Thursday, June 30, 2011

"Honey, I'm MRS. Chris Hansen. Have a seat over here."

Chris Hansen reportedly caught on camera cheating on his wife
The National Enquirer has turned the tables on To Catch a Predator host Chris Hansen, reportedly catching the NBC anchor on film cheating on his wife.

The tabloid magazine claims to have "undercover spy photos" of the married father of two cheating on his wife with Kristyn Caddell, an anchor at a West Palm Beach NBC affiliate.

The magazine doesn't say if they adopted the reporter's trademark technique of casually walking through a curtain with a saucy one-liner once they had caught him in the act.

Hansen is also a correspondent for NBC's newsmagazine Dateline, but his most prominent on-air job has been as the host of the Predator reality series that baits alleged child predators into meeting with actors posing as minors. Hansen confronts the men on camera, telling them to "have a seat right over here." (It's attracted its fair share of controversy.)

We want to remind readers to take anything that the Enquirer says with a grain of salt. Still, we're not the first to concede that the Enquirer has been right about the affairs of Jesse Jackson, Gary Hart and John Edwards, as well as Edwards' love child. They're like Woodward and Bernstein when it comes to cheating husbands.

The Enquirer says all the sordid details are in their current issue—"ON SALE NOW!"—though the current July 4 edition makes no mention of Hansen.

We'll give the final word to the Baltimore Sun, who sums up our thoughts perfectly: "Hey, pedophiles who are rejoicing about Hansen getting a taste of his own medicine: Sit down. You're still pedophiles. He wins."

I saw this bumper sticker today

It's nice to know that the owners of this car don't feel the need to flaunt their child's academic achievement.

However, I hope their child's academic achievement is sufficient to point out the misuse of the word "who's."

Mating turtles shut down runway at JFK -

Trying to join the Mile High Club and missed their flight?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Proof that Glenn Beck HATES FREEDOM

Yesterday, Fox News host Glenn Beck watched Hitchcock's The 39 Steps in Bryant Park in New York City.

 Beck and his family sat on an American-flag blanket.

(see attached photo)

Observation from a friend of mine

If Argentina had cried for Eva Perone
By Piney Aloha

Considering a 1974 population of about 26 million, engaging in an on-and-off single day teary catharsis, using medium-sized boxes of dry facial tissues containing about 30 tissues per box (e.g. Georgia Pacific 47410), at an average rate of about one tissue per person per every three minutes, and averaging out the deviations caused by the dry-eyed and stoic against professional mourners and those with overactive lachrymal glands, Piney Aloha figures the number of boxes used at about 416 million. Foreseeing the pandemonium that would surely result from a country-wide tissue shortage Evita made her famous plea to NOT cry for her.


When Fashion Meets Fishing, the Feathers Fly

NY Times:
CAPE NEDDICK, Me. — The most enthusiastic customers at the Eldredge Brothers Fly Shop of late are not looking to buy fly fishing reels or snag stripers. They are here to make a fashion statement.

In an improbable collision of cutting-edge chic and a hobby that requires drab waders, fly fishing shops around the country are suddenly inundated with stylish women looking to get in on the latest trend: long, colorful feathers that are bonded or clipped into hair.

Demand for the feathers, before now exclusively the domain of fly fishermen, who use them to tie flies, has created a shortage, forcing up the price and causing fly shops and hairdressers to compete for the elusive plumes.

"I've been out for probably a month," said Bill Thompson, the owner of North Country Angler in North Conway, N.H. "There is that worry that next year, fishermen won't have materials they'll need."

The circumstances are especially strange because a proudly stodgy and tradition-bound industry content to hide from the world beyond the river is competing in this niche marketplace with a fad that may not last as long as a trout's spawning season.

"For someone to use them as a fashion statement is just sacrilegious," said Bob Brown, 65, a fly fisherman who lives in an recreational vehicle parked in Kennebunk, Me. He said he had been tying flies for 50 years and this is the first time he had ever heard of a feather shortage.

"They've been genetically bred for fly tying, and that's what they should be used for," Mr. Brown said.

Fly fishing feathers — which individually are called hackles and as a group called saddles — are harvested from roosters painstakingly bred to grow supple feathers. It takes more than a year for a rooster to grow feathers long and pliable enough for use by fly fishermen. Because no one could have predicted the fashion trend, there are not enough to go around.

