Friday, August 22, 2008

Bass ackwards as usual.

Why can't Barbara correct him on how to pronounce nuclear too?

American Pride

Best Olympics Quote

"Oh lord, please help our athletes bring home the gold; enough gold so we can melt it down and buy back our economy from the Chinese." - Stephen Colbert

In honor of the Olympics...

Double the fun with twins.

Michael Phelps doesn’t swim through water, water gets out of his way.

These are funny. Phelps facts, Chuck Norris-style!

More Phelps. Help!

I gave her an 8.5 for the dismount.

Guess being an Olympian does mean you're the best of the best...
Sex and the Olympic City

Monday, August 11, 2008

Jatropha: a dirty word to oil lobbyists and US politicians

Easy, sustainable alternative biodiesel fuel? Check.
Potential for new jobs in farming, trading and investing? Check.
Possible revenue for third world countries? Check.

Bring back Jar-Jar!

There's a cartoon movie coming out in August called "Star Wars: Clone Wars," which introduces a "Clone Wars" tv show on cartoon network, with a possible 100 episodes planned. Basically, the movie has been getting horrible reviews from early screenings, to the point where Lucasfilm lawyers have been putting pressure on magazines and websites to pull reviews until the debut. How bad could it be? The main plot is Anakin Skywalker tracking down Count Dooku because he kidnapped Jabba the Hutt's son, named Rotta the Huttlet. Yep, it's that bad.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Meanwhile, in a New Hampshire research facility...

The posting on the Montauk Monster (aka the "Busted-beaked Snaggletoothed Amphibious Canine Brackenasaurus") reminded me of one of the funniest videos I've ever seen. Seriously, I always have to watch this twice in a row because I'm crying from laughter and can't see the ending. Enjoy.

Blazing Saddles is #46 adjusted.

The success of The Dark Knight and the possibility of the DK being the highest grossing movie ever, by surpassing Titanic (which it won't, unfortunately), made me look into other movies on the list of the highest grossing movies of all time. To my surprise, there's 2 different ways to evaluate movie revenue: all-time and adjusted. "All-time" is total revenue for a movie and what you keep hearing about (i.e. The Dark Knight has made $400M+ and Titanic made $600M). "Adjusted" is when you factor in inflation. The differnce in lists is very noticeable. Here's the top 5 in each; click the links above to see full lists.

1. Titanic = $600M
2. Star Wars (ep.IV) = $461M
3. Shrek 2 = $436M
4. ET = $435
5. Star Wars (ep.I) = $435M

1. Gone With the Wind = $1.4B
2. Star Wars (ep.I) = $1.2B
3. The Sound of Music = $1B
4. ET = $1B
5. The Ten Commandments = $927M

Billions? Crazy! How did 2 chick flicks get the number 1 spots? I couldn't even watch all of Titanic. Even the submarine/marine exploration scenes were a snoozefest. I'll let Gone With the Wind slide. The Civil War is always cool and Rhett Butler owned Scarlett O'Whora.

Where's Gozer?

I sold my soul to satan (aka Bracken!). I had a request to post about "The Monster of Montauk." Basically, some wierd animal washed up on the New York shore (in Montauk) and everyone says it's a monster or an escaped research experiment or a pitbull discarded after a dogfight. The plot thickens: the monster has been stolen and/or disappeared. Shocker.

It looks like Gozer the Gozerian's gatekeeper. Call the Ghostbusters...Gozer is back!

I can't believe the monster still has a head or doesn't have cement shoes. Someone in NY doesn't know how to get rid of a body!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Olympian to watch

BEIJING (AFP) - Lopez Lomong, one of the "Lost Boys" of Sudan who was a victim of violence in Darfur, was named Thursday as the United States flag bearer for the opening ceremony at the Beijing Olympics.

US captains in every Olympic sport met at the Olympic Village and voted to award the honor for Friday's ceremony to Lomong, a sensitive choice given criticism of Chinese foreign policy over the conflict in Darfur.

"This is the most exciting day ever in my life," Lomong said. "It's a great honor for me that my teammates chose to vote for me.

"The opening ceremony is the best day and the best moment of Olympic life. I'm here as an ambassador of my country and I will do everything I can to represent my country well."

Lomong, 23, was kidnapped from his family by the Janjaweed militia and taken hostage. He and other youths escaped and spent three days on the run before crossing the border into Kenya and being taken to a refugee camp.

He spent years there just fighting to survive and famously paid five Kenyan shillings to watch a black and white television telecast of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

He said seeing US track star Michael Johnson win gold sparked his dream of becoming an Olympian.

Lomong was adopted by a US foster family, changed his citizenship to American and will race in the 1,500 meters at Beijing.

China has close ties with Sudan, as one of the main buyers of the African nation's oil and a key investor in its economy, and rights groups have accused Beijing of not doing enough to try and resolve the conflict in Darfur.

The United Nations has said that 300,000 people have died in Darfur and that more than 2.2 million have been displaced since 2003. The Sudanese government puts the number of fatalities at 10,000.

