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Grilled Cheese Incident
Mar. 7, 2014 2:07 pm
Mar. 6, 2014 3:08 pm
It's Friday and it is Lent now, so I'm sure there's plenty of people who are going to be hitting up fish fries tonight or reverting to the old staple - grilled cheese and tomato soup. Grilled cheese, one of my favorites, but not all cheese sandwiches are created equal. A two year old girl in Ontario was suspended from her day care for three days after her parents sent her with a lunch that contained a cheese sandwich, which violated the day care's rules against outside food, which was in place because of food allergies. Three days for a flippin' cheese sandwich? Yeah, I understand allergies and everything, but what good does suspending a two-year old do? Teach the parents a lesson? You mean the same parents that are likely going to be looking for a new preschool, right?
Read more here: http://www.digitaljournal.com/life/food/ottawa-girl-2-brings-cheese-sandwich-to-daycare-gets-suspended/article/374730
Middle School Science Fair
Mar. 5, 2014 2:12 pm
I've never been to Vegas. But I don't think this is something I'd try. I've woken up mornings after nights out, and pulled a ATM receipt out of my pocket and was like "WHY DID I SPEND $50??" but $500,000? Jeepers.
Here's the story, according to CBS News
A businessman who lost $500,000 on table games at a Las Vegas casino on Super Bowl weekend is arguing that he shouldn't have to pay because he was blackout drunk.
Southern California gambler Mark Johnston, 52, is suing the Downtown Grand for loaning him money and serving him drinks when he was visibly intoxicated.
Nevada law bars casinos from allowing obviously drunk patrons to gamble and from serving them comped drinks.
Johnston's attorney, Sean Lyttle, says the Grand, which opened last November in the old part of Las Vegas, intends to pursue Johnston for trying to shirk his gambling debts. Johnston put a stop-payment order on the markers, or casino credits, the Grand issued, and is also seeking damages from the Grand for sullying his name.
Johnston says he was thoroughly drunk during the hours he spent playing pai gow and blackjack at the Grand. His legal team plans to rely on eyewitness testimony and surveillance video to prove that he was visibly intoxicated.
Johnston lives in Ventura and made his fortune in car dealership and real estate ventures.
The Grand issued a statement saying it does not comment on pending litigation.
The state Gaming Control Board is investigating.
So let's gt this straight. His actions are excusable because he was drunk? What's to say his cold streak didn't cause him to have an extra cocktail or 12? I know what apparently Nevada law is supposed to prevent casinos from serving drunk patrons and allowing them to gamble, but shouldn't some of the onus be on Mr. Johnston here?
Mar. 4, 2014 3:19 pm
I remember one of my middle school science fair projects dealt with how well people do on multiplication tables while listening to different types of music. Not all that riveting, I know.
There was no way I was gonna be able to demonstrate nuclear fusion, much less explain what the heck it even is.
For that reason (and probably many others), Jamie Edwards is way smarter than I'll ever be.
He goes to Penwortham Priory Academy in the UK, and was granted $3,350 to work on this project. The school actually gave him money!
It takes quite a few specialty parts to build a reactor. Edwards had to order a vacuum chamber, vacuum pump, tungsten wire, an aluminum rod, and valves, among other supplies. One of the biggest challenges was tracking down and sealing leaks in the vacuum chamber. He also had to attend a radiation safety course before putting the reactor into operation.
Edwards has been keeping a blog during the project's development. He says his teachers started to get worried when a canister of deuterium (also known as heavy hydrogen) showed up via special delivery.
The ultimate goal was to smash together two hydrogen atoms to create helium through nuclear fusion. And Edwards pulled it off. BBC News was on hand to film the experiment's success, to which an excited Edwards said, "I can't believe it!"
Most kids these days seem dumber. No offense. But this kid makes me feel self conscious because I'm twice his age and he's twice as smart as I'll ever be.
