by Danny Cross
Posted In: baseball
at 02:28 PM | Permalink
Former MLB meathead goes ROFL on Twitter
Former Major League
Baseball player Jose Canseco doesn’t have the best image. After
breaking into the majors as a super fast, freaky power hitter with
the Oakland A’s and winning a World Series with his fellow Bash
Brother/performance-enhancing-drug-user Mark McGwire, Canseco’s career and reputation were marred by injuries and a series of embarrassing
moments on and off the field.
In 1992, Canseco was
traded to another team while he was in the on-deck circle waiting to
bat. In 1993, a fly ball bounced off his head and over the fence for
a home run — This Week In Baseball in 1998 named the incident the
greatest blooper of the show’s first 20-plus years. Canseco then
asked his manager to pitch in a game even though he was an
outfielder, which resulted in an elbow injury that required surgery.
During the PED witch
hunt of the early 2000s, Canseco apparently took exception to MLB’s
— and the media’s — obsession with how huge Barry Bonds’ body
and head had gotten and released a tell-all book called Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big, in which he claimed that the majority of MLB players were on steroids. Since then, Canseco has
generally been seen as a doofus who does silly things to maintain his
celebrity and make relatively small amounts of money, such as
participating in reality shows, claiming Madonna liked him more than
he liked her and training for a mixed martial arts fight and then losing in 77 seconds.
Canseco in the
past few days has apparently attempted to rectify all his wrongs with a series
of tweets aimed at schooling all the “morons” who don’t believe
in global warming. It reads as a passionate, if grammatically flawed, cry for reason in the wake of the mass consumption and
laziness that has led to the death of thousands of polar bears and,
apparently, Al Gore.
The following is a
collection of the tweets, which have made quite an impression on the
Twitter community, ranked in order of hilariousness. Be the first to receive future advice on world-changing lifestyle tips from Jose Canseco by following him @JoseCanseco.8. The tweet that got
it all started — Canseco alerts the public that he is going to drop some serious
knowledge about global warming the following day, likely using an
7. While this tweet was
certainly informative, the “reduce, reuse, recycle” motto has
been known even by the laziest non-recyclers for a long time. The
Playboy celebrity golf tournament reference is funny, though — classic Canseco.
6. “How do we stop
global warming?” A relevant question, completely reasonable coming
from someone like Canseco who probably doesn’t actually know the
5. Here’s where
Canseco starts really lashing into the skeptics, his frustration with
mass consumption demonstrating a larger level of understanding of the
issue, which likely surprised many readers. Canseco also introduces
the concept of polar bears in this tweet, which is essential to later
4. Ridiculously bad
grammar aside, Canseco again makes a good point — in some countries
families indeed share much less space than we use in America. The
second reference to polar bears is really funny and for some reason unexpected.
3. Canseco in this
tweet proves that he’s not going to let the issue of lazy,
over-consuming humans fizzle out after a couple of liberal-esque polar bear
references. Jose is now invoking the sacrifices of the pioneers, who
didn’t use any electricity and just slept in flannel pajamas even
when it was snowing. A pretty good point.
2. Jose Canseco thinks
Al Gore is dead.
1. If Canseco is
correct that lowering your body temperature at night will make you
live 20-percent longer, then he’s probably well on his way to
solving global warming. Energy savings aside, Canseco’s hope that
he’ll live into his seventies rather than dying in some stupid way
during the next 10 years is likely what led to this outburst of
by Hannah McCartney
31 days ago
John Cranley had only a few unsullied hours of golden time on social media to celebrate his mayoral win on Wednesday before he became the subject of at least two Twitter accounts created solely to troll him, and they're worth a follow if you'd describe your sense of humor as somewhat to very immature or are still totally salty about Cran-man's victory. So far, we know of @CranleyVille and @MayorCranley, both of which have taken to creating alternate, highly egotistical and cartoon-like depictions of our new mayor. While whoever is behind CranleyVille clearly has more time on his or her hands (whoever it is tweeted 90 times in three days), both provide some pretty amusing fodder for 4 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. Why social media has quickly taken to poking fun at Cranley in every way possible — or whether or not a Qualls victory would have brought something like an "Afghan Girl Qualls" to life — we'll never know. And while CityBeat holds a great deal of respect for the mayoral position and for Cranley, that doesn't mean we're not allowed to be immature and laugh a little bit. Oh, and here's the real deal, too.
