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Web activists unleash Grumpy Cat on Comcast - CBS News -
Love it! - Soup in a TARDIS
I'm kind of mad the picture won't load into FF. It's pretty fabulous. - Jessie
Seriously, Another Robin Hood Movie Is Being Written -
Seriously, Another Robin Hood Movie Is Being Written
"This makes three. Three Robin Hood movies. Unless he's a cartoon fox, I'm out. This time, Joby Harold, the same guy writing the giant multi-part King Arthur epic for Guy Ritchie, is writing a "gritty" version of Robin Hood called Robin Hood: Origins. Which is bound to give people X-Men: Origins flashbacks. His peers are Disney's Nottingham and Hood by Brandon Barker and the pitch by Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott that Sony bought." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
The only new Robin Hood movie I want would be a mishmash of the best parts of the others. So, in other words, Robin would be a fox and Alan Rickman would play the Sheriff - Soup in a TARDIS
Also Richard Armitage would be in it, brooding at things. - Jessie
I think just saying "Richard Armitage would be in it" already covers "brooding at things" - Soup in a TARDIS
I'd like to include Cary Elwes, please. And Morgan Freeman. - Prairie & I Know It from Android
NP, LB - Soup in a TARDIS
Can we include the version of Friar Tuck they used for the BBC tv series? He was the best Tuck. - Kirsten from Android
I think we can accommodate that request, Kirsten - Soup in a TARDIS
:-) - Kirsten from Android
Pig gut statues win academic boost - Taipei Times -
Pig gut statues win academic boost - Taipei Times
"Fearing that his age and lack of students might cause the practice of fashioning the organs of sacrificial pigs into shapes during Pingtung’s Lantern Festival in the Liouduei region (六堆) to die out, 84 year-old Hsieh You-fa (謝有發) has commissioned the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology to document the practice. Hsieh, from Sinpi Township (新埤), said that during the ceremony the intestines and inner organs of a sacrificed pig are molded into the shapes of a man or other animals. The practice, called Kan Wan (看碗), is aimed at propitiating the heavens and asking for a prosperous and peaceful year. “I started learning the practice when I was 18,” Hsieh said, adding that he had been in charge of making Kan Wan for village ceremonies ever since." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Hsieh told them that he was worried the practice would be forgotten and he was willing to teach anyone who was willing to learn, the group said, adding that they also hoped that by filming the process of making Kan Wan they would help the spread the practice, currently only seen in Hakka villages." - Jessie
Smart man. I wish we had documentation for other traditional crafts and/or old tech that are waning. - Spidra Webster
Chinese media pooh-pooh shoppers' embrace of Japanese toilet seats - LA Times -
Chinese media pooh-pooh shoppers' embrace of Japanese toilet seats - LA Times
"Chinese tourists flooded Japan last week, spending an estimated $959 million in Japan’s shopping malls and department stores, according to Chinese state-run newspaper Global Times. While many splurged on luxury goods, the hot item this season was Japanese toilet seats. The electric seats, known for being dizzyingly complicated, feature add-ons such as automatic disinfection, bidet services, warmers, perfumes and “masking noises” that can cover up any indiscreet sounds while one is using the loo. Some Chinese buyers didn’t even ask the price for the toilet seats when purchasing them, according to the Beijing Youth Daily. They sell for $300 and up." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The toilet seat affair comes amid chilly relations between the two East Asian countries, which have become colder since Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to power in 2012. The two nations have been locked in a dispute over a set of barren islands near Taiwan, as well as how to acknowledge and commemorate World War II-era atrocities." - Jessie
"In one recent sign of the continued frostiness, the common name of the China-Japanese Friendship Hospital in Beijing was changed this month to remove the word “friendship.”" - Jessie
Dominic has been referring to this as "white people's Zhongkui". I love it. -
Dominic has been referring to this as "white people's Zhongkui". I love it.
