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April 30, 2010

Rule 23

Rob sends this funny clip with the comment 'Been there.' NSFW.

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Smarty pants

Talk about privacy issues! What if they try to subpoena your underwear?

Screen-Printed Sensors on Underwear Can Monitor Body's Biochemistry

Forget gossipy neighbors, peeping toms, or shady repairmen. In the future, you may be handing out non-disclosure agreements to your underwear drawer. Researchers from Taiwan and U.C. San Diego have devised a way to print electrochemical sensors directly onto fabric, which means that those tighty whities you're wearing could someday monitor your vitals. (No word on whether they'll text-message your friends, too.)

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Three young tenors

Carol sends a link to this video of a tenor trio: two of these young fellows are 14 and the other's 15.

And here's more, if you liked that.

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Roadkill

Tucson John sent a set of images of a snake chowing down on a lizard with the claim that it happened near Cloudbreak, Arizona. But there doesn't seem to be a place in Arizona called Cloudbreak.

I found the same pictures with the claim they were taken near the Cloudbreak mine in the Australian outback.

Believe it or not, this snake got itself outside of the entire lizard. If you want to see all 11 images, they're here.

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April 29, 2010

Meet the Master

Danilo sends a link to this guy playing Tetris Grand Master. Bear in mind that 'slow' and 'fast' are relative terms - even the slow part looked pretty fast to me.

TGM HOLiC aka Jin8 playing TGM3. He's the best tetris ds player in the world. it's slow in the beginning. insanely fast near the end. speed increases at 3mins. invisible part after 5 mins during the credit roll.

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That'll teach him

'Rude Man' Beaten, Pelted With Pasta
Women Say Man Failed To Hold Open Elevator Door

BOSTON -- A Roxbury man who apparently didn't show enough chivalry was hit with a plate of pasta, punched, kicked and beaten with handbags by two women who told investigators they needed to "teach him a lesson" for not holding an elevator door for them, Boston police said.

Kenyana McQuay, 27, and Waltia Funches, 28, told officers Mohammed Warsame "was rude to them" because he didn't keep the elevator door open when it started to close on them.

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Chiseled in stone

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She done him wrong

You stuck my flash drive in your vagina - m4w - 25 (philadelphia)
Date: 2010-04-20, 3:04PM EDT

You stuck my flash drive in your vagina. If you are reading this, you know who you are. I don’t think this is a fad sweeping the city, so this one’s for you.

We met at a Millcreek Tavern. You said you were from Lancaster. You were beautiful, you liked me. It was perfect. But then…

We went back to my apartment. We watched The Breakfast Club. You had never seen it before. We then ended up in my bed, as planned. And had sex, as planned.

You looked beautiful half covered in my sheets when I left to use the bathroom. When I came back, this is what I saw:

You standing naked at my computer. You with your hand on the keyboard, not typing. You grabbing the flash drive.

Screen capture here.

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April 28, 2010

Men with talent

A clever ad.

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Ain't it the truth?

We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint

WASHINGTON — Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the leader of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was shown a PowerPoint slide in Kabul last summer that was meant to portray the complexity of American military strategy, but looked more like a bowl of spaghetti.

"When we understand that slide, we'll have won the war," General McChrystal dryly remarked, one of his advisers recalled, as the room erupted in laughter.

The slide has since bounced around the Internet as an example of a military tool that has spun out of control. [...]

"PowerPoint makes us stupid," Gen. James N. Mattis of the Marine Corps, the Joint Forces commander, said this month at a military conference in North Carolina. (He spoke without PowerPoint.) Brig. Gen. H. R. McMaster, who banned PowerPoint presentations when he led the successful effort to secure the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar in 2005, followed up at the same conference by likening PowerPoint to an internal threat.

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H.T. Ms M. - and Oliver, who sent a link to a similar article in The Daily Mail

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Don't count your chickens...

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Old libertarian joke

A final quote from Brian Doherty's Radicals for Capitalism:

You libertarians are the types that would allow fornication in public parks!

What do you mean, public parks?

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April 27, 2010

A little office music

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Quite a view

This is the lead picture in The Big Picture's Earth Day 2010 image collection.

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The most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth created to date. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer of our planet. Much of the information contained in this image came from a single remote-sensing device-NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS. Flying over 700 km above the Earth onboard the Terra satellite. (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center)

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Anything for a fin

Fiverr. Check it out.