by Hannah McCartney
46 days ago
at 10:31 AM | Permalink
Cincinnati only non-metropolis in top five most influential areas
Say what you want about our chili, but the Queen City is particularly savvy in the Twitter world, according to a new study from Indiana University. A social media study that sought to pinpoint geographic areas that most frequently are hubs for information flow found that ol' Cincinnati was among a couple of much larger, more metropolitan cities like L.A., New York, D.C. that often acted as Twitter "trendsetters" — generating topics early on that eventually trend on a national level. The study found that most of those areas corresponded with major air traffic hubs, although it's tough to pinpoint whether that's because news travels so quickly across state lines at airports or because major air traffic hubs just tend to be in densely populated cities, where information already spreads more quickly because social media users tend to be closer and more connected. As we all know, Cincinnati's airport is nothing particularly special — in fact, it's so expensive, lots of locals even avoid it when they can — so that theory doesn't really jive for us. And our population hovering around 300,000 isn't anywhere near the monoliths who earned trendsetter status. Cincinnati earned the second spot just under L.A. as the most influential trendsetting geographic area in the entire country, followed by Washington, D.C, Seattle and New York. Washington Post blogger Caitlin Dewey hypothesizes our influence might have something to do with the city's fluctuating migration trends — we suffered a big population exodus from 2004-2010. Perhaps our emigrants just maintain really strong ties to the city once they realize they've left wonderful things behind like CINCINNATI CHILI.From the study: Whatever it is, we're doing something right. You could share your guesses in the comments, but maybe you should just #tweet #it #instead.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 9, 2013
I feel some of the same vitriol expressed in many of these angry tweets. But it’s not that
hard to resist the urge to publicly express irrational rage related to a
sporting event. Especially so pointedly directed at a single person.
Plus, new 'Twitter #music' app is unveiled after celebrities get first dibs
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 24, 2013
After giving "tastemakers" (and Ryan Seacrest) a go at it first, the "Twitter #music" app finally makes its way to the public; an Elvis impersonator got into a 30-hour police stand-off in in Des Moines, Iowa, and another Elvis impersonator (who also apparently does an excellent Kid Rock as well) was in the news recently as a suspect in the send-poison-letters-to-the-President plot.
1 Comment · Wednesday, January 30, 2013
issue with the idea of social media has always been that I’ve never felt
that my experiences or the running commentary in my head should define
any given moment in pop cultural history. I hear what I’m thinking 24-7.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Jose Canseco owes my friend Jarrett an apology and an audiobook.
The former Major League Baseball
player/steroid user/reality TV weirdo last March posted a series of
tweets aimed at schooli
by Mike Breen
From informative to downright silly, here are some of our fave tweets from MPMF
Twitter was alive with MidPoint Music Festival tweets throughout the three-day music festival in CIncinnati's downtown and Over-the-Rhine. Many festgoers got to read them in real time thanks to Topic Design, which facilitated the Twitter screens at various venues and on its great mobile app site (click here to relive them all). Here are just a few of our favorites. Add yours in the comments. • Can I take ibuprofen with whiskey? #mpmf #MPMF12 #midpoint— @pamsattwa• Driving through Indiana on the way to Cincinnati for #midpointmusicfestival— @thenewelectrics• So excited to take the next two days off from work and head down to
