Monday, February 28, 2011
Despite that, I'm starting to think he has a plan here....
answering a question about if he was proud of his recent partying
4:31 - "of course, why wouldn't I be?"
answering a question about other people partying with him possibly OD'ing
4:50 - "what's that got to do with me?"
I wonder if the smell will get to the point where we need one of these to walk around SF.
What he did was obviously illegal and immoral, but to say that LOTS of people/organizations/regulators didn't know about it is naive in purest form. Bernie just got caught. As said by one of the commenters, isn't social security by definition a Ponzi scheme?
Source -> http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Madoff-to-NY-magazine-apf-2369562769.html?x=0&.v=2 and http://nymag.com/news/features/berniemadoff-2011-3/
Zach's show's theme is an Inspirational travel show for people who never thought they could travel.
See below for some embedded videos of this guy. This may be the only show in history on the OWN network I ever even tune to. Congrats Zach.
Audition video below
*by weird I mean, Oprah is (likely) full of crap and totally rigged the votes then realized she'd get caught and switched them back. Note: I have absolutely no proof of this and also going on pure speculation, so don't sue me.
**she isn't and it doesn't
***technically Zach and the other person both won, which to me looks like a way for Oprah to cancel Zach after a few episodes because of (a reason that hasn't been made up yet) and still feel like her OWN show contest was a success
Zach's youtube channel -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBwjD8gDN4U
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Most of these are stupid (I'm looking at you #7). But here are my favorite ones.
Batman used to kill criminals all the time. - I wish Batman would (actively) kill criminals again. The Chris Nolan approach is definitely a step in the right (darker) direction from that happy-go-lucky crap before. (yes I'm focusing more on movies).
I also liked the darker 90's cartoon for the same reason, yeah they skirted around blood/gore, but it was at least implied.
A lot of key elements of the Bat-mythos weren't introduced until the 1940s. - This is interesting, Batman wouldn't be Batman without the cave, the car, the belt, the whole thing.
#10 Batman fought Dr. Doom before the Fantastic Four ever did. - I wonder how the licensing for this worked, or maybe it was back before they cared quite so much about this and they were just similar characters. A faceless "doctor" trying only for destruction and doom? Seems organically named to me.
Source -> http://io9.com/#!5759535/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-batman
I think we can all agree that Helena, MT is far less exciting sounding than "Last Chance, MT".
Source -> http://www.geekosystem.com/if-u-s-cities-had-kept-their-original-names/
|Source -> http://news.yahoo.com/comics/pearls-before-swine#id=/comics/110224/cx_pearls_umedia/20112402|
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Cool tool for roommates/flatmates if your British or pretend to be (hopefully aren't married because then its just weird to be paying each other) for deciding how to split rent based on rooms (not utilities or who takes out the trash).
Source -> http://lifehacker.com/#!5768180/splittherentorg-gets-super+precise-on-what-each-roommate-owes
|"then I stole 2nd base, and was SAFE!"|
Gaddafi Blames Bin Laden for Turmoil...
U.S. Fears Deployment of Gas, Scuds in Conflict...
Gadhafi forces strike back...
...warn journalists illegally in country
'Bloodbath' Across Libya...
Seat on Top UN Human Rights Body 'Secure'...
...placed billions of dollars at US banks
AL-JAZEERA LIVE FEED... REUTERS WIRE...
OBAMA: 'WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN'...
PAPER: 'Spineless response'...
26 uncomfortable moments with Muammar Gaddafi
I digress, the point of this post was to repost a funny comic (and its inspiration) about exactly this... annoying websites that prioritize animation and presentation over content and functionality.
|Source -> http://theoatmeal.com/comics/restaurant_website|
inspired by the comic below (which I also agree with)
|source -> http://xkcd.com/773/|
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Source -> http://news.yahoo.com/comics/pearls-before-swine#id=/comics/110223/cx_pearls_umedia/20112302
(mountain dew rules)
The first time I think Danny was going to have a hernia from laughing so hard. We were cutting across the south end of Times Square (hell on Earth for any non-tourist) which was a mistake in and of itself. And for anyone who doesn't know about the walk signals in NYC, there are two lights, one is white in the shape of a man walking, the other is red and in the shape of a hand. When the white man is on, it is clear to walk. When the red hand blinks, it means to run to the other side of the street because the light is about to change. When the red hand is solid, you're not supposed to cross, but as long as there are no cabs speeding towards you, general rule is it's ok to cross. Back in hell, as we approached Broadway to cross, a tourist sees the light switch from white man to blinking red hand and screeches to a halt at the curb, sending me into him. I manage to graze him (or try to shoulder check him into traffic, same difference) as I shouted "Outta my way, tourist!" and kept on walking. I'm sure he went home and told everyone in his little hometown how evil everyone is in New York.
