Friday, December 25, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Iron Man 2

Directed by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwenyth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, and Mickey Rourke.

Iron Man 2 is coming out May 7, 2010.

Record 16 inches of snow in D.C.

NY Times: Major Snowstorm Hits Atlantic Coast

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Just A Coincidence?

Michaelangelo's Sistine Chapel - Brain as God. Click to enlarge.

Movie News

(1) Above is the teaser poster for this summers expected blockbuster, Inception. Written and directed by Memento and The Dark Knights' Christopher Nolan and starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Inception is, "a contemporary science-fiction action thriller set within the architecture of the mind."

A new teaser trailer for the movie is expected this Friday.

(2) Below is the trailer for Ridley Scott's new adaptation of Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe. Coming out May 14, 2010.

(3) Mel Gibson has announced plans for his next directorial feature, an historical movie about Viking culture that is set to star Leonardo Dicaprio. Gibson may be a polarizing figure in movie-making and celebrity culture, but the greatness of Braveheart cannot be disputed. And the attention to detail in period aesthetic in his last two films, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto can only be rivaled by the above Ridley Scott (Gladiator).

Movie Award Season

The nominations for the 2010 Golden Globes were announced last night.

Nominations for Best Motion Picture - Drama:
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on The Novel Push by Sapphire
Up In The Air

Normally, the Golden Globes nomination list serves as a rough draft for what can be expected to be nominated for the Academy Awards; however, this year the Academy has expanded to 10 nominations for the Best Picture category.

So to help build suspense for the discussion of best movies of 2009 here is Rolling Stones' movie critic Peter Travers' Top 10 movies of the year and director Quentin Tarantino's Top 8 movies of 2009.

10) The Messenger
9) (500) Days of Summer
8) District 9
7) A Serious Man
6) Where the Wild Things Are
5) Up
4) An Education
3) The Hurt Locker
2) Up In The Air
1) Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Quentin Tarantino's Top 8 Movies of 2009:

The Illustrated Book of Genesis

"Envisioning the first book of the bible like no one before him, R. Crumb, the legendary illustrator, reveals here the story of Genesis in a profoundly honest and deeply moving way. Originally thinking that we would do a take off of Adam and Eve, Crumb became so fascinated by the Bible's language, "a text so great and so strange that it lends itself readily to graphic depictions," that he decided instead to do a literal interpretation using the text word for word in a version primarily assembled from the translations of Robert Alter and the King James bible."

Artist: Michael Birawer

"Artist Michael Birawer has brought a new look to the face of urban neighborhoods through his unique style of painting. A combination of graffiti, cartoon, illustration and heavy textures, his paintings have received praise from both art critics and patrons, who describe his work as "one of the best examples of the contemporary revival of urban art."

Birawer was born, raised and currently resides in the Twin Cities."

To see more of Birawer's work including works of Chicago and Las Vegas click here.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

TIME Top 10 2009

TIME Magzine has ranked the Top 10 of everything 2009. Above, are some of TIME's best pictures of the year.

#3 Editorial cartoon of the year

Sarah Palin's visit to Mall of America

*no tomato footage

Black Swan

"The first set photos of Natalie Portman from Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan have been discovered online. The film, which is currently filming in New York City, is a supernatural drama set in the world of New York City ballet.

Natalie Portman stars as Nina, a veteran ballerina who finds herself locked in to a competitive showdown with a rival dancer named Lilly (played by Mila Kunis) “with the stakes and twists increasing as the dancers approach a big performance.” The big twist is that Portman’s character is not sure whether her rival is a supernatural apparition or if she is having delusions. And if that wasn’t enough, you may remember reading that the script includes a sequence where the two main characters have “ecstasy-induced hungry aggressive angry sex.” The film also stars Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder, and Barbara Hershey (The Portrait of a Lady).

Aronofsky became attached to Black Swan in early 2007, but the film was put into turnaround by Universal. The project is apparently making the rounds to studios and specialty divisions, as part of the CAA package. Mark Heyman, co-producer of The Wrestler, has done a rewrite of the original script by John McLaughlin. Fox Searchlight, the studio that released Aronofsky’s The Wrestler, has acquired the distribution rights."
Darren Aronofsky director of Requiem for a Dream and The Wrestler.

Monday, December 7, 2009

MILF Realtors

Topcultured- Now That's What You Call A Guarantee

International Photography Contest Winners

National Geographic's International Photography Contest winners were announced over the weekend. Above, is the 'Places' category winner. The photograph is of the Licancabur volcano located on the border between Chile and Bolivia.

“The cloud performs a delicate balancing act atop the mountain, making the two massive forces of geology and meteorology appear light. Clouds are often just garland in mountain photos, but here the cloud is an equal subject, casting shadows which help define the peak.”

