“Don’t mess with marching band girls”

posted by Diomedes on 2009.04.30, under Diomedes

MSNBC ran this story on a marching band girl beating up her attackers.

“The moral to this story is don’t mess with the marching band girls, or you just might get what you deserve,” said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Michael Rust.

It makes me think Buffy’s final wish may have come true.


Getting back to the true URL

posted by Diomedes on 2009.04.30, under Diomedes

As URL modifiers become more popular both on the internet and on this blog, you may wonder to yourself, “Is there a better way to get back to the original URL than hoping for a preview or relying on their honesty? What if they take me to goatse?”

For those of you concerned about this, consider the Long URL Please Firefox addon.

Nouriel Roubini, Big Pimpin’ Up in NYC

posted by Stal on 2009.04.30, under Stal

You may know Nouriel Roubini as the Cassandra economist who sounded alarms on the subprime mortgage debacle, but less you think he’s boring, rest assured that he has a very vibrant social life. Reports New York Magazine:

“The recession has been great for me,” Roubini, whose nickname of Dr. Doom belies the permanent grin on his face, told us when we caught up with him later, as a line of girls formed to be photographed next to him. “They love my beautiful mind,” he confided. “I am ugly, but they’re attracted to the brains. I’m a rock star among geeks, wonks, and nerds.”

He goes on to say that the key to great parties is “fun people and beautiful girls,” with the ideal ratio being “ten girls to one guy.” His friend Bill Clinton is a big fan of this ratio, he adds.

[ Via Dealbreaker ]


posted by Stal on 2009.04.29, under Stal

It seems like everyone and their mother has been hard at work at creating a URL redirection site. Hot on the heels of TinyURL and FreakingHugeUrl, we introduce DickensURL for your Victorian literature URL needs. (Why is this necessary? The answer lies somewhere between a surplus of bibliophile geeks with time on their hands and Rule 34.) Some examples:

From the Old Curiousity Shop: http://dickensurl.com/539a/Shes_the_ornament_of_her_sex

From Our Mutual Friend: http://dickensurl.com/531b/I_want_to_be_something_so_much_worthier_than_the_doll_in_the_dolls_house

Previously: FreakingHugeUrl

[ hat tip: WJ ]

Paying for Hugs

posted by Stal on 2009.04.29, under Stal

Free $2 Hugs: This is one of the best pranks I’ve seen in a while.

[ via Marginal Revolution ]

Burning Questions, Swine Flu Edition

posted by Stal on 2009.04.29, under Stal

Too soon? From the ever-so-sage Yahoo! Answers bin:

Q: Will I get swine flu from doing a fat girl?

The only women I take home from the bars are fat pigs, I am concerned.

A:  Most likely. As everyone knows, the reason they call fat people pigs is because of a recessive genetic mutation which contributes to their fatness. This gene is the same gene found in pigs and makes them 100 times more susceptible to pig like diseases (smelling bad, ugly, fecal eating, etc…).

Your best options are to make sure to double wrap it and to be very very drunk. If you are not super drunk, you might realize what you are doing, plus alcohol kills germs. Good luck sir. I hope you don’t die.

Previously: How is Babby Formed

[ Hat Tip: MW ]

Awesome Swine Flu Q & A

posted by Diomedes on 2009.04.29, under Diomedes

I found this Q & A over at BoingBoing. Unlike the Q & A’s I’ve read from major media sources, this one answered a lot of interesting questions such as why young adults may have been more at risk in 1918 (read the Cytokine Storm section) and which surgical masks are worth bothering with.

I found it a great informative read and much more in depth than what I’ve been seeing linked around the net, I recommend checking it out.

Be Somebody… or Be Somebody’s Fool!

posted by Vitamin-T on 2009.04.28, under Vitamin-T

In 1983, Laurence Tureaud, better known as Mr. T, was arrested on charges of purchasing Cuban gold chains in violation of the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba.  As part of a plea deal, Mr. T agreed to star in a motivational video for urban youth.  Here is a sample of the finished product, titled “Be Somebody… or Be Somebody’s Fool!”:


“Treat Your Mother Right” (lyrics by Ice-T)

“Peer Pressure” (featuring New Edition)

IBM Computer vs. Ken Jennings

posted by Stal on 2009.04.28, under Stal

Researchers from IBM have announced that they are nearing completion of a program designed to compete against human contestants on Jeopardy. The program is based on three years of work with aid from experts in natural language processing, machine learning and information retrieval.

The real difficulty, Dr. Nyberg said, is not searching a database but getting the computer to understand what it should be searching for.

The system must be able to deal with analogies, puns, double entendres and relationships like size and location, all at lightning speed.

In a demonstration match here at the I.B.M. laboratory against two researchers recently, Watson appeared to be both aggressive and competent, but also made the occasional puzzling blunder.

For example, given the statement, “Bordered by Syria and Israel, this small country is only 135 miles long and 35 miles wide,” Watson beat its human competitors by quickly answering, “What is Lebanon?”

Moments later, however, the program stumbled when it decided it had high confidence that a “sheet” was a fruit.

Computer Program to Take on “Jeopardy!” [NYT]

License Plate of the Day

posted by Stal on 2009.04.27, under Stal

Via GrubStreet