Sunday, September 30, 2007

The Google/Youtube merger was nearly interrupted by a police officer on patrol

David Drummond, Google's head of corporate development, and Gideon Yu, then YouTube's CFO, now Facebook's, spent the night hashing out the deal in the restaurant. They then began signing the term papers in Denny's parking lot around 3 a.m.

A local police officer was patrolling the area at that same moment. The cop saw the Asian-American Yu and African-American Drummond, dressed casually in jumpsuits and baseball hats -- standard uniforms for late and long negotiations -- huddled over the hood of a car signing the paperwork.

Read what happened next.

The town sign for New Cuyama in California is hilarious

More info here. Via The J-Walk Blog.

Natural Field Turf Soda


Jones Soda is at it again. The new NFL-themed flavors are Dirt, Sports Cream, Perspiration, Natural Field Turf, and Sweet Victory. Natural Field Turf Soda is described as "like playing tackle football, and you get tackled really hard, you're down on the ground and you get a little bit of the grass in your teeth." Follow the link for a description of the other flavors.

(I found the photo here. There's a desktop wallpaper sized version.)

Without participating in peacekeeping missions overseas, it is unlikely that Fiji's army would ever have become strong enough to seize power.

So says the Economist: "When the British left Fiji in 1970, there were only around 200 serving military personnel. UN peacekeeping operations in Lebanon and Sinai generated a tenfold increase by 1986. The next year, Fiji witnessed its first military coup." The series of coups since then haven't stopped Fiji from continuing to participate in UN missions. Via The Informed Reader.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

"Paintball Panzer" - - the miniature tank with a paintball cannon

Tanks are remarkable machines, but boy do they take up space in the garage, and parking them is no small challenge. Help is at hand however with the creation of the Funtrak Mini Paintball Tank, a massively scaled down model that not only holds a single occupant in their own personal armoured division, but can also fire paintballs! These awesome tanks are made to measure by Funtrak Ltd, a committed (and they quite possibly should be) team of engineers, designers and enthusiasts who aim for realism in construction and operation. Each tank takes about three months to make to your specifications, and comes with an integral roll cage - though you'd need to tip thing over 60 degrees to roll it - as well as an engine fire-wall. They're serious machines with a lot of fun packed into them. Their flagship product has to be The Paintball Panzer complete with a fire-while-driving paintball cannon. Ludicrous of course, but we can't think of any overgrown kids who wouldn't love one of these parked up at home.

* A seriously cool, one person track laying vehicle.
* The dream child of an ex-military tech director.
* A team of engineers and designers will build your Paintball Panzer to order.
* A glass reinforced plastic (GRP) chassis.
* An engine firewall.
* A fully integrated, ready-to-fire paintballing gun.
* A rollover bar.
* A roll cage.
* Choose from six colours for your mean machine.
* Can be driven on UK roads further to meeting DVLA regulations.
* Please allow three months from ordering to receipt of your tank.
* Suitable for ages 15 years+.
* Size: 106 x 122 x 183cm.

Buy. Via Complex.

Real life Andromeda Strain: Scientists sent Salmonella into space - - it came back much deadlier

The researchers placed identical strains of salmonella in containers and sent one into space aboard the shuttle, while the second was kept on Earth, under similar temperature conditions to the one in space.

After the shuttle returned, mice were given varying oral doses of the salmonella and then were watched.

After 25 days, 40% of the mice given the Earth-bound salmonella were still alive, compared with just 10% of those dosed with the germs from space. And the researchers found it took about one-third as much of the space germs to kill half the mice, compared with the germs that had been on Earth.

The researchers found 167 genes had changed in the salmonella that went to space.


Update: Uh, oh. "“For the first time ever, animals are now being exposed to an unmitigated space environment, with both vacuum conditions and cosmic radiation." Read more about tardigrades being exposed to space here and here.

Bizarre Michael Gondry Commercial for Motorola

My cellphone experience is nothing like this.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Gummy Heart

Here's a confection even a cardiologist could love... It's a chunky, disgusting gummy candy heart. Frankly, there's nothing more satisfying than biting through a chewy aorta or chowing down on a left ventricle.

