Friday, September 29, 2006
Great title for their post
You know you're having a bad day when....
Inspiration for 'Strangers With Candy'
'Following her initial success, Fisher sank into obscurity, with her public service announcement being the arguable high point of her career. Despite her crusade to get young people to learn from her mistakes, Fisher herself soon jumped back into old habits; Miami, Florida police reports indicate she was charged with narcotics possession in 1971 and possession of stolen property in 1972.
She and Bacalad disappeared from the public eye entirely sometime in the mid-1970s, with unsubstantiated rumors claiming that she was either dead after relapsing, or that she and Bacalad were involved in a cat burglar training venture in Miami. In the early 2000s Internet rumors claimed that she was responsible for a burglary at the condo of mafioso Meyer Lansky in 1979.
As of 2006, the fates of Fisher and her husband remain unknown, although her lifestyle combined with her age has led many to assume that she has probably died. At least one internet source claims that in her last years of life she attempted to flee her sordid past by settling in the small town of Sidney, Montana, where she died in the late 1980s.'
Law And Order, With An 'L'
BURBANK, California (AP) - Liza Minelli, fresh off her cameo appearance in the film "The OH in Ohio" and her recurring role in "Arrested Development," will guest-star in an upcoming episode of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."
Minelli, 59, will play a former beauty queen whose daughter, an aspiring beauty queen, was found murdered on Halloween night, said Pam Golum, a spokeswoman for Wolf Films, which produces the NBC show.
The episode, called "Masquerade," is filming now and will air in November, Golum said Thursday.
Minelli won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Sally Bowles in the 1972 film "Cabaret." She won an Emmy for the 1972 TV special "Liza with a Z." She also won Tony Awards in 1974 and 1978.
I'd like a 33 hour work week.
Union, Volkswagen agree to increase workweek without pay hike
HANOVER, Germany (AP) - Representatives from Volkswagen AG and Germany's biggest industrial union said Friday they had agreed to increase working hours at plants in western Germany by more than four hours a week to 33 hours without any increase in pay.
The agreement between VW and the IG Metall union fell short of the 35-hour week sought by the carmaker as part of efforts to drastically cut production costs for its vehicles such as its flagship Golf, which are selling strongly but bringing in little profit.
Which is funny....
'Now that Kate Bosworth is reportedly seeing a hunky new man, the rumor mill is working overtime trying to make a love connection for her former flame, Orlando Bloom.
You'll recall that this time last year, Bloom couldn't stop gushing about the actress, even responding to a question about what he wanted for Christmas by saying, "Kirsten by my side -- she's all I need to have."
But is Penelope Cruz currently topping his wish-list? This week, the actor was twice spotted by paparazzi exiting hotspot Hyde with the heavily accented ex of Matthew McConaughey and Tom Cruise, who also happened to attend the "Marie" soiree.'
Reader Response: Islam and humor.
To: Big daddy
Subject: New comment on Islam and humor
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2006
bernie has left a new comment on your post "Islam and humor":
I would love for there to be more Muslim humorists. Being a comedian and a Muslim does not at all mean you are a terrorist and I never made the implication; however if you followed the link to Militant Islam Monitor, you would have found that the organization these men belong to is a terror-sponsoring one.
Otherwise, I think humor can make any culture more civilized, so I think we need more Muslim comedians. The only problem of course is that while Jews like Jackie Mason rips into many Jewish customs and gets some negative mail from his fellow Jews, he does not worry about having his throat slit which is what happens when you say anything that might make Islam look bad, let alone silly, so I do not ever expect to see a Muslim who will be able to laugh at his culture or make fun of his fellow Muslims - and live.
It's sad really, a whole quarter of the world that can never have fun as families in the West do. As you may recall, they even tried to make a Muslim only day at a theme park recently and they had to cancel for lack of interest.
Perhaps this is why death is more inviting than life for many Muslims - there is absolutely no fun, no humor and nothing to live for.
It is sad, and I agree.
The thing about that Militant Islam site, is that it seems very biased, and anti-muslim from the get go. I couldn't find any negative press about the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
So, one thing, about competitive reality TV shows.
How I would love, to make alliances, and lie directly to their faces, and then just do something randomly, like vote for Jeff Probst to be voted off the island. I think that would be funny, and, interesting boob-tube.
