Tuesday, October 30, 2007
At the risk of sounding ignorant and stupid, I had no idea that the city of San Francisco issues "quality of life" citations to its homeless.
What this means is that someone can be ticketed for sleeping on the sidewalk and subsequently must pay a fine or eventually have a warrant issued for his arrest.
Talk about crap logic. Why would you levy a fine against someone who can't afford a place to live?
Such a practice is not only inhumane, it is economically inefficient. To put it another way, it's mean, it makes no sense and it's costing the City and tax payers lots of money.
According to BeyondChron, the City has spent $8 million enforcing such "crimes" during the four years Mayor Gavin Newsom has been in office.
That money is wasted. Gone. It didn't go toward creating any sort of solution.
In those same four years, over 56,000 citations have been issued, most of them to people who cannot pay and thus end up with warrants that can result in the denial of Social Security benefits and federally subsidized housing.
I think the District Attorney's Office is needlessly perpetuating a vicious cycle by ruthlessly prosecuting poverty stricken individuals. And it's sending a grim message: being poor is a crime.
For a better understanding of the subject at hand, as well as possible steps to take toward finding a solution, check out this BeyondChron article. It's a little liberal for my taste, but it presents a perspective most people probably haven't heard.
Amid an acrimonious child custody battle, unsuccessfully dodging the paparazzi and dropping a new album, Britney Spears also found time to have her face (specifically her lips) injected with type of filler.
I'm in awe. This woman can do it all.
On a nicer note, critics are liking Spears' new album, Blackout, which was released today.
Nekesa Mumbi Moody, of The Associated Press, is calling it "her best work ever — a triumph, with not a bad song to be found on the 12 tracks."
Photo courtesy of awfulplasticsurgery.com.
The reality celebretard, Danny Bonaduce showed off his pecker at the Exotic Erotic Ball in San Francisco last weekend. And it wasn't pretty.
We thought anabolic steroids only reduced ball size. But apparently the synthetic muscle enhancers shortened Bonaduce's shaft as well. At least we hope that's what happened.
We warned you "celebrities."
It also kind of looks as if Bonaduce has congenital buried penis syndrome aka "hidden penis." That's right, we picked up that term on Dr. 90210. He might want to get that checked out.
To see the NSFW pics click here.
Amy Fisher, the woman best known for shooting her ex-lover's wife in the face, will soon star in a sex video.
And the word is, she isn't happy about the private tape being released to the public. She says her husband Lou Bellera peddled the footage while they were separated.
She sure knows how to pick em'.
Fisher and her husband allegedly made the tape earlier this year, before they filed for divorced.
According to reports, Amy learned the tape was in the hands of Red Light District Video, aka the people who brought us 1 Night in Paris, upon reconciling with her husband.
The video of the "The Long Island Lolita" is slated to be available to the general public sometime next month.
Update: I saw this video for sale in a porn shop last weekend. It's retail price: $65. Can you believe that?
Portions of this blog courtesy of the New York Post.
Of all things to have reconstructed, for purely cosmetic reasons, we honestly didn't think the knees would be one, make that two.
As long as they're not deformed, how bad can knees be?
Shows how much we know.
Even celebrities, scratch that, mostly celebrities, e.g. Demi Moore, are reportedly undergoing the procedure, which is easier said than done. Apparently just finding a surgeon who has perfected a technique to remove saggy skin from the notoriously hard-to-correct area is a feat.
Once a Doctor has been secured, concealing the scars is where it gets even trickier.
"If you cut away skin there is going to be scarring," Alex Karidis, plastic surgeon of Hospital St John and St Elizabeth in North London, said in an interview with the Daily Mail . "If you have a neck lift you can hide the scarring behind the ear, but the knees are one of the most exposed areas of the body.
"I would always advise my clients against having knee surgery because it is impossible to hide. And even though the scarring might not be as bad as the sagging, it will be a telltale sign that you have had surgery."
The procedure is in the ball park of $10,000.
We think if you're willing to go under the knife to aesthetically enhance your knees, you're probably a candidate for Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). And you should probably be visiting a different kind of doctor.
