Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve Bingo

Well, I already gave you Thanksgiving and Christmas Bingo, and now Jennifer Lewis of Flavorwire has provided Bingo for New Year's Eve! Print them out and enjoy!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Goodbye, Andy

Thanks for all the great seasons you gave us. 14 seasons with the Eagles, numerous playoff appearances, and 1 Super Bowl loss. Andy Reid, we loved to hate you, but you were a great coach. We'll miss you big guy.

What's next for Quentin Tarantino?

From ComingSoon:
Speaking to The Root, Tarantino said that "there's something about this that would suggest a trilogy. My original idea for Inglourious Basterds way back when was that this [would be] a huge story that included the [smaller] story that you saw in the film, but also followed a bunch of black troops, and they had been f--ked over by the American military and kind of go apes--t. They basically -- the way Lt. Aldo Raines (Brad Pitt) and the Basterds are having an "Apache resistance" -- [the] black troops go on an Apache warpath and kill a bunch of white soldiers and white officers on a military base and are just making a warpath to Switzerland." 
He added: "So that was always going to be part of it. And I was going to do it as a miniseries, and that was going to be one of the big storylines. When I decided to try to turn it into a movie, that was a section I had to take out to help tame my material. I have most of that written. It's ready to go; I just have to write the second half of it.
"That would be the third of the trilogy. It would be [connected to] Inglourious Basterds, too, because Inglourious Basterds are in it, but it is about the soldiers. It would be called Killer Crow or something like that."


Saturday, December 29, 2012

NFL Picks for Week 17

Last week of regular season games this week, but I will be picking games for the playoffs as well. Last week I finished 11-5, and finally had what I would call a good week. It had been a while! Surprised at how poorly Houston and Pittsburgh played, and the Dallas/New Orleans game was decided in the 5th quarter. Tampa Bay/St. Louis game was a toss-up, so no surprise there. And I've come to the conclusion that you can't tell which Jets or Chargers team is going to show up each week. Oh well, on to Week 17! With the final game to decide the NFC East, can I finish strong?

Sunday, 1pm
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons - 4
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers - 3
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants - 1
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints - 2
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts - 2
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans - 1
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills - 3
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals - 2
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions - 2
Sunday, 4pm
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots - 3
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings - 5
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos - 2
Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers - 2
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers - 3
St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks - 5
Sunday, 8:20pm
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins - 2

Previous Results
Week 4: 12-3
Week 5: 10-4
Week 6: 5-9
Week 7: 12-1
Week 8: 6-8
Week 9: 11-3
Week 10: 10-3-1
Week 11: 12-2
Week 12: 8-8
Week 13: 9-7
Week 14: 10-6
Week 15: 10-6
Week 16: 11-5
Total: 126-65-1 (66%)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Apparently there was going to be a remake of "Yellow Submarine"?

It's now been scrapped, but Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) was in line to direct a remake of the classic Beatles film Yellow Submarine. I have no doubt that Zemeckis would have done a good job, but I do question whether the film needed to be remade in the first place. Basically, I'm ok with finding out this isn't happening. Even Zemeckis himself said
"’s probably better not to be remade — you’re always behind the eight-ball when do you a remake."

From Vulture

Eagles vs. Redskins II: Behind the Numbers

When you have 4 wins and 11 losses on the season, chances are you probably won't have a good division record. So far the Eagles are 1-4 in the division, with 2 losses against the Cowboys and after last week, 2 losses against the Redskins. The game managed to be fairly entertaining, and came down to the final anticlimactic play. How close was the 27-20 score? Let's find out:


 Yet another game in which the Eagles offense outgained the opposition, but yet another loss. Turnovers were AGAIN an issue, and the Birds third down conversion rate was again sub par. By comparison, the Redskins didn't have as many first downs, but were able to convert half of their third downs and thus sustained drives. Both teams were good with penalites and similar in the rushing attack. The Eagles pass game demolished the Redskins, but in the end an underthrown ball cost the Eagles a chance at OT.

