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January 31, 2011

How do you say "@"?

Here's a blast from the past courtesy of Kevin H -- NBC's Today show in January 1994.

Update 1: Missing video replaced.


Update 2: Kevin sends some news about NBC's firing the employee who posted the clip.
NBC Fires Employee for Posting 'What Is the Internet' Clip

An NBC worker who posted old footage from the "Today" show of the hosts wondering, "What is the Internet anyway?" has been fired, the network confirmed, saying the person had a history of distributing material without permission.

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Truth in advertising (2)

This is a sample from this site, where you can design your own.

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Tight squeeze

I believe this man's speaking Nederlands.

H.T. Mary

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That's enthusiasm

Drunk driver excited to see breath test score

After driving her car into a ditch, an inebriated woman told Summit County sheriff's deputies she was drunk and, later, she was excited to see how she did on a breathalyzer test.

Deputies arrived to help the woman after her car slid off the southbound shoulder of Highway 9 and got stuck in the snow just before 1 Saturday morning.

She told them she had missed her turn and slid into the ditch attempting to turn around. She then announced, "I am drunk. I will do your tests, but I will go to jail," according to a report from the sheriff's office. [...]

After failing the roadside sobriety tests, the woman was placed in custody and agreed, somewhat enthusiastically, to a breath test.

"I'm excited to see what I blow," she said as deputies put her in the patrol car.

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January 30, 2011

Emo interface

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January 28, 2011

Dueling cellos

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Hot to grill

A slideshow of unusual outdoor grills.

H.T. Mary

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Ahhh...

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Hockey players speak

Steve R sends a link to the 50 Greatest Hockey Quotes of all Time. Some of them are pretty funny, like this one.

You can always get someone to do your thinking for you.

Gordie Howe after being asked why players always wear a cup, but not always a helmet

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January 27, 2011

Lazy superheroes

Nearly 13 minutes but well worth the time.

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Had enough of winter yet?

One of several funny pix.

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H.T. Mary

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My guess? Too much vodka

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Incoming! (2)

Smugglers get medieval: Pot catapult found at border

Drug smugglers trying to get drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border are getting old-school: they're trying a catapult.

National Guard troops operating a remote video surveillance system near Naco observed a catapult being set up south of the border last Friday evening, authorities said.

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January 26, 2011

Wait... what? (3)

The winners are apologizing? Give me a break.

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Communist Monopoly

There's no monopoly like a State monopoly.

'Communist Monopoly' Teaches Downside of Socialist Life

A Polish research institute has developed a board game to teach young people about life under Communism. In the game, which is inspired by Monopoly, players must wait in endless lines at stores for scarce goods. For added realism, they have to put up with people cutting in line and products running out -- unless they have a "colleague in the government" card.

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What he wants

A pretty good parody of I wanna be a billionaire

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A self-made engineer

UK engineer develops own life-saving implant

In 2000, Tal Golesworthy, a process engineer from Tewkesbury, was told that the aortic root in his heart had expanded to 4.8cm and was in danger of splitting. He had two choices; undergo surgery to insert a mechanical valve or risk a sudden and fatal heart attack.

The first option filled him with almost as much dread as the second. The surgery would mean that he would be placed on Warfarin, a blood-thinning drug that carries the risk of severe bleeding. [...]

But Golesworthy thought he could engineer a better solution. What excited him was the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computer-aided design (CAD). He believed that by combining these technologies with rapid prototyping (RP) techniques he could manufacture a tailor-made support that would act as an internal bandage to keep his aorta in place.

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January 25, 2011

More rapid rap

Even faster than George Watsky's clip last week. Definitely not safe for work, though, so mind the volume.

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Good ideas

Tucson John sends some images of ingenious products. I suppose the one below isn't really a product but it's a clever idea.

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This is different

I've never heard a violin concerto performed a capella before. The tall woman at the right does a really impressive job on the rhythm.

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Killer hickey

Woman Nearly Dies Of A Hickey

We all know hickies are embarrassing to receive if you're over the age of 14, but turns out they can also be dangerous. A 44-year-old New Zealand woman was rushed to the emergency room for a hickey gone awry. The trouble all started when her lover sucked her neck one night while they were sitting on the couch watching television. Only his technique was a little too aggressive. He hoovered her so vigorously that he created a blood clot near a major artery in her neck. The clot then broke off and moved into her heart causing a minor stroke. She only knew she was having a stroke when she started experiencing paralysis on her left side.

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January 24, 2011

30 Freakiest ads

AdFreak collects The 30 Freakiest Ads of 2010. It was hard to pick a representative sample but here's one of them...