Plus that shit's gotta be painful!
Moore's knees before and after [pictured above].
There isn't a lot of info. about the procedure on the interweb, so it must not be a huge trend. But if you've undergone the surgery or know more about it, let us know too.
Portions of this blog courtesy of the Daily Mail.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Most people would find it shocking that a Belgian prison inmate escaped for the fourth time...using a helicopter.
That's exactly what one prisoner did on Sunday at a facility in Ittre, located about 25 miles south of Brussels.
Unfortunately for said inmate, Nordin "Escape King" Ben Allal, the helicopter his accomplices hijacked, crashed in the prison yard after it was bum rushed by other inmates trying to climb on board. Ben Allal/Benallal and cohorts, reportedly, fled the scene and escaped in a car that was made to look like a police vehicle; complete with blue flashing light.
Don't get us wrong we were shocked, and rather impressed, when we learned that Ben Allal has escaped, on four separate occasions, by donning a wig and sunglasses disguise, scaling a prison wall, running away from a prison van and having his friends turn the prison yard into a helipad.
But we were even more surprised when we got to the bottom of an article on Reuters. The incident marked the second time this year that a prisoner has escaped from a Belgian jail using a helicopter. Huh!?
What kind of a system do they have going on over there? It's weird to imagine that busting your friends out of jail, via a stolen helicopter, is entirely possible, depending on where you live.
It's useful information, you know, in case something comes up.
In April, two men posing as tourists hijacked a helicopter and flew into the yard of a prison near Liege to pick up an inmate.
Ben Allal [pictured above] is still at large. According to reports, the 28-year-old escapee is a notorious car-jacker who once shot two policemen trying to arrest him after a previous jailbreak.
Portions of this blog courtesy of Reuters and Telegraph.co.uk.
Oprah's South African all-girls academy is steeped in a scandal involving allegations of sexual abuse.
Girls have said the "dorm parent" swore and screamed at them, assaulted them and sexually fondled at least one girl.And one pupil has said a matron grabbed her by the throat and threw her against a wall.
The alleged incidents came to light when one of the pupils ran away from the school because the reported abuse had become intolerable.
South African police and the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offenses Unit are now investigating.Oprah canceled appointments and flew to South Africa twice in the past few weeks.
A tearful Oprah Winfrey begged for forgiveness Sunday as she met the parents of students.
"I've disappointed you. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry," she said.
Oprah, who has spoken openly about being abused as a child, gave the girls her personal telephone number, her e-mail address and her postal address so that they could contact her around the clock.
In addition to the matron suspected of being involved, Oprah also placed the principal and at least one other matron on leave two weeks ago. Only the principal was on paid leave, South African media reported.
The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy opened in January to provide quality education to underprivileged girls.
Surrounded by high-profile guests including Nelson Mandela, Oprah described the day the $46 million school opened as "the proudest, greatest day of my life and a dream come true."
Portions of this blog courtesy of NYDailyNews.com.
In an interview with GQ magazine, the Hollywood star turned governor of California insisted: "I didn't take any drugs," referring to the period of his life when he was into hardcore body building.
Arnold Schwarzenegger told the British edition of GQ magazine that he had not taken drugs, even though the former bodybuilder has acknowledged using marijuana in the 1970s and was shown smoking a joint in the 1977 documentary "Pumping Iron."
"That is not a drug. It's a leaf," Austrian-born Schwarzenegger said. "My drug was pumping iron, trust me."We knew we liked the Governator!
Aaron McLear, Schwarzenegger's press secretary, said the governor made the comments in a lighthearted context, noting his interviewer was Piers Morgan, one of the judges on "America's Got Talent." Morgan is a former British newspaper editor.
"The governor was doing an interview with the host of 'America's Got Talent,' the newest version of the gong show," McLear said. "I think it's important to keep that quote in the context of the environment where it was said."The interview is set to appear in the December issue of British GQ.
Portions of this blog courtesy of The Raw Story and The Independent.
