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NYU professor to have camera surgically installed in back of his head

The tiny camera will take a photo every minute and transmit the images to monitors in a Qatar museum.

An anonymous eye watches through the lens of a camera.
Photo: Derek K. Miller/Flickr
Ever have someone ask what you did over the weekend, only to draw a blank? Next time that happens to NYU assistant professor and performance artist Wafaa Bilal, he’ll be able to check the footage from the camera attached to his head. Yes, you read that right: The Wall Street Journal reports that Bilal, who teaches in the photography and imaging department of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, plans to have a camera surgically implanted in the back of his head. The stunt, which has already sparked concerns about privacy, is part of a project being commissioned by a new Qatar museum.

Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art is set to open in Doha, Qatar, on Dec. 30, and aspires to “highlight and share contemporary art by Arabs and artists living in the Middle East.” The NYU professor's installation will be titled "The 3rd I."
According to Bilal’s NYU colleagues, the tiny camera will be secured to the artist’s head via a piercing-like attachment. Over the course of a year, photographs will be taken at one-minute intervals and fed directly to monitors in the museum. Assuming this occurs with some immediacy, much of the footage viewable during the museum’s open hours may be of Bilal sleeping. (Doha is eight hours ahead of New York City. If Bilal starts his day around 8 a.m., it will be 4 p.m. in Doha; likewise, if he sleeps for about eight hours each night, it will amount to something in the vicinity of 2,920 hours spent photographing his pillow.)
After a group of NYU faculty met to discuss the potential privacy infringement of his students, Bilal agreed to cover the camera with a black lens cap while on university property.
Despite the restrictions on campus and time spent sleeping, Bilal’s camera will capture thousands of hours worth of images that Mathaf museum curators hope will serve as "a comment on the inaccessibility of time, and the inability to capture memory and experience.”
As CNET’s Chris Matyszczyk drolly noted, “It is, indeed, difficult to capture a memory of something you never see because it's behind you.” Check out the rest of the CNET story to learn more about the professor's curious history and his penchant for raising eyebrows.

When Should You Talk To Your Kids About Star Wars?

It's never too soon to teach your kids about the power of The Force. Unless their heart is full of fear and anger. We don't need another Darth Vader. This is A public service announcement for fathers who are looking to introduce their children to Star Wars.

'Cowboys & Aliens' Trailer Hits

The panel for Cowboys & Aliens was one of the surprise hits and delights at Comic-Con. With much of the attention focused on movies such as Transformers 3, Thor and The Green Lantern, will the Jon Favreau-directed sci-fi Western do the same next summer?

Personal Wingman Service: A Million Dollar Idea?

By Leslie Minora

Now this guy can cover his tracks.

Jimmy H., a South Florida electrical engineer, developed Establishing Solutions to cover the asses of liars and cheaters with a paper trail and references to add credence to their sly-dog manipulations. His name is a pseudonym because he wants to protect his current career in case this fails.

New Times caught up with the "universal wingman" to learn more about his just-launched service. Like most small-business entrepreneurs, he hopes his business will end up being a million-dollar idea. They say everybody has one in a lifetime!

Establishing Solutions (with the tag line "We back you up!") offers these convenient "personal wing-man" services:

Pseudo Work History -- AKA embellished résumé and fake cover letter.
Pseudo Travel Agent -- Airline, hotel, and car rental confirmations that look like the real deal. "This package works well with swingers too!" the company's website boasts.
The "infinitely customizable" Pseudo Alibi Package -- Use your imagination, and Establishing Solutions will keep up with your every lie.
Pseudo Doctor's Office -- Is your boss wondering why a deep bronze tan is a side-effect of that 48-hour bout of food poisoning? Establishing Solutions will whip out its version of a physician's pad and get you out of jail free.
Pseudo Rescue Call -- Not like a 911 rescue call. This is just an "OMG, you need to leave that awful party because your third cousin from Arizona has fallen ill" call.
Pseudo Call In Sick
-- For those fake illnesses that are too severe for you to call your boss yourself... or for bad actors.
Date Getaway Call -- You get the idea.
Private Shopping -- No, not like a stylist. This service is for people who don't want certain purchases showing up on their own credit cards -- like those assless chaps you've been eying for that certain someone unbeknown to your wife.

