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June 16, 2010

Overnight Open Thread

Good evening and happy Hump Day all.

Or is that just what they want you to think?

Lego Gun Pron

Okay a lot of the lets-build-X-out-of-Legos projects are at best mildly interesting despite the fact that some guy (and it's always a guy) spent days of his precious pron watching/girl stalking/hobo trapping time putting it together. But in this case it was almost worth the enforced celibacy since Jack Streat managed to build a completely functional Lego version of a Lee-Enfield sniper rifle. The cartridges in the magazine is a nice authentic touch and it's fairly accurate (for a Lego gun). Too bad there aren't any female Lego gun groupies out there.

BP Is Doomed: Mistress of Disaster Now Their Chief Litigator
Pretty much anytime there's a government-involved disaster you know that Jamie Gorelick will turn up somewhere. So guess what - she's now been hired as the chief litigator for BP for their defense against the multitude of lawsuits that are coming. I'm not aware of any experience she has with actual litigation so I'm assuming this is just a way to get access to her crony network. The same network that put her in place to be part of 9/11, the Fannie Mae collapse, the student loan takeover, and now this.


Hey You Know How MSNBC Is Going To Improve Their Ratings?
By giving Lawrence O'Donnell a prime time show that's how. And I guess there's some merit to that since "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" gets better ratings when O'Donnell hosts it. Still after his many on air meltdowns including the infamous 2004 'creepy liar' episode, it's clear that O'Donnell is unprofessional and borderline insane at times. But I guess kinda insane gets ratings on the left.


Why You'll Use Foursquare or Not
Okay Foursquare is a location aware social networking service that's become the hot thing among techno hipsters. Basically you install the Foursquare app on your cell phone and then when you run it, it will figure out where you are and then let you 'check in' to a nearby business. When you check in, it sends out messages to your friends via twitter or Facebook where you are. If you have the most check-ins for that location, you become the 'mayor' of it. And supposedly businesses will start offering discounts to Foursquare users.

Okay I guess my unhipness is showing, but this seems like a stupid service for a couple of reasons not the least of which is that it advertises that your home is now empty. I suspect this mostly appeals to younger people who are immeshed in their friends' lives. When you're older, have families and a smaller but more intimate group of friends, maintaining constant contact doesn't seem so critical.


Christopher Hitchen's Guide To Drinking
Why not learn from the master:

Don't drink on an empty stomach: the main point of the refreshment is the enhancement of food. Don't drink if you have the blues: it's a junk cure. Drink when you are in a good mood. Cheap booze is a false economy. It's not true that you shouldn't drink alone: these can be the happiest glasses you ever drain. Hangovers are another bad sign, and you should not expect to be believed if you take refuge in saying you can't properly remember last night. (If you really don't remember, that's an even worse sign.)
And there's more.

Poor Life Choices Lead To This
I'm not sure where you go after this. You know it's bad when even the Maori tribesmen think you're kind of freaky.


Gyms Now Offering Zombie Workouts
So you can get fit enough to outfight or outrun the undead. It's a mix of cardio, weight lifting, and parkour maneuvers done in a foam rubber mock-up of an urban environment. And it actually sounds like a pretty good fitness program for handling any living or undead hostiles.

US Passport Office Declares Chinese Guy 'Too Yellow'
Maybe he just had asian syndrome you insensitive bastards.


Sometimes It's Hard To Use The Word 'Hard' Correctly
Especially if you're a prescriptivist pedant.

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