1.18.2008

Amazing pictures of the cheetah cubs who developed a soft spot for their supper


For many youngsters, lessons have a tendency to feel long, interminably boring and difficult to sit still through.

Not, however, if you're a cheetah cub in Africa undergoing a masterclass in hunting from your very impressive mother.

This extraordinary series of photographs, taken in the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya by top environmental photographer Andy Rouse, show a female cheetah demonstrating to her young the first rules of survival in the wild - how to hunt and kill.



"You can't help but feel a bit for the gazelle - nature is cruel."


How the USA is religiously


What the most practiced religions are in the USA as divided by each church body.

"It's very clear cut, I wonder how voting would reflect religious denomination in the USA as well."

Seven Offbeat Approaches to Mapping the World (Past, Present and Future)


Ever wonder what the world really looks like through someone else’s eyes? Representations of the planet have changed with the times as have the people who made them. These are just a few strange, innovative and/or humorous examples past, present and future.


"Maybe we just need a digital camera in space, photographing everything - oh wait,Google Maps!"

Star Trek XI Teaser




"Bolding going for the 11th movie, I see..."

Welcome To Earth, Population Zero



What would happen to planet earth if the human race were to suddenly disappear forever? Would ecosystems thrive? What remnants of our industrialized world would survive? What would crumble fastest? From the ruins of ancient civilizations to present day cities devastated by natural disasters, history gives us clues to these questions and many more in the visually stunning and thought-provoking new special LIFE AFTER PEOPLE, premiering Monday, January 21st, 2008 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on The History Channel®.
Abandoned skyscrapers would, after hundreds of years, become "vertical ecosystems" complete with birds, rodents and even plant life. One small animal might be responsible for bringing down the Hoover Dam hydroelectric plant. Swelled rivers, crumbling bridges and buildings, grizzly bears in California and herds of buffalo returning to the Great Western Plains: In a world without humans, these would be the visual hallmarks. Our cars would shrivel to piles of dust, our house pets would be overtaken by flourishing wildlife and most of the records of our human story - books, photos, records would fade quickly, leaving little evidence that we ever existed.

"Looks VERY cool, I think I'll have to catch this one...."

Everything you needed to know about the 2008 USA election in milkshakes


Presidential milkshakes

I drink your milkshake! -Daniel Plainview

I drink your milkshake, even though I opposed drinking your milkshake four years ago. -Mitt Romney

I drink your milkshake, but only if the Bible says it's allowed. -Mike Huckabee

I may drink your milkshake for another 100 years, if that's what it takes. -John McCain

I drank a milkshake on 9/11. -Rudy Giuliani

I'll drink your milkshake a few months after everyone else does. -Fred Thompson

I drink your milkshake, but I'm paying for it with gold. -Ron Paul

America deserves a new milkshake. -Barack Obama

I will fight the corporations so that you can drink your own milkshake. -John Edwards

I have 35 years of milkshake-drinking experience. *sob* -Hillary Clinton

I peacefully drink your milkshake. -Dennis Kucinich

It depends on what your definition of "milkshake" is. -Bill Clinton

I voted for drinking your milkshake before I voted against it. -John Kerry

Global warming is melting your milkshake. -Al Gore

We're making good progress in the war on milkshakes, and make no mistake: we will prevail. -George W. Bush


"Make mine a double chocolate milkshake, shaken - not stirred."

Paper Airplane Set to Soar from Space Station


On the face of it, launching a paper airplane from the space station is the least problematic part of the deal. Getting down to Earth is a bit more complicated - bear in mind, the space shuttle is zipping along at a scorching speed of Mach 20 (over 15,200 mph) when it hits the atmosphere.



"10 bucks says this sucker burns up on re-entry!"

Good health and good fortune - why men find a leggy lady lovelier


When it comes to snaring the perfect man, the solution could be as simple as slipping on a pair of high heels.

In a study that confirms what many of us have long suspected, scientists have shown that men find long legs attractive.

