Thursday, May 31, 2007

345 - Over-reaction

Curfew: Enforced

1. Curfew: Enforced
Tasha Scott of New Haven Connecticut, was taught a lesson about sneaking out after curfew when her father, an off duty police officer, mistook her for a prowler as she re-entered the house through a basement window. People talk a lot about the right to shoot an intruder in your home, but I'm pretty sure there has to be a legitimate threat of bodily harm before you are allowed to start firing.

Dinner is Served

2. Dinner is Served
Carl's Junior and Hardees are suing Jack in the Box over a commercial that they claim is defamatory, even though it never mentions them by name and only suggests, never specifically states, that angus beef is somehow related to beef anus.

Funny Money

3. Funny Money
Who has never seen a two dollar bill? Well apparently Best Buy employees and the Baltimore police, who arrested Mike Bolesta for attempting to pay for his car stereo installation with, what they assumed was, counterfeit currency.

Dinner is Served Again

4. Dinner is Served Again
The customer is always right. Remember that the next time a guy wants a bunch of extra chili sauce and you'll hopefully avoid being shot several times in the arm.


5. Deke
I can't even summarize this story so I'll just list some keywords. Attack Dog. Outdoor Slumber. Police Brutality. Fictitious Fugitive. Moped.


Wednesday, May 30, 2007

344 - Boats and Ships

Treasure Hunt

1. Treasure Hunt
It should be a happy time for investors in the publicly traded treasure seeking company, Odyssey Marine Exploration. Recently granted exclusive rights and permission to salvage payed off big when these adventures started pulling in what is expected to be the largest recovered shipwreck treasury in history, estimated to be worth somewhere around $500 million.

Dinner is Served

2. Dinner is Served
A container ship load of provisions destined for Southern Chinese restaurants was found drifting off the coast of China. Where was the crew? Well, it is suspected thatthey abandoned ship to avoid being caught smuggling in their cargo of over 5000 rare and "critically endangered" animals that wealthy Chinese diners love noshing on despite the legal and environmental ramifications.

Ghost Ship

3. Ghost Ship
Another drifting ship story. This one was a three man yacht found mysteriously with its passengers missing despite the fact that its engines were running, computers were active, and dinner was set on the table ready for eating.


4. Avast
If I had to make a guess, I'd say those yachters were probably taken by real life, modern pirates. I suspect, they were killed and probably dumped overboard near whichever one of these pirate activity areas is closest to Australia.

You're the One

5. You're the One
I imagine you've heard this story before since the article is nearly 3 years old, but it is still pretty interesting. It's the story of how oceanographers have used rubber bath toys, which were washed off a cargo ship, to track and study wind patterns and ocean currents. See. I told you you heard it before.


Tuesday, May 29, 2007

343 - with Links!

Charles Nelson Reilly: Dead

1. Charles Nelson Reilly: Dead
It is so awesome that an actor, by sheer power of personality, could become a household name by only appearing in guest starring roles. Charles Nelson Reilly never really had a starring role, in fact, for all his appearances, he was never really a regular cast member on any television show. But his appearances on TV throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s, especially as a celebrity guest on The Match Game have cemented him in pop culture history.

Script Frenzy

2. Script Frenzy
I'm not sure is two days is enough time to prepare for writing a screenplay, but if you've had an idea for a movie or play that you've been meaning to get down on paper, June 1st is the beginning of a month long writing event that encourages prospective writers to get a 20,000 word script done in only 30 days. They also provide tips on formatting and other writing resources.


3. Air-Car
Reaching 68 mph and a range of 125 miles per fill-up of a compressed air tank, the Air-Car is set to end pollution in India from internal combustion engines.


4. Lemmings
You could easily waste most of your day playing the classic Lemmings game with this Javascript based emulation.


5. Airtistique
Speaking of javascript, these guys mixed up traditional stage magic techniques with some fancy-pants web coding to create an interactive short film that totally screws with your browser windows.


Monday, May 28, 2007

342 - Memories

How to Get Photographic Memory in 40 days

1. How to Get Photographic Memory in 40 Days
Here's a few ways that you can supposedly improve your memory. All of them should be taken with a grain of salt, but maybe its worth it to try a few of them out. For instance, I don't really see how looking at a moving watch hand could do anything, but it couldn't hurt to spend 2 minutes a day testing this theory.

