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Thursday, December 3, 2009



Disney To Dirty: Mickey Mouse Club's Finest Screw-ups

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 05:20 PM PST

We should point out, in the Disney World, being a screw-up does not necessarily mean you're unsuccessful...in fact, in some cases it means just the opposite. Take a look back at the most dysfunctional Disney babies who fell down, dropped their pants, and got right back up again.

UFC Ultimate Fighter Finale Card Set

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 05:10 PM PST

The stage is set. It's former NFL player Brendan Schaub against former IFL champ Roy "Big Country" Nelson. Here is the entire card for The Ultimate Fighter Finale, Saturday, December 5th on Spike.

Deadly hotel blast in Somalia [video]

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 05:00 PM PST

A suspected suicide bombing rips through a graduation ceremony - killing at least 19 people including three government ministers - at a Mogadishu hotel in Somalia.

Congress appears poised to back Obama war plan

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 04:50 PM PST

President Barack Obama appears to have secured what President George W. Bush couldn't: bipartisan support for an unpopular and faltering war.

Nature Tourism Doesn't Always Help

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 04:50 PM PST

Ecotourists who want to help boost the environment with their travel dollars may be best off backpacking..

Ecornomics: America's Favorite Crop (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 04:50 PM PST

It fuels us, our cars and our economy. Here is some insight into the popularity of America's addiction to corn.

Online Game Causes Baby's Death in China

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 04:40 PM PST

It's always sad when someone dies playing video games, usually for upwards of fifty hours straight, but it's even sadder when someone else dies because of your desire to collect that last magic coin.

Study Finds 232 Toxic Chemicals in Newborn Babies

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 04:40 PM PST

A 2-year study, commissioned by eco-nonprofit Environmental Working Group and Rachel's Network, studied the umbilical cord blood of American babies of African American, Asian, and Hispanic heritage born between 2007 and 2008 — to find 232 toxic chemicals.

Couple Making Porn To Pay For Their Wedding

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 04:30 PM PST

In a story that toes the line between inspirational and hilariously trashy, a British couple has revealed that they've been making porn films in order to finance a destination wedding next summer. The couple has raised about $2100 from three porn films and plan on shooting four more.

Fashion's 12 Most Obscenely Expensive Gifts

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 04:20 PM PST

It's time to throw caution and credit-card limits to the wind, because nothing says "Happy Chrismukkah, I Love You!" better than a $12,000 Chanel bicycle.

Exclusive New Interview with CERN's James Gillies

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 04:10 PM PST

Now that CERN has restarted the LHC and its hunt for clues to the Big Bang, we speak to James Gillies, CERN's head of communications, about the proton beam of attention — both legitimate and insane — this massive experiment has been getting.

Suzaku spies treasure trove of intergalactic metal

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 04:00 PM PST

Astronomers have used the Suzaku orbiting X-ray observatory to discover the largest known reservoir of rare metals in the universe.

Senator Moves to Hold Up Bernanke Confirmation

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 03:55 PM PST

The move is unlikely to derail Ben S. Bernanke's reappointment as chairman of the Federal Reserve, but it could give the Fed's critics more time to press their case.

Comcast Could Drop the NBC Name

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 03:50 PM PST

Eventually, the name NBC, short for the National Broadcasting Company, could go the way of history. Given both companies' emphasis on cable channels, a name like Comcast Entertainment may make more sense in the long term.

This week, Zero Punctuation reviews Assassin's Creed 2.

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 03:40 PM PST


Top 30 All-Time Greatest Punk Albums!

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 03:30 PM PST

From The Clash to the Sex Pistols, they're all here. What do you think of the top 5?

Man controls robotic hand with thoughts

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 03:20 PM PST

An Italian man who lost half his arm in a car crash has become the first person in the world to be given a robotic hand that can be controlled by thoughts, scientists have claimed.

Forget DTV; FCC now planning "all-IP" phone transition

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 03:10 PM PST

The writing is on the wall for old school circuit-switched phone networks, and the world is going all-IP. Now, the FCC is gathering data to guide the next major transition of the country's communications network.

Ben Stiller Launches Social Media-Driven Stillerstrong!

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 03:00 PM PST

Ben Stiller pulled out all the social media stops today when he launched his semi-satirical charity initiative, Stillerstrong, via Facebook, Twitter and a branded Web site. The campaign is not-so loosely (and hilariously) based on Lance Armstrong's Livestrong initiative...

How our brains build social worlds

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 02:50 PM PST

What does a meeting of minds really mean? To understand how people interact, we need to think of their brains as a single system, say Andreas Roepstorff, Chris Frith and Uta Frith.

President Obama and President Pelosi Part Ways

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 02:40 PM PST

Opposition to the Afghanistan troop surge is strong among the president's media allies and grassroots supporters.

