Archive for January, 2008

How is Magic Johnson Still Alive?

Some people guessed that he watched the Secret while others postulate that it’s because he has the money to ‘cure’ HIV. I was going to write a whole long thing about his regimen and whatnot but the truth is that nobody knows. I guess some quandaries will never be answered. Some of you remember this interview from 1995.

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It struck me today that damn near everyone who was alive at the same time as Magic and had HIV is dead, or at least in the full blown AIDS category. So how is he still alive?? They did a blood test on him recently and they weren’t even able to detect the presence of HIV. Doctors claim that he still has the disease but that it is dormant inside of him. Wish we were all so lucky. Here’s 15 seconds from the horse’s mouth.

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I think he was about to say, "…but if they take their medicine they can beat it"… which is blatantly untrue.AA Hmm…

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Posted: January 8th, 2008
at 11:45am by Black Ock


Categories: myninjaplease,celebrity,too good to be true,2 hours on the internet

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What ever happened to Wesley Snipes?

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You thought we’d never get back to this, didn’t you? Yeah we’ve been covering this ninja ever since he got accused of defrauding the government. Last time we talked about him he was hiding out in Namibia (like a true ninja) a country without an extradition treaty with the U.S. Entertainment Weekly had an interesting article about him near the end of December, which was purportedly his first attempt to "speak out" about the charges. As an answer to the question, well, nothing.

For much of the past decade, Snipes has been mired in one legal scandal and publicity nightmare after another. Some of these were due to bad luck. Others seem to have been the result of bad judgment. And yet others, like the federal tax-fraud indictment Snipes currently faces, are so convoluted and downright bizarre that it’s hard to figure out who’s to blame.

Snipes has remained silent through it all. He’s sat by as his reputation has taken devastating hits and offers from the major Hollywood studios have dried up. He’s allowed other people to unspool the strange details of his once charmed life in the press. And considering his silence, it was easy to jump to the conclusion that maybe those rumors and accusations against him were true.

But on a wintry morning last month at his home in suburban New Jersey, Snipes finally agreed to talk. The only question is whether it’s too late. After all, Snipes’ career isn’t the only thing that’s in jeopardy. His freedom is too. Because next month, Snipes will stand before a jury that may convict him and send him to prison for 16 years.

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Posted: January 8th, 2008
at 11:25am by Black Ock


Categories: celebrity,crime,2 hours on the internet,boredom killer

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How did this Ninja get that Name?

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Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a black MUSLIM from Nyangoma-Kogel, Kenya and Ann Dunh am, a white ATHEIST from Wichita, Kansas. Obama’s parents met at the University of Hawaii.

Barack Hussein Obama (Senator Obama’s father) was born on the shores of Lake Victoria in Alego, Kenya. He met and married an American woman, Ann Dunham of Wichita, Kansas, while they were both attending the University of Hawaii. Their son, also named Barack Hussein Obama was born on 4 August 1961 at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Although the elder Obama was raised as a Muslim, no evidence supports the claim that he was ever a "radical Muslim," and Senator Obama’s family histories note that his father was an atheist or agnostic (i.e., no longer a practicing Muslim) by the time he married the younger Obama’s mother. Of his mother’s religious views, Senator Obama wrote:

For my mother, organized religion too often dressed up closed-mindedness in the garb of piety, cruelty and oppression in the cloak of righteousness.

This isn’t to say that she provided me with no religious instruction. In her mind, a working knowledge of the world’s great religions was a necessary part of any well-rounded education. In our household the Bible, the Koran, and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology. On Easter or Christmas Day my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites. But I was made to understand that such religious samplings required no sustained commitment on my part. Religion was an expression of human culture, she would explain, not its wellspring, just one of the many not necessarily the best way that man attempted to control the unknowable and understand the deeper truths about our lives.

In sum, my mother viewed religion through the eyes of the anthropologist she would become; it was a phenomenon to be treated with a suitable respect, but with a suitable detachment as well.

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Posted: January 8th, 2008
at 10:14am by Black Ock


Categories: youtube,too good to be true,politricks,2 hours on the internet,boredom killer

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What is Prince’s Real Name?

We assumed that you probably have been wonderin’ this since day one.

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Directly from my search, I felt the colors were appropriate.

1.1 What is Prince’s real name and date of birth?

Prince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7, 1958.

1.2 How tall is Prince?

It is believed that he is 5’2″ (157cm) tall, but it’s kind of hard to know for sure since he’s always wearing those heels!

1.3 What‘s with the name changes?

On June 7th, 1993 (his 35th birthday), Prince announced that he would change his name to an unpronounceable symbol. The glyph incorporates the male and female signs along with the alchemy symbol for soapstone.

The usual ASCII representation of the symbol is:

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That’s a capital "o," open parenthesis, plus sign, and greater-than sign.

However, on May 16th, 2000 Prince announced that he would resume using his former name, because his final contract with Time Warner (i.e., his publishing contract with Warner-Chappel) had expired. It seems that he will continue to use the symbol as a logo, however.

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This dude is so anti-internet that you can’t even find a video of him on YouTube… jeez

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So uh… now you know

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Posted: January 8th, 2008
at 10:00am by Black Ock


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Why Do We Have Daylight Savings Time?

People ask me this at least once per season.

