Hotel heiress Paris Hilton has not had much luck lately with the family's $375,000 Bentley Continental GT.
Late last year her boyfriend crashed the luxury coupe into the back of a truck. Now Hilton may have lost the beloved Bentley in a poker game. Internet sites in the United States and UK have published unconfirmed reports that the Hollywood party girl lost the car on a bet in a Las Vegas casino.
Hilton has reportedly been banned from gambling by her parents and is unlikely to get the keys to the most prized asset in their garage - an $800,000 Mercedes McLaren SLR - any time soon.
A 62-year-old retired schoolteacher is fighting with a cable company over a hefty bill for porn and gangsta rap programming she says she never ordered.
The charges of more than $1,000 appeared on Claudia Lee's February Cablevision bill, shortly after she bundled her cable TV, computer and phone services.
"They are harassing me and trying to make me pay for something I didn't do," said Lee, who lives alone. She said she has been forced to pay $779 to the company and was told to pay $652 more or face having her services cut off.
Ozzy, Hef, and the Cunningham's all shared something with us: their homes, which we visited through our TV screens. See them here with some Bird's Eye View images.
This lavish 14,217-square foot California mansion is home and playground to the perpetually silk-robed octogenarian Hugh Hefner and the Playboy bunnies, where the reality television series "The Girls Next Door" was filmed in 2005.
10236 Charing Cross Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Beverly Hillbillies Mansion
Jed struck oil and then this California super manse became home to Jed, Granny, Elly Mae and Jethro in the 1962-1971 television series "The Beverly Hillbillies."
750 Bel Air Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90077
San Francisco is the TV setting of this grand Victorian manor that three sisters inherited from their grandmother. When an antique book in the attic unlocks the sisters' supernatural powers, they go on to live a life of fighting evil. In reality, this home is located in L.A.
A Chinese businessman has bought a MiG-21f plane from a U.S. seller on the online auction Web site eBay for $24,730 and plans to use it to decorate an empty space at his offices, a newspaper reported Sunday. The Beijing News newspaper identified the Chinese buyer as Zhang Cheng.
"I like to collect valuable items. I have the buying power and my company has an empty space where I can display the plane," the newspaper quoted Zhang as saying.
The eBay Web site for the transaction shows the plane is currently located in Lewiston, Idaho. It said the fighter jet, last flown in 1995, has been inspected by a museum and found to be in excellent condition.
British actress Keira Knightley was voted the world's sexiest woman in a magazine poll on Thursday, beating model Keeley Hazel and Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson into second and third place respectively.
The poll, which British magazine FHM said was based on two million votes, saw homegrown model and TV presenter Kelly Brook slip to 5th from first last year, while Angelina Jolie, expecting a baby in mid-May, came fourth.
Beyonce Knowles was the sexiest pop star at number seven and Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova the top sportswoman at number 56.
Describing the case as "rare" with a serious bearing on public health, the court directed PepsiCo India Holdings Ltd to pay 100,000 rupees (2,220 dollars) in damages to the Consumer Legal Aid Fund, the report said.
On inspecting its contents, Sharma said he found dirt and other contaminants inside. In the second unopened bottle, Sharma said he was shocked to find a condom. Pepsi on its part denied any wrongdoing and said it would challenge the ruling.
Mariposa resident Dave Givens makes a 186-mile drive -- each way -- five days a week to his job in San Jose. The electrical engineer has been doing that commute since 1989, spending seven hours every day getting to and from work at Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO).
Givens is the "ultimate road warrior," according to Midas Inc. (NYSE:MDS) and drove home with its first-place prize in the nationwide search for "America's Longest Commute." Givens out-drove thousands of other entrants to take home $10,000 in gas money and a range of maintenance services and products.
"I have a great job and my family loves the ranch where we live," Givens said. "So this is the only solution."
Think you pay a lot for gas? Perhaps you'd prefer to live in Venezuela.
UK TEESIDE $5.64 HONG KONG HONG KONG $5.62 UK MILFORD HAVEN $5.56 UK READING $5.56 RUSSIA MOSCOW $1.45 KAZAKHSTAN ALMATY $1.36 KAZAKHSTAN ATYRAU $1.35 TAJIKISTAN DUSHANBE $1.32 AZERBAIJAN BAKU $1.15 VENEZUELA CARACAS $0.14
Gasoline prices in the United States, which have recently hit record highs, are actually much lower than in many countries. A few countries, like Venezuela have prices that are far lower.
The main driver of price disparities between countries is government policy, according to AirInc, a company that tracks the cost of living in various places around the world. Many European nations tax gasoline heavily, with taxes making up as much as 75 percent of the cost of a gallon of gasoline, said a spokesperson for AirInc.
AdWeek has taken on the task of rounding up the top ten celebrity endorsement deals. For those who wish to wallow in the industry's obsession with celebrity. You can admire how a single celeb can, in one day, make more money than you might see in your entire life.
