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Will You Spend Your Christmas with "The Interview"?
It looks like you'll be able to see The Interview after all. It's the Seth Rogen/ James Franco movie that Sony decided not to release because movie theater chains wouldn't play it because of threats from the Sony hackers. Now, some independent movie theaters will run it. Sony released a statement. "We have never given up on releasing The Interview and we're excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day. At the same time, we are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms and more theaters so that this movie reaches the largest possible audience." They're also talking about a video-on-demand release for the movie. Seth Rogen, who also wrote the movie, is delighted.   The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn't give up! The Interview will be shown at theaters willing to play it on Xmas day! — Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) December 23, 2014
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The History of Tracking Santa
Most folks know about the offical Santa Tracker courtesy of the North American Aerospace Defense Command - aka, NORAD. On Christmas Eve, all you have to do is log on to NORAD Tracks Santa, and they'll tell you where the Jolly Old Elf can be found. The tradition began quite by accident back in 1955, when Sears published an ad that told kids to call Santa at ME2-6681 (back then, the first two characters in a phone number were letters for the phone exchange). "Call me on my private phone, and I will talk to you personally, any time, day or night, or come visit me at Sears Toyland," read the ad. It showed a drawing of Santa, and the phone number. Turns out that phone number belonged to Continental Air Defense Command (the precursor to NORAD) and it was the hotline, known only to two people. The United States was in the middle of the Cold War, so when the hotline rang, the commander was expecting the worse when he answered the phone. Imagine his surprise when a little boy said, "Is this Santa Claus?" The phone calls kept coming, and the commander put some airmen on the phones to play Santa Claus. From there, the tradition grew. And if you want to call NORAD to find out what's going on with Santa's progress tonight, dial 1-877-HI-NORAD.  
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Reporter Gets a Little Too Close to His Story
The subject matter isn't funny. But the results are hilarious. BBC reporter Quentin Somerville was covering a drug seizure in Afghanistan, and reporting on the burning of eight-and-a-half tons of heroin, opium and hashish. Looks like he got a little too close to the inferno. Check out the video - and see if you can avoid laughing...  
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Happy Holidays: Oakland Raider Comes Up Huge for Little Girl
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports has a program called Touchdown Dreams where he uses his contacts in the NFL to help brighten the lives of kids struggling with life-threatening illnesses. Over the weekend, he helped arrange a visit for 4-year-old Ava Urrea with the Oakland Raiders. The greeted her with signed helmets and footballs, and made her the team's captain for the day. But one player - offensive lineman Menelik Watson - did all that one better. He handed his game check to Ava's dad, and told him that he wanted to be sure that Ava had the best holidays ever. According to those who know, that's more than $36,000. An amazing story...  
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Amy Adams Hacked from Today Show
Amy Adams was supposed to appear on The Today Show to promote her soon-to-be-released film, Big Eyes. But she reportedly told the show's producers that she didn't want to talk about the hack of Sony Pictures, because she didn't want to contribute to the media coverage of the event. Her name is one of many that came out of the hack, specifically about how she was paid less than Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper to do American Hustle. And because of that, The Today Show cancelled her appearance. They issued a statement to set things straight. "As a news program, the Today show doesn't allow guests to put restrictions on interviews. In this case, after hours of discussion we felt uncomfortable with the demands being made and we determined the best course of action for all parties involved was to cancel the interview. " Isn't that cute? The Today Show thinks it's a "news program."  
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Maybe Meryl's Invisible on Instagram
Ellen Degeneres had the ladies from Into The Woods - Emily Blount, Anna Kendrick and Meryl Streep - on her show the other day. Ellen took the moment to grab a picture for Instagram. "I brought my phone out because the selfie that we took at the Oscars, the whole idea was I was going to get a selfie with Meryl and everyone else jumped in," Ellen told eonline.com. "Meryl was hardly in the selfie." You'll remember that picture (it's at the bottom). It caused Instagram to crash for a bit. Anyway, the Into The Woods selfie didn't exactly have the desired effect. You can see even LESS of Meryl than you could in the first one. I guess Ellen will just have to keep trying.     I got to take another selfie with Meryl. You can’t see her very well in my Oscar selfie. This went much better. A photo posted by Ellen (@theellenshow) on Dec 12, 2014 at 2:04pm PST     Who likes a selfie during Oscars? Apparently... everyone does #oscars A photo posted by Ellen Degeneres (@_ellendegeneres_) on Mar 3, 2014 at 8:37pm PST
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Happy Holidays: Hells Angels to the Top of the Nice List
What a warm feeling. The video is from the beginning of the month, when some members of the local Hells Angels club visited the Wal-Mart in Fresno, California to buy up some bikes on sale for their annual toy drive to help the Poverello House. The Poverello House is a local non-profit, dedicated to helping the homeless and needy. Great lesson in not judging a book by its cover.  
