Thursday, September 30, 2004

Yes, You Really Do Need That Coffee

Yahoo! News - Yes, You Really Do Need That Coffee
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It's official -- you really do need that coffee in the morning and if you don't get it, you really are in withdrawal, researchers said on Wednesday.

Well, here's another "Duh!" article. I really hope he didn't do this "study" with any of my money.

Fogging Skull

Gizmos for Geeks | Fogging Skull
d00d! Sweeeet! If you have to ask why I posted this one, you seriously need to re-examine your outlook. It's a freakin' glowing, fogging skull!

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Augustin Solar Water Purifier (Watercone)

Treehugger: Augustin Solar Water Purifier (Watercone)

More than just a pretty face, this sexy polycarbonate (not very treehugger) cone purifies up to 1.5 l/day with nothing but a little sunshine. It's simplicity is impressive. Simply pour some brackish/salty water into the black base(see pics below), set it in the sun and the water evaporates upwards, condenses on the inner wall of the cone and trickles into a separate trough. Later you unscrew the top and pour the sucker into a bottle.

This is kinda cool. Doesn't purify much water, but it doesn't get much simpler. Of course the real reason I had to post it is I just couldn't pass up linking to a site called

Judge Rules Against Patriot Act Provision

Yahoo! News - Judge Rules Against Patriot Act Provision
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Surveillance powers granted to the FBI under the Patriot Act, a cornerstone of the Bush Administration's war on terror, were ruled unconstitutional by a judge on Wednesday in a new blow to U.S. security policies.
Marrero, stating that "democracy abhors undue secrecy," found that the law violates constitutional prohibitions against unreasonable searches. He said it also violated free speech rights by barring those who received FBI demands from disclosing they had to turn over records.

Another setback for poor Georgie. Pretty good score on this one. I haven't seen a law that violated 2 constitutional rights in one shot. Don't forget to check out the 2 prior posts in this thread.
Gag-Happy Government Wants ACLU to Shut Up and Yahoo! News - Russia Rejects U.S. Criticism; EU Joins Fray

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Check it out! It is a remote control stump grinder. Sorry I missed the action shot. I was mowing the lawn and saw this thing trundle across the neighbors yard. Had to get a picture.

Mile High Mini Kit

Josh Rubin: Cool Hunting: Mile High Mini Kit
Speaking of sex toys... remember the fun filled Mile High Kit? Oro Design has created a sequel, this time more portable but just as stylish. How do the two kits compare? The Mile High Mini contains a vibrating massager, lubricant, condoms and a mirror, while the Mile High Kit adds a blindfold, pleasure ring and feather tickler, among other items.

Oh my. I have, of course, heard of the mile high club but I had no idea people were serious enough about it to make a kit.

Flood of New Voters Signing Up

Yahoo! News - Flood of New Voters Signing Up
New voters are flooding local election offices with paperwork, registering in significantly higher numbers than four years ago as attention to the presidential election runs high and an array of activist groups recruit would-be voters who could prove critical come Nov. 2.

Now, if they just vote maybe we won't to put up with God in the Whitehouse next year. As a side note, I heard a rumor that Georgie has a nice high casualty plan to take back those pesky cities in Iraq. Strangly enough, the attack isn't scheduled to take place until mid-November. I wonder why he would wait until then? Well, you heard it here first. If it turns out to be true I am changing my title to Coherent Light Senior Political Forcaster.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Va. Republican Drops House Race Amid Gay Claims

Republican Edward Schrock Drops House Race Amid Gay Claims
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Virginia Republicans scrambled on Tuesday to find a candidate to replace U.S. Rep. Edward Schrock, who ended his bid for a third term amid claims that while he has opposed gay rights he is secretly gay. Schrock, 63, who represents the heavily Republican district that includes Virginia Beach, Va., withdraw from the congressional race late Monday, citing election-year "allegations." His accuser vowed to soon pin such claims against others in Washington.

Well, i have no idea how I missed this one. I caught this one on The Daily Show and looked up some of the relevant links. Ahhh the irony. Schrock was one of the more vocal opponents of Clinton's "don't ask, don't tell" policy back in the 90's. Which is slightly at odds with the fact he served in the Navy for 24 years. But wait, it gets better. He was also one of the senators to vote for the Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage to protect the sanctity of marriage....did I mention he is married. Wait, it gets better! The "claims" that are mentioned in the above article is a recording of him leaving a message at a gay dating service! Might I add he requested extreme discretion (yet more irony).....and a large "endowment". Hard to type....must stop laughing....irony too much. Anyway if you would like to hear the audio (and you should, cause it is damn funny) you can go to the original accuser and check it out. The senator was apparently outted by a gay activist on his blog called Blogactive. Better yet, the accuser (Michael Rogers) has promised to out even more goverment officials. I, for one, can hardly wait.

