– Boxing: The biggest news is that Andre Berto has decided to drop out of his fight with Shane Mosley. His family hails from Haiti (he fought for them after being disqualified by the US in 2004) and after the earthquake he got no sleep. His closest family members are alive, but he lost 8 other family members. If you haven’t already texted “Haiti” to 90999 (for the Red Cross), please do. It’s $10.
- Bob Arum continues to lie about Mayweather-Pacquiao fallout, claiming Mayweather wanted “everything his way.” Nevermind Floyd took the 50-50 split when he’s a bigger draw, took the smaller ring, the lighter gloves, and OK’d a $10million fine for every pound over 147. That sound like someone who wants “everything his way”?
- Someone tried to tell me that Golden Boy (promoters for Shane Mosley) paid Berto to drop out. I highly doubt it, but more people will watch Mayweather-Mosley than Mosley-Berto.
- Saturday night two young up-and-comers fight at the Garden (er, the Theater at the Garden). Check out Juan Manuel Lopez and Yuriokis Gamboa on HBO Boxing After Dark on Saturday.
– Curren$y: My friend from Arizona , Abram Plaut (aka Bram), told me to check this New Orleans rapper out (well, and he told you too because he put in a comment on here). I downloaded This Ain’t No Mixtape and Jet Files. And now I have the song “Elevator Musik” stuck in my head:
Love the Marlo line from The Wire (“My name in these streets / My name is my name”) and I agree completely with the chorus. Also “Get It Ya Self” is worth a listen and he rips “16 Switches“, which has a nod to Devin The Dude (if I’m not mistaken). Get the album here.
– Wu Tang Vs The Beatles: Enter the Magical Mystery Chambers. “Wu Tang acapellas over beats made with samples of Beatles song.” When my friend who listens only to rap (Money, actually he also listens to Billy Joel) texts me about 7 songs that he thinks are dope, you know it’s more than just a gimmick. (?uestlove’s Twitter Page)
– Tokyo Sky Drive: Looks like a camera on top of a mirror mounted on a train. Also, it looks cool: (The World’s Best Ever)
– Official White House app: Only on the iPhone, naturally. (Engadget)
– ESPN to stream on XBox Live: Suck it, PS3. You too, Time Warner. Would make the name ESPN360 much more appropriate. (Engadget)
– Ice from space: Satellite images of “Earth’s Icy Extremes“. Here’s the Wilkins ice shelf near Antarctica: (Wired)
– Spitting Cobra: Naw, not another name for your penis. It’s the name of a post by Michael Yon about Cobra Battery and their absolutely kickass artillery gun: (Michael Yon Online)
Plenty more photos here.
– Massachusetts ballot: What, it didn’t look like this? (Carpe Diem)
– China: “It’ll be the next global economic leader,” they say. Ugh. China searches people’s texts for “keywords” so they can lock violators’ phones, they build cities that are kept empty, and people “disappear”. Sounds like every economic leader ever.
– Remember “Drinking from cups”: Not the other one with the chicks and the sick shit, the one with the talking lizard. “Mr. Balloon hands” ring a bell? Well here’s your soundboard for it. (Buzz)
– Verizon FiOS to the Droid: Rarely does the Droid get a win, but it gets one here. “You can check TV listings, adjust parental controls, set your DVR and even check out Videos On Demand with the new mobile application.” (Boy Genius Report)
– LA Gang Tours: For just $65 you can roll through Compton with some ex-gang members as they point out the lovely sights. (Carpe Diem)
– Fuck Yeah Brazilian Girls: That’s the name of this site. Enjoy.
– True Wine Connoisseurs: Sadat X from Brand Nubian fame reviews wine sent to him from Ben’s friend Dan Posner’s wine company: (Dad)
– Chatham High: Instead of a 7:30 AM start, they will begin classes at 7:45 and will get rid of homeroom. I like the later start time but couldn’t imagine not singing “This Is How We Do It” with Ronnie D everyday. (Mom)
– More iPhones than unemployed? At least according to this chart: (Wooten)
– Healthcare reform and the Constitution: One man’s view on how our Constitution was setup especially to stop reform of this magnitude. (RealClearPolitics)
– Early man turns to agriculture to get fucked up: We started growing stuff just so we can ferment it. Proving once again that man just wants to get fucked up. (Dad)
– Archer: Why haven’t you watched this show yet? It’s funny and the episode this Thursday was the best one. Once again, Thursdays at 10 PM on FX.
– Pygmy goats: Ces wants you to know about pygmy goats. Typically they are used as pets even though they produce a good amount of milk. They’re tiny (16 to 23 inches wither height) hence the name pygmy. Here’s a pic:
And here’s a site you can buy one at.
– Snap: McCarthy thought the sound comes from your bones snapping, I thought it was the friction from your index finger and thumb. Wrong. “The sound of the snap is created as a result of one of the fingers coming into contact with the groove between a second finger and the palm, thus forcing the air out with an audible crack which resonates in the curved shape of the palm.”
– Those are some big ears: Jeremy Hazell on Seton Hall has some big ears:
– The Beaver is no more: No, not that type of beaver, but the Canadian magazine. It’ll now be known as Canada’s History. Lame. They claim it was because their articles were getting caught in spam filters. (Wooten)
– Twitter update: Blake has 25 followers (up from 24 last week). No RTs, no mentions. “Who follows you, Blake?” Well, the most recent follower is Kassidy Russell (weirdShmoops73) and fuck it, she gets the tweet of the week.
– Tweet of the week: As I said, this comes from Kassidy Russel:
“Go Browse My Pictures. http://tinyurl.com/nhh2he I’m awake and on my way to work I’m soaked right through to my panties.”
(it’s just a link to fling.com, if you’re wondering)
– The Marks Financial Update:
- MAB – Bunk started the year at $15.20 and closed out this week at $14.87. Investors were wary of the mustache he was growing and I think there was a rumor on January 21st that he had shaved it since there was heavy volume that day. Maybe he’ll get to hang with Ocho Cinco who’s in Orlando today. Here’s Bunk’s chart.
- MDH – Once again Harter shows how volatile he can be. While he is the cheapest Mark right now, investors are always in for a ride. He starts this year at $2.04 and ends this week at $2.47, getting as high as $2.82. You can see the sell-off since he told Blake he was going to ASU this weekend to visit his true love Cooker. Yeah, even Molly’s worried.
- MFL – Mark Lee attempts to rebound from his lackluster 2009, starting this year at $13, staying there for three trading days, popping up to $13.14, then flattening out to end the week at $13.05. We’re OK with this baby-step approach, and here’s to hoping Mark Lee is already researching football for the 2010 Moonti Season. Either that or getting Paints Plus to pay up. Here’s his boring chart.
– What you missed: Heroes. I know it sucks, so you can continue to miss it. The first time I ever sent you guys this update, the first “what you missed” was also Heroes. On October 31st, 2009 I wrote, “Heroes is making the Cheerleader gay. I think… it seems they’re gonna lean that way since her college roommate is a lesbo and trying to get with her.” And guess who was holding hands on the last episode? Yup, the lesbo and the Cheerleader. (The main villain this year moves earth and sunk a town this week. Nice timing.)
– What I missed: Rolling Stone did their 100 best albums and 100 best songs of the 00s back in the beginning of December. Looks like they were lazy with the rap portion. “Oh just put some Jay-Z, OutKast, Eminem, and Kanye on there and call it a day.” Sucks because The Roots this decade put out Phrenology and Game Theory, an album which Pa Dukes loves (that’s you, Dad). I never would have handed my dad Stankonia nor College Dropout, and I think that says something about “what’s a great album.”