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Friday, May 16, 2008

Multitouch Goodness: Full-Screen Multitouch Mac OS X Is Here

It's not from Apple, but it gives a pretty good idea of what to expect from the Cupertino company: a band of developers called the NUI Group have developed Lux, a platform that shows the power of a free open framework that will enable true multitouch interaction in Mac OS X.

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Techno....done Right

If anyone is looking to hire some's...girls...etc. I suggest the following:

Topless DJ 's Entertainment

This is what my friends and I call the
............RAGE GIRL................

some good Jump Music:

Jeckyll and Hyde - Freefall

Jeckyll & hyde- Frozen Flame

Football (soccer) the Kick.....Nike

Racing Pit Girls........enough said

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Swimmer with Just One Leg Qualifies for the Olympics

South African amputee Du Toit made Beijing by finishing fourth in Sunday's 10km world championships in Seville. Britons Cassandra Patten and Keri-Anne Payne also qualified for the open water events at the Olympics.

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Weird and Wacky Drinks

Some drinks just make sense. Take a Tom Collins: gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice, a drizzle of sugar syrup, and some carbonated water to taste. But other drinks defy logic and good sense. Here are some of the weirdest drinks, ranging from stupid (Diet Water) to scandalous (beer for kids) to reportedly sensational (Bacon Martini).

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Social Networking meets Personal Finance

Social spending: Mint is a website that allows people to keep track of their spending and compare it--anonymously--with that of their peers. It recently added a feature that lets people track their investments; a future version of the site will allow people to compare investment performance across demographics.
Credit: Mint

When traditional desktop software migrates to the Web, it's often with interesting side effects. In the case of Web-based personal-finance software, you get added functionality: the ability to (anonymously) compare your financial decisions and performance with those of others. Mint, a site that already allows its customers to compare their spending habits, introduced a personal investment tracker on Wednesday. The tracker should be updated to offer comparisons in the coming weeks. A service from a startup called Cake Financial already enables comparison of investment histories, but it doesn't track spending.

Stephen Jenvey, vice president of business development at Fidelity, believes that adding social features to financial sites could overhaul personal finance for the average person. "It shines light on people's finances that they would have never seen," he says. "Historically, as soon as you see the emergence of a new layer of information and transparency, it definitely changes the [investment] market."

Mint makes it easy, for instance, to see how the user's expenditures compare with those of others in the same city, or in different parts of the country. The user could employ that information to, say, negotiate a better deal on rent. Cake users are able to track the behavior of the site's top-rated investors and compare their own performances, which could lead to smarter investment decisions.

Today, discussions of expenses and investments typically involve just a handful of people: a personal financial advisor and a client, for instance, or colleagues gathered at the water cooler. What Mint and Cake are doing is leveraging the aggregate data collected on their sites and making it visible so that people can make more-informed financial decisions on their own.

The move is part of a larger commitment to the principle of transparency in the finance industry. For instance, both Mint and Cake notify people when they incur fees from their banks or brokers--fees that might otherwise get lost on itemized statements, or in the dense text of service agreements.

Mint's target demographic is mainly twentysomethings who are settling into their first jobs, says Aaron Patzer, the company's founder and CEO. Patzer believes that his customers are interested in tracking their money but not in poring over a lot of information. "Our view is that young people want in and out of finances in about five minutes or less," he says. That's why Mint's site aggregates information automatically, sorting it into categories so that people can easily review their spending habits. "One thing that's important," he says, "is that this opens Mint up from being a great tool for tracking expenses, to opening it up to people with more-complicated financial situations, where tracking investments is crucial."

Mint uses an account aggregation service called Yodlee, which collects information from financial institutions. Currently, Mint is able to access data from 6,500 different financial institutions and 2,500 investment and brokerage firms. One of the company's main technological achievements is its ability to make sense of all these complicated data feeds, which often contain gibberish, and present their contents in a tidy, categorized manner.

Chismillionaire's Friday weekend movie pick- Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian

Narnia is a visually well done treat and everyone should get something out of it.

Special Honorable mention to How The Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer.

