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Friday, April 29, 2011

In the News: April 28, 2011

A bunch.


Brash Facebook posts lead to bank heist arrests
Some of these quotes are amazing...

lamebook is filled with proof that some Facebookers aren't the most intelligent...

"Two people charged in a staged Texas bank heist apparently didn't think twice when they typed messages in the "What's on your mind?" portion of their Facebook pages, court documents show.

"Get $$$(;.," wrote bank employee Estefany Danelia Martinez, 19, two days before $62,201 was taken from the International Bank of Commerce in Houston, according to an affidavit from FBI Special Agent Kevin J. Katz.

According to the affidavit, filed with a criminal complaint in federal court this week, her boyfriend, Ricky Gonzalez, 18, wrote on his page on March 24, the day after the robbery, "Wipe my teeth with hundereds (sic)."
"

"On March 24, Gonzalez wrote on his Facebook page, "U have to past the line sometimes!! To get dis money," the complaint says. Martinez allegedly wrote, "I'm rich" on Gonzalez's page on March 25.

Lance Hamm, an attorney for Gonzalez, told CNN that his client was not referring to the bank robbery in his Facebook posts. "I don't feel the Facebook thing is as relevant as everyone is making it to be," Hamm said.

"I think it was just young kids talking," said Hamm, adding Gonzalez, who could face 10 years in prison, has been "upfront" with investigators. "He knew he was in over his head."
"
(CNN)


Poorest City in the United States: Jewish Suburb in New York

"Kiryas, NY, doesn’t look like the poorest place in America. The village has no slums, no homeless people, and pretty much no crime. Yet a whopping 70% of Kiryas Joel's 21,000 residents are below the federal poverty line, and its median family income is just $17,929, making it far and away the poorest place in America—at least statistically, according to the New York Times. But Kiryas is an odd place; it’s populated predominantly by ultra-orthodox Satmar Hasidic Jews, most of whom speak almost exclusively Yiddish.

Women there marry young and don’t use birth control, giving the town the lowest median age (12) and highest average family size (6) in the country. But residents manage just fine, thanks to charity from its wealthier members and collective action. The community runs many businesses as nonprofits and, by voting en masse, wields enough political clout to get loads of government help. They recently, for example, built a government-funded $10 million postnatal maternal care center—prompting one state lawmaker to call for an investigation. “They may be truly poor on paper,” the lawmaker says. “They are not truly poor in reality.”
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(via Barstool)

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Quickie

It's getting late, but this is some cool stuff!

Heal - Animated Trauma
Almost makes me want to fracture some bones...

"We built this medical animtion from the ground up to showcase the talents of ghOst Productions at the 2009 American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons in Las Vegas. Instead of showing pre-existing client work in our reel, we thought it would be more fun to make a character animation, break nearly every bone in his body and then surgically repair him in under 3 minutes."
(via Neatorama)


Elephant phobia?
Then why is he riding one?

Answer: For our entertainment
(via The Daily What)

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

So apparently Obama was born in the United States...

Who knew?
"President Obama released his original birth certificate Wednesday, saying the controversy surrounding the issue had become a "sideshow."

Obama's birth certificate

“We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do," said Obama.

The surprise release follows recent and sustained remarks by businessman Donald Trump, among others, that raised doubts as to whether the president was born in the United States.

“Over the last two and half years, I have watched with amusement. I have been puzzled with the degree with which this thing just kept going,” Obama told reporters Wednesday.
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Unfortunately this "silliness" could have been over with two years ago, but Obama's camp refused to give in for some reason.

Unless it took them two years so forge the documents and create the back story! (Dun dun dun...)

Anyway, let's take a look at this "birth certificate":
I don't know... looks like some good Photoshopping here.
- Obama's mom not signing her full name (only a forger would have tried to sign her nickname first!)
- The supposed "doctor" attendant. Looks like he was unsure about checking off that box...
- And who is this notary/state registrar? Alvin T. Onaka? O-N-A-K-A is only a few letters away from O-B-A-M-A!
I smell a conspiracy!

