Thursday, August 20, 2009

A mystery man awakes in Discovery Park

A mystery man awakes in Discovery Park

A man in his 50s says he woke up in Discovery Park three weeks ago with no memory of who he is or how he got to Seattle. Doctors know he is intelligent, well-educated and fluent in three languages, but they don't know how to help him. For now, he's known as Jon Doe.

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Editor's note: Within hours of posting this story online, a reader identified Jon Doe as Edward Lighthart, an English teacher he knew in China. The reader, David Akast, said Lighthart taught at English schools in China and "had an incredible knowledge of European cultural history."

Photos of Mr. Lighthart on the Internet suggest that it is he.

But it doesn't answer the key question of how he ended up in Seattle.

The Times is on the way to contact Mr. Lighthart in person to discuss the news.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

PGA.com :: PGATOUR :: Tiger learned to chase par via game his father devised for him

PGA.com :: PGATOUR :: Tiger learned to chase par via game�his father devised for him

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- Even when he was just learning to play golf, Tiger Woods never had any trouble
breaking par. He owes that to his father making sure the bar was never set too high.
Earl Woods used to determine how many perfect shots his son needed
to reach the green, then added two for the putts. As he got older and
could hit the ball farther, par was reduced until it became regulation.
"The biggest argument Tiger and I have ever been involved with was
changing his par," Earl Woods said in a 2000 interview. "I changed the
par from 8 to 7 and he would complain, 'No, no, no.' And then he would shoot sub-par. He never
developed a comfort zone."
Woods recalled those days during his press conference Tuesday, especially when his father lowered par.
"Say it was a par 4 and it took me four to get there, the first time I got there in three, par automatically
went down," Woods said. "Sometimes, he didn't know that I would lay up a couple times, not get the ball
to the green, so I wouldn't have to drop par. And then he started catching on and he'd drop par anyway.
It was his way of being creative enough where it taught me never to be afraid to go low.
"If I had a hot day, run with it."
Strangely, though, Woods doesn't prefer to play tournaments where he has to shoot 65 just to keep in
contention.
Woods' career-best is a 61, and he has won 28 times on the PGA Tour when his score was 270 or lower.
He goes into the AT&T National having finished at par or better at every tournament over the last two
years.

Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Lesson Learned: 2009 U.S. Open

PGA.com :: Features :: A Lesson Learned: 2009 U.S. Open. Shared via AddThis

I thought this was an amazingly well written and insightful article. I decided to just repost it, as a quote - instead of butchering it!
:)

By Trevor Gliwski, PGA- PGA.com

June 23, 2009 -- You will see all kinds of numbers and statistics centered around this past week, but in my opinion, this year's U.S. Open was won with a driver. Lucas Glover proved, once again, how critical driving is to winning major championships. Lucas was No. 1 on tour all year in total driving and this week at the 7,400-yard Beth Page Black course, he was first in the field. Total driving considers both distance and direction and Lucas is currently the master. There are some key lessons that you can learn from Lucas's driving game.
First, Lucas had great posture. When most golfers think of posture they envision a straight back and a good bend from the hips. There is another part of posture that is widely unknown, spine tilt. If you look at Lucas Glover's set up from face on, you will notice that his right hip and shoulder were lower than the left. The players on tour who drive it the farthest hit up on the ball and tilting away from the target at address, encourages this.

Second, Lucas kept his swing under control and made very solid contact. Clubhead speed produces distance, however solid contact cannot be overlooked. Although Lucas hit the ball hard, he never swung at 100-percent speed. As a result he was able to stay in balance and make consistently solid contact. I call this the "85-percent rule." Unless you absolutely have to rip it, you should always leave a little in the bag, to consistently hit the center of the club face.

Third, Lucas hit the same shot off the tee every time. Whether he was on a dog leg left or right, he played his draw. For most players it is easier to play the same shot pattern, rather than try to work it both ways. Whether you draw it or fade it, try to hit the same shot every time, and you will drive it more consistently.

Learn from Lucas Glover's awesome driving performance at the U.S. Open and make your driver one of the best clubs in your bag. Driving sets up the hole and gives you an opportunity to score. Working on driving it longer and straighter may not produce a U.S. Open victory, but you will have a heck of a lot more fun and shoot lower scores.

