June 30, 2010
iPhone4 v HTC Evo
I thought this was hilarious but it's definitely NSFW; mind the volume.
Sprint's new HTC EVO is pretty cool.
Everything you needed to know, you learned in kindergarten
PLAY-DOH COLOGNE SPRAY
Those fresh-from-the-can, full-of-potential, childhood memories... Now in a convenient spray!
This Play-Doh Cologne was created to celebrate the 50th Birthday of Play-Doh! Hasbro said the fragrance is "meant for highly-creative people, who seek a whimsical scent reminiscent of their childhood."
Close your eyes and you're back in kindergarten all over again! It's amazing how the scent of Play-Doh can take you to another time and place.
This is an automated house
Waiting for the cat bus
From Nothing To Do With Arbroath. Click for a bigger image.
June 29, 2010
One of four interesting pictures of a storm in Chicago last week.
Here's a dose of summertime cuteness, courtesy of Steve R.
Must have been performance review day
Woman set office fire to go home early
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., June 24 (UPI) -- A Florida woman accused of starting an office fire to get sent home early with pay pleaded guilty to criminal mischief.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said Michelle Perrino, 40, drew suspicion during a meeting of Bayonet Point Oxygen employees when she mentioned the May 12, 2009, fire had started in a filing cabinet before workers had been informed of the fire's origins, the St. Petersburg Times reported Thursday.
June 28, 2010
A penguin that shops for itself
How to drill a square hole
An interesting technique described at Wolfram.com.
One way of getting a curve of constant width is to start with a right isosceles triangle and draw arcs of circles centered at the vertices as indicated and an additional smaller-radius arc at the top. Then if the resulting curve is rotated so that it stays inside the square that surrounds it, the locus of the apex is an exact square. By placing a cutting tool at the apex (red) this device can be used to build a drill that drills perfect square holes. One would start with a circular hole in the target material and then use the rotor to remove material so that the hole is an exact square.
Contributed by: Stan Wagon (Macalester College)
A dog training its master
Free to good home
Mary sends an interesting picture and story.
Free to good home. Excellent guard dog. Owner cannot afford to feed him anymore, as there are no more drug pushers, thieves, murderers, or molesters left in the neighborhood for him to eat.
June 25, 2010
Punk your Pad
I got yer iPad keyboard RIGHT HERE!
Designer Jack Zylkin is selling kits to make this crazy mod that lets you use the iPad with a manual typewriter as the keyboard, the designer, has made kits available for $75, $150 for a prefab version and $400 to $500 asking price for whole thing assembled (iPad not included). It even goes "ding!" at the end of each line.
The alexic writer
Via NPR's Morning Edition.
The Writer Who Couldn't Read
"In January of 2002," writes the neuroscientist Oliver Sacks, "I received a letter from Howard Engel, a Canadian novelist describing a strange problem." Engel's problem was so strange, I decided to create a short video to let you see his story. Our narrator and animator is San Francisco artist Lev Yilmaz.
On July 31, 2001, Engel woke up, dressed, made breakfast, and then went to the front door to get his newspaper. "I wasn't aware," he says in our NPR interview, "that it was any different from any other morning."
But it was. When he looked at the front page — it was the Toronto Globe and Mail, an English-language journal — the print on the page was unlike anything he had seen before. It looked vaguely "Serbo-Croatian or Korean," or some language he didn't know. Wondering if this was some kind of joke, he went to his bookshelf, pulled out a book he knew was in English, and it too was in the same gibberish.
This was introduced last October but I just now learned about it.
Dyson Air Multiplier - no blades, no buffeting
The Dyson Air Multiplier™ fan works very differently to conventional fans. It uses Air Multiplier™ technology to draw in air and amplify it 15 times, producing an uninterrupted stream of smooth air. With no blades or grill, it's safe, easy to clean and doesn't cause unpleasant buffeting.
Truth in advertising
Tucson John sends a collection of 11 photos of funny shirts on unusually well-endowed women. Mostly SFW - but likely to appeal more to males.
June 24, 2010
Not safe for work.
An interesting hobby
Extreme DIY: Building a homemade nuclear reactor in NYC
Many might be alarmed to learn of a homemade nuclear reactor being built next door. But what if this form of extreme DIY could help solve the world's energy crisis?
By day, Mark Suppes is a web developer for fashion giant Gucci. By night, he cycles to a New York warehouse and tinkers with his own nuclear fusion reactor.
The right place at the right time
The ISS crew took this image on May 29th over the Indian Ocean.
June 23, 2010
Early May in London.
