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Dec182013

Tanked Episode 281 for Dec. 17, 2013

 ANNOUNCEMENTS 

 

- Beer/Mixed Drinks

- Weekend Catchup

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thanks to the live listeners in the chat



 TECH 

  

       

Amazon Pulls Access to Purchased Christmas Videos During Christmas

 

        

Disney has decided to pull access to several purchased Christmas videos from Amazon during the holiday season, as the movie studio wants its TV-channel to have the content exclusively. Affected customers have seen their videos disappear from their online libraries, showing once again that not everything you buy is actually yours to keep.

   

One of the best ways to deal with online piracy is to make content available legally.

This is common knowledge by now, but copyright holders still believe that exclusivity can earn them more in the long run, even when it hurts legitimate customers.

A good example of this twisted reasoning is Disney’s decision to make certain Christmas videos unavailable on Amazon because they want people to tune in to their TV channel instead. This ban is not limited to new customers and includes those who already purchased the videos.

One of the affected customers of Disney’s restrictive policy is Bill, who informed BoingBoing that the Christmas themed ‘Disney Prep & Landing’ he bought for his kids last year had been pulled from his library.

“Amazon has explained to me that Disney can pull their content at any time and ‘at this time they’ve pulled that show for exclusivity on their own channel.’ In other words, Amazon sold me a Christmas special my kids can’t watch during the run up to Christmas,” Bill notes.

“It’ll be available in July though!” he adds.

Those who go to Disney Prep & Landing’s Amazon listing now get the following notice: “Due to our licensing agreements this video is currently not available for purchase or rental.” And that’s not the only title that has been pulled, the same notice also appears for other Disney Christmas videos such as ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol‘ and ‘Beauty And The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas.’

Appropriately enough, Disney decided to allow people access to the Ebenezer Scrooge story, as Disney’s a Christmas Carol remains available for now.


Amazon appears to be torn by the situation and Bill says that he received “a very generous credit” to purchase another Christmas movie for his kids.

According to Cory Doctorow, however, Disney is not the only one that deserves blame for this customer-unfriendly practice. He notes that Amazon should have never allowed copyright holders to make purchased content unavailable to begin with.

“Yes, Disney is stupid and evil for doing this. But when Amazon decided that it would offer studios the right to revoke access to purchased videos, they set the stage for this,” Doctorow comments.

“This is what was set in motion in the 1970s, when we started using the term ‘intellectual property’ instead of ‘copyright’ or ‘author’s monopoly.’ If the movie is Disney’s ‘property’ for ever and ever, it follows that it is never your property, no matter that you ‘buy’ it,” Doctorow adds.

Adding to the above, it is questionable whether Disney will win anything with this move.

Aside from annoying customers who can no longer watch their purchases, all the titles Disney pulled from Amazon are widely available through unauthorized channels. As a result, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Disney’s actions cause a bump in piracy for these movies.

 

TorrentFreak



Video Games

Harrods of London offering gold-plated Xbox One game console

                           

LONDON, Dec. 17 (UPI) --

Harrods, the upscale London department store,

says it has an offering for the gamer who has everything

-- a gold-plated Xbox One at only $9,700.

 

The only one in the world,

the Microsoft gaming console was gold plated by a

customization company called Crystal Rocked,

 

the Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.

 

The price puts it well above the standard units,

which are selling briskly in Britain at a price of 429 pounds,

or about $698, the British newspaper said.

 

Harrods customers not in the market for a gold Xbox

can also peruse an iPad Air made with Swarovski crystals

priced at $2,600 and gold-plated Dr. Dre headphones at $2,400.

 

Oh, and if you spring for the Xbox, you'll have to settle for a

normal controller -- no gold plating there.

 

First Xbox One indie games arriving early next year

 

Microsoft first unveiled its

indie development program for Xbox One in August,

and the company now says the first games will arrive

in the next few months.

Speaking to Edge, ID@Xbox director Chris Charla says

Microsoft has 32 studios working on titles for the company's

Xbox One console, with games arriving early next year.

"I think it will be early in the New Year, in the first three months,"

says Charla. "I would say closer to the third month."

 

The games are currently being worked on,

but many have been in development for months according to Charla.

"Some developers started developing for Xbox One,

others already had games in development and are working on

Xbox One versions. I would say they’re at all stages of development,

honestly." While some ID@Xbox developers are still waiting for access

to the development tools, Microsoft is planning to expand the program

up the platform with a focus on attracting game players that can create

their own games using Project Spark.

Apps to follow indie games

 

Sony's PlayStation 4 certainly has a head start with indie game

developers, but Microsoft's plans have been attracting attention.

In interviews with The Verge, several developers expressed a

newfound enthusiasm for the Xbox One after Microsoft initially failed

to provide many details on how it would support indie games.

The new ID@Xbox program may also inspire Microsoft's app plans

for the console. The software maker is waiting to see how ID@Xbox

pans out before attempting a similar effort to attract app developers.

