Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
NO ONE seems to care about the upcoming attack on the World Trade Center site. Why? Because it won't involve villains with box cutters. Instead, it will involve melting ice sheets that swell the oceans and turn that particular block of lower Manhattan into an aquarium.
The odds of this happening in the next few decades are better than the odds that a disgruntled Saudi will sneak onto an airplane and detonate a shoe bomb. And yet our government will spend billions of dollars this year to prevent global terrorism and … well, essentially nothing to prevent global warming.
Why are we less worried about the more likely disaster? Because the human brain evolved to respond to threats that have four features — features that terrorism has and that global warming lacks.
First, global warming lacks a mustache. No, really. We are social mammals whose brains are highly specialized for thinking about others ...
The second reason why global warming doesn't put our brains on orange alert is that it doesn't violate our moral sensibilities ...
The third reason why global warming doesn't trigger our concern is that we see it as a threat to our futures — not our afternoons ...
There is a fourth reason why we just can't seem to get worked up about global warming. The human brain is exquisitely sensitive to changes in light, sound, temperature, pressure, size, weight and just about everything else. But if the rate of change is slow enough, the change will go undetected ...
The whole piece is worth a read.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
"His visit to the island can open the country to be tempted towards pursuing his lifestyle."
Will somebody please explain it to this guy that music will not make you gay. A fat old man sitting at a piano is not going to inspire a straight guy to give a BJ.
Even if Elton trotted out some of his old costumes, he is not going to corrupt the youth. Hell, most of the people at his concerts are over 40.
In honor of the misguided archdeacon, the lyrics to one of my favorite Elton songs:
All my pictures seem to fade to black and white
I'm growing tired and time stands still before me
Frozen here on the ladder of my life
I took a chance and changed your way of life
But you misread my meaning when I met you
Closed the door and left me blinded by the light
Don't let the sun go down on me
Although I search myself, it's always someone else I see
I'd just allow a fragment of your life to wander free
But losing everything is like the sun going down on me
I can't find, oh the right romantic line
But see me once and see the way I feel
Don't discard me just because you think I mean you harm
But these cuts I have they need love to help them heal
Although I search myself, it's always someone else I see
I'd just allow a fragment of your life to wander free
But losing everything is like the sun going down on me
Turn offs: Ignorance & hatred cloaked in religion
Friday, March 16, 2007
The note was paper-clipped to the neck of Delp's shirt when police found his body at his Atkinson home, on the bathroom floor, his head on a pillow. He had sealed himself inside with two charcoal grills; toxicology tests showed he had committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning.
"Mr. Brad Delp. J'ai une ame solitaire. I am a lonely soul," the note read.
Delp was the lead singer for Boston in the 1970s and slated to go on tour with them this summer. He was also supposed to get married this summer.
His fiancee, Pamela Sullivan, called police March 9 after noticing a dryer vent tube connected to the exhaust pipe of Delp's car. In the garage, police found a note taped to the door leading into the house.
"To whoever finds this I have hopefully committed suicide. Plan B was to asphyxiate myself in my car."
In another note on a door at the top of the stairs, Delp cautioned that there was carbon monoxide inside.
"I take complete and sole responsibility for my present situation. I have lost my desire to live," he wrote. The note also included instructions on how to contact his fiancee: "Unfortunately she is totally unaware of what I have done."
It's obvious that he planned this carefully and worked out all the details. I didn't know the guy, I wasn't even a fan, but I *know* him. I understand where he was and why he chose a way out.
Continuing on a sad theme, Comedian Richard Jeni shot himself in the face on March 1o:
... Jeni's family reveals the comic was not, as reported, depressed after a series of professional disappointments, insisting he "had just enjoyed one of his most financially rewarding years to date."
The statement reads, "The past few years had been more prolific than ever. As his agents can attest, prior to his illness, Richard only missed one engagement in over 20 [years], and that was due to weather.
"The truth is earlier this year Richard Jeni was diagnosed with severe clinical depression coupled with bouts of psychotic paranoia.
"One only needs to have a family member or friend with a mental illness to understand that there is nothing rational, predictable, or fair about these diseases... He was not down or blue, he was ill."
Turn ons: people who listen without giving advice
Turn offs: people who say "cheer up"
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Drill sergeants bark orders at them when they are not attending group and one-on-one counseling sessions. Therapy includes patients simulating war games with laser guns.
The IATC's tough love approach to breaking Internet addiction is unique to China, but necessary in a country with over two million teenage Internet addicts, according to facility staff.
