Weekly Roundup: Big Budgets and Fresher Princes

It’s that time again, Friday is here and the Bomb Cyclone has exited the building. Enjoy the weekend!

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe to sponsor Team Sky with bigger budget

I’ve always said, “You know team Sky is good, but I’d love to see what they could accomplish with more money.” Reporting from Cycling Weekly:

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe will sponsor Team Sky for 2020 and beyond with a bigger budget than before, a source close to the team has said.

The deal will be announced next month before the Giro d’Italia, Cycling Weekly understands.

Team Sky currently runs on £34 million a year, the biggest annual budget in cycling, but may have even deeper pockets next year.

Ineos, Ratcliffe’s chemical company, is said to be the sponsor according to reports.

Sources close to the team could not confirm if it would be Ineos or one of its subsidiaries, but said that 66-year-old Ratcliffe is the man to ensure the team’s future.

Ratcliffe, a masters triathlete, already backs the Ineos Team UK sailing squad at an estimated £110 million. According to one source, he and Team Sky principal Sir David Brailsford will officially announce the news before the start of the Giro d’Italia on May 11.

There Are 432 Minutes of Game of Thrones Left

HBO has officially confirmed the runtime of Game of Thrones’ final season. Spanning six episodes, we will get just 432 minutes to wrap everything up.

Season 8, Episode 1

Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 14 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)

Estimated running time: 0:54

Season 8, Episode 2

Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 21 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)

Estimated running time: 0:58

Season 8, Episode 3

Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 28 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)

Estimated running time: 1:22

Season 8, Episode 4

Debut date: SUNDAY, MAY 5 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)

Estimated running time: 1:18

Season 8, Episode 5

Debut date: SUNDAY, MAY 12 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)

Estimated running time: 1:20

Season 8, Episode 6

Debut date: SUNDAY, MAY 19 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)

Estimated running time: 1:20

A Fan-Made Trailer for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, 2019 Edition

This trailer made by cinematographer and director Morgan Cooper imagines The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air rebooted for 2019.

Why Celebrate the Killing of a Mountain Lion?

Beth Pratt at Adventure Journal with an excellent follow up to a story that’s been big news in Colorado and nationally; the man who killed a mountain lion with his bare hands. I’ve definitely been a little uncomfortable with the story and how it’s been treated in the media, everyone is a little too excited about killing a wild animal. As usual, there’s a little more to this story:

As I learned more about the incident, though, I quickly became less concerned about P-22 being accused of a crime he didn’t commit, and more about the pervasive and inaccurate frame of the story, which vilified the mountain lion — celebrating a bloodthirsty predator receiving justice in an against-all-odds heroic contest of man vs. beast. As I dug deeper, I discovered that most of the stories ignored the fact that the cougar in question was not even an adult, though the photos from almost every media outlet I saw showed fully grown lions, sometimes snarling, threatening-looking ones for dramatic effect. In fact, the animal was likely a starving youngster that weighed about 40 pounds and perhaps was not yet mature enough to even be independent from its mother. For perspective, I posted on Facebook a photo of myself with a kitten of the same size — Sam, Project Survival’s Cat Haven resident mountain lion.

Be good stewards of nature!

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC

Microsoft is bringing its classic Halo game collection to PC, and adding Halo: Reach to the entire Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The Master Chief Collection includes Halo: Combat EvolvedHalo 2Halo 3Halo 3: ODST (Campaign), Halo 4, and now Halo: Reach. Oh, and it’s going to be available on Steam. (mind blown)

Float

Float is a feature-length documentary film directed by Phil Kibbe about “the ultra-competitive sport of elite, stunningly-designed indoor model airplanes”. I love this sort of thing, a documentary about passion and intense competition for something I didn’t even know existed.

After devoting years of time into construction and practice for no material reward, glory becomes their primary incentive. Like any competition, cheating and controversy are an integral part of the sport. FLOAT follows the tumultuous journey of Brett Sanborn and Yuan Kang Lee, two American competitors as they prepare for and compete at the World Championships.

“Designing, building, and flying the planes is truly an experience that requires patience and zen-like focus,” says Ben Saks, producer and subject in the film.

Finally, I leave you with this: Maple Stream

I am officially stupefied by this product.

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