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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bears Playing Hockey

As creepy and disconcerting as it sounds:

And yes folks, it's real:

Last fall the bloggers seemed wary that the videos were a CGI trick, but they’re not. Hockey-playing bears are actually something of a tradition in Russia. Terry Jones wrote in The Edmonton Sun in December 1998 of the Moscow Circus on Ice’s tour of Canada, and how three Russian Oilers — Mikhail Shtalenkov, Andrei Kovalenko and Boris Mironov — went to a small rink in Clive, Alta., for a photo op with the bears...

But questions of animal cruelty aside. Are you disturbed by how eerily close bear-hockey is to real hockey? Does seeing something like that make you wonder just how different we humans are from the animals over whom we supposedly have dominion?


New Elevators Installed In Japan Can Take 80 People Sky-High


New Elevators Installed In Japan Can Take 80  People Sky-High

It could be the world's largest elevator. Measuring about the size of my living room, an office in Osaka, Japan, has installed five of Mitsubishi Electric's largest elevators—capable of squeezing in 80 people each.

It measures 3.4m wide, 2.8m long and 2.6m high, and can take 5,250kg of weight—an average of 65kgs per person. If all five elevators were in operation at once, with full capacity, they could carry 400 people up the 41 floors of the Umeda Hankyu Building.

I don't wish to be gruesome, but I sure do hope Mitsubishi has adequately secured the suspension of those lifts. [Mitsubishi via Gizmag]

Marijuana Farmer's Markets Proposed In California

By Steve Elliott

A California medical marijuana dispensary operator has presented his idea to start "patient-to-patient cannabis farmer's markets" in Sacramento and surrounding counties.

Joseph Funes, president of North Country Comfort Club in North Highlands, said the farmer's market model will help to keep money in the community by employing only local growers, reports Erin Tracy of the Woodland Daily Democrat.

An alliance with the county could result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales tax revenue, Funes told the Yolo County Board of Supervisors in the public comment portion of last Tuesday's board meeting.

Photo: North Country Comfort Club

The sale and distribution of medical marijuana in unincorporated areas of Yolo County is an issue that has never been formally addressed by the Board of Supervisors, but the idea is gaining popularity, according to Yolo County Council Robyn Drivon.

"We are rural; the trendy stuff that hits San Francisco and L.A. will eventually trickle to Yolo County; it's just a matter of time," Drivon said.

Yolo County still has not taken an official stance on the issue.

Public interest spurs policy-making, according to Drivon, and if the issue persists in Yolo County, the board will likely vote on whether or not to move forward with drafting a medical marijuana ordinance.

Just a year ago, talk of medical marijuana for the rural county was virtually nonexistent, according to County Public Information Officer Bath Gabor, who said she now fields a few phone calls on the subject every month.

All four city councils for the incorporated areas of Yolo County have either voted for a complete ban on marijuana dispensaries, or instituted a moratorium.

Davis was the first city in Yolo County to ban dispensaries, back in 2005. After a moratorium of more than a year in Woodland, the city council decided to ban the retail sale of medical marijuana.

Winters and West Sacramento have "temporary" moratoriums in place. Winters will probably institute a ban when its moratorium expires in September, according to the Daily Democrat, but West Sacramento "came very close" to allowing the county's first dispensary.

City staff at West Sacramento prepared a draft ordinance with "stringent regulations" which were opposed by medical marijuana advocates and lawyers. The proposed ordinance capped the number of dispensaries at two, and limited clientele to city and county residents.

The ordinance would also have required medical marijuana patients to obtain state I.D. cards, the first such mandate in the state, according to West Sacramento City Planner Steve Rikala.

The cards, established under Senate Bill 420 in 2003, are administered by county health departments, and are intended to assist law enforcement in identifying legal medical marijuana patients and caregivers.

Advocates argued that making the voluntary cards mandatory would be unconstitutional.

