Monday, October 31, 2005 

Failure

WASHINGTON — An aide slipped President Bush a note during a staff meeting in the Oval Office on Friday morning with the news: Vice President Cheney's chief of staff would be indicted in the CIA leak case — the terrible end of a very bad week.

After fumbling the nomination of a Supreme Court justice and defending an unpopular war that has now cost more than 2,000 American lives, Bush finds his presidency at a new low. A USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday shows that a solid majority of Americans, 55%, now judge Bush's presidency to be a failure.

...

In the USA TODAY poll taken this weekend, Bush's approval rating is 41%. That is lower than Reagan's standing at any time during the Iran-contra controversy or Clinton's rating during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

When Gallup asked in 1993 whether the first President Bush's tenure was a success or failure, 53% called it a success even though he had been defeated for re-election a year before. During Clinton's presidency, a majority never called his tenure a failure. Only once, after the health care debacle in 1994, did a plurality say it was a failure, by 50%-44%.

In January 1999, after he had been impeached by the House and was awaiting a Senate trial, 71% called Clinton's tenure a success.

But in August, by 51%-47%, those surveyed by USA TODAY called the current Bush presidency a failure. That proportion grew to 55%-42% in the poll over the weekend.

Friday, October 28, 2005 

Libby Indicted

Now what did G-Dub say back in the day about what would happen if he found out someone in his administration leaked info? (yes he wasn't indicted for leaking the info, but instead obstructing justice, lying etc...but still...)

from dailykos.com:

BUSH THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF SAID HE'D FIRE ANYONE FOR LEAKING, THAT NOBODY WAS INVOLVED...

Asked in June 2004 if he'd stand by his pledge to fire anyone found to have leaked, Bush replied "yes." [Bush Press Conference: Savannah, GA, 6/10/04]

When the White House was asked specifically whether Karl Rove, Elliot Abrams or Lewis Libby told any reporter that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said: "Those individuals -- I talked -- I spoke with those individuals, as I pointed out, and those individuals assured me they were not involved in this. And that's where it stands." [White House Briefing, 10/10/03]

"I don't know of anybody in my administration who leaked classified information. If somebody did leak classified information, I'd like to know it, and we'll take the appropriate action." [Bush Remarks: Chicago, Illinois, 9/30/03]

"The President has set high standards, the highest of standards for people in his administration. He's made it very clear to people in his administration that he expects them to adhere to the highest standards of conduct. If anyone in this administration was involved in it, they would no longer be in this administration." [White House Briefing, 9/29/03]

 

ESPN Coaches Poll

Because I know Cytena and Ping need updates on their new favorite college basketball team:

MD ranked #21 in the first ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll

Dukies are ranked #1

Thursday, October 27, 2005 

Asian Backstreet Boys

Hahaha, they made more movies.

Asian Backstreet Boys

From the page:

The duo's name is called 后舍男生 or in English "Back Dormitory Boys". Their spoof music videos have been selected by Motorola China to promote mobile phones.

 

Demon Eyes

USAToday.com pulled a picture of Condi Rice that they apparently manipulated

USA Today gives Condi 'demon eyes,' pulls photo
Paper admits it gave secretary of state 'unnatural appearance' in Web edition

 

Two Random Google Videos

Sent to me by Marcus and John:

BSB-I want it that way by two chinese students

and randomly found:

el baile de yoda

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 

Google Rules #24313

Since Gary called me out (see comment in previous post) I'd like to point out that he is the 2nd person to point it out to me today (Justin was obviously the other one), and that I was considering posting it yesterday, but then I got lazy...

Anyway, here's some articles about Google Base - Google's next attempt to take over the world (which I fully support while drinking my mocha from Starbucks)

Google Base: All your base are, in fact, belong to us

Google wants your car listings, events...

and for the hell of it, an IM from a coworker:

People who are trying to decide whether to create a blog or not go through a thought process much like this:

1. The world sure needs more of ME.
2. Maybe I'll shout more often so that people nearby can experience the joy of knowing my thoughts.
3. No, wait, shouting looks too crazy.
4. I know - I'll write down my daily thoughts and badger people to read them.
5. If only there was a description for this process that doesn't involve the words egomaniac or unnecessary.
6. What? It's called a blog? I'm there!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 

Touching Your Life

Bush - Cheney
Touching your life


(from Real Time with Bill Maher - Link originally via screenhead.com)

 

iBelieve

I'm getting this for my shuffle...

iBelieve

(Pic from engadget)

 

The Red, White and Blue Devil

From Dan Adams:

Time to move to Canada?

