Saturday, July 21, 2007

171 Starbucks in One Day

Comedian/Filmmaker Mark Malkoff visited all 171 Starbucks locations in Manhattan in ONE DAY. Of course, he made a movie about the entire project. Link

It took him 20 hours and $369.14 (he made a purchase at each location). After 14 hours he became dehydrated and disoriented from all the caffeine. At that point he abandoned his bicycle and used a driver to finish the project.

New Born Pandas

Panda breeding has come a long way in the past few years. This gallery is a compilation of various baby pandas showing their development over their first year. Pandas are several months old before they achieve their black-and-white coloring (see below). Link

London Beats Out Toronto as Top Facebook City

Smug Torontonian social media enthusiasts have reason to curse the digital gods today, as our fair city has slipped behind London, England as the Facebook network with the most members. Not only does this damage our credibility as a wired city, but also likely feeds into some vestigial colonial inferiority complex. Toronto's second place status was first reported in the Guardian. Apparently, London overtook Toronto sometime last week. As of 11:30 am this morning, London had 798,165 members, and Toronto only 702,719.

Of course London has three times the population of Toronto.

Austrians Develop Doggy Ice Cream

It's fat-free, comes in three flavors (rice, vanilla-rice, and soy), and it's for ... dogs.

Introducing "Dogissimo"" — an ice cream created specifically for canines which has gone on sale at a Vienna ice cream parlor. Those Viennese must be real dog lovers.

But at about 7 euros (nearly $10) for a large portion, it remains to be seen how well the new treat will sell. The smaller container goes for about 5 euros.

Town Goes Cellphone Free, What's next, No Cars?

Officials in a rural valley in British Columbia hope that keeping out cellphones will help attract residents and tourists who want to escape to the quiet of nature.

A group of residents in the valley in south-eastern British Columbia have asked telephone company Telus Corp. not to build a planned cellphone tower in New Denver, a one-time mining boomtown that is now home to about 600 people.
If Telus decides against building the system, the economic development group plans to promote the valley's "cellphone free status".

I think they should also go back to using horse and buggy.

Something for a Saturday

Friday, July 20, 2007

Inmates Exercising at a Filipino Prison

Cheney to be in charge during Bush colonoscopy

Men in a Perfect World

Tiny brain no obstacle for civil servants

Hmm, I wonder how small my brain is?

A man with an unusually tiny brain managed to live an entirely normal life despite his condition, caused by a fluid buildup in his skull, French researchers reported.

Scans of the 44-year-old man's brain showed that a huge fluid-filled chamber called a ventricle took up most of the room in his skull, leaving little more than a thin sheet of actual brain tissue. Intelligence tests showed the man had an IQ of 75, below the average score of 100 but not considered mentally retarded or disabled, either.

Yet, he was a married father of two children, and worked as a civil servant.

Dear Abby letter

NY Steam Pipe Explosion

With visions of 9/11 flashing through their minds, hundreds of workers poured out of skyscrapers when a blast ripped through central Manhattan. Shoppers ran for cover, dodging flying rubble, and a truck was swallowed when the tarmac opened up into a giant crater.

A scary day for New Yorkers.

Soccer Riot in Toronto

Toronto is hosting the FIFA under-20 tournament and last night was a semi-final game between rivals Argentina and Chile. I understand the officiating was nothing less than brutal. The German referee was passing out yellow and red cards like coupons for free vacations that were about to expire, and the game play was affected.

Chilean fans and players became quite emotional. At one point, Toronto police officers had to come onto the field to settle the steaming Chilean players and staff down, as they approached the game officials en masse.

But it's what happened after the game that's making international headlines and putting our police force under close scrutiny. Accusations that Toronto police used excessive force are buzzing about. Early reports suggest that billy clubs, tazers, and pepper spray were used, and blood was spilled in violent clashes between the Chilean team and police. As many as 9 players were arrested and later released. It's a real shame, and it looks really bad on all involved.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Tom Cruise as a Nazi

Filming started today in Berlin on Tom Cruise’s new movie, ‘Valkyrie’, despite attempts by German politicians to ban Tom because they consider Scientology to a cult.

Tom plays the real-life mastermind behind a plot to kill Adolf Hitler. He looks good as Nazi.

How Fashion Magazines Photoshop Celebrities

I would expect that most people realize all those celebrities on the cover of magazines do not look so good in person. And the reason isn't just good makeup and lighting - the magazine seriously alter the photos. Below is the current cover of Redbook with Faith Hill. Below is the original photo before it was altered.

click on photos to enlargen

Some examples of the changes:

2. Got rid of her crow's feet.

7. Her protruding collarbone has disappeared.

8. Bulge of fat on back removed.

11. Arm has become much thinner,

Toronto Crime Rate Drops

StatsCan released a report saying that our shootings are down by 30% and crime across Canada is the lowest it has been in 25 years. Despite a lot of violence in the news, we've had 41 homicides so far this year (Chicago has had 211 homicides in the same period with a slightly larger population).

