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This is a great show running at The Rep through Feb 24.   I went today with my friend Adam and we were truly shocked at what Marc was able to do when it came to reading peoples minds.  


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02/11/2013 10:48AM
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Steel Boils At About This Temperature
Lots of people want to know what the weather will be like in Glendale, Arizona for the Super Bowl this Sunday. Well just ask the folks at Fox 10 in Phoenix. Because it is HOT! Earlier this week, meteorologist Cory McCloskey was in the middle of a forecast when his current temperature board went a little nutty. 1270 degrees in Ahwatukee. 1350 in Surprise. All the way up to 2385 in Wickenburg. Lesser men would have melted. Not Cory - he handled it superbly, rolling with the numbers, and delivering up some stellar improv. Check it out!     (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 FOX 10 Phoenix.
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Clearing the Finish Line
While a near-record snowfall covered the City of Boston, one man tried to stay ahead of the white stuff. Chris Laudani, a bartender, finished his shift early on Tuesday night, grabbed a shovel and headed for Boylston Street and the finish line of the Boston Marathon. On his own, he cleared the finish line - site of the horrific bombings - of snow. He wasn't looking for anything. "I only did it to send a message," he later told Boston Magazine after his identity was determined. I love the Boston Marathon and everything it stands for, the finish line doesn't deserve to be covered in snow." So touching...  
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Watch Out, Cupid!
Cupid's well-known for his archery skills. But after watching this video, I'll bet Cupid puts in for retirement. Denmark's Lars Anderson has spent his life studying and perfecting the art of archery, and has been clocked shooting three arrows - accurately too - in 1.52 seconds. That's faster than you can read the phrase "1.52 seconds." Watch what this guy can do - it really is amazing. Then send a nice Hallmark card to Cupid to cheer him up...  
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Freedom Summit, Revisited
Last weekend, a group of Republicans descended on Iowa for a Freedom Summit. It was an opportunity for some of the folks who would love to run the good ol' USA to strut their stuff in front of some folks who might like to see one of them run the good ol' USA. And a wonderful opportunity for Jon Stewart and The Daily Show to provide deep comic analysis of the event. Mike Huckabee was there. So was Ted Cruz. And Rick Perry, and Donald Trump too. And the cream on the Freedom Cupcake - former vice-presidential candidate, former Alaskan governor, Sarah Palin. Who somehow, at the end of Jon's analysis, morphed into Matthew McConaughey. And I did not see that coming...   The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive
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Not Your Typical Teddy Bear
The Vermont Teddy Bear Company makes all sorts of seasonal pitches for you to get a special teddy bear for the one you love. They're especially popular around Valentine's Day. (Heads up, guys, it's about two weeks away!). This year, the folks at VTBC are really putting some sizzle in the game, with the new Fifty Shades of Grey Bear. No, really. It looks like it's an official tie-in with Fifty Shades of Grey - maybe you've heard that the movie is coming out on Valentine's Day? (Heads up, guys, it's about two weeks away!) Check out the web page. The ad copy is pretty good: "He features smoldering gray eyes, a suit and silk tie, mask – even mini handcuffs." And in case you're wondering, no, it's not suitable for children, because it has small parts. Says it right at the bottom of the page. Cuz nothin' says "I love you!" more than the Bondage Bear!
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Dungeons & Dragons... with Real People
Amanda Peet visited Conan the other night to talk about her role on the new HBO series, Togetherness. While she was there, she chatted a little about another HBO series, one that was co-created by her husband: Game of Thrones. And what she said almost got her booed off the show. Must have been some severe Throniacs in the audience. She admitted that when her husband first told her about the idea, she said it sounded terrible. "Like Dungeons & Dragons, but real, with real people," is how she described it. Now, she's a fan...  And not just because it's made her hubby a castleful of cash either.  
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Go Daddy or No Daddy
The folks at Go Daddy, keepers of so many web domains, usually produce an ad for the Super Bowl. Sometimes sultry, sometimes sexy, they usually cause a bit of a stir. This year, they decided to go with something a little more tame, sort of spoofing Budweiser's commercial last year about the lost dog. This new Go Daddy ad featured Buddy, a golden retriever puppy who finds his way home, only to find that his owner has just sold him on a website she built with Go Daddy's help. Buddy's owner, as it turns out, is a breeder from Gabby's Goldens. At the end of the ad, Buddy's loaded into a van and driven off. When the ad was released on Tuesday, animal rights activists were up in arms, and demanded that the ad - which they suggest was glorifying puppy mills - be pulled. And the folks at Go Daddy agreed. Here's the ad you won't see on Sunday. What do you think? Go Daddy? Or No Daddy?  
