Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Hee Hee. One Panic At The Disco Fan Comments

Anonymous Commenter Ellie says:

Ellie said...

Or just not and you guys are jealous that you cant be as talented as they are. Does it matter what they look like?
no, not unless your shallow.
Listen to their music. your a jackass if you don't even know what your talking about.

Big Daddy's response...

I HAVE heard their music, and it's a bunch of emo-pop crap. Hence my comment.

It does matter what they look like, when they are a manufactured image and receive copious amounts of praise for being bland and vanilla. Again, hence, being overrated.

Before you go calling someone a jackass, maybe you should know what YOU are talking about, before you go posting negative comments on someone's opinion, jackass.

You're as pathetic as those people who troll blogs looking for anti-Taylor Hicks and/or Clay Aiken remarks.

Halloween Display

From Neatorama:

A homeowner in Los Angeles, who is an aircraft mechanic in training, set up a plane crash as a Halloween decoration! He used parts from a real Gulfstream jet. Neighbors were taken aback, police were curious, and traffic is now heavy in the neighborhood because so many want to see it.

Obligatory Halloween Post

The Specials - 'Ghost Town'

Cruisenfreude - Sumner Redstone Speaks

From an upcoming article in Vanity Fair, via The Post:

"Paula, like women everywhere, had come to hate him. The truth of the matter is, I did listen to her . . ." Redstone says. "His behavior was entirely unacceptable to Paula and to the rest of the world. He just didn't turn one [woman] off. He turned off all women, and a lot of men."

Redstone estimates that Cruise's antics - acting wacky, ripping into psychiatry, firing his professional publicist - were the key elements in the star's downfall: "When did I decide [to fire him]? I don't know. When he was on the 'Today' show? When he was jumping on a couch at 'Oprah'? He changed his handler, you know, to his sister [LeAnne Devette] - not a good idea."

Redstone estimates that Cruise's bizarre behavior cost Paramount "$100 million, $150 million on 'Mission: Impossible III.' It was the best picture of the three, and it did the worst." He isn't sorry he embarrassed Cruise publicly: "The explosion was good. It sent a message to the rest of the world that the time of the big star getting all this money is over. And it is! I would like to think that what I did, or what we did, has had a salutary effect on the rest of the industry."

He just said what we were all thinking. I actually agree wit the CEO on this one.

Shilling Lunch - Chipotle

Get a free burrito for dressing up like one.

Pig Heads, Pig Heads, Rolly Pollie, Pig's Heads

Truck spills 2 tons of pig heads on road

BERLIN - A truck spilled two tons of pigs' heads on a road in western Germany, giving passing drivers a shock on the night before Halloween, police said Tuesday.

The accident happened Monday night after the truck turned off a highway in Herne, in the Ruhr region, police in Bochum said.

As the driver accelerated away from a traffic light, the door of his trailer opened, spilling the severed heads onto the road.

It took the fire service, helped by a fork-lift truck, an hour-and-a-half to load the heads back onto the truck.

Real World Denver - Casting Special

MTV has posted the Casting Special Video.

Monday, October 30, 2006


I was going through stacks of CDs to burn for my portable player, when I came across an OK Go CD. I forgot I even had it. I bought it ages ago, because there was song I liked when I used to listen to my Yahoo Radio Channel. I bought it at Target of all places.

Funny how there was so much buzz over their VMA performance and treadmill video.

Nuclear War And Cell Phone Coverage

Consumerist has an interesting post, on the disclaimer, of what's not covered on a Verizon cell contract. Full post here.

'The good news is that the five remaining survivors will be able to link hands and generate enough glowy power to run our cell phones.

The bad news is that we'll have to use our last, hair-shedding, limb-discarding, nuclear-powered minutes trying to get past customer support's wait queues.'

Feels very 'Fahrenheit 451' to me.

FBI returns to "Fake Boarding Pass" guy's home, seizes computers

Christopher Soghoian today blogs that the FBI returned to his home last night in his absence with a search warrant, and seized computers and other belongings.

The 24-year old computer science student is the creator of a website that generated fake airline boarding passes to illustrate a security flaw which has been documented on the 'net since (at least) 2003. I reached Soghoian by email today, and he declined comment on advice from attorneys.

In case it comes up....

