Friday, April 14, 2017

DWAYNE JOHNSON INCREASES THE NUMBER OF GRATUITOUS BICEP FLEXES LESS THAN YOU MIGHT EXPECT:  In preparation for today's eighth installment, Bloomberg goes all Nate Silver on the Fast and Furious franchise.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

FOR WANT OF A COMMA, WE HAVE THIS CASE:  And it's a doozy, as the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit endeavors to construe this Oxford comma-free statute, in which overtime protection does not apply to ...
The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of:
(1) Agricultural produce;
(2) Meat and fish products; and
(3) Perishable foods.
[2011 grammar rodeo.]

Monday, February 27, 2017

I'M SO HUNGRY, I COULD EAT AT ARBY'S:  The Ringer ranks the Top 50 Fast Food Items.  I'm sure there will be much disagreement.
SO, THAT HAPPENED:  I think have this right -- Warren Beatty realized there was something wrong with the card inside the award envelope, looked carefully for a second card, and then when it wasn't there ... he punted to Faye Dunaway, who saw "La La Land" on the card and didn't look further. Hard to blame either for not knowing how to handle something almost-unprecedented.

I haven't seen many of this year's nominated films, but I have now seen the John Mulaney/Nick Kroll monologue from the Independent Spirit Awards and it's much better than any of Kimmel's bits last night.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

DON'T TAKE THE LAW INTO YOUR OWN HANDS, YOU TAKE 'EM TO COURT:  The Honorable Joseph Wapner, dead at the age of 97.

Also, I take judicial notice that this is a case of premorse.

Friday, February 17, 2017

BEER, OR TOY?  Hasbro has filed to protect the scent of Play-Doh as a trademark in the US, describing it as "A unique scent formed through the combination of a sweet, slightly musky, vanilla-like fragrance, with slight overtones of cherry, and the natural smell of a salted, wheat-based dough."
FIRST THEY CAME FOR TAN M&MS:  And then in 2013 they were going to remove a Monopoly piece and I cried "Protect The Thimble!" and they smelted the iron instead, replacing it with a cat.

So now they are coming for the Thimble, and "potential new additions include a series of emojis, modern vehicles like a helicopter and a speedbike, and a freaking Tyrannosaurus Rex." 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

TWELFTH ANNUAL SEASON-ENDING BIG GAME POOL:  Five questions, one quietly persistent blog:
1. Winner/final score.
2. Official Game MVP.
3. Which advertiser tops the USA Today Super Bowl Ad Meter?
4. Predict Lady Gaga's setlist.
5. Either predict whether Luke Bryan's National Anthem performance will be over/under 2:15, or say something about the Schuyler Sisters' performance of "America the Beautiful."
Tiebreaker: pick a prop bet Get it right. The tougher the odds, the better you do.

Previous winners: 2006: Benner; 2007: me; 2008: Joseph J. Finn ; 2009: Scott; 2010: Scott again; 2011: GoldnI; 2012: Phil; 2013: Benner; 2014: Isaac Spaceman, 2015: StvMg, and 2016: Lou Wainwright. As they will tell you, the prizes are Fame and Glory within this community, but nothing financial.

My answers: New England 31-23, Chris Hogan, Anheuser-Busch because I always pick them (probably the Spuds McKenzie ad), Just Dance/Poker Face/(Something Recent That I Haven't Heard)/Born This Way/Edge of Glory, Under (and they won't be in costume, sadly), and Devonta Freeman under 54.5 rushing yards.
ANNALS OF UNORTHODOX MEDICAL RESEARCH:  Having trouble passing a kidney stone?  Ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disney World.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

OKAY, CAMPERS, RISE AND SHINE, AND DON'T FORGET YOUR BOOTIES 'CAUSE IT'S COOOOOOLD OUT THERE TODAY: It's February 2, so it's time to talk about the movie again. Do you buy the whole Buddhist thing, or should we just quote lines for a while and generally discuss its awesomeness?

Participate in this thread, or it's gonna be cold, it's gonna be grey, and it's gonna last you for the rest of your life.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

OH THIS FEUD, YEAH, THIS FEUD'S STILL ALIVE: Most of the time, which members of a band get into the Rock Hall of Fame is pretty uncontroversial (notwithstanding Axl Rose's mild fit about who got in for Guns N' Roses), but Pearl Jam will be inducted with drummers Dave Krusen (who drummed on Ten) and current drummer Matt Cameron, not either Dave Abbruzzese (who drummed for the Ten tour, Vs., and all but 2 songs on Vitalogy) or Jack Irons (who drummed from 1994-1998).