Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Everyone Needs An Outlet

click to see the -entire- wall of outlets
*click* pic to see the -entire- wall of outlets.

quote: ''...artfully plug in your appliances wherever the cords look pleasing to you. Imagine no more crowded outlets or multi-plug adapters.

... you don’t have to actually wire all the outlets on the whole wall for electricity, but you’d better come up with a good way to remember which ones are live.''
(No $h!+)... but loved some of the comments:
'know how they say you shouldn’t plug too many cords into the same outlet? This is the exact OPPOSITE of that'

'eliminates need to choose between wallpaper patterns'

'Baby proofing this would be a bitch'

'arrange the other side of the wall to have a mini windmill for every socket...'

'one spilt drink away from an electrical fire'

'illuminating the room by nightlights into those!'

link to orig article at: Ironic Sans

Monday, June 29, 2009

A Truly Hot Pad

...but nothing to do with cooking.

click to go there
(*click* for their site)

I love wireless recharging - no plugs.

You get a matching 'skin' (from Wildcharge) and set your phones/pdas down when they need more juice. That's it, no need to find a cord for any of them because it holds multiple pdas at once. And now 'ta-da' they released a powerup skin for the newest iPhone...


Now I can justify getting a new phone, right?

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Lets Make A Splash

I know its an obnoxious prank...

...but it always makes me LOL.

{90 sec}
*Definitely worth a minute & 1/2 of your time...

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sticky Situation

Rem that guy and his 1,000,000 toothpicks?...

Now see what to do with a million Post-Its:

{3 min}

I just love the 'Slinky' ones... ;-)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Easy Bake Off

...not your mother's bake off.

click for official 'recipes'... don't say I didn't warn you !A girl won "EASY-BAKE 2009 Baker of the Year"
What was Catherine's winning recipe you ask?

one EASY-BAKE sugar cookie mix
add a few strawberries
and a bit of lemon curd
now its time to Easy-Bake.
Impressed? You should be.

That recipe won her a trip to Disneyworld,
... plus another trip for four to San Francisco.

I know. There is no justice.

yes - its a real book

To ease your pain a bit, Easy-Bake for grown-ups,
*including a recipe for Wild Mushroom Flan
recipes in links at NPR and at Kiddio .org

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Going Down The Tube

this is a book - but I thought the title was apt for the post
Starting today, London subway drivers will read quotes:
{press release} The words of Gandhi, Einstein, Jean Paul Sartre and other great thinkers are to be quoted in service announcements on London's Underground...
Transport for London has commissioned Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller to compile a list of bon mots to be used by Tube drivers...
FYI, a sampling:
Gandhi's "there is more to life than increasing (its) speed"
Cezanne's "we live in a rainbow of chaos"
Fuller's "a stumble may prevent a fall"
"the afternoon knows what morning never suspected"
"an ounce of action is worth a ton of theory"
"one who n'er made a mistake n'er tried anything new"
not to menion... Sartre's "hell is other people"
{re video} The riders don't mind it for the nonce. But hopefully somewhere along the line (pun intended) the riders will get a chance to at least vote (or veto) the ones to be used.

Or perhaps send in some of their own...

{3 min}
- orig. article: via BBC News

Brevity Is The...

... Soul Of Wit .* *I hope. Shakespeare's claim, yes?

At any rate, the/an explanation is below.
so, without further ado, here's my tacky tale:


Had to tell someone, so I went to my best pal. He runs a micro-lending bank in a vacant lot, under the shade of a toothpick tree. His business was slow that day, so I talked while we drank. We got through a fifth of Jack Daniels before he spoke.

‘You’ll get your revenge; we’re going to Torquemada!’

‘We’re going to see the leader of The Tube Police!?’

‘No, no, ‘Torquemada’, the pepper capital of Spain.’

‘Huh? – I don’t get it – I’m as lost as a bear in a 12-step program.’

Ignoring my confusion he continued: ”Those college ’sports’ from the astrolab that glued Uranus open while they poured in Ugandan coffee? We’ll return the favor...

We’re getting the hottest peppers T-town sells, and stuffing them into their wormholes so far that they’ll glow like radioactive isotopes. They’ll be singing a ‘Neptune’ when we get done. Heck, they’ll be blowing bubbles out their kazoos that’ll kill a tarantula at five paces. Lets go.”

Two days later, a new Big Bang took place. Success.

(the end, as it were)

Yesterday 'The Daily Wit' posted my story.(link)

Its the first one I've entered as part of their series of random topics. And (I know you guessed) the italicised words were the 15 required items.

I took some care trying to make it as readable, yet as compact as possible, so I was quite pleased when the webmaster there used a quote from Mark Twain to praise my effort... Woo! (insert smiley face here) Hope you enjoyed it.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Little Bit Fishy

Will the real 'Ponyo' please stand swim up?

Upcoming 'Ponyo' is about a baby goldfish who wants to be human, and gets her wish. But if you have 3 minutes, compare the two promos.

