July 29, 2011
I was really impressed by this guy's marksmanship with a pistol. And I was tickled to see a Moon Pie and a can of RC Cola near the end (briefly).
Res ipsa loquitur
Pretty high up, eh?
The NRA-PETA nexus
Mandi doesn't sound your typical any-type-of-person. And she'd be really hot with a little less lipstick. Check it.
50 Most Beautiful People for 2011
Mandi Critchfield is not your usual Republican aide. For one thing, Sen. Mike Crapo's (R-Idaho) press secretary is a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the National Rifle Association (NRA). For another, she's an enthusiastic Star Wars and Star Trek fan — as evidenced by her choice of a Star Wars T-shirt for The Hill's 50 Most Beautiful People photo shoot.
July 28, 2011
A very polished spoof
Road rage is everywhere
Why you shouldn't try to pass an elephant -- one of six images.
H.T. Bill F.
At the drive-thru (2)
China's Professional Queuers Paid To Stand Around
In China, waiting in line sometimes feels like a competitive sport. The overnight queue at the launch of Apple's iPad 2 pales in comparison to the epic waits for certain over-subscribed state-run services.
Earlier this month, people waited four days and three nights to register for low-income housing in the central city of Xian, while admission to a certain Beijing kindergarten in Changping last year required a week-long, round-the-clock queue, for which people set up camp beds along the pavement.
But as with most things, one pragmatic Chinese entrepreneur has found a business opportunity out of adversity.
For the past two years, Li Qicai, 28, has made a career out of waiting in line. What's more, he now outsources the waiting to others. He employs four full-time queuers and a host of freelancers, who, for a cost of about $3 an hour, will do the waiting for you.
July 27, 2011
Having heard my share of Baptist preachers, I had no doubt Mr. Nelms was one. And sure enough, he is.
Update: Somebody auto-tuned that prayer.
This may look out of date but that's only because I couldn't find the one with the "2011" title slide available on line. (They're identical otherwise.)
H.T. Tucson John
I guess he had no forks
Glendale Man Tries to Remove Hernia Using Butter Knife
GLENDALE, Calif. (KTLA) -- A Glendale man is hospitalized in stable condition after police say he tried to perform surgery on himself -- using a butter knife!
The 63 year-old man, whose name is not being released, was trying to remove a protruding hernia from his stomach using a six inch butter knife, Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz tells KTLA.
July 26, 2011
How hot is it? (2)
H.T. Bill F.
Portal gun rap
Hairy win: Olympia man is world beard champion
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Burke Kenny said it's not unusual to notice people staring at his chest.
"I have to say, `I'm up here,"' he said, pointing to his face. "Just like a girl."
Of course, they're probably not really staring at his chest so much as they're looking at what's covering it: An amazingly full and curly brunet beard with auburn undertones that contrast against the straight black hair on his head.
The 26-year-old Olympia resident recently returned from the World Beard and Mustache Championships in Trondheim, Norway, where he took first place in the full beard with styled mustache category. He won the same title four years ago in England, when he became the youngest international facial hair champion. [...]
The international competition featured about 20 categories. The Americans brought home six gold medals, and four of those were grown by men from Washington state, Kenny said. Besides Kenny, they were Bruce Roe of Bremerton, who won for Hungarian mustache; Craig "Rooty" Lundvall of the Everett area, who won for full beard natural; and Keith "Ghandi Jones" Haubrich of Seattle, who won the freestyle mustache category.
July 25, 2011
Another funny one from Freddie W.
Why men die younger than women
One of nine pix of stupid man stunts.
H.T. Steve R.
H.T. Pete C.
Dumb and dumber
Men Driving Stolen Car Ask Police for Directions
PALM SPRINGS-- The desert may have some new contenders for the "dumbest criminal" award: Cops say two men driving a stolen car were caught after stopping to ask police for directions. [...]
When the police officer ran the license plate of the car, it returned stolen out of Riverside, about 60 miles west of Palm Springs, said Long.
July 23, 2011
Watch the World's Largest Shark Tank on Live Webcam
From now until Aug. 7, you can swim with sharks from your desk, thanks to a live webcam embedded in the world's largest shark tank.
