Hitting with the cold hard facts…
Hitting with the cold hard facts…
Fascinating interactive map by The New York Times new site, TheUpshot, showcasing baseball fandom around the country (from Facebook data).
Note that neither the Mets nor the A’s show up at all. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, the Yankees control most of the areas without any true geographical connections to teams.
I think most would be surprised that it was the Mets, not the Yankees, who first drew 3 million fans to their ballpark in N.Y. There are many variables as to why, but I don’t think people realize how much those 80s Mets owned N.Y.
Ladies and gentlemen, the American League West!
I can totally see this
What if Doctor Who was an American show?
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'What if Doctor Who was an American Show' fan casting.
Time Warner Cable might be the worst run company in America. Good riddance
Reports: Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable
The official announcement is expected Thursday morning, CNBC reports.
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Photo: A cable truck returns to a Time Warner Cable office in San Diego, Calif., on Dec.11, 2013. (Mike Blake / Reuters)
On a Saturday in October 2012, the Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner stepped off a helium balloon and plummeted—with his parachute—to Earth. He simultaneously broke the world records for highest manned balloon flight, highest parachute jump, and fastest free fall velocity.
I remember the jump well. For the hour before Baumgartner leapt—and the minutes he was in the air—my Twitter and Facebook friends were captivated. Afternoon plans were canceled as we watched the live feed, enthralled.
As enthralling as the live feed was, it’s nothing compared to the video above. It turns out Baumgartner was wearing GoPro cameras on his jump, and they captured the entire fall… in astonishing detail… from a first-person view.
It is insane.
Stop The Western Australia Shark Cull
In response to a handful of fatal shark bites over the past several years, the government of Western Australia has launched a multi-million dollar effort to systematically catch and kill sharks, allegedly to “protect the people of Western Australia”. This is in direct opposition to Australia’s existing Shark Recovery Plan. I guess when you call something a “cull” it’s supposed to sound more acceptable than “indiscriminate killing of a keystone ocean species.”
More than 100 million sharks are killed per year, for food and fear, pushing many of them, like the great white, to the brink of extinction. Meanwhile, you could count the number of fatal shark attacks every year on one hand.
You have a 1 in 3,700,000 chance of dying from a shark biting you. In contrast, you have a 1 in 63 chance of dying from the flu. Shark bites are a rare event, and fatal ones are astronomically rare. Sharks don’t actually attack humans, this is an invented term that implies that sharks are out to get people. They are not. “Rogue sharks,” those that specifically seek out humans for food, are a myth. Sharks are apex predators who keep ecosystems healthy and keep food webs in balance, all the way down to the plant level.
Instead of killing sharks, we should be using this money to study them, to track their behavior and migrations, or even to install automatic alert and surveillance systems.
See that photo above, under mine? That’s the WA cull’s first victim, a tiger shark, being dispatched this week. The cull is wrong on many levels, but it took four shots with that .22 to kill the shark, and that is adding greater inhumanity to an inhumane act.
Join me in calling for an end to the Western Australia shark cull. Download the #noWAsharkcull sign here, add your face to the thousands protesting this cull, and tag your photos with #nosharkcull and #noWAsharkcull.
We can make a difference!
Please click on this and check it out everyone. Sad and disturbing
This obnoxiously long infographic is your reminder to check out this post from earlier today and join me in calling for a stop to the inhumane and unscientific Western Australia shark cull (not to mention shark finning in general, which is an even greater problem)!!
This is how one marine explorer summed up the ecosystem that has established itself below the ocean’s surface: “Darling, it’s better down where it’s wetter, take it from me.”
We have generally taken his word for it.
Thanks to an enterprising videographer, though, we can test Sebastian’s claim for ourselves. In late December, Scott Murray had a crazy idea: to attach a GoPro camera to a crab net—and see, vicariously, what the net saw. And what the net saw is pretty amazing: crabs, clawing over food. Rays. Fish, in glittering schools. A FREAKING DOLPHIN.
Last night I had about an hour of free time between work and a volunteer meet & greet for Girls on the...