Fox has released the trailer for the upcoming Family Guy Return of The Jedi Spoof, It’s a Trap, and it is by far one of the funniest things you’ll see until the special is released. Highlights include Meg as the Sarlaac, the dead Ewok, and try not to lose it too hard with the Special Edition joke. Check it out below.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Wow! This is impressive. Although it is probably one of the few times that being so successful will actually cause someone so much pain. After all, had he not been good enough to make it all the way down that tremendously long railing, he never would have had to deal with that "Do Not Enter" sign at the end of it. But I guess sometimes such sacrifices must be made in order to achieve greatness.
by Lloyd AlterFrom: http://www.treehugger.com/
95% of roofs in America are asphalt shingles that are cheap, fossil fuel based, heat absorbing and don't last very long; then they are hard to get rid of. They have been called "a disposable roofing system that is difficult to dispose of." But did we say they were cheap? Dow Chemical decided if you can't beat'em, join'em and has developed the Powerhouse solar shingle, which John showed us last year. It just got UL approval and can now prepare to go to market in early 2011.
But is this a good idea?
One has to admire the way they have figured this out; roofers are often not the sharpest knives in the drawer and they have spelled it out clearly, not only putting in nail holes, but clearly saying "nail here". The connection from one shingle to the other is similar to a USB plug and lines the shingles up nicely. Then the connection is covered up by the next row.
There are endpieces to finish it off nicely. Dow says in their press release:
Breaking the traditional barriers to residential solar adoption - complexity, affordability and aesthetics - this technology offers the missing link needed by the energy industry to drive solar adoption across the U.S., and will bring the possibility of safe and reliable solar power to American households.
Asphalt shingles are rated by supposed years of life, in 25 and 35 year grades. They are, hands down, the cheapest roofing in existence. But those lifespans are under perfect conditions; a south facing roof will start deteriorating, drying out, curling and breaking up from the day it is installed. You don't buy an asphalt roof, you rent it. Along with vinyl siding and PVC windows, it is one of the reasons that American housing is so cheap and so shoddy. And according to Energy Secretary Chu, we are supposed to be installing white roofs, not black.
So is it a good thing to integrate an expensive solar system into such a cheap roof? Or should it be independent, so that the roof can be replaced without affecting the solar collectors? How does the heat generated by being part of a black roof on top of a hot attic affect the performance and lifespan of the solar panel?
And while those connections are simple and straightforward, in this installation I count 182 of them, all permanently inaccessible after the roof was installed. They will be baked and frozen, wet and dry. Finally, I have to note that solar photovoltaics are supposed to be installed at latitude-appropriate angles, facing due south. How much efficiency is lost by putting them on a roof that is only vaguely close to either?
Philip Proefrock described Tedd Benson's open building system:
"The principle is to maintain a separation between the different aspects of the building in order to be able to make repairs and do upgrades with a minimum of interference with other elements of the building.....Much in the same way that we need to conserve resources for the use of future generations, the buildings we build today will also be used and re-used well into the future, and a longer-term approach to building is another part of building green."
The Powerhouse solar power system appears to be the antithesis of this. It is a cleverly designed system; it will be cheaper and almost foolproof to install. But that doesn't necessarily make it the right thing to do.
More at PowerHouse by Dow
As the world awaits his first posthumous record, the Michael Jackson vault has again been opened, this time to unveil a previously unreleased music video for the Jackson and R. Kelly-penned song “One More Chance”, off his 2003 compilation, Number Ones. According to the singer’s official website, the clip was filmed in Las Vegas and all of the footage was approved by Jackson prior to his death. So, this time we know for sure it’s him. Probably. Maybe. No, it’s him.
Michael, the aforementioned posthumous record, arrives December 14th via Epic Records.
You’ve probably all seenASCII font art before, but this is something else entirely. It’s Star Wars characters drawn with only characters from your keyboard.
They were made by an Italian ad firm, though I’m not quite sure what exactly they’re selling. Just how awesome and creative they are?
A Stormtrooper and Yoda are below, and it really is impressive how good these look considering how they’re assembled. I wish there were a few more in the series, but maybe if they catch on the agency will do another run.
Here is a perimeter marble run around my sons room. The track runs around the entire room near the ceiling. The supports are walnut and a majority of the tracks and other parts are birch. Gear motors are run by "AA" battery packs. The marbles are 1 inch diameter.
