July 31, 2010
Slo mo lightning
Recorded at 9,000 frames per second.
July 30, 2010
Tour the USS Pampanito
Here's a series of 360° panoramas of this WW II submarine - inside and out.
She resides at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park these days.
Super sky cycle
It seems a little ungainly looking to me, but it would be fun to try it.
She's telling them
Ballot slogan axed
Madison — State elections officials Wednesday narrowly rejected a Milwaukee Assembly candidate's attempt to run with the slogan "NOT the 'whiteman's bitch' " under her name on the ballot.
Ieshuh Griffin, an independent candidate with a history of feuds with local officials, said in response she would sue the state Government Accountability Board for infringing on her freedom of speech. [...]
"I'm not making a derogatory statement toward an ethnic group. I'm stating what I'm not," Griffin told board members. "It's my constitutional right to freedom of speech."
July 29, 2010
6 minutes of slo-mo destruction
Who made those bullets?
North Carolina Man Charged with Shooting Wife with Toilet Paper
Lonnie Pinnix (ROCKINGHAM COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE / July 20, 2010)
REIDSVILLE, N.C. - A 55-year-old North Carolina woman was taken to the hospital after her husband loaded a gun with toilet paper and shot her in the back early Tuesday morning, according to the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office.
Lonnie Irvin Pinnix, 38, of 951 Garrison Rd., was charged with assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly shooting his wife after she returned to their home shortly after midnight.
Your corkscrew's on your foot
I think we've had a similar video here but this one's still amusing.
A bicycle built for brew
(as the Minneapolis Star Tribune called it.)
It's the PedalPub.
I can see pedaling and I can certainly see 'pubbing'. But mixing the two? If there was ever a situation begging for a Free Rider problem, that'd be it.
July 28, 2010
Rubbing it in
Danilo sends this example of a great goal celebration.
BP logo redesign contest
One of hundreds of entries at logomyway.com
An ultimate catch
What a dive.
California compared to Texas
Allen sends a link to this funny story.
The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks his dog.
The Governor of Texas is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks his dog.
#1. Governor starts to intervene, reflects upon the movie "Bambi" and then realizes he should stop; the coyote is only doing what is natural.
#2. He calls animal control. Animal control captures coyote and spends $200 testing it for diseases and $500 upon relocating it.
#3. He calls veterinarian. Vet collects dead dog and spends $200 testing it for diseases.
#4. Governor goes to hospital and spends $3,500 getting checked for diseases from the coyote and on getting bite wound bandaged.
#5. Running trail gets shut down for 6 months while wildlife services conduct a $100,000 survey to make sure the area is clear of dangerous animals.
#6. Governor spends $50,000 of state funds implementing a "coyote awareness" program for residents of the area.
#7. State legislature spends $2 million investigating how to better handle rabies and how to possibly eradicate the disease.
#8. Governor's security agent is fired for not stopping the attack and for letting the Governor intervene.
#9. Cost: $75,000 to train new security agent.
#10. PETA protests the coyote relocation and files suit against the state.
#1. Governor shoots coyote and keeps jogging. Governor has spent $0.50 on a .45 ACP hollow point cartridge. Buzzards eat dead coyote.
Any wonder why California is broke?
July 27, 2010
A nicely done card trick.
Who'd miss seeing Bridget the Midget?
Massachusetts Policeman Resigns After Leaving Beat to See Midget Porn Star
A Massachusetts police officer resigned after leaving his beat to see a dwarf porn star called "Bridget the Midget" and lied about the visit during an investigation into the incident, local media reported Tuesday.
Officer Richard P. Bennett, 28, deserted his late-night patrol to visit a gentleman's club where adult film star Bridget "The Midget" Powers -- billed as "the world's smallest porn star" -- was performing last month.
Bennett was in uniform at the time of his visit to Club Alex's in Stoughton and was reported to authorities by at least five other officers, said Stoughton Police Chief Paul Shastany.
H.T. Jeff G.
Man's best friend (2)
July 26, 2010
More street improv
Name that tune
A clever ad for DieHard batteries.
A really big one that got away
Steve R says, "Can you imagine the call to the insurance rep?%quot;
Whale of a tale! 40-ton mammal lands on yacht
A South African couple was out sailing near the country's infamous Robben Island when a 40-ton whale breached and crash-landed on their yacht.
"We were watching the whale flipping its tail for about half an hour," said Cape Town Sailing Academy Administrator Paloma Werner, who was enjoying a Sunday sail with her boyfriend and sailing instructor, Ralph Mothes.
