Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Starwars Backlash!

Two hurt in mock light sabre duel
Two Star Wars fans are in a critical condition in hospital after apparently trying to make light sabres by filling fluorescent light tubes with petrol.

A man, aged 20, and a girl of 17 are believed to have been filming a mock duel when they poured fuel into two glass tubes and lit it.

The pair were rushed to hospital after one of the devices exploded in woodland at Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire."


Person wearing Darth Vader mask robs Springfield theater
May 22, 2005 (SPRINGFIELD, Ill.)
Authorities say they haven't made any arrests in last night's robbery of a Springfield movie theater.

Springfield police Lieutenant Dave Dodson says a man wearing a Darth Vader mask walked into the Showplace Eight theater around nine-15 p-m last night. He says the man shoved an employee out of the way and grabbed an undetermined amount of cash before running out of the theater and into a nearby wooded area.

No weapons were displayed.


Tuesday, May 17, 2005

From the "This was Bound to Happen at Some Point" File: Oxygen Generator Fails for Good on Space Station - 140 Days of air left (and counting)

I think I saw this episode of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Space 1999, MacGuyver, et al...
ISS Oxygen Generator Fails for Good, Station Managers Say: "CAPE CANAVERAL - A balky Russian oxygen generator broke down on the International Space Station, but its two-man crew has a reserve air supply that would last about five months, NASA officials said Friday.

The station's primary generator, which has been operating in an on-again, off-again fashion for months, stopped working last week and the station's crew has not been able to fix it."

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Sure! Now they come out with it. 3 months after I quit smoking on my own.


Nicotine vaccine is set to stub out smoking


SCIENTISTS will today unveil results from the first large-scale human trial into a vaccine for nicotine which could see people immunised against addictions to smoking within the next five years...

By Sam Lister, Health Correspondent (timesonline.co.uk)

Friday, May 13, 2005

Gunga, gunga-galunga


"So I jump ship in Hong Kong and make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas. A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I'm a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald... striking. So, I'm on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one - big hitter, the Lama - long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga... gunga, gunga-galunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, 'Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.' And he says, 'Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.' So I got that goin' for me, which is nice."

Monday, May 02, 2005

I love the 80s

Thanks Doug for the question, and thanks Doug for the picture:

Q: What are you doing these days?

A: I'm outta' here in two weeks. Looks like I'm spending the summer in London. Before that, I'll be making appearances in the greater NYC/NJ area. Tickets are going fast! It being I've seen little or none of my family for about a year and a half, even though I'm two hours away (in every season but summer, that is), I'll be spending some time with them. After that, I don't know. I was thinking of learning Chinese or Arabic. What do YOU think?