When we saw the band Tiny Masters of Today featured on the College Music Journal (CMJ) web site, we were intrigued.
The brother sister indie rock duo haven't reached puberty yet and they've already graced the pages of Spin and Rolling Stone. And what's even more surprising than their age, Ivan, 13, Ada, 11, is the fact that their music is not half bad. We especially like the "Hey Mr. DJ CSS Remix."
And while this group may need time to musically grow and mature, we think it's pretty cool that they're rockin' out so early in life.
Just so you Know: 13-year-old Ivan plays the guitar and bass, while 11-year-old Ada mans the keyboards. Both sing vocals. Their debut album Bang Bang Boom Cake (2007) boasts some impressive collaborations. Kimya Dawson (Moldy Peaches), Fred Schneider (B-52s), Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Karen O and Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) all lend their unique talents to the 13 track album.
Fun Fact: Parents Nancy and David keep their kids' surname private and screen their MySpace page to protect their budding punks from weirdos. They've also turned down requests to base a reality show on Tiny Masters of Today's rock'n'roll exploits.
Portions of this blog courtesy of Spin.
Actress Teri Hatcher, 42, dressed as Alice in Wonderland's Queen of Hearts at the Dream Halloween event in Santa Monica on Saturday.
The fact that the event raises close to a million dollars a year to benefit children affected by AIDS is bittersweet for us. Anything that makes Hatcher gussy herself up like that can't be all good.
We've surfed around for info. on these two, but we haven't had any luck. If anyone knows anything, regarding how they constructed their costumes, or anything at all, please fill us in.
Friday, October 26, 2007
We don't know who Deborah Sasson is, apparently she's a German pop star. But on the red carpet, at the Radio Regenbogen Ball of the Stars Charity Gala in Mannheim, she gave photogs an intimate look at what she's all about.
Warning to Celebs: If you allow your private parts to be captured on film, we're going to increase the circulation of those pictures.
For the NSFW pics, click here.
Image courtesy of JPI Studios.
So when we read that Washington Mutual, was refunding overdraft fees and ATM surcharges for its customers who are victims of the southern California wildfires, we decided to share the info.
According to The Consumerist, victims can claim their refund by visiting a branch location.
AT&T could sure learn a lesson from WaMu. The telecommunications giant is making at least two victims, of the SoCal conflagrations, pay $300 to replace their satellite dish receivers. WTF? Spread the word. That ain't right!
We don't really like the direction this blog's been taking lately. But we couldn't pass up this picture.
Attendees of the annual Pokemon Festa, in Japan, truly took Pikachu's lady bits by storm. Up until now, we thought Pika was a boy.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
"IT geek and bear-about-town," David Phillips lets a load off and divulges to Wonkette that he had a night of, literally, shitty sex with Larry Craig, the republican senator from Idaho and airport bathroom frequenter, twenty years ago.
We don't want to go into too much detail because it's pretty graphic and dirty.
But if you're interested in this tale of disgusting debauchery check out the exclusive Wonkette interview.
We're still bummed about the news that the Smash Bros. Brawl release date has been moved back to Feb. 10, 2008. As we mentioned a couple weeks ago, the game was slated to hit the shelves on Dec. 03, this year.
But from what we hear the delay might be worth it. To start, a bevy of new characters are being added to the game's roster. And word has it that even Sonic the Hedgehog, the Sega mascot, will be a playable character, which is a slightly controversial move for a game designed for the Nintendo Wii .
Also, the available demos for Brawl indicate that the graphics are going to be amazing. Another cool feature is that players will be able to select from four game controllers! The Wii Remote, Wii Remote & Nunchuk, Classic Controller and the GameCube controller. That's pretty cool in our book.
Here's a little background. Human Tetris has emerged on the Japanese game show “Tunnels no Minasan no Okage Deshita”. Contestants are grouped into teams, usually a Blue and Red team.
The goal of the teams is to squeeze themselves through a pink foam wall, which sometimes has human-like shapes in it. If they cannot find a way to fit through the wall as it lurches toward them, they are pushed into a pool of water.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
We don't get why these divas, namely Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez, won't just admit that they're pregnant. But we do know one thing, it's getting on our nerves!
