Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Interview

I don't totally understand what is going on between Sony, North Korea and the release of the movie The Interview, but what it seems like to me is that the terrorists have won.

(This article from Deadline helps a little.)

Here's the threat that ultimately caused Sony to decide not to release the movie in theaters.

We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places The Interview be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.

Hmmmm. They demand, and Sony caves. Maybe it was the right thing to do? Who knows.

All I know is that I'm pretty sure the Sony hack has nothing really to do with North Korea. I don't know. Maybe. Again, who knows.

But, unsurprisingly, parts of The Interview are making their way online. Here's one snippet that maybe kinda sorta might be offensive to North Koreans.


Yep. Kim Jong Un being burned alive. Can't see that sitting well. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

College Flip Flop

Of all the places to hack, this has to be one of the cruelest.

Per the Washington Post:

Like 293 others who had been turned down or deferred in their bid for early admission to the prestigious private university in Baltimore, Sam had received a welcome-to-Hopkins e-mail by mistake. The university, tipped off to the error by another rejected student, sent an apology Sunday evening to those affected by the head-spinning goof. Sam got the word at 5:28 p.m.: There was no reversal of his denial.


“The decision posted on the decision site reflects the accurate result of your Early Decision application,” the follow-up said. “We regret this technical mistake and any confusion it may have caused.”



Brutal. Toying with your emotions like that? I can't imagine. I got a rejection letter from my dream school, and then if they would have flipped the switch like that, albeit by accident, before coming crashing back down to earth? That'd be tough to take.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The American Dream

America...the land of opportunity.

Or, lying about said opportunities.

Did you see the article in New York magazine about the 17-year old high schooler that allegedly made $72 million between classes?

Well, turns out he's a liar.


 From Fox News:

The Stuyvesant High School senior said his story to the magazine was "total fiction." Islam really runs an investment club at the high school and has only simulated trades with "extremely high relative to the S&P."
New York reporter Jessica Pressler was in touch with Islam through a friend of his who works for the magazine, which he then led her to believe he made even more than $72 million.
Shame on him. But really, shame on the reporter too.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Game Day Rituals

It's a question that you probably wouldn't see at an NFL press conference.

But on late-night cable TV? Anything goes.

First Lady of Wisconsin Olivia Munn (who I'm starting to talk about a lot, I know) appeared on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live and was asked by host Andy Cohen whether or not Munn and her boytoy/Packers QB Aaron Rodgers have sex on game days.

"Many people say he's playing so well because of you, his girlfriend," added Cohen.

Said Munn, according to E! Online: "Well, I will say that all the good luck charms are on the field and in the stands, so it has nothing to do with me. And, uh, no we don't. Not on game day. There's not a rule, but it just doesn't happen because there's other things to focus on."

"If he plays well, do you have sex after the game?" Cohen prodded.

"Depends on how late the game is," Munn replied.

IT'S A NOON GAME ON SUNDAY. Just saying. Go Pack Go.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

UW Football

It's been interesting to see the level of surprise that people are showing about Gary Andersen's departure for Oregon State, but what's been even more interesting to me is the rumblings about how it may not have been a perfect marriage for Andersen, Barry Alvarez, and Wisconsin. I think he'll end up being simply a blip on the radar in the tradition of Badgers football, and hopefully, Alvarez and Co. can find a suitable successor quickly. It doesn't have to be a big name hire, but I wouldn't mind if it was. 
A couple of names I like: Darrel Bevell (unlikely), Paul Chryst (front runner), Pat Narduzzi (intriguing).

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Presidential Humor

Say what you will about Obama's politics, but I kind of like the way he's handling being a second term president. He's self-aware, and knows how to take a joke.

Here's the President last night on The Colbert Report



Check out the rest of the interview here.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Kind of Sort of Eaten Alive But Not Actually Really Eaten At All

I've talked about the Eaten Alive special that aired on the Discovery Channel last night quite a bit, and as it turns out, well, nobody as eaten alive.

Per the Discover Channel:

"Paul created this challenge to get maximum attention for one of the most beautiful and threatened parts of the world, the Amazon Rainforest and its wildlife. He went to great lengths to send this message and it was his absolute intention to be eaten alive. Ultimately, after the snake constricted Paul for over an hour and went for his head, the experiment had to be called when it became clear that Paul would be very seriously injured if he continued on. The safety of Paul, as well as the anaconda, was always our number-one priority."

Obviously they didn't shoot this live, so maybe they could have changed the title.

And then today, God bless Deadspin. They posted this list of the animals that would f%$k you up hand-to-hand combat. Anacondas come in ranked at #14.

1. Elephant

2. Tiger

3. Rhinoceros

4. Hippopotamus

5. Gorilla

The rest of the list is equally terrifying. I'd last maybe one minute combined vs. all of them.