Chronicles of Narnia

The characters of C.S. Lewis's timeless fantasy come to life once again in this newest installment of the "Chronicles of Narnia" series, in which the Pevensie siblings are magically transported back from England to the world of Narnia, where a thrilling, perilous new adventure and an even greater test of their faith and courage awaits them. One year after the incredible events of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," the Kings and Queens of Narnia find themselves back in that faraway wondrous realm, only to discover that more than 1300 years have passed in Narnian time. During their absence, the Golden Age of Narnia has become extinct, Narnia has been conquered by the Telmarines and is now under the control of the evil King Miraz, who rules the land without mercy. The four children will soon meet an intriguing new character: Narnia's rightful heir to the throne, the young Prince Caspian, who has been forced into hiding as his uncle Miraz plots to kill him in order to place his own newborn son on the throne. With the help of the kindly dwarf, a courageous talking mouse named Reepicheep, a badger named Trufflehunter and a Black Dwarf, Nikabrik, the Narnians, led by the mighty knights Peter and Caspian, embark on a remarkable journey to find Aslan, rescue Narnia from Miraz's tyrannical hold, and restore magic and glory to the land. Directed once again by veteran director Andrew Adamson, screenplay by Andrew Adamson and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and produced by Mark Johnson, Andrew Adamson and Philip Steuer, the film reunites the original cast and creative team behind the blockbuster first film in the series.

How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer
What does female desire look like? And how do self-inflicted limitations and social expectations shade and color it? In her tenderly comic, richly textured feature debut, Georgina Garcia Riedel lovingly explores the terrain of longing, loneliness, and self-realization among three generations of single women in a Mexican American family as they grapple with romantic drought.

As sweltering summer stretches over a sun-bleached Arizona border town, Doña Genoveva (Lucy Gallardo), the Garcia family matriarch, decides to buy a car. The only catch is that she doesn't know how to drive. When she enlists Don Pedro's pedagogical skills, sparks begin to fly--at her house and beyond. Her daughter, Lolita, played with deadpan poignancy by Elizabeth Peña, seems to have hit a dry spell until things start to sizzle at the butcher shop where she works. Meanwhile, Lolita's teenage daughter, Blanca, a radiant America Ferrera (Real Women have Curves), engineers an awakening all her own. It's as if the languid heat wave has thawed everyone's defenses and jump-started a sexual revolution.

Like the folks in the story, Riedel's camera never hurries, savoring the poetic vistas and lazy rhythms of the rural Southwest without resorting to sentimentality. Her three heroines are utterly human--full of idiosyncrasies and unexpected charms. In each of them is a distinctive, newly discovered sensuality, an engine that drives them forward, kicking up dust as they go.

Get your popcorn- Death Race into theaters early

HOLLYWOOD, California — It's common for the release of Hollywood films to be pushed back. After all, post-production can be delayed or the reaction of test audiences can frighten filmmakers into re-shoots. And it's exceptionally rare for the release date of a film to be moved forward.

The upcoming car-centric film Death Race, however, will be released earlier than first announced as NBC Universal moves it onto its summer release schedule. Originally set for release on September 26, it will instead appear at a multiplex near you (and virtually every other multiplex that's nowhere near you) on August 22.

All this schedule shifting happens on the heels of test screenings where, Internet rumors have it, audiences went nuts for Death Race. Nuts as in, Universal thinks it can make more money by cramming the movie into the prime summer months rather than waiting for the fall when its heavily male, mostly young audience will be going back to school.

Starring big-time action star Jason Statham with support from serious actor types like Joan Allen and Ian McShane, Death Race is a loose re-engineering and re-imagination of 1975's cult classic cheapo Death Race 2000 — the movie that almost made Sylvester Stallone famous. But instead of a cross-country road race where drivers score points for taking out pedestrians, the new Death Race features a three-day bloody race inside the walls of a vast prison system of the near future, where convicted felons compete and combat in a world-televised spectacle for glory and freedom.