The Red, White and Blue Devil

...

Don't get me wrong: I love the United States. I'm proud to be an American, despite our status as the world's leading exporter of Michael Bay movies. I'm not exactly standing on the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, teeth chattering, fluttering application for political asylum in hand.

But in the wake of reports that Krzyzewski has been tabbed to lead the U.S. national team, well, let's just say that northern Saskatchewan is starting to look a little more inviting.

Let me be blunt. For Duke basketball haters, myself included, the alliance of Coach K and Team USA is terrible news … and terribly confusing.

....

On one hand, we embrace the red, white and blue (and can't exactly root for France); on the other, we uniformly reject all things Blue Devils (helpful hint: AmEx cards will jam your paper shredder. Trust me on that one).

As such, we're a bit torn.

....

Anyway, I digress. The point is that everyone who can't stand Duke faces an Olympic dilemma: Root with the heart or the spleen? For his K-ness, or against one's countrymen?

Patriotism … or hate-riotism?

Either way, no good can come of this.

....

Consequently, the only real, lasting solution for Duke haters is to go bail out completely and find a new country. I don't mean a new country to root for; I mean a new country to live in.

Otherwise, we'll be no better than the legions of Duke fans who didn't actually go to school in Durham, or Notre Dame fans who haven't even visited South Bend.

Like beef? Try Argentina. Fancy the Baltic Sea? Lithuania's your place.

 

Hide My Ass

Could be a good site for those of you behind firewalls that block certain websites.

www.HideMyAss.com


About the site:
Hide My Ass is a free online web service which offers users to browse the web anonymously. If you are at work and need to access a filtered web site, simply use our free service to bypass the network filter.

We decided to keep the site simple and easy to use, as well as fast loading. A lot of proxy sites are plastered with ads, 1000 options and what not.

What does the name mean? I basically wanted something fun and easy to remember as the site only has one purpose, I believe the name is easy to remember and stands out from the crowd. Hide My Ass was set up on the 25th of October 2005 by Jack Cator.

Monday, October 24, 2005 

YahooglesoftcastOnline

Wash Post Graphic covering Yahoo / Google / Microsoft / AOL / Time Warner

Ah I love all the recent Washington Post articles about AOL that aren't about
a) layoffs
b) how much aol sucks
c) how much aol sucks bc of layoffs


America Online
Suddenly, big Internet companies are interested in deals with America Online Inc. Why? It's partly because of you, the consumer. If one company could meet all your Internet needs, it would make tons of money through advertising and services. The quickest way to do that is to form partnerships. Can anyone say, YahooglesoftcastOnline?


 

Got Milk?

From Dan Adams:

New 'Got Milk?' Ad Not a Hit With MLB

SAN FRANCISCO - The latest "Got Milk?" commercial hit a little too close to home for Major League Baseball. Poking fun at the league's steroid scandal, the television ad for the California Milk Processor Board talks about a player getting pulled from a game "after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance."

In the next scene, a coach pulls a carton of milk from the slugger's locker.

"There is nothing humorous about steroid abuse," said Tim Brosnan, executive vice president for business for the league. "I would think that the California Milk Processor Board and their advertising agency would know better regarding an issue that threatens America's youth."

(Stupid Baseball)

Now the ads from gotmilk.com:

Caught, Batting Practice, Tabloid, Never Poured and Manager

(Hah, Baseball sucks)

Sunday, October 23, 2005 

The new men's loo at the Sofitel in Queenstown NZ

(I'm back from London..ugh)

Tinkle Time Out 'Public' In Queenstown

Hong Kong's Peninsula Hotel and the Sofitel Melbourne often attract visitors from around the world who want to visit a loo with a spectacular view.

Now Queenstown's newest hotel, Sofitel Queenstown, is joining that prestigious list with the most eye-opening male toilet of them all.

The second floor men's toilet, which services the complex's restaurants including Bezu and Fatz Cat, has been tastefully and aesthetically designed by the complex's developers Cam Marsh and Mark Perriam of Perron, and Brett Taylor of Group CDA. It features six unique individual 'stands' manufactured by Three Sixty Limited in Auckland.

But it's not the tasteful design or subtle lighting that has tongues wagging in the resort town.

It is the six-metre long backdrop of life-size photographs featuring local models in varying poses directly behind each of the six stands - each with a full view of the action.