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Baa! violates poultry for pleasure

Aha! Caught Baa! violating a chicken!

Friday, September 24, 2004

Yahoo! News - Bush Says Kerry Criticisms on Iraq Threaten Effort

Yahoo! News - Bush Says Kerry Criticisms on Iraq Threaten Effort

BANGOR, Maine (Reuters) - President Bush (news - web sites), back on the campaign trail after a show of unity with Iraq (news - web sites)'s prime minister, accused his Democratic rival on Thursday of spreading a pessimism about Iraq that threatens the war effort.

"Mixed signals are the wrong signals," Bush said in a brief campaign stop that demonstrated the he was making a play for Maine despite Democratic Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites)'s earlier lead in state polls.

Ahh, my favorite Bush Camp tactic. Disagreeing with them is unamerican and hurts the war. If your not with them, your a commie pinko traitor. Believe it or not, there are legitimate alternate theories on the state of Iraq and what the US must do to resolve the situation. Kerry may be right, or wrong on his Iraq theories. But there is value in having those theories aired to the nation.

Yahoo! News - Yahoo Survey Reveals 'Web Withdrawal'

Yahoo! News - Yahoo Survey Reveals 'Web Withdrawal'
Jay Wrolstad,
Take away their Web access, and most people have a hard time coping, suffering withdrawal symptoms reflected in feelings of being hopelessly out of touch with the world. That is the conclusion drawn from research conducted by Web portal Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO - news) and media services firm OMD.

Well, my first reaction to this was...Duh. I'm not even sure why someone had to research this one. I've been using the term "datastarve" for about 15 years since I read a book called The Long Run by Daniel Keys Moran (one of the best scifi books I've read and easily the best character in any book I've read). My second reaction was....ummmm....Who did the research? Oh, just Yahoo, glad there isn't a conflict of intrest there. So I read the article and it gets better. They actually plug advertising in the freaking article!

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Yahoo! News - Sony Shifts Strategy to Support MP3 Files

Yahoo! News - Sony Shifts Strategy to Support MP3 Files
SAN JOSE, Calif. - In a major strategic reversal, Sony Corp said Wednesday it plans to add support for MP3 music files to some of its portable music players.
The shift to support the widely used MP3 music format would end Sony's long-standing insistence on its proprietary format, called Atrac. It also better positions the electronics giant against rivals such as Apple Computer Inc., whose portable players support both MP3s and other file formats. for the lighter side. Sony has been cracking me up since the mini disc. Their insistence on proprietary formats just boggles me (it never really works out for them particularly well.)

I keep imagining the marketing guys going to the Ceo of Sony every year and telling him about the dismal mini disc sales in the U.S. Please insert horrible Japanese accent here...

Marketing flunky: "Ahhh CEO-san, dee mini disc sales in America no do so good."

CEO: " Mini disc GOOD idea! You try again! First mini disc, den memory stick , den we take music. Make stupid Americans use Atrac. Soon Americans use onrey Sony! Den WORLD DOMINATION!!! MUHAHAHA! You marketing flunky have disgrace Sony. You go kill self now!"

Marketing Flunky: Hai!

Well, I think that cements my position in the afterlife. Sigh, just as well I suppose. I never was comfortable with heights anyway.

Yahoo! News - House Votes to 'Protect' Pledge of Allegiance

Yahoo! News - House Votes to 'Protect' Pledge of Allegiance
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal courts would be barred from striking the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag under a bill passed on Thursday by a House of Representatives split largely along party lines.
The Republicans in control of the chamber rejected Democratic claims that the measure was an unconstitutional bid to limit the power of the federal judiciary and an election-year ploy to rally social conservatives. It passed on a vote of 247-173.

