Sunday, December 24, 2006

They should've had these on Survivor.

My roommate just made this. Isn't it great? They should've had a few of these on the island the first Survivor was on. That would've made it more interesting.

Personally, I've always been disappointed that king crabs aren't similar in proportion to, say, the Chesapeake blue crab. Imagine king crab legs in a blue crab body type. The body would probably be close to a meter wide. It'd be so sweet to release a crustacean tank onto a crowded beach and watch beachgoers flee in panic.

Roger will probably make some comment about Flemish Giants now.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Compare and Contrast

Wall Street Bonuses Flood NYC's Economy

Bonuses are expected to generate $1.6 billion in tax revenues for New York state and another $500 million for New York City. For every job created on Wall Street, three other jobs are created in the city and suburbs.

"Wall Street jobs create jobs," said Ken Bleiwas, deputy comptroller. "Why? Because they are pumping money into the economy. They're going out to restaurants, they are purchasing all kinds of consumer goods."


Nothing New Here -- And That's the Point In California, 10 Friends Eschew Consumer Culture to Live Secondhand

Attention holiday shoppers! These people haven't bought anything new in 352 days -- and counting. These 10 friends vowed last year not to purchase a single new thing in 2006 -- except food, the bare necessities for health and safety (toilet paper, brake fluid) and, thankfully, underwear, and maybe socks (they're still debating whether new socks are okay).

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The words "naked", "crack", and "gator" in the same sentence just can't end well.

Take a look at this article about a naked crackhead attacked by a gator.

Also, I know '80s German synth had some weird videos- I mean, remember Alphaville's "Forever Young" vid?- but this video of a song called "Andromeda" by Silicon Dream is the worst I've seen yet. The lead singer looks like a gay pedophilic Ronald McDonald(okay, more so). The dancers do not coordinate, move strangely, and leer at the camera.

Truly, the world is strange.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez may have won reelection, but whatever happened to Freeze?

Cingular MMS data charge disputes

I think I have figured out some of Cingular's problems regarding MMS charges (that I posted long ago about), internet data use and what some would believe is fraudulent behavior. (This stems from over a year ago, but I just gave up that service and haven't since worried about it.)
I will post an explanation of why I believe they are double billing, their reasoning for why they aren't, how to protect yourself, and also some nice "customer support" audio that dates from way before the AOL guy recorded his call. He was only on the phone for 30 minutes anyway, whereas I have calls lasting over two hours. (Don't worry, they'll be excerpted.

Fight the power!!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Bill Parcells, Mike Vanderjagt, and Dr. Livingstone's frozen elixir

This is a bit out of date, as he's been released, but for the sake of completeness I'll post what I've found.

from an ESPN posted AP article:

Asked last week about getting Vanderjagt out of his rut,
Parcells said: "I don't have a Dr. Livingstone's frozen elixir. I
don't. I don't know what I can do. This guy is 36 years old and has
been kicking for a long time. He has his way of doing things.
Hopefully, things get a little bit better."

This led to some speculation as to what Dr. Livingstone's frozen elixir is/was.

First of all, I'm always wary of AP articles. They often misquote people.
e.g. Another AP article which obviously misquotes Parcells.
Parcells said. “There are things that happen out there that people aren’t cognitive of.”

Clearly he said (or meant) "cognizant" instead of cognitive. Even if he did misspeak, the writer could've fixed it with bracketed notation.

Anyway, so maybe he did says Livingstone's frozen elixir. What he was most likely referring to was Chartreuse Liquer (Elixir), which is not frozen:
History of the Chartreuse Liqueurs

And as this page points out:
Its reputation as a medicine was augmented even as late as the 19th century when it was widely used as a treatment in the cholera epidemic that swept Paris in 1832. It is even reputed that the explorer Livingstone took the drink into Africa as a solution to the many diseases rife in the jungles.

However, the Chartreuse trivia page reports:
Sir Henry Stanley
British explorer/journalist Sir Henry Stanley was known to bring Chartreuse Elixir on his expeditions into Africa while searching for Dr. Livingstone.

So, did Livingstone carry it or did Stanley? Or did both? I go with both, but the jury is still out.


Winning the hearts and minds of thirsty children

Iraqi Kid Runs For Water youtube video.
(You wish they would just relieve stress like this Navy flyer.)

Here's a transcript:
(kids yelling)
Soldier 1: Are they coming?
Soldier 1: Film them. Film 'em.

Soldier 1: You getting it?

Soldier 2: I'm getting it.

Soldier 1: Want some water?

Soldier 1: Water? (unintelligible)

Soldier 1: C'mon keep runnin'
Soldier 1: here!
Soldier 1: here! You gettin 'em?

Soldier 2: I'm getting them, sir.

Soldier 1: C'mon, you're almost there. Hurry!
Soldier 2: That's fucked up.
Soldier 1: Here!
Soldier 1: Can you see 'em?

Soldier 1: I can see 'em, sir.

Soldier 1: Hurry up, you want it?

Soldier 1: This kid's gonna run like two miles.

Soldier 2: This kid's runnin' forever!

Soldier 1: C'mon, look at this kid, (laughter) C'mon!

Soldier 2: He's chasin' it, man.
(throws the water bottle which other kids pick up)
Soldier 1: And he still didn't get it. Ha!