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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

In the News: March 31, 2010

Just a quick news update.

'Stand and Deliver' teacher dies of cancer

"Jaime Escalante, the math teacher portrayed in the 1988 film "Stand and Deliver," died Tuesday after a battle with cancer, according to the actor who played him.

Escalante, 79, was surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren when he died at his home in Roseville, California, said Edward James Olmos."

"Escalante became a hero for educators, earning him entrance to the National Teachers Hall of Fame and the Presidential Medal for Excellence in Education."

Sure 'Dangerous Minds' gave us Gansta's Paradise, but it was a total ripoff this movie/story.

Hahaha... Awesome.

India holy man quits after sex claim
Another candidate for sex-addiction treatment?

"A Hindu holy man in India has quit as head of a religious organisation after police launched a probe into allegations of obscenity against him.

Nithyananda Swami's announcement came weeks after a video emerged apparently showing him engaging in sexual acts with two women.

The guru has said he had done nothing illegal and the video scandal was "a false campaign"."

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Joe Hill

I just read this article on horror writer Joe Hill.

His first novel was a bestseller, and his new novel, "Horns" debuted at no.10 on the New York Times bestsellers list.

Recently he also revealed that he is the son of famous horror novelist Stephen King, but chose to hide his lineage to try and make it on his own merit.
Looking at this picture the similarities are uncanny. How could he even hide the fact that he's King's son?

Anyway, I'm glad he used a pen name, otherwise everyone would have just laughed at him.

Joe King...


Forget it.
Guess I'm a day early for April Fool's.

Update: I have been told that is an awful joke. Fear not! I am not discouraged, and more puns will come!

Girls Night Out

When guys hang out:
Limit one, talking at a time (if at all).

When girls hang out:

By the way, isn't that Erin, from The Office?

Another difference:

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


No, not the indie-flick.
(Which was pretty disturbing, especially considering I saw it in middle school...)

Anyway, these are a little less mischievous than the ones running around NYC giving each other AIDS.
I'm not so sure about Jesus though.

They always have a way with words...

(Passive Aggressive Notes)

Why kids aren't allowed on Chatroulette:

To protect the rest of the public...

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Happy Passover!

And I know from Adam Sandler's Channukah song that Leonard Nimoy = Jew.

Anyway, enjoy your week of matzoh!

Oh, Jesus...


We Are The World: Remake

This is only a little frightening:

And yet, I can't help but like it a little more than the new Haiti version.

If you haven't seen it yet:

The beginning isn't terrible with Josh Groban, Tony Bennett, and Barbara Streisand.
But it just goes downhill from there... queue the autotune for the people who can't actually sing.
Then right around 5:45 I almost gagged. Seriously Jamie Foxx? Haven't you played that Ray Charles card enough already? Please, just let him lie in peace.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

John Stossel

In other news: I was flipping through the channels and saw one of my favorite reporters, John Stossel, on Fox Business.
Apparently he's changed stations to Fox??
I loved his "Give Me a Break" segment on 20/20, but apparently he has his own show now on Fox Business.
"The one-hour program will feature in-depth reports on domestic and international libertarian issues and will debut during the fourth quarter of this year in FBN's primetime lineup. Stossel and a panel of experts will explore a wide range of topics including civil liberties, the business of health care and Social Security."

Unfortunately, I can't say I tune in to the Fox News or Fox Business channels very often, but I thought his new show seemed pretty interesting, so maybe I'll set up the DVR and check out a few shows.

Sunday Stuff

This is pretty incredible, and surprisingly entertaining.

Originally saw it on TBT and I agree that "This makes more sense the real video for "Telephone.""

How to find a Mathematician:
Oddly enough, doesn't he look like this guy?


In the News: March 28, 2010

Starting with an attention grabber:

Russian maths genius Perelman urged to take $1m prize 

If this guy's picture didn't get your attention, I don't know what will.

"Russian maths genius Grigory Perelman, who declined a prestigious international award four years ago, is under new pressure to accept a prize.

A US institute wants to give him $1m (£700,000) for solving one of the world's most complex mathematical problems, the Poincare Conjecture.

But it is unclear whether Dr Perelman, a virtual recluse, will pick it up.

A children's charity in St Petersburg, where he lives, has urged him to take the money and give it to charity.

