September 3, 2014

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014        Edition: #5297

If the Sheet Fits, Buy It!

★ After the massive weekend photo leak that exposed nude pics of actress Jennifer Lawrence, model Kate Upton and others, Apple is looking into a vulnerability in its iCloud service that might have allowed hackers to obtain the images. The company has apparently already fixed a bug in its Find My iPhone app that may have caused vulnerability. The leak targeted more than 100 high-profile female celebrities, although it’s unclear how many of the images are real. Some victims have denied that their photos are legit.
★ A stage musical adaptation of “Back To the Future” will be delayed since director Jamie Lloyd has walked out in a bust-up over creative differences. The sci-fi adventure comedy, starring Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd, was a smash hit movie in 1985. The musical stage version was scheduled to premiere in London’s West End in 2015 to coincide with the film’s 30th anniversary. The production will no longer be ready for next year as a new director will need to be found and the entire script will be rewritten. It’s now expected to open in 2016.
★ After much love from critics and fans alike, “Guardians Of the Galaxy” has reached a new domestic box office milestone after just 5 weeks. Marvel’s space opera is now the top grossing movie of 2014 ($280 million), topping “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” ($260 million). “Guardians Of the Galaxy” first hit theaters on August 1st and has earned back its $170-million budget many times over since. And it’s a hit worldwide, as profits from foreign markets have nearly matched its domestic gross. That means it’s also soon likely to top “Captain America’s” 20-week worldwide box office take of $714 million to become the #1 film of the year globally.
– “Entertainment Weekly”
★ And after denying he was in the market, 42-year-old actor David Arquette has in fact purchased the famous Crazy Girls strip club on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood for $1.5 million. The previous owners were asking $1.7 million but Arquette and his group refused to budge and, after 3 weeks of negotiations, the deal has closed. Arquette now owns the club and everything in it, including the poles, bars, and furniture; however, he intends to completely renovate the venue to stage upmarket burlesque shows with an old-school Hollywood theme.

• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC/CityTV) – 6 acts advance to the next level; Maroon 5 (“V”) performs.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Shovels & Rope (“O’ Be Joyful”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Ray LaMontagne (“Supernova”). Rerun.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Shawn Mendes (“Life Of the Party”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Lucius (“Wildewoman”); White Sea (“In Cold Blood”).  Rerun.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV2) – Counting Crows (“Somewhere Under Wonderland”); Gwen Stefani (No Doubt).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – New Pornographers (“Brill Bruisers”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Jordan Knight (NKOTB); Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys).
• “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX/CTV2) – The favorite dancer is crowned on the 11th-season finalé; guests Adam Shankman, Debbie Allen, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Tara Lipinski.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Blake Shelton (“Bringing Back the Sunshine”, out September 30th); Sheila E (“Icon”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – TI (“Paperwork: The Motion Picture”). Rerun.

• Carrie Underwood – She’s announced via Twitter that she is pregnant. It will be her first child with pro hockey player-husband Mike Fisher (Nashville Predators). The two wed in 2010.
• Chris Brown – He’s escaped further jail time after pleading guilty to an assault charge yesterday in a Washington DC court. The charge was related to an incident last year when a man was beaten up outside a local hotel. Brown was sentenced to time already served for misdemeanor assault and walked free from court.
• Miley Cyrus – She and British actor Douglas Booth are dating, according to a UK report. They were first rumored to be an item in 2010 when they co-starred in the movie “LOL”. They’ve recently been spotted during a night out at Soho House in Hollywood.
• Shakira – She has confirmed the news that she’s pregnant on her Facebook page saying: “Yes, we are expecting our second baby!” She and boyfriend Gerard Piqué welcomed their son Milan in January of last year.

