« January 2008 | Main | March 2008 »

February 29, 2008

IT'S TIME FOR HERO WORSHIP, TED-STYLE.

Photo_022908_001.jpg

KINGS OF SIMULCAST: YET ANOTHER REASON I LOVE THE YEARLY TED CONFERENCE.

THE CULT OF "THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID" CONTINUES.

McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Unfortunate "That's What She Said" Precursors in Casual Sports.

WHEN COWBOYS DIE.

McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Cowboy Deaths, in Descending Order of Degree of Dignity.

THE OFFICIAL NETWORK OF...

AND THEN THERE'S OUR GUY.

Prince Harry Fighting In Afghanistan For Last Three Months, Reports Say - The Huffington Post

A SPLASH OF COLD WATER.

Obama Red States Unlikely - Politics on The Huffington Post

SOME PAINFUL PERSPECTIVE.

"Democrats are in trouble. They're so in trouble that the Democratic party -- the liberal voice of reason -- would be unrecognizable to the lefties of yesterday. Why are issues of nuclear disarmament, alternative sources of fuel, a department of peace, immediate Iraqi troop withdrawal, and media diversification constantly forced into the margins of debate?"

Allison Kilkenny: Stop Blaming Ralph - Politics on The Huffington Post


KEEP YOUR SWEATERS OUT 'TIL MARCH THIS YEAR.

"A tribute to children's public television pioneer Fred Rogers will include an effort to get people everywhere to wear a sweater on what would have been his 80th birthday. March 20th is being promoted as "Sweater Day" to honor Rogers, who died of cancer five years ago. A sweater was his trademark garb on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

Fred Rogers Tribute Includes Sweater Day | Seattle Times Newspaper


YEAH, WE KNOW YOU DO.

Bill Kristol: "I Recommend The Politics Of Fear" - Media on The Huffington Post

OBSOLETE SKILLS WE'RE LEAVING BEHIND.

Obsolete Skills

I THINK I RECOGNIZE THESE GUYS FROM O'HARE.

February 28, 2008

HELPING THE INVISIBLE.

"Internet giant Google announced on Wednesday a plan to partner with all the homeless shelters in San Francisco and offer free phone numbers and voice mail accounts to homeless individuals, giving people the ability to distribute their own phone numbers and retrieve voice mail messages left for them whenever and from wherever they choose."

S.F. homeless get free phone numbers


THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE ONE HELL OF A SCIENCE FAIR.

"After a week of deliberations, Hudsonville's mayor says the city will keep a reference of God in its mission statement."

WZZM13 - Hudsonville keeping "to serve God" in mission statement


RUBBER SIDEWALKS. I'LL SAY IT AGAIN - RUBBER SIDEWALKS.

"The City of Bellevue will begin installing rubber sidewalks in areas where tree roots have destroyed traditional concrete walkways."

Seattlest: Bellevue Investing in Rubber Sidewalks


NO WORD ON HOW MANY GUFFAWS THE SENSORS THEMSELVES PROVOKE.

"Researchers at Kansai University have developed a machine that can scientifically measure the quantity of a person’s laughter, as well as distinguish between the real and the fake. The sensors, which attach to a person’s cheeks, chest and abdomen, take 3,000 measurements per second. Sensor data is relayed to a computer, where it is analyzed by special software that determines the nature of the laugh and assigns a numerical score based on the quantity."

Scientists Measure Laughter - Advertising Lab: future of advertising and advertising technology


ECONOMIC ARMAGEDDON?

"I feel sorry for the next president. Even as he takes his oath of office, the nation will be flying apart like a seized-up engine. Since the fiasco in finance is happening in lock-step with Peak Oil (and very likely because of it at a fundamental level) we can expect one of the distortions to take the form of oil shortages. These shortages will come not just from demand bottlenecks in a stressed-out world oil allocation system, but because exporting nations will start demanding payment in Euros or something besides the depreciating currency that reflects our disintegration, and we'll have a problem coming up with payments that amount to at least fifty percent more than we're used to shelling out."

Clusterfuck Nation by Jim Kunstler : Still Pretending


I'M GIVING UP HOPE. SLOWLY, BUT STILL.

"The Redbirds turned 20 offensive rebounds into a whopping 18-point advantage in second-chance points in pounding out a 68-54 Missouri Valley Conference victory over the Bluejays before 6,563 at Redbird Arena."

Omaha.com Sports Section


BRAND HYPOCRISY ON TRIAL.