Thomas Whiting, the owner of Whiting Farms, the country's largest hackle producer, said the company stopped taking new accounts several months ago after being unable to fulfill orders for current customers. Today, about one-fifth of their feathers are used for "fashion fodder," Mr. Whiting said.

Mr. Whiting produces about 80,000 roosters a year for feathers and owns specific genetic lines that guarantee long, strong feathers. Each bird has his own "apartment" where he is "truly pampered" before being euthanized and plucked, he said.
"The fashion world is a vastly larger animal than the fly fishing world," Mr. Whiting said. "We can't keep up with demand. Things are pretty crazy."

The feathers, anglers said, are used to help the flies that mimic bugs that sit atop the water, which are called dry flies, as well as wet flies, which sink below the surface and are supposed to look like bait fish.

Dry flies typically use brown and neutral feathers, which women prefer for a more natural look, and flies that sink often use feathers in colors like yellow and electric blue, which deliver more pop as a hair accessory. Some feathers come in solid colors, and others have patterns of contrasting colors.

The qualities that make the feathers so attractive to anglers — pliability and durability — are also what appeal to hairdressers. The feathers can be washed, blow dried, curled and flat ironed, and typically stay in hair for a few months.

"They're just like hair and they don't fade," said Sheryl Miller, the artistic director at Fringe Hair Art in Kennebunkport, Me., where three feathers cost $25.

Here at the Eldredge Brothers Fly Shop on Saturday morning, Tom Cormier said, "Feather call," from behind the counter as he hung up the telephone. Another disappointed feather-seeker was on the other end.

The store is keeping and will eventually sell one saddle, a large mane of about 300 white, velvety-soft feathers that Jim Bernstein, the store manager, said sold for about $120 last year.

"I found out this is worth $1,000," Mr. Bernstein said, adding that no fly fisherman would pay that much. "It would be nice if you had blond hair. It has that subtle barring on it."

The store would have more, Mr. Bernstein said, were it not for a monthlong delay from its supplier. It has a wall filled with packages of colorful feathers, but they're the wrong ones — too short and wide for most people's tastes. But that seems to be changing.

"Now they're buying any saddles, wider feathers, and that's going to affect fly shops even more," Mr. Bernstein said.
Mr. Bernstein has no problem selling to hair-extension seekers; he even teaches them how to dye the feathers. Todd Lanning, manager of South Fork Outfitters in Swan Valley, Idaho, says the trend is good for fly fishing.

"It's business. We're happy to sell whatever feathers we can to whomever," said Mr. Lanning, who has received some calls about his feathers. And, he likes the look.

"I think it's kind of cool," Mr. Lanning said. "I think it's kind of sexy, to be honest with you, for lack of a better word."

But other fly shops want nothing to do with the fashionable. Tom Ciardelli, the owner of Hanover Outdoors in Hanover, N.H., refuses to sell feathers to anyone other than fly fishermen.

"We felt we would be better off with good will than just selling out," Mr. Ciardelli said.

The feathers are fetching big interest — and money — on the Internet, with nearly 6,000 listings for "hair extension feathers" on the Web site and more than 6,000 listings on eBay. Feathers that used to cost a few dollars are fetching $20 each in some salons.
The situation has spawned some interesting business alliances.

"We do get our feathers from a local fly fishing shop," said Rebecca Pellman, a spokeswoman for Vain, a salon with two Seattle locations. She said she understood why fishermen might be upset.

"Can you imagine some Dad type coming in for feathers and hearing, 'Sorry, I sold them all for people's hairdos?' " Ms. Pellman said.

She estimates that the salon has put feathers in the hair of at least 1,000 clients. But she and others recognize that the shortage, and the hairdos, will probably be short-lived.

"It's a fad," said Jim Makris of the Opechee Trading Post in Laconia, N.H., which still has some shorter feathers available. "And like all fads, it will go away. But right now, it's hot."

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

from The Borowitz Report

In Major Gaffe, Bachmann Confuses Ass, Hole in Ground

ARIZONA (The Borowitz Report) – In a fledgling campaign that has already produced more than its share of gaffes, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) today confused her ass with a hole in the ground during a campaign swing through Arizona.

Speaking to a group of supporters in Phoenix, Rep. Bachmann raised eyebrows when she said, "It's great to be here in Arizona, the home of my ass."