Turn offs: Morning calisthenics *shudder*
Friday, March 09, 2007
Thursday, March 08, 2007
This is so cool. Scott Wade, a graphics designer in San Marcos, TX, recreates works of art in the dust on the back window of his Mini Cooper. His brush? The frayed end of a popsicle stick.
That's one of his creations on the left. Besides the Mona Lisa, he's also done van Gogh's "Starry Night," Boticelli's "The Birth of Venus," a picture of his dog that died, and "The Last Supper." From citynews.ca:
"I've always drawn pictures on dirty windows," the artist explains. "It wasn't a conscious decision to develop a new art form. It was just looking for art in everything."
Each one takes only about half an hour to create and the results can be astonishing.
He's made about 50 of them so far, and never washes them off, allowing time, nature and the occasional rain storm to do that for him. He takes pictures of every one of them and claims he's never upset when they're gone, calling that the transitory nature of his muse.
Besides, like an Etch-a-Sketch, it simply clears the way for his next creation.
"Since it's temporary it doesn't have to be perfect," Wade points out. "You don't have to belabour it."
You can see more of his work here.
Turn offs: can't think - need chocolate
Monday, March 05, 2007
This weekend, more than 8900 people gathered to set a new Guinness world record for making snow angels:
Mel Schlittenhardt of Bismarck brought her three children, including her 5-month-old daughter. The infant even made a snow angel by being spun around in her car seat. "I think this is a great opportunity to show kids how fun the winter can be in North Dakota," Schlittenhardt said.
Edna Arvidson, 84, of Bismarck, said she participated in the city's record-setting event in 2002.
"It's fun and puts us on the map," Arvidson said. "People think there's nothing going on up here."
In less angelic news, Rev. Ted Haggard may have been cured of homosexuality, but where's the cure for the 44 employees his former church just laid off as a result of the scandal caused by his dalliance with a masseur?
PC World has named the 50 most important people on the internet. The top 5:
1. Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, and Sergey Brin, Executives, Google
2. Steve Jobs, CEO, Apple
3. Bram CohenCofounder, BitTorrent
4. Mike MorhaimePresident, Blizzard Entertainment (If your adult son is living in your basement, you can probably blame this guy. He created World of Warcraft.)
5. Jimmy Wales, Founder, Wikipedia
Other persons of interest: The guys who founded You Tube, Perez Hilton, and Fark. You can blame them for a lot of the time I spend online.
In spite of all the hours I put in, I didn't make the list.
Actor-comedian Richard Belzer still dreams about him from time to time, the unselfish friend and "impish genius" who devoured life. John Landis, who directed Belushi in "Animal House" and "The Blues Brothers," is still angry at him for dying foolishly and young.
"Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels feels an obligation to "restate the obvious," that Belushi was profoundly talented and part of the show's creative DNA.
By most measures, the round comic with the sharp edges left a small body of work when a drug overdose killed him at age 33 on March 5, 1982. But his TV, movie and music performances proved influential, hitting the baby-boomer sweet spot and surviving despite pop culture's truncated attention span ...
Endlessly versatile, he inhabited the samurai deli guy, Joe Cocker, Captain Kirk and more on "Saturday Night Live." He gave us Bluto ("Food fight!") and Jake Blues, on a mission from God to save music. Always, there was a hint of intelligent mischief, if only in a masterfully lifted eyebrow ...
What might a clean Belushi have gone on to do? His career could have paralleled that of Murray, his former "Saturday Night Live" co-star who traveled from "Caddyshack" to a 2004 Oscar nomination for his poignant performance in "Lost in Translation."
"I think John had a depth to his talent that would have allowed him to reinvent himself," Michaels said.
Landis agrees. "He could have done anything."
Turn ons: John Belushi with Joe Cocker. Watch it on youtube.
Turn offs: heroin and cocaine
Saturday, March 03, 2007
I am selling my love to someone out there who wants it. I have given so much love and received nothing but hurt. I have come to my wits end and decided that now is the time to sell it.
Why? Well I figure that everyone needs love.
Who am I? I am a person who is genuine and true. Kind and gentle yet fun and outgoing.
Why am I selling my love you ask? Well, someone cheated on me! I have decided that if someone cheats, they don't want your love but someone else's. I figure that if someone is bidding on love, they would truly want love, my love. Right now it's couped up and hurting me more. I need to get rid of it ...
... I would like to reserve the right to buy it back, given the opportunity that I can give it to someone who may appreciate it later in life ...
He's received good feedback: "pays fast, communicates well" "Smooth Transaction, AAA+, A real credit to Ebay."
(Note to Seattle, he specified Females Only.)