Having just launched this month, Jimmy has had a few inquiries but only one client.

So, Jimmy, tell us about your first transaction.

Last night, I actually got my first piece of business on a fake doctor's note. [The person] had taken a week off to go to Key West, and they needed a note to go back to work. The situation was that the lady, she had previously had cancer, and she was just finding out that everything has cleared up this week, and she wanted to take a week off.

We kind of added that into the doctor's note saying that she was clear of all the cancer and tumors. Testing was the excuse.

The note read something like this: From this day to that day, this person was under my care -- basically stating the doctor... on hospital letterhead and everything. I'm not going to divulge [which hospital]. It was a real one.

What gave you the idea for Establishing Solutions?

One day, I was just thinking about fake job references -- for no reason. I don't need them. I don't think I would have ever used this service in this way. I didn't see many sites that sell [them] specifically and look very professional.

As for the cheating part, I don't really cheat on my significant other, and she's completely aware of my job and the business I'm starting.

Do you think this is a million-dollar idea?

Well, I'm hoping it's a million-dollar idea, but it might just be something to do on the side to get extra money. I can go either way with it. Hopefully it blows up... It's something I can definitely outsource once business starts kicking in... I plan on expanding and outsourcing the work.

So, you actually write résumés and cover letters?

I got two inquiries from that. I can get you an address; I can get you a phone number that they can use and write up the résumé for you and the cover letter.

Is this service illegal?

No, it's just creating the paperwork and everything. No, that's not illegal. I mean, if we were doing it to a government job or something, it would be illegal. If they were going to the millitary or something like that, I would not allow it.

You have a "Cheater's Blog" on your website. Tell me about that.

It's just a place people can add in their stories about how they've used our service or how they've cheated in life. It's just a couple of stories people can read into and maybe get ideas.

What feedback have you received?

I've got some friends who have told me, you know, that's ingenious. My girlfriend's brother... is a little bit more judgmental of it. He thinks it's kind of wrong.

Do you think there are moral issues with a business like this?

Morality is just basically -- it's different for every person. Some people will find it immoral; some won't. I don't find it completely immoral, but I'm just looking at the market of it.

Is there anything you want to add about your service?

Don't think too much into it. If you need it, use it. If you don't need it, don't use it, don't worry about it.

This is the link to the Establishing Solutions Twitter account with posts like, "Cheating is a right, not a privilege!"

The White Stripes, Shot on Tour for Ewen Spencer's Book 'Three's A Crowd'

Photos: The White Stripes, Shot on Tour for Ewen Spencer's Book 'Three's A Crowd' | Rolling Stone

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San Francisco Circumcision Ban Aims to Spice Up Your Sex Life


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Soon to be punishable under modern law?

Read full text of proposed circumcision ban at bottom of this article

If a San Francisco man named Lloyd Schofield gathers a shade over 7,000 signatures, San Franciscans will actually get the chance to vote on whether or not to ban the practice of circumcision.

Coming on the heels of this month's Happy Meal ban, it seems there's nothing this city can't prevent you from putting into or taking off of your body.

Our calls and e-mails to Schofield have not yet been returned. But, based on the material he submitted to the city attorney's office, the foreskin crusader is undertaking his quest to stamp out "genital mutilation" for a number of reasons. One of them is that he wants to spark up your sex life.

