Staten Island Ninja!!!

You know, there are only 3 facts you need to know about Ninja:

  1. Ninjas are mammals.
  2. Ninjas fight ALL the time.
  3. The purpose of the ninja is to flip out and kill people.

So when one shows up on Staten Island robbing houses, you know eventually someone is going to end up dead. It hasn’t happened yet, but someday…

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Phear the Ninja, people.

[tags]Ninja, Real Ultimate Power, Staten Island, LiveLeak, Video[/tags]

Dear Microsoft:

Please give me a way to save my default station and frikkin’ volume level on my Zune.  The damn thing has a hard drive.   Surely there’s a few bits of space on it to save that information.  And I don’t give a rat’s ass about the solid-state Zune owners – satisfy my desires to make this ultimate in poor design media player a little less phail.  Given how incredibly quickly the battery drains unless I fully shut the device down and lock the controls, I have to suffer a reboot and ear-drum breaking volume setting on a static filled non-station every time I want to listen to the radio or my stored music.

I won’t even go in to other problems I’ve found since I first complained about how bad this device is, but know that I keep finding things to dislike about the implementation.  Yes, I keep using it.  But I recommend buying a different player to people who ask me about it, and I’m kinda invested for $100 that I hate to just toss, because it does function as a radio just fine once I set my station (although there are bad choices in the radio interface, but that should be no surprise given how many bad choices were made with this device).

World’s biggest ferris wheels


Honestly, sometimes I even surprise myself with the subjects that I find interesting.  Quite randomly, I recently found this very short, but very cool article on work around the world (well, at least a couple of locations) to build the world’s largest ferris wheel.  A ride that had fallen out of favor some years ago, the ferris wheel seems to be suffering, you might say, a resurgence in interest since the London Eye opened a few years ago.

The larger these monstrous rides become, the greater their capacity and potential profit—and the more seriously builders take them. To start, they don’t call them Ferris wheels. “We categorize them as ‘observational wheels’ because of the capsules,” says Alexander Pieper, spokesman for the Great Wheel Corporation, which developed the Singapore, Dubai and Beijing wheels.

My bad.  The world’s largest observational wheel.  It’s hardly an article, being no more than sidebar length for any magazine publication, but I found the accompanying illustration (captured in part above) to be chock full of useless cool knowledge. For instance, the original ferris wheel, the Eagle 16 noted in the illustration, made a revolution in a mere 12 seconds.  Now, it’s around half an hour start to finish on the giants.  To borrow a phrase from Keanu Reeves – Whoa.

[tags]Ferris Wheel, Observational wheels, Singapore Flyer, London Eye, Beijing Great Wheel, Extreme Engineering[/tags]

Happy Valentine’s day

Celebrate the oddity of love’s expression that is Valentine’s Day with Yahoo! Movie’s look at the 10 most mismatched movie couples.

Dan Aykroyd & Rosie O’Donnell
Exit to Eden – 1994
“Exit to Eden” was a dark, romantic novel by “Interview With a Vampire” author Anne Rice about bondage and S&M. Who better, then, to turn it into a movie than the creator of “Mork and Mindy?” An even better question: what movie executive thought that the formula for box office gold was putting Dan Aykroyd and Rosie O’Donnell in skimpy studded leather outfits? As the comic relief they are painfully unfunny, and not even the kind of painful that a dominatrix would enjoy.

Also making the list are painful pairs like Hayden Christiansen and Natalie Portman (I adore her, but he is Gore-like in his woodenness), and the laughably bad Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck coupling in Gigli.  A couple of the movie couples feel almost like “We can’t come up with couple 9 and 10 – throw some forgettable pair in.”  Otherwise, it’s dirty-laundry comforting to see where others agree with your feelings.

[tags]Yahoo!, Movies, Mismatched couples, Valentine’s day[/tags]