Dr Perelman, 43, has cut himself off from the outside world for the past four years, living with his elderly mother in a tiny flat said by neighbours to be infested with cockroaches."

Grigory Perelman already won maths accolades as a teenager

"The mathematician is reported to have said "I have all I want" when contacted by a reporter this week about the Clay Millennium Prize.

According to the UK's Daily Mail newspaper, he was speaking through the closed door of his flat."

Ever wonder why "genius" and "unusual social recluse" go hand-in-hand so often?

Love, sex and the male brain
Another attention grabber?
This is a pretty interesting article on why men behave the way they do.
Some may see it as insightful, I see some useful excuses to use...

"Although women the world over have been doing it for centuries, we can't really blame a guy for being a guy. And this is especially true now that we know that the male and female brains have some profound differences."

"Perhaps the biggest difference between the male and female brain is that men have a sexual pursuit area that is 2.5 times larger than the one in the female brain. Not only that, but beginning in their teens, they produce 20 to 25-fold more testosterone than they did during pre-adolescence.

If testosterone were beer, a 9-year-old boy would be getting the equivalent of a cup a day. But a 15-year-old would be getting the equivalent of nearly two gallons a day. This fuels their sexual engines and makes it impossible for them to stop thinking about female body parts and sex."

"All that testosterone drives the "Man Trance"-- that glazed-eye look a man gets when he sees breasts. As a woman who was among the ranks of the early feminists, I wish I could say that men can stop themselves from entering this trance. But the truth is, they can't. Their visual brain circuits are always on the lookout for fertile mates. Whether or not they intend to pursue a visual enticement, they have to check out the goods.

To a man, this is the most natural response in the world, so he's dismayed by how betrayed his wife or girlfriend feels when she sees him eyeing another woman. Men look at attractive women the way we look at pretty butterflies. They catch the male brain's attention for a second, but then they flit out of his mind. Five minutes later, while we're still fuming, he's deciding whether he wants ribs or chicken for dinner. He asks us, "What's wrong?" We say, "Nothing." He shrugs and turns on the TV. We smolder and fear that he'll leave us for another woman."

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Movie Trailers!

Wandered over to the Apple trailers site again, so here are a few movies I'm looking forward to:

Despicable Me

After they released the first trailer, I had no idea what it was about.
I still don't really know what it's about, but it looks hilarious.

The Karate Kid

Hmm... So he learns kung-fu in China from Jackie Chan. But it's still called "Karate Kid"?
I guess they want to keep the franchise name alive, but it doesn't make much sense here.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New Coke Bottle

I'd miss the "contour bottle", but this is just so pretty...
(or 'seductive' as my professor would say).

"Coke’s always been a sort of futuristic thinking brand, but this would be a big fat huge giant leap forward in the right direction if I do say so myself. It’s a design for a much more reasonable, smart, ergonomic, and gosh darnit, it just looks lovely. It’s so green, it’s 100% plant based. It’s made out of greens! And it’s much more stackable. And cooler!"

"The cap is 25% slimmer than the current 20oz bottle, and 27% more efficient because of its drastically reduced footprint. Something I didn’t know about the current PET bottle is it’s 100% recyclable, but that only about 50% of the bottles distributed get recycled. (I would have thought that not nearly that many were reused, I see bottles everywhere all the time.) The bottle you see here is more collapsable than the current one though, encouraging more recycling due to ease in transport. The bottle collapses 66% smaller than its original size. You’re much more likely to hold on to a bottle for later recycling if you can carry it in your pocket.

And the 100% plant make? This bottle is made of 100% sugar cane byproducts. I don’t think it’s as sweet as the good parts of the cane though, just neat."
(Yanko Design)

Kittens and Babies

I recently posted this baby with a spoon and this epic kitty/baby battle, and realized kittens and babies are pretty awesome.

So here is a post dedicated to the two. Hopefully it will help you get over hump-day!

Shocked Kitty
(Not really sure why my gifs don't continuously repeat, but refresh the page if it's stopped)

Fat Baby
"Should I eat that?...."

Packaged Kitty
"I've been sent here to cuddle!"

Monster Baby
"Mike Wazowski!"

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

News-type Stuff

Not all news articles per se, but still interesting current-event tidbits.

