MTV apologises for �humiliating� Gandhi
Come on. It's a fucking cartoon. A really funny cartoon. Check out his yearbook entry at the Clone High site at MTV.
What's next, complaints from Egyptians about Cleopatra being portrayed as a social climbing nympho? Really, really retarded Mongolians complaining about Genghis Khan?
Next to torture, art persuades fastest
Oscar Wilde said that.
Over at jwz, I found this story about anarchists using modern art to torture prisoners during the Spanish Civil War.
Any twelve year old kid on a field trip to a museum will gladly tell you that they are being tortured right now by modern art. I go into convulsions anytime I see something by the idiot Jeff Koons.
These guys went a little farther than casting a mold of an inflatable rabbit in steel, though. According to the article:
Beds were placed at a 20 degree angle, making them near-impossible to sleep on, and the floors of the 6ft by 3ft cells was scattered with bricks and other geometric blocks to prevent prisoners from walking backwards and forwards...the walls, which were curved and covered with mind-altering patterns of cubes, squares, straight lines and spirals which utilised tricks of colour, perspective and scale to cause mental confusion and distress. Lighting effects gave the impression that the dizzying patterns on the wall were moving.
This disturbing account of torture in Spain shows that Spanish prisons have not gotten any better.
Oh yes you are
"We are male and female. We are artists, athletes, students, and business owners. We have depression, DID, PTSD, eating disorders, borderline personalities, bipolar disorder, or maybe no diagnosis at all. Some of us were abused, some were not. We are straight, bi, and gay. We come from all walks of life and can be any age. We are every single race or religion that you can possibly think of. Our common link is this: We are in pain. We self-injure. And we are not freaks."
Link stolen from metafilter.
The Smoking Gun does it again
Sarah, one of the three finalists on "Joe Millionaire", used to star in bondage and foot fetish videos.
After Monday night's tryst outside the mansion, I was wondering how far she would go in the future.
I am sure she would really impress Evan if they had a date involving stomping grapes or knot tying.
And, in case you were looking for it, Joe Millionaire in his underwear.
Empty Chair at Bush Speech Will Symbolize Sept. 11
And the empty recliner 6 feet in front of my television will symbolize my disdain for his abandonment of the US economy.
The Fine Art of Relaxation
"The Relaxed Wife" is yet another gem from the Prelinger Archives. A commercial for Pfizer's new line of "Ataraxic" drugs in the 1950's, the movie shows how a wife teaches her husband how to relax. This guy is a total bag of nerves, his facial contortions alone are worth watching it. Oddly enough, he learns to relax without the drug. Hell, I learned to relax from this thing. Also, note the double beds that were standard in the olden days.
Watch streamed movie:
Good writeup of the story behind Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
Entertaining film, although there were an awful lot of shots of Sam Rockwell's ass.
Greatest Moment: Chuck Barris saying goodbye to Lee and Jack after his CIA training in 1963.
Charlie Kaufman definately makes up for the end of Adaptation with this one.
Public Service Announcement
The Oxygen Network runs softcore pornography late at night. I was channel surfing last night and stopped when I saw nipples. I thought I was watching skinemax until I saw the "Oh!" logo in the corner of the screen.
You go girl!
Return of Ebay
HoT BuY iN hEre!!! Low Priced Plama
This person with zero feedback is trying to sell a $6,000 plasma tv with a misspelled title and without a description. It is so sad that "Buy it now!" is not offered on this one.
Another winner from the same person, HoT AuTHenTiC GeAr!!. Don't try to right click on this auction, "That function is disabled!". Now I won't be able to see how they got that road runner background on the page! I also do not quite believe that anyone would want a linen track suit with a picture of Taz on it, let alone pay several hundred dollars for it.
Videos and a joke!
Dan is the king of break dancing. He has moves that Jim Carrey in his prime was not capable of.
Apparently cup stacking is not a passing fad.
From the Speed Stacks page:
Mark your calendar for the WCSA's World Cup Stacking Championship on March 29th, 2003 in Denver, Colorado. Stackers are coming from everywhere to compete!
