– First things first: I’m sorry for skipping a week. I have valid excuses, but you don’t want to hear about them. This is for the week ending December 11, 2010, for reference.
– Changing lives: This article praising Terrell Thomas had a picture of Will Blackmon instead. I shot a tweet to its author (Ross Miles) and it got fixed. So yeah, my contribution to the Internet. What have you ever done? (I just deleted a paragraph boring you about my all-defense fantasy team, which you don’t care about.) (Pro Football Focus)
– Masked robber: Remember that old Asian dude who wasn’t old, he was just wearing a really good old man mask? Well someone else was using a really good black male mask and robbing banks. The police arrested an innocent black man, but it wasn’t racist because even his own mother thought it was her son in surveillance footage. Really. (Gizmodo)
– Flexible tech and Reebok: This past weekend my dad and I were freezing our asses off and talking about the future of cold-weather gear. We figured that eventually you would only wear one layer, but at the least we should have “smart” clothing. Like clothing that heats and cools after reading your body temp via sensors. Well, this week Reebok announced a partnership with a “flexible tech” startup company, MC10. The goal is to make clothing embedded with electronics. What those electronics will do, we don’t know yet. But I do like being right. (Engadget)
– The eyes are watching: Apparently “[b]eing watched by a photograph of staring eyes can be enough encouragement to behave, follow orders or do the right thing.” According to a study, putting a set of instructions (throw your trash out) with a “picture of staring eyes” made more people follow the order than those given the instructions with a picture of flowers. So if you’re painting your kid’s room, you might want to think about two eyes. “Good night! And don’t forget the eyes see everything, Timmy.” (Wired)
– Longshot: The U.S. Navy will soon be using a railgun that can hit targets up to 100 miles away. With “perfect accuracy.” Go here to watch a big gun go boom. (They expect these on ships by 2025.) (Gizmodo)
– KFC in Africa: Execs at Yum Brands Inc. believe Africa is their “next international jewel.” They want to double their restaurants to 1,200 by 2014. (Wooten)
– Let’s get physical: “Physical contact improves team performance.” Great, now every pederast coach can say they were just trying to win. (NY Times)
– Mythbusters: El Prsidente was on Mythbuster’s this week, here’s the video:
I keed, I keed. He was there to tell Jamie and Adam to re-do the Archimedes’ Mirror myth, which still came up busted. So don’t try grabbing 500 mirrors and expect an advancing boat to catch on fire, but you may end up distracting the soldiers on-board. Also, Hellboy would not have been able to flip a car with his fist. Sorry. (video, Wooten).
– Design awards: IDSA and Teague have announced various awards for industrial design. The award for “Most Profitable Solution to a Business Problem” went to Gilette’s Venus razor, and I found that interesting. Amazon’s Kindle won for “Design Thinking’s Contribution to Business”… whatever that means. (Core77)
– Shay Laren: You know this girl as the “bouncing tits while she puts on her jeans” girl:
The guys at Kissing Suzy Kolber point out that the above is from the below video:
And I’d like to point you to this pic of her: (Kissing Suzy Kolber)
– Britney the bartender: Go to The Hog Pit to see this chick pour drinks:
(I’m not sure who to credit on this. Drunk dude at bar that leaned in to tell us, I guess.)
– Q Magazine’s Top 50 Albums of 2010: I’m terrible with new music, as there wasn’t an album I’ve listened to on here until #36 (The Roots’ How I Got Over). See the rest of the list here. (Ces)
– Best ripping of Not-A-Wikileaks: TechCrunch’s Paul Carr explains why he hates what Julian Assange is doing. (Boing Boing)
– The best (worst?) keying ever: For legality’s sake, I’m not saying who sent these to me, who’s car this is, or who allegedly did it. I will say that it is surprising:
I think the windshield and windows getting keyed are what really push this over. Look how thick the lines on the hood are. Is that a screwdriver?
– Yup, this is my father: Two links my dad sent me this week, of many, were two women who hid stolen goods in their fat rolls, and this “routine police stop” (his words): (Dad)
-Why I love free market capitalism: Watch this video showing life expectancy and income levels over the past two-hundred years: (Carpe Diem)
– Gylne Tider: I’ve never heard of this Norwegian television series, but apparently three Norwegians travel to meet their childhood heroes. This “Let It Be” ad for the newest season went viral: (Montague)
– Read: I’ve updated this section of the site, adding books Worth Dying For, The Snowman, and Stories. Worth Dying For is a Jack Reacher novel, and features some solid killings. The Snowman follows detective Harry Hole in Norway tracking down a serial killer, and has some intricate killings. Stories is a compilation of, yup, stories, edited by Neil Gaiman. You should read the introduction by Gaiman for Stories, it’s a great look into why he writes (I’ll spoil it for you, it’s because he loves hearing the question “and then what happened?”). And I really need to pick my game up, only thirteen books read by my count since January 28th. Piss poor, Blake, piss poor.
– The Marks’ Financial Update:
- MAB – Bunk was slightly down these past two weeks, starting at $14.03 and closing at $13.67. Fitting since his Moonti season is over and he didn’t make the playoffs. Also, he put up his worst win total since the inception of the league. But hey, some things are more important than fake football. Right, Bunk?
- MDH – Harter was up for the time period, starting at $2.29 and closing at $2.32, but between those two numbers was a fun ride from $2.24 to $2.44 in one day, with a soft slide back down to $2.32 in two days. Although Harter is up from his June 30th low of $1.75, he hasn’t made it easy on investors with his volatility. Or his stealing cigarettes.
- MFL – It was a steady fall for Mark from $13.65 to $12.59, and being “thanksful” for Michael Vick certainly did not help. Well, it didn’t help making friends in life, but it certainly helped him secure a playoff birth. Mark’s actually having a tough close to the year, falling from $14.32 on November 2nd, to his current $12.59 price. Last time it was this rough he bounced back after a night at Makos. And really, you shouldn’t ask what Mako’s is, you should already know: