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Saturday, August 2, 2008

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Tree Nearly Hits Car

A New Zealand motorist was almost crushed as he drove beneath a large tree that was in the process of toppling over.

Police surrounded the tree, which stood outside Liquor King on the intersection of Collingwood and Hardy Streets in the middle of Nelson, as it swayed in high winds for some time before finally coming down with a loud thud just as a red car passed underneath.

Cameraman Dave Finlay said the driver had done a U-turn on Collingworth St about 3.30pm and drove back towards the tree. Police had run towards his vehicle to try and stop him from driving but it was too late.

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The Trolls Among Us

Published: August 3, 2008
One afternoon in the spring of 2006, for reasons unknown to those who knew him, Mitchell Henderson, a seventh grader from Rochester, Minn., took a .22-caliber rifle down from a shelf in his parents’ bedroom closet and shot himself in the head. The next morning, Mitchell’s school assembled in the gym to begin mourning. His classmates created a virtual memorial on MySpace and garlanded it with remembrances. One wrote that Mitchell was “an hero to take that shot, to leave us all behind. God do we wish we could take it back. . . . ” Someone e-mailed a clipping of Mitchell’s newspaper obituary to, a Web site that links to the MySpace pages of the dead. From MyDeathSpace, Mitchell’s page came to the attention of an Internet message board known as /b/ and the “trolls,” as they have come to be called, who dwell there.
/b/ is the designated “random” board of, a group of message boards that draws more than 200 million page views a month. A post consists of an image and a few lines of text. Almost everyone posts as “anonymous.” In effect, this makes /b/ a panopticon in reverse — nobody can see anybody, and everybody can claim to speak from the center. The anonymous denizens of 4chan’s other boards — devoted to travel, fitness and several genres of pornography — refer to the /b/-dwellers as “/b/tards.”
Measured in terms of depravity, insularity and traffic-driven turnover, the culture of /b/ has little precedent. /b/ reads like the inside of a high-school bathroom stall, or an obscene telephone party line, or a blog with no posts and all comments filled with slang that you are too old to understand.
This is a long and in-depth article that you should really go read.
Whoever you are.
Wherever you are.
Whatever you are.

Also, if you're interested, here is weev's response.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Airport Security?

The following from CBS news in Chicago, where there is an equally depressing video of the news report.

In Chicago, people like Robert Perry are subjected to exhaustive security checks. He was patted down, his wheel chair was examined and his hands were swabbed, all in public view in a see-through room at the security checkpoint. Perry, 71, is not alone

read the rest here

Oh shit moment

The Gimli Glider
from the Damn Interesting blog:

Inside the cockpit of the cruising airliner, Captain Bob Pearson was understandably alarmed at the out-of-the-ordinary beeps that were chiming from his flight computer. On the control panel, an amber low fuel pressure warning lamp lit up to punctuate the audio alarm.

First Officer Maurice Quintal, copilot of Air Canada Flight 143, checked the indicator light to determine the cause of the computer's complaints. "Something's wrong with the fuel pump," he reported.

The mustachioed Captain Pearson pulled out the trusty Boeing handbook, his fingers dashing through the pages to find the specifics of the warning. To his relief, the troubleshooting chart indicated that the situation was not as perilous as it might seem: the fuel pump in the left wing tank was signaling a problem, a minor issue considering that gravity would continue to feed the engines even if the pump failed.

"You know," he commented to Copilot Quintal, "I would not take this air…" He trailed off as the computer blurted out another four beeps, and the indicator panel lit up like a Christmas tree decorated with bad news. "Oh fuck," Pearson lamented, "we've got to go to Winnipeg."

click here to read the rest, and it's worth it!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Movie Review: Wanted

I just got to see Wanted, thanks to

The cast was great. James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, et al.

It was fast paced.

Near the beginning is one of the best chase scenes I've ever seen. Seriously!

I have to say one of my favorite parts is early in the movie when Wesley Gibson (our main character) gives his supervisor a nice, big cup of STFU! I've wanted to do something like that my entire working life, but I don't have the cojones. Guess I'm a pussy, but I'm OK with that.

You really need to go to and see this before it gets taken down and you have to go pay for it at the theater! Unfortunately, movies don't stay there long. You have to put up with this being filmed off the screen in Asia, and ignore the Asian sub-titles.

I must say here that this reminds me of the directing in Fight Club. Another must see, of course. It also reminds me of the scene in The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger by Stephen King where Roland kills everyone in Tull. Also a must read!

Monday, July 28, 2008

N is Here!

Master storyteller Stephen King presents a revolutionary new form of entertainment: his short story “N.” brought to vibrant life through a series of 25 graphic video episodes. The original series tells the story of a psychiatrist who falls victim to the same deadly obsession as his patient—an obsession that just might save the world!

Drawn by award-wining comic book artist Alex Maleev, and colored by famed comic book colorist José Villarrubia, the episodes were adapted by Marc Guggenheim, co-creator of the ABC-TV series “Eli Stone” with creative oversight from Stephen King.

Watch here!

For Geeks & Nerds!

Periodic Table of Videos here

New Site Found!

I found a new site that I've been looking at for hours now!
Here's one of my favorites with the artist's quote below it.
Arrested Liberty by RandomAssembly

"you have no rights, so remain silent... anything you do say will be deemed unpatriotic and used against you in a court of law."

Here's another of my favorites, Susanna from The Wolves of the Calla

And the site? So, go check it out!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Super Mountain Bike

If I tried even one of these things, I'd break every bone in my body! It's cool to watch, though!


These are some really cool web artworks!

First, the Zoomquilt 2

Click on the link and you can either watch it in flash (takes a minute or so to download, but SO worth it!) or download it as a screensaver. It's an infinite loop, so put on some trippy music and sit back to an infinite surreality!

Second, the Way of the Sheep

If you count sheep, you'll be freaked. OK, you'll probably be freaked anyway, but this post is all about surrealism. You can click on the picture and move it back and forth, but it will repeat, so just keep your music on and enjoy (shudder).

Still bored? Here's another site with great stuff to read!