January 6, 2006

Updated Firmware Shotgun

Once you are done viewing this shotgun post, you have successfully updated your mental firmware. Congrats.

  • FARK.com: What animated characters would look like if they were real people (fark, photoshop, funny)
    • Some pretty funny entries.
  • Lost - the Game (game, tv, flash)
    • It’s an online flash game where you try to survive as you wander the island.
  • Tiverton Man Sues TSA For Alleged Theft Of Diamond Wedding Ring (news, wtf)
    • Why would they make him take off a gold ring? They’ve never had me take off my wedding ring. Gold is not ferromagnetic. I somehow doubt they asked him to remove it. It seems like the TSA workers, who are there and identifiable, would be the least likely to steal something so obvious. Story is fishy.
  • ExtraTasty Get Your Booze On! (food, drink, recipes, reference, search)
    • ExtraTasty hosts the Drink of the Day. Search for drinks, or just go for today’s special. “Big’s Special” sounds pretty good - gin, tonic and pinapple!
  • Writely - The Web Word Processor (blogging, tools, technology, software, writing, free)
    • Remember when people said that you would edit your word processing documents online and wouldn’t need a word processor on you own machine? I don’t know if that time is here, but it looks like Writely thinks so. Check it out — it posts to your blog, too!
  • outofthegutter.net (comedy, improv, theater, fun, humor)
    • It's a local (Fall River, MA) improv group!
  • Quahog.org: The definitive Rhode Island road trip (local, fun, reference, travel)
    • Why travel far away when you haven't discovered what's right in your backyard? Discovercool stuff in nearby (to me) Rhode Island.
  • Check Interactions - DrugDigest (reference, health, medicine)
    • Check on the interactions of various drugs, and also how food and alcohol may have an effect.
  • AmericanGreetings.com - Humps (animation, flash, funny, holidays, parody, wtf)
    • Not sure what to make of 3 lipsticked camels with treasure on their humps.
  • IMDb Bottom 100 (video, movies)
    • Worst 100 films according to the raters at IMDB.
  • William Shatner DVD Club (DVD, movies, video, wtf)
    • Join the club and Bill Shatner will send you a new DVD of his choice every month. No, really.
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It never would have occurred to me that there would be a Lawnmower Man II or a Neverending Story III.

Posted by: Julie at January 6, 2006 10:34 AM

Oh, that Gremlins Fark image was great. So was Wilfred Brimley with Yosemite Sam's facial hair.

Posted by: Patti M. at January 6, 2006 10:58 AM

I heard from a source I promised not to name that the health teacher from Somerset whose ring was allegedly lost is a very shady character, somebody who used to bang tables and shout "shut the *bleep* up" at students. Karma?

Posted by: Maggie at January 6, 2006 11:27 AM

I have to admit at first, when I saw the "stolen ring" story on TV, I believed it. Then afterwards, I thought, well, you'd put your change in that little bin, and your keys, but jewelry? I've never been asked to do that, and I've flown a lot since these new rules have been put in place.

The strictest airport has got to be Washington National. What a pain it is to fly in and out of there, but hey, the conferences I attend either feature FDA speakers, or discuss FDA guidances, so that's where I have to go.

In the half-dozen times I've flown to DC over the past 4 years, I've never been asked to take off my jewelry.

Something's not right with this story, and after I thought about it for a bit, I wondered if he's about to go bankrupt or has experienced a drastic financial loss, and he's trying to make up for it with a bogus claim.

Man, I would not try to defraud the government. That is a very bad idea.

Posted by: Patti M. at January 6, 2006 11:55 AM

That Quahog.org piece on "charismatic megafauna," is excellent. The "parrots" in Bridgeport CT built huge nests on transformers and the nests often caught fire. Used to see parrots in the rigging when we docked in "Pirate Cove" or whatever they called that tourist trap. Really helped the pirate thing. I got to see the San Francisco parrots last Summer. Odd, noisy, beautiful things. Thanks for the site.

Posted by: ThirdMate at January 6, 2006 11:56 AM

I've heard about Del's lemonade (from Bob) for years. It seems I'm really missing something, so this coming summer, I vow to have one.

I'd love to see Out of the Gutter. If we lived closer, I'd definitely go to the New Eagle and take in a show!

Posted by: Patti M. at January 6, 2006 12:03 PM

I don't care for Del's, but I seem to be the only person who feels that way.

We used to have a Mr. Lemon in Taunton when I was a kid, which I liked a lot.

Posted by: Julie at January 6, 2006 1:04 PM

I love Del's lemonade, and they have a bunch of other flavors which are pretty good, too.

I think I had peach mango last time I went.

Posted by: James at January 6, 2006 1:36 PM

I don't actually like Del's, Julie. It gives me a stomach ache. I think it's too sweet.

Posted by: Maggie at January 6, 2006 1:42 PM

I wish IMDB could filter out all of the MST3K movies, because I think that would make the list more honest.

I take off my wedding ring every time I go through a metal detector, though I've never been asked to. It never occurred to me that gold isn't magnetic. So I believe its possible he took the ring off. Yet I don't see someone stealing his wedding ring and no others. It's not like anyone who wasn't an appraiser would know the difference between a $500 wedding ring and a $7,000 one. The only thing that doesn't scream SCAM about this is his wife being there and the fact that he filed a complaint immediately. So theoretically there is a witness who most likely would have noticed if he wasn't wearing his ring (unless she's in on it). Still, I'd bet dollars to donuts that the ring wasn't stolen. It's either a scam or its in some piece of machinary or something. Though it may have been found later, if that's the case.

Posted by: David Grenier at January 6, 2006 4:04 PM

Well, it's a "metal" detector. Maybe nobody asked him to throw it in the bin, but he did it anyway because it's made of metal. Perfectly natural.

People steal all kinds of things of all kinds of values, so it's entirely possible that somebody pocketed the ring. I've been through some really jammed-up airport security, and your bin is right next to somebody else's bin. Maybe it was the savvy traveler behind him who knew he could pocket the ring and not set the metal detector off.

Once he filed the complaint, did they search people? He probably filed it so he could make an insurance claim, scam or not. I'd imagine it's an insurance scam.

Posted by: Maggie at January 6, 2006 6:34 PM

I understand how someone might throw a piece of costume jewelry in a bin, but it would not be perfectly natural for me to throw a $7,000 item into a bin. If it's my wedding ring, even less so.

It's just plain odd.

Posted by: James at January 6, 2006 7:38 PM

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