"It reached about 100 to 200 meters from us, then it disappeared under water and reappeared about 10 to 20 meters from the boat, but we didn't think we were on a collision course," she told msnbc.com. [...]
"My boyfriend told me to go to the other side of the boat," she said, explaining that they thought it would dive under their vessel.
"All I heard him say was 'Oh sh*&,' and I saw the whale come out of the water and crash against the mast of the boat.
"I ducked behind the coach house and my boyfriend ducked behind the steering wheel and we saw the mast crashing toward us and the whale slip back into the water," she said."
July 25, 2010
We're overdue for a cute animal picture.
Never bring an ax to a gun fight
Man with ax tries to rob Jack in the Box restaurant
ST. LOUIS -- The ax-wielding robber didn't count on Policeman Luther Tyus being just around the corner.
Tyus had stopped a car on routine morning patrol Wednesday on Lindenwood Avenue, just steps from Kingshighway in south St. Louis.
About 8:55 a.m., someone ran up to Tyus and told him that a man with an ax was robbing the Jack in the Box a few doors away, at 4201 South Kingshighway.
Tyus walked into the busy restaurant with his gun drawn. He saw the robber carrying an ax that was bigger than a hatchet.
July 23, 2010
Clarke and Dawe on the spill
Rich sends a link to this funny clip about the BP oil spill.
Hair of the dog
Danilo sends this clever animated comic. It comes from aencre, a French web comic site.
You gotta be kiddin' me.
Elmhurst considers violation for eye-rolling
Elmhurst officials are considering creating a "disturbance and disorderly conduct" violation after a resident accused of rolling her eyes and sighing was ejected from a public meeting.
City Attorney Don Storino has been directed by the city’s finance and council affairs committee to look at various sources including “Robert’s Rules of Order,” Illinois state statutes and policies adopted by other municipalities for a legal definition of disorderly conduct and disruptive behavior. [...]
Ald. Stephen Hipskind said Darlene Heslop rolled her eyes and sighed while attending a June 14 committee meeting. Heslop, who was asked to leave the meeting, said she favors adding a definition of disorderly conduct to the municipal code.
“I’d like for them (city officials) to have a better understanding of the open meetings act and its meaning and to understand what disorderly conduct is,” she said.
July 22, 2010
Solar Impulse's 24-hour flight
I'm impressed. I didn't know it had batteries. I'll have to withdraw my earlier snark about flying after dusk.
Astronomy Picture of the Day for July 15th. This was taken near Lago Argentino, near the Andes.
Nice work if you can get it (6)
California Official's $800,000 Salary in City of 38,000 Triggers Protests
Hundreds of residents of one of the poorest municipalities in Los Angeles County shouted in protest last night as tensions rose over a report that the city's manager earns an annual salary of almost $800,000.
An overflow crowd packed a City Council meeting in Bell, a mostly Hispanic city of 38,000 about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles, to call for the resignation of Mayor Oscar Hernandez and other city officials. Residents left standing outside the chamber banged on the doors and shouted "fuera," or "get out" in Spanish.
It was the first council meeting since the Los Angeles Times reported July 15 that Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo earns $787,637 -- with annual 12 percent raises -- and that Bell pays its police chief $457,000, more than Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck makes in a city of 3.8 million people. Bell council members earn almost $100,000 for part-time work.
Take it, Benny...
July 21, 2010
Rooms with views
No sticky accelerator here
Teen charged after crash of horse and buggy in chase
LEON—An Amish teen who tried to flee police faces charges of alcohol possession and "overdriving an animal" after he crashed his getaway vehicle— a horse and buggy.
Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies reported over the weekend that Levi E. Detweiler, 17, ran a stop sign and refused officers' attempts to stop the buggy. Deputies chased Detweiler for about three quarters of a mile, and when he tried an unsafe turn into a driveway, he crashed the horse and buggy in a ditch.
One hungry eagle
July 20, 2010
More Blue Angels
A nice video of the Blue Angels with a lot of footage from an on-plane cam. (HD version available at YouTube.)
Irony update (3)
To Protest Hiring of Nonunion Help, Union Hires Nonunion Pickets
WASHINGTON—Billy Raye, a 51-year-old unemployed bike courier, is looking for work.
Fortunately for him, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters is seeking paid demonstrators to march and chant in its current picket line outside the McPherson Building, an office complex here where the council says work is being done with nonunion labor.