[Side note: I particularly like sections 3 & 4 (two sections dedicated to multiples?) and section 7g (apparently denoting farm or plantation births was very important to 60s Hawaii). Also- Obama's a "junior"? Why is this not a nickname?]

Moving on...
Of course, "The Donald" had something to say about it:
"Responding to the development, Trump said, "I have accomplished something nobody else has accomplished."

"I want to look at it, but I hope it’s true," he told reporters in New Hampshire. "He should have done it a long time ago. I am really honored to have played such a big role in hopefully getting rid of this issue."
"
(CNN)


But as The Onion reports, he's got some explaining to do as well:

Trump Unable To Produce Certificate Proving He's Not A Festering Pile Of Shit
(link thanks to Mike)

Let's hope this is the last we hear of the "birthers".
(Something tells me it won't be).

Song of the Moment: Blake Shelton - Who Are You When I'm Not Looking

Apparently Blake is on 'The Voice'. I didn't watch it, but here's his latest single:

(Live version since embedding the official video was disabled).


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Whole Bunch of Stuff

Tried thinking of a creative post name that would include all the things I'm about to post, but there's too much random crap.


Father vs. Son Slap Fight
At first, you'd think it was abuse, but I think the dad's getting the better beating.
That kid is wailing on him!


He's also taking his slaps like a... man? The dad flinches every time.
(via all the internets)


Hank Azaria rules!
(And is a Tufts grad!)
Harry Shearer's no slouch either.
(via GraphJam)

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy World Penguin Day!!

I had no idea it was World Penguin Day today...
Until about 10 minutes ago, I didn't know such a day existed.

Luckily Boston.com was aware and put up an album to celebrate.

"And then (ghost) Jesus and his lover, Carlos, took their son out to the waters, where they washed away..."
Just kidding, the real caption:

"Tomas, an endangered Humboldt penguin, walked by a mural at the Salvage Unit in Chorrillos, Peru, before being transferred to a penguin colony on San Lorenzo Island. Tomas was rescued by lifeguards after losing his way and landing at the beach of Agua Dulce in the Lima district of Chorrillos."
(link thanks to Sarah, and for the heads up about my new favorite holiday)


And one of my favorite signs:

I'll be better prepared next year, promise.

Happy Easter!

A little late... but you know the saying.

(SMBC)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Weekend Dump

A whole bunch of leftovers I've been meaning to post.


Barack Obama and his mom:
Awesome.
(via The Daily What)


Massive 20-module Great Ball Contraption goes on forever
I could watch these contraptions all day...

Especially cool are all the creative ways it includes for moving the balls.
One of my favorites is at 2:05.
(via Brothers Brick)

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

For some reason MJ's 'Will You Be There' always reminds me of Earth Day...
Maybe I saw a special when I was younger that featured the song.

Or maybe it just reminds me of Free Willy.

You Watched It...

You Can't Unwatch it!

Fair warning, the content here may make you wish you had skipped this post....

Gary Busey endorses Donald Trump

T.R.U.M.P.: Taking Redirection Understanding Massive Power
(via The Daily What)


Sesame Street's Bert, in real life:

Nightmares for a week...
(via The High Definite)

For the sake of comparison:


If you really want to continue...
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

...and masturbation!

Wanted to put this all in one post, but the OKCupid/sex one had too many charts and it was getting too long.

(via GraphJam)

Let's talk about sex...

OKCupid does some more interesting statistics analysis on their users...
Data mining at that place must be a sociologist's wet dream!

Here are several charts generated, displaying their findings:

 I bet it has something to do with shorter attention spans... Or the fact that they think we care about their every (bowel) movement.


Good ol' Christianity...
Apparently 'guilt' is as good of a truth serum as 'I don't give a crap, FSM won't judge me'.

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4/20 Comics!

So technically it's no longer 4/20 (east of EDT), but hopefully these will help you continue your giggle-fits while you munch on your Fritos...

Curiosity: Men vs Women
Time to test this out...
(Doghouse Diaries)


Thank you, Dear Lord Baby Jesus.
I'd ask him if he ever got with Mary Magdalene.
(SMBC)

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Baby Cake

In retrospect, cutting into Hello Kitty's head doesn't seem that bad.