After her comment was greeted with confused murmurs from the crowd, Rep. Bachmann quickly added, "Oh wait, did I say my ass?  I meant the Grand Canyon."

Being unable to tell her ass from a hole in the ground, especially a prominent one such as the Grand Canyon, is only one of many challenges facing Rep. Bachmann in her quest for the Presidency, according to political science professor Davis Logsdon of the University of Minnesota.

"Michele Bachmann is a staunch believer in the theory of Intelligent Design," he said.  "However, Intelligent Design cannot explain Michele Bachmann."

But Dr. Logsdon added that Rep. Bachmann remains an attractive candidate, especially for those Republican voters who find former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin "too cerebral."

"When Sarah Palin looks at Michele Bachmann, she must feel the way the Jonas Brothers feel about Justin Bieber," he said.

In other political news, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said today that "marriage must be defined as the union between a man, a woman, and the man's staff member at the time."

Monday, June 27, 2011

Why Is It So Hard To Get a Good Bagel Outside of New York City?

H&H Bagels, the most famous of New York's many legendary bagel establishments, will close its doors on Sunday after 39 years in business. Some enthusiasts credit the city's unique water chemistry with making Gotham's bagels seemingly irreproducible in other locales. Does water chemistry really explain why it's difficult to get a good bagel outside of New York?
No. Water chemistry influences baking, and New York's somewhat unique water probably plays a minor role in making tender and chewy bagels. New York City has very soft water—meaning it has low concentrations of calcium and magnesium. The concentration of calcium carbonate, for example, is 19 milligrams per liter (PDF) in New York water. By comparison, it's 55 in San Francisco (PDF), 136 in Washington, D.C. (PDF), 149 in Chicago (PDF), and more than 200 in parts of Los Angeles (PDF). Hardness enhances the strength of gluten, the protein-containing compound that toughens baked goods. So differences in water hardness are a convenient explanation for the tooth-rattling bagels you get in many cities.
But New York's bagel supremacy has far more to do with production practices than water quality. Gotham's bagelries typically poach the bagels prior to baking them—the bagels spend a few minutes simmering in a pot of water before entering the dry heat of an oven. That pre-gelatinization process produces a chewy interior, and slightly changes the flavor of the finished product.

Many bagel makers skip the poaching step, because the boiling equipment is expensive and takes up space in the kitchen. Instead, they brush their bagels with a little water and baking soda in the style of soft pretzels, then blast them with steam once they're in the oven. You can usually identify these impostors by checking out their undersides, since steam can't get to the bottom of a bagel when it's already in the oven. If the bottom is significantly darker and harder than the rest of the surface, you're eating a roll with a hole, not a bagel.

Similarly, whereas New York's venerable bagel establishments tend to ferment their dough slowly in wooden containers, fly-by-night operations abbreviate this process. The longer method employed by traditionalists allows the yeast to produce more than 50 flavor compounds. These chemicals not only permeate the dough; they also seep into the pores of the wood over the years, giving the final product a flavor that can be hard to replicate in newer bakeries. (Wooden bowls are, however, not preferred by government health departments, and old-school bagel shops tend to perform poorly in inspections. The Explainer confirmed this by checking the report for his favorite bagel shop. Not good.)

While water chemistry plays a bit part in bagels, it is enormously important in brewing, and some beer styles are nearly impossible to replicate outside of their native watershed. Pilsener comes from the Czech city of Pilsen, where the water's mineral concentration is extremely low. Brewers wishing to re-create the crisp, clean pilsener style have to start with distilled water and add tiny amounts of minerals. By contrast, the English city of Burton-upon-Trent, which invented the hoppy India Pale Ale now popular among American brewers, has very hard water. The concentration of calcium in Burton is about 35 times that of Pilsen. The concentration of sulfate, which accentuates the bite of hops, is more than 200 times higher.
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Friday, June 24, 2011

Celebrate Independence Day with Revolutionary War soldiers

Next weekend [4th of July weekend], the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment will camp on the front lawn of the National Constitution Center -- across from Independence Hall -- in the heart of Historic Philadelphia, .

We'll host several other Revolutionary War re-enactor groups:  the 1st Cont., 5th Pa Light, 11th Pa, 1st NJ Vol., Pa State Navy & 2nd Pa.

Throughout the 4-day weekend you can see our Surgeon's presentation, Blacksmith and forge, Spinning & Weaving demonstrations, and Musket Drills for the kids.

