Where Are Your Manners Barney?

He’s obnoxious and uncouth, not to mention totally disgusting.

Watch Barney Frank Fart on Live TV

Since our economy is going to hell in a handbasket, why not distract yourself from the economic doom that is now upon us with this clip of Rep. Barney Frank letting out what sounded like a giant fart tonight while chatting with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC? As you’ll see, his hips most definitely don’t lie.

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Rep. Barney Frank Farts on Live TV
Barney Frank Sounding More Gaseous Than Usual on Maddow Show
VIDEO: Barney Frank farting on live TV is quite amusing
Here’s Barney Frank Farting On Live TV Because Farts Are Always Funny
WATCH BARNEY FRANK FART

Man oh man, ol’ Barney just lets it rip, doesn’t even try and sneak it.

/and then he just prattles on like nothing happens, doesn’t even have the class to say excuse me

An American Tradition, For Better Or Worse

The winner and five time consecutive champion . . .

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest 2011: Who Is to Blame for Its Popularity?

The 2011 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest was won by a familiar face, as it was Joey Chestnut taking home his fifth consecutive Mustard Belt. In 10 minutes, Chestnut finished off 62 hot dogs, six short of the world record he set in 2009.

No wonder they call him “Jaws.” His parents must be very proud.

As is always the case, there were plenty of people on hand to take in the scene at Coney Island, and many more took it in on ESPN. I haven’t found or heard any exact figures, but last year’s contest drew 40,000 spectators and was watched by nearly 1.7 million people on TV. One assumes those numbers only increased this year.

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Nathan’s hot dog eating contest in Coney Island: Chestnut downs 62 dogs to win
Joey Chestnut: “Winning tastes pretty good”
Hot dog eating contest: Joey Chestnut wins fifth straight, Kobayashi unofficially breaks world record with 69
Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island
Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest 2011
Chestnut, ‘Black Widow’ win annual hot dog eating contestAlexandria woman wins Nathan’s hot-dog eating contest
Korean-American Woman Ranks as U.S. Hot Dog Queen

Mnnn, hot dogs. 62 in ten minutes that about a hat dog and bun every ten seconds.

/makes me a bit queasy just thinking about it

I’ll Take Machines That Play Jeopardy For $500, Trebek

What is Watson, Alex?

IBM supercomputer to appear on ‘Jeopardy’

What is the end of the world?

For some, it would be dedicating your life to appear on a TV game show. For others, it would be creating a machine that can prove itself better than anyone who dedicates their life to appear on a TV game show.

For myself, it seems clear that IBM has created something that will be the apogee of appointment television by honing a supercomputer to compete with the finest mailmen, insurance brokers, and nurses to prove that it can, well, find the question in the answer.

Yes, IBM’s Watson is, according to The New York Times, to appear on “Jeopardy!”!

Eric Brown, Watson’s research manager, said on the IBM video here embedded: “A question can be posed in natural language and, having read a whole bunch of information, data, documents, it can come up with a very precise answer to that question.”

This does sound very slightly like a large box of Google with human tendencies.

One of the Watson team members describes it in extremely romantic terms. He posits the “Jeopardy!” appearance as a competition between a human, who is all “carbon and water,” and Watson, rippling with its silicon and its unslippable disk.

See also:
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VIDEO: IBM’s Supercomputer to go on Jeopardy!
IBM’s Jeopardy! computer plays to win (and does)
There’s Nothing Elementary About IBM’s Remarkable Watson
What Is I.B.M.’s Watson?
IBM invites you to outwit supercomputer
The DeepQA Project
Watson Research Center

Oh sure, it’s a cute publicity stunt, man versus machine and all.

/but can Watson beat Ken Jennings?