(A catchup to a series I started late last year. It’s been an extraordinarily busy few weeks, as you might imagine, but here are some links you might like. There are others I’ve found, but will mention them in some posts this week.)
1. Lord Grantham barks, “Be ashamed!”
The article explains the international dilemma as “Downton” runs on British broadcaster ITV many weeks before it airs on PBS.
Some of those who just can’t wait are taking to the Internet, apparently easily finding the most recent episodes and getting way ahead of their fellow Americans.
The downloaders are completely in the wrong. Legally and morally.
Though, as a fan of the series, I understand the temptation. It’s a great work, and I’m glad I don’t work Mondays as I work on Sunday nights when it airs here.
It’s waiting for me on my DVR when I get home. And Hugh Bonneville — aka Lord Grantham — says that’s exactly where it should be.
Now, those of you who are getting your “torrent” of “Downton” ahead of the rest of us, I ask you:
As a kid, did you also sneak a peek under the wrapping paper on your Christmas presents?
All right, maybe that’s an unfair question. I did once or twice too.
2. How to cheat on your just-for-fun-and-absolutely-legal Super Bowl squares game
If your co-workers see this article printed out on your desk, you probably aren’t going to weasel your way out of their death-ray stares.
But perhaps by then, you’ll already have locked down your squares!
The Saturday Wall Street Journal did some number-crunching and came up with something that’s pretty obvious to any football fan:
Zero and zero is a really good choice in a squares game (also interestingly called a “box pool.”)
Threes and sevens are also good. But if those are taken, you have some more obscure choices that are better than others.
And the WSJ admonishes you: “Stay away from the fives”.
Mr. Brady looks like he approves.
3. I’ll take an aisle seat, please.
A spot between two 18,000 foot mountains in the Himalayas sounds like an incredible place to visit.
However, I suggest the travel agent not use the saying: “Getting there is half the fun.”
Business Insider mentions the Paro Airport in Bhutan has such a challenging approach that it’s one of the “most dangerous airports in the world.”
And the YouTube video of the approach: