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Just Around the Benz: A Petrol-Free Mercedes

[ Comments Off ]Posted on June 30, 2008 by admin in Clean & Green, Technology

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Mercedes Benz to offer a petrol-free product line by 2015?

If the buzz is true, Mercedes Benz intends to offer a petroleum-free product line by 2015. Apparently, they’re already making considerable investments to head in this direction. A daring commitment like this should be an inspiration to other manufacturers, and would be quite fitting, since it was Karl Benz who is generally credited with producing the world’s first gasoline-powered auto. The idea of a silent Mercedes reminds of a bit of humor: As a waiter some years ago, I was serving a British couple who were having dinner with a German gentleman. Throughout the dinner the German fellow – who was in town on business with the recently merged Daimler/Chrysler – kept saying things about “Daimler this” and “Daimler that”. Finally the British woman said: “I’m sorry, isn’t the new company called ‘Daimler Chrysler’?” to which the German fellow replied: “I’m afraid the ‘Chrysler’ is silent”. In any case, if an electric Mercedes of the future looks anything like the hybrid F700 pictured here, count me in. This could just be some viral PR; as of this writing there are no official releases from Mercedes Benz, just a lot of industry buzz.

Attack of the Obamacons

[ Comments Off ]Posted on June 29, 2008 by admin in Politics

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Are former neocons helping Obama’s campaign? Is the Republican party really a “dead rotting carcass”?

Hard to believe that the same Robert Novak who (drunkenly?) stormed off the set of CNN’s Inside Politics (video link) and who played a key role in the Valerie Plame scandal has written a piece about how Obamacons are threatening the McCain campaign. Thank you Bob, you’ve given me another opportunity to plug Obamamania!: The English Language, Barackafied. Former Bushie-turned-Obamacon Larry Hunter should be selected as Obama’s honorary campaign director for being on record as saying “The Republican Party is a dead rotting carcass with a few decrepit old leaders stumbling around like zombies in a horror version of ‘Weekend With Bernie,’ handcuffed to a corpse.”

More Obamemes…

The practice among editors of putting only Barack Obama on the cover of their magazines.
Obama Self:
A tear-jerking cover of Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself” said to be recorded by Celine Dion and only released in the event Obama fails to receive the nomination.

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PunkTards Rule

[ 1 Comment ]Posted on June 28, 2008 by admin in Lifestyle & Culture, Music, Popular Media

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Differently-abled punk band Heavy Load are out to demonstrate that disability rocks.

The temptation to make jokes about how I’ve never met a punk band member who wasn’t differently-abled or worthy of a term like “punktard” (hey, did I just coin a phrase?) is overwhelming, but I’m too grown up and what these guys are doing is just too cool. Meet Heavy Load, “Brighton’s Answer to the Ramones” (their words). These guys are on a “mission to demonstrate that disability rocks”. Learn more about them at There’s also a movie being made about them, and they’re running Stay Up Late, “A campaign for people with learning disabilities…fighting for the right to party!” Being a gimp has never been so hip. He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Differently-Abled Brother.

Self-Harm Cover-Ups for Emo Crybabies

[ Comments Off ]Posted on June 28, 2008 by admin in Lifestyle & Culture

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Now you can get pretty tattoos to hide your half-baked suicide attempts.

When I was a young first-generation punk, we cut ourselves because we meant it. Good news for all you peer-pressured, conformist emo rebels though. Now you can get some decorative branding to hide all the little disposable-razor cries-for-help that you posted on MySpace (actually it was Xanga, but only you and your silly Emo friends know what Xanga is). Comfortably enter the already tattoo-friendly youth job market with lovely Carp (oh, I’m sorry, “Koi”…) skin branding that hides your wimpy suicide attempts. For the blind self-cutter, there are always braille tattoos. But this obviously begs the question: Why would you want a tattoo if you couldn’t see it?

Bill Gates’ Screen Goes Blue Today

[ Comments Off ]Posted on June 27, 2008 by admin in Technology

Friday, June 27th, 2008

So long Bill. Hope you found a decent crack of Final Cut for your personal editing needs.

The rich man we used to love to hate, Bill Gates, is leaving Microsoft today. Although I’ve often cursed Bill for the daily headache otherwise known as Microsoft Windows, I got a little reminder that the the Indians are sometimes more responsible for things than the Chiefs. Check out this e-mail, wherein Bill chews his staff a new one over the frustrations he experienced trying to download Windows MovieMaker. My favorite bit is probably where he says: “So I gave up and sent mail to Amir saying – where is this Moviemaker download? Does it exist? So they told me that using the download page to download something was not something they anticipated”. So long Bill, I’ll always remember you as the nerdy guy who got busted for speeding (see mugshot, left). Keep up the (presumably) good foundation work, and if you ever need someone to watch the house, just let me know.

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