Monday, June 1, 2009

McBlare: A Robotic Bagpipe Player

I know, I know... I have been a horrible blogger as of late ~ zero updates, but loads of fun! In another post, I will tell you about all our recent adventures to far away magical kingdoms, full of bright lights and wonder!!!

BUT

Before that, I had to share the story of McBlare: The Robotic Bagpipe Player!

How cool is that!?!

CLICK HERE FOR THE STORY




The story and construction go back to 2004, so it is not a new "breaking" story or bleeding edge... but have you heard of a robotic bagpiper recently... or for that matter, ever? I sure haven't! Below is the first paragraph directly quoted from the web-site. Enjoy!

"McBlare" is a robotic bagpipe player. It plays an ordinary set of bagpipes using an air compressor to provide air and electro-magnetic devices to power the "fingers" that open and close tone holes that determine the musical pitch. McBlare is controlled by a computer that has many traditional bagpipe tunes in its memory. McBlare can also add authentic sounding ornaments to simple melodies entered through a piano-like keyboard and play the result on the bagpipes.

McBlare was constructed by the Robotics Institute for its 25th Anniversary in 2004. The team that built McBlare includes Ben Brown, Garth Zeglin, and Roger Dannenberg.



Wednesday, May 13, 2009

New Pattern Found in Prime Numbers

New Pattern Found in Prime Numbers


(PhysOrg.com) -- Prime numbers have intrigued curious thinkers for centuries. On one hand, prime numbers seem to be randomly distributed among the natural numbers with no other law than that of chance. But on the other hand, the global distribution of primes reveals a remarkably smooth regularity. This combination of randomness and regularity has motivated researchers to search for patterns in the distribution of primes that may eventually shed light on their ultimate nature.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Hackers steal UC Berkeley health records

Hackers steal UC Berkeley health records (click for story)
The database exposed by the breach held information on UC Berkeley's students, alumni and staff, including health insurance information and Social Security numbers, the university said in a statement. The breach lasted from October 9, 2008 to April 9, 2009 (corrected), when campus administrators performing maintenance on the systems detected the intrusion. Early evidence uncovered in the investigation suggests the attack came from overseas and accessed the secured databases by compromising a public Web site run on the same server.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Trent Reznor and Mariqueen Maandig Are Engaged

The NIN singer is off the market and engaged to girlfriend Mariqueen Maandig. One of her bandmates posted a bulletin on the West Indian Girl official website yesterday congratulating the frontwoman on her recent betrothement.

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Roller Town

Roller Town from Glen JM on Vimeo.

Directed by Andrew Bush

Written by Picniceface ( http://www.picnicface.com )



"Here it is! The Rollertown Trailer I've been working on FOREVER. It's a short trailer we hope to make into a movie. Hope you guys like it! HUGE THANKS TO ALL WHO WORKED ON IT! WATCH THE CREDITS!"




Directed and edited by Andrew Bush
picnicface@gmail.com

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Make Firefox the Default Browser (Again) After Installing In

Did Internet Explorer 8 overthrow Firefox as your default browser? Here's how to undo Microsoft's sneaky little coup.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is twice the size of France - why humans stink

There are now 46,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometre of the world's oceans, killing a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals each year. Worse still, there seems to be nothing we can do to clean it up. So how do we turn the tide?

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Way out in the Pacific Ocean, in an area once known as the doldrums, an enormous, accidental monument to modern society has formed. Invisible to satellites, poorly understood by scientists and perhaps twice the size of France, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is not a solid mass, as is sometimes imagined, but a kind of marine soup whose main ingredient is floating plastic debris


Wikipedia : The Great Pacific Garbage Patch




Thursday, April 23, 2009

Digital Security, or lack-there-of?

