Saturday, December 23, 2006

Car stunt in China

Car stunt in China - gone bad.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

X-rated Christmas decorations

Gift shop is in trouble for selling x-rated Christmas decorations.
Several new holiday decorations considered X-rated are being sold in Florida at a store popular with young children. Decorations depict characters such as a reindeer and a snowman couple in a variety of sexual poses.

Six controversial ornaments, which can be purchased for $9 at Spencer's stores in Florida, include an X-rated snowman and reindeer.
Television station reported that the pornaments can be found on store shelves at the Regency Square Mall in Jacksonville in plain view of children and to anyone who walks into the Spencer's stores.
Store workers said that there were no restrictions on who can purchase the pornaments in the store.

Hillcrest Baptist Church Rev. Jim Patterson - "It is just sad they have to stoop to this kind of thing to defame Christmas. t says we are nothing more than sexual acts or psychical being and we are much more than that. We are spiritual beings and this is a spiritual holiday. And, why bring it to that level. It makes no sense to me."

Some shoppers said they like the item and that they would make a great gag gift this holiday season. "I think they are kind of funny and they don't offend me."

However, the back of the boxes say, "Unlike those other elves, we know everyone on the list (even the naughty ones) needs to have a smile and a laugh this time of year."
The pornaments are also available online.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

101 excuses for not getting a job

1. I'm too old (or, too young) to find work.
2. I don't have enough money.
3. I don't speak enough English/Spanish/Russian/Navajo for them to hire me.
4. I fail at everything I try. Why bother?
5. I don't have a car/a phone/a fax/a pager/a computer/an alarm clock.
6. I'm too shy.
7. I don't know where to start.
8. I don't have a degree (or, the proper education).
9. It's impossible. I've tried before.
10. No one would want me (or, my skills).

11. It's too late in the day (or, the season, or the year, or in my life) to find a job now.
12. It would take too much effort.
13. I don't have the time.
14. I'm engaged to be married; once I'm married my problems will all be solved.
15. I'm not strong enough.
16. It might ruin my health.
17. I can't take rejection.
18. I'm registered with a temp service (or, employment agency, or union, or major employer) and they haven't called me yet.
19. I've applied already, and they turned me down.
20. There's too much competition for jobs.
21. I don't know how to look for work.
22. There's no point in starting a job search.
23. I'd lose my shirt. I'd lose my kids medicaid, and what happens if they get sick and need to see a doctor.
24. I don't have any work clothes (or, I don't have any good clothes, or steel-toed shoes, or dress shoes, or a hard hat, or necktie).
25. I don't have any family here (or, where the jobs are located).
26. The economy is terrible here (or, the housing situation is terrible here, or where the jobs are located).
27. I already sold all my tools.
28. I'm pregnant (or, trying to get pregnant).
29. It would spoil my vacation.
30. The timing isn't right.
31. I'm waiting until the kids get out of school (or, back in school, or until they graduate from school).
32. I can't sell.
33. They don't offer enough benefits.
34. I need more of a challenge (or, it's too much of a challenge).
35. I'm not a morning person.
36. I worked and paid taxes for two (or, five or ten) years, and it's high time for me to relax and get the benefit of what I've paid in.
37. This is the wrong time of my life.
38. It would mean starting over.
39. I might fail.
40. I don't have the energy.
41. I don't drive on the freeway/at night/in that neighborhood/ in ice and snow/
on narrow roads/out of my part of town.
42. I don't have any auto insurance.
43. I'm not into the eight-to-five scene.
44. I'm barely making it now, and I can't afford to waste time and gasoline searching for a job all over town.
45. I'm too fat (or, thin).
46. I'm a rock musician (or, poet, or writer, or painter). I haven't got any gigs yet, but I have to be free when they call.
47. A new necktie (or, magazine subscription, or briefcase, or mailings) would cost
too much.
48. I'm not feeling well.
49. I'm planning to go back to school some time in the future, so I can't work.
50. I don't want to think about my problems right now.
51. The weather is too hot (or, too cold).
52. It doesn't pay to work in this town.
53. There's nothing within walking distance of my house.
54. It won't work.
55. Anybody could do that job; I want something challenging.
56. It's too much of a challenge.
57. I don't want them to make me cut my hair, or tie it up.
58. My husband wouldn't let me. My wife wouldn't let me.
59. Public transportation doesn't run that early/that late/that far/that reliably. 60. I can't find any free day care.
61. I can't stand the smell of plastic (or, bus exhaust, or flowers, or machine oil,
or food, or people).
62. This town's too small (or, too big) to find a job.
63. There's no jobs out there. (sic)
64. If I word around food, I'll start eating, and there will be no stopping me.
65. The boss will start talking some trash, and I'll lose my temper and get fired again, so why bother?
66. I just arrived in town, and you want me to start looking for a job already?
67. I just got married/got divorced/broke up with my lover.
68. They're not hiring.
69. I'm a woman (or, I'm a man, I'm an Anglo, I'm a minority . . . etc.)
70. It's raining (or, sleeting, snowing, blowing) outside.
71. I can't stand (or, sit, or walk, or lay down) for long periods of time. And I don't like talking on the phone, using computers, or meeting people or cats . . . , etc., etc., etc.
72. I'm not in the mood.
73. I had surgery last year.
74. I have a headache/backache/neckache.
75. The tires on my car are bald.
76. I'm not strong enough.
77. I'm not gonna drive sixteen miles, morning and evening, through freeway traffic,
for a lousy $5.15/hour (or, $16.50/hour, or $32.50/hour, or $50,000/year).
78. I'm worth more than they could afford to pay me.
79. It's been tried before.
80. They say I'm overqualified.
81. I've got 12 weeks of unemployment benefits left, and if I don't use them I lose them.
82. It would be too hard to start.
83. I'm not about to lower myself to take the kinds of jobs they're offering.
84. I couldn't do it alone.
85. They always want a drug test, and I'm not going to give them the satisfaction. 86. All they have are dead-end jobs, with no hope for quick advancement to upper management.
87. My kids are never going to get dumped into day care if I have anything to say
about it.
88. I've got a "thing" about traveling on public buses.
89. If I work, my ex will garnish my wages for child support, and I'll just have to quit and start over again.
90. I don't work at any job that isn't fun. When it stops being fun, I leave.
91. I don't use public restrooms.
92. It would take too long.
93. I don't look for work outside my field.
94. I'm not a risk taker. It's too risky.
95. It can't be done.
96. It's summer vacation! (or, the Holidays, or Spring Break, or the championship playoff season.)
97. It's too damn far.
98. If they don't like the way I dress, screw 'em.
99. It's not practical. I've got to be realistic.
100.I don't want to drive two hours for a one-hour meeting.
101.Nothing would come of it.