-Darren Smith
National Geographic design editor

Music of the Night

Alicia Keys - "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)"

Written by Drake; Produced by So Far Gone's Noah "40" Shebib


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Quote of the Night

"Beginning in the last years of the nineteenth century and continuing into the twentieth, we experienced the second epidemiological transition. With modern medical science providing immunizations and antibiotics and with better public health measures and improved nutrition, many infectious diseases were brought under control or even, as with smallpox, eliminated. In terms of what ailed and killed us, there was a shift to chronic, degenerative diseases such as cancers and cardiac, circulatory, and pulmonary diseases. The increase in many of these came not only from the fact that fewer people were dying from infectious diseases and were living longer but also from the results of modern lifestyles in developed countries and among the upper classes of developing countries- a more sedentary life leading to less physical activity; more stress; environmental pollution; diets contributing to obesity, clogged arteries, and diabetes; and smoking and alcohol consumption."

-Michael Alan Park
Biological Anthropology, Sixth Edition
Disease and Human Populations

No Playoffs This Year

But, the Bowl Championship Series still has some great match-ups..

Alabama (1) 13-0 vs. Texas (2) 13-0
January 7, 8:30 P.M. EST

Iowa (10) 10-2 vs. Georgia Tech (9) 11-2
January 5, 8 P.M. EST

TCU (3) 12-0 vs. Boise State (6) 13-0
January 4, 8 P.M. EST

Ohio State (8) 10-2 vs. Oregon (7) 10-2
January 1, 5 P.M. EST

Cincinnati (4) 12-0 vs. Florida (5) 11-1
January 1, 8:30 P.M. EST

50 Best NBA Players

Sporting News put together a panel of, "107 Hall of Famers, major award winners, executives, current players and coaches, and other basketball experts" that ranked NBA players into a Top 50 list.

50. Andrew Bynum, C, Lakers
49. Michael Redd, SG, Bucks
48. Charlie Villanueva, PF, Pistons
47. O.J. Mayo, SG, Grizzlies
46. Richard Jefferson, SF, Spurs
45. Elton Brand, PF, 76ers
44. Shane Battier, SG, Rockets
43. Lamar Odom, SF, Lakers
42. Hedo Turkoglu, SF, Raptors
41. Rudy Gay, SF, Grizzlies
40. Josh Smith, PF, Hawks
39. Andre Iguodala, SG 76ers
38. Rajon Rondo, PG, Celtics
37. Nene, C, Nuggets
36. Carlos Boozer, PF, Jazz
35. Al Horford, C, Hawks
34. Ben Gordon, SG, Pistons
33. Devin Harris, PG, Nets
32. Baron Davis, PG, Clippers
31. Danny Granger, SG, Pacers
30. Vince Carter, SF, Magic
29. Ron Artest, SF, Lakers
28. Gilbert Arenas, PG, Wizards
27. Ray Allen, SG, Celtics
26. Derrick Rose, PG, Bulls
25. Joe Johnson, SG, Hawks
24. Tracy McGrady, SG, Rockets
23. Jason Kidd, PG, Mavericks
22. Manu Ginobili, SG, Spurs
21. Kevin Durant, SF, Thunder
20. Chauncey Billups, PG, Nuggets
19. Amare Stoudemire, PF, Suns
18. Chris Bosh, PF, Raptors
17. Pau Gasol, PF, Lakers
16. Shaquille O'Neal, C, Cavaliers
15. Yao Ming, C, Rockets
14. Brandon Roy, SG, Trail Blazers
13. Tony Parker, PG, Spurs
12. Deron Williams, PG, Jazz
11. Steve Nash, PG, Suns
10. Paul Pierce, SF, Celtics
9. Carmelo Anthony, SF, Nuggets
8. Dirk Nowitzki, PF, Mavericks
7. Kevin Garnett, PG, Celtics
6. Chris Paul, PG, Hornets
5. Tim Duncan, PF, Spurs
4. Dwight Howard, C, Magic
3. Dwyane Wade, SG, Heat
2. LeBron James, SF, Cavaliers
1. Kobe Bryant, SG, Lakers

Friday, December 4, 2009

Puff Daddy

100 Greatest Songs of the 00s

Complex Magazine's newest Decade 100 ranking: Greatest Songs of the 00s.

