Archive for June, 2004

Abito Sees a Smaller Future

June 30th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

I’ve seen the future and it is something like Abito. Smart little apartments in the city center. Well designed, small, and with a concierge.

Making Friends Around the World

June 30th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

George W. Bush speaks with Irish television reporter Carole Coleman on the eve of his European visit. The next day the White House canceled an exclusive interview that had been arranged for RTE with first lady Laura Bush.

Someone’s Vandalising the Venetian Statues

June 30th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

In recent days, someone has been smashing statues around Venice, Italy landmarks. Statues at the Church of the Redeemer, Church of San Pietro di Castello, and at the Doge’s Palace in the Piazza San Marco have all been bashed. Eyewitnesses in St Mark’s Square said they saw a man of about 30 with a hammer smash the hands of God and Moses, on a motif depicting the handover of the Ten Commandments, reports the BBC.

Not So Friendly Skies

June 30th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

12 domestic and foreign airline employees have been identified by the Department of Homeland Security as high risks and would be denied entrance to the United States, reports LA Times writer Kathleen Hennessey. Nine of the 12 were flagged because they were believed to have a connection to terrorist organizations, two were in possession of fraudulent passports and one had been charged with assault against a U.S. law enforcement officer.

WiFi Kayaking

June 29th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Just in case, Phillip Torrone of Seattle has mapped all the wireless internet access spots available from his kayak.

Freeway Blogger

June 29th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Sombody’s using freeway overpasses for political messages in Southern California. And it seems to be catching on elsewhere.

The Little Documentary That Could

June 28th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Fahrenheit 9/11 grossed $24 million its opening weekend. That makes it the highest grossing documentary of all time already and it’s the biggest opening ever for a movie playing in less than 1,000 theaters.

Ron Reagan

June 28th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Ronald P. Reagan turned out pretty different from his dad.

Renaissance Masterpiece Found in Pigeon Hole

June 27th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

A 15th century Italian fresco was found behind a pigeon hole in a false ceiling above the Cathedral of Valencia. The fresco, which depicts four angels against a starry blue background, was painted by two Italians, Francesco Pagano and Paolo de San Leocadio, in the late 1400, reports the BBC.

Blogs of the Stars

June 27th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

The Onion is providing a helpful guide to celebrity blogs. Highlights include Al Roker, Lisa “Facts of Life” Whelchel and Melanie “Plastic Lips” Griffith.

Mortality

June 25th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Browse through Nationmaster’s Mortality Statistics and you’ll find that it is none other than Estonia which leads the world in death by human stampede.

Ilunga is the Most Untranslatable Word

June 25th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

1,000 linguists agree, Ilunga is the world’s most untranslatable word. The word, from the Tshiluba language spoken in south-eastern DR Congo, means a person who is ready to forgive any abuse for the first time, to tolerate it a second time, but never a third time.

Super Dudes

June 24th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

It’s that time of year again, when men of steel (and those that are, well, less than steel) gather in Metropolis, Illinois for the Superman Festival. Grown men gather in Superman costumes wander around town looking for crime to fight.

PiPod

June 23rd, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Hungry in NYC? Got an iPod? The NYC pizza blog Slice has come up with PiPod, an ipod-based field guide to the best pizzerias in New York City.

Deadly Fountain

June 22nd, 2004 by Jeff | 0

A man and four children attending a Baptist convention in Texas drowned in the Fort Worth Water Gardens fountain. Apparently, the man’s 8 year-old daughter fell into the fountain and was pulled under by the suction of a 440-horsepower pump used to circulate water. He and several people at the fountain went in after her. The $7 million Water Gardens project, designed and built by Philip Johnson in 1974, was also the site of a toppled 80-foot-tall light standard that struck and killed two IRS employees attending a Fort Worth conference in 1991.

Sundial Bridge

June 22nd, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Is the best new American bridge in, um, Redding, California? The new Sundial Bridge is a pedestrian span over the Sacramento River connecting sections of the Turtle Bay Exploration Park. Designed by famed Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, The Sundial Bridge is paved with a translucent, non-skid glass decking and has anchorages which carry its 700-foot span without touch the water.

Eurobad

June 22nd, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Check out Eurobad ‘74, an exhibition of Europe’s worst interiors of 1974.

Now That’s a Truck

June 21st, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Need something for off-roading, carrying big loads or for solid footing on mountain passes? Might want to try the Liebherr T 282 B. It’s got 3650-horsepower under the hood, can carry loads of 400 tons and is a bargain at $3million. The driver started to drive away and actually ran into the back of a service truck. It seems we mashed it down to the ground. I saw someone yelling, but we didn’t feel a thing, said the truck’s developer, Francis Bartley, on his first time in the truck.

Bad Ass Movie Images

June 18th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

There’s a bad-assed collection of movie stills available for you to browse at Badassmovieimages.com.

Read ‘Em and Weep

June 18th, 2004 by Jeff | 0

Browse through classic rejection letters at Rejection Collection.