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Inside Ralph Lauren's garage

This is one of twenty slides. He has a gorgeous collection.

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A 1958 Ferrari Testa Rossa, center, surrounded by other Ferraris from the 60s, 70s, and 90s.

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What a shot! (2)

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Marketing genius

Super Bowl XLV: $200 For Tickets NOT To See The Super Bowl? You Bet

Super Bowl XLV is setting a new low for the world of ticket selling. The NFL now will be selling fans $200 tickets to not see the game.

Brilliant!!

Yes, for $200 you can pay to watch the game on television. Who would've thought of a marketing idea this genius? Someone in the NFL finally realized that there are people in this country dumb enough to pay $200 to sit outside the stadium and watch the game on a big HD Screen.

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January 21, 2011

I can haz gravity?

Some kitties taking a ride on a Vomit Comet, though they don't seem too upset by it.

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Dakar 2011

1 of 42 images of the Dakar rally at The Big Picture.

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Ain't it cute?

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January 20, 2011

Busted! (4)

Cross-dressing policeman in Oz caught in an 'offensive act' by officers

Melbourne, Jan 19 (ANI): A cross-dressing police officer in Sydney, Australia was caught committing an "offensive act" by officers while wearing a black ladies G-string, bra and six-inch high heels.

Off-duty constable Peter Karras, 51, of Green Valley, was found sitting in a dark and secluded Punchbowl street putting on women's clothing while touching himself, the Herald Sun reported. [...]

The officers also found his police uniform and police-issued gun belt on the back seat of his car.

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If you never ask...

Impressive chutzpah, eh?

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Snow in Music City

A recent Photo of the Day at The Agitator.

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Fun in Yellowknife

That's -22° F.

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Jurassic beer

Poly professor brews beer with 45-million-year-old yeast

A Cal Poly professor's mission to turn a 45-million-year-old yeast into an ingredient for a beer has proven successful — and now he hopes to grow his operation locally.[...]

Despite initial skepticism from some about the taste the beer would produce, Cano says the flavor turned out surprisingly good and unique.

Critics have described the taste as one with lots of spice, resembling cloves, along with tinges of ginger and pineapple.

Check them out at the Fossil Fuels Brewing Co.

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January 19, 2011

Chasing I5 sales

A clever ad from Intel for its 2nd generation Core I5 processor.

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Vintage aerial photos

Eduard Spelterini: Pioneer Balloonist Photographer

Eduard Spelterini (1852-1931) received his license as a balloonist from the Academie d'Aerostation in Paris, 1877, where he lived a restless and glamourous life for a number of years. He began to photograph from his balloon in 1893 as a self-taught photographer and in the following thirty years put together a remarkable body of work.

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Brutus

Here's a Maybach 'Special Race Car' chassis fitted with a 12-cylinder, 46 liter BMW airplane engine. It reaches speeds "far beyond 100 km/h" (~63 MPH) at 800 RPM.

The 46 liter displacement is 2800 cubic inches. I think they picked a good name.

More details at the Technik Museum Sinsheim where it was built.

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But you can call him 'Nick'

Madcap Brit's full-name has 197 characters

Barnaby Usansky, 36, formerly Nick, is fascinated by words and added the new names by Deed Poll – plus Marmaduke – because he loves it so much.

His full name is now Barnaby Marmaduke Aloysius Benjy Cobweb Dartagnan Egbert Felix Gaspar Humbert Ignatius Jayden Kasper Leroy Maximilian Neddy Obiajulu Pepin Quilliam Rosencrantz Sexton Teddy Upwood Vivatma Wayland Xylon Yardley Zachary Usansky.

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January 18, 2011

Oshkosh, b'gosh

A clip by MrSerious0 of last summer's Airventure Oshkosh. We've seen clips from him before and he does nice work. Check out that parade of DC-3s.

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Simple animations

This is 1 of 10 animations of (mostly) common mechanical systems.

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H.T. Tucson John

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Rapid fire rap

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Being French

I blow my nose at you so-called Arthur King. You and all your silly English k-niggets.

French smoker creates commotion on plane

(CNN) -- A brawling smoker who turned his trans-Atlantic flight from France into something resembling a bar fight is facing criminal charges.

Franck Lebrun was on a Delta Air Lines flight from Nice, France, to New York last Saturday when things became tense, according to a complaint filed at the U.S. District Court in New York.

The account reads like something out of a movie to scare air travelers. [...]

Lebrun continued to scream and yell expletives and then "aggressively positioned himself toward one of the federal air marshals in a fighting stance," court papers say. The marshals then handcuffed him and seated him in the back of the plane.

