Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Not a whole heck of a lot to report I'm afraid to say. Just thought I'd post some weekend quick hits. So on with the show!
1) Contrariwise is a website dedicated to literary tattoos. Does my tattoo count?
2) Here is a soundboard of audience sound effects (and more). I wish I had this back when I was doing the podcasts.
3) Cartoon adaptations of popular TV shows.
4) RemainInPlay offers 20 years of free retro games. Awsome site.
5) Fonolo is a handy web service that lets you skip the phone menu instructions and connects you directly to your desired extension. Instead of listening to the instructions you can visually scan the phone menu and click the spot you need to call.
6) Netflix has put the word out that it wants to stream movies on ALL consoles not just the XBox 360. So smarten up Sony, and get on the bus.
7) The Consumer Action Handbook is a free government publication, stuffed with advice on filing consumer complaints, finding money for college, resolving air travel issues, and much more. You can grab a free PDF now, or have it mailed to anybody.
8) Hey Panthers fans! Check out the encouraging words that Steve Smith had for Jake Delhomme in this video. Holy smokes.
9) The 50 most interesting articles on Wikipedia.
That's it motherlovers. Have a listen to Crash by The Apemen, my new favorite Trash/Surf band.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
CHICAGO -- Former child star Mackenzie Phillips said Wednesday her father, John Phillips, who was a leader of the 1960s pop group the Mamas and the Papas, raped her when she was a teenager and that her sexual relationship with him later became what she termed "consensual."
Mackenzie Phillips writes in her new book, "High on Arrival," that she had sex with her father on the night before she was to get married in 1979 at age 19, according to People magazine.
Phillips wrote in her book: "I woke up that night from a blackout to find myself having sex with my own father."
She told "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in an interview that aired Wednesday that her siblings "definitely have a problem with this." Winfrey also read a statement from Genevieve Waite, John Phillips' wife at the time of the alleged abuse and Mackenzie's stepmother that said he was "incapable, no matter how drunk or drugged he was, of having such a relationship with his own child."
Phillips, who starred on TV's "One Day at a Time," said the sexual relationship with her father lasted a decade and ended when she became pregnant and didn't know who had fathered the child. She had an abortion, which her father paid for, and "and I never let him touch me again."
Phillips told Winfrey that she first tried cocaine when she was 11 years old. Her father did drugs with her, taught her to roll joints and injected her with cocaine. Phillips said she's been clean for a year after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine and entering a drug treatment program.
Phillips said the sexual relationship, although she believes it became consensual, was "an abuse of power" and "a betrayal" on her father's part. She said she forgave John Phillips on his deathbed.
"I can't be the only one this has happened to," Phillips said. "Someone needs to put a face on consensual incest."
I guess the nut... didn't fall too far from the tree.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
It was early 2008, and the director’s DreamWorks studio was trying to decide whether it wanted to be a part of the micro-budgeted supernatural thriller. As the story goes, Spielberg had taken a “Paranormal Activity” DVD to his Pacific Palisades estate, and not long after he watched it, the door to his empty bedroom inexplicably locked from the inside, forcing him to summon a locksmith.
While Spielberg didn’t want the “Paranormal Activity” disc anywhere near his home — he brought the movie back to DreamWorks in a garbage bag, colleagues say — he very much shared his studio’s enthusiasm for director Oren Peli’s haunting story about the demonic invasion of a couple’s suburban tract house. [LA Times blog]
The Most Irritating Phrases in the English Language
Cliches from 2006: best.[something].ever, I just threw up in my mouth, going green, [blank] is the new [blank], tween, douche, rad, drama, blogosphere, ginormous, bajillion, totes, bro, bra, bromance.
Office Jargon: team-building, value-added, grassroots, reach out, multitasking, no-brainer, low-hanging fruit, monetize, ping.
Faux Ghetto Slang: killin it, for real/for reals/on the real/keepin' it real, hit me up, oh snap!, chillaxing.
Unnecessary Conjunctions and Transitions: no offense but ..., all of the sudden, basically, ironically, actually, honestly, totally, hopefully, as to whether, I swear to God, you know.
Misused/Mispronounced Phrases: irregardless (for "regardless"), aggravate (for "irritate"), anyways/towards (anyway, toward), for all intensive purposes (for "for all intents and purposes"), suppose to (for "supposed to"), could of (for "could have"), analyzing/analyzation (for "analysis"), literally (when meant figuratively).
Internet acronyms/LOLCat slang (Even When Used Ironically): OMG, i can haz, LOLz, teh Internets, Oh noes!, Obvs, PWN.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Things are going very well around here. I didn't get around to making the pasta this weekend (I probably spent too much time doing this) but I plan on making it in the near future. The Pats lost to the big mouth Jets which is a drag, but at the same time my fantasy team went berserk this week, thanks to the outstanding performances of Matt Schaub and Chris Johnson. Chris Johnson went friggin' nuts! Bam. Here are some links to check out.
1) The top ten Charles Bronson films. Something you didn't know about me - I do a near perfect Charles Bronson imitation. No kidding. It's spot on.
2) The Saddest X-Men Costumes of All Time.
3) A Bad Case of the Dates is a blog that documents peoples bad date stories. I've got one that'll knock your socks off. Remind me to tell you some time.
