Thursday, August 31, 2006
Katie Blair Tara Conner Miss Teen USA 2006
How to Make a Pickle Light Bulb
Keep in mind, you are dealing with LIVE AC! Use common sense and all possible caution! I grabbed ahold of one of the wires while discussing it infront of a group of Physics Pholks at Rutgers a few years back and got a rude awakening! Made the demo much more interesting for the audience, but ruined my day (not to mention my shorts...).
1) Get a pickle.
2) Jam electrical wires into opposite ends of said pickle.
3) Plug wires into AC socket.
Cindy Kienow's $10,000 Tip on $26 Tab
Two weeks ago, one of Cindy Kienow's regular customers left her a $100 tip on a tab that wasn't even half that. This week, he added a couple of zeros. Kienow, a bartender at Applebee's, got a $10,000 tip from the man - for a $26 meal - on Sunday.
Kienow said the man, whom company officials have declined to name, comes in several times a month and eats at the end of the bar. He has always tipped well, she said, usually leaving $15 on a $30 tab.
Kienow said that while she always talks with the man when he comes in - usually about current events or the weather - she can't think of anything that would have prompted the huge tip.
Paris Hilton's CD is Instant tanker
PARIS Hilton's career as a pop star is fizzling as quickly as one of her blink-and-you'll-miss-it relationships.
Paris Hilton "Stars Are Blind" Music Video
In its first week out of the gate, Hilton's first CD is being widely seen as a certified flop. "Paris," which features the single "Stars Are Blind," sold a lackluster 75,000 copies in the United States - a pittance compared to Christina Aguilera's first-week sales of 320,000, according to Soundscan.
And projected sales for next week are said to be a measly 30,000, which is a larger than normal second week drop.
"Paris" is languishing at the bottom of Billboard's Hot 100 - so Hilton's label rushed out her second single, "Turn It Up," which isn't doing very well either.
Radio Shack E-Fires 400 Workers
"You've got mail! ...and no job! The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that RadioShack has notified 400 workers by e-mail that they are being laid off. The e-mails state,
'The work force reduction notification is currently in progress. Unfortunately your position is one that has been eliminated.' Nothing says thank you for your years of service to our company quite like an e-boot out the door."
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
American Patriotic War Time Posters
Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility Updated
A quick look at the Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility List reveals that 39 new titles have been added to the list and 9 have been updated. The number of games on the list stands at almost 300 now, that is 300 games that all get a boost in the graphics department thanks to 720p / 1080i upscaling and anti-aliasing.
It is nice to know that MS hasn’t given up on its commitment to backwards compatibility. Here is a partial list of the games added / updated:
Burnout 3: Takedown, Counter Strike, Dead to Rights, Ghost Recon - Island Thunder, Half Life 2, The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer, Mortal Kombat: Deception, Rogue Trooper, Serious Sam, and Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run
Download Free Books from Google?
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Before the rise of the public library -– a story chronicled in this 1897 edition of The Free Library – access to large collections of books was the privilege of a wealthy minority. Now, with the help of our wonderful library partners, we're able to offer you the ability to download and read PDF versions of out-of-copyright books from some of the world’s greatest collections.
Your Brain Boots Up Like a Computer
As we yawn and open our eyes in the morning, the brain stem sends little puffs of nitric oxide to another part of the brain, the thalamus, which then directs it elsewhere.
Like a computer booting up its operating system before running more complicated programs, the nitric oxide triggers certain functions that set the stage for more complex brain operations, according to a new study.
In these first moments of the day, sensory information floods the system—the bright sunlight coming through the curtains, the time on the screeching alarm clock—and all of it needs to be processed and organized, so the brain can understand its surroundings and begin to perform more complex tasks.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
NASA’s World Wind Vs Google Earth
Could NASA’s World Winds give Google Earth a run for its money? I am a big fan of Google Earth so I downloaded the 59MB World Winds program and decided to see what it is all about, you should as well. Also included in the download is World Wind Mars and World Wind Moon.
World Wind allows any user to zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth, leveraging high resolution LandSat imagery and SRTM elevation data to experience Earth in visually rich 3D, just as if they were really there. Particular focus was put into the ease of usability so people of all ages can enjoy World Wind. All one needs to control World Wind is a two button mouse.
Windows Vista Prices Launch Date Revealed
It looks like Microsoft has accidentally leaked some details of the price of its next-generation operating system. At least for customers who live in the Great Frozen North.
FULL versions (all prices Canadian)
Windows Vista Ultimate $499
Windows Vista Business $379
Windows Vista Home Premium $299
Windows Vista Home Basic $259
UPGRADE versions (all prices Canadian)
Windows Vista Ultimate Upgrade $299
Windows Vista Business Upgrade $249
Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade $199
Windows Vista Home Basic Upgrade $129
How Many Lightbulbs Does it Take to Change the World?