Ah joy, another attempt by the republicans to make sure we live our lives the Right way (and as a bonus weaken the pesky judiciary branch). Yes, I am one of those who feel the under God crap should be taken out of the pledge. I know, I know, save all the ranting. I've heard it all already. Don't bother with any God arguments, I keep my religion to myself and wish everyone else would extend the same courtesy. And no, the court is not trying to "change the pledge." The under God part was added in 1954 to distinguish us from the "godless" communists. Not suprisingly, the change was spear-headed by a Christian organization (Knights of Columbus). So technically, the courts are trying to restore the pledge. As to the ever popular "this is a waste of time" response. Obviously, you are not a member of a minority religion in the U.S. There are several million people in this country who should be have the same right to express thier love and admiration of this country without feeling ostracized or violating thier religious precepts. Egads....that was horribly serious and depressing. Time to troll for something amusing.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Wired News: Activists Find More E-Vote Flaws

Wired News: Activists Find More E-Vote Flaws:
"Voting activist Bev Harris and a computer scientist say they found more vulnerabilities in an electronic voting system made by Diebold Election Systems, weaknesses that could allow someone to alter votes in the election this November. "

It's going to be a really interesting November election...

Gizmodo : Siemens Phone Tests for Bad Breath

Gizmodo : Siemens Phone Tests for Bad Breath

While the original Reuters story is suffering from linkrot, Mobile Weblog gives us just enough information about Siemens new phone that can detect bad breath and alert you if you're skanky to know that we want one. Details are slim, of course, but one would presume you have to breathe into a sensor, hopefully one in the mouthpiece, where you're already breathing, and not some stick-out breathalizer tube that makes it obvious to everyone what you're testing for.

Uhhh... Europeans are wierd.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Where Kerry Stands on Iraq - A Kerry-English translation. By William�Saletan

Where Kerry Stands on Iraq - A Kerry-English translation. By William�Saletan

If you've had trouble figuring out where John Kerry stands on Iraq, today is your lucky day. The senator finally clarified his position in a speech at New York University. Here's a summary.

Wow, and only 2 months too late. You know, I actually like John Kerry. But I cannot imagine a worse run campaign. Hopefully the news media will pick this up and run with it a bit.

Howstuffworks "How Strykers Work"

Howstuffworks "How Strykers Work"

The Army's new Stryker project is an attempt to find a workable balance between power and mobility. It's a vehicle system that's built to be as deadly as a tank, as swift as a Humvee and yet mobile enough to be deployed anywhere in the world within 96 hours.

And it's as armored as a Pinto! Don't get me wrong. I certainly see the need for a lightly armored, easily deployed, heavily armed vehicle. But this thing? It's got less armor on it than a Caddy Escalade. (It's all about the Bling.) And it's made of aluminum. (That burns folks.) Let's just say I would be staring at the Stryker with a dubious look if I was in the Army.

Oh did I mention that this is the armor unit that will be replacing the M1 tank in Germany over the next few years? Just in time to re-develop our old antagonistic relationship with Mother Russia. Not that I am saying we will be in a war with Russian someday. Well, yes, actually I am saying that...

Howstuffworks "Why are the keys arranged the way they are on a "QWERTY" keyboard?"

Howstuffworks "Why are the keys arranged the way they are on a "QWERTY" keyboard?"
Sholes' original prototypes had a problem with the bars colliding with each other and jamming. So he arranged the keys with the most common letters in hard to reach spots, to slow typists down and try to avoid this problem.

That's right folks, the QWERTY key layout was designed to be SLOW the typist down. Wanna know why I am carpal??? Yay Keyboards!

Yahoo! News - U.S. Researchers Invent Antenna for Light

Yahoo! News - U.S. Researchers Invent Antenna for Light
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Researchers said on Friday they have invented an antenna that captures visible light in much the same way that radio antennas capture radio waves.

This is just freaky, I didn't even know it was possible. Still way cool though. Yet another use for them handy dandy carbon nanotubes.

ACLU challenges Hawaii law allowing ban on visiting public places

ACLU challenges Hawaii law allowing ban on visiting public places
HONOLULU - A new law allowing police and other authorities to ban people from public property for up to a year without a specific reason is unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. The law could potentially be used to keep voters out of polling places or bar groups such as Native Hawaiians from the grounds of the state Capitol, thereby chilling their constitutional rights to free speech, the ACLU said.

I'm tellin' ya, Canada is looking better and better. Of course it begs the question of what happens if you are supposed to show upto court, jury duty, pay a parking ticket, driving school....wait a minute. Is jail a public place? "Sorry officer, I would love to go to jail but I have been banned...I really should sleep more.

