Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Friday, December 29, 2006
He watched the "Star Wars" movies over and over, making sure the plastic armor on his uniform sat at just the right angle.
He endured teasing from his father, who calls him his "8-year-old who never grew up."
But on Thursday, the 30-year-old computer engineer from Durango, Mexico, was marching proud. He joined 200 fellow "Star Wars" fanatics at a Pasadena high school football field, trying to march in unison on the commands of an Army Reserve colonel in preparation for the 118th Rose Parade. "
The rest of the story at Latimes.com
Update: video of the parade at youtube.com. Warning: Ewoks.
Also: Stormtroopers practicing for the parade photoset at Flickr.com
Thursday, December 28, 2006
- Both of the wear long ornamental robes totally out of fashion with the rest of the culture. True the pope is more colorful than the emperor, but the emperor wears a purple thong under his robes. ..."
More at unsoughtinput.com
The unwelcome intruder was forced up a tree - twice - by the family pet, a tabby cat called Jack.
The terrified bear was only able to make its escape when owner Donna Dickey called the hissing cat into the house.
Ms Dickey said Jack liked to keep a close watch on his territory and often chased away small animals, but one of this size was a first.
"We used to joke, 'Jack's on duty', never knowing he'd go after a bear," Donna Dickey told local newspaper The Star-Ledger. "
The story at bbc.co.uk
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
The blog is at imagineerebirth.blogspot.com
Thursday, December 21, 2006
See the photo at xrez.com
Sheriff Gary Miller cruised east from Buffalo to the stretch of Hwy. 55 with large, white ovals painted by the state to slow tailgaters by showing drivers how far apart to stay. About halfway through the stretch he saw the unauthorized addition: a giant rendition of a yellow Pac-Man, the jaws from the 1980s video game trailblazer, attacking an oval dot on the pavement."
The story at startribune.com
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
A woman going through security at Los Angeles International Airport put her month-old grandson into a plastic bin intended for carry-on items and slid it into an X-ray machine.
The early Saturday accident — bizarre but not unprecedented — caught airport workers by surprise, even though the security line was not busy at the time, officials said.
A screener watching the machine's monitor immediately noticed the outline of a baby and pulled the bin backward on the conveyor belt.
The infant was taken to Centinela Hospital, where doctors determined that he had not received a dangerous dose of radiation...."
More at latimes.com
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
The woman, on the southern island of Okinawa, ended up in hospital for five days as a result of the sting, which was not life-threatening.
Local health officials captured the 5cm (2 inch) scorpion, which was believed to be a Chinese bark scorpion."
It is thought to have travelled inside the jeans from China, where they were made.
The rest of the story at news.bbc.co.uk
Monday, December 18, 2006
Inside she found what looked like a gnarled, funky candle but could actually be a huge hunk of petrified whale vomit worth as much as $18,000.
“I called my sister and asked her, ‘What the heck did you send me?’ ” recalled Ms. Ferreira, 67, who has lived here on the eastern tip of Long Island since 1982. “She said: ‘I don’t know, but I found it on the beach in Montauk 50 years ago and just kept it around. You’re the one who lives by the ocean; ask someone out there what it is.’ ”....
The rest of the story at New York Times
Sunday, December 17, 2006
"Dr Harry Witchel, an expert in physiology and music, analysed the physical reactions to music on behalf of Nokia.
Using a shortlist compiled by the Official UK Charts Company, he measured their "tune trigger quotient" measuring heart rate, respiratory response and skin temperature to find the saddest, happiest and most exhilarating tracks.
The happiest songs were measured by contentment judged on levels of sighs per minute (indicating the recall of happy memories) plus low level of boredom...."More at news.com.au
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
See the list at radarmagazine.com
"Mongolian herdsman Bao Xishun was called in after the dolphins swallowed plastic used around their pool at an aquarium in Fushun, north-east China.
Attempts to use instruments failed as the dolphins contracted their stomachs.
Guinness World Records list Mr Bao, 54, as the world's tallest living man at 2.36m (7ft 8.95in). "
The story at news.bbc.co.uk
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
The expansion leaves are stored within the table and, in just four seconds, smoothly and quickly emerge upon rotation, rising and radially expanding outwards as the entire top is turned through 30˚. Existing tables can seat six persons when small, and twelve or more when expanded, but there are other design possibilities."
The rest of the article at gizmag.com
Video of it in action on youtube.com
The gallery at mudpiglet.com
Related: more bad tattoos at wallstreetfighter.blogspot.com
That is, until I took a trip to the planet Tatooine itself — a real place in the middle of the north African desert, a well-kept secret of Tunisia.
While ruthless Hollywood knocks over the set of each movie as soon as the director shouts his final "Cut!," Tunisia, where George Lucas shot most of the "Star Wars" scenes, still keeps the original set from the '70s, protecting it from the burning sun and the evil winds of the Sahara. ..."
Read the rest at mysanantonio.com
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
I especially like her B.S. story about the plate meaning: Stay True For U and the initials of her dead friend, Paul Luke Stanford. Yeah, right.
