July 23, 2014

Wild west buffalo

One of John Lopez' scrap metal sculptures.

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They're just jealous

That they didn't think of it.

Aichi politician reprimanded for 'punctured condoms' population proposal

NAGOYA – A member of the Shinshiro Municipal Assembly in Aichi Prefecture proposed distributing "punctured condoms" to married residents to bolster the city's dwindling population, the legislature's secretariat said Friday.

Independent Assemblyman Tomonaga Osada was verbally reprimanded Wednesday for the controversial proposal last month and told his remarks "lacked dignity for an assembly member and consideration" by the assembly chairman, who decided to delete them from the minutes of the June 18 meeting.

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Timing is everything (3)

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July 22, 2014

How to shoot pigeons

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On the horns of a lawn sprinkler

California drought doesn't end brown lawn warnings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laura Whitney and her husband, Michael Korte, don't know whether they're being good citizens during a drought or scofflaws.

On the same day the state approved mandatory outdoor watering restrictions with the threat of $500 fines, the Southern California couple received a letter from their city threatening a $500 penalty for not watering their brown lawn.

It's brown because of their conservation, which, besides a twice-a-week lawn watering regimen, includes shorter showers and larger loads of laundry.

They're encouraged by the state's new drought-busting, public service slogan: Brown is the new green.

The city of Glendora sees it differently.

"Despite the water conservation efforts, we wish to remind you that limited watering is still required to keep landscaping looking healthy and green," says the letter, which gives Korte and Whitney 60 days to restore their lawn.

They're among residents caught in the middle of conflicting government messages as the need for conservation clashes with the need to preserve attractive neighborhoods.

"My friends in Los Angeles got these letters warning they could be fined if they water, and I got a letter warning that I could be fined for not watering," Whitney said. "I felt like I was in an alternate universe."

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At the Cairo airport

I've been there but I don't recall seeing this.

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July 21, 2014

Delicate

"Shell Game" Easter Egg Art by Franc Grom

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Video at the link. Imagine drilling 2000 - 3000 holes in an egg shell to produce something like this. It would tax the patience of Job, I think.

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Talk about performance anxiety

Woman Convicted Of Shooting Lover Over Poor Sex Performance Granted Bond

SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – Oakland County prosecutors are fighting the release of a 58-year-old Southfield woman admitted she shot her lover over his performance in bed.

Sadie Bell was convicted in April of assault with intent to do great bodily harm for shooting her boyfriend, Edward Lee, in the stomach in January of 2013 — but she's now been granted bond pending an appeal.

According to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Paul Walton, Bell admitted she had sex with Lee at her apartment, then shot him over his poor performance. She also accused Lee of cheating.

"The underlying facts in this are a little bizarre," Walton told WWJ's Sandra McNeil, "in that the defendant in this case was having a 15 year affair with the victim, Mr. Lee.

"She was upset with him," Walton said, "after a sexual act that she felt he wasn't performing adequately and accused him then of having an affair, and then took out a gun and shot him."
Walton said Bell made a "very graphic", detailed statement to police explaining why she shot her lover.

"She stated that she knew he was having an affair because he wasn't producing enough ejaculate," Walton explained. "She also said to the police some very graphic things about how she expected him to perform, she was a cheap date, she liked sex, she expected him to be able to do what he's promised; and she said, in essence, to quote her, she was pissed off, so she shot him."

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Roller cycle

Looks like a great way to get a face-sanding or some broken knees - when one of your skates jams.

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July 20, 2014

Heh (15)

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Yep, that's pretty vulgar all right

Florida Road Construction Sign Hacked To Show Extremely Vulgar Message

TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – Drivers in Hillsborough County were subjected to a road construction sign that was flashing an obscene message after being hacked. [...]

While driving home from the drive-in movie theater in Ruskin, Sarah Carpenter saw the message. She was in the car with her 11-year-old brother and 6-year-old son.

"We are driving and I look over and I have to do a double take," Carpenter told WFTS. "I am like what does that say?"

The sign read: "F*** Her Right In The P****."

As she tried to merge into an open lane the sign distracted Carpenter. Her brother was in the passenger seat of her car when they passed the sign.

"He's like, 'Did that sign say what I think it says?' And I have my 6-year-old in the back seat trying to sound it out," she told WFTS.

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Serious vertigo (2)

Atop Preikestolen in Norway

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July 19, 2014

Car cemetery

One of seven images of the Abandoned Chatillon Car Cemetery in Belgium.

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Hey he might get hungry, right?