Mar. 3, 2014 2:02 pm
It seems like you can make the argument that Ellen DeGeneres is the new Oprah. For starters, she's recognizable by her first name alone. She's got a popular mid-day talk show that makes her millions of dollars, and she likes to give stuff to her audience. So if I'm ever in Burbank, California, it might be beneficial to stop by her show. After ordering pizza for everyone at the Oscars - and getting over 3 million retweets on a selfie, she hooked up everyone at her show yesterday with a Galaxy Note 3. I mean, it's not Oprah giving everyone a car, but still pretty legit.
Official Oscars Predictions
Feb. 28, 2014 2:26 pm
The reason I wanted to make sure I got my Oscar picks in writing for the major categories on Friday was so I CAN GLOAT BIGTIME TODAY that I went 6 for 6. Yeah yeah, John Axford went 18 for 18. But I'm perfect too!
|The cast of Ocean's Fourteen??|
More thoughts on the Oscars:
1) Ellen was...ok. She is very likable but I'm not sure she's a natural on that stage. Her pre-planned bits (selfie, pizza, etc) were ok, but when she had to straight read off a cue card, she struggled. It didn't detract from the night, but there have been better Oscar hosts.
2) Matthew McConaughey is way better than just "alright, alright, alright." He's had a reinvented renaissance over the past few years, and deservedly captured the Best Actor award for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. His acceptance speech was a bit out of focus, but that kinda of played into who McConaughey used to be. It was a good effort at trying to explain his evolution as an actor, but his last few roles have been so damn good that we'll let it slide.
3) Why was Angelina Jolie waving during the selfie?
4) Gravity was technically amazing, and cleaned up all of those types of awards, but it wasn't the best picture. It feels like the Academy got this one right, and really, in my opinion, got all of the big awards right.
Is this cannibalism?
Feb. 27, 2014 2:29 pm
I haven't seen all the movies, and I probably won't watch the actual awards show, but I wanted to put something in writing. With that said, here are my picks for the major categories for this weekend's Academy Awards.
BEST PICTURE: 12 Years a Slave
BEST ACTOR: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
BEST ACTRESS: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
BEST DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
I haven't done too much research, having only seen Gravity and American Hustle out of the nominees, but I did read Entertainment Weekly, so that basically makes me an expert. What do my predictions mean? They mean that American Hustle gets shut out despite being nominated in all five categories, it means that Leonardo DiCaprio remains Oscarless and perhaps most tragically, the love of my life, Amy Adams, doesn't pick up a gold statuette on Sunday.
Making Opening Day a holiday
Feb. 25, 2014 2:39 pm
If you have to stop while reading a story and legitimately ask yourself "Is this cannibalism?" then it's probably not a good sign.
The start-up is called BiteLabs and they propose to take DNA from celebrities and in turn, "grow" artificial meat which will be turned into artisinal salami.
Still not kidding.
Their website suggests "using" such celebrities as Kanye West, Ellen Degeneres, Jennifer Lawrence and James Franco.
That's what the site suggests. I hope this is a prank. I really do. I'm extremely skeptical, and I can't see anyone signing off on doing this. Except maybe Kanye. He's crazy.
Top 10 story lines from Sochi
Feb. 24, 2014 2:00 pm
I've gotta give props where props are due, and this time, they go out to Budweiser.
Making Opening Day a national holiday? I'm on board. It is, after all, the nation's past time.
I've got my tickets secured, and I'll be making the trek (pilgrimage?) to Miller Park for the game.
If it was a holiday? Even better.
|A look at the NL Central's contribution to the overall vote count. I was #103 for Milwaukee!|
The petition needs 100,000 votes and right now, it's only at just over 7,000 with 29 days to go. Vote here (http://www.budweiser.com/opening-day.html) if you feel strongly about this cause, as I do.
Wolf of Sochi
Feb. 21, 2014 3:31 pm
As with any great sporting event, the Sochi Olympics had a mix of both triumph and tragedy over the course of the Winter Games. Here's a look at the top ten story lines - in no particular order - that came out of Russia over the past couple of weeks.