How to Help Your Memory by Using Your Eyes

2. How to Help Your Memory by Using Your Eyes
Your eyes are attached directly to your brain, so there could be something to this memory improvement technique, but I'm still pretty skeptical.

5 Ways to Improve Your Memory

3. Five Ways to Improve Your Memory
This guy gives five techniques that all seem pretty much generally accepted methods for living healthier. I guess if your body is healthy, your mind might be too. In any event he does provide one specific piece of advice that seems pretty practical; If you have a hard time remembering things, write them down.

Magnets May Make the Brain Grow Stronger

4. Magnets May Make the Brain Grow Stronger
Anything associate with magnet therapy sets off my quackery warning bells. Yet research with mice suggests that magnetic stimulation might increase growth of memory centers of the brain. Of course I wouldn't run out and get a Miracle Magnet Helmet® just yet.


5. Memry
After you've complete all these methods of memory improvement, you can test your new brain skills on the classic game of Concentration using images culled from Flickr. I've conveniently populated this game with images of geek girls dressed in Slave Leia costumes.


Sunday, May 27, 2007

341 - with Links!


1. Drive-In
Here it is again; your weekly invitation (which you have been ignoring, by the way) to view a pair of movies under the stars projected onto a 14 foot wide screen hung across a garage door. The weather is getting really nice now, and really, what better things do you have to do on a Friday night?

I Forgive You

2. I Forgive You
If you wanted to know why Spider-Man Three sucks, these kids pretty much nail it.

So, Uh, What's the 411? Any Updates on the, Uh, the P Situation?

3. So, Uh, What's the 411? Any Updates on the, Uh, the P Situation?
Did you hear about how Jenna Fischer, known mostly for her role on NBC's hit comedy, The Office, (but most beloved by me for her small role in Slither) fell down a steep staircase and broke her freaking back in three places?

Non-Value Indicator

4. Non-Value Indicator
Are you considering purchasing some of the so-called Forever Stamps issued by the USPS after the recent postage increase? Think again. Slate explains how the rising cost of stamps has never, and never will, catch up to the rate of inflation.

Adventure Time

5. Adventure Time
Do you like cartoons? Pen Ward made one you're sure to enjoy.


Saturday, May 26, 2007

340 - Major Tom

1. Major Tom

2. Major Tom

3. Major Tom

4. Major Tom

5. Major Tom


Friday, May 25, 2007

339 - Days Today


1. Useful
Today is Towel Day. Fans of Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy are encouraged to carry a towel today in remembrance of his "the humor and insight." (Quotes used because this phrase is taken from the website, not because I'm being sarcastic, like later when I considered putting quotes around the word "actor" when used to describe Mike Myers.)

The Force

2. The Force
Today also marks the 30th anniversary of Star Wars. Fans of the classic film franchise have suggested that May 25th become the Universal Day of the Jedi in remembrance of a time that existed after Jawas and the Millennium Falcon but prior to Jar Jar Binks and Midichlorians. And don't try to tell me that Revenge of the Sith was good. You know in your heart of heart that it sucks. Just admit it already.


3. Born
May 25th also marks the birth date of musician Miles Davis, who would have been 81 years old. A lot of people will tell you to listen to Kind of Blue, but I'm recommending this Milt Jackson collaboration.


4. Celebs
A bunch of other "famous" people were born today as well, including, actors, Mike Myers, Cillian Murphy and Ian McKellen; singer, Lauryn Hill; writers Raymond Carver, W.P. Kinsella, Ralph Waldo Emmerson, Robert Ludlum and Poppy Z. Brite; director, actor, puppeteer and voice of Yoda, Frank Oz:; and comics creators, Barry Windsor-Smith and Stan Sakai. I'm sure a lot of other great and nice people were born to day too, But I've probably never heard of most of them.


5. Missing
Today is also National Missing Children's Day so if you've found any kids recently, this is your best opportunity to turn them in.


Thursday, May 24, 2007

338 - Zombie

Zombie Land

1. Zombie Land
In attempt to appeal to audiences ranging from zombie fans, to skateboarders, to little kids, to metal heads, Urban Squall has produced an online video game which doesn't really appeal to anyone.

