Black Friday, Cyber Monday Followed by Earthquake Tuesday in NYC


A 3.9 magnitude earthquake struck 79 miles off off the coast of Long Island on Tuesday spurring dozens “two or three” calls to the local police precinct from town residents wondering what had happened.

“It was a short rumble, a really low rumble,” said Eric Weaver, who felt the quake while in the living room of his Smithtown home.

“That low rumble is very distinctive,” said the 56-year-old unemployed science teacher, who has lived through multiple California quakes. “It was short though, it wasn’t very long.”

Panic did not ensue.

Chad Ochocinco Openly Taunts Roger Goodell on Twitter


Well, this can’t end well. Ochocinco posted five Tweets commenting on James Harrison’s latest fine, then openly taunting NFL Commish Roger Goodell about the fact that he commented on it.

The posts are in reverse chronological order (start at the bottom and read up):

Over/under…Ochocinco’s comments will draw a bigger fine that the actual fine he was talking about?

Tiger Woods Takes PR into His Own Hands and Does an Impromptu Twitter Q&A


Last week I wrote about how Mike Vick was winning me over with his Tweets. Today Tiger Woods took to his recently acquired Twitter account for an impromptu Q&A with some of his fans. The one thing it definitely showed was that people still want to, not only like Tiger, but connect with him too.



Do you think it’s useful for celebrities to use social media to try and connect with their fans/repair the image? If done with sincerity does it have any effect on how you perceive them?

Conan's Feud with Taiwanese Animators from NMA.tv


In case you haven’t heard of them, NMA.tv is the Taiwanese company that turns around re-enactment animations in a ridiculously short amount of time. Conan learned quickly that hell hath no fury like Taiwanese animators when he chose to do a knock-off animation re-enactment NMA.tv moved quickly to seize either his blimp or Andy Richter.

Conan and Andy’s yogurt dispute:
http://i.cdn.turner.com/tegwebapps/tbs/tbs-www/cvp/teamcoco_432x243_embed.swf?context=teamcoco_embed_offsite&videoId=235673

NMA.tv’s response:
http://i.cdn.turner.com/tegwebapps/tbs/tbs-www/cvp/teamcoco_432x243_embed.swf?context=teamcoco_embed_offsite&videoId=236094

Super Power Energy Beings, Shape of…Spencer Pratt's Beard. Wait, What?


Spencer Pratt needs your help people, he feels the arms of irrelevancy beginning to envelop him.

Mmm, vibrations of success.

U.S. Using Department of Homeland Security to Enforce Copyright Infringement, Seize Websites


Apparently we have that pesky terrorist situation under control and the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security have moved on to more pressing issues. Enforcing copyright infringement.

The domains of torrent sites that link to illegal copies of music and movie files and sites that sell counterfeit goods were seized this week by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the Department of Homeland Security. Visitors to such sites as Torrent-finder.com, 2009jerseys.com, and Dvdcollects.com found that their usual sites had been replaced by a message that said, “This domain name has been seized by ICE–Homeland Security Investigations, pursuant to a seizure warrant issued by a United States District Court.”

The seizures came after a Senate committee unanimously approved a controversial proposal earlier this month that would allow the government to pull the plug on Web sites accused of aiding piracy. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) allows a Web site’s domain to be seized if it “has no demonstrable, commercially significant purpose or use other than” offering or providing access to unauthorized copies of copyrighted works.

The proposal has garnered support from dozens of the largest content companies, including video game maker Activision, media firms NBC Universal and Viacom, and the Motion Picture Association of America and Recording Industry Association of America lobbying groups. However, critics such as engineers and civil liberties groups say the COICA could balkanize the Internet, jeopardize free speech rights, and endanger legitimate Web sites.

Apparently some, if not all of these websites were seized without any prior warning or complaints. “My domain has been seized without any previous complaint or notice from any court!” the owner of Torrent-Finder told TorrentFreak, which listed more than 70 domains that were apparently part of the massive seizure.

Even the hosting companies were in the dark. When contacted, GoDaddy, which was hosting at least one of these sites, was unaware that the sites had even been seized saying, “this must have come directly from ICANN.”

Is it really appropriate for the DHS to be doing the bidding of big corporations?

FOX News Passing Off Articles from The Onion as Real News Stories


UPDATE: Since this post was published FOX News has added “The Onion:” to the beginning of the article’s title. Still begging the question, how many FOX News readers/viewers actually know what the hell the Onion is? FOX News: If you insist on posting misleading satirical content on your site (is that an oxymoron?) then at least predicate it with “Satire:” not just “The Onion:” to try and cover your ass.

Either someone at FOX News doesn’t understand satire, or they’re just stupid. Personally I’d like to believe that the two may not be mutually exclusive.

FOX Nation published the title and first two paragraphs, verbatim, of an article the Onion ran about a “frustrated Obama writing a 75,000 word email to the Nation at four in the morning”. The only hint at all that it’s an Onion article is a small link to the Onion pretty far down from the actual post.

What makes it worse is that FOX Nation buried the story in with a couple dozen other REAL stories (here’s a screenshot of where the story was on the homepage). So either they didn’t know the story was satire which makes them stupid, or they didn’t care it was satire and tried to pass it off as real, which makes them, at best, unethical.