Friday, June 30, 2006

Gene Simmons recommends coffee as part of a healthy lifestyle

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Lattes for the army...

"The heavy metal band Kiss on Wednesday took off their trademark makeup to open their first cafe in a bid to rival Starbucks.

"The official opening of the Kiss Coffeehouse in the South Carolina resort of Myrtle Beach, selling drinks with loud names such as Kiss Frozen Rockuccino, French Kiss Vanilla and Demon Dark Roast.

"'Every army needs food and drink and the Kiss Army is no exception!' shouted Gene Simmons, the bass player in the 1970s supergroup, to the 2,000 people congregated outside the coffeehouse."
The Romanians are on to us

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"The Romanian senate has opened an inquiry into 'indications' that floods that have battered the country were the result of a 'metereological war waged by a foreign power,' a senator said.

"'We are planning to check indications and information that the extreme metereological phenomena experienced in July and August 2005 were caused by human technology controlled from abroad,' Dan Carlan told AFP on Thursday."
Averting disaster

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Parents everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief now that The Akron Beacon Journal has provided this helpful safety guide to handling sparklers:

"- Don't leave a child with a sparkler unattended. For very young children, a parent should hold the lighted sparkler and let the child place a hand over the parent's hand.

"- Don't walk or run with a sparkler. Hold still, and hold the sparkler out and away from clothing and skin.

"- Dip spent sparklers into a container of water.

"- Until you use your sparklers, keep them out of reach of young hands, and keep them out of the house altogether.

"- Make sure used sparklers get thrown out with the trash. Left on the ground, they can be hazardous projectiles if run over by a lawn mower."

Thursday, June 29, 2006

That's it for Harry

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"My guess is that Harry doesn't make it. Rowling almost certainly wants to push Harry off Reichenbach Falls to make sure that there's no temptation for her (or, worse yet, her eventual literary executors) to bring him back. But more important ....

"Rowling has stuck pretty close to the basic myth structure Joseph Campbell outlined in the The Hero With a Thousand Faces. All the basic Campbellian archetypes are present in her work. If she sticks to form in Book 7, it will inevitably end in Harry's demise or departure to another realm. After all, the eighth and final stage in the Campbellian hero's evolution is the 'Departure of the Hero.'

"Indeed, most great stories end with the world being redeemed by the hero followed by the death or departure of the hero. Moonglum's sacrificial death to allow Elric to blow the Horn of Fate followed, of course, by Elric's own death. Frodo's departure to the Undying Lands. Anakin Skywalker's redemptive death.

"Yep. Harry's toast."
Freudian slippers

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Summer project idea: build an observatory

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"The following web pages show what can be achieved by anyone with a desire to observe the wonders of the universe from their own back yard observatory."
Get signed

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Are you ready for The Alphabet of Manliness Tour?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Thus Ate Zarathustra by Woody Allen

On a side note - found this while image searching.
Remember Ken Jennings, the Jeopardy Uber-Champ? Well, these days he has a blog and something the rest of us don't have: a giant styrofoam head in his likeness burning a hole in his.. um.. garage.

It doesn’t really look like me, right? Jimmy Carter, maybe? Or Alfred E. Neuman?

So, like many of you, I’m sure, I have this huge styrofoam version of my head sitting in the garage. It was part of a parade float here in Salt Lake last July, and after the parade they very kindly called me up and asked me if I wanted the huge head. I said yes. What if I said no and then someday I needed a huge styrofoam version of my head? Then I’d feel pretty dumb.

But I have yet to do anything really cool with it. I didn’t knit a huge Santa hat for it and put it on our roof last Christmas. I haven’t been sculpting styrofoam likenesses of Brad Rutter and Jerome Vered so I could make a little Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions version of Easter Island in our backyard. Big Ken has just been gathering dust in our garage. But he just keeps smilin’! What a trooper.

And now we’re moving to Seattle. I can’t really see paying the movers to pack it up and bring it with us, but I can’t quite bring myself to throw it away, either.