"Lebrun continued to verbally abuse individuals around him, yelling in substance 'I'm French, f*** you!'" according to the complaint.

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January 17, 2011

Elaborate phone prank

For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three.

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Nice work if you can get it (7)

An older cartoon from The Joy of Tech.

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Don't text while walking

Or the mall security staff will be laughing at you.

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Truth in labeling

A toxin by any other name? Nuclear Sludge bars recalled for lead

Almost 28,000 prophetically named Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge bars have been pulled from the market for lead levels that are more than twice the U.S. government's tolerance. The problem was found after tests by the California Department of Pubic Health.

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January 15, 2011

The frontier is everywhere

An excellently done clip which includes readings from Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot.

This appears to have been made by NASA but wasn't. See the comments by its author. It's based on an earlier, very similar clip made by Michael Marantz.

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I'm a Sagittarius now

So I can quote Arthur Clarke and say, "I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're skeptical."

Your zodiac sign may not be what you think

MINNESOTA: If you've ever read your horoscope, you may be interested in what at least one astronomer has to say about it. Turns out your sign may not really be your sign.

"This is not something that happened today. This has gone on for thousands of years," said astronomer Parke Kunkle. [...]

"Because of this change of tilt, the Earth is really over here in effect and Sun is in a different constellation than it was 3,000 years ago."

What that means to you is a Virgo may now be a Leo, an Aquarius - a Capricorn, and a Taurus - an Aries.


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January 14, 2011

Are you ready?

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Funny things about ads

Things Real People Don't Say About Advertising

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One crowded train

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This old haunted house

The Housing Slump Has Salem On a Witch Hunt Again

SALEM, Mass.—There's a certain look and feel to a foreclosed home, and 31 Arbella St. has it: fraying carpet, missing appliances, foam insulation poking through cracked walls.

That doesn't faze buyer Tony Barletta since he plans a gut renovation anyway. It's the bad vibes that bother him.

So two weeks before closing, Mr. Barletta followed witch Lori Bruno and warlock Christian Day through the three-story home. They clanged bells and sprayed holy water, poured kosher salt on doorways and raised iron swords at windows.

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January 13, 2011

He's got a right to sing the blues

Title ref

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Internet 2010

Bill F. sends a link to Internet 2010 in numbers, which is chock full o' stats about Internet usage. Mmm... info pron.

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More of that golden voice

Here's some follow-up to last week's post about Ted Williams, the homeless man with the "golden voice." Kraft uses his voice in this ad. (They didn't waste any time.)

And here's The Smoking Gun's post about the felon with the golden voice if you're interested in Mr. Williams' checkered past.

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Get in line (2)

Steve R sends a funny story.

A man was leaving a convenience store with his morning coffee when he noticed a most unusual funeral procession approaching the nearby cemetery. A long black hearse was followed by a second long black hearse about 50 feet behind. Following the second hearse was a solitary man walking a dog on a leash.

A short distance behind the man with the dog were about 200 men walking single file.

The man with the coffee couldn't resist his curiosity. He respectfully approached the man with the dog and asked, "I am sorry for your loss and I know this may be a bad time to disturb you... But I've never seen a funeral like this. Whose funeral is it?"

"My wife's."

''What happened to her?"

The man replied, "My dog attacked and killed her".

He inquired further, "And who's in the second hearse?"

The man answered, "My mother-in-law. She was trying to help my wife when the dog turned on her."

A poignant and thoughtful moment of silence passed between the two men. "Can I borrow the dog?"

"Get in line."

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January 12, 2011

Tablet evolution

A clever ad for Motorola's new Xoom tablet.

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Old school social networking

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From

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Sword cam

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Who you gonna call?

Jam busters!

Jam-busting service on the road in many cities

BEIJING - With more Chinese people getting behind the wheel every day, traffic jams are a major headache in most cities but the gridlock has become an opportunity for some entrepreneurs who are offering an escape route - for a price.

Drivers who get stuck in traffic in some cities can now get on their mobile phones and call for a substitute to take their cars to their destinations while the frustrated drivers are whisked away on the back of a motorcycle.

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January 11, 2011

Ten minutes of trauma

The Best Fails collection for 2010 (including several we've seen before here). Strong language, so mind the volume.

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Motown down

One of sixteen pictures of Detroit in Ruins at How to be a Retronaut.

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Making bubble rings

Danilo writes, "It's old, it was posted 4 years ago, but i discovered just now - http://vimeo.com/100591. That's a cool fellow."

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Tech support hell

Apple support company sues customer for complaining

The national press, the tech blogosphere, even normal, ordinary human beings on Twitter are railing against Systemgraph, a support company officially approved by Apple to be its reseller and authorized service provider.