Sitting humbly on shelves in stores everywhere is a product, priced at less than $3, that will change the world. Soon. It is a fairly ordinary item that nonetheless cuts to the heart of a half-dozen of the most profound, most urgent problems we face. Energy consumption. Rising gasoline costs and electric bills. Greenhouse-gas emissions. Dependence on coal and foreign oil. Global warming.
The product is the compact fluorescent lightbulb, a quirky-looking twist of frosted glass. In the energy business, it is called a "CFL," or an "energy saver." One scientist calls it an "ice-cream-cone spiral," because in its most-advanced, most-appealing version, it looks like nothing so much as a cone of swirled soft-serve ice cream.
Most people have some experience with swirl bulbs, but typically it hasn't been happy. In the early 1990s, you would step into a room in a business traveler's hotel, flip on the lights by the door and between the beds, turn on the desk lamp and the floor lamp, then stand in the gloom looking around and thinking, "There must be another switch somewhere that actually turns on the light." Every one of the bulbs flickering to life was a compact fluorescent--and five of them together didn't provide enough light to read the card listing the lineup of cable-TV channels.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Bluetooth Laser Virtual Keyboard
Remember when you were promised all those amazing future tech innovations? Just around the corner was supposed to be a shining technology utopia with flying cars, personal space travel to distant galaxies, and bio-implantable cell phones. It's almost disappointing enough to make you sit at home and watch old episodes of "Space 1999".
Don't lose hope! An amazing glimpse of this promised future has just arrived at ThinkGeek in the form of the Bluetooth Laser Virtual Keyboard. This tiny device laser-projects a keyboard on any flat surface... you can then type away accompanied by simulated key click sounds.
It really is true future magic at its best. You'll be turning heads the moment you pull this baby from your pocket and use it to compose an e-mail on your bluetooth enabled PDA or Cell Phone. With 63 keys and and full size QWERTY layout the Laser Virtual Keyboard can approach typing speeds of a standard keyboard... in a size a little larger than a matchbook.
Monty Python Killer Rabbit
Oh it’s just a harmless little bunny, isn’t it? How could a cute thing like that bite anyone’s head off? Well, be warned – and be afraid. Straight from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail comes this furry harbinger of doom. Cute, furry, soft, and completely deadly. Look at those teeth – they weren’t made for vegetables. No, this rabbit has an appetite for only one thing: human flesh!
This is a plush life-sized version of that famed beast of destruction. It looks like a cute little bunny, but pull open its mouth to reveal its hideously deformed teeth. And if that’s not enough, squeeze its leg (if you dare!) to start its evil red eyes flashing.
Unless you happen to have a Holy Hand Grenade in your arsenal, there is only one thing left for you to do: Run Away! Run Away!
Caliente Nudist Resort Fundraiser in the Buff
Some folks marched about in nothing but a T-shirt. A topless woman charged $5 for a smooch at the kissing booth. Another topless woman coated her breasts with red and silver fabric paint, then blotted them onto a T-shirt for sale.
This wasn't your typical Relay For Life, one of the American Cancer Society's largest fundraisers. This was a Relay For Life at the Caliente nudist resort.
Computer Problem Report Form
Is your computer plugged in?
Is it turned on?
Have you tried to fix it yourself?
Have you made it worse?
Have you had ``a friend'' who ``knows all about computers'' try to fix it for you?
Did they make it even worse?
Have you read the manual?
Are you sure you've read the manual?
Are you absolutely certain you've read the manual?
If you read the manual, do you think you understood it?
128 Students Suspended at Morton High School
Classrooms were a little less crowded at Morton High School on the first day of classes: 128 students were sent home for wearing the wrong clothes.
Fed up with inappropriate outfits, the principal suspended the students for one day Wednesday, minutes after doors opened at the school. Those suspended represent more than 10 percent of the 1,200 total students.
The offending attire — including baggy pants, low-cut shirts, tank tops and graphic T-shirts — are banned from classrooms. Students were also cited for cell phone use.
Mt. Fuji L'eau Du Robinet Bottled Water Exposed
Bottled water is not guaranteed to be any healthier than tap water. In fact, roughly 40 percent of bottled water begins as tap water; often the only difference is added minerals that have no marked health benefit,'' EPI said.
More than 50 Indian villages have complained of water shortages after bottlers began extracting water for sale under Coca-Cola Co.'s Dasani label, EPI said.
Consumers spend a collective $100 billion every year on bottled water in the belief--often mistaken, as it happens--that this is better for us than what flows from our taps, according to environmental think tank the Earth Policy Institute (EPI).
Even in areas where tap water is safe to drink, demand for bottled water is increasing--producing unnecessary garbage and consuming vast quantities of energy,'' said Arnold. ''Although in the industrial world bottled water is often no healthier than tap water, it can cost up to 10,000 times more.
At up to $2.50 per liter ($10 per gallon), bottled water costs more than gasoline in the United States.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
New Airport Security Procedures
The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority imposed stricter measures starting midday – including a ban of almost all clothing and under garments on carry-on luggage for flights within the country, and to and from the United States and Britain.
