Archive for April 1st, 2012
This is the first of seven anti-distracted driving ads the California Office of Traffic Safety will roll out on TV this week, reports the Sacramento Bee. They’re all filled with zombies.
April is this year’s designated National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so we suggest all California residents immediately consult our recommendations for apocalypse-proof vehicles lest they be consumed by hordes of texting undead.
“Another Mario Party? Good grief. Is there really any way this game could give us something we haven’t already gotten from the Mario Party series? Is there going to be any reason to buy this game over the seven other Mario Party titles available on the Wii, or Wii Party, or any of the other mini-game collections that have flooded the Wii market since day one?”
Those are the questions that filled my head as I limply held the box for Mario Party 9 in my hand for the first time. After playing the game for about two hours, I had some answers. Then I played the game for 20 more hours, and I had some fun.
When The New York Times reports on the recent trend of parents self-publishing the books their kids write, they present both sides of the argument. Well, kind of. You’ve gotta love the way they rain all over the parade of Ben Heckmann, an eighth grader who was profiled by his local news.
As the camera rolled, Ben described how “the first time I held my own book, it was just this amazing feeling.” Then he shared a lesson for other young people, saying, “You can basically do anything if you put your mind to it.”
But his two “Velvet Black” books, detailing and depicting the antics of a fictional rock band, were not plucked from a pile of manuscripts by an eagle-eyed publisher. They were self-published, at a cost to Ben’s parents of $400 — money they have more than made up by selling 700 copies.
What is up with all the violence against bunnies lately? Between the death of Little Til, Herman Cain’s dead rabbit ad, and the kidnapping of Miss Cooper, it’s a bad time to be a bunny or bunny enthusiast.
Here comes another awful bunny story out of — I’m not going to say anything — Florida. A 35-year-old man killed three pet bunnies with his hands. Reginald Owen Sear, Jr. had been arguing with his wife over who would wake up early to feed the animals.
******** This is a disturbing and upsetting story. I would suggest if you are easily upset by animal cruelty, you bypass this and go to the next item, ********
Dude in the video above wasn’t happy about being picked up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for being intoxicated. The best excuse he can muster is something about “brotherhood of men on the planet earth” before he segues right into singing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” In its entirety. He even provides the instrumental interlude. There’s nothing clever to add here. This performance can’t be topped.
More than 70 countries will attend a Friends of Syria conference in Istanbul on Sunday to raise pressure on President Assad to abide by a peace plan proposed by the United Nations and Arab League envoy, Kofi Annan.
It calls for the government to pull troops and heavy weapons out of population centres, and for a daily pause in fighting to allow humanitarian aid to reach affected areas.
Dr Bassma Kodmani from the Syrian National Council told the BBC’s Jonathan Head that ”concrete measures” are needed to address the ”humanitarian crisis” in Syria.
Right-wingers concerned with the sanctity of marriage should probably shift their focus from the gays to Jerry Lee Lewis, who recently got married for the seventh time. That in and of itself is shocking, but what’s really unsettling is the family connection.
Remember back in 1957 when a 23-year-old Lewis married his 13-year-old cousin? Myra Gale Brown was the Courtney Stodden of her time. The couple stayed together for 13 years before getting divorced, after which Lewis went on to marry several other people.
Now here’s where his most recent marriage to Judith Brown (note the surname) gets interesting.
You see, Judith Brown is the ex-wife of Rusty Brown, Lewis’ second cousin. And Rusty Brown would be the brother of Myra Gale Brown, the minor-cousin-once-removed whom Lewis married in 1957.
An Oregon judge has used his force to order a 45-day jail sentence and mental health evaluation for a would-be Jedi who attacked toy store customers with a pair of lightsabers.
David Allen Canterbury, 33, told Judge Kenneth Walker that he is already seeking mental health treatment. Canterbury also apologized to his victims.
The Oregonian reported that Canterbury pleaded no contest Monday to assault and resisting arrest.
Canterbury had a “Star Wars” lightsaber in each hand as he swung at three customers last Dec. 14 at a Toys R Us store, Portland police said. He carried the lightsabers outside the store and swung at police.