Saturday, February 28, 2009

VCR Hack! Don't throw out that old VCR! Hack it to find all kinds of goodies inside!

Russian Flying Fortresses

The of the photos of the Soviet K-7 bomber are real. The rest are are graphics supposedly rendered from old Soviet designs. The enormous craft allowed placing the load in the wings of the aircraft- a flying wing. The airplane was tested in tunnel of wind in 1928 and the archetype initiated in 1929. The ratios were gigantic for the time - 53m of spread of wing, with about 452 square meters of surface.

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The Carter Copter Auto Gyro Aircraft

Carter Copter uses diesel not AvGas!

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AMAZING: Dog Actually Charts the Dow for 2009!!!

I think this is what they call a Wall Street whiz kid:

Friday, February 27, 2009

Phil Hartman's "Saturday Night Live" Audition

Wal-Mart worker "can't take it anymore," sets himself on fire

A 58-year-old Wal-Mart employee who said he "couldn't take it anymore" lit himself on fire outside the Bloomingdale store where he worked late Thursday night and was later pronounced dead at a hospital, authorities said this morning.

In an interview, his son said his father went to work last night with nothing seeming out of the ordinary. "This had nothing to do with the economy. I want to make that clear," he said, adding that the family may never know the reason for the public suicide.
The Carol Stream man, who worked the overnight shift, was in a parking lot of an adjacent sporting goods store in the west suburban strip mall when he set himself on fire with lighter fluid around 10 p.m., said Randy Sater, a watch commander with the Bloomingdale Police Department.

At least 10 people, including some teenagers, witnessed the suicide and several attempted to help the man by throwing their coats on top of him in an effort to put out the flames, he said.

"He said he didn't want any help and threw the coats off," Sater said.

When one of the first officers tried to speak to the man, who by that time was severely burned, he responded, "I just couldn't take it anymore," Sater said, citing the officer's report.

The man "enjoyed his job and living in the 'burbs," his son said. "We were getting ready to redo the front lawn." He added that his father had no health problems.

"You try not to ask yourself the question [why he did it] because there's no answer," the son said.

A store manager, who identified himself only as Erwin, had no explanation for the suicide. he said the man had not been laid off.

Wal-Mart corporate spokesman Dan Fogleman said the man had worked for Wal-Mart for a little over 7 years, most recently as an overnight stocker. He said he had spoken with a member of the store's management who described him as "a good guy and fun to be around."

He called the suicide "a tragic situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family."

Wal-Mart was cooperating with authorities in their investigation, he said, but he declined to "speculate" on whether the man had been in to work last night before the incident or had spoken with any employees.

"That's not something we'd be able to share publicly," Fogleman said, saying those issues are considered personnel matters.

The man was rushed to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove before being transferred to the burn unit at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. He was pronounced dead there at 12:42 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

A woman who answered the phone at the family's Carol Stream home and identified herself as his cousin said the family was grieving and declined further comment.


Three Arrested in Cockatoo-for-Children Swap

Isn't this is free market capitalism? The exchange of commodities involved both parties thought fair?

Three adults have been arrested on kidnapping charges after police claim they agreed to swap a $1,500 cockatoo and $175 in cash for two children.

Brandy Lynn Romero, 27, and Paul J. Romero, 46, both of the 5200 block of Eunice-Basile Highway in Evangeline Parish, are free on a $95,000 bond on charges of aggravated kidnapping.

Donna Louise Greenwell, 51, of Pitkin, also charged with kidnapping, is being held on a $100,000 bond in the Evangeline Parish Jail.

According to Eunice Police Chief Gary Fontenot, the Eunice-area couple agreed to swap the bird for the children, a 4-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy.

Fontenot said the case remains under investigation and details remain spotty. "We are only going with what the kids have told us. It's a mess," Fontenot said Wednesday.

Police said the case began with an anonymous tip from a woman who claimed the Romeros had two children with them and she was suspicious of their story.

Eunice police detectives contacted Evangeline Parish authorities and then arranged a surveillance of the couple, eventually arresting them at the Eunice McDonald's.

According to police, the coupled admitted swapping Greenwell the cockatoo for the children.

Greenwell, who was arrested in Ville Platte, is an long-haul trucker who delivers cattle to several states. According to police, she has an extensive criminal history.

"She is a convicted pedophile. This case could have wider implications," Fontenot said.

