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Monday, May 31, 2010

In the News: May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!
Hope you all had a nice day off (for those who got one) and quick 'thank you' to all the men and women who are serving and have served our country in the armed services.

Let's start off with some words from our Commander-in-Chief:
Obama chides heckler seeking fast repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

""Maybe he didn't read the newspapers, because we're working with Congress as we speak to roll back 'don't ask, don't tell,' " Obama said at the event for Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California."

""C'mon, man, I'm dealing with Congress here," Obama said to laughter. "It takes a little bit of time.""

Pretty awesome. Further proof Obama would be a pretty cool dude to hang with. (Though that says nothing to what I think of his policies, I think Bush would be the man to chill with. Kinda like how he was portrayed in Harold & Kumar 2).

Tropical storm leaves more than 115 dead in Central America
This picture is nuts!

"At least 115 people have died after a tropical storm battered Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador over the weekend, officials in those countries reported."

"In the northern part of Guatemala City, the downpour created a giant sinkhole that swallowed up a space larger than the area of a street intersection. Residents told CNN that a three-story building and a house fell into the hole."

A curiously French complaint 
"But I am le tired..."

"After a couple of days of wheezing and coughing, I took myself to the doctor and explained that I was feeling a bit ropey.

One hour later I had been diagnosed with a severe lung infection, mild asthma and had in my hand a prescription for six different types of medicine, an appointment at the local hospital's radiology department and an emergency referral to a specialist in pulmonary disease.

The next day I flew home to the UK for the Christmas holidays where my worried parents persuaded me to visit their local GP for a second opinion.

After five minutes in his consulting room, I emerged empty-handed but with a new diagnosis. I had… a cold."

"I am not suggesting that the French are a nation of hypochondriacs but they do take their health very seriously.

France is the biggest consumer of antibiotics in Europe. The government has recently tried to wean the country off its dependency with a series of TV advertisements which reassure the ailing that they do not always need drugs."


Sunday, May 30, 2010

Werner Herzog reads the classics!

Honestly, I don't know much about Werner Herzog other than the one movie I saw if his, Grizzly Man, but these are awesome.
Really, the only thing you need to know is that he's German.


Curious George

------------Two more!------------

Stuff on Stunday

Why? Because Stunday sounds better than Staturday.
And I was too lazy to post on Staturday.

Black was the worst...
(Doghouse Diaries)

Clearly the kid didn't want to do the weeding himself.

And we wonder why our teacher's can't relate...

"Who is the bomb?"
(The High Definite)


Friday, May 28, 2010

RIP Gary Coleman

Is it just me, or does it seem like a large number of entertainers from that generation are dying young?


Known for the one-liner:

Song of the Moment: The Script - Breakeven

Sorry if you're sick of hearing this song, but I don't really listen to the radio anymore so I'm still enjoying it.

Four-clip Friday

8-Month-Old Deaf Baby Reacts To Cochlear Implant Activation
This is just adorable.

(via The High Definite)

Joe West ejects Mark Buehrle
Possibly the worst call ever. Even worse than Perk's 2nd technical foul yesterday.

More on MLB.com. Even the commentators get pissed at West.
(via Barstool Sports)

Smoking Baby
This is not so adorable...
And apparently he smokes 40 cigs a day.

Reporter Doesn't Like Being Touched
Pretty sure I would have punched the guy...

(via Barstool Sports)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Three-clip Thursday

Annotated Predator Drone Strike in Afghanistan
This video is absolutely ridiculous... The missile completely obliterates a group of insurgents.

"In this video, exclusive to PopSci.com, Captain Adam Brockshus narrates a Hellfire missile strike on a group of insurgents in Afghanistan. As a Predator instructor pilot, Brockshus was called into the Ground Control Station to oversee a former student who was taking his first shot in combat."

Local news reports on a bear sighting.
Slow news day + bored reporter = Hilariousness

Drunk girl vs. mud
Reminds me a lot of drunk guy vs. flip flops

(via Barstool Sports)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

Update: Totally Looks Like

Totally Looks Like has been subpar for a while, but the past few posts have been awesome.

I knew Jaden reminded me of someone...

I think I believe in reincarnation now.

Someone had dragons on the brain, but now that I see it, I can't not see the dragon.

The similarities are uncanny!

And my favorite:
(Because I had didn't know who Tiny Tim was).

Good luck with the confirmation Elena "Tiny Tim" Kagan!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday Catchup

Did you ever have those days in elementary school?
"Catsup" (Catchup) days where the teacher just tries to get through all the stuff she didn't have time to cover?
(Also, who spells it 'catsup'. Really. And I wonder why I'm so terrible at spelling now).

