Until Saturday I didn't have any good links to mashup a worthy post. I figured it might be a good time to move this feature to Friday mornings as I originally intended. However, on Friday and Saturday morning, I found a mother lode of cool shit that I couldn't possibly wait five more days to post.
So, Friday Morning Mashup will have to wait at least another week. This week I cover the Wii U, Elephants funerals, Terminator cosplay, Twitter censorship, and USF fans reinforcing their reputation as College Football's Biggest Goobers.
Last week my Tampa Bay Bucs hired Greg Schiano from Rutgers to be the next head coach. I was stoked about the surprisingly excellent hire; I fully expected the morning’s newspaper to brim with informative background articles about The New Guy. Unfortunately, trolling right there below the hiring article, just waiting to sap my giddiness was the USF Fan reaction article. Way to piss in my Lucky Charms, Tampa Bay Times.
According to the article, Bulls fans don't think that they can support a "rival" head coach and are rethinking their Bucs fandom. You see, in myopic USF fan lore, Greg Schiano was directly responsible for wrecking the dynasty.
In the middle of the 2007 season, South Florida was ranked #2 for a single week. The next week, Schiano and his lowly Rutgers team thumped USF and exposed them as frauds in front of a national audience. The Bulls tailspun into a three-game losing streak and were never heard from outside of Tampa again.
One week at #2. One week filled with grandiose claims of "we're going to win national championship(s)." And their silly fans with their silly media still brag about it to this day.
Since then, the USF dynasty has won no national championships, no conference championships, and last season received no bowl invites. All because of that one game in 2007 where Greg Schiano got that ass, right? Nut up, USF, this is probably a good thing for you. http://www.tampabay.com/sports/football/bucs/article1212593.ece
Did you know that elephants mourn their dead? Me neither. Here's a heartbreaking story about a herd of elephants paying their last respects to one of their babies that died from a heart defect. My condolences to the elephants of Hellabrunn Zoo. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2090915/Well-forget-Elephants-say-sad-farewell-month-old-calf-died-heart-defect.html
I was one of the thousands who joined in the collective yawn following the announcement of the Wii U. I owned every Nintendo console since the OG, 8-bit NES. The Wii U was probably going to be the first Nintendo that ever I passed on. After the last two disastrous consoles, we demanded the greatness we once knew from Nintendo systems. Instead, Big-N gave us a Hungry Man Dinner-sized, tablet controller. How awesome. Now we can see a personalized, high-def version of the same old, shovelwared shit that infests the Wii.
My interest flatlined until I happened upon this tech demo with G4's Jessica Chobot. The Zelda demo had all the "SWEET JESUS IT'S ZELDA IN HD" Factor, but it was the Chase demo that actually captured my imagination. I’m finally wrapping my mind around this gadget. If developers can give us more of this type of innovation and less Wii Sports rip-offs, then I might consider throwing down for this thing after-all.
Twitter announced that it will allow the ability for specific countries to censor tweets. The mostly global, social media tool that directly enabled the Arab Spring has decided to be evil. Their claim is that the whole "China-less" thing is the motivating factor behind the censorship--they want that market and they want it now.
An equally likely story involves the recent $300 million investment by Saudi Prince, Walid bin Talal. This no-brainer investment allows ol' Walid to squash any Twitter-fed uprisings with the flip of a switch. Just like that, the Saudi royal family fortified their monarchy worth billions. Checkmate. I'm a conspiracy theorist like that.
Hey, Twitter is a private company and can do whatever wets their twit, but they may just have sealed their fate as the next MySpace. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/01/27/tech/twitter-deleting-posts/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
I'm an unabashed cosplayer. DragonCon is my one weekend a year where I just fuck it all, head to Atlanta, and party like it's a long time ago in a galaxy far away. A ludicrous amount of time and effort goes into making these costumes--and that's with step-by-step YouTube videos telling you how it's done. Imagine looking at your kitchen utensil drawer and saying, "Aha! This will make a fine T-800." Mad props to Peter Kokis for making this sick costume happen. http://kotaku.com/5877425/terminators-t+800-walks-the-streets-of-brooklyn/
I love my nerdy t-shirts. An episode of Big Bang Theory typically sends me on a quest to find all the cool shit Sheldon wears. I have several go-to sources. One of my favorite daily stops is TeeFury.com, which consistently puts up a most rad shirt that warrants an instabuy. The shirt that earned a slot in my closet last week was Time Warp.
The Bill at Animal Kingdom Resort
The fam and I just got back from an amazing weekend at the Animal Kingdom Resort in Orlando, Florida. We stayed in an enormous, beautiful hotel room at the best Disney resort in the world. Right outside our balcony you could see giraffes taunting squirrels, zebras biting each other’s rumps, an ostrich stalking pickup trucks, cattle scratching their itches with downed trees, and a pudgy bunny chillin' like a villain in a dark corner.
We ate a ton of food, drank a ton of booze (not really, we're all lightweights), named animals after sex toys, and watched a big screen Tarzan cartoon by the poolside, in the icy chill. I love that 62 degrees with a light breeze is unbearably cold to us. All this for free! Thanks for a few days in paradise Joanne!