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May 22

Live Stream: Grand Final (2021 Eurovision Song Contest)

The show must go on. The 2021 artists have made it through two intense semifinals. Two artists have been forced to use pre-recorded performances during the competition because of the COVID-19 situation. There’s been the usual Eurovision drama to contend with as well. We’ve had a heck of a ride this year, and now it’s come to this – the Grand Final! [more inside]
posted by PearlRose at 8:22 AM - 244 comments

May 20

Live Stream: Semifinal 2 (2021 Eurovision Song Contest)

Eurovision Week continues in Rotterdam, and we move along to Semifinal 2. Semifinal 1 was full of surprises, and this one will undoubtedly have a few twists of its own. Semifinal 2 begins Thursday May 20th (today!), at 2100 CEST / 3:00pm EDT. Come on in to chat about the second round of performances and to express all your Eurovision-related feelings. [more inside]
posted by PearlRose at 6:20 AM - 103 comments

May 18

Live Stream: Semifinal 1 (2021 Eurovision Song Contest)

And we're back! Last year’s contest may have been cancelled, but this year, it is on. It’s Eurovision Week, and we’re going to have ourselves a semifinal! Semifinal 1 begins Tuesday May 18th (today!), at 2100 CEST / 3:00pm EDT. Come on in to chat about the first round of performances and conjecture about who's good, bad, and so-bad-it's-good. [more inside]
posted by PearlRose at 7:39 AM - 69 comments

April 25

Special Event: Academy Awards 2021

Steven Soderbergh says he's going to direct tonight's ceremony "as if it were a film itself." Taking place two months late and in Los Angeles Union Station (Easier for Ed Begley Jr. to get there), let's see what the heck the 93rd Annual Academy Awards is going to look like. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 11:03 AM - 41 comments

April 5

Special Event: Blaseball Season 15

It's been two weeks of downtime, and now Blaseball is back for season 15 and I have no idea what's going on but apparently they did something with snacks and also maybe there are time-fish that can rewind innings? Come on in! [more inside]
posted by cortex at 9:17 AM - 11 comments

March 18

Special Event: NCAA basketball tournament 2021

The schedules are a little unusual this year, with all the games in central locations and being played later in the week. Schedule is subject to change if needed. Teams need 5 healthy players to be able to play in the tournament. (They don't even need coaches.) In case you've forgotten, Virginia (men) and Baylor (women) are your defending national champions. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 8:53 AM - 25 comments

March 15

Special Event: Blaseball Season 14

Season 14 is now underway! Play ball! [more inside]
posted by cortex at 8:09 AM - 15 comments

March 8

Special Event: Blaseball Season 13

Blaseball is quite recently back! As we head into what is obviously an extremely lucky and not incredibly dangerously cursed at all Season 13, the two biggest pieces of news of the Internet Blaseball League are (1) teams will now be getting their own official in-game blallparks with who knows WHAT implications, and (2) there are new expansion teams in the league: the Ohio Worms, the Core Mechanics, and the Atlantis Georgians. Rounding things out, the infamously Ascended and thereafter absent Baltimore Crabs are back in the league, raising the total team count from 20 to 24. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 7:22 AM - 6 comments

February 6

Special Event: Super Bowl LV + commercials

Kansas City Chiefs (Mahomes!) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Brady!). The Buccaneers will be the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium, and it's Brady's 10th Super Bowl. Only 25,000 people in a stadium which seats 65,000 people. Also there are commercials!
posted by jessamyn at 3:42 PM - 82 comments

November 16, 2020

Special Event: Blaseball Coffee Cup

I don't quite understand what's been going on during the extended siesta, but soon a mid-siesta Coffee Cup tournament will be held on the Blaseball site. It seems like a one-off All-Star + special guests tournament, with 16 brand-new teams. [more inside]
posted by Ampersand692 at 10:02 AM - 11 comments

October 19, 2020

Special Event: Blaseball Season 11

Season 11 of Blaseball is kicking off and, geez, where to start! The Crabs won their third championship, and thus (after immmmeadiately losing their fight with The Shelled One's Pods) have ascended out of the ILB, to be replaced by newcomer team Tokyo Lift. Also the squid ate? the Peanut, and then The Boss, who presents as an ancient Roman coin bearing a sigil of justice, ushered in the age of Peace & Prosperity. All the new blessings are Tarot Major Arcana, all the new decrees are about destroying the Forbidden Book, and none of them have any explanatory text. Here comes some Blaseball. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 7:55 AM - 38 comments

October 12, 2020

Special Event: Blaseball Season 10

Blaseball hits double digits, as season 10 kicks off! Strange weather, five bases for most teams, and a lot of weird Peanut God hijinks coming off last season including a team of undead thralls! Come on in and try to sort it all out. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 9:17 AM - 28 comments

September 21, 2020

Special Event: Blaseball Season 8

Another week, another year of Blaseball: season 8 opens with the entire Los Angeli Tacos pitching rotation encased in giant peanut shells, Jaylen Hotdogfingers apparently still around and pitching deadly bean balls, and a huge squid rising from the Trench looking for eggs to eat. The Hall of Flame has been revealed, and every incinerated player lurks there (in what state?!), waiting for tribute. We have literally no idea what's going to happen. Play ball! [more inside]
posted by cortex at 8:19 AM - 44 comments

September 14, 2020

Special Event: Blaseball Season 7

New week, new season: between the resurrection of Jaylen Hotdogfingers, the postponement of the Blood Bath, and the imprisonment of league powerhouses Jessica Telephone and Nagomi Mcdaniel inside giant peanut shells, season 7 of Internet League Blaseball is starting off weird. Which is normal? Anyway, here we go. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 9:17 AM - 117 comments

September 7, 2020

Special Event: Blaseball Season 6

Another week, another year of Blaseball: season 6 is about to kick off, with a whole new set of leagues and divisions and a lot of Sunday-election changes to players and teams. Have you chosen an idol? Come on in and let's talk blases and balls. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 7:19 AM - 67 comments

August 31, 2020

Special Event: Blaseball Season 5

Here we are, heading into season 5 of the immaterial plane's favorite and only splort: Blaseball! Get your ablative armor on, put in your anti-Feedback earplugs, careful consume a peanut, and let's talk blases. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 8:49 AM - 67 comments

August 27, 2020

Special Event: Blaseball Season 4

Well, here we are, most of the way through season 4 of Blaseball's regular season but with a lot of games left to go and pretty much everybody still having at least a slim shot at a playoff slot. Eat some peanuts—carefully—and let's talk blases and balls. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 7:29 AM - 39 comments

March 6, 2020

Special Event: Iditarod 2020

The last great race on earth starts on March 7th. You can see the list of mushers here or follow along by listening to Alaska Public Media's iditapod.
posted by cortex at 12:10 PM - 94 comments

February 9, 2020

Special Event: Academy Awards 2020

The Oscars are tonight. Get on your best gowns, come on inside and let's see who wins for best documentary short film! [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten at 11:19 AM - 31 comments

February 2, 2020

Special Event: Superbowl LIV: NFL football 2020 championship

It's the Superbowl! San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs. Grab your snack foods and come on in here to talk about the game.
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:49 AM - 42 comments

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