@juancow I'd have spider-bro over wasp-bro.
RT @OfficeTally: Still time to sign/RT the petition to supersize #TheOffice Series Finale. Goal: 20,000! http://t.co/sXMPdf9e6y
His favorite ride. https://t.co/r84GzwMH3M
RT @HuffPostTV: A Lannister always pays their debts, but the actress who plays Cersei is broke http://t.co/8tLHltUdLk
RT @StephenAtHome: Florida might ban bongs. This explains why seniors eat so early-- they have the munchies!!!!
RT @rianjohnson: There are no cut scenes, no cinematic clips you have to sit through. There is nothing but game play, and a narrative pl ...
RT @rianjohnson: I will plant my flag on Portal being a prime example of sublime storytelling in a video game, precisely because it IS " ...
I just unlocked Boomey in Nimble Quest!!! http://t.co/OwTydMDzCE
RT @JonahHill: Better link to the This Is The End trailer without the age restriction bullshit: http://t.co/BjLFWm9Kwm
Brushin' my hair. https://t.co/XDcPVsrT6x
Lets pick things up! https://t.co/YlOSxgolNw
Lots of seaplanes here, guys. @ Wooton Park Seaport http://t.co/fx3n0AjtNL
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Seaplane Rides. @ Wooton Park Seaport http://t.co/dQOB4zZXft
I'm at Soup to Nuts (Tavares, FL) http://t.co/1OE5kp62oB
Nook Simple Touch seeing price drop to $99, touts 'no annoying ads' originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 Nov 2011 17:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
You know what? It sucks to be undead. People are always trying to bash your skull in. You're hungry for brains, but can't move fast enough to catch things with brains. You're falling apart (literally). Ace Hardware understands you.
A very clever marketing campaign for the Westlake Ace Hardware in Lenexa, Kansas has dedicated an entire sub-section of their website for zombie-related items. There are items and tips for humans to protect themselves against zombies (pick axes, chainsaws, locks) and there are tools for zombies to repair their rapidly decaying bodies (duct tape, caulk, bolts).
Most of the recommended items are just things you want to have around the house anyway, but should some horrid virus sweep across the world and prove Harold Camping not-crazy, then these items would be really useful. How do I not already own a nail gun? What is wrong with me? [Westlake Ace Hardware via Laughing Squid]
You can keep up with Brent Rose, the author of this post, on Google+ or Twitter.
Walmart today lists the iPad 2 in all sizes and varieties with a “Starter Accesory” which include previous generation Smart Covers or USB all charges (or $50 iTunes gift cards when ordered and picked up site-to-store).
If your shopping tastes take you to Target, you can get a $40 Target gift card with iPad 2 purchase (or $450 iPad 1 32GB 3G/GPS). They also have various other iTunes/Apple device offers via circular, below:
- 15% off Apple iTunes Gift Cards: $15 for $13 + free shipping, more (9to5toys.com)
- 15% off Apple iTunes Gift Cards: $85 for $100 + free shipping, more (9to5toys.com)
- 15% off Apple iTunes Gift Cards at Best Buy (9to5mac.com)
- 15 percent off Apple iTunes Gift Cards: $85 for $100 + free shipping, more (9to5mac.com)
- HHI Texture Back Skin Protector for iPad 2 w/ $2 HHI credit for $3 + $3 s&h (9to5toys.com)
- 15% off Apple iTunes Gift Cards: $15 for $13 + free shipping, more (9to5toys.com)
- HHI Re-Elegant Super Slim Case for iPad 2 w/ $2 credit for $8 + $3 s&h (9to5toys.com)
- HandHeldItems: Up to 70% off select iPad 2 cases + 20% off coupon, $2 credit (9to5toys.com)
- Luxury Convertible Flip Case For Apple iPad 2 w/$2 HHI credit for $14 + $3 s&h (9to5toys.com)
Forget tossing down the sawbucks at Guitar Center, you can make your own fog machine at home for just $5 with stuff you get from the store. Nope, there's no dry ice, smarty pants. This video shows you how to do it.