Suck it, Chilltown Posse.
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Pee Wee/Big Daddy
Survivor: Race Wars
Breaking! - Moby Doesn't Like Dial Soap
hell is a room with wasps who smell like dial soap. wasps the bug. not wasps the people(aka-my people. aka-white anglo saxon protestants. aka-when/if i have children it cannot be with a white anglo saxon protestant or else our children will be inbred. just fyi. i need to make babies with someone from a different genetic line in order to keep the gene pool healthy and interesting).'
Rebecca Gayhearts Kill
While several cars stopped to let him go, Gayheart allegedly swerved around the traffic and into a two-way left-turn lane, striking the boy; he died the next day at Los Angeles Children's Hospital. His parents, Jorge Cruz and Silvia Martinez, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit on 6 August 2001 against her. Gayheart paid for Cruz's hospital and funeral expenses.'
The cops shot her in the head? Or is it just bad copy?
**Update: They fixed it.
She was awesome, too, because she would pull out some random old song with her Anorak Moment, which usually exposed a great piece of music. Great voice for radio too.
All though I have to say, at least BBC mixes up their schedule everynow and then so it doesn't become stagnant.
Farewell Annie, we will miss thee!
Hedwig And The Angry Inch - Wig In A Box/Angry Inch
'First day as a woman, and it was already that time of the month'.
'Cafe Au Lait, Pour Vous'
Islam and humor
'Islamic way of life is a way of LIFE. Thus, the scope of Islam and life should be fully convergent. As Islam is based on human nature, it also fully takes into account that nature in all its dimension. As a reflection of many different types of extremities among us as Muslims, some have divorced Islam in search of their jest and fun. Others, due to their "love" for Islam, have purified Islam and their life from any jestful dimension: so, no fun or humor.But also, found that when some American Muslims perform comedy routines, or travel as a comedy troupe, they are suspected of being terrorists recruiting people.
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (p) said, "O followers of Muhammad! By Allah, if you knew what I know, you would weep much and laugh little." [Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 8, #627]
Hadith like this is well-known and the unintended impact of such Hadith has been such that we forgot to have a sense of humor altogether. Indeed, the more religious we are, the less we laugh. On top of this, I have observed that the more religious and scholarly Muslims are, their faces are stiffer, even when they have their pictures taken. Life is more than just weeping and crying. There might be some proportionality, but there is plenty of lighter dimension of life as well. So, go ahead, cry a little, laugh a little.
I am not kidding. The Prophet (s) usually had a very friendly, inviting disposition. He smiled, and laughed as situations "naturally" warranted. Just like he did not try to artificially induce tears in his eyes, he did not suppress his laugh during situations that were humorous.'
'Here is the guiding theme for the troupe: "The concept of this tour is to make a comprehensive effort to provide effective, significant, and appropriate comedy with an Islamic perspective, which is both mainstream and cross-cultural.
The idea is to provide a venue whereby Muslims and non-Muslims can feel safe, relevant, and inclusive of an experience where humor is used to bridge gaps of bias, intolerance, and other social ills that are pre and post 9/11 relevant," says Preacher Moss, co-founder, and one of the featured comedians on the tour.
However, there is a dark side to this group: according to Militant Islam Monitor they are affiliated with the Council of Islamic Organisations of Greater Chicago whose members are part of a network of radical Islamist organisations which are directly linked to Hamas and Al Qaeda and raises funds for convicted terrorists and other related causes.'
So it's kind of a catch-22; people need to lighten up and use humor to get a different perspective, yet if they do, they are suspected of being terrorists. You can't win. Welcome to Bush's America.
It is actually an interesting subject to read the different opinions of.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
I have been going through old pics, and came across this one. I took it from the observation deck on top of the World Trade Center back when I was scoping out NYU as my potential University.
After seeing footage on the anniversary documentary, with the people jumping, makes this image kind of haunting.
'I'm not joking, and don't call me Shirley.'
'The holidaymakers were about to take off back to Bristol Airport from Antalya, Turkey, when a strange sound came from the Airbus A321's engines.
Then the captain announced: 'I am resigning from my job. Do not fly with this plane. It is not safe. Do not fly with Onur Air.'
