Monthly Archives: September 2010

Weekly Update.

(WARNING: No naked chicks below.)

- Boxing: Since it’s been awhile, the following has happened:

- Boxing After Dark: That’s the name of HBO’s boxing program that isn’t on PPV. It typically showcases younger fighters. Abram sent along this commercial for it: (Abram)

- Boardwalk Empire: If you were waiting for me to tell you to watch Boardwalk Empire on HBO (Sundays, 9 PM), then fine: watch Boardwalk Empire. Omar makes a brief appearance in the first episode, which is probably why my dad said he didn’t see him. There are gangsters, there’s booze, titties, beatings, and a shotgun blast to the dome piece. Also, Eastbound & Down returns on Sunday the 26th.

- Paycheck Fairness Act: The claim is that women get paid less than men. The solution is to pass an act enforcing an already passed act, but this time we’ll give out awards to those that comply (please click that link, it’s true). My problem? If women are so discriminated at the workplace that basically no woman is paid fairly, then WHERE THE FUCK ARE THE COURT CASES? We’ve already passed laws that make it illegal to discriminate (by race, sex, age, creed, and even on who you prefer to fuck) and we’ve had court cases that have set precedent for women to sue if they are being discriminated. So I ask again, this time nicely, where are the court cases to verify this claim? Otherwise this act would be a waste. Unless, of course, you want our own federal agency to discriminate and only give grants to entities that “carry out negotiation skills training programs for girls and women“. So unequal pay is discrimination, but giving extra training to a specific subset of individuals isn’t? The fuck? I guess I’m just a sexist. Slate.com disagrees with me (surprise).

- Mad Men: Speaking of sexists, I finished the first season of Mad Men (finally) and seasons 2 and 3 arrived on Friday. The show is great, especially in their treatment of women. (The guys tackle girls and expose the woman’s panties, and everyone laughs this off). My two favorite Draper lines, though, were this one:

Rachel Menkin: There’s something about the way you talk that gives me confidence.

Draper: I have a deep voice.

And this one:

Peggy: I want a five dollar raise per week.

Draper (chuckles): Jesus, what do you make?

Peggy: $35 per week.

Draper (suddenly serious): Well, that’s a 15% hike.

There are plenty of other good Draper moments, but Jon Hamm plays a better Draper than I write Draper.

- Green Sox: If you’re wondering why the White Sox wore green uniforms last Friday, then clearly you don’t know that we were less than halfway to St. Patty’s Day:

The unis look solid, but the White Sox have no plan to keep them in their regular rotation. (Uni Watch)

- Save the planet, shop at Walmart: Walter Russell Mead explains much better than I can summarize here. Basically, by finding the supplier with the lowest price, Walmart forces producers to limit waste (less packaging, less energy, etc.) and therefore are helping to make the planet better. (The American Interest)

- Aurora: The Canadian Space Agency, eh, has launched a website where you can watch the Northern Lights live. You have to wait for after dusk, west coast time, in order to enjoy the sights though. This is a long exposure picture of an aurora:

- Take more naps: You’ll be better at your job if you take a nap for 20-30 minutes between 1pm and 3pm. I think people who work at home should definitely try this (Harter), but admittedly this is hard to pull off at the office. (Kornfeld)

- Shit rockets: At least, rockets fueled by processed raw sewage. I like my name better. (Discovery)

- Sharks eating a whale: Save Our Seas Foundation recently photographed a group of white sharks eating a dead whale. The whale was dragged out by the South African Navy to allow the sharks to do the clean up for everyone else. (Discovery)

- Blake Lively’s breasts: New York Magazine has 59 pictures for you to look at here. Here’s a taste: (The World’s Best Ever)

- You too can be like Wolverine: Scientists want to use titanium foam implants to repair bones. Why use a foam structure? To wit: (New Scientist)

The titanium foam does a better job than solid metal when it comes to matching the mechanical properties of bone, such as flexibility, and this encourages more effective bone regrowth.

What’s more, the foam is porous, so the bone can grow around and within it, truly integrating the implant with the skeleton.

They are still working on the whole “sharp knives that rip out through your skin”. (Side note: shouldn’t those blades come out bloody as shit every time Wolverine exposes them? It’s the little things that annoy me.)