Colorado is a One Party Consent state, when it comes to recording phone calls and such:

Colorado Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-9-303(1) Statute does not prohibit the recording of a conversation by either a "sender or intended receiver" of a telephone communication.

Anyone else.....

think that Panic At The Disco, is highly overrated?

Nice Surprise

One of the departments we work with, bought us bbq today as a sign of thanks [they have been working us like a dog, trying to get projects in before last quarter].

The food was catered by this place called Brickyard BBQ. I'm not a big bbq person, but man oh mighty, their bbq sauce is tasty. It is probably the best I have ever had.

I'm in luck, they sell their own sauce!


The Tech Center is not exactly ghetto, so this happening there is kind of extreme.

CRIMESTOPPERS: Tech Center murder still baffles police

DENVER - A local man was attacked and killed - apparently by strangers - while walking along a Denver Tech Center street on June 26, 2006.

Thirty-one-year-old Michael Taft was enjoying a summer barbecue at an upscale apartment complex in Greenwood Village, when he had an argument with his girlfriend. Friends said he left on foot at about 1 a.m. on June 26.

Police say Taft was crossing Prentice Avenue at Ulster Street, looking for a way to get to his Denver home, when he encountered a group of people.

His girlfriend heard their voices in the background, when she called his cell phone from the party.

His girlfriend lost the call, but a few minutes later she received a return call from Michael's cell phone, police say.

"A man using Michael's phone said, 'He's lying in a pool of blood,'" said Detective Michelle Ponikiski. "'He's a racist and we had to stomp him. You'd better call the police.'"

Ponikiski says before the girlfriend could call 911, she received another call from a different man, using the same cell phone.

"We were just teasing," said the voice. "Michael is fine. He's at the Purple Martini."

The martini is a bar just a block away from the crime scene.

An hour later, a passerby found Michael lying in the turn lane of Prentice Avenue, at the intersection with Ulster Street. He was unconscious from a vicious beating. He was taken to a hospital, where he died a week later. His cell phone was never found.

"The mindless murderers who did this are still on the streets," said Larry Taft, Michael's father. "It behooves anyone who has information to come forward, because these folks are dangerous."

Royksopp - Remind Me

Royksopp - 'Poor Leno'

Love this song and video.

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System F - Out Of The Blue

Such great memories of this song. Still gives me chills sometimes. Totally reminds me of hanging out with the peeps at Amsterdam, after Tracks. Good times.

Do You Wanna Take My Picture, Because I Won't Remember

When a studio portrait just isn't good enough

Doting parents hire personal photographers to capture the moment

Shannon Stauffer can easily take snapshots or get retail studio portraits of her children. But instead, the Harrisburg, Pa., mother paid $1,000 to hire a professional photographer to catch them in action, all year.
Photographer Hollis Healy spent several hours following Kaelyn, 4, and Mason, 2 - playing, at Easter, on their birthdays, in the park and in the case of Kaelyn, at ballet class. Stauffer said she didn’t want portraits with a fake backdrop in a studio. 'Hollis captures their true expressions, their natural happy expressions,' she said.

Professional photographers, hoping to stand out in a crowded market and build loyal clients and more referrals, are pushing year-long contracts and day-in-the-life shoots that capture people inside the hospital's labor and delivery room, on vacation, at soccer games and even at the office and the classroom.

Some of those long-term packages also include studio shots, such as black-and-white photos that document a woman's pregnancy or an infant's growth.
'It reminds me of the royal family on a very small scale. They have their own personal photographer,' said Jessie Kimmel, whose Canadian studio, This Moment Now Photographic, started offering first-year-of-life photo sessions this fall for about $500 to $1,000, including one 8x10 print and a set of digital "negatives."

She's on-call with a pager for parents who want her to photograph the birth of their babies.
Consumers increasingly want relaxed, more natural portraits, and the kinds of shots seen in fashion magazines and art galleries, said Skip Cohen, president of Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, an association with 6,000 members. Photographers are catering to that demand and trying to turn wedding clients into lifelong customers who will go on to buy photos for their families.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

I was a cute kid.

I'm the kid in blue, holding the sign with the red-head chick.

'Big up Thelma Nelson! Whut! Whut.'

