Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

aaand you will cry.

Just prior to WWII breaking out Nicholas Winton single-handedly saved 669 Czech Jewish children from their doomed fates at the hands of the invading Nazis. Many of the parents of these children ended up being killed at concentration camps. He was knighted in 2002 for his efforts.

From his Wiki entry:

Just before Christmas 1938 Winton was about to travel to Switzerland for a skiing holiday, when he decided instead to travel to Prague, Czechoslovakia, to help his friend Martin Blake, who was involved in Jewish refugee work,[4] and had called him asking for his help.[8] There he single-handedly established an organization to aid children from Jewish families at risk from the Nazis. He set up an office at a dining room table in his hotel in Wenceslas Square.[9] In November 1938, shortly afterKristallnacht, the House of Commons had approved a measure that would permit the entry of refugees younger than 17 years old into Britain, if they had a place to stay and a warranty of £50 was deposited for a ticket for their eventual return to their country of origin.[10]

Picture via The Guardian (link below)

Youtube link -> http://youtu.be/6_nFuJAF5F0

More info: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/may/17/salute-british-schindler-104-nicholas-winton & http://tatianadanger.kinja.com/hero-who-saved-669-kids-from-nazi-camps-meets-them-50-y-1483857898/@jesusdiaz

Friday, December 13, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I would walk 500 miles

...through an 80's mall.

The 80's, especially its music (see below) were awesome.

You know what? I'm just going to paste the Today.com page on this. Enjoy.

Malls Across America, 1989
© Malls Across America by Michael Galinsky published by Steidl www.steidl.de
Galinsky captured this photo while on a road trip in 1989.
When filmmaker Michael Galinsky went looking in a desk drawer one day in 2010, he'd all but forgotten about a series of photographs he'd taken in malls across America back in 1989.
What he found was a time capsule that has since carried people around the country on a wave of nostalgia, as they relive the 80's through his photos — even finding themselves or loved ones in his images.
Malls Across America, 1989
© Malls Across America by Michael Galinsky published by Steidl www.steidl.de
Galinsky, who shot the photos as a freshman at NYU, saw them go viral that year after posting them online, and was able to raise $13,000 on Kickstarter to publish the images as a book.
“It was pretty shocking,” Galinsky told TODAY.com of the interest in his photos. “It was clearly striking a nerve with people.”
Malls Across America, 1989.
© Malls Across America by Michael Galinsky published by Steidl www.steidl.de
Released late last month, his book "Malls Across America" is already backlogged on Amazon, leading the photos to once again burn up the Internet.
And in the process, something strange has happened that really shocked Galinsky: readers started to identify the people in the photos.
Jamie Rutina, left, contact Galinsky after seeing this picture, and says it's of him.
Malls Across America by Michael Galinsky
Jamie Rutina, left, contact Galinsky after seeing this picture, and says it's of him.
"So your gonna think this sounds crazy but im sooo sure that im the guy in picture 11 on the article," Jamie Rutina wrote in a message Galinsky shared with TODAY.com. "You cant see my face cuz im looking down at something, but I know its me, the hair is mine, the coat, the stance/mannerism. I was 20 yrs old then."
One man recognized the numbers on this jacket.
Malls Across America by Michael Galinksy published by Steidl www.steidl.de
One man recognized the numbers on this jacket.
“The 'jock' on the left is my uncle! Number 62,” wrote another fan, after spotting a picture posted on Facebook.
Malls Across America, 1989
© Malls Across America by Michael Galinsky published by Steidl www.steidl.de
David Walczak says this is a picture of his parents.
Another man recognized his father in one of Galinsky’s photos, just hours after returning from his father’s memorial service.
"That photo...is of my parents," David Walczak wrote, in an email Galinsky shared with TODAY.com, of a photo of a couple on an escalator. "I recognized them as soon as I saw it. The really shocking thing is we had my father’s memorial on November 7th, and visited his grave on the 8th...It really feels like my Father chose this vehicle to let my family know he is in a good place."
Malls Across America, 1989.
© Malls Across America by Michael Galinsky published by Steidl www.steidl.de
“It’s really powerful to see yourself randomly in that way. It’s shocking,” Galinsky says, of people who see themselves or people they know in his photos.
And while he has confirmed some of the subjects, he says that most times people mistakenly see themselves, seduced by the casual quality of the film and the forgotten moments he haphazardly captured. “The photos really do feel, for everybody, like their family photos,” he explains. “Everybody does see themselves in it.”
Malls Across America, 1989.
© Malls Across America by Michael Galinsky published by Steidl www.steidl.de
The project began when Galinsky happened upon a Long Island Mall with a college girlfriend and found inspiration for a color photography class project. “We walked in and I said, ‘This is the project.’ It was this vibrant, crazy, public space filled with interesting people, and colors, and light,” he remembers.
Malls Across America, published by Steidl
Malls Across America, published by Steidl
Later that year, with encouragement from his photography professor, Galinsky set out with a friend and his cheap Nikon FG-20 on a cross-country road trip and captured life in 15 different malls.
He shot covertly, without his subjects' knowledge, inspired by street photographers like Robert Frank and Garry Winogrand.
“Even though there were a lot of big personalities and big colors I wasn't setting out to make fun of anybody,” he says. “I think that’s why it’s working so well [now], because it just feels of the time rather than about the time.”
Galinsky tried to exhibit the photos, but their amateur quality meant he only got one chance to display them—at a rock show—before they were lost to a box. He turned his focus to his band, Sleepyhead, and eventually his career as a documentary filmmaker.
“For me it was always intended as a book but I wasn’t able to do it for 25 years,” he says, compares the work to folk art. “In 25 years it accrues meaning with time’s passage.”
Malls Across America, 1989
© Malls Across America by Michael Galinsky published by Steidl www.steidl.de
After they spread like wildfire, Galinsky says he stopped feeling ownership over the photos, and that they're now part of the Internet's DNA.
Malls Across America, 1989
© Malls Across America by Michael Galinsky published by Steidl www.steidl.de
“Once they went viral they really are no longer mine in the same way,” he admits. “They have just become part of the discussion. They’ve become something that is identified with that time frame.”