See Also: San Francisco Circumcision Ban Unconstitutional, Professor Says

"Genital mutilation constitutes a major yealth risk, violates, human rights and has lifelong physical and psychological effects," he writes in his Notice of Intent to Circulate Petition. "Complications due to male genital mutilation include hemorrhage, infection, excessive skin loss, skin bridges, nerve damage, glans deformation, bowing, meatal stenosis, loss of penis, and death. Long-term complications include sexual dysfunction, decreased sexual sensitivity, increased friction and pain during sexual intercourse, and lifelong psychological trauma." (our emphasis)

Schofield, it seems, is a proponent not only of banning circumcision but of foreskin restoration. Yes, foresin restoration -- a movement in which men undergo long, painful, and outlandish treatments to once again render their genitalia "intact."

Here's the man himself at the Folsom Street Fair expressing hope for "a flood of legislation protecting baby boys from forced genital mutilation."

Of course, if his proposed measure were to be voted into law -- and
survives inevitable lawsuits -- there'd be fewer severed foreskins to
restore. Per Schofield's legislation:



...It is unlawful to circumcise, excise, cut, or mutilate the whole or any part of the foreskin, testicles, or penis of another person who has not attained the age of 18 years.

Anyone violating this provision -- say, a mohel taking the law into his own hands -- will be guilty of a misdemeanor and "punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment int he County Jail for a period not to exceed one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment."

You can read the full text of the proposed circumcision ban here: Initiative 10-06 male circumcision-2.pdf

Expect to hear more about this down the road. This is just the tip ... of the iceberg.

New pictures show London is on track for 2012 Olympics

By Daily Mail Reporter

When Delhi hosted the Commonwealth Games in October, they cut preparations so fine that they were still laying turf in the athletics stadium hours before events were due to start.

Tied in with a bridge collapse and filthy conditions in the athletes’ village the games looked destined to be remembered more for events off the track rather than on it.

But, as these newly released aerial photos of the London 2012 site show, it appears there will be no such panic when the capital hosts the games.

Taking shape: The Olympic stadium, the centre-piece of the park, is nearing completion - with seats installed and the outline of the track clearly visible

Taking shape: The Olympic stadium, the centre-piece of the park, is nearing completion - with seats installed and the outline of the track clearly visible

Bird's eye view: The rest of the city stretches into the background as the stadium and aquatics centre dominate the Stratford skyline

Bird's eye view: The rest of the city stretches into the background as the stadium and aquatics centre dominate the Stratford skyline

Regeneration: The entire Olympic Park and beyond can be seen here, with the media and broadcast centre in the foreground and various venues nearing completion

Regeneration: The entire Olympic Park and beyond can be seen here, with the media and broadcast centre in the foreground and various venues nearing completion

Eighteen months before competiton gets underway, nearly 75 per cent of construction is now complete, with main venues due to be finished next year ahead of test events.

The pictures were released to tie in with another half-yearly inspection by the International Olympic Committee Co-ordination Commission for London.

Already, from the outside at least, buildings including the media centre, handball and basketball arenas are looking complete.

Distinctive: The iconic roof of the aquatics centre may appear complete, but the scaffolding suggests otherwise

Distinctive: The iconic roof of the aquatics centre may appear complete, but the scaffolding suggests otherwise

Speed freak: Great Britain will hope to build on its cycling success in the velodrome

Speed freak: Great Britain will hope to build on its cycling success in the velodrome

And the athletes’ village, the source of so many problems in Delhi, already appears to be catching up with the Indian capital as the high-rise blocks which will house an estimated 10,500 athletes take shape.

Inside the showpiece stadium in Stratford, east London, seats are already installed in some parts while the outline of the track and field can be seen clearly in the mud.

However the curtain wrap that was expected to encase the stadium will now no longer form part of the construction.

Elsewhere, the curved roofs of the velodrome and aquatics centre stand out on the skyline, although the scaffolding around the pool shows there is still work to be done.