1 more link: http://www.boingboing.net/2010/06/09/nyc-sidewalk-with-to-1.html
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Other devices include this tobacco-pouch disguised mini-camera (pictured below) and robotic catfish (further below that). I love this kind of stuff, seeing how small they can get a normal gadget, or combining functions of seemingly different devices. Needless to say, the CIA's equivalent of the Q-branch probably does get some inspiration form Bond movies.
Click the source link for more.
Source -> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1359254/CIA-secret-agent-gadgets-Website-reveals-Charlie-robot-catfish.html
Source -> http://jalopnik.com/#!5766249/watch-the-jet+powered-mini-cooper-take-off
Oh, and there's this.
TSA Source: Armed Agent Slips Past DFW Body Scanner
By Grant Stinchfield
An undercover TSA agent was able to get through security at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with a handgun during testing of the enhanced-imaging body scanners, according to a high-ranking, inside source at the Transportation Security Administration.
The source said the undercover agent carried a pistol in her undergarments when she put the body scanners to the test. The officer successfully made it through the airport's body scanners every time she tried, the source said.
The TSA insider who blew the whistle on the test also said that none of the TSA agents who failed to spot the gun on the scanned image were disciplined. The source said the agents continue to work the body scanners today.
Monday, February 21, 2011
After saying I would make pretzels for weeks, I finally made them. Hubby loves everything German, and these were a hit. Next time I'll cut the dough into 12 pretzels instead of 6, so they won't be so puffy. I can also make them into rolls to make sandwiches on. The reason why there are only 4 in the picture is because we already ate 2. Yummmmmmm.
Recipe taken from: http://www.cookography.com/2007/german-style-soft-pretzels
We're overdue for a lot of things...
A supermassive volcano in Yellowstone, an ice age, a plague/pandemic, an asteroid strike, new Pauly Shore movie... all scary things.
Update, add collapsing aging U.S. dams to the list -> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1359485/4-400-U-S-dams-susceptible-failure-sparking-fears-future-catastrophic-flood.html - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6oxhLz9l5s <- I guess you should stock up on some "Damn bait" beforehand
Story source -> http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/fl-magnetic-north-shift-20110218,0,2819271.story
*in the Polar Special they drove to the 1996 location of the pole
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Yes, I drive a Right-hand-drive Land Rover. I'm in my VERY late 20's as of writing this and still watch Transformers (the 80's cartoon) on a regular basis. I have a (pathetic) "beard". I wear sneakers to bars. I recycle the things worth recycling. I am a coffee snob. If given the choice I always (try) to steer towards locally run/owned businesses for almost anything. I'm adamant about fixing things myself (or at least trying) even if its cheaper/easier to just have it done. I have a nearly unhealthy obsession with Star Wars and Indiana Jones (which has been becoming mainstream for years yet somehow stays just inside of the line). Craft beer is my religion - i cannot fathom why somebody would EVER want to pay the same price for a Dales's as a PBR. I have an affinity for European culture/languages*/food..... etc etc you get my point.
By no means do I want the above paragraph to be a run-on compliment to myself, nor is all of it traits that could be called hipster(-ish), I was just trying to paint a picture. Instead the crux to my point is that not all people who don't live generically American and have some overlap in interests can be labeled as a hipster. When asked about something I'm into, I do my best to try to share as much as possible about it to a person who looks genuinely interested. There is the core difference.
The irony here (see what I did there?) is that a hipster that blends in, or doesn't spark curiosity from others outside their circle, would be FAR more upset with "conformists"**, and/or ceases to be one entirely.
