Dumb People Are Trying To Ruin Deadspin

I know it’s dumb people, because if your grand idea is to buy something that’s both unique and popular and then set about draining it of much of what makes it unique and popular, you are a dumb person.

Deadspin works precisely because it doesn’t stick to sports. Don’t get me wrong, it can be very good at sports. But the thing that brings people back again and again is the unpredictability. Every time I go, I never know what I’m going to find. News reports about towns being tormented by serial public poopers? Investigations into shady business practices? Videos of people getting hit in the nuts? A thoroughly researched history of something I didn’t know about? The Name of the Year tournament? Awesome sports highlights/ridiculous sports lowlights? Life advice? Music reviews? Personal reflections? Wrestling takes better than some of what’s on dedicated wrestling sites? Coverage of Donald Trump that’s simultaneously mean-spirited, hilarious and completely sensible? Yes. All of those things are there, often on the same day.

I say again, only a dumb person that is a card carrying member of a dumb person collective would want to mess with that. A reigned in, more focused Deadspin is a less enjoyable Deadspin, and I can’t think of a single person save a dumb one who would be eager to keep visiting one of those.

The staff at Deadspin, a sports news blog that also covers culture, media and politics, revolted on Tuesday after management told the site’s employees to steer clear of stories that do not have a connection to sports.
Instead of heeding management’s mandate, staffers filled Deadspin’s homepage on Tuesday morning with non-sports stories that had been popular in the past, seemingly a nod to their argument that stories that are not strictly about sports have been favorites of Deadspin’s regular readers. Perhaps most telling among the selections was “The Adults In The Room,” an article published by former Deadspin editor-in-chief Megan Greenwell on her last day at the site in which she condemned the actions of Deadspin’s parent company, G/O Media.

The rebellion has not been without consequences. Deadspin interim editor-in-chief Barry Petchesky tweeted Tuesday, “Hi! I’ve just been fired from Deadspin for not sticking to sports.” CNN Business has reached out to Petchesky for comment but has not heard back.
The conflict was set off Monday, when Paul Maidment, the editorial director of G/O Media, sent a memo to the staff, telling them to focus their coverage on sports.

“Deadspin will write only about sports and that which is relevant to sports in some way,” he wrote in the memo, which was first reported by The Daily Beast.

In a statement to CNN Business, Maidment said, “We believe that Deadspin reporters and editors should go after every conceivable story, as long as it has something to do with sports. We are sorry that some on the Deadspin staff don’t agree with that editorial direction and refuse to work within that incredibly broad mandate.”

At Least Whoever Ended UP With That Ball Will Have A Dumb Story To Tell

Poor Anderson Feliz is going to have a hard time living this one down. Woof.

The tweet with the video suggests that he must have forgotten how many outs there were, but I’m more inclined to think that he somehow forgot the score. How you forget something so important when you’re in the bottom of the 10th, clinging to a 1 run lead with a runner on second base I do not know, but hey, we’re all human and we all make mistakes, I suppose. Maybe they just don’t pay him well enough to remember things.

A Few Quick Jokes

*My mum said to me, “Take your umbrella, it looks like rain.”

I said, “No it doesn’t. It looks like a stick with spokes attached which is covered in fabric.”

The woman’s delusional.

*I was walking through Glasgow today, when I was stopped by a representative from Aquafresh Toothpaste.

She said, “Did you know that the average person only brushes 30% of their teeth?”

I said, “We’re in Glasgow love, the average person only has 30% of their teeth.”

*Call a girl beautiful 1,000 times and she’ll never notice.

Call a girl fat once and she’ll never forget it.

This is because elephants never forget.

*The other guests told the bride “You look radiant! Terrific!” so I said
“Some pig!”
but I guess she wasn’t a Charlotte’s Web fan.

*Did you hear about the quadreplegic juggler?

It’s sad .. he keeps dropping the quadreplegics.

