July 31, 2014
Life on Facebook
At least that's settled
Chubby Checker, HP settle lawsuit over penis-measuring app
(Reuters) - The singer Chubby Checker has settled a lawsuit in which he accused Hewlett-Packard Co of using his trademarked name without permission on a software app that purported to measure the size of a man's penis.
HP denied liability in agreeing to settle with Checker, whose given name is Ernest Evans, but agreed not to make future use of his stage name, likeness or related trademarks. [...]
In his February 2013 lawsuit against HP and its Palm unit, the singer objected to HP having in October 2006 begun online sales of "The Chubby Checker" app, which purported to let women estimate the size of a man's genitals based on his shoe size.
Sword of light
The launch of NASA's twin Van Allen Radiation Belt Storm Probes atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V 401 rocket on August 30, 2012 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
© Mike Killian Photography
July 29, 2014
Summer in the city
Specifically Queens in New York City
There's no place like jail
Berrimah inmates break out of prison, then return after getting drunk
At least four prisoners in Darwin are suspected of repeatedly escaping the prison, getting drunk, then voluntarily returning to the facility in the hope no one would notice.
The ABC understands authorities were checking whether low-security prisoners have repeatedly escaped from a work release centre at Berrimah jail for a few hours after a 7pm headcount.
"It would appear that a couple of prisoners have jumped the fence but returned," a spokesman for NT Department of Correctional Services said.
Authorities were believed to suspect the group, and possibly other prisoners, were from time to time jumping a cyclone fence, getting picked up from a main road by partners and given alcohol and marijuana, before breaking back into prison a few hours later.
The deception was eventually discovered shortly after midnight in the early hours of Sunday July 20 when five drunk prisoners were found fighting over a mobile phone.
But what is it really?
Dan Collins of KIKN 100.5 in Sioux Falls heard that an Walmart Ice Cream Sandwich won't melt in the sun. So, he put it to the test. And what do you know - it won't, even after 75 minutes in the sun. So, is it actually ice cream?
July 28, 2014
You can imagine the reviews
for this book at Amazon:
Learning to Play With a Lion's Testicles: Unexpected Gifts From the Animals of Africa
The cheeky title of Melissa Haynes's story of adventure in Africa, Learning to Play with a Lion's Testicles, earned the book some big publicity on NBC-TV/Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on September 4,2013 where it topped the show's list of "Titles Not to Read" for September 2013. Melissa's book was also a big smash on the March 11, 2014 Ellen Show, where Ellen and guest Ricky Gervais highlighted the book throughout the entire hour.
July 25, 2014
Another great goof (5)
A versatile laptop
Police: Texas man had crossbow, tomahawk to kill ex's husband in Australia
A Texas man was arrested Tuesday in New South Wales, Australia in connection to an incident where he is accused of attacking his ex-wife's current husband with a crossbow and a tomahawk.
Jeffery Hooten, 49, allegedly flew to Australia last week to kill his ex-wife Stephanie Williams' current husband, Greg Williams, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Police say that Hooten fired a bolt from his crossbow at Williams, who was able to block the bolt with his laptop. Hooten is then accused of charging at Williams with a tomahawk, striking him in the head.
Best thing since canned beer?
July 24, 2014
How'd he do that?
Road rage karma
I'd have paid admission to see this.
Man run over by own truck during road rage incident in Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. • A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window. [...]
The Gainesville Sun reports Joseph Carl, 48, had been drinking and drove into a vehicle stopped at a red light. He got out of his truck without putting it in park and began banging on the window of a woman's car. When the frightened woman drove away, there was nothing holding his truck in place.
The truck rolled into Carl. A police report says he was taken to the hospital where he was treated for fractures in his hand and foot.
Good luck everybody
Here's a reference to a bit from Family Guy that was seen in a Target parking lot.
July 23, 2014
Wild west buffalo
One of John Lopez' scrap metal sculptures.
They're just jealous
That they didn't think of it.
Aichi politician reprimanded for 'punctured condoms' population proposal
NAGOYA – A member of the Shinshiro Municipal Assembly in Aichi Prefecture proposed distributing "punctured condoms" to married residents to bolster the city's dwindling population, the legislature's secretariat said Friday.