4) 7 good reasons to drink coffee. I've got one! How about, "I drink coffee so that I don't go completely crazy and kill everyone around me."? 'Cause if I didn't drink coffee I'd go completely crazy and kill everyone around me.
5) How to make "hamburger" cupcakes.
6) Michael Douglas is going to play Liberace in an upcoming movie, and Matt Damon is to play his boy toy. *sings* Faaaaaaabulous!
7) Who are the Oldest Actors Playing High-Schoolers on TV?
8) Here are the movies out on DVD tomorrow.
Observe and Report
Battle for Terra
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Nuthin' there. I would watch Observe and Report if Anna Faris wasn't in it. She's the female Jack Black. Utterly useless. Have a listen to Bourgeois Shangri-La by Miss Li.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Zombies would most likely wipe out humanity if they really existed, claim scientists
By Richard Alleyne
Wednesday August 19 2009
Using models developed to calculate the effects of more plausible pandemics, the team from the University of Ottawa have discovered that unless man struck back quickly and aggressively then they would be doomed.
The scientific paper, which is published in a book 'Infectious Diseases Modelling Research Progress', looks at an attack by the undead creatures, who infect the living with a bite.
In their study, titled 'When Zombies Attack!', the researchers picked “classic” slow-moving zombies such as those in Dawn of the Dead as models and divided humanity into three: the living, zombies and the “removed” – zombies who had been killed by decapitation.
They concluded there was no point trying to cure those infected or live with them - the best thing was to destroy them as quickly as possible.
“A zombie outbreak is likely to lead to the collapse of civilisation, unless it is dealt with quickly,” they write in the book
“While aggressive quarantine may contain the epidemic, or a cure may lead to coexistence of humans and zombies, the most effective way to contain the rise of the undead is to hit hard and hit often.
“As seen in the movies, it is imperative that zombies are dealt with quickly, or else we are all in a great deal of trouble.”
Joe Imad, the study's co-author, said: “If you look at it in a more realistic way, zombies are about the same as any other major infectious disease, they get out and we try to eliminate them.
“Modelling zombies would be the same as modelling swine flu, with some differences for sure, but it is much more interesting to read.”
- Richard Alleyne
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
It's begun. I sat back like a lazy sloth and soaked up as much football as I could yesterday. I watched football from 2pm (when I got home) until around midnight when the Bears/Packers game came to an end (Cutler - you stink). Tonight the boys in blue take on the lowly Bills in Foxborough but I'm conflicted because tonight is pick-up volleyball night, but I don't think I can miss a Monday night home opener. Too many wonderful things to do! Time for some quick hits.
1) Anyone want to see what the First Lady of France looks like? Here she is.
2) The season premiere for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is this Thursday on F/X at 10pm. The funniest show on television, bar none.
3) 6 easy laptop repairs: Your step-by-step guide.
4) Here's a video of a kid on his first roller coaster ride. You get the full spectrum of emotions here.
5) The gender test results are in for Caster Semenya, the South African middle distance runner. I'll take door number three, please.
6) Crayola has an online colouring page maker that lets you upload photos and convert them to colouring pages. Great fun for the kids. You could make a colouring book of your vacation photos!
7) 5 Reasons Frozen Shrimp is Better. If you buy shrimp, read this.
8) StoryBird is a cool new service for kids and parents which allows them to create nice looking storybooks online and then share them with family and friends. They can sign up and start writing stories easily. The site also features an art gallery that has all kinds of artworks which can be used in the stories.
9) A dying breed: white receivers in the NFL.
10) Good deal: 5 Weeks of $5 Downloadable PC Games at Direct2Drive.
11) Here are the movies out on DVD tomorrow.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Full Battle Rattle
Next Day Air
Call of the Wild 3D
Here's More to Luv by Minnutes.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Madden Curse Takes Its Next Victim
September 11th, 2009 - 9:05 pm ICT by GD -
John Madden is one of the best rugby players of all times. He has been a star player throughout his career in the NFL.
EA Sports has launched a series of video games and to honor the yesteryear NFL star they have named their video game after him. Strangely enough whichever NFL player in today’s times features in the cover of the game invariably gets injured in the very next season of the NFL. Hence, this is known as the Madden Curse.
It may sound very superstitious to many but the recent NFL match between the Steelers and the Titans has seen Steelers Star Troy Polamalu getting injured. Incidentally, Polamalu shared the cover space of the game with another NFL star, Fitzgerald. It is reported that, Polamalu has injured his knee during Thursday night’s opening NFL match and is expected to remain off the field due to this for at least three weeks if not more.
The star NFL players who faced the same fate as that of Polamalu in the previous years are, Daunte Culpepper in 2002; who missed five games due to injury, Marshall Faulk in 2003; who missed six games and was never again seen to run for 1000 yards, Michael Vick in 2004; who broke his leg and missed eleven games, Ray Lewis in 2005; who got injured and missed one game, Donovan McNabb in 2006; who missed the last seven games of the season, Shaun Alexander in 2007; who broke his foot and missed six games.
Vince Young in 2008; who missed one game.
It only remains to be seen if Fitzgerald will face the same fate as that of Polamalu or not!