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Seeking Solar Where The Sun Don’t Shine

[ Comments Off ]Posted on September 29, 2008 by admin in Technology

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Can we just talk for a minute about the solar-powered bra?

There are plenty of clean & green concept vehicles around, like the frankly rather absurd solar bicycle, pictured left. Much cooler, in my opinion, is when people just dig in and do it. Want to start your own solar project? Although you could always steal the solar panels you need, there’s a more ethical way to get going cheaply. Mike Davis is a tinkerer from Arizona who builds inexpensive home-made solar panels from parts he buys on eBay.  Total cost per panel? $104.85, not including labor and eBay page-load waits. Mike has a few other projects on his vintage, 1999-style web site, which appears to have also been home-made. Rock on Mike. Maybe you should give 12-Year-Old William Yuan a call. William just won $25,000 for his science project , which may lead to a 500-fold increase in energy captured, compared to a traditional solar cell. Pretty impressive. When I was twelve, my idea of a science project was trying to reverse-engineer my girlfriend Jeanne’s bra. And on that note, yes, there is indeed such a thing as a solar-powered bra.

Schlep The Vote!

[ 1 Comment ]Posted on September 27, 2008 by admin in Politics

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Sarah Silverman Is Schleppin’ For Obama

Sarah Silverman wants you to vote for Obama, especially if you’re Jewish and old. And live in Florida. The Great Schlep aims to have Jewish grandchildren visit their grandparents in Florida, educate them about Obama, and therefore swing the crucial Florida vote in his favor. As Sarah points out: “…Barack Hussein Obama. It’s a super fucking shitty name, but you’d think that somebody named Manischewitz Guberman might understand that…” She sure has come a long way since her You’re Gonna Die Soon days, hasn’t she? So okay Sarah, I’ve promoted your crap, will you marry me now?

Jill Greenberg: Taking Candidates From A McBaby

[ 1 Comment ]Posted on September 27, 2008 by admin in Editorial & Opinion

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Some people ar just plain McMean…

Photographer Jill Greenberg caught a lot of flak recently from Atlantic magazine for getting hired to take a cover photo of John McCain, and then intentionally lighting him to look like the pasty, jowly monster that he is. At first I found this amusing, and then I ran across these photos she took of children crying. Now I think she needs a new shrink. Her intent, she claims, was to depict what she says reminded her of the “helplessness and anger I feel about our current political and social situation.” Which she strangely thinks will be remedied somehow by literally taking candy from children and photographing them? Hey Jill! Maybe you could vote or something! The McCain photos were recently pulled from her site, but you can still find some of them here. And then you’ll understand why he pays that $5,000 makeup person everyone’s giving him such a hard time about.

Spit Or Swallow?

[ Comments Off ]Posted on September 26, 2008 by admin in Popular Media

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Get your mind out of the gutter. I just cleared my throat…

That’s a question I occasionally ask myself when I clear my throat as I walk down the sidewalk and no-one’s around. The PSA at left takes the other twist on “Spit Or Swallow”, with a less obvious punchline than you’d expect. That PSA reminded me of this Trojan ad from Europe, which also put a pretty funny spin on a pretty serious topic. And it’s funny how this extremely sexist Mercedes ad offends so few, while drunk driving ads like this or this are deemed too offensive or too “intense” for the American airwaves.

Explanatory Comics For Commie Economics

[ Comments Off ]Posted on September 25, 2008 by admin in Editorial & Opinion

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

If you can’t trust a stick figure, who CAN you trust?

It’s a little frustrating that at a time when America could use some explanations about what’s going on with this historic financial crisis, the people best positioned to help are most likely to lie. However, in a strange fit of honesty, a Treasury spokeswoman quoted in this piece said “It’s not based on any particular data point” – referring to the $700 Billion figure being tossed around – adding: “We just wanted to choose a really large number.” Nice. This Wall Street Journal piece points out that if you want some answers, just ask John McCain. Reminding us that aside from the fact that many of his friends on the Straight Talk Express are the same guys that caused this mess, he has the experience of that Keating Five stuff under his belt. The only really sane and comprehensible explanations I’ve seen though, have come from pretty strange sources. First of all, there’s a sort of stick-figure PowerPoint here. Kind of long, but thorough, and easy to follow. This next one is is likely to have porn ads on the page and link to other rather risque stuff, so click at your own risk. It’s a REALLY long, but is a funny and simplistic explanation posted as a forum thread on (again, probably NSFW).

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