"We're more interested in the original framing - a brand is going to spend $10M to tell consumers about Coke's educational outreach programs and the recycling of their canned products. All this work is being done by Leo Burnett. On the other hand, they've got W K making limited edition plastic bottles. Plastic bottles. They take a little less than 1000 years to decompose."

mediabistro.com: AgencySpy


THE RED SCARE IS NOW THE FREE SCARE.

"It is already remarkable how much vocabulary is shared between "socialism" and "social media". One definition of socialism refers to a system under which "community members own all property, resources, and the means of production, and control the distribution of goods" (source), which also captures the spirit of economic relationships in most of the current social media environments. In his most recent book, The Long Tail, Anderson pays a fair amount of attention to those relationships, which are largely non-monetary in nature."

The Communist Manifesto of Chris Anderson - Advertising Lab: future of advertising and advertising technology


ESPECIALLY IF THEY'RE SOME OF THE PEOPLE I'VE WORKED WITH OVER THE YEARS.

"New research by University of Calgary, Faculty of Kinesiology researcher Dr. Tim Welsh says that regardless of their intentions, having an individual working on a different task - within your field of vision - could be enough to slow down your performance."

Who's slowing you down?


YEAH - BUT THEY'D PROBABLY LOSE BIG AT THE CREATIONIST SCIENCE FAIR...I MEAN IF THEY DEVELOPED LEGS AND WALKED OVER TO ENTER IT.

"We have provided the first evidence that fish exhibit rudimentary mathematical abilities,' says experimental psychologist Christian Agrillo of the University of Padova in Italy, who made the discovery while studying a group mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki)."

Smooth Pebbles: Fish can count!


I'D LIKE TO STATE PUBLICALLY THAT MY WIFE WAS RIGHT ON OBAMA'S POTENTIAL AND I WAS WRONG. DEAD WRONG. OH, AND....WOW.

Obama Momentum in Texas � Jon Taplin’s Blog

TODAY IN CONSUMER EMPOWERMENT.

"Bed Bath & Beyond is under fire for using multi-ply yarns to amp up the thread count of its linens. The lawsuit was filed by a suspicious consumer who had her sheets examined by a textile forensics lab and found that her 800-thread-count sheets were really only 408s (New Yorker 1.28.08)."

Iconoculture - Consumer Research Service: Trend Observation


OH...MY....GOD?

"The blue-ribbon winning project on dinosaurs and people roaming the earth together, with the color photos and the perfectly cut lettering, probably had parental help. The one explaining how a broken motor disproves Darwin's theory of evolution, with the roughly cut pieces of paper and the penciled in chicken scratches, probably did not."

Creationist dioramas at kids' science fair - Boing Boing


February 26, 2008

I WON'T GIVE AWAY THE ENDING...BUT SUFFICE IT TO SAY, IT'S NOT WHAT YOU THINK.

Paper Cup vs. Styrofoam Cup: Which is the “Greener” Choice?

THE RESPONSE.

A CADBURY AD FROM '69. NOPE - NOT KIDDING...FROM 1969.

A WEBSITE DEVOTED TO THE LOWERCASE L.

"Ever notice hand-written signs with letters in all-caps, except for the letter L? It looks like an uppercase i ... WHY DO PEOPlE WRITE lIKE THIS?"

lowercase L


TODAY IN CREATIVITY.

"The Star Tribune reports that dozens of bars in the Twin Cities are holding "theater nights" and declaring everyone in the bar to be an actor. By law, performers are allowed to smoke during theatrical performances."

Smoking ban workaround in bars: Hold "theater nights" - Boing Boing


THE ONION MAKES A POINT.


Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early

GREATEST DESIGN FOR IPOD SPEAKERS...EVER.

500xl.jpg

500xl Computer Speakers

LOVE HURTS.

14685_1_230.jpg

"It is a sturdy diamond ring whose point faces out, turning it into a potentially lethal weapon."

Diamond Defender - Killer Engagement Ring


UH...BUT..."ABSORBENT AND YELLOW AND POUROUS IS HE!"

spongebobrectal1.jpg

Spongebob Rectal Thermometer

February 25, 2008

FOOD FOR THOUGHT. THOUGHT, I SAID.

"Mark Cuban argues that the Internet is now becoming a hinderance to our productivity. Idris Moote makes an even stronger case. He notes that productivity growth has gradually slowed since 2004. Moote cites statistics showing that interruptions from e-mail, cell phones, instant messaging, and blogs take up nearly 30% of each day; on an annualized basis, this represents a loss of 28 billion hours for the entire US workforce."

