January 31, 2012
Being number 2
Acura's Super Bowl ad comes early.
Seriously cute elephants
To Infinity and Beyond
Canadian teens put a (Lego) man into space for just $400
It was probably a rather small step for Lego but it was certainly one giant leap for a Lego man when he was launched into space by a couple of Canadian teens recently.
The mission was the result of the hard work and ingenuity of friends Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad, who worked on their project during free time on weekends. It took them four months to complete and cost just $400.
The space-bound contraption the two 17-year-olds came up with comprised an $85 weather balloon, a homemade parachute, a Styrofoam box, three point-and-shoot cameras, a wide-angle video camera, and a cell phone loaded with a GPS app so they’d be able to find the thing when it (hopefully) returned to Earth.
The finishing touch came in the form of a Lego man holding the Canadian flag strapped to a gangplank attached to their creation.
H.T. Ms M.
Well played! (4)
Drug Testing of Legislators
Rep. Dvorak’s amendment to Rep. McMillin’s HB 1007 passed during second reading by a vote of 54 – 41 (with 4 excused and 1 not voting). It is an amendment to HB 1007 which provides for a test program whereby welfare recipients would be required to submit to and pass drug tests as a condition to receiving public benefits.
Apparently running with the notion that taxpayer dollars shouldn’t go to abusers of drugs and alcohol, Rep. Dvorak’s amendment requires legislators to submit to drug tests and a random breathalyzer test. They would have to reimburse the legislative council for the costs of these tests. If the legislator refused or failed the test, he or she would be subject to discipline or an assessed penalty by his or her chamber.
I’m hearing that, with this amendment, Rep. McMillin is no longer so enthusiastic about the bill and will not be moving it forward.
Via The Agitator
January 30, 2012
What the Internet is good for
Cute cat pix
H.T. Ms M.
Via The Daily What
Tells you everything except her phone number
News from Brighton, England.
I've slept with 1,000 men so far - I don't care if people judge me!
After spotting a gorgeous young man on her way to the shops, Crystal Warren couldn’t wait to speak to him on her way home. She’d spent her whole grocery trip daydreaming about where they could sneak off for some illicit sex.
Two hours later, after flirting outrageously with the total stranger and talking her way into his bed, she was back at home, delighted at how her afternoon had panned out.
January 29, 2012
Yosemite in HD
Some striking time-lapse photography at Yosemite; full-screen mode recommended.
We got yer tacos, Mr. Mayor
Hundreds of tacos sent to Connecticut mayor
East Haven, Connecticut (CNN) -- Two days after a Connecticut mayor delivered an errant comment about eating tacos to support East Haven Latinos, some of whom are the alleged victims of police mistreatment, Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. apparently got his wish.
Some 500 tacos were delivered to his office Thursday after a Latino activist group called Junta for Progressive Action launched a text-for-tacos campaign to draw attention to the comment, which Maturo later apologized for.
January 27, 2012
How cool is this?
One way to settle a boxing match
It's a record (4)
FYI: How Long-Running Is the Longest-Running Lab Experiment?
Eighty-five years so far. The pitch-drop experiment—really more of a demonstration—began in 1927 when Thomas Parnell, a physics professor at the University of Queensland in Australia, set out to show his students that tar pitch, a derivative of coal so brittle that it can be smashed to pieces with a hammer, is in fact a highly viscous fluid. It flows at room temperature, albeit extremely slowly. Parnell melted the pitch, poured it into a glass funnel, let it cool (for three years), hung the funnel over a beaker, and waited.
Eight years later, a dollop of the pitch fell from the funnel’s stem. Nine years after that, another long black glob broke into the beaker. Parnell recorded the second drop but did not live to see the third, in 1954. By then, his experiment had been squirreled away in a dusty corner of the physics department.
January 26, 2012
Microwave all the things!
Blue Marble redux
'Blue Marble 2012': NASA's 'Most Amazing' High Def Image Of Earth So Far. There's a 64 megapixel version available at the link.
This is a wedding. The bride is in the black merc GL. There is a local custom for groom's friends to challenge each other for a place after the bride's car. They typically use the old "Lada", which is not a pity to throw in a landfill after the inevitable collision with the autos of other applicants. Bride's car absolutely cannot be touched. The white "Lada" violated this rule and people on a silver "Lexus", taking on the role of a judge chastised the careless driver.
I believe Texans can deep fry anything
Deep-fried beer invented in Texas
The beer is placed inside a pocket of salty, pretzel-like dough and then dunked in oil at 375 degrees for about 20 seconds, a short enough time for the confection to remain alcoholic.
When diners take a bite the hot beer mixes with the dough in what is claimed to be a delicious taste sensation.
Inventor Mark Zable said it had taken him three years to come up with the cooking method and a patent for the process is pending. He declined to say whether any special ingredients were involved.