The unnamed pilot walked off the aircraft, leaving the passengers in 38C heat without air conditioning.
They were eventually told to leave the aircraft, retrieve their luggage and go back to the terminal, where an alternative flight was arranged. Passenger Jade Barrett, said: 'The pilot made his announcement and then walked off the plane. Some people started laughing nervously but others were crying and almost screaming.'
If true, another reason to despise Jeffrey.
'How bad at sewing is Project Runway final-four contestant Jeffrey Sebelia? A few months ago, the show's uneliminated contestants left the supervision of the producers to go home and work on their collections.
But when they returned for their group show at Bryant Park, fellow contestant Laura Bennett accused Sebelia of cheating. Three weeks earlier, Tim Gunn, Parsons fashion design chair and the show's mentor, had visited Sebelia in L.A. and declared, 'He had a lot of work to do.'
Word reached Bennett, whose mother had met and become friendly with Sebelia's mother. Upon seeing Sebelia's miraculously finished collection, Bennett told the producers she believed Sebelia had outsourced his sewing, which would disqualify him. 'His collection was very ambitious,' says Gunn. 'I wasn't born yesterday.'
Adding fuel to the fire was Sebelia's rather unfinished style of construction throughout the show. 'We took the accusation very seriously, and we did a very intense and thorough investigation,' says Gunn. Bravo would not allow him to reveal the resolution. The three finalists will be revealed September 27, and the winner October 18. Sebelia didn't return calls.'
I went to school with one of Dealing Doug's daughters.
Sex bias suit slams car dealers
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims that Kids Automotive and three affiliated companies allowed male employees to keep pornographic magazines at work and other actions that created a hostile work environment for women.
In a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver, the EEOC said the companies subjected Georgene Wayne, Nancy Castanon and others to sexual harassment that included using office computers to view pornographic websites.
"We don't discriminate, and we want our day in court," said Phil Harris, vice president of Kids Automotive, which has three car dealerships in the metro area. "We refused what they wanted to settle for."
Wayne and Castanon were demoted, lost pay and finally were fired in retaliation for complaining to management and to the EEOC about the harassment, says the suit, which was filed Monday.
Wayne, who managed four employees who collected loans, alleges that after she complained to "Dealing" Doug Moreland, president of the companies, her salary was dropped from $4,000 a month to $3,000, according to a record of a hearing before an administrative law judge.
In the National Labor Relations Board case, Administrative Law Judge Albert A. Metz found that Wayne's salary was lowered because her duties changed from managerial to administrative.
Metz did find that Harris berated Wayne after hearing that she complained to Moreland and that he told her to quit, a violation of the National Labor Relations Act.
The EEOC said it filed the case after attempting to reach a voluntary settlement. Moreland said he welcomes a trial.
Union Station Re-Development Proposals
It's a much more refined, yet encompassing design, than the East/West - Continuum Partners design:
The East/West one seems like it is creating short, squat super-blocks that disrupt the flow of the area.
At least the Union Station Partners retains an open air feel, while also creating a vertical landmark for that end of the central business core.
One Lincoln Park
Hopefully, they will be more readily available now.
And hopefully they don't change the recipe. The grapefruit, clementine, and pomegranate ones, rock.
PepsiCo taking big swig of Izze
The Boulder-based sparkling-juice maker has been bought by the cola titan. Its founder says it'll keep its focus natural.
PepsiCo Inc. has purchased Boulder-based Izze Beverage Co., a maker of natural, spark ling fruit juices, the companies said Tuesday.
Izze said the company and its 29 employees would remain in Colorado. A Pepsi executive is expected to relocate to the area to help market and distribute the beverages.
The purchase price was not disclosed.
The move should help Izze expand and increase its marketing efforts nationwide. Izze beverages are already sold at chains such as Starbucks, Target, Safe way, Whole Foods and Wild Oats.
'We've grown this company to the point where it makes a lot of sense to try to take it to next level," said Izze co-founder and chief executive Todd Woloson. 'This feels like the natural course right now.'
The acquisition of a natural- beverage company by Pepsi should help it retain customers who are turning away from sodas to healthier choices.
