In the last couple of months, 1and1.com has been lowering their CPU allocation per user account and overloading their servers. The result, server errors when trying to run Movable Type cgi scripts. It’s getting to the point that I can’t add a blog entry without seeing an error. Screw these guys, I will be moving over to GoDaddy.com in the next few days. Besides, they are even cheaper.

We got back from Los Angeles late last night and we enjoyed Miki’s wedding, even if it was way out in Diamond Bar. Miki and her new husband John are moving in together in their new home in Lake Forest (near Irvine) this week. We are very happy with our new brother-in-law and wish them a lifetime of happiness.

Mama and I are off to Los Angeles to attend her sister Miki’s wedding.

The motto of the Animal Coffee website is “from cat to cup.” That’s because the Luwak, a marsupial that looks like a cat in the islands of Indonesia, climbs trees, eats the ripest coffee beans and shits them out in nice fermented clumps (pictured here). Local villagers go out and collect the droppings and sell them around the world for as much as $75 per pound. What started as, presumably, a way for lazy villagers to get coffee without harvesting the trees has since evolved into the world’s priciest specialty coffee. No joke, here’s an excerpt:

“To obtain beans while still in this state they must be collected almost immediately after they are deposited on the forest floor. Once they have been exposed to the elements for even a very short period, particularly in the rainy season, they break down into individual beans and we can no longer be sure that they are genuine kopi luwak.”

That’s right, cat shit coffee is serious business. If you want to charge someone $75 per pound for coffee you better make sure it’s coming out of a cat’s ass. Still, in stark contrast, I know the owner of Geek Acres (here’s their mascot mule), which produces the most labor intensive coffee in the world. I believe that one pound of Geek Acres may sell for more than $75 per pound.

Inconvenient Truth: today scientists said Earth is the warmest in 2,000 years.

Yoda Backpack

ThinkGeek has a Yoda Backpack for sale for only $39.99! Every chick will dig you wearing one of these to the park, just out on the town, and even to work. Hey, I bet it’s big enough to carry your work laptop!

I am a geek and can say that I can’t wear this, unfortunately I am just not strong enough with the force. But not you! I bet you’re thinking, “I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home! I am totally strong with the force, I’m not afraid to carry Master Yoda in public!”

“You will be, you will be.”

One year after pledging a $115 million endowment to Harvard, Ellison still hasn’t given them the money.

According to AllHipHop.com, Louis Roederer has issued the following statement:

“A house like Louis Roederer would not have existed since 1776 without being totally open and tolerant to all forms of culture and art, including the most recent musical and fashion styles which — like Hip-Hop — keep us in touch with modernity.”

Sounds like Louis Roederer is afraid that it has bit the hand that feeds them. There’s rumors abound that Frederic Rouzaud was misquoted in the article, but I don’t think that’s the case. I think they are worried about the possibility of shrinking sales due to this little fiasco.

Stephen Hawking, legendary astrophysicist, stated at a news conference on Thursday that space is mankind’s only chance for a viable future due to Earth’s imminent destruction. He said that life on Earth is at the ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as sudden global warming, nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers we have not yet thought of. He added that humans could have a permanent base on the moon in 20 years and a colony on Mars in the next 40 years. However, he conceded that we won’t find anywhere as nice as Earth unless we go to another star system.

A Los Angeles car dealership owner is suing Mercedes-Benz because they sold him a $1.7 million car that allegedly won’t run for more than 10 blocks without problems and Mercedes refuses to fix it. Damn, I am feeling pretty good about my trusty VW Jetta right about now.

Jay-Z, prolific rapper and President and CEO of Def Jam Records, has decided to boycott Cristal champagne over comments by Frederic Rouzaud, managing director of Louis Roederer, the company that produces Cristal. Rouzaud said the company viewed the hip-hop love affair with Cristal as “unwelcome attention.” Also he added, “What can we do? We can’t forbid people from buying it. I’m sure Dom Perignon or Krug would be delighted to have their business.”

The backlash was swift and furious. Jay-Z issued a statement saying, “It has come to my attention that the managing director of Cristal, Frederic Rouzaud views the ‘hip-hop’ culture as ‘unwelcome attention.’ I view his comments as racist and will no longer support any of his products through any of my various brands including The 40/40 Club nor in my personal life.”

Join the boycott and together we’ll get this guy fired for his ignorance and stupidity. I for one will be pouring out the two bottles that I always keep on hand down the drain immediately. What the hell, I got them on sale for $200 per bottle at Costco so it’s all good. Besides, I’d do anyting for my boy Jay. From now on it’s only Dom Perignon and Veuve Clicquot when I am big pimpin’ at home. Hey yo Jay, I’m off the Crissy fo’ cheezy, belee dat!

San Francisco’s Gay Pride Parade has nothing on São Paulo, Brazil’s parade, which boasted 2.4 million people yesterday in its 10th annual celebration. This year’s San Francisco’s Gay Pride Parade, the 36th annual, will be held next Saturday on June 24th and the expected attendance will be close to 1 million. That’s a lot of people in downtown San Francisco at the same time! Mama and I will be out of town attending her sister’s wedding next weekend and will miss the parade.

