Sunday, June 11, 2006

Kalashnikov Inventor Laments Proliferation
  • "Mikhail Kalashnikov says he designed the assault rifle that bears his name to fend off the German invasion of the Soviet Union.
    But six decades later, he laments its transformation into the worldwide weapon of choice for terrorists and gangsters."
  • General Kalashnikov is an old man and has re-written history in his head. The name AK-47 has a very specific meaning. A for automatic, K for Kalashnikov, 47 for its year of invention. The German invasion was obviously not a concern in 1947. If you want to be very harsh, you might say that Kalashnikov designed the weapon in peacetime for Stalin to oppress his own people, and Stalin could easily be called the greatest terrorist and gangster of them all!


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Weekend Box Office Results, June 9-11, 2006
  • There are no real major surprises. The analysts had everything pretty much on the money.
  • From the chart below, it appears that Cars was a bit below expectations, but that is more a factor of optimistic expectations than disappointing performance. The weekend was 8% above last year, and that is better than any of the four previous weekends, so it was probably unrealistic to expect it to be even better. Cars delivered, after all, the second best June opening of all time, so that has to be considered right on target, and Prairie Home Companion shoudl be considered a pleasant (if undramatic) surprise.


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If My Child Was Born on June 6, 2006
  • "Landover Baptist Creation Scientists have put together a checklist of recommended actions one should take if their baby was born on 06-06-06."


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"Nude cyclists ride on a street in Mexico City as part of 'The World Naked Bike Ride,' demanding respect from motorists and protesting the car-oriented culture in this megalopolis of 20 million "
  • I'm not sure which Spanish word they translated into "nude," but it appears that all the cyclists are completely clad. The guy in front doesn't even have a naked face - he's wearing a Mil Mascaras mask!


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An extraordinary hole-in-one struck by Fuzzy Zoeller


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How to Mask Your IP and Use Country Restricted Services
  • You don't need to be a techie. It is incredibly simple.


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The Chosen One has left the Namibian building, in preparation for being declared the Messiah.


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Amazing hi-res true-color picture of the Martian surface.


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A video clip from Superman Returns


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The trailer for Room
  • Room is the disturbing, surreal story of an overworked Texas woman who cracks under the economic and psychological pressure of supporting her family. Julia (Cyndi Williams) is barely making ends meet by working at the Paradise Bingo Hall in Houston when she begins having visions of a stark, bleak, mysterious industrial room, accompanied by intense headaches and disturbing blackouts. After waking up from a minor car accident, she robs her employer, abandons her family, grabs a plane, and arrives on the streets of New York City in search of the room itself, haunted by psychic visions that continue to drive her to extreme acts.


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