December 2009 - Posts

 

It seems like forever cops have been noted for being in their heads on their own little power trip because well... they're allowed, and in some places required, to carry guns pretty much at all times. Knowing that they'd win in any fight has apparently blown up a few of their heads so much that they don't even think twice about pulling their steel and endanger or at least terribly frighten the innocent.

 

#1)

We'll start chronologically. Back in August 2005, over 90 law enforcement officers from multiple agencies broke up a party in Utah that was held on private and public property. They had deemed it a rave party, and stormed in using night vision, K-9s, full SWAT gear, and fully automatic weapons. The only arrests that were made were on the security for drug possession, and the ranch owner for a handgun. Too bad for security, it's likely that the drugs that were in their posession were seized from the people entering the party.

#2)

Now we'll skip ahead to February 2008, when the now famous Officer Rivieri takes the stage. Officer Rivieri is clearly not a dude. He tries to tell these children that they can't be skateboarding, then immediately throws one of them to the ground that made the terrible mistake of calling him "dude." If you ever encounter this guy, make sure that you don't make the same mistake.

#3)

Officer Rivieri's stunt with the skater managed to get him some publicity, and a previous encounter was revealed. Billy Friebele saw the public airing of the youtube video of Officer Rivieri and turned in his own video of the cop. In this case, Officer Rivieri sprung into action at the sight of a moving box.

#4) 

In May of 2009, a couple of angry troopers went on this powertrip. This guy is possibly the worst of them all, pulling over an ambulance with a patient inside just because they "failed to yield to an emergency vehicle." Last time I checked, an ambulance was an emergency vehicle. In my opinion, an ambulance is the most important of the emergency vehicles because they carry the medics that save people's lives if they are hurt during an EMERGENCY. The video is pretty ridiculous, the officer puts the guy that's in charge of the medical unit in an open-joint chokehold.

 #5)

And last but not least, December 19th 2009, this sissy fu fu off-duty cop got his panties in a bunch when his Hummer was hit by a snowball. His reaction? PULL A GUN ON THAT PUNK! The guy was apparently in his car and got out with his gun drawn on the snowball throwers.

ANOTHER NEWS STORY ON TOPIC: Drunk off-duty cop aims center mass on leatherface from haunted house.

Posted Monday, December 21, 2009 1:49 PM by cstanton | 1 comment(s)
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The Octopus has been gaining some credit for its surprisingly high IQ for a little while since the whole "WOW THEY CAN OPEN JARS" thing.

Australian Scientists have observed the eight-limbed cephalopods carrying coconut shells around and turning them into little shelters beneath the sand. This may not seem like a ridiculous feat, but it is the first account of any invertebrate to use tools of their own.

The video was recorded and uploaded at the beginning of December 2009.

The editing makes the video a little funny, and it is really impossible to be sure how the second part of the coconut shell got there, but regardless its still pretty neat that the octopus could find a use for the two half-shells.
Plenty of animals use things like coconut shells for cover, but taking two of them and pulling them together and burrying them under the sand takes a little bit of thought.

Posted Friday, December 18, 2009 1:07 PM by cstanton | 1 comment(s)
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Every wanted your own one of these? A Delta MK 4 Megafighter? Does anyone remember MegaForce? The "phantom Army of super elite fighting men whose weapons are the most powerful science can devise" has got some competition it seems. This super-intelligent being has managed to make a nice little rocket launcher to prepare himself for the zombie apocalypse (I guess) and has managed to equip it to his motorcycle so that he can launch these rockets at high speeds.

I'm definitely jealous, though from my perch I can easily talk down on him for his irresponsibility, his disregard for public safety, and his childish obsession with bottlerockets. Also, I know that there are more like me that would just dump the oil slicks and explosive barrels if he ended up shooting one of those little fireworks at me.
Posted Friday, December 18, 2009 11:46 AM by cstanton | with no comments
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Voodoo is one of those things that's pretty cool in movies with the possession and the creepy dolls and all, but apparently its not a practical method of revenge these days with all of those darn x-ray machines.

A two year old boy was taken to the West Hospital in Barreiras in the state of Bahia, Brazil after vomiting  and crying about stomach pains. 

After running a few tests they decided to take an x-ray and what did they find? The title kind of gives it away.. but about 40 metal needles were stuck all around inside the child, some in the neck, some in the torso, and some in the little guy's organs.

The needles are being removed in the hospital, but some are going to have to stay in because it may be more dangerous to remove them than to leave them in. 