According to SaveDeadwood.net:

“On June 4, it was reported that HBO and David Milch had reached a tentative agreement to extend “Deadwood” past a third season by producing two two-hour film “episodes”. While this is not the full fourth season we had been hoping for, Milch has stated that he believes it will allow him to complete the story he envisioned in a satisfactory manner…Negotiations with the cast and crew must still be undertaken; we hope that these will resolve to a fair result for all concerned. We will continue to monitor progress, and make no mistake, stand ready to mobilize again should it become necessary.”

This is good news for Deadwood fans that feared that storylines would not be resolved without a proper series finale. I certainly hope that negotiations with the cast and crew go well and the films go off without a hitch. For now, let’s enjoy season three.

Actually I got back from San Diego on Thursday night, but I haven’t had a chance to post anything until now. San Diego was a blast! I got a chance to play poker almost every night with some friends from work and enjoyed good food and drink throughout. Yesterday, I got a chance to take my staff out to play a nine-hole par three course to do a little team building–it was a whole lot of fun.

I am off to San Diego for a work event and will be there until Thursday evening.

Mama read an article about Americans retiring in Costa Rica and Panama and the trend is increasing. Apparently, there are many factors to consider when choosing a retirement destination. There are considerations for getting your worldly possessions there, affordable housing, the cost of living once you get there, access to health care and travel considerations to see your kids.

The country of Panama offers a few incentives for retirement. The government will issue you a special retirement visa that will allow you to move your stuff to Panama without charging you any import taxes, will not charge you taxes for income earned outside of Panama, and will not charge you property taxes for 20 years. Additionally, the visa will allow you discounts on medical costs, utility bills, mortgages, hotels, public transportation, and airfare. Many people are moving there because of these incentives.

We are always thinking of visiting Paris. This got me thinking, what if we could live one to two hours from Paris in our retirement years, how much would a house there cost? Well as it turns out you can buy some huge chateaus and castles in France for fairly cheap. Also, rural living in France tends to be much cheaper than living in a city like Paris. So check out some of the properties I found:

Castle Between Paris and Reims
4375 sq. ft of living space on 8 acres. 10bd/10ba on 3 stories. The ground floor includes 600 sq. ft. reception hall with 26 ft. high ceilings and views of the park grounds, 635 sq. ft formal dining room with views of the park grounds, and a 400 sq. ft. kitchen, a 600 sq. ft. master suite with a 200 sq. ft. office. The first floor includes a 500 sq. ft. library, and 2 bedrooms with baths that are 300 sq. ft. each. The second floor includes 7 “small” bedrooms with baths. Vaulted cellars. Other structures include guest house, keeper house, orangery, stables, sheepfold, greenhouse, workshop, and garages. 845,000€

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Health Risk Behaviors Among Students

New study from the CDC shows that Latino teens are more likely to attempt suicide, use drugs, and have sex without condoms. That’s just crazy!

Doctors still don’t understand the phenomenon and have no clues as to the factors that are driving Hispanic teens into this risky behavior. I have one word: Catholicism.

According to Entertainment Weekly, a new show called Trasure Hunters will premiere on June 18th on NBC. The format of the show seems eerily familiar. Ten teams of three will search the globe for clues that will lead them to a secret treasure. Clues will be linked to tasks like hiking on glaciers or scuba diving. The contents of the secret treasure have not been revealed, but let me guess, it’s probably worth $1 million. I hope that it isn’t completely lame so that it may satisfy my fix for the race until the next Amazing Race season. Tune in and see.

Today is California’s gubernatorial primary election. Please get out to your polling places by 8:00PM and cast your vote. Sadly, the expected 34% turnout would be the lowest turnout ever. And we’re not talking 34% of the entire state population, we’re just talking 34% of the 15.6 million registered voters. That’s right, only 5.3 million people will vote to decide the fates of 33.9 million state residents. If that doesn’t seem fair to you and you don’t plan to vote today, then I suggest you get off your fat ass and do so.

Some of you may remember the woman that sold a piece of toast that she claimed bore the image of the Virgin Mary on eBay for $28,000 about a year and a half ago. Well, that same woman is now getting a tattoo of the image near her left boob, er her heart. Sadly, she didn’t get the professional help she needed with the money from the sale. Big ups to Steve Thompson for sending me this.

Well, according to CNN, there will be a big ass party in hell on 6/6/06.

The Oozinator is a real toy that shoots what appears to be jizz at small children! Check out the commercial and the hilarious comments about this toy on the Consumerist website. My favorite comment is the first one, “Preparing young boys for a career in gay porn….since 2006.” Awesomely terrible.

Photos of Fantazy Land in Alexandria, Egypt–the worst theme park in the world.

An article about the legal implications of the word fuck. Via BoingBoing.

Here’s an extreme rock paper scissors variant with 15 hand gestures that I would be willing to play. The same guy also has come up with a 25 hand gesture variant with over 300 possible non-tie outcomes and only a four percent chance for a tie. Via BoingBoing.

I fully support Anna Nicole Smith’s crusade to get paid, but cannot really support her decision to have another child. Isn’t poor Daniel, who is 20-years-old now, fucked up enough? There is no need to ruin another life.