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Thursday, July 16, 2009



Nic Cage Has A Great Idea, Everyone!

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 05:20 PM PDT

So tell us, Mr. Cage, what sort of Eastern philosophies did you draw on for your role as Speckles the Star-Nosed Mole? Was it a method performance? Did you do a lot of Tai Chi? Perhaps a master cleanse to clear your mind? Please, take us into your process.

'Pig Flu of the Apocalypse' could kill 63,000 in UK

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 05:10 PM PDT

New U.K. calculations suggest that, in the worst-case scenario, 63,000 people could die after contracting the A/H1N1 swine flu virus in the first wave of the pandemic.

7 Creative Twitter Apps That Do More Than Just Tweet

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 05:10 PM PDT

While there are a great deal of Twitter applications that help you track keywords, monitor conversations and help you tweet, some applications actually allow you to carry out specific non-Twitter related tasks. Whether it be everyday activities or fun and games, these apps help you to track, process and perform your daily deeds!

Steve Carell's Animation Movie 'Despicable me' Trailer

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 05:00 PM PDT

"This trailer for Despicable Me (from Universal and Illumination Entertainment) looks promising. If only because it kept making me go "Wha?" "

Madonna's Stage Collapses; One Person Dies |

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 04:50 PM PDT

The Marseille fire department says a stage built for Madonna's concert at the Stage Velodrome stadium collapsed on several workers on Thursday, killing one person and injuring at least six others.

Is Money Tight? Have You Tried Spiritual Finance? WTF!

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 04:50 PM PDT

With job layoffs at record highs and the worst economic period for the US since the great depression, the term spiritual mathematics has caught my attention and has me concerned.

Do The Math: 8 Reasons Harry Potter Is Greater Than Twilight

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Hermione > Bella Lets just admit it to ourselves. Sure, Kristen Stewart has her days, but Emma Watson has more. We've seen her grow from a frizzy-haired snob into a wide-eyed witch, and sure, she's still a bit bossy, but isn't that the best part?

Smart tags to reveal where our trash ends up - environment -

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 04:40 PM PDT

New Scientist is collaborating with Massachusetts Institute of Technology in a ground-breaking experiment to electronically tag and follow ordinary trash

Seizure Inducing Sandra Lee Montage

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 04:30 PM PDT

The Food Network star like you've never seen her before.

An American Idol Audition That Killed a Dog

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 04:20 PM PDT

The American Idol auditions that turned Invesco Field at Mile High into an ear-damage danger zone for three days earlier this week racked up at least one casualty.

Sneakey software can dup keys from images even bad ones

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 04:20 PM PDT

Computer programmers at UC San Diego have whipped up software that poses a serious threat. Called "Sneakey," it can use an image of a key from almost any angle to create an exact replica. It doesn't have to be a good image, either

Creative, Unique and Funny Manholes

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 04:10 PM PDT

Hardly can we imagine a more useless architectural unit than a hole in the ground used to access the sewers or other underground installations. True? – Wrong! A manhole can actually be an outstanding artwork and an effective medium to spread the word.

Skull Of Crocodile 100 Million Years Old Unearthed

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 04:10 PM PDT

Paleontologists have made the most important discovery to date at the Arlington Archosaur Site, a prolific fossil site in North Arlington, Texas. The disassembled skull of a crocodile with two and a half inch long teeth that lived nearly 100 million years ago has been unearthed.

Are Copyright Wars Against P2P Our New Prohibition?

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 04:00 PM PDT

Stanford Law professor Lawrence Lessig says using outdated copyright laws to sue illegal file-sharers hasn't caused a decrease in illegal file-sharing, and that in fact "a whole generation of children has been raised to think the law is an ass—and an ass that is to be ignored."

NY Spending 1M to Explain How Stimulus Money is Being Spent

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 03:30 PM PDT

It's now a much smoother ride along Transit Road in Cheektowaga after stimulus dollars paid to pave the way. But not all the federal funds went to the new blacktop. Statewide, nearly $1 million will be spent on signs designed to inform the public of stimulus projects.

IMO Bank of America are .... [PIC]

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 03:20 PM PDT


Wal-Mart Unveils Ambitious Eco-Friendly Program

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 03:20 PM PDT

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. today officially unveiled its widely rumored plan to slap an "eco-rating" on products in its stores. The world's largest retailer is betting that shoppers will care how green their purchases are -- and maybe even pay more for environmentally friendly stuff.

Report: Bush admin 'blacklisted liberal groups'

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 03:10 PM PDT

In a blow to the notion of meritocratic government, applicants to the Justice Department's internships and Honors Program were widely rejected if their resumes included the names of liberal groups on a departmental blacklist, the Washington Blade reports.

Close encounter with an awesome Giant Octopus (VID)

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Watch this amazing BBC footage as Steve Leonard gets up close and personal with a giant octopus in the freezing sea waters.

Can AI Fight Terrorism? Better Question: Should It?