Roberto Carlos Magalhaes, the husband of the child's mother for 6 months, confessed on December 16th ,to having put the needles there. He had a great reason to back it up too, ritual murder for revenge. He said to police that his chick on the side had told him to get back at his wife by killing her son slowly over a long period of time, a really rational guy. 

Police Chief Helder Fernandes Santana of the town of Ibotirama said "he did that for revenge, to get back at his wife" and that "his mistress told him to kill the child through a macabre ritual," to the Agence France-Presse. Crazy voodoo women.

Despite the ridiculous amount of the needles in the kid, there were no visible exterior marks or bruising. I wonder if that takes a pretty careful hand or if sliding needles into a toddler is really that easy?

The whole revenge voodoo thing makes you wonder what a woman who you've been married to for six months, who has six children, one being a two year old child that isn't yours could really do to you to cause you to want to kill her youngest son? I mean come on, if she has a two year old son that isn't yours and you've been married to her for half a year, then that only leaves about one and a half years that he could have possibly had to get to know her after she had the child, and almost all of that time I would be willing to bet she was breastfeeding. Ew.

The only other option is that he was under the impression that the child was his, only to find out differently and STILL MARRY THE CHICK? I don't know, but it seems to me that this idiot shouldn't have listened to his mistress or whoever she was because it just wound him up in a world of hurt. I'm sure that the Brazilian government isn't too lenient on the ones who commit painful slow voodoo murders of toddlers, or at least I hope they aren't. 

Posted Thursday, December 17, 2009 1:39 AM by cstanton | 1 comment(s)
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Sogo and Seibu department stores in Japan have announced that they will be selling two scarily realistic humanoid "clone" robots that will be fashioned meticulously after the person that purchased them.

Orders will be taken from January 1st through the 3rd of the upcoming year at Sogo, Seibu, and Robinson's department stores in Japan.


Hiroshi Ishiguro, director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka
University who developed the humanoid robots with Kokoro, stands next to his
likenessthat he calls Geminoid

The robots are engineered by the Kokoro robotics firm and will have every facial feature down to the eye lashes modeled after the purchaser. The facial expressions and upper body movements will also be examined and replicated down to the smallest possible detail.

Kokoro is most famous for their extremely creepy Actroid receptionist robot [below], that loves the color green.

Two doesn't seem like a whole lot, but they put a pricetag on the bots that will probably scare off the average buyer. The Robots will cost 21,100,000 yen, which would cash out to about 223,000 USD.

If more than 2 people sign to purchase the robots, then the winners will be selected in a random drawing.

 

Posted Wednesday, December 16, 2009 3:43 AM by cstanton | with no comments
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We all know that the Earth has been hit by comets, but it is really hard to tell when, where, and how many that there have been. This makes it very hard to predict when the next big comet is going to come in.

Adrian Melott, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Kansas, thinks that Comet impacts may happen more frequently than we think.


He has been leading a research team that will show potentially markable levels of nitrate and ammonia in ice cores that correspond to suspected impact sites. That way we can see the footsteps of the comet, even if the crater has been washed away by erosion.


Scientists have found that the Haber process would have taken place during a comet impact because of high pressure, the presence of hydrogen and nitrogen gas, and the comet itself acting as an enriched iron catalyst, all three things necessary for the ammonia producing process to take place.


Melott displays confidence in his findings, and thinks that the addition of ammonia to the list of things to look for will help uncover other potential impact sites to help accurately determine how often impacts happen to better be able to predict when the next one might be coming.


He does however understand that the results are ultimately inconclusive as the nitrate-ammonia signature will have more than likely been washed away by rain quickly after following a comet strike, but in areas with high pressure and plenty of water, the ammonia levels easily could have been enhanced quite a bit by the Haber process.

In the article at Science Daily he states the fact that it is a very real possibility that a comet could come into our solar system and we would only have a couple of years notice before it smashed our little blue planet into pieces. The only warning sign that we would have is the tail that it pops coming into the solar system. It seems like finding out that we're right on schedule to have a huge comet blow us into oblivion wouldn't really do much good. I say that we cut Melott's funding and just throw that all into the bank for the Intergalactic Comet Prevention System and find a real way to blow the comet up once we can see it. 

Even if we did know that a comet was going to hit us in lets say 8 years or something... What would we do? Project Manhattan our way out of it? 