Before the Games actually began, the talk was all about #SochiProblems and the various calamities that visitors, namely the American media, had while getting set up in their respective hotel rooms. The hashtag inspired a number of different Twitter accounts but ultimately fizzled out as the competition began. The lone wolf wandering the hotel room turned out to be a prank masterminded by Jimmy Kimmel, and controversies surrounding civil unrest and anti-gay legislation never came to fruition. One thing we did get was this lovely mashup by DJ Steve Porter entitled "Mo Sochi, Mo Problems."
2) Big name Americans falling short
-It seemed that night after night, the biggest story for fans of the American Olympic team wasn't about who took home a medal, but rather about which big name didn't. Shaun White failed to medal on the snowboard halfpipe, even after pulling out of the slopestyle event. Shani Davis finished a disappointing 8th in the 1,000-meter race, 11th in the 1,500 and 24th in the 500. Lindsey Jacobellis was again in the lead in the snowboard cross, and again took a tumble to keep her off the medal stand.
3) Stray dogs
While some of the Americans may not have performed as well as they would have hoped, the U.S. team showed their kind hearts on social media, especially taking notice to the stray dogs that found their way into the Olympic village.
Many members of the U.S. team, from Jacobellis to goaltender Ryan Miller, have posted pictures
and a few have even made travel arrangements to bring the puppies home with them. Russian billionaire Oleg Derpaska has even donated $15,000 to start up a charity to provide housing and look for homes for the stray dogs.
4) Slalom star
While almost all of the big-name American Olympians fell short, one potential star was born for the U.S. in Sochi. 18-year old Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest gold medal winner in Alpine skiing, winning the slalom for the United States. While Lindsey Vonn missed the Games recovering from injury, Shiffrin stepped into her event and brought home gold. It may have not been a surprise to the skiing community, but Shiffrin will likely be a marketing fixture
for the United States for future Winter Olympics.
5) Bob Costas
-While some high-profile Americans fell short, the majority of the buzz stateside was coming from those who just couldn't look away from Bob Costas' eye infection. He tried to gut through it at first, but shortly after, NBC had to call in Matt Lauer and then Merideth Viera to fill Costas' anchor role. Costas eventually returned to the anchor's chair this past Monday to the Olympic coverage with less discomfort, but was not immune to playful jabs
from Lauer and the rest of his NBC colleagues.
6) Dutch speed skating
No country was as dominant in any one event as the Netherlands was in speed skating. The Dutch captured 23 medals - eight gold, seven silver and eight bronze - of the 26 offered in the sport, which accounted for all but one of the country's medals. The eight gold medals set a record for the most in a sport for any one country, and the Dutch captured 21 of the 30 individual medals available in the sport.
7) Host Russia wins the medal count
Russia became the first host country to win the both the gold and the overall medal count since Norway won in Oslo in 1952, coming away with 13 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze medals. The Russians punctuated their medal count with four on the Games' final day, including sweeping the 50km cross country ski medal stand and earning gold in the four-man bobsled.
8) Canadian hockey
While the Russians did end up winning the overall medal count, Putin made no secret that is was the men's hockey gold that he coveted most. While Alex Ovechkin and the Russians came up well short, it was the Canadians that reigned supreme in both the men's and women's bracket. The women's gold medal game was as thrilling as any in recent memory, as the Canadians scored two goals in the final 3:30 to tie the game, before snatching the gold away from the U.S. in overtime. The Canadian men were a bit more dominant in the medal round, shutting down the Americans in a 1-0 semifinal win, before securing a 3-0 win over top-seeded Sweden in the gold medal game.