Check out the New Video of Emily Fox and her record-setting stack.
(Thanks for the links, mecro!)
Two young Polish guys were discussing the upcoming wedding of the first guy. "I'm not sure if my future bride is a virgin or not," remarked the first Polish guy.
His buddy replied, "Oh, there's an easy test for that. All you need is some red paint, some blue paint and a shovel."
He continued, "You paint one ball red, and one ball blue. Then, on your honeymoon, if she laughs and says, 'Those are the funniest balls I've ever seen!' - You hit her with the shovel."
Not really that funny. Absurd, maybe?
I remember this from a Larry Wilde joke book. I copied it from the Honeymoon Joke Page
If you feel unfulfilled from that, here is a video of a guy hitting another guy with a shovel.
There are dozens more sick videos at that site.
The rolling ball web - An Online Compendium of
Rolling Ball Sculptures, Clocks, Etc.
Awesome site. Includes information about that rolling ball sculpture that was on Sesame Street. You know the one I mean. You can even get it on video.
Green Breeze Sound Sofa
Grafica Obscura is an old site (~1997) that has some great paper folding and laser cutting projects.
Why God made the Interweb
A stunning look into the mind of a sad young man, as shown by this entry:
All my family was over today for my Grandma's birthday, they were all looking at me crazy. I think my mom told them about my porno tape.
I am powerless over broadband content
Bandwidth Junkies Anonymous
(found via skippy the bush kangaroo)
Brought to you by
The Sciatica Relief Handbook
This book gives you specific facts on the latest natural, alternative and medical treatments that can bring prompt and lasting relief--without the use of dangerous drugs or surgery.
From The Cheese Pizza Phenomana
Here's something I'm sure many people have seen, though never noticed. Whenver there's a pizza party, be it at work, or whereever, people go crazy with the ordering. They never order the things they'd get at home, they always get a bunch of super-meat, and super-vegatable, and then like one pepporoni and one cheese pizza.
And then the first five people snag all the pepporini and cheese...
This happens way too much for my liking.
(Link from Z-Blog, which also has some very astute observations about software development.)
Those goons at Something Awful have decided to target my beloved Chinese Propaganda posters for their photoshopping pleasure.
Breaking the law
Rob Cockerham goes to traffic court
I kept hearing the "People's Court" theme in my head when I was reading this. A very comprehesive and entertaining account of a criminal's attempt to escape justice.
Infomercial Product reviews
KRBC has assembled a site that reviews all that great crap you can't live without. From Oxi Clean to the Magic Wallet, you will be a more informed consumer after reading this.
Link found at Drunk and Retired, who has a thing or two to say about the Baconwave and the Pasta Pro.
Don't do this
From Terminal Packet Loss
7:00AM - Got out of bed, got in shower.
7:05AM - Woke up.
7:20AM - Got out of shower, put on clothes.
7:30AM - Turned on news, ate cereal.
7:45AM - Got into car.
7:50AM - Actually on road, heading toward bus stop.
8:05AM - Parked car, waiting on bus.
8:10AM - Bus showed up.
8:35AM - Bus arrived at campus.
8:40AM - Found classroom, took seat at back of room.
***9:00AM-9:50AM -- Journalism Class (Print Design)***
9:51AM - Headed to University Co-op to get supplies.
10:02AM - Exited Co-op with binder, folders, etc.
10:07AM - Visited ATM.
10:12AM - Looked at watch
10:13AM - What the fuck am I going to do during these breaks?
What the fuck are you doing writing all of this? No one cares. This goes on until 1:48 AM the following day.
However, there is a pretty accurate write up of Adaptation right below it, so he is not a complete tool.
Havin' fun at ebay
I have seen those sites where they highlight weird auctions and thought, "hey I can do that!" Then I thought, "no, that would take too much time". Then I said, "I have a couple of minutes, I can find some funny auctions and make one post about it." I agreed with that, so here it is.
