Indian police are holding a pigeon under armed guard after it was caught on an alleged spying mission for arch rival and neighbour Pakistan.
The white-coloured bird was found by a local resident in India’s Punjab state, which borders Pakistan, and taken to a police station 40km from the capital Amritsar.
The pigeon had a ring around its foot and a Pakistani phone number and address stamped on its body in red ink.
Police officer Ramdas Jagjit Singh Chahal told the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency that they suspected the pigeon may have landed on Indian soil from Pakistan with a message, although no trace of a note has been found.
Officials have directed that no one should be allowed to visit the pigeon, which police say may have been on a “special mission of spying”.
You’ve heard the stories about dads screaming at refs.
It’s so much more than that.
In our (church run!) league you’re supposed to have 10 players to play. Every inning, everyone gets to bat once. 10 batters per team per inning.
Tonight’s game, on the hottest day of the year, the opposing team only has 5.
We decide to play anyway for the kids who are here.
The opposing coaches, who pitch to their own team, decide that they are going to let each of their kids bat twice per inning. Which means that OUR kids all want to bat twice per inning. We have 8, so they can’t.
Which means our kids are sad.
Because the other coaches decided to change the rules for their team.
Then there’s one of the coaches for our team who is screaming instructions at all of the runners, pushing them to take extra bases on errors (there are always errors, these kids are 6-8). She’s also yelling at them for fielding errors.
(Yes, she. Obnoxious parenting is equal opportunity.)
Commercial overload on the Lost finale (no spoilers)
An average hour of prime time television has about 15 minutes of commercials.
So for a two-hour show you should expect about 1 hour and 30 minutes of content
30 minute sitcoms are often said to have 22 minutes of content.
A 2 hour and 30 minute show should had about 1 hour and 52 minutes of content and about 38 minutes of commercials.
I’ll be interested to see how long the ‘Lost’ finale really was, because it felt like we got closer to 1hr 30 minutes. (Of course some of that may have been heightened because of the flashbacks.) If so, they basically padded an entire half hour and screwed up local newscasts across the country.
It also felt like there were more commercial breaks.
I’m recording it to my Mac now. When I get up tomorrow I can edit out the commercials and see what the final tally was.
"Epic" — a "long story" where there was an over-arching theme for the entire series.
Law & Order has been on for ages, but it’s not epic.
The Simpsons has been on for ages, but it’s not epic.
On the other hand…
The Sopranos (1999-2007) was epic, although we didn’t get to see the beginning or the end, there was a definite feel of an arch from Season 1 to the finale.
The Wire (2002-2008) was epic. Each season was an arch, but there were several character archs that went from beginning to end (although like the Sopranos, for many of them we didn’t get to see either the very beginning or the very end).
Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009) was epic. The entire show was an arch of the story from the return o the Cylons to the discovery of earth.
Lost (2004-2010) was epic. The entire show was from the plane crash to whatever happens tonight.
One by one, all of the epic shows have come to an end.
Are there any epic shows left?
(Yes, Mad Men seems to be a contender, but last I knew its future was uncertain.)