Friday, November 30, 2007
The case of the hefty hooker happened about 1:10 a.m. Monday as the 32-year-old man rode his bicycle when the assailant came up to him.
"The female approached asking (the alleged victim) did he want a date, which meant she wanted him to pay for some sex," the report states.
The man told investigators he felt sorry for the woman and pulled $10 from his wallet to give to her. That's when she allegedly pushed him off his bicycle and wrestled him down. She snatched his wallet, stole $100 and then pedaled off.
The alleged victim, who wasn't injured, described his assailant as weighing 300 pounds and clad in blue jeans and a white T-shirt.
An officer searched the area but couldn't find the woman.
Those Who Have Sex Later, Particularly Men, Seem to Experience More Sexual Dysfunction
By DAN CHILDS
ABC News Medical Unit
Nov. 29, 2007
While past research has linked early sexual activity to health problems, a new study suggests that waiting too long to start having sex carries risks of its own.
Those who lose their virginity at a later age -- around 21 to 23 years of age -- tend to be more likely to experience sexual dysfunction problems later, say researchers at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute's HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies.
Men who lose their virginity in their 20s, in particular, seemed to be more likely to experience sexual problems that include difficulty becoming sexually aroused and reaching orgasm.
The increase in sexual problems was also seen in those who had a comparably earlier sexual debut. And the researchers were quick to point out that there isn't enough evidence to say for sure whether waiting to have sex necessarily leads to sexual dysfunction down the road.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Navy, of course had to respond in kind, not allowing Army to get the better of them. Check out Operation: We Really Don't Care Because Army Sucks Ass below.
Monday, November 26, 2007
#1: The Chillow
#2: Halo 3, Bioshock, Guitar Hero III, The Orange Box, or Gears of War for the XBox 360
#3: Beavis and Buttheads : The Mike Judge Collection Volumes I and II
#4: Fine, quality beard trimmer
#5: A camera bag for my super cool DVD Camcorder
The Drill: The Paolantonio Report
Reporter says Favre is overrated
Posted: Nov. 25, 2007ESPN's Sal Paolantonio is the author of the new book, "The Paolantonio Report: The Most Overrated and Underrated Players, Teams, Coaches & Moments in NFL History." Here are his five most overrated quarterbacks of all-time:
1. Joe Namath: His legend has much more to do with his Super Bowl III performance and his prolific off-field antics than his career stats.
2. Brett Favre: His image in the media has been hyperinflated to the good ol' boy routine, and that's why people like him.
3. Terry Bradshaw: He was ultimately an average quarterback who was surrounded by the greatest cast of talent ever assembled on one NFL roster, including eight Hall of Fame players.
4. Ken Stabler: His only accomplishment was winning the 1976 Super Bowl where the Raiders mostly ran and the defense stifled Fran Tarkenton.
5. Tony Romo: He barely made the team, and after one season of play he became a full-fledged superstar without really accomplishing anything to deserve it.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
...and welcome to post-production! The first take of the first episode of season 3 of The Venture Bros. arrived from Korea last week, and the overseas studio did a fine job on this, our first widescreen format HD episode. Retakes aplenty are forthcoming, as always, and in less than a month we'll have the final footage in our hands to begin editing.
Meanwhile, in pre-production, we've just finished revising the storyboard and editing the animatic for ep. 35, which was a grueling pain in the ass (why must I write fight scenes with 30 characters in them?) but well worth it and much the better for our efforts. We're now going to skip ahead to ep. 37, because Doc and I were foolish enough to wait till the third-to-last script to write an episode that needs to air third in continuity.
Speaking of air dates, some bad news: we're probably not going to premier the third season until June now. I don't have an official date yet, but that's the latest word from Atlanta. Which is probably a wise decision, considering our production schedule. On the plus side, we will have already started production on season 4 by then, so the wait between seasons 3 and 4 won't be so merciless.
Anyway, have a great Thanksgiving. Next time: more production art, including some new character art, and perhaps more frame grabs from new episodes.
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Maynard Says: While it totally blows that we won't have any Venture Brothers goodness till June, everything they are syaing about this season makes me think that the wait will be well worth it. Plus, it gives us far more time to plan the Season Premier viewing party at casa del maynard's next summer.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
The case, which has sparked media scrutiny of the Saudi legal system, centers on a married woman. The 19-year-old and an unrelated man were abducted, and she was raped by a group of seven men more than a year ago, according to Abdulrahman al-Lahim, the attorney who represented her in court.