Video streaming by Ustream
Too Darn Hot (again)
After a week of unrelenting heat, we're all hoping it will cool off soon.
Mary sends this cartoon.
And Michel Legrand gives us Cole Porter's Too Darn Hot - which I heard the first of the month when we saw Kiss me, Kate at the The Muny. (And it was too darn hot that night, too.)
July 22, 2011
Steve's little brother
And his dog. One of the most amusing magic/comedy routines I've seen. (It's part of Penn & Teller's Fool Us series on the UK's ITV.)
Eric Fischer has geo-tagged Flickr and Twitter activity in areas (mostly cities) around the world and put the resulting images in a Flickf set. The scheme is: "Red dots are locations of Flickr pictures. Blue dots are locations of Twitter tweets. White dots are locations that have been posted to both."
Not surprisingly, the results look like satellite photos of city lights - except they're not.
His master's voice
Man dumped by fiancee after selling kidney for £12k to buy engagement ring
A MAN sold a kidney for £12,300 and spent the cash on an engagement ring for his lover – only for her to dump him in the Ukraine.
July 21, 2011
Message to Metallica
From one goalie to another
How to annoy a sausage maker
If Only Laws Were Like Sausages
LANDOVER, Md. — In defending their work, members of Congress love to repeat a quotation attributed to Otto von Bismarck: "If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made."
In other words, the legislative process, though messy and sometimes unappetizing, can produce healthy, wholesome results.
But a visit to a sausage factory here, about 10 miles from the Capitol, suggests that Bismarck and today's politicians are mistaken. In many ways, that quotation is offensive to sausage makers; their process is better controlled and more predictable.
"I'm so insulted when people say that lawmaking is like sausage making," said Stanley A. Feder, president of Simply Sausage, whose plant here turns out 60,000 pounds of links a year.
July 20, 2011
More funny beer ads
My personal reaction to Newcastle's Brown Ale is that they should "pour it back into the horse" as someone once said. But I have to give them points for these ads, which I found funny.
Discovery's flight deck
A 360° image of shuttle Discovery's flight deck. If you visit, be sure to pan up and see what's overhead.
Truly man's best friend
She's glad she's not a sleepwalker
Deep sinkhole opens under woman's bed
The first step out of bed could have been a big one.
A woman in Guatemala City reports that a sinkhole, 40 feet deep and almost 3 feet across, opened under her bed Monday.
"When we heard the loud boom we thought a gas canister from a neighboring home had exploded, or there had been a crash on the street," Inocenta Hernandez, 65, said in an Agence France-Presse report.
"We rushed out to look and saw nothing. A gentleman told me that the noise came from my house, and we searched until we found it under my bed," AFP quotes Hernandez as saying.
July 19, 2011
These kittens all look just like the newest member of our household.
Bernard Zee writes: I'm still giddy over having had the opportunity to ride in, and photograph the only Zeppelin in the United States. The 'Eureka' is one of a new breed of lighter than air ships manufactured by the Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH, and operated by Airship Ventures. Based out of Moffett Field (in Mountain View, CA), the Eureka offers sight-seeing rides of the Bay Area and Monterey.
An extremely geeky prank.
Don't do him any favors
Colorado murderer suing because prison guards saved his life despite do not resuscitate order
DENVER — A convicted murderer is suing the state of Colorado for saving his life after his heart stopped beating.
Daniel Self says he suffers from sleep apnea and he ordered prison guards not to resuscitate him if he stopped breathing. The 54-year-old says in a lawsuit filed in federal court that prison officials were deliberately indifferent to his right to refuse medical treatment when he stopped breathing in 2009.
July 18, 2011
(The video-maker says: "Note this effect is due to the rolling shutter, which is non-representative of how strings actually vibrate.")
Boys will be boys
It's a nice-looking statue - based on the famous photo. Check it out at the link.
Marilyn Monroe statue unveiled on Chicago's Magnificent Mile
It's true, Chicago. The top half of the "mysterious" 26-foot sculpture on Michigan Avenue was unveiled Friday to be Marilyn Monroe.
There was speculation earlier this week about whether the iconic legs − complete with flowing skirt blown up by a subway grate − belonged to the Hollywood starlet
Members of the Hugh and Anya Nguyen wedding party pose under Seward Johnson's 26-foot-tall sculpture of Marilyn Monroe on Friday in Chicago.