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Daylight Saving Time is a change in the standard time of each time zone. Time zones were first used by the railroads in 1883 to standardize their schedules. According to the The Canadian Encyclopedia Plus by McClelland & Stewart Inc., Canada’s "[Sir Sandford] Fleming also played a key role in the development of a worldwide system of keeping time. Trains had made obsolete the old system where major cities and regions set clocks according to local astronomical conditions. Fleming advocated the adoption of a standard or mean time and hourly variations from that according to established time zones. He was instrumental in convening an International Prime Meridian Conference in Washington in 1884 at which the system of international standard time — still in use today — was adopted."

In 1918, the U.S. Congress made the U.S. rail zones official under federal law and gave the responsibility to make any changes to the Interstate Commerce Commission, the only federal transportation regulatory agency at the time. When Congress created the Department of Transportation in 1966, it transferred the responsibility for the time laws to the new department.

The American law by which we turn our clock forward in the spring and back in the fall is known as the Uniform Time Act of 1966. The law does not require that anyone observe Daylight Saving Time; all the law says is that if we are going to observe Daylight Saving Time, it must be done uniformly.

Daylight Saving Time has been around for most of this century and even earlier.

Benjamin Franklin, while a minister to France, first suggested the idea in an essay titled "An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light." The essay was first published in the Journal de Paris in April 1784. But it wasn’t for more than a century later that an Englishman, William Willett, suggested it again in 1907.

Willett was reportedly passing by a home where the shades were down, even though the sun was up. He wrote a pamphlet called "The Waste of Daylight" because of his observations.

From energy.ca.gov

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Posted: January 8th, 2008
at 9:04am by Black Ock


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Who the Hell is Pop Warner?

And don’t act like you know when you blatantly don’t:

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Glenn Scobey Warner (April 5, 1871a€"September 7, 1954) was an American football coach, also known as Pop Warner. During his 44-year career as a head coach (1895a€"1938), Warner had 319 major NCAA college football wins.[1] The 319 wins listed does not include 18 wins at Iowa State University. He also helped start the popular youth American football organization, Pop Warner Little Scholars.

Glenn Scobey Warner was born in Springville, New York. Warner attended and played football for Cornell University. As captain of the Cornell football team, he obtained the nickname "Pop" because he was older than most of his teammates. After graduating from Cornell, he had a brief legal career in New York. Warner was hired by the University of Georgia as its new head football coach in 1895 at a salary of $34 per week.[2] During his first year there, Georgia’s entire student body consisted of only 248 students, and only 13 of those were on the football team. As a result, Warner’s first Georgia team had 3 wins against 4 losses. The following year, Georgia rehired Warner and the team had an undefeated season (4 wins and 0 losses). While at Georgia, Warner also coached Iowa State University.[3] He coached teams from two schools simultaneously on three occasions: Iowa State and Georgia during the 1895 and 1896 seasons, Iowa State and Cornell in 1897 and 1898, and Iowa State and Carlisle in 1899. [4] Warner’s Iowa State record was 18-8-0, bringing Warner’s total lifetime record to 337-114-32

After his stint in Georgia, Warner returned to Cornell to coach football for two seasons. He then coached at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania from 1899-1903, returned to Cornell for three seasons, and returned again to Carlisle in 1907. During his second tenure at Carlisle, Warner coached one of the most famous American athletes, Jim Thorpe.

In 1914, Warner was hired by the University of Pittsburgh, where he coached his teams to 33 straight major wins and three national championships (1915, 1916 and 1918).[5] He coached Pittsburgh from 1915 to 1923 to a 60-12-4 record.[6]

The next team Warner coached was at Stanford University from 1924 to 1932, where his teams played in three Rose Bowl games, including the classic 1925 game against Knute Rockne and the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame. Warner added a fourth national championship in 1926.[5]

Warner’s final head coaching job was at Temple University where he coached for 5 years until retiring in 1938. He served as advisory football coach for several years at San Jose State College after his retirement from Temple.

Warner brought many innovative playing mechanics to college football such as the screen play, spiral punt, single- and double-wing formations, numbering players’ jerseys, and the use of shoulder and thigh pads. Warner died of Throat cancer in Palo Alto, California at the age of 83.

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Posted: January 8th, 2008
at 7:14am by Black Ock


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The Spectacle of Utilitarianism

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Claire Moyle pairs conceptualism with design in her series of works called The Spectacle of Utilitarianism. Above is the Spotlight Utility Mat that is a mat in the form of the shadow of an object that is highly used and useful.

Check it out via MocoLoco

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Posted: January 7th, 2008
at 8:36pm by Black Ock


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World Life Expectancy Map

Just to juxtapose a previous post, here’s a world life expectancy map. Click it to go to the source page.

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World Life Expectancy

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Posted: January 7th, 2008
at 5:58pm by Black Ock


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2008, The Year of the Rat

I hope you all are up on your Chinese Zodiac game!AA It’s the year of the rat in this piece.AA In other news, well, uh…AA Did any of you read that book Jackie Robinson and the year of the Boar when you were little?AA I read it in third grade but it’s stuck with me ever since.

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The "Rat" is the first sign of the chinese zodiac.

Legend has it that the Jade Emperor invited the animals for a party. The first 12 to arrive was the Rat, followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and lastly, the Pig. All the animals were named after the 12-year cycle that governs Chinese life thereafter.

Various versions of the Rat’s story are particularly revealing about his character.

One version has it that, towards the end of the journey, the animals had to cross a celestial river, and the Rat asked the Ox to ferry him across. When they arrived on the other side, the Rat jumped down off the Ox’s head and that’s how gained first spot in the order of the Chinese zodiac.

Read all about the Rat here.

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Posted: January 7th, 2008
at 4:13pm by Black Ock


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