In the first (and much needed) really sure sign U2 are not planning to invade your playlist again, Bono has apologized for the failed album experiment during a recent Facebook fan Q&A. A little while later the band frontman’s fortunes turned even further to the worse, when a bike accident in New York’s Central Park sent him to the hospital where doctors now say he will require intensive therapy for recovery. Hopefully the accident will not affect their upcoming tour!
Bono: Mea Culpa on Album Spam
After U2 bassist Adam Clayton read out fan Harriet Madeline Jobson’s plea during a recent Facebook Q&A to “please never release an album… that automatically downloads ever again,” U2 guitarist the Edge doubled over in fits of laughter but Bono answered humbly from the heart: “Oops, I’m sorry about that.”
Spoiler Alert!! Don’t read on if you haven’t watched the “Homeland” Season 3 Finale!!
Season 3 of “Homeland” has wrapped up, and many critics and fans haven’t been kind to the show. That’s not suprising, as it was hard to imagine an end to the Carrie/Brody storyline that would make all fans happy. That said, the entire season was a bit of a letdown after the first two spectacular seasons. The writers in one sense should be applauded for coming up with a plot centered on Iran that mirrored some of the events we’re seeing unfold in real life. Still, the entire season seemed forced. It’s as if they faced the “what’s next?” dilemma at the end of season 2. They had to create an entirely new drama and story centered around Brody being on the run. They also tried to keep Dana Brody and the rest of his family as part of the story, but that seemed a bit forced as well.
“Homeland” may be one of those shows that needs to have a very limited run.
Movie, sports and betting fans have one thing in common – they all enjoy a good sports gambling movie. Who can forget films like “Eight Men Out” which chronicled the 1919 Black Sox Scandal and starred John Cusack and rebel-rouser Charlie Sheen or fictional films like the Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey football thriller “Two For The Money”? Sports handicapping flicks make movie and casual sports fans wonder “can that actually happen?” while bettors believe “one day – that will be me”. The “sports betting in the movies” infographic below is for your entertainment – enjoy!
In the modern world, manhood has largely been relegated to the outdoors and a few sports arenas. However, in a house that has been man-built and maintained, there needs to be a space for unbridled masculinity. The following is how to build the perfect manly refuge amidst the nooks, the obsessive color coordination and the bay windows of modern life.
Step 1: Understand the Area
There’s a certain amount of space you can use, and that’s what you’ve got for the time being. Trying to get a space to be something it’s not is like lying about your heritage — it’s embarrassing and it won’t help you with anything. When you reconcile with the space you’ve got, clean it out and take a good look at what you have to work with. This is your new canvas, and you are its artist.
Step 2: Decide What Your Theme is Going to Be
The great thing about a space that’s all for you is that it can be whatever you want it to be. If you love cars, it can be your personal auto shop. If you’re big into woodworking, it’s all about the saws and sanders.
The number of possible themes is as limitless as are your potential interests. No matter what your hobbies may be, these will create and populate your cave’s theme. The better defined your theme is in your mind, the better you will be able to make it work in real life.
Step 3: Color the Place, but in a Manly Way
Color coordination isn’t solely a lady’s domain. As great as it is to kick back in a testosterone-infused paradise of relaxed social etiquette, the place doesn’t have to look like a sloppy mess. Your mancave can actually look very refined and visually powerful by keeping your color scheme tight and controlled.
This tightness and control can be a relaxing element that shows off your confidence. Naturally, your color scheme doesn’t have to come from the Martha Stewart catalog. Your colors can be road-cone orange, jet black and chrome, just so long as it suits you.
Step 4: Keep the Light Reasonable
The use of light can wash out a space or make it just bright enough to be useful for what you want to do therein. To start with, keep natural light controlled. You can use Roman blinds from the TheShadeStore.com to stay in control of outdoor light interference, and from there you can choose how much artificial light you want to use. Using long fluorescent lights down the center and sides of the ceiling usually provides plenty of illumination for just about anything.
Step 5: Manage the Space
Once you have the space mapped out, properly lit and equipped with a theme, you need to make sure that everything you want to do in there is actually possible. Will a pool table, full woodshop, auto shop and Olympic gym fit into a 10-foot square space? Quite possibly not. Know your limits and make sure everything fits with room to move around.
Building your mancave is an exciting creative endeavor. Just make sure you don’t trip up on a tiny detail.
To succeed in games which have a puzzle or brain teaser element, you need to be able to think logically and have a huge amount of patience.
However, there are some puzzles and brain teasers which can send even the most patient and practiced puzzler off the deep end, and many of these are found in Nintendo 3DS games. Let’s take a look at 5 of the most maddeningly difficult puzzles Nintendo has served up so far. And who knows what further challenges await us in the new Wii U games that have just made it to the market?
1. The ‘goat puzzle’ in Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars (Director’s Cut)
Ask anyone who has ever played this Broken Sword title about the ‘goat puzzle’ and they will shudder or at least flinch in recollection of its fiendish level of difficulty. It sounds easy enough – you have to trap a goat that’s trying to butt you. However, to get past the animal, you must play the game in a different way than in previous puzzles, and nothing in your inventory can help you.
2. The Beach Bowl Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy
Once you’ve reached the waterfall planet in this Nintendo Wii game, you’ll soon encounter a world of watery problems. The waterfalls are far too high for Mario to reach, but it may be possible using an Ice Mario powerup located nearby. Sound easy? You’ll actually spend hours figuring Mario games like these out.
3. The Chocolate Code Puzzle in Professor Layton and the Curious Village
In this puzzle, you have a sheet of 30 chocolate squares, and you need to figure out the fewest number of times you’ll need to break the chocolate until all 30 squares are separated. This one is so difficult it will make your head hurt, but what else would you expect from the king of all puzzle games?
4. The Elusive World 4 in New Super Mario Bros
Somewhere within this adventure there is a way to unlock World 4, but it is possible to play the game time and time again without finding it. It’s maddening!
5. The Minecart Ride in Super Paper Mario
In this game, it’s all going swimmingly until Mario hops into a cart and begins to trundle along the track looking for the key. However, the key doesn’t seem to exist, and you’ll need to look at the problem in a whole new way in order to solve it.