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Saturday, January 2, 2010



The Decade in Online Video, P1: The Early Years

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 04:40 PM PST

The years from 2000 to 2009 were in many ways not only the birth of online video as a mass medium, but the end of television as we know it. The first decade of the 21st century had its fair share of memorable moments. What really set these years apart from decades before is how these moments and others were being shared digitally.

China Arrests 5,394 People in Internet Porn Sweep

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 04:20 PM PST

2009 saw its share of stories about the Chinese government's attempt to "filter" the internet for its citizens. The net result? 5,394 arrests and 4,186 criminal case investigations during 2009 — four times more than in the previous year.

Kathy Griffin Drops F-Bomb on CNN New Year's Special

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 04:10 PM PST

Never-subtle comedian Kathy Griffin stunned her TV co-host Anderson Cooper on CNN's New Year's Eve special by dropping something other than that famous Times Square ball

Blues Fire Coach Andy Murray

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 04:00 PM PST

Team president John Davidson announced Saturday that the team has let head coach Andy Murray go.

Andrew W.K. Admits Persona Was Developed By Committee

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 03:50 PM PST

The talk, which can be seen here, has W.K. flat out admitting that he wasn't the original performer, saying, "I'm not the guy you've seen from the I Get Wet album… I'm not that same person. I don't just mean that in a philosophical or conceptual way. It's not the same person at all."

No. of people dying of obesity doubles in 10 years

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 03:30 PM PST

The number of middle-aged people dying as a result of being overweight more than doubling in less than a decade, official figures have disclosed.

UNCW aquaculture facility explores salt-water fish farming

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 03:10 PM PST

The UNCW aquaculture research facility at Wrightsville Beach is no ivory tower. Saltwater fish-farming could not only yield fish free of mercury/PCBs, but also give lots of both economic and environmental benefits.

Is Obama's promise of 'real change' in trouble?

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 03:00 PM PST

The "idea of Obama" - shaped by a political campaign that put him in the White House on a tide of hope and euphoria - has turned out a year later to have been more optimistic than the "reality of Obama."

To Avoid Raising Taxes, States Try To Rack Up Fees

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 02:40 PM PST

Many states want to avoid raising taxes on residents during a recession. But with widespread budget deficits, states are trying to increase revenue by turning to special fees - on hunting and fishing licenses, for example - or by increasing taxes paid by visitors on hotel rooms and rental cars.

Chrysler Will Display Electric Fiat 500 at Detroit Auto Show

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 02:20 PM PST

Does an electric Fiat 500 stand a chance? Chrysler canceled its short-lived ENVI program after just a few months, and made more realistic projections about how much of its fleet will be electrified in the new few years. Are they serious about an electric 500 now, or still putting on a show for their Washington overlords?

Dog tongue swells to 'monster' size

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 01:40 PM PST

A pet dog nearly died after suffering a freak accident that caused her tongue to swell to four times its normal size.

That's One Way To Enter a Pool [VID]

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 01:30 PM PST


12 Trends We Want to See Die in 2010

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 01:10 PM PST

Unfortunately for us, Limp Bizkit, Creed, Vanilla Ice and a host of other wash-ups have begun dragging themselves out of obscurity and holding reunion shows. This may be the biggest waste of arena space since "WWE's Sunday Night Heat."

Inside South Africa's 89,000 Seat World Cup Final Stadium

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 12:51 PM PST

Video walk-through of the 2010 World Cup Finals stadium. It even has hair dryers for the Italians!

New Year drunks should pay for hospital care?

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 12:10 PM PST

Excessive drinking over New Year's Eve could cost Britain's National Health Service as much as 23 million pounds, according to a report on Thursday which recommends drunks be charged a hospital admission fee of 532 pounds...

250 Foot World Record Car Jump Over Open Water

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 12:00 PM PST

A stuntman has beaten the record for the longest distance jumped in a car over water.

Got this in my fortune cookie today...

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 11:20 AM PST

...in bed?!

25 Most Notable Celebrity Deaths of 2009

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 10:50 AM PST

Some of Hollywood's best and brightest passed on in 2009. We've highlighted just 25 of those individuals who left behind distinctive legacies, followed by an alphabetical listing of many more we'll miss.

Are L.A.'s Streets Any Safer with $446 Red-Light Tickets?

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 10:40 AM PST

In October, a piece of what looked like junk mail sent to me from a P.O. box turned out to contain grainy pictures of my car, license plate and face in the classic L.A.-driving-trance position. I'd been captured on camera doing a "California roll" while making a right turn at a red light at Balboa Avenue and Vanowen Boulevard. The damage was $446.

