I am not sure how I missed deep-fried coke at the end of last year, but it has to be the unhealthiest junk food ever created by man. Or perhaps it’s how the world will end, I am not really sure.

Boston.com put together a list of workplace jargon with illustrative graphics that many of us will recognize. Big ups to Olya for sending me the link.

According to the U.S. Labor Department, the San Francisco-Oakland area had the highest per capita income in the nation in 2006, at about $53,000 per year. I have to think that a household would have to make at least three times that much to afford to live in the city of San Francisco. Clearly the per capita income for homeowners in the city is a lot more than $53,000!

Barry Bonds will not be in a Giants jersey next year. Will he retire? Many say that his ego is way too big for him to just want to sail into the sunset, but unless he’s not willing to lower his salary demands he’s not going to play for anyone.

Scary ISP Pricing

This is an image of what ISP pricing could look like if net neutrality disappears. The Internet could become like cable where you get basic cable and pay for premium channels, or websites in this case. This image should scare the hell about everybody since the Internet as we know it today would cease to exist. Write your congressperson and let them know that you want them to vote for net neutrality when legislation is complete. Via BoingBoing.

Neatorama has compiled a list of the 10 Most Amazing Temples in the World. Check it.

Don't Tase Me Bro T-Shirt Design

This video and the ensuing blogosphere discourse has made “Don’t Tase Me, Bro!” the latest Internet meme. So much so, that the Wired Threat Level Blog has created a post about the phenomenon. This only happened two days ago and mofos are already selling t-shirts with the images like the one shown here. As for me, I am still waiting for “All Your Base” to become popular again.

I have watched several versions of the video since there were probably 20 cameras filming it. While I agree that the guy was acting like an ass, he should have simply been escorted out of the building and NOT arrested. The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech for all of us, including this guy, whether you like him or not. The campus police should have simply escorted him outside, explained to him that he has the right to voice his opinions without causing a disturbance, and sent him on his way.

Marc Ecko, the person who paid more than $750k for Barry Bonds’ 756th home run ball, has setup a website to ask what to do with it. The options are 1) send it to Cooperstown, 2) send it to Cooperstown with an asterisk branded on it (eluding to Bonds’ alleged steroid use), and 3) blast it into space.

Bonds has come out and said that he thinks the whole poll idea is stupid and that Ecko could find better uses on spending three quarters of a million dollars. Although Bonds will never admit it, this whole incident with the ball has probably hurt his feelings a little bit. Bonds added, “all those options don’t weigh anything…in baseball, that number (756) stands.”

Ultimately, I don’t think that Marc Ecko is a baseball fan with a lot of money. I don’t even think that he likes baseball. He is simply a businessman that saw an opportunity in getting way more than $750k of publicity for $750k. Because you have to admit, even if you didn’t know who the hell Marc Ecko was before this publicity stunt, you sure know who he is now.

The first emoticon in an electronic message was sent by a Carnegie Mellon professor 25 years ago today.

This guy proved that America’s justice systems favors the rich by getting away with murder. Yes, he more than likely did it and got away with it, but I think rich white guys get away with murder all the time. The Kennedys are just one example, even if the truth eventually came out in the Skakel case. But I digress. Simpson just can’t stay out of trouble! Now he thinks he is an armed robber. Stick to murder, Juice.

Another Chinese gamer dies after a 3-day marathon Internet gaming session. As you may remember, another Chinese guy died during Chinese New Year earlier this year.

The Amazing Race won a 5th consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Reality-Competition program! Big ups to the team that makes the show possible.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup. He didn’t even have to show up and play the Tour Championship to have won the FedEx cup because he was so far ahead in the standings. He’s a freak of nature that will continue to win the cup no matter how many changes are made in the scoring method over the coming years. Unless they change the rules to say that Tiger Woods must play blindfolded he’s going to continue to win–and I still would bet on Tiger with a blindfold on. Big ups to Tiger.

MC Frontalot just made a sweet video of his new Nerdcore song, “It’s Pitch Dark.” That’s right it’s funky fresh Zork universe humor for all of those old enough to remember the Infocom games. What is a grue? Well, if you have to ask you probably won’t understand this video.

Jeff Probst highlights the Survivor staffers that test the challenges: The Dram Team.