Anyway, here are a few items I've been meaning to throw up here.

Totally doing this with my kid:

Is he showing off his manly 'David' apron?
I was almost swayed before I saw his pink Crocs...


Mickael Pietrus = Black Zoolander

I was watching the Celtics/Magic game Tuesday night and the Magic's Mickael Peitrus looked really familiar to me.

It took me a while, but I figured it out:

Mickael Pietrus looks like black-Zoolander, aka Godfrey.
Wish I could get a better picture of Peitrus, but he normally has shorter hair.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I Don't Believe It

Awesome find by my buddy Brad Paisley*:

Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" performed by Lady Gaga, Elton John, Springsteen, Sting, Blondie, and Shirley Bassey???
Sure it's not a great rendition, but how did they get all of them together on one stage?

I'm sure it's a charity concert of some kind, but I have no idea who/what it benefits.

Favorite moment: around 4:15 when a line of men in underwear trot onstage and Elton John promptly turns around and, shortly after, joins them.

*Not actually Brad Paisley (Thanks Alejandro!**)
**Oddly enough, also the name of another Lady Gaga song***
***Which, perhaps even more oddly, I could identify the violin solo at the beginning because I actually know knew how to play it.

I hate these

I know it's an illusion, but my brain still falls for it...


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

In the News: May 18, 2010

Warning: it's a bit long...

Men are bigger liars than women, says poll
"In a poll of 3,000 people, researchers found that the average British man tells three lies every day, that's equivalent to 1,092 a year.

However the average woman appears more honest, lying 728 times a year - around twice a day."

Not really surprising, but I did like the list of Top 10 lies:
1. I didn't have that much to drink
2. Nothing's wrong, I'm fine
3. I had no signal
4. It wasn't that expensive
5. I'm on my way
6. I'm stuck in traffic
7. No, your bum doesn't look big in that
8. Sorry, I missed your call
9. You've lost weight
10. It's just what I've always wanted

1. Nothing's wrong, I'm fine
2. I don't know where it is, I haven't touched it
3. It wasn't that expensive
4. I didn't have that much to drink
5. I've got a headache
6. It was in the sale
7. I'm on my way
8. Oh, I've had this ages
9. No, I didn't throw it away
10. It's just what I've always wanted

Largest-Ever Study On Cancer and Cellphones Finds "No Increase in Risk"
Maybe so, but that image isn't very comforting...

"The paper, published this week in the International Journal of Epidemiology, concludes: “Overall, no increase in risk of either glioma or meningioma was observed in association with use of mobile phones. There were suggestions of an increased risk of glioma, and much less so meningioma, at the highest exposure levels … However, biases and errors limit the strength of the conclusions we can draw from these analyses and prevent a causal interpretation.”"

"Research into the potential health effects, if any, of cell phone radiation is so hotly contested in part because the technology is relatively young, but also because the research itself is so difficult to carry out.

I don’t know if cell phone radiation has an effect on human health, but I do know it’s not good science to dismiss the unproven as impossible. In fact, we could do a lot worse than to take Segerb├Ąck’s own advice: “Be careful, weigh the evidence, and make your own decision.”"

Working overtime may harm the heart, study says

"I would love to work more boss, but it's bad for my heart".

"If you've been saying for years that long hours at work are killing you, forward this article to your boss--it might literally be true. According to a new study, people who work more than 10 hours a day are about 60 percent more likely to develop heart disease or have a heart attack than people who clock just seven hours a day.

It's not clear why this is, but the researchers suggest that all that time on the job means less free time to unwind and take care of yourself. Stress may also play a role--but not as much as you might think. Working long hours appears to hurt your heart even if you don't feel particularly stressed out, the study found."

"In some ways, the people who worked overtime were healthier than those who worked just seven hours a day. They were less likely to drink heavily and smoke, for instance, and they got more exercise. On the other hand, they tended to sleep less and reported experiencing more stress, having more demanding jobs, and having less control over their work."

------------That's what she said!------------

Monday, May 17, 2010

Facebook (anti)Privacy

The general feeling that Facebook isn't properly handling our personal data is growing quickly...

The NY Times had this interesting infographic on Facebook's Privacy Statements:

Since 2005 its more than quintupled in length and now has more words than the US Constitution.

I wonder how many people have actually read it. And I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't remember having to sign off on any changes to that statement either...

There's also another visualization mapping the site and locations for all the privacy setting options. (No, they're not all located in one place, that would be too easy).


The BBC also recently had this article on Facebook's company-wide 'privacy crisis meeting':

"Facebook has downplayed the significance of a company-wide meeting to discuss privacy issues.

