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The Interview
Dec. 18, 2014 1:48 pm

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. 

College Flip Flop
Dec. 17, 2014 2:28 pm

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.


The American Dream
Dec. 16, 2014 3:22 pm

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.

Game Day Rituals
Dec. 12, 2014 11:48 am

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.


UW Football
Dec. 11, 2014 4:14 pm

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).

Presidential Humor
Dec. 9, 2014 2:04 pm

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.


Kind of Sort of Eaten Alive But Not Actually Really Eaten At All
Dec. 8, 2014 2:43 pm

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.


Bears Cowboys fight
Dec. 5, 2014 2:40 pm

I watched a good portion of the Dallas-Chicago game last night, and I was very pleased with the outcome. The Bears lost, first and foremost, and the players that I had a vested interest in for fantasy football reasons (Alshon Jeffrey, DeMarco Murray) had good games.


These fans? Not so happy.

Per the Chicago Tribune:

Two Bears fans were stabbed during an alcohol-fueled fight with Cowboys fans in a parking lot outside Soldier Field after the game, police said.

The fight started around 10:45 p.m. Thursday in the 400 block of East 18th Street when four men began yelling "the Bears suck" at two men from Oak Lawn, according to a police report.

?The victims yelled back 'Cowboys suck,' " and someone from the group of Cowboys fans threw beer into the eyes of one of the Bears fans, the report said. The Cowboys fans then jumped on the Bears fans and cut them, the report said.

Oh, and then the best part. 

Police said both groups appeared to have been drinking.

Not that anything like this is really justifiable, but the Cowboys fans have a point. The Bears do suck. I've chanted "The Bears Still Suck" on plenty of occasions. I now feel fortunate never to have been stabbed.


Hanky Panky
Dec. 4, 2014 3:20 pm

Former first kid Jenna Bush went on late night cable TV on Wednesday and was presented with the question as to whether or not she'd ever fooled around with anyone in the White House. She admitted to some "hanky panky" and maybe "a little kiss on the roof."

Oh really.

The way I see it, there are two schools of thought.

1) If I were a guy trying to date the First Kid, I'd be way too freaked out to attempt anything even remotely naughty anywhere in the White House. Not worth the trouble.

Or...

2) Let's get busy in every possible room.
Rock on, indeed.


Stick Shift Spoiler
Dec. 3, 2014 2:06 pm

I can kind of drive a stick shift, but I think I'd end up like this pair, most likely. That is, if I was ever going to take part in an armed carjacking. Which, at this time, I have no plans to do.

A stick shift is being credited with foiling a carjacking in Houston over the weekend.  According to KPRC-TV, police say a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old held a University of Texas at Houston student at gunpoint and tried to take his car when he pulled up to his apartment.  They first tried to force him out of the car, but once they saw the manual transmission they tried to make him teach them how to drive it.  The victim was finally let go after they drove a few blocks away.  Once he was free, the man called police and they quickly caught up with the pair, who were still having trouble driving the car.  They eventually gave up and took off on foot, but were quickly caught


Birdman
Dec. 2, 2014 2:49 pm

I went to go see Birdman at Marcus Cinemas last night because it looked really interesting to me, and I liked the idea of how it might parallel Michael Keaton's real life. I'm a big Keaton fan, from his work in the late 80s/early 90s Batman movies through the hilarious The Other Guys, so I figured I'd give this movie a shot.

I still have no idea what I watched.

Stay with me here for a second: I felt like the movie was one that critics felt like they should like. If that makes sense.

Here's a review I found from the Oregon Daily Emerald:

Birdman is unlike any other film in theaters this year. It raises many more questions than it answers. Like the spastic, percussive score that pounds throughout the film, it?s electrifying. It?s profoundly original, from the opening take to the last curtain fall.


That's a fair review. But it's really unlike anything I watched before. It's a complicated movie and obviously very personal, with dizzying camera sequences and pulsating noise/music throughout. I went with my roommate, and multiple times throughout the movie, we looked at each other and asked what the hell we were watching.

The acting is great: Keaton, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and other can bring great performances when given unique characters. And that certainly fits the bill.

Check out the trailer here:


Binge watching
Nov. 26, 2014 2:04 pm

Ever wonder how much time you spend binging on Netflix? Or maybe do you want to budget how long you can avoid family this weekend? This chart should help.

How Long Will It Take to Watch


Jurassic World
Nov. 25, 2014 1:41 pm

I didn't really like the first Jurassic Park movies (because I was scared) but this looks legit. And I love me some Chris Pratt.


Tailgate Oddity
Nov. 24, 2014 6:40 am

I've been to plenty of tailgates. You might go as far as to call me a connoisseur. But I saw something yesterday in Minneapolis that I had never seen before, and in all honesty, hope I never see again.

Let's set the scene: there was a crew of boisterous Vikings fan that had quite the set-up. Multiple grills, a TV, booming stereo, hammerschlagen, trophy bucks on a plaque, and...a kiddie pool filled with live fish. Strange, but whatever. It was impressive.

