August 31, 2010
A thrill a minute
Just the facts, ma'am
These folks were filled with some kind of spirit
But I'm not sure it was the Holy Spirit.
Cops: 6 Arrested After Gunfire At Baptism Party
FORT SMITH, Ark. -- Police said a baptism party where some uninvited guests arrived turned into a brawl that resulted in gunfire. Police were dispatched to the Progressive Men's Club at 2 a.m. Saturday after a caller reported gunfire. Witness Amy Manjarrez told Fort Smith television station KHBS that her uncle was pistol whipped and that others, including her father and a disk jockey, were beaten.
August 27, 2010
That's gotta be a rush
Tandem glider aerobatics
A clever ad for a book.
What a garage should look like
Isn't that late 50s Corvette gorgeous? What a ride.
H.T. Tucson John
How the fight started (3)
My wife and I were in bed watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. I turned to her and asked, 'Do you want to have sex?'
'No,' she answered.
So then I asked, 'Is that your final answer?'
She didn't even look at me this time, saying only, 'Yes.'
So I said, 'Then I'd like to phone a friend.'
And that's how the fight started.
August 26, 2010
Two-stage water rocket
I'd never thought of multiple stage water rockets. This person (or these people, as may be) have a site here.
Clever tree carving
Here's one of 18 images of carved tree stumps on Galveston Island (after Hurricane Ike killed the trees in 2008).
Gives new meaning to "slam dunk"
There are a lot of interesting bits to this story. Ya gotta love a robot that tweetw 'Hello, World'.
Robot Makes One Giant Leap for Twitter
Your best friend, your boss and your grandma are already on Twitter, and now the revolution is complete. A NASA crew member is now updating the universe, and it's not even human.
We're talking about a new robot slated to head to the International Space Station this fall. (It kind of looks like The Rocketeer on steroids.) Eventually, the robot could help perform tasks that are too dangerous for mankind. But right now, it's embarking into a brave new world of cyberspace.
Here's its first tweet:
"Hello World! My name is Robonaut 2 -- R2 for short."
August 25, 2010
The juggler is named Okotanpe and you can find more of his videos here.
Make it so
Star Wars fans ask NASA to build a hyperdrive
Die-hard "Star Wars" fans have visited the imaginary worlds of Hoth and Tatooine countless times in the sci-fi films, and now they want NASA's help to do some real intergalactic exploring.
At the Star Wars Celebration V convention in Florida over the weekend, "Star Wars" filmmakers and fans asked NASA representatives to develop a hyperdrive that can transport astronauts through space at light speed. And to make it snappy.
A matter of perspective
Check out the rider's point of view during this freestyle mountain biking run.
A 'Double Planet' Seen From Mercury
I never cease to be humbled and amazed when I see our Planet Earth reduced to a pinpoint when photographed from elsewhere in the solar system. So far, our planet-roaming spacecraft have taken tourist snapshots of Earth as seen from Mars, Saturn, and beyond Pluto's obit.
But this latest view from NASA's MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging) spacecraft is a jaw-dropper.
August 24, 2010
What a hoot
Assault with intent to elbow
I'd really like to hear what a judge would have said about his claim that Ms. Tyska was "intentionally swinging her elbow into his car." (And do you think he kisses his mother with that mouth? Tsk, tsk.)
Tribune photojournalist gets settlement after run-in with Oakland school police officer
OAKLAND -- The Oakland school district has agreed to pay $99,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a photojournalist over a confrontation with its former police chief during an October 2008 protest.
Jane Tyska, who works for Bay Area News Group's Oakland Tribune, was covering an immigration march in East Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood when she was grazed by a squad car driven by Art Michel, the school district's former police chief.
Michel accused Tyska of intentionally swinging her elbow into his car, blocking the street, and trying to incite a riot among the mostly teenage protesters. Tyska's camera was rolling during part of the heated exchange, in which the police chief called her a "lying (expletive)." Michel detained Tyska and confiscated the videotape, but it was later returned to the Tribune. The District Attorney's Office declined to file charges against the journalist. Two months later, Michel resigned.