Flash Gordon

May very well be the worst movie ever made. My brothers decided to watch it tonight (after watching Ted of course) and I hate them for it. Do NOT watch Flash Gordon. Please, save yourself!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Foo Fighters cover Led Zeppelin

During last night's "Kennedy Center Honors".  While I'm sure Dave Grohl could have done the whole damn thing himself, he did play drums while the band played "Rock and Roll". Not bad; watch it below.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

1,000th Post Extravaganza!

I can't believe I made it to 1,000 posts! On second thought, I'm not too surprised at the number, but rather how quickly I reached this milestone. I vowed to make at least 1 blog post every day since I started the B Long Blog way back on April 14, 2011; I only recently broke the streak and missed one day (11/11/12). But I have more than made up for it, as I have now posted 1,000 times over the last 623 days. That averages 1.6 posts per day... not too shabby! I'd still like to see that increase to 2 posts per day, but it's not always easy as I do have a life outside of the blog (I know, it's hard to belive). Click the link above for some stats on the timeframe.

 For more stats and facts, look no further! I'll have plenty, so let's get started.

As of now, at 9:30pm on December 26, 2012 (Boxing Day!):

Facebook "Likes" - 49 (Can I get to 50?!?! Sheesh.)
Total pageviews - 35,580
Pageviews per day - 57.11


Top posts of all-time!
  1. (3285) Where Are They Now? The Cast of Clarissa Explains It All (August 21, 2011)
  2. (1696) Patrick Bateman says... (June 28, 2011)
  3. (282) I'm glad I don't have ADD (January 2, 2012)
  4. (156) Merry Leap Day! (February 29, 2012)
  5. (125) The Awful Secret Implied by The Dark Knight Trilogy (July 16, 2012)
  6. (116) 7 Insane Easter Eggs Hidden in Movies (May 25, 2011)
  7. (114) HUGE margarita (April 21, 2011)
  8. (112) Flyers Playoff Scenarios (April 23, 2012)
I've found some discrepancies with the view counts for these posts, so a few of these may not be worthy.  Now of those top 10 posts, only 7 are originals by me and not re-posts from other sites; of those 7, I only consider 3 to be posts with some "hefty" content. The #1 spot though is a B Long Blog original, so I'm happy that it's still the far and away leader. Now, here's my own best of the B Long Blog, all originals from oldest to newest:

  1. Chad Smith Has the Best (Worst?) Drumming Face (May 7, 2011)
  2. This is what happens in college (May 10, 2011)
  3. Where Are They Now? The Cast of Clarissa Explains It All (August 21, 2011)
  4. Adam Sandler Career Timeline (November 3, 2011)
  5. Eddie Murphy Career Timeline (November 6, 2011)
  6. What if the Eagles didn't blow those 4th quarter leads? (November 20, 2011)
  7. Jim Carrey Career Timeline (November 22, 2011)
  8. Batman: Arkham City review (December 4, 2011)
  9. Tom Hanks Career Timeline (February 27, 2012)
  10. St. Patrick's Day LIVE BLOG (March 17, 2012)
  11. Thoughts on the Miller Lite Punch Top Can (May 13, 2012)
  12. One word review of Jack White's "Blunderbuss" (May 27, 2012)
  13. One word review of The Avengers (June 10, 2012)
  14. One word review of The Dark Knight Rises (July 19, 2012)
  15. Miller Lite Punch Top vs drumstick (July 25, 2012)
Now be sure to view all my "Best of B Long Blog" posts and let's see if we can't change that Top 10! I'll have an updated list for the top posts of 2012 in a few days, so stay tuned for that. Aside from the best of posts, be sure to check out my "Behind the Numbers" series, in which I analyze various stats from all of the Eagles losses games; click the "Behind the Numbers" tag that I'll include below.


1st Post! (April 14, 2011)
100th Post (May 28, 2011)
Top 10 Posts of 2011 (December 31, 2011)
10,000 Views (February 24, 2012)
500th Post (February 27, 2012)
1 Year Anniversary (April 16, 2012)
25,000 Views (August 25, 2012)

Thank you all for continuing to read the B Long Blog, and please don't hesistate to share a link of Facebook or any other website. Can I get some more Facebook likes too? Only 1 away from 50, which would be another milestone! Thanks!