"For a lot of our members, it's really difficult to have them come out, either because of parking or something else," explains Vincente Garcia, a union representative who is supervising the picketing.
So instead, the union hires unemployed people at the minimum wage—$8.25 an hour—to walk picket lines. Mr. Raye says he's grateful for the work, even though he's not sure why he's doing it. "I could care less," he says. "I am being paid to march around and sound off."
Markets in everything (8)
Poster for a designated driver service in Minnesota.
July 19, 2010
Just one glass a day - honest!
Practice makes perfect (2)
What a headline (4)
This from Springfield, Massachusetts. Now, if only he'd been robbing a second hand store...
Springfield police charge one-armed man with unarmed robbery
SPRINGFIELD – Police charged a one-armed man with unarmed robbery early Wednesday afternoon following an incident that occurred about noon on Wednesday a block away from the police station.
The suspect, Manuel Hernandez, 28, of 52 Avon Place, goes by the street name of Lefty, Sgt. John M. Delaney said.
July 17, 2010
Living in Lego land
Grumbles from the grave
End of obituary blasts senator
"In lieu of flowers, vote for another more worthy candidate."
Those were the final words in a family-written obituary for Charlotte McCourt, an 84-year-old former campaign worker for Sen. Harry Reid whose fervent wish in her final years was to see the senator lose re-election, two of her daughters said Wednesday.
"We believe that Mom would say she was mortified to have taken a large role in the election of Harry Reid to U.S. Congress," said the obituary, which appeared in Tuesday's Las Vegas Review-Journal. "Let the record show Charlotte was displeased with his work."
Strong language! NSFW and mind the volume.
Some 'body work' of her own
Target of alleged murder for hire plot talks about ex-wife
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - When federal authorities first showed up at the used car shop George Cascone has owned along North Oak Trafficway for nearly three decades, he wondered if he had done some bad body work.
However, he quickly learned his ex-wife Dorothy Cascone was in jail, accused of hiring someone to have him murdered .
The revelation would surprise most people, but Cascone was not short on adjectives describing his ex-wife.
"She is psychotic, crazy, diabolical and evil," said Cascone. "I mean Tiger Woods ain't got nothing on me. She's smashed up several of my cars."
The video's a hoot.
July 15, 2010
Hogs, dogs and lace
Here's a trio of hog-huntin' Texas women. Check out their web site, too.
To infinity and beyond
After 12,000 Days in Space, Voyager 1 Heads for the Solar System Boundary
Next time you're marveling at the fact that Spirit and Opportunity have been roving Mars for over six years now, ponder this: the two Voyager spacecraft have been hurtling through our solar system for nearly 33 years. Today, Voyager 1 hits a mission milestone of operating continuously for 12,000 days. The spacecraft launched on September 5, 1977, while Jimmy Carter was president, and has now traveled 14 billion miles.
Voyager 1 made its closest approach to Jupiter in March 1979, coming to within about 217,000 miles of the planet's center and making detailed observations of Jupiter's moons. During its flyby of Saturn in November 1980, the spacecraft's cameras and remote sensing instruments revealed stunning images and information about Saturn's rings and atmosphere, as well as its giant moon Titan. In early 1990, Voyager 1 captured the now-famous image known as "Pale Blue Dot." As the spacecraft was on its way out of the solar system, astronomer Carl Sagan commanded it to turn its camera and take a picture of planet Earth dangling in the vastness of space.
A funny and well done parody
(Even if you're not a fan of Java.)
They need a few tons of industrial-strength Lipitor
'Walls of fat' removed from London's sewers
Enough fat to fill nine double-decker buses is being removed from sewers under London's Leicester Square.
A team of "flushers" equipped with full breathing apparatus has been drafted in with shovels to dig out an estimated 1,000 tonnes of putrid fat. [...]
The build-up is the result of years of "sewer abuse" - when anything other than water, human waste and toilet paper is put down drains - according to Thames Water.
Danny Brackley, the water company's sewer flusher, said: "We're used to getting our hands dirty, but nothing on this scale.
"We couldn't even access the sewer as it was blocked by a four-foot wall of solid fat."
July 14, 2010
A very clever artisan book design in this video from Danilo.
What a headline (3)
Country hip hop
Another funny headline
This appeared in Variety.
French B.O. up 9%
Total French box office in the first half of the year rose 8.9% to €635.3 million ($802.4 million) compared to the same time last year, according to Centre National du Cinema estimates.