Dimitris Papadimitriadis, a physician in Greece, was apparently having a little trouble with his iMac, so he took it to Systemgraph in order to enjoy its authorized servicing skills. According to the Greek newspaper Proto Thema, Papadimitriadis discovered dark patches on the screen of his machine. [...long description of he said/they said...]

Papadimitriadis posted his story on a forum, something that seems to have upset Systemgraph. For the company has sued him for 200,000 euros (about $267,000), claiming he damaged its reputation.

His post, as translated by Google, does not seem to offer harsh or emotive language. The most anyone who has reported on the case claims is that Papadimitriadis described Systemgraph as "dodgy." [...]

And yet there is reportedly to be a court hearing on January 19. The company reportedly claims in its complaint that, given that the issue has spread to the Web, this is "an organised attempt to slander and insult" its very fine name.

This will be, I am told by Greek correspondents, the first time a Greek company has taken a customer to court for something written online.

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January 10, 2011

Powers of two

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Rail pictures

I just came across RailPictures.net, the source of the image below. If you like trains, you'll enjoy their collection.

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Another dose of vertigo

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Now they need to regulate hot balls

Skirting EU law: The rebranding of incandescent bulbs as 'Heat Balls'

You gotta hand it to German businessman Siegfried Rotthaeuser, who came up with a brilliant run around the European Union ban on conventional incandescent light bulbs — he rebranded them as "Heat Balls" and is importing them for sale as a "small heating device."

Rotthaeuser's website is in German, but Google does a passable job of translation. First, he's clear that the Heat Ball isn't for lighting, stating (in German, the following is translated) "A HEAT BALL ® is not a lamp, but it fits in the same version!"

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January 08, 2011

Sights and sites

9 minutes of interesting places spotted in Google Earth (complete with latitudes and longitudes).

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January 07, 2011

Buzzer beater

Nice "Hail, Mary"!. Wow.

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Census explorer

The New York Times has a nicely done interactive map for browsing data from the Census Bureau. It's broken out by county at the top level and, when you zoom in, by census tract. Top-level categories are ethnicity, income, housing and education.

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His last day on the job

Definitely NSFW. Mind the volume.

H.T. Tucson John

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No one's above the law

Comatose Little Girl Gets Ticket for Jaywalking

The nerve of some people. There's a little girl in Las Vegas who was hit by car. She's 13-years-old and in a medically induced coma.

Allegedly, Takara Davis was jaywalking when she got hit. So a police officer showed up at the hospital and gave the ticket to her mother, Kellie Obong. Why did they hand the ticket to the mother? Because Takara was busy being rushed to the operating room as the doctors tried to stop the bleeding in her head…

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January 06, 2011

Man with a golden voice

Notes from the YouTube page:

Throwing this video from the Columbus Dispatch out there, hoping we can find this talent a place to call home.

UPDATE-1: Many thanks go out to all of you who have been tossing phone numbers and e-mails my way for Ted's sake. I went up to Hudson/I-71 (Columbus) today, but Ted wasn't there. He is going to be on air tomorrow morning on radio station WNCI. I've left my contact info w/WNCI to call/e-mail me on a way to get your enormous opportunities over to him.

I'm going to give him a Trac phone (w/ample minutes) so that he can return calls to all of you.

Hopefully, in some way I'll get in contact w/him. Peace.

UPDATE-2: To all of those who have been writing in I have learned that the radio station interviewing him tomorrow (1-5-11) a.m. is going to make him a formal offer. Whether true or not, we'll see.

Hope it works out well for him. That was the whole point of me posting this video. I cannot thank enough everyone who was willing to do their part in offering Ted their helping hand.

Whoever lands him is certainly getting much more than a memorable personality; they're getting a great human being as part of their team.

My best to all.

UPDATE-FINAL: Well everyone. You can give yourselves and Ted a high-five. He's being given offers hand-over-fist over the air. He'll be set for life.

My request to all. Whenever you run across a story such as this, don't assume it'll take a life of its own, on its own. It won't. It can't. There are too many other stories that drown out the one before it.

You need to spend time to get that story and its word out to many. If you care, you'll do it.

Keep the faith, pay forward and always lend a hand; even if you're the one who needs it.

God bless Mr. Williams. I'm sure we'll be seeing more of him for sometime to come.

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"Tilt-shifted" Van Gogh

Van Gogh's Paintings Get Tilt-Shifted (12 pics)

After seeing how tilt-shift photography could make real world scenes appear like miniature models, Serena Malyon, a third-year art student, decided to simulate the effect on Van Gogh's famous paintings. Using Photoshop, she manipulated the light and adjusted the focus to make us see these paintings in ways we could have never imagined.

