Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Slideshow of the Mississippi coast two days after Katrina


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Padres cause looks hopeless after ace Peavy gets rocked. They did come back a bit against the Redbird middle relievers, but they looked hapless against Carpenter, while Peavy had nothin'.


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White Sox rock Clement, place BoSox in a hole.


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Louis Black - "Back in Black: Relief Money" "By rebuilding casinos, we're giving those who haven't already lost their homes the chance to do so."


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The Daily Show investigates how supervising judges in an Arabian horse show prepares one to head FEMA.


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Nipsey Russell now is dead /further poems left unsaid. Burma Shave.


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Cameron Crowe cuts 12 minutes from Elizabethtown.


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"The Two Ronnies" to be re-named in light of inflation and, of course, death.


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This is not a satire site. It comes from the ABC science division: Scientists have taught dolphins to sing the Batman theme.


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"ALIENS MOON NASA SPACECRAFT!"


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President Bush's Statement Gently Distancing Himself From Bill Bennett's Impeccably Virtuous Solution to the "Negro Problem" (WHITEHOUSE.ORG)


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Bush to balance budget with lemonade stand on White House lawn. The $32 billion no-bid contract to build the stand has been awarded to ...


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Satan Sues Oprah for Breach of Contract


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This week's expanded movies (from 1000 screens to 1800): The Greatest Game Ever Played - 63% positive reviews. (The Disney golf movie.)


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This week's movies (900 screens): The Gospel - no reviews on file. WTF? I first heard of this PG film ten minutes ago.


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This week's movies (1560 screens): Waiting... - no reviews on file.
  • Not one review? That doesn't sound like a good sign. In fact, it leads me to suspect that the film sucks. Ryan Reynolds is one funny guy, and lowbrow comedies are hot, so if the film were really funny, wouldn't they want to get some reviews out there from potentially friendly critics?


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This week's movies (2350 screens): Two For The Money - 33% positive reviews. This is the Pacino film that looks very much like The Devil's Advocate.


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This week's movies (2850 screens): In Her Shoes - 70% positive reviews. A multi-tissue weepfest. Hey, women also go to movies.


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This week's movies (3000 screens): Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit - 100% positive reviews. I had no intention of seeing this, but the reviews are not merely positive, but delirious, to wit:
  • "Nearly bursting with wit"
  • "Deliciously eccentric and witty ...with its deft humour and unique touches, [it] is an inspired adventure for every age"
  • "A witty and wonderful clay-animated comedy that is a charmer from start to finish with its two endearing antiheroes and its clever puns and wry references to other movies."
  • "a pure delight"



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The Weekend Warrior makes his box office predictions for this weekend
  • He thinks that Wallace and Gromit will take the top spot, with In Her Shoes close on its heels.
  • He expects Serenity to drop off the map, even losing to two films it beat last week. That does make sense to me. I suppose all the Firefly fans have already seen it.
  • He predicts a #4 spot for Two for the Money (Pacino/McConaughey), and #9 for Waiting.
  • He may be underestimating the power of Waiting to attract the youth market. My son and his friends are champing at the bit for this movie, and lowbrow comedies have been the surprise powerhouses of this year. On the other hand, as noted above, there are unfavorable auspices for this movie.


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Once again, Conan talks to the Clutch Cargo version of President Bush


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Nine clips and a featurette from Tony Scott's Domino


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"BUSH GIVES SUPREME COURT PICK A COPY OF "JUDGING FOR DUMMIES"


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From our "department of obvious observations" - Hugh Grant looks like a "butch lesbian." Actually, he's not that butch.


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Sharon Stone defends Kate Moss over alleged cocaine 'mistake'
  • "US film star Sharon Stone defended Kate Moss over recent allegations that the twig-thin British model took cocaine, saying she did the right thing by apologizing and everybody should be allowed a mistake ..."
  • Like Manson, for example. If he would just say he's really sorry and promise to try not to kill any more people - and really mean it - none of that tricky "crossing his fingers" jazz - we should give the poor guy a break.


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The world's least-alike twins


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One possible explanation for why the Chicago Bears suck. One of many.


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2005 NFL Cheerleading Tour - Day 17 : Carolina Panthers.

Some things in life need a little hands-on inspection. So when an old college friend called me on Saturday and asked if I could get my butt to Charlotte for the Monday Night match-up against Brett Favre and the Packers, how could I refuse? The return to my old stomping grounds to see my beloved Panthers and the TopCats was fantastic, but it put the 2005 Tour back a day. Traveling from Tampa to Charlotte and back again this morning, along with a Brett Favre comeback, made more than a few hairs turn gray. A few cups of coffee and another look at the Carolina Top Cats has brought me back from the walking dead.

Since 1996, these lovely ladies have been roaming the sidelines in Charlotte, but the current squad looks like it is a rebuilding mode, with nineteen girls in their first or second season. This squad has a lot of new faces, and the loss of 2004 beauties like Carly, hurts the team. Time will tell if the rookies, such as Megan, have what it takes to live up to the rep of fan favorite and veteran (and mechanical engineer!) Jenny.

The website has a lot of potential, but the webmaster should look at some other sites and tie all of the loose ends together. The roster page makes it easy for users to find out more information on their favorite TopCat, but the group photo is on the small side, and the bios are a bit lacking compared to other teams. The bios only include two photos. There should be more. The photo gallery features some great pictures, but most of these pictures are from last season. Auditions, community work, team calendar? The TopCats do these things, but you have to go outside of the Cheerleader section to find any evidence of them. Pictures of these happen to be in the Fan Zone section. Here are some great shots from the calendar. Why are these not in the TopCats section?

This is the cheerleading squad of my favorite team, but I have to admit that they are in the middle of the pack.

Rating 7.5 out of 10.


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GALLUP: Nearly Half of Americans Think U.S. Will Soon Have a Woman President. Of course, most of them thought Geena Davis was the current president.


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Tampa Bay analysts conclude it is nearly as ill-prepared for a hurricane as N'awlins


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The Daily Show: "As Texas Lottery Commissioner Harriet Miers brought sanity to the Crazy 8's Scratch n' Match."


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The Daily Show: "When the president says he talks to his generals, we guess he means 'not about Iraq.'"


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Will there be more NFL games outside the USA? Well, there will be several more in San Antonio. Does that count?


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Taking Advantage Of Technology - the Beer Can Padlock Shim


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A complete list of neologisms created by The Simpsons


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Conan O'Brien's latest quotables:
  • "In a recent interview, Courtney Love says that now that she's over 40 she's decided not to flash her breasts in public anymore. Courtney's exact words were, 'From now on, I'm all about the crotch.'"
  • "'Us Weekly' is reporting that Ashton Kutcher cried during his wedding to Demi Moore. When asked about it, Moore said, 'Of course Ashton cried. He's teething.'"
  • "It's been announced that Elton John has written a new Broadway musical. A spokesperson for the musical said now that Elton John is involved, Broadway can finally start attracting some gay fans."




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Internet search giant Yahoo will make books available for reading online.
  • "Yahoo is not scanning copyrighted works, as Google did before publishers called foul and it temporarily stopped. Instead, Yahoo is paying for the scanning of older, out of print titles and making them searchable through the Yahoo index and a new website at opencontentalliance.org."


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30GB Web Mail Launches Into Beta
  • "However, many users are wary of the service, its privacy policy and terms of service. One user called the service 'shady' and stated 'the ToS/Eula is amazingly short'. The service is currently in beta and, mimicking Google's GMail service, it requires an invite to gain access to the service. Like other services that have popped up on the internet promising gigs worth of email we don't expect it to last longer than a few months so grab an invite whilst you can."


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