Kentucky man got arrested, then ordered pizza to police station

CORBIN, Ky.   •  Police in southern Kentucky say they got a surprise delivery after charging a man with shoplifting — five pizzas showed up at the station.

Officers say Michael Harp asked to make a call on his cellphone Tuesday afternoon while being booked in Corbin. A short time later, police say, a pizza delivery driver showed up to deliver to "Officer Wilson," the name of the officer who arrested Harp, 29.

Police say they linked the call to Harp by tracking his cellphone number. Harp told Lexington station WKYT-TV it's all a misunderstanding and that "about 10 people" used his phone.

Harp now faces additional charges including theft of identity, theft by deception, and impersonating a police officer. Jail records did not list an attorney for him.

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July 18, 2014

Pop a top! (5)

At Holy City Brewing in Charleston, SC

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July 17, 2014

Who can resist a good stick?

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The Facebook Cop

She's for real.

Facebook 'Friends' Its City, Pays for Officer

MENLO PARK, Calif.—On a recent afternoon, police officer Mary Ferguson visited the home of a teenager in this Silicon Valley suburb who had been missing school and was on probation.

Officer Ferguson approached the boy's father as part of her rounds and asked if he checks the teen's Facebook FB -1.85% page to make sure he's "on the up and up." When the man said he didn't, the officer assured him she did—thanks to a Facebook account she uses as part of her job that doesn't reveal her true identity. "I'll keep my eye on him," she said.

Officer Ferguson, 34 years old, is sometimes called "The Facebook Cop," but it isn't for her savvy use of social media. It is because her salary and benefits are paid entirely by Facebook Inc., which is based in this well-off city of 32,000.

In an unusual deal, the social-networking giant has agreed to fund a $194,000-a-year police position, including salary and benefits. The position is controlled by Menlo Park and the primary duties of the job are to keep children in school, work with juvenile offenders, and help large local businesses such as Facebook plan for emergencies like fires, earthquakes or violent intruders.

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Ouch! (13)

This is a little cold... but funny.

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July 16, 2014

Newton rules!

Given the nearly frictionless surface and minimal effect of air resistance, this looks like a textbook demonstration of Newton's Laws.

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366 large, down the drain

Council blows £214,000 over five years on hunt for blogger who insulted councillors

A council spent a staggering £200,000 on a hunt for a notorious internet blogger known as ‘Mr Monkey’ after he insulted local councillors.

The anonymous writer referred to councillors as ‘Pudgy Face’, ‘Miss Piggy’, ‘King of Sleaze’ and ‘The Fat Mackem Hobbit’ as he promised to ‘expose the truth’ behind their alleged lies.

Despite the internet troll abandoning the blog in 2009, the north east council have only just called off the manhunt - having spent the last five years searching for him.

South Tyneside Council launched the search after insisting they had a ‘duty of care’ to protect their employees from malicious accusations made online.

They immediately hired Washington DC lawyers McDermott, Will and Emery, to try and trace those responsible - all funded by the public purse.

But after spending more than £214,000 on the search for Mr Monkey, town hall bosses have now decided to drop the hunt.

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Coolest

21st Century Cooler that's Actually Cooler

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July 15, 2014

Word crimes

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Don't get cocky, Mr. Mayor

My emphasis below.

South Carolina town rallies for gay police chief and strips mayor of powers

When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her lifestyle as "questionable", she expected her two-decade career in law enforcement to be over.

Then this small, conservative town rebelled.

The people of Latta, who voted overwhelmingly for a state amendment banning gay marriage eight years ago, turned against the mayor, stripped him of his powers; they then rehired Moore. They said her dedication to the town mattered more than her sexual orientation. [...]

Mayor Earl Bullard vehemently denied that he fired Moore because she was gay. Instead, he said she was dismissed for "sheer insubordination" during the three months he was her boss.

Moore said she hadn't received a single reprimand during her career until Bullard presented her with seven on the same day she was fired.

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Know your strengths

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July 14, 2014

The Appennine Colossus

[T]he Appennino isn’t just a sculpture. He’s also a building.

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Taking a law firm to court?

Isn't that like picking a fight with a newspaper? Judging from the images, though, they've got a pretty good case.

Brewery sues law firm for trademark infringement

With more than 3,000 U.S. breweries in operation, trademark disputes are becoming a regular occurrence in the beer business. But a lawsuit filed by Oregon-based Full Sail Brewing may be a first.

