At a tech conference last September, former NYPD commissioner Bill Simmons said that outfitting the department’s entire patrol unit (roughly 24,000 officers) with body cameras would be almost impossibly expensive, costing up to “hundreds of millions of dollars.” But on Tuesday, the City of New York announced just that: Every NYPD officer will have body cameras by the end of 2019. So what changed? … [Read more...] about NYPD Promises Greater Transparency by Buying Thousands of Body Cams With Mystery Funds
Cam jansen and the chocolate fudge mystery
I took them home. My dog, Abby, gave them a sniff. Since dogs have a superior sense of smell, I was hoping she would have some ideas, but if she did, she didn’t share them. I recruited Dagny, the six-year-old child who lives downstairs. She took her testing responsibilities very seriously and sniffed the Oreo thoroughly before taking a bite. “Vanilla!” she yelled. “Vanilla and cinnamon!” Then she ran off with the rest of the Oreo yelling, “My cookie!” … [Read more...] about The Mystery Oreo flavor has been revealed, and we’re not too proud to admit we were wrong [Updated]
Ben and Jerry, purveyors of ice cream treats, do not give a single fork about your New Years resolutions—at least, not the ones that have to do with abstaining from sweets of any kind. It’s only January 9, and they’ve already rolled out two new flavors of Pint Slices, those single-serving-sized, chocolate-encased goodies seemingly tailor-made for impulse purchasing or inhaling when one has the munchies. Thanks, fellas. Very helpful. … [Read more...] about Ben & Jerry’s wreaks havoc on resolution willpower with new Pint Slice flavors
17. Roseanne, “A Stash From The Past” (1993) Roseanne’s take on the anti-drug episode was very much in the vein of the show as a whole, in that it was never really anti-drug. It was against looking back at the past through a, ahem, rosy lens. Roseanne finds pot in David’s room and assumes that it belongs to her adopted son, until she learns that it was actually hers. So, she, Dan, and Jackie decide to take a trip back to a time when they didn’t have to worry about firing employees, fixing carpets, or disciplining children. (To paraphrase Roseanne, to a time when there was a war going and everything was a just a lot more fun.) Through weed, Roseanne and Dan figure out that they can’t look back anymore; they’ve evolved as people, and that means life gets harder, and that’s okay. Yeah, it’s not as much fun, but it’s fuller and richer than it was. Dotted with stoner humor, the episode’s anti-anti-drug status is perhaps best … [Read more...] about The best sitcom episodes of the last 25 years (part 1)
“I am hugely proud of it and they should make it a franchise,” Mitchell told io9 while promoting his new movie, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. “In fact the same writers that didn’t get credit on it, [Jonathan] Aibel and [Glenn] Berger, they did a lot of writing on that film, and we have a whole sequel that’s called Save U [which stands for] Save University.” … [Read more...] about The Unrealized
Jesse Hassenger There are countless movies I’ve given a shot due to affection I have for one or more cast members; it’s almost frighteningly easy to assemble an ensemble like the one on display in, say, The Hollars at the drop of a hat. Age has started to inure me to this to some degree (I somehow resisted a movie starring Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick! Together!), but it’s hard for me to imagine ever saying no to Amy Adams. It helps that she seems to have terrific and eclectic tastes in material and filmmakers (she did The Master, The Muppets, Her, Big Eyes, and American Hustle all in the space of just a few years), but her combination of a sweet, sunny persona and the acting chops to subvert that persona consistently and skillfully makes her irresistible (and, okay, maybe I have kind of a crush on her). This means jumping at the opportunity to review crap like Lullaby, paying to see Leap Year in an actual movie theater, and always, always thinking “maybe Lois … [Read more...] about Which actor is so good, you’d watch them in anything?