More than two decades ago, photographer Michael Galinsky captured the big hair, bad clothes and overall bodaciousness at malls around the country.

Source links -> http://www.today.com/news/spotted-people-find-loved-ones-amazing-1989-mall-photos-2D11591433 & http://gizmodo.com/11-photos-of-1980s-malls-that-will-like-totally-blow-yo-1461537182/1466823578/@alissawalker & http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2507857/Thats-parents-Stunned-readers-identify-family-members-new-photography-book-reflecting-mall-culture-1980s.html

On a related note, There's this -> http://www.craveonline.com/film/articles/556181-exclusive-rob-corddry-reveals-hot-tub-time-machine-2-secrets

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Pizza vs. Not-Pizza

Aka NY Pizza vs Chicago "Pizza"

Daily's Show's Jon Stewart had some choice words on the "battle" between these 2 styles of pizza. Referring to Chicago style deep dish "pizza" -


Honestly, how is this even a debate?
Fast Forward to 3:25

Source - http://foodspin.deadspin.com/jon-stewart-rips-chicago-pizza-a-new-saucehole-1464376414

Friday, October 11, 2013

Riding a bike in the bike lane... not always possible

The level of dedication (and potential for serious injury) he's willing to go for his point... Bravo.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Jen is very patient...

Here are all of Batdad's vine videos together (thus far). I wouldn't screw around in that neighborhood (or drink diet coke).


via -> http://www.thehighdefinite.com/2013/09/batdad-is-the-vine-hero-the-internet-deserves/

Sunday, September 22, 2013

exit light

The other day Mariano made his familiar walk from the bullpen at Yankee stadium, as usually Enter Sandman was playing. However, this time the music was different.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Arbitrary speed limits actually kill more...