A hipster does things that knowingly (whether intentional or not) will spark interest in other people, or at least curiosity, yet typically they will scoff at a question. A hipster normally goes hand and hand with scorn, and that is my problem with them. That same good friend of mine responded with "I know some hipsters that are a bit older that are nice". To which I agree, I've met some seemingly hipster-ish people that are nice, that like to share their interests, are happy to talk about a fringe/emerging band/hobby, awesome retro t-shirt to somebody outside their circle. The problem is, at that point they are (likely) FORMER hipsters.
If you don't agree that's fine, I'm ok with that, but why would stereotypes like THIS exist (and without any context an average person automatically knows why its funny) if what is said wasn't at least partially true...
Your pants don't fit, that smell isn't "natural", and there are people who might actually want to know about that band you keep pretending not to mention. Lastly, sometimes when VERY late 20's guys wear a Spider-man T-Shirt, its because he actually likes Spider-man.
Despite this, I really don't hate hipsters as said above we do have some organic common interests, but their attitude does very much annoy me. I do hate poser-hipsters though, but that's for another post.
Now I'm off to a flash artisan market in Brooklyn.
*full disclosure: I can only speak rudimentary Spanish at this point and my German now sucks... but it'll come back (I hope)
**I'm aware that the episode is about the "Goth" kids, but I think that's a term these 2 groups might agree on
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Source -> http://jalopnik.com/#!5761950/watch-a-chunk-of-aluminum-cncd-into-an-engine-block
I'm all for funny youtube videos like this, but you clearly look/dress like this for a reason. Enjoy! (safe for work)
Source -> http://www.fark.com/comments/5964141/Youre-not-going-to-believe-what-happens-when-a-hot-chick-puts-a-camera-on-her-ass-walks-around-Los-Angeles
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
|yes, the quality sucks|
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
So IBM's new purpose-built supercomputer WATSON has been competing on Jeopardy the last 2 days. While it looked like its human opponents, Jeopardy veterans, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter were starting to learn how to grab a few answers from him towards the end of the first day of competition, that wasn't how it went today. The biggest problem here is that I don't think its a fair fight. Watson's ability to ring in is just faster than the 2 people. It seemed like MANY of the answers WATSON got right KJ and/or BR actually knew, but were beat on the right. I just don't think that's an accurate test of Jeopardy prowess. Yes I know reaction time is part of it, but WATSON's is the same each time. The end result was WATSON wiping the floor with its opponents.
That brings us to final Jeopardy, category of "U.S. Cities".
"Its largest airport is named for a World War II hero, its second largest for a World War II battle."
What really annoyed Wifey and I was the computer's final Jeopardy behavior. I find it very hard to believe that it would risk only $924 (or whatever it was) for such a general category (something its going to better at with its huge database) when earlier it risked $6K on a Double-Jeopardy question in a category about hedgehogs...
Its response was "Toronto", not even a US city. Was it programmed to answer wrong when it got to a certain point ahead of its competition?
further reading -> http://thenumerati.net/index.cfm?postID=726
Suggestion for further WATSON challenges below?
From the website:
We're interested in how people read faces and the ways in which this relates to experiences they have during their life.
We carry out tests to assess the characteristics people find attractive in faces and voices. We use the answers to the questionnaires to see how things like lifestyle relate to your preferences for the faces and voices. Summaries of our findings will be posted on this website after we have finished collecting data for each experiment.
Here's a sample below.
Is it just me or does the "German" girl look like Ginnifer Goodwin?
Project link -> http://www.faceresearch.org/demos/average
Dailymail story about it -> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1355521/Average-female-face-The-Face-Tomorrow-Mike-Mike-project.html
From the article (by way of the wikipedia page for Miss Spalding):
"JUSTIN BIEBER DESERVED IT GO DIE IN A HOLE. WHO THE HECK ARE YOU ANYWAY?" is just one of the un-annotated "facts"added since to Spalding’s entry last night. "SHE IS F****** REATARD," is another of the whimsical turns of phrase (with spelling to match!), added, and since edited from the post. And according to one helpful editor, Spalding’s middle name was, ever so briefly, "Quesadilla."