Question for Bears management: Can you tell me how to cheer once I'm in the stands? Oh, and what soda goes best with nachos?

Ticketless tailgaters curbed at Chicago Bears games
Those fans will have to leave parking lots from kickoff to final whistle
By Jason Meisner | Chicago Tribune reporter
10:15 PM CDT, August 6, 2008

Bears fans tailgating outside Soldier Field without a ticket to the game will have to leave the parking lots surrounding the stadium at kickoff as part of a new effort to tackle unruly behavior.

But Soldier Field officials said fans shouldn't be crying in their beers—those without tickets will still be able to party in the parking lots for up to four hours before game time—and return once the final whistle blows.

"Tailgating is not ending," said Luca Serra, a spokesman for Soldier Field. "It's part of the [game] experience for people to come and tailgate. But it's also something that was meant for people who have tickets to the game."

Serra said he expects some fans will be angry but added that the new measure "doesn't affect a huge number of people."

Fans will be able to contact security by calling 312-235-7999 or texting 312-909-HELP (4357) anonymously to report abusive or foul language, overly intoxicated fans, smoking, harassment or other disruptive behavior.

Once the game starts Thursday night, Serra said, security will ask anyone without a ticket to leave the parking lot area. He said the policy could be enforced by arrest if someone refuses to leave or gets belligerent.

The policy affects the north and south lots, the Waldron parking deck, the Adler Planetarium lot and East Museum lot, he said.

Yeah, but can she wash your pants when she's done?

I thought the little head controlled the big head?

The jerk store called and they're out of you.

Favre to blame for nasty divorce
By Michael Silver, Yahoo! Sports
Aug 5, 10:44 pm EDT

There have been numerous tactical missteps made by Favre and the bosses he publicly suggested are dishonest – general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy – during this month-long saga, and Packers fans have a right to be frustrated at both camps. But if you believe that the quarterback soon will be leaving Green Bay, most likely via trade to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, because those merciless meanies just didn’t want poor ol’ Brett around, you’ve got more than cheese clouding your head.

As McCarthy stated in his news conference after Tuesday’s practice, and as Favre himself had stated more clearly in his latest woe-is-me interview (this one to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen) earlier that morning, the reason the future Hall of Famer couldn’t come back to the Pack was that he can’t let go of his ill will toward his employers.

Rodgers, meanwhile, has every right to be bitter about the way things went down since Favre stepped onto the tarmac at Austin Straubel Airport on Sunday night. Yet he’s the one biting his lip and acting like the adult.

Let’s see it from his perspective: After waiting three years for his shot, and without much warmth or mentoring from the guy he was playing behind, Rodgers finally was told he was The Man after Favre’s tearful retirement news conference in March. Shortly before training camp, a story surfaced that Favre had the itch to return. Favre, via text message, dismissed the report as “just rumors,” which was a lie.

After floating his desire to come out of retirement, Favre waited for Thompson and McCarthy to embrace him as the reinstalled starter, just as he so often has demanded to be indulged over the latter part of his career. This time, they didn’t respond positively – partly because they didn’t believe he wanted to come back and play, partly because they already had committed to Rodgers and didn’t want to destroy their relationship with a talented quarterback they had spent years grooming, and partly because they were tired of being in a subservient position.

Favre got more and more resentful, lashing out publicly and privately demanding to be released. The team held firm, insisting that it would only trade him to a team outside its division. To force the issue – and thanks largely to the intervention of commissioner Roger Goodell – Favre secured his reinstatement, flew to Green Bay and, in a shameless bit of showmanship, showed up at Lambeau Field with his wife Deanna to watch the team’s “Family Night” scrimmage from a luxury box.

In that glorified 11-on-11 drill, with some of the 56,000-plus fans booing him, Rodgers completed just 7 of 20 passes. Afterward, he fielded questions from reporters and learned – from them – that the Packers supposedly had declared an open competition between him and Favre for the starting job.


“It was news to me,” Rodgers admitted Tuesday. “All of a sudden people are talking about ‘open competition,’ and I’m wondering what happened.”

For the next day and a half, Rodgers, like the rest of us, wondered what it all meant when Packers CEO Mark Murphy said the team would welcome Favre back “and turn this situation to our advantage.”

On Monday night, as Favre was staging meetings with his superiors that dragged on so long that McCarthy had to cancel a quarterbacks meeting, it certainly didn’t seem that things were working to Rodgers’ advantage.

Nonetheless, publicly and privately, Rodgers did what Favre can’t seem to do these days: He kept his cool.

“If I was going to get mad, or throw something against the wall, what difference would it have made?” Rodgers asked rhetorically. “All I can do is control the attitude I bring into every day, stay positive and think about leading this football team to the best of my ability.”

Favre, meanwhile, couldn’t overcome the negativity that apparently has been swirling inside his mind for quite some time. In that lengthy vent session last month to Greta Van Susteren of Fox News, Favre complained that he couldn’t trust Thompson because, among other things, the GM had ignored his pleadings to acquire Randy Moss and hired McCarthy over Steve Mariucci, the one-time Packers assistant and former 49ers and Lions coach with whom the quarterback is extremely close.