Independent Assemblyman Tomonaga Osada was verbally reprimanded Wednesday for the controversial proposal last month and told his remarks "lacked dignity for an assembly member and consideration" by the assembly chairman, who decided to delete them from the minutes of the June 18 meeting.
Timing is everything (3)
July 22, 2014
How to shoot pigeons
On the horns of a lawn sprinkler
California drought doesn't end brown lawn warnings
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laura Whitney and her husband, Michael Korte, don't know whether they're being good citizens during a drought or scofflaws.
On the same day the state approved mandatory outdoor watering restrictions with the threat of $500 fines, the Southern California couple received a letter from their city threatening a $500 penalty for not watering their brown lawn.
It's brown because of their conservation, which, besides a twice-a-week lawn watering regimen, includes shorter showers and larger loads of laundry.
They're encouraged by the state's new drought-busting, public service slogan: Brown is the new green.
The city of Glendora sees it differently.
"Despite the water conservation efforts, we wish to remind you that limited watering is still required to keep landscaping looking healthy and green," says the letter, which gives Korte and Whitney 60 days to restore their lawn.
They're among residents caught in the middle of conflicting government messages as the need for conservation clashes with the need to preserve attractive neighborhoods.
"My friends in Los Angeles got these letters warning they could be fined if they water, and I got a letter warning that I could be fined for not watering," Whitney said. "I felt like I was in an alternate universe."
At the Cairo airport
I've been there but I don't recall seeing this.
July 21, 2014
Video at the link. Imagine drilling 2000 - 3000 holes in an egg shell to produce something like this. It would tax the patience of Job, I think.
Talk about performance anxiety
Woman Convicted Of Shooting Lover Over Poor Sex Performance Granted Bond
SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – Oakland County prosecutors are fighting the release of a 58-year-old Southfield woman admitted she shot her lover over his performance in bed.
Sadie Bell was convicted in April of assault with intent to do great bodily harm for shooting her boyfriend, Edward Lee, in the stomach in January of 2013 — but she's now been granted bond pending an appeal.
According to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Paul Walton, Bell admitted she had sex with Lee at her apartment, then shot him over his poor performance. She also accused Lee of cheating.
"The underlying facts in this are a little bizarre," Walton told WWJ's Sandra McNeil, "in that the defendant in this case was having a 15 year affair with the victim, Mr. Lee.
"She was upset with him," Walton said, "after a sexual act that she felt he wasn't performing adequately and accused him then of having an affair, and then took out a gun and shot him."
Walton said Bell made a "very graphic", detailed statement to police explaining why she shot her lover.
"She stated that she knew he was having an affair because he wasn't producing enough ejaculate," Walton explained. "She also said to the police some very graphic things about how she expected him to perform, she was a cheap date, she liked sex, she expected him to be able to do what he's promised; and she said, in essence, to quote her, she was pissed off, so she shot him."
Looks like a great way to get a face-sanding or some broken knees - when one of your skates jams.
July 20, 2014
Yep, that's pretty vulgar all right
Florida Road Construction Sign Hacked To Show Extremely Vulgar Message
TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – Drivers in Hillsborough County were subjected to a road construction sign that was flashing an obscene message after being hacked. [...]
While driving home from the drive-in movie theater in Ruskin, Sarah Carpenter saw the message. She was in the car with her 11-year-old brother and 6-year-old son.
"We are driving and I look over and I have to do a double take," Carpenter told WFTS. "I am like what does that say?"
The sign read: "F*** Her Right In The P****."
As she tried to merge into an open lane the sign distracted Carpenter. Her brother was in the passenger seat of her car when they passed the sign.
"He's like, 'Did that sign say what I think it says?' And I have my 6-year-old in the back seat trying to sound it out," she told WFTS.
Serious vertigo (2)
Atop Preikestolen in Norway
July 19, 2014
One of seven images of the Abandoned Chatillon Car Cemetery in Belgium.
Hey he might get hungry, right?