If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet
Paul B sends this news about how Philadelphia is ripping off ts blogging citizens.
Got a blog that makes no money? The city wants $300, thank you very much.
For the past three years, Marilyn Bess has operated MS Philly Organic, a small, low-traffic blog that features occasional posts about green living, out of her Manayunk home. Between her blog and infrequent contributions to ehow.com, over the last few years she says she's made about $50. To Bess, her website is a hobby. To the city of Philadelphia, it's a potential moneymaker, and the city wants its cut.
In May, the city sent Bess a letter demanding that she pay $300, the price of a business privilege license.
Check out The Clog for some answers to the many questions this article has raised.
"The real kick in the pants is that I don't even have a full-time job, so for the city to tell me to pony up $300 for a business privilege license, pay wage tax, business privilege tax, net profits tax on a handful of money is outrageous," Bess says.
August 23, 2010
More giant bubbles
These are made by a man named Sterling Johnson.
Chiseled in graphite
The UK's Telegraph has a slideshow of 17 pencil lead carvings by Dalton Ghetti.
You know times are hard when...
Wall Street Drug Use: Employees Giving Up Cocaine for Pot and Pills
The credit crisis appears to have sobered up Wall Street in more ways than one.
A review of drug-test data compiled by drug testing firm Sterling Infosystems Inc., shows that cocaine is losing its favor among investment professionals. What drug is their choice? Marijuana.
Last year, cocaine showed up in 7% of the positive tests at Wall Street firms, down from 16% in 2007, according to Sterling, a New York-based firm that screens about 5,900 employees a year for some 270 finance shops.
Meanwhile, the prevalence of marijuana in failed tests jumped from 64% to 80% between 2007 and 2009.
August 20, 2010
Vintage U.S. Park posters
Here's 1 of 8 at National Geographic:
...unless you're the guy whose car window was broken. Tip o' the hat to Danilo.
How to turn a cell phone into a car.
How A 17-Year-Old Craigslist-Swapped An Old Phone For A Porsche
Starting with an old cell phone a friend gave him, 17-year-old Steven Ortiz of Glendora, CA, used Craigslist to trade up 14 times over two years and eventually end up with a Porsche Boxster. Here's how he did it.
Reminds me of the guy who traded up from a paperclip to a house, back in '05.
August 19, 2010
Finally... an entertaining golf video
Why teachers drink
1 of 23 reasons why teachers drink.
H.T. Tucson John
I don't know about 'greatest' but it is amusing
How the fight started (2)
One year, I decided to buy my mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift.
The next year, I didn't give her a gift.
When she asked me why not, I told her, "Well, you still haven't used the one I gave you last year!"
And that's how the fight started..
August 18, 2010
A tiny cannon
There's a much longer "version 1" here.
Journalism Warning Labels. Here's 1 of 10.
One way to unload your excavator
In a fly's eye
Fly Eyes Used For Solar Cells
It takes a twisted engineering mind to come up with something this brilliant: a biomimetic mold constructed from fly eyes. One particular type of fly eye has just the right shape that could be perfect for manufacturing efficient solar cells.
Lakhtakia and a team of Penn State researchers came up with a promising solution. First they picked corneas from blowflies because this common type of fly has ideal eyes for solar cell applications. According to a description from PSU, "Blowflies have compound eyes that are roughly hemispherical; but within that half sphere, the surface is covered by macroscale hexagonal eyes with nanoscale features."
August 16, 2010
nom nom nom
For all you skeptics
'I See Jail in Your Future …'
A man was jailed by a Kemerovo region court on Thursday for assaulting a Gypsy fortune teller who predicted that he would be jailed, the Investigative Committee said.
Gennady Osipovich tried to kill the unidentified female fortune teller, who told him she saw a "state-owned house" — a Russian euphemism for jail — in his future, the committee said in a statement on its web site.
The woman managed to escape, but Osipovich stabbed to death two unidentified witnesses of the assault, which took place in October. He was sentenced to 22 years in a maximum-security prison.
