Archive for January, 2007

Ron Mexico’s water bottle gadget

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

stash bottle

Apparently Miami weed is so good, you can’t leave Florida without some!

    “The plastic bottle had a secret compartment that, when opened, had a dark residue and a pungent odor of marijuana.”

Actually sounds like it may be hash. Otherwise, I’m not sure why he’d risk carrying an empty, but used, stash container through the airport.

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The coming organic foods shortage

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

USDA Organic

In 2005, $15 billion in certified organic products sold in the US, of which $1.5 Billion or 10% were imported. The organic industry accounted for just 2.5 percent of the nation’s food market in 2005, but organics of all types are having record growth; for example organic meat sales grew 55 percent.

As the demand increases, shortages will continue, driving up prices. As a country with the resources to pay, we’ll be able to import enough to cover the demand, however there may be a ‘import backlash.’ The eat locally trend is growing, stressing the environmental impact of transporting food from far away, when other local foods are available. It’s looked down upon to eat food from another region, let alone another country.

See also: Wal-Mart accused of ‘organic fraud’

Try to stay off this blog

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

blog of death

Somehow I’ve missed this site that’s been around since 2003. The Blog of Death is written by Jade Walker, a former editor of The New York Times obituaries section.

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When selling drugs in Tennessee….

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

drug tax stamp

Supposedly you can anonymously purchase these drug tax stamps from the Dept of Revenue. I’d like to see one true dealer have the balls to walk into the Revenue office and buy one, many are sold to collectors. Of the 726 stamps sold so far, none have turned up during a seizure.

    “In April of 2005, Jeremy Robbins was arrested attempting to traffic two tons of marijuana from Arizona to East Tennessee. Indicted on federal drug conspiracy charges, Robbins was soon assessed a $1.1 million fine from Tennessee’s Department of Revenue. The reason: failure to comply with the state’s Unauthorized Substances Tax, which requires anyone in possession of a certain quantity of contraband — in the case of marijuana, more than 42.5 grams — to buy a tax stamp from the state government and affix it on the drug.”

Opponents argue that the tax penalties on top of criminal charges amounts to a second punishment, and thus a violation of double jeopardy law. For this reason, a Davidson County chancellor ruled the tax unconstitutional, and stopped the state from collecting Robbins’ $1.1 million. The Tennessee Dept of Revenue believes this decision will be overturned on appeal.

link (thanks slurp)

Live like an ewok!

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Ewok house

These balls are meant for living, although probably just for a night or two as they have no bathroom, little room, sway when you move among other problems. The more I read the free spirit spheres website, the safer an ewok village sounds.

    ” Spheres can be hung from the trees as shown or from any other solid objects like buildings or rock faces. A web of rope is connected to any strong points available. This replaces the foundation of a conventional building. A suspended tree house uses the forest for its foundation. “

link (via stylehive)

I heart pancakes and eggs

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

heart frying pan

Win some extra points with that Valentine’s Day breakfast.

link (via uber review)

Toshiba unveils 51 GB HD DVD

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

51 GB HD DVD

Time to upgrade that dvd player again…

    “Toshiba has submitted a triple-layer, 51GB HD DVD-ROM disc to the standard’s overseer, with the intention of getting it adopted by the end of the year.

    That will exceed the currently superior 50GB storage capacity of Blu-ray. The HD DVD standard currently offers single and dual-layer discs, which are capable of holding 15GB and 30GB of data, respectively. That’s enough for a movie encoded in 1080p HD resolution, along with all the extras.”

link (via techdigest)

And if you have over 30 pair, you’re an asshole!

Monday, January 15th, 2007

shoe wheel

This 30 x 12 inch wheel can hold up to 30 pairs of shoes. Currently out of stock, but $65 for February pre-order.

link (via joshspear)

Chocolate NES cartridge

Monday, January 15th, 2007

Chocolate NES

This is currently at $41 on ebay. Weighing in at 7 ounces, buttlesscutlass78 might want to think of making more than 3 of these. Might also want to keep it off the floor….

link (via nintendowiifanboy)

Real life Halo suit ready for battle

Monday, January 15th, 2007

trojan suit

The man behind Project Grizzly (the topic of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite film of 1996) has a new protection suit ready for soldiers.

    “The whole suit — which draws design inspiration from Star Wars, RoboCop, Batman and video games — is made from high-impact plastic lined with ceramic bullet protection over ballistic foam.