10 Branded Llama Tweets, From Llame to LLOL | Adweek -
10 Branded Llama Tweets, From Llame to LLOL | Adweek
"You've got a social media war room during the Super Bowl to generate that genius real-time tweet. But what about when llamas are suddenly, unexpectedly on the loose and the Internet is going insane? How do you respond?! As it happens, this exact thing happened today. And as office productivity turned to mush, the brands' mettle was tested as everyone gawked at the spectacle on the Internet." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
More foreign graduates stay for jobs in Taiwan - Taipei Times -
"An increasing number of foreign students who graduated from institutions of higher education in Taiwan have chosen to stay for employment as a result of reforms enacted half a year ago, the National Development Council said. The council on Tuesday said that 1,428 students — mostly ethnic Chinese students from Southeast Asian nations — successfully applied for work permits over the past six months. Although up to 5,000 foreign students obtain Taiwanese higher-education degrees each year, in the past, an average of only 850 foreign students per year stayed to work. The reforms have been enacted in a bid to revitalize the nation’s shrinking workforce and attract foreign talent, the council said. Recent statistics released by the Ministry of Labor show that the workforce is decreasing by 180,000 people per year, as the result of an aging society. The increase in employment among foreign students was largely a result of reforms that broaden the criteria for work permits among foreign students, the council said." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Instead of the previous fixed-wage requirement that meant foreign students had to earn a minimum of NT$37,619 a month, a new evaluation system enacted in July last year by the Ministry of Labor considers eight factors. The new measure benefits foreign students who earn less than the monthly minimum, but perform strongly in other criteria — including Chinese-language ability,... more... - Jessie
"Lai Jia-jen (賴家仁), head of the labor ministry’s Foreign Labor Management Division, yesterday said that depending on the success of the reforms, the evaluation system for foreign students could act as a precursor to attract additional foreign talent. “We will take into consideration the results of these trial evaluations for foreign students, and consider formulating a similar mechanism for foreign professionals,” Lai said." - Jessie
If they're looking to attract foreign professionals, they may also want to consider reformulating the permanent residency requirements, so that said foreign professionals don't relocate to Taiwan and invest in a future there only to face the annual possibility of not getting a visa. - Jessie
Lady reunited with wolf pack - beautiful! - Imgur -
Lady reunited with wolf pack - beautiful! - Imgur
Police Mistake Birthday Balloons for ISIS Propaganda | Mediaite -
"21. As in how old Sarah Ericsson was turning. But flip those around, and to people outside the house, it looked an awful lot like “IS,” or the initials for the Islamic State. According to The Local, three police officers came over to Ericsson’s house and explained why people were alarmed. Ericsson understood concerns and said, “Extremism should always be taken seriously, and we did take the balloons down immediately.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Come join ISIS. We'll have punch and pie!" - Anika
more people will come if you say punch and pie! :) - ellbeecee
Time to dig out my old pin: "Come to the Dark Side. We Have Cookies!" - bentley
Busted stripper says drugs treat back pain from nude dancing - NY Daily News -
"The deputy said he woke her around 10:30 a.m. and asked about a bag he could see in her vehicle that looked like it contained marijuana. But instead of grabbing for that bag, the dazed dancer pulled out one that contained cocaine, the deputy said. A search of Gregg's purse yielded additional mind-benders, including oxycodone, morphine, Vynanse, tramadol, plus a pipe for smoking. "When he asked her why she had all the drugs, she said it was because her back hurts from being an adult dancer," according to the sheriff's report." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Florida! - Jessie
Customs and Border Protection apprehends baby squirrel at Texas airport : News : -
Customs and Border Protection apprehends baby squirrel at Texas airport : News :
"U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended a baby squirrel on Wednesday after discovering the tiny critter had stowed away on a flight from Costa Rica to Houston. Airline employees spotted the squirrel after passengers departed the plane at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, according to a news release from Customs and Border Protection. “During the course of performing our mission, we may encounter unusual opportunities to aid in the capture of seemingly harmless animals that have hitchhiked into the country,” said Port Director Charles Perez, according to the news release. “While there is a cute factor here, realistically, we understand that animals must be handled carefully.” An agency agriculture specialist boarded the plane and "caged the squirrel without incident" with assistance from an officer, according to the news release." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
At least it wasn't a raccoon. >.> - Jessie
Keeping Score: How Soundtracks Evoke Person, Place, and Connection in a Story | The Mary Sue -
Keeping Score: How Soundtracks Evoke Person, Place, and Connection in a Story | The Mary Sue
Keeping Score: How Soundtracks Evoke Person, Place, and Connection in a Story | The Mary Sue