As a result, security officials made more checks for such items and passengers could be seen shedding all their clothing and piling their belongings. Transport officials said the new restrictions would be in effect for 72 hours, but could be extended.
On Aug. 13, 2006, underwear was added to the list. Prior to that, passengers were allowed to board with only clothes for babies and small children.
Video | RIAA Public Service Announcement
Old as the Barbary Coast, New as the Internet - No black flags with skull and crossbones, no cutlasses, cannons, or daggers identify today’s pirates. You can’t see them coming; there’s no warning shot across your bow. Yet rest assured the pirates are out there because today there is plenty of gold (and platinum and diamonds) to be had.
Click to Watch Video
Today’s pirates operate not on the high seas but on the Internet, in illegal CD factories, distribution centers, and on the street. The pirate’s credo is still the same--why pay for it when it’s so easy to steal? The credo is as wrong as it ever was. Stealing is still illegal, unethical, and all too frequent in today’s digital age. That is why RIAA continues to fight music piracy.
Slo-Mo Home Depot Improv Everywhere
A few years back we executed a mission that involved repeating time. Ever since then I've wanted to try something that stopped or slowed down time. How would people react if they found themselves surrounded by people moving forward at a different rate or time (or not moving at all)?
I decided the Home Depot on 23rd Street in Manhattan was the perfect place to try this out for two reasons. 1) The assonance in "Slo-Mo Home Depot" sounds funny. 2) The mere existence of a Home Depot, an enormous behemoth of a store, on our tiny island is hilarious. It also helped that the store is located on the exact same block as the Best Buy we invaded earlier this year.
On a Saturday afternoon, around 225 people showed up at the meeting point in Madison Square Park, a short walk from the Home Depot.
Friday, August 25, 2006
Guitar Hero Broke My Knee
Guitar Hero came into my life in Mid-June with a blaze of glory. Being a big music fan and at the same time virtually unable to play a real guitar this game filled the large hole in my life. My need to be a star... in front of my friends... in my own house. Within minutes this game has its firm grip so tightly around my soul, its all I cared about. This changed fast....
It was the late evening of July 3rd. I had just arrived home from a Thor concert here in Omaha and needless to say after that bone crushing rock I was ready to roll. I strapped on that plastic guitar and ripped through No One Knows, Heart Full of Black and More Than A Feeling and then it was time. I was face to face with my Arch Nemesis/Very Good Friend/Roommate Craig. It was time to see who could out rock each other while playing Texas Flood.
We were neck in neck in points... I had to do something special. I needed STYLE points. I breathed deep, my rock meter was maxed out and I was going to make this audience feel it. I twisted to the right and threw my guitar in the air! Instead of a roaring audience I heard a loud snap! My knee slid to the outside of my leg and my leg bent sideways as I fell to the ground.
Snakes on a Plane & in the Movie Theaters ?!?
Life imitating art is all very well. Unless, that is, it's a movie about deadly snakes on the rampage. Movie chain AMC Entertainment Inc. said pranksters at one of its Phoenix theaters released two live diamondback rattlesnakes during a showing of the film "Snakes on a Plane" last Friday. No one was injured.
AMC spokeswoman Melanie Bell said, "One was found in the parking lot during the show, and the other in the movie theater. They were both removed, and no one was harmed."
The snakes were later released in the desert. The movie stars Samuel L. Jackson, and spins a yarn about a crate-load of escaped snakes that run amok on an airline flight, attacking passengers and crew.
Aliens make Firefox Crop Cirlces
Christopher Walken for President 2008
"Our great country is in a terrible downward spiral. We're outsourcing jobs, bankrupting social security, and losing lives at war. We need to focus on what's important-- paying attention to our children, our citizens, our future.
We need to think about improving our failing educational system, making better use of our resources, and helping to promote a stable, safe, and tolerant global society. It's time to be smart about our politics. It's time to get America back on track."
Nude Teens Brattleboro Vermont
Teenagers in the quaint Vermont town of Brattleboro are raising eyebrows this summer with brazen displays of nudity. So far they haven't been arrested or ticketed: public nudity isn't illegal in the town of 13,000 people, unless it's done to arouse sexual gratification.
Vermont has a live-and-let-live tradition, allowing skinny-dipping and nude sunbathing. Brattleboro, the first permanent English settlement in the state in 1724, is home to a community of writers, artists and musicians as well as transplanted entrepreneurs from Boston and New York.
When the weather grew hot this year, a couple of dozen teens took to holding hula hoop contests, riding bikes and parading past the shops wearing only their birthday suits.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Victims of Squirrel Attack Upset
Some Winter Park residents say a squirrel that apparently attacked at least seven people should have been captured sooner.
A three-year-old boy is said to have been bitten by the animal several times and has a two-inch wound on his leg. Another child was reportedly bitten on his calf and a man sitting on a park bench was attacked by the squirrel. He suffered a bite and scratches on his arm.