Grooming With Tourette's

[Note: This is not a pic of me]

Being that my stylist is kind of hard to schedule an appointment with, and with my hair growing shagadelic, I decided to do so maintenance trimming in the interim.

Well, lately, I have been getting these severe twitches [I think because of my meds]. It's kind of like when someone with Tourette's, has a tick. Out of nowhere, a neuron will misfire, and manifest itself as an extreme twitch.

It is not secluded to one area either. The other day at work, both arms jerked forward as I was typing.

Well, you would think that I would know better than to do some interim groom maintenance.

The other night, I was using the clippers to clean up my sideburns, and ear area, when I had a twitch.


The clipper grazed up, and to the back, of the right side of my head. It took with it, a sizeable swath of hair in the process, leaving a glorious patch of ivory scalp shining through.


Now most people, would either just completely shave the rest of the head, or go first thing to a stylist. I shaved my head once, and I don't have the head shape for it. I was born Caesarean, and I think that process made me noggin' misshapen.

As for going to a stylist, I am particular about my hair, and rely on my stylist only. I have had bad cuts from random others.

Since my appointment is only a few days away, I just decided to 'make it work'. Plus, I have had the Escaped Mental Patient look before. I guess you could call it an AntiCut. My coworkers and friends have seen me with a plethora of styles, one of which is the Mental Patient look, on purpose [think Brad Pitt in '12 Monkeys'].

I end up going to work the next day, and Matt asks, 'you going with the Mental Patient look again?'. I laughed. I explained it was a grooming mishap, but he said it looked pretty cool actually.

Made me feel better.

The thing is over the course of the day, and the commute home, it was funny to see people's reaction to it.

For as rude as people are becoming today, most people looked, secretly gawked, then looked away.

But what became evident, was that it had a side benefit. Some people would look at me, and the look on their face was, 'Whoa!' What's up with that guy?'. Especially some of the black peeps. They had a look like, 'Is that brutha' crazy?'.

So in the end, it acts as a good deterrent to keeping people away from you. Which is fine by me, because I hate being approached while commuting, especially if I haven't had any caffeine yet.

The appointment is in two days, and all will be fixed. I just hope people don't think I am related to, or a fan of Jeffrey Sebelia - since my hair is, unfortuntely, almost a similar looking Mental Patient Anti-Mullet.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Gives me vertigo.

Obviously Photoshopped though.

Cool Pic

Caught! Gold Paint Huffer

Guess I am out of the loop on this one. Just came across this. One of the commenters on Gawker has this as their avatar.

Strange Police

Viagra Cufflinks

Seriously, this was found at Tampon Crafts.

Useless Info: Daylight Savings And The Draft

'Finally, one clever man used DST to avoid the draft.

During the Vietnam-era draft lottery, the man, who had been born just after midnight DST, argued that Standard Time, not DST, was the official time for recording births.

So he argued that he had actually been born the day before, on a day which carried a much higher draft lottery number. The draft board agreed, and left him alone.'


[Insert Michael Jackson Joke Here]

English twins emerge as black and white

Layton Richardson has lighter skin like his farther, and Kaydon is darker like his mother. October 26, 2006.

LONDON - A set of twins born in England are one - or make that two - in a million.

Their mother Kerry Richardson explained to NBC in Britain that now that the boys are three months old, she's starting to get a lot of attention when in public. She says she often has to explain to people that they are in fact twins.

Brothers Kaydon and Layton were born in Middlesbrough at the James Cook University Hospital on July 23.

"When they were first born, no one really noticed anything unusual as they were both practically the same color," the 27-year old Richardson told the Northern Echo newspaper in the United Kingdom. "But over the last few months, Layton has got lighter and blonder, like his dad, and Kaydon has gone darker, like me."

Richardson is of Nigerian-English heritage. The twin's father - no longer in contact with the family - is white.

Genetic experts say the odds of this happening to fraternal twins are about one in a million.

According to the Northern Echo, mixed-race people have genetic codes for light and dark skin in their genes.

International geneticist Dr Stephen Withers tells the paper that sperm and egg cell contains genes for both colors and in rare cases, an egg or sperm cell may possess coding for only one skin color.

