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  • Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants some glory hole
  • Sean Penn‘s hair
  • Whatever became of the Ice-T/David Hasselhoff rap album?

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Sample oscillator from hexagonal Game of Life.

  • Conway’s Game of Life, “also known simply as Life, is a cellular automaton devised by the British mathematician John Horton Conway in 1970. The ‘game’ is a zero-player game, meaning that its evolution is determined by its initial state, requiring no further input. One interacts with the Game of Life by creating an initial configuration and observing how it evolves.”
  • Daniel Kalder on Joseph Brodsky’s Guide to Basic Conversation: “The qualities that make for an interesting conversationalist – wit, originality, experience, verbal dexterity, storytelling ability — cannot be extracted from familiarity with a mountain of books.”
  • Moon Knight is back:  “Moon Knight may not yet be a marquee Marvel character, but he’s acclaimed writer Warren Ellis’ kind of weird. A mercenary brought back to life by an ancient Egyptian god, the moneyed, gadget-equipped vigilante alter ego of Marc Spector fights crime at night dressed in white. Moon Knight has been criticized as a less compelling Batman, but Ellis, the British writer who will pen an upcoming comic book series featuring the character, mischievously twists the comparison.”

Moon Knight #1 Art by Bill Sienkiewicz.

  • Old Skull: “The band…came out of Wisconsin, formed by the Toulon brothers, Jamie and J.P. and their friend Jesse Collins-Davies. The Toulon brothers were nine and ten years old respectively and Jesse was ten. The brother’s father, Vern Toulon, was friends with Robin Davies, a member of respected Wisconsin band Tar Babies and Davies suggested his stepson form a band with the Toulon brothers. Once the deal was sealed, Old Skull came together about 1987. Quickly developing a reputation for their age and the subject matter of the songs, they managed to snag a deal with Restless Records and entered the studio with future Garbage member and producer Steve Marker and their fathers, the trio cranked out a noisy album of pre-adolescent hardcore entitled Get Outta School in 1989.”

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Ukrainian protesters in digger

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Rarely used or yet to be revealed sports unifo...

  • From Herbert Spencer, the Right to Ignore the State: “If every man has freedom to do all that he wills, provided he infringes not the equal freedom of any other man, then he is free to drop connection with the state — to relinquish its protection, and to refuse paying toward its support. It is self-evident that in so behaving he in no way trenches upon the liberty of others; for his position is a passive one; and whilst passive he cannot become an aggressor. It is equally self-evident that he cannot be compelled to continue one of a political corporation, without a breach of the moral law, seeing that citizenship involves payment of taxes; and the taking away of a man’s property against his will, is an infringement of his rights.
  • Skip Oliva Blackouts & Antitrust: “While the NFL’s contracts with various television networks reserve Sunday and Monday telecasts, surely the NFL could reserve a Friday or Saturday evening slot so that a highlighted game could be played with less disruption to the participating clubs. Well, the NFL doesn’t have that option, in large part because federal antitrust law severely restricts the ability of the NFL — and only the NFL — to televise live games on Fridays and Saturdays.”
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Vladimir Potanin, Russian businessman

  • Daniel Kalder: “The other day I read that some Russian oligarch or other had paid $95,000 to a restaurateur in New York for a bit of fungus. Well, a fool and his money, as they say. Alright, it wasn’t just any old bit of fungus. Apparently it was a ‘white alba truffle’ – a special fungus that is quite difficult to find. And you can eat it. Meanwhile, this bit of fungus weighed about 4lb so it was quite heavy, for a fungus. According to Nello Balan, the man who says he sold the oligarch the fungus, it was the biggest such bit of fungus in the history of fungi, or something. So there you go: Clearly this bit of fungus was worth every penny. Except, I’m still not convinced. Then again, if I were Vladimir Potanin, the oligarch who bought the fungus, I probably wouldn’t care. I looked him up and discovered that he is Russia’s fourth richest man – worth around $14.3 billion,according to Forbes. That being the case, this purchase for him is the equivalent of me buying a Snickers bar – not particularly extravagant.”
  • Neko Case interview: “At 10, I just loved FM radio: I listened to KMJK Magic FM because I was living on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon, and they played the Pretenders, the Clash, 10cc, Blondie.”
  • Pink-Shaded Marketing: “Research suggests that the NFL and its corporate partners are more concerned with enhancing their public images — especially among women — and ultimately revenues, than they are with addressing breast cancer, and they seek to manipulate NFL fandom in the name of public health.”
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Consider this my attempt at forecasting the 2013 NFL regular season.

*Asterisks denote wildcard entrants.

NFC East
NFC North
NFC South
NFC West
  NY Giants  9-7   
  Green Bay 11-5 
  New Orleans 12-4 
  San Francisco 12-4       
  *Dallas 9-7
  Chicago 8-8
  *Atlanta 10-6
  Seattle 9-7
  Washington 8-8
  Detroit 7-9
  Carolina 7-9
  Arizona 8-8
  Philadelphia 7-9
  Minnesota 7-9
  Tampa Bay 6-10
  St. Louis 7-9
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AFC East
AFC North
AFC South
AFC West
  New England 11-5 
  Cincinnati 11-5     
  Houston 9-7           
  Kansas City 10-6       
  Miami 9-7
  *Baltimore 10-6
  Indianapolis 8-8
  *Denver 10-6
  NY Jets 5-11
  Pittsburgh 9-7
  Tennessee 6-10
  San Diego 9-7
  Buffalo 4-12
  Cleveland 6-10
  Jacksonville 5-11
  Oakland 6-10

Super Bowl Pick: San Francisco 24, Cincinnati 17

First pick in the 2014 draft goes to Buffalo.

And just a hunch: the AFC West will be the wildest, wackiest division, with Kansas City and San Diego making more noise than many expect.

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The new NFL logo went into use at the 2008 draft.

I’ve formed an NFL pick ’em group.

You’re all invited to join.

Go to this URL: http://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/pickem

When prompted for a Group ID, enter 31836

The password is borscht

Pick NFL winners. Easy.

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Three Amigos

  • NFL quarterbacks have continued to rewrite the record books in recent years, perhaps none as spectacularly as Green Bay’s [Aaron] Rodgers and New Orleans’ [Drew] Brees. Rodgers’ career passer rating (104.9) is nearly 10 points higher than No. 2 [Steve] Young (96.8), No. 3 [Tom] Brady (96.6) and No. 4 [Peyton] Manning (95.7). Rodgers also boasts the lowest INT rate (1.7%) and best TD-INT ratio (3.7 to 1) in history.”
  • Richard Dawkins gets weird as motherfucking shit right here (wait for the payoff 5 minutes in, it’s worth it).
  • This is creepy and annoying, re: the Obamacare rollout: “‘If I’m uninsured and it’s October, I won’t be able to go anywhere without escaping a message,’ John Gilbert, who leads Enroll America’s field operations, told supporters in a Thursday night presentation. ‘I turn on my TV and there’s an ad. I go on the Internet and there’s another ad. Someone shows up at my door to talk about it. I go to church and my pastor is talking about it.'” —————- Hey! Go fuck yourself, Gilbert.
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