So what do I do with the Big Ken Head? Discuss here. Best suggestion wins a prize.*

*Note: prize may be a big Ken head. You pay shipping. Offer void where prohibited by law or your mom.

Some see a dusty euro-trash car, others see a canvas.
(via BoingBoing and Neatorama)

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American Inventor Spot celebrates The Freedom to be Wacky:

"As the blogger here at focused on wacky products and ideas, I thought it interesting to note that our freedom is well reflected in all of the things we buy and do here in America."
Excuse me

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Via The Presurfer: "Invented to create unobstructed walking space midst a crwoded sidewalk, this one-of-a-kind pedestrian traffic control device humorously and efficiently regains control of your sidewalk commute.

"Originally intended as a conceptual piece only, the 'Excuse Me Belt' is extraordinarily functional in actual size, and quite hilarious."
Take your pick

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Before your next trip to Africa, be sure to check out the BBC's guide to wild game:

"- Giraffe is like a very succulent pork cut. It tastes better if it is slightly pink.

"- Waterbuck is really moist and tender. The smell alone will make your chops slobber and your palette won't be disappointed either.

"- Zebra is slightly tough and surprisingly gamey.

"- Hartebeest requires a substantial amount of chewing that'll give you jaw ache for about 5 minutes. Tasty but not really worth the effort."

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Everclear 'Hater' Video
The Daddle

For dads with too much dignity.
All the protection you need

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"Hal Baxter founded Fast Company in 1996 to market his new invention, Draggin' Jeans. The now famous image of Hal dragging behind a pick-up truck comes from his early R&D work with Draggin' Jeans. Unsatisfied with the sandbags he initially employed to test his new invention, Hal put his ass on the line, literally. Only a genuine body provides realistic weight distribution for testing seam strength and wear to pressure points. After several revisions, Draggin' Jeans were born.

"Draggin' Jeans are lined with Kevlar®. Kevlar® is one of the toughest, strongest materials in existence and is used for a variety of applications that require high strength-to-weight ratios (bullet-proof vests, aerospace construction, driver’s helmets, etc.)."


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From the people that brought us White Trash Cooking...

"Need a creative idea for a wedding cake? A quick side dish for a pork loin? A 'potluck' dessert or a sensationally sweet midnight snack? The Twinkies Cookbook...has something for everyone. From Twinkie-Misu to Pigs in a Twinkie, the unusual collection features nearly 50 sweet and savory recipes invented in kitchens throughout America.

"Gary, a former Peace Corps volunteer...says 'survival-style preparation comes naturally' to him, is featured in the book...with a recipe for Chicken-Raspberry Twinkie Salad.

"Peter Sheridan reveals he found inspiration for the Twinkie Burrito at his wife's Washington, D.C. area Mexican restaurant.

"'This amazing collection of recipes reflects what makes Twinkies so special,' says Theresa Cogswell of Interstate Bakeries Corp. who is affectionately known as Hostess' Blue Ribbon Baking Expert. 'It will make you laugh, it will make you smile, and it's certain to make you hungry!'"

Monday, June 26, 2006

Worst Taxi Ever

A steel cow will be coupled with bulls in a series of live sex shows at the National Fieldays, which open tomorrow.

Cattle breeding specialist Ambreed New Zealand Ltd is demonstrating this revolutionary way of collecting semen, using a mobile sex toy for bulls . . .

Ambreed chief executive Graham Bowen said farmers often asked how semen was collected from bulls. Usually technicians deflected bulls during the natural mating process, collecting the sample in a tube. With the new method technicians collected the sample from inside the cow.

"We have had a couple of people ringing up and saying that's disgusting and really not necessary, but a lot of people are agriculturally minded and quite interested," he said.
Pants on Head

Top 10 U.S. vacation spots

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...for sweat lovers:

"Phoenix adult residents sweat so much that the city's perspiration could fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool in less than three hours.

"For the second year in a row, Phoenix has earned the dubious honor of topping the Top-100 Sweatiest Cities list, a ranking of the nation's heaviest sweaters during the summer months as determined by researchers at Procter and Gamble.