Breaking: Time Warner & Fox reach a deal

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 10:40 AM PST

Time Warner Cable and Fox have reached an agreement that will keep the network's channels on the cable network.

Nintendo shuts down Fan-made Zelda Movie 'Hero of Time'

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 10:30 AM PST

The movie was made by tons of huge fans of the movie but then Nintendo stepped in and had them shut it down quickly.. The movie was online for just a bit over two weeks...

Irish atheists challenge new blasphemy laws

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 10:10 AM PST

Secular campaigners publish series of anti-religious quotes and say they will challenge law if charged with blasphemy

It`s 2010. Now Where The Hell Are The Flying Cars? [IMG]

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 10:10 AM PST


Audi E-Tron concept supercar hits the road

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 09:50 AM PST

The Audi E-tron will hit 0-60 in 4.8 seconds, reach a top speed of 125 mph, last for 155 miles on a charge, and cost somewhere north of the R8's $155,100 sticker price.

Happy Palindrome Date Day (U.S): 01/01/2010

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 09:38 AM PST

Thoreau never had one during his lifetime. Neither did George Washington nor Albert Einstein. Today in the United States, which uses the month/day/year format for dates, there is a rare chance to celebrate a palindrome date - 01/02/2010 - which reads the same forward as it does backward.

Congo volcano eruption threatens rare chimpanzees

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 09:20 AM PST

Lava from an erupting volcano in a sparsely populated area of DR Congo threatens rare chimpanzees, officials say. Mount Nyamulagira, 25km (16 miles) from the eastern city of Goma, erupted at dawn on Saturday, sending lava into the surrounding Virunga National Park.

Pedal-powered submarine to go on sale

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 09:20 AM PST

A pedal-powered submarine capable of diving up to 30 metres has been developed by a Russian company. The craft can be powered by two people with no specialist training and moves at about walking pace.

A generation hooked on caffeine

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 08:40 AM PST

For adults, being "addicted" to caffeine is considered perfectly normal, but what effect does chronic caffeine consumption—particularly via soft drinks—have on young people?

Top 10 Cover Songs of the 00's [w VIDs]

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 08:40 AM PST

Now that 2009 has come and gone, Westword takes a look at the best cover songs from the last decade. Some people argue a great cover song is decided by it's accuracy to the original, others want something new to be brought into the mix. Any of your favorite's we've missed?

Beer: the next health drink?

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 08:30 AM PST

Benjamin Franklin said it best: "Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." For sure, men love their alcohol: The average American guy drinks about 23 gallons of beer, 15 pints of wine and 10 pints of spirits every year. All in all, each year, about 200 million barrels (that's 6.2 billion gallons) of beer are produced and ...

Apple misses its mark on Windows 7 Boot Camp support

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 08:30 AM PST

Installing Windows 7 over Vista will give numerous advantages, even if for nothing more than to increase the stability of the operating system; however, to date Apple has not officially supported this despite claiming support would be out by the end of the year.

Fox News spent weeks promoting "Tea Party Express" scam

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 08:10 AM PST

The political action committee that organized the Tea Party Express ("Our Country Deserves Better PAC") funneled almost two-thirds of its spending back to the political consulting firm from which it was spawned. More than $850,000 of the money the "grassroots" PAC collected went to the firm of GOP political operatives who ran it.

Top seed Federer loses 2010 opener

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 08:00 AM PST

Roger Federer made a losing start to his 2010 campaign as he was beaten in three sets by Swede Robin Soderling at a high-profile exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi on New Year's Day.

That's it, I quit Facebook.

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 07:30 AM PST


Joystiq's Top 10 Games of 2009

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 07:30 AM PST

Actually, it's more like Joystiq's Top 3 of 2009, followed by the Top 7 That Were Left In The Dust By Said Top 3.

The Story Behind the Biggest Toy Craze Last Year

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 07:30 AM PST

Parents stood outside in the cold in the wee hours of Black Friday for the chance to bring one home. EBay opportunists are selling the $10 toys for $50 or more. A hot toy does not emerge every holiday season. But how did one inventor's idea become the craze of the year?

Wicked Slippery (Pic)

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 07:20 AM PST


Economists are Often Cheapskates

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 07:10 AM PST

Economists are often cheapskates. Their annual meetings, always held the first weekend after New Year's Day, even coincide with hotel rates near the lowest point of the year.

25 Views From the Hubble Space Telescope (PICS)

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 07:10 AM PST

Breathtaking shots from deep space, courtesy Hubble Space Telescope.

Purging the Queen's English of "tweet," "app," and "sexting"

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 06:40 AM PST

One university wants to drop the banhammer on the worst terms of the last year. "App," "sexting," "friend" (as a verb), and "tweet" all made the cut. What tech terms would you add?

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