Halo Costume

Some guy is selling a fully articulated Master Chief costume on eBay for $5,300. With costumes that look this good, I am surprised that people haven’t made live action fan films about the Halo universe. The guy selling the costume didn’t make it, but I am sure whoever made this costume spent a lot of time on it. Alas, you have to be really serious about Halo to drop this kind of money on a freaking costume. But think about how cool, and lonely, you’ll be on Halloween!

The reference International Prototype Kilogram (IPK), a cylindrical shaped piece of platinum-iridium alloy that is stored in Sèvres, France, just outside of Paris, has mysteriously shrunk by 50 micrograms. The kilogram remains the only unit of measure based on a physical artifact instead of fundamental physical properties that can be reproduced in different laboratories.

Scientists are unsure what has caused the main prototype to become lighter, although the fact that it has been cleaned more frequently than the other “sister” official prototypes suggests that it is losing mass through the cleaning process, which cannot be perfect because it is physical (not frictionless) in nature and the prototype is stored in air (not in a vacuum). Interestingly, the weight loss is equivalent to the weight of an average fingerprint.

Currently, there are proposed future definitions for the kilogram that will render the IPK obsolete. If you are a total geek, you’ll thoroughly enjoy the proposals which vary from counting atoms of silicon and gold, to the weight of a huge number of electrons in a vacuum, to measuring the mass of an object with electricity passing through it. The IPK’s days are numbered.

Google announced today that they will give $20 million to the first person or group to put a robotic lander on the moon, take a spin across the lunar landscape, and beam back visuals, with minimal or no government assistance. You can win up to $5 million more for extras like traversing great distances, visiting historic landing sites, and surviving the lunar night. If you land safely but fail to rove you will get a $5 million consolation prize. Check out the details of the Google X Prize and start building your robot.

So, everybody that knows me knows that I love TV, mostly reality TV. However, there are a few new non-reality shows that I am going to be checking out this Fall season. One of the shows is Bionic Woman. I used to be in love with Lindsay Wagner (the original Bionic Woman) and Lynda Carter (she played Wonder Woman), when I was a kid. I can’t wait to see Bionic Woman get a face lift, it may turn out as good as the new and improved Battlestar Galactica.

The other show that I am willing to watch because the Geico commercials always make laugh is Cavemen. Believe it or not, they made a sitcom about the cavemen from the commercials. Hopefully, they did not dumb down to get a larger audience and it will do well. More than likely though it will be cancelled. Remember, only one third of shows ever get to have a second season. Stay tuned, or should I say, tune in.

Just a reminder, Halo 3 is being released on September 27th. Get ready.

Leave a Sock, Take a Sock
Via Boing Boing, sock exchange at Bernal Heights laundromat.

A nice story on how to make money blogging. Step 1: forget about making money blogging.

Britney Spears You Suck

I didn’t see the MTV Video Music Awards this weekend, but apparently you can still catch Britney Spears’ tragic performance online at the MTV website. Perez Hilton has been skewering her, deservedly so, non-stop since the event on Sunday. Watch it and judge for yourself. Tragic. Train wreck. Just fucking sad!

An MTV insider told the New York Post’s gossip column Page Six:

“She didn’t even get to Las Vegas until 4:30 p.m. It was ridiculous. The production people at MTV were freaking out. Nobody can tell Britney what to do anymore. No one can control her. She is a mess. She went to her hotel room and ordered a bunch of food and some frozen margaritas. She came down an hour later with a frozen margarita in her hand.

The dance number was spectacular — without her. When the stand-in was rehearsing with the dancers, in the hours they were all waiting for her, it was amazing. Then Britney showed up and refused to do anything. The more complicated dance moves had to be erased because she couldn’t do them.

MTV wanted her to wear a corset outfit. It would have looked great and covered a lot of things up, but she hated it and didn’t think it was sexy enough.”

Sailing on the Bay

I finally got around to posting photos on Flickr that I took all summer. Yes, all of them. The Rookie All-Star Game at AT&T Park, the couple of Giants games in late July that we saw when Bonds was chasing the HR record, the IndyCar race at Infineon in Sonoma, the sailing trip on the bay, and the most recent trip to Crater Lake. I just seem to keep getting lazier and lazier about getting the photos off the camera.

Mama and I returned home on Monday night and have been suffering a work beatdown ever since. A four day week just means that you have to cram a week’s worth of work into four days. It’s been pretty crappy for both of us. Hopefully I’ll have some time this weekend to post the photos from our trip to Oregon.