Friday, March 02, 2007
"I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word ‘faggot,’ so I — so kind of an impasse, can’t really talk about Edwards."
According to one blogger: Coulter's comments were met with an audible gasp and then a smattering of applause and cheers.
Presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, as well as the dick Cheney, were present. It's not the first time she's used gay slurs against Democrats. Last July, this is what she said about former President Clinton:
"I think that sort of rampant promiscuity does show some level of latent homosexuality. I think anyone with that level of promiscuity where, you know, you — I mean, he didn’t know Monica’s name until their sixth sexual encounter. There is something that is — that is of the bathhouse about that."
And she called Al Gore "a total fag."
How long do you think it'll take Cheney and the other arse-lickers to condemn what she said? I'm willing to bet we'll be out of Iraq before that happens.
Maybe Isaiah Washington can sponsor her at Homophobes Anonymous.
And here's someone else who can join them. Earlier this week, conservative radio host Michael Savage, who had just signed on to be represented by the power agents at CAA, trashed Melissa Etheridge for her Oscar speech, where she thanked her wife. He said:
"I don't like a woman married to a woman. It makes me want to puke. I want to vomit when I hear it. I think it's child abuse." He further commented on homosexuality saying, "There are people who are sexually confused, who think that they're men when they're women. They're not normal."
Unfortunately for the blowhard, CAA also reps Melissa and she generates a lot more income than he does. They dropped him.
Turn ons: duct tape - it might shut the idiots up
Turn offs: the people who pay them to spew ignorance and hatred
Thursday, March 01, 2007
A man who was found dressed in latex and handcuffs brought a donkey to his room in a Galway city centre hotel, because he was advised “to get out and meet people,” the local court heard last week.
Thomas Aloysius McCarney with an address in south Galway was charged with cruelty to animals, lewd and obscene behaviour, and with being a danger to himself when he appeared before the court on Friday. He was also charged with damage to a mini-bar in the room, but this charge was later dropped when the defendant said that it was the donkey who caused that damage.
Solicitor for the accused Ms Sharon Fitzhenry said that her client had been through a difficult time lately and that his wife had left him and that his life had become increasingly lonely.
“Mr McCarney has been attending counselling at which he was told that he would be advised to get out and meet people and do interesting things. It was this advice that saw him book into the city centre hotel with a donkey,” she said. She added that Mr McCarney also suffered from a fixation with the Shrek movies and could constantly be heard at work talking to himself saying things like “Isn’t that right, Donkey?”
Supt John McBrearty told the court that Mr McCarney who had signed in as “ Mr Shrek” had told hotel staff that the donkey was a family pet and that this was believed by the hotel receptionist who the supt said was “young and hadn’t great English.”
Receptionist Irina Legova said that Mr McCarney had told her that the donkey was a breed of “super rabbit” which he was bringing to a pet fair in the city. The court was told that the donkey went berserk in the middle of the night and ran amok in the hotel corridor, forcing hotel staff to call the gardai.
McCarney was found in the room wearing a latex suit and handcuffs, the key to which the donkey is believed to have swallowed. He was removed to Mill St station after which it is said he was the subject of much mirth among the lads next door in The Galway Arms.
He was fined €2,000 for bringing the donkey to the room under the Unlawful Accommodation of Donkeys Act 1837. Other charges were dropped due to lack of evidence.
Yes, it's satire.
All 99 counties in Iowa were declared a disaster area today because of the blizzard. All of the schools and offices and stores in town are closed, which rarely happens.
One of my online friends in Missouri woke up to tornado warnings this morning. It seems like the weather all over is more volatile than it used to be.
Here's an article that amused me:
NEW YORK The Associated Press decided to give up a major vice last week: its addiction to stories about Paris Hilton. In the past year, Hilton has appeared on the wire an average of twice a week.
The wire service's entertainment editor Jesse Washington sent a memo to staffers on Feb. 13 that said, barring any major events, the AP would not run any mention of Paris Hilton on the wire, according to the memo, which was obtained by the New York Observer.
In the Observer article Washington was quoted as saying, "There was a surprising amount of hand-wringing. A lot of people in the newsroom were saying this was tampering with the news." Washington added that one editor's response was: "This is a great idea -- can we add North Korea?"
The AP was largely successful in the experiment, but Washington said that, unfortunately, her name did pop up in a couple of stories.
Another update on the Arse-lickers: The general who commanded the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command as well as Walter Reed hospital was fired today because of the poor treatment of disabled vets. It might only be symbolic, but this is one case where the press did their job and people paid attention.
My last note for now: Don't you wish Shaq would squish that insect?