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Christina Aguilera------------BAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Christina Aguilera and her giant titties arrived in London earlier this week to perform at the Africa Rising concert, and the Daily Mail is wondering if her curves are a sign that she might be pregnant again.
Christina Aguilera was clearly keen to keep covered up from the British chill.
But the plucky singer still showed plenty of front, as her heaving bosom spilled forth from her tight-fitting coat.
The singer was seen leaving restaurant L'Atelier after a romantic dinner with husband Jordan Bratman at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon restaurant in London’s Covent Garden last night.
In fact, even though she had her first child ten months ago, her bounteous appearance will do little dispel rumors that a second baby might be on the cards for the singer.
Don’t get me wrong, I'm pleased as punch that Christina Aguilera is showing off her huge rack again, but why isn’t she as hot as she used to be? Is it the kid? Is it because she had a kid? I think it might be because she had a kid.

I’ll get you for this Max. You better watch your ass buddy.

Porsche Panamera teaser Video Released

STUTTGART — Porsche has launched a microsite for its upcoming Panamera. To underscore that this is the company's first four-door sports car, the site carries the tagline: "The New Panamera. Four, uncompromised."

The site opens with a brief teaser video describing the car's heritage, including footage of current and past Porsches. A signup screen after that promises early access to sketches, photos, events, updates and other "exclusive content."

Porsche is planning a media launch for the Panamera later this fall and will send the first cars to dealerships in Europe and North America in 2009.

Inside Line says: You won't see much of the Panamera in the video — but Porsche promises additional web content soon.

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

about the greenway

15 acres of new public parkland

When Boston's Big Dig project plunged previously elevated roadways underground, the city found itself rich in prime urban land. Community and political leaders seized the opportunity to enhance Boston's city life by providing additional parks and gardens to connect some of its oldest, most diverse and vibrant neighborhoods. With this challenge, Greenway designers set out to balance natural beauty and landscaped grace with the vitality and dynamism of a 21st Century city.

The Greenway brings urban boulevards built on a pedestrian scale to Boston's dense old downtown neighborhoods.

Check out the website

Fey, candidates to visit 'Saturday Night Live'

Lorne Michaels, the executive producer of “Saturday Night Live,” predicts that the presidential and vice presidential candidates will stop by the comedy show before the election. He also said in a phone interview Tuesday that Tina Fey will return to play Gov. Sarah Palin.

“I think sooner or later, everyone will come through,” Michaels said of the candidates. He declined to give dates as to when “Saturday Night Live” viewers might see Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama, as well as their running mates, Sen. Joseph Biden and Gov. Palin.

“In 2000, both Bush and Gore came on,” Michaels noted. As for when this crop of candidates would appear, he said, “I don’t know when. We’re always talking to everyone.”

Feypalin_2 As for Fey coming back to reprise her role as Gov. Palin before the election, Michaels said, “I think that’s likely.”

Even though Fey’s depiction of Palin has helped drive the show to a 50 percent increase in ratings over last year, Michaels confirmed what Fey said in a recent interview with TV Guide – that she’s done playing Palin after the election.

“She’s gone” after the election, said Michaels. “She has a full-time job” as the creator and star of the NBC comedy “30 Rock,” which returns Oct. 30. Michaels added that “SNL” cast member Kristin Wiig would likely play the Alaska governor should the need arise past Nov. 4.

Michaels also told the Tribune exclusively that Ben Affleck would be the host of the show’s Nov. 1 broadcast. David Cook of “American Idol” fame will be the musical guest.

“Saturday Night Live’s” final pre-election broadcast will air Monday, Nov. 3. That "Election Bash" will not be live but will be a mix of new material taped for the program and older political skits from the past year.

There are a total of six “SNL” broadcasts before the end of the election season: Two additional Thursday broadcasts on Oct. 16 and 23, three Saturday broadcasts Oct. 18 and 25 and Nov. 1, and the “Election Bash” Nov. 3. The hosts and musical guests are as follows: Josh Brolin and Adele on Oct. 18, Jon Hamm and Coldplay on Oct. 25 and Affleck and Cook on Nov. 1.

I will have much more from Michaels soon. I'll be posting a long piece on the resurgent “Saturday Night Live” in the next few days.

Photo: Tina Fey as Palin and Amy Poehler as Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Sept. 13 season opener of "Saturday Night Live."

Official price of some Super Bowl tickets now $1K for first time

NEW YORK -- The official price of Super Bowl tickets will reach $1,000 for the first time this season.

The NFL confirmed Thursday that 25 percent of the tickets for the Feb. 1 game in Tampa will be priced at $1,000. It also announced it will drop the price of 1,000 tickets at Raymond James Stadium by $200 to $500, the first time the league has cut prices for a Super Bowl.

