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Sunday, December 20, 2009



What Unemployment? CA jobs go to those with connections

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 05:50 PM PST

Lawmakers have broad powers to hire whomever they wish, and those they employ need not go through the Civil Service exam process that requires applicants to compete for jobs on merit. Some are paid consultants, with vague responsibilities. Others have titles that bear little relationship to what they actually do.

100 Ton Bomb Explodes (Vid)

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 05:30 PM PST

BOOM! The shock wave is insane!

Why some insects can survive freezing: Huge X-ray microscope

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 05:22 PM PST

Using a microscope the size of a football field, researchers are studying why some insects can survive freezing, while others cannot. Why is this important? Because the common fruit fly is one of the bugs that cannot survive freezing and the little creature just so happens to share much of the same genetic makeup as humans.

WWII shipwreck found off Australian coast - Yahoo! News

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 05:22 PM PST

Deep-sea searchers on Sunday found the wreck of an Australian hospital ship torpedoed by a Japanese submarine during World War II off the country's east coast, the government said.

Google Android App Market Catching Up

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 05:22 PM PST

The Android app market is growing at a rapid pace, having nearly doubled in the last five months to reach 20,000 apps. The Android Market is expected to count around 50,000 apps next year.

U.S. test to simulate Iran missile attack

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 05:10 PM PST

The U.S. military's Missile Defense Agency will practice protecting the United States from a simulated Iranian missile attack next month in an exercise using the agency's newest missile-killing technology, Pentagon officials said Friday.

8 Kinds of Drug Dealers

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 04:50 PM PST

Hmmm... Quite Interesting.

It's snowing so hard at my house......

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 04:40 PM PST

Even my grill is getting in the mood

How to Get Free Inflight Wi-Fi This Holiday Season

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 04:20 PM PST

Holiday travel can be a tiresome experience. If you want to relax with a little Wi-Fi on the plane, here is a compiled a list of the codes you can use to get free internet access during your holiday excursions.

Winter Solstice Monday: Facts on First Day of Winter

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 04:10 PM PST

Monday, the 2009 winter solstice, is the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Find out why it's also the year's darkest day and yet has been celebrated for centuries.

Hard to Detect Hack — Attack Of The RAM Scraper

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 04:00 PM PST

Using your credit card or PIN to buy gifts? Beware of malware aimed at grabbing valuable data from volatile memory in point-of-sale systems.

Too Cold for Nude Protest, so Bikers Wear Fake Boobs Instead

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 03:40 PM PST

Dozens of bikers joined a protest called the "Freedom Ride" to oppose the removal of a bike path in Williamsburg, an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. The path had been removed because residents don't want to see bikers in shorts. The bikers planned to go topless but wound up pinning plastic breasts to their jackets as they rolled into a snowstorm.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 03:20 PM PST

Explanation: If you went outside at exactly the same time every day and took a picture that included the Sun, how would the Sun appear to move? With great planning and effort, such a series of images can be taken. The figure-8 path the Sun follows over the course of a year is called an analemma. This coming Tuesday, the Winter Solstice day in Earth

The World's Most Pathetic Computer Thief [Vid]

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 03:10 PM PST

This guy stole $6,000 in Apple products from a small computer dealer. In the process he drove his car through the store, tripped over cords, nearly fell over tables, and had his whole pathetic burglary caught on surveillance video.

iPhone reception graduates to SNL 'Weekend Update' (Video)

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 03:00 PM PST

Saturday Night Live's 'Weekend Update' with Seth Meyers joined the fray of people who were sick of AT&T's poor network reception - Cue uproarious applause.

People Like This DO Exist [PIC]

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 02:40 PM PST


Dutch Teenage Sailor Is 'Missing'

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 02:21 PM PST

Dutch police say 14-year-old Laura Dekker, who wants to sail solo around the world, has been missing since Friday.

25 Cool Money Faces (Pics)

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 02:00 PM PST

When people and their money come together.

John, when are you going to pick up your daughter? [Pic]

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 02:00 PM PST


CSPAN footage of McCain 'pulling a Franken' blacked out

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 01:50 PM PST

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow last night featured a segment with video, and the transcript from CSPAN's archives that doesn't show us John McCain denying another senator time to finish making a point during an important debate because the audio and the video just inexplicably go blank.