Happy belated solstice
Sunrise at Stonehenge on June 21st from Astronomy Picture of the Day. There's a much larger version there.
Bowling ball trick
And you don't see too many of those.
Your money or your weather stripping!
"Just keepin' Austin weird, officer!"
Man attempts to hold up gas station with caulk gun
Police have issued an arrest warrant for a man accused of injuring a gas station clerk while attempting to rob him — with a caulk gun.
The suspect fled the scene in the company of a transgender prostitute he'd picked up earlier in the evening, according to an affidavit issued by the Travis County Sheriff's Office.
June 22, 2010
Speeding it up
Another VW commercial. (No, they're not paying me.)
Wait... what? (2)
News about New Zealand's All Blacks rugby team.
Nude Blacks on show
Tackles were on display on Saturday at the Nude Blacks seventh annual rugby "international", played in fine deep south conditions.
Mostly made up of Otago University students, the Nude Blacks defeated the Welsh Leeks at Dunedin's Logan Park Sports Ground – watched by a crowd of fully clothed fans. [...]
Highlights of the match include a nude haka, which the "Welsh" team responded to with some attempted Morris dancing, before brandishing and tossing leeks at the Nude Blacks. [...]
A fully clothed streaker took to the field, before being taken down by a woman adorned in nothing but a police hat.
With her dancing dog
H.T. Steve R.
The Book and Gun club
June 21, 2010
Even cooler than a backyard monorail
Danilo sends a link to John Kenn's gallery of Post-it® note drawings. "A little scary in my opinion," he writes, "but very cool."
Not so funny
Vuvuzela injures South African woman's throat after she blew the horn too hard at World Cup game
The vuvuzela really blows.
We know the plastic horns trumpeted by World Cup fans are annoying. Now they've become a health hazard.
A South African woman ruptured her throat by blowing the horn too hard, doctors told her.
June 18, 2010
Nice wheels, daddy-o
Ingenious Flipper Bridge Melds Left-Side Drivers With Right-Side Drivers
Hong Kong drives on the left side of the road, mainland China on the right. So how do you prevent crashes when driving between them?
[...] to quell confusion at the border and, more importantly, to keep cars from smashing into each other, the Dutch firm NL Architects proposed a brilliant, simple solution, the Flipper bridge.
The bridge does exactly what the name suggests: It flips traffic around. The key here is separating the two sides of traffic, using a figure-eight shape. One side of the road dips under the other, funneling cars that were traveling on the left to the right (and vice versa), without forcing them to encounter head-on traffic at an intersection. The bridge makes what should be a disorienting switch exquisitely easy.
Shortest Monopoly game ever
Bad cop! No doughnut! (4)
Yeah - just imagine.
Queens councilman Dan Halloran irate over light-running, yakking traffic cop Daniel Chu
A city councilman who spotted a traffic cop blow through stop signs while yakking on the phone confronted the officer – and got slapped with a $165 ticket, the irate lawmaker said. [...]
The councilman was on his way to hid district office in Whitestone Monday when he says he saw Officer Daniel Chu zoom by, talking on a cell phone with his lights blazing.
"I know the traffic agents have no emergency they have to run to," Halloran said. "It immediately set my radar off."
He said he followed the car as it blasted through two stop signs while weaving in and out of traffic before illegally parking in front of a Dunkin' Donuts, where the officer went to get coffee.
Halloran says he pulled over and began snapping pictures of the officer's vehicle parked at the corner of Clintonville St. and 11th Ave. [...]
Halloran said he told the surly officer that he was a city councilman.
"He said, 'Oh yeah? You want to take pictures of me? I'm going to give you a ticket,'" Halloran recalled.
Chu then wrote Halloran a $165 ticket for blocking a crosswalk. The councilman denied he was blocking it, adding that his engine was running and the car door was open.
"It was baloney," said Halloran, who's calling for an investigation into Chu's conduct.
"If he did this to a city councilman and lied about the facts … imagine what he does to average citizens," Halloran said.
June 17, 2010
Too clever by half
Today's PSA (3)
The ALS Association's Walk to Defeat ALS is June 26th in St. Louis and regular reader and contributor Steve R. is participating. He has some good reasons to; check out his page at ALSA.org. He's pretty close to his $1000 dollar goal.
It's not quite rocket surgery
Drinking is like yoga
Carol sent a collection of pix comparing yoga to a drunken stupor. The Wayang Times has all eight.
Halasana Excellent for back pain and insomnia.
June 16, 2010
Super fly motor
Into the wild blue yonder
A cool image from the Bad Astronomy blog.
An Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle patroled the launch area as the Space Shuttle Atlantis roared into space on its final flight in May. Check out the shadow of the plume on the ground!
Here's a monster version: 1724 x 2100.
Raven v. Plane
Neighbourhood feud ends in bloody weed-whacker attack
A 20-year feud between two neighbours in the German state of Hesse revved up this week, ending in bloodshed when one of the elderly men attacked the other with a weed whacker, police reported on Thursday.
The pair had been bickering over a small strip of lawn near their homes in the small community of Grasellenbach just south of Darmstadt, according to the authorities.
When one man decided to trim his grass with a weed whacker on Wednesday afternoon, his neighbour was apparently disturbed by the noise.
This prompted the 66-year-old to pour a bucket of water over his 63-year-old nemesis, the police said.
“Unwilling to tolerate this outrage, the drenched man took to drastic measures,” the statement said. “Armed with his strimmer the 63-year-old attacked the other Grasellenbach resident and caused multiple injuries below the waist – some of which were severe.”
June 15, 2010
Powers of Time
Not humorous, especially, and a little long - but I found this pretty interesting.
Pensioners play 'bus roulette' in search of booze
Invented because they were getting bored of the pub quiz at their regular boozer, the game involves jumping on whichever is the first bus to come along, and staying on it for a number of stops pre-determined by a game involving coins - then spending the evening in whatever the nearest pub is.
‘It's better than real roulette. You can never lose playing bus roulette because you always fall into a pub,’ said Peter Biggs, 65, from Oxford.
Chinese Iron Man
Check out his mad ironing skilz.
Taiwanese health care plan
June 14, 2010
Quite a jump
Nursing 26-year-old mother in England sells excess breast milk over the Internet
Talk about milking it for all it’s worth.
A 26-year-old nursing mom from England who discovered that she had more than enough breast milk for her baby started bottling and selling the excess over the Internet.
She now has 10 regular customers who pay her 15 pounds (about $23) for one-half cup of breast milk, according to the Daily Mail.
"I haven’t made loads of money, but I intend to carry on selling it until it dries up," Toni Ebdon told the London newspaper.
After the birth of her baby boy, David, in March, Ebdon’s breasts were heavy and painful from being engorged with milk, so she began to use a breast pump and to freeze the extra milk. When a friend tossed off a remark that Ebdon could open her own dairy, the single mom took it to heart.
June 11, 2010
Now this is a skate-boarding dog. Wow.
It's not a bug, it's
an arachnid a feature
A couple of interesting photos accompany this article.
Tarantula cocktail - the worst cocktail ever?
The arachnophobe’s nightmare is made using rice wine, jack fruit and a tarantula – which many Cambodians believe can help your heart and work as an aphrodisiac.
Photographer Tim Whitby, who took the pictures, said the tarantulas are added live to the mixture to preserve their freshness.
How real men catch catfish
Wishing them a long and happy Section 125...
Megan McArdle writes in her column in The Atlantic:
Going to the Chapel and We're . . . GONNA Get Ma-a-aaried
So as some of you may have heard, I'm marrying Peter Suderman. Specifically, I'm marrying him on Saturday. We are finally on the brink of that happy moment that every girl dreams of: a qualified change in family status under section 125 of the tax code.
June 10, 2010
Rolling her own
What parking shortage?
Looking for love
Woman Calls 911 To Get A Husband
ALLIANCE, Ohio -- An Ohio woman was looking for love in all the wrong places … and ended up in jail.
Christi Klimes has been fielding 911 calls for 21 years, and nothing prepared her for when Audrey Scott called five times in one hour with a so-called emergency.
Scott: Get me that husband.
Klimes: You need to get a husband?
Klimes: You're calling 911 to get a husband?"
The Cat in the Tat
Cattoo - a tattoo for your cat.
At the BP station
June 09, 2010
Follow the link for the images.
Penis in the Paper Prank
Senior journalism majors at the University of Utah spelled some spectacular acrostics in the final issue of their student newspaper, arranging their editorials to say PENIS and Carroll in very large type.
Unfortunately the University of Utah seems to think it's a preschool, and is holding up these students from graduating, because they spelled a naughty word. Luckily, they have the Associate Dean of Students Lori McDonald on their side. Oh, no, wait, she's accusing them of "intentional disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings or other University activities."
H.T. Paul B.
"Four long weeks" of the World Cup start today.
How to be a Retronaut has a collection of five "premake" trailers by Ivan Guerro. Here's a sample.
