Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all. I'm sorry we couldn't hang out yesterday like we planned. Worrying about the Clutter Tree really put me in a bit of a funk. I'm still concerned, but BDH and Little Buddha reminded me that we still have work to do here, and they're right as usual. So on that note, help yourself to a nice medium iced DD, and let's clear out some Clutter to end the week.
The big news of the day yesterday was the crash of a Malaysian airplane in Eastern Ukraine which killed 298 people. It sounds like it's pretty clear that it was shot down by a missile, so now the question is who fired the missile (which is believed to be the act of Russian separatists) and what will the repercussions be for both sides of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict?
I just read this article, written by a guy who used to be a bat-boy for the San Diego Padres, about what a nice guy Tony Gwynn was, and it just makes it all the more baffling that Major League Baseball didn't honor Gwynn in any fashion during this week's All Star Game.
Speaking of baseball, the break is finally over, as the Boston Red Sox take on the Kansas City Royals tonight to start the informal second half of the season. Yours truly will be back in the bleachers, hoping that Clay Buchholz follows up his last strong outing (a three hit shutout) with another good performance to take the Sox to a 6-3 record in games I've attended this year. (Yes, kids, I am that self-centered.) It would also be great to finally see outfielder Shane Victorino in action again, but it sounds like that will probably have to wait until my next game in August.
Let the good times roll. (pic via beaumontenterprise.com)
Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell was hospitalized after fainting while he was giving a speech in Nevada. Here's hoping he's back on his feet soon.
Love scored another win yesterday when a Florida judge ruled that same-sex couples could get married in Monroe County. That ruling was immediately appealed, which puts the licenses on hold, but to even achieve this temporary win in a state that's historically been so hostile to gays and lesbians shows that the only direction for this movement is forward.
A new study shows that "Stand Your Ground" laws don't reduce crime, but they do increase homicides, so that seems to be what we'd call a public policy "fail," don't you think?
There's still just over a month to go before Doctor Who returns, but fortunately I have a new way to pass the time: Watching this version of the 50th anniversary special...with Legos! Seriously, this is 13 levels of awesome.
I still remember the days when Microsoft was the big bad monopoly that was crushing innovation in the world of computers. Fast forward a decade or two, and now they're laying off 18,000 employees as part of a reorganization.
Would there be any reason not to shop directly from your Facebook page besides not trusting the company for a second when they say, "We've built this feature with privacy in mind?"
For those of you responsible for such things, here's a guide to help companies better understand Twitter's new "mute" feature. Also, here's a shameless reminder that you can follow me on Twitter and see what else I ramble about throughout the day.
This video featuring Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart promoting a chance to win a role in the next Star Wars movie is pretty funny, though the image of Stewart dressed like Princess Leia is fairly traumatizing.
Condolences to the family and friends of actress Elaine Stritch who died yesterday. Many remember as Alec Baldwin's mother on 30 Rock, but she had a long career on Broadway as well. Ms. Stritch was 89 years old.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. I think we'll close things out with a song that was nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics." I would also argue that it should get some type of award for the video. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the SNL cast with today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. Enjoy the rest of your day, and we'll see you back here again for more fun soon. Until next time, that's today's Clutter, and we are outta here.