Senate votes to turn down volume on TV commercials
Legislation to turn down the volume on those loud TV commercials that send couch potatoes diving for their remote controls looks like it’ll soon become law. The Senate unanimously passed a bill late Wednesday to require television stations and cable companies to keep commercials at the same volume as the programs they interrupt. Source Finally. The only downside is that TV manufacturers...
This is the craziest Wikipedia article you'll read... →
Philip Taylor Kramer (July 12, 1952 - February 12, 1995) was a bass guitar player for the rock group Iron Butterfly during the 1970s. After this he obtained a night school degree in aerospace engineering, worked on the MX missile guidance system for a contractor of the US Department of Defense and later in the computer industry on fractal compression, facial recognition systems, and advanced...
HR Violation #23
[Everyone in the elevator on their way to lunch, D is already eating a strip of beef jerky.]
L: Wow, that really smells. Keep it away from me.
[D moves closer.]
D: What, you don't like me waving my meat in your face?
[general grimaces around the elevator from everyone, especially our CEO]
I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all...– Jorge Luis Borges (via musingsfromgamblersrock:tobia)
Why we fight: Men check out in stressful... →
Turns out the silent and stoic response to stress might be a guy thing after all. “These are the first findings to indicate that sex differences in the effects of stress on social behavior extend to one of the most basic social transactions — processing someone else’s facial expression,” said Mara Mather, director of the Emotion and Cognition Lab at USC. In an...
Update on UT Shooter
Police confirmed an armed suspect in the Perry Castenada Library at 21st and Speedway on the University of Texas campus. The event began just after 8:30 Tuesday morning. Officials say the suspect had an A-K-47, a very large weapon. Students tell KVUE they heard gunshots. The suspect is now believed dead. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo reports that one person is dead from a self-inflicted ...
starsandboulevards asked: Shooter at the PCL right now.
I Guess It's Campus Watch Day Today...
There are just too many gems to pass up… Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor: A UT staff member reported a UT student had created a “Splash Zone” inside the lobby of Blanton Dorm. When stopped the student refused to answer any questions the staff member had asked. While creating his “Splash Zone” the student had dropped his keys. The staff member took the keys and...
JESTER WEST DORMITORY, 201 East 21st Street Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: A UT student detected a strong odor of burning marijuana coming from a fist floor dormitorty room. Prior to the officers arriving, the staff member heard the sound of air freshener being strayed inside the room. During the investigation, the officers detected a very strong odor of burned marijuana once the door...
When Bored, I Peruse the University of Texas...
JESTER WEST DORMITORY, 201 East 21st Street Suspicious Activity: A UT student reported feeling air blowing in under her bed sheets, then felt the sheets move. The student discovered a white male standing over her. The subject turned and left the room. The unknown subject was described as: White male, 5�-10� with short hair. The subject was last seen wearing a tee shirt and basketball...
What Will Future Generations Condemn Us For? →
Once, pretty much everywhere, beating your wife and children was regarded as a father’s duty, homosexuality was a hanging offense, and waterboarding was approved — in fact, invented — by the Catholic Church. Looking back at such horrors, it is easy to ask: What were people thinking?
Segway Chief Dies in Segway Accident →
James W. Heselden, the owner of the company that makes the Segway, died Sunday morning when he drove one of the two-wheeled scooters off a cliff close to his home in West Yorkshire, England. The first paragraph made me laugh. It’s horrible, I know - death, dying blah blah blah. But seriously, the owner of the company that makes the Segway drove his Segway off of a cliff. The things...
To have a blog is to have some portion of your brain assigned to monitoring your...– Jake Lodwick, announcing the end of his blog. Jake gets a lot of flack whenever he puts much of himself out there, but I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. I’ve always learned a lot and been left with a lot to think about whenever I’ve spent any time with him. Specifically, his...
Wildlife Filmmaker Chris Palmer Shows that Animals... →
“Shooting in the Wild,” published this year by Sierra Club Books, exposes the unpleasant secrets of environmental filmmaking: manufactured sounds, staged fights, wild animals that aren’t quite wild filmed in nature that isn’t entirely natural. This article was a real eye-opener for me - I always assumed the shows on the Discovery Channel and National Geographic were factual and realistic in...
Mexico's Drugs War: In the City of Death →
It was just another massacre in a country plagued by violence. But this time it was carried out by prison inmates – who’d been let out specially Very interesting read, leave it to the Guardian. You’re in safe hands.
My Tumblr is Fuckd
The website is loading all funny. Won’t be updating today, this is simply too annoying to deal with.
Just Got Paid - Now Spending Check on eBay
Whenever I get paid, I usually blow half to three-quarters of the paycheck within 2 days, shopping online and cruising eBay while at work. Leaving me 25% of my paycheck to survive on for the next two weeks. I’m fine with this arrangement. Here’s what I’ve ordered so far this morning: Zoom H4N Yankee Candle Electric Fragrance Refills (I like for my house to smell good) ...
Morals & the Servile Mind →
On the diminishing moral life of our democratic age.