Faced with the choice of two women of the same height, but with different leg length, they will tend to plump for the one with the longer legs.


"...She's got legs, she knows how to use them....."

1.17.2008

Top 10: Signs You’ll Get Lucky



One of the most complicated things in the dating game is knowing whether or not a woman is interested -- especially since it’s easy to misinterpret a mere act of kindness as sexual interest. Deciphering whether or not she is interested in getting to know you or if you’re close to “getting lucky” that evening can be equally as confusing.

How do you know when an intimate conversation with someone you just met at a nightclub can potentially become a one-night stand? Truthfully, there are no surefire signs you’ll get lucky at the end of a date, but there are a few behavioral clues to look out for. Knowing how to recognize some signs you’ll get lucky -- verbal and non-verbal ones -- so that you can proceed to the next level will eliminate a significant amount of apprehension on your part to go for it.

"Ah yes, the manual that tells you it all! "

8 Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent Free



So you’ve decided to do it. You have a friend or family member who can store your belongings for an undetermined period of time, you’ve tied up loose ends, and your bags are packed. It’s time to start traveling long term!

But now what? You have a few family members and distant friends who have offered up a couch if you’re in their neck of the woods, but surely they won’t appreciate your arrival on their doorstep with no planned departure date in sight.

How then, do you travel long term and not run out of money? Hotels (and even hostels) are expensive over time, and finding rental accommodation in every city you visit is impractical. Heck - you don’t even want to pay rent at all!


"Not a half-bad idea, some interesting recommendations, and it could be do-able for the right person."

RIP: co-founder of the Hula Hoop and the Frisbee


Richard Knerr, co-founder of Wham-O Inc., which unleashed the granddaddy of American fads, the Hula Hoop, on the world half a century ago along with another enduring leisure icon, the Frisbee, has died. He was 82.

Knerr died Monday at Methodist Hospital in Arcadia after suffering a stroke earlier in the day at his Arcadia home, said his wife, Dorothy.

With his boyhood best friend, Arthur "Spud" Melin, Knerr started the company in 1948 in Pasadena. They named the enterprise Wham-O for the sound that their first product, a slingshot, made when it hit its target.





"A sad day...Wham-O - just the name seems like fun, and the products were a blast."

1.16.2008



"The sad thing is...it's not gonna get any cheaper..."

30 Strangest Deaths in History


From dying by baseball to umbrellas to bottle cap, these 30 deaths make for some very interesting reading and disbelief. One of my favourites: Death by Cactus!

"The Grim Reaper must shake his head at these ones!"

Photoshop : What happened if sci-fi was in every movie?


From Worth1000.com, their latest Photoshop contest asked photoshoppers to "to add science fiction elements to a scene from a decidedly non-sci-fi film. Arm the Goodfellas with phasers. Make the cast of "Steel Magnolias" real steel robots. Show a scene from "Kramer vs. Predator", or "Room with a View of Godzilla". "


"Heheh......Casablanca would never be the same!"

1.15.2008

The Koran May Not Have Been Written By Mohammed


Islam watchers blogged all weekend about news that a secret archive of ancient Islamic texts had surfaced after 60 years of suppression. Andrew Higgins' Wall Street Journal report that the photographic record of Koranic manuscripts, supposedly destroyed during World War II but occulted by a scholar of alleged Nazi sympathies, reads like a conflation of the Da Vinci Code with Indiana Jones and the Holy Grail.
What if scholars can prove beyond reasonable doubt that the Koran was not dictated by the Archangel Gabriel to the Prophet Mohammad during the 7th century, but rather was redacted by later writers drawing on a variety of extant Christian and Jewish sources? That would be the precise equivalent of proving that the Jesus Christ of the Gospels really was a composite of several individuals, some of whom lived a century or two apart.

"Hoo boy! Thought the cartoons about Mohammed caused controversy? You ain't seen nothing yet!"