"If, for example, Aragorn and Legolas are your fandom characters of choice (whether they’re your OTP or your BroTP), Howard Shore’s music in the scene in The Two Towers where they make up after their argument is the motif known as “The Fellowship Theme,” first played in the first film when the Fellowship each has their Adventurer’s Glamorshot walking through the mountains after the Council of Elrond. In this clip, you hear the Fellowship Theme being played softly. Here, played in this moment, it is a reaffirmation of the personal fellowship between Aragorn and Legolas. Their friendship (or whatever) is still intact, even after their disagreement." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The Pirates of the Caribbean movie scores provided a new playground for me to practice my movie and musical analysis skills. Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer collaborated on the scores for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, often working with each other’s themes and arranging them into the score. Captain Jack Sparrow is introduced to the tune of “The Medallion Calls” theme, first played... more... - Jessie
"In The Two Towers, the Rohan theme is one of the most recognizable and prevalent themes. One of my favorite uses of the theme is in the scene where Gandalf returns Theoden King to his right mind. The Rohan theme plays strongly, solidifying the connection between Theoden and his country. In many ways, Theoden is Rohan – both suffering under Saruman’s influence and returned to their... more... - Jessie
Netflix Uses One Brilliant Tweet to Show Why You Should Be Afraid of Comcast | Adweek -
Netflix Uses One Brilliant Tweet to Show Why You Should Be Afraid of Comcast | Adweek
"Netflix and Comcast have been sparring for a while. But on Wednesday, Netflix delivered a quietly epic uppercut to the cable giant and its interests—thanks to a single creative tweet. It concerns net neutrality, on which the FCC is set to vote Thursday. Netflix is heavily invested in the issue, fearing that without an open Internet, Comcast and other cable companies would create Internet slow lanes for companies that refuse to pay broadband providers for access. That fear is communicated brilliantly in the tweet below, which stretches on forever. (The tweet has been making the rounds in the net neutrality debate, and was picked up by Netflix today. It was not created by Netflix.)" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
""What if the Internet was so slow it loaded one word at a time? Don't let Comcast win," it says—with a link to the, which argues for net neutrality. The tweet is particularly impressive because it eats up a giant piece of a user's real estate when it appears in the feed, making it all but impossible to miss." - Jessie
Sword fight at Dubai hotel leaves 4 men hospitalized - NY Daily News -
"An accidental bathroom bump led four men to cross swords at a Dubai hotel, a bladed brawl that left all four combatants hospitalized, police said. The brawl at a hotel in the Al Rigga section of the city began after one of the suspects smacked into another at a bathroom in the hotel, police in the city told the Khaleej Times. “One of the suspects’ shoulders brushed with another. This led to an exchange of insults, followed by an argument and a fight,” Major-General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri told the newspaper." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Man i bet there was a rush to cover the penises at the urinals - Steve C, Team Marina
Jessie finds the most wonderful headlines. - MoTO Boychick Devil
LOL thanks MoTO! Most of them are from Dave Barry's blog. - Jessie
What kind of swords were used? - Todd Hoff
The Ideal Woman
"“There are two kinds of scarves: floor-length, and just fucking around.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
In America, Public Art Is Satanist Muslim Terrorism -
In America, Public Art Is Satanist Muslim Terrorism
"Hyperallergic reports on the sadly unsurprising public outcry surrounding artist Daniel R. Small's billboard art project Pending Cipher for the Open Present, for which he installed images of the biblical Ten Commandments written in "a fabricated language derived from Cypriot Greek and a form of paleo Hebrew" overlaid on stills from The Ten Commandments, the 1956 film. (Small's work was part of a larger multi-artist collaboration called the Manifest Destiny Billboard Project.) Some residents of southern New Mexico, where Small's billboards were installed, were less than thrilled about the Osama desert squiggles." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
" From the Las Cruces Sun-News: "I've seen the billboards," said Las Crucen Craig Melton, who delivers business supplies to Lordsburg, Silver City and Deming as many as three times a week. "It's pretty weird. I've been trying to figure out what it is, what it means. "I was beginning to wonder if it was some kind of threat or warning. You never know, we're close to the border and you think that ISIS or some other subversives might be trying to get at us."" - Jessie
>.> - Anika
Oh yes, because Mexico is so into the ISIS scene - Soup in a TARDIS
Master sculptor dead at 73 - Taipei Times -
Master sculptor dead at 73 - Taipei Times
"Master sculptor Chou I-hsiung (周義雄) died of multiple organ failure on Monday at the age of 73 after battling liver cancer for two years. A member of the nation’s first generation of homegrown sculptors, Chou was among the first students at National Taiwan University of Arts in 1962, where he learned the art of sculpture under Yuyu Yang (楊英風) and other masters. A Sun Yat-sen Fine Arts Prize winner, Chou was renowned for his characteristic representations of classical Chinese figures, with many works from his Nanguan Song and Dance series and Song and Dance series exhibited at and collected by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the National Museum of History and Germany’s Museum of Asian Art, among others." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Mankind betrayed by Nutella: Empty jar sets London home ablaze, killing family pet | National Post -