All terrainAn interesting four-wheeled powered 'chute.
Posted by joke du jour at 10:02 PM
10 photos at the Photo Journal of flat track bus-racing.
August 15, 2010
A prophylactic lawsuit?
I can't find any news about the judge's decision on this one.
AEG Live sues concert bootleggers before they bootleg
Just because the Mile High Music Festival this weekend in Denver hasn't happened yet, and just because the bootleggers haven't yet set up shop, doesn't mean that hundreds of individuals haven't already been sued.
AEG Live has jumped on a growing legal trend in the concert world by filing a trademark infringement claim against hundreds of John Does and Jane Does. According to AEG's new complaint, "only the plaintiff has the right to sell merchandise bearing the Festival Trademarks at and near the Festival."
Hat tip Paul B.
August 13, 2010
A Jackie Chan Top 10
What can't he do?
The sign Nazis are loose
A Man, A Plan And A Sharpie: 'The Great Typo Hunt'
Incensed by a "no tresspassing" sign, Jeff Deck launched a cross-country trip to right grammatical wrongs.
He enlisted a friend, Benjamin D. Herson, and together they got to work erasing errant quotation marks, rectifying misspellings and cutting unnecessary possessive apostrophes.
The Great Typo Hunt is the story of their crusade.
Pressed for space?
This is a little long and a bit of an infomercial but it does have some interesting ideas for furniture. (I was a little surprised when he mentioned a 200 square foot studio apartment. That'd be tight quarters.)
What's not to like?
It dices! It slices! It's "in perfect alignment with the magnetic north"! But wait... it affects the Earth's gravity too!
Giant Mecca clock seeks to call time on Greenwich
For more than a century, a point on the top of a hill in south-east London has been recognised as the centre of world time and the official starting point of each new day.
But now the supremacy of Greenwich Mean Time is being challenged by a gargantuan new clock being built in Mecca, by which the world's 1.5 billion Muslims could soon be setting their watches.
Due to start ticking on Thursday as the faithful begin fasting during the month of Ramadan, the timepiece sits atop the Royal Mecca Clock Tower which dominates Islam's holiest city. [...]
According to Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian cleric known around the Muslim world for his popular television show "Sharia and Life", Mecca has a greater claim to being the prime meridian because it is "in perfect alignment with the magnetic north."
This claim that the holy city is a "zero magnetism zone" has won support from some Arab scientists like Abdel-Baset al-Sayyed of the Egyptian National Research Centre who says that there is no magnetic force in Mecca.
"That's why if someone travels to Mecca or lives there, he lives longer, is healthier and is less affected by the earth's gravity," he said. "You get charged with energy."
H.T. Paul B.
August 12, 2010
Sylvain LeBulleur and his monstrous soap bubbles. Check out his site for more pix and videos.
Lego models of famous structures
The World's Great Structures Built With Legos
Former Chicago-based professional architect Adam Reed Tucker is one of 11 Lego-certified professionals in the world, designing scale models of famous buildings and structures out of Lego bricks. His models, including the World Trade Center, the Gateway Arch, Fallingwater and others, are on display in the National Building Museum until September 5, 2011, in the exhibit, "LEGO Architecture: Towering Ambition" in Washington, D.C.
Scream like a girl
It takes a village
The village where it takes £8,000 (and three years) to change a lightbulb
Residents were celebrating today as work finally begun on replacing two lightbulbs, ending a three-year battle with a council who claim it will cost £8.000.
The Church Hall and the village green in picturesque Glemsford, near Sudbury, Suffolk, were plunged into darkness after two street lamps stopped working in 2007.
After inspecting the lights, workers from Suffolk County Council said they were unable to fix them due to a 'G39' health and safety issue.
August 11, 2010
Short test flight
Sand castle competition 2010
Here's a collection of over 200 photos of the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest (June, 2010). They're taken by George Vetter.
Here's an interesting idea that regular reader Paul B. thought of years ago. (But he had a better application for it.)