Tickets for last year's game in Glendale, Ariz., between the New England Patriots and New York Giants were priced at $700 and $900, up from $600 and $700 the year before.

Overall, the official price for 17,000 suite and club seats will be $1,000 each. Another 53,000 tickets will go for $800, with the remaining 1,000 at $500.

At last year's game, the average price of tickets on StubHub, the online resellers, was $4,300.

Ticket prices for the first Super Bowl, played at the Los Angeles Coliseum 43 years ago, were $6, $10 and $12. They went over the $100 mark in 1988 and have increased regularly since.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

Eminem Reveals Title Of New LP: Relapse

MC reveals title at book-release party in New York.

Guess who's back?

Some four years after the release of his last full studio album, 2004's Encore, Eminem confirmed Wednesday night that his new LP will be called Relapse. Em made the announcement during a launch party for his new autobiography, "The Way I Am," and previewed a track from the effort, titled "I'm Having a Relapse," which kicks off with the familiar lyric "Guess who's back?," before he launches into his trademark flow.

While rumors have suggested the disc would be dubbed King Mathers, among other titles, the reclusive Eminem put those rumors to rest Wednesday in an interview with Angea Yee from the rapper's Sirius Satellite channel, Shade 45.

"There are a lot of fake album titles floating out there — a lot of bullsh-- titles," he told Yee. "The real title of my album that's coming out is called Relapse."

Various media reports suggest the title may actually be R3LAPSE, but Eminem has not yet confirmed the spelling of the disc's name. Some reports suggest that the album will be released after 50 Cent's Before I Self Destruct hits stores December 9; Eminem, recently chosen by the readers of Vibe as the best rapper alive, will be making a guest appearance on that effort.

While no release date for the album has been announced, 50 Cent and members of G-Unit have said it's coming soon. 50, who was on hand for the event, referred to the release of his forthcoming album, Before I Self Destruct, then Relapse; and then, presumably in 2009, Dr. Dre's oft-delayed Detox as a "three-headed monster," and said, "It's a story actually ...Before I Self Destruct, I'll Relapse, then Detox."

G-Unit member Tony Yayo and DJ Whoo Kid told MTV News similar info recently, and provided some details on the albums. Early last month, 50 Cent hinted that Em's sixth was on the way.

"You'll be seeing him shortly," the rapper told the BBC. "He's working. I spent the weekend at his house. Even though he tries to relax and stay home, it's impossible for him to stay in. A lot of material he wrote prior to this is being scrapped. He's got to feel like it's just happened, it's new and it's current. That's just how he is creatively as an artist."

LISTEN: Eminem - I’m Having A Relapse

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Warners Does Not Possess The Secrets of Grayskull

By El Mayimbe

El Mayimbe here…

So what is the latest on one of my favorite scripts of the year – Justin Marks’ GRAYSKULL?

Nothing. As it stands, the project is dead at Warner Brothers.

How did it get this way? Here are some of the reasons.

For starters, Warners simply doesn’t get the property and wasn’t high on it to begin with.

The studio gave the execs at Silver Pictures a very small list of A-director names they would consider making the film with, amongst them Doug Liman and Bryan Singer who both passed.
There were some up and coming directors that were gung ho on the script, but the studio wasn’t feeling them.

Another reason and perhaps the biggest was that Navid McIIhargey, the exec who brought in He-Man to Silver Pictures, left the company last month to become a Senior VP at New Regency as reported last month in both trades.

Sources tell me Navid and another exec (who also left Silver) – guys in their thirties who grew up on the property - were the unsung heroes of He-Man and are no longer there doing the day to day to get He-Man over the mountain and get the movie made.

In the Hollywood business culture, once an exec leaves, usually his projects are killed by the new incoming exec.

Even heroes like He-Man need allies and Prince Adam no longer has any at the studio. Sad.
Execs at toy company Mattel are so infuriated at Warners, that they want the property back to take it elsewhere. Mattel’s anger is understandable. No movie equals no toys to make.

I personally don’t get it. You would think with all the money 80s toy properties like Transformers made for Paramount that every studio in town would do the same. Paramount knows better, they got the Transformers sequel and G.I. JOE in the pipeline for next year and Hasbro alone stands to make a king’s ransom on just the toys.

I adore the Grayskull script. It’s one of my favorites for this year which I will be voting for in the upcoming black list for 2008. It really could be another Lord of the Rings combining both mythology and science fiction. The potential is HUGE! You can read my script review HERE.

As a story analyst, it’s comforting when the good scripts in this town get made regardless of the obstacles like another of my favorites script KASHMIR went through. Awesome that KASHMR is finally getting made as announced this week.

