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The White Death Approaches February 23, 2007

Posted by BrewFan in Personal Experiences, Science.

 UPDATE [7:10 am CST, 2/25/07]:  Round 2 is over. We have 10 more inches on top of the 8 we got Friday night/Saturday morning. Round 3 is set to begin in a couple of hours with 3 to 5 more inches on the way. Oh goody.

Casa de BrewFan sits on a hill overlooking the village (yes, I am the village idiot smarty pants) and we’re watching the cars get stuck in the unplowed roads so we’ve got that going for us. Which is nice.

UPDATE [7:55 pm CST, 2/24/07]:  Round 2 is beginning. I saw that the Weather Channel is doing their live remote in Milwaukee which can’t be a good sign. The latest word out of the local media is we could be in for a record storm. The worst on record for this area was 60 years ago. Oh how I yearn for global warming.

UPDATE [2:30 pm CST, 2/24/07]:  My favorite part of the latest bulletin issued for the impending blizzard by the National Weather Service:


Ummm, I think I’ll stay home tonight!

UPDATE [10:00 am CST, 2/24/07]: The first 8 inches are on the ground and we are waiting for round 2 to kick off about 7:00 pm. From that time to Monday they’re saying we could get 18 more inches. I’m running out to get some more gas for the snow thrower. Fair thee well fellow midwesterners. 

We’re getting ready for a substantial snow storm this weekend.  How are we preparing you ask? Well, Mrs. BrewFan is baking some chocolate chip cookies (aside: is there anything better then a warm chocolate chip cookie and a cold glass of milk? I think its even better then sex, but hey, I’m old) and I laid in a supply of adult beverages. I also received two DVDs for Valentines Day which we’re going to watch this weekend. Flags of Our Fathers and an oldie but goodie In Harms Way. I kinda collect war movies as you might be able to tell. What are all you hep cats up to this weekend?

White people, please beat your kids February 22, 2007

Posted by composmentis in Heroes.

 Russell Peters. 

Outstanding.   A couple of places with nsfw language.

Bandwidth Transforms A Nation February 21, 2007

Posted by Michael in Science.

That nation would be Korea, formerly one of the most insular and parochial places on earth.  As usual, technology has unexpected consequences.  In Korea, a wealth of bandwidth has resulted in a culture where champion online gamers have the status of rock stars.

Online gaming is to South Korea what reality TV is to the United States: Huge. Really huge. An estimated 17 million people in the country of 48 million play games regularly. Consoles, so popular in the United States and Japan, have barely made the radar in South Korea. There, online gaming is it.

Ironically, this was a byproduct of Korea’s financial collapse 15 years ago, when the nearly feudal system of family-run chaebol  corporate empires began to unravel.

Hit hard by the Asian financial crisis, the South Korean government invested much of its IMF bailout package on building a national broadband network. These are no ordinary pipes: Korean’s wires can transfer data at speeds of up to 50 megabits per second (Mbps). The “elite” package from AT&T Yahoo! promises download speeds up to 6.0 Mbps.

The effects of this bandwidth are pervasive.

The investment paid off. Close to 70 percent of South Korean households have broadband. And the “fat pipes” mean that it’s easier for these households to access media-rich content like games and video-on-demand, says Allison Luong, principal and managing director of San Francisco’s Pearl Research.

As such, young people in the technology-obsessed culture have grown up online — but not in the same way that the MySpacers have here in the United States. In South Korea, the home PC is as ubiquitous as a refrigerator.

South Korea also has a consumer culture that rivals the United States and Japan. And keeping up with new trends and technology is considered important to social status.

If you want to move up, you have to have access to the Internet and a PC,” says Luong. “And that means to access online games.”

Like it or not, cheap bandwidth is going to radically change the culture of every nation on this planet.


Forget Reality TV.  In Korea, Online Gaming Is It.

The Worst Breakup Ever . . . February 21, 2007

Posted by Michael in News.

and the latest intertubes sensation.  The story is that Ryan decides to publicly dump Mindy in “The Pit” at UNC Chapel Hill, and hires singers to make his point.   On Valentine’s day.  Then it gets ugly.

UPDATE:  Following my tip, Ace found a better version of the video, without the annoying cut-off heads, so I have substituted that version.

Bank of America Offers Credit to Illegals. February 21, 2007

Posted by Retired Geezer in Terrorist Hemorrhoids.

Bank of America Corp. has begun offering credit cards to customers without Social Security numbers, typically illegal immigrants, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
Banking on illegal immigrants

In recent years, banks across the country have been offering checking accounts and even mortgages to the nation’s fast-growing ranks of undocumented immigrants, most of whom are Hispanic, the paper said, adding these immigrants generally have not been able to get major credit cards…

Cartoon by Ryskind, go check out his other cartoons.

