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Leaked from today’s 404 episode:
– Apple CarPlay to bring iPhone experience to your next car’s dashboard.
– This electric condom promises to supercharge your sex life.
– 60-year-old goes on Tinder tear: “By the end of the year, I had slept with 15 men, 11 of whom were in their 20s or 30s.”
– A smart Netflix employee invents wristband that pauses your shows when you fall asleep.
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Google knows a lot, both about its users and about the internet in general. Today, the team in Mountain View has found a new way to share more of its vast knowledge of the web with us by providing background info on sites that show up in search …
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It’s easy to lose track of yourself in a city as busy as Las Vegas. Between the iconic strip, the historic downtown casinos and the international trade shows, folks have a habit of waking up without a solid sense of location. We understand, and we’re …
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ATLANTA – You are Mike Smith, head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, and you have exactly five seconds to make the most crucial decision of your season.
But you’ll get to that in a moment. First, take a look back at what got you here.
You arrived in Atlanta as a newly-minted head coach in 2008, and immediately hoisted the team from four wins the year before to 11 and a playoff berth. You killed that red-and-black Atlanta-never-had-consecutive-winning-seasons albatross dead the next year. In just six years, you’ve become the winningest coach in Falcons history, which, granted, is a low bar to clear.
You helmed the best NFC team in the regular season last year, and came within 10 yards of a trip to the Super Bowl. You rolled into this season a playoff lock, with an offense so overloaded with talent it seemed like a fantasy team in a six-team league. And now, thanks to injury and downward trajectory, you’ve spent the better part of three months watching your once-worldbeating team become one of the NFL’s punch lines.
You’ve lost five straight and nine of your last 10. You’ve lost to teams both sublime (the Seahawks) and pathetic (the Buccaneers). You’re on national TV again – Thursday night on the NFL Network, but hey, national is national – and you’re facing your hated rival New Orleans. You’ve got a chance for a little redemption – not a playoff season, no; those hopes vanished in October, but at least a bit of face-saving.
And the game unfolds, and you watch as your team stays close. Your Falcons are playing with all the grace and daring of a minivan, but like a minivan, they’re doing the job well enough. The game is still within reach with eight minutes left, Falcons down four, 17-13, with possession of the ball.
Your quarterback, Matt Ryan, has been the most successful in the game since 2008 – the year you arrived, remember – at engineering fourth-quarter comebacks. He’s done it 22 times. But this year? Zero. Now would be a good time for the first, don’t you think?
And for just a few minutes, he looks like he’s going to do it. You watch as Ryan leads the team from his own 3-yard line all the way down to the New Orleans 29. You watch as he takes another sack, one of five on the night, to push him back 5 yards.
Now it’s fourth down. Two minutes, 28 seconds remaining, ball on the New Orleans 34, clock running. You’re down four. And you’re facing that choice.
Go for it on fourth-and-15? Punt the ball and pin New Orleans against the end zone? Or go for the field goal and hope for the best, knowing you’ve got three timeouts and the two-minute warning in your pocket?
You go for the safe play. You go for the field goal. And the crowd boos.
You watch your kicker, Matt Bryant, the guy they call “Grumpy” in the locker room, line up for the 52-yard kick. You saw him line up to kick toward this same end zone ten months and eight days ago in the NFC playoffs. He was kicking from almost the exact same spot and the exact same distance, and on that day he drilled it true and bounced Seattle from the playoffs.
Right now, that day seems a lot more distant than ten months and eight days.
Still, you know Bryant’s got both the leg and the spine to kick it from this distance. You know he’s not the type to get rattled easily, even when New Orleans calls a timeout the instant before the snap, a timeout that wipes out a good kick.
And so when Bryant misses on the re-kick, you know there’s nothing to do but breathe deep and hope your defense can make the stop.
Your boss, general manager Thomas Dimitroff, is on the sideline near you in an ash-gray suit. Your boss’s boss, owner Arthur Blank, stands close by as well, in a red-and-black checked sport jacket. You know they’re there. They’re always there at the end of games. You know they can see the failure and hear the boos every bit as well as you can.
You have plenty of time to get the ball back and engineer another drive if only your team can come up with a stop. Naturally, this being 2013, your defense is about as stout as whipped cream. They don’t even stop the Saints; the Saints stop themselves, with two kneeldowns and a runaround that leaves just five seconds on the clock.
One ridiculous prayer of a play later, a play that ends in a hail of flags and an illegal forward pass, and this game – the last, best shot at respectability this season – is over. You’re 2-9 now. You leave the field after all of your players, after all the cameras, even after the band.
You try to justify your decisionmaking after the game: “There’s not a whole lot of great fourth-and-15, or fourth-and-14, plays,” you say. You explain your reasoning: hit the field goal, get four opportunities to stop the clock, win the game with another field goal.
Your quarterback answers the fourth-and-15 question a bit more definitively than you: “We’re prepared for that every week,” he says, an answer that doesn’t make the official transcript, but then walks it back: “We trust in Smitty. We thought it was the right call.”
The right call. When a season is already flushed, you go for the safest play. You’ll be hearing about this one for awhile.
You are Mike Smith, and you have no defense, on or off the field.
What do you do?
It’s been several months since Google introduced info cards to the Play Movies Android app, with the handy feature being limited to folks living Stateside ever since. That’s about to change, however, as Google today updated Play Movies & TV in the UK and brought info cards to the application. For those in the United Kingdom, what this means is that you’ll now be able to pause any video being watched and easily learn the filmography of the humans behind your favorite characters. Of course, this also means you’ll have some extra time to spare during the day, since the Google Now-inspired feature is definitely going to save you a few trips to IMDB.
Via: The Next Web
Source: Google Play
After all the arrest warrants, all the injury reports, all the fantasy prognostications, all the TebowRG3TebowRG3TEBOWRG3, it’s almost here: the NFL season. We couldn’t be happier, and we know you’re stoked too.
To kick off the season, we’re firing up a Shutdown Corner Mailbag column, even though most of you millennial whippersnappers wouldn’t know a mailbag from Mike Mamula. That doesn’t matter, though. This is your time to get your voice heard on Shutdown Corner … above the lawless anarchy that is the comment section, that is.
Write us with whatever’s on your mind: predictions for the season, rants about your coach’s latest idiot move, questions for our award-winning* Shutdown Corner team, recipes for your tailgate party, and so on. You can ask for fantasy football coverage, but this ain’t Roto Arcade; we guarantee you a fifth-place finish at best.
*-Participation trophies count as awards. Shut up.
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So here are 20 photos of our hike this weekend.
Here am I, standing halfway up a hill. And here am I standing halfway down a hill.
I am sure that your Facebook news feed — should you still bother having one — is filled with people who believe that every visual evidence of their everyday lives is fascinating visual evidence.
Whereas, in fact, it’s more turgid than a slime martini.
Here is some good news, however. A study suggests that people who do this may be alienating themselves from those who might be called normal human beings.
As CBS Washington reports, researchers from three British universities — the University of Birmingham, University West of England, and the University of Edinburgh — have concluded that frequent Facebook photo-posters “risk damaging real-life relationships.”
Of course, this assumes that they actually have any. Surely one of the beauties of Facebook is that it removes the burden of having to interact with people in physical space.
The report — delightfully called Tagger’s Delight (PDF) — offers a highly academic picture of the shared picture: “Increased frequency of sharing photographs of the self, regardless of t… [Read more]
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