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Alien vs. Predator), the entire surely-to-be-R-rated film was made without the use of a single computer-generated vehicle, explosion or stunt. All the cars are real, all the stunts are real and there should be plenty of gunfire and blood, too. In short, Speed Racer it ain't.

What this means to you: Some good old-fashioned motorized movie mayhem hits the big screen one month sooner. — John Pearley Huffman, Correspondent

Twin Turbo G8 GT is possible

MELBOURNE, Australia — The Australian performance company APS Engineering has set the hearts of performance enthusiasts pounding with the release of an engine enhancement system for the Pontiac G8 GT that not only delivers a tidal wave of torque, but also unleashes a massive 557 horsepower from the car's 6.0-liter V8 engine, according to the company.

With more than 25 years of turbocharging and intercooling experience, APS has produced what is arguably the ultimate intercooled twin-turbo system for this model Pontiac. It's a bolt-on, totally engineered system that uses the latest water-turbocharger technology and the industry's largest bar and plate intercooler.

Claiming nearly 200 more hp than the standard Pontiac G8 GT and monster torque of 583 pound-feet, the APS intercooled twin-turbo high-output system is the definition of power. As the company puts it, a driver would be forgiven for mistaking this system for "a strong 9.0-liter big-block."

The turbochargers are tucked up under the chassis. This channels heat away from the engine compartment to improve engine durability and ensure consistent performance.

APS Engineering has developed the system on a Holden Commodore SS, the Australian model on which the Pontiac G8 GT is based. More details and specifications are available at the APS Engineering Web site.

What this means to you: APS takes the G8 GT to a new level of performance. — Mike Jarvis, Correspondent

Rainwater Harvesting Vertical Garden.


This rainwater harvesting vertical terrace is the brilliant idea of Ontario College of Art and Design Student Michael Tampilic and has been entered in the Rocket 2008 Industrial Design Graduation Show and Competition. The terrace connects up with a downspout from your house and stores water in a large tank to continuously water the plants over long periods of time. It does this by using cotton wicks to transport the stored water by capillary action. Not only is this great for saving water in a desert environment like most of us in Arizona live in, but it looks awesome and you don’t have to worry about watering.

Vert is a rain terrace: a rainwater harvester and vertical garden. This project establishes sustainable water practices through the harvesting of rain, and brings the advantages of a living wall to the backyard through vertical gardening. Vert alleviates a homes reliance on public utility systems while beautifying unused vertical space.

More info at the Rocket 2008 page and at

An Interactive Look Inside the Brain of...Manny Ramirez!

Manny Ramirez's memorable high-five double play in Baltimore has us wondering what's on his mind. Click through the various sections of Manny's brain to learn what's going on between his ears. ESPN if you are reading this get your relevant thumbnails integrated with Digg!

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Top 10 Most Haunted Places in The World [PIC]

Haunted places around the world, The World's Most Haunted Places may make you a real believer in ghosts. Here is a collection of true ghost stories from the world's most haunted places. This list will have some familiar names, and some places you never expected to be haunted. Paranormal activity is an really a very international affair, and ghosts

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Anna Kournikova Will Give You 15 Minutes To Stammer

Anna Kournikova is attempting a non-tennis comeback, this time equipped with a revamped website which features a personal blog, "status" updates (latest entry :"Looking forward to tonight, going to the Chanel cruise collection fashion show with my friend." Wee.) and plenty of photos and interactive message boards where you, creepy, leering Anna banana, can chime in and ask her dopey questions. (Last time I checked, Frank DeFord was not on there.Somebody should let him know about this.)

To promote this new web venture and to encourage more online activity, the site is holding a contest where one lucky cyber-stalker will get to have an actual real live phone conversation with her if they accumulate enough message board points. Second place gets a signed K-Swiss shoe; third place, a signed photo to hang over the toilet seat. Fourth place? You're fired.

Get The Phone; Anna Kournikova Calling [Rizzo Sports]
Win A Call From Anna [] (via Hot Clicks)

Radiohead: Weird Fishes: Arpeggi

Weird Fishes: Arpeggi from flight404 on Vimeo.