A funny ad for bottled water.
Ten years of effort pay off
Man gets sick benefits for heavy metal addiction
A Swedish heavy metal fan has had his musical preferences officially classified as a disability. The results of a psychological analysis enable the metal lover to supplement his income with state benefits.
Roger Tullgren, 42, from Hässleholm in southern Sweden has just started working part time as a dishwasher at a local restaurant.
Because heavy metal dominates so many aspects of his life, the Employment Service has agreed to pay part of Tullgren's salary. His new boss meanwhile has given him a special dispensation to play loud music at work.
"I have been trying for ten years to get this classified as a handicap," Tullgren told The Local.
July 16, 2011
I'll be truly impressed when the Z Corporation guys can give me a cup of tea, Earl Grey, hot.
Tucson John sent a link to the clip above. The ability to make objects from scanner input - and with moving parts - is way cool. But I took it as just an advancement in stereo lithography technology, which has been around since the 1980s. The Z Corp. guys have added high-precision scanning and (no doubt) some fairly clever image analysis code to process the scanner's input. Using scanned input as the model, instead of the usual CAD model, is a really impressive advance.
Here's XKCD's take:
The 3D printing part, though, is widely used -- for making custom chocolates, as an example.
Some folks even have chocolate printers made from LEGOs.
And some have LEGO-built printers the "print" with LEGOs:
July 15, 2011
How to handle a hawg
I'm impressed. I wonder how much he scraped off his footboards?
This is one of several images from a California Milk Processor Board ad campaign.
He's the CEO
Import Irony: China Buys Its Chopsticks From A Small Georgia Town
It seems everything we buy these days says "Made in China." But millions of the Asian nation's iconic chopsticks are proudly made in the U.S.A.
Two hours south of Atlanta lies the source of millions of Chinese chopsticks. Who would have thought? It's hard to imagine a place more quintessentially red, white and blue – the town, nestled firmly in the heartland of Georgia, is called Americus.
And their luck runs as deep as their love for country: Americus has the ideal type of wood for making chopsticks. The abundant forests of poplar and sweet gum trees in the area strike the perfect balance between hardness and softness, making a comfortable yet sturdy eating utensil for many across the world.
July 13, 2011
Redneck duck shoot
redneck Entenjagd by andal35
In the clock tower
A 7,000 sq.ft.apartment in New York City with 360° views. (Only $23.5 million.)
Very nicely edited.
Revenge is sweet (3)
A wee bit of revenge! Homeowner shames those using his street as a public toilet... by filming them and posting them on YouTube
An angry homeowner is using the power of the internet to shame drunken yobs who use his street as a public toilet.
Harry Monk became so fed up with louts urinating outside his home he began recording them in the act and posting the clips on YouTube in a bid to shame them.
The 46-year-old tree surgeon said late night drinking licenses being introduced near his home has brought crowds of revellers relieve themselves in the street.
July 12, 2011
How to tell when he's fallen for you
A large (22-foot) wall mural of a toaster made from toast.
H.T. Jeff G.
Denver Newspaper Hires Professional Pot Critic
Denver is at the peak of a citywide pot boom.
It all started after the U.S. Attorney General's office — in a shift of policy since the Bush administration — announced in 2009 that it would not prosecute marijuana users if their state permits use of the drug for medical reasons.
"It just blew up from there," William Breathes tells Weekends On All Things Considered host Guy Raz. [...]
So Breathes — employed by Westword, Denver's weekly alternative newspaper — became perhaps the first professional marijuana critic in the country. William Breathes is his pen name, of course. Like a food critic, he remains anonymous to the businesses he reviews.
July 11, 2011
Steepest rollercoaster in the world
The really steep part starts at 1:15.
A map of the Universe
National Geographic provides one in a 23 megapixel image.
How to deactiviate a cat
The cost of one hand clapping
In Belarus, one-armed man arrested for clapping
MOSCOW — The sound of one hand clapping may be one of those proverbial mysteries, but a man was arrested and seriously punished in Minsk this week for allegedly doing it.
