It looks like Piers Morgan’s show is coming to an end. I would normally say that this is a good thing, but that would be generous–the show never should have gone on the air to begin with. The NY Times writer in the link above got it right: Why would anyone at CNN even think about hiring a Brit to criticize American culture?
I don’t have a TV, so I’m missing the Winter Olympics. However, it looks like there’s been quite a bit of controversy with figure skating.
1. Yuna Kim was defeated by a young Russian ice skater. It seems that people are calling foul.
The results raised plenty of eyebrows, particularly the 5.50 point gap between Sotnikova and Kim. This wouldn’t be the first time a skater benefitted from home cooking, and many had already questioned the generous component marks Evgeni Plushenko and Julia Lipnitskaia received in the team competition.
Saw this on Jenn’s blog. A baby named Isaac Heyman was diagnosed at 6 months old with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. He was originally brought to the hospital because of cold-like symptoms, and after a blood test, he was diagnosed with leukemia. Chemo started two days after that. The parents and Isaac now practically live at the hospital. This has to be painful for Isaac, heartbreaking for the parents and family.
Learn more here. He will eventually need a transplant. Please consider registering or donating money.
Photo courtesy Cecil Stoughton/White House Press Office
Thanks, Pozhal, for posting this excellent article from Salon: The Massive Liberal Failure on Race. It’s a great article that lays out the history behind Nixon’s affirmative action and how it was originally designed to keep blacks in their place by appeasing their anger while denying them full ownership of their achievements. As we’ve seen throughout the years, it has been a smashing success in this regard. Affirmative action has become the biggest weapon in the Willie Lynch toolbox. Plus, it lets people take a swipe at Asians at the same time!
Portland is buried in snow right now. School was called off early yesterday, and all the chess tournaments were postponed. I’ve been spending most of the day building snowmen with the kids. As we’re snowed in, Mrs. WOWO and I have been checking out some of the videos on Netflix at night. I’ve found from past experience that Korean movies on Netflix are hit-or-miss–sometimes they’re really bad, while other times they’re phenomenally good. To paraphrase Forrest Gump’s mom, Korean streaming Netflix movies are like a box of chocolates, you never know whatcha gonna get. In this case, I’m happy to report that I found a movie that was really good. If you have Netflix streaming, you should see this movie.
Microsoft just got a new CEO, Satya Nadella. He’s from India. They have a short profile in Time Magazine. I like the fact that he has an electrical engineering background. I really really hope he turns Microsoft around. Windows 8 is the worst tech product in years. It is amazing how the user experience of my new PC is inferior in almost every aspect to my six-year-old Mac. Ballmer has spent the last few years buying ads on Hulu that tell us how great Windows is without spending dollars to actually make it great, or even passable, for that matter. Hopefully Nadlla puts emphasis on actually making a good product that people like, rather than churning out garbage that people have to use. (The one saving grace of my PC is that it runs Fritz chess software, which is among the more important software programs in my life right now. Fritz is not made for Mac, although I’ve heard there are ways to make it run.)
Thanks, King, for sending this: Jeopardy ‘Mad Genius’ Arthur Chu speaks out: ‘I have nothing to apologize for.’ Arthur Chu became a Jeopardy champion recently by employing a strategy known as the Forrest Bounce. Instead of choosing categories down the line, Chu bounces around different categories. Because his competitors have to switch gears, he gets an incremental advantage in speed on each question he chooses. He also shoots for the top highest paying numbers, trying to get the Daily Doubles before his opponents. So far his strategy has worked, although it’s drawn some hard condemnation from viewers, who also have to switch mental gears after every bounce.
I have nothing to blog these days. Also, I just received Marc Esserman’s “Mayhem in the Morra,” so I expect to be out of commission for the next month or so.
Anyway, check out Kobu’s comment here. He talks about how liberalism seems to be against Asian men. He writes:
From what I’ve been hearing, most of the country had a lukewarm response to Obama’s State of the Union last night. The main speculation heading into the speech was that Obama would make inequality a big part of his theme. While he did speak about inequality, the part which caught the most attention was his vow to bypass a gridlocked Congress with his executive power. I haven’t yet turned on the radio, but I have a feeling the conservative pundits are going to go crazy over this.
What a fascinating life! Pete Seeger was a pioneer in grass-roots music based activism, embracing efforts towards peace and environmentalism through his music and celebrity. I didn’t know this, but he also wrote Turn! Turn! Turn! Rest in Peace.