Until...one of the guys grabbed a live fish, took a hammer and nail, played to the crowd a bit, and then proceeded to skewer this live fish right into the tree stump. There just so happened to be a portrait of Aaron Rodgers in between the fish and the tree, so that might be the message he was trying to send, but I really felt bad for the fish.

I'm not much of an outdoorsman, but I know that before you filet a fish, you bash it over the head. Boom, done. But this guy proceeded to drive a nail right through its midsection. I wasn't gonna call PETA, but come on dude, you're better than that. And no one thinks you're a big tough guy.


Champagne Stanton
Nov. 18, 2014 2:57 pm

$325 million is just a stupid amount of money. No way the contract ends well. But Giancarlo Stanton gets to live a life of luxury now, because he's really good at hitting baseballs.

How would you celebrate signing a contract worth 1/3 of a billion?

giancarlo-stanton-julz

I'd probably celebrate in a very similar manner.


Golden age of football in Wisconsin
Nov. 17, 2014 1:58 pm

They may not result in national championships or Super Bowls, but there is some incredible football being played in Wisconsin, and it starts with ridiculous individual performances.

We've become accustomed to games like Aaron Rodgers (and Jordy Nelson, and Randall Cobb) had Sunday vs the Philadelphia Eagles. 341 yards...3 touchdowns...no interceptions...yawn.

And I sound dismissive of that in the most appreciative way ever. Aaron Rodgers is a golden god that needs to be worshipped at football altars all around Wisconsin.

But Aaron Rodgers plays on Sundays. On Saturday, Melvin Gordon III stole the show.

Against Nebraska this past weekend, Melvin had a better day than any college football running back has ever had. Ever. And they've been playing college football for a long time.

25 carries for 408 yards. That's stupid. 16.3 yards per carry. That's just absurd.

If the season ended today, Gordon would have the 36th best season ever with 1,909 yards. But the Badgers still have two games left. It's crazy to think that he'd be able to duplicate his 400-yard day against either Iowa or Minnesota, but he could average 200 yards per game against those two. Hell, he's averaging 190 yards per game, so why not? Another 400 yards total could vault him into elite all-time territory, like top 5 single season, all time.

If he wasn't stuck behind the likes of James White and Montee Ball, who, by the way, are both in the NFL, he'd be mentioned among the all-time greats.

He's firmly in the thick of the Heisman race too. He's a distant second at 2-1 odds, with Oregon QB Marcus Mariota at 1-4 odds, but he's in the conversation.

It's crazy that every weekend, Wisconsinites get to see such talent on both Saturday and Sunday. Treasure it while you can.


Chicks
Nov. 14, 2014 2:38 pm

I understand making a point, but this might be a bit much.

Kind of funny though.

Some animal sanctuaries in Maryland and Virginia have new additions after a man tried to prove to his ex that he had moved on. Last week, the Washington, DC Humane Society had 15 fluffy baby chicks turned in by a postal worker after they were mailed to the woman. Her ex-boyfriend included a note with the baby birds indicating they were proof there are "plenty of other chicks" out there. Turns out, there's nothing illegal about mailing baby chicks in the U.S. Mail.


What a guy: an unhappy ex-boyfriend recently mailed 15 baby chickens to a woman in Washington, D.C.

The best part is that last line. The USPS had to update their policy on mailing birds. 

Wednesday night in Madison
Nov. 13, 2014 2:21 pm

I haven't been to a rock show at an arena in, well, ever.

They're awesome.

The majority of the shows I've been to were various outdoor concerts, whether it be UWL, Fort McCoy, Summerfest, fairs, etc.

None of them were like Alice Cooper and Motley Crue last night.

It's fascinating to see the amount of thought that goes into the theatrical side of things at a show like that. Lights, pyrotechnics, props, costumes, so on and so forth. It's a lot. And when done right, it's awesome.

Plus, Gary and I got to meet this guy, who insisted that we take a picture of us choking him.


Bucket'o'deer
Nov. 11, 2014 2:32 pm

I'm not a hunter, but this can't help the deer blend in.



A deer seen running through a northeast Ohio neighborhood with a plastic pumpkin on his head is free to eat and drink again. An animal sanctuary employee found the deer Monday and knocked the bucket off its head when he tried to tackle the animal. Folks in the town of Mentor spotted the deer last week and were concerned about the bucket's effect on its ability to survive.


The effect would be that it would get shot quicker than normal. 

Making history
Nov. 10, 2014 1:58 pm

It's always cool to be a part of something historic. And luckily for me last night, it was the good kind of history the Packers were making.

The first, and relatively minor, note was the record crowd at Lambeau Field last night. I was just one of the 78,292 fans at the Packers game last night, which set a record, largely because they sold standing-room only tickets to the game. The crowd was awesome at the game. Especially on plays like this.



The second was Aaron Rodgers. That dude is pretty good. Six touchdowns in one half? Jeeze. Selfishly, I wish he would have been able to get seven or eight TDs, you know, just to rub it in, but still. It was remarkable. Laughable at times. I wanted him to get the touchdowns so I could say I WAS AT THE GAME WHEN RODGERS SET THE RECORD, but I'll settle for a 55-14 ass whoopin'.

Go. Pack. Go.


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