A 15-year-old was purportedly “abducted” and “raped” by a 20-year-old Internet porn actress from Richmond. Now, I recall being a 15-year-old boy, and I must say that I was pretty horny at the time. Based on that I don’t think that the boy was taken against his will, if you know what I mean. I think when a porn actress says let’s go, and you are a 15-year-old boy, you jump to attention. Sadly, she also gave the kid drugs and should be charged for that crime. But kidnapping and rape, no way!

A 69-year-old bowler in Michigan dropped dead immediately after bowling 300 for the third time in his life. I guess his heart just couldn’t take the excitement. His friends said that, “If he could have written a way to go out, this would be it.” That’s definitely a dramatic way to go! Rest in peace, Ed.

A 16-year-old boy from Florida traveled to Iraq by himself for his Christmas vacation without telling his parents, but most surprisingly, without getting killed. Granted, the kid is the son of Iraqi parents, but he doesn’t even speak Arabic! Although his parents are from Iraq, they have lived in the U.S. for over 35 years. What prompted his trip? A class project! You have to read it to believe it! He’s got to be the dumbest and luckiest 16-year-old in the world. Insanity!

A Learjet crashed short of the Truckee Airport runway yesterday, bursting into a ball of flame, and killing both passangers inside. The plane was attempting to land in wind gusts of up to 40 MPH at the time of the crash. The moral of this story is simple. Drive, but do not fly, up a mountain. The weather on a mountain changes very rapidly. It’s not a good place to try and land unless you are used to landing on aircraft carriers in an F-14, and even then it’s pretty dangerous. Bad move.

I just saw the December 17, 2005 airing of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Jack Black, off the TiVo. During the show they aired a SNL Short titled “Lazy Sunday.” Starring Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell it is a rap video about two friends waking up midday on Sunday to go watch the Chronicles of Narnia and it must be seen to be believed. The geek factor was high and it was perfectly executed. I liked it so much that I bought a t-shirt that says, “Mr. Pibb + Red Vines = Crazy Delicious.” Go to the SNL homepage and click on the “videos” section of the page to see the short. Here’s an alternate link just in case.

A software engineer named Mikey Sklar decided to place an $2 RFID chip into his own hand and documents it in detail on his website. Here’s a snip:

DIY RFID human implants are on the rise. I have found over sixteen instances of midnight engineers implanting RFID tags in their hands. The general excuse is for automation purposes. Examples such as unlocking a computer screen saver or opening doors that have been outfitted with electric deadbolts.

Here is another person that beat Mikey Sklar to the punch earlier this year, and the granddaddy of them all, Professor Cyborg, Kevin Warwick, who had an RFID tag implanted in his arm in August, 1998. This is fascinating to read–I had no idea. All via BoingBoing.net.

As promised, I used part of Christmas Day to create a new style template from the blog borrowed from my friends at the Golden Nugget Casino. Since I am pretty lazy about these things, this will most likely be the template I will use for the next couple of years. Let me know what you think.

After nearly one month of problems with my old Xbox Live account, the solution is “we can’t fix it.” Xbox Live support has given those experiencing the problem the opportunity to apply a one-year membership to another account, which I will do immediately. It’s a shame that Microsoft couldn’t fix what was obviously a software problem on their end. My new Xbox Live gamer tag is “Daily Nugget” in homage to this site. My alternate gamer tags, “Tdk01” and “Tdk1” are no longer valid and this will be my only gamer tag going forward. I had hoped that it wouldn’t come to this and will miss “Tdk01” dearly.

According to a study published this week in the journal Nature, Wikipedia is about as good a source of accurate information as The Encyclopedia Britannica, widely regarded to be the leading source of general information in the world. I really enjoy using Wikipedia and recommend it to people all the time. I still think that everyone should do their own research on any particular topic, but it’s a good starting point. Besides, a Wikipedia entry on Frank Chu links to my site, that makes it number one in my book.

The Linz Family, Amazing Race 8 Team

As predicted prior to the start of the race, the Linz Family won the Amazing Race 8. This Family Edition of the race was so crappy that I didn’t bother to post my usual race summaries after each and every episode. I mean, they only left North America to go to Panama–they didn’t even travel around the world! Needless to say, I was very happy when I saw the teaser for Amazing Race 9, which will return to its regular two person per team format.

A cop in Michigan used his taser on his partner over an argument over whether to stop at a store to buy a soda. The cop, who was in the passenger seat, apparently tried to struggle with his partner for the wheel before using his taser on her leg. Crazy.

Italy is mulling placing a 20% tax on all pornographic material. The tax would be expected to raise €220 million ($260 million) per year. If the same tax were enacted in the U.S., which reportedly has a $10 billion porn industry, it would generate upwards of $2 billion in annual taxes. Damn, why not tax it here too?

Thanks to the Sarbanes-Oxley act Steve Ballmer did not receive a free Xbox 360 from Microsoft on launch day. Under financial disclosure rules, Microsoft would have to classify a free game console as income for Ballmer. The premium version of Microsoft’s next-generation game machine carries a $400 price tag. Although the cost of the Xbox 360 pales to Ballmer’s salary and bonus of nearly $1 million and his stock holdings of $11.3 billion (as of today’s close), it would still have to be explicitly disclosed in SEC filings. In order to avoid this, executive management and insiders in the company probably did NOT get an Xbox while other “regular” employees most likely did. At least you can rest knowing that the Ballmer kids aren’t playing an Xbox 360 in their 8,600 square foot home.

Four episodes worth of sketches that Dave Chappelle filmed prior to his hasty exit from Comedy Central have been salvaged and are set to air next year. The network is still trying to figure out how to package the sketches since Dave Chappelle’s on-stage introductions were never filmed. This puts to rest any speculation of Dave Chappelle returning to Comedy Central to complete his contract. It’s over, but we knew that already.