Riddle Me This, Riddle Me That: Who’ll Play the Riddler in Nolan’s Third Bat?

While I’m not sure he makes a great choice, I’ll have to defer to Christopher Nolan, who’s just setting the world on fire right now with the success of Inception. FirstShowing recently confirmed that the Riddler will be the featured villain in the third installment of Nolan’s Batman films, and that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is interested in the part.

We’ve gotten word from a reliable inside source with a studio casting grid that The Riddler is listed as a character for Chris Nolan’s highly anticipated to the sequel to The Dark Knight, which is still called Batman 3 at Warner Bros. Even more interesting, the actor currently listed in the same grid to play the assumed villain is none other than Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whose status is just listed as “interested.”

Cool, I guess…?  I mean, it’s pretty much impossible for anybody to fill out the oversized novelty shoes that Heath Ledger’s Joker left behind. So if this kid intends to step up to the plate he’s either 1. dreaming or 2. got an angel with him (enough entendres to make your head spin – that’s how I do, folks).


It’s Science: I’m More Evolved Than You

A team of Asians researchers has decided that laziness is an innate human characteristic, believed to be evolutionarily developed for the conservation of energy.  So,  by that logic, I’m some kind of superhuman wunderkind.

Christopher K. Hsee, Adelle X. Yang, and Liangyan Wang claim to have uncovered an interesting paradox: humans are happier when they’re busy, but we’re inclined towards idleness. The team ran a series of experiments with college students and found that students were inclined towards idleness, but would seize even superficial opportunities to be busy.

– Freakonomics Blog

Well this is just my life in a nutshell.  If blogging isn’t the epitome of a superficial opportunity to convince myself I’m “busy,” then I don’t know what is.  It’s probably the only reason I’m alive right now and not laying on the subway tracks like this crazy bitch.

Read the summary at BPS Research Digest Blog if you’re interested in the study.  There’s chocolate involved!

Alcoholism: It’s All Fun and Games ’til Someone’s Extracting Your Bone Marrow

Who said alcoholism never did anything great? Canadian Norm Eshleman just proved them wrong after getting so blackout drunk that he actually vowed to donate bone marrow.  Sounds like a fun drunk!  All my friends do when they’re blacked out is spit in my face and make me hang out in the club until 4:00 while the scream at the waitress. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

Eshleman has no trouble admitting he was well watered that fateful night some 20 years ago in Cold Lake, Alta., where he was taken to hospital following a brawl in a local bar.

“I won the fight,” he insisted jovially while sipping a brew. But he didn’t remember much else that happened that night, including that he agreed to leave a marrow sample and donate should a match ever come up.

Some 15 years later, it did. Eshleman and Wellman were almost 100 per cent compatible.

The only thing was that, when contacted, the oil industry worker couldn’t remember the pledge. He decided that, however, that if he made the commitment, he would follow through with it.

GOOOOOOOO!!!!1 Donating bone marrow sounds like one of the most painful and disturbing things imaginable. I can barely type with all the heebee-jeebees running up my spine.  I mean I give blood but I kinda have to get myself pumped up to do it.  Drilling through your pelvis to suck out marrow is easily 10,000 times more creepy than that.

Anyway, much respect to this dude for having the balls to go through with it.  The guy saved a woman’s life, clap it up.  Standing-O even.. All you women out there who get loose when the liquor’s flowing and then have the guy arrested when you’re feeling trashy afterward can really learn something about honor from ol’ Norm here.  Although, let’s be honest, he didn’t really have a choice, that would have been the most epic punk-out ever.  If you can’t keep your word when someone’s life is on the line, you ain’t shit.

I’ll leave you with a line from the great Ernest Hemingway: “Always do what sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”

Space Invaders Couch Looks Chic, Horribly Uncomfortable

Candy to the eye, poison to the back, this thing is probably not doing you any favors in the comfort department, but I’ll go ahead and support it because I’ve never met a piece of fan-art I didn’t like.  Fire up the Atari 2600 and hop on.

The couch was designed by Igor Chak, and there are some more pictures at his website.  But it pretty much looks like that.

Kotaku << Igor Chak Designs

This is a Triumph: DIY Portals in Your House!

As an optional test protocol, we are pleased to present an amusing fact. The IKEA mirror you purchased for $6.99 is now more valuable than the organs and combined incomes of everyone in New York City.