The U.S. market share was up from 44.1% to 49.8%, rolling off bumper takings from "Avatar," which has grossed nearly $100 million in Gaul this year.
July 13, 2010
Something to look forward to?
How Zimbabweans really do launder dirty money
U.S. dollar bills put through the spin cycle to make them last
It looks like a clean-cut case of money laundering as Zimbabweans hang up notes on the line.
But these $1 bills are essential currency in the African country and putting them through the washing machine is the only way to ensure they remain hygenic.
Low denomination U.S. bank notes change hands until they fall apart, and the bills are routinely carried in underwear and shoes through crime-ridden slums.
Some have become almost too smelly to handle, so Zimbabweans have taken to putting their $1 bills through a spin cycle and hanging them up to dry with clothes pins.
I'll drink to this!
Inspect this package
United Airlines pilot detained after dropping pants
A United Airlines pilot was briefly detained at the international airport in Rio de Janeiro after lowering his pants during a security screening, police said on Saturday.
Pilot Michael D. Slynn, 49, was asked to remove his belt and shoes as part of a routine security screening Friday afternoon. In response, Slynn laughed at security guards and lowered his pants to his ankles, said a police spokesman who was prohibited by departmental rules from giving his name.
Slynn was detained but released shortly afterward and allowed to fly back to Washington, DC, after signing a document promising to appear before a judge the next time he is in Brazil, the spokesman said.
July 12, 2010
Russian Teaches Dachshund To Scuba Dive
MOSCOW -- Any dachshund owner knows the feisty breed rarely backs off from a challenge, but one in Russia is taking that reputation to new heights - or depths.
The dog named Boniface is learning how to scuba dive.
Owner Sergei Gorbunov, a professional diver in the Pacific Coast city of Vladivostok had a diving suit complete with helmet made for the dog and is teaching him the tricks of the trade.
Don't run with scissors
Don't go off the VERY deep end...
If you fancy a dip in this pool, you'll need a head for heights - it's 55 storeys up.
But swimming to the edge won't be quite as risky as it looks. While the water in the infinity pool seems to end in a sheer drop, it actually spills into a catchment area where it is pumped back into the main pool. At three times the length of an Olympic pool and 650ft up, it is the largest outdoor pool in the world at that height.
It features in the impressive, boat-shaped 'SkyPark' perched atop the three towers that make up the world's most expensive hotel, the £4billion Marina Bay Sands development in Singapore.
July 09, 2010
Clever - and cute to boot
Tucson John sends 11 cartoons about the new Arizona ID law with the subject line "I love Arizona".
World's smallest jet plane
You never know where it'll show up next
Face of Jesus seen from the heavens by internet fan using Google Earth
His face has been seen on a frying pan, in Marmite and even on the bottom of a drain pipe. Now, Jesus has been found in a field in Hungary.
The shadowy features of what appeared to be the Messiah were discovered by internet fan Zach Evans while using Google Earth.
Actually, this is one of the better claims I've seen. Check out the image at the link.
July 08, 2010
A hot dog in Texas
How hot is it in Texas?
Dancing in the streets
Some Israeli Defense Force soldiers in Hebron:
"Tik Tok" Soldiers Ordered to Make Anti-Dancing Video
The Israeli soldiers who were admonished this week for performing a dance routine to Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" in the streets on Hebron have finally received their punishment: They are to create an educational video instructing their compatriots not to dance.
The video, which became a viral sensation this week — even after if was taken down by the original uploader and then uploaded again — received mixed reactions from bloggers and press. Some found the image of the six soldiers decked out in IDF uniforms and military gear hilarious, others, disrespectful. The IDF, however, was less nebulous about its feelings.
Markets in everything (7)
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July 06, 2010
100 movie insults
A pretty good collection; filled to the brim with foul language, so mind the volume.
Elaine and Gary and their catalog life
Catalog Living is chock full of snarky goodness.
We're so happy you could visit! The room's all made up for you, and I ripped out some pages of my favorite book and taped them to your wall in case you're like me and enjoy reading before bed.
I think the guitar's as big as she is.
God hates shrimp
God Hates Shrimp
Shrimp, crab, lobster, clams, mussels, all these are an abomination before the Lord, just as gays are an abomination. Why stop at protesting gay marriage? Bring all of God's law unto the heathens and the sodomites. We call upon all Christians to join the crusade against Long John Silver's and Red Lobster. Yea, even Popeye's shall be cleansed. The name of Bubba shall be anathema. We must stop the unbelievers from destroying the sanctity of our restaurants.
