Jun 30 2016

Drive a Honda or Acura? Read This

If you drive a Honda or an Acura, you should read this.

Feds warn more than 300,000 Hondas and Acuras pose grave risk of exploding airbags and should be parked until fixed.

Got that? I’m not going to go into specifics because all the info you need is on CNN.com. Check their site for model numbers and specifics. Link is below. But when I saw “exploding airbags” I said, “you know what? I’m going to do my part to let folks know about this.”

So, you know, Honda and Acura owners/drivers, check it out. Could be fine. But take a look. Just to be on the safe side.

Source: Stop driving these Hondas right now, says regulator (CNN)


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Jun 06 2016

Enough With The Gorilla Thing

I’m calling it – enough with the Gorilla story.

Enough With The Gorilla Story

What prompted me to write this? I suppose it’s because this is still a news story.

(Full disclosure: I sometimes write for The Daily Beast.)

Now: OF COURSE the parents won’t face charges! That would ridiculous. If for some reason the zoo didn’t have the proper fencing in place, that’s who would face charges. However, by all accounts that I’ve read, the zoo DID have the proper barriers up. Unfortunately, a small child got through them and landed in the gorilla’s area.

Here’s some video. It’s not that shocking but if you don’t want to see it for whatever reason, you’re not missing much, in part because half of it is blocked by a tree. But it doesn’t feature the gorilla getting shot, or the child being harmed.

Here’s Jack Hanna, animal expert, defending what the zoo had to do, which is kill the gorilla.

It’s sad that the gorilla, named Harambe, was killed. But what were they going to do? Let the kid get killed? The gorilla was dragging him around like a sack of potatoes.

By the way, this isn’t the first time a child has fallen into a gorilla habitat. I don’t think this particular gorilla was a Silverback, but that’s only because I don’t know stuff like that. (It appears to not be a Silverback because it doesn’t have a silver back, but I’m color blind, so who knows.) Here’s a video from — wait for it — 2015. You know, a year ago.

This incident worked out much better because EVERYONE was OK. Not saying the circumstances are the same. However, in the 2015 video above, you can see the barrier and in theory it should be enough. It wasn’t.

Oh look! Here’s another time a kid wound up in a gorilla habitat at a zoo. In 1996.

As Kimberly Harrington pointed out on Medium, “do accidents happen anymore? Especially when a kid is involved?” (That’s just a quote from the headline. The whole article is worth reading.) Kimberly posted a lot of memes/tweets that resulted from the Harambe incident, but these two really horrified me.

I mean… wow.

Here’s a quick quote from Ms. Harrington’s excellent article:

This is the perfect (shit) storm for the Internet, especially the American variety, because it involves: a) kids, b) animals, and c) parenting. All of the things that the Internet likes to flip its collective wig over. All of the things that allow the Monday morning quarterbacking to gush forth in a rage orgy. Someone needs to pay! She’s a woman? Let’s call her horrible names! This is our chance, Internet!

Yeah. That pretty much says it all. In 1996, maybe all the Prodigy and Compuserve chat rooms were aflame with enraged parents and animal rights activists digitally duking it out. But I sort of doubt it.

Bottom line: everyone needs to take a breath and calm down. Jack Hanna says the choice was between a human life and a gorilla life (paraphrasing here) and the zookeepers chose the child. It is absolutely sad. But there’s no excuse for the kind of vitriol shown above. You can see much more at the link below.

Me? I say enough. No más. It’s over, Johnny.

Except that these are the Interwebs. It’ll never be over. Well, maybe when something else shows up to outrage people.

See also: Hey America, do accidents happen anymore? Especially when a kid is involved? — Be Yourself — Medium


May 25 2016

Brad Pitt Stops A Kid From Getting Crushed By Fans (Video)

This is kinda nice. Brad Pitt stops a kid from getting crushed by fans in Spain, or to use the lingua franca of the place where it happened, “Brad Pitt rescata a niña en rodaje de Allied”. Allied is the movie Mr. Pitt was filming, and he took a break in order to say hello to a crowd. More specifically, he waved at a rather large group of people who were clearly REALLY stoked to see him.

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But perhaps they were a little bit too stoked. According to the story, and the video backs this up, a little girl was being crushed against the fence. Mr. Pitt saw this and had his bodyguards pick her up and pull her out of the crowd, then comforted her until medical staff arrived. Here’s the video.

I think this is an example of how having kids changes a person. Not that I don’t think Mr. Pitt would have done this before becoming a dad. But the behavior, to my eye, looks very parental. There are things that become instinctual after you have children of your own. In this case, that was a good thing.

Via Time


Apr 26 2016

12-Year-Old Girl Runs Half-Marathon by Mistake

Watch this video about a 12-year-old girl who ran a half-marathon by accident and feel like a marshmallow. Well, that’s how it made me feel.

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Also proud of the kid. 13.1 miles is impressive enough, but to run that far when you had only trained to run 5 miles is… well, dang. Watch here:

If the embedded video above doesn’t work, click the link below.

Source: 12-Year-Old Girl Runs Half-Marathon by Mistake (NBCNewYork.com)


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Mar 09 2016

Creator Of Email Died

Missed this bit of news amidst all the election hoo-ha — the creator of email died. His name was Ray Tomlinson.

Read more at CNN.


Oct 09 2015

Eminem Does Something Cool For a Kid

I’m not going to bother re-writing the story; click through if it interests you.

“These are my Eminem legs I’ve had made. My wish is for Eminem to see them.”

Source: Eminem Responds to 10-Year-Old Superfan with Prosthetic Leg (Time)


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Jul 23 2015

Earth-Like Planet Found by NASA

This is so cool. NASA has found an Earth-like planet, described as “Earth’s bigger, older cousin.”

Captain Video And His Video Rangers

This isn’t a picture of real space travel.

Read the full story at CNN.com.


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