Do I pay too much attention to the digital security, or are there more threats today than ever before; not just statistically speaking - (i.e - accounting for the growth of computers per person/business, etc.), but an actual percentage increase of attacks and breaches per day? To clarify : I am not in the security field in any form, but I have always had a fondness for who/what/when/where/why and how. I don't seek out that news, but rather come across it often in the stories I read and the sites I visit. Some of the main sources being Slashdot the place of "News for Nerds. Stuff that matters." and Wired, but not just there... everywhere - NPR, CNN, FOX, etc. I really don't recall the stories being there 5, 4, heck 2 years ago and now the "cyber-crime" stories are not only making the evening news, but headlining often. The difference being - I don't have to seek it out anymore, it exists in the mainstream media. Unlike the "Free Kevin" days where stories (and people) were swept under the proverbial rug and the media looked the other way - it seems that a week does not go by without a school server hacked, a bank that is breached or a 911 center that is spoofed.

Maybe I am uber-sensitive now or maybe - we exist in a severely over digitized and under-secured operating environment. To me there seems to be a lack of checks and balances in the implementation of OS' department... where U.S. Navy communications satellite FLTSAT-8 can be taken by Brazilian home-brew equipment and used for a soccer game re-broadcast and a generally "open" CB channel to chat on. It exists when the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project is compromised by Chinese computer spies. Do you have to worry about the FBI's CIPAV spyware being injected to your system on a daily basis, because the tucked it into an affidavit?

Here is a great story on this topic : Researchers have discovered a major botnet operating out of the Ukraine that has infected 1.9 million machines, including large corporate and government PCs mainly in the U.S.

We are now in a world, where-in security professionals suggest not to use Adobe Reader, because of the targeted attacks that all to often actually take place on it.

More on the physical security end of the digital insecurity spectrum... and I quote Bruce Perens "A Cyber-Attack on an American City"
Just after midnight on Thursday, April 9, unidentified attackers climbed down four manholes serving the Northern California city of Morgan Hill and cut eight fiber cables in what appears to have been an organized attack on the electronic infrastructure of an American city. Its implications, though startling, have gone almost un-reported.


That doesn't lend to my main point of "more mainstream" attention... but needed to be thrown in anyways.

Alright, okay... I can't imagine anyone made it this far into my babbling - but if you did, I am finsihed now
:)

/soapbox

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UPDATE :
Hackers Broke Into FAA Air Traffic Control Systems

World's First X-ray Laser Powers Up

X-ray lasers may be able to push technologies and sciences, currently based on synchrotron x-ray radiation, to new levels.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Apple's New Weapon

To help soldiers make sense of data from drones, satellites and ground sensors, the U.S. military now issues the iPod Touch. Shoots video?

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Pirate Bay Trial: The Official Verdict - Guilty {UPDATE 04.23.2009}

The Pirate Bay Trial: The Official Verdict - Guilty

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!!!UPDATE!!!
04.23.2009
Judge In Pirate Bay Trial Biased!!!
The judge who handed down the harsh sentence to the four accused in the The Pirate Bay trial was biased, writes Sveriges Radio (Sweden Public Radio): sr.se (swedish). Google translation. The judge is member of two copyright lobby organizations, something he shares with several of the prosecutor attorneys (Monique Wadsted, Henrik Pontén and Peter Danowsky). The organizations in question are Svenska Föreningen för Upphovsrätt (SFU) and Svenska föreningen för industriellt rättsskydd (SFIR)."

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Tweenbots: a little robots journey through the big city

By far, one of the coolest social experiments I have ever came across! I enjoyed the reading of the blog and how the entire experiment was set-up and conducted. Very intuitive and enticing, I really can't wait to see the raw data gathered from this and future endeavors. Keep up the good work Kacie Kinzer, you have a fan in me!

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The most endearing story of the week. More for what it tells us about humans than about robots.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Pressing Issue: Beeb Video Shows Us the Truth Behind Vinyl

This video shows the production of a vinyl record from start to finish in the kind of intricate detail that only a non-commercial station can get away with.The clip is almost four minutes long and pretty much all of that is dense explanation. Absolutely fascinating.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

the Masters Tournament iPhone application

Live, streaming video from the Tournament including Amen Corner Live, holes No. 15 & 16, Masters Extra, the Par 3 Contest and Player Interview from 3 locations.Live Leader board featuring an over/under scoring view, player information and pairings with tee times.Course Information with flyovers, player tracking, and hole details.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Masters 2009

Well, I have once again not posted for a few days - this time, because I was on a trip with my family (Mom, Dad and Monica) down south to go to the Masters Monday practice round, golf one day, shop another day. We had a great time and here are some pictures of our trip and some links for the 2009 Masters.


