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Jessie

Jessie

Bon mots and random thoughts. Geek magnifique.
Children evacuated from London hospital after fox falls through ceiling - London - News - London Evening Standard - http://www.standard.co.uk/news...
Children evacuated from London hospital after fox falls through ceiling - London - News - London Evening Standard
"Children were evacuated from a London hospital’s paediatric ward after a fox fell through the ceiling. The animal is believed to have climbed into the roof while building work was being carried out at the North Middlesex University Hospital in Edmonton. The inpatient ward was closed for several days while the building was secured and repairs carried out. A spokesman for the trust said the fox fell through a ceiling tile after managing to get into the building during a programme of major building works." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
What did the fox say? - Amit Patel
Amit... :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
^ ha! - Marie
I heard about this, I even saw them, a group of pups, running around on the hospital roof tops. - Halil
Taiwan hackers place 2nd in US contest - Taipei Times - http://www.taipeitimes.com/News...
Taiwan hackers place 2nd in US contest - Taipei Times
"A Taiwanese team has won second place in the Capture the Flag (CTF) competition at the 22nd DEF CON, an international convention for hackers and computer security professionals that ended on Sunday in Las Vegas. With an average age of 23, more than half of the members of the team — called HITCON — are university students, coming mainly from National Taiwan University, National Chiao Tung University and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. The manager of the team, Lee Lun-chuan (李倫銓), said they defeated the “Dragon Sector” team from Poland, who was the defending champion, to place second in the CTF competition. China’s “Blue Lotus” team came in fourth." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
New York law bans so-called 'tiger selfies' - World - CBC News - http://www.cbc.ca/news...
New York law bans so-called 'tiger selfies' - World - CBC News
"Some of New York's Internet Romeos will have to find new ways to attract mates now that it's illegal to pose for photos with a tiger, lion or other big cat — a practice popular on online dating sites but denounced by wildlife advocates as potentially dangerous to both man and beast. A law signed this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo prohibits direct contact between members of the public and big cats at travelling animal shows and fairs. Animal exhibitors would face fines for each violation." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"So-called "tiger selfies" have emerged as popular profile photos on online dating sites, with users — generally young men — looking to stand out by posting a photo of themselves with the dangerous predators. Wildlife advocates say the trend is not only potentially hazardous to humans but encourages mistreatment of endangered animals that are often taken from their mothers as cubs,... more... - Jessie
Wouldn't a tiger selfie signal something like "I'm a predator, just like this tiger"? - John (bird whisperer)
I think they're aiming more for "I care nothing for danger!" when really it just reads "Asshat!" - Jennifer Dittrich
I gotta say, in my experience as a straight male on Tinder who more or less only looks at women's profiles*, there aren't that many straight/bi women who pose with tigers, but there are a fair number who make mention about the men they see on Tinder doing it... (*there's a few male profiles in my view; I've always wondered if it's a bug, a deliberate misfeature, or if those users just selected their own gender incorrectly on the form) - Andrew C (✔)
There are tumblrs devoted to just sharing dudes w/ tigers on Tinder. - Andrew C (✔)
Police: Father, 2 Sons Arrested For Separate DUIs At Scene Of Same Car Wreck « CBS Connecticut - http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/2014...
Police: Father, 2 Sons Arrested For Separate DUIs At Scene Of Same Car Wreck « CBS Connecticut
"A father and two sons in Vermont were all arrested for separate DUIs as a result of only a single-car crash as two members of the Woodward family were three times the legal limit, according to Vermont State Police. The three members of the Woodward family — Nicholas, 19, Joshua, 22 and father Brian, 46 — were all arrested on the same day for showing up at staggered times while driving under the influence to the same original crash scene near Metcalf Pond Road on Saturday, the Burlington Free Press reports. The series of same-family DUI charges all occurred as each individual came to check on the previous person’s arrest along Cambridge Road." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
The family that drinks together stays together, in the local penitentiary. - Steve C Team Marina
Chinese intern said the landlord promised last week to email them a new lease for a different apartment but hasn't done so. Also hasn't done anything about the roaches or the smell of oil paint. Shit's about to get real. *cracks knuckles*
Way to spend your honeymoon Jessie I couldn't be prouder. - Steve C Team Marina
So I helped them write the complaint letter and then explained why they had to send it certified snail mail. The intern has photos of the roach problem so they're including those in the envelope. They also want to email the letter and pics, which is fine as a courtesy but they will need the receipt certificate from the mailed copy if they have to go to court. - Jessie
Hopefully it won't come to that, but they're saving documents, photos, work orders from pest control, etc. just in case. Anything else they might need? - Jessie
Betel leaf sandals set to debut in the US - Taipei Times - http://www.taipeitimes.com/News...
