For those of you not in tune with this slow time of the year in sports, Tony Dungy set the social media world ablaze with his seemingly bland comments about St. Louis Rams’ rookie defensive end Michael Sam. Basically saying he wouldn’t draft the NFL’s first openly gay player due to the distractions it would cause to his team.
This was taken out of context due to Dungy’s outspoken support and willingness to say he would draft or give a second chance to the likes of the rehabilitated Michael Vick, the pious Tim Tebow or the outspoken Johnny Manziel. The media attack on Dungy has been that he would support those players, but not one whose lifestyle went against his own personal beliefs. Continue reading →
A dental office in San Francisco, the company’s now partnered with tech companies in SF to bring a mobile office. And by mobile office, I mean a trailer that comes to your office. Slogging through the day? Why not brighten it up with a speedy trip to the dentist at your office and then be back to your desk to slog through the day?
There’s a lot of NASA-related stuff out there lately. Of course, it’s the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, but also, NASA officials said this week that they expect to find some sort of extraterrestrial life in the next 20 years. Here’s a question for them: How do they know? NASA isn’t exactly the best at keeping things on schedule. We should have been to Mars a dozen times over by now. But how can anyone possible estimate when mankind will find evidence of life on other planets? That’s like saying 200 years ago that we’re close to discovering indoor plumbing. If you were busy getting meatballs thrown to you in the All-Star game this week, odds are you missed it.
Passing the time in an airport
Authorities say a man decided to get a little drunk at a San Francisco airport, which led to other problems. He happened to be wearing a blue shirt and khakis, and decided he looked enough like a TSA agent to give it a whirl. He gave two woman pat-downs in a private area he set up for himself before he got caught. It’s getting harder and harder to tell the security people from the molesters.
Didn’t they kill Captain America already?
This week, it was announced that there will be a new Thor, who is a woman, and a new Captain America, who is a black man. Also, the much anticipated issue where Archie dies was finally released. In all, it was a bad week for white guys in comic books. Naturally, a lot of people who don’t read comic books had very strong opinions about the choices the writers made.
Also wanted: Anne Hathaway
It was announced this week that a few years ago, Russian hackers got into Nasdaq’s system, snooped around, and planted a “digital bomb” that could damage the trading system. Fortunately, it never went off. Experts believe that this was largely because Bane and his henchmen got out as soon as they had what they wanted.
Japan’s population is shrinking. It’s one of the few countries that can say this. While they are doing their part to avoid overpopulating the world, it’s also a bad thing, because someone needs to take care of all the old people.
So Japanese researchers came up with a very Japanese way to solve the problem: more robots. They said in a white paper that robots could even be applied to agriculture and construction jobs, because everyone wants robots in charge or your food or making cat calls at you when you walk by.
Remember how it felt that in the 80′s and up to the mid 90′s, every other movie had a land developer as the villain. He (and yes, it was a he) may have been trying to get his hands on the land for the purposes of bulldozing it over and building, or perhaps he was trying to build a new community for yuppies. No matter what, a group of spunky kids got together and beat the odds, typically through skilled traps, paint and a competition exploiting a long forgotten law.
The question that goes throughout Oldboy, the latest Spike Lee joint, is “Why?” Why has somebody taken the trouble to kidnap Joe Doucett, an alcoholic advertising executive, and lock him up in a fake hotel room for 20 years? Why has Joe been framed for a murder and then, after making a mental journey to madness and back, set free?
The very same question could be asked why Lee remade a movie that, not even a decade old, is easily regarded as an international movie classic. Why?
I mean, if you’re gonna do something someone’s already done, at least do it better, right? Okay, maybe not if you’re Spike. Continue reading →
Recently, a movie theater in Myrtle Beach allowed a pair of chimps into the hallowed halls of film to catch a screening of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. That’s not fair! I haven’t even seen Rise of the Planet of the Apes yet, much less this movie. There’s no darn good reason that an ape should see a movie before a human!
And then, a sculpture of a box of popcorn was unveiled in Indiana. Except, at 15 feet tall, it’s the world’s tallest popcorn box, despite not actually having any popcorn in it. So, you know, there’s that.
But it’s not all bad news. They say the discovery could one day lead to drugs that can block the effect of alcohol withdrawal (hangovers). It could even one day keep people from getting drunk at all, which sounds like hell.
Although we live in one of the safest countries in the world, Americans are obsessed with the idea of injecting lead into the ones they love (even though nothing’s really made with lead anymore). We crave convenience and the ability to own dangerous objects, even though they are more likely to kill our children, pets and elderly than a home intruder.
I am, of course, talking about cars.
Despite dozens of news articles every summer (often about the same three cases), America’s infatuation with the automobile leads otherwise reasonable people to leave their friends and loved ones in the car with the safety locked, often while holding up a liquor store for “just a few minutes.” Continue reading →