'We've prided ourselves on responding to brand trends,' Dawn Hudson, president and chief executive of Pepsi-Cola North America, said Tuesday in Boulder. With Izze, 'our mission is to not mess with it and keep it growing.'
New favorite term: 'Biblical'
'That burrito, is of biblical proportions!'
'But Penley says that after she confided her sexual relationship with another man and her plans for divorce, the pastor, C.L. Westbrook Jr., disclosed her "biblically inappropriate relationship" to church elders.
Westbrook eventually informed the full congregation of the CrossLand Community Bible Church, she says, shaming her publicly and urging members to shun her.
In 2001, Penley sued her pastor for defamation and negligence, saying he had violated his responsibilities as a professional counselor.'
Odd Comment: Anna Nicole Smith
Now I remember why I don't smoke cloves.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Janet on Studio 54
"I went there a couple of times. I remember seeing Liza [Minnelli], Truman Capote ... I'd been to parties with my family and we'd dance, but I'd never really gotten in to a club before. People were getting really raunchy on the steps. I think the most vivid thing that comes to mind is not understanding why people were putting flour up their nose."'
'Smoke yourself thin'
Four Colorado agencies targeted with white powder in letters
DENVER - Inspectors with the United States Postal Service and the FBI are investigating a series of threatening letters and white powder scares in the metro area.
The first happened at the Centennial building around 1 p.m. on Monday. Another envelope was discovered at the World Trade Center building in Downtown Denver around 2 p.m.
At 3 p.m. a third letter was found at the Colorado Department of Agriculture in Lakewood. The last threatening letter was found at the Department of Regulatory Agencies on Broadway after 5 p.m.
"Who knows what that reason would be, but I think this is more than simple conjecture. There is certainly something going on here, someone has an axe to grind," said Lt. Phil Champagne with the Denver Fire Department.
A postal inspector spokesman says it is too early to determine if the four incidents come from one source, but they did say since only Colorado state agencies were targeted with threatening letters and white powder there seems to be a link.
Department of Agriculture mail worker Merry Colmenero opened one of those envelopes.
"And the letter said in big red letters, 'You are now poisoned and anyone who comes into contact with this or you will be poisoned also,' and then it went on to say something about Mohammed and Islam," said Colmenero.
She is one of nearly 10 people exposed to what eventually was determined to be either sugar substitute or other household products.
While the contents are considered safe, officials said such scares cause fear and also a waste of taxpayer money since firefighters and hazardous material teams had to be called in to evacuate hundreds of people.
The task for the FBI and postal inspectors is to now pinpoint who sent the letters.
Anyone with information is urged to call the U.S. postal inspectors at 303-313-5320.
Ick. How could you not taste it?
Unfortunate mammal found at bottom of cup after all-day sipping
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A western Iowa woman is recovering from the shock of finding a drowned bat in her tea mug - after she sipped from the cup all day.
The brown bat, about the size of two tea bags, was found a few weeks ago by a 60-year-old Woodbury County woman, said Chuck Cipperley, an environmental director for the Siouxland health office in Sioux City.
"I knew the person, so I knew it was no joke," said Cipperley, who took the call from the woman.
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The woman, who declined to identify herself, told Cipperley she found the bat when she was cleaning out the mug at night. She said she put the bat in a plastic bag before alerting the Siouxland health office the next morning.
Cipperley said the bat was sent that day - Sept. 1 - to the University Hygienic Laboratory in Coralville. Results showed the bat did not have rabies.
State Epidemiologist Patricia Quinlisk said had the bat been rabid, the woman probably would have undergone a series of rabies shots, even though the probability of contracting rabies would be low.
The virus needs a break in the skin to enter the body, said Susan Brockus, state public health veterinarian.
Mike Pentella, program manager at University Hygienic Laboratory, said the bat was a first for the lab.
"We test many, many bats," he said, "but none that have drowned in a cup of tea before."
Drumsticks aplenty: Pennsylvania farm discovers chicken with four legs
SOMERSET, Pa. - Henrietta the chicken was living inconspicuously for 18 months among 36,000 other chickens at Brendle Farms — until a farm foreman discovered she had four legs.
Farm-owner Mike Brendle was amazed by the discovery among his standard two-legged, egg-laying hens.