GRAYSKULL is another gem which I want to see get made and other fanboys do too. The piles of email I get on this property alone are proof.

Warners should put the project into immediate turnaround because trust me, someone will pick it up.

Stay tuned as more info comes in…

In the meantime, check out my updates on TWITTER.



By the time Suleyman Ergun was 21 years old, he was the world’s most prolific and powerful seller of smack. Known throughout the junkie and police communities as the North London Turk, Ergun and his gang flooded Britain and Europe with heroin for five years.

For his pains, the former factory worker got mansions filled with cash and unlimited underworld cachet. At the height of his powers he was a multimillionaire and his favorite tipple was a bottle of champagne with eight grams of cocaine dumped into it. Today, he is almost penniless and lives with his mum. He’s 39. What happened?

Vice: Tell me a fond memory of your drug-dealing days.

Suleyman Ergun:
There’s nothing like the feeling you get when you’ve got 100 kilos of heroin in the trunk of your car. Just to be near it, to smell it. Driving along at 120 mph in France somewhere and thinking: “I know what I’ve got in the car.” Police stopping beside you. A gun under my seat. Wouldn’t think twice about shooting them. Taking the risk. At the end of the day that’s why I became a drug dealer. Not the money or the power, but the buzz.

Did you serve an underworld apprenticeship?

At 15 I was an errand boy working in the Turkish rag trade in North London. I was earning £70 a week. At 17, I started selling coke, E, and pot, and I was earning £1,000 a week. Then I muled a couple of kilos of coke direct from Colombia and sold it in the clubs, along with tablets. Someone tried to rob me in the toilets of the Camden Palace once—I shot him in the leg.

How does one go from selling coke in a bathroom in Camden to being the king of all heroin in Europe?

Me, my former brother-in-law Yilmaz Kaya, and an Istanbul babas [godfather] named the Vulcan founded the Turkish Connection—that’s a network that smuggles heroin from Afghanistan across Turkey into Europe. Up until the early 90s, Turks had been bringing it in piecemeal. An immigrant would bring in ten keys, sell it, buy a shop in Green Lane and pack it in. We were the first to start bringing it in 100-kilo loads. Stack ’em high, sell ’em cheap….

It’s that simple, eh?

No, that’s only the supply. On the demand side, we bypassed all the usual gangsters and crime families in London. We fucked the Adams family off when they asked us to serve up to them. Instead, we sent it all to one distributor in Liverpool who sold the lot.

What was your role?

I was hands-on. The gear was driven from Istanbul to Paris in, say, a coach load of Turkish folk dancers. I coordinated the handover to the Scousers in France.

Then I’d drive up to Liverpool a few days later and come back with black bin bags full of cash—£140,000 one week, £100,000 the next, £68,000 the next, £150,000 the next, and so on. Then I’d count it, stack it, and box it in cereal packets and send it back to Turkey using a former Turkish Army colonel disguised as a bone-china collector as a courier.

After a while, we rolled out the same system across Europe—Spain, Italy, Holland, and Germany. We dealt with the Mafia, all of that. At one point we could afford to buy our own oil tanker.

Where did it all go wrong?

One of our workers was having an affair with a woman who was a police informant. He got nicked. Customs put us under surveillance for a year, and then bingo. The whole thing got walloped in July ’93.

What was the upshot?

Fourteen years, nine months. The gang got 123 years between them.

Did that teach you a lesson?

Did it fuck. I started dealing in prison within two days, trading heroin and coke for phone cards, food, tobacco. In September 1995 I used heroin for the first time, out of boredom and curiosity. It felt lovely and warm, like somebody putting an electric blanket over you. But the best thing about it, and this is why the jails are full of heroin, is that it makes time go by very quick. Twenty hours on heroin is like two hours normal. I got out ten years later and I didn’t know I done the bird [prison time].

How did you get your heroin in jail?

Before I got nicked, I had five kilos of pure heroin straight from Turkey buried along with two Berettas, an Uzi, and four shotguns at St. Pancras graveyard in North London. Every week I’d phone a girl up and use the word “brandy,” which was code for brown—heroin—and she would go and get it. She dug up the stash and shaved off some, and then it was given to a second girl who had a boyfriend in my prison. It was wrapped in a condom and nylon sheeting, shaped up proper like a dildo. She stuck it up her cunt. On the visit, they’d snuggle up close, and her boyfriend would put his hand slyly down her knickers, get it, and then stick it up his arse. Back in my cell, he’d get 60 grams and I’d get 60 grams.

Didn’t the prison wardens ever find out?