Las Vegas Strippers May Influence Global Nuclear-Waste Policy


Tori, a 37-year-old Las Vegas stripper, is an unlikely person to set national energy policy.

As a voter in Nevada's Jan. 19 Democratic presidential caucuses, that's just what she'll help to do when she chooses which candidate to support. The most important issue for her is the U.S. Department of Energy's plan to store spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain, an extinct volcano about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Senator Hillary Clinton of New York ``says she is against it,'' says Tori, who declines to give her last name, citing her day job working with burn victims at a dermatology clinic. ``But before she has my vote, I want to know if she means it.''


"Truth really is stranger than fiction. I couldn't even try to make up a headline this bad/good."

The Jackson Pollock Painting Simulator


We've all seen Jackson Pollock paintings, or might be familiar with them. His abstract expressionism and the 'drip' technique made his paintings very unique, and he's considered
a great American painter by many.
Now, you can try your hand at creating your own Pollock masterpiece,
here are the controls:
CLICK changes the color.
SPACE or ENTER clear the screen.
Any other key toggles the credits.


"Just don't think you'll be selling yours for millions!"

Dubai to clone French city Lyons


NOT content with admiring Europe from afar, the Arab emirate of Dubai is to build a replica of Lyons under a £350m deal signed with the French city last week.

The French like to talk of their “civilising mission” abroad, but duplicating Lyons’s main cultural, gastronomic and sporting institutions in the middle of the desert was not their idea: it is the obsession of Saeed al-Gandhi, a Dubai businessman.


"The French Quarter of Dubai just doesn't have the same ring to it."

I have money on the eagle



"I tawt I saw a tweety bird!" "Get closer, and you're gonna hurt!"

Star Wars Versus Star Trek



"Ahem.................................................. "

The Condiment Packet Gallery


Ever wondered how many different types of condiments are out there? Colours, variety, variations, flavours, different types? Wonder no more! The Condiment Gallery has over 700 to peruse from and see everything from Hot Sauce to Mayonnaise in all its packet glory!




"Man! Think of the food fight you could have with this one!"

1.14.2008

This is NOT this guy's best day....


A German man in the northeastern town of Gross Godems was being treated for serious burns Monday after accidentally setting his apartment ablaze when he mixed up a bottle of gasoline with alcohol, police said.

The 56-year-old apparently grabbed the wrong bottle and took a swig from the gasoline flask, then spat it out when he realized his mistake.

The gas hit a lit cigarette, sparking the fire, police said.

"This guy gets nominated for the coveted Darwin-Murphy Award!"

We fight for freedom - or “What if someone else did it to us?”


It’s been eight years now. Eight long years. Sure, initially I was glad when China toppled the Bush regime and executed the “retarded tyrant” as I love to call him. It wasn’t that bad at the start, but as time wore on and I realized they weren’t leaving, it started to gnaw at me.
Bush declared martial law in June of 2008 and the Chinese invaded to “remove a tyrant that the rest of the world considers an unnacceptable risk”. Of course the US military went nuclear with the Chinese but didn’t realize that the 15+ satellite launches a year the Chinese had been grinding out were all part of an ICBM defense system. None of the nukes got through. It was over quickly. The famed military-industrial complex of the US was an amazing powerhouse. It’s just that without oil, the powerhouse didn’t have all that much power. Unlike previous wars where the might of American production pushed us over the top militarily, this war was lost without so much as a whimper.

"One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.....interesting premise!"

The Smithsonian Life List


"We are all of us resigned to death: it's life we aren't resigned to," novelist Graham Greene once wrote. A growing number of people of all ages are embracing that idea by renewing a resolve to live life to its fullest.
Exhibit A is the recent popularity of "life lists"—itineraries of things to do and places to go before taking the ultimate trip to the Great Beyond. Bookstores brim with titles such as 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die and—for the high-minded—Fifty Places to Go Birding Before You Die.


"Interesting list - I wonder if that movie The Bucket List had anything to do with this article?"

