The Major League movies are classics, well at least 1 and 2. One of the best scenes in Major League II is Willie Mays Hayes diving over Jack Parkman to take home plate. Who didn’t want to try this move after they saw it, I’m surprised we haven’t seen it attempted in the majors yet. Brian Kownacki from Fordham University actually pulled it off in a recent game against Iona. Here’s the clips from the movie and the real play. “Here’s Parkman doing his little shimmy, it makes the girls here in Cleveland puke.”
Richard Branson lives the dream owning an airline, mobile company, record label, island and now space travel company. His latest toy is something anyone would love to try, it’s an electric submarine that looks more like an underwater airplane. The submersible is named Necker Nymph and he keeps it at his own private island, Necker Island. The sub costs 415,000 Euro, (not sure what that is in dollars) and can reach depths of 130ft. The luxury sub has fighter jet technology and is piloted with a joystick. While most subs use ballast to propel subs under the water, the Nymph uses downward ‘lift’ on the wings to fly down. I did a post on his space travel company last week and the more you read about Branson, the more you feel like an under achieving herb, so don’t feel bad when you do.
Being on the forefront of new technology and being allowed to be one of the first to use it would no doubt be awsome. Unless your the jackass from Apple that leaves the new Iphone 4G at a bar in Redwood City, CA while he had it for testing. Gray Powell, 27 from Apple reportedly left it at the Gourmet Haus Staudt bar after commenting on
his facebook page using the phone how good German beer is. The new Iphone is not expected to drop until late June and like everything else Steve Jobs unveil’s it was suppose to be kept under strict secrecy and then let loose at a dazzling public relations event. In other words, this guy is instantly fired. I don’t really feel bad though because this dude probably makes bank if he’s working for Apple and can get a new job no problem. Gizmodo.com reportedly paid the bar $5,000 for the phone and broke the story today.
Nothing that really connects this week’s edition of 4JYSDL. Just some good time tunes you might like. The Drums have a real mellow 80′s sound to them while Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zero’s – Home is a great whistle song that will be stuck in your head for days and leave you whistlin dixie. Wish I could actually whistle.
1. The Drums – Don’t Be a Jerk Johnny
2. Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros – Home
Yahoo has been battling the Dept of Justice in federal court in Colorado over their right to have access to user email. Yahoo has refused to give access to targeted user email saying that prosecutors are required to have warrants and email users are protected under the 4th Amendment. Google, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Center For Democracy and Technology have come to the aid of Yahoo in this fight under the notion that society relys on the privacy of email the same as it does personal docs or telephone conversations. In 1986 a law was passed which the gave the gov’t the ability to access email without probable cause that was unopened for 180 days or more. Now the gov’t is looking for email that is read and under 180 days old without probable cause. This is a huge debate for the internet generation and I’m sure we will hear more in the months to come.
The Back Story:
On December 3, 2009, U.S. Magistrate Judge Craig Shaffer ordered Yahoo to hand to prosecutors certain records including the contents of e-mail messages. Yahoo divulged some of the data but refused to turn over e-mail that had been previously viewed, accessed, or downloaded and was less than 181 days old
Yesterday, a dozen national broadcasters announced their alignment to bring normal TV broadcasts to smartphones. The alliance consists of: Belo, Cox Media Group, E.W. Scripps , Fox, Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television, ION Television, Media General, Meredith, NBC, Post-Newsweek Stations and Raycom Media. The plan is to bring broadcast spectrum together from Fox, NBC & Telemundo and ION to be able to reach about 150 million U.S. consumers. Mobile TV is not new, but currently it requires special devices and is limited by the number of broadcast stations that offer a mobile signal. Ultimately, the goal is for it to be like watching normal TV from your phone. This will probably require updates to smartphones and devices to handle the mobile signal, but this is a huge step toward being able to catch your favorite television events and shows live whenever you want. It could also be a bad thing, as we are already consumed enough with TV.
Narrated by Johnny Depp “When Your Strange: A Film About The Doors” opens this weekend at select theaters across the country. The mysterious and hypnotic poetry, music and lifestyle of Jim Morrison has interested people across three generations and there hasn’t been anything to compare it to since. I think everyone has a moment listening to The Doors in which they feel a deeper meaning and connection to music and words then ever before. If you haven’t, listen to “The End” in a dark room with with a bottle of whiskey and you’ll see what I mean. The film which uncovers historical and previously unseen footage of Morrison and The Doors was featured at Sundance and Berlin film festivals. This is the first feature documentary about The Doors. It’s only playing at select theaters across the country, Find a Theater.
This edition of 4JDL focuses on the indie electronic pop genre. No this is NOT jersey fist pumpin techno so don’t get the wrong idea. Just a few throwback electronica esk jams that are sure to get a rise out of the next shindig you throw or to blast in your car as you speed away from work dodging traffic on a sunny Friday heading to happy hour. You’ll have to do some extensive searching to find Sepalot – Highway to Hell, I can’t remember how I found it because it was so long ago, but it’s sure to become a classic on your Ipod if you do. For more music news you can always check out MTV.
1. The Go! Team – LadyFlash
2. DJ Sepalot Feat Amos – Highway to Hell
As quickly as 3D TV is becoming a reality and we thought it was much farther away, so will be commercial space travel. By now you have heard about Sir Richard Branson’s next big idea Virgin Galactic. Back in December they debuted the actual spaceship, the VSS Enterprise. After that there must be extensive testing done before this thing can actually take passengers to space. On Mar 22nd the ship completed her first test, the captive carry test to ensure the mothership can carry the spaceship in flight.
The one in the middle is the space ship, the planes on the outside or mothership carry it up to 60,000 ft where it than rocket propels into sub orbit. Testing will continue into 2011, but there could be commericial flights in 2012. Tickets cost 200K, and there are registered space travel agents around the world. Book your trip here http://www.virgingalactic.com/booking/ Spacetravel is definitely worth spending your life savings on.
I was reading about this company GoPro which designs HD head cams for alternative sports. They have different models for surfing, base jumping, motosports, etc. Head cams at least with this company are cheaper than I thought they were, only a few hundred bills. This might be the first edition of “I Want That!” that we all can actually afford.
I definitely want one, at least just for shredding the gnar, everyday life might be fun to see with a head cam in HD too. Although 8 hours of a computer screen are definitely not as kool as these GoPro demo videos. Sunset surfing one is real good.