I had the DST—Dedicated Search Team—permanently on my case. They even used to take apart my batteries in the radio. But they never found gear in my cell because I used to hide it in my vegetable plot. I hollowed out an onion and put the gear inside and buried it. When the stalk wilted, I just taped a fresh one on. Take three grams out a day. Sell half a gram for my phone cards and that, and smoke the rest. Sometimes I would put it up my arse wrapped in tape so if the screws made me squat during a search, it wouldn’t fall out.

Couldn’t anyone smell you smoking it?

As long as you’re not causing trouble, cutting people over deals, and fighting, then the screws turn a blind eye. They know you’re on it because your pupils are like tiny pinholes and you start scratching and go red and raw. But the authorities let it go because if you stop the heroin it causes murders and they can’t handle that. Withdrawal symptoms. Kicking doors. Drugs will never be stamped out in jail.

How many bent screws did you know?

About six all over. They approached me because I was rich. I never ate prison food. They brought me in Marks and Spencer salads. In one prison the screw brought me in four ounces of weed, half a carrier bag full of phone cards, half a bag of tobacco, a TV, a phone, and two bottles of brandy, every week, for £500 a week, plus the bill for the food. He’d wink and say: “Your box is under your bed.” Then I’d pay another inmate to look after it. If you don’t have money, you have nothing.

I suppose when you got out of prison in 2003 you gave up drugs?

No, it got much worse. I discovered crack cocaine. The world had changed so much. I couldn’t cross the road—it was too fast. I used to see people talking to themselves on their hands-free and think they were off their heads.

What’s crack like?

It’s great. It blew my fucking head off. Over the next four years I blew half a million pounds on it. Sold my flat. My jewelry. Spent the few hundred grand I had stashed away.

What was the lowest point?

My mate robbed a rock off my table. I dragged him into the kitchen and chopped his little finger off with a knife on a chopping board. Then I flushed it down the toilet.

Some people would say that it was natural justice—that you were being punished for selling heroin by becoming a drug addict.

An eye for an eye. I’d created thousands and thousands of addicts. My past had caught up with me. I got depressed and then I took more crack and heroin to stop thinking.

How did you finally get off drugs?

I went for treatment in Turkey twice. A detox where they put you to sleep through withdrawal. It cost £20,000. My family paid. But when I got back onto the streets here in London, I kept slipping. Finally, I fell in love. It’s as simple as that. I haven’t touched a stone since.

Would you ever go back to being a heroin baron?

Not in a million fucking years. I’ve been offered a million pounds in cash to start up again. I could fly to Turkey now and get 100 keys and be away. £100,000 in cash by tomorrow. Mine. I get approached every week by someone or other, some of the country’s biggest gangsters, to go into business. But I can’t do it.

Why? Are you scared?

Fuck off. D’you want a smack?

united states / mexico border station, 1925 - present

san ysidro border station, 1925 :: source

came across the above photo by chance today. it's san ysidro border station in 1925, the same border station that is now the busiest on earth. although it looked fairly busy even in 1925 with 4 or 5 lanes of queueing cars, these days it has a whopping 24 lanes of northbound traffic for those travelling through from tijuana to san diego and another 6 southbound lanes for those going the other way. every day up to 50'000 vehicles pass through this gate, plus another 25'000 people on foot, and that's just into the united states. plus it's just about to be expanded.

here it is today...

northbound traffic at night :: source

traffic leaving mexico :: source

the station as seen on google earth

the station will be even larger in 2014 after expansion :: source

and this, very close to the station, is a tiny portion of the border they're attempting to cross...

on the left, san diego. on the right, tijuana :: source

Could Solar Power Satellites Beam Down Gigawatts of Energy?

by Jeremy Elton Jacquot
solar power satellite image

Image from NASA

How pie-in-the-sky is Ben Bova's space satellite scheme? Mr. Bova, the president emeritus of the National Space Society and a prolific science fiction author, penned a column in last Sunday's Washington Post calling on the next president to build an armada of solar power satellites (SPS) -- basically large accumulations of solar cells -- to help meet a substantial chunk of our energy needs. The idea of building orbiting solar systems in space is nothing new (see my posts about Japan's Space Solar Power Systems and India's space plans); the concept, as described by its creator, aerospace engineer Peter Glaser, would be a satellite in high orbit (where sunshine is always present) that would use microwave transmission to beam solar power to receiving stations on Earth.

The obvious benefit: a continuous 24-hour, 365-day supply of solar energy. Powered by solar energy itself, a single SPS could generate up to 10 gigawatts of power continually, according to Bova. If that's even remotely true, just imagine how much continuous power a group of these SPSs could provide.