Basically, you add 1 part food grade glycerine from the local supermarket to 3 parts water. That solution is your "fog juice."
Then, cut off top of a 1 liter soda bottle into an aluminum basket. Using masking tape to seal the rim so now smoke escapes the sides.
Fill the apparatus with your solution and place over a heat source. The concoction will start smoking up in no time. When it needs a reboost, just pour a bit more of your "homebrew" in the top of the bottle.
DIY Halloween, holla! 'Cause there's nothing spookier than being broke.
After an autistic girl and her service dog were wrongly kicked out of a discount clothing store owned by TJ Maxx, the district manager profusely apologized and gave them a $25 gift card to pick out anything she liked. When she returned and tried to use the gift card, store staff kicked her out for having a service dog again. Looks like someone didn't get the memo.
Three months after the nine-year-old girl, Emily, was kicked out of "Winners," a chain owned by TJ Maxx, she and her mother came back to the store to pick out something nice using the gift card the district manager gave her.
"We were asked to leave the store," Emily's mother told CBC News. "My child's service dog was not permitted in their establishment anywhere. And if that's true, then that includes my child because there is no separation between the two of them."
"I was disappointed that I didn't get anything from the store, even my dress that my mom picked out nicely for me," Emily told CBC News.
The mother said she didn't think the store's apology was sincere because while the manager had made the perfect "putting out of the fire" gesture, the store hadn't bothered to educate their staff on the proper protocol.
Parent company TJ Maxx said that it's standard policy for service dogs to be allowed in stores. "We are looking into the particulars regarding this customer's experience and will reach out to her directly, as well as take whatever actions we believe are appropriate," Doreen Thompson, a TJX spokeswoman told CBC News.
Edmonton store bars girl's service dog twice [CBCNews] (Thanks to Neil!)
January Jones begins to malfunction on set after highly skilled hackers broke into and dismantled the robotic starlet's operating system.
EL SEGUNDO, CA—Satellite broadcast provider DirecTV has been inundated with new subscribers following Monday's introduction of NHL ShutOut, a special new sports entertainment package that allows customers to miss 100 percent of National Hockey Leagu...
Amazon's gift card restriction patent: puts some thought in your otherwise thoughtless present originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 28 Oct 2011 01:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Geek Wire | USPTO | Email this | Comments
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MercuryNews was told by the San Jose Police that using Siri while driving is illegal. The San Jose Police Luitenant said that the actual act of talking to Siri isn’t illegal, but it’s the part when you use you’re hands to navigate through its functionality when things start getting setup for a nice ticket.
“It’s legal to talk to Siri, as long as the phone’s not in your hand,” says San Jose police Lt. Chris Monahan. “But if you have to push the phone to activate her, or if you ask for directions and she puts them up on her screen for you to read, then California’s hands-free law says your’re breaking the law.”
Where it gets murky is that the iPhone is also a GPS device and it isn’t illegal to use your fingers to use GPS devices, especially one that is mounted to your dashboard. Let’s just say: keep it safe.
Americans are occupying more than Wall Street, and some cops are clamping down way harder than those in Manhattan. In Oakland, riot police attacked with tear gas, rubber bullets, and, most vividly—flash bangs. Meet the M84 stun grenade.
The M84 is the Army's friend. You've probably played with a virtual one in games like Call of Duty before kicking down a door and shooting everyone. They're perfect for temporarily blinding and deafening anyone close by, leaving them vulnerable to, well, anything. Each 2/3 pound grenade is stuffed with an pyrotechnic metal-oxidant mix of magnesium and ammonium that creates a thunderous boom (about as powerful as a jet engine) and bright flash (equivalent to that of a spotlight). Think of it as someone shining a flashlight in your face and yelling in your ear. Only much worse. And that's why riot cops love them—a crowd, disoriented as hell by a grenade, is a lot easier to disperse and cuff.