1. Catherine Zeta-Jones, T-Mobile: $20 million 2. Angelina Jolie, St. John: $12+ million 3. Nicole Kidman, Chanel No. 5: $12 million 4. Jessica Simpson, Guthy-Renker: $7.5 million 5. Gwyneth Paltrow, EstÃ¨e Lauder: $6+ million 6. Charlize Theron, Dior: $6 million 7. Julia Roberts, Gianfranco FerrÃ¨: $5 million 8. Brad Pitt, Heineken: $4 million 9. Scarlett Johansson, L'Oreal: $4 million 10.Penelope Cruz, L'Oreal: $4 million
Lara Croft's back and she's as bodacious as ever. In the new Tomb Raider: Legend, Eidos has crafted its heroine using its usual blend of Indiana Jones and Victoria's Secret. As she runs through the catacombs, Croft's spectacular chest heaves and her behind wiggles. In quiet moments between action sequences, she stretches up on tiptoes and arches her back, to get the kinks out. Ahem
The Final Girl theory emerged in 1985, when Carol Clover -- a medievalist and feminist film critic -- was dared by a friend to see The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Back then, most feminist theorists loathed slasher films, and regarded them as classic examples of male misogyny. It wasn't hard to figure out why: Thousands of young men were trooping into theaters to cheer wildly as masked psychos hacked apart screaming young women. That really didn't look good.
Following are the top gainers in the last 3 years. For example, 10,900 pages in 2003 included the word “furl” – meaning “to be or become rolled up” – whereas the same word returns 67,100,000 pages in 2006 (likely because of the web app appearing with the same name). Many other words in the list of top gainers are of foreign language, hinting perhaps at a faster growth of the foreign web (or a deeper crawl by Google).
Bra producers have been forced to offer bigger cup-sizes in China because improved nutrition is busting all previous chest measurement records. "It's so different from the past when most young women would wear A- or B-cup bras," Triumph brand saleswoman Zhang Jing told the Shanghai Daily from the Landmark Plaza of China's commercial hub.
"You...never expect those thin women to have such nice figures if they are not plastic."
The report, seen on the daily's Web site Tuesday, said that the Hong Kong-based lingerie firm Embry Group no longer produces A-cups for larger chest circumferences and has increased production of C-, D- and E-cup bras to meet pressing demand. The Beijing Institute of Clothing Technology released a report last week saying the average chest circumference of Chinese women has risen by nearly 1 cm (0.4 inch) to 83.53 cm (32.89 inches) since the early 1990s, the daily said.
Bill Gates holds a 25.5-percent stake in Pacific Ethanol Inc., resulting from a private transaction with the maker of corn-based fuel, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
Gates acquired 5.25 million shares convertible preferred stock on April 13 for $16 per share, the filing said. Those shares are convertible to 10.5 million shares of common stock. Pacific Ethanol is building an ethanol production facility in California and said in late March it hoped the deal with Cascade Investment, Gates's investment vehicle, would close by mid-April.
A high school student has been charged with fraud for allegedly hacking into Palm Beach County school computers and changing grades. Officials say Jeff Yorston turned himself in yesterday to face the felony computer fraud charges. He was released on five-thousand-dollars bond.
Yorston is a former student at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts. He allegedly changed eight students' grades over the past two years, using computer IDs and passwords from school district employees. The eight students included Yorston and his brother.
A Rice Krispie behaves like a piece of glass. If you hit it hard, it’ll break into a puzzle of a million pieces that, if you had the patience, you could put back together again.
The high temperature at which the cereal’s cooked creates extremely strong bonds that hold the rice’s starch molecules together. The strong bonds make the rice act like glass.
During the cooking process, each piece of rice expands and a network of air-filled caves and tunnels form inside. When you pour milk into your breakfast bowl, the cereal absorbs the milk. As milk flows into the crispy kernel, the liquid puts pressure on the air inside and pushes it around.
The air shoves against each pocket’s walls until they shatter, forcing out a snap, or a crackle, or, as you, know, sometimes a pop. You can also see tiny air bubbles escaping to the surface.
The race is now on. Because once the rice is wet enough, all the air pockets have burst, the sounds stop, and you're left in peace and quiet to eat soggy cereal.
TEE is 25, intelligent, articulate and likeable. Seven years ago, he had plans to become a lawyer. Unfortunately, becoming involved in identity theft has put paid to his dreams and he now has a criminal record that will stay with him for life.
'When I went to Manchester University, I was spending so much money on going out and travelling back to Leeds to see my parents that I soon fell into debt,' he says. 'When I went to the bank for help, it gave me a loan and encouraged me to borrow more. Before long, I owed about £10,000.' At the same time as Tee - not his real name - fell into debt, he began to hang around with the wrong crowd, many of whom were selling drugs or using stolen or cloned credit and debit cards.
'The way I saw it, the cards were compromised rather than stolen. I hadn't taken them from anyone and I knew the banks always covered any losses. So it was the banks that I was defrauding, not individuals.'
Alarmingly, Tee found it easy to get hold of consumers' personal information, buying card details from petrol stations and call centre staff for as little as £15 to £20 a time. 'It was easy to get people's details from call centre staff,' he says. 'Most of the time they were stressed, felt overworked and underpaid and were keen to make some money by passing on details.'
The makers of Silent Hill have two things going in their favor: they're making a game based on a well-loved game franchise, and they're making a horror movie. Both fan bases tend to be pretty forgiving of what little love they get from either genre in a typical year. There's some serious talent behind this adaptation as well—Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf) took up directorial duties and the screenplay was penned by Roger Avary, who wrote Killing Zoe and cowrote Pulp Fiction and True Romance.
Any horror movie is less about the actors and more about the situations they're put into. The heaviest lifting they need to do is generally looking terrified and screaming. And as is often the case in the horror genre, the cast of Silent Hill is only so-so. None of the performances or actors stood out to me. In particular, Sean Bean struck me as someone who is eminently forgettable, and simply looked pained through his scenes, as if the only direction given him was to pretend he hadn't had a bowel movement in months. But at least Silent Hill has the Borg Queen in it.