How a Web Design Goes Straight to Hell (COMIC)

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 02:30 PM PST

This is for all you web designers out there who have suffered as I have suffered.

Forbes: How Apple And iPhone Blew It In China

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 02:19 PM PST

One of the greatest success stories of our time just found failure in a big new market.

Activision's Unorthodox Early Review Access

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 02:10 PM PST

A look at some of the game-media-related stories that have fallen through the cracks in the past few months.

NY Times: Aaron Patzer on the Future of Mint + Intuit

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 02:00 PM PST

Mr. Patzer, 29, became vice president and general manager of Intuit's personal finance group and now oversees the company's Mint and Quicken products for desktop, online and mobile. Mr. Patzer, who says the new Quicken 2010 desktop program is vastly improved over the old version, spoke recently about his company's stunning ascent.

Download Your Own Robot Scientist

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 01:50 PM PST

Ever wanted to have a robot to do your research for you? If you are a scientist, you have almost certainly had this dream. Now it's a real option: Eureqa, a program that distills scientific laws from raw data, is freely available to researchers.

100+ Open Courseware Collections for Aspiring Web Devs

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 01:40 PM PST

If you're looking to break into the web dev industry, start your own development and design business, or learn a few new skills to remain a competitive force in your field, you don't necessarily have to go back to school and pay for an expensive degree.

Santa's little blackface helper in Holland

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 01:30 PM PST

To a visitor from across the Atlantic the scene would be disconcerting to say the least. Dozens of young Europeans in satin britches and curly afro wigs, in blackface, cavort through a gleeful crowd. Their rouged lips and darkened faces recall the notorious minstrel shows of 19th-century America.

Palin’s “Going Rogue” Tour Finally Jumps the Shark

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 01:20 PM PST

The Palinapoolaz Book Tour jumped the shark today, when an internal memo of her demands for her book-signing appearance at the Mall of America was been released to the AP by accident. We are told we must address her by "Governor", in English only, and that no foreign press will be allowed. After she was tripped up by Canadians last week.

Down Syndrome Births Rise in U.S.

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 01:10 PM PST

The number of U.S. babies born with Down syndrome has increased by nearly one-third over the last three decades, despite the large number of women choosing to end those pregnancies, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Grocery Employee Resigns Using Note Written in Cheese Whiz

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 01:00 PM PST

With unemployment rates on the rise, now would not seem like the best time to quit your job. But if you're gonna do it, might as well do it with style, right? That seems to be the thinking of a guy who we can now safely say used to work at a local grocery store.

Who killed the good doctor?

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 01:00 PM PST

Cloud of doubt and suspicion surrounding the death of a doctor who witnessed the torture of opposition detainees in Iran

5 Tech Gifts To Avoid Giving This Season

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 01:00 PM PST

Ah, the Holidays are here, and with it comes the Spirit of Giving. While you are going through your list, finding the perfect gift for those you love (and otherwise), it might be good to note that some tech gifts are better served by not giving.

9 Badass Actors Who Got Casted For Wussy, Wussy Roles

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 01:00 PM PST

There's one question that every badass action movie star should know the answer to: Wouldn't it be cute if you did something lighthearted for a change? The answer is always NO.

Google Launches Alternative DNS Resolver

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 12:58 PM PST

Google has created a new DNS resolver system to speed up Web browsing.

Elizabeth Warren: America Without a Middle Class

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 12:50 PM PST

Can you imagine an America without a strong middle class? If you can, would it still be America as we know it?

Stevie Wonder named UN Messenger of Peace [w/video]

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 12:50 PM PST

Stevie Wonder might have dozens of music world trophies at home, but being named a UN Messenger of Peace is truly an honour beyond any that I have ever imagined, the iconic singer told reporters in New York on Thursday. Wonder is the 11th Messenger of Peace.

'City of a thousand minarets' disgruntled at Swiss vote

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 12:50 PM PST

But official reactions will be subdued in a country - Egypt - where minority Coptic Christians wanting to build new churches have been met with strong resistance

How to make small talk

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 12:50 PM PST

"When you see people,''..."the first thing they say is, 'What's new?' You say, 'Nothing,' and then there's nothing to talk about.''..Small talk involves more than answering questions as if you're on the witness stand. A good mingler needs to initiate conversation. It also helps to remember that many people at the party feel as shy as you do

Biometric Timeclock Seen by Some as Intrusive and 'Creepy'

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 12:30 PM PST

Employees at a growing number of businesses are starting and ending their days by pressing a hand or finger to a scanner that logs the precise time of their arrival & departure - information that is reflected in payroll records. The new systems have raised complaints, however, from workers who see the efforts to track their movements as excessive.

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