ThinkGeek :: Star Wars Force FX Lightsabers

ThinkGeek :: Star Wars Force FX Lightsabers
The Jedi Negotiation Tool Available In A Galaxy Near You
This isn't a toy for your six year old cousin (he probably doesn't even know what planet Wookies live on). This is an official reproduction of real Lightsabers from Star Wars.

Since Necronomicon is coming up I felt compeled to post this one. Not that I have the slightest interest in owning one, I mean how geeky do you think I am? Fine! I want the Mace Windu one! You got a problem with that?!? Bring it on! Time to duel Zell Miller style!

ThinkGeek :: Keychain Wi Fi Signal Locator

ThinkGeek :: Wi Fi Signal Locator
The Mobile Edge WiFi Signal Locator is the smallest and most convenient way to check for hot spots without going through the tedious process of having to first boot-up your notebook and then search for a signal. By attaching the WiFi SL to your key chain or carrying case you will always be immediately aware of the presence of local hot spots!


EcobotII : A robot that will generate its own power by eating flies

EcobotII : A robot that will generate its own power by eating flies

British scientists are developing a robot that will generate its own power by eating flies, reports "The idea is to produce electricity by catching flies and digesting them in special fuel cells that will break down sugar in the insects' skeletons and release electrons that will drive an electric current.

Yeah, I know. Baa's robot he posted back in the August archives looked way cooler. I have only one thing to say in response. His may look cooler, but mine might eat you. Seriously folks, quick show of hands, building robots that aquire power from eating living creatures.....hands up if that sounds like a good idea to you. Put your hand down Baa!

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Cooking up a digital future

BBC NEWS | Technology | Cooking up a digital future
Counter intelligence usually conjures up images of MI5, the CIA or James Bond. But at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, it is the name given to an entire department which invents new gadgets and gizmos for the kitchen.

Now we're cookin'! Sorry couldn't resist....anyway here is a smack load of gadgets that would make Alton Brown drool. My favorite, the lazy bastard that I am, is the dish extractor...check it out!

Website to offer Caller I.D. falsification service

Website to offer Caller I.D. falsification service
Overdue debtors may not be able to rely on Caller I.D. to screen out bill collectors much longer. Jason Jepson, a California entrepreneur, plans to bring the hacker technique of Caller I.D. spoofing to the business world.

Well I suppose it was inevitable. The best tool for filtering out all the annoying bullshit calls and someone has to fuck it up….I bet Jason Jepson is a plushie too.

Gag-Happy Government Wants ACLU to Shut Up

Gag-Happy Government Wants ACLU to Shut Up - EFF: Mini Links
The USA PATRIOT Act allows the government to issue "National Security Letters," which carry a gag-order for the recipient that prevents the disclosure that one has been received. But the DoJ has interpreted this to mean that the ACLU, in its work to examine how the letters are being (ab)used, can't publicly quote from published Supreme Court opinions or refer even vaguely to the circumstances of its case.

Speacking of draconian search is the government (henceforth refered to as "Da Man") trying to supress the ACLU's ability to publish findings on possible abuses of the patriot act.

Yahoo! News - U.S. Intelligence Offers Gloomy Outlook for Iraq

Yahoo! News - U.S. Intelligence Offers Gloomy Outlook for Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. intelligence report prepared for President Bush (news - web sites) in July offered a gloomy outlook for Iraq (news - web sites) through the end of 2005, with the worst scenario being a deterioration into civil war, U.S. government officials said on Thursday.

I say again- Mission Accomplished!!!

Yahoo! News - Senators Denounce U.S. on Iraq Rebuilding

Yahoo! News - Senators Denounce U.S. on Iraq Rebuilding

WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans and Democrats on Wednesday denounced the Bush administration's slow progress in rebuilding Iraq (news - web sites), saying the risks of failure are great if it doesn't act with greater urgency.

Mission Accomplished!!

Putin's Power Play - Has the Russian president quashed democracy in the name of homeland security? By Scott�MacMillan

Putin's Power Play - Has the Russian president quashed democracy in the name of homeland security? By Scott�MacMillan

On Monday Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the biggest shake-up of Russia's political system since its 1993 adoption of a post-Soviet constitution, drawing heaps of scorn from both the Russian and international press. Britain's Financial Times said Putin "took a chainsaw to the fragile roots of Russian democracy," while the Polish daily Rzeczpospolita frankly opined, "Farewell, democracy." (Translation via Deutsche Welle radio.) In Russia itself, a feisty press has voiced alarm. "In what country are we going to wake up tomorrow?" the mass-market Komsomolskaya asked. (Russian translation via South China Morning Post.)