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Play to Your Strength
T-Mobile unveile its Super Bowl commercial early - seriously, who isn't? This one features a new plan to save your data - the unused data in the data plans that are part of everyone's cell phone bills. Usually, if you don't use it, you lose it and start with a fresh slate next month. And who better to talk about the best ways to use your data the the Kween of Social Media herself, Kim Kardashian. I have to tell the truth here - this one is pretty funny. Check it out.  
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And the MVP of the Day Goes To...
Taylor Swift may not be plastered all over the social mediascape the way that Kim Kardashian is, but she does have a very strong presence. Something like 51 million followers, making her Twitter's fourth largest account. And there's 20 million on Instagram. Yesterday, Taylor's Instagram and Twitter accounts were hacked, making it one of the largest hacks to date. Not a distinction anyone wants, but it looks like it was caught quickly - thanks to a fan and fellow musician who let Taylor know something wasn't right... I'd like to acknowledge the MVP of the day, @yelyahwilliams, for being the first to text me about the hack this morning. #FriendshipGoals — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 27, 2015 🏆 here's to the proof that you can win an MVP award for just basically sitting on the Internet for too long. @taylorswift13 💘 — hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) January 27, 2015 And after the fact, Taylor had a little fun with the whole thing... Cause the hackers gonna hack, hack, hack, hack, hack... — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 27, 2015 PS any hackers saying they have 'nudes'? Psssh you'd love that wouldn't you! Have fun photoshopping cause you got NOTHING. — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 27, 2015
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You Think They'd Know This One
Jeff Franklin, the creator of Full House, celebrated his birthday last weekend, and an impromptu partial cast reunion happened. Andrea Barber, who played Kimmy Gibbler on the show, posted this video to Instagram, capturing the cast singing the show's theme song. Well, attempting to sing it, anyway. Andrea's hashtag says it all - #onlyknewthechorus. Check it out and see if you can help them at all...     Only for you, Jeff Franklin. Only for you. Happy Birthday. #everywhereyoulook #whatsmyline? #onlyknewthechorus #cantgetthisdamnsongouttamyhead @candacecbure @loriloughlin @bobsaget @johnstamos *Edited: Who has a better, full version of this?? I saw all those iPhones out there pointed at us!! Um vídeo publicado por Andrea Barber (@andreabarber) em Jan 25, 2015 às 9:21 PST
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Marshawn Lynch, Skittle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch, running back for the Seattle Seahawks, is notorious for avoiding the press and press conferences. But put a bowlful of Skittles candies in front of him, he's a veritable talking machine. It looks like a long-form commercial on the Skittlesbrand YouTube page - no word on whether it will be condensed to a more broadcast-friendly length. Until then, Marshawn wants to thank Skittles - after fielding a bunch of interesting questions - "for making the game day more awesomer."  
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Sasquatch Plays in the Boston Snow
If it's on the internet, it's got to be true, right? A strange snow creature was pictured wandering the streets in and around Boston during Blizzard Juno. Sasquatch? Yeti? Bigfoot? Abominable snowman? The Boston Yeti enjoying #blizzardof2015 #Snowmageddon2015 #juno2015 pic.twitter.com/3uwTQ1gOZg — Boston Yeti 2015 (@BostonYeti2015) January 27, 2015 He's calling himself the Boston Yeti, and he's got a Twitter account and he's the latest storm-related viral sensation. Nothing to worry about. Some local news outlets are saying it's probably a guy in a costume. Whew! That was close!
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Some of the Best Juno Memes
When weather strikes, you can always count on the internet for some fun memes. Blizzard Juno provided a great opportunity for so many folks to have fun as a genuine nor'easter dropped a thick blanket of snow on southern New England. Here are three, for your consideration - a little frozen fun.   You best get ready for the blizzard east coast! specially NY! #blizzard2015 #winterstormjuno pic.twitter.com/O8gAyeDpYI — Sharam (@DJSHARAM) January 26, 2015 BRING IT ON! #NYC #Snowmageddon2015 #snow pic.twitter.com/ZnxqC5uXiQ — Jordi v/d Bovenkamp (@JOR_ID) January 26, 2015 2 feet of snow in New York #Snowmageddon2015 pic.twitter.com/pH1kXqJqW8 — One World 365 (@oneworld365) January 27, 2015
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Kardashian Klone Faktory?