Micro Persuasion: Could the Interruption Economy Sack Prosperity?


OLAN MILLS - PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE DAMNED.

FAMILY.PORTRAIT.jpg

List Of The Day: Great Olan Mills photos

TIME TO UPLOAD YOUR VIDEO.

FarewellMrPresident

I'LL BE DOING A LITTLE DOUBLE-DUTY BLOGGING THIS WEEK FROM THE TED CONFERENCE IN MONTEREY.

Check for my TED-specific posts here.

KINGS OF SIMULCAST

February 23, 2008

THE ONION BRINGS ITS SATIRICAL GENIUS TO MALL SHOOTINGS.

"I remember thinking 'This is it, I'm going to die,'" the 34-year-old contractor said from his bed at Buffalo General Hospital, where he is still under observation after sustaining three gunshot wounds, including one that left a bullet lodged in his spine. "Then I looked around at where I was and told myself there was no way in hell I was going to let them find me curled up behind a floor display of Midnight Jasmine Housewarmer jar candles."

Victim Of Mall Shooting Determined Not To Die In Yankee Candle | The Onion - America's Finest News Source


ANARCHY TWO DOT OH.

"Trapster is a free community driven mobile phone app where drivers alert others to speed traps. The program runs in the background on your mobile phone (although the true simplicity of the service is achieved if the phone supports GPS or WiFi), and by hitting a simple combination of keys location data is sent to Trapster, logging coordinates onto a Google maplet."

PSFK - trends and ideas to inspire change


ANARCHY ONE DOT OH.

"Texas Republicans have worked overtime to make it harder for key Democratic voting groups to vote and be represented fairly. The redistricting games they’ve played are infamous. And for the Prairie View A&M University precincts, they put the early-polling place more than seven miles from the school. So what did the students in this video do? They shut down the highway as they marched seven miles to cast their votes on the first day of early voting."

The Field � Texas Early Voting Wave as Reaction to Systemic Disenfranchisement


WELL MERRY XMAS. HERE'S YOUR GIFTCARD.

"As a result of Sharper Image's bankruptcy filing earlier this week, the company's decided to stop accepting gift cards until they can get their finances in order."

Sharper Image: Sharper Image Suspends Gift Card Redemption


WELL, THAT'S BECAUSE BILL WAS OUT "WORKIN' THE NIGHT SHIFT," IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

UM...YEAH...IT'S SIMON COWELL...WE JUST THINK WE'RE GOING TO MOVE IN A NEW DIRECTION, AND WE'RE CANCELLING YOUR TRIP TO HOLLYWOOD.

UM...YEAH...IT'S THE NETWORK...WE JUST THINK WE'RE GOING TO MOVE IN A NEW DIRECTION, AND WE'RE CANCELLING YOUR SHOW.

VENGEANCE? OURS.

Creighton 65, Oral Roberts 64

Omaha.com Sports Section


ACTIVISM TAKES MANY FORMS.

The Unofficial - Save the Breakfast Sandwich at Starbucks Website

SAVE the BREAKFAST SANDWICH |


TODAY IN OPPORTUNISM.

"A small coffee chain (2 stores) in California is offering free coffee during the much ballyhooed "Starbucks retraining event," on Tuesday, February 26th from 5:30 PM until 8:30 PM PST."

Free Stuff: Coffee Shop Offers Free Coffee In Celebration Of Starbucks "Retraining"


WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN DEFINITION OF WHAT "AUTHENTIC" MEANS.

Marketing: Product Placement In Tween Lit Is "Another Opportunity For Authenticity"

SUCCINCT AD COMMENTARY.

The Franklin Blog: Breathtaking Brilliance

IT TRAVELS.

TO SAY NOTHING OF THE "MOONS OVER MY HAMMY."

"A city board stunned developers, preservationists and Ballard residents Wednesday by voting 6-3 to designate the boarded-up Denny's Restaurant at Northwest Market Street and 15th Avenue Northwest a landmark — based largely on the visual punch the structure's Googie-esque roofline delivers to passing motorists."

Local News | Surprise: Denny's declared landmark | Seattle Times Newspaper


YEAH - IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE PEOPLE ARE MAD AT YOU FOR INSPIRING A 13-YEAR-OLD TO KILL HERSELF.

St. Charles Journal 'Kill yourself,' 'Go to hell,' - Lori Drew talks about her phone messages

February 21, 2008

JUST IN CASE YOU'D LIKE TO SEE WHO YOUR NEIGHBORS GIVE MONEY TO.

