How not to play a practical joke on a kid. Via Chris.
Though if they couldn't afford an Xbox 360, one wonders how they got their hands on the box. Props to Engadget for the offer to make things right the Internet way; but I suspect the parents really did have it stashed away for the "real" unboxing later, off-camera.
At least I sure hope so, for that kid's sake. That is harsh.
“We're proud to have partnered with Monster Cable for the past four years," said Lisa Lang, the 49ers Vice President of Communications. Lang noted that starting in June; the stadium will revert back to its original name, Candlestick Park. “The name of the stadium will reflect the City of San Francisco’s passage of Proposition H, which limits the team’s ability to seek a new naming rights sponsor."
If there were any worse possible name for the Stick than "3Com Park", Monster Park was it.
The radio signed off the segment on this with "Live from Candlestick Park", a phrase I hadn't heard since the early 90s. Sounded like a phone call from an old friend.
Hah! I guess I wasn't the only one who thought that the pilot of Superjail had something special going for it to warm the cockles of an old animation snob's feeble and embittered heart:
Superjail is one of those rare pieces of animation that reaffirms my faith in mainstream industry animation. (A clip from the pilot episode is posted below; the full series premieres later this year.) At first glance, it’s an unlikely candidate for greatness: it is, after all, a Flash-animated show for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. But Superjail defies all expectations, both for Flash and Adult Swim. Far from the typical Adult Swim fare of characters standing around with their lips flapping, this show takes advantage of the fact that it’s animated, packing every scene with outlandish visual gags, hilarious drawings, frenetic animation, bright colors and enough gratuitous cartoon violence to fill a thousand Popeye shorts.
Heady words. And I'm not saying I particularly like the show—it requires that you be in a certain mood, I guess, like how you have to be feeling the late-night blahs to get the most out of Home Movies, or stoned to watch Metalocalypse, or dissolved in White Man's Guilt to watch The Boondocks or Moral Orel. I can't quite imagine what a whole series based on the Superjail pilot will look like. But like Amid, I'm glad that if any of the pilots they aired that evening back in May are getting produced, it's this one.
I just got the weekly mail from Apple describing the new videos being spotlighted in iTunes and offered for rental. These include The Bourne Supremacy, Balls of Fury, and 3:10 to Yuma, as well as a bunch of older movies that are just now available (Austin Powers, The Matrix, Aliens).
I just happened to glance up from the computer at the cable service's on-demand menu system, which has a crawl in the corner describing new releases. The ones they're pumping include The Bourne Supremacy, Balls of Fury, and 3:10 to Yuma.
Looks to me like Apple's rollout schedule is tied in quite firmly with the same distribution channels that feed cable TV's on-demand content. We already know the pricing and the rental timeout period (24 hours) are the same; now it looks like behind the scenes, the rollout of new titles is going to adhere to the same model as cable also.
Which I guess means as far as the studios are concerned, Apple is just another player like Comcast or Cox or Charter or DirecTV. I guess they didn't have to shake things up that much this time around...
I take strong exception to his characterization of pomegranates. They should be way higher on the vertical axis. Though at a good 30-40 minutes for a no-seed-damage disassembly process, I can't argue with its horizontal placement.