However, there are rules governing the use of weapons like the M84—or at least there are supposed to be. In Oakland, straight from their official Crowd Management/ Crowd Control Policy document, cops can't just go around chucking flash bangs willy nilly:
The use of sound and light diversionary/distraction devices presents a risk of permanent loss of hearing or serious bodily injury from shrapnel. Said devices shall be deployed to explode at a safe distance from the crowd to minimize the risk of personal injury and while moving the crowd in the direction that will accomplish the policing objective
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Motorola Droid 4 exposed to our wandering eyes, comes with LTE in tow? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 27 Oct 2011 12:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Droid-Life | Email this | Comments
Update: As a few commenters have pointed out, a support rep on Logitech's forums indicates these boxes have been updated with a sticker only. You'll still have to wait Google to deliver the goods along with everyone else.
Update 2: Logitech reached out to us with the following statement:
We'd like to clarify that these products do not include the next version of Google TV software. The boxes were prematurely updated with the stickers in anticipation of the next release of the Google TV software, which, once available, will be a free and automatic update pushed to all Logitech Revue boxes that are installed and connected to the Internet.
Logitech Revue on sale promising 'new & improved' Google TV with Android 3.1, Market (Update: Logitech responds) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 27 Oct 2011 12:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Last week, we posted this now-infamous photo of Kirk Cameron’s birthday party. It was originally posted on Twitter by Christian Vlogger Lane Chapman, who didn’t provide much context. Naturally, we had to invent our own. Like that Kirk was celebrating his 41st birthday with 42 inches of Subway sandwiches (the extra inch represents “and many more”). Or that poor Belinda back there had to stand outside as punishment for accidentally humming a Fleetwood Mac song. (“Secular music is a sin, Belinda! Stay outside and think about what you’ve done!”).
Well now, some people who actually attended the birthday party have come forward to say that despite what the picture looks like, it was actually super fun and everyone came. Chapman, the original poster, wrote:
I posted the pic to wish Kirk happy birthday. Much of the media made their own conclusions which I do not share. Happy birthday, Kirk!
Meanwhile, some folks at Yahoo spoke to some others attendees to get the full story:
Cameron, who is now pursuing a new television career as a Christian evangelist and co-host of an evangelical show called “The Way of the Master,” spent his birthday at Living Waters Ministry in Bellflower, Calif. The ministry’s staff threw him a small party, and ordered from Subway. Lane Chaplin, a student at nearby Trinity Law School and a guest at the party, snapped a photo of Cameron blowing out the candles on a cake in Living Waters’ rather sparse conference room.
According to a person at the party who spoke to The Cutline, there were 10-15 people behind the camera when the photo of Cameron was taken. [Yahoo/Cutline]
Oh right, our bad. A millionaire had his 41st birthday party catered with five-dollar sandwiches. It would be silly of us to imply that that wouldn’t be totally awesome. Though if Kirk Cameron actually fed those 15 people with just four sandwiches… well, he may not be on Jesus’s level yet, but you have to admit, it’s still pretty impressive.
Shut the f*ck up, Belinda! No sandwich for sinners!
Clothing retailer H&M recently announced a partnership with Trish Summerville, the costume designer who worked on David Fincher’s English version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, to produce a clothing line based on Dragon Tattoo heroine Lisbeth Salander (played by Rooney Mara in the film). Because nothing says chic like bleached eyebrows and a history of rape.
H&M have collaborated with Trish Summerville, the revered costume designer who worked on the English film version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo , to add an urban, edgy twist to 30 pieces, all with the unmistakeable essence of Lisbeth Salander.
Judging by the picture, this appears to be one of the rare occasions when you’ll be able to read “urban” as a corporate adjective and it won’t be code for “for black people.”
Battered jeans, cropped leather jackets and hoodies make up the uniform of the private detective, who is played by breakout American actress Rooney Mara. “We took her [Salander's] basic pieces that we used throughout the film and did a little more fashionable version for H&M,” explains Summerville, who scoured resale shops in Sweden – where the film is set – for much of the character’s wardrobe.
