German convicted of stealing buffet for 60 people
BERLIN (Reuters) - A jobless German has been handed a five-month suspended jail term for stealing a buffet for 60 people and eating it with friends, authorities said on Tuesday.
Using a false name, the 46-year-old from the western city of Dortmund ordered the 3,700-euro ($4,890) feast to be sent to the club house of a garden allotment colony.
Shortly after the caterers delivered the food, he called the company to say they had made a mistake and he would return the order. As puzzled club house guests looked on, he loaded the buffet into his car and sped off.Teacher cuts pupil's tongue with scissors
MILAN (Reuters) - A Milan teacher cut a unruly 7-year-old pupil's tongue with scissors to silence him, police and school officials said on Tuesday.
The child, of North African origin, needed to go to hospital for five stitches to close the wound...
Police are trying to find out whether the injury was inflicted intentionally or was a joke gone wrong, a police source said.
28 February 2007
27 February 2007
26 February 2007
A couple of weeks ago my co-worker, Terry, stopped by and asked me, "Why did you plant that amaryllis bulb upside down?" I was wondering why it wasn't doing anything.
25 February 2007
24 February 2007
As I read this book I find it a near miracle that things haven't gone worse. Bush cronies and big contributors to the Republican party get jobs rebuilding Iraq. Unfortunately, they are in no way qualified for these jobs. Many of them, prior to arriving in Iraq haven't even had a passport. Applicants are screened not on their experience and knowledge, or even whether they know any Arabic, but on their allegiance to the Republican party, particularly Bush, and their views on abortion.
As I read this book and listen to the news, I feel like I'm living in the novel 1984.
Listen to the story on The World (scroll down to "Masks report"). On the Smithsonian site you can see photos, a video of the artists at work (the link is at the top the page) and read "Faces of War".
23 February 2007
To be posted VERY LOW on the refrigerator door - nose height.
Dear Dogs and Cats,
The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate of food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that esthetically pleasing in the slightest.
The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.
I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.
For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, and try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years --canine or feline attendance is not mandatory.
The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's rear.
I cannot stress this enough!
Words of the day (die Woerter des Tages): der Schneesturm, blizzard. It's fun to say as are die Schneegestoeber, snow flurries and die Schneebeckung, snow cover.
20 February 2007
I've been re-enjoying Morrissey (The Smiths gone solo) lately. The lyrics are morose and often brutal; nonetheless, I enjoy singing them, loud, around the house and in the car.
If a doubledecker bus, crashes into usMy brother Mike hates, hates, hates The Smiths. I listened to them on the flight out to his wedding so I had Bigmouth in my mind all weekend. One of his groomsmen also liked the Smiths and we had no end of fun thinking about how we could anger him by getting the dance DJ to play a Smiths song.
To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten-ton truck kills the both of us
To die by your side, the pleasure, privilege is mine
--There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
Sweetness, I was only joking when I said
'I'd like to smash every tooth in your head.'
Sweetness, I was only joking when I said
'By rights you should be bludgeoned in your bed.'
--Bigmouth Strikes Again
On another brother and music note, in the '80s I really liked the Thompson Twins. My brother Steve came in the room when I was watching them on MTV. Unsolicited, he said, "I hate the Thompson Twins." He said it with so much venom. I wonder what that was about.
19 February 2007
16 February 2007
LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth.You can also get recommendations from people with similar libraries.
13 February 2007
New Orleans is such a great city. The architecture, culture and food are simply divine. And the place just feels different than the typical American city. What the U.S. government hasn't done for the city post-hurricane is criminal.
Next week on American Experience, "New York Underground," about the construction of the subway system.
10 February 2007
The video is very British. In Britian dressing up as a woman is funny (see: Monty Python) while here it's still quite suspect -- unless the person is, or is making fun of, an actual cross dresser. Speaking of men dressing as women, this is my favorite Monty Python sketch: The Battle of Pearl Harbor.
09 February 2007
Iconoculture is a great source for the latest, coolest stuff. Examples:
- Pogo Bootcamp -- a workout on a pogo stick.
- Sustainable Dance Club -- "Dance floors that generate power from human feet. Toilets that flush with rainwater... The Critical Mass unveiled a rave-up of green concepts at the world's first sustainable dance club in Rotterdam, the Netherlands."
- BioJewelry -- Wedding rings "made from their own bone tissue, grown in the lab from sample cells."
08 February 2007
Haggard the hetero: Evangelical leader Ted Haggard, who months ago admitted to "sexual immorality" and to buying methamphetamine from a gay escort, claims that after three weeks of therapy, he's "completely heterosexual." The saved reverend was so impressed with his conversional couch trip that he and his wife, Gayle, have decided to pursue master's degrees in psychology. Tom Cruise doesn't know what to think.Ugh.
07 February 2007
From the BBC:
Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva has accused developed countries of failing to do enough to fight against global warming.
In a speech in Rio de Janeiro, President Lula said it was time for wealthy countries to do more to reduce gas emissions.
He called on them to stop preaching on what to do with the Amazon rainforest.
...He said they were skillful at drafting agreements and protocols, like the Kyoto treaty, to appear as if they were doing something to reverse dangerous gas emissions.
In practice, however, he said the results proved otherwise.
...His comments come a day after the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told a UN conference on the environment that the world's poor, who are the least responsible for global warming, will suffer the most from the effects of climate change.
Not everyone's ready to open the throttle up all the way. Put the pedal to the metal. Skinny-dip into the sea of infinite possibilities.
And that's perfectly all right. Because there's nothing you're "supposed" to be doing with your life. No one is judged based upon how much turf they cover, how many mountains they climb, or how many deals they close. And because even one small drop from the sea, is as infinite as all of the oceans combined.
Whatever your heart desires -
06 February 2007
05 February 2007
I'm really tempted to work at home today. Unfortunately, I have a couple of meetings that I have to attend. I'll see how many sweaters and pairs of pants I can pile on today. I'll look like the Michelin man but I'll be warm.
My colleague Laura just called. The temperature in my cube -- which I fondly refer to as the meat locker -- is 49F (9C). Good Lord.
04 February 2007
02 February 2007
01 February 2007
I work in marketing and I'm pretty peeved at these dopes who have given the profession another black eye. How could they not think through the possible consequences of such a stunt?
The boxes depict a "a middle-finger-waving moon man" (CNN). Boston's mayor and police are not amused and it sounds like there will be fines and jail time. Two people have already been arrested.
Turner Promotion Mistaken for Terrorist Threat
Shuts Down Roads to Assess Danger of Ad Campaign Boston
By Andrew Hampp
January 31, 2007
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- The alien-like Mooninites of Cartoon Network's "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" invaded the country rather quietly earlier this earlier this month until one touched down at a Boston intersection yesterday morning.
The Turner network launched a 10-city outdoor marketing campaign for its film "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theatres" involving small circuit boxes labeled with the characters scattered across the streets ... The boxes had been in place for two to three weeks, but
officials perceived them to be potential bomb threats, temporarily shutting the city's Interstate 93, a key inbound roadway, a bridge connecting Boston and Boston , and a portion of the Cambridge Charles River.
The campaign was conducted by Turner in collaboration with
marketing firm Interference. New York
Interference is a "A nationwide guerilla and alternative marketing agency from idiation through tactile implementation and staffing." If you pull up their Web site, you get a blank screen.