And if you must know, I'm still considering a Bill Murray spinoff blog!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Everything you needed to know about Egg Nog and Happy Xmas (War is Over)

First off, I know it's almost over but Merry Christmas to everybody! Hope you got everything you wanted, but more importantly I hope you had a fun day with family, friends, and significant others. Here's a little reading for your entertainment:

Egg Nog

Happy Xmas (War is Over)

Monday, December 24, 2012

An article on Beck's "Song Reader"

I'll just link to the article, but Vulture has a great article about Beck which you can read here. It's fairly insightful to some of his earlier works, and contains some interview bits that help us see inside his crazy head a little bit.  It ends up discussing Beck's latest "album" - Beck Hansen's Song Reader. Read more about that here, from a previous post!

Is John Goodman Santa Claus?

My money's on "no", but he IS related to jolly old St. Nicholas according to Bing:

Pay attention to the "Related People" section

Holiday Bingo!

I posted about Thanksgiving Bingo a month ago which you all seemed to enjoy, and so now I bring you Holiday Bingo! From the same person who made the Thanksgiving version, these holiday Bingo cards will be fun to play with during any Christmas or holiday party this week.  View all 4 after the jump, and print them out to enjoy! (Via Neatorama, from Flavorwire)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Eagles vs. Bengals: Behind the Numbers

Mad mad mad late on this one, but you know the drill by now. Added an additional stat that I felt really was the story of the game: Points Off Turnovers. What a discrepancy! I won't bother you with commentary on this one, as it speaks for itself. Another game, another loss.

Yeah, the score was lopsided. But that was due to the added stat of "points off turnovers" where the Bengals scored a ridiculous 27 points off of the Eagles 5 turnovers. 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions. On the flip side, the Eagles only scored 6 field goals off 2 takeaways.  This was a close game for a while, but the ultimately turnovers were the story once again for this Eagles team.

Wine: An Infographic

Like all infographics, this picture is huge. It encompasses over 200 wines, so you'll definitely need to resize.

From Neatorama

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Who's On First? The sequel

Lego DeLorean becoming a real set

I posted about a fan-made Lego DeLorean, from Back to the Future, way back in May of this year, and apparently the set is actually being produced by LEGO. It will be out next year, I'll I have to try real hard not to act like I'm 7 when it does. Pictures below and video after the jump! (From UPROXX)

Friday, December 21, 2012

Kid Snippets: Catching Santa

There's just something about grown ass adults acting like little kids that just cracks me up everytime. This installment of "Kid Snippets" comes just in time for the holidays, in which the adults act out a scene where Santa is caught putting presents under the tree. I've featured a Kids Snippets video before, which you can view here. I'm surprised I haven't featured more!

Quentin Tarantino films as charts and graphs

Vulture decided to make various charts and graphs (which they incorrectly call infographics) for different parts of Quentin Tarantino's films, from Reservoir Dogs to Inglourious Basterds. Check out my favorites below and more after the jump; click the link above for the rest!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The League renewed for a fifth season

One, two, three, four, fifth! The best show about fanstasy football in the history of television, The League, has been renewed for a fifth season. It will air next year, but the 2 part season finale is tonight on FX!


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

NFL Picks for Week 16

Only 2 weeks left in the regular season! Still plenty of playoff spots to be decided though. I went 10-6 again last week; I seem to be just a few toss-up games away from a having a great week. Not too surprised that Baltimore lost to Denver, but was shocked at how lopsided it was. I picked San Diego after they had an impressive win last week, but that was a fluke. And where did Arizona come from? Did NOT expect that. Also quite surprised that New England lost to San Fran. Let's see what Week 16 has in store:

Saturday, 8:30pm
Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions - 5
Sunday, 1pm
Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans - 4
New England Patriots at Jacksonville Jaguars - 5
Oakland Raiders at  Carolina Panthers - 3
St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 2
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers - 2
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles - 2
New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys - 3
Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers - 4
Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs - 4
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins - 1
San Diego Chargers at New York Jets - 1
Sunday, 4pm
Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos - 5
New York Giants at Baltimore Ravens - 1
Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals - 2
Sunday, 8:20pm
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks - 1

Previous Results
Week 4: 12-3
Week 5: 10-4
Week 6: 5-9
Week 7: 12-1
Week 8: 6-8
Week 9: 11-3
Week 10: 10-3-1
Week 11: 12-2
Week 12: 8-8
Week 13: 9-7
Week 14: 10-6
Week 15: 10-6
Total: 115-60-1 (65%)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Eagles vs. Buccaneers: Behind the Numbers

Woah, was that a win last week by the Eagles? I had forgotten what that felt like! A beautiful final drive led by Nick Foles allowed the Eagles to come out on top on the last play of the game. Do the numbers support the final score?

Pretty evenly matched teams here, with the Eagles having a slight edge in final score, plays, total yards, average gain, first downs, and 3rd down %. They also fared much better in the penalty department, committing only 2 penalties for 13 yards; the Buccaneers had 8 for 60 yards. Nick Foles definitely had his best offensive game of the year, and that was reflected in the Birds domination over the Bucs in the passing department. On the flip side, the Eagles run game was abysmal against the top ranked rushing defense of the Buccaneers, and I'm sure Bryce Brown had a wake up call. Oh, and of course the Eagles lost the turnover battle!

Now that's some holiday spirit!

What "Bah Humbug" sign wouldn't be complete without skulls?

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Bryan Cranston judges a Walter White lookalike contest

Who to better judge a Walter White lookalike contest than Heisenberg himself, Bryan Cranston? Apparently nobody, because Cranston was the judge at the contest in none other than Albuquerque, New Mexico. Some photos below, with the full story here. Even Aaron Paul (Jesse) and Michael Quezada (Gomez) stopped by!




Thursday, December 13, 2012

Invisibility Cloak?

"Canadian company Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp. (I’m sending them my resume now) has created a material that hides whatever’s behind it by bending light waves. The company is funded by the American and Canadian military, so their research is as secret as Severus Snape’s true loyalties. Oh yeah, that’s right, I know my Harry Potter characters. Ron, Hermione, uh, blonde douchebag guy, Helena Bonham Carter — I could go on."
The pictures you see are apparently not actual photos of the invisibility cloak, but the company says their product works that well. I'd love to give them the benefit of the doubt, but why not post actual photos of the cloak?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

NFL may expand playoffs up to 16 teams

From USAToday:
Commissioner Roger Goodell revealed Wednesday that the league's competition committee will explore expanding the postseason field, and that could mean a heaping helping of mediocrity on wild-card weekend. "We'll look at probably 14 or 16 teams," he said.
Interesting. I have no idea how they'd make a 14 team playoff field work, so if any expansion were to occur it would most likely be 16 teams. 16 playoff teams means half of the NFL's 32 teams would make the playoffs; we'd surely see a lot more 9-7 and 8-8 teams. Allowing some non-deserving teams in is a concern, but it will make the path to the Super Bowl more interesting and entertaining. And of course, I'm all for it if the Eagles make one of the final spots!

Breaking Bad credits in the style of The Wire

This is a downright AWESOME mash-up of 2 superb shows: Breaking Bad and The Wire. Fans of both shows will really appreciate this well done set of videos. It's as if the Breaking Bad credits were done in the style of The Wire's credits, complete with clips from each relevent season set to the 5 versions of "Way Down in the Hole". Check it out for yourself!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rush, Public Enemy, Heart, and more inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

As I mentioned earlier in the year, Rush finally had a good chance of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To follow up, they finally did; along with Public Enemy, Heart, Randy Newman, Donna Summer, and Albert King. Congrats to all the bands/artists, especially Rush who have been deserving perhaps more than anyone else over the years.

Good news: More Arrested Development!

