Tuesday, August 10, 2010

YouTube - Baby pygmy hippo makes debut

Radiolab Presents Words

Gorgeous video.

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Every lightsaber ignition and retraction from Every Star Wars film

Don’t Be Ugly By Accident! « OkTrends

Massive Attack Live at KCRW on Morning Becomes Eclectic 08.06.10

girl quits job on dry erase board exposes farmville boss called her hopa

The Pakistan Floods are the Worst Humanitarian Disaster In Recent History

Grouper: "Hold"

The psychological secret to humor is making immoral behavior seem harmless

Monday, August 09, 2010

English Russia » Ukraine 1890-1900

Rand Paul's Kooky College Days (Hint: There's a Secret Society Involved)

Broken Social Scene Launch Remix Series With Sebastien Grainger

Ed Banger Head Pedro Winter on Squarepusher's New Single...

Geek The Beatles: John Lennon’s Assassination Simulations | Underwire

Dangerous Minds | The hectic, haunting ritual techno dance of We Are The World

The Best Times to Buy Anything, All Year Round

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Obama's War - VBS News | VBS.TV

Super Sexy CPR

Shareable: An Imaginary City That Changed the 20th Century

Weather Data Sheds New Light On Greatest Mount Everest Mystery : The Picture Show : NPR

6 Things From History Everyone Pictures Incorrectly

Impersonations by Kevin Spacey

Quite impressive

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The Top 5 Qualities of Productive Creatives (And How to Identify Them!)

Into Space

Exactitudes: Cultural Photo-Anthropology | Brain Pickings

Adorably deadly Mini Cannon returns - Boing Boing

Stephen Colbert Being Interviewed Out of Character

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Mr. Heavyfoot

Are You Going To Burning Man This Year?

Top 5 Tips for Aspiring Music Bloggers

The Shins « Levi's Pioneer Sessions

Topic of Cancer | Culture | Vanity Fair

Dangerous Minds | Remembering my friend Klaus Nomi on the anniversary of his death

60s style ads for Facebook, YouTube and Skype

Friday, August 06, 2010

Retro Future Advertisement For Twitter

Enormous Ice Block Breaks Off Greenland Glacier | Wired Science

Happy National Clown Week

What Should You Do If You Find an Atheist In Your Neighborhood?

Sharpest Image Yet of Massive Galaxy Collision | Wired Science

10 Ways to Improve Your Memory | Masters In Healthcare

Alt Text: It’s a Fee-for-All as Credit Card Companies Innovate | Underwire

In the wake of recently enacted legislation limiting how much credit card issuers can charge and for what, banks are cooking up innovative fees and fines — and new ways of implementing them.


The new limitations that spurred this cash-reaping renaissance are, for the most part, reasonable. For instance, one states that consumers paying more than 19 percent interest on more than $20,000 debt racked up during online shopping sprees must be given a barrel with comically large suspenders attached.

Nevertheless, the best and brightest and most evil minds at the credit card companies are hard at work looking for nanotube-sized loopholes to make up lost revenues.

This should surprise nobody. Credit card companies are, in essence, giant juggernauts designed for the sole purpose of coming up with ways to charge money for intangible, and in some cases incomprehensible, services. They are unstoppable entities that don’t feel pity or remorse or fear and will absolutely not stop, ever, until you fork over $35. Attempts to rein in the fee-charging are like a weed-whacker unto kudzu.

Most of the banks’ solutions are simple things like raising interest rates at the slightest provocation and charging higher processing fees when you sign up for a card. However, the sources in my head tell me that up the sleeves of the credit card companies, more innovations are afoot.

If you think the current charges are devious, check out what they’re possibly maybe coming up with:

Credit card companies will charge a $65 acceptance fee, a $75 rejection fee and a $150 lack-of-application fee.

Account balances will be rounded up to the nearest $100, “just to keep things tidy.” Consumers who refuse this service will be charged $10 per month per significant digit.

Letting marketing calls from the credit card companies go to voicemail will be interpreted as legally binding acceptance of whatever offer they’re calling about.

Cash-back offers will be replaced with “cash-forward” offers, where you will be charged ahead of time for purchases the companies feel you’ll probably eventually make.

Instead of hotel stays and airline flights, points accumulated through credit card purchases will only apply to Mafia Wars. This will make the credit cards even more popular.

Paper bills will come with a surcharge for paper, ink and postage. E-bills will include a surcharge for electrons, photons and magnetic particles.

Late fees will be replaced with “on time, but cutting it way too close” fees.

People with personalized credit cards that incorporate a photo of their car will be charged a $200 “douche charge.”

Consumers will still be limited to a $50 liability for charges on lost or stolen credit cards, but only if they can demonstrate that they took reasonable steps to protect the card, such as keeping it in a large iron safe at all times, or having it physically incorporated into their body.

Cards will be charged a recursive “asking what this fee is” fee.

You might think these fees are ridiculous, but remember that, while being able to charge people money for spending money may seem like an easy road to profit, it’s a slightly more difficult road to massive megaprofit. If you’ll look deep into your hearts, you’ll find that you’ve already checked a box legally obligating you to agree.

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Born helpless, nude and unable to provide for himself, Lore Sjöberg eventually overcame these handicaps to become a creditor, a creative and a credenza.

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Thursday, August 05, 2010

The Happiest DJ In The World

Wyclef's brother: Haiti presidential bid 'very serious'

Be sure exercise is All you get at the Gym

>When you go to the gym, do you wash your hands before and after using the equipment? Bring your own regularly cleaned mat for floor exercises? Shower with antibacterial soap and put on clean clothes immediately after your workout? Use only your own towels, razors, bar soap, water bottles? If you answered “no” to any of the above, you could wind up with one of the many skin infections that can spread like wildfire in athletic settings.

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Pakistan's Flood In Photographs : The Picture Show : NPR

TAXI DRIVER | “YOU TALKIN’ TO ME?” Photos from the set of Taxi Driver

Prop 8 Overturned Celebration (With Flash Mob)

Macro photos of eyes - Boing Boing

Exclusive Gold Panda remix | Dummy » News

Monday, August 02, 2010

Washing Machine Vs. Brick (VIDEO)

Raver Dog Raves His Face Off (VIDEO)

SF Moves to Put Ike’s Place Out of Business - The Bay Citizen

Man Defies BP “Laws” by Flying His Plane Over the Gulf and Shooting Video of dolphins and whales

Koreans! How to swear in English (NSFW) - Boing Boing

Black City Totem - Matthew Dear's latest album explores inventive packaging

Mitch Miller, 'Sing Along With Mitch' host and music producer, dies at 99 after short illness

Edwardian Era

Timbuk2 Dolores Chiller

my friend had this at dolores park yesterday, it's bad ass.

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The Alphabet Book Rethought | Brain Pickings

Illustrated Science, 1960s | Aqua-Velvet

World War II Photos Superimposed Over Recent Photos