The attacks apparently took place between August first and August fourth. One citizen claims he captured the critter under a bucket after it attacked his friend. He says he released the squirrel when county animal-services workers failed to arrive after two hours.
Steve Crow Bare Breasted Porn Stars on Choppers
Two dozen bare-breasted porn stars paraded on motorcycles and military vehicles down the main street of New Zealand's biggest city on Wednesday after beating efforts by Auckland officials to prevent the promotional stunt.
Thousands of people, many of them clicking away with cell phone cameras, lined the street for the parade by male and female porn actors, most semi-clad in black leather, to publicize an erotica show which opens in Auckland later this week.
Organizer Steve Crow, a local multimillionaire porn movie distributor and producer, earlier had won approval for the parade from the city council, infuriating it's conservative mayor and several councilors.
Annie Donnelly Embezzles Millions Feed Lotto Habit
A woman stole $2.3 million (1.2 million pounds) from her employers and spent the money on lottery tickets, buying as much as $6,000 worth of tickets a day in a bid to hit the jackpot, prosecutors said on Thursday.
Annie Donnelly, 38, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing the money over 3 1/2 years from her employer, Great South Bay Surgical Associates, where she was a bookkeeper.
It was not clear how much, if any, she won. Donnelly, who lives in Farmingville, New York, a New York City suburb on Long Island, faces at least four years in prison and could serve as many as 12 years after pleading guilty to grand larceny, the district attorney's spokeswoman said.
Hitlers Cross Restaurant to Puneet Sablok
The owner of a restaurant named after Adolf Hitler said Thursday he will change its name because it angered so many people.
Puneet Sablok said he would remove Hitler's name and the Nazi swastika from billboards and the menu. He had said the restaurant's name — "Hitler's Cross" — and symbols were only meant to attract attention.
Some Indians regard Hitler as just another historical figure and have little knowledge about the Holocaust, in which 6 million European Jews were systematically killed during World War II.
The swastika symbol, which was appropriated by the Nazis, was originally an ancient Hindu symbol and it is displayed all over India to bring luck.
Police Crack Down on Striptease Funerals
Striptease send-offs at funerals may become a thing of the past in east China after five people were arrested for organizing the intimate farewells, state media reported on Wednesday.
Police swooped last week after two groups of strippers gave "obscene performances" at a farmer's funeral in Donghai County, Jiangsu province, Xinhua news agency said. Wealthy families often employed two troupes of performers to attract a crowd. Two hundred showed up at last week's funeral.
The disrobing served a higher purpose, the report noted. "Striptease used to be a common practice at funerals in Donghai's rural areas to allure viewers," it said. "Local villagers believe that the more people who attend the funeral, the more the dead person is honored."
Madin Azad Amin Says Penis Pump is a Bomb
Cook County prosecutors say a 29-year-old man traveling with his mother desperately didn't want her to know he'd packed a sexual aid for their trip to Turkey.
So he told security it was a bomb, officials said. Madin Azad Amin, 29, of Skokie, was stopped Aug. 16 after guards found an object in his baggage that resembled a grenade, prosecutors said.
When officers asked him to identify it, Amin said it was a bomb, said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto. He later told officials he'd lied about the item because his mother was nearby and he didn't want her to hear that it was part of a penis pump, Scaduto said.
He's been charged with felony disorderly conduct, said Andrew Conklin, a spokesman with the Cook County state's attorney's office.
Chessboxing on ESPN, Playboy, Maxim
This unusual sport, in which two competitors face each other in 11 alternating rounds, six of chess, five of boxing, is rapidly gaining popularity. You know that is the case when you see chessboxing on the front page of a leading sports web site, and as a major story in a number of men's magazines. Check out the ESPN video footage.
A chessboxing bout begins with chess, which is played on a board placed directly in the middle of the ring. Each round of chess lasts four minutes. After each chess round, the bell sounds, and workmen remove the chessboard for a two-minute round of boxing, the gloves go back on, the punching recommences. Participants win by way of knockout, checkmate, referee's decision, or if his opponent exceeds the allotted total of 12 minutes for an entire match on the chessboard.
In the most recent match about 400 people gathered in Cologne, Germany, to see Zoran 'the Priest' Mijatovic played queens gambit. But 'Anti Terror' Frank Stoldt was very well prepared and won in the 7th round. In the 7th chess round Zoran was three moves away of being checkmated, so he resigned. Frank also controlled the boxing rounds.
Friday, August 11, 2006
Roxanne Ingram | MoPo Forum Arcade
Autumn Whitehurst Illustrations
Jamie Gold's World Series of Poker Wins $12 Million
When Jamie Gold bluffed, his opponents folded. When he had the best hand, they threw in all their chips. With a run of cards, a huge chip stack and an uncanny knack for reading other players, Gold, a talkative former Hollywood talent agent, cajoled his way to victory Friday at the World Series of Poker for the $12 million grand prize.
Thirteen hours of no-limit Texas Hold 'em later, Gold and Wasicka were the last two players left when huge bundles of cash were deposited on the poker felt. But most of the chips already were on Gold's side of the table.