Yes, another Jalopnik link...

Posted below is a great, well-researched analysis on the basis behind speed limits and why they're set the way they are. Short version: They are too low and increasing some in specific areas actually will REDUCE traffic fatalities. Local news just wants a story that catches your eye (even if its not actually factual or researched). Yes there are exceptions to every rule, but that doesn't warrant not doing the research or having the conversation. In many areas that have unnecessarily low limits, they could safely be raised allowing local police to target drivers excessively speeding, not just keeping up with traffic.

The biggest sticking point I have is about how with current laws, certain driving situations can actually be impossible to follow the law (5:00 in the video) - (#10 on both of these links)

15 min seems long but its well worth the watch.

Source -> http://jalopnik.com/this-is-the-best-takedown-of-the-speed-kills-myth-you-1302382244

Related links:

Great animation on how an Otto cycle engine works

No real comment here, check out the graphic.

Source -> http://jalopnik.com/this-animated-how-an-engine-works-infographic-is-just-g-1333595474

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

That skinny kid from 3rd rock

Wrote, directed and is starring in what looks like a really funny movie.

Check out the trailer below

The fact that the Marble Columns girl is in it is an added bonus... oh and Tony Danza.

 Source -> http://donjonmovie.tumblr.com/

Monday, August 12, 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013


Great rant about the handling of Snowden and its coverage on news outlets...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Periodic table by country

This is a pretty cool representation of the periodic table organized by the country where it was discovered*.
UK, Sweden, Germany, USA and France have a big showing here. COME ON AUSTRIA!

*Apparently some Facebook commenters are having issues with the fact checking so I figured I should mention that

Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151552211198432&set=a.10151008192928432.428236.6111063431&type=1&theater

"related" link: http://www.dannyfinnegan.com/2013/06/meep-meep.html

Monday, June 24, 2013

In case you couldn't quite wrap your mind around Hodor

...from Game of Thrones, here's a chart that should help in nearly any Westeros situation.

Source -> http://www.happyplace.com/24636/hodor-flowchart-funny-game-of-thrones


Earlier GoT links:

81st running of Le Mans photos

I watched several hours of racing last weekend, the 90th anniversary (81st running*) of Le Mans. I'm loving that F1, Le Mans, Touring car, etc racing is finally getting some TV coverage on this side of the Atlantic, even if I'm filling my TiVo with 8+ hours of HD racing footage at a time...

This year's Le Mans started out rather tragically though. About 40 minutes into the 24 hour race, Team Aston Martin Driver Allan Simonsen died as a result of his injuries in a crash. On-board camera footage (easily google'able, I don't want to post it here) shows his car coming out of a turn, wiggling the tail end, then taking a dramatic left off the track into the wall.

Despite this tragedy, the race continued with constantly changing weather conditions. This warranted frequent tire changes for all classes as quickly approaching rain kept proving too dangerous on slicks, which would then clear up shortly over a switch to rain tires. Having watched a lot of the race its amazing that there weren't more crashes due to this unpredictable weather, or mistakes in the pit....

Check out some pictures below.

Here's some highlights Source(s) -> http://www.motorauthority.com/pictures/1084973_24-hours-of-le-mans-2013-13-hours-of-photos_gallery-1#100431231 & https://www.youtube.com/user/PolePositionP1?feature=watch & http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/article/le-mans-lm24-video-updates

*81st running but 90th anniversary, some years were canceled due to wars, protests and the great depression.

How do the world's racecars compare?

After the 81st running of Le Mans last weekend, I though this would be a good time to post this infographic I saw on Jalopnik a few weeks ago.