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Bang the Drum, Craig Ferguson
On Friday night, two late night talk hosts signed off - Stephen Colber wrapped up The Colbert Report to prepare for taking over David Letterman's show when David retires in May. The other was Craig Feguson, who's ably helmed The Late Late Show, with Letterman's show as a lead-in. No word - yet - where Craig is headed. But like Colbert, he decided on a musical send-off. Singing "Bang the Drum" by Dead Man Fall, a Scottish band from Craig's home town, Craig was joined on percussion by some of his favorite guests. Check it out as we wish him a bon voyage as well... It's a two-parter, so be sure to check each of them!    
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Hey, Cardinals, Let's Talk "Spiritual Alzheimer's"
Yesterday, Pope Francis issued what you might call a State of the Vatican address in front of the Curia - the bureaucrats of the Vatican, the cardinals, bishops and priests who help him run the Roman Catholic Church. It was his Christmas message to his employees, basically, and it did not resemble a Rockwell painting. According to CBSNews.com, the Pope said that some: "lust for power at all costs" "live hypocritical double lives;" and "suffer from 'spiritual Alzheimer's' that has made them forget they're supposed to be joyful men of God" In all, 15 "sins of the Curia" that the pope would like to see fixed in 2015. If you got a Dunkin' Donuts gift card from your boss, be happy, folks!  
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Peace on Earth - But Not in the Geekdom
What you're about to see isn't real - yet - but what if it were. A mash-up artist named Alex Luthor has taken characters from the Marvel universe and put them in the same universe as the characters from DC Comics. Superman versus Thor. Batman versus Captain America and/or Iron Man. And more. You get the gist. What follows is mayhem - and a shot of "Hallelujah!" from geeks around the world Who needs mistletoe when you've got Alex Luthor kissing one and all smack on the lips?  
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Rest Well, Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker, singer, musician, passed away yesterday at the age of 70. His performance style was quirky to say the least, and he certainly left his mark on the music industry. In 1983, he won a Grammy for his duet with Jennifer Warrens, "Up Where We Belong." But in 1976, he did a very different sort of duet - sort of a duet of one - with John Belushi on Saturday Night Live. At the time, some said that Belushi out-Cockered Cocker. He sure had his movements down. Check it out, as we mark Joe's passing.  
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Legit, or Stunt?
Here's a chance for you to be the judge. The scenario: The Oxygen Network was in Houston recently auditioning for its show, Bad Girls Club. While women waited in line to be seen, another woman was in a conversation with a police officer who had just put a traffic boot on the driver-side rear tire of her new BMW X5. It's not really clear why the boot was put in place, or if the woman was there auditioning. What is clear is that she didn't want to be booted. So she drove off with the boot in place. Clearly, it's not the proper size boot for that car, as the wheel is able to rotate almost freely. And as she drove off to the cheers of the folks in line, the boot actually fell off. Watch the video - the wind sounds on it can't be avoided. Then weigh in. What do you think? Legitimate circumstances, or a stunt staged by the producers of the show so they've got something to show for their time in Houston?  
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And the Newest Kardashian is...
Kourtney Kardashian gave birth to her third child, again sired by her boyfriend Scott Disick. That happened last week, on December 14, on her firstborn son's 5th birthday. Over the weekend, the happy couple announced the baby boy's name. Joining brother Mason and sister Penelope is... Well, read the Instagram post. I mean, that's how we ALL keep up with the Kardashians, isn't it?     Madly in love with my little Reign Aston Disick. A photo posted by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) on Dec 12, 2014 at 8:36am PST
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Happy Holidays: All I Want for Christmas Done Right
After all the buzz about Mariah Carey's troubles with singing "All I Want for Christmas" at the Rockerfeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony, here's a chance to see and hear it done right. The group is Out of the Blue - the a cappella singers from Oxford University in England. And, not only is it a good arrangement, the group is selling the single to raise money for the Helen & Douglas House, which provides hospice care for children in the United Kingdom.  