"It's as healthy as the rest," he said.
Brendle's 13-year-old daughter, Ashley, named the bird Henrietta after the discovery. It has two normal front legs and, behind those, two more feet. They are of a similar size to the chicken's front legs, but do not function. The chicken drags her extra feet behind her.
Brendle said he has never seen a chicken with four legs before. He moves 36,000 chickens through his farm three times a year and has been farming for 30 years.
There is no definitive reason behind such deformities, said Cliff Thompson, a retired professor of genetics at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He said it could be an accident of development, akin to a sixth toe on a cat.
Brendle said he jokingly suggested to his family they sell Henrietta in an Internet auction, but Ashley objected.
Teddy Bears Kill
Stuffed animal was dropped into trout pool, clogged the flow of oxygen
MILFORD, N.H. - A teddy bear has been implicated in 2,500 deaths. Of trout, that is. State officials say a teddy bear dropped into a pool at a Fish and Game Department hatchery earlier this month clogged a drain. The clog blocked the flow of oxygen to the pool and suffocated the fish.
Hatcheries supervisor Robert Fawcett said the bear - a Paddington Bear dressed in yellow raincoat and hat - is believed to be the first stuffed bear to cause fatalities at the facility.
"We've had pipes get clogged, but it's usually with more naturally occurring things like a frog or even a dead muskrat," he said. "This one turned out to be a teddy bear, and we don't know how it got there."
The deaths prompted Fawcett to release a written warning: "RELEASE OF ANY TEDDY BEARS into the fish hatchery water IS NOT PERMITTED."
He said it's not known who dropped the bear, but urged anyone whose bear ends up in a hatchery pool to find a worker to remove it. "They might save your teddy bear, and keep it from becoming a killer," he said.
"It's kind of a cute little teddy bear and people wouldn't think that a cute little teddy bear would be able to kill fish."
Monday, September 25, 2006
Me and my bro.
[Full disclosure, old photo from like 2 years ago, at the White Fence Farm, p.s., really good fried chicken, yet, horrid country decor].
This painting cracked me up.
Friday, all I had was a yogurt, a bagel with cream cheese, and half a bagel with cheddar and tomato. Saturday, it was the remaining half of that bagel, and an all natural beef hot dog. Sunday it was half a Griff's cheeseburger, and half of the fries.
The result? When I weighed myself this morning, I was down six pounds [!]. I'm not complaining, but when is being underweight too much? I am already underweight for my height/build.
Blue Blood Jeans
BLUE BLOOD BRAND
'Blue Blood Jeans - Blue Blood Brand Thanks to the superior tailoring and a fastidious use of detail, Blue Blood is to denim what Saville Row is to suits In 1994 Jason Denham and Steve te Pas promised each other "one day, we will start our own denim brand".
In 2002 this dream finally came true; moshi moshi inc and the Denham Holding expanded their activities to include the design and development of their own brand, which became Blue Blood. Developed with intense personal involvement and launched with care, Blue Blood has been greeted with much enthusiasm and strong sell-through.
Co-founder Steve te Pas adds:" Our motto is "For Our Friends"; the people around us are the inspiration for what we do. Part of our collection was literally based on pieces we custom made especially for friends. Blue Blood is for people like ourselves" The brand is an exercise in New Luxury: attention to detail; vintage skills combined with innovative techniques, quality fabrics and haberdasheries. blue blood denim - T-shirts - Tops A lot of time, effort & love is put into the development of new washes and innovative fits every season.
"We develop all our own washes, and our jeans are cut from hand-made paper patterns", Denham explains. We pay a lot of attention to the fits, as well as the drape and hand feel of the fabrics. We combine innovative styling and vintage tailoring skills to get the desired look." Examples of this approach are the bias cut ladies jeans (resulting in the long legs, tight bum look) and the new men's washes and fits.'
They are pretty cute.
At 8 feet, 2 inches long and 4 feet, 8 inches wide, Smart cars are a hit in Europe, especially on Rome's narrow streets. About 750,000 have been sold since they debuted in 1998.
The cars have an appeal that is hard to deny at a time when gas prices are high. Littleton resident Barbara Hillman said she gets 40 mpg in the city and 62 mpg on the highway in the Smart car she and her husband own.