In the wake of the touchscreen iPod delay, Apple will be launching new 8GB and 10GB iPod nanos in the summer. At least that’s what Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is saying.
Munster’s reasoning is that, as the touchscreen iPod will likely not now appear until next year, Apple needs to launch something eye-catching in time for the lucrative run-up to Christmas – and bigger capacity nanos fit the bill nicely.
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Photographer Frederick Potter said he was excited to learn Canada Post offers a service that allows people to customize and order stamps by using their own photographs.
But when some artistic shots of his Ukrainian-born wife Oleanna Potter -- topless and in one with Maple Leaf flags covering her breasts -- were rejected as inappropriate, Frederick said he was baffled.
Francie Rehwald wanted her house to look "feminine", have curves and be eco-friendly. Her architect's answer was: "Let's use a 747!"
The wing of the Boeing jet will be used for the roof, its nose as a meditation temple while its trademark "bulge" will serve as a loft. The plane's parts were obtained from an aeroplane scrap yard in California.
They cost around $100,000 (£56,000) to purchase, while the construction of the project, which is expected to start in June, is thought likely to cost several million dollars by the time it is completed. Ms Rehwald's family owns one of California's largest Mercedes-Benz dealerships. The property will be set on a 55-acre (22-ha) piece of land on the remote Malibu hills, looking out onto a nearby mountain range, a valley and the Pacific Ocean.
Samsung Electronics said on Wednesday it has developed a tiny, 2GB memory card for use in mobile phones, just three months after it announced a card with half of that capacity.
The 2GB MMCmicro card is about the size and shape of one key on a standard computer keyboard and just .04 inches thick. It can store as much as 12 hours of "mobile video," Samsung said, without specifying a format.
It can also transmit data quickly. A user can download three hours of mobile video, for example, in less than two minutes, according to Samsung. The cards can read data at 10 megabits per second and write at 7 mbps, the Seoul-based company said.
Both the 2GB and 1GB cards are expected to become available later this year, Samsung said. There was no word yet on pricing.
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, the voice of the Aflac Inc. duck in television commercials for the insurer, was crowned "unsexiest man in the world" by an alternative newspaper on Tuesday.
"The parrot-voiced, pickle-faced comic is to sexy what Kryptonite is to Superman," The Boston Phoenix wrote.
New York Yankees pitcher Randy Johnson came in second followed by film critic Roger Ebert, television psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw and Fox television co-host Alan Colmes. Even actor Brad Pitt made the list, as the newspaper's 100th-least sexy man.
Osama bin Laden clocked in at number eight. Others included pop star Michael Jackson and nasal-voiced rapper Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys.
FHM Germany presents Isabell with a series of photographs in the current issue of the magazine and TDK Mediactive just released a first set of desktop wallpapers introducing her appearance in the game.
The competition started in the August issue of For Him Magazine with 100 girls. Now the readers made their choice. Young, attractive Isabell is closely involved with the car tuning scene and embodies racing lifestyle like no other.
For serious gamers looking for an edge on their next opponent, the XPS M1710 notebook offers blazing performance to match its bold looks. With Intel® Core™ Duo processors, a NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 7900 GTX graphics processor with 512 MB and up to 4 GB of memory, the XPS M1710 can deliver up to 35 percent better performance than its predecessor.
Customers can play 3-D games at high settings for stunning realism while simultaneously performing intensive tasks such as encoding music or running a virus scan without zapping performance.
Dell offers unique design choices of Special Edition Formula Red or Metallic Black displays so gamers can play in high style. To further customize the look, each XPS M1710 notebook features an illuminated XPS touchpad and adjustable 16-color perimeter lighting.
Starting at 8.75 pounds2, the XPS M1710, with its magnesium-alloy reinforced RoadReady™ chassis, is rugged enough to withstand punishment yet light enough to take the game on the road without draining the player’s energy.
Don't be evil. Those were the famous words Google included in its 2004 stock exchange listing filing with US regulators - and a search on this term lists Google's corporate philosophy page.
Internationally, the search engine behemoth strives to employ workers from many backgrounds, a recognition that its customers also come from every background. In Australia it hired more than 10 engineers from five ethnic backgrounds - but despite its best efforts, not a single woman.
Apple's iPod has become so popular that counterfeiters are making their own versions and passing them off as authentic. At first glance, the fake iPods appear very real. Apple is warning its resellers of the existence of these fake iPods and how to identify them.
The fake iPod nano's screen is very different in shape. Other differences: non-standard headphone jack, no dock connector.
Note the On/Off switch on the fake iPod shuffle has no "repeat" setting. Also no battery light indicator.
You are ... welllll ... Watching Paint Dry in my basement crawl space via a D-Link DCS-6620G wireless webcam. X10 Powerline technology is used to control the various "zones" and allow you to turn them on and off in real-time. Yes, you (and anyone else on the Internet) can toggle the rotating drying fan, make that Rainier Beer Sign light up ... or if you have had too much to drink, turn it off.
Invented by French automotive engineer Louis Reard, the swimsuit that took its name from the site of a nuclear test was a big bomb at first, though it eventually became the navel-bearing fashion that launched the careers of Ursula Andress, Bo Derek, Melanie Griffith and Elle Macpherson.