The Top 10:

1. Phoenix
2. Las Vegas
3. Tucson, Ariz.
4. Dallas
5. Corpus Christi, Texas
6. San Antonio, Texas
7. Austin, Texas
8. Shreveport, La.
9. Houston
10. Waco, Texas

"The results were based on the amount of sweat an adult of average height and weight would produce while walking for an hour in the average high temperatures, according to NOAA data."

Link via The Presurfer.
Connie's not alone

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Via Boing Boing: Maury proves he's equally cruel to viewers by torturing some girl with pickle-phobia.

UPDATE: Balloon-phobia
Birds & mustard

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Another Video Round-Up

The Da Vinci Code Trailer Recreated For $130,000,000 $130.

Robot Chicken Spoofs Ted Turner as Captain Planet

Forgetfulness by Billy Collins (he's one of my favorite poets)

Ok, I almost get the soccer thing.... nah.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Sidewalk Chalk Guy

Credit to Todd.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Who said it?

Coulter v. Hitler
New director picked for Watchmen movie

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"Zach Snyder, who made his feature filmmaking debut with 2004's 'Dawn of the Dead,' has come aboard to develop and direct 'Watchmen,' based on the seminal DC Comics saga of a vigilante superhero.

"'Watchmen' has a Hollywood development history almost as epic as the story the comic tells.

"The project has seen such studios as Fox, Universal and Paramount come and go and has seduced and vexed such filmmakers as Terry Gilliam, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Greengrass and screenwriter David Hayter.

"Sources say Snyder impressed Warner Bros. with his work on '300,' an upcoming adaptation of a Frank Miller graphic novel that he directed and co-wrote."
War declared on DJs

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"I am advocating Actual, Physical War On DJs. Actual, physical war. If you see them in the streets, hit them. If you get near their equipment at a party, touch their needles. Heckle them. Insult them. Explain to everyone who will listen that DJs and Electronica are a retarded subset of music that hipsters and musical morons have elevated to a near mythical status. I mean, is there anything more annoying than going out and seeing a DJ with his 'ear goggles' smashed into his shoulder, a serious yet cool look of importance on his face while he quickly flips a fader back and forth?"

Dude, you're gettin' a Dell!

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Via The Presurfer: "Someone attending a conference in Japan was sat just feet away from a Dell laptop computer that suddenly exploded into flames, in what could have been a deadly accident."

Keep it all to yourself

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Via Boing Boing: "Joe Malia, a second year student at the Royal College of Art in London created this hoodie for 'computer obsessives.' Using one of these would be infinitely cooler than merely deploying one of those polarized sheets of plastic that stop people from reading your laptop screen over your shoulder."

Thursday, June 22, 2006

To each according to his need

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Via DoL: "Testimony presented to the house committee on Homeland Security yesterday revealed that Fema paid housing assistance to people who had never lived in a hurricane-damaged property - including at least 1,000 prison inmates - and made payments to people who were living in free hotel rooms.

"'Fema paid over $20,000 to an inmate who used a post office box as his damaged property,' Gregory Kutz, the GAO's director of audits, told the committee.

"Among some of the charges the GAO found unnecessary to satisfy legitimate disaster needs were $3,700 on a diamond watch, earrings and ring, a one-week all inclusive holiday in the Dominican Republic, $200 of Dom Perignon champagne, fireworks, $1,000 for a Houston divorce lawyer, and a considerable amount for adult erotica."
Share your thoughts

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Weigh in on the lively discussion surrounding the pros and cons of introducing dung beetles to clean up pet waste in the U.S. over at Why Not?
Teach kids good habits early and often

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Via Candy Addict: "Satisfy your oral fixation with these classic Bubble Gum Cigarettes. Each 3-1/8″ x 2″ x 5/8″ pack contains twelve 2-3/4″ sticks of bubble gum that are cleverly disguised in a paper wrapping to look like cigarettes. We’re pretty sure that the Surgeon General will have no problem with you chewing a pack a day!"
What's on your back?