Free Sex at Prague Brothel Tests Taboo as Reality Romps Hit Web


If you want to watch Nick having sex with a prostitute, he's happy to let you.
The 36-year-old bank-security technician drove eight hours from his home in Metz, France, to Big Sister, a Prague brothel where customers peruse a touch-screen menu of blondes, brunettes and redheads available for free. The catch is clients have to let their exploits be filmed and posted on the Internet.
"Sex is no taboo,'' Nick says, though he asked that his last name not be used. ``You have to free your mind.''
Big Sister is marrying 21st-century technology with the world's oldest profession to profit from the public's appetite for ever-more graphic reality TV. Since 2005, more than 15,000 men have taken up the offer of free sex in return for 15 minutes, or less, of fame, according to the brothel. Big Sister is now expanding into the U.S. with a local version of its Web site.


"Oh man! Can you imagine popping open one of these and going; "DAD?!?" Or "Grandpa?!" "

Hummer denies new concept vehicle copied from Halo videogame


A lot of Halo fans think Hummer's new HX concept SUV looks quite a bit like the Warthog all-terrain vehicle from Bungie's hit games. The designers must have been thinking of the Warthog when they built it,right?

Wrong. Carl Zipfel, GM's director of exterior design for the HX concept, says the Warthog was not an inspiration for the new compact SUV.


"If their new spokesmodel is wearing armour, and called Master Chief, the rumours may be true!"

How to open a Beer Bottle with a Chainsaw

The RIAA speaks--and it gets worse


The RIAA has quickly become one of the most disliked organizations in the world. Working ostensibly with the interests of the artists in mind, the organization has single-handedly instituted a policy of lawsuits and education in an attempt to curb the piracy of music.
The RIAA (on behalf of the music industry) has sent out "a new wave of 407 pre-litigation settlement letters to 18 universities nationwide as part of an ongoing campaign against online music theft. The letters reflect evidence of significant abuse of campus computer networks for the purpose of copyright infringement."



"Gee. you know, I just wonder how hated DOES the RIAA wish to be in America?"

"iPod Tax" smacked down in Canada


Canadians (and even their neighbors to the south) can breathe a sigh of relief as the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal quashed a proposed levy on digital music players late last week. The proposed levies weren't cheap: CAN$5 on each Memory Stick or SD card between 1GB and 4GB of memory, and "digital audio recorder" levies which top out at CAN$75 for players with 30GB+ of space.
In its ruling, the Federal Court of Appeal found that "the Copyright Board erred in law when it concluded that it has the legal authority to certify the tariff that the Canadian Private Copyright Collective has proposed for 2008 and 2009 on digital audio recorders." The ruling echoes a similar finding in 2004, which also quashed an attempt to put levies on "digital audio recorders."


"Maybe NOW we'll be able to finally put an end to the RIAA-induced nonsense? NAAAH!!"

Photographer Captures America's Best-Kept Secrets



Taryn Simon photographs some of the most top-secret, highly restricted areas in the world. Her latest book, An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, took four years to assemble as the photographer gained access to research facilities and government offices hidden from the public. "I felt like I was discovering a new landscape in America, a new terrain, morally and politically," she said.

The book dives under the surface of society with images of decomposing bodies and radioactive waste, deadly viruses and an outdoor recreation area for death-row inmates. The result is an all-access pass into America's best-kept secrets.


"Disturbing and interesting at the same time - it's almost like an accident, except in these cases, these are places few of us will ever see live, and ever fewer of us would want to see live."

33 megapixel Super Hi-Vision (Ultra HDTV) could be on the air in 2015


1080p and QuadHD / 4K can take a step back, the Japanese government has announced plans to bring Super Hi-Vision (a.k.a. Ultra High Definition) to life as a broadcast standard by 2015. With its 33 megapixel (7,680 x 4,320) resolution and 22.2 channel surround sound, challenges so far have included building a camera that can record it, and equipment to transfer the 24Gbps uncompressed stream.