I'd like to see some GT-class car stats in there. I know that they'd be just above WRC's with regard to power, but definitely a grey area where it stands with the other cars stat-wise.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

U.S. Waterways, visualized

I grew up on the water, by water I mean saltwater. I am still confused by large bodies of water without salt in it. I've been to some big lakes and sank like a rock, Yes I do understand physics but this was still a surprise to me. I guess if there isn't the threat of sharks or a rogue sea turtle, I'm outside of my comfort zone. Nevertheless, this is still pretty cool. Former Google engineer Nelson Minar collected an exhaustive list (which was then mapped) of all U.S. inland waterways. This data, sourced from the U.S. Geologic Survey includes rivers, streams, tributaries and creeks (or cricks if you have a Philly accent :) ).

Its actually pretty incredible the level of coverage in the lower 48, especially in the areas usually seen as part of the dustbowl. Definitely click the source link below for the full-res, zoomable version of this map.

Source -> http://www.somebits.com/rivers/rivers-polymaps.html#5.00/39.012/-99.884 via http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-06/all-americas-waterways-one-map-infographic

Monday, June 17, 2013

Meep Meep

I like this.

From the Source:
A comprehensive depiction of many memorable Muppet characters from throughout the years (and some not-so-memorable ones as well). 

Each square represents a different character and indicates the primary Muppeteer(s) for that character, as well as the year and production in which the character made its debut. Borders align with hair/hat colour, background aligns with skin/fur colour, and colour of the abbreviated name represents nose colour (for characters with noses that is).

Via: http://mentalfloss.com/article/51208/periodic-table-muppets

Friday, June 7, 2013

Color photos before and after D-Day

Mental Floss posted a link to Frank Scherschel's Time-Life collection  of rare color photos taken in Europe before and right after the Allied invasion of Normandy beach on June 6, 1944.

I pasted a few below but definitely click the source link to see the whole collection, some of these are really intense.

From LIFE.com: "In rare, color photos taken before and after the invasion, LIFE photographer Frank Scherschel captured countless other, lesser-known scenes from the run-up to the onslaught and the heady weeks after: American troops training in small English towns; the French countryside, implausibly lush after the spectral landscape of the beachheads; the reception GIs enjoyed en route to the capital; the liberation of Paris."

An abandoned German machine gun, France, June 1944

An American tank crew takes a breather on the way through the town of Avranches, Normandy, summer 1944

View of the ruins of the Palais de Justice in the town of St. Lo, France, summer 1944. The red metal frame in the foreground is what's left of an obliterated fire engine

From D-Day until Christmas 1944, German prisoners of war were shipped off to American detention facilities at a rate of 30,000 per month. Above: Captured German troops, June 1944

American Army trucks (note cyclist hitching a ride) parade down the Champs-Elysées the day after the liberation of Paris by French and Allied troops, August 1944

"Paris is like a magic sword in a fairy tale — a shining power in those hands to which it rightly belongs, in other hands tinsel and lead. Whenever the City of Light changes hands, Western Civilization shifts its political balance. So it has been for seven centuries; so it was in 1940; so it was last week." — LIFE after the French capital was liberated in August 1944


Warner Brothers just released the new trailer for what looks like it could be the best movie of the summer...

Christopher Nolan's take on Superman already looks awesome. Enjoy.


I thought this Campbell's ad was cool.

Campbell's - "Spoonville" from Espionage Films on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

They didn't mention the 2nd ave Subway line...

This is a project that has been going on seemingly for... ever below NYC. The Wired article pasted below seems rather upbeat about its progress, not something many NYC residents (I believe) would agree with. Yes things are happening but I think the real sentiment will change when this 50+ year project has SOME portion that finally opens. One other thing I mentioned in the title of this post, where's the 2nd ave subway mention (which MTA says tunneling is close to completion...)? I feel like that's an even bigger need than LIRR east river access. Do you agree?