Cincy for #MidPointMusicFestival for 3 days of music. Much needed vacay.— @ThePickleBear• Indie Illustration—LPK's Tommy Sheehan shares his process for designing prints for @MidpointMusic Festival musicians http://ow.ly/e2xR0 — @LPK• Reminder: Tim Mara's yard isn't a toilet. Hot tip: Enquirer bldg downtown I believe has restroom facilities open 24 hrs. #MPMF— @CityBeatMusic• Dr. Ralph Stanley performing "Oh, Death" at The Emery Theatre, A Requiem Project during MidPoint Music Festival: http://fb.me/1dUIu6GC6— @OTRcincy Oh Death - Ralph Stanley at the Emery Theater from Stephen Pruitt on Vimeo.• Riding bikes is so much fun with Cassie & David @ Midpoint Music Festival http://instagr.am/p/QL41T7A_y9/ — @stevekemple• Gratitude to @MidPointMusic for having me. One of the best festivals I've ever played. Thank you. http://instagr.am/p/QJf86WgKML/— @FdotStokes• Look!!!! We found WALDO at Midpoint Music Festival #mpmf pic.twitter.com/TNpsEQFj— @wendynas• My feet are sticking to the floor but I am loving Turbo Fruits. #mpmf #midpoint— @pamsattwa• #midpoint music festival. These people are athletes in entertaiment.— @Psupplements• The Seedy Seeds in my front yard! #mpmf @ MPMF.12 4EG Stage http://instagr.am/p/QLgussko3-/ — @cincyblog• MidPoint Midway! #mpmf #thisisotr http://instagr.am/p/QLwjrRJKOD/— @like_the_song• It sucks that I won't be able to attend this year's MidPoint Music Festival due to job requirements. To all attending, enjoy. #MPMF12— @CyZibrikMPA• How many @MidPointMusic fans does it take 2 screw in light bulb? 121 -
1 to screw, 20 2 watch and 100 2 ruin experience by talking nonstop
#MPMF— @CityBeatMusic• @CityBeatMusic I take it you were at the Antlers' show last night? It
was like everyone was trying to talk OVER the music! #MPMF— @stevekemple• We just destroyed #mpmf12 #MPMF try to top the rest of the weekend.— @OhioKnife• If you missed Lord Huron I feel bad for you. #MPMF12— @mouse_mischief• Just got to Washington Park to catch Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Do I want Tom+Chee or a beer first? - j #MPMF12 #vitaldecisions— @drunkmusicrevws• OTR hopping in the 45202 #MPMF12 pic.twitter.com/Go7fJvxk— @CincyChamber• Falling asleep to the tunes outside from #MPMF12 . I <3 @OTRcincy & @WashingtonPark ! Great night!— @BalancingYogi• "Coincidentally I had a dream about Kurt Cobain." "Name dropping!" - Imperial Teen #mpmf #MPMF12— @pamsattwa• Don't call it a comeback. #thisisotr #mpmf— @OTRcincy• Hundred Waters just won #MPMF , hope you didn't see The Walkmen for the 50th time instead— @eachnotesecure• It was cute to see Dinosaur Jr. picked up by their dad Dinosaur Sr.
after @MidPointMusic set last night in a sensible minivan #MPMF— @CityBeatMusic• So inspiring to hear about King Records in the Emery Theatre. Happy Ralph Stanley Day! #MPMF— @jenlkessler• Want to hear more of your new MidPoint discoveries? Check out our guide to #MPMF bands in our collection! http://cinlib.org/QcwHVn — @cincylibrary• Photo: @jjjoeycook in front of Music Hall. Mount Eerie t shirt. #mpmf -i (Taken with Instagram) http://tmblr.co/ZcudByUC2FM- — @PomegranatesArt• Just watched a Cincinnati Police officer buy an Andrew Bird CD...he was so excited!! #MPMF— @cassandra_anne• Emery Theatre smells like your grandparents' house but sounds like Carnegie Hall #mpmf— @mktgwithmeaning• Photos – Kelly Thomas & The Fabulous Pickups, 9/27/12, Midpoint Music Festival, Cincinnati, OH @MidPointMusic #mpmf http://www.cincygroove.com/?p=10090 — @cincygroove• @MidPointMusic Thanks for being sweet. Had a blast and then some playing Arnold's/WNKU stage.— @tomvollman• I think I just had one of the best weekends if my life. I don't want to stop. #MPMF @KansasBibleCo— @goldtoothe• #mpmf the people spoke and the people broke. The live app went down
sometime overnight, the result of much activity. Archive of it to come.— @topicdesign• Who would've thought my barnes & noble is the stopping point for #mpmf bands today. 6 so far!!— @foralgernon• 'Twas the day after #mpmf and all through OTR not a creature was
stirring... No, really, it's so quiet I can hear bugs trilling.— @winemedineme• Post #mpmf come-down always a little weird. Why can't it go on forever?— @Porkopolist• Thank you Cincinnati for giving us a fantastic 11th #MPMF! Let's do it again, say, this time next year?— @MidPointMusic
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2012
If a public figure’s name is trending on Twitter, you can
generally assume one of the following: They just cut their hair
(GASP!), updated their relationship status or died.
1 Comment · Wednesday, June 6, 2012
A couple of years ago, I went through
depressive funk that led me to withdraw from most social settings. I
hermited away not only physically, but also cyberly. I’ve always
suffered from some level of social anxiety; now, I was experiencing a
kind of social-network anxiety that caused me to ultimately break up
with my Facebook page.