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…Red Bull’s Snowscrapers brings snowboarding to NYC?

Red Bull Snowscrapers Logo

Red Bull loves bringing sports to where they’ve never been before, so on Thursday, February 5th, 16 of the world’s best snowboarders, iconic Olympic gold medalist Shaun White, freestyle / backcountry legend Travis Rice, ultra-progressive phenomenon Pat Moore, Burton’s Kevin Pearce, Mikkel Bang, Danny Davis, Kohei Kubo, Kazuhiro Kakubo, Nitro’s Andreas Wiig, DC’s Torstein Horgmo, Forum’s Jake Blauvelt and Greg Bretz, Rome’s Bjorn Leines and Ride’s JJ Thomas will hit the slopes of New York City to battle it out for $100,000 in prize money.

How will they hold a snowboarding competition in a city without slopes?

Easy: They’ll build their own.

The monster backcountry-style mountain, which will tower more than 90 feet above the ground, features a huge hill, a three-story, step-up style landing ramp, and three different kinds of snow. Having trouble picturing what 90 feet looks like? Here’s a sneak peak of the ramp being set up:

Red Bull Snowscrapers Setup

For reference, each of those colored boxes is a shipping container, and there are 10 levels of them holding up the structure.

If you’re in New York, this is a can’t miss event, but if you can’t make it in person, you can still catch it live on, or on NBC on Sunday, Feb. 15th.

[Red Bull Snowscrapers]

[Photo Via: TheJamesC]

…Conan O’Brien loves horny manatees?

After Conan O’Brien told viewers they could get some hot manatee action at a fictional web site called, NBC realized that because no one owned, anyone could buy it and put up inappropriate material, making it appear that NBC was promoting that inappropriate material (and probably pissing of the FCC in the process). As a pre-emptive strike, NBC bought the address, and soon put up its own fake manatee porn site. Finally, a place to get all of the horny manatee action you never knew you were missing.


[Via: Boing Boing]

…NBC YouTubed uncensored content?

SNL’s “A Special Christmas Box” Digital Short is pretty funny, but that’s not why I think the clip is really interesting. I think it’s really interesting because NBC chose to post the uncensored version online via YouTube. Normally, uncensored videos make it online via a bootleg copy of a copy, but this version came straight from the source. It appears NBC recorded an uncensored version of the song just so that it could be shown online. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities for self select censorship. The problem with television censorship is that the network has no way of knowing who want to see the uncensored version and who would be offended by it. With online content, user’s can self select what they want to see and want they don’t. By allowing users to watch a clip, knowing before hand that the content may offend, networks could potentially create more explicit content, and then host it online for anyone who wants to see it to see it. I always wanted the networks to devise a way to program each television set so you could choose between censored and uncensored content, but until then, I guess this is the next best thing.

[Via: Digg]