Gold eliminated six of the previous seven players himself, and his 79 million in chips covered a good corner. With 11.2 million in chips, Wasicka was badly overmatched.
Hillary Clinton Boobs Cast in Resin Manhattan
It's a bust of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton — in more ways than one. Cast in resin and bearing ample cleavage, a bust of the New York Democrat was unveiled this week at the Museum of Sex in Manhattan.
Calling his creation "The Presidential Bust of Hillary Rodham Clinton: The First Woman President of the United States," artist Daniel Edwards said he wanted to depict the 58-year-old Clinton "with her head held high, a youthful spirit and a face matured by wisdom."
"Her cleavage is on display, prominently portraying sexual power which some people still consider too threatening," Edwards said.
Chevrolet Camaro Concept Car 2006
In this photo released by General Motors, GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner stands with the award-winning Camaro concept while announcing that GM will build an all-new production version of the Chevrolet Camaro Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006 in Traverse City, Mich.
The sport coupe will be nearly identical to the Camaro concept that was introduced at the North American International Auto Show earlier this year. Production will begin at the end of 2008 and the Camaro will go on sale in the first quarter of 2009.
Five Fat Girls Sought in Toledo Milk heist
Robbery is never funny. Except when it's described by Toledo police officers with a peculiar sense of humor. Early this morning, Scott Gibson, 44, was returning from the grocery store with a gallon of milk when, as he told cops, he was surrounded by "5 fat black girls" in the parking lot of a Kentucky Fried Chicken.
As described by officers Patrick Sutherland and Kristi Eycke in the below Toledo Police Department incident report, one of the "hefty felons" asked Gibson to surrender his milk. Believing that he was being pranked, Gibson just laughed at the request. But, as cops reported, he realized it was no joke when the "rotund robbers" began "pelting him with a flurry of chubby fists."
After the assailants tore the milk from his hands, they relieved Gibson of his Motorola cell phone. He was unable to provide a detailed description of the attackers, except to estimate that the women were in their twenties. Presumably the quintet slinked off into the night looking for some poor soul carrying a box of Devil Dogs.
Miss Piggy Would Blush - Muppet Creators Do Adult
The creators of The Muppets and Sesame Street are staging a puppet show that is strictly for adults only.
Miss Piggy would blush over the antics in "Jim Henson's Puppet Improv" which spearheads a renaissance of puppet shows for grown-ups at this year's Edinburgh Fringe arts festival.
Every afternoon at the Fringe, an anarchic troupe of puppeteers led by the late Jim Henson's son Brian do an improvisational show for kids.
Exciting Discovery From Steve Dont Eat It!!
Breast milk mixed with Hershey's syrup tastes like Yoo-Hoo
"Until now, the foods I've sampled for this section have all come from the supermarket. Then one day I realized that a perfectly viable "Steve Don't Eat It" candidate has been sitting right under my nose for months. Right in my very own refrigerator. And it came right out of my wife! No, I'm not talking about that giant cucumber, perv. I'm talking about breast milk. That's right. And not just a little drop off the odd finger, but a genuine slug of freshly-pumped wife juice. (I'll go ahead and ignore the shiver I just got, and keep typing.)"
Some Milk containers:
The Portable Half Pint:
Economical Gallon Jugs:
The Breast Milk:
To make things more interesting, and a little bit easier on myself, I decided to break out the Hershey's syrup and whip up some chocolate breast milk.
The Chocolate Breast Milk
"I just knocked the shot right back, and two words immediately came to mind: Yoo Hoo. It tasted just like good ol' Yoo Hoo. I almost want to say that drinking breast milk isn't so bad, except the other two-word phrases that also came to mind were "stomach pump" and "kill me.""
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Kate Bosworth | Forum Link Dump
Bouncing Bikini - Flash Game
Why Online Translators are Useless
mEtal mEn - Video
Mosh Headbanging - Flash Game
100's of Free Flash Games
Things you don't See Everyday
Paris Hilton's "Stars Are Blind" Music Video
Victoria Secret Airport Security - Video
Post the Lamest Jokes You have ever heard
What are You Listening to?
What do you do in the real world?
Evoloution of Yoga - Video
Leslie Bibb - Ricky Bobby | Nascar Comedy
Leslie Bibb has joined the cast of the upcoming Adam McKay-directed and Will Ferrell-starring NASCAR comedy. She'll be playing Carley Bobby, the wife of Ferrell's Ricky Bobby character.
She joins a cast which includes Sacha Baron Cohen aka Ali G, John C. Reilly, David Koechner, Michael Clark Duncan and Gary Cole. She previously starred in THE SKULLS and has had some guest roles on several tv shows including "ER", "Crossing Jordan" and "Nip/Tuck". Filming is expected to get underway in North Carolina.
How Not to Open a Grenade
A Brazilian man died Tuesday when he tried to open what police believe was a rocket-propelled grenade with a sledgehammer in a mechanical workshop on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.