Made with Processing ( Audio by Radiohead (Weird Fishes from In Rainbows).

Read about this project here:

Decided to go ahead and submit it in the Radiohead video contest thingy.

There is also a higher res quicktime version (200MB) linked from my blog.

Many thanks to my fellow Barbarians
and Mike Creighton
for giving me great feedback as I was working on this.

Hey Look! It's The Google Street View Van! (PIC)

It's hard to believe a Google Street View van elicits this kind of rock groupie reaction!

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Backflip in your jeans

Guys do crazy stunts and backflips into their pants

Rocketman flies over Alps with jet-pack strapped to his back

Some people go fishing on their day off. Yves Rossy likes to jump out of a small plane with a pair of jet-powered wings on his back and loop the loop above the Swiss Alps.

The self-built contraption took the former fighter pilot five years to build and perfect - and yesterday he gave it its maiden flight.

Stepping out of an aircraft at 7,500ft, Rossy unfolded the 10ft rigid wings strapped to his back as he plummeted earthwards.

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To infinity and beyond: Yves Rossy soars through the skies

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Yves Rossy

Dangerman: Yves Rossy had a pair of 8ft wings and a jet-pack strapped to his back for the daring flight over the Alps

Passing from freefall into a gentle glide, he triggered the four jet turbines and accelerated to 190mph above the mountaintops.

Steering with his body, Rossy dived, turned and soared again, flying what appeared to be effortless loops from one side of the Rhone valley to the other.

At times he climbed 2,600ft before diving again, leaving a trail of special-effects smoke in his wake.

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Yves Rossy

Goodbye: The former pilot was launched from a plane at 8,000ft

After one last wave to the watching crowd, Rossy dipped his wings as he prepared for the piece de resistance, a manoeuvre he hadn't tried before...He flipped onto his back and levelled out again, executing a perfect 360-degree roll that even a bird would find impossible.

"It's like a second skin," Rossy said later after landing on the shores of Lake Geneva.

"If I turn to the left, I fly left. If I nudge to the right, I go right."

With his first big test under his belt, Rossy, 48, is ready for bigger challenges: he plans to cross the English Channel later this year, before attempting to fly through the Grand Canyon.

To do this, he will have to fit more powerful jets to allow for greater manoeuvring.

The four Germanbuilt model aircraft engines he currently uses provide 200lb of thrust each, enough to enable the 110lb foldable carbon wings, and Rossy in his 120lb flying suit, to climb at 200ft a minute.

"Physically, it's absolutely no stress," Rossy said.

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Yves Rossy

Super speeds: The dare-devil reached speeds of 160mph

Scenery: Yves Rossy said he had no time to enjoy the view or scenery

"It's like being on a motorbike. But I have to focus on relaxing, because if I show any tension, I start to swing around."

Should things go wrong there's always a yellow handle to jettison the wings and unfold a back-up parachute.

"I've had plenty of "whoops" moments," he said.

Rossy says his form of human flight will, for now, remain the preserve of very few.

The cost and effort involved are simply too high for it to be produced commercially, he says.

So far, Rossy and his sponsors have poured more than £123,000 and countless hours into building the device.

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Rossy attempts to land with his parachute after the demo flight

But, he believes similar jet-powered wings will one day be more widely available to experienced parachutists.

That is, if they don't mind missing out on the breathtaking panorama unfolding above the Swiss Alps.

"I am concentrating so hard, I don't really enjoy the view," Rossy said.

Girl's twin found inside her stomach

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A nine-year-old girl who went to hospital suffering from stomach pains was found to be carrying her embryonic twin, doctors in central Greece said Thursday.

Doctors at Larissa General Hospital examined the girl and surgically removed a growth they later discovered was an embryo about six centimeters (more than two inches) long.

"They could see on the right side that her belly was swollen, but they couldn't suspect that this tumor would hide an embryo," hospital director Iakovos Brouskelis said.

The girl has made a full recovery, he said.

Andreas Markou, head of the hospital's pediatric department, said the embryo was a formed fetus with a head, hair and eyes, but no brain or umbilical cord.