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Good to Have Support on the Home Front
Gisele Bunchen - aka Mrs. Tom Brady - posted another cute picture to Instagram yesterday, moments after her husband's team clinched a day off in the first-round of the NFL playoffs by beating the New York Jets. It wasn't a pretty victory, or an easy one either, with the Patriots limping out of the Meadowlands with a 17-16 win. Still, it was a win, and good enough for Gisele to hoist her daughter to her shoulder and post a picture of it to Instagram. File this one under #godaddy! And be sure to check out the look on the face of the dog - almost like he's saying, "Again?"     Yeeeeaaaaahh! #godaddy #gopats ❤️❤️❤️❤️ A photo posted by Gisele Bündchen (@giseleofficial) on Dec 12, 2014 at 1:07pm PST
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Cold Open, Cold Shoulder
If this weekend's cold open of Saturday Night Live is any indication, there could be some life left in the old dog afterwards. It started with a spoof of Sam Smith, the automaton with the fantastic voice, promoting his new special, A Very Somber Christmas. Suddenly, the "broadcast" was hijacked by none other than Doctor Evil - that would be one of Mike Myers' characters from the Austin Powers films. Doctor Evil took issue with North Korea and Sony Pictures for giving "evil organizations a bad name." Funny stuff - and biting satire as well.  
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Fare Thee Well, Colbert! See You in May!
On Friday night, Stephen Colbert was one of two late night comics to say farewell to the shows and audiences who'd grown to love them. (The other was Craig Ferguson on CBS's Late Late Show. More on him tomorrow.) But first, Colbert wrapped up The Colbert Report on Comedy Central in an interesting way. By turning it into a musical, sort of, with an amazing hodgepodge of singers. Starting with Jon Stewart from CC's The Daily Show, the seemingly endless list of guests included Big Bird and Cookie Monster from Sesame Street, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger, former president Bill Clinton, an astronaut from the International Space Station, Barry Manilow (who was misidentified initially by another reporter as Rod Stewart) and more. Dozens, maybe even hundreds of folks, all singing "We'll Meet Again." Check it out - and be sure to keep watching when it appears to be over. Stephen will be back in May, when he jumps into David Letterman's seat on CBS's Late Show.  
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Most Ridiculous Man of the Year
Here's a late-comer for the Most Ridiculous Man of the Year award. A professional makeup artist in Manchester, England has reportedly spent about $150,000 for plastic surgery and more to look like his favorite reality TV star. The star? Kim Kardashian. He's had lip fillers, laser hair removal and eyebrows tatooed on. Take a look at the picture to see the results. And no, it is NOT Halloween. Sooo, someone actually dropped $150,000 on plastic surgery to look like Kim Kardashian! See for yourself: http://t.co/6eSkniAajM — Us Weekly (@usweekly) December 18, 2014 And he doesn't care what he looks like, according to The Sun, London's daily newspaper. "My look is all about the shock factor. I love all the attention and stares I get in the street. I welcome the hate — it just means more attention. And if anything, it just spurs me on to get more work done." Good money chasing bad, folks. Especially since the guy looks more like the Octomom than the NorthWestmom.