The solar power satellite: a costly proposition
Things get a bit trickier when Bova delves into some of the cost issues. For instance, he says that an SPS could deliver electricity at a cost of only about 8 - 10 cents per kilowatt hour, which would make it very competitive with conventional power sources. He does recognize that the upfront costs -- both to build the satellite ($1 billion apiece) and to launch it (see: SpaceX launches) -- would be fairly substantial; launching it into space successfully would be a whole other story.

Over time, as economies of scale take hold and component prices drop, the scheme would begin to look much more appealing. How long that will take, though, is anybody's guess. We have the technologies in place -- solar, satellite and microwave -- but putting everything together (and making sure it all works) will be a tremendous challenge.

Assessing the potential spillover benefits
Such a large-scale project would definitely provide a boost to our ailing economy, creating both many new jobs and contracts for a variety of companies, and it would give NASA a worthy new pursuit. Bova suggests making NASA's primary goal the construction of a demonstration model SPS able to deliver 10 to 100 megawatts of power by the end of the president's second term. It's hard to imagine either a President Obama or President McCain having the stomach to fund such a project if it doesn't start making measurable progress sooner -- 8 years is a long time to wait for a technology that may not even work in practice.

Still, this project may also help spur interest in other space-related technologies and developments and could, in later years, create an entire new industry around space launchers. If you're interested in reading more about the history of the SPS, its technology and functional aspects, I recommend you read Wikipedia's (surprisingly) informative page on the topic. Or, better yet, get your hands on a copy of Ben Bova's "Powersat," a novel all about building the first SPS.

Via ::The Washington Post: An Energy Fix Written in the Stars (news website)

More about solar power in space
::Orbiting Space Power Systems Would Convert Sunlight into Laser Beams
::Going Solar in Space

Chinese Company Unveils Solar-Powered Car for $5,560

The Zhejiang 001 Group has produced a tiny car powered entirely by the solar panels on its roof.

The panels can charge the battery enough for a 3-mile trip in just one hour. After a full charge of 30 hours in the sun, the car can travel up to 90 miles.

The vehicle was debuted at the 29th Zhejiang International Bicycles and Electric-powered Cars Exhibition last week. The panels are not integrated into the car’s design, but rather stand above the car much like a typical roof-rack attachment.

According to the company, the panels can absorb up to 95 percent of solar energy, but can only transform 14 to 17 percent to electricity.

Roof panels aside, the car is nearly identical to China’s popular economy vehicle, the Cherry QQ, which is pictured above. Only ten of the solar cars have been manufactured so far, but more production is planned. Unfortunately, you won’t have much luck finding one outside of China.

Photo Credit: Anuradha on Flickr under Creative Commons license.

The Scarab, a robotic rover that will explore the dark craters of the Moon

CMU-Scarab.jpg Carnegie Mellon University loves robots and, more than that, a challenge: How do you get at possible minerals around the Moon's crater-studded south pole where there's no light for energy, or to see what you're doing? The CMU team's solution is the Scarab, a fully autonomous prospector 'bot, that'll carry out its work using laser scanners to navigate the harsh terrain and a radioactive power source to keep itself going.

It needs to be able to core through a meter of possibly hard, icy soil to get at the pockets of hydrogen concentrations for study — and its wheels are the key. The dynamic platform allows the Scarab to move over slopes and jagged landforms, and acts as a stabilizer when the 'bot goes belly-down to drill. The Scarab will move along slowly, as its radioactive isotope power source only produces about 100 watts — or the power of your average light bulb — to keep the robotic rover moving and thinking. The good news? That source also lasts about 10 years, so it'll have plenty of time to do what it needs to do.

The Scarab is about to undergo field testing at a volcanic range in Hawaii to see if it's up to the task of exploring dark lunar craters. If it does well, it may win a golden ticket from NASA to head to the moon and start its studies. Click Continue for a snippet from the Discovery Channel detailing CMU's Scarab autonomous prospector.

Scarab, via EurekAlert!, via BotJunkie

Amazing Balloon Twisting Sculptures [PICS] — Jason Hackenwerth's balloon art. Jason, 38, spends £6,000 per year on multi-coloured balloons for his incredible sculptures, which he displays around the world.

Click here for the pics

MacBook and MacBook Pro Dual Review

Before Tuesday, there was no way a MacBook and a MacBook Pro could appear in a single review. Too much separated the two systems, from outer appearance (build materials and backlit keyboard) to inner nitty gritty (graphics processors, etc.). To group the two classes together would have been like simultaneously reviewing a Ford Focus and a Ford Mustang. But the new MacBook and MacBook Pro are far more similar than they are different. From the glass-bezel screen to the front side bus, these computers finally deserve to share the name MacBook. They're brothers, one a pro, the other a vastly accomplished amateur. Here's our verdict, after two days of thorough nonstop testing.

cRead full review here

Marblehead doctor lands job as TV show consultant

By Jill Harmacinski

MARBLEHEAD — Not everyone in Hollywood knows what nurses wear in catheterization labs, what kind of package is used to deliver a poison antidote to the hospital, or what really goes on in an emergency room.

