Republican Sex Scandal Flowchart

posted by Stal on 2009.06.29, under Stal

Joining the internet’s long-standing tradition of excellence in flowcharts, here we have the Republican sex scandal flowchart:

Dog Bites Man

posted by Stal on 2009.06.29, under Stal

As mentioned at lunch, this is a fairly ordinary video of a dog biting a man, except for the WTF moment at 1:30. I lolled.  Enjoy.

Give the people what they want, Panda Edition

posted by Stal on 2009.06.29, under Stal

Apparently the elephant keepers in Thailand are tired of being shut out of the universal panda lovefest, and they’re not gonna take it any more!

Daily Mail reports on the pandamonium:

Sick of all the fuss, keepers at the Ayutthaya-Elephant Kraal decided to take drastic-action, painting five of their neglected giants in watercolour paint, then parading them before schoolchildren.

The stunt has resulted in panda-monium as the zookeepers try to draw the country’s attention back to its neglected giants.

Some told the Bangkok Post website that the keepers had gone ‘a bit overboard’, but others applauded their action.

‘Right on! It’s time the Government took care of its national symbol… the elephant!’ one reader wrote.

‘The Chinese have taken care of theirs so why not Thailand?’

[HT: KM]

Michael Jackson movies

posted by Diomedes on 2009.06.29, under Diomedes

At the suggestion of one of our readers, and after much nostalgia over the years at the lunch table, I thought I’d post the links to Captain Eo. This was a 3D movie played at Disney World years and years ago which I saw as a kid. The full thing is apparently on youtube (at least for the moment). Parts 1 and 2. This was actually my first exposure to MJ since my parents hate pop music, in fact I have no idea why they took me to see it. Part 2 is the only good part by the way.

I also found a youtube poster who has put up the entire Moonwalker video. It’s a great watch that always made me wonder about how he saw himself.

Persepolis the new fan comic

posted by Diomedes on 2009.06.29, under Diomedes

A few months back, a bunch of the IMO’ers went off to see Persepolis the film based on the graphic novel following a girl’s childhood during and after the Iranian revolution.

With the current situation in Iran, a new internet comic borrowing the name of the original has sprung up depicting the events of the election. It’s a great read even if you’re familiar with the situation.

Bacon Product Fail

posted by Stal on 2009.06.29, under Stal

Keep it sizzlin’, alllll right.

[Courtesy of Heath/Failblog]

Optical Illusion of the Day

posted by Stal on 2009.06.26, under Stal

The green and blue spirals are actually the same color (you can check this in Photoshop if you’re unconvinced). The reason the colors look distinct is because our brains process color based on the surrounding colors. If you look closely, the orange stripes pass through the “green” band and the magenta stripes pass through the “blue” band.

[ Discover via GeekPress ]

A Liz By Any Other Name

posted by Stal on 2009.06.23, under Stal

I’m not naming names, but there are definitely people out there who are particular about being called their full, formal name, rather than derivatives or nicknames. This can pose a problem with names like Elizabeth, for which there are many variations (Liz, Lizzie, Beth, Eliza, Liza, Lisbeth…) and people are prone to shortening your name for you. Well, there’s nothing you can really do about it, right? Wrong. In a series of heated emails, the office manager for Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Elizabeth Benton, makes it very, very clear that she is to be addressed as Elizabeth and no other name will do:

An executive assistant at McBee Strategic recently learned this the hard way. A few weeks ago, the assistant e-mailed Becton seeking a meeting with McDermott and a client, JPMorgan Chase. Days later, the assistant checked back in and unfortunately began the e-mail with “Hi Liz.”

Becton curtly replied, “Who is Liz?”

When the assistant wrote back with an apology, Becton turned up the heat. “I do not go by Liz. Where did you get your information?” she asked.

The back-and-forth went on for 19 e-mails, with the assistant apologizing six times if she had “offended” Becton, while Becton lectured about name-calling.

Becton told the assistant that if someone said using “Liz” was acceptable, then “they are not your friend”, and “If I wanted you to call me by any other name, I would have offered that to you.” Plus, it’s “rude when people don’t even ask permission and take all sorts of liberties with your name,” she said, adding: “Please do not ever call me by a nickname again.”

Here is the redacted version of the email exchange (highly amusing).

As of Tuesday, a McDermott spokesman said that an apology was being issued, saying “This isn’t reflective of the way we do business in this office.”

New Book Smell in a Can

posted by Stal on 2009.06.21, under Stal

There have been debates of late over the relevance and continued viability of print media/books. One of the arguments wielded by the pro-book faction is that the aesthetics of a book (musty smell, crisp pages, gilt edges) cannot be duplicated by an electronic format. Well, one enterprising company has a solution to improve your Kindle reading experience.

Introducing Smell of Books, an aerosol e-book enhancer. Upon usage on your digital media platform, this spray can will immediately evoke images Dickens’ study or your grandmother’s living room. The spray cans even come in a variety of aromas, including Eau You Have Cats and Crunchy Bacon Scent.

Unfortunately, at the moment the site appears to be a spoof, but I look forward to the day when it is actually rolled out on ThinkGeek, or something akin to that.

Dickipedia: a wiki of dicks

posted by Philomela on 2009.06.18, under Philomela
18: is a parody collection of satirical biographies “about people who are dicks”  produced by comedy news provider Comedy 23/6. It is an unaffiliated spoof of the Wikipedia online encyclopedia, self-described as “a monolingual (English), Web-based, free content encyclopedia project with information about people who are dicks. The word “dickipedia” is a portmanteau of the word “encyclopedia” and the word “dick.” Dickipedia does not contain information about people who are detectives.”