Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Alex CF's latest creation is Rasputin's severed hand:
The case contains the severed tattooed hand of Grigori Rasputin, and the second tattooed symbol of a star that sat over his heart. these fleshy totems are the catalyst for their work. The marking painted on the glass can be moved to suit the acquired code of the weaving. The vials above this contain the many poisons inflicted upon Rasputin. The two blue green glass vials contain the liquid esheridadae compound; injected into the heart and brain tissue. The aged illustrations of “esher chakra” - the gelling of Ernesto’s work and the ancient lore of words. This is research that made Rasputin not only legend, but more god than man...Contact Alex CF to purchase or place a commission.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
A 700-pound alleged drug dealer had to be transported to a New York court in a U-Haul trailer to be charged with various crimes
It was an unusual setting for a court proceeding: a 10-foot box truck backed up to the loading dock in the rear of the Historic Post Office in Auburn. Leone and a dozen other court personnel stood in the swirling snow for the 15-minute proceeding.
"I don't know what outcome our office will ultimately approve of, but gross obesity in and of itself is no defense," Valdina said after the arraignment.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
"Sports Illustrated 'airbrushed' Danica Patrick's tattoo, removing it from the small of her back for pictures in their recent Swimsuit Issue"
"The Swimsuit Issue emphasizes natural beauty," the spokesman told CNBC. "The freckles are left on and, in this case, the tattoos came off."
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
"When the launch of the first Sputnik satellite took Americans by surprise, in 1957, Mr. Blank created what is believed to be the first electronic animation by repeating camera shots of a rotating golf ball, which represented Sputnik, on the end of some coat-hanger wire; the wire was attached to a small rotating globe. For added effect he glued glittering stars to the black background."
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Here's how Bill Schutt's article about vampire bats for Natural History Magazine starts:
It was on one of the first of those special feeding days that I noticed two of the white-winged vampires doing something incredible. They crawled across the floor of their feeding enclosure like a pair of spiders, and then one of the bats made a bold approach to a rather large hen. The bird cocked her head to one side, eyeing the bats. Her beak could have severely injured or even killed them, so I got ready to intervene. Sharing my concern, perhaps, one of the vampires stopped a couple of inches beyond pecking distance. The other bat, however, crept even closer, and then, amazingly, it nuzzled against the hen’s feathery breast. Instead of becoming alarmed or aggressive, the bird seemed to relax. The vampire responded by pushing itself even deeper into what I would later learn was a sensitive section of skin called the brood patch: a feather-free region, densely packed with surface blood vessels, where body heat is efficiently transferred to the hen’s eggs or to her chicks. As I watched, the hen reacted to the bat by fluffing her feathers, hunkering down—and closing her eyes.Click through to read the whole thing.
My God, I thought, these bats have learned to mimic chicks!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
THQ-Games teamed up with Games Workshop and the UK-based Tanks-A-Lot to create the world's first real life, fully-working, Blood Raven Space Marine Rhino.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Sports are often made for TV. And TV is made for advertisers.
So it shouldn't surprise — especially as all sports are scrambling to find new places to hang "for sale" signs given the current economy — that the NBA's first H-O-R-S-E contest won't use those letters.
As that contest joins dunking and three-point shooting contests as part of TNT's NBA All-Star Weekend coverage, the as-yet unnamed three contestants — who'll be overseen by an NBA ref — will play G-E-I-C-O.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
A U.S. military tradition is about to be killed off by the iPod. Since World War II, the U.S. Armed Forces Radio (AFR) has broadcast to the troops, no matter where they are, using local transmitters and troops as announcers. But declining ratings, caused by iPods and changing tastes, has resulted in massive changes in what will be heard. Surveys and focus groups were conducted among the military audience, and it was found that a lot of the current programming was not well liked, or listened to. Troops would tune in for the news, and then go back to their MP3 players for music and podcasts. Another change that has sort of crept up on everyone is the fact that over half the troops are married, and most have kids. There are more families overseas, who are also AFR listeners, and they have different preferences than the troops..
Three years ago, troop surveys indicated that talk radio and country music should be cut back.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Under a settlement, arrived at with the assistance of a mediator, it was agreed that Fineman was entitled to a $125,000 fee for his legal services. However, customers who were subjected to the proscribed practice won’t receive any cash under the accord...only a $10 gift card. In an order signed Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brett Klein likewise provided that Fineman will be paid off in the form of such cards: “12,500 ten-dollar Windsor Fashions gift cards.”
Friday, February 6, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Jurassic Amber Soap (with insect) by Mandi Louise:
This amber-colored bar has cracks, bubbles, and inclusions like real amber. It also features a (fake, of course) insect trapped inside. The scent is classic and gentlemanly - a bay rum heightened with bergamot and citrus, and grounded with bay leaves and labdanum. Just the kind of old-fashioned aftershave I imagine a turn of the century paleontologist would wear when presenting a large specimen such as this to his colleagues.On sale for $6 in her Etsy shop.