Gentleman in New Orleans Loses Chunk of Arm in Possible Zombie Attack
A Metairie, Louisiana man says stranger chewed, swallowed after taking bite out of his arm.

Ummmm, yeah.

I know one case does not a trend make.

But still!

He attacked him and started eating him!

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kevyn: (meme)
( Apr. 1st, 2009 02:44 am)


OK, I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a shoe queen. Nor do I long for the Zombie Apocalypse.

But given how many of my LJ friends are one or the other (or both), the combo of these two campy memes into one is just too too fabulous to pass up. Introducing the high-heeled Zombie Stompers, just £44.99 from Dress Code UK. Don't be caught without them when fighting the flesh-eating undead! (Ashely, this means you!)

I wonder if they come in men's size 16s?

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"When a 14 year old kid can blow up your business in his spare time, not because he hates you but because he loves you, then you got a problem." -- Gordy Thompson

New Media thinker Clay Shirkey has written a fascinating essay, "Newspapers and the Unthinkable" on the future (or lack thereof) of newspapers.

In it, he addresses some of the very issues that I myself have been thinking about: how newspapers are in total meltdown because of the web and services like Craigslist, how the Internet is a revolution every bit as profound as the Gutenberg Press, and how the question of "How do we save newspapers?" is the wrong question to be asking -- because newspapers are dying, and that process probably can't be stopped. The question should be, "How do we replace the essential function of newspapers?"

And the scary answer is: We don't know yet.

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( Jan. 15th, 2009 09:44 am)
Just when I begin to learn to read Chinese, BoingBoing puts the spotlight on this:



"...Chinese characters are cleverly placed over some of the things."

Cool! Definitely WANT!

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I love unexpected discoveries in science.

Alan Kogut of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center says he and his colleagues have discovered a mysterious "booming noise" coming from space that's six times more powerful than all other space radio sources combined.

For now, the origin of the signal remains a mystery.

"We really don't know what it is,"said team member Michael Seiffert of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

And not only has it presented astronomers with a new puzzle, it is obscuring the sought-for signal from the earliest stars.

Well, it's about time they noticed it. ;-)

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My artist, graphic designer and Free Culture aficionado friends should appreciate this:
Medium-res images of the world (sans Antarctica) have been released for free under a Creative Commons license by Unearthed Outdoors:
This is really cool stuff, here. HUGE images! Their largest resolution free version is 250m per pixel, which is large enough to see Bellingham, but not enough to see my apartment building. (I downloaded the largest version, and nearly crashed my computer trying to play with it.) I've uploaded the smallest version to my Flickr acount, so others can use it. The images are a composite collected by the Landsat 7 satellite between 1999 and 2002.

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Obama's political appointments continue to confound. While I can't say I've approved of some of his choices for his cabinet, this one seems to be a winner: Obama will pick Nobel Prize winner Steven Chu as his Secretary of Energy.

Chu won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1997 "for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light.” He is Professor of Physics and Molecular and Cellular Biology of University of California, Berkeley, and director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which does unclassified scientific research. Chu is noted for pushing for the development of technologies to reduce the impact of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. [Source: Wikipedia]

He's a real, honest-to-goodness scientist, who understands climate change is real, and he's NOT a professional politician. I've never heard of him before, but if he's as promising as his bio on Wikipedia says, we're FINALLY getting some grownups in the White House!

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Now here is a holiday present for the facially hirsute on your list!
Laughed at the one marked "Hyneman." (get it?)

Purchase here.

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Just when you think Christian merchandising could get no crasser, here comes the
"Talking Jesus Doll!" (Only $19.95! Be sure to watch the commercial for extra Mooby creepiness.)

This comes awfully close to the biblical prohibition against worshipping idols. Not that I care what Christians spend their money on, but do you really want to put Jesus on the same level as Barbie and G.I. Joe?