(via The Daily What)

Warning: Wiffle ball poses "significant risk of injury."

(I actually saw this first on tonight's Nightly News with Brian Williams, but had to find articles online to post).




Another example of what happens when government gets too big and think they know how to run your life best:

Classic kids games like kickball deemed unsafe by state [New York] in effort to increase summer camp regulation

"State bureaucrats have identified a potentially deadly hazard facing our children this summer - freeze tag.

That's right, officials have decided the age-old street game - along with Wiffle Ball, kickball and dodgeball - poses a "significant risk of injury."

And classics like Capture the Flag, Steal the Bacon and Red Rover are also deemed dangerous in new state regulations for day camps.
"

"The Health Department created a list of supposedly risky recreational activities - which also includes more perilous pursuits like archery, scuba and horseback riding - in response to a state law passed in 2009.

The law sought to close a loophole that legislators said allowed too many indoor camp programs to operate without oversight.

Under the new rules, any program that offers two or more organized recreational activities - with at least one of them on the risky list - is deemed a summer camp and subject to state regulation.

Ritchie said the regulations could cripple small recreational programs, forcing them to pay a $200 fee to register as a summer camp and provide medical staff.
"

[And it's a great way for the state to get more money!]
(NY Daily News via Barstool)



Luckily, common sense public outcry knocked some sense into the out-of-touch politicians' heads.
Doesn't it frighten you that they need to be told?


"New York health officials pulled back a proposal that would have placed new regulations on classic kid games like tag and Wiffle Ball that officials deemed unsafe.

Just in time for summer camp season, the list was delivered to towns, villages and camp operators, and in a surprise to many, games like kickball were placed in the category of “significant risk of injury.”

In turn, public outcry called for the state to stay off their handball courts.

Some had called it an attempt to "legislate fun," as the proposal faced increasing criticism from lawmakers and recreational sports businesses.
"

"The New York Health Department maintains these lists make sure camps have the proper medical equipment to treat any injury that may result from any particular activity. The games range in danger from archery to kickball.

“A lot can be misread,” Claudia Hutton, a department spokeswoman told FoxNews.com. “For example, Arts and Crafts sounds like it’s glue and paint, but in some cases they use power tools.”
"

"There are roughly 2,300 regulated summer camps in New York that are required to be under permit and be inspected twice a year by the state's Department of Health.

The state claims that this has resulted in markedly low levels of serious incidents. State statistics claim that of more than 640,000 children who attend camps, less than two-tenths of one percent are injured in any manner.

Games/activities on the warning list:

* Capture the Flag

* Crab Soccer

* Dodgeball

* Flag Tag

* Flag Football

* Ga Ga

* Kickball

* Nuk-em

* Red Rover

* Steal the Bacon

* Tag (all varieties)
"
(FoxNews

Monday, April 18, 2011

2 pics, 5 videos

Pics:

Just so much wrong here...
The stop sign, the yellow do-not-put-your-care-here area, the pole.
(failblog)


Yet to see this proven wrong:
(via GraphJam)


Videos... after the break!

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No comment.

I'll just let these pictures speak for themselves...

"Orange County Republican Party central committee member and Tea Party activist Marilyn Davenport sent out a “joke e-mail” to other local GOPers with the above image attached under the words “Now you know why no birth certificate.”

Not surprisingly, some recipients found it to be in poor taste. “It is dripping with racism and it does not promote the type of message Orange County Republicans want to deliver to the public,” OC Republican Party chairman Scott Baugh told OC Weekly. “I think she should consider stepping down as an elected official.”

Meanwhile, Davenport doesn’t get why this is a big deal. “Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black,” she said in a phone interview. In a follow-up e-mail ostensibly apologizing to fellow OC Republicans for the previous correspondence Davenport reiterated her naivete. “I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth,” she wrote, adding that she has no intention of resigning her position over something “the average person knows and agrees is much to do about nothing.”
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(via The Daily What)


Vocab book:
Granted, it looks like a book for German native speakers...
(via The High Definite)

Song of the Moment: Portugal. The Man - People Say

Very cool, smooth sound.