The woman was originally sentenced in October 2006 to 90 lashes. But that sentence was more than doubled to 200 lashes and six months in prison by the Qatif General Court, because she spoke to the media about the case, a court source told Middle Eastern daily newspaper Arab News.
The man and woman were attacked after they met in Qatif on the kingdom's Persian Gulf coast, so she could retrieve an old photograph of herself from him, according to al-Lahim. Citing phone records from the police investigation, al-Lahim said the man was trying to blackmail his client. He noted the photo she was trying to retrieve was harmless and did not show his client in any compromising position.
Al-Lahim said the man tried to blame his client for insisting on meeting him that day. It is illegal for a woman to meet with an unrelated male under Saudi's Islamic law.
Under law in Saudi Arabia, women are subject to numerous restrictions, including a strict dress code, a prohibition against driving and a requirement that they get a man's permission to travel or have surgery. Women are also not allowed to testify in court unless it is about a private matter that was not observed by a man, and they are not allowed to vote.
The Saudi government recently has taken some steps toward bettering the situation of women in the kingdom, including the establishment earlier this year of special courts to handle domestic abuse cases, adoption of a new labor law that addresses working women's rights and creation of a human rights commission.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been arrested by police after a drunken clash with airport staff.
The star is reported to have launched into an angry tirade at Dublin airport on Sunday after being told he was "unfit to travel."
He was then charged and spent the night in the cells.
The incident reportedly took place as the handsome 30-year-old -- who entered rehab citing alcohol as the problem earlier this year -- tried to check in for a flight back to London, where he is now based, after appearing on an Irish talk show hours earlier.
According to Britain's The Sun, witnesses saw the star being verbally abusive to a female airport worker, and repeatedly insisting: "I will get on this flight, no matter what."
A police spokesman said he was due to face two public order charges in court in Dublin on Monday. His agent was unavailable for comment.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Maynard is always down with new music, especially with chick singers and mutant bass players as in this band Otep. I heard about them on Fark the other day as they did a kick ass cover of Nirvana's "Breed". If you have the iTunes, check out their cover of Breed and a few other of their tunes. Maynard gives them two punches up for awesomeness.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Oddly, Hypocrisy Rooted in High Morals
Morally upstanding people are the do-gooders of society, right? Actually, a new study finds that a sense of moral superiority can lead to unethical acts, such as cheating. In fact, some of the best do-gooders can become the worst cheats.
When asked to describe themselves, most people typically will rattle off a list of physical features and activities (for example, "I do yoga" or "I'm a paralegal"). But some people have what scientists call a moral identity, in which the answer to the question would include phrases like "I am honest" and "I am a caring person."
Past research has suggested that people who describe themselves with words such as honest and generous are also more likely to engage in volunteer work and other socially responsible acts.
But often in life, the line between right and wrong becomes blurry, particularly when it comes to cheating on a test or in the workplace. For example, somebody could rationalize cheating on a test as a way of achieving their dream of becoming a doctor and helping people.
In the new study, detailed in the November issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology, researchers find that when this line between right and wrong is ambiguous among people who think of themselves as having high moral standards, the do-gooders can become the worst of cheaters.
The results recall the seeming disconnect between the words and actions of folks like televangelist and fraud convict Evangelical Association, an umbrella group representing some 45,000 churches.or admitted meth-buyer Ted Haggard, former president of the National
"The principle we uncovered is that when faced with a moral decision, those with a strong moral identity choose their fate (for good or for bad) and then the moral identity drives them to pursue that fate to the extreme," said researcher Scott Reynolds of the University of Washington Business School in. "So it makes sense that this principle would help explain what makes the greatest of saints and the foulest of hypocrites."
credit: Yahoo news
Bonds Indicted By BALCO Federal Grand Jury
SAN FRANCISCO -- Major League Baseball's all-time home run king Barry Bonds was indicted Thursday on perjury and obstruction justice charges, according to KTVU reporter Rita Williams.The five-count indictment -- four counts of perjury and one of obstruction of justice -- could put baseball's home run king in prison for up to 30 years.The White House quickly weighed in on the indictment. President Bush is a former owner of the Texas Rangers. "The president is very disappointed to hear this," Bush spokesman Tony Fratto said. "As this case is now in the criminal justice system, we will refrain from any further specific comments about it. But clearly this is a sad day for baseball."Meanwhile, the San Francisco Giants issued a short statement calling it "a sad day.""This is a very sad day," the team said in a prepared statement. "For many years, Barry Bonds was an important member of our team and is one of the most talented baseball players of his era. These are serious charges. Now that the judicial process has begun, we look forward to this matter being resolved in a court of law."