Yes, you too can "create a personal connection with Jesus" with a hunk of molded plastic containing a voice box inside! Also comes in Moses, David, and Virgin Mary versions.

And unlike the famous Jesus Action Figure marketed by Archie McPhee ("With moveable arms and wheels in the feet for miraculous gliding action!"), this Jesus doll is being marketed without a trace of irony.

I have to ask, is this Jesus doll anatomically correct? Because if it's not, Deuteronomy 23:1 says he's unclean: "No one who is emasculated or has his male organ cut off shall enter the assembly of the LORD."

Of course, this doll has lots of potential for mischief, too. If you could replace the voice box inside one of these, a la Barbie's "Math is Hard," what would you have Jesus say?

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(Most definitely NOT Safe For Work!)

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Things you normally don't expect to find depicted in pre-Depression era animation:

  • Full-frontal nudity
  • Large penises
  • Masturbation
  • Vaginal sex
  • Anal sex
  • Oral sex
  • Straight sex
  • Gay sex
  • Anonymous sex
  • Glory holes
  • Crabs
  • Bestiality
  • Penis duels

Things you will find in Eveready Harton, a 1929 pornographic animated short:
All of the above!

This is so cute, in a pornographic way )
US reportedly pulls out of UN Human Rights Council
The Human Rights Tribune is reporting that the US has pulled out of the United Nations' Human Rights Council, "an international body within the United Nations System. Its stated purpose is to address human rights violations."

The mainstream media hasn't picked up on this yet.
If this is true... it sends a scary, scary message about this country's government.
I submitted the "Rosie the Riveter, of Colour, in Colour" post to my favourite blog - BoingBoing.net. This morning, Xeni Jardin posted it! YAY!

This is the second time that BoingBoing has posted a submission from me. The last time was George 'Mr. Sulu' Takei pwning Tim Hardaway.
MTV has declared 2007 to be "The year that the recording industry 'broke.'"

It's been a long time coming -- I've predicted for years that the recording industry in its current form (as well as the motion picture and publishing industries) would be put out of business by the Internet Revolution. The current business model of "scarcity" won't work when anyone can easily copy any work at any time -- and that's exactly what computers do: make fast, accurate copies. The business model for the recording industry has depended on the fact that you couldn't easily copy a song or album.

But those days are over. Just like the Gutenberg Press sparked an information revolution, and put all of the monastic scribes copying manuscripts out of business, today the people who make money off of controlling copies of music are facing the same extinction. The world has moved on, but the traditional recording industry isn't aware that it's already dead.

But it looks like MTV finally sees it.

Here's what Cory Doctorow had to say about it on BoingBoing:
MTV has a three part series on 2007, the Year that the Record Industry Broke, about the incredible missteps, boners, and idiocies that the recording industry scored in 2007, and the losses they suffered as a result. When MTV declares the record industry dead, you know there's something going on.
"October 16: Madonna finalizes a massive 10-year deal with Live Nation, believed to be worth $120 million. It's the largest so-called "360 deal" in history, involving not only Madge's future studio albums but her tours, merchandising, film and TV projects, DVD releases and music-licensing agreements. "For the first time in my career, the way that my music can reach my fans is unlimited," Madonna says in a statement. "The possibilities are endless. Who knows how my albums will be distributed in the future?" The deal brings to an end the singer's 25-year relationship with Warner Music Group, which has released all of her albums to date."
Notice that Madonna's now being brought to you by a concert promoter that makes most of its money by getting bums in seats. Every time a Madonna song is copied, it increases the market for her concerts. Talk about a 21st Century business model.
Good riddance, RIAA. Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.
After I posted that George Takei homophobia PSA here, I submitted it to my favourite blog, BoingBoing.net.

Guess what? They published it!

I know, I know, big deal... but I've been reading BoingBoing for almost a year now, and I regularly submit stuff (mostly stuff you guys see here on my LJ)... but this is the first time they have ever used one of my submissions as a contributor!

Yay, me!
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