F-35 Performs Its First Vertical Landing
Pretty awesome...

"After cost overruns, a series of delays, and almost a decade of hype, the F-35 Lighting finally performed a vertical landing for the first time. Yesterday at 1 P.M., after descending from a 150-foot-high hover, the test plane touched down on the tarmac at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. This is a significant step forward for the F-35, as its vertical takeoff and landing capability are crucial to the fighter's role as a replacement for the aging Harrier jet."

I still prefer the F-22 though...

Caterpillar Camouflage
The camouflage is almost perfect...
But that thing seriously gives me goosebumps just looking at it.

Average Driving Speeds in the USA

Of course those green states are fast... they're driving through flat, open roads.
But Massachusetts is in the bottom 10??  I blame 128 and the Big Dig.
(WSJ via ChartPorn)

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Song of the Moment: Amy Macdonald - This Is The Life

Apparently this song came out in 2007, so kinda late getting to it, but definitely a fan.
Heard it first on 'Sunday Morning Over Easy' with George Knight (the last man standing on what used to be the best radio station, but is now just another DJ-less number on the presets).

Fun fact: Amy Macdonald is Scottish (like Paolo Nutini!) which make her even cooler.

Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day!

More important that any silly old health care bill...

Free Cone Day is tomorrow! March 23, 2010!

Too bad I have work and then class right after...
I'm thinking I should skip one (probably work) and get myself a cone (or two, or more)


Health Care Reform 2010

Well, as most of you know by now, the House has passed the much publicized "health care reform" bill.
 Of course there is still a long way to go before it becomes official.
The House passed a revised version of last year's Senate bill. The Senate will now need to sign off on those changes. (i.e. another round with Republicans in the now-filibusterable Senate. Thank you Mr. Brown).

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

NBA Jam is back!

A Wii version of NBA Jam is going to be released in December!

"One word is synonymous with the most addictive two-on-two basketball in the history of the sport.


It's a word that instantly transports you back to 1993, when NBA Jam was introduced as the first arcade game officially licensed by the league and soon became the most lucrative coin-operated machine ever seen. It's a game so revered for its exaggerated dunks, long-distance swishes and unforgettable catchphrases ("He's on fire!") that literally dozens of current NBA players can't wait for December, when EA Sports unveils its updated version of NBA Jam for the Nintendo Wii."

Trust us on this one: There will be no fretting about the state of Kevin Garnett'sknees when
KG's likeness appears in the new home version of the groundbreaking arcade game NBA Jam.

"Bill Clinton is one of the more famous hidden characters to unlock with a cheat code from NBA Jam's early days. We're pestering our sources in the gaming community to find out if President Obama -- or Washington neighbor Gilbert Arenas -- can expect the same treatment in the 2010 edition."
(link thanks to Seth)

I really hope Obama is an unlockable character...

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Three things from fun sites:
(i.e. completely unrelated and I don't feel creative at all right now)

I love her reasoning for living so long.
It's not because of good health; it's simply because neither Satan nor the Lord wants her.
(Probably Bad News)

What is going on back there...
More random background images at lamebook.

Katana Fail

Kinda reminds me of the Grape Stomp Lady

Epic Battle

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Photo Friday

More random images floating around the interwebs.

The parents just let it go on for hours...
If she doesn't learn to feed herself now, she'll never learn.

Reminded me of this story:
A man spoke with the Lord about heaven and hell. The Lord said to the man, "Come, I will show you hell."

They entered a room where a group of people sat around a huge pot of stew. Everyone was famished, desperate and starving. Each held a spoon that reached the pot, but each spoon had a handle so much longer than their own arm that it could not be used to get the stew into their own mouths. The suffering was terrible.

"Come, now I will show you heaven," the Lord said after a while. They entered another room, identical to the first -- the pot of stew, the group of people, the same long-handled spoons. But there everyone was happy and well-nourished. "I don't understand," said the man. "Why are they happy here when they were miserable in the other room and everything was the same?"

The Lord smiled, "Ah, it is simple," he said. "Here they have learned to feed each other."

Well, that's enough inspiration for today.
Here's a fat emo kid:

Apparently AT&T can combine schedules and emails as well as genders!

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The USDA's Economic Research Service is 100 years old!