Think about that: Favre was affronted because the Pack’s general manager wouldn’t follow his quarterback’s decree about whom to hire as head coach.

The Packers hired former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer as a PR consultant, but in truth, Favre is the one more in need of such image management.

Consider that Favre, in another interview, said he only wanted to play for another NFC North team – in order to play the Packers twice a season.

Now that’s loyalty.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Whachu talkin bout?

10 TV shows from the 80's that need to come back

Is it wrong that she looks kinda hot? And can be funny?!

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

Wrigley Field evacuated

Tornadoes and t-storms hit Chicagoland last night and the Cubs took a loss due to the weather. I'm posting a short AP write-up on Wrigley's evacuation. I tried to find a picture of Wrigley's tornado siren (the hood ornament on the Budweiser house) but no luck. I found some cool Youtube clips of the evacuations though, even if the videos are from drunk a-holes who don't realize they shouldn't be video-taping during a tornado evacuation.


Chicago tornado warning sounded, Wrigley Field evacuated (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Mon Aug 4, 11:07 PM ET)

CHICAGO - A powerful storm has led to tornado warnings in downtown Chicago and to the evacuation of fans from the stands at Wrigley Field. The U.S. National Weather Service has not confirmed any tornado touchdowns. But it says trained spotters have reported high-rotation winds in DeKalb and Kane counties in northeastern Illinois.

Tornado sirens echoed throughout Chicago's downtown Monday night. Thousands of fans at Monday's game between the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros were evacuated from the stands to the stadium's concourse.

Meteorologist Brad Churchill says 96 km/h to 128 km/h winds were expected.

Storms moved in fast!

It’s the sequel to Cloverfield!

Ah, 5 innings is official…

I need to find a photo of the ornament/siren!

Monday, August 4, 2008

No evidence? No conviction!

Uz gots to see dis!

Here's a direct link for the Guido beach video. NSFW! Unless you work in Jersey...

Guido Beach

P.S. to NJ people: you recognize DJ’s don’t you? Sad.

Random web fun


Borat Meet Bruno

Here's some random happenings that have been coming out recently for the next movie from Sasha Boron Cohen (Borat). His next crazy character is in a new movie for October 2008 release. Here’s the title of that upcoming movie, some leaked possible scenes and some clips. High five!

Bruno: Delicious Journeys Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable in the Presence of a Gay Foreigner in a Mesh T-Shirt

• According to local Arkansan media, crowds in the cities of Texarkana and Fort Smith who "came for the lure of cage fighting and $1 beer" were treated to the spectacle of men ripping each others' clothes off and kissing. Bruno strikes again! The source reports that Texarkana's police captain said a red flag was raised before the show at the fairgrounds. 'Promoters' asked for 10 plainclothes officers. Officers answered the call but were asked to sign release and liability waivers. The officers learned that there were “plants” in the audience who would try to rile the crowd. In Fort Smith, a police sergeant said 18 off-duty officers provided security AND that the two men in the 'show' went right up to the line of the city's morality laws. The crowd reportedly booed and threw beers. It took the police about 45 minutes to clear the arena!

• Local newspapers in Kansas have reported that a "European man" was "putting security on red alert" by "stripping down to tight shorts and dancing in the lobby of Wichita Airport".

• A church in Kansas also reported that a 'European' crew showed up to their Easter play in chains. But in this case, the church sniffed out the prank and stopped what was likely Cohen's crew from disrupting the play.

• On Thursday, at On Your Mark Studios in Sherman Oaks, California, a witness reports, "I saw a Bruno character kept under raps interviewing parents and their children about wanting to be in an upcoming commercial. He was wearing tight black leather hip huggers with bedazzeled g-string underwear sticking out and a tight fitting cropped tank top."

• Sacha tricked a former Mossad agent and a Palestinian expert into an interview where he made them discuss the difference between Hamas and hummus. The two dudes had no idea they were being duped. The Telegraph reports:

In the interview, which took place in Jerusalem, Bruno asked: "What's the connection between a political movement and food? Why hummus?" One of the guests politely explained: "Hamas is a Palestinian Islamist political movement. Hummus is a food." But Bruno went on: "Ya, but why hummus? Yesterday I threw away my pita bread because it was dripping hummus. And it's too high in carbohydrates." He told them: "Your conflict is not so bad. Jennifer-Angelina is worse." And he baffled the pair with a string of questions including: "Why don't you settle the conflict with a time share on the land?", "When will you Jews return the pyramids?" and "Why can't Jews and Hindus get along?

Clips from the old Ali G show:

Bruno goes to a missy elliot audition

Bruno goes to a chtistian rock festival

Bruno - At Daytona Beach

Bruno Interviewing Skinheads

Friday, August 1, 2008

Trying to find time to update.

Still learning the ropes of the Blogger system and setting up a blog in general. Trying to customize a nice legible format and relearn HTML/website publishing. So, that's why it's boring right now. Once I get the hang of it, I'll be able to contribute more useless and frivolous content to waste what little time you have on this earth. You're welcome.