people that get paid for endorsements

Sexiest Woman Alive is…..Scarlett Johanssen- Esquire

I nailed this one a few issues back…that is, uh, I subscribe to Esquire and as Mink and I were looking at the Sexiest Woman Alive feature…I guessed correctly that it was Scarlett. I should be careful how I phrase things…

Scarlett Johansson’s hourglass figure and plum movie roles have brought her many fans. Among them, clearly, the editors at Esquire. The magazine has just crowned her “Sexiest Woman Alive.”
The 21-year-old actress poses in come-hither garb on the cover and inside pages of the magazine’s November issue, on newsstands Oct. 18.
On the cover, she wears a bra and a white Calvin Klein mini-dress; In a series of photos inside (showing her as an “enigmatic trailer-park temptress,” the magazine says), she wears cleavage-baring black lingerie paired with an open white robe, among other get-ups.
Johansson, whose screen credits include “The Black Dahlia,” “Lost in Translation” and “Match Point,” says she would rather be admired for attributes other than sex appeal.
“What about my brain? What about my heart? What about my kidneys and my gallbladder?” she asks, addressing all the hoopla about her curves in an interview in the magazine.
She is no stranger to the paparazzi’s cameras, and once flashed a sign proclaiming, “the person taking this picture is harrassing me.”
“Apparently I spelled `harass’ wrong,” she recalls. “It was horrible. I couldn’t remember whether it was one `r’ or two, and I asked like four people, and they said two.”

people that get paid for endorsements The Life Aloha Uncategorized

Dog goes to NYC sans Ankle Bracelet

That is one thing I love about Hawaii, the spirit of Aloha. Where else would a judge say…”Oh, you are leaving the state? Sure, please take off the ankle bracelet!” No, we love Dog. Whenever I have run into him or Beth they are always super nice, although I confess that last time I saw them, I was a bit more interested in their little son’s chameleon. We will keep you updated on Dog’s case.

Dog the Bounty Hunter star Duane “Dog” Chapman, who’s free on bail pending possible extradition to Mexico on illegal detention charges, has been temporarily relieved of his electronic monitoring ankle bracelet for a trip to New York City.
A Honolulu-based judge on Thursday agreed to the bracelet’s removal so Chapman could attend previously scheduled appearances on the East Coast, Chapman’s attorney, Brook Hart, tells the Associated Press.
“As a practical matter, traveling around with an ankle bracelet is not a very efficient practice,” Hart said.
Chapman, 53, is due to return to Hawaii on Wednesday. He was released on $300,000 bail Sept. 15, a day after he and his son Leland, 29, and Timothy Chapman, 41, were arrested on charges of illegal detention and conspiracy in their 2003 capture of convicted rapist Andrew Luster in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Although Luster is now serving a 124-year sentence in the U.S., bounty hunting is considered a crime in Mexico, and Chapman will likely attend extradition hearings to face trial in that country.
“Mr. Chapman should have stayed in Mexico to resolve the matter” at the time of his 2003 arrest, his attorney now says.

Technology Uncategorized

First Female Space Tourist Returns to Earth

ARKALYK, Kazakhstan – The capsule carrying the world’s first female space tourist touched down Friday on the Kazakh steppe after a bone-jarring journey from the international space station.
Anousheh Ansari, Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov and U.S. astronaut Jeffrey Williams had left the station aboard a cramped Russian Soyuz capsule about three hours earlier. After the capsule entered the Earth’s atmosphere, search and rescue teams in three planes and 12 helicopters tracked the trajectory and scrambled to help the crew out of the craft.
Officials monitoring the landing from Russia’s Mission Control outside Moscow applauded after confirming that the capsule had landed in the target zone near Arkalyk, Kazakhstan. The crew felt well, Mission Control said.
Ansari, an Iran-born American telecommunications entrepreneur, was a last-minute choice for the mission, which blasted off from the Russian manned space launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on Sept. 18. Japanese businessman Daisuke Enomoto was scheduled to be on the launch, but he was scrubbed from the trip in late August for unspecified medical reasons.”
The 40-year-old Ansari was the fourth person, and the first woman, to pay a reported $20 million for a trip to the international space station. Briton Helen Sharman in 1991 took a trip to Russia’s Mir station that she won through a contest.