9) Figure skating controversy
To many, it appeared that 2010 Olympic gold medalist Yuna Kim of South Korea had performed more than well enough to claim her second straight figure skating gold, but Kim had to settle for silver after Russian Adelina Sotnikova was awarded gold by the judging panel
. It seemed like a scandal could be in the making, due to some last minute judging switches
, but so far, the South Korean Olympic federation has yet to file an official protest. The IOC, of course, is saying there's no controversy, but we've likely not heard the last on the topic.
While there was no bona fide breakout star in competition for the United States, the two Americans that made a name for themselves, perhaps more than any other, were Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir. They've been praised for their "quick, critical analysis
" of figure skating and the duo has taken social media
by storm as well. And good news
for Tara and Johnny fans - they'll be providing analysis at the Oscars this Sunday and will be contributing to Access Hollywood as well.
Feb. 20, 2014 12:01 pm
While Jimmy Fallon garnered all the headlines this week breaking into the Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel continued to prove he's a late night force to be reckoned with. He's the current king prankster of late night television.
Kids Falling On Ice
Feb. 18, 2014 10:10 am
It's no secret that Americans love their sporting events, but there's something about events pitting one country against each other that makes it special. It would never work, but can you imagine if there was a league for something like this? Take the NFL for example. Say there were 30 countries around the world that were pretty good at (our version of) football. USA vs Germany one week, China the next. A crazy rivalry with Mexico and Canada? I'd love it. It would never work, and would totally devalue events like the Olympics and the World Cup, but it would be awesome. For now, we've got big world events to look forward every other year (or so).
On that same front, since the Olympics are such a novelty, I'll watch anything. I found myself getting really into the Switzerland vs Sweden women's hockey bronze medal game this morning. I spent three hours watching USA and Canada battle it out this afternoon, and I'll do the same with men's hockey tomorrow. Figure skating is my favorite thing ever. And by ever, I mean for two weeks every four years. I can't get enough, and I'll be sad to see them go.
|Captain America, Zach Parise|
Hope your Valentine's Day goes better than this
Feb. 14, 2014 7:38 am
This should make you feel better about the weather. It also kind of makes you a bad person, but that's totally ok.
I love his running commentary. I hope to be that type of dad some day.
Feb. 13, 2014 6:51 am
They say all women have a little crazy in them. Some...have more than others.
Take Ashley Marie Prenovost for example.
Prenovost was arrested on a variety of charges, including assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal damage. And I have to think she's now probably single.
Feb. 11, 2014 7:42 am
One of the things I enjoy asking women about this time of year is their feelings on Valentine's Day. Some love it, some detest it, some fall somewhere in between. For many, it can depend on whether or not they have a special someone to celebrate with, but for some, they feel the way they do whether they're single attached or...somewhere in between.
I understand why some would love it, and I think, on some level, all women do. Or at least they want to love it. Flowers, chocolates, special treatment, so on and so forth, blah de blah. For some, it's very materialistic. I've seen that first hand, and....it's not my favorite. Sorry ladies.
Some see it more as a special opportunity to spend extra time with that person they care about. Boooooooooooooooooooring. What a crock of bs. That's the line they say because that's what they feel they are "supposed" to say. For a minuscule minority, that sentiment is probably genuine. But that's a fraction of the female population. In my
Do I seem cynical? Yes. Do I have reason to be? In my opinion, yes. (Long story there. (Kind of.))
But let me iterate something. MEN - IF YOU HAVE A VALENTINE, THEY HAVE EXPECTATIONS. You don't have to go overboard, but a genuine gesture goes a looooooong way.
Olympic Death Traps
Feb. 10, 2014 6:11 am
See a resemblance here?
On the left is Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. On the right is actor Will Ferrell. The lookalikes have a bit of a "feud" (chronicled here: http://www.funnyordie.com/lists/ce4df3b78d/will-ferrell-is-chad-smith-from-the-red-hot-chili-peppers?ts=1391722206) and they're ready to duel.
Here's what Ferrell posted on Reddit:
Hi, Chad. Will Ferrell here. I saw your video and I graciously accept your invitation to a drum battle. If we can raise $300,000 for Cancer for College I will face off with you in the greatest drum vs. cowbell showdown the world has ever seen. We can do it on stage at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert or in front of a mutually convenient public library. Your call.