The police are saying it's because we have more police on the street, criminologists are saying it's partly because of our aging population and others point to the crime problems that still exist (like an increase in violent crime, the rise in crime for kids age 12-17, and under reporting of domestic-abuse crimes). Despite these 2006 StatsCan numbers, we still get the reputation within Canada of a big dangerous town.

View the StatsCan report here.

Mayor Miller Threatens to Shut Down Sheppard Subway

According to CBC News, after Mayor Miller's proposal to increase land transfer and vehicle registration taxes was put on hold by the City Council, the TTC has been told to cut its budget by $30 million this year and $100 million in 2008. This is likely to lead to unprecedented cutbacks of the TTC service which will include dropping all plans for expansion of services, major fare hikes, cancelling 20 bus routes and closing down the entire Sheppard subway line (which has only been in service since 2002 and required one billion dollars and eight years to construct).

Not sure if this is actually going to happen or the Mayor is just playing politics.

What type of a person....

...strips down to their underwear and takes a dip in the ocean when they're hot?

Answer: "trailor trash" Britney

Hott 4 Hill

First there was the Obama girl, then the Giuliani girl and now we have the Hillary girl. This campaign is really getting deep into the issues.

Moron Delayed Subway This Morning

An idiotic TTC passenger dropped his umbrella on the tracks at the Spadina subway station this morning and delayed thousands of riders on the Yonge-University-Spadina line.

After dropping his umbrella. the moron jumped down on the tracks to retrieve it. Seeing the umbrella man on the tracks, another passenger pulled the emergency power switch, bringing trains to a halt.

I guess if they had let a train hit the guy, it would have delayed the system more.

I realize it was raining this morning but wouldn't it have been smarter to just pick up another umbrella somewhere?

Easy-Bake Ovens are Hazardous

The Easy Bake oven, an iconic toy with a four-decade history, has been recalled for the second time in less than a year. It seems children are getting their hands and fingers trapped in the front opening, and some have been burned including 16 reports of second- and third-degree burns. One burn required partial amputation of a 5-year-old girl's finger.

It goes to show that appliances are built as well as they were 40 years ago - even the Easy-Bake oven. My daughter was a wiz of a baker back in the early 90s.

Looks Like Rain All Day

...well at least I won't need to water the garden for the next 2 day.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Michael Vick Not Too Good to Dogs

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is one sick bastard. He's being brought up on charges by the feds for illegal dogfighting. And I don't mean he happened to be in his hometown for the weekend and he dropped in at a bbq where some jerk was staging a dogfight and it got raided.

Vick was charged with illegal competitive dogfighting, which involves training pit bulls to fight against other dogs. When authorities searched Vick's property this month, they found 54 pit bulls and a host of brutal items including a "rape stand," used to hold dogs in place for mating; an electric treadmill modified for dogs and a bloodied piece of carpeting.

Graves of seven pit bulls were found inside "Bad Newz Kennels," a Virginia property owned by Vick. The dogs were allegedly killed after testing whether they would be good fighters. According to documents, dogfights would end when one dog died or backed down, and dogs were sometimes put to death by drowning, strangulation, hanging, gunshot, electrocution or some other method.
Vick is in real trouble. He is up against the might and majesty of the U.S. government with all of its agents, all of its investigative techniques and all of its skilled prosecutors. If he has any doubts about the power and skill of the forces arrayed against him, he can call Scooter Libby or Lord Conrad Black. Both hired brilliant (and expensive) lawyers but were still convicted. If he is convicted he is looking at jail time.

Stupid Pet Tricks at the Tour de France

Coincidence? Maybe Not!

Could be a relative of Larry King

This is totally nuts!

Romanian police arrested a naked man with no hands for drunk driving.

Officers pulled over his car after seeing it swerving from side to side on a busy road.They were shocked to find disabled driver Aurel Olteanu, 23, naked in his BMW 3 series in the seaside resort of Mamaia.

Police spokesperson Marius Ghita said: "He had no licence, but told us his he had developed his own special way of driving."

He said he had been sunbathing on a nudist beach and was travelling home. He had not dressed because he was in a hurry." Olteanu who was twice over the legal alcohol limit has been charged with dangerous driving.

I'm not sure what is more bizarre about this story - the fact that he was naked or that police had nabbed an armless guy with no licence.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Obama Girl vs Giuliani Girl

First there was Obama Girl so here we have Giuliani Girl.

