I love a good parody!
Yet another blog that will take up gigs of space, be accessable to anyone on the face of the earth, and will be read by (maybe) three people... If I'm lucky.
I love a good parody!
LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of Internet users remade "Star Wars: A New Hope" into a fan film last year, 15 seconds at a time. This month they all played a part in Emmy history.
"I wondered—what sort of an impact is junk food having upon the vermin who must depend upon us for sustenance?"
Prisoners at Foston Hall in Derbyshire, a female closed-category prison, have won the Windlesham Trophy for 2010, awarded for the best-kept prison garden in England and Wales.
The Happy Meal Project:
Associated Press: 8/26/2010
SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. — Fruiti Pops, Inc. of Santa Fe Springs has recalled its mamey frozen fruit bars because of a possible link to a rare U.S. outbreak of typhoid fever.
Each year the English language loses hundreds of words, just from people ceasing to use them.
from the Motley Fool's website:
Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime
from my friend Mitch
Fake-Profile Bill Could Squelch Parodists
Specifically, the statute, now awaiting signature by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, outlaws the use of the Web or other electronic means to impersonate an "actual person," if the purpose is to harm, intimidate, threaten or defraud another. People who violate the statute can face up to one year in jail as well as liability in civil lawsuits.
The law would obviously apply when people create fake profiles to intentionally hurt private individuals -- as happened when the ex-boyfriend of Cecelia Barnes posted a phony dating profile of her on Yahoo, complete with her phone number, address and nude photos. (Notably, however, the measure wouldn't apply when people create fake fictional profiles as happened in the Megan Meier tragedy. In that case, 13-year-old Megan killed herself after receiving a hurtful message from other teens who had created a phony profile of a boy, "Josh," who didn't actually exist.)
But the bill also appears to apply to people who create online parodies of large corporations -- as occurred recently when the Yes Men created a fake U.S. Chamber of Commerce Web site.
Even though the language of the law refers to an "actual person," in California a corporation can be considered a person, says Corynne McSherry, a lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which opposes the bill.
And, while criminal prosecutors aren't likely to rush into court against online parodists, individuals who are the target of such sites might be all too happy to have additional leverage against the creators. "People who are made fun of often don't have a sense of humor about it, and are all too willing to take advantage of any recourse they have," McSherry says.
Of course, even if the law is signed, the First Amendment still would protect parodists and others who create fake sites to criticize companies. Still, few people want to be dragged into a time-consuming -- and potentially expensive -- courtroom battle about whether their Web posts are lawful.
Whether the stork dropped it down the chimney, or UPS delivered it to your door, or you picked it out at the Best Buys birthing center, you will love your little laptop.
Little baby laptops need to be fed often, but not an excessive amount.
Young people may one day have to change their names in order to escape their previous online activity, Google boss Eric Schmidt has warned.
Mr Schmidt told the Wall Street Journal he feared they did not understand the consequences of having so much personal information about them online.
Schmidt said: "I don't believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time... I mean we really have to think about these things as a society."
full @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11009700
Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List.
> Subject: The Book of Murray
Facebook users are being targeted in a scam that offers them a chance to install a "dislike" button.
The scam tricks users into allowing a rogue application to access their profile page, which then posts spam messages.
Left-Handers' Day 2009 - Thursday August 13th
from my friend John:
Harvard University psychologist Marc Hauser, who studies the evolutionary roots of morality, is under investigation for research misconduct.
Devious hide and seek game
I recently acquired the "Annoy-A-Tron" from your web site. Actually, I acquired two, thinking that perhaps two devices might be necessary to truly splinter the minds of my friends and co-workers. How woefully did I underestimate this powerful tool.
I have watched this simple device transform an (until-now) mild-mannered colleague into a spitting, cussing, paranoid lunatic.
He has ordered all of the staff he supervises (not a small number) to locate the source of the dread beeping before doing anything else (but since they are in on the prank, they haven't been much help). So he waits, white-knuckles gripping the edge of his desk, anticipating the next beep.
He has set a timer on his computer to track the duration between beeps. It hasn't been much help.
My favorite quote so far, nearly bursting that vein on his temple as he shouted it: "That beep has been F***ING with me for HOURS now."
He has called the facilities department to schedule a maintenance worker to investigate.
He speculates that "they" might be doing air-quality testing in the building. This beep must be some device in the ducts detecting dangerous levels of asbestos in the air. Or worse. Radon? Aerosolized mercury? Legionella spores?
The beep means something. What does the beep mean? Is it a warning? It sounds urgent, doesn't it? It's telling us to do something. But what? Replace a battery? Call the authorities? Evacuate the premises? Scrub ourselves with disinfectant and put on haz-mat suits and call our families to give them our tearful goodbyes?
I imagine that soon he will begin to take things apart. He will methodically dismantle all of the electrical devices in his office, creating an unusually precise metaphor for what is happening in his psyche.
I am reminded what a thin and fragile thread keeps us attached to sanity. Today, this tiny little device helped me break a co-worker's mind, and I thank you for the sinfully pleasurable schadenfreude.
My best to you,
The death of the "Cheez Doodle Guy" reminded me of the passing of the "Ramen Noodle Guy"
The NY Times ran a fantastic and clever obit for him
It's worth reading in its entirety.
from my friend Mitch:
"How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?"
from my friend Paul