Disney's version for the U.S. release:

{93 sec}

vs. The original Japanese one:

{99 sec}

And Disney shortened the movie name, too

I lol'd when the happy music played during the big drama moment in #2. 'The world is ending, but hey, please enjoy a boppy lil tune...'

Think Disney wants more adults in the seats?


click for review: Roger Ebert likes it.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Primate Goes Postal

Can Erin survive w/o her shiny ape?
Small silver-suited SpaceApe, speedily sent!
This little guy has traveled so far, to space and back (plus 400 miles on a mail truck), that I figured it was time he got a break. So I let him relax on the coast of Maine. But he still looks stiff! Must be E's fault; she put that too-tight shiny suit on him before she stuffed'm in that envelope for the trip to my place.*
*So tell the ASPCA&PP(& plastic pets) that the guilty party can be found here:
Erin's earnestly evocative exchange empire

j/k Thanks to Erin for the jolly junk mailout. ;-)

- *The film that killed my space monkey's oscar chances...{30 sec}

July update:
camping & canoeing, yet still no smile!

Rubber Rooms, Rubber Heads

(warning, rant ahead)

NYC's Dept of Education gets an 'F'.

AP: '700 hundred NYC public school teachers, accused of offenses ranging from insubordination to sexual misconduct, are being paid their full salaries to sit around all day playing Scrabble, surfing the Internet or just staring at the wall, if that's what they want to do.'

And thats just the beginning...
...salaries of $70,000 or more, the city Department of Education estimates the practice costs the taxpayers $65 million a year. The department blames union rules.

"It is extremely difficult to fire a tenured teacher because of the protections afforded to them in their contract," spokeswoman Ann Forte said.

City officials said that they make teachers report to a 'rubber room' instead of sending they home because the union contract requires that they be allowed to continue in their jobs in some fashion while their cases are being heard. The contract does not permit them to be given other work...
Sheesh, if I lived in NYC I'd be livid... just last week NY mag had an article about how parts of the city are desperate for more teachers.
But because their cases are heard by 23 arbitrators who work only five days a month, stints of two or three years in a rubber room are common, and some teachers have been there for five or six.
NY needs to fire their heads of the NYC Ed. Dept.

Who couldn't see that hiring arbitrators for more days per month will be a heck of a lot less than $65 mil/year?

(sorry, rant over)

link: AP news article, via Yahoo

Monday, June 22, 2009

Mad Hat Johnny

Director Tim Burton does love make-up, doesn't he?

its a great link, if you don't mind spoilers for the upcoming 'Alice' movie, check out the pictures of Helena and Anne too: Daily Mail

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Pick Up Sticks

Toothpick art moves up a peg...

This toothpick rollercoaster above (a student project) used 2000. Compare that to the work of Scott Weaver in the video below. He has built a 9′ fantasy San Francisco using 1,000,000 toothpicks.

His “Rolling Through the Bay” took 34 years to create and features pingpong ball ramps that turn the toothpick sculpture into active art. Watch as they roll through San Francisco landmarks. This week at the Sonoma County Fair it won “Best of Show”.

{2 min}
link: BTW, he turned down $40,000 for it.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Prick With A Fork

I coudn't resist...
That pic, plus the bottom line? Priceless
Dunno the guy, but could be truth in advertising...

...some of the added comments:
# I'd suggest..."Prick package with a fork"... but that might be worse.

# The guy signed on to advertise the "new, thicker Fairy" that "keeps on going," which leads me to believe that his overall judgment in terms of marketing copy is seriously impaired.

# note the first letters of the top 3 lines spell "Ass."

# My dentist once said, "you might feel a little prick"
That last one had me LOL...

the original (sausage) link: the Consumerist

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Star Rodents

A Short Time Ago...

In A Yard Far Far Away (or Close By)...

'' An Imperial Stormtrooper mistakes a chipmunk for a speeder bike. It's all part of amateur photographer Chris McVeigh's 'Crossover' project, in which he tamed animals in his garden to make them pose with his Star Wars toys. ''

the link: w/ more chipmunk pics

Wish I had as much free time as this guy seems to...
... but I'd skip the Star-toy obsession part.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Panty Line

*click* for pic of bar (copyrighted)
*click above* for actual image from article...

*from 1010wins news:
Residents Hang Panties in Hope of Silencing Bar
Residents in a building next to the Cooper Square hotel say they are losing sleep and their sanity due the bar that is only inches from their homes.

'The bar is only 29 inches from our windows - less than 3 feet - ' one resident said, 'we hear everything'.

The outdoor bar closes at 8 p.m., but residents say the indoor bar creates just as much noise.

So they created a lingerie line of defense.

Residents strung up soiled panties, bras, and other unmentionables in plain view of the bar, hoping it would remind patrons that people actually live right next-door.
Would undies deter you from going to your hotel's bar?

(I've been in dives that would be improved by that view.
But maybe CSq's patrons are more delicate than I am...)

Followup: the area near the bar, from the other side...
(via flickr) a pic of buildings near the panties

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Digit of Doom

Walk-in (patient? client?) declares: "Oh yes, he's dead now. I put the finger of death on him and killed him"... Ack!

