Friday, September 30, 2005

My top ten hot women list

I can't help it; these are the women that make me melt.

Carla Gugino: come on, those lips, those eyes...are you kidding me???

Teri Hatcher: don't argue. She's always been hot.

Fergie: The lips, the flat stomach and luuurrve the dance moves.

Vida Guerra: What an ass on her! FHM don't make too many mistakes.

Maria Grazia Cuccinotta: The stature, the figure, the nose...the woman is a goddess.

Monica Belucci: she's like a reverse gorgon. I have to look at her through a mirror so I won't be blinded by her beauty. Also, the only woman I'd seriously consider it, if she asked to lead me on a leash.

Carrie Ann Moss: Ice-queen beauty that I really dig.

Gisele Bundchen: perfect face, perfect body. A true 10...until she opens her mouth.

Juliette Lewis: Reminds me of a bitch that I knew. She knows who she is. Can't deny Juliette is hot, though.

Christina Milian: Smouldering, sensual, seductive. Hot.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Mary Pierce, Jill Hennessey

Fuming Astoria Residents Seek Big Trouble For Little Egypt

Also, check out this hookah site.

Fuming Astoria Residents Seek Big Trouble For Little Egypt
by Ron Brownlow, Western Queens Editor September 29, 2005

Every weekend, and some weeknights too, Moe Abdalwahed heads to the Egyptian Cafe on a stretch of Steinway Street known as Little Egypt to meet friends. There, they play cards, drink tea and smoke a flavored tobacco called shisha through waterpipes called hookahs.

“This is our culture,” said Abdalwahed, 44, an Egyptian immigrant who comes to the cafe for an hour or so around midnight, before heading to work. “In America people meet in the home. In our culture we meet in a cafe. I come here to have my time.”

But some residents living behind the shisha cafes say the smoke from this form of socializing, which often starts at midnight and lasts past 4 a.m., became annoying two years ago and was unbearable at times this summer. They say they often smell the smoke in their backyards. And a few smell it in their homes.

“It’s awful sometimes,” said Eugene Knippel, a 76-year-old who has lived on 38th Street for four decades. “I’m at the twilight of my years and I have to smell that. Then I have my grandkids come here, and they gotta smell that?” He complained that a ventilation fan behind the Egyptian Cafe blows smoke into his yard. While he cannot smell the smoke in his house, his wife Franziska, 77, can.

Next door neighbors Connie, 56, and Frank Dangelo, 63, have called various city agencies to complain about the noise and smoke more than 30 times this summer. Like Knippel, Frank has asthma. He has also been exposed to asbestos. “It hurts here,” he said, pointing to his throat, adding that the feeling lingers for a couple of days after he gets a whiff of the shisha.

Patrons at the Egyptian Cafe, located at 25-62 Steinway Street, estimate there are 8 shisha cafes on the strip, 6 or 7 in Brooklyn and 10 in Manhattan. The cafes serve an assortment of beverages, including Turkish coffee and tea, which patrons let cool before drinking. They also serve pastries, fruit and other food items. The Egyptian Cafe has a big screen TV that plays Arabic-language programming.

When the city banned smoking in bars in 2003, Health Department agents visited some of the establishments and issued summonses (the cafes don’t qualify for a cigar bar exemption because they don’t serve alcohol). One owner received a $1,200 fine.

The cafes then received a cultural exemption from the ban, but that did not end visits from law enforcement. Nabile Abrahim, 34, who manages the Layali Beirut, said police officers started visiting his cafe two months ago in response to 311 calls complaining about the noise and smoke coming from a tent the cafe had erected in its backyard. Inspectors from the Health Department also came, as did three television news crews.

Abrahim said the inspectors found nothing wrong, and the police officers stopped coming by after failing to find evidence that the smoke from his tent was an undue nuisance. “We’ve been here two years. Why did this start just now?”

Residents living behind the two cafes said they started complaining this summer because the smoke travels further and lingers in the muggy weather.