Go to the following link for more information on the building of this track:
www instructables com/id/Kinetic-Marble-Track-Around-The-
Apple announced on Monday that the Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) feature -- which helps locate a missing device by way of an online map -- will be free to use without a MobileMe subscription. The service is limited to the latest-generation devices (iPhone 4, iPad or fourth-generation iPod touch) running iOS 4.2, the newest version of Apple's mobile operating system, also released Monday.
Previously, the feature was available only to iOS users with a MobileMe subscription for $99 per year. It also required the download of the Find My iPhone app, free in the App Store.
To access the service, users must go to settings after installing the iOS 4.2 update and add a new MobileMe account through "Mail, Contacts and Calendars." A prompt will ask for a user's MobileMe ID, but entering your Apple ID and password, which is also used in the iTunes store, will open access to the Find My iPhone feature.
Once enabled, users will be able to locate their Apple gadget on a map online (as well as command it to display a message or make a sound); owners can also lock or wipe data from a lost device either through the app from Apple or online.
Other new features from the iOS 4.2 include multitasking, folders and a unified in-box for the iPad, and AirPrint wireless printing and AirPlay for audio and video streaming for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
A firm, confident handshake can make a great first impression. On the other hand (pun intended), a limp, "dead fish" can brand you a loser from the get-go. How to shake hands like a career politician.
1. Two pumps -- that's it! Fitzpatrick says you should always be ready to initiate or receive a handshake. Squarely facing the other person, you extend your hand with thumb up and fingers out, until you're web to web, then it's two smooth pumps (the American custom, she says), with the shake coming from the elbow. While you're shaking, you should say, "Pleasure to meet you, Mr. Smith," or something along those lines, Fitzpatrick advises. And if you're at an event with name tags, your name tag should be worn on your right so the person can read your name as he or she is shaking your hand. Just hope they do the same.
2. A handshake reflects your personality. Different handshakes convey different traits. You only have a few seconds to "explain" yourself in a handshake, and choosing the wrong one can definitely leave a bad impression. Some of the more common ones include:
· The Winner. A firm handshake, as discussed above..
· The Dead Fish. "The worst handshake in the world," says Patricia Rossi, author of Everyday Etiquette Made Easy. You know which one that is -- the loose, floppy handshake. Rossi says this handshake tells someone you're not fully committed, and it also makes you seem weak and subservient, even though there are times when very powerful people give that handshake.
· The Politician. When you shake with the right hand and cover the shaking hands with your left hand -- it's too personal and too early in the relationship to make that sort of gesture, says Matthew Rothenberg, co-author of You're Better Than Your Job Search. Rossi agrees, noting, "It's like kissing on a first date."
· The Wrestler. That's the vigorous shake that almost rips the arm out of the socket -- and conveys that you're eager, pushy and tend to jump the gun, according to Rossi. Not someone you'd want to do business with, huh?
· The Queen (or "The Fingertip"). Extending just the fingertips conveys to another person, "I'm better than you, and I don't know if I even want to touch you," Rossi says. However, this handshake is OK if you're shaking an elderly, arthritic person's hand.
3. Keep it clean. Try to avoid large rings on your right hand that could make handshaking awkward, and don't wear a fragrance on your hands, Fitzpatrick says. If you tend to have sweaty hands, Rothenberg says you should wipe them on your pants before shaking. And if the hand you just shook was clammy, wait until there is a moment to wipe your hand discreetly, so as to not offend the perpetrator.
4. Demeanor matters. There is much more to a handshake than the tight grip and two pumps -- you also have to consider eye contact, posture and body language. When you first meet someone, Fitzpatrick says, 55 percent of the first impression is your appearance, your posture, whether you maintain eye contact, how you dress and how you shake hands. After that, 38 percent is how your voice sounds, and only 7 percent is what you actually say. "If you can't make a good impression with 93 percent, then it doesn't even matter what you say," she points out. "People don't care."
5. The wrong shake could cost you. "Eighty-five percent of success in getting, keeping and advancing in a job is social skills," Fitzpatrick says. So you better know how to interact with people. That includes writing a thank-you note after a meeting with a new or potential client. And when you're meeting a client, remember that "a good handshake and eye contact inspire confidence," says Jill Peters, human resources manager at Meredith. After all, who wants to work with someone who doesn't exude confidence in themselves and their work?
George Bush was asked by Larry King what he thinks of the Tea Party. The former President answered, “I don’t know what it really is Larry.” “I’m confused by it frankly.” King asks Barbara Bush how she feels about Sarah Palin.
Like me, she wants her to stay in Alaska. No, really.
You just know that’s what they’re all thinking, really. This should confuse the hell out of Sarah Palin’s apologists.