Soldiers and campfollowers will illustrate the lives of the Patriots during our War for Independence.

This 4th of July weekend, experience history in the birthplace of Liberty.

Calendar of Events at the National Constitution Center:

National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Tel# 215.409.6600                         

The 6th Pennsylvania Regiment is a group of people who have a common interest in the l8th Century and the American Revolution, and a genuine enjoyment in bringing it to life. 

“Bacon is like Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs."

Anthony Bourdain stalked around the stage, sipping every once in a while from his beer bottle and describing why he couldn't respect the vegetarian lifestyle. Hey, he said, I don't care what you do in the privacy of your own home. But when you travel the world, it's not right--in fact, it's an insult!--to forgo eating the delicacies of the country you're visiting.


If you're in Spain, he said, you eat ham. If you're in Argentina, you eat beef. If you're in Vietnam, you eat, um, the local cuisine.


His opinion is pretty much what you'd expect from a guy who recently released a book titled Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook.


Later in the talk, he took questions from the audience -- a couple thousand people in suburban Atlanta. One unfortunate lady had a real problem she needed Bourdain to solve, and she told the woeful tale of her seven-year-old, who had taken a vow of vegetarianism.


"How can I get him to come back around?" asked the lady.


Bourdain paused a beat.


Then he said, "Bacon."


And the place went wild.


Because bacon, without getting too much into hyperbole, is the food of the gods. I've written elsewhere on Man of the House about omelets and how they're the conduit to all your hopes and dreams. It's no accident that bacon comes on the side.


Bacon, though, is no sidekick. If omelets weren't so damn delicious, bacon could have the starring role on my breakfast plate. And versatility? My lord, don't get me started. Bacon is awesome on a baked potato, in a salad, on top of a cheeseburger and wrapped around a scallop (or, for that matter, a pork chop). Bacon makes you a better lover (My research on this is not yet complete) and it makes you a better man.


As my friend Carl says, "Bacon is like Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs. He's only in the movie for like 10 minutes, but he's all you remember."           

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Debris from Japanese tsunami headed for Pacific 'garbage patch'

Millions of tons of debris washed out to sea from north-east Japan by the March 11 tsunami has embarked on a 10-year circuit of the Pacific, endangering shipping and wildlife.
The debris includes damaged fishing boats, cars, shipping containers and the contents of thousands of houses, including refrigerators, along with plastics, wood, rubber and items made of PVC.
The waste will move at a speed of between 5 and 10 miles a day, catching the North Pacific Current and crossing the ocean in as little as 12 months.

Off the coast of California, debris is expected to circulate either north or south, taking either the Alaskan or North Equatorial currents back to the western reaches of the ocean.
Much is predicted to end up caught in the vortex of the Eastern Garbage Patch, which is estimated to measure between 270,000 square miles and 5.8 million square miles.
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New Japanese Pop Idol Shocks Fans With News–She’s Not Real

 Only 15 seconds in the limelight and she'd already created an overnight buzz. She was the newest member of the very popular all-girl Japanese idol group AKB 48. Upon seeing the new face appear on a candy commercial, the band's faithful took to the message boards: Who is Aimi Eguchi?


This past Sunday, Ezaki Glico, the candy company which aired the commercial, confirmed what many of AKB 48's fans had come to suspect: Aimi Eguchi wasn't real.

The new group member, it turns out, was a computer-generated composite of the real band members. Her pretty face was actually made up of the "best features" of six other members: her eyes, nose, mouth, hair/body, face outline and eyebrows were not flesh-and-blood, but cut-and-paste.
Not everyone was so quick to catch on, however, and Aimi had already formed a fan base of her own. "The video shocked fans of Eguchi," reports ChannelNews Asia, "who were convinced that her features were more the result of good genes than the skillful use of computer graphics."
In 1996, William Gibson wrote "Idoru" which featured a wildly popular Japanese idol who was an AI construct.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Shocking marriage news

Borowitz Report
June 21, 2011

70% of Existing Marriages May Already Be Gay

New Study Yields Surprising Results

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) - As lawmakers in New York clashed over legalizing gay marriage, a new study revealed that well over seventy percent of existing marriages may already be gay.

The study, conducted by Dr. Davis Logsdon of the Marital Behavior Institute at the University of Minnesota, confirmed what many social scientists have long suspected: that within the first five years of marriages, most men become, for all intents and purposes, gay.