But they said the smoke began to bother them long before that. “Two years ago when I sat at my desk, my nose would hurt real bad,” said Laurie Lunenberg, 46, who brought the issue up at a local community board meeting, thus attracting the TV news crews.

For a long time Lunenberg, who has 13 different allergy medications on a dresser in her kitchen, didn’t know what was causing the irritation. “The first week of June, my voice started to get real hoarse. By the end of June I had total laryngitis.”

She has stayed in motels four times since then, one at a convent in Brewster, and rented a room in Staten Island to stay at on weekends. “The second-hand smoke has exacerbated my chronic health problems,” she said.

Now Lunenberg wants the shisha smokers to curb their habit. Armed with studies, including one from the American University in Beirut, that have found shisha smoke more carcinogenic than cigarette smoke, she has spoken at local community meetings. She said the practice has spread from the Middle Eastern community to college students who lived in New York last summer and now expound on the virtues of shisha smoking on web sites.

Patrons at the Egyptian Cafe suspect an ulterior motive. “This place opened six years ago,” said Abraham Mohammad, 34, who has been visiting the cafe for six years. “Why does she complain now?” He added that Lunenberg has accosted fellow patrons before and that he would call the police the next time she came. Managers at Layali Beirut, however, said their neighbors were welcome to visit the cafe for a discussion. “We respect their culture, why can’t they respect ours?” Abrahim asked.

A visit at midnight last Tuesday found the aroma of shisha smoke lingering in the cool autumn air outside the cafes on Steinway Street. Five hookahs were in use in the Egyptian Cafe, and one in a tent behind the Layali Beirut. The scent, faint outside the tent, could not be detected inside three houses in the alley behind the cafes.

Astoria Councilman Peter Vallone, who supported a cultural exemption for the shisha cafes from the city’s smoking ban for their role in revitalizing Steinway Street, has written letters on behalf of Lunenberg and her neighbors to the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Buildings.

“Certainly customs should be respected, but at the same time New York City laws must be followed. I am going to continue to work with both sides until some reasonable compromise is reached,” Vallone said in a statement.

More Napolean Dynamite

For fans of the movies, here are two ads from the Utah State Fair that feature Napolean and Pedro. The first is a classic, the second one is kind of lame (from Chris DiClerico).

Thursday, September 29, 2005

10 genius football players

A prince among players, the world's most complete master. His sheer elegance and outrageous skills make him breathtaking to watch.

Thierry Henri needs no introduction. A student of the game and simply unstopabble. And yet makes it looks simple.

Romario looks like anything but a soccer player but, in his day, he was simply the purest talent on the planet. To this day, he's still the prototype number 10.

Roger Milla scored a goal at the 1994 world the age of 42. Four years earlier, he owned the 1990 tournament with his predatory instincts and immense football intelligence. His celebrations are a thing to behold, as well.

Simply the best ever. In the Michael Jordan mold. He's so good that he's beyond any top ten list (which is why he's number 11).

"Bibo" may not be known much outside of Africa, but he was a genius in every facet of the game. In my opinion, a more complete player than Pele. His only crime? Being born Egyptian.

A force of nature. In my view, the most unstoppable winger in the history of the game. Blessed with blistering pace, uncanny balance, a superb left foot and (this may have been the secret of his genius) an ability to play in full stride..

The Ginger Haired Assassin. The predator supreme. His genius lies in his ability to find space and score technically astounding goals.

The younger Brian Laudrup was a winner: impeccable dribbling, passing genius and a great shot. Very underrated especially when compared to his equally gifted brother, Michael (except Brian helped win the 1992 European Championships, which Michael missed).

Maybe my favorite S. American player. An attacking genius with speed, flair and ruthless efficiency. Go to Uruguay and say 'Enzo'. The natives will drop to their knees and bow.

Slow, over-weight and pretty fucking ugly. And yet genius came out of Matt Le Tissier's feet. Never seen a better striker of the ball and his sense of dramatic timing (last minute, spectacular long distance goals) equalled sheer excitement. Always worth the money.

