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-- Zach Galifianakis is taking rescued homeless people to see the Hangover. Now, maybe it's a publicity, but I doubt it, but what kind deeds have you done lately?
-- While he's not my favorite superhero, I don't know if there's one that more connected with his surroundings than Spider-Man and NYC. That's what makes this video even cooler. It's a scene that could happen in the movie, or here as it did in real life.
Perhaps I can most easily pair Spidey with NYC because we all know NYC when we see it. Batman has Gotham, and he's its Dark Knight, but what's significant about Gotham - besides their poor mental health facilities? There's no consistent Gotham landmark and in the Nolan movies Gotham was Chicago and Pittsburgh.
I guess what I'm getting at is, even though Batman is far and away my favorite superhero, the bond between Spider-Man and the realism of how NYC is always portrayed in whatever media he's in has a comfortable place in my comic conscious.
-- Surreal. This woman's dog crawled out of the wreckage during her live interview where she thought she'd lost him.
-- Relative to let's say Iron Man, Star Trek did rather crummy at the box office this weekend. Why? This provides a good set of explanations.
Let me add...as fantastic as Benedict Cumberbatch is an actor - and when I see it (tonight?) I'm hoping he acts everyone else into the streets - because of the clandestine nonsense they tried to pull with his character, I don't think the spotlight shined properly on his talents. He's a great actor. Marketing should've told me (you, really) that before the movie.
Also, Chris Pine...you got maybe THEE role in sci-fi history and you weren't able to turn it into other mega roles in Hollywood. That's not a good sign.
And I'm in total agreement with how long it took for the sequel to occur. Four years? Sorry, you can't do that unless your Christopher Nolan. I'm sure JJ Abrams was busy (Star Wars negotiations and planning), but is he the last guy on earth to realize this is the most ADD time ever in civilized history. Outta sight. Outta mind.
-- If you go to McDonald's maybe this photog will arrive and take your pic. Since last December photographer Nolan Conway has been traveling the U.S. taking fascinating portraits of McDonald’s customers for his series “Happy Meals.” So far Conway has visited about 150 restaurants in 22 states. He focuses on rural parts of the country because he finds the customers there to be more varied and interesting. The series was recently featured in the New York Times Magazine and Wired. Conway is developing the project into a photo book.
-- Why did the tornadoes happen where the did, and just about everything else you'd want to know about tornadoes, including speed, safety and are there more and more of them.
While meteorologists are not quite sure why some supercells spawn tornadoes while others do not, it's clear that having strong thunderstorms makes having supercell more likely and having more supercells makes tornadoes more likely. Hence, the areas with the most strong thunderstorms tend to have the most tornadoes.
75 percent of all tornadoes on Earth occur in North America. Per square mile, Oklahoma has the fifth-most tornadoes of any state, and the fourth-most tornadoes on an absolute basis after Texas, Kansas, and Florida.
-- This is pretty big Transoformers 4 news, HOWEVER, to be the old guy telling you to go transform and roll out on someone else's lawn, there's no way another TF movie was getting made without Dinobots. And Galvatron to boot.
That's right, folks, our source has confirmed that TRANSFORMERS 4 will feature none other than the famed Dinobots, including fan favorite Grimlock. No word on whether he'll retain his neanderthal voice, but one can only hope he does as that's a true staple of the character. One of the villains of the film will be a character named Lockdown, who has a ship full of decommissioned Transformers, including the dinobots, which are somehow brought back to life by a captured Optimus Prime.
-- What will you do for $100? Will you flash your t!t$? Jenny McCarthy did, on a bet from Lil Jon.
He said, “I will give you $100 if you show off your t--ties to everyone over there...”
McCarthy stood up, lifted her top and her black bra and flashed away - and then grabbed a grinning Lil Jon’s $100 bill.
-- Here's Miguel leg slamming two girls at the BMA's.
-- Since you can't travel and see the beauty of planet Earth, then enjoy the pics from Nat'l Geo. These are truly awe-inspiring.
-- So much for that video last week holding the 'Sexiest Video Ever' title. This one's better. But you can turn the sound down.
-- Yahoo! bought Tumblr, so this 26 year old is a billionaire.
David Karp, the 26-year-old founder of blogging site Tumblr, has just made to make a lot of money - almost in spite of himself.
Yahoo's board of directors agreed on Sunday to buy his wildly popular blogging platform, which boasts 100million users and 90million posts per day, for $1.1billion cash.
The deal could make the native New Yorker the latest 20-something tech billionaire, even though he was publicly opposed, even just last year, to selling the company he founded out of his mother's small Manhattan apartment in 2007.
-- Taylor Swift's reaction to Justin and Selena kissing is really nothing to post about it. But it's here anyway.
.Do you know any pot smokers who are overweight? Think...
Aren't all pot smokers skinnier than most? Why? The most significant differences between those who smoked marijuana and those who never or no longer did was that current smokers' insulin levels were reduced by 16 percent and their insulin resistance (a condition in which the body has trouble absorbing glucose from the bloodstream) was reduced by 17 percent.
-- Yesterday, I read somewhere that this was the sexiest video in the history of the Internet. Now...it takes a lot evoke an emotion or a strong opinion in me. I'll just say this. I can't disagree with sentiment above. You watch it.
-- I'm not a Trekkie, per se, but I do adore Star Trek. I'll never forget the final episodes of TNG in 1994 and DS9 in 1999. Two of the few times in my life I can remember bawling.
I'm going to see the new movie. But I'm approaching it with hesitation. I've got no qualm with JJ Abrams, but until I can see it and say otherwise, it's a action movie in space, or thereabouts. If it continues to rewrite the Star Trek mythos in way I find appealing, then I'll 'include' Abrams in my Trek family of creators. Hard to do that though when it seems the franchise is second fiddle to his new gig taking over for George Lucas.
With all that...some Star Trek top 10s from Slate. An interesting choice for the #2 villain. Sneakily cunning was that character. I'm not opposed to the choice. He was underrated anyway. Read on!
-- We have Venezuela right where we want them! They're out of TP.
One supermarket visited by the Associated Press in the capital on Wednesday was out of toilet paper. Another had just received a fresh batch, and it quickly filled up with shoppers as the word spread.
"I've been looking for it for two weeks," said Cristina Ramos. "I was told that they had some here and now I'm in line."
Economists say Venezuela's shortages stem from price controls meant to make basic goods available to the poorest parts of society and the government's controls on foreign currency.
-- The bus drives didn't flinch much when the deer CRASHED THROUGH THE BUS WINDOW. Damn. Deer are probably the closest thing to superpowered entities on our planet. In-dee-struck-tuh-bull.
-- I like it. If you can beat em, eat em. Bun Lai, owner of Miya’s Sushi in New Haven, Conn., and one of the city’s best known chefs, has a few gastronomic plans for the bumper crop of periodical cicadas expected to emerge along the Eastern seaboard in a couple of weeks. He’ll be cooking up batches of the critters for himself and possibly for certain, select customers.
-- Behind the scenes pics from Saved By The Bell.
-- Internet cafe's have gone down, what's next? Thanks to new legislation in Florida targeting Internet café sweepstake gambling operations, there’s an argument to be made that some Chuck E. Cheese games involve gambling and are therefore illegal. Since kids are the chain’s main clientele, that’s a problem for more reason than one.
-- I'm going to Motor City Comic Con tomorrow. I will buy several hundred dollars worth of stuff. Some books, a bunch of posters or other things I'll use as wall art, some new Transformers collectibles toys, but there's no way I could afford something like this, I'm SURE something like this will be at the event.