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Computer programs that have the ability to not only collect and sort millions of bits of random data, but to recognize how they relate to each other, are invaluable in the fight against terrorism because no human being has the ability to process the enormous amount of information that our intelligence agencies receive.

An All Pet Airways Hits the Skies

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 02:40 PM PDT

This week, the first flight for the first-ever all-pet airline, took off in Farmingdale, N.Y. After spending the last 4 years designing their fleet of five planes according to new requirements, dealing with FAA regulations and setting up airport schedules, flights on Pet Airways are already booked up for the next two months.

Will Durant: What is Wisdom?

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 02:30 PM PDT

...Invite the great men of the past into your homes. Put their works or lives on your shelves as books..You may be a young radical, or an old businessman crying out for limitless liberty, and as such you may be a useful ferment in a lethargic mass; but if you think of yourself as part of a group, and recognize morality

11 Obscure Taco Bell Trivia Facts

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 02:30 PM PDT

Taco Bell is a fascinating place. Obviously. Lets dig deeper into it than anyone ever has before...

66% of Consumers Say that Advertising is Entertaining

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 02:10 PM PDT

Respondents acknowledged that advertising is useful to them personally as they navigate the marketplace. Respondents even confessed to enjoying advertising, at least some of the time, with 66 percent agreeing (13 percent strongly) that "Advertising often gets my attention and is entertaining."

Is the recession over?

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 02:00 PM PDT

Once again, economic observers are coming forward to declare that the recession is over.But what about the still-increasing unemployment rate and the still-dour retail climate? Pfft, they say. Ignore those numbers and break out the party hats. So are these guys right? Let's examine the evidence.

Will Twitter Sue TechCrunch?

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 01:41 PM PDT

Will Twitter take legal action against Web sites that publish the company's confidential documents, which were leaked by a hacker? Although the micro-blog isn't coming right out and saying it, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams published a blog post yesterday suggesting legal action was a possibility.

"The Summer of Hell" Consumes Texas (Satellite Images)

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 01:30 PM PDT

As if it were ripped straight from the front page of a supermarket tabloid, this morning's satellite image shows what we've all been thinking: namely, there must be some exceptional reason it's so damn hot in Texas and now we know.

A Dozen Video Game Firsts

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 01:30 PM PDT

Video games, of sorts, have been around since the 50's when inventor and Physicist Willy Higinbotham created the very first table-top game in Brookhaven National Laboratory played on an oscilloscope. If you're a video gamer or just interested in origins of stuff, check out this dozen of sweet video game firsts.

Paul McCartney Performs Live Atop Ed Sullivan Theater NYC

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 01:30 PM PDT

Incredible 5 song set that was not aired on TV. 67 years old, and he's still got it.

Oh, It's on now! [PIC]

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 01:20 PM PDT


Navy spends $33 million for hybrid of the high seas

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 01:20 PM PDT

Some might call it an enormous floating Prius, but others will call it a step in the right direction.

Tennis Star Didnt do Coke, Just Kissed a Girl Who Likes Blow

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 01:00 PM PDT

French tennis star Richard Gasquet beat a cocaine use suspension with the excuse, "So, there was this girl... "

Buddyhead Redux - Most loved and feared music site is back

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 12:40 PM PDT

L.A.'s most loved and feared music Web site is back, leading the never-ending quest for music that doesn't suck

Woman Stabbed for Not Wanting to See Roommates Ass

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 12:40 PM PDT

Police in Louisiana said a woman allegedly stabbed her female roommate for requesting she not walk around their apartment in the nude.

IMDB Lists More Characters For 'Arkham Asylum'

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 12:20 PM PDT

Are there more villains lurking within the walls of Arkham Asylum that we've been told about? The Internet Movie Database listing for Batman: Arkham Asylum points in that direction.

Brain Fitness Software Sharpens Drivers

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 12:10 PM PDT

A software company that specializes in "brain fitness" has released a title aimed at drivers who want to speed up their reaction time and track more objects in their peripheral vision.DriveSharp by Posit Science features mental exercises the company says trains users' brain to better process what it sees.

Moon Walkers - The 40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 12:10 PM PDT

A lunar journey is hard but not as hard as coming home when the mission is done. Forty years after the first moon landing, the nature of the men who made the trips may be the deepest mystery of all

Will G.I. Joe Be The Worst Movie Of The Year?

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 12:10 PM PDT

We're all expecting G.I. Joe to be one of the worst movies of all time -- but we were actually overestimating it. Judging from the novelization, G.I. Joe will be a masterpiece of badness.

Cannonballs Really Could Sink Ships Study Finds

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 12:10 PM PDT

Researchers have solved the puzzle of what sunk a recently discovered 19th century battleship.

Forbes.com CEO Jim Spanfeller Steps Down

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 12:10 PM PDT

Forbes.com CEO Jim Spanfeller, who has run one of the Web's biggest finance sites for the last nine years, is leaving the company at the end of the summer. No replacement has been named. Spanfeller's departure comes amid a flurry of bad news for finance publications.

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