Posts by Tim Sprinkle
- The Sideshow6 mths ago
How cold is too cold for a jog?
For most people, below-freezing temperatures generally put a stop to outdoor exercise, but Siberian native Boris Fyodorov is not most people.
Minutes after the calendar ticked over to 2014 this past New Year’s Eve, Fyodorov set off on a solo, out-and-back marathon run from his home in the Siberian village of Oymyakon, completing the 26.2-mile course ― his first marathon ― in just over five hours. During the run he experienced temperatures as low as -36 F (-38 C).
And that was just the way he wanted it.
"I [heard] about other marathons around the globe, naming themselves 'the coldest', like the most recent North Pole marathon with runners going at -28 C [-18 F]," Fyodorov told the Siberian Times. "I thought surely this cannot be right. Our Oymyakon is the coldest inhabited place in northern hemisphere. Why don't we arrange a marathon here?"
- Yahoo News7 mths ago
Fresh off the controversy surrounding a report on the 2012 Benghazi attacks that relied on a now-discredited source, "60 Minutes" is attracting new questions over a segment that profiled the National Security Agency (NSA) that aired Sunday night. Specifically, did the CBS news magazine pull its punches by sending correspondent John Miller, himself a former government spokesperson, into the agency to lob a series of softball questions at NSA leadership? And why were no on-camera interviews with NSA opponents included? Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who first reported on classified U.S. documents leaked by former NSA employee Edward Snowden, was quick to call out the segment Sunday night.
60 Minutes journalism: former DNI official & FBI spokesman - soon to be NYPD official - "interviews" NSA chief http://t.co/wvEGO9ducb
- Yahoo News7 mths ago
Warren Buffett does it.
The pope does it.
And now, even the 41st President of the United States is doing it.
On Tuesday, 89-year-old George H. W. Bush officially launched his personal Twitter account with his first tweet, a post in remembrance of former South African President Nelson Mandela.
Barbara and I wish we could have joined the U.S. delegation honoring President Mandela today. He, and his countrymen, are in our prayers.
The tweet followed a statement released by the former president's office on Nov. 6, in the wake of the news of Mandela's death.
"Barbara and I mourn the passing of one of the greatest believers in freedom we have had the privilege to know," the statement read in part. "As President, I watched in wonder as Nelson Mandela had the remarkable capacity to forgive his jailers following 26 years of wrongful imprisonment - setting a powerful example of redemption and grace for us all. He was a man of tremendous moral courage, who changed the course of history in his country. Barbara and I had great respect for President Mandela, and send our condolences to his family and countrymen."
- Tim Sprinkle at Yahoo News7 mths ago
Here's a line you probably thought you'd never read: Pope Francis, the worldwide leader of the Roman Catholic Church, used to work as a bouncer.
During a trip to a Rome-area church on Sunday, he revealed that he had once worked as a bouncer at a Buenos Aires nightclub before turning his attention to the church. That’s in addition to his time as a janitor and laboratory assistant.
This biographical tidbit has made the rounds before, but it was the first time the pope had mentioned his past employment since taking over for the retiring Pope Benedict in March 2013. And it didn't take long for social media to pick up on the news and run with it. (Including this gem from former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, not the actor/director of the same name.)
What are we calling the off-beat dramedy about the Pope's past as a Buenos Aries bouncer? I'm going with "Heaven Can Wait, And So Can You"
- Tim Sprinkle at The Sideshow8 mths ago
But things didn’t work out as planned for the 53-year-old. He lost his job at an Orlando-area hotel, went to New York City only to be robbed of everything he owned when he fell asleep at the bus station, and ended up living between homeless shelters and on the streets of Manhattan for more than a month. All Jaroslav (whose last name is not known) wanted was to get home to the Czech Republic and see his family again. And then he met members of the YouTube comedy group Whatever in Union Square Park in early November. They were out with Brandon Levithan, the owner of clothing company Thread Society, handing out sweatshirts, blankets and hats to the homeless to keep them warm through the winter. (They were inspired by similar Good Samaritan videos like the help-a-homeless-veteran time lapse and Whatever’s own “Giving a Homeless Man $3,000.”)
- Yahoo News8 mths ago
Most triumphant news, digital currency fans. Alex Winter is a New York-based filmmaker who, in early 2013, debuted his first project, a documentary about file-sharing service Napster titled “Downloaded,” at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. But to at least one generation of moviegoers, he will always be best known as Bill S. Preston from 1989’s “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” which he starred in alongside Keanu Reeves. This week, Winter launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his next documentary, a film tentatively titled “Deep Web: The Untold Story of Bitcoin and The Silk Road,” which will seek to expose the seedy underbelly of the secret Internet. Watch the pitch video below: “In the last 10 years, the digital revolution has swept like a brushfire into every corner of modern life,” Winter writes on his Kickstarter page. “The world we now live in bears little resemblance to even the recent past. And the changes that are coming will disrupt our lives in even greater ways, some good and some harmful. But this tidal wave cannot be stopped, and its path can best be charted by examining the Deep Web; the vast unseen world that lies at the heart of the Internet and is the engine for the entire technological era.” Winter says that this “Deep Web,” which is not indexed by standard search engines or accessible by average users, encompasses everything from pirated media sites and hidden chat rooms to the online illegal goods exchange the Silk Road, and accounts for as much as 96 percent of all Web traffic. The emerging digital currency bitcoin is a key part of this world, Winter says, because it enables free, untraceable exchange on this often-anonymous hidden network. It’s the online version of the Wild West. But enough about the movie. Let’s talk about the prizes! For one thing, Winter is someone who knows what he’s known for and isn’t afraid to embrace his “Bill & Ted’s” part. Investors who pledge to fund the Deep Web Kickstarter campaign can choose from a variety of rewards from the films (in addition to “Excellent Adventure,” Winter and Reeves also teamed up for a sequel, “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” in 1991). There are autographed copies of the original production screenplay from “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” for a $65 pledge, and even an invitation to a special screening of the original film in New York City for $200. There will be air guitaring involved, Winter promises. As of Friday, the project had raised just over $7,600 of its $75,000 goal. The Kickstarter campaign runs until Dec. 20. Stellar!
