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

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]

My friend Mikey sent me this video and there are just a few things I’d like to say about it…

The first man who speaks says he is “scared” of an Obama presidency. Oh really? Take a look at the last 8 years and tell me that Barack Obama is just going to make this country worse. Under Bush, our surplus has diminished and the country is now in debt and suffering a tremendous recession. During the last 8 years, we’ve started a “War on Terror” and pushed the Patriot Act. The United States went to war in Iraq against non-existent enemies – the War on Terror is not a war against a nation or a particular individual but a war against acts and ideals that will carry on and never end. America cannot stop it entirely so the war shall never be won. Hundreds of thousands of lives were carelessly lost under the Bush presidency. Hundreds of thousands of jobs were carelessly lost under the same administration. The man in the video says he does not want to raise his children in a country where it is presided by a man who associates himself with domestic terrorists. Does this guy really know who Bill Ayers is? I’ve said before that Ayers has done some very unpleasant things but has also made some good contributions to society – especially to educational reform. Afraid of an Obama presidency? Give me a fucking break.

Finally, there is the ignorant witch of a woman who calls Obama an Arab. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, racism still exists and is very much alive in one of the most diverse countries in the world. This may sound extreme, but given her clear bigotry, ignorance, and lack of an education of any kind, voting rights should be reconsidered. Those 18 or older who have received a formal education or are in the process of doing so should be allowed to vote. Otherwise, a moderate aptitude test should be passed in order to make it into the booths. A stupid idea, you say? Well, if you’ve never taken a math class in your life, there is no goddamn way in hell I would ever make you a NASA engineer. So, if you’re ignorant, a bigot and a racist, why should you be allowed to select the President of the United States of America?

I have to applaud McCain for standing in defense of Obama. It shows a lot of character on his part and it’s easy to see the disappointment in his demeanor when he addresses the two fools featured in the aforementioned video.

Just a few days ago, I wrote on Addie Polk of Akron, Ohio attempting suicide due to financial difficulties. Well, it seems the problem isn’t just an isolated incident. A financial adviser who had worked for Sony Pictures and Price Waterhouse (PWC) purchased a gun on September 16 and killed his wife, mother-in-law, and three children. One can hardly stomach such a tragic occurence let alone begin to understand how one can be driven to carry it out. Without surprise, he then shot and killed himself making the whole mess a murder-suicide. All the victims have yet to be identified.

Clearly, money has far more power over people than we’d like to imagine. If a 90-year-old lady attempts suicide and a man (who, judging by the nature of his work, is financially better off than most) can kill his family all over economic woes, it’s time for a higher institution or power to intervene. The bailout is a joke and the government has done nothing but plague our economy. Will there be a solution or an end to this in the foreseeable future?

[Via USAToday]

The image above clearly shows what’s going to happen next: Splat! Kerplunk! Why is it funny when people fall or trip over themselves? According to Scientific American, we all develop a sense of humor (some worse than others…) and the first requirement for the illicitation of laughter is something called a “play frame.” A real-life, non-serious event would fall into such a category as no one is actually harmed and nothing serious is destroyed. Otherwise, the reaction would be far from humor due to our ability to empathize grief and pain. So, miss-slippery-heels there can slip, flail her arms around, and fall without an injury and it would be a play frame that would likely cause a few snickers and giggles. Should she be seriously injured, however, the reaction would be quite different. Perhaps an, “Oh shit!” Maybe a call to the paramedics.

The next requirement, aside from play frames, is incongruity. In this case, incongruity is the irregular instance where the woman slips and falls. Though I’m sure it happens every day, falls are still uncommon enough (since we’re all experts at walking by the age of 3 or 4) to cause a brief and startling reaction. In conjunction with play frames, there is the beginnings of a recipe for laughter or humor.

Finally, a theory by Scientific American suggests that the idea of mirror neurons, the part of the brain which allows us to empathize and “feel” what someone else is feeling, make is a little more humorous, too. When we look at the image of the lady slipping, or perhaps see someone else stumble out in public, we can almost feel exactly what they’re going through. That, coupled with incongruity and a play frame (a surprise which yielded no injury) might cause us to laugh just a little… perhaps deep inside.

[Via SciAm.com]

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