We could really care less if the dirrty girls from the block are with child. But we're sick of seeing blog entries devoted to whether or not Marc Anthony, aka J. Lo's bushwhacked other half, is sending a cryptic message, about the rumored pregnancy, by singing a Journey song during their concert. Or whether or not Anthony's ex-wife, Dayanara Torres, confirmed the pregnancy during an interview with a Spanish language publication. Was she improperly translated? Was she misquoted? Oh the scandal.
Here's a tip: If we have to crack codes or learn a new language to stand a chance at being in the know, then maybe we're better left in the dark.
But who do they think they're kidding? Lopez is definitely pregnant. Look at her.
J. Lo, just put the rumors to rest! You are creating more of a media frenzy with your silence! Don't give us another reason to detest you and find you annoying!
Besides the only reason anyone cares if you're expecting is because you're treating it as if you have some valuable esoteric knowledge. We're not saying your kid won't be "special" but...
Sorry, we just really can't stand Lo-Marc, individually or as a couple.
Ms. Aguilera is on our shit list too. But at least she isn't on a global junket promoting her projects while she's "secretly" in her second trimester.
Author J.K. Rowling outed the head of Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraf to a full house of of hardcore Potter fans at Carnegie Hall in New York on Friday.
Rowling, the writer who penned the wildly sucessful Harry Potter series, fielded questions from her audience.
But was only prompted to reveal Albus Dumbledore's homosexuality when one fan asked if he had ever found love.
Rowling reportedly smiled and said, "Dumbledore is gay, actuallly." She added that in her mind, Dumbledore had an unrequitted love affair with Gilbert Gridenwald, Voldemort's predecessor who appears in the seventh book.
After several minutes of prolonged shouting and clapping from astonished fans, Rowling added, "I would have told you earlier if I knew I would make you so happy."
In answer to the question "Did Hagrid marry?" Rowling replied that sadly, no. The half-giant had a flirtation with a giantess but she found him "a tad unsophisticated" and the relationship never went forward. In response to the audience's groans of dismay, Rowling said, jokingly, "OK, I'll write another book." And when the audience continued to express disapproval added, "at least I didn't kill him.”
Other minor characters, according to Rowling, came to happier ends. Neville Longbottom, Harry's meek and hapless classmate, married Hannah Abbott, another classmate.
Portions of this blog courtesy of Newsweek.
Monday, October 22, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO- Café owner Larry Odhner’s experience last month proves it doesn’t always pay to do the right thing.
When a young man enters the entrepreneur’s
Story by Jen Thomas
Photo by the lovely Anne Lauck
"James Watson doesn't like black people," are probably the words Kanye West uttered when he heard the discriminatory statements made by Dr. James Watson.
The prolific scientist who co-discovered the double helix and headed the Human Genome Project recently said, in a Times of London interview, that he is “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa because all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really."
He went on to say that it is his hope that everyone is equal, but he counters that “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true”. He says that you should not discriminate on the basis of colour, because “there are many people of colour who are very talented, but don’t promote them when they haven’t succeeded at the lower level."
In Watson's latest book Avoid Boring People, he writes: “there is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so."
Watson has since apologized for his remarks, saying "to all those who have drawn the inference from my words that Africa, as a continent, is somehow genetically inferior, I can only apologize unreservedly. That is not what I meant. More importantly from my point of view, there is no scientific basis for such a belief."
Despite Watson's attempt at atonement, The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has suspended the scientist from his duties as chancellor.
So what do people weighing in on the subject have to say?
JC writes, on the Wired message board, "how can the black people turn their backs on one of the leading scientists that made it possible to identify their 'baby daddies'?"
BTW: Asselin/Corbis nice use of negative space!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Since Halloween is looming we thought we'd be festive. So we present to you one weird looking bat.
The Sucker-Footed Bat [pictured above and right] is native to the dry western forests of Madagascar.
