Tuesday, July 31, 2007
This must be the inspiration for Gallery Of The Absurd's piece.
Fried mouse found in Frito Lay bag
'HAVRE, Mont., July 23 (UPI) -- A Havre, Mont., resident said he would never buy barbecue potato chips again after finding a deep fried mouse in a bag of Lays K.C. Masterpiece chips.
Jack Hines, 66, discovered the deep fried mouse when he reached into a bag of Lays June 19, the Havre Daily News reported.
"I just about put it in my mouth," said Hines. "I was sitting there watching TV in the dark and I grabbed for three fingers of potato chips and I grabbed a mouse. It shook me up a bit and I threw it over my head."
After finding the rodent he contacted Gary and Leo's IGA in Havre, where he purchased the chips, to see what he should do about it.
"They told me to call the 800 number on the back of the bag," Hines said. "The lady that I talked to (from the 800 number) said they wanted the mouse and the bag of remaining chips that were left. They did ask me if I was feeling sick, and I said no I am not."
He said a Frito Lay representative is scheduled to come to Havre to pick up the mouse and bag of chips.'
This photo is VERY INNAPROPRIATE! I advise you to take it off IMMEDIANTLY!'
Big Daddy said...
'Nah, that's ok.
I don't listen to Anonymous commenters
[With such horrible spelling, I must ask, is that you Brit-Brit?]'
'Paula wrote to BC credit union to let them know their website gave her inaccurate directions to a nearby ATM. Within a few days, she received a personalized apology note and a little something extra.
Alana from the BC credit union quickly responded:
"Thank you very much for bringing this matter to our attention. I can understand your frustration of being misdirected by us. We were unaware of any problems with the ATM mapping feature on our website, and upon receiving your email have been in contact with our technology partners to ensure that all mapping errors are corrected as quickly as possible. The specific information you have provided us with has definitely helped us narrow down where the issue exists, and we truly appreciate the time you have taken to send us this information."'BC Credit Union Apologizes To Customer With Humble Pie
Wonder if it's true.
'Did you know that when you search on some travel sites, your web browser could betray you?
I’ll tell you what you need to know to make sure you’re getting good rates online.
Some travel sites using tracking software—commonly called ‘cookies’—to track your movements and clicks on their site.
But cookies aren’t harmless, especially if they’re used to flag you as a big spender.
This could happen simply by clicking on one too many four-star hotels, for example.
The travel site might then hide the cheapest fares and present you with more expensive options.
So here’s the solution: simply delete your cookies. For most browsers, it’s just two clicks in the “Tools” or “Preferences” tab.
So next time you search, try clearing your cookies and you might just be surprised what your browser wasn’t showing you.'
Your Browser Will Betray You
Today In - 'Horrible Headlines'
That's like saying: 'Heart attack victim loved red meat and Twinkies'
Jogger struck by lightning loved running, family says
'JEFFERSON COUNTY – The family of a jogger struck and killed by lightning said he loved to go swimming, rock climbing and running.
Our partners at The Denver Post talked to the family of Lucas "Luke" Simmons on Monday.
Simmons' family tells the Post the 24-year-old's favorite place to run was Matthews/Winter Park in Jefferson County.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says Simmons was jogging in the park Friday when he was struck and killed by lightning.
According to his family, Simmons was a project manager for Mortenson Construction Co. After the tsunami in Thailand, he volunteered to rebuild the home of a fisherman who had lost his entire family.'
And I thought I had some horrible bosses.
Boss allegedly killed workers who wanted raises
Car dealer was having financial problems, allegedly killed 2 in pay dispute
'EAST POINT, Ga. - The owner of a car dealership has been accused of killing two employees because they kept asking for pay raises.
Rolandas Milinavicius has been charged with two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of Inga Contreras, 25, and Martynas Simokaitis, 28.
All three are from the eastern European nation of Lithuania but had been living in Atlanta, authorities said.
Milinavicius, who was having financial problems, told police he shot the two Thursday after they kept asking for more pay, said police in East Point, which is just outside Atlanta.
“He told us that he was under a lot of stress,” East Point police Capt. Russell Popham said. “Unfortunately, he decided to take his anger out with violence.”
Milinavicius, who had been living in Alpharetta, started RM Auto International two years ago, hoping to meet the demand for American cars in Lithuania. He began shipping cars and later hired the two victims as his only employees.
Milinavicius, 38, turned himself in two days after the shootings and confessed to the killings, Popham said.
“As I understand, the employees were not really happy about the pay, and they had questioned him about it over the course of time,” Popham said. “That morning he said he just snapped.”
