The Humanoids: Ain’t Nothing To Talk About

Sometimes there ain’t nothing to talk about. For example, the rent is too damn high. Unless you’re in the upper class, there’s no debate and nothing to talk about. But there’s a few more topics that are in the news this week that really shouldn’t be up for much debate or are being focused on for the wrong reasons. For example, Randy Moss was cut for being a food critic but textual intercourse with a team employee is perfectly acceptable. Not liking food? That ain’t to talk about. Continue reading

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The Humanoids: Shot In The Foot

I’m not encouraging that anyone shoots today’s subjects of my ranting. They’re all doing a fine job of that themselves. There are quite a few folks that are either committing career suicide or opening their mouth and inserting their foot. A couple manage to pull off both. That’s the price of fame, I suppose. When you’re in the public eye, anything you say or do will be overanalyzed and overexaggerated to death. Somebody can say something completely innocent but it can be spun into a career destroyer. Not that many people on this list need that much effort. I’ll admit that as a member of the media, there are times when I’m willing to edit something to fit what I want. I once edited a guy on the radio show to make it sound like he was talking about porn. Again, not that any of today’s subjects needed to help. Although the first guy up on the radar claimed he was the victim of judicious editing. Us media guys are such bastards. Continue reading

Saturday Link-Off: Life’s A Party

olivia-wilde-maxim-3Jackie has taken today off so I have to fill in. His Entertainment Link-Off has been rescheduled for tomorrow. To make up for it, here’s Olivia Wilde in her recent Maxim shoot.

Everybody’s favourite head of state, Silvio Berlusconi, is back in the news again. This time it’s over allegations that he hired prostitutes for parties he throws. (BBC)

Fortunately I never ended up like any of these but here are ten signs that you drank too much. (Banned In Hollywood)

Egypt didn’t go far in the FIFA Confederations Cup. One theory being floated about is that Allah punished the team for being unclean. (IOL)

After the jump, packing for vacation, failed GMs at the draft, and the end of days in New York. Continue reading

Wednesday Link-Off: General Oddities

06_maria-sharapova_21Starting on Sunday, we’re adding a third link-off to the weekly lineup. Imaginitively, we’re thinking of calling it “Sunday Link-Off”. But first, this is Maria Sharapova who was sadly bumped from the French Open. After the jump, the coolest mayor in the world.

Teenagers are using hugs as a greeting. Naturally, parents are worried that these are public displays of affection and will lead to groping and other lewd behaviour. (New York Times) As an aside, I always found hugging to be an odd greeting. Will I turn one down? No, but I’m fond of the sharp nod and/or a quick twitch of the eyebrows as a greeting.

In honour of the Stanley Cup Finals, here are the top ten stories involving the grandest prize of them all. (Real Clear Sports)

For just over €7500, you can own your very own F1 race car. (F1 Fanatic) Some assembly required. Does not include engine, cooling unit, fuel tank, wheels, tires, electronics, or suspension. But it’s still a good deal.

I’ll take irony for 200: A Canadian think tank that was looking into changing Canadian copyright laws has withdrawn its reports on intellectual property. It turns out that they plagerised parts of their report from an American lobby group. (Globe & Mail)

They’re brothers from other mothers and (apparently) different political parties. Or at least that’s what Dubya called Bill Clinton when the two were together in Canada. (Yahoo/AP)

Silvio Berlusconi, your favourite world leader, is up to some of his old tricks. Now he’s promising cruises and sea-side vacations for those left homeless by last month’s Italian earthquake. (FOX News)

A word to soccer fans in Nigeria: It’s not worth cheering for any team. A Nigerian Manchester United fan ran down and killed four Barcelona fans after the game of the century. (BBC)

The war on Scientology has a new ally: Wikipedia. (The Register)

Sergio Garcia has been voted prom queen. Not that Sergio Garcia, an L.A. high school student of the same name. (InGameNow)

We’ve all (or most of us) seen the McCafe ads on TV. Well, it turns out that McDonald’s grand plan involves more than fancy coffees designed to destroy Starbucks. It involves whole chain of McCafe coffee shops to destroy Starbucks. (Daily Telegraph)

Just because he’s in full riot gear doesn’t mean this Roman police officer didn’t have a good time after the Champions League final. (Deadspin)

The latest in Microsoft’s series of epic failures is their new search engine, Bing. You’ll love the story behind the name. Talk about trying too hard. (New York Times)

Wait, here’s another one. In what will likely be the most controversial game ever, an ex-Guantanamo Bay is helping to develop a game based on the prison camp. Bad news for Microsoft is that it’s being developed exclusively for the XBox 360 and Windows. (Kotaku)

If you’re really into getting as much NHL Draft coverage as humanly possible, Eric Smith at Hockeybuzz has you covered. He has some of the results from the draft combine. (HockeyBuzz) Continue reading

Weekend Link-Off: Rewind Edition

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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