Apparently Mitch Hurwitz filmed too much for the upcoming 10 episode run of Arrested Development on Netflix, so that means more episodes! I don't think anybody is complaining, as there will now be 12-15 new episodes of the series. Production is on hold for the time being due to this "complication" but the new episodes are still set to premiere in Spring of 2013. Coincidentally, that is around the time I will be signing up for Netflix.

Via Vulture

NFL Picks for Week 15

10-6 overall, but it felt like it was worse than that. That's probably because all 6 of my losses came during the 1 o'clock games, where I went 5-6. I was surprised at the Falcons, Steelers, and Bears losing, and to a lesser extent the Ravens. Dallas/Cincinnati game was a toss-up, and ended up coming down to the final play. Glad I was wrong about the Eagles; they finally won a game! Week 15, here we come!

Thursday 8:20pm
Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles - 1
Sunday 1pm
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans - 3
Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens - 1
Tampa Bay Bucanneers at New Orleans Saints - 1
Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins - 3
Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams - 1
Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns - 4
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears - 2
New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons - 2
Sunday 4pm
Carolina Panthers at San Diego Chargers - 1
Detriot Lions at Arizona Cardinals - 4
Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills - 4
Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys - 1
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders - 1
Sunday 8:20pm
San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots - 2
Monday 8:30pm
New York Jets at Tennessee Titans - 2

Previous Results
Week 4: 12-3
Week 5: 10-4
Week 6: 5-9
Week 7: 12-1
Week 8: 6-8
Week 9: 11-3
Week 10: 10-3-1
Week 11: 12-2
Week 12: 8-8
Week 13: 9-7
Week 14: 10-6
Total: 105-54-1 (66%)

For only $25,000 you can own every North American Super Nintendo game

Sorry, I meant $24,999! And you have to pick it up in Ohio. But regardless of price and location, this is one mighty impressive collection. Take a look below, with a full gallery here. After the jump, take a look at the list of all 721 Super Nintendo games released in the US, Canada, and Mexico if you dare. And if you really dare, click the link above to purchase this madness:

Monday, December 10, 2012

South Park: The Stick of Truth Trailer

Just gonna say that this game looks AMAZING! it's out March 5th next year, and you can preorder now for bonuses:

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Arrested Development as old school Nintendo games

From Buzzfeed, with more images after the break.

Eagles vs. Cowboys II: Behind the Numbers

Second game against the Cowboys this year, and second loss by the Eagles. I'm not going to discuss this one seeing as it's a week behind; it gets really old to talk about all these losses! I will say that the game was very evenly matched based on the statistics you see below. However, once again, a turnover by the Eagles led to 7 points by the Cowboys and guess what! The Eagles only lost by 5! There's your difference folks, and the story of the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles in a nutshell. On to the stats:

Apparently the defenses decided to take the game off! Look at the offensive numbers for both teams; ridiculous. A few things of note: only one 5 yard penalty by the Birds, but they also had the only turnover of the game. Bryce Brown, you suck.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Phillies land Michael Young

Yes! The Philadelphia Phillies have moved closer to filling all their roster holes for next season, as they've just traded for Rangers third baseman Michael Young:

Now if they could somehow lad Josh Hamilton, I'd be a happy man and super excited for this season!

Bill Murray makes a typical Bill Murray entrance on Letterman

More here!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Clerks 3 to be Kevin Smith's final film

I didn't know that Kevin Smith was retiring from movies, but apparently he is and will make Clerks 3 his final film. There's a discussion going on at his Twitter page, but I'm more interested to see what he's going to do after he retires. Be a permanent "comic book man"? I could see it. But first, more Clerks please!

The Bill Murray Matrix

Much like the Tom Hanks Movie Matrix, Vulture has decided to make a Bill Murray Movie Matrix. With his roles ranging from happy to sad, and dickish to affable, Murray certainly has a broad career represented here. Where will your favorite Murry role fall on the matrix? Click to enlarge!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The "All-State Guy" to replace Michael Clarke Duncan in the next Sin City

Due to Duncan's unfortunate passing, Dennis Haysbert (the All-State Guy/Pedro Cerrano) will star as Manute in the next Sin City film, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. So if you suddenly want to swith to All-State after watching the new movie, this casting addition is why!