Contreras and Simokaitis were cremated and an informal memorial service was held at Simokaitis’ cousin’s apartment over the weekend. The remains were to be flown to Lithuania on Tuesday.
“It doesn’t make any sense,” the cousin, Jaunius Simokaitis, of Fayetteville, said Monday. “If he was having money problems, these two would have been the ones to help him get out of debt. They would have helped him make that money.”'
Monday, July 30, 2007
When Your Dad Is A Graphic Designer - Episode 1
Reflections Of The The Gay I Used To Be
Last night on Logo, I came across Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss, and it made me think of two things.
One, that was the movie that I went to go see with a friend/co-worker of mine, and did something I probably shouldn't have done: hooked up with said friend/co-worker, even though I was pretty good friends with him, and his boyfriend.
I admit, I was kind of a hoochie back in those days.
The funny thing is we both had to bartend/work the next night, and let's just say that people could tell something was up.
My boss totally chided me for it too.
Second thing the movie made me think of, is my relationships with straight guys.
If you haven't seen the movie, Sean Hayes ['Jack' of 'Will And Grace' fame], plays a photographer who develops a crush on his seemingly straight model.
More specifically, it got me to thinking about my relationship with this guy we'll call 'Jim', for all intensive purposes of this post.
It was towards the end of high school, and Jim and I ran in the same circles, and knew some of the same people.
He was 'that guy'.
He knew everyone, was charming, flirty with the girls [and boys], and had a presence that everyone would notice as soon as he entered a room.
I have to admit, I was kind of in awe of him, and had a non-sexual crush on him.
One night, at a local club, my friend Amber formally introduced us and that's how it all started.
We ended up hanging out the rest of the night, and exchanged numbers.
No big whup I figured.
Well, who calls the next day and asks me to go to a party with him?
I go, and what followed was us being joined at the hip, for the entire next week.
It was fun and we totally clicked.
We had the same sense of humor and everything, and felt totally comfortable around each other.
Well, as months passed, we were as thick as thieves.
People would honestly freak out if they saw one of us solo out on the town, as we were pretty much regarded as a duo [couple].
If one of us was alone, all night we would have people asking us where the other one was.
And while we never discussed it, we were, kind of by default, a couple.
Now, I always knew he was straight, and he totally knew I was gay, but it wasn't an issue.
While we never actually had sex, we were very physically and emotionally affectionate to each other.
At least during the good days.
As time went on, our relationship became very Ike and Tina Turner, minus the physical assault.
Seriously, we would become insanely jealous, and/or territorial of each other.
There were mind games, total co-dependent behaviours, and passive-aggressive fighting.
This lasted for a while until I started to realize that maybe I shouldn't have to be in such a negative situation.
To make things worse, his partying and drug use was now exceeding mine.
It was at this point that fissures in the relationship started to show, and that coupled with the fact that I was leaving for New York to go to school, didn't help things.
So I left, with things not resolved, yet we didn't officially 'break-up' or anything.
While I was at school, I heard through the grapevine that his drug use got even worse, and had even started getting in to trouble.
By the time I returned for the summer, he had skipped town, and no one knew what happened.
Eventually, I ran in to someone who had seen him and found out that he had enlisted in the Army and was to be dispatched to Korea.
I had no way of getting a hold of him, since I had been out of the loop, so, in effect, that was that.
Years later, I actually ran in to him back here in town.
What was interesting about that, was the conversation we had.
Let's just say it got deep, real deep, and emotional, and he admitted that we had been essentially a couple, and that I had cared for him more than anyone else in his life. He said he truly did love me, and I finally owned up to my feelings as well.
Let's just say, wow.
We parted ways, but of course lost touch.
Some time later on, I learned from a mutual acquaintance, that he had a kid, and was planning to get married that summer.
Good for him.
Little did I know that the whole 'Jim' experience, was just the beginning of my pattern of either being involved with a straight guy, or someone who was 'unavailable' [see earlier story of being a hoochie].
But those are posts for another time.
So it was interesting to compare and contrast my real life experiences, with what happened in that movie.
Along with all the drama, and the good times mind you, I eventually went through over the years.
Pics from Friday night!
ATM gives out extra cash
'MANSFIELD, La. (AP) - An ATM at a northwest Louisiana truck stop gave out $20 bills instead of $5s, but authorities say they know who took the extra $7,000 the machine spit out and plan to track them down.
Lt. Toni Morris, a spokesperson for the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office, said the automated teller machine has records showing 26 people received the extra cash during five days in late June and early July.
Annette Parker, a supervisor at Eagle's Truck Stop, said she unplugged the machine after overhearing conversations about the excess payments.
"The next morning when we had come back in, someone had plugged it back up," she said.