His deep-fried beer will be officially unveiled in a fried food competition at the Texas state fair later this month.
H.T. Jeff G
January 25, 2012
This was shot in Sweden yesterday (Jan. 24th).
Finally - a fortune cookie that's right
Via The Daily What
Passing the smell test
Strip club launches 'Alibi' aftershave to recreate scent of the office
You're home late, your clothes are dishevelled you smell of alcohol. How do you convince your better half you really weren’t out on the tiles?
The answer may be here... in the form of a new range of aftershaves designed to throw suspicious wives and girlfriends off the scent.
The Alibi range can mask the smell of a heavy night with aromas linked to more wholesome activities.
For example, My Car Broke Down is said to recreate the scent of fuel, burnt rubber, grease and steel, while I Was Working Late packs the odour of coffee, wool suits, cigarettes and ink.
January 24, 2012
Quite a show! It reminds me of Tow Mater's computer-generated disguises in Cars 2.
Nice catch! (2)
Two dollar bill is hot again for Tet
In recent years, giving US$2 bill as lucky money has become a trend in Vietnam, as it is thought to bring good luck. As Tet, or Lunar New Year, draws near, many are willing to pay 60 times the bill’s value to get one.
“$2 bills are produced in small numbers compared to other kinds. Besides, two is a beautiful number in Asian conception. Many buy the bills to put inside their wallet or to give to friends for good luck,” said Nguyen Hang, who works for a big supermarket in Hanoi.
She said she had just reserved a spot to buy a US$2 note, which is worth VND2.5 million ($125).
“It’s not new, but what is special is that it was printed 50 years ago, and its last four digits are 4444. That’s how the value was added up,” she explained.
Via Carpe Diem
January 23, 2012
Via The Daily What
Well played, sir
This was only a test
Passengers on British Airways flight terrified after message warns of crash landing
The friendly skies turned terribly frightening for passengers aboard a trans-Atlantic flight.
The overnight British Airways trip from Miami to London’s Heathrow Airport was thrown into panic after a recorded message mistakenly announced their plane was about to crash in the ocean.
“We were about three hours into the flight when an automated message came over ... saying, ‘This is an emergency. We will shortly be making an emergency landing on water,’” passenger Duncan Farquharson told the London Daily Mail. [...]
“We looked at each other and figured we were both about to die,” he told the British paper. “Families with children were distraught and people were in tears. It was very distressing.”
Thirty seconds later, a crew member casually announced that the prerecorded announcement was played accidentally and there was no risk.
January 20, 2012
Eye in the sky
Freak washing machine accident boils lab monkey alive
PENNINGTON — They forgot to take the monkey out of the cage.
Bristol-Myers Squibb accidentally killed a crab-eating macaque this past summer when its cage was run through the wash cycle while the primate remained locked inside, according to an inspection report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
January 19, 2012
More mini-cannon action
Retronaut has a collection of 18 LP album covers with nudes from the 50s and 60s. A few are from mainstream releases but most are from novelty albums (like the one titled Music for Hangovers).
H.T. Ms M.
It's a what?
John Scalzi's 13 y.o. daughter checks out an LP.
Via The Daily What
Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time
Iran Mocks US With Toy Drone
The Iranian government, which captured a U.S. stealth drone in December, has agreed to give the top-secret spy craft back, but with a catch.
Instead of the original RQ-170 Sentinel drone, the Islamic Republic said Tuesday that it will send President Obama a tiny toy replica of the plane.
Iranian state radio said that the toy model will be 1/80th the size of the real thing. Iranian citizens can also buy their own toy copies of the drone, which will be available in stores for the equivalent of $4.
The White House formally requested return of the drone after the Iranians displayed it on state television. The U.S. says that the craft was operating over Eastern Afghanistan.
January 18, 2012
The Day The LOLcats Died
Regrettably, I had to agree with Coyote when he wrote: " My prediction: They will kill this particular bill, and we will all pat ourselves on the back for it going away, but they it will get slipped into the back of some defense authorization bill while no one is looking and become law anyway. This kind of pandering to Hollywood and increased government control over speech and the Internet is just too appealing for Congress to pass up forever."
So eternal vigilance and all like that.
Pirated from TheOatmeal
Just picture it...
Dressing psychiatrists like wizards on the witness stand
Checking out a published report, Erik Magraken contacted former New Mexico state senator Duncan Scott and found that it was true, the lawmaker had indeed introduced a legislative amendment in 1995 providing that:When a psychologist or psychiatrist testifies during a defendant’s competency hearing, the psychologist or psychiatrist shall wear a cone-shaped hat that is not less than two feet tall. The surface of the hat shall be imprinted with stars and lightning bolts. Additionally, a psychologist or psychiatrist shall be required to don a white beard that is not less than 18 inches in length, and shall punctuate crucial elements of his testimony by stabbing the air with a wand. Whenever a psychologist or psychiatrist provides expert testimony regarding a defendant’s competency, the bailiff shall contemporaneously dim the courtroom lights and administer two strikes to a Chinese gong…
The amendment — intended satirically, one should hasten to add –”passed with a unanimous Senate vote” but was removed from its bill before consideration by the state house and never became law.
