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TED: Boaz Almog “levitates” a superconductor

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If my jaw drops during a TED Talk, I have to share. It certainly did during this one and during the quick audience shot, I spotted a few with the same look.

I’m obviously curious to hear more about this an its potential. My one question to start, if that same disc being 2mm thick can support a small car, how do you adjust it? It can’t be as easy to manipulate as the very thin example he was using on stage. That thicker one would be really locked into place.

Mike

Neil deGrasse Tyson – The Tidal Force

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Neil deGrasse Tyson – The Tidal Force

Maybe a little late, but everything you wanted to know about the leap second. And tidal forces. And tidal lock. So much learning.

Mike

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee – Long Promo

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Comediants in Cars Getting Coffee

The first promo gave the concept, but there wasn’t much to it. Now, they give some content and it looks amazing.

Comediants in Cars Getting Coffee premieres July 19th on Crackle. Where is that? I’m not sure. I have an app, but I’ve never used it.

Mike

Grantland WFAN Oral History

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Grantland WFAN Oral History

I really enjoyed this, I don’t even really know why. I don’t care about New York or WFAN. I listened to WIP (Philly’s sports radio) when I was young, before there was internet and when all I had in my room was a walkman. I’d listen every night before bed. It was decent when compared to the limited other options I had. I haven’t listened in years.

I think this is just fascinating because this was the sports talk radio attempt that stuck and led to all the others.

Mike

ICH: Football Win Prediction

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Just like for College Football, Football Win Prediction has launched on Ice Cream Helmet. It’s pretty similar to College, so I’ll cover it quickly.

  • Predict win totals for every team. Since the NFL has a consistent schedule, you should allocate all 256 possible wins across the 32 teams. Sorry, that means no predicting ties.Ice Cream Helmet  Football  Win Prediction
  • Predict the Conference Champions and Super Bowl winner.

Scoring (lower is better)
1pt – Each predicted win off of actual total for each team.
-2pts – Each correctly predicted team Win Total.
-5pts – Each correctly predicted Conference Champion.
-10pts – Predicting the correct Super Bowl Champion.

Make your predictions by September 5th at 8:30pm ET. That’s when the season kicks off in New York with the Cowboys visiting the Giants.

You can also create groups to invite your friends to compare your results. You only have to make one set of predictions. Those will be used for scoring in all groups.

Mike

Kerry Wood State Farm Commercial

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Thumbs up to this one. I had to look it up to send to Evan, I had wanted to post it anyway.

I’m not sure you could have done any better than The Hawk.

Mike

Cans, Sir?

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Cans, Sir?

Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time was very hit or miss. There were some gems but you had to get through a lot of strange stuff to find them.

I saw Season 2 was added to Netflix Instant and that includes my favorite episode of the show. I’m pretty sure it got canceled after Season 2, so if you enjoy that, you can burn through the whole show pretty quick.

It’s Episode 4 of Season 2, it’s called Full Blown Eggs, which is also the name of the best sketch of the show. It starts around the 10 minute mark.

I really enjoyed this episode when I watched it. I had some friends coming up to visit that weekend and we had some time to kill waiting for them all to arrive, so I shared with the early arrivers. They didn’t love the sketch that really got me as much but another one killed them. We showed the episode again when everyone arrived. So I think I watched this episode 3 times in one day.

Mike

ICH: College Football Win Prediction

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New game on Ice Cream Helmet this season: College Football Win Prediction. You have from now until kickoff of the first game of the season to register your predictions. I tried to make it relatively simple, so you aren’t making predictions for all 120+ schools. Here are the quick details:

  • Predict regular season win totals for schools in the Six Major Conferences + Independents: BYU & Notre Dame. (Championship game wins are included in the regular season win total, bowl wins are not.)
  • Predict the Conference Champion in the Six Major Conferences. (Goes by Championship game if league has one, otherwise, goes by standings.)
  • Predict the BCS Champion.


Scoring
(lower is better)
1pt – Each predicted win off of actual total for each school.
-2pts – Each correctly predicted school Win Total.
-5pts – Each correctly predicted Conference Champion.
-10pts – Predicting the correct BSS Champion.