Betel leaf sandals set to debut in the US - Taipei Times
"Jhongpu Township Farmers’ Association and Betel Life, a footwear company, said they are set to make a splash in the US market this year with betel leaf sandals they jointly designed three years ago, with the company saying more than 100,000 units have been sold worldwide. Betel Life owner Lu Chien-liang (盧建良) said he got the idea for betel leaf sandals from college students in Jhongpu Township (中埔) Chiayi County. Lu said he developed the students’ use of the leaves as footwear and designed a range of sandals to appeal to the global trend toward eco-friendly products with the help of local shoemaking factories." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Passengers Finish Beer of Man Who Fell Off Train | News | The Moscow Times - http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article...
Passengers Finish Beer of Man Who Fell Off Train | News | The Moscow Times
"Challenging the widespread notion about the inherent goodness of man, passengers of a suburban train outside Moscow stole the luggage and finished the beer of a man who fell of the train, media reported. The unlucky passenger was keeping the door of the moving train car open to get some fresh air in the unventilated vestibule, the Moskovsky Komsomolets tabloid said. He eventually dropped out at a turn in the road, leaving behind an unfinished beer, two car bumpers and a screw gun. Train officials ignored requests to pick up the man's belongings, the daily said on Friday. This allowed an unnamed male passenger to finish the beer and make away with the bumpers and the power tool before train officials came." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Deepening the irony, the incident took place in the notorious "alcoholic train" running from Moscow to the town of Petushki, 120 kilometers to the east." - Jessie
Publishers Turn to the Crowd to Find the Next Best Seller - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2014...
Publishers Turn to the Crowd to Find the Next Best Seller - NYTimes.com
Publishers Turn to the Crowd to Find the Next Best Seller - NYTimes.com
"Sandy Hall was nervous. Ms. Hall, a librarian in Morristown, N.J., was preparing one recent night to lead her weekly book club meeting with a group of 14 teenagers. The book being discussed, a young-adult romance titled “A Little Something Different,” was her own debut novel. “I’m still in the ‘I hope they like it’ phase,” she said an hour before the meeting. But Ms. Hall, 33, has more cause for confidence than most other first-time authors. Her novel is the first book to be published by Swoon Reads, a new young-adult imprint that lets fans vote on manuscripts to choose which ones are published. About 9,000 readers have already sampled her story online, and it drew the highest possible rating of five hearts. Her publisher is so bullish about the book that it is planning a hefty first print run of 100,000 copies in the United States and simultaneous releases by its sister imprints in Britain and Australia. Swoon Reads, a young-adult imprint that is part of Macmillan Publishing, is... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"“The fans and the readers are more in touch with what can sell,” said Jean Feiwel, senior vice president of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and publisher of Swoon Reads, who came up with the concept in 2012. “They’re more at the pulse of these things than any of us can be.” So far, Ms. Feiwel has acquired six debut novels out of the 237 manuscripts posted on Swoon Reads’... more... - Jessie
"Even some established best-selling authors are dabbling in crowdsourcing. For his coming book “The Innovators,” Walter Isaacson posted a chapter on the website Medium to get readers’ feedback and ideas about his central argument, which posits that technological breakthroughs often come from collaboration rather than lone geniuses. Some question whether fans will have greater success... more... - Jessie
12 Year Old Accused Of Stealing Two School Busses, Steals Truck - http://www.wjhg.com/home...
12 Year Old Accused Of Stealing Two School Busses, Steals Truck
"Local police said a 12 year old Springfield boy is at it again. Michael Propst, who is accused of stealing two different school busses, is now charged with another count of grand theft auto. When talking with Springfield Police, they think Propst's home life is making him lash out by stealing these vehicles. "Juvenile Justice called and told me 'In case you're not aware, he's on the loose again." That's what Springfield Police Chief Philip Thorne said he faced first thing Thursday morning. Michael Propst, who's previously been charged with stealing two school buses, was now accused of stealing a 1990 Chevy truck from a neighbor. Thorne added, "I talked to DJJ for a few minutes and then I checked. Said 'Not again," and then I saw our reports and had a chance to get with the Assistant Chief who had been briefed and was able to find out what all had transpired." Authorities first arrested Propst in June for allegedly stealing a school bus from a home in Parker and driving it to Panama City Beach." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Sarasota cat calls 911 to report e-meow-gency - Sarasota News | Mysuncoast.com and ABC 7: Local News - http://www.mysuncoast.com/news...