Another man who was in the workshop at the time of the explosion was rushed to a hospital with severe burns, a police officer told Reuters. The workshop was destroyed and several cars parked outside caught fire.
Heidi Klum in September 2006 Esquire
Admiring the Moon | Cape Sounio Athens Greece
National Underwear Day | New York 2006
Foot and street traffic alike were stopped in their tracks for the fourth annual National Underwear Day in New York's Times Square.
A fashion show at the merge of Broadway and Seventh Avenue showcased the newest trends in intimate apparel. An estimated total of 4000 pairs of underwear were handed out to passersby by scantily clad street models.
Other sponsors included Puma, Papi, Diesel, 2 (X)ist, and Hugo Boss who, in collaboration with Men's Health Magazine, parked a panty party bus on 47th Street, which welcomed guests on board to choose a free pair of underwear from the new men's collection.
Rockstar Bully Video Game Released in October
Rockstar, the maker of best-selling video game series "Grand Theft Auto," said on Wednesday it would launch in October "Bully," a game with themes of school fighting that has antiviolence critics up in arms.
The game's main character is 15-year-old Jimmy Hopkins, who must defend himself against school bullies at a fictional U.S. boarding school called Bullworth Academy, while dealing with characters ranging from nerds and jocks to authoritarian prefects.
Weapons included baseball bats that break after several blows, stink bombs and bags of marbles that when strategically thrown will lay flat most pursuers.
"Finally 'Bully' can speak for itself. People can look at the game and see what it is and what it's not," company spokesman Rodney Walker said.
Mike Get's Pranked Plus a New Office
Land Walker | Giant Walking Killer Robot
Monday, August 07, 2006
Please Don't Feed the Models
Video | Wombat Potty Trained Cat
Naked Walker Stopped Says He Was Hot
That was an Ohio man's explanation for why he was walking along an Illinois interstate Friday morning, as the sheriff put it, "wearing nothing but a smile."
The man told authorities he was headed from Ohio to Kentucky to visit relatives. Somewhere along the way, he lost his clothes, his car and his teeth. The naked walker was stopped along Interstate 64. He was taken to the White County Jail, where authorities gave him some clothes.
Chinese Water Torture | Quindao Beach China
Somewhere under that lot, there's a beach. This was the astonishing scene yesterday in the northern Chinese resort of Quindao as an estimated 200,000 people flocked to be beside the seaside as temperatures soared.
As they clamoured to get near the water, almost every grain of sand was covered - so packed that even a German tourist would be unable to put his towel down to claim a spot. But summer in China is as unpredictable as here - in southern China, meanwhile, a typhoon was causing havoc.
Do You Take This Woman?
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Cara Berth Burnside Gold Medal Skateboard X-Games
A group of women skateboarders met with John Skipper, ESPN executive vice president for content, on the eve of this year's X Games and made quite impression.
Instead of a purse totaling $8,000 for women's Street and Vert, they got a deal that pays $15,000 for first, $10,000 for second and $5,000 for third at this year's event. They also laid the groundwork for the women to get some TV time for the first time at next year's X Games.
"We just want to be heard," said Cara-Beth Burnside of Encinitas, Calif, the gold medalist in this year's Vert contest. "We believe in it (women's skateboarding) and we just want to make changes for the future so we can make sure there is a future."
Babytalk Magazine Cover August 2006
Readers of a US parenting magazine are crying foul over the publication's latest cover depicting a woman breastfeeding, with some calling the photo offensive and disgusting.
"I was SHOCKED to see a giant breast on the cover of your magazine," one woman from Kansas wrote in reaction to the picture in Babytalk, a free magazine that caters to young mothers. "I was offended and it made my husband very uncomfortable when I left the magazine on the coffee table."
Her reaction was part of some 5,000 letters the magazine has received in response to a poll to gage reader sentiment about Babytalk's August cover photo, which shows a baby nursing.
Ani-com Hong Kong Cosplay Japan 2006
A girl dressed up as a character from a Japan's comic 'Angel Sanctuary' poses during the Ani-com Hong Kong, an animation and comic fair, in Hong Kong July 28, 2006.
A cosplay participant rests during the Ani-com Hong Kong, an animation and comic fair in Hong Kong, July 31, 2006. Cosplay, made up of the words 'costume' and 'play', is a Japanese subculture which involves dressing up as characters from manga (comic), anime and video games.
Hundreds Expected to Come at Masturbate-a-Thon
Hundreds of Britons are being urged to attend what is being branded as Europe's first "Masturbate-a-thon", a leading reproductive healthcare charity said on Friday.
Participants, who have to be over 18, can bring any aids they need and can take part in four different rooms -- a comfort area, a mixed area, along with men and women only areas.
However, the rules on the event's Web site states there can be no touching of other participants nor are people allowed to fake orgasms. "The amount you raise will be determined by how many minutes you masturbate and/or how many orgasms you achieve," the Web site said.