Posted Wednesday, December 16, 2009 3:23 AM by cstanton | with no comments
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This really cool illusion caught my eye. I am not sure how they did it but it looks like he might have dressed up with someone that looks similar, that way there would only have to be two photos and some simple editing, but really I'm not 100% sure because it looks like the guy is repeated in each picture. If it gets to that point, I'm confused. Wait no I'm just really confused all together.

Posted Wednesday, December 16, 2009 2:08 AM by cstanton | 2 comment(s)
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Its fun to play pranks on your friends, especially at their weddings when they are under a lot of stress, in front of a lot of people, and can't really retaliate.

In this case, one man's best man had made a promise that he wouldn't play any pranks on him during the course of the wedding, but really couldn't resist all together, so after the wedding would have to do just fine, and the effects might be felt MUCH farther down the road.

The anonymous best man and techy used the same concept as the Twittering gas-detecting office chair but instead had a "load of motion sensing tech added instead." He was asked to look after the newlyweds' house, as of course he was the best man and a GREAT friend, so he was able to gain access to the newlyweds' bed. He added the motionsensing pad and all of the transmitting equipment to the bed and set up the twitter account, newlywedsontjob. Now there's a twitter account that lets the world in on how often someone bangs in the newlywed friend's bed and not just that, but how hard they do it! The bed twitters when any extra action occurs on top and records the total weight, frenzy index 1-10, the duration of the movement, and adds a judge's comment.

 

You can read the whole tweet here.

I think that the funniest thing about it is that it records EVERYTHING that goes on on that bed. Whether it be the husband and wife or some insane nymphomaniacs off the street.. and I mean they got married because they loved eachother right?

Posted Tuesday, December 15, 2009 6:09 PM by cstanton | with no comments
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Fat Princess is a game for the PS3 and is available for download on the Playstation Network. The game is really fun, funny, and offers a lot of replay ability. It's basically like capture the flag, but with princesses. You're holding your enemy's princess captive at your base, but the enemy has your princess at theirs. You can feed their princess cake that you find on the ground around the level, and she'll gobble it down and chalk up the pounds. The heavier she is, the harder it is for the enemy team to come in and take her back... though after just a few pieces of cake, her mass is amplified to the point where you start to wonder why they would even want that heffer back.

There are 5 classes: Ranger, Warrior, Priest, Mage, and Worker.

One determines their class by picking up and wearing the hat that is in front of each one of the class buildings. 

The worker is really the most important class for the team, as they are responsible for upgrades and building shortcuts, like a catapult into the enemy castle. 

Upgrades are bought with wood and stone. Logs and stones are made by chopping down trees or smashing rocks with the worker's axe. The logs and stones can be turned in at any friendly checkpoint or building and are put in your bank.

Each one of the classes can be upgraded. To upgrade each class, 3 wood and 3 stone must be collected from around the map by the worker class. Once 3 wood and 3 stone is in the bank, any one of the class buildings can be upgraded. With each upgrade comes a new ability for each one of the classes.

The classes weapon layouts are as follows:

Starting Upgraded
Warrior Sword and buckler Really big sword
Ranger Bow and arrows Shotgun
Priest Healing ability Life draining ability
Mage Fire Ice
Worker Work axe Bombs

The guy at IGN did a pretty good job of the game review, so I'm just gonna let you watch that clip so you can also get a pretty good idea of the gameplay.

Posted Tuesday, December 15, 2009 5:21 PM by cstanton | with no comments
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I've seen my fair share of cool Christmas lights, but this one really takes it. This guy Ric Turner, who used to be one of the Disney "Imagineer" guys who did work at the theme parks on their rides and decorations, created a working version of Guitar Hero to play on the outside of his house with a display consisting of 21 THOUSAND lights and LEDs. He definitely knew what he was doing.

At first, I thought that it was just a light show that was synced to a game of guitar hero, which wouldn't be half as cool. After I read what Turner had said to Make, I changed my tune and definitely want to give him all the credit he deserves. 

 

 

“Christmas Light Hero is using 7 light controllers from Light-O-Rama built from kits to control 21,268 lights and LEDs. Each controller has 16 outputs and 2-3 TTL level control inputs that are used by the game system to fire different programmed light sequences depending on what happens in the game. It relies on the fact that the game sequence is very consistent. If the game and the lighting sequences start together, they will stay in very good sync through the length of the song. The light program allows branching and overlays for fail, star power and ‘ready.’ I have some ideas to automate the initial show/game sync, but for now you have to push doorbell buttons at the right moments.