Fundrace 2008 Campaign Donations - Huffington Post

HOLDING YOUR BREATH WHILST EMAILING.

"Linda Stone (who coined the phrase "continuous partial attention") has noticed that people hold their breath and breathe shallowly when answering email, a phenomenon she'd dubbed "email apnea."

Email apnea: holding your breath while you answer mail - Boing Boing


THE PRICE IS RIGHT MIGHT NEED SOME NEW INSURANCE.

February 20, 2008

MICROSOFT IS KIDDING ITSELF.

Microsoft tries to teach teens about intellectual property � Beyond Madison Avenue

EXTORTION TWO DOT OH.

"In 2000, nerd news mecca Slashdot reported that eBay was actively complying with Church of Scientology requests to take down auctions of used e-meters. At the time, eBay’s explanation went as follows: “…someone who claims to be an owner of Intellectual property can send a notice sworn under penalty of perjury that an item is infringing.”

E-meter Incompatible with Ebay | Slog | The Stranger | Seattle's Only Newspaper


NOW THAT'S HOW TO SELL COMPRESSION SOFTWARE.

AT LONG LAST...NETFLIX FOR TOYS.

"Every parent of young children has an unwanted-toy graveyard somewhere in the home. Today’s prized playthings inevitably become tomorrow’s cast-offs, ready to be given away, discarded or boxed up in the garage. The alternative, offered by Texas start-up Babyplays, is to receive four to six toys by mail each month. Parents can keep the toys as long as they like, and send them back to receive a fresh batch. Monthly subscription rates range from USD 36.99 to 64.99."

Springwise: Toy rental service


February 19, 2008

A LITTLE HOME COOKIN'.

ESPN - Missouri State vs. Creighton 

THERE MAY NEVER BE A BETTER PHOTO GALLERY THAN THIS ONE. BUT OF COURSE, THAT'S A TESTABLE PROPOSITION.

 animal-magnetism.jpg

sweater.jpg

videogamesaffect.jpg

 

globalwarning.jpg

41 Hilarious Science Fair Experiments

A TEST I'M PRETTY SURE MY DAD CREATED.

Quiz: An artist or an ape?

THIS STORY SEEMS TO HAVE NO END WHATSOEVER.

Executions May Be Carried Out at Gitmo - Politics on The Huffington Post

WHIST YOU WERE OUT.

GIVE THIS MAN A BEER, AND GET THE DAMN MASCOT OUTTA HIS FACE.

A NEW WAY TO THINK OF NEWS -- GEOGRAPHICALLY.

NewsGlobe

February 18, 2008

TODAY IN FUTURE SPIN.

Al Gore tells climate investors at UN meeting: Ditch 'sub-prime carbon assets' - Forecast Earth

THE QUEEN WOULD PREFER SOME RESPECT.

"Beyonce's father says Aretha Franklin's criticism of his daughter for referring to Tina Turner as "the Queen" at the Grammys is "ridiculous."

FOXNews.com - Beyonce's Dad Defends Diva Over Aretha Franklin Tiff

INCLUDING, HOPEFULLY, THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE.

"I'd be honored to have President George Bush's support, his endorsement," McCain responded. "And I'd be honored to be anywhere with him under any circumstances."

McCain On Bush: "I'd Be Honored To Be Anywhere With Him"


CHEF MARIO HAS MANY TASTY TREATS.

"It's just people who hate things. But you know what? If they don't like my beef-cheek ravioli and the rock-and-roll we play on the sound system at Babbo, they can suck my dick. I don't care."

Restaurants: Touchy Restaurateurs Not Scared of Bloggers


February 17, 2008

BUT WHO GETS TO PAY FOR IT?

"Though his bakery does far more wedding cakes, Mr. Bach admits that he has created a few cakes for women going through a divorce. The trend started about six years ago, and the bakery charges about $185 per cake."

Getting a divorce? There's a cake for that - Slashfood


HOWEVER, THE BANK TELLS HER SHE HAS TO WAIT TWO WEEKS FOR THE DEPOSIT TO BE AVAILABLE TO HER.

"A Washington state woman won't be collecting any interest on one bank deposit, authorities say. According to court documents, the 18-year-old woman mistakenly put a bag of methamphetamine in an envelope with her cash and dropped it off at a Kitsap Credit Union automated teller machine. A bank worker found the meth and called police."

Woman Accused Of Depositing Meth At Bank - Louisville News Story - WLKY Louisville


FROM SUCH A FRIGGIN' EXPERT ON POWER SHARING.

