For those wanting something furry and cute, Animal Planet is back with its Puppy Bowl V starting at 3p EST on 2/1. This year’s Puppy Bowl features adorable puppies rescued from local shelters frolicking on the Animal Planet Stadium; “Pepper the Parrot” singing the national anthem; a “streaker” in the form of a Chinese Crested “Naked” dog; and frisky, lovable kittens “performing” in the Bissell Kitty Half-Time Show.
25 Things you probably could live without knowing about me - A's Edition
I did it for Facebook, so might as well paste it here for the rest of the world to see. Enjoy! - A
1. I sucked my wrist, not something common like a thumb or a finger, until about 2nd grade. My mom used to hate taking me coat shopping because she had to find one that I could push up my arm so that I had easy wrist access.
2. My guinea pig, Patches, died one day when I was at school. My mom put him in a shoebox for burying and meant to put it somewhere out of reach so she could explain to me what happened, but forgot, so I am still traumatized by the memory of finding my dear but dead pet in a box on top of the tractor in the garage.
3. After a high school party, and still testing the limits with alcohol, I got lost about 500 yards away from my house.
4. I knew I wanted to go to Syracuse University since a trip to campus my parents took me on when I was about 10 years old.
5. I hate the sound of people chewing. Even the sound of Geoffrey chewing kills me. And I love him.
6. I am not a very patient person.
7. I have tried every flavor of Orbit gum, and actually most other gums on the market today.
8. I am emetaphobic (I have an “intense, irrational fear or anxiety pertaining to vomiting”). I can’t see it, smell it, hear it, without launching into a full blown panic attack - sweating palms, heart racing. Due to this fear, I usually try to stay indoors on St. Patrick’s Day and New Year’s Eve/Day.
9. I get motion sickness on boats, and don’t generally like to be on them (see #8).
10. I had a purple swirly bowling ball with my name on it when I was little and used to be really good at bowling.
11. I am extremely competitive and try to win at everything I do, which usually ends up frustrating me and others around me.
12. My favorite karaoke song (also usually to the detriment of those around me) is Neil Diamond’s “Coming to America”.
13. I am a very bad dancer.
14. When I was 13, my parents called my hairdo “the rooster” because my bangs were shellacked up so high on my head. I thought I was so cool and hip. “But all the girls were doing it!!” And we all looked like idiots.
15. When I was in 4th or 5th grade, I got a pair of white high tops - you know, the ones with the two little velcro strips at the top that everyone was wearing. I was so excited to wear them to school the next day that I got up in the middle of the night, put them on, and went back to bed wearing them.
16. 6th grade was when I first learned the lesson that sometimes “friends” can be cruel. I borrowed a Babysitters Club book from (redacted, but you know who you are) and left it outside of the girls bathroom at school during a class break (everyone left their books/bags on the floor outside of the bathroom). She took it while I was in the bathroom and let me believe it was stolen or missing for 2 days before she told me. She then told me I should be more responsible with her stuff. Bitch.
17. I actually was really annoyed at Geoffrey when we first met because he laughed at me when I told him I was from Ohio. Then within 5 minutes I knew he was the man I was going to marry. Of course, he had a girlfriend at the time, but that’s a story for another time.
18. I am a procrastinator. I’ve gotten this 25 things list from a bunch of you and waited a week to fill it out. I dread starting projects but then once I get going, I get really into them.
19. I really enjoy alone time.
20. I hate roaches and water bugs and spiders larger than daddy long legs. They all give me the willies.
21. I am not a big fan of talking on the phone.
22. I know most all dog breeds by name and so for early Valentine’s Day this year, Geoff is taking me to the Westiminster Kennel Club Dog show at Madison Square Garden. I think it is the most romantic, perfect gift. Totally dorky, but totally me.
23. I live in the city but dream of living in a yellow house with white shutters somewhere beautiful with a temperate climate. I printed out the floorplans for this years Dream Home from HGTV (http://www.hgtv.com/) for my own dream home someday (and with a doghouse that looks exactly like the house for Lincoln).
