)


Goat: 'What should I do with him?'
Also- I think that baby could beat me up.
(via 9gag)


Grizzlies...
Doing his best reenactment of Scarface.

The Sunday Post



Everyone's Gmail looks like this:
Silly AIM...


Hipsters desperately want to like The Beatles
(C&H)


Various guns vs water bottles:

So awesome, it feels fake.
The Russian accent, all the guns, and the fact that he labeled his video: "Big Wet Jugs".
(via The Daily What)

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