(sidenote: are you f-ing kidding me. The fact that a kid, dressing like he's going to a Vanilla Ice revival with the himself and the vast majority of his fans being past or present C-students (no data behind that figure), was even in the same category as Mumford & Sons baffles me). Honestly I hate awards shows and Esperanza Spalding isn't bad but- Mumford>Florence>everybody else IMO.
Article source -> http://technolog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/02/14/6052555-bieber-fans-go-on-grammy-fueled-wikipedia-rampage
Mumford and Sons - Little Lion Man
***Update*** BrookeandJonah (presumably the kid's parents) good job teaching him to not be a drama queen - 7 year old boy cries over Bieber's Grammy loss. Man (should probably be careful using that term about him), this kid is going to have some lonely lunches in middle school. (no i don't care if its mean to make fun of a 7 year old) -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QHAqAnevHg
Monday, February 14, 2011
|Link -> http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/14/debt-now-equals-total-us-economy/|
Source -> drudgereport.com
The video below is a bit graphic, you have been warned.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
Friday, February 11, 2011
Hello. I am a responsible young professional looking to sublet a studio or 1 br apt in or around East village. I am looking to move in on Mar 15. 2000/mo is my budget. Thans
I am leaving for London on business and need to sublet my studio apartment immediately. It is a beautiful spacious apartment in the East Village (near Tompkins Square Park). Rent is $1750/month and you can move in as soon as February 25th. Please let me know if you are interested.
From Ari ****** to Me:
Hi Mike thanks for responding. A few questions: how big is the apt? how long can is the lease til? do you have any pics or a floor plan? I want to move in on mar 15- is that ok?
From Me to Ari ******:
March 15th is fine with me. The apartment is 370 square feet. I don't have any pictures, but I have included a floor plan to give you an idea of the layout of the apartment. The lease is up in November 2011, but you have the option to renew if you wish. Please let me know if you have any more questions about the apartment.
From Ari ****** to Me:
Mike did you send me the wrong plan or is there really a pool in your apartment.
From Me to Ari ******:
Oh, yes. I should have mentioned the pool. I had an exercise pool installed in the apartment because I was training for a swimming marathon. It is a really nice pool. It is 39 inches deep with powerful jets and a vinyl liner. The pool is great if you like to swim.
From Ari ****** to Me:
Thats a pretty important thing to forget to mention, doncha think?! It takes up the whole f-ing apartment! How is there no bathroom?? Where am I supposed to shower and sleep?
From Me to Ari ******:
I know, it is a really nice pool. I usually use the kitchen as the bathroom. You can either pee in the sink, or out the window. The window overlooks an alley behind 5th St, and most of the time nobody walks below you. Even if you do piss on someone, you are on the 7th floor so they will probably have no idea where it came from. By the time it hits them, you will most likely be zipped up and have the window shut. The sink has a garbage disposal in case you need to take a dump.
Showering? You don't need to shower - you have a pool! Just go for a swim any time you are trying to wash off.
Sleep? I've got that covered too. I have an extremely comfortable pool raft I sleep on. It is like sleeping on a waterbed! It has a couple of cup holders you can put your phone/keys/beer/whatever in. I'll include this with the apartment for an extra $10.
I am free tomorrow if you want to check the place out and fill out the sublet papers.
From Ari ****** to Me:
Hmm well yes that does sound nice, but I am looking for a place where I dont have to shit in my sink and sleep in a goddamn pool. Come on man! Good luck finding someone to rent you'll need it!
From Me to Ari ******:
You don't have to shit in the sink, it is just an option. You can also shit out the window, or shit in a bucket next to the window and dump it out the window. There is an Indian restaurant that backs up to the alley, so it already smells like shit down there.
At least come over and try my raft before you decide that sleeping in a pool is a bad thing. I'll even throw in a couple of pool noodles for free.
From Ari ****** to Me:
Stop trying to sell me your POS apartment, if you can even call it that. You know what makes an apartment an apartment? A bed. Bathroom. Furnature. NOT A FUCKING POOL.
Why am I arguing with you? This is fucking ridiculous. Conversation over.
From Me to Ari ******:
Why are you so afraid of sleeping in this pool? Be honest, do you not know how to swim? If so, I can give you the number of a good lifeguard I know.