Slam dunk: The basketball arena, with its squidgy looking exterior, already appears ready for players and officials

Slam dunk: The basketball arena, with its squidgy looking exterior, already appears ready for players and officials

Copper load of this: The roof of the handball arena has been made out of the metal

Copper load of this: The roof of the handball arena has been made out of the metal

Speaking about the project, Olympic Delivery Authority Chairman John Armitt said: 'This year is the toughest in terms of construction and we are at our busiest.

‘We will enter 2011 with the confidence that more than three quarters of the construction project is complete and that all milestones to date have been achieved.

‘We remain on schedule and within budget but are not complacent about the challenge that lies ahead.’

Despite their still being some way to go with construction on some parts of the Olympic Park, the latest A-Z of the capital has included the 500-acre site in its pages.

The new map of the east end site shows the aquatics centre, velodrome and main stadium as well as updated rail links at Stratford international.

Home to the athletes: Like a small town springing up, the competitors' village will house around 10,500 participants during the Games

Home to the athletes: Like a small town springing up, the competitors' village will house around 10,500 participants during the Games

And London 2012 chairman Lord Sebastian Coe said: ‘East London is being transformed. Its regeneration is creating a legacy of new communities, new housing, and state-of-the-art sporting facilities that will be used for many years to come.

‘Over the next year, we look forward to seeing the changing London skyline as the Park vision become a reality.’

On the map: The new edition of the London A-Z clearly shows the Olympic Park's 500-acre site

On the map: The new edition of the London A-Z clearly shows the Olympic Park's 500-acre site

The inspectors will be in the capital between Wednesday and Friday, and with the venues in good shape, are expected to concentrate on the huge amount of operational detail such as ticketing, transport, culture and volunteers as well as the test events.

They will also look for reassurances that the changes to the marathon route are now in place and that organisers are trying to patch up relations with East End councils.

The decision to move the end of the marathon from the Olympic Stadium to the Mall in central London was done with the blessing of the IOC, but Tower Hamlets council is seeking a judicial review of the decision to change the route which has led to their borough missing out.

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Do U.S. Airport Need Israelification Instead of Naked Body Scanners?

By: Cathal Kelly

While North America's airports groan under the weight of another sea-change in security protocols, one word keeps popping out of the mouths of experts: Israelification.

That is, how can we make our airports more like Israel's, which deal with far greater terror threat with far less inconvenience.

"It is mindboggling for us Israelis to look at what happens in North America, because we went through this 50 years ago," said Rafi Sela, the president of AR Challenges, a global transportation security consultancy. He's worked with the RCMP, the U.S. Navy Seals and airports around the world.

"Israelis, unlike Canadians and Americans, don't take s--- from anybody. When the security agency in Israel (the ISA) started to tighten security and we had to wait in line for — not for hours — but 30 or 40 minutes, all hell broke loose here. We said, 'We're not going to do this. You're going to find a way that will take care of security without touching the efficiency of the airport."

That, in a nutshell is "Israelification" - a system that protects life and limb without annoying you to death.

Fliers urged to opt out of airport security en masse

Despite facing dozens of potential threats each day, the security set-up at Israel's largest hub, Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport, has not been breached since 2002, when a passenger mistakenly carried a handgun onto a flight. How do they manage that?

"The first thing you do is to look at who is coming into your airport," said Sela.

The first layer of actual security that greets travellers at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport is a roadside check. All drivers are stopped and asked two questions: How are you? Where are you coming from?

"Two benign questions. The questions aren't important. The way people act when they answer them is," Sela said.

Officers are looking for nervousness or other signs of "distress" — behavioural profiling. Sela rejects the argument that profiling is discriminatory.

"The word 'profiling' is a political invention by people who don't want to do security," he said. "To us, it doesn't matter if he's black, white, young or old. It's just his behaviour. So what kind of privacy am I really stepping on when I'm doing this?"

Once you've parked your car or gotten off your bus, you pass through the second and third security perimeters.