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Laid back

This Chinese dude has an attitude to match his sense of balance.

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April 26, 2010

Public Employee of the Year

I think I may have met the St. Louis woman at the DMV.

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Joined at the hair

From the WSJ's Pictures of the Day photoblog (for April 22nd).

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Models wore designs by Mexico’s Alexia Ulibarri at a fashion show in Mexico City Wednesday. (Claudio Cruz/Associated Press)

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Snuggery

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No gay dogs allowed

I'm guessing it was her Scottish accent.

Gay dogs not welcome, diner in South Australia told

A RESTAURANT in a northwest suburb of Adelaide that refused a blind man entry because it thought his guide dog was "gay" was ordered by the Equal Opportunity Tribunal to pay him $1500.

The (Adelaide) Sunday Mail said Ian Jolly, 57, was barred from dining at the Thai Spice restaurant in May 2009 after a staff member mistook his guide dog Nudge for a "gay dog," a tribunal heard this week.

A statement given by restaurant owners Hong Hoa Thi To and Anh Hoang Le said one of the restaurant's waiters said that Mr Jolly's partner Ms Chris Lawrence stated "she wanted to bring a gay dog into the restaurant."

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April 24, 2010

No need for telecommuting

An old ad from British Telecom.

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Don't tick off your neighbors

Police: Conn. man in feud placed fake orgy ad

HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut man who was feuding with his neighbor targeted her in an explicit online posting that invited strangers to a rowdy orgy with a bored soccer mom, police said. [...]

The charges stem from an April 5 posting on Craigslist that said a West Hartford woman wanted to "please as many as I can before I go to work!" Detectives, Conran's attorney and the woman targeted in the posting are not saying what prompted the feud between the longtime neighbors in the middle-class Hartford suburb.

West Hartford Police Chief James Strillacci said even veteran officers were surprised by the number of strangers who knocked on the woman's door, called the house or drove by.

"We were saying to ourselves, 'The economy must be worse than we think if all of these able-bodied men are able to immediately drop everything and drive over to this neighborhood'" on a Monday morning, he said. [...]

The Craigslist ad, titled "Looking for lust," was purported to be written by a married soccer mom hoping to fulfill her fantasy of group sex and inviting strangers to "please come play." It listed her street address.

Men started showing up at her door and in her neighborhood, prompting her brother-in-law to stand guard and write down visitors' license plates, police said. He also shooed away those bold enough to come to the door, including one who threatened to post her picture at soccer fields around town, authorities said.

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April 23, 2010

Winscape

I believe there was a post about a prototype of this idea a few years ago. It's looking more polished and definitely cooler now.

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Boobquake Day

If you've got it, flaunt it.

Boobquake determined to prove cleric wrong

A ONE-WOMAN mission to prove breasts don't cause earthquakes has swollen into a shirt-straining global movement preparing for the inaugural "Boobquake".

Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi angered womens' groups around the world on Monday when he claimed that promiscuous women were responsible for literally making the earth move.

"Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes,'' Sedighi said.

"What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble?'' he asked during a prayer sermon on Friday.

"There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam's moral codes.'' [...]

Jennifer McCreight is determined to prove him wrong.

Since launching the "Boobquake" Facebook page two days ago, she has enlisted more than 20,000 women promising to show as much cleavage as possible on Monday, April 26.

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Heisenberg compensator

If you liked the Rockwell retro-encabulator, you'll probably like this message from Sun.

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Painting by touch

This collection of paintings was made by a Turkish man named Esref Armagan, who's been blind since birth.

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April 22, 2010

Plastic

George Carlin rants on about Earth Day. (NSFW, as you guessed.)

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Hot Wheels

Man loses licence after drink-driving in toy Barbie car

Paul Hutton, 40, was pulled over by police as he drove an electric Barbie car, which moves slower than a mobility scooter, near his home in Essex.

Mr Hutton, who has four children Simon, 17, Calum, 14, Laina, 12, and John, 11, admitted being a 'complete twit'.

Speaking after the hearing at Colchester magistrates court, he said: "You have to be a contortionist to get in, and then you can't get out.

"I was very surprised to get done for drink-driving but I was a twit to say the least.

"It is designed for three-to-five-year-olds.

"Originally it was a pink Barbie car but I put bigger wheels on it but it's not fast.

"I'm not unhappy with my punishment, just a little bit surprised."

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Amazing play at home plate

If more baseball games were like this one, I might be interested in watching them.