Accessories including knitted snoods, backpacks and tribal earrings also feature alongside roughed-up leather boots and platform wedges.
What the f*ck is a “snood?” (*googles*) A knitted head scarf? Huh. Looks like it’d make a great hippie hairnet, but somehow I doubt the person wearing it will be doing much cooking.
The collection will be stocked under the retailer’s Divided range and will debut exclusively at Colette in Paris on November 28. On December 14, the range will then be go on sale in 180 selected stores H&M stores worldwide and online. [via the UK Telegraph]
Eh, they look mostly like your basic scummy, sh*tty unflattering asexual hipster clothes (smells like cloves right out of the box!). I just hope the Twilight costume designer doesn’t seen this and start getting ideas. “This fall, inspired by Kellen Lutz… It’s the ‘Mega-Huge Gaywad Collection,’ new from Hot Topic.”
Update: We've added a few shots of the actual capturing in the gallery below.
Nature Valley creating Street View-style tour of National Parks, chews through countless granola bars to do so originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 27 Oct 2011 09:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Fast Company | Email this | Comments
The Obama administration has announced two initiatives to lower student loan payments for some borrowers. One, an update to the existing income-based repayment program, will cap loan payments at 10% of discretionary income for certain borrowers. The other proposal will let some borrowers merge older student loans with newer ones.
The current income-based repayment program caps loan payments at 15% of discretionary income for borrowers who meet certain income and debt criteria. A law passed in 2010 will lower that to 10% for new borrowers starting in 2014.
Under the administration's plan, borrowers whose first federal student loan is from 2008 or later, and who also have at least one loan from 2012 or later, will be able to apply for income-based repayment plans with a 10% cap beginning in 2012. According to the administration, the lower cap could reduce payments for more than 1.6 million borrowers.
The plan will also allow some borrowers who've made regular payments to be eligible for loan forgiveness on the balance of their debt after 20 years; currently, debt forgiveness kicks in after 25 years.
The White House's loan consolidation plan will allow some borrowers who have both newer Direct Loans and older Federal Family Education Loans to consolidate the loans into a single Direct Loan, with an interest rate reduction of up to 0.5%. The administration estimates that 6 million borrowers will be eligible for the consolidation program.
Heinz didn't get the message that it's unfashionable to cater to the 1% crowd. They're coming out with a 58th variety of ketchup. A kind for fancypants. It's more "upscale" because it uses balsamic vinegar instead of white wine vinegar.
At $2.49 a bottle, the ketchup, "Heinz Tomato Ketchup Blended with Balsamic Vinegar," will sell for a buck more than regular ketchup. That's a glass bottle, by the way. In addition to the black label, Heinz is only selling them inside these kind of containers in order to demarcate its luxury.
"We think households who already use Heinz ketchup will use this in addition," Noel Geoffroy, the vice president for United States retail brands at H. J. Heinz, told NYT. She said that the tang of the balsamic "does a nice job of adding a sophisticated spin."
Photographs of the new ketchup suggest that it pairs well with "Haute Dog," "Hamburgeur," and "French Frites."
Initially the new "limited edition" ketchup will only be sold through the company's Facebook page until December, when it will stroll into stores and be available there through March. After that they'll evaluate as to whether sales are strong enough to make this ketchup a permanent fixture on the shelves.
Will I need to pop my pinky out when I pour this ketchup?
Before the flight to his new home in California, Jack the cat escaped from his travel carrier and disappeared into John F. Kennedy Airport. The airline organized searches and put out food, and animal lovers all over the world helped in any way they could, from performing their own searches of the airport and nearby neighborhoods to getting word out to employees of nearby businesses and other airlines. We're happy to report that Jack has been found. In two months, he apparently never left the airport.
American Airlines posted a statement to Facebook:
American Airlines is happy to announce that Jack the Cat has been found safe and well at JFK airport. American's team of airport employees have been focused on the search effort since Jack escaped on August 25, 2011. Jack was found in the customs room and was immediately taken by team members to a local veterinarian. The vet has advised that Jack is doing well at present.