TAKE A FART BAG SHAKE IT, SQUEEZE IT AND IT WILL START TO INFLATE THROW IT RIGHT AWAY AND IN 5 TO 7 SECONDS LATER, POP, PHEW! STINKS! WHO WAS THAT! PHEW!
Whimsical T Shirt
Graphic says "When I was your age we had to walk 2 miles to get stoned and have sex."
hope (not alien implant or sex)
i am selling hope for a better future thank you
Wow - only a buck!
PENIS STEROIDS FOR MASSIVE GROWTH - DISCRETE
Where to begin -- This is listed under "Wedding Supplies." They are being marketed as Steroids! But the clincher for me was this:
You will be visibly more arousing. The fact is many women find larger penises more visually simulating. They love to look at them. They love to touch them. They love to kiss them and wrap their mouths around them.
Wow - only 9.95!
As seen on TV
Tonight, I saw the Max Power episode of The Simpsons. I guess I never paid attention to the opening credits the other times I had seen it, as this was the first time I noticed that Bart writes "No one wants to hear about my sciatica" on the blackboard.
I hope that isn't true. A bit part of my repertoire is whining about my pain.
Another Medical Study
Depression and chronic pain linked in Stanford study; may influence diagnosis and treatment
A persistent, long-lasting headache or an endlessly painful back may indicate something more serious than a bad week at the office. A new study finds that people who have major depression are more than twice as likely to have chronic pain when compared to people who have no symptoms of depression. This study could change how depression is diagnosed and treated, say Stanford School of Medicine researchers.
The question now is which comes first: the depression or the pain. "We all have a certain amount of pain," Schatzberg said. "It could be that the perception of pain is greater in depressed people." He pointed out that many people with depression reported more headache, back pain or limb pain rather than pain stemming from disease.
I was once prescribed a mild anti-depressant to treat my pain. My doctor said that he had seen it work for others to alleviate some of the pain, and would be less harmful to me than the darvocet. I always wondered if there was anything out there to back it up.
I would drive one
Cool little electric car
Able to travel up to 80 miles on a charge, the car is envisioned by Woodbury as a nonpolluting commuter vehicle that will conserve highway real estate. Skinnier than some motorcycles, the Tango takes up half the space of a regular car and can legally park perpendicular to the curb.
In California, for example, lane-splitting is legal for motorcycles, and two Tangos could share a lane. In Washington, a Tango can legally cruise in the car-pool lane, he said.
And much like a cellphone, you can recharge the car overnight.
Woodbury sees the minuscule model as the future and he said a high-performance motor will help the Tango stand out among homegrown electric models and small-scale operations.
He said the cartoonish car can smoke a Dodge Viper at a stoplight and can reach 124 mph
(found at tastes like burning)
The dope must be incredible in Washington
Theme structures built for cities throughout the world are constructed to draw attention and tourists. As someone said, �never underestimate the power of awe.� Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Seattle has the Space Needle and Soap Lake, Washington has the worlds largest Lava Lamp!
The Lava Lamp is proposed to be 60+ feet high with a diameter of 18+ feet.
The 75 foot long blunt is still on the drawing board...
He still owes me eight bucks for A.I.
Hilarious review of Catch Me If You Can
Good to see more people seeing that Spielberg is not the greatest director who ever lived.
Gameplay is great. Works well, even without a wheel type controller. I confirmed that I still suck at it.
They have a ton more arcade games and multiplayer board games. All free, ad supported.
Link found at diminishedResponsibility. I want to create a site like this one day. I now feel very insignifcant. Please, leave here, as I am not worthy.
Seriously, this is quite possibly the best portal/blog out there.
The boy ain't right
A guy decided to grow his hair long. He thought it would be interesting to style his hair as a girl would and take pictures of it.
I am praying he will not show us the photos of when he puts his penis between his legs and completes the look.
(found at weirdlinks)
Continuing to share my propaganda poster fetish
Chinese Propaganda Posters.
I have no idea why I like these so much, but I do.
Yes, I am twelve.
Big Bone Lick.