Sarasota cat calls 911 to report e-meow-gency - Sarasota News | Mysuncoast.com and ABC 7: Local News
"SARASOTA, Fla. -- A cat at a Sarasota animal rescue caused a bit of a hubbub Monday when he somehow managed to dial 911 when nobody was looking. Zeke the cat lives in one of the offices at Cat Depot on 17th Street in Sarasota. Staff there say that on Monday, when the office's human resident left for lunch, Zeke dialed 911 on the office phone. Sarasota County dispatch got no response when they answered, so they called back and spoke to a volunteer at the front desk, who had no idea who placed the call. Further investigation led them to find Zeke sprawled across the phone, with the handset off the hook." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Staff there tells ABC 7 that Zeke has a reputation for walking on laptops and other electrical devices. He did not appear to be missing any of his 9 lives." - Jessie
My friend's cat used to answer the phone when it rang, and sometimes would just knock it off of the receiver for what appeared to be no good reason. We had friends get mad when he'd "answer" when we were out of the house, since they thought we just weren't talking and being jerks. - Jennifer Dittrich
KAOHSIUNG DISASTER: Poetry drive to honor Kaohsiung victims, families - Taipei Times - http://www.taipeitimes.com/News...
KAOHSIUNG DISASTER: Poetry drive to honor Kaohsiung victims, families - Taipei Times
"The Ministry of Culture, media outlets and more than 100 poets and writers have launched a poetry drive to honor the victims of the Greater Kaohsiung gas pipeline explosions and their families in the hope of providing the survivors with comfort. Poems about the Kaohsiung blasts have been posted on the Facebook page of the ministry’s Qidong Poetry Salon since Monday. The salon site was launched on Thursday last week to help promote and preserve Taiwanese poetry. “Suffering makes us appreciate each other more. Let us use poetry to pray for our fellow citizens who are in tears,” a statement on the salon’s page reads." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Wikipedia refuses to delete photo as 'monkey owns it' - Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technol...
Wikipedia refuses to delete photo as 'monkey owns it' - Telegraph
"Wikimedia, the organisation behind Wikipedia, has refused a photographer’s repeated requests to remove one of his images which is used online without his permission, claiming that because a monkey pressed the shutter button it owns the copyright." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
You found pictures of me! - imabonehead
" Mr Slater now faces an estimated £10,000 legal bill to take the matter to court. “If the monkey took it, it owns copyright, not me, that’s their basic argument. What they don’t realise is that it needs a court to decide that,” he said. The image has been removed in the past when he complained, but different editors regularly upload it once again. “Some of their editors think it should... more... - Jessie
So the camera should own the copyright? - Todd Hoff
If you're willing to rule that monkeys are no more sentient than cameras (or perhaps to rule that non-humans are not allowed to own copyright.) - Victor Ganata
Surely there must be a case where there's a copyright dispute between a toddler and an adult in similar circumstances, though. That would be an obvious precedent. - Victor Ganata
If Wikipedia's argument were allowed to stand, it could open up other questions about motion-sensitive or infrared-sensitive cameras. Could owners of those cameras see their copyrights disappear because they didn't physically trigger the shutter? - John (bird whisperer)
Maybe, but I don't think that's the dispute. I actually think the dispute is whether or not sentients (who are not necessarily sapients) can own copyright. Like, it's obvious that if I set a timer to take a picture, that I still own copyright, but if a toddler presses a button on a camera, who owns the copyright now? - Victor Ganata
In any case, Wikipedia's argument is still problematic because regardless of who owns the copyright, it's not in public domain, and there's no way they can ask a monkey for a license. - Victor Ganata
=))))))))))))))))) - جواد
I bet the monkey would grant them a license for a few bananas. Seems like a pretty silly thing to go all ape over - All You Can Arcade from Android
I mean, sure, I could think of a lot better ways to spend £10,000 (and whatever taxpayer money) but since the courts are considering it…. - Victor Ganata
If the photographer did give the monkey some food, it might have even been work for hire! - Christina Pikas
Did the monkey sign a release? - Todd Hoff
The bigger issue is whether monkeys have legal rights to ownership. I'm pretty sure they don't. - Glen Campbell
As a duly court-appointed expert monkey-whisperer, I am counsel for the referenced simian, who hereby wishes to express his heartfelt desire to retain all rights and privileges associated with the photographic image under discussion. Kindly remit payment at once to my monkey client, care of me. - Stephen Mack
Lengthy court case *SPOILER*: STATUE OF LIBERTY. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
You just *know* the barristers/solicitors are going to milk this thing for all its worth and then some :D - Victor Ganata
Two Women Assault Each Other with Antlers, Police Say - WeAreCentralPA.com - http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story...