DO NOT FORGET - THE PAR 3 CONTEST IS ON ESPN AT 3P.M. EST TODAY!!!
Set your TiVos now!



Below is a slideshow of 24 pictures, from the time we left Saturday morning, through Sunday.


Here is a video of us on the way into the Mastesr, from the time we got off of I-20, finding our way into the gates. My dad is the camera-man, since I was driving... let the laughter begin!




Here is the slideshow with 274 photos from the practice round Monday, April 6th 2009 at The Masters.


Below is a panoramic photo of the approach shot on 11th Hole at Augusta National, more well known as the begining of Amen Corner.

Panorama of The Masters 2009 - 11th Hole White Dogwood on CleVR.com


Friday, April 3, 2009

Leaning Tower of Pisa in Jenga blocks

leaning tower of Pisa rendered in Jenga blocks - over 12,000 blocks - 2 weekends to build - watch the moron reporter ruin it.Same Youtube video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py805hYfopw

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Padraigs 830-metre par three!

Awesome Hole at the Legends Golf and Safari Resort in in South Africa

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Miniature Earth

I came across this a day or two ago and really wanted to share it with everyone. It's called The Miniature Earth and I don't even remember who sent it to me or where I got it... so for now, I'll assume I found it surfing or on a message board. Anyways, I think it's a captivating piece and really has a "boiled-down" aspect to the numbers that are used and the way it's presented. Great concept and idea, whoever created the site/video/etc.



Click here, to view the video.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

BREAKING: Trent Reznor takes a shit

Word has been coming in that Trent Reznor has actually taken a shit. This incredible event will have implications throughout the NIN fan scene, and we're eagerly following this story as it develops.

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Conficker Worm Strike Reports Start Rolling In

A nuclear missile installation near Elmendorf Air force Base outside of Anchorage, Alaska briefly went on a full-scale military alert

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hapE4Io9!!!!!!!!

BREAKING: Warner Bros. Acquires The Pirate Bay

After years of hostility, lawsuits, police raids and heated invective between the two groups, the Pirate Bay has today announced they have settled their differences with US media conglomerate Warner Bros. The largest BitTorrent tracker sold out to Hollywood and the two have agreed a deal.

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BTW, great to be back from the Columbia, SC 2009 golf trip!

Here is a slideshow of the pics I took on my mobile, more to be added later!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

NCAA Tournament 2009 Pick 'em

Tony Burkhart would like you to join their group in Yahoo! Sports Tournament Pick'em!

To accept the invitation, just follow this link. For reference, here's the group information.

Group ID#: 191996

A FUN and OPEN TO ALL - Last Minute group for all who want to join in the March madness bracket extravaganza! Pass it on to your friends too!

~ Tony Burkhart
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Yup.... I don't follow the b-ball too closely, so these are all guesses at this point. I've heard talk that this is a year of chances, since no one team seems to be the out-right top pick. I was just talking to Ray and he said that a number one team has lost three games coming into the tourney. All in all, I just haven't followed the b-ball this year and will probably have the bracket to prove so!

Anyways, here are my brackets that I've filled out for various forums...

Ah, but before I forget, I will let Obama go first - how rude of me?!

Obama's bracket


Oaky, now on to my brackets -


Here is my ESPN.com standalone bracket - not affiliated with any boards/forums.
ESPN bracket


Then, we have my bracket for Wackbag.com
Wackbag bracket


Here is the Sundance tech support bracket
Sundance bracket

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tights-kun Doritos

You got it... the "pain flavored" Doritios, referenced in this post.

The story, from what I can gather, is about a Japanese only marketing effort by Doritos... black corn, chili-taco flavoured chips called "Tights-kun Doritos" or "Mr. Bodysuit Doritos." The Tights-kun refers to a web-comic character, whose homepage you can check out by clicking here. You can check out the blog (also all in Japanese) here , to find more odd pictures of this tightly clothed marketing focus.

