Sunday, December 21, 2014

Watch Dr. Evil mock Sony Pictures and North Korea on SNL - video

Saturday Night Live Cold Open - Mike Myers returns as "Dr Evil" in this funny open.

Watch Dr. Evil mock Sony Pictures and North Korea on SNL

Breaking: 2 New York Police Officers Shot Dead -- 2 NYPD Officers Shot, Killed -- Gunman Found Dead

Breaking now - 2 New York Police Officers Shot Dead -- 2 NYPD Officers Shot, Killed -- Gunman Found Dead

Update - NYC protesters chant for dead cops. "Million Marchers" in Murray Hill neighborhood of NYC chant: "What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!" Stay classy

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mannheim Steamroller (Live) - Carol Of The Bells

A favorite of radio host Rush Limbaugh Manheim Steamroller plays instrumentals like nobody else.  A real Christmas treat.

Mannheim Steamroller (Live) - Carol Of The Bells 

Why I still send Christmas cards — and why you should too

Why I still send Christmas cards — and why you should too.  As seen on The Dallas Morning News.
With each passing holiday season, I look forward to opening the mailbox less than I used to.
It is not true that “nobody sends Christmas cards anymore,” as nonsenders announce with an air of self-evident finality.
But, certainly, fewer do.
I know this from firsthand experience. My household receives less than half the number of Christmas cards it did five years ago.
I still send cards. I recognize this is increasingly a minority position.
There are many things to celebrate about the rise of social media, and many to regret. Among the most regrettable is that the Internet has rapidly eroded one of the season’s most charming traditions.
There’s no real pattern.
Insurance agents still send cards, timelessly accompanied by tiny calendars. On the other hand, a surprising number of close friends, even immediate family members, blast out a few words on Twitter or Facebook and consider the job done.
You know who you are, and you can save the excuses. I’ve heard them. Cards are expensive. Signing and addressing them are time-consuming. First-class postage is 46 cents a pop.
Besides, you’re busy. With a few strokes at the computer keyboard, you can spread more cheer among more people than snail mail ever could.
To which I say: Stop kidding yourself.
Electronic communication is efficient, convenient and cheap. It is not charming. It is not thoughtful. It tells friends and loved ones that sending them a Christmas card takes up time you could spend more productively.
When you’re sending mass greetings by social media, your primary thought — let’s be honest here — is of your own convenience. It treats the expression of personal affection as one more obligation to be crossed off the seasonal list.
By contrast, the minute or so it takes to sign and address a card is time spent thinking of someone else.
You drive a few extra blocks on your way to work and mail it. A few days later, someone opens up an envelope and reads your signature — or better yet, a short note. It says that friendship or kinship means something, that it’s worth the effort.
A card is best when it comes from people in other cities, annually renewing past friendships divided by time and geography. The card says that the ties haven’t been broken, that even if you haven’t seen someone in two decades, that person is still in your thoughts and part of your life.
An electronic greeting sort of means that. It might equally mean that you haven’t updated your address list in ages.
Sending an electronic greeting is a breeze, but receiving one is only marginally more heartwarming than opening spam.
The fact that the practice has spread so wide and so quickly without protest is a tribute to the fact that a large number of the recipients are doing the same thing.
Electronic mass greetings are not going away. I write this essay knowing full well that the world spins only forward.
I can’t stop the tides. I can’t command the weather. I can’t wish away the fact that millions of eligible voters get their political news from listicles on Buzzfeed.
In the long history of Christmas, charm has collided with personal preference many times, and there is no record that charm has ever won.
Professional football games on Christmas, retail shopping on Thanksgiving Day — these were all once thought to be tacky and inappropriate. Hard for modern people to believe, but true.
So let us face the future and hope for the best.
Some people, undoubtedly, will save electronic Christmas posts in their archives.
Years later, we can imagine, they will call them up on their tablet screens and read “wishing u great xmas. fifth in line on lawn chair outside WalMart.”
They will tear up at the memory of bygone days and good friends, and they will recall that poignant moment when they clicked “Like.”
Dallas Morning News writer David Flick may be contacted at

Friday, December 19, 2014

Amazon Promises One-Hour Delivery

In Manhattan only.  It's true.  For only $7.99 you can get you Amazon item within one hour, if you're in Manhattan for Amazon Prime members.  Two hour deliver is free!  Via Forbes:
Today, AMZN +0.81% introduced Prime Now, a service in Manhattan promising delivery in as soon as one hour. According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon said it will expand the service to other cities next year. Amazon will charge $7.99 for delivery within an hour, though two-hour delivery is free. Amazon said more than 25,000 items are eligible for delivery under the Prime Now program, which is only available to customers who pay $99 for the annual Prime membership.

Video - Life in the Mariana Trench

A compilation of video footage captured from the University of Aberdeen’s Hadal-Lander in the Mariana Trench from 5000m to 10,545 m deep - the deepest spot on earth. The large fish inhabit the shallower depth (5000 to 6500m) are rat-tails, cusk eels and eel pouts. At the mid depths (6500 to 8000m) are the supergiant amphipods and the small pink snailfish. The fragile snailfish at 8145m is now the deepest living fish. At depth greater than 8500m, only large swarms of small scavenging amphipods are visible. The footage was taken during the HADES-M cruise on Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Research Vessel ‘Falkor’.
Life in the Mariana Trench

Watch Live: Billabong Pipe Masters 2014 Day 12 English

Live Stream - Billabong Pipe Masters 2014 Day 12 English