24. I have a lot of friends but only a few people that I feel I can really confide in, and those people have shifted throughout the years. I think of all of them often, though, and my New Year’s resolution is always to try and stay in better contact with old friends or friends who live in other cities. It is a constant internal struggle for me. I have Jewish guilt and I’m not Jewish.
25. I’m a true and true Cancer and am much more sensitive than my hard outer shell would make me seem.
"That’s according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center, which also found that while more than 8 in 10 Americans rate where they live now as excellent, nearly half say they would rather live in a different type of community. City dwellers feel the most mismatched. A majority would rather live in a suburb, small town or rural area."
(Article from NYTimes via Brownstoner)
I think it’s hilarious that some guy spit in Mike Arrington’s face. I think it’s even more hilarious that Arrington thinks he’s somehow spiting the internet by taking a month off from blogging. Take the whole year, Mike!
Arrington’s attitude and style create enemies. While I don’t wish physical harm on anyone (apparently he got some serious threats last year), spitting in your face isn’t an injury: it’s a severe insult. The only harm it has caused is a blow to his dignity and ego. And I think he can spare some.
I hope this makes him a better person, causing him to reconsider his attitude, style, and standards in the future. Maybe he will finally make TechCrunch a worthy publication with quality writing and some semblance of journalistic integrity.
But I doubt it.
I enjoy reading Tech Crunch but i agree, Arrington is an idiot and invited this trouble into his life. Bloggers need to realize that there is still a 1st Amendment but that works as a two-way street. Just because you write something doesn’t mean everyone has to agree or like it. And that is what makes for great checks and balances. The power of the pen is mightier than the sword but a knuckle sandwich is always a good way to bring those who feel “above everyone else” back to ground level. - G
Interesting. I’m sure these common chemicals have an effect on our bodies and minds even if we aren’t pregnant. And that says something about the things we eat, lather and spray onto ourselves, etc. - G
Okay so the recent news about the lady having 1 baby short of fielding a baseball team with 8 babies. The News gets so excited but isn’t there something unnatural about all of this? I realize people want to get pregnant. Idea, start taking better care of yourself. Shooting yourself up with hormones and planting eggs is only going to lead to a woman having 15 babies at once in the near future. And that makes humans no different than dogs. And we’re not dogs, we’re humans. We are not supposed to have litters. - G
I’m a sucker for astrology. But I think following simply Western horoscopes and not Eastern is like only following Western medicine and ignoring century-old treatment from the East. Anyhow, I said 2008 would be the Year of the Underdog because the Rat is an animal that is revered in the East due to it’s intelligence, hard work and seen as the little creature that could. And in this past year we’ve had an underdog (Obama) come from the back of the pack to become President of the United States; a little film named Slumdog Millionaire lined up to become possibly Best Film of the Year and in sports a multitude of underdogs have won it all this year or gotten close. What does 2009 have in store?
2009 year is the year of the earth Ox and 26th year in the sixty-year cycle. As the Chinese astrology tells us, the Ox sign is the sign of prosperity found through fortitude and hard work. The Ox has a straight and unprejudiced nature though sometimes reveals hidden secrets without due thought, inadvertently hurts someone’s feelings and offend others. It should turn out to be the prosperous year for those hard thinkers and active planners who believe in and rely on teamwork, running their own business or working independently.
Four years ago, MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe met with Facebook cofounder Mark Zuckerberg and the pair talked merger. Eventually Mark asked Chris if MySpace wanted to buy Facebook for $75 million.
Chris said no.
By Fall of 2005 — after a summer that saw News Corp pay $580 million for MySpace — Chris and Mark met again. This time Mark put the price tag at $750 million.
Chris said no, again.
In June 2007, Chris and MySpace cofounder Tom Anderson asked News Corp for two-year, $50 million contract.
In Fall 2007, Microsoft bought 1.6% of Facebook for $240 million — a $15 billion valuation that’s since deflated to somewhere around $4 billion.
