Sick of BaggyPants Snowboard Style at Sochi!

Great article! It’s hard enough getting young men in my office to pull up their fucking pants without them seeing Olympic athletes baring all. Why does every male under the age of 30 think we want to know his brand of underwear?

Good riddance to the skate-punk Sochi Olympics
Whatever happened to athletic artistry and elegance?
By Damon Linker

Pull up your pants, brah, this is the Olympics.

With the 2014 Winter Olympics coming to an end on Sunday evening, I can’t help but wonder if I’m the only one who found something deeply dissatisfying about them.

I don’t mean to denigrate the efforts and achievements of any of the athletes. Everyone works incredibly hard to make it into the Games, and those who come out on top possess physical prowess so far in excess of my abilities that they might as well be considered members of a different species.

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Free Beer in Sochi! For Canadians

Molson’s only requirement is that you are a citizen of the great frozen land up up North. To unlock the fridge, a Canadian passport must be scanned before beer is available. Once proven Canadian, the door will click open and cold beer is made readily available.

Gawd i love canucks!
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http://www.foodbeast.com/2014/02/11/canadian-only-beer-fridge-spotted-in-sochi/Molson Beer Fridge

If You’re Not Lucas You’re Doomed So Give Up Now

I always thought movie effects guys made out like fiends (or at least got paid massive bucks) when their movies hit big. Looks like I’m still on StarWars/LucasArts time. Harryhausen even.

Apparently, these days, if you work hard and dream big and create an amazing movie and work 18 hours a day for months or years on end, hunched over computers, going blind and deaf and starving and getting leg cramps and scurvy and your significant others leave you because you’re never home, you’re just a schmuck. A loser. Roadkill.

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In 2011-12, the VFX company Rhythm & Hues created the astounding effects for Ang Lee’s gorgeous movie The Life of Pi. Then they went bankrupt, fired their staff, and went out of business. Two weeks later they won an Oscar. The new documentary Life After Pi shows how this insanity was made possible.
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As we’ve previously chronicled here, movie studios so vastly underpaid for the work these companies do — the work which makes most modern blockbusters possible, by the way — while denying them any access to the film’s profits. So a company like Rhythm & Hues can be hired repeatedly, do amazing, Oscar-winning work, and then still go out of business.

This documentary was made by former Rhythm & Hues employees, and will be released online in its entirety on February 25th. Then it’ll become part of a full-length documentary called Hollywood Ending, about “the larger, complex challenges facing the US Film Industry and the many professionals working within it, whose fates and livelihood are intertwined.” For more info on Life After Pi or Hollywood Ending, click here

This great piece is from HERE

Notes and whatnot

how to protect your books http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/10/drm-be-damned-how-to-protect-your-amazon-e-books-from-being-deleted/

kindle madness http://apprenticealf.wordpress.com/

http://blog.hotspotshield.com/2014/02/06/how-to-watch-the-sochi-olympics-with-bbc/?utm_source=Outbrain&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=blog&utm_campaign=content

http://keepingscore.blogs.time.com/2014/02/07/sochiproblems-is-way-more-popular-than-the-official-sochi-account-on-twitter/

http://www.financialgazette.co.zw/mubobobo-the-bluetooth-version-of-rape/

Tribute to Evgeni Plushenko

Enough of the pics of his last skate, bent over and in pain. I hope that as soon as he was off camera they shot him up with every single banned drug they could get their hands on. Right now he should be floating on a morphine cloud if there’s any justice in this world.

Here’s the Evgeni Plushenko I remember. What an amazing skater. Always a thrill to watch

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Enjoy your retirement Evgeny! We’ll miss you

Ernest Hemingway’s Favorite Hamburger

I love hamburgers. Or rather, cheeseburgers. I’m officially starting a section on oddball hamburger recipes. I prob wouldn’t enjoy this one but it’s certainly full of “sundry” so it fits right in.

Here’s Ernest Hemingway’s favorite Hamburger recipe. The credit on the image is from the Museum of Ernest Hemingway in Cuba. I saw this on BBC News’ website here.

I dunno about this. First off, what is Picadilli? Besides a place in London. I know I could look it up but what’s the fun in that? I’d rather wallow in ignorance.

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Where to Watch Sochi Olympics on the TV Machine

Yes, I know. We have smartphones, tablets, etc. Who needs a schedule of broadcast TV to watch the Sochi Olympics?

I do. And since this is my blog you can shut up.

Happily, NBC (#NBCFail) continues their complete inadequacy and forces me to find the TV schedule ANYWHERE BESIDES AN NBC WEBSITE.

I’m in the US. In the northeast. In New York even.

Apparently, expecting the broadcast TV station NBC based in NEW YORK to provide a broadcast TV schedule to people WATCHING BROADCAST TV IN NEW YORK is too much to ask. Useless.

Here’s a nice overview of the schedule (that did NOT come from NBC)

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One of our local newspapers posted a great, comprehensive, schedule of the Olympics coverage on TV. That would be on a variety of NBC channels, NONE of which provide this info. At all. Bastards.

I’ve posted it here

Woo hoo! Sochi Olympics TV Schedule!

And Now No Pillows

Sochi Is Running Out of Pillows

Four days before the Winter Games begin, Sochi staffers are looking for a few goose men

The Olympics officially kick off Friday. We imagine many a staffer and volunteer are scurrying around the Black Sea resort of Sochi, trying to prepare for the glamorous opening ceremony and making sure all security protocols are in place. But it turns out that Russia, despite spending a reported $51 billion on the most expensive Olympics ever, neglected a few key details.

It appears there aren’t enough pillows for the athletes in the Olympic Village. This news comes via the Instagram posts of Luiza Baybakova, a member of the catering staff for the games..

Sochi is clearly and massively underprepared. It’s sad and alarming, considering the allegations of corruption and abuse surrounding these games. But there’s at least one amusing takeaway: the hashtags posted by Baybakova (which admittedly might seem funnier in English): “Help with the pillows! #Sochi2014 #Olympics #OlympicCamp #OlympicVillage #ManyAthletes #PillowForEveryone #TakingPillows #CantSleepWithNoPillow.”

On a subsequent post featuring a pillow, she added, “#TheyreTakingOurPillows #OlympicPillow #WhereDoAthletesComeFrom #PlzDontTake.”

And here’s a notice to volunteers, which translates as follows:

“ATTENTION, DEAR COLLEAGUES!

Due to an extreme shortage of pillows for athletes who unexpectedly arrived to Olympic Village in the mountains, there will be a transfer of pillows from all apartments to the storehouse on 2 February 2014. Please be understanding. We have to help the athletes out of this bind.”

Yes, i Said “Giant Wooden Penis”

Pranksters: 1
Kremlin Critic: 0

Last Monday, when Katya Romanovskaya left her Moscow apartment for work, she discovered that her car had a giant phallus strapped to it with a metal chain. Upon further examination, she discovered that the shaft was made out of one tree trunk, the veins elaborately, carefully carved. Two other, smaller pieces of wood were attached to either side. It was hard to remove: the thing weighed well over 200 lbs.

full story here: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116460/wooden-cock-putin-critics-car-russia … pic.twitter.com/jUxdPXYLBj