(thanks to Erin)

Friday, April 15, 2011

In the News: April 15, 2011

Some other news besides that budget thing that's been going on...


Boston to ban sugary drinks on city property
How about you control your own diet first, before speaking for everyone else...
Mumbles

"Saying that sugary drinks have caused rising obesity among city residents and driven up health care costs, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino today moved to ban the sale, advertising, and promotion of the drinks on all city property.

"I want to create a civic environment that makes the healthier choice the easier choice in people's lives, whether it's schools, worksites, or other places in the community," Menino said in a statement.
"

This just makes me angry all over...
When will politicians stop trying to control every aspect of our lives?
Why don't they just dictate what we eat everyday? They started with public school cafeterias, now they're moving on to the adults.

Sorry for all the negativity, but when you start messing with my ability to find a Coke, it gets personal.
And I'm very glad the guys over on Barstool agree. (Boston. Philly.) It's reassuring to know that I'm not the only one who thinks this is ridiculous.
(Boston.com)



Speaking of fat people...

Study: Weight-loss combo pill shows promise


"Two existing drugs, in combination, have shown significant promise in promoting weight loss, according to a new report.

The drugs, phentermine and Topamax, in combination with lifestyle and weight-loss counseling were associated with a 18-22 pound weight loss in trial participants, compared with a three-pound weight loss in patients who received counseling alone.

The drug also appears to have reduced other obesity-related indicators, such as blood pressure, cholesterol and inflammation levels.

By comparison, the only approved long-term prescription weight loss medication available on the market today, Xenical, is associated with a seven-pound weight loss when combined with diet and exercise.
"

[I do like their definition of a safe drug though:]

"Among the 2,487 study participants, nine became pregnant, and none of their children were born with cleft palates, the report said."

Yay! No birth defects! Safe to use!
(CNN)


Shale gas 'worse than coal' for climate
Hm.

"The new kid on the energy block, shale gas, may be worse in climate change terms than coal, a study concludes.

Drawn from rock through a controversial "fracking" process, some hail the gas as a "stepping stone" to a low-carbon future and a route to energy security.

But US researchers found that shale gas wells leak substantial amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

This makes its climate impact worse than conventional gas, they say - and probably worse than coal as well.

"Compared to coal, the footprint of shale gas is at least 20% greater and perhaps more than twice as great on the 20-year horizon, and is comparable over 100 years," they write in a paper to be published shortly in the journal Climatic Change.
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(BBC)

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Happy Tax Freedom Day!

Almost forgot!


As of today, most Massachusetts residents will have made enough money to pay off their tax obligations to the state, federal, and local levels!
(Unfortunately, most states have already been celebrating... starting with Mississippi, way back on March 26).


"Tax Freedom Day® will arrive on April 12 this year, the 102nd day of 2011. That means Americans will work well over three months of the year, from January 1 to April 12, before they have earned enough money to pay this year's tax obligations at the federal, state and local levels.
Tax Freedom Day arrives three day later in 2011 than it did in 2010, but nearly two weeks earlier than in 2007. This shift toward a lower tax burden since 2007 has been driven by three factors:
• The Great Recession has reduced tax collec­tions even faster than it has reduced income.
• President Obama and the Congress, after a long debate, extended the Bush-era tax cuts for two additional years.
• As part of the extension agreement, the Making Work Pay tax credit was replaced with the 2 percent reduction in the payroll tax.
Despite these tax reductions, Americans will pay more in taxes in 2011 than they will spend on groceries, clothing and shelter combined.
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(TaxFoundation.org)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ketchup: Part 2

Part 1 was images, Part 2 is videos.


California on Religion

Favorite part at 2:07- Explanation of who Judas was.
(via The High Definite)


Twin Babies Talking! (as acted by adult men)
New version with actors Michael Chiklis and Patton Oswalt:

I think the original is still better, but the excellent reproduction quality of the "adult version" makes it a closer race than you'd expect.
(Funny or Die via Neatorama)


Amazing Animatronics by John Nolan 
In a CGI-saturated world, it's nice to know some things are still "real".