Last week, Comscore confirmed that Facebook draws twice as much traffic as MySpace.
Heard this story before. And it went like this. MTV passed on buying MySpace in 2005 or 2006. In 2007 they laid off a large amount of their staff and became culturally irrelevant. Now we find out MySpace didn’t buy Facebook for what amounted to pennies. MySpace is culturally irrelevant. Word is the value of Facebook is dropping as it cannot monetize fast enough by the end of 2009. Facebook will be culturally irrelevant. Everything goes in cycles. Just more at the speed of light. - G
It was touch and go there for a while but it looks like President Barack Obama has persuaded his security staff to let him keep his BlackBerry after a protracted fight over the issue. The Secret Service feared that a hacker might gain access to highly classified data on the device but acquiesced when the President agreed to some ground rules: only a select group of friends and senior staff will have access and encryption was enhanced to help beef up security. Obama’s Blackberry is reportedly RIM’s 8830 World Edition, which includes GPS capabilities that could potentially reveal the President’s location if hacked into.
The inauguration of our 44th President, Barack Obama was seen by multitudes on screens here in the States and around the world.
According to Nielsen and based on Live+Same Day data, nearly 37.8 million U.S. viewers tuned in between 10a and 5p to watch inauguration events from a combined total of 17 broadcast and cable networks. This is the most viewers on an inauguration day since Ronald Reagan’s in 1981 when 41.8 million viewers watched. Also per Nielsen, the combined overall HH rating from the top 56 local TV markets containing meters was 29.2. This includes coverage on 14 broadcast and cable networks. The Raleigh-Durham market had the highest audience with more than 51% of households tuning in while Seattle-Tacoma had the lowest with 18.8% watching. (what’s up, Seattle?)
From 11a to 2p during the pinnacle of the inauguration coverage Tuesday including the swearing-in ceremony, CNN pulled in the most viewers among the cable news networks with an average of 6.9 million total viewers and 2.8 million A25-54 viewers. FOX News came next with 4.4 million total viewers and 1.3 million A25-54 viewers while MSNBC was third with 2.5 million total viewers and 923,620 A25-54 viewers.
Specifically, during 11a to 1230p, NBC averaged almost 11.5 million total viewers and a 4.0 A25-54 rating; ABC averaged 11.0 million total viewers and a 3.5 A25-54 rating; CNN drew in 7.3 million total viewers and a 2.4 demo rating; and CBS had nearly 7.2 million total viewers and a 2.3 demo rating.
The world watched as the torch passed to Barack Obama and in Europe, around 11 million Germans watched via six different channels carrying the events live. France pegged similar results at 7 million viewers. In the U.K., the BBC confirmed 5.1 million viewers watched while 6.5 million tuned to the 6p news broadcast showing highlights of the inauguration. BBC also reported 7.3 million unique users went to the BBC News website and a fifth watched via video streaming online.
ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland is ready to consider taking in detainees from the U.S. prison for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba if that helps to shut it down, the Swiss government said on Wednesday.
“For Switzerland, the detention of people in Guantanamo is in conflict with international law. Switzerland is ready to consider how it can contribute to the solution of the Guantanamo problem,” the government said in a statement.
Switzerland said it welcomed the expressed intention of U.S. President Barack Obama to close the prison and would investigate security and legal implications of possibly taking in detainees.
Geoff and I were talking about this last night, and he said that he thinks Obama will close Gitmo within 30 days of taking office. I think that is overly ambitious, even though I would love to see it happen. This gives me some hope, but it’s a teeny tiny step forward to fixing a gigantic mistake.
“While no one from the U.S. Secret Service have yet to mention any details about the garment’s structure, some are speculating it may have come from the line by Colombian designer Miguel Caballero. As we noted last year, Caballero is well known for his super tough but flexible and business appropriate clothing such as the $7,500 polo shirt that can stop a shot from a 9-mm revolver.”