Saturday, March 25, 2006
LIRR Commuter from Hell: Uh, Chris, we'd like to have a word with you . . .
Here's what we know about this young lady (who got on the 4:18 from Hunterspoint to Oyster Bay at Jamaica):
- She has a very LOUD husky voice;
- She is, like, totally stressed out (like, omigod!);
- Not afraid to put her feet up on the furniture;
- She would marry Chris, in, like, a minute -- he cooks great Italian food, and is awesome on the Piano
Our advice to Chris: RUN! Save yourself! Run far, far away . . .
Friday, March 24, 2006
The animation on the upcoming Pixar flick Cars looks just outstanding:
click for video trailer:
The depth, color, sense of distance are exrtremely realistic, yet retain just a touch of stylized animation . . . Looks like another Pixar winner
Cant wait for June 9th . . .
Messier 82 (Cigar Galaxy)
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Beware Katrina Cars!
"We can't tell you whether a New Orleans car would ever be safe," said Lirel Holt, past chairman of the coordinating committee.
That's a quote from a NYT article, reviewing the potential for consumer fraud in light of hurricane flood damaged used cars:
"To the sorrows and losses wrought by Hurricane Katrina, add the unprecedented potential for fraud - and peril - in the resale of cars damaged by the storm.
Since the hurricane struck on Aug. 29, auto clubs and law enforcement officials have warned consumers to scrutinize used cars for water damage and investigate their histories. Because a damaged car's title can be "washed"- varying state laws make it relatively easy to obtain a clean title in one state for a vehicle branded with a "flood" or "salvage" title in another - such warnings are routine after major storms.
But Katrina's automotive losses were hardly routine. Cars that sat in sewage- and fuel-contaminated floodwaters in New Orleans could pose unprecedented risks to anyone who handles the vehicles or their parts, according to the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair, a nonprofit organization that provides advice on pollution prevention and worker health and safety issues to segments of the auto industry, including repair businesses."
You have a few options to check out a vehicle for possible Katrina damage:
A Used Car or a Katrina Biohazard?
NYT, October 17, 2005
Scientology by South Park
"A lot of us don't agree with the choices the Chef has made in the last few days," one of the children eulogizes him at a funeral.
"Some of us feel hurt and confused that he seemed to turn his back on us. But we can't let the events of the past few weeks take away the memories of how Chef made us smile."
"We shouldn't be mad at Chef for leaving us," the eulogy concludes.
"We should be mad at that fruity little club for scrambling his brains."
With that, the ongoing take down of Scientology by South Park continues . . .
See pages 13 - 19 for more details
The NYP wrote:
It was the latest salvo in a complicated and public war between "South Park" and the controversial Los Angeles church.
Hayes resigned from "South Park" more than four months after an episode - titled "Trapped in the Closet" - aired poking fun at Cruise, his sexuality and the modern faith that he adopted after going to Hollywood.
When it first debuted last November, Hayes reportedly laughed it off.
The resignation - which came in the form of a press release from Hayes' publicist - set off a fight with "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
Comedy Central quickly scheduled a repeat airing of the episode, but pulled it at the last minute.
Cruise reportedly threatened officials at Comedy Central's parent corporation, Viacom, that he would refuse to promote his new movie, "Mission Impossible 3," if the network aired the repeat.
The highly successful film series is produced by Paramount, a division of Viacom.
Reps for Cruise denied the allegations.
South Park' kills off 'Chef' -- maybe
Associated Press, Thursday, March 23, 2006; Posted: 4:26 a.m.
STIRRING IT UP
NYPost, March 23, 2006
TV Review: South Park - "Trapped in the Closet" Photo Gallery Notes
Blog Critics, March 23, 2006
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
The Absurdity of Religous Extremism
This makes the point
(click for larger toon)
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Jupiter Gets 2nd Red Spot
Very cool development on Jupiter -- a new Red Spot:
The gas giant is growing another red spot, which US space agency (Nasa) astronomers have nicknamed "Red Jr".
Both red spots are actually raging storms in Jupiter's cloud layer, but scientists don't yet know how they get their characteristic brick colour.
Red Jr is about half the size of the Great Red Spot and almost exactly the same colour, Science@Nasa reports.
The new storm goes by the official name of Oval BA. It was first observed in 2000, when three smaller spots collided and merged.
Jupiter growing another red spot
BBC, Tuesday, 7 March 2006, 13:20 GMT
Monday, March 20, 2006
Spin the Democrat
Why you shouldn't let others define you:
A friend in Sweden sends these photos -- pretty clever stuff, using only some ski gloves and other common household items:
Note: These are not credited, so this could be an urban legend of sorts . . . But based on the people I know from Sweden and the stories of long dark winter nights, this is just the sort of clever, gee-why-didn't-I-think-of-that kinda stuff that is consistent with their sense of humor . . .
UPDATE: May 1, 2006 9:42am
boingboing points to the original artist's site here