According to police, Brandy Romero told them she had been contacted by Greenwell about the bird the family was selling. Greenwell told the childless couple she couldn't raise that much money but offered to swap children she said were hers.

While it appears the children had been living with Greenwell for about a year, police say she is not their biological mother.

Instead, the children's real mother is apparently a fugitive from the law in the Lake Charles area and investigators have not been able to locate the father.

Police believe the children may have been swapped from family to family over the past few years. The children are now in state custody.

Fontenot said police are also seeking a 17-month-old half-sibling of the children who is believed to be living with yet another family in Allen Parish.

The investigation continues and involves officials in Allen, Evangeline, Rapides and Vernon parishes as well as Eunice. Police say more arrests are possible.

Via The Daily World

Thursday, February 26, 2009

"You are going to lock me up for a fucking hot dog, a dollar hot dog?" - Assistant DA resigns after downtown incident

When the officer caught up with Olson, the prosecutor said he didn't know anything about a hot dog, though he had ketchup and mustard on his shirt, police said.

A Clarke County assistant district attorney resigned Wednesday morning, hours after he allegedly tussled with a street vendor downtown and refused to pay for a hot dog.

William Michael Olson, 36, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and theft of services, Athens-Clarke police said.

Olson posted a $500 bond, was released from jail and resigned during a meeting with Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ken Mauldin.

"Billy is a good man and I think the world of him," Mauldin said. "This is a very unfortunate situation, and I can only wish him the best and keep him in my thoughts and prayers."

A police officer responded to a 1:25 a.m. report of a fight at the corner of East Broad Street and College Avenue, police said.

A street vendor told the officer that Olson ate a hot dog and walked away without paying; he also put his hands on the vendor's chest two times, according to police.

When the officer caught up with Olson, the prosecutor said he didn't know anything about a hot dog, though he had ketchup and mustard on his shirt, police said.

Olson's speech was slurred and his eyes bloodshot, and his language was laced with profanities, the officer wrote in a report.

When the officer threatened to arrest him if he refused to pay $2.50 for the hot dog, Olson pulled out his wallet and flashed his assistant district attorney badge, police said.

He "told me I needed to be careful" and asked "was I was sure that I wanted to do this," the officer wrote in the report.

Olson was incredulous when the officer said he would arrest him.

"You are going to lock me up for a fuckng hot dog, a dollar hot dog?" the officer quoted Olson in his report.

When a police supervisor arrived, Olson admitted to the officers that he'd been drinking, but told them he couldn't recall details of what just happened, police said.

Mauldin would not say if he asked Olson to resign, but said his former assistant is a likable person and a diligent attorney.

"I think he has some matters he needs to address, and I'm sure he'll be working through them," Mauldin said.

Olson is respected among local defense attorneys, and his alleged behavior was out of character for the man they saw in court, according to Kim T. Stephens, who represented clients in several cases that Olson prosecuted.

"He was very professional and fair, and always seemed just in the cases he handled," Stephens said. "My thoughts about him wouldn't change just because of this incident.

Via The Athens Banner-Herald

Astonishing: NextEngine's 3D Scanner. Everything you need to scan and digitize 3D models.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Rachael Ray Corn Strokin'

Here's one Rachel can stick in her oven:

Wait a minute, Bob.... Here are your damn keys!

That's the best I can do. What's your caption?

C-17 Globemaster III Scale RC Model

The world's biggest radio controlled C-17 Globemaster III model flying from a grass airfield. With almost 20 ft wingspan and a takeoff weight of over 260lbs, this is without doubt a really big model aircraft.

C-17 Globemaster 1:9 Scale - video powered by Metacafe

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A Mexican Playing with His Balls

It's been a lifetime hobby for me, but I'm not this good. And if all men's balls were capable of half the patriotic repertoire featured here, this nation would be recession-proof.

Hudson Plane: Flight 1549 Plane's Last Trip

When they took the plane out of the Hudson they ended up having to detour through East Rutherford NJ. These roads were not made for planes.

Although the actions of the crew grabbed most of the attention in the aftermath of the ditching of Flight 1549 in New York last month, the aircraft itself proved itself to be a real traffic stopper. After being hoisted from the water and stripped of its flight surfaces, the fuselage of the Airbus A320 had to be moved using special trucks and trailers. The streets of East Rutherford, N.J., proved especially challenging.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Best Field Trip Ever: And with gas less than ten cents more than the Sex Show, it was an afternoon of bargains and magic for the kids.

