20 March 2009

Madoff employee tells all

An unnamed employee of the legitimate front of Bernie Madoff's ponzi scheme has granted an interview.

"In a Daily Beast exclusive, one of the fraudster’s employees tells Lucinda Franks that the supposedly legitimate brokerage operations were in fact just money-losing fronts for the fraudster's scheme. Plus, what Madoff’s sons told staff the day after Bernie’s arrest, trips to the company’s secretive 17th floor, Bernie’s obsession with the color black and employee neatness, the roles of other family members, and visits to the founder’s Montauk home."

Sheep Art. God I hope this is real

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Steele the Mic . . . Wha!!??!?!

The ultimate hippity hoppity throw down:

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19 March 2009

Waterless urinals - more eco-friendly, more sanitary

A single waterless urinal can save tens of thousands of gallons of fresh, pure drinking water every year. The waterless urinals are also more sanitary than standard flush urinals and don't require the same amount of maintenance and don't cause plumbing emergencies like flooding.

Uncle Sam wants YOU to weatherize your home

As part of the economic stimulus package and an overarching plan to increase the efficiency of American homes, the government is offering assistance for those willing to make the jump for greener homes. Save money on energy bills by insulating, replacing windows and doors, and changing those incandescent lightbulbs for their eco-friendlier CFL or LED brothers.

Planet green has the story along with a state-by-state guide to determine eligibility.

18 March 2009

Societal expectations and sex: gender showdown

Two sexperts duke it out in a side-by-side article addressing societal expectations on sexual behavior and how it affects men versus women. In a battle to answer who has it worse, Susannah Breslin of Reverse Cowgirl and Grant Stoddard of Nerve.com lay the case for their respective genders.

New York Post - props to you!

I never thought I'd say it, but I must give the New York Post the props it so deserves.

Tucker Carlson: How Jon Stewart Went Bad

Since we gleefully hosted Jon Stewart's epic sauté of CNBC's Jim Cramer last Thursday, in the interest of fairness, I offer former Jon-Stewart-victim Tucker Carlson writing at the Daily Beast.

Tucker argues that Stewart has long enjoyed an untouchable position in the media's eye, he critiques last week's interview and provides some additional details about the day Jon Stewart ate Crossfire with some microgreens and a cool sauvignon blanc.

He writes:
As Stewart becomes more self-righteous, he inevitably becomes less funny. Sanctimony is the death of humor, and also of innovation. Where a show like South Park challenges its audience’s every conceivable assumption, the Daily Show has become safer than Jay Leno, pandering night after night to the converted. Can you remember the last time Stewart said anything his viewers might disagree with?
In honor of Tucker, my favorite libertarian, I think we should let the market decide. Jon Stewart's ten year run at the daily show brings in upwards of a million viewers a night, Tucker Carlson . . . well, doesn't.

XKCD: Students

"The same goes the one where you're wrestling the Green Ranger in the swimming pool full of Crisco. You guys all have that dream, right? It's not just me. Right?"

17 March 2009

What's the plural of "virus"?

Some of us try to use a classical approach when pluralizing words taken directly from Latin - id est index becomes indices instead of indexes and minimum becomes minima instead of minimums. So how do we pluralize virus?

Well, etymologically:
"Etymology: a. L. virus slimy liquid, poison, offensive odour or taste."
So virus isn't really countable. At the end of the day, viruses is kind of okay to use, but it's probably most correct to say virus for both singular and plural.

Bush supports Obama

Former President Bush stated that he hopes President Obama succeeds and refuses to criticize him, saying Obama "deserves my silence."

In addition to giving speeches, Mr. Bush is also working on a book that will put the reader in his place during the 12 most difficult decisions he had to make. He hopes the book will help to set the record straight on his sometimes tumultuous tenure.

President Obama and Taoiseach Cowen cousins?

Nope. But Obama does have a bit of Irish in 'im.

Eat less meat, smell sexier

A study suggests that "red meat consumption has a negative impact on perceived body odor hedonicity."

So going vegetarian means you smell better? I guess that doesn't take into account the "Dirty Hippy Effect."

16 March 2009

German fried Obama fingers

In yet another case of lost in translation, a German company seeking to jump on the Obama bandwagon and the rising popularity of American food has committed a packaging blunder. Obama Fingers are "tender, juicy pieces of chicken breast, coated and fried" and they come with curry dip.
"It was supposed to be a homage to the American lifestyle and the new US president"

XKCD: Alternative Energy Revolution

"The moment their arms spun freely in our air, they were doomed -- for Man has earned his right to hold this planet against all comers, by virtue of occasionally producing someone totally batshit insane."