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April 21, 2010

More from Eyjafjallajokull

Another batch of impressive images of Eyjafjallajokull (35 of 'em) at The Big Picture.

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The dude was wired

Bomb Probe Turns Up Vibrator
California Highway Patrol: Man was wired for pleasure, not terror

APRIL 19--A California Highway Patrol office was briefly evacuated earlier this month when investigators became concerned that an arrestee might have been carrying a concealed explosive device. When officers collared Steven Ferrini on a drug charge, a search of the 60-year-old suspect turned up "a suspicious wire, with an on/off switch" in his pants pocket. "The wire was found to extend from the pant pocket to the subject's anus," according to a CHP report, a copy of which you'll find here.

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Four's all you need

This reminds me of the old joke about Bachman Turner Overdrive: whenever they learned a new chord, they released a new album.

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Illusions

Michael Bach, who I believe is an ophthalmologist, has an outstanding collection of 87 optical illusions. Many are presented in Flash applets he's made.

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April 20, 2010

Big jumps

Some of these you may have seen before but it's nice collection.

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Missing the boat

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Out his front door

I found this extremely low key clip from Sippican Cottage very funny.

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Oops (5)

Cook-book misprint costs Australian publishers dear

An Australian publisher has had to pulp and reprint a cookbook after one recipe listed "salt and freshly ground black people" instead of black pepper.

Penguin Group Australia had to reprint 7,000 copies of Pasta Bible last week, the Sydney Morning Herald has reported.

The reprint cost A$20,000 ($18,000; £12,000), but stock in bookshops will not be recalled as it is "extremely hard" to do so, Penguin said.

The recipe was for tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto.

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April 19, 2010

SolarImpulse

SolarImpulse had its first flight recently: 80 minutes in the air. It has the wingspan of a 747 and carries only its pilot (who has to be careful to land before dusk :). But the Wright brothers started with a shorter flight.

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When the volcano blows

One of 18 images of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano at The Big Picture.

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Take it, Jimmy...

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When life gives you locusts, make locust pizza

News from Down Under.

Locust swarm inspires new pizza topping

Entrepreneurs are taking advantage of locust swarms sweeping northern Victoria, with one Mildura cafe offering a locust pizza to patrons.

Authorities say the swarms are among the biggest seen in northern Victoria in 30 years.

In the Mallee, the insects are plastered across the front of vehicles forced to drive through locust clouds.

The idea for the pizza was the brainchild of Mayor Glenn Milne, who rounded up the insects and trapped them in a garbage bag.

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Quite a light show

Ms. M sends a link to today's Astronomy Picture of the Day, this striking image of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland.

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As a bonus, she includes a link to a Flickr gallery of volcano pictures.

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April 18, 2010

DIY space cam

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Rand v. Reason

I know there are at least a few readers who (like me) have read Ayn Rand's books and who are also familiar with Reason magazine. So they, at least, may find this bit of libertarian trivia amusing.

Even when libertarians tried to pay her respect, Rand sometimes didn't want to hear it. [...] She threatened Reason magazine with a lawsuit when it used her likeness on a cover of an issue filled with stories about her. Manuel Klausner, a lawyer and then one of Reason's editors, rather hoped the suit would go forward (it didn't) because he was sure they'd win, first of all. And he couldn't help mordantly relishing a case on the record in a U.S. court called Rand v. Reason.

From Reason editor Brian Doherty's book, Radicals for Capitalism.

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April 16, 2010

The Wheel of Death

A long but entertaining clip of a Cirque du Soleil act.

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The fine print

7,500 Online Shoppers Unknowingly Sold Their Souls

A computer game retailer revealed that it legally owns the souls of thousands of online shoppers, thanks to a clause in the terms and conditions agreed to by online shoppers.

The retailer, British firm GameStation, added the "immortal soul clause" to the contract signed before making any online purchases earlier this month. It states that customers grant the company the right to claim their soul.

By placing an order via this Web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from gamesation.co.uk or one of its duly authorised minions.

GameStation's form also points out that "we reserve the right to serve such notice in 6 (six) foot high letters of fire, however we can accept no liability for any loss or damage caused by such an act. If you a) do not believe you have an immortal soul, b) have already given it to another party, or c) do not wish to grant Us such a license, please click the link below to nullify this sub-clause and proceed with your transaction."