100. Nelly - Country Grammar (2000)
99. LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends (2007)
98. 50 Cent - Wanksta (2002)
97. Kanye West - Flashing Lights (2007)
96. Kings of Leon - Kings of the Rodeo (2005)
95. Sean Paul - Gimmie Di Light (2001)
94. Freeway (feat. Peedi Crakk) - Flipside (2001)
93. Ciara (feat. Ludacris) - Oh! (2004)
92. Animal Collective - My Girls (2009)
91. Gucci Mane (feat. Mac Bre-Z) - Pills (2006)
90. Rihanna (feat. Jay-Z) - Umbrella (2007)
89. E-40 (feat. Keak the Sneak) - Tell Me When To Go (2006)
88. Justice - D.A.N.C.E. (2007)
87. Juvenile (feat. Soulja Slim) - Slow Motion (2004)
86. Cam'ron (feat. Kanye West) - Down & Out (2004)
85. Cham - Ghetto Story (2005)
84. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps (2004)
83. Trick Daddy (feat. Cee-Lo & Big Boi) - In Da Wind (2002)
82. Tha Dream - Rockin' That Shit (2008)
81. Panjabi MC (feat. Jay-Z) - Beware of the Boys (2003)
80. Fabolous - Breathe (2004)
79. Buju Banton - Driver A (2006)
78. Rich Boy (feat. Polow Da Don) - Throw Some D's (2006)
77. Talib Kweli (feat. Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mos Def, Busta Rhymes) - Get By (Remix) (2003)
76. Hot Chip - Over and Over (2006)
75. Usher - U Don't Have To Call (2001)
74. Rick Ross - Hustlin (2006)
73. Scarface (feat. Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel - Guess Who's Back (2002)
72. The Mars Volta - The Widow (2005)
71. Ludacris - Southern Hospitality (2000)
70. Kanye West - Through the Wire (2003)
69. Fox (feat. Lil' Boosie & Webbie) - Wipe Me Down (Remix) (2007)
68. Lykke Li - Little Bit (2008)
67. Swizz Beatz (feat. Lil' Wayne & R Kelly) - It's Me Snitches (Remix) (2007)
66. Pharrell (feat. Jay-Z) - Frontin (2003)
65. Collie Buddz - Come Around (2005)
64. Drake - Best I Ever Had (2009)
63. Young Jeezy (feat. Kanye West) - Put On (2008)
62. At the Driver In - One Armed Scissor (2000)
61. R Kelly (feat. Jay-Z) - Fiesta (Remix) (2001)
60. T.I. - Rubberband Man (2003)
59. Nas - Made You Look (2002)
58. Soulja Boy Tell 'Em - Turn My Swag On (2007)
57. Justin Timberlake - Cry Me a River (2002)
56. Shyne (feat. Barrington Levy) - Bad Boyz (2000)
55. Young Jeezy (feat. Jay-Z) - Go Crazy (Remix) (2005)
54. The Racounteers - Steady, As She Goes (2006)
53. 50 Cent - I Get Money (2007)
52. Outkast - Ms. Jackson (2001)
51. Terror Squad - Lean Back (2004)
50. Jamie Foxx (feat. T-Pain) - Blame It (2009)
49. TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me (2006)
48. Missy Elliot - Get Ur Freak On (2001)
47. Young Bloodz (feat. Lil Jon) - Damn! (2002)
46. Eminem - Stan (2000)
45. DJ Khaled - We Takin' Over (2007)
44. The Diplomats - I Really Mean It (2003)
43. Aaliyah - Try Again (2000)
42. Lil Wayne (feat. Static Major) - Lollipop (2008)
41. Jadakiss (feat. Styles P) - We Gonna Make It (2001)
40. Outkast - Hey Ya! (2003)
39. Three 6 Mafia (feat. UGK) - Sippin' On Some Syrup (2000)
38. Jay-Z - Takeover (2000)
37. The Postal Service - Such Great Heights (2003)
36. Lil Wayne - Go DJ (2004)
35. Eminem - The Way I Am (2000)
34. Cam'ron (feat. Juelz Santana) - Oh Boy! (2002)
33. Jay-Z - 99 Problems (2004)
32. Kid Cudi - Day N Nite (2007)
31. Young Jeezy (feat. Akon) - Soul Survivor (2005)
30. Jim Jones - We Fly High (Ballin'!) (2006)
29. MGMT - Kids (2008)
28. T-Pain - Buy U A Drank (2007)
27. Mavado - Weh Dem A Do (2006)
26. Mystikal (feat. Pharrell) - Shake Ya Ass (2000)
25. Alicia Keys - You Don't Know My Name (2003)
24. Ghostface (feat. Jadakiss) - Run (2004)
23. Justin Timberlake (feat. T.I.) - My Love (2006)
22. Clipse - Grindin' (2002)
21. Amy Winehouse - Rehab (2006)
20. Jay-Z - Public Service Announcement (Interlude) (2003)
19. The Game (feat. 50 Cent) - Hate It or Love It (2005)
18. T.I. - What You Know (2005)
17. Prodigy - Keep It Thoro (2000)
16. Daft Punk (Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger) (2001)
15. Three 6 Mafia (feat. 8 Ball & MJD, Young Buck) - Stay Fly (2005)
14. The Strokes - Last Nite (2001)
13. M.O.P. - Ante Up (2000)
12. Mike Jones (feat. Slim Thug, Paul Wall) - Still Tippin' (2005)
11. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army (2003)
10. Lil Wayne - A Milli (2008)
9. Damien Marley - Welcome to Jamrock (2004)
8. 50 Cent - In Da Club (2002)
7. M.I.A. - Paper Planes (2007)
6. Snoop Dogg (feat. Pharrell) - Drop It LIke It's Hot (2004)
5. Kanye West - Can't Tell Me Nothing (2007)
4. Eminem - Lose Yourself (2002)
3. Outkast - B.O.B. (2000)
2. R Kelly - Ignition (Remix) (2003)
1. Jay-Z (feat. Pharrell) - I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) (2000)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Return of A.I.