Not really the most exciting headline, but with 100 years of data, you can track some really interesting trends.

"From meat and potatoes in the early 1900s to deli-prepared rotisserie chicken and Asian pasta salad today, the answer to the age-old question, “What’s for dinner?” has shifted in response to a variety of events—rising wages, nutritional discoveries, wartime rationing, and more women working outside the home, to name a few.

Now in its centennial year, ERS’s food availability data set provides a unique window into how the U.S. food supply responds to political, social, and economic forces, along with ever-evolving technoloical advancements. By measuring the flow of raw and semi-processed commodities through the U.S. marketing system, ERS’s food availability data reveal the types and amounts of food commodities available for consumption."

Here are a few:




Read the full article to learn more.
(There's some interesting dialogue/history to go with the graphs, but I cut all that wordy stuff out).

22 TV Themes in 7 Minutes

This is incredible:


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

In the News: March 17, 2010

Get your daily dose of news!

Although, now looking at the stories I have to share, it's more like your "daily dose of lost faith in the human race".
Enjoy anyway!

This was the number one story on CNN for most of the day...
Drunk, high dad leaves baby in oven overnight, police say

Larry Long, 33, is charged with first degree wanton endangerment.

"A Kentucky man high on marijuana and drunk on whiskey put his 5-week-old son in the oven Sunday and left him there overnight, police said.

The oven door was slightly ajar, and the oven was not turned on."

"The incident was reported to authorities by a psychiatric facility that Long turned to when he learned what he had done, officials said.

"He actually called a mental health crisis line immediately thereafter and told them that he had done this. And they contacted us," Hayden said."

"Long blamed his actions on the marijuana, which he believes was laced with a hallucinatory agent, officials said."

Man used penis to assault female police officer
... and she liked it.
Marium Varinauskas

"A man who assaulted a female police officer with his penis has been fined.

Marium Varinauskas, 28, tried to strike the officer on the head with his penis when she was called out to his flat, but she got out of the way."

"Fiscal depute Elaine Lynch said: "The accused got to his feet and was standing over the police officer exposing his penis and thrusting it in her face, forcing her to take evasive action to avoid getting struck.""

""He can't remember anything but accepts that if that's what the police say then that's what happened.

"He has never been so drunk before that day and accepts he has to take full responsibility. He apologises profusely and is extremely embarrassed.""

"Sheriff Annella Cowan was told that the Lithuanian had now quit binge drinking because of the incident."

Still happy to be a citizen of planet earth?
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Trololo continues

Eduard Khil is awesome.

Here he responds to his recent internet fame and calls on the people of the world to come up with lyrics and join him in singing a new version of his song for happiness, laughter, love, and "bring up the children". (That translation must be wrong...)


And another weird remix/dubbing:

Trust me, it gets funnier the more you watch. Or it's just my brain going numb...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hope you remembered to wear green today, otherwise you'll get punched in the face! (Or whatever the punishment is...)

Although I learned on Wikipedia that St. Patty was originally associated with the color colour (since he was British) blue.

I also learned that the South Koreans celebrate St. Patrick's Party too!
Best. hat. ever.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Chatroulette with a Piano

Another fine example of utilizing Chatroulette for something fun and not related to naked body parts!

This guy, and his piano, improv about things they see in Chatroulette.


Ugh... Toby's the worst

We have to listen to Michael Scott before it's too late!

(The High Definite)

Facebook Status Updates

 Facebook: It's how the Fellowship keeps in touch
(College Humor via Neatorama)

And apparently how comicbook characters order coffee.
(Comics Alliance)

And how Stormtroopers commiserate
(College Humor)

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I'm a little disappointed I only found about this meme a few days ago.

I give you Eduard Khil, the Trololo man.

Even Christoph Waltz had a go at it!
Though I don't really get it... but I guess I don't understand the original either.

"The humpink is not a metaphor".
"The humpink is humping. Which part don't you understand?"

Monday, March 15, 2010

Song of the Moment: Brad Paisley - Everybody's Here

I've been gearing up for the New England Country Music Festival by listening to music from Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, and Darius Rucker. (I'm getting to Easton Corbin and Sara Evans).

I've always been a fan of Brad Paisley, but he has some truly awesome stuff.
Even if you don't like country music you should give him a listen. He's not overly "twangy", which is the criticism I hear most regarding country.