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Dan the Man

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Civil engineering reference

This one's been sitting in the queue for quite a spell. I think it came from either Timoteo or from Tucson John.

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For a larger image -- just in case you're having trouble reading it -- visit here.

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April 15, 2010

Lightheaded

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No lock needed

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Nice detective work

An interesting tale about someone who was burgled and managed to recover the goods by tracking the cell phone.

This left myself, completely unaware of this, to come downstairs to find the door ajar, my goods missing, to stand there aghast (also known as swearing) that this could happen, stealing the most important items of mine whilst I was home!

However, now unfolds a wonderful tale of why you don't steal tech from a Compsci (or if you do, don't take the phone!).

By now it's probably about 17:30, so I resign myself to the crap of cancelling my cards, calling my mobile to confirm it wasn't available and calling the police who would arrive within an hour or so. Whilst wallowing in my own feelings of "oh crap, I need to replace shit, why didn't I get around to purchasing insurance yet?", I begin to think about whether I actually did set up some remote "wipe your phone when nicked" software. After hunting down the site and remembering my "PIN" (not a bloody password, and no email correspondence of course!), we begin to get somewhere.

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Hydraulic power

An interesting publicity stunt for Liebherr. The crowd really seems to enjoy it.

When I lived in Tucson, I worked with a guy named Frank who was an ASU alumnus. Frank was an electrical engineer and he told me a funny story about the hydraulics course all engineering students at ASU were required to take. Naturally, the EE's couldn't have cared less about hydraulics and their attitude made the professor defensive. One day the prof told them, "You may not believe it, but anything you can do with electricity, I can do with hydraulic circuits."

Then some wise guy in the class piped up, "Yeah. But a hydraulic TV's awfully noisy."

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April 14, 2010

Free hand nail gun

I don't know if I believe this really happened - but it is entertaining to watch.

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Happy Tax Day (2)

Not very far off the mark.

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No sympathy

Helpline priest falls asleep during suicide call for help

A suicidal man connected to a Samaritans-style helpline in Sweden was left pondering his options when the priest at the other end fell asleep and started snoring down the line.

The suicidal man called emergency services at around 2am on Friday, saying he felt "psychologically unstable". He was forwarded to the duty Church of Sweden pastor. About five minutes into the call, the troubled 44-year-old man had the feeling that he was talking to himself.

"I thought maybe he was taking notes, so I asked: 'Are you taking notes?'" the man told the Barometern local daily.

"I could hear his heavy breathing before he woke up," he said.

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Slam dunk

Not.

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April 13, 2010

Have a pleasant ride

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Half time at the dog show

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H.T. SteveR

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World's largest R/C plane

What a monster: 30 foot wingspan; four 160 cc engines; 463 pounds.

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Change!

There's an old story about a ship's Captain who inspected his sailors and afterward told the first mate that the men smelled bad. The Captain suggested perhaps it would help if the sailors would change underwear occasionally.

The first mate responded, "Aye, aye sir, I'll see to it immediately!"

So the mate went straight to the sailors' berths and announced, "The Captain thinks you guys smell bad and wants you to change your underwear." He continued, "Pittman, you change with Jones, McCarthy, you change with Witkowski, and Brown, you change with Schultz. Now GET TO IT!"

People may come along and promise "change" but don't count on things smelling any better.

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April 12, 2010

Interesting ad

For an interesting Spanish bank.

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Not politically correct

Teachers union memo 'prays' for governor's death

(CNN) -- A New Jersey teachers union is coming under fire after an internal memo included a veiled threat to Gov. Chris Christie.

The leaked memo, which was sent to union leaders in the New Jersey Education Association's Bergen County division, contains a closing paragraph written in the form of a prayer.

"Dear Lord," the letter reads. "This year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor."

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Egg yolks

Here's one of 12.

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Mmm... poached eggs!
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Smile! (2)

Victim's phone uploads picture to Facebook; police seek identity

Champaign police have gotten a bit of help from technology in investigating a mugging that happened on the University of Illinois campus about six weeks ago. But now they need help from the public in identifying a photo.

Champaign police detective Don Shepard said about 3 a.m. on Feb. 28, the male victim was in a parking lot near the corner of Third Street and Gregory Drive when five or six men knocked him down, took money from his wallet and his cell phone. The man was not seriously injured.

Shepard said the victim had his cell phone set to upload any new photos automatically to his Facebook page when his phone is connected to a computer.