"Holy crap! Can you imagine playing videogames on this sucker? - And you'll be able to notice every single toupee hair on Donald Trump in Ultra-HD!"

Candy Minas Tirith during the Battle of Pelennor Fields


So, what did YOU do over the holidays?!? Last year, a few creative souls created the 'Battle At Helms Deep' entirely out of candy.
This year, they've topped themselves, and done a scale model of Minas Tirith during the Battle of Pelennor Fields entirely out of candy!
Before you comment that they have WAY too much free time, as one of the creators might point out "Not really, but we certainly found the time. All told this year’s project took about seven days of off and on work. I guess we’re just better at turning off the TV than most. Oh, and also, if you’re not using your free time to do stuff like this, what the hell else are you doing with it?"

Last years model :
http://tinyurl.com/yzxah6

Game : Travian


Travian is a browser game featuring a world with thousands of other real players. One begins the game acting as a chief of a tiny village.
You can choose between three tribes in Travian, Romans, Gauls and Teutons. Each tribe has got its own advantages and disadvantages and their troop types are very different, too.


"A very addicting interesting game. I'm almost reminded of the comic book 'Asterix and Obelix" in reference to the different tribes they've chosen, but it's also strategy in picking carefully between how much do you allocate to resources, to infrastructure, to defense, to offense. Easy to learn, hard to master, play against thousand of others online as well - a very well crafted game!"

How The Arab Press Sees Bush Trip


The President of the United States arrives in the Middle East saying he's trying to make peace one more time. At home, in a week of big political news, the story fights for airtime.

But in the Middle East, on the growing galaxy of state and independent television channels, it was "all Bush, all the time." And, depending what you were watching, you could have been forgiven for wondering if what you were seeing was the same event.

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is news.

2008 Golden Globe Winners


Did your favourites win? Or were you shocked by the winners and losers? Check out the entire list of the films that took home the Golden Globe this year.

Why people believe weird things about money


Would you rather earn $50,000 a year while other people make $25,000, or would you rather earn $100,000 a year while other people get $250,000? Assume for the moment that prices of goods and services will stay the same.

1.13.2008

Why isn't legalized prostitution more popular?


An in-depth look at the legal brothel regime reveals that while the system is preferable, it is stunted by unequal bargaining power between the prostitutes and brothel owners owing to collusive arrangements with local sheriffs. But since a regulated brothel system, with all its faults, provides a safer environment for prostitutes and their customers than prohibition while maintaining a sufficient barrier between the prostitution activity and the community to ameliorate citizen complaints, I ask why this system is not in use in other jurisdictions, specifically Las Vegas, Nevada. Using public-choice analysis, the paper concludes that lower employment costs for casino and hotel owners due to kick backs received by hotel employees from prostitutes and their customers, the interests of rural governments to maximize revenues from tourism generated by brothels, and the interest of Las Vegas legislators to portray the town as family-friendly maintains the status quo of illegality.

The Weiner Circle

The clip is about the Wiener Circle, a hot dog joint that any college-age person in Chicago unavoidably knows about. This is a brief look behind the scenes.



"Wieners and m****rf*****s, what a combo!"

Porn filmmakers join fight against Internet piracy


Hirsch's Vivid Entertainment, the biggest name in the $12 billion-a-year adult video industry, filed a lawsuit last month against PornoTube, one of a handful of popular video-sharing sites styled as the dirtier cousins of YouTube, Redstone's legal nemesis. Similar to the Google-owned video juggernaut, PornoTube has become a destination for free porn by letting anyone post sex videos without filtering out clips that might be copyrighted.

"Two or three minutes -- that's all you need," Hirsch says. "After watching two or three minutes of hard-core sex, you're not going to go and buy the full movie. And if you look on these sites, an overwhelming amount of content is copyrighted."


"Guess in this case a bird in the hand is definetely worth two in the bush."