Armed guards outside the terminal are trained to observe passengers as they move toward the doors, again looking for odd behaviour. At Ben Gurion's half-dozen entrances, another layer of security are watching. At this point, some travellers will be randomly taken aside, and their person and their luggage run through a magnometer.

"This is to see that you don't have heavy metals on you or something that looks suspicious," said Sela.

You are now in the terminal. As you approach your airline check-in desk, a trained interviewer takes your passport and ticket. They ask a series of questions: Who packed your luggage? Has it left your side?

"The whole time, they are looking into your eyes — which is very embarrassing. But this is one of the ways they figure out if you are suspicious or not. It takes 20, 25 seconds," said Sela.

Lines are staggered. People are not allowed to bunch up into inviting targets for a bomber who has gotten this far.

At the check-in desk, your luggage is scanned immediately in a purpose-built area. Sela plays devil's advocate — what if you have escaped the attention of the first four layers of security, and now try to pass a bag with a bomb in it?

"I once put this question to Jacques Duchesneau (the former head of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority): say there is a bag with play-doh in it and two pens stuck in the play-doh. That is 'Bombs 101' to a screener. I asked Ducheneau, 'What would you do?' And he said, 'Evacuate the terminal.' And I said, 'Oh. My. God.'

"Take Pearson. Do you know how many people are in the terminal at all times? Many thousands. Let's say I'm (doing an evacuation) without panic — which will never happen. But let's say this is the case. How long will it take? Nobody thought about it. I said, 'Two days.'"

A screener at Ben-Gurion has a pair of better options.

First, the screening area is surrounded by contoured, blast-proof glass that can contain the detonation of up to 100 kilos of plastic explosive. Only the few dozen people within the screening area need be removed, and only to a point a few metres away.

Second, all the screening areas contain 'bomb boxes'. If a screener spots a suspect bag, he/she is trained to pick it up and place it in the box, which is blast proof. A bomb squad arrives shortly and wheels the box away for further investigation.

"This is a very small simple example of how we can simply stop a problem that would cripple one of your airports," Sela said.

Five security layers down: you now finally arrive at the only one which Ben-Gurion Airport shares with Pearson — the body and hand-luggage check.

"But here it is done completely, absolutely 180 degrees differently than it is done in North America," Sela said.

"First, it's fast — there's almost no line. That's because they're not looking for liquids, they're not looking at your shoes. They're not looking for everything they look for in North America. They just look at you," said Sela. "Even today with the heightened security in North America, they will check your items to death. But they will never look at you, at how you behave. They will never look into your eyes ... and that's how you figure out the bad guys from the good guys."

That's the process — six layers, four hard, two soft. The goal at Ben-Gurion is to move fliers from the parking lot to the airport lounge in a maximum of 25 minutes.

This doesn't begin to cover the off-site security net that failed so spectacularly in targeting would-be Flight 253 bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab — intelligence. In Israel, Sela said, a coordinated intelligence gathering operation produces a constantly evolving series of threat analyses and vulnerability studies.

"There is absolutely no intelligence and threat analysis done in Canada or the United States," Sela said. "Absolutely none."

But even without the intelligence, Sela maintains, Abdulmutallab would not have gotten past Ben Gurion Airport's behavioural profilers.

So. Eight years after 9/11, why are we still so reactive, so un-Israelified?

Working hard to dampen his outrage, Sela first blames our leaders, and then ourselves.

"We have a saying in Hebrew that it's much easier to look for a lost key under the light, than to look for the key where you actually lost it, because it's dark over there. That's exactly how (North American airport security officials) act," Sela said. "You can easily do what we do. You don't have to replace anything. You have to add just a little bit — technology, training. But you have to completely change the way you go about doing airport security. And that is something that the bureaucrats have a problem with. They are very well enclosed in their own concept."

And rather than fear, he suggests that outrage would be a far more powerful spur to provoking that change.

