October 2008


Hey all, yours truly had a total blast at the Blackberry Storm launch party last night. Saw the Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age – awesome show! Saw the likes of Kat Von D, Joe Rogan, Seth Rogen, girls from the new 90210 series, one of the American Idol contestants from a few seasons back (Ryan Starr, I think?) and a host of other celebzzz. For more details, pics, and to see live blogging reports from yesterday, hit the link!

Via BoyGeniusReport

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More sad news, folks: A body found in an SUV in Chicago is believed to be Jennifer Hudson’s nephew. In case you didn’t know, Hudson had been offering $100k for the return of her nephew. I can’t even imagine just how terrifying it must be to hear this news and wait for the police to confirm the identity of the body – especially when everything, including license plates matching the Amber alert, are pointing to only one possibility. Naturally, Jennifer and her sister, Julia Hudson, had been doing everything a worried, concerned, and frantic person would do in a horrible situation like this. Cash rewards had been offered, suspects have been sought out (Julia Hudson’s estranged husband, William Balfour, has been arrested but not yet charged), and any and all clues have been eagerly awaited for. Her newphew, 7-year-old Julian King, had been missing since Friday. If you know anything at all about this and happen to stumble across my blog, call the Chicago police. Until then, we await their results and findings on the body.

Jennifer Hudson is an award winning actress and singer. Hudson’s claim to fame was the third season of American Idol where she was a finalist. Her role in the movie Dreamgirls won her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

How would you feel if you wrote a fictional story and are arrested for it? Well, earlier this year there was a woman arrested for child pornography, but there were no actual children involved – she wrote a book depicting child pornography. Now, a Kentucky high-schooler is facing similar problems as he was arrested and facing felony charges! What was his crime, you ask? Well, William Moore, 18-year-old high school student from Kentucky, wrote a fictional piece on zombies taking over a high school. You heard it right – it wasn’t his high school and it certainly wasn’t a legitimate terrorist plot, but the police thought it was a credible threat and arrested Moore.

“My story is based on fiction,” said Moore, who faces a second-degree felony terrorist threatening charge. “It’s a fake story. I made it up. I’ve been working on one of my short stories, (and) the short story they found was about zombies. Yes, it did say a high school. It was about a high school over ran by zombies.”

Even so, police say the nature of the story makes it a felony. “Anytime you make any threat or possess matter involving a school or function it’s a felony in the state of Kentucky,” said Winchester Police detective Steven Caudill.

The lesson here? No one is safe from ignorance and stupidity, but it’s even worse coming from law enforcement and the government. FUCK. KENTUCKY. AND. ITS. GOVERNING. BODY. Way to encourage future Stephen Kings there, chicken boys.

Via The Phoenix

The following is something I wrote for Boy Genius Report:

Big Brother is watching you and every little thing you do under the eye of the British government. In a completely totalitarian move, anyone wanting to purchase a mobile phone will be required to register their identity in a national database. Right, we can totally see everyone being completely cool with this ridiculous maneuver. Anyone who wants to get a celly will have to show a passport or official piece of identification to add to the registry. While the idea is still in its early stages of inception, officials in the U.K. are taking it very seriously as part of an effort to combat terrorism and crime. Apparently, pay as you go phones are very popular with terrorists and criminals (and those who don’t want contracts!) because it keeps their secret activities… secret. A spokeswoman for the information commissioner said, “With regards to the database that would contain details of all mobile users, including pay-as-you-go, we would expect that this information would be included in the database proposed in the draft Communications Data Bill.”

There’s no doubt in any sane person’s mind that legislating this rule would be complete overkill and invasion of privacy. It’s hard to imagine anyone would want to offer details on their identity simply because they want to own a mobile phone. Just imagine if that info was accidentally leaked à la T-Mobile. The consequences could be disastrous! “Remember, remember the 5th of November…”

Via Timesonline

Check her out – totally mesmerized by some mad hypnosis skillz. For the most part, hypnosis has always been considered by skeptics like myself as a pseudo-science… well, to a degree. I’d just as soon believe there is a magical, mystical, all-knowing being watching over 6 billion people reading all their minds at once as I would believe you can make a woman quack like a duck against her better judgment. However, it seems that hypnosis (the non-radically-ridiculous kind) has its place in science and study of the mind. Whether the benefits of hypnosis are all just psychological (well, duh, they have to be) in the placebo sense, or they are actually tapping into a resourceful part of the mind, it seems that it can do more good than harm in many cases. Hit the link provided for a good read, but be warned… if you have the attention span of a 4-year-old after drinking a can of Coke, don’t bother clicking.

[Via Scientific American]

The preceding video made me LOL. Seriously. I’m not the biggest Hayden Panetierre fan, but I love her smile throughout the whole satirical piece! Excellent.

I have to admit that I was not the one clever enough to come up with this, but I thought it was funny enough to share with the handful of you who stumble across my blog:

So let’s see here.. Both are white. Both have been in charge of large, cold parts of Earth. Both are hardliners when it comes to their core issues. Both have fired subordinates for lack of loyalty… I think you could come up with more if you dug a little deeper. Can it be a coincidence?

Funny. One of the responses read, “You forgot: both can see Russia from their house.” [sic]

Oh snap!

[Via Reddit]

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