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Next Gen Cell Phones

Cell Phone Takes Security to New Heights

TOKYO (AP) - A new mobile phone in Japan takes security pretty seriously: It can recognize its owner, automatically locks when the person gets too far away from it and can be found via satellite navigation if it goes missing.

The P903i from NTT DoCoMo, Japan's top mobile carrier, comes with a small black card about the size of a movie-ticket stub. The card works as a security key by connecting wirelessly with the cell phone.

If an owner keeps the card in a bag or pocket, the phone recognizes when the card moves too far away and locks automatically to prevent someone from making a call. The user can choose to have the phone lock when it is 26 feet, 66 feet or 130 feet away.

People who lose their security cards can punch in a password to unlock the phone. But they will have to buy a new card to set the lock again.

The extra security is handy because, like other recent Japanese phones, the P903i can be used as a credit card or a prepaid cash card.

Of course, the new security feature won't prevent snoops from getting information from the phone -- reading personal e-mails, say -- if it is within the set distance of the security key.

To guard against such intruders, users can activate the phone's facial identification feature.

Here's how that works. Owners must first take at least three photos of themselves with the phone's camera. Up to 10 can be shot, in various situations -- with and without glasses, with and without makeup, indoors and outdoors.

'I ain't one to gossip, so you ain't heard it from me'.

Tracy Chapman Writes A Fast Song

Don 'No Soul' Simmons


I have a few hits from Malawi on 'Madonna'. Wonder if one of them is the father of the child in question?

Update: There's even a hit from London. Hi Esther!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Oh no!

After tonight's episode, how much you wanna bet that The Gays, do 'Ugly Betty', as this year's costume.

I'd agree.

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Fun With Quizzes

More Fun With Quizzes

I'd say it's somewhat accurate.

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One of my fave movies, by the way.

Tim Gunn Vs. 'We Are The World' Mashup

From: PeeWee
To: Helen the Felon
Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2006 6:32 PM
Subject: Tim Gunn

So on the way home I got to thinking of your statement about We Are The World.

I came up with these lyrics to the World tune:

Tim Gunn is gay,
He is our uncle,
He will tell you, 'make it work',
and, 'I'd rethink the sparkle'

'There are choices to make,
We're running out of time,
It's makes for a better look',
So says Him, to thee

I'm a geek, but it was entertaining on the commute home.

How would you prove your not dead?

From comments at The Consumerist:

laurenl842 says:

'The same thing happened to a good friend of mine. She and her husband went to get their mortgage and SURPRISE! They tell her that she is dead. They even argued with her for a week over it and refused to believe that it was a mistake. They couldn't get the problem resolved in time, so her husband had to purchase the home only in his name.

Turns out her ex-husband told AmEx that she was dead when they wouldn't stop making collection calls. They never verified the information and years later it came to bite her. I guess it never occured to her that something was amiss when AmEx stopped harassing her, but that's a different story for a different day.'

'Tim Gunn Is Everyone's Gay Uncle'

An email I got from Helen, in regards to a comment I left on one of her posts:

Big Daddy:

At least Jay won Season One. But I agree with you on all others. I refuse to watch Big Brother again, for this very reason.

Tim Gunn is everyone's gay uncle, and Robert Best is our husband.

From: Helen Damnation
To: "Big Daddy"
Subject: Re: New comment on Reality Bites

"Tim Gunn is everyone's gay uncle" is the funniest thing you've said
since "Retards do it gooder." It's like We Are The World for fagalas.
I'm about to piss myself.

'Mommy, I want a stripper pole for Christmas!'

From The Daily Mail:

Tesco condemned for selling pole dancing toy

Mother of two Karen Gallimore was searching for Christmas gifts for her two daughters, Laura 10, and Sarah, 11, when she came across the 'toy'
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Tesco has been forced to remove a pole-dancing kit from the toys and games section of its website after it was accused of "destroying children's innocence".

The Tesco Direct site advertises the kit with the words, "Unleash the sex kitten inside...simply extend the Peekaboo pole inside the tube, slip on the sexy tunes and away you go!

"Soon you'll be flaunting it to the world and earning a fortune in Peekaboo Dance Dollars".

The £49.97 kit comprises a chrome pole extendible to 8ft 6ins, a 'sexy dance garter' and a DVD demonstrating suggestive dance moves.