With original programming launching on Xbox in the first half of 2014,

alongside new indie games, Xbox One owners will have access to some

rather unique content in the coming months.




Christmas Triva





 MOVIES 

 

Hobbit review

The Desolation of Smaug was much better then the original Hobbit.

 

 Interstellar

The first trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar came out with the new Hobbit film and now we are getting a look at it ourselves. We won’t see the new space exploration film until it hits theaters next November, but the cryptic trailer does a lot to spark the imagination.

Interstellar stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothee Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine and Matt Damon.

Synopisis:

 

Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

YouTube



(Incase you missed it)

Brian Is Alive!

It’s a Christmas miracle. BuzzFeed



this friday

Anchor man 2

Saving Mr. Banks

 

Opening Christmas day:

The Wolf of wall street

47 Ronin

The Secret life of Walter Mitty

Lone Survivor

Peter O'Toole: 1932-2013

The legendary star of Lawrence of Arabia was 81.




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 SCIENCE

 

SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE SANTA CLAUS

 

Animation Domination has been an interesting hit or miss mix of really funny cartoons and stoner weirdness. One of the best things to come out of the show has been the scientifically accurate cartoons. In the spirit of the holidays, they’ve released their newest video, Scientifically Accurate Santa… and it’s not very merry.

YouTube




 WEB GEM 



Drunk History of Christmas

YouTube







Drunken Santa Brawl

 

For the unfamiliar, SantaCon is a holiday bar crawl in which bros dress up like Santa and get shitfaced. When SantaCon winds down and Santas have imbibed more than they can handle, a pedestrian can usually witness Santas puking, sleeping or—in this case—fighting. So get that warm, fuzzy holiday feeling as one Santa eats the top of a taxi trunk.

Deadspin

YouTube Clip




 

 

 ODD NEWS 

 

Grandmother carries 32-week-old 'stone' baby for 40 years




        AN 84-year-old woman who was

admitted to hospital with stomach pains discovered

she had been carrying a 32-week-old "stone" baby in

her body for the past 40 years.

 

The Colombian grandmother was thought to have

gastroenteritis but an X-ray showed a petrified foetus

in her abdomen.

Further tests at the emergency centre in capital Bogota

revealed an 18-inch-long foetus, weighing 4lb,

which is thought to have been inside the woman

for at least four decades.

 

It is thought that the condition was caused by a rare

medical phenomenon, called lithopedion.

 

This occurs when, unknown to the mother,

a baby develops outside of the uterus then dies.

 

Unable to expel the foetus, the body covers it with

calcium to protect the mother from infection,

effectively turning it to stone.

 

Dr Kemer Ramirez, from Bogata's Tunjuelito Hospital,

told Colombia's El Tiempo newspaper:

"This happens because the foetus moved from

the womb to another place.

 

"In this case, the baby developed in the abdomen

and because the body generated defence mechanisms

it was calcified, staying there encapsulated."

 

Doctors advised relatives that it was as risky to leave

the foetus where it was as it was to remove it because

of the woman’s advanced age.

 

The pensioner, who also suffers from Alzheimer's,

was later transferred to another hospital at the

wishes of her family and will undergo surgery to

remove the baby later this week.

               

                                                                                               

Ericka Marie Danna Snuck

Pot Pipe Into Jail In Her Vagina

Put this in your pipe and smoke it:

An Oklahoma woman arrested for causing a disturbance

faces higher charges after officers allegedly discovered a

marijuana pipe inside her vagina.

 

Ericka Marie Danna, 25, was charged with causing

a disturbance outside of a home in Oklahoma City on Saturday night.

She was taken to the Oklahoma County Jail and when

officers searched her,

they found the pot pipe inside her body cavity,

 

KFOR-TV reported.

 

Police say the pipe found in Danna's sex organ

smelled like marijuana, according to OKCFox.com.

 

Danna was charged with disturbing the peace and attempting

to bring contraband into the jail.

As of Monday, she remained behind bars on $5,000 bail,

 

NewsOK.com reported.

 

Danna isn't the first woman who attempted to use her

vagina as a flesh purse of sorts. In June, Claudia Ibarra, 31,

was arrested on suspicion of smuggling drugs from Mexico into

the United States after officials found a one-pound package of

methamphetamine in her privates. The black package of drugs

was double-wrapped in condoms and was so big that it had to

be surgically removed from her pelvis.

 

In March, Porcha Gross, 21, was arrested after a sheriff's deputy

in Okaloosa County, Fla. pulled her over and discovered a

marijuana blunt on the floor. She was taken into custody and,

during a cavity search, officers discovered crack cocaine hidden in her genitals.

In October, 2012, Ashley Bellamy, 22, was detained by

police who noticed she was walking funny. When a female

officer searched, she discovered 36 vials of crack in Bellamy's vagina.