BBC NEWS | Americas | Bush urges Kenya power-sharing

February 16, 2008

FORGET MY BROKEN HEART, NOW IT'S OFFICALLY BUSTED. ALONG WITH OUR TOURNAMENT DREAMS.

"On the heels of a disappointing loss Wednesday at Evansville, the Bluejays were trounced 87-59 by Bradley in a Missouri Valley game witnessed by a soldout crowd of 11,335."

Omaha.com Sports Section


February 15, 2008

I'M ON BOARD.

"DDB Canada has instituted a penalty system for Blackberry use during meetings."

DDB Canada’s Fascist Regime � Agency Spy


GOOD TO KNOW WE'RE NOT ALONE.

"There are also a lot of Libertarians blogging. Of all registered voters, 24.6% say they regularly or occasionally blog.

Of these:

• 37.6% are Libertarians.

• 26.9% are Democrats.

• 25.7% are Independents.

• 22.9% are Republicans."

Ann Handley: Who Blogs? (Maybe Not Who You Think) - Media on The Huffington Post


AMAZON WOULD LIKE YOU NOT TO KNOW ABOUT THEIR IN-HOUSE BILLY RAY CYRUS PERFORMANCE.

"...after blogging about an impromptu Billy Ray Cyrus performance at the company's office. Sam Machkovech says he was let go for breaking Amazon.com's non-disclosure agreement, and for blogging while at work."

Citizen Rain: Amazon cans worker over Billy Ray Cyrus blog


A CALL FOR REASON.

Cindy Handler: And Cell Phone Makes Three - Living on The Huffington Post

SHIA LAW - IN KANSAS.

"The Kansas State High School Activities Association said referees reported that Michelle Campbell was preparing to officiate at St. Mary's Academy near Topeka on Feb. 2 when a school official insisted that Campbell could not call the game. The reason given, according to the referees: Campbell, as a woman, could not be put in a position of authority over boys because of the academy's beliefs."

Kansas high school official: woman "cannot be put in a position of authority over boys" - Boing Boing


SOMEHOW, I IMAGINE THIS IS AGAINST SHIA LAW.

_img_2433.jpg

"Markus Kison's CharmingBurka is a Bluetooth-enabled Burka that sends a photo of the wearer to nearby mobile phones."

Bluetooth-enabled "CharmingBurka" - Boing Boing


LINGERIE AS POLITICAL STATEMENT.

"Happy Valentine’s Day? With exquisite timing, lingerie darlings Agent Provocateur unveil their latest product, a pair of Guantanamo orange knickers emblazoned with the message “Fair Trial My Arse.”

Agent Provocateur and Reprieve make a cheeky statement about detention without charge or trial


CAREFUL...PETA'S WATCHING.

PETA'S GETTIN' KINDA UNRULY.


Learn more about PETA's ABC campaign at PETA.org.
Learn more about PETA's ABC campaign at PETA.org.
Learn more about PETA's ABC campaign at PETA.org.

NOW THAT WE'VE FINALLY INVENTED THE BLANKET THAT HAS ARMS BUILT IN, OUR DREAMS OF NEVER GETTING OUT OF BED ARE JUST THAT MUCH CLOSER TO BEING REALIZED.

THE SLANKET, THE BEST BLANKET EVER

CNN WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW INACCURATE THEIR NEWS CAN GET.

iReport.com

THIS SITE OFFERS THE USDA DAILY REQUIREMENT OF DARK HUMOR MET WITH ARTISTRY.

hibearbyebear.jpg

Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre

OUR "SO-CALLED" SUPREME COURT JUSTICE WEIGHS IN.

"Scalia said that it was "extraordinary" to assume that the U.S. Constitution's ban on "cruel and unusual punishment" also applied to "so-called" torture."

PHXnews.com | U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia defends physical interrogation for imminent threat


AFTER ALL, THE TITLE WOULDN'T SHOCK THEM -- JUST THE ART.

vagina.jpg

"...the Times declined to run it unless the sponsors altered the artwork (pictured above) — which they refused to do. "The artwork was something we didn't feel was appropriate for our audience," says the Times' VP of advertising, Mei-Mei Chan."

The Daily Weekly: Times Won't Run Vagina Ad (Seattle Weekly)


February 14, 2008

NOT EXACTLY THE FIGHT OF THE CENTURY.

GREAT ARTICLE ABOUT KEEPING THE NEWS IN PERSPECTIVE.

