Sunday Link-Off: In Like A Lion

It’s the beginning of another week and another month here at The Lowdown Blog. I’m hoping to get a big post or two done this week. That’s unless the craptacular weather keeps screwing me up. Anyway, here’s Freida Pinto.

I remember watching this live on WDIV, AKA NBC Detroit, but I didn’t know the whole story. It’s an oral history of the Malice at the Palace. (Grantland) As an aside, because this is a feature article, Grantland won’t let you comment on the article. That difference in treatment between commenting on feature and blog articles is a massive failing of Grantland.

Mothers, lock up your daughters. Brett Favre is on Twitter. Fortunately for the sexting fiend, he’s getting some tips on how to properly use the social network. (Sports Pickle)

Obscenely cool fact of the day: Jon Hamm reads and used to comment on Deadspin. (Deadspin)

After the jump, a Community roundtable, Canada and Iceland could be joining forces and Jimmy Kimmel’s ideas for Oprah’s TV network. Continue reading

Entertainment Link-Off: Go Ape!

So there was a lot of doubt with regards to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but given the certified fresh status on Rotten Tomatoes right now, it might just be better than what the trailers were revealing. Kicking off this ELO is one of the stars of the film Freida Pinto.

After the jump, a small explanation of keep you up on Planet of the Apes, Harrison Ford takes on Papa Smurf, find out what the rest of the world thinks of Captain America, Final Destination 5 meets Saved by the Bell and a tribute to Harry Potter in song. Continue reading

Weekend Link-Off: Rewind Edition


Maybe I’m messing with a decent formula but I’m trying this weekend’s link-off as the best articles from the week that was. For example, I finally watched Slumdog Millionaire this week. That’s why Freida Pinto headlines the post. After the jump, Billy Bob Thornton has his Joaquin moment. I wonder how much CBC paid him to act like that to get that show some publicity. Did I mention that I’m a conspiracy theorist?

Some guy steals a plane from Canada and flies to Wisconsin. What on earth would possess someone to steal a low-end Cessna and carry on flying when flanked by two F-16s? (CBC)

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has a history doing stupid things so the Telegraph put together a list of his Top 10 gaffes. (Daily Telegraph)

Fox sympathises with your recession-related job woes. That’s why their new reality show about picking a collegue at your workplace to fire is not exploitative at all. (Yahoo/AP)

The Associated Press are planning on taking legal action against websites that steal their stories. Does that mean that websites that report on this story will get sued? (LA Times)

The Conficker worm turns out to be just a spambot or maybe a keylogger. So much for a pseudo-apocolyptic internet ending worm. (CNET)

The Fifth Third Burger (that 5000 calorie behemoth with beef, chili, cheese, chips, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, and more) was a hit at the West Michigan Whitecaps home opener. (CNBC) And if you’re adventurous enough to want to see someone demolish a Fifth Third Burger, then I’ve dug up some video for you. (Busted Coverage) I think Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut should head up Grand Rapids way and do a special challenge eat-off with this thing.

Indian woman eats 51 of the world’s hottest chilis in two minutes.  I would expect her to boil to death from the inside. (BBC)

Apple drops Digital Rights Management on iTunes songs and introduces variable pricing.  Meanwhile, Amazon is catching up. (Washington Post)

Common sense returns to baseball. Okay, they’re just starting the World Series earlier but for Bud that’s a monumental improvement. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Lance Armstrong is in trouble with the French again over (surprise, surprise) drug testing. Lance, we know you weren’t on the level when you won seven in a row. Just admit it so the French can get on with their lives. Actually, I’m not sure if the French have a life outside of persecuting Lance Armstrong. (New York Times)

How to tell if an ATM is setup to steal your card and pin numbers. (Network World)

A recent survey says that about two-thirds of media insiders believe that journalism has been hurt rather than helped by the internet. (The Atlantic)

Playstation 3 outsells the Wii… in Japan. I guess it’s one small step for man, one giant leap for superior technology. (Reuters)

Q&A with the supervising director of the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” animated TV series. (IGN) Continue reading