Morris said someone who did not work at the truck stop may have rigged the machine, which keeps records of when the money was taken and by whom.
Morris said charges could be brought against the people who got more money than they should have.'
I had this idea ages ago.
Rent-a-pet: company contracts out dogs by the day
'SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - FlexPetz is a company that contracts out dogs by the day to urbanites who don't have the time or space to care for a pet full-time.
"Our members are responsible in that they realize full-time ownership is not an option for them and would be unfair to the dog," said founder Marlena Cervantes, a behavioral therapist who got the idea while working with pets and autistic children. "It prevents dogs from being adopted and then returned to the shelter by people who realize it wasn't a good fit."
FlexPetz is currently available in Los Angeles and San Diego, where Cervantes lives. She plans to open new locations in San Francisco next month, New York in September and London by the end of the year.
She's also hoping to franchise the FlexPetz concept so the dogs will have housing options other than kennels when not in use.
For an annual fee of $99.95, a monthly payment of $49.95 and a per-visit charge of $39.95 a day, (discounted to $24.95 Sunday through Thursday), animal lovers who enroll in FlexPetz get to spend time with a four-legged companion from Cervantes' 10-dog crew of Afghan hounds, Labrador retrievers and Boston terriers.
The membership costs cover the expense of training the dogs, boarding them at a cage-free kennel, home or office delivery, collar-sized global positioning devices, veterinary bills and liability insurance. It also pays for the "care kits" - comprised of leashes, bowls, beds and pre-measured food - that accompany each dog on its visits.
Charter member Shari Gonzalez said she was thinking about getting a dog when a dog trainer she consulted suggested part-time ownership. At first, she had reservations.
Gonzalez, 22, never doubted there was room for a dog in her heart. The issue was her life, which included a small, two-bedroom apartment and a full-time schedule of college classes in San Diego.
"I was thinking, 'How is a dog going to bounce from house to house and be OK with that,"' she said.
Her misgivings were allayed after she spoke with Cervantes, who explained that only dogs with social temperaments were picked for the program and that each would ideally be shared by no more than two or three owner-members.
Since signing up, Gonzalez said a black Lab named Jackpot has become a treasured part of her social network. They spend an average of one day each weekend together. He sleeps at her apartment and she takes him on hikes, to the beach and to parks frequented by other dog owners. The money spent on her membership has been well worth it, she said.
"I never even thought that was a possibility," Gonzalez said. "I thought you either owned a dog or you didn't."
Although she has never seen the doggy day care center where Jackpot spends his off-days, Gonzalez recently met another of his part-time companions, graphic designer Jenny Goddard, 33.
Goddard, who is married with a 6-year-old son, said having a dog a weekend or two a month has been perfect for her busy family and encourages them to spend more time together outdoors.
"It's funny," she said. "He is so friendly and immediately playful with us, people are surprised he is a rental dog."
The idea of commitment-free pets is not entirely new, although no one in the United States has tried it with as much drive as Cervantes. Most private animal shelters, for instance, encourage volunteers to become temporary foster families to animals awaiting adoption.
For 15 years, the Aspen Animal Shelter in Colorado has gone a step further with a Rent-a-Pet program that allows residents and tourists in the resort town to take dogs out for a few hours or overnight for free.
"It benefits the homeless animals, keeps them socialized and exercised and in the end they end up getting adopted," said owner Seth Sachson. "The people benefit, too. When a tourist walks around town with a dog, they feel like a local."
Melissa Bain, a veterinarian with the Companion Animal Behavior Program at the University of California at Davis, said she had concerns but no hard-and-fast objections to a service like FlexPetz.
On the positive side, it might give people an easy way to test the ownership waters and keep a few dogs from being euthanized, Bain said. Possible downsides would be irresponsible members who treat the dogs like a lifestyle accessory instead of a living thing.
"It depends on the people and it depends on the animal. Some dogs may be fine and some may become stressed because they are moving from home to home," Bain said. "Perhaps they had a good experience with a good part-time owner and then they get shipped back. What kind of message does that send to kids? That dogs are disposable."
Cervantes said the hour-long sessions Flexpetz members are required to spend with their dog and a trainer before their first outing ensures the dogs are going into caring, competent homes.
Her members, who range in age from 5 to 60-plus, include single women in search of security and a conversation starter, Navy personnel who love dogs but are at sea for much of the year, and seniors who live in apartments where dogs are not allowed.
"Usually, our dogs are lavished with attention, and it's undivided attention from our members because it is the only time they have together," she said. "Some people take a dog home and realize, 'Hey, I can adopt a dog."''
Needless to say, The Aquabats show on Friday ROCKED!
So much fun.
