Burning Man smoldering with Hippie Unrest!

Warning: whenever I mention Burning Man in my blog, the S.S. Burners come out in full force to say that I’m stupid, I don’t “get” the experience and that I’m a self promoter that would never fit in. You know, things that people from an organization that refers to itself as “radically inclusive” would say.  I especially find this funny because when I pseudo-made-fun of Jeopardy fans, they appreciated a little bit of deprecation.  I’ve learned my lesson, hippies kind of suck and they’re weirdly omnipresent on internet message boards.

So, I personally take great joy in the fact that Burning Man has become more mainstream. It allows for people who espouse their generosity and community spirit to show their true colors when they say things like “people who don’t deserve to go now took spots away from artists.”

This year, the organizers held two rounds of ticket lotteries with the second lottery ending today. With this lottery, 40,000 tickets were sold at prices between $240 and $390, with a limit of two tickets per person.  40,000 tickets sure does sound like a lot, right?

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The Daily Mail – zombies, pork and uggs – The Top 3 Dumbest Articles This Week

I’ve professed my love for the British tabloid the Daily Mail before when they decided that Fatbooth-ing Victoria’s Secret Models was considered Journalism.  So as a special treat and as an ode to my favorite “news” source, I’ve decided to show their three best un-news articles:

1.  “Zombie George Washington:  How a mad scientist planned to reanimate the first president with lamb’s blood after he died” – LINK

I thought they were writing a review for a book of the ever-popular zombie genre, but then they said this:

The tale of zombie George Washington, revealed by the science fiction blog io9, is reminiscent of the best selling book ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,’ which recast the 16th president as a combat-hardened vampire slayer. Except Washington’s story is true.

Daily Mail:  this is for real

2.  Ugg boots banned at school after students caught hiding cell phones in the fuzzy footwear – LINK

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Thomas Edison was an Asshole

I assume that everyone has heard that Steve Jobs passed away yesterday (Rest in Peace).  I value his work and insight, but some of things being said about him I find just a wee bit frustrating.  From a facebook friend (sorry friend!):

Our parents had JFK, we had Steve Jobs. Edison gave us electricity, Jobs gave us the Jetsons in real life. We lost an icon today. You will be missed.

UGH – Is it necessary to mention JFK, Edison and the Jetsons in one facebook status?  I hate this for so many reasons, but I will focus on one thing:  Is Steve Jobs the Thomas Edison of our Generation?

So I was excited to see that the Los Angeles Times today had an article called “Comparing Jobs to Edison doesn’t quite capture it” (couldn’t find it online).  I was hoping it would shed light on the type of businessman and so called inventor that Edison was, but it didn’t.  In fact the article mentions Edison once and just uses all the stupid assumptions we learned about him in elementary school.

So, I’ll go out and just say it… Thomas Edison was an ASSHOLE.  Below you will find some of the reasons why:

Don't trust the charm or that hair...

1.  The Patent Wars

Edison holds over 1,000 patents, and is considered one of the most prolific inventors of all time.  Many of these patents dealt with movie cameras and similar equipment.  The Edison Film Manufacturing Company owned the majority of patents of the film equipment used in the early 20th century.  It wasn’t enough that Edison would receive money for all the equipment he sold, he demanded licensing fees from all film producers, distributors and exhibitors.  He formed a legal monopoly and began blacklisting or suing independent companies who didn’t follow his rules.

So-called outlaws (including the names you may recognize of Laemmle and Fox) moved out to California to avoid the legal retribution of Edison’s Trust.  On a happy note, these outlaws were involved in a lot of the innovation of the time and helped form Hollywood.  Edison though…He was the MPAA of the early 20th century.  Anti-innovation all in the name of $$$$$.

ASSHOLE POINTS: 3.5/5 – An Anti-trust lawsuit was eventually filed against him, so he didn’t end up getting away with it. (MPAA on the other hand 4.5/5)

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Cool Videos of the day: JFK was a hyper-charismatic, telepathic knight

Oh JFK…  Everything you needed to know about the assassinated president (including the fact that he smelled like the future and that he’s a robot)  can be found in the following video:

After the jump, awesomely funny videos about historical figures

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Bunny Attack! Jimmy Carter and the Killer Swamp Rabbit

On April 20, 1979, Jimmy Carter, while fishing alone in his Georgian hometown, was aggressively pursued by a swamp bunny.

Wait… What?!?!

Yes the story is true, and the end of the attack is pictured below:

The murderous bunny attempted numerous times to get on the Presiden’t boat.  Its eyes rabid, it took Mr. Carter a few whacks with his paddle before the bunny turned away.

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Want a frostbitten toe with that cocktail?

Welcome to Dawson City in the Yukon, Canada!  If you are like me, you may feel that your alcoholic beverages are missing something, maybe an olive, or you know, a human appendage.

Well, no need to look around anymore, the Downtown Hotel has the drink for you!

YUM!

To join the sourtoe cocktail club, you ask to buy a drink with a frostbitten and/or amputated toe in it (the toes have actually been dehydrated and are preserved with salt).  But to make it official, you HAVE TO have the toe touch your lips.

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