But it started off so innocently:
"I'd like my hearing tested".

"Are you experiencing any difficulty hearing?"

"Well I'm not sure ... how much do you charge?"

"Oh, don't worry about that, all our hearing tests are free"



"Three what?"

"No, FREE. We don't charge for them"

"I'm Brazilian" ...
Can't remember when I've enjoyed someone's work-post so much. Therefore, as a public service, I must link to it so more can see the rest here at GI's A World So Small.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Tell Me The Tooth

ouch!...High-tech dentistry... using plasma flares?

from the Economist:
(in a root canal) "... it is common for some of the bacteria to survive it and therefore for infections to re-emerge...

The surviving bacteria are often gathered in the form of what is known as a biofilm. Bacteria in such a film are embedded in a polymer matrix, which makes them harder to kill than isolated individuals. High temps can destroy biofilms, as can chemicals, but neither is safe to use inside... a human tooth. However Chunqi Jiang, a physicist at the USC, and her colleagues have come up with a possible alternative: a dental plasma torch.

...Dr Jiang reckoned that a cold plasma, particularly one rich in oxygen ions (which are notoriously destructive of organic materials), would be enough to do the job of breaking up a biofilm without harming the patient.
(my aside) 'Much'.

I'm praying this isn't the same kind: Here's a youtube video of one cutting a motorcycle outline in less than 30 seconds... out of quarter-inch steel plate.

I like my dentist, but wouldn't trust him with this!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Return of the Elf

Remember the bad guy from Matrix?...
He was also head elf in Lord of the Rings and he's returning for the Hobbit movies

link in new window: EW News Briefs

Guillermo del Toro confirms Hugo Weaving in 'The Hobbit'

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 (at 02:10:55 mark), director Guillermo del Toro confirmed that Hugo Weaving will reprise his Lord of the Rings role of Elrond in the upcoming Hobbit films. Weaving joins Andy Serkis (Gollum) and Ian McKellen (Gandalf), who will also reappear in the two highly anticipated films, scheduled for a 2011 and 2012 release.

{spoiler below}
They're splitting the book into two movies.
The first one ends when the dragon dies.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Gaping Void

'Toons from 'Ignore Everybody', being published today.

his website is: www.gapingvoid.com
Hugh MacLeod accidentally started writing his book 'Ignore Everybody And 39 Other Keys to Creativity' by drinking in a bar and drawing tiny toons on his business cards...

his website is: www.gapingvoid.com
* See more of his 'toons on his 'be creative' page.

And now we can get 2 for the price of 1 if we're quick:
Hugh: "The first 500 people who pre-order the book AND send their electronic receipt/confirmation number to IgnoreEverybody (at) gmail.com will get a second (personally signed) book from me."
Sounds like a deal...

{1 min}

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Racing Round the Web

I only know 'Volvo' for its cars, but they also do ocean races.
Maybe the car bits are under? - they do have unique keels...

Never been on a racing yacht; I think I'd get horribly seasick.
But that doesn't stop me from occasionaly tuning in... try online here, or if you're lucky, on your local PBS, to get a glimpse of these boats in action.
Volvo 'Around the World' Race, last eps:
Ep 8 - June 10th, Versus @ 4pm
Ep 9 - July 8th, 2009
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Monday, June 8, 2009

KG for GI

Since Girl Interrupted has never seen her...
And because her new season is premiering in the U.S. tonight, here's a link to the first meeting of Ricky Gervais and Kathy Griffin. KG was getting ready to try her material out in the UK for the first time.

disclaimer: KG can have moments of extreme tastelessness, but overall her show is quite funny.

{9 min}

(*If it doesn't load: direct link to the same video)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Fifth Kathy

pic credit: www.cultureby.com
Got an email alert (thus proving they work...) :
''The Fifth Season Of Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List premieres Monday, June 8 At 10 PM ET/PT''
I'd totally forgotten, though this was a favorite. (I keep meaning to see if my interest always fades by any show's 40th ep...) So, anyway, that's tomorrow, folks.

Meanwhile, who is this guy touring her home?

He reminds me of that bad Bravo host AndyC.
(And believe me, that's really no compliment.)

{90 sec}

Full confession: I'm a sucker for house tours - no matter how lousy the tour guide, or how unlikable the owner... its just so fascinating to see what they value.

I even bought and read the MTV Cribs -book- . (who else knew that tv trash tome even existed?) Luckily I came to my senses and gave it away so if I die suddently no one will find it in my library...
* Ah well, at least I didn't pay retail.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

License to Chill

click for orig London Paper pic
007, on ice. (click to see his, um, big one...)

LOL'd at a 'news report' about Daniel Craig, being voted Britain’s 'coolest' and having his sculpted torso recreated as a limited edition ice lolly as part Del Monte's 'Superfruit Smoothies' campaign. The article ends with these lines:
'...artists worked tirelessly to recreate a sculpture of 41-year-old Craig in the scene where he emerges from the sea in Casino Royale.'

'Do you fancy getting your lips around Bond?'

Oh my.
Should I mention he's pomegranate flavored?

{17 sec}