Myzopoda schliemanni, scientific name, use their adhesive organs to scale the large, broad leaves of tropical plants where they roost.
Scientists only discovered the species in January of this year, so not much else is known about this new find. But it certainly is a sight to behold.
There are bevy of unhealthy diet trends that men and, mostly, women subscribe to in order to drop pounds at an alarming rate.
But not many weight-reduction plans boast the claim, "now you can lose up to 15 pounds in seven days."
Enter the Aspen Wellness Diet from the Aspen Wellness Group, a 7-day weight loss meal plan that consists of 21 pre-packaged meals and 14 herbal teas, which provide the bulk of the dieter's sustenance at 650 to 750 calories per day.
Just so you know Doctors recommend a daily intake of around 2,000 calories; although it varies slightly based on height, weight and gender.
The company counters this remarkably unsafe energy load of their weight loss plan by suggesting the dieter supplement the food packages with additional fruit, one piece per day, and vegetables, no potatoes. But this still only bumps the number up to a weak 950 to 1,110 calories per day.
So how much does it cost to eat like a bird? $89.95, plus shipping and handling. The Aspen Diet also includes relaxation and motivational tapes as well as a ''getting started video'' and a booklet.
Couples can combine the cost for a special deal and they also offer a maintenance plan at a slightly lower cost, but only if you order the main package first. Not surprisingly, the company also offers a special ''Synergy'' multivitamin.
Available both online and at The Sharper Image, this diet virtually takes the Food Guide Pyramid and turns it into a misshapen figure eight.
It is discouraging that there is one more product on the market that has the potential to raise someone's hopes only to have them dashed when the water weight returns and normal eating patterns resume.That being said, if you do try it out let us know how it goes.
Portions of this blog courtesy of America's Authority on Fitness.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
If you've ever tried to watch The Daily Show on YouTube, you quickly realize the limitations of the Google owned video database.
Fret no longer, The Daily Show's official website, www.thedailyshow.com, launched at noon today, EST, replete with video archives.
The site contains 7,000 + video clips spanning from 1999; new ones are continually added. And while you can't watch uninterrupted shows in their entirety, you can pretty much piece together episodes from the clips.
The website, which is running a little slow today, no doubt due to all the traffic, focuses its home page on the previous night's episode. The clips are updated the next morning at 8 a.m. EST; and will eventually be pushed up to 5 a.m.
Portions of this blog courtesy of Reuters.
We get that Josh Wolf is still high off of all the publicity he got for being the longest imprisoned "journalist" in U.S. history. For those unaware, Wolf spent 226 days in federal prison for protecting his source materials.
But why the fuck is he running for mayor of San Francisco?
We guess that question is about as stupid as seeing Wolf's name on the ballot. He's doing it for the publicity of course. And we guess we're giving him what he wants.
That's not going to stop us from tearing him a new one via the written word.
Let us pause for a moment to say that we're aware that Wolf has no chance of winning. We're close to this subject because Wolf, a fellow former SF State attendee, gives the entire journalism department a bad name; not that it had a particularly stellar reputation in the first place. But still.
People like Wolf are why journalists are held in such low regard.
On the surface the actions that landed Wolf in jail seem almost noble: a stalwart young "journalist" takes a fall for the sake of his profession and 1st amendment rights. But let's call it as it really is. Wolf shot footage in a public place, an anarchist protest in San Francisco's Mission District to be exact, and when subpoenaed he refused to comply. There is a difference between protecting sources/abiding by the journalistic code of ethics and withholding information for the sake of withholding information. Our opinion is Wolf did the latter.
Let's not confuse things. We stand firmly in favor of shield laws; and think they should be federally instated. And we're not saying Wolf deserved to endure 7 + months of incarceration; not unless being a high-and-mighty bastard is a crime.
The truth is Wolf had a reputation at SF State for being hotheaded and for not necessarily being morally apt.
We won't get into the whole debate about whether Wolf met the criteria for being considered a journalist. We don't want to piss off the blogger community. However, we will say he gave up on studying journalism, at the college level, opting instead to get a degree in psychology. We don't think a press pass is a journalist requirement. And we do believe there are legitimate bloggers.
