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May 12, 2009

Who Knew Traffic Lights Were This Entertaining?

Play I Love Traffic, a free online game on Kongregate...

The capital of Somali pirates' secret intelligence operation is . . . London?

This is London – the capital of Somali pirates' secret intelligence operation | World news | The Guardian

The Turkish sailors were swiftly overpowered and the 5,850-ton tanker was diverted to a port in Somalia, where it was held for two months while its owners negotiated a ransom payment.

What the crew could not know was that their ship had been singled out as a target by a network of informers based several thousand miles away – in London. Security officials say well-placed informants in the British capital, the world centre of shipbroking and insurance, gather so much detail on targets that, in the case of the Karagol, they not only knew its layout, route and cargo, but had spent several days practising the assault.

The attack on the Turkish ship was a sign that the pirates have turned a regional phenomenon into a global criminal business that now reaches into the heart of London's shipping community. . . .

May 09, 2009

Once upon a time the Klan played baseball against the Hebrew All-Stars

Next Week's Doubleheader: Aryan Nations v. Hadassah - Jeffrey Goldberg

Mark Twain motivational posters

Mark Twain Motivational Posters | Sloshspot Blog

I can never get enough Twain-love in my internet.

May 08, 2009

How To: Make fake entrails

Another Slice of Cryptic Internet Beauty

Once more Wikipedia offers us an evocative title: Notable orphans...

May 07, 2009

Chicago Scanner - Listen to Streaming Police and Fire Radio Communications

Chicago Scanner - Listen to Streaming Police and Fire Radio Communications
Chicago Scanner broadcasts LIVE Chicago Police and Fire communications. * Listen to all the action streaming live right to your computer. * Get "in the know" of what is happening in and around the City of Chicago and Cook County. * Hear breaking news as it happens and before it's broadcast on local news channels. * Know what is happening in your neighborhood. * Stay informed!

The Greatest Prank Ever Pulled -- The Future Needs You!

Three Year Epic Prank On One Stranger at Urban Prankster

This is incredibly amazing.

In 2002, Dylan Reiff and Joe Korsmo began tracking the internet activities of Kolin, aka V. Gnome, an 18-year old computer gamer. They monitored and recorded Kolin’s AOL instant messages and gathered information about his friends and family from other sources on the net. Blending this data with scenarios from videogames and sci-fi films, they developed a mythology in which Kolin is “singled out as the savior of the human race.” The story is told in Gem Missile: A Tribute to V. Gnome, a 40-page book that incorporates photographs of Kolin and excerpts from his personal correspondence. In August 2003, Reiff and Korsmo showed up on Kolin’s parent’s doorstep in Chicago. Reiff introduced himself as “Z. Figiam,” Kolin’s “mentor from the future,” presented him with the book, and left without further explanation.

. . .

A year passed after this initial contact. In August 2004, Reiff and Korsmo mailed Kolin a package containing a photograph of their meeting a year earlier, along with a note, a certificate, and a plane ticket to Minneapolis. Kolin was met at the airport by a man in a beat up Lincoln Town Car who identified himself as “The Gatekeeper.” . . .

Cake Wrecks celebrates Mother's Day

Cake Wrecks: How to Liven Up Mother's Day

More at the link.

Mashed-Up Video Games & Movie Posters

Video Games

Some fun stuff in here.

May 05, 2009

How Van Gogh really lost his ear

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Arts & Culture | Gauguin 'cut off Van Gogh's ear'

Vincent van Gogh did not cut off his own ear but lost it in a fight with fellow artist Paul Gauguin in a row outside a brothel, it has been claimed.

It has long been accepted that the mentally ill Dutch painter cut off his own ear with a razor after the row in Arles, southern France, in 1888.

But a new book, based on the original police investigation, claims Gauguin swiped Van Gogh's ear with a sword.

May 04, 2009

Google using actual live goats for landcsaping

The Escapist : News : Google Hires Goats to Mow The Lawn

Though it can certainly afford the finest in mechanical lawn mowing technology, Google has turned to a team of goats to tend the fields around its offices.

"At our Mountain View headquarters, we have some fields that we need to mow occasionally to clear weeds and brush to reduce fire hazard," the latest entry on the official Google blog reads.

"This spring we decided to take a low-carbon approach: Instead of using noisy mowers that run on gasoline and pollute the air, we've rented some goats from California Grazing to do the job for us (we're not 'kidding')."