- The Sideshow8 mths ago
Now, Batkid has his own movie trailer:
For a day, San Francisco was transformed into a comic-inspired wonderland, complete with the Bat-Signal on City Hall, a Lamborghini Batmobile, and crowds lining the streets to watch the mini caped crusader complete a series of make-believe missions.
For Scott, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Not only did the Northern California native get to spend the day nabbing bad guys, rescuing damsels in distress and saving the San Francisco Giants’ mascot from the evil clutches of The Penguin, he now even has an unofficial “trailer” to help him remember his day as the protector of San Francisco.
“Batkid Rises” was uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday and quickly began spreading across social media where it garnered rave reviews.
The Batkid Rises trailer is undeniably adorable http://t.co/PvcTLD47Qg
- Tim Sprinkle at Yahoo News8 mths ago
Who’s afraid of a 62-story Ferris wheel?
Not the New York City Council, which on Wednesday approved a plan to install a 625-foot observation wheel on Staten Island that’s being called one of the tallest in the world. It will be part of a $580 million redevelopment project on the North Shore of the island that will also include an outlet mall and a new hotel.
"The New York Wheel and Empire Outlets will become one of the city's most popular destinations, drawing millions of visitors every year — not just from the five boroughs and the region, but also nationwide and around the globe," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement, calling the vote to approve the plan a "momentous day for Staten Island."
- Tim Sprinkle at Yahoo News9 mths ago
Halloween at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is a big deal. A really, really, really big deal. In a tradition that dates back to at least the early 1980s, as many as 80,000 people — students and out-of-towners alike — flood nearby Franklin Street every year on October 31 to celebrate at an open-air party that attracts visitors from across the Southeast. Elaborate costumes are common, as are alcohol-related incidents and other not-too-surprising troubles, so the community has been trying to dial down the unsanctioned event for years. (As is the University of Colorado at Boulder, home of another epic Halloween celebration. This year the university sent out a memo urging students not to wear costumes that could be considered racist or offensive, after a series of recent controversies at the school.) But UNC is far from alone when it comes to less-than-traditional college traditions. Dance marathons: Northwestern University near Chicago holds claim to what is considered to be one of the largest student-run philanthropies in the country: the Northwestern University Dance Marathon. Now in its 40th year, the event raises money for a rotating roster of charities, and in 2013, more than 1,000 students danced for 30 hours to raise $1.2 million for the Chicago-based Danny Did Foundation, an epilepsy awareness organization. Not to be outdone, Penn State University hosts its own two-day dance marathon — aka THON — every February in what it calls the largest student-run philanthropy in the world . Unicycle tours: What is the Foster’s Run, you ask? It’s a nearly 20-mile round-trip unicycle ride from the campus of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., to a local doughnut shop. Students have been completing the challenge annually since the 1970s.
- Tim Sprinkle at Yahoo News9 mths ago
Tell us what you really think, Hillary. At a speech on Wednesday in Buffalo, N.Y., former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took on a heckler, and won, by dealing with him in the same way that many believe politicians should fix the breakdown in civility in Washington. That is — make it clear that citizenship doesn’t include yelling. “It includes sitting down and talking,” she said, to a rousing ovation from the 6,500 in attendance. The man, who had been yelling from an upper section of the bleachers during the event on the campus of the University of Buffalo, was eventually led away by security, but not before Clinton addressed his actions from the podium. According to WIBV.com, the man screamed "Benghazi, Benghazi, you let them die" in reference to the terror attack on a U.S. Embassy in Libya in which four Americans were killed. “We can’t move from crisis to crisis,” she said, according to reports, “we have to be willing to come together as citizens to focus on the kind of future we want.” A question of attitude It has been a particularly divisive few years in the nation’s capital, capped off by the recent government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling fight, leading many Americans to question the attitudes of those in Congress. According to a poll released earlier this month by Quinnipiac University, 72 percent of Americans opposed the federal shutdown and 74 percent disapprove of the job being done by congressional Republicans. Congressional Democrats and President Barack Obama didn’t fare much better, posting 32 percent and 45 percent overall job approval ratings in the survey, respectively. Respondents also opposed by 64 to 27 percent the idea of blocking an increase in the nation's debt ceiling as a way to stop Obamacare. “Americans are certainly not in love with Obamacare, but they reject decisively the claim by congressional Republicans that it is so bad that it’s worth closing down the government to stop it,” Peter Brown, assistant director of the university's polling institute, told Bloomberg. Maybe it’s time for congressional leaders to take Clinton’s advice and just talk through their issues. What do you think? Is it time for more civility in Washington?