No not Chuck's jury duty
, the kind you have to show up for or else. Apparently they are having trouble filling the jury box in Boston. Sal Esposito, the family cat, has been called up and thus far has not been excused.
I guess this is from the T4 channel (England?) and a mash-up of some robot promotional spots.
T4 idents from double g studios on Vimeo.
Fun stuff -- gotta love the robots!!
News of the Weird/Pro Edition
You're Still Not Cynical Enough
Prime Cuts of Underreported News from Last Week, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
January 17, 2011
(datelines January 8-January 15) (links correct as of January 17)
Working in the Medium of "Laundry" (Not "Belly"), Plus Electrified Booze and the F State Gets Its Learnin' On
★ ★ ★ ★!
But Did She Do The Code?
Laura Bell of Roscommon, Mich., spent
far too much time on her masterpiece: a 14-foot-by-4-foot recreation of "The Last Supper" . . done entirely in laundry lint. (Bonus: She actually bought colored towels and washed and dryer-ed them to produce the specific hues of lint necessary for DaVinci's work.) [Laura, Yr Editor, who knows of what he speaks, recommends either Luvox or Anafranil (clomipramine).] Associated Press via Detroit News
Parents Call For Greater Respect For Vaginas
: Jacqulyn Levin, a high school health/phys ed teacher in Crystal Lake, Ill., intending to make sex education class more interesting [ed.: What's wrong with those kids, anyway?]
, designed the Vagina Dance, which she defended with uptown reasoning, as opposed to the kids' downtown version, described as (according to suburban Chicago's Daily Herald
) "pointing to and singing about reproductive parts while prancing around the room" with the rhythm "set to the tune of the Hokey Pokey." (Naturally, moms and dads practicing Selective Micro-Parenting were outraged.) Daily Herald
: David Pitchford of Key West, Fla., has filed a lawsuit against WikiLeaks because
he's a high-level U.S. diplomat exposed in State Department cables
he's an ordinary citizen and WikiLeaks's document dump makes him really nervous . . $150 million nervous ("hyper tention," "fear of being on the brink of Nucliar WAR"). (Bonus: Ever wondered how close you could come to Total Spelling Failure--maybe even "random placement of letters"--and still be fairly readable? Have a look.) MSNBC Technolog
Truth in Advertising
: Indiana candy-seller Circle City clearly understands how to sell candy: What kid wouldn't get excited about a "Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Chew Bar"? Last week, the Food and Drug Administration issued a recall. The bars are, naturally . . toxic (2½ times the allowable lead). Agence France-Presse via Ottawa Citizen
Nobody's More Fun Than Superconductor Researchers
: Late nights at Japan's National Institute for Materials Science led some of the crew to expand testing beyond just lowering the metals' temperatures (conductivity of electricity is greater at lower temperatures) . . but soaking them first in beer, whiskey, sake, and other beverages. Red wine (62% more conductive) worked best. Good to know. io9.com
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A couple of geniuses in Australia decided to go rafting in flood waters. Instead of rafts though, they were using sex dolls
. And, much as it is when using them for there intended purpose, they were very poor substitutes for the real thing. Picture is from Gawker.
A debate has begun about changing
the zodiac. The idea is to better reflect where the Earth now resides amongst the stars. Apparently the things have shifted a bit in the last 3,000 years. Ophiuchus is the new sign, it represents Serpentarius the Healer.
The face of new zodiac calendar
Capricorn: Jan. 20 – Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16 – March 11
Pisces: March 11- April 18
Aries: April 18- May 13
Taurus: May 13- June 21
Gemini: June 21- July 20
Cancer: July 20- Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10- Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16- Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30- Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23- Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29- Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17- Jan. 20
Please enjoy some lovely and intricate ice sculptures
brought to us by danny53.
Talk about a mammoth appetite, when most of the world’s large mammals went extinct roughly 10,000 years ago
, the vast majority of the vanished species were herbivores. This of course meant that they were no longer around to eat the plants they otherwise would have, and - according to Christophers Doughty and Field from Oxford and Stanford Universities respectively – this freed up an extra 1.4 trillion kilos of food, roughly 2.5% of the net product of all Earth’s dry land. However, the researchers add, this excess had been ‘used up’ by burgeoning human numbers by around 1700 and today we consume six times as much as the Pleistocene critters ever did while simultaneously driving down land productivity by 10% (Nature
That’s not to say that our massive consumption doesn’t have it’s upside, As Vangelis Kapatos of Manhattan discovered when he attempted suicide by jumping from his ninth floor flat, only to survive when his fall was broken by a pile of uncollected garbage. Mr. Kapatos’ timing, from his perspective, couldn’t have been worse, the unusually large garbage pile was due to collections being suspended because of snow. They were due to resume the day after his impromptu dumpster dive (Today Online
Mind you, we’re not the only animals prone to excess. After finding the bodies of dozens of starlings near the city of Constanta in Romania, locals were concerned that the cause might be bird flu, instead post-mortems of the birds have revealed that they in fact died of alcohol poisoning, having ‘drunk’ themselves to death on the discarded leftovers of the local winemaking industry. A least they died happy (BBC News
Better than dying happy, though, is living happy, and the secret of that, says the UK’s Office for National Statistics, is having a job. But it’s not the pay but the job security that counts, say the government statisticians, which ironically are facing staff cuts themselves
due to the economic downturn. Other key happiness factors, according to the preliminary report, are good personal health and a decent family life. What will we do without these people (Telegraph
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