This is What A Police State Looks Like

Description: This is a breakdown of what happened in Seattle when the Police attacked the crowd with chemical weapons without provocation or reason. They use video footage from the Police cameras themselves to demonstrate the point that the Police indeed incite riots and ATTACK crowds for no reason.


This is What A Police State Looks Like

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The wider view: Liverpool City as you've never seen it before


This is the most detailed landscape picture ever painted - and it has taken over 24,000 hours of painstaking work over three years so far, with another eight weeks to go until it is finished.

Called Liverpool Cityscape 2008, it measures 16ft by 8ft, takes in five square miles of the city from a vantage point 1,500ft above the River Mersey, and is entirely spray-painted.

To make sure the landscape is as accurate as possible, over 3,000 reference photographs were taken and input was asked from architects, historians and local people.

Soulja Boy "Crank That" Acoustic



"Crank It, White Boy, Crank It...."

The Last Harry Potter Movie Will Be Split - Your Guess As To Money Grab Or Not


Harry Potter fans are set to get a double treat in the film of the final story – and movie makers are set to double their money.

Crew working on the sixth Potter film, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, have been told J.K. Rowling's seventh novel, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, will be released in two halves.

For film-makers Warner Bros, whose first five Potter films have made £2.5billion in box office receipts – more than any other movie series – it could mean a £500million bonus in ticket sales.

But sources insist the reason behind the two-movie plan is artistic rather than financial.


"SURE it is! I believe you - millions wouldn't, but I do!"

PETA Killed 97 Percent of 'Companion Animals' in 2006


An official report from People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), submitted nine months after a Virginia government agency's deadline, shows that the animal rights group put to death more than 97 percent of the dogs, cats, and other pets it took in for adoption in 2006. During that year, the well-known animal rights group managed to find adoptive homes for just 12 pets. The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is calling on PETA to either end its hypocritical angel-of-death program, or stop its senseless condemnation of Americans who believe it's perfectly ethical to use animals for food, clothing, and critical medical research.

Penn & Teller - Bullshit - PETA


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Sixx:A.M. - Life is Beautiful

The 1st single by Sixx:A.M. from the soundtrack for The Heroin Diaries. Heroin Diaries is the upcoming book by Nikki Sixx, the cofounder of the legendary rock band, Mötley Crüe. The Heroin Diaries offers an unflinching and utterly gripping look at Sixx's descent into drug addiction with a soundtrack, featuring James Michael and DJ Ashba, to match.

How To Make Your Own Magicians String

A Way to make some invisible magicians string



How To Make Your Own Magicians String! - The most amazing bloopers are here

Newsflash: Time May Not Exist

The trouble with time started a century ago, when Einstein’s special and general theories of relativity demolished the idea of time as a universal constant. One consequence is that the past, present, and future are not absolutes. Einstein’s theories also opened a rift in physics because the rules of general relativity (which describe gravity and the large-scale structure of the cosmos) seem incompatible with those of quantum physics (which govern the realm of the tiny).

"Great! I'll use this one on the boss next time I'm late!"

The 2007 Darwin Award Winners!


Whetheryou shake you head at their sheer stupidty or mourn their loss of life, the Darwin Awards show humanity at its not so great moments. Read the list, and promise yourself that you'll never end up in those situations that these unfortunate people ended up ending their life with, and making headlines.

Mac VS PC : New Time Machine Ad


Apple's new Ad explaining to PC what the new feature Time Machine is. Very well done, and more than a little humourous!

What Kind Of Geek Are You?


What kind of geek are you? Whether film, comics, star trek, book, lego, tv, history, we all have some inner-geekdom!

5-in-1 Office Tool w/ Calculator, Stapler


For you in the office, now you can get your own Leatherman just customized to handle all the Dilbert adventures you can have in a day. Not recommended for the outdoors, though.

The Stainless Steel Mouse

This mouse looks like something from steampunk novels or Star Trek or something in-between. A lot of work, but very gorgeous! A lot of work went into it, but the end result appears to be well worth the work.