Amazingly, nothing in these paintings was changed, added or removed. The incredible illusions are all created by the magic of Photoshop.

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Kinect telefactoring

Kinect Hacked to Control Humanoid Robot: First Steps to Avatar

Taylor Veltrop is a software engineer and robot tinkerer, and his latest impressive feat is to link up a Microsoft Kinect via some custom software and a wireless link to his Kondo KHR-1HV kit robot. Essentially Taylor's code takes the data feed from Kinect's motion and body sensing systems, and works out what position his limbs are in before beaming that data to custom software he's installed in the robot's ROS operating system.

H.T. Bill F.

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Café con piernas

Chile's Racy Coffee Shops: Making Hooters Look Tame

Two minutes ago, I was in front of the Palacio de la Moneda, in Santiago, Chile, standing in the sun with well-fed stray dogs, looking for the window of President Salvador Allende's office, where he died in 1973. Now I'm in a dark room surrounded by women in glow-in-the-dark thongs and the smoke's so heavy I can hardly breathe. I'm in a tunneled strip mall in the city center, in an unnamed coffee shop marked with a single sign: abierto. Open.

My waitress's white g-string glows in the black light. Her stockings too, which reach up her thighs and connect via a proper six-strap garter belt. As she leans over to serve the suits on the other side of the room, she casually gives my side of the horseshoe bar a view of her bare bottom. Then she greets me formally, with two kisses, and asks me how I am, as if we were old friends.

The café con piernas nickname for these coffee houses brings to mind a trip to Mexico City in the late 90s. My hosts told me that to improve my Spanish I should find a diccionario con piernas - or in other words, a Spanish-speaking girlfriend.

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January 05, 2011

Don't screw with old guys

...says Tucson John. Pretty funny but full of strong language so mind the volume.

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Funniest plate in the world revoked

Virginia's DMV Does Not Approve of Hilarious Cannibalism

Yet another reason to hate the Department of Motor Vehicles: Virginia's DMV has reportedly revoked a man's custom "Kids First" license plate emblazoned with the letters EATTHE.

Funny! And likely harmless: The plate had apparently been in circulation for several years with no reported adverse effects. But as Jalopnik explains, someone seems to have gotten the idea that the "plate was advocating something beyond hilarious cannibalism.”

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Trangram

Trangram

Trangram is a system for wiring electrical parts on the Internet.
With Trangram, anybody can create new things using electrical parts easily.
Have a look at the demo video for further understanding of Trangram.

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Surprise! (3)

She's not much chop as a kid's prize

A Nelson family are shocked that a market stall is giving away sex toys as prizes, after their young daughter won a blow-up sheep at the Tahunanui Arts and Crafts Fair on Sunday.

The girl's grandfather, Allan Goodman, her mother, Nicola Quinn, and grandmother, Angela Quinn, were stunned when their seven-year-old appeared in the lounge yesterday morning, holding her prize. [...]

The sheep, sporting a French maid's bonnet and with beguiling long-lashed blue eyes, was "disgusting", Angela Quinn said. She was "mortified" that her granddaughter had been walking around the fair with it all day, and promptly confiscated it.

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January 04, 2011

Great mash-up

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Street food

11 images in a National Geographic slideshow.

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Ouch! (4)

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Life stinks

Suicidal New York man leaps, but saved by garbage pile

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A would-be suicide jumper in New York was alive on Monday after leaping from a ninth-floor window but landing in a giant heap of garbage uncollected since the city's massive snowstorm a week ago.

Vangelis Kapatos, 26, was hospitalized in critical but stable condition after jumping from his apartment on West 45th Street on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Sanitation workers have not collected trash since the December 26 storm dumped more than a foot and a half of snow on the city. Mounds of garbage several feet high line many sidewalks.

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January 03, 2011

Flying NYC

Another FPV (first person view) video like the one of flying the Brazilian coast.

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Funny headlines of 2010

The 50 Funniest Headlines Of 2010

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A Million Nos

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What a New Year's hangover

Gambler at Star City casino served 42 beers in one session

A BOOZE-LOVING card player used his "poker face" to fool Star City Casino staff into serving him 42 beers in a single 17-hour sitting.

The unnamed gambler put in a marathon innings, downing five beers every two hours.

Three waiters were happy to oblige the cashed-up player with as many drinks as he requested and failed to keep track of the seriously high level of alcohol the man was ingesting as he sat at the same card table in the main gaming floor from 2.30am.

It was not until the card table closed at 7am that Star City staff realised the man was wildly intoxicated.

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