"Soon after marrying, most men stop hitting on women and start shopping for furniture," Dr. Logsdon said. "Scientifically speaking, how gay is that?"

Within ten years of marriage, he added, a significant number of married men stop having sex with women altogether.

"There's only one way to describe someone who does not have sex with women, does not hit on women, and spends his free time shopping for furniture," he said. "That word, to be scientific about it, is gay."

Elsewhere, by a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court asked Kagan, Ginsburg and Sotomayor to make them coffee.

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Potter' Goodbye Letter

Potter' Goodbye Letter
The June issue of British film magazine Empire comes fully equipped with its own mini-magazine, Harry Potter: The Ultimate Celebration, featuring candid behind-the-scenes photographs and interviews with the franchise's core cast and crew.
Alan Rickman's page from the forthcoming issue has been making its way around the net (thanks, Reddit) and it may just pull on your heartstrings a little bit (oh how the time flies).
Get the onions out, you're going to need an excuse for why you're all misty eyed if someone walks by.

Spoof: Home remedies that work

THESE REALLY WORK!  Someone checked this out on the Internet and it's for real!











Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Seinfeld diner... the real one

Picture taken in NYC by a friend


Monday, June 20, 2011

War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Two miles from the cow pasture where the Wright Brothers learned to fly the first airplanes, military researchers are at work on another revolution in the air: shrinking unmanned drones, the kind that fire missiles into Pakistan and spy on insurgents in Afghanistan, to the size of insects and birds.
The base's indoor flight lab is called the "microaviary," and for good reason. The drones in development here are designed to replicate the flight mechanics of moths, hawks and other inhabitants of the natural world. "We're looking at how you hide in plain sight," said Greg Parker, an aerospace engineer, as he held up a prototype of a mechanical hawk that in the future might carry out espionage or kill.
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It's OK to laugh at Obama, but not fellow Republicans

 Republicans cut short Obama impersonator
An Obama impersonator was shown off the stage at a Republican gathering after making jokes about the party's White House contenders and the real president's mixed-race heritage.

Reggie Brown mocked the Mormon faith of Republican hopeful Mitt Romney.
He also said President Obama, who had a black father and white mother, celebrated half of Black History Month.
Mr Brown's microphone at the Republican Leadership Conference was cut off when he made a joke about the Tea Party.
Initially the audience applauded when Mr Brown made jokes about Anthony Weiner, the disgraced Democratic Congressman who resigned after sending lewd photographs of himself to women.
But then Mr Brown began ridiculing Republican presidential candidates.
He said if former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney were to become president, he would have his "first lady, second lady, third lady". (The Mormon church outlawed polygamy in the 19th Century.)
Mr Brown said former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty missed the conference because he was having his foot removed from his mouth.
He added that the operation would be covered under President Obama and Mr Romney's respective healthcare reforms, along with spinal transplants. (Mr Pawlenty had criticised Mr Romney's healthcare initiatives in Massachusetts, but failed to challenge him directly when the two took part in a candidates' debate last week.)

Mr Brown then turned his attention to President Obama, saying the president was born in Hawaii, "or, as the Tea Partyers call it, Kenya".
(The ultra-conservative Tea Party wing of the Republican Party had questioned the legitimacy of Mr Obama's presidency, claiming he had been born outside the US and was thus ineligible to hold the highest office in the land, as mandated under the constitution. Mr Obama produced his long-form birth certificate in May, silencing all but a hard core of doubters.)

When Mr Brown launched into a gag about Tea Party stalwart Michele Bachmann, his microphone was cut off, the music swelled and the comedian was ushered from the stage. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Simple English Wikipedia

The Simple English Wikipedia is a version of Wikipedia that uses simple English words and grammar; quite useful for people learning English.
The sentences in the articles are shorter and there are fewer details as compared to the standard version of Wikipedia, which makes it a good resource for children.

Clear Car Showcases the Miracle of Plexiglas

You don't have to lift the hood to see what's "under the hood."

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pause and rewind: Zimbabwe's audio cassette boom

Pause and rewind: Zimbabwe's audio cassette boom
Harare, Zimbabwe (CNN) -- They might strike a nostalgic chord for music lovers with an ear for retro value but humble old cassette tapes are facing extinction in many parts of the world, left to wither in dusty closets in the era of MP3 players and digital downloads.