The Lilliputian vehicles, which carry a sticker price of about $27,000, are certainly head turners.
"We have to allow an extra 15 minutes when we go anywhere just to get where we are going," Hillman said of traveling in the blue-and-gray Smart her husband bought
recently. "(Other motorists) roll down their windows at lights, or when we get where we are going, people pull up and start asking us questions, and they keep asking us questions."
A review of the car at online car-buyers guide Edmunds.com said driving a Smart "is like driving a smiley face down the road. When you're in it, everyone is your best friend and you're always the center of attention."
It is an all too familiar story. Ridge by ridge and valley by valley, the religious zealots who harbored Osama bin Laden before 9/11 - and who suffered devastating losses in the U.S. invasion that began five years ago next week - are surging back into the country's center.
In the countryside over the past year Taliban guerrillas have filled a power vacuum that had been created by the relatively light NATO and U.S. military footprint of some 40,000 soldiers, and by the weakness of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's administration.'
Friday, September 22, 2006
gay men are all 16 yr. old girls at heart.
On the way home tonight, walking in the opposite direction was a guy that I once had a threesome with. It was actually with him, and his boyfriend at the time. Funny note, after they broke up, the boyfriend was always trying to get me to go home with him. I never did, because he was always sloshed.
But I digress. Tonight, as he approached, he not so discretely looked away as to keep me from seeing him., or god forbid, go and talk to him. The only thing was, it was so obvious.
Which I was fine with. He was with some dude, and probably on a date, and it's not always a good thing to run into an ex-trick while on a date. It's not like I would have brought it up in front of the guy.
But what got me about this encounter, was that the last time I saw this guy, everything was fine. We chatted, and caught up. That was a while ago, but as far as I knew, we were cool. So his behavior was kind of odd, and immature. It reminded me of something high school kids would do.
Craigslist can be your enemy.
From All This Is That:
'One week ago today, Seattleite Jason Fortuny and a buddy executed a heinous prank. They copied a hot/hardcore sex ad from another site (along with the sad explicit photo) and placed an ad on the Seattle Craig's List as a "Women Seeking Men" ad.
Fortuny then published every single response , with their photos (in some cases, including photos of the responder's penises) and their personal data (names, email addresses, phone numbers, addresses, and worst of all, their written responses).
The trollers then invited readers to help identify the responders and add additional data. . .piling ignominy on the embarrassment, all the more because it was a sick ad, requesting rough trade, bondage, and humiliation. The original ad clearly originated from someone deeply involved in S & M.'
Full post here.
Einstein's Bagels Sucks.
Interesting way to sell a house, especially with the downturn in the market.
George Bostan lived there until recently, when he moved to Florida.
He has been advertising on his own Web site and in classified ads. So far, he says he has sold about 1100 tickets for 100 dollars each. That's $110,000.
Bostan says he will pick the winner of the raffle in front of the house -- perhaps in a month or two. He says he wants to sell more tickets first.
Boston states on his Web site that part of the money raised in the raffle will be donated to Child Care Romania.
That was quick.
I-70 reopens after wintry September blast
GEORGETOWN - Interstate 70 reopened in the Colorado mountains Friday after blowing snow and icy roads forced an overnight shutdown and stranded some travelers.
Rising temperatures melted most of the snow and left the highway -- Colorado's main east-west route -- clear and dry from Denver to the Eisenhower Tunnel, about 45 miles to the west.
Some icy spots remained on Vail Pass; about 70 miles west of Denver, said Stacey Stegman, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation.
A 50-mile stretch of eastbound I-70 was shut down from Vail to Georgetown late Thursday. Westbound traffic was allowed through Georgetown in stages, transportation department spokesman Ryan Drake said.
Fritz Homann of CDOT reported blowing snow and sliding trucks at the Eisenhower Tunnel late Thursday. U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass, an alternate to the tunnel, was closed due to a jackknifed semi trailer.
A winter storm warning was issued through 6 a.m. Saturday for areas including Rabbit Ears Pass, Breckenridge, Rocky Mountain National Park and the Eisenhower Tunnel, a mile-long bore at 11,000 feet above sea level beneath the Continental Divide.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Big Brother Is Watching
Hell to the ...wait..who the f*ck is this?