But in 1946, even fashionable, daring Paris was shocked when Reard brought out a range of two-piece swimsuits. "My bikini is smaller than the smallest swimsuit," he proudly declared. The bikini's bust into the big time would come on the curvy frames of Hollywood icons Marilyn Monore and Rita Hayworth.
In the following decade, Jayne Mansfield provided further publicity, as did Brigitte Bardot in France with her 1956 film "And God Created Woman." By 1966 -- when Raquel Welch wore one in "One Million Years B.C." -- the bikini had morphed from fashion disaster to fashion dictum.
Cyber hottie adventurer Lara Croft has garnered a Guinness World Record as the most successful human video-game heroine of all time, according to Eidos Interactive, publisher of the "Tomb Raider" franchise.
The record-keeping organization awarded the recognition because Croft has transcended the boundaries of video games, Guinness noted. The award comes at the same time that Eidos is shipping a new Croft game, "Tomb Raider: Legend." The game is already the top seller in the UK, and is expected to do robust business worldwide.
Since first arriving on the scene ten years ago, Lady Lara Croft has sold more than 28 million games globally. But she has also made the leap into other arenas, expanding her profile even among those who do not game. She "appeared" onstage with U2 and has had magazine spreads featuring her image.
In addition to being the focus of multiple comic books, she reached the mass market mainly through two film versions of "Tomb Raider," in which she was played by the alluring, yet intimidating Angelina Jolie.
About 102,000 Disney branded portable DVD players are being recalled because the battery packs sold with the players can overheat and possibly burst when recharging, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday.
The commission said there have been 17 reports of batteries overheating with three reports of minor skin irritations and three reports of minor property damage.
The DVD players were sold at Walt Disney Co. theme parks, through the Disney catalog, and at discount and electronics stores nationwide from April 2005 through March 2006 for between $70 and $130.
Anyone with a teenager in their family should know about Sprint’s new Family Locator Service that allows parents to know where their kids are at all times thanks to GPS cell phones.
"We encourage parents and guardians to maintain open and frequent communication with their children," said Nancy McBride, the national safety director for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, in an accompanying statement. The service also lets parents set up e-mail alerts which notify them when a child and his or her phone reaches a certain destination at a specified time. A parent away from home could set up an alert, for instance, that would ping when a child arrives home by a certain time.
Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP) is a very popular device and has sold a few million units, but when compared to Apple’s iPod, the PSP lacks storage space. Luckily, the PSP has a built in WiFi card to make up for this disadvantage. With a few simple steps, all of which are included in this tutorial, anyone can stream any non-copyright music from their iTunes library to their PSP.
1) Download iTunes-PSP-Server.exe and save it to your desktop. 2) Disable any firewalls and/or keep port 8080 open. 3) Launch iTunes and then click on the iTunes-PSP-Server after. 4) In IE/Firefox open the page “http://localhost:8080″ 5) Setup is complete if an “iTunes RSS Server” page appeared.
Indian actresses Aishwarya Rai, seen here in 2005, and Mallika Sherawat are leading the limited impact of Bollywood stars in the US, but most are already household names among the Indian diaspora with stars mobbed during film events in Europe.
A Varig airlines cargo plane from Brazil sits parked at the Mexico City airport with its nose up in the air after the cargo was unevenly distributed on Wednesday April 12, 2006.
Brazil's troubled flagship airline Varig, is reeling under an estimated US$3.3 billion (euro2.7 billion) in debt and is currently in the restructuring phase of bankruptcy proceedings and last April 12, some 300 Varig employees boarded a chartered jet to Brasilia, the nation's capital, to call on the federal government to bail out the company, which employs 11,000 people.
A German man is suing the Easter Bunny for grievous bodily harm. Karl-Friedrich Lentze, from Berlin, has filed a complaint with prosecutors, accusing the Easter Bunny of causing addiction to chocolate which contributes to heart attacks, obesity and strokes.
According to Lentze, "The Easter Bunny is a sadistic and unscrupulous offender who preys on people's sweet tooth. "Find this evil bunny, handcuff his paws and remove him from shops in time for Easter."
Christian Avenarius, a public prosecutor spokesperson, said: "We will act upon the complaint with speed and diligence."
Marc Quinn created a statue of Kate Moss in a yoga position. Quinn says, “She is a contemporary version of the Sphinx. A mystery.” This statue is on display in London, but New Yorkers will be able to see Mark Quinn’s five piece collection in the Mary Boone Gallery coming in April 2007. His statue was initially announced earlier this year by Times Online, but now he has finished.
With all the former pop princesses spending more time in the tabloids than on the charts (Britney trying to tame Kevin, Christina celebrating a new marriage, Jessica ending hers and Pink picking fights with all the aforementioned), it's easy to see how the story of a scandal-free female singer/songwriter could get lost in the shuffle.
Listeners are clearly fond of the record's content. The disc is certified gold and has been getting steady radio play since its release last summer. Paul Cubby Bryant, music director and afternoon personality for New York pop station Z100, immediately knew he'd found something special with Bedingfield's first top-10 hit. "When I first heard These Words," he proclaims, "I was like, wow, this song is all hook, which is textbook what you need for a hit song ... It's impossible for this to not be a hit."
London's most expensive sandwich, nick-named 'The MacDonald Sandwich', is seen at Selfridges in London April 10, 2006. The sandwich, which is on sale for 85 pounds ($148 dollars), contains ingredients of Wagyu beef, fresh lobe foie gras, black truffle mayonnaise, brie de meaux, rocket, red pepper and mustard confit and English plum tomatoes.