Pasted from Wired:

How Engineers Are Building a New Railroad Under New York City

  • 6:30 AM
The biggest public transit infrastructure effort in the US is almost completely invisible — unless you’re 160 feet underground. The East Side Access project will connect the Long Island Railroad to New York’s Grand Central Terminal via a massive tunnel under the East River. Actually, that tunnel was the easy part; it was started in 1969. The hard part? “We are building a brand-new railroad here,” says Michael Horodniceanu, president of Metropolitan Transit Authority Capital Construction. When it’s finished in 2019, around 160,000 people will see shorter commutes. But before that, engineers must complete three tricky segments. Here’s how (and where) they’ll do it.
1. Grand Central Terminal
“We are a stealth project when we land in Manhattan,” Horodniceanu says. “No one really knows we are here.” His crews are carving out a terminal beneath Grand Central (above), where twin caverns 1,050 feet long will have eight separate platforms.
2. Northern Boulevard Crossing
To keep the soft ground from collapsing, engineers snaked coils of coolant through the soil to form a protective arch of frozen earth. That let crews work safely while traffic rumbled overhead. Cost: $1 million per foot.
3. The Harold Interlocking
The busiest rail junction in the nation can’t stop for construction. As trains lumber through, crews have been boring the main tunnel below, rerouting and fixing cable and wire as they go. Work there, Horodniceanu says, “is like a dance.”
All photos: Dean Kaufman
Illustration: Brown Bird Design

Friday, May 24, 2013

Who else is rooting for Kimi this weekend?

Everything you'd need to know about the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix courtesy of Jalopnik.

Kimi Räikkönen's F1 page -> http://www.formula1.com/teams_and_drivers/drivers/12/

Why Kimi is awesome -> http://jalopnik.com/why-mumbling-weirdo-kimi-raikkonen-is-your-favorite-f1-499979978 

some choice Kimi quotes:

On F1: Driving is the only thing I love about F1.
On Finnish activities: Well, in summer there’s fishing and shagging. And in winter the fishing is bad.
On winning: Yeah, winning feels good, but I’m not the type of guy who jumps up and down and rubs it in everyone’s face.
On why he races: I have decided to do motorsports because I don´t have to get up there so early in the morning.
On his helmet: It protects my head.
On collecting things: I collect walnuts.
On Army service: If the army would be voluntary I wouldn’t go there.
On speaking Italian: You can talk Italian if you want to.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Star Wars Filibuster - Parks and Rec

This is why this show is awesome.

Earlier Patton Oswalt link -> http://www.dannyfinnegan.com/2010/12/patton-oswalt-great-comedian-or.html

Tragedy in Boston

My heart goes out to the people of the city of Boston. As a New Yorker and Yankees fan I really liked this tribute that was put up at Yankees Stadium (really quickly I might add) to show support for their rival city. While sports rivalries help keep the excitement going in competition, times like these show that's only as deep as it goes.

This terrible tragedy was nothing more than a coward trying to harm innocent people. There was no political agenda and the 3 victims who died and the dozens who were maimed, lost limbs or were otherwise injured were only there to watch a marathon on a nice day.

Craig Ferguson said it very well in his monologue the other day (excerpt below):

"Is anyone else sick of this s@#$? I seem to have to say that too often. I have to not say it's a great day for America (which he says in every monologue) for some random act of madness or terrorism."
"People say to me, Craig, your job is to make people laugh at the end of the day,and I think, yes, that's true, but I've never professed to be any damn good at that and the thing is people want to take their mind off it...I don't think it's a terrible thing to not want to think about it, but I can't not think about it. The deal I made with you when I started this show was I'll be as honest as I can be so I have to be honest. I will do the best show we can do, we'll have some laughs, we'll do what we do to a degree, but this is on my mind. I can't pretend it's not there."
"I know people say, Oh, we don't know if it's a terrorist. Yes we do! Whoever did that thing wasn't doing it for any other reason...This was some @#$% that went into a public place and left something there that he knew was gonna blow up. That's not a soldier, that's a terrorist."
"If I have all of this inside of me, if I have all this rage and anger and distress and upset inside of me, I'm not good enough a comedian to hide that from you. I can't hide it from you, it's there."
Full video embedded below.

 A positive thing that I have been seeing in the days since this incident occurred is how many references to people who ran TOWARDS the event in order to help. As opposed to the degenerates that ran away...