The Saddest Elephant In The World (PIC)

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 01:40 PM PST

Emo elephant, I hope this is not some kind of suicide attempt...

15 of the World's Scariest Looking Foot Bridges (Pics)

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 01:10 PM PST

If you aren't too keen on heights then the look of these 15 foot bridges will fill you with fear. But, even for someone with a head for heights, they are still pretty scary looking...

Calvin & Hobbes' Snowman House of Horror (COMIC)

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 12:50 PM PST

Love these classic strips! Happy Holidays!

Lightning Vs Landmarks (PICS)

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 12:40 PM PST

Who's going to win in a battle between the landmarks we humans have built over recent centuries and the electrical power of lightning, one of nature's most powerful forces?

Brittany Murphy Dies at Age 32

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 11:50 AM PST

Brittany Murphy died this morning after she went into full cardiac arrest and could not be revived.

Rage Against the Machine beat X Factor winner in charts

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 11:40 AM PST

Rock band Rage Against The Machine has won the most competitive battle in years for the Christmas number one. The band's single, Killing In The Name, sold 500,000 downloads beating X Factor winner Joe McElderry's The Climb by 50,000 copies to clinch the top spot.

I'll Be Dead Soon [PIC]

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 11:40 AM PST

A little depressing.

Santa Gone Wild - Photo Essays - TIME

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 11:00 AM PST

Yes, Christmas is a time of good cheer, but it's also a time for people to dress up like Santa Claus and make fools of themselves

Top dissident Iranian cleric dies

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 10:32 AM PST

Senior Iranian cleric Grand Ayatollah Hoseyn Ali Montazeri, a fierce critic of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, dies, aged 87.

Ugandan fruitflies have changed colour [Pic]

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 10:20 AM PST

Ugandan fruitflies have changed colour, according to scientists. Researchers have reported in the journal Science that genetic mutations have caused the flies to evolve darker colouration, which they believe helps the creatures adapt to higher altitudes.

Mario's Closet (PIC)

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 10:20 AM PST

Artist Glen Brogan's whimsical take on our favorite Italian plumber's morning ritual. "I wanted to include as many of his power-ups as possible, but the main rule I had to follow was that I couldn't include things that actually transform Mario himself rather that just changing his wardrobe, like the Boo mushroom from Mario Galaxy"

I Was An Awesome Child (pic)

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 09:50 AM PST


“Porn” Among Top Search Terms for Kids

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 09:40 AM PST

In a somewhat worrying piece of news, security firm Symantec has released the top search terms by kids in 2009. Topping the lists: "YouTube", "Google", "Facebook", "sex "and "porn".

Amazing HS Lip Dub-- Shot BACKWARDS!

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 09:30 AM PST

When Washington State's Shorecrest High challenged Shorewood High to make a Lipdub video they didnt know what they were getting themselves into. Beat THAT, Shorecrest!

Earth on track for epic die-off, scientists say

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 09:00 AM PST

If the course of human history is any model, then the wheels are already turning on Earth's sixth mass extinction, thanks to habitat destruction, pollution and now global warming, a scientific analysis of millions of years of data revealed Friday.

Lance Armstrong Named Decade's 'Most Interesting Athlete'

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 07:51 AM PST

I guess kicking cancer's ass (not to mention France's) will gain you some accolades.

After 10 yrs, Convicted Killer Freed Over Destroyed Evidence

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 07:20 AM PST

Prosecutors relied on bullet evidence that was later found too unreliable for their case in a 1998 triple homicide. Then, authorities destroyed other evidence from the fatal shootings of 3 people. Now, Philip Scott Cannon, who was convicted in 1998 has been set free. So either an innocent man was jailed for 10 yrs or a killer was set free. Whoops.

Smartbooks vs. Smart Tablets: The Battle of 2010

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 06:50 AM PST

Rob Enderle thinks there's a battle brewing between tablets and ultra-thin notebooks and he expects that a new hybrid class of ePaper/LCD devices could soon arrive.

Hummer-Driving Cop Draws Gun Over Snowball Fight

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 06:30 AM PST

According to an eyewitness, a D.C. Police detective went nuts after kids pelted his Hummer with snowballs at 14th and U streets NW this afternoon.

10 Things You Need To Know About Arrandale

Posted: 20 Dec 2009 06:20 AM PST

10 most important facts about Intel's newest mobile processors.

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