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Monday, December 04, 2006

Top of the music charts around the world

According to hit internet radio station, that has 15 million users around the world, we have oportunity to see what people around the world listen.
And it is pretty amazing.

Figures show the most popular track played in war-torn Iraq last week was Johnny Cash’s Ring Of Fire.

Nirvana’s hit Come As You Are came out tops in Afghanistan.

Over in troubled Lebanon, meanwhile, the No1 choice was distinctly laid-back — Pink Floyd’s Coming Back To Life.

Website — — analyses user profiles including home addresses to come up with their listening figures.

Information allows the station to name the most popular songs in different countries — and even individual cities.

Latest figures show that Coldplay’s Clocks is currently the most listened to internet track on in China.

In Sweden, native indie band Kent top the charts.

While in Somalia it’s French dance group Air with their song Playground Love.

The Beatles are the most popular band online in Japan and the Fab Four’s Strawberry Fields Forever is also first choice in Argentina.

In France Radiohead are the most requested band.

While in Germany it is the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

America finds Jesus Christ by Brand New the hot favourite.

While Australia is keen on Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars.

Austria's hit is Billy Talent’s Red Flag.

And in Britain more people listened to The Killers through their PCs last week than any other band.

Last FM was set up in 2002 by three graduates in London and claims to be heralding a social music revolution.
It offers a huge range of channels, and by charting what songs and genres users enjoy it can tailor broadcasts to include only the music specific listeners want to hear.

Users can also see what other people have on their playlists and opt to tune in to those tracks.

Service is funded by advertising and optional subscriptions and royalties are paid on the music played.

Co-founder Martin Stiksel - “Millions of people are listening to music through their computers now.

“We have 15million users in almost every country in the world and that figure is growing on average by eight per cent a month.

“The way we operate means we can take a snapshot of what people in a specific city or country are listening to at any time of the day.

“You may find it surprising that Ring Of Fire is No1 in Iraq but it is probably being listened to by many American soldiers on their laptops.”

Experts predict that, thanks to the ability to cherry-pick favourite tunes, internet radio will overtake conventional stations within a few years.

“There is a growing appetite for listening to streaming radio through your PC and we are seeing that in the huge numbers of listeners we are getting.”

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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Little hero

Kid dressed as red Power Ranger scares robbers with his sword.

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Friday, December 01, 2006

Call of the jungle

Indians living on the edge of Brazil's Amazon rainforest are to start selling recordings of their traditional chants as mobile phone ringtones.

Xavante songs like "the hunt song" and "the healing dance" will soon be available to people in China and Europe.

Brazilian mobile users can already download the tones for about 70p each.

Some 100 Xavante Indians in the remote Sao Pedro village in Mato Grosso state have reportedly already been profiting from the sales for the past few months.

Gilson Schwartz is co-ordinator of an aid group called Cidade Movel, which helps riverside communities in the Amazon find work that does not involve logging or mining.

"We want to create a business model of social content for the wireless phone industry."
The project has generated tens of thousands of dollars for the Xavante and several other impoverished rural communities where most people live without modern conveniences and economic growth usually depends on mining or logging the forest.

Brazil's four leading cellphones companies offer the ringtones.
Some more info about Xavante you can find here.

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Most expensive car sold on auction will be - Hitler's racing car

Racing car commissioned by Adolf Hitler is expected to become the most expensive car ever sold at auction.

1939 Auto Union D-Type, thought to be one of only two in existence, was created by Ferdinand Porsche after a personal request from Hitler.

German dictator wanted the car as a propaganda tool to show off the technological superiority of the Third Reich.

Car, one of the fastest of its time, has 485 horse-power and a maximum speed of 186mph and is going to be auctioned by Christie's in February in Paris.
Almost all the D-Types were destroyed during the Second World War but this one was taken to Russia for its technology to be studied.

It was taken apart and the dissembled parts were discovered in the 1990s. The car has since been reassembled and is expected to reach a record price.

Current world record for a car at auction is held by a 1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Sports Coupe - sold for £5.5 million by Christie's in the late 1980s.

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