Maynard: I have never been high enough to see fish talk to me
Coach: I have almost been high enough to see fish talk to me
Squid: I have been high enough to see fish talk to me but I usually black out
Sponge: You guys mean to tell me that wasn't real?
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Q. Can a Candle Burn in Zero GravityA. Yes, can candle can burn in zero gravity. However, the flame is quite a bit different. Fire behaves differently in space and microgravity than on Earth.
A microgravity flame forms a sphere surrounding the wick. Diffusion feeds the flame with oxygen and allows carbon dioxide to move away from the point of combustion, so the rate of burning is slowed. The flame of a candle burned in microgravity is an almost invisible blue color (video cameras on Mir could not detect the blue color). Experiments on Skylab and Mir indicate the temperature of the flame is too low for the yellow color seen on Earth.
Smoke and soot production is different for candles and other forms of fire in space or zero gravity compared to candles on earth. Unless air flow is available, the slower gas exchange from diffusion can produce a soot-free flame. However, when burning stops at the tip of the flame, soot production begins. Soot and smoke production depends on the fuel flow rate.
It isn't true that candles burn for a shorter length of time in space. Dr. Shannon Lucid (Mir), found that candles that burn for 10 minutes or less on Earth produced a flame for up to 45 minutes. When the flame is extinguished, a white ball surrounding the candle tip remains, which may be a fog of flammable wax vapor.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Read more about the new Potter flick here
Sunday, November 11, 2007
PIERRE - A Sioux Falls man caught in the Washington Pavilion having simulated sex with a mannequin didn't commit a crime of indecent exposure, the state Supreme Court says.
In a decision released Thursday, the court reversed the conviction of Michael James Plenty Horse, who was found in the late afternoon of Nov. 14, 2005, lying on top of a mannequin in the Alumni Room of the Pavilion.
A security guard surprised Plenty Horse, the record says. He lay with his pants partially down on a mannequin which had its band uniform partially removed. He was 19 at the time.
The Supreme Court unanimously reversed a misdemeanor conviction, saying the state's indecent exposure statute "criminalizes sexual gratification by displaying or showing one's genitals in public."
The evidence failed to show that Plenty Horse was trying to display himself in public. It was almost closing at the Pavilion, and no other patrons were around when the guard found the man.
The court said Plenty Horse's action, "lewd though it may be, does not fall within the purview of the indecent exposure statute."
Had the conviction stood, the man would have been required to register as a sex offender, the record said.
The Alumni Room, the court record says, is a third-floor space containing high school mementos and photos honoring students who attended Washington High School.
Pay your respects by watching this Gordon Lightfoot tribute.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
The Scholarly Writings of Professor Williams
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
By Susan Page
WASHINGTON — Americans are concerned about Iran's nuclear program but split on whether military action should be undertaken if diplomacy and economic sanctions fail to stop it, according to a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.
The findings underscore public concern about an Iranian threat and a partisan divide over how to respond. Iran has emerged as a key issue in the presidential race, especially among Democrats.
While 46% of those surveyed say military action should be taken either now or if diplomacy fails, 45% rule it out in any case. Republicans are twice as likely as Democrats to endorse taking military steps.
"If you had more follow-on questions — on what if the military action was unilateral, (for instance) — then support would tend to diminish," says Steven Kull, director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland. "But it does indicate that approximately half of Americans are concerned enough that they would at least seriously consider it, and that's worth noting."
Tough talk from President Bush and Vice President Cheney about Iran's nuclear program seems to have generated concern about a potential threat and alarm about the prospect for premature U.S. military action.
In the telephone survey of 1,024 adults Friday through Sunday:
•Three of four Americans say they are concerned that the United States "will not do enough to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons." On this issue, there is bipartisan accord: 35% of Republicans and 36% of Democrats say they are "very concerned" about that prospect.
•However, three of four Americans also express concern that the United States "will be too quick to use military force" against Iran.