"Do you know why Israelis are so calm? We have brutal terror attacks on our civilians and still, life in Israel is pretty good. The reason is that people trust their defence forces, their police, their response teams and the security agencies. They know they're doing a good job. You can't say the same thing about Americans and Canadians. They don't trust anybody," Sela said. "But they say, 'So far, so good'. Then if something happens, all hell breaks loose and you've spent eight hours in an airport. Which is ridiculous. Not justifiable

"But, what can you do? Americans and Canadians are nice people and they will do anything because they were told to do so and because they don't know any different."

Fliers urged to opt out of airport security en masse

Full-length Green Lantern Trailer


1st look at the full-length Green Lantern trailer

High-Mileage BMW Is A Treasure

Octogenarian Racks Up 400,000 Miles

Murray Fowler and his 1969 416,610 mile BMW 2800CS coupe

Murray Fowler and his 1969 416,610 mile BMW 2800CS coupe. (Craig Howie)

by: Craig Howie | AOL Autos

When Murray Fowler first ripped around Southern California in his 1969 BMW 2800CS coupe, there wasn’t a whole lot there.

He remembers weaving around orange groves and oil fields and “not a lot else” between the small town of Corona and the Pacific Ocean. If anyone asked where he got his rare car he’d tell them: “They’re hard to find. But soon, there’ll be a lot of BMWs here.”

Now 81, Fowler sticks to back roads rather than driving on crowded freeways, avoiding the ubiquitous high-end BMWs frequently favored by Orange County billionaires and Hollywood celebrities. He has also stuck with his “Blue Max,” the BMW coupe he bought 39 years ago with less than 40,000 miles on the clock.

Fowler’s car now has an incredible 416,610 miles. He believes it’s the most miles on any such car in the world.

Fowler says his achievement is the result of “defensive driving” and “a lifelong love of BMWs,” but one glance at the shiny coupe sitting in his Costa Mesa garage leads to a different conclusion. While Fowler hasn’t fully restored the car he bought in February 1972 -- “it’s never been off its wheels” -- his attention to detail in caring for his car over the years befits a former naval officer who once serviced aircraft and gunboats. Blue Max shimmers like a serviceman’s newly polished shoes under the Pacific coastal sun.

When we took it for a ride, I was blown away. Torquey at low revs with a lot of grunt off the line, it handled astonishingly well for a 40-year-old car when I pushed it along winding coastal roads. It’s a classic, low profile tourer, with a reasonably large back seat and a cabin that feels spacious as a result of its slim C-pillar and a whole lot of glass. Compared to new cars it almost feels like a convertible.

Fowler bought Blue Max locally from an army officer who'd picked it up from the Bavarian factory in September 1969 and had it shipped across. Fowler has owned more than 20 BMW coupes in his time, and currently owns another late-model BMW alongside his regular ride, a 5-Series. He says he once put more than 50,000 miles on a BMW M1.

Fowler has driven the 2800CS across the country many times, including a memorable road trip that took him north up the Pacific Coast Highway to Vancouver, Canada, then more than a thousand miles due east to the Dakotas and down through his native Midwest back to California. His favorite drives are with fellow BMW enthusiasts and members of SoCal’s numerous classic car clubs.

The coupe has been modified a good bit along the way: Fowler rebuilt its engine by sourcing core parts from Munich (with the help of racing luminary Hans Hermann) and adding a Weber 38 carburetor, a new cooling system for California’s climate, new AC, upgraded brakes, and a five-speed manual box. It sits on new wheels with newer bushings and Bilstein shocks. Fowler keeps meticulous, hand-written records of every bit of work done, and every service.

Outside, the car was repainted 19 years ago and has a new windshield but it boasts all original chrome work that’s in impeccable shape. Inside it’s original apart from the seat fronts, steering wheel and shifter, which Fowler had custom fashioned by a wood-carver buddy. The odometer, turned over four times, reads 16,610. Not bad for number 16 of some 3,100 coupes released for the American market.