I am not going to even attempt to match Coherent Light's rant on this one. Another good article on whats happening in Russian. But hey, what do you expect from the land that brought us the Czars, Pogroms, and Stalin? FAQ FAQ

The following text contains descriptions of erotic acts
with plush stuffed animals ('plushies').
If you are a minor, or if you believe you may be offended
by descriptions of eroticism with plush stuffed animals,
please stop reading this text now.

I was concerned that the gentle reader might not understand Coherent Light's rant on Plushies. This is understandable as most people have never been exposed to the unrelenting seedy freakishness of the Plushie underworld. I mean, here I was foolishly thinking that is was just some wierd animal suit fetish. How wrong I was! Now I understand why one will often see a shopper at walmart, stalking through the stuffed toy section with a weird gleam in his or her eye. I will never look at Pooky the Panda or Tickle Me Elmo in the same way again.

I feel part of this blog's mandate is to educate. So, to that end, here is the Plushie FAQ.

Gizmodo : Nikon D2X, 12.4-Megapixel DSLR

Gizmodo : Nikon D2X, 12.4-Megapixel DSLR

Wow, a camera with Wi-Fi, what will they think of next. Of course at 12.4 megapixels, your gonna need that high speed connection...

Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Which vodka is the best? By Alex�Abramovich

Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Which vodka is the best? By Alex�Abramovich

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—which sets the rules for spirits sold in the United States—vodka is defined as a neutral spirit "without distinctive character, aroma, taste or color." In theory, then, one brand of vodka should taste like every other, and the phrase "premium vodka" would be something of an oxymoron. /

Interesting article for you GreyGoose fanatics... I mean come on, French Vodka!?! Wonder if they will rename it Freedom Vodka in the best traditions of the Soviet Bloc or something...

Smart? Skillful? Probably Just Lucky - The (vast and unappreciated) role of luck in investing. By Henry�Blodget

Smart? Skillful? Probably Just Lucky - The (vast and unappreciated) role of luck in investing. By Henry�Blodget:
"It's that time of year again. Wall Street strategists are updating predictions for the current year and offering them for the next. They are analyzing interest rates, valuations, profits, economic policies, geopolitics, sentiment, technical and quantitative metrics, and/or dozens of other factors�most of which, as we've discussed, are less helpful in predicting one-year market performance than they are commonly thought to be. And, as usual, most strategists are predicting that the market is going to go � up.
Which is understandable. Because the market usually does go up. If not for the exact reasons that the strategists predict, well, then, just because it usually goes up."

Just as I suspected. Most "stock experts" know as much about the market as I do. Which is to say, a vague sense of unease about the whole market thingy. Which means that most mutual funds are as useful as a diet crouton. (Unless your on a low-carb diet or something) What it comes down to is- Think Index funds. Nuff said...

Mouseketeer, Fact of Life, Hot Sauce-wielding Mom

Mouseketeer, Fact of Life, Hot Sauce-wielding Mom
The former Facts of Life star and Mouseketeer is now a prolific author-mom, and to know her by her latest fruit, Creative Correction: Extraordinary Ideas for Everyday Discipline is to fear her maternal wrath. Whelchel's biblically inspired ideas include dragging a reluctant kid across the street by the hair and a little hot sauce on the tongue to burn the sass or swear out of him. And to teach'em...well, to teach'em that people will twist the Bible to justify any damn thing their warped minds can come up with.

Thought I would throw this update on the Hot Saucing your child posted by Baa back in the August archives. Now with an official celebrity endorsement by Blair from the Facts of Life.

froozepop - Or the more appropriately named splooge-pop

On the airport of Singapore, where she had to wait for a connecting flight, she wanted to buy something sweet. She bought Fr-ooze Pop because it was advertised all over the place as the ultimate candy experience. Licking it she suddenly realized that she had a dildo in her mouth. The feeling it gave her was a mix of embarrassment and excitement. She took some pictures and sent them to this magazine. And assured us that it was for real and not a joke.
Fr-ooze Pop is currently being marketed directly to children in Singapore via television ads placed on cartoon shows.The advertisements show young children sucking hungrily on the candy, with the message "squeeze and lick" repeated again and again. The candy is wildly popular with kids. But not so popular with their horrified parents.

I tried to come up with a clever witicism for this and failed miserably. It's pretty damn funny until you realize adults don't eat lollipops. Make sure you check out the last 2 pics....