On that, partisans disagree. Just 25% of Republicans are "very concerned" about the premature use of military force, compared with 57% of Democrats.
Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John Edwards have tapped Democrats' unease on the issue in recent days, criticizing Hillary Rodham Clinton for backing a Senate resolution that designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.
In a speech Monday in Iowa City, Edwards warned that the Bush administration "is repeating the march to war with Iran" as it did in the lead-up to the war with Iraq.
Meanwhile, Bush reached an unwelcome record. By 64%-31%, Americans disapprove of the job he is doing. For the first time in the history of the Gallup Poll, 50% say they "strongly disapprove" of the president. Richard Nixon had reached the previous high, 48%, just before an impeachment inquiry was launched in 1974.
Tis a happy day as I found this teaser poster for the new Conan film currently in development at Nu-Image/Milennium Films. Rumour has it that they may be using Oliver Stone's old screenplay for this movie but nothing firm has been reported. I, however, just hope it is as thoroughly awesome as the first Conan film.
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Sweet Jumping Pac-Messiah, this is a thing of endorphin-dumping beauty: The "Gamerator," a full-size MAME cabinet with a refrigerated interior that holds a pony keg that releases a stream of malty beer from a tap in front. It's available for auction right now on eBay starting at $2k (including a full list of games for which I highly suspect the makers do not have the proper licenses; maybe they should remove the list from the auction.)
Time to stock up on Depends, friends.
(My winter project is still going to be a chest-freezer-based kegerator/homebrew fermenting cooler, but man. Now I feel like I'm going to have to nerd it up a notch. Also, I really think that either Scott or Andrew needs to buy one of these).
Monday, November 5, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
A brush with rock royalty
Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist, makes the day for kid learning to play
Cam Fuller, The StarPhoenix -- Published: Saturday, October 27, 2007
You can't judge a guitar by its case and you can't judge a guitar hero's heart by his leather and chains.
Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde earned a fan for life on his visit to a Saskatoon music store this week when he gave 12-year-old Tanner Brayshaw his choice of any guitar in the place.
"It was pretty sweet. I was just really shocked," Brayshaw said Friday.
Tanner Brayshaw points to the Ozzy Osbourne signature on his new Gibson guitar
Wylde was taking a break from his autograph session at Long & McQuade on Tuesday when he noticed students taking lessons. Store manager Pete Woronowski asked him if he'd like to share some pointers with a student.
"He said, 'No way, can we do that?' " Woronowski said Friday.
When Brayshaw looked up, "his eyes just about fell out of his head and his teacher almost passed out."
After playing a few notes on the boy's guitar, Wylde decided he needed a new one.
"You come with Uncle Zakk and you go pick any guitar you want on the wall and your Uncle Zakk will buy it for you," Woronowski recounted.
"This guy has a heart the size of the city. It's incredible."
Brayshaw picked out a red Gibson SG. At $600 it was far from the most expensive axe in the woodshed, but it was the one he wanted.
"It's red, my favourite colour. I really didn't want to pick the most expensive guitar because I thought that would be pretty rude," said Brayshaw.
"It feels great. It's nice and smooth and has good action."
"It was pretty mind-blowing," said drum manager Arnold Nagy. "You don't expect this huge guy with chains and a beard to be as nice as he was to a kid."
Naturally, Wylde autographed the guitar. He also provided four tickets and VIP passes to the Ozzy Osbourne concert the next night. Brayshaw and his family met Ozzy and the band, checked out Wylde's guitars and watched the show from the side of the stage.
"It was just unbelievable. You rarely hear of something like that happening," said Tanner's mom, Lesli.
Wylde spoke about the importance of family.
He's married to his high school sweetheart and they have three kids. The youngest is named Hendrix.
"We were just really impressed with Zakk and what a family guy he was," Lesli said.
On his website, Wylde talks about never forgetting the excitement of rock 'n' roll.
"You've still gotta listen to music with a 14-year-old's ears. Remembering when you were like, 'dude, we're going to see Zeppelin this weekend!' That's what it's all about, man.
"If what I do inspires some kid to pick up a guitar and jam, that's the s---, without a doubt."
Brayshaw, who was on only his fourth lesson, says he'll keep it up.
"He's like my idol now. I just want to be like Zakk. He treated me like gold and he treated my family like gold."