Paramount thinks you are dumb.

Regarding missing extras that were created for the release.

None of it is available on the wide release Blu-ray or Blu-ray 3D SKUs. The commentary can only be found as an iTunes “extra” download. And those extra featurettes? Some are on a Target bonus disc. Some are on a Best Buy bonus disc. And some are only available via CinemaNow and VUDU downloads.

That’s right: More than half of the special features created for Star Trek Into Darkness were used by Paramount’s marketing team as retailer exclusives.

This is some bullshit.

From the mouths of babes

I heard this story on the 500th episode of This American Life. The episode was clips of favorite bits from previous episodes and the story that I’m refrencign is from episode 188, Kid Logic.

Here is Jack Hitt telling the story about his four year old daughter learning about Jesus.

It all began at Christmas two years ago when my daughter was four years old. It was the first time that she had ever asked, what did this holiday mean? So I explained to her that this was celebrating the birth of Jesus. And she wanted to know more about that. We went out bought a kids bible and had these readings at night. She loved them. Wanted to know everything about Jesus. So we read a lot about his birth and about his teaching and um she would ask constantly what that phrase was. And I would explain to her it was “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”” And we would talk about those old words, and what that all meant. You know?

Then one day we were driving past a big church and out front was enormous crucifix. She said, “Who is that?!” And I guess I had never really told that part of the story. So I had to sort of, “Oh yeah, well that’s Jesus. I forgot to tell you the ending. Yeah, well you know. He ran afoul of the Roman government. This message that he had was so radical and unnerving to the prevailing authorities of the time that they had to kill him. They came to the conclusion that he would have to die. That message was too troublesome.”

It was about a month later after that Christmas. We’d gone through the whole story of what Christmas meant. It was mid January and her preschool celebrates the same holidays as the local schools. So Martin Luther King day was off. I knocked off work that day and decided we’d play and I would take her out to lunch. We were sitting in there and right on the table where we happened to plop down was the art section of the local newspaper. There big as life was a huge drawing by a 10 yeard old school kid from one of the local schools of Martin Luther King.

She said, “Who’s that?”
I said, “Well, as it happens that’s Martin Luther King. He is the reason you’re not in school today. We are celebrating his birthday. This is the day we celebrate his life.”
and she said “So who was he?”
I said “Well he was a preacher.”
She looks up and goes, “FOR JESUS?!”
And I said “Yeah. Yeah, actually he was. But there was another thing that he was really famous for. Which is that he had a message.”
You’re trying to say this to a four year old, it’s very, you know. This is the first time they ever hear anything. So you’re just very careful about how you phrase everything.
So I said “Well, yeah. He was a preacher and he had a message.”
She said “What was his message?”
I said “Well he said that you should treat everybody the same no matter what they look like.”
She thought about that for a minute and she said, “Well that’s what Jesus said.”
I said, “Yeah, I guess it is. You know, I never thought of it that way but it is sort of like do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
She thought for a minute and looked up at me and said, “Did they kill him too?”

10 Movies Roger Ebert Really Hated | Mental Floss

5. The Usual Suspects, one-and-a-half stars. Once again, my comprehension began to slip, and finally I wrote down: “To the degree that I do understand, I don’t care.” It was, however, somewhat reassuring at the end of the movie to discover that I had, after all, understood everything I was intended to understand. It was just that there was less to understand than the movie at first suggests.

 This one really surprised me. All the rest make complete sense though.

Is Moleskine Inc Replicable?

…Moleskine is not selling a notebook, it’s selling customers on the identity of being the type of person who uses a moleskine – someone whose cultured globetrotting is reminiscent of Hemingway.

All the of the most successful companies pretty much just do this. Sometimes it helps when someone points out the obvious.  So obvious that many never even notice…

via [parislemon]


Spent Fuel Pool

“You’d die pretty quickly, before reaching the water, from gunshot wounds.”

 - Randall Munroe asking his friend (who happens to work at a nuclear power plant) how dangerous it would be to take a dip in the radiation containment pool.

I love this stuff.

Free transportation for life

During that time I realized that we, the humans on planet earth, were hoodwinked, duped and bamboozled by the political industrial complex that electric vehicles were not feasible.

 While the post is mildly hyperbolic, as Calacanis is known to be, he does make some very good points.  I am pretty interested to see where electric vehicles are going in the next few years.  I hope to have purchased my last fully gasoline powered vehicle.

I do like how he quotes numbers for how much he used to spend on gasoline each month but the recharging stations cost “very little to install.”

A few good men … and one jackass

Reader, Jason Christie writing in to Uni Watch regarding UVA Coach Mike London’s honoring of veterans.

After seeing today’s display, I’ve changed my opinion on the issue of camouflage uniforms. If you want to appreciate the military, give out some free tickets, send some care packages, hook up with the USO and go overseas, even give a locker room tour or something. But leave the uniforms on those who should wear them.

I couldn’t agree more.  Between the camo designs, flag backed emblems, or pink and blue paraphernalia it always just feels hollow.  I am sure both the NFL and MLB have given far more to veteran’s groups and many cancer awareness groups that I could ever hope to in my lifetime, but I just don’t see how these items that ruin the aesthetic of the uniforms of their respective sports helps.  Maybe you can enlighten me?

I think we can all agree that players and coaches should refrain from full military uniforms (or what they think is the best attempt).

George R.R. Martin Interview

Do you know the ending?

I know the ending in broad strokes. I don’t know every little twist and turn that will get me there, and I don’t know the ending of every secondary character.  But the ending and the main characters, yeah. And [Game of Thrones producers] David Benioff and Dan Weiss know some of that too, which the fans are very worried about in case I get hit by a truck.

So it’s possible you will have to watch the show if the worst happens.  Here’s to hoping Martin can power through and finish this thing.  Still kind of a dark thought though, “Just in case I’m dead before I finish, this is what I have planned for the ending.”