Also, it's decided. I'm quitting tomorrow and pursuing a career in animatronics.
(via The Daily What)

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Ketchup: Part 1

(Not "catsup"- Firefox doesn't even recognize that as a word...)

Been a while since I posted a bunch of stuff, partially because it's been nice out and I didn't want to stay inside, but mostly because I've been lazy.

There's a bunch of stuff, so I'm going to break it up into two posts.


APOD: The Milky Way Over Tenerife
Always thought it would be cool to be an astronaut... Considering 90% of astronauts won't get the chance to be astronauts after the shuttle program ends, I don't think that's a viable option at this point.
"Have you ever seen the band of our Milky Way Galaxy? Chances are you have never seen it like this -- nor could you. In a clear sky from a dark location at the right time, a faint band of light is visible across the sky. This band is the disk of our spiral galaxy. Since we are inside this disk, the band appears to encircle the Earth. The above spectacular picture of the Milky Way arch, however, goes where the unaided eye cannot. The image is actually a deep digital fusion of nine photos that create a panorama fully 360 across. Taken recently in Teide National Park in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, the image includes the Teide volcano, visible near the image center, behind a volcanic landscape that includes many large rocks."
(APOD- click for image with constellation callouts)


Suspended Staircase
When I get a house, I'm getting a staircase like this:
(via The Daily What)

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Monday, April 11, 2011

4 Videos...

as seen on Barstool Sports.


Drunk Cubs Chick

Don't really know what to say... But if you only have time for one video, watch this one.


Swedish Army Commercial Makes Fun of American Military Commercials

Do you think Swedes know the commercial is making fun of US commercials?
Regardless, wouldn't you want the opportunity to have awesome amphibious assaults in cool black uniforms, rather than running through a snowy obstacle course... in woodland camouflage?


Nike Commercial Featuring DeSean Jackson, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Chris Bosh
(Cameo by Ken Griffey, Jr! Goofy grin and all...)

This one I just need to copy Barstool's commentary:
"It’s just a shame that Chris Bosh never ever looks cool. Like not even an animated Nike commercial can make this dude not look like a lanky dork. DeSean’s swag is effortless. Even L’chaim Knickerbocker Matisyahu himself seems like a pretty cool guy. But poor Bosh. Nerdy as shit. Third fiddle again. Fourth if you include Griffey."


Man Feminists

What the hell is this?!
My bet is on the fact that they're in a rehab course for female-brutality and had to make the video as part of their rehabilitation.
No other explanation.

Jon Stewart celebrates Glenn Beck...

transitioning out of the TV spotlight (and into producing more of Fox News).

[Question: Is it better to have just one show saturated with Glenn Beck made-up-history rhetoric or many shows with his prints all over them?]

Anyway, as The Daily What put it:
Jon Stewart bids farewell to Glenn Beck the best way he knows how: By spending (nearly) the entirety of last night’s episode of The Daily Show impersonating him.

If you've ever seen Glenn Beck's show, I think you'd agree that Jon Stewart's impersonation is spot on.
(via The Daily What)

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

5 Rules for Remembering Names

Anyone who knows me, knows that I should really utilize these name-memorization skills...
Here's a quick recap -- watch the video for a more thorough explanation.

1. Hear the name (really listen for it).

2. Spell the name.

3. Comment on the name.

4. Use the name during a conversation.

5. Use the name when leaving.


I met 5-7 people yesterday. I remember none of their names...
(Fast Company)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I want to see this movie: When Harry Met Sally 2

When Harry Met Sally is one of my favorite movies...
(Say what you will, it's a good movie!)

Naturally, I'm very excited for its sequel:

GENIUS.

Via /Film:
"Funny or Die has been killing it recently. This time, the site has roped in quite a collection of talent: Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner, Helen Mirren and more (Mike Tyson!) to create a fake trailer for a very ill-considered sequel to When Harry Met Sally. It is a lot like Robert Altman’s film The Player, condensed to under five minutes and with a few 2011-appropriate thrown in. Check it out below.