Of course, it wouldn't mean a thing without the fans (ahem):

Dialogue you won't see on Grand Theft Auto

Bill O'Reilly is an asshole

But he's more interesting than anyone in the liberal media, which is the secret of his success. I am, however, tired of him not publishing my emails on his show. He's messed with the wrong blogger so, I'm publishing the text right here.

O'Reilly, if you're reading this, have the guts to debate me. You know you fear it, bitch.

Email 9/29/05

You maintain that showing more Abu Ghraib pictures will put our troops in additional danger. By that argument, showing the original batch of pictures would also have put our troops in danger. Would you then have suppressed the original pictures? The war in Iraq is dangerous regardless of the release any new pictures. The insurgents do not need any additional motivation. Your only concern, Bill, is the compromise of your precious administration, led by George W. Bush.

Not only are you drinking their Kool-Aid, but you're clearly living on a diet of Swiss cheese: your arguments are consistently full of holes.

Email 9/28/05

Your argument for not releasing the additional Abu Ghraib pictures is ludicrous: the story has been broken? There's nothing more to be gained by showing more of these pictures? Troop safety would be compromised? Principles are not important?
1. If there are additional pictures, then the whole story has NOT broken.
2. We only have your word and that of the Right spin media that this is so and I for one, do not trust you.
3. Have you got proof that troop safety would be compromised? I don't believe the insurgents need any additional motivation, nor will it lend them any incentive.
4. Principles, sir, are what this country was founded on.

Email 9/14/05

I like your show very much: it's hard hitting and somewhat balanced. Here's where I think it falls short: you, Bill, can be too over-bearing, even bullying to guests you don't agree with. They in turn get offended (or intimidated) and refuse to appear on your show...which impacts the quality of the debate. Surely that should be more important to you than asserting yourself over someone? Tone it down, Mr. O. Your show will get better when that happens.

Email 8/22/05

I don't agree with Cindy Sheehan's views but do understand her desire for peace. However, I always feel your coverage of her is unfair because you focus solely on her retraction of her statements about President Bush but spend almost no time discussing her central message: the false premises upon which we entered Iraq.

Email 8/22/05

While the US (understandably) only looks after US interests, I believe it's wrong to condemn the UN for choosing to uphold the interests of all nations, including the US. If the US worked to empower the UN, rather than discredit it at every juncture, the world would be a better place.

Email 8/22/05

You defined terrorism, in your interview with David Rivkin regarding the perceived impotence of the UN, as "...killing civilians, unarmed civilians, by wrong". I wonder how you'd care to explain Hiroshima and Nagasaki?


Part of the rather pedestrian 'Top 10 science pictures of the year' located here.

Stein over mat-ter

I know, the headline was an awful pun! The last sentence says "[The gadget] can be used as a voting device in pub games". Or the last two presidential elections, apparently.

September 29, 2005

BERLIN: German inventors have devised an interactive beer mat that can tell the barman when it's time for a refill.

The device comprises a small, flat base plate with a traditional cardboard beer mat on top. The plate conceals sensors that react to the weight of the glass, or stein, and movement of the beer mat.

The sensors relay the data to a computer at the bar. Its inventors believe it could also be used as a voting device in pub games.

Studio sees no humor in 'Muslim'

What makes Muslims laugh? Infidel entrails...I am SO kidding!

Studio sees no humor in 'Muslim'
Albert Brooks seeks other distribution for new film

Thursday, September 29, 2005; Posted: 1:05 p.m. EDT (17:05 GMT)

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Comedian Albert Brooks says a very unfunny thing happened on his way to making a new film called "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World" -- the studio panicked over the title.

Brooks says the studio -- Sony -- got so worried the comedy's title, with its use of the word Muslim, might bring reprisals that it decided not to release the picture. That forced the comedian to find a new distributor for a movie that pokes fun at American ignorance of the Muslim world.

"Fear is playing a major part in Hollywood production," Brooks said in an interview, adding he started getting bad vibes when the studio "jokingly" asked him if the movie could be called "Looking for Comedy."

He said the suggestion came after Newsweek triggered a storm in May by publishing a short item that a Koran was flushed down a toilet by guards at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The magazine later retracted the article, saying it could not substantiate the report.