July 05, 2010
Funny ad for Geico
Swords into plowshares
Here's a post from Marginal Revolution last week, titled Sentence of the Day.
... 10 percent of the electricity Americans use comes from Russian missiles and bombs.
From Stewart Brand's excellent and highly quotable Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto.
Brand was writing about the Megatons to Megawatts program.
The Megatons to Megawatts™ Program is a unique, commercially financed government-industry partnership in which bomb-grade uranium from dismantled Russian nuclear warheads is being recycled into low enriched uranium (LEU) used to produce fuel for American nuclear power plants. Megatons to Megawatts logo USEC, as executive agent for the U.S. government, and Techsnabexport (TENEX), acting for the Russian government, implement this 20-year, $8 billion program at no cost to taxpayers.
382 metric tons of bomb-grade HEU have been recycled into 11,047 metric tons of LEU, equivalent to 15,294 nuclear warheads eliminated. (12/31/09)
Through a multi-step process in Russia, the bomb-grade uranium material is converted into a different chemical form and then diluted into LEU suitable for use in fabricating commercial nuclear power reactor fuel. USEC then purchases the LEU to market to its utility customers.
Assimilation has begun
Eyeborg Bionic Eye Camera Shows Winks and All
When Canadian filmmaker Rob Spence was a kid, he would peer through the bionic eye of his Six Million Dollar Man action figure. After a shooting accident left him partially blind, he decided to create his own electronic eye. Now he calls himself Eyeborg.
Spence's bionic eye contains a battery-powered, wireless video camera. Not only can he record everything he sees just by looking around, but soon people will be able to log on to his video feed and view the world through his right eye.
July 04, 2010
A hero of the Revolution
Happy Independence Day.
Samuel Whittemore (1694 - February 3, 1793) was a farmer. He was eighty years old and living in Menotomy, Massachusetts (present-day Arlington) when he became the oldest known colonial combatant in the American Revolutionary War.
On April 19, 1775, British forces were returning to Boston from the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the opening engagements of the war. On their march, they were continually shot at by colonial militiamen.
Whittemore was in his fields when he spotted an approaching British relief brigade under Earl Percy, sent to assist the retreat. Whittemore loaded his musket and ambushed the British from behind a nearby stone wall, killing one soldier. He then drew his dueling pistols and killed another. He managed to fire five shots before a British detachment reached his position. Whittemore then attacked with a sword. He was shot in the face, bayoneted thirteen times, and left for dead in a pool of blood. He was found alive, trying to load his musket to fight again. He was taken to Dr. Cotton Tufts of Medford, who held out no hope for his survival. However, Whittemore lived another eighteen years until dying of natural causes at the age of ninety-eight.
July 02, 2010
Game-playing computers for 200, Alex
No red-eye here, officer
Man Accused Of Growing Pot Near School, Gets $10,000 Bond
Robert Prosser Had 33 Marijuana Plants, Police Say
CINCINNATI -- A Price Hill man had his bond set at $10,000 after he was charged with drug possession, cultivation of marijuana and having weapons while under disability.
Robert Prosser was accused of knowingly cultivating within the vicinity of Rees E. Price School in Price Hill.
Police officers found 33 plants and three guns at Prosser's Glenway Avenue home.
Police said Prosser also had a prior felony conviction.
H.T. Paul B.
Best bicycle fails
The Empire that was Russia
A nice collection of pre-WW II color photos taken in Russia.
July 01, 2010
Unas rosas amarillas
Watch the hand
This is an entertaining clip of an illusionist trying out in the New York City auditions for America's Got Talent. Watch the hand from 1:08 to 1:10.
Everybody wants to go to Heaven...
but nobody wants to die.
How to interest women in soccer
This reminds me of the recent report about the nude All Blacks rugby team - particularly the part about the clothed streaker. This is only marginally SFW.
Chinese companies 'rent' white foreigners
Beijing, China (CNN) -- In China, white people can be rented.
For a day, a weekend, a week, up to even a month or two, Chinese companies are willing to pay high prices for fair-faced foreigners to join them as fake employees or business partners.
Some call it "White Guy Window Dressing." To others, it's known as the "White Guy in a Tie" events, "The Token White Guy Gig," or, simply, a "Face Job."
And it is, essentially, all about the age-old Chinese concept of face. To have a few foreigners hanging around means a company has prestige, money and the increasingly crucial connections -- real or not -- to businesses abroad.