Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Games Gone Wild!

Funny take on Computer Games by our favorite comic David Cross...Man, this guy is everywhere now.

Wired 11.11: Games Gone Wild!

Canadian Beats World at Rock, Paper, Scissors

Awesome. Love this game.

"Poor Bart, he always chooses Rock." - Lisa Simpson
"Good 'ol rock." - Bart Simpson

TORONTO (Reuters) - The competitors, in glitzy, off-the-wall costumes, call themselves professional athletes. Some even bring along team doctors to supervise their nutrition and take them through intense warmups.

This is serious stuff for at least some of the 320 competitors who shook their fists at the World Rock, Paper, Scissors Championships at a nightclub in downtown Toronto.

The winner, who netted $3,825, was Toronto's Rob Krueger, a member of the "Legion of the Red Fist" team. He took the lofty title of World RPS Champion with a combination of rock-paper-paper, defeating his opponent's three rocks.

Treading a thin line between silly spectacle and serious sport, the event drew a crowd of about 900, including a slew of local and international media.

Andy Cumming, 28, flew in from London with five other members of the British team, plus their team doctor who counsels them on warmups, diet and practice. "It's an internationally played game, you know," he said, wearing a pair of worker's coveralls with the red, white and blue of the Union Jack patterned on it.

To the uninitiated, taking the playground game seriously is difficult. Many competitors wore crude, homemade costumes, and played with a can of beer in their non-throwing hand.

Monday, October 27, 2003

Drug Test

What steroids can do...

Drug Test

Pentagon : Hunt the Boeing! And test your perceptions! - L'Asile utopique - www.asile.org

I've seen this before, but I just looked at it again. Where the hell is that plane?

Pentagon : Hunt the Boeing! And test your perceptions! - L'Asile utopique - www.asile.org

Scoop: Diebold Memos Disclose Florida 2000 E-Voting Fraud

People are saying that the Diebold voter machines had something to do with the 2000 Presidential elections. Another conspiracy theory? Very interesting read....my favorite quote:

Gore called Bush and Gore’s staff surrounded the vice president to listen in on what would become a historic conversation at 2:30 a.m.

“Circumstances have changed dramatically since I first called you,” Gore said to Bush, Toobin wrote. “The state of Florida is too close to call.”

“Are you saying what I think you’re saying?” Bush asked according to Toobin. “Let me make sure that I understand. You’re calling back to retract that concession?” Gore sensed an annoyance in Bush’s tone and shot back “you don’t have to be snippy about it."

Scoop: Diebold Memos Disclose Florida 2000 E-Voting Fraud

Friday, October 24, 2003

Last Meals Again

Another person was executed since I last posted about the "last meal" page on the Texas Department of Justice website.

This guy had two double bacon cheesburgers, while the previous guy had a chicken fried steak...

Execution: 310
Link: Offender Information
Last Name: Hayes
First Name: Larry
TDCJ Number: 999358
Date: 09/10/2003
Final Meal Request: Two bacon double cheeseburgers, French fries, onion rings, ketchup, cole slaw, two diet Cokes, one quart of milk, one pint of rocky road ice cream, one pint of fried okra, salad dressing, tomato, and onion

New York's Top Dog? It Depends on the ZIP Code

This is really cool data, looking at what neighborhoods, races, etc. own what kind of dogs in the city...

New York's Top Dog? It Depends on the ZIP Code

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Why some of us are early risers

Aha!!! So here's some hard proof that some people are morning people and some are night people. I fall into the latter category myself. I've always preferred the night to day...Never feel right before noon time, and would rather come in around 10:30 am and stay later at work, because I usually don't go to bed until 1 - 1:30 am...But alas, we night people are stigmatized...

Why some of us are early risers

Welcome to Colossal Colon Tour 2003. Home of the COLOSSAL COLON!!!!!!

I stumbled upon the Colossal Colon Tour at lunch today. I think I remember reading a blurb about it a few weeks ago in a paper. It's an exhibit that raises awareness of diseases of the colon.

Visitors who crawl through the Colossal Colon will see examples of many colon diseases, including Chrohn's disease, diverticulosis, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, cancerous and non-cancerous polyps, and various stages of colon cancer.

Now, I could get some edumecation, but I'm really just there to see the COLOSSAL COLON!!!!!! How can I pass up something like that, I ask you?