Want to really impress your sweetheart? Just hand 'em one of these Gummy Heart's and watch their eyes well up with emotion... or possibly nausea.

Each Gummy Heart is 4-inches tall and weighs over 3 ounces. And it's strawberry flavored, just like a real heart!

Buy. Via I Like Totally Love It.

Coming Very Soon: One Laptop Per Child

Our mission is to provide a means for learning, self-expression and exploration to the nearly two billion children of the developing world with little or no access to education. While children are by nature eager for knowledge, many countries have little resources to devote to education—sometimes less than $20 a year per child. Imagine the potential that could be unlocked by giving every child in the world the tools they need to learn, no matter who they are, no matter where they live, no matter how little they may have.

If you'd like to donate an XO laptop today, simply click the donation button on the right, above the photo. A donation of $200 will pay for and deliver one XO laptop to a child in a developing nation, $400 will pay for and deliver two XO laptops, and so on.

Starting November 12, One Laptop Per Child will be offering a Give 1 Get 1 Program for a brief window of time. For $399, you will be purchasing two XO laptops—one that will be sent to empower a child to learn in a developing nation, and one that will be sent to your child at home. If you're interested in Give 1 Get 1, we'll be happy to send you a reminder email. Just sign up in the box to the left and you'll receive your reminder prior to the November 12 launch date.


Bathroom scale tells you your weight in terms of celebrities

Angry Retail - Celebrity Weighing Scales (White)_1190430262015
Available for purchase here. Via How Magazine.

Video: Google explains iGoogle to the Japanese

Monday, September 17, 2007

Internet Warnings

More here.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Hyundai boss too important to be jailed

In South Korea, the rule of law was no match for the strength of Hyundai Motor Co.

Convicted of embezzling $110 million, Hyundai Chairman Chung Mong-koo was deemed too important to South Korea's economy to be sent to prison, an appeals court ruled late Thursday.


Workers show concern for injured coworker by wrapping everything in her cubicle in bubble wrap

More photos here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Russia's version of "Married With Children"

In fact, the show is an authorized copy of the American sitcom “Married With Children,” with a Russian cast and dialogue but scripts that hew closely to those of the original. This knockoff is such a sensation, especially among younger viewers, that its actors have become household names, and advertisements for its new season are plastered around Moscow.

Here's an article with a photo of the stars (they look a lot like the American cast), and here's a Youtube link. (Embedding disabled?)

Via TV Tattle.

Workers put in false walls in an office overnight. Hilarity ensues.

Via About:Blank.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Greg Packer, the man that gets quoted by newspapers

From an AP memo:

The world is full of all kinds of interesting people. One of them is Greg Packer of Huntington, N.Y., who apparently lives to get his name on the AP wire and in other media. It works: A Nexis search turned up 100 mentions in various publications.

We ourselves have quoted Mr. Packer while he was:

– visiting the site of the former Studio 54 in New York City in 1996
– the first person in line for a White House tour on George Bush’s inauguration day in 2001
– attending an XFL football game in New Jersey in 2001 (and at many more East Coast sporting events)
– opining in Times Square on subjects ranging from the millennium to the war in Iraq
– sporting a bright green wig and a painted green mustache at New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade this year
– the first person in line to buy Hillary Clinton’s book at a New York City book signing earlier this week

Read more.

Middle English Classic Or Scooby-Doo Episode?

green knight

I recently received a copy of the terrific collection of Chip Kidd's book covers (Chip Kidd: Book One: Work: 1986-2006 (Chip Kidd)). It's a great bargain for me because I'm constantly tempted to buy books just for their covers. Anyway, I love the cover you see above, but is it just me, or does it remind you of a certain Scooby-Doo villain?

Here's the Amazon link: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

*Buy Scooby Doo toys at eBay.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Interview with The Price Is Right's Wardrobe Stylist

While the enduring formula of The Price Is Right still too easily equates the models – that is, women – with the shiny, or dully domestic, objects they present, there is another, more progressive constant: Barker is an animal-rights activist, which means no fur, leather, or feathers are allowed on the costumes, not even fakes. "He didn't even want us to put the suggestion out there," Gurney says, and describes making a cat costume out of (vegan) Polar Fleece. "You really have to stretch your imagination, especially when it applies to something like Eskimos [when] fur is really what they wore. And Uggs? No, no Uggs for us."