What better way to break down his return than to read Bill Simmons take on his career. Taken from The Book of Basketball, Simmons ranked A.I. the 29th best player of all-time.

29. Allen Iverson

As the years and decades pass, both Iverson and no. 21 on the Pyramid will be picked apart by an army of statisticians looking for various ways to undermine their careers. And that's fine. Just know that Iverson passed the Season Ticket Test every year this decade (starting with his '01 MVP season): when season tickets arrive in the mail, the recipient invariably checks the schedule, marks the certain can't-miss games and writes those dates down on a calendar. The importance of those games is measured by rivalries, superstars, incoming rookies and the "I need to see that guy" factor. That's it. From 1997 to 2007, Iverson always made my list. Always. So I don't give a crap about Iverson's win shares, his ranking among top-fifty scorers with the lowest shooting percentage or whatever. Every post-Y2K ticket to an Iverson game guaranteed a professional, first-class performance (no different from reservations at a particularly good restaurant or hotel), and for whatever reason, he was always more breathtaking in perosn. He's listed at six feet but couldn't be taller than five-foot-ten, so every time he attacked the basket, it was like watching an undersized running back ram into the line of scrimmage for five yards a pop (think Emmitt Smith). He took implausible angles on his drives (angles that couldn't be seen as they unfolded, even if you'd been watching him for ten years) and drained an obscene number of layups and floaters in traffic. He had a knack for going 9-for-24 but somehow making the two biggest shots of the game. And he played with an eff-you intensity that only KG and Kobe matched (although MJ remains the king of this category). For years and years, the most intimidating player in the league wasn't taller than Rebecca Romijn. I always thought it was interesting that Iverson averaged 28 minutes of playing time in his eight All-Star Games and played crunch time in every close one; even his temporary coaches didn't want to risk pissing him off.

Iverson's career personifies how the media can negatively sway everyone's perception of a particular athlete. There was a generational twinge to the anti-Iverson sentiment, fueled by media folks in their forties, fifties and sixties who couldn't understand him and didn't seem interest in trying. Nearly all of them played up his infamous aversion to practice (overrated over the years) and atypical appearnace (the cornrows/tattoos combination) over describing the incredible thrill of watching him play in person. They weren't interested in figuring out how an alleged coach-killer who allegedly monopolized the ball, allegedly hated to practice and allegedly couldn't sublimate his game to make his teammates better doubled as one of the most revered players by his peers. (Right before Philly dealt Iverson to Denver in 2006, the ex-players on NBA Coast to Coast (Greg Anthony, Tim Legler and Jon Barry) traded Iverson war stories like they were talking about a Mayan warrior.) They glossed over the fact that he was saddled with an incompetent front office, a subpar supporting cast and a revolving door of coaches in Philly. (Iverson only played with two All-Stars in Philly: Theo Ratliff and a becoming-decrepit Dikembe Mutombo. His prime was saddled with overpaid role players (Eric Snow, Aaron McKie, Kyle Korver, Kenny Thomas, Marc Jackson, Brian Skinner, Greg Buckner, Tyrone Hill, George Lynch, Corliss Williamson), overpaid underachievers (Derrick Coleman, Keith Van Horn, Sam Dalembert, Joe Smith), overpaid and washed-up veterans (Todd MacCulloch, Toni Kukoc, Chris Webber, Glenn Robinson, Matt Geiger, Billy Owens) and underachieving lottery picks (Jerry Stackhouse, Tim Thomas, Larry Hughes.) They didn't care that he was one of the most influential African American athletes ever, a trendsetter who shoved the NBA into the hip-hop era and resonated with blacks in a way that even Jordan couldn't duplicate. They weren't so interested in one of the most fascinating, complex athletes of my lifetime: a legendary partier and devoted family man; a loyal teammate who shot too much; a featherweight who carried himself like a heavyweight; an intimidating competitor who was always the smallest guy on the court; an ex-con with a shady entourage who also ranked among the most intuitive, self-aware, articulate superstars in any sport. If I could pick any modern athlete to spend a week with in his prime for a magazine feature, I would pick Allen Iverson in a heartbeat.

