Thursday, May 31, 2007

The official set of the Family Feud on EBAY!

People will apparently bid on just about anything at EBAY:


Before reading further, let us first establish if either of the following accurately depicts your current state of being:

  • I am planning to produce a TV or Internet game show
  • I am a complete TV Game show nut with a Cosmo Kramer-esque zeal for visual memorabilia

To further qualify your interest in this anthropological icon, have you at any point been in love with the following people:

  • Richard Dawson
  • Wink Martindale
  • Bob Barker
  • Chuck Woolery
  • Bob Eubanks

If you answered yes to the aforementioned questions CONGRATULATIONS!  You are qualified to bid for ownership on this one-of-a-kind masterpiece of


game show lore.  
Channel the glorious personas of Richard Dawson, Ray Combs, and Louis Anderson from pop culture's finest familial battleground.  Use it to produce your own internet or TV game show.


**Please note this is a MASSIVE set.  It takes up approximately 2,500 sq ft.
**Please also note this will cost about $5k to move.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Battle at Kruger: lions buffalo crocodile

This video clip from the South African jungle is quite fascinating, and one can perhaps take some lessons from it for life.

Via Investment Post Cards

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The iGasm

Amusing new toy from the Popular British high-street sex shop Ann Summers: The iGasm

Igasm_1305COMPUTER giants Apple are really worked up—over an Ann Summers sex toy that hooks up to your iPod.

Women all over Britain are saying yes, yes, yes to the £30 iGasm that plugs into a music player and delivers good vibrations that pulse to the beat.  The neon-pink ads feature a curvaceous girl with wires coming OUT of her MP3 player and INTO her knickers. And it's definitely turned on. The sales guff teases: "Go at it hard and fast with a pounding drum 'n' bass track or chill with ambient classic."

But shocked iPod bosses are iRate—demanding stores take down all posters for the gadget or risk a fight in the iCourt. Apple lawyers claim the poster is a blatant rip-off of their own famous silhouette images used to flog iPods. Their legal letter to the shop chain adds: "We hope this request to remove it immediately will prevent us having to consider further action."

Despite that, Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold is saying no, no, no and joked: "Perhaps I can send them an iGasm to put a smile back on their faces!"

Looks like this requires some more study . . .


By Polly Graham
News of the World,   

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art

Very nicely done (what musical recording accompanies this?)

Leonardo Da Vinci
Tiziano Vecellio
Sandro Botticelli
Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio
Albrecht Dürer
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Antonello da Messina
Pietro Perugino
Hans Memling
El Greco
Hans Holbein
Fyodor Stepanovich Rokotov
Peter Paul Rubens
Caspar Netscher
Pierre Mignard
Jean-Marc Nattier
Vigée-Le Brun
Sir Joshua Reynolds
Franz Xaver Winterhalter
Alexei Vasilievich Tyranov
Vladimir Lukich Borovikovsky
Alexey Gavrilovich Venetsianov
Antoine-Jean Gros
Orest Adamovich Kiprensky
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot
Édouard Manet
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
William Clark Wontner
William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Alphonse Mucha
Paul Gaugan
Henri Matisse
Gustav Klimt
Salvador Dali
Pablo Picasso

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Highway Debris


Careful on the road this travel weekend!

"In California and across the nation, where some freeway shoulders have come to resemble weekend yard sales, the nature of road debris has changed, and litter anthropologists are now studying the phenomenon. Where “deliberate” litter used to reign — those blithely tossed fast-food wrappers and the like — “unintentional” or “negligent” litter from poorly secured loads is making its presence felt.

Steven R. Stein, a litter analyst for R. W. Beck, a waste-consulting firm in Maryland, attributes the change to more trash-hauling vehicles, including recycling trucks, and the ubiquity of pickup trucks on the country’s highways. In 1986, Mr. Stein said, two-thirds of the debris was deliberate, but surveys now show the litter seesaw balanced.

He said the two most recent surveys indicated a further increase in unintentional litter. In Georgia, which recently quantified its litter, 66 percent of road debris comes from unintentional litter, largely unsecured loads. A study in Tennessee last year showed that 70 percent of the state’s debris was unintentional.

By dint of its climate, size, population, lengthy growing season, increasingly long commutes and, perhaps, its casual lifestyle, California is a road-debris leader. It is also home to the country’s largest number of registered vehicles — 32 million, twice that of No. 2 Texas — and roughly four million pickup trucks, the most of any state, according to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers in Washington.

No other state spends more on litter removal, in excess of $55 million, said Christine Flowers-Ewing, the executive director of Keep California Beautiful, a nonprofit environmental education organization.

Motorists in California can be fined if anything other than feathers from live birds or water should escape. (In Nebraska, the exception is corn stalks; in Kentucky, coal.)

Along with mudslides, brush fires and earthquakes, chance encounters with a set of box springs, a chintz cushion or a crate of lettuces are the daily stuff of radio traffic updates, recounted in excruciating detail."


Highway Debris, Long an Eyesore, Grows as Hazard
NYT, May 11, 2007 

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Beatles Live in Paris: Part III

I'm a Loser
I Want to be Your Man

The Beatles live at Palais du Sport, Paris - 20th June 1965


 click for video

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Spinning Dubai Skyscraper

Cool building proposed to be built in Dubai:

In skyscraper-crazy Dubai, tall isn't enough. In a design to be unveiled today in the oil-rich emirate, David Fisher, an Italian-Israeli architect, has dreamed up a 68-story combination hotel, apartment and office tower where the floors would rotate 360 degrees. Each floor would rotate independently, creating a constantly changing architectural form.

Twist_20070410184519 Each story of the tower would be shaped like a doughnut and be attached to a center core housing elevators, emergency stairs and other utilities. Wind turbines placed in gaps between the doughnuts would generate electricity.