During the downtime from bowling, some people choose to utilize their summer engaging in outdoor activities. These can include such games as seeing who can attract the greatest number of ticks or playing the ever-popular "Identify this rash." As it is wise to be well-stocked with rations and calamine lotion in these scenarios, backpacks are suggested. Here are two helpful possibilities to consider before heading into the wild:

The Yoda Backpack

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"Because nothing says sexy better than dressing up like your favorite Sci-Fi character or running around with Master Yoda on your back. Though fully functional like a real backpack, with room for books and adjustable straps, take a tip from the ladies and stay away or at least hide it for only your most geeky guy moments. Unless of course you find that very special girl whose definition of 'hunky' includes soda gut and the ability to recite verbatim the Jedi Code."

The Carbonated Backpack

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"They are much more profitable and practical than front carrying trays or cooler bags. All of our backpacks are ergonomically designed.

"Types of Beverages: Coca-Cola, draught beer, soda, mixed drinks, Pepsi, carbonated fruit drinks, spritzers"

Bush and Blair at the gay bar. Credit to Todd.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

True beauty

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Via Cockeyed: The Bling Generator - "The cheapest way to get iced out gangsta gold!"
Work on your English

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"The incredible commitment shown to ‘the company’ by the average salary man, resulting in long hours, regular drinks with the boss and minimal holidays, can have numerous consequences. And with such little time for anything other than work, the internationally minded minion also has very few chances to brush up on his English.

"Yet thanks to an imaginative manufacturer, even the busiest of businessmen will now be able to manage at least five minutes of English study a day. As at the same time they are squeezing out, they’ll be able to squeeze in a bit of practice with this tutoring toilet paper."
It's summertime

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Time to break out the watermelon bowling ball.

Michael Malice sends along some Shoes.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

An incomplete life likely what you're living without your very own escalator chair.
Don't miss out on any of the fun

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Not all blogging has to be about Japanese television and lip tattoos. Stay up to date on criminal activity with the fun-loving folks at the official blog of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Lip tats

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Continuing the fine PoF tradition of highlighting skin art, here's a nice collection of lip tattoos, including pics of the procedure in progress.

Interestingly enough, humans do not limit their fascination with injecting ink into lips to members of their own species:

"All racehorses are required to have a lip tattoo for identification purposes prior to racing.

"We suggest that a professional do your tattoo, especially if you know nothing about the process."

That sounds like good advice to me.

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Economists tout benefits of immigration

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"The Independent Institute has just released its Open Letter on Immigration to President Bush and Congress on the economics of immigration.

"The list of more than 500 signatories includes 5 Nobel Laureates—Thomas C. Schelling (University of Maryland), Robert Lucas (University of Chicago), Daniel McFadden (University of California, Berkeley), Vernon Smith (George Mason University), and James Heckman (University of Chicago).

"The Open Letter on Immigration reminds President Bush and all members of Congress of America’s history as an immigrant nation, the overall economic and social benefits of immigration, and the power of immigration to lift the poor out of poverty."

The group has yet to record a song or release a bumper sticker promoting their beliefs, however, and until such time their arguments will remain largely unpersuasive.

Monday, June 19, 2006

New Keane CD available for listening

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"[E]ven I balked at Keane, who are derivative of Coldplay and Travis. My theory is that if the progenitors of this particular rock lineage—Bends-era Radiohead—are the equivalent of a natural high (coca leaves, say), then Coldplay and Travis must be a synthesized drug: refined and addictive, but a bit of a cheat. Which makes Keane the electrodes feeding directly into the pleasure centres of your brain. Sure, you want to keep pressing the button, pressing the button, keep pressing it, keep pressing the button... but you’re being played. There are record company executives in lab coats doing a Dad Rock experiment on your head, and you’re the monkey with shaved temples."
Introducing The Toothpaste for Dinner Soccer Team

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These guys are too cool: "Their name is ''. That is the name, including the com and everything. I didn't ask these dudes to rep my website so hard, but they did anyway. So I am going to tell you about this soccer team. They are from Pennsylvania and they are mostly under 18 so I am not going to give out their personal information. Unlike everyone I knew in high school they seem to party. The kind of party that you hear about but you don't get invited to, ever.