And yeah, his field goal percentage wasn't that good and he took too many shots. Whatever. Fifty years from now, I hope people realize that Iverson had better balance than everyone else, that he was faster and more coordinated than everyone else, that he took a superhuman pounding and kept getting up, that he was one of the all-time athletic superfreaks. We already know that he was the best high school football player in Virginia history, but he also would have been a world-class soccer player, boxer or center fielder, someone who could have picked his sport in track and competed for an Olympic spot, and while we're here, I can't fathom how much ground he could have covered on a tennis court. (Tangent that's too important for a footnote: Every time the World Cup rolls around, I always find myself thinking about which NBA players could have excelled at soccer. Iverson would have been the best soccer player ever. I think this is indisputable, actually. Deron Williams would have been a great stopper. Josh Smith could have been a unstoppable soaring above the pack to head corner kicks. And can you imagine a better goalie than LeBron? It would be like having a six-foot-nine human octopus in the net. How could anyone score on him? Couldn't we teach Bron the rudimentary aspects of playing goal, the throw him in a couple of Cleveland's MLS games? LIke you would turn the channel if this happened?) Iverson wrecked his body on and off the court and somehow kept his fastball, which shouldn't be counted as an achievement but remains amazing nonetheless. (You could fill an entire chapter with secondhand Iverson stories of the "I heard he slept with ten women in one night" and "I heard he was out drinking all night, then played a day game in Boston and scored 49" variety. By all accounts, the guy doesn't sleep. He's a vampire. Might explain why his career came to a screeching halt in 2009.) And he deserves loads of credit for dragging a mediocre Sixers team to the '01 Finals when so many other scoring machines had failed before him. Unlike Gervin, McAdoo and Dominique, Iverson played with a swagger that pushed a decent team to a whole other level. He believed they could win, he killed himself to that end, and everyone else eventually followed. Watching Game 7 of the Bullets-Spurs series from '79 and Game 7 of the Bucks-Sixers from '01, the biggest difference between Gervin and Iverson - two spectacular offensive players - was the way they carried themselves. Gervin never gave the sense that the game was life or death to him, whereas Iverson went into foxhole mode, with his ferocity lifting his teammates and energizing the crowd.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

TMQ: Brett Favre & The Vikings

ESPN's Tuesday Morning Quaterback columnist Gregg Easterbrook's commentary on The Minnesota Vikings 10-1 start,

"Good golly, Miss Molly, the Vikings look good. With strong lines on both sides of the ball, Minnesota may have the best overall pair of lines in football, and the sport is, foremost, about line play. Brett Favre looks spectacular -- 24 touchdown passes versus three interceptions, a ratio that appears to be a misprint. Of course, all quarterbacks suddenly become more talented when the blocking is good: Against Chicago, Favre stood back and calmly surveyed the field; he was sacked just once and hit only one other time. Not getting hit, owing to great blocking, is a key to Favre's season. Perhaps he sensed the downhill course the Green Bay offensive line was on two years ago. This season, the Packers have allowed 44 sacks, worst in the league. If Favre had been sacked that many times, his season would be quite different. And great line play at Minnesota isn't just from brand-name athletes such as Kevin Williams and Steve Hutchinson. The undrafted Artis Hicks had a perfect pull block on Percy Harvin's 35-yard rush that set Minnesota's early tone against the Bears.

Last season, Favre's play declined as cold weather arrived in New Jersey. Brett knew what he was doing by signing with a dome team. The Vikings' remaining away games are at Arizona, Carolina and Chicago -- only one cold-weather date. Then Minnesota will have at least one indoor playoff date, perhaps two depending on its record or whether the Vikings travel to the dome in New Orleans. If Minnesota reaches the Super Bowl, that's in Florida. Favre may end up with just one bad-weather appearance all season. Maybe that's the reason for his rejuvenation. Or maybe back in a locked room at his place in Sumrall, Miss., there is a mysterious portrait of him that visibly ages each time he throws for a touchdown.

Still, TMQ is not sold on the Vikings owing to their cream-puff schedule. Minnesota has played Detroit twice, while also facing St. Louis and Cleveland. The Hyperboreans' opponents are a combined 36-63. The Vikings' only impressive victory is over Baltimore, and in that game, the Ravens missed a potential winning field goal on the final snap. Next up for Minnesota are two solid opponents, Arizona and Cincinnati. After those games, we'll know more."

