Monday, April 9, 2012

YES network?  More like the YEESH network!  The Yankees are 0-3...

Friday, April 6, 2012

The other day I wrote how Tucker Max and his publicist, Ryan Holiday, were trying to gain publicity following a failed attempt to donate $500,000 to Planned Parenthood.  A bunch of websites subsequently debated whether Tucker Max was a misogynist. Maybe he is.  Maybe he isn't.

What matters is that I thought the $500,000 amount was bogus from the start.  I'm not naturally a cynical guy, but this is Tucker Max.  Also, his publicist has previously been caught lying about extravagant money deals.

Since then, Max and Holiday both made updates in which they addressed where the charity donations ultimately went.

In an update for his Forbes article, Holiday wrote:  "Ultimately donations were made to a handful of other charities instead."

Tucker Max posted a rant on his website about the whole deal.  Halfway through, in parentheses, he wrote:  "anyway, I found charities who were happy to take it."  So, neither of them specifies how much money was eventually donated, or where it was donated to.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Alright, I made a screenshot of Baseball Prospectus's ever-changing 2012 predictions.

Last year, I noted how Baseball Prospectus listed the Tampa Bay Rays' playoff chances as 0.0%.  Zero percent.  Of course, the Rays made the playoffs.  I wonder what supposedly impossible things will happen this year?

Already, the Mets are in first place.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tucker Max, the author and the former nemesis of the Massler family, was in some news yesterday.  Tucker's publicist, Ryan Holiday, wrote an opinion piece for Forbes talking about Tucker's unsuccessful efforts to donate $500,000 to Planned Parenthood in exchange for getting a clinic named after him.

Several blogs explained Planned Parenthood's rationale for rejecting the donation, but I think they're missing an important detail:  I don't think that Tucker Max ever tried to donate $500,000 in the first place.  Last November, Ryan Holiday tried to spread a fabricated story about signing a "major" book deal for (allegedly) $500,000.  The Observer soon revealed that it was a hoax with the sole intention of garnering publicity.  They ran some excerpts from Ryan Holiday's book proposal, including this one:

"The press release announcing the sale of this book is the perfect opportunity to create a compelling yet fake spectacle about the book. Relying on the fact that blogs and media outlets simply take for granted whatever is stated in a release, we will state in the press release that the advance given for this book was a spectacular sum."

So now, Ryan Holiday is trying to start another controversy which coincidentally involves the exact same amount of money.   

I left a comment on the Forbes post asking Holiday about the Observer article, and why his story should be trusted in this case, but the comment was deleted.  (I assume he's the one who deleted it.)  So I left a second comment, and that was deleted, too.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

I don't usually laugh at random YouTube comments, but I went to find that Gillette "Around the World" commercial, just to make sure it wasn't an actual promotional stunt, and one of the top comments read:

fuck this commercial. shaving on a boat in italy. shut the fuck up the only 
thing that didn't change was my razor fuck you


I think the lack of grammar makes it better.

Monday, April 2, 2012

I had a brilliant entrepreneurial idea:  All the yoga mats I see people carrying around on the streets are a solid color:  Purple or teal or maroon or whatever.  But what if you customized yoga mats with a picture of your choice?  They could be as varied as beach towels--more varied, in fact.  Grandparents could have pictures of their grand-kids.  Guys could put pictures of hot girls on their yoga mat--which would make the hour spent doing yoga far less boring.    

But then I saw that bitch Jennifer Aniston presenting one to Oprah on her show.  So much for that idea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv-SGyZb4_0

I'll have to come up with another idea later this week.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The website Fark.com had a link on January 13th titled:
"The breakdown of the budget for Star Wars in 1977.  Inflation is a biatch."

Fark's link led to a post on io9.com.  The io9 post had an image of the film's original budget.

io9.com had borrowed the story from Comicsalliance.com

Comicsalliance.com had borrowed the story from Blastr.com

Blastr.com had borrowed the story from FilmDetail.com

FilmDetail.com had taken the image from a book called The Hollywood Story, published in 2003.  The author of the post, Ambrose Heron, mentioned he had come across The Hollywood Story in a bookstore, and that The Hollywood Story had reprinted the image from Anatomy of the Movies, published in 1981.  

Ambrose had scanned the image onto his flickr account.

The Fark post had been clicked 14,131 times.
The i09 post had been viewed 26,857 times, which would indicate more than half its viewers came from Fark.
Ambrose's photo on flickr of the budget has been viewed 174 times.

The Fark posts had 65 comments.
The i09 post had 25 comments
The ComicsAlliance post had 3 comments
The Blastr post had 18 comments.
The FilmDetail post had 0 comments.

At the bottom of the FilmDetail post was a line reading: "If you enjoyed this article, please consider sharing it!"  And there were links for reddit, facebook, twitter, and del.icio.us

Sunday, February 26, 2012

I wonder if Zooey Deschanel has some cosmic rationale for behaving the way she does?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I wrote this after the AFC Championship game but didn’t want to post it at the time:

The Patriots won...but at least I don't have to see people use that stupid line about how "The Patriots haven't beaten anyone with an above-.500 record," despite the fact the Jets (8-6), Broncos (8-7), Chargers (8-7), Raiders (8-7), Eagles (8-7), and Cowboys (8-7) all had above-.500 records if you don’t include their games versus the Patriots. 

In fact, if the Patriots had lost their second game vs. the Jets on Nov. 13th (but still won the first matchup on Oct. 9th) then the Jets would have finished 9-7, which would have given the Patriots a win against an above-.500 team.  So the REAL-LIFE Patriots were better than a HYPOTHETICAL Patriots team that (in this scenario) had a win against an above-.500 team.