But in Zimbabwe, clunky audio tapes are still alive and prolific. Far from being outdated, they are the medium of choice for many Zimbabweans who are eager to get their hands on the latest music in an affordable way.

NY Times: Reason Seen More as Weapon Than Path to Truth

Rationality evolved to win arguments, some scholars suggest, and flawed reasoning is itself an adaptation.
For centuries thinkers have assumed that the uniquely human capacity for reasoning has existed to let people reach beyond mere perception and reflex in the search for truth. Rationality allowed a solitary thinker to blaze a path to philosophical, moral and scientific enlightenment.
Now some researchers are suggesting that reason evolved for a completely different purpose: to win arguments.
"See, I told you they'd listen to Reason." Fisheye says, shutting down the whirling gun.
Now Hiro sees a nameplate tacked onto the control panel:

Monday, June 13, 2011

For historical re-enactors, authenticity has its limits.

humor from The Onion:

Nine Drawn and Quartered at Renaissance Fair
RICHMOND, VA—Nine people were torn limb-from-limb and skewered through the anus with wooden stakes this weekend at the city's annual Renaissance Fair. Organizers boast that the "Drawn and Quartered" show made this year's fair one of the most authentic ever.

Friday, June 10, 2011

"It's the Great Hamster, Charlie Brown!"

France Faces Millions in Fines For Its Treatment of the Great Hamster



Leonard B. Stern, Creator of Mad Libs, Dies at 88

Leonard B. Stern, creator of Mad Libs, died in his ____________  ____________  on  __________________.  
                                                                                       (adj.)                (noun)                   (day of the week)  
He was _________ years old.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Paul McCartney Brings ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ Back to the Future

The former Beatles member is working on a new project utilizing vintage gear he used to make tape loops for The Beatles' landmark track "Tomorrow Never Knows."
"I've dusted off the same two old machines that I used for 'Tomorrow Never Knows,'" McCartney said during a wide-ranging phone interview to be published soon by "We're having trouble finding spare parts. But my man Eddy Pumer, who works in my studio and is an old Abbey Road guy, is a real boffin and has got the machines working again."
Inspired by the musique concrète of German composer and early electronic music pioneer Karlheinz Stockhausen, McCartney's recombined found sounds for "Tomorrow Never Knows" created an aural sensation utterly new to pop music when the song appeared on The Beatles' epochal 1966 album Revolver.
Combined with The Beatles' other technical and stylistic experiments — including John Lennon's transcendental lyricism, engineer Geoff Emerick's studio innovations, George Harrison's Eastern drone and Ringo Starr's proto-hop percussion — "Tomorrow Never Knows" helped plot the coordinates of future music.
The song has since become known as a masterpiece of electronic music and one of the most influential dance tracks of all time.

FW: Behavioral Insider: IPv6 To Profile Behavior

from my friend Mitch:
If you were worried about cookies tracking your behavior online, wait till we see what marketers do with the unique device identifier capability of Internet Protocol version 6, which was to be tested today for the first time by a large number of companies.
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IPv6 To Profile Behavior
by Laurie Sullivan , Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Google, Microsoft, Bing, and others expect June 8, 2011 (today), also known as IPv6 Day, to go off without a hitch. This is the day more than 400 companies will test the ability to send packets of information and data signals across Web sites and nodes, seamlessly.

Previously the Internet ran on Internet Protocol version 4. But with so many connected devices that require an IP address, the Internet is running out. No IP address; no connection. So, engineers and scientists have been working for years to transition to the next generation Internet protocol, IPv6.


I wrote an article on the topic back in May 2006, citing research firm IDC's estimate that by 2012 the Internet would support about 17 billion devices, extinguishing the addresses required to connect them. Back them, Frost & Sullivan's principal analyst Sam Masud told me that by "2012, that's when we estimate the world will be out of IPv4 addresses," no exaggeration.


What I didn't know at the time is how IPv6 would have the ability to profile Internet behavior to more accurately target online ads.


So, why should brands that rely on online ad targeting, and companies building online ad-targeting products, care? IPv6 will change behavioral targeting in ways most won't or can't talk about -- because they really don't know.

IPv6 could likely require companies to go back to the drawing board and renegotiate privacy laws with the SEC because of the ability to identify more granular data collected through ad targeting.