George Eastman invented a camera simple enough for anyone to operate. He then set out to market it to those he thought most likely to use it--women. In 1893, he introduced the Kodak Girl, a fashionable, young, vibrant and independent woman who often appeared in ads in a distinctive blue and white striped dress. Until the mid-1920's the Kodak Girl roamed the world freely taking pictures as she went.
The minute I first saw one of those early ads at an antique show, I identified with this woman. I WAS the Kodak Girl. Unfortunately in my 50's childhood, the Kodak Girl usually appeared as a lifesize cardboard cutout wearing a swimsuit and posing with a camera, standing at the entrance to a camera shop.
This article describes how to interpret the messages of the most common handshakes. Such nonverbal information is an invaluable addition to whatever you may learn from another person's verbal responses, clothing, resume or work record. To interpret handshaking, you'll need to learn how to pick up the subtle signals that are sent during a handshake.
During this handshake, the person's right hand will grab yours while the left hand grasps your wrist, forearm, biceps, shoulder, or neck The higher the left hand, the greater the manipulation and control. This is the favorite handshake of politicians Because it implies a quick sincerity and intimacy. This person is trying to sell you something that's not really there, e.g., "we're great buddies." He or she would probably not make a good salesperson because other people will tend not to trust this "used car salesman" shake.
Simplify. Organize. (And relax.) Organizing your schedule shouldn't be a burden. That's why we've created Google Calendar – our free online shareable calendar service. With Google Calendar, it's easy to keep track of all your life's important events – birthdays, reunions, little league games, doctor's appointments – all in one place.
Using Google Calendar, you can add events and invitations effortlessly, share with friends and family (or keep things to yourself), and search across the web for events you might enjoy. It's organizing made easy.
A Texas software company sued Best Buy Co. Inc. in federal court on Tuesday, alleging that the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer was using unlicensed versions of its diagnostic equipment.
The lawsuit by Austin-based Winternals alleges employees of Best Buy's computer-repair subsidiary, Geek Squad Inc., have been using pirated versions of the software since talks on a commercial licensing agreement broke off. The suit accuses Best Buy and its subsidiaries of copyright infringement, circumvention of copyright infringement systems and misappropriation of trade secrets.
These Curiously Strong magnets have amazing strength in a very small size. Five to fifteen times the strength of common fridge magnets, these magnets can lift 400 times their own weight in steel. Their power will astonish you. This type of magnet is generally used in expensive electronic equipment such as computer hard drives, cell phones and loudspeakers. Now you can own some without ripping apart that old hard drive you used in college.
Each set contains 87 grade 40 neodymium-iron-boron rare-earth permanent magnets plated in nickel.
These magnets are very strong and should be handled with care. Small children should not handle these magnets. Older children should be supervised at all times when handling these magnets. These magnets should not be ingested. If the magnets are allowed to snap together or against steel, they will chip and crack.
You should keep them at least six to twelve inches away from computer hard drives, credit cards, computer monitors, and other susceptible electronic equipment. Individuals with pacemakers and other internal medical devices should not handle or come within close proximity of strong magnets. These magnets are safe for air transport as packaged but as a general rule they should be kept off airplanes.
PhotoMann recently decided to 'collect' images of unique vending machines found in Japan. They are everywhere. Estimates suggest there are 5.6 million vending machines which works out to be one for every 20 people in Japan. Sales from vending machines in 2000 totaled $56 billion! The most common are drink and cigarette machines followed by machines with pornography. Below is a sampling of the machines to be found.
French fries, dumplings, hot dogs, etc are available from this machine along the Tohoku expressway. Mmmmm...Good.
Welcome to my Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness. On this page, I list wacky, bizarre, surreal and otherwise strange examples of technical documentation, particularly illustration. This page is in its infancy, so I welcome submissions, both written and visual. Note that I'm not looking for just bad technical writing--there are plenty of examples of that. I'm looking for the inexplicable, the surreal and the strange.
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The Wall Street Journal says shows like "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost" would be available on a revamped Web site the morning after they air. The report says shows would be archived so viewers can eventually watch an entire season of shows from outlets including ABC and Disney Channel.
New technology would be aimed at preventing viewers from fast-forwarding through commercials, in an effort to keep advertisers happy.
Bethesda Softworks has announced that its Elder Scroll's IV: Oblivion game has sold more than 1.7 million copies on both PC and Xbox 360 platforms. The game accounted for 13% of PC game sales in the first week of release and has also become the fastest selling game ever on the Xbox 360.
The storyline of Oblivion is what one expect from a classical role-playing game. The player must find a successor to the throne as the previous emperor has been assassinated. The task is complicated by the periodic appearance of demons that attack towns across Oblivion's world, Tamriel.
But, wait—what if Apple offered the opposite deal? Instead of a disk that allows you to boot Windows on a Mac, what about a disk that lets you boot OS X on any Intel-powered PC? I don't want Windows on a Mac. I want OS X on a PC. Dedicated hackers can already do it themselves. The only thing that's keeping everyone else from loading Apple's OS on a Vaio is a free disk—and Apple's blessing, of course.
Face it, most of your time at the computer is spent interacting with the operating system and applications, not admiring the case. OS X is an excellent operating system, with a lovely, soothing interface that doesn't wriggle like a bug. Why not run it on the cheapest computer you can get? If you cracked open a new Mac and took stock, you'd realize you could buy the same computer much cheaper by ignoring its packaging. Once you got rolling on e-mail and Web surfing, you might even forget what your PC looks like. What matters is what's onscreen.