A more serious PSA
I'm typically not one to send out this kind of info, but Snopes backs it up, so...
P.S. Please resist the urge to make one of these up yourself, just to see if it works. You'll put your eye out.
Received this message from AFSPC Safety. Apparently this is real, and not a hoax. Please take a moment to read and ensure everyone is aware of this hazard.
Don't pick up or touch any plastic bottles or containers that may be laying in your yard, in or by your trash cans, etc. even if you think they LOOK harmless!
PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION & FORWARD TO EVERYBODY YOU KNOW, ESPECIALLY YOUR KIDS!
1. A plastic bottle with a cap. (Can be 7-up, juice, mayonnaise jar- anything plastic with a cap or lid)
2. A little Drano
3. A little water
4. A small piece of foil
Disturb it by moving it & BOOM!! No fingers left intact & other serious effects to your face, eyes, skin etc. People all over the country are finding these bombs in their mailboxes, in their yards, in or laying beside their trash cans just waiting for someone to pick it up, intending to put it in the trash.
But you'll never make it! In less than 30 seconds, it will explode after you move it, however gently.
IF YOU SEE ONE OF THESE, LEAVE IT ALONE & IMMEDIATELY CALL THE POLICE. THEY CAN PROBABLY EXTRACT FINGERPRINTS FROM THE BOTTLE. WARN YOUR CHILDREN, YOUR FAMILY & YOUR NEIGHBORS!
Here is the link to Snopes for further info and the video: http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/bottlebomb.asp
And from today's Hartford Courant we have:
Crude Soda-Bottle Bomb Found In West Hartford
A crude soda-bottle bomb at the corner of Red Top and Gerthmere drives has been disabled.
Three workers with the state Department of Environmental Protection used a knife to cut the bloated bottle about 10:15 a.m., more than three hours after it was discovered near the curb.
After they relieved the pressure, the men, who were wearing protective suits, neutralized the acid in the bottle with baking soda, said one of the men, Jeffrey Chandler.
June 08, 2010
Breakfast at Ginger's
He'll see your ticket and raise you a domain name
Anti-speed camera activist nabs Bluff City PD’s expiring web domain
BLUFF CITY, Tenn. – Brian McCrary found the perfect venue to gripe about a $90 speeding ticket when he went to the Bluff City Police Department’s website, saw that its domain name was about to expire, and bought it right out from under the city’s nose.
Now that McCrary is the proud owner of the site, http://www.bluffcitypd.com, the Gray, Tenn., computer network designer has been using it to post links about speed cameras – like the one on U.S. Highway 11E that caught him – and how people don’t like them.
Today's PSA (2)
Life's a beach
From the WSJ Photo Journal
Sonja Daniel wore a gas mask while sunbathing on a beach at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Baldwin County, Ala., Sunday. (Kate Mercer/Mobile Press Register/Associated Press)
June 07, 2010
The Falcon has flown
I'm a little late with this. Take-off was last Friday afternoon.
Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 private rocket is a success
The Falcon 9, the first of a new generation of private rockets that could one day make space travel commonplace, successfully launched from Cape Canaveral on Friday.
The 180-foot rocket put a model of its Dragon capsule into orbit about 160 miles up, setting the stage for possible flights to the international space station early next year. The flight came after an initial abort right at ignition.
The old Catch-22
Disturbing Job Ads: 'The Unemployed Will Not Be Considered'
Still waiting for a response to the 300 resumés you sent out last month? Bad news: Some companies are ignoring all unemployed applicants.
In a current job posting on The People Place, a job recruiting website for the telecommunications, aerospace/defense and engineering industries, an anonymous electronics company in Angleton, Texas, advertises for a "Quality Engineer." Qualifications for the job are the usual: computer skills, oral and written communication skills, light to moderate lifting. But red print at the bottom of the ad says, "Client will not consider/review anyone NOT currently employed regardless of the reason.
Nice light show
"Great show of lights!" says Danilo (who's eagerly waiting for the World Cup to begin).
Only in D.C.
You Don’t Need to Waste More Money to Shrink Government
It’s rather symbolic of what’s wrong with Washington that a commission ostensibly created to promote deficit reduction is seeking a bigger budget, as noted in the Tax Notes story excerpted below. Rather than impose a bigger burden on taxpayers, though, I will generously suggest that they could easily fulfill their mandate by perusing Cato’s Downsizing Government website. And if they really want to do the right thing, they can always just look at Article I, Section VIII, of the Constitution and get rid of existing programs and activities that are not enumerated powers of the federal government.