"I give you, herewith, a capsule summary your world, and in far less than 22 minutes: * The current employment rate is 95.3 percent. * Out of 300 million Americans, roughly 299.999954 million were not murdered today. * Day after day, some 35,000 commercial flights traverse our skies without incident. * The vast majority of college students who got drunk last weekend did not rape anyone, or kill themselves or anyone else in a DUI or hazing incident. On Monday, they got up and went to class, bleary-eyed but otherwise okay. It is not being a Pollyanna to state such facts, because they are facts. Next time you watch the news, keep in mind that what you’re most often seeing is trivia framed as Truth. Or as British humorist/philosopher G.K. Chesteron whimsically put it some decades ago, “Journalism consists in saying ‘Lord Jones is dead’ to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive.”

Skeptic: eSkeptic: Wednesday, February 13th, 2008


WOW...THANKS FOR BEING SO FAIR.

"Comcast Corp. told the Federal Communications Commission in formal comments Tuesday that hampering some file-sharing by its subscribers was a justifiable way to keep Web traffic flowing for everyone."

Comcast defends its practice of hampering file-sharing | KOMO-TV - Seattle, Washington | Technology


ASKING THE QUESTION THAT NEEDS TO BE ASKED.

WOW...SOME UPGRADE.

"The company behind the BlackBerry smart phones says Monday's three-hour outage was caused by an upgrade designed to increase capacity."

RIM: BlackBerry outage caused by upgrade - Wireless- msnbc.com


CHRIS BERMAN ON "PERFORMANCE ENHANCERS."

ESPN's Chris Berman Caught On Camera Talking About Smuggling Canadian Pills - Media on The Huffington Post

THIS TEAM IS SERIOUSLY BREAKING MY HEART.

"Winning on the road in the Missouri Valley Conference is never easy, even in Roberts Stadium, home of league doormat Evansville. The Aces punched that point home Wednesday night when they came from 12 points down one free throw at a time for a 60-56 upset of Creighton."

Omaha.com The Jay Page Section


THE MCCAIN VERSION OF THE "YES WE CAN" VIDEO?

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY EVERYBODY.

February 12, 2008

LABOR STRIKE TWO DOT OH.

Outraged eBay sellers plot strike week - Feb. 7, 2008

DUDE - SHE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU.

Microsoft vows it will continue Yahoo! fight - Times Online

WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, THERE WERE TIMES I THOUGHT OF MYSELF AS AN "ANTI-TEEN DEVICE."

BBC NEWS | UK | Calls to ban 'anti-teen' device

YEAH - TOO THIN. BUT MAN, SHE'S GOT GREAT BREATH!

"Meet Natalie Cooper, a 17-year-old teenager who has a mystery illness that makes her sick every time she eats anything. Well, almost anything. She can eat one thing that doesn’t make her sick: Tic tac mint!"

Neatorama � Blog Archive � The Girl Who Eats Only Tic Tacs


BITCH OF A COMMUTE.

"After failing to discourage people from riding the train on its roof, Indonesian authorities have developed a new tactic: spray ‘em with color liquids! Indonesian commuters riding on the roofs of trains will be sprayed with coloured liquid so that security officers can identify and arrest them, a report said on Saturday."

Neatorama � Blog Archive � Indonesians to Spray Train Roof Riders


EASILY MY FAVORITE POST OF THE YEAR.

icecm.jpg

Make the logo bigger.: Age gracefully with classmates.com.

UM...THOUGHT I'D SHOULD LET YOU KNOW...THERE'S A "COACH ALTMAN" ON THE PHONE FOR YOU CALLING FROM OMAHA?

TROUBLE AT THE CREIGHTON BLUEJAY GAME.

loweryfinger.jpg

"This photo came to us from an anonymous STF reader. Losing big to Creighton in the Missouri Valley on Sunday, Southern Illinois head coach Chris Lowery allegedly expressed his digital displeasure with the officiating, no doubt leading to the "What?!? My nose itches!!!" defense."

College Basketball Closer: Chris Lowery's Nose Itches


PORTLAND REINFORCES ITS OWN STEREOTYPES.

"WORLD’S FIRST VEGAN STRIP CLUB OPENS IN PORTLAND, OREGON Portland, OR (PRWEB) January 30, 2008 — Portland, known for its alternative counter culture and by some considered the most vegan friendly city in the United States now has a new vegan offering, adult entertainment. Casa Diablo Gentlemen’s club opens Friday, February 1st, 2008. Casa Diablo is owned and operated by Johnny Diablo an ethical vegan for over 23 years. Casa Diablo is unique because it is the only venue of its type that serves food and drink 100% free of any animal products."