Markou said cases where one of a set of twins absorbs the other in the womb occur in one of 500,000 live births.

The girl's family did not want to be identified, hospital officials said.

WereWolf Boy (PIC)

I didn't even know there was a syndrome called "WereWolf" It's sad that somebody would have to go through something like that. I wish the kid goodluck

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A Grand, Spectacular Aerial View of 22 F-14D Super Tomcats!

Twenty-two (22) U.S. Navy F-14D Super Tomcat fighter jets aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on March 10, 2006, in the Atlantic Ocean. Photographer: Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Chris Thamann, U.S. Navy

Beer, free stuff lead to 'man cave'


"The Ponderosa" is a two-story cabin paid for almost entirely with beer.

-- During the week Ryan Samuel, 30, is a married man working in the energy market in Richardson, Texas. But on the weekends he lures men away from their homes, wives and children with beer, camaraderie, power tools and "The Ponderosa."

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The downstairs holds a sofa, two recliners, a fuel-powered refrigerator and a microwave.

The upstairs shows off some hunting trophies and other interior decorating details.

Three years ago, Samuel, his cousin, his brother-in-law and a host of friends started building a cabin on some family land in Oklahoma. They named it "The Ponderosa."

By Samuel's admission, it's more like a shack. It has no power, no plumbing, a leak in the roof and it's already been set on fire once.

Struggling to find the allure? Samuel admits it's not for everyone. He's never shown the place to his wife.

Every time he and his friends go to the cabin, they have to chase hornets, snakes and other varmints out of the building. Once a cow died in the creek behind the cabin and it stank for weeks.

"You want to talk man caves, this place is a total cave," said Samuel. and got an overwhelming response when we asked readers to send in photos and stories of their man caves -- spaces that foster men's hobbies, decorating skills and technological needs.

Samuel caught our interest when he explained that almost all the building materials and labor used to create "The Ponderosa" were paid for in beer, so we had to give him a call to find out more.


The upstairs shows off some hunting trophies and other interior decorating details.

It turns out building a cabin wasn't entirely Samuel's idea. He and his cousin Jeff used to own a 1963 Winnebago camper they kept on their family's land in Oklahoma. One day Samuel got a call from Jeff asking if he wanted "the good news or the bad news."

"The good news was, 'I'm building a cabin where our camper is sitting right now," said Samuel. The bad news: Jeff sold the camper for spray-foam insulation. By the time Samuel arrived to survey the situation, Jeff was already laying the floor. Their adventures continued from there.

They got creative with construction techniques and building materials: The one window in the cabin isn't actually framed in. Samuel said he and his friends used a saws-all to cut an opening and then leaned the window onto the hole. "I have no idea where that window came from," he said.

Samuel's cousin Jeff lucked into roofing materials driving down the road one day.

"My cousin was driving down the highway in Oklahoma. He pulls over and there are 10 rolls of roofing paper on the side of the road," Samuel said. His cousin was driving a car that day instead of a truck, so he was only able to fit four of the rolls in the back, but it was more than they needed, he said.

"And right now there's a tarp over [the roof], because obviously we didn't do it right."

The cabin's back yard got a facelift after a rainstorm: "We left a bunch of sacks of Quickcrete out on the porch, and they got rained on," said Samuel. "They turned into perfect blocks of concrete," he said, which they used to build a fire pit.

For years Samuel, his relatives and his friends bartered for, borrowed or found the building necessities for their getaway cabin.

Samuel said his cousin knew a lot of people who could help them build or help them get building supplies.

"You get some guys who are married, maybe have children or not, and are looking for any excuse to get away from the house, and have access to or actually have the building materials .. It's not hard to talk someone into doing the manual labor, because they're accomplishing something that they wanted to also. They're having a few beers with some buddies. If they're hammering some nails or screwing some screws at the same time, that's fine too," he said.

This was typical of user comments in reaction to the images and stories we received about man caves.