- Waiting for Superman: Wanna see how crappy teacher unions and the Democratic party are when it comes to education? Then watch this film about lower-class students hoping to get accepted via lottery to charter schools (done by the director of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth). The only negative I’ve ever heard about charter schools, specifically Harlem Children’s Zone, is that not everyone gets to go there. (Carpe Diem)

- Scrabble for Kindle: I love playing Scrabble on the iPhone (you can play for free on Facebook), but now you can also play on the Kindle… in black and white. It’s $5 and you can’t play someone over the Internet, only by passing it back and forth. (Wired)

- I got hodes: Savitch aka Seth aka Brian was in town from San Fran and brought with him the Area Hode Scale to rate women (I guess women can use it to rate men, too). Instead of just getting an overall grade (“she’s a 10,” for instance), candidates receive three numbers. The first number rates the candidates face and uses a 10-point scale. The second number is either 0 for no you won’t “bang” and 1 is yes. We end the Area Hode Scale with a 10-point scale, again, to rate the body. Easy way it was told to me was “face-bang-body”, which I called “face-fuck-body” when I asked for clarification. You’ll typically end up creating area codes, which naturally become area hodes. 917 is a good area hode, but them Stamford bitches (203) are what you want to avoid. LA’s got a weird mix of 310s (everyone becomes a 1 after you fuck them, so avoid the 010s) and 818s.

- Truck for sale: Chris “Cop Speed” Johnson wants to sell his 2008 Dodge Ram (it’s got 6 TVs): (Chris Johnson’s Twitter)

He’s excited to sell it:

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- I think only Harter will care about this: The Rangers have an anniversary patch for their 85th, a rumored third jersey and Martin Biron will be rocking a new paint-job on his mask:  (Uni Watch)

- Everyone should care about this: It’s a ready-to-mix cocktail.  You mix it by drinking it.  Yes, that’s what I said:

What you are looking (salivating?) at is basically two bottles spiraled together, meeting at the opening.  You pour, or drink, and it mixes in your cup, or mouth.  (Core77)

- Wanna be an astronaut? Who doesn’t?  But if you have wider hands, then your fingernails may fall off.  That’s right, your fucking fingernail will detach itself from you while you’re in your space suit.  Apparently the glove puts pressure on the joint where your palm and fingers meet, and the wider your hands are, the more likely blood is getting cut off to your fingers.  Repeat the cutoff, restore, cutoff cycle, and the skin under your fingernails gets fucked up, then goodbye nails.  (Boing Boing)

- Wilma and Wilbur Wildcat: Zona beat Iowa 34-27 on Saturday (and for that we are ranked the highest we’ve been in 12 years), so in celebration my mom asked if we could get some pics of the Wildcats’ mascots.  Wilbur was first used in 1959 and then married Wilma when she was created in 1986.  Here’s Wilma:

And here’s Wilbur:

- Ode to Hipsters: Some bloke in England made a video called “Being a Dickhead’s Cool”.  We got elevators, they got lifts; we got hipsters, they got dickheads:  (The World’s Best Ever)

- Hook your computer up to your TV wirelessly: Bucheri, and I’m sure some others, have been trying to find a way to easily connect their computer to their TV.  This Veebeam seems to do the trick ($139 for the HD compatible one).  (Gizmodo)

- Water “blade” disarms bombs: Instead of blowing up IEDs, the military is using this product, they call it Stingray, that slices the bomb with water.  (Discovery)

- Dutch Oven Tub: Would you jump into this if I called it my hot tub?

It is a hot tub, not a witch’s pot for cooking little children.  Dan Cohen, from Gear Diary, explains how it works without an electric outlet here.  (Ben)

- Metal pencil: Technically not a pencil nor a pen, it’s just a metallic writing device.  You can “sharpen” it by using sandpaper, if you don’t like it’s thickness.  It’s supposed to be good for lefties because it doesn’t smear or get ink on your hand (the bane of many lefties).  Oh, and it’s got a cool look.  (Wired)

- Don’t like Google Instant? Here’s how to turn it off.  Don’t know what Google Instant is?  Go to Google.com and start searching.  See how it starts displaying results before you’re done?  If it didn’t, stop searching for “sluts” and try something else (yes I am saying “slut” doesn’t work for Instant).  (Gizmodo)

- Addictive ads from Japan: There are plenty more here, but I especially liked the imagery in this one:  (Pink Tentacle)

- I’m a better decision maker than you: Well, maybe not better, but definitely quicker, all because I play video games where I shoot people in the face.  You know what else video games helped me with?  Trap shooting.  Your boy was a solid 20 for 25 on his last round (started off 9/25, then 18/25, 16/25 before the final).  And if you’ve never shot a gun before, go exercise your right to bear arms and shoot the shit out of shit.  It is the most inexplicable fun you’ll ever have.  (Discovery)