Felony Warrant Army Deserter Apprehended Wearing Thong While Also in Possession of Spare Panties

Officers also found him with panties stuffed in pocket

A 21-year-old man wanted by the U.S. Army for desertion was arrested in Boulder over the weekend.

In a strange twist, he was found wearing a woman’s thong and had three pairs of women’s underpants stuffed in his shirt pocket.

Boulder police said they received an anonymous tip Saturday that Christopher Mauger, who has a nationwide felony warrant for desertion, could be found in an apartment unit at 770 29th St. in Boulder.

Police went to the apartment around 4 p.m. and caught Mauger, who was wearing Army camouflage pants, at the back of the building trying to climb down to the ground from the deck.

Mauger — who Army officials say is from Centerport, N.Y. and was undergoing basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. — told police that he left the base while he was on leave and didn’t plan on returning. Then he tried to run away, according to an arrest report.

Two officers took Mauger to the ground and told him that he would be Tased if he didn’t calm down, police said.

At that point, Mauger stopped resisting and allowed himself to be handcuffed, though he continued to try to pull away from the officers as they took him to their patrol car, police said.

He was ticketed for allegedly resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, and taken to Boulder County Jail. Jail staff found three pairs of panties in Mauger’s shirt pocket and said he was wearing a woman’s thong underneath his boxers. He refused to tell jail staff where the undergarments had come from and why he had them, police said.

It’s also not clear why Mauger was in Boulder. No one answered the door Monday at the apartment building where he was found by police over the weekend.

Edwin Fernandez-Cruz, an assistant investigations clerk with the U.S. Army Desertion Information Point at Fort Knox in Kentucky, said Monday that Mauger had been declared “absent without leave” by the Army on Jan. 7. He had enlisted in the service in early October.

Mauger had gone home to New York for the holidays, returned briefly to Fort Benning, and then left on Jan. 6 without authorization, Fernandez-Cruz said. He is a soldier with E Company, First Battalion, 19th Infantry at Fort Benning. Fernandez-Cruz said the Army put a warrant out for his arrest on a charge of desertion on Feb. 6.

He said Mauger will likely be sent to Fort Sill in Oklahoma to face disciplinary proceedings.

“They will most likely kick him out of the service,” Fernandez-Cruz said.

But first, Army officials from Fort Carson in Colorado Springs will need to get Mauger, he said.

Dee McNutt, a public affairs officer with Fort Carson, said Monday they have not yet received a request from Boulder to pick up the soldier.

Mauger, who is being held at the Boulder County Jail, also faces a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.

Sarah Huntley, a spokeswoman for the Boulder Police Department, said she is not certain which charge will take priority.

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A Warning to the Ladies: Mark Gormley Performs "Without You" & It's Intense

"Joint Terrorism Task Force" Detect Radiological Attack at Taste of Chicago Food Festival. The "Dirty Bomb" is Traced to a Porta-Potty

Courtesy of the FBI & Department of Homeland Security:

The two officers tell me about a close call at the Taste of Chicago food festival last year. Millions attend the annual street feast, with Chicago-style sausage and pizza and tamales on sale in booths along the lakefront. As with all major public events, the JTTF helped plan the security profile. A JHAT —a Joint Hazardous Assessment Team —set up at the festival, dotting the area with devices that detect signs of a chemical or biological or radiological attack. Suddenly, one of the devices went off: There was a radiological hit on one of the sniffers near a row of porta-potties. For an hour, the JHAT frantically tried to determine if Chicago had been struck by a "dirty bomb" —a weapon that spreads lethal radioactive material mixed with conventional explosives. Finally, after an anxious hour, the hit was traced to a particular outhouse —and the cause of the positive alert was determined.

"Someone who had chemotherapy had just done a poop," DeRosa says.

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NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH: Alligator Attacks Dog

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Morgan Freeman Naked in a Casket

You gotta like Morgan Freeman. Here's a lesser-known piece in his body of work.

Working It in a Down Economy: Teen Entrepreneurial Spirit

Police: Two Teens Ran Prostitution Ring

Phoenix Police Break Up Child Prostitution Ring

Phoenix, AZ - Phoenix police have arrested two 16-year-old girls for multiple counts of child prostitution, pandering and for receiving the earnings of a prostitute.