Video | NBA Top Ten Dunks Season 2006
Circuit City Invites Wrath of the MPAA
Fair Use advocates, take notice. Circuit City is apparently putting its neck on the line to provide customers with DVD transfer services. The company is offering a "DVD video transfer service" that for all intents and purposes is illegal. The company will take commercial DVDs and rip them for use on portable devices for $10 for 1 DVD, $20 for 3 DVDs or $30 for 5 DVDs. That is, until their legal department hears what's happening.
The DMCA, of course, makes this illegal. Even if fair use clearly provides users the "right" to make backup and private transformative copies of works that they have purchased, the DMCA itself makes it illegal to circumvent encrypted access controls for any reason not allowed for by the Library of Congress. If Circuit City hasn't received a cease and desist, they will soon.
Now That’s Hot Highest Temperature Recorded
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Grunwald Hackers Clone United States E-Passport
A German computer security consultant has shown that he can clone the electronic passports that the United States and other countries are beginning to distribute this year.
The controversial e-passports contain radio frequency ID, or RFID, chips that the U.S. State Department and others say will help thwart document forgery. But Lukas Grunwald, a security consultant with DN-Systems in Germany and an RFID expert, says the data in the chips is easy to copy.
"The whole passport design is totally brain damaged," Grunwald says. "From my point of view all of these RFID passports are a huge waste of money. They're not increasing security at all."
Hansa's Temperature Sensitive Faucets
Guilty as charged: we love LEDs, especially so when used to convey information. So you know there's no way we could resist Hansa's temperature sensitive faucets, even if their pricetag turns our pockets inside out. How accurately do they gauge the temperature? We're not entirely sure how much we care.
Institute of Official Cheer James Lileks
There is an astonishing amount of art from the mid 50s that depicts this creature, or some variant. The archetype vanishes entirely by 1970. What were they? The Museum has deduced - correctly, we believe - that earth actually was invaded by aliens in the 1950s. We call them “Urchinoids.” It was their misfortune, however, to stand less than three feet tall and exhibit the physiognomy of human infants. This made them almost impossible to take seriously, and their invasion was not only thwarted, but the conquering army was sold as personal pets, or small disposable servants.
This illustration depicts one such Urchinoid; apparently, one could pick them up at the grocery store. Some bean companies used them as promotional giveaways. If you had the coupon. If you didn't - well, sorry, lady. That's what the ad says.
She dreamed she was riding over slaves for the Emperor’s amusement in her Maidenform bra. Then she stopped taking those diet pills, and the dreams went away.
This remarkable piece was commissioned by the Sunbeam corporation, and provides unnerving subtexts on a variety of levels. Sure, the guy on the right looks smooth. But he looks like a girly-guy who couldn’t raise a beard if you stuck a shunt in his arm and poured in testosterone distilled from the blood of Navy SEALs. He probably has to shave twice a year - once when he gets that June O'Clock Shadow, and once for Christmas, because that’s when he gives Mother a kiss after supper, and the brittle old hag complains if he scratches.
Now for the man on the left: why? What is the ad lacking if you don’t include a man beaming an intimate grin at his freshly-shaved buddy? For that matter, are either of them wearing clothes? Perhaps this is their pastime: let’s shave ourselves and play “Olympics.” I’ll be Roman - you be Greco!
On the other hand: what a nifty piece of technology. Ergonomically useless, heavy as a brick, but it looks cool.
Szekeres Crash $127,000 Cash all Over the Road
A car wreck led deputies to more than $120,000 in cash and one of the largest seizures of the drug Ecstacy in upper east Tennessee history.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Office has four warrants out for 28 year-old Michael Anthony Szekeres. When the accident happened, thousands of dollars in cash flew all over the road. Deputies found it strewn over a 200 foot area across the highway...more inside of the car in vacuum sealed plastic bags.
Deputies say when they counted it all up -- the money at the accident scene totaled nearly $127,000. Investigators say they took eight ounces from the scene...they say it's enough to make a couple thousand tablets of the drug, maybe more. Those tablets could sell for $25 a piece.
Paris Hilton 'Who's Tony Blair?'
Celebrity rich girl Paris Hilton has demonstrated her grasp of world affairs by asking: "Who's Tony Blair?" The hotel heiress said she would not recognise the British Prime Minister. Asked by GQ magazine if she fancied Tony Blair, a confused Hilton replied: "Who?" After giving it some thought she said: "Oh yeah... he's like your president?" Then she admitted: "I don't know what he looks like."
Elsewhere in the interview, the 25-year-old socialite revealed how much money she rakes in. Her empire includes perfume and cosmetics lines, shoes and hotels, and she is paid millions to make personal appearances.
"I've made, like, 200 million dollars (£107 million) in the last year, while J-Lo's only made 150 million dollars," she explained.
"I get paid 500,000 dollars (£266,500) to go to Las Vegas or Japan and wave at crowds or go to a party. All the time. Only this week I met a family at the airport who wanted me to drop in to their daughter's 16th birthday party for 100,000 dollars (£53, 310). Because I'm her idol. So I will. I'll take her a present, though.