Golf clap to Helen Mirren and Billy Crystal for being willing to go all in with this one. Their commitment is what makes it work, especially when things start to get truly ridiculous. Though that weird Mike Tyson appearance doesn’t hurt. You’ll be able to see where this is going almost immediately, especially when Adam Scott‘s moronic studio exec starts to add his little ‘tweak.’ If only I could believe that guys like that didn’t actually give those notes in real life. In reality, though, I know the notes execs and producers give are often far more idiotic.
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In the News: April 6, 2011

Not really news in itself, but...
Local News April Fool's Joke:

Highlights:
- The female anchor's look of confusion after the montage (0:36)
- The crew mocking her for another minute after
- Weatherman's "pickle girl" impression (2:00)
(via Business Insider)


Moving on...
Judge offers to let Willie Nelson off drugs jail sentence . . . so long as he sings her favourite song in court
I'm telling you, these old rockers have no respect for the law!

He already looks repentant... or sleeping.

"Singer-songwriter and marijuana enthusiast Willie Nelson could have faced a lengthy jail term after he was arrested for possession in November.

But perhaps the Texas prosecutor has been smoking some of Willie’s special cigarettes, because he has agreed to let the 77-year-old legend avoid prison but only if he gives the court a song.

Hudspeth County Attorney Kit Bramblett said: ‘I’m gonna let him plead, pay a small fine and he’s gotta sing “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” with his guitar right there in the courtroom.’

He added: ‘You bet you’re a** I ain’t gonna be mean to Willie Nelson.’
"
(Daily Mail)


Gravity satellite yields 'Potato Earth' view


"It looks like a giant potato in space.

And yet, the information in this model is the sharpest view we have of how gravity varies across the Earth.

The globe has been released by the team working on Europe's Goce satellite.

It is a highly exaggerated rendering, but it neatly illustrates how the tug we feel from the mass of rock under our feet is not the same in every location.

Gravity is strongest in yellow areas; it is weakest in blue ones.
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(Spin the model!: @BBC)

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Thunder Thunder Thunder Thundercats!

Thundercats reboot on Cartoon Network anyone?

Embedding was disabled for some reason, but here's a screenshot of a rather young (and fuzzy) looking Lion-O (I had to look up the spelling for that... "Lion-O". Really??)
Follow the link to see the trailer.
(originally via The High Definite)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Stuff I've been meaning to post

Michael Jackson statue unveiled

Apparently it was supposed to be placed at the department store Harrods before Al Fayed sold it last year...

"Fulham unveiled a statue of Michael Jackson outside its stadium on Sunday, with team chairman Mohamed Al Fayed telling fans to support another Premier League club if they don't like the idea.

Al Fayed, who was close friends with Jackson, danced with children after unveiling the statue of the "King of Pop" before Fulham's home match against Blackpool.

The statue outside Craven Cottage has divided opinion, but Al Fayed launched a passionate defense of his move to commemorate his friendship with Jackson, who died in 2009.
"
(ESPN)


Toy Story 4: Don't Toy With Me
Those crazy Taiwanese over at NWA are at it again!
Their April Fools joke to the world was the announcement that they would be working with Pixar on the latest sequel.

I would totally watch to see what happens to pot-head, criminal Andy.
If only he had a father figure...
(via The High Definite)


Truth.
(SMBC)
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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Three Trailers

Pretty sure I've mentioned these three upcoming movies already on the blog, but here are some new trailers/clips!


The Hangover Part II trailer



Green Lantern
4 minutes of green goodness!

(via /Film)


Winnie the Pooh clip

(via The Daily What)

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fools!

Everyone site is coming out with its own list of favorite pranks of the day.

I'm not doing that.

Instead, all you get is this interesting infographic:
(via GraphJam)


And this clever prank from Japan Cinema claiming that Pixar will produce a CGI adaptation of Totoro:
(via The Daily What)


And...

A push to visit Hulu to watch episodes of The X-Files!