Friday, October 21, 2005 

World's Smallest Car


Using the parts inside a single molecule, scientists have constructed the world's smallest car. It has a chassis, axles and a pivoting suspension. The wheels are buckyballs, spheres of pure carbon containing 60 atoms apiece.

It'd be a real squeeze to take it for a spin, however.

The whole car is no more than 4 nanometers across. That's slightly wider than a strand of DNA. A human hair is about 80,000 nanometers thick.

 

Students Disciplined in Sex Case

No wonder he's astonished. This behavior probably doesn't even occur in his own bedroom.

from washpost:

"I don't think it crossed anyone's mind that you would have high school students sneaking off into the auditorium for sexual activity. That's where we have assemblies and bring parents in," said School Board member Patrick D. Linehan.

"We wouldn't have seen this 30 years ago when I was in high school. Then again, maybe I am naive and I wasn't one of those guys."


Board member Patrick D. Linehan found the incident astonishing. (Manassas City School Board - Manassas City School Board)

Thursday, October 20, 2005 

Cool Illusion

Damn cool illusion

If your eyes follow the movement of the rotating pink dot, you will only see one color, pink.
If you stare at the black + in the center, the moving dot turns to green.
Now, concentrate on the black + in the center of the picture. After a short period of time,
all the pink dots will slowly disappear, and you will only see a green dot rotating if you're lucky!
It's amazing how our brain works. There really is no green dot, and the pink ones really don't disappear.
This should be proof enough, we don't always see what we think we see.

 

A Must-See Gallery

Cnn.com, a reputable news source, says this is a "must-see."

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 

A Classic Fall

Seriously...my eyes start tearing up every time i watch this.

 

Sleuths Crack Tracking Code Discovered in Color Printers

from washingtonpost.com:
(yes i saw it on slashdot yesterday)

It sounds like a conspiracy theory, but it isn't. The pages coming out of your color printer may contain hidden information that could be used to track you down if you ever cross the U.S. government.

Last year, an article in PC World magazine pointed out that printouts from many color laser printers contained yellow dots scattered across the page, viewable only with a special kind of flashlight. The article quoted a senior researcher at Xerox Corp. as saying the dots contain information useful to law-enforcement authorities, a secret digital "license tag" for tracking down criminals.

Now, the secret is out.

Yesterday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco consumer privacy group, said it had cracked the code used in a widely used line of Xerox printers, an invisible bar code of sorts that contains the serial number of the printer as well as the date and time a document was printed.




 

Official GT-R pics??

quad taillights! :)

from ign.com:

It had to happen eventually; as promised Nissan is nearing completion of its world-class supercar, the GT-R. With the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show only a few days away, we've uncovered some leaked photography and information on what is sure to be Nissan's ultimate performer. Five years in the making, the all-new GT-R is bound to turn heads, for good or bad.

 

Florida man buys hard drive, ends up with box of old batteries

from engadget:

So we can’t vouch for the validity of this story, but according to intrepid reader “Paul,” a Florida-area Staples sold him a box that was supposed to contain a new Maxtor 300GB hard drive, and was instead filled with two D batteries and a “rusty yellow battery pack.”

 

Slate Cartoon

I still can't believe he said that. Oh, those crazy Republicans!


Monday, October 17, 2005 

The World

McCoy here, taking a break from roaming around London to quick post this

From John:

http://www.theworld.ae/

http://www.thepalm.ae

News stories:
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7051051

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7045326/

 

Bushism of the day

from slate:

"I think it's important to bring somebody from outside the system, the judicial system, somebody that hasn't been on the bench and, therefore, there's not a lot of opinions for people to look at." —On the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, Washington, D.C., October 4, 2005

 

Just like a woman

McCoy's perfect woman...

from Ping:

Ask Davecat about Sidore -- pronounced She-doh-ray -- and he'll tell you she's everything that turns him on: beautiful, loyal, a great listener. Si-chan, as he affectionately calls her, is half British, half Japanese, which is nice because he's always had a thing for both British and Japanese culture. Even their clothing style and taste in music is simpatico -- they're both Goths.

Like many born in the sun sign Cancer, Sidore is a homebody, but then, she couldn't leave the comfort of the bed she shares with Davecat even if she wanted to because Sidore is a 100-pound solid silicone Real Doll.

Friday, October 14, 2005 

Shrimp Burger

mmmm....

TOKYO - Struggling to lure customers back amid increased competition, McDonald's is adding a new item to its menu in Japan: the shrimp burger.

Thursday, October 13, 2005 

AOL - $3 Gain??