Jack's identity was confirmed when a vet at the airport scanned his microchip. He is dehydrated and has lost some weight. American Airlines will fly him to California to be reunited with his family.
Jack The Cat is Lost in AA Baggage at JFK [Facebook]
Seriously, wtf? I’ve always thought about writing a movie about Teddy Ruxpin on crack, but, dagnabbit, someone already beat me to it. Let me impart on you this little gem from the synopsis.
“Gooby fulfills Willy’s wish by bringing Willy and his dad (David James Elliott, “JAG”) together in a heart-warming and exciting climax.”
I wish there were more I could add to that, but, I’m spent. This trailer speaks for itself.
So it seems like even though Nikon is an asian company, they quite haven’t nailed down the subtleties of their homeland’s eye patterns with the face recognition that is part of their newer point and shoot digital cameras.
We got our Mom a new Nikon S630 digital camera for Mother’s Day and I
was playing with it during the Angels game we were at on Sunday.
As I was taking pictures of my family, it kept asking “Did someone
blink?” even though our eyes were always open.
Sheesh! RACIST! :P
Wow. You would think this would become a problem over in Japan, you know.. cause they probably take a BILLION photos a day. That’s a lot of blinking.
This might explain the driving thing.
Science is my favorite subject, especially the Old Testament.
SNL’s Casey Wilson Reads Message Board Posts. I don’t care what they say, Casey is my type of girl!
Note: Just to let you know it is not that we don’t believe in
[scribble] in things like that it is just misleading when you speak about it being billions of year old. when we all know that the world is only about 6000 years old. So why would I pay so that you can misslead [sic] my children. your world is just a (revowing?), our’s [sic] has a start and an end. God created the world. He created animals and man [scribble] all in the same week. It was also Adam who named all the animals, they will do the essay Rock and minerals, but it might not be 5 pages long, and not about billions of years ago it’ll be according to the Bible.
We’d like you meet our adopted son Henry. He’s new.
Steve Wozniak replaces Zac Efron in ‘Footloose’ remake. Hilarious.
‘Bruno’ Trailer is out!!! Totally NSFW! Sorry about the age gate, those are lame.
ABC Nightline went behind the scenes of a California Netflix distribution center.
Wow, I’ve seen videos of people stuffing and unstuffing envelopes and it amazes me every time.
My favorite part of the video is where Netflix inventor and CEO Reed Hastings talks about the first days of Netflix where they were buying all their DVDs from Best Buy! [Click here for link to video]. ABC news doesn’t allow embeds. :(
“Sound of Music” Ambush!! It’s a little known fact I want to be part of a flash mob dance group.
HA! Jonah Hill guest stars on this week’s Reno 911 Premiere! I always love the cameos they have.
This week’s ‘This American Life’ is fantastic. My favorite parts were the last two acts, going behind the scenes of an FDIC bank takeover and the last act about Circuit City. [Click player above to play. ]
INT. MIDDLE SCHOOL COMPUTER LAB -
A young boy in shark costume sits at a Mac Classic computer counting down the minutes till lunch time.
We see a close-up of the monitor, a stick figure dangles from an outline of a helicopter, we hear the click of a mouse. The stick figure falls safely onto a hay pile down below. We see this process repeat several times.
Ahh, can I get a hells yeah?! One of my biggest time wasters [iTunes Link] in grade school, StuntCopter has come to the iPhone/iPod touch. The developers have even used the original artwork from the original game, seeing as it is in the public domain now. You also can’t argue with 99 cents. Here’s hoping that we get some Vette! up in here sooner or later.
Check out John Krasinski rockin a beard with Maya Rudolph in Sam Mendes latest film ‘Away We Go’. Looks great. Nice to see Krasinski branching out from Jim.
This is a dream I’ve had since lunch, and I’m not gonna give up on it.
This week’s ‘This American Life’ is fantastic. My favorite parts were the last two acts, going behind the scenes of an FDIC bank takeover and the last act about Circuit City. [Click player above to play. ]3 plays