Kentucky man got arrested, then ordered pizza to police station
CORBIN, Ky. • Police in southern Kentucky say they got a surprise delivery after charging a man with shoplifting — five pizzas showed up at the station.
Officers say Michael Harp asked to make a call on his cellphone Tuesday afternoon while being booked in Corbin. A short time later, police say, a pizza delivery driver showed up to deliver to "Officer Wilson," the name of the officer who arrested Harp, 29.
Police say they linked the call to Harp by tracking his cellphone number. Harp told Lexington station WKYT-TV it's all a misunderstanding and that "about 10 people" used his phone.
Harp now faces additional charges including theft of identity, theft by deception, and impersonating a police officer. Jail records did not list an attorney for him.
July 18, 2014
Pop a top! (5)
At Holy City Brewing in Charleston, SC
July 17, 2014
Who can resist a good stick?
The Facebook Cop
She's for real.
Facebook 'Friends' Its City, Pays for Officer
MENLO PARK, Calif.—On a recent afternoon, police officer Mary Ferguson visited the home of a teenager in this Silicon Valley suburb who had been missing school and was on probation.
Officer Ferguson approached the boy's father as part of her rounds and asked if he checks the teen's Facebook FB -1.85% page to make sure he's "on the up and up." When the man said he didn't, the officer assured him she did—thanks to a Facebook account she uses as part of her job that doesn't reveal her true identity. "I'll keep my eye on him," she said.
Officer Ferguson, 34 years old, is sometimes called "The Facebook Cop," but it isn't for her savvy use of social media. It is because her salary and benefits are paid entirely by Facebook Inc., which is based in this well-off city of 32,000.
In an unusual deal, the social-networking giant has agreed to fund a $194,000-a-year police position, including salary and benefits. The position is controlled by Menlo Park and the primary duties of the job are to keep children in school, work with juvenile offenders, and help large local businesses such as Facebook plan for emergencies like fires, earthquakes or violent intruders.
This is a little cold... but funny.
July 16, 2014
Given the nearly frictionless surface and minimal effect of air resistance, this looks like a textbook demonstration of Newton's Laws.
366 large, down the drain
Council blows £214,000 over five years on hunt for blogger who insulted councillors
A council spent a staggering £200,000 on a hunt for a notorious internet blogger known as ‘Mr Monkey’ after he insulted local councillors.
The anonymous writer referred to councillors as ‘Pudgy Face’, ‘Miss Piggy’, ‘King of Sleaze’ and ‘The Fat Mackem Hobbit’ as he promised to ‘expose the truth’ behind their alleged lies.
Despite the internet troll abandoning the blog in 2009, the north east council have only just called off the manhunt - having spent the last five years searching for him.
South Tyneside Council launched the search after insisting they had a ‘duty of care’ to protect their employees from malicious accusations made online.
They immediately hired Washington DC lawyers McDermott, Will and Emery, to try and trace those responsible - all funded by the public purse.
But after spending more than £214,000 on the search for Mr Monkey, town hall bosses have now decided to drop the hunt.
July 15, 2014
Don't get cocky, Mr. Mayor
My emphasis below.
South Carolina town rallies for gay police chief and strips mayor of powers
When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her lifestyle as "questionable", she expected her two-decade career in law enforcement to be over.
Then this small, conservative town rebelled.
The people of Latta, who voted overwhelmingly for a state amendment banning gay marriage eight years ago, turned against the mayor, stripped him of his powers; they then rehired Moore. They said her dedication to the town mattered more than her sexual orientation. [...]
Mayor Earl Bullard vehemently denied that he fired Moore because she was gay. Instead, he said she was dismissed for "sheer insubordination" during the three months he was her boss.
Moore said she hadn't received a single reprimand during her career until Bullard presented her with seven on the same day she was fired.
Know your strengths
July 14, 2014
The Appennine Colossus
Taking a law firm to court?
Isn't that like picking a fight with a newspaper? Judging from the images, though, they've got a pretty good case.
Brewery sues law firm for trademark infringement
With more than 3,000 U.S. breweries in operation, trademark disputes are becoming a regular occurrence in the beer business. But a lawsuit filed by Oregon-based Full Sail Brewing may be a first.