But Wolf made a mockery out of the journalist community; and now he's trying to do it to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Isn't SF a big enough mess; what with rampant homelessness, football stadium complications, a sky-high homicide rate and a presiding mayor who likes the sauce and married women? If current policy makers can't manage to secure citywide wi-fi, imagine what things would be like if Wolf were mayor.
We're almost certain that the extent of Wolf's political background is exploiting the media and taking public sympathy for all it's worth. Did we mention he's only 25?
Besides, the guy just looks like a douche bag.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
This girl is amazing!!! And we're hard to impress.
There's already plenty of hype surrounding the talented, yet humble, Lewis, who out sang the competition last year on The X-Factor, the British equivalent of Idol.
Word has it Whitney Houston called Lewis to personally congratulate her. A source told The Daily Mirror that "Whitney thought Leona was amazing and wished her luck.” Simon Cowell has taken her under his wing--plus he didn't have a negative thing to say about her all season.
Below is her world premiere music video for her first single Bleeding Love. We love it. But tell us what you think.
Her debut album, Spirit, is slated for release on Nov. 12, 2007.
And if you get a chance, check out some of Lewis' previous performances on The X-Factor. She hits all the high notes. She's not hard to look at either.
"I Have Nothing"
"I Will Always Love You"
"All by Myself"
If the video takes too long to buffer, watch it on YouTube.
That's the word according Lynne Cheney, Vice President Dick Cheney's wife.
While doing research for Blue Skies, No Fences, her new book about growing up in Wyoming, Mrs. Cheney says she discovered that her husband is eighth cousins with Barack Obama.
Despite their common bloodline, the two are vastly different. To start, Cheney is an advocate for pursuing the war in Iraq to try to stabilize the country, while Obama wants to get U.S. troops out of Iraq. And as far as we know, the senator from Illinois hasn't shot any of his friends in the face.
Mrs. Cheney told MSNBC on Tuesday that it was "an amazing American story that one ancestor ... could be responsible down the family line for lives that have taken such different and varied paths."
The common ancestor was Mareen Devall, who the Chicago Sun-Times said was a 17th century immigrant from France.
It's a good thing Obama didn't inherit the Cheney smirk.Reuters.
Millions of dogs face euthanasia every year across the country because there are not enough caring homes for them.
October commemorates the American Humane Association's Adopt-A-Dog Month. In honor of the celebration, Humane Association is encouraging people to go down to their local animal shelter and adopt their new best friend.
Depending on where you live, the adoption fee may be reduced during the month of October.
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and want more information go here : http://www.peninsulahumanesociety.org/adopt/ or here http://www.sfspca.org/home.shtml
For everyone else in the U.S., go here: http://www.americanhumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pa_adoption_aadm
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
There's no doubt about it, internet vixen Tila Tequila is one sexy bitch [see photo below].
On top of that she has over 2 million friends on her Myspace and she's been on the cover of a multitude of men's magazines.
So why did MTV cast a bunch of scalawags to be her potential mate on her new reality dating show, A Shot at Love?
Pictured are some of Tequila's heinous prospects.
BTW Tequila admitted on the show that she is bisexual, which explains why women are also vying for her affection.
But when one f-lister knocks out a fellow f-lister's teeth, we pay attention.
Apparently, Bonaduce provoked an altercation with Fairplay at the FOX Reality Channel Really Awards earlier this month. When the crowd booed at Fairplay, while he was presenting, Bonaduce took it upon himself to come on stage saying, "they're booing because they hate you." Fairplay then facetiously jumped on Bonaduce and wrapped his legs around his waist. But the synthetically fit celeb wasn't having it. He tossed Fairplay over his shoulders in one quick movement, sending him crashing to the ground.
Fairplay's teeth broke against the stage floor. And he was subsequently rushed to the hospital.
On the same day Spears lost custody of her two sons, she was seen smoking, shopping, sipping Starbucks and using her Yorkshire Terrier as a bib.