The story at thesmokinggun.com
Among them were “the Boise State Conjoined Vikings,” who had been born locked at the horns, as well as something Mr. O’Brien called “the Webcam manatee” — said to be the mascot of “F.S.U.” — which was basically someone in a manatee costume rubbing himself or herself provocatively in front of a camera (to the tune of the 1991 hit “I Touch Myself”). Meanwhile a voyeur with a lascivious expression watched via computer.
Who knew that life would soon imitate art.
At the end of the skit, in a line Mr. O’Brien insists was ad-libbed, he mentioned that the voyeur (actually Mark Pender, a member of the show’s band) was watching www.hornymanatee.com. There was only one problem: as of the taping of that show, which concluded at 6:30 p.m., no such site existed. Which presented an immediate quandary for NBC: If a viewer were somehow to acquire the license to use that Internet domain name, then put something inappropriate on the site, the network could potentially be held liable for appearing to promote it...."
The rest of the story at Nytimes.com
Monday, December 11, 2006
Look at that mask, I'd wanna scream, too.
More at SouthFlorida.com
The buyer is a mystery, only identified by the eBay screen name: "mechadaddy."
But a greater mystery endures: How did the 12-inch, acetate LP end up buried in a box of records at a flea market?"
Read the rest of the story at comcast.net
Update: The winning bid was bogus. Read about it at theglobeandmail.com
Friday, December 08, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
"The Drag-U-La only seats one (of course) and gets a mere 4 miles per gallon of embalming fluid but it more than makes up for those defects with it’s groovy ghoulie design and style. This coffin rocket sports a 360 cubic inch engine, 4-speed shift, bat shaped air scoops, and an exhaust system shaped like the organ pipes they’ll play at your funeral when you hit something while traveling in it."
4. Pursuit Special – 1981 film The Road Warrior
"Last of the V8 Interceptors, be a shame to blow it up.”-Some weird crippled guy.
"Mad Max has it rough. His world’s nuked, wife’s murdered, and yesterday’s dinner was eaten straight from a dog food can. All in all, it didn’t turn out to be a very good year. About the only thing Max has going for him is that he has the coolest damn car on the Australian continent. Of course having a vehicle like that forces you to roam the wastelands searching for gas and that leads to it’s own host of problems. You ever try siphoning a gallon of unleaded while a guy with a pink Mohawk swings a chain at your head? It ain’t easy. "
The rest of the Top 10 list at yesbutnobutyes.com
Related: The Pursuit Special is the car driven by the main character Max Rockatansky in the films Mad Max and Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. It is a Ford Falcon XB GT coupe customized to become a police "Interceptor" of the Main Force Patrol. The same car was used in both films.
Pursuit Special on Wiki
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
Get 'em started young, and on the right path for success. Nothing compares to the respect you get on the playground having full sleeves.
Buy it at etoys.com
Mediocre band, woeful balladeers Buffalo, New York’s Goo Goo Dolls are former garage-rockers who, since their 1995 acoustic hit “Name,” have successfully flogged a pallid brand of Bon Jovi–lite “rock.” “Iris,” their smash 1998 weepie, gives power ballads a bad name. Worst CD Gutterflower (Warner Bros., 2002)
None more metal. None more gay. An American answer to Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, Rochester, New York’s Manowar embody every conceivable heavy-metal cliché: Bodybuilders all, the four wear leather and animal pelts onstage; singer Eric Adams shrieks only of death, warfare and the glory of metal; Joey DeMaio performs solo bass renditions of “The Flight of the Bumblebee.” They’re quite possibly the most ludicrous people in rock & roll history.Appalling fact In 1993, Russian youth voted Manowar above the Beatles and Michael Jackson as the act they would most like to see perform live. Worst CD Sign of the Hammer (EMI, 1985)
It gets even worse from here.
The rest at Blender.com
Related: www.youhavebadtasteinmusic.com Check out the video documentation.
That's just bad timing. Why couldn't this happen in July? Eh, I'll just wait for the beer container to wash ashore.
Cool Ranch? And some salsa.
More photos at hamptonroads.com
Thursday, November 30, 2006
The best thing since sliced bread.
More at core77.com
More of the story at newsobserver.com
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
If you possess an ounce of personal pride or perhaps two ounces of fortitude, then the 100 percent correct move is to proceed immediately out the door. Why? There are many reasons, chief among them being that rational adults should not instantly obey mechanical voices (unless that voice instructs us to exit a burning aircraft). Also, if you haven’t stolen anything and therefore do not require interrogation, there is absolutely nothing that should compel you to linger post-transaction."
More of the story at bwcitypaper.com
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
The network will air a countdown special, "The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catch Phrases," over five days starting Dec. 11.
"We have found that television is such a huge part of baby boomers' DNA that it makes sense that so much of America's pop culture jargon has come from TV," said Larry Jones, TV Land president."
The rest of the story and list at Yahoo.com
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Vocal communication involves caterwauls for mating, chattering upon spotting prey, hissing to ward off an intruder, or shrieking when hurt or terrified. Meowing is not part of this language. Meow-ese, it would seem, is a language developed exclusively for humans.
The only meowing in the cat world is done between mom cat and her young kittens. A kitten’s tiny “mew” is a cute, endearing sound, used to solicit attention and care from mom cat."
It's just part of their plan to enslave the human race.
The rest of the article at petcentric.com
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
More dangerous toys at CBS4Boston.com