The Gender Ads Project is organized in a number of topical areas or tropes of advertising. These are themes that I or others have identified in popular culture and gender.
As a number of theorists have considered, the nature of postmodern culture involves forms of signification that deliberately defy linear interpretations (see M. Gottdiener, Postmodern Semiotics, Blackwell, 1995). In the world one of advertising, one of the recent developments has been the ambiguous ad—an ad, that through pictorial or written means, resists conventional interpretation.
We see examples of this in a number of ads populating our consciousness over the last five or so years. They include lesbians and gays in varied contexts. On the one hand such ads can be seen as progressive in opening up considerations of non-heterosexual culture, while on the other one say that they are being used to fulfill traditional desires—such as in the case of lesbians in advertising and the context of male heterosexuality.
The phallic signifier, seemingly omnipresent in popular culture, finds continual usage in the world of advertising. Some examples are very obvious uses of the phallus, while others use it in a more subtle sense. A number of authors have commented on the common symbolism of such ads, such as in the use of lipstick, heels and cigarettes.
When your dog passes away, pack the dog in dry ice and ship in the carton provided via overnight service (UPS or Fed Ex) to our facilities in Bowerville. We will immediately gut your dog and mount it’s hide on a lightweight, durable fiberglas frame.
"There is an 80s song by Tommy Tutone called "Jenny (867-5309)" about a guy finding a girl's name and number on a wall and he wants to call it. The song led to telephone lines getting jammed when the song first came out, which led to the rumor that telephone companies don't give the number out or discontinued every 867-5309 out there. As you can see, I proved this wrong. The numbers are area codes."
Whenever the president travels, security is a prime consideration. Motorcade routes are kept secret, and premature release of information about a presidential trip aboard one of the twin Air Force One planes can result in the Secret Service canceling a visit.
Thus, the Air Force reacted with alarm last week after The Chronicle told the Secret Service that a government document containing specific information about the anti-missile defenses on Air Force One and detailed interior maps of the two planes -- including the location of Secret Service agents within the planes -- was posted on the Web site of an Air Force base.
The document also shows the location where a terrorist armed with a high-caliber sniper rifle could detonate the tanks that supply oxygen to Air Force One's medical facility.
As of Friday, the document was still posted online. The Secret Service refused to comment on the document's release.
In a rare discussion about the severity of the Windows malware scourge, a Microsoft security official said businesses should consider investing in an automated process to wipe hard drives and reinstall operating systems as a practical way to recover from malware infestation.
"When you are dealing with rootkits and some advanced spyware programs, the only solution is to rebuild from scratch. In some cases, there really is no way to recover without nuking the systems from orbit," Mike Danseglio, program manager in the Security Solutions group at Microsoft, said in a presentation at the InfoSec World conference here.
He cited a recent instance where an unnamed branch of the U.S. government struggled with malware infestations on more than 2,000 client machines. "In that case, it was so severe that trying to recover was meaningless. They did not have an automated process to wipe and rebuild the systems, so it became a burden. They had to design a process real fast," Danseglio added.
He recommended using PepiMK Software's SpyBot Search & Destroy, Mark Russinovich's RootkitRevealer and Microsoft's own Windows Defender, all free utilities that help with malware detection and cleanup, and urged CIOs to take a defense-in-depth approach to preventing infestations.
Playboy magazine legend Hugh Hefner is celebrating his 80th birthday in signature style: surrounded by sexy, lingerie-clad bunnies, quaffing champagne and eating caviar.
Hefner, who helped kick-start the sexual revolution by founding the world's best-known girlie magazine 52 years ago, fetes the start of his ninth decade on Sunday.
The former copywriter tentatively launched Playboy in December 1953, putting the magazine together on his kitchen table, and bought some nude pictures of a then-unknown Marilyn Monroe, who was featured in the magazine's first issue as "Sweetheart of the Month."
A D-color, flawless diamond ring of 50.53 carats with an estimate of $3,500,000 is displayed at Christies auction house, Friday, April 7, 2006 in New York. The ring is a part of the 'Magnificent Jewels' sale that opens Christies spring season.
Toshiba Digital Products Division, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced a high-performance notebook designed for gaming and multimedia enthusiasts who want to enjoy state-of-the-art graphics in a portable form factor at an affordable price of $1,999.99 (ESUP1).
Featuring a 17-inch diagonal widescreen display in a 7.1-pound2 notebook chassis, the Satellite® P105-S921 features the NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 7900 GS card with 256MB of graphics3 memory, delivering stunning graphics for the hottest 3D games and multimedia programs.
The notebook also includes the Intel® Core™ Duo Processor4 T2400 that reduces power consumption while boosting overall performance from graphics to wireless5 capabilities, as well as a DVI-D output port to allow users to connect to an HDTV.
Apple blames iPod nano screen defects on obese Americans with ight pants. Apple today officially acknowledged that a small number of iPod nano owners have reported problems with the hot-selling music player. Customers are reporting instances where after removing the iPod nano from their front pockets (much as Steve Jobs did during the iPod nano’s famous unveiling) finding that the nano’s LCD screen is cracked, and in some instances, no longer works at all.
Apple’s SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller said today in a press release “…this issue has affected less than 1/10 of 1 percent of the total iPod nano units that we’ve shipped. It is not a design issue. It has more to do with obese Americans in tight pants putting the nano in their front jeans pocket, and then sitting for extended periods of time.”