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping. 
-Mr. Rogers


 Having said all that, the Authorities maintain that "Somebody knows who did this". If anybody in/around Boston recognizes these 2 people of interest (posted below), saw anybody carrying a dark-colored (heavy) nylon bag or backpack in that area (map below) on that day, or anything that can be a clue in this manhunt please contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), prompt #3


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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Vatican City vs The Holy See

Confused about the status of the nation existing within Rome?

CGP Grey has a video for that.

Clickable link -> http://youtu.be/OPHRIjI3hXs

Earlier related links:


The new Ron Howard movie about the 1976 Formula 1 (and English racing driver/Playboy James Hunt) season looks awesome. If the sound of Formula 1 engines doesn't get the hair on your arm to stand on end, you are either soulless or hairless.

Clickable link -> http://youtu.be/05rzPnZ6lxw 
Imdb -> http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1979320/ 
History of the 1976 Formula 1 season -> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1976_Formula_One_season

Paprika Oven-Roasted chicken

The other day I had food network on and saw "The best thing I ever made". Alton Brown's paprika chicken looked really good but I had one problem with it... Olives. I hate Olives. I still felt that it needed that briny "bite" that olives would give it so I replaced them with marinated artichoke hearts. Lastly I added to the vegetables with chopped sweet potatoes and carrots.

6 ounces pimento stuffed green olives marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, grated
3 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, unpeeled
1 medium yellow onion, frenched

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Combine the olives, lemon zest and garlic in a small bowl. Set aside.
Mix the smoked paprika, olive oil, 3/4 teaspoon of the salt and pepper into a paste in a large bowl.
Lay the chicken thighs skin-side down. Using a pair of kitchen shears, make a cut down the length of the bone to expose it, then cut the meat away from the bone. Discard the bone. Add the boned chicken thighs to the paste and massage to coat.
Thinly slice the potatoes on a mandoline, about 1/4-inch thick. Chop up all the vegetables into 1/2" chunks Arrange the sweet potatoes, carrots, potatoes & onion pieces in an even layer on a foil-lined half sheet pan and sprinkle with the remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt.
Stuff about 2 tablespoons of the olive artichoke mixture under the skin of each chicken thigh. Arrange the chicken thighs, skin-side up, on a cooling rack and set the rack over the potatoes and onion in the half sheet pan. Bake until the skin is crispy and the potatoes are tender, 55 to 60 minutes.(Mine was about 75 minutes). If you prefer the potatoes crispy, remove the rack with the chicken and return to the oven for an additional 5 to 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Honestly the ingredients couldn't have cost more than $6-7 total, other than having to wait for it to bake this was really easy...
What I'd change for next time:

-I'd probably leave the bone in, its really not worth the effort of removing it, plus it'll help with flavor.
-I'd add more lemon zest, maybe throw a few lemon slices over the skin of the thighs too

Source -> http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/smoked-paprika-chicken-thighs-with-potato-and-onion-recipe/index.html

Monday, April 8, 2013

What's the difference between England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom?

As a big fan of British Cars, the City of London, history and meat pies, I thought this video explaining the territorial/sovereignty situation the British Isles to be very entertaining.

Check out the rest of CGP Grey's videos on his YouTube channel for more.

Clickable link -> http://youtu.be/rNu8XDBSn10

Earlier CGP Grey link -> http://www.dannyfinnegan.com/2013/03/how-to-become-pope.html

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

While I do tend to prefer lamb...

***Update*** This is stupid -> Pork chops are now ribeyes as US meat industry renames cuts

This is a pretty cool infographic of all the different cuts of beef on a cow.

One of my favorite cuts is skirt steak. While this used to be cheaper its gaining some traction in the cost area as people realize how great of a piece of meat it can be if cooked (and more importantly) sliced correctly.

Here's an earlier post I did for an easy grilled skirt steak recipe -> http://www.dannyfinnegan.com/2011/07/one-of-my-favorite-recipes-skirt-steak.html