Fowler has come a long way literally and figuratively since his Missouri upbringing, serving in the Navy’s Pacific fleet, working for Chrysler in Detroit after a stint in New York, and then settling in Southern California four decades ago. An adventurer in more ways than one, and a great character, he says in the 1980s he “lost a home, a garage full of toys and a wife; the only thing of a tangible nature I've managed to hold onto is Blue Max."

Now he occasionally commutes into Los Angeles from Costa Mesa or runs the car around glitzy Newport Beach -- drawing stares reserved for all but the most unusual rides. Fowler says he has only broken down once or twice and has never been in a accident.

His first car was a 1953 Ford two-door V8, followed by several Chryslers (when he worked in Detroit) and then a Porsche 912. But after buying his beloved Blue Max, Fowler has never looked back.

“My earliest impression was that it felt as if it were carved out of one piece. It’s a driving impression I’ve gotten from every quality BMW I’ve driven. They communicate to the driver what’s happening and provide input, and it does just what you want it to do.”

Dude Perfect’s New Upper Deck Shot at Cowboys Stadium

By: Allen Moll

The man, the myth, the legend known as the self proclaimed “King of the Trick Shot” Dude Perfect has been on our radar at for some time now as he continually keeps amazing us with his innate trick shot abilities with a basketball.

Even back when we first showed you his ‘09 Summer Camp Edition two Summers ago, we knew this guy had potential as a legendary trick shot artist.

Over the past few years Dude has been adding to his legacy by nailing many improbable long distance shots like these tosses earlier this year when he sinks shots from a moving plane, through a giant donut, and off of a high story building.

With so many competitors now on the horizon like David Kalb and that guy sank a hole-in-one with a basketball, all eying the crown as the World’s Greatest Trick Shot Artist, Dude is going back to his roots by attempting to one-up the shot that originally went viral and made him an internet star….nailing a shot from the 3rd deck at Texas A&M’s football field.

Of course, if you want to go one better than that, one must go to the NFL’s largest outdoor venue: Cowboys Stadium.

Check out Dude Perfect nailing the new World’s Longest Basketball Shot at Cowboys Stadium:

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Shaq Visits Bar from “Cheers” and Sings

By: Dr. J-Water

We’ve got to give a big shout out to Jimmy Traina at Sports Ilustrated’s Extra Mustard Hot Clicks for posting this great video of the Big Diesel making a visit to the “Cheers” bar in Boston. Shaq even made a point of attempting to sing the theme song to the TV Show ‘Cheers’, although it seems he didn’t know the lyrics as well as he thought he did…

Shaq has been making all sorts of hilarious appearances lately at the sights in Boston. First it was crashing a wedding at the Four Seasons, then it was playing statue at Harvard, then he dressed up with his teammates for Halloween, now Cheers….

11 of the Weirdest Christmas Images From My New Book

By: Tim Burton


Some people want to know why I've got a whole chapter of holiday drawings and paintings in my art book (for what it's worth: "The Art of Tim Burton"). I've always loved the holidays. Maybe it has something to do with growing up in a California suburb, where the only way to tell the passing of seasons was when people broke out the holiday decorations. Christmas has always been one of my favorites. I love the gaudy decorations people strew everywhere and the idea of snow before I ever got to experience it. My other favorite is Halloween, and the combination of the two was where the inspiration for "The Nightmare Before Christmas" came from. Of course anything that I felt a kinship towards came out in my artwork. Here is a sampling of a few of my favorite Christmas pieces that appear in the book.

The Art of Tim Burton

What Can $250K Buy in Real Estate Around the World?

Written by Candice Walsh

With the economy supposedly getting better and house prices starting to level out, what will $250K get you these days?

The global economy is slowly (but surely!) rebuilding itself. In my part of the world (Newfoundland), $250K will buy a one-room shanty on the outskirts of town… and that’s a bargain. If you’re considering becoming a homeowner, why not turn your sights abroad? Here’s where you can get the most bang for your buck.

