Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Simpsons

Cable TV is about to get a little yellow for the next few weeks, thanks to everyone's favorite Springfield residents.

Per the Washington Post:

When FXX starts airing every single episode in a row beginning Thursday morning, it will shatter the record for the longest-running marathon in TV history.

The animated classic kicks off with the pilot from December 1989 at 10 a.m. The marathon continues through all 552 episodes, going all the way up to the 25th season finale that aired this past spring, and ends Sept. 1 at 11:30 p.m. Wedged between all the episodes is "The Simpsons" movie, which will be shown at 6 p.m. Aug. 29.

After the marathon is all said an done, there's going to be a website where all 552 episodes will be able to be streamed for free, online. Which is neat.

This is a clip from one of my favorite episodes. Obviously it fits in with classic rock. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Foo Fighters

Dave Grohl is the man. Here's the Foo Fighters' take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

C'mon NIU

College is idealistically about learning and knowledge and all that hippie mumbo jumbo, so what Northern Illinois University is doing is wrong.

According to Betabeat:
Northern Illinois University enacted an Acceptable Use Policy that goes further than banning torrents, also denying students access to social media sites and other content the university considers "unethical" or "obscene".

So, you're in college, and you can't connect with people on Facebook while using the WiFi in the dorms. You also can't do anything "political" on the internet, limiting a group of very impressionable young voters. 

But WORST OF ALL, is that NIU is apparently banning Wikipedia as well. Which is a shame, because Wikipedia is amazing in every possible way.

I'd like to think no students is dumb enough to actual quote an editable article like Wikipedia, but any college kid worth a damn knows how to work the sources at the bottom of a Wiki page to get what they need. College would have sucked for me without Wikipedia.

Boo you, NIU. Boooooooooo.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Yelling at TV

I got into a conversation today with an old friend about yelling at televisions, and it got very interesting.

Let me explain.

He's in my fantasy football league, and named his team "Bush Push", which was a a direct knock at me, a big Notre Dame fan, but also clever because he has Reggie Bush on his team.

(If you want to read more on that whole incident: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_USC_vs._Notre_Dame_football_game)

That strikes a chord with me because that was probably up there with the times I've yelled at the TV in terms of duration and decibel level.

(IT'S STILL A BULL CRAP CALL AND IT ANGERS ME NINE YEARS LATER)

Other games that come to mind:

When Ryan Braun did this: https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=848345831130

And especially when Ryan Braun did this: https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=848351185400

And when Aaron Rodgers did this: http://www.packers.com/media-center/videos/WK-17-Cant-Miss-Play-Rodgers-stuns-Soldier-Field/c5caeb7e-a6d5-4db0-bcab-b2fa16cf4465

Number one is for a play I was furious at, while 2-3-4 are all plays that brought out a jubilant nature.

His counter was that his roommate in college was from Boston, and he had to watch the World Series with him. Which would have been cool. But I think I still win.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Golf

I know that you probably don't care about my golf game, but I'm going to write about it anyways.

Saturday was my first day off in months. Nowhere to drive to, no baseball games, no weddings. So a buddy and I played 18 holes of golf Saturday morning and it was fantastic. Here's why.

First off, I had been struggling with my driver for quite some time, to a point where I didn't even hit it the last nine holes I played. I hit 5-wood off the first two tees and then my buddy gave me one little tip after imploring that I hit my driver off the next tee.



Sure enough, something clicked and I started booming the ball off the tee. And it's funny what that bit of confidence can do to your golf game. I started chipping better and putting better, and when it was all said and done, I had the best score of my life.

I mark down on the scorecard what I get for each hole but I restrain myself from tallying up my score until the very end. Bad luck or something, because I was stoked to find out I shot an 86. Probably not as good as your best round, but it was literally seven shots better than my previous best of 93.

So there. I'm bragging, but I don't care. And I'll probably shoot 100 next time out. Oh well.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Oxford

As someone who not only holds a degree in English, but also as someone who works with words every day, I hate this news story that comes every year.

That story? The words that are added to the Oxford Dictionary. This year's group is especially bad.

Here's the list, via Quartz

amazeballs
hot mess
clickbait
listicle
douchebaggery
dox
neckbeard
hot diggity
humblebrag
catfish
vape
cord cutter
mansplain
YOLO
side-eye
SMH

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

TMNT

I went to go see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Marcus Cinemas last night and I came away not hating it, which is better than I thought going in. I was a huge fan of the TMNT franchise as a kid and so I figured, why not give it a whirl? I also don't really like Megan Fox, so for her to be in the lead was another hurdle that I had to get over, but all in all, the movie was pretty good.

You can't go in with extremely high expectations, but if you're able to kick back and enjoy a wholly unrealistic tale about vigilante adolescent turtles, well then, it's pretty good. It's very Michael Bay-esque (EXPLOSIONS!!!) but there aren't many glaring plot holes that stick out like a sore thumb. The Turtles aren't too strange looking and there are enough decent action scenes and comic one-liners to make it worth it.

It's not going to win any awards, but it's satisfying from a nostalgic action movie experience. And I'd recommend seeing it in theaters, if you can, rather than waiting for Redbox.