June 12, 2013 |
A quick glance at recent movie openings might give you the impression that Hollywood has something against humanity, which has been brought to the brink of annihilation in such films as "Oblivion," "After Earth," "Rapture-Palooza" and now "This Is the End. " On the bright side, however, "This Is the End" has something going for it that the other three don't: good reviews. The premise of the film involves a bunch of Hollywood actors playing exaggerated versions of themselves as the apocalypse dawns, and the Los Angeles Times' Betsy Sharkey says it's "stupidly hysterical and smartly heretical.
June 12, 2013 |
ARDMORE, Pa. - Wednesday was a beautiful day at the Merion Golf Club. Soft clouds, perfect temperature, gently cooling breezes. It was also the day before the U.S. Golf Assn., the diabolical mastermind of the U.S. Open, hands 150 players blindfolds and offers each a final puff on a cigarette. The 113th edition of this annual golf agony is meant, as always, to make the greatest golfers in the world feel as if they are wearing starched underwear. Mike Davis, executive director of the USGA, summed up nicely Wednesday morning.
June 11, 2013 |
SAN ANTONIO - Who said the San Antonio Spurs couldn't have a good time? And show a little flash? They ran up, down and over the Miami Heat, 113-77, in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, discarding their bland, vanilla reputation for something a lot more peppery. They never trailed, completely squashed LeBron James and kept their fans roaring the entire time while taking a 2-1 series lead Tuesday at AT&T Center. Here's all that needed to be known: Danny Green and Gary Neal outscored James, 51-15, as the Spurs took a step closer to their fifth championship since 1999.
June 10, 2013 |
BALTIMORE - When it rains, it pours for Angels, figuratively and literally, and they were drenched in the controversial sixth inning Monday night when they gave up the decisive runs in a 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in Camden Yards. The Angels still had a chance to win after a 2-hour, 14-minute rain delay, trimming the deficit to 4-3 in the seventh when Orioles first baseman Chris Davis threw late to second on Josh Hamilton's bases-loaded slow roller, allowing a run to score.
June 10, 2013 |
Facebook and other major tech companies have data centers to support what they like to call "cloud" computing, or the ability for users to store and work with files remotely. But in the early days of Facebook's first data center, an actual indoor rain cloud brought down the company's Web cloud, Jay Parikh, Facebook vice president of infrastructure engineering, recently said. In summer 2011, Facebook's Prineville, Ore., data center suffered a problem in the building management system that caused the air used to cool the servers to reach temperatures of more than 80 degrees and the humidity to exceed 95%. As a result, the air condensed and formed a rain cloud inside the data center.
June 10, 2013 |
BALTIMORE - A controversial decision by the umpires to continue playing through heavy rain in the bottom of the sixth inning Monday night could lead to the Angels suffering an abreviated 4-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in Camden Yards. A steady drizzle from the third inning on turned into a downpour shortly after Josh Hamilton's solo home run to right field tied the score, 2-2, in the top of the sixth. Albert Pujols singled, but Orioles starter Freddy Garcia retired the next three batters to preserve the tie. As the grounds crew raked a drying agent into the dirt around the infield, mound and home plate between innings, Angels starter Jered Weaver waited in the dugout while plate umpire Joe West huddled with the rest of the crew.
June 9, 2013 |
Hti Tain Monastery, Myanmar - Our horses arrived in a cloud of dust, clattering on the gravel road. Their manes were a little shabby, their saddles worn, but they looked sturdy and lively, capable of the two-day trek that would take me and my sons, Dow, 8, and Orly, 5, out of Kalaw, Myanmar, and into the pale mauve mountains above. We were nine months into a year-long trip around Southeast Asia and Australasia, just the three of us. Already, we'd taken risks we would never have taken at home.
June 8, 2013 |
Merion Golf Club has put together an emergency plan for next week's U.S. Open in case Tropical Storm Andrea dumps too much water on the East Course, where the tournament will be played beginning Thursday. The 11th and 12th holes - both par fours - would be most vulnerable to heavy rains forecast for sections of Pennsylvania. No. 11 runs through a flood zone. Officials are preparing the fourth and fifth holes on the West Course. "I'm not really concerned at this point," superintendent Arron McCurdy told Golf Course Management . "They're calling for about two inches [of rain tonight and tomorrow]
June 7, 2013 |
BOSTON - The opener of a three-game series between the Angels and Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park on Friday night was declared rained out some six hours before first pitch. The game has been rescheduled as part of a split doubleheader Saturday, with games scheduled for 10 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. PDT. It has been raining steadily in Boston since the early morning, and the forecast calls for a 100% chance of heavy rain Friday night. The forecast Saturday calls for rain in the morning and partly cloudy with a chance of more rain in the afternoon.
June 7, 2013 |
Tropical Storm Andrea began losing power as it swept through parts of Florida into Georgia, then the Carolinas on Friday, bringing heavy rains after a stormy night that included some tornadoes. The first named storm of the season made landfall Thursday along Florida's western shore and drenched the region as it quickly moved through -- a good thing since fast-moving storms cut down on possible flooding. Weather experts expect it to continue to move up the East Coast through the weekend, bringing drenching rains as far north as New England.