16-Year-Old Jazmine Finley and 16-year-old Tatiana Tyre were detained at a Juvenile Corrections Center, but then booked into the Maricopa County Jail.

Police say the pair, "in an alarmingly different tactic" recruited at least five girls, aged 14 to 17, some of whom are from area high schools.

Unlike pimps who would normally work shopping malls to lure children into prostitution, these girls allegedly used their friends and contacts at schools, although no prostitution crimes were committed on school grounds.

Police say the two suspects were involved in prostitution themselves, and were responsible for recruiting, teaching and receiving money from other girls who worked for them. At one point, they even rented their own apartment in central Phoenix for the purpose of conduction a prostitution operation.

Phoenix police say they began their operation after officers in the Maryvale Precinct gave detectives information on a child prostitution ring working the area of 27th Avenue and Van Buren Street.

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Owner Shared Bed and Took Baths With Chimpanzee From Connecticut Attack

Travis the chimpanzee's relationship with his owner was closer than those of some married couples.

Sandra Herold gave him the finest food, and wine in long-stemmed glasses. They took baths together and cuddled in the bed they shared. Travis brushed the lonely widow's hair each night and pined for her when she was away.

If she left the house alone, Travis would give her a kiss.

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Croat sues girlfriend for harassing him with ´hairy´ postcards

A man in Croatia has sued his girlfriend for sending him bits of her hair via post.

The daily newspaper "Vjesnik" said the man had sued the woman at a court in Zagreb after she continued to send him postcards with no text but only his address and a bit of her hair glued to their backs.

The paper said the man had decided to sue the woman for harassment after he started to date another girl and became worried she would object to the "hairy" postcards he kept receiving.

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Potty Trainer from Hell

Walker Told Me I Have AIDS

Man 'waged urine-spray campaign'

A man sprayed a mixture of urine and faeces in two supermarkets, a pub and a bookshop in Gloucestershire, a jury at Bristol Crown Court has heard.

Sahnoun Daifallah, 42, of Bibury Road, Gloucester, is alleged to have caused damage estimated at £700,000 last May.

Mr Daifallah pleaded not guilty to four charges of contaminating goods and two of damaging property.

He also denied possession of material to contaminate goods and possession of an offensive weapon.

The court heard he visited the Air Balloon pub near Cheltenham on 14 May 2008 where police were called after he asked a barmaid how much it would cost to rape her.

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Revenge Crabs: Pubic Lice Is What We Do

In short, we give crabs to your ex-girlfriend. No if’s, not too many and’s, but we promise a very itchy butt. You’ve got an ex, a grudge and a valid credit card with matching billing & shipping addresses, and we’ve got crabs.If you want a way to get back that doesn’t involve permanent damage or risk of personal injury or jail time, you now have a place to turn.

Imagine, if you can, that you have an ex. It might be an ex girlfriend, an ex boyfriend or ex wife or husband. Heck, it can be an ex-fling for all we care, but imagine in this crazy little hypothetical that you have an ex, whatever that may mean to you. Now imagine, if you can imagine it, that you might have some reason why you don’t like this ex of yours. What could you possibly do to get back at him or her? I have an idea, and it’s just so crazy it might work.

Give your ex crabs!

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Hope This Guy Passed His Drug Test


Smell has been until recently a neglected sense. The current low status of smell is a result of the revaluation of the senses by philosophers and scientists of the 18th and 19th centuries. (from The Smell Report by Kate Fox, Social Issues Research Centre). Smell was considered lower order, primitive, savage and bestial. Smell is the one sense where control is lost, each intake of breath sends loaded air molecules over the receptors in the nose and in turn potentially gutteral, uncensored information to the brain. At the same time our bodies are emitting, loading the air around us and effecting others in ways we are only now starting to understand. This project explores the human experiential potential of the sense of smell, applying contemporary scientific research in a range of domestic and social contexts.

Dating and genetic compatibility:
For the Amazonian Desana marriage is only allowed between individuals with different odours. (same with Batek Negrito of the Malay Peninsula). In conjunction research (wedekind et al, 1995. Proc R London ser B 260:245-249) has proven that Humans use body odour to identify genetically appropriate mates. This proposal is for a blind dating agency aimed at individuals wishing to meet a suitable partner for procreation. Olfactory communication is given precidence over visual stimuli.

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