Then my buddy Sara and I, ended up at The Wrangler where we caused our usual shenanigans.
I forget how outgoing I can be when I have had some hooch.
I just wish I could remember who was who, and where I left my pants.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Another reason why I think copyright laws need to be revised.
The song fueling his happiness, Prince's "Let's Go Crazy," is owned by Universal Music Group, whose lawyers are not dancing, smiling, or happy.
They sent a curmudgeonly DMCA takedown notice to YouTube, riling the Electronic Frontier Foundation to sue Universal in retaliation.
From Ars Technica:
The video of Stephanie Lenz's 18-month old son Holden was uploaded to YouTube back in February; Universal filed a DMCA claim against the clip in early June.
Lenz responded with a counter-notification of her own at the end of the month, but the clip was never reinstated.
Now, she has joined forces with the EFF to recover damages after she "has been injured substantially and irreparably," according to the court filing.
Lenz wants money to cover her legal expenses and wants an affirmative judgment that her clip is not infringing.'
Universal: Background Music In Home Videos Constitutes Copyright Infringement
I haven't been grocery shopping in weeks, and that became a problem last night.
I got a case of the munchies.
I never buy snack foods since I nibble [nibble...I love that word] over the course of the entire day, so I am not usually hungry when I am at home.
But last night my belly rumblings could not be abated.
So I look in the fridge, and besides some juice and condiments, I really had nothing I could quickly make.
I did have hot dog buns though, and some of this awesome European Style imported butter [don't ask].
So I grabbed those and some asiago cheese, and made mini-cheese sticks on my Griddler.
Oh man, were they good.
Just slapped a bit of butter on it, topped with asiago, and gave it a quick pressing in the Griddler.
Figured I'd share with anyone else who has a problem keeping the fridge stocked.
Wow. I actually don't hate it.
'A 36-year-old marketing coordinator for a company that sells fine china thought she recognized a woman who offered her a ride home from a bar.
But she was mistaken, and that nearly proved to be a fatal error early Tuesday after she was knocked unconscious in a van and awoke in an apartment surrounded by robbers, she said Thursday.
The woman said she escaped the home because she tricked seven captors by screaming she had AIDS and flinging her blood at them.
"I was willing to say anything to get out alive," the woman said in an interview Thursday. "It was very terrifying. They were trying to kill me."
She ran barefoot to Colorado Boulevard early Tuesday morning and flagged down a motorist.
The investigation is continuing, said Sonny Jackson, Denver police spokesman.
The victim, who is afraid of retaliation and asked that her name not be used, said she lost contact with a friend at the Broken Arrow Bar on East Colfax Avenue and began walking home about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.
She thought she recognized one of three women in a white van parked at a convenience store and asked them for a ride home, she said. When they drove past her house, she demanded they stop.
Someone bashed her in the back of the head and she became unconscious, she said.
When she awoke, about 6 a.m., she was lying on a bed in an apartment surrounded by strangers. She asked where she was and started to cry, she said.
She saw a woman going through her purse in the living room, she said. She tried to walk out.
" 'Just let me go; I'll forget about this,' " she said she pleaded.
When she walked out of the bedroom, one of five women inside the tiny apartment hit her in the face, she said. Several other women started pummeling her face and body with fists and an object that felt like a mallet, she said.
" 'Shut up or we're going to kill you,' " she said one of the women threatened. Another woman said they should put her in "the trunk," the victim said.
"Their intent was to kill me. They were like a pack of wolves," the woman said.
A woman came at her with a two-pronged barbecue fork, she said. At that moment she believed they were going to kill her, she said.
"They grabbed my shirt," she said. "I had to think quick. My nose was bleeding. I started to fling my blood at them. I told them I have AIDS."
The women backed away, and she dashed out the door. Two women followed her, one pulling her hair, the other grabbing her body.
"I don't know how I was able to get away," she said. "It was pure adrenaline."
She ran to Colorado Boulevard and waved down drivers, who called police. Her face was covered with blood, according to a police report.'
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Nice lame' pants, Solid Gold dancers.
Since the old video is gone.
This is odd because this particular Taco Bell is ground zero for Vato-ville.
For example, a woman was being interviewed for a job sporting a big ol' shiner.
Most of the businesses around here usually play Tejano music.
'Düsseldorf, Germany - At the international airport in this western German city, smokers are restricted to a handful of bars in the terminal, or else stuck puffing on the dingy street outside.
Soon, however, tobacco lovers from around the world could be beating a path to Düsseldorf. A startup airline based here plans to offer long-haul luxury flights that cater to smokers, countering a decades-long global trend that has made it impossible to enjoy a cigarette on most passenger flights.