The kit, condemned as 'extremely dangerous' by family campaigners yesterday, was discovered by mother of two Karen Gallimore who was searching for Christmas gifts for her two daughters, Laura 10, and Sarah, 11.

He's almost as much a media whore as Madonna.

Father Frets Madonna May Reneg Adoption

LILONGWE, Malawi -- The father of the baby boy Madonna is trying to adopt said he is afraid criticism of the adoption will persuade the singer to drop her efforts and he urged her Thursday not to get angry.

Yohane Banda, the biological father of 13-month old David Banda, was reacting to Madonna's appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Thursday in which the pop star said she had done nothing wrong, had not used her celebrity to influence Malawian officials and wants to give the boy a better life. She also said she feared the criticism she has received in the media could discourage others from adopting from Africa.

"I am afraid Madonna may get angry and frustrated and decide to dump my son because of these people," said Banda, referring to criticisms from human rights activists in Malawi that officials there had bent the law to speed the adoption process.

"These so-called human rights activists are harassing me every day, threatening me that I am not aware of what I am doing," Banda said. "I'm afraid David may be sent back and the orphanage may not even accept him back. So where will he end up? Here? He will certainly die."

He said activists tried to visit him Wednesday.

"I hid from them. I didn't want to see them. They want me to support their court case, a thing I cannot do for I know what I agreed with Madonna and her husband," said Banda.

The Human Rights Consultative Committee, a group of human rights groups in Malawi, has asked Judge Andrew Nyirenda to review the adoption process to make sure all the laws have been followed. A hearing is scheduled Friday.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, Banda said authorities had not made it clear to him that he was giving up his only son "for good" when he signed adoption papers earlier this month. But Thursday, he shifted the blame to human rights group.

"I was telling these rights groups that I wasn't selling my son".

He should be the only gay in the village....

who doesn't get to get married.

N.J. gay ex-governor wants to wed partner

Opposed same-sex marriage while in office to hide his homosexuality

TRENTON, N.J. - Former Gov. James McGreevey, who resigned after acknowledging a gay affair, said he would tie the knot with his partner if state lawmakers decide to allow gay marriage.

"Marriage would offer the ability to bless our relationship in a committed way," McGreevey, 49, told The New York Times.

McGreevey's comments followed a state Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that same-sex couples must be given the same rights as married people. The court left it up to the Legislature to decide whether to extend those rights under the structure of marriage or something else.

Some gay-rights advocates said the decision didn't go far enough. McGreevey, who told The Associated Press last month that he had publicly opposed gay marriage while in office as a way to keep his homosexuality hidden, hailed the ruling.

"I applaud the court's courage," McGreevey told the AP. "I regret not having had the fortitude to embrace this right during my tenure as governor."

The former governor stepped down in 2004 after announcing he was gay.

Pee Wee's Turkey Day Cooking Tip

If you are making mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner, substitute regular butter or margarine, with European [Style] Butter. It makes the potatoes taste more creamy, and rich. Plus, it's the Holidays, so you can splurge a little on the extra butterfat.

As if colds didn't already suck enough

Cold Virus Might Harm Long-Term Memory

Nervous system infection by a family of pathogens may 'chip away' at cognition, researchers say

THURSDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Infection of the central nervous system by the common cold and other viruses may lead to memory loss late in life, Mayo Clinic researchers report.

"Our study suggests that virus-induced memory loss could accumulate over the lifetime of an individual and eventually lead to clinical cognitive memory deficits," neuroscientist Charles L. Howe, corresponding study author, said in a prepared statement.

In studies with mice, his team found that a nervous system infection linked to a pathogen called picornavirus could have a permanent effect on memory. The findings are published in the November issue of the journal Neurobiology of Disease.

Picornaviruses are a family of common viruses that include rhinoviruses associated with the common cold; enteroviruses, linked to respiratory and gastrointestinal ailments; encephalitis inflammation of the brain; myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle); and meningitis.

"We think picornavirus family members cross into the brain and cause a variety of brain injuries," Howe said.

Snow Storm

Usually you can see Downtown from this camera. We even had a power outage.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Do Brits drink root beer?

I know they think the concept of cinnamon gum is grody, but what about root beer?

