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Friday
Apr132012

Tanked Episode 199 for Tuesday Apr. 10, 2012

 ANNOUNCEMENTS 

- Animal Attack Mike is in the house!
- Beers
- Mike to do *TM* this weekend. GO MIKE!
- Aaron and single buddies needs to try Grouper (explain what grouper is)



 TECH 
Facebook to buy Instagram for $1 billion
Mark Zuckerberg took to Facebook today to announce that Facebook has agreed to acquire photo-sharing service Instagram for $1 billion in "a combination of cash and shares of Facebook." The entire Instagram team — 6 13 employees — will be joining Facebook, and interestingly, Zuckerberg says that Instagram will be built and grown "independently" and that its integration with other services is an "important part of the experience." Over at the Instagram blog, CEO Kevin Systrom also announced that Instagram had agreed to be acquired, confirming that "you'll still be able to share to other social networks."  

Not only does Facebook now own an important mobile property, but it also took its biggest threat - a thriving mobile-only social network - off the market. Brilliant.
But that's just part of a bigger, unanswered question: Can Facebook become an important mobile platform, the way Apple's iOS and Google Android have? And if so, what does that look like? How does Instagram fit in?

Reactions from the TwitterVerse (pretty funny)

TheVerge



 MOVIES 

Director Gary Ross will not be back to direct catching fire. Hunger games 2 for those non book readers.
“As a writer and a director, I simply don’t have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make because of the fixed and tight production schedule,” he said in a statement released Tuesday evening.
I got that from Geekscape.
 
Iron man 3 get their big bad   
Sir Ben Kingsley will play the bad guy. The Mandarin? Saying no, but I don’t know who else her could really be playing. Ah, it doesn’t matter.

Batman PG-13 and the 1st rough edit is only 4 hours long. Oh joy, why do I think this is going to be a 3:30 movie. I don’t like that.

Who will win the summer box office between these four mega movies?
The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus, The Amazing Spider-Man or The Avengers?
I think it’s Dark Knight.

Facebook.com/ricmulligan



 SCIENCE
Studies Linking Game Violence with Real-World Aggression May All Be Wrong
Kotaku

Cold beer: Soft-serve head keeps brew chilled

Cold beer is cherished around the world, especially during the warmer months of the year. Frosty mugs and insulated sleeves known as beer koozies do the job well enough. But why not top off your suds with frozen beer foam instead?

Now, thanks to the clever folks at Japanese brewing giant Kirin, you can. They’ve figured out how to create frozen foam and dispense it on top of a beer like a person filling a cone with soft-serve ice cream. Gizmag has the details:

 

To make the topping, regular Ichiban beer is frozen to -5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit) while air is continuously blown into it. It's kind of like when a child makes bubbles in their drink, except inside a blast freezer. Once the topping is placed onto regular, unfrozen beer though, it acts as an insulating lid and keeps the drink cold for 30 minutes.

 

The beer is said to have a creamier taste and texture due to the frozen foam than regular beer in an icy mug. As the foam melts, it won’t dilute the beer with water as regular ice cubes would because the foam itself is, of course, beer.

For those hankering to get a pint of the brew, a visit to Japan is in order. Ichiban Shibori Frozen Draft is currently available in Tokyo and will be served countrywide this May.

No word yet on when the soft-serve beer foam will be topping brews outside of Japan, but the Australian market might be willing to give the suds a try. "The most important characteristic of beer (there) is that it must be very cold," notes British beer writer Pete Brown in Three Sheets to the Wind.



 WEB GEM 
50 of the Oddest Jobs That Actually Exist
OnlineDegree.net
 
 

 ODD NEWS 
 
Where’s Bruno Mars When You Need Him
In what was probably the most dangerous easter egg hunt ever (or a scene from the next Hunger Games movie), a three-year-old boy was looking for pastel colored eggs... but found a live hand grenade instead.
Seriously. The grenade was from World War II and was just lying on a field that 25 pre-schoolers were using to find easter eggs. Being just kids, they didn't know the difference between a hand grenade and a rock but a keen eyed parent saw the explosive and safely removed the kids from the area. Stuart Moffatt, a possible father of the year candidate, said:

We were beginning to count up the eggs at the end of the hunt and I saw a boy of three standing on an object. It was brown and about 4 inches high. It looked like an Easter egg, but it was a hand grenade... I was shocked. The boy who was standing on it thought it was a rock.

The parents notified the authorities who sent the UK's Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team to (safely) blow up the bomb before anyone got hurt.
Gizmodo



Burglary foiled by 'vigilante' with guitar

ORLANDO, Fla., April 10 (UPI) --

Police in Florida said a guitar-wielding vigilante
foiled a burglary by striking the suspect with his instrument.
Orlando police said the vigilante, who was not identified,
arrived at the apartment on Conroy Road around 12:45 a.m.
and discovered a male suspect,
the Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday.

"Vigilante grabbed a guitar and struck the suspect in the face.
The suspect fled the scene,"
Officer Kristy Casiano wrote in the police report.
Sgt. Vincent Ogburn, a police spokesman,
said the incident is under investigation.

The suspect was described as about 25-years-old and around 6 feet tall.

Man on the lam outruns police, keeps up with Facebook

msnbc.com

Travis Nicolaysen doesn't hide that he's running from police. Sometimes he even pops up on Facebook to provide updates and ask friends where he might crash for the night.

"Cops all over you," one friend posted to his page on Wednesday.

Nicolaysen replied, "got away thanks bro."

He has eluded them twice, in fact. The day after that Facebook exchange, police issued a statement asking for information leading to Nicolaysen's arrest. The 26-year-old hasn't checked in with his parole officer since January and is wanted for assaulting his girlfriend in March.

(She may now be an ex, however, as Nicolaysen changed his relationship status on Facebook from "in a relationship" to "single," according to the Peninsula Daily News.)

During last week's chase, police nearly nabbed the fugitive: "Officer John Nutter was in a short foot pursuit with Nicolaysen before losing sight of him," the statement said.

Nicolaysen is described as 5-foot-7 with long wavy brown hair that he wears in a braid or a ponytail. Sometimes, he has a moustache, other times a full beard. He has a small tear drop tattoo near the outer corner of his left eye -- culturally known as a symbol that the person has killed someone.

Meantime, a debate rages on Nicolaysen's Facebook page. Some friends want him to be a better example to his young children.

One woman wrote: "Your not getting any younger and your looking at alot of time. I love ya man but set an example for your kids. Don't wait till they're teens and pulling the same sh-- like I did."


 VOICE MAILS 

Kelly from Detroit asks about free mobile hot spotting