About two days after the attack, the victim saw a picture of a man, believed to be one of those who stole his phone, on his Facebook page.

H.T. Ms. M

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April 11, 2010

Party at the Fed

Lew sends a link to this clip that came out last January. It's a collaboration between economics professor, blogger and author Russ Roberts and director/producer and blogger John Papola.

I thought putting Keynes' General Theory in the bedside table - in place of a Gideons Bible - was a clever touch.

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World's best buildings

A slideshow of 15 modern buildings at The Daily Beast. Each of the 15 slides has a brief bio of the architect.

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April 09, 2010

Chinese magic

By Taiwanese magician Liu Qian. He's pretty good. (Chinese with subtitles.)

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Episcopal Barbie

Barbie gets ordained, and has the smells-and-bells wardrobe to match

EpiscopalBarbie.jpgWith her careers as veterinarian, astronaut and U.S. president behind her, Barbie has at last found her true calling: as a second-career Episcopal priest.

The 11.5-inch-tall fictional graduate of Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, Calif., has donned a cassock and surplice and is rector at St. Barbara's-by-the-Sea in (where else?) Malibu, Calif.

She arrived at the church fully accessorized, as is Barbie's custom. Her impeccably tailored ecclesiastical vestments include various colored chasubles (the sleeveless vestments worn at Mass) for every liturgical season, black clergy shirt with white collar, neat skirt and heels, a laptop with prepared sermon and a miniature, genuine Bible. [...]

The Rev. Barbie, who in less than a week had drawn nearly 3,000 friends on her Facebook page, spends most of her time in the office of the Rev. Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew, rector of Christ (Episcopal) Church, in Manlius, N.Y., near Syracuse.

The doll, her wardrobe and portable sacristy were a gift from Cleaver-Bartholomew's friend, the Rev. Julie Blake Fisher, a priest in Kent, Ohio.

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Cat in the cockpit

Iris, the Bengal cat, on the dash of a Cessna 172 coming in for a landing at the Sequim, WA airport. Flew from Friday Harbor airport on San Juan Island.

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Pursue your passion

Chinese official pledged to sleep with 800 women

A Chinese official has been arrested after his wife discovered a diary containing hundreds of his sexual escapades, and the bribes he had allegedly taken to pay for them.

The unnamed 47-year-old official, the head of a state-backed company in the Eastern city of Anqing, claimed in his diary to have slept with 500 women and was aiming to take the notches on his bedpost to "between 600 and 800".

Almost all of the women were prostitutes, and in order to fund his proclivity, the official allegedly took huge bribes. "He was busy eight hours a day looking for bribes, and then another eight hours looking for sex," one investigator told the local newspaper, the Xin'an Evening News.

This Chinese guy reminds me of Old Harold. In the mid 80's a friend of mine took me to a tavern called Vago's, a neighborhood taproom. There he introduced me to another friend of his, an old fellow named Harold. Harold had to have been in his late 60s (at least) at the time. Harold told us that when he was young, he and his friends were "always huntin' or f**kin'. When we weren't f**kin', we were huntin'... something to f**k."

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April 08, 2010

Pixelated

This is a very cleverly done animated clip.

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April in St. Louis county

We've had an unusually warm (and dry) April so far. The flora is responding beautifully. Those are daffodils (I believe) beneath the red bud tree.

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More than a mouthful's a waste

Lover 'almost killed' by huge breasts

British woman Claire Smedley almost killed her lover during sex - with her enormous breasts.

Mum-of-three Smedley, 27, who has 40LL breasts, panicked when she lifted them up while having sex and found that her lover Steven had stopped breathing.

In an exclusive video interview with the News of the World, she revealed how Steven usually loved being smothered by her breasts.

"This time, he started flailing around a bit but I assumed it was because he was so excited, so I kept going. A few minutes later I noticed he'd stopped moving," she said.

By then, sales assistant Steven, also 27, was still and appeared to not be breathing.

"I was panicking and just about to call 999 when, thankfully, he started to come round."

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Virtusphere

Danilo, our man in Brazil, sends a link to this page at designboom.com about the Virtusphere.

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April 07, 2010

Great prank (2)

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Unusual Google Earth photos

Here's one of a collection of 22 - they're pretty interesting. This one shows the "Google Escher" effect.

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Another great prank

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Hooker crossing

Caution! Scantily-clad hazard ahead: Italian prostitutes get own road sign to warn motorists

The experienced motorist will have seen a multitude of road signs warning of children crossing, elderly pedestrians and wildlife.

