"...as human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience."
Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point.
FOR THE ROOKIES: So you've broken down and purchased a Madden NFL 09 game and now you're mucking around on it, but it just feels like you're twiddling your thumbs. Here are a few places you might want to explore. Bet you didn't know there's a whole planet for the game filled with all kinds of tips. If you're puzzling over defensive formations and all sorts of other stuff, there are Web sites out there with plenty of advice. Check out Kirk Baird's review. (RL)
SOME PEOPLE TALK TOO MUCH: Whether you agree with Rush Limbaugh's politics or not, he sure does say some controversial things that make it really easy for guys like Keith Olbermann to let him have it. (RL)
REMEMBER THIS GUY? You know, the former actor known as Ahnold? Well, he likely won't be back reprising his iconic role as The Terminator, but with a new Terminator flick in the works, the Thin Slices staff recommends the original and its first sequel as your weekend DVD picks. It's a twofer. (RL)
THEY'RE BAAAAAACK: No more therapy, no more ranting about downloading, no more rehab, Metallica's ready to roar again with a new disc a tour that brings them to Detroit in January, and a lot of love for producer Rick Rubin. (RL)
TROPIC THUNDER FALLOUT: No, not the controversy over the use of the word "retarded," we're talking about Tom Cruise, who can't get a break even when he shows up on the red carpet acting subdued. For the record, The Blade's Kirk Baird thought the movie was worth
three and a half stars. (RL)
DISNEY'S FIRST BLACK PRINCESS : New concept art has been recently released for Disney's new animated feature, The Princess and the Frog. The film, scheduled to hit theatres in December 2009, depicts Disney's first African-American princess, Tiana. The company previously received criticism for the film, which was formerly titled, The Frog Princess, because that version depicted a black heroine named, Maddy, who worked as a chambermaid. After much criticism, Disney reworked the film, which is depicted in early-20th century New Orleans. Disney says princess Tiana will be added to its line of princess characters, including Cinderella, Snow White, Mulan, and Aladdin's Princess Jasmine. (CA)
TOLEDO ROCKS: Saturday night the new Toledo Civic Theatre will host the six piece Flobots , a band that's not afraid to take a political stance even though their first single "Handlebars" might seem a bit light. It's not. (RL)
REST IN PEACE, SOUL MAN: Isaac Hayes was a performer who transcended generations, from his early career as a Memphis soul legend to his iconic role in transforming a blaxploitation flick into something more with his soundtrack to Shaft. Finally, he's remembered for his irreverent turn on South Park. Hayes died Sunday. (RL)
OLYMPICS BAH: You want real athletes? Go to the Sauna World Championship. Leila Kulin sweated her way to the Women's title with a time of 5:22 minutes. "I could do 5:22 in a sauna," you say. In a 'contest' sauna? (KC)
ACID SOUNDS: A Protein Primer: A Musical Introduction to Protein Structure takes 20 amino acids and assigns them to a musical scale. Music samples are produced from protein and DNA sequences using software to give you the sounds of a Beta Globin and a Blue cone receptor? (KC)
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