Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
John M. Glionna and Charles Ornstein for the LA Times:
UCLA Medical Center and its most accomplished liver surgeon provided a life-saving transplant to one of Japan's most powerful gang bosses, law enforcement sources told The Times.
In addition, the surgeon performed liver transplants at UCLA on three other men who are now barred from entering the United States because of their criminal records or suspected affiliation with Japanese organized crime groups, said a knowledgeable law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The four surgeries were done between 2000 and 2004 at a time of pronounced organ scarcity. In each of those years, more than 100 patients died awaiting liver transplants in the Greater Los Angeles region.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
"In a move unprecedented for the Olympics, tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies are embedded with a microchip containing the bearer's photograph, passport details, addresses, e-mail and telephone numbers." Link. Via.
New entry in the urban dictionary, courtesy of Microsoft.
n. a giant cluster-fuck; a colossal mistake; a turning point, inflection point, or event that, in retrospect, turns out to have led to the doom and demise of a once-powerful company, person or organization.
Of course, if you read the latest Fast Company cover story, you'd think Microsoft's problems are it advertising:
It spent two years and $500 million on the media blitz around the long-delayed Windows Vista launch, only to see the January 2007 "Wow" campaign, which likened Microsoft's new operating system to Woodstock and the fall of the Berlin Wall, derided as arrogant and creatively void.
Via Fake Steve Jobs (which gets my vote for funniest blog).
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
This sounded like a great idea for a bad movie - - survivors of the Titanic make their way to Carpathia and face vampires. Alas, the real story is simply that some Titanic survivors were rescued by a ship called the Carpathia. Photo found at Flickr.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
"Attackers of the Missing Stuff" $250.00.
"Toht Day-Glo Bootleg." $250.00.
Made for an Indiana Jones-themed art show in Los Angeles. Go visit Suckadelic. Via.
*See also: Hellboy/Indiana Jones mashup.
*Buy Indiana Jones toys at eBay.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Disney warned us we were going to have a lot of horny women coming on to us. They were also worried about girls. I heard Disneyland had an Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She was very flirtatious, and they finally pulled her because men found her too sexually arousing and were acting out.
It took over an hour to get Disney’s suit on. In the dressing room there is one long makeup table and a wall with a long mirror. I think over 100 character actors were there. You had face characters like Jack, Aladdin, the Mad Hatter, and you had fuzzies, the characters in costumes. The face characters and the fuzzies dressed apart. There was a ranking system in the dressing room: If you were a princess, you pretty much got that long mirror wall. For some reason the Jacks always ended up in the back corner.
Read the whole thing.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
"Nest Rotterdam" hangs 50 meters above the street and was made by Benjamin Verdonck out of twigs, sand, polyurethane foam, and a few other materials. Official site. Via.
*See also: Homeless encampment suspended under bridge.
"A white college valedictorian is nothing much to blog about, unless he went to Morehouse, the only all-male, historically black college in the country. Joshua Packwood (4.0 GPA) made history as the first white valedictorian in the 141-year history of Morehouse." Read more.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
"In a development with potential repercussions for consumers of kosher meat worldwide, the country’s largest kosher slaughterhouse greatly curtailed production this past week after a raid by federal agents led to the arrest of hundreds of undocumented workers." Link. Via.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
The official site has posted several high-res images showing the heroes, villains, and homemade weapons that will be part of Fallout 3.
(I've already pre-ordered the collector's edition. I highly recommend Fallout 1 and 2 and would repurchase the games in a minute if they were adapted for the DS.)
(I'm still disappointed I didn't win the Fallout 3 create a perk contest. My favorite idea was "Descendant of Chuck Norris" - - a starter perk that would convey increased hand to hand combat skill plus resistance to poisons and radiation. Another idea was "filibuster" since I think the game is set in DC - - you could restart a conversation that was going badly without penalty.)
*Previously: Vault Boy Desktop Wallpaper.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Sir Paul McCartney is said to be "horrified" that his new eco-friendly car was flown 7,000 miles from Japan.
The best part of the article: "Paul was offered a Lexus as a gift and ordered the hybrid limo because it helps to reduce emissions."
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
"Mom-and-pop service stations are running into a problem as gasoline marches toward $4 a gallon: Thousands of old-fashioned pumps can't register more than $3.99 on their spinning mechanical dials." Read more.
Monday, May 12, 2008
I wanted the Adversary to be Peter Pan. Even when I was a kid, I couldn't understand why he was considered the good guy in these stories. Basically, he would come to our world and steal our kids. That just seemed pretty sinister. I thought, "Okay, we'll do a little turnaround on that, and make Peter Pan the evil Adversary, and that means that Captain Hook and his pirates were really were a crew that were going to Neverland and rescuing these kids, and they were painted as pirates only because Peter was doing the press releases." That was, I thought, a pretty good idea that we didn't get to do, because even though I carefully worked out that Pan was in public domain in America, he's still under copyright in England, because the Parliament did a special extension of copyright because all the income from Peter Pan books went to the Ormond Street Hospital for kids. So to keep the hospital having their income, they extended the copyright, and since we were going to sell Fables in England, we couldn't do it.
Read more of this interview (from August 2007) here. Via.
*Buy "Fables Covers: The Art of James Jean Vol. 1" at Amazon.