"CROMWELL TOWNSHIP, HUNTINGDON COUNTY - Police in Huntingdon say two women got into an argument that turned physical when they each allegedly swung a deer mount at each other. It happened in Cromwell Township, Huntingdon County. Stacy Varner, 47, and Glenda Snyder, 64, were arguing when they swung the mounts at each other. Snyder was hit with an antler and suffered a minor injury. Simple assault charges were filed." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Huntington County is a unique place. - Janet from FFHound!
Sounds like it. - Jessie
Bounden Entangles Gamers in a Complex Dance Duet - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2014...
Bounden Entangles Gamers in a Complex Dance Duet - NYTimes.com
"From the outside, Bounden may look like two people arduously inspecting the same iPhone: twisting and turning while grasping opposite ends of the device, eyes fixed on the screen. And essentially that’s what it is, though, if done right, those twists and turns have the elegance of choreography. Created by the Dutch design studio Game Oven, this recently released app steers users through entwining duets choreographed by Ernst Meisner of the Dutch National Ballet. To replicate the swinging, circular moves, you and your partner maneuver an icon along arcing, ever-shifting pathways, inevitably getting tangled. If we can’t put down our phones, Bounden exploits that isolating tendency to bring us closer — physically, at least. It’s fun, especially at early levels, where good dancing isn’t the point. As the game advances, it becomes trickier, monitoring your accuracy and flashing “Hurry up!” if you fall behind the music, like a good-natured ballet master. Videos, featuring dancers from Dutch National Ballet’s junior company, offer something to aspire to. (gameovenstudios.com.)" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
$320 Million Facility to Stoke China's Musical Theater Industry - NYTimes.com - http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014...
"With musical theater markets growing robustly in South Korea, Japan and Australia, China is taking a step toward increasing its relatively modest role in the industry by building a major new musical production center outside Beijing, according to the China Daily website. The one-million square foot facility, which will include a theater and production facilities and is to be completed by 2017, will develop musicals that can run in Beijing and other cities nationwide, as well as promote the theater industry there. The new center, about 30 miles south of Beijing in the city of Langfang, Hebei province, is being financed by the local government and a Beijing-based company, Ovation Cultural Development, at a cost of around two billion yuan (about $320 million), according to the China Daily." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The center already has its first show in the works: A Mandarin-language adaptation of “Into the Woods,” the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical that explores love, mortality and regret through the lives of fairy-tale characters like Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. According to China Daily, “Into the Woods” will play 100 performances in Beijing starting in November, then go on... more... - Jessie
"The nation does have a string of giant performing arts centers that have opened or are under construction in major cities, but they need more shows to fill them. Several American producing companies, like Broadway Asia and Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, have been increasingly deepening ties to producers and prospective partners in China, and the country is seen as a potentially huge audience market if the costs and logistics of producing theater there are made more favorable." - Jessie
*jazz hands* - Jessie
$320 million dollar jazz hands Jessie :) - Steve C Team Marina
Billie Letts, ‘Where the Heart Is’ Novelist, Dies at 76 - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2014...