Blaming the nano’s screen issues on fat people is not the first time Apple has come under fire for attacking its super-sized customers. In 1998 the American Obesity Association filed a complaint against Apple charging the company’s hot-selling iMac computer shipped with a miniature keyboard and mouse that could not accommodate the enlarged fingers of obese Americans. In the complaint, the AOA alleges the keyboard made correct spelling all but impossible for large fingers that would sometimes accidentally press up to 3 keys at a time. The “hockey puck” mouse that shipped with the unit was also criticized for not being able to support the increased weight of a 7 pound hand. During extended use the track ball would often become oval-shaped, causing the mouse to stop functioning corectly.
San Francisco has selected a joint bid by EarthLink and Google to provide the California city with a wireless network.
Under the joint proposal, which the two companies submitted to the city in February, free and paid wireless service would be available throughout the city. Google will manage the free 300Kpbs wi-fi service, while EarthLink will offer the faster premium service of 1Mbps for up to $20 a month.
WOMEN with high exposure to the sun as teenagers may be protected against breast cancer in later life, doctors have found.
Boosting levels of vitamin D could be beneficial at a time when breast cells are developing. New evidence of the ability of the "sunshine vitamin" to reduce the risk of cancer comes from two studies presented in the US. They found women with the highest levels of the vitamin produced by the body when exposed to sunlight were up to 50 per cent less likely to develop breast cancer.
This follows a study in the American Journal of Public Health last year which found a large dose of vitamin D every day could halve the risk of some cancers. Experts say vitamin D deficiency causes thousands of cancer deaths every year.
There are no nudes and the cover is anything but X-rated, but Playboy magazine still sparked a furore when it hit newsstands in the world's most populous Muslim nation.
Indonesia's first edition of the monthly features pictures of underwear-clad women baring at most midriffs, thighs and cleavage, making it no more risque than local editions of British men's magazines FHM and Maxim already on sale here.
While Muslim hardliners prepared to protest the launch of the magazine, some readers who paid 39,000 rupiah (about four dollars) were disappointed by the lack of saucy pictures.
"It's sinful to read Playboy if there's no nudity!" a caller to Jakarta's 68H radio said. "It's a scandal! There's no nude women in the magazine. I think we have been deceived," another caller complained.
More and more people are buying and loving Macs. To make this choice simply irresistible, Apple will include technology in the next major release of Mac OS X, Leopard, that lets you install and run the Windows XP operating system on your Mac. Called Boot Camp (for now), you can download a public beta today.
Boot Camp lets you install Windows XP without moving your Mac data, though you will need to bring your own copy to the table, as Apple Computer does not sell or support Microsoft Windows.(1) Boot Camp will burn a CD of all the required drivers for Windows so you don't have to scrounge around the Internet looking for them.
Once you’ve completed Boot Camp, simply hold down the option key at startup to choose between Mac OS X and Windows. (That’s the “alt” key for you longtime Windows users.) After starting up, your Mac runs Windows completely natively. Simply restart to come back to Mac.
Mac OS X Tiger v10.4.6 (check Software Update) The latest Firmware update (check Support Downloads) 10GB free hard disk space An Intel-based Mac A blank recordable CD A printer for the instructions (You’ll want to print them before installing Windows, really.) A bona fide installation disc for Microsoft Windows XP, Service Pack 2, Home or Professional (No multi-disc, upgrade or Media Center versions.)
The arrival of Apple-made software that makes it possible to run Windows XP natively on Intel-based Macs poses as many challenges to Mac game publishers as it does opportunities. But the game makers Macworld spoke to focused on the boost that Boot Camp potentially brings to the Mac gaming market.
“As a gamer, I think it’s some of the best news to come from Apple, ever,” said Peter Tamte, president of MacSoft owner Destineer.
Other game publishers took a more wait-and-see stance. Glenda Adams, director of development with Aspyr Media, says there are a number of questions that need to be answered to truly gauge the impact of Boot Camp on the Mac game market—chief among them, whether gamers will want to dual-boot Macs and how many Mac users will continue to buy games. Still, she sees potential upsides stemming from Boot Camp’s release.
You can now see Eva Longoria from Space! For air travellers flying over southern Nevada this week, the view offers more than endless dusty desert.
A giant, bikini-clad Hollywood star perched on the desert sands isn't a mirage, but a recreation of a Maxim magazine cover. The cover is made of a vinyl-mesh screen and reads: THE ONLY MAGAZINE BIG ENOUGH TO BE SEEN FROM SPACE - AND ONLY IN VEGAS!
A barely dressed Eva Longoria, star of ABC's Desperate Housewives, graces the 23-by-33-metre display just outside Primm, Nev., near the California state line. The cover is part of several days of events celebrating the magazine's 100-issue milestone, including poker and golf tournaments at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel-casino, a Maxim public relations representative said this week.
Track (via GPS) Your Adventures Via Google Earth or Mapquest! This small GPS gadget can easily be placed in a car, boat, land speeder, or just about any moving object and will record its own time, date, location, speed, direction and altitude.
The recorded information can then be downloaded to your computer through the USB port and optionally integrated with Google Earth or Mapquest. This feature allows you to "playback" the location points of the TrackStick and see a visual mapped history of its travels.
Containing 1MB of memory it can store information for months of travel. It’s so small you can hide it for covert applications. There are no special software applications to buy and the raw data can be exported in RTF, XLS, HTML, or Google Earth KML formats.