** Yeah I keep lying, but KW: Amer keeps showing me good stuff


Time Warner May Gain $3 A Share On Potential AOL Deal

Douglas S. Shapiro of Banc of America Securities said a deal between AOL and a third party would likely have positive implications for parent company Time Warner (nyse: TWX - news - people ), after a report last night said Google (nasdaq: GOOG - news - people ) and Comcast (nasdaq: CMCSA - news - people ) were close to bidding for a stake in the AOL portal.

"We think a bid would be a clear positive for Time Warner and, with several contingencies, could be positive for Comcast too," said Shapiro.

The analyst said the deal could add $3 per share to Time Warner, neutralize pressure on management from the Carl Icahn group, provide more direct economic exposure to the search business, and entail an agreement between AOL and Comcast to transition AOL dial-up subscribers to Comcast.



Yeah...my ESPP is at 15% currently :)

 

AOL..rules?

** I lied again, one more post

From Niyi:

AOL: From zero to hero
America Online has gone from Wall Street whipping post to desired Web commodity. Here's why.


NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - America Online, for years the target of harsh criticism from Time Warner investors and Web users alike, is finally having its Sally Field moment.

AOL can't deny the fact that people like it! They really like it!

All of a sudden, AOL, which like CNN/Money is owned by Time Warner (Research), has become a lusted after Internet property. There have been reports that AOL is in talks with Microsoft's (Research) MSN about some sort of joint venture.

And on Wednesday, a source close to the situation said that Google (Research) and cable giant Comcast (Research) are in negotiations to purchase a minority stake in AOL.

What's more, AOL has been widely praised for its decision in June to make much of its content free to all, as opposed to just subscribers. Most notably, the online service was lauded for its streaming audio and video coverage of the Live 8 benefit concerts in July.

A spokeswoman for Time Warner would not comment on reports about AOL's future and Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons, speaking at a business luncheon in Hong Kong Thursday, called the reports "market rumors" but declined further comment.

 

Camel Toads

**Quick last post from me (McCoy)

From Drew:

"Camel Toads"

 

16th Child

The father's name is Jim Bob
They were married at 17.
They live in Arkansas.
I hope you're not surprised.

 

Secretary of the Nation

from the Onion:

WASHINGTON, DC—In response to increasing criticism of his handling of the war in Iraq and the disaster in the Gulf Coast, as well as other issues, such as Social Security reform, the national deficit, and rising gas prices, President Bush is expected to appoint someone to run the U.S. as soon as Friday.

"Despite their inexperience in government, they've clearly passed the Bush character test," said a White House staffer who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "I think the president is looking for someone he's comfortable with and can trust, above all else. A [former FEMA director] Michael Brown type, or maybe even Brown himself."

 

Most Beautiful Car Ever?

For those that know me, I think you'd agree that this is an appropriate first post!

from ign.com:

Just look at it... this is one of the few cars that could truly be considered a rolling work of art. Its long hood/short deck-lid styling is reminiscent of many classic sports cars, and this sporty look is only accentuated by the car's bulging fenders and aggressive stance. If you ask us, the designers at Nissan got things just about perfect when they came up with this design -- we don't see how a car could look any better.


Best. Car. Ever.

 

Vacation Part 2: London

I'm vacationing in London from 10/13-10/21. Ming and I are visiting Brian.

I might post if I'm using Brian's computer and come across something cool, but don't count on it. I do have a guest blogger though.
(Sorry Allan, I don't wanna see this blog full of Fox News, Washington Times, compassionate conservative links :) )

Anyway, I hope Justin keeps you all entertained.

(With Justin blogging that brings my regular blog viewer total down to one person, maybe two - Hello Colin & Allan)

--Chris

 

Working for Google??

So Allan already blogged this, and it's already been on the news, but if Google buys a stake of AOL, can I say I have fulfilled my dream of working for Google????? Yeah..I think I can...much cooler than being half owned by Microsoft

(Time Warner is saying that the reports are just "market rumors"...bastards)

So when I get back from London, will I:

a) be laid off
b) be quasi working for Google/Comcast
c) be quasi working for Microsoft
or the likely
d) doing the same ol shit

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 

Video iPod

Apple announced a new Video iPod and new iTunes that sells videos. Coolest part is - you can DL episodes of Lost the day after they air for $1.99 - no commercials.

 

Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor Highlite Video via Google Video -- good watch if youre a Skins fan.

 

Full House Uncensored

Headphones required.

