Saturday, March 04, 2006


New VW Ads in Da Haus - Cripsin Porter & Bogusky has lost its touch (and mind)


YouTube - Broadcast Yourself Six new media files posted daily


GorillaMask: Pop culture


Office Pirates: Videos, jokes, blah blah blog


Mysterious Microsoft Origami Project: Major new product coming?


Viral Video: What if Microsoft designed the packaging for the iPod?


Malcolm Gladwell blog

I woke up one day and realized what much smarter people than me (Adam Gopnik) realized a long time ago, which is that the idea of  employer-based health care is just plain stupid--and only our familiarity with it and sheer inertia prevent us from rising up in rebellion. I always try to think of a suitable analogy and fail. The closest I can come is to imagine if we had employer-based subways in New York. You could ride the subway if you had a job. But if you lost your job, you would either have to walk or pay a prohibitively expensive subway surcharge. Of course, if you lost your job you would need the subway more than ever, because you couldn't afford taxis and you would need to travel around looking for work. Right? In  any case, what logical connection is there between employment and transporation? If you can answer that question, you can solve the riddle of the U.S. health care system. And maybe I'll change my mind back.



I'm going to live without searching for anything on Google (or using Google software) for a week... ohmygod.


The Unofficial fanclub of Brent Buckman - The Ultimate contestant on the Apprentice Television Show

Toronto Sun


The email that roared

Abdala: "Dear Attorney Korman: At this time, I am writing to inform you that I will not be accepting your offer. After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that the pay you are offering would neither fulfill me nor support the lifestyle I am living in light of the work I would be doing for you. I have decided instead to work for myself, and reap 100% of the benefits that I (sic) sew. Thank you for the interviews."

Korman: "Dianna - Given that you had two interviews, were offered and accepted the job (indeed, you had a definite start date), I am surprised that you chose an e-mail and a 9:30 p.m. voicemail message to convey this information to me. It smacks of immaturity and is quite unprofessional. Indeed, I did rely upon your acceptance by ordering (sic) stationary and business cards with your name, reformatting a computer and setting up both internal and external e-mails for you here at the office. While I do not quarrel with your reasoning, I am extremely disappointed in the way this played out. I sincerely wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors."

Abdala: "A real lawyer would have put the contract into writing and not exercised any such reliance until he did so. Again, thank you."

Korman: "Thank you for the refresher course on contracts. This is not a bar exam question. You need to realize that this is a very small legal community, especially the criminal defense bar. Do you really want to start pissing off more experienced lawyers at this early stage of your career?"

Abdala: "bla bla bla."

How do I know? Because I was one of roughly seven zillion people who received a copy of the email this week. Thanks to an unstoppable phalanx of forwarders, the brief exchange has made its way to a countless number of attorneys after Korman shared it with a friend and allowed him to share it with a few others.

Thursday, March 02, 2006


Awful Plastic Surgery


The Ditech guy


UCI Psychiatrist Bilked by Nigerian E-Mails

A renowned psychiatrist from UC Irvine was duped into squandering at least $1.3 million of his family's fortune on a Nigeria Internet scam, according to a lawsuit recently filed by his son.

The son, also an Orange County doctor, said his father — Dr. Louis A. Gottschalk — gave as much as $3 million over a 10-year period in response to an Internet plea that promised the doctor a generous cut of a huge sum of cash trapped in African bank accounts in exchange for money advances.,1,3835837,full.story?coll=la-headlines-california&ctrack=1&cset=true

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


Best Funny Videos


Random Weirdness 1: Shadowfoot


Hilarious Video: Bad Flight


NYC to Rio - QM2 'Round the Horn - A diary of a January 15 to February 22 cruise (with more than a few problems)

Anyway, yesterday afternoon I went to iron a shirt at the laundry on deck 6 and joined the queue with no problem (I'd taken along a Long Island Iced Tea, so was feeling rather mellow) when this Chinese man turned up to check his tumble drier. Sure enough, somebody must have opened the door of his drier and then failed to restart the machine, all of his clothes were still wet... he went ballistic... not sure what he was saying, but I'm fairly sure that every 2nd word would have started with "F" in English. To add insult to injury, it seems somebody had added a pair of trousers and a couple of shirts to his load along with a pair of black wool socks, which had left bobbles of black fluff on all of his white shirts... a veritable verbal firework show!

I took sides with the Chinese guy and agreed to wait with him until the "Tumble Drier PARASITE (TDP)" returned and help him try to get some recompense.

I was still ironing my shirt when the TDP returned.

He was a 6' 4" German with very wide shoulders and biceps the size of my thighs... I was all for a tactical withdrawal. However, the Chinese guy (5' 2" bag of bones) waded into the attack, big style!

To my amazement, the TDP backed down almost immediately and offered to pay for the damaged shirts and apologised for the inconvenience. A credit to his nation, and a relief for me!


Universities: Bloggers Need Not Apply

The pertinent question for bloggers is simply, Why? What is the purpose of broadcasting one's unfiltered thoughts to the whole wired world? It's not hard to imagine legitimate, constructive applications for such a forum. But it's also not hard to find examples of the worst kinds of uses.

A blog easily becomes a therapeutic outlet, a place to vent petty gripes and frustrations stemming from congested traffic, rude sales clerks, or unpleasant national news. It becomes an open diary or confessional booth, where inward thoughts are publicly aired.

Worst of all, for professional academics, it's a publishing medium with no vetting process, no review board, and no editor. The author is the sole judge of what constitutes publishable material, and the medium allows for instantaneous distribution. After wrapping up a juicy rant at 3 a.m., it only takes a few clicks to put it into global circulation.