To program the show a video recording was made of a perfect round of Guitar Hero playing Eric Johnson’s ‘Cliffs of Dover.’ The timing of all the dots and the light show choreography follow that video.

When you play, you watch only the Christmas lights, but the audio you hear is from the Wii, so your flubs are broadcast for all to hear (people in cars can tune 99.1 and crank it up as loud as they want.) When we are not playing, a separate version of the program that has the audio from the recorded game plays with the lights as a loop. The YouTube video also has this audio, (because I forgot to record the direct audio when I was shooting the documentation, and the camcorder did not pick it up very well.)

A video screen is on the driveway showing the game video, but if you want to be on the high score list you have to make it through the whole game only watching the Christmas Lights. Even though the game is in “easy” mode, the lights don’t provide the same timing detail as the game does, so it is much harder. Even expert Guitar Hero players have a hard time with the lights, and nobody has made it through without errors (yet).”

 

Posted Tuesday, December 15, 2009 4:28 PM by cstanton | with no comments
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Samuel Cockedey is a photographer from Northern France that moved to Tokyo in 2000 where he developed a strong interest for tilt-shift photography and time lapse sequences, sometimes incorporating the former in the latter.

Tilt-shift photography is photography which uses tilt, or the rotation of the lens relative to the image plane, and shift, the origin of the lens parallel to the image plane left and right.
You can see more of his tilt-shift photos on his website.

Here's a couple of the time-lapse sequences. And its a plus, they're in HD.

remanence : variance from Samuel Cockedey on Vimeo.

Ganked the idea to put the definition of these words off the Vimeo account.

Remanence

a. The state of being remanent; continuance; permanence.
b. The magnetic flux remaining in a substance after the magnetizing force has been withdrawn.

Variance

a. A difference between what is expected and what actually occurs.
b. The number of thermodynamic variables, such as temperature and pressure, required to specify a state of equilibrium of a system, given by the phase rule.

static : pulse from Samuel Cockedey on Vimeo.

Static

a. inactive, not in physical motion
b. of or relating to bodies at rest or forces in equilibrium
c. a crackling or hissing noise caused by electrical interference

Pulse

a. rhythmical beating, vibrating, or sounding
b. a transient variation of a quantity whose value is normally constant
c. an electromagnetic wave or modulation thereof of brief duration

I really like the remanence : variance piece, especially the shots at 2:16 and 2:23 at the end.

Posted Tuesday, December 15, 2009 3:38 PM by cstanton | with no comments
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 Yesterday, U.S. Congress and House of Representatives members finished negotiating the FY 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

The act commences three great advancements for reformers.

1) The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign has gotten the funding cut from 70 MILLION DOLLARS to a simple 45 million dollars. That's 25 MILLION DOLLARS that can be spent on something better than the comic relief of watching some pothead kid make a badass cannabis cocoon. Seriously, the "I forgot to pick my little brother up from baseball practice" or the "I starved my grandmother out of pure stoned negligence" commercials were funnier than most of the Budweiser Super Bowl commercials. Unfortunately, some of the money that was cut will be redistributed to other futile "Drug Czar" or Office of National Drug Control Policy projects.

2) The prohibition on federal funding to any program that distributes syringes to intravenous drug users has been lifted, but not only that, Washington D.C. will actually have the ability to implement Syringe Exchange Programs using federal funding. According to the professionals who make up statistics, the average IDU injects 1,000 times annually. Without being able to get sterile syringes HIV, AIDS, and any other blood-borne disease within the using community is obviously on the rise. Syringe Exchange Programs allow "responsible" drug users to dispose of their syringes appropriately and acquire new ones at free of cost. I know that this sounds like it would increase drug use, but that's bullshit. People who use drugs do just that, use drugs. They don't care about paying for clean needles, that's why there's so many cases of AIDS in the IDU community. These programs, though they seem very stupid, will at least give an option to help prevent the spreading of these viruses. There's a chance that not enough of the junkies will actually use them to make a noticeable difference, but I think it should be tried out for a little while. It's gotta work better than the anti-drug ads right?

3) LAST but definitely not least,  The District will be allowed to implement the medical marijuana referendum. Cool! now lets just make it nationwide instead of just in D.C.! At least it's legal in the home of the feds. I doubt they'll get as intense as California, but at least the residents of D.C. will be able to get their medijuana fix.