Hah..I'm posting a Full House blooper clip, wow

Full House Uncensored

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 

Lightning Bolt

From Kyle:

Steven Seagal's LIGHTNING BOLT

Get Charged!

For just a limited time Lightning Bolt will be offering a FREE STEVEN SEAGAL DVD to those who purchase either an 8oz or 16oz 4 pack of Steven Seagal’s Lightning Bolt energy drink.

(wow)

 

Bar DC

BarDC.om

Good listing of many bars in the DC area with user reviews + a nice Interactive Map of DC Bars (using Google Maps of course)

 

DCist Maps

DCist has integreated the Metro Lines/Stops into Google Maps to create DCist maps.

Pretty nice IMO.

DCist.com write up:

So today we're happy to announce DCist Maps, our very own Google Maps application. As you can see from the graphic, we've programmed an overlay of the Metro system over Google's map of the region. Our map also lets you plot addresses, find directions and — this is the part we get excited about — makes it easy to create your own Metro-enabled Google Maps, all from within your web browser.

Monday, October 10, 2005 

Bill Gates Goes to College

Napolean Dynamite/Microsoft spoof from the 2005 Microsoft Professional Developers Conference

Bill Gates Goes to College

 

Adult Only Smurfs

UNICEF ad drops bomb on Smurfs

BRUSSELS -- UNICEF's first adult-only episode of "The Smurfs," in which the blue-skinned cartoon characters' village is annihilated by warplanes, has terrified young children.

The short but chilling film is to be broadcast on national television this week as a campaign advertisement for a fundraising drive by the U.N. children's agency.

The animation was approved by the family of the Smurfs' late creator, "Peyo."

Belgian television viewers were given a preview of the 25-second film last week, when it was shown on the evening news.

The reactions ranged from approval to shock and, in the case of small children who saw the episode by accident, wailing terror.

UNICEF and the family company, IMPS, which controls all rights to the Smurfs, have stipulated that it is not to be broadcast before 9 p.m., when it is hoped that children will be in bed.

The short film pulls no punches.

It opens with the Smurfs dancing, hand in hand, around a campfire and singing the Smurf song. Bluebirds flutter past and rabbits gambol around their familiar village of mushroom-shaped houses until, without warning, bombs begin to rain from the sky.

The Smurfs scatter and run in vain from the whistling bombs, before being felled by blast waves and fiery explosions. The final scene shows a scorched and tattered Baby Smurf sobbing inconsolably, surrounded by prone Smurfs.

The final frame bears the message: "Don't let war affect the lives of children."

It is intended as part of a fundraising drive by UNICEF's Belgian arm to raise more than $100,000 for the rehabilitation of former child soldiers in Burundi.

Short Clip: End of Smurfs

Friday, October 07, 2005 

Animated Boondoks

From my MD alumni newsletter (yes, the dude who does Boondoks is a MD grad):

Boondocks Gets Animated
Alumnus Aaron McGruder ’98 will create an animated version of his hit syndicated comic strip, Boondocks, for the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim evening line-up next fall. Riley and Huey have survived the move from Chicago city life to the ’burbs. Now, America can watch the antics as they transition from the printed page to the small screen. McGruder is the 2002 recipient of the alumni association’s Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

Thursday, October 06, 2005 

Python Bursts

The picture is the best part:

Python Bursts After Trying to Eat Gator

 

engadget.aol.com??

AOL bought Weblogs Inc, which of course includes engadget.com.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005 

Kanye and Mike Meyers Part 2

From wonkette & crooksandliars.com:

Kanye and Mike Meyers on SNL

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 

Gilchrist Update

From Colin:

Gilchrist signs with Israeli pro team

Former Terrapin guard John Gilchrist signed with Maccabi Rishon Letzion, an Israeli pro team, the Jerusalem Post reported last week.

Gilchrist — once a projected NBA lottery pick — was not selected in June’s NBA Draft after a tumultuous junior season in which the point guard frequently clashed with teammates and coaches. He averaged 13.9 points and 5.5 assists last season.

 

Harriet Miers

Harriet Miers's Many Dopplegangers

The Blog

    My blog full of random crap.
    History/Stages of this blog:
    1. Completely random crap
    2. G-Dub is stupid...really stupid. why are you voting for him..seriously
    3. everyone sucks (for voting for G-Dub)
    4. Google Lovefest
    5. YouTube Lovefest
    6. The Wire Lovefest
    7. Wii Lovefest
    8. Sporadic Posts
    (with UMD sports stuff mixed in everywhere)

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