Many women wanted to know what was so terrible about the man cave-owners' families that they had to retreat to a cave to get away from them. Many men piped up in the comment section as well, explaining they felt their wives had reign over the entire rest of the house, and that men deserved at least one space to call their own.

So we asked Samuel what he thought.

"The whole point of it, it's just guy time," he said. "There's no rules, there's no bathroom. It's just getting away. ... Most of it is just relaxation and having a good time. Nothing ever happens out there that can create any extra stress."


"Half of it is about hanging out with guys, your buddies and the other half is being out where nobody can see you. Nobody can find you. You're way out there -- there's no city lights hiding the stars. The time that you can spend out there getting away from it all, doing what you want to do, that's the reason behind building the thing," he said.

"When you leave on a Sunday evening and it's time to go home, you can face all the things that you have to do for that next week. But for the entire time you're out there hanging loose, you have no deadlines, nothing else you have to do but just go hang out."

'Nail-biting' 7 minute descent to Mars - BBC NEWS

'Nail-biting' descent to Mars

Scientists are preparing for "seven minutes of terror" as a Nasa spacecraft makes a nail-biting descent to the surface of Mars.

The Phoenix lander needs to perform a series of challenging manoeuvres along the way as it attempts to land in the planet's polar north.

It then begins a three-month mission to investigate Mars' geological history and potential habitability.

NYU student ejected from graduation at Yankee Stadium

A graduating New York University student was ejected from his commencement at Yankee Stadium yesterday after he was caught trying to steal home.

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I heard about this...this morning on the radio, i thought it was a joke, until I hit-up Google...WTF....

Raccoon Penis Bone Earrings Get Women's Mojos Working

Shepherdstown, VA (WFN) -- With a prick of the ears, women are getting their mojos working.

Ladies all across the U.S. are putting on pewter and gold earrings cast from the five-inch-long bone of a raccoon's penis, an item which has been used as a love amulet for years in the South.

The so-called Vavamojos are sold by four Southern gals who call themselves the VaVas and who have changed their lives after donning earrings made from raccoon "pecker" bones.

VaVa "Mustang" Sally Johnson discovered the good-luck charm on a boar-hunting trip in South Carolina, and immediately picked up a batch for her and her girlfriends to wear.

Their line of earrings, necklaces and amulets are made from precious metal instead of real bone because, as Sally says, "we didn't want to decimate the penile population of raccoons in America."

Celebs are hopping on the Vavamojo bandwagon too. Sally says Vanessa Williams loves hers and Sarah Jessica Parker wore hers during a "People" magazine cover shoot

THIRD EYE BLIND frontman wooed pop star VANESSA CARLTON by giving her a dried raccoon's penis necklace and JT LEROY's novel SARAH.

The A THOUSAND MILES singer, 24, fell for the 40-year-old rocker, who once dated CHARLIZE THERON, two years ago when they toured together - but she admits she was wary of him at first.

Carlton says, "He was always really nice. He bought me flowers and welcomed me to the tour, but I just felt suspicious of men in general at that point. He was trying, but it wasn't happening.

"He came into my dressing room once, like weeks into the tour. He handed me this white, ivory necklace with a black cord, and I was like, 'What is this? Now you're giving me gifts?'

"He was like, 'It's a raccoon penis bone...' and then he gave me SARAH (Leroy's book), and it immediately made me curious and comforted that he wanted to share things with me.

"I just thought that was so rare for the frontman of a band to do. They just tend to be really one-dimensional."

Cannes | Van Damme on Van Damme in "JCVD"

One of the more anticipated projects in the Cannes Market, "JCVD," a biopic starring Van Damme as himself.

The teaser below is a must-see, where JCVD crashes a casting-call for the film, demanding to know what the project's about:
Casting Agent: Well, it's about JCVD comin' back to Belgium to chill out... because he's not doing that well.

JVCD: What are you talking about?

Casting Agent: Well, first of all...problems with the IRS. And you just lost your son's custody...

JVCD: Hey, that's not over yet. I didn't lose. I appealed...

Van Damme Friday

Here is the interminable Van Damme in a pose that is not gay. At least I think that is a woman with him...