"The high school parties I went to were like 'Okay, now we're going to watch Monty Python' and just, you know, the whole room is stuffed with Reeboks and Doritos. Dudes have little catfights over whether Mountain Dew or Dr Pepper is better. You know what I am talking about. These soccer guys though, that is how they are rolling, just on a regular Tuesday out of the week, they have a nice shirt on and their pants are clean.

"And they are totally pumped. But anyway. So these guys bought a bunch of shirts from me, which happens here and there, it wasn't too unusual. I didn't hear anything more about it, but then I ran across their myspace page when I was searching for something unrelated on google. And there it was, the Soccer Team."
Connie Chung will make your ears bleed

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Via Cruel: "To be fair to Connie Chung, when she performed this number last weekend for the final episode of the Weekends with Maury & Connie show on MSNBC, it was intended as a private joke for a small group of people -- the show's regular audience."
Economic troubles over thanks to pot

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This is the sort of thing that makes being an economic development director seem so appealing:

"Patrick Woodie had a lot on his mind that day in April 2003 when his telephone rang. But the caller got his attention.

"The authoritative voice at the other end of the line said: 'I've got one word for you: teapots.'

"Back then, Woodie was trying to help things get better in his tiny hometown — population 1,818 — where most of the stores on Main Street were closed and way too many people were out of work.

"'If there's a National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, why not a hall of fame for teapots?'

"Despite [a completely reasonable] economic impact study projecting an annual attendance of 61,000 visitors who will spend $7.5 million a year in the area, the museum project has been the object of skepticism and ridicule. Many residents have a wait-and-see attitude, and some outsiders have expressed outrage over the museum's receipt of government seed money." (emphasis added)

Sunday, June 18, 2006

You know, Matt never mentioned where he was going on vacation.... maybe he's in Pittsburgh.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Optimizing Oppression

Zhang Shiqiang, known as the Nine-Fingered Devil, first tasted justice at 13. His father caught him stealing and cut off one of Zhang's fingers.

Twenty-five years later, in 2004, Zhang met retribution once more, after his conviction for double murder and rape. He was one of the first people put to death in China's new fleet of mobile execution chambers.

The country that executed more than four times as many convicts as the rest of the world combined last year is slowly phasing out public executions by firing squad in favor of lethal injections. Unlike the United States and Singapore, the only two other countries where death is administered by injection, China metes out capital punishment from specially equipped "death vans" that shuttle from town to town.

Makers of the death vans say the vehicles and injections are a civilized alternative to the firing squad, ending the life of the condemned more quickly, clinically and safely. The switch from gunshots to injections is a sign that China "promotes human rights now," says Kang Zhongwen, who designed the Jinguan Automobile death van in which "Devil" Zhang took his final ride.

Friday, June 16, 2006

No plans for the weekend? You could always knit yourself a Ferrari.

Wikipedia's List of Problems Solved by MacGyver*

*Mullets not included

Thursday, June 15, 2006

You've defeated me this time interweb, but I'll be back tomorrow. And after I have scoured many more websites, I will find something flair-worthy. I'm no cheese-eating-surrender-monkey; this fight is far from over.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

In case you thought your week was a little rough, here's a little schadenfreude...

Dustin Diamond aka "Screech" is selling t-shirts to stave off foreclosure on his home.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Video Round Up

None of these are especially amazing, but there's probably something for everyone:

El Despertar
– Flamenco Zombie Flash
Penny Reel Version of Dirty Dancing - Nobody Corner'ingnates Baby
Jimmy Kimmel Gets Bitten By a Snake - I told them no g@#$%!# animals!
Kill Bill 1 & 2 in 120 Seconds - With body count!
Carlton Dance - I know I posted a gif of this once, but here’s the full version in all its gloriousness.
A Love Letter To Ann Coulter – From Henry Rollins
Rollin’ with Saget - A little anticlimactic after you've seen him in the Aristocrats...
and last, but not least, Pop Slut Video.