Mankind betrayed by Nutella: Empty jar sets London home ablaze, killing family pet | National Post
"The city’s fire brigade says investigators believe the glass jar — which had been emptied of the hazelnut spread — had been placed on a window sill and refracted sunlight, setting blinds alight. According to a statement posted Tuesday by the brigade, the family was not at home but the blaze killed a dog. Fire investigator Charlie Pugsley said: “It sounds far-fetched that a jar containing a few rubber bands caused a severe house fire but that’s exactly what happened.” The fire happened Feb. 15 in southwest London." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Living in a minefield: the wolves of the Golan Heights | Environment | The Guardian -
Living in a minefield: the wolves of the Golan Heights | Environment | The Guardian
"Sitting in the cold of an open jeep, we are waiting for dawn. The thick snow provides some reflective light and we strain our eyes, hoping to catch a glimpse of the wolf pack as they return home from their night’s hunt. This family of wolves holds one of the safest territories a large predator could possibly hope for: a minefield in the Golan Heights, near the Israel-Syria border. One step outside the barbed-wire fence, however, and the wolves must be very careful. Although wolves are provided with substantial legal protection from the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) – enabling one of the greatest wolf recoveries in the world – they are hunted, culled and poached across the region. In an effort to appease ranchers who fear for their livestock while simultaneously conserving this growing wolf population, three management zones were delineated." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Wolves live in extended family units, in which only one pair reproduces and the entire pack cooperate in raising and educating the young. They hunt together, patrol their territory together, and are deeply bonded to one another. Some wolves stay with their parents well into adulthood. It is these social ties that make wolves such powerful ecological players. It is the pack – not the... more... - Jessie
No snakes on this plane: Police intercept python - Taipei Times -
No snakes on this plane: Police intercept python - Taipei Times
"Songshan Aviation Police Bureau officials said the package was found at 6:50am when officers were using the X-ray machine to inspect packages to be delivered by Uni Air Flight B7-601 to Magong Airport in Penghu County. The officers later opened the delivery box and found the live ball python, which weighs about 2kg. The bureau said that the package was sent by a college student surnamed Yang (楊). However, Yang made no mention of the live animal prior to shipping, indicating only that the item inside the box was a “fragile gift,” it added. The bureau said that Yang was surprised to receive a call from police officials, adding that he thought it was no big deal to have his pet shipped via air." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Even though live snakes are not on the list of items deemed threatening to flight safety, the bureau said that the Uni Air flight manual has banned the delivery of such animals. Additionally, the item declared by the passenger did not match the item found inside the box, the bureau added." - Jessie
Student...Yang...hmmmm. ;-) - Anne Bouey
Well that narrows it down to about a third of Taiwan. :P - Jessie
Great House Therapy: Jane & Edward's Fire-Ravaged Gothic Ruin -
Great House Therapy: Jane & Edward's Fire-Ravaged Gothic Ruin
"Edward and I think of our style as sort of “medieval suit of armor meets oppressive and claustrophobic wealth.” Edward traveled a lot when he was younger, and although he doesn’t like to talk about it much, he brought back some souvenirs – quirky vases and that sort of thing – that I try to display with some of our more traditional items, like mounts, large brass candlesticks, and paintings of dead kings. I like a lot of light, probably because it helps me to think of God and to try to forgive him for taking my friend Helen Burns from me when we were young. She died of consumption, which was strange as there was an outbreak of typhus at the time. But she was unique, much like my evolving decorating style. Our new place has much better light than Thornfield, and it has a roof." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Man tells cops he was drunk when he stole horse for ride to Mardi Gras parade | -
Man tells cops he was drunk when he stole horse for ride to Mardi Gras parade |
"A Napoleonville man told authorities he was drunk when he stole a horse last weekend and attempted to ride it to a Mardi Gras parade in Thibodaux, according to Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack's office. The sheriff's office found a horse running in a field near Hard Time Road in Napoleonville around 10:30 a.m. Feb. 15. They determined it was a horse reported stolen earlier that morning. A bridle also was stolen. Waguespack's office said investigators identified 20-year-old Maison Rivere as a suspect in the horse theft. Rivere allegedly admitted to investigators he was drunk and was trying to ride the horse bareback to Thibodaux to watch a Mardi Gras parade. Thibodaux and Napoleonville are about 18 miles apart. The horse bucked him off several times, Rivere told investigators, so he set the horse free and headed home on foot." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Listen, my children, and you shall hear / Of the midnight ride of Maison Rivere..." - Jessie