Sony said doubts about the title were only part of much larger problems. Sources close to the company said executives did not find the movie funny and passed on it.

Sony, which is owned by Sony Corp., said in a statement, "To those looking for truth in this manufactured controversy, here it is: We made our decision to pass on Brooks' movie the same way we did to accept 'Fahrenheit 9/11' -- on the merits, with neither fear nor favor."

Brooks is an old hand at making sweetly satiric comedies like "The Muse," "Modern Romance" and "Lost in America" that poke fun at himself, his anxieties and the narcissistic show-business world he inhabits.

In "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World," he plays a comedian sent by the State Department to India and Pakistan with a couple of minders to find out what makes Muslims laugh, so everyone can get along better in the post-9/11 world.

He says he got the idea before U.S. President George W. Bush appointed close adviser Karen Hughes to be undersecretary of state for public diplomacy charged with countering the negative U.S. image among Muslims.

Brooks says most of the jokes in the movie are aimed at Americans and there are no religious references at all, even though he was allowed to film in a mosque in India.

"I steered clear of religion in this movie. There's no mention of the Koran -- the whole point of the movie is looking for comedy, not looking for God. I was allowed to film in the biggest mosque in India and when I told the imam the plot of the movie he started to laugh."

Brooks added studio executives at Sony were not as supportive as the imam. "One told me that if a mullah in Iran saw a poster for the movie and took it the wrong way, I could be in deep trouble. I told him that I have trouble getting posters put up for my movies in Sherman Oaks," a Los Angeles suburb.

The film will now be distributed by Warner Independent, the art-house unit of Warner Brothers, with a January release date. It says it likes the title because it tells the story of the film and is funny. Warner Bros. is a division of Time Warner, which is the parent company of CNN.

I'm not a boot guy

But if I were, these are the boots I'd wear.

I wish I was cool *sigh* (violins, sympathetic crowds gather, my buddy Ramo laughs at me etc. etc.)

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Lost (the writers certainly are)

Now, I admit I watch the show "Lost". It's on my TIVO and the suspense gets to me so much, that I can only watch it recorded, so I can skip through the commercials (not to mention the stupid flashback sequences which, I believe, only exist to justify outlandish plot twists, as the writers come up them). So, I'm contributing to this madness by watching which makes me (shudder) a fan.

Here's what I'm not a fan of: writers who don't know how the story's going to turn out. Who make stuff up as they go along, without a sense of overall purpose. Who deliberately write filler plotlines to keep us engaged for a whole season, while the really interesting questions drag on. Who answer one question by asking five in it's place. Who hint at smarter things going on but never, ever, ever provide a payoff worth...writing about.

It'd be alright if I suspected they knew what was going on on that island, anymore than any of us do...but they genuinely don't. They gives us gimmicks and cheap thrills but never any real developments. It kind of got that way with the "X-Files" with the whole alien conspiracy theory. That's why I never liked the episodes that were solely about that.

"Lost" is lost, boys and girls. All foreplay and no moneyshot. See you after six season when the only ones who'll care are the Trekkies.

UPDATE: Have you seen today's episode (Season 2, episode 2)? The first episode ended with Jack holding a gun at Locke and his subterranean captor. What does the second episode do? It shows the same thing all over again (albeit it from a different perspective) and works it's way toward the same effing climax!

Can you make my own point any better for me, J.J. Abramof???

Fascinating website

It's called Watching America and it's a good summary of what the global press is saying about the U.S.

Btw, did you know that the word NEWS comes from....North, East, West and South? You lie, you didn't know...:)

The best rare books website around

Rare Books from all over the civilised world. Even Kansas.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Big Boi and Andre 3000 are crazy

"I love who your are love who ya ain't you so Anne Frank
Let's hit the attic to hide out for bout two weeks"

Panda Poon

Scientists to peep on panda sex with satellite
Updated: 2005-09-27 14:09

Chinese scientists will use satellite technology to peep on the sexual antics of the highly endangered giant pandas, Xinhua news agency said.