The new protocol offers an infinite number of addresses, so many that each device in the entire world can have its own. Think of the address as a unique identifier. This means advertisers will have the ability to identify the specific device, location and more. No longer will devices from one location or block be clumped together as the signals go through the Internet gateway.


When that happens, the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 will have a significant impact on the online advertising industry including faster speeds when serving up ads. Most executives in the online advertising space have yet to realize or understand its impact. Google, Microsoft, Bing, and Facebook execs working to make the transition a success already know the benefits to search and the benefits to ad targeting.


Laurie Sullivan is a writer and editor for MediaPost.
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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Paul Revere's Famous Ride - The Colbert Report
Steven shows how Sarah Palin's version of Paul Revere's Ride would play out if he tried riding a horse, ringing a bell, and reloading a musket.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Pass the chips? No thanks.

Great Scot International, a US importer of Scottish goods, plans to introduce Americans to haggis-flavored potato chips.
Haggis, as you may recall, consists of sheep organs ground up and boiled inside a sheep's stomach.

Monday, June 06, 2011

1,500 Crash Birthday Party After Facebook Slip Up

German teenager accidently invites entire Internet to her sweet sixteen.

A teenage girl in Germany went into hiding after she forgot to set her Facebook birthday invitation to private and accidentally invited the entire Internet.
The 16-year-old girl, identified only as Thessa in news reports, posted a birthday invitation to Facebook that was viewable by anyone with an Internet connection. After 15,000 people confirmed they were coming, Thessa's parents canceled the party. They also notified police and hired private security to guard their home.
But that wasn't enough to stop 1,500 people from showing up and having a good time. About 100 police were dispatched to control the crowd, who chanted "Thessa, celebrating a birthday is not a crime" and held up signs reading "Where is Thessa?"
(For the record, she was celebrating her birthday with her grandparents at "an undisclosed location," according to the Associated Press.)
When the smoke cleared ­– seriously: firefighters extinguished two small fires – police spokesman Mirko Streiber declared the party "a hit."

Perhaps you should think twice before inviting Streiber to your next get-together, if his idea of a hit includes 11 detained party-goers, one injured police officer, and "dozens of girls wearing flip-flops cut[ting] their feet on broken glass."
As the New York Daily News points out, Thessa isn't the first teen to have a party spin out of control after a Facebook slip-up. In 2010, more than 21,000 people confirmed they were attending a 14-year-old British girl's birthday. Some of the confirmed attendees included fake accounts for Justin Bieber and Stephen Hawking.
This would have never happened if she'd made the same mistake on Myspace.

Changing the Facts to fit the Fiction

Palin Backers Look to "Fix" Revere History
Supporters try to rewrite WikiPedia page to follow alternate history.



Borowitz Report: more on Palin's alternative History of America

Palin: 'We Must Never Forget the Wisdom of Jefferson, and his Wife, Weezy'

Former Gov. Gives History Lesson

MONTICELLO (The Borowitz Report) – Visiting Thomas Jefferson's historic home, Monticello, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin today paid tribute to the nation's third President, telling an audience of supporters, "We must never forget the wisdom of Jefferson, and his wife, Weezy."

Gov. Palin said that "at a time of our history when the American people needed leadership, it was Jefferson who said the immortal words, 'We're movin' on up.'"

The former Alaska Governor, criticized in recent days over her grasp of American history, used the Monticello speech to demonstrate her knowledge of the country's founding fathers.

"Let us have the ingenuity of Benjamin Franklin, who invented the electric chair," she said.

"Let us have the honesty of George Washington, who told his father that he chopped down a cherry tree because it was blocking his view of Russia," she added.  "And let us have Washington's perseverance, which he demonstrated during that harsh winter at Sweet Valley High."

But she saved her most fulsome praise for her favorite American hero, Paul Revere: "In his famous cry, 'One if by land, two if by sea,' Paul Revere proved that you don't have to know how to count higher than two to be a great American."

At the end of her speech in Monticello, Gov. Palin said that she was looking forward to the next stop on her bus tour, Philadelphia, "the home of the Taco Bell."



and you thought Austrailia had strange wildlife.


Saturday, June 04, 2011

British Intelligence Battled Al-Qaida With Cupcakes

British anti-terror activities took a decidedly sweet turn, last year.

The Telegraph, The Guardian and the Associated Press, among others, are reporting that British intelligence agents hacked into one of al-Qaida's English language publications and swapped out a recipe for home-made bombs with recipes for American cupcakes.