Friday, July 31, 2015

So at the end of Man of Steel, does the army know Superman's identity?  It seems like they would.  He blatantly states that he's from Kansas, plus they must have interrogated Lois Lane at some point.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

In The Social Network, why are those two random guys in Erica's dorm reading Mark Zuckerberg's blog?  He's just some random nerd at that point, and they don't even go to the same school as him.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I've gone, like, six hours without caffeine.  That's got to be some kind of world record.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Red Letter Media reviewed Pixels, and the guys mentioned how the 2-minute animated short (also called Pixels) was far better than the bloated, full-length movie version.

Is that somehow a metaphor for life? do I embed a Vimeo video in this post?
Whatever.  Here's the direct link:

Monday, July 27, 2015

Am I the only one who finds it really relaxing to watch chiropractic adjustment videos on YouTube?

Like this one:

Sunday, July 26, 2015

I can't bring myself to attempt the Sunday crossword.  It's TOO BIG.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Never once have I wanted a cashier to hand me my change on top of the receipt.

Friday, July 24, 2015

There's a random YouTube account named "LWTHighlights," and last month it uploaded its one and only video to date:  A clip of John Oliver chugging a Bud Light Lime.

Oliver was chugging the Bud Light Lime to celebrate the (pending) resignation of Sepp Blatter, and it was a highly anticipated event, much like how a main event on Monday Night Raw might get announced a full week in advance.  For whatever reason, the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel never uploaded this part of the episode, which left an opening for "LWTHighlights" to swoop in .

The clip is grainy and low-quality.  But still, it's got over 1,600,00 views.  And a bunch of websites, such as UpRoxx, embedded the clip shortly after it had been posted:

So what I'm wondering is:  Was any particular person behind the LWTHighlights channel, and how did the folks at Last Week Tonight feel about it?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I hate the Thursday crossword puzzle, because you never know if there's going to be some stupid gimmick answer.

[Su][per][cal]I[frag]i[lis][tic][ex][pi][al]i[do][cious]?  The division of those letters doesn't even follow a pattern!

At least I saved myself about 18 minutes this morning by tapping out early.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I've gone back to regularly checking Twitter throughout the day.  It's actually less stressful to check Twitter than other sites, because the tab (if you keep it open) will pop up with a notification showing how many new tweets there are.  And if there are no notifications, then you can go, "Alright, back to work for another three minutes."

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I was riding the subway, and during a stop the public address system gave a reminder that "soliciting money on the subway is illegal."

Seriously??!  I see that happen all the time!

Monday, July 20, 2015

God damn the WWE Network.  I re-subscribed yesterday, due mainly to the fact there was a pay-per-view event, and sure enough the main event of the show ended with a screwjob finish.

I suppose it's not the fault of the network so much as the bookers, but it's just really hard to get emotionally invested in anything they're producing nowadays.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

WWE sent me an e-mail a few days ago about the WWE Network, saying: "We Want You Back!"  (I had unsubscribed in June.)  Usually when you get these type of e-mails the company will try to include a special discount for returning, such as a free month or some other perk.  But nope, it's still $9.99.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Meh.  I think I'm overthinking this whole "how do I consume online news" question.  If I were just a little more disciplined in terms of working, then I wouldn't be so troubled by what to do during my spurts of procrastination.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Digg has turned into a pretty good curating site, but it's not perfect.  At any given point, the Digg homepage presents 60 stories from a variety of sources.  The problem is these stories aren't archived, and they're presented in a reverse-chronological order.  So whenever a new story is added, that means one of the older stories drops off the bottom of the CMS conveyor belt.  The entire presentation gets refreshed over the course of 24-to-36 hours (I haven't bothered measuring it precisely), which means you've got to check in at least once per day to guarantee you don't miss any stories!  That's fucking stressful...So what I think I'll do is check out once per week and bring up the snapshot of Digg from each day.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Okay, I'm definitely switching to the "Only check Twitter once a day" pattern.  Ugh...If I worked for a place like Slate, I'd probably write a stupid fucking trend piece about this.

Maybe I can find some people who were re-tweeting that Ultimate Marvel piece I mentioned earlier.  That way, I won't have to follow the author, but I can follow people who recommend the author's pieces.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I'm doing a little experiment today.  I haven't checked my main Twitter account since around 9 A.M.  So let's see how long it takes to scroll through all the tweets when I finally do sign in sometime after midnight...

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The CVS self-checkout is great when you want to break a $50 but you don't want to tip the human cashier off to what you're doing.

Monday, July 13, 2015

I watched the Conor McGregor fight live via a random person's Periscope account.  I'm not exactly proud of that, but I don't regret it, either.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

He made three more Minion tweets since yesterday, although this one--
Fucked up that minions are a male-only culture and yet they're attracted to women
seems to raise a good point.  Thanks, @insopherable.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

I un-followed three more people on Twitter.  One of the accounts was Abraham Riesman, whose columns over at Vulture I really enjoy.  However, when he's tweeting, his column-to-noise ratio is something like 1-to-30. 

Incidentally, he wrote a really nice history about Ultimate Marvel, which you can read here:

So the challenge is: How do I only read the good stuff, and block out all the random musings and jokes and stuff?  (For instance, three hours ago he re-tweeted a comment which says, "I think my dad likes minions.")  I don't mean to say the jokes are bad or anything, but if my intention is to form a Twitter feed which I can peruse in its entirety every single day, then I don't need 50 random jokes about Minions.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Why do the athletes at The Players Tribune always write letters to their younger selves?  The way it works is you write a letter to your older self.  For example:
Dear me in 10 years: I sure hope those concussion symptoms haven't gotten worse!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Reeves Wiedeman recently published an article about the troubled history of The Undefeated--which was supposed to be an ESPN vanity site focusing on black sports and culture:

Reeves is a pretty good writer, so I checked who he follows on Twitter to try and crib some notes.  He recently started following The Undefeated, as well Jason Whitlock (the subject of the article) and a handful of other black sports journalists.  So I assume he followed all those people during the course of researching his article.

He also recently began following, which describes itself as "The enthusiast's resource for all things spirited."  So perhaps he's thinking about writing an essay about bourbon.  I hope so.  That sounds like an interesting topic!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

I don't normally pick up the Village Voice, but the art on this week's cover was eye-catching enough to make me get a copy:

Monday, July 6, 2015

Twitter needs to knock off that annoying "While you were away" feature.

If you highlight a select number of tweet from when I was away, then I'll just worry about all the other tweets which you aren't showing me!  My goal is to read all the tweets in my timeline each day.  Okay?  So there's no need to highlight one or two at a time!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

I have a bunch of "Quicksilver" brand socks, and they're the most uncomfortable fucking socks I've ever tried to put on.  Damn them.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

It's weird how Donald Trump just has a typical Google+ page, and apparently people can write comments under his profile photo:

Friday, July 3, 2015

This was a fun game.  I got up to Tiger.  A quick "trick" I found is to go row-by-row, and examine the boxes one row at a time, rather than trying to take in the entire field at once:

Thursday, July 2, 2015

I was renting a DVD from the library, and a couple of Chinese toddlers were making a fuss while their Mom (or possibly caretaker) dealt with the librarian.  Then one of the kids tottered face-first into the desk and began to cry.  It made me laugh.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

One of the accounts I unfollowed was Digiday.  I like the site, but following the Twitter account is just very mildly taxing.  The Digiday homepage allows you to scroll down to see all its stories in reverse chronological order.  It's really convenient, so you don't have to check the website more than once per week, since Digiday doesn't deal with breaking stories.