Florida Man Tries To Trade Alligator For Beer, Gets Cited                                    

MIAMI, Dec 17 (Reuters) -

A Florida man walked into a convenience store with

a live alligator and tried to trade it for a 12-pack of beer,

according to wildlife authorities who cited him with

illegally capturing the animal.



It was unclear why the man thought the clerk at

the Santa Ana Market in Miami would accept the

4-foot (1.2-meter) reptile as payment,

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

spokesman Jorge Pino said on Tuesday.

 

"I think that anybody who would conceive this

scheme is not thinking properly," Pino said.

 

The clerk called authorities and would-be customer

Fernando Caignet Aguilera was cited on Dec.

10 with possessing, illegally taking and attempting

to sell the alligator, which he said he caught at a park.

 

Each of the three misdemeanor charges caries a

penalty of up to six months in jail and a

fine up to $500, Pino said.

 

The alligator was unharmed and was released

back into the wild, he said. Alligators are no longer

endangered but it is illegal to take them in Florida

except during a closely regulated annual hunt.

 

(Reporting by Jane Sutton; Editing by David Gregorio)



#1 In the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" what is given on the tenth day?

  • Lords a-leaping

  • Maids a-milking

  • Golden rings

 

#2 What did Chevy Chase plan to buy with his Christmas bonus in National Lampoon's "Christmas Vacation"?

  • An RV

  • A Pool

  • A Red Convertible

  • A Christmas tree

 

#3 In "A Christmas Carol" who is the first ghost to appear to Scrooge?

  • The Ghost of Christmas Past

  • Jacob Marley

  • Jack Morse

 

Bonus: How many ghosts visited scrooge? 4 Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come and Ebenezer Scrooge's business partner Jacob Marley

#4 Where does the tradition of kissing under mistletoe come from?

  • Most believe it originated from Norse Mythology

  • It was first mentioned in "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"

  • It started at the turn of the 20th Century when mistletoe became plentiful in the United States

  • In medieval Romania, when Christmas trees were unavailable, people started using mistletoe instead

Answer: Some claim that the origin of the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe goes back to ancient Norse mythology. According to the myth, a goddess named Frigg had a son named Baldr. When he was born, she made all plants unable to hurt him. Yet she overlooked the mistletoe plant, and a god known for his mischief, Loki, tricked another god into killing Baldr with a spear made of mistletoe. The gods eventually brought Baldr back to life, and Frigg declared that mistletoe would bring love rather than death into the world. People then kissed under the mistletoe to obey the goddess, as well as to remember Baldr’s resurrection.



#5 What year did the Christmas movie "It's a Wonderful Life" come out?

  • 1942

  • 1956

  • 1946

 

#6 What three gifts did the wise men bring to baby Jesus?

  • Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh

  • Silver, Myrrh, and Salt

  • Gold, Frankincense, and Chocolate

 

What the hell is Frankincense and Myrrh

 

Derived from tree sap, or gum resin, both frankincense and myrrh are prized for their alluring fragrance. Frankincense is a milky white resin and Myrrh is a reddish resin that comes from a plant

 

Frankincense and myrrh were desired for personal, religious and medicinal use. In a time before daily bathing, people would use the sweet smoke from the resins to make themselves smell better. Egyptian women utilized the ash of frankincense for personal use as well, mixing it into their eye shadow. These substances were also widely used in religious

 

Guess they wanted to make baby jesus pretty.

 

#7 Where did the song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" originally appear?

  • Miracle on 34th Street

  • It's a Wonderful Life

  • Meet Me in Saint Louis

 

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is a song introduced by Judy Garland in the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis. Frank Sinatra later recorded a version with modified lyrics, which has become more common than the original.

 

#8 What is in a fruitcake?

  • Fruit, nuts, cake

  • Dust, old bananas, cake

  • Apples, plums, celery



#9 Who wins the decorating contest in A Charlie Brown Christmas?

  • Linus

  • Charlie

  • Snoopy

you got your ass whooped by a dog

#10 What is the Grinch's dog's name in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?

  • George

  • Max

  • Doesn't Have a Name

 

#11 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade features the arrival of the Christmas Season with Santa Claus arriving at the end. When was this parade first held?

 

  • 1950's

 

Bonus if you can figure out what the first inflatable balloon charter was.

The first balloon, an inflated Felix the Cat, was introduced into the parade in 1927 and he was seriously creepy. Pic in the show notes.

#12 Where did the name Santa Claus originate from?

  • "Sinterklaas", from the Dutch

  • "Santa Claws", from the colonial British bedtime story

  • "Santaclause", from the German

  • "Siintaklass", which means "Christmas" in Finnish

 

It is well known that the name "Santa Claus" comes to us by way of the Dutch "Sinter Klaas," which in turn, was a form of Saint Nicholas. Our modern Santa Claus took his name from the Christian Saint Nicholas.