From ComingSoon

I can finally own a Hoverboard from Back to the Future!

I posted about the possibility of this before, but it's now a reality! Alas, it doesn't actually hover and it's $130 (plus shipping), but it IS still pretty awesome. It's an official 1:1 replica of the Mattel Hoverboard used in Back to the Future and would make a great addition to any movie lover's collection. Definitely going on my Christmas list this year, hint hint! (via)

Purchase one here!

The Dark Knight Rises: The Honest Trailer

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

NFL Picks for Week 14

Eh, I did a little bit better last week than I did the week before, going 9-7 overall. Lost A LOT of close games: all 7 losses were by a combined 29 points, or about 4 points per game. Oh well. Let's hope I fare a little better this week:

Thursday, 8:20pm
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders - 5
Sunday, 1pm
New York Jets at Jacksonville Jaguars - 1
Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers - 4
Baltimore Ravens at Washington Redskins - 2
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 1
San Diego Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers - 3
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings - 3
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts - 4
Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns - 2
Dallas Cowboys at Cincinnati Bengals - 1
St. Louis Rams at Buffalo Bills - 2
Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers - 4
Sunday, 4pm
New Orleans Saints at New York Giants - 2
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks - 4
Sunday, 8:20pm
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers - 4
Monday, 8:30pm
Houston Texans at New England Patriots - 1

Previous Results
Week 4: 12-3
Week 5: 10-4
Week 6: 5-9
Week 7: 12-1
Week 8: 6-8
Week 9: 11-3
Week 10: 10-3-1
Week 11: 12-2
Week 12: 8-8
Week 13: 9-7
Total: 95-48-1 (66%)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Eagles vs. Panthers: Behind the Numbers

Yeah, I'm a week behind, but who cares. I've given up on the season like the rest of you, so there will be very little commentary on this one:

Pretty obvious here discrepancies here, namely offenseive plays, net yards, first downs, third downs, and turnovers. You could throw penalty yards in there (101 is pretty damn high) but it doesn't matter since the Panthers won. The only bright spot for the Eagles was their rushing yards, thanks to Bryce Brown. But he was responsible for 2 of the 3 Philadelphia fumbles, so that's a bit of a moot point too. Oh, but they average more yards per gain!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Parks and Recreation: The Movie?

Alas, this is just a fan-made trailer for a Parks and Recreation "movie" but it is quite well done. Poor Lil' Sebastian!

Also, how did I miss this?

Congrats, Texans!

The Houston Texans, temporarily my favorite team since the Eagles SUCK, clinched their 2nd consecutive playoff berth today with a 24-10 win over the Tennessee Titans. The win was the team's 11th of the season (11-1) and is already a franchise best mark with 4 games left to play. With a Indianapolis Colts loss or a Houston win next week, the Texans will clinch the AFC South for the 2nd consecutive year; they also have a great chance for a first round bye and the #1 seed throughout the playoffs.

Let's go Texans!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Beer advent calendar

Someone please make me one of these! I'll even forgive you for missing December 1st! Or, better yet, you can just give me a case of beer for Christmas and not make me only drink 1 every day until then. Full instructions here, from Neatorama.


Friday, November 30, 2012

Don Cheadle as Captain Planet, parts 3 and 4

View part 3 below, and part 4 after the jump! Click the tag for the other parts!

The Periodic Calendar

I can't tell if this is cool or overly complicated, so let me just say it's "neatly confusing." I'll let the guy who made it, Joey Sellers, try to explain it in a video below. As for trying to understand it for yourself, there's a huge version to look at available here. Basically, it's a wall calendar with EVERY possible year on it, due to what day each year starts on. It's huge and ridiculous. (via)

The Periodic Calendar by Joey Sellers

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The History of The Beatles in 5 Seconds

It's from an ad campaign for a new book called "Life in 5 Seconds" by Gianmarco Milesi and Matteo Civaschi. Check it out below, and see a couple more examples after the jump. They're short, but they really do get the point across. More info at Buzzfeed.