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Yahoo! News - Russia Rejects U.S. Criticism; EU Joins Fray

Yahoo! News - Russia Rejects U.S. Criticism; EU Joins Fray
"First of all, the processes that are under way in Russia are our internal affair," Sergei Lavrov said.
"And it is at least strange that, while talking about a certain 'pulling back', as he (Powell) put it, on some of the democratic reforms in the Russian Federation, he tried to assert yet one more time the thought that democracy can only be copied from someone's model," Lavrov said.
"We, for our part, do not comment on the U.S. system of presidential elections, for instance."

Ow! Dare I say it? Yes....BURN! Looks like the commies are centralizing power in the executive branch using terrorism as an excuse. Hey, wait a minute....this sounds familiar. You know the only reason Georgie is pissed is because all he got out of the terror card was draconian wire tap and search powers. Well and the ability to hold American citizens without bail ,or a hearing ,or lawyers and subject them to cruel and unusual punishment. The ruskies trumped him but good on this one. They get all that and limit the powers of thier pesky parliament. I can almost hear Georgie when he heard the news....
"Stupid commies. They should have put a muzzle on thier Congress. You mean that parliament thingie IS thier Congress? What!?! Sum bitch! They can do that? Why cain't we do that? That would teach then traitor democrats for opposing me. Bad enough I cain't do whatever I want, but I also gots to put up with them traitors trying to depose me! (obviously a reference to the uppity democrats daring to field a canidate for the Presidental elections) Dammit Dick! You said if I gave your boys free oil contracts I could have the power to make sure everyone lives the RIGHT way!"

Wilderness, Water, and (Rubber) Women Add up to a Weird Russian Adventure - FEATURE - MOSNEWS.COM

Wilderness, Water, and (Rubber) Women Add up to a Weird Russian Adventure - FEATURE - MOSNEWS.COM
If you’ve ever seen a rubber woman, you know it must take a lot of imagination to, er, handle her the way you’re supposed to. Some Russian men and women apparently have even more imagination to spare — 126 of them used inflatable sex dolls as flotation devices to raft down rapids in the vicinity of St. Petersburg.

And here I was supporting the typical Russian stereotype of the stoic, grumpy, vodka saturated, commie bastard. From now on I promise to include perverted and bent. Not a terribly flattering description I know. But it could be worse. At least they aren’t French… or hippies or god damn plushies! Death to the plushies! Hate the plushies we do my precioussssss. Evil, nasty, tricksy plushies….Aha! I propose to sponsor an American version of this race! Only plushies may enter and they must traverse class 5 rapids with lead butt plugs and hand cuffs! Who’s with me !?!

Monday, September 13, 2004

The View Askewniverse - News - "The Passion of the Clerks"

The View Askewniverse - News - "The Passion of the Clerks"
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Filmmaker Kevin Smith is set to direct his own screenplay of "The Passion of the Clerks," a sequel to his first film, 1994's "Clerks."
The sequel was written for the stars of the original film, Brian O'Halloran and Jeff Anderson. Smith also will make an appearance with longtime sidekick Jason Mewes. The story follows the Quik Stop convenience store employees of the original "Clerks" 10 years later. Principal photography is set to begin in January. Miramax Films will distribute.

Hallelujah! Our prayers have been answered! More Clerks goodness, now I feel all warm and tinglie.....

Sunday, September 12, 2004

London Bridge

London Bridge
Originally uploaded by Baa!.

Alive and well in London. 200 and something pictures later, I finally take a good one. Yay Digital Photography!!

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Vaporize Me - Is inhalable alcohol a good idea? By Amanda�Schaffer

Vaporize Me - Is inhalable alcohol a good idea? By Amanda�Schaffer

After years of working in the "leisure oxygen field" marketing oxygen for salons and spas in the U.K., businessman Dominic Simler came up with a novel idea: Why not create a device that would allow users to inhale vaporized alcohol along with oxygen?

All I can say is... "whatever will they think of next?" again...

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Dark Blue Chip: IMWatching

Dark Blue Chip: IMWatching
You want to spy on someones internet presence? Now you can with IMWatching. IMWatching lets you record and analyze anybody's Instant Messenger presence.

Most Instant Messenger users broadcast when they sign on, sign off, go idle, and flag themselves as away. This presence information is typically innocuous, useful for knowing if your buddies are available to chat. But when monitored continuously, over long time periods, those few signals tell a lot. This website lets you record and analyze anybody's IM activity. As of now it only supports AOL Instant Messenger, but it seems like they plan to support other platforms in the future.

