i was taught at a young age to always wash my chicken (no, not a euphemism 🙂 but now concrete data says to stop immediately.
"During the Holocaust, roughly 10,000 gays were rounded up and sent to the death camps. There they were experimented upon and many were executed. This does not include the numbers who were simply sent to jail for decades." — http://lezgetreal.com/2013/08/israel-to-get-monument-dedicated-to-gays-persecuted-by-nazis/
i like to call myself an "objective gun owner", but this seems to be a fear-based campaign by anti-gun people. i mean…concealed weapon permits are ubiquitous and, therefore, are everywhere these people go. why is starbucks the bad guy in this particular paradigm? if someone wants to go in and shoot up the place, then a sign stating "no firearms allowed on premises" isn't going to deter them.
i think their activist stand is misplaced and should be directed at the gun laws themselves. unlike my gun totin' brothers and sisters, i think extremely strict gun laws should be put into place. not as extreme as taking away sane people's guns, but rather a harsh approach at legal gun ownership and over-the-top sentences to those who have illegal guns or sell them illegally. maybe if an illegal gun is used in a crime, then mandatory life in prison (just a suggestion, without much thought).
wait for the "blooper" at about 2:47 into the video. 🙂
"Wednesday's subject of Colbert's fake ire was no exception. In fact, the story of Mayor Johnny Cummings of Vicco, Ky. and the people of his town is so heartwarming you might want to plan a visit there. If you recall, Vicco made headlines in January for being one of the smallest towns in America to pass a non-discrimination law. Amazing and funny story.
saw this on the today show. backpack with alarm and siren to help keep kids safer. comes in a variety of colors/patterns. they just pull a string inside their shoulder strap to activate it. great back-to-school (or anytime) supply.
funniest article i've read in a while!
bing will officially become a major threat to google very soon. you read it here first, folks. searchers and webmasters have waved the google banner all of their google lives, but google MUST stop treating their good webmasters like crap….or these webmasters will drop them like a safe at the first opportunity.
"oh, how the might have fallen" comes to mind. the company's been lucky that "google" has become a part of our vernacular as a verb to find information. but….all it takes is for colbert, letterman, the daily show, etc. to start using "bing it" and the sheep will follow. so now where are you, google? a severe decline in users/searches and webmasters who have left you. how will your advertisers and stock holders feel about that?
you've been in power a long time and it's beginning to show. unfortunately, in a negative way.
i usually praise google/android's existence, but i think they need a little wake-me-up call. be good people. be ethical. don't be machiavellian. then the people will follow you to the ends of the earth.
"i vent, therefore i am." — Allen McNulty
This text is copied from Amazon.com's editorial review and product description, about the "Up Series" I've waited 8 years for the new video in the series to be released.
"Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man."
"Starting in 1964 with Seven Up, The Up Series has explored this Jesuit maxim. The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, renowned director Michael Apted, a researcher for Seven Up, has been back to talk to them, examining the progression of their lives.
From cab driver Tony to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn and Susan and the enigmatic Neil, as they turn 56 more life-changing decisions and surprising developments are revealed.
The premise behind the Up series is deceptively simple: take a cross-section of children at age 7, ask them about their hopes for the future, and then return every seven years to mark their progress. However, the results of these experiments, launched in 1963 by Britain's Granada Television, are anything but mundane, and their revelations about society, maturation, and the human condition were compiled into six extraordinary films, packaged together for the first time in this five-disc set. We meet the 14 children whose lives we will follow for the next 36 years in Seven Up, a episode of the television series The World in Action and directed by Paul Almond. What becomes evident almost immediately is that class and background will have an indelible effect on the kids for the rest of their lives; the upper-class boys and girls seem confident to the point of boorishness, while the middle- and working-class children seem resigned to a life of hard work or inevitable failure due to their backgrounds.
Fascinated by the footage, Almond's assistant, Michael Apted (later the director of The World Is Not Enough, among others, and president of the Directors' Guild), proposed to revisit the subjects every seven years, and in 1970, 7 Plus Seven was released, followed by 21 Up in '77, 28 Up in '84, 35 Up in '91, and the most recent entry, 42 Up, in '99 (Apted plans to continue the project). And the changes that occur to the original 14 (some of whom drop out of the project) are among the most fascinating and often tragic ever recorded on film. Success, failure, marriage and childbirth, poverty, illness–almost every possible element of the human experience passes before Apted's camera. And while each of the children's stories is riveting, the viewer will undoubtedly be gripped by that of Neil, a shy boy who endures incredible hardships. A one-of-a-kind series and sociological experiment, The Up Series is required viewing for not only documentary fans but any viewer with a curiosity about and concern for their fellow humans. The DVD set includes commentary by Apted on 42 Up. –Paul Gaita
An astonishing, unforgettable look at the structure of life in the 20th century, The UP Series is, according to critic Roger Ebert, 'an inspired, almost noble use of the film medium. Apted penetrates to the central mystery of life'."
kudos to shutterfly.com — i rec'd a free photo mug code from one of my mailing lists and spent the time to pick out my mug, arrange text, upload and arrange pics, etc. and then, at checkout entered my free mug code. it didn't give me the discount.
so i called them and they said it was for the white ceramic mug only. i explained that their terms were so long and in such a tiny font that i didn't notice that. i just saw "free photo mug", the code, and the exp. date of the offer (which were in huge fonts, btw).
he put me on hold (which is usually never good) and came back and said that since i was a new customer they wanted my first experience to be a good one and gave me the mug i chose for free! very friendly, too.
i'll post a pic here of the mug when it arrives in a couple of weeks (I chose the longest time for the cheapest shipping 🙂
[it arrived on 8/12/2013! here are the pics of the front and back of the coffee cup.]
Gonna' vent now: I can't effing stand Obama anymore. Sell-out mf. He's become a Republican, I think. I was madly in love with him in the beginning and now he's broken my heart.
It's like if you first met Hitler when he was taking drawing classes in his youth and thought "Gee…what a kind, thoughtful artist he seems to be. I think I'll friend him on Facebook!" But then….he becomes Hitler.
(BTW…it's an analogy, not a comparison.)
The "Relucant Bride" wedding cake topper. Ha!
lol. freudian much?
There’s a Morning-After HIV Pill That Many People Don’t Know About.
a new, emerging search engine i'm liking…
"People are making major changes in their on-line habits and looking for ways to protect their private information from US government surveillance. Our fans especially appreciate the fact that we are a Dutch company, which means we are not directly subject to the US Patriot Act. And of course, we have never participated in any program like PRISM."
An elderly Wisconsin shop owner drove off a knife-wielding would-be thief this week when she refused to hand over cash and instead offered him Tootsie rolls.