Henry's Kitchen: Holiday Potatoes

Henry's Kitchen is back! In this third "lost" episode since the final Henry's Kitchen, Henry tries to show us a "jiffy tip" on how to make grilled herb potatoes for the holidays. Get your take out menus ready if you're planning on attempting this recipe, and don't forget to watch all the previous installments if you haven't already (click the tag below):

The final Django Unchained trailer

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The "best" of Tom Hanks, illustrated

I put "best" in quotes because I can't exactly call Turner and Hooch and The Da Vinci Code some of Tom Hanks best films, even though he himself was great as always. Would have liked to see A League of Their Own represented, at least. From Buzzfeed

All the smudges from Angry Birds

Someone decided to spend way too much time on an art project and record every finger swipe and touch needed to complete all 300 levels of the original Angry Birds. Designer/artist Evan Roth (who I featured a little over a week ago) used ink on tracing paper sheets to avoid ruining an iPhone, so without context these just look like a bunch of smudges. With context they still look like smudges, but it's kinda neat. See some examples below, and after the jump watch a video and check out some more pictures:

Angry Birds All Levels by Evan Roth

Angry Birds All Levels by Evan Roth

Angry Birds All Levels by Evan Roth

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Don Cheadle returns as Captain Planet

NFL Picks for Week 13

So I didn't fare too well in my first full 16 game week. Went 8-8, with a few surprises and a few toss-ups. I was surprised by Miami's win over Seattle, and obviously Cleveland over Pittsburgh (though Charlie Batch sucks, I should have seen that coming). I wasn't surprised that Arizona lost to St. Louis, but I was surprised at the score; same goes for Green Bay losing to the New York Giants. The other 4 games were basically toss-ups, and I really have to stop picking the Eagles. Week 13's picks:

Thursday, 8:20pm
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons - 2
Sunday, 1pm
Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets - 1
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins - 5
San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams - 4
Carolina Panthers at Kansas City Chiefs - 3
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans - 5
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers - 4
Indianapolis Colts at Detroit Lions - 3
Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears - 4
Jacksonville Jaguars at Buffalo Bills - 2
Sunday, 4pm
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos - 3
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens - 4
Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers - 1
Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders - 1
Sunday, 8:20pm
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys - 2
Monday, 8:30pm
New York Giants at Washington Redskins - 2

Previous Results
Week 4: 12-3
Week 5: 10-4
Week 6: 5-9
Week 7: 12-1
Week 8: 6-8
Week 9: 11-3
Week 10: 10-3-1
Week 11: 12-2
Weeek 12: 8-8
Total: 86-41-1 (67%)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Wow, when it is an obsession?

I was just updating my DVD collection online (red flag #1) and added my 500th title (red flag #2). Now each individual title of that 500 could be a season of a TV show, a single DVD or Blu-Ray, or a multipack containing more than one movie. I'd say its probably around 750 individual films/TV seasons (red flag #3). Just thought I'd share my "obsession" with everyone else, so you can view it at DVD Aficionado!

Batman is real, and he's a double parking asshole


Friday, November 23, 2012

Being drunk might actually help you survive an accident

I wish I had a Demetri Martin graph to demonstrate the relationship between BAC and survival, but a study by Lee Friedman shows that the higher the BAC from trauma center patients, the higher the survival rate when compared to sober patients with the same injuries. He analyzed nearly 200,000 cases from various Illinois trauma centers from 1995-2009, with BACs ranging from 0-0.5 %. Aside from burn injuries, Friedman found that all other injuries' mortality rates dropped as intoxication rose; some injuries saw a greater effect than others. There is indeed a correlation present, but is it causation? More here, from Neatorama.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving/National Eat Too Much Day

I don't think that second part is real, but it certainly could be. Hopefully everyone is concerned more about the day with family than they are about Black Friday shopping; apparently it has stretched into Thursday. (Grey Thursday?) Don't overcook that turkey, though. From all of us here at the B Long Blog (me), have a fun, great, and safe Thanksgiving! Enjoy the food, football, and booze!

