Today Show: Jason Kennedy Dresses Oddly
Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Jason Kennedy and Willie Geist all sat down together April 30 2013 to tell us about their Take 3. I think it’s worth pointing out that while Natalie Morales wore a nice blue dress and Al Roker and Willie Geist wore a common suit and tie combination, Jason Kennedy was dressed very strangely. He wore a tan suit with no tie, a small red handkerchief in his breast pocket and his pant legs stopped a solid three inches above his gray shoes, which looked a lot like running shoes, and didn’t match anything he was wearing at all. Why the flood pants and athletic shoes? I’m not sure. Maybe he wore them in case there’s breaking news and he has to run out of the door? Does he know something Al Roker and the rest of them don’t?
First Male Professional Athlete Comes Out
Jason Collins came out publicly Monday, April 29 2013 in a Sports Illustrated cover story called “The Gay Athlete.” Jason Collins told Sports Illustrated that he didn’t set out to be the first male professional athlete to come out, but when no one else put their hand up, he decided to go ahead and do it himself. Al Roker pointed out that there are likely a lot of gay athletes, but until Jason Collins, no one’s come out yet. Willie Geist added that there are a number of female athletes that are out as lesbians. Natalie Morales said she was looking forward to the day when something like this isn’t news and doesn’t matter.
Google Glass First Look
Google Glass is the weirdest piece of technology to come out in a while. I know it seems like a logical jump from tablets and Bluetooth to Google Glass, but the technology reminds me a little too much of the Terminator. It’s like that scene where we see the Terminator’s viewpoint. Lance Ulanoff came by to show off the odd technology.
Google Glass is wearable technology with a screen that goes over just one of the eyes. From the wearer’s viewpoint, it looks like a 25 inch screen from about seven feet away. Google Glass has Bluetooth and GPS. You can connect it to a phone. You can even talk to it. It will also take photos and video. Lance Ulanoff said the technology isn’t about “taking over” your life, but it’s about “augmenting” your life.
“There are privacy concerns to this,” Al Roker said, but Lance Ulanoff shrugged that off in favor of using the Google Glass to find out how to say “Hello” in Japanese. Al Roker pushed him for the answer, though, wondering what happens if you take a photo or a video without someone else’s knowledge. Lance Ulanoff said that there is a light in the front that lets people know when it’s on. He also said “without Google, you can’t Google things.” It’s hard to argue with that logic.
Lance Ulanoff said he’s bad with names, so he could use Google Glass to take their picture and ask Google Glass, “Who is this?” Al Roker and Natalie Morales both said that’s freaky. Natalie Morales said what if you’re checking out a girl and take her photo without her knowing for that purpose? Or what if you take her photo from behind? “There you go,” Natalie Morales said, “Stalking issues.”
I agree with Natalie Morales. I don’t want people taking weird photos of me or searching my photo in some kind of Google database. That’s terrifying. What do you think of Google Glass? Is it a great new invention, or an invasion of privacy?
Weather Channel Twitter Tornado
The interns at the Weather Channel were so excited about Tornado Week on the channel that they’ve decided to create one in their office in Atlanta. The interns there are working in a huge wind tornado created by fans, which they’re calling a Twitter Tornado. The more mentions of the Twitter Tornado on Twitter, the more they’ll turn up the wind. Their goal is 1 million tweets by the end of the week. The velocity will increase to EF5 tornado winds if they get 1 million tweets, which are winds strong enough to take down structures. “They’re basically going to explode the Weather Channel,” Al Roker said. Explode the weather channel offices? What are they, Bond villains?
The video they showed of the interns in the wind was hilarious, as two men goofed off in front of the cameras and one woman ignored the cameras for most of the time, trying to get some work done as her hair whipped around her. I never thought about it before, but I bet the Weather Channel is a really fun place to work. I wonder what it’s like to spend eight hours exposed to huge winds.