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Creative Genius: Tim Burton

Tim Burton, film director

Edward Scissorhands
Batman Returns
Mars Attacks!
Sleepy Hollow
Planet of the Apes
Big Fish
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Sweeney Todd

Monday, November 30, 2009

Gladiator - Jared Allen

Watch Minnesota Viking star defensive end Jared Allen tear apart Aaron Rodgers on the football field or watch him spear an elk in the wild.

Periodic Table of Cupcakes

via Digg

Kanye West - "I'm So Appalled"

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanks to Technology

We can get tweet updates from the Local15 News team.

...and we can partake in the miracle of human flight.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Greatest Playoff Performance of the Decade

1) Allen Iverson - 2001 Finals - 48 points
2) Shaquille O'Neal - 2001 Finals - 28 pts, 20 reb, 9 ast, 8 blk
3) Tim Duncan - 2003 Finals - 21 pts, 20 reb, 10 ast, 8 blk
4) Kevin Garnett - 2004 West semis - 32 pts, 21 reb
5) Dwyane Wade - 2006 Finals - 42 points
6) Lebron James - 2007 East finals - 48 points

Vote here.

The clip is worth watching for the highlights and Charles Barkley.

"That might have been the realest thing I ever heard."

-Kenny Smith

Monday, November 23, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup - June 11-July 11

The list of 2010 World Cup qualifiers was finalized today.

South Africa


South America:

Ivory Coast

North America:
United States

New Zealand

North Korea
South Korea

In the words of ESPN Internet user xLittleP:

"From the New World to the Old, I send two words: INSTANT REPLAY."

Harry Potter Theme Park

Opening Spring 2010 at the Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Watch this classic film (#4 on IMDB's user ranking of the Top 250 movies of all-time) for free on YouTube from now until 11/30.

Don't Break the Cypher

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Gymnast Shawn Johnson Euthanized

Gymnast Shawn Johnson Put To Sleep After Breaking Leg

In other news:

H.R. 2651 Fans Storm Senate Floor After Passage of Bill

November 12, 2009 - WASHINGTON—Diehard fans of H.R. 2651 charged the floor of the Senate chamber Tuesday after their bill, a 14-vote underdog nicknamed the Maritime Workforce Development Act, passed 51-49 with just moments to go in the legislative session. "They said we'd never even make it out of House subcommittee, but this bill just had too much heart to quit," said longtime supporter Ed Wynarsky, who along with three friends spelled out "2651" with digits painted on their bare chests.† "I grew up following loans for maritime career education, and this has been a long time coming. We were due…. We were due." A champagne-soaked Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), whose last-second vote clinched the bill's passage, said the guys on the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee deserved much of the credit, but that the biggest thanks should go to God.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Secular vs. Religious

"It’s amazing to watch [Pacquiao] in the ring. For most people, myself included, there will never be a moment where we reach that level of fullness of being. Where we will be completely invested so fully and richly in something that it seems to burst through the skin. When Pacquiao waits in the ring he seems to bristle and radiate, to quiver with the thrill of the moment and the profound joy of being a human body so supremely trained and suited for the task at hand. It is electric, like watching a hound straining at his tethers to go after the rabbit. It’s like something wild is running through him. I imagine if you were to drink his sweat in those moments you would become intoxicated."


"In a sense this fight is prelude. If Pacquiao wins the economic forces of the sport will almost necessitate a match with Floyd Mayweather, his spiritual opposite. Like Ali, Mayweather has trapped himself in a cage of excellence, brushing right against the edge of technical brilliance and ring science. Floyd is a difference engine in the ring, a bloodless operator who never makes a foolish mood. The thought of his cool excellence versus Pacquiao’s explosive dynamism is almost too much to bear, a contrast and clash generations in the making."

-FreeDarko blogger, ShoeFly
Pacquiao earns 7th title in 7th class

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely ?

"I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out it's sounds and chords and harmonies."
-Napoleon Bonaparte

Forbes goes on to say that power is the ultimate aphrodisiac before they began their first ever ranking of the world's most powerful people.