Hell's Ground

2. Hell's Ground
"An ultra-gory horror yarn of zombies, teens and burqa-wearing, flail-wielding backwoods psychopaths. Burqas?" That's right. It's Pakistan's first horror film.

Zombies on a Plane

3. Zombies on a Plane
And then there's this upcoming movie, Flight of the Living Dead, which combines aspects of Dawn of the Dead and Snakes on a Plane. I actually think it looks pretty good. Don't confuse it with Scott Ewen's comic book of the same name.


4. Canadians
But the upcoming zombie movie which has the best chance of making it to your local cineplex is Fido, a comedic social satire wrapped in the trappings of a horror movie.

Endless Zombie Rampage

5. Endless Zombie Rampage
In contrast to Zombie Land, the creators of this game are trying to appeal to only one audience; people who like to shoot things and look at lots of pixelated blood spurts.


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

337 - with Links!

Back in Black

1. Back in Black
Here's an interesting story about how a Marvel Comic reader, Randy Schueller, through a contest with a relatively small prize, wrote the basic story which led to the popular black suit which was a main dramtic component of the Spider-man comics for many years and features heavily in the new, blockbuster movie. Schueller doesn't seem very bitter about the situation, but I can't help but feel these are reletively poor business ethics, from a company making millions on stories mainly about the ethics of heroism.

Sketch Swap

2. Sketch Swap
Use your mouse to create a masterpiece and then send it on for someone else to enjoy. In return, you will recieve a drawing as well. When you see how good the picture you recieve is, you'll be ashamed of the half-assed attempt you made.


3. Kosbees
After his run-in with the lawyers of Bill Cosby because of his Channel 101 series, the House of Cosbys, Jusin Roiland is apparently back at it with his new show on VH1's Acceptable TV. By the way, does anyone watch this show? Admittedly, I don't watch a lot of VH1, but I don't think I've seen a single ad for it anywhere on television.

Hand, Hand, Finger, Thumb

4. Hand, Hand, Finger, Thumb
A tattoo that is incredibly awesome and yet somewhat repulsive at the same time.


5. Plupon
Add three numbers for a sum in a multiple of ten before too many numbers reach the bottom of your screen, and turn your volume down because the sound effects are high pitched and overly loud.


Tuesday, May 22, 2007

336 - Movie

Drive-way Drive-in

1. Drive-way Drive-in
Your weekly invitation to a night of movies under the stars, on an oil stained slab of slightly tilted concrete.


1968 brought about the birth of the "voluntary" Hollywood rating system. A few things have changed over the years, NC-17 appeared when the adult film industry finally got a monopoly on the letter X, and you might be surprised to see that PG was original called GP. Of course PG-13 turned up in 1984 to keep 12 year olds from seeing Red Dawn.

Melton Pocket Movie Viewer

3. Melton Pocket Movie Viewer
The fifty-five year old portable media center.


4. Barbarella
Robert Rodriguez has signed on to direct the new Barbarella movie. So Kate Beckinsale is probably out. Carla Gugino or Salma Hayek are good bets right now.


5. Countdown
Running down from one hundred to one with movie clips. How many can you recognize?


Monday, May 21, 2007

335 - with Links!


1. Termination
One of the most anticipated new television shows coming next season is The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a series placed in James Cameron's Terminator world, about the Young John Connor and his mother. An advance trailer for the show has been released on youtube. Who wants to bet on whether is sucks or not?

Hypocrite, They Name is Migden

2. Hypocrite, They Name is Migden
State Senator Carole Migden, one of the proponents of a new law banning cell phone usage while driving, was involved in a minor fender bender in which she rear-ended another vehicle. The accident was caused because she was, get this, using her cell phone.

 Celestial Bodies

3. Celestial Bodies
I tried to get a picture of the moon and Venus similar to this one, but alas, my camera blows.

Great Dane

4. Great Dane
Gibson, the World's Tallest Dog.


5. Overpaid
The dude that bid $10 million on John Schneider's original General Lee can't really afford it. Here's your chance to get in on the action. This time around, Schneider and ebay are demanding that potential bidders register and prove their ability to come up with the cash before bidding. Good luck.