In the lawsuit, filed in federal court, Full Sail is suing The Sessions Law Firm, an Atlanta-based firm that specializes in driving under the influence (DUI) cases, for trademark infringement.
According to the filing, Full Sail has been selling beer under the trademark "Session" by "showing the word SESSION inside a distinctive shield logo, using a distinctive font, often with a red background and with a grey outline" since 2005.
If Google was a guy (Part 3)
July 11, 2014
Now we know (2)
In case you meet any Juggalos
Beer. St. Louis. 'Nuff said.
Entrepreneur's beer dispenser garners crowdfunding interest
At the end of a 30-minute interview with Steve Young this month, a colleague of the beer entrepreneur checked his smartphone, leaned over and told him, “We just made another $5,000.”
By then, Young was checking his phone many, many times a day. Since the 28-year-old launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter on June 24 been dubbed the “Keurig machine for beer,” the Soulard resident said he’s getting a thousand emails, phone calls and voice mails a day from people around the world inquiring about the product, eight months before it’s available for sale.
Interested consumers and investors aren’t the only ones reaching out. Since the campaign began, media outlets from Time magazine to Good Morning America have taken notice of the south St. Louis County-based startup.
Per Kickstarter rules, Synek had a month to reach its goal of $250,000 or it wouldn’t get the funding. Over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, it surpassed its goal. As of late Thursday night, Synek had raised more than $450,000.
Live to ride
Ride to live
July 10, 2014
You can park...
but you can't hide.
Careful with that Android, Eugene
Android Data Wipe Leaves Personal Data
When Android users choose to reset their smartphones, they generally believe their personal data is deleted. But Avast Software, which makes and markets device-side security apps, says that's not necessarily the case. The company was able to recover vast stores of personal data from wiped smartphones using off-the-shelf software. Time to rethink your selfies?
Avast purchased 20 different Android smartphones from eBay, which typically has tens of thousands of such devices for sale at any given time. The previous owners performed a factory reset, deleting all the content from the phones, before selling them. The factory reset option is buried in the settings menu, but it claims to erase everything from the phone and memory card. Avast then used commercially available recovery software to dig up personal information. [...]
Avast restored 40,000 photos -- including 1,500 of children, 750 of women in various stages of undress, and 250 male nudes -- from just 20 phones. Avast also recovered 1,000 Google searches, 750 emails and text messages, and 250 contact names and email addresses. Amazingly, Avast managed to identify only four of the 20 previous owners, but an identity ratio of one-in-five should be alarming to most smartphone users.
Cute overload (2)
Check those chow hound hamsters
July 09, 2014
The Not Safe For Work song
Amusing, though - particularly for an 84-year-old dude.
Only in Japan (6)
In Japan, There Is a Shrine for...Hemorrhoids
The vast majority of festivals in Japan are not unusual. Then, there are some that are referred to as "kisai" (奇祭) or "strange festival." This is one of those. [...]
According to IT Media, around seventy people attended the recent festival at Kunigami Shrine in Tochigi Prefecture. Japan has well over a hundred thousand Shinto shrines. This one appears to be the only one that deals with hemorrhoids.
Tradition states that those who washed their backsides and then ate egg offerings would be cured of hemorrhoids, reports Shimotsuke. The festival ceased back in 1988, but two years ago, it was revived. These days, instead of cleaning in the river, there is a "Butt Washing Stone" on the shrine's grounds. Participants turn their backsides to the stone and chant to cure their butts or to ensure that they never get hemorrhoids.
GR8 PL8 (2)
July 08, 2014
What Golden Rule?
Utah man sentenced to jail for seat-saving assault at a Mormon church
Ogden • A Plain City man accused of beating a fellow churchgoer last year at a Mormon baby blessing and mission farewell was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail.
Wayne Dodge, 52, pleaded guilty last month in Ogden's 2nd District Court to one count of class B misdemeanor assault. One charge of felony aggravated assault was dismissed, according to court records. [...]
Prosecutors charged Dodge after he was involved in an "altercation" that stemmed from a seat-saving dispute at an Aug. 30 service at an LDS Church. [...]