1) Barack Obama - 48
2) Hu Jintao - President of the People's Republic of China - 66
3) Vladimir Putin - Prime Minister of Russia - 57
4) Ben S. Bernanke - Chairman of the Federal Reserve - 55
5) Sergey Brin and Larry Page - Founders of Google - 36
6) Carlos Slim Helu - Chief executive of Telmex - 69
7) Rupert Murdoch - Chariman of News Corp. - 78
8) Michael T. Duke - President, CEO and Director of Wal-Mart - 59
9) Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud - King of Saudi Arabia - 85
10) Bill Gates - 54
11) Pope Benedict XVI - 82
12) Silvio Berlusconi - Prime Minister of Italy - 73
13) Jeffrey R. Immelt - Chairman of General Electric - 53
14) Warren Buffett - 79
15) Angela Merkel - Chancellor of Germany - 55
16) Laurence D. Fink, Chairman of BlackRock - 57
17) Hillary Clinton - Secretary of State - 62
18) Lloyd C. Blankfein - Chairman of Goldman Sachs - 55
19) Li Changchun - Propaganda Chief Communist Party China - 65
20) Michael Bloomberg - Mayor of New York City - 67
21) Timothy Geither - Secretary of the U.S. Treasury - 48
22) Rex W. Tillerson - Chairman of ExxonMo - 57
23) Li Ka-shing - Chairman of Cheung Kong (Holdings) - 81
24) Kim Jong II - 68
25) Jean-Claude Trichet - President European Central Bank - 66
26) Masaaki Shirakawa - Governor of the Bank of Japan - 60
27) Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed al Nahyan - Abu Dhabi Investment - 41
28) Akio Toyoda - Chief exectutive of Toyota - 53
29) Gordon Brown - 58
30) James S. Dimon - Chairman of JPMorgan - 53
31) Bill Clinton - 63
32) William H. Gross - Pacific Investment - 65
33) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva - President of Brazil - 64
34) Lou Jiwei - Chairman of China Investment Corporation - 59
35) Yukio Hatoyama - Prime Minister of Japan - 62
36) Manmohan Singh - Prime Minister of India - 77
37) Osama Bin Laden - 52
38) Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani - Prime Minister of Pakistan - 57
39) Tenzin Gyatso - Dalai Lama - 74
40) Ali Hoseini-Khamenei - Grand Ayatollah - 70
41) Joaquin Guzman - Drug Trafficker - 52
42) Igor Sechin - Deputy Prime Minister of Russia - 49
43) Dmitry Medvedev - President of Russia - 44
44) Mukesh Ambani - Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited - 52
45) Oprah Winfrey - 55
46) Benjamin Netanyahu - Prime Minister of Israel - 60
47) Dominique Strauss-Kahn - International Monetary Fund - 60
48) Zhou Xiaochuan - Governor of the People's Bank of China - 61
49) John Roberts Jr. - Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court - 54
50) Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar - Head of D-Company - 53
51) William Keller - Executive Editor of The New York Times - 60
52) Bernard Arnault - Chairman of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy - 60
53) Joseph S. Blatter - President of FIFA - 73
54) Wadah Khanfar - Director-General Al Jazeera - 41
55) Lakshmi Mittal - Chairman of ArcelorMittal ADS - 59
56) Nicolas Sarkozy - President of France - 54
57) Steve Jobs - Chief Executive of Apple - 54
58) Fujio Mitarai - Chairman of Canon - 74
59) Ratan Tata - Chairman of Tata Group - 71
60) Jacques Rogge - President of the Olympics - 67
61) Li Rongrong - Chairman of State-owned Assets Supervision - 65
62) Blairo Maggi - Governor of Mato Grasso - 53
63) Robert B. Zoellick - President of World Bank - 56
64) Antonio Guterres - U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees - 60
65) Mark John Thompson - Director-General BBC - 52
66) Klaus Schwab - Founder of World Economic Forum - 71
67) Hugo Chavez - President of Venezuela - 55

23 North Americans.
3 South Americans.
15 Europeans.
18 Asians.
7 people from the Middle East.
1 Australian.

The XX

The XX - "Intro"

Vote for NBA All-Star Game

Who do you want to play?

Vote every 24 hours up until January-ish?

Clash of the Titans

300 or The Lord of the Rings?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Future is Here

S i x t h S e n s e was the buzz of TED 2009.

(TED is an invitation only annual conference dedicated to "Ideas worth spreading." The acronym stands for Technology Entertainment Design. Past speakers: Bill Clinton, Bono, Dave Eggers, Bill Gates, Jane Go0dall.)

SixthSense was created in a lab at MIT, "spearheaded by student Pranav Mistry."

"It is a wearable device with a projection screen that paves the way for profound, data-rich interaction with our environment."

The description does the device no justice though, you must watch the clip. Think Minority Report.

Watch the whole video.

Felt - "Felt Chewed Up"

Minnesota's own Slug (Atmosphere) and L.A.'s Murs are back for the third tribute album, Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez. Coming out this Tuesday.

(prod. by Aesop Rock)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Great Move by Fox News

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Sean Hannity Uses Glenn Beck's Protest Footage
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorHealth Care Crisis

J.R. Smith back off suspension

J.R. Smith was fresh off his 7-game suspension as he helped the Denver Nuggets beat the Chicago Bulls in a controversial finish last night.