DO WANT.  Only thing is I can’t decide whether to put the orange one in the bathroom or the refrigerator.  There’s cake in there!

Kotaku << Gamereactor

Portal 2 is due out next year (although I’m about ready for it now please), and was declared by a bunch of reviewers to be one of the best games at E3 2010.  If you never played the first one, it’s a smart, exceptionally well-designed puzzler/platformer created by Valve, available for PC via Steam and consoles via XBLA or PSN for around $15.  Go get it NAO.

Those of you familiar with the first game may want to check out the videos below, which introduces some of the new puzzle mechanics you’ll be dealing with in Portal 2 (there are a bunch!).

Portal 2 is also on Facebook because that’s what video games do these days I guess?

Mmmmmmm….Sick ///M3 is Looking Pretty Sick

If you think you’d look good behind the wheel of one of these Special Edition “Frozen Gray” M3’s, you’re probably right.  This thing packs enough punch to compensate for even my *ahem*… considerable insecurities.

Accoding to BMWblog.com, the nutty Bavarians decided to produce only 30 of these bad boys, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the M3.  Then again, it’s only a paint job that anyone can get. But as a wannabe Bimmer enthusiast, I’m digging it nonetheless.

The anticipation began in August 1985. That summer Germany’s automobile magazines built up their readers’ expectations for the fastest 3 Series BMW of all times. The key data revealed a sports car that would punch way above its class: 200 hp, top speed in excess of 230 km/h, sprint from a standing start to 100 km/h inside 6.7 seconds.

The BMW design engineers increased the displacement to 2.3 litres and applied a formulation that had already achieved significant successes over a period of many years: four-valve engineering. There was also another reason for the decision to opt for a four-cylinder engine and not adopt the six-cylinder engine introduced in the BMW 3 Series. The longer crankshaft in the big engine started to vibrate much earlier than the shorter four-cylinder shaft. The design engineers therefore designed the crankshaft drive of the BMW M3 with sufficient torsional stability to achieve 10,000 revolutions a minute and more. By comparison with the four-cylinder engine installed in the series vehicles, this represented an increase of more than 60 percent. The rated speed for the road version of the BMW M3 was still significantly below the critical range at 6,750/min and therefore offered sufficient scope for further developments.

Well I don’t know what any of that means, but it sure worked out alright.  Check out the whole story of the birth of the might M3 over at bmwblog.com along with a pantload of pictures to get your crankshaft vibrating.

Miami Heat Abolish “Run-the-Point Night,” Decide to Become Deepest Team in the NBA Instead

It seems like just yesterday Dan LeBatard was raving about his idea for a lucky fan to get to play PG for Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and, well…another lucky fan.  But today, the Miami Herald is reporting that wannabe-Lex-Luthor Pat Riley has managed to nab former Heat draftee Eddie House in a 2-year deal worth $2.8M (the veteran minimum).  With a couple of even money offers on the table, House obviously went with the ol’ “Best Chance to Win” rationale – the mantra for the 2010-2011 season, which no fans outside of south Florida seem to understand.  He is the prototypical 3-point threat the Heat are looking to dish to when the entire defense collapses in the lane to attempt to draw charges like a bunch of pussies.

House was one of the best shooters remaining on the free agent market and had received more lucrative offers from other teams.  But the chance to play a key role in the Heat’s rotation and compete for a championship alongside Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh was too much to turn down.

House spent the past three seasons in Boston, where he was on the Celtics’ 2008-09 championship team. He was traded last season to New York. House has averaged 7.6 points and has shot 39 percent from three-point range for his career.


WOOOO EEEEEE the Heat just got cranked up to 11.  Can’t wait to hear what Knicks fans have to say about this one.  After LeBron announced that he wasn’t interested in the Big Apple, the conversations with Knicks fans around here were just ridiculous.  You’d have thought Jay-Z decided to move the Nets to LA or something.  Once I pointed out that they never had a claim to him in the first place, they would always being to criticize Pat and the Heat’s front office, saying they’re going to be playing with 10 minimum contract nobodies.  Well check yourself, homey, we’ve got more role players than a night at the theater.  Here’s how the roster the roster is currently shaping up:

PG – Chalmers / Arroyo / House

SG – Wade / Miller / House

SF – LeBron / James Jones / Miller

PF – Bosh / Udonis / Howard

C – Joel / Z / Magloire / Pittman

Thanks to Goo for keeping an ear to the streets of South Beach.