Alcohol, Ewoks and Live TV

posted by Stal on 2009.10.31, under Stal

The Today show had a Star Wars themed episode in honor of Halloween and let’s just say the midgets got a little…frisky.

The only trouble is that no one considered that sticking a bunch of drunk midgets into Ewok costume might end with dry humping, fighting, and moon-walking.

According to the Warming Glow, there’s confirmation that the people inside Ewok costumes were genuinely drunk, but whether that’s true or not, this is bound to turn into a Halloween classic.

[ This is Why You Shouldn't Put Drunk Ewoks on Live TV / HT: MW ]

Numa Numa Half-Time Show

posted by Stal on 2009.10.26, under Stal

Gary Brolsma, the Numa Numa guy, conducts the MSU marching band half-time show. This warms the cockles of my Dinkles.

The original video:

I’m at Sloan, Mother F*ckers

posted by Stal on 2009.10.23, under Stal

A parody of the SNL sketch “I’m on a Boat,” since as we all know, to make it in this business, you’d better have your own rap.

[ Dealbreaker ]

Windows 7 Whopper

posted by Stal on 2009.10.22, under Stal

Windows 7 launch is today, and to celebrate, they have paired up with Burger King in Japan to promote this 7-layer Windows 7 Whopper for 777 yen.

[ Gizmodo ]

In response to the “Google makes you dumb” crowd

posted by Diomedes on 2009.10.20, under Diomedes

There have been sharply divided opinions on this topic at the lunch table, so I figured I’d link this article spotted in Science Daily discussing the increased brain activity associated with internet usage. I realize this isn’t google usage per se, but they do explicitly mention internet searches as one of the stimulating functions.


posted by Stal on 2009.10.20, under Stal

The most awesome 9 seconds of your morning

Practical jokes that toe the line

posted by Diomedes on 2009.10.15, under Diomedes

Japanese prank shows reach new heights in this clip. The hysterical laughter from the audience as the man begs for his life was my favorite part.

The // in URLs

posted by Stal on 2009.10.15, under Stal

If you’ve ever wondered about the need for double forward-slashes in URLs, the man who designed him has now admitted that they are wholly unnecessary:

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, has confessed that the // in a web address were actually “unnecessary”.

He told the Times newspaper that he could easily have designed URLs not to have the forward slashes.

“There you go, it seemed like a good idea at the time,” he said.

He admitted that when he devised the web, almost 20 years ago, he had no idea that the forward slashes in every web address would cause “so much hassle”.

His light-hearted apology even had a green angle as he accepted that having to add // to every address had wasted time, printing and paper.

[ Berners-Lee 'sorry' for slashes / BBC ]

Panhandling Economics

posted by Stal on 2009.10.14, under Stal

Having always been curious about what would happen if I started busking at the Jackson L stop, this article on professional panhandlers was pretty interesting:

People’s generosity encourages the begging. About four out of ten Denver residents gave to panhandlers, city officials determined several years ago, anteing up an estimated $4.6 million a year. Anecdotal surveys by journalists and police, and even testimony by panhandlers themselves, suggest that begging can yield anywhere from $20 to $100 a day—though police in Coos Bay, Oregon, found that local panhandlers were taking in as much as $300 a day in a Wal-Mart parking lot. “A panhandler could make thirty to forty thousand dollars a year, tax-free money,” Baker says. In Memphis, a local FOX News reporter, Jason Carter, donned old clothes and hit the streets earlier this year, earning about $10 an hour. “Just the quasi-appearance of being homeless filled my cup,” Carter observed. That all the money is beyond the tax man’s clutches adds to the allure of professional panhandling.

Carter prepared for his stint on the street by surfing the Internet, where a variety of websites dispense panhandling advice. NeedCom, for example—subtitled “Market Research for Panhandlers”—offers tips from Baker and other pros on how to hustle. The website’s developer, Cathy Davies, wants it to get people “thinking about panhandling as a realistic economic activity, rather than thinking that panhandlers are lazy or don’t work very hard.”

The rise of online panhandling advice helps explain why panhandlers and “sign flyers”—beggars who use signs to solicit donations—exhibit remarkably similar methods around the country. Currently, the direct, humorous approach is in vogue. That’s why in many cities today you’ll hear some version of: “I won’t lie to you, I need a drink.” Panhandlers also report that asking for specific amounts of money lends credibility to pitches. “I need 43 more cents to get a cup of coffee,” a panhandler will declare; some people will give exactly that much, while others will simply hand over a buck.

If it seems unlikely that a homeless person would surf the Web for advice on how to panhandle, that’s exactly the point: many aren’t homeless and are lying about their circumstances. A reporter for KUTV in Salt Lake City followed and filmed panhandlers for several months, documenting their scams. One twentysomething woman wielded a sign informing people that she was homeless and needed a bus ticket back to Seattle. The reporter followed her one day, however, and discovered that she lived in a nearby suburb. Confronted by the reporter, the woman explained away her deception: “I don’t say anything to anybody. I hold this sign. I don’t make anybody give me money.” Her story isn’t unique: homeless advocate Pamela Atkinson told KUTV that some 70 percent of panhandlers in Salt Lake City aren’t describing their situations accurately.

[ The Professional Panhandling Plague / City Journal ]

One gay man, two lesbians, a three-legged cat and a poisoned curry plot

posted by Stal on 2009.10.10, under Stal

Movie deal, anyone? From the Daily Mail:

A gay man tried to poison his lesbian neighbours by putting slug pellets into their curry after he was accused of kidnapping their three-legged cat.

Gary Stewart, 37, had been at loggerheads with Marie Walton and Beverley Sales for months.

But things looked brighter when he made a peace offering of some curry, claiming he had ordered too much from the Indian takeaway.

When the women started to eat, they found the curry studded with slug pellets.

They called the police and Stewart was arrested.

[ HT: KM ]