London, her dog, looked positively frightened as Spears dribbled Frappuccino on her tiny snout. For clarification's sake we meant the Terrier's snout; not Spears'.
PETA, or some other concerned animal activists, need to step in and do something.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
This is what Awfulplasticsurgery.com had to say: " As if the much hated horse teeth and nose refinement were not enough, cute Hilary Duff has apparently added some bolt-ons to her chest. They do not make her look curvier, they just look like oranges stuffed under her skin. Yuck! Take them out Hilary, breast augmentation is not for everyone."
Friday, October 12, 2007
Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.'s climate change panel won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize today for bringing public attention to the threat of global warming.
Gore is on a roll. He'll probably get most of the credit for the award, the Financial Times makes no mention of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in their lede. And his film, An Inconvenient Truth, took home an Academy Award last year.
Maybe now he'll publicly announce he's running for president.
When we heard that Radiohead was letting the fans choose what they wanted to pay for the band's 7th studio album, we were slightly incredulous. But we just downloaded the new record, In Rainbows. And we didn't pay a cent.
Call us cheapskates. But we wanted to see if it would work without any hassles. It did.
You don't need to supply a credit card number. The whole process is really quite simple.
We haven't had a chance to listen to it yet. But we hear the sound quality isn't the best. For unsatisfied customers, the band is planning to conventionally release the album, in stores, early next year.
If you can't wait and need to download it. Go to: www.inrainbows.com
The stats aren't in yet. But we're curious to see how much people are choosing to pay.
Update: According to an Oct. 14 article in The New York Times a third of the first million to download In Rainbows paid nothing. A larger portion of that million paid over $20, averaging out the price people paid to $8.
Update: Radiohead will reportedly release the sales figures early next year.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
It's really not a surprise. The former Baywatch star has been publicly struggling with his addiction for months. You know it's bad when Today Show host Ann Curry lectures you for drinking.
We really only mention this because we want to see that video of him drunkenly eating a hamburger in front of his kids again.
And if that wasn't funny enough, The Hoff is starring in the latest installment of the Anaconda film series. Prior to falling off the wagon in L.A., he was shooting scenes in Europe for Anaconda 3.
Update: TMZ.com is reporting that the Hoff has been bragging about how many hits the above video has been getting on YouTube. It's up to 5 million views now. A word to the Hoff: that's nothing to boast about!
We were a little bummed to see Rilo Kiley promos on MTV.
Although we wouldn't have paired the band with the giant commercial, disguised as a television channel--we thought Rilo Kiley was better than that--we still really enjoy Under the Blacklight, their latest album.
The record dropped in August. And our favorite tracks are "Silver Lining" and "Money Maker."
For vintage Kiley listen to: "Capturing Moods" and "So Long."
Oh yeah, and if you think you're crazy because some of the band members just look so familiar, think again.
Lead singer Jenny Lewis, played Shelley Long's daughter in the film Troop Beverly Hills. And lead guitarist Blake Sennet, played Ronnie Pinski on the Nickelodeon series Salute Your Shorts.
But October offers a valid reason to indulge yourself with some. After all, it is national chili month. [It was news to us too].
Here are a few:
"Best Turkey Chili"
Vegetable and Bean Chili
Beef Chili in a Biscuit Bowl
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Britney Spears should consider renaming her upcoming album. However fitting, Blackout just doesn't seem like an appropriate title for a woman who was declared, in court, to be a habitual drug and alcohol user. Did we mention she also recently lost custody of her kids?
The latest news, pertaining to Spears' album, is that the release date has been moved to Oct. 30. Its was originally slated for Nov. 13, the same day Celine Dion's new record drops.
Perez Hilton's theory is, Britney didn't want to pull a Kanye to see who could sell more albums. He alleges that Spears is afraid to compete with Dion.
However the official reason for the early release, a rep tells People, is "internet leaks." The rep tells the mag, "the label is doing everything possible to prevent and avoid any further illegal distribution of songs, including moving up the release date of the album to Oct. 30.”
According to Fox News, the physically frightening musician has lupus, an autoimmune disease that, although rare, can be fatal.
