Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Porsche

Everyone loves a good heist movie. And Gone in Sixty Seconds, even though it has Nicolas Cage, is surprisingly watchable.

This story, out of Memphis and courtesy of the Commercial Appeal, sounds like it's a part of a plot for a movie.

The seven Porsches stolen Tuesday from a dealership on Covington Pike were newer models with an estimated value of $646,367, according to a police incident report on the heist.

Memphis police said Wednesday that they have recovered five of the seven Porsches stolen and have detained four people in connection with the crime.

The cars stolen were: four 2014 Porsche Panamera's; a 2015 Porsche Panamera; a 2015 Porsche 911 and a 2013 Porsche 2013, according to the incident report.
2015 Porche Panamera...I'd probably steal it too

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

First born

So you know those "Terms and Conditions" pages we all click through? Well, there's a lot of text you're probably not reading. And a security firm in London wanted to conduct an experiment to prove that the majority of people sign their lives away without so much as giving the contract a second glance.

Well maybe not their lives, but the lives of their first borns.



What?

Read here, via the Washington Post:


A good Wi-Fi network is hard to find, but six Londoners were willing to pay the ultimate price - based on the Terms and Conditions they agreed to, anyway.

In an experiment sponsored by security firm F-Secure, an open Wi-Fi network was set up in a busy public area. When people connected, they were presented with lengthy terms and conditions.

But to see just how little attention we pay when checking that agreement box, F-Secure included a "Herod clause" - one that offered up free Wi-Fi in exchange for the company's permanent ownership of the user's firstborn child.

The experiment was intended to highlight the dangers of connecting to unknown Wi-Fi networks, the Guardian reports. While only six people clicked through the Herod clause, another 33 devices connected once the researchers removed all Terms and Conditions. Meanwhile, users left their personal data - including passwords - completely vulnerable to the network.

So. It may behoove you to READ for the sake of the CHILDREN.

Monday, September 29, 2014

No-No

I luckily switched over from watching football to catch this on TV as it happened.


Preserved the no-hitter for a great Wisconsin pitcher. Well done, Jordan Zimmermann!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jimi Hendrix

I'm a big movie guy, and when that genre crosses paths with classic rock, sign me up.

I'm pumped for Jimi: All Is By My Side, which features musician Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix. It's gonna be good.

Andre Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix (courtesy of The Telegraph)

Here's a snippet from a recently released Rolling Stone article, the rest of which can be read here:

In Jimi: All Is By My Side, set for a Sept. 26th release, Benjamin takes on a crucial year in the life of the iconic rock guitarist, as Hendrix was being discovered and embraced by the London music scene in 1966-67. He lost 20 pounds for the role "because I am not naturally a skinny man," studied Hendrix interview footage, learned to play guitar left-handed before four weeks of rehearsals and six weeks of filming.

"To get that gait, to move in that way, I had to feel that way. I worked out twice a week, and ate just enough calories to keep myself going," Benjamin recalled. "Guitar training was strenuous because I’m a right-handed guitar-player. Left-handed is completely opposite. It’s like walking backwards."



Talk about commitment to the role.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FOOD

I like to eat. So when I was on vacation over the weekend, I made sure to avoid eating things that I could get any day around here. I think I was successful.

For example:



That's a Vietnamese dish called Pho. Pronounce "fuh" or "fah". I don't know exactly. But it's definitely not "faux".

It was amazing.And I've since googled how to recreate it on my own and it's clear I'll never be able too.

And then, my "When in Rome" meal for the weekend:



Steamed crabs. I had no idea what I was doing, but boy were they delicious.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Texting and Driving

Texting and driving is scary. I hate driving next to people when I see them buried in their phone. It's literally an accident waiting to happen.

Thankfully, police technology is catching up.


Via PilotOnline.com:

A Virginia company is developing a radar gunlike device that would help police catch drivers as they text.

The technology works by detecting the telltale radio frequencies that emit from a vehicle when someone inside is using a cellphone, said Malcolm McIntyre of ComSonics. Cable repairmen use similar means to find where a cable is damaged - from a rodent, for instance - by looking for frequencies leaking in a transmission, McIntyre said.

A text message, phone call and data transfer emit different frequencies that can be distinguished by the device ComSonics is working on, according to McIntyre. That would prove particularly useful for law enforcement in states such as Virginia, where texting behind the wheel is banned but talking on the phone is legal for adult drivers.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Stanton Selfie

Remember when Mike Fiers hit Giancarlo Stanton in the face with a 88 mph fastball?

Well, at least Stanton is smiling about it now.

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Glad to see he's begun the healing process.

As for the Brewers, they've got a HUGE series with the Cardinals tonight, leading up to quite possibly a bigger series with the Pirates this weekend. C'mon Crew.