The Price is Right is known for having beautiful girls and sexy girls on the show, but it's on at 10 a.m. and it's very popular with families, all ages. The show is very popular in the Bible Belt, and grandmas watch with their granddaughters, so you have to find a way to convey sexiness without being too loud about it.


[Bob Barker] always supported me. He just wanted me to be careful to not shock anybody. So we didn't rock the boat too fast. Anything that has to do with old Hollywood glamour, he was all for it. And anything that looks like a USO girl, he's into it. That is the definition of what a Price is Right model should look like. It's a glamour that everybody can appreciate. A lot of leg, but he liked the girls to wear sleeves because too much bare shoulders was a little too much skin at once.

Read the whole thing.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Florida doctors wear "moon suits" to hide their identities during executions

At all Florida lethal injections, a man in a purple moon suit leans over the dying inmate to listen for a heartbeat and feel for a pulse. After a few seconds, he nods, and the witnesses are informed that the death sentence has been duly carried out.

The man is a doctor and the gear shields his identity — not just from the prisoner's family and friends, but from the American Medical Association, whose code of ethics bars members from participating in executions.


Scientists still don't know why leaves change color

Link. Via Wired Science.

Plans for a U.S. Spaceport are Unveiled

Story and concept art gallery here. Via Instapundit.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Alien Quadrilogy DVD Boxed Set (So Cooooooooool)

Read the details here. It came out in 2006. There's one for sale at Ebay right now. Spotted at ComicBookGirl. And photo found here.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Sign of the Apocalypse: Drought Puts Church's Baptisms On Hold

"The people who live in one Cherokee County town say that the drought has left them in desperation -- and one church has even had to give up on baptisms."

Link. Via Fark.

"I Want to Look Like a High School Cheerleader Again."

CMT enlists Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders trainer Jay Johnson to whip 10 women back into their high school cheerleading shape in the new series, I WANT TO LOOK LIKE A HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADER AGAIN, premiering in October on CMT. Production on the eight episode series is currently underway in Los Angeles. Over a ten week period, Johnson will work to restore the athletic physique of these former high school cheerleaders and transform their lives with the help of his wife Lin and his tough Army-style fitness regimen. Contestants will be physically and emotionally challenged as they compete for a $50,000 prize and the chance to perform again in front of a live audience.


Monday, September 3, 2007

Castle Crashers Action Figures

I was ready to get my wallet, but they're only sold at conventions (as of now). (Via Kotaku. )And $120 just doesn't seem reasonable. (More reasonable, and still pretty cool is this Alien Hominid set.)

Playskool baby mp3 player

Link. Via GoodyBlog.

Jack Daniel's Fudge


Double cooked for extra flavour, this mouth-watering fudge is seriously addictive and makes a tasty treat for your loved ones. Most of the alcohol is evaporated off in the manufacturing process, yet the age old, unforgettable taste of Jack will still tingle your taste buds when sampling this delicious fudge!

Buy some here. They claim it's suitable for any age.

Guess the celebrity from their photograph before the fame, drugs and plastic surgery

Take the quiz here. I scored 67%. Via Wired.

Interesting: How Paul Thomas Anderson came to adapt Upton Sinclair's "Oil"

After finishing Punch-Drunk Love in 2002, Boogie Nights director Paul Thomas Anderson found himself fumbling for a follow-up. ''I was really sick of the way I was writing,'' he says. ''Everything looked as though I had written it, and that was a horrible feeling.'' Purely as an exercise, Anderson decided to adapt a scene from a novel he had just discovered: Oil!, Upton Sinclair's 1927 take on the grueling, greedy business of prospecting for black gold in California. ''It was a buoy, just to keep writing,'' says the director. ''I didn't think I would end up adapting the [whole] book, but it turned out that way.''

Read more.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Only 13% Of The September Issue Of Vogue Is Editorial

Of Vogue’s 840 pages, 727 are ads. Via Pixelsurgeon.

Stuart Little Ad

"To inform people that the Lowry Theatre was staging performances of the Stuart Little play, ambient Mouseholes were stuck on walls around the City of Manchester." Larger version here.