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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.

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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?"

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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.

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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]

 

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Never Give In

As the baseball season approaches I (and many fans like me) are filled with a renewed hope for the season. The slate has been wiped clean and this year could be any team’s chance for glory (as long as you aren’t an Astros fan, yeesh).

Recently I came across a Winston Churchill quote that reminded me of one of my favorite Dodger moments, and also my favorite parts of baseball.

Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. - Winston Churchill

No matter how bad a game is going you will always get your chance to even the score. There’s no kneeling on the ball, no running the clock out, or any clock at all for that matter. Even in this game the Orioles got to go up there for their last at bats in the bottom of the ninth[1]. While the Orioles still lost that game, there was always the chance they could come back.

Which is what brought me to this post today. Back in 2006 the Dodgers were playing the Padres, and down by four runs going into the bottom of the ninth inning. Only, they did not go quietly into that good night. They did not yield, they did not give in. So here’s to baseball, glad to have you back.

As Stephen Caver said:

This is what happens when you don’t have a lame clock in your sport…


  1. What do you think the manager said just before that half of the inning started though? “Ok guys, we only need 27 more to stay in this! Everybody score three times!”  ↩

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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.

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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."

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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).

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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."

Division Series predictions

Just a quick post to get my predictions in writing before the Division Series start. I honestly thought Atlanta was going to walk away with one but their defense and the umpires ensured that didn't happen. As for Baltimore and Texas, come on. Who didn't see that game coming a mile away?

We can talk about the current Ranger and mid 90's Buffalo Bills comparisons later though. Today is about putting my predictions on the table to be used for future claim chowder.

AL:

  • Yankees over Baltimore (as much as I hated typing that)
  • A's over Tigers

NL:

  • Nationals over Cardinals
  • Reds over Giants

Book it

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Jiro Dreams Of Sushi (your orders for today) – Andy Ihnatko's Celestial Waste of Bandwidth (BETA)

It’s a beautifully-shot documentary about an 85-year-old sushi master in Tokyo, and his tiny, nine-seat restaurant that has won a rating of three Michelin stars. A three-star Michelin rating means “this restaurant is so good, it’s worth a special trip across the planet.”

I’m already saving up my pennies to go.[1] Who wants to come with me?


  1. I hear it’s around $400 per diner.  ↩

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Rick Santorum is right.

Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum attacked the media and "smart people" for not being on the side of conservatives in a speech to the Values Voter Summit on Saturday. "We will never have the media on our side, ever, in this country," Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, told the audience at the Omni Shoreham hotel. "We will never have the elite, smart people on our side."

How does somebody say something like that with a straight face? If I didn't know better I would assume it was a from an SNL skit.

[via Daring Fireball]

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20Q: JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT

The (500) Days of Summer attitude of “He wants you so bad” seems attractive to some women and men, especially younger ones, but I would encourage anyone who has a crush on my character to watch it again and examine how selfish he is. He develops a mildly delusional obsession over a girl onto whom he projects all these fantasies. He thinks she’ll give his life meaning because he doesn’t care about much else going on in his life. A lot of boys and girls think their lives will have meaning if they find a partner who wants nothing else in life but them. That’s not healthy. That’s falling in love with the idea of a person, not the actual person.

Great response to the heartthrob question and a really good interview over all.

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Cha Cha Hut BBQ

THE 3 PIGS ….. 8.00 We’re going a bit pig crazy with our latest special. Start with our buttery house roll – add pork belly – then pulled pork – & top with pig candy (that’s bacon glazed with maple & brown sugar). It’s a pork lovers dream come true.

Why do I not live near this place? Talk about a perfect Labor day sandwich.

[via @marcoarment]