*”A New Jersey restaurant is offering a special menu this month that doesn’t list prices, but instead asks customers to pay what they think is fair. According to the sign in the window, the restaurant is called ‘This Space for Rent.'” -Seth Meyers

*Q: If God were a vehicle, what kind of vehicle would he be?
A: An ice cream truck, because he brings joy to those who discover Him, but people who follow Him too closely are usually paedophiles.

*The letters T and G are very close to each other on a keyboard. This recently became all too apparent to me and consequently I will never again be ending a work email with “Regards”.

*Q: How do vampires start their letters?
A: “Tomb it may concern…”

*Q: What happens when the smog lifts over Los Angeles?
A: UCLA!

*Q: What do you call a girl who sets fire to her credit card statements?
A: Bernadette.

*At an Irish wedding reception, someone yelled…

“Would all the married men please stand next to the one person who has made their life worth living.”

The bartender was almost crushed to death.

Oh Hey Look, An Accident!

I hope this person feels like the absolute geek he is. Shame his name was left out of the news release. Driver rubber-necking a collision causes another collision: Police

On Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 at 3:45 p.m., Guelph Police were investigating a motor vehicle collision on Speedvale Avenue West at Dawson Road when a passing motorist failed to keep his eyes on the road and drove his motor vehicle into the pickup truck ahead, causing significant damage to both vehicles. The curious driver was charged with careless driving under the Highway Traffic Act.

Guelph Police remind drivers to keep their eyes and attention on the road at all times.

40 Years

Haven’t heard from Gill in a while, but she wrote in yesterday, which happened to be her 40th birthday. Turns out it’s also right around the 40th birthday of a friend of hers, and she wrote this about the very different lives they’ve lived. All of the happy birthdays and well wishes from us here, guys.

In the fall of 1979, two lives began four days apart at opposite ends of the world. One life began as the child of parents who had prayed and wished for a child. Ten years following their wedding the baby’s first cries would resound in a small town hospital. The other life began four days later in a country torn by war, and a baby boy would know a far different life.

Early Life

The girl spent her first years living on a farm and would be joined by a sister less than two years later. When the boy was just under a month old, a bomb would fall on the family’s makeshift home injuring him severely. The girl and her family would frequently make trips to the city to go to doctor’s appointments and tests. The boy would struggle to survive, even having his Last Rights read to him.

School Years and Other life business

In 1983 the boy and his family fled their war ravaged lives in Southeast Asia for the tranquility and confusion of their new lives in Canada. The boy learned English from the TV shows of the time, and soon went to school. The girl took gymnastics, ballet, and skating lessons alongside the neighborhood kids. She started at the neighborhood school and made friends.

Grown Up

Both the girl’s and boy’s lives plotted different courses. The boy and his family moved to the suburbs, and the girl battled depression. The girl and boy, now a man and a woman, met while hoping for employment but getting the short straws.

Now

It’s been 12 years since the man and woman became friends. The man had multiple procedures, and the woman moved a few times.

Who am I talking about?

Well, in case you’re curious, the guy is my friend Jeff. He’s going through some tough medical stuff right now, but somehow the strength that brought his family from The Killing Fields of Cambodia to suburbia keeps him stronger than I could ever claim myself to be. The girl, well, that’s me, and I’d like to thank you all for reading this.

So That Happened


Well, we had our election. And in spite of what the leaders will tell you, it settled basically nothing and it’s hard to say that anybody truly won.

The Liberals won, but still lost. They have a hefty minority, but they came in with a hefty majority and blew it, up to and including getting trounced out west. Other than technically speaking, it’s hard to call that much of a victory.

The Conservatives did well in the popular vote, but not in the areas they really needed to win if they wanted to have any hope of taking over.

Jagmeet Singh looked like a real party leader for the first time during this campaign, but in spite of any excitement that might have been building around him, his NDP lost a pile of seats and finished behind the frigging Bloc Québécois, for crying out loud.

The Bloc might actually be the biggest winners in all of this, coming from basically nothing and ending up as the third party.

You might also give the Greens a win, seeing as their numbers went from two MPs to three. But even they didn’t do nearly as well as hoped.

