Posted tagged ‘Simpsons’

Elementary, My Dear Watson…Computer Defeats Humans

February 16, 2011

IBM’s “Watson” has defeated its human competition in a three-day competition between the machine and two of Jeopardy’s all-time greatest champions: Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

I love that Jennings showed his humor during Final Jeopardy with his line “I for one welcome our new computer overlords.” This, you may remember, is a line taken from The Simpsons.

From the Associated Press:

Watson’s winning score was $41,413 for the day ($77,147 for both games), while Jennings notched $19,200 ($24,000 overall) and Rutter reached $11,200 ($21,600 overall).

For crushing his rivals, Watson gets a total prize of $1 million, which IBM has said will go to the charities World Vision and World Community Grid.

The vanquished Jennings and Rutter get $300,000 and $200,000, respectively, half of which each said they would be donating to charities.


Family Guy Earns Best Comedy Nomination

July 16, 2009

I love it! For the first time in 50 years, a cartoon has earned an Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Series.

From Reuters:

The show’s creator, Seth MacFarlane, says his nomination marks the end of Emmy discrimination against animated TV — but doesn’t think he’ll actually win.


MacFarlane: It was about 5 in the morning and I got a phone call, so I was not able to react for the excitement that they wanted.


MacFarlane: I think it is extremely encouraging for everyone who is busting their ass on these animated shows to have this happen. I have friends on “King of the Hill,” I have friends on “The Simpsons.” I feel like it is validation for all of these shows that they are now viewed as on the same playing field as the other comedies, because we are all really doing the same job. It took a long time to recognize single-camera comedies, and I think that it’s frustrating for a lot of the animated shows that we haven’t gotten the same treatment (as other comedies). It is nice that they stopped ignoring the fact that the animated shows are major players in the comedy landscape of television. This is a huge step forward for open-mindedness in the voting process.

Free Pizza From Papa John’s

November 18, 2008

Mmmmmm. I’ve always loved Papa John’s pizza. Now that I’ve become a fan on their Facebook site, it appears that I’ll be receiving a coupon for free pizza! Thanks guys!

Papa John's

Credit: Papa John

From Wallet Pop:

Between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday, Papa John’s group went from around 10,000 users to nearly 124,000. That’s gonna cost it a lot of dough. The deal, which will be sent out via the group’s updates starting Wednesday and requires the purchase of another pizza, ends December 1.

The Pizza Wars are really heating up. Most of the big pie spinners now allow you to order on their sites, through widgets, or via text messaging. I find it more pleasurable to order Domino’s by its website than to actually eat the stuff. Watching that little status bar teasingly track your pie’s progress in the minutes before your doorbell rings is a lot saucier than the food.

But now the biggies are spreading their pepperoni though major social networking sites and more unconventional means. Last month, Pizza Hut began allowing customers to order using Facebook and immediately transgressed by notifying all the friends in their groups that they had done it. Apparently that was a spam too far, because the company apologized and relented. The Hut moved on to bribing online customers with free music downloads. Domino’s just enabled ordering by TiVo.

All of us on Facebook and MySpace have been tracked by from people we’d rather not hear from again. But people get socially greedy. Long-lost contacts notice that their Friend count could use a goose, and suddenly everything’s bygones. Papa John’s takes it a step farther, though. It’s so eager to boost its friends list that it’s going out of pocket to elevate the number. Like Paris Hilton, it’s paying for friends. I never thought of that. I wish I’d held out on those jerky former high school jocks for a little gratuity before accepting.

From CNET:

A tragic subculture in our country rarely receives the media attention it needs and deserves. The group I allude to, of course, is the underweight nerd. The Simpsons has Comic Book Guy, Family Guy has Peter Griffin, even The Nutty Professor has Sherman Klump. The skinny guys have…Steven Q. Urkel. Why should all the overweight nerds get all the spotlight?

Facebook and Papa John’s pizza are finally teaming up to give the little dudes a little help in their quest to be weightier. Any Facebook user who becomes a fan of Papa John’s will automatically receive an e-coupon good for one free medium-size pizza with any online pizza order. The offer expires December 1, so be sure to plan your pig-out soon.

Are these pizza promotions the start of a trend?