Below is a set of the four proposed bag designs, which have since become a collectors item, according to Google results.



from - taitsukun.com

Taitsukun or "Mr. Bodysuit" in English, is a pair of trademarked Japanese cartoon characters. These two guys, brimming over with love, seem to express themselves better in body language than in words. The character in yellow tights is Pierre, who's fickle and lacks patience and the one in orange is Jonathan, who is meticulous and never loses his cool.
Japanese illustration designer, Jun Takahashi of Sui Sui, Ltd., does all the artwork while Hiroyuki Matsuoka, the president of the company, writes all the catch phrases for the drawings. In 2002, the Taitsukun characters made their debut in Japan. So far, about 500 Reiko Cards ("strictly enforcing the rules" cards) have been published and are the flagship product of the company.

At present, Taitsukun has a series of articles running in 3 major Japanese magazines, Nikkei Business Associe, Weekly SPA!, and FRaU. The articles are intellectual with a slightly erotic sense of humor, accompanied by Taitsukun illustrations



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This all leads to wonderful finds for American consumers and e-bay enthusiasts alike! Where else, other than Japanese marketing can you find picture cards, such as the ones below?! Yes, the titles are the original quotes, by the web-comic... I couldn't make these up!


Too late to be sorry.


Anyway...for tonight, I'm single!


Never assume, "the customer is satisfied."


I can't do this! Oh, what the hell, I'll give it a try.

Saving the best for last, IMHO! I couldn't be happier at the time I am posting this... like a kid in a candy store!


Quote of the day, kids :

"I can't do this! Oh, what the hell, I'll give it a try."

Friday, March 13, 2009

10 Annoying Habits of a Geeky Spouse

Everyone has annoying habits, and a sizable part of every successful marriage is learning to live with those things each other does that annoy you. I think it's safe to say, too, that geeks have some habits that we think are awesome, but that non-geeks find a little...less awesome.----All these facts of my life pointed out and I wonder why my fiancee said "Yes"! Thanks for the article link Kaleb!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Do I have to burn all my Soundgarden Records now? and some other stuff...




Tony says :

Holy crap! This song is difficult to listen to in the first place... the fact that Cornell is doing the vocals really is disgusting. Timbaland producing... for Chris Cornell, WTF Chris?! Anyway this was the firs song I listened to off the album (Scream - released 03-10-2009) and I don't know if I can even force myself to listen to anymore tonight. Take a listen to the song/video above and let me know! Next, let me know if you were a Cornell fan before this - in any of his previous incarnations... Soundgarden, Audioslave, Solo career, etc.



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Next...

Tony says :

I was saddened at the news of Charles "Mask" Lewis' passing last night. He was one of the owners and founders of TapouT who was (and will continue to be) an inspiration to anyone who has a goal/dream in life that they are struggling with reaching.

If you are unfamiliar with Mask and TapouT, please watch this documentary that was made in 2008.




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Next...

Tony says :

The new Apple - iPod shuffle. Holy crap it's small and cool!!!

Check out the video explaining its new and innovative features, like "VoiceOver" - click here

It is small... 1.8" tall x 0.3" thin to be exact.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Guess who I saw at Easton Sunday, March 8th, 2009?

Frank Layton, with his wife Jacque and child A.J.!



"Watchmen", was originally the title of this blog posting, which made me think... "I am without a doubt, the only person to entitle a blog that way... ever, or at least in the past couple of month's".

Well, it started out as the Friday morning, March the 6th 12:01a.m. showing... then after much discussion and logistical analysis, we came to rock solid conclusion, which best suited everybody - 10:15a.m. showing of Watchmen in IMAX, I bought the tickets ahead of time at movietickets.com, which is my usual method of avoiding lines/hassles at the theater anymore.

Tony says :
I love the movie. It was true to the graphic novel's story (other than one or two non-key plot points) and it was very similar to what I imagined scenes looking like in my head, when reading it. I couldn't ask for more. I would have never imagined so many scenes could "come-to-life", as if they jumped off the pages and were moving and talking! It was amazing! I am poised to see it again, with Monica this week... I am guessing Tuesday, soon after 5p.m. I will undoubtedly pay to see this movie in theaters many times and buy every version that comes out on Blu-ray. In the end, I am guessing I will hand over about $100 for the movie adaptation of the graphic novel that I got for free. We'll call it even in the end, since that is what we as consumers do - pay for our own enlightenment and entertainment. Like Blake said - "...it's all just a big joke anyway"


By the way, if you haven't read the graphic novel, I suggest you do so before you read any further.


