Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thanks, Venus Raj

In a week which began badly with the tragic hostage-taking in Manila, the Philippines badly needed a shot in the arm for morale.

Venus Raj did it by breaking into the top 15 of the Miss Universe pageant ... and later on, making it into the top 5.

She didn't win (see previous video to see why) but it doesn't matter. (Beauty contests don't matter in the great big scheme of things, after all, and they never will.)

What matters is that, for a brief moment (see 2:17 of this video), we all felt like the kids in this video. In a week that promised gloom, despondency, darkness -- we had a ray of sunshine, even if only for an hour.

Thanks, Venus Raj.

Venus Raj is not alone

Face it, even you would have a hard time answering a question like that.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Greetings from the people of Earth

This is what aliens will hopefully be able to hear IF they ever snag the Voyager I and II spacecraft which were launched 33 years ago.

Greetings from the People of Earth from World Science Festival on Vimeo.

Nobody told the NASA folks about Roswell, apparently.

Thanks to Gizmodo.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Are iPhone games eating PSP's lunch?

They must be, seeing as that Sony PSP has a new campaign specifically targeting iPhone game buyers.

Introducing Marcus Rivers, PSP "player".

The thing is, are iPhone gamers the same market as PSP players? My sense is that iPhone games appeal more to the casual kind of gamer -- two minutes to play and then life goes on. PSP games are more immersive and last an hour or more.

What do you think?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Baby hula hoop fail

Babies are cutest when they don't know they're being cute.

Found via Noob.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Tamara Lowe's One Minute Sermon

This has been going the rounds of Facebook lately and I thought I'd share it with you this Sunday morning.

Here's what she says so you can read at your own pace:

To be a survivor in this Amazing Race with the need for speed you need God’s Grace and if you're desperate like housewives watching days of our lives, you can’t cope without hope and that is not on a soap. If you're looking to Oprah or Dr. Phil you can shop non-stop or pop a pill, but the void won’t fill and the pain won’t kill until you love the one that hung on a hill. Kicking back in your lazy boy easy chair watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, nah you're not gonna find it there. No American Idol or Tribal Council has the final answer that will satisfy ya. C. S. I. ain’t got a clue. S.V.U. Don’t know what to do Not the E R or those seen on a CD TV DVD or MP3 can save you and me. CNN has got no Good News here’s a headline: you must choose. It’s not a simple life Paris Hilton, It’s treading on thin ice living in sin. You can be an apprentice for Donald Trump or eat Fear Factor fast food from a dump you can be a heavy hitter or Wheel of Fortune winner or a Fox news no spin spinner or flat sinner but you better check this life that you're livin’ and make sure your sins are forgiven I bet cha 50 cent Elvis done come and went, and eventually every Black-eyed-pea, Gwen Stefani, P-Diddy and Britney. Every wanna-be on M T V with their Icy Bling, every Dixie Chick that sings, they all gonna see the King of Kings. I don’t care if you're J-Lo, Leno or Bono. One thing you gotta know. Some day you're gonna die, Bro. Then where are you gonna go? Hey, i’m not talking some punk junk that is irrelevant. Like your Grandma’s church from way back when. It’s not some preacher feature on T B N. that you need to be liking or listening. The real superstar is Jesus Christ. He’s the Way, the Truth and the Life. One day he’s gonna split the sky. He is the brightest light and the highest high and so what I came to say and what I’m telling you is don’t buy that stupid stuff they be selling ya. It’s all designed to fill your head and waste your space until you're dead. Here’s the bottom line in my rhyme: Give your life to God while there is still time.

Wise words.


Aliens are coming! Get out of town NOW!

Ok, not really -- but with a storm brewing like this one, you'd still be well advised to scoot as far away, pronto!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Friday, August 06, 2010

Wyclef Jean for President of Haiti

Wyclef Jean, hip hop artist, seems intent on running for the presidency of the still-devastated island nation of Haiti.

It's not such a bad idea, if you ask Fast Company ("Wyclef? Why not?") and besides, he's already wrote a song about what he would do IF he was president, anyway.

Who's next? Bono for Ireland?

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Barrichello beats Michael Schumacher : Hungary 2010

Few things are more gratifying than to see Ruben Barrichello soundly beat Michael Schumacher. Who cares that this happened in 2010 - years after Michael Schumacher's retirement and months into his comeback? Or that this is when the two former Ferrari teammates are now in second-class cars? Or that they were battling for TENTH position and the last remaining point available?

This is about seeing Michael Schumacher forced to eat humble pie and about seeing Barrichello get some points at the expense of said humble-pie eater. It's almost historic.

Here's the video (copying in several just in case F1 Management pulls them out.)

With inset:

Barrichello nearly pasted himself against the pitwall because of Schumacher's attempt to block him but manages to get through in time. Bad, bad Schumi.

And to drive the nail deeper into Schumacher's career coffin, the FIA have just given him a ten place demotion for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Abusing women is fine but playing the drums isn't?

Check out this "social experiment" done by a South African organization to highlight what people viewed as unacceptable in South Africa.


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