Syfy Network cancels ‘The Wil Wheaton Project’

Syfy Network cancels 'The Wil Wheaton Project'The SyFy Network has cancelled the The Wil Wheaton Project. Technically, they have decided not to pick it up for another year. At least that is what Wil Wheaton is saying on his blog.

This is really bad news. I didn’t start watching it until about halfway into its run and I liked it. A lot. It was a lot like a geeky version of Tosh.0, only funny and more entertaining. I thought the show was also getting better with each episode.

I don’t understand why the SyFy Network couldn’t give the show more of a chance. If there’s not room on the SyFy Network for a quality show like The Wil Wheaton Project, what good are they?

The Wil Wheaton Project was a good show. It deserved to be picked up for another year.

Google kills off authorship

Google kills off authorshipJohn Mueller, Webmaster Trends Analyst for Google, announced Thursday that Google was discontinuing support for authorship. It used to be, people who wrote posts on websites could include markup (Rel=”Author”) that would identify them as the post’s author. Then, when someone searched for something on the Google, the author’s picture showed in the search results. If an author was unattractive or looked like a hipster, you knew not to bother reading their post.

Now how is someone supposed to know what they’re reading wasn’t written by an ugly hipster?

The problem with Mueller’s announcement was that he made it on Google+ which means nobody heard about it. He would have reached a wider audience if he posted it on MySpace or Ask Jeeves.

I don’t know why Google creates things and then discontinues them. They did away with the Gmail Notifier and I really miss it. They did away with the Google Reader, an app for reading RSS feeds, even though it was wildly popular. Google sometimes treats its apps the way George R. R. Martin treats his characters, killing them off very unexpectedly and without apparent reason.

There are now 44 plugins in the WordPress Plugin Directory that incorporate Google authorship, that are now, thanks to Google’s massively large Valyrian steel broadsword, obsolete.

The NFL now has a strict policy on violence

The NFL now has a strict policy on violence

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has established severe new rules for off-the-field violence, not just domestic violence. It applies to all NFL employees, not just players. It was approved by all 32 team owners and will not need to be approved by the NFL Players Association.

From ESPN:

Violations of the Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence and sexual assault that involve physical force will be subject to enhanced discipline. A first offense will be subject to a suspension of six weeks without pay. Mitigating circumstances will be considered, and more severe discipline will be imposed if there are aggravating circumstances such as the presence or use of a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child. A second offense will result in banishment from the league; an offender may petition for reinstatement after one year, but there is no assurance that the petition will be granted. These disciplinary consequences apply to all NFL personnel.

How does one commit sexual assault without involving physical force?

So if I understand this new policy, a six week suspension is what you receive if you assault anyone, man or woman, significant other or complete stranger. Throw in a bit of choking or use a weapon of any kind, and the suspension will be longer. If the other party is a pregnant woman, you strike them more than once, or if a child witnesses the act of violence, the suspension will also be longer.

What triggers this new policy?

Also from ESPN:

A league source told ESPN’s Andrew Brandt that discipline would be triggered by adjudication of a player’s case, such as a conviction or plea agreement.

This policy is in reaction to the incident involving Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. He punched his then girlfriend, now wife, in an Atlantic City casino elevator. Rice was able to avoid trial by agreeing to a diversionary program, that once completed, will allow him to clear his record. In other words, he was never convicted of a crime. He reached a plea agreement with prosecutors that didn’t involve admitting guilt. Goodell suspended Rice for only two games, even though TMZ showed surveillance video of Rice dragging his unconscious victim, the mother of his child, from the casino elevator.

Goodell was criticized by nearly everyone for the lenient punishment.

This new policy wont apply to Rice because it’s being enacted after his incident of domestic violence, but I’m guessing if it had, he never would have reached a pre-trial agreement with prosecutors.

He would have gone to trial. Anything less than an a full acquittal would have left him exposed to this new NFL policy.

If I were a player in the NFL, I’m be wondering right about now why I was paying dues to the NFL Players Association. If Roger Goodell can enact a policy like this without it being subject to collective bargaining, why even have a union?