It's a little whiff of absurdity amid a wave of unrelentingly grim news from Belarus, where "Europe's last dictator" Alexander Lukashenko is digging in against growing public protests over a collapsing economy that's gutted living standards and left hundreds of thousands out of work since January in the little post-Soviet country of 10 million.
In order to evade tough regulations on public rallies, protesters eschew placards and shouted slogans, and merely clap their hands to display their anger at Mr. Lukashenko's policies. [...]
But Konstantin Kaplin, an unemployed man from the western town of Grodno, says he was convicted this week of applauding in public and fined the equivalent of $200, despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence: He is officially registered as a disabled person and has only one arm.
July 08, 2011
Augmented reality cinema
This a concept piece for an augmented reality cinema app that will recognize your location and play scenes from movies that were filmed there. (The app's not available yet.)
A slideshow in which parents' and children's heads are transposed. It's called Kindsköpfe (“Grown Ups”),
Clever hiding place, dude
TSA Agent Caught With Passenger's iPad in His Pants; Allegedly Took $50,000 in Other Goods, Cops Say
While most Transportation Security Administration employees are busy groping people or taking naked pictures of them, the cops say one of those employees was putting fliers' electronics down his pants.
The Broward Sheriff's Office says 30-year-old Nelson Santiago stole around $50,000 worth of electronics over the past six months from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport's Terminal 1.
Santiago -- a TSA officer since 2009 -- was caught earlier this week by a Continental Airlines employee taking an iPad out of someone's luggage and stuffing it into his pants, the cops say.
July 07, 2011
Another nice time-lapse video of the night sky; this one taken on the Southern Ocean Coast in Australia
Bulls in Pamplona
12 images in this slideshow of the San Fermin Festival that began in Pamplona, Spain this week.
An uncommon book light
Via Ms. M..
There's a case for that
How about a beer with your iPhone?
(Reuters) - You can do a lot with an iPhone these days -- text, take pictures, surf the net, and even make a phone call.
And soon, thanks to two Australian entrepreneurs, you will be able use it to open a bottle of beer by way of the "Opena," a hard plastic case that fits over the iPhone and is equipped with a slide-out bottle opener.
"Basically, Australians are fairly heavy drinkers, as you may or may not know," said Melbourne-based Chris Peters, an industrial designer who developed the product with Rob Ward, a former toolmaker.
This reminds me of a project I worked on back in the 90s. It was based on Apple's Newton. Someone who worked there (but who wasn't involved in the Newton project) told us, "You know, your users will find that really useful... if you put a bottle-opener on it."
July 06, 2011
A trick that fooled Penn & Teller
World War II
The Atlantic's In Focus photblog is running a 20-part retrospective of WW II. This is one of 45 images in Part 1.
Into the dust
Shot during yesterday's huge dust storm in Phoenix.
She knows how to drive a stick
BATH TWP.: A Copley Township man is accused of being drunk and crashing his pickup truck into a McDonald’s drive-through menu board. [...]
According to officer Dan Reilly’s report, a 2001 Chevrolet pickup entered the restaurant parking lot from the wrong direction and struck the menu board, a speaker and another vehicle with two people inside.
A test showed Sherbert’s blood-alcohol level at 0.121 percent. According to police, Sherbert told officers he had had four drinks at a bar and was receiving oral sex from a woman who was actually driving his truck.
July 05, 2011
Pimp your golf cart
H.T. Tucson John
Fellowship of the Brick
A group of people won Best Group Layout for modeling all of Middle Earth in Legos.
skillet bacon jam
what the heck is bacon jam?...
well, we'll tell you...we take a big bunch of really, really good bacon and render it down...add a bunch of spices, onions, etc...and let it simmer for about 4 hours...give it a quick puree, and blast chill it...and you have bacon jam...
it is great on burgers, grilled cheese sammys, baked potatoes...a general baconopia of uses...
July 03, 2011
Happy Independence Day
Fire in the sky
A nice composition by Chris Kotsiopoulos.
Fire in the sky! This is an image sequence containing 70 lightning shots, taken at Ikaria island during a severe thunderstorm.
July 01, 2011
This was filmed last November (Guy Fawkes night) at Bath, England.
A free 3D Pong game called Curveball.
How to carve watermelon
If you plan to have watermelon, here's how to carve it.