To make the day more interesting, here's some printable BINGO cards you can play during the events today. View the rest after the jump, from Flavorwire:

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Eagles vs. Redskins: Behind the Numbers

Start the season 3-1, then lose 6 games in a row. Now you're at 3-7, with virtually no shot of the playoffs unless you win out and get help. That's the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles, folks! Let's see what the numbers from this loss say:

Unlike last week, not too many positives for the Eagles here. Despite running 20 more offensive plays, they were outscored by 25, outgained by 100+ net yards overall (89 on the ground), and perhaps most alarmingly, the Redskins nearly doubled the Birds in average gain per play. The 'Skins gained an amazing 7.1 yards per play, helped tremendously by 2 TD bombs completed by RG3. Those 2 plays alone counted for 110 yards, and certainly inflated the total. The Eagles once again put up a terrible 37% 3rd down conversion rate, and amassed another 9 penalties for 70 yards. Washington fared even worse in the penalty department with 13 for 80, but none were game changers for the Eagles. And once again, 3 Eagles turnovers led to 10 Washington points; no takeaways yet again. At least first downs were even, right?

Turducken infographic

If you had any plans to make a Turducken (chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a turkey aka delicious) for Thanksgiving tomorrow, you might want to get started soon! Find out how from the infographic below, but ignore the typo about Gooducken (if you can find it). From Flavorwire:

Breaking Bread

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

NFL Picks for Week 12

I fared quite well last week, going 12-2 overall. Despite several more OT games, all were decided before ending in a tie. Once again I hang my head in shame for picking the Eagles. Maybe I'll learn? My only other loss was the St. Louis vs. NYJ game, which was basically a toss-up but I went with the hotter team. Oops! Now for Week 12, with lots of games due to the end of bye weeks:

Thursday 12:30pm/4:15pm/8:20pm
Houston Texans at Detroit Lions - 5
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys -2
New England Patriots at New York Jets - 4
Sunday, 1pm
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars - 3
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 4
Seattle Seahawks at Miami Dolphins - 4
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs - 5
Buffalo Bills at Indianapolis Colts - 3
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns - 4
Oakland Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals - 3
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears - 2
Sunday, 4pm
Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers - 3
San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints - 1
St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals - 2
Sunday, 8:20pm
Green Bay Packers at New York Giants - 2
Monday, 8:30p
Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles - 1

Previous Results
Week 4: 12-3
Week 5: 10-4
Week 6: 5-9
Week 7: 12-1
Week 8: 6-8
Week 9: 11-3
Week 10: 10-3-1
Week 11: 12-2
Total: 78-33-1 (70%)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Bobby Moynihan does Guy Fieri again

This time in an unaired SNL sketch from this week's meh show. Moynihan does Fieri in response to bad reviews of his restaurant in Times Square:

Windows 98 Solitaire Cards

Wow! These bring back some memories! I'm sure anybody at least my age recognizes these cards, as long as they had a computer with Windows 98:

Solitaire.exe by Evan Roth

Ah, pixels! The cards are limited edition, with only 500 packs manufactured by Bicycle. They were designed by Evan Roth for Cooper-Hewitt, and are available here. More pictures after the jump, via Laughing Squid.

Ever wonder if you can cook a lasagna in a dishwasher?

Whether you thought about that question before or not, I guarantee all of you are now wondering if you actually can cook a lasagna in a dishwasher. So, can you? The Mythbusters (Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage) and Alton Brown find out in this unaired experiment from Mythbusters:

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Irish Car Bomb cupcakes? Yes please!

Well, these look delicious! The addition of Guiness, Jameson, and Bailey's notwithstanding. Check out a few pics of these appetizing treats below, and follow the links for how to make them.

Via COED, with full recipe here!
chocolate whiskey and beer cupcakes

chocolate whiskey and beer cupcakes

ganache-filled guinness cupcakes