Via Coyote blog
January 17, 2012
What's the opposite of greeter?
Mind the bridges
I wonder if anyone took her up on it?
Police: woman offered sexual favors in exchange for McNuggets
A Los Angeles woman was arrested after she offered sexual favors in exchange for chicken McNuggets, Burbank police said.
Khadijah Baseer of Los Angeles reportedly opened customers’ car doors in the drive-thru of McDonald’s on the 1700 block of Olive Avenue about 11 p.m. Wednesday, asking for free chicken McNuggets in exchange for sexual favors, Officer Joshua Kendrick said.
January 16, 2012
On the rocks
Sailor Jeff sends this pic.
Looks like a lot of work
They needed the Lazy Jedi for this one.
Here's mud in yer eye
As Ben Franklin wrote, "Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy."
Study: Abstaining from alcohol significantly shortens life
A newly released study shows that regular drinkers are less likely to die prematurely than people who have never indulged in alcohol. You read that right: Time reports that abstaining from alcohol altogether can lead to a shorter life than consistent, moderate drinking.
Surprised? The tightly controlled study, which looked at individuals between ages 55 and 65, spanned a 20-year period and accounted for variables ranging from socioeconomic status to level of physical activity. Led by psychologist Charles Holahan of the University of Texas at Austin, it found that mortality rates were highest for those who had never had a sip, lower for heavy drinkers, and lowest for moderate drinkers who enjoyed one to three drinks per day.
January 15, 2012
And a nicer brother.
The Cat Is The Hat
Sleepless in NYC
Ringing Finally Ended, but There’s No Button to Stop Shame
The unmistakably jarring sound of an iPhone marimba ring interrupted the soft and spiritual final measures of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 at the New York Philharmonic on Tuesday night. The conductor, Alan Gilbert, did something almost unheard-of in a concert hall: He stopped the performance. But the ringing kept on going, prompting increasingly angry shouts in the audience directed at the malefactor. [...]
But no one, it seems, felt worse than the culprit, who agreed to an interview on Thursday on condition that he not be identified — for obvious reasons.
“You can imagine how devastating it is to know you had a hand in that,” said the man, who described himself as a business executive between 60 and 70 who runs two companies. “It’s horrible, horrible.” The man said he had not slept in two days.
January 12, 2012
That's a clever crow.
Stop me if you've heard this before
Man asked why he has large amount of cash, 'I don't have a job, read between the lines'
CRESTVIEW — A 24-year-old man was arrested Dec. 18 on charges of cocaine distribution, smuggling contraband into a detention facility and misdemeanor narcotic equipment possession.
Adrian Lamar Warren was pulled over after running a red light at McCaskill Street and East James Lee Boulevard, according to his Okaloosa County Sheriff's arrest report. [...]
During an interview, Warren was asked why he had such a large amount of cash and he responded saying, "I don't have a job, read between the lines."
January 11, 2012
This is a fairly goofy clip but it's kind of cute.
Via The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys (of all places)
The 2011 winners
The Big Picture has the 14 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners: 2011.
Via Miss Cellania
Criminal master minds (3)
Robber hands gun to cashier by mistake during robbery
The thief raided the Halifax bank in Cheapside in the City of London and demanded £700,000 in cash from the bank worker.
But after making his demands, the crook - who was wearing shades and a flat cap - handed over his gun to the cashier instead of a bag.
The male cashier froze as the crook realised his mistake and made a grab for his gun before running off as the security shutters came down.
Bank staff immediately raised the alarm, but the thief escaped after stealing a bank worker's bike and pedalling off.
January 10, 2012
It's no ordinary sale
Wait... what? (4)
Watch the whole minute to catch the point.
Markets in everything (16)
Sci-Fi Brothel to Open in Nevada
Hey gents, have you ever found yourself jealous of Captain James T. Kirk and his, …er intergalactic conquests? Do you longingly watch Jabba the Hutt’s dancing slave (her name is Oola, if you’re interested) and wonder, what if? Do you long to go where no man has gone before? Well, once a new sci-fi brothel opens in Nevada, you can.
Nevada is the only state that allows legal prostitution, and there are two dozen licensed brothels in the state, but none are sci fi-themed, yet. Nevada businessman and documentary star Dennis Hof just bought a run-down brothel 90 miles from Las Vegas and is planning on turning it into his newest business venture: Alien Cathouse.
