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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Michael Jackson's Anti-Gravity Boots!

I came across this gem describing a US patent given to Michael Jackson. The invention allows MJ to give the illusion of defying gravity on stage while in the middle of his dance routine. He's so clever!
It never ceases to amaze me the amount of legal mumbo-jumbo that goes into describing something so simple.

You can find some really interesting things by searching Google Patents.

Method and means for creating anti-gravity

Monday, May 28, 2007

Federal Minimum Wage To Increase to $7.25

As you may know, the federal minimum wage will increase from $5.15 to $5.85/hour, which is a 70-cent raise. This will happen again in 2008 and 2009, which by the end will make the new federal minimum wage $7.25/hour by the end of 2009.
Of course, this is being touted as a victory for everyone making the current minimum wage of $5.85, but the reality is that in the long-term it won't mean much and it may even hurt the very people it intends to help. I know that a lot of people will refuse to listen or accept the idea of this, but I truely believe it to be the case and I've saw the evidence first hand while working a minimum wage job myself.

Federal Minimum Wage To Increase to $7.25

Yeah...pass it along to the consumer in the form of higher prices. We couldn't possibly take the hit out of our epotentialy growing corporate profits. God forbid some CEO can't afford to trade up his Hummer this year....and to those in the middle of the wage scale...shut up with your "relative worth crap"...you're already making a decent wage. Raising the standard of living for those at the bottom requires the rest of us to sacrifice. Let some business owners and CEOs live for 120 days on minimum wage, just like the Congessmen who had to live on food stamps. Apparently, you've been drinking the Chamber of Commerce Kool-aid that has had people believing this warped perspective for years. They even have you believing you've "seen it with your own eyes". This is Republican fuzzy math at its worst, and assumes a chain of events that is highly unlikely to happen, because at the end of the day, they still need someone to sweep the sidewalks and bag groceries whether it costs them $5.25 per hour or it costs them $10 per hour. I say put the minimum wage at a reasonable level and then tie it to Congressional pay raises!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

University of Vermont Arena Proposal

University officials are working hard these days to make what once seemed like a pipe dream a reality: the construction of a new, state-of-the-art arena on campus. The concept is no longer wishful thinking. A pair of feasibility tests have been conducted, preliminary blueprints and diagrams are drawn up, and UVM's board of trustees recently created a task force to explore the possibility of forging ahead with the endeavor. According to Robert Corran, UVM's director of athletics, the location has been nailed down. The proposed arena, which would house hockey and basketball games, would nestle in between Patrick Gym and Gutterson Fieldhouse. He said it would seat 6,500 fans for hockey. The building would be flexible for basketball, he said, allowing capacity to fluctuate from 2,500 to 7,200.

I think it would be in the best interest of the region/city/state to consider co-building a larger multi-purpose facility that could draw larger national events. It would add to the ability to market the Champlain Valley as a "destination". That's just my two cents...

Burlington Free Press.com Sports

Monday, May 21, 2007

Tesla's Motorized Pink Bunny Slippers

The 7.5-foot slippers are each powered with a 36-volt system that uses six YellowTop 12-volt optimas. The two front wheels are driven by a 7-inch brushed DC motor from Advanced DC motors.

Not only do these puppies have a low carbon footprint they're damn fashionable. Is there a Hello Kitty model? Now that's some real alternative transportation!

The Fast and the Furry-ouss!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Drunk Driving Bikini-Clad Fireman

Visitors at a park in Mason, Ohio, called police after an apparently drunk man climbed into his pickup truck and started driving around, including near the children's play area. When an officer arrived, "I observed [the suspect] to be wearing a very skimpy woman's ... bikini with two tan water balloons taped to the top to simulate two woman's breasts and a pair of pink Speedo flip-flop sandals," Officer Scott Miller said in his report.

I hope this wacko gets put away....far away! An interesting discourse ensues....

Public Humiliation vs. Real Punishment

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Save the Bunny!

I found this little gem in the Windows Secrets newsletter. A pretty good newsletter with some useful info and the occasional oddity. Usually the oddities are just that, a little odd, but this is actually kind of entertaining and amusing. The whole point is to save the poor cute bunny...and try not to laugh too hard!


Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Why $5 Gas Is Good for America

"So what's a price-shocked, carbon-afflicted highway jockey to do? Keep driving. In fact, drive more. The longer gas stays expensive, the higher the chance we'll see alternatives. Put that pedal to the metal. And smile when you see a big black $3 or $4 out in front at the gas pump."

Spencer Reiss- Wired.com

This article does well to point out the fact that it will get worse before it gets better. That's good....right?

Why Gas Is Good for America

Monday, May 14, 2007

A Real Cure for Cancer?

Scientists may have cured cancer last week.


So, why haven't the media picked up on it?

Here's the deal. Researchers at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada found a cheap and easy to produce drug that kills almost all cancers. The drug is dichloroacetate, and since it is already used to treat metabolic disorders, we know it should be no problem to use it for other purposes.

Doesn't this sound like the kind of news you see on the front page of every paper?

The drug also has no patent, which means it could be produced for bargain basement prices in comparison to what drug companies research and develop.

Scientists tested DCA on human cells cultured outside the body where it killed lung, breast and brain cancer cells, but left healthy cells alone. Rats plump with tumors shrank when they were fed water supplemented with DCA.

Again, this seems like it should be at the top of the nightly news, right?.....

Read On.....

Read the original article here...

...and more from the original researchers!

Official University of Alberta DCA Site

Festival Sells Deep-Fried Testicles

More than 300 people paid $5 for all-you-can-eat goat, lamb and bull testicles Saturday at the ninth annual Testicle Festival at Mama's Place Bar and Grill in Elderon in central Wisconsin.
Butch Joubert, 58, likes the parts sandwiched between bread with tartar sauce. They're not so different from regular meatballs , he said. "After a few beers, you can't really tell the difference," Joubert said.

Festival Sells Deep-Fried Testicles

Saturday, May 12, 2007

A Sweet So Sour: Kool-Aid Dills

I have to preface this post by saying that pickles are in my Top 5 of least favorite foods. They hover dangerously close to number one, trading off spots with brussel sprouts!

I'm always amazed at the ingenuity of kids and the regional differences we have. I'm sure no carpet-bagging Yankee would have ever thought this one up, yet somehow I bet this would be a treat regardless of which side of the Mason Dixon line you reside. This NYT article explains how this odd combination came to be...

A Sweet So Sour: Kool-Aid Dills

Sunday, May 06, 2007

A Truly Evil Toy....

This toy tops the All-Time Ingenious Evil Toys List. Imagine your loser Uncle Tony just nodding off after a three course Thanksgiving dinner. The third quarter is about half over and the women are preparing desert. As Uncle Tony's snores get louder you can tell its time to fire this puppy up! You can picture the rest of the scene as Uncle Tony stops snoring long enough to open one eye and see this sitting on his chest....

RC Tarantula