The two men later clashed in the parking lot, where Dodge reportedly punched the victim. The man ended up with a bloody face, according to sheriff's deputies.
Weber County sheriff's Lt. Mark Lowther said that after the fight, Dodge swerved to hit the victim with his car as he was driving away.
The Blue Angels in St. Louis on May 4th. Stick with it for 30 seconds or so.
July 07, 2014
Vegetarian Water - For The Truly Ethical
Did you know that when you drink water, you are not really being vegetarian?
I didn't either. It turns out that when you drink water, it could have microbes and other small stuff - well, I knew that part. What I did not know is that viruses and bacteria and such were considered animals to vegetarians. So even if you purify water by boiling it and killing the germs, you are still drinking dead animals.
What to do for truly ethical water drinkers? Now you have the solution, the Prestige Lifestraw.
I guess this is real - it's hard to say, I assume most medicinal and health products originating in Asia were created on a dare - but the Prestige LifeStraw says not only will it kill the animals in water, like bacteria, protozoan cysts and viruses, it will then remove them too. No more animals carcasses!
It uses no electricity and no chemicals but retains all minerals - whew, I was worried minerals and salts would turn out to be animals too. I'd have to stop eating that Non-GMO Project Rock Salt.
July 05, 2014
Who says crime doesn't pay?
'Hot Mug Shot' Felon Signs With Agent For Modeling Contracts
The felon whose mug shot earned him hordes of admirers has secured a Hollywood agent who is negotiating modeling contracts even though he is still in jail.
Jeremy Meeks was arrested as part of a sweep of gangs in Stockton, California, and faces a felony weapons charge.
His mug shot went viral after being posted by the police department's Facebook page and has now apparently caught the attention of an agent.
Gina Rodriguez says she has signed Meeks, 30, as a client and he joins a roster of her other notorious celebrities. [...]
Though they have not formally set up any contracts with modeling agencies or other prospective employers, Rodriguez has high hopes.
"Jeremy could make somewhere between $3,000 to $100,000 per month through endorsements and modeling. We are also speaking with several production companies about following Jeremy's foray into the entertainment industry," she said.
July 04, 2014
Happy Independence Day 2014
Filmed in May in West Palm Beach, FL.
July 03, 2014
Now we know (3)
A photograph by Arjun Hair; it comes from his Miscellaneous gallery.
No such thing as bad publicity?
KFC Serves Customer a Deep-Fried Blue Towel
A KFC in Newcastle, England apparently served a mother and her step-son a deep-fried blue hygienic hand towel. No, seriously, this happened.
When Krystal Henderson's step-son Oliver bit into his four-piece chicken, he thought it was unusually hard. That's not surprising when you consider he'd just tried to eat a deep-fried hand towel. There is a picture through that link and...well...wow. Just...wow.
Happy Independence Day Eve
July 02, 2014
A clever stop-motion clip from the Netherlands
Selfies to Mars
Good gravy! They'll be everywhere!
Send your selfies to Mars for 99 cents a pop
A US$25 million crowdfunded, student-led mission plans to send three CubeSat microsatellites all the way to Mars, landing time capsules on the surface of the Red Planet, that will contain the digital messages from tens of millions of people from all countries around the world. You can upload a picture of your own, up to 10 MB in size, by contributing just 99 cents.
In the Grand Tetons
© Ian Cresswell
July 01, 2014
Virtual reality on your smartphone
We want everyone to experience virtual reality in a simple, fun, and inexpensive way. That's the goal of the Cardboard project.
Virtual reality has made exciting progress over the past several years. However, developing for VR still requires expensive, specialized hardware. Thinking about how to make VR accessible to more people, a group of VR enthusiasts at Google experimented with using a smartphone to drive VR experiences.
The result is Cardboard, a no-frills enclosure that transforms a phone into a basic VR headset, and the accompanying open software toolkit that makes writing VR software as simple as building a web or mobile app.
By making it easy and inexpensive to experiment with VR, we hope to encourage developers to build the next generation of immersive digital experiences and make them available to everyone.
Build your own
Construct a VR viewer from everyday items you can find in your garage, online or at your local hardware store.