The blogosphere described the meeting as a panic measure following weeks of criticism over the way it handles members' data.

Several US senators have made public calls for Facebook to rethink its privacy safeguards.

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, launched a petition directed at Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg."

"Earlier this week European data protection officials weighed in on the controversy and called privacy changes "unacceptable".

A number of high-profile users have also deleted their Facebook accounts after the site introduced a new feature that lets non-Facebook websites, or third parties, post the personal views of Facebook users without their consent."

Unfortunately (for the public), Facebook has ingrained itself into modern life and, for some, it's even their primary form of communication.

And here is yet another scary example on the access Facebook employees have to our data.
It is a transcript from an interview the author had with his friend, an employee for Facebook.

"The Rumpus: On your servers, do you save everything ever entered into Facebook at any time, whether or not it’s been deleted, untagged, and so forth?

Facebook Employee: That is essentially correct at this moment. The only reason we’re changing that is for performance reasons. When you make any sort of interaction on Facebook — upload a photo, click on somebody’s profile, update your status, change your profile information —"

"Rumpus: You said they’re changing the policy of keeping all information.

Employee: No. They’re never changing that policy. We still keep all information. What I was referring to, is that if anything, we’re going to start deleting more photos for performance reasons. We are the largest photo distributor in the world."

"Rumpus: You’ve previously mentioned a master password, which you no longer use.

Employee: I’m not sure when exactly it was deprecated, but we did have a master password at one point where you could type in any user’s user ID, and then the password..."

"Rumpus: Have you ever logged in to anyone’s account?

Employee: I have. For engineering reasons.

Rumpus: Have you ever done it outside of professional reasons?

Employee: I will say, when I first started working there, yes. I used it to view other people’s profiles which I didn’t have permission to visit. I never manipulated their data in any way; however, I did abuse the profile viewing permission at several initial points when I started at Facebook."

It's a fairly long article, but a very interesting read.
(The Rumpus thanks to A.Woodchuck)

YouTube Tuesday

(OK, it's not Tuesday yet, but close enough).

Three vids for your viewing pleasure:

Only in Abu Dhabi...

Input paper money, output gold bars.
(via Neatorama)

One of the coolest Lego built mechanizations I've ever seen:

(via Brothers Brick)

Grandma nearly gets killed by a motorbike:

Some highlights:
"Oh crap"
"Is your ass broken?"
Grandma explaining it's alright because she just fell off the bench the other day.
(via Barstool)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Congrats Tim and Melissa!

This post is in honor of my cousin who just got married today.

And here is a couple getting married with a robot officiating.
(One guess as to which country this occurred in...)

(via Neatorama)

Both are just very unfortunate

I gotta say, this was not one of the more pleasant things I've seen on a Sunday morning.

(Ugliest Tattoos)

The controversy? News stations around the world have been sending their crews to the wrong continent!

More Boys and Girls

I blame parents...

And another from Doghouse Diaries:
In conclusion, girls are crazy.
(Doghouse Diaries)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The G-Shot

"Oh local news – where would we be would be without you on an otherwise slow news day? Yesterday, New Orleans’ WGNO News aired a segment about the “G Shot” – an injection of collagen into the base of a woman’s bladder designed to “put sparks back into ladies sex lives.” Or as reporter Catherine Shreves explains “because the G-spot is anatomically tucked away, the goal of the G-shot is to make the G-spot more accessible.” If that weren’t a weird enough story, check out news anchor Michael Hill’s “friendly banter” at the end of the clip. Awkward!"

(link thanks to Mike)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Friday Fotos

Another quality SMBC:
(But why are they always so long?)
(Yes, I know. 'That's what she said').

Come on, it's guitar class. What else are you supposed to shout?
(The High Definite)

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Monday, May 10, 2010

More Movie Monday

As a violinist in a past life, I had to give this a shoutout (though it could have featured more violin).

Chrome speed tests

(thanks to Joe [last name withheld to prevent identity theft])

Definitely a Euro-trash dog (with awesome rhythm).

(The High Definite)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Brain Dump

OK, I guess is more of a link dump, but the imagery that came to mind with 'link dump' resembled something long and sausage-shaped in the toilet.

Now that we have that we're all feeling warm and fuzzy...

(Doghouse Diaries)

onion wants to cancel band practice this week because lost is on
(hipster puppies)

Some Ruminations:
"I wish someone would create a mixed drink called "whatever" so I know what to order for my girlfriend when we're at a bar."

"I blame my weight problem on Africa. If there weren't children starving over there I wouldn't feel compelled to eat everything on my plate."