Billie Letts, ‘Where the Heart Is’ Novelist, Dies at 76 - NYTimes.com
"Billie Letts, a late-blooming writer whose debut novel, “Where the Heart Is,” became a best seller after Oprah Winfrey endorsed it in 1998 and was the inspiration for a Hollywood film, died on Saturday at a hospital near her home in Tulsa, Okla. She was 76. Her son Tracy Letts, the playwright who won a Pulitzer Prize for the drama “August: Osage County,” said the cause was pneumonia. Ms. Letts recently learned she had acute myeloid leukemia." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"In a chance encounter at a writer’s conference, an agent encouraged her to develop one of her stories into a novel, about a pregnant teenager who is abandoned by her boyfriend at a Wal-Mart and then hides out there for months until she gives birth. The book was published as “Where the Heart Is” in 1995 by Grand Central Publishing. " - Jessie
RIP - Anne Bouey
Cleansing rituals planned for MRT Jiangzicui station - Taipei Times - http://www.taipeitimes.com/News...
"Calls to hold a traditional pudu (普渡) “universal salvation” ceremony outside the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system’s Jiangzicui Station (江子翠) to commemorate people slain in a knife attack on a MRT train car on May 21 have gathered public support, with the ceremony likely being held near the Ghost Festival. Four passengers died and 22 were injured in the incident. Suspect Cheng Chieh (鄭捷) was indicted by the New Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office on July 22 on four counts of murder and 22 counts of attempted murder. The memorial ceremony is to be held near Aug. 10, the day of the Chungyuan Festival (中元節, also known as the Ghost Festival), which falls on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Drop Everything and Watch This Baby Seal Learn How to Surf - http://gawker.com/drop-ev...
"As oversaturated as YouTube has become with GoPro videos, it's tough to muster any cynicism for Matt Stanley's footage of a curious baby seal who jumped onto his surfboard off the coast of Northumberland, U.K., and got some free lessons. "Me and my friend Andrew Flounders were out enjoying some summer waves when this little guy came along and scared the hell out of Andy because we didn't know what it was! It nudged his foot from underneath," Stanley told Insolitevideo. Stanley said they played with the seal pup for around an hour, and it even tried to follow them back to shore. They let the local wildlife authority know the pup was out there, just in case it needed any help." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
I just died of cute. Bonus - there is surfing in the UK? - Steve C Team Marina
I assume they have very thick wetsuits. - Jessie
It's not anything that the more oceanically gifted nations might recognise as surfing, Steve, but yes, there is a specific beach in Cornwall which, I'm told, gets the occasional "wave" (for an ungiven definition thereof) :-) [edit] Ah, Northumbria, I guess they get wavelets there too. Probably quite windy. Everywhere north of the Watford Gap is quite windy. - Slippy
Of course, I make jest...waves off these fair shores have been recorded at heights of over 2000millimetres. - Slippy
Chinese intern mentioned yesterday that his apartment in North Dallas has a roach problem and smells weird. He told the landlord but the landlord didn't do anything. I emailed him a link to the TX attorney general's webpage on tenant rights and said he should contact the landlord again, but in writing.
Today he said he just showed the landlord the website, and now the landlord says his apartment will be fumigated on Monday and also repainted. And he's moving to another apartment in the same complex. - Jessie
*preens* - Jessie
:) - Anne Bouey
Bastard's tryna take advantage of the guy :-( glad you were able to help! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I think the landlords here don't really have an incentive to make sure their ESL tenants are fully informed of their rights, but I also suspect many of the Chinese don't fully read the lease agreement. Dominic's friends in the complex where we live mentioned that their neighbor plays loud Indian music at night and it keeps them awake. I asked if they'd called the leasing office because... more... - Jessie
Well done Jessie - Steve C Team Marina
^This. - Jenny H. from Android
Misty Copeland's Under Armour Ad Is Like Nothing You've Seen - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Misty Copeland's Under Armour Ad Is Like Nothing You've Seen
"The ad begins with Copeland balancing on pointe while a young woman's voice is heard reading a rejection letter. As the camera pans over her physique, the letter lists all of the reasons why the applicant didn't make the cut, including the sentence, "You have the wrong body for ballet." But Copeland spends the second half of the spot disproving that sentiment, powerfully and gracefully dancing her way across a stage. The video is significant for a number of reasons, namely for marking a major marketing shift for a brand whose image has been traditionally masculine. The ad was released in conjunction with the brand's new website, I Will What I Want, which "celebrates the will to find inner strength and to follow no one."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Misty Copeland is a soloist for what many call the top ballet company in the US. - Jessie
Yeah I don't know how ground breaking it is. But it is a nice spot. - MoTO: Team Marina
At least it was better than this: http://ff.im/1hS7Q2 - Jessie
She also is a good guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance - Steve C Team Marina
Line users battle Chinese scammers with ‘hot’ words - Taipei Times - http://www.taipeitimes.com/News...
