Wednesday Link-Off: Leap Day

Normally, I’d break down the Oscars during the linkdump after the Oscars but Twitter and the Daytona 500 are much more interesting. The good news is that we can still lead off this linkdump with Natalie Portman on the red carpet.

The Daytona 500 was yesterday. Well, more or less. It ended in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Anyway, the big story of the race (besides exploding jet dryers) was driver Brad Keselowski tweeting during a red flag period. (Jalopnik)

And while NASCAR is very liberal about its social media policies, ESPN is tightening the strings regarding its employees’ Twitter accounts. (Deadspin)

Why do I bring these two stories up back-to-back? Because ESPN NASCAR analyst Brad Daugherty, who got his job because he liked NASCAR, not because he’s in any way qualified, thinks Keselowski should be fined because he must be in capable of tweeting while all cars are parked and nothing is happening for several hours then driving a race car afterwords. (The Daly Planet) After making those comments, Daugherty demanded that everyone get off his lawn.

After the jump, WWE stars do zumba, CBS screws up Sherlock Holmes and Seth Rogen has the best monologue of awards season.

US Immigration and Customs has seized Bodog.com and charged its founder for running an illegal gambling operation and money laundering. Or, in hockey parlance, he’s getting two for being Canadian. (Sports Grid)

Maybe the Immigration and Customs action is a result of Canada stealing something of America’s. Miss USA is a frontrunner fan of the Canuckleheads. (Off The Bench)

Coming soon to the WWE Network: WWE Legends “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, “Mean” Gene Okerlund, Hillbilly Jim, Howard Finkel and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan (HooOooOoo!) try their hand at zumba. (TMZ)

The fastest growing household type in New York is the single-person household. A lot of people are moving out of home and living on their own. And it’s because of the freedom being alone allows you. (New York Times)

NASA and company are working on the next big step for world society. They’re talking about interstellar travel. It’s about time somebody finally grew some balls and started tackling something useful. (The Atlantic)

CBS is hell-bent on destroying television. Chuck Lorre sitcoms and twelve hours per week of police procedurals have made it the most watched network on TV and the anti-Christ of all that is entertaining in the entertainment industry. And now they’re about to make another sacrilegious move by casting Lucy Liu as Dr. Watson in an upcoming Sherlock Holmes series. (Pajiba) Seriously, we have Cumberbatch and Freeman as Holmes and Watson on the BBC. What’s wrong having those two working with Moffat and Gatiss to do a modern Holmes series that’s the best show on TV right now? But when there’s money to be made, CBS can come in and fuck up a whole host of beloved characters by Americanizing them and the story.

I’m about a week late on this but here’s the story behind one of the hottest humour Twitter accounts on the web, @horse_ebooks. (Gawker)

Today in only in the New York Post stories: Adolf Hitler had a love child who fought for the French army in World War II. (New York Post)

Walking Dead GIFs because you can never have too many zombies to shoot. (Gamma Squad)

And, in honour of the Oscars, here’s a collection of GIFs of Oscar winners and losers reacting after their award winner is announced. (FourFour)

Seth Rogen hosted the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards. His 15 minute opening monologue was better than everything Billy Crystal did over the course of three hours.

The highlight of Oscar night was clearly Sacha Baron Cohen dumping Kim Jong-Il ashes on Ryan Seacrest. Somehow, I doubt that capitalist pig Seacrest was honoured by what happened.

Coming soon from producer Jimmy Kimmel is a movie spectacular called Movie: The Movie.

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