Saturday, January 20, 2007

Allan Sherman for Milton Bradley's "Camp Granada" game


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Frank Sinatra sings Luck Be A Lady Live in Tokyo. He's generally serious about the song but at one point says "ruck be a rady"
I guess if you're as big as Ol' Blue Eyes, you didn't have to be politically correct.


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Orville Redenbacher as a creepy digitally re-created zombie listening to hip-hop
Yeah! That'll sell some popcorn. The real Orville died in 1995. If he were still alive he would turn 100 this July.


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Naked chicks, presented as art, therefore guilt-free, but probably still not safe for work or if your wife catches you looking.


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New Hi-Res still of Harry Potter 5
The kid is aging a bit too fast, because the books are only a year apart, but some of the the movies are two years apart. He will be 21 if they shoot Movie 7 in 2010


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Bam Bam Bigelow passes away


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The eleven worst movies made from TV shows
A more interesting list would be the eleven worst films made from good TV shows. I mean, let's face it, what chance did The Dukes of Hazzard have? Sure it stunk, but it could have been way better than the TV show and would still have stunk. How about The Honeymooners and The Rocky and Bullwinkle Movie, which created bad movies from acclaimed shows? (The list does include The Avengers and Wild Wild West, which are almost acts of criminal vandalism against the original works.)


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World's oldest woman dies in Canada
Those world's oldest people just keep dying off. They must be cursed!

I still want to know who has held the "world's oldest" title the longest, and the length of their reign


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What ever happened to the eleven original employees of Microsoft?


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Iran's government has essentially legalized prostitution, including child prostitution, through the practice of 'sigheh' or 'temporary marriages'
... a mullah arranges a 'legal union' between a man and a girl (some as young as nine years old) for a fee. The so-called marriage can last anywhere from one hour to 99 years. Under this system, men are free to enter into as many temporary marriages as they so desire, without having any legal obligation or responsibility toward the women and children that they marry only to use as sexual objects and slaves.

In other news, Roman Polanski is now studying to convert to Islam.

I guess I shouldn't joke about it. The article is a terrifying look at life inside Iran, constructed from a survey of Farsi-language blogs. The US State Department also has a page devoted to the temporary marriage practice. "The law allowed for the practice of temporary marriages based on a Shi'a custom in which a woman or a girl may become the wife of a married or single Muslim male after a simple and brief religious ceremony. The temporary marriage may last any length of time. According to Shi'a Islamic law, men may have as many temporary wives as they wish. Such wives are not granted rights associated with traditional marriage."

It should be pointed out in fairness that the practice does require the permission of "the girl's father or a male relative." I assume such permissions are not difficult to obtain from either threats or emoluments, but I really don't know.


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Hungry hippo eats a zebra
According to the article, this rare event has never been captured before on film


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"Male drivers have a 77 percent higher risk of dying in a car accident than women, based on miles driven."
I'm thinking that this is because guys like to drive like James Dean. Men take more risks, speed more, are more likely to drive while inebriated.

High risk: If you're a male out at 2 a.m. Saturday on a motorcycle in the South, you may want to take out some more insurance.

Low risk: The safest possible scenario would involve 4-year-old girl in a van or school bus, stuck in a Wednesday morning rush hour in New England in February.


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50 Blasphemously Fun Things To Do In Church


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Daily Box Office for Friday, January 19, 2007
Stomp the Yard and Night at the Museum held on to the #1 and #2 positions, as The Hitcher disappointed. Pan's Labyrinth did well in its expansion, reaching #1 in the average per screen and #7 overall. I finally got into Pan's Labyrinth yesterday, although I had to go very late at night because the earlier ones were again sold out. It is a very impressive movie. A caution: I know it is ostensibly a fairy tale, but you probably don't want to take your kids. You definitely don't want to take any young children, because it includes some explicit gore and also shows children being harmed physically! Apart from that, see it if you have any interest at all in a Spanish-language film. I haven't seen Eastwood's Japanese-language Iwo Jima film, but it must really be a helluva film if it beat this for "Best Foreign Language Film" at the Golden Globes.

It was the year of the Spanish-speaking director. You could almost make up a perfectly credible list of Best Picture nominees this year just from their work: Babel, Children of Men, Volver, Pan's Labyrinth. Volver's director (Almodovar) is Spanish, the other three directors are Mexican. It is possible that none of the four will be nominated for "best picture," particularly since the last two are in Spanish, but that list can be compared without embarrassment to any other four 2006 films you can name.


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Eric Grohe: the greatest painter you never heard of.
He paints murals on the sides of boring buildings, transforming them into Trump L'Oeil masterpieces, and completely changing the look of entire neighborhoods. This guy should team up with Julien Beever, the sidewalk mural dude.


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How the camera phone is changing the world


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Universal and Sony prohibit Zune from sharing certain artists
The situation is complicated and confusing for Zune subscribers, who are in the dark about which artists can or cannot be shared with other users, even though they can all be downloaded for personal use. As Engadget points out, "There's no warning that a song might be unsharable until you actually try to send it and fail."


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ALBERTO GONZALES RIPS ACTIVIST, UNINFORMED JUDGES - FROM AMERICAN IDOL


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The home page for the comedy genius of TV Funhouse


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The Online Rorschach Test
After repeated letters from dozens of outraged psychologists and psychiatrists claiming that this page "violates the copyright on the Rorschach Test", we feel compelled to post this notice: The information presented here, including the outlines of the Rorschach inkblots, is not in violation of copyright law. Please don't waste your time writing us to complain or threatening to "turn us in to the publisher".

I don't know if the above claim is accurate, but I do know that you can use this to avoid taking a Rorschach if you wish to. They are sometimes mandated by court-appointed psychologists in their evaluations, but they will not administer them if you tell them that you have recently taken the test and studied or discussed the results.


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The German recording industry has obtained injunctions against data exchange services
Their first target was RapidShare. YouTube and MySpace are said to be on their hit list as well. The District Court in Cologne made it clear to the company that the fact that it was the users and not the operator of the services that uploaded the content onto their sites did NOT lessen the operator’s liability for copyright infringements that occurred within the context of the services. I'm not sure about the practical application of the ruling. After I read this I checked RapidShare, and it seems to be "business as usual"


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The U.S. Senate defeated the "blogger registration" amendment
This is the amendment which would have required registration from anyone getting paid to communicate on policy matters to 500 or more members of the general public. Some interpreted the amendment as a draconian attempt to stifle political blogging.


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FBI Arrests Former NETELLER Executives
Netteller is an e-wallet liek PayPal, but it can be used to give and receive funds from gambling sites. The US Feds therefore consider it to be laundering money for illegal gaming. (Neither of the men has ever held any position or stock in an actual gambling site.) This demonstrates that the complete crackdown on internet gambling is getting closer and closer, although the process will be gradual and methodical rather than dramatic.


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Mona Lisa's Grave Found, Claims Scholar


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For "LOST" fanatics - upcoming episode spoilers and analysis


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"Things My Boyfriend Says:..
"You're not going to post this on the internet, are you?" Well, she did. Pretty funny!


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Spike Jones & his City Slickers basically invented the music video some 50-60 years ago. Here's an example..


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Kevin Federline Raps for Nationwide ("Making of" video for his Superbowl Commercial)


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A rock group has created a song/video which pays tribute to William Zabka - the bad guy in Karate Kid
Zabkamania! The name of the song is "Johnny, sweep the leg!", and the video actually features William Zabka as he looks today. (He's still acting.) Zabka's character, of course, was voted as the film villian "most deserving of a cockpunch." The younger version of Zabka made a living playing the roles too obnoxious for Ron Silver and James Spader.


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