"Some smartphone owners in Taiwan are sharing a trick aimed at battling the growing number of scammers targeting users of popular free mobile messaging service Line — responding to questionable messages with key words aimed at making scammers give up. Police said there have been a growing number of reports in recent months of Line accounts being hacked, with users receiving messages purportedly sent by friends or family members asking for money or for the target to buy online game credits for them. Anyone who responds to such messages is likely to discover that their name, national ID number, cellphone number and other sensitive information have been stolen by scamming groups." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Netizens say since most scamming groups in the region are based in China, the best way to respond to questionable messages is with terms that are very sensitive or antagonistic for Chinese — such as “Tiananmen Square Massacre,” “Taiwanese independence,” “Falun Gong” and “Tibetan independence.” All these terms are considered sensitive by Chinese authorities." - Jessie
"However, some netizens said that while such phrases may prove annoying to scammers, the most effective way for Line users to stop the problem is to change their app settings to block messages from unknown senders." - Jessie
KAOHSIUNG INFERNO: Residents recount tales of terror, help from strangers - Taipei Times - http://www.taipeitimes.com/News...
KAOHSIUNG INFERNO: Residents recount tales of terror, help from strangers - Taipei Times
"Police officer Chen You-ping (陳佑平) from Lingya Precinct was flung into the air and suffered second-degree burns after the road he was standing on exploded. He had been part of a taskforce sealing off the intersection of Kaisyuan and Yinghsian roads. “The first thought to pass through my mind was that I am thankful I am still alive to see my wife and child,” he said. He heard some of his colleagues calling for help after he crawled out of a hole that he had fallen into, but he had to use his cellphone to call the precinct to request assistance because he lost his radio in the blast. Firefighter Chen Chien-wu (陳建武) was part of a crew spraying water on the intersection of Ersheng and Kaisyuan roads in the hope of reducing the ground temperature. The road blew open underneath him and a fire truck, and he suffered burns on both hands and his face. Police Sergeant Chang Min-huang (張明煌) said he was called in to maintain security around the intersection of Kaisyuan and Sienminng roads, along... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Gas Suspected in Fatal Blasts That Jolted a City in Taiwan - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2014...
Gas Suspected in Fatal Blasts That Jolted a City in Taiwan - NYTimes.com
"TAIPEI, Taiwan — A series of explosions ripped through the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan on Thursday night, killing 25 people and wounding more than 260, the authorities said. The dead included at least four firefighters. Kaohsiung’s mayor, Chen Chu, called the blasts a “suspected petrochemical material explosion,” but local officials said it was too early to pinpoint a specific cause. At a news conference early Friday, officials said that a leak of ethylene, propene or butane may have caused the explosions after flowing into sewage lines, the government’s Central News Agency reported. The news agency said that the disaster was “not connected to terrorism.” The explosions began around midnight Thursday, affecting more than a square mile of the city’s downtown. Residents reported a large-scale gas leak about 9 p.m. in the city’s Cianjhen District, Taiwan’s National Fire Agency said. The force of the blasts overturned cars and caused roads to crumple and collapse in some places.... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Video from a car dashboard that a resident posted online showed an explosion fill the ground floor of a building. The driver turned to avoid the fire, only to encounter flames gushing from the middle of the street a block away. Security camera footage showed the blast roaring down city streets, followed by billowing clouds of smoke and flying debris. Some roads completely collapsed,... more... - Jessie
'Seamonster' could be new legal name of Massachusetts couple - UPI.com - http://www.upi.com/Odd_New...
"A Massachusetts couple have filed paperwork in an effort legally change both of their middle names to "Seamonster." A notice about the potential name change was printed in the Holyoke Sun. Massachusetts law required the couple, who would be known as Melanie Seamonster Convery and Neal James Seamonster Coughlin, to print a legal notice about the name change. They were not too happy when someone noticed." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Korean professor in the office bought a house recently in Dallas and went with his wife to visit their new neighbors. One of the neighbors said she was glad to meet them and she does not have a problem socializing with people of different colors.