In the lawsuit, filed in federal court, Full Sail is suing The Sessions Law Firm, an Atlanta-based firm that specializes in driving under the influence (DUI) cases, for trademark infringement.

According to the filing, Full Sail has been selling beer under the trademark "Session" by "showing the word SESSION inside a distinctive shield logo, using a distinctive font, often with a red background and with a grey outline" since 2005.

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If Google was a guy (Part 3)

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July 11, 2014

Now we know (2)

In case you meet any Juggalos

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Beer. St. Louis. 'Nuff said.

Entrepreneur's beer dispenser garners crowdfunding interest

At the end of a 30-minute interview with Steve Young this month, a colleague of the beer entrepreneur checked his smartphone, leaned over and told him, “We just made another $5,000.”

By then, Young was checking his phone many, many times a day. Since the 28-year-old launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter on June 24 been dubbed the “Keurig machine for beer,” the Soulard resident said he’s getting a thousand emails, phone calls and voice mails a day from people around the world inquiring about the product, eight months before it’s available for sale.

Interested consumers and investors aren’t the only ones reaching out. Since the campaign began, media outlets from Time magazine to Good Morning America have taken notice of the south St. Louis County-based startup.

Per Kickstarter rules, Synek had a month to reach its goal of $250,000 or it wouldn’t get the funding. Over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, it surpassed its goal. As of late Thursday night, Synek had raised more than $450,000.

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Live to ride

Ride to live

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July 10, 2014

You can park...

but you can't hide.

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Careful with that Android, Eugene

Android Data Wipe Leaves Personal Data

When Android users choose to reset their smartphones, they generally believe their personal data is deleted. But Avast Software, which makes and markets device-side security apps, says that's not necessarily the case. The company was able to recover vast stores of personal data from wiped smartphones using off-the-shelf software. Time to rethink your selfies?

Avast purchased 20 different Android smartphones from eBay, which typically has tens of thousands of such devices for sale at any given time. The previous owners performed a factory reset, deleting all the content from the phones, before selling them. The factory reset option is buried in the settings menu, but it claims to erase everything from the phone and memory card. Avast then used commercially available recovery software to dig up personal information. [...]

Avast restored 40,000 photos -- including 1,500 of children, 750 of women in various stages of undress, and 250 male nudes -- from just 20 phones. Avast also recovered 1,000 Google searches, 750 emails and text messages, and 250 contact names and email addresses. Amazingly, Avast managed to identify only four of the 20 previous owners, but an identity ratio of one-in-five should be alarming to most smartphone users.

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Cute overload (2)

Check those chow hound hamsters

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July 09, 2014

The Not Safe For Work song

Amusing, though - particularly for an 84-year-old dude.

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Only in Japan (6)

In Japan, There Is a Shrine for...Hemorrhoids

The vast majority of festivals in Japan are not unusual. Then, there are some that are referred to as "kisai" (奇祭) or "strange festival." This is one of those. [...]

According to IT Media, around seventy people attended the recent festival at Kunigami Shrine in Tochigi Prefecture. Japan has well over a hundred thousand Shinto shrines. This one appears to be the only one that deals with hemorrhoids.

Tradition states that those who washed their backsides and then ate egg offerings would be cured of hemorrhoids, reports Shimotsuke. The festival ceased back in 1988, but two years ago, it was revived. These days, instead of cleaning in the river, there is a "Butt Washing Stone" on the shrine's grounds. Participants turn their backsides to the stone and chant to cure their butts or to ensure that they never get hemorrhoids.

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GR8 PL8 (2)

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July 08, 2014

Tiny (4)

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What Golden Rule?

Utah man sentenced to jail for seat-saving assault at a Mormon church

Ogden • A Plain City man accused of beating a fellow churchgoer last year at a Mormon baby blessing and mission farewell was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail.

Wayne Dodge, 52, pleaded guilty last month in Ogden's 2nd District Court to one count of class B misdemeanor assault. One charge of felony aggravated assault was dismissed, according to court records. [...]

Prosecutors charged Dodge after he was involved in an "altercation" that stemmed from a seat-saving dispute at an Aug. 30 service at an LDS Church. [...]

The two men later clashed in the parking lot, where Dodge reportedly punched the victim. The man ended up with a bloody face, according to sheriff's deputies.

Weber County sheriff's Lt. Mark Lowther said that after the fight, Dodge swerved to hit the victim with his car as he was driving away.

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Surprise!

The Blue Angels in St. Louis on May 4th. Stick with it for 30 seconds or so.

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July 07, 2014

Perspective (2)

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