January 09, 2012
Seventeen images of book carvings by Guy Laramee.
H.T. Ms M.
We have a new champion
Sure it did
'Stolen' car parks itself in garage
A BIZARRE case involving a stolen car at Stirling has been cracked.
The case started when an Upper Sturt man left his car in the rear car park of the shopping complex at the corner of Pine St and Old Mt Barker Rd in Stirling while he went for a walk early on Sunday, December 18.
When he returned 15 minutes later, the car was nowhere to be found and he reported it stolen to police.
The stolen car was unaccounted for until Wednesday, January 4, when the new owners of a nearby house returned home.
They reported to police that while they were away, someone had broken into their garage. [...]
"Inside the garage they discovered the stolen car."
Investigations revealed that the man originally left the car without placing its automatic transmission into park.
"After he walked away, the car rolled through the car-park, across the road, down the driveway and forced itself under the roller door, parking perfectly inside the garage where it remained safely undercover for 17 days," the spokesman said.
January 06, 2012
Float Home in Seattle -- very nice-looking.
The Strine way
Here's former P.M. Bob Hawke 'skulling' a beer at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
And how do you spell that, sir?
Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop arrested
A man with a rather unique name was arrested by Madison police Thursday because police said he was violating bail conditions from previous problems with the law.
Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop, 30, Madison, was tentatively charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and a probation violation after his arrest at about 3 p.m. in the 800 block of East Mifflin Street.
January 05, 2012
Following her dreams
With a clever song.
Update: What Jason thought of it.
Everyone's a critic
Goalie to goalie
What a kick!
Squirrely or not?
Years ago, we lived a neighborhood with many trees and so with many squirrels too. One of our neighbors used to trap the squirrels (in live traps), drive them to a city park about 6 blocks away, and release them there. My guess was that the squirrels were back at his house before he was.
Residents firing at squirrels creates an issue in Chesterfield
Former Chesterfield Ward 1 Councilman Gene Schenberg insists he has the constitutional right to use firearms or other weapons to protect his home from repeated invasions.
But Schenberg's firing of pellet guns and darts to quell nuisance squirrels on his property has become a danger, said current Ward 1 Councilman Matt Segal, who defeated Schenberg for the council post three years ago.
January 04, 2012
I had no idea this beauty existed. Check those curves.
H.T. Ms M.
Like a boss (3)
This beats a birth certificate story
White House Denies CIA Teleported Obama to Mars
Forget Kenya. Never mind the secret madrassas. The sinister, shocking truth about Barack Obama’s past lies not in east Africa, but in outer space. As a young man in the early 1980s, Obama was part of a secret CIA project to explore Mars. The future president teleported there, along with the future head of Darpa.
That’s the assertion, at least, of a pair of self-proclaimed time-traveling, universe-exploring government agents. Andrew D. Basiago and William Stillings insist that they once served as “chrononauts” at Darpa’s behest, traversing the boundaries of time and space. They swear: A youthful Barack Obama was one of them.
January 03, 2012
And I feel fine
Atlantic Ocean Road
A little long to watch - but considerably shorter than the time it took to build, I'm sure.
Fashion designer crafts gown out of Ford Focus parts
Auto designers spend a lot of time trying to achieve the classiness of haute couture. Now fashion designers are trying emulate them, incorporating car parts into a gown.
Two young British designers have created an elegant Edwardian dress and necklace with parts from a 2012 Ford Focus.
Scottish designer Judy Clark formed her frock with the help of two boxes full of components sent by Ford -- car keys, radio and dashboard components, seat covers and two red taillights. Clark said she wanted to create a dress that was both feminine yet involved industrial mechanics, Ford says.
January 02, 2012
The year in tweets
Just because you're paranoid
Orangutans to Skype between zoos with iPads
For the last six months, orangutans — those great, hairy, orange apes that go “ook” a lot — at Milwaukee zoo have been playing games and watching videos on Apple’s (seemingly ubiquitous) iPad, but now their keepers and the charity Orangutan Outreach want to go one step further and enable ape-to-ape video chat via Skype or FaceTime.
January 01, 2012
As they said in Taipei. Full screen, hi-def recommended.
What a cake!
Last year in review
A real high-roller
Lexington man charged with making a fake $1 million bill and trying to spend it
Talk about leaving the store with a big chunk of change.
A Lexington man is accused trying to use a fake $1 million bill to pay for his purchases at a Walmart.
Michael Anthony Fuller, 53, of 3 Parker St., walked into the Walmart on Lowes Boulevard in Lexington on Nov. 17. He shopped for a while, picking up a vacuum cleaner, a microwave oven and other merchandise, totaling $476, an arrest warrant says.
When he got to the register, Fuller gave the cashier the phony bill, saying that it was real.