Fernhill, New Zealand

USD Price: $250,000 (approx.)
Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2

New Zealand home $250k

1. This place is large and modern and has a balcony with epic views of the lake. It’s the kind of home I’ll swap my dingy townhouse rental for in a few years, when I want to start having babies and settling down. We’ll probably have a golden retriever named Jasper.

Diani Beach, Kenya

USD Price: $250,000 (approx.)
Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5

Kenya home $250k

2. This property is a villa near the coast, part of a group of eight set among tropical gardens with over 200 different types of plant. There’s a huge pool with an underwater sound system (underwater aerobics, anyone?), massage jets, waterfall and waterslide. It’s pretty much a water-world dreamland.

Thasos, Greece

USD Price: $250,000
Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2

Greece home $250k

3. This residence has a fireplace and air-conditioning, a private garden, and an outdoor deck to die for. I can totally see myself curled up there with a bottle of bourbon and a good book. It’s also part of a complex, so you get all the sweet extras like a tennis court and pool. Oh, did I mention it’s in an olive grove?

San Ignacio, Belize

USD Price: $250,000
Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3

Brazil home $250k

4.This property is actually TWO buildings: a main two-storey house, and a smaller, one-storey building suitable for rentals or office space. The main house comes with air conditioning, a balcony, and a landscaped garden with one hell of a swimming pool. There’s also a two-car carport with remote control gate.

Atenas, Costa Rica

USD Price: $230,000
Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2

Costa Rica home $250k

5. This house is brand new and comes with a large garden, a pool, and mad views out over the valley.

San Pedro, Philippines

USD Price: $164,000 (approx.)
Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3

Philippines home $250k

6. This home is in a gated community which includes swimming pool, club/party house, hedge gardens, and manicured lawns. It’s also been renovated twice!

Pattaya, Thailand

USD Price: $222,700
Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 2

Thailand home $250k

7. This furnished top-floor condo already comes with all the appliances, and includes high speed Internet and a large balcony. The building has a laundry room, pool, gym/spa, 24 hour security and car parking, and a great view of the ocean. All you have to do is move in!

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

USD Price: $250,000
Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 4

Brazil home $250k

8. Villa near Rio with view of the ocean. Has a pool and sauna, and a separate caretaker house complete with resident caretaker – leaving you free to concentrate on the sunsets!

Naxxar, Malta

USD Price: $242,500 (approx.)
Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1

Malta home $250k

9. Built in the 1700s, this two-storey home has a roof top terrace for you to catch some rays, and a very open living area. Sadly, Hobbits not included.

Davutlar, near Kusadasi, Turkey

USD Price: $169,400 (approx.)
Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2

Turkey home $250k

10.This villa is part of a village complex, not far from somewhere called Paradise Beach, and with a view of the Dilek Mountains. It’s decked with marble, has an open fireplace for the winter, and a rooftop balcony with barbecue for the (long) summer.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

USD Price: $250,000
Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2

Mexico home $250k

11. Newly built condo in the center of Puerto Vallarta with private balcony, and pool.

Truckee, California, USA

USD Price: $249,000 (approx.)
Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4.5

California home $250k

12. This is actually a “shared ownership” deal, but it’s a steal. Surrounded by woods, you get access to a pool, tennis courts, golf courses, downhill skiing, and a gym.

Cairo, Egypt

USD Price: $217,000 (approx.)
Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3

Egypt home $250k

13. Whoever decorated this apartment has got some mad skills. By far my favourite piece of property on the list, how could I possibly get bored in a “Four Seasons” themed apartment? Details are sparse, but I don’t care. There’s a freaking purple couch.


Which of these would you most like to buy? Know of any good real estate deals in your part of the world? Share your comments below.

And if you are looking for more inspiration, check out our article on What Can $150K Buy in Real Estate Around the World?