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Tanked Episode 290 for Mar. 11, 2014



- Beer/Mixed Drinks

- Weekend Catchup


- Last weekend Rob Ford took to Twitter for a friendly reminder about Daylight savings time.


Fresh off his trip to California for a controversial appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show, embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is once again making headlines for blundering up his words.


On Saturday evening, as millions around the world prepared to set their clocks forward by one hour, Ford's Twitter account published the following friendly reminder about daylight saving time:


"Daylight Saving Time starts this evening, turn your clocks back and change batteries in smoke alarms."


Needless to say, facepalms ensued.


Many online were quick to chastise the mayor himself for making such an obvious error, despite the fact that Ford has admitted to someone else running his Twitter account.

Check out the link for the twitter responses

Meat Spin is dead! Oh wait no it’s not… not



Mini Beer Pong


Beer pong has long been the king of drinking party games, the problem is that your party might not always be ideal for the game’s needs. While tables, balls, cups, and the like can be easy to come by, sometimes space can be in high demand. This is why the people over Scienz have developed a more space-conscious version of our dearly beloved drinking game. They also added catapults, which if we have learned anything in our time of drinking and party games, it’s that you can never go wrong with catapults.

This mini beer pong game is only 2 feet long and weighs about 3 pounds. To prevent constant “elbow rule” infractions and to preserve the integrity of beer pong, the mini version comes with two mini-catapult contraptions that allow you to “flick” the small ball into your opponents cups. The ball itself also has a tether string to make sure your ball doesn’t fly off into the dirt, under the couch, or into your dog’s mouth. Yay, no more water cup! The game uses small 1 once cups that lay into cut-out wooden slots. The ingenious design of the cup slots allow for multiple beer pong configurations so you can get your perfect rack every time.

Each mini pong table is handcrafted and 5% of each purchase is donated to Engineers Without Borders to spread positive vibes. There are also four versions to choose from:

Link for pics, style and prices



Blu-ray Successor “Archival Disc” Officially Confirmed

Sony and Panasonic have confirmed details of their planned successor to the Blu-ray format, which will be officially known as Archival Disc. A 300GB edition is coming next summer, with a plan to eventually release a one terabyte version.

As we noted last July, the two firms had both been working on archival technology that used multiple discs packaged together. They then decided to join forces to find a way to maximize capacity on a single disc.

As well as settling on the somewhat uninspiring name and logo (pictured), Sony and Panasonic have firmed up the details for the 300GB release. At the moment Blu-ray discs typically have two layers of 25GB each for a total of 50GB.


The new format uses what the firms are calling “Narrow Track Pitch (Crosstalk Cancellation Technology)”, which means that the tracks (similar to grooves on a vinyl record) can be placed close together without affecting performance. They’ll be just 0.225 Micrometers apart, or one 44,000th of a centimetre.

As a result, Archival Disc will allow three rather than two tracks, each at 50GB rather than 25GB. The discs will be two-sided, which gets them up to the 300GB.


Both Sony and Panasonic will be launching their own discs, but the standard means they should be compatible.


Finally they’ll throw in “High Linear Density (Multi Level Recording Technology)” though there’s no detail on whether that means making more efficient use of having three layers, or adding even more layer. Either way, the promise is this will get the discs up to 1TB each.


For now at least, the idea is still to target firms archiving data (and broadcasters archiving media content) rather than using the discs to distribute games or video content. Of course, if the technology does work as designed, some of the techniques could be used for creating consumer discs that either allow more content (for example, an entire TV season on a disc) or higher video resolutions such as 4K movies.




BLACK ANGEL: ‘Star Wars’ Short Film Resurfaces Over 30 Years Later

So, file this under “Weird.”

Just a few decades or so ago, short films were screened before the feature.

That’s not so weird.

But this is: A 25-minute film called “Black Angel” was written and directed by Roger Christian, Oscar-winning set decorator of Episode IV: A New Hope and Alien. (He also directed Battlefield Earth, but we won’t go there.)


Lucas apparently “ordered 20th Century Fox to create something that would complement the tone of the darker, more mature Star Wars sequel.”

Cue: “Black Angel.”

The short film, “a fantasy film about a knight from the Crusades who’s transported to a magical realm where he must rescue a princess from the title villain,” was then shown overseas in parts of Europe and Australia before Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Steven Spielberg even called it ”one of the most enigmatic films he’d ever seen.”(From Athena Studio)

(From Athena Studio)

And this it somehow got lost…until now.

Even weirder? The studio that unearthed a print of “Black Angel” was Universal, a rival studio. The film has since been digitally restored and it was “premiered” last October at California’s Mill Valley Film Festival. It was also recently shown at the Glasgow Film Festival in Scotland.


The next step?

“Christian says he plans on releasing “Black Angel” later this year, possibly on Netflix and iTunes or perhaps on a DVD re-release of The Empire Strikes Back.



Veronica Mars premieres at SXSW. This was a kickstarter movie. No word yet on reviews.


HBO GO craps out and people were longing their minds that they couldn’t see the season finale of True Detective.


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Zach Galifianakis conducts what might end up being his most memorable interview yet! President Barack Obama sits down Between Two Ferns and talks with Zach Galifianakis.


Funny or Die




 On Sunday night, a man in Oregon called 911 because his family was being held hostage . . . by their CAT.

Apparently the cat had scratched their baby, the guy kicked it . . . and the cat went NUTS.  So the family locked themselves in a bedroom and called 911.  The police eventually came and caught the cat in a snare for dogs.

Audio Clip


Here’s why you should never get drunk and start placing ridiculous poker bets.

One unfortunate New Zealander found out the hard way after losing a bet which involved his friends choosing him a new name if he lost.

The 22-year-old did lose and is now called Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova.

‘My friend lost a bet 5 years ago and his friends changed his name,’ explained the man’s ‘friend’, who helpfully posted the confirmation letter online.

‘He just found out it was actually accepted last week when his passport expired. He has to wait 3 years to fix it.’

The man’s new name will go ‘live’ on Monday when he will also have to change the name on his driving licence and other official documents.Drunk poker bet loser gets ridiculous new name

NICEVILLE, Fla., March 10 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said they were called to break up a fight between two brothers who used a knife, a garbage can and a shovel as weapons in their brawl.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office said a deputy responded Feb. 27 to a call from a Niceville neighbor who said Thomas Mealer had been arguing with his brother loudly all day and the woman said she witnessed Mealer strike his brother in the head with a shovel, the Northwest Florida Daily News reported Monday.

"Upon arriving on scene I saw the defendant, Thomas Mealer, and [the] victim/brother ... outside of the trailer," the deputy's report reads. "The defendant was swinging a garbage can at [his brother] and [his brother] had a pocket knife in his hand. I immediately gave verbal commands to both the defendant and [his brother] to drop the weapons."

Mealer's brother was bleeding from his forehead and the deputy discovered a shovel with what appeared to have human hair stuck to a corner.

Mealer, who the deputy wrote "appeared highly intoxicated," told the deputy the argument started when his brother told him no one in their family loved or cared about Mealer.

Mealer was arrested and charged with aggravated battery using a deadly weapon. He is due in court April 8.

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