Oddities West of the Pacific Ocean

Ethnic games tainted by cross-dressing cheats

Don’t you hate it when perfectly good ethnic games get spoiled by crossdressing cheats? When I was in Southwest China, in a fit of morality, I decided not to go to the Chinese Ethnic Themepark. My anarchist Chinese friends described it as an Ethnic Disneyland, much like The Polynesian Cultural Center here in Hawaii run by the Mormons. I wish now I would have gone, if only for the experience…more, I wish I would have been present for these ‘ethnic games’.
Booty Parlor

BEIJING (Reuters) – Touted as a celebration of sport, culture and national unity, the Ethnic Minority Games held in southwestern China descended into a farce of cross-dressing cheating and mob violence, state media reported. Athletes representing China’s 55 ethnic minorities assembled in southwestern Yunnan province last week to compete in blow-pipe darts, horse-riding events and other traditional sports.
But blind pursuit of victory lead to some unorthodox tactics, Xinhua news agency reported.
Results of the women’s dragon-boat racing event were reviewed after athletes complained of “big women with Adam’s apples,” Xinhua said. Referees subsequently found that several of the competitors were actually men wearing wigs.
A dispute between a team from the games’ host city, Zhaotong, and another from Wenshan city in Yunnan province over the result of a wrestling final turned into a brawl, Xinhua said.
The Wenshan team was eventually chased away by a local gang
with blades and sticks called in by the Zhaotong team, Xinhua said.
“I’ve never seen violence and ugliness like that,” a reporter at the games told Xinhua.
The nationality games have been held eight times in Yunnan province, where 25 of the country’s 56 ethnic minorities live.
“The tenet of the games is to develop the minorities’ characteristic sports, build up their health and increase national unity,” Ren Muzhen, the chief organizer, told Xinhua.
Coaches blamed the unruly scenes on the pressures of having career advancement linked to results.
“Coaches and local officials still concentrate on medals and results in this games,” a coach told Xinhua.
“They have to think about every means to get better results.”


State of the Art Power Assist Suit

Looks heavy, but apparently feels light. I’m sure something like this will have some practical use someday…but not today.
A labeled look at the power assist suit. Credit: Kanagawa Institute of Technology

kim jong il Politics Uncategorized

Bush Tapping your wires….

This isn’t really a surprise…maybe we could start a movement using the Bush Butt Plug. A simple way to start would be to send lawmakers the link to the Bushplug with a message that says “Let Bush tap your ass, not our wires….” Just a thought. If you want to do it, you can find the address of your congressman at Contacting the Congress. Then click the hereand send.

WASHINGTON – The House approved a bill Thursday that would grant legal status to
President Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program with new restrictions. Republicans called it a test before the election of whether Democrats want to fight or coddle terrorists.
“The Democrats’ irrational opposition to strong national security policies that help keep our nation secure should be of great concern to the American people,” Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement after the bill passed 232-191.
“To always have reasons why you just can’t vote ‘yes,’ I think speaks volumes when it comes to which party is better able and more willing to take on the terrorists and defeat them,” Boehner said.
Democrats shot back that the war on terrorism shouldn’t be fought at the expense of civil and human rights. The bill approved by the House, they argued, gives the president too much power and leaves the law vulnerable to being overturned by a court.

critters Uncategorized

Cute and surprising!

(Thanks Brenda!)

Technology Travel

Branson unveils Virgin spaceship


Sir Richard Branson has unveiled a mock-up of the rocket-powered vehicle that will carry clients into space through his Virgin Galactic business.
The Virgin “spaceships” are designed to carry six passengers and two pilots to an altitude of about 140km on a sub-orbital space flight.
Tickets on a Virgin Galactic flight are expected to cost £100,000 ($190,000).

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Branson unveils Virgin spaceship
Woogo Group Ltd.

Ink Dribblers Politics

Blair pinched speech from The Grapes of Wrath


His promise to the party faithful that he would ‘always’ be with them earned Tony Blair a seven-minute standing ovation.
But the Labour conference may have been slightly less overawed if they had realised that the Prime Minister had based the finale to his farewell speech on the words of a fugitive double murderer.
Mr Blair has confided to friends that he drew inspiration for his big sign-off from a favourite passage of John Steinbeck’s 1939 classic The Grapes of Wrath.
The Premier ended his last conference speech by telling delegates: ‘Whatever you do, I’m always with you. Head and heart. Next year I won’t be making this speech. But in the years to come, wherever I am, whatever I do, I’m with you. Wishing you well, wanting you to win.’

Blair pinched speech from The Grapes of Wrath | the Daily Mail

critters The Life Aloha Uncategorized

Parasitic weed seems to smell its prey

I’ve been doing some gardening lately and I’ve noticed this stuff trying to strangle out my Citronella. I thought gardening in Hawaii would be fairly easy, but there are some mystery pests that come out at night and knock the flower heads off my hibiscus, munch my tender cilantro, stomp my sunflowers, and otherwise destroy plants. I don’t use pesticides, so that makes it twice as hard. The garden is fenced and there are no footprints so I am trying to figure out if it is lizards, snails (stealthy and quick snails), or maybe the secret service.

Parasitic weed seems to smell its prey
The parasitic dodder plant doesn’t have a nose, but it knows how to sniff out its prey. The dodder attacks such plants as tomatoes, carrots, onions, citrus trees, cranberries, alfalfa and even flowers, and is a problem for farmers because chemicals that kill the pesky weed also damage the crops it feeds on. Flowers