But the one to the right would surely prompt a second glance.

Some might say that the image of a well-endowed woman in mini-skirt and high heels is, in itself, a hazard.

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April 06, 2010

Mall tag

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These folks need a backhoe just for the red tape

These days I think Monty Python was a reality show. (A 'JCB' looks like this.)

Council ordered JCB and four men to remove mattress
Council officials said they could not remove a mattress dumped on an embankment after claiming they needed four men and a JCB to do the job. Householders in Little Lever, near Bolton, Greater Manchester, had assumed that the mattress would be promptly removed by one or two workers after it was reported to the local authority.

But they had failed to take into account the health and safety requirements of Bolton Metropolitan Council.

An official was duly dispatched to the scene to carry out a risk assessment.

He decided that the only safe way to shift the mattress was to scoop it up in a 1.7 ton JCB digger – an operation that would require the services of a driver, a banksman to guide him, and two officials to make sure it was done properly.

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360° Utah

Mary sends a link to Utah3d.net, which hosts a collection of 360° panoramas of scenes in Utah. This one is of Double Arch in Arches National Park.

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And it blends too

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April 05, 2010

Paging Dr. Doolittle

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Painting people

This image comes from Alexa Meade's photostream at Flickr. To make paintings of people, she paints the people and then photographs them.

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Fat's where it's at (3)

From The Consumerist.

KFC's Bacon Sandwich On Fried Chicken "Bread" Starts Killing People Nationwide April 12

Last August, we wrote about the "Double Down," a mysteriously tempting (and potentialy lethal) new food item being tested by KFC. For those coming late to the story, it's bacon and cheese sandwiched between two pieces of fried chicken. And now, many months later, I'll finally be able to get my hands on one.

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Save the tiger

And on the topic of painting people...

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April 03, 2010

Pretty in pink

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April 02, 2010

Polymer fun

H.T. Carol

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Peeps show IV

The Washington Post's fourth annual Peeps Diorama Contest drew more than 1,100 sugar-inspired entries. Here's a slide show of their favorite 38.

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Waiting for a tunnel

Riding together on a train are Barack Obama, George W. Bush, a little old lady, and a buxom, young blonde girl.

The train goes into a dark tunnel and a few seconds later there is the sound of a loud slap.

When the train emerges from the tunnel, Bush has a bright red hand print on his cheek.

No one speaks.

The old lady thinks, 'Bush must have groped the blonde in the dark and she slapped him.'

The blonde girl thinks, 'Bush must have tried to grope me in the dark, but missed and fondled the old lady and she slapped him.'

Bush thinks, 'Obama must have groped the blonde in the dark. She tried to slap him but missed and got me instead.'

Obama thinks, 'I can't wait for another tunnel, so I can smack Bush again.'

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What she says

"Enjoy the universal sentiment," says Rob.

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April 01, 2010

What's he smokin'?

From the L.A. Times:

Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson worries loading too many people onto Guam could capsize the island

First, before you watch this short but remarkable video, a little background on Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson.

He's from Georgia's Fourth District. A Washington, D.C. native, he's the fellow who took office in 2007 after knocking off former five-term Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney.

A former county judge, the 55-year-old is an attorney, a standard liberal Democrat, receiving 100 ratings from the ADA and ACLU. [...]

Also, remember you are paying Congressman Johnson's salary this year -- $174,000.

Update: Here's some interesting back story about the congressman and the admiral.

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Bejeweled (2)

Photos of sleeping, dew-covered insects.

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That's some smart software

A demonstration of the new 'content-aware' Fill feature in Adobe's Photoshop CS5.

For a more realistic demo, check out this clip.

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'Topeka' doesn't work nearly as well as a verb

From the Official GoogleTopeka Blog. Check out Topeka's home page (before midnight, is my advice).

A different kind of company name

Early last month the mayor of Topeka, Kansas stunned the world by announcing that his city was changing its name to Google. We've been wondering ever since how best to honor that moving gesture. Today we are pleased to announce that as of 1AM (Central Daylight Time) April 1st, Google has officially changed our name to Topeka.

We didn't reach this decision lightly; after all, we had a fair amount of brand equity tied up in our old name. But the more we surfed around (the former) Topeka's municipal website, the more kinship we felt with this fine city at the edge of the Great Plains.

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H.T. Ms. M.

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