Tuesday, April 28, 2009

lightning in the bath

Bolt from the Blue - Bow. James Bow.: "and Erin was getting out of the tub herself when the water flashed blue, and there was a loud clap. Erin felt what she described as a punch in her chest as though from a hammer, which knocked her back into the tub. Vivian witnessed this and was quite alarmed. I came in and hauled Erin out of the tub. Her heart was racing and she had a headache, but other than that, she seemed unharmed. She complained that her feet were hurting, but nothing appeared to be burnt."

Monday, April 27, 2009

15 Wonders of the LEGO World | Aleptu

White House stands back as papers' trail grows

White House stands back as papers' trail grows: "Online is the answer! Hold it. Unique visitors to Chronicle parent Hearst Corp.'s Web-only Seattle Post-Intelligencer have fallen by one-third since the paper stopped its presses in March. Thirty staffers from the defunct Rocky Mountain News launched INDenverTimes.com, believing it would attract 50,000 paying subscribers from the get-go. On Thursday, the online daily said it 'will not pursue the original business model' after managing to attract approximately 3,000. The next business model will include a reduction in staff to 10 people, said one of its financiers."

Monday, April 20, 2009

Scrappin' With Gamma


Scrappin' With Gamma: "Finally...Gamma Got Some Pictures!!

I have a son who lives in Oklahoma with his wife and three girls, Ivy, Allisson, and Emily. Emily was born a little over a year ago...and I have yet to receive the first picture of the child. Well, either Michael or his wife, Lisa, decided to send me some pictures. So, I decided to share with all of you the pictures he sent. I will try to explain each pic...hopefully it won't get too confusing."

this blogger well met in AOL genealogy chatroom

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Man bites snake that attacked him - Africa, World - The Independent

Man bites snake that attacked him - Africa, World - The Independent: "If you find yourself bound by a giant python, what should you do?

According to Ben Nyaumbe, the answer is to bite back. The Kenyan farm manager was preparing a meal of maize porridge when a snake coiled itself around his feet. He was soon being dragged towards a tree. With nothing else to fight with, he resorted to his teeth. 'It waggled its ragged and scary tail on my mouth. I had to bite it as I struggled,' he said."

Sunday, April 12, 2009

naive emails from No 10 - nothing is private on the neet

No 10 aide fired over 'obscene' email smears - UK Politics, UK - The Independent: "The 'lies and innuendo' that McBride was peddling"

"The emails begin with a BlackBerry message from Damian McBride on 13 January 2009 at 18.34. He wrote:

Gents, A few ideas I've been working on for Red Rag. For ease, I've written all the below as I'd write them for the site, but obviously Andrew will want to adapt for his own house style, length, etc. The first one is a solid investigative story, so may be a good one to use early. The other three are gossipy and mainly intended to destabilise the Tories. I'm not sure how to set up easy links in the copy of the text, so I've stuck in the full links below each bit of relevant text. Damian

Mr McBride then suggests a "solid investigative story" about a gay Tory MP promoting his companion's business interests in the Commons, suggesting that it "may be a good one to use early". The other three, he admits, "are gossipy and mainly intended to destabilise the Tories".

On David Cameron:

"He could clear up exactly how much the Camerons are worth ... and he could make clear that he's not hiding any embarrassing illnesses."

On Frances Osborne:

"Why are friends of George Osborne letting it be known that his wife Frances has been feeling emotionally fragile since his Yachtgate troubles in the summer, supposedly appearing sullen at party events and becoming upset when seeing media coverage critical of her husband? If she is having emotional difficulties, Red Rag is the first to sympathise ..."

On George Osborne:

"Embarrassing photos have followed George Osborne around throughout his career: posing in his Bullingdon Club uniform at Oxford, lying on the carpet at home in his permed mullet playing Monopoly with his fellow viscounts ... But he knows that the most embarrassing photos from his past have yet to emerge."

Derek Draper replied:

Sent 13 January 2009 at 18.56. To: Damian McBride Subject: Re: Rag [UNCLASSIFIED] [Non-Record]

These are absolutely totally brilliant Damian. I'll think about timing and sort out the technology with Andrew so we can go asap. Do we want to tip off anyone about Red Rag having set up? Walters? I could do it and say LabourList had been sent the link anonymously. PS: Don't forget LabourList, Damian!

From Damian McBride

I think Red Rag should appear with no preview – as you say – but with a good initial story and with LabourList then mentioning that the bug is catching ... Tom was going away today after a chat with me to work on a couple of insiderish announcements for LabourList about appointments to Labour HQ and No10. I'm working on a couple of other things as well ... we've got to keep the momentum going over the weekend – it's been brilliant so far."

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

unofficial WELL blogs aggregator

Sunday, April 05, 2009

my office is cooler than yours

The Tent of Doom: "The net is fairly transparent, but did a nice job of cutting down the awful life-sucking glare of the fluorescent lights. While inside, it really gave the feeling that you were out in the woods. The only thing that was missing was some tapes of birds and screeching monkeys or something."

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Social Media Research Blog: cool

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Hair-Made Soy Sauce

Hair-Made Soy Sauce: An Update (Comments): "a factory in China that had been caught making soy sauce out of human hair"