The founder of Smoker's International Airways - Smintair for short - is a local entrepreneur who promises a return to the days when air travel was considered glamorous, stewardesses were happy to bring you a glass of scotch, and smoking in the lavatory didn't risk criminal prosecution.
"Other airlines have lost every kind of sympathy for their passengers by leaps and bounds. They treat them like cattle," former stockbroker Alexander Schoppmann said. "What all of those carriers want these days is for you to stay in the seat, and you better bloody well stay there, and don't even ask for anything to eat or drink. You can't do anything."'
Labels: Air Travel
'PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) - Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours.
His accuracy, observed in 25 cases, has led the staff to call family members once he has chosen someone. It usually means the patient has less than four hours to live.
"He doesn't make too many mistakes. He seems to understand when patients are about to die," Dr. David Dosa said in an interview. He describes the phenomenon in a poignant essay in Thursday's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
"Many family members take some solace from it. They appreciate the companionship that the cat provides for their dying loved one," said Dosa, a geriatrician and assistant professor of medicine at Brown University.
The 2-year-old feline was adopted as a kitten and grew up in a third-floor dementia unit at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The facility treats people with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and other illnesses.
After about six months, the staff noticed Oscar would make his own rounds, just like the doctors and nurses. He'd sniff and observe patients, then sit beside people who would wind up dying in a few hours.
Dosa said Oscar seems to take his work seriously and is generally aloof. "This is not a cat that's friendly to people," he said.
Oscar is better at predicting death than the people who work there, said Dr. Joan Teno of Brown University, who treats patients at the nursing home and is an expert on care for the terminally ill.
She was convinced of Oscar's talent when he made his 13th correct call. While observing one patient, Teno said she noticed the woman wasn't eating, was breathing with difficulty and that her legs had a bluish tinge, signs that often mean death is near.
Oscar wouldn't stay inside the room, though, so Teno thought his streak was broken. Instead, it turned out the doctor's prediction was roughly 10 hours too early. Sure enough, during the patient's final two hours, nurses told Teno that Oscar joined the woman at her bedside.
Doctors say most of the people who get a visit from the sweet-faced, gray-and-white cat are so ill they probably don't know he's there, so patients aren't aware he's a harbinger of death. Most families are grateful for the advance warning, although one wanted Oscar out of the room while a family member died. When Oscar is put outside, he paces and meows his displeasure.
No one's certain if Oscar's behavior is scientifically significant or points to a cause. Teno wonders if the cat notices telltale scents or reads something into the behavior of the nurses who raised him.
Nicholas Dodman, who directs an animal behavioral clinic at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and has read Dosa's article, said the only way to know is to carefully document how Oscar divides his time between the living and dying.
If Oscar really is a furry grim reaper, it's also possible his behavior could be driven by self-centered pleasures like a heated blanket placed on a dying person, Dodman said.
Nursing home staffers aren't concerned with explaining Oscar, so long as he gives families a better chance at saying goodbye to the dying.'
Oscar recently received a wall plaque publicly commending his "compassionate hospice care."'
My 13th Birthday
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Kaiser Chiefs - 'Angry Mob'
'Business in the front....'
So, if bleu cheese has penicillin in it...
'Where is that piece of paper that I had in my hand yesterday morning?'
At the time I hadn't seen the movie, so I didn't know how to take it.
I eventually saw the movie, and it happened to be on again last night.
It's such a great movie and Stanley Tucci rocks.
But I do see co-workers point.
Before I went on my meds, I was a major Miranda-type personality.
I've chilled WAY out.
Now if the Federal government could just follow suit.
'Telluride — Telluride Town Council members have voted 6-1 to call for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
If the measure survives a second reading Aug. 7, it would become the town's official position.
Community leaders said they had endured criticism from near and far following last week's vote, but at least one council member said that was because people do not understand the town's home-rule municipality.
Andrea Benda said the town has two choices whenever citizens initiate an ordinance: adopt it, or put it on the ballot.
With liberal voters outnumbering conservatives 5-to-1 in Telluride, Benda said she did not think it was necessary for the impeachment issue to become part of local campaigning this fall.
Telluride Tourism Board executive Scott McQuade said the town was no stranger to controversy, and he didn't see the matter becoming a major issue.
McQuade said he understood that some people would not agree with the measure, but said people who don't approve of Telluride the way it is might want to stay away so they don't end up being disappointed.'
Today woulda been a great day to take a personal day.
It's been as hot as Hades, for the last two weeks.
Free swimming as temps near record
'With temperatures approaching a record for heat today, Denver residents can cool off at each of the city's 16 pools for free.
They can also enter each of the city's 29 recreational centers free to celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month, said Kim Bailey, parks manager.
