Thursday news

For the first time ever, I’m missing the annual Clark’s Christmas Dinner at the Majestic Grille tonight. They show National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on the big screen and there are costume contests for best movie character and best ugly sweater. In past years I had been a contest judge. I hate it that I’m missing it but I forgot what day it was, and by the time they asked me I had already committed to go to the Silly Goose Christmas party.

Content for this week’s Memphis Flyer is now online, including cover story What a Burger featuring 15 notable Memphis burgers. I had no idea South of Beale had a Ramen burger. Apparently they are the latest craze in New York. Another Downtown burger was mentioned in the list too: The Tora Toro burger with ground Ahi tuna from Oshi Burger.

Also from the Flyer: Chef Michael Patrick of Rizzo’s Diner takes the Farmer’s Market Challenge.

If you didn’t get to go to any Continental Wrestling Association shows at the Mid-South Coliseum in 1978, you’re in luck: The match that main-evented most of the 1978 shows is being re-created at a Wild Fire Wrestling show at Minglewood Hall tonight. 65-year-old Jerry “The King” Lawler will take on 71-year-old “Superstar” Bill Dundee. For those of you more interested in seeing young, up-and-coming talent, 42-year-old “Too Sexy” Brian Christopher will wrestle 47-year-old “King of the Mountain” Jeff Jarrett.

High Cotton Brewing at 598 Monroe announced a special Tuesday opening of its taproom next week on December 23 for growler and dock sales, merchandise, and pints to sip on.

If you’re a Wikipedia addict like I am, you’ve seen the header at the top of the page recently begging for money: “If everyone who saw this would contribute $3, this fundraiser would be over in an hour.” MakeUseOf asks, Wikipedia has millions in the bank – why ask for more? Expensive travel, conferences, and downtown San Francisco office space are among the reasons.

As an IT guy I’m fascinated by the story of the SONY hack and the pulling of The Interview from theaters. Security expert Marc Rogers believes North Korea is not behind the attacks and I am inclined to agree. I am also flabbergasted that SONY used plaintext password files. No no no no no. Never. You always encrypt those. SONY made itself an easy target.

The Memphis Tigers football team has departed for Miami Beach, where they will play the BYU Cougars at 1 PM Monday. I wonder if there are any cougar bars in Provo, Utah, home of the Cougars? You know, a place where a 40something Mormon woman can put on makeup and a low-cut tank top and try to meet a 25ish Mormon man with the hope of becoming his third wife.

That 3OT win against the Spurs last night may be the best Grizzlies game I have ever watched. Grizzly Bear Blues has a recap of the game and Bleacher Report explains why this year may be different for the Grizzlies.

Time to hit Publish, work for a few more hours, then head to the Silly Goose for happy hour followed by its Christmas party. I guess this is a chance to put on my Santa hat probably for the only time in 2014. Back tomorrow with more news.