P.S. - If I didn't mention it... I saw Governor Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger there too.


Anyone want some pain flavored Dorito's?
Pain Flavored Doritos
I love the Japanese!

For Watchmen fans - Adrian Veidt is behind it all.


More later!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Pet Star- Eintstien the Genius Bird

HER name is Einstein and can talk almost like a human! This is just a little clip from Pet Star on animal planet...i dont own animal planet or pet star or this very smart bird...I HOPE YOU LIKE

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I couldn't resist posting this... it is too cute!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Joe Rogan at The Southern Theatre - Columbus, Ohio

Tired, but to put it simply...

Joe Rogan is one the best comedians I have ever seen in a live routine. He is so organic and flows with the crowd, while still doing a set... amazing and exciting, while laughing until my face hurt! The dude has mad stand-up and I'm not talking Jujitsu, either!

More tomorrow!



Wednesday, March 4, 2009

NIN: "Wish" live - Adelaide, 2.28.09 [HD] and NIN/JA tour update


NIN: Wish live with Ben & Greg from The Dillinger Escape Plan - Adelaide, 2.28.09 [HD] from Nine Inch Nails on Vimeo.

Nine Inch Nails are joined by Ben & Greg from The Dillinger Escape Plan for a performance of "Wish," live in Adelaide, Australia, February 28th, 2009.



Filmed by Rob Sheridan with the Canon 5d Mark II. Audio mix by Blumpy.

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Official NIN/JA tour dates posted at NIN.com

NIN/JA tour dates

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Monday, March 2, 2009

Cyanide and Happiness

Cyanide and Happiness
Just came upon this lil web-comic via a post on wackbag and thought it was a hoot!

Monday night T.V. extravaganza!

Well, a good night of T.V. ahead. Monday seems to be our favorite collective night for new episodes in this winter season.

First at 8p.m. (and 9p.m.) on FOX, we have a two hour 24, w00t! Tonight is Day 7: 6:00PM - 7:00PM and Day 7: 7:00PM - 8:00PM. I can't wait to see Jack in action again, most likely with Tony according to the foreshadowing of last week. I am very curious how they will write in Chloe and Bill's wrap-up with President Taylor and the Dubaku case. It was so cool to see Aaron Pierce again and I hope he's in tonight's episode(s). Anyway... very geeked up for tonight's episode and I don't want to use the entire blog post on just 24, so I'll stop now (You're welcome!).


Also, at 8p.m. we have Chuck on NBC. Tonight is Season 02 Episode 15 - "Chuck Versus the Beefcake".
iMDb.com -
"Chuck gets jealous when Sarah has to get cozy with a suave MI-6 agent to obtain Fulcrum data. Jeff and Lester weasel their way onto the Buy More hiring committee; Morgan starts sleeping at Ellie and Awesome's apartment"

I really do like Chuck. It's never taken its self too seriously, which lends to the comfort and comedy factor. Chuck and Sara, the ongoing saga of jealousy, crushes, deceit and intrigue always plays out the same. Chuck unsure of his work vs love for Sara and his commitment to the CIA. It settles the geek in me for the night, as well as the "good-story" feeling.
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Normally, there is a House on tonight, but because of the two-hour 24 no House to rave about.


Then there is a John & Kate + 8... Monica watches that. Sometimes I get dragged into it and end up liking it... but it really isn't my thing (no matter how many times I watch it)... Grrrr... okay, I do like it, but I don't seek it out. I will hand over my man card tomorrow.
;)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

"And now you know…the rest of the story."

Paul Harvey Aurandt (September 4, 1918 – February 28, 2009)

picture from ABCrn.com

He was a man that made dramatic pauses an art form on the radio. I started listening to Paul Harvey on 610 AM WTVN broadcast out of Columbus, Ohio in 1999, when I moved to Whitehall. It was always a bright spot to the day when his segment aired, always a useful and intriguing story. I learned more "water-cooler" tid-bits to break-the-ice from Paul Harvey, than I can remember. I am sure he will live on in radio-land forever, as his stories and introspects are time-less.

NPR Story
Paul Harvey.com/ABCrn.com
Paul Harvey - Wikipedia page


"And now you know…the rest of the story. Good day!"