That's why movies and TV shows need medical consultants, behind-the-scenes doctors who can tweak the finest details of a hospital drama.

And that's exactly what Marblehead physician Irv Danesh does — when he's not working as associate director of emergency medicine at Lawrence General Hospital.

Dr. Danesh landed a medical consulting job after a chance encounter with a writer at a West Coast wedding. By e-mail and phone, Danesh spent months helping writer Andrew Lenchewski fine-tune his script for a new TV show. Then, between shifts, the 52-year-old doctor began been flying to filming sites all over the country for the new pilot "Royal Pains."

The first day of shooting "was amazing," he said, with props that included five Ferrari sports cars. The backdrop for the set was a $32 million mansion in South Hampton, N.Y.

Actor Mark Feuerstein, who played leading roles in the movie "What Women Want" and the sitcom "Good Morning, Miami," stars in the pilot, which is being produced by cable's USA Network.

Danesh, a witty New York native who lives in Marblehead with his wife, a dancer, says he's so impressed with his new job, he's decided to write his own medical screenplay.

"If anyone had told me I'd be doing this at the age of 52, I'd tell them they were crazy," said Danesh, the father of four sons, ages 16 to 25.

"Royal Pains" is the story of young doctor Hank Lawson, who seems to have it all: a great career, beautiful fiancée and swank New York City apartment. But after making one principled decision, Lawson loses it all and ends up single and blackballed from the medical community.

His best friend invites him to the Hamptons, a playground of the rich and famous, where they crash a party at a beach mansion. During the visit, Lawson goes to the aid of a sick guest.

Before long, Lawson is summoned to another mansion and then another, and soon his medical career takes off again in this opulent community.

For Danesh, all this is a far cry the emergency room in Lawrence, where he has worked for 15 years. But he loves the ER, he said, with its fast pace and constant change. On any given night, he might treat anything from a gunshot wound to a heart attack.

All doctors are different, but Danesh said he decided early in his career that, "I didn't want to be doing gall bladder surgeries all day. ... I think anyone in emergency medicine comes into it for the action."

He'd never even considered any kind of television work until his sister-in-law's wedding in Los Angeles last October. There, he met fellow guest Andrew Lenchewski, who asked Danesh if he could help him with some of the medical jargon in "Royal Pains." Months later, Lenchewski sent him a 90-page script. The two started e-mailing and chatting about the script.

"This went on for months and months," Danesh said.

When the USA Network bought the pilot, Lenchewski said he wanted Danesh there for the filming.

On the set, Danesh said much of the work he did was with props and costuming. To ensure the most realistic look, he even took photos of nurses who work in the Lawrence General catheterization lab to show producers.

"They were just the nicest people and great to work with," he said.

Feuerstein is also an amazing actor, who seems to have the ability to memorize his lines in a split second, Danesh said.

The consulting role has also helped Danesh focus a bit of his future. He's now at work on his own screenplay, a tale of aspiring 1980s doctors who can't get into American colleges, so they go to medical school in Mexico. The story is somewhat biographical; Danesh went to medical school in Mexico and later worked in hospitals in New York, Philadelphia, California and Boston (Tufts-New England Medical Center).

Despite the bright lights, glamour and even his cameo role as a cardiologist in "Royal Pains," Danesh said he has no plans to back his bags and head to Hollywood permanently.

He came to Lawrence General originally because the "case mix" in the ER was so good. It's a medium-sized trauma center with specialized care for stroke victims and, according to Danesh, a superb nursing staff.

It's unclear when "Royal Pains" will air on USA Network, a spokesman said.

Joe the Plumber: Not a Licensed Plumber

Plumber Joe Wurzelbacher watches the presidential candidate debate in his home in Ohio on Oct. 15, 2008. (Lori King/Toledo Blade)

Updated 3:20 p.m.
By Robert Barnes
Joe the Plumber is not exactly a plumber, he's "not even close" to making the kind of money that would result in higher taxes from Democrat Barack Obama's proposals and has such an aversion to taxes that a lien was filed against him by the state of Ohio.

