April 28, 2012

trebek and sajakI was reading up on Jeopardy! (been watching it regularly since I moved back to California) and I learned that for April Fool's Day in 1997*, Alex Trebek hosted Wheel of Fortune, with Pat Sajak and Vanna White as contestants. I managed to find the whole episode on Dailymotion. It's kind of funny to see Trebek awkwardly out of his element (he makes a big goof in the bonus round) and he also seems much younger than he does today, while Sajak and White generally look the same, although the footage is pretty grainy. Of note: Trebek says the last time he'd been on Wheel was "sixteen years ago" and at the end he jokes that he can't wait to be back in another sixteen years. If they decide to do it again next year, 2013, his joke will have come true shock

*Same date as the Comic strip switcheroo, thereby making it The Best April Fool's Day

April 26, 2012

Joel Ward, from Yahoo! SportsSome hockey fans chose to express their frustration with Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward scoring the game-winning overtime goal against the Boston Bruins (thereby knocking them out of contention for the Stanley Cup) with, let's say, heated language on Twitter. I collected some of the most egregious examples on Chirpstory (warning: racist language) and it's getting linked in a whole bunch of places, like USA Today, Washington Post, and Yahoo! Sports. I was far from the first to notice the tweets and I don't want credit for "curation," but I thought I'd be remiss if I didn't mention it here.

April 24, 2012
obama and george clooney, sittin in a tree

Wow... can't believe President Obama would associate with a known criminal who just recently got out of jail... and while he's running for office, for Pete's sake! Who approved this??

April 21, 2012
Mallard Fillmore Watch
Mallard Fillmore 4/19/2012

This is just... I can't even... face melt... I can't decide which aspect is worst:

  1. Mocking President Obama for offering his condolences to the parents of a murder victim
  2. Suggesting Obama is only "siding" with Trayvon Martin because he's black
  3. Linking the shooting to the Palestine/Israel conflict because it wasn't heated enough
  4. That this inflammatory piece of race-baiting appears on the comics page just a couple rows down from Garfield eating lasagna and Dolly mispronouncing spaghetti

Gotta give Bruce Tinsley some credit, though... he can say a lot in very few words. (via)

April 19, 2012

George Jetson at work

Jetsons Theory

Spacely Sprockets are a brand of Predator drone. George Jetson is one of the drone pilots. The button he always complains about having to push all day is the "LAUNCH MISSILE" button.

April 16, 2012

Had a great idea a few days ago for a video game... it's basically like the Super Smash Bros. series (or perhaps Nicktoons Unite!) only with NBC's Thursday lineup... someone is trying to destroy the NBC multiverse and characters from each sitcom/universe (Community, 30 Rock, The Office, Parks & Recreation) have to band together to stop it... also there's some fighting and kart racing involved. Each level takes place at a different locale from one of the shows (Dunder Mifflin, TGS soundstage, City Hall, Greendale cafeteria)... plus there'll be lots of bonus unlockable characters, including the casts of former NBC shows like Seinfeld, Cheers, Friends, etc. Still working out the details... please donate to the Kickstarter fund...

April 5, 2012

ted turnerI didn't know nothin' about Ted Turner until I read his Wikipedia bio last night and now I think he's my favorite media mogul

Turner has a long-running grudge with fellow cable magnate Rupert Murdoch. This originated in 1983 when a Murdoch-sponsored yacht collided with Turner's boat during the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, causing it to sink 10 km from the finish line. At the post-race dinner, Turner savaged Murdoch, later challenging him to a televised fistfight in Las Vegas.[27] In 2003, Turner challenged Murdoch to a fistfight, and later accused Murdoch of being a "warmonger" as Murdoch was backing President George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq.

I mean, come on!

It's kind of a shame he lost control of his empire

April 3, 2012

Hopefully by now you saw my April Fools thing which ended up being almost a day late. Since I've reused Tech News Rumor Insider a couple times since its introduction in 2006 (just realized that was six years ago... whoa) I decided I'd do things a little differently this time and have it be an actual, functioning blog that I can easily return to again whenever inspiration strikes me. But there were a bunch of errors that I couldn't fix in time (tags and search results are all janked up and the documentation is unhelpful), so most of the links don't currently go anywhere. Eventually I'll figure out what the problem is and fix everything, then maybe you'll start seeing new articles every once in a while.