'Root Beer is a non-alcoholic fermented soft drink made from a wide combination of ingredients. As each recipe can vary wildly, each brand or recipe will have it's own unique taste. The drink gets its name from its unique texture.

Like alcoholic beer, root beer will normally have a thick and foamy head when poured. While root beer is so popular in the US & Canada that you will often find it alongside Coke and Pepsi drinks in fast food restaurants and available to buy in cans or bottles in most supermarkets, it is relatively unknown in the UK.

This may be due to the fact that when many try root beer, they compare the flavour to the smell you get from antiseptics. However to those who give it a chance, they end up loving it. This creates a problem though as the drink is not commonly available in the UK. '

Root Beer UK

Lazy America: 'Starbucks'

How lazy do you have to be, that crossing the street, is a taxing endeavor?

Starbucks plans dense 'fill-in' growth

'The coffee chain's aggressive growth also hinges on what the company calls "infill" - adding stores in cities where its mermaid logo is already commonplace. In some cases, that means putting a Starbucks within a block of an existing store, if not closer.

While Starbucks knows there's plenty to lure people into their stores, they also recognize that many people can't be bothered to walk very far - or wait very long - for an optional and pricey treat.

"Going to the other side of the street can be a barrier," said Launi Skinner, senior vice president in charge of Starbucks' store development.'

Blizzard warning, already?

It's not even Halloween yet. Plus, it's partly sunny and 68 degrees out right now.

Blizzard warning for tonight

Dick Clark

Yet he says nothing about the photos in Playboy.

"I've got every Life magazine that was ever printed, because my grandmother saved them for me," he said. "I've got most of the Playboy magazines. I've got Fortune - lovely photographs in there. I saved everything."

Dick Clark plans auction of memorabilia

I say, they could legalize it,

tax it, and generate revenue for the rebuild.

New Orleans cracks down on prostitution

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Contractors, tradesmen and migrant workers have been pouring into town to take advantage of the post-Katrina rebuilding boom, and so have prostitutes, police officials said in announcing a crackdown on the French Quarter's illicit sex trade.

Working with a grant, police talked to residents and business owners in the Central Business District, the French Quarter and the adjacent Faubourg Marigny and complaints about prostitution were the first thing they heard, Capt. Kevin Anderson, commander of the district said Tuesday.

"Everyone talked about the increase in prostitution, street hustlers, panhandlers," Anderson said. "We keep telling people to visit us, telling conventions to come to town, so we need to have the streets look cleaner and safer."

Prostitutes from Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Detroit and Las Vegas have been found working New Orleans streets, Anderson said. He said police arrested 53 women on prostitution charges during a recent two-week crackdown.

"Obviously contractors are here in the city, a lot of the migrant workers are here, they carry cash on them and it became a playground in a sense," said police superintendent Warren Riley.

With the availability of more bed space in Orleans Parish Prison than before, those arrested on prostitution charges will be held in jail until they make bail, meaning they should spend at least a day or two incarcerated, Anderson said.

"Because these are municipal offenses, they were not being maintained in jail, so they would get out of jail, come right back into the Quarter," Riley said.

Anderson said the city wants to make it so uncomfortable for out-of-town prostitutes that they will go home or at least go elsewhere.

Soon, teachers won't even be able to look at students.

They'll have to be taught by robots.

Principal suspended for giving kid a wedgie

Mont. district lets official return after 6 days to think about what he'd done

LIVINGSTON, Mont. - The principal of Park High School returned to school Tuesday after a six-day suspension for giving a student a "wedgie." The Livingston School District Board held a special meeting Monday and approved Superintendent Hannibal Anderson's recommendation that Principal Eric Messerli be allowed to return to work.

"It has been clearly recognized and stated that the behavior is inappropriate, unprofessional and unacceptable," Anderson said.

Messerli's behavior "warrants substantial disciplinary action" but was not sufficient grounds for a recommendation for termination, he said.

Messerli was suspended for two days without pay and four days with pay for grabbing a Park High senior's soccer jersey and pulling it over his head and giving the student a "wedgie" by pulling up on the waist band of his underwear. The incident happened on Oct. 5 at a junior varsity soccer game.

Messerli cried Monday as he read a statement to the board and the public.

"I've made mistakes in my life, but none have had the impact that this one has had," he said.