Such is the whirlwind of information that has come out about Joe Wurzelbacher of Holland, Ohio, since Republican John McCain made him famous in last night's debate. McCain mentioned him more than 20 times to use him as a symbol of hard-working Americans who would be hurt by Obama's tax policies. Obama and Wurzelbacher met earlier in the week in Toledo, where Wurzelbacher said Obama's plans to raise taxes on those making $250,000 a year or more would penalize him in his plans to buy the plumbing business for which he works.

Wurzelbacher since then has been on Fox News, interviewed by CBS's Katie Couric and appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Not all the attention has been welcomed. Wurzelbacher, 34, told the Associated Press that he was not a licensed plumber. Because he works for a small company that does residential work, he said, he doesn't need to be licensed.

Wurzelbacher, whose legal name is Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, owes the state of Ohio $1,182 in personal income taxes, according to tax records that show a lien for that amount filed against him in January 2007.

Wurzelbacher said he is of modest means, but worried Obama's tax plans would eventually hurt him. "You see my house. I don't have a lot of bells and whistles in here, really. My truck's a couple of years old and I'm going to have it for the next 10 years probably. So I don't see [Obama] helping me out,'' he told reporters this morning.

He also sounded concerned about the attention he is receiving. "I'm completely flabbergasted with this whole thing and just hope I'm not making too much of a fool of myself and hope I can get my message out there," he said.

Students solve space coffee problem

Two Costa Rican engineering students have invented a coffee-maker which can be used by astronauts in space.

Two engineering students have invented a coffee-maker which can be used by astronauts in space. ;

Currently astronauts have to resort to drinking instant coffee heated by microwaves.

In zero gravity, water floats in globules and adheres to any receptacle in which it is placed, posing the problem of moving the water through a coffee filter.

Also, in zero gravity, the application of heat causes water to evaporate instantly.

Franklin Chang, a former NASA astronaut, decided there must be a way to allow cosmic voyagers to enjoy a true cup of filtered coffee and took the challenge to the Technological Institute of Costa Rica.

Two students at the Institute's Electromechanical School, Daniel Rozen and Josue Solano, took on the challenge and came up with a design called the space infuser.

Mr Rozen said: "We turn on the switch. The machine will heat the water to 90 degrees centigrade, the ideal temperature for a cup of coffee.

"Once the water reaches that temperature, we direct the water which is found in the heating chamber towards where the container is found, resulting in a delicious cup of coffee."

McCain Uses Air Quotes To Mock Concerns For Mother's Health

The differences of opinion surrounding the issue of access to safe and legal abortion, and a woman's right to choose to have one, have long been a mainstay of political debate. But tonight, I believe, featured a historical moment in that debate, because until tonight, I had never seen the matter of a woman's health given AIR SCARE QUOTES. But that's precisely what John McCain did, sneeringly, as he attempted to portray support for a mother's health as an extreme position, when in fact, it is a mainstream position -- ground that even fervent pro-life individuals often concede.

Reached for comment, Megan Carpentier of womens' issues blog Jezebel had this to say:

It used to be that McCain was leading the charge to reform the Republican platform to include exceptions for the life and health of the mother to their anti-abortion plank. That tonight he declared his own position extreme -- let alone called a woman that chooses her own continued existence over the potential future life of a fetus "extreme" -- is a pretty significant and rather disgusting charge.

I concur, absolutely and without reservation.



Cecile Richards, the president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, weighs in:

"Tonight, John McCain showed he doesn't care about women's health when he described protecting "the health of the woman" as "extreme." John McCain doesn't seem to understand that women's health matters. He blatantly showed that he doesn't trust women to decide what is in the best interest of their own health. Barack Obama, on the other hand, stood up for women's health."

James Bond’s wrecked Aston Martin DBS bought for $350,000

by Vlad Balan

Aston Martin DBS James Bond Crash

Back in April, the £134,000 ($233,000) Aston Martin DBS used for filming the most recent James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, plunged into Lake Garda, in Italy, when Fraser Dunn, an Aston Martin technician who was driving the car to the set lost control, piled thorugh an iron railing and plunged into the lake. As you can see in the photos, the car was completely destroyed, but the driver got away with only minor injuries. Considering all that, you might say that this was a $233k hole in the movie’s budget. But, thanks to eccentric collectors, that wasn’t the case. Because last week Daniel Craig, the movie’s star, announced that a private collector paid £200,000 (approx. $350,000) for the wreck. So not only didn’t MGM lose any money on the car, but it also made a nice profit.

And here’s a video made right after the crash, which shows the car completely wrecked.

Source: WhatCar

Multi-finger MacBook trackpad gestures demonstrated on video

You've seen our hands-on first impressions, now check the video summary of the new multi-touch, glass trackpad featured on Apple's new MacBooks. It covers 2-, 3-, and 4- finger gestures in addition to the traditional 1 finger gesture some of you would like to direct towards Steve for all those glossy displays. See the demonstration after the break.

