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

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" -

"ITS NOT PIZZA, ITS A F***ING CASSEROLE!"

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:
http://www.dannyfinnegan.com/2013/03/traffic-vehicle-laws-that-need-to-change.html
&
http://www.dannyfinnegan.com/2013/03/10-things-every-driver-should-know.html

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

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

http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Hodor

Earlier GoT links:
http://www.dannyfinnegan.com/2012/01/game-of-thrones-season-2-trailer.html
http://www.dannyfinnegan.com/2012/05/game-of-thrones-into-legoed.html

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


























MAN OF STEEL

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.


Spoonville

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

  • BY TIM DE CHANT
  • 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

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 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:
http://www.dannyfinnegan.com/2013/03/how-to-become-pope.html
http://www.dannyfinnegan.com/2013/03/batman-vs-pope.html
http://www.dannyfinnegan.com/2011/01/pope-says-god-sparked-big-bang.html

RUSH

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.


Ingredients
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

Directions
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

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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

53 Jokes that you probably missed from Arrested Development (thus far...)

I randomly saw this article and felt compelled to repost it in its entirety. This is what I love most about Arrested Development, few shows can be watched continuously to the level that you will ALWAYS catch something new. How the hell did they storyboard this writing?!

...or did they?

In “Exit Strategy,” Tobias comments on how detailed Hollywood shows are, only to open a cupboard immediately after to reveal there’s nothing but a Starbucks coffee cup in there. After that, George-Michael opens a different cupboard and pulls out a granola bar, which is the only thing in that cupboard.

Scroll down for the entire list.


53 'Arrested Development' Jokes You Probably Missed

After six years of teasing us with talk of anArrested Development reunion, Mitch Hurwitz and Company are finally filming the new season and the movie. While the process took so long that even the cast, at times, developed an “I’ll believe it when I see it” attitude towards the project, filming of the new season of AD is finally underway and there are photos to prove it.
With any luck, the new series will be arriving on Netflix in spring of 2013, but now‘s the time to dust off those oldArrested Development DVDs to rewatch the show start-to-finish because the new season will be overflowing with in-jokes and callbacks, and it’ll benefit you to have the first three seasons fresh in your head. With that in mind, we bring you a collection of obscure jokes, references, and hidden bits of foreshadowing sprinkled throughout Arrested Development’s three-season run. The show’s so dense and riddled with intricate gags that I’m sure there are millions I missed here, so feel free to share them in the comments! And feel free to yell at me in the comments section for missing your favorite hidden jokes too! Remember: this is the Internet, and manners go out the window.
1.      Tobias is an albino black man: The Arrested Development writers were known for using a lot of foreshadowing (think of all the references to Buster losing his arm to a seal, none of which will be included here because they’re well-documented elsewhere). One such plot development that the writers started to foreshadow but never followed through on was about Tobias being revealed to be a black man with a rare skin condition. Arrested Development star Alia Shawkiat spilled the beans in an interview, saying:
“[The writers have] gone on little tangents where you think they're going to start a storyline and they'll pull it back. I remember they were going to do one about Tobias actually being a rare black person, where he would have this rare disease and was actually black. It's these hysterical, crazy ideas that they could have continued on.”
Fox cutting the second and third seasons short might have had something to do with this plotline being dropped, but there are references to Tobias being a black man sprinkled throughout the show. Here are a few:
Tobias: I am surprised that she’s going after somebody so similar to my own type.
(in reference to Lindsay flirting with Ice the Bounty Hunter, from the episode “Good Grief”)
Lindsay: People hear the name Tobias, they think ‘big black guy.’
Tobias: Well, obviously, I’m not a big guy. I’m not a Carl Weathers, par example. (from the episode “Afternoon Delight”)
Lucille: Michael. I was almost attacked last night in my own home. I walk in and there’s a colored man in my kitchen.
Michael: “Colored?” What color was he exactly?
Lucille: Blue. (from the episode “Afternoon Delight”)
Lindsay (to Maeby): I don’t know where that hair of yours came from. (in reference to how Maeby’s frizzy hair hurt her chances in child beauty pageants, from the episode “Notapusy”)
And then, there’s the cover of Tobias’s book, The Man Inside Me:
2.      Check out this subtle gag from the pilot, spotted by 9gag, involving GOB repeatedly conning George-Michael into trading money for Monopoly games:

3.      Lucille’s housekeeper Lupe is always wearing the Bluths’ old holiday clothing that is two holidays behind. In “In God We Trust,” she wears a “BOO!” sweatshirt during a Christmas party. In “Marta Complex,” she wears a “Gobble Gobble” sweatshirt on Valentine’s Day. In “The Cabin Show,” there’s a flashback to 1994 in which she’s wearing a Bush/Quayle sweatshirt.
4. In “Public Relations,” George-Michael is at the banana stand talking about how he “managed to send a bum away without hurting his feelings.” Then, there’s a shot of a homeless man with a “Bluths Bananas” balloon (with the Bananagrabber on it).
Later on in the episode, there’s a shot of a newspaper and a tiny headline at the bottom reads “Bum Gets Balloon”:
5.     Cloud Mir Vodka, the brand that Lindsay is hired to promote in “Public Relations” resurfaces throughout the show in various ways. The various Cloud Mir appearances are catalogued here on theArrested Development fansite The O.P.
6.      The gag about Maeby’s alter ego Surely’s name being a play on her own name is a pretty obvious one, but another of George-Michael’s love interests, his ethics teacher Miss Barely (Heather Graham), also has a name that plays off of Maeby’s.
7.      There’s a running joke throughout the show involving surveillance teams that use the conspicuous name “Blendin” on the vans for their fake businesses. In “Shock and Aww,” it’s “Blendin Mobile Pet Grooming.” In “Staff Infection,” it’s “Blendin Electric Company.” In “The One Where They Build a House,” it’s “Blendin Moving and Storage.” In “Mr. F.,” it’s “Blendin Catering.”
8.      In “Staff Infection,” Tobias leaves Lindsay this note “from the desk of Dr. Tobias Fünke” but crosses out “the desk of Dr.”
9.      Michael refers to his employees as sheep in the episode “Staff Infection.” Later on, when he means to send them to lunch, they accidentally board a bus that Lupe reserved for her family, which is labeled “Church of the Good Shepherd.” One of the employees who is always in the back of the group is wearing a black shirt (black sheep). Also in that same episode, when George-Michael finds the folder of his old school projects in Michael’s office, there’s an art project of a sheep made of cottonballs on top.
The Church of the Good Shepherd resurfaces in Season 2 as the church where Anne and George-Michael try to get married.
10.  In “Whistler’s Mother,” the very first episode that features Oscar, Oscar’s first line is “Heeeey nephew” as he enters and begins giving Michael a backrub.
11.  Also in “Whistler’s Mother,” Tobias is seen reading a book called Acting: Like a Man when Lindsay is dancing for him.
12.  In “Let ‘Em Eat Cake,” a whiteboard at the hospital says the head nurse is named “Ratchet,” a reference toOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
13. There’s a shot of an Amazon.com-esque page for Tobias’s book The Man Inside Me in “Let ‘Em Eat Cake.” There are several other books and videos listed from other episodes. There’s also an LGBT diet book that Barry Zuckerkorn seemed to have written under the name B.J. Zuckerkorn.
14.  The titles of the first three episodes of Season Two are references to the show Friends (a little-known NBC sitcom that had a cult following in the 90s/00s). Every episode of Friends was titled “The One Where…” with the episode’s plot making up the rest of the name. The first two Season Two AD episodes were “The One Where Michael Leaves” and “The One Where They Build a House.” The third, a Mexico-set episode, was called “Amigos,” which is Spanish for “friends.”
15.  In “The One Where They Bought a House,” George Sr.’s yarmulke tan line is visible when he’s arrested in Mexico.
16.  In “Good Grief,” there’s a shot of the yellow pages, with the character Ice’s ads for his bounty hunter business and party planner business. There’s also an ad for Gene Parmesan off to the side.
17.  In “Afternoon Delight” when the banana stand is pulled out of the sea after being vandalized by teenagers, the graffiti is tough to read but it seems to say, “I’ll get u Bluths – Hello.” This is a full season before it’s revealed that Annyong’s real name is “Hel-loh” and that he is determined to get revenge on the Bluths.
18.  Also “Afternoon Delight,” there’s a moment where GOB is in the middle of talking, saying, “-king 63 hundred dollar suit. Come on!" Later in the episode, there’s a flashback to the first part of GOB’s sentence, in which he says, “No, Al. I want to spill booze all over my fu…” GOB’s expletive got through uncensored, it was just split in half.
19.  In “Afternoon Delight,” this image of a turtle appears on the packaging of Oscar’s marijuana, possibly foreshadowing the death of Buster’s turtle from eating Oscar’s marijuana one season later in “Prison Break-In.”