Just Hammer the Goddamn Screws In
National Lampoon helps you assemble an Ikea desk
(Found at The Presurfer)
Don't try to lie when getting life insurance
They can tell by looking at your blood.
Why your butt hurts after surgery
They would never know
Patients anaesthetised for operations are being used to train medical students in "intimate examinations" - without their consent.
A survey of students in one medical school suggested a quarter felt examinations they carried out on sedated or anaesthetised patients may not have involved "adequate consent".
Great. One more thing to worry about when you are contemplating getting cut open.
I don't know if this sort of thing happen in the US, but I wouldn't be shocked. It has already happened in Canada.
Here is an interesting site about informed consent.
I have been waiting for this
"Printing" an object
Instead of creating a casing and then laboriously filling it with electronic circuit boards, components and switches, the plan is to print a complete and fully assembled device.
The trick is to print layer upon layer of conducting and semiconducting polymers in such a way that the circuitry the device requires is built up as part of the bodywork.
When the technique is perfected, devices such as light bulbs, radios, remote controls, mobile phones and toys will be spat out as individual fully functional systems without expensive and labour-intensive production on an assembly line.
Three-dimensional printers are already valuable tools for making prototypes of newly designed products. They deposit layers made from droplets of smart polymers, which gradually build up into 3D shapes. Such printing techniques have become so sophisticated it is now possible to print working prototypes with mechanical parts that move as they would in the final product.
Maybe it was growing up watching Star Trek all the time, but I have seriously been waiting for when this would be possible beyond the 3D Prototyping stage (which is cool in itself.)
You can learn more about Rapid Prototyping, if you are so inclined.
A practical example.
Everyone has to start somewhere
Vin Diesel in a Break Dancing Instructional video from 1984.
At least it wasn't porn.
For those of you who have been looking for this
Joe Millionaire in his underwear
Free Bling Bling
These rings are absolutely off-the-hook! Coated in a beautiful high gloss Platinum look laquer designed to last a lifetime and embedded with genuine CZs you are sure to grab attention.
Free at World Wide Hip Hop Jewelry
Hot Stuff Pizza is offering a free Personal Pan Pizza if you buy a fountain drink. Give them your info and they will send you the coupon.
The latest medical poop
Device uses electrical stimulation in deep tissues to relieve sciatica
The central dogma of the technology is that people with back injuries develop pain as a signal to the brain to be careful. Neuroscientists have learned many people continue to feel pain even as they heal; they believe cells can become overly sensitive and continue to send pain signals to the spinal cord.
Vertis' system, built on technology bought from the University of Texas, tries to interrupt the pain signals in cells. It uses an electrical-control box hooked to 10 electrodes on a patient's back. A hair-thin wire is inserted into the back to deliver a current for 30 minutes. Vertis believes the stimulation makes pain neurons less sensitive.
The article says it's for people that have nerve pain without a specific spinal condition. I am interested to see if this actually works. If any of you have had this procedure, please let me know.
This is so wrong
Woman names her twins "Sterling" and "Marlin"
The mother, Gwendetta Jamison, picked the names over the children's grandmother's objection citing her husband's request. The grandma wanted them named "Kyle" and "Petty".
And I thought I was a big NASCAR fan.
Lots o' links
fojo has some great stuff. Please look at his site, if only for his comment about Paul McCartney's coat of arms.
Mental Floss has some great facts and quizzes.
Read all about the controversy behind "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
If you are a flight attendant, please watch where you swing your fat ass. As someone who sits on the aisle, I am sick of my upper arm being bruised by your protruding buttocks. Also, watch it when you are storming down the aisle with the cart. At least give a warning before you shatter a person's elbow.
And you, the asshole with the cellphone, no one cares that you are just getting on the plane or that you just landed. Wait until you are off the airplane and out in the terminal.
Happy Fun Posters
Polish Stalinist Propoganda
(via Edward Goodwin)
i don't need holes through my nipples to be cool.
correlation does not translate into causality
"To say my country, right or wrong, is something no patriot would say except in dire emergency; it is like saying, 'my mother, drunk or sober.'" - G.K. Chesterton