Step into a world of luxury with the Dagobert Throne Toilet by Herbeau Creations. Take your bathroom back a few years with this pull chain antique style toilet that perfectly accents a clawfoot bathtub in your vintage bathroom. The toilet comes with an ashtray, candle holder, and hand painted toilet bowl and plaque.
A British singer has signed up by a major record label after broadcasting live performances from her living room on the Internet.
Sandi Thom, 24, is now on the books of RCA/SonyBMG after signing with the label at her flat on Monday night.
She built up a daily audience of more than 100,000 people around the world. Speaking on British television, Sandi said she could not believe what had happened and that her life had "changed dramatically."
"It has obviously changed for the better. "I have managed to get massive amounts of exposure through using the Internet and that is something that people have struggled to do for years."
Vehicles that are able to parallel park themselves while drivers sit and relax behind the wheel are coming to the United States, according to a Local 6 News report.
New Toyota hybrid cars are now available in Britain with a $700 "parking assist" option. Local 6 news showed video of a driver sitting and allowing the car's steering wheel to turn on its own as it pulled into a tight parking spot on a London street. The reporter never touched the wheel as the car parked itself.
With the self-parking assistant, the driver is only responsible for controlling the speed of the car, via the brake pedal. The car's computer senses when it's time to turn the car's wheel and announces when the ride is over. The computer can be heard saying, "The assist is over."
So far, the new technology is only available on Toyota hybrid models in Britain with 70 percent of the car owners paying the $700 for the self-park feature.
Vomiting is one of those subjects people often try to graze over when discussing drinking. But let’s face up to reality: while many a boozer likes to brag he never or rarely reverses the flow of alcohol, truth be known, even the most accomplished drinker finds occasion to vomit. Even if it’s just to make room for more booze or to impress fellow imbibers with the distance he can launch the meat loaf he had for lunch.
First off, public puking is something you should never do halfway. It’s very bad form to bolt out of a room, hand clasped over your mouth, chunks of half-digested Dinty Moore frothing between your fingers. This behavior is akin to a barely wounded soldier fleeing the battlefield in disgrace.
If you have sufficient warning, tell your companions: “Do excuse me, but I must vomit,” and stroll casually to the restroom to relieve yourself. That is not retreating, that is merely retiring to the rear to refit and regroup, so you may later return to the front and continue the gallant struggle.
If you cannot exit with that bare minimum of dignity, however, you must stand in place like a soldier chained to a machine gun and let them have it.
The specially designed training seat securely sits on your toilet. Your cat naturally uses CitiKitty as its new litter box. Each of the four perforated rings are removed from the training seat thus reducing the amount of litter. Once all rings are removed your cat is toilet trained!
Maintaining a litter box is the most frustrating task for cat owners. Litter boxes smell, are messy and expensive to maintain. The average cat owner spends over $175 (USD) per year on litter. That’s over $2,625 (USD) over the lifetime of their cat.
"This cat potty trainer improves on the Mingus method...after only five weeks, my cat is using the toilet without a misstep."
As Apple Computer Inc. enters its fourth decade this week, it faces a set of headaches that are relatively new to the company: The ones that come from being a top dog.
After spending most of its life as a respected but cultish small player, Apple has entered the mainstream, courtesy of the iPod. For years, tech industry watchers wondered if the company would even survive, as Apple's share of the computer market dwindled to a sliver.
With the success of its digital music player and online music store, Apple is now finding itself accused of being a monopolist. French lawmakers are trying to make Apple stop linking its online iTunes Music Store exclusively to its iPod player, and music publishers are chafing at Apple's refusal to charge more than 99 cents a track at iTunes. Both argue that popularity gives Apple unfair control over the market.
Even malicious software-writing hackers are showing an unwelcome interest in Apple's Mac computer. This year has seen two "malware" programs designed to muck up the Mac operating system. Though the programs weren't particularly damaging, antivirus software companies were quick to pile on with talk of how Mac is about to become the new "it" platform for hackers to attack.
It has become tradition on the first of April to pull jokes of the harmless variety on those near and dear to us. We plot and we scheme, and often the yuks are funnier in our imaginings than how they play out in reality, but that doesn't stop us from sending the little kid in us out on a rampage. Even the most staid among us have been known to indulge in a practical joke or two, so beware of trusting anyone on that day.
Wherever and whenever the custom began, it has since evolved its own lore and set of unofficial rules. Superstition has it that the pranking period expires at noon on the 1st of April and any jokes attempted after that time will call bad luck down onto the head of the perpetrator. Additionally, those who fail to respond with good humor to tricks played upon them are said to attract bad luck to themselves.
Not all superstitions about the day are negative, though — fellas fooled by a pretty girl are said to be fated to end up married to her, or at least enjoy a healthy friendship with the lass.
The media can't resist getting into the act. Radio personalities are especially drawn to creating playful hoaxes. The year Canada introduced a two-dollar coin, pranksters from CHEZ FM fooled listeners into believing April 1 was the last day the treasury would honor all the two-dollar bills still in circulation. Local banks and the Royal Canadian Mint fielded call after call from concerned citizens. That same year, other radio pranksters had people going through their pocket change in search of the elusive two-dollar coins which had mistakenly been minted from real gold.
Current tastes seem to run more to funny phone calls and media-driven extravaganzas. But it's still okay to reach back to older times for inspiration. Be a traditionalist — on April 1 send a co-worker to fetch a tube of elbow grease or 50 feet of shoreline.