The Portland Mercury | Blogtown, PDX | Portland's First Vegan Strip Club?!?!


SMS TEXTING MIGHT BE TOO MUCH TO ASK IF YOU'RE RUNNING TO THE TOILET AFTER TOO MANY AUSSIE CHEESE FRIES.

"Need to use the restroom while you are on a long drive in Finland? You better have a mobile phone on you! In order to fight back against vandalism, the Finnish Road Administration has started deploying this January a system which allows travellers to open the doors to roadside toilets only by sending an SMS message to the number given on the door."

Gotta Pee? SMS The Door- New Public Toilets System in Finland


JUST READING THIS MAKES MY COLON HURT A LITTLE.

cheesefries.jpg

"Even if you split this "starter" with three friends, you'll have downed a dinner's worth of calories before your entree arrives. Follow this up with a steak, sides, and a dessert and you could easily break the 3,500 calorie barrier."

The 20 Worst Foods in America: Men's Health.com


ALWAYS FOCUSING ON WHAT'S IMPORTANT.

A controversial Virginia lawmaker is trying to introduce new legislation to ban rubber testicles from being fitted to the back of trucks.

Rubber testicles being fitted to the back of a truck /PA pics.

Lionel Spruill, known for his failed attempt in 2005 to ban baggy pants, says the motivation for his latest idea came from a constituent.

Ananova - Testicles face snip  


 

BERMAN GIVES ROBERT PARKER A RUN FOR HIS MONEY.

February 11, 2008

REDEFINING THE "BROKERED CONVENTION."

"Denver can expect prostitution spike during convention."

DNC boost for sex biz : rockymountainnews.com


GOOD TO KNOW THAT JUSTICE IS HAPPENING SOMEWHERE. TOO BAD IT'S IN COMIC BOOKS.

"America's superheroes take on preemptive war, torture, warrantless spying, and George W. himself."

The Revolt of the Comic Books | The American Prospect


A NEW LOOK AT AN OLD STUDY.

"When Kleinfeld began sifting through Milgram’s original data at Yale, she was surprised to find how much that data seemed to conflict with what Milgram had reported."

If Osama's Only 6 Degrees Away, Why Can't We Find Him? | Human Origins | DISCOVER Magazine


FINALLY, WE PROTECT OUR HOUSE.

"Creighton's seniors talked before Sunday's game against Southern Illinois about the agony the Salukis had inflicted over the years.

Click to Enlarge


The Bluejays then went out and brought the pain in administering a 72-53 beating before 15,834 at Qwest Center Omaha. The victory was Creighton's first at home against Southern Illinois since January 2003."

 

Omaha.com Sports Section

 

February 10, 2008

NOW ALL WE NEED ARE SOME RAINING CATS.

"A 65-pound Labrador retriever, without benefit of an airplane or parachute, flew from the top of an airport parking deck six stories down - and survived."

Flirting With Flight At TIA: Dog Survives 6-Story Fall


NEWSPAPER + MUSEUM = ZZZZ.

Newspaper museum set to open — is “newspaper museum” redundant? � Collateral Damage

ZENOPHOBIA MEATS STEROIDS.

U.S. Olympians to Bring Their Own Food to Beijing Games - FanHouse - AOL Sports Blog

February 09, 2008

NO DIEBOLD NEEDED.

"Twenty voters at a Far North Side precinct who found their ink pens not working were told by election judges not to worry. It's invisible ink, officials said. The scanner will count it. But their votes weren't recorded after all."

Voters are told pen had 'invisible ink' :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Elections


SURE - THIS LOOKS LIKE A GOOD WAY TO CHECK WHAT REAL PEOPLE THINK OF ADVERTISING IN REALISTIC SITUATIONS THAT PROPERLY SIMULATE REAL BEHAVIOR.

hat_sensors.jpg

"The Nielsen Company today announced that it has made a strategic investment in NeuroFocus, an innovative firm that specializes in applying brainwave research to advertising, programming and messaging. The two companies will work together in an alliance to develop new forms of measurement and metrics based on the latest advances in neuroscience."

Advertising Lab: future of advertising and advertising technology: Nielsen Invests in NeuroFocus


SOMEHOW I HAD EXPECTED THE EFFECTS ON THIS FILM WERE GOING TO BE BETTER.

PETA'S STEPPING IT UP.


Find more PETA videos at PETATV.com

TODAY IN OPEN COMMUNICATION.

BBC NEWS | Business | EBay to ban negative seller views

TODAY IN CLEAR MESSAGES.