While the Health Department gets about 15 calls a week for marijuana I.D. card applications, there are only 12 active cards in the entire county, according to Deputy Director of Public Health Cheryl Boney.

The council ended up voting down the medical marijuana ordinance and extended the dispensary moratorium to February 2011, avoiding threatened litigation.

Funes's current dispensary serves about 500 patients. He said his goal is to expand operations to bordering counties like Yolo and accommodate at least 5,000 patients.

Funes said he gives away free marijuana to patients who can't afford it, and he worries that he will not be able to operate at this pace in the future without some sort of agreement with the counties.

"We are growing a lot of new members and they want the club here... Just give me the OK and I will do the rest," Funes said.

The California Board of Equalization estimates that medical marijuana dispensaries already generate between $58 million and $105 million in sales tax each year.

Top 20 Awesome Fictional Cars


The Mystery Machine
Scooby Doo

This car didn’t really do much but check out the paint job. Can’t top that!


The A-Team van
The A-Team

It’s the preferred vehicles for solders of fortune!



This care isn’t really cool, it’s haunted, but that’s kinda cool so let’s give it a spot.


Austin Powers

Yeah baby!


Munster’s car
The Munsters

Now you decide – is the Munster’s one better than the Addams family’s?


Addams Family car
The Addams Family


The Gadgetmobile
Inspector Gadget

Go go gadget car!


The Blues Brothers



I like it because of the alarm sound it makes.


The Flintstone’s Car
The Flintstones

For the time, this was an amazing vehicle. Sure, you had to use your feet to use it, but back then, people had stronger leg muscles. And check out the real version:


Shag’n Wag’n
Dumb & Dumber

This van can’t do anything special, but it’s made up like a dog, which is perhaps the most creative thing anyone has done to any of these vehicles. Sure, the van in Scooby Doo has a cool paint job, but this… well this is a dog.



Though it’s only a Volkswagon Beatle, he has a mind of his own and is capable of driving himself.


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

I mean, look at it. Imagine going to prom in this thing.


The General Lee
The Dukes of Hazzard

Because this car can withstand backwoods jumps and routinely outrace cops, it gets a spot on this list. Only if my ‘97 Mercury Mystique could do that.


The Homer
The Simpsons

Homer has never worked so hard making anything, and he had all the resources to do it. Sure, it bankrupted his brother’s company, but that’s gotta be one amazing car.


Lightning McQueen

I nearly forgot this one and all the kids who read Gunaxin would’ve called me retarded for the oversight.


James Bond’s Aston Martin
James Bond

Just about any one of the Bond cars could’ve made this list but the Aston Martin will represent them all.


Knight Rider

A talking car in an 80s TV series? This is Gunaxin, of course it’s going to be on this list!



There are many variations of the Batmobile, so pick your favorite.


Back to the Future

Despite it’s frequent technical difficulties throughout the film, and its need for 1.21 gigawatts of electricity, this bad boy can time travel, which is far more than any of the other vehicles can do, which is why it’s no. 1 on this list.

Hands-on with Asus' Eee Tablet eReader/Writer with Integrated Digicam

by Mathew Miranda

Without a doubt, mobile computing is making its mark over at Computex 2010. After announcing their Eee Pad tablet PC, Asus gave us a closer look at their slick looking e-Reader/e-Writer creation designed for students and mobile business professionals. The little slate's features include a 10 hour battery life, 2450 dpi touch resolution screen, pen writing and input controls, a fast screen refresh response time, 2MP camera, USB port, and a MicroSD slot. With a $199 asking price and a September release date, we came away impressed with the new gadget form Asus, but don't just take our word for it. Hit the our hands on video here to see for yourself...

We're rather curious to see how this new device will impact the eReader market, along with Asus' strong partnerships with Amazon. Kindle books on the way perhaps? You can read between the lines there a bit for sure. We haven't gotten anything but a few hints on that front but if we were the betting type, we'd say keep your eye on how Asus will handle content distribution on this one.