The exhibit at Copley Square...I think the COLOSSAL COLON has to be in there somewhere.

The nice girl gives me my intro packet to the tour which contained a Colossal Colon Tour Passport. What is this? Do I need papers to get a glimpse of the COLOSSAL COLON?

I nice overview of the digestive system. See the flashing light at the colon? Pretty important area there...But still no COLOSSAL COLON!!!! They drive a hard bargain here. Trying to get me to learn stuff....I wanna see The Colon.

At last...The Colossal Colon everyone's been talking about. Oh the grandeur. Many a gerbil could fit in that colon...

A nice view of some nasty Colossal Ulcers, in the Colossal Colon...Poor Colossal Colon...They inflicted it with all these diseases to educate people like me. It truly is a martyr to the cause....

I had to go back to work, so I didn't actually get too educated on colon matters. And they are serious matters, mind you. There were several volunteers there who were willing to explain the colon to you if you were interested, but I was just there for the Colossal Colon....I know....I am a shallow man.

More info at www.ColossalColon.com

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

United States Patent: 6,632,248

This is total BS. Microsoft was awarded a patent for "Customization of network documents by accessing customization information on a server computer using uniquie user identifiers "

About every website does this. They remember your preferences by associating you with a user id, and then show you your stock watch list, or local weather, or local news, etc. You bet this will go through the court system if MS tries to enforce it...

United States Patent: 6,632,248

Reds Yielding to Green

At least once a week, I keep thinking about China and how it's going to be the next superpower...If they keep making changes likes this, it could happen....

From Wired News....

Reds Yielding to Green
China's top communist leaders ended a meeting of party leaders Tuesday amid reports that they've approved a constitutional change that will allow the private ownership of land for the first time since Mao's 1948 revolution. Although no one emerging from the Communist Party plenum would confirm the reports, no one denied them, either. China Central Television quoted President Hu Jintao as telling delegates: "We should protect all kinds of property ownership — and private ownership as well."

Thursday, October 09, 2003

Forbes.com: Is Sex Necessary?

Very interesting read...

Forbes.com: Is Sex Necessary?

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Adbusters Culture Jammers Headquarters

I stole the following image from the adbusters.org site. It's simply mind blowing. The US spends $399 billion on defense. That is more than the top 10 countries in defense spending, combined...Imagine all the programs for technological advancement, healthcare, etc. that are not being funded because of this. I wish it was as simple as the game Civilization.

Adbusters Culture Jammers Headquarters



A 90 second film short contest. The one that one was a humorous bit. How to Tell When a Relationship is Over.

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Lucky Krauts

Sunday, October 05, 2003

SoYouWanna fake being an indie rock expert?

SoYouWanna fake being an indie rock expert?

This is pretty funny. I especially like the Spoon reference...

Arnold Unplugged - It's hasta la vista to $9 billion if the Governator is selected

Arnold Unplugged - It's hasta la vista to $9 billion if the Governator is selected

This is intriguing. Ahhnold was in bed with the folks at Enron?

Things getty shadier every day...

Friday, October 03, 2003

10,000 freed minks become cannibalistic, go on feeding frenzy

The headline was kind of funny...

10,000 freed minks become cannibalistic, go on feeding frenzy

SULTAN, Wash. -- An animal rights group's plan to free 10,000 mink from a farm turned deadly after many of the emancipated mustelids became cannibals while others went on a carnivorous feeding frenzy.

About 9,000 of the freed mink have been returned to Roesler Brothers Fur Farm since the Aug. 25 break-in, but keeping them alive has been a challenge.

Normally, only siblings are caged together, but workers cannot readily determine which of the recaptured mink are related, said Kate Roesler.

'The mink are fine when they're litter mates together, but when they're not they're quite vicious and they're cannibals,' Roesler said. 'They do eat each other, and that's what we're battling.'

Days after the break-in, starving mink attacked a menagerie of exotic birds, a flock of chickens and even a Labrador retriever.

A few mink have been seen recently eating fish along local rivers and one turned up last week at a fruit stand on the edge of this town about 40 miles northeast of Seattle.

About 1,000 are still missing.

The Animal Liberation Front claimed responsibility and the FBI is investigating. No arrests have been reported.