10 Cool Stories Of the Week – June 23th to June 30th, 2012

Aaron Hill…, sci-fi and fantasy…, Try this in America…,  awesome WTF…, 10 best hot dogs in New York…,  Rihanna to TMZ…, commerce clause…,  Sam Waterston…, Rush’s Geddy Lee…, autonomous robot satellites into orbit…

1. 11 days ago, Aaron Hill hit for the cycle. Tonight he hit for the bicycle

Having hit for the cycle less than two weeks ago, Aaron Hill had a plan for when he came up with a shot at a second one. Well, as much as one can plan for the rare batting feat. “You can’t think about it,” he said. “You look for a ball up and hope things work out.” It did. Hill hit for the cycle for the second time in 12 days and Ian Kennedy pitched seven strong innings, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 9-3 victory over the Brewers on Friday night.

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - June 23th to June 30th, 2012

2. Here’s a surprisingly long list of upcoming sci-fi and fantasy movies that aren’t sequels, prequels, or reboots 

They’re rebooting Spider-Man. They’re remaking Total Recall. Sometimes, when you’re in the middle of summer movie craziness, it can seem like every movie is based on an already-existing movie. But that’s not really true — there are actually tons of genre movies in development that are new concepts, at least as far as the movies go. Some of them have already finished filming, while others will never get made.

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - June 23th to June 30th, 2012

3. Try this in America. Go ahead I dare you

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - June 23th to June 30th, 2012

4. Today’s dose of awesome WTF: an article on leather clad metal heads in Botswana 

While Botswana is perhaps best known for its wildlife reserves, a burgeoning counter-culture is painting a very different image of the small south African country. Clad in leather, adorned in spikes and topped off with cowboy hats, these are Botswana’s heavy metal heads. CNN got up close to the hardcore rockers and discovered a passionate retro scene proudly celebrating its African heritage.

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - June 23th to June 30th, 2012

 5. The 10 best hot dogs in New York, and therefore the world

Summer is here, the heat is on and the greatest eating competition of the year is almost upon us. So what better time to talk about one of those quintessential New York foods, the hot dog. From street carts to fancy restaurants, New York has quite a few dogs in buns to choose from, but we’ve narrowed those down to our ten favorites (one of which, yeah, is not in NYC). Take a bite and see if you agree!



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 6. The Washington Post thinks that the FARK story about people who are confused over who sang what song is one you shouldn’t skip

Los Angeles prosecutors have dropped their effort to bring charges against police officers accused of selling a photo of a battered Rihanna to TMZ. The picture of the injured pop star, leaked to the gossip Web site in 2009 in the wake of the Chris Brown assault, is believed to have been sold to TMZ by officers who, according to one report, pocketed $62,000 from the transaction. But prosecutors decided quietly back in March that they don’t have the evidence they need to prove it. (L.A. Times)

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - June 23th to June 30th, 2012

 7. George Will points out that the healthcare decision yesterday was in reality the first time in a long time that the Supreme Court limited Congressional authority under the “commerce clause” 

Conservatives won a substantial victory on Thursday. The physics of American politics – actions provoking reactions – continues to move the crucial debate, about the nature of the American regime, toward conservatism. Chief Justice John Roberts has served this cause. The health care legislation’s expansion of the federal government’s purview has improved our civic health by rekindling interest in what this expansion threatens – the Framers’ design for limited government. Conservatives distraught about the survival of the individual mandate are missing the considerable consolation prize they won when the Supreme Court rejected a constitutional rationale for the mandate – Congress’ rationale – that was pregnant with rampant statism.

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 8. Sam Waterston reflects on his career as one of the most trustworthy-sounding actors on television, whether it was as a DA on Law & Order or a shill for Liberty Mutual Robot Insurance

Sam Waterston’s ability to speak in a supremely trustworthy voice made him the perfect person to play Jack McCoy on NBC’s Law & Order for more than a decade and a half. His refusal to rest on his laurels has brought him back to the small screen for another full-time series gig, playing the head of a cable news network in Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO series, The Newsroom.

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - June 23th to June 30th, 2012

 9. The favorite albums of Rush’s Geddy Lee. Tiny Tim inexplicably absent

“Rush? You are listening to Rush? Oh my God.” Well that was a genuine response I received not too long ago, after informing my music-savvy companion of the contents of my iPod. I understood the bewilderment, for never have a band so warmly embraced the wholesome power of unfashionability. Back in the 80s, journalists would scatter at the mere mention of their name and only recently has that trend fully reversed. (For example, see Classic Rock magazine and its Rush themed ‘fanpack’, which proudly carries their first studio album in five years, Clockwork Angels).

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - June 23th to June 30th, 2012

10. DARPA to send swarm of autonomous robot satellites into orbit to cannibalize defunct satellites into new, working ones that will aim their death rays at the puny humans and declare victory

The Pentagon’s intergalactic black-magic plot is getting ready to raise the dead. Dead satellites, that is. Last year, Darpa, the military’s blue-sky research agency, kicked off a programdesigned to harvest parts from unused communications satellites still orbiting the Earth, and then turn those bits and pieces — antennas in particular — into an array that operates as a low-cost “communications farm” for troops on the ground.

10 Cool Stories Of the Week - June 23th to June 30th, 2012