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Please Define "Top"
Scratching my head just a little. US Magazine put out a list yesterday of the Top 14 Celebrity Instagram Photos of 2014.   Six of the 14 involve the Kardashians in some way - by that calculation, they're taking up 43% of the internet, which sounds right and wrong all at the same time. The rest of the list: Jessica Simpson in a bathing suit holding a golf club Macauley Culkin wearing a T-shirt with Ryan Gosling on it Jessa Duggar's wedding kiss Taylor Swift's 4th of July party Nick & Vanessa Lachey's pregnancy announcement Lauren Conrad's haircut Bethenny Frankel wearing her 4-year-old's Hello Kitty PJs The only one that really belongs - or at least makes some sense in being relevant - is the post Diem Brown's boyfriend put up after her passing, expressing his grief.     You have always been My Angel. And now you have your wings. We've been thru so much over the years. Thru the ups and downs we somehow managed to keep our promise. We never gave up on each other. Our plan to be together forever hasn't changed... it's just going to take a little longer now. And I'm going to hold onto this ring for you till we are together again. So don't worry mama, I'm not afraid. I know you will always be with me to give me your strength. You are The Love of My Life. My reason to be a better man. I Love You Always and Forever A photo posted by CT (@theofficial_ct) on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:50am PST  
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It's the Most Wonderful Prank of the Year
Jimmy Kimmel and his wife have a holiday tradition - well, sort of a tradition - with acting couple John Krasinski (from The Office) and Emily Blunt (most recently from Into The Woods). They live across the street from one another, and for Christmas, they play pranks on each other. This has been going on for a couple of years, and each year, the pranks get bigger and more out of control. Watch the clip to see what Jimmy did to them last year - the thing he thought would bring the prank-feud to a conclusion. And then watch to see watch Emily and John did to raise the bar considerably higher this year. Nice to have that kind of money to throw away, but it is sort of fun to watch.  
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"Governor, This Is Barack Obama..."
What a fun moment. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick made his final appearance on Boston Public Radio yesterday, and got a very interesting phone call as part of his farewell. President Barack Obama called in, identifying himself as a former resident of Somerville, a suburb of Boston. The president spent some time in the state while a student at Harvard, and he's got a good relationship with the outgoing governor. So why not call in? Watch the video of the call. Seems legit to me.  
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I Really Really Really Really Really Really Want This!
Dear Santa: I know this is probably an impractical present, and that it will probably only survive one light dusting. But Santa, I really really really really really really really want one of these. A remote-control pickup with a snow plow attachment. I've been really really really really good this year too.                                                                                                          Signed,                                                                                                          Your Pal Mikey!     (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by Boji.
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Cancel The Interview, Please
Sony Pictures announced formally today that it will not now and maybe ever release the movie they'd scheduled for a Christmas debut, The Interview. The film, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as some newsmen recruited by the CIA to assassinate the leader of North Korea, drew the ire of North Korea's current ruler, who said its release would be considered an act of war. More recently, someone hacked into Sony's servers, releasing sensitive information and threatening some drastic action if the film were released as planned. Some interesting folks are not happy at all. Like Donald Trump... #TrumpVlog #TheInterviewMovie A sad day for freedom of speech- http://t.co/eQDh4BkDHp — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 17, 2014 And Salman Rushdie... “@FinalFenwayFict: Anyone remember @SalmanRushdie? Art is supposed 2 provoke. #TheInterviewMovie” Yeah, I remember him. And: agreed. — Salman Rushdie (@SalmanRushdie) December 17, 2014 But, here's the question that everyone wants answered... Whens Dennis Rodman going to intercede and squash this whole thing? #TheInterviewMovie — Jacob Saylor (@jacobsaylor) December 18, 2014
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A Box of Poo for You
You know Cards Against Humanity, right? The makers refer to it as "a party game for horrible people" that's "as despicable and awkward as you and your friends." On Black Friday, they made an interesting offer to folks on their website: a box of male bovine excrement for a mere $6. They used a more guttural expression that we really shouldn't be using here... Now, the folks at CAH report that they sold 30,000 units. 30,000 units of genuine bull crap, amounting to $180,000. I can only imagine how popular these will be at the office Yankee Swap this year. Now if you'll excuse me. My dog just went outside, and I'm pretty sure there's a gold mine waiting to be picked up on my lawn.
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Wrapping Up a Holiday Tradition
Darlene Love came to fame with the 1960s classic, "He's a Rebel." But for close the three decades now, she's earned even more fame from her annual appearance on David Letterman's last show before Christmas to sing "Christmas" - aka "Baby Please Come Home." She'll sing it one last time tonight, on Letterman's final show-before-Christmas. This time next year, Stephen Colbert will be sitting in Letterman's seat. To get everyone in the mood, the folks at CBS put together a compilation of Darlene's appearances, blending them all together in one pretty spectacular rendition. Enjoy - and be sure to set your DVR for tonight's performance...  
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