Thursday, April 24, 2014

100 Most Influential

What is most interesting to me about the list of the 100 most influential people in the world, according to TIME magazine, is the process of whittling down the 7 billion people in the world today to just 100 on this list. The influence of no two people is the same, and for the magazine to give a unique take on each of the 100 is fascinating. There is a guest writer for each person on the list to obviously give a glowing review, but there are plenty of dissenting opinions that won't make the magazine.

Take Scott Walker for example.

Some people think he's the scum of the earth and want him out of office. Some people think he's presidential material. NJ governor Chris Christie, who penned the homage to Walker, falls into the second category.

For good or bad (depending on, Walker is influential, but someone like Beyonce on the cover? A little different. 

Barack Obama, Pope Francis: yes, very influential. 

Miley Cyrus? You tell me.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Colbert on Letterman

Last night was sort of an unofficial passing of the torch for David Letterman, as Stephen Colbert joined the set of Late Night as himself. And the fact that I have to say "as himself" is something, because he's rarely been seen out of his Colbert Report character.

Take a look:



There's a Top 10 list, selfies, a story of Colbert's first application to the Late Show, plus a really good interview.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NESSIE

Boooooooooooooooooo.

I knew it was too good to be true.

Meaning I knew it wasn't even remotely true.

Apparently, this isn't the Loch Ness monster. SHOCKING, I know.

Apple Maps Debunking Nessie

Nope, just wake from a boat.

The Daily Mail concluded that it was Nessie after a six-month analysis. (Really? Six months to determine that?)

One day later, Metabunk.org shoots that theory down. Read more here: https://www.metabunk.org/threads/debunked-photo-of-nessie-in-apple-maps-satellite-image-of-loch-ness-boat.3474/

Brewers suspensions

The suspensions from this weekend's Brewers-Pirates kerfuffle finally came down, and they weren't too bad, all things considered.

For the Brewers: Carlos Gomez got 3 games for his role, and Martin Maldonado got 5 games for doing this to Travis Snider's face.



Snider got a two game suspension, while Pirates catcher Russell Martin will sit one game.

Meanwhile, Gerrit Cole, who instigated the whole brouhaha, gets nothing. I get that it is tricky to suspend someone who plays once every five days, but come on. And sure, he only mouthed off, but you can't yell fire in a crowded movie theater.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Boston Marathon

I've learned quite a bit about the Boston Marathon in the past year, especially about how important today, Patriots Day, is to the city and the community. The events last year were tragic, and it was good to see Boston rebound this year bigger and better than ever.

That being said...

Those runners are crazy! I saw that a guy I knew from college ran the marathon today in 3:04. That's a SEVEN MINUTE MILE average for 26.2 miles. I don't think I could run a seven minute mile if my life depended on it. And he was no where near the winning times!
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It took the winning male 2 hours and 8 minutes (congratulations Meb! First American male to win since 1983) to win. That pace is better than five minutes per mile. Pure insanity.

It's the most primitive of sports - no equipment is needed - yet I'm fascinated by it.

Congrats to all who competed today. You're all crazy.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Walkman

Want to watch something that will amuse you and make you feel really old at the same time?

These kids have no idea what a Walkman is and can't figure out how to operate it.

Blood Moon

So I got up to look at the lunar eclipse last night, or the so-called "Blood Moon" - and it was...ok. I mean, sure it was neat, but I think I'm more of a solar eclipse fan.

Anyway, I was mindlessly sleep-tweeting at 3:30 in the morning, and apparently having a conversation with a friend in Hawaii. I didn't really remember doing it until I woke up to this picture.

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Taken with a cell phone, it not only captures the lunar eclipse, but that dot up above is Mars. Taking pictures of Mars with a cell phone. Just think about that. I was baffled by it for a good while, and I still am. Crazy where we've come.