20.  In “Burning Love,” the car dealership Stan Sitwell test drives a car from is called “Depeche Motors,” a reference to that band Depeche Mode.
21.  Also in “Burning Love,” Rob Corddry’s character Moses Taylor’s gun organization is called H.O.O.G. (Hands Off Our Guns), which recalls the name of Lindsay’s anti-circumcision group from season one, H.O.O.P. (Hands Off Our Penises).
22.  When the Fox news anchor is doing a story about a charity auction where elderly women are bid for in “Burning Love,” the title “Antiques Sold at Auction” appears on screen
23.  This photo, from “Out on a Limb,” is a projection of what Michael and Sally Sitwell’s hypothetical child would have looked like. The text beneath indicates it’s from Lindsay’s failed business, “Mommy What Will I Look Like?”
24.  Dan Castellaneta, probably best known for voicing Homer Simpson on another Fox sitcom about a dysfunctional family, played Dr. Stein in the Arrested Development episode “Sword of Destiny.” Castellaneta got to repeat his famous Simpsons catchphrase with the line, “The operation went pretty smoothly. But once I got in there, the appendix wasn’t so inflamed. D’oh!”
25.  Also in “Sword of Destiny,” Dan Castellaneta’s character Dr. Stein’s first name is revealed to be Frank at the end, a reference to Frankenstein. He also switches GOB’s fingers.
26.   In “Meet the Veals,” a drug dog sniffs Buster’s hook and tackles him. This is because Oscar smoked pot out of Buster’s hook earlier in the episode.
27.  In “Meet the Veals,” when Maeby is reading a movie script titled “Operation: Hot Mother,” the same name of Buster’s plan in “Motherboy XXX.” The script also mentions that it’s “based on a true story.”
28.  In “Spring Breakdown,” GOB’s poster reads “Mr. Magician,” a callback to George-Michael’s “Mr. Manager” bit from Season 1.
29. This yearbook page from “The Cabin Show” is littered with throwaway jokes, but one of them warrants further explanation. Right next to Eve Holt is a student named “Marilyn Kleist”:
Nickname: “Crafty”
Hopes to One Day: “Serve millions.”
Quote: “Who’s hungry?”
Craft service (or Crafty) is the name of the department on movie and TV sets that provides the cast and crew with food and beverages. Marilyn Kleist is the name of a real-life craft service worker, who has worked on Mad Menand The Shield. It’s not listed on her IMDb page, but I’m guessing she was the craft service person for Arrested Development too.
30.  This letter from the Sons and Dads Reunion Project (S.A.D.) that GOB receives in “The Cabin Show” isn’t as packed with jokes as a typicalArrested Developmenttext, but there’s one really good one in here: The Reunion Project’s headquarters are at “the corner of Hyde and No.Hope.”
31.  In “The Cabin Show,” Kitty has a blue handprint on her head from George Sr. and it makes her bangs stand up a laThere’s Something About Mary.
32.  In “For British Eyes Only,” Michael tells George Sr. “That’s a wonderful performance, Dad. You’re a regular Brad Garrett.” This is a reference to Garrett beating Jeffrey Tambor to an “Outstanding Supporting Actor” Emmy the previous season.
33.  During the same scene from “For British Eyes Only,” Michael is confronting George Sr. about his meeting with Saddam Hussein and George Sr. says, “I thought that was the guy who played the Soup Nazi… I told him how much I liked his work.” This photo is displayed, in which Saddam’s apron says “You’ll take it the way I make it,” a pretty Soup Nazi-ish phrase. (The photo’s also dated 1998, which is the year of the Soup Nazi’s last appearance on the Seinfeld finale, but that could just be a coincidence). Later in the season, in “Exit Strategy,” Larry Thomas, who played the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld, plays a Saddam Hussein lookalike.
34.  In “For British Eyes Only,” the TV footage of Michael getting hit by the puppet in Little Britain is from the WeeBBC.
35.  In “Forget-Me-Now,” Bob Loblaw (played by Scott Baio) gives the Bluths this speech which is a big ol’Happy Days reference: “Look, this is not the first time I’ve been brought in to replace Barry Zuckerkorn. I think I can do for you everything he did. Plus, I skew younger. With juries and so forth.”
36.  In this scene from “Notapusy,” George-Michael’s shirt exactly matches the color of the candy beans he is eating.
37.  In “The Ocean Walker,” Buster is dancing to Styx’s “Mr. Roboto” while sitting in the staircar and he accidentally sinks his hook into the dashboard. This sequence is an homage to a Volkswagen commercial a young Tony Hale did in 1999 (in which his character didn’t have a hook for a hand).