Over all, I think the strongest message that was sent to Ottawa by the country is that many people don’t feel particularly listened to or well represented and that as far as leadership is concerned, nobody really cares all that much for any of you.

My advice, for whatever it might be worth, is that nobody should be in any hurry to bring down the new parliament and send us back to the polls. All of you would be well served to try to work together. To be better. To be honest. To not be stupid and mean-spirited. I’ve seen the country more divided, but it’s been a while. Every single person lucky enough to have been elected on Monday has a part to play in trying to bring it back together. Before you make us vote again, let’s see some progress, or at least an honest attempt to that end.

Robocalls Are Telling People To Vote Tomorrow Rather Than Today. Don’t Do That

Hopefully anyone who needs to see this will see it in time. As I type your polls should still be open no matter where you live, so go vote if you haven’t. Robocalls tell voters to head to the polls a day late
Misleading robocalls reported in Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Elections Canada confirms

Elections Canada says it has received reports of misleading robocalls made to voters suggesting voting actually takes place on Tuesday, the day after election day.
“There have been some reports of people receiving misleading robocalls in Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick,” said Elections Canada spokesperson Nathalie de Montigny.
“We have received reports about some electors receiving robocalls indicating that Election Day is on a date other than today. We have no indication these calls are widespread.”

Brad McKnight, who lives in Fredericton, told CBC News he received a misleading robocall just after 10 a.m. Monday from a group that said voting day was “tomorrow.” 
“It just said they’re urging me to vote with my conscience and that this is a very important election, and it wasn’t really pushing any political agenda,” said McKnight. “But it caught me off guard at the end because they said, I’m trying to remember the exact wording, but essentially, ‘We urge you to vote tomorrow.'”
He provided CBC News with a screenshot of the time the call was made to his phone. When CBC called the number in the screenshot, it went to a voicemail message for a group that calls itself as Proudly New Brunswick.

Proudly New Brunswick is affiliated with Canada Strong and Proud, a third-party group that opposes carbon taxes.

I actually got a very similar voicemail from Canada Strong and Proud yesterday. You can click here to listen to it. In it I’m told to vote for the party that best matches my values, and I am told to do so tomorrow. Keep in mind that I got this on Sunday, so it’s possible that what’s happening today may not be malicious and could simply be the result of some fool misconfiguring his automatic dialing program. Regardless, it’s confusing and potentially illegal.

So one more time, with feeling! NO matter what the nice man on the phone tells you, election day is right now, Monday, October 21st, 2019. If you haven’t yet, you still have some time left to get out and vote in it. I shall now leave you alone so that you may do so.

Before You Blame Technology For The End Of Family Time, Have A Look AT Poleconomy

Did anyone ever play Poleconomy? Was it even half as confusing or unspeakably boring as it looks and sounds?

Seriously, even the commercial can’t make it look exciting, and that’s its one job!

And I realize that this may not be the exact description that was packaged with the game, but could you make it any more off putting?

The game reflects the way Government, finance and industry interact when private enterprise operates within a system of parliamentary democracy. Players try to become both tycoons and politicians to gain both political and financial power.
As a tycoon the players buy and sell UK corporations and brand products, invest in insurance, buy bonds, and bid takeovers. They face inflation and commercial disaster. Profits are taxed by the Government.
As a politician and member of Parliament, they try to move from Opposition to member of Government, and then Prime Minister through the election process. Decisions as Prime Minister will affect the financial position of all on the board!

Families were supposed to play this! I don’t know what families, but that was the idea. Maybe families for whom the excitement of regular Monopoly was just too much.

Wikipedia makes it sound even worse, if you can imagine such a thing. In their description, the rules have a very strong do whatever the hell you want vibe to them.