Whitney Houston: Hello?
Clive: Whitney? Are you there?
Whitney: Who the f*ck is this?
Clive: It's Clive, baby! I've got Courtney Love on the phone here. We need to talk.
Whitney: Hey, girlfriend!
Clive: Hey, Whitney!
Courtney Love: She was talking to me, Clive.
Clive: Right, right.
Courtney: Whit, baby--what's making you do this? Is it Bobby? Is he making you watch Ghostbusters II again?
Whitney: No, no. It's not that. It's just...
Courtney: I know it's hard, hon.
Courtney. But you gotta get some help. You never know until you hit rock bottom. Remember that time we were shopping at that Strawberries outlet in Paramus--
Courtney: ...and I started talking to all the traffic cones?
Whitney: Baby, that was this past Labor Day!
Courtney: Wait...oh, yeah. Wow.
Clive (interrupting): I think what Courtney's getting at, Whit, is that we all know where you're coming from, we all want to help...
Whitney: I know, it's just...it's just that it's hard. Some days I wake up, and I just want to alphabetize my bathrobes and hotknife some lamp oil, ya dig?
Clive: I don't think I even know what that means.
Courtney: Look, I know what you're sayin'. Why don't you come out to California. We'll hang out, maybe go to the mall, see a movie.
Whitney: Oh, I haven't seen a movie in ages! What's playing?
Courtney: Well, I was gonna go see this Zach Braff movie, The Last Kiss. Are you--
Whitney: Ah, hells to the no!
Courtney: Wait, what..what's wrong?
Whitney: Zach is wack! Zach. Is. Wack. Wait...who the f*ck is this?
Ed. Note: Hot Knife:
As a teenager I had many hot knives at Roudy's house.
From Pajama Library
Checking It Out?
Christopher Walken and John Travolta from 'Hairspray'.
You mean jeans?
What is this, the third grade?
How about 'leave excrement', or 'drop feces'? Poop sounds like something a kid would say.
'Creekside Elementary started its own vegetable garden last year through a program called "The Garden to the Table." The idea came from a local non-profit group called Our Love of Children.
The concept is simple; it is all about getting kids to eat better. "We have different types of spinach, and lettuce, beets and carrots," said Daly of the school's garden.
The kids are also taking more of an interest in trying the foods since they actually grew it themselves. "They were like, 'This is the best thing I've ever eaten,'" said Daly.'
Does Lance Armstrong bug anyone else, besides me?
Lance ready for NYC marathon, questions
NEW YORK (AP) - Right around the corner from Trump Tower, Lance Armstrong jogged across Madison Avenue during rush hour, dodging a police motorcade speeding to the United Nations, a bicyclist delivering Chinese takeout and two women in heels scrambling for the bus.
French Word Of The Day: 'Parapluie'
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Websearches: Joey And Jesus
Janet In W
'I'm sick to the finich, 'coz I eats me spinach'
Interesting: 'Food Combos'
'It is an established scientific fact in Western medicine that in order to initiate efficient digestion of any concentrated animal protein, the stomach must secrete pepsin. But it is also a well-known fact that pepsin can function only in a highly acidic medium, which must be maintained for several hours for complete digestion of proteins.
It is an equally well established fact of science that when we chew a piece of bread or potato or any other carbohydrate/starch, ptyalin and other alkaline juices are immediately secreted into the food by the saliva in the mouth. When swallowed, the alkalized starches require an alkaline medium in the stomach in order to complete digestion.
Anyone should be able to figure out what therefore happens when you ingest protein and starch together. Acid and alkaline juices are secreted simultaneously in response to the incoming protein and starch, promptly neutralizing one another and leaving a weak, watery solution in the stomach that digests neither protein or starch properly. Instead proteins putrefy and starches ferment owing to the constant presence of bacteria in the digestive tract.
This putrefaction and fermentation are the primary cause of all sorts of digestive stress, including gas, heartburn, cramps, bloating, constipation, foul stools, bleeding piles, colitis, and so forth.
Many so called 'allergies' are also the direct result of improper food combinations; the bloodstream picks up toxins from the putrefied, fermented mess as it passes slowly through the intestines, and these toxins in turn cause rashes, hives, headaches, nausea and other symptoms commonly branded as allergies.