Take a look at this Instagram picture at the bottom of this post... That's Bruce Jenner sort of in the middle, surrounded by his three step-daughters and two actual daughters. Unless you're an actual student of the K-Klan or a devotee of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, I imagine you're having trouble sorting out who's who. Me too. Okay, here's a tutorial, numbering the girls one through five, from left to right. The one thing they all have in common is their mother, currently known as Kris Jenner. Girls 1, 3 and 4 are not full sisters. Girl 5 actually does belong in the picture. Girls 2 and 4 are half-sisters. Girl 3 is not actually a clone of Girl 1, but she sure looks like it, doesn't she? Okay, here's your decorder ring: (1) Kim Kardashian; (2) Kendall Jenner; (3) Kylie Jenner; (4) & (5) Kourtney and Khloe, or vice versa. I'm not 100% sure. I'm glad we took the time to straighten this out... Almost.     daddy's girls A photo posted by Kylizzle (@kyliejenner) on Jan 19, 2015 at 6:28pm PST
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Better Call Jimmy McGill?
The creative team and cast of Better Call Saul, the prequel to AMC's Breaking Bad, sat down to chat a little bit about the show's birth. It's a pretty informative piece, describing the time and place captured in the show. For instance, Saul Goodman (the character you know from Breaking Bad) is really Jimmy McGill? The executive producers are promising something different than Breaking Bad, but something exciting and full of surprises. AMC's banking big on this one, with a two-night premiere, February 8 and 9. Will you be watching?  var bc_params = {"api":"hybrid","playerId":"83327935001","playerKey":"AQ~~,AAAAAAuyCbQ~,-gfAmfm8njJ8S-9E4q2UfzG931rvkxuP"};   brightcove.createExperiences();
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Best No School Announcement Ever!
Moses Brown is a college prep school in Providence, Rhode Island. Yesterday, as Blizzard Juno bore down on the Northeast, promising up to two feet of snow and more for the region, MB's Head of School, Matt Glendinning, announced that there would be no school today. But he didn't just call the local radio and TV stations. He went all out and produced a no school announcement to beat all no school announcements, and posted it to the school's YouTube account. To the tune of "Let It Go," ladies and gentlemen, I give you "School Is Closed!"  
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The Winner of Super Bowl XLIX is...
For the 12th year in a row, the folks at EA Sports - makers of the Madden NFL video games - have played out the Super Bowl on their game. They plugged in the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, and the winner is... Well, maybe I shouldnt say. Why spoil the fun? Watch the highlights and game summary, if you like. Or, just wait until this Sunday for the real deal. All too silly for you? Consider this. In the past 11 years, the Madden NFL team has gotten the outcome right 8 times...  
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Fashion Statement or Fashion Victim
Olivia Culpo, who represented the USA in the Miss Universe Pageant in 2012 and who took home the crown, was in attendance for the 2015 pageant this weekend. She was on the arm of her boyfriend, singer Nick Jonas, and he posted this picture to his Instagram page of the two of them together. The picture - and others like it of Olivia - have set the internet on fire. Well, sort of. Entertainment Weekly calls it the "most cleavage-baring dress we've ever seen." Others are wondering how the dress is able, seemingly, to dey the law of gravity. The Daily Mail in London says that Olivia was "a stand out donning a strapless frock that left many jaws on the floor." Personally, I think like she's lucky to have survived that encounter with the shredder...     #missuniverse A photo posted by @nickjonas on Jan 26, 2015 at 5:51am PST
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Tell Us What You Really Mean
The Dropkick Murphys, the Irish punk rock band out of Boston, made their feelings very clear on Twitter yesterday. Wisconsin's governor, Scott Walker, used one of their songs, "I'm Shipping Up to Boston," as his introduction music at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday. And they simply do not want him to do that. Ever again. Because they "literally hate" him. But their tweeted message at least expressed a little love for the guy, so maybe they're just busting his chops... Right? @ScottWalker @GovWalker please stop using our music in any way...we literally hate you !!! Love, Dropkick Murphys — Dropkick Murphys (@DropkickMurphys) January 25, 2015
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Where's the Rim Shot When You Need One?