Today Samsung is set to unveil its Galaxy Note 4 smartphone/tablet. It has sent out invitations for what it’s calling ‘Episode 2 of Unpacked’, an event being held simultaneously in Berlin, Beijing, and NYC. The invite’s tagline ‘NOTE the date!’ is a not-so-subtle hint of another installment in the Galaxy Note line. The Note 4 is expected to have the same sized 5.7-inch screen found on the Note 3, but borrow a feature or two from the Galaxy S5 like water resistance and a fingerprint scanner to unlock the device. Samsung’s last ‘Unpacked’ event was back in February in Barcelona. It brought us the Galaxy S5 smartphone, Gear 2, and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches, as well as Gear Fit. (With an Apple unveiling scheduled later this month, all of your tech junk will be outmoded by October.)
– “The Verge”

New terms leaking into our lingo …
• ‘Bio Cremation’ – A process for disposing of the body of a deceased person in which it’s completely broken down by heated water and potassium hydroxide. It’s said to be ‘a greener way to go’. (In case you don’t want to make an ash of yourself.)
• ‘Greenhouse’ – Auto industry slang for the upper part of a car that includes the roof and windows. (The part where you can see a driver flipping you the bird.)
• ‘Kninkles’ – Wrinkles just above the knee that may appear with age. New exercise programs promise to banish that saggy skin. (It’s an old marketing concept – create a problem, then offer a solution … for a fee.)

The most popular 6-figure jobs (and their rounded off median wage), ranked by the number of people currently employed in each profession …
5. Computer & Information Systems Manager ($124,000)
4. Sales Manager ($109,000)
3. Software Developer, Systems Software ($101,000)
2. Financial Manager ($113,000)
1. Lawyer ($114,000)

To stop piracy, the music industry is considering moving to a global weekly release day for new music. Album leaks may get a lot of attention, but they aren’t the primary source of piracy. The majority of illegal sharing starts with legitimately purchased music that then spreads around-the-world. What often happens is that a certain song or album is released in one territory on one day, but won’t be available in the rest of the world for several days, meaning those who bought it first can share it for free worldwide. For instance, new releases go on sale Fridays in Australia and certain European markets, but aren’t released in the UK until the following Monday, and in North America until the Tuesday. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is now looking at creating ‘Global Weekly Release Day’. (Which day should it fall on?)

A BS breakdown of who we are and what we do …
• 90% of moms think that they are good drivers but are concerned that others are not.
• 48% of parents say they considered having a 2nd child almost immediately after sending their 1st off to school.
• 30% of us say what we miss most about the pre-digital world is the ability to be unreachable.
• 22% guys of go without deodorant.
• 20% of parents admit they have hidden from their kids in the bathroom.
• 10% of humans – and 40% of cats – are left-handed (pawed).

Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That’s the implication of a new study that found people snack more while watching fast-paced TV than while viewing a more leisurely paced talk show. Cornell University researchers provided the same snacks to participants watching a sci-fi thriller and a public TV interview show. The faster paced TV seemed to distract viewers more, contributing to more mindless eating. In fact, they consumed 140 calories more on average than while watching a low-key interview show. The researchers recommend that viewers take steps to prevent mindless snacking, by avoiding or limiting high-calorie snacks no matter what they’re watching. (Watch “Washington Week in Review” and you’ll starve.)
– Associated Press

“Autotrader” says that 55% of visitors to its website seek out cars and trucks that can accommodate dogs, and 75% of its shoppers who have a dog take their pet in the car at least once a month. Here’s their new ranking of pooch-friendly rides based on easy access, fold-flat seats, under-floor storage, roomy cabin, and other features (listed alphabetically) …
✓ BMW X3
✓ Honda Odyssey
✓ Kia Soul
✓ Nissan Juke
✓ Subaru Outback
✓ Volkswagen Tiguan
✓ Volvo V60
– “Detroit Free Press”

You already have a morning cup of coffee. Why not make it count? Try making this coffee that’ll give you your regular dose of caffeine, plus an added boost from the world’s most ancient sex-related superfoods …
• 2/3 cup hot coffee
• 1 tablespoon raw cacao
• 2 tablespoons coconut milk
• 1 tablespoon honey
• ½ teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon maca (an Aztec root, usually sold ground into a powder)
Pour coffee into a medium bowl. Add cacao, coconut milk, honey, and cinnamon. Whip with hand blender until frothy. Add the maca, whip once more, and serve immediately. Enjoy … and happy sexing! (If it’s not working for you, try blending in some oysters.)

