Perfect for where many of us get much of our reading done…
Archive for October, 2007
The deputy mayor of the Indian capital Delhi died on Sunday after being attacked by a horde of wild monkeys.
SS Bajwa suffered serious head injuries when he fell from the first-floor terrace of his home on Saturday morning trying to fight off the monkeys.
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Philip V.W. Dodds, credited as Phil Dodds, was an audio engineer who appeared in the motion picture “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. Working for ARP Instruments, Inc., Phil was on the set to install and manage the ARP 2500 synthesizer used in the movie to play the five alien tones, and to program it for the sounds the filmmakers wanted. He had performed a similar function on other science fiction films, such as Logan’s Run, and some of the early Star Trek movies.
Baby Jessica has some cash coming her way.
MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — The 18-month old girl pulled from a backyard well two decades ago is now a young wife and mother — one waiting to collect donations given to her during her ordeal that are expected to total $1 million or more.
Some of the rescuers didn’t fair as well:
In 1995, paramedic and rescuer Robert O’Donnell, who wriggled into the passageway and slathered a frightened Jessica in petroleum jelly before sliding her out into the bright television lights, shot and killed himself at his parents’ ranch outside Midland.
His brother, Rick, has said O’Donnell’s life “fell apart” because of the stress of the rescue, the attention it created and the anticlimactic return to everyday life.
In 2004, William Andrew Glasscock Jr., a former Midland police officer who helped in the rescue, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on charges of sexual exploitation of a child and improper storage of explosives. A year later, he was sentenced to 20 years on two state charges of sexual assault.
Falling apart because of the ‘stress of the rescue’? Ridiculous.
It’s ridiculous that any coffee shop, restaurant, airport or other business charges fees for use of wireless. The low cost of offering it free versus the return on increased patronage should be a no-brainer.
When Starbucks introduced for-pay Wi-Fi in 2002, it seemed like a great deal (especially for business customers who could expense it). But five years later, the model appears old and stale and ready for a complete overhaul.
Prediction: Starbucks will start rolling out free Wi-Fi access within one year.
My favorite dive bar is currently in 1st place on Esquire’s ‘The Best Bars in America’ voting. If you’ve been, stop by the link and give your support. An accurate and amusing write-up:
Presumably, you are in Miami because you are looking for trouble. At the Deuce, you will have a very good time finding it. If you’ve ever wanted to really feel the pulp, if you’ve ever wanted to get noir, like all night long, then you’re going to want to get yourself Deuced. There is, of course, a pool table. It turns from friendly to sharkish depending on who and how you play. There’s a jukebox, too. It’s filled with all the up-to-no-good classics. Finally, though, there is the bar itself, a striking horseshoe design that allows you to keep one eye on your drink and one eye on everybody in the joint. That’ll come in handy when Cameron Diaz comes in for a little late-night slumming. Or when trouble comes looking for you.
A Mexican politician was disqualified from a German marathon after it was revealed he took a shortcut.
In a photo taken as he crossed the finish line, Madrazo wears an ear-to-ear grin and pumps his arms in the air. But he also wore a Windbreaker, hat and long, skintight running pants — too much clothing, some said, for a person who had just run 26.2 miles in 60-degree weather.
Here’s Madrazo doing his best Borat impression.
link (thx mike)