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Larry Predicted It :)

newspaperHere's a scene from this past season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. As you'll see, Larry and Jeff discuss the use of smiley faces in texts and Larry predicts the New York Times will eventually use it in a headline.

Yesterday, the New York Times published this article with the headline "Twitter Study Tracks When We Are :)".

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Bonus Larry David Prediction: The Red Sox went 6-17 down the stretch after Bill Buckner's appearance. Larry David just happens to be a big Yankees fan.


The United States Debt Crisis Explained

United States Debt CrisisAmerica’s dismal debt crisis is awfully confusing. At least I find it confusing. Maybe you've got it all figured out.

This video simplifies things nicely.

Is there anything else I need to know?


It's Not The Heat, It's The Stupidity

sunAn Associated Press article got my attention with the headline "Northeast braces for temps near boiling point".

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That's pretty scary stuff. The boiling point, of course, would be 100°C or 212°F. What exactly are these temps near 100°C or 212°F?

Boston's 99 degrees on Friday could feel like 105 degrees; Philadelphia's 102 degrees like 114 degrees and Washington, D.C.'s 103 degrees may seem the same as a melting 116 degrees.

Really, Associated Press? Aren't you still trying to pass as a legitimate news service? Has it come to this?

It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.


The Royal Wedding

weddingHave you heard Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton are getting hitched? Friday at Westminster Abbey, I hear. I honestly could not care less.

Judging from the television coverage, I'm the exception. When I catch a news item on the royal wedding, I can't click away fast enough. I simply don't care at all... not even a little bit.

I care more about the ISAF Nations Cup Asian Regional Sailing Final from this May at the Doha Sailing Club in Qatar. I hear good things about Shaikh Ayaz...

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If you're into the royal wedding this Friday, please tell me why and help me understand the allure.


Campbell's "25% Less Sodium" Tomato Soup Controversy

foodI enjoy the TIL entries on Reddit. TIL stands for "today I learned" and that's where I found out Campbell's "Regular" And "25% Less Sodium" tomato soup both contain 480mg of sodium.

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Campbell's reply is that the "25% less sodium" claim is as compared to the average of "all varieties" of condensed soup, not tomato. "Campbell has complete confidence in the accuracy of our labels and our marketing communications and that they meet regulatory and other legal requirements," the company told Reuters.

I'm calling bullshit on Cambell's reply. They knew exactly what they were doing, and who amongst us wouldn't assume their "25% less sodium" tomato soup contains less salt than their regular Campbell's tomato soup?

And the kicker? Campbell's "25% less sodium" tomato soup costs more.


Mark McAllister's Minor Medical Issue

tvGlobal News Toronto reporter Mark McAllister suffered what's being described as a "minor medical issue" while live on the air Monday night.

Here he is, struggling to speak about defence minister Peter MacKay.

He's been back on the air since and claims to be feeling fine. Here's hoping that moment of disorientation wasn't caused by anything serious.


Charlie Sheen a Fascinating Quotation Machine

quotesThis public unveiling of Charlie Sheen's insanity is fascinating. Now don't get me wrong, mental illness is not funny and if Sheen is manic, and I'm sure he is, I hope he gets proper treatment, but...

The Charlie Sheen quotes from his recent gush of interviews are spectacular. Here are a couple of my favourites.

I am on a drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen. It’s not available. If you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.

I'm tired of pretending I'm not special. I'm tired of pretending I'm not a total bitchin' rock star from Mars.

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Speak To Tweet Gives Egyptians Voice

egyptThe last of Egypt's main Internet service providers, the Noor Group, went offline yesterday. Without internet, Egyptians are being muted, leaving "The Papyrus Revolution" without a voice.

This past weekend, Google and Twitter introduced a speak-to-tweet service, allowing Egyptians to tweet using just a voice connection.

It’s already live and anyone can tweet by simply leaving a voicemail on one of these international phone numbers (+16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855) and the service will instantly tweet the message using the hashtag #egypt. No Internet connection is required. People can listen to the messages by dialing the same phone numbers or going to twitter.com/speak2tweet.

Good job, Google and Twitter. Here's hoping phone service stays online...


Damien Cox Quits Toronto Star for TSN

newsStar of Cox and Berger of the Bells, and columnist for the Toronto Star for as long as I can remember, Damien Cox has apparently resigned from the Star to take a full-time position with TSN.

I can already hear Canadians outside of the GTA complaining that TSN has hired another Toronto guy, further proof that TSN stands for Toronto Sports Network. Let me assure these people that Damien Cox actually hates Toronto with a passion.

Click that link to see what I mean. On Twitter, he's obnoxious and ridiculous, once picking a fight with the Pension Plan Puppets guys. When I asked Damien Cox aloud why he hated us so, I closed with this.

I'm not sure why Damien Cox hates us so, but I sense he feels threatened. Suddenly you don't need to work for the Toronto Star to have a publishing platform to voice your opinions. Suddenly your detractors can do more than simply write a letter to the editor. We can harness the power of Twitter, Facebook and blogs to be heard.

Damien's comfortable world is dying. You can almost understand why he's lashing out.

And now he has his deal with TSN and can quit his gig at the Star. I hope he's happy, but I'm sure he's not.



I'm Not a Cancer, I'm a Gemini - Just Like My Award

calendarOn my long list of things I think are bullshit, right near the top, is astrology.

If you think your zodiac sign is anything other than pure entertainment, I have swamp land in Florida you may be interested in. Your zodiac sign means nothing, and it's likely not what you think it is.

The ancient Babylonians based the zodiac on which constellation the sun appeared to be in when a person was born. Since then, the moon's has exerted a gravitation pull on Earth, causing a "wobble" on its axis that has shifted the stars' alignment by about a month, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

"Because of this change in the tilt, the Earth is over here and the sun is in a different constellation than it was 3,000 years ago when this study of the stars began," astronomer Parke Kunkle told the Twin Cities' KARE-TV.

I always thought I was a Cancer, but it turns out I'm actually a Gemini. That makes sense, as I once won a Gemini.

Here's your new sign below:

Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16

Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11

Pisces: March 11-April 18

Aries: April 18-May 13

Taurus: May 13-June 21

Gemini: June 21-July 20

Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10

Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16

Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30

Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23

Scorpio: Nov. 23-Nov. 29

Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17

Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20



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