We've all done it -- expressed that way-out-there opinion in a lecture we're giving, in cocktail party conversation, or in an e-mail message to a friend. There is a slight risk that the opinion might find its way to the wrong person's attention and embarrass us. Words said and e-mail messages sent cannot be retracted, but usually have a limited range. When placed on prominent display in a blog, however, all bets are off.


eBay Forums: So, What Do You Think Of Canada?

Hi all, just wanted to pop in and ask above said question. Before answering how much you hate us (if you do), I first want to let you know that Canada is now run by French elitists with an agenda Hell bent on Frenchifying all of Canada. I'm not sure how many of you are aware of this so I would only ask you to think about that carefully and then put together all the nastiness between our two countries over the last decade (while they've been making their strongest move). In case you're not aware, the French notoriously hate Americans; therefore they have been deliberately ruining relations between our countries so they can ally Canada with Europe/France.
My partner is American and when she moved up here she thought it was so "quaint" that we had two languages and cultures. Now she can't believe what whiney babies they are and how they are turning Canada into a sh^&hole of a nation. I love America and see your country as an example of what we were. I would move there in a heartbeat, but I am Canadian born and bred and still love my country...just can't turn my back on her and run. We are not all snivelling, spineless "peacekeepers" up here!
It feels strange to come in here and raise the topic but I am so sick of the garbage going on around me. Systemic discrimination is spreading across the land like wildfire (built right into their new laws) and phrases like "We don't hire English people" are commonplace now for those seeking employment within our federal government, especially to those of us living in the National Capital Area.


As Canada's Slow-Motion Public Health System Falters, Private Medical Care Is Surging: Article and nasty comments

Our system will prevail over yours if you keep going the same crazy way. No question in my mind about that.

Ignore the facts all you want canada boy... your system is in trouble as the article pointed out...


Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life: Hilarious Soccer Video


AdJab: Advertising blogs


This is not a spoof (click for link)

Why Mommy is a Democrat brings to life the core values of the Democratic party in ways that young children will easily understand and thoroughly enjoy. Using plain and non-judgmental language, along with warm and whimsical illustrations, this colorful 28-page paperback depicts the Democratic principles of fairness, tolerance, peace, and concern for the well-being of others. It's a great way for parents to gently communicate their commitment to these principles and explain their support for the party


Where will the Internet madness stop? Cute Overload! ;)

SUBJECT: Damn you to hell!

Thanks. Thanks a lot.

I spent years, possibly decades, honing my post-modern ironic cynicism to a fine point. I went to grad school. I wrote a thesis. I smoked, I drank straight whiskey, I guzzled coffee like there was no tomorrow. Confronted with "cute", I would raise one eyebrow, sneer ever so slightly, and nod with a palpable sense of ennui. "Riiiiiight," I would comment, "cute."

Gone, now. All gone. All that work, ruined with a single "awwwwwwwwwww." I want my money back.

JD Henry


Katie Holmes Dad Fights for Cash

An official at Columbia tells TMZ: "What does he not understand about the word 'non-refundable?'"


Hollywood rumors site

Providing up-to-the-minute EXCLUSIVE breaking news on today's hottest celebrities, movies, music, television shows, video games and more; TMZ creates an interactive experience where consumers connect with the ultimate entertainment industry insiders. Using multiple formats, TMZ brings the latest and most up-to-date news to the reader. Fast paced video news segments, in-depth articles, inside scoop, photos and blogs provide behind-the-scenes access never before seen on the Web.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Get ready: Oscars Photos


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Reality is setting in: `Apprentice' is dull

So viewers are left pondering these questions: Why on earth would such smart and successful people want to be on this tired show? Why would they blow any credibility they have as responsible, hardworking adults by screeching at each other like petty, petulant children in Donald Trump's faux boardroom?,0,6173559.story?coll=mmx-television_heds


Bongo News: Photo Caption Contest


Remind me to miss this - Pumping iron, with Condoleezza Rice


Specially designed treadmills are now available for the overweight pets in Nanjing.

Monday, February 27, 2006


'The Apprentice 5' contestants


Fired ‘Apprentice’ just couldn’t keep quiet - The Apprentice -

"Alas, this group is just as stupid as the ones that have come before it."


Amir's weird sense of humor blog

Q: Who holds the record for least strikeouts in a single season?
A: 6.2 Billion people are tied with zero. Good job, guys!

Q: What is the most goals never scored in a hockey game?
A: Infinity.

Sunday, February 26, 2006


2014 Winter Olympics - Bid cities


Only a bit late - Watch the Superbowl Commercials


It's back! The Apprentice 5


Technorati: Search 28.9 million blogs


Go Fug Yourself

Then there's, a website devoted to cataloguing and revelling in the truly astonishing and seemingly endless litany of celebrity fashion mishaps.


NewsTalk: Top 30 Blogged About News Articles From the Web


Gethuman - Changing the face of customer service (and providing "secret phone numbers")

Welcome to; a consumer movement created to change the face of customer service. This free website is powered by over one million consumers, and the site is run by volunteers who demand high quality customer service. Our site has information for many types of companies including credit cards, finance companies (banks and mortgages), insurance companies, cell phone providers and many others.

The most popular part of the gethuman website is the gethuman database of secret phone numbers and codes to get to a human when calling a company for customer service.


Kayak: New Site for Cheap Airfare, Hotel Reservations, Car Rentals

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