November is What???!!
“NaNoWriMo” is short for National Novel Writing Month — a challenge to spend the entire month of November working on — and finishing — a novel. More info here: http://nanowrimo.org/
Exercise Longer While Listening To Music
If you’re about to hop on a treadmill, throw in the ear buds and turn up your favorite tunes. It turns out that exercising while listening to music adds 19 minutes to the average workout. That’s 58 minutes with music compared to 39 minutes without.
App Helps You Take A Good Group Photo
Always having problems getting everybody in that group picture to open their eyes adn smile at the same time… Now there’s an app that will fix that. That app is Perfect Shot, an iPhone and iPad app that has two simple controls you can toggle on and off to detect when people are smiling and blinking. Once Perfect Shot detects everyone is looking and smiling, it will automatically take a photo, no button required.
Don’t Hassle The Hoff
Time for a trip back to the 90s? You’ll love this… Matthijs Vlot is a Dutch Vimeo wizard who spooled through hours of TV clips from “Knight Rider” and “Baywatch” just to take us to a special place where sensibilities collide. Yes, it’s David Hasselhoff rapping out Will Smith’s signature theme to “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
A Shock For Denver Fans
‘Saturday Night Live’ Turns the Satire on Itself Over Diversity Issue
Saturday Night Live turned the tables on itself this weekend, aiming its traditional satire at the show over the criticism it recently received for having no black women among its 16 regular cast members and only four since it began in 1975. In the opening skit, guest host Kerry Washington portrayed First Lady Michelle Obama talking with her husband, played by Jay Pharoah, about an upcoming state dinner. Pharoah said, “Michelle, this is such a treat. I feel like it’s been years since I’ve seen you.” Then an aide came in, saying Oprah Winfrey had arrived for the dinner and wanted to see the president, and asked Washington, “Don’t you think you should get changed?” The Scandal actress acknowledged that cast member Kenan Thompson wouldn’t play Winfrey, a reference to both Thompson and Pharoah saying recently they will no longer portray black women on the show, and then left and returned as Winfrey, after which she was asked to portray Beyonce. At that point, a statement was heard in which producers said they wanted to apologize to Washington for the number of black women she would be asked to play in the show, saying, “We make this request both because Ms. Washington is an actress of considerable range and talent, and also because Saturday Night Live does not currently have a black woman in the cast. We agree this is not an ideal situation and look forward to rectifying it in the future — unless, of course, we fall in love with another white guy first.” Further making the point, the presidential aide announced that six different Matthew McConaugheys were there to attend the state dinner, and six different white male cast members came in dressed as the actor.
Billboard Featuring U.S. Soldier Embracing Muslim Woman Stirs Controversy
A billboard on L.A.’s Sunset Boulevard that features a U.S. soldier embracing a Muslim woman who’s wearing a face veil that shows only her eyes is stirring some controversy. The ad, with the slogan, “Keeping you together,” is for an anti-snoring product called SnoreStop. While many are questioning what the ad has to do with snoring, the company said it’s meant to reflect tolerance and their recognition that their customers are diverse, and Melody Devemark, VP of Communications, told a local Fox news affiliate, “It’s ironic, because so many couples have gone through so many struggles just to be together, and something like snoring keeps them apart on a nightly basis.” SnoreStop said they searched for real couples that aren’t typically featured in commercials, and that the two people picture, U.S. soldier Paul Evans and his Muslim girlfriend, are a real couple. Evans wrote on Facebook, “I did this because I am no stranger to other people’s discrimination.”
Rand Paul Dismisses Plagiarism Charges, Wishes Could Challenge Critics to a Duel
Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky yesterday (November 3rd) dismissed recent charges of plagiarism against him, saying on ABC’s This Week that he was being, quote, “unfairly targeted by a bunch of hacks and haters” who he called the “footnote police,” and joked he wished he could challenge them to a duel, quote,” if dueling were legal in Kentucky.” The libertarian Tea Party favorite acknowledged, “I will admit, sometimes we haven’t footnoted things properly. In some of the other things that are now going to pop up under thousands of things I’ve written, yeah, there are times when they have been sloppy or not correct or we’ve made an error. But the difference is, I take it as an insult and I will not lie down and say people can call me dishonest, misleading or misrepresenting. I have never intentionally done so. . . . I’m just not going to put up with people casting aspersions on my character.” Among the accusations:
- MSNBC host Rachel Maddow alleging last week that Paul had lifted lines from the Wikipedia entry on the film Gattaca in a recent speech he gave that criticized abortion rights advocates.
- Buzzfeed reported that Paul used multiple lines of text from Wikipedia for his description of the film Stand and Deliver during a speech in June.
- Buzzfeed also reported that he’d used more than 1,300 words nearly verbatim from a 2003 Heritage Foundation case study in his book, Government Bullies, out this year.
- Politico reported similarities between text in two of Paul’s speeches and text from reports by the Associated Press and a conservative magazine.