I'm not really sure who to blame on this one: the reporter who brought it up, or the press secretary who continued to entertain the question. In a White House press conference on Friday, a reporter asked press secretary Josh Earnest what the president's reaction to Deflategate was. Yes, that was a serious question. Clearly, the nation has nothing else on its mind. Josh had a pretty good comeback. We'll give him credit for that, but then seriously, move along. Not these reporters. Let's take the opportunity to grill a guy who has nothing to do with the story, and reallly no business weighing in on it.  
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Azalea Something, Right?
A contestant on Jeopardy committed a hip-hop faux pas, confusing Azealia Banks with Iggy Azalea.   Ordinarily, that wouldn't be a big deal. Easy enough to confuse them based on the common-sounding names. Except the two are sworn enemies. Maybe that's a bit extreme. Let's just say they don't like each other much. At all... The contestant, Nicholas Berube, must have felt bad about it, because he created a Twitter account and used his first tweet to apologize. Hey @AZEALIABANKS - I'm the guy on Jeopardy who mixed you up with Iggy Azalea. I apologize. I actually think you're awesome. — Nicholas Berube (@nicholas_berube) January 21, 2015
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Simply Woww...
Some people are meant to have children. And then there's JWoww - aka, Jenni Farley, Snooki's Jersey Shore pal. Last week, she and her husband thought it would be cute to figure out which of them their daughter Meilani more closely resembled. So the hubby gave Meilani a mohawk, a muscle shirt and a beard that seems to be spaghetti sauce smeared all over her face, and took her picture. JWoww decided to give Meilani hair extensions and a pair of sunglasses. Oh, and a set of boobs. Picture taken. Then both were posted on JWoww's blog. Twenty years from now, when Meilani writes her tell-all book, this will be chapter 1, without a doubt! Meanwhile, you can be sure JWoww and her hubby are in the running for Parents of the Year!  
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Isn't News Supposed to be New?
By now you of course know that Kim Kardashian is releasing a book of selfies called "Selfish." 352 pages of selfies of Kim Kardashian. Aimed, naturally, at people who don't have Instagram. Or Twitter. Or Facebook. Or the internet. Anyway, Kim the Kween of Social Media shared the cover of her book with the world last week. Surprise. It's a picture of Kim, her hair wet, showing a lot of cleavage. I know. Never saw it coming...     So proud to share the cover of my book Selfish, out in May! Thank you Rizzoli for making this happen & being the best partner. A big thank you to the Donda team & Kanye for inspiring this idea & helping to design this book so I can share a decade of selfies in such an intimate & artistic way! Can't wait for you to all see this book! Xo #Selfish #Rizzoli #Donda Fotka zveřejněná uživatelem Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian), Led 20, 2015 at 8:45 PST
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If You See Them Before the Game, Are They Still Super Bowl Commercials?
Remember the good old days when you actually had to watch the Super Bowl to see the Super Bowl commercials? Time was, if you missed the Super Bowl, you might get a recap a day or two later, and then you'd have to wait to randomly catch the ads at some point after that. No more. Thanks to social media and the internet, we can see the ads that will cost big bucks for their appearance in the Big Game days, weeks, months in advance. Last week, the folks at Budweiser released their 90-second #upforwhatever human Pac Man ad during NBC's Tonight Show. I guess we'll just have to watch the Super Bowl for the football now...  
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The Jersey Reverend
You never know what next to expect from The Jersey Shore's Snooki - aka Nicole Polizzi. I won't even make you guess. This time, she's an ordained minister. She announced it the way all things are officially announced these days - on Twitter. She made her ministry official so she could perform the marriage of her hair stylists in Connecticut in June. Since making the announcement, she's gotten a deluge of requests to officiate at marriages. She could turn this into a nice little side business. How long do you think before this becomes a reality TV show? I'm OFFICIALLY Ordained!!! Just call me Mama Reverend. Cannot wait to marry my loves @BradleyStyleNYC & @lulu2038 💃💃💃💃💃 — Nicole Polizzi (@snooki) January 20, 2015
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