From Ari ****** to Me:
Shut the hell up. I hope you drown in your pool!
Stay Classy, TSA
(I also learned that the Irish-Catholic TSA agents in Boston will eagerly carry your luggage and reassemble your stroller when they learn your daughter's name is Finoula. I warned her not to expect such special treatment everywhere.)
So I was awfully pleased when I arrived at a security checkpoint in Miami International Airport this morning and discovered that my line fed into a back-scatter device, even though metal detectors were in use for the other lines. When it was my turn, I politely said that I would like to opt out. "Seriously?" the first TSA worker asked me with a raised eyebrow. Yes, seriously.
He directed me through the nearby metal detector (the one that would have been good enough if I'd just chosen another line) and motioned for me to wait for a pat-down agent: "Female opt-out!" A female agent led me to a table where she set my bags and then skeptically asked if I knew what the pat down involved. Yes, indeedy (thanks, Jeff Goldberg!) "Do you want to do this somewhere private?" No, thank you. The agent calmly explained what she was going to do before she performed each part of the procedure, and very briskly but thoroughly went through the pat-down. The whole thing was over in a matter of minutes and was a completely professional experience.
Or it was, until a male TSA agent walked behind us and hollered: "Hey, I thought she was mine! I was gonna do her!"
And that, buddy, is exactly why I'm opting out instead of standing in the see-through picture machine. Thanks for validating my choice.
Source -> http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2011/02/08/stay-classy-tsa/
Image source -> http://www.datelinezero.com/2010/11/08/more-pilots-revolt-against-the-tsa/
From the Wikipedia page (and you know everything on Wikipedia is 100% accurate):
The film, set during the 1960s, will focus on the relationship between Professor X and Magneto and the origin of their groups, the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants. The film stars James McAvoy as Professor X and Michael Fassbender as Magneto. It also stars Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw, the antagonist of the movie. Other cast members include January Jones, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence and Lucas Till. The film is mostly being shot in England and parts of the United States. Fox envisions this film as the first in a new trilogy.
Check out the trailer below.
From the article:
On D-Day, June 6, 1944, Allied troops departed England on planes and ships, made the trip across the English Channel and attacked the beaches of Normandy in an attempt to break through Hitler’s “Atlantic Wall” and break his grip on Europe. Some 215,000 Allied soldiers, and roughly as many Germans, were killed or wounded during D-Day and the ensuing nearly three months it took to secure the Allied capture of Normandy. Commemoration events, from re-enactments to school concerts, were being held in seaside towns and along the five landing beaches that stretch across 50 miles (80 kilometers) of Normandy coastline. The big event is Saturday, when Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the Canadian and British prime ministers and Prince Charles gather for a ceremony amid the rows of white crosses and Stars of David at the American cemetery, which is U.S. territory. (AP)
Source -> http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2009/06/05/the-65th-anniversary-of-d-day-on-the-normandy-beaches/306/
Thursday, February 10, 2011
a few examples below, click the source link for a bunch more.
Source -> http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleybaccam/the-best-of-hipster-little-mermaid
Yes, the formatting isn't perfect, you'll get over it.
Source (sorta) -> http://myingling.com/random/calvin_and_hobbes/search.php?phrase=stupendous+man
|(excuse to post hot Icelandic girl)|
Scientists in Iceland have evidence that says another very-large volcanic eruption isn't very far off. Increased Earthquake activity in the most active section of one of the most geologically active nations are pointing to a major volcanic event for the 2nd largest Icelandic volcano, named Bárdarbunga, very soon. The good news is that one can actually pronounce this volc's name without a degree in viking linguistics.
Considering what it did to disrupt air-travel in Europe initially, then North America then Worldwide, I'd say this will be another huge issue...
From the article:
The last recorded eruption of Bárdarbunga was in 1910, although volcanologists believe its last major eruption occurred in 1477 when it produced a large ash and pumice fallout. It also produced the largest known lava flow during the past 10,000 years on earth.
It is the second largest volcano on Iceland and is directly above the mantle plume of molten rock.
By comparison, Bárdarbunga dwarves the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which shutdown most of Europe's airspace last year after its ash cloud drifted across the continent's skies.