June 04, 2010
High on helium (2)
A bad week in fact
The Big Picture has 34 photos of the damage the Guatemalans have been suffering recently.
A rough week for Guatemala
In just the past seven days, residents of Guatemala and parts of neighboring Honduras and El Salvador have had to cope with a volcanic eruption and ash fall, a powerful tropical storm, the resulting floods and landslides, and a frightening sinkhole in Guatemala City that swallowed up a small building and an intersection.
The sinkhole caused by the rains of Tropical Storm Agatha in Guatemala City is estimated to be 30 meters wide and over 60 meters deep. The sinkhole formed Saturday, swallowing a clothing factory about three miles from the site of a similar sinkhole three years ago. The clothing factory had closed only an hour before it plunged into the Earth.
H.T. Paul B. and Danilo
A clever printer
He's a quick study
A young man from Wyoming goes off to college. Half way through the semester, he has foolishly squandered all his money. He calls home.
"Dad," he says, "You won't believe what modern education is developing! They actually have a program here in Laramie that will teach dogs to talk!"
"That's amazing," his Dad says. "How can I get Ol' Blue in that program?"
"Just send him down here with $1,000," the young cowboy says. "I'll get him into the course."
So his father sends the dog and $1,000.
About two-thirds of the way through the semester, he's out of money again. The boy calls home.
"So how's Ol' Blue doing, son?" his father asks.
"Awesome, Dad, he's talking up a storm!" he says. "But you just won't believe this - they've had such good results they have started to teach the animals how to read!"
"Read?!" says his father. "No kidding! How do we get Blue in that program?"
"Just send $2,500 and I'll get him in the class."
The money promptly arrives. But our hero has a problem. At the end of the year, his father will find out the dog can neither talk nor read. So the young man shoots the dog.
When he arrives home at the end of the year, his father is all excited. "Where's Ol' Blue? I just can't wait to see him read something and talk!"
"Dad, I have some grim news," the son tells him. "Yesterday morning, just before we left to drive home, Ol' Blue was in the living room, kicked back in the recliner, reading the Wall Street Journal like he usually does. Then he turned to me and asked, 'So, is your daddy still messing around with that little redhead who lives down the street?'"
The father exclaimed, "I hope you shot that son of a bitch before he could talk to your Mother!"
"I sure did, Dad!"
"That's my boy!"
The kid went on to law school and now serves in Washington as a Congressman.
H.T. Tucson John
June 03, 2010
Let slip the dogs of summer
More cute dog action
Pied Piper in reverse
Bagpipes scare off sewer rats
Tour bosses have come up with a way of frightening off rats on their trips round the historic drains of the Austrian capital Vienna - bagpipes.
The Third Man tours - which walk the sewers made famous in Orson Welles' cult film - were closed down after health and safety chiefs said the risk of rat bites was too great.
Now they're back on after organisers proved how the squeal of Scottish bagpipes from a kilted piper send the rats scurrying for cover.
Power of Wind
Mouth-shaped 'kisses' urinal flushed out of eatery
HAMILTON, Ont. -- A urinal shaped like a woman’s wide-open mouth has been flushed out of the men’s room of a Hamilton eatery following a nearly year-long public outcry.
The glossy, red-lipped loo at The Honest Lawyer restaurant sparked a letter writing campaign that attracted almost 1,100 people, including Ontario’s NDP leader and Hamilton’s mayor.
June 02, 2010
What a production
Polly wants an Alka-seltzer
Drunken parrots fall out of sky
The red collar lorikeets eat a mystery food, lose coordination and pass out, says Lisa Hansen, a founding member of the Ark Animal Hospital at Palmerston, near Darwin.
"It happens every year around this season, they lose all balance and we do find them fallen out of trees and the sky," Ms Hansen told AAP.
"It seems that the birds get intoxicated by something they have eaten and it renders them unable to fly and function correctly."
The million dollar question
Lighter than hair
The Big Picture has 31 images of balloons and blimps. Most of the balloons are lighter-than-air craft but some are more prosaic.
June 01, 2010
You read that right. Check it out.
More info here.
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A golf ball hits a steel plate, filmed at 70,000 FPS.
A tea cozy party
Berkeley tea party to protest tea cozy order
Berkeley -- Berkeley hosted its own version of a tea party protest Sunday afternoon, complete with pots of tea and a heavy dollop of civic disobedience.
Rogue knitters encamped along the Berkeley-Oakland border with lawn chairs, tea cakes and knitting projects to protest the city of Berkeley's order that they remove an 8-foot knitted tea cozy they sewed over the T in a public sculpture they believe insults Oakland.