The Quirky Life Of Superheroes Off The Job, As Told By Hot Toys Figures -
The Quirky Life Of Superheroes Off The Job, As Told By Hot Toys Figures
The Quirky Life Of Superheroes Off The Job, As Told By Hot Toys Figures
"The life of a superhero isn't all saving the day from world-consuming threats - there's always going to downtime to goof off in. Toy photographer Edy Hardjo imagines what it's like for the Avengers, Batman and co. when they're not out performing heroics on the job through a legion of Hot Toys figures." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Lawmaker Asks If Women Can Swallow Camera... For Gynecological Exams -
Lawmaker Asks If Women Can Swallow Camera... For Gynecological Exams
"During a debate over abortion legislation Monday between Idaho lawmakers, Republican state representative Vito Barbieri asked whether it would be possible for a woman to swallow a small camera, so that doctors might perform a remote gynecological examination (presumably, à la capsule endoscopy). According to the Associated Press, Barbieri's question "came as the House State Affairs Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony on a bill that would ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
" Dr Julie Madsen was testifying in opposition to the bill when Barbieri asked the question. Madsen replied that would be impossible because swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina. "Fascinating. That makes sense," Barbieri said, amid the crowd's laughter. " - Jessie
Well. - joey
Yep. - Jessie
Arg. Ugh. Blerg. - Heather
...... - Alix May
At least, he's thinking outside the box... - Michael W. May
You'd have to be thinking outside something if you think that's the way to get that information. - Katy S
lololol @mwm - Meg VMeg
... I... Uhm... But.... Ah hell, I got nothin' - MoTO Boychick Devil from Android
They wanna regulate the coochie but they don't even know how it works. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
And Mandy nails it. - MoTO Boychick Devil from Android
Spanish film lover and movie editor Clara Darko created this awesome tribute to cinematic swordsmanship with this 4-minute-long montage of fantastic sword fights from 60 different films (via
SWOOOOOORDS! :D :D :D - Jessie
This chocolate costs £169 per bar and you have to eat it with wooden tongs - Mirror Online -
This chocolate costs £169 per bar and you have to eat it with wooden tongs - Mirror Online
"The most expensive pure chocolate bar in the world is on sale for £169. Only fine grade cacao from 14 farmers on the coast of Ecuador is used. And it takes 36 steps to create a 1.5oz To’ak bar. Co-founder Jerry Toth said: “We make chocolate with the same care and precision as we know it from fine wine and premium small-batch whiskey.” To’ak chocolate is translated to “earth” and “tree” in ancient Ecuadorian dialects. It is eaten using wooden tongs, or tasting utensils, so that it is easier to perceive the chocolate’s aroma on the nose" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
College dean gets fake IDs meant for student named Dean - -
"Police said an 18-year-old college student named Dean ordered a box of fake IDs and had them shipped to his campus address. What the student probably didn't think about was he shared the same name with a dean at his school. The package was delivered to the administrator, who open the box and found eight realistic-looking IDs, one complete with the student's real name. "You can't make this up," Radnor Police Superintendent William Colarulo told the Philadelphia Inquirer." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Man Arrested After Flying Into Rage Over Haircut at Salon: Police | NBC New York -
Man Arrested After Flying Into Rage Over Haircut at Salon: Police | NBC New York
"A man who was unhappy with a haircut faces criminal charges after police say he became enraged and threw things around a Connecticut salon. Stamford Police Sgt. Kelly Connelly says 47-year-old Alan Becker was angered further when he learned the trim on Wednesday morning was going to cost him $50. Connelly says Becker kicked a hole in a salon wall, became hostile toward staff and customers and threw a candle display and other items, then left. Police say Becker returned later and demanded that his hair be "fixed," but the salon refused. Authorities later arrested Becker on breach of peace and criminal mischief charges at his Stamford home." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
DNA indicates long-ago Southland wolf was actually a Mexican gray - LA Times -
DNA indicates long-ago Southland wolf was actually a Mexican gray - LA Times
"The only wolf ever documented in Southern California may have been a victim of mistaken identity nearly a century ago. The 100-pound male wolf was pursuing a bighorn sheep in the Mojave Desert's rugged Providence Mountains in 1922 when a steel-jaw trap clamped onto one of its legs. Based on measurements of its skull, biologists at the time determined that it was a lone Southern Rocky Mountain gray wolf that had wandered out of a population in southern Nevada. But a different story is emerging from a study of that skull at UCLA, where researchers have identified DNA markers indicating it was actually a Mexican gray wolf, the "lobo" of Southwestern lore." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Bob Wayne, an evolutionary biologist at the university, said the finding could help extend the historic range of the federally endangered Mexican gray wolf, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service contends ranged over parts of central and northern Mexico, western Texas, southern New Mexico and southeastern and central Arizona. "Broadening the species' historical range to include... more... - Jessie
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