The US$660,000 (372,165 pounds) joint project between two Chinese and U.S.-based zoological institutes would use global positioning (GPS) to keep an eye on giant pandas and their mating behaviour deep in the wilds of a nature reserve in central Shaanxi province.

"Tracking them with advanced technology and observing their sex activities might help us find ways to avoid their extinction," Wei Fuwen, from the China Academy of Sciences' Institute of Zoology, was quoted as saying.

"Giant pandas are inaccessible for long periods of time and traditional observation cannot unravel the ecological mystery of the animals."

Pandas in the wild are rebounding from the brink of extinction, but they are not yet out of the woods, in large part because of great difficulties in producing cubs.

Nearly 80 percent of female pandas were unable to get pregnant and 90 percent of males were sterile, Xinhua said without elaborating.

Only around 1,600 of the animals are alive in the wild, mostly in the high, fog-shrouded mountains of China's southwest Sichuan province.

More than 150 live in captivity.

Moral Question

The test has only one question, but it's an important one.
Be honest and you will discover where you stand morally.
The test features an unlikely, completely fictional situation in which you will have to make a decision.
Remember we need honesty and spontaneity.

Please scroll down slowly and give due consideration to each line.

You are in New Orleans to be specific.
There is chaos all around you caused by a hurricane with severe flooding.
This is a flood of biblical proportions.
You are photo journalist working for a major newspaper, and you're caught in the middle of this epic disaster.
The situation is nearly hopeless.
You're trying to shoot career-making photos.
There are houses and people swirling around you, some disappearing under the water.
Nature is unleashing all of its destructive fury.
Suddenly you see a man in the water. He is fighting for his life, trying not to be taken down with the debris.
You move closer.
Somehow the man looks familiar.
You suddenly realize who it is.
It's the President, George W. Bush.
At the same time you notice that the raging waters are about to take him under forever.
You have two options- you can save the life of the President, or you can shoot a dramatic Pulitzer Prize winning photo, documenting the death of one of the world's most famous men.
Here's the question, and please give an honest answer.......

Would you select high contrast colour film, or would you go with the classic simplicity of black and white?

Monday, September 26, 2005

Boyakasha! Wespect to all

Ali G. (played by comedian Sascha Baron Cohen) is the funniest cat in the universe. His audacity and his sheer disregard for all political correctness is a breath of fresh air. Check out this site
for all things Ali and this site to learn how to talk like him.

An Ali G. quote generator is located here and a series of short articles and clips from the show is here.

You didn't think I'd forget about Borat, did you?

Borat is perhaps the most beloved of the Ali G. characters, maybe because he plays him as a clueless idiot with a certain child-like sweetness. Sascha's portrayal of Borat is so funny and outrageous that it prompted the Kazaghastani government to take out a a full page ad in the Herald to inform the public that Borat was a fictional character and not really from Kazaghastan. All I can say to that is: Jagshemash!

Purple Tribute

My top ten Prince songs, in descending order:

10. I could never take the place of your man
9. Little Red Corvette
8. Nothing compares 2 U
7. Girls and boys
6. Alphabet Street
5. Dolphin
4. When doves cry
3. Kiss
2. Sign o' the times
1. 1999

Sunday, September 25, 2005

No? Then talk to the Cash Man

Please, please, please can I get some sleep?

Late night mini-golf

The computer makes a half-hearted attempt at taunting you when you bogey, but nowhere near enough. I don't know about you, but I can't get enough abuse. I'd love it if the computer would hurl obscenities, racial slurs and occasionally spit on me. But all I get is some poxy 'You need more practice'. It's all so watered down and vanilla nowadays. Nobody's hardcore anymore. Well, I tell you what, I didn't fight in two World Wars so some pencil pushing bureaucratic asshole could come up and legislate that my games should tell me no worse than it 'don't give a dang'.

Alright, enough tripping. Play it here.

Insomnia is a BITCH

Why is sleep so difficult for me and so easy for everybody else? On top of it all, I just gave up taking pills (Lunesta) and am trying to beat this the natural way, to little avail. Somebody please help me!