He said his first reaction was to resign, but he wanted to "tackle this mess" head on.

"I want to live in a world where we don't have to hide when we screw up," he said.

Public comments about Messerli, voiced by students, parents and community members, ranged from reprimand to encouragement.

"The days of a school staff person laying hands on a student are long gone," said a woman in the audience.

Park High Vice Principal Bob Stevenson and girls' soccer coach Nate Anderson, who both witnessed the Oct. 5 incident, expressed support for Messerli. They said his actions were a mistake, but they were done in an effort to joke around with the student.

"It was meant in playfulness," Anderson said.

Today In Blogshares - Update

Well, that was quick. By fulfilling one buy order, I made 11 million.

God, I wish this was the real thing.

Total net worth: $11,208,000

I voted!

Suck that, Republicans!

FYI, anyone in Denver county can vote early. Here is an article on early voting. It only took me about 20 minutes last night.

Today In Blogshares

$52k in liquid assets
$152k in 23 blogs
$204k total worth


Tuesday, October 24, 2006

So Many Levels

Justin Timberlake gets slapped in the face, with meat.

Security Around Here Is A Joke

Keep in mind, that this is the lady who told my boss' boss, that I was 'disobeying' her, by smoking near the mall doors [totally untrue].

So today, an ex-employee goes waltzing around visiting people in their cubes. The thing is, he was laid off, and now works for one of our competitors.

I didn't think much of it, until I remembered the stories of disgruntled employees, storming their place of employment with a rain of gunfire.

This ex-employee, is kind of a loon. James can attest to that.

So to see him wandering around, is kind of unnerving.

Plus, it hasn't been the first time the old security lady, let in terminated employees.

Not only that, if someone was really to come in here with a gun, I doubt old lady, and her colleagues: not-as-old lady, and early 20's latina-who-weighs-a-buck-and-some-change, are going to be much of a fortress of a security.

Video Exclusive: 'Chokegate'

Full video here.

[Audio NSFW]

Defamer Coverage - Chokegate

'Pass me my Chee....hol' up. Where's the baby at, y'all?

Cynics might accuse Britney and Kevin of having concocted their own, Malibu Hillbilly version of the Suri Cruise saga.

In hopes of whipping up an information-starved public into another mouth-foaming frenzy until a smartypants magazine like Vanity Fair throws gobs of cash at them for the exclusive cover portrait of blissful Mom, baby brother, and the unmasked, mystery baby poking its adorable head out of daddy K-Fed's XXL Tommy Hilfiger windbreaker.

Then again, this might also just be their coy way of covering up for the fact that they haven't seen the kid since they accidentally left it in a Circle K restroom on the way to Vegas four days after its birth.'


But why was he nekkid?

Police find naked man stuck in window

FORREST CITY, Ark.- Authorities say a would-be burglar's plot was foiled when he got stuck--naked--in the window of a house. The man was caught before he could take anything from an apartment he was allegedly trying to rob, Forrest City police said.

Dennis Reed Jr., 19, was arrested Saturday when police found him stuck between an air conditioning unit and a window frame of the apartment, police said. Reed was nude when police found him.

Reed told police that he was forced at gunpoint to break into the apartment by a subject he only knew by his first name.

Officers and emergency personnel initially tried to free Reed, but were unsuccessful. Reed was finally freed after the fire department's rescue squad rescue personnel entered the apartment and removed the air conditioner.

Reed was charged with residential burglary and taken to the St. Francis County jail, police said.


Who knew the Japanes were so sheltered.

'Paris Syndrome' leaves tourists in shock

Japanese visitors found to suffer from psychiatric phenomenon

PARIS - Around a dozen Japanese tourists a year need psychological treatment after visiting Paris as the reality of unfriendly locals and scruffy streets clashes with their expectations, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

"A third of patients get better immediately, a third suffer relapses and the rest have psychoses," Yousef Mahmoudia, a psychologist at the Hotel-Dieu hospital, next to Notre Dame cathedral, told the newspaper Journal du Dimanche.

Already this year, Japan's embassy in Paris has had to repatriate at least four visitors -- including two women who believed their hotel room was being bugged and there was a plot against them.