Looks like this: (I used the Big East here since they are running out of teams, so it takes up the least amount of space.)
Ice Cream Helmet  College Football  Win Prediction Big East

Make your predictions by August 30th at 7:00pm ET. That’s the current first kickoff of the season. Not every kick for the games on Thursday have been set, but it’s doubtful to be before 7pm.

Check back during the season for updates on where you stand. Scoring will be interesting during the season as different people peak as schools hit their predictions then dip when those win totals are passed.

You can create groups to easily compare with your competitors, but you don’t need to join a group to play. You only have to make picks once, they will be the same across every group you join.

Mike

ICH: Baseball Series Picks – Week 13

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Lots of weekend series getting underway tonight, so moving this to a Thursday post. You can still make your picks.

Stay Away Series: Astros/Cubs and Padres/Rockies. Both evenly matched not so good teams.

Interesting Series (to me): Phillies/Marlins (for last place in NL East), Nationals/Braves (top of NL East), Tigers/Rays (underperforming and stuck in the middle of their divisions).

Division Leader Matchups: White Sox/Yankees and Reds/Giants.

ESPN Sunday Night: Mets/Dodgers. Mets were on last week. There are a bunch of other more interesting matchups this weekend.

Series of the Weekend: Reds/Giants. I was going with either of the division leader series, this one edged it out with the Giants currently tied for the division lead and the Reds with only a 2-game lead over the Pirates (not counting that they already won today) and Cardinals.

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Pick Distribution – Week 13
Away Team Home Team First Game of Series
Indians 0% 100% Orioles Thu Jun 28
White Sox 0% 100% Yankees Thu Jun 28
Red Sox 100% 0% Mariners Thu Jun 28
Tigers 100% 0% Rays Thu Jun 28
Athletics 0% 100% Rangers Thu Jun 28
Angels 100% 0% Blue Jays Thu Jun 28
Mets 0% 100% Dodgers Thu Jun 28
Reds 0% 100% Giants Thu Jun 28
Royals 100% 0% Twins Fri Jun 29
Nationals 0% 100% Braves Fri Jun 29
Astros Cubs Fri Jun 29
Padres Rockies Fri Jun 29
Phillies 0% 100% Marlins Fri Jun 29
Diamondbacks 50% 50% Brewers Fri Jun 29
Pirates 0% 100% Cardinals Fri Jun 29
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ICH: Baseball Series Picks – Week 12

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I had some difficulties picking this week. Seems like a lot of even match ups. Of course ESPN is going Yankees/Mets for Sunday Night. 

The most shocking part of this week’s distribution? Three people made their 10 picks and no one disagreed. There was some variation on which series were picked, but the winners were all agreed upon.

What does that mean? Mariners/Padres and Dodgers/Angels are the stay aways. Mariners and Padres are indeseripherably awful. Which means …

Series of the Weekend: Dodgers @ Angels

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Pick Distribution – Week 12
Away Team Home Team First Game of Series
Rays 100% 0% Phillies Fri Jun 22
Giants 100% 0% Athletics Fri Jun 22
Mariners Padres Fri Jun 22
Cubs 0% 100% Diamondbacks Fri Jun 22
Nationals 100% 0% Orioles Fri Jun 22
Blue Jays 0% 100% Marlins Fri Jun 22
Brewers 0% 100% White Sox Fri Jun 22
Yankees 100% 0% Mets Fri Jun 22
Dodgers Angels Fri Jun 22
Tigers 100% 0% Pirates Fri Jun 22
Rockies 0% 100% Rangers Fri Jun 22
Twins 0% 100% Reds Fri Jun 22
Braves 0% 100% Red Sox Fri Jun 22
Indians 100% 0% Astros Fri Jun 22
Cardinals 100% 0% Royals Fri Jun 22
Mike

Kimmel: Fathers Day

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Another Kimmel YouTube challenge. Possibly not as good as previous ones but I laughed a lot at these. You have to watch all the way through because the last one of each video are the best of the bunch.