    The whole suit comes in at 18 kilograms. It covers everything but the fingertips and the major joints, and could be mass-produced for about $2,000, Hurtubise says.”

link (via engadget)

Internet trail long in kidnapping case

Monday, January 15th, 2007

Recently 15 year-old Shawn Hornbeck, kidnapped at age 11, was found.

from the kimberly is nutz myspace blog:

    ” Saturday, January 13, 2007

    Shawn Hornbeck

    Boys found!, the story is a bit iffy??
    Current mood: confused
    Category: Life

    Key Links:

    ShawnHornbeck.com
    – in December of 2005 A boy named Shawn Devlin posted under his own families memorial’s guestbook:

    shawn – Thursday, December 1, 2005 – 2:56 PM devlin

    hey sorry about that last thing i put on there,i write poems and i was wounding if it would be ok to write a poem for the hornbeck fam. and they son “shawn Hornbeck” it would be cool if i could but if you dont want me to i can understan why i guess but i was wounding if i could write a poem in his horner (sorry i dont know how to spell that last word)

    shawn devlin – Thursday, December 1, 2005 – 1:59 AM kirkwood

    how long are you planing to look for your son?

    *It is still there, check it while you can! Scroll until you get to 2005:
    http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:o61Zl-2t70UJ:
    www.shawnhornbeck.com/guestbook.cfm+%22Shawn+Hornbeck
    +guestbook%22&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=1

    *This is a sure giveaway in a way, he was not educated for 4 years so he probably cannot spell.

    His myspace profile was -> http://profile.myspace.com/
    index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=23093653

    His yahoo profile is -> http://profiles.yahoo.com/xxdevildevlinxx
    *The e-mail under this profile is mdevlin65@sbcglobal.net
    *If the pictures not showing up, this is the picture that is on his profile-> Photobucket – Video and Image Hosting

    His other profile has been removed, probably for investigation purposes, his s/n was Shawn_The_Pumpkin_King, it had a photo of himself on the profile, it was last updated on 02/06, (How did everyone miss that? Something is not adding up!) -> http://profiles.yahoo.com/shawn_the_pumpkin_king

    *If he had internet access, he had a ways of communication to the outside world, why did he use it but he did not use it to save himself? Could he really have been brainwashed from telling people where he was, even on the internet, bribed or Stockholm Syndrome, it just does not add up?”

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Woman dies trying to win Wii

Sunday, January 14th, 2007
    “A 28-year-old woman found dead hours after taking part in a radio station’s water drinking contest died of water intoxication, the coroner’s office said Saturday. Strange took part in a contest at radio station KDND 107.9 in which participants competed to see how much water they could drink without going to the bathroom.

    The winner of the “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” contest was promised a Nintendo Wii video game system.”

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Dumb thing?

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

Thumb Thing

Slip on the Thumb Thing to make holding open pages more comfortable. It also keeps the spine of the book from being broken, increasing that amazon or ebay resell value. To complete the triple threat, it also acts as a bookmark.

update: here’s a similar product for shooting pool. (via seihin world)

link (via daily gadget)

Not mailing it in

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

mailer

Entertainment Weekly interviewed 83 year-old Norman Mailer, covering booze, his place in history, Philip Roth fans and his new book, The Castle in the Forest (out Jan. 23).

    Do you really believe the devil was present at the conception of Adolf Hitler, as he is in the book?

    Uh, yeah. I mean, if I say that, and you see it in print, it sounds bizarre, lunatic, unsettling. But if we can believe that God or Gabriel was present at the conception of Jesus, then it seems to me we can believe that the devil was present at the conception of Adolf Hitler.”

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Liberty City shantytown

Friday, January 12th, 2007

shanty town

For those only familiar with the Grand Theft Auto video game, Liberty City is also a neighborhood in Miami.
shanty town
I didn’t take my normal route to work yesterday and ended up driving past a homeless shantytown in Liberty City. I didn’t think much of the place until reading about it later that day in The Miami New Times blog. Apparently it’s been home to about 40 homeless people since Oct. 23, has a name-Umoja, or “unity” in Swahili, and commissioners recently backed away from bulldozing it.

I’m a little confused as to what exactly the ‘Take Back The Land’ sign means. Did one of the homeless once own it? Or is it a general statement of ‘Take it back from the man’.

I drove by again today and snapped some photos. Apparently there’s a potluck tonight. I wonder if they are going to fire up the big grill pictured to the left. I was surprised to see some white folks living in the shantytown, not a common site in Liberty City period.

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