How to quit your job
Check out the 33 photos; they're pretty funny.
Girl quits her job on dry erase board, emails entire office (33 Photos)
We received the following photos last night from a person who works with this girl. Her name is Jenny (not confirmed) - we're working our contact for Jenny's last name. Yesterday morning, Jenny quit her job with a (flash)bang by emailing these photos to the entire office, about 20 employees we're told. Awesome doesn't begin to describe this office heroine. Check back as we will be updating if we get more details.
Update: 'Jenny' turns out to be named a woman named Elyse who admits this was a hoax (in 16 more photos).
August 10, 2010
3,000 miles in 4 minutes
Fed-Up Flight Attendant Jailed on a Boat
A flight attendant who was arrested after arguing with a passenger on a JetBlue flight -- making a grand exit from the aircraft by grabbing some beers and pulling the emergency chute -- is being held at a jail on a barge after failing to make $2,500 bail. [...]
Slater was working on Flight 1052 from Pittsburgh to Kennedy Airport, which landed at around 12 p.m. Monday, when he got into a verbal altercation with a passenger -- a now legendary exploit, which has even been immortalized in a CGI video by the same Taiwanese company that make the Tiger Woods and Al Gore animations.
Sounds like the name of a 60s band.
A real-life Rosie the Riveter
The Denver Post has a collection of Depression-era color photos from the Library of Congress that were taken in the U.S.
August 09, 2010
Fat's where it's at (4)
The turtle burger -- a hamburger wrapped in cheese and bacon, garnished with hot dog pieces, and then baked.
Out of airspeed, out of altitude and out of ideas
The pilot emerged unscathed.
And what beats a turtle burger?
Doughnut burger judged 'awesome'
This fair-food family is also offering 'fried butter' as a new item this year
The Hoosier family behind last year's chocolate-covered bacon at the Indiana State Fair is at it again.
Their newest offering? A burger served between two Krispy Kremes, known simply as the doughnut burger.
Veteran concessionaire Dennis Reas said that if his family wants to survive selling novelty fair food, he must think of new products every year to keep the customers coming back.
"You just have to have something new to keep people entertained," said a beaming Reas, 53, as fair visitors circled his stands around lunchtime on the fair's opening day. "Every year we try to come up with something new."
And it seems to be working -- even if the $6.50 burger and another new offering, deep-fried butter, produced almost as many questions as orders from the first customers of the 17-day fair.
August 07, 2010
What a catch (2)
A family joke
Hillary: "Have you had sex with Marc?"
Chelsea: "Not according to Dad."
August 03, 2010
Back in '68
It's all in the timing
Steve R sends a PowerPoint slideshow of well-timed photos. There are some pretty impressive pix here.
Shake, rattle and roll
Scott sends a link to this clip.
Where's the beef?
Unhappy robber: Gunman calls restaurant to gripe
A man who robbed a Wendy's at gunpoint Saturday night apparently was so upset with his haul that he twice called the restaurant to complain, Atlanta police said.
"Next time there better be more than $586," he said during one call. He made "a similar threat" in the second call, police said.
About 11:15 p.m., a man wearing a ski mask and holding a gun walked up to the drive-through window at the Wendy's at 1940 Piedmont Road, police said. He told an employee to put the cash drawer on the counter.
August 02, 2010
A funny goof
Feelin' the heat
Miami Heat fires sales team after season tickets sell out
The Miami Heat easily sold out its season tickets after LeBron James announced he was joining the team. That turned out to be bad news for the ticket-sales staff, which the Heat fired Friday.
``Now that the supply for [season tickets] has been exhausted we no longer require a season ticket sales team,'' the Heat said in a brief statement Friday afternoon.
A team spokeswoman, Lorrie-Ann Diaz, declined to comment or answer questions about the firings, which one staffer said cost roughly 30 people their jobs.
August 01, 2010
I been workin' on land
The Guess Who doing Runnin' Back to Saskatoon:
And, in that vein, here's a video I ran across at Coyote's