This man was arrested by Utah police for possessing bomb-making supplies

...except it looks like one bomb already blew up in his face. Story here.

Tuesday Pig Blogging

Canada's nurses get to see "Sicko" for free

Nurses across the country are getting the chance to see Michael Moore's new film, Sicko, for free.

Alliance Atlantis has announced that it will offer free passes to see the documentary to all nurses across the country for a limited time starting Monday, and ending on Thursday.

Nurses hoping to see the film for free must present one of the following along with photo id at the box office to obtain a free ticket for Sicko: License, Practice Permit, Registration Card or Valid Union ID.

I'm thinking she doesn't get too many hits

But if you're interested here she is!

Just a Little Paranoid

"Too sexy for my bus", German woman told

A German bus driver threatened to throw a 20-year-old sales clerk off his bus in the southern town of Lindau because he said she was too sexy." Suddenly he stopped the bus," the woman named Debora C. told Bild newspaper. "He opened the door and shouted at me 'Your cleavage is distracting me every time I look into my mirror and I can't concentrate on the traffic. If you don't sit somewhere else, I'm going to have to throw you off the bus.'"

The woman said she moved to another seat but felt humiliated by the incident in the southern town of Lindau.

However, a spokesman for the bus company defended the driver. "The bus driver is allowed to do that and he did the right thing. A bus driver cannot be distracted because it's a danger to the safety of all the passengers," he said.

If I was Tara Reid...

I would sue whoever was responsible for her cosmetic surgery. What a mess!
But then it's not like she has a career left anyway.

Monday, July 16, 2007

I'm sure they thought it was a pick-your-own farm

Thieves in Manitoba, Canada stripped an orchard of some 200 pounds (90 kilograms) of ripe Saskatoonberries, leaving police and farmers baffled at the work needed for a relatively low-price haul.

It would have taken a substantial effort to clean off that many bushes of their berries, in any time period really. A local farm newspaper said the thieves apparently had to haul their load across a ditch, over a fence and through other rows of berry bushes, before leaving the Winnipeg-area farm with the loot -- which could be worth only $700.

Saskatoonberries, also known as Juneberries, are similar to blueberries although a little smaller. Pre-picked berries sell for about $3.50 a pound.

But I'm Number 43?

And where is the Presidential Seal?

Unfortunately, The Apprentice is Returning After All

The Apprentice will be back on NBC after all and this time it's an all-celebrity edition. The celebs will battle it out for their favorite charity. The cast has not yet been announced.

The show will be the exact same premise. Celebs will break up into two teams and compete in tasks. The losing team will report to the board room and one celeb will be fired. Ivanka and Donald Jr. will return as Trump's very boring advisors.

Trump had previously announced he was quitting after being slighted by the network. But he is such a rating whore. Speaking of which, Trump also said that he would love Rosie O'Donnell to be involved. Ben Silverman of NBC said, "I think it would be great to have Rosie on The Apprentice. Donald personally asked me to extend an invite to her."

Anything for ratings! Can't wait to see what lame celebrities they round up.

1952 comic predicts Bush/Cheney Iran policy

Found this cartoon on Boing Boing.

Click on image to enlargen

We can now grasp the origins of the Bush administration's foreign policy! It was all there in T-Man #3, 55 years ago! Perhaps Cheney read this comic in his youth and just bided his time until he was in a position to actualize it in real life.

Clothing for the Office and Beach

It’s one of those social dilemmas we all face these days, in in our busy, busy lives. Amber needs to put in a day at the conservative think tank where she works, but afterwards she wants to go straight to the beach, while there’s still some sun. What to do, what to do?

Well, this clever outfit is a lifesaver. The collar and tie satisfy even the most traditional office dress codes, but Amber can still hit the waves without skipping a beat, and who’s to notice that her business attire was really a thinly-disguised bikini?

One question: what does the casual Friday version look like?

N.Y. Bar Serves Bottled Water For $55

So the new concept in bars is to sell overpriced bottled water. While 1/3 of the world has no clean drinking water, Americans are spending up to $55 for a bottle of water.

Via Genova, a water bar in Chappaqua, N.Y. (home of Bill and Hillary Clinton), is cashing in on the craze, stocking water bottles that look more like collectors items. "I have probably close to 80 different types of waters," owner Diane Felicissimo said.

One brand, "10 thousand B.C." is a top seller at $30 per bottle."They get it from British Columbia, Canada," Felicissimo said. "It's a three-day journey by yacht to get to their water source." If you want some "Bling H2O," plan on paying an amazing $55 for less than a liter.

Sunday, July 15, 2007