Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Britney Spears: an "over the hill Lolita"
|LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Britney Spears on Tuesday topped an annual Hollywood worst-dressed list compiled by a fashion designer who called her an "over-the-hill Lolita." Mr. Blackwell's list, which also slammed starlets Mary-Kate Olsen, Jessica Simpson, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, summed up 2005 as a particularly bad year for "couture chaos, wardrobe wrecks and stylistic sleaze."|
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Greek Superstar Prog Masters
|I didn't realize until recently how amazing some of the progressive Greek DJs are! With the likes of:|
and a few others
Check 'em out if you haven't. Impressive!....but still not quite like the Dutch :)
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Ιάπωνας αποστηθίζει τα 83.000 πρώτα ψηφία του π
|59χρονος Ιάπωνας κατέρριψε το παγκόσμιο ρεκόρ αποστήθισης των ψηφίων της μαθηματικής σταθεράς π, απαριθμώντας από μνήμης τα πρώτα 83.431 δεκαδικά ψηφία.|
Ο Ακίρα Χαραγκούτσι, σύμβουλος ψυχικής υγείας, κατέρριψε την Κυριακή το σημερινό επίσημο ρεκόρ Guinnes, το οποίο κατέχει από το 1995 ένας άλλος Ιάπωνας, ο οποίος απομνημόνευσε τα πρώτα 42.195 ψηφία. Πάντως το προσωπικό ρεκόρ του Χαραγκούτσι είναι ακόμα μεγαλύτερο (54.000 ψηφία πέρυσι το Σεπτέμβριο- αλλά δεν έχει έπιβεβαιωθεί ακόμα από το Βιβλίο των Ρεκόρ Guinness.
Ο Χαραγκούτσι ξεκίνησε την προσπάθειά του την Παρασκευή στην πόλη Σίμπα, ανατολικά του Τόκιο, αλλά τρεις ώρες αργότερα σταμάτησε και ξανάρχισε από την αρχή. Έσπασε το προσωπικό του ρεκόρ το απόγευμα της ίδιας ημέρας και συνέχισε να λέει νούμερα τα ξημερώματα της Κυριακής.
Μέχρι σήμερα, η τιμή του π έχει υπολογιστεί με τη βοήθεια υπερυπολογιστή στα πρώτα 1,24 τρισεκατομμύρια ψηφία.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Habermas on the EU Constitution
On May 29, the French will vote for the EU constitution. A "non" vote in one of the most pro-Union countries will probably spell the end for this particular draft, if not delay further the process of European intergration for many years to come. At the moment polls suggest a small lead for those opposed to the constitution, including an unholy alliance of Right and Left wing groups.
In a recent article, the German philosopher Jürgen Habermas has urged the European Left to vote "yes" for a European constitution. His point is a simple one - the only way to protect the "European social model" against the excesses of neo-liberal economic reform is through the political will of united Europe, one strong enough to resist the globalisation agenda which is being dictated by the U.S. As we know, the individual nation-state is powerless to counter the pressures of global market forces in this respect. But on a European scale the Left will have the opportunity to push for their own economic agenda in favor of proper regulations.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Critic takes on logic of female orgasm
New York Times News Service
Evolutionary scientists have never had difficulty explaining the male orgasm, closely tied as it is to reproduction.
But the Darwinian logic behind the female orgasm has remained elusive. Women can have sexual intercourse and even become pregnant - doing their part for the perpetuation of the species - without experiencing orgasm. So what is its evolutionary purpose?
Over the last four decades, scientists have come up with a variety of theories, arguing, for example, that orgasm encourages women to have sex and, therefore, reproduce, or that it leads women to favor stronger and healthier men, maximizing their offspring's chances of survival.
But in a new book, Dr. Elisabeth A. Lloyd, a philosopher of science and professor of biology at Indiana University, takes on 20 leading theories and finds them wanting.
The female orgasm, she said, "is for fun."
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Σεμνά και Ταπεινά (σα τη κοιμωμένη του Χαλεπά)
Από το σημερινό ΕΘΝΟΣ (3η Σελίδα)
Οπως είπε και ένας από τους "εγκλωβισμένους" του Πολυτεχνείου: "Ευτυχώς, η κυβέρνηση δεν μπορούσε να κάνει πολλά πράγματα, και έτσι βγήκαμε ζωντανοί..."
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Croatian's gymnastics career a bust
In a commendable example of original reporting and service journalism, today Sports by Brooks tells its readers the very sad story of former Croatian National Rhythmic Gymnastics Champion Stefany Hohnjec.
At the tender age of 18, Stefany finds herself no longer able to compete in gymnastics because of a tragic glandular problem that has caused her to gain nearly twenty-five pounds - almost entirely in her breasts. In clinical terms, her boobs freaking exploded.
Just a few years ago Miss Hohnjec was a (flat as a) board member of the Eastern European Regional Itty Bitty Titty Committee, as well as a world class gymnast. But today, sadly, she is neither. Hohnjec has been forced into retirement by the oppressive weight of her newly gigantic gazongas, each of which has grown larger and heavier than her head. Hohnjec’s entire center of gravity has been thrown off, and since rhythmic gymnastics does not add points for mammary undulation, jiggling, gainaxing, or general bodaciousness, she’s out. At the age of 18, her gymnastics career is over.
Monday, April 18, 2005
Decoded at last: the 'classical holy grail' that may rewrite the history of the world
Scientists begin to unlock the secrets of papyrus scraps bearing long-lost words by the literary giants of Greece and Rome
By David Keys and Nicholas Pyk
For more than a century, it has caused excitement and frustration in equal measure - a collection of Greek and Roman writings so vast it could redraw the map of classical civilisation. If only it was legible.
Now, in a breakthrough described as the classical equivalent of finding the holy grail, Oxford University scientists have employed infra-red technology to open up the hoard, known as the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, and with it the prospect that hundreds of lost Greek comedies, tragedies and epic poems will soon be revealed.
In the past four days alone, Oxford's classicists have used it to make a series of astonishing discoveries, including writing by Sophocles, Euripides, Hesiod and other literary giants of the ancient world, lost for millennia. They even believe they are likely to find lost Christian gospels, the originals of which were written around the time of the earliest books of the New Testament.
Ann Coulter on Time's cover
WND columnist subject of 6,000-word story, strange photo
The new issue of Time magazine hitting the streets today boasts a cover story on conservative flamethrowing WND columnist and author Ann Coulter – and a cover photo some fans are calling "bizarre."
Coulter told Matt Drudge last night Time used a more flattering photo of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il.
While the story itself, written by Time's John Cloud, is generally quite favorable, Coulter and her fans are focused on the strange cover photo that seems to distort the image of the tall, thin, blond pundit.
Coulter is compared with other conservatives on the scene – from Rush Limbaugh to Sean Hannity to George Will and Thomas Sowell.
"But no one on the right is so iconic, such a totem of this particular moment," writes Cloud. "Coulter epitomizes the way politics is now discussed on the airwaves, where opinions must come violently fast and cause as much friction as possible. No one, right or left, delivers the required apothegmatic commentary on the world with as much glee or effectiveness as Coulter. It is almost impossible to watch her and not be sluiced into rage or elation, depending on your views. As a congressional staff member 10 years ago, Coulter used to help write the nation's laws. Now she is far more powerful: she helps set the nation's tone."
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Save Jordan's giant jugs
TODAY The Sun launches a campaign to save two of Britain’s most outstanding monuments — Jordan’s boobs.
Yesterday the model revealed she wants to have surgery to reduce the much-loved landmarks. It left many upset the national treasures will be lost for ever. Often open to the public, the silicon edifices have become one of Britain’s biggest attractions. But Jordan — who boosted her original 32B assets to 32FF — now says they are "a little big."
Last night the National Trust reluctantly insisted they would be unable to step in to preserve the massive monuments. Spokesman Julian Lloyd said: "Our remit is to preserve places of outstanding natural beauty – so we will have to pass on this." Now it’s up to readers to Save Jordan’s Giant Jugs – so e-mail your support today.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Sideways' side effects
|"If anyone orders merlot, I'm leaving. I am not drinking any fuckin' merlot."|
About halfway through the wine-loving buddy movie "Sideways," the film's main character shows shocking disdain for merlot, America's most popular varietal of red wine. It was a throwaway line that the movie's writers didn't think would generate much reaction from audiences, but now merlot, a drinkable and uncomplicated Everyman's red, is fighting to be cool again. Its sales growth sputtered a bit when the movie came out and it's been the butt of jokes among the wine-savvy.
On the flip side, in the wake of the success of "Sideways," sales of pinot noir jumped 15 percent in the three months ended Jan. 15, according to ACNielsen. Retailers and wineries, pushing pinot with all kinds of "Sideways" tie-ins, say the movie has prompted the biggest buzz in the wine industry since a 1991 "60 Minutes" program touted the health benefits of red wine.
Friday, April 08, 2005
Click here for a new Pope
Surely, it's only a matter of time now before someone sets up a website that lets you vote online for the next pope. There have been quite a few articles on how the next pope needs to be hip to technology and new media, and certainly the old pope blessed the internet and was an early adaptor - the Vatican has had a website since 1999. In these past days, journalists were informed of the Pope's health and eventual passing by official Vatican SMS messages.
On 3QuarksDaily a reader suggests a wiki with information about each candidate, and a feedback system that helps the 117 cardinals come to a decision. e-Democracy meets the Catholic church. "Do we even need the Church or can we DIY this?" asks Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing. It may seem silly now, but I sincerely believe this will happen someday. How else would you poll 1 billion Catholics around the world? The difficult part is getting the Church to care what they think in the first place.