POTUS gets his game on
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Truth Revolt posted, "Obama has also criticized the violence of the game, stating, 'I'm a big football fan, but I have to tell you, if I had a son, I'd have to think long and hard before I let him play football.' He then said that football was like smoking: 'At this point, there's a little bit of caveat emptor. These guys, they know what they're doing. They know what they're buying into. It is no longer a secret. It's sort of the feeling I have about smokers, you know.'"
Kinda reminds us of the other mock-worthy, infamous official White House "skeet shooting" photo of Obama, wearing protective glasses and earmuffs and firing a shotgun, which prompted a frenzy of photoshopped images mocking Obama's attempt to prove himself a gunman.
Football play of the month
So you thought the Super Bowl was something?
What this football team did in Olivet, Mich., could be a "super bowl" too, one that will leave a lasting impression on everyone who watched it.
"We got this. This is our time," said one player. Indeed it is.
Super Bowl diva
For the first time, the Super Bowl featured a professional opera singer to sing the National Anthem. Soprano Renee Fleming, who was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Rochester, N.Y., is considered by many to be one of the great sopranos of all time, so loved by the American people she is sometimes referred to as the "people's diva."
Big Mike, a blogger who writes at Tales from a Tribble, wrote about Fleming and posted video clips, comparing her to another great Super Bowl Diva, the late Whitney Houston, whose version of the National Anthem set the standard for all who followed.
What do you think? Did Fleming meet and raise the bar?
The Super Bowl of advertising.
Posted on YouTube days – sometimes weeks – before the big game, is it to advertisers' advantage to "leak" TV game-day ad spots ahead of time? Evidently. After all, when this year's 30-second spot costs $4 million, it's a smart move to get as much bang for the buck as you can, especially if it goes viral on social media.
Like this one, Budweiser's "Puppy Love," which had 33,094,380 million YouTube views before it aired during the Super Bowl.
Social media end run
Super Bowl XLVIII banned this commercial. Colion Noir explains why. Take it to the NFL, and be among the 2.3 million who have viewed it online anyway. This vid by Noir should be spread far and wide:
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following video contains language some viewers may find offensive)
If you're using Google Chrome as your browser and you have a webcam, this could be fun. A special tool lets you look like anyone you choose. Sounds a little freaky, doesn't it? You have to see it to believe it!
Why should you "unfriend" your phone? Just ask Monde Matyumza, who has found out that keeping your phone connected to social media can be both a good and bad thing. A piece published in htxt.africa explains and advises readers why it's wise to know how your social media privacy settings work.
"Both Twitter and Facebook – the most widely used social networks on smart phones – use token authentication. That is, the apps on the phones will log in once, and from thereon use a token to verify that they're allowed to access information on the user's behalf."
Read more here about the implications of token authentication and why you need to acquaint yourself with this feature.
"What did you think of President Obama's State of the Union address last night?"
Several people were asked that question before the SOTU was delivered. Amazing responses from the totally clueless. Thank late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel for this live and in-color example of what conservative radio talker Rush Limbaugh describes as "low information voters."
'Kid President' is back!
We saw this reported at TheBlaze and just had to share it with you.
"'Kid President' is at it again, this time with a video titled, 'Letter to a person on their first day here.' In the clip, which has now gone viral, 11-year-old Robby Novak offers sage advice on how to live life to the fullest."
And speaking of kids, here's a video about a great project– how to draw your hand in 3-D!Tiny in a big way
Here's a huge wooden sculpture – 40 feet long – that depicts, in tiny figures, a famous painting called "Along the River during the Qingming Festival." Carved by Chinese artist Zheng Chunhui, the painstaking work is a tribute to a historical holiday that celebrates past ancestors. The sculpture has been designated by the Guinness World Records as the longest continuous wooden sculpture in the world. View more photos of this amazing work.
Bits & bytes
Here's how you can download 44 films in a second! British researchers have created the fastest-ever commercial Internet!
This site debunks Neil Young's falsehoods about Canada's oil sands and pipelines. According to NeilYoungLies.ca, "Neil Young, the millionaire celebrity from California, just finished his Blame Canada concert tour. He's been jetting around Canada, followed by five big diesel tour buses, bashing our oilsands. Canadians are fed up and fighting back – fighting to defend our country, our ethical oil, our jobs and the facts."