The same foods that cause allergic reactions when improperly combines often have no ill side-effects whatsoever when consumed according to the rules of trophology. The final fact of the matter is this: when you immobilize your stomach and impair digestive functions by consuming foods in indiscriminate combination, the bacteria in your alimentary canal have a field day. They get all the nutrients and thrive, while you get all the wastes and suffer.
According to a recent survey in America, the average American male today carries about 5 pounds of undigested, putrefied red meat in his gut. Leave 5 pounds of meat in a dark, warm, moist place for a few days and see for yourself the results of putrefaction. The severely septic condition of the human intestinal tract is unique in nature, yet Western physicians take it for granted and even insist that it is harmless to the rest of the system.
In fact, in order to protect itself from the chronic toxic irritation of improperly combined meals, the colon secretes large quantities of mucus to entrap toxic particles before they damage the colon's sensitive lining. When this occurs at every meal, everyday, every week, throughout the year- as is quite typical in modern Western diets- the colon ends up secreting a constant stream of mucus, which accumulates and gets impacted in the folds of the colon.
This results in a narrowing of the passage through the colon and a constant seeping of toxins into the bloodstream by osmosis. When the impacting of toxic mucus in the colon reaches critical pressure, it causes a pocket to balloon outward through the colon lining, causing a condition called diverticulosis. Colitis, IBS, and colon cancer are the next stages of colon deterioration caused by these conditions.'
- 'Space junk' or 'space debris' is any artificial rubbish orbiting the Earth
- This could be anything from jettisoned rocket stages or satellite fragments down to loosened paint chips
- There may be over a million pieces of space junk currently orbiting the Earth. However, all but 9,000 of these are smaller than a tennis ball
What is space junk?
Since the first satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched in 1957, thousands of space probes, satellites and telescopes have been sent into space. Just as we have created rubbish mountains on Earth, we've also accumulated a blanket of junk around the Earth.
This debris silently zooms around the globe at speeds of up to 25,000 miles per hour with altitudes ranging from hundreds to thousands of miles. NASA frequently replace windows on the space shuttle that have been damaged by objects as small as a flake of paint.
How much junk is out there?
Radar and optical monitoring can pinpoint the location of space debris only centimetres in size.
What is space junk?
Space debris consists of:
* jettisoned spacecraft parts
* nuts and bolts
* solar cells
* abandoned satellites
* paint chips
* nuclear reactor cores
* spent rocket stages
* solid fuel fragments
The current estimate is that there are over a million bits of debris orbiting the Earth. About 70,000 objects about the size of a postage stamp have been detected between 850 - 1,000 km above the Earth. They are probably frozen bits of nuclear reactor coolant that are leaking from old satellites.
An additional problem is that this debris is breaking up. Explosions or collisions blast the objects into smaller pieces, increasing the number of objects further. More than 124 break-ups have been verified, and more are believed to have occurred.
What are the dangers from debris?
Although most of the debris in space is small, it's travelling extremely fast. Below altitudes of 2,000 km, the average relative impact speed is 36,000kmph (or 21,600 mph).
At this speed, collision can be dramatic:
* A 1mm metal chip could do as much damage as a .22-caliber long rifle bullet
Bits this size don't generally pose a large threat to spacecraft, but can erode more sensitive surfaces and disrupt missions.
* A pea-sized ball moving this fast is as dangerous as a 400-lb safe travelling at 60 mph
Debris this large may penetrate a spacecraft. If this happens through a critical component, such as the flight computer or propellant tank, this could be fatal.
* A metal sphere the size of a tennis ball is as lethal as 25 sticks of dynamite
This debris will penetrate and seriously damage a spacecraft.
At geosynchronous altitude (35,900km), the relative speeds are lower - 720 kmph (432 mph). Geosynchronous orbit is one in which a satellite rotates around the Earth at the same rate as the planet spins. Many satellites are at this height as it means they can remain above one particular area of the world.
There are junk-free zones that are relatively clear. These are monitored and used to calculate the trajectory of spacecraft. In the past, NASA has had to adjust the flight path of space shuttles on at least eight occasions to avoid debris.