Jun 09, 2009

An Introduction to the Inspirational Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea


Greg Mortenson is a truly inspirational educator of children in impoverished areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan.  If you haven’t read his book, Three Cups of Tea, it’s well worth your time.

For more information on Mortenson and his work visit the following sites:

Central Asia Institute

Three Cups of Tea

Greg’s Personal Site

Greg’s Blog

Below is a CBS News interview with him that you may find interesting.

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May 21, 2009

Frozen, Deadly Strains of the Flu, May Not Be Frozen For Long


From Wired:

New research suggests an influenza virus could go into hiding in the ice when earlier generations of humans, birds or other hosts developed immunity strong enough to drive the virus to extinction. It’s a sort of evolutionary loophole.

“It can bring a set of viral genes back to life that have been frozen for centuries or thousands of years,” said environmental biologist Scott Rogers of Bowling Green State University in Ohio. “If hosts haven’t seen the virus in a while, then there may be no active immunity.”

I suppose, before we all die hideous deaths, that some spry entrepreneur will come up with a knee-slapping Flu Pandemic/Global Warming/Anti-Hummer bumper sticker or two.  We’ll have to see how funny they are, but I suspect it will be worth it.

Wired Article

May 20, 2009

Larry King Gets Lucky at the Track


CNN has an excerpt from Larry King’s new autobiography, My Remarkable Journey, in which he details a fortuitous trip he took to the track in 1971 when he was nearly broke.

Sort of reads like a novelized Bukowski poem.

Betting my last dollar on a horse


Mr. King may have won big that day, just like he said, but he didn’t win big with Lady Forli.  Read more details over at Deadspin.

May 13, 2009

Noodling, The Fairest Fishing Around


Noodling is the practice of catching catfish with one’s bare or gloved hands.

Sounds easy, right?

It is, save for the occasional loss of digits from bites or infection.

Oh, and the snakes and snapping turtles that periodically decide to move into abandoned catfish holes.

Did I mention the very real risk of drowning due to the encumbrance of the fish or the catching of clothing on submerged logs and branches?  No, well there’s that, too.  It’s enough of a risk that most experienced noodlers use spotters.

Other than that, it’s a piece of cake.

Here are some more links and a couple of videos for those craving more information on this sport that’s only legal in 13 states:






May 12, 2009

The Pitch: Bontrust Papercraft Commercial



German Bontrust Exec: “Well, let’s see what you’ve come up with.”

Ad Agency Pitchman pulls out an origamied American fiver and a hybrid British twenty pound note. He proceeds to act out the courting of the two origamied bills on the conference room table.

Ad Agency Pitchman: “And then we strongly insinuate that the two bills have…err…relations. Cut to her pushing a stroller with offspring inside that are obviously Lincoln’s. She then sees Chairman Mao in the park and begins flirting with him.”


German Bontrust Exec: “It’s good, but can’t we just have the bills overtly copulate? Innuendo’s so…vague.”

Ad Agency Pitchman: “Anything you want, Kommandant.”

German Bontrust Exec: “Brilliant. Let’s move forward with this.”


(NSFW for lurid depictions of currency papercraft coitus)

(Via the Inspiration Room)

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May 12, 2009

What Goes Around, Comes Around Posters





Regardless of where you stand on the withdrawal from Iraq issue, you have to admit these posters are clever and well designed.

Made by Big Ant International for the Global Coalition for Peace.

(Via The Inspiration Room and TYWKIWDBI)

Apr 05, 2009

Movie Blunders: Slumdog Millionaire


Good movie overall and I did appreciate the lack of group shimmying until the credits, but…



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Apr 03, 2009

Strange Maps, Your One Stop Interweb Site For … Well … Strange Maps


Sites like this make an old, long deceased, spectral ex-president happy.

Strange Maps

(via tywkiwdbi)

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Mar 25, 2009

Giant Eagles, Fond of Hobbits, Not Fond of Goats

They always saved the day in Middle Earth and this is nothing short of impressive.

(via KSK)

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Mar 17, 2009

Grace Under Fire


First off, the poor chap in green only suffered a broken rib.  His jaw was, according to the reports, left intact.

Secondly, you can’t help but marvel at how confident the fellow in the black shirt is that he and his draft beer aren’t in harm’s way.

Bravo, good sir.

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