The doughnuts won't rotate fast enough to give guests upset stomachs. A single rotation would take around 90 minutes. "It's quite slow," says Mr. Fisher.

In a project to be unveiled today, architect David Fisher has dreamed up a 68-story tower where each floor will rotate, causing the building's shape to constantly change.
Mr. Fisher's isn't the first plan for a rotating tower in Dubai. Last year, a local developer showed off plans for a 30-story 200-unit condominium tower that would rotate one revolution per day. Solar panels would drive the rotation mechanism.

It is hard to say whether the plans are simply rotating pies in the sky -- or projects that will actually be erected. But given what has been built in Dubai already, anything seems possible so long as oil prices remain high.


Dubai Puts a New Spin on Skyscrapers
Planned 68-Story Rotating Tower Part of Massive Construction Spree
WSJ, April 11, 2007; Page B1

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Friday, May 25, 2007

How addicted to coffee are you?

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Sarah Silverman on the cover of Maxim

Funny and sexy, too:


Silverman scores #29 on the Maxim Hot 100 --

What sort of prepubscent 'tards work at Maxim? Any list that scores Lindsay Lohan (#1) over Jessica Alba (#2) and Scarlett Johansson (#3) and Jessica Biel (#5)  must have been assembled by a combination of school girls, gay men and Cher.  puh-leeze,

The full list is after the jump . . .

Maxim Hot 100
1. Lindsay Lohan
2. Jessica Alba
3. Scarlett Johansson
4. Christina Aguilera
5. Jessica Biel
6. Ali Larter
7. Eva Mendez
8. Rihanna
9. Eva Longoria
10. Fergie
11. Sienna Miller
12. Angelina Jolie
13. Beyonce Knowles
14. Katherine Heigl
15. Avril Lavigne
16. Ashlee Simpson
17. Maria Sharapova
18. Megan Fox
19. Cameron Diaz
20. Keira Knightley
21. Kate Beckinsale
22. Nicole Scherzinger
23. Hilary Duff
24. Sophia Bush
25. Elisha Cuthbert
26. Nelly Furtado
27. Kate Hudson
28. Carmen Electra
29. Sarah Silverman
30. Rebecca Romijn
31. Amy Smart
32. Lacey Chabert
33. Roselyn Sanchez
34. Vanessa Minnillo
35. Jennifer Garner
36. Jamie King
37. Ashley Olsen
38. Shakira
39. Rachel Bilson
40. Moon Bloodgood
41. Jessica Simpson
42. Minka Kelly
43. Kate Mara
44. Rose McGowan
45. Bar Refaeli
46. Kristen Bell
47. Katharine McPhee
48. Mandy Moore
49. Mischa Barton
50. Miss Maxim
51. Alessandra Ambrosio
52. Kate Walsh
53. Adriana Lima
54. Missy Peregrym
55. Halle Berry
56. Michele Merkin
57. Tricia Helfer
58. Penelope Cruz
59. Jamie-Lynn Sigler
60. Jessica White
61. Nadine Velazquez
62. Danneel Harris
63. Bianca Kajlich
64. Lena Headey
65. Autumn Reeser
66. Joanna Krupa
67. Gabrielle Union
68. Evangeline Lilly
69. Danica Patrick
70. Stacy Keibler
71. Willa Ford
72. Ciara
73. Mena Suvari
74. Tara Conner
75. April Scott
76. Diora Baird
77. Hilary Burton
78. Joss Stone
79. Adrianne Palecki
80. Abbie Cornish
81. Emmanuelle Chriqui
82. Dita Von Teese
83. Ivanka Trump
84. Hometown Hottie
85. Kelly Ripa
86. Michelle Trachtenberg
87. Padma Lakshmi
88. Raquel Alessi
89. Haylie Duff
90. Salma Hayek
91. Isla Fisher
92. Mary Elizabeth Winstead
93. Christina Milian
94. Kelly Carlson
95. The Avatars of Second Life
96. Shanna Moakler
97. Kim Kardashian
98. Yunjin Kim
99. Mia Maestro
100. Noureen DeWolf


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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Tainted Chinese Imports

Chinese pet food ingredients* spiked with a potentially dangerous chemical found their way into U.S.- manufactured pet food - as well as feed for hogs, chicken and farmed fish. After numerous pet deaths were attributed to the chemical, the FDA called for a series of recalls and quarantines beginning in March. Here is how the tainted ingredient spread.

Dried apples preserved with a cancer-causing chemical.

Frozen catfish laden with banned antibiotics.

Scallops and sardines coated with putrefying bacteria.

Mushrooms laced with illegal pesticides.


"For years, U.S. inspection records show, China has flooded the United States with foods unfit for human consumption. And for years, FDA inspectors have simply returned to Chinese importers the small portion of those products they caught -- many of which turned up at U.S. borders again, making a second or third attempt at entry.

Now the confluence of two events -- the highly publicized contamination of U.S. chicken, pork and fish with tainted Chinese pet food ingredients and this week's resumption of high-level economic and trade talks with China -- has activists and members of Congress demanding that the United States tell China it is fed up.

Dead pets and melamine-tainted food notwithstanding, change will prove difficult, policy experts say, in large part because U.S. companies have become so dependent on the Chinese economy that tighter rules on imports stand to harm the U.S. economy, too.

"So many U.S. companies are directly or indirectly involved in China now, the commercial interest of the United States these days has become to allow imports to come in as quickly and smoothly as possible," said Robert B. Cassidy, a former assistant U.S. trade representative for China and now director of international trade and services for Kelley Drye Collier Shannon, a Washington law firm."


Tainted Chinese Imports Common
In Four Months, FDA Refused 298 Shipments
Rick Weiss
Washington Post , Sunday, May 20, 2007; Page A01

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