"July is a great time to be active and live healthy," Bailey said.
The timing for the free swim day couldn't be better. National Weather Service forecasters in Boulder predict the temperature will tie the record of 99 degrees today.
"It could get to 100," said Frank Benton, a meteorologist for the weather service. "It's just going to be hot. Yes, sir."'
Am I the only one who thinks this looks like something else?
Wow, even Simon liked him.
'Meltdown number five, y'all. Or is it six?'
Britney 'breaks down' during interview, photo shoot
Britney Spears' self-arranged photo shoot and tell-all interview with OK! magazine could potentially "kill" her career.
'According to gossip website TMZ.com, sources claim the singer's behaviour during the interview and photo session was "nothing less than a meltdown".
During the shoot, the 25-year-old mother-of-two was said to be "completely out of it", and the resulting pictures are "so bad" that publishing them could "kill her career".
At one stage Britney's eyes allegedly rolled back in her head and she was said to have looked "half dead".
Her mood was described as extremely erratic, with one source revealing she took frequent bathroom breaks and each time she returned her mood had changed.
She was also allegedly severely paranoid during the entire interview, and at one point she believed the ceiling was about to cave in.
During the shoot, Britney ordered fried chicken, and when she had finished eating it she reportedly wiped her hands on a Gucci dress worth several thousand dollars, staining it with grease.
The star also brought her new Yorkshire Terrier puppy London with her and when it defecated on the floor she is said to have used a Chanel dress to wipe it up.
The magazine hired two of the best hair and make-up artists in Los Angeles to make Britney look her best, but she refused to let them style her, instead opting for two friends she brought with her to fashion her.
Britney personally called Sara Ivens, the editor-in-chief of the US edition of OK!, last week and said she wanted to do an exclusive interview discussing her divorce from Kevin Federline, her breakdown and her problems with her mother Lynne.
But now magazine executives are deciding whether to go ahead with the exclusive as it happened or protect the pop star with a heavily edited version.
Britney's representative did not return calls, while a representative for OK! - whose Britney issue is due to come out on Thursday in America - refused to discuss the new issue.'
A take on Tammy Faye.
'Tammy Faye's religious background made her an unlikely object for this kind of adulation, but in many ways she had the classic profile of a gay icon.
Like many others, she became celebrated for her perseverance.
She fell from grace (and lost much of her money) when it was discovered that her husband, Jim Bakker, had cheated on her and swindled their followers out of $158 million.
But Tammy Faye talked openly about her pain on TV and stood by her man after his conviction, singing at a press conference, "On Christ the solid rock I stand/ All other ground is sinking sand."
Her refusal to change her unique style—runny mascara, gawdy jewelry, and all—also made her icon-worthy.
When asked by a makeup artist to lose those garish false lashes, she said, "Without my eyelashes, I wouldn't be Tammy Faye. I don't know who I would be."
And gays appreciated the fact that she had long refused to denounce homosexuals on the Bakkers' TV show and that she had urged sympathy for those with AIDS.
In her final interview last week, she said, "When we lost everything, it was the gay people that came to my rescue, and I will always love them for that."'
Tammy Faye Messner, Gay Icon - What does she have in common with Miss Piggy, Princess Di, and Madonna?
Strange component to a dream...
I know how this came in to my dream: 'Truth or Dare' was on over the weekend, and I watched a bit of it. [Man she has changed, and I think for the better. She was such a brat back then].
Anywho, I thought it was weird that it was front page news.
But then again I thought about how our media is warped like that.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
I thought they had more subscribers than that.
Stock price plunges after DVD rental firm dims its earnings outlook
'The timing of the breakdown was especially awkward because it occurred shortly after Netflix management had briefed industry analysts on plans to improve its customer service in an increasingly bitter battle with rival Blockbuster Inc.
Lowering prices will erode Netflix’s profit — a sacrifice that the Los Gatos-based company is making in an attempt to regain market share from Blockbuster. The decision led to a further drubbing of Netflix’s already battered stock, which has plummeted by nearly 40 percent so far this year.
The shares dropped as low as $15.62 early Tuesday, its lowest point since June 2005, before rebounding a bit later in the session.
Hoping to retain more of its current customers while enticing new subscribers, Netflix is decreasing monthly fees by $1 on its two most popular plans to match Blockbuster’s prices for comparable Internet-only services.
Netflix has been having trouble signing up subscribers since late last year, when Blockbuster began giving its online customers the option of swapping DVDs at one of its stores instead of relying on the mail and waiting at least two days for another movie.
“We are in a very competitive, large battle,” Reed Hastings, Netflix’s chief executive officer, said in an interview Monday after the company released its second-quarter earnings. “But we feel like we are still in a great position.”
Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter believes Blockbuster may have exposed Netflix’s Achilles’ heel by aggressively promoting the convenience of Blockbuster stores to build its online service.
“Netflix has a broken model,” Pachter said. “They aren’t used to competition and now someone is competing against them very effectively.”
Netflix ended June with 6.74 million subscribers, a decrease of 55,000 customers from April. It marked the first time Netflix’s total subscribers have declined from one quarter to the next since the service began renting DVDs through its Web site in 1999.
Blockbuster is expected to update its online subscriber count Thursday when it is scheduled to release its second-quarter results. The Dallas-based company ended March with 3 million subscribers after outstripping Netflix’s customer growth for two consecutive quarters.
The gains haven’t helped Blockbuster financially. The company lost $49 million in the first quarter. Blockbuster last month indicated it might try to reverse that trend by raising the prices of its online service. If that happens, Netflix’s earnings during the second half of this year might not shrink as much as management currently expects.
Assuming Blockbuster holds steady, Netflix expects its performance during the second-half of the year to lag 2006’s pace. Management expects Netflix’s full-year profit to range from $42.4 million to $52.4 million, down from an April forecast of $55 million to $60 million. Netflix earned $35.4 million through the first half of this year.
Netflix’s earnings may fall even further next year as the company continues to compete for subscribers and invests in new technology to deliver movies over high-speed Internet connections so they can be watched on television sets, Chief Financial Officer Barry McCarthy told analysts Monday.
Netflix fared well financially in the second quarter, earning $26.6 million, or 37 cents per share. That represented a 50 percent increase from net income of $17 million, or 25 cents per share at the same time last year.
Revenue totaled $303.7 million, a 27 percent improvement from $239.4 million last year.
If not for a $4.1 million payment from Blockbuster to settle a patent infringement lawsuit, Netflix said it would have earned 31 cents per share. That was still well above the average earnings estimate of 23 cents per share among analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial.'
Baby Bar Crawl
'BOULDER – A couple is charged with child abuse after bringing their 5-month-old son inside a bar early Friday morning.
Elizabeth Samoy says she and her husband, Ryan Worley, went out to eat with friends, and then went for drinks at 7 on Pearl, located at 1035 Pearl Street. Samoy says she was outside on the patio, drinking a couple of glasses of wine. Witnesses told Boulder Police both Samoy and Worley were drunk.
"My husband came from the bar at one point with the baby and said that he had been dancing on the floor with the baby and I told him not to bring the baby in there because the DJ had come on and it was very loud," Samoy said. "I was at the table talking with other people at the table about taking a cab home and they had all agreed to pay for it. They were supportive of that. And before I could do anything else, there was a commotion and all these police officers showed up and they took my husband inside and handed me the baby."
Samoy says police took them both in for questioning. Police say Samoy blew a 0.146 on a breathalyzer test. The legal limit in Colorado is 0.08. Police say Worley refused the test and spent the night in jail. The Department of Social Services took the baby into temporary custody for the night.
"It's not something that we come across often, this type of situation," said Boulder Police Department spokesperson Julie Brooks. "I don't even recall the last time we were called to a bar, if you will, to take custody of an infant. It's not something that happens frequently. We hope the family can get the resources they need to make sure the situation does not happen again."
Samoy says her son was returned to her the next day, but says because of a court order, Worley is not allowed back home or to see his son for at least a week.
Social Services is now monitoring the family and Samoy must take breathalyzer tests all week.
"I know my judgment is being called into question now, and that's something I take very seriously," she said. "So I'm going to do whatever I have to do to prove that, to prove myself."'
Good luck selling that house now.
'MORRISON – During a routine house showing Monday, an area real estate agent found a dead body near a home as potential buyers toured the grounds.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department says at around 4 p.m. Monday they received a phone call from the agent who said the body of a dead man had been found. The agent said the body was on the ground near the home located in the 8400 block of Scenic Drive.
Sheriff's deputies responded and determined that the body had been at the home for some period of time.
They do not have an identity of the man but described the victim as an adult male between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build and a long black ponytail. The victim was wearing new blue jeans and a grey t-shirt with the word 'DECA' on the left breast. He also had on brown work shoes.
The coroner is now working with the Sheriff's office to determine the cause of death and the identity of the man.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office tip line at 303-271-5612.'
Mental Note: One should not listen to trance...
while suffering from a food coma.
Labels: Mental Note
This whole Harry Potter thing reminds me of this video.
Monday, July 23, 2007
I find it funny...
'NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Tulsa Drillers coach Mike Coolbaugh died after being struck in the head by a line drive as he stood in the first-base coach's box during a game.