Web MD says that nine out of ten people who have lupus are women. Symptoms can include mental health problems, changes in weight, sensitivity to light and, ironically enough, skin problems.
Most of us have seen Rick Solomon spend One Night in Paris. Well now his progeny may be spending 9 months inside Pamela Anderson.
In Touch Weekly is reporting that the former Baywatch babe is two months pregnant, which would explain her quickie nuptials, to the skeezy amateur pornographer, in Las Vegas last weekend.
The two had reportedly been dating for only a couple of months before they tied the knot.
On the bright side, OB/GYN Dr. Sheryl A. Ross says the hepatitis C that Anderson contracted from her ex-husband, twice over, Tommy Lee, won't likely be transmitted to her unborn child. Ross says, "The risk to the fetus is extremely low, less than 5 percent." We can all breathe a sigh of relief.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2007
For those who haven't heard, Nick "Hogan" Bollea, the youngest of the Hulk's clan, was involved in an automobile accident on Aug. 26. As a result, his passenger John Graziano, an Iraq War veteran, sustained potentially fatal injuries.
To expedite the healing process, Graziano, 22, was subject to a medically induced coma, where he remains. The latest development, TMZ.com reports, is that he will "most likely spend the remainder of his life in a nursing home." Graziano was also described as "comatose" and "on total life support." Reports say he may have also had a seizure.
Hogan was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his yellow Toyota Supra on a four-lane highway. According to reports, the car went over a raised median and crashed into a palm tree.
By all accounts Hogan's reckless driving was, indeed, an accident waiting to happen.
According to reports the 17-year-old Hogan Knows Best star had a penchant for speeding; and is also said to have taken part in drag racing.
Hogan has, reportedly, received four speeding tickets in the last year. Some of the citations include traveling 105 and 106 MPH in 70 MPH zones and driving 57 MPH in a 30 MPH zone.
And by Hogan's own admission even when he's been caught driving faster than the legal limit he is not always ticketed.
"In my silver Viper, I was driving from Miami to Tampa. I got pulled over going 107 [MPH] and the guy let me off," Hogan said during his August interview with RIDES Magazine. "He's like, 'Hey, I know who you are, just keep going, ya know.'
"Dude, I got back on the road and two minutes later I get pulled over going 113 [MPH]," he added. "Another highway patrol from the same county said, 'I just heard on the radio that my buddy pulled you over and let you go. I'ma let you go this time. It's your second warning. You get pulled over again, you're probably going to go to jail.'
"Three minutes later, [I was] doing 123 [MPH] in a 50 [MPH zone]. The guy is like, 'Hey, I just heard you got pulled over twice in the last 10 minutes. I got to write you a ticket.'"
But Hogan's father Hulk Hogan is quick to defend his son's role in the accident.
"The most important thing to me was from all the eyewitnesses and everyone that was there and saw it was that they were not racing,"he said in an interview with The Insider.
"It's just so unfair; just the way the media jumped on my son and just the way they portrayed him. "
Florida police have, reportedly, referred the case to state prosecutors, who will determine whether to file charges against Hogan, possibly by next month.
If you answered yes, and you don't mind paying $50, then the Entertainment for all Expo [E for All] is your bag.
The Expo is geared toward people with "a passion for video games and interactive entertainment, who want to test-drive all the latest games and gadgets" before they hit the shelves.
In addition to Smash Bros., E attendees will have the chance to test the waters with Sony, EA and other Nintendo games; however concrete details are sparse.
E for All 2007 takes place Oct. 18-21, 2007 at the Los Angeles Convention center.
For more information, including schedule and ticket pricing: http://www.eforallexpo.com/
P.S. The slated release date for the Super Smash Bros. Brawl is Dec. 03, 2007. Will you be buying it?
Photogs caught Sienna Miller shooting scenes, in the buff, for her upcoming film Hippie Hippie Shake. According to IMDB the movie is an "account of counterculturalist Richard Neville's misadventures in London at the end of the 1960s." But who really cares?