- Ants be crazy: Circling and shit:  (The Daily What)

- Pressure sensitive nanowire skin: This means that robots will be able to “feel” you.  The scientists from Cal are calling it “e-skin” so you can get what they are talking about.  Kind of.  (Institute of Nanotechnology)

- Pornaloid: This is a Tumblr site dedicated to porn from Polaroid.  It’s as creepy as you would expect it to be:  (The World’s Best Ever)

- The Marks’ Financial Update:

  • MAB – Bunk had a sweet flat-line at $15 from September 9th to September 15th, broke out of it on the 16th to hit $15.37, but couldn’t keep that momentum heading into his bday weekend, closing at $15.20.  And since I’m writing this as a I keep an eye on the Moonti league, I’ll give you a spoiler and tell you Bunk gained 9 cents on Monday, investors are liking what he did this weekend.  (And I’m not talking about taking a dump while watching Redzone… OK, maybe I am.)
  • MDH – Harter’s taking a breather, it seems, after his earlier collapse this year from $3.78 on April 29th to $1.75 on June 29th, and just rode out a flat $2.50 for most of the week, closing at $2.47, which was higher than his $2.45 on September 3rd.
  • MFL – Mark Lee was the best performer (barely) these past two weeks by opening up at $14.66, taking most of the time to get down to $14.61, then bouncing right back up to close at $14.78.  He starts his life anew in C-Town, and with a Moonti W, this week.  So far, so good.

- Before I go: This is the 42nd “official” Weekly Update.  And you should know that 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.

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(WARNING: No naked chicks below.)

- Economics: People argue a lot over which political party has the best economic practices.  I say our economy grows in spite of our, sometimes, intrusive government.  Want to see our GDP charted since 1809 so I can prove my point?  Here:

You can also go here to see the data since 1929, which shows you how great our economy is over the long haul.  (Carpe Diem)

- Air Force: I was really digging these Air Force helmets the team wore on Saturday:

They got 13 stripes and all 50 stars on there.  Go ahead and count.  Also, Louisville went a little overboard with their helmet:  (Uni Watch)

- You’re gonna love 3DTV: Until you actually try 3DTV.  According to Nielsen, you’re more likely to be less interested in 3D once you’ve experienced 3D:

Also, you’re more likely, after being “exposed” to 3D, to ask how much they cost.  Then you’d also be a lot less interested in purchasing one.  (Fast Company)

- Make a fire with Ikea products: All you need is some Ikea rope, a hanger, a wine rack, an egg cup, some napkins, and “floral embellishments”, whatever the fuck those are.  And then you’ll be making fire with the best of them.  (Core77)

- “Locavores”: These are people that only eat food that was grown “locally”.  It’s like, better, man.  So here’s Stephen Budiansky, self-proclaimed Liberal Curmudgeon, explaining how stupid of an idea it is to be a locavore.  He talks about the environment and how much land we’d have to use up if everyone started growing their own food.  Personally, I’d be more concerned economically as I’m pretty sure those poor countries we buy food from would be worse off when they stopped receiving our money.  (Ben)

- World’s largest pool: I, and pretty much everyone else, was surprised to hear this title goes to the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile:

The dudes at The World’s Best Ever have it right when they say they’d expect to see this in Dubai.  (The World’s Best Ever)

- How to open a book: I never knew there was a proper way to open a book.  And now you do.  (The Daily What)

- Apartments heated by the subway: I understand the concept, but the subway fucking reeks, and I’m sure Paris ain’t any different.  So yeah, if you want your apartment possibly smelling like rat farts and homeless people, go right ahead.  (Gizmodo)

- More microscope pics: Wired wants to know which one you like most.  Here’s soap film under a microscope:

Looks fake as shit, right?  But no, it’s real.  (Wired)

- Photos of clouds: Here’s a collection of “40 Stunning Photos of Beautiful Clouds.”  And here’s one stunning photo of a beautiful cloud, or an atom bomb:  (Hongkiat)

- Want to spend $2,000 on a rocking chair? Wired‘s got the hookup:  (Wired)

- Sexy dancing: Scientist, who seem to have nothing better to do, found what type of dancing women find attractive in men.  Apparently it’s better to move your head, neck, and torso then it is to be “stiff and plod.”  No shit.  (Discovery)

- You shouldn’t be surprised by this pic: You read Blake’s Update, therefore you already know that miniature horses can be used as service animals:  (The Daily What)

- I hate the Eagles: But I can’t hate their cheerleaders:

They must work out.

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