38.  In "Prison Break-In," George Sr. calls GOB "Einstein" via the surrogate, who is played by actor Bob Einstein.
39.  In “Making a Stand,” the narrator (Ron Howard) refers to Maeby as “Hollywood’s third youngest movie executive” which is pretty absurd because her character is 15 at the time.
40.  Also in “Making a Stand,” several titles of “Baby Buster” shorts are advertised on the covers of the Boyfights videos. One is titled: “Baby Buster: Too Old to Breastfeed.” Later in the episode, some painters recognize Buster from the videos at Lucille’s apartment and they shout “Yo quiero leche! Leche de madre!” at him, which translates to “I want milk! My mother’s milk!”
41.  The end credits of “S.O.B.s” (in which Andy Richter plays a set of quintuplets):
42.  In “Fakin’ It,” Michael discovers a secret room in the model house which contains a bunch of family pictures and documents but also Tobias’s bodybuilding magazines. Maeby refers to it as her dad’s “exercise room” and George-Michael comments that he always knocks first before entering. In “Exit Strategy,” Michael discovers a secret room in the house’s counterpart in Iraq, which contains a nuclear warhead. So, basically, the Iraq equivalent of the Bluths’ secret room has a nuclear warhead in it, whereas the Bluths’ secret room is Tobias gay porn masturbation chamber.
43.  In “Family Ties,” a picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger, then the Governor of California, appears on George Michael and Maeby’s marriage certificate.
44.  In “Exit Strategy,” there’s a reference to Buster renting “the only rickshaw in Baghdad.” Gary Cole’s CIA Agent character in the same episode is named Richard Shaw, a play on the word “rickshaw.”
45.  Also in “Exit Strategy,” Tobias comments on how detailed Hollywood shows are, only to open a cupboard immediately after to reveal there’s nothing but a Starbucks coffee cup in there. After that, George-Michael opens a different cupboard and pulls out a granola bar, which is the only thing in that cupboard.
46.  In “Development Arrested,” a newspaper article appears onscreen about Rita landing a job as a movie executive. If you look closely, you’ll see a smaller headline beneath it that reads “TV DVD Sales Enjoy All Time High.” So, the show’s final episode featured a reference to how well DVD sales are doing for the show, which you can only notice if you pause the scene on DVD.
47.  Maybe not the most subtle gag, but one that I love to death:
48.  This may only be something that Southern Californians noticed, but John Beard, the Fox news anchor who appears throughout Arrested Development, is an actual newsman who anchored the Fox evening news for the Los Angeles affiliate, KTTV, from 1993 to 2007. KTTV was also Orange County’s Fox affiliate, meaning Beard was the real newsman for the place where Arrested Development was set, as well. When Arrested Development was airing at 9:30 on Sunday nights during its first season, the evening news would immediately follow the show, so it would be pretty common to see John Beard do a scene on Arrested Development and then see him anchor the nightly news right after.
49.  One of the coolest running jokes in Arrested Development is how the writers hid the actors in other roles throughout the show. For example, in the Season Two episode “Amigos,” Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Tony Hale all appear in a clip of a Mexican silent film from 1927:
Here they are in a shot from the set of that same episode:
50.  Here’s Tony Hale playing a soldier in a 1940s British war movie, as seen in the episode “Notapusy”:
Bronwen Masters, who plays the nurse in the scene, resurfaces on Arrested Development several episodes later in “Exit Strategy,” where she plays Buster’s nurse and they recreate the same conversation, almost verbatim, that these two movie characters have in the war film.
51.  In another similar instance, this quick shot of an English/Spanish dictionary from “Beef Consommé” features pictures that resemble Tobias, GOB, Michael, and Linsday:
(The last word, "hielo," is Spanish for "ice," which is the name of the character who comes in the following season. Probably just a coincidence, but maybe not.)
52.  This shot of the band Motherboy (from the episode “Motherboy XXX”) seems to feature at least a couple of cameos from the show’s male cast.
53.  This shot of a Village People-esque group from “SOBS,” not so much. But it’s possible that one or two of these guys are AD cast members. You decide!
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***Update*** another one

In S01E10 “Pier Pressure” Buster is pulling out his Medical Marijuana binder from what we can assume are binders related to other ‘Studies’ that Buster has taken part in, and what we observe is a binder labeled:
“HEMISPHERECTOMY SURGERY” (see picture above)
A hemispherectomy is a very rare surgical procedure where one cerebral hemisphere (half of the brain) is removed or disabled.
Might this explain a lot about why Buster as an adult is still needing constant supervision…. among other things…

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