Roger Goodell is the worst commissioner ever, and that’s including the lazy idiot who ran a fantasy basketball league I was a part of in the late 1990′s.

Josh Shaw lied to USC about saving a drowning nephew

Josh Shaw lied to USC about saving a drowning nephewUSC cornerback Josh Shaw came clean with USC athletic department officials and admitted that he made up the story of saving a nephew from a Palmdale swimming pool. He still has two badly sprained ankles, he just didn’t get them from leaping off a second-story balcony and then crawling to a nearby swimming pool. Shaw has retained the legal services of Donald Etra, one of the top criminal defense attorneys in Los Angeles.

The fact that Josh Shaw felt the need to use the legal services of a big-name criminal defense lawyer may be a sign of where this story may go.

USC has suspended Josh Shaw indefinitely from all team activities. Being that he has two sprained ankles, I’m not really sure what he could do for the football team anyway. A cornerback with floppy ankles is pretty useless to a football team. I guess this means that Shaw will no longer be a team co-captain. The press release didn’t say anything about that, but it did have an ad for USC Nike sideline gear.

Never pass up an opportunity to peddle the merch, even if it’s to apologize for spreading a lie about one of your players. USC should have vetted Josh Shaw’s story before making it public. Nothing says you’re sorry like offering to sell a somebody a $30 t-shirt made in a third-word sweatshop.

The USC Trojans begin the 2014 season by hosting the Fresno State Bulldogs this Saturday night in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC is currently ranked 15 in the land, while the Bulldogs are unranked.

Looks like Palmdale is becoming ground-zero for weird, fake college football stories

Looks like Palmdale is becoming ground-zero for fake college football storiesRemember the feel-good story of USC fifth-year senior defensive back Josh Shaw leaping off a second-floor balcony onto concrete and then crawling to a nearby swimming pool so that he could save his 7-year-old nephew from drowning? Yeah, about that. It turns out that may have never really happened.

USC has received several phone calls questioning the authenticity of the story.

According to ESPN, school officials were skeptical of Shaw’s story when they were first told about it, but still ginned up a press release about it.

The incident reportedly took place at a family gathering in Palmdale, California. I grew up in the next town over from Palmdale. The high-desert city is no stranger to the world of weird made-up college football stories. Remember the whole Notre Dame, Manti Te’o dead fake girlfriend controversy? The person who originally perpetrated the hoax, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, is from Palmdale.

So if Josh Shaw didn’t badly sprain both ankles saving a drowning nephew, how did he do it? There’s a police report about a man fitting Shaw’s description “shimmying” down the side of a building near the USC campus. Shaw’s girlfriend lives in the building. This incident happened the same night Shaw was in Palmdale saving his nephew.

College football can be really weird.

Internet freaks out over New York Times article saying Michael Brown was ‘no angel’

Internet freaks out over New York Times article saying Michael Brown was no angel

The New York Times ran an article yesterday, written by John Eligon, that spoke about Michael Brown’s life, including his recent spiritual awakening that seemed to be triggered from witnessing some passing storm clouds. Evidently one of the clouds looked like Satan and another looked like an angel. Brown began to speak seriously about the Bible and religion, though as Eligon pointed out in his piece, Brown was “no angel.”

People on the Internet immediately began to overreact to the article, claiming that the New York Times was attacking Michael Brown’s character pointing out that Brown, spiritual awakening or not, wasn’t very angelic. There was even a special Twitter hashtag created, #noangel.

I think situations like this just go to show what happens when someone attempts to inject some reality into a real-life event that seems to have been hijacked with lots of fiction. Almost immediately this story became less about the facts and more about a collective narrative about a racist white cop murdering an innocent, unarmed black youth, for no other reason than the color of his skin. Anything said about this incident that steers away from that narrative, whether it’s true or not, is immediately criticized and denounced as racist.

Michael Brown was no angel. Just ask the store clerk he shoved and robbed only minutes before he was shot.

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Angels don’t shove people. Angels don’t steal. They do kill babies, but that was in the Old Testament, so that doesn’t really count.