Ginobili Scores 24 Straight San Antonio Points February 21, 2007

Posted by Michael in Sports.

This game is currently in progress and has already made the news: 

ATLANTA (AP) — Manu Ginobili scored 24 consecutive San Antonio points in a 10-minute span of the first half against Atlanta on Wednesday night.

Entering the game late in the first quarter, Ginobili missed his first two shots before hitting eight straight from the field and all seven attempts on free throws. The Spurs led 39-23 at the end of his flurry, and Ginobili scored 27 points on 9-of-13 shooting in the first half.

Ginobili has played well in his role as the Spurs’ sixth man, becoming the NBA’s No. 2 bench scorer. In his 13 games as a reserve, Ginobili averaged 17.4 points in 25 minutes. Only Chicago’s Ben Gordon, with 22.5 points in 31.1 minutes, was more productive.

UPDATE:  Yeah, Manu was amazing, but Atlanta has tied it at 70 at the end of the third quarter.  This is really going to suck if the Spurs lose to Atlanta.

UPDATE:  Spurs won, 103 – 96.  Manu finished with 40 points, the highest of any Spur so far this season.  And he’s not a starter.   That whacky Argentinian is just breathtaking to watch when he is in the zone.

Ginobili scores 24 straight San Antonio points – NBA – Yahoo! Sports

Country Rube Seeks Guidance February 21, 2007

Posted by skinbad in Economics, Man Laws.

Yea, I’ve got this friend, OK? He lives in a state that recently (last couple of years) added HOV lanes to the interstate. He likes the HOV lane. But he’s not a speeder. I know, can you believe what a pussy that guy is? If the speed limit is 65, he’ll probably set the cruise on 67-68 and just let it roll. He hasn’t had a ticket in over 20 years and that suits him just fine. He likes to avoid the “tickets” and the “points” and the “what’s with the hobo in the trunk” questions. Of course, people are always flying up on his ass, because the HOV lane is the farthest left, and therefore they must think it’s the turbo-death lane.  Is he justified in keeping close to the speed limit? Or is he violating some unwritten HOV lane etiquette? Come on big city cosmpolitypes. Give it to me him straight.

When masters of the f’n’ obvious completely miss the point February 21, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in News.

Study shows surgeons who play video games are 37% less likely to make mistakes.

Shut up, really?

It’s not much of a study.  30+ surgeons at one hospital.  But those who play video games are better surgeons.

I have a question.

Just one really.

Does anybody think, maybe, just maybe, age might be a factor here?  Hmmmm?

Cause I don’t know a lot of guys my age who play video games.

But I know a heck of a lot of 27 year olds who play video games.

Younger.  Sharper eyes, hand eye coordination, muscle control.  These are a tad better in younger men.

I think this study was funded by Sony.

Just a hunch.

I Don’t Know Law… February 20, 2007

Posted by BrewFan in Philosophy.

…and I know even less about this case. What strikes me as odd, though, is  how the SC split on this:

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy and David Souter, joined with Breyer.

Dissenting were Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, John Paul Stevens and Clarence Thomas. Ginsburg said Tuesday’s ruling made punitive damages law even more confusing.

Ginsburg and Scalia on the same side? Breyer, Souter and Alito? Maybe our local legal beagles can put us some knowledge.

You know, you remind me of Gene Wilder. February 20, 2007

Posted by skinbad in Women Ranting.


Skinbad Goes to Prison February 20, 2007

Posted by skinbad in Crime, Religion.

But I got out! If any of you care to remember, I asked what topic you would choose for a religious sermon to a group of prisoners. I ended up talking about forgiving others. I read a newspaper article about someone making a documentary on forgiveness that kind of sparked the direction I wanted to take. The filmmaker was interviewing New Yorkers about a proposal to have a small “Garden of Forgiveness” as part of the WTC memorial. Some were for it; some were not. 


Math Test for 8 year olds. February 20, 2007

Posted by kevlarchick in Economics, Terrorist Hemorrhoids.

Which means I’ll flunk.   But a snot-nosed 8 year old called the bigwigs on the carpet. 

Find the error  (remember, the “answer” at the bottom is incorrect) :

A jelly bean has a volume of about 1 cubic cm.

This container is half a pyramid.

Its base measures 46 cm by 23 cm and its height is 72 cm.

Here’s the formula to find the volume: 1/3 x base area x height.

Now divide your answer by 2 since this is half a pyramid.

Now multiply your answer by 0.9 to account for spaces between the jelly beans.

The answer should be 22,853.

The solution is at the bottom of the linked article, in case you want to cheat.