Song of the Moment: Crash Kings - Mountain Man

Been meaning to post this for a while.

Initially I thought this was another song by Cage the Elephant, but my good friend Matt informed me that it was in fact Crash Kings.

Paul Pierce - Balling

Saw this commercial the other day.

Tell me this doesn't make you smile/laugh:

Friday, May 7, 2010

Ohio State flash mob does Glee

Saw it first on Barstool Sports.
He calls it a 'gayathon', I still think it's awesome.

They even got their president involved, though his choreography could use some work.

Thursday, May 6, 2010


One of the more ridiculous videos I've seen in a while.
I don't even know how to describe it...

And apparently you can actually buy Powerthirst, though I'm not sure who would want to.

It did remind me of some of the older flash-tastic videos.
This one in particular:

(That one's for you Margaret!)

Bill Maher on AC360

The ever funny Bill Maher shares some thoughts with Anderson Cooper:

(Mediaite, original clip via CNN)

In the News: May 6, 2010

OK, let's do this.

German man 'marries' his dying cat
See? This is what happens... Introduce gay-marriage to the world and everyone's going to want to marry their goats (or cat).

"A German man has unofficially married his cat after the animal fell ill and vets told him it might not live much longer, Bild newspaper reports.

It says Uwe Mitzscherlich, 39, paid an actress 300 euros (£260,$395) to officiate at the ceremony, as marrying an animal is illegal in Germany.

Mr Mitzscherlich said he had wanted to tie the knot before his asthmatic cat Cecilia died.

The cat and groom have lived together for 10 years."

That last line makes the article.

Fan Tasered after jumping onto field during Phillies game
Excessive force much?

"It may not be a surprise anymore when a fan hops the fence at a baseball game and rushes the field. But on Monday night a crowd of more than 40,000 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia witnessed a first - a fan subdued with a Taser after rushing the field."

I usually don't read the comments because they're usually idiotic (and most of them still are), but this one I have to agree with:
"Perhaps if the police and security guards were held to a reasonable fitness standard, they could have captured the fan and dragged him off the field instead of using the taser on him."

'Bush-ama' tax cuts: The $2.2 trillion decision
Perhaps not as attention grabbing as the first two, but more important.
(Besides the cat-marrying man, that one sets the bar for all men in love with their pets).

Now, Bush was grilled by the left for these tax cuts. I wonder if they'll make as much noise with Obama sustaining them. Just saying...

"They're often called the "Bush" tax cuts. But at this point they might as well be called the Bush-ama tax cuts.

That's because President Obama has embraced the tax relief measures introduced in 2001 and 2003, proposing they be extended indefinitely for most Americans. If lawmakers do nothing, the measures expire Dec. 31."

"Another reason for the new Bush-ama moniker: Like President Bush, President Obama has not called on Congress to pay for the cost of the tax cuts. In fact, the extension of the cuts is exempt from the new "pay-go" rules that Obama signed into law recently.

Extending the tax cuts for most Americans will increase the federal deficit by an estimated $2.2 trillion over 10 years."


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

you make me touch your hands for stupid reasons

Yet another letter/email from a heartbroken angsty, teenager.

But with a new twist: read in dramatic fashion on TYMND! (click)

(link thanks to Jessie)

Side note: Anyone else impressed that the site started out as a tribute to a corny Sean Connery one-liner?

Monday, May 3, 2010

Redrawing New England

Interesting story on past and proposed changes to New England.

The State of Boston
"On July 23, 1919, State Representative James H. Brennan of Charlestown marched over to the clerk's office in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and filed a bill to make Boston a separate state.

Brennan's beef was unjust taxation--specifically, the $600,000 the city was required to pay into the state's school fund, "of which not a cent's worth of benefit will be derived," according to Brennan."

Acadia and Maine
(or Maine and Northern Massachusetts)

"Just last month, Henry Joy, a Republican state legislator who represents the northern Maine town of Island Falls, proposed legislation to split Maine into two states. He cited a series of irreconcilable geographic differences between Maine's rural north and more settled south. There is a certain logic to Joy's position. For example, recreation in the north includes hunting and snowmobiling, whereas southerners tend to be more interested in Shakespeare festivals and weekend antiquing."

[Let's just give southern Maine back to Massachusetts, the whole state used to be part of it anyway...]


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Telephone: The Afghanistan Remix

"This is a couple guys located in afghanistan, that re-made the music video by Lady Gaga....Telephone. Prepare yourself for a fantastical journey.
Right now this is the temporary version, we have more scenes to cut, and edit, however with guys always on mission it is harder to film than you think.

At least they're all in good spirits.