Archive for February, 2007

Stabilize with this sack

Monday, February 19th, 2007

CBS

The Camera Stabilising Bag (CBS) fills with dirt, sand, rice, feces, etc taking the place of a tripod and fits in a package the size of a tennis ball.

link (via gizmodo)

2/3 believe internet can be physically addictive

Monday, February 19th, 2007

Today’s cnn.com poll showed 64% of respondents believe “it is possible to become physically addicted to the Internet.” However I’m not so sure it isn’t solely psychological addiction (besides porn sites!). I guess the question was properly posed. Here’s wikipedia’s trying to explain things:

“The obsolete term physical addiction is deprecated, because of its connotations. In modern pain management with opioids physical dependence is nearly universal but addiction is rare.

The medical community now makes a careful theoretical distinction between physical dependence (characterized by symptoms of withdrawal) and psychological dependence (or simply addiction). Addiction is now narrowly defined as “uncontrolled, compulsive use”; if there is no harm being suffered by, or damage done to, the patient or another party, then clinically it may be considered compulsive, but to the definition of some it is not categorized as “addiction”. In practice, the two kinds of addiction are not always easy to distinguish. Addictions often have both physical and psychological components.”

related:
Chat room addict sues IBM over firing

Electroshock therapy for China’s “Internet addicts”

Paraglider encased in ice at 32,000 feet

Friday, February 16th, 2007

A German paraglider was encased in ice and blacked out after a storm carried her to a height greater than Mount Everest. Somehow she safely landed after being unconscious for an hour!

link (thanks tim)

Kohler infinity tub

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Kohler tub

Kohler sells this tub with sex, almost insisting in their video that two people use it at a time. Realize your champagne dreams with “champagne-like effervescent bubbles.” The waterfall is clever, wouldn’t want a faucet sticking you in the back during all the sex.

link
(via redferret)

Bonnaroo bound

Friday, February 16th, 2007

The initial Bonnaroo 2007 lineup was released Wednesday and it looks like I’ll be going again. This would make 5 of 6 for me (I skipped 2005). Hard to pass up all these bands that I would see individually if they came to town:

The Police
Wilco
Ween
Tool
The White Stripes
Kings of Leon
Ratdog
Manu Chao
Franz Ferdinand
Junior Brown
Wolfmother
The Flaming Lips
North Mississippi Allstars
Hot Tuna
Spoon
Cold War Kids
David Cross

link

Amateur

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Lasse Gjersten can’t play the drums or piano, but after banging on a set of drums and hitting single keys, he edits it all together to create a continuous song.

link (thanks nacho)

Winter gear warmup

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

dryer

Where was this thing for all those years I suffered sledding Wisconsin winters wearing wet gloves and boots?! A little late fellas.

link (via gizmodo)

I smell a sitcom!

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Patches

Patches, the world’s coolest horse.

link (thanks walknbluez)

That’s what she said

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

The Office

Labor and employment attorney Julie Elgar writes ThatÂ’s What She Said, a blog that breaks down each episode of The Office from a corporate liability standpoint.

“If an executive learns that a regional manager has sponsored a bachelor party in the warehouse, hired a stripper, offered to ‘deflower’ the bride, taken an employee to a sex store, received a lap dance, and allowed a pervert dressed up like Benjamin Franklin to make a lewd statement to the receptionist, she should fire him. As soon as possible. Anything else and the company is looking at significant liability.”

link (via mental floss)

Pot Prisoners Cost Americans $1 Billion a Year

Monday, February 12th, 2007

pot

According to statistics recently released by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, American taxpayers are now spending more than a billion dollars per year to incarcerate its citizens for pot. Another 8 billion was spent in criminal justice costs to arrest 800,000 Americans on marijuana charges in 2005.

Screw you William Randolph Hearst.

link (thanks gregos)

Bump key

Monday, February 12th, 2007

bump key

No, not for those kinds of bumps, but it does involve illegal behavior. Supposedly a bump key can open nearly any lock in seconds, and it’s much easier than lock picking. Seems pretty easy to make as well.

Also see how to crack a lock.

Now go out there and burglarize!

link (thanks norman)

Wounded marriage

Monday, February 12th, 2007

Props to this girl for sticking with her man, but the look on her face says it all. Which makes me think this may be staged….

link (via discourse.net)

Daybreak in Daytona

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

To think, this beach used to be one half of the Daytona Speedway (the other side was A1A).

Daytona Beach, FL

6:45am this morning, 6th Floor of the Hilton, Daytona Beach, FL

Feeding stray cats should be an arrestable offense

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

feral fight

Two women in my neighborhood feed strays every day and it’s resulted in at least 40 strays in a half-block radius. One of the women scoops hunks of food from a big prepared bowl onto tin foil held down by rocks and placed under cars. So she gets a crazy pass. Another woman drives up in her car and delivers food to a parking lot of cats and seems otherwise sane. She should be jailed.

Supporting these overgrown populations of cats leads to disease, nightly fights/deaths, cat shit everywhere, hundreds of birds dying every year and continues the cycle with further generations of cats that suffer from life on the crowded streets.

Internet research provided some good news, nearby Surfside has some laws on the books as do some other areas in the country. Seems like it’s a city by city ruling. Unfortunately plenty of idiots are fighting these laws.

The shammys

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

grammy

What is this American Idol rip-off? Vote for who sings with Timberlake?! Lame CBS. Even more lame to drag it out over the entire broadcast. Surprised they squeezed in 10 seconds for The Grateful Dead’s lifetime achievement award. Jesus Christ, Rascal Flats just came on, Bob Wills is rolling over in his grave.