Wow....have to file this one under my "Useful Stalker Tools" favorites.

Ananova - 'Prison without bars' launched

Ananova - 'Prison without bars' launched
The first project in Europe to use satellites to track paedophiles and other offenders has been launched by Home Secretary David Blunkett. New technology, described by Mr Blunkett as a "prison without bars", can pinpoint criminals' position to within six and a half feet.

I think it is safe to assume Michael Jackson won't be moving to England. Yeah, I said it. You know you were thinking it!

Yahoo! News - Could Space Signal Be Alien Contact?

Yahoo! News - Could Space Signal Be Alien Contact?
LONDON (Reuters) - An unexplained radio signal from deep space could -- just might be -- contact from an alien civilization, New Scientist magazine reported on Thursday.

Certainly would be nice to find some intelligent life in the universe....finally give me someone to talk to. :)

Yahoo! News - Insurance Cos. Try Out Auto Black Boxes

Yahoo! News - Insurance Cos. Try Out Auto Black Boxes
For two months, Jacob Sevlie's insurance company tagged along whenever he slid behind the wheel of his Honda Accord. An electronic monitor the size of a matchbook closely tracked Sevlie's driving time and behavior. If he had a heavy foot or was a sudden braker, the auto data recorder would betray him.

Geee....anybody but me think this is a bad idea?

Studio 5050: Love Jackets

Studio 5050: Love Jackets
A pair of jackets emits, and polls for a particular signal. Once the pair finds each other, in at least 10 feet distance, facing each other, the two beep – emitting a sound akin to crickets mating, and a pattern of LEDs blinks.

Baby talk and matching outfits with your significant other not enough to irritate friends and family? Tada, here is the solution! I can see the warning labels already....WARNING! Wearing these jackets may incite rabid violence from complete strangers! Dry clean only.

Alternative Power Vibrators

Alternative Power Vibrators
Put the power of sunlight to work for your sexual pleasure!

ALERT!ALERT! Hurricane Frances is on the way! Ladies what are you gonna do when your idiot partner scavenges the batteries out of your best friend to run a flashlight? Well here is the answer!

Imperial President - Opposing Bush becomes unpatriotic.

Imperial President - Opposing Bush becomes unpatriotic. By William�Saletan

In a democracy, the commander in chief works for you. You hire him when you elect him. You watch him do the job. If he makes good decisions and serves your interests, you rehire him. If he doesn't, you fire him by voting for his opponent in the next election.

Not every country works this way. In some countries, the commander in chief builds a propaganda apparatus that equates him with the military and the nation. If you object that he's making bad decisions and disserving the national interest, you're accused of weakening the nation, undermining its security, sabotaging the commander in chief, and serving a foreign power—the very charges Miller leveled tonight against Bush's critics.

Are you prepared to become one of those countries?

National Hurricane Center / Tropical Prediction Center

National Hurricane Center / Tropical Prediction Center

Looks like FL is going to get smacked again.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Yahoo! News - Windows XP Service Pack 2: The 10% Problem

Yahoo! News - Windows XP Service Pack 2: The 10% Problem

Upgrading to Windows XP (news - web sites) Service Pack 2 will cause problems with about one in every 10 PCs running the operating system, according to research published Tuesday by a Canadian asset-monitoring service provider.

Nothing like a little Russian roulette...hey, at least the odds are better.

Judgment Day - Yes on Schwarzenegger. No on Bush.

Judgment Day - Yes on Schwarzenegger. No on Bush. By William�Saletan

"Arnold Schwarzenegger gives one hell of a speech tonight. It's the best speech I've seen at either of this year's conventions. I bet he persuaded a lot of people who share some Republican attitudes but feel uncomfortable with the party's hard core�people like me�to think seriously about voting for President Bush. If you're one of those folks, I'd like to talk to you about why a Schwarzenegger Republican shouldn't support Bush."

Yahoo! News - Actress Theron Hurt on Germany Film Set

Yahoo! News - Actress Theron Hurt on Germany Film Set

LOS ANGELES - Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron was injured while shooting her new Paramount film, "Aeon Flux," in Germany, but her representatives aren't saying how badly she was hurt.

More information on the Aeon Flux movie. I am trying really hard to imagine Charlize Theron in an action roll.