March 12, 2008

some stuff from today's USA Today, take 2

The space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to arrive today at the ISS for a record 16 day visit. I'll be looking forward to NASA video podcasts showing the shuttle docked to the station.

The Kansas Supreme Court has killed a law that would have banned protesting at funerals. The law was in response to Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church picketing at military funerals with signs that say "God Hates Fags."

Walter Williams, creator of 70's clay animatin icon Mr. Bill, has become an outspoken leader for restoring wetlands around New Orleans. He'd been warning people about hurricanes and flooding for years.

Closeted gay former Senator from Idaho, Larry Craig, is still trying to withdraw his guilty plea steming from a men's bathroom sting.

Google has closed their deal to buy DoubleClick. And Yahoo is still fighting a hostile takeover from Microsoft.

The Amazon "Kindle" (ebook reading gadget) has apparently become popular enough that they're hard for folks to find.

Hulu goes live today. They'll be broadcasting more than 250 tv series and 100 movies.

Larry the Cable Guy is NutriSystem's newest spokesperson. He says he's lost 50 lbs so far.

Leonard Cohen, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday, has announced plans for his first tour in over 15 years. Starting June 6 in Toronto, Canada and ending August 29 in Vienna, Austria.

Converse turns 100 this year. There's an interesting article on Chuck Taylors. "Then: Sylvester Stallone trains in black Converse throughout 1976's 'Rocky'. Now: Harry Potter wears 'em in '... and the Order of the Phoenix.' In the movie 'West Side Story,' "The Sharks wore the black hi-tops and the Jets wore the white (shoes)."

In an article about scandals, my memory was refreshed that Newt Gingrich was cheating on his wife during the time that the House was impeaching Clinton for lying about getting blowjobs in the Oval Office.

Stock up on the hallucinogenic plant Salvia divinorum before lawmakers make it illegal.

Beijing vows to meet it's air-quality pledge. They made this statement one day after world marathon recordholder Haile Gebrselassie, who has asthma, said he would almost certainly skip the event because of the city's poor air quality.

They dragged Tommy Lasorda's chunky butt off the couch/bench to coach the Dodgers this week while Joe Torre is in China for an exhibition game between the Dodgers and San Diego. There's a picture of Lasorda on the field yelling at an umpire. And the look on the umpire's face is the look of a little kid who can't believe he's in a yelling match with Tommy Lasorda.

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