Friday, March 10, 2006
There's a message about Holywood here; I just can't quite decipher it
Microsoft and Google Blogs
Texas Lightening will be German entry in Eurovision Song Contest
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Get your kid into college
Woman Sues Nevele Hotel After Suffering 500 Bed Bug Bites
See, I found this Yahoo! Feature that I'm addicted to. It's called Yahoo! Answers and it is fun for the bored-stiff aficionados of time wasting. Anything you've ever wanted to ask, you can do it here. And people answer your question for points. I mostly answer questions on there. People also have to choose the best answer. I'll admit, having your answer picked as the best is such a rush!
Why Crash won
The Huffington Post: News and Blog
The $39 experiment
I was sitting around one day, skimming through a pile of bills that I needed to pay. I looked over at a new, unopened roll of stamps that I had sitting in front of me, and I thought to myself, "$39... for a roll of stamps? Geez... You can't get much for $39 nowadays. Or can you...?"
The way I looked at it, if I took $39 and went to buy groceries, I wouldn't be able to get all that much. On the flipside, if I took $39 to a casino and lost it all, I wouldn't be all that upset. With that said, I decided I was going to try something — I was going to take my roll of stamps and send 100 letters to 100 different companies, asking for free stuff. I figured that I couldn't do any worse than blowing the $39 at a casino, and who knows... maybe a few of these places would actually send me something good.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Let's have Ben Stiller host the next Academy Awards ceremony
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
The Writers Guild of America, West, is making fun of the interweaving of sponsors' wares into films and TV shows with a so-called viral video that is scheduled to appear this week on a union-sponsored Web site.http://productinvasion.com/
Contrary views on the VW ads
Four new TV ads for its just-released GTI performance car that broke this week during the Winter Olympics are the most energized and brand-correct ads to come from VW in five years -- back when the German auto maker was setting an ad standard for companies in and out of the automotive category.
VW should be ashamed of itself for choosing a misogynistic and juvenile ad campaign that encourages young men who are the least likely buyers and owners of VWs to view unsafe, unfriendly, and irresponsible driving behaviors as cool and masculine.
RIP Kirby Puckett - Puckett was pure joy to watch play
Salon - Let the exchange of trade and ideas with Iran begin. By Christopher Hitchens
The most touching remark I heard during my time in Iran last year was from a woman in the wonderfully beautiful city of Isfahan. (It is just outside this cultural treasure house that the mullahs have chosen to place one of their mountain-dugout nuclear sites.) In the family home where I was staying, contempt and hatred for theocracy was a given, but this was a family friend, moreover draped in a deep black chador, who stayed on the edge of the conversation. Finally she broke in to ask shyly, in faultless English, "Would it be possible for the Americans to invade just for a few days, get rid of the mullahs and the weapons, and then leave?"
My heart went out to her. And I would guess, from traveling around several Iranian cities, that there are very many Iranians who are wishful along just those lines. They dream of some magic trick that would just make the bearded ones go away, restore Iran to the international community, and yet not compromise its cherished national pride and independence. My guess would also be that, of the millions who want the mullahs gone, very few would support an outside military intervention if it actually occurred. In other words, the most precious asset that the United States has in the current crisis—a large pro-American public opinion in Iran—is apparently not of much use to it in deciding what to do about the weapons program.
All the war games and simulations that I have seen have concluded that it isn't possible to disarm Iran by airstrikes. Learning perhaps from what happened to Saddam's nuclear plant at Osirak, the authorities have dispersed the program widely and put a lot of it underground. Nor can the Israelis be expected to do much by proxy: They would have to fly over Iraq this time, and it would be even more obvious than usual that they were acting as an American surrogate. Professor Edward Luttwak claims, in the Wall Street Journal, that selective strikes could still retard or degrade the program, but this, if true, would only restate the problem in a different form.
This means that our options are down to three: reliance on the United Nations/European Union bargaining table, a "decapitating" military strike, or Nixon goes to China. The first being demonstrably useless and somewhat humiliating, and the second being possibly futile as well as hazardous, it might be worth giving some thought to the third of these.http://www.slate.com/id/2137560/fr/nl/
Monday, March 06, 2006
TV Commentary: TEN REASON WHY THE 2006 OSCARS SUCKED ...
Funny German Coastguard Commercial - Google Video
This was the most incoherent, inchoate Oscar telecast in recent memory. Nothing flowed, everything jarred, cut ins and cut outs weren’t preceded by necessary segues. Added up to a butt-ugly broadcast that even the biggest film buff had to gag through.
Stop the misery. End this hell on earth. 365 days is too little time before the next torturous show. Monday’s certain-to-be-dismal ratings will tell the Academy exactly where to shove Oscar. Alas, tonight, they kept jamming it down our throats.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Bloggers beware: Cyber libel suits on rise
A woman who made disparaging comments about her landlord on her Internet blog has become the latest person to discover what can happen when cyberspace and legal realities collide.
Sarah Dawe is facing eviction for her postings related to an ongoing dispute with Homestead Land Holdings Inc.
Dawe says she was stunned to find herself on the receiving end of such an action.
"When I got the (eviction) notice, I went into a panic, I couldn't eat or sleep for four days," said Dawe who is fighting the eviction order.
"Blogs are personal diaries. Anyone can read them, but with mine, except for people trolling or spamming, I was probably the only one reading it." http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0302blog-consequences02-ON.html
LiberalOasis: Where the left is right and the right is wrong
AlterNet: A bit of everything
House in Progress: Home Improvement & Bungalow Restoration Houseblog
We call it home IMPROVEMENT because it can't get any worsehttp://www.houseinprogress.net/