UberBong: A new high in cpu cooling

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Specs ::
Bong Pump - 1045 GPH Sen
CPU Pump - 800 GPH Mag
Waterblock - Spir@l
Bong Construction -
6" & 2" Diameter Acrylic Pipe, 6" X 4" SV-35 Sewer Double Wye, PVC fittings, 3/4" Nylon Hose, 10Qt Rez, 2 X 125.5CFM YS Tech Fans, Dramm 500 & 1000 Waterbreakers, 6" Sewer Grate Top, lots + LOTS of misc shit.

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Performance :: Keeps CPU @ ambient, water temperature 6°F below ambient, fans optional with such high water flow.
Smaller CPU pump + flow restriction valve on bong pump to aid in achieving maximum cooling.
Currently evaporative cooler actually lowers room temperature.

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Helix Wind Releases Nifty Performance Testing Video

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We’ve written about vertical axis wind turbine company Helix Wind before at Green Options. In addition to being quiet, solid, and easy to place in urban areas, the company’s turbine is also aesthetically attractive. And if pictures don’t convince you, maybe a video of the turbine in action will.

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Mini USB Batman spotlight

Call Batman to your rescue with this USB powered Batman Spotlight, just like the one in the film

batman Spotlight, make your own model from Junk project For both the most recent Batman films, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Batman's logo was redesigned. The new version looks completely different from the comic book original, but although the image might have changed, Commissioner Gordon still calls up Batman for a night's crime fighting by use of a spotlight shining the image of a bat up on to the clouds. Mind you, it does make you wonder how they call him on clear nights. Anyway, the time has come to make your own Bat Spotlight. This project starts with a cheap USB Laptop light. Making one from a USB laptop light is really easy and very cheap. USB PC lights cost as little as 50p ($1) and can be bought online from Amazon (see link) or many other retailers. The beauty of "hacking" a ready-made USB LED PC light is that the LED has the correct resistor for the 5V USB power supply and the plug that you need is included. Of course you can buy the LED, resistor, wire and USB plug separately and it's then a very simple job to wire them all up.
. . . A simple project like this is a perfect way to start beginners soldering and making electrical circuits, and you get to find out what the inside of a USB plug looks like. Obviously you must take care with soldering. Soldering irons get very hot and will give you a nasty burn if mishandled, so supervise children using soldering irons at all times and use your commonsense. batman Spotlight in the dark, make your own model from Junk project Turn off the soldering iron immediately after use and do not leave any trailing flex, which is easy to trip over. Lastly, part of this project requires Super Glue (cyanoacrylate), which should never be used by children. It is very easy to stick your fingers together, or worse, your eyes if you happen to scratch them with gluey fingers. The small part of this project that requires Super Glue should be carefully done by an adult.
. . . This is an amazing project. A simple beginning using the top of a shampoo bottle, turns into something that looks so cool in the day, but at night looks positively wicked. I used a translucent cap from a cheap supermarket, own label family sized bottle of shampoo, but any translucent round (barrel shaped) cap would do. It is best to use translucent plastic because the real spotlight has heat dissipation vents at the side and these let some light out, which gives the spotlight those characteristic glowing rings. For this model, so that the light coming out of the side of the spotlight isn't too bright, the spotlight is lined with some foil. However enough light creeps out to give a really good effect. When your light is finished you can shine it up onto the wall, and because the USB PC light came with a high brightness white LED, you get an absolutely fantastic effect, just light the real thing.

bat logo shadow on wall

As usual our instructions are of the highest quality, and as you'd expect from dadcando, beautifully illustrated, easy to follow and quick to download, and give you all the templates you need. They are available in both A4 and US Letter size. Just click on the one you want to download, and you'll be ready to start making. Don't forget to upload pictures of your finished Batman Spotlight.

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USB mini PC light
This is what I used for the Electronic parts. The very cheap mini USB LED light is just perfect as a starting point for making your USB Batman Spotlight. It has the LED you'll need (with correct resistor), a short length of wire and the USB plug, in fact everything that you will need to make the light work properly, I don't think that you can buy the individual components any cheaper.

why not upload a picture of your model to go here When you've made your Batman Spotlight, have used it to call the Caped Crusader and have finally given him the evening off, we'd love to see a picture of it, or the wicked shadow it casts. Now you can put your picture right here under the project. Go to your dadcando My Page and upload your pictures into this project and everyone will be able to see what you've made, right here.

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chris's Mini USB Batman spotlight
Posted by chris - Just like the real thing, only about 100 times smaller and 1000 times cuter, looks really nice sitting next to my computer.