Name That TV Tune

Monday, October 23, 2006

'Beach Blanket Bones'

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Gallery Of The Absurd

' God Reveals Himself to Nicole Kidman; Asks for Dermatologist's Number'

Does anyone else....

think this is kind of inappropriate for a kid, to be dressing up as a pimp?

Or am I turning in to Grumpy Old Man?

Songs That Should Be Banned - 'I Got You Babe'

Radio Nigel just played UB40 and Chrissie Hynde's cover of that song.

Anyone singing, lip syncing, or covering that song, needsto be shot on sight.

Today In 'Andy's Blog'

'Between innings I fixated on Donald Trump's hair. It is so blond and so twisted and turned and uniquely coiffed using a system of pulleys and lifts and invisible tape that it is a marvel to behold in person.

And it is so so blond. So blond that I am wondering how it gets so blond. Like, does he sit around in foills getting that sh*t dyed? What is it made of?'

Andy's Blog

Warm Leatherette

I didn't like this song when I first heard it.

Then I paid attention to the lyrics.

Then I read the backstory.

It's by The Normal and is based off of J G Ballard's novel 'Crash'. The novel, and this song, are about people who get sexually turned on by car accidents. It's cold, and dark. I dig it.

I guess Grace Jones, and Nine Inch Nails, have covered it as well.

Hee hee.

Surprised the copy editor let the capitalization of it go. It makes you think they are talking about the band.

LAPD seeks to clean up infamous Skid Row

What a mess.

Boy's Dad Now has Doubts on Madonna Adoption

BLANTYRE, Malawi -- A Malawian man who gave up his 13-month-old son to be adopted by Madonna said Sunday he had not realized he was signing away custody "for good."

Yohane Banda signed adoption papers earlier this month, clearing the way for a Malawian judge to grant the pop singer and her husband a temporary order to take his son David.

"Our understanding was that they would educate and take care of our son just as they were doing at the orphanage," the 32-year-old illiterate peasant farmer told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Lipunga, the village where he ekes out a living growing onions and tomatoes.

Until now, Banda has said his decision was in the best interests of his motherless son and criticized local charities who have started legal proceedings to challenge the adoption.

Banda said his understanding was that "when David grows up he will return back home to his village." He said the director of Child Welfare Services, Penston Kilembe, and the retired pastor who heads the orphanage where David spent most of his life never told him by "adoption" it meant David will cease to be his son.

That's an understatement.

Obama calls '08 presidential bid a 'possibility'

Obama said he thought that 'certainty' has precluded Bush from 'looking at issues based on facts as opposed to based on ideology.

'And I, you know, I quote in the book one of my favorite stories from the Senate when Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York is in an argument with a colleague on the floor, and the colleague's probably not doing too well in that argument, Pat Moynihan was a pretty smart guy, and at some point, the other senator gets frustrated and says, 'Well, you know what, Pat? You're just entitled to your own opinion and I'm entitled to mine.'

'And, Moynihan frostily, I - I'm sure, says, 'You are entitled to your opinion, but you're not entitled to your own facts.'

'And I think this administration has, has not always understood that distinction. And that's part of the reason why we've had problems in Iraq and that's part of the reason why we've had problems with our, with our budget. There's been an unwillingness to look squarely at the facts in making decisions.'


I am getting all these hits from Eatern European countries from searches on Rick Astley. Did I miss something?

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Friday, October 20, 2006

Holy Crap

'A suicide note in the pocket of a man who jumped off the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel late Tuesday led police to the grisly scene of his girlfriend's murder, where they found her charred head in a pot on the stove, her legs and feet baked in the oven and the rest of her dismembered body in trash bag in the refrigerator, according to police and the couple's landlord.'

NOLA via Gawker

So Gay

Reminds me of 'Cunning Visions'. Check out the kid who says 'ecstasy', and the score music.

Hee Hee

'Were you expecting to read that the cleaning staff happened upon a forgotten two-pound bag of blow underneath one of those mounds of freebie clothes?

Don't be ridiculous, she'd never be that wasteful--we're sure Lohan spent her last night as a Chateau guest clutching a rolled-up hundred-dollar bill, re-sniffing over every surface (coffee table, toilet tank, Gideon Bible, what have you) in that suite upon which she blew a rail, making sure that every last grain of powder was leaving with her.'