If you’re a new parent, you’ll spend $241,080 to raise your kid … plus college expenses.


1965 [49] Charlie Sheen (Carlos Estevez), NYC, TV actor (“Anger Management” since 2012, “Two & a Half Men” 2003-11)/movie actor (“Scary Movie 5”, “Platoon”)/actor Martin Sheen’s son

1975 [39] Redfoo (Stefan Gordy), LA CA, pop singer-DJ-rapper (LMFAO-“Sexy & I Know It”, “Party Rock Anthem”)

1979 [35] Tomo Miličević, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, alt-rock guitarist (30 Seconds to Mars-“This Is War”, “Kings & Queens”)

1986 [28] Shaun White, Carlsbad CA, snowboarder/skateboarder (2 Olympic Golds, 13 Winter X Games Golds, 2 X Games Golds, 10 ESPY Awards)

• “National Flag Day” in Australia, honoring the national pennant picked in 1901.

• “Skyscraper Day”, a day to appreciate and admire the world’s tallest buildings. By definition, a skyscraper is any structure that clearly stands out above its surrounding environment. A loose agreement in North America & Europe puts the lower limit of a skyscraper at 150 meters (500 ft). A skyscraper taller than 300 meters (984 ft) is referred to as ‘supertall’.

• “Welsh Rarebit Day”, saluting the traditional dish that, explained simply, is melted cheese on bread. But anyone who’s had it knows it’s far more exotic than that, incorporating butter, flour, cheddar, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, and – optionally – beer.

• “Wilderness Day”, celebrating the unspoiled areas left to nature that are becoming fewer and farther between. (Especially in Canada’s oil sands region.)

1966 [48] TV show “Star Trek” debuts with a private showing at the “World Science Fiction Convention” in Cleveland, Ohio (attended by the 1st ‘geeks’)

2009 [05] A private funeral for Michael Jackson is held at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale CA, more than 2 months after his sudden death on June 25th

1995 [19] Online auction site ‘eBay’ is founded in San Jose, California by French-born Iranian computer programmer Pierre Omidyar (site is originally called ‘AuctionWeb’)

1983 [31] Oakland A’s set a Major League Baseball record by using 6 pitchers … in 1 inning (Cleveland Indians score 10 runs in that 9th inning to beat the Athletics 13-6)

[Thurs] NFL Season Kickoff (Seattle WA)
[Thurs] Toronto International Film Festival opens (Toronto ON)
[Fri] “The Identical” opens in movie theaters
[Fri] Boston Calling begins (Boston MA)
[Fri] Bring Your Manners to Work Day
[Fri] International Day of Charity
[Fri] Lazy Moms Day
This Week Is … Emergency Care Week
This Month Is … Be Kind to Editors & Writers Month


• After confirming everyone’s names on the roll, thank the class for attending ‘Advanced Astrodynamics 690’ and mention that yesterday was the last day to drop the course.
• Pick out random students, ask them questions, and time their responses with a stopwatch. Record their times in your grade book while muttering “tsk, tsk”.
• Sprint from the room in a panic if you hear sirens outside.
• Announce to students that their entire grade will be based on a single-question oral final exam. Imply that this could happen at any moment.
• Begin class by smashing the neck off a bottle of vodka, and announce that the lecture’s over when the bottle’s done.
• Announce that last year’s students have almost finished their class projects.
• Warn students that they should bring a sack lunch to exams.

Take the mystery out of driving … use your turn signal.

☎ Have you ever written a fan letter? To whom? Did you get a response?

Question: People do this 30% less than they think they do.
Answer: Smile.

Some people are so eager to find fault, you’d think there’s a reward.

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