 This is how they go about stating their decisions

Removing Special Restrictions on the District of Columbia:"...Also allows the District to implement a referendum on use of marijuana for medical purposes as has been done in other states, allows use of Federal funds for needle exchange programs except in locations considered inappropriate by District authorities..."


National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign: "$45 million, $25 million below 2009 and the budget request, for a national ad campaign providing anti-drug messages directed at youth. Reductions were made in this program because of evaluations questioning its effectiveness. Part of the savings was redirected to other ONDCP drug-abuse-reduction programs."

Posted Wednesday, December 9, 2009 3:59 PM by cstanton | 1 comment(s)
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Not that I really care about America's Next Top Model or any of their winners, like Adrianne Curry, but I do like it when hot chicks play video games.

Adrianne Curry put up a twitter yesterday saying that she was going to spend the rest of her afternoon playing World of Warcraft... completely naked. No, it doesn't stop there. The estrogen took over and spoke to her and told her "This demands a picture because I'm a model and I love pictures." So she took a picture of herself, naked, with her "nerd-speak" headset on. Now its all over the internet and I can't rightly navigate without seeing this picture over and over again, so I figured I'd toss it up.

"For all the bajillions of dollars Blizzard spends on getting Mr. T and Ozzy Osbourne to promote World of Warcraft, you have to wonder if maybe the company wouldn't just be better off putting that money into getting hot women to take off their clothes." says John Funk of The Escapist.

 I'm sure Mr. Funk has thought of this, but maybe that's exactly what happened. I mean its either that or she's just a monster attention whore. I mean correct me if I'm wrong but the thoughts that were going through her head must have been something like: "Hmmm I'm bored and home alone. There's nobody here to really socialize with so I guess I'll hop on my computer. Hmmm I wonder what I could do to preoccupy myself.. I don't really feel like playing WoW just yet... I really want to have people know that I'm really cool and approachable... I think that people need to know that I spend my time playing MMORPGs that are clearly synonymous with the geekiest, but not only that, ;that's not enough. I need people to know I do it naked.. Wouldn't it be ironic if I, a moderately hot model chick (I mean she only ranked #100 on Maxim's Hot 100), played this game all the time instead of running around banging millionaires like Christopher Knight's old ass?  hmmm what else do people that could never get me like? StarWars! I'll just put this Darth Vader in between my ***... and there we go!" 

The actual Tweet read:

jumping into shower.going to spend my afternoon playing World Of Warcraft butt naked&stoned.Perfect Sunday!

WAIT SHE WAS HIGH TOO? Oh wow that's AWESOME! Its amazing to know that models get high like real people! Thanks to ChaCha, we know that 29.6% of the population has tried marijuana... That means that she's in that 29.6%... Oh man, totally getable. That changes everything.. Take all the pictures you want you sweet little thing... pfffff

Jeeze.. Peter from the Brady Bunch...

Posted Tuesday, December 8, 2009 12:05 PM by cstanton | 1 comment(s)
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So, I know that this is a really odd post... but a couple of weekends ago I went camping without a sleeping bag and it was really cold. Good thing we were camping in a friend's back yard and I could run in the house! Well anyway, I started looking into sleeping bags that I could get for my next trip out.

I am not really the kind of guy to go out and get a top of the line, practical sleeping bag, as I am not an avid outdoorsman, and to be even more honest I tend to screw things up, so I stay with the mid-grade.

I want a super-cool sleeping bag. I can't really make up my mind, but I think it's gonna be one of these.  

There really isn't much better than sleeping in a bear. The bear's head looks really realistic and awesome too! This could also double as a quadriplegic bear costume! This I think is my number one choice.

This thing's kind of cute I guess. Remember in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back where ole Han Solo slices open that Tauntaun beast and tosses Luke in its guts? Yeah that's what its all about. Now we can sleep in a bag that resembles a dead fictional creature. Pretty neat.

 

What can I say? I really like caterpillars. I also like whatever that big green thing is and would love to get inside of it ;)

 

And last but not least, I decided to put this picture up because the guy just looks like a douchebag. I mean does he think he looks cool? It looks like he thinks he looks really cool... Really cool to be in a yellow snuggy on steroids.

And so, by writing this, I have determined that I am going to get the bear. But its not for sale yet. Soon hopefully. Check out the rest of the bearmaker's stuff. http://eikoishizawa.com/

Posted Wednesday, December 2, 2009 2:09 PM by cstanton | 1 comment(s)
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