Here's one of my favorites from his new album:
(It's the only one from the first four tracks of "American Saturday Night" that hasn't had serious play time on the radio yet, but I know it's just a matter of time).

If you're a fan, I suggest checking out his YouTube page. There are some entertaining videos posted.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Back to Work!

Sorry ladies and gents, it's almost time to go back to work.

But here is some Dilbert to cheer you up!
Or at least let you know that there are others suffering like you.

You know, we're implementing CMMI at my work too. Apparently we're going for Level III (for Services)!
I still have no idea what it's good for...


Happy Spring Forward Pi Day!

I apologize for the terrible graphic... Believe it or not, it's one of the better ones I could find

Hopefully you all remembered to change your clocks an hour ahead this morning.
I don't know about you, but I think whoever came up with the "Spring Forward, Fall Back" thing was a genius. Seriously, it's the only reason I remember which way to turn my clocks.

But more importantly, Happy Pie Day!
I thought about posting this at 1:59 this morning (3/14 1:59), but acknowledging the fact that I remembered is probably dorky enough.

Enjoy your Sunday and go get some pie!


In other news...

Lohan sues E*Trade over ‘milkaholic’ baby

I thought this commercial was pretty good, but now that Lindsay Lohan thinks the cute little baby is supposed to be her it's even funnier.

"The actress Lindsay Lohan has sued E*Trade Financial Corp for $100 million, saying a "milkaholic" baby girl who appeared in a recent commercial was modeled after her.

Lohan alleged that the online brokerage's use of the girl, also named Lindsay, in the ad improperly invoked her "likeness, name, characterization, and personality" without permission, violating her right of privacy.

In her lawsuit filed Monday in a Nassau County, New York court, the 23-year-old actress sought $50 million of compensatory damages and $50 million of exemplary damages. She also demanded that E*Trade stop running the ad and turn over all copies to her."

"The New York Post reported the lawsuit earlier Tuesday. It said Ovadia maintained that Lohan has the same "single-name" recognition as celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Madonna."

Hahahaha. They put her in the same category as Oprah and Madonna.
(All over the news, but MSNBC thanks to Rendo)

Apparently the commercial brought back bad memories...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

In the News: March 13, 2010

Santa Monica sushi restaurant charged with illegally selling whale meat

Can't say I've ever had the desire to eat whale...

"Federal prosecutors Wednesday filed criminal charges against a Santa Monica sushi restaurant and one of its chefs, alleging they had sold meat from an endangered whale.

The Hump, a hip hangout at Santa Monica Airport, immediately said through attorney Gary Lincenberg that it accepted "responsibility for the wrongdoing charged by the U.S. attorney" and would pay a fine and resolve the matter in court."

"Teglas said they enlisted two female animal activists -- both vegans -- and used a tiny video camera to record them as they were served a $600 omakase, or chef's choice, meal at the Hump. The two activists asked whether they could get whale meat, and a waitress then served eight pieces of what she called "whale," according to an affidavit provided by the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles.

The activists bagged samples of the meat and slipped them into a purse. The samples were sent to Scott Baker, associate director of the highly regarded Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University. Baker determined that the meat was sei whale."

Chinese youth accused of not being fighting fit

I'm glad "fighting the Japanese" is the main reason for concern, and not something trivial like: personal health.

"China must urgently address the physical fitness of the nation's youth or run the risk of raising a generation incapable of fighting the Japanese in a future war, the head of the country's top sports university said Thursday."

"The government must immediately invest some of its new wealth in ensuring that children take regular exercise, Beijing Sports University president Yang Hua told the sports group of the largely ceremonial advisory body to China's annual parliament.

"It is time for the Chinese nation to improve the physical fitness of our next generation," said Yang. "If we miss the next three to five years a whole generation will be next to useless.

"If there was another war against Japan, would the younger Chinese be able to fight the Japanese one-on-one?""
(link thanks to Erin, who hates fatties)

Brad Paisley OK after fall from stage

"Country music singer-songwriter Brad Paisley was examined and released from a hospital after taking a nasty spill during a South Carolina concert Saturday, the entertainer says on his Web site and Twitter account."

From his Twitter:
"And here, consulting the doctors. They said I was a very brave boy."

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