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Kashi : Get a free frozen entrée


Sign up, and they'll send you a coupon for a free entrée. I just saw the commercial on the Food Network this morning.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!



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Thursday, February 26, 2009

NIN - 1,000,000 Live from on stage, Sydney 2.22.09 [HD]

1,000,000, live from the stage at the Soundwave Festival in Sydney, Australia, February 22, 2009.

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1,000,000 Live from on stage, Sydney 2.22.09 [HD] from Nine Inch Nails on Vimeo.

Breaking Bad Season 1 Marathon - Friday, March 6 at 8PM | 7C

Need a Breaking Bad refresher before the new season? Watch the entire first season of the Emmy-winning series in a back-to-back marathon on March 6 starting at 8PM |7C. See how Walt White breaks bad, then follow the course of events over seven episodes that transforms him into Heisenberg. Leading up to the Season 2 premiere Mrch 8 at 10 PM | 9C.

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Bishop Richard Williamson according to former student Rev. John Rizzo

Until last month, Bishop Richard Williamson was barely known outside the ultraconservative world of the Society of St. Pius X. That was before Pope Benedict lifted his excommunication and it emerged that Williamson is an unrepentant Holocaust denier. "The historical evidence is hugely against 6 million Jews having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of Adolf Hitler," Williamson said in the interview. Rev. John Rizzo recalls "He said it was a pack of lies, that we shouldn't fall victim to a type of public sympathy toward the Jews". "He was always insisting that women should not wear pants, because that would be an occasion of sin, that women when married should be subjected to their husbands to such a degree — I'll never forget this — that if the wife misbehaves the husband should be willing to beat her," he said.Rizzo also recalls that when Williamson taught sacred scriptures, he would often espouse conspiracy theories and attack the American government — a theme he would pick up in a 2007 lecture in London where he described the United States as a police state. "And I hope none of you believe that 9/11 is what it was presented to be," Williamson said at the time. "Of course two towers came down, but it was absolutely for certain not two airplanes which brought down those two towers; they were professionally demolished by a series of demolition charges from top to bottom of the towers."

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I'm pretty much at a loss for words here. I'll leave this one up to your own opinions
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In related news -

Pope Benedict said on Monday that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behavior was just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction.

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That's one heck of an analogy, don't you think? I guess gay people must suppress 28% of the worlds oxygen!? Maybe they stop a number of natural medicines from being discovered?! Mind-blowing... can't see why church membership is dwindling to all time lows.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Twitter - Part 1 : How I use it and why I like it

@ Kaleb, Frank, Adam, Ray, David, Toby, Chris and Dad.
Actually, for that matter, for anyone that is interested in using Twitter and has not done so due to reservations, time constraints or any other reason. It's great, trust me!

I'm sure many of you have heard of Twitter, as I have not stopped talking to you about it recently. I signed up in 2007 and did not make my first Twit until 2008, when my friend Amy signed up for it and found my profile. That was October of 2008... I then didn't Twitter again until very recently (Feb 18th, I believe). I just didn't get it and wasn't into it... well that all changed. Once again someone found my profile on Twitter and it struck me this time - "Hey, I think I'll start using this".

It is super easy to use! It will integrate with anything, be it mobile device, web app, facebook, flickr, IM, blog, etc. Anything that you currently use to communicate with can be adapted to Twitter. Chances are if you can think of it.... someone else has too, just Google it and see if an integration application exists. If you are not sure, then ask me and I will find it for you. I update it when I'm on my way to or from a job-site, during the workday. I'll post a picture on Flikcr that updates my Twitter feed or a video on 12seconds.tv that will update it or just send a TXT to my feed and say "going to lunch". then in the evenings, my blog will update my Twitter feed, when I post.


Twitter has a great What/Why/How section (here), that is much shorter and concise than this blog post!
Why? Because even basic updates are meaningful to family members, friends, or colleagues—especially when they’re timely.

->Eating soup? Research shows that moms want to know.
->Running late to a meeting? Your co–workers might find that useful.
->Partying? Your friends may want to join you.

