Postie Patrol – Chicago

December 29, 2006

O.K, so PayPerPost is going around and doing these scavenger hunts. They come to a specific city and find a local PPP postie. The postie then has to accomplish a task (usually a scavenger hunt).

This episode is filmed in Chicago and features Postie Robyn Nykaza. HP hooked her up with a ton of awesome HP gear and a fat cash prize. It was -9 with wind chill the day they filled this in Chicago…. brrrr.

Pretty cool. Especially the part with her trying to make snow angels in non exsistant snow, or attempting to do the running man.

This post is sponsored by HP – Digital Photo Printing


Amazon at Christmas

December 29, 2006

Pack you bastards. Pack like you’ve never packed before.

Word on the street is that Amazon had a Banner Xmas season. Time to go buy some stock! Click image for large version – Thanks to Gizmodo


My Little Xmas Surprise

December 29, 2006

So like most of you, I used my credit card pretty exclusively for my Christmas gift purchases this year. I have a Mastercard branded debit card that works just like a credit card except that my transactions come right of my checking account. I like that.
Or at least I used to.

My wife decided to check our accounts on Xmas eve and discovered that someone had stolen our credit card number and drained our checking account at fulltiltpoker.com. If this was a regular credit card, you would just dispute the claim and not pay your bill, but because it’s also out debit card – it all came out of our checking account right away. They even charged $500 over our limit so that our overdraft protection kicked in. Now, not only are we out our checking money but an additional $500. Not to mention overdraft fees, late fees, and possible bounced bill payment.

I’m not 100% sure that my card number was compromised through an online transaction, although I do a lot online shopping. The fact that the first withdrawl came on the same day that most of my Xmas shopping was done makes me think it was stolen by a store employee.
The good news is that our bank has a “zero liability” clause and that we will most likely get all of our money back including fees. We’ve had to file a fraud charge, and dispute the charges, all of which will take probably 7-10 days. Until then, our accounts are frozen and look pretty ugly.

My advise, and what I am going to do is get a credit card that I primarily use for online transactions. In fact, January is the time when most people roll their cards to another 0% balance transfers card. I’ll probably do the same.

Here is a great site to compare credit cards.


Grand Canyon Created By Noah’s Flood

December 29, 2006

Grand Canyon National Park is not permitted to give an official estimate of the geologic age of its principal feature, due to pressure from Bush administration appointees. Despite promising a prompt review of its approval for a book claiming the Grand Canyon was created by Noah’s flood rather than by geologic forces, more than three years later no review has ever been done and the book remains on sale at the park, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

“In order to avoid offending religious fundamentalists, our National Park Service is under orders to suspend its belief in geology,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch. “It is disconcerting that the official position of a national park as to the geologic age of the Grand Canyon is ‘no comment.’”

In a letter released today, PEER urged the new Director of the National Park Service (NPS), Mary Bomar, to end the stalling tactics, remove the book from sale at the park and allow park interpretive rangers to honestly answer questions from the public about the geologic age of the Grand Canyon. PEER is also asking Director Bomar to approve a pamphlet, suppressed since 2002 by Bush appointees, providing guidance for rangers and other interpretive staff in making distinctions between science and religion when speaking to park visitors about geologic issues.

In August 2003, Park Superintendent Joe Alston attempted to block the sale at park bookstores of Grand Canyon: A Different View by Tom Vail, a book claiming the Canyon developed on a biblical rather than an evolutionary time scale. NPS Headquarters, however, intervened and overruled Alston. To quiet the resulting furor, NPS Chief of Communications David Barna told reporters and members of Congress that there would be a high-level policy review of the issue.

According to a recent NPS response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by PEER, no such review was ever requested, let alone conducted or completed.

Park officials have defended the decision to approve the sale of Grand Canyon: A Different View, claiming that park bookstores are like libraries, where the broadest range of views are displayed. In fact, however, both law and park policies make it clear that the park bookstores are more like schoolrooms rather than libraries. As such, materials are only to reflect the highest quality science and are supposed to closely support approved interpretive themes. Moreover, unlike a library the approval process is very selective. Records released to PEER show that during 2003, Grand Canyon officials rejected 22 books and other products for bookstore placement while approving only one new sale item — the creationist book.

Ironically, in 2005, two years after the Grand Canyon creationist controversy erupted, NPS approved a new directive on “Interpretation and Education (Director’s Order #6) which reinforces the posture that materials on the “history of the Earth must be based on the best scientific evidence available, as found in scholarly sources that have stood the test of scientific peer review and criticism [and] Interpretive and educational programs must refrain from appearing to endorse religious beliefs explaining natural processes.”

“As one park geologist said, this is equivalent of Yellowstone National Park selling a book entitled Geysers of Old Faithful: Nostrils of Satan,” Ruch added, pointing to the fact that previous NPS leadership ignored strong protests from both its own scientists and leading geological societies against the agency approval of the creationist book. “We sincerely hope that the new Director of the Park Service now has the autonomy to do her job.”


National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Mugs

December 21, 2006

File this under USELESS SHIT for WHITE TRASH. Some idiots are selling moose shaped eggnog mugs like the ones used in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. You can keep them on the mantle under your Velvet Elvis or next to your collection of Crystal Unicorns. No accounting for taste.

I bought 2.


Astronaut Jones

December 21, 2006

Thieves Tunnel Under Gamestop For Xbox 360 Consoles

December 18, 2006

So I camped out Saturday night for a Wii and got one. The whole time I was sitting there freezing my ass off, I was questioning not only my sanity but how much this gift better be appreciated by my kids. Then I come in Monday and read this news article. Man – I’m small potatoes!

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