"High Water Line is a public artwork on the New York city waterfront designed to create an immediate visual and local understanding of the affects of climate change. I will be marking the 10-feet above sea level line by drawing a blue chalk line and installing illuminated beacons in parks. This line marks the extent of increased flooding brought on by stronger and more frequent storms as a result of climate change."

HighWaterLine


February 07, 2008

BUCKING THE TREND.

Costco same-store sales rise 7 percent

KEEP IN MIND FOLKS - THIS IS AN ALLY.

Sin: U.S. Woman Arrested For Sitting With A Male Co-Worker At Starbucks in Saudi Arabia

GETTING IN ON THAT BOOMER MARKET.

oldies3001_468x393.jpg

"Britain's first playground for the over-60s opens today in Manchester."

Playtime for Grandma: Council opens new playground for the over-60s | the Daily Mail


THE ONION REPORTS FROM THE CRISIS.


Breaking News: Series Of Concentric Circles Emanating From Glowing Red Dot

HAPPY MCSWEENEY'S LIST DAY.

McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Other Things There Will Be, in Addition to Blood.

MORE ON SOUTHERN SQUIRREL EATING.

TODAY IN BLUE COLLAR MEETS TECHNOLOGY.

"Ford is announcing an RFID system for their big trucks to help track tools."

Ford truck with RFID tool tracker - Boing Boing


IT'S FUNNY 'COS IT'S MEAN. AND TRUE.

February 06, 2008

FINALLY, A LITTLE NORMALCY.

ESPN - Stinnett leads Creighton past N. Iowa 74-50 - Men's College Basketball

SOMETIMES, RITALIN REALLY ISN'T THE WORST IDEA.

AND THIS IS WHERE HE THINKS THE CUTS ARE NEEDED?

"The Bush administration proposed cutting the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's appropriation in half in 2009 and by even more after that.. budget cut The proposal continues a trend in which Republicans try to slash the noncom budget,, sometimes invoking an alleged liberal bias."

Corporation for Public Broadcasting Faces Budget Cuts - 2/4/2008 12:29:00 PM - Broadcasting & Cable


HEY - TEACHER...LEAVE THOSE KIDS ALONE.

"Late last month, the South Carolina Department of Education invited advertisers to get on the bus, literally. Seeking a new source of revenue, the board inked a deal with contractor SAC to place an 11-inch-wide strip of advertising above the windows inside school buses."

School Buses Latest Victim of Ad Creep


AH....

AND THEY'RE BACK.

Welcome to Garanimals.com

NOW THIS IS THE INVENTION WE'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR.

Greatest Fast Food Invention Yet: Col-Pop Holds Your Soda and Your Chicken Nuggets

TEN THINGS WE'LL MISS ABOUT BOBBY KNIGHT.

BRINGING ATTENTION.

"The Homeless World Cup is an annual, international football tournament, uniting teams of people who are homeless and excluded to take a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent their country and change their lives forever. It has inspired and supports over 50 grass roots football projects around the world working with homeless and excluded people throughout the year."

About us - Homeless World Cup


February 05, 2008

YOU STAY CLASSY VIDEOTAPE BOY.

SOME HEADLINES JUST ESCAPE ME.

How toilet-to-tap programs could help preserve our water supply. - By Eilene Zimmerman - Slate Magazine

TODAY IN MARKETING THE DEAD.

How will Warner Bros. market The Dark Knight without Heath Ledger? - By Kim Masters - Slate Magazine


ASKING THE QUESTIONS WE JUST HAVE TO KNOW THE ANSWERS TO.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

"The blue state/red state division is better expressed in terms of the persistent conflicts between the big cities and their rural hinterlands, over land use, water rights and environmental, class and cultural issues. Red states are simply those where the country can outvote the urban centres, while in blue states the opposite is true. The perception that America has liberal coasts and a conservative interior merely reflects the fact that the coastal states are home to the largest metropolitan areas with the most electoral muscle. Last time around, for instance, Bush easily won the heartland state of Missouri, but was as crushingly defeated by Kerry in St Louis as he was in the cities of New York, Boston, San Francisco and Seattle. So Obama's victory over Clinton in rural Nevada says something important about his ability as the apostle of national reconciliation."

The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan


WHAT'S HAPPENING TO US?

Los Angeles Times : Pro-Clinton push poll erupts in California

RATHER POETIC.

"Clinton is an essay, solid and reasoned; Obama is a poem, lyric and filled with possibility."

The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan


SAYING WHAT HAS TO BE SAID.

John Pearce and Kathy Cramer: Hillary's Looming Electability Crisis