"I went to Austria recently and got paid 1 million (£53 million) just to wave at a crowd of people there. I had to say 'hi' and tell them why I loved Austria so much," she said. Asked why she loved Austria so much, she said: "Because they pay me £1 million to wave at crowds!"
Hilton became infamous when a videotape of her having sex with her then boyfriend was posted on the internet.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Diamonds are No Longer a Girl's Best Friend
Diamonds are no longer a girl's best friend, according to a new U.S. study that found three of four women would prefer a new plasma TV to a diamond necklace.
The survey, commissioned by U.S. cable television's Oxygen Network that is owned and operated by women, found the technology gender gap has virtually closed with the majority of women snapping up new technology and using it easily.
Women were found on average to own 6.6 technology devices while men own 6.9, and four out of every five women felt comfortable using technology with 46 percent doing their own computer trouble-shooting.
A Nintendo DS Sold Every 2 Seconds
You always hear those weird statistics like “every 2 seconds somebody…” but you never really pay attention to them. Well, Nintendo is claiming a DS is sold every 2 seconds since launch. It is one of those statistic you laugh at until you realize that 18 months is 47,335,389 seconds and 21 million DSs have sold since then.
In the year and a half since its launch, more than 21 million DSes have been sold worldwide. I hesitate to use Nintendo Math, since they tend to use things like business hours and such, but according to their mathematicians that works out to one DS sold ever two seconds "non-stop, since launch."
Microsoft Speech Recognition Gets Owned
It appears that the gang at Redmond still needs to do a little work on their voice recognition software. This is a Google video so adjust those speakers properly.
Paris Hilton "Stars Are Blind" Music Video
"Stars Are Blind" is the debut single from heiress, actress, and newly minted pop star Paris Hilton. Watch it now on Google Video, courtesy of Warner Music International.
The video was shot on the beach in Malibu, California in May by noted director Chris Applebaum, who also lensed Rihanna's "S.O.S." and Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten," as well as Hilton's high-profile Carl's Jr. campaign.
"Stars Are Blind" is the lead-off single from Hilton's self-titled debut album, which is due for release by Warner Bros. Records late summer.
Zune Microsoft's iPod Killer
Microsoft is planning to invest "hundreds of millions" and lose money through 2008 to make its recently announced Zune portable media player a success.
Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices division, shared more details about Microsoft's vision for its iPod competitor with Wall Street analysts and press attending Microsoft's annual Financial Analyst Meeting here on July 27.
Zune is the name of the project, the brand, and the device. The first Zune device will be launched this year, with more devices to come in 2007.
The Zune brand encompasses not only the device, but the software that will drive it, as well as a music, movie, and media service the Zune device family will use for acquiring, sharing, and discovery of said media. Music will be the first angle of service that is launched, "connected entertainment" being the ultimate goal.
The Zune media service will heavily leverage community aspects and recommendation; emphasis is being placed on using Zune to discover new artists, media, etc. The Zune media device will be drive-based, and have WiFi. The Zune brand is intended to be an entirely vertically integrated end-to-end solution, not unlike the iPod / iTunes / iTunes Music Store triumvirate.
The service and device will not be PlaysForSure compliant, meaning you will not be able to use your Zune player with Napster or Vongo, for example. This will be an entirely new system. Microsoft will continue to support and develop for their PlaysForSure initiative, but all things PlaysForSure are handled by two entirely separate division that will not have any crossover.
Video | Jump In My Car David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff
That's right, it's Hofficial... your favourite cult icon wants to take you home! The one and only David Hasselhoff of "Bay Watch" and "Knight Rider" fame returns with a cover of the 1975 classic 'Jump In My Car' and its a doozy.
Recorded in Sydney last year with the legendary Harry Vanda (AC/DC, The Angels), the Ted Mulry Gang tune has been re-vamped with full Hoff gusto and this music video promises to rock the socks off all his Hofficial fans. Watch it, enjoy it, share it...New Music Video From David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff - "Jump In My Car"
Hijack A MacBook Pro In Under 60 Seconds
The Washington Post has an interesting bit on a couple guys who can hijack a MacBook Pro in 60 seconds or less and have total control of the machine. The demonstration will be given today at Black Hat USA 2006.
The presenters said they ultimately decided to run the demo against a Mac due to what Maynor called the "Mac user base aura of smugness on security." "We're not picking specifically on Macs here, but if you watch those 'Get a Mac' commercials enough, it eventually makes you want to stab one of those users in the eye with a lit cigarette or something".
Waitress Shown Own License When Asking For ID
A waitress who asked a woman to show proof of age upon ordering a drink was shown her own license, police said.
The waitress, a 22-year-old Lakewood woman, had reported her wallet stolen from a bar on July 9. Her driver's license and credit card were in the wallet. The credit card had already been used for $1,000 in illicit purchases, authorities said.
Last week, the waitress was working at the Moosehead Saloon when the stolen license was produced, officers said.