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3 easy steps to using Twitter

1. Sign up for an account
https://twitter.com/signup


2. Connect to people you know
a. Search for existing Twitter users by name
- http://twitter - find_on_twitter
b. Search for existing Twitter users by e-mail address
- http://twitter - find_on_other_networks
c. Invite someone via e-mail
- http://twitter - invite_by_email


3. Once you find someone - follow them!
I know it sounds creepy, huh? Well it isn't, it's actually quite cool!


4. The way it works
You get to see what others are doing. That is the whole point of Twitter... no long, drawn out posts (like this blog!). It is a short (less than 140 characters) update of what you're currently doing. That simple. You can say "eating breakfast with Dad" or "on my way to lunch with Toby" or anything you want to! It just updates your Twitter feed, so that those who follow you know what you're doing and can stay up-to-date. You can post links to your favorite sites, stories, blogs, etc. (but we'll get to that later, as that's more advanced stuff)


Okay, that's enough for "Part 1" of my Twitter rant! Any questions and or comment, let me know! Part 2 to follow soon.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Uncrate: Terminator 2 Skynet Edition


Check this out.

Terminator 2 Skynet Edition
http://www.uncrate.com/men/entertainment/dvd/terminator-2-skynet-edition/

Finally, a T2 Blu-ray worth owning. Terminator 2 Skynet Edition ($TBA; May 19) will bring multiple THX-certified HD versions of the film to your home theater, with all-new 6.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Lossless sounds, BD-Live features, audio commentary with director James Cameron, and more. It's the closest you can get to having a T-1000 in your living room.

See more stuff you never knew you wanted at http://www.uncrate.com

Privately, Hollywood admits DRM isn't about piracy

"In a nutshell: DRM's sole purpose is to maximize revenues by minimizing your rights and selling them back to you"

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by Tony Burkhart

Ahhh, alas! Isn't this surprising?! Everything we do... every choice we make is either for love or money. Corporate America has turned us into Wal-Martians who never return fire, put up a front or even state displeasure. You are all sheep! Do I blame corporate America? No. I blame American contempt... the flame is dying. It's a business' sole purpose to make a profit, but it's your human right and responsibility as a consumer to think for yourself. This story shouldn't serve as a "told-ya-so", but a "wake up man!". It's just one more way that we passively-aggressively give up... yes, it takes an effort to be this numb.

/rant

G-1 Pool Table : For the man who has everything…






A pool table made of glass (and which costs 30 grand). Cool…

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In memory of Ed W. Freeman. Medal of Honor winner.

Ed W. Freeman was a United States Army pilot who received the Medal of Honor on July 16, 2001 for his actions in the Battle of Ia Drang in 1965. As a helicopter pilot, he flew through gunfire more than 20 times during a single battle, bringing supplies to a trapped battalion of United States soldiers, 70 of which he flew to safety.

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Americans should be inspired by men like Ed Freeman and his selfless actions. Please pass this on, as an inspirational story (click here to share). For more detail and to read the Ed W. Freeman story on Wikipedia click here.

Thanks to Mike Scholl, for bringing this story to my attention.

Monday, February 23, 2009

NIN/JA

Yes! I wait with anticipation for tour dates. Is anyone else having their teenage music eyes rubbed, as if after a nap?! I love it!

NIN Tour dates 2009 <-> Jane's Addiction site

clickThere->Pitchforkmedia.com/article<-backThere

In anticipation of their upcoming tour with Nine Inch Nails, Jane's Addiction got together this past Monday for an unannounced show in Los Angeles.



Live Review by Ian Cohen
...But once 11:10 hit, then they did it... just like that. Forty minutes, including an encore...


Videos of JA at Echo Park below

Whores


Ain't No Right


Had A Dad


Mountain Song


Ocean Size


Stop

4 Wheel fun

Breaking: Techcrunch are full of shit

I'm sure you've heard that last.fm are stealing your scrobbles and distributing them to get you arrested. Newsflash: That's a load of crap.

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White Zombie, an electric 1972 Datsun 1200.

PlasmaBoyRacing.com

Best lead acid powered ET 11.882 @ 109.58 mph!

Best lithium ion powered ET 11.466 @ 114.08 mph!

Watch the terrific episode from the TV show 'Oregon Field Guide' (aired 11-13-08) that featured White Zombie:

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

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