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In the quiet before the rumored-but-not-yet-confirmed-although-all-indications-point-towards-it-coming-soon 3G iPhone storm, AT&T has just listed refurbished iPhones on its site. You can get a 16GB for $349 or a 8GB for $249. Last time refurbished iPhones were sold on AT&T’s site, every single one was gone within two days, so this time around there is a limit to one per customer. Then again, isn’t AT&T probably just trying to clear stock of these before they lose all value once the new ones come out?

Either way, go out and get one for $351 less than I paid for it….assholes.

This post was intended to celebrate this incredible country and the incredible holiday created on today’s date: Steak and BJ Day. But, in the process of celebrating writing about today’s joyous holiday (created as a response to the unfairly female-dominated Valentine’s Day and celebrated exactly one month later: on March 14th), I became aware of the unfortunate news that the Steak and BJ website is down, diminishing much, if not all, of the credibility of my piece. In fact, I can no longer confidently even say that it exists. So, today, rather than speaking of this new, grand American tradition and its parallel to our country’s indelible spirit of brotherhood, I decided to dedicate today to something else: excrement.

And if you’re still wondering about Steak and BJ day, google it.

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And now that you’re sufficiently nauseous, check out the new $5 bill

             Unless you’ve been living under an un-nerdy rock of late, you should know that a total lunar eclipse will be on display tonight for almost all of North America. Since it will be the last opportunity you have to see one for another three years, I would seriously advise you to take out them binoculars and telescopes, and peer out into the Eastern sky between 10 and 11 this evening.  

          Even those of us living in super-light-polluted New York City will be able to join in on the fun. Here is a schedule of the eclipse and its phases, as provided by the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York:

        There’s a big event coming up – a total lunar eclipse – on Wednesday evening, February 20. The partial phase begins at 8:43 PM, totality runs from 10:00 to 10:52 PM and the partial eclipse ends at 12:09 AM. Both Saturn and the star Regulus will be near the Moon.

Phases of the eclipse (see below for times):

1. Penumbral eclipse begins. The penumbra is the region where Earth partially eclipses the Sun. There is a slight darkening of the leading edge of the Moon. Not very dramatic.

2. Partial eclipse begins. The Moon enters the umbra of Earth’s shadow, where the Sun is totally eclipsed. There is a dramatic reduction in light in the umbral region, and the boundary of the umbra is easily seen. For over an hour more and more of the Moon enters the umbra.

3. Total eclipse begins. The entire Moon is now in the umbra. The Moon is not totally dark, but usually appears somewhat reddish. This occurs because while not receiving light directly from the Sun, some light passes through Earth’s atmosphere and reaches the Moon after being refracted (and reddened). For Wednesday’s eclipse, this phase will last 52 minutes.

4. Total eclipse ends. The phases now appear in reverse order. The leading edge of the Moon exits the umbra. The eclipse is once again partial.

5. Partial eclipse ends. All of the Moon has left the umbra. Only a penumbral eclipse remains.

6. Penumbral eclipse ends. The Moon is restored to its usual brightness.

Penumbral Eclipse Begins 7:35 PM
Partial Eclipse Begins 8:43 PM
Total Eclipse Begins 10:00 PM
Middle of Total Eclipse 10:25 PM
Total Eclipse Ends 10:52 PM
Partial Eclipse Ends 12:09 AM
Penumbral Eclipse Ends 1:17 AM

WHERE TO GO

We’ll have telescopes and binoculars set up at a number of locations. These include:

Carl Schurz Park in Manhattan: At the east end of 86th Street. We’ll be set up overlooking the East River (map and directions at www.aaa.org).

Floyd Bennett Field: We have made arrangements with the National Park Service to have an extra observing session at Floyd Bennett Field. We will view the lunar eclipse on Wednesday, Feb 20. This will be at our usual meeting place, the Model Airplane Flying Field. The event will start at our usual time, 8:00 PM. Early arrivals are welcome. We will be able to stay later than our usual quitting time should conditions permit. We will have several instruments set up. Handouts will be available. People attending should remember that they need to go around some orange barriers in order to get to the Flying Field. These barriers are there to restrict the people going to the Aviation Sports complex. We have permission to go onto the runways (map and directions at www.aaa.org).

Park Slope, at the corner of 7th Avenue and 9th Street.

Northern Boulevard and 82nd Street (in front of the firehouse), in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Also, feel free to learn about how a lunar eclipse saved Christopher Columbus.

/Film has reported that Mark Wahlberg will play Jon Roberts, the most heralded of the “Cocaine Cowboys” and depicted in the 2006 documentary of the same name, in an upcoming film directed by Peter Berg [Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom].  Fans of the aforementioned too-much-History-Channel, not-enough-Scarface documentary can look forward to a sequel, Cocaine Cowboys II: The Godmother Returns , which chronicles the life of the Cocaine Queen of Miami: Griselda “The Godmother” Blanco. This should be a beautiful film, if only because it will capture the stunning beauty of this ruthless druglord: Griselda Mug Shot

Lil Wayne - The Leak

 Lil Wayne’s “The Leak
Though not quite approaching the lyrical mastery of late-90′s Ma$e, the new Weezy offering certainly has glimpses of the ex-Harlem World banger.  Dabble in the hotness by listening to all five tracks here:

  1. I’m Me

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  2. Gossip

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  3. Kush

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  4. Love Me or Hate Me

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Now that you want to go show all your friends that new hot shit you found, download the album from iTunes or help the ongoing cause to send me to jail by downloading it “not from iTunes” right herr.
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