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Toronto man caught with nearly 3,000 stolen bicycles

Toronto Journal - In a Cyclist-Friendly City, a Black Hole for Bikes - NYTimes.com

Mr. Kenk’s legacy now fills a former police garage with a leaky roof. Organized by brand name and mostly resting on their handlebars, wheels pointed upward, are 2,396 of the bicycles that police say Mr. Kenk either stole or arranged to have stolen.

The jumbled collection of bicycles suggests that Mr. Kenk is the unofficial world champion of bicycle thieves. But as he awaits trial next month on 58 charges related to theft and drug possession, the biggest mysteries of all are Mr. Kenk’s motives and his ultimate plan for the armada of steel, rubber and aluminum he amassed.

“He’s easily the most hated man in Toronto,” said Alex Jansen, a filmmaker who has been working on a documentary about Mr. Kenk for more than a year as part of a study of his rundown neighborhood’s transition to hipsterdom. “But I just found that it’s not as black and white as I originally thought.”

What the bestseller lists say about a nation

How bestsellers chart the state of nations | Books | guardian.co.uk

There are worse ways of finding out about a country than looking at its book charts. For instance, strange as it may seem, Takiji Kobayashi's Marxism-inspired Kani Kosen is a bestseller in Japan at the moment, 79 years after it was first published. But given the currently bleak economic climate in the country, you can see why a story about the struggles of poor labourers might be appealing reading.

Looking at the UK book market, meanwhile, is a good way to obliterate any idea of the Brits being sophisticated, stiff-upper-lip types. For one, it appears we're completely incapable of thinking for ourselves and making any decisions without Richard and Judy telling us to - two-thirds of the bestselling fiction titles of the year thus far are written by authors who've appeared on the daytime duo's sofa. We follow the trends of the US (see Stephenie Meyer, Kim Edwards, James Patterson, William Young et al). We're obsessed with reading "real life" tales of other people's misery (financial rather than economic at the moment, but check the charts again next year). And, for everyone else, there's those books "written" (ahem) by people off the telly.

In America, it seems, you've really got to be cultivating your "spiritual" side. Oprah Winfrey, for instance, wants you to buy Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose. And, based on sales, more than three million Americans are duly awakening. Meanwhile, William Young's self-published religious novel, The Shack, has sold almost a million copies this year, while pastors and preachers like Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer and Lee Strobel have all sold comfortably into five figures. Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir Eat, Pray Love has also done incredibly well publication - it has "pray" in the title - and for those not wanting to commit themselves to one religion, there's always Rhonda Byrne's The Secret.

I Met The Walrus

Thanks, ** Losaka! **
In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon's every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation. Raskin marries the terrifyingly genius pen work of James Braithwaite with masterful digital illustration by Alex Kurina, resulting in a spell-binding vessel for Lennon's boundless wit, and timeless message.
I Met The Walrus

August 21, 2008

Michael Phelps Returns To His Tank At Sea World

Michael Phelps Returns To His Tank At Sea World | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

ORLANDO—Fourteen-time Olympic gold medalist and SeaWorld main attraction Michael Phelps returned to his seven-million-gallon water tank Wednesday to resume his normal schedule of performing in six shows a day for marine park crowds every day of the week.

Phelps, the 6'4", 200-pound aquatic mammal, and the first ever SeaWorld swimmer to be raised in captivity by foster swimmers (Mark Spitz and Dara Torres), was recaptured by trainer Bob Bowman in a hoop net baited with an entire Dutch apple pie following Phelps' final Olympic event last Sunday. Phelps was then tethered to the rudder of a container ship bound for St. Petersburg, guided down local waterways, and introduced back into his home habitat, the tank in SeaWorld's 5,500 seat stadium, known to park officials and visitors alike as "Phelps' Happy Harbor."

an authentic black velvet Wesley Crusher painting

wesley.jpg WWdN In Exile (Wil Wheaton says, "Don't be a dick!") | evil and awesome (but mostly awesome) Go and read Wil waxing poetical about being Wesley and not letting the assholes get him down. via