I'd watch that.
Feb. 7, 2014 3:34 pm
So far, so good for the Olympic games. It seems that much of the hype surrounding the less-than-adequate conditions of the hotels has not transferred over to the competitive venues, and that's a beautiful thing.
The Olympics came at a perfect time this year, as pick right up where football left off. I spent most of my Sunday watching the various events, and I came to the conclusion that a lot of the events have something in common. That common thread? I'd probably end up dead if I tried to participate in the sports in a competitive manner.
|Via Getty Images|
The big hitters:
Alpine skiing - They're going upwards of 80 mph flying down this course! How they stay in control is beyond me. I was watching yesterday in absolute terror.
Freestyle skiing/Slopestyle - Not only are they going down hill, but they're doing flips and corkscrews and 1080s and stuff. Lots of opportunities for me to get paralyzed.
Luge/skeleton - The only difference would be whether or not I kill myself laying on my back or on my stomach.
Ski jumping - They're jumping the length of a football field!!
Speed skating - Those skates seem really sharp. I trip and take one to the jugular? Likely.
Cross country skiing - I would just die of exhaustion in this one.
Sochi toilet trouble
Feb. 6, 2014 2:20 pm
At this point, you still remember what happened in the game at the Super Bowl, but do you really remember the commercials? I think it's good when companies follow up with their ads to make them stick.
Here's what I'm talking about, from Chobani Yogurt:
Priceless. Am I gonna buy Chobani Yogurt? Probably not. But I am talking about it.
Feb. 5, 2014 11:53 am
I know I keep ragging on the Sochi Olympics and their barely underway, but there's a ton of fodder material, so it's been pretty easy.
Take this picture, tweeted out by Yahoo! hockey writer Greg Wyshynski:
They can't flush the toilets? This seems like something they should have considered. Sochi was awarded these games in 2007 and spent $44 billion on them already. Yet the media doesn't have working toilets.
NEW OREO ALERT
Feb. 4, 2014 2:01 pm
I have a long sports bucket list, and on that list is to attend events at both the summer and winter Olympics. I wasn't in a position to be able to afford to go to Vancouver in 2010 (still in college) or Atlanta in 1996 (I was 8), but I know they'll make their way back to North America soon. Heck, if the circumstances are right, a trip to Korea for the winter Olympics in 2018 or Tokyo for the summer games in 2020 isn't out of the question.
But Russia? Nothing about that sounds like a tourist destination.I'm adventurous, sure, and like to explore new places, but I want to know with relative certainty that I'll make it home alive. If I'm gonna drop a pretty penny to go to the Olympics, I want to experience a little more of the region too. Nothing about Sochi, Russia sounds appealing.
I'm not surprised that attendance is down, but this might be the real reason people stay home.
More than half of Americans think a terrorist attack on the Games is likely, a poll shows. The results of the CNN/ORC poll come a day after U.S. officials said they had specific reasons to worry about security in Russia. Games was likely. Of those surveyed for the CNN/ORC poll, 57% said a trrorist attack on the Sochi Games was likely.
That poll is saying that a terrorist attack isn't just possible. But likely. I feel the same way but boy, do I hope I'm wrong.
Apparently these two delicacies hit shelves yesterday, and I'm seriously considering leaving work right now to run to Festival and pick some up.
I don't necessarily have a sweet tooth, but both of these look incredible. I love cookie dough (probably more than I like cookies) and Rice Krispies are possibly one of my favorite desserts ever. WHAT TOOK SO LONG FOR OREO TO GET THEIR ACTS TOGETHER and put out something like this? They've put out some pretty terrible cookies of recent - like banana split, which smells like a diaper filled with Indian food - but these look amazing. I just ate lunch, but holy moly am I excited for these. I'll report back tomorrow with my findings.