The Texas League game was suspended in the ninth inning Sunday after the 35-year-old former major leaguer was hit by a foul ball off the bat of Tino Sanchez of the Arkansas Travelers. Coolbaugh was taken to Baptist Medical Center-North Little Rock, where he was pronounced dead.
"It's a tragedy for all of baseball," Drillers president Chuck Lamson told the Tulsa World in a story posted on the newspaper's Web site early Monday. "He just joined the staff and was a former Driller player. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
Travelers spokesman Phil Elson said Coolbaugh was either hit on the right side of his head or on the forehead and fell to the ground immediately. According to a report on the Drillers' Web site late Sunday, Coolbaugh was knocked unconscious and CPR was administered to him on the field.
Sgt. Terry Kuykendall, spokesman for North Little Rock police, said Coolbaugh was still alive when he was put in an ambulance, but stopped breathing as the ambulance arrived at the hospital.
"They tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at 9:47 p.m.," Kuykendall said.
Coolbaugh played 44 games in the major leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers over two seasons. Coolbaugh joined the Tulsa staff on July 3 as a batting coach. He played for the team briefly in 1996.'
I just saw the second Worst Movie of All Time.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Yet another reason I wouldn't shop at Wal-Mart.
'Well, after wearing them my feet would be red and sort of tingly, but I figured that it was just because it was first flip flops of the year so my feet need to get used to them. Blabity blabity... Well I have now had this chemical burn for 11 days, (As of July 3rd) I really thought it would just go away on it's own.
It is absolutely going away very well at all...this started on June 22nd 2007 and has just gotten worse basically. I have only worn those shoes 15 minutes here, half an hour there, hour there...and so on, NOT enough time to burn my feet like this!'
and more highly graphic photos here.
Woman Receives Severe Chemical Burns From Flip Flops, Walmart Tells Her To Complain To Manufacturer
Safest Seat on a Plane: PM Investigates How to Survive a Crash
Funny how I just posted on this.
U.S. Will Allow Most Types of Lighters on Planes
'WASHINGTON, July 19 — Federal aviation authorities have decided to stop enforcing a two-year-old rule against taking cigarette lighters on airplanes, concluding that it was a waste of time to search for them before passengers boarded.
The ban was imposed at the insistence of Congress after a passenger, Richard Reid, tried to ignite a bomb in his shoe in 2001 on a flight from Paris to Miami.
Lawmakers said that if Mr. Reid had used a lighter, instead of matches, he might have been able to ignite the bomb, but Kip Hawley, assistant secretary for the Transportation Security Administration, said in an interview on Thursday that the ban had done little to improve aviation security because small batteries could be used to set off a bomb.
Matches have never been prohibited on flights.
“Taking lighters away is security theater,” Mr. Hawley said. “It trivializes the security process.”
The policy change, which is to go into effect on Aug. 4, applies to disposable butane lighters, like Bics, and refillable lighters, like Zippos. Torch lighters, which have thin, hotter flames, will continue to be banned.
Security officers have been collecting some 22,000 lighters a day nationwide, slowing down lines at check points. Even so, many smokers had found ways to sneak lighters through checkpoints, often by placing more than one in a carry-on bag. Disposing of the seized lighters has cost about $4 million a year.
By lifting the ban, Mr. Hawley said, security officers could spend more time looking for bombs or bomb parts. “The No. 1 threat for us is someone trying to bring bomb components through the security check point,” he said. “We don’t want anything that distracts concentration from searching for that.”
A provision in the 2007 Homeland Security Department spending bill allowed the security agency to stop enforcing the ban if it determined that “lighters are not a significant threat to civil aviation security.”
Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, who in 2004 helped lead the effort to ban lighters, has not objected to the change, a spokeswoman said.
A ban on liquids in containers greater than three ounces, which was imposed last summer after the disruption of a plot based in London to blow up planes headed to the United States, will remain in effect, but the security agency will modify its rules related to breast milk. Passengers will be allowed to carry breast milk in quantities greater than three ounces as long as it is declared for inspection at the security checkpoint. Currently, breast milk is allowed only if a passenger is traveling with an infant.
In late 2005, security officials lifted a ban on small scissors, screwdrivers and other small tools, making a similar argument that searching for them was a waste of time.
In the coming months, the agency will install new equipment intended to improve its ability to intercept explosives. The new equipment will include advanced X-ray machines that rapidly examine carry-on bags from many angles, making it easier to identify bomb components, and hand-held devices that can determine whether a liquid might be explosive.
Fifteen liquid scanners are already in use, and two dozen of the advanced X-ray machines will have been tested at checkpoints by this fall.'