Korean professor is not sure how to respond to that. - Jessie
O_o Is he purple? - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Their new house is in a pretty upscale part of Dallas. He said there appears to be only one other Asian couple in the neighborhood, and everyone else is white. - Jessie
He also said some of the neighbors have rather expansive properties and "do not seem to spend much time outside of this area of Dallas." - Jessie
there are many kinds of ghetto. - Big Joe Silence
Yep. - Jessie
We had a black family on our street for a few years. - Meg VMeg from Android
First response that leapt to mind: "How white of you" - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
Oak Ridge cancels class to reduce Southern accents - http://www.baynews9.com/content...
"Some employees at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee complained about a class aimed at teaching them how to reduce their Southern accents. Now, managers are calling the whole thing off. The course had been advertised as a way to feel confident in meetings, when one might need to speak with a more neutral accent. The class was touted as a way to "be remembered for what you say and not how you say it." Carolyn Ward of ORNL's Learning and Development Services told the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1oG9cXr) that an employee requested the class, so it was offered for others too. ORNL spokesman David Keim said the class "probably wasn't presented in the right way" and managers decided to cancel it after other employees complained." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
it's Upper East Tennessee. that's not even a super southern accent. - ellbeecee
Obligatory Ben Folds Five: http://www.youtube.com/watch... - Meg VMeg
ABC7 in LA pranked by 'Louis Slungpue' during UCLA flood coverage (Video) | Larry Brown Sports - http://larrybrownsports.com/blunder...
ABC7 in LA pranked by 'Louis Slungpue' during UCLA flood coverage (Video) | Larry Brown Sports
"KABC in Los Angeles must have some pretty stupid people working at the station, because they let a prank caller by the name of “Louis Slungpue” on the air during their live coverage of the UCLA flood, and they didn’t even realize they had screwed up until the caller said the cause of the flood was someone taking a large dump. Seriously." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Chinese Officials, Cutting Corners, Add 4 of Them to Running Track - NYTimes.com - http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2014...
Chinese Officials, Cutting Corners, Add 4 of Them to Running Track - NYTimes.com
"There is a reason for building a running track with right-angle turns. Yes, the laws of mass and velocity do mean that sprinting athletes must either slow to a jog before the turns or careen out of their lanes and into one another. But officials in northeastern China who built a running track with four neat right-angle corners cited a higher purpose: pleasing their leaders. In a television news report that has spread on the Internet this week and flummoxed even people hardened to the absurdities of Chinese officialdom, an employee at the sports ground explained that the old track, with its old-fashioned rounded turns, was looking worn and they were in a hurry to spruce it up. “A provincial-level leader was coming for an inspection,” said the unnamed employee at the Qinghe Forestry Bureau’s sports ground in Tonghe County, Heilongjiang Province. “To cope with the leader, we covered it over.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"There was, however, no doubting the diligence of the Heilongjiang television reporter who exposed the right-angled running track. He interviewed nearby residents, including one man who offered guarded praise. “Everything else is fine,” he said. “The thing is the running lanes. They don’t seem to be up to standard.”" - Jessie
Ayn Rand's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - http://the-toast.net/2014...
Ayn Rand's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
"“Harry,” Hermione called out breathlessly, scurrying to catch up with him, only no one could ever catch up with him, for he walked alone, “I got you a Christmas present. Happy — Happy Christmas, Harry.” It was a sweater she had knitted herself with the answer to every exam they’d be taking for the rest of the year magically and invisibly sewn into the fabric. Harry tossed it in his book bag. “I got you a present too,” Harry said. Hermione’s smile widened. “Really?” “My present is the truth,” he said. “You don’t look very good in green. I don’t know why you’re always wearing it.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
New York Times Reporter Lifted Text From Wikipedia, Too - http://gawker.com/new-yor...
New York Times Reporter Lifted Text From Wikipedia, Too
"Last week, BuzzFeed fired Viral Politics editor Benny Johnson for lifting phrases and sentences from other sources, chiefly Wikipedia—a phenomenon some attributed to Johnson’s lack of training and the Internet’s lack of rules. But at least one well-trained journalist at the rule-bound New York Times couldn’t resist copying from the online encyclopedia, either." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
But what about Yahoo! Answers? - John (bird whisperer)
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