Great end of the week coming for NBA television.

(9) Cavaliers @ (3) Orlando Magic - 8:00 p.m. EST - ESPN

(9) Cavaliers @ (8) Miami Heat - 8:00 p.m. EST - TNT
(4) Suns @ (2) L.A. Lakers - 10:30 p.m. EST - TNT

(6) Atlanta Hawks @ (1) Boston Celtics - 8:00 p.m. EST - ESPN
(2) Lakers @ (5) Denver Nuggets - 10:30 pm. EST - ESPN

Thursday, November 5, 2009

David "Skywalker" Thompson

An excerpt from Bill Simmons new book, "The Book of Basketball"

70. David Thompson

Lacks a conventional resume but aces the "Did he connect with fans on a spiritual level?" and "I've never seen anyone in my life like this guy!" tests. I remember attending a postmerger Nuggets-Celtics game and being so blown away by Thompson that my father's innocuous comment, "Too bad we only get to see him once a year," left me profoundly disappointed. Since we didn't have SportsCenter or DirecTV back then, for all I knew, Thompson was dunking on everyone's head ten times per game and I was missing it.

We'll remember Thompson as the Intellivision to Jordan's PlayStation 2, an original prototype for every high-flying two-guard who followed. Blessed with a lightning first step, a reliable jump shot, and a 44-inch vertical leap that had him handling jump balls for North Carolina State (not strange until you remember that seven-foot-four behemoth Tom Burleson played for them), Thompson had everything you'd want in your shooting guard except height. Listed at six foot four, Thompson was closer to six foot two and looks noticeably shorter than his contemporaries on tape. Didn't matter. The dude soared through the air like a Bud Light daredevil bouncing off a trampoline (Growing up in Carolina, Thompson shot hoops on a dirt surface in his backyard. Some wonder if this led to his freakish jumping ability, especially since MJ grew up playing on a dirt court. If my son shows any promise at all with hoops, I'm building a clay basketball court in my backyard.). What really separated him was his zero-to-sixty explosiveness in traffic. Surrounded by four or five taller players, time and time again Thompson took your breath away by springing four feet to block a shot or dunk on someone's head. He didn't need a running start and didn't need to bend his knees. Honestly, it was like watching a squirrel. In thirty-five years of attending NBA games, I've never seen anything remotely approaching the sight of Thompson's leaping ability in person; he made you feel like you were watching a lousy sports movie with bad special effects where the lead character gets magic sneakers or something. You don't earn the nickname "Skywalker" unless there's a really good reason. I just wish someone had told this to Kenny Walker.

The defining Thompson story: During the same afternoon as Havlicek's final game, Thompson was battling Gervin for the 1978 scoring title (That was one of the great random sports days: Havlicek's final game, Thompson exploding for 73 (a record for noncenters for 28 years), Gervin responding with 63 and Gary Player coming back from seven strokes to win the '78 Masters. If ESPN Classic had ever started a show called The Greatest SportsCenters We Ever Could Have Had, April 9, 1978, would rank right up there.)). Back then, the Boston Garden's PA announcer rattled of NBA scores during time-outs (remember, we didn't have T-shirt cannons and JumboTrons back then), so after giving the Nuggets-Pistons halftime score, he added, "David Thompson has 53 points," and everyone gasped in disbelief. I remember thinking, "He's gonna break 100! He's gonna beat Wilt!" He ended up with 73 points, but the fact remains, Thompson was so explosive that an eight-year-old NBA fan honestly believed he could score 100-plus points in a game. So what happened to him? He developed a monster coke problem like so many other rich celebs in the late seventies, battled a variety of injuries and eventually blew out his knee after falling down a Studio 54 stairwell (The Studio 54 incident happened in 1984, well after the likes of Andy Warhol and Liza Minnelli had stopped hanging out there. Had Thompsons's career ended in '79 because he got flung down a Studio 54 stairwell by Bianca Jagger's boyfriend or something, now that would have been cool.). When Jordan arrived in November 1984, Thompson was already gone. And maybe it's impossible to capture the magnitude of Thompson's premature demise, but screw it, let's try.

David Thompson was...

1. The most underrated superstar of the past thirty-five years
2. The single biggest NBA tragedy other than Lenny Bias

Friday, October 30, 2009


Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela.

Directed by Clint Eastwood. Co-starring Matt Damon.

Invictus coming out December 11, 2009.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Avatar - International Trailer

Student strikes YouTube gold

"WTF? — Jack Douglass, a senior in the American University School of Communication, earns nearly $2,000 a month from his YouTube channel Jacksfilms. His biggest hit, “The WTF Blanket,” has over 7 million views and is a parody of the now-infamous Snuggie."