Players compete to acquire properties and investments through stylized economic and political activity. This involves the purchase of real-world companies and advertising using artificial money. The players take turns moving around the board via the roll of the dice, landing on the gameboard squares and carrying out instruction according to the square’s contents or player decision.
The game is unusual in its mirroring of real-world businesses for which it has licenses to use their trademarks. It also illustrates how political events such as government decisions and taxation affect the economy. The players take turns at being the Prime Minister or President through elections. Once in power they have the ability to dictate the levels of inflation and so increasing or decreasing rents for property owners. If a player cannot cover their rent, the debt is written off and they can continue, receiving a government salary; no-one becomes bankrupt. According to the rules the game ends when the central bank runs out of money.

Either the bank runs out of money, or you can just decide before you even start when you’re going to have had enough.

The playing time is set by agreement from all players, e.g. 2 hours, and the winner is determined by the monetary sum of all player cash, companies, insurance or other assets.

Two hours? I give it 20 minutes tops.

Maybe this would be fun in school for a little while, but as a family game night it has disaster written all over it. A boring ass game where you can choose whether or not you want to follow the instructions and where one person has more power than everyone else just cannot end well.

Oh The Railroad Yells In the Middle Of The Night

CN promises to stop blaring train horns overnight in Guelph
Old story, but posting it because I’m wondering if maybe I can borrow a few of these protesters. They seem to be able to get shit done, and I could use that.

My grandparents have a railroad running through the middle of their property. I used to live close enough to a set of tracks that sometimes my place would shake when the trains went through. Neither of these situations caused me as much grief and consternation as my current situation.

I live in the Fairview mall area of Kitchener, not particularly close to tracks. But for years, in fits and starts, I’ve been rudely awakened by these goddamned whistles at 1, 2, 3, 4 o’clock in the morning, often multiple times a night. I don’t know if it’s CN and I have no clue what they’re doing out there (I almost never hear these things in the daytime), but they can stop it whenever they’d like and never start again, please and thanks. Seriously, you guys are killing me here. I have trouble enough getting a good night’s sleep when everything is perfect, and this is far from that.

Residents in a Guelph neighbourhood will finally get a good night’s rest.
For the past few weeks they’ve been kept awake by loud train horns blaring throughout the night.
Many said the long and loud blasts would go off between midnight and 6 a.m. in the area of Edinburgh Road North and Paisley Street.

Starting Tuesday, CN says there will be “manual safety measures at crossings.”
That means people, employed by CN, will be set up at crossings to manage the railway’s operations and direct traffic.
While this is a temporary fix, Mayor Cam Guthrie calls it a “big win” for the community.

On Monday night residents staged a protest about the disruptive horns.
People – including children – stood near the tracks, preventing the trains from continuing through the community.

Google Chrome Can Now Try To Describe Images

I don’t use Chrome as my default browser, but from time to time it comes in handy. So when I heard about this, I figured I’d try it out.

My first impression is that it’s quite spotty, not always able to give a description when you could use one. When you do get one, it ranges from somewhat helpful to half passed useless. When it gets it right it’s just detailed enough to be kind of a cool addition to the browsing experience, but the words “appears to say” followed by a string of random numbers as happens at other times doesn’t really do much for anyone, especially when not preceded by an “appears to be” to describe the scene.

One of the places I took it was Ernie’s House Of Whoop Ass, a site loaded with imagery, some of it rather…er…questionable. And it was there that I learned that it will not describe photos it thinks contain adult content. A perfectly reasonable default setting since you never know who is using the computer, but also disappointing because machine powered photo identification can and does get things wrong. It would be nice if there were some sort of method for cranking up the obscenity level, as it were.

There is potential here for this to become extremely useful though if they put the time into improving it, which hopefully they will. New Chrome Feature Describes Images On Websites for Blind and Partially Sighted Users

Chrome’s new feature, called Image Descriptions, will attempt to identify the contents of the picture and say ‘Appears to be…’ followed by its best guess. For example, it might say ‘Appears to be a dog’, letting you know that the site probably contains a picture of a dog, but that the description was AI-generated and may not be entirely accurate.
How to activate it
The new Image Descriptions feature is available for anyone who uses a screen reader or braille display. To activate it, just go to Chrome Settings > Advanced > Accessibility and select ‘Get image descriptions from Google’.